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Sunday, September 07, 2014

INSURGENT by Veronica Roth (Kindle Edition)

One choice can transform you—or it can destroy you. But every choice has consequences, and as unrest surges in the factions all around her, Tris Prior must continue trying to save those she loves—and herself—while grappling with haunting questions of grief and forgiveness, identity and loyalty, politics and love.

Tris's initiation day should have been marked by celebration and victory with her chosen faction; instead, the day ended with unspeakable horrors. War now looms as conflict between the factions and their ideologies grows. And in times of war, sides must be chosen, secrets will emerge, and choices will become even more irrevocable—and even more powerful.

Transformed by her own decisions but also by haunting grief and guilt, radical new discoveries, and shifting relationships, Tris must fully embrace her Divergence, even if she does not know what she may lose by doing so.

I finished DIVERGENT yesterday and immediately continued with INSURGENT. The second book of the dystopian Divergent series was great and just like the first book, it was hard to put down. I devoured it over the weekend. I'm glad the book picks up exactly where Divergent ended and the author wastes no time in moving the plot into full swing. Lots of action, more blood bath, and more hard choices. I'm going to jump straight into the third book ALLEGIANT! Updated: I'm not too sure I'd continue reading the third book after reading all the negative reviews about it. It may seem that it's best I let the wonderful impressions from the first two books stay with me than to have the third book "kill" the good stuff. I'll ponder and decide later if I want to risk it.

Have you read the Divergent series? What are your thoughts?

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Saturday, September 06, 2014

DIVERGENT by Veronica Roth (Kindle Edition)

One choice can transform you. Beatrice Prior's society is divided into five factions—Candor (the honest), Abnegation (the selfless), Dauntless (the brave), Amity (the peaceful), and Erudite (the intelligent). Beatrice must choose between staying with her Abnegation family and transferring factions. Her choice will shock her community and herself. But the newly christened Tris also has a secret, one she's determined to keep hidden, because in this world, what makes you different makes you dangerous.

It's been a while since I last read a novel within two days and DIVERGENT was hard to put down. I like the vulnerable yet strong Beatrice (Tris) and the intriguing Four of Dauntless. The plot is exciting and in the face of circumstances surrounding the protagonists, the choices one has to make is challenging (and terrible), and you can't help but be torn or conflicted by them. I totally breezed through the book and will definitely continue reading the series in Insurgent and Allegiant.

I'm looking forward to watching the movie on Netflix when I'm back from my vacation in Italy.

Have you read Divergent? What are your thoughts?

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Friday, September 05, 2014

Friday Finds: Yoko Ono (Again!)

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

In this week's Friday Finds, I extended my search to another Yoko Ono book and having contemplated about buying it for almost a week, I bought...  Acorn from BookDepository.com for $13.47. Do check out my last week's post too.

“It’s nearly 50 years ago that my book of conceptual instructions Grapefruit was first published. In these pages I’m picking up where I left off. After each day of sharing the instructions you should feel free to question, discuss, and/or report what your mind tells you. I’m just planting the seeds. Have fun.” —Yoko Ono

Legendary avant-garde icon Yoko Ono has inspired generations of artists and performers. In Acorn, she offers enchanting and thought-provoking exercises that open our eyes—and all of our senses—to more creative and mindful ways of relating to ourselves, each other, and the planet we cohabit. Throughout this beautifully designed book are 100 black-and-white line drawings by Yoko. Like this legendary woman herself, the book is wildly original, stimulating, and hard to label: Call it purposeful play, call it brain poetry, call it guided motivation, call it Zen-like incantations, call it whatever you want. But read it. Acorn may change the way you experience the world.

Have you read Acorn? What are your thoughts?

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Monday, September 01, 2014

Mailbox Monday

Last week, I went to Taranto in Italy, and found a Mondadori bookshop. I just knew I had to enter the libreria! So I went in, sniffed around and took in the books' scent in all their glory.

I'll be doing a Wordless Wednesday post on this bookshop very soon, so please stay tuned!

Here are the two books I bought. They're both in the Italian language. (Loved the Colpa delle stelle paper bag!)



Total damage: €11.80

  1. 1001 Cose da vedere a Roma, di Sabrina Ramacci
  2. 1001 Cose da vedere in Italia, di Giuseppe Ortolano
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Friday Finds: John Lennon and Yoko Ono

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FRIDAY FINDS showcases the books you ‘found’ and added to your To Be Read (TBR) list… whether you found them online, or in a bookstore, or in the library — wherever! (they aren’t necessarily books you purchased).

