31 maio 2016

This book sucks monkey balls! - she said.

When I thought about reading The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake by Aimee Bender, I was very attracted to the idea that someone could really understand any person's mind & feelings just by eating the food that they prepared.

It was an interesting subject to me, because when I eat pizza the only feeling that I have in my heart is happiness. I'm not a complex person, when I eating, I am over the moon. When I am preparing my food, oh gosh, I really hate preparing it. So, can you imagine me spoiling my own food by putting feelings of hate in a slice of pizza? That's why I thought Rose, the main character of the book, would be a deep and complex woman, however, she wasn't. C'mon, she was capable of seeing a person's soul! But, I dare say that she didn't even change from the beggining till the end of the book. 
I believe that seeing a character complaining about the same problems, it was really exausting. The writer gives us 14 yrs of a girl's life who became a woman and NOTHING different happens.  

So maybe you are there wondering if I would advise you to read this book and my answer  would be a HUGE no. Although, this was my first reading from the Planet 46 Book Club, I strongly believe that there are better books to be read in your list, trust me! 

I forgot to mention that this was the first book of the project A year reading the world, and the next book will be from UK ,  Childhood's end by Arthur C Clark. 

I hope my next review will be more positive and full of love LOL
Thais Okubaro

29 maio 2016

The Mansfield Project

Have you ever had the feeling that you are constantly running against time? I have been thinking about my daily actions in the past months and how I became a huge procrastinator. I'm always saying "I don't have time for this", "I can't do that", "All I do is work" and the list goes on. To put an end on this madness I decided to create a Project.

The Mansfield Project was nominated after the great New Zeland writer Katherine Mansfield who once said that she wanted to be all that she was capable of becoming and she pushed the limits till her very end to make this ideal concrete.

To improve my life I decided to separate this Project in diferente categories: my mind & body, my house, my career and finally my hobbies. For each section I decided to work with specific goals like: go to the gym 3 times a week, meditate every day, study japanese, read one book per week... Things that I could do and change in my routine that would improve my life and also, that were supposed to be done in a short period of time. Buying a new apartment, travelling to diferente countries and things like that they will only happen if I work with what I have today, sometimes long term goals don't work out because we don't reflect about what should our daily actions be like to achieve a new dream.

In two weeks from now I will do another post sharing with you my experiences and my goals with more details.

If you want to know more I will be also posting daily pictures on my instagram and thoughts about it on my twitter. And don't forget to check Rita Zerbinatti's post about the Project, too.

Rita: http://www.cheirando-livros.com.br/
My twitter: https://twitter.com/thaisokubaro
My instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thaisokubaro/

See you in two weeks from now,
Thais Okubaro