9:9

If you nerds have been wondering where I have been as of late, here is an update.

Over the weekend I did a photoshoot with a friend of mine to hopefully spread mental health awareness. The title, 9:9, corresponds with the Bible verse Psalm 9:9. I thought today I would show you guys some photos from the series. I hope you guys enjoy!

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The 5 Symptoms of Binge Reading

We’ve all been there.

Staying up all night just to finish “this chapter” or just to finish the book in general. Going through a good 5 or 6 books in a week. Sleeping all day after a two-week-long binge reading episode because we haven’t slept in only God knows how long.

We’ve all been there. 

There’s no cure, no way to ease the pain. The best thing to do is just ride the waves and let it all play out. But, what is binge reading?

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Yet, when book nerds refer to binge reading, it usually goes like this:

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How do you know you’re having a binge reading episode?

Welp,  if you’re asking me, you’ve come to the right place.

Symptom #1: You haven’t slept in days. 

As a fellow binge reader, I totally understand the whole: “‘I need to finish this chapter before I fall asleep’ and then waking up on the floor 5 o’clock the next day with your book on the floor next to you'” thing. It happens.

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Symptom #2: You haven’t stepped out of your room in a week. (Or longer.)  

Book nerds need two things to survive:

  1. Food
  2. Books

No people, no technology. Just those two things and we’re good. No joke. rapunzel-books

Symptom #3: Yet, despite the need to survive, you can’t remember the last time you even SAW food. 

I mean, who needs food anyway, right?

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Symptom #4: Although, when you did eat, you gulped it down so you could go back to reading. 

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Symptom #5: Your family is highly concerned about your health. 

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So…

do you guys show any of these symptoms?

(By the way, nerds, add me on Goodreads here!)

Happy reading!! xoxo

What To Read From A-Z

When deciding on what thing I wanted to write about today, I was at a loss. Writer’s block is no joke. Yet, I knew I needed to write so I decided to challenge myself and see how it panned out. Here’s what I did:

I decided to take some of my favorite books and place them in alphabetical order to find you guys a list of books that I recommend, with titles starting with the letter A through the letter Z. For four hours I sat at my computer looking my booklist on Goodreads until I finally created the list. Hope you guys enjoy!

After by Amy Efaw

Blonde Roots by Bernardine Evaristo

Cut by Patricia McCormick

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Easy by Tammara Webber

Fade by Lisa McMann (The second book in the Dream Catcher Series)

Grief Girl by Erin Vincent

Harry Potter (The entire series) by J.K. Rowling

I Am The Messenger by Markus Zusak

James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

Looking For Alaska by John Green

My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult

The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks

The Outside by Laura Bickle (The sequel to The Hallowed Ones) 

Pope Joan by Donna Woolfolk 

Etched On Me by Jenn Crowell

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff 

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Tilt by Ellen Hopkins

Under the Dome by Stephen King

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

World Without End by Ken Follett

Burned by Ellen Hopkins

The Year of Living Biblically: One Man’s Humble Quest to Follow the Bible As Literally As Possible by A.J. Jacobs

Zomb-B by Darren Shan 

Granted, not all are matching their respective letters, but it was hard to find books by certain letters that I had read. None of the books that I have read start with the letters Q, V, or X.  Most of them do match their letter,though. I hope that you guys enjoyed the list. If anyone has read any of the books above, why don’t you just leave a comment below telling me if you liked them or not and why.

By the way, if you guys haven’t checked out my Goodreads and/or my Twitter account, I’ll try to leave the links to my profiles in the comments below. If I don’t get to (in other words I forget) then make sure I do it next time by leaving me a message or comment.

Bye for now

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

Never Take Me To A Bookstore (Or Anywhere Around Books)

I know, I know. I kind of went back on my promise and went incognito (AGAIN). But I’m back (AGAIN).This time, I actually have a good excuse.

