March 31, 2012

Blogspiration #8

Blogspiration is a Brand Spankin' New weekly meme hosted by both GrowingUp YA and Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers and writers alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author's choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation, and just a little SOMETHING.

Okay, so for this week's post we'll be answering the following question: "What is your favourite literary quote?Think about that ONE quote that speaks to your soul? The one you've considered tattooing onto your body? or the one you've plastered all over the walls of, heart? 

Haha, I love this!! And on this occasion, I would like to thank you, Sarah and Kristin! I love this meme, and I love your dedication toward it :) This means so much to me girls! And I think you are awesome  ;)

So, today I've been on a coffee with my best friend Božo and we talked a lot about a lot of things. My dreams. My future. How to achieve my dreams, so that one day they will come true. After the coffee, while I was walking home, I was thinking about everything we said and a quote popped into my mind. And I was like "I want to share this!" and then I remembered this week's theme about blogspiration and I was like "yeees, this is so perfect!". So here it is:

I have this quote on my wall, and I think it's perfect. Dimitri Belikov really is a God 

And because there is this another quote, that I probably can't live without, I decided to share this one too!

I miss you, Rose Hathaway 

What's your favourite quote by heart? :)

March 29, 2012

Waiting on Hidden by Sophie Jordan

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Hidden by Sophie Jordan
HarpenTEEN, to be released on 11th September 2012

Jacinda was supposed to bond with Cassian, the "prince" of their pride. But she resisted long before she fell in love with Will—a human and, worse, a hunter. When she ran away with Will, it ended in disaster, with Cassian's sister, Miram, captured. Weighed down by guilt, Jacinda knows she must rescue her to set things right. Yet to do so she will have to venture deep into the heart of enemy territory. 

The only way Jacinda can reach Miram is by posing as a prisoner herself, though once she assumes that disguise, things quickly spiral out of her control. As she learns more about her captors, she realizes that even if Will and Cassian can carry out their part of the plan, there's no guarantee they'll all make it out alive. But what Jacinda never could have foreseen is that escaping would be only the beginning...

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The end of Vanish was so so wow. I am so so eager to see the interaction between Will, Cassian and Jacinda!! And how they will manage to save Cassian's annoying sister! And who will be the one that Jacinda will decide to be with! 

This book will be so awesome, I can practically feel it :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? :)

March 27, 2012

Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With

It's Top 10 Tuesday (hosted at The Broke and the Bookish) and the topic is Spring Fever: Top Ten Books I’d Play Hooky With, which thanks to Nina @ Nina Reads I now know what this means :P “play hooky = fake being sick so you can stay home and read that book :)”

Eclipse by Stephenie Meyer
I'll start from the beginning. The first book I've ever read and turn off the phone while doing so. After the catastrophic reading od New Moon while hanging out with friends at the bar (I couldn't stop reading) and I was reading the famous "scene", they were SO annoying I couldn't even cry at the forest scene. Such a shame. And I said "never ever again". So when I started reading Eclipse, I turned off the phone :P Way better!!

Blood Promise by Richelle Mead
I needed to was 3 whole days after reading Shadow Kiss to recive this book. Believe it or not, I was in phisical pain!! At the store they said it will come in a day or two. With my luck I thought it will take two days, but still I went there to check the first day. When I saw it in the hands of the that nice worker, my hands started trembeling and I started to jump and God, I was crying so hard. She was stunned. I was beyond happy! So I paid the book and went into the bar and turn off the phone and started reading. I've been in the bar for 12 hours, I think. Then the closed it and I headed home and read till the morning. I haven't eat that day. I was too nervous for that :P It was one of the best experiences ever while reading a book 

Last Sacrifice by Richelle Mead
After 3 whole months passed while I waited for the book, I finally got it! The day before Christmas. I didn't care. So after making the Christmas tree with my family I said I couldn't take it anymore and went in the bar to read. I was so happy :) I didn't speak with anyone until I finished it :P And it was amazing ♥ while also sad, because I knew it was the end.

City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
Oh my, there was no chance in the world that someone was gonna bother me while reading this book. Everyone was asleep and I was reading. I was so excited and nervous and happy and everything. I was also crying. This book was pure bliss ♥ It was an amazing time!

Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins
Thank God, I was home alone when I started reading this book! I couldn't stop. Literally. I was so scared for Katniss! And after I finished it at midnight I started Mockingjay imediatelly. I didn't go to sleep at all. And I was also crying so hard at the end of it. Yeah, thank God, I was home alone for the weekend. 

The Iron Daughter by Julie Kagawa
I remember sitting in the kitchen in London, drinking tee with milk and smoking like crazy. I remember also not even noticing anyone who came into the kitchen. I was totally in my world and thank God, everyone was smart enough not to bother me. I couldn't pay attention to anything except for the book. Ahh Ash 

Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
Aaa I was waiting for this book so long. It was evening when I recieved it. I was beyond happy! I think I was supposed to go out, it was Tuesday, I think, I cancelled. There was no was of going away from that book! I started reading. I think my phone rang some times in that night and the day after. I didn't respond. And also I had an exam in the next days. I didn't care. I ditched the exam. And hell, it was worth it!! This is one of the best books ever written 

Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout
There was absolutely no force in the world that could have pulled me away from this book. Literally. I was so into it. It was like drugs, I couldn't stop. I wouldn't stop for anything. Anything. At 9AM, when I finished it, I rememebered why I love reading so much. That an author can create such an amazing world that you get totally lost in it and completelly forget what and who you are. It's priceless. Completelly and utterly priceless 

Hallowed by Cynthia Hand
Ha! There was no freaking way that I would have gone away from this book, after waiting 4 months to having it in my hands. No way. I stayed home and read. I was laughing and crying and it felt amazing. 

Pure by Jennifer L. Armentrout
I remember being 60 pages till the end when my phone rang. And I was like, um, ok. My friend was like "come here, we are drinking and it's so much fun!" at 1PM in the afternoon. And I was like "um, I can't I am studying :P Maybe in an hour?" and she was like "no, no come here". Ofcouse I couldn't. There was no way in the world, that I could leave this book 5 chapters before the end. I ditched her. And when I finished the book, I realised (asocial part of me aside) it was worth it!! So fucking worth it! This book was beyond perfect. It's made of pure magic

Ok, this is my top 10 Spring Fever :P But I can guarantee you, that when City of Lost Souls comes out, ha, there is no freaking way of getting me away from it! For Onyx as well ♥ I will be gone from the world for a while :) And I have a great feeling, it will be amazing 

So, what's your Top 10 this week? :)

Top Three #5

It's Monday and time for our Top Three. This is a meme created here at my blog for getting a better knowledge about my super awesome followers. You can check the introduction post here.

This week's topic is:

Top Three You Love To Do In The Morning

1. I am so NOT a morining person, so for first I'll say SLEEP :P
2. Eat breakfast! I love eating breakfast, so really too bad that I normally wake up when it's already time for lunch :/
3. Cuddle (this should have been put for anytime in the day :P)

What's your Top Three this week? :)

March 25, 2012

Blogspiration #7

Blogspiration is a Brand Spankin' New weekly meme hosted by both GrowingUp YA and Saz101. The meme was created to help spark inspiration among bloggers, readers and writters alike. An inspirational quote/picture/video is posted weekly, on the day of the author's choosing, so that it may inspire creativity, conversation and just a little SOMETHING.

This week I decided I want to share a quote my best friend Božo showed me this past week:) Today I've got my Photoshop! Yeey, so I played a bit (with Asher's help) and came up with this:

What's your blogspiration this week? :)

March 24, 2012

The Power of Extraordinary Moments: Do You Choose the Person?

The orginal article can be found on this page.

Is love an addiction? Are all relationships addictive? This article explores how all healthy relationships include at least one addictive moment and how, in unhealthy relationships, this one moment is often the basis for the whole relationship. You can check the first part of the article here: Is It Love? and the second part here: What is love?

Do You Choose the Person?

The answer. No, you don't. Love chooses you.

But don't you ever choose love?

No. Never. Ever. And yes, I can hear the crowd murmuring angry rhubarbs against me and against this idea right now.
How can I be so sure we don't choose?
Because I do not believe in "unconscious choices." I simply do not believe they exist. And I am not alone. Many well known personality theorists also believe this. For instance, Alfred Adler, one of the founding therapists of our current therapies, believed, as I do, in "unconsciousness" rather than in "unconscious choice."

