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Why I Started Blogging and Why I Love It |Blogmas Day 6

Thank you to everyone who has been on this journey with me. Every time I write, I feel like I am improving. This has been such a fun adventure, and I am so happy I get to continue it with all of you! Thank you for listening to my thoughts on the adventures I go on.

I started this book blog because I needed to talk about the books I read. All of my friends and family would pretend to listen to me or be interested in the books, so I never really could talk about what was happening. I also was made fun of for being so into my books, but here I can get my feelings out without to much trouble. Blogging is also a helpful way for me to sort out how I feel about the books and the characters. Sometimes when I am reading, I get so caught up in the world that I am not taking in everything that is being set up. When I go to write about it, I can finally see all the things I didn’t put together!

I didn’t start the blog for this reason, but I love looking back on the blogs. I can look back at what I have read and remember what happened in the books, which is super helpful when I’m waiting for the next book in the series to come. I also like to look at my reactions to books, and then how I think of the book now. I like to see how much I loved a book when I read it. The feeling of finishing a book is so exciting and sad at the same time, and I’m happy I am able to document that.

The bookish community is so wonderful. I’m so happy I have entered into a community where we can share thoughts and opinions! The bookish people are some of the most welcoming people I have ever met! Thank you for letting me be me.

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I went to Caraval: Blogmas day 4

I bought this book solely based on the fact I saw that OwlCrate had something that was inspired by this book coming in one of the books, and geez what a good buy! Caraval by Stephanie Garber was such a fun book to read! My head was spinning while reading this book! If you haven’t yet, go out and get this book!

Caraval is a place of trickery and confusion. Anything could happen, but it might not all be real. We follow Scarlett’s story through the five nights of her greatest and worst adventure. The only thing is, her sister is being held captive, and the only way to save her is by winning Caraval. She meets a few people on this journey, but can she trust them? Honestly, I still don’t know the answer to that question. I want to be able to trust Julian. But I just don’t know where he really stands. Does he stand with or against Master Legend? Is he just part of the game? There’s also Tella, whom I really want to be part of the game.

I felt like I was in Caraval while reading this! I didn’t know what a dream was, what was real, or what was an illusion from the game! It was so hypothesizing! This book is a MUST READ! Garber did a fantastic job in creating a world that that only had me wondering what was next, but made me want to keep reading. I couldn’t put this book down.

If you’re a reader who loves a book with surprises and twists and turns, this is a book for you! I really didn’t know what was coming next! This book had me at the edge of my seat! I read over the course of a week, but I would of read it in a day if I had the chance to do that! It’s an unforgettable ride!

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The Wicked Will Rise: Blogmas Day 2

The sequel to Dorothy Must Die was an interesting read. I feel like nothing really moved forward with the plot; it just took a turn. I LOVED Dorothy Must Die. It was magical and a story I hold dear to me with a twist that I love! Now here we are with the sequel, and I really don’t know what happened. This book was a filler like no other. It did have some really good parts, but it also had some parts that I don’t know why they were there. I can’t tell if I like this book or not. I read it in a day, but I never got absorbed in it. There was just so much that I feel like it was missing. We didn’t get the same sense of adventure as we did the last book. There was no big battle that would change OZ (although something else did happen).

Within the first couple of chapters, a second villain dies, along with a rat. This was the first thing wrong with this book. Why kill the rat? It was simply harmless, deserved a better death, and died in such a cliché way. I actually am genuinely disappointed that she died by getting eaten by a lion. Why not give it a heroic death? There was very little sadness, and seeing that it was Amy’s only thing form her mom or even home in general left, you would think that the death of the rat would have hit her more.

Then we have Pete/Ozma. I love that they ended up being the same person, but I don’t like the mix between them. The fight for control was really underwhelming and kind of just got in the way. Pete also careful and didn’t want to be near Dorothy or any of the “good” people of Oz. After a talk with Glenda, he just decides that she can help him? Yeah, he just found out that he might disappear after Ozma is cured, but still. The only book is about how she and Dorothy can’t be trusted, and then he just goes running to them? Which, in turn, kills a unicorn tiger, a fairy, and ruins a whole another land. That the end, he and Ozma are separated anyways by the wizard that be trusted.

