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For some of my online friends, you guys probably noticed that I wasn’t “around” lately… yeah, I didn’t have internet for a while and it might continue for a few more days. I’m currently using our neighbor’s wi-fi. LOL. Anyway, since the last time I posted here I read a lot of books (which I may or may not review, hehe) —4 historical novels, 6 contemporaries (2 YA, 3 NA and 1 Adult), and 3 urban fantasies.  On top of that, I was able to re-watch the first two seasons of Sherlock. I can’t wait to watch Season 3! The answer to the ultimate Sherlock fandom question (How did Sherlock faked his death?) will be finally revealed! I will miss Moriarty though, he’s my favorite TV series villain.  For those who haven’t seen the teaser trailer, you can watch it here.

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Oh look at that! I saw this fan art in deviantart.com by alice zhang and I just have to have this awesome piece on my phone. You can download it here. Zhang also have other fanart for other TV shows such as Doctor Who, Supernatural, Game of Thrones, etc. Let’s all follow her in tumblr!

About a week ago (before I went offline), I searched for the poem that was mentioned in the book Elanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell…

She started copying a poem called ‘Caged Bird’ into her notebook … Sweet. It rhymed.

 

 

Caged Bird

BY MAYA ANGELOU

A free bird leaps
on the back of the wind
and floats downstream
till the current ends
and dips his wing
in the orange sun rays
and dares to claim the sky.
But a bird that stalks
down his narrow cage
can seldom see through
his bars of rage
his wings are clipped and
his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.
The free bird thinks of another breeze
and the trade winds soft through the sighing trees
and the fat worms waiting on a dawn bright lawn
and he names the sky his own
But a caged bird stands on the grave of dreams
his shadow shouts on a nightmare scream
his wings are clipped and his feet are tied
so he opens his throat to sing.
The caged bird sings
with a fearful trill
of things unknown
but longed for still
and his tune is heard
on the distant hill
for the caged bird
sings of freedom.

source: http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/178948

There you go. It’s awesome right? Speaking of awesome poems… one of my favorite poets released an eBook version of his poetry book  and today is the last day for free download in amazon! You can download Oh Sleepur! by Marty Schoenleber III here.

Alright, I hope everyone had a great weekend! To those who are currently experiencing a really bad weather in the Philippines, please be safe! I’m praying for you guys.  Before I go to bed, I’m leaving you all with my favorite poem by Marty Schoenleber III entitled Push.

Goodnight. =)

 

I was supposed to be huge—
I was supposed to be the first rose ever planted in the desert—
I was supposed to be the first paint on the ceiling in the Sistine chapel—
I was supposed to be either Axel Rose or Frodo Baggins, and whether
you’re cool or not you understand that line.
I was supposed to be the first pope with a full body tattoo—
I was supposed to be Neil Armstrong—
I was supposed to be the first life on another planet—
I was supposed to be bleeding iron and nails—
If you saw me as I was supposed to be the contrast between me and the
rest of the world would be unbearable, but I’m incapable.
‘Cause nobody ever pushed me,
Nobody ever pushed me,
Nobody ever pushed me and said:
Be something bigger,
Be something bigger,
Be something!

Book Review: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

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4.5/5 Stars!

Awww, this book is so freaking beautiful! I heard a lot of good things about this book but I never got the time to read it until it was chosen as the book of the month in our reading group in goodreads. My expectations about this book is quite high because I learned that this book was recommended by John Green, and you know how much I love JG! Anyway, I’m happy to say that the book did not disappoint.

Eleanor & Park is a story about two students in Omaha, Nebraska back in 1986. Park is a half-Korean, comic collector and a music enthusiast while Eleanor is the new white kid in school which everyone seems to dislike. Park felt out of placed because of his Korean features, Eleanor on the other hand is unhappy with her figure and her bloody red hair. While Park’s home life is happy and satisfactory, Eleanor’s was crappy and oh so horrible. Despite their differences the two found something in each other while they ride the bus to and from school.

So, what did I like in this book? Tons! First of all, I loved how the relationship between the two developed. It wasn’t instant. What they have is an innocent and sweet kind of relationship, it was so cute. They are just perfect for each other. I loved how Park throws bits of kindness to Eleanor’s way when they are together, because that little bit of kindness made a lot of difference in Eleanor’s day. If Park is kind, Eleanor is such a brave character. For me, she’s a bad-ass. Despite how she was treated both in home and school, she still have the energy to wake up each morning and face those horrible people every freaking day. She can even do it with an empty stomach, how bad-ass is that?

‘In big family,’ she said, ‘everything … everybody spread so thin. Thin like paper, you know?’ She made a tearing gesture. ‘You know?’

I could have quoted one of so many cute and sweet dialogues between Eleanor and Park but Mindy’s (Park’s mom) emotional break down after seeing Eleanor and her family in the grocery store almost made me cry. Yup, surprisingly, the book didn’t made me cry! It made me feel warm and fuzzy inside though. Anyway, I felt my heart clench when Mindy broke down and tried to explain to Park how she can relate to Eleanor’s situation. If Mindy was born after the Korean War, and with a large family like she had, it must have been really hard for her parents to feed them all. It was an eye-opening moment for Mindy because of all people, she should be the last one to judge Eleanor because of her appearance and where she came from. Eleanor looks the way she is not because she wanted to but because she doesn’t have a choice. That part is just, ahhhhhh, very heart warming.

