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Regarding book reviews, I do mention before hand if they contain spoilers; and if I do give out a little information it wont kill the story for you -I promise.

I try my best to give a general idea of the book rather than going through details and discussing the story. There are so many blogs out there that can help in that matter , I like to help decide in a much simpler way.

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Posted by S.N on November 18, 2017 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

During my class (OCTOBER 27, 2017) I was given an object. And from that object I was supposed to meaningfully connect it with my practice, to rationalize the incongruity.




I was given a "screw".

Looking at it and studying its shape all I was able to come up with is the following:

That colors are like a screw. Taking black for example and giving it a form a tangible physical form (screw) it can be easily divided into three parts. (see image below)




The material used and the design of it is the first what we see at the first glance, but what pigment we choose and how much of it is used and the tone of it impacts the viewer with ideas.


Let us go back to the screw.



What is a screw?

It is a type of fastener, sometimes similar to a bolt, typically made of metal. And characterized by a helical ridge ‘thread’.

The common use for screws are: to hold objects together and position them.

Let’s bring back colors again.

Colors are also some type of fastener that hold societies interest by discussing the latest trend and shade of color “thread”.

The common use of color is to be shared and positioned into trends.


Which screw is right to use? Which color should we use?

In everything in life measurements are taken into consideration. Different shapes and sizes of screws are used accordingly.

The same goes to colors. Colorists have been the ones to shape society’s trends by forecasting THE color that would work for whatever season and occasion, therefore colors have been given a definition and an agenda. 





PT. 2: what are colors?

Posted by S.N on November 18, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)


Based on research, black and white has been a topic of interest and discussion of whether they are truly colors or not. My previous post shows the research I have done to define colors. But here I would like to explore a different angle of black and white and colors in general. A different sense and direction.



Sometimes we look past the pigments and focus on how those pigment is visually shaped into. In the above picture we can see that black and white are no more colors but are mere patterns.

To get a better understanding. The next image will show you vertical lines of black and white, but are very different. Same colors and vertical lines but with different results because the patterns are slightly different. So we exclude colors here at the first glance and recognize the deference by patterns. Black and white are patterns in this specific image.


Not getting it. Well, let us move on to the next image.

We can see a hand of two children with different skin color. We say black and white skin. But technically they are not truly black or white, but more brown and tan. Black and white here are used to reference skin color, therefore the topic of racism in many discussions. Black and white here are not colors but ideas.


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the above image strictly – in my point of view- gives a very different meaning than the previous image with hands, this image erases the sense of commonly known term of colors into RACE. Black and white here is RACE.


Moving on. Let us dissect the two main controversial colors black and white.





What is black?


Black is texture.


Black is an elegant dress. a fluffy dress, a long dress, a short dress.
Just a dress



 Black is cute, black is sexy, black is practical. Not a fluffy dress but CUTE, not a short dress but SEXY, not ripped and sleevless but PRACTICAL.

Let’s increase the amount of black and see what black is.


Black is elegant, black is glamorous. (In a party situation/ event)









Black is business. Black is formal.


Let us add more black, be covered in it. What is black then?


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Black is fashion.

Let us change the gender....



LET'S SEE:
STILL FASHION

HMMM. WHAT ABOUT THE NEXT IMAGE?





BLACK IS A CELEBRITY . (Actor Chris Hemsworth)

Since we took this route, let explo
re more.





Black is a hero, a character, cosplayer. 

Let us take the setting into account.

In the bellow image. All in black is a ninja. Black is a ninja. 


 In a movie set: black is a ninja.

In a park: black is a cosplayer or weird bordering to scary.


The next image will show you a different definition.
Black as scary, black is a conflicting emotion and black is religion/ terrorist.



Black has been stripped out of its pigment definition and into a societies perception and ideology.
How much of black is acceptable?

In the following image, three women are covered but still defined in a religious aspect. But which of them are approachable? Which of them are easy to communicate with? Or less scary?




Now let us go backwards with white, and consider the difference between it with black, and note how you define and feel about every picture. Listen to yourself on how you describe the images, and think about it. What you will describe is the definition of white.



What is white?














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Moving on to colors.




Black and white are important and major factors in defining other colors. In design programs you always see black and white at the opposite end of the color spectrum, and the rest of the colors come in between.

We see so much of the colors and have so much to choose from, yet we use a few of them in a particular project, outfit. Etc.

I thought about using all colors together, will they create chaos? And what is color harmony. I thought of looking at splashes of colors but ended up thinking think they would result in as a piece of art.- probably.

So I thought why not look for musical videos and find one with a pop of color or has so much colors. I found one of a Korean boy band performing on stage with so much colors going on, their hair, their outfits and the stage itself. I found it very interesting because artists always have a reason for their decisions. And the reason is color is life, love, and self-image. So there you go, color is defined, always defined.


