Modern Movie Adaptations of Classic Stories

I was speaking to my Swaziland bestie the other day about music with great lyrics. That lead me to talk about a song off one of my favorite movie soundtracks and got me thinking about modern movie adaptions of classics. For those who don’t know what I mean when I say modern movie adaptations, it means stories created by such authors like William Shakespeare or even such tales like Cinderella, are revamped to be set in the 20th century instead of the teenth-century they were written in. So instead of horse and buggys, there are cars and planes adapted to fit the story. It’s still related to the story’s overall plot and the endings but it’s also a little bit different. I actually think it’s quite brilliant when writers and directors do this but anyway, here are a few of my favorites:

  • Romeo + Juliet (1996 film)Image result for romeo + juliet

Okay first thing we must talk about is the cast line up. You have Claire Danes who plays Juliet, Leonardo diCaprio who plays Romeo, John Leguizamo who plays Tybalt, Harold Perrineau who plays Mercutio, Pete Postlewaithe who plays Father Lawrence and a whole host of other cast members that just make this movie so amazing to me. On top of that, instead of speaking in modern tongue, they literally speak the exact dialogue of the story, swords are brand name guns and there’s a bit of a musical feel to it. It doesn’t have the highest rating by movie critics so I’m probably in the low minority of people who love this film but I believe it’s worth watching plus the soundtrack is FANTASTIC!

  • O (2001 film)Image result for o film

Another film with a great cast line up! O is a modern retelling of Othello but it’s set in high school with the premise of teen violence. Mekhi Phifer plays Odin (Othello), Julie Stiles plays Desi (Desdemona), and Josh Hartnett plays Hugo (Iago). It’s also another film that doesn’t have super great ratings but I liked it enough especially since the cast was so diverse plus I was on a Julia Stiles kick back then and she was featured in so many of my favorite movies back then!

  • Ever After: A Cinderella Story (1998 film)Image result for ever after

There’s a trend with cast line ups! I don’t care what anyone thinks but but this is literally the best Cinderella film I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen a lot of them! I also want to point out that I’ve never really been a huge fan of Cinderella’s story in general but man does this movie change my mind. Drew Barrymore plays Danielle (Cinderella), Dougray Scott plays Prince Henry (Prince Charming) and Angelica Huston plays Rodmilla (evil stepmother) along with a whole host of others. One of the things I adored about this film was how they were able to meld a fairy-tale with a bit of a historical feel. Leonardo da Vinci (played by Patrick Godfrey) is featured in the film especially when it comes to creating Danielle’s gown for the ball. Cinderella is also not portrayed as this quiet mouse who only talks to animals. She’s this strong female who has a huge thirst for adventure and love!

  • 10 Things I Hate About You (1999 film)

Image result for 10 things i hate about youRemember how I said Julia Stiles was popular? Well, here she is again. What a lot of people don’t know that this teenage romantic comedy is actually based off another William Shakespeare story; The Taming of the Shrew. Heath Ledger plays Patrick (Petruchio), Julia Stiles plays Katarina (Kate) and Larisa Olyenik plays Bianca (Bianca) along with a whole host of other awesome actors. Looking back I can’t say there are lot of teenage based films I would watch again because adult Nel thinks they’re quite cheesy now but this one definitely has special place in my heart. If you know the story of The Taming of the Shrew, Patrick is the bad boy kid new to school who’s not interested in much but then his friend suggests he “courts” Katarina because none of the other hormone driven boys have been able to even crack a smile out of her plus her dad has really strict dating rules. The film centers around Kat creating this list of the things she hates about Patrick, in the form of a poem.

Honorable Animated Mention: Treasure Planet (2002 film)Image result for treasure planet

Have I mentioned how much I love space operas? Because I freaking love all things space opera! Treasure Planet is a modernized version of Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson set in space. Joseph Gordon Levitt voices Jim Hawkins, Brian Murray voices John Silver and Emma Thompson voices Captain Amelia. The story revolves around a restless young adult looking to join a ship and go on a fantastic journey. He joins up with John Silver thinking he’ll be part of a cool crew only to find out that John Silver has his own secretive, nefarious plot. This film is Disney made and got a decent enough review. I always thought it was so unique for someone to turn a very old classic, into a fun, intergalactic twist.


