Author: hope.s

Hi! I'm a 22 year old recent college graduate. I am currently writing part time for an inbound marketing company and doing secretarial work for another marketing company as I search for a full time job that I am passionate about. Mostly though I love to read and write, spending most of my free time imaginatively embodying Emily Dickinson. I'm also a dancer and lover of music, and one of my driving passions is to bring everything I love together (my profile picture is from a dance inspired by Willa Cather's "O Pioneer!").

Book Playlist: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand

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With this acclaimed work and its immortal query, “Who is John Galt?”, Ayn Rand found the perfect artistic form to express her vision of existence. Atlas Shrugged made Rand not only one of the most popular novelists of the century, but one of its most influential thinkers.

Atlas Shrugged is the astounding story of a man who said that he would stop the motor of the world–and did. Tremendous in scope, breathtaking in its suspense, Atlas Shrugged stretches the boundaries further than any book you have ever read. It is a mystery, not about the murder of a man’s body, but about the murder–and rebirth–of man’s spirit.

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Kids These Days – KONGOS

  • “Who is John Galt?”

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4 Book-y Places to Visit in London

My London trip is fast approaching, so I have been preparing a list of things I want to do while I’m there.

One thing I am particularly excited about with this trip is — because I’ve already been there twice and gotten some of the major touristy things out of the way (so to speak — I would gladly go to the Tower of London again because that was awesome! And I have yet to visit Hampton Court — ooops….) anyway… — going to some lesser known places and really focusing my destinations on books (because I love them).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books on my Spring TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature by The Broke and The Bookish. Each week has a new theme and you can participate however often you choose!

It has been a while since I’ve had the time (and dedication) to actually be up to date on my reading list. So, I’m excited to say that I actually have a lot of books I am looking forward to read this coming Spring.

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Life Update

My poor little blog has been rather neglected these past few months (and just as she was getting on her feet a bit). I am trying to prioritize her a little bit more; however, my life has been a bit of a whirlwind! So here are a few of my excuses and a little bit about what is going on with me!

  1. I decided to apply for grad school (*insert excited yet completely terrified shriek*). I had not originally planned to go back to school so soon, but through a variety of circumstances it became clear that this step is coming up now. So I am sending out applications and it is invigorating and nerve-wracking.
  2. I am trying to prioritize reading in my life and a healthier lifestyle in general. I was feeling pretty crappy so decided to take initiative and get myself back on track. That included less internet/screen time.
  3. Work. Yeah, that has to go in there somewhere. I was given a number of extra projects and I suppose money is important….
  4. LONDON! I am going to London in a few weeks to visit my bf and have been planning for the trip.
  5. Laziness. Yes, at heart I’ve just been lazy (lazy that is after working on grad school apps, reading, exercising, working, and planning…so I have a right to be a little bit lazy).

Anyway, that’s everything going on in my life! I hope to be posting a little more regularly again soon, especially in preparation for my trip!

 

Meanwhile, Oliver has been as sleepy as ever….

 

Book Playlist: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

From the author of the bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy, Dark Matter is a brilliantly plotted tale that is at once sweeping and intimate, mind-bendingly strange and profoundly human—a relentlessly surprising science-fiction thriller about choices, paths not taken, and how far we’ll go to claim the lives we dream of.

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War (Part 1) – Raury

  • “Is it possible to out-think yourself?”

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Book Playlist: The Revenant by Michael Punke

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The year is 1823, and the trappers of the Rocky Mountain Fur Company live a brutal frontier life. Trapping beaver, they contend daily with the threat of Indian tribes turned warlike over the white men’s encroachment on their land, and other prairie foes—like the unforgiving landscape and its creatures. Hugh Glass is among the Company’s finest men, an experienced frontiersman and an expert tracker. But when a scouting mission puts him face-to-face with a grizzly bear, he is viciously mauled and not expected to survive.

The Company’s captain dispatches two of his men to stay behind and tend to Glass before he dies, and to give him the respect of a proper burial. When the two men abandon him instead, taking his only means of protecting himself—including his precious gun and hatchet— with them, Glass is driven to survive by one desire: revenge.

With shocking grit and determination, Glass sets out crawling inch by inch across more than three thousand miles of uncharted American frontier, negotiating predators both human and not, the threat of starvation, and the agony of his horrific wounds. In Michael Punke’s hauntingly spare and gripping prose, The Revenant is a remarkable tale of obsession, the human will stretched to its limits, and the lengths that one man will go to for retribution.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Valentine’s Day Edition

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday – hosted by The Broke and the Bookish – is all about romance! Obviously….with Valentine’s Day this was a must. Everyone is thinking about love and romance (or lack thereof).

Now, everyone knows a couple that isn’t going to last. Maybe one, the other, or both individuals involved are immature; or maybe the circumstances aren’t right; or maybe they just aren’t well suited for each other; or maybe their family and friends are against the relationship….or countless other reasons. It’s just clear that the romance is doomed to fail.

There are a lot of these romances in literature too….so here are my top ten “doomed to fail” literary romances.

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