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But then when is it chaos and when is it harmony? There is no specific way to measure it, because people are the ones that define a jumble of colors and determine when it is artistic, chaotic, beautiful, creative and messy. Definition shifts according to population, society and culture. There is no default and a set standard when it comes to color, like how words and sentences change through time. The word “sick” is literally an illness back then and now it can mean many different things like “cool”.

PT. 1: what are colors? (ONLINE RESEARCH)

Posted by S.N on November 18, 2017 at 4:15 PM Comments comments (0)

There are no such thing as black and white colors? So what are colors?

Part 1 (Online Research)

Things to keep in mind, research and discuss:

-Colors in political representation

-Color Theory

-Color in Chemistry

-What is a true black and a true white color?

-Do colors define class? Money?

-Do colors defines a hero and a villain?

-Black and white mean straight forwardness.

-How are colors made?

-Evolution of black and white TV to colored TV.

-Can the rest of the color spectrum replace black?

-What is Black and what is white?

-How are colors perceived.

-Color and blind people? Color and people with color blindness?

-Learn the facts of colors first.


Online research findings:

Research done below are from:

https://www.colormatters.com/color-and-design/are-black-and-white-colors

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Are black and white colors?

- SCIENTIST: reply based on physics: “Black is not a color, white is a color”.

- ARTIST or a CHILD with crayons: “Black is a color, white is not a color.” (MAYBE).


How color exist??

- The first answer: COLOR THEORY #1, color as light.

- The second answer: COLOR THEORY #2, color as pigment or molecular coloring agent.

- The third answer: VISION AND REFLECTION.


Short explanation before going into the three categories of how colors exist.

-The color of a tangible object is the result of pigments or molecular coloring agents.

-A painting of a red is the result of red pigments used to create the image.

-The color of objects viewed on a television set or on a computer monitor are the result of colored light. A simple way to explain it is that the color of a red apple on a computer or television is created by photons of red light that are that are transmitted within the electronic system.


PRIMARY COLORS

The fundamental rule is that there are three colors that cannot be made by mixing other colors together. These three are RED, BLUE and YELLOW are known as the primary colors.

Now that we’ve described two different categories of colors ( Pigment and light-generated) and have a definition of primary colors, the answer to whether clack and white are colors can be answered.


COLOR THEORY #1 – Color as light: (additive color theory)

THE QUESTION: Are black and white colors when generate das light? EXAMPLE: BLACK AND WHITE CATS GENERATED ON A TELEVISION. THESE COLORS ARE CREATED BY LIGHT.


THE ANSWER:

1- Black is the absence of color (and therefore a color). Explanation: when the is not light, everything is black.in other words, there are no photons of colors.

2- White is the blending of all colors and is a color. Explanation: Light appears colorless or white. Sunlight is white light that is composed of the spectrum. A rainbow is proof. You can’t see the colors of sunlight except when atmospheric conditions bend the light rays and create a rainbow. FACT: the sum of colors of light add up to white. This is additive color theory.


COLOR THEORY #2 – Color as pigment or molecular coloring agents. (Subtractive color theory)

THE QUESTION: Are black and white colors when they exist as pigments or molecular coloring agents? EXAMPLE: BLACK AND WHITE CATS, CREATED BY COLOR CRAYONS ARE COLORS GENERTAED BY PIGMENTS. ACTUAL BLACK AND WHITE CATS, THE COLORS OF THE FUR IS THE RESULT OF MOLECULES .


THE ANSWER:

1- Black is a color. (chemists will confirm this). Explanation: combine all three primary colors (red, blue, and yellow) using a liquid paint/ food coloring, you won’t get a jet black, but the point will be clear. The history of black pigments includes charcoal, iron metals and other chemicals as the source of black paints. Therefore, if someone argues that black is the absence of color, you can reply, “what is in a tube of black paint?” however, you must add the fact that black is a color when you are referring to the color of pigments and the coloring agents of tangible objects.

2- White is not a color. BUT… in some cases you could say that whit is a color. The grey area: technically, pure white is the absence of color. In other words, you can mix colors to create white. Therefore, white is the absence of color in the strictest sense of the definition. However, when you examine the pigment chemistry of white, ground up the substances (such as chalk bone) or (chemicals) such as Zinc and Titanium, are used to create many nuances of white in paint, chalk crayons – and even products such as Noxema. It’s worth noting that white paper is made by bleaching tree bark (paper pulp). Therefore, you could say that white is a color in the context of pigment theory.


CMYK PRIMARY COLORS;

In theory, mixing equal amounts of three primary colors should produce shades of grey or black when all are fully saturated. In the print industry, cyan, magenta and yellow tend to produce muddy brown colors. For this reason, a forth “primary” pigment, black is often used in addition to the cyan, magenta, and yellow colors.



