Explaining

Hello! Its been a year since I published. Its also been a long time since I’ve actually looked over my blog. Many drastic events have taken over my life and haven’t allowed me to do any of the things I used to do when I started this blog. After a year that I published, my life has been a bit better and I feel ready to post more. I went over my blog today and changed many things. I plan to keep fixing this blog and its focus. I love books and writing, but I have many other passions. I want to keep writing and sharing many of the things that I love, in this virtual world.

I do not live in the United States anymore and haven’t read many books recently. I have gotten closer to God and become more mature in other areas of my life. My blog will change and so will my posts. Slowly I will also change the decoration and many other widgets.

For those who have kept on following me, thank you! I hope to keep on posting more and exploring many other blogs. I have many ideas.

My Vivid Dreams

Do you remember a recent dream you had? Or an older one that stayed vivid in your mind? Today, you’re your own Freud: Tell us the dream, then interpret it for us! Feel free to be as serious or humorous as you see fit, or to invent a dream if you can’t remember a real one.


 

My dreams are a bit too personal to write here in my public blog. But, I do dream a LOT!

I day-dream and I dream while I am asleep. Laugh if you want, but they are usually dreams about love. Hehe 🙂

Yeah, they are. And sometimes they are nightmares that I wake up sweating to or just dreams that somehow come true(not joking at all).

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A Typical Day

 Describe a typical day in your life — but do it in a form or in a medium you’ve rarely — if ever – used before. If you’re a photoblogger, write a poem. If you’re a poet, write an open letter. If you’re a travel blogger, write a rant. (These are all examples — choose whatever form you feel like trying out!)


 

Dear Readers that follow The Reading Girl,

I think that my days are usually calm or exciting. But I am not going to brag about my awesome life (:P ) instead I’ll describe you a typical day of my life, where I don’t go to a party, church, travel, or do anything in particular that requires something exciting.

Its summer and I decided,like I do every year, to go to Puerto Rico and visit my family. I haven’t really done anything these days since I have only been here for a week. I’ll tell you what I usually do these days of summer, not what I do when I am in the US, even though they might seem similar.

My typical day usually starts like this:

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Entering a New World-Daily Post

  You’re at the airport, your flight is delayed for six more hours, and none of your electronic devices is working. How do you pass the time?

Isn’t it obvious??? Screw phones, computers, and everything!! I would be reading.That ecard on the left is so true about me.

I love writing and blogging(I wouldn’t be able to do that, anyway, nothing works. But who cares!) but if you gave me a whole bunch of books I would say:

Yes, if I had a book I would be mean, so watch out!!

 

Today’s daily post is awesome :D. What would I do if I was stuck in airport for six hours….

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The Kindness of Strangers

I have been blessed to have people who are kind to me. I have been blessed many ways. I guess the saying “do to others what you want done to you” is true. I have always been kind to people, even if I am not kind to myself. I have always been kind to people who are kind to me, judge me, love me, or do not even know me. It’s who I am and I will never change. Many things have happened in my life that are not that pleasant and many things have happened in my life that are indeed pleasant. I’m glad to be who I am. Many people have treated me nice while others have not. Sometimes those that are mean to me and their attitudes have hurt me. But, instead of hating, I forgive, let go, and forget the past. Sometimes I think I am the only kind person in the world, to be honest.

Imagine my surprise when some people, that I think are not nice to me or I don’t even know me, are extremely nice to me. I’m kind to people but I never do it to expect something back. So, I still get extremely surprised.

 

Here are some examples:

  • When I didn’t have food people,who didn’t even know that, would just call me and say “I have some food for you. I feel like you need it.”You do not know how much that has helped me.
  • I have low self-esteem. When random people just walk up to me and say “you are beautiful” it makes me feel happy. I am still working on getting my self-esteem high and being happy just the way God created me.
  • Some people who were never nice to me, suddenly are nice to me. They treat me great and tell me that because I was nice to them that changed them.
  • A lot of people ask me for advice. It makes me happy to know that my words touch people’s heart in some way.
  • Someone paying me my food or just treating me nice and smiling at me.

