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Book Review | A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

SYNOPSIS
‘If I had my way, every idiot who goes around with Merry Christmas on his lips, would be boiled with his own pudding, and buried with a stake of holly through his heart. Merry Christmas? Bah humbug!’

Introduction and afterword by Joe Wheeler
To bitter, miserly Ebenezer Scrooge, Christmas is just another day. But all that changes when the ghost of his long-dead business partner appears, warning Scrooge to change his ways before it is too late.

Part of the Focus on the Family Great Stories collection, this edition features an in-depth introduction and discussion questions by Joe Wheeler to provide greater understanding for today’s reader. A Christmas Carol captures the heart of the holidays like no other novel.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Charles John Huffam Dickens was a writer and social critic who created some of the world’s best-known fictional characters and is regarded as the greatest novelist of the Victorian era. His works enjoyed unprecedented popularity during his lifetime, and by the twentieth century critics and scholars had recognised him as a literary genius. His novels and short stories enjoy lasting popularity.

MY THOUGHTS
To start with the fact that I loved all Dicken’s novels that I have read, it isn’t surprising that I enjoyed reading this one too. A Christmas Carol is a holiday read and I am so happy to choose this time of the year to read it. I was familiar with the story of Ebenezer Scrooge and the whole concept of the story. Actually, I had this book in my hands couple of times, but somehow I always found myself reading something else. However, I think that the message in the book is very clear and it will never get old. There are times when all of us become Ebenezer Scrooge. Sometimes we get lost in all material things that life has to offer. We are crazy about money and Christmas is all about ridiculous sales everywhere and yes, sometimes we give in. We forget what Christmas is truly about. Charles Dickens with his characters is there to remind us that it is important to keep the christmas spirit all the time. Be nice to each other. Love each other. Forgive! Do not let the bad times destroy your kindness.
Also, I think everyone is familiar with the story and there is no need for summary. What is the most important here is the message that the book hides. I think everybody should read this book at least once in their life because it will open their eyes. A Christmas Carol will put you in your right place. Being that type of reader who has never seen any A Christmas Carol adaptation in their lives, I, for sure, will see one of them very soon.

I will honour Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year. I will live in the Past, the Present, and the Future. The Spirits of all Three shall strive within me. I will not shout out the lessons that they teach. Oh, tell me I may sponge away the writing on this stone!

A Christmas Tale, Charles Dickens

Overall, I enjoyed reading this book and I will always cheerish the christmas spirit in books because it is something very important for me. However, this book is not my favorite Charles Dickens book, but I think that everyone should read this book at least once in their lives.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

Title: A Christmas Carol
Author: Charles Dickens
Published on: September 23rd, 1999
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Classics, Fiction
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Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav | Highlights

A Love Letter to Bali

I will never forget those slow, languid days, warm and balmy. The sun was a pomegranate red, ripe, and full of promise, painting the pink sky. We stayed in a Grecian-style villa, overlooking the shoreline, watching the waves crash onto the lazy stretch of sand below.
The daylight sunk into starlight like a slow transition, as we lost track of time altogether. My skin grew luminous and shone from the inside, glowed like a lantern. White crescent moons appeared at the bottom of my fingernails. My hair grew thicker, wilder. We were feasting on exotic fruits and midnight conversations that drifted into the sea salt breeze.
We slept. We woke up in the half-light to watch the sun come up. We didn’t write a single word.
Mischievous monkeys scampered across our balcony. Frogs hopped in our path and out of sight again, the sound of their croaking ever-present. Tiny birds darted in and out of our line of vision like thoughts.
The half-moon yawned when we waved goodbye to another moment, lost to memory. The walls learned our secrets like how you like your coffee black and I like mine with cream and sugar. We left something of ourselves behind.
He feels like the culmination of every good deed I’ve ever done.


From: Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

As you can see, this is another post about the last book I read called Love Looks Pretty on You. I like the author’s word choice and the emotions that the author gave us are wonderful. There is some soft vibe in the book that makes you feel emotional and I think only a few authors can achieve it. Lang Leav was successful in her language to show us all these emotions. To describe how you feel is quite complex task to do because there is always this variety of emotions. Everyone fights their own battle and there are always the good and the bad feelings inside of us. Happiness versus sorrow. Peace versus anger. It’s up to you to decide how you feel and how your life is going to look like. You just have to understand your feelings.

Also, the author’s descriptions are marvelous. They are the upper level of the language and it’s something that will always attract me. As you can see, Lang Leav did an amazing job at this point and I want to read such descriptions all the time. The book Love Looks Pretty on You is full of these amazing descriptions and I highly recommend you to read it. Do check it out!

In my previous I left you the Amazon link, so you can order it if you want.

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Book Review |Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

SYNOPSIS
The much anticipated new book by international bestselling author Lang Leav. A breathtakingly beautiful collection of contemporary poetry and prose, offering powerful insights into love, heartbreak, relationships, and empowerment.

