Monday, August 22, 2016

5 Reasons Why I love Reading Your Blog

I love reading various blog posts. Not just the bookish type, actually. I also subscribe to beauty, fashion, fitness and lifestyle blogs. It is amazing that today there's a blog for every niche possible. I also prefer blogs to a magazine website, for example, because I get to see the writer behind is and somehow it makes it more interesting.

I have seen bloggers come and go, many of my favorites decided to stop blogging and it saddened me. Well, I guess that's just what life is, but I also learned that blogging, in general is here to stay. As long as there's the internet, blogs will stay alive. If any of you recognize me as one of your subscriber/follower, consider your blog has one (or more) of these traits:

You write with your own voice, this is the reason I landed on your blog home page in the first place. Your voice and personality captured me. You are unique and know how to make yourself stand out from the crowd. You make sure that your blog doesn't look (or sound) like governmental website. Where's the fun in that, really?

Monday, August 15, 2016

Freebies : Three Printable Quotes to Brighten Up Your Day

Hello everyone! Here I am again bringing you more freebies. I actually enjoy turning quotes into something decorative. Who doesn't love pretty words, anyway. I decided that this will be a continuous feature, though I can't say it's going to be regular thing because sometimes inspiration won't come as you want it to. Ugh! So, below are three printable quotes for you to download. They're absolutely free for all my readers. No need to sign up for anything, no string attached. I just want to share these lovely quotes to you and hope you will enjoy it as much as I do!

Oscar Wilde (Live!)

"Live! Live the wonderful life that is in you! Let nothing be lost upon you. Be always searching for new sensations. Be afraid of nothing."

Rumi (Fly!)

"You were born with potential. You were born with goodness and trust. You were born with ideals and dreams. You were born with greatness. You were born with wings. You are not meant for crawling, so don't. You have wings. Learn to use them and fly."

... and say hello!

These prints are in standard 8 x 10 inches standard photo size (10R). You can print them with your home printer. For best result, I strongly recommend to have them professionally printed at photo lab or print shop. They have better paper, they know how to set the colors ... well, it's just easier. You can download them here : Printable quotes

I hope you like them, people. Thank you so much for reading (and downloading), see you again at the next post!

Don't forget to click the "Freebies" section at the top of the page for more free stuffs!

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Review : The Paris Key by Juliet Blackwell

Title: The Paris Key
Author : Juliet Blackwell
Publication date : September 1st 2015 by NAL 

Family secrets is one of my new soft spots. A book about locksmith is unusual and since The Paris Key  has a nice combo, I decided to read it, especially since it is set in Paris. Ever since I read more and more contemporary/chicklit books, I discovered that there are so many books set it France. I wonder why?

Genevieve Martin's marriage was crumbling apart and to make things worse, her locksmith uncle who loved in Paris passed away. Genevieve thought it was time to move on and take over her uncle's lock business despite of her minimal knowledge of lock and keys. As Genevieve unlocked more and more doors she found out that she also unlocked the family secrets that had been buried for decades that almost no one had discovered.

Monday, August 8, 2016

So, I Tried Listening To Audio Book and This Is What I Think of It

I never thought I would give a try on audio book. I believed it is not the same as reading because you actually don't hold the book on your hands. See, I was naive and being a cow. So, after all these years I finally decided to try it and I am glad I did. There are some reasons that caused my hesitation, though. First, I am not a native English speaker. Although I can understand different accents, I am still not confident enough when it comes to dialects. What if the narrator has a heavy accents that is hard to understand?

Now that I have given audio books a try, I realized that it's actually a stupid reason. Why? Because I found out that audio book narrators are carefully selected people, many of them are even real actors/actresses, they know what they're doing. It's very unlikely that they narrate it with some weird accents nobody can understand. Narrating a story also means that they also have to read dialogues between two or more people, and as an actor/actresses, it's like their daily meal. The narration is the monologue, the dialogue is the... well, dialogue. 

Second, I am into quotes. Audio book doesn't allow me to highlight a sentence to quote it later. Maybe this is the minus of audio books, but I learned to deal with it. Nothing is perfect, but it has a different way to compensate it, by being extremely convenient. What I love about audio books is you can read listen to them while you're doing your daily activity. In my case, I listen to it while at work, doing my task. Mind you, my task doesn't demand full concentration, so having my attention divided between work and book is not really a problem. This might not work if you are trying to solve a math problem or something like that.

Thursday, August 4, 2016

Review : Eragon by Christopher Paolini

Title : Eragon (Inheritance #1)
Author : Christopher Paolini
Publication date : April 2005 by Knopf Books for Young Readers

Fantasy lovers, raise your hands is you haven't read this series! I am a little ashamed to admit that I know almost nothing about Eragon (except for the boy and his dragon ride, of course). You know, this series was big here in my country. I still remember bookstores hung around the posters with gimmicks like "the next Harry Potter" or something like that. People were so... into Harry Potter back then. 

I watched the old Eragon movie. Can't remember the story, it was a long long time ago when the world was young and the hearts were pure. I actually was quite impressed with it but years after that, I wondered why they don't make the rest of the books into screen. I have this weird belief in me that when they stop making sequel movies, there's always something wrong. It could be the film makers to blame, or it could be the book that sucks (still remember This is why I read Eragon. I need to find out what's wrong, and I hope it's not the books.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Gosh, This Is Awkward! : Identical Book Covers

I am a fan... nope, I am a sucker for pretty covers. Many books I added to my to-read list is because I think the cover is lovely. I also have this weird hobby of window-shopping around the web (a.k.a. Goodreads) for book covers hoping to refresh my eyes. I am sure I am not the only one with this habit, but hey, who doesn't love lovely art on their books?

For this particular post, I'd like to highlight some lovely books that actually have identical twins. Yup, different books, same covers. I think it's somehow unavoidable especially if you're using stock images to decorate your book. Some photographers are extremely talented, they consistently take great pictures it only makes sense that many people will fall in love with their work.