Dec 15, 2014

Traveling to The Big Apple!

(You probably don't need me to tell you but, this is Times Square)


I hope this past week and weekend was wonderful for you and Happy Monday! 

As you may know, if you read my last blog post which you can find here, I went to NYC last weekend (Dec. 5-7)! It was my second time in the city and it was honestly, so much better than my first trip! We did so much more and this time I was with some of my best friends and people that I've known since I was in diapers. It was just wonderful!

First I would like to say, please excuse my camera-phone-quality pictures. I know they're not the greatest but I didn't trust myself running around NYC with a good camera in my hand, so I relied on my iPhone! 

I went with 50 people from my dance studio! We took a bus, which four unfortunate strangers had to share with us. It was a bit loud on the bus due to the fact that about 30 of the 50 people we went with, were under the age of nineteen. 

On the first night, we went to Radio City Music Hall where we had a tour of the building, at the end of which, we met a Rockette!!!! (That was so awesome).  Then split into groups and had two hours to do what we wanted before we had to be back for the Rockettes Christmas Spectacular; my group went shopping in Times Square.



Of course, me being a big sap, I got a bit teary-eyed watching the Rockettes. They were so amazing! Any dancer would probably agree with me that it would be a dream to be on that stage and to have the talent that those women do!


On the second day we got a tour of the city, which was cut short because we had to make it to our dance classes at Broadway Dance Center, but nonetheless it was quite cool to learn so many things about the city that never sleeps! 

(An awkward panorama I got of Grand Central Station where the side of my friends face appears to be floating in midair. Oops!)


One thing that I was super pumped for was Grand Central Station because that, like many other places in The Big Apple, are in so many movies that I have seen and it was cool to finally see it for myself. I also thoroughly enjoyed the 911 memorial. I have wanted to see it for a long time and am pleased that I was finally able to. 




The two images above are pictures of the memorials where the twin towers once stood.


This is a picture of The Survivor Tree. You can learn about it here.

After the tour, we took our dance classes. We had one group one that all of the dancers, and one of the teachers, took. This was taught by the amazing Ellenore Scott who was in the top four of So You Think You Can Dance season six and an All-Star on season eight. It was such an honor to be able to meet her and take a class with her. She was such a genuinely sweet person who made us feel so comfortable and unjudged. 

After that class we had the option to take more classes if we wanted to. I took a "funky jazz" class with some of my friends. It was very fun and I loved the combination we learned! But by that time I was tired and starving so I was over it! 

A lot of the girls and I then shopped for the rest of the night while some people went to see Broadway shows.

On Sunday we shopped and shopped some more. There were two groups of girls that took more dances classes and after those we got on the bus and headed home!

I really enjoy going to visit The Big Apple, but like many other people say, I would never be able to live there! There's too many people and buildings and not enough nature! I don't mind visiting quite frequently, but I'm definitely not a city girl! 

(A sunny photo I got of Times Square on Sunday, which was the only day it was sunny and not raining!) 


With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! <3



Dec 10, 2014

Listen To Understand | Wednesday Words #4


I hope your week is going wonderfully!!

This week's Wednesday Words quote is, "Most people do not listen with the intent to understand; they listen with the intent to reply."

I think that realizing this is important. Listening with the intent to reply rather than understand, is obviously not the worst thing in the world that someone can do, because so many people don't realize when they, or even others are doing this. But if you start to pay attention, you will see that you, and so many others around you tend to do this.

So many people want to be able to get their opinions or their advice in when conversing with others instead of really trying to understand what the people around them are saying or what they actually need to hear.

I will randomly think of this quote and try to remind myself that I don't always need to tell the people around me what I'm thinking. I don't always have to put my two cents in. In some cases, it is way better for me to keep quite and learn things about the person I am talking to.

If you listen to understand rather than to reply, you will do just that. You will understand. You will gain so much understanding of the things and people around you, and it will lead you to becoming a less judgmental person. Rather than seeing people and automatically making judgments and assumptions, you will want to understand them.

I hope you enjoyed this weeks Wednesday Words and that maybe you will start to listen to understand.

Also! There will be a post about my NYC trip this past weekend, probably before the end of the week!

