We should all collectively as dark academians should pay more attention to Tolkien (2019) the movie. I'm just saying.
We should all collectively as dark academians should pay more attention to Tolkien (2019) the movie. I'm just saying.
I started off my year with Anne of Green Gables, because I wanted something light-hearted and joyous to bring in the new year. Boy, did I pick the right book.
Like a lot of young kids, I had abridged versions of the classics and Anne of Green Gables was one of them. When I read the story now, as a 21-year-old, I was lost in the green fields of Avonlea. Anne's brightness and enthusiasm for everything in life brought color into my very dreary January days.
While the plot was relatively new, I did remember some plot points so I was kind of just waiting for those to happen. Other than those few points, I was happy that a lot of the story was new to me. I enjoyed watching Anne grow up and start to accomplish everything she set out to do.
My book review for The Secret Keeper’s Daughter by Samantha King #Bookreview #BookTwitter @SamKingBooks @HQstories
The Secret Keeper’s Daughter by Samantha King Book Review by Kelly Lacey When Holly’s seven-year-old daughter changes from happy go lucky and talkative to quiet and subdued. Her motherly instincts know something is very wrong. Samantha King is an incredible writer. I am a reader who easily guesses what is coming with a plot but Samantha King had me happily stumped. With ease, Samantha King…
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how i’m romanticising my life lately 🤍
making everything entirely my own. this might only apply to me tbh but i stopped caring about making things like my planners, journals and notes (app) look pretty. i started being more honest with myself. i now use only basic organization systems and i try my best to not white-out my mistakes b!c i just think it gives it a more personal feel and reminds me that art doesn't have to be perfect to be beautiful
keeping my inner child happy. for me personally, this means getting plushies, watching shows i used to love for nostalgia, keeping drinks i like on my desk while i study, having a bag of candy on my desk and eating ice cream straight out of the container (no one else eats it i swear)
candles. this one doesn't need a lot of explanation but now my room smells like guava candy and i feel like a book character
turning my room into my safe space. this might also only apply to me, but i've only recently started to put up things like pictures, annotated song lyrics and flags in my room (peep the trans flag that's now on my ceiling)
sorry i've been so mia recently :) it's been difficult for me to find the motivation to post, but here i amm, figured i'd share some stuff i've been up to recently
22nd january 2022 library study session
read articles about the history of european fascism
read and annotated poetry by walt whitman
Hey all! So I am a person who enjoys reading but never make time for it. However if I write up a list, set a goal and make it public it may kick my butt into high gear to enjoy some great books. Because I am bird obsessed why not make a bird centric book club. Twelve books, one per month. Recommended by friends, randomly found via midnight Amazon searches, and one tried and true I’ve made up a…
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you ever just. laugh out loud at a book. it's the best feeling in the world.
Eccoci al nostro terzo appuntamento con la lettura del sabato.
Questa settimana vorrei proporvi una lettura un po’ particolare, naturalmente mantenendo la strada della crescita personale e in questo caso del benessere psico-fisico.
IKIGAI… cosa significa questa parola??
Esistono diversi libri in commercio che trattano questo stesso argomento ma nel libro che vi propongo io oggi, i due autori iniziano a pensare di scriverlo così quasi per caso. Quando i due si incontrano, durante una passeggiata a Tokyo e parlando e confrontandosi sulle varie e nuove metodologie di un tema che, gli accomuna entrambi, quello della psicologia, vengono a scoprire diciamo come si fa tra amici, parlando del più e del meno e sul senso della vita, questa parola Giapponese IKIGAI, (IKI = vivere, GAI = ragione) usatissima ormai da decenni in questo paese e che viene diciamo espressa dai due in un concetto molto semplice racchiuso in questa frase: “la felicità di essere sempre occupati”.
