Happy New Year!!

To all of my lovely blog followers, whom I have neglected by not writing as much this year, Happy New Year to you. I hope that this year brings you loads of blessings and happiness. Thankfully the year of realizing is over.

I am also going to get back to writing on this blog…for the remainder of the year and then I will retire it in the most wonderful way possible. I have maintained this blog throughout high school and university, and as I progress into my professional life, I don’t know if it will be feasible for me to keep on writing here. I may want to venture into different types of writing or I may simply just one day run out of time. As a final thank you to myself and a final goodbye to this blog, I will finish this in May 2017 and I will move on to other things.

I look forward to seeing your likes on my new blog posts!

1 NIGHT

1 NIGHT is a song by new rapper Lil Yachty.  For some odd reason, I love this song. It is actually quite bad, the voice is extremely monotone, the lyrics are not intelligent, but it is so catchy and funny that I cannot stop listening to it. The beat is also good so it doesn’t hurt to listen to it for that reason. If you want to laugh along to the lyrics and bad singing/rapping, then just watch the video which also doubles as a lyric video.

P.S. The music video is just as hilarious as his aesthetic!

 

Book Review #7 – The Homecoming

“This ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review”

The Homecoming by Stacie Ramey is a novel about finding yourself in times of insecurity and emotional strife.

John, thc975dc79924bab42d8efe55968f0e4e4e main protagonist, has been kicked out of his home and seen as the problem child ever since his brother got into an accident. His life hasn’t been the same since and he spends his time living with his other family members while he deals with his personal demons that are back home. In his last year of high school, John moves back home and back in with his mom, sister and brother. Angry most of the time, John yearns to run away from this life and to never look back. Along the way, he realizes his academic talents, develops a stronger bond with his little sister, falls in love, realizes that his parents aren’t all bad, and most importantly, he comes to terms with his ‘old’ brother being gone.

While this book did deal with heavy subject matter and the dark emotions of the protagonist, it failed to follow some form of flowing story-line throughout. It was well written and engaging, but felt more like a guide trough John’s self realizations than an actually dramatic novel. There was really no climax. While his feelings about the situation with his brother are resolved by the end of the novel, the death of his previous girlfriend is all but thrown at the back burner and we are left wondering, “What about her and all the pain he felt throughout the first 75% of the novel?” It was strange that the only resolution he had with that was telling her relative about his new girlfriend.

This book was an interesting read but it was not memorable. The beginning of the book was great and really explored the protagonist in depth. By the middle I had a full understanding of his struggles emotionally and his life. At the end, I was very confused as to what was going on and how he came to all of these conclusions and realizations. How did he resolve the issues in his life? This was not clearly gotten to. Also there was a lack of climax in this book. There were a bunch of little bumps to ride over, but no big hill and that took away from this novels potential.

The book had a lot more potential for growth. It had great components but left me wondering a lot towards the end. Having said that, I do not think that this book needs a sequel. Maybe a prequel so that I can understand the relationship he had with his deceased girlfriend with more clarity.

I would give this book 2.5/5 stars,  for as well written as it was, it was missing that kind hamburger style of writing (not saying that this is the only model), and it was more of a bun to meat to bun kind of book. Great intro, great middle, lack of a substantial ending.

 

Ain’t No Love In The Heart of the City

I have a thing for soul songs. Artists like Luther Vandross, Marvin Gaye, Brook Benton and Otis Redding are a few of the artists I enjoy listening to when I’m in the mood to relax. I was watching my new summer favourite show, HBO’s Girls, and I heard this song at the end of one of the Season 5 episodes.

Ain’t No Love in the Heart of The City is a song by Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland and it appears to be is most well known song. I’m not sure what city this song is exactly referencing too but this song is mainly about a man mourning his love that has moved away from him, or out of the city. His is describing what his day to day life has been lacking without his love near and it has such a personal tone to it that you cant really help but to fall in love with the lyrics.

