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Stephen King’s “Salem’s Lot”, Nescafe and Unknown Mortal Orchestra.

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Midweek chill

I just took shower and I feel so refreshed and relaxed. I used a new body nourishing soft oil balm that I bought on my way home from work and I feel even more refreshed and nice. I smells like a cupcake because it has ingredients such as almond extract and shea butter.

I’m in my favorite soft fleece pajama pants, just to get the full chill experience of the night. I’m having a cup of Lipton’s classic black tea and some roasted almonds. I’m finishing “Something Wicked This Way Comes” by Ray Bradbury, while listening to the crazy good “Havana Cultura: ¡Súbelo, Cuba!” songs.

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Feels good to be on my own with no obligations for couple of hours.

A book, a coffee and a park

There’s nothing more I love doing on a day off than going to my favorite place in the city with the book I’m currently reading, to just relax and enjoy a cup of coffee.

I’ve got my back against a tree, fully relaxed seating on the grass. My face is under a deep shadow, but my legs are getting sun tanned and it feels good to feel the heat on my skin. There is a nice chilly breeze brushing my face and hair, from time to time. It keeps reminding my how good it it’s to be alive.

Rad Bradbury’s “Something Wicked This Way Comes” goes well with a coconut macchiato. The taste of the Summer and the story of the Autumn. The sparkling of the water gets my attention between lines, just enough to gather my thoughts and go along with Jim’s and Will’s carnival adventure. People are passing by me, enthralled in their conversation. Friends, couples, pets, individuals. People living their life.

After finishing my coffee and couple of chapters, I’ve recharged my battery’s with my favorite protein bar and took a long walk all around the park to empty my head of the bad energy from the negative events that build up during the entire week.

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Books I’ve read in the past couple of months

I haven’t written a post about the books I’ve been reading since March! I’m bewildered!

Sadly, I haven’t had much time to read as I use to, between changing jobs and trying to adapt to them and trying to learn how to draw on my new tablet. And doing photography as I always do. But there are few that I read and I  want to share my thoughts.

After I finished “The Island of Dr. Moreau” by H. G. Wells, I’ve read “The Shining” by Stephen King. “The Pet Cemetary” was the first SK book I’ve read in my life and I read it in January this year. I started reading “The Shining” someday in March and finished it someday in April. Those were the days that I worked in the hotel as a receptionist.

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What a terrible idea. 😀

I was working third shifts and reading this book. The hotel would be so quite at night, you could here the lights making noise. Noise that would sound so loud in moments when you’re fighting your natural need for sleep. I would get so deep into Kings story that I would literally get creeped out when the wind would make the door crack a bit. Or when the 5-gallon water dispenser would suddenly start buzzing when it was working on cooling the water.

Nonetheless, I loved “The Shining”. Every traumatic and frighting scene that the characters went through made me feel a bit uncomfortable. I especially loved the illusions Jack would get into at the hotel bar, how they were described in details. I also loved the scene when Danny would finally get inside room 237. Even though I felt sorry for him, it was a great moment, a moment that probably freaked me out the most. That’s one of the reasons I was really disappointed of Stanley Kubrick movie. He didn’t show that scene and many others that are very important to the story. I understand it’s a movie and there too many scenes and details in the books, but the movie is definitely rushing through the story and is failing to fully show the suspense and the horror that the family is going through.

Anyway, I loved the book. Quickly after I finished it, I bought another one from King, “Salem’s Lot”, but I haven’t got around it yet.

After “The Shining”, I’ve read “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.

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I parallel read the book and watched the second season of the tv series. It’s one of the best stories I’ve read/saw in a while. I like it so much, I don’t know what I like more, the book or the series. The book is more focused on June’s thoughts throughout all of the horrors she’s going through which I really like. And the series are showing the same feelings, but with less talk/thoughts, more through tones and atmosphere. I love the cinematography, all of the slow motion shots, the details. Simply amazing.

Then, I moved on to my man, H. G. Wells. For my birthday, my boyfriend got me a huge book with selected works of Wells. So I thought that would be my main entertainment for the summer.