Filled with wisdom and encouragement, every single page is a testament to the power of words, and the impact they can have on the relationships you build with others. And most importantly, the one you have with yourself.

Lang Leav captures the intricacies of emotions like few others can. It’s no wonder she has been recognized as a major influencer of the modern poetry poetry movement and her writing has inspired a whole new generation of poets to pick up a pen.

Love Looks Pretty on You is truly the must-have book for poetry lovers all over the world.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
undefined Novelist and a poet, Lang Leav is an international bestselling author and winner of a Qantas Spirit of Youth Award, Churchill Fellowship and Goodreads Choice Award. Often credited with popularizing poetry among a new generation of young readers, Lang’s poetry books, and hit novel, Sad Girls continue to top best seller charts around the world.

Lang has been featured on CNN, SBS Australia, Intelligence Squared UK, Radio New Zealand and in various publications, including Vogue, Newsweek, the Guardian.

Website: http://langleav.com

MY THOUGHTS
Love Looks Pretty on You is the first Lang Leav’s novel that I have read and I must say that I am not disappointed. I really enjoyed reading this book and it is surprising that the mentioned topics could be represented this good way. The book tells a story of a woman fighting against her feelings. At some point, she is loved and she feels pretty. She can freely say that she is happy. That kind of happy that makes her rethink her emotional state. Is she really completely happy? Her heart says she is. Her brain says she’s not, but she could be.
Well, what makes her think think that way?
There are two things that ruins her eternal happiness. The first thing is her past. While I was reading this book I got the feeling that the girl loved in her past, but it was not that kind of love that will make you happy and all satisfied with your life. I think that it was one-sided love. Which brings us to the second thing – her self esteem. The girl did not love herself in the past. She was never satisfied with her and her life and unfortunately such things make us lose the people in our lives.

There is our past self among the ruins. She, the girlish one, the foolish one, the one who longs for a place with us here, where she is not welcome.

Love Looks Pretty on You, Lang Leav

In this book the author emphasizes the new beginning, our rebirth. We need to understand that we are only human beings and that all of us make mistakes. It is natural thing to make mistakes. We have to accept them and learn from them. Throughout the book, I realized that the girl was really attached to her parent. Seeing her Father abusing her Mother was the source of her anger, she wanted revenge. I love the mentioned girl with all of my heart because despite everything, she remained a good person. She knows how to love and she learns from her loss and her past. She is everything that we all want to be.

Your Right to Love
It is your right to define love on your own terms. Love between two consenting adults is never wrong, no matter how much anyone tries to convince you it is.
Be with the person who makes you happy. Who makes your heart sing.
It is your right to endlessly curate your life. Let her be herself. Or she will be somebody’s else’s.

Love Looks Pretty on You; Lang Leav〛

Anxiety
I struggle with things that are as easy to others as breathing.
Like breathing. Like answering the phone. Or sending that email I have been meaning to for weeks.
I panic when I am asked out to dinner, even if it’s with someone I really want to see.
It’s hard for me to commit to anything, and when I do, I overthink it until my brain tells me I have made a mistake, like a rat caught in a maze, trying to claw its way out.
I don’t know why I am like this. People ask me why I can’t do anything without jumping through a thousand thoughts, like hoops. But sometimes I wonder if my inability to function in the real world is really such a bad thing. I wonder if that’s why I’ve spent so much time sheltered in my imagination.
And because I can’t live in the real world, I create worlds to belong to. And I wonder if the very thing I’ve always been told is my weakness, has all along, been my strength.

Love Looks Pretty on You; Lang Leav〛


To conclude everything, I really enjoyed reading this poetry collection and I would like to read more of the author Lang Leav.

My rating: 4/5 ⭐

Title: Love Looks Pretty on You
Author: Lang Leav
Published on: January 29th, 2019
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Contemporary

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Wedding Vibes Everywhere!

Happy December, friends!
This is my first post in this month and this time I will not be complaining about not posting earlier because guess what I’m getting married! And I think this is a good reason for not writing quite often. Yes, I’m beyond excited about everything and I had like a billion things to do, but somehow I managed to remain calm. My wedding preps are almost done, every single detail is planned and all I have to do now is to stay calm and wait for my wedding day. The wedding will take place in one of the hotels in my city, on December 21st. I know it’s like two weeks from now and even though I look calm outside, I swear I’m screaming inside. I have everything – my wedding dress, my bridesmaids, and decoration. Everything’s here and I hope I will have control over these things. Huh, now putting these thoughts into words gave that strong feeling of anxiety. I guess it’s normal thing. Anyway, I’m really happy and I can’t wait to get married.

