the ocean trip / 1

(theme song: Water by Ra Ra Riot)

I can’t believe I just turned 15.  But I did, on Monday.  And I spent three days this week at the Atlantic Ocean in Delaware not only for my birthday, but for a short, relaxing vacation for my whole family.

I love the ocean.  The water is my element, for sure.  I don’t know what it is about the cold water swirling on your skin on a scalding hot day and the soft sand playfully covering you wherever you touch it, but that sort of thing excites me and calms me at the same time.

Some people don’t go in the water when they visit the ocean, which doesn’t make sense to me.  Some people believe that humans came out of the water, which doesn’t make sense to me either (i actually believe that all of it – us, the ocean, the sun were created artfully together).  Some people dismiss the sprawling beauty of the ocean by dumping waste into it and polluting the gift we have been given, which just saddens me a bit.

But me, the water makes me feel free and at peace.  Life is so short; it’s such a gift, and that’s why I want to experience mine to the fullest.  Why spend your life locked in the same place, in the same mindset, poring over what people think of you and the next thing you’re going to buy?  It’s so freeing to just forget all of that and dive in to someplace you love.

I’m really excited to share with you a video/short film I made of my experiences at the ocean, but I’m just not able to right now.  I’m going away again tomorrow morning at 4 a.m. and I’ll be gone for a week.  I might be able to share that video with you by the time I get home, but I’m still uncertain.

In the meantime, here are some photos I took that I think express the feeling that one has at the ocean, which I want to share with you… Continue reading

summer reading recommendations

It’s been a week!  Sorry I’ve been a bit busy lately.  Still, I am so glad it is summer and I am ready for more summer-themed posts (I hope you are too.)

To follow up from my last post, I thought I would share some of my personal summer reading recommendations.  On other blogs, in videos, and on Goodreads, you’ll probably see some posts or lists of recommended books.  Most likely, that list will contain several contemporary reads, several cutesy romance books, and a good majority of young adult books in general.

However, I, Faith, the Adventuring Girl, am here to bring you a list personalized by me – books that I love to read in the summer and that I think will benefit you this summer.

Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson

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I have read this story probably three or four times, and I simply love it.  The writing is well-done and the general story is really interesting.  I think everyone can relate with the main character, Sara Louise (Wheeze).  It’s set on an island during the 1940s, partially in the summer and partially during the school year.  I think it’s a historical but relatable and interesting story about a girl discovering herself.

Little Women by Lousia May Alcott

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This book is a pure classic. If you want to read something that features stuff about writing, sisters, friendship and love, and historical, practical feminism, read this book.  I’ve read it twice and it’s truly a sweet, heartwarming story.  And after you’re doe, watch the movie with Winona Ryder in it.  That’s really sweet too.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Image result for we were liarsI did not read this one in summer.  However, I think that since it is set in summer, it would be interesting to breeze through during the same months that the story is set in.  Also, it’s a thrilling (not in a thriller way, but in an interesting, can’t-put-down-way) and quick read.

Wink Poppy Midnight by April Genevieve TucholkeImage result for wink poppy midnight

In a similar way, this book is a mystery and a bit of a psychological look into the idea of “hero” and “villian” and what is wrongdoing.  Yet it is a short read and it is set in summer.  Although it is a little creepy at one or two points and I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone not a teenager, it’s a good summer read for some.

Lord of the Flies by William GoldingImage result for lord of the flies book

This book is disturbing but important.  For years, it’s been a highly acclaimed classic.  I read it for a summer class when I was around 12 or 13, but I would say it’s an older, more serious book.  If you want to read something increasingly influential this summer, I would suggest this book and the next one…

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

IImage result for to kill a mockingbird‘ve been wanting to read this one again, maybe once I finish my library books… Last, but definitely not least, I recommend this vital read to make your summer reading political and historical.  If you haven’t read this, read it.  And if you have read this, read it again.  Racism, one of the main topics of the book, is still an important issue in today’s society and it will continue to be for no one knows how long.  So I highly suggest this book for your summer and for your general thoughts throughout this season.

 

That’s all for now!  Comment down below (by clicking the message bubble with a plus in it) if you’ve read these, what your favorite summer books are, or what you’re reading now.

-Faith xx