With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! <3

Dec 4, 2014

Wednesday Words #3

(So sorry, I thought I scheduled this to post yesterday at 3pm, but I goofed up. So here it is now! Please excuse that its a day late! My apologies!)



Hello!!

As always, I hope your week is going wonderfully!

This weeks quote for Wednesday Words is, "You may not always end up where you thought you were going. But you will always end up where you are meant to be." I absolutely adore this quote. It's actually (believe it or not) something that I remind myself everyday.

Being a senior in High School this year, means its my last year and that I am going crazy, pulling my hair out looking for colleges and trying to figure out what I want to be for the rest of my life (Aaaahhh!!! Scary!).

Some people struggle with the fact that they don't know everything that's out there and don't want to chose until they do. Others know about almost everything you can do but still haven't found the one thing they want. And then there is people like me, who just want to do everything!!!!! Let me tell you that wanting to do everything may sound good because then you have so many options, but, it's not great if you're as indecisive as me. 

One thing that I have never liked hearing is, "Before you go to college, you have to figure out what you want to do for the rest of your life." 

That is wrong. 

It is perfectly fine, for you to go to college with a set plan and to fulfill that plan. Whatever your chosen major is, can be what you do for the rest of your life. But it is also perfectly normal for you to go to college with a set plan, and end up suddenly changing your mind somewhere along the way and end up in a completely different place you started off heading to. It's even perfectly fine to go in with a bunch of different plans, and see which one you end up fulfilling. 

That is the case with everything in life. People who expect everything to turn up picture perfect in their life, or who expect everything to be easy-peasy on whatever journey they go, and never accept the fact that neither of these things will ever happen, are not usually happy people. People who do that almost always end up getting so stressed in trying way too hard to make this ideal plan happen, when a lot of times, it's not where they are meant to go in life. Sometimes you have to just let go (let it gooooo, let it goooo) and let what happens, happen. 

Don't worry, this isn't just my, inexperienced, haven't even lived two decades yet, seventeen-year-old opinion. Many adults that I know have told me stories of how their life worked out this way. How they thought they had it all figured out and would only be happy in this plan they created for themselves, and are now in completely different situations than they planned and have never been happier. 

So don't get yourself worked up attempting to execute this perfect plan for yourself, when you just might belong somewhere completely different. 

Hope you liked todays "Wednesday Words"!! With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! (: 

Nov 27, 2014

I Am Thankful For...

 

Happy Thanksgiving!!! (To all of those celebrating today!)

I hope that you're all stuffed with lots of food and possibly, slightly regretting eating as much as you did today, like I am. I also hope that your day was filled with nothing but happiness! 

I decided I wanted to share with you all, some of the things I am thankful for today.

I am thankful for...

-I am thankful for emotions. That I am experiencing new things everyday and that I am capable of feeling. That I can express these feelings and know what it's like to be in my lowest low because without that, there would be no highest high. 

-I am thankful that I am so empathetic toward the people around me because it helps me to remember that I am not the only person who has troubles and happinesses. And to share these feelings with the people around me because things like this bring us closer. 

-I am thankful for all of the blessings in disguise that I have come across in life as they have showed me that changes happen and that what I want is not always what I need.

-I am thankful for all the mistakes I have made and that no matter how much I sometimes wish I could go back and fix them, I can't. Because if I hadn't made them, I wouldn't be who I am today. 

-I am thankful for being aware that there are things I cannot change as these things are constantly teaching me acceptance.

-I am thankful that I believe so strongly that all things happen for a reason because it not only softens the blow of some of my experiences but helps me to find the light in all things.

-I am thankful that I have experienced failure, as that is such an important part in growing and learning. 

-I am thankful that moving on is part of life. That not only is it a scary thing, but exciting as well, due to the simple fact that life is so extremely unpredictable.

-I am thankful for the struggles I have met in life as they have all taught me very important lessons.

-I am thankful that I believe in so many things so strongly, but am still always open to learning new things and gaining new beliefs even if that means changing old ones.

-I am thankful that I have the ability to respect other peoples beliefs. 

-I am thankful that I am constantly trying so hard to become a better person. To not judge anyone or anything. To smile at everyone I see even when they don't smile back. To help build everyone up even if they aren't necessarily building me up at that moment because they may need it more. To let the people I love, know that I love them and show them just how much. To find all the beauty in everything because it is everywhere. To shake off every anger and sadness I have because they will never be worth holding on to. Because just trying to always do these things makes me a better person.

