Cutting the Cancer Out

Take the knife,

slide it across the flesh,

reach inside and

cut the cancer out.

Reach inside and

cut out the “I hate you’s” the

“I don’t love you’s” and the

black masses that are taking over your heart,

your soul, your light.

Cutting the cancer out,

Escaping from the past and never looking back,

Smashing the looking glass and

hoping for the best.

Separate yourself from the evil,

remove that empty feeling, creeping through your body.

Don’t turn around and don’t stop now.

Because

Once you’ve started,

you simply can’t go back.

A Revelation Like No Other

One day, she opened her eyes

and everything made sense.

The tossing and turning, endless nights spent

battling demons she had no clue

existed.

That’s when she learned,

the monsters weren’t in her closet,

they weren’t under her bed or hiding behind the shower curtain.

They walked among her,

silently lurking,

waiting for just the right moment to

attack.

“Get Out” and Racism

Recently, I watched the movie Get Out. Not to ruin the movie for anyone, the gist of it is that an African American man is going to meet his Caucasian girlfriend’s family for the first time. Upon arrival, he notices that the African Americans working for the family are acting a little strange and so ensues a series of unfortunate events. However, the real message behind this movie is that racism is alive and well, and this movie throws it in your face unapologetically.

This movie makes you feel uncomfortable, angry, confused, and ultimately horrified at the way the African American and his cohorts are treated. The plot twist will keep you hooked until the very end. However, let’s get back to the issue of racism.

In today’s society, we don’t like to throw the word “racist” around, or maybe we do. Racism is alive and, unfortunately, thriving. Racism is everywhere, if you look hard enough or even if you don’t. In this movie, we are shown the dehumanization, quite literally, of a race of people and seeing it at such an extreme level is definitely disconcerting, however, in reality we turn a blind eye to it.

Racism occurs even without us knowing it. For example, it takes a human just a few seconds to determine whether or not they like someone. And what are we first exposed to upon meeting someone? How they look, how they dress, how they greet us. Without actually being consciously aware of it, we are judging a person based on whether they look like someone we would want to associate with. Now while this may not be inherently racist, there is a high possibility that for some individuals, the color of someone else’s skin may determine whether or not that individual is someone they would want to associate with.

Racism occurs when the media portrays police brutality against African Americans and nobody else. Racism occurs when Kathy Griffin posts a picture holding a replica of Donald Trump’s head, severed and bloody, and the media is in outrage over it while Obama’s presidency was filled with posted videos of burning replicas of Obama, hanging from a noose. This is racism. Racism is when something that happened to one person is not reacted to in the same manner as something happening to another individual of  a different race.

Racism is interracial couples being ridiculed because their skin isn’t the same color. Racism is also proclaiming that “mixed babies are the best babies” (and yes, I have actually heard this come out of people’s mouths). How does the racial background of a baby make them any better or worse than a baby who is strictly one race? That’s right. It doesn’t.

Regardless, check this movie out. It’s been out of theaters for quite some time now so it should be easily accessible! Enjoy!

 

This Is Where it Ends

Alright guys! Book number 7 is officially done and it was a great read! “This is where it ends” is a well-written book by Marieke Nijkamp and just happens to be a New York Times bestseller. This is a book told by the perspective of 4 students dealing with an active shooter situation in their high school where “nothing bad ever happens”. The event comes as a shock to those involved and this story follows the journey and thoughts of 4 students at various times throughout the situation. Nijkamp writes in such a way that each character becomes extremely dynamic, taking risks and doing things that one wouldn’t expect them to do in a situation such as this.

The end is shocking, the trauma these students suffer is devastating and although it is a work of fiction, school shootings are a very real occurrence in today’s society. The story showcases how a normal day could turn into anything but in an instant, how people banding together can do more than just being an individual, the power of love, friendship, and family, and allows for some thoughts on how to prevent this from happening or if there is even a sure fire way of preventing violence on this kind of level.

Would 10/10 recommend for anyone who loves a page-turner.

 

 

The Butterfly Garden

Book number 6 in the Journey of 100 books in a year. This book, written by Dot Hutchison, was probably one of the most beautifully haunting books I’ve ever read. In short, this is a book that stems far beyond what it’s actual words are. It’s a story of captivity, loss of identity, conformity, and the beauty of life and death. Without giving too much away, this is about a man ,”The Gardner”, who “collects” young girls and keeps them in the Garden. He loves them in his own sadistic way and leads a complicated double life while his “butterflies” live hidden from the rest of the world. 

Definitely a must read if you’re looking for a page-turning thriller. Warning: some of the content is extremely disturbing so read at your own risk. Enjoy! 

100 Books in 365 Days

As an avid reader, I always made it a point to carve out time to read books outside of what I was made to read in school. Throughout middle school and high school this was completely feasible and not at all challenging to do.

Then I started college. While I still clung to my love of books, I found myself reading for enjoyment less and less as my work and school schedule became more and more hectic. Then, I received a Kindle for Christmas. While I’ve always been a firm believer in the idea that holding a physical book is much more ideal, the Kindle is amazing. As a commuting student, it’s so much more convenient and I have thousands of books at my fingertips in seconds. However, I still spend a good chunk of time (and money) in bookstores.

At the beginning of 2017, I made it my resolution to read 100 books in 365 days. While this may seem like a small amount, if you factor in work, school, and all the other responsibilities one has, this can actually be a little bit of a challenge. Currently, I am 3/4 of the way through my 7th book and decided to start sharing my opinions on each book. Which brings me to what this blog is about.

Simply put, if you love to read or are just looking for some recommendations, you’re in the right spot. Or if you just want to follow my year long book journey, that’s fine too!

Happy reading and well wishes!