VISION AND REFLECTION

Color exists in the larger context of human vision. Consider the fact that there are three parts to the process of the perception of color.

1- THE MEDIUM: The color as it exists as a pigment/colorant (such as the color of a tangible object) or as light (such as the color of an image on a television screen).

2- THE SENDER: How the color is transmitted.

3- THE RECEIVER: How the humans see color. In other words, how we receive information about color.


If a tree falls in a forest and there is nobody around does it make a sound? Does a color exist if there is no one to see it?


The color of a tangible object originates as a molecular coloring agent on the surface of the apple. We see the color of an object because that object reflects “a color” to the eye. Every color is the effect of a specific wavelength. In the case of the apple, we see the color red because the red apple reflects the specific wavelength of red. The same theory applies to black and white.

THE QUESTION: Are black and white colors?


THE ANSWER:

1- Black is not a color; black objects absorbs all the colors of the visible spectrum and reflects none of them to the eyes. The grey area about black: - A black object may look black, but technically, it may still be reflecting some light. For example, a black pigment results from a combination of several pigments that collectively absorb most colors. If appropriate proportions of three primary pigments are mixed, the result reflects so little light as to be called “black”. In reality, what appears to be black may be reflecting some light. - In physics, a black body is a perfect absorber of light.

2- White is a color. White reflects all the colors of the visible light spectrum to the eyes.


IN CONCLUSION

The colors we see are simply a degree of how much of this color present in light is reflected. To be completely accurate a color reflects the wavelengths in the range that our retinal cones respond to. The medium is the process of reflection of the wavelength of the color. The receiver is our eyes which receive the wavelength of the color.

There is no such thing as body. So what is a body?

Posted by S.N on November 18, 2017 at 1:00 PM Comments comments (0)

There is no such thing as body. So what is a body?

A body is a tool, a representation to be used to perform in social settings and accomplish physical activities to maintain social acceptance. It is a vessel that performs what the mind decided into action and a receptor that deliver messages back to the brain.

As much as the mind is the deciding factor of a certain aspect, the body is a conjoined companion that helps in the deciding factor, because what is seen is what is calculated into the societies equation, therefore it is a tool and a representation.

How much a mind decides of something, the body indicates those thoughts.

- A thought of a dress, the design of it won’t be seen until it was made. But how good the dress is won’t be seen until it is worn. Therefore, as much a mind can think of something a body is necessary to further success and define results in whatever aspect it may be, food, furniture and so on.

In this technology based time, what is a body? Is it the flesh of a human being? Or can it be anything soulless?

-The study of autopilots. Planes without human pilots.

-A bank with machines that makes all the paper work rather than clerks.

-Mannequins that shows the cuts and designs of a dress.

-Papers and machines that shows how comfortable the chair is for the human bones.


Is a body a living thing? Or has it turned into entirely into something else?

Proof that body changes is the growth of a child into adulthood. But it is the transformation of flesh to flesh into a different visual appearance. Some people have prosthetics –non flesh part- as limbs, but is considered part of a body. The change here is different than the normal cycle of a human’s life, but nonetheless a change and a body.

What if the change now is drastic from flesh to absolute non flesh?

What if everything around us are bodies and we don’t comprehend it yet? What part of the chair is a body? And what part of a mannequin is a body? What has the body become?


Answer:

The body is a diverse tool that is not necessarily seen by human eye, and is used to accomplish random matters in respective matters.

A Jessie Jefferson Novel By Paige Toon

Posted by S.N on June 7, 2016 at 10:07 PM Comments comments (2)

 

A Jessie Jefferson Novel By Paige Toon






WHAT DO YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE BOOK COVERS?


I remember when I was at the book store staring at these books thinking how the covers looked catchy and cool. I loved the design and what it implied - or at least how I interpreted it. Each book looked like the cover of a teen magazine promising an interesting story. I wasn’t very encouraged by the synopsis though. I thought the story would be dull and lifeless, but I ended up buying the books anyway.


I bought the books three months ago, and it has been sitting prettily on my bookshelf waiting to be read. Thanks to the adrenaline pump I got after reading a bunch of romantic books that I felt I am still in the mood for more. When I started reading The Accidental Life of Jessie Jefferson I was instantly hooked. I can’t stop reading. It was so captivating. I loved everything about the book, even when I was ‘cross’ with the main character. I was still interested in her life, her story and every aspect of it. I can’t wait for her third book All About The Hype  which Thankfully is going to be released soon, July 28th 2016.


