The Fountains of Silence

The Fountains of Silence
Author: Ruta Sepetys
Genre: Historical, Young Adult
Published: October 1st 2019
Publisher: Philomel Books

Rating: ★★★★☆

Madrid, 1957. Under the fascist dictatorship of General Francisco Franco, Spain is hiding a dark secret. Meanwhile, tourists and foreign businessmen flood into Spain under the welcoming guise of sunshine and wine. Among them is eighteen-year-old Daniel Matheson, the son of a Texas oil tycoon, who arrives in Madrid with his parents hoping to connect with the country of his mother’s birth through the lens of his camera. Photography–and fate–introduce him to Ana, whose family’s interweaving obstacles reveal the lingering grasp of the Spanish Civil War–as well as chilling definitions of fortune and fear. Daniel’s photographs leave him with uncomfortable questions amidst shadows of danger. He is backed into a corner of decisions to protect those he loves. Lives and hearts collide, revealing an incredibly dark side to the sunny Spanish city.

Master storyteller Ruta Sepetys once again shines light into one of history’s darkest corners in this epic, heart-wrenching novel about identity, unforgettable love, repercussions of war, and the hidden violence of silence–inspired by the true post-war struggles of Spain.

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Wrapless chicken wrap.. so chicken salad… But not really…

Hey dudes! I’m back with another recipe!! yaaaay! *Snort* Honestly, if you knew me in real life you’d probably be shocked by how much I talk about cooking on here. People generally know me as the type of person to just pick up a pizza or a hungry-lion on the way home because of pure unadulterated laziness. Lol, it just hit me though that that probably isn’t the best source of nutrition so I decided to start trying to eat healthier and smarter and that’s led to a lot of creativity lately. So long story short I wanted to share with you guys this little recipe I’ve been loving, its simple and easy and quick and yummy of course:

R E C I P E

COOKING INFO

Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 chicken breast (cut into bite size chunks)
  • 1 cabbage leaf (optional)
  • 2 cloves of garlic (or the way I like it, enough to melt a vampire with a single breath)
  • 1 cup broccoli (chopped)
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil/olive oil
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp plain low fat yogurt
  • Salt and pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Heat water in a small pot until boiling, then add the broccoli for a minute. It should still have some crunch when you take it out of the pot.
  2. Heat the cooking oil in a large pan over medium heat. Once hot, add the chicken together with some salt and pepper. Cook the chicken until it looks ready or slightly brown.
  3. Add in garlic, minced or chopped up. Cook until fragrant and then add the soy sauce and honey.
  4. Stir everything for 30 seconds and then add the broccoli and stir for 30 more seconds.
  5. Lay a cabbage leaf a plate, drizzle the low fat yogurt on one size and then add the chicken and broccoli stir fry. The way I like to eat it is I just drizzle the yogurt on a plate and add the chicken mixture straight on top and eat it like that. It tastes amazing.

Things I Loved in September

Can you image the shock that went through my body when I looked at the calendar and realized it was the 2nd of October?? Like what the heck? How did I misplace an entire month? September literally flew by so fast I got whiplash. *haha*

September was a month of firsts, new beginnings and spiritual cleansing so I’m kinda sad it’s over. I really wanted to share with you guys the things that made me happy last month… for no reason at all… *Cough* except my itty bitty narcissism.. but we bloggers all have a measure of narcissism sooo…

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Frankly in Love

Frankly in Love (Frankly in Love #1)
Author: David Yoon
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 432
Release Date: September 10th 2019

High school senior Frank Li is a Limbo–his term for Korean-American kids who find themselves caught between their parents’ traditional expectations and their own Southern California upbringing. His parents have one rule when it comes to romance–“Date Korean”–which proves complicated when Frank falls for Brit Means, who is smart, beautiful–and white. Fellow Limbo Joy Song is in a similar predicament, and so they make a pact: they’ll pretend to date each other in order to gain their freedom. Frank thinks it’s the perfect plan, but in the end, Frank and Joy’s fake-dating maneuver leaves him wondering if he ever really understood love–or himself–at all.

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Do Movies About Racism Get You Triggered?

This is going to be one of those posts, so if discussions about race or the quote-black-unquote experience make you uncomfortable, click off now…

Ok so a friend of mine was telling me about this movie he watched Green Book, I’ve heard about this movie of course, it’s one that has been receiving a lot of buzz from film critics so of course I ultimately made the decision to put a f**king meter long pole between it and myself. Let me explain.

If there is one thing I understand, it is the importance of learning from past mistakes. On a larger scale I know that in order for the world to learn about and grow from the horror of slavery and racial segregation we need to keep talking, keep teaching. Which brings us to movies like Green Book, Twelve Years a Slave, Get Out [I could keep going] they clearly depict how injust black people are/were treated. It’s a wonderful learning tool I know but…

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Discussion: Femmé Fatigue

I’m starting to believe that the most tiring thing to be in life is a female. I mean what the actual hell. *Before I begin I should probably warn you guys that this is going to be a rant*. I have a list, an actual list of things that make me feel freaking exhausted sometimes to be a woman. Let’s begin:

Let’s start by talking about fecking lady jeans. The demon from hell that decided that women don’t need pockets needs to burn for a thousand years and one day. The number of times I’ve misplaced money or dropped my phone in the toilet because of a lack of pockets is ridiculous…

So a couple of weeks ago me and a couple of my friends began to plan the trip of the summer. There is this huge lake about an hour away from the city and people make the trip whenever they just want to relax, swim, have a blast. I’ve been having the semester from hell so of course I was looking forward to a day of fun in the sun, swimming, drinking and all around shenanigans. Well because it’s me of course something had to go wrong. You won’t believe who decided to come knocking on the day before the trip. Yep Aunt Flo decided to stop by at the most inconvenient time in the world.

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Book Review: American Royals

American Royals
by Katharine McGee
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Published: Sept 3, 2019


What if America had a royal family?

When America won the Revolutionary War, its people offered General George Washington a crown. Two and a half centuries later, the House of Washington still sits on the throne.

As Princess Beatrice gets closer to becoming America’s first queen regnant, the duty she has embraced her entire life suddenly feels stifling. Nobody cares about the spare except when she’s breaking the rules, so Princess Samantha doesn’t care much about anything, either . . . except the one boy who is distinctly off-limits to her. And then there’s Samantha’s twin, Prince Jefferson. If he’d been born a generation earlier, he would have stood first in line for the throne, but the new laws of succession make him third. Most of America adores their devastatingly handsome prince . . . but two very different girls are vying to capture his heart.

The power. The drama. The intrigue. The Crown. New York Times bestselling author Katharine McGee imagines an alternate version of the modern world, one where the glittering age of monarchies has not yet faded–and where love is still powerful enough to change the course of history.

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