“So let me get this straight.  Mom’s going to have another baby and they are hoping fora boy, right?”  Aelyn asked.

“Yes.  They will love it no matter what, but I know Momma would really love a boy.” Amaryssa answered, trying to finish her homework.

“Well, what if it’s not a boy?  Are they going do get another baby to try again?  We don’t really need any more girls running around this place. Annabelle is moody enough already. If she has to share our bathroom with one more person, she’s gonna go off the deep end.”  Aelyn said, shoving more cereal in her mouth.

“Where did you hear that? Do you even know what that means?  Think we need to cut down your TV time missy.” Amaryssa tried to stifle a giggle as she half heartedly reprimanded her sister.

“ I read it in a book.  She will go nuts. She has already threatened to draw a line down the counter to keep my stuff away from hers.  Her tops gonna blow if we add another girl.”

“Well, I think this is the last addition to our family; girl or boy.  Momma really wants to start working , but she said she wouldn’t until we were all in school.  So, regardless of the outcome, Annabelle will only have to deal with one more sibling.” Amaryssa said with finality.

“Unless its twins.”  Aelyn added.  They both sighed.

Sometimes you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelic 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 then there are books which you can’t tell people about, books so special and rare and yours that advertising your affection feels like a betrayal.
—  John Green (The Fault in Our Stars)


“Urgh, Flashcard…” you said…
“I’ve tried it and it didn’t work” you said…

Yes, it is the old, ordinary flashcard, but there’s some bit of detail which will create enormous difference when applied. It’s a psychology thingy,lol…

1. Use your own list of words/phrase you want to memorize.
This will create a good foundation for your brain. Your brain will not memorize something which doesn’t seem useable/relevant. By learning words you saw on your book, your brain thought “Oh, I’ve seen the words in that book before, I didn’t know what it was, i need to memorize it so I’m able to read it later when I see it again”.

If you memorize other people’s list, your brain said “What is this list? Why do I have to memorize it??” and thus will not take it too seriously.

2. Write more than just the definition of words or the reading
This is the very important key point! Write the conjugated version of the word you found on the book, meaning of each kanji, describe the shape of the kanji, create a weird sentence that can relate to some of each word, etc

Example: 歌手 Kashu: singer.
What you can write beside reading & meaning:
歌 uta: song
手 te: hand
Singer hold mike on hand and then sing a song!
rdashian Sucks as a singer (Kashu)

3. Review your card everyday, and add new cards when you see fit
Key: Review EVERYDAY. Your brain logic: What you don’t use = junk and need to be erased from database.
Happy learning! 。゚✶ฺ.ヽ(*´∀`*)ノ.✶゚ฺ。

“They sat down, looked at each other, smiled and looked away. Robbie and Cecilia had been making love for years-by post. In their coded exchanges they had drawn close, but how artificial that closeness seemed now as they embarked on their small talk, their helpless catechism of polite query and response. As the distance opened up between them, they understood how far they had run ahead of themselves in their letters. This moment had been imagined and desired for too long, and could not measure up. He had been out of the world, and lacked the confidence to step back and reach for the larger thought. I love you, and you saved my life.”

I knew what he wanted to hear. He couldn’t stand me being sick. Nobody can. They only want to hear that you’re healing, you’re in recovery, taking it one day at a time. If you’re locked into sick, you should stop wasting their time and just get dead.
—  Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson

anonymous asked:

Can you write a prompt for Tate Langdon from AHS and the sentence would be "Is there any particular reason you're wearing my shirt?" If so thank you so very much, I really appreciate it!😊 Btw I really love your account💕

Originally posted by s-t-u-r-n

“Is there any particular reason you’re wearing my shirt?” You looked up from where you were sat reading a book. You’d decided that today was going to be a lazy day meaning absolutely no real clothes and no moving from the bed unless to take care of your needs. 

“It’s comfortable and i’m having a lazy day” You looked back at the book reading again, Tate didn’t really bother you nor did wearing his clothes. He simply let it happen even if he sometimes questioned it. You knew he secretly took pride in it even if he wouldn’t admit it. 

sorry for being kind of inactive lately! 

i’m trying to get a lot of my own writing done before eos comes out

because let’s be honest, my life will be dedicated to edits and tumblr and empire of storms itself for a good two months after it’s released

and i’m kinda hiding in case spoilers start popping up because i will lose my shit if eos is spoiled for me like acomaf was


I’m not trying to be argumentative.

Sometimes I just have a hard time not to say all the things that are in my head. It’s like info dumping people with a very bad timing.

