12 books in 12 months

Hey guys!

I know it has been a while since my last post. Uni has been keeping me so occupied with weekly exams, club meetings, and not to forget FINALS! I hope your winter break turned out amazing and the new year has settled in for you guys :).

I wanted to start this new project where I read a book a month (maybe 2 books a month over the summer), this will allow me to fit in time for myself to read since I’ve been slacking last semester.

So I hope you guys enjoy this adventure with me!

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“A Mind For Numbers” by Barbara Oakley

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Hey guys! I know it’s been a long time since my latest blog post. I blame uni ugh, there are so many assignments to do and just when I think I’m done, I ‘m actually not! Ha! I’ve squeezed in some time to read a book, so jokes on them.

This book is so amazing, especially if you are a college student. It has really made me realize that I am a queen and I am the best I can be for me. I can’t compare myself to other people in academics, because I am my only competition. Oakley has described different ways to think of my studying habits, and provides examples. She didn’t make this effort of studying to be a hassle, in fact, Oakley made me realize what were my goals and how to achieve them. Little known fact was that Oakley hated math and science because she wasn’t good at it, but later got a PhD in engineering. Her point was that, you are never not good at something, you only make yourself fail if you put yourself in that mindset.

This book was a 10/10 I recommend it to everyone! Please read it!

P.S I made a little journal outlining my personal thoughts on this book down below (please feel free to click on the link!) tesfaye_rooket

 

Sausage Party

 

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Although this movie is extremely explicit, disturbing, and offensive, the moral of the story seems to question why we are here and what happens when we die. While exploring that aspect, it also touches on real life situations such as rape, peer pressure, and relationship drama.

Memorable scene:

I remember watching one scene where the douche (the rapist) was feeling weak because he didn’t feel “charged up”, so he picked up a juice box (the victim) and without consent sucked on the juice box. Then tears it up, leaving the juice box not only without a voice but completely inferior to the douche. The director of the movie did a good job making this scene as uncomfortable and realistic as possible. Usually, rape victims feel as if they don’t have a voice and they aren’t as powerful, because of the fear of still being looked down upon. I remember looking away, covering my eyes, and feeling sympathetic towards the victim.

If you have the chance, watch the movie. I promise you will laugh too. The Sausage Party was cleverly produced.

“The Blessing” by Nancy Mitford

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This book was published in 1951, and took place during a post world war II era. It is about a french man, Charles Edouard wooing an english woman, Grace. They eventually get married and she gets pregnant with his child all in a span of about 6 to 8 months. Grace being as naive as she is, moves to France with her husband, after he finishes military duty, without having any knowledge of the language or culture. So this makes her husband take advantage of her clumsiness; he doesn’t allow her to go out of the house and controls her actions when they happen to go out together. However, Charles has an affair with two other women. On the other hand, their son, Sigi is about 7 or 8 years old and sees how unpleasant his parents relationship are and convinces them to marry other people, instead of fixing their broken relationship.

Thoughts….

This book was annoying, because I didn’t like how Charles walked all over Grace and took advantage of her. I also didn’t like how Grace was portrayed as a weak, fragile woman that couldn’t support herself without the help of a man. She was still willing to go back to Charles even after she caught him cheating…..on their bed! And Charles was still contemplating whether to go back to his wife or stay with the mistress! (WHO WHAT WHYYYYYYY!) I guess that’s what happens when I read a book from the ’50s… The only character that I actually enjoyed was the Nanny, she was witty and charming.

If you are okay with being really annoyed, I recommend this book. If you want to keep your sanity, then probably not (it’s all up to you, but don’t say I didn’t warn ya!).

“Sugar Daddy” by Lisa Kleypas

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I don’t even know where to begin….

Little background:

Liberty Jones is the daughter of Diana Jones–Liberty’s father died when she was young during a construction accident. They are a low class family living in trailer parks in a small town called Welcome, Texas. They struggle to pay bills and Diana struggles to find love again; she never settled on one long term relationship after the death of her husband. This eventually leads Diana to become pregnant with a child, Carrington (unknown father), and Liberty helps her mother raise the child. Diana usually tells Liberty that she is leaving for a day and comes back with the bills paid and the food in the pantry and fridge restocked. Thus the concept of the “sugar daddy” comes in. However, this concept is short lived after her mother dies in a car accident due to her current boyfriend. So Liberty raises her sister alone and leaves her small town, goes to school, and works as a hair and nail stylist at a prestigious salon in Houston. There she meets an old man, that she doesn’t know is her mother’s sugar daddy. He proposes to both Liberty and Carrington a place to stay at his Estate, and offers Liberty double the salary that she makes at the salon if she works for him.

I don’t want to say anymore, so please please please get the novel if you are interested! I left out some important details because I don’t want to spoil it for those interested!

Now to say the least, this novel has taken me on an emotional roller coaster.The novel takes place in about 10 years of time, so I noticed Liberty’s dynamic development–the coming of age part in the novel is realistic and relatable. The author does an amazing job with the mood, diction, and tone throughout the novel to make you sympathize towards Liberty. Butttt, there are rare times where I do think her actions and the monologue came off as annoying. However, I think it was because I couldn’t relate enough to the character to think what she was thinking. When I got out of the mindset of “selfishness” I started to sympathize towards Liberty, and it made me understand why Liberty made those decisions. Specifically, the actions that she took towards Carrington. Nonetheless, there were at least 3 times where I wanted to rip my hair out, because I would’ve taken different actions than Liberty. I also gasped at least twice during the novel due to pure shock.

If you want a novel that takes you through all of the emoji expressions, then I recommend reading “Sugar Daddy.”

For You

Since the world has been a little sideways lately:

I hope you guys start off your days wonderfully; breakfast on point, hair on fleek, skin glowing.giphy-1.gif

Strive towards your goals and live your life.

“When thinking about life, remember this: no amount of guilt can change the past, and no amount of anxiety can change the future.” -anonymous

Running = Stress Reliever?

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Since I’ve been home for the summer, I am fortunate enough to have a neighborhood park where I can run, jog, or walk. And it’s been so hot, lately, that I’ve only walked instead of ran. BUTTTTT today, out of all days, I decided to run. I don’t know what went through my mind thinking it was okay to run in 90 degree weather (humidity was 68% so it actually felt like 99 degrees). I vowed to never do that again, I literally felt like I was dying. I believe the scenery of the park was the only thing that has kept me alive.

Sneak peak of the park:

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After reaching my house, I sat down for about half hour and then laid in my bed for another half hour before I jumped in a cold shower. And now that I have cooled down, the endorphins kicked in and the end result of a run made me feel good. HOWEVER, reminiscing on my run almost makes the run not worth it–just being honest here.

From now on, in this summer heat, I am going for runs in the early morning (7 am) instead of early afternoon (10 am-ish).