If you have read any of my previous posts you would know that I don’t get into details, especially ones that are easy to spoil. I was debating posting this, because I knew I will end up with a very short not helpful post. But I can’t help wanting to share this. I am wrecking my brain trying to think of a good comparison or at least give you an idea on how the novel might interest you. If you liked Anna And The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins, then you might like A Jessie Jefferson Novel. Both novels are very different from each other, I only compared them because of the atmosphere that I felt while reading Toon’s books seemed similar to Anna and The French Kiss. I don’t know how to explain the feelings I got when I read the novel except that I lived temporarily In Jessie’s bubble without realizing so.

The books were a quick read, finished them in one sitting. By the time I have reached book two I Knew You Were Trouble  I was already in love with the characters. I am just hoping that book three is as good or even better. I am anxious to know what would happen. This is my first time to read a book by Paige Toon and I am very impressed by her. It is so easy to connect with her story. I am definitely going to keep an eye on her releases and buy more of her books.


Rating 3.75/5

Card Making 101

Posted by S.N on June 3, 2016 at 2:47 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Hello lovely people,

If you came here wanting to know how to make a greeting card from scratch then you are lucky because I have a very simple crafting tutorial ready for you. Consider it your little “Handmade Card” manual. I will be covering the basics of card making so you could creatively come up with your own special, cool and unique ideas.

Once you know the basics you can create so many cards based on your own designs or inspirations. So let us start with some foundation (The Size). Major Foundation.



First you have to determine what size you desire your card to be in order to have it fit in your ready-made envelope or for whatever reason you needed a specific size. Once you have your measurements ready and cut accordingly, then you have created the foundation that is called “The Card Base”.


After you have your Card Base ready, you can start with the designing process. And after that your card is ready to be given.


Simple.




Now in more detail what do we need and how to do it?


1. You need cardstock papers. They are heavyweight papers that are perfect for your base card. Choose whatever color you desire and set it aside. There a lot of brands to choose from and the link bellow will direct you to one of my favorite sites.

http://www.mftstamps.com/supplies/mft-cardstock


2. Designing: Stamping, drawing, lettering or even papers with ready designs will shape you card.

All tools can be found in you nearest art supply store, and the link bellow is a web store where I like to buy my inspirations:



You will do whatever you desire design-wise on another paper that will be cut smaller than your base card –or the exact size however you see fit-; because you're going to stick that design on the front of your base card.

And once that is done. Your card is ready.


Down bellow you will see my quick attempt in card-making covering the basics:

 

I chose a paper with a floral design. You can alter this step by drawing your own design. 




Because the size of this paper is perfect. I can get away with two different ways in making this card.

I could fold it in half and have my card base ready or just use a fraction of this paper and make it my design's focal point/base for the actual card base.


I folded this paper using a score board- you can do it the old traditional way by basically folding the paper in half without the use of a score board.



My card is ready. Again, I can use this as it is for a card base or continue ahead cutting in the exact size that I want it to be and add some more design to it. 



I Chose another paper that complements my first paper.




I've cut a strip of the second paper and used a double sided tape to stick it on the first paper. 



To give the design its final touch. I chose stamping technique. I selected a sentiment and a banner to compliment the design






After cutting the banner, I went around the edges with a black marker to smooth the look of its edges. You can skip this step if you decided to give your design a little margin.



For a little extra touch. I decided to give the banner a little lift. I used a foam double sided tape.




And now the card is almost ready. Again, at this point I can get away with the card as it is but I rarely do so unless I am in a hurry. So I am going to cut this in half and stick it on a white card base.


I chose the size of the card base to be a little bigger than the designed card.


And you can see the base of the bard looks like a border as well.




Finished Card.




AND THANK YOU

Bringing Back Memories

Posted by S.N on June 3, 2016 at 9:02 AM Comments comments (0)

My First Anime Post


I would like to start my first anime post by reviewing my top 3 childhood shows. Back then it was a cartoon for me; I've learnt the word 'anime' at the age of 22. Yeah, I know! Anyway my very early anime series that I have watched were dubbed in Arabic and I will have a separate post for it. Because I have no idea what their English titles are. Thus, a research needs to be done first before I post their pictures. During middle school period, I started watching anime shows dubbed in Italian, because at the time I found them airing at Italia Uno. They were my first Shoujo anime and I was crazy about them- I've learnt obviously years later that they are under the shoujo genre and they are my favorite kind of genre. I do not speak Italian nor do I know anyone whose Italian, but when you are young you pick up a new language easily. And believe me when I say I understood every word back then, how? I don't know. Because when I re-watched it exactly a decade later subbed in English I was shocked that I have understood everything right. Because I assumed that maybe I was guessing at the time, but no, I knew where the direction of the conversation was going and I knew what the characters were going to say. It’s pretty impressive when I think about it. I wish I could remember the language, but I only remember a few words from back then. The shows were: Kodocha and Fancy Lala. Also if I am not mistaken I watched one with a different genre that goes under sports, Mila - the volleyball player. But I can't seem to find the title for this anime, which by the way was also in Italian.


