Hello-Hello, fellow readers! Today is a perfect day for a book tag, a K-Pop inspired tag. I was tagged a while back by the amazing creator of this tag, Savannah, from @TheBookProphet. Thank you! If you are curious to check out her answers and blog, you can just click the link I put above.
As many of you know, K-Pop has entered the western culture and it becomes more popular each day. This book tag combines two amazing things Korean culture and books. Some of you might be newbies or you never heard of K-Pop. Now, there is a chances to experience something new. I, myself, am a Korean drama lover. If you are interested, here is the link to my Korean Drama Top Favorites post.
Without further ado, let us start this tag!
But first, here are the rules.
Rules for the K-Pop Book Tag
— Credit the creator of this tag, The Book Prophet, and link back to her original post;
— Thank the person who tagged you;
— Answer all the questions to the best of your abilities;
— Tag as many people as you like;
— Have fun!
BTS – A Book Everyone Knows About
For this category, I have more than one book. The obvious choice is the Harry Potter book series followed by The Game of Thrones, The Throne of Glass, A Court of Thrones and Roses, Lord of the Rings, and Cassie Clare’s books from the Shadowhunters universe. Oh! And Rick Riordan’s books too. How could I forget? Believe me, there is no place on the virtual and real world without these books. It is quite scary. Sometimes, I feel the pressure of reading them because everyone is talking about them. But as my official choice, I pick the Harry Potter book series by J. K Rowling.
EXO – Favorite Companion Novel
Hmm! Let me think about that. Can I choose a companion series? Of course, I can. The Falling Kingdoms companion series Spirits and Thieves, by Morgan Rhodes. The action takes in present Toronto, Canada, and Mytica, 1000 years prior to The Falling Kingdoms events. Some people prefer the original series over the prequel series. Honestly, I love them both. As readers, we get to learn what actually happened Mytica’s history. And, as for spoilers, there are a few although I do not think they are major ones.
NU’EST – A Book/Series/Author That Doesn’t Get the Attention You Think It Deserves
The Historians book series by Trisha Leigh. Both the book series and the author deserve more attention than they actually get. This book series has time travel, historical fiction, a love story, and futuristic space. What is not to like? Give these books and author some love, readers.
ASTRO – A BOOK that Gave You a Happy Feeling When Reading
Define happy because there are multiple types of happy. Happy as in “ha-ha”? Or happy as in feeling fluffy and cuddly with butterflies-in-your-stomach happy? Or happy as in positive vibes happy? Well, for that, I think I can put more than one book since it is unclear. (Shh! I am no cheating. Shut up! ^^)
- Fluffy-and-cuddly happy: Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
- Funny happy: a recent read, The Hammer of Thor by Rick Riordan
- Positive-vibes happy: Very Good Lives by J.K. Rowling
MONSTA X – A Book Containing a Diverse Cast of Characters
The universe created by Rick Riordan: Percy Jackson and the Olympians, The Heroes of Olympus, The Trials of Apollo, Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard, the Kane Chronicles. Yeah, it is hard to choose only one book for this category.
A.C.E. – A Favorite Recent Release
BLACKPINK – A Book that Sticks Out from the Rest of Its Genre
While reading An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir, I was highly impressed by it. Among the books I read so far, Sabaa’s book is an outlier. The story and the way it was written stayed with me for a very long time. An Ember in the Ashes stands out in the book world just like K-Pop stick out from the regular pop music.
SEVENTEEN – A Book with Multiple POVs
I feel like I am repeating myself here. Wait, I actually am repeating myself. Eh, well! I choose, The Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes.
BIGBANG – A Modern Classic
Hmm! I do not know… Harry Potter book series by J. K. Rowling? It is the first series that comes to my mind right now. I believe Harry Potter is the equivalent of PSY, the K-Pop singer, in the western culture. At least, it seams like it from my point of view.
SISTAR – A Series You Wish Never Ended
The Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan, obviously.
RAIN – Favorite Stand-Alone
My pick is Nine Rules to Break when Romancing a Rake by Sarah MacLean. This one is a colorful book just like K-Pop, only of a different kind. If you know what I mean. Wink-wink. Nudge-nudge. It is one of my favorite adult historical romance books I read so far.
Feel free to tag yourself if you want to do this book tag!
This is it my fellow readers, The K-Pop Book Tag. I want to hear from you in the comment section if you decided to do it. I know that for some of us on this earth winter holidays are coming thus I included the books’ Amazon links instead of the Goodreads ones. You know, in case of present ideas.
