Hello 2019!

This year is going to be crazy. It’s going to be different and I’m going to call it right now, but it’s going to be beautiful. This is a year where I refuse to live in any other way then the way I choose. Where I find my own path and live life unafraid.

2018 was a year of fear. Even in the most beautiful part of 2018 there was still an element of fear and it ruined everything for me. I’m done with fear. I’m done with following a normal set path for myself. I want to write my own story. Not only do I want to, but I’m going to do it. Because fear and sadness have done nothing, but hurt me. I don’t want to be sad any more. I don’t want to be worried anymore. I don’t want to live life in a way I’ll regret it anymore.

So here are some words I wish to live by in the new year:

In 2018, I let anxiety and hurt rule me. I didn’t let myself believe and what I knew in my heart to be true. I let myself get caught up in how things should happen and didn’t let things happen as was right for me and not necessarily right for others. All these things caused me to make choices I do regret. Which, is something I never thought I’d do to myself. 2019 and beyond is a time in my life where I don’t want to do that ever again. Let me clarify.. It’s something I’m never going to let myself do that again.

Fear has kept me from all the things I truly love in life. Kept me from taking the chances I needed to take. All of it causing a time of great sadness and I ended up hurting myself the most. Anytime I can I’m going to do what’s best and right for me. I’m going to follow my heart. I got way to much in my head in 2018. I’m done with that. I’m going to give my heart the reigns in the new year and just see what happens.

I don’t know what to expect this year. There are endless possibilities. But no matter what happens I’m going to make sure that it’s one of the best years of my life. I’m going to write this year. I’m going to read a lot of amazing books this year. I’m going to live life this year. I’m going to make sure that it is truly a year to remember.

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-Till next time!

I Am Obsessed: The Story of my Love for a Certain Book

I haven’t felt this way in a long time. Absorbed in a world, in a book so irrecoverably that I don’t want to do anything else but read it. I haven’t felt a need to live in a story and to breathe in its words like I’m starving for it. It reminds me of how reading always was for me when I was a kid and my heart swells with the love for words and stories ever more because of it. 

I’m not gonna talk about what book, rather what series has made me feel this way. That will come later and all of you will know what it is when I talk about it because it simply has set a fire in my heart for how much I love it! I had long been on a semi-reading slump before it and now it’s what I dream about. 

Maybe it’s crazy to feel this way. To become so invested. Maybe it’s stupid to care so much about a string of words, but those string of words make my heart beat faster, my smile appear, make me laugh, and tear at my heartstrings. They made me feel for the first time in a long time that maybe just maybe it’s ok to dream of love. Ok to open up and just live. That it’s ok to let yourself go and see where the world will take you and I feel all the better for it. 

I’m simply full of so much emotion right now and what I’m reading hasn’t even finished. So I’m going to return to it now and let my mind feel the freedom of wholly loving something imaginary. 

I can’t wait to talk about it with you all soon! 

Thanks for reading! Gosh I am so happy in this moment. This is what was in my heart to say and I am so incredibly contented and happy with what I’m reading that I felt as if I would burst if I didn’t share that emotion. I wish for everyone to read a book that makes them feel as I do right now. That is my dream! 

-Till next time! 

My Special Someone


There is something about you I just can’t shake

your black and white curves mean so much to me

they teach me as my finger glides the surface

to keep track of the places I’ve been and where I’m going

There is just something about you that keeps me coming

Your silent yet it speaks volumes

even when others are around it is just you and me

only I can interpret who you are the right way for me

Something about you makes me feel as I’ve never felt

sometimes you get lost in translation

when my mind is dull and I skim over you

but the second a piece of you shouts I pay attention

then my eyes devour you again and again

there really is something special about you

because though your curves are flat

tattooed on your flesh

they speak to me

they become me

and turn into something more than paper

and my mind becomes something more than dead
Thanks for reading! Since the other post was so short today I figured I would balance it out with this one. I adore this poem. My heart lives inside of it and I love how it came out. I hope you enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Let me know your thoughts in the comments! 

-Till next time!

 

500 Followers & a Q & A


Every single milestone I hit I find myself in shock. I started creating my little corner of the internet because of my love for books, hoping to share my heart with all of you. I never expected for my words to ever reach so many people and I can’t believe the growth that has come from the passion that lives inside me. 