Let’s talk about Nox for a second. He got lost while teleporting, so he ended up on the Island of the Lost. NOX GOT SOFT! He says being on the island made him think, but I feel like sitting by yourself on an island doesn’t make you that soft. Like he was all I want to talk about how I feel, and I don’t have many walls up anymore, who is this? Nox was one of my favorite characters from the first book, and right now, I can’t deal with him. Where is the old Nox? Is this not the real Nox?

I’m so excited to finish this series! These books are perfect for people who love the Wizard of Oz! I can’t get enough of these books! I’m so excited to see how this series will end. I honestly hope that maybe juts Dorothy will turn around and become good again.

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What I Love About Reading Memoirs and Why you should Read Them.

Truth is, I love reading about genocides. I believe you can learn so much about life though these stories. I recently went to Washington D.C. and went to the Holocaust Museum. It was there where I got to meet Elly Gross. Listening to her talk was so beautiful. I ended up buy two of her books ,and WOW! The things she has been through. She not only is a survivor of the holocaust, but she was only living in New York when 9/11 the twin towers went down! Her story not only opened my eyes to how victims of the holocaust felt, but how much I don’t appreciate the life I have as much as I should. Truth is, I love reading about genocides. I believe you can learn so much about life through these stories. I recently went to Washington, D.C., and went to the Holocaust Museum. It was there where I got to meet Elly Gross. Listening to her talk was so beautiful. I ended up buying two of her books, and WOW! The things she has been through. She not only is a survivor of the Holocaust, but she was only living in New York when 9/11 the twin towers went down! Her story not only opened my eyes to how victims of the Holocaust felt, but how much I don’t appreciate the life I have as much as I should. Truth is, I love reading about genocides. I believe you can learn so much about life though these stories. I recently went to Washington D.C. and went to the Holocaust Museum. It was there where I got to meet Elly Gross. Listening to her talk was so beautiful. I ended up buy two of her books ,and WOW! The things she has been through. She not only is a survivor of the holocaust, but she was only living in New York when 9/11 the twin towers went down! Her story not only opened my eyes to how victims of the holocaust felt, but how much I don’t appreciate the life I have as much as I should.

Very few photos of victims of the Holocaust survived. Most of the people in these pictures were brutally murdered. Taken at the Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.

Like every family, my family fights a lot. Most people never think about losing all of your family, or having to find yourself a home and make money at the age of 15. Elly Gross blamed her self for her mother’s death. She even saw a picture of them from right before the died. How crazy?? I can’t even imagine how must of felt. But people today, like Elly, this is real. Genocides are still happening and kids are left with one to one take care of themselves. I don’t want this to be a political post, but I can’t help but think about America today when I read these stories and I’m just in awe of how we just throw around the word “concentration camp”. It’s such an ugly word. The “camps” that people who cross may not be the best, but they certainly are nothing compared to the camps in Cambodia, Germany, Poland, or how people in Rwanda are and were treated. The government does not want to these people to die, its about sustainability of the country.

Another thing that memoirs like this opens up my eyes to is just how strong we as people can be. I’m sure you, like me, often complain about dumb little things, like our coffee isn’t right, how we feel left out, being hungry, our phones dying, or someone just being rude. Then I read and think about what people have gone through, and what people are going through, and I just think “wow, I have all these things and complaining while others are literally struggling to see another second of the day.” Like whoa, we have clean streets, can do and say pretty much whatever we want, the freedom to walk and go places, while today, thousands of people will because of their religion, ethnic background, or for even owning a book. The people who have survived this, and are still fighting are probably some of the strongest people in the world, and if they can fight through this, then we can certainly deal with a dead phone or a coffee made wrong.

Elly Gross and a picture of her mother, brother, and others before they were gassed.

Memoirs like this just make me take a step back and look at my life and how good it honestly is. I know there are Americans that do struggle every day, and I don’t want to discredit them. But I do think it’s essential to remember that no matter how bad life gets, it’s important to know that someone else had it worse. I highly suggest that you pick up at least one memoir from someone who has survived genocide and see what they have to offer you.