Why I Read…

1. It’s relaxing


After I read a book I feel like I’m floating through my life, I feel calm and relaxed. I feel there is nothing anyone can do to ruin my day after I’ve read. When I read, I think about the characters in the book and make up my own stories as I read without thinking about homework or stressing over graduation.

2. Empathy


I’m the kind of person that enjoys books that make me want to cry.(which some might find totally strange) When I cry over something it shows that I really care about what happens. Sometimes, it encourages me to want to do something about it if the book is nonfiction. It makes me what to help change the world and impact people for the better.



Sometimes after I read a book, it gives me a creative vibe. Sometimes I’ll even paint after I read and I end up really liking what I made.It helps me think of things I won’t normally think of. Reading help me think of new ideas.

4. It’s a movie in your mind


I’ve always liked the book better than the movie, most authors don’t control the exact image you see in your head. If the author says someone looks pretty than you visualizes what you think is pretty, there is no image of picture there to control what the character’s supposed to look like.

5. Better discussions

Kitten trying to get at a goldfishI think reading books can help to fuel some really good discussions. It helps people think even deeper about life, we start asking some pretty serious questions and figure out what we think works and what doesn’t work in the world. Book discussions can sometimes help us solve real life problems.

6. Last, but not least.. THE SMELL


The smell of a book, new or old, is unique, I think it is one of the most wonderful smells in the world. If frebeze made a scent that m like books I would certainly try it.

Going Vegan?

The past few days I’ve watched a lot of documentaries on veganism. I have learned how the diet has helped people, but I’ve also learned that a lot of people doubt that it works. I think we have been feed a lot more lies about dairy and meat than we might think. With cancer and heart attack rates getting higher, I think it’s time we’ve finally learned the truth.

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How You can use Reading to Help You Relax

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Reading gives us more benefits than we might think. A lot of us like to read for pleasure and getting to go into another world and not having to worry about the problems in our lives can be a great feeling. However, I think books can do a lot more for us then we thought. They can help us relax and relieve stress.

There was a study at the University of Sussex, they concluded that reading “can reduce stress by up to 68%.” Although, you’d have to find the right book. If you find one that you don’t like it probably won’t help you. So just search in tell you find one that you’ll enjoy. The Telegraph has found that emerging yourself into a book can, “[ease] the tension in the muscles and heart,” too. Their article also talked about the research done at the University of Sussex.

I think just reading in itself and can reduce stress quite a bit and help people relax. Using other resources while your reading can help make the reduction of stress greater. I use aromatherapy while I read. I’ll light a candle in my room when I read on my bed -my favorite’s are peppermint and lavender. I think lighting candles while I’m reading help me to go into an even deeper relaxation. There is also a fish tank in my room with water that gently flows into it. I find it calming too and putting all three together puts me at ease.

Unfortnately, there are a lot of you out there who don’t get the satisfaction of relaxing. I wanted to list a couple of things that helped me so I can help you. I’ve had years where I’ve worked so much that I would come home with tension headaches and I don’t wish that on anybody. I hope this post helps you find a way to relax and breathe.


10 Crimes that Inspired Fiction


10) The Telltale Heart by Edgar Allan Poe(1843)

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Poe's novel was inspired by the murder of Captain White. John Knapp hired a man named Richard Crowninshield to kill White on the night of April 6, 1830. The crime was described to him by Daniel Webster.

9) Crime and Punishment by Fydor Dostoyevsky(1866)

Pierre Lacenaire

His book was influenced by the criminal Pierre Lacenarie. He was a french murder, who was excuted for a double murder. He augured that he killed them due to social injustice.

8) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie(1934)

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Even though the the book is about the kiddnaping of a three year old girl, the author was inspired by the kidnaping of Charle Lindbergh's son. His kidnapper gave Lindbergh ransom note after ransom note, but never give him his kid back. When they found his son's body, he had been dead for two months.

7) Psycho by Robert Blouch(1959)


Ed Gein

Ed Gein inspired the author to write this novel. He was a disgusting man who took his victims bodies and turned them into furniture. Before becoming a murder, he was a grave robber -he collected body parts as trophies.

6) The Godfather by Mario Pazo(1969)

The Godfather

The Godfather has many allusions to real life mobsters. The Corleone family has similarities to Genovese and Bonanno, the families that committed crimes in reality. With the Bonanno family having two hundred members and the Genovese family having around 300.

5) The Black Dahlia by James Ellray(1987)

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Elizabeth Short

The Black Dahlia is based on many of Hollywood's most infamous unsolved crimes. Although this story leans more towards true crime, I'm adding it to the list since the murder hasn't been found and I think adding more publicity to it might help the crime get solved. Elizabeth Short was a real woman who wanted to be an actress. Now that she has been murdered, her dreams haven't been fulfilled.

4) The Silence of the Lambs(1988)

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The Silence of the Lambs was also inspired by the exploits of Ed Gein. In the novel the fictional character skins he's victims, but I'm sure if he did it for the same reasons 
Gein did.

3) Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold(2002)

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Lovely Bones was inspired by the author's personal experience with rape and battery. She was raped as a college freshman, near Syracuse University. The police couldn't identify him in tell she saw him again that same year. The police found him and he was sentenced eight to twenty five years in prison.

2) We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver(2003)

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This book was inspired by Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold's murder of 12 students. The fictional murders in the book took place twelve days before the actual shooting.


1) The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo(2005)

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The news has claimed the Lizbeth Slander was inspired by serval women in Larsson's life. However, I don't think any of them inspired him more than the real Lizbeth. I found in on serval websites that Larsson had witnessed her getting gang raped. I've said this repetitively in my posts because I believe that if this really did happen, then someone needs to do something about it.