Without all the love that has poured out from this community I truly would be just a speck of dust floating on the wind. In many ways I still am, but from all your support I feel just the tiniest bit bigger. 

From my heart to yours, Thank you! 

I can’t believe that I’ve hit 500 followers!


Last milestone I had mentioned I wanted to create a Q & A so that I could answer any questions you all may have for me. I am now happy to say it is here! 

Questions from awesome bloggers in this community

Seaweed Books asks

What’s  your Hogwarts and Ilvermorny house?


According to the buzz feed sorting hat quiz I belong in Ravenclaw! However my percentages are:  32% Ravenclaw, 30% Hufflepuff, 20% Gryffindor, and 18% Slytherin! Missed Hufflepuff by just a hair! 

I am also apparently part of the Thunderbird house. I love that it represents the soul that truly is what I’m all about!


 Favourite genre?


Fantasy is what brought me into the reading world and it will be what I love most till death takes me out of the reading world. 

 A hyped book you didn’t like?


There really hasn’t been any overly hyped books that I didn’t like. The ones I know I probably wouldn’t like I don’t read. It’s saved me from the fandom hate…..

Favorite thing about the WordPress book community you love. 

Reading all your lovely posts! The blogging community is such a hardworking community and reading everyone’s posts make me so happy!

Ava the Nerd asks 
What is your favourite food?


Quesadillas! I have some almost every night and they always taste delicious to me!

Your favourite anime?


Angel Beats is so beautiful and hilarious yet at other times heartbreaking! Plus the intro music is just stunning!

What are you most afraid of?


Fire is beautiful to look at, but truly I am afraid of burning myself accidentally from my clumsiness. I am also irrationally afraid of knifes, I can hold one and I can use them, but if someone else is using one I am always afraid that they will accidentally stab me or me accidentally stabbing them from tripping or something. Which actually almost happened, my mom was holding a knife tripped with it in her hand and almost stabbed me where I was sitting in my chair… thank God for that chair! Mostly I’m afraid of accidentally hurting myself or others, but fire and knifes are the worst. 

Evy Reads Books Blog asks

How do you organise your bookshelves?

By author and genre mostly and somewhat series vs. standalones. I’m running out of shelf space so my shelves as kinda a mess right now. 

 How do you find time to read?


Well I do my best to forget about all the things I am supposed to be doing, hide, and read some glorious books! Also, this month I gave up YouTube so that helps immensely. 
Amy’s Book Corner asks 
What got you into reading?

I call Twilight my gateway drug and my 5th grade teacher Ms. Ohonion my dealer. This book was the first real book that I ever read. It began something that will be a part of my life forever. 

Why did you decide to do a blog dedicated to your love of reading? Did you find it hard?


Because books are something I love so much I never find book blogging tedious or hard. I give myself to every post I make and I love every second of it. The blogging community itself and the response I get makes any issue I would ever have completely invalid. 

If you chose one book to take to a vacation with you, which one would you choose?


Currently, I would take my signed copy of And I Darken! I need to read it and a vacation would be a lovely way to got read it. 
Write Ally Write! asks 
how would you describe yourself in three words?

Brilliantly Bookish asks
Have you sorted yourself in a camp Halfblood cabin? 

There is something about me and cabins with birds… anyway I am a daughter of Zeus! The air is my domain. Your getting all my cabins in this post!

Is there a language you would love to learn? 

All the languages! Seriously… all of them, but if I had to choose one it would be: 


French is such a beautiful language, it would be a amazing to be able to speak it. 

What is your favourite fandom?

Uhh… you can’t make me choose on this one… nope.. not happening. 


Olga’s Oddish Obsession asks 
If you could only choose one book to read for the rest of your life, what would it be? 

It would have to be a random novel that the universe grants to me… to choose would be agonizing.. I’d rather God decide he knows what’s best for me (p.s. The Bible doesn’t count to me, Scripture doesn’t feel much like reading a book)

Have you written a story you would like to publish one day?


I’m always trying to write as much as I can and even though I have only one book finished there are many poems and little stories I would love to see published. Plus I’m on my way to writing many more books! 