Kodocha, was my first girly romance anime or maybe my first time to grasp the concept of romance and obviously adored it in an anime. I loved it at the time, beyond hooked - I still love it for the fact it is one of my shoujo classics. I loved the art; how the characters looked that I have the style ingrained in my head. Because a decade later I couldn't shake the feeling of recognition and attraction on a bunch of manga that later on turned out to be also done by the same artist. (I will dedicate a full post for her work someday)


The 'art' - how the characters where drawn- are my absolute favorite style, in the world of art it is called shoujo style as well - which I have learnt very recently. Maybe because Kodocha was my favorite since I was young that I loved the style or maybe it is the artistic sense in me that loves that exact style, I don't know because, either way I love this style of art. OK I have diverted into a very different direction "Art"- can you blame me? Back to the topic, at the time I recall watching the first season and little of the second season, and then it was cut off and they started airing a different anime, which is Fancy Lala. Before I get into Fancy Lala, I would like to point out that when I watched Kodocha a decade later, Rosanna’s character is very kind but also super annoying and clueless, which made me mad most of the time. But overall the anime is so freaking cute. Rosanna "her Italian name which I love didn't change much from the Japanese short name Sana or I would've hated the Japanese name because I was so used to Rosanna. Also, I recall having a serious crush ON the MALE CHARACTER. I was young don't blame me. Naaaah, I still have crushes on fictional characters, and maybe bordering on loving them. Anyway, his name is Eric and I don't know if it is the same on the Japanese version. He has this bad boy type of facade and doesn't know how to communicate his emotions and all that comes with a mysterious character that makes his kind so appealing and attractive. -Which could also be the reason -or the start- to why I like these type of characters in everything books, anime, manga and movies. YES, I have a type that I realized for a few years now, and apparently they go under mysterious and dangerous.


English: Kodocha

Synonyms: Child's Toy

Japanese: こどものおもちゃ

 

Information

Type: TV

Episodes: 102

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 5, 1996 to Mar 27, 1998

Premiered: Spring 1996

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: TV Tokyo, Nihon Ad Systems, Pony Canyon

Licensors: FUNimation Entertainment

Studios: Studio Gallop

Source: Manga

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Romance, Shoujo

Duration: 22 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older



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Moving on. Fancy LaLa. I freaking love this anime and would advise this to little girls who wish to start watching anime. I loved this so much because it was a dream come true. It has a lot to do with art, so it was a major plus for me. I have always wished that the clothes I drew would come to life one day, and what better to see it happen in an anime - a fantasy actually happening. I was living the dream, in that little girls life. I might be very brief about this anime, but that is because I really can't remember the name of the little character's name, I know her other name though. But I don't want to search it or re-watch it. I will keep it short because I might spoil this. But yeah a very old one but a lovely story that is worth watching.


English: Magical Stage Fancy Lala

Japanese: 魔法のステージ・ファンシーララ


Information

Type: TV

Episodes: 26

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Apr 5, 1998 to Sep 27, 1998

Premiered: Spring 1998

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: Bandai Visual, Geneon Universal Entertainment, TV Osaka, Yomiuri Advertising, TV Tokyo Music

Licensors: Bandai Entertainment

Studios: Studio Pierrot, Kyoto Animation

Source: Original

Genres: Comedy, Drama, Magic, Music, Romance, Shoujo

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: G - All Ages


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NEXT, is the first and oldest anime I have watched maybe I was 8 years old at the time when I first watched it - or younger. I remember two feelings whenever I hear the name of the anime. One, she has very long hair and looks very beautiful when she dresses up. Two, I am in love with guy -not the crush kind like Eric from Kodocha where I imagined I was Rosanna; no, its the innocent kind of love, thinking I want the mysterious guy in the black mask with a rose to be my future husband. Yes at the age of 8!!! Already IN LOVE with non -other than Tuxedo Mask. I found him at the time extremely attractive and husband-like - don't ask me to explain this. Because of him I liked Zorro and masks LOL. Anyway, the anime is Sailor Moon. It is my childhood PERIOD because I can't say anything about a classic


English: Sailor Moon

Synonyms: Pretty Soldier Sailor Moon

Japanese: 美少女戦士セーラームーン


Information

Type: TV

Episodes: 46

Status: Finished Airing

Aired: Mar 7, 1992 to Feb 27, 1993

Premiered: Spring 1992

Broadcast: Unknown

Producers: TV Asahi

Licensors: ADV Films, Viz Media, DiC Entertainment

Studios: Toei Animation

Source: Manga

Genres: Demons, Magic, Romance, Shoujo

Duration: 24 min. per ep.