So why I didn’t give it a perfect 5-star rating? The book was set in 1986…I was born in 1987. There are a few references in there that I didn’t get at all. I had to stop reading and search some facts over the internet. I love the music though. Eleanor wasn’t the only one who learned stuff about music in this book, I did too!

Let’s talk about the ending. Unlike most of the people who read the book, I’m pretty much satisfied with how things ended. It’s an HEA, what more can I ask for? I think it’s realistic that it took Eleanor almost a year to send him a postcard because I believe emotionally wounded people like Eleanor needs time to recover before entering into a relationship again. I think, Eleanor needed to feel whole again before she can share herself to the person she cared the most—and I liked that. You know the saying: “It gets worse before it gets better.”? That’s exactly what happened to Eleanor and Park.

Overall, the book is such an amazing read. I highly recommend it to people who love to read YA contemporaries. For people who read and loved Eleanor & Park, I recommend the following books to you:

Sophie & Carter by Chelsea Fine
Heart in a Chain by Cindy Bennett (this one is very similar to Eleanor & Park’s story, but I think this one is more intense because It made me bawl like a baby).
Callum & Harper by Fisher Amelie.

Book Review: Hounded (The Iron Druid Chronicles #1) by Kevin Hearne (audio book)

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3.5/5 Stars

This book was recommended to me by a friend a while back. I have it in eBook form and read it as soon as I got it but I wasn’t able to finish it because I was intimidated by the Irish Pronunciation Guide in the beginning of the book. I was like: “How on earth will I remember all of this?!?” So, the book stayed on my TBR for quite sometime until I picked it up again a few days ago. My friend who recommended the book told me that the audio book was good, so I decided to listen to it instead. I’m really glad I did because aside from not worrying about the pronunciation of the Irish names, it also helped me remember and recognize the characters through the changes of the narrator’s voice and accent.

Summary:

Atticus O’Sullivan, last of the Druids, lives peacefully in Arizona, running an occult bookshop and shape-shifting in his spare time to hunt with his Irish wolfhound. His neighbors and customers think that this handsome, tattooed Irish dude is about twenty-one years old—when in actuality, he’s twenty-one centuries old. Not to mention: He draws his power from the earth, possesses a sharp wit, and wields an even sharper magical sword known as Fragarach, the Answerer.

Unfortunately, a very angry Celtic god wants that sword, and he’s hounded Atticus for centuries. Now the determined deity has tracked him down, and Atticus will need all his power—plus the help of a seductive goddess of death, his vampire and werewolf team of attorneys, a sexy bartender possessed by a Hindu witch, and some good old-fashioned luck of the Irish—to kick some Celtic arse and deliver himself from evil.

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I really liked the tone of this book. Despite the fact that Atticus is a very old Druid (he’s 2100, but still looks like a 21-year old guy), he adapted to the modern world and his references cracked me up. The book is filled with witty dialogues which made it a very enjoyable read for me. And then there’s Oberon— Atticus’s beloved dog. He’s intelligent, loyal and so dang hilarious. I love that dog! Okay, going back to Atticus. He’s not perfect, he’s a typical guy who have a weakness for pretty women (or goddesses), but he’s pretty smart and strong too. However, I’m a little disappointed about how the lusty and power-hungry gods/goddesses played and manipulated him all through out the book. Poor guy. I forgot to mention the cover! I think it’s gorgeous. It has a cinematic appeal on it, it’s like a poster for a movie or something. It’s awesome, I love it.

Since this is an urban fantasy novel, naturally we are introduced with a lot of interesting creatures and characters— there are witches, fae, Celtic gods and goddesses, vamps, wolves, etc. Now, this is where I had a little trouble focusing because there are so many creatures being discussed and then all of a sudden there’s another one being introduced. It can be a little confusing, but yeah, I was able to sift through those information. I just hope that there will be no more “info dumping” on the next book.

Overall, I think this book is pretty fun. It’s action packed, hilarious and
very engaging read. I’ll try to listen to the next book as soon as I finish Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. Our group in goodreads.com (YA Buddy Readers’ Corner) picked Rainbow Rowell’s novel for our Guided Buddy Read for the month of August. If you want to join the discussion, please visit us here:

http://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/1433599-eleanor-park-by-rainbow-rowell—-starts-august-1#comment_number_1

I Will Wait For You by P4CM poet Janette

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This is my answer to the question I encountered a lot recently: “why are you single?”

 

 

But I know you,
you are already praying for me.
Even never having met me,
let me assure you,
I will wait
for you.

My Body (Is A Prayer)

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There’s a lot of crap in youtube nowadays (including the ads, sigh), but once in a while I stumble into something amazing like this video. So far, I think this is one of the best spoken word poetry group performance I’ve ever watched. I’ve seen solo performances from all four and they were all great poets on their own but as a group, they were phenomenal. This is My Body (Is A Prayer) performed by Jeanann Verlee, Nicole Homer, Jared Singer and Jon Sands.

 

 

My body has scars now
My body is not a metaphor
My body is not a steering wheel
its not a promise
not an answer
it is not staying

My body is waiting for the sun to stop rising
for the astronaut to board the spaceship
termites to find everything we ever built
It is waiting for the final kiss
Hurled, unfolding from buildings, mountains, oceans-

My body-
is a prayer.

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