On the other hand, previous two months were quite hectic for me and I didn’t manage to read anything. I really had so many things to do and I mentioned all of them in my previous posts. I was so busy and I missed reading so much. I hope I will read at least one or two books before the year ends. I think I will go for some light read, maybe some good holiday book. Unfortunately, I really have no idea what to read and your book suggetstions are very welcome at the moment. I want to read something romantic, snowy, and christmasy. Speaking of the holiday romance, have you guys seen the movie Let It Snow? I remeber four years ago I read this book by Maureen Johnson, John Green, and Lauren Myracle and I really loved it. I was so happy when I heard that they are making the movie based on this book and I even downloaded it. I just couldn’t find the time to see it.
For those of you who have seen the movie, what do you think about it?

I kind of realized that the last two months are all about my personal things and it’s less book oriented, but it’s because we get busy sometimes and we barely have the time for anything. I didn’t give up on reading and I will never do that. Reading has a really special place in my heart and it’s something that makes me happy. I hope you understand me now.

Have a great weekend,

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The Thanksgiving Book Tag

A little “thank you” that you will say to someone for a “little favour” shown to you is a key to unlock the doors that hide unseen “greater favours”. Learn to say “thank you” and why not?

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Happy Thanksgiving, friends!
I hope you will have an amazing day with your loved ones. Today I decided to do The Thanksgiving Book Tag because it sounds super fun. This tag is originally created by Erin & Becca so do check out their page and give some love.

Bread: What book is purely fluff, and has no real plot line?
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Let’s make it crystal clear – I just love Twilight, I enjoyed this series so much but this is the first book that comes to my mind when I think of pure fluff. Cliche, right?!

Turkey: What book made you want to fall asleep?
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I know that many people adore this book, but I find it quite boring unfortunately. It was a lot of magic for me and I only read it because it was so popular among book community. This book is not for me.

Gravy: What book makes the whole series worth reading?
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For me it’s definitely To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han. I love this series so much and I plan on rereading it very soon. It’s so good and I highly recommend it!

Stuffing: What book is stuffed full of action scenes?
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Divergent is one of these books that grabbed my attention from the moment I opened it. There are so many events and unexpected scenes and I thoroughly enjoyed reading it.

Mashed Potatoes: What book looked good, and then wasn’t?
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I was so excited to read Again, but Better by Christine Riccio because she is one of my favorite booktubers. I literally couldn’t wait to put my hands on this book, but it was disappointing. I feel like I outgrew this book and its plot is too simple.

Cranberries: What book has the sweetest romance?
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I Heart Hollywood by Lindsey Kelk. I adore this book and every other book in this series. It’s so good and full of romance and humor, I highly recommend it!

Corn: What’s the corniest book you’ve ever read?
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The Notebook is it! I actually find all Nicholas Sparks books to be corny and I still can’t decide if I absolutely love or hate them.

Green Beans: What book is too long and needs to be shortened?
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848 pages! I mean come oooonn.. I have heard so many great things about this book and I know it’s a good one, but its 848 pages tell me that I’m not ready for it. Not yet..

Pumpkin Pie: What book do you read to get out of a reading slump?
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For now it’s The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. John Green is my favorite author and I adore all his books, but this one is just so, so good and heartbreaking.

Dog/Cat: What’s your favorite Thanksgiving food that you would steal from the table?
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It’s an apple pie. I love it and I could picture myself eating it everyday. I can’t get tired of it, I swear!

I tag everyone who wants to do the Thanksgiving Book Tag. Consider yourself tagged and once again Happy Thanksgiving!

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Book Review: The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson

In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

About The Art of Breaking Things

✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. Art school is her ticket out and she’s already been accepted to her first choice, MICA. All she has to do is survive her senior year, not get too drunk at parties, and be there for her little sister, Emma. Sure, she’s usually battling a hangover when she drives to pick Emma up, but she has everything under control. Until he returns.

When her mom’s ex boyfriend slithers his way back into her family, it’s all Skye can do to keep the walls of her world from crumbling. Her family has no idea Skye has been guarding a dark secret about her past – about him – and she never thought she would have to face him again. She knows she has to get away from him at all costs. But how can she abandon Emma?

Skye’s heart is torn between escaping the man who hurt her years ago and protecting her loved ones from the monster in their midst. Running away from her fears isn’t an option. To save her sister – and herself – she’ll have to break all the rules.

✦ SEXUAL ASSAULT, PEDOPHILIA, DRUG ABUSE ✦
Skye is an art student in high school and she works hard to get her scholarship at an art school. Her Mother and little sister are everything in her life. She loves them, but because of her secret – she can’t truly express her love for them. When she was twelve, Mother’s boyfriend, Dan molested her. Because of that, Skye hides herself in drugs – she drinks every night, she smokes joints, and she hits on the random guys.