In relation to the show GIRLS, this song is used at the end of a scene where Hannah, one of the main characters, hitchhikes a ride from a stranger back into New York when she becomes stranded in the country. During this ride, the driver and Hannah begin to discuss their love lives and then express the way that they see New York. Hannah sees New York as being the perfect place for her creativity while the driver sees New York as a new start to his life. This song was the perfect fit to the end of this episode which is about two people losing/leaving the ones that they loved due to an unhealthy relationship. I quite enjoyed this episode and song and I hope that you enjoy it too.

 

Broccoli and Beansprouts

Broccoli is probably one of the universally used vegetables in the North American diet. Its popularity is astounding and it provides you with exceptional health benefits and an even more pleasing taste. To change it up, I made this simple mix of Broccoli and Beansprouts in a pan covered up, not for long, in order to add a fun spin to my daily vegetable mix. Below is my recipe.

 

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Ingredients

  • One bunch of Broccoli chopped up
  • half a bag of bean sprouts
  • One sweet bell pepper (any colour)
  • 2 tablespoons of oil (vegetable or olive)
  • a slice of a hot pepper (jalapeno or scotch bonnet)
  • one teaspoon of black pepper
  • half an onion
  • 4 sliced white mushrooms (Optional)

Steps

  1. Heat pan up with oil inside
  2. Add sliced onion, black pepper and hot pepper
  3. When the pan and additions begin to simmer, add the broccoli, beansprouts, and bell peppers to the pan (add mushrooms now too if you decide to)
  4. Cover and let simmer for 10-15 minutes depending on how hard or soft you want your vegetables to be
  5. Use a spatula to turn around the vegetables when necessary and add water if the vegetables are sticking directly to the pan

This is a great quick and healthy recipe if you’re hungry and just want to keep on a healthy direction. Hope you try this and enjoy!

Summer Reads!

Thanks to NetGalley, I have been bestowed with the wonderful gift of free (e)books!!!

I read many blog posts on “How to get free books” that stated that it would be difficult to get my book requests approved on NetGalley, but, due to my current blog, wonderful readers and current book reviews section (I assume these reasons), I have already been approved for 25 of the books I have asked for. Well, that’s a ton of reading to do in the next 6.5 weeks (and maybe into the school year depending how it goes). In order to remember how many books I am reading will be reading and reviewing, I am listing the ones I have to read and bolding (or highlighting) the ones I have read and reviewed. This will definitely be a summer of stellar subway reads and I can already tell.

Reading List:

  1. Everything I Don’t Remember (By: Jonas Hassen Khemiri)
  2. 21 Myths (Even Good) Girls Believe about Sex (By: Jennifer Strickland) – Currently Reading
  3. The Homecoming (By: Stacie Ramey)
  4. 100 Days (By: Nicole McInnes)
  5. Imperfect Love (Book 1 of The 4Ever series) (By: Isabella White)
  6. Serena’s Plight (By: Carol Madison)
  7. Points of Departure (By: Emily O’Berine)
  8. The Bossman (By: Renee Rose)
  9. How Many Wrongs Make a Mr. Right? (By: Stella Hervey Birrell)
  10. Operating on Faith (By: Matt Weber)
  11. Fool for You (By: Rina Gray)
  12. Edge the Bare Garden (By: Roseanne Cheng)
  13. The Movie Version (By: Emma Wunsch)
  14. Correlation (By: Mia Grace)
  15. Nina is Not OK (By: Shappi Khorsandi)
  16. Secretly Hers (By: Jamie Beck)
  17. Hell Bent (By: Karen Crompton)
  18. This is What Goodbye Looks Like (By: Olivia Rivers)
  19. The Animators (By: Kayla Rae Whitaker)
  20. Gone to Drift (By: Diana McCaulay)
  21. Cutter Boy (By: Cristy Watson)
  22. Gone Wild (By: Jodi Lundgren)
  23. You Before Anyone Else (By: Julie Cross, Mark Perini)
  24. Unnatural Deeds (By: Cyn Balog)
  25. The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett (By: Chelsea Sedoti)

Follow me on my summer reading journey!