AMERICA WAKE UP!!!

American people, can’t you see the hate that’s spreading in our country? It’s funny how we can come together as a group for other countries, but not for our own. Yeah, there are moments when a certain amount of people protest for positive change. It still doesn’t seem good enough.

More people are getting bolder with racism. I mean it never disappeared which is a problem.”

It saddens my heart when I realized how tarnished the U.S. is. More people are getting bolder with racism. I mean it never disappeared which is a problem. Many videos on social media show proof of it.

You’re sick in the head to hate (yes, I used the word hate) someone because of the color of their skin. Get to know someone before you start judging/disliking them. Have you ever thought about why other countries laugh at us?? They think Americans are “dumb.” And what are we doing? Proving their statement right because of the poor decisions we make as a country. This country is going downhill.

I do admire how some Americans are standing up for justice, equal opportunities,  and less hatred towards each other. Those are the good examples of trying to make a positive change. Too bad they get harsh backlash for speaking up.

It’s nothing about what the people want anymore. The heartless souls of certain American citizens are ruling everything now. All I want is for my country to be peaceful and happy. That statement was simple to say but hard to produce in this cold-hearted country.

There are still good Americans here including me. Sadly to say, the bad ones make us look like horrible people. When will America be a good place? Another tragedy shouldn’t happen for people to open up their eyes to the hatred.

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Confessions of a Book Lover ❤️📖

Loving books started for me every since I was younger. Friends and family members used to call me a “nerd” or “bookworm”. I paid them no attention cause nothing could stop me from loving to read. My first collection of books were the Junie B. Jones series by Barbara Park. I blame my elementary school teachers for hooking me on those books lol.

Every time when I went to the store with my mom. I always beg her to buy me a new book. It feels so good to buy a fresh book from the store. I will literally spend hours searching for the “perfect” book before I make a purchase. The title, book cover, or the book description helps me decide if I want to buy it or not. I’m always determined to leave out the store with a good novel. Anyone that’s a book lover like me would understand.

Currently, as a young adult, I still have the same feelings towards books. Whenever I have extra money to buy one I go straight to the book section in the store. Usually, I go to Wal-Mart or Barnes and Noble. I used to go to Books-a-Million since they weren’t as expensive as Barnes and Noble but it’s been awhile since I went there. Wal-Mart may not have a huge variety of books like the other two stores but their prices are way cheaper. So, most of the time I will try checking out what books they have before I go into my other two favorite bookstores.

This is random, but I’ll rather read a print version of a book instead of the kindle version. Reading books from a tablet is cool and all, but let’s face it. It’s nothing like the old-fashioned way of reading books. I love the feeling of a thick chapter book in my hand. It’s more to read and I get add it to my bookshelf.

Anyways, books are the greatest creation that was ever made. I couldn’t imagine myself living in a world without any books. Some of the knowledge I have today comes from books I have read. Shoutout to my mom for feeding my book habit before I was able to buy books with my own money lol!

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Murdergram by Nisa Santiago Book Review

Summary: Cristal convinced her friends to work a dangerous job with her. The girls turned into trained assassins. The Cristál Clique are ready to take on any risk that comes their way. Their clique is nothing to play with.  Don’t let their innocent faces and petite frames fool you! 

This urban novel will tug at your conscience. Then again you’ll understand why some of the characters made certain decisions throughout the novel.  Honestly, I couldn’t go through the harsh situations they went through. My kind heart wouldn’t let me be at peace.

Opinions on the Characters…

Cristal: She’s the “It” girl out of her crew of friends. Cristal showed how in charge she was throughout the novel. This girl is persuasive and magnetic which makes it easy for things to go her way. I didn’t  like how cold-hearted she was during certain parts of the story. She could have had a little heart. I understand she couldn’t show sympathy in her line of work, but there were ways to make a different outcome. I feel like the “Commission rules” brainwashed her also. I’m a believer in strong power but sometimes you have to put your foot down when it’s necessary.

Tamar: She’s the one out of the group that had the strongest bond with Cristal. Tamar is a wild party girl and nonchalant. She will say anything that comes to her mind. Truthfully, she always kept it real with her friends though. One thing I didn’t like about her is her jealous streak. It’s like she doesn’t want to see anyone else happy. She’s more cold-hearted than Cristal which is frightening!

