Heat

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Heat: How to stop the planet from burning, an eye-opening challenge for the civilization, not questioning if climate change is happening, but more about what we can do to stop it.
To step back from going into worldwide catastrophe by cutting down our carbon dioxide. It’s not too late to tackle climate change, and here he demonstrates how it can be done.
In this book, George Monbiot outlines high carbon producing sectors of our daily lives, from industry, transportation, farming and the costs associated with cutting CO2 emissions by 90% by 2030.
He shows how we can transform our houses, our power, and our transport systems to accomplish this, only by massive action, not only from us but from the government as well, who sadly no government has yet been prepared to take on. 5/5

Dirty

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By Megan Hart
Original title; Dirty
Romance/Adult fiction/Erotica
From 2007

Dirty was… ironically not as dirty as I would’ve hoped, it was rather vanilla compared to the title itself. The story wasn’t fantastic yet it wasn’t awful, I had to reflect the entire reading before I could review it because I couldn’t get myself to pin down what I liked about it and what I hated, why it was entertaining but still bad at the same time. My emotions were conflicted. For an erotica novel it was just pure garbage, for romance it was probably the worst love story I’ve ever read but for a simple adult fiction, it was okay. Usually it takes me less than a week to read a trilogy and now it took me over two weeks to read this one alone. I wouldn’t exactly call it a page turner, nor even slightly romantic or dramatic. I had no problems putting it down and I didn’t find myself thinking about the characters, as I tend to do. It didn’t leave a mark and it sure didn’t capture me from the first moment as the cover claims.

The story revolves around Elle, a working woman in her late twenties if I remember correctly, who has found the perfect escape when she wants her brain to take a break; sex. Meaningless sex with strangers that she takes home with her at bars, clubs, or wherever places where she meets someone. She has never wanted commitment, never wanted love, until Dan. Who she at first lays out her rules very clearly to him. To not get attached to her. Let’s stop it right there, it was A walk to remember all over again. Telling the other person not to fall for you when eventually, at the end you know it’s bound to happen.
Now the moment she actually starts realizing she has feelings for him she tries pushing him away, and him only trying to get closer to her.

It was never a passionate-you’re mine- type of love between these two, just two people who got along, yes it’s definitely more realistic but if I want reality I might as well talk to my girlfriends about their love life’s and how they met their partner. I want a fantasy to escape in, that is the point with a book, with reading. It’s a fairytale, a dream, and I sure did not get any of it here. It wasn’t sexy nor thrilling. Or even slightly humorous.
All I got that she was a practically a whore, sleeping around until she found a guy who she wanted to sleep with more than once. The end. I hated the fact that she slept around and when she actually finds a good guy worth it, she fucks it up. And he was sure as hell wasn’t possessive about her, they ended up having a threesome with some other guy. I don’t know, just a bad love story in general. Not at all something I’d recommend. 2/10 for simply the writing, it was well written.

”This is what happened…

I met him at the candy store.
He turned and smiled at me and I was surprised enough to smile back. This was not a children’s candy store, mind you this was the kind of place you went to buy expensive imported chocolate truffles for your boss’s wife because you felt guilty for having sex with him when you were both at a conference in Milwaukee.

I’ve been hit on plenty of times, mostly by men with little finesse who thought what was between their legs made up for what they lacked between their ears.
Sometimes I went home with them anyway, just because it felt good to want and be wanted, even if it was mostly fake.
The problem with wanting is that it’s like pouring water into a vase full of stones. It fills you up before you know it, leaving no room for anything else. I don’t apologize for who I am or what I’ve done in or out of bed.

I have my job, my house and my life, and for a long time I haven’t wanted anything else.

Until Dan. Until now.” From Goodreads.com

Divina Commedia (Review)

DanteThe Divine Comedy has all 3 volumes, Dante’s Inferno, Dante’s Purgatorio & finishing it with Dante’s Paradiso. They’re considered a masterpiece, a true preeminent work of Italian literature, one of the greatest works ever made basically. And I get why, it’s an breathtaking writing of a man in search for redemption.

Inferno; Dante is thirty-five years old, half of the biblical life expectancy of 70 (Psalms 89:10), lost in a dark and assailed by 3 beasts, a lion, a leopard and a she-wolf, and without being able to find his way out or the way to salvation. He then finally gets rescued by a Roman poet Virgil, and together they start their journey to the underworld. Throughout the story he talks about his sins, and for each sin, there’s a punishment. (Example; fortune-tellers have to walk with their heads on backwards, unable to see what is ahead, because that was what they had tried to do in life.)