A smile can change everything. I know mine has. I know that I have changed people.

I think I will change the title. A lot of people have been nice to me. A lot, to be honest. But….I have been the stranger who has shown kindness. I’m not bragging here, but I am saying that it makes me happy to know that I have been that stranger who has shown kindness. And because of that I have been extremely blessed.

So this prompt is also one of my most favorites:

When was the last time a stranger did something particularly kind, generous, or selfless for you? Tell us what happened!

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Wonders of Memories

That quote is true. We watch the world just passing by and everyone or everything changing. We watch how fast time passes by and we don’t really live the moment. Everything is changing. But behind all those change there are memories that never change. Sweet and alive memories that make you smile or giggle. Or bitter and sad memories that make you never want to live again.

Today’s daily prompt is one of my most favorite ever.

 Which good memories are better — the recent and vivid ones, or those that time has covered in a sweet haze?

I think our life is made up of memories and what we always seem to say is based on our memories. I think that both memories, that the prompt refers too, are good. The recent and vivid ones make us happy and live the moment. They make us be joyful, giggle, laugh, and just be in a trance of utter amazement. Like a first kiss, marriage, having your first child, reading an amazing book, writing your first book, graduation, prom, getting baptized and so on. Those recent and vivid memories are the one’s that simply make you forget about the bad things you are going through.

But what about the one’s that time has covered,not in a sweet haze, but in a bitter and horrible haze? The one’s that make you hurt so bad and cry? Those are the memories that  no one ever wants to think about. The memories that make you be depressed and never want to wake up again. The memories of a divorce, a death of a loved one, someone who you trusted or loved turning their back on you, or the memory of having some sort of accident. The memories of never being accepted or just going through something horrible.

Those are the one’s that no one ever wants to think about. Not, even me. But I came to the conclusion that memories are there for a reason. They never leave your mind or fade away because in some way they have changed our life. Our mind creates memories to think about them and forgive and let go. I have gone through some things that have stayed in my mind and have become memories that hurt my heart when I think about them. But if I decide, if we choose, to stay in the past and think about everything bad that has happened to us then, what happens? We become depressed and sad. These memories are the one’s we have to let go. We can’t live in the past anymore. We have to grasp those vivid memories that have been recent or happened long ago but feel alive and move on.

In some way, all memories are good because they help us grow up and think about what we have done. But, we are the one’s who decide whether we let go or stay in the past. Memories are good and bad but they are part of our life. They are beautiful yet sad. They are happy yet horrible. In the end all we will have left is our memories and those last forever in our hearts. It’s up to us to choose whether we let go and remember or live our whole life in memories.

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Being Reborn Again

 In other words…I got baptized. Yes, I did!! And it feels wonderful. I’m Christian, not a religious person (there is a HUGE difference). I respect people and do not judge anybody. I follow God, pray, sing, dance, and read the Bible. I do not let church get in the way of my personal life. I also do things that are normal.

Anyways, I know that after accepting Christ as my savior I must also be baptized. Nobody forced me to do this. My parents or church members…I decided to do this. And it felt great. I was nervous but happy. This is a  great decision that I must take seriously. I will be reborn through Christ and my sins from the past will be erased.  Of course, sometimes I will fall but God will help me back up. I am determined to be a new person.

I never thought this day would come. After six weeks of classes it did come, and I will always remember May 18th, 2014. It was a great ceremony. Everybody congratulated me and I even received a certificate. I can’t describe the joy I feel and felt! My pastor was extremely happy and wonderful. I can’t wait for the things that will come :).


 

If you read my post about why May is awesome, then you will know that this event was included there. This whole weekend was awesome. My special prom, my dance event from school, and now my baptism. May has been the best so far :D.

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A Book The Reading Girl Surprisingly Likes

I’m currently reading the last book from the MATCHED series by Ally Condie. The covers are gorgeous and I like the original idea of these books.

The first book: I LOVED 4 out of 5 stars

The second book: I HATED 2 out of 5 stars :Boring as hell (took me 2 MONTHS!!! to read it) the ending was the only GREAT thing about it.