What's the difference?
The difference is, saying you can "choose" someone means you believe you can choose to fall in love. Wow, is this idea a beauty! You know how many people punish themselves because they believe they don't fall in love because they just can't choose to let go? Most of the people suffering in relationships. And most of the people who suffer from not having a relationship.
No matter what people think though, the truth is, falling in love is a moment, nothing more. Granted, it's a magical, instantaneous, infectious, addicting moment to be sure. One minute, you are feeling one way about your life. The next, you feel totally different. Still, this moment is one life chose for us, not a moment we chose. So even if we believe we allow it to happen, no one "allows" it to happen. We simply allow it to unfold once it has already happened.

So what about all the people who say they've never fallen in love, those who say they've just kind of grown to like a person?
Perhaps what they're saying is the literal truth. Perhaps they're in "like" with this person, and not in "love." Either way, though, my point is, if you're in love, you fell, no matter whether you know the moment or not. More over, no one chooses these moments. Life chooses them for us.
So how do we end up with the people we end up with if we don't choose?
Here, I'm going to tread lightly. This question is simply too complex and loaded a question for me or anyone else to answer comprehensively. In fact, I see being asked this question as analogous to being asked to predict weather. So while you can get some clues by looking at the sky and at weather instruments, at least in the days right before and after the time you want to predict, the experts know, there is no way to accurately predict either weather or falling in love.
Now, would those addicted to knowing tomorrow's weather please stand up. Now go to your local weather predictions and strike out all instances of the words "partly" and "chance of." Tomorrow, look again to see how accurate those stricken out predictions were.
My experience is, the correct-prediction averages fall to pretty much the same level as what you and I could do on our own. Perhaps less accurate. In fact, the best predictor for rain, snow or clear skies is still someone's arthritic joints. If they know how to find the good in these afflictions.
So is these any reason to learn to recognize the weather-predicting signs? Yes, there is, if only to be better connected to your world and your life.
As for predicting "love," I believe this same idea holds true in that, there is some good in learning to recognize the falling in love signs. For instance, people who fall in love always fall in love with a person who has an opposite "character type."

Opposite "character type?"
Yes, opposite "character type." And for those unfamiliar with Emergence "character types," let me just describe them briefly.
All people in situations wherein they and someone else simultaneously have needs have a default position with regard to who gets their needs met first. For example, say two people arrive at the entrance to the book store at the very same time. Each person will have an automatic, internally scripted response to either go first or go second.
Now before you start thinking this has anything to do with self worth or self confidence or gender or culture or anything like that, please hear, I am only referring to peoples' initial, default internal reactions in these situation. Thus, every person has programmed into them one of these default internal reactions, and there are actually only two basic reactions.
I call these two basic reactions, our "character states," and I call them, being in a "me" state, and being in a "you" state.
As to what these two titles means, being in a "me" state is kind of like being in a "me first" state, while being in a "you" state is like being in a "you first" state."
Either way, my point is, we each have programmed into our characters one of these default responses. Either we're a "me first" person or a "you first" person. Thus, every time we share a mutual need situation with someone else, we enter one of these two states. Further, entering one of these two states is a normal and healthy response.
Being a "me" means simply that people who start in a "me" state feel it is normal and natural for them to go first. In fact, they feel they should be allowed to go first and that it is their right.
Remember, I'm talking about peoples' internal natures, not their mental or emotional training or wounded responses.
And the "you" state people?
People who start in a "you" state feel the other person should go first. In fact, they feel uncomfortable when someone wants to let them go first, just as "me's" feel uncomfortable when someone doesn't want to let then go first.
Please know, these two states are neither selfishness nor injury no matter what my descriptions sound like. And if you're really interested, you can read about "character types" in depth elsewhere on the site. For now though, I am making but one point: all romantic relationships occur between people of opposite character types. One starts in a "me" place, the other, in a "you" place.

