Friday finds

Today I’ll be sharing more of my web finds and they will be very singular, sorry 🙂

Martin’s Christmas gift for me was a Kindle reader, which I haven’t even tried before a few days ago. First he was playing with it and all its features, like the Mr Gadget he is. Then, right after I’ve uploaded the books I wanted, I messed up my eye and the doctor said I shouldn’t be reading. So This week was my lucky “book” one as I finally got to use my gift and I have to say I love it. It’s light, user-friedly, it can store so many books and I can carry it everywhere with me. The only problem is that I don’t have a case. And here come my finds, some of the cutest Kindle cases I found:,searchweb201644_5_10001_10002_10005_301_10006_10003_10004_62,searchweb201560_8,searchweb1451318400_6151


Rocking The Lord of the Rings

A few days ago I got talking with my friend from feralc4t about music inspired by the biggest fantasy saga The Lord of the Rings. Needless to say, I’m a die hard fan and, the nerd in me rejoicing, I had to make a research. I knew Led Zeppelin were big Tolkien heads but it appears they are not the only ones. This is what I found out. Enjoy!

Led Zeppelin
The 1969 classic “Ramble On”, that also happens to be my favorite Zeppelin song:

Two songs from 1971: “Misty Mountain Hop” which is named for the place where Bilbo Baggins and the dwarfs spend some time in The Hobbit and “The Battle of Evermore”:

There are subtle allusions in “Bron-Y-Aur Stomp” and the iconic “Stairway to heaven”:


Black Sabbath
Another classic rock band, Black Sabbath were also inspired by the epic fantasy novels and wrote “The Wizard” for their first album.


The 70’s were great for LOTR-rock, as you can find in Genesis’ “Stagnation” and the reference for Gollum: “Will I wait forever, besides the silent mirror/And fish for bitter minnows amongst the weeds and slimy water.”



Neil Peart, Rush’s drummer and lyricist, wrote both “Rivendell” and “The Necromancer”:


Although “This Day We Fight!” takes its title from a line in The Return of the King that wasn’t in the books, I thought it should be on my list.


Pink Floyd
It’s not 100% clear what “The Gnome” is about, but you can see it’s at least partly Lord of the Rings-inspired.



The band has a song called “Lords of the Ring” on their Pieces of Eight album.


Leonard Nimoy
And the crown jewel is the Star Trek star’s nerd extravaganza “The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins.” Mr. Spock himself singing about The Hobbit…what more can you ask for.


Book review: The hundred-foot journey

Lately I’ve been reading lots of thrillers, so I needed something fun and relaxing. So this feel-good culinary escapade was an appropriate choice. I highly recommend it if you want to indulge in a greatly written love story dedicated to food.


Hassan Haji, the second of a a family of six from Mumbai, knows from an early age that his destiny lies in the food arena. In this simultaneously comic and touching tale, we trace Hasssan’s culinary development from the roadside restaurant for servicemen established by his grandparents to the prominence of the world of haute cuisine and the much sought after Michelin stars.

Morais’ exploration of Hassan Haji’s climb in the world of haute cuisine also engages the themes of longing, homesickness, family legacy, and the losses and sacrifices that come with success.

This is a pleasant story filled with a diversity of vibrant characters, from Hassan’s larger than life, candid father who contrasts sharply with the polished, refined Madame Mallory, protector of classic French haute cuisine. You can hear, smell and taste the tenor of the Indian and French kitchens -I would strongly advise you to eat before reading!

If you love traveling and indulging in fine foods, you will certainly enjoy this book.

I cannot wait to watch the movie based on this charming book, starring Helen Mirren, Om Puri, and Manish Daya.

All the things that make me happy


If you’re bored enough to read my blog regularly, you probably know my interests. Today I’ve put together a little scetch of most of my favorite things. Music, movies, books, art and drawing,cars,  fashion, travel, Star Wars, fantasy and dragons, and beer:D I hope you’ll like it and I’d love to hear what are the things that put a smile on your face when you get up in the morning or get home after work.

A girl who reads

I love browsing goodreads and today I found this quote. It’s amazing and it’s totally me. I’m the girl that enters a bookstore for 5 min and stays there half of the afternoon. I’m the girl that got book sunburn a few years ago because I can’t go to the beach without a book in my bag but it appears I can go without my sun-cream. I’m also the girl that comes home after a night of heavy partying and can’t fall asleep without reading at least one page. Right now I’m the girl that got sick and can’t do anything except reading, watching movies and finding cool quotes:)

“You should date a girl who reads.
Date a girl who reads. Date a girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes, who has problems with closet space because she has too many books. Date a girl who has a list of books she wants to read, who has had a library card since she was twelve.

