Sunsets

 

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All of these were taken by me on various locations in Croatia (but mostly in my backyard haha).  Let me know which one you like the best 🙂

 

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Chapter VIII

Ava was lying on the bed.

Smilingly,she lifted her finger and started tracing it in the air. Little by little, golden shapes appeared out of nowhere.

„I see you’re in a good mood“

Ava turned her head towards the door. Standing in the doorway with hands full of books was Lilly.

Ava smiled- „Did you find something interesting“

„Sort of“- she said and threw the books in the air with one swift motion where they floated lazily as if hanged on a string.

„You’re ruining my masterpiece“- Ava smirked towards a book breaking a part of her drawing.

***

„I’m ‘elling you man,it’sh like she’sh out of thish world“- Milo mumbled , his mouth full of food

„I believe you.“- Kali laughed,patting his friend on the back as he was about to choke and handing him a paper napkin.

„Thanks. No,but really. We had such a good time. She even talked about that quiet girl you were so interested in.“

„Ava? „

„Yeah,’er“- Milo said,stuffing another piece of bagel in his mouth

„Not that I want to know that badly,but what did she say?“ Kali figured it was best not to mention the pool incident to his friend and to brush the whole thing off as a silly prank.

„Well,’othing shpechial weawy“- he swallowed : „Just that she is not very sociable and that she spends more time with her books than with people. That’s all.“

Kali shrugged and liften hig backpack on one shoulder. „I better get going,I don’t want to be late.“

Milo waved, still very preoccupied with finishing his breakfast.

This was the only class Kali did not attend with Milo, so he assumed it was going to be a very long one.

As he got there, he noticed that there was just one person he knew from before. The curly haired girl that usually attended the same classes as he did. She wore a dark red printed dress with a cutout on the back and her hands were full of different types of jewelry.

Not the crazy types Lilly wore-Milo thought , but more matching ones.

„Hi“-  the girl smiled,pulling up a chair next to her

„Oh hi.“- he said,slightly confused. He hoped his hair looked a bit better than he thought it did.

„I’m India. You’re Kali,Milo’s friend,right?“

He nodded,shaking her hand,her bracelets dropping on her wrist.

„So,how do you like this little town so far?“- she asked him,constant smile on her face.

„Well,to be honest, at first I thought that it was going to be very plain and peaceful,but I reeeeally got mistaken“ – he smirked,thinking about almost drowning in the student pool

„I know what you mean. The parties here can get a little too crazy. Speaking of which, I haven’t seen you at the Jetters’ yesterday.“

„Well,I was there but I left earlier. I…wasn’t feeling that well.“

„Oh,that’s a shame“- she shifted her head full of curly locks,revealing her left ear. It was full of unusual earrings; arrows, triangles, little monkeys hanging off the top of her ear.

„You like them?“-she asked him, a flirty smile playing around the corners of her mouth

„Sorry?“- he blinked-„Oh,the earrings? Yeah, they are very…unique.“

„Thank you. My mom is a vet, but her hobby is jewel making so she constantly sends me different kinds of these“- she pointed at her wrists and ears

„That is really nice of her“- said Kali with an awkward smile

„What does your mom do?“

„She,ahm… She passed away a few years ago…“

„Oh my God, I am so sorry. Me and my big mouth.“-she waved her hands in front of her

„It’s not a problem,really. I live with my dad most of the time.“

„I see. Really,so sorry. I am so embarassed right now.“-she said hiding her face in her hands

„Don’t be. It’s no big deal.“- Kali tried to sound convincing, pulling her fingers off her face

„I’m such an idiot. How about I treat you with coffee later. Would that be okay?“

„You don’t need to. But since you’ve offered…“-he smiled,nudging her in the shoulder.

***

„You do know that it is very mean what you are doing to that poor boy?“ Lilly asked jokingly while positioning herself next to Ava

 

 

Recent reads

Hi everyone 🙂

As an avid reader,I avoid the “favourite book” type questions because there are just so many of them x) I would have to print out my whole library check out history just to remember what I have read through all these years. So,instead,this is a little summary of what I’ve read in the last two to three months and what I would suggest for you to read 😀

Also,before I start with the list, I usually read only specific book genres(sure, I will read anything that interests me,but these are the categories I will always find appealing ). These are: fantasy, crime, historical novels, YA, horror, fiction. So if you’re not into any of those categories,I think you will find this post disappointing x) Now,let’s get started.