How much of this helps in the predictive stuff?
A lot actually. For instance, I can pretty much understand now how at times, I can mentally find a woman extremely attractive, on paper at least, but still have no chemistry. Why? Well I start in a "you" place and so must she. This is simply a case of two wall sockets trying to fit into each other. Definitely a no go situation.
"Plugs" only fit into "sockets." And "me's" only fit into "you's."
Is knowing this a predictive thing though?
Not really, although it does help me to understand some of how people do and do not fit with each other. In fact, in the thousands of cases in which I've looked at peoples’ character types, I've not seen one exception as far as romantic attraction. Even so, knowing about character types is more like being able to tell storm clouds from puffy summer clouds. You know something about what may happen. But you still can't predict what will absolutely happen. Not even close.

So ok, the first part of this part od the article is interesting by the point of view, about saying "I have a type". You know when someone asks you "What kind of guy is your type?" And you say stuff like "Oh you know, blonde, blue eyes, not too tall, funny, sarcastic, caring and so on". Well, according to this article your type doesn't really matter. Which sucks :P 

But then again, if you have a type, you pay more attention to guys, which could be your perfect guys. And hence, there is more probability that you'll fall for them, because you are paying attention.

And also, you know when your friend is saying "No, ofcourse I am not in love with him! I don't know him at all." or stuff like that. But when you look at her, you can practically see the stars in her eyes while she talks about him or while she got an message from him. It's not the part where we decide to fall, but the part where we acknowledge that we fell. Porbably hard.

About the "you" and "me" part. Well, this is interesing. Before reading this article I've never ever tought about it that way. But lets admit it, it does make sense. 

So, what do you think about all of this? Do you think we choose or life/moment/destiny choose us? :)

March 21, 2012

Waiting on Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine to shine a spotlight on upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating. 

Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
Balzer + Bray, to be released on June 26th 2012

Gigi, Bea, and Neerja are best friends and total overachievers. Even if they aren’t the most popular girls in school, they aren’t too worried. They know their real lives will begin once they get to their Ivy League colleges. There will be ivy, and there will be cute guys in the libraries (hopefully with English accents)! But when an unexpected event shows them they’re missing out on the full high school experience, it’s time to come out of the honors lounge and into the spotlight. They make a pact: They will each take on their greatest challenge—and they will totally rock it. 
Gigi decides to run for student rep, but she’ll have to get over her fear of public speaking—and go head-to-head with gorgeous California Will. Bea used to be one of the best skiers around, until she was derailed. It could be time for her to take the plunge again. And Neerja loves the drama club but always stayed behind the scenes—until now. 

These friends are determined to show that smart girls get what they want—but that could mean getting way more attention than they ever bargained for... 

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Omg this book sounds like so much fun!! And I completely love the title of it! Should be a nice read, and I am really looking forward to read it! ;) :)

What are you waiting on this Wednesday? :)

My Book Boyfriend #10: Étienne St. Clair

Boys in books are just better. Right? Well, let's put them to the test. 

My Book Boyfriend is hosted by Missie at The Unread Reader, and it's a weekly meme in which you choose a fictional boy that makes your heart all gooey and write up a post for him. For more information, check out the introduction post. For sign ups and Missie's choice this week click here.

Étienne St. Clair
This guy is just adorable!! He is sweet, a good friend, hot, amazing. And he has some issues, but hell, that makes him even more real.

“Is it possible for home to be a person and not a place?”  

Let's see why :)
I try to say this casually, but I’m so thrilled that I skip from her room and promptly slam into a wall.
Whoops. Not a wall. A boy.
“Oof.” He staggers backward.
“Sorry! I’m so sorry, I didn’t know you were there.” He shakes his head, a little dazed. The first thing I notice is his hair—it’s the first thing I notice about everyone. It’s dark brown and messy and somehow both long and short at the same time. I think of the Beatles, since I’ve just seen them in Meredith’s room. It’s artist hair. Musician hair. I-pretend-I-don’t-care-but-I-really-do hair.
Beautiful hair.
“It’s okay, I didn’t see you either. Are you allright, then?” Oh my. He’s English.
“Er. Does Mer live here?”
Seriously, I don’t know any American girl who can resist an English accent.
The boy clears his throat. “Meredith Chevalier? Tall girl? Big, curly hair?” 
Then he looks at me like I’m crazy or half deaf, like my Nanna Oliphant. Nanna just smiles and shakes her head whenever I ask, “What kind of salad dressing would you like?” or “Where did you put Granddad’s false teeth?”
“I’m sorry.” He takes the smallest step away from me. “You were going to bed.”
“Yes! Meredith lives there. I’ve just spent two hours with her.” I announce this proudly like my brother, Seany, whenever he finds something disgusting in the yard. “I’m Anna! I’m new here!” Oh God. What. Is with. The scary enthusiasm? My cheeks catch fire, and it’s all so humiliating.
The beautiful boy gives an amused grin. His teeth are lovely—straight on top and crooked on the bottom, with a touch of overbite. I’m a sucker for smiles like this, due to my own lack of orthodontia. I have a gap between my front teeth the size of a raisin.
“Étienne,” he says. “I live one floor up.”
“I live here.” I point dumbly at my room while my mind whirs: French name, English accent, American school. Anna confused.
“Har. Bloody. Har." 
He smiles. "Oh, I see. Known me less than a day and teasing me about my accent. What's next? Care to discuss the state of my hair? My height? My trousers?" 
Trousers. Honestly.”  