If you tell me you hate reading books, I’ll tell you all the things that are good about books. Not because I think you have to like books, just because you said books and made me think about whether or not I like them and why. It’s hard for me to stop then. Even when you start to get annoyed. Even when you start to get mad. I’ll get back to it over and over again, not because I want to argue or fight, but because my head is still full with the things I need to say about the topic. I can’t just “drop it”.

#QuietYA: Ten underrated August books to read

I get asked often what, exactly, #quietYA is. The traditional definition is about books that aren’t very action packed and slower paced, but I use it to talk about books that are not bestsellers, not award winners, and that don’t have any kind of book or TV deal. So often, the same books are discussed over and over again and unfortunately, books fall through the cracks. But I believe that every book published is needed by someone and I want to create the best possible chance to get those books in hands.

#quietYA is my attempt to make that happen.

Here are ten #quietYA books that released this month that you might have missed.

Beneath Wandering Stars by Ashlee Cowles
Publisher: Merit Press
Release date: August 1
After her soldier brother is horribly wounded in Afghanistan, Gabriela must honor the vow she made: If anything ever happened to him, she would walk the Camino de Santiago through Spain, making a pilgrimage in his name. The worst part is that the promise stipulates that she must travel with her brother’s best friend–a boy she has despised all her life. Her brother is in a coma, and Gabi feels that she has no time to waste, but she is unsure. Will she hesitate too long, or risk her own happiness to keep a promise?

Cherry by Lindsey Rosin
Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release date: August 16
Layla started it. She announced it super casually to the rest of the girls between bites of frozen yogurt, as if it was just simply another addition to her massive, ever-evolving To Do List. She is determined to have sex for the first time before the end of high school. Initially, the rest of the crew is scandalized, but, once they all admit to wanting to lose their v-cards too, they embark on a quest to do the deed together… separately. Layla’s got it in the bag. Her serious boyfriend, Logan, has been asking for months. Alex has already done it. Or so she says. Emma doesn’t know what the fuss is all about, but sure, she’ll give it a shot. And Zoe, well, Zoe can’t even say the o word without bursting into giggles. Will everything go according to plan? Probably not. But at least the girls have each other every hilarious, heart-warming, cringe-inducing step of the way.

Vicarious by Paula Stokes
Publisher: Tor Teen
Release date: August 16
Winter Kim and her sister, Rose, have always been inseparable. Together, the two of them survived growing up in a Korean orphanage and being trafficked into the United States. Now they work as digital stunt girls for Rose’s ex-boyfriend, Gideon, engaging in dangerous and enticing activities while recording their neural impulses for his Vicarious Sensory Experiences, or ViSEs. Whether it’s bungee jumping, shark diving, or grinding up against celebrities at the city’s hottest dance clubs, Gideon can make it happen for you, for a price. When Rose disappears and a ViSE recording of her murder is delivered to Gideon, Winter won’t rest until she finds her sister’s killer. But when the clues she uncovers conflict with the neural recordings her sister made, Winter isn’t sure what to believe. To find out what happened to Rose, she’ll have to untangle what’s real from what only seems real, risking her life in the process.

Unscripted Joss Byrd by Lygia Day Penaflor
Publisher: Roaring Brook Pres
Release date: August 23
Joss Byrd is America’s most celebrated young actress, but on the set of her latest project, a gritty indie film called The Locals, Joss’s life is far from glamorous. While struggling with her mother’s expectations, a crush on her movie brother, and a secret that could end her career, Joss must pull off a performance worthy of a star. When her renowned, charismatic director demands more than she is ready to deliver, Joss must go off-script to stay true to herself.

100 Days by Nicole McInnes
Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 23
Agnes doesn’t know it, but she only has one hundred days left to live. When she was just a baby, she was diagnosed with Progeria, a rare disease that causes her body to age at roughly ten times the normal rate. Now nearly sixteen years old, Agnes has already exceeded her life expectancy. Moira has been Agnes’s best friend and protector since elementary school. Due to her disorder, Agnes is still physically small, but Moira is big. Too big for her own liking. With her goth makeup and all-black clothes, Moira acts like she doesn’t care. But she does. Boone was friends with both girls in the past, but that was a long time ago—before he did the thing that turned Agnes and Moira against him.

Thieving Weasels by Billy Taylor
Publisher: Dial Books
Release date: August 23
Cameron Smith attends an elite boarding school and has just been accepted to Princeton University alongside his girlfriend, Claire. Life for Cameron would be perfect, except that Cameron Smith is actually Skip O’Rourke, and Skip O’Rourke ran away from his grifter family four years ago…along with $100,000 of their “earnings” (because starting a new life is not cheap). But when his uncle Wonderful tracks him down, Skip’s given an ultimatum: come back to the family for one last con, or say good-bye to life as Cameron. “One last con” is easier said than done when Skip’s family is just as merciless and manipulative as they’ve always been, and everyone around him is lying. Skip may have given up on crime, but there’s one lesson he hasn’t forgotten: always know your mark. And if you don’t know who your mark is … it’s probably you.