Purgatorio; Now, they’ve survived the circles of hell and the underworld, they start their journey to the mountains of purgatory. The mountain is set to be on an island, apparently the only land in Southern Hemisphere, created by the displacement of rock which resulted when Satan’s fall created Hell. When talking about sins here, they’re more being based on motives rather than actions, drawn primarily from Christian theology. In other words, Purgatorio represents the Christian life, it’s a lot of talking about religion, sins & love.

Paradiso; (My favorite) This is where his beloved Beatrice takes over and guides him through the nine celestial spheres of Heaven.

Personally I would recommend people to start reading Dante’s La Vita Nuova (The new Life) before starting with this one. It’s the story of his beloved Beatrice, his muse, inspiration and greatest love of all time. By knowing about her, who she is, it’ll be easier to understand her role and place in Paradiso.

By the end of it, you can see he finally understands, though not being able to express it, but he gets the mystery of humanity, his soul becomes aligned with God’s love, as he would finally have found peace with himself. The journey is about redemption, soul searching and human spiritually cleansing. 9/10

& If someone feels like giving moi a gift, I’d apprecite Convivio (The Banquet) by Dante. A collection of his longest poems, I’m dying to get my hands on a copy of the book but haven’t been able to find the English translation here in Sweden, nor the Swedish one. Only the original which is in Italian and some of his works even in Latin. So unless I start studying either of those languages, I’m screwed.

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Big Magic

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This book has changed my life! Big Magic is an amazing and beautiful journey to a more fearless life with with no boundaries when it comes to exploring your own creativity. It definitely pushes you further to not only try your outmost to reach your goals, but also scares you to think what might happen if you get an idea and ignore it. Instead of letting it go because your afraid you’ll fail or laziness gets the best of you, you should grab it and make something real out of it and not let it be some thought that passes you by!

Big Magic besides being an inspirational book, it’s never dull. It grasps your curiosity from the very first pages and has you captured til the end, only to close the book and start working on your own goals!

So many are so afraid of failing that they never even try to see what would might be if they went beyond.. you can be so much more and everything your heart desires if you’d set your fear free. Have courage, let that creativity sparkle and shine like the 4th of July! And if you fall my love, dust yourself off and try again! Life is too fucking short to not live as your true-self and not doing or working with what you love the most.

To sum it up, Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert is an amazing book if you need that little extra kick in the butt! Strongly recommended if you have an artistic side and you’re a little bit afraid of exploring that further!

The Bible

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So I decided to read the Bible, I figured since I’ve read the Satanic Bible, it was only fair I’d read the actual Bible as well. Religion has always been a topic/subject that I find quite interesting and fascinating, and honestly scary at times, it can get people to do the most unreal actions, and think so differently. There are so many ways in how you can take in and absorb what you read, and we all take it in different ways, so I’m curious to know and see how it’ll affect me, I’m not saying I think it’s going to change me, but who knows.

As I mentioned, I’ve read the Satanic Bible, Now note; That with this post I’m not sayin I’m part of it, or in anyway a Satanist. I’m not going to get into what I believe and don’t, if I do believe in God or Satan. I read the book in the philosophy way of it, like Literature. I love reading, I love learning and as I said, I like reading about religion, to why now I decided to start reading the Bible.

When I first decided to read The Satanic bible, I didn’t know what to quite expect really, sure I had my thoughts on what it could be about, hence the title (Satanic) and in which it made me judge it way before even opening the book and reading the first page. I soon came to realize that it wasn’t in any way as I had imagined it to be. It pointed out some smart and well thinking points that I completely agreed on, such as “Do unto others as they do unto you”. something I’ve always gone after, I’ve in my best way as possible tried to treat others in the way I’d like them to treat me, which in my head sounds clear and obvious to do so, but may not be to others.

