What is your favorite book?
I’ve been reading nonstop for a few weeks now and it feels so good to be reading again! Can’t wait for this semester to be over so I don’t have to worry about waking up early the next day.
I really want to know, what have you been reading? I need more books to, you know, add to my long and never ending TBR. But I’ll promise to read them this time… maybe. 😆
I am from
Hiding in the woods not wanting to be found
Wanting to “leave”, twice
Hyperventilating on my first plane ride
Crying in a concentration camp and
A candle for a lost soul
I am from
Pigs in a tree and wriggling worms on the ground below
The soccer ball arching through the air
A yellow handprint on the sidewalk
The quacking of ducks in spring and
Hot chocolate on a winter morning
I am from
The sounds of Mozart floating across a river with yellow daisies in the water
Melted shoe soles next to a campfire
Licking the slaty walls of a cave
The horse with the devil ears and
Craning my neck to see the top of the spires
Playing giant chess in Austria with friends
Standing on top of the alps
Six gelatos on a riverbank
The smell of summer roses and
Enthralled by the murals of heaven above me
Multigrain bread with sliced chicken and carrot pumpkin spread
A wedding under the fireworks
Pizza on Christmas
The blond hair of the boy I love and
Rainbow flags flying in the wind
Currently Reading: All We Can Do Is Wait - Richard Lawson
Dracula was written in 1897 by Bram Stoker, an avid Irish writer in his young adult years. The story’s format takes the appearance of multiple character’s diary/journal entries and letters in roughly 350 pages. The main character Jonathan Harker, a young naive solicitor in England, first encounters Count Dracula at his own castle in order to expand upon a business inquiry. The opening scenes start off slowly, as if Stoker purposely did so in order to provide tension for later abhorring scenarios. Harker avidly describes his surroundings and encounters with people throughout the entirety of his excursions, whether they are beneficial or not. His oblivious persona creates a pitiful urge from the reader to aid him or point out the obvious, which is especially heart-wrenching since his descriptions are in his personal journal.
The audience witnesses the growth of insanity Jonathan Harker faces as he reveals his entrapment within the castle and the details of the Count are certainly unsettling, which contribute to the eeriness of the entire situation. However, in the modern day understanding of Dracula and vampires, there are many assumptions that have been made which could not have been entirely true which prompts the question… How much has society altered the reality of the book in order to appeal to the social hierarchies and norms?
The audience then encounters his future wife, Miss Mina Murray, a vivacious young woman certainly in love with Jonathan; Dr. Seward, a doctor of the mind during the colonial England era who consistently writes about his striking patient R. M. Renfield in the most intuitive sense; Dr. Van Helsing, an older academic with evolutionary advances in neuroscience who also has an extensive knowledge of vampiric history; and of course, Count Dracula, a suspicious gentleman with malignant, unnerving features in the viewpoint of common humanity. Although there are a few others, these are the main protagonists and antagonists the audience witnesses the growth of through first hand viewpoints, which places the reader in the character’s position in an evolutionary way.
The suspense, fear, questioning is felt as if you are in the room with the Count, where he appears and disappears within a second, where the power of Holiness is tested through the religious will of each individual character, as certain people do not possess the power to push through. Many mementos withholding religious and scientific values stress the ideas of what good and evil is, as Stoker explained how he based these characters off of real events/people. I do not read much literature where the format is journalistic, but this book used the format graciously. From the instances where characters are having an enlightening moment, to the reactions of evil presenting itself in the worst way, the audience witnesses a development of morals in which each individual reader can infer and create within their own analysis since there are many unanswered questions about the character’s acts. The grim, Gothic events generously appeal to a dark academic’s interpretation of life and literature.
Dracula also puts into perspective on the level of trust we consciously and unconsciously give to people in order to find out the truth for personal development or closure; there is also a measure of the balance of good and evil in personas which can drastically alter outcomes that must be considered when meddling with dangerous circumstances.
1) A psychologically manipulative antagonist in the old era of European history described through personal accounts.
2) The truth of a traditional tale told through time.
3) Being able to witness the emotional downfall of human charisma in it’s purest form.
4) An easier read of classic literature (the syntax and diction is not as difficult as many other classics.)
Dracula will hold a special place in my Gothic literature heart, and I wish for everyone to read it!
Cara de libro ￼
When you have to say goodbye to your sibling, knowing that most likely you’ll never see them again.
Da principio una selvaggia disperazione cominciò ad impossessarsi di me; mi abbandonavo a una pena tale ch'era disprezzabile anche a vedersi, a un'ira terribile ed impotente, all'angoscia e all'indignazione, alla tortura che mi strappava i più acuti singhiozzi, a una miseria che non aveva nessuna voce per esprimersi, a un dolore muto. Sono passato attraverso tutte le forme possibili della sofferenza.
- Oscar Wilde, De profundis
January bullet journal pages.
There are a few others but I liked these two the most
Animation project I’ve been working on. It’s for a book I read, the Sea of Trolls. This Jack and Thorgil, two setting out on a dangerous quest. If you like magic and adventure books with tales of lore, I highly suggest reading it
I just really wanted Jean to hug Jeremy from behind
Red and gold babies
The little vampire
Ilustración: 파키나미. Editorial: 거북이북스
“And then there’s this one kid named Alex. He’s a loner and nobody knows what’s up with him. Our grade has concluded that he’s a possible sped-ed kid who looks like a normal kid.” Kyle points over at this one kid with glasses and who looks like a fifth-grader. Short light brown hair. Big round glasses.
"Maybe that’s part of his genetics?“ I say, trying not to sound mean in any way.
"I mean that’s possible but he always looked at people is creepy and freaks the shit out of everybody,” Noah adds.
Zach’s been gone to get us something each - there is a Walmart near our school - likely buying something for us to eat.
The rest has been talking about the weird kids that they’ve heard of or encountered.