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New Mornings

Some mornings you wake up and it’s like a brand new day in a life that is an exciting journey. Other mornings, when you wake up, it’s kind of the worst thing ever. My morning was (is, it’s still 8AM) kind of like both of those moments.

One of the adjectives that I hear most often to describe me is sweet. Another is caring. I guess that’s not a big surprise as I love to spread love and help people as best as I can – even if that’s just through a little message saying, “hey, how are you doing? I hope you’re having a morning as lovely as you!” However, those who know me better (like my family) know that I can also be quite difficult and moody at times. I like having things my own way – and if events or people are not perfect, then let hell be unleashed in my mind that it’s not that way. I don’t think I used to be quite as bad, but I guess it can be expected when I went through a very tough last year. I’ve let the troubles of life and the poor Anna, poor Anna to influence me more than I realized, I think, however.

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Anna's Life · Challenges · Uncategorized

Tag: 10 Things That Make You Happy

symphonyonasoldier on tumblr tagged me in this, but since it’s a longer post, I decided to answer here 🙂

  1. Music

Music is really what I live and breathe. I usually go through my day having listened to a whole bunch of different artists, and when I’m not, one can usually find me humming or singing a song… or I just have a song stuck in my head where no one can hear it. 🙂 I love listening to Troye Sivan because his music makes me feel relaxed and like I can be okay with myself – some of his songs, like Wild, Fools, Talk Me Down, and Blue remind me of the ocean, but that might just be because I’ve watched the Blue Neighbourhood trilogy. Tenth Avenue North is what I listen to when I’m really down and I need to remember God still loves me and is always here for me. Fall Out Boy’s lyrics make me realize someone else feels like I do. I just really love a wide variety of music, but my standard genre is that category called alternative (aka iTunes lumping everything together that isn’t pop or country or opera or something).

2. Books

I’ve loved to read since a very young age – one of my very first favourites was The Lord of the Rings, actually. I stopped reading for pleasure during high school and the first few years of university, but I recently got back into it and all I can say is, there is nothing better than getting lost in a good book and forgetting all the crap that exists in the world. I love going into bookstores and looking at the books and smelling the books – I love being surrounded by books – I love reading them – I love trying my hand at writing them…. I just really love the way that words can transform our lives and the stories that they can tell.

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a reader's life · Books · Uncategorized

Ten Books I’d Buy Now (if I had a gift card)

Oh look! I’m not dead. You can thank thebookavid for inspiring me to come back with that latest post. Here are ten reasons why someone should buy me a gift card for Chapters! (Or at least the books on this list.)


1)) Cinder by Marissa Meyer. Several friends have recommended this one to me and it looks really intriguing! I love fairy tales retold and a sci-fi one?? Sounds pretty neat!

2)) The J. R. R. Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. I got this from the library and I’m in love with it. It’s perfect and I want to keep it forever and read it all.

3)) Collin’s Complete Works of Oscar Wilde. I have this one from the library, too.

4)) American Gods by Neil Gaiman. I still have yet to read anything by Gaiman but this looks like a perfect one to start with!

5)) Paradise Lost by John Milton. I really loved reading this work in university and I would love a nice copy of it.

6)) The Divine Comedy by Dante. I’ve read Inferno and I would really like to read the rest of this great work. Maybe the nice illustrated version?? 😉

7)) Carmilla by Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. I love this novella a whole lot and it would be perfect to add to my bookshelf, along with all my other Gothic favourites. (I just really love Gothic literature.)

8)) Coraline by Neil Gaiman. I loved the movie and I really need to read this one. Soon.

9)) The Man Who Mistook His Wife For a Hat by Oliver Sacchs. I read a couple excerpts from this book in my psychology class last year and I really want to read the rest! They’re so interesting and very humorous, too!

10)) Orthodoxy by G.K. Chesterton. This one sounds like a book that I would really enjoy. I’ve had it on my to-read list for a very long time.