Rating: PG-13 - Teens 13 or older 



UNTIL NEXT TIME :)

S.N













Cute Romantic YA Books

Posted by S.N on May 27, 2016 at 5:42 PM Comments comments (0)

Six Cute Romantic Books

by Kasie West and Simone Elkelese




 

  

Hello reader. I am here today with six different books, three of them by Kasie West and the other three are by Simone Elkelese. But before I get into them I would like to mention that these books were recommended by a very good friend and a humble Youtuber named Dhuha Al Haddad. A Kuwaiti engineer/author and an avid reader. She shares her book/movie reviews creatively on her Youtube channel. The Language spoken is arabic which is obviously amazing, because we need more arabic book reviewers on the scene, especially one with a shining soul like hers.

 

Down bellow is a link to her Youtube account, If you are looking for arabic reviews. She is the ONE. And incase you have a problem activating the link, just copy and paste the link bellow

 

https://www.youtube.com/user/dhlolaa/videos 

 

So starting by Kasie West, down below are the list of books that I have read:

 

 

  • The Fill-In Boyfriend
  • The Distance Between Us
  • On The Fence

 

 

I would really like to talk about each of her books separately but since this is a spoiler free review I won’t get into it as much as I would love to; it’ll just ruin the whole point of exploring the romantic cuteness for you. I can tell you though that the female characters are very different. So you won’t get this boring repetition in the next two books. The main characters in each book are totally different in personality and history, hence a very different story in each book.

 

The three books are very fast-paced and so smooth to read. West’s style is so amazing, she reminds me of Colleen Hoover in some way - my favorite author for romantic books I like to call her Queen of Happy Endings-, but in a more suitable version for the very YOUNGER range of young adults. Her way of writing helps you live the book. You can actually be the character. That is how brilliant the author is. She can make you live the lives of the characters; which equals ultimate another world-experience. Which is what your are supposed to feel when you read a book.

I don’t want to sound like I am raving about these books so much. So I will let you know right now that if you are seeking for some cute romantic books with a big splash of cheesiness that reminds you of a girly-teen movie then these books are for you to read. If you are not a big fan of girls-in-love-like-in-a-fairy-tale story, you’ll see it as an OK book to kill time.

 

The books should be read in the same order I have placed them above. Better read it the way I did so you won’t miss the cross-point of the books.

 

And now onto Simone Elkeles’s books:

 

 

  • Perfect Chemistry
  • Rules of Attraction
  • Chain of Reaction

 

 

The three books above are a trilogy, but can also be read separately if you are only willing to read one of the books. I wouldn’t advice you to do that though, because you would probably not like the last two books. It has to start with the first book Perfect Chemistry in order for you to get attached with all of the characters, and more so to actually UNDERSTAND what is going on. It makes the last two books cute enough for you to continue -can’t say why, that is for you to know. 

Simone has this theme I think going on for her books, it’s kind of like she had this idea of a subject called Science of Love and made three subdivisions into books. It is sort of cute and cool to incorporate the book title with a cheesy story. These books to me are definitely CHICK-FLICK-Friday-girls-night-in type of movie. If these books were a movie you would understand the desire to keep reading until the very end, if not for the romance at least to admire the studs. LOL

Also, the books are no where near slow. Fast paced and packed, even a little quick for my taste. But I still enjoyed them. I enjoyed seeing the charcters progress along the stories. The writing style is different than West's but not in a bad way. I just preferred West's style. Don't get discouraged, I am just stating my peresonal opinion.

I would summarize these three books by saying that it’s about three Mexican brothers and their story of falling in love. Period. if I say anything more it’ll just spoil these books for you. There is a pattern though that you might feel at some point but don’t let it stop your reading. If you are again, SEEKING for cute and cheesy books this is for you. Just read and shut your realistic views and enjoy some love. Don't worry about the three boys being similar and that you would see some character repetition. NO. The boys are very different just similar in a sibling kind of way. Enjoy


As I did in my instagram with my mini review of these books, I will do the same here and mesh up the ratings. So the ratings for these six book will range between 3 - 4.5/5


The Strange Library

Posted by S.N on May 21, 2016 at 1:17 PM Comments comments (0)

The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami




 

First and foremost I have to point out that this book cover should appeal to every book-lover out there. The design idea is very simple, yet very eye-catching. Now that is out of the way, the inside pages are even more amazing. I loved the incorporation of graphic with this short novel. It gave the story life, it backed up its every word and made it easy to feel a lot of emotions while reading its pages.

 

This book literally took no more than 15 minutes to finish. But I don’t know why I feel that it had much more to it. It felt like one of those good children’s book that had very strange things going on and you don’t get the whole idea of why these strange things are happening in the book; like feeling lost in its world and suddenly it ends without knowing why the strange things are mentioned in the story.

