Hello-Hello! It’s been a while since I posted something and I thought It’s time to loop you in. Thus, I will try to update you with read, write and listen life.
Well, well, well! Life is going and I am trying to see the best and the positive in every little thing. An adventure is not easy. The life of a hero is full of obstacles that need to be overcome. So, with my ragged metaphorical hero costume and cape, I am trying to save my day, to be my own hero.
If you follow me on social media, you know I’ve been active and what I’ve been doing. Slightly. But at least, I did not go into hibernation. I read, wrote, listened, and watched some good stuff.
First, I read a plethora of books and comics and I plan to read even more. Thank goodness for the existence of audiobooks. For some of them I pan to write reviews. I have written a few of them on paper already. (The grammar, man! It’s killing me. ^^’) So expect reviews to drop off like cats and dogs. Although, I am debating if I should write a review for all of them… Decisions. Decisions.
I should see what I am going to do. There are a few ideas in my mind I would like to try including how to improve the blog. It’s a long and tedious process.
Besides working on book reviews, I also wrote a couple of lines here and there. Real life is full of inspirational sources especially when is accompanied by good music. I have lots of ideas but there are two main stories I am focusing on. One is a fantasy and the other is a contemporary. Sometimes, I debate if I should write or not considering that I got my inspiration from real people and events in my life. Then I say, “F it! It’s a work of fiction.”
Listen. Music. Well, I breath music. It’s the thing that makes my bones move. I will start to do new Music Madness picks soon so stay tuned. (See what I did there? Wink!)
In addition to my bookish life, I watched movies and TV Shows, visited Europe, and tried learning French all over again.
Until next time, feel free to check out my latest posts:
Of all the world’s great metropolises, Paris and Los Angeles are among those that house the most significant and immediately recognizable cultural milieus. From the Champs-Élysées to the Sunset Strip, Marilyn Monroe to Brigitte Bardot, LACMA to Louvre, there is plenty for visitors and residents alike to fall in love with these storied cities – and in Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, for the first time ever, they are revealed in parallel.
Written by Diane Ratican with illustrations by acclaimed artists Eric Giriat (Paris) and Nick Lu (Los Angeles), Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? is a gorgeous, full-color, 272-page collectible art book, travel guide, and personal journey. Playfully ‘connecting the dots’ between respective historical landmarks, architectural icons, style codes, and cultural peculiarities, Ratican weaves a compelling narrative in both English and French throughout Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?, which is interspersed with quotes from famed L.A. and Paris residents such as Walt Disney, Jim Morrison, Coco Chanel, and Ernest Hemingway.
Colorful, charming illustrations by Girat and Lu compare and contrast the foods, fashions, cultures, and cityscapes of the City of Stars and City of Lights. And, as an added bonus, precise GPS coordinates are included next to each illustrated page bringing the experience of these two incredible cities ‘off the page’ and into the real world!
Cleverly divided into seven distinct sections, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? looks at:
· Cityscapes & Landmarks Magnifiques
· Culture Célébre: Cinema, Entertainment & Glamour
· Fashion, Style & Shopping à la Mode
· Sports & Leisure
· Communicating Ideas: Art & Culture
· Cuisine & Dining
· Cities in Motion
My Opinion –Why LA? Pourquoi Paris?
Have you ever been to Paris or LA? I can proudly say that I have. Only to Paris… And by being in Paris, I mean that I spent a maximum of an hour or two there. The majority of that time, I was in a bus station taking a break – bathroom and gas tank refill. It was a beautiful dark station with amazing bathrooms. Yes, I had to pay 50¢ (euros) for the toilet. Besides the station, I had the chances to see La Seine, the river that crosses Paris, and a few random buildings from the bus window. Now, you understand why I need to go back there?
Speaking of which, this book was a great catalyst to remember my love for France and French culture. With the American culture, I am well acquainted already. Wink-Wink. And regardless of my previous knowledge about these amazing cities, Diane Ratican’s travel guide poked my interest in them again. Also, let’s not forget that it is written in both English and French. How brilliant is that? And the artwork within the pages of this work? Marvelous!
