Book 4/52 Dragon Slippers by Jessica Day George Review

It’s been a while since I last read a physical book. It was nice to do it again. 😊 The smell of old books is really relaxing. I bought this book on a sale, but it looks nice.

The book is titled Dragon Slippers, written by Jessica Day George. I think there is a second book titled “Dragon Flight”. I would probably have to scour book sales and secondhand bookstores just to find it. 😄

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The story started slow but I was hooked by the unexpected twists and turns. This is basically just me listing down my reactions to the story.

Spoilers ahead! ⚠⚠⚠

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Book 3/52 Angels & Demons by Dan Brown Review

I know I’m so late in completing this challenge. But I’m still hoping to finish 52 books this year so… I’m so glad when I finished this book. Also, it’s soooooo deep and the story is so interesting.

So this book is about the adventure of Robert Langdon across Europe, specifically in Rome. It involves a whole lot about symbology, the Catholic church, science and the Illuminati.

Here are some quotes I’d like to react to:

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I agree with this. Most Christian religions are based on the Bible. Even Islam is based on a book called Quran. I believe that religions are connected and some of the beliefs are actually intertwined.

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This actually makes a lot of sense. I am aware that some holidays we celebrate as Christians are based off of pagan cultures, like Easter, Valentine’s Day and Christmas. Early conquerors are very smart for “transmuting”.

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I also believe that people don’t have to kill to be called terrorists. As long as they are working to cause terror and fear, they are terrorists in my eyes.

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I agree. This is why I believe that there is no correct religion. What’s important is your relationship with God.

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This also makes sense. I even had a theory that God is the universe. He is fate, he is destiny. He decides about your fate but it was done long ago. Hence, what you call predetermination.

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Exactly!!! I believe that God’s mind is so brilliant we can’t comprehend.

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We all search for meaning, just in different ways and approaches.

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When we believe that there is someone guiding us, we feel safer and more secure that we aren’t lost and that there is something for us in the future.

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This is a great theory. And it makes sense especially when you think about how the prophets, wise men like Buddha as well as Jesus Christ likes to meditate.

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Technically, we are. We are all made up of atoms and those atoms brush up each other at some points.

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This is because religion is manmade, which means it’s with loopholes. I believe that the Bible is a guide but we shouldn’t follow it word for word as it’s only another person’s interpretations of God’s message.

I remember that this series was controversial and was said to make you question your beliefs. However, I have been enlightened, actually. Some things makes more sense now. I’m not using this book as a Bible or anything. It just made me feel more confident in my beliefs and my theories because I now know that someone else out there agrees with me.

Also, the book doesn’t make you go against the church. It makes you question if you are following the rituals because they make sense or because of blind idolatry. And I think that’s the beauty of it — having the freedom to evaluate yourself and your beliefs. God gave us free will and intelligence so that we can figure out what is moral and what is good.

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Blog 11/52 Commentary on Shakespeare

To be honest, I haven’t really read Shakespeare. And it’s because I can’t enjoy reading too much Old English. It’s like my brain hurts when I try. (Update: So I just found out that Shakespeare’s work is much readable than Old English. And that it’s actually written in “Early Modern English”.)

So here’s what I’m gonna do. I’m gonna find three works done by Shakespeare, read the summary/plot and react to it. I’ll be basing my review/comments from that summary.

Be informed that I chose these titles randomly. So I’m choosing…

  1. Macbeth
  2. The Merchant of Venice
  3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Let’s start!

1. Macbeth

I used eNotes.com’s summary. My comments:

