Women power.

Thank you NetGalley for the ARC.

When I selected Wild Nights: Heart Wisdom from Five Women Poets I expected a book that contains contemporary poetry collected from 5 women that are not that known. Kinda like promoting local artists thing.

I was not disappointed tho’.

Rating: 2/5

I just gave this book this low rating because, in my opinion, the selection was not that good. It was pretty random.

It started with some greek poems written in old english, some mythology here and there, but they had some nice verses. I don’t say those are awful but they’re just not my taste.

The next part was my favorite, Emily Dickinson. Of course I devoured this to the last letter and I just felt accomplished reading Dickinson again.

There were other 2 writers that were pretty irrelevant for me. I don’t have any opinion on them. I enjoyed their poems but nothing stood out.

The one that had an impact, if I can call it that, was Sara Teasdale. Never heard of her before but I’m so glad I found her! I can actually say that I loved her part more than Emily Dickinson’s. Her poems felt real. I really enjoyed every verse and I’m gonna share one of them with you:

After Parting

Oh, I have sown my love so wide

That he will find it everywhere;

It will awake him in the night,

It will enfold him in the air.

I set my shadow in his sight

And I have winged it with desire,

That it may be a cloud by day,

And in the night a shaft of fire.

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Valentine’s Recommendations

You know Valentine’s Day is coming in a month so I just thought it would be nice to give you guys a list of my favorite romance books. Go read them with your partner or if you don’t have one you can enjoy them the same anyways.

Anna and the French Kiss series by Stephanie Perkins

♥ Me Before You series by Jojo Moyes

Slammed series by Colleen Hoover

  November 9 by Colleen Hoover

The Summer series by Jenny Han

Ten Tiny Breaths by K A Tucker

Perfect Chemistry series by Simone Elkeles

Just One Day series by Gayle Forman

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Warga Jasmine

The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

♥ Confess by Colleen Hoover

♥ Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

♥ Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson

♥ How to Love by Katie Cotugno

♥ Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

I hope you can find one that you like. Personally, I always put Colleen Hoover on the 1st place when I want to read some romance, that’s why I selected more than one book by her because she’s just good at it. Crazy good.

Have fun reading!

2018 Bookish Resolutions

I put a little thought into this and I hope this year I can blog more.

I hope I will get more ideas of subjects and I aspire to be more creative and paying more attention to it.

Since I just moved to USA a few months ago, I don’t have my own bookshelf yet but I plan on building one as soon as I can with some help from my husband. Gonna try to do that in the time when we’re not planning our wedding (yes, april 22nd is the big day). I found some good ideas on pinterest and I hope I can apply them to my first bookshelf ever. I will probably share the progress on my blog.

I plan on developing my bookstagram skills (which are 0). I don’t have enough merch around the house and I feel like all my ideas are already taken and I can’t bring anything new “to the table” but I’m trying from time to time to take a picture or two of my books just because I like taking pictures of them. I don’t get any bad feedback so that’s good.
I hope I can buy a good camera too for that… and not only for that.

I also thought of starting a youtube channel with bookhauls and book reviews, I find it so much easier to just talk about them freely instead of writing it down, I just can’t make myself do it. I recorded myself once and I enjoyed it but I ended up deleting it just because I’m too self-conscious and I wouldn’t have the guts to upload it. God forbid
anyone I know finds it. I don’t plan on doing it this year necessarily but it’s just a thought I’m throwing in.

Also, another goal this year is to get as many subscription boxes I can and afford. I got my first Owlcrate in December (I’m gonna blog about that too after I take some legit pictures) and I fell in love with it. I definitely want as many as I can now from different brands so if anyone has any recommendations, feel free to let me know.

When it comes to writing, I want to continue writing poems as many as I can and maybe in the future even publish my own poetry book although that seems so impossible to me at this point, I just hope I can make it some time.

2018 books to read:

♥All the Murakami books that are left
♥I also want to finish all the series I started
♥Hopefully this year I will read Catch 22 cause I want to read it so bad!
♥At least one Agatha Christie book per month (I want to read all her books)
♥As many Stephen King books as I can (I also want to read all of them too)
♥Generation One by Pittacus Lore
♥Monster by Michael Grant
♥Without Merit by Colleen Hoover

Does any of you guys have any bookish resolutions for 2018?

Weekend Words

This time I just wanted to share one of my all time favorite quotes. This one belongs to Goethe, an excerpt from the book The Sorrows of Young Werther (click for review).

“When I consider the narrow limits within which our active and inquiring faculties are confined; when I see how all our energies are wasted in providing for mere necessities, which again have no further end than to prolong a wretched existence; and then that all our satisfaction concerning certain subjects of investigation ends in nothing better than a passive resignation, whilst we amuse ourselves painting our prison-walls with bright figures and brilliant landscapes, -when I consider all this, Wilhelm, I am silent. 

