Actions Speak Louder Than Words: 12 Ways Men Show Their Love


only one guy popped into my head… 😍😍

James Michael Sama

In some conversations that I have with women regarding a man they are just starting to date, or even one they have been with for awhile – I often hear how he is not as verbal as they would like when it comes to showing their affection. Many things I suggest in my article suggest open and free communication between men and women in terms of showing how they value each other, but the truth is, it takes a certain kind of man to frequently put his feelings into words for you.


It is not better or worse, it does not mean more or mean less, it just shows that men all express their affection in their own ways (as do women, of course).

So, even if your guy isn’t telling you how he feels, here are some ways he might show you.

He brings you around his friends.

Or family…

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What It’s Like To Be In Love When You Have Depression


oh God more people need to read this

Thought Catalog

“No one will love you until you learn to love yourself” is an easy enough phrase to believe is true. But it’s terrifying, especially when you have depression. What if you never learn? As a teenager, it made me fear for my life as an adult. I was certain I would never be capable of being in a relationship, but I was very wrong. Honestly, I do not like myself very much, and in August of 2013, a boy fell very, very much in love with me.

I have dealt with depression for as long as I can remember. I’ve been on and off medications, been to therapy, but it’s still alive and well, comfortable in its home in my bones. I can feel it every day, a tiny inkling that causes breathtaking emotional pain at the most inconvenient of times.

My depression doesn’t care that I am in a…

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Sweetheart Sunday (AUGUST 31, 2014)



Sweetheart Sunday is about reading romance novels or love stories that you wish you had.

The book I’ve chosen for this meme is Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins:

Goodreads blurb:
From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever.

Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and Étienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Isla and the Happily Ever After (Anna and the French Kiss, #3)Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

“I am hard on myself. But isn’t it better to be honest about these things before someone else can use them against you? Before someone else can break your heart? Isn’t it better to break it yourself?”

Wise words from a wise character.
Isla, you are officially my favorite out of the three.

It’s just impossible to NOT love Isla. Or Josh. Or Paris. Or this entire story. Some might not like it as much as I do because of all the drama that took place but, for me, it was just a much-appreciated touch of realism to an otherwise surreal story.

Stephanie Perkins really outdid herself with this book. She was so honest in her writing. All the insecurities she voiced out were things that any girl could relate to, and the admissions she made about love and pretend-love just resonated with me throughout my reading.

I can’t wait to get my hands on her other works. Overall, this was an overwhelmingly beautiful conclusion to the series!

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Goodreads blurb:
MELT is a brutal love story, set against the backdrop of The Wizard of Oz. Sixteen year old “good girl” Dorothy just blew into the small town of Highland Park – where the social headquarters is Munchkinland (Dunkin’ Donuts.) There, she meets Joey – a “bad boy” who tells no one about the catastrophic domestic violence he witnesses at home. Can these two lovers survive peer pressure, Joey’s reputation, and his alcoholism? And then there’s his family’s secret – about to be unleashed.

Told in dual first person, Joey’s words are scattered on the page – reflecting his broken state. Dorothy is the voice of reason – until something so shattering happens that she, too, may lose her grip. Can their love endure, or will it melt away?

MELT is based on true events. It is both a chilling tale of abuse, and a timeless romance. It will hit you like a punch in the face, and also seep through the cracks in your soul.

MeltMelt by Selene Castrovilla
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

1.5 stars and a frowny face -> 😦

Is it so wrong to wish for a happy ending?

Dorothy got her happy ending after all. So did the Scarecrow and the rest of her friends. Everyone was in a buoyant mood after the final page of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was turned.

Annoying voice in the back of my mind pipes up: But that was a children’s book. This story was based on some dude’s real life traumatic events.

*pouts* Okay, so maybe NOT the happily ever after I imagined. But maybe a concrete ending where the guy didn’t end up in jail and the girl didn’t commit suicide due to intense depression, yeah?

Annoying voice annoyingly responds: Hmm. Maybe. But the probability that Joey would actually end up okay is pretty much slim to none.

*gasps* How can you say that?! He finally stood up to his dad! Victory is his

Annoying voice: Really?

*in a hopeful voice* Yes! Really! And he and Dorothy will end up together just like in the movies.

Annoying voice: Despite the fact that her parents don’t like him and, after finding out that the guy has been living in an abusive home for the past eighteen years, will probably try to keep the two of them apart?

… Well, yeah?

