Well, you were wrong!
I didn’t meant to sound passive-aggressive, I just wanted an excuse to use a this gif.
So, I know I’ve been absent from the blogosphere. Unfortunately, life has been a bit of a hassle, so I’m glad I announced the hiatus when I did. But now, I’m back! I’m not sure it’s such a great thing or that it means much… But I digress.
My plan is to gear up towards Nanowrimo, so expect a few posts about the Nano prep season and also updates when November and that sweet deadline hits us this year. I also plan on continuing some “series” I had planned so expect more book reviews and weird experiments.
I was thinking about doing a month of reviews on October, since I am so far behind on reviewing books I’m sure at this point they kind of melted into this bubble. Do you think it’s a good idea? Let me know.
As always, May The Almighty GIP be with you
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.
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:
The 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.
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.
Because I believe others opinions also matter, I ask them to share their thoughts on the books they have read. And this is what they had to say.
A Darker Shade of Magic:
” The idea is better than the reality. ” – Maria, casual reader
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…
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.)
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Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert
Non Fiction, Self Help, Writing
Published by Bloomsbury (2016)
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.
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.
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.