I’ve always respected others beliefs, opinions and way of thinking, of course I may not always agree with them, but it doesn’t mean that their way of seeing something or opionions are wrong because they don’t see it my way. I’m in no position to tell them not to do so. Growing up with a Muslim father and a Christian Latina for a Mother, I think that’s a big part of why I am the way I am today, by being raised in househould with these two pretty much Culture and religious crashes, it has made me know that there are not one way of living, but several, and has made me this very open-minded person to most topics/subjects in life, never judging, everyone has their way of living, and it’s up to them how they want to live their own life, and best part, my parents never forced their religions or beliefs down my throat, they made me find my own way, follow my own path and make up my own mind. They respected me as a induvidal to make my own decisions and I love them for that. Not in any way tried to like, “brainwash” me into their way of thinking. They supported me in what I wanted to do, or how I saw things, my opinions and even when it came to sexuality, my father even told me once that if I ever decided to get together with another girl, he was cool with it, same goes with my mother. That’s something, one of the many things that I’ll always be thankful for. Especially my father, coming from such stric culture and childhood, and my mother growing up in a different type of time of the one we live in today, also strict childhood. Some people seem to be stuck in the stone age and refuse to open their mind, heart and soul to new things, explore and learn new and modern ways, and I respect it, it’s them.

Now, thought I’d bring up some things from the satanic bible that I enjoyed reading, learning and finding out.

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The Nine Satanic Statements originally appeared in The satanic Bible 1969.

Satan represents indulgence instead of abstinence.

Satan represents vital existence instead of spiritual pipe dreams.

Satan represents undefiled wisdom instead of hypocritical self-deceit.

Satan represents kindness to those who deserve it instead of love wasted on ingrates.

Satan represents vengeance instead of turning the other cheek.

Satan represents responsibility to the responsible instead of concern for psychic vampires.

Satan represents man as just another animal, sometimes better, more often worse than those that walk on all-fours, who, because of his “divine spiritual and intellectual development,” has become the most vicious animal of all.

Satan represents all of the so-called sins, as they all lead to physical, mental, or emotional gratification.

Satan has been the best friend the Church has ever had, as He has kept it in business all these years.

You also got The nine satanic rules;

Stupidity
The number one rule of the satanic sins. Ignorance is one thing, but our society thrives increasingly on stupidity. Satanists must learn to see through the tricks and cannot afford to be stupid. Knowledge is power, that’ll never change.

Pretentiousness
Empty posturing can be most irritating and isn’t applying the cardinal rules of Lesser Magic. On equal footing with stupidity for what keeps the money in circulation these days. Everyone’s made to feel like a big shot, whether they can come up with the goods or not.

Solipsism
Can be very dangerous for Satanists. Projecting your reactions, responses and sensibilities onto someone who is probably far less attuned than you are. It is the mistake of expecting people to give you the same consideration, courtesy and respect that you naturally give them. They won’t. Instead, Satanists must strive to apply the dictum of “Do unto others as they do unto you.” It’s work for most of us and requires constant vigilance lest you slip into a comfortable illusion of everyone being like you. As has been said, certain utopias would be ideal in a nation of philosophers, but unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately, from a Machiavellian standpoint) we are far from that point.

Self-deceit
It’s in the “Nine Satanic Statements” but deserves to be repeated here. Another cardinal sin. We must not pay homage to any of the sacred cows presented to us, including the roles we are expected to play ourselves. The only time self-deceit should be entered into is when it’s fun, and with awareness. But then, it’s not self-deceit!

Herd Conformity
That’s obvious from a Satanic stance. It’s all right to conform to a person’s wishes, if it ultimately benefits you. But only fools follow along with the herd, letting an impersonal entity dictate to you. The key is to choose a master wisely instead of being enslaved by the whims of the many.

Lack of Perspective
Again, this one can lead to a lot of pain for a Satanist. You must never lose sight of who and what you are, and what a threat you can be, by your very existence. We are making history right now, every day. Always keep the wider historical and social picture in mind. That is an important key to both Lesser and Greater Magic. See the patterns and fit things together as you want the pieces to fall into place. Do not be swayed by herd constraints—know that you are working on another level entirely from the rest of the world.

Forgetfulness of Past Orthodoxies
Be aware that this is one of the keys to brainwashing people into accepting something new and different, when in reality it’s something that was once widely accepted but is now presented in a new package. We are expected to rave about the genius of the creator and forget the original. This makes for a disposable society.

Counterproductive Pride
That first word is important. Pride is great up to the point you begin to throw out the baby with the bathwater. The rule of Satanism is: if it works for you, great. When it stops working for you, when you’ve painted yourself into a corner and the only way out is to say, I’m sorry, I made a mistake, I wish we could compromise somehow, then do it.

