New Series | The Bookish Guide to Being Happy #1

Hello there!

I hope you all had a lovely Book Night. I know I certainly did. 🙂 I’ll be putting up a post about it as soon as I stop procrastinating. (And I will definitely be writing some more reviews— they’ve been severely lacking these past couple of weeks.) But…

I have decided that I will be creating a new series here on Yasimone!

The Bookish Guide to Being Happy!

I’m excited and I really hope you like it! The other day, I was just thinking, What makes me happy?  And of course the answer is reading! But why? I wanted to explore that idea a little bit more and also share ways to help others to be happy as well, so without further ado, here’s the first installment!



#1: Read Comfort Books When You’re Feeling Down

Reading makes me happy. It makes many others happy as well.

Why? Well, you can learn so much and gain so much from books— things like ideas, knowledge, and even happiness. 🙂 You can travel to places unknown and places familiar through the most magic of portals, and see what stories have been spun inside people’s heads.

Books can mean what you want them to mean, and they can be your closest friends, your confidantes, and your accomplices all in one. Books are everything in this world, and infinitely more. So I believe that it’s quite safe to say that books make a lot of us happy. 🙂

Some books are the comfort food of the literary world. Here are some that are bound to cheer you up.

  1. Harry Potter- Can you believe that I’ve never mentioned these books on my blog before?! I love those books, always have, always will. 🙂 I started them when I was in first grade, if I remember correctly, and I have read them many, many times since. It’s impossible not to feel good after reading about magic and the fantastic adventures of Harry and the Hogwarts students. Reviews will be coming soon.
  2.  Wendy Mass- Wendy Mass writes feel-good-about-yourself-and-the-world kind of books. You can’t help but be inspired and proud of the human population once you’re through. Friendship, grief, love, family, magic.
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia- Travel to faraway lands with Lucy, Susan, Peter, and Edmund. Engage in exciting adventures. Enjoy. (Again, this series has magic in it, and magic seems to be a reoccurring theme on this list. Seems that magic just makes me happy.)
  4. Geronimo Stilton- Ah, the books of my childhood. Colourful and entertaining, the antics of Geronimo Stilton, the publisher and editor of a newspaper,
    Look how bright and fun they are!
    Look how bright and fun they are!

    The Daily Gazette, and his family are sure to please anybody, from children to the elderly. Oh, and did I mention that Geronimo Stilton— and everybody else in New Mouse City, his hometown— is a mouse? They’re so much fun to read, and the illustrations and special fonts just make it better.

There are so many books that you can read to feel better after a hard day: books that are more than just pieces of paper bound together. So here’s to happiness, and here’s to reading!


Hope you liked that! What do you think is the one of the best ways to be and stay happy?

 ❤ Yasimone

Update~ 11th October 2015: Hey everyone, I’ve decided not to continue this series since a) it’s October right now and I haven’t done a second post for this, and b) it’s a little too similar to my Book Chats. Sorry for the inconvenience, but I’ve just thought it out and feel that it would be more practical to not add any more posts to this series. This one will still be up in case you want to read it again, however. 🙂 Thanks for understanding!

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World Book Night!

I’m oh, so excited! 😀 Know why?

April 23rd is World Book Night! According to its website, “World Book Night is an annual celebration of reading and books that takes place on 23 April. LogoIt sees passionate volunteers give out hundreds of thousands of books in their communities to share their love of reading with people who don’t read regularly or own books. World Book Night is run by The Reading Agency, a national charity that inspires people to become confident and enthusiastic readers to help give them an equal chance in life.” I am all for this: doing great things for others through literature! How awesome! 😀

So, I’ve created a little challenge for myself!

World Book Night Challenge @ yasimone.com!

  1. Read as much as possible on April 23rd.

  2. Donate some old books to the library or a school.

  3. Buy books and gift ’em to friends!

  4. Blog about my World Book Night experience.

I just think that it would be amazing to be able to read ALL night, so let’s see. Maybe I can do it! I’ve already started picking out some of the books I’ll be gorging on. 😉 If you want to take part in my challenge as well, feel free and spread the word! If you want to, you can tag it as “World Book Night Challenge @ yasimone.com”! Make sure to share your experience too! 🙂

❤ Yasimone

Book Review || The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls

Author: Claire Legrand

Publishers: Simon & Schuster

Release Year: 2012

My Summary

Victoria is perfect in every way. Her grades are immaculate and her room simply shines. The only blemish on her beautiful life is her one and only friend, Lawrence, who is a sloppy dreamer who adores music and playing on his “wretched piano.” And then one day, when Vicky goes to school, Lawrence isn’t there. Strange, thinks Victoria. All of a sudden, she starts noticing things: adults smiling their overly bright, too-happy smiles. Cockroaches crawling out of people’s homes. People ignoring the fact that Lawrence, as well as a few other children, have disappeared. So, she does what she loves best. Victoria researches. And then she finds out about Mrs. Cavendish’s Home for Boys and Girls. An orphanage… or is it? When she goes to visit, she is greeted by happy children and kind, sweet Mrs. Cavendish, who gives Victoria butterscotch and sends her on her way. However, sinister things keep happening. More disappearances. Her only ally, Professor Alban, being dragged away by the cockroaches. Precocious Victoria decides that she’s had it, and sneaks into the Home. Inside, she finds Lawrence, Jacqueline, and other acquaintances of hers who have been taken. Children who are considered “imperfect” and “strange.” But that’s not all she finds. The Home has a dark secret, and no one who is sent there ever comes back out the same… or comes out at all.

