erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
I decided to change the format for this monthly post because what I was doing does not work very well with my layout (it worked when I was posting about a book every time I finihed one, but this way it looks messy). I am almost sure I will change again, but for now I think I like it!

- books read: 6
- pages read: 2137
- average page per day: ~70

January 2017 Books )

I am very proud of myself because last January I read only one book during the mont of January! I feel very positive about my goodreads reading challenge this year!

Best Book of the Month: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover
Worst Book of the Month: Wild Woods by Posie Graeme-Evans
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
Hello Flist! Happy Friday!

The week is almost over, and I hope you all are going to have a splendid weekend off!

Before I start with the question of the week, I wanted to share a piece of news. Here, at the International Airport of Fort Lauderdale, today there was a shooting and people died! I am glad no one I knew was at the airport today, but the thing scared me more than expected! I live 10 minutes away from the airport, and I can still hear outside a lot of police cars, and ambulances and sirens in general outside! It is scary! And, even if I didn't know anybody there I feel a sense of connection with these people! And I'm taking it almost personally! They caught the guy but I need to know why he did it, and how was it possible that he made it to Gate 2 with a gun! I know none of you on my FList were traveling down in Florida or out of it, so I am pretty sure you're all right! <3

But let's move to a brighter topic. Here's your question(s) I have for you today:

What are you reading at the moment?
What is your favorite genre?
Do you have set your goodreads goal for the year? What is it going to be?
BONUS: Mention 5 books you REALLY enjoyed in 2016

I am now reading Somerset by Leila Meacham. This is a prequel of the book (I think) made her famous: Roses. It's a very long book and I am very proud of myself for picking it up! It's over 600 pages and I am already 200 pages into it. It's a very easy read... If you are a fan of movies like Gone With The Wind, this might be the book for you!

My favorite genre is probably Historical Fiction, followed by SciFi and Romance (but not the kind of romance books with a Fabio on the Cover... I need more in a book that just romance).

I have set a goodreads goal and I set it again to 30. Last year I ended up reading 40 books! This year I want to read more than that, but I want to start with 30 and see how I go before changing it!

The 3 books I've enjoyed the most this past 2016 were:
- The Gravity of Birds by Tracy Guzeman
- The Edge of the Earth by Christina Schwarz
- The Violinist of Venice: A Story of Vivaldi by Alyssa Palombo
- Beautiful Ruins by Jess Walter
- Man Walks Into a Room by Nicole Krauss

I can't wait to read your answers! Stay safe this weekend! Love you guys <3!
erychan86: (Community: Abed)
And Happy Thursday for who doesn't celebrate it! :)

✿ I just got back home from my first day at work and I had so much fun! I had to organize stuff and I LOVE organizing! It wasn't busy at all but time passed by quite quiclky. Tomorrow I'll probably start fixing their computers because apparently they need a lot of Love!

✿ The other day I saw this recipe for a Water Cake and I read it out of curiosity... It's a cake with no eggs (I never have eggs in the house) no butter (butter always expire in my fridge when Eric is not around) and no milk (milk is for cappuccino only, do not touch it for any other reason) so I decided to make it... I had a lot of sugar in the house that I only use when I make the bread, because the recipe calls for it. The cake was SO GOOD! After the first bite I realizes that was a Vegan Cake, and I got very excited... My dad came over and he tried it, without me saying it was vegan, and he liked it too! It's so soft and moist... I'm definitely going to make it again! I'm having it for dinner with cappuccino and juice tonight!

Eric had 2 days off so we managed to have two phone dates and last night I cried a little after we talked because it hit me how much I miss him and I'm not going to see him for more than a month... I'm so glad they made it to Fort Lauderdale even if the Ocean was a bitch apparently! They had 14 days of bad weather! He's going to have the weekend off too, so he only has to work today and tomorrow! I just want to see him! I miss him so much!!! He'll be headed to the Bahamas around the 7th of December for work, and he'll be back to Fort Lauderdale during the first week of January and I'll be there waiting for him! I couldn't even catch a plane and go see him, because I know how busy he gets before a trip (I know it because I lived it on my skin for 4 years... that boat is insane!)

✿ A lot of people is making Christmas cards and I want to kick myself because I don't have my supplies here and I want to send cards! I love cards! So I'm thinking of what to do... Maybe send belated ones as soon as I'm back to Florida? Do some e-cards? Do some fan arts? I don't know... Tell me, what should I do?

