Tag: 13 Reasons Why I Keep Going


This tag is personal to me. 4 years ago, almost to the day, is when I was hospitalized. I’ve talked a bit about it before so I won’t do it now. But since 2014, I’ve gotten treatment and everyday I’m thankful to be here in this wonderful world. 


  • Mention the person who nominated you
  • List 13 Reasons Why you keep going
  • Nominate 10 people
  • Display the picture

So, here are just a handful of the reasons that keep me grounded. In no particular order: 

1. Family

My niece and my brother. My brother was my Christmas gift many moons ago. I begged my mom for a baby brother and he was born days before Christmas ❀ My niece is mini-me. She’s a reader and for her upcoming birthday I’m planning to get her her first Nancy Drew books πŸ˜‰

2. Rain

I love the smell of rain. Or wet dirt haha. It’s soothing. 

3. Friends

Specifically, my person ❀ We balance each other out. She’s the Meredith to my Yang. I will forever be grateful to her for not only putting up with my moods but for letting me practice my mothering skills with her children lol

4. An NSYNC reunion


I will be a thousand years old and still waiting for a reunion tour haha. JT give the people what they want!!

5. Travel


There are still many countries I would like to visit. The motherland is #1 on that list. 

6. My Princess

Memorial Day 2014, we got my dog. Her original family gave her away (to my mom’s friend) once she got “old” and was unable to have anymore healthy puppies. My mom’s friend already had too many pets so they gave her to us. When we brought her home, my dog was depressed. She wouldn’t eat, she wouldn’t drink, she wouldn’t move. She stayed in her bed for days. At the time, I was struggling as well. But I made an effort to help her. Months later, she helped me. Now, we’re both happy and healthy together ❀

7. Books

This is my physical TBR. Not to mention, there are tons of unread books on my Kindle as well. So many books out in the world still waiting for me to read them. 

8. Moments like this with the little ones


My Godbaby’s first trip to the zoo and she was excited to see the giraffes. When it was her turn to feed Philip, his tongue brushed against her fingers and amidst giggles she exclaimed “he lick me!”. Now, if that doesn’t put a smile on your face, then IDK what will. 

9. Sunsets


Not only are they gorgeous, but it means nighttime is near which is comforting. I’m a night owl. 

10. Ziplining 

I don’t want to pee on a bunch of people lol! But ziplining is at the top of my bucket list. Specifically through a jungle or forest or something. I want to pull a Jane and fly through the trees. 

11. Baseball

Love baseball. Funny thing is, I’m not a Dodger’s fan lmao. I’m an AL girl. I would love to see my little Angels win another World Series!


12. Adventure


I’ve had some of the best times going on road trips with my friends. There are many more adventures I plan to go on. 

13. Beauty in the world


This is where the deep-buried, semi-religious upbringing I had appears. All I could think when I snapped this picture (besides “omg how amazing”) is “it’s a double promise”. Anyway, there are a lot of beautiful sights, sounds and smells that fill me with unexpected hope. It’s the little things. 

Thank you Sophia Ismaa and Crystal Girl for tagging me! 

This has been one cathartic trip haha. And kind of nostalgic. Had to dig through the archives for some of these pictures.

And in honor of National Dog Day (!!), here’s another picture of my furbaby! πŸ˜€



The Sunshine Blogger Award #2

 THANK YOU  Booklook for nominating me πŸ˜€ !!! And I’m sorry for taking so long in getting to it lol



  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog


1. Define yourself.

An overly ambitious and completely  introverted bookworm πŸ˜‰

2. What is your greatest fear?

Failure!! Oh, and clowns. Stupid clowns. 

3. What are your strength and weaknesses?

Strength: Patience. Weakness: Pride. Definitely, pride. 

4. If, only for once, time travel is possible, what would you like to do?

​I’d go back in time and catch a Beatles concert! πŸ˜€

5. What keeps you going and positive in hard times?

A lot of things. Is it weird if I say therapy? Let’s see… the people I love, the books I read, everyday adventures, the endless possibilities before me…

6. Did you ever cry hardest? Why?

The day I was triggered, which opened the floodgates to all the horrid thoughts running through my overactive brain, leading to my being hospitalized weeks later. That relatively small period of my life was one big, depressing, sobfest. Fun times.

