“Sunday Stealing” No°12: “Shannon’s Moment Meme, Part Two”

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23. Have you ever gone to the “dark side”?  I’m not saying I’ve been an angel for all my life, but I wouldn’t go as far as saying that I gone to the “dark side” either, so I guess I’ve always been somewhere in between.

24. What shirt are you wearing right now?  It’s 11 am, I’m still wearing my pyjamas and that would be a grey shirt with Snoopy and “Born To Sleep” written on it.

25. What’s important about a bed to you? Like type of sheets, size or whatever. I don’t really care as long as it’s comfortable. Of course to reach a certain level of comfort, the bed would have to be soft (not as a waterbed though) have a lot of pillows and a fluffy blanket.

26. Can you sing? No, but I sung in a choir before.

27. What is something about you that would surprise us? I’m very shy and suffer from anxiety.

28. Have you been a pirate, Renaissance Fair, or other costumed event? If not, would you for the right event or say cause? I’ve always wanted to, but I never really had the chance. I was Tinkerbell in a school play once, but nothing more.

29. What songs do you sing in the shower? I listen to the radio when I shower so I sing along with most of the songs that come on.

30. Favorite girl’s name? Grace

31. Favorite boy’s name? Ethan

32. What’s in your pocket or purse right now? Money, credit card, ID, driving license, student ID, calendar, a few visit cards, a baby photo of me, a photo of my father and a fortune cookie message that says “Hearts are lying at your feet”.

33. Last thing that made you laugh? My brother. We wore both playing Piano Tiles 2 and I was winning.

34. Best toy as a child? An infant boy doll I got for Christmas when I was 3 or 4. He has a very cute round face and blonde hair.

35. Worst injury you have ever had? I tripped on a coffee machine when I was little and got a nice circle mark on my stomach.

36. Where would you love to live? London suburbs.

37. What type of TV do you have? Would you’d like an upgrade? I don’t have a TV in my room and the one my parents own is more than enough.

39. How many dogs do you have? None.

40. Do most folks trust you? It certainly seems so.

41. What book are you reading? The Bat by Jo Nesbo.

42. What’s your favorite classic TV show? The Twilight Zone.

43. What’s your favorite sports team? FC Barcelon.

44. Favorite month and why? December, because of the holiday, Christmas, gifts and snow.

-Demi xx

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“Saturday 9” No° 13 :: The Trolley Song (1944)

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Saturday 9: The Trolley Song (1944)
If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

I haven’t done one of these for almost 2 months although I’ve missed them. I guess the school days coming closer finally took my writer’s block down.

1) In this movie clip, just about everyone (except Judy) is wearing a hat. Do you wear hats for fashion, for warmth or for both? Right now you would only see me wearing a hat in winter and occasionally a cap on very sunny days.

2) This song is from Meet Me in St. Louis, which was a huge hit and the second highest grossing movie of 1944. When is the last time you watched a movie in the theater?  I know it was Deadpool ‘checks when it came out’ ‘oh’ ‘realises how forgetful she is’. It was on Valentine’s Day.

3) The movie follows the Smith family as their hometown, St. Louis, prepares to host the 1904 World’s Fair. What’s the biggest thing happening in your hometown (Iasi, Romania)? A lot of things are taking place this days, a festival, some club events and a couple of exposition. One big thing that’s coming soon, and by that I mean September, is the the 10th edition of the  International Mechanical Music Festival

4) This week’s featured artist, Judy Garland, is best known as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. That movie is shown so often that Sam thinks she may have seen it a dozen times. Is there a movie or holiday special you’ve seen over and over? I’ve mentioned a couple of times already that I never watch a movie more than once. However there are a couple of movies from which I’ve seen parts of more than once . Titanic (apparently it’s such an amazing movie they keep showing it on TV regularly), Jesus of Nazareth (they always show it on Easter holiday) and Home Alone (they always show it on Christmas)

5) Judy admitted to being perpetually tardy. Are you usually prompt? Or are you always running late? I try to be prompt most of the times. However, there were periods of time that I found it really hard to be on time, but I’d never be later that a couple of minutes.