Until next time, feel free to check out my latest posts:
Happy Reading Holidays, minna-san (=everyone)!
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.
Until next time, feel free to check out my latest post
Happy reading, everyone!
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
Royals 3.5Picture Source: Goodreads
Book SynopsisStandard Disclaimer: For those who you have not read the Royals books 1 to 3 be aware of spoilers ahead.This story happens after Twisted Palace following Savannah and Gideon’s relationship. It tries to shine some light over what happened between the two of them in the past and how they are going to proceed foreword. Love. Tension. Drama. And all that shenanigan. Of course, things are not so simple and the past keeps saying “Hello” to the lover birds.
My Opinion2.00/5.00I stay by GoodReads ratings. It was ok. I might be in the minority when I am saying this… I was disappointed. Within the first three books, we get this strong and independent image of Savannah to now be ruined by this installment. I get the feeling that this was done to serve the fandom, which is not automatically a bad thing, but it was not served right. It takes time and patience to rebuild a relationship which had been broken to such a degree. Gideon did not even learn from his past mistakes and he still has the tendency to repeat those mistakes. Savannah should learn to love herself more and keep her standards no matter what. To be sincere, I do not know what made these two fall in love in the first place.
And last, this book? novella? – it has 21 chapters which makes this work to pass as a book – needs more substance. It was a good cup of tea turned bad.
This is my sole opinion. >_^Original review on Goodreads.
PSSee you in my next post!! And in the mean time feel free to check out my latest Summer Book Tag and Miraculous Ladybug comic review, –>HERE<– and –>HERE<–.
Book SynopsisA DEAL WITH THE DEVIL…
Trapped in the countryside, facing an unwanted marriage and the theft of her fortune, Jane Mason is done behaving nicely. To win her freedom, she’ll strike a deal with the most dangerous man she knows—a rising star in politics, whose dark good looks mask an even darker heart.
…NEVER GOES TO PLAN.
The bitter past has taught Crispin Burke to trust no one. He’ll gladly help a lovely young heiress, provided she pays a price. Yet when a single mistake shatters his life, it is Jane who holds the key to his salvation. And in a world that no longer makes sense, Crispin slowly realizes that she may be the only thing worth fighting for… A Lady’s Code of Misconduct – Goodreads
4.5/5 stars.Love. Politics. History. Conspiracies. Conflicting morals. Deceit. Redemption. And hot-bad-boy guy with a secretly good heart… and a hot-good-of-heart girl with lots of brains and a rebellious spirit. There are lots of “and’s” in my last sentence… I know.Something I was not expecting in this story was the politics driven plot intertwined with a love story. Although, the surprising part is. That. I. Freaking. Loved. It. I was expecting to get bored and forced myself to finish the book. That was so not the case. It was exactly what I needed: A good romance story which is not too focused on the romance part. Oxymoron right there.The beginning is what hooked me up in the first place. Not too fast and not too slow. Our beloved characters were in positions where they will do anything to get what they desire. This leads to an unlikely alliance to form between the desire of freedom and power which sparks the chances of a new beginning for our protagonists.Jane and Crispin go through a fantastic character development. They realize that people are not completely good or evil. You just have to choose which side to use more but most importantly how to find a balance between the two. Speaking of character growth. I was not a big fan of acknowledging someone as being two persons in the same time. It was like the author was trying to say Crispin had a split personality… I understood where she was going with it… But it still felt a bit cringe worthy at times.What I admired the most in this story was the sense of a real partnership between the main characters. And believe it or not is quite rare these days. It was not about sexual lust and how it can lead to a good relationship in the end… It was so much more than that. It was… How do you say it? Complicated. Yes. Complicated.Of course, most people might get turned off by the plot focused on politics which is understandable if you are not a big politics fan – like myself, I could say. However, you might also surprisingly find yourself enjoying the book just… like myself. 😀All in all, I could proudly say that this was my cuppa tea. One of my all time favorites – romance section – I dare to say.This is my sole opinion. ^_^I would like to say thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest opinion.Genre/Category: Adult, Historical Romance, Fiction, Politics, MysteryLanguage: none to mild, maybe noneSexual Content: well… heavy but within reasonViolence: moderateDrugs and Alcohol: mild to moderate
P.S.I would like to read your thoughts, feelings, and opinions about this book and if you want to read my last book review you can click –> HERE <– or you can check my previous song pick post –> HERE <–.See ya in my next post!