After my last post, a lot of things started going on. It started with some personal things that were going on, then slid to vacation. At first my mom and I planned on going to someplace like Gatlinburg, Tennessee or the beach. Well, plans changed and we ended up going to visit relatives in Michigan with my grandmother tagging along- oh, and don’t worry, it was still fun.The whole week we visited family member after family member. It was fun, don’t get me wrong. Still, AN INTROVERT HAS TO BREATHE. In order to do that, I went to my safe place:

Books.

Despite the fact that I already have two bookshelves full and several stacks of books in my closet, what else was I supposed to do but go book shopping?

Total count: 40

Of course, there were other things that I got and collected, but mostly what I got is obvious.

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Once I got home and spread the books out to go through my titles, I realized: I have a serious problem.

When I first began learning how to read mom and I would go to the library every month. We’d come home with only a few books that mom would read to me every night before bed. My book pile started small; two or three books here and there, nothing big. But then, it grew. I’d take home fifteen to even twenty books sometimes. It went on a year or two, until we weren’t reading the books fast enough and started missing the return dates. Then mom started taking me to bookstores. Of course, that was a mistake.

Another instance was in elementary school. We had these events called book fairs, and it was like a mini book store that students could go to and buy books. It lasted about one week out of the year and it would always include a family night at the end of the week for the families to come and walk around with their children and check it out themselves. Every year for five consecutive years would my mom and I attend this book fair. That’s when the problem got worse. I personally think it was mom’s fault, and let me explain to you why.

So, mom and I would be walking through the school library (where the book fair was held) and mom would browse through the books while I would wander off to find the books that I liked. No matter what genre it was, mom would come up to me on several occasions with books in her hands and let me read the backs of them. Here’s the problem: I hated reading synopses. Absolutely hated them. Hence, when mom would give me a book to read the synopsis of, I’d pretend to read it, then say: “Sounds great!” and place it in the bag.

We’d end up going home with about three bags of books and an empty wallet.

And on this would go. Even now, as I’m older and in high school, I just pick books off the shelf that look cool and put them in the basket. Occasionally nowadays I’ll read what it’s about, but, now that I’m obsessed with books, I still can’t stop buying. Like the other day when I came out of Salvation Army (or Salvo’s as my wonderful aunt calls it) with eleven books. Hey, but don’t blame me, when there’s a sale, you know you gotta have ’em!

In conclusion: never take me to a bookstore.You never know what I’ll find.

Happy Reading!! xoxoxo

Easy Origami Bookmark

When I first decided to try out one of my favorite hobbies (though I don’t have much time for it nowadays), I came across a tutorial for an origami bookmark. I honestly don’t remember where I found it, but I decided to go ahead and share it with you guys anyway. So, grab a square piece of paper (copy paper, loose leaf, *cringe* book page, or origami paper) and let’s do this!

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If you’re using one-sided origami paper, then flip it over so that the print is face-down, that so you can see the design on the finished product.

Now, the first thing we’re going to do is fold the paper into a triangle by taking the opposite corners and bringing them together.

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Take the two corners and bring them up to the top point of the triangle to make a diamond shape. It should look like this:

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Then unfold them to make the triangle again.

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See the creases on your triangle? That’s going to help you for this step.

Next, what you’re going to do is fold the top point down. What you want to do is fold the point all the way down so that the sides line up with the creases. The point should be right at the bottom of your triangle and then make sure that the fold is straight.

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For this step, we’re going to refer back to step three, where we brought the bottom edges up to the top point. Then, we’re going to tuck them into the little mini-triangle like it’s a little pocket.

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Then tuck the other side into the pocket as well, making a smaller triangle:

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This should be your finished product. Once that’s finished, put the triangle on the corner of your page by sliding the corner  of the page you want to mark into the little pocket. My trick for finding my page is that I place the solid part on the page that I left off on, and the split part on the back of it.

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And.. you’re finished!

Hope you enjoy and…

Happy reading!! xoxoxo

11 Things Book Nerds Go Through Everyday

Hey nerds! Hope y’all are doing great! Me? Just dandy!