As you can see throughout this post, I put some beautiful images from the book. It is a delight for the eyes alone. You get the chance to experience first-hand what it means to be lost in translation, literally. It was an intellectually fun experience as if this book had to writers, the author and “the translator.” Sometimes, I found myself having two different feelings about the same paragraph because the tone was different. It was just like reading two books in one.
The narration flowed easily with genuine information. It was noticeable that a person who lived in both cities wrote this travel guide. I did not feel overwhelmed by facts. And the artwork was and excellent divider between the chapters. All the written information was transformed into a visual delight of compare and contrast between Paris and LA. The they offered an idea of how those visiting places would look like in reality. Besides, the inspiring quotes, which accompanied the art work, were the cherries on top of a delicious cake.
Are you interested in Parisian and LA cultures? Then, this is the perfect book for you. Also, have you seen those graphics? Having this on your shelf would look amazing. Joke aside, Why LA? Pourquoi Paris? was my cuppa tea. I had fun reading it and I even got the chance to rediscover myself. Sincerely, I am already planing my trips to Paris and LA after this read.
This is my sole opinion. ^_^
I would like to thank you Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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Happy reading, everyone!
Hello-Hello! It’s been a long time since I’ve posted one of these. The same old excuse: I had to pull out from the closet my superhero cape because of reality. “You gotta do what you gotta do,” they say. “Who are they,” you ask. Let’s call it pop culture.
The good news is that I had time for reading books. That means, I have a few reviews planned. Everything is on paper as of right now. So stay tuned for that!
Yes, I am old fashioned like that. I prefer to write ideas first then type them in word. My brain feels fully engaged that way.
As many of you know, it is the Nanowrimo season. A lot of authors and people I know use this opportunity to write their books. For more details, you can click on the word because I attached the link for the website.
This week’s song is for all the writers out there. Writing is difficult. It is time consuming and puts your brain in difficult situations such as writer’s block. And despite all that, You create new worlds for us, readers, to escape.
Thank you for your stories and keep doing a brilliant work!
Without further ado:
Ellie Goulding – Don’t Need NobodyListen it on repeat!
Until next time feel free to check out my latest post:
The Halloween meme – Story –>HERE<–
and the previous Melody Obsession pick –>HERE<–
Hello-Hello, fall lovers! Or should I say, Halloween lovers?
I decided to participate in the October weekly meme, Spooky Quilling, created by Savannah from The Book Prophet. If you are interested doing this meme or checking her awesome blog, you just have to click the links above.
There are new prompts each week. I planning to do all the memes by November 1st since this moth turned out to be very eventful for me.
I also tweaked the meme a bit and I planning to use song lyrics or titles for the blog post titles. Of course, I will also provide the YouTube links for those songs.
Prompt 1 for October 3rd was:
“For this prompt you have to write a spooky story about how the villain of a story – a story already in existence or of your own imagination – became the villain. This has to be 666 words (I know it’s hard but try and get it exact – you never know, it may bring you good luck).”
A villain is born
The night was dark and moonless. It was so cold that you were able to see your own breath leaving the body just like a soul. Steps. Steps on the frozen snow were screeching like someone was stepping on broken glass accepting his dark fate.
A Luminare fire ball was illuminating a magician’s path just like a thread of hope in his ill fate that was yet to come. Feeling the pressure inside his chest created by fear, the magician suddenly stops. He lifts his head to watch the clear night sky full of stars. For a moment everything stays still until a powerful gash of wind hits him like sharp daggers cutting his skin. The strong wind removes the hood of his cloak. Now, the young magician’s face is partially touched by the dancing light of the Luminare. Signs of the use of a dark spell were visible on his face just like a drop of blood on the white snow. Black pulsing veins were forming spider-web like patterns around yet innocent eyes. A thought crosses his mind and he similes sourly.
The Balance of Souls is about to lose his soul. The irony…
Just like his brother. The big difference being that his twin did not willingly give up on his soul. But there was no other choice. As a balance, it was his duty to protect magic and its users. Although, that was also a lie. There was a selfish motive behind the magician’s decision and not mostly for the greater good. The woman he loved. The woman he was destined to be with by the Soul, the very same place he was a balance for. He will become chaos. He will embrace the chaos. He will stop the prophecy of the Gemini. And he will destroy chaos.
