Some Words of Advice About Life

As you may know, it was my birthday last Friday. I want to share with you, dear reader, some things I learned in the past year. I’ve been through a lot, and yet, here I am! Typing this for you, very much alive. I’ve survived.

Things will change. People will change. And you will have to move on.

This is probably one of the biggest lessons I’ve learned in the past year. At the beginning of the last school year, my best friend left me. It just about killed me. But I got back up and joined a small group of friends, and soon after met a great friend. Unfortunately, the same thing happened this year. But again, I got up and found another great person to be friends with. And…

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens; but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” -Helen Keller

This has to do with the above lesson, but when my friendships ended, I was so sad. I kept staring at the closed door and attempting to open it, even though it was pretty stuck. So I saw another one and walked through. And guess what? It worked out. :) So just remember to look for new opportunities and friendships.

Be yourself. Laugh loudly. Scream at inopportune times. Do what you want to.

This is so cliché, but so very true. Don’t cover up who you are or be fake. Even if you’re embarrassed, keep on going. You are you, not anyone else. And be proud, too! I still need to work on this. Sometimes I won’t like my laugh or compare myself to others who are very different than me. I check others around me before laughing in class and am very self-conscious. But don’t do what I do!

Don’t judge yourself on whether others have crushes on you or not.

I remember the first dance I went to last year. All my friends got asked to dance except for me. I was absolutely heartbroken. Reflecting on that, however, I realize now that it doesn’t matter. It matters what your friends think of you and how you think of yourself.

So that’s it!

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Weekly Wrap-Up #8

I’m sorry I haven’t been posting much lately. LIFE has caught up to me. I will try to post twice a week, though.

ANYWAY. What happened in my world?

  1. It was my birthday on the 24th! I had a really fun birthday celebration last weekend, so my actual birthday was pretty mediocre. But I always love my birthday. :)
  2. I obtained an iPhone 5c!!! It’s beautiful and blue and has a pink case and it’s so amazing. I think it’s a wonderful phone. phone
  3. I got my exam results back. So, you know how I took that stressful test to get into this private school? Well, I passed! With 75%. I know, it’s a [pretty] LOW score, but I passed. And I’m not retaking it. :P

I posted…

on Tuesday about my novel

and

on Thursday, the review of The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan.

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Book Review: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

WARNING: THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS!!!

The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan

Title: The Blood of Olympus

Author: Dear Ol’ Uncle Rick

Number of Pages: 502

Genre: YA/MG Fantasy

Overall Rating: 5/5 stars

Synopsis: Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps.

The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

Discussion: I am going to arrange this in feels. Because that’s how intense this book was. And traumatizing. And surprising. And sad. And hilarious.

FUNNY

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It just seems right to start with the funny stuff. And if you’ve read HoO, you know who the funny one is. Go on. Say it. Saaay it. Talk to your computer. OMG, you’re right! It’s Leo, a.k.a. Cupcake. [Hehe. See what I did there?] But BoO is just plain funny. That’s the beauty of Rick Riordan’s writing: There are intense, near-death scenes, and then Leo’s all like, “I’m hot stuff!” and you crack up. When your other favorite character almost got killed. It’s CRAZY!

THRILL

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You know when you’re riding a rollercoaster, and you’re slowly inching your way to the top, and you’re thinking, Oh my god oh my god, I wonder how steep it is. Am I going to die? I am going to die. OMG. OMG. I love you, Mom. That’s what this book is like. We’re cruising along, and all of a sudden they break out fighting, and I’m reading like, Someone’s going to die. Fact of life. I bet it’s Percy. No, Rick Riordan wouldn’t be that mean. Maybe…Hazel? Ooh, yeah. IF LEO DIES, I‘LL MURDER RICK RIORDAN!!! So I’m going along…and then, the rollercoaster flattens out and it’s chill and slow and easy. Yeah, no one died, but, come on, couldn’t he have killed Jason???

HAPPINESS

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There are, surprisingly, many happy, peaceful bits when everything’s okay. [Of course, then something happens to throw it off, but that’s not relevant.] And the ending. It was too happy. Percabeth stays CHB, and plans to go to New Rome in a year and study at a college. Jiper stays at CHB, too, and Jason makes shrines to ALL the gods. Frazel goes to Camp Jupiter, because Frank’s PRAETOR now! YAYS! And Leo, dear Leo, explodes in the sky…and DIES.

BUT.

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Leo comes back from the dead, thanks to Festus, and flies to Ogygia, rescues Calypso, and the live happily ever after THE END. Literally, it ends like that. And it seems to be that Wico is now in place…? The ending is much too happy and sunshiney for me. EVERYONE DIE! That is a better ending. Wait, never mind. *cough* The Book Thief *cough*

Overall, I loved this book to pieces, and I wish the series wasn’t over. But it is. :'(


Random Stuff:

  • My iPhone is activated and beautiful and has an awesome pink case and I love it SO much. :)
  • Tomorrow is my birthday. :) YAYS! Look for a post about my years of wisdom in a post coming soon.
  • IDK.

Weekly Wrap-Up #3

Hello there! Another week’s gone by, and I am tired. A lot has happened this week, and not just in the blogosphere.

