thelake: (7092: latty)
>> Finally found an awesome layout and changed [livejournal.com profile] thelake! Similiar to my old one, but wider and prettier tbh.

>> Also I started using the navigation strip. It used to be so hideous and useless, and I hid it everytime I'm customizing my layout, but now I really like it!

>> First 2 books of "A Song of Ice and Fire" series have arrived today. I'll skip the 1st one since Game of Thrones season 1 pretty much covered everything and start with the 2nd one right away. I began reading A Clash of Kings in my iphone but mobile solutions are really useless when it comes to such a huge, thick, detailed book. Hopefully I'll finish it by the time 2nd season starts. People are reading the last book and gushing over it, but look at me, a poor soul still trying to get through the 2nd one, LOL! I'm spoiled for the whole series, so no problemo, I'll just read for the details.

>> I am also reading Dan Brown's "The Lost Symbol" and even though I keep telling everyone how "formulaic" his books are, he never fails to keep me interested. I'm planning on finishing it during the week and start A Clash of Kings as soon as possible.

>> I am bored.

>> Oh and one last thing, Sirens is an awesome TV show, give it a chance. I started watching it only for Richard Madden's flawfree face, but I got hooked. Latest episode was the best of all actually and I'm kinda sad it's only 6 episodes. Ugh British TV, y u no make your seasons longer?
thelake: (Default)
>> My vacation is over, I'm back at work and at a complete loss. I have no idea what I was supposed to before I left for vacation. Oh well, it'll come to me, I'm sure.

>> Vacation was pretty boring after 3 days, but I got a very nice tan so I'm happy.

>> One thing I missed the most during my vacation is the Game of Thrones posts on both ONTD and ONTD_asoiaf. How lame of me, right? NO, YOU'RE WRONG. THEY'RE AWESOME.

>> I hate my hair today. Woke up early to straighten it, did so and as soon as I turned of the straigthner it went back to being all wavy and crappy. Oh hair, why are you doing this to me? We used to get along so well! It's the freaking humid weather, I know it.

>> I'm contemplating on buying a ticket for the last HP movie. I will either go alone on Wednesday or wait forever for someone to come with me and end up not going. So yeah. Let me check if there's still empty seats for the 7pm showing on Wednesday. I can go directly after work. It might be fun... Yup, there are plenty of empty seats EVEN ON THE MIDNIGHT SHOWING ON TUESDAY NIGHT. I'm so tempted to buy a ticket for the midnight, but also I'm pretty sure I'll fall asleep before the movie ends, so not gonna risk it.

>> Just ordered the paperback copies of the first two books on A Song of Ice and Fire series. First one is for archiving purposes, second one is for me to read properly because I got so tired of trying to read it on my iPhone.

>> It's like a thousand degrees outside, but I'm cold at the office. Hopefully I won't have a blinding headache today, because that's what happens every Monday.
thelake: (Default)
This is a fanmade short movie for the Katniss/Rue scene in Hunger Games. Absolutely amazing, high quality and full of love. If you're fan of the books and can't wait for the movie like me, watch watch watch.

(if doesn't embed click.)

Mockingjay

Aug. 27th, 2010 01:58 pm
thelake: (405: opal lost)
I finished Mockingjay a few minutes ago...All sorts of spoilers )

I'm sure I'll think of other things later, but for now I can say that the book didn't disappoint ♥
thelake: (7092: latty unbroken)
It's been really long since I've made a decent update, so I will categorize the stuff on my mind and let you all know how my life is going. I know you're interested (even though it's not going to be as exciting as I'm hoping it would be).

Let's go;

REAL LIFE:

My life lately consists of only 2 things: Heat and work. )

WRITING:

I've written 2 chapters worth of stuff 2 weeks ago >=/
I want to write more. I want to finish my current story and move on to the next one until I have nothing waiting in the queue of my mind. It's almost impossible, but I have hope. One day I'm going to look at my writing folder and see only one word document that is incomplete. ONE DAY IT'LL HAPPEN GUYS, I KNOW IT!

FAMILY:

My family literally abandoned me this weekend.I hate staying alone in the house. )

TV:

Aside from my regular summer shows (True Blood, Drop Dead Diva and WEEDS!!) I tried watching Covert Affairs. It didn't click with me. I really like both leading actors, but it feels so artificial to me, so I gave up after 4 and a half episodes. I think I'm still stuck at the Alias phase.