-I am thankful that I live in a place where I can freely speak about how I feel toward anything. Where I can express my likes and dislikes. Where I am free to believe in anything that I want. 

-I am thankful that I have a home to live in and clothes to wear every day.

-I am thankful that I have a mother who loves me and works her butt of every day so that I continue to have a home and clothes. 

-I am thankful for my grandparents and all that they do for me and my family. And for all the love they give us. 

-I am thankful that I have a brother to fight with then a laughing fit with five minutes later.

-I am thankful for my two cousins who have recently become my best friends. Who have helped me through these confusing and emotional times. Who have shown that they will completely support me through anything that I go through.

-I am thankful for my best friends who know how much of a pain in the ass I am and still love me and smile, laugh and cry with me. Who help build me up and try to understand me and even when they can't, they still don't judge me. 

-I am thankful that I have gone through hard times and good times and have always come out more wise. That I will constantly be trying to understand the world around me and take everything in as it comes. Even when it's too much for me to handle.

-I am thankful for all the little things that make me happy. For cloudy days with warm wind. For pumpkin spice lattes. For the feeling I get around Christmas time. For candy cane hot chocolates. For summer days. For smiles. For delicious cups of tea. For extremely fuzzy blankets. For air conditioning when the heat is too much for me. For laughing. For music. For books, for books, for books and more books!!!! For days when I don't have to do anything. For days when I have so much to do and accomplish everything I need to do. For dance and the people its brought into my life. For fall. For snow. For flowers. For cats. For babies because they are so stinking adorable. For the times when I don't feel the need to be responsible or mature and can be carefree for a little while.

-I am thankful for the ability to hear. For the ability to read books. For colors and the ability to see them.

-I am thankful that I am able to experience all of these things and have all of these feelings because I am living. 


I hope you enjoyed reading this. And maybe even realized some things that you are thankful for that you didn't realize before. 

Happy Thanksgiving! And don't be afraid to share with me some of the things you are thankful for in the comments!

With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! <3

Nov 26, 2014

Wednesday Words #2!



Hello!

I hope that you're week is going wonderfully! 

This weeks Wednesday Words quote is, "See the light in others, and treat them as if that is all you see." 

I think that this is an important thing for people to do because, so often, we find ourselves 'hating' on others. I don't know if this is true for everyone, everywhere, but I find that so many of the females I know excessively hate on each other. Because rather than helping other girls and building each other up, we find ourselves feeling as though we need to constantly compete with other women for some unknown reason. But we need to stop that.

Not saying that it's only females. I have seen men doing this to other men, many times. I have even seen men doing this to women and vice versa. 

We need to stop finding all of the 'negative' things in others and pointing those out and constantly focusing on all of this bad stuff. Instead we need to start finding all of the amazing, uplifting and just good qualities in everyone and build each other up with those. 

People always say that the world is becoming such a negative and unhappy place. Things like this are the reason why. If everyone continues to constantly go around hating on each other and focusing on everything that is negative in the people around them, how on earth can people expect the world, or themselves for that matter to be positive in any light?

This is not at all, me claiming that I never see anything but positivities in anyone. I, just like so many others, am guilty of judging people by some small thing they once did that I didn't like. But being aware of the fact that I do this and understanding that it will never help me in any way, is a good step towards not doing it. 

Seeing the light in others and treating them as if thats all I see, is something I am always working toward. Imagine how much happier the world would be if everyone was constantly working toward that. 

That's all for now. Happy Thanksgiving to everyone who is celebrating it tomorrow! I'm going to my grandparents house and having a huge yummy feast!!!! (I'm so excited!) What about you? 

With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! <3

Nov 20, 2014

Snowstorm!!!

Hello! 

                   I apologize for not uploading yesterday, but I was not home very much as I have been trapped in my house since Monday night! 

                     I live in Buffalo and you may or maynot be aware of the huge snowstorm we have been going through but it is quite crazy. 

                     Our side-streets have not been plowed, and there is 5 feet of snow all over in the street! Yesterday, it finally stopped snowing pretty much all day until about 6pm. And when it did start snowing, it didn't get "blizzard-y" again until 11pm. So we finally had the chance to get out of the house and I took advantage of that! 


