#BookmarkMonday: Nostalgia (and a hedgehog and a bunny)



I chanced upon by The Elegance of a Hedgehog in my piles of books and suddenly felt a wave of nostalgia, remembering how much I loved it. I read this after a long blogging hiatus and it struck a chord in me with it's simple messages of friendship. Check out my review here.

I decided that it was the perfect thing to show off my blue bunny bookmark, a gift from one of my nieces (she knew I liked kawaii).  I think he looks quite cute with his head poking out. And now, I'm missing my niece.


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About The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery*: We are in the center of Paris, in an elegant apartment building inhabited by bourgeois families. Renée, the concierge, is witness to the lavish but vacuous lives of her numerous employers. Outwardly she conforms to every stereotype of the concierge: fat, cantankerous, addicted to television. Yet, unbeknownst to her employers, Renée is a cultured autodidact who adores art, philosophy, music, and Japanese culture. With humor and intelligence she scrutinizes the lives of the building's tenants, who for their part are barely aware of her existence.

Then there's Paloma, a twelve-year-old genius. She is the daughter of a tedious parliamentarian, a talented and startlingly lucid child who has decided to end her life on the sixteenth of June, her thirteenth birthday. Until then she will continue behaving as everyone expects her to behave: a mediocre pre-teen high on adolescent subculture, a good but not an outstanding student, an obedient if obstinate daughter.

Paloma and Renée hide both their true talents and their finest qualities from a world they suspect cannot or will not appreciate them. They discover their kindred souls when a wealthy Japanese man named Ozu arrives in the building. Only he is able to gain Paloma's trust and to see through Renée's timeworn disguise to the secret that haunts her. This is a moving, funny, triumphant novel that exalts the quiet victories of the inconspicuous among us.

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#BookmarkMonday: Neil Gaiman, leather and calligraphy!



I just started reading Neil Gaiman's new book – non-fiction!!! – The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction*. I got this late for a TLC Book Tour but am reading it nonetheless because of course, this is Neil Gaiman. As a bookmark, I have an old leather tag from an bag I bought. I have a hard time tossing away product tags when so much thought obviously went into them.

On another note, I've been caught up in a new-old hobby, calligraphy, and haven't been blogging as much as I'd like. I am getting those creative juices going again. If you'd like to sneak a peek, check out my Instagram account titik.at.tinta. Here's a sample:


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About The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction by Neil Gaiman*: An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on myriad topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.

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#BookmarkMonday: Summer, Agatha Christie and watermelon!



Another of Frida Kahlo's artworks in a post-it makes it again this week as a bookmark. This week it's all about summer ... and I can't think of anything summery than watermelon! I'm in the backyard taking in some sun and some Agatha Christie.*

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About The ABC Murders by Agatha Christie:* There's a serial killer on the loose, bent on working his way through the alphabet. And as a macabre calling card he leaves beside each victim's corpe the ABC Railway Guide open at the name of the town where the murder has taken place. Having begun with Andover, Bexhill and then Churston, there seems little chance of the murderer being caught - until he makes the crucial and vain mistake of challenging Hercule Poirot to frustrate his plans.


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#Friday56 & #BookBeginnings: The view from the cheap seats

I fled, or I at least, backed awkwardly away from journalism because I wanted the freedom to make things up. I did not want to be nailed to the truth; or to be more accurate,  I wanted to be able to tell the truth without ever needing to worry about the facts.
- p. xvii

For Friday 56:
Myths are obliging.
- p. 56


About The View from the Cheap Seats: Selected Non-Fiction by Neil Gaiman*: An enthralling collection of nonfiction essays on myriad topics—from art and artists to dreams, myths, and memories—observed in Neil Gaiman’s probing, amusing, and distinctive style.

An inquisitive observer, thoughtful commentator, and assiduous craftsman, Neil Gaiman has long been celebrated for the sharp intellect and startling imagination that informs his bestselling fiction. Now, The View from the Cheap Seats brings together for the first time ever more than sixty pieces of his outstanding nonfiction. Analytical yet playful, erudite yet accessible, this cornucopia explores a broad range of interests and topics, including (but not limited to): authors past and present; music; storytelling; comics; bookshops; travel; fairy tales; America; inspiration; libraries; ghosts; and the title piece, at turns touching and self-deprecating, which recounts the author’s experiences at the 2010 Academy Awards in Hollywood.

Insightful, incisive, witty, and wise, The View from the Cheap Seats explores the issues and subjects that matter most to Neil Gaiman—offering a glimpse into the head and heart of one of the most acclaimed, beloved, and influential artists of our time.


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Gaiman. I drool. I went on huge Neil Gaiman reading binge when I discovered him and I honestly cannot get enough. This is the first time I am reading his non-fiction though ... so I am pumped!

Have you read any of Neil Gaiman's work? Would you read his essays?



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#BookmarkMonday: Florals and closet detoxes



Another of Frida Kahlo's artworks in a post-it makes it again this week as a bookmark. The florals are certainly making the task so much more pleasant as I've been slowly been working my way through The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees* and trimming down my piles of clothes. The principle here align to the KonMari method and the question "Does it spark joy?" makes so much sense to me!

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Are you doing any closet cleaning? Or Spring cleaning?


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