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The Books I Never Finished Because I am a Wuss.

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I recently had a very interesting conversation with a friend regarding books both of us abandoned for various reasons. The majority of these reasons, it comes as no surprise, were along the lines of not liking the book after all or getting bored middle way. While these sound like legitimate reasons to close a book and call it a day, I admitted in having some very peculiar examples of my own. Here are my four books that I really liked, but never finished: Read the rest of this entry »

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Why I love the Humble Bundle.

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The Humble Bundle

Humble Bundle is, as the title suggests, a collection of games, books, music albums, etc that are available for purchase at a price determined by the customer. The bundles vary in content (from my own experience they are likely to be games of different kinds), and they are available for purchase for only a couple of weeks and only online. Furthermore, the money goes to charity. Yeah, I know, good stuff.

The first Humble Bundle I bought was called Humble eBook Bundle I, and contained some authors I knew and some I didn’t, so it was a great way to discover great books. Since then I have bought many more bundles, most containing games I enjoyed on my tablet/phone/PC. I have been waiting for a new eBook bundle and here it is! Yay! Read the rest of this entry »

The Magic of Old Books.

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Old book bindingsSaying that old books are like old friends has turned a bit cliché over the last years, so I’m not going to go there. I don’t even think I ever thought of books in general as friends, but more as complex little worlds I could disappear into for hours at times. What could be better than a book? Well, an old book.
Growing up, I used to browse the shelves of my parent’s library that never really seized to amaze me. Adult books, a genre standing on its own, that looked as exotic as their titles. I was still at the young age when, although not admitting it, was still judging a book by its cover. When not even the covers of the neatly aligned books satisfied my wishes, I would try and pick up the oldest I could find. Thinking about it now, I believe there was always something that seduced me in the old, dusty, and forgotten. Some call it mystery, and perhaps old books have a dose of that, but I believe that for me it was something else, something beyond that. Read the rest of this entry »

I’m back!

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It’s been a while, I know. Many things happened since my last post, and I just could not find the courage to sit down at my computer and write anything that would be worth reading. I had so many ideas, but every time I sat down in front of the monitor I would almost get scared and I would give up on it. Some sort of writer’s block, except the other way around. Perhaps it was the stress in the last couple of months, combined with my wish to finish my second year in university with good grades (which I did), and the creative flow I have been experiencing that never seemed to include my blog.

Like I said, I now finished my second year in university; and that means exams, deadlines, and lots of stress. Now it’s all over and I am enjoying my summer vacation. Next semester I will study at Newcastle University, England, where I was accepted as an Erasmus exchange student, something that I am very proud of and very much looking forward to. It’s a bit scary going in a faraway place, where I haven’t been before and have no friends, but I am sure it will be fine anyway. I am fixing accommodation now, something that is a pain, and it’s somehow stressing me a bit, so that takes a lot of my time too. I will probably be writing on a second blog as soon as I get there, something dedicated to my experience as an exchange student, which would be interesting to people who are planning to do the same thing. As soon as I know the details, I will offer a link here.

Otherwise, I have been playing a bit with my camera, especially in my vacation in Romania, where I took lots and lots of shoots, some of them hopefully good. I made a Flickr account, so go ahead and check the very few ones I have posted so far (more to come). I’m still at the point where I am experimenting the things I can do with my camera. I take walks and look at stuff, and I take some shots, and it’s relaxing. So nothing fancy. I have developed a weird obsession for lamp posts, and I am on a constant hunt for nice ones that could make an interesting picture. Yes, I know. It’s weird.

Lots and lots on my reading list, so there will be some posts on books pretty soon. The next one will probably be about Neil Gaiman’s last book, The Ocean at the end of the Lane, which I am reading now, scared it will eventually end. 🙂 Yes, I like Neil Gaiman that much.

Soooo…I am back on track, will post more (pinky swear), be more active online, etc. I have so many ideas I need to start writing them else I’m afraid I’ll lose them. And what better place than here, right?

P.S: Flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/98239804@N02/

The Art Courses and The University Budget Cuts Walk Into a Bar.