✿ I started a new book by Dixie Cash... It's not what I expected, but it's an easy read! I want to finish it before the end of the month and I hope I'll be able to, since all my shows are entering the winter hiatus and I am basically caught up with all of them!

✿ I think my favorite show at the moment is Lucifer! I can barely wait for the next episode, I think they're doing a GREAT job this season!... I haven't got so excited for a show in a while. I'm also so excited about Gilmore Girls and I can't wait for it to come out! It's going to be glorious... I'll probably watch it all in one night xD. Also the Arrow/Flash/LoT/Supergirl crossover is coming, and I keep seeing videos of the cast being adorable all over youtube and I hope it's going to be as good as I expect it to be! :D

✿ Also this: Obama awards Ellen DeGeneres the Medal of Freedom This speech was so moving! I'm going to miss Obama so much! You can fine the whole event HERE and you should!!!
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
I'm very ashamed of myself... I haven't read much this month either. I have some good reasons and some less good ones. I've been traveling around quite a lot and I've been trying to spend as much time as I can with Eric and in the evening I'm just so tired that I can't read as much as I want... Next month should be easier since I'm completely alone and I'll need a distraction... The other reason (the bad one) is that my TV calendar is full, as I neglected my books I also neglected my shows so I am behind with almost everything and I'm trying to catch up as fast as I can, so that I can go back dividing my time equally between books and shows.

Also Eric now really likes Suits, so I am re-watching it with him and it's fun! He is totally into it and he wants to watch it together so I can't watch something else when he's in a TV mood... The funny thing is: Eric tends to watch an episode a day and no more than that... With Suits we end up watching 3 episodes per night! I'm glad he likes it so much! But this is a post about books so:

Here's what I've read this month:

A Place For Us
Originally published: Feb 2016
Author: Harriet Evans
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary
(reading time: Sept 23 - Oct 15)
I like books narrated from different points of view and I quite enjoyed all the character in the novel, but the book felt very long... I think the story could have been told in less pages.

The Time Keeper
Originally published: Oct 2013
Author: Mitch Albom
Genre: Fiction / Fantasy
(reading time: Oct 18- Oct 19)
This book was so good! I read it while flying from Miami to Paris. I could not put it down... I love Mitch Albom and the the way he writes. This book is a masterpiece and I think it should eventually became a Classic! It is truly something everyone should read and talk about!

I'm now reading A Man Called Ove and it seems pretty good!

TOTAL of BOOKS READ 2016: 32 / oct: 2
TOTAL of PAGES READ 2016: 10807 / oct: 768
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
I din't read much this month! Too much went on in my life I guess... No it's just excuses... I've been bad! I concentrated too much on music videos and the TV season started again... But I regret nothing LOL!

Also, the second book I read was VERY long and dry so I won't be too hard to myself... After all I've read 865 pages this month!

Here's what I've read this month:

Beautiful Ruins
Originally published: June 12th, 2012
Author: Jess Walter
Genre: Fiction / Romance
(reading time: Sept 01 - Sept 10)
This is one of the best books I've read this year. If I could give it more than 5? Stars I would!
Read more... )

The Post Birthday World
Originally published: March 13th, 2007
Author: Lionel Shriver
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary
(reading time: Sept 12 - Sept 23)
There are two things you need to know about me
1) If I start a book I finish it... No matter how bad it is.
2) I really don't like not liking a book.

Starting a book and not finishing it is like to leave someone in the middle of a conversation without notice. No matter how dull that conversation is, you can always learn something about the other person, or about yourself! It has been VERY difficult not to leave this conversation.
Read more... )

I'm now reading A Place for Us by Harriet Evans I'm enjoying so far, but books like this can turn in a moment! :D

TOTAL of BOOKS READ 2016: 30 / sept: 2
TOTAL of PAGES READ 2016: 10116 / sept: 865
erychan86: (Community: Abed)
Hello Flist!
Hope you're having a great Thursday, also known as baby Friday xD I thought t drop by for a quick update!

➜ Now that Eric is home (thank you for all your safe travel messages) I'm super busy and very happy! I hate to be alone and it's so great having him around with his post-it notes full of ideas and things to do and his energy... playing my guitar while I check my email... It's just lovely! It has been a long time since we spent some quality time together and we needed it!

➜ Today is the best day ever because it's National Coffee Day and - as you know - I LOVE COFFEE with all my heart! I checked online for coffee offers and it looks like Krispy Kreme gives away free coffees and free glazed doughnuts so that's where we're headed after lunch!

➜ Yesterday we went to Barnes & Noble because I had a 25 $ gift card to use and there were some pretty good deals, so I ended up buying quite a lot of books and - of course - I want to read them all now! I bought (from the bargain priced table):
   -(Something) Borrowed and (Something) Blue by Emily Giffin: two books in one, I saw the movie Something Borrowed a couple of months ago, and I liked it a lot and - since the book is always better than the movie - I thought it was a good idea to get it (and it was less than 6 $)!
   -The Grown Ups by Robin Antalek: I love books that explore bonds between families and friends and this seems pretty well written!
   -Our Red Hot Romance by Dixie Cash: because the story seems fun even if the title seems to be about something different. She's a funny writer so I know I'll have fun with it!
   -The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom: because I read The First Call from Heaven recently and I love the way this guy writes! This book seems even more interesting, so I can't wait!
Then I went upstairs and I ended up buying more books, full price this time xD
   -My Grandmother Asked Me to tell You She's Sorry and A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman because I've been meaning to buy them both since the day thay came out but I never did and now it was time. I was attracted by A Man Called Ove because I liked The 100 Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared (Jonas Jonasson) so much, and this book reminded me of it.
   -The Bookshop on the Corner by Jenny Colgan because it sounds like a story of self discovery and I love that.
   -The Whispers Beyond the Veil by Jessica Estevao because period drama YAY

➜ The DVD section at B&N it's so AWFUL... very disorganized (like whole book store to be honest...) I don't really like B&N but it's the only book store around here. I went in, looking for Suits BlueRay (I wanted to check the fearures) and I just wanted to reorganize it all! Of course, every time I'm there, people asks me where to find books and I end helping them... It's like no one works there and people get so confused because it's so badly organized, so I feel like I need to help them. I should aply for a job there... I'd love to organize the store and I know already I can help and I could talk about books all the time! :D

➜ I still have some space for questions on my Ask me Anything Meme so feel free to comment (even here) with some questions if you feel like it! :)
erychan86: (Carachter: Hannah (SDoaCG))
Hello F-List!
I hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was very productive!

I settled in into the apartment and made a couple of trips to storage to gather what I needed to survive this month (Mac, Coffee Maker, Extra Pillow, Bike, Leftover stuff from my last staying,...) and - as per usual - the change of time zone didn't messed up my body *pats herself on the back* although, my mind was struggling with getting use to it... But anyway:

➜ Welcome new friends: [ profile] xfirefly9x, [ profile] batmarg, [ profile] tigtogiba34, [ profile] favoritexrecord, [ profile] cherrytattoo77, [ profile] sometimesartist, [ profile] frelling_tralk, [ profile] imagine_peace, [ profile] xlovebecomesher and [ profile] mimoiikit143 (please let me know if I'm forgetting someone) I'm so excited... I can't wait to get to know you all better! :)

➜ Since I added a lot of new friends I wanted to know if you feel like I should do an introduction post or you would rather me making a question meme where you can come and ask whatver you feel like (I love weird/intriguing/crazy questions... oh I love the so much!) or something similar... You tell me what you want me to do, and I'll do it. I was also thinking I want to do some sort of a weekly post about fandoms and ships, since I have so many... And a monthly post with my favourite things... I don't know... All I know I'm a control freak and I want to do something very organized xD

➜ My weekend was all about music videos, as you might know. I've been waiting two long months to be reunited with my Mac and I just felt like spending a lot of time with it... Especially considering outside it's so hot... Florida, WTF?! I posted my Vincent Van Gogh [Doctor Who] the other day and I'm so excited to see so many of you commented on it and liked it! Thank you very much. It means the World to me! Last night I finished my Donna/Harvey [Suits] Music Video and I think it's the best video I've made so far. Maybe because I love the song so much [Poison & Wine by The Civil Wars] or maybe because I've been obsessed with suits recently (I binge-watch the whole thing in 2 weeks) I don't know... Today I'll fix some minor errors, so that I can make it perfect and I'll post it very soon. Next one might be another Doctor Who one... A Ten/Rose because I just have the perfect song for them and I miss that ship very much!

➜ I should make a couple of pic spams but I'm kind of bored with the layout and I would like something different and I should make some icons one of these days!

➜ I'm currently reading The Post Birthday World by Lionel Shriver, but I'm not giving it enough time... It's a very good book (if you liked the movie Sliding Doors, you might consider reading it) but it goes very deep into the head of the protagonist and there are not a lot of things happening so far.

➜ Last week the TV season started for me with Blindspot and the episode was great! Very strong season premiere, let's hope the show won't have as many fillers as last year! I'm very interested in the story. But my TV season really starts this week: I can't wait for Lucifer tonight, I loved season one and the cliffhanger was so good... and I cannot wait! Tomorrow Agents of SHIELD and Brooklyn Nine-Nine will be back in my weekly schedule, so I can spend my Tuesdays flipping tables for one and laughing with the other... and then Sunday: Once Upon a Time... Feels like this season has potential. We need a great bad guy and who's better than the Evil Queen? I mean this trailer makes me think this season could be awesome... There's going to be a lot of Lana and this makes me so happy! I'm adding to my calendar The Good Place as well because of Kristen Bell's face! I don't know if it's going to be any good but I need some comedies!
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
I always say I'm a very organized person so I decided to learn from my friend [ profile] orangerful (she's a librarian so she knows what she's doing ) and, instead of posting my reviews everytime I read a book, I'm going now to make a monthly post with a list of my acomplishments xD

Here's what I've read this month:

The Husband's Secret
Originally published: July 30, 2013
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Fiction / Mystery
(reading time: Aug 09 - Aug 13)
This book took me by surprise. It stated slowly, giving into many futile details about the lives of the 3 main characters, but then - suddenly - it got extremely good and I wasn't able to put it down. Even when I was just past the middle mark and I thought I knew what was about to happen it kept surprising me and making me gasp. The epilogue was so perfect I had to give the book 5 stars.

Liane Moriarty did a great job with this book, and I have another book - from the same author - I was planning to read later on, that might actually jump to the top of my list!

The Last Anniversary
Originally published: 2005
Author: Liane Moriarty
Genre: Fiction / Mystery
(reading time: Aug 14 - Aug 21)
This is the second book I read by Liane Moriarty and - although I liked The Husband's Secret better - I think she has a great talent when it comes to create very human characters. They tend to be exquisitely real and you feel like these are people you might know. You don't paint them white or black, there isn't the evil character you love to hate or the annoyingly good one that you have to like or the sidekick you secretly think should be the focus of the whole book... These are real people... And her books are filled with characters, and they are all important and give something to the story.

LM has a great way of writing about different people/families entering into each other's lives and changing them, and you'll never know if it's from the better... You know there's going to be a big change though.

The parts I was more interested about were the ones concerning Grace and the way she dealt with the postnatal depression. That was extremely intense, especially when her mother Laura stepped into the picture.

Every little part of the book is important... Some things might seems fillers, but they're not... I loved how the mystery about the man found dead in his porridge was solved in the end just like that... Or who the mysterious man Aunt Connie choose for Sophie was. So perfect!

The thing I like the most about this author is the way she writes the endings... They are so perfect...

I want to read more books by this author... I'm sure of it! Her stories are never dull and - again, I can't stress it enough - her characters are very well written!

The Catcher in the Rye
Originally published: 1951
Author: J.D. Salinger
Genre: Literary realism, Coming-of-age story
(reading time: Aug 21 - Aug 31)
I was very nervous at the idea of reading this book again after all this time, but I wanted to read it in english and I wanted to see how it made me feel almost 15 years later (on my italian copy I wrote in pencil 29 Jan 2002, so yes, almost 15 years) . It is a book that has to be read thinking about its contest to be able to fully enjoy it, otherwise it's just like listening to a teenager for hours, and we all know what we want to do after just 5 minutes listening to a teenager: slap him/her in the face. I think my idea of the book hasn't changed. The thing I appreciate is the way it flows: it's like a day into someone else's mind that, by the end of the day, leaves you with something that you can't quite understand. I love how Holden makes my eyes roll when he complains and hates everything, because it's what he does, but his actions are different and - when he doesn't thing -  he says or does something unexpected. We all went through that though couple of years where the hormones were the ones in charge and everything was just the worst... Reading it when you are an adult (I still don't consider myself an adult even if I'm 30) it's kind of scary, because it's a reminder of all that hate you had in you for no reason whatsoever.

TOTAL of BOOKS READ 2016: 27 / aug: 3
TOTAL of PAGES READ 2016: 9271 / aug: 1038
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
I am genuinely ashamed of myself because I didn't have the time to read as much as I wanted. When I was packing to come over to Italy I packed a lot of books thinking I would have spent HUGE chunks of my day reading, but life got in the way and even reading in the evening while in bed is difficult because here, up in the mountains, you get tired easily!

I'm glad I'm spending quality time with family and friends and driving around by Vespa taking it all in! But I wish I gave more time to my books! I'll try to be better from now on... I really want to get back on tracks!

The Book of Speculation
Originally published: Jan 1, 2015
Author: Erika Swyler
Genre: Fiction / Magical Realism
(reading time: Jun 26 - Jul 14)
I hate it took me so long to finish this book because it was very good!

Very well written and real to a fault characters and intriguing story. The story is narrated both in the past and in the present by two different characters and it moves in a way that just flows perfectly, I really don't know how else to put it!

The whole concept of a curse running through a family was already appealing to me, but I found also very cleaver that the curse was somehow casted unintentionally. There aren't elements of fantasy in the book, so it feels like it could be a real story and the people in it act like real people would do in such a situation, with the right amount of skepticism. The characters know they need to find a way to salve themselves and there's no need of someone acting as the hero, the chosen one. The entanglement of the families involved in the story is again surprisingly accurate and real.

Some of the passages of the book are wonderfully written. I highly recommend this book to anyone!

Aftermath Book 2 Life Debt
Originally published: July 12, 2016
Author: Chuck Wendig
Genre: Science Fiction
(reading time: Jul 14 - Aug 3)
I didn't know how many stars to give to this book because, maybe, if I didn't expect a book about Han and Chewie I would have read it and rate it under a different light.

It's not a bad book, but to me it doesn't deliver what it promised. The book back cover basically mentions just Han and Chewie on a mission to liberate Kashyyyk (Chewie's home planet) from slavery, but, after the first chapter, it takes more than 200 pages to the reader to be reunited with their favorite smuggler... The first half of the book is very slow and I had to use the audiobook file in order to get through it... Usually it takes me a week max to read a book... It took me almost 3 to finish it. Luckily the second half it's better, but maybe because Han, Leia and Chewie are in it.

I don't think I'm going to read the third one... I will probably read only the parts that interest me: the Han and Leia parts, I would expect them to make an apparition since Leia is about to give birth to Ben... And I'd read about Wedge... I really hope he'll end up with Norra, but a part of me doubt it... :(

The parts I've appreciate are of course the ones about my heroes. Leia was AWESOME as usual and I loved the bits about Han and Chewie too (the reunion and the goodbye above all) but I needed more...

Luke is again MIA as in Claudia Grey's Bloodline... That males me thing in Episode VIII we might get some interesting flashbacks about what went on with him right after Endor.

I miss the old canon and I'm scared we're going to have less and less books about the original trio and that's a pity. :(

I'm giving the book 3 stars because it didn't suck and the parts I was interested in were very good. Norra's crew is also very likable so it wasn't that bad reading about them!
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
My lovely RL friend Ella (I guess you like this name better, right?) aka [ profile] thegrownupthing asked: What happens to your books after you read them?

I'll start by saying: I keep them ALL, I never give them away or even lend them... I'm very jealous of my books... When I read a book I create a connection with it... It's sharing its story with me, only... He becomes a friend and I would never lend a person... I don't even lend them to my husband sometimes.

As for what I do with them when I turned the last page well, I wish I could say I put them in my enormous library (The Beauty and The Beast style or like in the Citadel in GoT) but for now, my books are shattered between Italy and America. In Italy I keep them in my old bedroom (my parents kept it how I left it for my cat who, apparently, spend there the majority of her day when I'm not here) they're all well organized in shelves, and I used to reorganize them ALL THE TIME! In the US they are I feel sad just thinking about it in my Storage Unit. I have tubs and tubs full of them and they're just waiting for me to move into an apartment and to be organized in shelves... That day it's close! I can't wait... It saddens me to think about them in that dark space!

(other meme questions: HERE)
erychan86: (Music/Musical)
I've been back home for a week now... I can't believe how fast time is flying... I fear summer will pass by too soon... I miss Florida but I don't miss feeling alone there... Here I have people I've known my own life... There I have infinite possibilities and that's awesome but still scary...

I've been busy catching up with family and friends (In a couple of ours I'll get together with my aunt and cousins after SEVEN MONTHS 😱), I had to do a deep clean of the house, even if I covered everything Downton Abbey style. I still need to watch the show, but I guess they deal with that covering everything with white sheets craziness, occasionally... My friends often said to me my job was a modern version of the show but on water... And we used to cover EVERYTHING after every trip, so I'm just assuming they did that too!

I had to buy a guitar the other day because I could not travel with my Taylor... I didn't trust AirFrance enough with my precious baby... I have problems giving them my luggage sometimes, so you can imagine how stressed I was thinking about these guys throwing my guitar around... So here's a photo of me on my terrace, with my new guitar... It sounds beautifully (even when I'm the one playing).

I have to catch up on books as well... I've been reading The Book of Speculation, by Erika Swyler and it's VERY good... I picked it up because I get excited every time I see Erika spelled with a K... Just like my name... And I wish I could share more than just the name with the author since she's so talented... "Unfortunately" I have to read fast, because, in 3 days Aftermath: Life Debt will come out... That's the second book of the saga, but I haven't read the first one because there was no Han, Leia and Luke, so I wasn't interested, so I hope I won't have any trouble understanding what's going on... I'll probably read the first book eventually...

Okay... Enough with the randomness for today. I have a book to read and a family date later... Hope you're weekend is as great as mine!
erychan86: (Harrison Ford)
What an awesome weekend it was... and I'm not saying that because it was Memorial Day Weekend... I'm not American yet so, I know what it is about and thankyouforyourservice, but I don't actually know how to celebrate this holiday... I'll get there... The American in me will rise in time! It has been a great weekend because of 2 reasons:
1. My Husband is coming back home soon after he's been away for A WHOLE MONTH damn you, you bloody job! And I can't wait to see him... So this was my last weekend alone! YAY!
2. I've spent the past 3 days fully immersed in 2 classics: Animal Farm and The Old Man and the Sea!

I had a nice conversation with [ profile] orangerful the other day, where we briefly talked about the fact that - at school - teacher rarely suggest/assign modern titles and stick with the classics (because it's easier... because that's what they have to do...), and that made me think about the fact that I wanted to go back and read again some of the books I was "forced" to read at school... I loved reading as a child, but I didn't love write essays, asnwer questions, have to stand in front of the class and talk about the book,... So I said to myself that pick up some of these titles could only do me some good... And it did!

Animal Farm

Originally published: 1945
Author: George Orwell
Genres: Satire / Political Satire (Classic)
(reading time: May 28 - May 29)
The first time I read this book I was very young and it was in Italian... When the teacher put it into my hands he said "there is more to it" and he asked me to read it again, when I was older. Decades later I've found myself holding a copy this book in a bookstore thinking "I should read this again... and in English" so I bought it and I went home. I wasn't able to put it down until I was done with it.

I was glad I read it when I was just a child and I didn't know what it meant, because as soon as I started reading it with the mind of an adult, it blown my mind away and it also blow the mind of my younger self in retrospective. Both of us wanted to yell at the animals to please remember and to open up their eyes. I cried again for Boxer, as I remember doing as a kid who loved horses, but this time I cried for the men and the women who just want to believe, and they work hard, day after day, hoping to reach that point in time where all they've done would be worth it... A time that never comes.

It's so easy to look at these animals and see what they're doing wrong, but why aren't we able to look at ourselves and see that WE ARE THEM and we're just forgetting, pretending, hiding behind excuses as they do. It's so much easier to look away. This book is a powerful tale, and I see why some people would want to see it disappear. And is a painful reminder that no matter what: history repeat itself... Always...

Everyone should go back and read again books like: Animal Farm, 1984, Fahrenheit 451 these are books that shall never be forgotten and read over and over again. Before it's too late...

In "Selected Letters" dear old Ernest said: "Then there is the other secret. There isn't any symbolism. The sea is the sea. The old man is an old man. The boy is a boy and the fish is a fish. The shark are all sharks no better and no worse. All the symbolism that people say is shit. What goes beyond is what you see beyond when you know." And that's exactly what it is... No need to analyze what the lions in the dreams mean or what this or that represent.

The Old Man and The Sea

Originally published: 1952
Author: Ernest Hemingway
Genres: Fiction (Classic)
(reading time: May 29 - May 30)
This is simply the story of Santiago, a very skilled cuban fisherman, who had a significant run of bad luck fishing until, one day, he catches a huge fish... and that's the story of his agonizing battle against it. The story touches the themes of courage, perseverance and willpower as well as isolation and the relationship between men and nature (and its creatures). Santiago is a simple man but, at the same time, he's extraordinary. It's just a book that makes you think about how you deal with what life throws at you. Do you just suffer or you say no and start fighting back? Do you give up or keep going no matter what?

I still think kids at school should have a bigger range/list from which to pick, and some more recent books should be added to these lists, but reading again these two books made me go with my mind where I usually tend not to go, because, most of the times, it's easier to be one of the animals and forget, or cut the line and go back to shore...
erychan86: (Real Life: Books)
I've finished another book!
Baby I'm on fire! \o/
I have to admit I was in a rush to start and finish this one because, when I've finished Razor's Edge 3 days ago, I already had in my grasp another Star Wars book I really wanted to read (Honor Among Thieves by James S. A. Corey), but I promised myself to interval books for some mysterious reasons, so I picked up One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau because the chapters were very short (short chapters make me read faster) and I was in a romantic mood. (After all that Han and Leia UST). While I was reading outside in the sun, I received a package with Claudia Grey's Bloodline, so now I have to start this one. This puts Honor Among Thieves further from my grasp but I think I can read this book and the next one pretty quickly...

One Evening in Paris by Nicolas Barreau

Originally published: 2014
Author: Nicolas Barreau
Genres: Romantic Novel
(reading time: May 2 - May 5)
This book is a romantic comedy set in guess where Paris in our times, but it has that sense of timeless romance you can probably get only from stories settled in France or in Italy.... maybe it's also because the main character - Alain - is the owner of an old Cinema who loves old movies...


A very easy read. I'm surprised it was written by such a young guy. Sometimes I forget there are still romantic souls out there that can actually fall in love at first sight. One of my best friend [ profile] mrbartleboom , is actually one of them, but I always thought he was the last of the romantics... I'm glad he's not alone in this World and I hope he'll soon find his Mélanie.

If you have a Goodreads Account HERE's mine. Friend me so that I can get some books ideas, because if I keep reading this fast I'll run out of books pretty soon!
erychan86: (Han Solo (Star Wars))
I really wanted this book to last a long LOOOOONG time because it was so damn good...

But - like everything in life - it had to end, and made me very sad because I think I won't be able to find anything this good in the Star Wars EU.

I know you might think I'm being overdramatic but try to start this book and the come here and tell me if I wasn't absolutely right!

Empire and Rebellion: Razor's Edge

Originally published: 2013
Author: Martha Wells
Genres: Star Wars Novel / Sci-Fi
(reading time: Apr 28 - May 2)
I think this is the best Star Wars Book about here (Okay... I didn't read them all, but I can't imagine something better than this at the moment). The author captured perfectly the personalities of our 3 heroes, especially Leia's since the story is mostly written on her prospective.

Summary )

So now it's time for another book, a non-Star Wars book and it's going to be though since today I bought the second book of the Empire and Rebellion series "Honor Among Thieves" and I know there is a scene where Han takes off his clother because they are wrinkled... CAN SOMEONE CLONE A YOUNG HARRISON FORD AND A YOUNG CARRIE FISHER AND HAVE THEM ACT IN THE ADAPTATIONS OF THESE BOOKS? COME ON!!! Ans also Bloodline comes out tomorrow and that's another book I need to read since is set 6 years before the events of The FOrce Awakend and Han and Leia are still together... I need a very short book... I might read The Catcher in the Rye that I've never read in english... I don't know yet, but I better start now...


Mar. 15th, 2016 11:01 pm
erychan86: (Ship: Jack/Aliena [The Pillars Of The Ea)
Now that I'm not working (all the time) my days are full of possibilities and I decided to concentrate as much as I can of my time on reading books.
I'm challenging myself to read at least 30 books this years and with books I mean books, no graphic novels or comic books, just plain wonderful wordy books.

Since on Sunday I finished The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman (I've basically read half of it on Sunday because I wasn't unable to stop... also Eric was working on one of his projects on his laptop and I didn't wanted to turn on Netflix and distract him) on Monday I went to Storage to pick up another book from one of the Book Box and I found NOTHING. All the books that were there were either Self Help Books (Eric's books) Picture/Coffee Table Books (again Eric's) or Books I had already read. There were just 3-4 books I still need to get around too but none of them was appealing enough... All my books are in another storage unit... The one in Georgia!!! I have tons of books on my iBooks account (mostly Star Wars Books) but I wanted something to hold.

Today, even if outside it was 86°F (30°C) [Don't hate me, I live in Florida...] I took my bike and I went to Barnes and Noble... I biked almost 7 miles (11 km) only to go buy books... Under the sun... This is devotion!

