Book Club: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

Book Club: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo

The Way You Make Me Feel

By Maurene Goo

Published August 2018

I borrowed this book from my local library’s young adult section. Get a library card and use it!

This review may include spoilers. I don’t do “number” or “star” ratings because I think those systems are arbitrary and vague.

The first half gave me the warm and fuzzies about friendship, the second half made me kick my feet and squeal like a teenager because it was so cute!

First of all, this book was Continue reading “Book Club: The Way You Make Me Feel by Maurene Goo”

My Favorite Things About Winter

My Favorite Things About Winter

I hope everyone is as excited for the new year as I am!

As I promised in My Favorite Things About Fall post, I am blogging about my favorite things about winter.

I love winter, it’s my favorite time of the year and there are so many reasons why. I included my top five in this list so this post didn’t become a 30 page essay on why I love winter. Without further ado, let’s get into it. Continue reading “My Favorite Things About Winter”

My Thoughts on Christmas

My Thoughts on Christmas

I love winter, but I’ve never really loved Christmas. I find Christmas movies obnoxious and Christmas music grating like nails on a chalkboard. I hate red and green together, and the insane consumerism surrounding at least America’s Christmas is absurd. To say I can’t stand Christmas is an understatement. I still feel this way about all things stated above, but I’m learning to adapt Christmas to my needs and expectations and avoiding all other versions.

I haven’t been excited about Christmas in a long time. I used to be excited because it was a break from school and gifts were fun. Now, I dread the holiday season and can’t stand receiving gifts or the overwhelming onslaught of “Christmas cheer.” Continue reading “My Thoughts on Christmas”

Why it Should be Okay to be an “Attention Seeker”

Why it Should be Okay to be an “Attention Seeker”

In all types of writing (except technical) we are told to use an “attention grabber” or a “hook.” These are generally the title of a piece of writing or the very first sentence the audience reads (or hears in oral presentations). We are not only told to do this, we are taught how to do this. We are told to use “shocking” statements, tell the reader something they don’t know, or say something controversial.

Why is it okay to seek attention in our writing, but not for ourselves?

I have heard these two phrases all my life from so many people, “Wow, they must need a lot of attention”, and “They are just an attention seeker.”

Why is being an attention seeker perceived as a negative thing? Why can I be an attention seeker in my writing but not in my life? Why do we shame and resent people who need more or a different kind of attention than we do?

Humans are social animals and we need attention. Those of us that don’t get enough or haven’t gotten enough, crave or seek it out, maybe even from strangers.

The problem with using the term “attention seeker” negatively is that

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