When your own life is at stake
It’s ignorant bliss.
Word of the day is contemptus mundi: n. Disregard of or disdain for wordly or temporal concerns.
When your own life is at stake
It’s ignorant bliss.
Word of the day is contemptus mundi: n. Disregard of or disdain for wordly or temporal concerns.
We live in a society that celebrates freedom of speech, though when you express your opinions you are blamed, criticized, you are the elephant in the room. But you know what? Instead of being quiet and silently dissaproving things that happen around you, why not address them. Therefore, let’s talk about subjects people don’t like to talk.
First that comes to my mind it’s gender inequality. And after reading Men explain things to me (audio version) by Rebecca Solnit, I had to address it. I’ve seen it and felt it in my work previous work place, so I know what the author means.
I mean, why are men believed to be better than women and why are women silently accepting it? After everything Emmeline Pankhurst and the suffragettes have endured, after Rossa Parks, women are still silent and obedient, like lambs. And men, why do you consider yourselves better leaders, better scientists, better athletes? It’s not like women haven’t proved you wrong already.
Even when both men and women are incompetent and can’t do their jobs properly, women are being sacked whilst men get a second, third or even forth chance. See Theresa May Vs Boris Johnson.
How is this possible in a world that praises humans rights and equality? How can this still be happening in a society that considers itself modern? Why are we hanging on so tight to ancient customs and perceptions?
I haven’t done a book review for a long time and it’s not because I haven’t read anything this year (I have, 36 books to be more exact) but because I didn’t feel the need to review them. Up until the last one, up until The Family Upstairs.
A couple of days ago, I got a email from Goodreads, inviting me to vote for the book of the year. First stop, in genre search, was mysteries and thrillers. I had to vote for The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides and I truly hope it wins ( will do a review about it soon), but whilst there another book caught my eye.
The family upstairs by Lisa Jewell had a very appealing front cover and after reading the blurb I went on searching for it. I had no idea I had had it downloaded on my Kindle a couple of months ago. So I started reading..
And I couldn’t stop. Apart for Lisa Jewell being a great writer, that keeps you on your toes the whole time, I was mostly intrigued by the ideas in this book. How can a charismatic person control so many people and how come most of them are unaware of this manipulation. This was what sticked me, apart from the great narrative, from the point of the view of three different characters, from the plot that was very clever constructed.
I truly recommend this book, for anyone who enjoys a good thriller. It easily gets 5 stars.
I know it’s been a while since I last made a book review, but this summer was in a half asleep mode, not really able to concentrate on anything and not in the mood of reading any novel fiction or non-fiction. On the other hand I read many books about photography and all, but about 3 weeks ago I started craving for a good book. The kind of book you can’t put down even though it’s past midnight and you have to wake up early in the morning.
First choice was Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty and must say I couldn’t stop reading it. Was so intrigued by all the characters and couldn’t wait to see what really happened on Trivia Night. I liked the fact that everything evolved around a group of school parents and the drama that surrounds Private schools and the rich and beautiful. I mostly liked the writing style and the way it kept you in suspense all of the time. I give it 5 out of 5 stars.
Right after I finished Big Little Lies, I moved on to We Were Liars by E. Lockhart which was on my to-read list for almost an year. Apart for being a short read, it was a book I couldn’t put down. I wanted to know what happened to everyone, why Cadence was left out. In the end I was left speechless and shocked. It is a book that will stay with you for a while. 5 out of 5
The third one on the list, and most recent finished is All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven because it won best book of 2015 in young adult fiction on Goodreads and because it has a 4.20 stars rating on the same site. Plus I really enjoy a YA from time to time. Must admit this was by far one of the greatest YA novel read so far. People compare it to The Fault in Our Stars and I see why, but for me All the Bright Places went much further, touching subjects people are still not comfortable with. It is a bit dark and all, but at the end of the day it’s that darkness that people are turning their back to and this is a book about all that. If you manage to read it all, please read Jennifer Niven’s notes in the end and her reasons for writing this book. It definitely gets 5 stars from me.
Happy reading, everyone!
First of all, before I go further into this post, I need to publicly apologize to Eliyahu Kelman, the author of The Soul Secret, for taking a lot longer than usual to review his amazing work. It was a busy period over here and I felt like The Soul Secret needs to be listened carefully and meditate around the words and messages.
Now let me tell you about this amazing book. First thing that makes The Soul Secret unique is the format. It comes either as audio or video. I opted for the video version, because I was curious, as I never encountered a video book. Must admit, I was nicely surprised. In every chapter/video the author talks about past experiences that helped him learn the Divine Mode better and understand all messages transmitted to us from the divinity. The beautiful words are always accompanied by relaxing music on the background and beautiful images which invite you, together with Reb Eliyahu, to meditate at the end of each video. The website is wonderfully created and will make you stay for a while.
