my fitness journey update #1

Beauty, Fitness, Food, Health, Lifestyle
honestly, juggling a 8 hour day internship, reading, working out and cooking seems borderline impossible. after all, there is only 24 hours in a day and a third of that should be dedicated to sleep (aha, like that ever happens). here’s how I sorta made it work this past week.

 


 

short explanation for starting this series:
college has been pretty heavy on my body, causing me to gain 20 lbs and lose whatever muscle I had maintained doing sports in high school. deciding it was time for a lifestyle change, I’ve tried to cut out unnecessary sweets (meaning I still get to pop in a chocolate here and there), exercise daily and move around more
hoping to return to my original weight and strength, and this time, maintain it within my busy schedule somehow.
accountability is key, so hopefully posting 3 day updates will keep me going!
hopefully this will be some sort of inspiration/motivation to all of you

 


day 1 (aka monday)
  • 15 squats while curling my hair counts as morning exercise… right?
  • managed to gulp down a glass of water with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar mixed in (read the benefits)
  • breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so apple+dumplings+sponge cake+egg it is
  • one hour lunch break = 30 min run at the gym across the street
  • meal prep from the night before meant I had overnight oats handy for today’s lunch
  • after work calls for some quality time with the elliptical and treadmill
  • also tried out some weight machines
  • hard day at work means quality dinner so fish and salad it is

 

 


day 2 (aka tuesdsay)
  • rushed out the door with apple + fig bar + aftertaste of my apple cider drink
  • went on a low impact 1hr hike sponsored by my workplace
  • lunch is my go to overnight oats
  • hard boiled egg to get through my afternoon slump (accompanied with about 5 mini chocolates.. cough cough)
  • long day of sitting compels me to go to piyo class and stretch/work my musceles
  • dinner = korean seaweed soup + rice + beef

 

 


day 3 (aka wednesday)
  • trying to get in the habit of stretching and massaging my legs in the morning
  • once again, cup of apple cider vinegar an apple, egg and seaweed soup
  • break means a short stairmaster workout to get my blood moving
  • overnight oats for lunch.. (again…)
  • evening workout turned out to be 30 minutes on the elliptical, light weights and a 10 min cool down on the bike
  • dinner was a ddeobboki. treated myself to this spicy goodness after a long day of work

 

 


goals for my next update:
  • drink more agua
  • do more stretching
  • eat more veggies

 

 


what are your fitness goals for this summer? how do you hope to become HEALTHY and be good for your body?

 


cheers

summer’s hottest hair trends

Beauty, Books, Fashion

 

as the summer season reaches it’s peak, fresh hair to combat the heat is necessary. here are some looks to help bring in the hottest of days with flourish.

 

 


sleek and chic + sun kissed vibes

 

beat the heat by bringing it with this intense look that is sure to turn heads. though many turn to more golden hues for the summer, defy the odds and opt for a more eye-catching look.

 

 


 

braids, braids and more braids

 

braids have never gone out of style especially now with the plethora of new ideas on how to reinvent the original braid. ranging from feminine to grunge to rebel, braids have played a huge part in our culture and has helped define identity in many different ways. use this foolproof hairstyle to wow at any date, outing or event. summer has never been more plaited.

 

 


 

komplicated kolors

 

rose gold, unicorn, sunset, pastels, you name it. all colors of the rainbow (and more) have finally hit our heads are and are providing a refreshing start to our summer. the more colorful the better so don’t be afraid to go beyond your comfort zone. make your look pop!

 

 


 

three looks you can’t go wrong with

 

 



what summer hairstyles are you looking at to combat the heat? would you try any of these trending hairstyles out?

cheers

you need to watch: Captain Fantastic

Books, Movies, Review
:: director : Matt Ross :: released : July 29 2016 :: my rating: 5/5 :: rating: R :: genre: comedy, drama :: IMDb
hello my lovelies!
a free weekend + good tea + windy night compelled me to prop open my laptop and finally get around to watching a movie my co-worker had been raving about for some time. i was not disappointed. this movie seamlessly incorporated concepts of love, loyalty and innocence with hard topics of politics and religion while also providing critiques about current societal problems associated with child rearing.
whew. that was a mouthful. but so is this movie.

