5 Authors Who Have Inspired Me

5 Authors Who Have Inspired Me

Reading can take you away from all those pesky problems. Books are cool like that.

I have read my fair share of books throughout my short nineteen years of life. Most of them have been pretty similar stories, but with vastly different authors. It always amazes me how two completely different people, with two different backgrounds, can create such similar stories. There are much more than just five authors who have inspired me, but that list might be a bit too long. Without further ado, here are the top five authors who have inspired me.

1. J.K. Rowling

Joanne Rowling, better known as J.K. Rowling, struggled when trying to publish her series Harry Potter. She was denied many times to publish her series, but she never gave up. Thankfully she didn't because the Harry Potter series have always been my favorite book series. J.K. Rowling went through plenty of other struggles in her life and that's what inspires me the most. That although plenty of people told her no, she kept going.

2. Malala Yousafzai

She is the author of I Am Malala. I will not lie to you and tell you I have read her book, because I haven't. But I have heard a lot about the author and have been truly fascinated by her and her story. Malala started out as a blogger before she wrote this book. Malala is an activist for female education and obviously a feminist. I thought that she was truly inspiring for writing and blogging about the things she believes in.

3. Rachel Caine

Okay, so while everyone will probably judge me for this, I'm still adding her to the list. Rachel Caine, to me, is best known for her series The Morganville Vampires. When I was younger, I was absolutely obsessed with these books. I know, yuck, I was one of those girls who liked vampires. Spoiler alert, I still do. Rachel Caine is inspiring to me because even though her books weren't particularly popular for a long time, she still kept writing them. She wrote weird things and didn't care what others thought. Her books entertained me for the longest time. If I ever write a book, I can only hope I am as carefree with my writing as she is.

4. Stephen King

This list could not be complete if Stephen King wasn't on it. I am not a die hard fan, but I appreciate his books and writing style. King has truly become the king of creepy. I was only 10 the first time I read one of this books and while I can't remember which one it was, I will tell you how truly creeped out I was by it. Just like Rachel Caine, King is on the list because I love how he writes.

5. James Patterson

James Patterson has been a favorite of mine for a really long time. If you haven't noticed, I was obsessed with a lot of fiction and James Patterson is one of the best fiction writers in the whole world, to me at least. I admire and have been inspired by James Patterson so much because he wrote all the things I wanted to. My favorite books by him are the Witch and Wizard series. I admire the way he took such a complex story plot and made it so simple to read. James Patterson's writing style is something I hope to achieve in my life.

Obviously the majority of these authors wrote fiction. I am not a big non-fiction reader, but I know when an author is worth giving a shout out to. I hope everyone who read this decided to check out these authors if you don't already know them. These authors are truly amazing and I hope everyone else is experiencing the same excitement as I do when I read. I was constantly teased for always having a book in my hand in school, but I didn't care and neither should any of you. I am in college now and I don't have a lot of time to just sit down and read a book so I am glad I was a nerd in middle school and read all the books that I could when I had the time. Books are amazing and I wish more people understood that. So if anyone out there is reading this and you are constantly being picked on for reading, just ignore them. Books can take us to a whole new world. Why would you give that up just because some middle school bullies think it's not cool? I know it's hard to ignore the teasing, but just remember you have a whole new world in your hands when you hold a book. Reading can take you away from all those pesky problems. Books are cool like that.

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37 Drake Lyrics From 'Scorpion' That Will Make Your Next Instagram Caption Go Double Platinum

Side A makes you want to be single, Side B make you want to be boo'd up.


We all knew Scorpion was going to be the summer banger we wanted. However, Drake surprised us with two sides of an album and two sides of himself. Mixing rap and R&B; was genius on his part, so why not dedicate 37 of his lyrics to our Instagram captions?

1. "Don't tell me how knew it would be like this all along" — Emotionless

Definitely a "I'm too good" for you vibe.

2. "My mentions are jokes, but they never give me the facts" — Talk Up

This one's for my haters.

3. "I wanna thank God for workin' way harder than Satan" — Elevate

For when you're feeling blessed.

4. "I promise if I'm not dead then I'm dedicated" — March 14

In Drake's story about his son the world knows about now, we get a lyric of true love and dedication

5. "My Mount Rushmore is me with four different expressions" — Survival

6. "Pinky ring 'til I get a wedding ring" — Nonstop

7. "I gotta breathe in real deep when I catch an attitude" — 8 Out of 10

This first line of the song is about to be spread on the gram like a wildfire

8. "Heard all of the talkin', now it's quiet, now it's shush" — Mob Ties

9. "California girls sweeter than pieces of candy" — Sandra's Rose

This is gonna have every girl who has ever stayed in Cali all hot and heavy, watch it.

