WWW-Wednesday May 15, 2019

The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?

Currently Reading

Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira

This was one of the recommendations that came up for I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain by Will Walton on my library site. Oh, and can I say how much I overuse that system? I am always looking for books and looking at the recs. But yes, this book is about a girl named Laurel who has lost her older sister May. She’s started her first year of high school and her teacher gives her an assignment to write a letter to a famous figure.

I really like the narrative and I think Laurel is an intriguing protagonist. She reminds me of myself at that age. I definitely can relate to her.

Finished Reading

Lovely War by Julie Berry

This was a great book. There was not one, not two, but three happy endings. I hope I’m not giving anything away, but it was a lovely book. I enjoyed my experience reading it. I did feel like the secondary couple’s relationship was underdeveloped compared to the primary couple, but I guess that’s to be expected.

To Read Next

History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

This was another one of the recommendations for I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain. I’m looking forward to reading it. I know it’s about a boy grieving his partner and grief is a topic I’ve been very interested in since my grandmother died. I even made a list of books that deal with grief. Morbid much?

Last of Her Name by Jessica Khoury

This is an Anastasia retelling in space. I have been waiting for this book since I found out about it. But get this, I found out like last week that this is not the only Anastasia retelling in space. There is another one and of course, I checked that one out as well, but I’m really excited to read this one!

WWW-Wednesday May 8, 2019

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The premise is simple. There are 3 Ws:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?

Let’s jump in shall we?

Currently Reading

Lovely War by Julie Berry

I admit I first picked up this book because of the cover. Look at it’s just beautiful isn’t it. But I read the inside flap and the mention of the gods got my attention. So far Aphrodite, Ares, Hephaestus, Apollo, and Hades have shown up, but I’m really hoping for Persephone lol. I think it’s unlikely though since Hades is already there (and dressed like a priest!)

Finished Reading

I Felt A Funeral, In My Brain by Will Walton

I picked this book up because of the title duh. It caught my attention immediately and then I read the inside flap and that convinced me to check it out. The book is very fast paced. It has poetry and prose and a nonlinear narrative, which was strange for me at first, but I really ended up liking it.

To Be Read

Sister of Mine by Laurie Petrou

This was one of the first books I saw when I entered the library. The title caught my attention and the premise appealed to me. I haven’t really read any thrillers, but I want to (especially Gone Girl) so maybe this will be a good introduction to the genre.

Fun with Kodak Fun Saver

It’s been a long time coming, but I’m finally making a move on getting my many rolls of film developed. I think I’m up to 30 rolls and that’s not including this batch of photos from the Kodak disposable camera.

I shot this roll in September 2017 right after I shot the Fuji Superia Quick Snap. Like immediately after because I was out and bought the camera at the Walmart I was at and finished it that day.

I’ve been pretty slow and getting my rolls developed, but not slow at shooting film. My Diana Mini has been in use since I bought her for my birthday. I can’t say the same for my Canon AE-1 because the shutter is stuck. I haven’t sent it off to get fixed because I am a massive procrastinator obviously.

Here are some of the photos from this roll. I like how they looked compared to the other films I’ve used (which for clarification is Fuji Superia 200 and 400 and Lomography 400). I’m not sure which film is used in this camera, but I really like it. I’m thinking of buying some of the UltraMax film and giving it a go.

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Corazon by Yesika Salgado Review

CorazónCorazón by Yesika Salgado
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Corazon means heart in Spanish. I feel like this is a fitting title for this book. Not just because a majority of its content is about romance, but because of the heart this book has. What I mean by that is that it feels like this book is a living thing. I finished reading this in the early morning hours. It is the afternoon and I can’t get this book off my mind. It’s become apart of me I feel like.

I feel the author’s pain. I share it. I grieve with her. I feel protective of her like she’s my best friend. I feel angry at the way she’s been treated. I once said to someone or perhaps to myself: why I am allowing him to treat me like this? If someone had treated you [my best friend] like that I would be livid. It reminds me of a clip I saw of Laverne Cox saying something similar to Mindy Kaling. We are so hard on ourselves but will fight for others especially our friends.

I feel like I am ready to fight again. Fight for myself. Fight for love. Fight for truth and justice. Fight for family. It’s a good feeling.

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I have barely written any poetry. I am looking through my files and the numbers are dismal.

I started the year off by writing one poem.

I wrote six poems in March.

Four in May.

And so far four in June.

I’m trying to think positive. When I list them out like that it doesn’t seem so bad, but when I compare to how prolific I was in my previous years I feel like I’m being lazy and not putting my all into it.

Perhaps I’m being too hard on myself? I feel like I should have gotten back on track by now. After the death of my grandmother, I gave myself time to grieve though I was still writing. Even that eventually dried up.

I need to be kinder to myself I suppose. I know I do, but I’m such a cruel mistress.