  • “His wife, Lady Macbeth, urges him to seize the opportunity and take the throne. One night, Macbeth murders King Duncan in his sleep, then frames the guards for the crime.”Lady Macbeth’s like, “Carpe Diem!” and Macbeth was like, “You mean kill the King? Okay!” 
  • “To protect himself, Macbeth has Banquo killed.” I think Shakespeare may be an ancestor of GRRM. 
  • “Duncan’s sons Malcolm and Donalbain flee Scotland, where they begin plotting against Macbeth.” Why did Malcolm and Donalbain flee? Isn’t one of them supposed to be the heir?
  • “One of their allies, Macduff, poses a serious threat to Macbeth, so the new king has Macduff crowned king.”And now Macduff is king? Like how?
  • “Overcome with remorse over the murder of King Duncan, Lady Macbeth commits suicide.” Lady Macbeth was like, “Dude, I said Carpe Diem like kiss ass and suck up to the king, not kill him!” Macbeth was like “too late!” so she commits suicide instead. 
  • “Macduff, the product of a gruesome c-section, was not “of woman born”. — HEY! JUST BECAUSE HE’S C-SECTION DOESN’T MEAN HE’S NOT OF WOMAN BORN! 
  • “realizes too late that the witches’ prophecies foretold his death and not his success.” You should have checked for loopholes, dude. 

So this story is a bit dark for me (but, hey, I love GoT, so…) Although, if it’s not written in Old English I might have read it. The plot twists are nicely put. Good job Shakespeare!

2. The Merchant of Venice

I used the summary from No Sweat Shakespeare. Commentary:

  • “the loan must be repaid in three months or Shylock will exact a pound of flesh from Antonio.”Okay. Shylock’s dark humor isn’t really funny. 
  • “Even when Bassanio offers much more than the amount in repayment, Shylock, now infuriated by the loss of his daughter, is intent on seeking revenge on the Christians. The Duke refuses to intervene.”A lot is happening here. Shylock needs to calm the fuck down. We can get your daughter back, okay? Just say you’re okay with her new lover and everything will be fine. Also, why the heck is the Duke doing nothing? What’s your purpose if not to intervene with such horrific deals?
  • “Moreover, for conspiring to murder a Venetian citizen, Portia orders that he should forfeit all his wealth.”Okay, calm down, Portia. That’s just greedy. He’s just mad. You already denied his revenge. That should have been enough. 
  • “Antonio gives his half back to Shylock on the condition that Shylock bequeath it to his disinherited daughter, Jessica. Shylock must also convert to Christianity.” And you, Antonio. Why did you have to ask him to convert? Let him choose his own religion!
  • “With the exception of Shylock, all celebrate a happy ending to the affair.” Yeah, because you guys have forced him to do things he doesn’t want to. 

I was slightly shocked that at the end, I was feeling for Shylock. I mean, he’s clearly some kind of a psychopath but I really feel like that kind of redemption for the protagonists doesn’t fit. I don’t know…

Also, why did Portia make Shylock convert? Is that really in the law? I don’t think Christianity works like that. But what do I know, right?

3. A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I used this summary from GradeSaver. My comments:

  • “Egeus tells Theseus that Hermia refuses to marry Demetrius, wanting instead to marry Lysander. He asks for the right to punish Hermia with death if she refuses to obey.” Okay. First of all, that kind of disobedience doesn’t have to be punishable by death. I know this is fiction and this practice is old, but still. 
  • “They tell their plan to Helena, a girl who is madly in love with Demetrius. Hoping to gain favor with Demetrius, Helena decides to tell him about the plan.” If you’re gonna elope secretly, don’t tell anyone. SERIOUSLY. It’s called a secret for a reason. And you, Helena, you were given a chance to get the guy, and you betray them. WTF? Stupid much?
  • “Titania and Oberon soon arrive and begin arguing about a young boy Titania has stolen and is caring for. Oberon demands that she give him the boy, but she refuses.”Titania stole a boy. Is it really that easy for a queen to steal a boy? lol
  • “Oberon decides to play a trick on Titania and put some pansy juice on her eyes. The magical juice will make her fall in love with first person she sees upon waking up.” I don’t get why Oberon initially decided to use pansy juice. I mean what was he planning to accomplish with that? That Titania will fall in love with him so bad she’ll release the boy? Dude, what?
  • “Demetrius deserts Helena in the forest, leaving her alone.” Of course, Demetrius will leave you Helena. You just gave him the chance to stop the love of his life from eloping.
  • “Oberon decides that he will change this situation”It feels like Oberon was just put there so he can help Helena.
  • “He then finds Titania and drops the juice onto her eyelids. Robin goes to find Demetrius, but instead comes across Lysander and accidentally uses the juice on him… Oberon then puts the pansy juice onto Demetrius’s eyelids…” — Just how much pansy juice do they have on hand? How do you accidentally spill that so many times without using it all up?
  • “She thinks that the two men are trying to torment her for being in love with Demetrius, and becomes furious at their protestations of love.” That moment when Helena got too many suitors she got mad at them? Ganda mo girl. 
  • “Out of fear of censorship, they decide to make the play less realistic. Therefore the lion is supposed to announce that he is not a lion, but only a common man. Bottom also feels obliged to tell the audience that he is not really going to die, but will only pretend to do so.” Is this the first time people used disclaimers? lol
  • “Puck…catches Bottom alone and puts an asses head on him. When Bottom returns to his troupe, they run away out of fear.” How can you have an ass head on you without even knowing it?
  • “Theseus decides to overbear Egeus and let the lovers get married that day with him.” So I guess everything was a blessing in disguise for Hermia and Lysander?
  • “After they leave Puck asks the audience to forgive the actors is they were offended.” Was this the day people started to be offended by fiction? 

