Thursday, June 30, 2011

The One on My Nights As of Late

My Nights

Green Tea with mango and Les Miserablés.


P.D. Guess what happens tommorow? Oh, the start of what this blog is all about...

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

The One on Thoughts from Peru

We're only a few days away from the start of the pretty pretty Nobel Prize Project, and my blogging conditions aren't looking very good. Neither are my reading conditions, by the way. But have you ever seen How I Met Your Mother? If not, let me warn you; your whole life will give way to this charmingly shallow sitcom.

Anyways, as I mentioned on a previous post, I was travelling the last few days. To what some people call a  Wonder of the Ancient World.

For the record, those people? They are right.

My family and I stayed in Cusco for a few days. We were lucky enough to participate in the Peruvian Woodstock, called Inti Raymi, and visited Macchu Picchu, of course. (Thus the Wonder of the Ancient World bit.)

I will be sharing some pictures in the following days, as any trip allows for decent blog-filler material.









As Mary Poppins steps into paintings, our family walked into a Gabriel García Marquez novel. Charming.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The One on Travelling

(photo taken by me, believe it or not. Click on it to be redirected to Flickr.)

I'll be AWOL the next few days due to the fact that I will be peeking at the globe. More information to be provided on my return.

If I have time between now and my departure I might schedule some posts, especially since I have finished a few books during the past week. So check in any ways. ;)

By the way, I'm taking my Kindle.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The One on My Ideal Bookshelf

Ideal Bookshelf

I got the idea for this from what I think is my favorite book blog/tumblr over at The author said about this idea the following:

"When I first glimpsed Jane Mount’s terrific paintings of bookshelves, it started me thinking about what books I’d place on those shelves. Part of my bookcase is devoted to books I really enjoy, but I never think too hard aboutwhy I love them, or what importance they should be assigned. So, to shamelessly steal from Jane’s idea, here is my own ideal bookshelf."

(Her blog post HERE.)

Same for me now, I guess:

My (current) favorite book - Of Human Bondage by Somerset Maugham
A book that changed my life - The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver
A book that made me who I am - For lack of Night by Elie Wiesel I photographed The Slave by Isaac Bashevis Singer
A book that makes me cry every time - Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell (although please don't believe I have read it more than once)
A book I read again and again - Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery
The best book I ever read - Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
The book I love the most - A Tale of Love and Darkness by Amos Oz

Maybe this is all but a comprehensive list, I would put A Tale of Love and Darkness on many places up there, and so would Night. However, for the sake of variety, I didn't. 

However, it is more than true that I have read Anne of Green Gables multiple times. About once a year since I discovered it in third grade. As a matter of fact, I'm currently reading it out-loud with my sister.

If you have any questions about the titles I put in certain areas, feel free to comment. :)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

The One on The Glory of this Time

The nostaliga of the time when wild winds create sweet music, and your feet in socks find warmth and your heart in books revels. That is the time, the time some like to call wintertime.

Did I ever say I was not a fan of winter? Did I ever say I found it unappealing, even ugly? Did I really forget the beauty that one can find in wintertime?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

The One on Oedipus Rex

(Quite a catchy tune.)

What I meant to point out with the song found above is that however popular and well-known the story of young Oedipus who, due to fate, married his mother and killed his father, this does not mean the original play will not surpirse you and touch you.

I more than recommend it, I urge you to read it. It's a wonderful masterpiece which will leave you trembling, crying, sighing, startled. And, unlike Romeo and Juliet, another classic that I reviewed a few posts below, this is NOT overrated.

Goodreads review:

Oedipus Rex (Theban Play, #2)Oedipus Rex by Sophocles
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Is perfectly marvelous good enough of a description?

Nobody could really understand the full extent of the power of this play until reading it themselves, so I will refrain from wasting words on praising it.

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see youuu

The One on I Welcome Myself Back

Hi. I will offically re-start blogging, now.

Thank you for bearing with me during my time of absence, I've got a number of fun plans for the blog. Including the start of the project, which would be in what? About 16 days? Yau.

Love thee readers of my heart.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

The One on Romeo and Juliet

The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet
I finished Romeo and Juliet and it was more than a let down. It was also a very annoying read.

However, now I'm more learned in Shakespeare, for which I can say that the genius did commit some big errors. Especially in this Elizabethan version of Twilight. (Or maybe Twilight is a modern version of R+J?)


Romeo and JulietRomeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

What's outrageous about Romeo and Juliet is not the goopy love story or the holes in the plot, after all, it's written by a genius, so how bad can it be?

What I can't believe is that it's the most famous Shakespeare play.

Why does everybody know about the weakling of the balcony scene and not about the magistral scenes of Henry VIII, Midsummer Night's Dream, Hamlet, and so on? How embarrasing is it that the stupid inclinations that led 21st century teenagers to fall in love with the annoying plotline of Twilight made people fall in love with the story of two hysterical adolescents with hysterical families and hysterical friends. I don't think even Shakespeare understood it. After all, this wasn't his story, he just edited the writing to make it poetry.

And about the poetry; I was hugely let-down. Where is the glorious Shakespeare of "shall I compare thee to a..." or various other sonnets?

I don't think I even know anybody that likes Romeo and Juliet or aprecciates it, or, worse of all, BELIEVES IT.

It's too easy to mock R+J. I'll refrain, I can only be mad at them.

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I was intending to write something funnier but somehow I'm in a rut as far as book reviews go. Maybe it's because I've actually been reading very little.

See yaaaa,

Monday, June 6, 2011

The One on Absence

Above found through Recently discovered Pinterest so I promise I'l be honestly linking things from now on.

About my current status with all that has to do with this blog:

  • I haven't been blogging much because school and life has been pretty crazy, as for everybody else... difference being, my crazy no longer allowed any blogging time. Definetely not.
  • I will start blogging again next Tuesday. That's the day of my last final exam and craziness ends.
  • I haven't been reading much, at all, which makes me sad. 
  • Goodreads tells me that I'm about 4 or 5 books behind on my goal of reading 30 books on 2011. Which is pitifull, for which I promise to start reading sort of hardcore soon enough.
  • However, I think this sucks! Reading shouldn't be an activity that is performed for a number of pages or of books as a goal, it's a learning and entertainment and cultural experience all into one. (And much more, of course.) So, if it weren't for this booger of a Nobel Project I would stop doing that. I promise, promise, promise that as soon as it finishes, I will never again finish a book with the thought of "yes! One more book read this year." Not the point, at all.

And that's it. See you next Tuesday, I think.

Please stick around! Don't be one of those blog readers that just leaves when a blogger gets too caught up in life.
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