HORROR 

Peter Straub – Ghost Story

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I really really liked this book. The plot is quite enjoyably slow and characters are well developed , for a horror novel. The thing I liked the most is the atmosphere of fear, despair and suffocation( it feels quite claustrophobic but it really gives the plot that something that makes this horror story special). Highly recommend,even if you don’t usually read horror.

R.L.Stine – Don’t forget me

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I have been re-reading Stine on my late night train rides. I am not sure why, but I do like to read books that I read when I was a kid. I especially love to revisit my old fears to forget about the present ones (which are,let’s be honest, far more real). Short, creepy, simple. Would recommend to younger audience or to anyone who loves a quick “spook”.  Can’t put ratings on childhood books,sorry X)

David Case-  Pelican Cay

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I would call it a train ride read X) Short, tense, a bit predictable but not bad. Not for those who have a weak stomach,as it has a bit of gore in it. Nothing much,but just a warning.

H.P.Lovecraft- The dream cycle

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Lovecraft is a classic. Like King. Either you like it or you don’t. They both have a very specific style of writing, so you would have to decide for yourself if this is something you would enjoy. Personally, I loved it. He is very direct in his storytelling,without lots of unnecessary embellishments. Quite a lot of gore,so keep that in mind.

YOUNG ADULT 

Cassandra Clare – The Shadowhunter Chronicles

(I’ve read the first three)

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This book series…urgh. First off, it starts of well. Okay, characters are a bit of cliche but I did like the idea of shadowhunters,demons, nephilim… All that interested me and I started to read this series. BUT. Soon it gets too boring. Now,let me explain. Instead of focusing on that awesome supercool, interesting premise (a whole new world filled with demons,fighting and badassness) the writer decided to make it a romance novel. I know,it is YA genre but there are far better books than these. I really tried to like it after the second book,but it just didn’t go well with me. I don’t understand how on earth did she stretch the plot on so many books. Also(here comes the icing)- the books are PLAGIARISED. I will not get in the details of how and why as you can find it online. Big let down. Would not recommend. There are far better young adult books to read.

Richelle Mead- The Vampire Academy

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I found these to be very enjoyable. I’ve read them all within a week because they are so damn fun,sassy and addicting. Interesting plot-check, loveable characters- check, romance that you will die for- check. True YA novels. Highly recommend.

CRIME

Agatha Christie- Evil under the sun

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I really love Agatha Christie. My grandmother was a big fan,so as a child, I would sneak into her room and borrow her old,emerald green, leather bound books (my favourite one was,and still is, ” And then there were none ” ). And that is how I became a fan. Read lots of her works and watched numerous movies. Nothing much to be said,another classic. I highly recommend. Very nice, easy read (especially during the summer, on a beach).

Camilla Läckberg- The Ice Princess

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As a contrast to warm,summer Christie, this plot is set in cold Sweden. I did put it under crime section,but this book is not really a pure crime novel. I did like the plot, I found it very interesting and it surely is a page turner but without some real substance that would make me want more. Still,I would recommend it,especially as a gift to mother,grandmother,aunt… as my mom really enjoyed it.

 

FANTASY

Anne Rice- Pandora

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Along Queen of the Damned, this book is my favourite one out of Rice novels. I love how it showed us ancient history and transition to modern times. It helped me understand the complex relationship vampires have with each other and how they see the world (as Lestat,the brat prince, is not always the best source of information about someone other than himself). If you are interested in reading a GOOD vampire novel,Anne Rice is the queen. Start with the Interview with the Vampire and enjoy.

George R.R.Martin- A Dance with Dragons

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The fifth book of A Song of Ice and Fire series did not disappoint me. I have the highest respect for Martin, as he is on my top 5 list of best writers(right next to Tolkien). The books are so well written that you have to read them a few times before catching every detail and hidden little secrets that are woven in the pages of these novels. I call them novels, but they are really a works of art. I am not even exaggerating. This man is a genius. Recommend them very much. Disclaimer- I did not watch the show(which is partially filmed in country,yaaay).

FICTION (Sci-fi and historical)

H.G.Wells- The War of the Worlds

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I have to admit,I did not like it very much. I am quite sorry,but it is not my cup of it. The plot is just not compelling enough(maybe because I have read many alien fictions that this one seems a bit bland). I know that this is one of the pioneers in the sci-fi world so that is probably the reason why it all seemed a bit watered down to me. I will give it another try though.

