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Another Book Haul (and update!)

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Hello, bookworms

I have loads of exams this weeks, and the stress sometimes causes me to do some stupid stuff, like not updating my blog for SEVEN days, or buying loads of books. I love doing the latter, and usually I have enough self-control to not do it, but I found a gift card. For books. Gift cards are like a golden envelopes inviting you to go to heaven for most bookworms, including me. So I did what every sensible person would do with this blessing. Here’s the haul! (It’s a very good one, all my favorite genres are represented in (just) three books!)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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I decided not to describe these books and tell the reasons I wanted to read them, because I already did in a previous post, My Ultimate Christmas Wish List. Also, school is killing me right now so I didn’t really have the time (I hope this blog post satisfies your bookish needs anyway :) ).

Bye, Sophie

P.S I recently started watching The Office (UK-version), and I am loving it. Would you guys be interested in a post about it once I finish the series?

P.S.2 Sorry for the snow, but when I saw the button asking me if I wanted to let it snow on by blog till the 4th of January, I just couldn’t say no. It’s hideous, but I love it.

P.S.3 I have planned to take some time of from my blog the coming week (till Friday, that is) because school is crazy right now. But don’t worry, I’ll be back (with a seven day blogging marathon (maybe))!

P.S.4 I think I might have just set my record for the amount of postscripts used in one post!

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The Creatures of the Night: booktag

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Hello, bookworms

I know, I know, I have been doing A LOT of tags, but they are so much fun and this one in particular I couldn’t resist. I found it over at Beatrice’s blog, and it is called ‘the Creatures of the Night book tag’. The tag lists a number of fictional and supernatural creatures, and you’ll have to choose a book with that particular creature in it. Also, I have been lagging behind on my fantasy lately, and this tag woke up the hunger for fairies, werewolves and the like again.

Vampire

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Twilight by Stephenie Meyer

Am I the most unoriginal book blogger ever if I go with Twilight? It’s just that it is like a classic in the paranormal genre, and needed to be featured (even though I kind of hate it).

Werewolf

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The Wolves of Mercy Falls by Maggie Stiefvater

I read this series over the period of two years, so even though I am not very fond of them, the series are kind of wedged in my long term memory.

Zombie

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The Girl with All the Gifts by M.R. Carey

I read this book when I was slightly too young for it, and it creeped me out. The book contains the deadly combination (for a twelve-year-old) of being gruesome and catchy at once.

Ghost

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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Does this book count, I am not sure it does. I mean, the kids should technically be dead in 2015 but time travel and such. This book is a perfect showcase of that I should start reading Fantasy again.

Witch

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HARRY POTTER!

The one and only true book about witches and wizards.

Fairy and Demon

I am going to leave these out because I can’t think of any *silently sobs in a corner*.

Angel

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Hidden by Marianne Curley

I absolutely hated this book, and I vowed to never read an angel book again, meaning that this is the only book I could pick.

Alien

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The Chaos Walking series by Patrick Ness

Because Spackle are amazing.

Human with superpowers

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The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

I finished Scarlet a while ago(my first fantasy book in a long time) and I LOOOVED IT! I liked Cinder a little better, but I am very excited to see where the Lunar Chronicles is going.

 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post! I am going to tag:

Ariana @The Quirky Book Nerd

Raisa @bookersblogger

Lockiegirl @The Teacup Library

But feel free to do this tag if you feel like it.

 

Bye, Sophie

P.S Somebody please recommend me a good fairy or demon book, I am in a desperate need for one!

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Simon vs. Fanfiction

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Hello bookworms,

A few weeks ago I stumbled across a pretty amazing blog, and it turned out they were hosting a contest: Who can create the best fanart? Everybody who entered will receive  a button, and yeah, I really need a button. I actually wanted to post this after the winners are announced, but I needed something to fill up the hole between a few scheduled posts, so here you go! (STOP READING RIGHT NOW IF YOU HAVEN’T PICKED UP THE BOOK YET, MY FANFIC CONTAINS SPOILERS)

I have retold the first part of chapter 32 from Bram’s POV (chapter 32 is the chapter where Simon discovers who Blue is, and meets him).

And I mean, spark wouldn’t to be the right word, it’s more like ten thousand fireworks lighting up the moon grey sky at once.

I am sitting in my room, eating Reese’s Pieces, frantically trying not to check my email. When I do, however, and see one unread message, my heart skips a beat. Not to mention the explosion that happens when I read it.