Reading for nerds (especially book nerds, of course) is like the highlight of one’s day. I mean, what’s better than coming home from a long day of school or work and just picking up a book and reading for about nine hours? Absolutely nothing. Still, reading can come at a price. So, for you people who don’t know exactly what readers go through, here’s 11 struggles that readers go through almost. every. single. day. 

1- People who say you read to much 

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2- “Why do you read? Books are boooring.” 

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3- People spoiling the end of the book 

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4- Finding out your new best friend doesn’t read

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5- Deciding which book to read next 

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6- “Just one more chapter, I promise” 

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7- Making a book reference that unfortunately no one gets (oh, and they look at you weird while they’re at it)

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8- “Ugh, I’d rather be reading.” 

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9- When the character you shipped with another character gets involved with a character you don’t like

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10- When a book makes you cry… and you’re in public 

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11- “Hey, how’s the book you’re reading?” 

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Happy reading! xoxoxo

I’M BACK!!!

So, for the last several months, I’ve only been posting every now and then. For that, I apologize (because I know that you lovely nerds have missed my awesomness). It’s seriously been a loooonnnggg school year filled with work, stress, and growth. I guess today I just wanted to give you guys a little update on how I’m doing (great, thanks for asking) and what’s been up with me lately (because y’all know I’m a conceited little nerd).

First, I’ve changed. Now that I’ve been through the most excruciating three years of my life (middle school, and yes, I’m that young), my life has significantly changed, for the better. I’m happier, more optimistic, and care-free. This year I’ve had my ups and downs, but they’ve all resulted in a magnificent and wonderful change in me:

Happiness.

Now, I know you guys are probably now asking my secret to happiness. To this question, I’ll answer: I honestly don’t know. You see, people every day claim that happiness is something a person has to choose. It seems like everything today are “choices” and not things that we, as mere humans, really can’t help. For example, I didn’t know how to force myself to be happy. Trust me, I wish I could, or I would have done it a long time ago. But I didn’t. Why? Because I can’t.

This year I’ve grown so much, in maturity, in knowledge, and in my perspective of this complex world. Today, I view the world so differently than before. I view it as a vast expanse of area that we should explore. I’ve heard so many times that the reason why the Earth was given to us was to explore it, and if we chose not to, we weren’t doing our job. I’ve also grown smarter. Not in academic things, but in knowledge of the world and my place in it. Through all that I’ve experienced and gone through this year, I’ve realized how my small soul fits into this world, and how I hope to impact the future of this world.

I hope you guys can understand where I’m coming from. I’m sure you nerds remember what it was like to be a teenager once. From ages fourteen to twenty, teens like me really are curious about their purpose in the world, even if they really don’t let on about it. After all, they think their alone in the battle of find self-worth and purpose. But they’re not alone. Everyone does it at least once in their life. If not during their teenage years, then later on. Still, we all do it, we just don’t have enough guts to admit it.

To be honest, I haven’t written like this in a while, but I hope that you guys reading this kind of understand why I haven’t been active as much lately. Life has just been a jumbled up mess (because that’s pretty much what life is) and I just needed time to face it head on and at least attempt to figure it out. Even though I haven’t just yet (and probably never will because it’s so crazy), I at least have some idea of how it goes and how I fit in the timeline. With this, I’m going to sign off you little lovely nerds, and hopefully now that I’ve had some time to think and ponder about the things teens usually ponder about, I’ll definitely be more active. After all, if I didn’t, y’all know you’d miss me.

Happy reading!!! 😀 xoxoxo

What Type Of Reader Are You? …with GIF’s

So, once again, I am suffering from a severe case of writer’s block. This is especially since I have had to write a history paper AND a letter for application I had to fill out. With those two combined, I’m honestly sick of writing. But, fortunately for you wonderful book nerds, I’ve decided to tough it out, grab a bowl of ice cream (with tons of caramel syrup. Thank God it’s a snow day tomorrow.), and write.

