Travel Diary ||Shopping in Nice and macarons

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Hello, dear bookworms! First post of the travel series for this month. The city for this post is Nice, one place that I can reach quite easily. I already talked a bit about the city in an introduction I did some years ago. You can find the two post as:

Today theme/trip is a bit more free minded and I will talk of some places where you can shop while in Nice, along with few interesting shops I know and a nice dessert shop.

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Let’s pretend that you’re starting your walk on the Promenade des Anglais, facing the street between the Casino Rhul and one of the many cafe on the Promenade. The sea is behind your back as you step into Rue Halévy and you walk on until you find the start of the shopping zone: Rue Massena. 

You will be welcomed by shops and restaurants alike, gelato and ice cream shops, sushi bar and a Lush not far away from the street’s start. Rue Massena is not exactly my favorite place ever but is one of the key street for passage. You will find plenty of mainstream shops (at least for Europe I think), restaurant (try your luck), bars and such where you can drink from a coffee to alcol.

Rue Massena is broke in two parts by a little square full of bars. You can go on and reach Place Massena or maybe take a moment to change your trip.

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If you kept walking as I figures, stopping  in the little square, you will find Rue Paradis at your right. This little street, along with the parallel of Rue Massena, Avenue de Verdun, is some kind of high fashion mini zone. You can find the usual couture and high fashion brands, along with medium brands and some beautiful shops of jewels and glasses. Continue reading

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Of Writers || How do I create my own characters?

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I was planning to write this post since… a lot.  Okay, not so much, but has been quite a lot since I wrote something about writing and so it’s time to do it.

I will try my best with this one to explain calmly and in a clear way how do usually my mind work for my characters and see if this process make sense in some way.

Anyway, I’ve few other writing related topics to post in the future, but I’m also open suggestions. You can leave one in the comment.

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I think that the best way to start the discussion is how my characters’ creation need to be divided in two possible way:

  • one for my current WIP
  • another for my future projects

I will start with the latter, because is far more simple. I’ve too many plot bunnies, listed all in their own section. Some have a title and a basic plot concept, plus a long or little list of characters, aspect and name included.

Usually, I start with the plot itself or the concept of a plot. Something like: a world inspired be *insert nation, story, legend, something else* in which happens *insert competition, apocalypse, fight and such*. Then I start to elaborate the characters.

 

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EVERYTIME I DO A PLOT BUNNY SECTION AND STILL ZERO ACTUAL WORK

 

This kind of elaboration starts thanks to images. With my current WIP I used different way that I’m gonna explain later, but in those many cases art is my major source of inspiration for my character appearance.

The point is that I don’t go around Pinterest for finding the perfect character’s face, but I usually go for Artstation or the many designs done my Otome games (I’m obsessed with the artists, not the game itself. I found those by chances). Or any form of concept art in a style that inspire me or that I love. Continue reading

Bookish Award || Mystery Blog Award

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Hello, dear bookworms! Tomorrow I will be officially on vacation.. kind of. I’m still going to work but I will manage to get some morning or afternoon free. I want to go around the city as much as I can and also read a bit.

Anyway, I decided to styart this month with a chill award, questions and answers. It’s a long time since I did something like that, but the blog need a more lightly post.

And thank you to Rain @Bookdragonism for nominate me

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ABOUT THE AWARD

“It’s an award for amazing bloggers with ingenious posts. Their blog not only captivates; it inspires and motivates. They are one of the best out there, and they deserve every recognition they get. This award is also for bloggers who find fun and inspiration in blogging, and they do it with so much love and passion.”

– Okoto Enigma

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THE RULES

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2.  List the rules.
  3.  ‎Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. ‎Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well. (Okoto Enigma).
  5. ‎Tell your readers 3 things about yourself
  6. ‎Nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7.  ‎Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8.  ‎Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question.
  9.  ‎Share a link to your best post(s)

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THREE NON BOOKISH THINGS ABOUT ME

Well, let me see… I need to find something useful but not quite reveling about myself. Eh. It’s not easy.

Okay, I tend to use tv shows as backgrounds when I do stuff for the academy or when I blog. But I usually end up not concentrating and having a sloppy mind. Aka doing nothing. Still, I persist in the habit. Genius

Once I found a beautiful illustration and I discovered that it was from an otome game. Otome games are like some kinda of dating games for girls but with a story and many endings and many boys. Sometimes I’m super tempted to play but 1) those are in Japanese and I don’t get a thing 2) some are behind silly and embarrassing or  twisted. So I like to check the site because of the art. There are some recurring artist that I love and I love the characters design they realize. Plus all the outfits designs. I love those.

I had a period in which I was in love with Funko Pops and I like them still, but right now I don’t bother to buy them. No particular reason for that. But probably soon I will get addicted again. I just like to have ordinate shelves and I don’t want to fill them with Funkos

RAIN’S QUESTIONS

1. What’s your opinion on dog-earing books?

This is gonna condemn me forever but…. if the dog-ear is little, I’m okay. It’s not like took a lot of the page, just a little that you can adjust with your hands later. But generally I don’t do that, unless I’m in a particular situation in which I can’t reach my bookmark.