The Girl who Played With a Little More than Fire

I finally finished the second book of Stieg Larsson’s series and I will say that all my expectations were fulfilled. Rarely have a been bored with his first two books and the story just keeps getting more and more layers too. It’s like as soon as you feel like you know Lizbeth Slander, you find out that there’s something else she’s been hiding. Even if most of her secrets are revealed, they’re are many other characters that try to hide things. There is so much more to Larsson’s characters then I could have ever dreamed of.

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Should the Millennium Trilogy Continue?

If you’re into fictional crime novels, you’ve probably at least heard of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium TrilogyIt became a big hit, selling millions of books in several different languages. It has all kinds of crime, from computer hacking to murder. It is one of the most complex and intriguing book series that I have ever read.

However, after the death of the original author, the story seems to have come to an end. He had planned to write many more volumes, but unfortunately he never for the chance. I am currently almost finished reading his second book, The Girl Who Played with Fire. Even though I hadn’t read the forth book yet, I believe Larsson’s passion for the story might be enough motivation for others to finish the story for him.

I’ve read serval book series in my life, the only ones that I loved were the ones where more than one person contributed to the story. I read the Warrior Cats series when I was younger. It has over twelve series of books and a couple of authors. I think allowing others to add to the story makes it a lot less predictable and a lot more interesting.

I think the way Larsson wrote his books will keep us wanting more. If you read his books, you know it mostly focuses on Lizbeth Slander, but the spotlight isn’t always on her. Every few pages or so Larsson changes the perspective, making it harder for the reader to piece together what’s going on. For the majority of the second book, Slander’s perceptive wasn’t seen often. Which allowed the reader to draw their own conclusions about what happened to her and gave them the motivation to want to continue reading.

Again, I am upset that Larsson will never be able to finish the book himself. However, I think the message his was trying to send is far more important. Crime is still committed, and good people have to suffer because of it. I think continuing his books will help the public learn about crime in a fun and intriguing way.

Do you think the series should continue or do you think it will “never be the same,” without the author?

About Me



Welcome to my blog, I post book related stuff, advice, and a few other random things. I come across. I live in the United States and I’m out of High School. My name is Athena, but I’m not actually greek. I have a dog named Zeus who is currently around eleven years old.

I love pets and I plan on becoming a vet tech once I get out of college. I also hope to have more pets when I get older, but I don’t plan on having more than I can handle. I’ve been around dogs all my life and I used to have cats when I was younger. I ride horses too every once in a while. I haven’t had any snakes or birds, but I’ve handled them before and I like both of them! I’ve had fish for a few years, I currently have two females betas -ones a koi and I think she’s super pretty. I used to have guppies, but they breed so fast that they began to inbreed before I had time to get more so they all become infertile and passed away a while ago.

I’ve read plenty of books over the years and I plan to read at least ten this year. I love crime novels and thrillers. I used to read romance when I first started reading outside of school, but lately I’ve moved away from that. I also like books about animals and prehistoric life, such as A Dog’s Purpose and The Clan of the Cave Bear. 

I like having discussions with people about books and I hope that soon there will be plenty of discussions on the blog.


My Advice to High Schoolers

High School can be tough, teachers may not always treat you like adults. The food there it’s exactly as good as what you have at home and sometimes they’re still people that feel like they need to be mean to you. Here’s my advice to those of you still in High School.

It’s going to be OKAY

There might be days where people say cruel immature things to you, but don’t let it get to you. Value yourself, you are a young adult, with many many years ahead of you to think about what you can contribute to the world. You have so much potential so don’t let negative people make you forget that.

Success isn’t measured by grades

There are plenty of successful people who didn’t do good in school. Some even dropped out -however, I wouldn’t recommend it because I think graduating can give you more options. What I mean by this is, if you fail in a class, or serval classes, that does not mean you are a failure as a person. Everyone is different and not all of us fill the school mold. 

Do what you want to do, NOT what you’re parents tell you to do.

I did this while I was in High School and I wasn’t happy in the end. Parents will pressure you into doing classes that might not have in interest in whatsoever. Do classes that make you happy, you’ll find that you’ll learn a lot more from them. In the end, it’s your life not their’s. When you move out, what you want to do to be successful in life should be none of their concern.

If someone is your authority that doesn’t always mean they deserve your respect.

Now I’m not saying to be rude to anyone who tells you what to do. What I mean by this is some teachers and/or other authority figures might try to control you in a way that is not appropriate. They shouldn’t yell at you, hit you, or manipulate you. If they do this to you that means they can’t even control themselves, so they shouldn’t have the right to control you.

You can do anything you set your mind to.

If there is something you really want to do with you’re life. Enough self discipline should help you reach your goal. If you work hard and focus, then the goal you’re trying to reach shouldn’t be impossible. If you keep your mind set on it then nothing can get in your way.

Why I love Blogging


1) Interacting with people

I live in a semi populated area, but without this blog there might be some people that I would have never been able to talk to otherwise. I like getting feedback from all of you and I enjoy the discussions we have.

2) You can do it whenever you want

This is no timer hovering over me so I can write whenever a feel like writing. If I don’t feel like getting up at five in the mourning, I don’t have to. In fact I can write a post the day before and then schedule it to publish at five. I think that’s one of the best ideas WordPress has ever had.

3) It helps me gain more from books

As you know, I write book reviews and discuss mostly book related topics. I think writing about the books I’ve read helps me have a better understanding of it and I learn more from it. It also helps me discover a bit of who I am as a person and sometimes even change who I am. I’m not really a fighter, but now I’m currently reading  The Girl who Played with Fire and there is some appalling stuff that makes me want to fight some of the characters.