Hello-Hello! Recently I got my hands on some awesome books. Some of them were free – somebody was literary throwing them to the garbage – and some of them I got for a cheap price in second-hand stores. I know that in some parts of the world, to buy from second-hand stores is seen with judgmental eyes in the eyes of society… like an embarrassment because you cannot afford to buy unused things, brand new. It is more about moral pride than the quality of the things and some people are even ashamed to admit that they entered and bought something from a second-hand store. I am speaking from my experience and I am not pointing fingers because it is impossible for me to know everything in this universe. 🙂American view changed that opinion I had through books mostly. I found brand new books in second-hand stores. Barely opened or scratched books like the ones you are going to see below. It is crazy how many valuable things people are donating for other people to buy for a couple dollars.Like that saying: One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.I mean… It is a saying for a reason, right?Don’t be afraid about germs. Usually the stores disinfect them. Or in extreme cases you can disinfect them yourselves. Plus, a sterile life is impossible – except for fetuses in their mother’s wombs and even there I might be wrong. Your are covered in germs yourself. Without your microbiota you will not be able to survive on this Earth. If you cannot believe me, you can listen to this guy from PBS who has a Ph.D. (doctorate) –> It’s Okay To Be Smart – You Are Mainly Microbe… Meet Your Microbiome!You can see how much of a geek I am when I am turning a Book Haul into an educational post. Nevertheless, this shouldn’t stop you to “stay curious” like Dr. Joe Hanson says.Now it’s time for the BOOKS!!!!Books I got for free:Anne of Avonlea — which I donated to a Free Library program in my townBooks I got from a second-hand store:If you are interested in reading any of these books, I included the link for their respective Goodreads page. You just have to click on the name of the book from the lists above to learn more about that said… book. Gosh, that was a mouthful. Yes, I repeat everything I write in my head to make sure it sounds right.Anyway… Let me know if you read or want to read any of the books I hauled today. I want to read your thought, feelings, and opinions in the comment section – even if you read this post 20 years in the future.Oh! And did I spark your curiosity about biology and people?
Hello-Hello, readers all over the world! Today, I decided to do a book tag. I know I’ve been absent from my blog lately; thus, I decided to do a tag and keep you all entertained.Savannah from The Book Prophet nominated whoever wants to do the tag all back in January. As you can see (read), I decided to do it since I live in the Northern Temperate Zone – aka four seasons.
Side note: Did you know that the North geographic pole is actually the South pole of Earth’s magnetic field and the South geographic pole is the North magnetic pole? CRAAA-ZYYY!
Now, back to the post!The creator of this tag is Jordyn from J. Bookish.
Don’t be a grumpy troll and go visit these hard-working bloggers. No offense trolls but you are kind of grumpy imaginary beings.
Rules:1. Thank the creator (so she can see all of your answers!) and the person who tagged you.2. Begin with the month in which you have been tagged and move forward from there!3. State the best gift you’ve ever been given after you answer the question for your birthday month.4. Tag whomever you’d like when you’re finished.. or else you’ll be “it” forever.5. Have fun, of course!January begins a new year. Name a resolution you made this year and if you’ve kept it or not!
Well, Well, Well… I’ve made a long list in the last hour of 2016. I can say that I kept some of them and some of them – sadly – I did not. By the end of the year, I want to put all my strength in keeping them. I just realized that I am very vague with “them.” Let’s just say that one of my resolutions is to trade some of my fat mass for more muscle mass.
Oh! January is my birth month. I do not remember every single thing I received over the course of my life so far but I can definitely say my mom’s home made birthday cakes and my 18th birthday piece of jewelry made of precious metal and stone. (In Romania, the 18th birthday is like a rite of passage into adulthood because you become an adult legally able to do and buy anything you want. Slow down you envious American teenagers :].)
February is the month for relationships. Name your favorite book relationship: romantic, platonic, or familial, your choice!
