Shower Thoughts Sundays #2 [3/22/15]

Shower Thoughts Sunday is just something I thought I would whip up to talk about different thought I have had about different things. Mostly the book community, but sometimes others. They will focus on one topic, but maybe diverge onto similar topic, but I will stay on the topic at hand.

Todays Topic:

reading slumps.

Ah, the reading slump. The old enemy. The one who comes around and decides to kick you in the face and say NOPE. NO READING FOR YOU, PUNK!


It’s almost like a living hell for readers. No matter what I try when I am in a slump, nothing works. I try, and try, and try to read and it’s just won’t (1)

So, this ends up being me:


The best and worst thing that happens to me when this happens is our good ol’ friends Netflix and Hulu.While they can help you out of a slump, they sure as hell can keep you in one too. I recently watched Friends to completion, just finished watching the entire series of Fraiser, and am now on my way to working on That 70’s Show.

Do you know what it’s like to binge that many shows?! It looks kind of like this:


and then you are like:


So you run to your closest book, and a little later you are like:

a reading slump

It’s hard to get out of a slump, but one you do… and you find the perfect book…


And you just cling to it


and say over and over:


And you can finally read like normal:


That is… until the next slump.


So, how do you get over them? What do you do? Leave a comment down below and let’s talk!

Bloggingly yours,



So, haaaaaaaaave you met my friend, Thomas?

So, normally I do not do shout outs, but holy spamoni this man deserves it.


Meet Thomas. Thomas is the man behind SFReviews, but if you are from BookTube, you probably know him as SFF180; or the guy who does review on SCIFI and Fantasy with the adorabe cat mascot.

This man has been blogging for 14 years! (18, if you count his prepping years!) Because of him, I found new, and exciting books to read. While most of the reviews I follow are for Young Adult, he is more of a wide varity.

Because of him, I have found authors I would have probably never found on my own, like Eliszbeth Bear, Andy Weir, and make me dig deeper into this mysterious man called Scalzi.

His reviews can be short and sweet to lengthy and detailed. He is one of my top go to’s every week, and never dissapoints. I always find something interesting to look up, thanks to him.

Not only is he a good reviewer, he has charisma! Something that some reviewers tend to lack, I know I do at times haha. He is funny, witty and very much takes pride into what he does.

He is also one stellar of a friend!

If he was a book, and this was a review, I would have to give SFF180/ by Thomas M. Wagner an honest 5/5, would recommend to anyone.

He is having a giveaway right now!

Click here to find out more!:

I wish you all luck, and early congrats to you, Thomas!

Over and out,




Before I even knew I hit a major milestone on the blog, I was having a giveaway on instagram!


Either 1 Copy of: Of Poseidon by Anna Banks + some of my favorite teas.


1 Kindle/eBook of your choice/GiftCard at a 5$ value! I am slightly flexable it it is a dollar or two more.


Follow + Repost the image with the hashtag #MermaidReisa by 3/5/2015 for a chance to win! US only for now though!

I may have a future contest to include INT followers as well! 😀

Good luck! 😀

Breaking 1k…



I had no idea that I had over 1k followers! Thank you! Thank you from the bottom of my heart! I know I have been absent quite a bit this last year, but even so..!

I promise to be more diligent this upcoming year! Words cannot express how much I appreciate this, you and everything!

Thank you for joining me on this wonderful journey! 🙂

– Rei’sa al Ghul

Writing Wednesday #1: Writing Goals.

So this is the first edition of my Writing Wednesday!



So many things could be posted for this! So many ideas, so many paragraphs!


So, what better topic to post other than, our writing goals!


Do you have monthly, weekly or daily goals? Do you keep a word count? 


Personally, I am going for a 200-500 per spree of writing. I want to try to build up in the next few months up to a bare minimum of 500. 🙂 I love writing, but sometimes it can be rough when you have ADHD & writers block. It can be like shaking shiny keys infront of me.

I often keep alarms, to make sure that I keep up not just my writing goals, but life as well. Living with ADHD, sometimes setting small alarms is a great reminder of ” HEY! I CAN’T BE STARING AT THAT SQUIRREL! I GOT SHIT TO DO/TO WRITE!”

When the writers block hits me, I try to sit back and relax. Grab a cup of tea, maybe listen to some relaxing (to me) music & just try to open my mind. Just taking in the smell of the tea & falling into the lyrics of a good Ludo or Cradle of Filth song can be so soothing to not just the mind, but the soul. 


Heck, sometimes I even grab a book. Sometimes diving into someone elses world really helps my clam shell of a mind slowly open its hinged mouth and release for sweet air. Albeit a classic such as the wonderful terra firma of Wonderland, or the high paced adventures in Chicago in Divergent or just the imagery from such books as The Stand, letting myself fall into place sometimes lets my characters peek their heads out and say ” hi. i am ready to talk again. “


I do whatever I can to not fall into those writing slumps. Those literary dumps. Once I fall in, it can be MONTHS before I can escape the razor edged talons of what I call the Slump Hawk. I think I may talk about the Slump Hawk in the next WW. 


So, like asked before, what do you set yout goals to be? Do you have advice for me? Do you have any idea of what you might want me to write about next? 




Peace and Love, 



Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

First review since coming back!!


Title: Of Mice and Men

Author: John Steinbeck

Series: No.

Age Range: 14 and up.

Genre: Classic, Young Adult, Historical Fiction

Would I recommend it to anyone?: Yes. A million times yes.

Description on Goodreads:

The tragic story of the complex bond between two migrant laborers in Central California. They are George Milton and Lennie Small, itinerant ranch hands who dream of one day owning a small farm. George acts as a father figure to Lennie, who is a very large, simple-minded man, calming him and helping to rein in his immense physical strength. 


This is a classic. Something I read a long time ago, but one of my absolute favorite reads.

The story follows Lennie and George.

Lennie is a lovable, but slow oaf who is always getting in trouble just trying to be himself.

George is a short, and even short tempered man who protects Lennie from life and others.

The story follows them both from being chased out of the first town, to their new adventure, new job and new troubles!

There they meet Candy and his dog, who both are a precursor to the whole story. Candy is an aged man, who still works his hardest despite only having one hand, and his only love in life is his dog. Old, smelly and just wanting to make his master smile.

Then there is Curly and his wife. A protective and jealous man, even shorter tempered than George, with a wife who in every sense of a tart, Always angering him my flirting with the farm hands.

The book shows the beauty of a strong male bond, companionship and what we are willing to do for our friends. What we will do when given the choice of hard or harder. Pain or true suffering. What is to be gently touched, and what we should avoid. Temptations hard and searing.

This book, at its core is something I am glad I read growing up. It taught me there isn’t always rainbow and sunshine, there sometimes isn’t a happy ending, but a needed ending. Something to grow on.

Lennie and George will always have a place in my heart, and I promise not to pet the puppies to hard on my road of life. 🙂

My Rating: 10/10

Goodreads link:



An added thank you to Ashley and her husband for making this possible. You two are simply amazing. I love you both immensely,