We Are All Stories (a poem)

“In the end, we’ll all become stories” ~Margaret Atwood

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We Are All Stories (a poem)

We are all stories

Sitting idly on shelves

Waiting for someone to see

Beyond our hardback shells

To get lost in our pages

In which they find themselves 

 

To memorise our every word 

Like their favourite song

With their names written in empty pages

So in our stories they belong

 

To know that the pressed flowers that live between our pages

Are equal parts beauty

And equal parts wild

And to love all parts equally anyway

For that is what makes our stories alive

~ u.h

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Three Day Lyrical Challenge #Day 3

Tagged by Vinny for this one and its been such a blast to do it although, I probably could easily give you guys a whole playlist of my favourite songs. Right, onto the rules!

Rules:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers.

I have to say, for this final song there were some seriously good contenders, and hopefully if I ever get the chance to do this tag again I can add them in there. However, the song I’m choosing for my thrid and final day of the lyrical challenge tag is, Heart Like Yours by the Williamstones, which up until recently I didn’t realise was a fictional band from the movie If I Stay. The movie is based on a novel of the same name and they are both equally as touching and heartbreaking. So as well as a song recommendation you also get a book recommendation! 🙂

I feel like I don’t have to explain the lyrics of the song as its pretty much a typical self explanatory love song. The type of song you listen to whether you’re in love or not because its just so beautiful, in sound and in lyrics. And just for a moment, you imagine it’s sung to you (no,just me then?) 😂 Anyway, as usual I digress!

“Heart Like Yours”
(from “If I Stay” soundtrack)

Breathe deep, breathe clear
Know that I’m here
Know that I’m here
Waitin’

Stay strong, stay gold
You don’t have to fear
You don’t have to fear
Waitin’

I’ll see you soon
I’ll see you soon

How could a heart like yours
Ever love a heart like mine?
How could I live before?
How could I have been so blind?

You opened up my eyes
You opened up my eyes

Sleep sound, sleep tight
Here in my mind
Here in my mind
Waitin’

Come close, my dear
You don’t have to fear
You don’t have to fear
Waitin’

I’ll see you soon
I’ll see you soon

How could a heart like yours
Ever love a heart like mine?
How could I live before?
How could I have been so blind?

You opened up my eyes
You opened up my eyes

Hold fast hope
All your love is all I’ve ever known

Hold fast hope
All your love is all I’ve ever known

How could a heart like yours
Ever love a heart like mine?
How could I live before?
How could I have been so blind?

You opened up my eyes
You opened up my eyes

You opened up my eyes
You opened up my eyes

 

Three Day Lyrical Challenge #Day 2

I was tagged by the wonderful Vinny, who I have to say, has some pretty awesome music taste 😉 You guys should definitely go check out her blog! Now, onto the rules of the tag:

THE RULES:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers.

My song for today is Waves by Dean Lewis. I was listening to an interview he did where he explained the meaning of Waves and how it’s about that excitement and zest for life you once had can dissipating as you grow older. Sometimes when we’re no longer in our youth we automatically assume that means we can no longer be youthful, we can no longer be carefree or live our lives with the same passion and fervour  we once had. The lyrics are easy for nearly anyone to connect to so thats why I chose it for this tag… that and also the fact that Lewis has an amazing voice. His sound and voice can be likened to Ed Sheeran though I think he still manages to have a distinctive quality about him. Okay, that’s enough of my ramblings. Onto the raw and profound lyrics!

“Waves”
There is a swelling storm
And I’m caught up in the middle of it all
And it takes control
Of the person that I thought I was
The boy I used to know

But there is a light
In the dark
And I feel its warmth
In my hands
In my heart
Why can’t I hold on

It comes and goes in waves
It always does
It always does
We watch as our young hearts fade
Into the flood
Into the flood

And freedom
And falling
The feeling I thought was set in stone
It slips through my fingers
Trying hard to let go
It comes and goes in waves
It comes and goes in waves
And carries us away

Through the wind
Down to the place we used to lay when we were kids
Memories of a stolen place
Caught in the silence
An echo lost in space

It comes and goes in waves
It always does
It always does
We watch as our young hearts fade
Into the flood
Into the flood

And freedom
And falling
The feeling I thought was set in stone
It slips through my fingers
Trying hard to let go
It comes and goes in waves
It comes and goes in waves
And carries us away

I watched my wild youth disappear in front of my eyes
Moments of magic and wonder
It seems so hard to find
Is it ever coming back again
Is it ever coming back again
Take me back to the feeling when
Everything was left to find

It comes and goes in waves
It always does
It always does

And freedom
And falling
The feeling I thought was set in stone
It slips through my fingers
Trying hard to let go
It comes and goes in waves
It comes and goes in waves
And carries us away

 

Three Day Lyrical Challenge #Day 1

I was tagged by the lovely Vinny for this. Narrowing my favourite songs down to three is tough but I definitely am up for the challenge. I’m going to try and base my top 3 favourite songs by their lyrics so lets get to it!