Marija Jurić Zagorka -Tajna krvavog mosta (The secret of the bloody bridge)

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The first Croatian writer on my list. I own all of her books(which makes me really proud) and I love them. She was a historical fiction writer and although she wrote fictive stories,her characters, setting and events surrounding the plot(which are usually very important) are all real. I really hope that there is a translated version out there because these books are really worth the read. Very interesting, well thought of plot, characters who are not completely black and white, intrigues and real existing locations are what made her books special.  Highly highly recommend all of them. Start with The Secret of the bloody bridge and then work your way to her more famous novels ( Gordana, The witch of Grič…). If there will be people who are interested, I could do Zagorka tour with places that are mentioned in her books 🙂

There. These are the books that I’ve read recently and I really hope you will find something for yourself. (pssst,let’s start a book club) 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy New Year!

Hello everyone. I hope you had great holidays, and lots of good times with your family and friends and I wish you all the best in this new, 2016. Let’s make this the best one yet! 🙂

First of all,I am truly sorry for not posting anything for a while. My health wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be so I wanted to rest and spend some time with my family to regain my strength. I did post some photos on my Instagram( I admit,they were mostly taken inside the house haha) but I really neglected the blog.  As I am getting better, I don’t want to spend this year lying in my bed or rushing around hospitals feeling depressed!

So, my 2016 goals would be:

  • Study more. And better.
  • Don’t complain. Period.
  • Do at least one good thing for someone else every week
  • Do some workouts along with my running( I usually run every day if I am not ill but I am the weakest person ever haha,so I want to become stronger with some muscle exercise)
  • Play the piano at least once a week.
  • Have 1-2 blog posts published per week
  • Complete some reading challenges ( I love to read and I read all the time,but I would love to do some reading challenges so if you know an interesting one,I would appreciate it if you put it in the comments 🙂 )
  • Do something that you’ve always wanted to do but were too scared/busy.
  • Pursue hobbies that you’re interested it. Go to that astronomy class you’ve been planning for ages, take dance lessons that you’ve always wanted to take, attend history and science seminars that you like.

 

Since I haven’t posted anything for Christmas,here are some late photos of our Christmas trees ( I say trees because we had 4 of them x) ; one in the living room,one in the hallway,a little one in the kitchen and one decorated outside.). Since my parents are against cutting trees for Christmas,we always have a faux one (it’s quite pretty nonetheless).

Little white tree in the kitchen and a bit bigger one in the hallway:

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Our big Christmas tree in the living room (2.5 m tall haha) :

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And it finally started snowing yesterday which makes me super happy! I took some of these little photos yesterday but I hope I will be able to take more ( it is snowing heavily atm and the temperature is a bit lower than -8 so that is not quite possible yet haha).

Snow on the old barn’s window and snow on the old rooftop(don’t ask me how I took that one 😀  ) :

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Snowy cover :

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Choo choo

Hello everyone 🙂

Today I visited a very interesting model train exhibition called “Backo mini express”.

I was told that it took 4 years to make( four people, 8 hours a day) and when you see the photos you will realise why. Every little detail is crafted to perfection; from buildings to owls on the trees (and yes,everything is miniature). Even the little people are moving 😀   But the thing that makes it special is the traffic. 23 trains are on the move all the time (except for an occasional red light stop or when they are unloading the load/passangers). There are also busses and cars going around. The thing that surprised me the most was the weather and night/day change! Every 15 minutes a miniature day passes and then it gets darker and the lights go on. Throughout the night, the rain started to fall and there was a lot of thunder (flashing light and lound sound is not for the faint of heart). The model was “Christmasized” by lots of added decorations and Christmas trees. If you ever stumble upon Zagreb on your travels,I would advise you to pay a visit( I heard they are upgrading to a bigger model soon).

All in all, it was a very pleasant experience, the only downside being that you can’t take it home 😀

Pay attention to the details:

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Zoomed in miniature graveyard. Look at the plants,dirt on the steps and light in the lamps. Every grave is the size of my fingernail (maybe even smaller).

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Getting darker:

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Evening:

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Middle of the night:

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P.S.- for more detailed photographs, visit their website: http://www.backo.hr

 

Little update

Hello 🙂

I am very very very sorry for not updating my story yet. I promise I will try my best to do it by the weekend. As it turns out, my health is not in the best condition(again) so I have been rushing around the city to get it all sorted out. The Christmas lights are up and the decorations are starting to appear everywhere so I can’t wait to show you how amazing it all looks!
My family is getting a new Christmas tree soon which is always very exciting! I will post a photo of our last year’s Christmas tree just to get you all in the Christmas mood X)

Btw,to all of you who need a bit of inspiration of what to read, feel free to check my Goodreads account and see what I liked 🙂

https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/6102542-tiberiansun

 

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Our tree last year 

 

 

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With a little bit of edit 😀