7. Tell your notions about hell and heaven.

Honestly, my views change all the time. Sometimes I do believe. But then the other 90% of the time I think it’s a creative way to keep people in check. Today? I’m on the latter side.

8. Who/what is closest to your heart?

Besides my books?? Um… my girls ❀

Throwback to the day my goddaughter and my princess first met

9. What is your birth date?

January 31st. I share a birthday with Justin Timberlake haha. Destined to be an NSYNC fangirl from birth lmao


10. Why are you into blogging?

This community! It started out because of books. But seriously, it’s you my fellow bloggers that make me stick with it. Everyone here has been amazing and just plain welcoming. And I’ve gotten to know some wonderful people! Love ya’ll ❀


11. Which comment had the biggest impact on you?

“You inspire me” and “You’d make a wonderful mom”. 







1. Would you rather travel back in time and alter history or go to the future and find out how and when you die and why?

2. What songs would the soundtrack of your life consist of? 

3. If you woke up tomorrow in somebody else’s body, who would you want to be and what would you do?

3. When was the last time you binge watched a show and what was it? 

4. What is the best compliment you’ve ever gotten?

5. Have you met any celebrities before, and if so, who?

6. What books would you recommend to someone that says they hate reading?

7. Which fictional character would be the most boring to meet?

8. What is your favorite word?

9. If you had a boat, what bookish name would you give it? 

10. What would be the title of your autobiography?

11. What is the one question that you absolutely hate being asked?

Once again, thank you Booklook ❀ !


No pressure on anyone to participate! 


20 Questions Book Tag

Way back when, Booklook tagged me to do this tag. Thank you and sorry it took so long to get to haha. 

Now, let’s do this!

1. How many books is too many books in a series? 

I think anything more than 4 (If it’s YA or an adult series). Children’s books are different though. The more there are the better πŸ˜‰ 

2. How do you feel about cliffhangers?

Ugh. Don’t get me started! I’m mad at Cassandra Clare for making me wait a year to find out what happens in her new novel after she left us with a killer cliffhanger. In conclusion, I hate them if and only if I have to wait forever to find out what happens!

3. Hardback or Paperback?

Paperback. Hardbacks are eye candy but not really convenient to actually read. 

4. Favorite book?

​My go-to answer is always The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. But I actually have a lot of favorites. A lot. Basically, if I own a physical copy of a book, then it’s a favorite. 

5. Least favorite book? 

Too Far by Rich Shapero. 

6. Love triangles, yes or no?

Yes haha. I’m a sucker for cheesy tropes. 

7. The most recent book you just couldn’t finish?

​Diarios de Motocicleta by Ernesto “Che” Guevara. It’s not that I couldn’t finish it haha but… it’s in spanish! Took me 3 weeks to get 36% through it. Then my library loan expired and I didn’t renew it. I haven’t given up on it yet though! It’s a work in progress πŸ˜‰

8. A book that you’re currently reading?

Safe Haven by Nicolas Sparks. It’s…okay…

9. Last book you recommended to someone?

Summer Sisters by Judy Blume to my person & The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas to Sophski. (Holding my review of the latter for a special post…)

10. Oldest book you’ve read? (Publication Date)

​Does the Iliad count??? You can’t really tell, but my copy is held together by tape haha

11. Newest book you’ve read? (Publication Date)


Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram. Expected publication date: August 28. It’s a wonderful book!! RTC closer to pub. date! 

12. Favourite Author?

I always say Dostoyevsky haha. But again, I have so many. Jane Austen, Judy Blume, Marie Lu…

13. Buying books or borrowing books?


14. A book you dislike that everyone else seems to love?


Me Talk Pretty One Day by David Sedaris. I know, I know. But we didn’t click.

16. A book you can always reread?

Basically all of my favorites. This year I’ve reread 5 books! 

17. Can you read whilst hearing music?

Nope. Too distracting. But I can read with the TV on! 