FROM: hourtohour.notetonote@gmail.com

TO bluegreen118@gmail.com

DATE: Jan 25 at 9:27 AM

SUBJECT: Us.

Our email exchange has kind of grinded to a halt the past few weeks, but now he suddenly says he likes me. Simon likes me.

He also said he wants to meet me at the carnival, but unlike the usual fear that washes over me when he says this, I feel perfectly and utterly calm,

next to all the excitement of Simon liking me, that is.

I spend a few moments staring at my computer screen grinning as if someone just told me I have won an unlimited life-time supply of Oreos, when a realization hits me.

The Carnival closes at nine. Almost too afraid to look I peek at my red alarm clock, 7:59. Crap.

I have fifty minutes to meet him, an hour at the most. That means an hour of anonymity, an hour before Simon knows who I am, but still I feel no fear. I start rushing to my car, I am always early, but now I have no time for that.

 

I shuffle and shove and pull and push, slowly choking in the big, hot, crowd. I am at the carnival searching for Simon, and I am scared he has gone home.

This is when the clock hits 8:27 and I see him.

And I mean, spark wouldn’t to be the right word, it’s more like ten thousand fireworks lighting up the moon grey sky at once.

He is standing on the metal platform leading to the Tilt-A-Whirl. I start to run, and the unbreakable barrier of people turns into water.

When I reach the Tilt-A-Whirl I don’t even need to push down the memory of deep-fried Oreos, Simon is taking up all the space already, anyway.

 

He is sitting in a pink and orange pod, leaning back against a plastic seat with his eyes closed. His mouth is pulled in a perfectly straight horizontal line.

I start to walk and I keep on walking, trying to outrace the nerves, shake them of and leave them in the past.

I slide in next to him. Simon. ‘Can I sit here?’ I ask, his eyes snap open.

He loosens his seatbelt and lets me in whilst he smiles at me. ‘I like your shirt’ I say, the nerves making my voice quiver.

‘Thanks’ he says. ‘It’s Elliot Smith.’ The operator reaches over us and pulls the guardrail down, locking us in. ‘I know’ I say.

Simon turns to me, slowly, and there is something in his eyes, and I don’t mean his contacts. He is still wearing his lenses and I spot a smudge of brown eyeliner on his left lid.

Simon is looking at me, questioningly searching, when he sees me.

There’s this pause. ‘It’s you’ he says. ‘I know I am late’ I say.

Then there’s this grinding noise and a jolt and a swell of music. Someone shrieks and then laughs, and the ride spins to life.

 

This was my first time attempting to write fanfiction, and it is actually pretty hard (if you would try to match the voice of a writer, it’s harder still).

Bye, Sophie

Have you read Simon vs.? And did you enjoy it?

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A mini bookhaul

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Hello, bookworms

I was very bored this Sunday afternoon, I have written three blog posts, created fanfiction, attempted to paint, and even recorded a message to my future self. It is one of those weekends where there is nothing to do, the weather is shit, and everybody is making homework (or procrastinating from making it). I decided to go out and do the best thing possible when bored (or happy, sad, anxious and confused) and went to my local bookstore to buy some books. Sadly, I am a high school student and forever on a budget, so I only bought two books (luckily Christmas is only moderately far away, meaning I can stock up again). These are the books I got!

Seed by Lisa Heathfield

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Fifteen-year-old Pearl has lived her whole life at Seed, where they worship Nature and idolise their leader, Papa S.

But when a new boy from the Outside arrives, Pearl experiences feelings that she never knew existed and she begins to realize that there is darkness at the heart of Seed. A darkness from which she must escape, before it is too late.

I am reading this book right now, and am so far really enjoying it. The writing style is very unique, and it  fits the story well. Also I love where the plot is taking me. My only complaint so far is the rather cliché relationship between Kate and Pearl, but because I am only at page 89 there is a good chance that might change.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

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Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can. 

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed. 
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love. 
She’s wrong.

I have read a lot of mixed reviews about this book, and I was doubting whether to pick it up. But I was in the mood for something spooky and all those mixed reviews left me curious about the book.

This was my mini Book haul, I hope you enjoyed

Bye, Sophie

Have you read any of these books, and did you enjoy them?

P.S Both these covers are absolutely STUNNING (especially Seed), thought I just had to put it out there.

