10 Things About Me

Now that I’ve been blogging for a little over a month now I wanted to take the time to actually introduce myself. Although I don’t personally know many of the people who take the time to read my posts I want to be able to connect with my audience beyond just books. So here is my top 10 things about me (with much input from my bestie and roommate Karlee).

  1. BELLYDANCING

Yes, I really do Bellydance sparkly costumes and all. My mother started dancing when I was young and I picked it up when I became old enough. I’ve been bellydancing for about eight years. The best feeling in the world is being surrounded with such wonderful ladies and the feeling you get after a really good performance

  1. WRITE IT DOWN

In order to remember anything important I have the tendency to write things down, everywhere. That’s why I keep a very detailed planner and have multiple lists for different reasons. Most of the ideas for this blog have been thought out and planned on paper before they even make it to my computer.

  1. MUSIC

Music is a very big part of both my life and identity. I am constantly listening to music or singing to myself. I even play two instruments, violin and ukulele. I’ve been playing violin since I was seven in orchestra up until my senior year of high school. A couple of years ago is when I picked up ukulele on the spur of the moment and have taught myself to play little by little.

  1. SUNFLOWERS

Above any other flower sunflowers are my favorite! They signify so much to me about my family and just happy thoughts in general. I’ve always been told that they were my great grandfather’s favorite flower so I feel closer to him when I see them at unexpected times. This became even more apparent when my great grandmother passed away my senior year. Now they are my mother’s and my favorite flowers.

  1. GERMAN

I would consider myself semi-fluent in the German language. I’ve been learning German since I was about eleven. My love for the language has influenced what I chose to study in college and where I want to study abroad when I get the chance next year.

  1. HARRY POTTER

I couldn’t have a list of things about me without this showing up somewhere. Harry Potter was such an essential part of childhood and life today. It will always take precedent over other series and continue to be my family to come home to. I don’t think I will never not love Harry Potter. And yes, I watch almost every Harry Potter weekend on ABC Family (even though it’s technically Freeform).

  1. PRIDE & PREJUDICE

I consider Pride & Prejudice to be one of if not my most favorite books. Whenever I am stumped on what to read or am currently struggling to get out of a reading funk I can always rely on this trusty novel to help me out.

  1. BOOK

Obviously books are an essential part of me or I wouldn’t be a book blogger. Books allow you to live lives and go places you never thought you could before.

  1. OLD SOUL

A huge part of who I am is my identity as an old soul. Many of my close friends and family would describe me as such. I lean more toward the old fashioned and I’m definitely the mom friend of my group.

  1. FAMILY

The most important part about me is my family. I consider myself to have four parents and eight siblings and I love every single one of them. This also includes my extended family whom I don’t see as often but every time I do it’s like no time has passed.

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

“I think every person has their own identity and beauty. Everyone being different is what is really beautiful. If were all the same, it would be boring.

-Tila Tequila

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Books to Film – Before I Fall

Earlier this year on March 3 of 2017 the movie Before I Fall was released on the big screen. As I had read the book by Lauren Oliver back in my sophomore year of high school I was interested to see how this book would be translated to film.

The book itself had been recommended by one my favorite teachers (who taught my least favorite class) after one of our conversations. What sold me what that he claimed it was one of favorites and he couldn’t put it down. And he was correct.

Before I Fall surrounds the one and only Miss Popular Samantha on February 12th or “cupid’s Day.” It was a big day for Sam as she had planned on going all the way with her boyfriend, Rob, after a party that night. What Sam hadn’t planned on was dying in a terrible car accident that very night. However, she wakes up the next day and has to relive cupid’s day all over again, and continues to do so for the next seven days. Those next seven days show Sam that her actions have more effect on the present than she had originally thought. In the end she makes the one choice she never thought possible.

From what I have seen the movie seems to be getting wonderful reviews from adolescent audiences who connected on a deeper level with the main Character Samantha. On the other hand I have seen some harsh critiques from movie reviewers, and sold 62% from Rotten Tomatoes.

So I decided to see for myself…

I personally… loved the movie. The casting felt right and the movie progressed in a fashion that allowed viewers to understand the timeline. I’ll admit I expected more context but as far as movies go it gave a good representation of the book. Granted it did take some artistic license but the movie is never better than the book anyway. The development of Sam’s character left me feeling satisfied as did the end of the movie, but I can’t tell you cause spoilers! Most importantly I thought the movie gave the message the book was trying to give so that those who watched it understood what Lauren Oliver was trying to get across

At the end of the day I guess y’all out there will just have to give the movie a chance but read the book first.

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

“I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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Book Review – Breakfast with Neruda

It seems like forever ago that I got the chance to read this truly wonderful book. And one of the best parts is that I found it among the shelves at the Book Loft. What sold me was the novel taking place in Ohio with the Book Loft making a special appearance. I guess it also helped that it was autographed. This said book is Breakfast with Neruda by Laura Moe.