Creative Minds 101 asks 
Why did you start your blog? 


My sole reason for starting this blog was my undying love for books. I always had so much to say about what I read and no place to say them and so The Book Raven was born! (Special thanks to my sister who pushed me towards this path) 

Who is your favorite author?

Julie Kagawa is not only my favorite author, but she is my idol. I don’t know how she writes so prolifically and so well, but I aspire to write at her level!

The Belgian Reviewer asks 

what’s the name of the book that everybody seems to love but you? 


I really enjoyed Divergent, but I didn’t love it. It is a fun read though. 

what’s the book that nobody seems to love, but you?


I adore this book! Most people either love it or hate it, but mostly people dislike it. Something about this book makes me love it and I am not ashamed!
Whimsically Meghan asks 
What’s your favourite colour? 


Tardis blue! This color is so beautiful and I wish I saw it as an official color!

Follow up: Do you think you read books based on your favourite colour being the on the cover?

I wish there were books with tardis blue on the cover! I don’t ever see it, but I’d definitely buy one with it! 

That’s all for the questions! 

Thank you all so much for being here. This journey has been one of so much hope and happiness for me. I hope all the best for all of you. Much love, stay safe, and stay awesome! All you do means the world to me. 

As always, let me know your thoughts in the comments!! What do you think I should do for my next milestone? Your thoughts are always very much appreciated!

-Till next time!

The Resistance United in Love: A Review

The Resistance United in Love By Many Authors 

My Rating: 5 stars!

Publisher: Amalie Silver 

Published: February 20th, 2017

Received: Netgalley provided an e-copy in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon

We the people

Will not be silenced

Our voices are important.
We the people 

Will not be pushed aside

We will be seen

Our numbers are more than you know.
We the people

Will make a difference 

We will hold the government accountable 

Our empathy is not a weakness.
In these turbulent times we the people will stand together in the face of hate knowing we are all equal, and every life matters.

We the people are The Resistance, United in Love
Authors coming together to write a collection of poems and essays that reflect our views on what has happened and our hopes for the future.
This work is not affiliated with any political party. 
100% of the proceeds will be donated to the ACLU 
The Resistance and its authors are independent entities and not affiliated with the ACLU or any political party. 

Musings: 

I read this book in a couple hour long single sitting. This book was too necessary and too pertinent to ignore. I could not stop myself once I began and it was for very good reason. 

The essays and poems in this collection took every argument I ever had against the current POTUS and condensed it all into a beautiful neat little book. The authors that contributed to this story outlined my fears, tugged at my heartstrings, and raised me up in my hopes. For the sake of equality, our rights as a human being, and for the plea for compassion, I beg of you please read this book. 

There were stories that broke me. Poems that gave me chills. People that came together in order to speak out about the wrongdoings that have prevailed in our country since November 9th, and let’s all face it for years and years prior when we immagrated to America and tortured and killed Native Americans to stake claim on a land that was never meant to be ours. 

America is a country built by the hands of imagrants. That is a fact that I feel many purposely forget. Our country needs to remember its roots and to think about why it is not something we should ever want to go back to. Our culture was built across the heated backs of slaves. Our children born by mothers that had no say. Our rights fought for by suffragists and civil rights groups that knew that what was happening every single day was not ok and must be fought against. 

When our President says Make America Great Again, I ask when was America truly great. What point in our history should we go back to? I cannot stand back and see our world crumble back to a time where any human could be physically attacked just for there color of skin. I cannot stand down when our country reverts back to a time where people died because they were different from ourselves and that made us afraid. I cannot let this go and so I implore you to take a look at this book and read its words and think to yourself weather or not you truly believe that the man that is standing in our highest office today, is truly the type of man we want running our country. 

Will you stand down or will you rise up and resist?
A huge thank you to the writers of The Resistance United in Love: Danielle Allen, Dylan Allen, JC Andrijeski, Megan Benjamin Evans, Elizabeth Burgess, Deborah Cunningham Burst, Emme Burton, M.C. Cerny, Selene Chardou, S. Simone Chavous, T. Thorn Coyle, Sarah M. Cradit, Ella Dominguez, Nicole Falls, John Gregory Hancock, Bayli Lane, Robin Lee, Olivia Linden, Grant Miller, Harper Miller, Morgan Jane Mitchell, C. Ricketts, Katherine Rhodes, Kimberly Rose, Amalie Silver, M. Stratton, Leslie Claire Walker, and Zoe York.

