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“…want something, and let yourself have it…” – Debbie Reynolds

Home. Suburbs of Detroit, MI.

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Good afternoon to you all. It is the top of the year, only three days in to be exact. My eyes are wide and my heart as full as I have this gut feeling that this will be one of the better years of my life thus far; my nineteenth year. I’m sure anyone reading this may have already considered clicking off the blog as that was such a cliche statement, but I’ve truly chosen to go into this year with a completely different mindset.

It wasn’t until a few months into 2016 that I familiarized myself with the phrase “thoughts become things”. The basic meaning of the phrase is as simple as the phrase itself. For me, it began with the realization that I have the power to make my life what I want it to be, as it is my life. I know that sounds silly because…well…obviously our lives are our own. But, I never really thought about anything other than graduating high school, going to college, graduation from college, and finding a job. The year of 2016 brought me my high school graduation, it brought me a new part time job, and it brought me abrupt realization that I was not living. I was going to school, going to work, coming home, and repeating it all the next day. When I first heard “thoughts become things” (thank you Meghan Hughes!!) I really started to jump at every opportunity that was presented to me, and made it mine.

I went out with friends when I wanted, I stayed home when I wanted, I worked the way I wanted, I went to the university I wanted. Key words: I wanted. I didn’t feel like I was living for society’s sake anymore, or to impress or please anyone. I was doing all of this for me. That being said, a new year has come upon us, and tomorrow, I am going back to Eastern Michigan University to begin my second semester as a freshman, and I couldn’t be more excited for the future.

This blog is going to be all about how I am making a change in my life, to make this life mine. I hope this helps someone find the same strength or inspiration, and even if it doesn’t, it’s helping me! I don’t have a set schedule/posting days. For now, I think I am just going to post as much as I can. Join me, won’t you?

“…want something, and let yourself have it…” – Debbie Reynolds

–  Caitlyn 💙

Beyond the Books|Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

11:18am. My couch, again. Michigan.

Well, I’ve already finished another book, so here I am with another review. Next up:

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Rating: ★★★★☆

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Now, I will admit, I saw the movie before I read the book. This is in typical fashion for me. I love reading, I do. But sometimes the release of the movie gets here too quickly for me to sit down and read the book, so I have to wait until I fall in love with the movie, and have to read the book. This is exactly what happened here, but I loved both mediums through which this story was told.

The book was a really easy and quick read if you love reading like I do. It took me only about 3 hours total with about an hour break in between 100 pages (the book was 306 pages; I read 100 in an hour, took a break for an hour, read 100, took a break, etc.). However, I found it really enjoyable for that reason. I was able to take Maddy’s (the main character) entire journey with her in one night, without necessarily rushing through it to the point that I don’t even remember any of it. I really commend Yoon for thinking of a storyline like this; I never would have though of it myself, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever heard of. Without giving away the ending, I can say that it’s nothing you’d expect.

I also really liked the aspect of it that included drawings, and Maddy’s doctors notes, and the IMs between Maddy and Olly (the love interest). I feel like if it was just explained in words it wouldn’t have had the same effect, which is what a lot of novelists do. Seeing it drawn out makes it just that much more personal between the reader and the character, because you’re given exactly what she means instead of imagining it yourself. But, if you specifically like imagining it yourself, that aspect may deter you.

The grammar was surely more sophisticated than the last book I reviewed, but Yoon is a professional author; this is what she does, but I gave this novel one more star than I gave the last book because it seemed that much more…official. That, and the imagination and effort that went into this book was so unique that I was captivated enough to finish it in one night.

I loved this book a lot and would surely recommend it to everyone. It was an easy enough read for someone as young as 12 to read it, but sophisticated enough for someone as aged as 60, 70, 110 to get something out of it. It draws you in almost immediately and it is hard to put down once you start. After reading the book, you can watch the movie and enjoy it just as much because of how closely they followed the story line, and really see it come to life.

Thank you again for reading my review if you did. My next book will be In Cold Blood by Truman Capote. I’ve never read a novel like this, so I’m really excited to get into it.

Talk to you soon!

Caitlyn xx

Beyond the Books|Did I Ever Wake Up? by Mod Sun

7:20pm. My couch. Michigan.

Hello, all. It’s been a long time since I’ve written anything, but I am back for the summer! I decided that I want to read at least two books a month, but hopefully more! However, because I am an easily distracted being, I wanted to find a way to hold myself accountable for actually opening a book and reading it. I don’t know how many people will even read these — if any — but I know this will help me keep up with my goal, so here I am, presenting to you “Beyond the Books”, where I will be telling you my honest opinions on what I read. First up:

Did I Ever Wake Up? by Mod Sun

Rating: ★★★☆☆

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This book was something I’ve been trying to get my hands on for nearly 3 years now. When I heard of Mod Sun, I was immediately drawn to his energy like I’d never been drawn to anyone before. He is such a light in a world that is so prone to darkness, especially now. For that reason, I knew I wanted to read his words in the most serious, yet meaningful form, and have them on my book shelf so that I had access to them whenever I wanted.

When I first started reading it, I had a feeling it was going to confirm everything I knew, and teach me so much more about my part in the universe. One of the very first full sentences in the book is “everything you are can become everything you were,” and with that sentence alone, I knew this was exactly what I needed to be reading. I already practiced the law of attraction long before reading this, which is a lot of what this book is about. However, a lot of the ways he put the works of the law into perspective, and explained situations in which the law is proven to work, and that was something that was really eye opening. Sometimes, putting all of the pressure on you, which is exactly what the law is, is really scary. You are in complete control of your life, and that is exactly how it is meant to be. No matter how hard the journey is, the destination is completely customizable depending on how you over come the struggles.

As for the actual writing in this book, it was right to the point and really nothing more. It was  only about 70 pages, and I read it in less than 2 hours. There were a few typos, but nothing too hard to figure out and move on from. There was not any fantastic vocabulary, or intense uses of punctuation, but I don’t think that a book like this needed it. Everything said in this book was said exactly how it needed to be, and for that, it received the rating I gave it.

I will forever cherish this book and always go back to it whenever I feel like I don’t believe in myself. I know this for certain. Thank you, Mod Sun, for these words. I love your mind and energy with all of me, and I so hope that we can meet someday.

Thank you to everyone who read this, I can’t wait to share more with you! I have already started my next book which is Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon, and I am really enjoying it so far, so we will see!

Talk to you soon!

Caitlyn xx