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

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)


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)

Murder on the orient express

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)

the black dahlia

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)

the silence of the lambs



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)

lovely bones

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)

Eric Harris and dylan klebold

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)


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



IMG_2817Welcome 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.

Update November 2018:

So…. I’ve stopped going to college, I realized that getting a job as a vet tech is going to be a lot harder than I thought and the money just isn’t worth it. My dog passed away a few months ago and its still kind of hard on me. If I’m being completely honest I’m not sure who I want to be. Sometimes I think about my future and my mind just goes everywhere. Will I ever get my own house? Will I ever have a better paying job? Will I have to go back to college? Will I ever be somebody? 

I think I just need to focus on one thing, but I just don’t want to miss a better opportunity. I think its about time I used this blog to be real. Sometimes I’ve written things to make myself sound enthusiastic, but I’m really not. I write it hoping that afterwards I will be, but that just hasn’t happened yet. I don’t know, maybe I have a lot more things to work through than I originally thought I did.

Update February 2019

I’m excited to announce that I’ve found a job where I’m able to sustain myself. I love it because the hours are consistent and it gives me plenty of time to write without feeling tired. I look forward to writing more and reading writing the other people here on wordpress have. Thank you guys so much for the support you’ve given over that past few years. 🙂