In this week's Friday Finds, I found two very interesting books related to John Lennon and Yoko Ono. They are my favorite couple of all times. I ended up buying...

FIRST this book from Amazon.com at a superb discount ($1.99 only for the Kindle edition): John Lennon: The Life, by Philip Norman

Phillip Norman, whose 1981 classic Shout! is considered the definitive biography of The Beatles, returns with John Lennon: The Life. This New York Times bestseller is an intimate look at the troubled genius who—along with Paul McCartney, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr—changed the shape and sound of popular music forever. From his early Liverpool days and heartbreaking childhood tragedies through the heady roller-coaster ride that was The Beatles and far beyond—his prolific post-“Fab Four” career, his turbulent marriage to Yoko Ono, his peace crusade, and his shocking death on the New York City streets—John Lennon: The Life is a remarkably fair and honest, utterly enthralling study of an achingly human rock legend.


THEN this book from BetterWorldBooks.com (Used $8.98, free shipment): Days That I'll Remember: Spending Time with John Lennon and Yoko Ono, by Jonathan Cott

Jonathan Cott met John Lennon in 1968 and was friends with him and Yoko Ono until John's death in 1980. He has kept in touch with Yoko since that time, and is one of the small group of writers who understands her profoundly positive influence on Lennon. This deeply personal book recounts the course of those friendships over the decades and provides an intimate look at two of the most astonishing cultural figures of our time. And what Jonathan Cott has to say and tell will be found nowhere else.


I will now have great books awaiting me (hopefully!) when I arrive home after my vacation in Italy in two weeks' time. HURRAH!

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Mailbox Monday

I visited a cozy bookshop in Ruvo di Puglia last Saturday (see snapshots of Libreria L'Agorà here) and bought this 96-page book. The little volume, Castel del Monte di Stefania Mola, is a guide to the castle and it is in Italian. The picture on the book cover is also one of the snapshots I took of the castle. YAY! If you're curious (please be!), do take a peek at my post here.

I bought the book for €5.

Here's an excerpt from the book (page 11)...
INVITO A CORTE. Universamente noto per la suo inconfondibile forma ottagonale, per le suggestioni astronomiche e per essere—a detta di molti—il più misterioso tra gli edifici commissionati da Federico II di Svevia, Castel del Monte costituisce una delle principali mete turistiche della Puglia. Un castello dove forse l'imperatore non soggiornò mai ma dove paradossalmente l'immaginario collettivo ne avverte più che altrove la presenza incombente.

Quando e perché è stato costruito? Perché su quella collina? Era davvero privo di difese? Come valutare un assai poco noto documento che assicura che il castello esisteva già in età normanna, prima ancora che Federico II nascesse? Si tratta di una notizia falsa o è possibile che ci fosse in zona una precedente fortificazione normanna? Questioni e domande aperte su cui gli storici ridiscutono proprio in tempi recenti documenti alla mano, lasciando da parte i misteri o i presunti enigmi da svelare.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Bookshop in South Italy: Libreria L'Agorà in Ruvo di Puglia

Look what I found today! Libreria L'Agorà, a cute bookshop in Ruvo di Puglia. Ruvo is a town and comune in the province of Bari, Puglia, Italy. Come with me now and into the bookshop we go...

Welcome to Libreria L'Agorà! I loved that two olive green chairs outside.
(Address: Bottega delle Nuvola, Corso Cavour, 46, 70037 Ruvo di Puglia, BA.
Telephone: +39 080 3620943)

It has a surprisingly good collection of books.

Looking out toward the entrance...



Oh look, an awesome Italian edition of the equally awesome George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones!

A condensed version of George Orwell's 1984. I promised myself not to go crazy and buy a luggage full of books this time (unlike last year in Rome, which I did go crazy and bought a luggage full of books).

Libreria Agora sell used books too. "Ci sono anche i libri usati?" (There are used books too?) I asked. The owner replied, "Si, ma solo i libri scolastici..." (Yes, but only school books...)

The best part of the visit to this bookshop is I found something I was looking for: The Castel del Monte book (€5)! Do check out my post on the beautiful castle here.

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