I strongly feel like it is one of those books with lots of symbolics that needed to be interpreted and found between the lines. It is a new kind of read for me, so I went through Goodreads to see what others thought of this book and what they have understood from it. So bellow are posts from Goodreads that shared my thoughts beautifully.


 

 

POST (1) by Rinda Elwakil

 

في عدد من الصفحات لا يتخطّي الثلاثين، يلخص موراكامي اسوأ كوابيس القراء و يضعها حيز التنفيذ

 

ماذا إن كان عشقك قاتِلك؟

ماذا إن فُرضت عليك القراءة فرضًا و صار إتقانك لما تقرأه سبيلًا لنجاتك؟

ماذا إن وجدت نفسك -بعد زيارة اعتيادية للمكتبة- مُحتجزًا تحت إمرة عجوز رهيب مختل يطلب منك أن تجيد قراءة ما بيدك و إلا ؟

 

 

القصة رمزية لا شك، مقبضةبعض الشئ

اثارت الخوف بأوصالي.

 

فقط ابعدوا تلك القصة عن الأطفال و من لا زالوا يتحسسون طرقهم في عالم القراءة، تحرّي أن يعرف أحد بمكانك عند ذهابك لمكتبة عامة، و إن وجدت عجوزًا عابسًا يطلب منك أن تصحبه إلي قاعة القراءة،

ف اطلق ساقيك للريح، اهرب ! :)


 

 

Basically she voices her thoughts of what she got out of the book, questions.

What if your passion is your killer”?

What if you are forced to read and how good you are at it is your only chance of survival?

What if you were in the boy’s shoes?

 

Exactly the right questions you would ask, because it applies on everything. And that is exactly why I felt this book to be symbolic.

And Also one of my very first question was, why did that happen to an innocent boy? Like it really makes you think that sometimes bad things happen for no reason, and you keep wondering why because you really did nothing to initiate it. Nothing but follow an innocent desire and you still end up shaken.

 

Anyway, I found another post which is going to be very long BUT it really sums up the whole book. It’ll give you a very VERY good idea about the book. And I must mention that it is going to be a spoiler post. It is up to you if you would like to continue.


 

POST (2) by s.penkevich

 

‘Why did something like this have to happen to me? All I did was go to the library to borrow some books.’

 

Haruki Murakami has a fascinating ability to break open the natural world and let loose all the magic that we hope and suspect is lurking right under the surface. The Strange Library is a cause for celebration in the Murakami ouveur, even just for the simple fact that its existence signals that the well-respected novelist has achieved a superstar status in the world of reading; even more worth celebrating as this status is not commonly held these days by an author with such literary chops and depth of heart. It is also satisfying to see the novel used as an art-form beyond the printed word as Chip Kidd has done here (this is nothing new or groundbreaking, such as B.S. Johnson's book-in-a-box The Unfortunates, but still refreshing). In an age of digital books it is relieving to see publishers producing a reason to go out and buy the physical copy, offering so much more than just the story for those who still enjoy the tangible paper. Though the book is merely a single short story¹—a story that works like a microcosm of all that is Murakami even if a bit watered-down—with a cover price just above a standard novel, it is a gorgeous work of art to support the content and proves that Murakami is enough of a household name to be able to release such an exciting collectors piece.

 

Flourishing under the art direction of Chip Kidd, the physical book itself is as whimsical as the story within and is truly something to take down from your shelf so you and your friends can marvel at it. The back cover folds over the top and bottom of the book, creating a slip-case like box out of the book itself, and each page corresponds to a full-color image that reflects the current actions of the story. These illustrations create a multi-media experience that drives the book along and returns the reader to their childhood of being just as drawn in by the pictures as the story. Plus the text is set in ‘Typewriter’, which is sure to tickle any fan. While the illustrations are fun, some are used multiple times and some of it left me desiring a little more. The effort is there, the result is beautiful, but somehow it seems like it could have been easily taken to higher heights.

 

‘Like a blind dolphin, the night of the new moon silently drew near’

 

The story itself is simple: a young boy gets locked in a library’s reading room by an evil librarian who will eat his brains if the boy cannot memorize three thick books on Ottoman tax collection. It is the type of plot you would find in a children’s book, and what I enjoyed most was the way the story seems to play on the irrational fears you have as an over-imaginative child, always wondering how even the most mundane events could suddenly break into a life-or-death fantasy full of heros and villans. This is what Murakami does best in his works, particularly Wind-Up Bird Chronicles. He allows the reader to have all the fun of a children’s book without sacrificing the literary merit or writing caliber. All the Murakami trademarks are within, from oversensitive and passive protagonists and the alluring and mysterious women who aid them, to labyrinths and parallel worlds. There is even an appearance by the Sheep Man from his early book A Wild Sheep Chase. Particularly intriguing is the girl he meets in the prison who ‘talks with her hands’, Murakami making something more magical than just meaning sign-language as the hands are described as bearing a distinct, audible voice and her dialogue is denoted by blue ink.

