Hey what’s up readers? Today’s post isn’t anything book-related but I hope you’ll enjoy it nontheless. I went to Mt. Takao, a mountain 599 m high in Japan and the autumn leaves were so beautiful that I want to share a video with you guys. Enjoy! 😄❤🍁
You can watch it on YouTube here.
That’s it for today, thank you guys for watching! 😄❤
What’s up readers? We’re already past half of November and I think it’s a bit late to post a wrap up of books I’ve read last month but anyway, here are the books I’ve read last October with my thoughts and reviews about it. 😊📚❤
1. Find Your Awesome by Judy Clement
In a perfect world, maybe you wouldn’t need a 30-day challenge to find and fall in love with your most playful, imaginative, and colorful self, but we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in a fast-paced, high-octane society where feeling lost in the jostling crowd is the norm and finding our own significance is oftentimes the biggest challenge of all.
2. Breaking Up Is Hard to Do But You Could Have Done Better by Hilary Fitzgerald Campbell
Anonymous break up stories from men and women, old and young, serious and silly and the cartoons that inspired them. Author and artist Hilary Campbell turns the painful into the hilarious, validating emotions from forgotten middle school tragedies to relationships that ended only hours ago.
In 1973, the Wilcox family sets off to sail around the world aboard the 40-foot sailboat, Vela. Thirteen months later, they are shipwrecked on a coral reef, with surf tearing a huge hole in the side of their boat. After years invested in saving money, preparing the boat, and learning to navigate by the stars, parents Chuck and Dawn refuse to give up. Fourteen-year-old Garth is determined to continue, while eleven-year-old Linda never wanted to go in the first place. Can they overcome the emotional, physical and financial challenges to transform from castaways into circumnavigators?
-Very inspirational. A must read to those who love travelling. While reading, it made me feel like I was voyaging together with them. It’s a true story and I’m very awed by how a family of four has managed to successfully sail around the world despite the countless trials they faced while at sea. Their resilience and perseverance has been tested again and again in this unforgettable journey of the Wilcoxes.
4. Why LA Pourquoi Paris? by Diane Ratican
Why LA, Pourquoi Paris? represents a visionary approach to a comparative study of two major, contemporary metropolises. As a long-time resident of both cities and a successful entrepreneur, author Diane Ratican curates visual pairings of Los Angeles and Paris with a newfound appreciation for their similarities, differences, and eccentricities.
With people having to “cut back,” Becky decides to throw a surprise party for Luke to cheer everyone up. But when costs start to spiral out of control, she must decide whether to accept help from an unexpected source–and therefore run the risk of hurting the person she loves.
Sophie Kinsella is my favorite chick lit author and as always, she never disappoints me with every shopaholic series book I pick up. Becky Brandon neé Bloomwood is a likeable character because in spite of debilitating circumstance after another, she always has a solution to everything despite how crazy and unique her ideas are. Becky’s no ordinary character and that’s what I like about her. I love love love Luke Brandon’s charcter as well. I mean, who can not be attracted to him? And Minnie! OMG! She’s kind of spoiled but very adorable. Oh God, I can’t imagine how Minnie will turn out as a teenager but I’m sure Becky will figure out how to raise Minnie to be a proper lady. Haha All in all, a very hilarious and sassy read! 😄
6. That Place of Knowledge by Philip Alan Shalka
It all begins when Sabre is assigned to an autistic, non-verbal, boy who seems to have an adventurous streak. One sunny summer afternoon, the usual swim in the pool leads to an under water trap door opening a passage to a secret city. There, time seems to have stood still since Ancient Greece. Sabre is right at his side as Philip encounters the philosopher Aristotle. Their conversations centre on a shared desire to seek knowledge, learning and happiness. Philip’s questions incite deep revelations, not only about himself but also about life in general. He gains insight and knowledge from Aristotle and it is clear that the philosopher also quite enjoys the company of his new friends.
-So many lessons within a short book. Wonderfully and skillfully written. Short and precise with his storytelling, author, Philip Alan Shalka takes you to that place called knowledge where he gets you thinking and the mysteries of life.