“let’s dig. Otherwise she has to lie under that bullshit forever.”

the power of words, actions, conformity and death were somehow rolled into one giant production that left me speechless and reaching for my mouse to hit the replay button. all spoilers have been identified in red, so lets delve in and get started 🙂

synopsis from IMDb:
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In the forests of the Pacific Northwest, a father devoted to raising his six kids with a rigorous physical and intellectual education is forced to leave his paradise and enter the world, challenging his idea of what it means to be a parent.

my review:
beginning with a breathtaking shot of the forest in which the father, Ben, is currently raising his six children. we are exposed to their primitive ways that seems almost like a scene out of an adventure book we read when we were young. this misplaced scene is contrasted by the teamwork, love and drive each of these characters have and their distinct personality begins to show within the first five minutes of the movie.
this movie combines stunning scenery and diverse characters to keep the viewer engaged while teaching important life lessons. we are also given various critiques on the current state of society.

here are 10 truths garnered from this movie
  1. children can handle the truth
  2. and sometimes the truth is what everyone needs more of
  3. structure/routine is important. standards are not
  4. mental health is as important as physical health and neither should ever be neglected
  5. death should be celebrated, not mourned
  6. find your roots, learn your identity, remember your past
  7. books can’t teach you everything
  8. actions, not words define us
  9. don’t follow the norm. question everything. create your own beliefs
  10. sometimes you have to break the rules. and that’s ok

spotlighting this unique way of living highlighted elements of today’s society that we have grown accustomed to but may not be the best option. by returning to the basics, reconnecting with nature, a higher level of understanding and ability can be obtained. contrary to popular belief, this movie demonstrated how living with only the basics does not mean less intelligence of competence. rather, returning to our primitive ways can allow for a higher level of understanding.

5 quotes to compel you to watch
  1. Father:”We can’t go to mommy’s funeral. We have to do what we’re told. Some fights, you can’t win. The powerful control the lives of the powerless. That’s the way the world works. It’s unjust and it’s unfair. But that’s just too damn bad. We have to shut up and accept it.
    [now turning around in his seat]
    Father: Well, fuck that!
  2. If you assume that there is no hope, you guarantee that there will be no hope. If you assume that there is an instinct for freedom, that there are opportunities to change things, then there is a possibility that you can contribute to making a better world.
  3. We’re defined by our actions, not our words.
  4. It’s a beautiful mistake. But a mistake.
  5. Live each day like it could be your last. Drink it in. Be adventurous, be bold, but savor it. It goes fast.

Have you watched or heard of this movie? If so, what are your thoughts? If not, do you think you will watch it in the future? Let me know in the comments below!

Cheers

i have returned…

Milestone, Monday Update
hello my lovelies…
i know it’s been far too long since i’ve uploaded a post. (so long that i’ve almost forgotten how to start one! ) AND I APOLOGIZE PROFUSELY. i promise, this blog has been on the back of my mind for some time now, and i am so excited to reconnect with all of you again.
as i wrap up my first year in college and try to reorganize, remotivate and restart this creation of mine, i’ve decided to make a few changes to really make this sphere my own again.
please bear with this post as i update you all with some of the things i learned this past year as well as a couple of changes i want to make to this blog.

… college…
can i say wow.
the lessons i learned
the experiences i had
the food i ate
the friends i made
a truly unforgettable time that I never, ever want to forget.
also i time that i found myself slowly growing distant from who i am as i tried to find who i am. which brings me to my next point:
i need this blog. i need to make it mine again.
this being said, here are a couple of changes i’ll be bringing to this little corner of my world.
i want to share my interests with you
i want to share my hobbies with you
i want to share my thoughts with you
i want to introduce new worlds to you
i want to grow with you
and to accomplish this, i’ll be posting a lot more of my photography, more lists of what i like. more recommendations that aren’t entirely centered around books.
so please bear with me as i try to make this a better embodiment of me and as i bring about changes for us.

cheers

reader confession tag

Books, Tag

hello my lovely friends,

I know it’s been much too long since I’ve last posted. Ever since my transition into college, I found it difficult to allocate time solely for updating my blog and reading. As a month has passed by, I believe I am in a better place to begin regular postings, though I cannot promise to be as active as I was before. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to begin one of my favorite hobbies once more!

