Things I *insert heart emoji*

Reading posts like this always make me happy, as sometimes it is nice to be reminded of the things that we enjoy in life. I love going through the words knowing that the person is really excited about what they are writing. It’s one of the things I love the most about Tumblr, for example, or at least the fandom side of it -until they start fighting about things that don’t make any sense…- but I’m rambling now.

My second assignment for Writing101 is to make a list -of things I love, of things I have learned, or things that I wish. I planned on writing a post of things I wished I had told my younger self, but I decided on keeping it simple for today. I also wrote a post like this last September, so it’s nice to revisit it! This one is way shorter, but I have been busy… and I am already a day late on this assignment, so here it goes! *goes back to the study cave after this*


  1. How books make me feel. It might seem like a cliché, but it is true. For some hours, I can become someone else, learn new things and just immerse myself in new things. (Or even better, to reread a book I have loved for years. I could list some books like Graceling and Harry Potter in this category). This is  why I hate reading slumps so much -they take a really important thing from me, for months, sometimes.
  2. How awesome my family actually is. Kudos to them for helping me become the person that I am. My parents have always wanted me to make my own choices, and if they didn’t agree or I just couldn’t do it they talked to me and helped me understand. Plus, my love for the natural sciences and reading is mostly due to my mom. My dad has always worked for us to have a good life, and I will always be grateful for that. Last but not least is my “little”, annoying brother. Sometimes I just can’t stand him… but he has always wanted the best for us. He has the best intentions. Oh, well. xD
  3. My friendshowever few they actually are: Seriously, these are people that can actually stand me in my good and not so good days, AND there’s no blood relation between us (unless we’re talking about that one blood oath… but shhh xD). But really, it’s impressive, and I appreciate those people, even if I don’t deserve them. AT ALL.
  4. College (And I’m not even kidding here). It’s hard as hell and sometimes frustrating, but it’s one of the most satisfying things I have ever done. And I’m not halfway done with what I want to do, so I hope I can keep on feeling like this for however long I stay.
  5. This blog: Lately I don’t post as much as I used to, but this course is definitely sending me on the right path. SB&ST has helped me through some hard times, and there are people who I know will always be there for me. I also consider those part of #3 on my list!

“Happily ever after, or even just together ever after, is not cheesy,” Wren said. “It’s the noblest, like, the most courageous thing two people can shoot for.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Fangirl

🙂 Hello. I’m feeling kind of happy today! Last week was kind of good for me, and I still have lots to do, but I’ll survive! ^.^

(Tomorrow I’ll finally be finished with my English class!)

Still, my happiness is the reason why I posted this cheesy quote. Happily ever after does exist. I have to believe it does. *smiles*

“There are so many worse things than death. Not to be loved or not to be able to love: that is worse.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Princess

Hi, guys! Yes, Quote Tuesday still exists, indeed! This is a very stressful week so I’ll just leave this here.

This is the first quote I have posted in a while, and I chose one of my favorites. 🙂

Just imagine what it would be to live without love. Nothing would make our lives more miserable. Love makes our lives seem better already…! (Not just romantic love, but family, and friendship. Those are important too!)

Love at First Watch: The Misselthwaite Archives!

Hello, everyone. Welcome back to my blog.  🙂

Today I’m here to present to you… The Misselthwaite Archives! First of all, I can’t believe I didn’t find out about this one earlier. You know I love webseries!

The Misselthwaite Archives, or #MisselArch for short (This is actually their hashtag, by the way) are a modern adaptation of The Secret Garden, a book written by Frances Hodgson Burnett. It’s a webseries, combined with images and vignettes that help you to grasp the story in a fuller way.

It features Mary Lennox (played wonderfully by Sophie Gibson), a recently orphaned 17 year old teenager with some issues. She believes all her problems are due to her parents. (I believe so, as well). Even before her parents died, they had sent her to therapy because her grades had dropped. Her psychiatrist, Fiona Burnett (played by Lauren Crowe-Mueller) initially diagnoses her with apathy or anhedonia (the inability to experience pleasure). After her parents die in a car accident, Mary moves to her uncle Art’s house, but doesn’t actually live with him (he travels a lot.. and posts angry Yelp reviews afterwards!), but with his sister Sarah Medlock.

Sarah, then, gets Mary an unusually enthusiastic tutor named Phoebe (Played by Jack Wells), who tells her the story of this garden. (Well, The Secret Garden must be named after something, right?)

The story is just starting to develop, really, and it actually looks really good. I have not read The Secret Garden (And probably won’t until I finish watching the show. I want to be surprised :D) I love the acting, and the writing. Some of it is really funny…

This version of Mary kind of reminds me of Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy, with her wonderful one liners and how you know she is actually smart and has a heart under all of that sassy self. She has her reasons to be that way. She had to protect herself.

The vignettes and other multimedia (That you can also help submit) usually tell you more about the characters than what they would actually want to tell you on screen. I also absolutely love that they shoot outside. While they sometimes use the vlogging style, The Misselthwaite Archives sometime uses beautiful scenery that we, the public, would absolutely miss if it wasn’t used.

If you want to watch the wonderful thing that is #MisselArch, you can:

  • Visit their Tumblr HERE.
  • Visit their producer’s Twitter HERE.
  • Visit their producer’s Instagram HERE.