Please excuse the quality of the photos as they are all from my phone! 
I took this, standing in the middle of my street.

                 Many people were stuck in their cars for many hours, my grandfather being one of them. He was in his car for 13 hours and got so cold that when we called him, he couldn't even talk. Him, and the people stuck around him walked to a car factory that was nearby for warmth. They got water and granola bars. And had to sleep on the floor. They were there for 24 hours before they were able to help each other shovel their cars out and go home. 

                 My grandfather is finally home, safe and warm, thankfully with only a cold. But there are still people stuck in hotels, strangers houses and random buildings which saddens me because I'm sure they would love to go home to their family. I just hope that they are all safe and warm.

Okay! Enough heavy stories! On to the good part. 



                    I love snow storms like this because the whole neighborhood always helps each other and is even more friendly than normal! Everyone comes together and makes the absolute best of everything, constantly laughing and smiling. Telling stories and sharing the extra things they have that others need.


My brother is in the red coat and he is 5 feet 8 inches tall. 


The snow is halfway up the door of our local convenient store.

There are abandoned cars like the two in this picture, all over the main roads that got stuck and are buried under snow. 

We don't usually have snow-mobiles driving down our main roads but its easiest to get around that way!


                   So, as you can see there is a lot of snow. Buffalo is no stranger to snow storms. They happen every year here. But big ones like this, that are almost impossible to clean up and leave people stranded for days, only happen every couple of years. So we aren't completely used to all of this, which is why every time it does happen, we still get all excited. I'm sure this is nothing compared to places that snow all year long. But its not completely usual to us. 

                      Alright, I need to go eat some breakfast and do some more shoveling (thanks to the extra foot and a half of snow we got last night). 

Hope you're all having a wonderful week!

With lots and lots of love,
Marissa! <3






Nov 12, 2014

Wednesday Words #1




Hello!!

I hope you have all had a good week so far! 

               This week, for the first Wednesday Words, the quote I chose is; "You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks." 

                I think that a lot of times, we, as human beings, tend to get stuck on the things that bring us down. For instance, when someone makes us mad, a lot of times we sit infuriated and ranting (whether it be out loud or in our heads) about all the things that were wrong in the situation we just encountered. And most of the times, we don't even do anything about it. 

             So rather than moving on, we are attached to this negative feeling for a little while until something better comes along. 

              Sure, sometimes you are just in a bad mood, but that mood could be distracting you from some cool things, even if its as simple as just having a good laugh with your friends. 

             All in all, try not to get stuck on the things that put negative thoughts in your head, just brush it off and find a reason to smile (trust me, there's lots of them).

With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! <3


Nov 11, 2014

Wednesday Words!!

Hello!!

                 I am going to start off by explaining that the reason I have been absent from this blog for so long, is I have gotten extremely busy (excuses, excuses, I know!) with school and dance and I am also trying to find a job because, sadly I don't have one yet! 

                 I'm going to start a new weekly post called, "Wednesday Words". It's going to feature a quote, that I very much like, and my thoughts about it and things like, how I try to apply it to my everyday life! 

                Wednesday is the middle of the week and sometimes we just need a good pick-me-up! And I thought maybe some of these posts could be just that for you! Tomorrow will hold the first Wednesday Words post!

                  Also! I would like to inform you that I am (finally) starting to plan future posts rather than leave it up to my ideas on those days. Because frankly, that approach was not working for me! And I think you would all agree! I mean, I feel as though that approach probably doesn't work for very many people, aside from the extremely skilled.


Before I go, I want to say Happy Veteran's day to everyone! And I would love for everyone to say a prayer for all veterans and families of veterans as I will be doing tonight!

                That is all for todays post! I am looking forward to your thoughts on the first Wednesday Words! 

With Lots and Lots of love, 
Marissa! <3 

Jul 9, 2014

Work It!

Hello!!

            So, just like many females all over the world I have struggled with my weight for a very long time. Not only have I tried to lose some of it for so long, I have also tried the "be happy with the way you are" approach. But lets be honest, that technique only works for some people. There is nothing wrong with people who are able to think like that, kudos to all of you because I am sure that I'm not the only one who wishes to have the ability to think that way. There is also nothing wrong with people who don't think like that. 