READING:

I'm still reading Harry Potter. Yeah, I know. BUT THOSE BOOKS ARE HUGE! I've recently finished The Goblet of Fire and I still couldn't pass the first few chapters of The Order of the Phoenix. It's going to take me a lot longer to go through that one big ass novel. I feel like sitting down and reading a book is a waste of time compared to writing one, but since I CAN'T DO THAT EITHER it makes me sad. And mad. I'm smad.

FRIENDS:

I don't want to go out because it's too hot. Therefore I don't call anyone and nobody calls me either.

OTHER STUFF:

I'm constantly in a "meh" mood. I want to feel better. As soon as the weather gets better--AND BY "BETTER" I MEAN "COLDER"--I'll be fine, but that particular period of time seems so far away at this point. I'm annoyed.

Yup, this is it. My mind feels a lot organized at the moment, thanks for listening.
thelake: (btvs: the slayer)
- I started watching Being Erica and it's delighful. I can really relate to Erica being extremely qualified, but still not being able to get what other people have. I don't have as many bad choices as her in my past, but I would love to have a chance to go back and change some stuff. (Although her meddling with the past doesn't necessarily impact her present, but she learns things in the end.)

- I also checked out half of Burn Notice 1x01 but I wasn't in the mood for spy shenanigans so I left it for later. I have the full season 1 on my computer, I'm sure the time will come :) (I promised [livejournal.com profile] katayla that I'll give it a shot!)

- I brought Prisoner of Azkaban with me to work. I really don't care what others think of my "reading activities", if you give me something to do I'd gladly put my extra-curricular activities aside and serve the purpose, but I'll go crazy (or seriously depressed) if I spend another day surfing the internet.

- I'm mildly depressed this week, I think it's because of the huge gap I had to leave between my birth control pills. My hormones are kind of confused. I'll never do that again.

- I can't stop listening to Lady GaGa. I thought I was over her, but apparently not. Show me your teeth.

- I'm so looking forward to the concert tomorrow. I really need to be around people I love. My brother will be there too! Yay! (Except I had to buy the tickets for him as well. Working big sister is spending money for her little brother. I'm awesome.) I hope he doesn't forget to pick up the ticket though...

- It's crazy hot outside and deadly cold inside. I'm going to be sick and then I'll have to cut a bitch. I have to cover my arms and chest at work to avoid the freezing breeze of the AC.
thelake: (hp: golden trio)
Oh man, I love these kids! ♥



Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone )

I'll watch the movie tonight. Book, movie, book, movie... It's going to be fun! Plus kid!trio! LOVE LOVE LOVE!
thelake: (merlin: [katie] squee!)
I bought THIS yesterday! ♥

I only read the 7th book and I wanted to have it all at once so I can get a little nostalgic for a couple of days--months to be honest, and read all HP books! Awesome, isn't it? ♥

Better late than never.
thelake: (lost: faraday)
- It's so sad to feel this uninspired today. It's Friday, it's almost weekend! Time to rest, time to be creative... Unfortunately it's not the case for me this weekend, hopefully it'll solve itself out, but I don't have any interest in doing anything.

- My bottom left wisdom tooth hurts (still), but it doesn't make any sense. I got over the wisdom tooth pain stage 3 years ago, so I'm hoping it's just a canker sore and fade away in a couple of days. If not I have to pay a visit to the dentist which makes me even more depressed at this point. Please go away pain, please?

- TV schedule is so messed up, I don't know when my regular shows will return. Isn't the Olympics over yet?

- I started reading Uglies by Scott Westerfeld and it's kind of getting boring to see "beautiful" used to describe almost everything. I'm having a hard time imagining what "beautiful" represents.

- The only upside for today is that my eyeliner looks awesome, so yes, my eyes are pretty. But other than that... blah.

holy shit!

Feb. 23rd, 2010 01:38 pm
thelake: (friends: OMG!JOEY)
Hunger Games Book 2 sudden reaction post )

HOLY COW I FINISHED IT! )
thelake: (random: writer's block)
Today's question is: can a book be truly, 100% original?

I was reading The Hunger Games (HG) yesterday and my brother came up to me, asked me what it was about and immediately after I told him the premise he said it was "a total rip off" from Battle Royale (BR) which is a thriller book written by Koushun Takami in 1999. It even has a movie.

