This Week in Review | The Twelfth

Hi everyone!

After last week’s special review, today’s week in review is a return to normalcy. I’ve been a bit busy this week with life, but I’ve made quite a big of headway with my writing and reading on the side. Every moment is filled with action and I kind of love it that way 🙂

What I Read:

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining by Anne Mazer. This was a fun re-read for me! It is the 1st book in The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes series, a children’s book about a young girl who loves to write with a purple pen and was an inspiration for myself. Just the way the story is written is unique, alternating between diary entries written in purple and an omniscient narratives. Part of the reason for me reading this cute story is that it’s one I might wish to adapt one day as a tv series for children. That and I was feeling a tad nostalgic 😉

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. Another re-read! I wasn’t feeling so well Tuesday night. I like to look for books that can do the trick of comfort food, and nothing says comfort read like Harry Potter. This was probably my nineteenth time reading it — not exaggerating 😉 — and I still love it so much! I’ll probably re-read the whole series over the course of 2016!

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. On Thursday, one of the greatest authors passed away. A great tragedy, I was deeply saddened to learn that she had died, especially considering the hardships she faced in her later years. The publication of Go Set a Watchman is a highly contentious one — many people said that she did not want it
published. She had told her story and did not need another one published. Alas, the currency of our age is money, not respect. That being said, I loved re-reading this book. Well-written, it weaves the most thoughtful plot, combining a coming-of-age story with a study of human instincts and the concept of morality. It also boasts some of the greatest characters: Atticus Finch, Athur ‘Boo’ Radley and of course Scout! If you have not yet read this book, I simply insist that you do 🙂

In between these novels, I’ve also been working my way through Neil Gaiman’s Fragile Things, a collection of short stories and poetry. He is such a master storyteller and each story is defined by intriguing plots and enchanting characters. A true gem!

What I Watched:

Not as much as what I read, I promise you that 😉

To Kill a Mockingbird, dir. by Robert Mulligan (starring Gregory Peck and Mary Badham). Friday night I sat down with my family to watch this movie. Of all movie adaptations based off books, this has to be one of my favourites. Gregory Peck as Atticus is simply phenomenal! And Mary Badham shines as Scout. A beautifully filmed movie with a gorgeous score, it is a perfect testament to one of America’s greatest novels!

Otherwise, I’ve just been slowly working through shows. I haven’t spent a lot of time doing that only because I find it hard to focus on my stories when I’m watching shows at the same time. Music is a far better inspiration!

What I Listened To:

Two new albums that I purchased:

  1. Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats by Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats: a mix of soul and folk and gospel and rock and awesomeness. Love! Love! Love!
  2. This is Acting by Sia: I love this woman so much! She has such talent and the most beautiful voice! I watched her carpool with James Corden and they just dazzle with their talent. Another inspiration for writing 🙂Thisisacting albumcover.png

What Inspired Me:

A song that I heard sung in church the other day sung by a Youth choir. A very powerful song that truly touched by heart and moved be to tears. Whatever your belief, remember that there is always someone that you can turn to for help and support when you are struggling or facing challenges. Do not be afraid to ask for help. Do not be afraid to admit that you are not strong enough. We are humans. We get tired. We get angry. We get sad. There’s always a shoulder out there willing to hold you up. If you cannot find someone, I am always willing to hear you out. I know that we are miles apart and do not know each other, but I am here and willing to listen. Reach out to me.

I Surrender by Hillsong United:

Here I am
Down on my knees again
Surrendering all
Surrendering all
Find me here
Lord as you draw me near
I’m desperate for you
I’m desperate for you
I surrender

Drench my soul
As mercy and grace unfold
I hunger and thirst
I hunger and thirst
With arms stretched wide
I know you hear my cry
Speak to me now
Speak to me now

 I surrender
I surrender
I want to know you more
I want to know you more

Like a rushing wind
Jesus breathe within
Lord have your way
Lord have your way in me
Like a mighty storm
Stir within my soul
Lord have your way
Lord have your way in me

Let me know what’s had your attention this week!

Have a beautiful week! Keep your light burning bright. You are a gift to the world. Never forget that 🙂

May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,

Faith   quill-ink



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