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Good morning

I love my cat!

I woke up last night to find him sleeping like a baby, right next to me, half under the blankets and with tummy up. He was adorable I just sat there a couple of minutes and petted him. I would’ve taken a picture but I didn’t. It was really nice and warm under the blankets and I would’ve woken him up before I would’ve reached my camera.

Yesterday I wasn’t in any mood to do anything but I wasn’t tired so I decided my mp3 player would be a good source of entertainment. I had 4 audio books on it: “The woman in black” by Susan Hill,  “Tuck Everlasting” by Natalie Babbitt, a Sherlock Holmes novel and “Murder on the links” by Agatha Christie. A horror, a romance and two detective novels.

Since it was evening I wanted something easy but entertaining, so I picked “Murder on the links“.

Truthfully, I had no idea that this was a Poirot novel. I may be a fan of Agatha Christie but I still don’t know which books are with Miss Marple and which are with Hercule Poirot. And I don’t like looking up info on books, it takes the charm away. Yet I found this little website (I’m sure it’s one of many out there) that has a lot of info and reviews on Agatha Christie books. I’m going to keep that link just in case I get curious about her work or want to know what other books she wrote (thank God she was a prolific writer). 

Murder on the links” is full of twists and turns and once you pick it up you just have to know the ending. At some point I was wondering why the audio book was 80 minutes long because when I reached the 60 minutes mark I thought they already found the criminal. Oh, how wrong I was. 

The murderer is exposed right at the end of the book, and even then the action takes place so fast you will just devour the last pages (minutes of the audio book in my case).

It was a good pick, not only did my mood improved but I sleept good the rest of the night (except the part where I woke up to pet Marlanu’).

I have now added a few more books of Agatha Christie on my mp3 player, but I would like to read “The Princess Bride” or “The Woman in Black“. We’ll see in what mood I am these next few days.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Do you have an account on GoodReads? I do.

Truthfully I don’t have it to brag of how many books I’ve read in my short lifetime. I’m not an avid reader like others who make plans to read 100 books in one year. I have it because I have a hard time picking books to read.

In the last few months – I think I should say in the last year considering in 2010 around this time I started reading “Harry Potter” – I’ve read only young adults books. I don’t know why I picked them but I just did. With some I striked gold with others I just got myself depressed.

My last pick was “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” written by Stephen Chbosky. I must admit I also picked this one because Emma Watson plays in the movie with the same name. I didn’t read anything about the movie or book so I was  a bit taken back by it. It wasn’t something that I expected.

I found this book depressing.

It started nice, with events unfolding at a slow pace and I was actually happy of how things were going for Charlie. The misfit kid (aka Charlie – the wallflower) was  making new cool friends that could understand and not judge him. But the book reminded me of how I was during my high school years: not being present and not doing anything. High school was pretty much weird for me, nothing bad happen, but nothing good happened either. It was like the years went by without any meaning.

I regret that now. I missed on many things.

The book was good enough to bring out some emotions out of me but it was mostly sad. Truthfully I wouldn’t recommend this book to anyone. It might seem happy on the surface but when you get to the ending you feel sad for Charlie. Pity more exactly. I really wanted a different ending. I wanted the author to just let him be a misfit or the weird crying wallflower rather than *spoiler* that sad ending *closed spoiler*. I don’t think there’s anything worse than that.

But then again, I would recommend this book because it really is a good one. Leaving beside all the bad vibes you get from it, it also has some memorable quotes and lessons that even young adults like myself can benefit from. My favorite quote was:

We accept the love we think we deserve

If you’re in a relationship you might start to wonder if this is true or not.

Now, I need to read a comedy. I need something nice to balance this book. So I’m off to Good Reads hoping to find something that will catch my attention. Do you guys have any suggestions?

1971 CineAlmanah

I don’t understand why people would throw away books?  

Okay I understand the fact that books tend to gather dust in many modern homes, since not many people read as much as they used to. But there are always antique stores where you can sell or donate old books.

Even so, in some cases I’m happy that people throw away old stuff. I was going to throw the garbage this morning and oh what a great day to house chores.

There it was: a 1971 cinematographic almanac (in Romanian). How can someone throw away something like that? And the book itself is in good condition, with just a few pages missing. I can’t wait to get home and study it more, but I managed to scan some pages that really caught my attention.

And, what’s more interesting are the advertisements at the end of the almanac (which I will scan tomorrow).

Sherlock Holmes

I don’t watch much TV nowadays, since they took out Nickelodeon so I can’t watch Sponge Bob anymore (and they were airing new episodes too T_T).

There’s just nothing interesting to watch, except the occasional weekend episodes of Midsomer Murders. But even so, I won’t cry if I miss an episode cause I already bought all the series on DVD and I can watch them whenever I want. The local library is also closed till October so I can’t borrow any books (and I can’t afford buying new books).

But yesterday I made quite a find that I just couldn’t miss out on. I found, on sale, The Complete Sherlock Holmes book. I only read the Sign of the four (twice) and I was looking around for more books with Sherlock Holmes, but either I couldn’t find them, the books were to expensive or I had no money. But, this time the book was on sale, I had money and I bought it.

I started reading it last night, but because I was tired from cleaning my room (and throwing away old clothes) I barely made it to page 25. But I am sure that not even the Sims 3 will get me away from it this weekend, and that means Johnny and his father will have access to the computer. So it’s a win-win situation.

Lewis Carroll

Since last week was very stressful because of work, this week I decided it’s time to take it slow.

So what better way to relax than reading a book. The only hard part is choosing what book to read. Since all the public libraries are closed till October, my only options are my own books, and I don’t have that many books. 

I just picked randomly and I started reading The Complete Illustrated Lewis Carroll. It was a present from my brother and his wife for my birthday this year. I don’t think I ever read Alice in Wonderland in English.

But what caught my attention were the illustrations, which were rather freaky, well some of them.

And I also remebered reading about the new “twisted” version of  “Alice in Wonderland” by Tim Burton. Well after seeing the illustrations and re-reading the story again, I think it will be a spot on remake.

Actually I can’t wait to hear Helena Bonham Carter scream her lungs out “OFF WITH HIS HEAD!”.


Good morning

Even if it’s Thursday, it’s the last day o work for this week. Tomorrow we have a free day.

I just can’t wait for this day to pass. It means we’re gonna have another three day weekend, and that’s just great. As Johnny said we might be going to the circus to see a seal show, but I’m not sure we’re gonna on Saturday. On Saturday we might end up going to the country side again. Which reminds me that I completely forgot to post the pictures from last time we went at the country side.

Anyway, we don’t know for sure so we won’t make any plans, we’ll just wait and see how things go.

I just found a really awesome book, and I just finished the first volume of it. It’s called “Musashi” by Eiji Yoshikawa. I found it at the library, and the cover just won me over. It has such a beautiful drawing (and I love pencil drawings) on the front and back cover. Even if the book it’s not in the best shape a book can be it really caught my attention. Today is the last day I can keep it, but as I said, I already finished the first volume and I’m gonna take the second and third volume with me. Maybe I’ll look around to see if I can find more books like it, even if the library doesn’t have many books.

It sucks because the main libraries here have really strict rules and, at some of them you can’t even sign up if you’re not a student or still in school (which sucks big time) and you aren’t even allowed to take the books home (cause some people forgot to bring them back). That’s why I prefer local libraries, even if they are small they don’t have such stupid rules, and with the same pass you can go take books from more then one library.

Anyway, I realised that I started reading much more now then I did in my school days. It’s much more pleasant now when there aren’t people on you back telling you what to read.