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A long hiatus

This was not a planned pause.

Over the last month, I didn’t post much because I just felt so tired all the time. My work became demanding and there are, unfortunately, physical limitations to how much a person can work.

Sadly, the blog fell behind even despite the fact that I already had planned posts.

For that I am sorry.

I’m not sure when I can return to the blog. I think it’s better to start in July. I will have a couple posts planned and hopefully, I can make the best out of my time. See you around the interwebs.

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Booktube made me do it – May 18

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In the hype of book communities and booktubers, there are a few chosen that no one seems to stop talking about. So, I decided it’s time to discover what lies beneath the suggestions. So, this time booktube made me read:

19063The Book Thief by Markus Zusac

Historical Fiction, Young Adult,
Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers (2007)
Sinopse: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery …
Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist – books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau. This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

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What I was promised: A must read in YA, a classic in the genre with an odd narrator and a lot of feels. Loved by many.
What I found: This has to be one of my favorite recommendations from Booktube. It was a haunting tale about Germany under the Nazi strict government, narrated by Death itself. This element really brought something else to the novel. Pick it up if you can.
Final rating: 5 stars.

 

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Trope of the Month – April 2018

Not sure what a trope is? No worries, I’m here to explain it for you! Join in for the poorest explanation of a plot device. And this month is…

Badass Creed

Is your character not bad-ass enough? Do you need that special flavor in your clan, club or secret society? Then this trope is for you! A motto of life, for a really cool style. Just make sure it’s catchy.
As seen in: Valar morghulis; Valar dohaeris. (All men must die; all men must serve.)

For further reference please look into the official source >>>Here<<<

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Review – Big Magic

24453082Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Non Fiction, Self Help, Writing
Published by Bloomsbury (2016)
Sinopse:
Readers of all ages and walks of life have drawn inspiration and empowerment from Elizabeth Gilbert’s books for years. Now this beloved author digs deep into her own generative process to share her wisdom and unique perspective about creativity. With profound empathy and radiant generosity, she offers potent insights into the mysterious nature of inspiration. She asks us to embrace our curiosity and let go of needless suffering. She shows us how to tackle what we most love, and how to face down what we most fear. She discusses the attitudes, approaches, and habits we need in order to live our most creative lives. Balancing between soulful spirituality and cheerful pragmatism, Gilbert encourages us to uncover the “strange jewels” that are hidden within each of us. Whether we are looking to write a book, make art, find new ways to address challenges in our work, embark on a dream long deferred, or simply infuse our everyday lives with more mindfulness and passion, Big Magic cracks open a world of wonder and joy.

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Rating: 5/5 stars
Elizabeth Gilbert is able to bring creativity to life and show that everyone is capable of being creative, even if you think isn’t the case. The simple language and encouraging optimism will make you want to discover the artist in yourself.

Discussion:
As an aspiring writer this is the book I needed.
Many times I found crossroads and hurdles. Big ones. I know that a craft has growing pains and I cannot tell you how the author was able to pin point all of them in this book. As I was reading passages from the novel, I just felt a warmth inside that was hard to explain. This book spoke to me on a personal level and I wish I had found it sooner. So I want to thank my best friend for lending this to me. It was my favorite read of the year.

Besides this personal ramble, I believe this is a very accessible book. The author is able to convey her messages in short passages, always pairing the advice with a story that helps you to visualize how it can apply to real life. Another aspect to praise is that the book it’s still grounded in reality. It shows the hardships of the creative process and it shows that it’s though and you can only do it if you truly love it.

And why do I believe this is book is for everybody?

Because we all struggle with ideas. Not just artists. Professionals in creative fields, workers that have to pitch to their bosses, an individual afraid to try something new… So if you ever found yourself in a position similar to those, this is the book for you. Creativity, as the author puts it, is everywhere and it’s waiting for you to work with it. So, be brave and try! Failure is just one of the possible outcomes.

If anything, the book will lift your spirit. Be sure to give it a read.

 

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Booktube made me do it – April 2018

In the hype of book communities and booktubers, there are a few chosen that no one seems to stop talking about. So, I decided it’s time to discover what lies beneath the suggestions. So, this time booktube made me read:

0525555366Turtles All The Way Down by John Green

Young- Adult, Contemporary, Mental Health,

Published by Dutton Books (2017)

Synopses: Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis.
Aza is trying. She is trying to be a good daughter, a good friend, a good student, and maybe even a good detective, while also living within the ever-tightening spiral of her own thoughts.

In his long-awaited return, John Green, the acclaimed, award-winning author of Looking for Alaska and The Fault in Our Stars, shares Aza’s story with shattering, unflinching clarity in this brilliant novel of love, resilience, and the power of lifelong friendship.

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What I was promised: The best John Green novel until date. A life changing experience in a novel about mental health.

What I found: It was ok. In terms of writing, it could still be improved in character development and by focusing only on Aza’s life. I didn’t feel it was the best John Green book. Regardless, it’s still an important book for mental health representation and I think it’s a good way to have a glimpse on what it’s like to deal with this condition on a daily life.

Final rating: 4 stars.