Something bookish

Lumos!
Lately I’ve been spending a little too much time on Amazon and consequently several packages arrive at my door step every now and then! I recently read an article about the 30 best fantasy series of all time -according to the author- and as I was scrolling down, I came across “The Chronicles of Prydain” by Lloyd Alexander. When I read the description and saw that it’s the series that Disney’s “The Black Cauldron” is based on -not one of my favorites but it’s Disney nevertheless-, I didn’t even think twice before ordering it. Actually the series consists of five books, so I got two volumes which include the first three and last two books.

The plot is about Hen Wen, a pig that can foresee things, in a land that evil kings and mischievous witches long for power. When Hen Wen vanishes, Taran, a pig-keeper assistant will embark on a dangerous journey to find her, as she is the only one who can keep the land safe. I have only read about fifty pages and I quite like it- I’m sure my 14-year-old self would have loved it!

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One thing you should know about me is that I have an obsession with Ancient Egypt -as a genuine cat that I am- and I am interested in learning as much as I can about that magical era in history! Thus I thought I should start from the beginning and get to really know  about people’s lives from a book that I can understand. I’m talking about “The Ancient Egyptians for Dummies”- I do not consider myself a dummy but I think it is best to perfect the basics and put all those things about Egypt that are scattered in my head, in an order-.

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What are you currently reading?
Till next time,
Nox!

P.S. Did you know that despite the belief that slaves built the pyramids, the truth is that  egyptian farmers did? For several months through the year, Nile overflowed and covered the land with water, so farmers were employed by the state to take part in the momuments’ building, as they had no land to work on for that time.

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Little women

Lumos!
Today was a day dedicated to literature, or so we thought when we decided to have a meet-up with my fellow book-bloggers from Athens! Yes, I finally met the people with whom I share my reading passion and exchange thoughts through my computer screen- and they were even more wonderful than I thought!
So Eleni, Panagiota, Georgia, Sofia, Katerina and me got together and talked about anything and everything over coffee, tea and sweets in a petite, french cafe in the heart of the city. I won’t say more but I shall let you take a glimpse of our first ever gathering!

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From the top left it’s me, Eleni, Georgia and from the bottom left Katerina, Sofia and Panagiota!

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Till next time,
Nox!

There and back again

Lumos!
DSC_0622So February turned out to be quite fun because I had the chance to embark on an adventure to reach Mordor -or most likely- take a trip to Komotini, a city located in the region of East Macedonia, Greece. Although I spent only a few days there, I really enjoyed myself and had the chance to excercise my photography skills.
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DSC_0671DSC_0683Komotini is a city full of students and thus very much alive! Coffeshops and bars are always crowded, no matter what time you decide to head out for a coffee or a drink, the clubs are full even on weekdays, and if you feel hungry at 5 am -after having been hammered- most fast food restaurants make deliveries!
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DSC_0966Another great fact about the city is that it has a wide network of bike lanes, which people actually use, and there are also traffic lights for the bikers! The streets are filled with strays which saddened me, but the locals express a positive attitude towards them. One more thing that you can easily find while wandering in the city, is the street art which is abundant in the allies! DSC_0682
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image source: toratora.gr

In other news, I got my hands on Auguste Corteau’s book -which I talked about winning here– and I can say that it is the most genuine and funniest book that I’ve read in a long time! It consists of short chapters in which the author satirizes himself and some of his life incidents so sincerely and hilariously that I caught myself laughing through most of it! After having read it all, I went straight to the bookstore and purchased his most well-known book which I already started devouring.

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“Deadpool” hit the theaters and it was time for me to see for myself what the fuzz was all about. And I saw. After a queue at the box office so long that when I arrived I had to stand outside the cinema -by the road-, an even longer queue at the lobby for popcorn and beverages which I never got because the movie was about to start and it was an eat-popcorn-or-watch-the-movie situation and after some strangers took my seat -because although the seats were numbered, it was an unspoken rule that anyone could sit anywhere if they got there first- I FINALLY saw it! And thank God it was funny, otherwise I would have gone Deadpool on everyone at the cinema that night! You should definitely watch it, especially if you are into splatter/sexual references/impossible things happening/antihero comedies (if there’s in fact such thing).

Till next time,
Nox!