An end I never wanted to reach.

Yes, the title sounds dramatic but it’s kinda accurate if you’ve read any of the Lorien Legacies books. I’m gonna talk a little about United as One.

Rating: 5/5.

These last 4 years didn’t pass without me reading at least one of the books. I just tried to postpone the ending for as long as I could but eventually I had to finish it. All good things come to an end.

It’s pretty rare for book series this long to keep their action and awesomeness intact. I’ve always been excited for every book and each one of them made it difficult for me to put it down.

You can clearly see how the character developed and how life’s difficulties (like mogadorians) turned them into more mature persons and the relationship between them gets better and better with every book. In this one you get the peak of everything. It’s the best ending this series could have.

I wish I could read some more about them and I will surely miss reading a Lorien Legacies book but I guess I had to accept that this is actually the end and I have to deal with it, they need some peace (seriously tho’). After you read I Am Number Four you don’t really think that this could happen (books 2-7).

In the end, do you know what’s cooler? The LORIEN LEGACIES REBORN SERIES!! Can’t wait for Generation One.

“I am done with numbers”.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/27161189-united-as-one

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32497565-generation-one

Boring dirty stories, sorry.

I haven’t read some erotica in a really long time so I just picked out Little Birds by Anais Nin.

Rating?

2/5.

I got to the end of it 50% out of curiosity and 50% because I just wanted to finish it, it’s a short not-so-awesome book so it’s not worth it to read it for 100 years. What can I tell you about it is that it’s pretty boring. The stories give me the feeling that they’re just thrown there and they didn’t really get to me. I felt distant towards it. They didn’t intrigue me or made me feel anything.

I didn’t really enjoy the idea of men messing around with 16 year old girls tho’ I liked the first story when all the girls ran away when they saw him in all his glory around them. Come on, that was pretty funny.

The stories have many things in common and they might seem familiar at some point which was pretty nice and made me imagine some bonds between them.

Overall this was not my cup of tea but I’m glad I’ve read it and it’s an appreciated classic.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/11036.Little_Birds

Petrus’s Prayer

If you read any of Coelho’s books, you might have noticed his writing style, always beautiful. I’ve read The Pilgrimage two years ago and although some things stayed with me for a long time, there’s a prayer that Petrus prays in the chapter called “Personal Vices” and today it just popped into my mind and I had to share it with others too so here it is:

“Have pity on those who pity themselves as good people treated unfairly by life-who feel that they do not deserve what has befallen them. Such people will never be able to fight the good fight. And pity those who are cruel to themselves and who see only the evil in their own actions, feeling that they are to blame for the injustice in the world. Because neither of these kinds of people will know Thy law that says “BUT THE VERY HAIRS OF YOUR HAIR ARE NUMBERED”.

Have pity on those who command and those who serve during long hours of work, and who sacrifice themselves in exchange merely for a sunday off, only to find that there is nowhere to go, and everything is closed. But also have pity on those who sanctify their efforts, and who are able to go beyond the bounds of their own madness, winding up indebted or nailed to the cross by their very brothers. Because neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “BE YE THEREFORE AS WISE AS THE SERPENTS AND AS HARMLESS AS THE DOVES”.

Have pity on those who may conquer the world but never join the good fight within themselves. But pity also those who have won the good fight within themselves, and now find themselves in the streets and the bars of life because they were unable to conquer the world. Because neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “HE WHO HEEDS MY WORDS I WILL LIKEN TO A WISE MAN WHO BUILT HIS HOUSE ON A ROCK”.

Have pity on those who are fearful of taking up a pen, or a paintbrush, or an instrument, or a tool because they are afraid someone has already done better that they could, and who feel themselves to be unworthy to enter the marvelous mansion of art. But have even more pity on those who, having taken up a pen, or the paintbrush, or the instrument, or the tool have turned inspiration into a paltry thing, and yet feel themselves to be better than others. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “FOR THERE IS NOTHING COVERED THAT WILL NOT BE REVEALED, NOR HIDDEN THAT WILL NOT BE KNOWN”.

Pity those who eat and drink and sate themselves, but are unhappy and alone in their satiety. But pity even more those who fast, and who censure and prohibit, and who thereby see themselves as saints, preaching Your name on the streets. For neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “IF I BEAR WITNESS OF MYSELF, MY WITNESS IS NOT TRUE”.

Pity those who fear death, and who are unaware of the many kingdoms through which they have already passed, and the many deaths they have already suffered, and who are unhappy because they think that one day their world will end. But have even more pity for those who already know their many deaths, and today think of themselves as immortals. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “EXCEPT THAT ONE IS BORN AGAIN, HE CANNOT SEE THE KINGDOM OF GOD”.

Have pity on those who bind themselves with the silken tie of love, and think of themselves as masters of others, and who feel envy and poison themselves and who torture themselves because they cannot see that love and all things change like the wind. But pity even more those who die of their fear of loving and who reject love in the name of a greater love that they know not. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “WHOEVER DRINKS OF THE WATER THAT I SHALL GIVE HIM WILL NEVER THIRST”.