Third book: I surprisingly love it. Its great. I like all the characters and the writing. I just started reading it and I can’t put it down. So far its 3 stars out 5 for me…but I think it will go up.

 

 

  

I do recommend this series. It’s really cool. Even though the second book was boring, it needs to be read to understand everything.  Read the reviews, listen to ME…hehe… and you will like this whole series.

That’s all. I just wanted to state that I am surprisingly enjoying this last book of the MATCHED series. I thought it would be a big disappointment like the second book. But, I took the risk and I don’t regret it yet.

Can’t wait for the review 🙂

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Where my Ideas are First Written

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I thought it would be a good idea to post about where I originally write my short stories and poems. Some of you have told me or have asked me where do I write or if I own any notebooks.


If you look at the right,you see two notebooks. The first one that says “Record” is my black special notebook that my grandpa gave me. I remember I told him I wanted to start writing and the next week he gave me that notebook. It is old and the pages are lined and yellow. But that’s what I love about, it has that old look and it seems magical to me :D. In that special notebook I write my short stories. My first story was a retelling of the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. I thought I was being original by rewriting it..hehe. Then I tried to write a story about me and my school..that didn’t work out. And then I started writing better one’s. I have posted two stories here already, but I will post more soon. This notebook of mine, I take everywhere and just start writing stories if I get inspired. The pages are full of ideas and edits and little notations. I LOVE having it.

The second red little notebook is made out of fake red leather. I got it at office depot and it was quiet expensive but, it was worth buying. It has a little red bookmark, lined white pages, and a little envelope in the back to put papers in. I originally bought it because I liked the detail in the cover and the color. I also bought it because I thought it looked old-fashioned and I like that vintage look. And I bought it because I wanted to do a scientific research of Anastasia and I wanted to prove she wasn’t dead (my brain is always creative). In the end I started to write poetry and I needed to find something to write them in….well I remembered I had this little red little notebook and I started writing all the poetry you see on this blog and more.I love this little red notebook and I also carry it with me everywhere :D.


 

There they are….my two special writing notebooks that will always be filled with my writing and ideas.

Do you have any notebooks where you write something in? Or maybe a folder?

Comment down below 😀 and thanks for reading. Enjoy this!

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But Life Goes On

 Isn’t that picture true? I mean if you want to add other words you are welcome to do so but for me those are the perfect words to use now.

  Shit happens. But life goes on. 🙂

I have a few ideas of what to post today….but I can’t seem to find the way to start them. SO much is happening in my life right now my brain is just not working properly. And this world we live in is so crazy and just WEIRD. Not weird in a good way (if there is such a thing) but weird in a bad way. All these things that are happening…you can’t even have the right of freedom of speech or kids not even respecting each other anymore.

I warn you that since my brain is not working this post will just be a rambling of words. Either way, I still had to post something ….


 

Well I’m really tired of all the shit that is happening and I just want a break…I feel tired and mad. But you know what? I have decided to just forget everything that is happening…things like a prediction of World War Three or kids my age who don’t give three hoots about anything but what shoes to wear, how their hair looks, or what girl is the hottest and has the biggest boobs or ass. And you know what I’m just tired of this world. Isn’t it supposed to be a safe place? Like I said, this post will not make sense…but if you get what I wrote in some way then congrats.

Just remember, shit happens and Life goes on. And maybe, something great will come out of all this madness. And it will :). I know it will.

Remember, if you haven’t had a great time look at the bright side and put your hope in something. God is my hope 😀


 

Well this is my confusing post of the day….a song that always makes me smile (its in Spanish) “Late mi Corazon”. My Heart Beats, is a song by this new Spanish Christian band called Montreal (which I happen to know them personally). They are 4 Argentinean siblings (except the drummer)  They are starting to be known here in Miami and they are great. They didn’t ask me to promote them or anything. I wanted to, because their songs are so inspirational. Like this one :D. If you can’t understand the lyrics I’ll explain it to you:

the band is singing that their heart beats when they hear about God. They can’t stop singing about God or speaking about him because they love him very much and they feel God’s love. They want to shout how God is salvation and they can’t stop. Enjoy the video!