These last thoughts were the pinch of courage the magician needed. With the cloak’s hood back on his head and its folds dancing around his body like desperate souls, he began to walk again against the painful winter wind. It was like everything was trying to turn him back from that dark path. Even the Luminare was falling behind. Only his will was the one that kept him going.
He will not be like his father. He will be a savior for the ones he loved and not abandon them. And for that, great power was needed. The power of chaos. Then, he will have the power to stop chaos and its destructions.
Suddenly the snowy path ended in a crevasse. That was it. The place where he will give up his soul. The perfect place to end the spell before his life source will soon be gone. The last moments. The last chance to change his mind. The last cold breaths as the Balance of Souls. The last time he will be him. His heart was pounding like a caged little bird knowing that death was near. Fast breaths were escaping through his full lips like silent cries of help. At the thought of complete darkens, his entire body was shaking. Until… Her. Thinking of her was giving the magician courage once more. With a last determined blink, he jumped.
My soul is here.
My soul is yours.
With the incantation finally completed, time and soul froze every universe in place opening the door for chaos to come. Frozen in mid fall, he saw a dark light like a candle. Suddenly, it begins to expend and grow as hungry shadows coiling around his body like venomous snakes. They paralyze him while tearing his soul to pieces.
Nobody to hear or help.
Scared, he wants to fight for his life but the magic was fading, causing the feeling of panic to increase.
Unable to talk, move, and use magic, the magician lost control.
A motionless body lies at the bottom of the crevasse. The Luminare descends and enters the body. After moments of grave silence, dark eyes open.
Fin… For now.
I hope you enjoyed this post. Let me know what you think about my little story in the comments below. Do you wanna read more?
And as promised, these are the songs I used as inspiration:
DAREDEVIL – OPENING
MARINA KAYE – SOMETHING
Hello-Hello! Today, I have another song for you. I am listening it for a while now.
Ed Sheeran is growing on me especially with this song – actually it started with the Shape of you (link to post) but moving on…
This song brings up past memories and love just like a good book that resonates with you does.
Apparently, fall is for memories. I often find myself thinking about good books I read and stayed with me. But, I also think about my past, people, events, and songs I listened during that particular year.
In my opinion, Photograph is a good song to contemplate about stories – from books or real life – that left a mark on you. Every story change you in a way. So that is why it is important to contemplate and learn from the past.
Every last minute is in the past now. 😛
I hope you are going to enjoy this song as much as I do; even though, it is on the slow side.
Without further ado…
Photograph – Ed Sheeran
Listen it on repeat!
Happy Music Madness!
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Hello-Hello! It is time for another post, a book tag. I’ve been tagged by the wonderful blogger, Abi, from What Makes A Good Book. If you are curious what her answers were, just be kind and click on the link. 😉The creator of this book tag is ReadLikeWildfire from YouTube.Let The Book Tag Begin…!1. Have you ever re-gifted a book that you’ve been given?I rarely receive actual physical books from people but the ones I did receive… No, I have not re-gifted any of them from what I remember.2. Have you ever said you’ve read a book when you haven’t?This goes into technicalities territory. I said that to books I was currently reading or books I did not finish reading. I’ve done this mostly for school books like most people in this world. ^^’ Sorry, professors! Although, I did read some of the content and researched the heck out of that said book’s content. Thank you, Google!3. Have you ever borrowed a book and not returned it?Guilty as charged. Hey, don’t judge! It was around the time when I was a kid and I did not give a dime about books. Yes, I was a kid who did not like to read because it was too boring for my kid hyped brain. An exception to the rule were the W.i.t.c.h. comic books.Now, I want to rectify my kid mistakes as much as possible. 😀4. Have you ever read a series out of order?I guess so. It mostly happened with [romance] books that were part of huge series but each book could be read as a standalone.5. Have you ever spoiled a book for anyone?
