Books

The Chronicles of Narnia

This year I’ve set the biggest reading challenge so far: 100 books. Am I showing off? Well if I finish it, I might. But, I actually want to see if I can do it. I really want to do it. So, I’ve started with on of the series that I’ve been trying to read for the last couple of years (but never got to it): The Chronicles of Narnia.

On the Internet, there are many views in which order the books should be read. Now, I’ve just followed the list on the back of the books I have. So, I’ve read them in the following order:

- The Magician’s Nephew
– The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
– The Horse and his boy
– Price Caspian
– The Voyage of the Dawn Treader
– The Silver Chair
– The Last Battle

The Chronicles of Narnia: Magician's Nephew The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the WardrobeThe Chronicles of Narnia: Horse and His BoyPrince Caspian Voyage of the Dawn TreaderSilver Chair Last Battle

It makes a lot more sense to read them in this order, since they have a certain continuity, rather than read then in the order they were published.

I did enjoy each and every book of this series, but my favorite by far was “The Horse and His Boy“. I liked Shasta and Aravis more than Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy. Shasta and Aravis felt more like real children than the main 4 siblings. I actually remembered trying to read this book (The Horse and His Boy) when I was in school. It brought back some obscure memories of my younger version, hiding in my room trying to read and understand what I was reading, at the same time.

Yes, this usually happens to people that read books that are not in their native language. Still, I am glad I’ve come a long way since those times and that I was able to enjoy books. I am glad that school has not taken this joy from me.

It is a beautiful series to enjoy, especially during winter time. It’s a nice series to read in the evening, before going to bed.

It’s very enjoyable, and it gives one some nice dreams.

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

Alas, our 3 year old tradition is over. We’ve just been to the cinema and saw the last part of The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies.

The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies

I believe it was my first time crying in the cinema. I was really heartbroken because I finished the book long ago and the movies were all that I had left.

It was splendid. Everything about the movie was beautiful and it just rocked my socks. I actually wished for the story to not end. I even wished for the movie to alter the ending of the book, so 3 of the main characters (and my favorite ones) would not die. But they did keep the ending.

I guess, I can’t complain. I still have The Lord of the Rings books to read (and the movies to watch). Yet somehow I doubt I will find another Fili and Kili in literature.

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Yes, I have a crush on two fictional characters. I guess that happens a lot these days. I am also sure I am not the only one, since there is a huge fanbase out there as heartbroken as myself.

The Battle of the Five Armies Fili and Kili

All we can do now, is find new movies that will keep us glued to the screen. 2015 is looking pretty promising in terms of movies. That means we will have plenty of opportunities to go out and enjoy ourselves. And 2015 is not that far away; 2 more days left.

I am anxious on how things will turn out in the new year *fingers crossed*. We shall see…

Will I finish my reading challenge?

I knew that this year I won’t have much time for books. I set a reachable goal of 20 books for 2014, and I’m currently halfway there.Now, I don’t actually care if I finish the reading challenge or not. It’s just something to keep me focused on reading itself.

Another thing is that I tried reading different genres this year. In the past I’ve read mostly detective books (which are and always will be my favorite genre). This year I’ve tried romantic & comedy books, young adult and even horror (yet I still haven’t finished Carrie by Stephen King). And it seems that I’ve got stuck again on a particular type of genre: dystopian-or-post-apocalyptic fiction.

Last year it was The Hunger Games books, this year it’s The Long Walk by Richard Bachman (aka Stephen King) and The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner.

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Even if both books are similar (kids in trouble in a very troublesome future), they do leave different impressions (in my case feelings). After reading The Long Walk I felt empty. I couldn’t touch another book for a couple of days. And even then I felt I was robbed of  an ending. A different ending, anything that would’ve made things better. ATTENTION SPOILER: I didn’t  want McVries to die. I wanted something, anything to save him.

Yet, with The Maze Runner it’s different. I just finished the first part and I didn’t felt much. I just started The Scorch Trials without even blinking. I guess I was (and still am) curious of what happens next. Besides curiosity there isn’t much. The Maze Runner is very similar to The Hunger Games in my opinion. But it doesn’t have the depth of The Long Walk.

I won’t make my mind yet regarding this trilogy. After all, I still have 2 books to read and things might change.

Random moments of the past few days

I love my phone! It allows me to take snaps of little things that make my days (and life in general) much better. So, in no particular order:

My current read: Maigret by Georges Simenon:

Maigret

Our pet turtle who doesn’t get that much attention (not like Marlanu’ anyway):

Pet Turtle

The whoopie pie maker that I received from work for Customer Service Week:

Gift from work

And a sunset at work, plus my first tilt shift photo done on Instagram:

Sunset Tilt Shift Instagram

I might not live a life full of adventures like in movies, but its not bad for a normal person.