18. One POV or multiple POV’s?

One POV. Sometimes I get confused if there are multiple viewpoints from similar sounding characters. 

19. Do you read a book in one sitting or over multiple days?

Multiple days. 

20. One book you read because of the cover?

​ A Madness So Discreet by Mindy McGinnis. The story is pretty interesting!


Crystal Girl

Sophia πŸ˜›

Sophril Reads

And anyone and everyone that wants to participate!

No pressure on anyone to do the tag!


The Versatile Blogger Award #2

THANK YOU SOPHSKI for nominating me for this award forever go! I know I lagged it haha but I am very appreciative of all the love you send my way! Sophia has an incredible blog where she not only reviews books, but uses her platform to spread awareness on current social issues. If you haven’t already, you need to visit her blog @Sophia Ismaa Writes ASAP! You won’t be disappointed!!

Now, onto the award πŸ™‚



  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Leave a link to their blog
  • Tell us 7 things about yourself
  • Nominate 15 bloggers/bloggers you’ve discovered recently or follow regularly


1) I hate summer. The heat, the humidity, the scorching sun, the damn mosquitoes that continually suck my life’s blood out of me no matter what I do!!!! Ugh. It’s awful. I do not leave my air-conditioned home unless I have to (a girl’s gotta work). And even then only if it also has AC (thank goodness it does!).

2) My siblings and I were born in different decades. My sister is an 80’s child. I am a 90’s baby. My brother is a 2000’s brat (and I say that in a loving way) lol. 

Yikes! Less than 2 years now…


3) A water bottle is my comfort object. It goes everywhere with me. And it’s not only a summer thing. I always, always have a water bottle. My mom: “You swear you live in the desert”. Me: “Hey, my elementary school teacher said California is a desert!” πŸ˜›

4) A Dr. Seuss book taught me how to read. The ABC book to be precise. We had the cassette that went along with it. 

Don’t know where the book is but the tape still works!

My mom used to sit me down, play the tape and have me follow along with the book. I was 2-3 years old.

5) I am a very picky eater. To the point where my family and friends won’t tell me what’s in the food they make. #firstworldproblems. If it’s healthy and/or good for you I probably won’t like it. Fruit is the only exception haha

6) I am an unofficial Godmother! Months and months ago my friend, my pancha, my person ❀ Joanne, asked me to be Godmomma to her youngest. 

Ya’ll don’t know how much this means to me! Her kids are my babies. And her youngest calls me her best friend (she’s 2 lol). Oh and it’s unofficial because my babies haven’t been baptized yet but will be soon! Which means at some point this year I have to start going to church…

7) When I was about 5 or 6 years old I broke my elbow. The story I told my mom: my neighbor (older than me by at least 2 years) and I were racing down the sidewalk. Somehow or other I tripped over a sprinkler and landed wrong. The truth: my neighbor and I were racing down the sidewalk. She tripped me when she realized I was catching up to her and I landed wrong. I didn’t want to scrape my palms so instead I landed on my elbows smh. I spent the summer with my whole right arm in a cast.







As always, no pressure on anyone to participate!

& a final THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to Sophski for nominating me! ❀ 


Now I’m off to watch the World Cup! 


The NOPE Book Tag

A while ago I was tagged by Brittany @ Perfectly Tolerable to do this tag. These are always difficult for me to do. I have so many bookish opinions but as soon as I have to express them, my mind goes blank. I did manage to finish this though. Yay! 

Let’s get to it. 

NOPE. ending:

A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy.

A Clockwork Orange. Do you really think Alex got tired of acting out his violent urges? Really?? Nope. I don’t buy it.

NOPE. protagonist:

A main character you dislike and drives you crazy.

Briony from Atonement. With one lie she fucked up EVERYONES lives! I loathe this little girl. Loathe.

NOPE. series:

A series that turned out to be a huge pile of nope after you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it.

​Sigh. The Maze Runner series. That ending. Come on! 

NOPE. pairing:

A β€œship” you don’t support.