Rules Of This Tag:

  1. Thank the person who nominated you.
  2. Share one of your favorite song/lyrics one at a time for three days.
  3. Nominate three other bloggers each day.

My first choice of song is Shallow by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper which is most noteably known for being in the movie A Star Is Born which they both starred in. Vinny’s first choice of song was A Million Reasons also by Lady Gaga (which is also an amazing song) which is what  reminded me Shallow and how incredible she sounds in it. Not to mention the lyrics of the song that captures two people from  different worlds who are connected by their sense of not feeling as though they belong and it just does it so beautifully.

[Bradley Cooper:]
Tell me somethin’ girl
Are you happy in this modern world?
Or do you need more?
Is there somethin’ else you’re searchin’ for?I’m falling
In all the good times I find myself longin’ for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

[Lady Gaga:]
Tell me something boy
Aren’t you tired tryin’ to fill that void?
Or do you need more?
Ain’t it hard keeping it so hardcore?

I’m falling
In all the good times I find myself longing for change
And in the bad times I fear myself

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

[Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper:]
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We’re far from the shallow now

[Lady Gaga:]
Wooaaaah
Woaaaaaaaaaaah

I’m off the deep end, watch as I dive in
I’ll never meet the ground
Crash through the surface, where they can’t hurt us
We’re far from the shallow now

[Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper:]
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
In the shallow, shallow
We’re far from the shallow now

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I’d love to tag mycoffetimewithgod mostly because I’m certain I will know at least what one of her choices will be 😉 I also tag thebookprescription and poeticallyyours360

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets Book Review

Harry Potter & The Chamber Of Secrets Book Review

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Genre: Fantasy

Rating:  ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Favourite Quotes From The Book:

“The Chamber Of Secrets had been opened. Enemies of the heir, beware.” 

“Azkaban – the wizard prison, Goyle.” said Malfoy, looking at him in disbelief. “Honestly, if you were any slower, you’d be going backward.”

“Gilderoy Lockhart, Order of Merlin, Third Class, Honorary Member of the Dark Force Defense League, and five times winner of Witch Weekly’s Most Charming Smile Award. But I don’t talk about that; I didn’t get rid of the Banden Banshee by smiling at him.” 

“Yes, yes, I know what you’re thinking! ‘It’s all right for him, he’s an internationally famous wizard already!’ But when I was twelve, I was just as much of a nobody as you are now. In fact, I’d say I was even more of a nobody! I mean, a few people have heard of you, haven’t they? All that business with He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named!” He glanced at the lightning scar on Harry’s forehead. “I know, I know — it’s not quite as good as winning Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award five times in a row, as I have — but it’s a start, Harry, it’s a start.” 

“When in doubt go to the library.”

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.”

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Where to begin, ey? The obvious answer to that would be the beginning so I’ll start there.

The story starts off with Harry having a mostly uneventful summer filled with boredom and passive aggressiveness from the Durselys. That it is the case until Harry stumbles upon a house elf, Dobby, who warns Harry (much to the detriment of his physical wellbeing) of the strange and dangerous happenings that are going on in Hogwarts and pleads with Harry not to return there. Does Harry Potter heed Dobby’s warning? Of course he bloody doesn’t! 

Dobby’s predictions seemed to have come true as a few students at the wizardry school (and Mrs Norris) mysteriously turn to stone, and with an ominous message written on the wall it seems that theres a dark magic brewing in Hogwarts and its up to Harry Potter to solve it.

I absolutely loved book two and dare I say a slight bit more than book one (which I didn’t think could be possible). Surprisingly, this book had me laughing at loud in more places than once and yes, that was mostly due to the brash and slightly self-obsessed new Defence Against The Dark Arts professor, Gilderoy Lockhart (who was also a five time winner of Witch Weekly’s Most-Charming-Smile Award, but he never really makes mention of it in the book). I know the ending of Chamber Of Secrets makes it highly unlikely that he’ll return throughout the rest of the series but I can still hope! 

