On Reflections and Revelations of Blogging

It’s with utmost sadness and a broken heart to announce that my 11 years as Seraphina Reads are over. I have started SR back in New Year’s Eve of 2008 to be a place for MG and YA reviews, to serve authors, and speak about my favourite novels.

Yesterday, April 14, blogger.com decided it is enough for SR journey by blocking any attempts of signing in. I shall not shade tears upon my lost years, yet it is my time to move on; I have been blogging for the market, but not for myself. I have tried to please the world but not my heart; this is no more.

Glacier Mellow is where I feel safe and content, I would like to share some review requests and tours over it -side by side the academic atmosphere- with my voice not for the market.

I would like to expand nerdiness of my soul over GM; as being a fan of graphic novels and would like to share analyses of my latest watch list.

Life moves on and this is the correct choice for my age, it’s time to explore different aspects of my soul upon one place because there are already bind within my mind.

 

My upcoming writings will include Analyses to Mary Shelly’s Franknastine and A Christmas Carlo; Sketching the essence of insanity within Netflix’s Alias Grace (part five and six).

Moreover, I would like to share my failer to continue reading Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes for the 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-along, yet I plan to finish it alongside the next book; The Count of Monte Cristo.

 

 

Announcing: “The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along”

It has always drawn me to classics as for this year I have restarted my The Classics Club reading goals. Thus it is with utmost pleasure, I will join “The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-Along”

 

How to Participate in the 2019 Chapter-a-Day Read-along

  • Get a copy of each of the four books listed below.
  • If you have your own blog, write a welcome post explaining why you are joining the read-along and what you hope to gain from it. Leave a link to your post in the comments section at the end of this post (One Catholic Life). If you don’t have a blog, you can leave your information in the comments section below as well.
  • Download the daily schedule: Nick’s Chapter a Day Reading Schedule 2019
  • Commit to reading a chapter a day. If you get behind or race ahead, no worries. Life happens.
  • If you feel like it, post a line a day from the current chapter on social media, using the hashtags listed below. I’ll be posting to Twitter and Facebook each day and I would love to read your thoughts, too. When you post, I would ask that you please respect the reading experience of those who may not know the full story. In other words, no spoilers!
  • You will find official 2019 read-along graphics at the bottom of this post. Feel free to use them on your website if you wish.
  • And be sure to subscribe to this blog to receive any read-along updates.

The goal of these chapter-a-day read-alongs is to encourage people to read books they might not otherwise read because of their length or age. With that in mind, I chose four classic novels that I think you’re really going to enjoy. Two of the novels are favourites of mine, and two of them are books I haven’t yet read by authors I like.
So, without further ado, here’s what’s on tap for 2019:

  • Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes. #quixotereadalong
  • The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. #montecristoreadalong (Which I am excited for) 
  • Lilith by George MacDonald. #lilithreadalong
  • The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens. #curiosityshopreadalong

The 2019 Chapter-a-Day Reading Schedule

Here is the broad outline of the year:

  • Don Quixote: January 1 to May 8 (126 chapters plus 2 prologues = 128 days)
  • The Count of Monte Cristo: May 9 to September 2 (117 chapters = 117 days)
  • Lilith: September 3 to October 19 (47 chapters = 47 days)
  • The Old Curiosity Shop: October 20 to December 31 (73 chapters = 73 days)

So, 128+117+47+73 = 365 days. You can download a pdf of the entire year’s schedule in detail here: Nick’s Chapter a Day Reading Schedule 2019.

 

To join this read-along, please visit One Catholic Life

 

Visions and Terrifying Imagination A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray

 

 

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-Title: A Great and Terrible Beauty
– Series: The Gemma Doyle trilogy (Book 1)
-Author: Libba Bray
-Release Date: March 22, 2005
-Age Group: Yong Adults
-Publisher: Random House
-Source: I’ve bought it *Paperback Copy*
-Rating:  5 /5 

-About the book *Good Reads*:

A Victorian boarding school story, a Gothic mansion mystery, a gossipy romp about a clique of girlfriends, and a dark other-worldly fantasy–jumble them all together and you have this complicated and unusual first novel. Sixteen-year-old Gemma has had an unconventional upbringing in India, until the day she foresees her mother’s death in a black, swirling vision that turns out to be true. Sent back to England, she is enrolled at Spence, a girls’ academy with a mysterious burned-out East Wing. There Gemma is snubbed by powerful Felicity, beautiful Pippa, and even her own dumpy roommate Ann, until she blackmails herself and Ann into the treacherous clique. Gemma is distressed to find that she has been followed from India by Kartik, a beautiful young man who warns her to fight off the visions. Nevertheless, they continue, and one night she is led by a child-spirit to find a diary that reveals the secrets of a mystical Order. The clique soon finds a way to accompany Gemma to the other-world realms of her visions “for a bit of fun” and to taste the power they will never have as Victorian wives, but they discover that the delights of the realms are overwhelmed by a menace they cannot control. Gemma is left with the knowledge that her role as the link between worlds leaves her with a mission to seek out the “others” and rebuild the Order. A Great and Terrible Beauty is an impressive first book in what should prove to be a fascinating trilogy.

The Fellowship of the Ring (The Lord of the Rings #1): Thoughts on The Prologue till the end of Ch.3

It was a bright Wednesday afternoon when the newspapers had the weekly films; I have seen a poster of a great film that captured my mind. The Fellowship of the Ring accessed my life by 2003; I remember being just merely thirteen.

Continuing toward my weekly quest of collecting films and actors pictures fashioned by my teenage hands into my scrapbook. O! I admire how the years passed! It was not till 2004 when I finally introduced to the motion-pictures that were viewed over a cable channel.

A year passed unto execution the determination of obtaining the novels, and I did. Also, more years till I started reading the novels throughout Keen on Tolkien.

 

(The Lord of the Rings #1)

The Lord of the Rings is a fantasy novel in three volumes: The Fellowship of the RingThe Two Towers, and The Return of the King. The plot revolves around the quest to destroy the evil One Ring, forged by Sauron, the Lord of the Rings. Tolkien originally conceived The Lord of the Rings as one long story told in six books, but he instead divided it into three parts due to publishing demands.
(The Lord of the Rings Study Guide – Course Hero)

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