Dear 15-Year-Old Me. [A Tag!]

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Often times we may wish that we could go back in time and give our former selves advice and words of wisdom. If you could go back in time, what would you advise or encouragement would you give to yourself?


Dear 15 year old me,

1. Don’t be hard on yourself because …

The world is a crazy place. Everything seems to be falling apart and high school is confusing. The sheltered world you knew is no longer that idyllic place, but you will find your voice. You will find your identity–your own, not the one you think you should be. Don’t let the pressure put on you by your peers make you try things, like that cigarette. Put it down, you asthmatic fool! Shut off the news and focus on your schoolwork. Things will get better.

2. The relationship you’re in ….

(I wasn’t in one! So I’ll touch on my friends.)

Some of them will last. Other ones will not. Hold on to those who stick around because they are the ones who matter. When you find your circle, hold on to them too. They will bring out the best in you. They’ll make you laugh, lift you up, pull you out of the depths of your despair. They’ll inspire you. But you have to find them and you will when you least expect it.

If it doesn’t work out, don’t stress and for the love of cheez-whiz, don’t accept them back. If they stabbed you in the back once, you know they’re gonna do it again. It’s high school! Drama reigns.

3. You will get through this because …

You are stronger than you give yourself credit for. You will find your inner strength and again, you will find your voice. When you do, you’ll be unstoppable. Stop worrying about what other people think and focus on the things that matter.

Read often, listen to music, do everything that helps you unwind. Play video games with your cousin and hang with family.

4. Don’t get caught up in thinking …

…about the news. About anything that isn’t school. It scares you and it isn’t helping you with your schoolwork and that needs a lot of attention. You’ll regret being lackadaisical about it when you get to 11th and 12th grade. Trust me.

Also, when your guidance counselor tells you that you’ll never get into college, ignore him. He was a creep and even though you won’t finish, you are not stupid. You just have limitations. It’s okay. You have learning disabilities but it doesn’t mean you’re stupid.

5. These experiences will help you learn …

that you can overcome anything. You will learn about who you are and what your limits are. You’re going to go through a transformation this year, not physically, but mentally. There’s going to be a toughness but don’t be afraid to let your guard down. Cry, let it out. Write. You can face it all.

halloween_dividers_23I’d like to mention that I turned 15 two days before September 11th. So, the news was pretty horrific and terrifying. I didn’t understand what was going on and it really, really shook me to my core. I had just started high school and there was so much in my head. Ugh. I get tensed up just thinking about it now!
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About The Blogger!

I saw this over on Kaleena’s blog, Reader Voracious. It was created by Bethany over at Bibliophile’s Binge!  I thought it would be fun to do something not quite book related and introduce myself more to the newer followers on my blog.


17626483_10155907965379428_156011700125902827_nName: Clarissa Marie.  But you can call me Riss or Rissa. Or Clary, like Miss Fray from The Mortal Instruments. (I’ve never read those, actually.)

32 [My birthday is 9/9!]

A little bit of college. I ended up dropping out. But I read voraciously and I keep on learning. I attended East Stroudsburg North High School up in Pennsylvania. I am part of the graduating class of 2005. (Let’s go Timberwolves!!)

Florida, USA by way of Pennsylvania and New York.

Disabled. But I keep busy with my blog and I think of it as a part time job. I just get paid in books. 🙂

These are a few of your favorite things: 
My dog, Tessie, Disney movies, my record player, books (obviously), taking pictures and all sorts of things like that. I’m kind of an introvert.  I also love to write and use Photoshop.

Is there a story behind your blog’s name? Originally I used ‘With Her Nose Stuck In A Book’. But I was afraid Disney would sue me, lol. So I made a play on ‘Clarissa Explains It All’ by making it ‘Clarissa Reads It All’.

What are you looking forward to right now? 
I don’t really have anything I’m looking forward to, actually. I hope my Uncle and Aunt visit soon; and maybe my bestie Cat.