7. The Time And The Place by Donna K. Drago
During her inaugural trip to France in 2012, the American author experiences her first case of “love at first sight,” but it’s not a man that turns her head–it’s a country. She falls in love with the villages, the décor, food, wine and the lifestyle. Once back at home she becomes obsessed with the idea of owning her own place in France and begins her own vigilant search for a dream cottage. She allows herself to be drawn in and charmed by the clock tower’s wonky and sporadic clanging. Pour a glass of rose’ and sip along as she signs the contract and spends five whirlwind days making the house her own. Then relish the moments when she finally sits down and blissfully savors the first glass of wine on her new French balcony.
-Most of the time, I read fiction to get out of everyday stress by escaping from reality for a while but reading non-fiction every once in a while is something I try to do. When I finished reading Beginning French, I was scrolling through Amazon and “The Time and The Place by Donna K. Drago” popped up as one of the recommended books. Realizing that it is another book about France, specifically buying a house in France, it got my attention (I don’t plan buying a house there but it’s fun to know about how people buy houses in another country – all the preparations and whatnot). It was a very short but insightful read and I had fun reading along how the author shopped and
Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts on these books? Let me know in the comment section below. 👇😊
What’s up readers? I’ve been nominated for The Liebster Award by the gorgeous Rebecca in her blog, Rebecca Rose, where she blogs about her love for all things beauty, baking and interior related. Check out her lovely blog here.
Rules for this Award:
Create a new post thanking the person who nominated you, providing their link in the post.
Also, include award logo.Answer the questions provided.
Make a new set of 10 questions for your nominees to answer.
Nominate 10 others and share your post with them so they can see it.
1. In about a paragraph, tell me about your blog, what it is about, why you run it, or anything else?
My blog is a book blog with all things book-related. Recently though, I’ve been writing some posts about my life beyond just books and reading. I started blogging to express my ideas and thoughts about books I’ve read and to recommend books to people. I think it’s a great way to interact with those who have the same interests as mine.
2. Why do you think, at this point, that your life is worth living?
I think my life is worth living because of my family, close friends, and readers of my blog. They are the reason why I get up in the morning and excited to start each day.
3. How do you see yourself in the future?
I like to be positive when talking about the future so I would most probably still be running this blog and youtube channel and hopefully become a translator. I also see myself as traveling the world and still getting excited to wake up each day for new adventures.
4. What makes you emotional? Interactions with people or movies or books or anything?
Words make me emotional when reading and movies make me emotional too but I think I’m most emotional when listening to a song while feeling the melody and lyrics especially when that song reminds me of the past.
5. If, right now, you had the chance to stop living your routine life for a week, what would you do?
If I had the chance, I would travel to a different country and get lost in their culture and the newness of things.
6. Are you an early bird or a night owl?
I’m a night owl during weekdays and an early bird during weekends. I find I’m more focused during the night when most people are asleep so I make homeworks late at night and read a book before sleeping and that’s when my creativity is highest and when I get more stuff done. An early bird during weekends because I wake up early and I’m always super excited to start the day on Saturdays and Sundays because I can change my routine since there are no classes. I usually have many things planned for weekends mostly a list of books to read. 😂
10. What is the one thing you’ve done that you’re most proud of?
If you didn’t know, I uploaded a video on my Youtube channel where I take you guys with me to the bookstore so if you want to come with me, just click the link below to be directed to my video. 😄 See you there! 😁https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0k799IestTY
What’s up readers? I just uploaded a video on my Youtube channel where I take you guys with me to the bookstore so if you want to come with me, just click the link below to be directed to my video. 😄 See you there! 😁
What’s up readers? I’m finally doing a giveaway and I’m so excited! 😄 Instober and Blogtober just finished last month and to celebrate the success, I’m giving back to you guys through this giveaway.
In one of my previous posts, I asked you guys what book you want me to give away and there were no (specific) books that you wanted so I had a hard time deciding.
Dan Brown is one of my favorite authors and I’m sure many of you are fans of his books too and since he just realeased another book last month with the title “Origin,” I think it’ll be a perfect choice of book to give away. ☺
How to Enter the Giveaway:
1. Repost this picture (on Instagram) with the hashtag #instobersuccessgiveaway and #blogtobersuccessgiveaway
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3. In the comment section of this post, tag 3 book lovers to join this giveaway.
4. Comment on any of my Instober AND Blogtober posts. Let me know what post you like best and why.
…..yes, this giveaway is international. ☺
This giveaway will be until the 29th of November and I will be announcing the winner 30th of November.