This, I believe, is a legit comedy. Even though there are WTF parts, it kinda made me laugh.


So there’s my commentary about some of Shakespeare’s works. Got some ideas, too? Share them at the comments section?

 

 

Book 2/52 The Brethren by John Grisham Review

Okay. So I just finished another book. It’s called The Brethren. I became a fan of John Grisham after accidentally reading his novel, The Firm. Kinda got tired of reading romance novels. 😂
The book is about three convicted judges, who is running a gay reverse-scam from inside the prison. They were able to hook a very high profile politician with a lot to lose. And the build up to the climax starts there.

This book was not as eventful as The Firm but the climax was enough to not make this read a waste. Don’t get me wrong. The plot was okay but it was just a bit boring in the beginning. The plot twists were enough to make me turn the page until I finish.

Hopefully, I’ll be able to find another Grisham novel that would make me flip with suspense.

It left me with some questions though. *WARNING! spoilers ahead*

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Book 1/52 Scrappy Little Nobody Review

First book I finished for 2017. Even though I know I am gonna fail the 52 books in 52 weeks challenge, I’m still gonna try. 😂

So this book is a memoir of Pitch Perfect’s Anna Kendrick. I loved reading it as it showed me a personal side of her I hadn’t known existed. I even thought that that attitude was scripted. 😞 Don’t worry Anna, I understand where you’re coming from.

I loved how the book made me realize that celebrities are more like me than they seem. You know, that they’re people, too. Finding out the Anna Kendrick lives in an apartment just like mine was humbling. I mean, I hope she receives more blessings, I just appreciate the fact that we are more alike than I ever imagined. I also look like a kid so I can really relate to her. I had just graduated college when I accompanied my cousin to her HS enrollment. The school staff thought I was the one enrolling and asked what grade I was in. 😧

I also liked how real Anna is, not even thinking of what other people would say. I loved some of her thoughts.

This statement hits home. Boyfie and I have had arguments stemming from this.

Love makes us do weird things.

I don’t wanna believe this, to be honest.

I’m an only child. So believing this would mean my feelings are all selfish and that I should stop feeling them. I mean, I know that I am NOT the center of the universe. I am just asking for a bit of attention. Does that really make me selfish? Hmmm. 🤔😔

Feels on point.

I have been feeling this for months. I can’t even play Sims and enjoy it as I have this nagging feeling that I should be busy doing something else. Something practical and money-earning.

Oh well.

You know, reading this book just made me realize how passionate I am with theater, acting, singing and literature.

Read Anna’s book if you want to know some truths about Hollywood and celebrity life. I’m off to read a new book, probably one from John Grisham.

Thanks for reading this. See ya. 😘

xoxo,

The “2017 Read 52 Books in 52 Weeks” Challenge

Last year, I’ve tried the Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge where you input how many books you want to finish in a year. However, I fell very short of the 100-book goal I imposed on myself. I’ve still joined this year and you can join the Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge, just click here.

