Problem With Subscriptions

Hello Everyone,

There have been some issues with post notifications and subscriptions for this blog. Visit, and see the post of the same name, to find out more.

For all of you who follow on, you will no longer be receiving email notifications of posts. The posts will still show up in the WordPress reader, but a few hours back in the feed (so make sure to check there!). If you would like to receive email notifications as well, you can subscribe by email once I have that up and running again (I’ll make sure to notify you when I do).

For those of you who are already following by email, I’m sorry but the post notifications aren’t working right now. I’m working hard to get this working again and am confident it won’t be too much longer.

I would like to thank everyone for bearing with me as I work through these problems. I’m confident that it won’t be much longer until all the glitches are worked out. I’ll be sure to let all of you know when it’s all fixed!

If you have any other questions or concerns regarding your subscription, feel free to contact me and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.

Thank you for your patience and understanding! Your support means so much to me and I greatly appreciate each and every one of you!

Until next time,


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

harry potter and the cursed child, book, reading, book review, writingSo at the beginning of this month, I got my very own copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I read it and I thought it was…

…Wait, I should give you some background first.

My parents started reading the series to me sometime in late 2001. I remember my mom doing the voices for the characters and the intensity with which the novels grabbed my imagination. I remember waiting for midnight on the day of the book launches, barely being able to wait for my own copy (though we often ordered them off the internet, I guess it was the idea that the book had entered the world that excited me).

I remember when my mom and I finished the series. We were sitting in our hotel room after spending the day at my swim meet. I remember both of us just sitting there on the bed lost for words. It felt so weird that something we had loved and enjoyed for so many years was over.

I loved the movies as well, but not quite as much. As my birthday is around Thanksgiving, I had a few birthday parties where we went to the theaters to see the films. I’ve also gone to the midnight releases of the last 4 films.

Now, I’m not telling you all of this to show off my Harry Potter nerdiness. I’m telling you so that you can understand the level of my excitement for anything Harry Potter, including this new book.

When I first learned about the book, I was excited. It was another story in the Harry Potter universe. Another chance to explore that world that we all left behind so long ago. I guess, in a way, it was a way to reconnect with my childhood.

Anyway, when I learned about the release date I knew that I was going to get the book. My stomach was fluttering with excitement when I walked into the local Barnes and Noble. I picked up my copy and carried it gingerly to the front desk. I paid and literally hugged the book all the way out of the store.

I waited to read it and I’ll tell you why. I had another book going at that moment and I didn’t want any other book related distractions around when I finally cracked open that cover. I guess part of me didn’t want the universe to truly end. I remember how weird it felt when book 7 ended.

A few nights later, I was laying in bed and deiced that that was the night. I cracked open the cover and began to read. I made it through about half the book before my dad (I’m living at home currently) mentioned that it might be a good idea if I slowed down, spread the book out so that I could savor it. Reluctantly, I agreed with him.

Though, it didn’t last long. I finished the book a few days later.

Don’t worry, I’m not going to tell you what happens as I’m sure there are those of you out there who haven’t read the book and would like to.

I really liked the book. It wasn’t the same as the original books, but it was still very good. It felt like part of the universe. I’m so glad that this book was written. It felt a little like a finale to the series.

I recommend that all of you who have loved the reading Harry Potter. If nothing else as a way to finish up the story line.

After nine years, it feels as if a huge part of my childhood has come to a happy, pleasent close.

Black Cat, Blue Sea Award!



I would like to start by giving a huge thank you to the person who nominated me. Thank you, Simon! I am very grateful and honored!

Simon’s blog is great! He writes a variety of different things. One of my favorites is his Sci-Fi series, Titan.

And now to answer the questions:

  1. If given a chance to become a writer/author, who would you like to become like? (I mean kind of your inspiration)

This one is a little difficult to answer, as there are so many great authors and writers in the world. I think I would like to become some sort of combination of Maya Angelou and J.K Rowling.

2. What is your greatest achievement to date?

I think my greatest achievement to date is learning how to work through all the difficulties life throws at you in order to achieve your dreams/goals.

3. Your favorite book and movie?

My favorite book…Its so hard to choose! I guess I would say Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Though, there are so many books that I love, that I truly can’t choose a favorite.

The following are my nominations:

Molly’s Dreams

Musings of An Insomniac

Lonely Blue Boy

Here are my questions for you:

  1. Why did you start your blog?
  2. Do you have a favorite genre to read/write?
  3. What is one thing you would like to see change in the world?

Here are the rules for the award:

(1) Thank the blogger who nominated you.
(2) Anybody nominated can nominate up to seven other bloggers.
(3) Anybody nominated answers three questions.You further have to ask some other three questions from your selected nominees. If the nominee doesn’t want to answer any of the asked questions, he or she does not have to answer it to earn the award.

Thank you again to Simon for nominating me!

Until next time,


A little update…and vacation

Hello, everyone!

I just wanted to let you know that I will be gone this week and as a result, won’t be posting.

However, not to worry! Next week I will be back and the normal posts will continue!