It updates on Wednesdays and Fridays! (I already know that I will be impatiently waiting for the next episode to be posted :3)

Well, I guess this is it. I really hope you give it a chance. For me, it was basically love at first watch. I hope you join us in this journey that’s about to get even better. 🙂

“Names are not important. It’s what lies inside of you that matters.”
― Sarah J. Maas, Throne of Glass

This might just be my favorite book series now. So many great characters, such amazing plot! It’s also beautifully written .

Anyway, this quote seemed appropiate.

So… I’m finally out of that reading slump.

Hello, everyone!

This is (hopefully) the last day of two (or three) very stressful weeks. Only one exam left! \o/

Anyhow, apart from watching the last episodes of Glee and recovering from an awful cold, I’ve been reading. Finally.

It has been a while, as you know. If you’ve been following my Twitter and/or Goodreads, you will know I read Throne of Glass, finished it, and started Crown of Midnight.

Celaena is one of my favorite female characters of all time. She’s funny, sarcastic and totally badass. 🙂 If you haven’t already, you should read them. Guys, they are worth it. They’re beautifully written, and I can visualize everything that is happening… They’re full of action, tasteful relationships and everything I have ever wanted in a book. I haven’t felt this way since reading Graceling, Shatter Me, or Mara Dyer. (And those are my favorite books. I had wondered if I would feel that way ever again.)

I have been wondering why in the world I hadn’t read them before. People had told me to read them for years now, but I didn’t listen… but I guess it was time. *shrugs* And it is also time for you to read them as well. I will most definitely NOT spoil them for you, since:

  1. I haven’t read the whole thing yet
  2. I wouldn’t like anyone to spoil them for me.

Well, I’m going off, since I still have an exam tomorrow. I will probably be back soon. I will have some time to blog and study next week.

xoxo

Nat

“Books are easily destroyed. But words will live as long as people can remember them.”

-Tahereh Mafi

First of all, sorry for not posting the quote as early as I would like…

I love this one. Words have power, and people have to realize that. 🙂

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”
― J.K. Rowling

Hello, people! Again, sorry for not posting as early as I would like. 🙂

This is one of my favorite quotes. I mean, your potential does not really matter until you do something useful with it. You can choose to do good to others, or not. But that choice defines everything. 

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Well, this is my cue to keep studying. See you later, folks!

Nox. 🙂

The Book-to-Movie Wishlist Tag

The amazing Batool tagged me on this really cool post idea, so I decided to do it! 🙂

The rules are simple:

Pick 5 books that you would like to see made into movies, and talk a little bit about why you picked those books. Then, tag 5 more people to join in the fun.

First of all, I am very wary of adaptations, so they would have to take care of my books in order for them to make movies. They are my babies.

My five choices are:

1. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

I would love to see Anna and Etienne’s story on the big screen, and I believe it would be a great success! This is a beloved book, and if they did it well, it would do amazingly well at the box office! Also, I want to see who they would choose as Etienne. I want one for myself. 🙂

2. Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling is somewhat of my baby. I first read it back when I was in high school and I have never stopped loving it. Graceling has this amazing story that would reflect specially well on the big screen. Also, Po. PO! <3.<3

3. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

Two words: Aaron. Warner. Also, this story deserves to be known more than it is right now. Tahereh’s words, and the plot? Hollywood should give it a chance, and it would make a badass movie trilogy. Consider it.

4. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

It’s such a beautiful story about love, acceptance and discovering yourself. (And Will Herondale)

I actually love it more than I loved TMI, and they would make such amazing movies…!

5. The Mara Dyer trilogy by Michelle Hodkin

Like Batool over there said, Mara’s story while she overcomes her PTSD would both confuse and intrigue the audience. C’mon, her hallucinations would make this a great movie! (And Noah Shaw. Who wouldn’t want to see THAT? :D)

Okay, I tag:

  1. Bridget
  2. Melange of Musings
  3. Jonathan
  4. Desley Jane
  5. Inertial Confinement

My Life Through Books Tag

I was tagged by the lovely Bridget to do this one, and it seems so fun!


Baby: Did you like to read when you were little?

Yes. I learned to read at a very young age, and my parents have told me that even before that I loved listening to my mom when she read to me.

Toddler: What was your favorite picture book?

Uh… I really do not remember. I’m pretty sure it was one of these story compilations. It was blue… and had lots of fairytales. I loved it with a passion.

Child: Did you go through/are in a book ‘phase’? (Like reading the thickest books, reading all of an author’s books etc.)

Uh… I am still on my Harry Potter phase…! I also read the Chronicles of Narnia when I was little.

Tween: What books made/make you feel grown up?

I read 100 Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Márquez. THAT one made me feel grown up. I still feel proud about that one. I plan on rereading it soon. 🙂

Teen: What are/where books that you rave/d about?

Twilight, I must admit. Mara Dyer, Shatter Me, Vampire Academy, The Fault in Our Stars… etc. Guys, I am in my last teen year, so yeah…

Adult: What are books that used to seem boring to you but now you really like?

The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. It’s one of my favorite books ever… Mom told me it was amazing, but I must admit I didn’t give it a chance until 2 or 3 years later… and I read it in English.

Elderly: What book from your childhood and/or teen years that you still cherish?

Harry Potter, of course, The Chronicles of Narnia, The Little Prince, The Da Vinci Code (I read that one when I was in 4th grade)… So yeah. 😀

So… I tag:

Batool

Anniewhere she goes

Coffee n’Notes

… and everyone else that wants to do it! 🙂