Your words give me hope. 



Thank you all for reading! I hope you enjoyed this review. This post definitely became well more intense than I previously intended for it to be, but with the accusation against Obama wiretapping the orange’s Oval Office this morning has made me a bit livid. No matter who you are or what you believe I ask you to read this book. We must not forget who we are as a country and I do not want to live in a place that is moving so far backwards so quickly. Thank you again and let me know your thoughts in the comments. Even if you disagree I want to hear about it, I’m always curious as to why, but I do not want to see any hate. You won’t get any from me and so I expect the same Courtesy and respect from you. 

-Till next time!

Book Inspired Poetry # 1


There is no one more powerful then you 

You change yourself by your words 

Sculpt your body by your actions 

Your mind is yours to evolve 

Healing born from some inner strength

That just won’t leave you alone 

Your pain has healed you 

It’s made you see 

It’s given you ground

You’ve survived through it all

Every person who tried to hurt you

Can no longer touch you now 

You are a warrior 

An amazing warrior 

And your soul will never let you completely crumble 

At your worst you were stronger then steel 

Making it to your best has made you invisible 

You have so many parts 

Jagged and protruding 

They might not seem to quite fit right 

But when you are truly seen it’s a thing of beauty

You define who you are 

Be kind to yourself 

There is no greater hero for you but you 

Thanks for reading! 

What do you think of having more book inspired poetry? I was sifting through ideas and thought that a series of these would be fun to do. Let me know what you think of it in the comments. 

-Till next time!

A Conversation


Tell me, 

Who told you these lies? 

You know, 

More than anyone else ever could. 

Who hurt you so deeply you can’t even look up?

It was her, I told you before didn’t I? I hurt her first, its not her fault. 

What happened? 

Pain happened. Right place wrong time. My mind was cloudy, I thought it was her! 

What went wrong?

Everything and nothing. That girl was hurt I held her, she kissed me, I let her, it’s all my fault. 

And after? 

There was yelling, she… she never listened you know? H-how could I ever know.. I didn’t want it to end the way it did. 

What now?

I don’t know. How could I? I thought I loved her, I know now I was wrong. 

Why are you crying? 

I miss her, s-she stabbed me and I still miss her, nothing can be done now. 

It wasn’t your fault. 

……

…. 

… 

..

.

I’m sorry, Goodbye. 



Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed, I would love to hear what you make of this. 

-Till next time!


My Anthem


This nation needs to band together 

Hand and hand 

Skin to skin 

There is no difference in our hearts 

Just taught hatred 

And hundreds of years of false memories 

Our anger has created our pain 

We must mold that anger 

Turn it to love 

We must change our hearts 

To see that those before us 

Are here with us trying to be 

There is no reason for envy

No reason for bitterness 

No reason to raise your hands against another 

There is no race 

This is no orientation 

Nothing in death 

We have created this filters in living 

Built our brains to see our difference 

I am white so black must be wrong 

No, that is wrong 

I was born in the world to see that because I am human, I can appreciate all color 

Because color is beautiful 

Our hearts are beautiful 

Let us not wallow in our pains 

This world was not built to be against us 

I choose to put my heart with yours 

Because I know this world is not meant for this self-destruction 

Our history is one of war

Our present is one of both hardship, suffering, and an artists hope

Don’t let our future be in ashes 

This is my soul before you 

My true passion 

And my dream 

Will your soul your beating heart beat with mine 

Or will you remain silent or choose to be blind in anger 

We can make our lives better 

This is not the time for silence 

Sing out and sing proud together in harmony 

Because as the grating sound of clashing voices is ugly and painful 

Our voices flowing together can make this world beautiful 

/ Thank you for reading, I hope you take these words to heart. I had another post planned for today, but I was once again reminded that there is something greater that needed to be said. My poetry is my medium to raise my voice. I would hope that you do what you can to raise yours too. Whatever you care about, whatever your passions, please speak out. Let our hearts beat together. Praise be and stay beautiful, inside and out. 