Laura Moe is a former librarian and teacher. Her most recent work is Breakfast with Neruda but she has also written the novel Parallel Lines. In the future she plans on writing two sequels to Breakfast with Neruda. Overall I feel this book would be considered Young Adult but could also fall under Realistic Fiction and Romance. This might be a good next read for all you YA lovers out there.

Michael Flynn is just a boy trying to get through his summer of community service after getting caught with fireworks when he tries to blow up his friend’s car. This isn’t the only strife Michael faces as he was expelled, his said friend stole his girl, his mother is a hoarder, and he lives out of 1982 Ford LTD station wagon his fondly calls the “blue whale”. During his mandatory service he meets Shelly, a girl with a secretive background, who unravels all of Michael’s well kept secrets. And even though Michael feels unworthy of her attention an unlikely friendship forms between them and later possibly love.

The title of this book was a clever play on words as Shelly and Michael come to find they share a favorite poet by the name of Pablo Neruda. This is where Shelly affectionately gives Michael the nickname Neruda. Breakfast comes into play as they create a pattern of daily breakfast runs before community service. Shelly offers her money and companionship and Michael wasn’t one to pass up free food. Thus the name Breakfast with Neruda. It isn’t a title that you understand right away and it took me some time before I realized its inventive creation.

This book really reminded me of how much I love to read and why I read books in the first place. While some of the plot could be considered cliché the entire novel was not. There are little things that emerged overtime and would be tied up together in a bright bow at the end. And that’s another thing, this book didn’t end with a definite ending which allowed me, as the reader, to leave some things to the imagination. I think that is a hard thing for authors to leave their readers with a satisfying ending that is still up for interpretation. The one thing I did wish for was some more depth in some of the characters. Each one had wonderful characteristics and personalities but I felt as if she could have gone deeper especially when it came to Earl and Michael’s mother. In the end this didn’t affect my overall love for the book in general.

For those looking for a new read or those who are looking to stretch their limits I would definitely recommend Breakfast with Neruda. And just maybe we should read some Pablo Neruda while we are at it.

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

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“I love you without knowing how, or when, or from where. I love you simply, without problems or pride: I love you in this way because I do not know any other way of loving but this, in which there is no I or you, so intimate that your hand upon my chest is my hand, so intimate that when I fall asleep your eyes close.”

-Pablo Neruda

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The Book Loft

Being that I am a sort of Germanophile I wanted to share one of my favorite places to visit in Columbus – German Village.

German Village as it sounds was settled by German immigrants in the early-to-mid-19th century. It’s like a living piece of history with preserved houses and the aesthetic of brick streets. It has quaint homes with their groomed flower beds and absolutely no parking space. Shakespeare in Schiller Park down the street and delicious traditional German food. For example Schmidt’s Sausage Haus has been around since 1886. If you’re ever in the area a Schmidt’s cream puff is a must!

But by far the best part of the German Village is the Book Loft. It hasn’t been around for very long but it quite a popular spot. This wonderful place is comprised of 32 rooms on a multitude of different reading subjects. It’s a literal maze filled to the brim with books, art, and small treasures packed into every last corner. One could spend hours upon hours in this place and not even see half of it. Because it’s quite a complicated building they do have a directory and label every room. Even funkier is having to ask for the bathroom key and search for the small door in the young adult section. They attached the key to a large piece of wood so it won’t get lost.

My friend and I love to visit whenever we get the chance as it’s a wonderful place to find your next read like I mentioned last week. It has the possibility to get you out of your comfort zone because you are surrounded by a plethora of some very good reads. And the best part is all of them are cheaper than one would find in, for example, a Barnes and Noble (note that I love Barnes and Noble but they have expensive prices). The cheapest I found was a new copy for three dollars and I don’t know about you but that’s a steal.

Another great thing is their love of autographed books. One can find them all over the store. They have autographs from more popular authors to smaller unknown authors, from biographies to mysteries. Everything you could possible want or be looking for. The only bad part is they limit you to only two copies. Makes sense though as you should share the love of autographed books for everyone.

For all those book lovers out there, if you are ever in Columbus take a trip to the Book Loft. I promise with all my heart that you won’t be disappointed by any means.

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

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“Any independent bookstore that has managed to survive is the best place to do a reading.”

-Ruth Ozeki

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Some Good Reads

Open the door and meet your next favorite book.

Today I’m talking about a favorite of mine, Goodreads. Goodreads is a website and app geared specifically toward readers. The site can do so much like keeping track of books you want to read and those that you have already read. On top of that it recommends new titles based off your likes and allows you to share all of your reading with friends. Goodreads has separate bookshelves for you to sort the books you want to read, the ones you have read, and other categories you create like favorites, romance, or young adult. This way everything is organized and easy to find.