I’ve realized that there is a huge variety of readers out there in the world. Some of us are strictly one type of reader, and sometimes we all fit several categories. So, I did some research, and have discovered several different types. I then proceeded to make a list of ones that seem most common. Here, I matched the type of reader with a specific GIF that would most likely match that type. Enjoy!

 

#1- The Impassioned Reader:

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#2- The Binge Reader:

Big-Bang-Theory-I-need-help The Binge Reader loves to read. Absolutely loves to read. This person reads for hours at a time, consuming book after book. They are the readers that stay up until 4 o’clock in the morning so they can “just get finished with this chapter.” This reader goes through 5 or six books in a week, and spends all the free time they have just finishing the next book.

 

#3- The Over-Emotional Reader:

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#4- The “Know It All” Reader:

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#5- The Compulsive Buyer Reader:

rapunzel-books Bookstores love these readers. They go from store to store, taking books off of shelves, only reading the synopsis of one or two, and buying them. At the end of the day, they probably spend a hundred bucks on books. They’ll also known for judging books by their covers. If the book looks awesome enough, of course they’re going to buy it!

 

#6- The Hard To Please Reader:

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Now that I’ve gone over the list, maybe you should comment, below and let me know what type you are. I’ll have to confess, I’m a combination of  the first five. So, let me know what you think.

 

Happy reading!!

 

How To Kill…

…a fictional character.

(Haha, got you, didn’t I?)

 

Don’t you hate when you read a wonderful novel by this magnificent author and this “magnificent” author kills that person (character) that you just love so much? Yeah, me too.

Well, today, I’m going to show you how it done, so that when you spot these signs of trouble in your book, you can avoid having your heart broken by a small stack of paper binded together. Yes, book nerds, I have found a cure to the illness of heart-breakage by books.

 

How to kill a fictional character:

1.) Create a gripping and fantastic storyline that hooks your reader.

2.) Then, introduce your main characters in a way that the reader cannot help but fall endlessly in love with them. ♥

3.) Now you need a conflict. This conflict needs to be super intense, so that the reader can now be truly engrossed into the story. This is the bait.

4.) In step four, the conflict needs to become even more intense, by adding small little bits of obstacles in the paths of your characters.

5.) Gather all of your characters and make sure that before you “off” this particular character, a love story ensues. That just makes everything better.

6.) Finally, the time has come to kill your character. Carefully choose the timing of the death. If it’s too soon, it fails. If it’s too late, it fails. Make sure you perfectly time this death, so that you can truly hurt that reader in the feels. Now… KILL.

 

 

A Reader’s Dilemma: Selecting Which Book To Read

To most, selecting the next book to read is like the worst struggle ever. You’re literally sit in front of your bookshelf in total despair for hours while trying to decide which one, out of the hundreds in front of your face, you want to pick. I know how the battle goes, but I have conquered it. So, to help you wonderful nerds figure out which book out of the hundreds on your shelf you’re going to read next, here’s a few tips:

 

 

1) Go in the order of how you bought them. Most of the time, when I’m picking a book off my shelf to read, I pick either a book I just recently bought, or one of those books that’s sitting on my shelf collecting dust. Either way, I win.

2) Eenie, Meenie, Miney, Moe. How about just tapping into your childhood memories? This way, you don’t have to make that arduous decision. Just go by chance.

3) Leave it to mom. Remember when you were that kid that couldn’t make decisions easily and your parents used to threaten to make the decisions themselves? Well, in this case, it comes extremely handy. Just hand two books to mom and tell her to choose one. It works. I promise!

4) Just buy a new one.  No, your bookshelf may not be necessarily empty, but, hey, you were going to run out of books at some point in your life, right?

5) Just pick it up. If your family is like mine, spending tons of money buying you the books you already have, and refuse to buy you any more, then, just pick one off your shelf. Yeah, you may regret it about halfway through, but at least life can now go on.

 

To all my lovely fellow readers out there, I hope these tips help. If not, I’m sorry, and good luck. The war is tough, but you’ll survive. I have faith in you. However, if there are any other tips you have, comment.

 

Happy reading!