The Literary Salon || Books as an inspiration in real life

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Hello, dear bookworms! Yes, yes. Isn’t me that one that say how much she’s turning active again and then suddenly disappear for some time? Well yes. Of course it’s me. Just be patient. I’m trying to turn back active and functional but is not really working out. I’ve been in this shape since the start of the year.

Anyway, between one thing and the other, here I’m with a post that people voted on Twitter ages ago. I may be a slow blogger but I never forget!

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Books are a mass of papers, printed in ink and words. A nice cover add a touch of aesthetic magic. We love their stories, their morales, their characters. Sometimes, not always. But is more than enough to make us gravitate around novels.

What books give us may differ from our inclinations: a moment of peace, a new world, a mind travel, a place where our soul can rest. Not every time we pick up a novel with the noble intentions of knowing something new, to have a mind-blowing, or our heart broke.

Sometime we just read because we want. We search for tranquility, we may get back some strong emotions, other time we’re just fluffy inside. Books connect us with other people (if you join the right community) and sometimes the discourse doesn’t stop around screaming at each other about our favorite work.

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Special Post || Of Pride Month and a-spectrum

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Hello, dear readers! Today I’m going to share with you this long post. I thought about writing it or not, about talking of such topic, but in the end… why not? Two things can happen: people are going to harass me or are going to learn few things.

As usual, I want to state that:

  • this is a special post. I don’t them all the time and this is a huge step form me. Hopefully not a massive failure.
  • this post is not made to educate you about the asexual and aromantic spectrum (or a-spec). Kind of. For sure is gonna educate some of you but I see it more as informing people of what is happening
  • you shouldn’t take all my words as 100% “sure and perfection”. I’m just reporting what happened, what I learn and my personal experience.
  • also, you should consider that I identify myself as ace. I prefer this term because I’ve always saw it as something open to the whole a-spec. I’m still on figuring out my exact place in the spectrum, if I’m aromantic or not… So, in this post I will refer to the a-spec, including aromantic and ace people in the narrative. I don’t know if I’m gonna succeed at the best. So, feel free to correct me if you feel the need to add or correct.

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One thing worth highlighting is that there big difference between the italian community and the more “international” one. On the Italian side the a-spec is still not well know, and only now ace/aro people are gaining place of representation in lgbt+ association and such. Still, many and many articles online are badly written. Let’s say that I would never suggest anyone to inform themself about the a-spec using Italian articles.

Another boring thing is that many times, the term asexual get translated as asessuato, which indicate the lack of sexual organs. Between people getting things wrong, because it’s also a translation issue (asessuato in English is, in fact, asexual), people being wilfully ignorant and hateful people, asessuato  became what I can call an italian slur for asexual.

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My constant mood every time I deal with the italian community over delicate matters

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Of Bloggers || Useful place for graphics

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Hello, dear bloggers! I usually never do those kind of features, but it’s a thing that was going through my mind since quite a time. I don’t think it will actually become a permanent feature, but something I will post sometimes when I found something interesting.

Also because I’m not exactly the best bloggers to be seen as a reference when we’re talking about advanced blogger stuff.

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Me most of the time I get an actual idea for the blog. One that will take ages to get into an actual post.

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Today post is about some interesting sites that can help you if you’re a lover of cliparts and font and many other amazing things that you can use for your blog. Just be aware that all those sites that I’m gonna link to you, permit to use all the designs just for personal use, meaning that you cannot profit using the design. Unless there’s a way to purchase a license.

Another note to add is that for work on some cliparts you will need photoshop or illustrator, or some valid option that will allow you to create what you want. And always remember to quote the creator.

A lot of those sites permit the download of their stuff only after having subscribed to their site. The only thing I can suggest, if you don’t love this kind of things, is to create a free mail account to use with such purpose. I did the same thing. BigHeaderSummer1RA

 Main site I use 

Let me start with Etsy. This place is not only a nice platform where to find original objects that goes from dress, to jewels, pin, bags, pencil…. but you can also find many beautiful cliparts shops.You probably know already about Etsy, since it’s not exactly an unknown internet place, but it’s still worthy to nominate it. It’s true that you will probably be in need to pay all the cliparts you want, but it has many choices.