The sheep man has his world. I have mind. And you have yours,too...just because I don’t exist in the sheep man’s world, it doesn’t mean that I don’t exist at all.

With as simple of a discussion as that, Murakami lightly paints in parallel worlds and fantasy, keeping them vague enough to provoke the imagination and making them feel plausible in the world we live in.

 

Often, especially towards the beginning, the language feels a bit juvenile and flimsy, though it is key to remember that the narrator is a young teen. Murakami has done well to keep an authentic atmosphere with this style instead of being unable or unwilling to separate himself and his voice from his characters. The character of the narrator reflects many of Murakami's common motifs, especially the boy's passive nature. As the Sheep Man and the boy are both those who do what they are told, especially if doing so will earn them praise despite not actually agreeing with their actions, they have been led into the servitude and imprisonment of the evil librarian. However, they realize they deserve more than to be pushed around and the boy, Sheep Man and the mysterious girl unite with one another to escape and overthrow their oppressors. This all makes for a wonderful statement about not sitting silent under the authority of tyranny, finding your voice and forging your own way in the world even if it means overthrowing those above you. The epilogue-of-sorts that appears in small print on the final page is a devastating little paragraph that sinks the reader in melancholy yet reminds them of Murakami’s ultimate message: that it is through meaningful human interaction, friendship, love and bravery that we conquer the darkness of the world. We all must care for one another, like the narrator cares for his parakeet and his mother cares for him.

 

While the content of the book is a bit slim and reads more like a children’s novel, all the hallmarks of classic Murakami are within. This is not a book for everyone, mostly those already fascinated by the worlds of it’s author and I would not recommend it as a starting point for those wishing to take their first dip into Murakami's words. However, it is a book to hold and marvel, and if you allow yourself to, it sure is a hell of a lot of fun. This was the perfect companion for a day stuck in bed with a savage bout of flu, and for those needing a brief little smile of a book to brighten the day and return them to the emotions and actions that first connected them with loving books as a child, then this is a perfect choice.

3.5/5

 

¹ Apparently The Strange Library is occasionally categorized as Children's Literature (that you to Praj for the insight!). While reading the book, I was under the impression Library published solo with Kidd's artistry as an excuse to put it out without need of a full-fledged short story collection. While the story would have felt at home between the covers of The Elephant Vanishes, it also works quite well as a children's novel. This would account for the slender standard Murakami themes, and also why this book is general devoid of the sex scenes and sexuality that is usually present within his work, as well as the more novel-like plot complete with problem and climax as opposed to a slice-of-life short story structure.

 

 

 

 My rating would be 3.8/5

A Kiss In Time

Posted by S.N on May 21, 2016 at 1:07 PM Comments comments (0)

A Kiss In Time by Alex Flinn


 

 

 

I’ve been quite obsessed with retellings lately. I had this book since four months ago with at least half a dozen others by a good friend’s recommendation. I’ll have to tell you more about her later and the bunch of books she recommended.

 

I believe that I’ve finally reached the phase where I am getting out of my reading slump -which is good- and the past few readings where the first stages of getting out of it. A Kiss in Time was what I needed to crack that block and be completely free of that horrid-lazy-to-read zone.

 

A Kiss In Time is one of those books that makes it hard for me to explain. I don’t know how to review this book without spoiling it. I could get away with not telling the story but not with what it consists of.

 

This book should be a cool surprise for those who like reading retelling books, cute retelling books, the kind that has the Disney mood all over it. So if you think that this is your type of book then stop reading right about now.

 

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And for those who still need more convincing, a general idea on how the retelling is going to take its course in this book then keep reading this post.

I am definitely going to make this a one brief post, so you might have to make do with what I am going to say about this book.

 If you are one of those readers that criticize the book sentence by sentence and let your realistic view of life interfere with the atmosphere of this book, then this book is definitely not for you. The writing style of Alex is simple and very lovely, easy to follow through her stories. She doesn’t take long to get her ideas across and that has a lot to do with how fast-paced this book was. I love how she made this huge collage of old and new, past and present, magic and technology, history and modern age all in a single book. The transition in time was very smooth and very exciting. The difference between every two opposites in this book were laid clearly for observation and humor. The romance was as cute as the characters themselves. True some minds would be skeptic at how this book started, but if you are Disney-mind-operated then you would understand that it will eventually be very clear at the very end of the book why it started that way. The reason for that starts with the letter D, the word is for you to figure out.

 

I hope I helped enough for you decide what to do with this book.

 

I rate A Kiss In Time 4/5

 

 

 

 

 

 


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