  1. I started to [finally] feel the weight of projects and homework. At my school, we have this one period of about one to two weeks where we get a bunch of end-of-the-unit projects that count for a majority of a grade. As you can probably conclude from this statement, life at school gets a little hectic during this time. Not only did we have about a project per class [or more!], our teachers also decided to pile up the homework.
  2. We got new songs in my choir! As you may know, I am in a choir, and yesterday we just got new music! I am a soprano II. We are singing Christmas songs! In September! Which is crazy! In Carol of the Bells, the soprano II’s mostly sing “ding…dong…ding…dong…” over and over. Fun stuff. :) But I still love choir.
  3. I have concluded that I will probably get a new phone soon. Why? Because my phone sucks. It’s three years old. Its battery life is unbelievable. It hardly has any space. Need I say more? Hopefully I’ll get an iPhone 5c soon-ish. :D
  4. I am going to give The Hunger Games a second chance. I guess this is a bit bloggish, but whatever. Thanks to Engie and the Mockingjay Part 1 trailer, I am going to reread the books and catch up on the movies before Mockingjay Part 1 comes out. It’s my mission!
  5. I found out that I will be gone on October 7th. Which is just short of a tragedy. Or maybe it is a tragedy. Because I will be camping in a cabin in the woods with NO WiFi and NO heating and, worst of all, NO mail service to deliver my beautiful copy of The Blood of Olympus, which will be arriving that day. Which means I can’t read it, fangirl about it, or post about it. :'( So I will have to read and review and fangirl about it some days after. Which sucks.

That’s all that’s happened in my world. Now, let’s get to the bloggy stuff.

On Sunday, I talked to my characters and asked for help on a story for school.

On Monday, I shared my thoughts about Wicked.

On Tuesday, I posted the warnings I’d like to see on books.

On Wednesday, I decided to give The Hunger Games a second chance.

Here are six posts I loved from this week:

Here are some of my attempts to use Emily’s ideas for book space:

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Clockwise, from top left. Books in the dryer [I mean, who needs dry clothes when you can have books?!], book in corner [When they’re bad; it’s not okay!], books in the toaster [Don’t toast them!], books on the floor [Floors are not made for walking on; they’re made for books! Duh.].

I’m not trying to steal Emily’s genius; I just wanted to try it for myself. :) I encourage you to, too! It’s really fun to take pictures of books in toasters. ;) Also, my cat and dog were not available at the time of this photo shoot, but if I get the chance, I *might* do pics with them, too.

No books were harmed in the making of this. Except when I dropped them. But they’re okay!

After this post, I will put up a review of The Book Thief, which I finished today. In science class. And I cried. And screamed. And my friends thought I was weird. ;) Oh, the joys of being bookish.

On another note, I’m still going strong on the 100-4-100! Is anyone else doing it? If so, how are you doing?

Stay on the lookout for a page with my Bucket List, a post about how to please a blogger, and ideas for a birthday party page!

What did you do this week? And since my poll-thingy is malfunctioning, which posting day was your favorite? Tell me in the comments below.

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Re-thinking My Negative Feelings and Criticisms Towards “The Hunger Games”

I know, a long title. A mouthful.

Ever since I completed The Hunger Games trilogy in the spring of 2014, I have disliked it. I didn’t like the writing style of Suzanne Collins, I thought the second and third books were unnecessary–I didn’t even like Katniss! [Notice this is all past tense.] But I recently popped over to Musings From Neville’s Navel to read Engie’s newest post about THG. It was her reaction to the trailer for Mockingjay Part 1. She included the trailer in her post, so I thought, well, why don’t I watch it? I haven’t seen the first two movies, but I’d seen the first movie trailer.

This trailer, though.

As soon as it finished, I was just, OMG; I have to see this. I have been told the movies are better than the books, a rare occurrence in book-to-movie adaptations, so maybe I should just watch the movies! But then I decided to give them a second chance. Why?

Here is a Pros and Cons list for THG.

Pros:

  • Sweet little Prim.
  • The plot is unique.
  • I actually liked the first book!
  • There is [mostly] constant action.

Cons:

  • I dislike the writing.
  • Some parts are slow.
  • In Mockingjay, Katniss spends a good amount of time in a basement. Doing nothing.
  • How time passes is weird.
  • I don’t like Katniss.
  • I don’t like Peeta.
  • I don’t like the Districts.
  • The second and third books are unnecessary.
  • I was really confused in some parts!

As you can see, the cons overwhelm the pros. But I am willing to give it a second chance! I am just that type of person!

As soon as my TBR list as been…read a bit more, I’ll buy THG and reread them. Maybe I’ll get them for my birthday…? [Which, BTW, is October 24. Frankly, all I want is to celebrate with my bestest bloggy friends, but I doubt that will happen…]

Here is the trailer:

What are your reactions to the trailer? Will you be watching Mockingjay Part 1? Of so, are you going when it first comes out, the premiere, or just when you feel like it? Tell me in the comments below. [There is more of this post, BTW.]

I just realized…September is fading away! Quite fast, actually. And that means October, my absolute favorite month of the year. Because where I live, the weather gets warm-ish, but not too warm like this week, there’s Halloween [a.k.a. Fangirls Unite!], and…my birthday!!! Which I mentioned above. It’s on the 24th, exactly a week before Halloween. October is actually a pretty exciting month this year.

Oct. 6: Start of fall break!

Oct. 7: The Blood of Olympus comes out! YAAAY!!!

Oct. 13: I meet Marissa Meyer! YAAAAY!!!

Oct. 14: End of fall break, a.k.a. school, which is pretty fun. I’ll miss it by then.

Oct. 24: My birthday!

Oct. 30: My friend Celeste’s birthday!

Oct. 31: Halloween!

The Blood of Olympus comes out during fall break, I just realized. That is good and bad. Good, because I don’t have to wear my uniform and can wear orange/blue instead (!!!), but bad because we might not be at home. We might be in a cabin, camping, without WiFi. :( Better check with my parents. ‘Cuz I have to do a major fangirling post on that day.

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This post was supposed to be about THG…Oh, well. :P

And: HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO DANYA!!! YOU ARE A TOTALLY AWESOME PERSON AND I AM SO GLAD I’M YOUR FRIEND AND THAT YOU’RE BACK FROM DENMARK.

Are you looking forward to anything in October? Tell me in the comments below.

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