There are PLENTY more that I could discuss so I’m thinking of possibly turning this into a monthly series. What do you think? Have you seen any of these adaptations? Do you have favorites of your own that you would like me to discuss in a later post? Let me know in the comments below!

Book Review

There are a lot of things going on in my life at this very moment and if I talk about them out loud it might give me homicidal tendencies so here’s a book review. My book reviewing skills are completely rusty and I don’t have specific directions about how to do it the most informative way but I hope you enjoy these!

Over the weekend, I went on a huge binge reading spree and was able to finish 2 books as well as read a third one. To the left are two of the books that happened this weekend. I started Archangel’s Heart over two weeks ago but life got in the way but I was able to finally finish it. Archangel’s Heart and Archangel’s Viper are book 9 and book 10 of Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. Here is the review I wrote on Goodreads for Archangel’s Heart:

Archangel's Heart (Guild Hunter, #9)

I just want to start by saying, NOBODY writes love, like this woman. Oh my goodness, this book cemented that for me.

Archangel’s Heart begins with the Cadre being summoned by the Luminata to come and discuss some important matters. The Luminata reside in Lumia which is a small town in Morocco where angels go to seek luminescence. The path of luminescence is different for every angel be it through education, art, etc. It’s decided that of the Seven, Raphael and Aodhan will go and Elena is consort so she has no choice in the matter. You do not ignore an invitation from the Luminata. In the midst of this, there are still questions about Zhou Lijaun’s status as Archangel of China after the events in the last book (You’ll have to read it to find out what those events were).

Once in Lumia, things are definitely not as they seem. The Luminata seem a bit off. They are all wearing hoods covering their faces, they don’t seem to care about basic angel etiquette and Elena and Raphael as well as the Ancient angels Caliene and Alexander feel as if there are always eyes on them even in their private rooms. Then there’s also the fact that everyone looks at Elena and seems to see ghosts of the past. This essentially leads to Elena, Raphael and Aodhan digging a little deeper into the happenings of Lumia. They investigate the town and learn quite a few things which builds up to astounding revelations close to the end of the book.

I can’t really go into more detail without spoiling it but I want to say that Nalini Singh can write no wrong in my eyes. Every time Elena and Raphael said “I love you” to one another, I got the warm fuzzies inside. My emotional meter was all over the place in this one from sadness to anger, to happiness and disgust. I was feeling it all and I loved it. The plot buildup was truly artful. The conversations between characters and scene transitions were flawless. After closing this book I literally turned around and picked up Angels’ Blood (the first book in this series) to relive the beginning of Raphael and Elena all over again. Their character development keeps me glued to this series and then some. Just when I think they can’t get any more beautiful, Nalini takes me to an even higher level!

If you’ve been keeping up with the series this long, then I can assure you, you will not be disappointed when you read this book. Definitely my second favoriteof the 9 books!

Now, you know when you read a series for a while, you always hope it will continually get better right? I figured Archangel’s Viper would be pretty good but I lost hours of sleep last night as well as woke up almost late for work this morning because I couldn’t put the book down until the very end! Here is my review for Viper that I’m actually going to write here first and then paste to Goodreads:

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Before I get into the nitty gritty, I guess I should start by giving you a general synopsis of the story. Archangel’s Viper takes place during the period of time as Archangel’s Heart. While Elena and Raphael are away in Morocco dealing with Luminata, Dimitri is in charge and delegating duties to everyone because it’s a bit of high alert situation when an archangel is away from his territory and someone as ruthless as Zhou Lijuan is AWOL. Everyone needs to be prepared for anything. Holly is tasked with picking up Venom from the airport because he’s been away from the Tower for two years on some secret mission. When she picks him up, they encounter some goons who are following them trying to ambush Holly because there’s a bounty on her head. From that point on, Holly and Venom explore the slums of New York in order to figure out who and why anyone would take a bounty out on her.

The story has come back full circle since Angel’s Blood. Holly was one of the girls who was brutalized and tortured by bloodborn, rogue archangel Uram. Nobody believed she would survive what she had to endure but she changed her name to Sorrow for a while and members of the Tower, most especially Dimitri were able to get her to see a fraction of her old self. She’s not human but she’s also not vampire nor angel. Holly struggles with that a bit because she feels like a burden to the occupants of the tower. Venom is in a similar situation. Most people keep their distance from him because of his eyes. He’s not human or vampire or angel either. They are both of their own breed; similar in some ways but different in others. Venom begins to help Holly to stop treating herself as weak while Holly sees behind Venom’s sunglasses, as well as his facade that he puts up for everyone else’s benefit.