This series is a way of coaching you through life, step by step, making you understand why we are here for and what we are supposed to do. There are so many things we need to learn in order to live a happy life and so many things we ignore if we don’t know what they are. Some things I learned from my father as a child were once again confirmed. Like the DNA of the soul and the messages we receive from the Universe. I also learned new things like Abracadabra or Murphy, things I never knew existed before or if I knew, I never paid close attention. I really liked the way the author presents the idea of marriage and family, ideas understood though lots of reading, learning and life.
The Soul Secret is worth listening and re-listening to. There are messages and lessons worth sharing with the ones around you, because we are all in this together and the more we understand the happier we can be. I feel like there is so much to talk about this book, but my words are not enough. It is indeed a book addressed to our souls, the ones who connect us to the higher Universe and beyond.
If I would to give stars to The Soul Secret it would be 6 out of 5, that’s how much I enjoyed and learned from it. And as a final phrase to this post, I’d like to invite to take care of your soul, because everything we are or will be, is closely related to it.
Happy Women’s Day, ladies! Even Google celebrates it so why shouldn’t we? I wanted to write a poem dedicated to us all, but settled on something better. A book written by a woman about a woman. Disclaimer by Renee Knight is my gift for you all.
The Goodreads synopsis sounds like this:
Finding a mysterious novel at her bedside plunges documentary filmmaker Catherine Ravenscroft into a living nightmare. Though ostensibly fiction, The Perfect Stranger recreates in vivid, unmistakable detail the terrible day Catherine became hostage to a dark secret, a secret that only one other person knew–and that person is dead.
Now that the past is catching up with her, Catherine’s world is falling apart. Her only hope is to confront what really happened on that awful day even if the shocking truth might destroy her.
When I first heard about this book, was the cover that attracted me most. This vintage look with a vintage camera on a table and a mother with a child on a blurred background, looked intriguing enough to make me curious. I didn’t know what to expect, but I knew it will surprise me.
Surprised I was from the first pages in. What would you do if a book about yourself landed in your house? And more to that if this book was about a secret you kept for 20 years only to yourself? Well terrified is one word to sum it all.
Disclaimer, raises your anxiety levels to the maximum in some ways. It’s a complete chapter turner and you don’t know what to expect, until the end. Renée Knight has the amazing talent to keep you there through lots of descriptions and a narrative style that suits the story. Dialogues are not many, the author focusing on the inner feelings and reactions of the characters. The chapters are either in the present (summer of 2013) or the past (August 1993) and the narrator, the voice and observer presents us the facts in the most objective way.
The Perfect Stranger, a book inside the book, is pretty compelling and quite vivid. It has the power to change people minds, to revolt some and enrage others. We are delayed to find out the plot of Perfect Stranger and more delayed to find out what really happened in the summer of 1993.
I felt for Catherine and understood her reasons and her true identity behind the perfect image created in order to please everyone. I also understood Stephen even though he gave me a hard time reading this book. Based on Goodreads reviews, Disclaimer is the kind of book you either love or hate. You either understand the characters and what they’ve been through to relate to their actions or you don’t, so you close the book, throw it in a corner and never open it again.
Being a psychology thriller might not be for everyone, but you will understand in the end why I chose it for Women’s Day. It’s the story, the facts and the details in the end that made me do that. I give the book 5 out of 5 stars for the well constructed story line that keeps you on the edge until the end.
Image is courtesy of Goodreads
I haven’t seen a captivating action movie in a while so I was quite in the need for an adrenaline rush (I love the feeling from time to time). Luckily I started reading Dead Money Run by J. Frank James and it was much better than I expected.
Here is the Goodreads synopsis:
Dead Money Run is the first book in the Lou Malloy Crime Series.
Lou Malloy learns of his sister’s death right before he is released from prison, having served 15 years for the theft of $15 million from an Indian casino. He wants two things: to keep the $15 million, which no one has been able to find, and to track down and punish whoever killed his sister.
Lou Malloy teams up with Hilary Kelly, a private investigator. In no time, Lou has found the hidden $15 million, recovered guns and ammunition hidden with the money, and murdered two low-level mobsters and fed them to the crocodiles.
As the body count rises, the story grows more complex and his sister’s death becomes more mysterious.
A book which began a bit slow, developed into a complicated plot that will keep you hooked until the end. Must admit I didn’t give too much credit to this book after the first few pages, but as I progressed reading, I couldn’t stop. As the story began, I couldn’t relate with Lou in any way, so I was trying my best to follow his actions. Well, how much can someone relate to an ex con? But after he met Hilary, I warmed up to him, even beginning to understand his ways. As for Hilary, she’s a bad ass chick, who fell in love with Lou (and maybe his money). This duo is a bit of Bonnie and Clyde with a twist of Ocean’s Eleven. They have Mr.&Mrs. Smith passion and skills. Therefore, the entertainment is guaranteed.
Am quite happy I had the chance to read this thrilling book. The characters are easy, but very clever. And you can’t help but admire Lou ingenuity in hiding the money. Plus, all the trouble he’s getting himself into, is proving how much he loved his sister.
Another reason I liked this book is because it taught me lots of things. Especially about the illegal matters of casinos and gambling world. I know it’s a piece of fiction, but these things happen somewhere in the world. Mobs are always involved in these operations of counterfeit and the implications are so big, that everyone ends up involved in. That’s how corruption was invented.