A questo punto avrete sicuramente già capito di cosa tratta questo libro, senza dirvi troppo, per non rovinarvi il gusto della lettura, vi scrivo solo che è un bellissimo percorso, un viaggio nella vita di alcune persone che hanno trovato in questa “parola” il segreto che permette di restare giovani, felici e soprattutto occupati. Il libro parla di tecniche per allontanare lo stress, allenamenti per restare in forma e di come e cosa mangiare per mantenere il nostro corpo in salute il più allungo possibile. Si affrontano temi come trovare veramente ciò che amiamo fare, stando lontano dai problemi e vicini alle persone che amiamo. Allenamenti con diverse discipline orientali per potersi muovere anche ad una età avanzata e insomma sviscera i segreti dei centenari che vivono su quest’isola.
L’entusiasmo che ognuno di noi può mettere in un lavoro, in una passione, nello studio, in una ricerca e importantissimo per la nostra vita, ci apre un universo diverso, fare un qualcosa che ci connette a un qualcosa di superiore è molto importante.
Il periodo che stiamo vivendo mi ha fatto capire tante cose, quando nel 2020 tutto si è fermato, quando tutto quel rumore ha lasciato lo spazio al silenzio, quando la frenesia ha lasciato il posto alla calma, quando l’essere sempre connessi alle esigenze altrui, dimenticandoti alle volte completamente di noi stessi, ha lasciato il posto alla consapevolezza che in fondo siamo soli, che siamo solo noi i nostri veri eroi, quando tutto questo è successo, mi sono ritrovata a prendere delle decisioni importanti per la mia vita e per il mio benessere che credetemi rifarei altre centinaia di volte. Lo so che sono cose scritte e dette centinaia e migliaia di volte ma credetemi quando iniziate a connettervi solo con voi stessi, con la vostra mente e con il vostro corpo, iniziate realmente a vivere un’altra vita. Questo libro simpaticamente ci apre alla conoscenza di tante cose che nel mondo aiutano migliaia di persone a vivere una vita lunga e felice davvero!
Credo che una volta arrivati al capolinea non ci resta altro che tutto ciò che la nostra anima ha assorbito nel corso della nostra vita e l’amore che abbiamo saputo diffondere nel mondo e donato alle persone che hanno avuto la fortuna di conoscerci e l’unico modo per fare tutto ciò è quello di stare bene, se siamo stanchi, stressati e malati non abbiamo tanta voglia di scoprire, dare o fare. Siamo costantemente sballonzolati da una notizia all’altra, tirati da una parte all’altra, da un lavoro ad un altro, distratti e disturbati continuamente da notifiche e problemi di ogni genere che alle volte non hanno proprio senso, io vi dico imparate a staccare, imparate a ritagliarvi i vostri spazi a crearvi le vostre abitudini per riprendere fiato e riprendere in mano la vostra essenza. Inizialmente tutto questo sarà molto difficile, si tratta di lasciar andare cattive abitudini, e un bel po’ di cose e di persone, ma credetemi ne varrà veramente la pena, nessuno in fondo vi costringe a far niente se non lo volete.
Io non so se ho trovato il reale scopo nella mia vita ma credetemi ora cerco sempre di tenermi occupata nel migliore dei modi possibili, cerco di fare solo ciò che realmente mi fa star bene, mi circondo (ahimè purtroppo al momento solo con una cerchia molto ma molto ristretta) di persone che mi fanno star bene e tutto senza star dietro a usanze o mode del momento.
Ho iniziato a scrivere questo blog che nonostante avessi seri problemi a scrivere, continuo a portare avanti con impegno e dedizione perché lo voglio fare, sento che ho bisogno di condividere e sarei felicissima se questi pensieri un giorno fossero d’aiuto a qualcuno anche se riuscissero ad arrivare ad un unico essere in tutto il globo terrestre (naturalmente spero sempre che siate centinaia, migliaia e milioni li fuori 😂).
Ora vi saluto e vi auguro una buona lettura!
Vi auguro di trovare presto il vostro IKIGAI e se lo avete già trovato scrivetemelo nei commenti e speriamo sempre in un mondo migliore partendo dal migliorare noi stessi.