Nalini Singh truly has a way with words that always speaks to me in this amazing world she’s built. Holly has a lot to deal with where her own self emotions are concerned. She also has to contend with a possible mind and body invasion by this other force that’s making her do things she normally doesn’t do or thinking of nefarious things that would normally disgust her but don’t. It’s a bit of a constant struggle of Holly fighting herself throughout the book and Venom doing all that he can to make sure she fights for herself more than hating herself. The book complete and utterly flows in the character development department. I can literally put myself in any one character’s shoes and understand where they’re coming from. We got a lot more information about the nature and rules of 100 year contracts when a mortal is Made and what is expected but also what is unacceptable. That really added another element to the overall world that going forward, will make stories even more interesting.

I can go on and on and on but I literally can’t wait for the next book. Maybe an Illium story?? (Pleeeeease!?)

Can you tell I’m hooked? That is just two books out of 10! I adore this woman’s writing style. The best way to describe it is by saying it’s just so real. There’s a lot of cursing in her stories but honestly it fits. Most of the characters are either normal mortals who deal with some crazy shit due to their jobs on a regular basis or the they’re immortals who have lived so long that they either don’t have much care for mortals or they are just completely nonchalant about the happenings of the world. When you lived hundreds of years or more, I imagine it can get quite dull until a person or event one day smacks you out of your black and white stupor and you start living in color again. The series just continually hits my feels and I’m such an emotional person that I can’t deny this special brand of torture to myself.

As with any and all books, my opinion will probably be different than yours. However, if you decide you would like to venture into the world of paranormal, urban fantasy romance, you can’t go wrong starting with Nalini Singh’s Guild Hunter series. 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed my two for one special. 😉

Edit: I should mention my ratings. Duh. I rated the first one 5 stars and the second one 4 stars.

HP Classic

I had a great idea for a post this morning but I need more time than I have right now to really write it up into something brilliant. Instead, because it is Monday and I have to post something, here’s a throwback video that always makes me smile and even laugh a bit especially in times of sadness like the world has been consistently experiencing lately. Please take two minutes and enjoy Harry Potter Puppet Pals and I’m sorrynotsorry if this gets stuck in your head today. 😉 (P.S. If you’ve seen this already, watch it again because you need it!)

Wordy or Lyrical? You Decide.

When you read sentences such as:

His queasiness increased as each question added to his overwhelming anxiety.

or

With skin the shade of finest milk chocolate and wings of delicate bronze, her hair a waist-length tumble of brown and gold, and her eyes a hypnotic green…

Are you able to imagine these things clearly in your mind’s eye?

I am currently reading two different books. The first one is Fatal Destiny by Marie Force and the second one is Archangel’s Heart by Nalini Singh. The first one came out of a contemporary suspense novel and the second one came out of a paranormal romance novel. I ask this question of you, dear readers, because I wonder if wordiness is something you think about while reading. Let’s examine the definitions. (For the record these were taken straight from Google definition search)

 

 

Based off the definitions, which would you say fits the example quotes? Or do they fall under both definitions?

When I think of lyrical, I think of songs or poems. When I think of wordiness, I think of research papers. I understand that writers are sometimes trying to create a vivid picture in your mind about the world or the character’s feelings but do you ever feel like sometimes less is more especially in fiction novels? Wordiness works for me when describing landscapes or any setting. For example, a night sky would be “stray streaks of color bleeding into the darkness highlighting the constellations against the pale white of moonlight” (I made that up I think?) but when it comes to describing basic emotions, sometimes less is more. If someone throws an object at the wall during a conversation, I can tell they’re pissed without the author having to specifically name that emotion. In times like those, I just want to focus on the conversation. Only thing you can tell me is if one starts yelling or it gets so heated, they make out (I’m a diehard romantic).