When it comes to comparing book plots to their earlier "friends" I've been in both of the groups and I almost always stand corrected. Take Twilight. The fandom and blind love for the books and characters put me off most of the times, but I can't deny the fact that I couldn't stop reading the books and immensely enjoyed every page. I used to be a hater. I told each and every person I know that it was done in Buffy the Vampire Slayer with Buffy and Angel, starcrossed human/vampire couple bla. bla. bla. But come the fucking on, myself, you can't just judge a book by its cover. Literally.

So one day I sat down, I managed to obtain the first book of Twilight saga and I enjoyed so much that I hated myself for it. I'm a writer, too, I write so many stuff that is similiar to all kinds of different, very well known works and I was completely wrong about Twilight.

Same thing happened with BR and HG today as well. I found Battle Royale and opened up the book and after a couple of pages I realized how those people who blindly called HG "a cheap rip off" were wrong.

Comparisons, rants, questions, etc. etc. No spoilers though. )

A few months ago I sent a picture with Star Wars's general plot points striked over and names and places were replaced with the ones in Harry Potter's. It's so easy to say something was ripped off from another thing if you squeeze the big picture into the smallest frame and consider the general points. Please don't do that, be open minded and look for differences in books instead of trashing it for its similiarties to an earlier work.

I have to go home now, I don't know where this sudden rant came from, but I had to write it down :))
thelake: (vera: [althea] healer)
This brilliant book has been the highlight of my day today!
The Hunger Games (2008) is a young-adult science fiction novel written by Suzanne Collins. It is the first book of the Hunger Games trilogy. It introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world where a powerful government called the Capitol has risen up after several devastating disasters. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the ruthless and evil Capitol randomly selects one boy and one girl from each of the twelve districts, who are then pitted against each other in a game of survival and forced to kill until only one remains.

As for non-spoilery things to say; it was 100% great. I recommend it to everyone I know, just read it and see it for yourselves. It's usually really hard to make the reader care about the characters very early in a book, but Suzanne Collins manages to nail that one. Even after a couple of pages I was in Katniss' head, living & seeing everything through her eyes. I couldn't put it down (not exactly the right words to say about an e-book but you know what I mean) I even considered taking my laptop to the bathroom with me (and I might have done it, or not, who knows...).

It's been such a long time since I read something this full of action and excitement. It was extremely refreshing after reading so many fluffy love stories. This book was dark, painfully familiar and cold in terms of "big brother-ish tv shows". Overall it made me realize how it is highly possible to actually have a show like this in our televisions, right now, with a totally different title and similiar premise (hell, we have Survivor!). It shows how evil all the things we have in the name of communication: television, media, careful editing of reality shows, playing with people's emotions, but also distancing the whole world from what is real, brutal and painful with such a small tool: silver screens of out televisions. It hit me hard towards the end of the book. Watching news everyday, seeing people dying in the street corners, corpses in war fields, starving children living in mud, diseases erasing half of the population in a country... Those are real, but as long as you are not personally experiencing them, they're not real, they are images on TV, they are channels to switch off, skip so you can find something happier. It's so crazy and honestly, SCARY how humans have the ability to survive after anything and everything.

The reason I picked up this book today was because I've seen [livejournal.com profile] katayla and [livejournal.com profile] aftersix talking about how the romance in this book was something entirely different and how it was executed very well.

And onto spoiler arena... )

I recommend this with 5 stars and flying colors! Read read read.
thelake: (random: control & escape)
I felt like reading it because;

1. It's a kids book so I could read it much quicker.
2. It sounded fun.
3. Greek gods.
4. I am extremely bored at work.

Percy Jackson and the Olympians - The Lightning Thief )

I may continue reading other books when I'm bored at work, but now I'll start reading Hunger Games. I also began to read The Mortal Instruments series, but couldn't get myself to care about it that much, I can always go back pick it up again of course. I have way too much time in my hands.
thelake: (lost: what's a jear)
Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors

Oh Romeo... )

So this was the first book of my "one-book-a-month" project. Not bad, but not satisfactory either. Hence, 3 stars.
thelake: (vera: [faye/david] soulmates)
>> Seen the first snow of the year (well, first for me at least). It's cold, but not too cold and partly white all around. Trees look amazing ♥

>> Bowling tournament was fun, not OH MY GOD SO MUCH FUN YAY, but fun nonetheless. Our team couldn't win, because apparently no one on the team knew how to play bowling properly :P Balls kept steering to extreme left or right, so all together (6 people) we had 3 strikes, one of them was mine. We had 491 points the champion had 600+ LOL.