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Rip it or Ship it booktag

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Hello bookworms,

Can you imagine professor Umbridge dating Harry Potter? Or Peeta Mellark hooking up with Viola. Neither can I, today I am going to play the Rip It or Ship It Booktag.

So, you let’s say you have never heard of the Rip It/Ship It Booktag (you probably have, I am a little late with this one), it is basically a tag where you have to pick two names of characters from a jar at random, and then decide if you want to ship it (romantically, but you can also ship them as friends) or rip it (meaning these people don’t fit together, and you don’t want the two to get in a relationship). I decided to go with rather famous characters (basically everyone from harry potter), so most people know who I am talking about and can rip/ship the couple themselves too. Let’s begin!
Round one

Dumbledore (Harry Potter) * Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles)

NO, just no, as friends they would be fine. But pairing a teenage girl with a gay wizard, I don’t think it would work…

Round two

Katniss (the Hunger Games) * Marty (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda)

When I read Marty’s name I jelled the word: ‘OOOHHH’ like a football hooligan. This match is very surprising, and I did need to think quite a while before forming an opinion. But I’ll have to rip this, because Katniss is a brave and not very forgiving person whilst Marty is a goofy asshole, and I don’t think Katniss would still like him after what he did to Simon, hell, she’d probably kick his ass.

Round three

Shazi (the Wrath and the Dawn) * Umbridge (Harry Potter)

I am going to rip this like a little kid rips away wrapping paper on December the 25th . Some people say opposites attract, but I think everybody agrees that doesn’t count for this pair (although I wouldn’t ship Umbridge with anyone, really).

Round four

Simon (Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda) * Jude (I’ll Give You the Sun)

Simon would absolutely hate middle-school Jude, I am sure she is even one of the people he and Blue made fun of in their emails. But now they are both older and have changed a little I think they could be friends, it isn’t a really logical ship, but I am going to go with it anyway.

Round five

Harry Potter (…) * Margot (Paper Towns)

This one is pretty interesting. I think it would go along fine at first, but when Margot starts trying to pull of one pretentious move after another, Harry will get irritated with her and start dating someone else instead.

Round six

Manchee (the Chaos Walking series) * Augustus (the Fault in our Stars)

I think this (friend)ship will work out very well. Augustus can share his deep and philosophical thoughts with Manchee, whilst he fetches a stick (Manchee is a dog, by the way, I thought it was worth to mention).

Round seven

Me * Hermione (Harry Potter)

Okay, so I know I am technically not a literary character, (even though I do like to pretend I am) but I really wanted to put my own name in the jar as well, also I got paired with Hermione (the coolest nerd in the history of books). This ship has sailed.

This was my take on the Rip It or Ship It Booktag! I really enjoyed playing this game, it kind of tests how well you now the characters (and how well the author developed them). I am not going to tag anyone, because I kind of figure everybody has already done this challenge (but feel free to do it if haven’t, it is loads of fun). Tomorrow I am going to post a book review on How To Repair a Mechanical Heart, so keep your eyes open for that.

Bye, Sophie

P.S Do you guys like the header? I ended up on the weirdest stock photo sites whilst searching for: ‘ripped piece paper’.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations I’d Love To See

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Hello, bookworms

Today I am going to do my very first Top Ten Tuesday (hosted by The Broke and The Bookish), loads of book bloggers participate in this weekly meme, so I decided to hop on the train and join. This week’s top ten is: ‘Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch’. But I am only going to list six movies, one of which exists already, two which are forthcoming, and three books I hope will be made into movies. Enjoy!

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Like you may or may not know (but probably do, it got loads of media attention) The book Paper Towns by John Green has been made into a movie! I haven’t seen it yet (duh), but from what I have heard and my opinion of The Fault In Our Stars movie, I think it might be overhyped. Still, I want to see it because I am curious if I am right.

The Knife Of Never Letting Go

The second I finished this book, I went onto the internet and stalked it. I visited all the fandoms, and have read all the fanfiction. Whilst doing this I found out they are going to make it into a movie (maybe). Somebody bought the film rights, then it got canceled, and now it is in a place somewhere in between. Basically nobody knows what is happening. But I have got my hopes set!

Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda

THEY ARE MAKING THIS BOOK INTO A MOVIE, YEEEEEEEESS!!! This is one of my favorite books of all time, and I am so EXCITED! (so excited that I almost want to write this entire post in caps lock). It reached the news, or the book blogger community equivalent of news, a few weeks ago and was the main reason why I wanted to write this post.