Vi invio un abbraccio 🤗🥰🥰🥰 e vi auguro di trovare quello che cercate!
Ciaoooo Pimpy a presto!!!
A Closer Look at the Real Stories Behind the Vietnam War
Here’s a gallery of 40 rare photos taken during the Vietnam War – many, never seen before. Have a look at some of the never told stories behind the pictures – most purposely kept out of the media . By: Carlos Sanchez Among all the wars the United States has participated in, the Vietnam War is one of the most controversial. It was primarily carried out as a proxy war by the U.S. to end the…
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Happy Saturday, everyone! 💛
"When I realized that I couldn't understand you, I stopped trying to understand."
"Seni anlayamadığımı anladığımda anlamaya çalışmayı bıraktım"
The Bone houses by Emily Lloyd Jones was most impactful book I read this past year (2021). The prose was just beautiful to read. The story was a melancholy exploration of love, loss and grief. It was the sort of book that broke your heart in all the right places. And honestly I'm just a sucker for a girl with an axe.
it has been interesting to read/watch what people have to say about boba’s characterization. some of it’s valid but some of it is cringe.
one thing tho
boba has one brain cell and fennec has it.
When Hector comes back into Valerie’s life, he had hoped their love could endure anything and they could easily make up for lost time. Sadly, that is not the case as Valerie is now married, forced to move on with her life and Hector has met Valerie’s younger cousin by marriage, Nina. Nina may be young, but she and Hector have something in common, they are both gifted magicians with telekinetic powers, and with Hector’s guidance, Nina’s gifts begin to blossom and so does her love for Hector. Nina doesn’t realize what secrets Hector and Valerie still hold and the tale becomes a twisted and vindictive love triangle. Will true love prevail all? I did the audiobook version (read by the gorgeous Imani Jade Powers) and at times it felt like listening to a dramatic telenovela which was a lot of fun. AND, any sort of detrimental romance spiced with a little magic is always a good thing.
Silvia Moreno-Garcia has several great releases out there including Mexican Gothic which is one of my favorites, but the synopsis of the book alluded to a Historical romance with magical components in the story and the magic took such a second tier to all the drama that you almost forgot 2 of the 3 main characters had abilities at all. The story feels more Victorian in nature but has subtle Asian influences. I enjoyed the female villain aspect, the scorned woman you want to hate but you end up relating to. Valerie was forced to make choices at a young age and had to suffer the consequences later in life, losing everything she held dear. Can you blame her for wanting to hold on to it as long as possible? At any cost? But, while this was a fun read, the book had a slower start for me, possibly because I was looking for more magic! I wouldn’t say pass this up by any means, but I would certainly pick up her others first before reading this one.
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Title: Red, White, & Royal Blue
Author: Casey McQuiston
Genre: Fiction | Drama | Romance | Friendship | LGBTQ+
Content Warnings: Homophobia | Drug Usage | Sexual Assault Mention
Overall Rating: 10/10
Personal Opinion: Outrageously hilarious. The interactions between Alex and his friends will have you cracking up. But the steamy romance growing between Alex and Henry will have your heart melted into a pile of goo. There’s just no way to put this book down as you read the way Alex, son of the first female president of the US, and Henry, heir to the throne of England, fall in love with each other, creating the hottest international scandal in decades.
Couple Classification: Alex X Henry = Nerd/Prep X Prep
Do I Own This Book? Yes! It was one of multiple Christmas gifts that I bought for myself!
Spoilers Below For My Likes & Dislikes:
- First and foremost, this book is ridiculously funny. The witty and intelligent banter between The White House trio as well as Alex and Henry is truly top- notch. Zahra also delivers the best lines in regards to giving lectures to Alex. But one of my favorite pieces of dialogue has to be when Alex came out to his mother, Ellen, and she just made a whole Powerpoint to discuss the possibilities of international scandal when it came to him dating the prince of Wales. She even got some pamphlets on safe sex from Planned Parenthood! It killed me!
