5 Books That You Absolutely HAVE to Read

I think everyone has finally realized how much I love reading. How much I absolutely adore it. So I decided to show you guys five books that you absolutely positively have to read. Some of these books may be part of a series, or a sequel to another book, which means that you have to read the one(s) before. But I only didn’t list them because out of the many books that I’ve read, I unfortunately can only pick five. 😦

5. The Secret Garden This book is amazing, I don’t even have words for it.

4. A Living Nightmare by Darren Shan This book is the first book in the

Cirque Du Freak

series. Once you read this book, you’re hooked. You’ll never go back.

3. Smoke by Ellen Hopkins The sequel to

Burned

is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

2. The Heroin Diaries Based on Nikki Sixx and his battle with drug addictions while being in the band Motley CrΓΌe, this book will seriously inspire you. Have fun with this one. πŸ˜‰

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak I can’t even explain to you how amazing this book is. There’s nothing I can use to describe it. Words, symbols, drawings, actions, etc., can’t even show you. If you choose any of these books I’ve mentioned, and you can ONLY choose one, choose this one. You won’t regret it!

I know this post is a little short but with school and everything else going on, well… I hope you understand. And if you all want to know the author of the books that I have listed above, I’m sorry but some of these that I’ve read so long ago, I seriously can’t remember. (Yes. I have accepted the fact that I have problems.)

Thank you everyone for your support, follows, comments, likes, etc.! I appreciate it so much. πŸ™‚

My Favorite Short Story

It’s very rare that I ever read short stories. I typically stick to novels. But there is one that is my absolute favorite by far.

The only way I was exposed to this story was last year in my Language Arts class. I loved that teacher because she gave us the best reading materials.

One of these reading materials included a wonderful short story written by Ray Bradbury titled “There Will Come Soft Rains.”

This short story captivated me. It took place around August 26, 2020, about six years and three days from now. Why did it captivate me? Because the technological devices that were in this short story either exists today or on their way to existence. And this short story was written in the 80’s.

The plot was based in the future, where bacon fried itself, tables set themselves, and robot mice cleaned the kitchens. But the house was abandoned.

Seriously, I recommend this story. It’s my favorite and if you like science fiction or dystopian fiction, check it out!

Reasons Why I Like Books (And You Should, Too!)

Everyone knows I love reading (hence the name of the blog). So, for this week’s top ten post (a day late, I know!), I decided to come up with ten reasons I love reading. And why you should,too!

10. You learn things. Even if you only read fiction material like me, you still always learn something. Whether it’s the moral of the story, a new vocabulary word, increasing your reading comprehension, or what to do when a dome falls over your head (get? Haha!), you always learn something through reading. And if you’re an auditorial learner, then listen to an audio book, it’s almost the same thing. πŸ˜‰

9. If you have a book in your face, people usually leave you alone. If you’re an introvert like me, sometimes you just don’t want to mess with anybody. And when you have your nose stuck in a book, people tend to not mess with you.

8. Reading is probably the best form of entertainment. Okay, it is definitely the best form of entertainment.

7. It prevents Alzheimer’s and improves memory. Studies show that reading improves your memory and can lead to preventing Alzheimer’s. How? I have no clue, but it’s a fact!

6. Reading is a stress reducer. Stressed or loaded down with work? Pick up a book. It takes you away from it all.

5. It makes you a better writer. If you’re interested in writing a novel? How about reading a novel first? Or several. Reading helps your mind open up to ideas so you can write.

4. Improves your focus.

3. Having trouble sleeping? Reading helps you sleep better.

2. Reading helps your creative juices flow. Having a bad case if writer’s block or can’t think of where to start your art piece? Read a book!

1. It’s just plain fun! If you don’t like reading, I promise you: you just haven’t found the right book. And once you get hooked, you’ll never be normal again and you’ll forever be a book nerd. (Which isn’t so bad!)

I hope you guys enjoyed this post! If you did like, comment, and follow. (I may even follow you back!)

Book Update

Hey guys!! So I know it’s Tuesday and you’re probably expecting a book review…

I don’t have one.

About a week ago I started a book titled “Under the Dome” by wonderful, prize-winning author Stephen King. I’m only halfway finished with it. Which means…

No book review this week!

Sorry guys. But to help, I just wanted to say how amazing it is and expect a book review in a week or two. Thanks everyone!

“Genie, you’re free.”

(Taken from a Tweet posted by Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.)

As always, I’m a little late posting about this, but, I decided: now or never.

I’m only thirteen, so I know you, my dear readers, are going to say that I’m “too young” and I “don’t know” who Robin Williams really was. That’s not true.

Having older parents gives me wonderful benefits. Including seeing several films starring the late Robin Williams. Three of my favorites include: “Aladdin”, “Mrs. Doubtfire”, and “Good Morning, Vietnam.”

Williams’ passing has really struck America hard. He was an amazing actor, comedian, and person and it’s so awful that it had to happen. But because his passing has not only left us grieving, some people also believe that suicide wasn’t the way out. I couldn’t agree more. However, I know what it feels like to want to escape from that little bottle.