            In writing this post I am in no way trying to tell anybody that they should be trying to lose weight or need to change in any way. This post is to try and help people who are looking for a healthy way to lose those extra pounds they can't seem to get rid of. Everybody is perfect and beautiful just the way they are and as much as I wish everyone could realize that, they won't and they are going to keep trying to change themselves until they are happy. And instead of going the unhealthy way like starving themselves, or something along those lines, they can try these tips. 

            I know that I am not the heaviest person in the world. But I am also not a person who is comfortable to wear a bikini in public, or even a fitted shirt. I haven't worn a fitted shirt in public, in three years. The only shirts I wear, are loose and do not touch my stomach. So despite not being the heaviest person, I am not completely happy nor am I confident. And those two things are what I am aiming to acquire by losing this extra weight. 

             I have tried many things to lose weight in the past, and some of them have actually helped me to shed a couple of pounds. But of course, I never kept up with them and stopped losing the weight. Now, just keep in mind that everyone's bodies are different so, the things that helped me may not help you, but some of these tips are quite universal and have helped many people other than just myself. 

Lets get into it.

Tip 1: Drink LOTS of water. This is obviously one of those universal ones, considering almost anyone you ask will tell you this. A way to help you figure out how much water you should actually drink is to take your weight and divide it by two. Whatever the number you get, is how much water, in ounces, you should be drinking daily. Not only is this good for your body, it will help curb your appetite, you will notice that you are reaching into the food pantry much less. 

Tip 2: Eat every 2-3 hours. You may be thinking, that's a lot of eating. I don't mean every time you eat it should be an entire meal, just a little snack . Maybe a yogurt or a cheese stick. (You should still be eating, breakfast, lunch and dinner as meals though). This will help keep your metabolism up. What I did was, depending on my schedule for school or dance, I would write down what time I should eat everything so that I had a guide until I got used to it. 

Tip 3: Eat breakfast. I never really used to think this was an important step but it really is. It helps you become more energized in the morning and keeps your metabolism going throughout the day. It is so important to eat breakfast, it will help you in so many ways!

Tip 4: Eat a variety of foods. With every meal, don't just eat meat and some salad, have a side of fruit, maybe some nuts. Just combine some yummy, super healthy foods and you'll have a nice diverse meal!

Tip 5: Eat slowly. No matter how hungry you are, slow down. You don't want to eat too fast and end up eating too much because you didn't give yourself enough time to realize you were hungry. If you're used to shoveling your food into your mouth at times (I'm guilty), try chewing at least twenty times before you swallow. Or you can try setting your silverware (or burger, etc.) down between every bite and waiting a couple of seconds after you swallow to pick it back up again.

Tip 6: BE PATIENT. It is so important that you know, that it takes time to lose weight. You're not going to drop two sizes over night. But as long as you keep working at it and don't give up, eventually you will be able to get rid of those unnecessary pounds.

Tip 7: Exercise. Just sitting around eating healthy food and drinking water, isn't going to get you anywhere. You have to move around a bit too! Get sweaty! Not only will you lose weight, you will find yourself so much more energized and feeling healthy and happy!

 Tip 8: Vary your exercises. Mix it up, do cardio some days, and find an exercise routine for other days. Trust me they aren't that hard to find, they are all over the internet!  



                   I hope this was of some help to some of you! I know these things have been helping me recently! I am thinking of making yoga a thing in my schedule too! It's supposed to help a lot with losing weight and just physical health all together!

                        If you have any tips that I didn't mention, feel free to comment and let us all know what they are! Also, let me know in the comments if any of these things have helped you!!

Thank you so much for reading!
With lots and lots of love,
Marissa! <3

Something to keep in mind!!
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Jun 3, 2014

Recap Back to NYC!

Hello!

              If you can't tell, I have been a bit distracted and busy lately and I never got to tell you about my trip to New York City. Now that I have a little bit of free time (Sadly, just for today as this week I have rehearsals for my dance recital on Sunday and have a performance for theater next week, followed by competition that weekend and exams starting the week after! Yikes!!) I decided to fill you in!