Since You’ve Been Gone

I liked this book, but I think it will do even better as a movie, the feel-good summer vibes kind. There is really not much more to it than that

The Selection

 This series is my guilty pleasure, I absolutely love (and hate) it! I think it could turn into a awful/amazing pre-teen movie, and I will make sure I will be the first to see it together with seventy-odd squealing twelve-year olds (and also I am very interested to see who they will cast as ridiculously hot prince).

The Rosie Project

I read this book, and even though it is more aimed at people like my mom than me, I enjoyed it. This book was originally written as screenplay, so I think a movie could turn out quite good.

This was my first Top Ten Tuesday (or six, in my case), I hope you enjoyed!

Which book are you hoping will be made into a movie?

Bye, Sophie

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A Jumble of Quotes

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Salvete, bookworms

Today I am in the mood for some quotes, and since I haven’t had much time to read this week due to school stress, I decided to fill the void with some of my favorite scentences. I am a huge collector of quotes without having an actual collection, so when I find one I usually scribble it down on a scrap of paper which then gets eaten by the same creature who devours my socks. All these quotes are from books I have read (obviously). Now it is time to sit back, relax, and let all the beautiful words roll over you like a giant wave (but pinch your nose and close your eyes because salty water hurts, ladies and gentlemen).

The quotes:

‘We are the choices we make.’ ~The Knife of Never Letting Go

‘As with most life problems, this one can be solved with a box of pure radiation.’ ~ The Martian

‘Maybe some people are meant to be in the same story.’ ~ I’ll Give You The Sun

‘The only thing we have to do in life is die, the rest is a choice.’ ~ The Age of Miracles

‘Draco dormiens numquam titillandus.’ ~ Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

‘Not everyone has to be the chosen one.’ ~ The Rest Of Just Live Here

‘Never ignore a possible.’ ~ Rooftoppers

‘We should not accept an evil we can change’ ~ I Capture the CastlePotter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

‘It kills me sometimes, how people die.’ ~ The Book Thief

‘It must be a special book. All books are special, dear.’ ~ The Wrath and The Dawn

‘There is this pause, Were still looking at each other. And there is this feeling in my stomach like a coil pulled taut. ‘It’s you’ I say.’ ~ Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda

‘But I have noticed that when things happen in one’s imaginings, they never happen in one’s life.’ ~I Capture the Castle

 

Please let me know if you enjoyed this type of post and if I should do more!

Bye, Sophie

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NaNoWriMo 2015

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Hello, bookworms!

As you can see by the banner, I am going to participate with NaNoWriMo this year!

The first time I heard about it, was Autumn last year (at that point my blog was up and running for six months), and I had no idea what it was and kind of forgot about it.

This year I saw it pop up on YouTube and I decided to do some research (good decision btw), the idea sounded fun and I signed up.

This all happened five days ago, and enough time has passed for me to contemplate about what I have done. 50.000 words is A LOT, and I am drowning in my homework at the moment, so I decided to lower my personal goal to 20.000 (667 words a day, that should be possible, right?) At the time I signed up I also had no idea what I was going to write, I pantsed two stories before, how hard could a third one be. WRONG, the two other stories I wrote both stranded because I was too lazy to do the editing work afterwards (I was eleven) or because the plot just kind of sank in at the middle. Apart from that and my blog I have no experience whatsoever. So I started planning, and with planning I mean PLANNING. I haven’t been able to sleep at night because the story is swirling around in my head. And here I am, right now I kind of have an idea what I am doing, or where I am going at the least. And I am going to keep planning til Nanowrimo starts, and probably a while after. The point is that I am pretty sure  I am not going to win, but I am exited (and with that I mean watching YouTube video’s till three am about Nano survival kit’s).

If you are joining Nanowrimo this year and are looking for a writing buddy, don’t hesitate to add me (unless you are a serial killer, but that means you have loads of interesting stories to tell, so add me anyways). Since nobody I know in RL is into writing or books (at least at the same degree), I am really looking for a few people to venture in the black hole of sleepless nights with me. My username is sophiethebookworm.