- Nora and her chaotic bisexuality is just beautiful. “I don’t know. I touched a boob. It wasn’t that profound.” “If you let me, I will show you one boob. The good one.” “You’re so hot when you get indignant.” Like babe, I just love you so much. She’s also so brilliant. The moment when she burst into the Oval Office after disappearing for two days with proof that Alex was set up to be outed by Republicans is just amazing. I loved her sleep deprived ass so much at that moment. I will also never forget how Alex went to London and instead of being worried about him, she just let June freak the fuck out before texting, “Hey, has anyone seen my Chuck Taylors?” She’s a comedy genius.
- The email and text convos between Alex and Henry were honestly so romantic. And so steamy too. You could feel the desire and yearning in their words. They have such distinct writing styles too. It matches their upbringings and overall demeanor. They opened up a lot more too in the emails than in person, in my opinion. I mean, they got really horny in each other’s presence and I do not blame them but that’s why I appreciate how much they just open up in their texts. But also, that first phone call will forever have me rolling. Thanksgiving, Alex persuaded his mother to let him keep the turkeys in his room, and he is terrified of the birds. He and Henry have such a cute conversation and Henry does an amazing job at just being there for him. Also their insults and jabs at one another are honestly so cute. Like, you can tell that they’re enjoying it and like each other’s company even when it’s poking fun at one another.
- The horny scenes were truly something else. They were so sexy and steamy and utterly captivating. From the moment Alex took Henry away from the dinner at the White House to furiously make out with him? I had to fan myself. Poor Amy, having to be dragged into it. I do love the inner circle of the ones in the know though.
- Alex being repressed is so funny because it’s not from any homophobic upbringing. He’s just stupid and it never even occurred him. He casually had thoughts about Shaan, Luna, and even Henry’s dad as these hot men and it just never once occurred to him that it was not admiration and in fact, sexual attraction. Then, when he does realize it, he’s flabbergasted as to how he never realized it. He was like the last one to realize it! Nora knew and June also had suspicions. His dad could tell right away when Alex and Henry were in close proximity to one another. His mom was not the least bit shocked by the coming out (only the fact that his “special someone” was the heir to the British empire). For God’s sake, Alex even made out with his friend Liam and it just never occurred to him that it meant more than just horny teens being horny teens. I truly think that this is the funniest form of repression.
- Bea and Catherine being in Henry’s corner is so fucking important to me. Especially as someone whose mother has been absent for most of his life. In Henry’s case, he knew what it was like to have a mom who wasn’t checked out. She was capable of it. But she shut down after the passing of his father to cancer. But as soon as he was in a crisis because he had been outed, his mother came back to him. She did all she could to protect him from Queen Mary’s iron fist and I’d cry tears of joy for her if I really wanted to. Because when her son was in trouble, she finally found the strength to stand up and that was just so admirable.
- The whole cast is so diverse and colorful. They all have such dynamic personalities even if they don’t talk much. Amy is an Asian trans lesbian (with a wife too!) with many confirmed kills and likes to knit. Cash is also a secret service member and he very casually comes out to the reader as pansexual with the flag stitched into his jacket, a gift from Amy. Rafael Luna is a Senator, he’s gay, he’s Latino, and he really infiltrated the guy running against Ellen to take him down from the inside. He’s a hero. Then we also have Pez who is black and rich and needed more screentime honestly. This book has sexuality, POC, women in positions of power, blended families, and even covers drug addiction. It’s such a wide range and I truly love and respect the hell out of it for that.
- Something else I love is the acknowledgment of so many queer historical figures. They did not shy away from the love letters passed between those of the same sex and calling the letters romantic. I especially love the reminder of the very blatant gayness of King James I and his romantic relationship with George Villiers. Henry, as a repressed gay, had to find all new avenues to explore his identity. And turning to history and living vicariously through his ancestors/people from his country is exactly how I do it too so that makes him very relatable to me.
