Simply Sunday #32

simply sunday

Simply Sunday is a reading meme hosted by Books For a Delicate Eternity. Itโ€™s where you share your favorite quote; be it from a book, movie, novella, song, ect.

My favorite quote this week is anonymous:

Everyone wants a strong woman

until she actually stands up, flexes her muscles,

projects her voice

 

Suddenly, she is too much.

She has forgotten her place.

 

You love those women

as ideas, as fantasies

 

Not as breathing, living humans

threatening to be even better

than you could ever be

Why I Chose It

Last weekend a monumental historic event unfolded. Women (and supports for Women’s Rights) marched all over the world, igniting a fire that lead to revolution. Yet, despite the efforts to stand up for equality there are still many who see the protest as “bitching” and “unnecessary.” Women who fight, who speak up, are treated as feminazis. It is disheartening. It is appalling to think that women who are privileged (those of us who live in the U.S. or in countries who do not oppress women) do not have any claim to feel repressed because of the so-called equality we have now.

I am tired. My fellow sisters are tired. It is ridiculous to lift women up as inspirational role models in media such as literature, t.v., movies, ect. but not treat real life warriors to that same extent. If the idea of a strong woman is desirable, is inspiring, then they should be seen as such in all areas of life.

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What do you think of the recent events? Do you agree or disagree? I’d love to hear your thoughts down below.

Lastly, I apologize with the sudden political content on my blog. I’ve recently found beauty in rebellion, in voicing my concerns with the world.

Emma

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What Makes Me Happy

musings of a writer tres

2016 has been a year of heartbreak. We’ve lost beautiful souls, been broken by the election, and have been affected by the mass onslaught of deep rooted hatred towards poc. This post was inspired by Reagan @ PeruseProject and is an effort to look at the good things in life that simply make me happy.

It is important to be happy, but it is also important to act. We must not dwell on the bad and if we choose to do so, then bring about change. Speak up if you see someone being threatened because of their gender, sex, color, ect. Do not sit idly. Do not go gentle into that good night.

Below is a list I’ve accumulated of things that make me happy.

  1. Tea. Any kind of tea, but it has to be loose leaf with a tsp of rock sugar for a little bit of sweetness. My favorite kind of tea is from Teavana.
  2. Books. It wouldn’t be a proper list if I didn’t mention that I love books. I prefer books over flowers ๐Ÿ˜‰
  3. Rainy days. The sound of rain is soothing. It makes for a perfect day!
  4. Fluffy socks. With the holiday season upon us, this is a must in my wardrobe ๐Ÿ˜€
  5. Mugs. I recently purchased a Narwhal mug from Suko and it is the most adorable thing on the planet. I love cute animated mugs!
  6. Hot chocolate. One of my favorite things to look forward to when fall and winter come around!
  7. Sweaters. I wish I could wear them all the time!
  8. Running shoes. I’ve gotten so used to wearing them all the time that any other kind of shoe hurt my feet >.<
  9. Pens. Since the beginning of my college career, I use nothing but pens. I love collecting all types!
  10. Candles. My favorite scents are coconut and cotton candy. I don’t like holiday scents…sorry.
  11. Bookmarks! One of my favorite shops on Etsy for these bookish items are CraftedVan and ReadandWonder.
  12. Yoga pants. Does this need an explanation???
  13. Stars. I love looking up at the sky at night. One of my favorite things to do is drive up to the mountain at night and look at the sky in all its glory; away from all the city lights that dampen the beauty of nature.
  14. Loved ones. I love every single person that is part of my life. My family, friends, and boyfriend.
  15. Hiking. I love being out in nature and challenging myself in new feats by hiking difficult trails.
  16. Swimming. When I was little I used to pretend I was a mermaid. I still do.
  17. Nail polish. I’m a little bit of an addict when it comes to this. All I need now is some holo nail polish because I am a #holosexual.
  18. Netflix. After long days of school and work, this little gadget is there for me to watch whatever my heart desires. I just finished The Flash and OMG. LOVE.
  19. Doctor Who. One of my favorite shows ever. I also love the cast and will follow their work to the ends of the earth.
  20. Fur babies. I love animals. Dogs, cats, rabbits, hamsters, ect. I often go to the animal shelter with my boyfriend to play with the dogs and cats. I wish we could take them all home. But alas, I am mildly allergic.

Spread the happiness! Share some of the things that make you happy ๐Ÿ™‚ Lastly, remember to always have courage and be kind.

xx

Emma

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 21

Your favorite subject to study and why.