Lack of Aesthetics
This is the physical application of the Balance Factor. Aesthetics is important in Lesser Magic and should be cultivated. It is obvious that no one can collect any money off classical standards of beauty and form most of the time so they are discouraged in a consumer society, but an eye for beauty, for balance, is an essential Satanic tool and must be applied for greatest magical effectiveness. It’s not what’s supposed to be pleasing—it’s what is. Aesthetics is a personal thing, reflective of one’s own nature, but there are universally pleasing and harmonious configurations that should not be denied.

Satanic rules of Earth;

Do not give opinions or advice unless you are asked. (Just makes you sound like an “know-it-all”.

Do not tell your troubles to others unless you are sure they want to hear them. (Be sure before telling your dilemma to someone. Some may actually care while others are just curious)

When in another’s lair, show him respect or else do not go there.

If a guest in your lair annoys you, treat him cruelly and without mercy.

Do not make sexual advances unless you are given the mating signal.

Do not take that which does not belong to you unless it is a burden to the other person and he cries out to be relieved.

Acknowledge the power of magic if you have employed it successfully to obtain your desires.

If you deny the power of magic after having called upon it with success, you will lose all you have obtained.

Do not complain about anything to which you need not subject yourself.

Do not harm little children.

As you see I’ve marked the lines/sentence I agree with, that you could say I go/live after and those that are bold are the ones I REALLY agree with. :)

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Anton Szandor LaVey born in Chicago (1930—1997) founder of the Church of Satan, the first organized church in modern times promulgating a religious philosophy championing Satan as the symbol of personal freedom and individualism.

I need a Kellan Kyle in my life.

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I don’t know how I manage to shut myself off from the outside world and just live inside my little bubble with my books. I finished them in less than a week, it’s not the first time yet I get suprised every time, don’t know how it’s possible to get so absorbed by a book and that I forget to live. But I’m not complaning, I love escaping into these stories, more and more by each new book I get my hands on.

Where do I start when it comes to Thoughtless, Effortless and Reckless. It’s such an intiguing, sexy and alluring story that you can’t put down once you’ve started, it’s addicting, the love, the drama and mostly, him.

Kiera Allen leaves her life behind to follow her boyfriend and move to the Beautiful Seattle, due to his intership in a company. At the new place, they’re sharing a house and becomes roomates with an old friend of her boyfriend Denny, the rockstar, the casanova, the sexgod, god’s gift to women; Kellan Kyle.

The first days goes well, that is until Denny has to leave for 2 weeks because of work and leaves Kiera with the roomate, who at first she keeps at distant but then realizes he ain’t that bad as she might have thought, and they develope a friendship. As the days goes by and they become closer, she still misses Denny and worst, he calls her one night saying he’s not coming back because he’s been offered a job for 2 years, she assumes it’s over between them and drowns her sorrow drinking. Mad and hurt, after all she did for him, moved far away from her comfort zone, left her family, friends and changed school now he just “leves” her there.

While intoxicated with alcohol, sad because of it all, there’s one person and shoulder she leans to, Kellan. Who together they end up sleeping together and that’s when her whole worlds turns around, this would all not be so bad if it weren’t that the next day, her boyfriend comes back to her.

Now pulled both direction, she’s in a fragile greyzone between two guys she wants, cares and now also, loves.

It’s an emotional journey, and I was going insane when turning page after page, I laughed, I cried, I got angry and wanted to shove the book into someones ass.

The story starts as the girlfriend and the friend of the boyfriend pretty much being unfaithful, and normally a reaction would be that you find it wrong, but somehow the writer managed to write it in a way that you actually end up rooting for her and Kellan, and just wishing she just dumps the boyfriend. You end up on their sides but it also keeps you on the edge, since they can’t keep their hands off each other and you know the boyfriend is in the room, you just gasp for air and sit in total shock of their lack of careful-ness.