J. Frank James created a realistic crime thriller where money and technology are at stakes. His background in law are quite visible as the legal methods involved. I would warmly recommend this book to everyone who likes crime thrillers or is just up for a book genre challenge. It gets 4 out of 5 stars from me.
I’ve already told you I have a reading list to complete by the end of this year. However, there’s always a book that comes to me unexpected, so I just can’t turn my back on it. And once I start reading I dive into a new world, ready for a thrilling adventure. And who can refuse that?
After finishing Reconstructing Amelia, I couldn’t settle. I had to find the second book Kimberly McCreight wrote. And I did. As they say, when something is meant for you, it will come to you.
Must admit that whenever I read books from same author, I can see familiar patterns and a similar style, to a point I can guess where everything is going. This wasn’t an exception, but even though I guessed some of the things, the plot developed in more than one direction so I was constantly alert. Figuring out who is who and what secrets are they hiding was like following a criminal who knows exactly what is your next step or thought. Makes it really hard to keep up.
Where They Found Her tells the story that revolves around an unidentified baby’s dead body, found in Ridgedale’s woods. The story is quite disturbing for a town as quiet as this one and Officer Steve Carlson and journalist Molly Sanderson are willing to pay higher prices to find out the culprit. On the general view this book takes us in a women’s world, where men are present just to produce “collateral” damages. Molly, Sandy, Barbara, Hannah, Nancy, Rose, Jenna and Stella are the women that rule this world. They are the center of the plot and they are connected by blood, past, present or circumstances.
Kimberly McCreight takes us back in the academic world, where trauma is about to happen. I see what she tried to do here. Combining multiple stories from past and present will make this book appealing to a large audience. Teenagers and adults alike will find this book compelling. It’s for all the mothers and daughters out there, for everyone who is ready to read something quite disturbing at deeper analysis.
Secrets and stories will keep on shocking you till the end. Nothing is what it seems and if you read Reconstructing Amelia, you’ll expect that by now. Even though I quite guessed some things, I couldn’t stop reading. It also proved to me that ignorance is bliss only for the ones who want to be stuck in their shell. Molly Sanderson is not the ignorant type and she’ll do anything to discover what happened to that baby. She does in the end, but the costs are huge. After all, knowledge comes with a price you are willing to pay the moment you engage in this journey.
I can’t give less than 5 stars to Where They Found Her. Such a complex plot you need to read to complete the puzzle. And the final sentence will be the last piece.
As you could notice by now, I do love reading. There’s a lesson to be learned from every book, you just have to dive into it and see where it gets you. But (there’s always one in 95% of the cases) there are books that simply don’t speak to. You pick them up, start reading and nothing is clicking. There’s no chemistry, nothing. So what do you do? Continue reading and discover you were right in the first place. To tell you the truth, I just give up, if nothing promising comes out after second attempt. Instead of reading a book that doesn’t attract me, I prefer to move on. It’s a bit like a love matter. You can’t stick with someone if there’s nothing there, no affection, no spark. That would be just a waste of time, no matter how many lessons that person can teach you. Maybe it’s not the right time or the right person to do so. Same with books.
In 2015 I read all kinds of books, some of them were brilliant, some were ok and some weren’t for me. Today I will list the ones I could not finish, the ones I couldn’t immerse in.
This book was recommended by my manager. She praised it so much that I decided to give it a try. Oh man, was I wrong when I decided to follow her advice. There was something about this book that was off. In the first pages of the book you find out what happens to Susie and from there on everything gets dull. Too much grieving and less action. Gave me no reasons to finish it. Am positive I won’t give it another chance. It’s not for me.
I wanted to read this book so bad and I even found it intriguing at one point. But it became tiring soon and going in a circle like a dog chasing his tail. I managed to read half of it and by that point, couldn’t help but give it rest. Just made me dizzy. I appreciated the concept and the beautiful writing style, but that wasn’t enough to make me finish it. If I have nothing interesting to read this year (which rarely happens) might give it a last try.
I mean how much bullying can someone digest in one book? I can’t, especially because am working with children. Some bullying related trauma from childhood might also be involved, but Lords of flies, wasn’t a book for me.
I wanted to red Uglies because I was still caught in the frenzy of Hunger Games. Plus I like dystopian worlds. So I decided for this YA dystopian novel which started promising, but the moment Tally decided to venture into the wild I just lost interest. A bit too cliché I guess and might have pictured the action in a different way. Won’t pick it up again.
I liked this book in the beginning, but after a while it started to give me the chills. There’s something about old photographs that creeps me out. Might be that article I read on Wikipedia about post-mortem photography. So I don’t know if I will ever finish Ransom Riggs’ book. The reviews are quite promising, though.
Well, this book was different. My colleagues said it was brilliant and gave it to me for a read, but wasn’t in the mood for it. So I just happen to pretend I read it. Luckily no one asked any questions about it as I wouldn’t have caught lyingJ.
What about you? Are there any books you couldn’t finish last year?
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