“Most people in Atlanta don't have an accent. It's pretty urban. A lot of people speak gangsta, though," I add jokingly. 
"Fo' shiz," he replies in his polite English accent. 
I spurt orangey-red soup across the table. St. Clair gives a surprised ha-HA kind of laugh, and I'm laughing too, the painful kind like abdominal crunches. He hands me a napkin to wipe my chin. "Fo'. Shiz." He repeats it solemnly. 
Cough cough. "Please don't ever stop saying that. It's too-" I gasp. "Much." 
"You oughtn't to have said that. Now I shall have to save it for special occasions." 
"My birthday is in February." Cough choke wheeze. "Please don't forget.”  
“I'm sorry," he says. 
"What? Why?" 
"You're fixing everything I set down." He nods at my hands, which are readjusting the elephant. "It wasn't polite of me to come in and start touching your things." 
"Oh, it's okay," I say quickly, letting go of the figurine. "You can touch anything of mine you want." 
He freezes. A funny look runs across his face before I realize what I've said. I didn't mean it like that. Not that that would be so bad.”  

“We are kissing like crazy. Like our lives depend on it. His tongue slips inside my mouth, gentle but demanding, and it’s nothing like I’ve ever experienced, and I suddenly understand why people describe kissing as melting because every square inch of my body dissolves into his. My fingers grip his hair, pulling him closer. My veins throb and my heart explodes. I have never wanted anyone like this before. Ever. 
He pushes me backward and we’re lying down, making out in front of the children with their red balloons and the old men with their chess sets and the tourists with their laminated maps and I don’t care, I don’t care about any of that. 
All I want is Étienne. 
The weight of his body on top of mine is extraordinary. I feel him—all of him—pressed against me, and I inhale his shaving cream, his shampoo, and that extra scent that’s just . . . him. The most delicious smell I could ever imagine. I want to breathe him, lick him, eat him, drink him. His lips taste like honey. His face has the slightest bit of stubble and it rubs my skin but I don’t care, I don’t care at all. He feels wonderful. His hands are everywhere, and it doesn’t matter that his mouth is already on top of mine, I want him closer closer closer.”  
“You say that I'm afraid of being alone, and it's true. I am. And I'm not proud of it. But you need to take a good look at yourself, Anna, because I am NOT the only one in this room who suffers this problem.”  

Wow, this felt amazing :P I just love Anna and the French Kiss ♥ I decided to use the picture that I saw in previous weeks on someones blog, because seriously? This is Éttiene in real. ;)
So, what do you think about my French-English-American boyfriend this week? :)

March 20, 2012

Top Three #4

It's Monday and time for our Top Three. This is a meme created here at my blog for getting a better knowledge about my super awesome followers. You can check the introduction post here.

This week's topic is:

Top Three Drink Choices

1. Beer
2. CubaLibre
3. Strawberry juice

What's your Top Three this week? :)

In My Mailbox (16)

"In My Mailbox" is a weekly post hosted at The Story Siren and it's about what new books we got in the mail or we bought or got in the library or whatever this week. 

I bought this book because of the title!! I totally love it :) 
Demons Prefer Blondes by Sidney Ayers

And finally 
Defiance by Shelly Crane

What have you got in your mailbox this week? :)

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