- The last chapter is kind of everything to me. It was totally intense and enrapturing. I love Alex and Liam reconnecting after all these years. Especially after their last interaction when Liam was annoyed with him. But he was always on Alex’s side and he even has a handsome boyfriend to parade around. I truly loved it. Good for all of them, honestly. They deserved that happy ending.
- The pacing is kind of choppy in the beginning. From the moment they get into this arrangement of pretending to be best friends, it feels like the events of the day just zip by. Even when they were suddenly pushed into the closet because of supposed “gunfire” at the hospital. They also become rather used to each other kinda quickly. Although I suppose they hadn’t actually contacted each other afterward until much later. I am willing to let it pass though. Because once you hit a stride, it flows much better.
- Ayyyyy, fuck you Queen Mary and Rep. presidential nominee Richards. You’re both assholes for very different reasons but of course, they were meant to be asses. So this isn’t really a thing to hold against the book. It is very infuriating that Richards violated the privacy of the First Family and the Royal Family and still somehow managed to almost win the election. But I guess that also reflects reality in a way. Because oh my god, 2016-2020 in reality has been a nightmare. Not only that, but Richards also preyed on young interns in their teens! Also regardless of gender. And this guy is out here spouting fucking nonsense about the sanctity of traditional values and also saying the security at the White House is too lax. A hypocrite, a liar, and a complete douche. God, what a relief he fucking lost.
- I’m not sure how I feel about the nickname “H” for Henry. I mean, I get that the first letter of a name can be a nickname but H is such an unsexy letter to say. “Z” for Zahra is way better. But “H”? I mean, really? I thought it was just a nickname to use in the start of emails and texts but no, both Alex and Bea used it in person! I don’t get it. Personally.
- I think it was kind of a missed opportunity to not address June’s concerns about their family. She was right in the end. It really felt like their mother and father cared more about work than them as a family. But I do think Ellen came to the realization that she needs a better work-life balance with the conversation she had with Alex post-outing. I think it was meant to be this big revelation for June as well. That their mom would be there for them when it came to it and even the presidency or the election could be side-barred if need be. So while I think it works, I wish we saw more of June’s reaction to it rather than leaving it open-ended.
- Kind of wish we knew the fate of Pez and June. I also just want to know more about Amy and Cash. I just love them. But I don’t think it’s a bad thing to not focus on them. I mean, the story isn’t even about them. I just love them so much. Anyway, I’m basically out of complaints already. And most of these were barely complaints, in my opinion.
My Blog is Starting to Look Like How I Imagined It Would
When I first created my blog, I imagined a blog with book reviews of novels that I loved. But when I started writing my first few posts, I realized I was going to lose track of the novels that I reviewed. So, I decided to review novels in the order of last read. But that meant that a lot of my favorite novels were not going to be reviewed for a while. And I also had to account for Google’s…
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EVER WONDERED WHY ALL CHRISTIANS OF ALL SECTS AND DENOMINATIONS DO NOT OBEY JESUS CHRIST TEACHINGS AND COMMANDMENTS OR IMITATE HIS LIFESTYLE EXAMPLES ON ISSUES OF SEXUALITY, DRINKING ETC?
Christians are not followers of Jesus Christ. They are followers of Paul, the Syrian man from ancient Turkey who wrote majority of the New testament part of the bible.
Christian are not followers of Jesus Christ because they do not obey Jesus commandments and the or follow his lifestyle examples documented in Matthew chapters 5-7 of the Bible and through out the biographic gospels of Jesus Christ in the Christian Bible
Christian obey Paul and base their faith on Paul’s teachings.
While Jesus NEVER preached against women or condemned any woman for any and every reason including having sex outside of marriage.
Paul and all Christians of all sects and denominations preach against women and condemn women for any and every reason including having sex with men who are not their husbands.
While Jesus was documented as a drunkard in the Bible, Paul and Christians believe all drunkards will not imherit the kingdom of God.
Discover why and how Paul stole Christianity from Christ and turned into the anti Christ religion that it still is today