a poem: until we didn't

we drank sweet lemonade,
sugary juice dripping down our chins
       we picked dandelions together on the playground,
       clutching as many as we could in our hands
               we laughed as we did cartwheels on the field,
                ignoring the suspiciously odd smelling grass
                     we passed secret notes to each other,
                     with silly messages on them

                           we chattered excitedly about different books,
                           perching on the fence that we weren't allowed to sit on because of "safety reasons"

                                 we gave each other homemade cards for our birthdays,
                                 with sweet messages written on them
                                     we made up ridiculous games,
                                     teasing each other as we played them
                                           we hunted for four leaf clovers,
                                           searching through the grass with focus and concentration
                                           we were a group of close friends,
                                           and we had so much fun together
                                      we were a group of friends and we had so much fun together,
                                      until we didn't 
                                      until our days of teasing and long conversations,
                                      came to an end

                                 and it's been so long now, 
                                 so long since those memories of laughter and sticky chins

                         we've changed,
                         grown apart

                  what used to be long conversations are now only an awkward "hello, how are you?",
                  that we say every time we see each other (mostly out of obligation)
       what used to be incessant chatting is now a short text,
       sent a couple times a year

what used to be a close friendship,
is now not even a friendship at all

and it's too bad,
how some friendships dissolve as time goes by

      and it's sad, how a friendship can exist in one moment,
      and then cease to be in another

             and maybe i sometimes miss them, my old friends,
             but that's okay
                   because even though we're not friends anymore,
                   i still have all the memories of our adventures and experiences

                       memories of experiences 
                       that have molded me into the person i am today
                              and my old friends still mean something to me,
                              and i know that they're an important part of my story, my life
                                     and knowing that,
                                     is enough for me



Quotes from Books + Book Photography

Hi, everyone! Lately, I've been spending so much time on goodreads, just looking at quotes from different books. There are so many passages in books that are inspiring, funny, sad, etc. So, today, I want to share some quotes from some of my favorite books. Oh, and if you want to add me as a friend on goodreads, click here, to get to my profile. 

 I  just want to mention really quickly that I watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them yesterday, and it was so amazing! 

Also, all the photography in this post is mine. The photographs are not great, mostly because I don't have a lot of experience with taking pictures of books, but it was really fun to take them :-)

“But you always have a choice. You can choose to find comfort and solace in God. You can choose to be brave and compassionate. And you can choose to find beauty and happiness wherever they present themselves.” 

“So the question becomes, Daughter of the Dragon, what will you sacrifice? What will you let be taken away so that you, too, can have power?” 
― Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken

“On our wedding night," she said, "I will cut out your tongue and swallow it. Then both tongues that spoke our marriage vows will belong to me, and I will be wed only to myself. You will most likely choke to death on your own blood, which will be unfortunate, but I will be both husband and wife and therefore not a widow to be pitied.” 
― Kiersten WhiteAnd I Darken

“Kaz leaned back. "What's the easiest way to steal a man's wallet?"
"Knife to the throat?" asked Inej.
"Gun to the back?" said Jesper.
"Poison in his cup?" suggested Nina.
"You're all horrible," said Matthias.”
― Leigh BardugoSix of Crows

“Jesper knocking his head against the hull and cast his eyes heavenward. "Fine. But if Pekka Rollins kills us all, I'm going to get Wylan's ghost to teach my ghost how to play the flute just so that I can annoy the hell out of your ghost."

Brekker's lips quirked. "I'll just hire Matthias' ghost to kick your ghost's ass."

"My ghost won't associate with your ghost," Matthias said primly, and then wondered if the sea air was rotting his brain.” 
― Leigh BardugoSix of Crows

“I would have come for you. And if I couldn't walk, I'd crawl to you, and no matter how broken we were, we'd fight our way out together-knives drawn, pistols blazing. Because that's what we do. We never stop fighting.” 
― Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom

“Has anyone noticed this whole city is looking for us, mad at us, or wants to kill us?"
"So?" said Kaz.
"Well, usually it's just half the city.” 
― Leigh BardugoCrooked Kingdom

“I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

“A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

Trust me, though, the words were on their way, and when they arrived, Liesel would hold them in her hands like the clouds, and she would wring them out like rain.” 
― Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

“I can offer you my life, but it is a short life; I can offer you my heart, though I have no idea how many more beats it shall sustain” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince

“It is the mundanes who look at me and see something they do not understand—a boy who is not quite white and not quite foreign either."
"Just as I am not human, and not demon either," Tessa said softly.
His eyes softened. "You are human," he said. "Never think you are not. I have seen you with your brother; I know how you care for him. If you can feel hope, guilt, sorrow, love—then you are human.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Angel

“Life is a book and there are a thousand pages I have not yet read.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Princess