Favorite Ice Cream: 
Chocolate, chocolate chip cookie dough, mint chocolate chip.

Coffee or Tea? And how do you take it? 
Coffee. I love Starbucks’ ‘White Chocolate Mocha’ and I love their ‘Peppermint Mocha Frapp’. I don’t add anything to it. It’s just tasty as is.

Favorite Thing To Do On a Rainy Day: Read! Obviously. However, I like to listen to it rain, put some classical music on and just enjoy it.

Favorite Movies: 
Gone With The Wind, Wizard of Oz, Beauty and the Beast.

Favorite Books:
I’ve said it so many times, so I’m not saying it again, lol. I’ll give you a hint though, one of them is mentioned in my favorite movies.

Good hint? LoL. 

One Item on Your Bucket List: Go to the UK!!

Scariest Thing You’ve Ever Done: 
I went helmet diving in Mexico! What an experience!

Fun Fact or Two: 
I was the class clown my senior year. Everyone kind of knew me and I liked the recognition. I just enjoyed the ever living hell out of making people laugh.

I have apparently been saying since I was a little girl–before I ever saw or read GWTW–“Tomorrow Is Another Day.” My parents tell me I’ve always been a “regular Scarlett O’Hara.” If it’s meant as an insult, I don’t take it that way.


My First Times: Book Tag.

Untitled-2Hey hey, bookworms!! Hope you’re all doing well. I’ve been so stressed out by the news lately, oh man. I can’t even begin to put it in words. So, I’ve taken a minor sabbatical from Facebook and the news; I only check in sparingly. I have been reading and working on my writing and I was painting today. I think I may pick up my coloring books again too. I very much enjoy the creative pursuits and I find they help relax me. I also did some blog hunting, looking for new people to follow and I found Jenny’s blog whilst on Twitter. In fact,  I saw this tag on her blog and I thought that it would be fun to do something based on yours truly and not books.


First app you check when you wake up in the morning?

I always check Instagram first. I love to see all the pictures that my friends have posted; videos. I’m also half-asleep, so pictures are appreciated. I also don’t have my glasses on usually, so I just look at the pictures and like.

First broken bone?

The first was my ankle when I was…10 or 11. I don’t remember how old I was, but it’s a testament to my clumsiness that I fell and our screen door slammed on my ankle. So I like to joke that I fell walking out of a doorway.

First foreign country you ever visited?

Mexico! I went on a cruise for my 21st birthday. 🙂

My first makeup item?

Is nail polish a makeup item? Because I always had that. But if not, it was liquid eyeliner.

My first ever tape or CD?

The first tape I ever bought on my own was Middle of Nowhere by Hanson. I wore it out and ended up buying it like…3 more times. Spice Girls followed until I got CDs. The first cd that I bought was the Backstreet Boys, more than likely.

My first car?

I don’t drive!

My first Celebrity crush

Jonathan Taylor Thomas. My walls were covered with him until Taylor Hanson took over. Then Backstreet Boys…haha.

My first cooking experience?

Erm…I don’t remember the first. I’m not a very good cook and I am thankful that I live at home and my mother cooks, lol. I can make a box of Mac & Cheese, so there’s that. I am keen to learn though. It’s a bit ironic all of this because when I was 16, I worked as a cook! Give me a grill-top and I can make eggs, bacon, pancakes, burgers.

My first ever boyfriend/girlfriend?

Must we speak of him? He dumped me after a year. On my 17th birthday. For another guy.

My first ever mobile phone?

One of those Nokia house bricks which was only useful for playing Snake. <—I have to keep Jenny’s answer here, because that was my phone too.

My first fear?

The Dark!!

My first internet activity?

AOL Instant Messenger! I used it to keep in touch with my friends from New York after I moved.

My first job?

I worked as a pool attendant, but I got fired, lol.

My first language?

English. It’s my only.

First musical instrument?