Again, I know what you’re saying: “you’re too young.” No. I’m not. Teens all over America are suffering from depression right now. According to save.org, there were 811,000 suicide attempts in the year 2004.

Robin William’s passing should be a wake-up-call for us all. We may not be able to fully help those who are considering the “easy” way out, but we can certainly know we’re here to help.

I hope you guys had a great weekend. Please take this small amount of information and turn it into something bigger. We all can make a difference even with the smallest of actions. Take care guys! And God bless!

20 FACTS ABOUT ME!

I missed a few top ten posts so I decided to double the number. And since you guys don’t know much about me, here’s 20 random (and maybe weird) facts about me.

20: I’m a Christian.

19: My favorite color is purple.

18: I’m a vegetarian.

17: I’m an introvert.

16: I love photography.

15: I’m a huge fan of Pillars of the Earth and World Without End.

14: Jake Abel is my celebrity crush.

13: I played the saxophone for three months and the quit because I’m tone deaf.

12: If I hadn’t gained so much weight, I would be a dancer.

11: I have several failed novels.

10: My favorite author is Darren Shan. He inspired me to write.

9: Despite all of my other unfinished novels, I’m writing another one.

8: People call me an old soul.

7: I love teen fiction.

6: I treat my cat Snowball like he’s my own son.

5: Rock is my favorite music genre.

4: I don’t care how much you want to argue, buttercream icing is so much better than cream cheese.

3: I only like Thanksgiving if there is pecan pie.

2: I’m a klutz.

1: My friends and I always make jokes about cheerleaders, but I used to be a preppy girl. But then I discovered good music and books.

Some of these are extremely lame, I know, but those are 20 of the many things about me. I hope you enjoyed this post and if you did, please like and follow! Thanks!

Sold by Patricia McCormick

I literally read this book in one day. ONE DAY and in a time span of four hours. It’s that good of a book.

For this week’s book review, I chose “Sold.” “Sold” is a book narrated by a young girl named Lakshmi from Nepal that lives on a mountainside in poverty. Because of this, her stepfather sells her into prostitution. This story paints an accurate picture of sex slavery that happens all around the world. I seriously suggest you should read it. It’s gripping and magnificent and I don’t have enough strong vocabulary words to describe how amazing this book is. I also love the fact that it’s written in prose. Or it appears to be. The only negative thing about it is that it ends way too quickly. It’s a quick, wonderful read that grips you until the very end. I really hope you read this book. If you already have or if you read it not too far into the future, leave a comment telling me if you liked it and why. Thanks guys! Happy Tuesday!

Who inspired me to write?

A few people have asked me this question in my lifetime, so I guess I should finally answer it.

Because I’m extremely younger than most bloggers, I can only go back to maybe a decade ago when books were first introduced to me. The credit of that divine first introduction goes to.,. My mom. She’s started me off by buying these Dick and Jane books that officially made me become obsessed with words. This introduction led me to become familiar with other books and genres. And one of them later became my favorite: horror.

That’s when I discovered my favorite author: Darren Shan. A teen horror author from Europe whose intricate plots and gory descriptions inspired me to pursue what I’m doing right now: writing.

God’s Not Dead

I’m a little late to talk about this movie. I know it released at least two months ago, but just now, I finally watched it.

For those of you who don’t know, I’m a Christian. And when I saw that this movie was on TV, I thought I should watch it.

I might as well admit that just like most teenage Christians out there, I had questions. Huge ones. And this movie mostly answered them. I realized that my beliefs were true and that God is truly real.

This movie was about a college boy who had signed up for a philosophy class, and on the first day that professor told them to write down three words: “God is dead” and put their signature below it. The college boy refused to, and the professor challenged him to spend a few classes lecturing the class to prove that God exists.

I truly recommend this movie. It’s amazing and it actually made me cry. And when you get to know me, you’ll realize, the nerdy book girl doesn’t cry. PLEASE watch this movie, whether you’re an atheist or theist. It’s an amazing movie and I’m sure you’ll like it.

Extremely Cheesy Mac & Cheese

One of my favorite things to do when I cook is re-vamp recipes. In other words, I love putting my own unique twist on recipes I find online. So, for this post, I decided to give you a recipe from my favorite dish: Mac & Cheese. I found the original recipe on FoodNetwork and added a few more things. But just so you know, *whispers* it has a lot of cheese!

The first thing to do (obviously) is grab your ingredients. These include: 8oz of elbow macaroni, 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese (I prefer mild), 1 cup grated parmesan cheese, 2 1/2 tablespoons of flour, 1 cup grated gruyere cheese, 1/4 cup butter (I prefer the stick kind), bread crumbs, 3 cups milk, and some paprika.

Cook the macaroni according to package directions and melt the butter in a skillet. Then add the flour to the butter to make a roux. After the roux is warm, add the milk one cup at a time. Then add the cheese and keep warm until the macaroni has finished cooking. Once finished, pour the macaroni and the cheese mixture into an oven-safe container, sprinkle bread crumbs and paprika over it and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.

I really hope you guys enjoy this recipe! I sure did. If you did, leave a comment and let me know. Thanks guys!