Thankful Thursday: The Little Things

So the last couple weeks have been extremely busy and stressful for me. But instead of dwelling on the negative, I’ve decided to look for all the little things that make life better.

This first set shows the good things that came out of the fact that I was stuck in Crete for two nights, the first due to a car malfunction at 2 am, and the second due to a blizzard.

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I mean seriously, how does this even happen??

#1. I saved money on gas because…

#2. I didn’t have a commute to school.

Because of this I was able to…

#3. Sleep in (a little) and

#4. Eat breakfast

#5. By the time I was able to leave on Wednesday, I had three different offers from friends to let me crash on their couch until the roads cleared.

 

The rest of these are random things helped get me through the last week:

#6. Kitten Pictures/Gifs on the Internet (Because, adorable. )

#7. People Who Say Have a Nice Day and Mean it (Seriously, this means a lot.)

#8. Warmth and Sunshine (it finally went from -10 degrees to 50 degrees today.)

#9. Girl Scout Cookies (because, Girl Scout Cookies.)

#10. Good Books (I just finished the Divergent series.)

#11. The Sound of a Choir Singing Gospel Chords (This is just beautiful.)

#12. Hank Green Songs (Especially a Song About and Anglerfish)

#13. Pay Checks (I mean, who doesn’t like getting money?)

#14. Mountain Dew (Caffeine. ‘nuf said.)

Quote of the Day: The Fault in Our Stars

Yesterday I reread The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, in one sitting. If you have read it, you know how I feel right now. If you haven’t, well, I will leave you with two quotes from the book to give you an idea. (But you should totally read the book, just saying.)

“Sometimes you read a book that fills you with this weird evangelical zeal,  and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”

And:

“That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”

John Green is my all time favorite author, and if you haven’t read any of his work, you should stop what you are doing right now and drive to your nearest library or bookstore, get his books and start reading immediately. (Unless it’s snowing, like it is here, in which case just go on Amazon instead.)

Bloodlines: A Book Review

Hey Everyone!

Sorry for my radio silence over the last few days. It was partly due to the fact that I was visiting family and was only sporadically around my laptop. Mostly though, it was because I have been reading.

I recently decided to reread one of my favorite series, Bloodlines, by Richelle Mead. Now before you ask, yes it is technically a vampire series, but is about so much more than that. (SIDE NOTE: It’s actually a spin-off series from Mead’s Vampire Academy series, the first of which is being made into a movie coming out in 2014.) 

The main character is Sydney Sage, a human raised in a secret society (Alchemists) dedicated to protecting the world from finding out about the ‘evil’ vampires. She is assigned a job that any other Alchemist would dread: living with a vampire princess in hiding and her half vampire body guards. Already on thin ice for getting ‘too close’ to vampires in the past, Sydney must find a balance between her job and her new friendships with her charges. She has to choose between what she has always been taught and what she is starting to see with her own eyes.

To top it all off, the job requires her to pose as a high school student which, since she was home-schooled her whole life, is a totally new experience for Sydney. Though she is acing her classes, she is way out of her league when it comes to teenage social interactions.

There are so many other great things about this series, but I don’t have the time to write it all here. (Plus I don’t want to spoil anything.) You’ll just have to read the books. 🙂

I own the first three books, Bloodlines, the Golden Lily, and the Indigo Spell, and I JUST found out the forth one, Fiery Heart is available. I hope to be adding that one to my shelf in the near future.

I definitely recommend this series to anyone interested in fantasy, mystery, romance, or action books.