>> I'll start reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy today. It's a about a man and a boy (father and son) trying to survive in an apocalyptic world, which is one of my favourite story settings!
Edit after 13 pages: Oh god, this is the opposite of what I like in a book. It is the most confusing and all over the place, overly detailed and depressing book of all times. Considering it won the Pulitzer Prize, I can easily say that it's not a book to spend a good time with. Seriously, I won't waste my time trying to read it. It's just not my style.
DO NOT READ THIS BOOK.
Unless of course you have a ton of time and patience to waste, be my guest.

>> I'm very blah today. I think it's about the weather and the fact that I slept a bit later than I usually do last night.
thelake: (vera: gates of vera)


The Lovely Bones review, spoilers ahead )
thelake: (random: sunday morning)
Okay, bringing Lovely Bones to work was a very bad idea, very very bad idea, because I am about fail miserably at holding back my tears. This book is pretty, so sad, so pure... I seriously love it. If you haven't heard of it before (chances are very slim on that, since it was published in 2002 and there's a movie coming out) or never had a chance to read it, do it asap.
The Lovely Bones is a 2002 novel by Alice Sebold. It is the story of a teenage girl who, after being brutally raped and murdered, watches from heaven as her family and friends go on with their lives, while she herself comes to terms with her own death.

Inside the snow globe on my father's desk, there was a penguin wearing a red-and-white-striped scarf. When I was little my father would pull me into his lap and reach for the snow globe. He would turn it over, letting all the snow collect on top, then quickly invert it. The two of us watched the snow fall gently around the penguin. The penguin was alone in there, I thought, and worried for him. When I told my father this, he said, "Don't worry, Susie; he has a nice life. He's trapped in a perfect world."

Seriously guys, there are a million more amazing excerpts I can write here and I'm still on page 46! Although I don't know if I can keep reading this here at the office, I want to cry my eyes out most of the time...
thelake: (gg: chuck/blair)
>> Wednesday is my fav. day of the week. It's in the middle. Weekend is close enough to be happy and it's also far enough to still make plans!

>> I'm downloading couple of HD movies to watch when [livejournal.com profile] glenien and [livejournal.com profile] awakencordy comes over this weekend! Yay! (I have Star Trek, Gamer and Pan's Labyrinth at the moment, waiting for HP and the HBP to download.) I'll never, ever write about our meeting arrangements on LJ again! It's simply bad luck! D:

>> I am once again inspired by [livejournal.com profile] katayla to search some of the books on my amazon wishlist at my brother's university library. Managed to find 3 of them! The Road by Cormac McCarthy, Reading Like a Writer by Francine Prose (yes!) and The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Hopefully he won't forget to pick them up today after his philosophy final.

>> I have extremely puffy eyes today, because I kept waking up in the middle of the night to drink water! I ate too much pizza last night (mom's not home and I'm too lazy to cook, also goodbye my hopes of losing at least 5 pounds) and I think it was too spicy. Not good, not good at all...

>> I have to exercise. Walk, jog, run, something! I don't like how my body shape is changing. It was an absolute delight to shop after I came back from NY almost 2 FREAKING YEARS AGO and now it's just not fun anymore >=/
thelake: (community: oh that's nice)
Facebook version of Pride & Prejudice: http://www.much-ado.net/austenbook/

thelake: (arela: [allegra/conrad] kiss of pain)
The Time Traveler's Wife is my favourite book of all times so it's not unusual to find it in random places around the house. Whenever I see it, I open a random page and read. Here's today's "omg, this book owns my heart and soul" part;
Clare snores, quiet animal snores that feel like buldozers running through my head. I want my own bed, in my own apartment. Home sweet home. No place like home. Take me home, country roads. Home is where the heart is. But my heart is here. So I must be home. Clare sighs, turns her head, and is quiet. Hi, honey, I'm home. I'm home.

*teary eyed* This book is spectacular. So simple, yet so powerful. You should all read it!

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