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ME SMILING AT THE BOOK COMMUNITY, TRYING TO SURVIVE

2. ‎If you can have a fictional creature as a pet, which creature would you choose?

A nice griffon or a hydra. Possibly one not aggressive towards me. Maybe one that purrs.

3. ‎How many times do you brush your teeth in a day?

Strange question here… Four or three. Depends if I’m eating outside or how much did I eat during the day (like little snacks there and there) and my mouth fells.

4. ‎On a scale of 1-10, how chaotic is your TBR pile right now?

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THE CURRENT MOOD

5. ‎If you were given a chance to live in a fictional world, would you take it? Where will you go?

Yes, please, let me go away from this world. To be fair… I don’t really think that any world I’ve read so far is okay with me. Like, the majority are deadly. The world I created in my book is okay as an answer? I know everything about that place. I could survive without any problem. And I’m the creator. Maybe they would adore me 😈

 

MY FAVORITE POSTS

I love all my post, so a choice is not exactly what comes easy to me. I went and check from the years section which are the most popular post and:

MY NOMINATIONS

As usual, I like to tag some of my most recent followers. These people have been randomly selected 😉 I’ve a lot of new followers that I never checked (blog included) so, I will use this occasion. But if you don’t mind I won’t reach the number of ten XD

MY QUESTIONS

  1. You favorite type of candy? And in this case I mean a type of candy that can be typical of your nation, region or zone.
  2. Perfect reading zone? And by that I mean even your imaginary one, with impossible things. Like a robot butler that bring you snacks
  3. If you had to choose a weapon or a nice object from a book you read, which one would you chose?
  4. Is there any other hobby aside from reading and/or blogging that you like?
  5. Out there exist your dream book or the one with all the things you want to see has still to be written?

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DID YOU LIKE THIS TAG? DO WE HAVE SOMETHING IN COMMON?

July Recap and August golas || Another one of those “wtf” months

 

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Hello, dear bookworms! How are you all? It’s again for the recap of the month and my next month goals. I’ve quite a number of things to say and I’m stressing just thinking about writing them.

I’ve quite a load of things to unpack, so be ready for my usual long post about my delusional blogging expectation and harsh reality crushing me.

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YOU ALL READING THIS POST AND ME WRITING IT

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This month has been much better than the one before! Because I went from zero read to three books! Not all reads were amazing but I’m super glad that I managed to actually do something during this month.

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  • Fawkes got as an eArc ages ago but I didn’t enjoy that much. In the end it didn’t work for me at all. Plus some issue that I wanted to address but… it was messy and I didn’t find much confrontation from other bloggers.
  • The Raging Ones is a sci-fi that gave me some mixed feeling for the world building but I felt really near the characters and the end left me really waiting for the sequel.
  • The Bird Box is a dystopia horror full of gore that I read in little time… and during night. Yeah, I had the perfect genius idea. It wasn’t so scary but put a lot of tension on me.

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Book Review || The Raging Ones by Krista & Becca Ritchie

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Hello, dear readers! This is the last post before my wrap up, and I’ve decided that I will left you all a  review,

This is like the first review that I write the same day in which I finished the book. It’s a super special event, trust me. Usually I’m not that good at this kind of stuff, but my memory helps me with keeping things in my mind. So, long waited reviews aren’t a problem

Anyway, today is also Arc time! The book I’m going to review is written by two authors and is gonna debut during the first days of August

I received and eArc of this novel in exchange of an honest review

TW: violence, drug use

 

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Title: The Raging Ones
Author: Krista & Becca Ritchie
Series. The Raging Ones #2
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Pages: 352
Rating: ★★★★  

In a freezing world, where everyone knows the day they will die, three teens break all odds.


Franny Bluecastle, a tough city teen, dreams of dying in opulence, to see wealth she’s never known. Like the entire world, she believes it’s impossible to dodge a deathday.

Until the day she does.

Court Icecastle knows wealth. He also knows pain. Spending five years in Vorkter Prison, a fortress of ice and suffering, he dreams of life beyond the people that haunt him and the world that imprisoned him.

Mykal Kickfall fights for those he loves. The rugged Hinterlander shares a frustrating yet unbreakable connection with Court—which only grows more lawless and chaotic as their senses and emotions connect with Franny.

With the threat of people learning they’ve dodged their deathdays, they must flee their planet to survive. But to do so, all three will have to hide their shared bond as they vie for a highly sought after spot in the newest mission to space. Against thousands of people far smarter, who’ll live longer, and never fear death the way that they do. 

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I’ve many mixed feeling for this one, so let me state this clearly from the start: the four stars are just for the end. Because the moment I ended up finishing the book, my first reaction was: I cannot believe that I’ve to wait 2019  for getting the end of this.

For the rest, The Raging Ones is one of those novels that fall directly under my usual three star rating, meaning a book I liked one way or another but I wouldn’t list in my absolute favorite. Yet, sometimes it happens that I realized how much I actually like a first book when I read the sequel. So, in general: I love the series.

I have no idea how things will go for this novel, but my mixed feeling are disseminated a bit all around the book and those are usually question.

Let me start with what I liked, before digging into all my “I’ve so many interrogative points”.

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