Honestly, the whole plot with Tom Riddle and his diary had me hooked and there were definitely twists and turns in this book that had me off guard. Although the Harry Potter series are technically classified as children’s fiction I feel like the world in which Rowling creates is so immersive it transgresses any age category. I’m also glad that my little sister is experiencing the whole magical journey of Harry Potter too (she’s halfway through Philosopher’s Stone at the moment and she told me Hermione is her favourite character which definitely makes me proud) 😊

What I’d like to know from any of you who have read the series (or watched the movies even) who your favourite character is.  Hope you guys have a great week! I’m currently battling the flu *sniffles* 🤒

Sun & Heir (a poem)

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I am not the sun

The earth does not revolve around me

 I am just a match

Compared to an ever growing inferno

Instead I am the moon

A pretty backdrop against a ‘starry night’ 

‘To the moon and back’ they say

But my dreams travel further than that 

Beyond the realms of my universe and me

To reach other planets and other people

No, I am not just the moon

I am an eclipse waiting to happen

A spark from a match 

That ignites not fires

But stars and whole galaxies

 ~ u.h

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I wrote this old thing when I was 17 (I think) and well, it made a whole lot more sense back then 😂  the picture at the top was some random (and very messy) scrapbooking I did for the poem and it was really fun to use my artistic (I use the term artistic very loosely) side.

 

Mystery Blogger Award

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The Mystery Blogger Award was created by Okoto Enigma and is nominated to those who upload blog posts that are passionate, inspiring, and just overall a downright pleasure to read. Thats why I’m one part baffled but another part honoured that I was nominated for this. I feel like this is the part where I should probably thank my family and friends whilst pretending to hold an Oscar (you know, just for dramatic effect). 

In all seriousness, I want to say a big thank you to Vinny aka The Sassy Library Fox for nominating me for this award. I’m pretty new to this whole blogging thing but to have the support of such a lovely and talented (I mean, her poems are pretty amazing) human being means a lot so a bajillion thank yous to Vinny! 😊

The Rules:

  • Put the award logo/image on your blog
  • List the rules.
  • Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well
  • Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  • You have to nominate 10 – 20 people
  • Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify)
  • Share a link to your best post(s)

Now, here’s the part where I have to write three interesting facts about myself. Hmmm….

  1. Well, I guess I should start with something that you’d eventually figure out if you ever met me in real life and that is I am extremely clumsy. I’d say I have the same amount of elegance as a giraffe on roller skates, and as you can imagine thats not a lot. 
  2. I’m a sentimentalist meaning I love most things cheesy so sorry to anyone whose lactose intolerant 😬
  3. Like Vinny, I love spending time with my family.

Vinny’s Questions:

1Q.Who is your favourite book side character? (I know we all have them! XD)

1A.A pretty unoriginal one but since I’m currently reading the series it has to be most of the side characters from the Harry Potter series. They’re just golden!

2Q.A quote you love and know by heart?

2A.It has to be this poem I stumbled across on Pintrest called ‘Along The Road’ by Robert Browning Hamlet. I just thought it was simple yet so poignant.

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3Q.What is the most amazing place you’ve ever been to?

3A.Honestly, I haven’t really travelled a lot so its hard to say. I did go to the Lake District this summer and the Buttermere Lake in particular and the mountains surrounding it was pretty breathtaking.

 

 

4Q.If you could jump right into a movie or book and act as a character in there which one would it be? (That’s supposed to be the weird question… >_<)

4A.I would have to say at this current moment probably Laia from An Ember In The Ashes and thats only because, despite her bravery, what she did towards the end of the book was kinda… questionable and I’ll leave it at that haha.

5Q.What’s your idea of a perfect day? (I’m already curious about the answers to that one! *lol*)

5A.Without giving an obvious answer (like reading lol) I would have to say a perfect day would be sitting with my family and playing a game of Headbanz, which basically consists of holding up a card to your forehead and guessing what you are based on that card (being an animal is always a treat) 😑

My Best Post…

This one is also a toughie haha, but I’d have to say my…

 💫 Therapy Session Poems

The People I Nominate:

@thebookprescription

@poeticallyyours360 

@writingmyheartout25 

@may

@hollandraewriting

@amermaid’stale

@The Sassy Library Fox (you don’t have to do this again but thought you deserved to be nominated twice)!

@tangledlights

@bitchslappingcancerz

And lastly, my absolute favourite person in the world

@mycoffeetimewithgod

My 5 Questions:

  1. What is a book villain you love to hate? 
  2. What is one destination in the world that you’d love to go?
  3. What is one of your biggest fears? (it can be as silly or serious as you like)
  4. Would you rather always talk in rhyme or sing instead of speak? 
  5. If you were on death row what would you want your last meal to be? (I’m especially curious to see some of the answers for this one)

This was super fun to do and congratulations to anyone whose been nominated ❤️