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(May) the best month for The Reading Girl

 I used to write about all the months when I started my blog, but then I stopped. Today, 7 days into the 5th month of 2014 I decided to go back to doing that but only with this month. This month is always special to me for a LOT of reasons.  So far 2014 is okay, probably not the best year but it will be once it gets to summer :D.

 


First reason why its the best month: I took my finals tests that we always take during this month and I did great. Three f*cking weeks of testing and doing practically nothing. But I’m glad that’s over. It means I passed my grade.

Second reason: Expolit. I’m not sure if some of you have heard about this but this is a Latin American Christian book fair. A LOT happens here. I know someone who works in Expolit and got to interview almost all the famous Spanish Christian singers, which also means I got to meet them and take pictures with them :). Plus, the person I know, knows some of them since these Christian famous singers started their career. I’ll post some pictures if you are interested. It was a great experience that I will never forget.

Third reason: I’m ashamed to say this but how could I forget Audrey Hepburn’s birthday??? She is my icon and I forgot that if she was alive, she would be 85 years old. Her birthday was on May 4th. I love Audrey but I forgot about that completely. At least Google had remembered:

Doesn’t Google always remember everything? And so did my family members and friends who know I LOVE Audrey. *Sighs* I’m a girl, almost and adult now that has a lot going on, so that might be a good excuse…not really.

Fourth Reason: Mother’s Day. I LOVE this day. It honors all the mother’s who have gone through a lot to raise their children and proudly fight for them. I can say that I’m thankful for my mother who has always been there for me.

Fifth reason: The month before school ends. I used to look forward to going to school. Don’t get me wrong, my classes are great and so are the teachers and friends. But I would rather spend time in my house and going out than getting 10 piles of homework and waking up early. And just the fact of going to school seeing people I will probably never see again. The month before summer starts: YAY!!!!!!!!!!!! 😀

Sixth Reason: Prom

Seventh Reason: I’m going to finally get baptized. Its something very special for me. It’s a decision I decided to make. I can’t wait for that day.

Eighth Reason: Someone’s special birthday…….

Ninth Reason: It’s simply the best month of the year because I said so…of course June, July, half of August, April, and December are awesome months too, but they are not my favorite months like MAY. I’m pretty sure you can tell why….


 

That’s all I can remember …I haven’t really been reading much since I have been so busy. I’ll try to come up with something interesting about books…

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Writing Process (Nomination)

I was nominated to take part in a Writing Process Blog Tour by the lovely and sweet Stacily, who writes amazing posts, from a God Colored Girl In A Grey World. She is a very passionate writer of poems who writes based on her experience and from the heart.  On her blog you will find poetry and post based on her experiences about culture and spirituality. Please check out her blog. It is amazing and full of beautiful writing pieces that you will enjoy. I promise that you will not be disappointed :). Thanks Stacily, for nominating me. I am truly honored.

 

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This blog meme requires me to answer four questions about my writing process, and then nominate three other writers to do the same.

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My world

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My BLOG.

As all my followers and blogger friends know my blog is mainly about books. And book reviews and book discussions. But recently I have decided to post poems, short stories, paintings, photographs, and random posts. I can tell many readers are enjoying them.

But I have something to say:

If you do not like what I post why bother following me? If books bore you why follow me? If you do not like happy things why follow me?

But do you think I really care? To be honest when I started my blog I did care…but now…I’m happy with how everything is turning out and little things like that do not bother me at all. I’m not a negative person but I felt that I had to post this. My blog is like my world showing how I really am. A a happy, Christian, book worm and you can read the rest on my about page.

This will not be a long post but rather just a message to you everyone who likes or dislikes my blog.

My blog is my world where I post my own original ideas and I try to be a positive influence. So thank you to all of you who have supported me in some way and you know who you are. And thank you all who have in some way made me feel down because later I learn and I let go and it makes me a stronger person.

I can’t wait to post more and to keep meeting new bloggers.