Recorder, haha. Then piano, but I’m not really musically inclined.

My first pet?

I had hamsters named Honey and Bandit.

My first piercing and when did I get it?

I have my ears done three times. I was an infant when my parents got them done the first time. I think I was 18 when I got them done the second time and I forget about the third.

My first tattoo?

I don’t have any tattoo’s and don’t think I’ll get any either. I am way too indecisive to know what I want. <—-Same answer!

My first soft toy?

I have a doll that my mother bought me when she brought me home; it’s a little rattle doll named Mary. I still have her. ❤

My first thought today?

I’m tired!

My first time on a ship?

A ship? The Carnival Legend when I was 21.

The first book I remember reading?

That I remember reading? Probably Madeleine. I don’t remember! Ah!

The first concert I ever attended?

The Backstreet Boys in 1999, for my 13th birthday.

The first film I remember seeing?

Beauty and the Beast!

The first person I talked to today?

My mother. ❤

The first text I sent today?

I haven’t sent a text today. The first IM I sent today was to my friend and it was a response to a roleplay.

The first thing I do every morning?

Say hello to my dog, Tess and my parents. Then eat.

The first thing I do when I get home?

Usually, go to the bathroom and then change my pants. I’m all about comfort.

The first time you ever got drunk?

I was at my friend’s house and I drank four Mike’s Hard Lemonades. Dude, I was so drunk. Don’t laugh at me! I’m a lightweight. I felt it the next day, oh man.

When did you go to your first party?

I was boring as hell; I hated to party. I still do, honestly. I don’t like crowds or being drunk or any of that. Birthday parties for the family is one thing, receptions and such, but I’m not a party girl. Give me hot chocolate and a book. That’s good for me.




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Siobhan’s Questions & My Answers

  • What trope do you love/hate the most?

I think that the “damaged goods guy” is one. And I mean, I’m sorry this happened to you but that is no reason to treat everyone else like crap. Also, main female character? You deserve better! Leave his creepy self!

  • Now, which trope do you wt to do away with?

I honestly could do without a love triangle. But I know that isn’t going away. I do wish authors would stop using mental illness as a ‘quirk’ or something a few pills will make disappear.

  • Which series do you love to hate?

Fifty Shades of Bullshit.

I love hating on it. I know, it’s immature, but I love seeing people get annoyed after I point out valid facts about that abusive tripe.

  • What do you wish to change/make better about the blogging life/community?

I think I would make interacting a little easier. I would love to set up a Discord server or join one, if one exists, where book bloggers could chat about books, their blogs and all of that wonderful stuff.

  • What is your next anticipated read?

I have so many!! I think my top pick for right now is The Locksmith’s Daughter.

  • Which is your top three OTP (one true pairing)?

Do they have to be canon? Because some of my favorites are not. I am going to list

First, Harry/Hermione. I never really liked her and Ron together, honestly. It just seemed like all they’d do is fight, whereas Hermione and Harry seem to be better suited for each other.

My others are Feyre and Rhysand from ACOTAR and Audrey and Thomas from the Stalking Jack the Ripper series.

  • Who is your favourite villainous character?

Oh my God. How can I pick just one? I love villains. But I think I would pick…Bellatrix Lestrange. She was such a damn boss and Helena Bonham Carter played her with such gusto that I can’t read the books without seeing her. The whole cast of HP was a rare case of perfect casting. “I killed Sirius Black!” I bet you read that in her voice too.

  1. Who would you love to see dead? And when I say that, I mean fictional characters.
  • What is your last DNF book?

The Dragon Queen by William Andrews. Quite dry and I just couldn’t get into it for the life of me.

  • Which book would you love to be transported in?

The Wizarding World, obviously. I am kind of obsessed with Harry Potter if one didn’t notice, lol.

  • Who is your latest book boyfriend or girlfriend?

I don’t have one right now!


I’m not nominating anyone because I am mobile and it’s a pain in the ass to try and tag.