                 Let me start by telling you, expectation kills experience. This is something that my theater teacher has told my class many, many times since we first entered his class (and has resided to leaving it on the board for the remainder of the year). And it is very true! If you don't know how much everyone loves NYC and talks about how amazing it is, then where have you been!? Anyway, due to all of this hype, I expected my experience in NYC to be some sort of life changing event where seeing the lights of times square would make me feel brand new. (Yep, I'm quoting songs regularly now). But I didn't feel this way at all. I'm not quite sure if it was my expectations killing my experiences, or if it was the fact that I was with my teachers and people who I actually grew closer to on the trip, but weren't my dearest friends whom I would like to share my life changing experiences with. 

             We planned to do many more things, including Ellis Island, Madame Tussauds, and The Museum of Modern Art. But I guess bad time-management was the result of not seeing these things! (Possibly the lack of activities was a factor in my experience not living to expectation). 

          Neverless, NYC was still fun! We took a dance class at a well known studio called STEPS, seen the Tony Award-winning musical Pippin on Broadway (which our own school had put on stage, about a week before our trip, as this years musical) and did lots of shopping in times square and chinatown! 


                Although, one thing I am slightly upset about is I didn't seem to take many pictures, and I seem to have deleted the ones from my camera, therefor the few I have left are from my phone. My apologies! 


 (Macy's and The Empire State Building.) 


(I love the painting on this building in Little Italy.) 




                    Well, I hope you liked my few sad pictures from NYC! I will be going again with my dance studio in November, which should be better than this time considering I will be with some of my best friends and people I have grown up with. We are like a family at my dance studio, so I believe that I will enjoy it much more! (And I will remember to take more pictures!)

                 If you have ever gone to NYC, how was your experience? If you haven't, what would you be most excited to see if you went?

With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! <3



             P.S. Please don't think that NYC is some boring horrible place because of what I said, it is actually amazing! And everyones experiences are different, this was just mine, yours can be the total opposite! Your experience is what you make of it! 

Feb 3, 2014

The Sick Life & Trips!

Hello!

I'm so sorry that I didn't post last night, but with my waking up Saturday morning to a swollen and super-red eye, that on Sunday morning turned into both of my eyes being swollen almost shut from some sort of obnoxious allergic reaction, I was a bit distracted, I hope you can forgive me!

I'm also quite upset because this morning when I woke up, although there was no more swelling finally, my eyes were still red and my throat hurt so bad! 

This sore throat has lasted the whole day. It feels as though someone took a fork to the back of my throat!

On a lighter note, today my mother was talking to me and told me that she wants to possibly go on a trip soon! This is so exciting as we don't go on many trips unless its a hockey tournament for my brother!

She said that if we don't go this year, she is going to set aside some money so that we can go next year! Which I won't mind the wait very much because I am going to NEW YORK CITY (For my first time ever!) in March, a week after my birthday for a school trip! 

Anyway! I wanted to ask your opinions on where you think we should go! Is there anywhere that you have gone and absolutely loved that you think others might love too? I was thinking somewhere warm and sunny like Florida or California! 

But tell me what you think! And maybe we will take your suggestion! 

With Lots and Lots of Love,
Marissa! (:



P.S. I'm trying out different fonts to see which I like best! What do you think of this one? I love it!

Jan 26, 2014

Book Worm!

             Hello Everyone!     
               
                     Well, I know this doesn't have much to do with the "cheap beauty blog" theme, but, who doesn't like to read a good book!? If you are that person, I am sorry! But why not read on? Something in here might spark your interest! Plus, you might be of help to me when you get the the end of this post!

                         This is going to be a post of my Top 10 Favorite Books! Now, you should know before you read on that, other than the fact that they are my top ten favorites, the only order they are in, is what order I read them in. I can't get myself to pick a favorite or least favorite out of them! They are all so wonderful to me!

I guess we should just get into it!


                       1. "Out of the Dust" By Karen Hesse I read because it was assigned in school, in seventh grade! And I usually hate books that we are assigned to reading in school, but for some reason I really liked this one. 

                     It takes place in 1934 and is about a girl, Billie Jo, who lives in Oklahoma. A terrible accident took her mother from her and left her with her father, who since the accident is even more distant than before. As dust storms make matters worse for them, she must try to "find peace in the bleak landscape of Oklahoma". This story is meant for a younger audience, do to its easy reading, but I still find a liking for it today.The depth of it keeps me hooked. 