Love, Yazmin AKA The Reading Girl

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Finding your inspiration (My thoughts on writing)

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I was first told that I was a good writer in the fourth grade. Yep. Of course I ignored that thought because at that time I wanted to be a singer or dancer. Well actually a lawyer too and I thought writing was boring (yeah, I was stupid). I wanted to be a lawyer because I loved history class and any class that had to do with laws. Then I started loving Language Arts and then English. Of course I still loved Social Studies, History, Geography, Civics and so on. Anyways time passed by in school and we started taking these big writing exams and I would receive the highest scores. They would give each of us,students, different writing prompts and we had to write a 5 paragraph essay based on the prompt in 45 minutes. Somehow the ideas and words would flow in and what I thought would receive bad comments and a bad grade would receive the best grade and best comments. And well you can guess what happened after that. I decided to write all the time…essays, short stories, poems, and random things.

I don’t know if I want to be an author yet and I’m not saying I’m the best writer ever but I know I can write. And where do I get my inspiration from?

Well that’s not a really hard question for me to answer.

I get my inspiration from everywhere.

I listen to a song and I imagine this whole scene and I start writing. I see nature and I start writing. I dream something and I write that too. I go through something whether its bad or good and I just have to write it. Nothing stops me. My inspiration comes and even if I am in the middle of my math class I take out a paper and I start writing. Yes, I do get caught but you know what my teachers tell me? Keep going! My family too and now my blogger friends. I get inspired and I just have to write it down quickly. At first I was scared. We all get scared when we are starting something new right? But I let that fear go and I listened to my teachers and family members and I wrote :). And now I am finally starting to share it with the blogging world.

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Discussion: What The Reading Girl is Currently Reading (Good Books)

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I am currently reading three wonderful books. Below I will let you know what they each are about and my opinion.

1. The Lord of The Rings (50th anniversary edition) by J.R.R. Tolkien: Frodo Baggins knew the Ringwraiths were searching for him – and the Ring of Power he bore that would enable Sauron to destroy all that was good in Middle-earth. Now it was up to Frodo and his faithful servant Sam to carry the Ring to where it could be detroyed – in the very center of Sauron’s dark kingdom. (Summary for The Fellowship of the Ring)

My thoughts:  I have the 50th anniversary edition which is all the three books inside: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King.  Its 1,178 pages and I am still in the first book. But I love it. It’s so full of details and emotions. Its like if Hobbits and Elves actually did exist. LOVE=This book. More will come once I review this book. P.S. I can tell that Peter Jackson tried as hard as possible to make the movie accurately. And I LOVE the movies :).

2. Quien es el anticristo?(Who is the Antichrist?) by Mark Hitchcock: With the growing interest in the Antichrist these days, curiosity runs high for both Christians and unbelievers–with good reason. In books, movies, and even everyday conversation, so many ideas about who he is, what he will do, and the timing of his arrival abound that it’s difficult to separate biblical fact from human speculation.
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Dance and Singing (My thoughts)

I don’t exactly dance or sing at a studio like most people have done. I danced ballet for 3 years and stopped because for economic reasons and I never sang at a singing school also for economic reasons. But, I can dance because I kept practicing on my own and I can sing because I also kept practicing on my own. My family is full of singers and dancers and because of me practicing my singing and dancing I have been asked to dance and sing at events here in Miami and Puerto Rico.  Even though singing and dancing are not my passion, it is something I like doing. Especially singing. And I LOVE doing this especially when it’s for God. Especially when I’m asked to dance and sing at church events. I feel free, wonderful, amazing, and most of all happy. I love creating choreography and then dancing it for God. Words can’t describe what I feel and what I make people feel, through God, when I sing and dance. What I am trying to say is that the way I see dancing and singing is in a positive way, to express your feelings and thoughts, so in a way you bless people in ways you could never imagine.

 

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The Reading Girl, The Blogger, Me

Obviously, that’s not me but it kind of shows how I am. I don’t know how this post will turn out but I just wanted to say something about me for once!

I am a young girl or woman who wants to do many things in her life. Quiet, fun, (those combinations do work out 🙂 ), studious, reader, adventurer, curious, thinker, writer, book reviewer, different, amazing, blogger, daughter, sister, daughter of God, student, friend, beautiful, weird, crazy, skinny, healthy, serious, dancer, artist, traveler, and people could go on describing me.