Don’t You Trust Me? by Patricia Kindl
Publisher: Atheneum
Release date: August 30
Don’t you trust me? I mean, look at me. Blond, blue-eyed, the very image of innocence. Pretty enough, if you care about that kind of thing. But would a normal person switch identities with some wet mess of a girl at the airport, just to get her to stop bawling about being separated from her loser boyfriend and sent to live with some distant relatives? Nope, she wouldn’t. Yet I did. I’m not as normal as you think. And you’ll just have to trust me on that.

Just Kill Me by Adam Selzer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release date: August 30
Megan Henske isn’t one to heed warnings. When the last letters in her alphabet cereal are D, I, and E, she doesn’t crawl right back into bed. When her online girlfriend won’t text a photo, she just sends more of herself. And when she realizes that Cynthia, her boss at a Chicago ghost tour company, isn’t joking about making stops more haunted by killing people there, she doesn’t quit her job—she may even help. But who is responsible for the deaths of prominent figures in the murdermonger industry? Could it be the head of the rival tour company? Or could it be someone near and dear to Megan? Soon after she learns that she has an uncanny resemblance to a flapper who disappeared in 1922, Megan receives a warning she can’t ignore: the next ghost on the tour might be her.

The Form of Things Unknown by Robin Bridges
Publisher: Kensington
Release date: August 30
Natalie Roman isn’t much for the spotlight. But performing A Midsummer Night’s Dream in a stately old theatre in Savannah, Georgia, beats sitting alone replaying mistakes made in Athens. Fairy queens and magic on stage, maybe a few scary stories backstage. And no one in the cast knows her backstory. Except for Lucas—he was in the psych ward, too. He won’t even meet her eye. But Nat doesn’t need him. She’s making friends with girls, girls who like horror movies and Ouija boards, who can hide their liquor in Coke bottles and laugh at the theater’s ghosts. Natalie can keep up. She can adapt. And if she skips her meds once or twice so they don’t interfere with her partying, it won’t be a problem. She just needs to keep her wits about her.

Poppy by Mary Hooper
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA Children’s
Release date: August 30
England, 1914. Poppy is 15, beautiful, and clever, but society has already carved out her destiny. She will become a servant to the aristocratic de Vere family … and bury her feelings for their youngest son, Freddie. He could never marry a girl like her. But the path for Poppy’s life changes when it becomes clear that the war isn’t going to end soon. England needs every able bodied person to serve in battle, which, for Poppy, means volunteering on the front lines as a Voluntary Aid Detachment nurse. As she experiences what people are capable of–the best of humanity and the worst–Poppy will discover how to be her own person.

One thing I’ve learned over the years is that there are always new YA readers who missed out on learning about the new titles, so older titles need love too! This month’s throwback pick is Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan.

Love by the Morning Star by Laura L. Sullivan
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release date: June 3 2014
On the brink of World War II, two girls are sent to the grand English country estate of Starkers. Hannah, the half-Jewish daughter of a disgraced distant relative, has been living an artistic bohemian life in a cabaret in pre-war Germany and now is supposed to be welcomed into the family. Anna, the social-climbing daughter of working-class British fascists, is supposed to be hired as a maid so that she can spy for the Nazis. But there’s a mix-up, and nice Hannah is sent to the kitchen as a maid while arrogant Anna is welcomed as a relative. And then both girls fall for the same man, the handsome heir of the estate … or do they? In this saucy romance, nearly everything goes wrong for two girls who are sent to a grand English estate on the brink of World War II—until it goes so very, very right!

I’m finally gonna start editing my book again because I’ve been considering about publishing it on Kindle (Where it’ll probably be free to read for an amount of time) 

So, If anyone is interested in reading it I’d love to know! Hopefully with some publicity it can become more than just a kindle book and I can become an author! 