Sharon: She’s my favorite girl of the crew. Sharon isn’t easily persuaded. Even though she grew up in the hood/ghetto she showed more intelligence than her friends. Also, I believed she was classier too. She liked to have fun but not get too wild. I love how she stole Pike’s heart without losing her morals.

Lisa: She’s a sweetheart. I hate how she’s easily influenced by her friends. It led her into an awful path. It’s sad how everything happened to her. Bad things always happen to good people.

Mona: She came from a two parent household. Mona is cool I guess. I mean it’s stupid how she followed Cristal and Tamar into the murder business. I respect the fact she had a change of heart when crazy situations happened. Yes, she did her dirt but at least she realized that she needed to change her lifestyle.

E.P: I had a feeling he was going to have feelings for Cristal. He’s a man who someone shouldn’t trust to a certain extent. Some of the things he told Cristal didn’t seem right. When he first met Cristal I knew he was going to bring a change to her life.  I love his intelligence, but he is a dangerous man.

Pike: He had big dreams. Too bad he couldn’t fulfill them. He did act cocky. I’m glad Sharon didn’t let him take advantage of her like he does other women. Yeah, he might have his mean ways towards some people but through that tough layer, he has a soft heart.

Hugo: At first, when he popped up in the book I thought he was Cristal enemy. I was thinking “Nooo, Cristal don’t fall for him!!” lol. Turns out he wasn’t so bad after all. On the other hand, I don’t like the fact how he cheated on Cristal because if you so-called in love with someone no temptation that comes your way will phase you. I mean I know Cristal wasn’t an angle herself. In other words, he wasn’t a bad person even though he made that one mistake.

Overall, Nisa Santiago did a good job writing this book. The story line is right on point. I’m anxious to read part two to this series. I’m a sucker for plot twists in novels. Nisa did that well in this book. It’s a good read if you like urban fiction. I recommend everyone to read this book.

*This book is for ages 18 & up. Also, it has explicit language in it. 

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3 Realistic Goals to Achieve (Des Blog-a-thon) #36

As I sit in my room thinking about life. I started to point out 3 realistic goals I want to meet. The following list will be down below…

 
1. To be happy: There were times when I thought I was truly happy, but that wasn’t true. I spent so much time pretending that everything is fine it trick me into thinking I was happy. Being happy is so important to me because I won’t feel miserable and will feel free. Happiness is easy to talk about but hard to create.

2. Be successful: Of course, this would be on my list. Everyone wants success but who is going to take the time to actually succeed?Nothing will stop me from reaching success. I’m going to work hard to reach the highest level. I deserve the gift of success. I’m hoping that my blog will be the opportunity to help me reach my future success.

3. Make a Positive Change: If I don’t make a huge positive change on Earth before I die. I will not satisfied. I have a strong passion for making this world a better place. Honestly, it doesn’t feel right to see horrible things happening and not doing anything about it. As long as I’m able to help others I’m going to try my best to create a positive effect. I know I talked about this in my other post. It’s something I’ll never get tired of mentioning.

Do you have any goals you want to achieve? 

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What I Do on my Lazy Days (Des Blog-a-thon) #35

Usually, I stay in the bed most of the day. I will find movies to watch or try to read a book. Most of the time I am chilling. Honestly, I feel glued to the bed. I literally can’t force myself to do anything. Sometimes I hate feeling that way because I have tasks that need to be done. Being lazy affects a variety of things sometimes. For example, making blog posts, cleaning up, doing homework. Today, it’s raining and the weather got me feeling lazy. Gloomy weather puts me in a sappy mood. I don’t know if any of you feel the same way during this type of weather. Does anyone else have lazy days? 

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Everything, Everything Movie Review

First, let me start off by saying is the movie producers took their time to give a perfect visualization of the book. There’s not a thing I disliked about the movie. I will not put any spoilers in this review so don’t worry.

Secondly, the movie cast was perfect. Everyone played their roles phenomenally. Honestly, I couldn’t imagine any other people to play their parts. I applaud them for making the movie realistic. My favorite characters were Olly and Madison of course. They made a lovely couple. I respected Olly because he didn’t judge Madison. He truly liked her for her personality. Madison didn’t act like someone she’s not for him to like her. Throughout the movie Olly was charming! He’s smooth, sweet, and deep with his words. His words touched my soul and I wasn’t even the girl he was dedicating them to lol. Madison is a brave girl. She’s not afraid to take risks. I admired how smart she was also. While spending time being isolated she used it wisely.  I loved her imagination. To be honest, she sort of reminds me of myself.