But who I am is what makes me and that’s why I decided to do this blog. To show the world the true me in many different ways. Through poems, photography, book reviews, discussions, posts, and so on.

How I am in this blog is how I truly am and I am grateful for all of you who have made it possible and have motivated me to blog. 🙂 Thank you!

Discussion: Favorite Books

I obviously love reading very much. It’s the best feeling meeting new characters and entering new worlds and falling in love. I may sound ridiculous but only a book nerd like me would understand :D. Anyways down below are some of my most favorite books that are definitely worth reading (Divergent and Papertowns are being lended now 😉 ).

 

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Even though I try as much as possible to keep my books in good conditions,well, they are never going to look new if I make notes on them or take them somewhere with me no matter how much I try.

Here are some books that I forgot to photograph:

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And some ebooks:

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Each of these books changed me in some way or taught me a life lesson. Remember, Don’t judge a book by its cover, what is inside is what matters.

There are obviously many more but these are the ones I could remember.

I guess the point of this, is to discuss what are some of your most favorite books that you have ever read. Go ahead and list them!

P.S. if you want to see my reviews for these books just type the title and enjoy 🙂

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5 Reasons to Not Wear Mini-Shorts (Read on, its interesting)

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Imagine yourself in a hot climate like Miami’s or any other tropical place…imagine how you want to be cool(as in you want to feel fresh air against your legs,especially women) and that is why you choose attire that could show your skin like the picture above. I mean don’t get me wrong, there is nothing wrong with using shorts at all. They are comfortable, cool, match basically with any shirt or shoes and there are millions of styles.

 

But, like every piece of cloth we use, they have to be our size and not be extremely short. I want to share with you guys 5 reasons to not use mini-shorts even if they are in style.

Quick note: This post is based on my observations of all the young ladies I see out there. And based on my experience too. I have never been comfortable wearing shorts that show a bit of butt or look like underwear, I find them way to uncomfortable and I feel like a skank  when I wear them. I finally decided to just wear skinny jeans, short but not mini-short skirts, and just shorts that are a little bit above my knee. Read on if you are interested.

#1 They are uncomfortable

Without doubt, wearing something way to small is going to be uncomfortable. If we are aware that shorts are between the butt and legs and we don’t want anything showing, we can have a pretty bad time always fixing them. Why would we wear something that makes us feel uncomfortable?

Example: I was at the fair once and this girl wore these mini shorts that kept getting stuck between her butt cheeks and you can imagine how that looked. The poor girl kept pulling her shorts down and walking like a penguin.

#2 Show way too much skin

The whole idea is to leave something to the imagination. Sure you can look sexy but you don’t need to show your ass. The whole point is to show your beautiful legs but not show something that can be saved for later or is something private.

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April is here and its time to enter a new world

Hi fellow bloggers! I am back into the blogging world and I am very happy. I had an extremely fun time with my family and I did not want it to end. As the days goes on I will post about everything I did by pictures and small messages. Everything will turn back to normal.

I can’t believe it’s already April. The fourth month of the year is already here and that means that the year is almost half way. The Reading Girl blog has a lot planned and I can’t wait to post :).

For now enjoy this photograph I took on my vacation while I explored my home Miami, Florida. Thanks for seeing it 🙂

 

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(I did not edit this picture at all.I took it and my wonderful Canon camera captured the exact colors and reflections that I saw in person.)


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Spring Break for this Reading Girl

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I live in America and as some of you may know we have spring break over here for a whole week. It depends where you study or where you work.  I really don’t know the point of this break but I do know that I am thankful for it 😀 Anyways I have spring break for a whole week and guess what that means? I will be doing things and will barely have any time to be in the blogging world. So I will leave only for a week and will not post, respond to any comments, or like any posts from the bloggers I follow. I just wanted to let you guys know, because I think some of you might have gotten worried not hearing anything from me for a whole week right? I don’t know maybe some of you would have actually worried 😛

But I do want to say that I will have future posts planned to publish soon:

