23 agosto 2016

Escape from Camp 14

Writing my impressions about a book has never been so hard. I think it was the first time that I stopped reading a story because I felt like it was necessary to find some distance from what was going on with the characters.
Escape from Camp 14 is the real story of a North Korean surviver who escaped from a place where love has no meaning and cruelty is most people's middle name. When I thought that he has had enought, something even worse happened and it made me feel exausted, powerless, hopeless, that one day he would have what we can call a "normal life". 

In "Escape From Camp 14," Blaine Harden unlocks the secrets of the world's most repressive totalitarian state through the story of Shin Dong-hyuk. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his mother and brother. In certain point he even says that he is now learning how to be more human and less animal.
The late Dear Leader Kim Jong Il was recognized throughout the world, but his country remains sealed as his third son and chosen heir, Kim Jong Eun, consolidates power. Few foreigners are allowed in, and few North Koreans are able to leave. North Korea is hungry, bankrupt, and armed with nuclear weapons. It is also a human rights catastrophe. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people work as slaves in its political prison camps. These camps are clearly visible in satellite photographs, yet North Korea's government denies they exist.
I won't say this is an easy reading, to relax you at any time and place. But this is definitely life changing. Nothing will be the same after this book, the way that I look at the world now  is totally different than before and I think you should see what I see, too. Most people that I talked about it, their reaction was something like "I just can't deal with it at the moment", I'm sorry to tell you but you must do it, you must do it because this isn't fiction, this is a surviver's scream, a cry for help, so please... If you trust me, you should read it.

Disclaimer: Nowadays, Shin is an activist and he fights for Noth Korean's rights. You can watch many of his talks on Youtube or even find an article on Google.

04 agosto 2016

The Magician's Nephew - Narnia #1

So, one of this mornings from the month of July, I wasn't in the mood to read anything to serious and then I looked at my 2016 reading goals' list and I remembered that I decided to read Narnia this year, but as usual I didn't even started it, I read lots of different things that weren't on my goals and the list of excuses goes on... LOL

But I started the first pages and when I saw it, I was almost at the end of the story. The magician's nephew present us to the world of Narnia, and also how kids are able to believe on things that adults are always questioning, specially when we are talking about faith.

Christian's principals are obviously there. We can see the theory of how the world was created by the powerful Aslan and how the creatures who lived there devoted their lives to live in peace and to love and respect all Aslan's creations.

As I am not devoted to religion, I can say that this reading is for everybody, even though you don't like discussing faith for example. And one of the things that I like the most is where the stories take place. The fast paced way that CS Lewis describes it all is amazing! It's fast so kids won't get bored, and at the same time, it is well explained, as a result we can create picutes of everything that surround the characters, without feeling that we are stuck in the narrative.

To sum up, I recommend this reading, and some posts ago, in my first video for the blog, I said that I've already finished the second book too, so probably, this week I will update you, and I hope to register my opinion about all the books. 

I hope you guys liked it,
Thais Okubaro

03 agosto 2016

War and Peace, the project

Ok, this might sound a little bit crazy after the amount of books that I showed in the last video, but I am going to start a reading project :) It is not going to be ambicious as it looks, it is going to be a five page per day idea that I think it is going to work.
The book is War and Peace by Liev Tolstoi and my expectations are pretty high. I know! I know! I am also reading Anna Karienina, but I won't let this book aside, I will continue my readings and that's why my purpose it is to read only five pages per day. So, I won't get exausted with the reading and I am also going to be able to read other books as well. 
If anyone wants to join me, feel free to do it! I'll be glad :)

That's it! This is just an introduction to the project. At the end of the month, I will comment what I thought about the first 150 pages <3
See you guys soon,
Thais Okubaro

01 agosto 2016

There is always a first time

August 2016 | TBR from Thais Okubaro on Vimeo.

Hi, guys! This is my first TBR video for the blog. I have been planning to make more videos here and I didn't forget about the podcast, I just didn't produce enough content for the next one. I hope you like it! See you guys soon, Thais Okubaro