From a reader’s perspective, I’m often viewed as being nitpicky. The point of the wordy and lyrical language is to pen our minds to interpretation; because you know we can all read the same thing but get a completely different meanings out of the content. Maybe I’m just a simpleton but when I encounter books that are too wordy or even lyrical to an overbearing degree, it just turns me off. It also doesn’t help that I tend to think if I read one authors wordy book, I’ve read them all and choose not to explore any of their other books (you big meanie! I know).

However there are  few exceptions which maybe I’ll cover in a later post. What are your thoughts on words during your reading sessions? Are these topics you cover in your reviews? Let me know in the comments below!

(P.S. If you’re interested in the books I described above, just click their covers to the right of this post for their Goodreads page —>)

Lazy Day

Yesterday I had a lazy blog day. Well the day before was sort of lazy blog day too. Anyway, I’ve been quite exhausted lately because late last week and early this week has been all about carpet cleaning at my workplace. This meant that everything that could come off the floor without breaking backs, came off the floor. The primary ingredient for the products that are made here is graphite. This place has been in business since 1971 so you can imagine how much graphite was on absolutely everything; layers upon layers upon layers.

My boss’ husband is a hoarder. He’s a genius, but he’s also a hoarder. He has so many things around here that he doesn’t even remember when he bought them so of course moving things around is also a perfect opportunity to get rid of a lot of things. Suffice to say, it was all an exhausting affair and I’m glad it’s mostly over for the time being. Today is all about blasting some Pandora while furniture is put back into order over the nice, clean and dry floors.

Last night I participated in a podcast that one of my favorite authors streams every week. I’m usually a silent observer but her special guest this round was one of my other favorite authors! Basically an indie author featuring a traditional, New York Times Bestseller, on her show. The author later tweeted me and thanked me for attending. It was absolutely fantastic and very informational but it also got me thinking.

Reactionary Tales was originally supposed to be a retail therapy blog, and then a book blog but now it’s something of a storytelling blog featuring my crazy life stories and stories from those voices that can’t speak for themselves (totally quoted that from a couple of you who’ve said this before). I enjoy this very much and will continue to go with this route but I was heavily thinking about starting an actual book blog where I review books, the occasional film or TV series, and recaps of book related podcasts that I listened to. I talked it over with two friends and they really think it’s a good idea, with one telling me she’d follow me in a heartbeat.  One of those friends even helped me come up with a clever name assuming it’s not already taken.

Juggling two blogs sounds like a chore but then I think about how I juggle multiple social media pages and when I do a review it’s usually in the night time versus when I write posts on here, it’s in the day time. My review voice isn’t the greatest but I guess that’s the beauty of a blogger because you can have your own voice and people will either be attracted to it or they won’t. Ultimately, I feel like this is something I should go for because I truly think I could do a decent job at it especially watching all my fellow peers with their blogs and the encouraging words from authors themselves about how much book bloggers mean to them.

That’s about all I have for today. It’s really interesting how the mind works when you’re putting thoughts to paper. I’m really good at steering down a random path sometimes. What do you think of anything I said today? Do you sometimes get epiphanies when your mind should be tired but it’s still going 100 miles an hour? Let me know in the comments below!

Trip Takeaways

As you all probably know by now, the husband and I went on a little road trip this past weekend to visit my very pregnant friend whom I haven’t seen in years. It was a pretty chill weekend as she can’t move very much due to her load but I did learn a few things that I’ve decided to share with you all today.

  • All gas stations are not created equal

The hunt for a toothbrush had never been so tough until this weekend. Normally, when we go on a trip we take our electric toothbrush and spare toothbrush heads. Our toothbrush has been on the fritz lately and I think it’s dying after so many years of service. I figured we could take our toothpaste and just buy a pack of toothbrushes at the first gas station we stopped at. Wrong! Unlike the many gas stations in Ohio, the one’s in PA don’t care toothbrushes or toothpaste or any hygiene related products in general. I was seriously baffled and we ended up getting a pack from a pharmacy eventually.

  • Service plazas are better than rest stops

There is a distinct difference! I didn’t know that before. A rest stop has janky bathrooms and vending machines. A service plaza has all kinds of food options and huge fancy bathrooms! I think all rest stops should be converted to service plazas just to make any and all road trips more pleasant.