  1. Book reviews. I know I haven’t really posted any but with my busy life I have barely gotten any time to read or review at all any of the ARC ‘s(Advanced Readers Copy) that I have received. Getting arc’s was something I wanted so that’s crossed of my list that I had posted a while back. I am very happy to write and share my reviews and new books with you guys. 
  2. Awards. Okay….some of you have really exaggerated with the awards..haha (you know who you are). I didn’t expect to get so many this year and from some people I didn’t even know liked my blog. I mean, don’t get me wrong I love receiving them but I haven’t had any time to properly post about them. Which I want to do because there are some of you that I would really like to award :). So expect a post about this soon. That’s another thing crossed from my list.
  3. Photos. I have taken so many pictures that I think are great and I want to share them with you all  how I take them and all of that photography information 🙂
  4. Movie ReviewsOkay so this is going to be something new for me :D. I LOVE movies. Everything about films, so I thought I might review films and I know that a lot of you review movies. I would like your help on that. It must be as easy as reviewing a book right?
  5. Poems and my writings. Yes, i want to post more of my poems and writings and articles 🙂
  6. Quotes. More inspirational quotes.

That’s basically it! I’m sure more will come along the way. I will see you guys in a week 🙂 Happy Spring and happy reading. Happy everything 😀

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Blog Update

I simply just want to do a discussion here.

I have been thinking about updating my blog theme, but I don’t know what theme to choose.  There are some pretty great themes here in wordpress that I really like.

I wanted to know your opinion of good themes that I could choose.  Its been a hard decision.

Let me know! 🙂

Perfect Chemistry’s effect and Hot Blonde Girl most used

Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles has been my most viewed post and book review. It has had a great effect in my blog. With a total of 2,954 views and counting.

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Awesome book!

I wonder why?

When I first posted my review for this book I just considered it another boring book review of mine that will either never get liked or will barely receive any attention. Like most bloggers or reviewers, I was obviously excited to write a review by me since it has been one of my most favorite YA books(Young Adult) and i wanted to share that same happiness with the world. But little did I know it became my most viewed post! I started noticing that Perfect Chemistry had at least 200 views everyday. And I also noticed its my most liked review in Goodreads and here in my blog. With at least 40 likes in GR and 10 likes here. Yeah, it might not be a lot for bloggers that get many likes, but for an indie like me who just started reviewing books and blogging its pretty much an accomplishment.

Then I started wondering, why is it viewed so much and why is it searched so much throughout my blog? I came up with some of my own answers: maybe because its a very popular book. Or maybe because the author is popular. Or I just simply wrote one of my first good reviews. Yes and yes and no. It is a very popular book and Simone is a very known author. But to be honest I think its an ok review. Not even that good compared to my other better reviews. It has pictures and some quotes, maybe that’s why it has captured so much attention. Probably because of my originality. But a blogger also has their most viewed post and I guess Perfect Chemistry was the one meant to be for some reason I will never know or get. But it also makes me kind of happy that at least people are enjoying it. It makes me glad they appreciate my work in some way.

Blondes will always be popular right?

Then something else caught my eye. “Hot Blonde Girl” or “Beautiful Blonde Girl”. Those two sentences have been a very popular search term in my blog. It strikes me as funny because my blog is about reading and my personal updates. It has nothing to do with hot sexy blondes and never will, unless you go look at my Perfect Chemistry review. That’s where it all goes and relates. In that review I use a picture of a gorgeous blonde girl who I described as Brittany Ellis. The main character and heroine of the book. Since Perfect Chemistry is popular among my posts of course people will be typing such things as “hot blonde” or “sexy blonde”. A person even commented in my review this: “Hey whats that girls name that you showed for Brittany ellis?” That was funny to me because all they were interested in was that blonde I used. And then it came to me: my review is also popular because of the blonde girl. Not because people even read it or know who the author is, but because of that blonde girl. *hits her head and sighs*

Blonde I used for review

So my blog is also popular because of a f*cking hot blonde who is not even the main thing in my blog. People my blog is not some place full of hot, sexy, provocative blondes! Maybe I should just change the picture to an ugly duck or something. Let’s see how that turns out. So there you have it. Perfect Chemistry is popular for 4 reasons: popular book, popular author, probably I wrote an awesome review, and because of the blonde. I choose the blonde. Everyday I look at my stats and I see: Perfect Chemistry 290 views and “hot blonde” searched at least 40 times. So much for my reviews and posts.

