Day 29: Five Books I Should Like (But I Really, Really Can’t)

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain  -Twain was quoted for saying “Every time I read “Pride and Prejudice” I want to dig her up and beat her over the skull with her own shin-bone.” Well, Twain, every time i read any of your work, I want to bash your skull in. This work was the most tedious, boring, and racist work I have ever read.
  2. Tess of the D’urbervilles  by Thomas Hardy –While I was reading this I was thinking, “why does he hate women?” This is one of the most depressing books I’ve ever read. But I’m willing to give him the benefit of the doubt. I’m interested in reading Far From the Madding Crowd so maybe my opinion of him will improve.
  3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens I want to lump all Dickens’ work except The Christmas Carol in this category. I feel this one was unnecessarily long. But I want to read A Tale of Two Cities so I think I’m going to give him one more chance.
  4. Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad-*Shaking my head* I just…can’t. This is the worst of them all. I had to force myself to keep my open.
  5. The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins  -There are probably a lot of people who can’t believe I’m even suggesting this series. But I just couldn’t really get into it. The narrative was incomprehensible. It’s not that I don’t like Katniss, she’s a great role model. But there were times I wanted to take the bow and arrow and kill Katniss myself so we can make the games and the story go by a little faster.

This is Day 29 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 28: London

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I would read in books and history books from school about the rich culture of London. From then on, I always wanted to visit it. And when I got that chance the summer before my senior year, as soon as I stepped off the plane, I fell in love. I just felt right at home. Since I grew up and live in New York City, some people are bewildered with my wish to move to London, when it is a major city like New York. Although they are both major cities, that is the only connection they have between them. London is full of culture and history in my opinion fails comparison to New York. And Londoners, I know you have criticisms about the Underground. Try riding New York City Transit for a while and you’ll think the Tube is a godsend.

So I would like to move to London one day. Anywhere in the UK if being truthful. But it is so expensive to move right now. So I have to settle with visiting right now.

This is Day 28 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge

Day 26: We Are All Different

Today’s challenge is to write things you like and dislike about yourself.

I could go on and on about all the things I think are positive and negative about myself. But let me honestly say what good would that do? It took me many years to finally be okay with the fact that I am not perfect. I don’t need to strive to be perfect anymore. My flaws are not a burden but characteristics that make me who I am.

However if I want to keep going on with this challenge ( I only have four more days!) I guess I should some things. But I’m not going to divide them between “likes” and “dislikes”, but just what my characteristics are:

  1. Loyal friend
  2. Can be stubborn sometimes
  3. Introvert
  4. Persistent
  5. Loving family member

We are all different and have things we may not like about ourselves. But instead of taking notice of our flaws, we should be embracing them with open arms. Just remember, this would be a very boring world if we were all exactly the same.

This Day 26 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 17: What I’m Proud Of

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When a friend of mind recommended to me that I should start a blog, I was reluctant at first. I always did have a lot to say and sometimes I would post articles and comments on Facebook. But you don’t get the interest and response that I would like to have. Plus, there are so many things going on Facebook, it is nice to have something focused on one thing. I didn’t think a lot of people would really care what I had to say.

But I was completely in shock and awe at the response and reaction I received by starting this blog. Not only was there a community who was actually interested in what I had to say, there was a whole community who shared my same passion. It still boggles my mind that I have close to 70 followers who are interested in what I have to say.

My blog also brought out another side of me. I always loved to write but lately I have been in sort of rut and lacked the incentive to push myself to write more. Now I have it and it has been wonderful experience for me. This blog has brought out my creative side a little bit more. I became more vocal with my thoughts and ideas compared to what tried to do on Facebook. I am so proud of what I have done so far with this blog and I can’t wait to see what I’ll do with it in the future.

This Day 17 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 16: What If..?

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What if I was never diagnosed with depression?

That is a question that has always haunted ever since I was diagnosed with depression at the age of 14 and then treated for 5 years after that. What type of person would I have been? Would my childhood have been happier? What type of person would I have grown to be?

What if I was never bullied at school? Would my personality would be different from what it is today? Would I have been more confident in myself throughout myself?

I can’t answer some of these questions because I refuse to look back to the past.

Not because I’m ashamed at what happened to me. Strange as it may sound, being diagnosed with depression may have been the most freeing thing that has ever happened to me. No longer did I have to feel like a burden and suppress my feelings anymore.

I still have my bouts of depression and anxiety here and now again. But instead of shutting myself down, I force myself to let me feelings come out, whether it is vocally or in my writing. Being diagnosed with depression finally gave me my voice.

What if I never was diagnosed with depression?

I wouldn’t be the person I am today.