I am so excited to be returning today with a tag that has been on my mind for sometime. I was tagged by the sweet Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger and The Bookish Underdog some time back, and will be completing this tag today!

There didn’t seem to be a particular set of rules, so lets go ahead and get started!


1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Shamefully, yes…

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I love reading in bed, and I love reading before I fall asleep which calls for disasters to naturally happen in the course of my night. Though I’ve never intentionally caused harm to a book, I must admit that it wouldn’t be honest of me to say that I never have damaged a book.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Nope!

whenever someone ever so graciously allows me to borrow a book, I make it my utmost duty to return it in a better condition than I was handed it.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends on how deeply I fall in love with the book. Books that are impossible to put down can be finished in an hour, while others that are more difficult to read, and find interest can take up to a month to finish. Whats going on in my life at that particular time is also important as it usually dictates how much time I’m able to spend dedicated to falling in love with a book.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

If I begin a book, I never want to leave in unfinished, which calls for a very short DNF list, but also very long reading spans. Oftentimes I will skimming through the middle, just to reach the end and call it quits on the book, but I will never give it up in case the book redeems itself.

5. Hyped/Popular books you didn’t like?

Like I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t find Holes by Louis Sachar all that amazing. Similarly, Matilda by Roald Dahl proved to be a bust for me.

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

One of the best parts about reading is being able to share the thoughts and feelings you had about the book. I’m not ashamed of what I read, and thus have no books I wouldn’t tell anyone about.

7. How many books do you own?

Though I would attempt counting, I am currently 1,668.9 miles away from my bookshelf and would not be able to give an accurate answer…

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

Very fast. Lately I’ve even been forcing myself to read out loud so that I am able to enjoy each page more, and save myself from book withdrawals later.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

I love the idea of buddy reading, but it causes me anxiety as to if I’d ever be able to keep up, especially when I’m busy. Especially as it is life to have our schedule interfere with our reading plans, and it would be another stressor to try and coordinate what a read with someone else.

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Definitely out loud. I find that if I read in my head, I tend to read to quickly and therefore lose lots of details about the book.

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

Am I allowed to say my kindle? Because then I could download all books I wanted…


Because I’ve been outside of the book blogging world for too long, I’m not sure of all who have done this tag. Therefore, I tag anyone, and everyone who wants to participate!


Has there been much going on your lives lately? If there is one confession you’d have to make about your dirty reading habits, what would it be? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

wordless wednesday

Wordless Wednesday

 

Hello my lovely friends!

I know, it’s been forever since I posted, and I haven’t been very active on this account. I’ve been moving in to my new college and have had zero time to read or post. So, I’M SORRY ABOUT MY INACTIVITY! I love you all, I just have not been able to sit down for a solid chunk of time. I promise to get back in the swing of things, and stay connected with all you lovely people.

The next order of business: Remember, anyone can participate, and the main focus is to share aspects of our lives that may not be completely related to books. Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to kimmiegg in your post so that I can also read your content! (Feel free to use the banner as well.)

Welcome to week three of my Wordless Wednesday meme! This week’s topic is: Art – What are some of your favorite pieces and genres? Which artist do you adore?

To view a list of topics for the rest of the month, click here

One of my favorite past times have been heading down to this a street filled with art galleries and exploring each art piece. Although I don’t have extensive knowledge on art, or artists, it’s always exciting to create discoveries and connect with pieces you didn’t know you could!