6) Judy’s first professional performance was a rendition of “Jingle Bells” when she was just two. How old were you when you entered your chosen profession? I haven’t yet entered my chosen profession.

7) Thinking of “Jingle Bells,” here’s a wintery question for a hot summer day: What’s your favorite carol? That’s hard for me to answer, since I’ve only ever sung carols on Romanian and don’t know if the ones I know have an English translation. Right now I can only think of Christmas songs, especially about Last Christmas and All I Want For Christmas Is You.

8) Judy was a very demonstrative person. She enjoyed hugs and admitted that, when she was nervous, she took emotional support from physically reaching out. Are you demonstrative? Not exactly. I’m not quite that open and prefer to deal with my problems on my own.

9) She told Barbara Walters that people would be surprised to learn that she was a good cook and specialised in desserts. Do you have a sweet tooth? That is one of my middle names.


Hey guys 😀 I’m happy to be back with one my favourite features and perhaps I’ll make it this week with another post. Thank you for sticking with me and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

-Demi xx

Teaser Tuesday No°7 : The Bat

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Books And A Beat.

Anyone can play along! Just do the following:
• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!


My TeaserThe Bat (Harry Hole, #1)

And that was when her lips had pursed, turned ugly and articulated, with a pointed tone: ‘Why isn’t there a visa in your passport, sir?’
His heart sank, as it invariably did when there was a hint of catastrophe in the offing. Perhaps ‘sir’ was used only when situations become critical?

The Bat by Jo Nesbo (page 4 paperback)

Synopysis:

HARRY IS OUT OF HIS DEPTH.

Detective Harry Hole is meant to keep out of trouble. A young Norwegian girl taking a gap year in Sydney has been murdered, and Harry has been sent to Australia to assist in any way he can.

HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO GET TOO INVOLVED.

When the team unearths a string of unsolved murders and disappearances, nothing will stop Harry from finding out the truth. The hunt for a serial killer is on, but the murderer will talk only to Harry.

HE MIGHT JUST BE THE NEXT VICTIM.

-Demi xx

Ten Books Set Outside The US

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


A nice and warm afternoon to the north hemisphere! Hello and welcome to another fun Top Ten Tuesday! To be honest this isn’t going to be hard to do and I’ll probably definitely be raving about some specific books again.

Between Shades of Grey by Ruta SepetysBetween Shades of Gray

For those of you who heard about or read The Book Thief this is going to break your heart again. Set in Lithuania and then in Siberia in 1941, this book shows that Hitler wasn’t the only bad guy of that time. I learned so much from this book, things they don’t even teach us in school. I allow myself to say that if you though Hitler was a bad guy, you should wait and meet Stalin.

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief

Set in Nazi Germany, this book will always have a special place in my heart. It is so unique and heartbreaking and everyone should read it.

Me Before You by Jojo MoyesMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Moving onto another heartbreaking novel we’ve got Me Before You, which is set in the UK of our time. This book has been the topic of many discussions lately and I approve that it deserves the attention. I wrote a rather small review on Goodreads and I’m still planning a complete one for my blog.

The Alchemist by Paulo CoelhoThe Alchemist

Changing the mood for a happier one (although I can’t promise it will last). This book is set in Andalusia, Spain at first and its main character travels to Egypt. It is a very powerful book that teaches its reader to never lose hope and to keep on fighting for their dream. Under 200 pages this book left me speechless and I wish more people would read it.

Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas SwarupSlumdog Millionaire

This book shows glimpses of the harsh Indian life many find themselves in, but also how one’s life experiences helped him win Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. High recommendation.

Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick SüskindPerfume: The Story of a Murderer

Set in France this has been one of my favourite books of all time. It is a very dark, bizarre and psychological novel that I wouldn’t recommend everyone to read.

Peony in Love by Lisa SeePeony in Love

A wonderful novel set in 1600 China. A story full of traditions and history, but also love, family and friendship. Most of the book takes place in the after life and I think the whole book teaches a lot about Chinese culture. I highly recommend it.