​Hm… Idk… Oh! I guess Ron and Hermione. I love them. They’re great. Not together though. I can’t really see them as a couple. 

NOPE. plot twist:

A twist you didn’t see coming and didn’t like.

Gone Girl. I remember my friend and I talked about this book for days…

NOPE. genre:

A genre you will never read.

I’m not sure. I’m okay with pretty much any genre. I don’t read many westerns though!

NOPE. book format:

A book format you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition.

​I really don’t like the Dover Thrift Editions (even though I obviously own them lol). They’re cheap for a reason πŸ˜‰

NOPE. trope:

A trope that makes you go NOPE.

Cheating in YA! In real life there are consequences. But these books seem to gloss over and justify it. Nope. That is not okay.

NOPE. recommendation:

A book recommendation that is constantly pushed at you, that you simply refuse to read.

A Child Called It. My friend keeps telling me to read this book. I know it’s a sad read and I can’t put myself through that. It’s based on the author’s childhood and… nope. I just can’t. Too depressing. 

NOPE. clichΓ©:

A clichΓ© or writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes.

I’m with Brittany on this one. The whole “you’re not like other girls” shtick is so damn annoying. I roll my eyes everytime a book character says this.

NOPE. love interest:

A love interest that’s not worthy of being one.

Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility. He was too perfectly perfect. And then he does Marianne wrong. She dodged a bullet. 

NOPE. book:

A book that shouldn’t have existed.

​Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (I’m sure the play is great lol but boy was this some kind of awful). Oh and of course Mein Kampf. Damn him to the lowest pit in hell.

NOPE. villain:

A villain you would hate to cross.

Adelina from The Young Elites. She killed the love of her life. (Accidentally. But still). Do not want to mess with her.

NOPE. death:

A character death that still haunts you.

Finch from All the Bright Places… my heart will always grieve for this boy…

NOPE. author:

An author you had a bad experience reading and have decided to quit.

Um… I don’t quite have an answer. I really want to say Melville haha but let’s be real, I’ll most likely read something else by him at some point. I also want to say John Greene. But again, chances are I’ll pick up one of his other books one of these days.






*No pressure on anyone to participate!*

Thank you Brittany for tagging me! I had a lot of fun doing this! ❀


The Sunshine Blogger Award

Thank you Sahi @ My World of Books for nominating me!!! She’s participating in a Marvel-a-Thon reading challenge this month so be sure to check into her blog for her latest update! 

It always makes my day when I’m tagged in anything, especially an award. So, thank you thank you thank you!! And don’t forget to check out Sahi’s blog!!



  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

Sahi’s Questions For Me: 

1. What book do you think made you into an avid reader?

This is a very good question haha. I don’t think it was one particular book but a whole bunch of ’em. But growing up I reread this book alot

It was one of the very few books in my home and I made do with what I had (No one in my family is really into reading). 

2. If you got the chance to interview your favorite author, who would it be and what would you ask them?

Ha! I know the answer to this one. I would be too awe-struck and shy to say anything. 

3. What’s the book that is on top of your summer TBR?

Well, it was Ari and Dante. Um, right now I want to re-read Gidget by Frederick Kohner and maybe start Red Rising and Summer Sisters?

4. What do you like the most about being a blogger?
The blogging community. I know pretty much everyone gives this answer. But it really is such an amazing community. I love being a part of it ❀

5. Have you ever bought a book purely based on it’s cover and which one was it?

Haha yes! Um… There are a few but I’ll go with Arcadia by Lauren Groff


6. Are there any classics/books that you think everybody should read and why

To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee. Sadly the themes are still relevant today…

7. Have you read a hyped book that disappointed you a lot?

Anna and the French Kiss
! I’ll have a review of that whole series up soon… Let’s just say I am most definitely not a fan.

8. Which book characters do you want to be best friends with?

So many! There is the obvious trio of Harry, Ron and Hermione haha. Um, Ari and Dante. Cinder and her crew…

9. What’s your favorite genre and why do you like it?

YA and Classics, I guess. YA appeals to my love of drama and happily ever afters. Classics because I love history and the stories have withstood the test of time. Amazing!