My Thoughts

I’ll start off by saying: this is a book you’ll want to read over and over and over! The plot, the concept, the characters, everything about it is simply amazing. Let’s start off with an analysis of the characters. I will admit that they are exaggerated. At times, they are even a little bit— dare I say it? — two-dimensional. BUT… it works! These types of novels often require characters with more exaggerated qualities than those in, maybe, realistic fiction. cavendish book photoAnother thing is the “shiver-factor.” In other words, it’s scary enough for you to be creeped out for a while, but not enough for you to lose sleep. (Well, okay, maybe just a little…) 😉 In any case, this book is plenty frightening. For one thing, there are quite a few delightfully dreadful deeds in this story. (Let’s just agree that this book made me never want to eat butterscotch again.) And Mrs. Cavendish, sweet, beautiful-looking Mrs. Cavendish, is just such a wonderfully psychopathic antagonist. The horror is written out very well and lasts just long enough for you to fully relish it. (And it’s not gory or overly-disturbing, which is why this book is suitable for the middle-school palate.) Plus, I absolutely loved the gorgeous yet freaky illustrations that accompanied some of the chapters, and I will not lie, it was the cover of this book that immediately drew me to it. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls is the perfect nightmarish novel for those of us who aren’t afraid to be scared out of our wits, but also need to know that good will always prevail in the end.

❤ Yasimone

(By the way, what do you think about my new book review format? Do you think it’s better than before? Yes, no? Please do let me know!) 🙂

Book Chat #4: Springtime!

It finally feels like spring!

The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and everyone’s in that cheerful mood! Well, at least I am. 😀 So here’s the ultimate post about spring: what I love about spring, what to do, and of course, what to read!


Things I Love about Springtime

  • Sunshinebook chat pic
  • Running barefoot through dewy grass
  • Being able to swim in the ocean again
  • Hearing the doves coo at dawn
  • Reading on a bench at the park
  • Taking pictures of blossoming flowers
  • Eating ice cream with friends
  • Your hair having that perfect shine in the sun
  • Those beautiful moments before a thunderstorm
  • Singing by yourself
  • Watching the sunset
  • Walking anywhere and everywhere
  • Blogging on the balcony

Things to do in Springtime

Spring is just a magical, magical time. So the best way to get the most out of springtime is to embrace that magical-ness. ❤

Take a stroll in the nearby woods and pretend that you’re Lucy in Narnia, exploring and making animal friends. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. Pick flowers at your neighbourhood park. Weave them into your hair and become Queen of the Daisies. Have a picnic with your friends, with lots and lots of tea. Read underneath a tall, shady tree. Drink some more tea. Read something else. Sketch people you see walking by. Bring out your camera. Take photos of grass. Read fantasy books. Dance in the rain (hopefully without a book in your hand).Take a roadtrip to a nearby landmark. Call up your relatives. Call up your friends. Watch a movie. Watch an older movie. Bake something. Meet someone new. Pour glitter all over your lawn. Search for the faeries. Wear pastel colours. Wear yellow. Write a story. Write a poem. Enjoy life while you can. Enjoy spring while it lasts. Enjoy books. Enjoy everything.

Books to Read in the Springtime

>> Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott- I’ve found that I enjoy reading these sort of classics most during spring and autumn. Why, I have no clue. 🙂 But try sitting outside and reading about the March sisters: the experience is that much more exhilarating, since many chapters of the story take place in the great outdoors.

>> The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter- Nostalgic much? 😉

My little library of Beatrix Potter stories.
My little library of Beatrix Potter stories.

In all seriousness, however, these books are simply gorgeous— the writing, the illustrations, the characters, everything! Beatrix Potter’s stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and one of my favourites, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, are perfect to read to a small child on a spring morning or to thumb through by yourself and reminisce. Bonus: “Miss Potter,” a biographic movie about none other than Beatrix Potter, is a fantastic movie to watch sometime this season as well.

>> Heidi, by Johanna Spyri- Yes, I know, yet another classic! Told you I like reading them in the spring! This one, about a little girl named Heidi who moves to the Swiss Alps to live with her gruff but friendly grandpa, is a wonderful book that makes you long to go to the mountains yourself, breathe in that fresh, clean air, and share a simple meal of bread, cheese, and goat milk with Heidi.

>> Fantasy books in general- As said above, I feel like spring is one of the most magical seasons. It seems as through at any moment a faery might fly by, or you’ll reach an enchanted land through your wardrobe. So, fantasy books are a great choice. May I suggest the Chronicles of Narnia? 😀


Hope you enjoy your spring! Now I must go re-read Little Women for the millionth time. 🙂

-Yasimone

 

National Poetry Month + Poem of the Day

Hi there! I know, I haven’t been posting for a while, I’ve just been super busy lately! 🙂

Did you know that April is National Poetry Month? Poems are just amazing, because they can express so much. They take words that mean nothing, and change them so that those words mean everything. So here’s our poem of the day in honour of National Poetry Month.

Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul,
And sings the tune without the words,
And never stops at all,

And sweetest in the gale is heard;
And sore must be the storm
That could abash the little bird
That kept so many warm.
I’ve heard it in the chillest land,
And on the strangest sea;
Yet, never, in extremity,
It asked a crumb of me.

– Emily Dickinson

Emily Dickinson is one poet I really admire. And yes, this may be one of her most known poems, but it’s also one of her more striking ones. If you need any clarification, it’s talking about hope. She says in this poem that hope is inside all of us, and never stops being there, if we only have the courage to find it. Hope is truly one of the more beautiful things in this world, and that we can have it anywhere, even in the “chillest lands” and “strangest seas.” And yet hope is completely free. It costs us nothing, and will always be there for us. ❤

Happy April! 😀

-Yasimone