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My Name

I told myself that for 2015 I wanted to read ten books. There’s no preference or criteria simply just ten books.

Mid December, 2014, I went to Barnes and Nobles with no idea of what I wanted to read. Honestly, the thought of just roaming the store and reading the different synopses of each book excited me! I’ve always enjoyed books but for one reason or another I never took reading as a continuous hobby.

As I was making my way through the different shelves, a book immediately caught my eye, Christmas at Tiffany’s, by Karen Swan.

I was super excited to see my name! Then became even more excited to see that the book took place in NYC, Paris and London! There’s nothing more exciting than traveling and exploring beautiful and lively cities, even through words… BUT to be completely honest the book had me at “Tiffany’s.”

It was a really cute book about being lost and finding…better yet discovering things about yourself you didn’t know were there through failure, opportunities, traveling, new experiences and of course love. I feel that it is ironic that exactly this book caught my attention. Not only is my name part of the title but it also turned out to relate to what I am currently experiencing…. being on a path of self-discovery (just like the main character.)

We never know where we might find inspiration or motivation to keep going and not give up. The lesson is to keep going because on the path to self-discovery motivation will sneak up on you…big or small it will sneak up on you and help you get there.

9 more books to go!


Books and Movies

I really enjoyed today because it was such a simple yet productive day. The day started out cold and wet, the usual Brussels weather, but in the afternoon the sun came out and was shining bright!

I spent the afternoon with my host mom. She took me to a bookstore called filiber very similar to Barnes & Nobles. I was very pleased because I love Barnes & Nobles so exploring the store was fun. There were so many people and French books everywhere. There was even a small section in the middle to eat and drink coffee/tea while reading books. We had quiches for lunch at the store. After my host mom showed me around the store and we ate lunch, I ended up spending most of my time in the history section. I browsed through the Mythology and Cleopatra books. It was interesting browsing through books in French about subjects that interest me.

Dans La Maison

Afterwards we went to go see a French movie. This time I experienced a new theater called UGC. This theater felt more old school than Kinepolis. The seats were ridiculously comfy though. We went to see the movie Dans La Maison “In The House.” The movie is directed by François Ozon and it is based off the Spanish play by Juan Mayorga, “El chico de la última fila.” The movie is about a 16 year old boy, Claude Garcia, and his passion for writing. Claude uses his classmate’s, Rapha Artole, family as the main characters in a series of essays he writes for his French teacher, M.Germain. The teacher becomes very intrigued by the boy and his essays and persuades him to continue to write. This leads to a series of events that makes it impossible for the audience and the teacher to decipher what is fiction and what is reality. It is truly a movie that plays with your head and leads to an ending no one expects. You are left with a series of questions and left to write your own ending.

The movie only had subtitles in Dutch. I had to depend on my French listening skills and surprisingly I understood a lot of the dialogue! I was extremely proud of myself! French movies never cease to amaze me though. They always take a step further. The intense sex scenes, the sensitive subjects they cover, they just aren’t scared to cross the line. The movie was very good and it was hard to not pay attention.