  • Cash only doesn’t really mean cash only

We are huge fans of not taking the super scenic route when it comes to getting to our destination quickly. That means we are on the turnpike for as long as we can be paying at each toll road. I usually take out enough cash to cover the tolls both ways. Pennsylvania, we found out, has ridiculous toll prices. We pulled up to one with this huge yellow sign that said “CASH ONLY” and was ready to pay only to find out I did not have enough cash on me and the husband didn’t have any cash on me. I freaked for about 10 seconds until the lady was like “do you have a card?” Well, well, well! Toll road signs lie! They will except plastic just so you know and aren’t like me freaking out and trying to see if there’s an ATM embedded in the mountain somewhere.

  • Human babies in the womb freak me out

I got to touch my friend’s 9 months pregnant belly and, guys, aliens exist. I felt it’s (she doesn’t know the gender so it’s an it) head moving around in there and it got the hiccups and it was extremely weird and my husband and I just had huge “woah” faces on. It’s really cool but really freaking freaky.

  • Third party bookings can overcharge you

This is real! I booked our hotel through Hotels.com because once you buy a certain number of nights, you get one free and they always talk about how they have the lowest prices. I’m not saying it’s always not true but in this case lowest prices were a lie. I prepaid to get locked in at the price even though you have the option to pay later. When we got to the hotel, I asked for a receipt to make sure the numbers matched up only to discover I had been overcharged! Hotels.com quoted me $70/night but the actual hotel only charged $50/night. I called customer service so fast! If it was a couple dollars difference I wouldn’t have made a fuss but that’s a $20 difference. Luckily they were great about it refunded me the difference. For the future, booking through third party is great but I would still call the hotel or go to their website and double check the prices for your booking dates to see if they match.

  • Reviews are always harsh and

The reviews for our hotel were pretty decent but I feel like some people were just flat out rude. Our stay was pretty comfortable and the staff was pretty friendly for the price we paid. There were a few things we wished could be better but we were int a 5 star Caesar’s Palace (and even those people still find something to complain about) but for the price we paid, it was a great stay. Look for the honest reviews when you’re looking at them, not the negative nancies who are being negative for the sake of being mean.

  • David’s Tea is the new Teavana

We went to this giant mall called King of Prussia and stumbled upon David’s Tea in there because my husband loooves loose leaf tea. We ended up buying all the oolong flavors including one called Lemon Pound Cake and let me tell you, it smells exactly like it’s title! We also got this one called Hot Chocolate which is a pu’erh tea (blacker than black tea) with literal chunks of milk and dark chocolate in it. I’m excited to drink these!


There you have it. My takeaways this trip. In about a month and a half, there will be another trip but this time we’re taking a plane instead of driving. Have you experienced any takeaways from a recent trip that you’d like to share? Let me know in the comments below!

Things People Do

Before I get into the awesome eclipse pic share, I want to discuss thoughts I have about the things that people do for money. If you’ve been following this corner of the internet for a while, you know I do endangered posts every Thursday featuring animals and sometimes plants that are endanger of extinction in the hopes of spreading more awareness.

Every morning on the way to work, I listen to NPR. This is my main source of news and I prefer it that way because NPR is pretty unbiased and does not take sides in the always revolving debate of politics, religion, and everything else under the sun that occurs on this planet. This morning while I was listening to the latest about this and that, a reporter recounted a story I just find unbelievable. Late last year, China announced it was banning the trade of ivory in the entire country. We all rejoiced because that essentially kills the need for poachers to continue going after elephants for their tusks or conservationists in collaboration with vets going out and cutting off elephants tusks to prevent them from dying at the hands of poachers. Hooray right? That’s a huge step back in the race against extinction right?

Well, yes and no. You see, now that ivory is illegal to sell in most countries in this world, poachers have taken a different avenue in order to make money; besides poaching on other endangered animals that is. They are now taking themselves to the most backends of Siberia to mine permafrost in order to dig up MAMMOTH tusks to sell! MAMMOTHS!! I mean that’s taking it to a new level to poach a creature that’s literally extinct because you can’t kill an elephant?? Am I missing something here? Is the money really that worth it? Honestly, if it’s all about making thousands overnight, I just want to tell these poachers to get some pole dancing lessons and become a stripper because digging up a long dead creature, not to mention the methods in which they are doing it are ruining the environment, is taking money making to an all new, extreme low.

