Tuesday, July 19, 2011


Excuse my absence. My family came into town this weekend, and I was showing them a GOOD ARIZONA TIME.

To see our adventures, play the video below.


How was YOUR weekend?

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Harry Potter

One day until the last Harry Potter movie comes out. ONE. DAY.

I can't believe it.

I sort of started to accept the fact that the series is complete when the 7th book came out in 2007. Once I finished Deathly Hallows the feelings were bittersweet. I loved the way it ended, but I was sad there wasn't going to be any more of Harry's life waiting for me on the shelves at the bookstores. There wasn't going to be any more midnight book releases.

And now the movies are complete too.

So many friendships I've made in my life came through bonding about Harry Potter. The books definitely brought me and my best group of friends together. But as an art, Harry always had a way of pulling me deeper into a story than any book I've ever read.

It really is magic. Writing is magic.

^ 16 year old me at the 6th book release.

I've never felt so emotionally attached to some physical thing in my entire life. I feel like I've laughed and cried with Harry multiple times throughout my rereading sessions. I even made it a tradition when I was in college to reread my favorite books in the series during winter and summer break. Without the gloom of homework and other textbook readings hanging over my head, I was free to really get lost in the magic of it all again.

I have an immense amount of respect for J.K. Rowling. She had a vision that's been brought to life before her eyes and has drawn in millions of readers in hundreds of countries. Harry Potter isn't just a world about wizards, it's a world about life and death and acceptance and love and hurt and, above all, the magic we all have in ourselves.

So thank you, J.K. Rowling. Thank you for my childhood. Thank you for writing these amazing series that have kept my company over the years. Thank you for letting the books grow as I grew up. The series may be over, but Harry will never be forgotten

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Books That Changed My Life

I've been wanting to do this post for a while now. I'm sure you know what I mean. You have those books that personally speak to you. You finish reading and you're all, HOW DID THE AUTHOR JUST GET INSIDE MY HEAD? Or maybe you finish and you're just like . . . holy WOW. There are some books that I won't ever review because they're too personal for me to even begin to describe.

So I made a list of those books that really affected me and my outlook on things. I really hope
you get a chance to check some out, if you haven't already!

Ella Enchanted

The fairytale of my childhood and one that I will ALWAYS enjoy reading over and over and over because happy endings are beautiful.

Looking for Alaska

A book that both warmed and broke my heart at the same time.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

A book with a strong, insightful, and raw YA voice that paddles you down a stream of consciousness while opening your eyes to the real.

Harry Potter

A book I was never ashamed to grow up with, and a series I've reread the most out of any books I've ever read.

Life of Pi

A book that opened my eyes physically, mentally, and spiritually.