Why It Is Okay To Read More Obscure Books

Everyone wants to be in the loop about the latest and most popular show, book, or political/celebrity gossip. Honestly, in the current environment, I just do not find it nurturing. I know many will disagree with me on this, but I would rather give my time to things where I can feel inspired, truly entertained, and actually learn something new and interesting. I do not hate television for instance, but no longer having television reception actually cuts me off from having to watch a certain show, or watch a certain news program. I still read a few articles, but when I have free time, I would rather work on my blog.

Also, I have been indulging in reading more obscure novels and books again. I do not want to criticize what others read, but often I do not feel compelled to read the best seller. Just because the book is on the best-seller list usually does not mean I will enjoy the volume. Actually, most of the fiction that really captures my heart is about stories revolving around families and how they bond with each other.  Such tales transcend cultures and time, but I do have a keen interest immigrant fiction. Perhaps this goes back to the stories my grandpa told me about how his family immigrated to America. Here are a few stories about immigrant fiction that have caught my interest over the years. In my opinion, these tales are just more fascinating than fantasy genre because even though these stories are fictionalized, one can often glean many of the characters are based on the authors’ own life experiences.


The Christmas Ribbon Braid

Christmas theme fashion can be quite affordable if you are on a budget, or just do not see the point of purchasing expensive accessories for only one season. Today I decided to create a Christmas ribbon braid with some ribbons I purchased at the Dollar Tree.

The Christmas ribbon braid is a bit on the fun side, but this can be made more subdued as well.


I created this Christmas ribbon braid by braiding three sections of hair and then making one larger braid.

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The video shows the creation of the Christmas tree braid from start to finish.


Talking Less About Certain Things

I used to enjoy conversation about all topics that interested me, but lately, I feel like sometimes I want to talk less about certain subjects. I told a friend about something that excited me, and the friend wondered why I would even be interested in this. It made me realize I should have kept the excitement about this topic to myself. I value this friend’s opinions, but I knew they would not be interested in how I felt about something. The revelation about this was I am beginning to realize that things that pique me do not always have to be shared with those who might not agree or understand why I am interested in a certain topic. In the age where we have to put everything on social media blast, I am going to remind myself to not always mention things that are on my mind. I can have a diary and tell it about what I am thinking. If you feel at all hesitant about sharing something, go with your intuition. It is probably best to just write about it in your diary and not tell the world about everything on your mind.