The truth is that nobody knows how she feels. Even Sky herself don’t know what to do. She realizes that it is not natural that Dan touched her the way he did, but she can’t search for help when even her Mother doesn’t believe her. She’s on her own. Skye’s Mother is an alcoholic – she drinks every night and she is often moody. Because of that, it is difficult for Skye and Emma to have any kind of healthy relationship with their Mother.

Ben is a friend of Skye and she has a crush on him. He plays in a band and he does drugs at parties. Once he crosses the line, Ben’s parents send him to a rehabilitation centre expecting him to be clean after some time. They think Skye is the bad influence and they won’t let her get in touch with Ben. In some way, we realize that Ben is the one who badly influences Skye, because she just follows the pattern.


✦ ART AS A MEANS OF COMMUNICATION ✦
In this book, Skye uses art to express her thoughts and feelings. She has tried so many times to tell her Mother what Dan did that night, but somehow she couldn’t. She was scared and she thought that her Mother won’t believe her. She has tried once to tell her what happened, but she was too drunk to believe it. Skye sees her rescue in painting. Once, she starts working on that big, mosaic project – the truth comes out.

✦ CHARACTERS ✦
Skye is a brilliant and really strong character. Well, her only option is to be strong because she has to protect her little sister. She doesn’t want Emma to suffer the way Skye does. She is protective, but sometimes it cannot be seen because Skye shows her love towards Emma and her Mother in a wrong way. I think that’s because they, as a family, never had a healthy relationships. They could never talk about their feelings and secrets. There was no time for such things.

The little Emma is so smart and energetic character. She is amazing and even though she is only twelve, she knows how to deal with problems. I think she was forced to mature early. There are times when their Mother cannot take care of them just because she is drunk. Their Mother is the weakest character and her miserable life destroyed the perfect childhood.

‘There’s no such thing as perfect, Lu,’ I say softly.
‘Because we’re all a little fucked-up.’ I poke her in the arm and she looks at me,unsmiling. ‘That’s what makes us interesting.’

The Art of Breaking Things, Laura Sibson

✦ OVERALL ✦
This is a glorious book and I am so happy I got the chance to read it. It was emotional and I wanted to hug Skye and give her some love, she really deserves it. It broke my heart that she went through so many things alone. I love the strength in her and she will always be my hero, my super woman.
On the other hand, I hate Dan and I think the ending isn’t so strong. I don’t like how he just vanishes into a thin air. I think the ending could be a bid different and I felt like the book is unfinished.
To sum it up, I quite enjoyed reading this book and I will definitely read more of Laura Sibson books.

My rating: 3.5/5⭐

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Summer Recommendations

Our July is slowly ending which means that the first half of this summer is already behind us. And to be honest, I don’t know how to feel about it. I really like summer and sometimes I don’t want it to end, but I’m also in love with autumn and everything that comes with it.

But, let’s not be sad – we have the entire August for our summer reading and in this post I want to share my favorite light reads. If you are looking for something to read at the beach while drinking your lemonade, then here are some suggestions for you.

  1. I Heart Hawaii by Lindsey Kelk
  2. 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson
  3. Going La La by Alexandra Potter
  4. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  5. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
  6. Cherry Red Summer by Carina Bartsch
  7. Love & Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch
  8. The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
  9. I Heart Paris by Lindsey Kelk
  10. Love and Hate by Lara Wilde

These are some of my favorite books and I think we should read them during summer. Most of them contain some romantic story and they have brilliant descriptions, you will never get tired of them.

What are some of your favorite summer reads?

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How to deal with Book Hangovers

I do not get book hangovers.
– said no book lover ever

Do you know that feeling when you finish a brilliant book, and you just can’t move on to read something new? Well, congratulations – you are one of us! You experienced a book hangover. This kind of hangover is very common among bookish community, which includes readers and, sometimes, authors. The symptoms of book hangovers are very clear – crying and lying on your floor or in your bed. You’re asking yourself ‘WHY? OH WHY IT HAD TO END,’ referring to the book you’ve just finished.

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If you are experiencing a book hangover, what to do? Here are some tips that will make your hangover bearable.

First thing first – It might sound silly, but go and find a new book to read. And good luck!
I know it is very difficult and you just don’t want to read anything else, but you have to! You are SO going to read something new, and you are going to love it. And you are going to experience the book hangover all over again.

2. Spend 24 hours in your room searching for appropriate memes that will express your feelings. Let the world know how much you are suffering right now. Go and tell your friends about your feelings, they must hear you out.

3. If you simply can’t accept the fact that you will have to read something new – then try reading some fanfiction. They are great and, more importantly, they are based on the book you love. It’s all about your old, favourite characters.

4. Try rereading your favourite book. Start it from the very beginning and hope that this time it will be different and that your book will never end.

5. Write a review. Because telling the world about how you feel is never enough. Why not to leave a note (review) about your feelings. It’s a smart thing to do.