Holiday Book Wishlist 2017

26 Nov 2017

I always say and will always keep saying it: books are the best gift you can ever get (besiFdes food). I have so many books in my never ending list which are on my goodreads profile but the ones I am sharing above are the "I would not mind getting them for the holidays this year" list.

1. Bear Town 
A novel written by the same author of A Man Called Ove (yet to read) about a small town that has big dreams. The story has some relation, actually quite big relation I reckon, to Ice hockey, so that really called my attention. I love sports, specifically soccer and basketball but lately I've been quite fascinated with Ice hockey too so this book would be interesting to read. But also because it is the story of a community coming together to achieve a common dream. 

2. When Breath Becomes Air
This one is a bit of a deep read. It is a memoir by Paul Kalanithi who was a neurosurgeon who got diagnosed with terminal cancer. He writes about the reflection of what could be the meaning of life? What is it that makes life worth living? I love books like such because it really makes you think about everything. 

3. The Girl on The Train 
This one I'm pretty sure people are more familiar with since it became a movie and all. Haven't seen the movie nor have I read the book yet, and I do not want to see a movie before reading the book so I need to read this first. 

4. Brida
From one of my favorite authors. I've read a couple of books from him but this one is next on my list. It has a bit of a similar style to The Alchemist (which is also on this list) since it deals with the mystical and spiritual powers and the connection to the universe. How fun does that sound? 

5. Little Fires Everywhere
This story is based in a town from Cleveland, so that is one of the reasons why I want to read it. Go Cavs! But in all seriousness, this book just like Bear Town, centers into a community, but instead of working together towards a common goal, there is some tension and disagreements that occur between them, hence the title of the book. 

6. The Sun and Her Flowers
This one has been a LONG time occupant in any type of book lists of my own. Rupi is one of my all time favorite poets so it is no surprise that I am dying to get this book into my hands. 

7. We Were Liars
Suspense novel. Enough said. 

8. The Alchemist
Basically all members of my family has read this book but myself. They keep recommending it over and over again so I guess the time has come for me to finally read it. Just as I mentioned previously, it has a similar theme to another one of Mr Coelho's books, Brida. I'm all about for spirituality and universe connections so yes, quite excited to be a part of this beautiful story. 

9. Just One Wish
Another book that is deep to read. Just like When Breath Becomes Air, it deals with the topic of cancer. It is about a 17 year old girl who her brother has cancer and she tries to convince him that he will survive an upcoming surgery. 


Stripes for Fall?

20 Nov 2017 Miami, FL, USA

Stripes for fall? It's Miami so it's always hot around here and the typical fall outfits of comfy sweaters, leggings and boots are definitely out of the question. Can't complain really since I don't have to suffer the many layers of clothes on top of me and instead, wear a simple romper like so.

This lovely white & blue striped romper is so comfortable to wear. I always have those days that do not want to put too much effort into my outfit. The whole "figuring out the top and bottom" ensemble, making sure they match, I just get too lazy sometimes and so I opt for a simple, easy one piece look. I also like that this romper is somewhat off the shoulders. I've been lately obsessed with off-the-shoulder looks, and the bow tie in the middle just completes the entire look.


Photograph by Sarah Sturgis

Book Of The Month | November

13 Nov 2017

We know that books will always be better than the movies (not to devalue the works of all the amazing movie directors out there). I love watching movies, don't get me wrong, but when you read the book version is like you are creating your own movie inside your head you know? Generally I like reading books about things that I can relate to, characters that are around my age range or older. I don't tend to read books about teenagers set in High School because it's like, I already lived that phase of my life and I definitely try to deviate from romantic stories. But there are some that are too good not to read, that even though they do have a dose of romance and perhaps it's narrated in a teenage world, you can still take so much value from it, and that is what John Green's book are for me.

I've only read The Fault In Our Stars before jumping into the bandwagon of the brightly orange cover of Turtles All The Way Down. It's THE book of the season, I've literally seen it at least once every time I check any of my social media. But not only because it's popular but when I saw it was from Mr Green, I HAD to. Did not know what the book was about at all, I thought it had to do with turtles? the beach? animals. Something along those lines.

So I bought the book in Urban Outfitters in one of my weekly visits, of course, when I saw that orange swirl (which I totally understand now why it is a swirl). That was on Friday. I spend the entire weekend glued to the book and I can say that I devoured it until the end. Barely slept, barely ate, all I did was read. I just couldn't stop. The book was good, oh it was sooo good.

For starters, it deals with two major things I can relate into my own life: anxiety and perception of reality. I don't really talk or like to talk much about my anxiety issues but reading about it, how Aza dealt with her own type of anxiety, it was so so so relatable. I try not to dwell on my anxiety, often times not giving it attention, or perhaps I do not really know what is and what isn't anxiety anymore, so reading about it, it was as if I was reading parts of my life. At times it wasn't though because I would read about her anxiety attacks and then it would be a trigger so I would be having one as well.

Aza, the main character of the story, also questioned the idea of what is real, how do we know we are real and not just living in a fictional world. It scared her the notion that "self" is not a singular noun. The self is many things so who are we really? She felt that her thoughts were controlling her and not the other way around. Some really philosophical stuff right there for sure. I did not agree to many of the ways she saw the world though. I would have several discussions with Aza in my head completely disagreeing and other times completely agreeing. But after you read this book, you will realize the meaning of the title and the swirl on the cover and tie everything up together and it will make so much more sense.

I found it so beautiful that there was this constant debate inside my head with agreeing or not agreeing with Aza because that is what John Green perhaps wanted to reflect with the title? That the world is not only a globe but it can also be flat that is on top of turtles after turtles after turtles that go infinitely all the way down. There is no above or below us, like Davis talked about the sky and the universe. The world is not only one thing, it can mean and it can be seen, completely different to me or to you. Our realities are different, not only from person to person but also from different species. Why would we try to define what is real and what is not when we do not even know what we don't know?

So defining what is real is kind of a complex issue. But one thing for sure I can say about all of this is, just as Malik told Aza, the beauty of science is not only asking questions to obtain a definite answer but to learn how to elaborate even more adequate questions. And that is what reality is for me. It's science, it's asking more questions, it's spirituality, eating food, turtles, seeing a baby smile, the sun rays reflecting on the green leaves in front a big infinite blue sky. But mostly, reality is an infinite depth.

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