Every time you finish a book and log it onto Goodreads you can enter the time in which you read the book, your rating, and a summary of what you thought. This can go to update your page so that your friends can see what you have been reading. It’s always fun to see the things your friends enjoy. Other features include updating reading progress, following authors, and a yearly reading challenge (personally this is where I keep track of mine).

One of my favorite things is that they raffle off free copies of books like you are interested in. I haven’t won one yet but it’s good to know that so many people are keen on having the real copy of a book in their hands.

I discovered Goodreads back when I was in 7th grade. That seems like eons ago. My counselor saw that I was such an avid reader and she thought this would be a good way for me to not only keep track of titles I’ve read but to find titles to broaden my horizons. We as humans tend to stick to things we know well or are comfortable with and every now and then we must step outside of our comfort zones. Reading is the perfect medium to do so. It’s simple, you either fall in love with the new book or decide it isn’t exactly your cup of tea. Both are okay.

I wanted to share Goodreads with you so that if you want to simplify your complicated reading journey or have the opportunity to meet some new favorites.

I’m interested to see what you all will read next.

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See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

 

“It’s good for me do things outside my comfort zone and push myself”

-Zoe Sugg

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My Top 5 Children’s Books

This spring I got one of the best surprises. My brother, my older very annoying but endearing brother, was expecting a baby! I was going to be an Aunt to an adorable little niece or nephew. And boy was I excited (not as much as my mother was though)! A while ago they had their reveal party to which I found out I was getting a little niece. And as the baby shower approaches this got me thinking. . . Much like my childhood I wanted her to grow up around books that she could love just like Stephen and I did. So down below I have compiled a list of my five most favorite children’s books.

1. GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU by Sam McBratney

The Little Nutbrown Hare tries to show how much he loves his daddy by spreading his arms out wide and hopping as high as he can. But the Big Nutbrown Hare who can spread his arms wider and hop higher loves the Little Nutbrown Hare just as much if not more.

This one is at the top of my list mainly because of sentimental value. Everytime I read this short little book I’m reminded of my mother. She and I are fairly close and she would always tuck me into bed at night. Even now I distinctly remember those nights.

2. VELVETEEN RABBIT by Margery Williams

A stuffed rabbit sewn from velveteen is given to a little boy as a Christmas present. The boy instead plays with his other toys who snub the considerably old-fashioned velveteen rabbit. One night to help him sleep the boy’s nana gives him the rabbit in place of a lost toy and soon after the rabbit becomes the boy’s favorite toy. Time passes and the rabbit becomes shabbier he meets some real rabbits learning that he is not real. The boy comes down with scarlatina (scarlet fever) and his taken to the seaside and his room disinfected leaving the velveteen rabbit out in the trash. He cries as a tear drop lands on the ground a flower appears along with a magic fairy. She claims that she can make him real and takes the rabbit into the forest to be with the others. The next spring the rabbit returns to look at the boy, and the boy sees a resemblance to his old velveteen rabbit.

This makes it at number two because of the lesson it teaches. This story teaches life lessons like loving who you are and loving unconditionally. In the end I believe that is what makes this story so special.

3. THE GIVING TREE by Shel Silverstein

There was once a tree who loved a boy. Every day the boy would come to the tree and eat her apples, swing from her branches, or slide down her trunk. As the boy grew older he wanted more and more from the tree. And the tree, well she gave and she gave until there was no more.

At number three is the Giving Tree (sorry I just had to rhyme). Again this childrens book teaches some very important life lessons about giving but also receiving in turn.

4. GOODNIGHT MOON by Wise Brown

In a great green room where a little bunny is tucked away in bed he says “Goodnight room, goodnight moon.” He says this to all the things in his softly lit room; to the picture of three little bears sitting in chairs, and to the clocks, the socks, and the mitten and kittens. He says this one by one until the little bunny says goodnight.

I just feel like this book is a wonderful bedtime story to read. And while it’s repetitive it’s also short and sweet.

5. OH, THE PLACES YOU’LL GO by Dr. Seuss

This is an ode to life where Dr. Seuss addresses graduates of all ages and gives them the get-up-and-go to move mountains.

Even as I get older I will always have a love for Dr. Seuss which why I had to put this book on the list. Part of loving this more came more from when I was older. When I graduated High School last year my parents used this as my guest book to my graduation party. It’s a neat little momento for me and it was truly awesome to see how some of the guest would use the story and images to write their messages. You could really tell who put some thought into it.

 

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

“I have a lot of respect and love for children’s books.”

-Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni

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Welcoming Wattpad

As I was starting the early stages for this post I knew that there were many things that I felt I just had to share with you guys. Mainly why Wattpad is so meaningful to some people but also some personal thoughts I had on writing. So as you read know that I have tried to the very best of my ability to explain my exact thinking.

