Journal, Quotes

Quote #8

“Nothing is so painful to the human mind as a great and sudden change.” – Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

This quote resonates with me, and I can tell, without doubt, that the same has happened with the portion of readers of this book that have lost a beloved one. The life filled (seems even suffocating at times) with the absence of their being is extremely painful, which will always remain as such regardless of the measures the survivor or his/her friends take to alleviate the grief. The amount of happiness and tranquility once enjoyed with the lost beloved will neither be returned nor available again for the mourner. However, it is entirely dependent on the mindset of the survivor to either continue leading his or her life with their lost one’s memories acting as a means of survival or to drown in those memories. Not only is it dependent upon the survivor but also those who surround him or her. Being surrounded by a pleasant society certainly helps in reducing, if not entirely eradicating, the grief. This revelation regarding spending one’s time surrounded by family and friends after the loss of a beloved person comes not from experience, but lack thereof.
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Journal, Literature Reflection

Frankenstein: A sort of Reflection

I have just finished reading Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. There is so much that I want to talk and ask about. However, I do no think we have the time to clarify all my inquiries and to address all the topics that I want to express my feelings about. Therefore, I will try to write until at least some of my thoughts are expressed on this book.
Do know that the following is not a summary of the story for I am sure that many are available online for you to look up. The following sentences are merely the fruits of my reflections after reading Frankenstein. Beware that if you have not read the book yet, it might not be a good idea to continue reading this post as it may contain spoilers. 
To start off, there are many great quotes that resonate with me, some of which I will share with you all under Quotes category. At least, those that I remember. I wish I had read the story from a an actual book rather a pdf version for I would have highlighted some of the passages and taken some notes for future reference. I might do a close reading on some of the passages found in Frankenstein.
I will jump right in!
Things that I do not understand:
1.) Victor did create a monster and abhorred it the moment it came into being. However, I do not understand why he just ran away and never came back to the his creation to see what it was unto or even the state (both physical and mental) it was in. I know that it feels like I am sympathizing with the monster, maybe I am. I am not sure at this point as having just finished reading the book just a few minutes ago. I could be delirious! Back to the point, it was Victor who brought him into existence. As the monster accused his creator, it was Victor’s responsibility to either protect or extinguish the life of his creation, either of which should have been decided early on, not after the monster got a chance to experience both good and bad. Please do not get me wrong, I am not at all supporting the atrocities of the monster. I believe that all that transpired, either be good or bad, after the birth of the monster was due to Victor. He should have been more responsible towards his passion, which led to the creation of the monster. I simply do not understand this. How could he just neglect his creation for years? Event though he thought about his experiment and the outcome of his ambitions continually after the creation, I do not understand why Victor did not think of going to the chamber in which the creature was born to check on him or search for him when he could not be found at the location in which the monster was last seen. This simply does not make any sense.
2.) In order to make a human being, you need skin and all that. I can assume that the monster was created out of dead people’s body parts. However, I am just surprised that Mary did not even mention this part anywhere in the book. (Maybe she did and I must have overlooked it, if so, I would greatly appreciate if anyone of you would provide the chapter number in which this fact was specified to the readers or rather to Walton).
For now, this is all I can think of. I will make sure that I write a new post as more questions or thoughts come into my mind. Please pardon any grammatical mistakes that you must have encountered.
Stay blessed and inspired!
Pomegranate Lover
Book Reviews, Journal

Truly Madly DISAPPOINTED

I have recently finished reading Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty. I am sorry to say that I did not enjoy it at all. I stuck with it till the very end just so I will have the satisfaction of finishing a novel, something that I have not been doing as often as I would like due to time constraint. The only reason that I picked this particular book to read was after seeing that it won the fiction category in Goodreads Choice Awards (2016). Very disappointed. The story and the characters were so dull!!

The book was too long, weak storyline, and very dull characters. I guess I was expecting more, may be a faster pace and a more interesting story.

I still cannot believe that this book was picked as a winner of all the fiction books released in 2016!!

Truly Madly Unbelievable!

However, there was one thing that I really liked, the title, of course! 😉

 

Book Reviews, Journal, Random, Uncategorized

Re: The Sprit Catches You and You Fall Down

I have just finished reading the above book. It is truly a very sad story!

To be honest, I did not actually read every single word in the book as I skipped some chapters that I couldn’t get myself to read, such as the background info of the Hmong people. (This tells me that I will have to start reading history books, to get used to reading histories!)

Has anyone of you read this book? It is terrifying! Regardless of what you might think of me later, let me say the following: After having read about Lia Lee (the child on the front cover), I am thankful for a lot of things in my life. I mean, think about it. We do not appreciate the blessing and fortunes that we have till we come across someone or someone’s story whose life was (or is) much harder than the ones we have lead or currently leading.

Let us forget about the the one who is actually going through difficult times, but think of the ones who have to watch their beloved ones suffer! Specifically, a mother who has to watch her child fighting to survive, how awful it must be for her to see her child that she gave birth to suffering from severe medical problems?! Just try to put yourself in her shoes (not literally) and think/feel from her perspective! It is agonizing!

I am not sure whether I would like to read the book again mainly due to the bad memories that this book brings back.

I would love to know about the feelings of those who have read this particular book! I am itching to discuss about it with the ones that have read it.

