Book Review / The Disappearances

the disappearances sarah bain murphy


Every seven years something disappears the remote town of Sterling: people's reflections, the stars in the sky, the ability to dream. Aila realizes that her mother may be to blame for the curse. But some mysteries are buried very deep and some secrets want to stay hidden - and one young woman's desire to uncover the truth may not be enough to save the people of Sterling from the past.

The blurb on the back of the book made me feel that this novel was about Aila snooping to find her mothers secrets, little did I know the depth of this story would go way further than I expected.

It is the year 1942 when Ailas mother passes away and her father is drafted into the war. Subsequently, her brother and her are sent to Sterling, their mothers hometown, to stay with a close friend. They soon learn of the peculiarities of the little town, things seem to disappear and no one knows why. 

The way history is pulled into the story is phenomenal and unpredictable. I believe that this is what made me enjoy the book so much, bringing real things into fiction is what I love. Emily Bain Murphy did a wonderful job of keeping things a mystery, throwing you a little of track. The small amount of romance that is produced also leaves you with a small bit of lingering giddiness. I was pleasantly surprised of how much I enjoyed this book and I would recommend it to anyone who is remotely interested in YA fiction.

This Weekend

This weekend seemed way too short, especially since I had to wake up extra early on Saturday to work. I mostly had a lazy weekend but started cleaning out our closet to paint it Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately, when I started painted I realized how bad the paint smelled. It was leftover paint from when we painted out living room but I used it after that to paint the guest room closet. I had to stop painting because the smell was so bad and took over the entire house. 


Has this ever happened to you? I didn't think paint could go bad but there is something definitely wrong with this gallon. I haven't opened the white (also leftover) for the trim because I expect it is the same. 

I was pretty bummed and then started feeling ill on Sunday so I guess my painting adventure will continue next weekend. 


Oh I was thinking of painting a pattern on the back wall of the closet, any ideas?


Single Vision

I cannot believe how long of a time it's been since I last posted. Things have been hectic due to an accelerated American history class that required a lot of my time, but now I only have one paper left and it's back to my normal studies.

Which means back to a normal blogging regime! 
So last time we spoke at the end of July, I had lots of ideas brewing they were put on hold. Now, with my newly energized fall burst of energy I can continue to do those things and more, but for this post I want to share an experience during I had during the break at Single Vision.

Single Vision is a wildlife refuge about an hour outside of Gainesville, Fl. They take in animals that were unwanted by owners or zoos. I was able to do the interactive experience and it was wonderful seeing all the animals up close. It was definitely an experience I will never forget and will probably go back and do sometime soon! 

fennec fox
mountain lion

Books I've read in June

I don't know what it is about this summer but I've been reading a lot. Maybe it's because if I have to get in my oven of a car with no air conditioning in this Florida heat without absolutely having to I might just die.

Anyways, the first books of the month I read are The Magicians Trilogy.

the magicians

After watching the first two seasons of the new SyFy series I was hooked and wanting more. The characters in these stories are relatable and the sarcastic humor is great. Although, the books and tv series are quite different, I kind of like it that way. It gives you more time with the lovable characters that you wouldn't have otherwise. The stories basically have the same outcome but with a little bit of a different way of getting there. 

Quentin is a high school student about to head to college when he suddenly ends up at magicians school called Brakebills. His long time obsession of the fictional books (which I wish were real) Fillory and Further tend to be true although with some darker secrets. There are villians, love, lots of tests, and the end of magic. Very dramatic stuff here.

These books are fairly short and easy to read. If you haven't read them or watched the show, I highly suggest you do. There are basically a book of The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter put together.

annihilation jeff vandermeer

Another series I have started is the Southern Reach Trilogy. I downloaded these books years ago and just started reading them. I was surprised at how different to the description I remember reading that they are.  When I first started I assumed these would be an apocalyptic novel kind of like Divergent where the characters find out what is really going on. That theory was partly true but I wasn't expecting to feel the thrill of a jump scare about to happen at any moment. I think I read this book in around three days because I just needed to know what was around the corner. The spookiness was overwhelming and I just needed to understand. 

This book is in the perspective of a biologist the goes into Area X as part of an exploration team. It is written in a journaling perspective which makes it feel like you were there. Area X is unexplained except that we know of the different environments living in such close quarters as well as that there is an invisible border that has unknown origin to keep people out. 

auhority jeff vandermeer

Authority is the second book in the trilogy and I am still reading it but I thought I'd explain what I know from it her as well and next month hopefully I will know the entire outcome. 

This book is in the perspective of the southern reach director. I like how this gives you a whole different look into what Area X is and that no one is really in control of it, or themselves. Not as spooky, but still equally as eerie, I'm excited to reach the end where the director will hopefully round out the theories I have or maybe not because I've still got one more book to go!

jen sincero

This is also an in "process of reading" book. I tend to not be able to read non fiction as easily. I have to flip back and forth if I want to actually process the book. I have reading this off and on for about a month. It's a fairly short book and it has been a real inspiring read so far. 

Jen Sincero has a great humor which keeps me more engrossed. This is actually the furthest I've read into a "self-help" book because most of them are really boring and I can't handle it. She puts things into perspective and does it in a funny relatable way.

I hope I gave you some insight on what to read this summer! I will keep you updated on my books of choice!


Indoor Plants

I've been really into gardening lately. Fixing up our front yard has been a long process and it still needs some more time but I feel pretty happy driving up to our house now. The grass is definitely the slowest portion of the process so I decided to keep my inspiration going by bringing some plants inside. 

I'll start off by saying my record of keeping indoor plants alive isn't the best and recently one of my beloved Pothos, that I've had for 2.5 years bit the dust for some odd reason. I'm assuming my need to water things if look even a little bit off was the culprit. Over-watering is always my downfall. 

Now That I've invested in some new little guys I'm going to try my hardest to nurse them to their full potential. I even bought a tester succulent to see how well I can manage my bad tendency to over-water, that is the true test to see if I can do it. The other plants are labeled as the "easy to grow" but I honestly didn't even know that when picking them out. I just thought they were nice looking and for low-light so that meant let's do this. 

easy indoor house plants

Now, on the opposite side of over-watering aren't these plant filled bathrooms dreamy? Apparently, even if you don't have windows fluorescent bulbs will do the trick. I'm planning on this being my next venture in the plant world but first I have to fix up some of the not so great aspects of our bathrooms. 

plants in bathroom
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