I’m going to keep it brief as I have a pounding headache and I don’t know why ๐Ÿ˜ I haven’t done anything all day! Maybe that’s why. Its my body punishing me for being lazy. But c’mon. I’m always busy…..okay now I sound a little delirious…

One of my absolute favorite subjects to study besides literature has to be history. There will always be history to study just as there is always going to be books to be read. The two subjects go hand in hand, in my opinion. Without history, people would not understand the foundation to the setting within a novel. Writers utilize the political strife going on around them at the time in order to make a statement, unpopular or otherwise. Take for example, The Great Gatsby and A Tale of Two Cities. Fitzgerald writes about unrequited love set during the prohibition era, molding his characters to the time and its beliefs. Dickens depicts the plight from the French working class against the French aristocracy during the early years of the revolution.

Both novels are historical fiction – which is one of my favorite genres. When authors write novels that are strictly centered around a time period it most often parallels that specific time. What they writing is more easily understood and can be analyzed to what people thought or felt during that time. For me, it makes history relatable. I love being able to put this puzzle (because it’s the way I see it) together.

History is every day. Without understanding past events we will never be able to comprehend the future. It’s a never ending cycle of new found territory and parallel situations. It’s written down in order to be recorded and read and synthesized for future generations. There’s no limitation.

I want to be able to learn all I can about the world. I want to be shocked beyond belief from my findings. I remember a few months ago I was aimlessly wandering the internet and started reading about the Hiroshima bombings. I can’t tell you how I ended up reading about the tragic event, but I did. What was shocking and disturbing for me was when I found out that we – America – were responsible for the horrific nuclear bombing. It was something that I never learned about in school, and realized that we tend to disclose the bad things we’ve done to other countries. It made me unbelievably sad that I started to cry because no one should ever have to live through something as horrific as a nuclear bombing. That event had repercussions for generations to come afterwards because of the radioactive on the land.

My point is that there are innumerable amounts of history to be learned and read. I never want to stop studying the vast ocean that history surrounds us every day. And by reading, by analyzing text, I will be able to do just that.

Did I sound okay? I feel like I make no sense whatsoever. I sincerely apologize for that!

30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 9

How important you think education is.

I think that education is very important in our society. This isn’t specifically directed to the U.S. but everywhere around the world. With that said, I believe that it’s most often taken for granted here. We do not value education as we did, like say, in the 50’s. We have students every day who believe that it’s a waste to go to school. They take for granted the right to a free and public education that other people can’t afford. People from around the world wish that they could have the right to study here in America because their countries’ education system is no where near to advances and teachings we have.

Needless to say, our ancestors fought for the right to have a fair and just education system. Women specifically. We had to fight for the right to have the same chance at getting an education. Even in the teaching field, when woman began to take over the profession in the 1700’s, they were still not given the same amount of wages for the job as men had. But we walked forward and fought back, challenging the law until we had equality.

We live in a country where it is a privilege – I say privilege because we should be thankful for the amount of rights and freedoms every human being is endowed – to be able to have the right to education. There are still countries who deem it illegal for woman to have an education, much less any kind of rights at all. They are still treated as property, as cattle, to be owned.

It angers me when ignorance is at fault. When there are people who think that education is a waste. Where would we be without it? There would be no progress of any kind. We wouldn’t have the technology that we have now. There would be no cars, planes, trains, and every other mode of transportation. Science wouldn’t be as advanced as it is now. The arts forever would be lost to time.

Knowledge is power. If people didn’t thirst for it than there wouldn’t be a drive; a passion to succeed, to push oneself to do unimaginable and beautiful things.

I know that this seems all over the place, but I feel strongly about education and what it means for us. I’m very thankful to have had the opportunity to go to school and learn things that my parents never had the chance to. In my family, education is something we all value because without it there is no room to move forward and succeed, at least that’s what they firmly believe in. My parents all push us to do the best we can in school so that we (my siblings and I) don’t have to bend over backwards in a job that doesn’t offer many benefits or pay well. My mom last summer even made me take summer session so that I could still be studying rather than not do anything productive with my time. It was a small sacrifice, but the reward was great.

I just wish that more people thought like my parents, valuing education to the highest regard. Maybe, our society would even have a different outlook on many of it’s political, social, and economical views.

Book Review: Mystic City (Mystic City #1) by Theo Lawrence

Author: Theo Lawrence

Publisher: Delacorte Books

Released date: October 9, 2012

Rating: 4.5 stars – REALLY LIKED IT!

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Synopsis

For fans ofย  Matched, The Hunger Games, X-Men, and Blade Runner comes a tale of a magical city divided, a political rebellion ignited, and a love that was meant to last forever. Book One of the Mystic City Novels.Goodreads

A Manhattan where magic is real and true love can change the world.