Captivated by you

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Finally got the 4th part of the amazing journey of Gideon Cross and Eva 4 days ago and literally finished it in less than two. It was just impossible to put away, I must have stayed all night reading without being able to close the book, I just had to know what would happen and let me tell you; it was so worth the wait. <3 I don’t know if it is just me, but I feel like the story not only gets better and better, but the writing just keeps getting more beautiful than the last and what made this one even more special, was what I had been waiting for happened, to read the story from Gideon’s point of view. It was 50/50 one chapter from his POV and one from Eva and it blended perfectly together into one alluring and intense story. I bow for you Sylvia Day, phenomenal job, once again. My heart is aching in wait for the next book already, dying to know how it’ll end for Gideon and Eva, it’s an amazing serie everyone should take the time to read and dream away. Strongly recommended! & Whoever gets to play Eva in the future tv-show adaption is going to be one lucky cookie, to not only be part of such an incredible story, but also for a moment be Eva and have a “Gideon” in her life. I hope that whoever gets it, appreciates every single moment!

Thoughtful

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Completely forgot to post the review of Thoughtful, the new novel from S.C. Stephens. The same story of Thoughtless just this time, we get to read it from Kellan Kyle’s POV. And if I disliked Kiera on Thoughtless, it was nothing compared to the raw hate I felt for her now. Her acts did not affect me before as much as it did now, reading it from Kellan’s view. The way she basically ripped his heart out of his chest and stepped on it repeatedly made me want to get myself inside the pages and just strangle her to death with my own two hands. I simply don’t get what Kellan saw in her, EVEN reading it from his angle. She blushed the second she accidently said a curse word, turning red and embarrassed at EVERYTHING. She handle the situation stupidly, I wanted to smack her head with a frying pan at least 40 times, and I had not even made it to the middle of the story. Besides her triggering my criminal mind, I did not think I could fall harder for Kellan, I just fell deeply and deeply more for him as each new chapter began. The story is addictive, intriguing and passionated. It also keeps you on the edge and brings you a stream of bliss every now and then, weather it’s about Griffin and his shenanigans or Kellan’s steamy moments. I just hope there will be two more books from his POV, following Effortless and Reckless.

Duchess in Disguise

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Literally finished Duchess in Disguise in less than 4 hours, not only was it a short story with not so many pages but highly entertaining and charming.

One day, the two sisters Emily and Clorinda receives a letter from The Duke of Westhampton, were he knows that the sister (not knowing there were two of them) was ready for marrige. They also had a older brother who due to his gamling had several depts which none of them could afford to pay back. Since Emily was in love with her childhood friend, and they needed the money, in order for them to get married and save her brother, Clorinda offers herself to marry The Duke without letting him now that not only was she the second sister but also a young 17 year old.

Once Clorinda gets to The Duke, him barely paying any sort of attention to her, AT ALL, he did not even look at her at the wedding when they said “I do”, he decides to leave her at his mansion in the land and tells her to stay put while he goes to the city. Clorinda, did not like that, and decides to go to the city herself but as someone else and with a mission, to get her own husband to fall in love with her. She gets the most expensive dresses, does her hair and gets a new name. Ready to get noticed by the one man who she insists she quickly has grown to hate.

My favorite thing about it, was that it was fast paced, it wasn’t dull nor got slow, it has a lovely flow from page to page, while it’s charming and fun. Her innocense was cute and light, she had a strong mind and did her own thing. She was not afraid of failing or going the opposite direction. I’ve read stories where the female is over 20+ and absolutely dumb and a complete idiot, here Clorinda is 17 and had a whole different outlook. I simply loved that she took it into her own hands to do something about her situation.The Duke was described as most males in the latest stories, handsome yet ignorant and quite an asshole, who did not believe in love or thought such thing even existed, until he met Her.

Libello

La Vita Nuova (The new life) by the Florentine poet from Italy, Dante Alighieri.
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It’s not so much a book, but a small story about his great love, his muse and inspiration to all his works, Beatrice; about the moment he first saw her. And it contains all of his sonnets/poems that are about her and to her. It’s an inspiering and beautiful texts to read. Because it’s real, it’s a real and true love story, it’s not fiction, this is not Twilight, Titanic or any made up story, this actually happened years ago. And it aches me that she passed away, that they didn’t live happily together, and the way he speaks of her? Feels for her? I can’t even imagine the pain of him loosing her. But he married Gemma Donati whom he laters had childerns with, La vita Nuova is in memory of his beloved, Beatrice.untitled1
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Dante Alighieri 1265–1321, poet from the Middle ages. His Divine Comedy is considered the greatest literary work composed and a masterpiece of world literature.

Beatrice Portinari 1266–1290 (oui, she only lived 24 years.)