10. "I think you're changing your mind, starting to see it in your eyes" — Summer Games

Y'all know how these summer games go

11. "Look the new me is really still the real me" — In My Feelings

When you've got to profess that you've changed 200%

12. "Only beggin' that I do is me beggin' your pardon" — Is There More

13. "Shifted your focus, lens lookin' jaded" — Jaded

14. "Back and forth to Italy, my comment section killin' me" — Can't Take a Joke

Necessary for when you've got people hyping you up already

15. "People are only as tough as they phone allows them to be" — Peak

Y'all can't have this one, I'm stealing it

16. "Work all winter, shine all summer" — That's How You Feel

Put in the work so you can flex on 'em, summer 18

17. "Blue faces, I got blue diamonds, blue tint, yeah" — Blue Tint

18. "I stay busy workin' on me" — Elevate

19. "Ten of us, we movin' as one" — Talk Up

The perfect reason to get the largest group picture you've had on your gram

20. "October baby for irony sake, of course" — March 14

This statistically applies to 1/12 of y'all reading this, so take that as you will (we October babies are the best)

21. "She had an attitude in the summer but now she nice again" — Blue Tint

22. "I know you special girl 'cause I know too many" — In My Feelings

23. "Gotta hit the club like you hit them, hit them, hit them angles" — Nice for What

24. "She said 'Do you love me?' I tell her, 'Only partly,' I only love my ____ and my ____ I'm sorry" — God's Plan

If you haven't used this one yet, get to it

25. "But I'm blessed I just checked, hate me never met me in the flesh" — I'm Upset

26. "It's only good in my city because I said so" — 8 Out of 10

Follow this up with a location and shoutout your hometown

27. "My haters either on they way to work or they arrived" — Can't Take a Joke

28. "I always need a glass of wine by sundown" — Final Fantasy

Has Drake ever been more relatable?

29. "It's your f***in' birthday. Happy birthday" — Ratchet Happy Birthday

Let's go get kicked out of an Applebee's

30. "I move through London with the Eurostep" — Nonstop

31. "I stopped askin' myself and I started feelin' myself" — Survival

Mood all summer 18

32. "They keep tryna' get me for my soul" — I'm Upset

33. "I'm tryna see who's there on the other end of the shade" — Emotionless

34. "Only obligation is to tell it straight" — Elevate

35. "It don't matter to me what you say" — Don't Matter to Me

This line from the King of Pop (MJ) will give you chills. R.I.P.

36. "I'm the chosen one, flowers never pick themselves" — Sandra's Rose

37. "Say you'll never ever leave from beside me" — In My Feelings

Couple goals, amirite?

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11 Reviews Of 11 Movies Released During Spring And Summer 2018

I've spent too much money at the theater to not write this.


I am quite the movie enthusiast, and I also love to share my opinion even if no one is asking and no one cares! It's such a healthy thing for me to shout into the abyss even if no one is listening. Here is a concise list of reviews of movies I have experienced over these past few months. This list includes a range from critically acclaimed movies to embarrassingly horrid Netflix original movies that I somehow powered through. Do enjoy.

1. I Feel Pretty: 8/10

Amy Schumer is someone who I have never really understood. I think her humor is a bit too crass for me, and every time she appears on Jimmy Fallon/Saturday Night Live (shows I watch religiously) I just don't really vibe with her. However, I really enjoyed this movie! I saw it in my trash little local movie theater in South Georgia, but was floored by how cute it was. It had a positive message and the story line was captivating!

I don't typically respond well to the newer chick flicks; how can one compare the new to the classics like 13 Going on 30 and Sleepless in Seattle? This movie is different enough that it doesn't compare directly. It was no cinematic masterpiece, but I did not regret paying for an overpriced movie ticket and an even pricier cherry coke.

2. A Quiet Place: 9/10

Holy cow I saw this movie twice and theaters and had to control my breathing both times. I really loved this movie. John Krasinski is such a star. He produced and wrote the movie in addition to starring in it, choosing an all-star cast and writing a beautifully captivating story.