For my post this week, I’ll be taking a slightly different approach and listing genres and artists I’ve recently discovered, and in no particular order, will be introducing them to all of you. Let’s get started 🙂


Sand Art

Recently, I’ve been obsessed by watching artists create their sand art. I feel oddly soothed and relaxed, and it has actually become a source of therapy for myself! It’s amazing how versatile sand is, and just watching new things form helps the art itself tell a story.

Personally, my favorite artist is Fatmir Mura. Below are a couple of stills from his masterpieces. Watching him work is very eye opening, and instills a sense of awe as he creates beautiful stills of beautiful topics.


David Choe

David Choe is a muralist, graffiti artist, and graphic novelist. His has created covers for Jay-Z’s and Linkedin’s platinum album, and can be found on the sets of Juno and The Glass Castle.

“His figure paintings, which explore themes of desire, degradation, and exaltation, are characterized by a raw, frenetic tone that he has termed “dirty style.”

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Half of the art is the back story. That’s why books on art and biographies about artists always have that wow factor in that you’re able to better appreciate the art and the reason it was created. David Choe has a background that could almost live up to others. His parents immigrated from Korea and settled in Los Angeles. After having his own bike stolen, Choe began the habit of stealing other bikes, and eventually this led to him dropping out of high school. Shoe also participated in the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, which resulted in his family store being burned down. Afterwards, Choe began hitchhiking across the country, and other countries, while stealing to make ends meet.

After enrolling in the only art college that would accept him, Choe later dropped out. I find his story to be the perfect example of why experience is much more important thank textbook knowledge. From what Choe saw and experienced, he was able to create art without learning the techniques from a standard school setting.

I love the bright colors, and the aesthetic quality Choe is able to produce by mixing very raw intense emotions together.


Vincent Van Gogh

This is an artist we’ve all heard about, and one that I debated putting in this post. I wanted to focus mainly on modern artists, but decided to slip Van Gogh in because he is my all time favorite painter. My personal favorite from Van Gogh is his Over the Rhone. All the Starry Night has been quite popular for some time, and you can find it printed on almost anything, I love this piece, and can relate so much to the feelings that it contains.

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Although Van Gogh never ate yellow paint to feel happiness, he did suffer from depression and would often try to eat paints and toxic material in hopes of ending his life. I believe that he had some sort of a bipolar mood disorder that caused him to have periods of mania in which he created phenomenal art, and times of serious lows.


Yoskay Yamamoto

From Japan, I love the serenity all his pieces bring. Yamamoto also incorporates Japanese culture and history into his painting and sculptures while adding a modern twist that makes it very engaging and interesting for the eyes.

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Yamamoto also works to combine Western elements to Asian ones, which I also appreciate. His works have a modern, clean feel. Each painting/sculpture forces me to stop and stare for some time as they all have an aura of calm that you don’t find in many paintings today.

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Cecily Brown

As most of you could probably tell, I love watercolor. Especially in pastel colors, watercolor seems so feminine and lovely. It was Brown that revealed to me how versatile watercolor (and any other art medium) is.

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I love the variety of strokes she utilizes. And before, I would never have realized the different things she was telling through her paintings. (We’ve all had the “I could do that easily) But after further research and studying on my part, I’m beginning to learn how to appreciate this art.


Did you enjoy this weeks theme? Do you think you’ll take part next week? Who’s your favorite artist/art piece? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

scavenger hunt tag

Books, Classic, Novel, Tag, Young Adult

Hello my lovely friends

I was tagged by the charming Fadwa @ Word Wonders to take part in the Scavenger Hunt Tag! I love going on scavenger hunts and if there’s one involving books, I’m all in 🙂 Fadwa has just the most darling blog, so please go check out all her amazing content!

I don’t see any rules for this tag, and it’s pretty intuitive, so I’ll go ahead and get started!


Find a book with the letter ‘Z’ in its title or the author’s name.

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Though I haven’t read this one, the synopsis always piques my attention each time I read it.

The Godfather – Mario Puzo

The epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.

Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.


Find me a classic

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I loved this classic and garnered so much knowledge about poverty, wealth and love.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby’s origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.