Reading List For the Year

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So many books, so little time!

And that is not necessarily a bad thing. But since I have a lot of books to read from books on my shelf to library books on hold (I currently have 733 books on my “To read” on my Goodreads shelf), I decided to get organized. So I compiled a list of books that I will try to read this year, which you can find here:

Reading List 2015
My goal this year is 35 books, but at the rate that I’ll hit 40? (Fingers crossed)

So look at the page! Who knows? We may have some books in common!

Also, view my Goodreads, to view my progress on their 2015 reading challenge.

My Goodreads Page

Happy reading!

Day 14: Fashion of Book Characters

 

Today’s challenge asks me what I wore today. Since taking a picture of myself was a disaster this morning (too bright outside so the picture didn’t come out so clear), I thought I post my response with a little twist. Instead of boring you guys with what I wore today, let’s admire popular book characters’ fashion sense.  This is a book blog after all!

Also, don’t be surprised at seeing a lot of regency fashions here. I just love simplicity and the style of it! 🙂

These gorgeous dresses are perfect for reading and your morning breakfast.

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The perfect outfit for roaming the countryside…

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Or to a fellow neighbor’s dinner party…

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A beautiful ball gown to dance with that special someone…

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Or maybe you need a special dress to go down a certain rabbit hole

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Alice in Wonderland, 2010 (Disney)

 

Maybe you need an outfit to have a rebellion

 

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Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) The Hunger Games, 2012

Or to fight against dark forces.

 

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Hermione Granger (Emma Watson) Harry Potter

 

Whatever your activity, all these fashions can meet you everyday needs.

But if really want to see me in some type of fashion here is one picture that will be satisfactory:

At Jane Austen's House Museum in Chawton
At Jane Austen’s House Museum in Chawton

 

This Day 14 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

 

Day 13: Body Image

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How do I feel about my body? Well…

I have flat feet.

I have broad shoulders.

My thighs are thick and muscular.

I always had a curvy stature.

And you know what…there is not one damn thing I would change about myself.

But, unfortunately there are not a lot of women who feel that way and we have society to blame for that. Women, especially, have a hard time accepting their bodies. It doesn’t help when gorgeous thin models in magazines or in advertisements, such as Victoria’s Secret. It is really scary how much negative talk of body image can affect someone’s psyche, more specifically a young girl’s mind. This “idea of perfection” is hammered into their heads while they’re young and they grow up not being comfortable in their own skin.

It doesn’t look like there is no end in sight. We have social media criticizing a celebrity’s weight, even though she just had a baby. Magazines continuously photoshopping and seeing nothing wrong with it. It took me a long time for me to accept my body. If I have a daughter, how do I explain to her accept who she is even though society is telling her otherwise?

God made us in His own image. Who gave us the right to judge the “ideal” body type?

This is Day 13 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 12: A Fictional Man is a Real Man

I was going to list five celebrities I am attracted to but I don’t know, it didn’t sound like me…and for some reason, a little vain. So I’m going to take @LizzyReadsBooks route and list my top five fictional men that I am attractive too:

  1. Fitzwilliam Darcy-Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen

Underneath that proud man is a kind, charitable gentleman who would do anything to help the one he loves.

 2.   John Thornton-North and South, Elizabeth Gaskell

Hard-working, self-made and passionate. What is there not to love?

 3.   George Knightly-Emma, Jane Austen

Someone who loves unconditionally but is mature and moral enough to say something when you are wrong.

  4.  Ethan-Something Borrowed & Something Blue, Emily Giffin

A perfect boyfriend and your best friend all wrapped into one.

   5.  Sherlock Holmes-Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

 I was a little hesitant to him down because I believe I’m basing my attraction on the BBC version. But I believe our fights would be infuriating and exhilarating all at the same time.

This Day 12 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge.

Day 11: Family

My mom and dad in London.
My mom and dad in London.

My family is the most important thing to me.I had a  difficult childhood and I don’t know what type of person I would be without them.

I have my mother’s personality. We both have quiet and timid souls. But when we feel we’ve been wronged or some type of injustice, we can attack like a pit-bull. She is an avid reader, just like myself, and heavy tea drinker.

Some may think my father and I are complete opposites ( he doesn’t read for fun and he’s a coffee drinker). But in the end, we have similar qualities. Both my    dad and myself are both stubborn, which leads of us having opinionated minds. We are both protectors of the people around us and would drop anything to help those that we love.

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All three of us in front of St. Paul’s Cathedral

My parents drive me crazy (name me one person who this doesn’t apply to) but I love them and my life would be incomplete without them.

This Day 11 of the 30 Day Writing Challenge