Before I go, I would like to give a big thanks to Simon from Planet Simon for nominating me for the Black Cat, Blue Sea Award. It means a lot to me and a more in-depth post will be up next week.

Thank you, everyone and I’ll see you next week!


Hello August – a little update

August update

Hello, August and everyone!

Wow, July was a little crazy! Working 2 part time jobs and posting 1-2 times every day was a lot, but I did it!

I thought that before I get into what is coming up for me in August, I would look back over July.

This past month was a busy one, and it was a lot of fun.

I’ve been working two jobs, both of which have been fun and great experiences. I went on a 15-mile day hike to a mountain lake and traveled to California to visit my brother.

The past month also had July’s Daily Word Inspiration challenge. I thoroughly enjoyed hosting/participating in it and thank you to all of you who joined in. I hope to do it again next July and (hopefully) later this year.

I enjoyed writing the haikus every day and now that the challenge is over, I’ve noticed that I miss sharing the little poems with you. I’ve heard from some that they enjoy the haikus and will miss them.

So, I have a question for you, the lovely readers. How often do you want me to post haikus (if at all)? Let me know what you think by voting in the poll below. I greatly appreciate it!

And with that, on to this month…

August is going to be a busy as well but in a different way. I have some friends visiting, travel plans and many tasks for school. Though I will be busy, I’m not going anywhere! There will continue to be Healer’s Daughter posts along with many others.

I also have some big news that I am excited to share with you!

I am making a websiteOver the past few weeks, I’ve been working on creating a self-hosted website! I’m super excited about this and am very happy with how the website is looking so far. It is my plan and goal to make the move seamless. It is my goal that those of you who follow along will continue to have your notifications just as you’ve always had.

The website isn’t quite ready, but I will let you know when it launches. It should launch sometime this month. I hope you love it as much as I do!

On a different note, our little family is growing fast and I feel as if a community is forming. I love it! Thank you everything!

I hope that you have a fantastic last month of summer!

Until next time,



July Book Review


July Book Review and Recommendations

At the beginning of the summer, I made a promise to myself that I would read a lot of books this summer. I have always been an avid reader, but over the past few years, I’ve been reading less and less.

So, I decided that this would be the summer that I change that and get back into my avid reader ways. I have to say that I’ve done pretty well too! I’m still watching more TV than I’d like, but I’m reading again. And it feels great!

I thought I would share with you the books I’ve been reading this month.

What I read in July:

We Should Hang Out Sometime by Josh Sundquist

In this book, Sundquist takes a personal look into his life trying to find an explanation for why he hasn’t ever had a girlfriend.

I enjoyed Sundquist’s narrative and personal insight. The tone of the book made for a light and easy read. Sundquist’s sense of humor makes this book very fun.

This is a great summer read!



Twinmaker by Sean Williams

This is the first in the series. I happened to randomly pick it up while roaming the stacks in the library and I wasn’t disappointed.

Sean Williams describes a world in which there is instantaneous transportation. In this world, some have found a way to alter people’s appearance. When her friend uses this method to alter her appearance, everything begins to change and Clair has to figure out what exactly is going on.




Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

I found this book by looking up great summer reads and, again, I wasn’t disappointed.

This reminds me a little of a modern day Pride and Prejudice. It is set in Singapore, among some of the wealthiest families in the world. This book gives you a great insight into the world and culture of the super rich while following the story of a boy bringing home a girl to meet his family.



Food Whore by Jessica Tom

I found this book on the same great summer reads list.

The main character, Tia, is trying to navigate the world of New York restaurants. She is quickly caught up in more than she can handle. We follow her as she attempts to balance everything in her life while sinking further and further into trouble.

This is a great read and perfect for summer. I highly recommend it for those looking for a book that will quickly draw you in.


Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell


I was recently on a road trip and Fan Girl was one of the books I downloaded for the car.

Fan Girl caught my attention and held it until the end. It starts with the main character Cath at the beginning of her first year of college. She is an avid fan fiction writer and her twin sister doesn’t want to be her roommate. We join Cath as she tries to navigate her way through her freshman year and begins to figure out who she is on her own.

Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard


This was the other book that I downloaded for the trip. I had been seeing it all over the place and thought I would check it out.

Red Queen is a fantasy book about two different groups at odds with each other: the Silvers who have god-like powers and the Reds who are just like you and me. The book follows Mare as she navigates her way through this world and deals with the consequences of having a god-like power even though her blood is red.


Looking back over this list, I’ve realized I’ve read quite a few books this summer (though 16 hours in a car does help quite a bit). All of the books I read this month have been good reads and I would recommend any of them.

Let me know if you’ve read or hope to read any of the books I’ve mentioned. And please let me know in the comments if there are any books you recommend. I always enjoy getting book recommendations!

Until next time and happy reading!


The Liebster Award


I would like to thank the absolutely wonderful Tumbling Words for nominating me for this amazing award! I feel very honored to have received this and that Tumbling Words thought of me!

