Sometimes I just stare at a blank screen or sheet of paper, wanting nothing more than to write, but the words fail to find their way out of my head. They just linger there, unable to put themselves together to form even the simplest of sentences. Times like these are often very frustrating, and sometimes it gets me mad. My mind feels as blank as the paper I am looking at, yet in reality, it’s the exact opposite of that. There’s nothing I can do really, except to start writing something, anything, in hopes that I no longer have to stare at a sheet that’s so painfully empty. Part of what I write might not make sense, but I believe that the rest of it does. Sometimes I write poems, other times I write what I feel. Most times I just ramble, but what I write is real. I’ll go on and on about stuff that is pointless, things that no one even cares about, but I know that out of billions, there is at least one other person who knows this feeling all too well. I write my last sentence and look once again, this time satisfied as I see the sheet that was once so irritatingly clean, now covered in words.

Just a little something to clear my head.

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Summer ’17 Reading List

If you like reading, then good for you. If you don’t, well then I don’t like you good for you too. If you guys didn’t already know, I’m in love with books. Books never fail to make me feel better or to satisfy my need for exploration and adventure. I’ve been reading since a little before I turned 4; I read books that were way more advanced for my age. I was always the kid that had her nose stuck in a book (and I believe I still am that person). As a kid in elementary school, I would spend every free moment in the library. And bear in mind, our school library was huge. Or at least to 8 year old me it was. Sometimes I’d read the same books all over, yet each time felt like a completely different journey. I love reading so much, but lately, I haven’t read as much as I used to. So to make up for all those missed hours, I’m going to read all summer long. How amazing does that sound? Here’s my reading list for this summer.

Summer 2017 Reading List

  1. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884) – Mark Twain
  2. Beautiful Thoughts (1892) – Henry Drummond
  3. Black Beauty (1877) – Anna Sewell
  4. David Copperfield (1850) – Charles Dickens
  5. Emma (1815) – Jane Austen
  6. Frankenstein (1818) – Mary Shelley
  7. Great Expectations (1861) – Charles Dickens
  8. The Great Gatsby (1925) – F. Scott Fitzgerald
  9. Gulliver’s Travels (1726) – Jonathan Swift
  10. Hamlet (1604) – William Shakespeare
  11. Jane Eyre (1847) – Charlotte Brontë 
  12. A Lover’s Complaint (1609) – William Shakespeare
  13. Macbeth (1623) – William Shakespeare
  14. Middlemarch (1871-2) – George Elliot
  15. Oliver Twist (1837) – Charles Dickens
  16. Persuasion (1817) – Jane Austen
  17. Pride and Prejudice (1813) – Jane Austen
  18. The Professor (1857) – Charlotte Brontë 
  19. The Refugees (1893) – Arthur Conan Doyle
  20. Romeo and Juliet (1597) – William Shakespeare
  21. The Scarlet Letter (1850) – Nathaniel Hawthorne
  22. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) – Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. A Tale of Two Cities (1859) – Charles Dickens
  24. To Be Read at Dusk (1852) – Charles Dickens
  25. Wuthering Heights (1847) – Emily Brontë 

“Boooooring” is what you might think but shhh. These are a very very interesting collection of books. Of course, I have more that I want to add but I think I’ll end it there. Also, the present day books are for another time.

Almira x

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Would you change the past?


I’m sure everyone has been asked this question at least once if not more, and they’ve all answered it differently. Would you change the past if you could? Well, this is my answer.

Simply, no. If I could change the past, I would not do it. Why? Because even if the slightest thing from my past is altered, my whole life would be laid out completely differently. Like the butterfly effect; small causes can have large effects. I wouldn’t have the same friends, the same thoughts. I wouldn’t be me. Of course, I’ve had horrible things happen in the past, as has everyone else I’m sure. But you see, that’s exactly what shapes us. That’s what makes us who we are today. One can’t always expect everything to be perfect right? Perhaps not. Without the hard times, we would never be able to recognize the blessings we’ve been given, and I think everyone should realize that. If I went back and stopped myself from being bullied, I would never have learned to stand up for myself. If I went back and stopped people from leaving, I would have never learned to be independent and mature. Likewise, if I went back and saved myself from being hurt, or from having scars, I wouldn’t be as strong as I  am now.

As cliché as it sounds, I am a firm believer of the phrase “everything happens for a reason.” Hence, even if I were given the chance to change my past, I wouldn’t take it.

But the again, that’s just my opinion.

Almira x

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