Find A Book with a Key in the cover

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)

I’m so glad that I had the chance to do this tag and rediscover this series I so enjoyed as a young girl. I loved this book, and hope to revisit it someday!

Incarceron – Catherine Fisher

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons.

A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists.

But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born


Find something on your shelves that isn’t a book.

I would take a picture, but I’m in the midst of packing, and everything is quite bare. On my bookshelf, I carry not only books, but photographs, stationary and make up. I promise to show this to you all some day as soon as I get settled in!

 


Find a book with an animal on the cover.

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My childhood favorite series, I read all these books multiple times, and watched all the movies! True fan here :p

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis

‘They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.

They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.


Find a book with a girl on its cover.

Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)

This book I grabbed during my huge eBook haul. I love the combination of orange and blue on this cover, and find it just captivating.

Whispers in Autumn – Trisha Leigh

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.


Find a non-YA book.

The Help

Though I have yet to watch the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. One page to the next, I found myself laughing, crying and just falling in love with each character.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step….

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.


Find a book with stars on its cover.

The Little Prince

A classic with a cute illustration on the cover. I love reading this short story, and have always loved this darling cover.

 

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.


Find a book with golden letters.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

This series was one of the first that I started reading since I started this blog. I really enjoyed, and this book will always bring back great memories.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.


I Tag:

CW @ Read Think and Ponder

Teacher of YA

Ola @ Ola Reads Books

Melanie @ Mel to the Any

The Jouska

And anyone out there ready for an adventure!


Have you gone on any scavenger hunts lately? Or read any of the listed books? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Books, Contemporary, Movies, Novel, Review, Young Adult

 

:: author:: Stephen Chbosky :: published: 2010 :: my rating: 4/5 :: genre: novel :: young adult :: contemporary :: goodreads

Hello my lovely friends!

I’m trying something new today and posting a movie and book review all rolled in one post! I recently watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, something I had been meaning to do for some time, and because I had finished the book fairly recently as well, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Lets go ahead and get started 🙂


Synopsis from goodreads:

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.


My Review: (No Spoilers)

The first time I read this book, was during my pre-teen years when I can’t say I was emotionally or mentally prepared to broach the topics presented. However, after revisiting the book, I was better able to grasp and appreciate the topics and issues that were being addressed. If there was were issues with the book, it would be the following.

  1. There was too much going on in the book. I felt like Chobsky tried too hard to include too many topics, and often times it felt overwhelming. Although this could have been done on purpose, I still felt myself having to stop periodically and just think. 
  2. I had to remind myself that Charlie was only a freshman and that this book took place in high school. 
  3. I had trouble understanding why Charlie was unable to identify any emotion other than sadness and regret. Although this is how depression works, I felt that this cycle of whining and inability to understand his situation to be monotonous.

However, I loved how real the book was. How it illustrated mental issues, and the realistic perspective into the struggles adolescents have.

First lines in the book:

“August 25, 1991
Dear Friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don’t want you to find me. I didn’t enclose a return address for the same reason. I mean nothing bad by this. Honest.

I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist.

The movie, was equally as good, and I found myself falling in love with Emma Watson and surprisingly, I felt like Charlie became so much more real to me. The movie, however, expounded upon the drug culture, and I found myself thinking that this seemed to be more of a college setting than that of high school. This could be in part because my high school experience was so much different, but it was difficult to grasp that these kids were merely high schoolers, as they had so much terrible history behind them.

Characters:

I believe that Chobsky’s characterization and descriptions of the characters were the highlights of the book, and what made the book so lovable. By the end of both the book and the movie, I felt as if I knew each character at a personal and deep level. Each were multifaceted and brought so much dimension to the book.

Charlie is the embodiment of all that adolescents are afraid to admit and be. Innocent and honest, he works as the perfect narrator, providing insight into all the ugly and terrible things that accompany growing up, while also showing the beauty of friendship and love. Suffering from childhood trauma, and depression, Charlie is simply trying to make his way through high school as a normal student. Not only does Charlie have an ugly past that always threatens to ruin his social life, Charlie finds himself to be smarter, and more insightful than the rest of his class. Although his complaints and inability to function correctly in society grew to be annoying, I could understand and empathize with his plight.

