Thursday, January 29, 2015

My favorites: Today

This section is about all those things I love in life.

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Life is often defined by the greatness in extraordinary moments. Which often leads to disappointment when one's life is filled with 'ordinary' ones. But the truth is, life is anything but ordinary. Every day counts, in the small moments is where we find the richness of life.

I sit by the couch reading my books. There is nothing wrong in my world and all is in balance. I have my warm clothes, my hot tea, my soft pillow. Far from the perfect recipe for extraordinary situations. And yet, at that moment, that is my favorite moment. That day, is my favorite day. Because in that moment I am enjoying life in all the peacefulness it comes. Something that more than half of the world can't say. And because of those who do not know peace, I enjoy each second I have to wait in line, each minute I wait for my order to arrive or the appointment to start. As each minute of peace counts. Each minute of wait is a minute to read. And because I need to wait for something or someone, I am grateful, as I am lucky. Unlike those who can not wait, as each minute for them is one of life and death. For me, is just another page.

My favorite day: Today

Monday, January 26, 2015

2015 Reading Challenge

I found this in pinterest and thought it would be fun to share here. :)
I wonder how many will I have checked at the end of the year. A “book that became a movie” is already checked with ‘The Hobbit’. A “book with more than 500 pages” is next if I finish ‘Outlander’, as well as “a book turned into a TV show”. And a “book with magic” and “book by a female author” are also checked with ‘Thieves' Magic’.
I am on track!

How many have you checked out this January?


Friday, January 23, 2015

Reading Journal (one)

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So here I am again. This new year I have decided on a couple of goals, including reading goals. I am not doing the goodreads challenge after all. The reason being, I want to focus my energy on the books that are coming out and to finishing the LOTR trilogy. I started with the Hobbit, as an introduction to the world of Tolkien. However, here I am struggling on the last few pages.

My thought so far on the Hobbit:

A well written adventure story for boys.
Yup. That is my thought. Yes, it has funny moments. Yes, is very descriptive. And yes, the language use is outstanding. But, so far is not my cup of tea. It lacks on sentiments which I love from characters who have inner struggles, however Bilbo struggles so much to find the adventure in him. At some point it’s all about the action and nothing about introspection. I find myself quick reading scenes. Is like this book really took to heart the writing tip (not rule): “show, not tell.”
I won’t be writing a review, as there is no point on it. I have enjoyed some parts and some not. I am looking forward however to the LOTR, as I know the character complexity deepens in these books since they are meant for a more matured audience.

On other books:

I received Outlander by Diana Gabaldon and I am looking forward to reading it. I know it is very much a hot fantasy romance. But I can’t judge much on how I will like it since I haven’t really read anything on the gender. However, the premise of a time traveler woman having to survive in the past and having a hot romance with an amazing man she knows she will have to leave if she wishes to go back, reminds me of plenty of time traveling K-dramas (though those tend to be more innocent). I am hoping to like it and if I do, I am going to get the rest of the series. So that will be my book to read after The Hobbit. After which will follow the first LOTR book.

So that’s it for now. This reading journal will be a monthly post this year as I do not aim to read a book per week. If I do, hurray! If I don’t, at least I want to finish those I start *cough* cloudatlas *cough*.

In goodreads you can find my 2015 reading list for books I am planning to read this year. Which apparently is already at 40… ugh. Then again there are a few books I am pretty sure I will finish within 2 days. So maybe I manage.

The Hobbit: Or There and Back Again1984The Return of the KingThe Two TowersThe Fellowship of the RingA Wrinkle in TimeOutlanderCloud Atlas1Q84: Books One and TwoGravityIsland of a Thousand MirrorsEarth GirlIllumineAuracleThe Universe Versus Alex WoodsLegion and The Emperor's SoulWhisper FallsThree SoulsThe Bone SeasonPulseThe ArchivedTeatime for the FireflyThe Unhappening of Genesis LeeStitching SnowDreamwalkersThe Invention of WingsThe Art of FloatingMade You UpWe All Looked UpMagoniaMindwalkerUnspeakableWritten in the StarsA Book of Spirits and ThievesThe NoviceTunnel VisionInk and Bone