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I started “The War of the World” in the middle of June and I still haven’t finished it. Mainly because I just don’t have enough time and also because, when I went to a r’n’r weekend in Peshtani on the 7th and 8th of July, I started another book because I wanted to read something while chilling on the beach and I simply couldn’t drag along a book as big as “The Selected Works”.

I think Wells will forever be one of my favorite authors. He wrote amazing sci-fi stories at the and of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th! He indeed was ahead of his time. I was really excited to read “The War of the World” and I couldn’t find a copy to buy. So this selected version works great! So far, it’s good, just the typical Wells writing and imagination. I have half more to go through, but I’m in no hurry. I know that once I read all of his stories I’ll be sad that there are no more left to read. So, not in hurry.

The one that I started reading in July is a great book by a Macedonian writer.

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It could be translated to “Sour cherry chronicles” and it’s written by Frosina Parmakovska. The books has three parts in which the main character tells us what he’s going through in three different periods of his life. In the first part he’s six and he lives in a village. In this period he shares his first experience with love for a girl, death of a close one, friendship with another boy of his age and other things that will forever shape his character. In the second part, he shares his time of being a student in the capitol city of Macedonia, away from his family. There, he meets his best friend from the first part, when they were six. Together they go through lots of stuff, struggles and enjoyments. But all throughout the first and the second part, the main character talks about the love he has for the girl he fell in love with when he was six. All he wants is to meet her again, marry her and live life with her, in the village with lots of sour cherry trees. In the third part, he finally meets her. But, she’s different than he imagines her to be throughout all of the years. The end of the book is far different than I though it would be. I think it’s a perfect ending, even though I feel sad and angry about it. Anyway, it’s an amazing book and I hope it will be translated to other languages so people can enjoy this great story around the world.

I just finished it couple of days ago. I need some time to recover from the story. It was that powerful.

I plan to finish “The War of the World” and than maybe start “Salem’s lot”.

So many books, so little time.

Obsessed with H.G.Wells

In the past two weeks I’ve been reading 2 books by H.G.Wells: “The Invisible Man” and “The Island of Dr. Moreau”. Ever since I read “The Time Machine” I’ve been obsessing with Wells. He’s such a fun story teller with amusing imagination.

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“The Invisible Man” has a very unique story about an albino man who managed to make himself invisible through experiments. Ever since he suffered the change, he’s been encountering all sort of conflicts with different people. The end of the story seem a little weak, but all in all it’s an interesting book telling a weird period of a persons life.

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This one is more entertaining with it’s mystery and horror elements. A person gets stuck on an island where a crazy doctor lives with a friend of his and bunch of his experiments. He struggles to survive and find a way to get out of the island and go back to his home.

All in all, I find “The Time Machine” most interesting of all, so far. All of his stories are uniquely  distinctive and a little bit of peculiar. Lots of mystery, little bit of fantasy and sci-fi and just enough of drama.

Currently reading: “Flight To Arras” by Antoine de Saint Exupery

Finally, I have stronger concentration to be reading more books. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve read 3 books and now I’m on to my 4th. After “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” I’ve read “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells and it was AMAZING!

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It’s not a life changing book, but it’s so fun. That’s what I needed at the moment and I’ve really glad I stumbled upon his book. I also bought “The Invisible Man” and I wanted to read it after “The Time Machine”, but I book another 3 books and I’ve read 2 of them instead. Those are:

“The Golden Cangue” by Eileen Chang and “The Bathroom” by Jean Philippe Toussaint. I had high expectations for the first one, but I didn’t really enjoyed it that much. At moments it was boring, and that when it ended I felt a wave of sadness and realized it wasn’t that bad. The second one was a fun story and I kinda liked it. Both of this books are short and you can read them in one seating and they are more of a story to entertain your evening.

At the moment I’m reading “Flight to Arras” by Antoine de saint Exupery.

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I’ve just started reading it so I still don’t know if I liked it. Next on my reading list a 2 other books of his, so I hope they will be entertaining.