Now that I got that out of my system, here are the pictures I took of the eclipse yesterday! If you’ve never worn eclipse glasses, they are a really cool piece of cardboard and lens tech. They are completely dark on the inside. It’s not like looking through a pair of sunglasses where your landscape is tinted, it’s completely darkness until you look up at the sun. And when you do, that’s all you can see! It’s the coolest thing ever. One picture I took looking up at the sky with the glasses over my camera lens and you can see the clouds passing by the beginning of the eclipse. When we were at the peak of the eclipse, it was a bit harder to get a picture of the situation in the sky and my car hood came into play because I could look at that with sunglasses and take pictures at the same time. I think I got a pretty good picture but there are definite plans of upgrade camera technology with special filters for the 2024 solar eclipse.

Lastly, I want to share a picture a friend took that I thought was super cool! It’s the reflection of the eclipse on the ground!

Do you think I’m being dramatic in my rant above? (You can tell me without consequence I promise 😉 ) Did you happen to catch the eclipse or maybe watch it online? Let me know in the comments below!

Excitement

I’m so excited!! This week is going to be so fantastic! I have a story I really want to share but I can’t until at least Wednesday. Make sure you check back in two days. Today, what I’m really excited about is that there is going to be a total solar eclipse! I’m lucky enough to live in the United States which has a path of totality mapped out. I’m also quite excited to be in a state that’s close to said path of totality. It will only be a partial solar eclipse but it’s 80% coverage and that’s still something to be excited about considering I don’t remember ever seeing one in my life!

A coworker brought in solar eclipse glasses and we have a few welding helmets on tap for this event. It starts around 1pm EST and peaks at 2:30pm EST. I’M SO EXCITED!! I’m going to try to take pictures of the eclipse. Since you can’t point your camera directly at it without burning up your camera’s sensor, I’m going to try other tricks. A friend of mine recommended viewing it through my car’s hood because it absorbs all the heat and is an awesome mirror reflection of what’s going on in the sky.

It’s supposedly might rain later which means cloudy skies but according to the weather (which is always wrong) it’s only going to be 15% chance. I’m translating that to mean that it’s actually only going to be 5% and I’ll get to see this eclipse! I won’t fret too much though if it ends up being cloudy because the next total eclipse visible from the United States will be April 8, 2024 and will pass upwards through Texas and Ohio is RIGHT IN THAT PATH OF TOTALITY! So I definitely plan to be alive in another 7 years.

Anyway, that’s all I really have. I could go on and talk about how last night’s episode of Game of Thrones broke my heart but I won’t do that because spoilers. (Season finale is next week! I’m not ready!)

Are you going to watch the eclipse today? Please be safe if you do. I love your eyes and don’t want you to burn your retinas. If you’re not, are you looking forward to the pictures of the eclipse? Let me know in the comments below!

Growing Self Award

I recently decided not to post on the weekends because I’m so behind on my Goodreads challenge I figured I’d be able to devote more time to reading if I cut back on my posting. I still interact and read all of your posts, I just don’t post any of my own. I’ve been nominated for quite a few awards over the past few weeks. I’m also behind on those and I want to say I apologize for that and admit that I’m probably not going to catch up on them if they aren’t book related (please don’t hate me).

Today, however, not only am I breaking my no weekend posts rule, but I’m also doing an award post. I actually cant NOT do this award because it’s just so beautiful. The wonderful, fabulous, amazing Roda nominated me for her Growing Self Award. Here is the description:


What is the Growing Self Blogger Award?

“The Growing Self Blogger Award has been created to acknowledge and celebrate amazing individuals, in the blogging community, who are persevering through life’s challenges not only to GROW as individuals, but to reach out and help others GROW as well.” ~Roda

How Does It Work:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules
  • Thank the individual that nominated you and provide a link to their blog
  • Describe the award and mention the creator: Roda @ Growingself.blog
  • Nominate up to 5 blogs. Remember, the purpose of this award is to specifically celebrate those individuals that make a difference in the lives of others.
  • Give 1 reason why you nominated each individual.
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog

I’ve been around since the inception of this award and I always applauded each wave of nominees. I honestly thought I didn’t fit the parameters for this award so never thought it would come my way. Imagine my surprise when it did exactly that and not only from Roda herself but also Mischenko and Noriko. If we were all in person, I’d pretty much be speechless. I know the Endangered posts are having a lot of impact, which is what I continue to wish for, but I’m coming to realize that my stories are a lot of fun as well and my blogging purpose, besides talking about my everyday passions, is to bring a smile to each person’s face. I don’t often talk about my own insecurities but I just want to say that I appreciate that the three of you recognize something in me that you feel the need to share with others.