10. Do you like going to the bookstore or buying books online?

Bookstore! Definitely. I very, very rarely buy books online. And even then, only e-books. If I want to buy a book I go to the store. I’m old school that way haha πŸ˜‰

11. What book would you like to recommend to me?

Hm… Sophie’s WorldOrdinary People, and The Little Paris Bookshop. (Links go to Goodreads).   







My Questions For You:

1. Would you rather travel back in time and alter history or go to the future and find out how and when you die? 

2. Think of your favorite word. Recommend a book whose title corresponds with a letter in your favorite word. (For example, if your favorite word is CAN, you would recommend 3 books. One book title that begins with C, another title that begins with A, and a title that begins with N).

3. Who would win in an arm wrestling game, you or your best friend?

4. When was the last time you binge watched a show and what was it? 

5. What place would you never ever want to visit?

6. Have you met any celebrities before, and if so, who?

7.  Do you hear yanny or laurel? (If you have no clue what I’m talking about, click here, listen to the audio recording, and then come back and write your answer πŸ™‚ )

8. Is there anything you miss about your childhood?

9. What is your favorite music genre?

10. What would be the title of your autobiography?

11. What is the first/oldest memory you remember? 


Once again, THANK YOU Sahi ❀

And no pressure on anyone to participate! 

Happy blogging everyone!

Tag: Me in Book Characters

Thank you Sophia Ismaa for tagging me! I thought long and hard about doing this tag because most of the characters I relate to are pretty depressing. So while this post starts off that way, I think it picks up lol. 


  • Thank the creators of the tag – Thank you, Windowsill Book Blog
  • Thank whoever tagged you – Thank you, Sophia Ismaa
  • List 5 characters who you are most like and explain why
  • Tag other bloggers

1. Charlie 

I found my book!!!

Sigh. Okay, 4 years ago I was in a really dark place and I wound up in the hospital. This is the first book I read afterwards and getting to know Charlie helped me cope with what was going on in my life. Never have I related to a character so much. It’s depressing but I love him. And when I met Stephen Chbosky all I could do was stand there like an idiot while he signed my book. I said absolutely nothing to the man. So, I’ll do it right now. Thank you Stephen Chbosky for creating Charlie and giving a voice to all wallflowers in the world. Thank you for writing a book that has had such a great impact on my life. Thank you, thank you thank you!!!

2. Anne Elliot

​Like Anne, I am the middle child. And like Anne, I’ve had to learn to not put aside my own feelings. To not be completed swayed by the opinions of others. 

3. Emily

​​Her best friend is a social butterfly that is always trying to get her out of her comfort zone. Hence the lists. I am Emily. And like her, I too have a friend that is always getting me to go out and try new things. She makes my life so much more interesting. And she puts up with me, so how can I not love her? ❀

4. Lane Kim

I’m kind of cheating with this one lol

I loved Rory and while I could obviously relate to her book obsession, it was her best friend Lane that I could see myself in. Lane grew up with a strict mother (same!), has an alternative music taste (same!) and a best friend that her mom doesn’t really approve of (same girl, same!). 


 5. Bess Marvin

Tag yourself! I’m Bess, the one on the left

I like to think I’m the voice of reason amongst my friends haha. And like Bess, when push comes to shove, I set aside my fears and help my friends out.

So… I’m a mess. Thanks Sophski πŸ˜› I’m crying and laughing over here haha. Kind of cathartic though. Not gonna lie. I realize this post was a little depressing. So no one worry, I’m fine. Seriously πŸ™‚








As always, no pressure on anyone to do this tag! 

Happy blogging! πŸ˜€

Tag: Books I Own That I Haven’t Read… Yet

My buddy Sophski πŸ˜› @ Sophia Ismaa Writes tagged me in this. Basically you have to go through all the unread books you own and determine whether you’re still interested in reading them or not. Initially I thought it would be difficult because of all the books I bought last month. So I decided to cheat. Just a little bit. I mean, I bought the books recently so of course I’m interested in reading them. Right? Right. Besides, I’ve already talked about them before.