In the movie: Charlie is everything I imagined him to be in the book. I had trouble grasping what sort of exterior Charlie exuded at school, and the movie helped me to realize that even with his conflicting interior, he was just that kid in school that we never talked to. This prompted me to realize that these people suffering from problems are all around us.

Contrasting sharply to Charlie’s naivety is Sam. Patrick and Sam take Charlie under their wings, and teach him about life. I believe that it is Charlie’s interactions with these characters that develop him, and expose him to the reader. I won’t say much about the supporting characters, as I found myself enjoying reading and learning about them the most.

The Plot:

There are a series of love stories in this book, all very different from each other. I loved this aspect of this book, as the reader is shown the pain and hardship that accompany any sort of relationship. There were relationships that didn’t work out, a LGBT relationship, one without love, and an abusive one as well. This helped me realize that it’s not always happily ever, and that in the world, there is always a lot more under the surface.

Though I won’t say much about the plot, as I found the characters to be what made the book amazing, I never was bored, and found myself devouring each page to discover more about each character.

Final Thoughts:

This story provided moments to cry, learn and empathize. This coming to age novel taught me a lot about mental health, as well as allowed me to realize that some of the thoughts and issues I was having was not exclusive to me. I was able to better grasp the value of friendship, and what love is. I recommend this to everyone and anyone!

Both the book and movie were wonderful, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to reread and watch.


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Have you watched or read either The Perks of Being a Wallflower? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

why EVERYONE should read

Books, Thoughtful Thursdays

Hello my lovely friends!

I know, I know, most of you are probably rolling your eyes, wondering why I’m even bothering to post this!

As some of you may know, I also write for The Odyssey Online. This is “a social discovery platform committed to democratizing content creation while personalizing discovery” This past week, I listed some scientifically proven reasons as to why everyone should read! If you guys want to check it out and share on facebook, twitter or reddit, click here. Otherwise, enjoy this quick, fun article as to how reading is beneficial in every type of way.


This summer, I created a book blog in hopes to keep myself accountable in reading and so that I could occupy myself with a project. It’s only been three months since I’ve begun, and my love for books have grown along with my TBR (to be read) list. I personally did not even know this section of the internet existed, but now that I’ve discovered it’s magic, I’m finding it difficult to pull myself away from a book, or my blog. I mean, what a great excuse to stay home all the time. Right?

In hopes to excuse my reclusive behavior for the past few months, I decided to research some benefits of reading. I mean, I get it. We’re all busy with life that it’s nearly impossible to crack open a book. Especially with technology constantly begging us to be used, reading sounds like it would be a great pastime, IF THERE WAS TIME. No matter what type of aversion you may have towards books, or excuse for not reading, here are a couple of reasons you should put everything down and read.

1.You’ll become smarter

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Yes, you did indeed read that correctly. According to a study from the University of California, Berkeley by Anne E. Cunningham,explains the Mathews effect in which reading at a young age, and reading a lot, can expand vocabulary and increase the pleasure of reading. This can also work in the opposite way, so encourage your kids or siblings to read! Reading also helps in oral conversations as it was found that those who could easily read at a young age, had greater verbal abilities at an older age. Plus, reading helps keep the mind sharper.

2. You’ll become a nicer person

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Even those hopeless causes now have a chance! Reading can make it easier for you to relate to others and therefore, make you more empathetic. Another study published by Science, by David Comer Kidd and Emanuele Castano states that literary fiction especially will allow readers to better read others emotions. Through reading, readers are able to connect with characters and connect how people think to how they act. This can help in real life when dealing with what others may be thinking or feeling.

We all know what we’re going to gifting to our siblings this year…

3. You Can Become Sherlock Holmes

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Well maybe not, but you can obtain better analytical skills. Following the plot, analyzing the characters and forming an opinion about books is a great way to boost your brain stimulation. Being able to critique a book requires brain power, and helps your analytical skills. Often, it takes a couple of days before an opinion can be solidly made about a book, and discussing books with others forces you to understand and meditate about the book.