Laia and Elias from An Ember in the Ashes. I will stop commenting on their relationship any further cause… SPOILERS. 😀
Let’s just say it’s realistic – as realistic it can be in a fiction fantasy setting :).March is the month for luck and new beginnings. Name a book or series that you would like to re-experience as if you’d never read it.I know what you are thinking: “HARRY POTTER!”WRONGIt is Tara Duncan series before Twilight and way before Harry Potter. This was actually my very first book I picked up from a shelf in a hypermarket called Auchan, Romania. I read the first’s book synopsis on the back and on the inside of the cover, loved the graphics, liked the story, and said “I want it!” My parents looked skeptical at me because I was not much of a fan of reading but they bought it for me. At that time the only thing I liked to read was the W.i.t.c.h. comic books. As expected, I read only 75 or 74 pages of the Tara Duncan and the Spellbinders then put the book down cause I could not get into it. Slow starters for an energetic kid like me… unattractive. After that, I got into Twilight and it encouraged me to give Tara Duncan another shot. And it was an amazing adventure. Unfortunately in U.S. only the first two volumes are translated while in Romania they stopped translating after book eight the last time I checked. And… There are at least 13 books total. My only solution to finish the series is to learn French – again. Or I could boycott the U.S. or Romanian (Ro) publishing houses.April is a spectacularly ordinary month. Name a book that was so over-hyped that it just could not live up to your expectations.
Tough one… Can I say every single classic book I heard of because “It is a CLASSIC.” Although, from what I remember, in Romania, post Twilight era – book-wise at least – there was a huge hype around Melissa Marr’s Wicked Lovely. People were talking left and right including my eight grade classmates. The Ro cover looked pretty for me at that time. The story sounded interesting… I said, “Why not?” As you could see on my Goodreads, Melissa Marr’s story or her writing style or both were not for me. For a long period of time, I tried to convince myself otherwise. Paradoxically, I never picked up the rest of the series either. And that says a lot. (Now that I see the Ro cover again… It does not represent the book at all. It is too cheerful and the title… Fascination – English translation. Really?)May is the month when the flowers start to bloom. Name a book that was a pleasant surprise to you.
I want to come with a new book than the ones I have in previous posts, e.g. Easter Book Tag, for the sake of diversity… think… Think… THINK… Alright, a recent one!
Illuminae, the audiobook. I will let the audiobook “talk” for itself. It. Was. Epic.June is the time to take a break. Name a book or genre that you like to read when you just need to check out.
Hmmm… I usually gravitate toward a few genres… Most likely Romance and/or Fantasy with a splash of humor.
July is the time to celebrate your independence! Name a book that made you see fireworks. (Figuratively. Please don’t light books on fire.)
Ha-Ha-Ha! My mom did that with the books she owned because – according to her – were ruined by rodents to a point of no return. Unfortunately, after I got my Bachelor degree in science, I realized she was probably right. Rodents do carry diseases.
Enough with childhood horror book stories. Please do not cry and dislike my mother. :))
In what sense, I need more than that. In a good way, bad way, actual fire in the book, action, space, Earth, future, history… What? Words, what?
Since it’s about independence… I will say Return Once More.August is the hottest month of the year. Pick an up-and-coming author that you think will be the next hottest thing.
Oh, gee! These are getting harder and harder.
Popular 2017 Debut Books
YA Debuts 2017
And the list may continue…
From what I heard… it is either: Stephanie Garber or Angie Thomas or Jeff Giles (The Edge of Everything-Review).September is time for students to go back to school! Pick a book you read for school that you actually enjoyed.
I have two books for this one: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Frozen.October is time to celebrate Halloween! Pick one character that you would love to dress up as for Halloween.
A popular answer would be Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter series. Last Halloween, I dressed up – sort of – as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games.
Shout out to my friend Emily who helped me out with the “costume.”
I don’t really know… I have a black vampire Halloween dress that I have yet to wear and I was thinking about goddesses.
Either Valoria or Cleiona from Spirits and Thieves series or Nyx from Greek mythology depicted in The Heroes of Olympus and House of Night series.
November is the month when we’re reminded of how much we have to be thankful for. Choose one book you’re grateful for having read and give a shout-out to the person who recommended it!
Shout out to Alma or Alexandra (like all Romanian she also has lots of aliases like myself – inside joke :]) my desk-mate from seventh and eighth grades. I remember her talking – a lot – about Brida by Paulo Coelho and The Legends of Olympus (mot-a-mot translation of the title) by Alexandru Mitru. She actually recommended reading the Legends of Olympus. I borrowed from her both Brida and The Legends of Olympus (I am not 100% sure about this one my memory is quite fuzzy) and I thank her for that. And now it’s time for the truth since then I did not want to crush her high hopes and excitement for these two books.
Brida was good but strange for my seventh/eighth grader self. I liked it.
The Legends of Olympus… hate is such a strong word. Ha-Ha-Ha! I absolutely disliked it. I found it gross, vulgar, and too much incest. It discouraged me to read the second volume regarding the heroes.