Yes. I know. I know. I know. Fire and damnation. “Shame! Shame! Shame!” “Dishonor on you! Dishonor on your cow!”
It was one time by mistake when I was talking with my desk-mate about Anna Karenina’s ending and someone,who was not done with the book, overheard us. And other times, I spoiled books for my friend(s) who wanted to know the ending. Yes, I ask for permission! So… In your face, judgmental readers!But, please, ask for permission to spoil books. And, hey, mistakes happens.
Most of the things I spoiled were for myself. I spoiled books, movies, and TV shows to myself…
6. Have you ever doggy eared a book?
Yes. I did that a lot when I was younger or when books did not want to cooperate. Do you know how hard it is to read a book that does not want to stay open? Very. Even dangerous, I can say. It is like playing with one of those bear traps. When you least expect it, CLAP! Your hand and face are injured. You see dancing stars. Plus, the page number is lost. And then you cry, not because of the pain, but because you did not remember what chapter you were reading. Then, you cry some more while trying to find the last sentence read. Sadly, you end up rereading a good junk of the chapter (or even the book) you were at and cry of frustration. Oh! And that is nothing compared to the time when it happens to read a spoiler while searching for your spot then you scream. The book screams. Your mom screams at you asking why you are screaming. Then your pet screams in terror. Then the Earth screams together with the entire universe and so on and so forth… Lastly, you ask the universe what you did to deserve such destiny.
I am telling ya! It’s a whole drama.
7. Have you ever told someone you do not own a book when you do?
No, I do not think so. Rarely happens for someone to ask if I own a book and if she/he can borrow it. But when it does happen… I try to suggest other options like the library and OverDrive or to insist on the part where “You should take care of my baby book or else…” >]
8. Have you ever told someone you haven’t read a book when you have?
Yes, in the past when I thought that some books I read are going to make people judge me. Little did I know, people judged me anyway.
9. Have you ever skipped a chapter or a section of a book?
Yes. Mostly school books when only some sections were required to read. Or, I either scan and skipped some sections/chapters in favor of their summaries on the internet. I am usually not a big fan of classic/old works (except some ancient writings). Plus, as a busy student like myself you have to give something up if you want to be able to have all your homework done. [Sorry, professor(s)!
10. Have you ever bad mouthed a book you actually like?
Yes, just because I like a book that does not mean I have to loose my critical eye. [wink]
PSUntil next time, feel free to check out my latest posts:See you in my next post!
Hello-Hello, fellow readers! Fall is here. The weather is chilly and the leaves are changing colors, green for read, yellow or orange.After my break from books and blogging, I started to debate what my new song pick is going to be for Music Madness – aka Melody Obsession of the Week. If you read my previous posts regarding this section of my blog, you probably know that I like to give a meaning and a reason to the song I choose. Usually. So, after days of debating on songs I encountered during my leave of absence, I decided on Fetish by Selena Gomez.I am well aware of its innuendos and the sexy meaning behind the lyrics. However, one day when I was listening to the song next to my pile of book, it hit me. Its lyrics perfectly describe a reader’s – or at least my – relationship with books.No matter how long our reading slump or break from books is, we still find our way back to them, to reading. We crave the stories they contain within their covers. We want to go on adventures with the fellow characters, be the heroes, fight the villains or just be a reader. The smell of paper from a brand new book is the most sexy perfume we have ever desired. We love the art on the covers, dust jackets, and pages. And if the story of a book is THAT good, we obsessed over it. We devour its words over and over again through sleepless nights and even decades later. Just like a certain book friend of mine who read a certain series at least 17 times. (Heck, even I got convinced to read that series again. Good job, my friend! Your passion for those books really inspired me. ^^)So, you see, our relationship with books it is a bit sexual. We obsess. We crave. We want more. We want so much more from our beloved books that we even start writing our own stories. Books have a huge impact on their readers. They change us because we learn and gain knowledge from them. We, the readers, become imprinted by the books we read because their stories stay with us for the rest of our lives.And finally, without further ado…Selena Gomez – FetishListen it on repeat!Happy Music Madness!And, let me know in the comments section if you have a similar “relationship” with your books. Also, what do you think about this week’s song?