                     2. "Reincarnation" By Suzanne Wayne is a book that I purchased at a school book fair in eighth grade and thought it sounded interesting. In my opinion you do not have to believe in reincarnation to read this book. It is a love story that has a lot to do with reincarnation. You don't have to believe that this could really happen, you just have to enjoy it I guess. 

                 It takes you through so many times in History where these two people somehow always find their way into each others lives. This was the first book that I read, that I couldn't really put down. I don't know what it was but I loved it. Maybe it was because I am a sucker for a good love story. 

                       3, 4 & 5. "Hunger Games", "Catching Fire" & "Mockingjay" all by Suzanne Collins are a no brainer. When I first heard of these I thought they would be stupid, a large reason was because my friend was horrible at trying to explain to me what these books were about. But once I finally did read them, I of course became addicted. If you don't know what these books are about, first of all, you must live under a rock. Only kidding! 

                They take place in the future where America once was and is now called Panem where there are thirteen districts and a capitol. That is until the districts go into war with the capitol and the capitol destroys district thirteen completely leaving nothing but ashes. As part of the surrender terms, each year every district much chose one boy and one girl to go into an arena where they will fight to the death with the other tributes from the districts until only one tribute remains and is crowned victor. This is a televised event in Panem and is called, "The Hunger Games". It is really an amazing story.

                       6. "Perks Of Being A Wallflower" By Stephen Chbosky this book.. Well this is what the back of the book says; "Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective…but there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor. The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a story about what it’s like to travel that strange course through the uncharted territory of high school. The world of first dates, family dramas, and new friends. Of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show. Of those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up." 

                       Now I don't really know if even that does the book much justice. But my explanation probably would have done it even less justice. I just love this book, and most people do, its just such a great story. I can't recommend reading it enough.  

                         7. "Miss Peregrines Home For Peculiar Children" By Ransom Riggs is (obviously or it wouldn't be on this list) another really great book that I just enjoyed reading so much. Its about a sixteen-year-old boy named Jacob who's insane grandfather, a man that is always telling him crazy stories of monsters and children who are unbelievably peculiar, passes away leaving Jacob with questions that cause Jacob to wonder whether his grandfather really was insane or telling the truth. 

                        Its such an adventure to read things like this. I think that one of the most interesting parts of this book are the photographs to go along with these fantastic stories. Also, the second book just came out and my friend has already read it and says its just as amazing as the first one! I can't wait to read it!  

                              8. "The Fault In Our Stars" By John Green is a story of a cancer patient named Hazel who is simply just waiting to die. But when August Waters comes to Cancer Kid Support Group, her view on this life seems to change. 

                               Although this book is quite a tearjerker, it is such a genuine love story and you cannot help yourself but to turn the page. "Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning-author John Green’s most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love." If you haven't read this book yet, I HIGHLY recommend it! 

                                 9. Handmaids Tale By Margaret Atwood. I had to read this book last year for my AP English class, and before reading my teacher only told us where this story takes place. She didn't explain anything further in the book. Didn't even tell us the name of the narrator, or main character. We could have known by reading the back but she asked us not to, as she wanted us to go into reading this completely ignorant as to what this was about. I honored her wishes and don't regret it. It was interesting to try and figure out what the purpose of everything was and whatnot. 

                               I am going to do the same for you. If you choose to read this, which you should because its really great and like "The Hunger Games" is a distopian story that keeps you reading not wanting to set the book down. 

                                   10. The Weight Of Silence By Heather GudenKauf. I read this book over this past summer while I was camping with my friend. When I wasn't reading it I would find myself wondering what would happen in the end and wishing I had it in my hands at that moment. It was such an addicting story. 

                                It's about a seven year old little girl named Callie who suffers from selective mutism brought on by a tragedy when she was a toddler. One day her mother wakes up to find her missing and later finds out that her best friend Petra has also disappeared in the night. Its a story full of plot twist's and keeps you biting your nails and wondering what the truth is right up until the end. 


                                Well, that was a lot! I hope you all get something from this! Again I really recommend reading one of these, if not all of them! They are great books that I will most likely be re-reading in the future. 

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With Lots and Lots of Love, 
Marissa! <3