Find a girl who reads. You’ll know that she does because she will always have an unread book in her bag. She’s the one lovingly looking over the shelves in the bookstore, the one who quietly cries out when she has found the book she wants. You see that weird chick sniffing the pages of an old book in a secondhand book shop? That’s the reader. They can never resist smelling the pages, especially when they are yellow and worn.

She’s the girl reading while waiting in that coffee shop down the street. If you take a peek at her mug, the non-dairy creamer is floating on top because she’s kind of engrossed already. Lost in a world of the author’s making. Sit down. She might give you a glare, as most girls who read do not like to be interrupted. Ask her if she likes the book.

Buy her another cup of coffee.

Let her know what you really think of Murakami. See if she got through the first chapter of Fellowship. Understand that if she says she understood James Joyce’s Ulysses she’s just saying that to sound intelligent. Ask her if she loves Alice or she would like to be Alice.

It’s easy to date a girl who reads. Give her books for her birthday, for Christmas, for anniversaries. Give her the gift of words, in poetry and in song. Give her Neruda, Pound, Sexton, Cummings. Let her know that you understand that words are love. Understand that she knows the difference between books and reality but by god, she’s going to try to make her life a little like her favorite book. It will never be your fault if she does.

She has to give it a shot somehow.

Lie to her. If she understands syntax, she will understand your need to lie. Behind words are other things: motivation, value, nuance, dialogue. It will not be the end of the world.

Fail her. Because a girl who reads knows that failure always leads up to the climax. Because girls who read understand that all things must come to end, but that you can always write a sequel. That you can begin again and again and still be the hero. That life is meant to have a villain or two.

Why be frightened of everything that you are not? Girls who read understand that people, like characters, develop. Except in the Twilight series.

If you find a girl who reads, keep her close. When you find her up at 2 AM clutching a book to her chest and weeping, make her a cup of tea and hold her. You may lose her for a couple of hours but she will always come back to you. She’ll talk as if the characters in the book are real, because for a while, they always are.

You will propose on a hot air balloon. Or during a rock concert. Or very casually next time she’s sick. Over Skype.

You will smile so hard you will wonder why your heart hasn’t burst and bled out all over your chest yet. You will write the story of your lives, have kids with strange names and even stranger tastes. She will introduce your children to the Cat in the Hat and Aslan, maybe in the same day. You will walk the winters of your old age together and she will recite Keats under her breath while you shake the snow off your boots.

Date a girl who reads because you deserve it. You deserve a girl who can give you the most colorful life imaginable. If you can only give her monotony, and stale hours and half-baked proposals, then you’re better off alone. If you want the world and the worlds beyond it, date a girl who reads.

Or better yet, date a girl who writes.”
― Rosemarie Urquico

Couldn’t agree more with Elizabeth Bennet

“There are few people whom I really love, and still fewer of whom I think well. The more I see of the world, the more am I dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of the inconsistency of all human characters, and of the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of merit or sense.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

Rand al’Thor

A Memory of Light, the final book in The Wheel of Time series, is just days away! Almost exactly 23 years have passed since the original publication of the first installment The Eye of the World. On January 8th, the biggest saga of modern literature will be complete and I feel it’s like an end of an era. I’ve read the series multiple times waiting for the climax and now I’m torn between excitement and dread. All these characters have been with me for so long that I’m not sure parting will be a sweet sorrow 🙂

However, I’ve done this rough sketch of Rand al’Thor and decided to share it. I’ve drawn him like I see him in The Eye of the World: young, inconspicuous of his fate, innocent but still harboring immense power between his broad shoulders. I hope you like him as much as I do. And for those of you who haven’t read the Wheel of Time, please do! I promise you will be mesmerised by this epic story!




The schemes in politics – The 500 book review

I’ve always liked a good political thriller and John Grisham is a personal favorite. So when I read the back cover of ” The 500″ and it said that it calls to mind “The Firm” I was intrigued and excited. And the book didn’t disappoint.

Matthew Quirk describes the manipulations in Washington through the eyes of the young and overambitious Mike Ford.

Mike grew up in a world of scams and frauds but his accomplishments in college and law school are the way out, the ticket to success. He joins the Davies Group, the most influential consulting company in D.C. He becomes the rising star as he mingles with the 500 men and women who really run the capitol, and the world. But no sooner than later, Mike is swept into a deadly game of power. He learns that ” Every man has a price” and the higher the rise, the harder and more lethal will be the fall.

Matthew Quirk combines the best elements of action and intrigue and delivers a great heart-pounding fast-paced debut novel. I highly recommend it!