Emotional Labor

I wish someone would give my husband a primer on the realities of emotional labor, because he just doesn’t understand why I am so drained at the end of the day. I’ve spent the entire day caring for the emotional and physical needs of two children, the logistical needs of running a household (paying bills, running errands, meal planning, grocery shopping, constant tidying). I’m constantly thinking about what my family wants to eat rather than what I want to eat, I’m constantly playing pretend games that I don’t want to be playing, I’m carrying a heavy two year old who asks “Mommy, pick me uppy just a minute,” I’m nursing, I’m reading the same kids books over and over again. I’m giving up all but about one hour of my day (blissful nap time) completely to others. And so when he finally makes it home from work at 6:30, with a dinner dutifully ready on the table (not for his sake, but for the sake of streamlining the dinner/bathtime/bedtime process), he doesn’t understand why I’m not very receptive to his affections. After a long day of emotional labor, instead of coming home and lightening my burden, he expects me to add his weight to the top. And it isn’t as if I am closed to the idea of any amount of physical closeness or intimacy, but I can’t give as much as he wants me to give. I just can’t. I’m tapped out. I’m empty. 

And who is seeing to my emotional needs in all of this? Nobody. I take care of myself. I do yoga every day during nap time even on days when I really don’t want to, because I know I need a bit of selfcare. I stay up late and read a novel in bed even though I’m tired, because I know I need a few quiet moments to reconnect with myself. Sometimes I take long baths on the weekends because I know it will recharge my batteries for weeks afterward. Yet I feel like my adult male partner is completely incapable of taking care of himself at this level, so I am expected to do it all, and if I don’t perform there will be hurt feelings and bruised egos and I’m left knowing that he is dissatisfied with our relationship. It just isn’t fair, and I’m so tired. 

Flip This Classroom

I keep seeing all these memes about decorating classrooms. Like, this is a thing?

I vaguely remember decorating in past years. And by decorating, I mean moving the desks into straight rows and cleaning the dust out of the corners. If I was feeling super crafty, I would organize the independent reading books so they were arranged by author again.

But this summer I was moved from my classroom to one surrounded by an active drop off and pick up lane. My students and I rush from class to other points on campus, dodging traffic. I speak above the beeps of trucks backing up. I am too tired from risking my life each time I need to pee to think about aesthetics.

I don’t know where my things are. I have no shelves for the independent reading books. This year, instead of decorating, I looked at the boxes and decided what to unpack and what to leave alone. Then I found a stapler. Paired that with a fresh looking 3-hole punch and I felt ready.

My students have me to look at, right? Who needs Pinterest-style decor when one has a forty-year-old woman wearing a fifteen-year-old blouse upon which to gaze? Furthermore, what can I put up that can compete with their phone screens anyway? If they are nice, I will open the shades. Only one is broken so far, so there is still a nice view of the asphalt outside through the other two-thirds of the pane. That should suffice.


anonymous asked:

Sooo what's your favourite book in the tog series so far ? Ps love your blog !

Thank you!! This is really difficult for me to answer because I’m going to need to re-read EoS - I read through it pretty quickly (mostly because I needed to know what was going to happen). There are definitely some scenes that are my favorite in the entire series, but as a whole, hmmm…it’s a hard question. I’m still digesting the plot of the book so I’m not sure if it was my fav one. Ask me again in a few weeks :) I really really loved Queen of Shadows, but Heir of Fire is actually my favorite because I am obsessed with the development of Rowan and Aelin’s relationship throughout the course of that book.

Sarah J Maas has a real talent for introducing a character, making you feel very uneasy about them, and then being like SURPRISE THEY ARE THE ABSOLUTE SHIT. And to me, Heir of Fire is the perfect example of that. I was a pretty heavy Chaol/Celaena shipper, so when we were introduced to Rowan I was hesitant and worried that he was going to swoop in (literally) and steal Celaena/Aelin from Chaol. But, over the course of that book, the way she wrote him, it completely won me over. By the end of HoF, I was shouting Rowan’s name from the rooftops and clapping like a two year old who was just given a new toy every time his name was mentioned. So to me, the series can’t get much better than that book. Just to give you some context :)

so sometime ago i talked about doing the travelling book project but then finals happened and i ended up losing the post… anyway,

What is the Travelling Book project?

I buy a previously agreed on book, read it and write comments and notes in the margins, post its… etc. Then I send it to the next person in the list, who again reads it & comments and sends it. The book ends up travelling back to me with all your lovely comments.

Can anyone sign up?

I’d rather it be people I am somewhat friendly with, or at least people I’ve spoken with a couple of times. For example if we’ve messaged here more than once or you have my phone number/social media etc, you’re probs good to go. If you doubt, ask!

What would I need to do?

If you’re picked (i want to keep it short and sweet so there’s room for everyone to write), you’ll get a say in which book we pick. You’ll have to give an adress to send the book to. And you’ll have to pay the mailling to next person by yourself.

How do I sign up? 

You reblog this post and message me saying you’re interested <3