Sunday, August 30, 2015

My Baby Blog Turns One!

   School starts, and the blistering hot days are growing slightly more mild.  The world seems to be spinning quickly beneath our feet, turning day into night and then into day again in an endless cycle.  At this time of year, sometimes we just need to stop, take slow breaths, and look around. And that's what my blog has been for me.  A breath of fresh air.  A place where I can rant and chatter on about the things I love.  A place where I can relax, and be myself.  I've learned that the right people will accept me for who I am, and I don't have to hide that I'm a fangirl or a nerd.  Because people like me for those things. Today is my first Blogaversary, and I want to thank all of you, my followers and friend, for so supportive and friendly.
This image reflects my friendships, I have had toxic friendships before and recently I have decided that it isn't worth being friends with people who don't encourage and support you so I now surround myself with people who have a positive influence on me.

   Guys, I know this may sound cheesy, but each one of you taking your time to follow, read my blog and comment on my posts has made my year so much better and so much more beautiful than it would have been without you guys.  If I had time, I would write something special for each of you, but since I don't, consider this a personal message to you

   Writing this blog has changed my life.

Firstly, I've made more blogging and writing friends than I've made friends in my life, and we've had some really great conversations and fangirling moments together.  I may never have met any of you in person, but I know from talking to you and from your kind and supportive comments that you are all beautiful, uplifting, and amazing souls. I love you guys!
But for now, sending them this will do. | 21 Ways Your Life Changes When Your Best Friend Is Away
I've learned that there are other people out there that are just as big fangirls and nerds as I am. (surprise, surprise!)

I've grown to be okay with sharing my writing, even when it's kinda' lame. 

I've learned that it's okay to be a fangirl and proud of it, because it only makes your life more exciting and wonderful and full of warmth.
And they feel like this: | Community Post: 30 Ways Interns Are Just Like Minions

I've gotten to be myself. I'm still learning, but slowly but surely I'm letting people see the real me, not just the face I put on for the world.

My writing has begun to get better. I've gotten so much encouragement and help.

I've been drawn into soooo many new fandoms that I'd never have heard of if it weren't for blogging. Let's see if I can even name them all:
The Percy Jackson Series
The Lunar Chronicles
All the MARVEL movies
K-Drama + K-pop
Robin Hood (BBC)
Once Upon a Time
Les Miserables
The Phantom of the Opera
The Scarlet Pimpernel (The One and Only movie version. You know what I'm talking about.)
ALL the webseries! 
Gosh, that's a lot... But I can't wait to be drawn into even more!

Dan describes it perfectly...
And I've found out about countless amazing books and movies.

I think I can truly say that writing this blog has had an impact on my life.

To all of my readers, thank you again. Thank you for being there for me. For fangirling with me.  For introducing me to cool fandoms and other amazing and random stuff.  For being supportive and kind from the beginning.  For letting me be myself and not judging me.  Basically, thank you for being my friends, and amazing ones at that. It has been an honor and a pleasure to get to know all of you.

I'm posting this kind of last minute, so I haven't had much time to plan, but expect a 1 year blogaversary giveaway of some sort in the next week or so. (-:

What is something you love most about blogging?

Saturday, August 15, 2015

Savoring the Last of Summer

   Summer, it's almost over for me.  On Monday I go back to school.  I'm excited, I really am, but there's a little bit of bittersweetness in these last days of sunbaked freedom.  It's probably because I know that this is more than likely my last summer of being carefree and just hanging out doing whatever I want.  Next summer I'll be getting ready to transfer to a University.  I'll probably have at least one job and a million more responsibilities.  So, this is basically my last summer of really getting to be a 'kid'. (Well, I'll always be a kid, but you know what I mean.) I guess I didn't realize that until now. Not that it's a bad thing.  I'm excited for what life will bring. I'm starting a tutoring job at the local middle school this week, and I'm looking into some really cool universities on the West Coast. I'm just trying to savor the last few days of summer; my last few days of complete freedom.
Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass, it's about learning to dance in the rain.
I'm going to drown myself in books.

I'm going to fangirl over my new favorite Korean dramas and Sherlock.

Funnily enough, the love theme from Faith is "Carry On."

I'm going to blast my KPOP playlist (Yes, I'm into all things Korean right now) and my showtunes.

I'm going to write like a madwoman.

I'm going to take sunset bike rides.
I'm going to play with my little siblings more.

I'm going to redecorate my room.

I'm not going to apply for any more scholarships until it's officially school time. (-;

I'm going to soak up summer.

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How are you spending your last few days of summer? 


Monday, August 10, 2015

The 7-7-7 Blog Challenge

Emily Ann tagged me for the 7-7-7 Blog Challenge. Thank you, Emily! And you guys, go check out her blog, it's seriously amazing. The rules are as follows: Go to page 7 in your book, share the first 7 lines, then tag 7 people. I will sharing my writing from my WIP, A Murder of Crows.