This year, I hope to finish at least 52 books as I have joined the 2017 Read-52-Books-in-52-Weeks Challenge. Quoting their post:

  • The challenge will run from January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017.
  • Our book weeks will begin on Sunday
  • Participants may join at any time.
  • All books are acceptable except children books.**
  • All forms of books are acceptable including e-books, audio books, etc.
  • Re-reads are acceptable as long as they are read after January 1, 2017
  • Books may overlap other challenges.
  • Create an entry post linking to this blog.
  • Sign up with Mr. Linky in the “I’m participating post” in the sidebar
  • You don’t have a blog to participate. Post your weekly book in the comments section of each weekly post.
  • Mr. Linky will be added to the bottom of the weekly post for you to link to reviews of your reads.

If you wanna join, click here and follow the instructions. Hopefully, I’ll accomplish this one. And since my phone broke, most of the titles I’ll read will be paperback (I usually read eBooks).

Are you participating in any reading challenges this year? Let’s read together. Share in the comments! ♥

How to Get Accepted to Brakebills

I GOT ACCEPTED TO BRAKEBILLS! 😂💌💯

After being accepted to Brakebills, Dean Henry Fogg welcomed me and explained magic, the school, and the process to me.

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He then told me that before I can go to school here, I must first take the exam.

An examination blue book is placed in my desk.

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To take the exam, you’ll have to click the “Start Exam” button.

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Note that the exam is timed. You only have a minute to finish all the questions.

The first question page looks like this:

Question 1:

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“Who was the president of the United States
at the moment in your life when you became irrelevant?”

However, you actually can’t write anything because as soon as you click the paper, it’ll go to the next question. I wonder if there’s a meaning behind that. Like maybe I should think I am irrelevant so they aren’t giving the chance to justify the thought?

Anyways, moving on to the next question.

Question 2:

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Select the type of magic most prominently
used in the Napoleonic Wars.

As if I know the answer to that. 😂 (I actually tried to retake the exam more than four times with each time changing my answer, but I still got this question wrong.)

Question 3:

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Create a false language, and translate
“The Itsy Bitsy Spider” into your false language.

Then, describe the civil war that occurred in the society
that speaks your false language.

What in the world?!? It seems this test is really testing me. 😂

When I tried to type, a certain type-font appears. This happens even if I click random buttons. Of course, you’ll get that item wrong too.

Question 4:

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You are a nurse and you walk into a patient’s room
and see that there is a fire in the trash can.
What do you do first? Choose the best answer.

Again, I’ve tried to choose different answers but never did I get it right.

Question 5:
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If you could have dinner with any person, living or dead,
what kind of poison would you put it their food
to kill them, and why?

This questionnaire just keeps getting darker and darker. 😂 The page will move on to the next question as soon as you try to answer that.

Question 6:

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Which of the following historical figures
was/is NOT a Magician?

To be honest, my first answer was Kanye West. 😂 He’s the only person I know from the list. I don’t know ’bout you but I know he ain’t a Magician. 😂 I’m also guessing there isn’t a right answer here as I’ve tried choosing each as an answer.

After the clicking the answer, you be shown the last page which says:

You have completed the entrance
exam.

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Only then will a message like this shows up.

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B R A K E B I L L S   E X A M
C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s !

Dear Student,

You flunked, but we like you anyway.
On behalf of our faculty and staff, it is my distinct pleasure to inform you that you have been accepted to the graduate program at Brakebills University for Magical Pedagogy for the Spring 2016 semester.

Maybe you will do something extraordinary and change the world, or maybe your magic will be utterly mundane. But at the end of the day, magic is far more than how much power you have, or how many spells you know. Magic is inextricably tied to who you are. We invite you to come explore with us.
Here, we teach you how to cultivate your magic, but how you wield it is entirely up to you.
Welcome to Brakebills.
Henry Fogg

Dean of Brakebills

If you have any idea to actually pass the exam, please spill! 😂 I’d love to really get a decent reply. I’ll be taking the first lesson soon.

Click here to take the exam and comment below how your exam went. Thank you for reading this post. ♥