PSUntil next time feel free to check out my latest posts The Diabolic Book Review –>HERE<– and “I am back, readers!” Random Post –>HERE<–.
So… I am Back!A lot had happened and a lot had changed even the seasons. Fall is here and winter is about to come. New books are being published nearly every day like the falling red autumn leaves. TV shows come and go wounding our hearts – and by hearts I mean brains – with sorrow, joy, and awe. Amazing music popping up everywhere. People meet and people part via internet or real life. We connect, reconnect, and sometimes disconnect with the humans around us in need for all different forms of love. The most basic and common type is… Friendship. Present, old, new or forgotten we all seek one for the good words and feelings it provides just like a book.I CAN FINALLY READ BOOKS AGAIN!!!Watch TV ShowsAnd MoviesMake future plansWrite the blog posts I planned forWrite my storiesTake photographsLearn new languagesOffer and spread love all around meEspecially my Love for BooksAnd most importantly, take care of myselfBe the hero of my life and move forwardYou know, the usual. ^_^Anyway, I missed blogging and all the things it brought into my life. It feels so good to be back on my “private” piece of the world wide web. In the future, I might have some news regarding my blog but until then… Shhh! You did not read anything.Summer is almost gone in the Northern hemisphere and the nature took its time to remind us how much we depend on things. Humans. Earth. Nature. Sun. And Universe. After a beautiful solar eclipse, we had chaotic floods. Thus, I am sending to all the affected people my warm and positive thoughts. When things get harder, you fight because there is only one path to follow, forward.And for those of you who got the chance to get cozy with books lately, let me know what adventures you’ve been through. Music, movies, and TV shows included or life events even ;).I. AM. BACK.
PSUntil next time, feel free to check out my other posts: Mini Book Review –> HerE <– and Summer Book Tag –> HerE <–.
Hello-Hello! I am glad to be back again. And this time, I would like to announce that… I caught a contagious fever… the GAME OF THRONES fever. Finally, I let myself be brainwashed by the fandom and strangely… I don’t regret it.I had my mind set on this show for a long time. It was like an annoying thought that keeps bothering your subconscious when you try to fall asleep. Aaand, I did it! It took me almost 5 years – since I first heard of the show – to listen to my brain and the on growing hype.Do you know how had it is to stay away from spoilers?Let me tell you: H-A-R-D to the infinite power. Especially when social media and the internet is booming with spoilers left and right. (Although, I am still shocked to my bones when I hear them… So, that’s a plus, right?)Without further ado, I present to you…GAME OF THRONES – Opening ThemeHave fun getting it out of your pretty head. >]Play it on repeat and happy listening!See you in my next post and don’t forget to tell me in the comment section if you are a fan of this epic story (book and/or TV show). ^_^
P.S.You can check out my last music pick –> HERE <–And my last book review –> HERE<–
Hello-Hello! Another day, another minute, another second… Time passes by and these week’s songs are a bit thematic, I might say. To quote one of my favorites comics of all time, W.i.t.c.h., “The end is a new beginning.” I am going through a break up with my… myself.(Ha! I’ve gotcha there, didn’t I? ;])Have you ever had a feeling that something is going to change in your life and that change is going to come from you? Well… That’s me right now. Sadly any change in one’s life, no matter how good it is, comes with side effects like an atrocious reading slump.I am searching and mostly waiting for an epic book to appear out of nowhere or my bookshelf and slay that… slump.Until then…Naruto Theme – The Raising Fighting SpiritAnne-Marie – Ciao AdiosSelena Gomez – Bad LiarMeghan Trainor – I Deserve BetterHappy Summer Everyone!Play it [them] on REPEAT!And before I go, I want to make an honorable mention to Marina Kaye – On My Own. You know… It matches the theme of the week. ^_^If you want to check out:1. My last book review click –> HERE2. My last music pick, click –> HERE3. Honorable song mention –> HERE
P.S.Due to my busy schedule around this time of the year, I will post irregularly and mostly short posts like this.See you in my next post! ^-^