With that said, I would like to point out the souls who have impacted my blogging experience as well as my life in general in a fantastic way. Most of you have already been nominated but you’re going to endure another one! 😉 P.S. it’s going to be more than five.

The first person I have to nominate is my blogging bff, Peela. Peela and I connected one long ago day over her post consisting of her encounter with an old man trying to buy a box of tampons for a female member of his family. I remember laughing so hard and instantly knew I had to read more. From there I’ve been enduring following her six word romance story religiously and the rest is history. We talk every single day. I defer to her for advice about literally everything. She lives on the other side of the world but is truly one of the closest friends I’ve ever had. So thank you Peela for being you.

Next, I have to shout out James. I know he’s basically been nominated by everyone because hes such a great person but he’s another one that I talk to on a daily basis. I don’t know what else to say that anyone else hasn’t said but I’m glad that we have the friendship that we do. You know how much you mean to me. I’m glad you trust my advice as much as I trust yours and I look forward to our continued friendship and helping you grow your writing career.

Following James, I nominate theorangutanlibrarian. As I’ve said in previous posts, she was one of my first 10 followers. I remember being amazed that someone with over 1000 followers (at that time) saw something worth following on my blog. She always responds to my comments I leave on her blog as much as I respond to hers on my blog. I really feel like I can wax poetic about you girl but just know you are definitely a huge reason I keep writing.

I have to re-nominated Noriko. Noriko is another soul who lives on the other side of the world but since we’ve met has been such a great friend! I love boosting your confidence on your book reviews because you truly write them very well. I’m also so glad you’ve started to share a bit of your world with me and the rest of your readers. You are so freaking sweet and I always look forward to talking to you every day!

I’m also re-nominating Mischenko. Honestly, where do I begin. You inspire me to explore! That’s the best way I can describe it. I never thought I’d ever have a feeling to read non-fiction until you and I definitely didn’t think I’d find myself wanting to be in the kitchen more often thanks to you. You are a great friend, an amazing mother and truly a role model for all of us.

(This is getting long, I know, but bear with me through a few more!)

I can’t have a love post without nominating Linda. I’m sure you all have seen the banter Linda and I have with each other on a regular basis. I mean I even made a post called the Unique Linda Award because she is the very definition of unique! I never thought I’d find my equal in the snarky, no holds barred department until I met you. Because of you I got into sharing more stories about my everyday life and the craziness I get into. I was pretty open and honest before but you’ve definitely driven me to new, awesome levels. I know you’re having a rough time right now but I hope when you read this post that you smile even if it’s for a couple seconds.

I have to nominate Patty. Patty and I got close over our love for all things Charley Davidson. She got me in with the Grimlet Street Crew and inspires me to be more involved in the book community. I love seeing your cake posts because you are super talented and I cannot wait until November because our meet is going to be the highlight of my year!

This next person I’m considering an honorable mention. I’d like to nomin-mention CimmerianSentiment. Cim writes romance short stories that I’m absolutely hooked too. The installments are the first posts I read every morning and like I said before, I’m your number one fan. I know you don’t do awards but I just wanted you to know that I appreciate you. Especially when you make exceptions for me while torturing me with cliffhangers!

I’m ending this post by thanking Roda herself for creating such a beautiful award in the first place. I believe you’ve left a great mark on the blogging community through your experiences and your encouragement to all of us to be our best selves.

I love you all and thank you for being the most exceptional people on the internet. ♥♥♥

Duck Song

I’m pretty much drawing a blank today. All I’m trying to not think about is how the world is turning into one big ball of hate and depression from events in America to Sierra Leone. So, instead of talking about those things, and making it worse (cause my opinions aren’t nice), I’m going to share this video that makes me laugh like a maniac because laughter is the best medicine.

P.S. I apologize in advanced if this song gets stuck in your head 🙂 (Sorry, not sorry).