@George: hey!! Long time no chat! I have news :) Sometime this month I turned 15!! Sooo for my birthday my parents got me the Hunger Games DVD and 2 books they ordered from the U.S. for me. I was so surprised they ordered books before Christmas! BUT THEY DID :) I got Clockwork Angel and Clockwork Prince, which I've been DESPERATE to read. They're sort of along the same lines as The Mortal Instruments (the demon-creepy ones) and by the same author, but they're set in a different century and with different characters and stuff. I love those books so much, I already finished reading Clockwork Angel and I just got started with Clockwork Prince today. It's also so much fun because there are these two girls in my class who have read the books and I spend half my day fangirling about the books with them. Before I got those books for my birthday I also finished reading The Drowned Cities (Mouse... WHY?), Starters and Legend (although I think I'd already told you about those).
It's weird cause now everyone is asking me for book recomendations!! Like, seriously... the girls in my class HATE reading, but they're asking me to lend them my books or to recommend them some to read just because they hear about the kind of books I read on Tumblr. So far I recommended Divergent to one girl and she went and bought it (in Spanish, though), and tomorrow I'm going to bring another girl Legend for her to read cause she asked me if she could borrow it. Another 2 girls also asked me if I could lend them Divergent. It's so weird to be talking about books with the girls in my class... they usually don't read at all (except for about 3 people; 2 of them being the ones I was fangirling with, the other one the girl I'm lending Legend to).
I've been working hard on my NaNoWriMo novel. So far I have about 30,600 words. I'm currently 5000 words behind schedule, because I've been slacking off writing to read. It's a big issue... to read or to write? That is the question. But today I'll hopefully get at least 1 or 2 K in since I don't have much homework (although I'm going to skype with a friend from camp in a minute) and then comes the weekend in which I'll get ahead as much as I can. I can't believe NaNoWriMo is already on it's 3rd week! It's been insane and I'm barely sleeping 6 hours a night these days because I keep waking up at 6:00 AM to write before school. I'm sort of used to it by now though. Anyways I won't give up! I'll reach 50K if it's the last thing I do! My book is going to be waaay longer than that though, but I can finish it in December. The point is getting at least 50,000 words in November, no matter whether you finish your book or not.
Your cousins sound awesome! I love having little cousins, but most of mine are all grown up now *sniffle*. I remember when my 8-year-old cousin Victor was a baby learning how to stand up, and crawl and when his teeth were growing for the first time... and now he's so big and unfortunately knows martial arts (yes I get hit quite often, it hurts thank you very much). My youngest cousin is 5, and she's the one who lives in the U.S. so I don't see her that often, or her brother, who's also 8 like Victor. That's so sweet of you to take the time to read through all the children's books to make sure they're appropiate! I'm sure your cousins and your aunt will appreciate that! The cousin I spend the most time with is my cousin Angela (Victor's sister). She's your age, 13 (her birthday is a few months after yours) and she's soooo funny!! I have the best times at her house cause we get into all sorts of trouble and we make up weird stuff to do. Like once, with this science game for kids she has, we started mixing a bunch of chemicals into a bowl, and then we added all kinds of food, anything from milk to yogurt, onion, mustard, eggs, cereals, cookies... everything until it was a big disgusting gooey mass and then she flushed it down the toilet. Unfortunately some of the egg bits didn't go down the toilet too well so my cousin threw them out the window (she lives on a 5th floor) ... and they landed on a man's head. He swore so loudly we heard it all the way up in the apartment and hurried to close all the windows. It was hilarious. Other times we spy on her neighbors with binoculars (she has these awesome ones) or we make a game of throwing a lot of little stones into the community pool of her building and then diving to find and retrieve all the stones. Except the last time we did that there was a woman swimming in the pool (usually it's desserted and we have it all to ourselves) and we kept having to dodge her to get the stones, and then the janitor came around and told us off. Oops. Still, we cleaned the whole pool. It wasn't like we were going to leave the stones there. Sorry, rambling.
For Thanksgiving we get early dismissal from school on Thursday and we have no school on Friday, even though we don't celebrate Thanksgiving in Spain... but being at an international / American school has it's perks :) So since we get out of school early tomorrow (Thursday) all the girls in my class decided to go for Thanksgiving lunch together at this American restaurant in a mall by the beach. Strangely enough they invited almost every girl in the class so I get to go too. I'm actually looking foward to it, that restaurant has great food and I haven't eaten there in years. I imagine I'll find myself alone in a corner, but whatever. Maybe I'll be lucky enough to strike up a conversation about books with the girls I was fangirling with. I don't go anywhere for Christmas, I don't even see my family (my cousins I mean). I just dress up all fancy for both Christmas and New Years and have a very fancy dinner at home with my parents and my sister. It's kinda cool actually :) I get to wear my fanciest dresses and eat from the best plates and have turrón (it's like a traditional Spanish food we eat only at Christmas which is like chocolate but soooo good omg I love it, it's addictive). So yeah, not many plans for Christmas.
I did give my mom my Christmas book list already. I can't remember all the books in it but it included Shatterproof, Trust no one, Death Cure, Enders, Looking for Alaska (from John Green, the guy who wrote TFIOS), the Lord of the Rings trilogy (believe it or not I've never read them. I thought it was about time to put a stop to my ignorance on one of the most famous trilogies ever), The Hobbit... gah I can't remember what else. It was a bunch of them anyhow.
I gotta go have dinner now. Talk to you soon!!