Bye, Sophie

Are you going to nano the nano this year? Let me know in the comments!

p.s HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

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The Autumn Booktag

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Hello, bookworms!
Autumn is in the air (but seriously though, the number of times I got slapped by a leaf in the face today whilst biking is four), so today I decided to do the FallTime Booktag. I found it over on Sam’s Youtube channel (She makes fun bookish video’s, go check her out), I didn’t get tagged, but it just seemed like a fun thing to do. (Also I took a few pictures of Autumn in Amsterdam which I spread across this post for a more atmospheric reading experience.)

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The Tag:

Crunching Leaves – The world is full of color: choose a book that had reds/oranges/yellows on the cover

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This must be ‘I’ll Give You The Sun’ by Jandy Nelson, this book isn’t just orange this book is ORANGE, when I was reading it it looked like there was a giant post-it note on my bedside table. (p.s read this book, it’s awesome)

Cozy Sweater – It’s finally cold enough to wear warm cozy clothing: what book gives you the 
warm fuzzies?

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Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda is the best fluffy- lighthearted romance I’ve ever read, but because you probably already know the Goodreads description out of your head just by reading my blog, I’ll choose ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Morgan Matson.

Fall Storm -The wind is howling & the rain is pounding: choose your favorite book OR 
genre that you like to read on a stormy day

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For this one I am going to go with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, it’s a rather big book with long descriptive sentences and beautiful pictures. It is set on a stormy, depressing, slightly eerie yet magical island in Whales,  perfect for a cold Autumn evening.

Cool Crisp Air: What’s the coolest character you’d want to trade places with?

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Celaena Sardothien from the Throne of Glass series, I haven’t finished the series yet (I’ve only read the first book), but from what I know about her she is pretty badass.

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Hot Apple Cider: What under hyped book do you want to see become the next biggest, 
hottest thing?  

Again I immediately think of Simon vs. the Homosapiens Agenda, but The Knife of Never Letting Go is also way too under hyped. People know it exists but it hasn’t become widely popular yet, I mean, WHERE ARE ALL THE FANDOMS!?! (I am hoping this situation is going to change with the movie coming.)

Coat, Scarves, and Mittens – The weather has turned cold & it’s time to cover up: What’s 
the most embarrassing book cover you own that you like to keep hidden in public?

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When I read this question for the first time, I didn’t even blink before I came up with an answer, this one goes, without a doubt, to every book in ‘The Selection’-series by Kiera Cass. I have been wanting to write a post about these books, including their covers, for ages. But I never seem to get it quite right. (It’s coming, I promise!)

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Pumpkin Spice: What’s your favorite Fall time comforts food/foods?

I love hot chocolate, and not only in Fall. But I don’t mind any drink/food as long as it is hot (the more mouth-scorching it is, the better)

Warm, Cozy Bonfire – Spread the warmth: Who do you tag?

I tag everybody (cliché, I know), spread the Autumn-vibes!

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What is your favorite thing about the Fall?

Bye, Sophie

P.s By clicking on the titles of the books I mentioned, you’ll be linked to their Goodreads page.

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The Story of The Peculiar Skies

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Olá, bookworms

I went babysitting yesterday, and when the kids were in bed I got kind of bored. So when I walked out on their balcony and noticed how beautiful the sky looked, I decided to write a poem/short story about it. Enjoy!

The Story of The Peculiar Skies

The sky is changing at the time I start my observations. With purple, heavy, dense clouds to my right, and pink, weightless, wispy ones to my left. The Sun setting beneath it all. The light and the dark against the candy colours of a 20:52 summer time evening. I look up again, and as I look up, I see that a new cloud has appeared. A red line, but not a lipstick, pimple or spelling check red. More like the badly mixed watercolours of a six-year old. A sickly pink actually. The colour also reminds me of a childhood experiment, milk and strawberry syrup, my goal was to recreate Fristi. It was disgusting. As time passes by I see Aquamarine, Teal, Turquoise, Sea, Tropical Island, Food Colouring, or maybe just Blue. The sky stretches on in its colour for seemingly forever. In a gradient where the lighter shades lean towards the ever changing clouds, and the deepest darkest inky blue rules above my head. Subject to stretch. Now the cold and the dark of the night takes over, the sun touches the sky for the last time, and the edges flare gold. The age of the dreams, and the hope, and the parties, and the thoughts set in. I finish this description, my face illuminated by the cold hard blue of a computer screen.stars

I am pretty happy with how it turned out, considering I have never done this before. If you are a experienced writer yourself or have some tips for me, please leave them in the comments. I would really appreciate it!

Sophie