Wrap-up: December 2017

Hello lovelies! Only two days remain in this year and so it’s time to check which books I read this past month. I managed to read 6 books which is pretty good since I was busy with school and didn’t publish anything for two weeks (shame on me, I know). So these are the books I read in December:

  • The Screaming Staircase by Jonathan Stroud (Lockwood & Co. 1)
  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  • Tisoč in ena noč – za otroke
  • Siva dama by Sabina Ε trubelj
  • The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater
  • Lost & Found by Anna B. Doe (New York Knights 1)

My personal favourite was The Scorpio Races which was just amazing. I loved the book and it took me a while to figure out that the story actually takes place on an island somewhere near Scotland/Ireland and the story is based on Celtic legends (I wasn’t aware of that when I bought the book, I just knew I needed to own all the books that Maggie Stiefvater has ever written). The biggest thing that you notice in the book is how much work did the author invest in creating the atmosphere. It feels like you are right there on Thisby, you can breathe it and smell it. I took my time with this book, I read it for three days, three whole days because I went slowly from one sentence to the next. No regrets here. It went straight to my top favourites.

The most disappointing read of December was Milk and Honey. You can read my review in the last post. Again I have to say that I’m not a fan of poetry but even I know what poetry is supposed to make you feel and this here isn’t it. I seriously don’t understand people who worship this poetry collection.

Next I read a fairy tale collection in my native language (yes, I do occasionally read in Slovenian). It was a cute book, basically a collection of stories from the Arabian Nights and the illustrations were really beautiful so I was glad to have bought the book on the book fair I went to last month. I read this book in the evenings when I was done with all the school work and it was a nice way of relaxing before going to bed.

Another Slovenian book I read this month was Siva dama (The Gray Lady). This book was actually given to me by the author herself as a Secret Santa present. I was so surprised to receive the book and was super happy to see it signed because I have very little signed books. The story was pretty good but I didn’t really love it so I only gave it four stars on Goodreads.

And the last book I read was Lost & Found, a romance novel which was sent to me by the author in exchange for an honest review. What I love about this book is the fact that it was written by a young Croatian author whose native language is (naturally) Croatian. So she managed to write an entire book in a language that isn’t her first. I also write in English which isn’t my mother tongue so I know how much work it takes to do it and I just have to say congratulations on the job well done. It really doesn’t show that English is her second language and I think that deserves an applaud.

So these are the books I read in December. The Scorpio Races was by far the best and I urge you to read it if you are a fan of YA fantasy literature. It’s really really good. Maggie Stiefvater is such a creative writer, she plays with the language in a way that makes you feel as though you are the character and that you’re basically living inside her books and for me that is what good literature is all about. She is a constant source of inspiration and I can’t wait to read All the Crooked Saints although that will mean I’ve read all of her work and I’ll have to wait for her next book to come out (please let it be about Ronan).

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Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

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Normally I don’t read poetry but since this book has such a hype about it, I decided to make an exception and see what it was all about. To be honest I always consider best-selling books with a certain reserve because I’ve more than once read them and felt like they didn’t deserve the praise they got. The Night Circus for example was one of such books and The Miniaturist. Milk and honey is definitely the next on the list.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s not like I hate poetry, quite the opposite, I think it is magical how poets can express themselves in such a beautiful way but this book just doesn’t feel poetic AT ALL. It’s not the lack of rhymes either, because I love modern poems that don’t rhyme. You can tell a lot in a mere sentence. A SENTENCE. But this here is just, agh, so disappointing.

My friend said to me that the reason why I didn’t like the book is because I’m not in the “right place and time” meaning I don’t know what a break up feels like. Well I also don’t know what it’s like to do magic but JK Rowling made a pretty convincing way of demonstrating it to me. It’s the way this book is written that gets on my nerves.

You probably know what the book is about so I won’t bore you with the synopsis. I absolutely hated how the author kept whining about break ups and men and how she can exist on her own (well obviously not if all you wrote about is men!). You can literally just add music, turn the poems into lyrics and you’ve got yourself a new Taylor Swift album!

Some poems were pretty good, I agree (nothing innovative though, I seriously don’t understand the hype) but most of them were just

mere

(average,

overly-used,

pathetic)

sentences

written

like

this.

Because apparently this is consider poetry.

By the end of the book I got so frustrated, I wanted to flush the book down the toilet! (Which I didn’t because I borrowed it from a friend.) This poetry is supposed to be feministic yet the main theme is problems with men. Could you please stop fixating your entire life on men and start doing something relevant with it? I honestly cannot believe that people actually love this book and feel inspired by it. Please read other poets, Keats for example, and you’ll see what love poetry REALLY IS.

You should see my face right know. Just writing about this book makes me frustrated again.

Come here, Christmas!