In this Manhattan, also known as Mystic City, the rich and powerful live in skyscrapers called the Aeries. The poor live far below, in the squalor of the Depths, alongside magic-wielding mystics who provide the energy that keeps the city pulsing.

High in the Aeries, Aria Rose is madly in love with Thomas Foster.

Or so she’s been told.

Aria wakes one day with huge gaps in her memory. She doesn’t remember carrying on a secret romance with Thomas, the son of her father’s sworn enemy, much less falling in love with him. And now she and Thomas are engaged, pledged to a union that promises to end the bitter political rivalry between their families once and for all.

Then Aria meets Hunter, a gorgeous rebel mystic who holds the key to her past. But as she begins to unlock the dark secrets behind her memory loss, she risks losing her one true love forever.

A sweeping epic, Mystic City is full of forbidden passion, deep betrayals, and dazzling bursts of magic.

TREAD CAREFULLY. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK. SPOILERS MAY BE AHEAD.

When I first read the summary I was completely captivated by the Romeo & Juliet vibe I instantly received. Plus, isn’t the cover gorgeous? I’m a sucker for beautiful covers. Anyways, my R&J speculations were dead on as I began reading. From the very beginning, Lawrence weaves his story with parallels from Shakespeare’s most popular play, Romeo & Juliet. But just as it has similarities to Shakespeare’s themes, it is also a unique and creative story ignited by the power of love.

I found the beginning hard to read – as I find most dystopian novels at first. Why? Well, I think it’s because it’s set in a different world with terminology that at first needs to be understood. After reading two chapters I set the book aside. I couldn’t read it anymore. I found it dragging and boring. But when I picked up the book again that night I found myself unable to put it down. The plot picked up, sending Aria (the main protagonist) into a journey. All she wants is to remember. She wants to remember her love for Thomas, who is the son of her father’s sworn enemy and who she has no recollection of. She wants to remember why she even took Stic (a drug infused with Mystic magic), causing her to loss her memory in the first place. As the novel progresses, she begins to have distant dreams of the past, pushing her forward on her quest.

When she meets Hunter, who is a Mystic rebel, Aria is on her way to the East side to see her fiance, Thomas. There is something familiar about Hunter, but she let’s it pass. Of course, as the reader I couldn’t help but theorize that she must have known Hunter. But he was part of the memories that she had lost. When we find out who he really is, it’s not difficult to put the puzzle pieces together. It takes Aria more time to figure it out, though. I don’t blame her, seeing as she has so many other things to worry about. Like the impending wedding to a guy she doesn’t love and the fact that her dad is practically a mobster and her mother is a selfish and cold-hearted woman.ย  True villainous tyrants, if you ask me. They will do anything to keep their power over the city, including killing their own daughter.

Yep. That’s right.

Even though I felt like the love story was predictable in Mystic City, there were still many surprises throughout the novel. The betrayals ran deep between blood and allies, while startling secrets about character’s actual identities are revealed. Towards the end of the book there is a specific betrayal that I’m completely shocked about. I just couldn’t believe it and it seemed that that specific person could have been trusted the most. I learned a valuable lesson just by that part: NEVER TRUST ANYONE.

There’s also magic. Beautiful and unique magic, which is one of the main issues that arises in the story. Mystics aren’t to be trusted. They are to drained when they reach thirteen years because it’s when their powers are fully developed. There are some who are against the drainings. They are the rebels who live underground the city’s abandoned tunnels. The people who live in the Aeries believe them to all be evil because of a single action that a group of them committed, which we find out the validity to that story throughout the novel. I found it parallel to the bombing of the Twin Towers in New York by a handful of Muslim men and the bombing of Pearl Harbor by Japanese. Suddenly, when a group of people that are from a different race or religion or are simply “different than the norm” all who belong to said group are condemned. Which isn’t right by any means. But it’s much like what happens to the Mystics in the novel.

If you love dystopian novels and romance you’ll definitely be a fan of Theo Lawrence’s new series. Like I said, it has loads of Romeo & Juliet parallels but Lawrence makes Shakespeare’s themes all his own, integrating them into the foundation of the story. There are also vivid comparisons to political questions and actions that truly churn your mind. It’s quite intriguing and captivating. I couldn’t stop reading until I finished because so many things kept happening that kept fueling the story. The conclusion is startling and inevitable, but filled with so much passion. I couldn’t help myself liking Aria Rose for her strength and courage. It’s definitely one of new favorite series and I absolutely cannot wait until next summer when Renegade Heart hits shelves!