Caffeinated Friday #1 – Kindness is Easy, Really!

Hello everyone! This is a new addition to the blog, Caffeinated Friday, where I let loose and spew my thoughts on life, while chugging coffee. This will mostly be not book related, to give a change of scenery every week. Hope you enjoy!


Kindness. How to be kinder. That is the thought for today! It really is simple, once you start changing your way of thinking. Most of the time, the reason people are unkind is because they are stuck in their bubble. They don’t see anything or anyone other than their own problems. And that’s ok. Sometimes life can get to you. But let’s not make it our way of thinking, this defensive, lonely bubble.

In an article on Psychology Today, the writer states: “One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people in need.”  For me, this is easy. I love to watch people and wonder what their life is like, Because honestly, everyone’s life is the same, yet unique. So when I’m out in public and interacting with someone, I don’t judge their actions. I see if they need some kindness.

Simple things to start a kindness habit:

  • Eye contact, smile, “Thank you”. Let them know you appreciate them.
  • Say “Hello”! It’s always the best way to start a conversation. (And it’s pretty rude not to.)
  • Listen.
  • Share someone’s happiness with a “Congrats!” and positive thinking
  • Give small gifts when there is no reason.
  • Don’t think you’ll “get a reward” if you’re kind. Just do it to make them happy!




What are your favorite ways to show kindness? Is it hard to do it sometimes? Easy? When do you find yourself having trouble with kindness? Let’s chat about it!


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More books I’ve picked up!

Yes, I’ve been collecting books recently. The latest being Losing Julia and Memoirs of a Geisha, which I had hoped to read after finishing The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. But…. Then I went on Amazon and ordered four more books. Here they are!



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These are four books I’ve ordered in print, meaning I will hold each of them in my hands and turn their pages. I’m so proud. I have been getting kindle books lately, but have you noticed the price differences lately? Some books are cheaper in print than on the phone! I can’t wait to give reviews and share my thoughts on these with you guys.

Here are the links:

Are You Sleeping

Josie has, after thirteen years, finally found a home after her father’s murder and her family’s splintering apart. But when a famous podcast presents new evidence and opens the case back up, Josie has to find answers.

The Glass Castle

A memoir of Jeanette, who survives a rollercoaster childhood with a very dysfunctional family. I always saw this book in my mother’s room, and just had to get it for myself.

I Hate Myselfie

I have recently fell in love with Shane Dawson, a youtube sensation who lost over 100 pounds after high school while making a career on youtube. This is his thoughts on his life so far.

A Natural History of Dragons

A story of a woman who is so curious about the science of dragons, she will break all social norms to get her answers.

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July TBR

I know this is a little late, it’s already the 10th, but I have a TBR lined up for the first time in a while!

This first book you guys all know about by now, it’s been out about a year, but it’s still getting rave reviews, so I have to pick it up.


I picked this one up as soon as I could. I’m currently reading it on my kindle, and am in love so far!

“Evelyn Hugo is finally ready to tell the truth about her glamorous and scandalous life. But when she chooses unknown magazine reporter Monique Grant for the job, no one in the journalism community is more astounded than Monique herself. Why her? Why now?

Monique is not exactly on top of the world. Her husband, David, has left her, and her career has stagnated. Regardless of why Evelyn has chosen her to write her biography, Monique is determined to use this opportunity to jumpstart her career.

Summoned to Evelyn’s Upper East Side apartment, Monique listens as Evelyn unfurls her story: from making her way to Los Angeles in the 1950s to her decision to leave show business in the late 80s, and, of course, the seven husbands along the way. As Evelyn’s life unfolds through the decades—revealing a ruthless ambition, an unexpected friendship, and a great forbidden love—Monique begins to feel a very a real connection to the actress. But as Evelyn’s story catches up with the present, it becomes clear that her life intersects with Monique’s own in tragic and irreversible ways.”

Next up is this gem I found at a hand me down store:


I never completely watched the movie, but I have always wanted to read the book. I immediately picked this one up when I saw it.

“A literary sensation and runaway bestseller, this brilliant debut novel presents with seamless authenticity and exquisite lyricism the true confessions of one of Japan’s most celebrated geisha.

In Memoirs of a Geisha, we enter a world where appearances are paramount; where a girl’s virginity is auctioned to the highest bidder; where women are trained to beguile the most powerful men; and where love is scorned as illusion. It is a unique and triumphant work of fiction – at once romantic, erotic, suspenseful – and completely unforgettable.”


Another one was a random book I picked up. It’s a love story of a war veteran from world war 1, and his friend’s now widowed wife. I love the writing style (I always read the first page before buying a book) so I can’t wait to dive into this one.


“An epic story of love found and lost, Losing Julia begins in 1928 at the dedication of a memorial to the great War in France. American Patrick Delaney has come to mourn his fallen comrades, especially his best friend, Daniel. When he sees a woman standing alone in the crowd, he realizes she must be Julia, Daniel’s lover. Though Patrick is married, he and Julia fall desperately in love during the brief but unforgettable time they spend exploring the still haunted and battle-scarred countryside. Struggling to reconcile their love with the legacy of war and life’s obligations, Julia and Patrick cling to each other until one fateful step, when Patrick loses Julia, perhaps never to find her again.