Annoying voice: Riiight. You’re being too rainbow-and-sunshiney.

After that intense emotional rollercoaster ride that the author had put me through, I thought I’d at least get a nice ending. Or just, you know, a short conclusion. A scene where we at least get a small glimpse into what happened to the characters after all the bullshit that happened. Couldn’t the author have given us that small mercy?

Apparently, no. She was content enough to leave us to our imaginations and conjure up an ending for Joey and Dorothy. (Gah, why do some authors do that?!) I really want to think the best for them but with that angst-ridden ending I just…

Annoying voice: Let’s face it, outlook does not look good for the two of them.

*bangs head against the wall* SHUT UP YOU ANNOYING VOICE, YOU!

Aughhh. I feel so heartbroken.
*An ARC was given to me for free via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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Teaser Tuesdays (AUGUST 26, 2014)



Teaser Tuesdays is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

My Teasers:

    “That’s it exactly, I wanted to tell her. I wanted to shake her I wanted to scream, We’re surrounded by filth and pestilence, don’t you see it?”

~Location 1448 of 2481 (57%) on my Kindle, Melt by Selene Castrovilla

(Quotes were taken from an uncorrected proof subject to change in the final edition.)

Get Even


Goodreads blurb:
The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little Liars in Gretchen McNeil’s witty and suspenseful novel about four disparate girls who join forces to take revenge on high school bullies and create dangerous enemies for themselves in the process.

Bree, Olivia, Kitty, and Margot have nothing in common—at least that’s what they’d like the students and administrators of their elite private school to think. The girls have different goals, different friends, and different lives, but they share one very big secret: They’re all members of Don’t Get Mad, a secret society that anonymously takes revenge on the school’s bullies, mean girls, and tyrannical teachers.

When their latest target ends up dead with a blood-soaked “DGM” card in his hands, the girls realize that they’re not as anonymous as they thought—and that someone now wants revenge on them. Soon the clues are piling up, the police are closing in . . . and everyone has something to lose.

Get Even (Don't Get Mad, #1)Get Even by Gretchen McNeil
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Don’t Get Mad. GET EVEN.

^ A very fun concept, don’t you think? Giving the bullies a taste of their own medicine wouldn’t just give a great deal of justice to all of their victims but would also give such an overpowering sense of satisfaction.

Bree, Olivia, Margot and Kitty (the protagonists) certainly got my respect. They weren’t content to just sit back and let the bullies rule the school – they got their hands dirty and evened out the playing field. Without ever giving up their identities and risking expulsion. Can I get a whoop-whoop for girl power?!

I liked Bree more than the other three. She was such a feisty bad-ass! And the chemistry between her and John… oh gosh. There were times I just wanted to push the murder case aside and focus on their budding romance. Ha. The author had different priorities though.

The ending was bittersweet. I hated that Bree had done what she had done at the end (seriously, Bree, why couldn’t you have just let Kitty be the hero?!) but I was also ridiculously happy over the confession she gave John. I’m still no closer to finding out the killer… it’s driving me crazy!

An ARC of book two please? *sparkly puppy eyes*

(A million thanks to the author for providing me with a free copy of the book in exchange for an honest review! It was awesome!)

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Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly


Goodreads blurb:

Things Mary doesn’t want to fall into: the river, high school, her mother’s life.

Things Mary does kind of want to fall into: love, the sky.

This is the story of a girl who sees a boy float away one fine day. This is the story of the girl who reaches up for that boy with her hand and with her heart. This is the story of a girl who takes on the army to save a town, who goes toe-to-toe with a mad scientist, who has to fight a plague to save her family. This is the story of a girl who would give anything to get to babysit her baby brother one more time. If she could just find him.

It’s all up in the air for now, though, and falling fast. . . .

Fun, breathlessly exciting, and full of heart, Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly is an unforgettable ride.

Floating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn't FlyFloating Boy and the Girl Who Couldn’t Fly by Stephen Graham Jones
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

**An ARC was given to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Netgalley and Chizine Publications.

That title. It just drew me in.

I had a little difficulty getting fully immersed in the story though. I think this was intended for a much younger audience – the main character didn’t seem older than twelve. She made me laugh at times with her silliness.

There were a lot of action scenes, and some were exciting but most of them fell flat towards the end. I got bored during those times. The ending was fantastic though – I was glad “Floating Boy” finally learned the truth about himself, and Mary got her happy ending.

Overall a cute, light read. Three out of five stars.

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