New Stephen King Book

Woot woot!! Is anyone else as excited about Stephen King’s latest book, that also happens to be the sequel to The Shining? I have grown up reading and loving Stephen King and my parents have bought all his books. As soon as I heard about this book I got so excited and amazed. The Shining was one of my favourite books by him, and if anyone hasn’t read it, stop what you are doing, get in your car and drive to the nearest book store 😛 It really is a great movie. Don’t watch the movie instead of reading the book too because there are a lot of differences and the book is way better.(Isn’t that always the case?)

The Quotes We Love

Book Quotes are one of my favourite things about reading, to put it simply. The sayings that you can relate to, that stick with you, and keep you going. I bet you can think of one right now as your reading this, cant you? Characters in books are some of the wisest people that come straight from the authors endless mind of knowledge. Quotes speak to us, the reach out through the pages, grab our attention, pull us in and keep us. It tells you what you really took out of the book, what you learned and what you liked. Throughout every book that I read, I have started making note of any quotes that I really like, and sometimes coming back to them. Some quotes are funny and make you laugh and others are perfectly philosophical. The possibilities for quotes and things you take from books are endless and those are the main things that stay with us when we read the last page and close the cover. I have many many favourite quotes (I am a bit of a quote junkie) and I’ll share a couple of mine, just because it’s my blog and I can, so I hope you find these really cool c:

“But you could argue that there is something tragically heroic about fighting this battle he is doomed to loose. Is this hope a kind of insanity, or the very definition of humanness?”

This is a quote from Paper Towns by John Green. I absolutely love this quote. I find it to be completely true, that fighting battles that we are doomed to lose is what humans do, it really is the definition of humanness. When you really think about it, at least for me, everything about this quote just speaks out to me in truth. The tragically beautiful description of human nature.

“I think she’s magic”

“You think everything’s magic, stupid girl.”

“Well, everything is.”

This quote is from Wicked by Gregory Maguire. This book is wonderfully amazing, and filled with so many great quotes that I wouldn’t have time to type them all out and without giving anything of the plot and idea away. I really love this quote because to me the world is filled with magic. Good and bad magic, yes but everything is magical if you make it out to be so. I think its wonderful how some people have not seen enough of the bad things in the world to deep in their hearts truly believe that good magic is in everything. Its a beautiful thought.

These are just two quotes in my great expanse that I have collected over time and pages, Someday I will try to make an electronic copy of these and post them for you dearest readers of mine. If you have any quotes that you love, please don’t be shy and share them, I love hearing new quotes. Keep Reading c:

Banned Books

I find it so strange, that in a country that is founded and dependent on the rights of it citizens, can so blatantly defy the freedom of speech by banning countless books. There are many books out in the world that are banned from being sold or rented from libraries, schools, and public places all around the United States because their content is too sexual, has racial slurs, or for a number of other reasons. This saddens me greatly, to see and think that peoples hard work isn’t being allowed to be sold because people want to shelter others and delay the inevitable. To make matters worse, there are many very good and classic books that have been banned or highly challenged through out the country. Many books that should be read by people and have no business being shamed and tossed aside, simply over some people disagreeing with it’s message or content. So I have decided to make it my duty to read and review these tossed aside books, and let them be heard as the good literature that they are. You would be amazed at what famous books are banned or challenged in the US, here are some surprising and famous ones.

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1.) Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
Reason: Uses racial slurs
This book is an amazing American classic, that has been read and admired for centuries. It is a well written, engaging story that many have loved. If you yourself haven’t read the book, ask your parents and I bet that they have. I loved the book and I’m still in high school. This makes me so sad a great book such as this is being banned.

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2.) Looking For Alaska
Reason: Discusses underage drug consumption
This book, I mention here because I previously reviewed it on a blog post earlier last month. This astounds me that this book would be banned, this book is well written, teaches lessons, and teens can easily relate to the hardships encountered.

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3.) Harry Potter
Reason: Magic is condoned as demon work by the bible
HARRY POTTER, COME ON PEOPLE! This is by far one of the best books that I have ever read and people are not allowed to in some places? I am beyond words angry at this, because of the amazing messages that it shows and the lessons you learn, and just the amazing story and book in general. This is a rant worthy for a blog post of its own.