Howdie, dear readers! I apologize for not being active in the last two weeks, school was intense and I had zero energy. But now it has finally ended and I’m on my Christmas vacation which will last for two weeks. How exciting is that? πŸ˜€ I already started binge reading and I’m looking forward to receiving my Christmas gifts (I already know what’s in them) because I want to read the books I’ll. Which books are that, you must be wondering? The first is The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater who is my favourite YA author and the second is The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman. Seriously, tomorrow evening cannot come soon enough.

What was I up to in the past two weeks? Not much. I was busy with school and procrastination, I (sort of) learned how to use a professional camera and I worked on changing and adapting my IG theme. Our professor kindly loaned us his camera for a week and I got to play around with it for a day. It was so fun, I felt like a real pro. It was also really hard to figure out how to use it. Luckily my best friend’s brother gave me a short lesson and I managed to take some pretty decent photos. I went for a walk and ended up taking photos at the local cemetery (as one does) and one photo turned out pretty good. Here it is:

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Then we went exploring a local church and I took some photos there but I wasn’t really happy with them. I learned how to use the portrait filter and my best friend kindly agreed to model for me. And then I looked around the winter fairytale and played some more. Here are my best photos:


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Last weekend I was busy writing a paper and planning a photoshoot so I did a bit of research to figure out what my theme will be, which photos I liked the best etc. My personal favourites are the ones that are nature themed but I can’t very well go outside and hang around in this rain and mist taking photos all day (well I can but it won’t look good) so I moved my shoot indoors and my sister helped me out. We managed to take like 15 or so photos so I don’t have to worry about that for a while.

When school ended I was finally able to see my friends again and it was super fun going for a cup of coffee and ending up talking for like 4 hours. We both ordered a latte, an apple pie and then later on shared a toast because we were getting hungry. Just so you know how long we chatted. I drank like a liter of water and had to go to the toilet at least five times. But it was so great, to just chat about different things and not worry about homework.

My plans for the holidays are quite simple: read as much as possible and try to write something. Anything. I also started watching a new TV series, Arrow, so that may take up some (a lot) of my time. But who cares, it’s Christmas!

Just one more photo, I promise. I used the micro thingy that you fasten on the camera (wow, I sound like a real pro) and I really like the way this photo turned out.

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Yeah, those are my books in the background. Happy holidays, everyone!

Where art thou, dear Santa?

Yes, I love Christmas. Not just the getting presents part because I love shopping for Christmas and birthday gifts, but I also love the atmosphere and the songs and the movies and the overall spirit. I love baking cookies, watching the snow fall, decorating the Christmas tree and last year I even started singing carols (though I wasn’t any good at it). But there are still two weeks left till Christmas and for me that means two weeks of intense school work. I am in physical pain right now!

All I want to do is chill and eat candy and read books that have been on my tbr pile for way too long, but do I get to do that? Nope. A big fat NO SIREE. All my professors have jointly decided that December is the month for projects. I mean some of them are actually really interesting but they take a lot of time and then there are these other assignments (a long paper on some random topic, I honestly don’t know what we’re supposed to write) and it’s all just too much!

December is one of the best months of the year but I’m more stressed than I’ve been in the last couple of months. True, some of that is due to my procrastination skills (I am a master of that) but then there are these last minute assignments that make me wanna scream and shout “I don’t have time, you fool!”. Anyhow, I am counting down days till Christmas break. Funny enough I only have six more days of actual classes left but a tone of work to do at home.

I had such lovely plans of reading my way through December. What an idiotic idea. I’ll be happy to read for a week during the holidays. And I already planned on reading Drums of Autumn by Diana Gabaldon because reading Outlander series has sort of become my Christmas tradition. And I already know Santa will bring me The Book of Dust by Philip Pullman so that is next on my reading list! ?

This post is so not fun and I realise that. Sorry that I keep on ranting; I just tend to feel better if I write things down. I’m currently listening to Silent Night on youtube and I can already smell the Christmas spirit. Not yet, though. Not just yet. I haven’t been posting regularly on my IG account because I wasn’t at home during the week and I didn’t take enough photos on weekend to last me for the week. I’m planning on hosting a little photo shooting tomorrow to make up for that. Because apparently I don’t have anything else to do.

I hope you’re all doing better than me and enjoying this beautiful and festive month. What are your plans for Christmas and New Year’s Eve? I’m spending Christmas with my family and New Years’ with my best friend. Or maybe I’ll just stay at home and have a movie night by myself. I honestly don’t care about New Year’s Eve. It’s too commercialised for my taste. Besides there’s nothing better than being tucked under a soft blanket watching your favourite movie. Unless there’s chocolate. Chocolate makes everything better.

Enjoy your weekend and have fun for me as well! I’ll be stuck indoors, writing my paper (or trying to write it at least).