I examine my own being, and find there a world, but a world rather of imagination and dim desires, than of distinctness and living power. 

Then everything swims before my senses, and I smile and dream while pursuing my way through the world.”

Monthly winner.

The winner of december is….

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I just love Michael Scott with all my heart

BORN A CRIME BY TREVOR NOAH!!

I haven’t read a lot of books in december but even if I did, I don’t think I would pick a better one than Trevor’s biography.
I promise you will fall in love with it. You don’t even have to know him or be a huge fan (I know I wasn’t… I didn’t even know who he is) but that book is one of my favorite nonfiction books.

Totally recommend. To read my review, click on the title of the book.

You’re only stronger.

You have to get up,

Be a storm again

Like you were before,

Just don’t let it end.

 

You have to kill the monsters

He left inside your head,

Cause you are worth more

Way more than what he said.

 

Don’t you ever believe

That forward’s not your path,

Do not receive those lies

I hope you will forget.

 

-you’re only stronger.

Milk and Honey.

DISAPPOINTED!

Rating: 2/5.

I’m sorry I started this review that bad but man I felt kinda frustrated for not liking it as much as I thought I would. I mean, I’ve seen it everywhere and I love the cover and I was really excited to read it and love it and quote it everywhere, you know what I’m saying? I declared it in my heart my favorite contemporary poetry book before I opened it and man, I should’ve held my horses I guess.

That wasn’t even poetry. Those were phrases written in separate lines with no rhyme or that feeling you get when you read poetry and you know that’s a poem and you read it with a special tone (Thanks Lang Leav for showing me what contemporary poetry is). I loved 2 writings maybe? but that’s all I can say about it.

Sorry, Rupi Kaur. Maybe the next one will be for me.

 

Apartheid Wonder.

Some time a go, a good friend of mine sent me Trevor Noah’s biography called Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. He told me to read at least 20 pages and let him know what I think cause he believes this is my type of nonfiction book.

Rating?

5/5.  Yes, I had to underline this because it’s not something that happens frequently especially when it comes to biographies and nonfiction.

Before this book was recommended to me, I really didn’t know who Trevor Noah is. I knew his face and his name but I had nooo idea what’s going on with this Trevor guy so my friend just told me a little bit about him and then I watched a short video extracted from his show and I was like “hmmm ok I think I might like his book.”

After weeks of me ignoring it my friend started nagging me about it and I finally said okaaaay fine I’ll read those 20 pages.

What can I say, I didn’t know what happened but I only texted him when I was on page 40. I swear this book destroys your notion of timing.

He’s such an awesome story-teller! And he explains stuff so easily to comprehend, I wish he was my teacher in school. He knows how to explain the apartheid and the racism he had to face and all the crisis in South Africa. He lived a life that just leaves you speechless. I know for sure it left me.

From having to live in hiding and not being able to hang out with his dad in public (because he was born “colored” which means his parents weren’t both black. His dad was a swiss white guy) to copying CDs and becoming the coolest DJ around, to befriend Hitler and go to 3 different churches every sunday, to see his mom at the hospital with bullet wounds but miraculously well, you won’t ever want to finish it.

I consider him a warrior and I know most of us nowadays wouldn’t be able to do half of what he did in that time. And everything he went through. And I look at him and I know he could’ve turned bad. He had the chance. But no, he continued to be a decent human being and loving himself and I feel proud of him now. After imagining having to live all that and then see him having millions of followers and winning Grammys on MTV it’s just amazing.

I recommend it to everyone!

 

30 Days Book Challenge: DAY 30!!!!

Ok so this is the final post and frankly, I’m gonna miss doing this. I had a lot of fun and it made me think of so many things that I could write, I consider it really helpful. I know I messed up a little in the days when I was too busy (I swear I was super busy!) and I missed writing on that day but it’s alright, I resumed it. Thank you for understanding, lol.

So here is the final challenge:

Your favorite book of all time

I don’t even know what I should pick. Of course the first thing I thought of was 1984 by George Orwell but I would like to avoid writing about the same books twice in a challenge so I think I’m gonna go with another one of my favorites, TRAINSPOTTING!!!
I’m a huge fan of Trainspotting and I could rewatch the movies constantly. The second one was the perfect addition and I was crazy obsessed with it.

The book was awesome too. It deserves all the fame and even though I only read it after I watched the first movie, I think of all of them being equally amazing.

 

30 Days Book Challenge: Day 29.

A book everyone hated but you liked

Apparently, Sad Girls by Lang Leav got a lot of hate and it kinda surprised me cause that book wasn’t bad at all. I liked it and I thought it was just something else in the young adult romance world. Not only rainbows and sunshine. I prefer her poetry, that’s true, but this book was better than I expected.