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Book Review || Fawkes by Nadine Brandes

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Hello, hello dear bookworms! I’m finally turning back active please, don’t be my famous last words   for the July month! I’ve already few topics ready for you all and I’m kinda ready *.* I will probably try to schedule as much as I can tonight, so I will leave you all with this not so amazing review.

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My suppose “I’m back” move. But I would probably walk in looking at my feet and with a hollow like look in the face

Anyway, let’s hope we will all have a good month together! Also, my current follower count is at 291 people! Thank you so much ❤

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Fawkes

Title: Fawkes
Author: Nadine Brandes
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Pages: 448
Rating: ★★

Thomas Fawkes is turning to stone, and the only cure to the Stone Plague is to join his father’s plot to assassinate the king of England.

Silent wars leave the most carnage. The wars that are never declared, but are carried out in dark alleys with masks and hidden knives. Wars where color power alters the natural rhythm of 17th century London. And when the king calls for peace, no one listens until he finally calls for death.

But what if death finds him first?

Keepers think the Igniters caused the plague. Igniters think the Keepers did it. But all Thomas knows is that the Stone Plague infecting his eye is spreading. And if he doesn’t do something soon, he’ll be a lifeless statue. So when his Keeper father, Guy Fawkes, invites him to join the Gunpowder Plot—claiming it will put an end to the plague—Thomas is in.

The plan: use 36 barrels of gunpowder to blow up the Igniter King.

The problem: Doing so will destroy the family of the girl Thomas loves. But backing out of the plot will send his father and the other plotters to the gallows. To save one, Thomas will lose the other.

No matter Thomas’s choice, one thing is clear: once the decision is made and the color masks have been put on, there’s no turning back.

 

TW: racism, ableism, violence

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Fawkes caught my attention on Netgalley mostly because of the plot and I was happy when I got approved. I started it and ended it with good spirit and intentions. It was a fast read and went by no problems. But… no.

Everything seems promising, with magic system, historical fact that blended strictly with the plot but the result was something else.

If I look at Fawkes with a general read I could say “not so bad”. It kept entertained, I appreciated the end and I was mildly interested, I liked the idea of magic (reasons why it got two stars) but at the same time it left me with so many mixed feelings.

First, let me start with how the plot went. Yes, I wrote that in a way or another I followed the story but a big sense of flatness never left the pages. Everything went on and on and on and I was waiting so much for the big finale, which in the end was anti climatic. And for many reasons. Fawkes is inspired by real historical facts and through Thomas, the main character, it leads to a conspiration. Continue reading

Of Books || Top Ten Tuesday – Ten books’ travel location

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Hello, hello bookworms! I would love to start with a cheerful introduction but I’m more on a mood of: OMG EXAMS WHY I’M SO SLOW.

Really, I’ve few things to do but everything seems to sleep away so easily! Why and why, that’s my question. Also, this is one of the reason why I decided to a Top Ten Tuesday after such a big time. I really need something more relaxed instead of focusing on heavy discussions

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I should be this cat. Why am I not this cat?

Little introduction: this post is a bit different, meaning that I wanted to be creative the mess is coming and I decided to do a thing. I literally turned to see my bookshelves and picked up ten random books that I will proudly represent, like I’m trying to sell you a ticket for such places.

Does it sound brilliant? IT’S NOT 

P.s: By the way, I know I’m a day late XD

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TINDER

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Tinder by Sally Gardner offer an ancient location for every history lovers who likes to being throw inside battle and gore! Do you love creepy fairy tales? Go to Tinder universe!

You will find decadent castle, murderous dames and pretty melancholic princesses that will fall in love with you just for the sake of the plot!

Are you a lover of high risk and that type of terror that makes your heart explore? Don’t worry, Death will get a passion for stalking you. All the ghosts from your past will got along, keeping you company as creepy apparition. Their smiling zombie faces will give the cold sensations you were waiting for.

This amazing vacation package also include: semi human man who you might sell your soul or get souvenirs, magical things that might steal your souls too, magical wolves that will never make clear if they want to kill you, eat you or be your friends. Handsome princes are included.  Continue reading