Sunshine Blogger Award 4 & 5

The Sunshine Blogger Award

Wow, okay.

We got tagged for this twice in June. So, thank you so much to Of All the Books in All the Libraries and Catherine @ thisisoneforthebooks for nominating us! Check out their blogs!! They’re great.


  • Thank the blogger who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions the blogger asked you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and ask them 11 new questions
  • List the rules and display the sunshine blogger award logo in your post/or on your blog

(As for the logo, each tag had different ones. So we chose one.)

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

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Chantel’s Journal Week Three (07/15/18 – 07/21/18)

Sunday, July 15, 2018

Does anyone else feel like this year is going by way too fast? It’s already mid-July! Anyway, today I started playing a new game. One that I’d never heard of before, but that’s just because I don’t keep up with newer games. Now that I have a PS4 Pro, however, I want to know what games are new and popular. So, I started playing Horizon Zero Dawn. Let me tell you, this game is amazing.

You know how like 5 years ago Skyrim was the coolest thing ever with the open world and dragons? Yeah, Horizon Zero Dawn blows Skyrim out of the water. This game is so complex and fun and difficult. I love every minute of it.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

I actually read today. When I got home from work today, I had a burst of energy. Most of that energy went into listening to music but I ended up writing the next installment of The Soundtrack of My Life which was fantastic. I’m feeling really great about it and I can’t wait for everyone to read it on Saturday.

I don’t have much more to say tonight. I might read a bit more which will be recorded below, but other than that, it’s been a good day. I hope tomorrow is as good.

16 pages: Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling

  • Harry fought a dragon, made up with Ron, and got sassy with Rita Skeeter. I definitely enjoyed the bit I read today at lunchtime. Now I don’t have to bitch about Ron and Harry fighting anymore. When Hermione burst out into tears and called them stupid, I related so much.

27 pages: The Book of Essie by Meghan Maclean Weir

  • I may not be far into this book, but I’m not particularly interested in the plot.

Wednesday, July 18th, 2018

6%: Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

  • Every time I start reading this book, I get so engrossed in it. I wish I picked it up more because it’s really good and I’d like to get a review done eventually. I’ve said it before, but I feel like this book was released without fanfare despite the fact that it has a black, gay, protagonist whose love interest is Hispanic. Not to mention, it’s very emotionally charged and tense. I haven’t finished it yet, but I would definitely recommend it. It’s important and relevant.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

5%: Anger Is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

  • Don’t have much more to add except Moss and Javier are so freaking adorable. 

Saturday, July 21, 2018

I may not have gotten a lot of reading done this week, but the fact that I read at all is an achievement for me. Some people spend their weekends curled up with a nice book and then there’s me that spent all day playing The Last of Us. We all have our things. I think for me, the most important thing to realize is to not force myself to read. That never works. I have started carrying my Kindle everywhere again because if I have it with me, then I’m more likely to read. I also got an XL Book Beau so there are no excuses for me not having something to read (other than my phone) when I go out.

I can’t believe there are only ten days left in July; it’s just flown by so fast. The year will be over before we know it. Sometimes, I just wish time wouldn’t go by so quickly.

Total pages read this week: 43 + 11% of Anger Is a Gift (48% total)

  • For me, any reading in a week is a win. Especially considering that I spent my weekend playing video games. 

The Soundtrack of My Life – Track 6

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This week I’m back and I’m adding one of my favorite all time songs by my all time favorite band. This won’t be last time I feature them, but I chose this song first because it is without a doubt my favorite song of theirs. This band means so much to me and every time I come back to them, there’s a familiarity while at the same time it’s like I’m experiencing their music for the first time. I just love them and I believe that they are the best band of all time. 

Track 6: While My Guitar Gently Weeps by The Beatles


Written by George Harrison

When it came to The Beatles, the stars were John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Nearly every song the Beatles released was written by the songwriting pair Lennon-McCartney. However, George Harrison is absolutely underrated as a singer and writer. Especially when the shadows of John and Paul were so large. They were larger than life personalities and George was “The Quiet One”. 

For those who are unfamiliar with The Beatles, George Harrison often played lead guitar for the band and sung backup. He had two standout songs during his time with The Beatles. Something, which is off of Abbey Road, one of the best love songs ever. And While My Guitar Gently Weeps which is off of The White Album. It stands out especially during a time where the band was already starting to fracture. This song certainly reflects how Harrison felt about that, but I think the lyrics say a lot more than just how he felt about the band. 

When I talk about this song, it’s not just the lyrics or the music. It’s everything. The lyrics fit the song perfectly as they are almost haunting. The Beatles were never shy about writing lyrics that reflected the world they lived in, from Revolution to Blackbird, they wrote about war and racism that was prevalent then and is still prevalent now. While My Guitar Gently Weeps isn’t specifically about a certain event, but it’s a look through at the world through George Harrison’s eyes and how the world could be so much better. In my opinion that will continue to be relevant until there is real change. 

My favorite part of this song is the guitar playing which was performed by Eric Clapton.  I don’t know anything about guitar mechanics, but they did a very good job to make it sound like the guitar is truly weeping. There are two guitar solos in this song and the first blows me away. This song is worth a listen to just to hear the guitar, and honestly, if there was a version without lyrics then I would still listen to it. 

George Harrison died in 2001 from lung cancer and I wish he could’ve known that his music would transcend time. That 50 years later, While My Guitar Gently Weeps would still be as effective as it was then and would go down in history as one of the best songs ever. In my opinion, he truly created a masterpiece that rivals anything John and Paul wrote during the entirety of The Beatles’ career. 

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Gushing with Caidyn and Chantel

Gushing with Caidyn and Chantel

Another couple weeks, another one of these! Let’s just hop right into it, shall we?

The rules are:

  • Pick one thing that you’re really into this week
  • Gush about it

Literally, that’s it. That’s all you have to do for this.

It’s not exactly a tag so there aren’t huge rules. It’s more for Chantel and I to branch out into some new things. This was created as a book blog, but we love music, TV, movies, podcasts, video games, etc. And we want to talk about it more with you.

Caidyn will be in blue.
Chantel will be in purple.

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