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melifluosmelodi
10 months ago
Tuck Everlasting
It's been so long since I posted a book review! Actually, it's been a long time since I've been on Vingle in general. Life happens, and time just seems to pass by really quickly, y'know? Speaking of time passing by inconspicuously, this novel, Tuck Everlasting, is about a family that can't ever grow old or just like, die, in general. Enter Winnie, a little girl who meets this family and learns their secret (they accidentally became immortal after drinking from a spring). In a series of events that occur as Winnie comes to know more about the Tucks, more and more incidents happen that expedite the Tucks' need to move to a different town. Ultimately, Winnie must choose between the now and then. Not exactly a mood-lifter, but it is a make-you-thinker (haha). I'm sure every person has wondered about what immortality constitutes, but this family here live it. They struggle with loneliness and pain and the exiled feeling of being apart from a society they so long to be a part of. Sometimes, when I delve deep into a philosophical question and there just seems to be no answer, there's a hollow feeling deep in my gut that's an uncomfortable hnnnng feeling that makes me question existence, and makes me want to believe in God. This book is such said philosophical question. Each member of the Tuck family had a different perspective on their eternal life, because they all had different experiences and are at different ages. Throughout the novel, Winnie learns through each of the perspectives and what to make of the knowledge. What's your opinion on living forever? What about after reading the novel? I don't remember if I cried, but it's not much of a tear-jerker, just a make-you-thinker mostly. The descriptions in this book are also very detailed, and really give off an image of the little town they live in. The landscape was illustrated beautifully but also gave off feelings of mystery and helplessness and the prairie life (is that weird? that I imagined a "Little House on the Prairie" vibe?). Anyway, it's a great book. You should read it. Maybe you'll find some Pinterest-worthy quotes and post them on Tumblr.
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melifluosmelodi
10 months ago
The US Election
I waited a while to post this because I didn't want this post to get caught up in the post-election madness and anger that seemed to consume everyone for a while. However, I would still like to say some stuff about this election and I do hope that you read to the end and not stop midway in anger or disgust and hear what I have to say until the end. If you feel a need to engage me in a conversation about the topics I discuss here because you dis/agree with my opinions, I am always open for such talks. Fist of all, I would like to say that I was not surprised the winner of this year's presidential election is Donald Trump. There have been a lot of things happening not just in the US, but around the world that have been adding up to this moment. Now, before you get your pitchforks and fire, I would like to disclose that I was and am with her. I was not with her, however, because I wanted a female president or because I was a left-winged liberal, it was because I thought she really deserved it. She had been working toward this for two decades. That's 20 years. She's been in the politics world for a long time, and I would trust her with continuing the course of this country. I agreed with most of her political platform and the things she promoted. Breaking the glass ceiling and having a female president and all that would've just been a bonus. I live in a blue state, and after the election happened, at 1 in the morning, the entire state became chaos. Everyone took to the streets and rioted and continued this behavior for several days. I am not against protesting. In fact, I encourage it. However, some of the things they did rendered the movement a riot and not a protest. That is where I draw the line. There is never an okay time to burn the American flag or break shops that are the livelihood of one or several families, or beating up "white people" because you assumed they were all racist bigots that believed they were so high up a pedestal "other people" didn't matter. A friend of mine didn't go out of her house for a few days after the election because everywhere on social media, people were making threats at "white people" and she was legitimately scared for her life.
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melifluosmelodi
a year ago
Day6-Letting Go
The level of sadness I have for this music video is beyond words. Like omg. Look at those SIX happy boys. This is what fan-craziness has reduced this newly-successful-not-even-been-on-the-scene-for-a-year-band to. Can you even imagine? I, for one, will not be letting this go. Idk, but the fact that they chose this song as the single speaks volumes. LOOK AT THAT EMPTY KEYBOARD ON THE LEFT. If this isn't a tribute to a wrongly lost colleague, I don't know what is. I mean, they kinda tried to hide it with all the other unattended musical equipment, but the placement and everything is very blatantly obvious. This single is for Joonhyuk. It is definitely extremely unfortunate something like this happened, but eh. Korea. Us with our "Western" mindset wouldn't understand the very repressed lives they live as Korean musicians. Sorry for the rant. On to the actual song. Day6 has again delivered greatly with their impeccable taste in music, albeit the missing keyboardist. It retains all the qualities of their style of music, and they aren't holding anything back vocally. This band is an extremely talented group of people, (though cannot be compared to FTIsland etc) and I'm extremely excited for their fan meet in the US (even though I can't go because $$$$$$). Plus, have you seen how the drummer grew into this physique? I think yes honey.
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melifluosmelodi
2 years ago
Will Grayson, Will Grayson
Gah I love this book so, so much. It's such a cute romance story, and if you've read my book reviews before, you know I got somethin' going for John Green (like omfg). Not to mention, David Levithan's the coauthor (Nick and Norah's Infinite Playlist, anyone?) talk about a match made in the heaven of the heavens. Warning: contains LGBTQIA (but adorable af) material (as well as good ol' fashioned guy-girl romance) and plot points dealing with depression (whoops spoilers?) The story is told alternatively from the two Graysons' views, who meet unexpectedly one night in Chicago, and their lives after the encounter. Connecting the two even more, is Will Grayson's best friend, Tiny, self-proclaimed gay and sparkly playwright. Each Grayson is dealing with his own demons and trying to figure out life, and here's Tiny, writing a musical of all musicals to knock them out of their orbit and face life. It's a moderately heavy book (not weight wise, uhm... emotion wise..?? you know what I mean. I hope). There's so much emotion in this book, thought, and the angsty-ness of the characters really get to me because no matter what anyone says, we've all been there before. Feeling like the world is against us and hating every second of it. Yet, there's always hope that it gets better, knowing that it gets better, and accepting that it doesn't have to be better because now is actually pretty nice too. You probably won't find your universal truth in this story, and it probably wouldn't even be that significant a book to you other than "that was a helluva good story." But like most John Green and David Levithan books, I think it really does leave a significant impression on a person.
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