Now, I am in love with Greek mythology. I have her to thank since she was the one who introduced me to it.
Oh! I just remember… She also used to talk a lot about The Last Apprentice / Wardstone Chronicles. I love that series. Because of her I start reading it. Thank you for that too!December is a time when friends and families come together and celebrate. Name one book you would give as a gift.
Another hard one… I really do not know. I usually do a researchabout a person’s taste in books before buying it as a present. I like laughter and adventure/action… and the first author name popping in my head is: Rick Riordan.
Percy Jackson and the Lightning ThiefTag timeYou are not obligated to do this tag if you do not want to.I tag the following bloggers:Joan from Books & Fitness & LifestyleGiulia from Books CrumblesAbigail from What Makes a Good BookAnd if you, reader of this post, want to do this tag… considered yourself tagged.Plus, do not forget to tell me if you decided to do it. Why? Cause I would like to hear your answers. 🙂
Hello-Hello! I am here to write another random post because all my life (so far) I felt a lot of pressure from the phrase “blond/e with blue eyes” from people around me, mass media and, finally, books. When I was little, I always had a grudge against “blonds with blue eyes” even though they did not do anything to hurt me. I was just sick and tired about this over glorification of these recessive traits. “Blond/e with blue eyes” were represented as the holly grail of looks in the society I lived my first years of my life. In my child’s mind, it was not fair – pun intended – because the majority of people I saw, including myself, did not possess such looks… And on top of that, they were beautiful despite having dark hair (shades of black/brown) and dark eyes or green.I was even more puzzled when people will go to hell and back to dye their hair yellow – ups – blond.This so called grudge of mine – although, it was more of a frustration really – did not take long.“Why,” you ask.Because of (and Thank God for that):
All of these made me realize that it was not the blond girl’s or blue-eyed boy’s fault for being considered standards of beauty. They were victims – even though they got the better end of the stick, kidding – of pop culture just like myself. They were not to blame. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. And pop culture is to blame. It pushes innocents like my child self into a negative zone of hatred and discrimination.Oh! I forgot to tell you. It hurt even more when people would bring religion into play and say that even angels were/are “blond with blue eyes.” If you live in a religious country/community you can understand how this affected a child. “Oh, look! Even the All Mighty prefers blonds with blue eyes! Not cool! Not cool!” I was feeling inferior for a moment thenI am glad I was able to overcome this society induced aversion against “blond/e with blue eyes.” People are more than just looks. From my own experiences, I learned to accept, like, and love the humans in my life regardless of looks.Even though I did not have the urge to make the face below and stick my tongue out anymore, I still have metaphorical scars in a good and bad ways.Because of this:I decided to never – as in longer than a 24 hour period – dye my hair unless I have grey/white hair and I want to have my natural hair color again. From time to time I still find myself thinking, “Why are people changing their hair color? What’s wrong with natural?” And weirdly, I get this immediate negative feeling while reading a book when is revealed that the main character is either blond/e or blond/e with blue eyes. And it gets even worse when the author keeps rubbing it in my face. It is an involuntary reaction which makes me roll my eyes and reimagine that character the WAY I want.The reverse happens when rarely – in my opinion, I did not read all the books in the universe – I found a book with a protagonist – especially female – who has dark eyes and brown hair. That explains why I loved Twilight so much!We need more representation in this world. Stereotypes have a bad influence on innocents’ minds especially during development. Saying that one thing is beautiful than another one… Not helping. I am sure that my “blond/e with blue eye” example is not the only one causing the similar problems.In case it was not clear, I have nothing against blond hair and blue eyes. I, myself – I feel the need to emphasize ME – though of a couple of blond/e with blue eyes people attractive. And if it happens to posses one or both of these traits my dear reader, do not feel guilty or insulted. That was not my intention. Now, I find it ridiculous to ever have a grudge against a few alleles. 😀Remember, YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL!
my mother and her side of the family. We all – most of us – have dark complexions (hair and eye and sometimes skin too) and did not glorified these traits;
my brain, which kind of blends in with my home education or brain development ignorance, who – who or which… Ok, grey area… no intentional pun intended pun… and now I am just playing with words… – discarded the looks and analyzed a person as a whole, body and personality;
a Romanian tradition, which consists of cutting sections of a toddler’s hair and keeping it for the rest of ones life, I discovered I was once too a blonde just like in those epic description in the books;
last but not least, my childhood friends and some family members who possessed both or just one of these two traits and were normal nice human beings.