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…and the bartender says ´´Hey! I know where this is going!´´. And so do I. As a matter of fact, if you are studying Arts you probably do too. I was naively living in a world where the Art Department was the bread and butter of the society, the soul of the University, the heart of the Academia. Well it isn’t.  Not in the eyes of the Government people who, when it comes to saving money and cutting costs, are pointing fingers at the education budget. I am an English student who at the end of next year will have a bachelor of Arts with a major in English Studies. My teachers are wonderful people, always trying to do the best for us, teaching engaging courses, encouraging us to be creative. But there is only so much that they can do.

This semester I have been engaged (and still am) in a great course called Creative Writing. It is a distance course at Malmö University,Sweden, based on developing our skills as writers through workshops, reading, as well as giving and receiving feedback. Great stuff, you might say. Well that’s not what the University thought when it came to cutting costs. What is happening is that the Government decided the universities need to cut their budget, and  as usual the art courses went down first. SO we nagged and nagged and in the end decided to…well…do something. And we did what we do best. We wrote. Between our workshops and deadlines we wrote some mails to the Vice Chancellor. We told him how this course is unique in Scandinavia. We told him how important our English speaking community in Southern Sweden is. We told him former students are being published all over the place resulting in an income. We told him how every semester there are so many students who just can’t get a spot in the course because there is no more room. We told him how our department is cut from Literature courses all the freaking time, and how this is just another low blow. Mainly we told him how much we love our course. I don’t know how many e mails he received but at the end many asked him about this issue on his blog, as well as making Facebook pages where we discussed why the course should not be discontinued. And it worked. I honestly didn’t thought it would, but it did and boy did I let out a wild loud cheer when I heard the good news. We get to keep the course. It will not be discontinued. Yay for us. Power to the people, right? Read the rest of this entry »

New Camera for Better Pictures! Yay!

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I recently got a new camera. It’s a great one! I am absolutely clueless about what I am doing, but so happy. One of these days I am going to go out, take some pictures while looking very professional, but really knowing absolutely nothing about what I am doing. In my defense I am reading a book about photography and looking at various videos on the internet. Oh yeah..the camera is a Nikon D3200.

So far the weather has been depressing here so I just took some pics at a lamp and at some books( to see how they would look on the blog. The books. Not the lamp). Here is a cool one( in my opinion) from the Burton book I just wrote about. I like ”Staring Girl”…

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Staring girl likes to…stare.

Yes I know…this post was so random you barely noticed. Ha!

Online Book Shopping or the Death of the Local Bookstores?

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I love books! I love the process of writing a book, the amazing feeling you get when you read a good book, the fun you have discussing a book with your friends, and last but not least I like buying books. In my last post I was excited about going out and getting some new titles from the biggest sale that happens here yearly. It was good. It was. But it got me thinking: I buy many books although my budget doesn’t always agree with this. And I buy them online because it’s cheaper. Read the rest of this entry »

Bokrea or Nirvana for Swedish Book Lovers!

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LA2 bokrea 2009 BokskottenYou see those big signs yelling  “REA” at you? That is a word of magic and wonder that means “Sale”. You might have noticed the big piles of books scattered around. Yes, you got it, you got it! It’s a book sale! Today in Sweden all the bookshops have major book sales. It is a great day for me because I can go out and get some nice titles. Then again, this is a sad day for my wallet who screams as I enter yet another bookshop “No more!  No more”. The prices are really low, so now is the time to stack on those books that I have been thinking of getting but never did since I prioritized text books and other (seemingly) useful things for school. Oh! And did I mention that this is going on as well on the online bookshops? Mmmm, sweet day of book sale here I come! Read the rest of this entry »

Hello World, as They Say Around Here!

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What does a person who is so busy that sometimes she barely has time to sleep (okay, so that is a gross exaggeration) do? Why of course she starts a blog! Right? Wrong! However, this is what I am doing and I am not listening to any silly voice of reason! I will not waste anyone’s time by telling the story of my life, what lunch I had today, or why I like writing (although that might come  up); if you are curious you can check all this stuff in the About section (it’s right above all this text. Look there! Under the title! Yeah that’s it. You found it). What I am going to do is tell you why I started this blog and what I intend to write about. Read the rest of this entry »