-Till next time 

Miranda Sings Award


Azia, thank you so much for nominating me for this award. This sort of this tugs at my heart, because it is always so easy to be negative towards yourself at times and it’s so important to step back and feel happy for the good. Read Azia’s post here!

The Rules: 

  • Announce your win with a post, and link the blogger who nominated you.
  • Include the featured image on your blog post.
  • Nominate 10 bloggers (or as many as you can think of) and link your awardees in the post. 
  • List 7 things you love about yourself. (This can be about your appearance, your personality, your achievements, etc.)
  • Don’t use negative connotation (i.e. Don’t say things like – “I’m prettier than an average person.” or “People have told me I’m smart.” You are pretty. You are smart.)

Things I love about myself: 

  1. My ability to believe even when it is difficult. My biggest strength is that even when I am at my lowest, I get mad at myself and snap out it. I continue to believe that things will get better and they always do. Everything comes to an end at one point or another. I try not to hold on to negative emotions as much as possible. 
  2. My eyes, I love my eyes. They are honestly my favorite attribute of myself. They change colors dependig on the lighting from grey to blue to green. Once I was told by a friend that one eye was green and one eye was blue, and I was so shocked and happy. I find my changing eye color to be pretty cool!
  3. I love my love for diversity. I believe that all cultures should be celebrated and respected and that in the end we all bleed the same, and we all have the same basic troubles. All humans are beautiful, and I will fight for that truth till the day I die. 
  4. I love my clumsiness. It may be emabarassing at times, but it is part of who I am. It has been cause for so much laughter and it shows that as much as I try to be tough, I am still human and it is nothing to be ashamed of. 
  5. I love that despite my clumsiness I never fall when I trip. The amount of times I trip would probably be an amazing feat in itself, but I never fall. (For ex. I used to ice skate when I was younger and there was this huge guy in hokey gear that ran into me and I surprisingly didn’t fall.) this god sent gift has probably saved my and my dogs life more than once. (The amount of times I have tripped on my dog Gypsy is ridiculous, ‘sorry Gypsy’)
  6. My fierce loyalty and protectiveness. I would do anything and everything to protect those I care about no matter what. 
  7. My love of reading! I love that I love to read, it has made my life so much better and it helps you to understand and get exposed to so many wonderful and unique things. Reading is one of my greatest joys!

My amazing nominees: 

Blame it on Chocolate
Perfection in Books
Ya and Wine
Melting Pots and other Calamities
The Little Reading Blog
Brilliantly Bookish
Lil Book Lovers
Royal Reader
Cuppa N’ Critiques
Book Shelves and Biros
The Book Thief without Words
Ellie’s Bookshelf

Thank you all for reading. What I really want to do is nominate everyone of you that reads this. We all need to participate in the act of self-love and while I did find this post difficult to write, I found it therapeutic. Let me know your thoughts and I hope that you will participate in this award sometime soon!

Continue to be the amazing human beings that you all are. 

-Till next time!

Falling into you 


There is something about when you look at someone and you know that no matter what they can always make you feel inside

There’s something about that tightening in your chest that lets you know that as long as your with them, everything will be ok

There’s something about being alone, not knowing who you will someday love that both breaks and heals your heart 

There is something about the waiting, the waiting that you give up on until your heart hits you like a train filled with feeling

There is something about you, the man I have yet to meet, that makes me blush and wish are worlds would collide sooner 

There’s something in this universe that makes us wait, makes us grow until the time crashes by and you’ll be there

There’s something about imagining what it would be like, to hold you, to laugh with you, the long slow happy process of falling for you

There’s something about the not knowing, have I ever seen you before? I hope we were young and we shared a smile

There is something about this universe, the time will come and when it does I hope I’ll be ready, ready to give my heart to you

One day we will find each other, it hasn’t happened yet, but right now, we are separated by blurry glass, one day it will clear, one day it will disappear, and nothing will keep me from falling into you

Thank you for reading! I hope you enjoyed this little piece of my heart. Let me know your thoughts in the comments. 

-Till next time!