Crannville felt even smaller on the inside.  The streets were mostly bare, and except for a few women chatting on their doorsteps and some stray dogs running down the main road, the town felt abandoned.  The sheriff’s office was a low building at the end of the road with only two rooms and a couple of jail cells.  The front porch sagged slightly, seemingly due to the weight of Sheriff O’Brien who sat on the middle of it drinking coffee and perusing the street over the top of his spectacles. He exhaled a curl of smoke through his nose and took a puff at the cigarette in his left hand. Sheriff Wilson was the direct opposite of O’Brien. He had tilted his chair onto its back two legs and his two legs dangled over the porch railing. His hat was tilted over his eyes and a snore rattled his slight frame.  At the sight of Rachel climbing the steps Sheriff O’Brien elbowed Sheriff Wilson in the ribs. Wilson inhaled sharply, let his chair drop with a slam, and scurried to regain a respectable appearance.  Rachel snickered.
Rachel    ...vintage.... by on @deviantART
Rachel, the MC
Yes, I know that was more than seven lines, but I felt it would sound incomplete if I didn't include the entire paragraph. 

Have a beautiful day,

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

The British Invade My Bookshelf // my monthly reading list and results from last month

Hello lovely followers! I can't believe that it's ALREADY August! Didn't July just start? Yeah, time passes too quickly, and I didn't manage to complete all of the books on my TBR this month (I was procrastinating by watching my first ever Korean Drama, shhh, don't tell! It was awesome btw...) but I was pretty satisfied with most of the books that I did get around to.  So without further ado, I will rate and give mini reviews of the books I did read and then proudly present this month's reading list.
Books I Finished:
My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
This book was well done in that it was simply written so that it actually felt like it was from a child's perspective.  It's about a young German boy during WWII who befriends a Jewish boy in a prison camp. He doesn't understand everything going on and is rather bewildered by it all. The one thing that bugged me about this was that Bruno (the MC) seemed way too clueless even for a nine year old. I don't think the author understood a nine-year-old's brain and intelligence very well. Warning: The ending might make you cry.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
This book is the sequel to The Winter Prince. I think the reason I didn't give it five stars was because it wasn't quite as good as the first book.  It's loosely based on Arthurian legend in the 5th or 6th century. I think. It's about Arthur (aka Artos's) daughter, Goewin, who escapes to Ethiopia after her father is conquered in battle. It's really cool to see legend put into more historically correct context and to learn more about lesser known cultures through literature. 

My Rating: 3 out of 5 stars.
I really hate to give something a 3 star rating, but I'll be honest; I was a bit bored and felt disconnected from the characters while reading this book. It's basically about this Afghan girl and an Islamic American woman who meet during the war. The idea was great. I learned a lot about Afghan culture, and the writing was pretty good, but I just didn't connect with the characters. It was like, "Oh, that character just died. Too bad. I think I'll go make a sandwich now, I'm kind of hungry." And that's what really bothered me about this story because I really wanted to like it. The food descriptions were mouthwatering, though.

My Rating: 3 out of 5.
This story is about three poor kids who are evacuated from London to the countryside during WWII.  It was a sweet story, and I might have enjoyed it a bit more if I'd read it five years ago, but it was a lot like Under the Persimmon Tree in that I wasn't emotionally invested in the characters. And it was a little bland to be honest.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.
I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I felt a little distant from the main character, but I felt like Nathanial was a lot more alive because it's basically a biography which I didn't realize until quite a few chapters in.  I think that's why I liked it so much.  Also the fact that this character had such bad luck at the beginning of the book, but he worked his way up to being one of the greatest navigators of his time was really fascinating. I don't know about you, but I love learning incredibly accurate history in a way that feels like you know the people you're learning about.

My Rating: 4 + (1/2) out of 5 stars.
This book was a surprise! It wasn't on my list, but my bestie loaned it to me and I couldn't wait to read it. It totally counts as historical fiction. Guys, I really, really liked this book. It didn't quite live up to To Kill a Mockingbird, because that book is absolutely AMAZING, but that doesn't mean that I didn't really like Go Set a Watchman. I'm sure you've heard about it, right? It's set in the mid-50's when Scout is 26.  It's basically about her seeing her town, her family, and everything around her through more critical eyes and discovering things about them that rock her world. It was sad, hilarious, thought provoking, and just wonderful. Really, you should read it!

My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars so far.
I still haven't finished this one yet, but it's quite interesting, so I intend to do so quite soon. It's set in Britain directly after the Romans are forced to leave. The main character, Aquila, is a soldier who deserts the army so that he can stay with his family in Britain. His family's estate is attacked just days later, and he is captured by Jutish warriors and made a slave. I'm still only half way through, so I can't tell you my full opinion of this book, but like Rosemary Sutcliff's other works, it's great!

My July TBR List:
I've decided this month to try and read a lot of the unread books on my bookshelf. I noticed that I have a lot of classics by British authors, so I thought "Why not focus on British Classics?" My list is a lot shorter than last months because A) I only read about half of my list last month, and B) classics seem to take a lot longer to get into and finish than other books. So without further ado or boringness, here is my August book list.
1) David Copperfield by Charles Dickens
Did you know that this was Dickens's favorite of all his own books?

2) North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
No, this book doesn't have anything to do with the Civil War.

3) Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Because I still haven't read the story of Dr. Frankenstein's monster.

4) Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
This has been on my TBR list for waaaay to long. And it's about pirates. Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum!

5) Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen
Jane Austen: The Gothic One

6) The Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer

Fun Fact: Chaucer invented more words in the English language than Shakespeare did!

Let's hope I do better completing my TBR list than I did last month! What are you reading right now? Have you read any of these books?

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