Pity those who reduce the cosmos to am explanation, God to a magic potion and humanity to beings with basic human needs that must be satisfied because they never hear the music of the spheres. But have even more pity on those who have blind faith, and who in their laboratories transform mercury into gold, and who are surrounded by their books about the secrets of the Tarot and the power of the pyramids. Neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “WHOEVER DOES NOT RECEIVE THE KINGDOM OF GOD AS A LITTLE CHILD WILL BY NO MEANS ENTER IT”.

Pity those who see no one but themselves and for whom others are a blurred and distant scenario as they pass through the streets in their limousines and lock themselves in their air-conditioned penthouse offices, as they suffer in silence the solitude of power. But pity even more those who will do anything for anybody and are charitable and seek to win out over evil only through love. For neither of these kinds of people know Thy law that says “LET HE WHO HAS NO SWORD SELL HIS GARMENT AND BUY ONE”.

Summary: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/4004.The_Pilgrimage

 

Playlist for the Dead

Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff is an easy to read book and even though it’s based on a suicide story, I like the fact that it doesn’t focus only on the main character’s feelings.

Rating: 3/5.

I recommend it for the mentioned songs throughout it, and I’m gonna leave them all here.

Radiohead-How to Disappear Completely

Arcade Fire-Crown of Love

Tears for Fears-Mad World

Skylar Grey-Invisible

Metallica-One

Foster the People-Pumped Up Kicks

Ramones-I Don’t Want to Grow Up

Vampire Weekend-Diane Young

Nirvana-Smells Like Teen Spirit

Linkin Park-One Step Closer

The Decemberists-Mariner’s Revenge Song

Blink 182-Adam’s Song

Elvis Costello-Alison

Aimee Mann-This Is How It Goes

Yeah Yeah Yeahs-Despair

The Verve-On Your Own

The Neighbourhood-Let It Go

A Great Big World-Say Something

Leonard Cohen-Everybody Knows

Wilco-How To Fight Loneliness

The National-Conversation 16

Jeff Buckley-Last Goodbye

Nine Inch Nails-Hurt

Bon Iver-For Emma

Florence and the Machine-Cosmic Love

Chvrches-The Mother We Share

The Shins-It’s Only Life

I hope this gives you an idea of the book. Hope you’ll enjoy them!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17838490-playlist-for-the-dead?ac=1&from_search=true

We have always lived in the castle, and that’s it.

Before starting a book of course I check out the ratings and I skim through the reviews and I’ve seen many of them that said this book is creepy and disturbing and any synonym you can think of.

Shirley Jackson’s We Have Always Lived In The Castle isn’t any of those. Don’t expect to be freaked out or something like that. You’ll just see a girl that lives with her sister and disabled uncle because the rest of the family died poisoned.

All the action revolves around this girl and her every day life. All of them are isolated in their big mansion and their society hates them and make fun of them, you probably get the idea.

There’s only one thing happening that “stands out” but it isn’t significant. It just takes place and then it fades away.

I wished they had supernatural powers or something like that.

Rating: 2/5.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/89724.We_Have_Always_Lived_in_the_Castle?ac=1&from_search=true

BOB DYLAN FOR PRESIDENT!

All my respect for this man. I always loved him and listened to his songs for years and I appreciate him for what he is and finding out today that he won the nobel prize in literature just made my heart smile.

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I’ve seen there were many people complaining that he didn’t really deserved it, that maybe Murakami should’ve won. These people are the ones that never actually read his lyrics. I really recommend them to take a break on hating and just check out some of his songs or just read the lyrics and it might change their minds.

I’m a huge fan of Murakami myself and I would’ve been happy as well if he would’ve won but there’s something unique about Dylan’s writing

“… and songs, to me, were more important than just light entertainment. They were my preceptor and guide into some altered consciousness of reality, some different republic, some liberated republic.”.

It’s so awesome seeing a songwriter and folk artist at the same time being included between novelists and poets (writing songs it’s still poetry tho’), I guess the times they are a’changing.

Congratulations, Bob Dylan! May your legacy reign forever.

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From butterflies to persons.

The trophy for one of the creepiest books I’ve ever read goes to John Fowles’s The Collector.

The author created such a perfect sociopath character it’s unbelievable. The mind of a person is such a dangerous thing. Knowing what’s right and wrong is also fundamental because it’s not easy starting to collect butterflies and end up “collecting” a woman you’re obsessed with.

He just saw her as a collectible. He didn’t want to hurt her, he just wanted to have her at his place he specially bought for them and fall in love. He liked to “dominate” her tho’…but he’s a sociopath in case you forgot. She starts to pity him and every attempt to escape makes him laugh.

The story is told from their both points of view. He tells the story at first and then we find out the rest from the diary she writes and hides.

The ending is not something expected but at the same time you should’ve expected it (if you know what I mean…if not…you’ll get it if you read it).

I really recommend it. It’s not hard to read it, the plot is really simple so it won’t be difficult to follow the story and there aren’t many characters. The author concentrated a lot on their psychological nature.

Rating: 3,5/5

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/243705.The_Collector?ac=1&from_search=true