Though he acted wonderfully, his wife, Emily Blunt, stole the show. She blew my mind in her portrayal of the pregnant wife. I believed everything she said, everything she felt, every reaction she had to every horrific situation that faced her. All I can say is wowowoowowoww.

3. Oceans 8: 5/10

Ugh! I wanted this movie to be better than it was. I love the OG Oceans movies. I grew up watching them with my dad. I think what makes the originals so successful is the fact that they hold the cards until the end, where they reveal how cleverly they executed their plan. What also distinguishes the old movies from this new one is the presence of a villain. The old movies always portrayed the victim of the heist as conceited, selfish, and deserving of their fate.
In this portrayal of a heist, there is no justice to be served. The women are there only for the money, not for any kind of moral reason. That truly bothered me. Not to mention, the movie was set up for success. Sandra Bullock Rocks. Cate Blanchett rocks. Mindy Kaling? Rihanna? ANNE HATHAWAY? Could a cast get any better? However, they do not showcase the acting ranges of these actresses AND they made the fatal mistake of asking Cate Blanchett to try an American accent. She failed. Thank you for your time.

4. The Incredibles II: 9/10

I waited and waited and waited for this movie. I was at a PRIME age of 5 when the first movie came out and I was ecstatic to hear that a sequel was being made. I really enjoyed this movie. It was creative and well animated, consistent with the first film ,and very clever.
However, I was extremely disappointed by the reveal of the villain in the end. SPOILER: I knew it was the sister of the investor the WHOLE DANG TIME. Almost as bad as (another spoiler) Betty's dad being the black hood in riverdale. If you didn't see it coming, I have lost all respect for you. All of the signs were there.

5. Won't you Be My Neighbor?: 10/10

Please go see this movie, even if you were not raised on this show. I didn't grow up watching Mr. Rogers, but this movie is really important in our society and for my generation. Kindness, thoughtfulness, and empathy are things that we are losing. I hate to be cynical, but a man like Mr. Rogers is not out there anymore, and I don't know if we will ever see anyone else like him.
He was truly amazing. Though he was a Christian man, his goal was to remind children over and over again that they are loved and special. I saw this movie twice at an independent movie theatre, once by myself and again with my mom and sister. I WEPT both times.

6. American Animals: 10/10

This movie blew my mind. It's a true story of four boys in Kentucky who attempted to steal from the special collections library at Transylvania University. By melding documentary and reenactment, it tells the story in the most authentic way possible, It is witty, cleverly written, and absolutely unbelievable in terms of a true story. It is only out in select theaters, but is worth a drive to see!

Love, Simon: 9/10

I walked into this movie hoping it wouldn't disappoint me. After recent backlash regarding movies that portrayed the gay community, the event of coming out inaccurately, I was hoping for a movie that pleasantly surprised. me. I think this movie was important because it dealt with what felt like a more authentic struggle of a high school boy. I will not pretend to know what it feels like to experience such a monumental and anxiety-ridden moment in high school, I felt that the movie did the LGBTQ community justice.

8. Isle of Dogs: 7/10

Ah, Wes Anderson. This past year I watched all of his movies. Call me a typical white girl, but I really enjoy his meticulous cinematography witty dialogue and pastel color schemes. I went as far as to read a book of essays about his work. It's ok. Quietly judge me. I was very vey very excited to see his new film and I really enjoyed it! I cannot lie to you, I was a bit disgusted by the depiction of the trash island, almost as disgusted as I get when sponge bob does grotesque close-ups. I hope you know what I am talking about. But the storyline was Wes's typical adventure of obstacles, unexpected love, and the quirkiest characters. It didn't seem very ground-breaking, though. He has yet to throw me an intense curveball. He wrote a movie about dogs. He [has put a dog in almost every other one of his movies. Come on, Wes. Surprise me.

9. Ibiza: 2/10

This movie is absolutely ridiculous. Each situation was less believable than the last. The acting was terrible. The EDM music was painful. Whoever created this movie wasted money, time, and resources. I'm wasting my time writing about it. Netflix, wyd?

10. Set it Up 5/10

This movie was better than Ibiza, but not much better. Though the storyline was more intriguing and the acting was less painful, I still felt like turning it off halfway through bc I knew how it would end. Curse you, Netflix movies.

11. The Kissing Booth: -3/10

The worst for last. This movie is trash. The lil girl from Ramon and Beezus is in it. Though she's probably my age or older she still looks and sounds like she's 10. This movie is so cringey wow.
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