Third, the music in the movie gave me chill vibes. Each song fits the scenes well. There wasn’t a song that I didn’t like. I’m going to add the movie soundtrack to my playlist. They were slow jams mostly.

Oh yeah, I can’t forget to mention a few other things like how well dressed Madison was throughout the movie, the house decor, and the scenery of the movie overall. For example, every time when Madison changed into a new outfit she had certain colors she’ll wear. Her style was unique in a casual way. The house decor was modern with a flair of color coordination. Also, it was high-tech. In fact, it gave me ideas of how I would like my future house to look.

In conclusion, Everything, Everything got added to my favorite movies list. I wanted to stay in the movie theater to watch it again a few more times. I couldn’t get over the fact how good it was. It did have plot twists I did not expect. I recommend everyone to go see this movie. It’s not your typical teenage love story neither. You will enjoy the movie!

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5 Tips for Studying (Des Blog-a-thon) #34

Studying isn’t always fun, but we have to do it now and then. We all know it helps to study for a test because you’re likely to pass it. I’m not saying that it’s necessary for every situation, but it does give good results. Maybe the tips that you will read down below will make it easier for you to gain good study habits now or in the future.

1. Find a Quiet Area: This is an important tip. Studying in a quiet area helps your brain process information better. It would be hard to study in a noisy area because it knocks off your concentration. A quiet area could be the library, bathroom (yes, I said bathroom), closet… etc.

2. Use Flash Cards: Flash cards come in handy when you have to learn new vocabulary words to learn definitions to. Put the vocabulary word on the blank side of the card. On the side with the lines write the word definition. You can get a pack of flash cards in a dollar store (Dollar General, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar), Wal-Mart, and Staples. Honestly, it could be any store you can buy school supplies from.

3. Make up silly ways to remember info: Let’s be real when you come up with silly/creative ways to remember anything it sticks in your mind faster. Also, it’s easier to remember the material you studied for your test. This could be in the form of a song, video, drawing…etc. If you think about it this is another way to make studying fun.

4. Study with someone else: Studying isn’t the most fun thing ever. Why not study with someone else to make it exciting? This tip is only useful if both of you are serious about studying. I mean it doesn’t always have to be serious all the time, but you don’t want to waste your time studying with a friend or classmate without learning anything for the quiz or test coming up. Make sure the information you’re studying is the correct information for the quiz or test.

5. Take Breaks: You don’t need to strain your brain too much. Taking 10 minutes breaks throughout studying is fine. It helps your brain relax from all the information you were going over. Sometimes when you study too long without taking a break it can mess up your concentration or maybe give you a headache. Don’t over work yourself.

All of these tips will help you if you put it to good use. Everything in this post is from my experience. If any of these tips help you let me know.

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Apology to my Readers 

Hello readers, I’m sorry I haven’t been posting a lot for the post 2 days. I started my summer classses and been busy with other things. I owe my readers a couple of posts. Right now, I’m at a family cookout. My family cooked some good food! Tomorrow I have to get homework done. So, I’ll try to post something for everyone tomorrow. I hope everyone is enjoying their weekend. 

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A Nice Day Out

Today I didn’t expect to go anywhere but my best friend wanted to hang out. I enjoyed getting out the house to do something different. It’s funny how now I’m spending more time with my friends. If this was a couple of weeks and months ago I would’ve chilled by myself at home. Now I’m back home wondering what I’m going to do for the rest of the day. Is everyone else having a good day??? I’m interested in hearing about your day.

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Is it Worth It? (Des Blog-a-thon) #33

My blog is something worth continuing. I can see it’s potential. All my content I’m releasing intrigues, my readers.  I can see myself turning my blog into a full-time career. As you all can see I put a lot of time and effort into it. When it comes to my blog I take it seriously. I have to make sure everything is perfect in my eyes. Blogging makes me happy. Blogging is the best thing that ever happened to me. I’m glad I didn’t procrastinate on starting it. I came so far in the blogging world. This is one hobby I don’t regret doing. Like I said in a past post sometimes I start new hobbies then quit them cause I get bored. That didn’t happen with blogging though. Sometimes we don’t realize how much little things can make a big impact on our lives.

Do any of you have something worth continuing or fighting for now? 

 

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