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A Book Written by Someone Under 30

More time has past and another book is under my belt in the 2015 Reading Challenge. I know it’s been a while, but don’t worry; I haven’t forgotten my resolution for this year. While the last book’s A Classic Romance took us into the beloved story of “Pride and Prejudice,” this novel turns to the opposite end of the spectrum. The only slight similarity is a common theme of love . . . and that’s about it. With Peter Stenson’s “Fiend,” it’s all about zombies and drugs. It’s like combining “Walking Dead” with “Breaking Bad” into a drug-fueled, brains-eating, edge of your seat, nail biting story of drug addicts in the apocalypse. Yeah, it’s kind of intense. But the novel also comes with some comedy (I mean they are high most of the time), a romantic connection you find yourself rooting for and the underlying power of just how difficult overcoming addictions can be. Knowing that Stenson comes from a background of past addiction, his description of what goes through the mind of an addict is not only believable but riveting. As someone who only recently got into zombie novel myself, this book may not be for everyone. But if you have a soft spot for bloody guts and end of the world plots, you should definitely give it a try. Continue reading A Book Written by Someone Under 30


Looking Back: Celebrating a Year of Blogging

Attention fellow bloggers, readers and fans — this Just a Little Bit of Clairity post is a significantly special one to me this week. Last year, I made a promise to myself to start a blog focusing on all things food, fiction and furnishings. I set out to share a plethora of recipes, DIY home projects and captivating books. And on March 4, I conquered my resolution of blogging for one year. No worries to my followers out there; I’m not about to lay the computer down and walk away. It’s been an incredible boost to my creative juices, allowing me to try things I would never imagine before. So in honor of this accomplishment, here’s a look back at some of my favorite and popular blog posts of the year.

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A Classic Romance

Apologies fellow bloggers for my delay in this next installment of the 2015 Reading Challenge. Time seemed to get away from me this month, which makes sense since it’s the shortest month of the year. But fear not as I’ve finally completed another book on my long list of categories. If you’ve been following my challenge, you’ll remember my latest “Jurassic Park” post with A Book That Came Out the Year You Were Born. However, this next theme takes a complete 180 in its subject matter: the classic romance. I meant to post this closer to Valentine’s Day but at least it’s still within the month of February. When I first started thinking of classic romance novels, several came to mind instantly: “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë, “Wuthering Heights” by Emily Brontë. But above all the other classic romances, one author outweighs them all: Jane Austin. It was with this conviction in mind that I decided to read “Pride and Prejudice” for the first time.

I’ve had a copy of this novel in my bookcase for what feels like a decade now, and I’ve never read the entire thing. I’ve seen the movie version with Keira Knightly of course, but never read the novel itself. When I was younger, I had a difficult time understanding the old-fashioned language and felt myself constantly needing to look up terms and phrases to get through it. Let’s just say it wasn’t fun at all. Fast-forward years later, and I finally felt it was time to overcome my past difficulties. While the language was still tricky at times, I just kept reading  and found myself having quite a hard time putting it down. There were even times that  couldn’t stop talking with a British accent in my mind. So as I go forward with this review, the biggest lesson I want to pass along  is this: when you open your mind to trying new things, you can accomplish anything.

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A Book That Came Out the Year You Were Born

Last week, I celebrated a somewhat significant milestone in my life — my 25th birthday. Now, as my Dad put it, I’m a quarter of a century old. If I put a little too much thought into it, it’s crazy how much time has passed since good ‘ole 1990. And as it turns out, another book challenge presented itself that fit perfectly with my birthday: “A book that came out the year you were born” (see my latest post: A Book with a Number in the Title). When I began researching books published in my birth year, I unfortunately couldn’t find much of anything that I’d be interested in reading. While I’m trying not to be too picky with this challenge, I couldn’t help but feel I needed to read something special for my birthday. And that’s what led me to choose “Jurassic Park” by Michael Crichton. Despite already having read this in the past, it’s one of my favorite books that just gets better and better with each read. When I was little, I was absolutely terrified of the movie (and rightly so) but after getting over my fear of being eaten alive by dinosaurs, it’s become one of my favorite movies. And while the book and film have many similarities and differences, there are merits to each of them that make it a timeless classic. Either way, the message remains the same in both: the ethical impacts of scientific discovery.

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