4. You can battle Alzheimer

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Inactivity in your brain is often the cause for Alzheimer. Keeping parts of your brain engaged through various activities such as puzzles or READING can help fight against Alzheimers at an early age. One study showed that Alzheimer patients often had reduced activities during their midlife. In the study, it was concluded that there must be a diversity in the activities you take part in, along with intensity, meaning the time devoted to each activity. The study also showed that taking part in educational activities was most effective.

5. Improved focus and concentration

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When was the last time you sat down for thirty minutes straight and worked, totally immersed, on something without checking your phone? Reading helps you focus on a book for an extended time, and reading before work or school for twenty minutes straight, can help you have a more focused day.


I hoped you guys enjoyed this, something a tad different from what I normally post, but related to books in a way!

Did you know about all these benefits to reading? Will you be using this to convince others to read as well? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below 🙂

pokemon go tag

Book, Tag

Hello my lovely friends!

Whew, it’s been forever since I last did a tag! I have to thank Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote for tagging me, and giving me the opportunity to take part in the newest, trending tag: Pokemon GO. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE needs to go check out their blog right now! They post amazing content, and I’m always inspired by their design and love for books. Go go go check them out!


Rules

There are no specific rules for this tag, but I am linking back to Aentee @ Read at Midnight, the creator of this fun tag because I didn’t answer ALL the prompts. For a full list, make sure to go visit 🙂

Alrighty then, with all the logistics out of the way, lets go ahead and get started!


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Hmmm, I’ve always loved reading, and ever since I was able to read, you could find me about anywhere with a book in my hands. I guess the one book that reminded me of my love for reading this past year was when I reread Pride and Prejudice. I was reminded of how timeless books are and the beauty of literature.

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I remember reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer back in the good old elementary school days and falling head over heels for Tom and Huckleberry Finn. I still miss their daily adventures, and wish I could have been a part of their friendship.

 

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Sorry John Greene, I love your crash course videos, and you seem like a great person. I just don’t like overly hyped books! The Fault in Our Stars could possibly be the best book ever, I’ll just never read it..

 

 

 

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Harry Potter… Since I hate reading books when they’re popular, I just put off the series, and now I’m just not sure if I’m ready for that type of commitment. (My apologies to avid fans…)

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Since I’m constantly sleep deprived, I tend to nod off sooner than I want, but a book that I could not put down and therefore was forced to lay on my floor and read nonstop is Vicious by V.E Scwabb.

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I can’t say with 100% certainty that this is still my OTP, but as a young child I was obsessed with the idea of a Prince falling in love with a girl who was not the prettiest in the kingdom. All fairytales seemed to revolve around a beauty that captivated the prince. In Fairest, Aza is considered one of the uglier citizens. After reading several reviews, I”m sure if I were to reread the book, I may have different opinions.

 

 

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I loooooved the Maximum Ride series! My brother introduced me to this series, and I was hooked, finishing book after book. I think this is the series I went through the most quickly, reading one book a day.

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I don’t particularly like it when a series or book is over hyped, but a series I’ve been dying to read is The Lunar Chronicles. If anyone ever wants to send me the whole thing, I’ll love you forever and ever.

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Buy me this collection, and I’ll love you forever… Juniper Book’s Penguin Classics just all have simple, vintage covers that I’ve just been loving!

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The Crown’s Game is one I’ve been seeing around, and been looking forward to reading. I love the synopsis for this book, and have read some great reviews about it as well. There’s a lot of similarities to the hunger games, although the fight is not about surviving but about ascending to the throne.

 

 

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Never Never by James Patterson is going to be released in a week. Need I say more? I love Patterson, and am so excited to snag this book as it is released!


Tag! You’re next!

Paige @ Paige’s Pages

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Beth @ Reading Every Night

The Orangutan Librarian

Reg @ She Latitude


Have you been a part of this Pokemon GO craze? Or read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below 🙂