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Posted in Uncategorized on August 28, 2016 by rachelcipriano

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The Snowman by Jo Nesbo

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2015 by rachelcipriano

I have started reading a book in the Harry Hole series. This series is comprised of 10 books. And I just finished the seventh two days ago. Not because I’ve read the first six. But I just skipped ahead. I found two (the seventh and the third) of the ten books in a thrift-book-shop (Booksale). And I can’t find the other ones so I said I’ll just go ahead and read the seventh book first. I know I have the third book but something in the seventh book’s (The Snowman) summary found at the back cover just enticed me.

And I do not always do this. I hate giving book reviews. But I don’t know. I just had to write this out. It didn’t disappoint. Jo Nesbo is a skilled writer and The Snowman was a very good read. I’ve been leaning towards crime fiction lately, so there are some very little parts that I already predicted—probably due to crime fiction exposure—but still, the surprise factor is still there. Nesbo is very creative in presenting the events. You think you know what’s going to happen next—well, sometimes maybe you are right—but he will still surprise you even more on how he will show it to you.

Sure, I have always loved the thrill, the heart pounding discoveries in the previous books that I have read by other authors. They made me feel like I am in their world of terrors where bad things or gory crimes could really happen. But I’ve never felt like I was in the crime scene before. I know I’ve only read one book (and it’s not even the first in the series) in the Harry Hole Series but Jo Nesbo could take you to that fragile place where you believe you are really there with them inspecting the crime scene. You will not find yourself just absorbing the questions of the hero while in the crime scene but you will be raising the questions yourself. Jo Nesbo is like giving you a first-hand experience by giving out the details without impairing your ability to be an active part of the investigation. And not just be a passive reader.

Conclusion, ever since I’ve read the Millennium Trilogy I’ve been interested in Nordic or Swedish crime novels and I am trying to start collecting from their pool of novels because I really think they are raising the standards. So if anyone of you would want to read crime novels, check them out.

Also, if you have any book or author you want to share, please be generous and share it to me. There’s nothing that I would appreciate more than a good thrilling read.

P.S. I am now reading the third book in the Harry Hole series: The Redbreast and it’s delightful.  Come join me. We could make a book club! Ha ha ha.

Possibility By Lykke Li

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on January 18, 2014 by rachelcipriano

There’s a possibility
There’s a possibility
All that I had was all I’m gon’ get

There’s a possibility
There’s a possibility
All I gon’ get is gon’ be yours then
All I gon’ get is gon’ be yours still

So tell me when you hear my heart stop
You’re the only one that knows
Tell me when you hear my silence
There’s a possibility I wouldn’t know

Know that when you leave
Know that when you leave
By blood and by me you walk like a thief
By blood and by me, and I fall when you leave

So tell me when you hear my heart stop
You’re the only one that knows
Tell me when you hear my silence
There’s a possibility I wouldn’t know

So tell me when my sigh’s over
You’re the reason why I’m closed
Tell me when you hear me fallin’
There’s a possibility it wouldn’t show

By blood and by me, and I’ll fall when you leave
By blood and by me, I follow your lead

23 Little Things That Let You Know You’re In The Right Relationship

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on October 21, 2013 by rachelcipriano

OCT. 18, 2013 


1. You never feel weird being naked around them, even when you’re in bad lighting or on a day where you don’t feel so hot overall.

2. You catch them looking at you every now and again and they always have this really appreciative, happy look on their face when they think you aren’t looking. (Unless you’re being dumb and they’re looking at you with that “Oh, you” look they give sometimes.)

3. Your friends really like them, and there’s never that weird feeling of “Oh, the significant other is coming along, time for everyone to be serious and not have as much fun.”

4. People often ask you if they have a sibling or a good friend who is single.

5. When you’re talking to them about a bad day you had, they always listen and actually give some kind of feedback, instead of just staring at you with this glazed-over look and waiting until you stop talking.

6. Errands, like going to the grocery store or taking a drive somewhere, are always made way more fun and interesting when the two of you are doing it together.

7. Actually, when you think about it, going grocery shopping together is one of your favorite things.

8. They know what your favorite junk foods are, and sometimes they surprise you with them.

9. Whenever the two of you fight, the fights always stay on topic and don’t ever get into matches of hurtful name-calling. You’re never afraid that they’re going to give you some terrible low blow over an unrelated argument.

10. You love showing each other music and movies that you love, and the other one always looks forward to discovering it.

11. They play well with kids, and are always down to entertain little siblings/cousins if you have them.

12. The two of you can just be lazy, wear PJs, order in Chinese food, and watch TV together. And it will be the best night ever.

13. All of the quirks that you’re used to hiding or downplaying are things that they actively love and appreciate about you, and go out of their way to let you know they appreciate.

14. They are very respectful to their elders.

15. When you have to compromise about something, they are always willing to give something up on their end. You aren’t left with the feeling like you’re the only one who is sacrificing to make things work.

16. They pick up after themselves without you having to ask them over and over, or making a really big deal about it. (Because no one wants to end up being a maid for their SO.)

17. You can tell them secrets and know that they aren’t going to judge you or make you feel weird about it.

18. When you go to an arcade together, they will often let you have their tickets so you can get something sweet off the top shelf and not be stuck with some lame plastic piece of crap.

19. Sometimes you snort-laugh around them, and they don’t make you feel weird about it.

20. When the two of you are lying on the couch together, they will stroke your hair in a way that feels just sooooo amaziiiing.

21. They aren’t afraid to tell you the truth when you’re doing something hurtful. They stand up for themselves when you need to be straightened out.

22. The two of you can share a pint of ice cream and break into a mini sword fight with your spoons when you reach the last bite.

23. Every time you wake up next to them and they’re still sleeping, you get this tiny little flutter of “Oooooh,” and want to do something between kissing them and pinching their cheek and squeezing them so hard they pop. But they look so peaceful, so you let them sleep. TC mark


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