Okay, so taking out the hauled books from last month, I am left with only a handful of books. Apparently I’m pretty good at reading the books I own haha. 

Enough rambling, let’s get to it (book covers link back to their goodreads page).

First up, is this book. I remember having to buy this book for a Religious Studies class in college. But I don’t think we even read it. I kept it though, so I guess I was interested in reading it at some point. Now… eh.

Verdict: Somewhat interested. It’s historical so it does appeal to me in that sense. 

Ah, okay. So I’m low-key obsessed with Princess Diana. Who isn’t? And I bought this book when Borders had their big “going out of business sale”. It’s full of photographs and I can’t believe I forgot I owned it. 

Verdict: Definitely still interested. I was  flipping through the pages before I started writing this post.

Sophia, you might like this one! “It is a psychology of women in the truest sense”. Confession time. I was planning to donate this book without having read it. My friend’s mom gave it to me when she was moving. And I judged the book by it’s title. Now, I’m finally reading the goodreads description haha. 

Verdict: Interested!

Well, I was a young and ambitious student πŸ˜‰ . Yes, that is War and Peace. In Italian. smh. I bought this book one night while strolling through Palermo. It was 5 Euro!

Verdict: Still interested. Not in this copy though haha. I’m keeping it but I need to buy an English version.

I bought this book right after I finished reading The Stranger. That was a great little novel and I was eager to read more by Camus. And then as luck should have it, I found this book at my library’s bookstore.

Verdict: Interested!

​I am also low-key obsessed with the Kennedy’s. It took me years to find this book. And it’s been years since I bought it. It is a highly-detailed account of President Kennedy’s assassination and the days following it. Please don’t judge me by this book’s condition! It looked like this when I bought it. 

Verdict: Insanely interested. Haven’t gotten around to it because it’s a looong read.

I found this book at a bus stop! It’s a bit of a home-ec guide. There’s things inside like “how to make your own jam”, “how to tie a tie” and “how to waltz”. It’s pretty cool, from what I’ve seen.

Verdict: Interested. I don’t think it’s one of those books you actually have to sit and read. It’s a guide. I should acquaint myself with the subjects it covers though.

My friend gave me this book haha. Her boss gave her this book and another. She kept the other. It’s a self-help book. That’s all I know about it.

Verdict: Not interested. But maybe one day I will be? 

I bought this book only a few days ago. Since I haven’t mentioned it before, I figured it should go on this list. Now, I have seen the movie adaptation. But I didn’t even know it was based on a book until The Cozy Pages did a post on this books various covers not too long ago. (I’m not a fan of this cover though! 😦 )

Verdict: Interested! I kind of love the movie.

Another book I recently bought. My friend owns a copy and wants us to read it together. 

Verdict: Hesitatingly interested. I’ve seen the movie but I didn’t really like it?
* I should mention that I did leave some books out. Ethnographies, school texts, stuff like that *​ 

I TAG: Anyone and Everyone that wants to participate!

You know, as I was digging through my books I realized there are a few that I know I read, but could not remember one single detail about. That will probably be a post for another day haha.


3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 3

A final thank you to Emily @ Emily’s Escapist Books and Reading for tagging me! This has been incredibly fun!!


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

​Quote Brought to You by:


I don’t want to repeat my innocence. I want the pleasure of losing it again

– F. Scott Fitzgerald, This Side of Paradise

One of my favorite quotes ❀ It pierces my soul!





No pressure to participate! 

Happy blogging everyone! πŸ™‚

3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge: Day 2

Once again, thank you to Emily @ Emily’s Escapist Books and Reading for tagging me! Let’s get to it! 


  • Thank the person who nominated you
  • Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
  • Nominate 3 new bloggers each day

Quote Brought to You by:


It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.

      Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

It is the opening line of A Tale of Two Cities that is often quoted. But to me, the closing line of the novel is the one that has always struck me. It’s so eloquently beautiful coming from Sydney Carton’s lips. It gets me every time. 





No pressure on anyone to participate! 

Happy blogging everyone! πŸ™‚