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4.) A Wrinkle In Time
Reason: Mentions of sorcery and science fictions against Christian Faith
I had read this book in middle school, and I absolutely loved it! It is a well written classic that gives an amazing look at things, and it should be read by everybody in my opinion. Just thinking about it makes me want to reread it. It is an injustice to society to ban this book.

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5.) Perks of Being a Wallflower
Reason: Mentions drugs, alcohol, sex, homosexuality, and abuse
This is a very popular book, that was actually just made into a movie and is admired by many teenagers across the world. It is an amazing book, that I personally could relate to and never even considered it to be in anyway a book worthy of being banned and obscene.

These are just five of the thousands of books that are banned from places around the world. I’d like to raise awareness of the tragedy that is being done by not allowing people to read these amazing books just simply because they offend someone. If we are banning offensive books, I’d like to ban my history book from my school because it discusses the wrongs done to Native Americans, and myself being Native American, it hurts me. Just because one groups beliefs go against what the author is saying doesn’t meant that it is a bad book and deserved to be kept from everyone’s eyes. So I will start my campaign to read banned books to spread awareness, please join everybody?

The list that I used can be found here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_most_commonly_challenged_books_in_the_United_States

Salsa Chicken

Hello, all! Happy Tuesday! It has been a long week already and it is only the second day, I tell you. Well it’s the first day of October, yayyy! The month where fall officially starts, leaves change colours, and Halloween is on it’s way. In the near future I do hope to make some Halloween deserts that I have found, I am very excited to try them and share them. Although this post is about a different recipe that I recently found. My parents anniversary was last Wednesday, and my present to them was cooking them a special dinner, partly because I’m too broke to buy them dinner. So after perusing the wonderfulness that is Pinterest (common theme, right?), I found an awesome looking recipe for salsa chicken, and so I went to work. The recipe that I decided to use is from KitchMe and you can find it online here —–> http://www.kitchme.com/recipes/salsa-chicken-3-ww-points?invite=27wm

This is actually a really easy and simple recipe that seems a lot classier and complicated than it really is, I would highly recommend it. I got wonderful reviews from my parents, thankfully. Here is a basic copy of the recipe and instructions:

6 oz boneless skinless boneless, skinless chicken breast, halves
3⁄4 cup salsa
1⁄2 cup green onion, sliced
1⁄4 cup parmesan cheese, grated

Directions
1.Preheat oven to 350*F.
2.Place chicken in an 11 × 7-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spoon salsa evenly over chicken; top with green onions. Sprinkle with cheese.
3.Cover and bake for 30 minutes.
4.Uncover and bake an additional 10 minutes or until chicken is done.
5.Serve with hot cooked rice or baked potatoes.

I adapted this recipe slightly and experimented a little to make it have a little more flavor. I decided to sprinkle taco seasoning over the chicken also to make it have a bit of a kick. That is an optional seasoning, but I thought that it was really good. So you begin with the basic ingredients like so.

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Than as the directions state, you preheat the oven and get your pan ready by spraying a nonstick spray on it. Now if you decided to add the taco seasoning like I did, just grab a spoon and lightly sprinkle the seasoning on both sides of the chicken, BOTH SIDES, before you put the chicken in your cooking pan. Than you can put the salsa on the chicken. I used about 1/3 of my jar of salsa by grabbing a spoon and spooning the salsa on the chicken. Than you can put the chicken in, and set the timer.

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Now for the sides to my dinner I chose to make garlic bread from Hy-Vee, mashed potato’s, and vegetables. Garlic bread it pretty simple to make, the one that I got came in a big loaf and you just cut it in slices, put them on a pan, and put butter and a bit of garlic on them, and in the oven for about 10 minutes they go. Mashed potato’s and microwaveable broccoli are pretty basic also, reading packages and such. So now the finised product.

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The dinner looked and smelled delicious and I got great reviews from my parents so I am assuming they liked it! It was really fun to make and I would do it again in a heartbeat and hope that maybe I will be allowed to make dinner in the future now. Well I’d love to hear any suggestions or comments! Keep cooking, all! Happy October 1st c:

P.S.- If anyone finds any recipies for Halloween treats or related foods that they would recommend and like to share with me, I would be in your debt! Thank you! c: