The two things I love the most in the world are books and films. I feel like that is a pretty common thing to say, and they are pretty typical things to love, but it’s the truth.
I’ve loved stories all my life. I believe it is something my parents ingrained in me as a kid. Every day, before bedtime, my parents would read to me. Once I began to learn how to read, they gave me The Little Prince (1943) by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. Even though I could barely put words together, I read that book every night until every syllable made sense.
When it comes to my love for cinema, the story is quite similar but not as easy to place together. The first film I went to the cinema to watch was Chicken Run (2000), which in retrospective might have been a bit too scary for a kid. But the first film which made me go “this is art, I see what you are doing here” was Jurassic Park (1993). I’m aware you probably don’t think of this film as a masterpiece, I’m just stating it shifted my perspective on cinema as a whole. I have no idea how old I was when I saw those dinosaurs on screen, but it changed me.
To this day, I reread The Little Price and rewatch Jurassic Park almost every year.
I don’t know what is the point of this text, or why I felt the need to write about it…I just did. It’s just that these two forms of storytelling have gotten me through a lot. I read a lot when I can’t process my own feelings. I also watch loads of films when I’m at my lowest and feel extremely bleak and sombre. They’re like my safe house.
Hope this wasn’t much of a bother. Have a great week!
Hey there people! I hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. Today I’m here to ramble on with you, nothing bookish.
Probably no one cares, but I haven’t posted anything since my birthday, and that was a scheduled post. To be honest, I got a bit tired of posting two times a week, and it got to a point when I had no idea what to post. I didn’t feel like writing reviews, and I was, overall, burned out.
I’ve always enjoyed talking about books and films, and it’s something that brings me joy. That is why I created this blog: to express myself and find people who love books as much as I do.
At the end of 2020, I decided to create a regular posting schedule again, and it was fine. (Mind you that I’ve had this blog since 2016, which is a long time.) In the beginning, this new attempt at organized content was amazing. It was so good that I had the idea to monetize the blog. I was excited by the interactions and visitors I had for my review of Death at Intervals and took it as a good sign. It was a stupid idea! I now felt forced to post even if I had nothing to say, and I felt like people weren’t interacting with me as much as they once did, which lead to me feeling like I was talking into the vacuum. (And by the way, I made no money so far, it was a stupid idea.)
Now, I feel like I’m now back on track, but I’ll probably only post once a week (two if I feel like it). I want to write a sort of essay on “The Shawshank Redemption” and “A Pocket History of Human Evolution”, and I also really want to write my reviews for “All The Light We Cannot See”, “If on a winter’s night a traveller” and “Notes from Underground”. As well as other things that I don’t want to reveal because I think they are better as a surprise. (I’ll post my March Wrap Up as soon as I can.)
Once again, I hope you are all doing well and living a Covid-19 free life. It was nice to talk to you all. Bye, keep on reading.
Bleed Like Me: Poems for the Broken by Azzurra Nox
This one is a poetry collection and I gave it 1 out of 5 stars. It was really bad and I finish it because I hate to DNF books.
Hidden Figuresby Margot Lee Shetterly
Another nonfiction book, for some reason. This one I really enjoyed, it was super interesting and up my alley. I gave it 4 out of 5 stars.
What Makes Girls Sick and Tired by Lucile de Pesloüan
I believe this is a graphic novel, but I’m not sure. What I know is that it is a cute little approach to feminism. I gave this on 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Renée Stone: Murder in Abyssinia by Birmant Julie
This one I know for sure is a graphic novel. This book was ok, but that it. I had some issues with it but nothing terrible. This got 2 out of 5 stars from me.
The 2 books I started:
Leo Gray and the Lunar Eclipse by K.J. Kruk
Got this Middle Grade from NetGalley. I haven’t finished it yet and to be honest so far the story hasn’t really grabbed me.
Anna Karenina by Leo Tolstoy
You probably know this Russian classic has one of the greatest novels of all time. Well so did I and I decided it was finally time to pick it up. So far I’m really liking, hope it continues that way.
I had an overall pretty decent reading month, I believe.
I guess that is it. Feel free to share what you’ve been up to and comment your opinions on any of these books.
Probably nobody cares but I feel like I have to explain the reason why I went so many months without posting.
First of all, last semester I attended a seminar on Superconductivity, which led to me being able to get an internship at an amazing investigation center in Barcelona. It was all fun and games until I realized I wasn’t going to be able to attend the exam season my uni has for anyone who fails any class during the semester or decides to improve his/her grades. This had I huge impact on my overall stability during this semester since I had never had a semester when I didn’t attend said exam season.
I had to achieve reasonable grades in all subjects in order to do this internship. I was under a crazy amount of pressure and stress, I mean I don’t consider myself dumb but I’m not the most intelligent person you’ll ever meet, in addition to my horrible study habits. It got to a point when I hardly got out of the house except for classes and tests, I hardly spoke to anyone, I decided to clean my phone of all type of social media I had and I only really used my computer to uni-related stuff.
Everything is okay now, I’m currently doing my internship, sightseeing on the weekends and I even went to a karaoke bar for the first time in my life. I can honestly say that IT’S ALL GOOD IN THE HOOD.
I really just wanted to say sorry for not posting for so long and to all the authors who were kind enough to send me a copy of their books, if I haven’t reviewed them yet, I’m extremely sorry, I’m doing my best to catch up on my reading.