Wattpad is a wonderful website for readers and writers alike. It launched about 11 years ago and creates a storytelling community where users can publish their novels, poems, fanfiction, or short-stories. On the other hand users also have the access to other amazing works at their fingertips. The Wattpad community has all levels of writers and gives every person an equal chance to write popular works. Works are published under genre categories allowing you to easily find something that you will love. Much like Goodreads, one will get recommendations based on works you have read. Many like myself will fall in love with certain authors whom you can follow and read every book they write as the chapters come (there is only a few that I do this for). The best thing about Wattpad is the Watty Awards every year. The awards vote for the best work in many different categories and those who win get more reading views and votes on their books. For me personally seeing a piece that has won the Watty Awards is like the best review a book can have. If a public population has voted on and loved that work so much then it’s gotta be good.

Like many good books, Wattpad came to me through word of mouth. I’d had a high school friend who dabbled in writing and she would post her works to Wattpad. That very day I signed up and although I have published barely anything I have been devouring books like no tomorrow.

My favorite thing about Wattpad is not just the novels themselves but the people behind them. Wattpad has a great sense of community and I feel as if writers can feel that. More than not people are giving strong encouragement and critical construction instead of beating an author down. And this is important because it’s hard to write anything that you feel so passionate about and put it in the public eye. And many of these authors use Wattpad because they have a dream of one day the possibility of getting published but in the meantime they still want to write and share.

And trust me things don’t always stay on Wattpad. Just recently a Wattpad author under the name HonorInTheRain published her work In 27 Days with Blink YA! She had started writing the novel when she was sixteen and it became a Watty Award winner in 2012. And the reason this work is slightly more dear to my heart than others is because this was the very first book that I ever read on Wattpad. It was the novel that kinda showed that this site was for real and these people had some serious talent. Y’all should go buy and read her book! I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

“Chase after the dream don’t chase after the money.”

-Old Dominion

Books to Film – Between Shades of Grey

Later this year Between Shades of Grey by Ruta Sepetys will be released on the big screen. Ever since the announcement I have been waiting patiently (more like dying) to see any trailers. And although the film is based on Sepetys novel it will be called Ashes in the Snow instead of the original title.

The first time I read the novel I was only a Freshman in High School as a required by the curriculum. At the time Shades of Grey was making it’s rise on the charts so my teacher was very clear with the title and author as to lessen confusion between the two.

Between Shades of Grey shadows, the life of a fifthteen-year-old Lituanian girl, Lina, in 1941 right in the middle of World War II. One-night Soviet officers barge into Lina’s home separating her from her father before shoving Lina, her brother, and her mother onto a train car heading north. Their journey takes them to Siberia where they are forced to work under Stalin’s orders. Lina finds solace in her art and documents events of her life by drawing. She hopes that her small messages will eventually make their way to her father so that he knows they are still alive.

Although the release date has not yet been announced you can find some more information on movie websites like IMDb. I tend to check there every so often. It shows the full cast of characters and has some pictures.

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

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“I mean if they’re running and they don’t look where they’re going I have to come out from somewhere and catch them. That’s all I do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all. I know it’s crazy, but that’s the only thing I’d really like to be.”

-J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

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The Book That Made Me a Reader

When I was younger I wanted to be exactly like my older brother, Stephen, so when he grew to love reading so did I. At the time I considered myself an advanced reader but I hadn’t found MY book. You know the book that makes you fall in love with reading.

I’ve always believed that those who don’t like to read just haven’t found THEIR book yet.

My Grandpa Sky was always real big on encouraging my new found love of reading by buying books he thought I would like almost every Christmas. If he never found any a handy Barnes and Noble gift card would always take its place. At Christmas about 12 years ago he bought me the first book of Sisters Grimm by Michael Buckley.

The story surrounds two sisters, Sabrina and Daphne Grimm, who traveled through many foster homes after their parents mysteriously disappear leaving behind a single red handprint. In the end they move in with their supposedly long dead grandmother in a town called Ferryport Landing. Sabrina and Daphne learn about the family business as detectives, Fairy-Tale detectives that is. Ferryport is filled with fairy tale characters who are referred to as Everafters. And as long as a Grimm lives within the magical barriers surrounding the town all the Everafters inside cannot leave.

This series turned out to be MY book or books I guess because after that there wasn’t a novel I couldn’t keep my hands off of. During that summer I spent most if not all of my time at the library gathering books and making friends with the librarians (many of whom I still converse with today). It was also during this time that I read the Harry Potter series for the very first time by myself. Ever since then it has been an integral aspect of my life and a series that I will always always always go back to.

I’d love to know what YOUR book was?

P.S. I’m currently re-reading this series just for the fun of it!

See ya in the A.M.

-Zippy-

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“One should never underestimate the power of books.”

-Paul Auster, The Brooklynn Follies

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