Oh, on a brighter note, I finally went to the library and got that Dicken’s novel (Great Expectations). I seriously need to read something that is light after having read the above book.

Well, happy reading and writing, y’all!

Journal, Random

Disappointed, but it’s ok!

Hello, my darling readers,

Unfortunately, I did not get a chance to go to the library as planned to check out Dicken’s novel!

I planned to get to the library before my 1:30p class but I got stuck at home writing a paper for my research project. After the 1:30p class, I had to attend a meeting with my team for a project we are working on for one of my classes. The meeting lasted longer than I expected! After the meeting ended, I got home only to eat something and to resume my research paper that is due tonight. I have still got a long way to go!!

Hopefully, I will be able to get that novel tomorrow after my classes end at 11a. I am super excited to read from an actual book! Ebooks are great but not as satisfying as holding a real book, don’t you agree?! Such a pleasure just turning the pages in a book!!

Well, guys, I have to continue working on my paper.

Happy reading and writing, y’all!

Yours truly,

Pomegranate Lover

Journal, Random, Uncategorized

Hola!

Hello everyone,

Long time, no see! Don’t blame me, blame my studies!!! Seriously!

Anyway, hope you are all doing good!

I am not sure why but especially when finals are near, I pick up a book and start reading! Since my finals are 2-3 weeks away, I have indeed picked up a book (not literally, ebook) and started reading it. The book: The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. I am enjoying it but I will have to admit that I sometimes get lost with keeping tracking of names and places mentioned. Its pretty sad! Have you guys heard of Lia Lee? Google it!

Also, I am on book hunt, well, hunting for another book. The one that I am reading now gets a little boring at times and so am looking for another to keep me interested. I am not even sure what I am looking for! Maybe, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. However, I would like to read it from an actual book, not an ebook. The libraries are closed due to holidays and so I will have to wait till Monday to get it. I just hope that I will have enough time to actually go to the library, search for it, and get it checked out. I know,  it IS  a SHAME that I still have not read this particular book!!!!! I hope to change that soon! I will definitely start and finish reading it before the end of 2016.

I have to get back to studying now!

I wil bug you all later!

Happy reading and writing, y’all!

Yours truly,

PomegranateLover

 

Journal

Wonderful Dream!

So, I had this really good dream last night. This is how it goes….

Before I describe it,  you need to know that I was having a terrible time yesterday, both emotionally and physically.

Anyway, here is the dream…

I was doing something before my mom had called me to get up and go to my uncle for he was going to teach me some hymns. I was exhilarated by it because what more fun than getting to know Him through His hymns and scriptures. I did go to my uncle and he started to teach me. While I was reciting back the hymn that he had just taught, I felt extremely lucky, you know! And as the dream started to fade, I felt as if He was trying to tell me that no matter what, He is going to be there for me and that I could depend on Him for anything and everything.

I really needed that, you know, reassurance.

I just wanted to share this with you all. No matter what and regardless of the situation we might find ourselves in, He is there for us all. We can depend on Him without any fear. He will not disappear on us. He is permanent, not temporary like some of the relationships we have. We can always count on Him. Not some, but all relations that we form with others on this Earth are all temporary but the one that we form with Him is not. I am not implying that we should forget our friends and family but just saying that we should also include Him at all times. These days, most people (even me sometimes) remember Him only when they are facing some struggles in their life and at other times, they do not even acknowledge that He is even there at all. Just think, how would you feel when people come to you in their troubles and forget to include you equally in their joys and pleasures? Don’t you want to feel included? The same goes for Him. We must always remember Him both in our sorrows and happiness. Include Him, share everything with Him, etc. He won’t even talk back to us…what a great listener He is! He is patiently waiting for us to go to Him. After all, we are His children and as we all know, there is no parent that does not love his or her children unconditionally. He loves us unconditionally in spite of the times when we were being naughty and arrogant. He has never forgotten us and will never forget us. He always wishes for our wellbeing and happiness. So, let us be there for Him too! Let us include Him in our daily activities. Let us not forget Him. Do not let go of Him. Hold on to Him for He will not let anything happen to us.

Well, I have to go get ready for school.

Happy reading and writing, y’all!

Pomegranate Lover

 

Journal

5 (make it 4) things that keep me balanced…

1.) Despite the many excuses I try to come up with to avoid spending time with God (mostly due to my laziness), praying keeps me calm. The more I read His stories, the more I want to get to know Him.

2.) Drawing: It makes me feel at peace with myself and makes me forget about other stressful things, at least momentarily, while I draw. I haven’t really did any drawings lately due to illness and school.

3.) Reading: Gives me a feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment. I am trying to read more classics and nonfiction books (to form opinions in regards to several matters of the world). Reading books helps us in forming our own beliefs and opinions and greatly helps in discussion sessions for some classes.

4.) Writing: Brings about tranquility almost instantly if we can ignore the frustration that it sometimes brings.

5.) Oh man, I cannot think of anything else! I guess that is it for me. I cannot include drinking coffee for I don’t drink coffee. I guess, as long as I have the aforementioned things, I really don’t need anything else.

Those are the top 4 and the only 4 things that keep me balanced. I will let you know if I think of anything else.

What about you????

Happy reading and writing, y’all!

Pomegranate Lover!

P.S. I finished reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath yesterday!