Here are my answers to the questions that Tumbling Words asked me:

  1. Who is my favorite book character and why?

My favorite book character is probably J. K. Rowling’s  Hermione. I love that she is not the stereotypical female character. When I was little she reminded me that it was okay and even great to be smart and confident in my abilities. She reminded me again and again that it is important to have friends even when it’s hard to do. She reminded me that you don’t have to be the center of attention to be important and valued. She also reminds me to fight for what I believe in. I will always carry these lessons with me, and I am grateful that Hermione (and J. K. Rowling) has taught me all these important lessons. For these reasons (and a few more), she is my favorite book character. 

2. Are you a “cup half full” or a “cup half empty” person?

I would say that I am generally a “cup half full” person. 

3. Who scares you more, Trump of Clinton?


4. What is your favorite comfort food?

I enjoy toast, and/or any kind of fruit. 

5. Which piece of music lifts your spirits?

It changes all the time, but currently, I would say “Happy” by Pharrell Willams and “Dog Days Are Over” by Florence + the Machine.

6. What is your middle name?

My middle name is Rae. 

7. What is your favorite quote?

“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baurch

8. Do you believe there is something after death?

I frequently go back and forth on this matter, and can’t seem to make up my mind. 

9. Which period in history would you most like to live in?

I would love to live in the times of Merlin and Arthur, but I’m not sure I would stay there for long. I would just love to explore and experience that world. 

If I had to choose on in which to stay (that is not this one), I would probably choose the Jazz Era of the early 1900s or the second half of the 1800s. 

10. Who/what do you love most in your life?

My family is what I love most. 

11. What makes you cry and why?

When I think about the inequality and suffering in the world. It pains me to know that there are people who are fighting every day just to survive. I don’t understand why humans would hurt each other for any reason and it saddens me when we do so. 


I nominate the following amazing blogs for The Liebster Award:

What you need to do:

Make sure to answer the questions below, then nominate up to 11 other blogs. The idea is to nominate those with 500 followers or less. Ask those you’ve nominated 11 questions and make sure to add the Liebster Award sticker to your blog!

Questions for those who have been nominated:

  1. What is your favorite mode of transportation and why?
  2. What if your favorite foreign food?
  3. Are you a dog person or a cat person?
  4. What kind of music do you like?
  5. Why did you start your blog?
  6. Have you ever flown a kite? And if so, where?
  7. Would you rather live in the city or country? Why?
  8. Have you written anything besides your blog?
  9. Would you rather go to an art museum or a soccer (football) match?
  10. Do you speak more than one language (klingon counts)?
  11. You are happiest when you are wearing what on your feet?

I would like to say thank you again to the amazing Tumbling Words for nominating me! And thank you to everyone for your support!






25 Facts About Me

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Hello, lovely readers!

Last week our little family grew to 500 members! To celebrate, I announced that I would be writing a post where you can learn more about me. This is that post!

So, without further ado, 25 facts about me:

  1. I have a very scruffy dog named Amity.
  2. I am obsessed with polka-dots.
  3. I wear glasses.
  4. I am the only one in my family with blue eyes.
  5. I love Earl Grey tea. 
  6. I am currently a junior in college. 
  7. There was a time when I would only read the Harry Potter books. I would read them again and again, and nothing else.
  8. I swam competitively for a total of 6 years. 
  9. I like the idea of being a runner and have tried many times to keep up with it, but often stop after a few weeks.
  10. I have written a number of books but haven’t published any of them yet (one day!).
  11. My favorite color is purple. 
  12. I am a Scorpio. 
  13. I have a younger brother. 
  14. I love dresses and rainboots. 
  15. My favorite season is fall.
  16. My favorite foods (I can’t choose one) are apples, olives, grapes, and blueberries.
  17. I am a huge sci-fi fan. 
  18. When I was little I wanted to be a marine biologist and an astronaut. I still like the idea of being an astronaut. 
  19. I live on the West Coast of the US.
  20. I love pretty much anything mint flavored. 
  21. I only wear colorful and/or patterned socks. 
  22. I have a healthy collection of scarves. 
  23. I just finished a year abroad in England. 
  24. I am lactose intolerant. 
  25. I love math. 

And there you have it! I hoped you’ve enjoyed learning a little more about me. m

Thank you to all of you who have joined our little family in the last year! It means so much to me. Thank you for your support and kindness!

Until next time,


Reader’s Choice #4!

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It’s that time again!

It’s time for you, the lovely readers, to choose the theme for an upcoming post. I have done three of these in the past, check out the link below if you would like an example of how this works.

I have done three of these in the past, check out the link below if you like an example of how this works.

Rust           A Childhood Locked Away           The Aviator’s Wife

Simply vote below for what you would like to inspire the post. Be on the look out for the inspired post next week!

Until next time and thank you for participating,


500 followers Q&A! 

Yesterday our little family officially grew to over 500!

Thank you, everyone! It means so much to me that you’re part of our little family.

In celebration of 500 followers, I’m going to be writing a Q&A post.

Leave questions for me in the comments or on my social media (links can be found on the sidebar, or the bottom of the page if you’re on a phone). You can also use the hashtag #askacire if using social media.

I can always come up with facts about me, but I’d much rather answer questions you have.

Thank you! It’s hard to believe this blog has more than 500 people following along!

Until next time,