Two Lessons I’m Still Trying to Learn from Maya Angelou

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Wednesday brought sad news of Maya Angelou’s death, but it also brought a celebration of her life, her words, and her wisdom. I love how the internet facilitates this. Friends have been posting favorite quotes, poems, video clips, and pictures of signed first editions on facebook, tumblr, and twitter. On Wednesday, I tweeted that there was no way I could pick just one quote to tweet. This was true. As I say in this blog’s bio I basically write down every Angelou quotation that I see. However, upon a little reflection although I can’t pick one quote, there are two things she said/wrote that have stuck with me. I count them among the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received. They are lessons I’m still trying to learn and I am so grateful for them.  Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: The Weasley Brothers

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Do you all realize that it’s been seven years since the summer Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows was released? That is mind blowing to me. And even though I know there is almost nothing more annoying than someone in their mid-twenties saying they feel old, this fact is making me feel pretty old right now. It’s definitely time for me to re-read the series. The Weasley family are definitely one of my favorite parts in the series, so I thought I’d give you the choice of any of the Weasley brothers to marry, date or dump today. Let me know who you’d pick in the comments!

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Me Earl and the Dying Girl: An Even Less Cancery Cancer Novel

12700353Okay, so I thought The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green, was going to be the most unique, non-cancery YA novel I read about teens with cancer. I was wrong though. Me Earl and the Dying Girl, by Jesse Andrews, fits even less into the genre of teenage cancer stories most of us have grown to know and cringe over. In these books, it is most common for a young man to meet and fall in love with an inspirational young girl with cancer. While the girl dies, the book celebrates how strong and wise she became. And the whole point is how much the boy learns from the whole experience. If you’re looking for that kind of book, aside from examining your motives, I suggest you listen to me and the first lines of this book when we both tell you THIS IS NOT THAT KIND OF BOOK.  Continue reading

Help Me With My Virtual Literary Road Trip This Summer

Screen Shot 2014-05-22 at 4.00.48 PMHi friends and readers! I am posting today to tell you about a project I want your help with this summer. I thought it would be a fun idea for everyone on the blog to go on a virtual road trip together to literary cities and landmarks across the country (or from other countries if you want … I’m all for taking Chitty Chitty Bang Bang on our road trip). I’m going to visit my sister in LA in a few weeks so I thought I would start with a post from there, but after that I’d love if some of you want to write guest posts about places to visit. It could be a place you’re visiting this summer, somewhere you travelled to before, your hometown, or a place that you’ve never been to before but have always wanted to see. Anywhere you want to write about.   Continue reading