I was planning to buy just a couple, since I had to bike back for other 7 miles, but so many books called at me and I ended up buying 11 novels (plus a Chandler Bing Funko Doll because THAT WAS TOO CUTE). I'm very excited about all of them and I don't know where to start... I've never read The Catcher in the Rye in english and I don't remember the story that well, but I don't think it's going to be the first one I'll start (after I finished the only book that got my attention in storage A Man Walks Into A Room by Nicole Krauss).

Here a photo of my booty!!!


Time to go... These books anin't gonna read 'emselves... :)
erychan86: (Han Solo (Star Wars))
I'm going through a Star Wars fase at the moment. To be precise I'm going through an Han and Leia fase, and I'm way too deep into it. I just want more so, even if I know the old books are not canon anymore, I decided to go there anyway to feed the fangirl inside of me. I started with the Courtship of Princess Leia and I enjoyed it more than I imagined, I mean I wasn't completely thrilled about the whole kidnap thing but it seems in character enough to make me accept it. I liked it even if there were way too many kisses between Leia and Isolder and I still think she fell in love way too quickly with him, but the explanation was reasonable enough for me to forget about it.

Last night I started reading Tatooine Ghost by Troy Denning and I was surprised when I found this short story between the first pages of the book, so I decided to share it here so that I can come back to it when I need it.

If the short story is a reflection of how the book is going to be I am already very pleased.

"Corphelion Interlude - A Short Story" by Troy Denning )
erychan86: (Carachter: Hannah (SDoaCG))
Usually I don't talk a lot about books.

I mean, I do it pretty often in my real life, but I don't have any recollection of some sort of entry, here on my journal, about books that might (or might not) have left an impression on me.

I think this is kind of odd... today then, I decided to write something about this book I recently finished: The History of Love by Nicole Krauss. Being an hopeless romantic I thought that just the title: The History of Love was a pretty good reason for me to stop doing whatever I was doing and start reading it. And it actuality was. After I finished it (it took me 5 days. I was reading it everywhere) I wanted to read it all over again!

The History of Love
by Nicole Krauss

Published: May 2, 2005
Author: Nicole Krauss
Genre: Novel
Characters: Leopold Gursky, Bruno Shultz, Isaac Moritz, Alma Mereminski, Alma Singer, Emanuel Chaim (Bird) Singer.
Plot: A long-lost book reappears, mysteriously connecting an old man searching for his son and a girl seeking a cure for her widowed mother’s loneliness.
The story per-se is very intriguing and with a lot of plot twists. The characters are brilliant and the way the author write is unique. There are two main characters that are just the opposite. One is a man, the other is a girl. One is very old, the other is very young. Both of them talks in first person and the author manages to give them both the perfect voice. I was so impressed by this detail that I bought other two books from the same author and they are waiting for me at home so I just have to wait one more week and I will be able to enjoy more pages by Miss Krauss.

I found this book the same way I find everything else... I was on the internet, looking for something completely different and I find this quote:

“Once upon a time, there was a boy. He lived in a village that no longer exists, in a house that no longer exists, on the edge of a field that no longer exists, where everything was discovered, and everything was possible. A stick could be a sword, a pebble could be a diamond, a tree, a castle. Once upon a time, there was a boy who lived in a house across the field, from a girl who no longer exists. They made up a thousand games. She was queen and he was king. In the autumn light her hair shone like a crown. They collected the world in small handfuls, and when the sky grew dark, and they parted with leaves in their hair.

Once upon a time there was a boy who loved a girl, and her laughter was a question he wanted to spend his whole life answering.”

This was just beautiful so I looked for some more and I was expecting more of the same kind but they were different so I became even more intrigued so I took a look at the plot and, eventually, I decided to buy it. Since I was very curious I bought it in a kindle format and I started it... A couple of days later I bought the paperback version because if I like a book I like to enjoy it completely and - call me old fashion -  the best way to enjoy a book is holding it.

“At the end, all that's left of you are your possessions. Perhaps that's why I've never been able to throw anything away. Perhaps that's why I hoarded the world: with the hope that when I died, the sum total of my things would suggest a life larger than the one I lived.”

Here the Plot. SPOILERS!!! )

I really recommend this book to everyone, even to who's not a hopeless romantic because this is a great novel and Nicole Krauss is a real, vivid talent.

erychan86: (Ship: Jack/Aliena [The Pillars Of The Ea)
Since it's raining and I'm not in the mood of doing anything except surfing the net I decided to post it now!
I'm just trying to defeat the boredom but it's a bitch, it's powerfull and it also cheats!

Oh I cryed so much!

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