From the vicious savagery of trench warfare to the sometimes comic and often tragic indignities of life in a nursing home, Jonathan Hull tells a remarkable story of memory and desire, history and destiny—and of the people who slip from our grasp, only to hold us forever.”

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Stoner by John Williams – A Review


This is a small tale about a man with a small life. He doesn’t do anything fantastic, is a dedicated instructor in an esteemed university, and then dies.

That’s the story.

It struck me because I was watching a review by Pewdipie (Of all people) and I love slice of life stories, so I had to read it.

William Stoner was born on a farm in the late 1800s. He helps his father on their farm until someone mentions an agricultural study in a nearby college. So William is sent off on a quest to gain some knowledge so he can come back and improve the family farm. But when he attends a class on medieval literature, his life is changed. He changes his entire course schedule and tells his parents that he will not be returning.

William Stoner eventually graduates, and decides he just can’t leave. So he becomes Mr. Stoner, a well known professor who spends the next 40 years teaching kids, through two world wars, his failing marriage, and a secret affair with a student.

I loved this book in an odd way. It’s not often that you experience a person’s entire life. Though uneventful, his life is sadly charming, and you find yourself wanting to be his friend.


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It’s been such a long time you guys, but I’m finally back! I’ve been reading a lot while I was gone, using my Kindle E-reader app. I also have a few real books lying around.

I am currently reading: Red Sparrow by Jason Matthews.



I never saw the movie, but I love Jennifer Lawrence as an actress, so I had to pick up this book. I am only a third of the way through, but I recommend it! I would skip the first chapter, it doesn’t really have anything to do with the main character.

I am also reading a Memoir that I accidentally purchased. Yes, it actually happened. I accidentally clicked the “Buy now with 1 click” Button on amazon…. and now i’m reading a random memoir.

Educated: a Memoir by Tara Westover


Tara was raised by a Mormon father, who’s beliefs gradually grew more… insane. She never attended elementary school, and her mother tried and failed to home school her and all her siblings. After a tragic car accident that cripples her mother, things drastically change in her family.

I am loving it so far. I didn’t think I would, but wow. Her voice is great. Her storytelling is captivating. I read this little by little ever day.

What books are you guys reading?

I’ve been so out of the loop with all the new books that I have no idea what’s good or not good lately. Send me recommendations! What do you want me to review? I’ll do it!


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Post #100!!!!!

Woohoo! We have reached post #100. WOW! I didn’t think we were this far!



My journaling stuff will be put over here!

I will be using this blog though! For what I don’t know yet. I’m too indecisive! tumblr_inline_o2x09fF86t1ttc8k7_540.jpg

Have a funny image to look at 😀

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Hello from the Dead!

I’m back you guys! I’m back with some…. changes.

I hope you don’t mind.

This blog will change topic, but I think you guys will like it! I’ve done the same thing with my youtube channel, it is now called Journaling Gurl. All about my passion for journaling. I also run a facebook page about Bullet Journaling.  That is actually going insane and gaining likes and follows every day, even if I don’t post something. CRAZY! Go check it out.

I do still read books, and I’ll occasionally post reviews on here, but I’m so much more passionate about Journaling. I have a ton of ideas I’ll share with you guys as we go on this adventure.

Who here likes journaling? Art journaling? Junk Journaling? Smash booking? Any and all are welcome in my little world. I’d love to hear your thoughts. bring it.gif

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An Absent Mind: review


So I did enjoy this book, although you go into it knowing the end result. It’s about a man who’s been married most of his life. It hasn’t been the happiest marriage, but it was enough for them. When he gets the diagnosis, he’s shocked and doesn’t believe it at first. Then he starts to decline.

It was interesting, seeing the family’s point of view on this disease, as well as the person’s POV during the whole thing. Even at the very end, you still get some pretty distressing messages from him.

It was an emotional little book. Nothing profound, but more of a look into a private life, struggling with the inevitable. I gave this book 3/5 stars.

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October TBR

Here are some books I will be reading this month!

I mean, I hope to be reading more than just this, seeing as I’m already reading the first two. But I will also be working two jobs until after Christmas…. so we’ll see!




(Would you guys like to see a personal life blog from me? Let me know)

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The Butterfly Garden | A Review


This book hooked me from the very beginning. Dot Hutchison is good at dropping small details that makes you interested to find out more. At first we don’t know anything about the girl Inara. Then we learn about the Butterfly Garden, where the Gardener likes to keep his kidnapped. He tattoos wings on their backs and keeps them until they are 21… Then he preserves them in resin and glass.

Just the idea of this concept is sickening. The Gardener gives them names, keeps them locked in a beautiful garden, and does what he wants with them. The creepier thing is he doesn’t do much. He just watches them.

His son Adrian is a terrorizer. His other son, Desmond, is an angel.

Inara (known as Maya in the Garden) acts like a kind of mother figure to the other girls. When Desmond comes finds the Garden, they both immediately start being interested in each other. At first Maya hates him for believing his father’s lies about the girls being “saved from the streets.” It’s only when the Gardener shows him what happens when they die, that he finally sees the truth.

This book was a great adventure for me, just to see how the characters interacted with one another. The characters feel real – you feel like you know Inara and Bliss and Lyonette. The only down point for this book was the romance part of it. It made the whole thing just a little less believable for me. Other than that though, this book is a great read and I recommend it to older teenagers and up. It may be YA, but it is definitely not a light read.

I gave this book 4.5 out of 5 stars! 

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