Any who, I am still going to post anything even if people keep thinking this blog is full of hot blondes :P. So if you want to check out my review here you go:

https://audreyhepburnbooks.wordpress.com/2013/04/07/review-of-perfect-chemistry/

I don’t mind. I do thank all of you who have actually read it and enjoyed it :).

What has been your most viewed post or your most popular search engine term?

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Love at first sight with…a book :D

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What is the book that still leaves you amazed?

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Eyes like a shutter…Mind like a lens

  “Photography is a way of feeling, of touching, of loving. What you have caught on film is captured forever…it remembers little things, long after you have forgotten them.”

-Arron Siskind

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The Girl that read’s “too much.”

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Why Bethany Hamilton is my ROLE MODEL.

Bethany Hamilton is beautiful, awesome, and most of all…brave.

I think most of you know who Bethany Hamilton is. And if not I will make sure you know who she is :D. Bethany Hamilton was born in Lihue,Hawaii. She is a women who when she was 13 was brutally attacked by a shark at a beach in Hawaii. The shark obviously bit her left arm off and its a miracle she survived. She lost 60% of her blood. Here is some of the story:

“On October 31, 2003, at the age of 13, Hamilton went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai with best friend Alana Blanchardand Alana’s father and brother. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14 to 15-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder. The Blanchards helped paddle her back to shore, then Alana’s father fashioned a tourniquet out of a surfboard leash and wrapped it around the stump of her arm, before she was rushed to Wilcox Memorial Hospital. By the time she arrived there she had lost over 60% of her blood and was in hypovolaemic shock. Her father, who was scheduled to have knee surgery that morning, was already at the hospital, but she took his place in the operating room. She spent a week in recovery before being released from the hospital. During subsequent media interviews, she confirmed that she felt normal when she was bitten and did not feel much pain from the bite at the moment of the disaster, but felt numb during the ambulance ride to the hospital.

When the news broke out of the shark attack, a family of fishermen led by a man named Ralph Young, presented to investigators photos of a 15-foot-long tiger shark they had caught and killed about one mile from the attack site. The shark had surfboard debris in its mouth. When measurements of the shark’s mouth were compared with those of Hamilton’s demolished surfboard, it matched. In late 2004, the police officially confirmed that the shark was the one that bit Bethany Hamilton.

Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Less than one month after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards.

Hamilton’s broken bitten surfboard that she was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum” (Wikipedia.org)

One of the reasons why I admire her is because even if she had one less arm she overcame that and decided to return to professional surfing.

As of right now she is a professional surfer and married in August 17th,2013 in Kauai,Hawaii.

(I took this photo from People magazine)

Bethany Hamilton in my opinion is such a great example to everybody. Even if the shark bit her arm off she kept on going. She didn’t give up, she kept her faith in God, and was strong.  I remember somebody asked her in one of her interviews if she thought she was going to surf again and she responded: :”I think? I know I will surf again.” That had such an impact on me because she was confident and this showed that she was sure and knew that no matter what, she was definitely going to surf again. Hamilton never gave up. She even wrote about her experience in her autobiography  Soul Surfer: A True Story of Faith, Family, and Fighting to Get Back on the Board. 

Then on 2011 Soul Surfer the movie came out based on her book and life experience’s.

A young girl holds a surfboard at the beach. A section of her board is missing as if been bitten by a shark.

Starring AnnaSophia Robb as Bethany Hamilton. I love and own that movie. I have watched it over 30 times. I never get tired of it.

In general I wanted to post this because Bethany is my role model and she has taught me to never give up even if there are obstacles along the way.

Photo by Noah Hamilton

Books and Movies

Books and Movies

So, I think this will be the begining of this blog having different posts other than book reviews. I was just sitting in my computer thinking about movies and I wondered “Why dont I do a post based on books … Continue reading