“They’re not hideous,” said Tessa.
Will blinked at her. “What?”
“Gideon and Gabriel,” said Tessa. “They’re really quite good-looking, not hideous at all.”
“I spoke,” said Will, in sepulchral tones, “of the pitch-black inner depths of their souls.”
Tessa snorted. “And what color do you suppose the inner depths of your soul are, Will Herondale?”
“Mauve,” said Will.” 
― Cassandra ClareClockwork Prince

“Lex malla, lex nulla. A bad law is no law.” 
“He bumped into a pay phone and said, 'Excuse me, miss,' on our way in," said Julian.
"It's polite to apologize," said Mark with the same small voice.
"Not to inanimate objects.” 
― Cassandra ClareLady Midnight

“No one is ever the villain of their own story.”
― Cassandra ClareLady Midnight
“The world is terrible," said Mark tonelessly. "And some are drawn down into it and drown there, and some rise above and carry others with them.” 

“He accused me of being Dumbledore's man through and through."
"How very rude of him."
"I told him I was."
Dumbledore opened his mouth to speak and then closed it again. Fawkes the phoenix let out a low, soft, musical cry. To Harry's intense embarrassment, he suddenly realized that Dumbledore's bright blue eyes looked rather watery, and stared hastily at his own knee. When Dumbledore spoke, however, his voice was quite steady. 
"I am very touched, Harry.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“I dreamed I was buying new shoes last night," said Ron. "What d'ya think that's gonna mean?"
"Probably that you're going to be eaten by a giant marshmallow or something," said Harry.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

“We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

“Killing is not so easy as the innocent believe.” 
― J.K. RowlingHarry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“Finally, Cinder gulped. "I'm sorry I had to --" She gestured at the unconscious wedding coordinator, then waved her hand like shaking it off. "But she'll be fine, I swear. Maybe a little nauseous when she comes to, but otherwise...And your android...Nainsi, right? I had to disable her. And her backup processor. But any mechanic can return her to defaults in about six seconds, so..." She rubbed anxiously at her wrist. "Oh, and we ran into your captain of the guard in the hallway, and a few other guards, and I may have scared him and he's, um, unconscious. Also. But, really, they'll all be fine. I swear." Her lips twitched into a brief, nervous smile. "Um...hello, again. By the way.” 
― Marissa MeyerCress

“Yeah, but broken isn't the same as unfixable.” 
― Marissa MeyerWinter

“Thorne scoffed. “Careful is my middle name. Right after Suave and Daring.”
“Do you even know what you're saying half the time?” asked Cinder.” 
― Marissa MeyerWinter

“The queen's eyes smouldered. "I know my own kind when I see them, and right now there is one in these city walls." She pointed a finger toward the balcony."I want her found and brought to me."
"Right," said Kai,"that'll be no problem in a city of two and a half million people. Let me just go dig out my special Lunar detector, and I'll get right on that.” 
― Marissa MeyerCinder

So, I hope you enjoyed those quotes and the pictures! Tell me if you've read any of the books mentioned in this post, and also let me know what your favorite quote was! 



Reasons to Smile

After all the events that have happened recently, in politics and the election, many of us are left feeling enraged, distraught, concerned, and saddened. But, I don't want to talk about that today. I want to list the reasons you should smile. the things you have to be happy about, because even in times of stress and anger, I think we should try our best to remain positive. So, lo and behold, 21 reasons to smile!:

1. You've been happy, joyful, and smiling in the past.
2. The voice actors of Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse got married in real life
3. Everything that makes us up, our calcium, protein, iron, etc. were all made in the interiors of dying stars. That means that we're basically all made out of star dust. 
4. With all the technology, transportation, food, and entertainment that we have, we are basically living in the future that people in the past dreamed of.
5. Somewhere in the world, a baby is laughing for the first time.
6. Your smile makes other people happy. After all, "When you're smiling', the whole world smiles with you." -Louis Armstrong.
7. Chocolate.
8. You've had success, achievements, and happy moments.
9. You're unique. You have so many different wonderful qualities. There's no one exactly like you anywhere else in the world. You are an individual.
10. Hamilton + Lin Manuel Miranda's tweets
11. Someone has smiled at you in the past/returned a smile you gave them.
12. Smiling is a natural human reaction. Even blind people smile, even though they have never seen someone smile before.
13. J.K Rowling invented the legendary names of the Hogwarts Houses......on the back of an airplane barf bag.
14. Someone in this world deeply cares about you.
15. When male puppies play with female puppies, they will let the female win on purpose.
16. It's nearly impossible to laugh without smiling first.
17. How much ever food you eat, there will always be plenty more delicious foods to be discovered.
18. THIS:
19. No matter how many books you read, there will always be amazing new books to discover.
20. THIS:
21. You're alive. You're breathing, your heart is beating, your blood is flowing. And you should smile because of that. You should smile because you are lucky enough to experience all the wonderful things on this planet. You're blessed with a life, and you can choose what you want to do with it. If for nothing else, smile because of this.

I hope that made you smile! Have a great week!