Monday, April 25, 2011

Books I'd Love To Reread

I can't believe how far behind I've gotten.  Incredible.  Anyways, here is my list of past favorites that I wouldn't mind going back to reread.  Sometimes a book is even better the second time around.

1. The Twilight Saga

After recently reading The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, I really want to go back and reread the entire series again.  I miss that world.  I miss reading about Edward and Jacob, even if now it sounds a little too dramatic then it did then. 
2. The Season by Sarah MacLean

"Strong-willed and sharp-tongued, 17-year-old Lady Alexandra had to learn to hold her own growing up in a houseful of brothers in Regency England. But soon Alex finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery just as ball season begins." ~"About the The Season" on

Okay I have soft spot for romance novels, I'll admit it.  But I'm a sucker for mystery/romance novels too.  Though the mystery really wasn't a mystery at all if your observant reader, but I was surprised at how much I enjoyed the fashion talk and how fond I was with the characters.  It was such a fun read for me. It got me into this temporary obsession with proper, lady-n-gentlemen era books.  (Ex: The Luxe series)

3. The Host by Stephenie Meyer

"The author of the #1-bestselling Twilight series delivers her brilliant first novel for adults that's also suitable for teen readers: a gripping story of love and betrayal in a future with the fate of humanity at stake, featuring what may be the first love triangle involving only two bodies." ~ "About the The Host" on

Arguably the best of Stephenie Meyer's published works.  Even if you didn't like Twilight, this is a whole different experience.  At first, I was tempted to put it down, partially because I kept comparing it to Twilight.  I'm glad I gave it a chance.  It's a really great read.  I recommend it to anyone who is intrigued with sci-fi. 

4. Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie by David Lubar

"This hilarious novel chronicles Scott's freshman year, as he decides that high school would be a lot less overwhelming if it came with a survival manual. Here Scott records his first year of bullies, romance, honors, classes, and brotherhood." ~ "About the Sleeping Freshmen Never Lie" on

I'm sure about 95% of my readers would agree with me: I hate hate hate mandatory reading.  HATE it. I just can't appreciate it because in the back of my mind I know I'm being forced and graded for reading this particular book.  I'm telling you right now, this book is different.  Yeah, the title isn't appealing. Heck the cover is a bit bland, but its great read.  I mean, it's really fantastic.  Slow to start, but much better as you go along.  I recommend this to all ages.  d(^.^)b

5. The Color of Water by James McBride

"The Color of Water tells the remarkable story of Ruth McBride Jordan, the two good men she married, and the 12 good children she raised. Jordan, born Rachel Shilsky, a Polish Jew, immigrated to America soon after birth; as an adult she moved to New York City, leaving her family and faith behind in Virginia. Jordan met and married a black man, making her isolation even more profound. The book is a success story, a testament to one woman's true heart, solid values, and indomitable will. Ruth Jordan battled not only racism but also poverty to raise her children and, despite being sorely tested, never wavered. In telling her story--along with her son's--The Color of Water addresses racial identity with compassion, insight, and realism. It is, in a word, inspiring, and you will finish it with unalloyed admiration for a flawed but remarkable individual. And, perhaps, a little more faith in us all."

A sad, but good book.  It really opens you're eyes.  It's not the typical book I'd read on my own.  It was a school project.  Anyways. I'd love to reread it.  Click here for my initial reaction to The Color of Water.

Well there's my five books.  I encourage all you book lovers to read at least one of these books.  (If anything, read Sleeping Freshmen). 

Enjoy! :)


Up Next: Review for Catching Fire

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Those Days Are Gone

This is attempt one of creating a 200th post theme or whatever you want to call it.  Around the time I worked on this I was in a deep funk.  I had a pretty bad week and I was desperate to give others some advice to avoid being in the dilemma.  I don't give direct clues as to what I'm talking about, but the little hints should be more than enough to give it away.

You guys might be wondering what I'm up to these days and I'll tell you: mourning.
I thought, that day I decided to take off for a while, concentrate on whats going on in my life around me, but I..don't know. Everything's all messed up.

My heart is yearning for change. Something uplifting. I know I've said that you can't depend on anything or anyone for your own happiness, but I am so desperate to cling on to something to pull me out of this dingy, damp depression I'm in..I need motivation.

I'm going to give you some life wisdom, so listen carefully..The worst version of losing something isn't when they are dead and gone from this world; it's when you lose them from your grasp, but yet can still see, hear, nor feel them in some distinct way and know they aren't gone from the world, but alive and "well". Always there to torment you, knowing you've failed. Rubbing it in your face. Maybe not just them, but others who associate themselves with those people who can't stop hurting you. Its like you recovering from a wound, but someone comes up and takes a knife and slices that wound open again, and your spiraling back to step 1.

It's so scary. How people tell you lose friends as you grow as a person, but you never expect it will happen to you. Yet, that day comes and you're lost 'cause those people who warned you failed to tell you how to handle the situation when it comes. I can't tell you how hard and painful it is to try to let go. You can't help but reminisce the old days...

Guys, I'm gonna stop myself. I'm so sorry. I lost myself while I was writing that.

Yeah, that's it. Take it for what it's worth.

Be informed, dear readers.


Monday, April 11, 2011

200th Post: How To Have Bigger, Brighter Eyes

Finally, I've decided on what to do for this post.  I had like three ideas, but I came to hate them and now their on the back burner.  Well anyways, here I am. I've been so busy, but I've got time now.  So you know, why not? (Also, I think I'll gradually be coming back to Blogger.  I know my absence has been long, and maybe people have even forgot about me, but I promise I never forgot about you.)

How To Have Bigger, Brighter Eyes
What You'll Need:
  1. liquid eyeliner (preferably black)
  2. black mascara
  3. lash curler (with a spring if possible)
  4. white eyeliner or cream shimmery white eye shadow
How To:
This is really simple. Anyone can do this with a little bit of practice.  Before I get involved in the step process make sure you've got you concealer/foundation stuff already done.  Whenever you're doing you're eyes--unless your doing something elaborate--, eye makeup should always be last. 
  1. First, make sure you do some practice runs on the back of your hand with the liquid eyeliner.  Then starting from the middle of the eye and working your way out, draw a thin line.  Then go back over and start from the inside of the eyes and out but this time aim for a cat eye look.  Something like that in the picture.  (If you're having problems creating a cat eye, try this: imagine a line running from your temple to the end of the outside of your eye.)
2. With the white eyeliner, color the inner corner of your eyes and taper downwards like in the diagram.  Afterward, pat the color a bit to blend. (And yea I drew that.  its crappy I know.  xP) Oh and if you don't own white eyeliner, just pat in some white shimmery eye shadow cream and you're good to go.

3. Use the curler to curl eye lashes.  If you have short lashes, curl the base only.  If you have long lashes start by curling the base and work your way to the end of the lashes.  BE GENTLE! One false move and you'll pull out some eyelashes.
4. Coat your lashes with either mascara.  (You may do one or two coats. It's up to you)

5. Done!

I hope this helped and made sense.

Leave comments below.



Excuse any grammatical errors.  I didn't have time to edit. :(

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