The Girl of the Sixth Moon by Moony Witcher

Fetita celei de a sasea luni (Fetita celei de a sasea luni, #1)Nina si Misterul Notei a Opta (A sasea luna, #2)Nina si blestemul sarpelui cu pene (Fetita celei de a sasea luni, #3)Nina si Ochiul Secret al Atlantidei (Fetita celei de a sasea luni, #4)

One of my favourite series (like I said before I’m sad they weren’t published in English). The main setting is Venice, but the main characters travel through space and time, so you would travel to ancient Egypt, the Maya civilisation and Atlantis.

The Songs of the Seraphim by Anne Rice

Angel Time (The Songs of the Seraphim, #1)Of Love and Evil (Songs of the Seraphim, #2)

This series opens in the present with a contract killer as the main character (I don’t remember where this present takes place). He is visited by an angle who offers him a way towards salvation which includes time travelling to thirteenth-century England and fifteenth-century Rome.

Dracula and Dracula The Un-Dead by Bram and Dacre Stoker

DraculaDracula, the Un-Dead

One of my favourite classics will always be Dracula because I love stories about vampires and there is none as bad-ass as Dracula. It is set in Transylvania, Romania and also in the UK.


There you have my choices for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I tried to give as many different locations as possible. My honorable mentions would include: The Harry Potter series, Peter Pan, HamletThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time and The Tunnels series.

-Demi xx

Ten Facts About Me

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Hello everybody and welcome to this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I’ve previously posted facts about me (A-Z About Me Tag and The Liebster Award) so I’m hoping I’ll give away some new facts. Let’s get this started.

1. I’ve got a tiny obsession with candles. I mentioned this before, but they are so perfect they deserve to be mentioned more than once.

2. I fancy Funko Pop vinyl figures a lot, although I only bought one, Captain Hook, but I’m planing on buying more.IMG_1804-001.JPG

3. I don’t fancy reading series, especially those longer than 3 novels. I always think I don’t have enough time to invest in reading them in a row.

4. I’m a dog person, although I never had a dog. I’d like to buy a Pug and a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.

5. I love playing Sudoku and doing puzzles, which I also hang in our house. I created a small art gallery at home.

6. I have a mark in form of a crescent moon on my left side of the stomach, that I got after an accident when I was little.

7. I like playing video games, especially Sims (no judging) and Terra. I’ve also got a PSP and recently started playing Pokémon GO!

8. I like watching anime. My favourite is No Game No Life.

9. I’m not really into YA and beside Nicholas Sparks’s books I don’t think I have anything after 2013 in my bookshelves (’90 and ’00 dominate)

10. I’m pretty artsy or at least I try to be. I’ve got my room full of decorations: bookish, posters, Tumblr style.


So those were some general facts about me. Now I’d like to know what you think? Is there any point that we are alike? Would you like to share some facts about you?

-Demi xx

“Sunday Stealing” No°11: “The Movie Nut’s Meme”

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What was you first movie-going experience without your parents? The furthest I can go is Bratz The Movie, which I watched with my cousin at the cinema.

Do you still buy DVDs or Blu Rays (or do you just stream them)? Yes, although not many and not very often. The last one I bought was The Addams Family Values a week ago. Other than that I want to have a physical copy of most of my favourite movies, preferable some kind of deluxe edition. So far I’ve got the Back To The Future series and Grease.

What is your guilty pleasure movie? What about it works for you? Cruel Intentions, but I have no clue why. I’m still trying to figure it out.

You have compiled a list of your top 100 movies. Which movies do you like, but would not make the list? 100 is a lot and from the 500 movies I watched I know I liked at least 400 of them. I realised the easiest answer is 50 Shades of Grey. I admit I liked it, or at least parts of it, but it would definitely not make it to the top 100.

Which movie(s) do you compulsively watch over and over again? What makes it so great? Re-watching movies is not my thing. Beside Titanic, which I had to watch for the third time (from which only once entirely), I don’t think there is a movie I watched more than 1. However I want to re-watch the Harry Potter and Pirates of the Caribbean series again.

Classic(s) you’re embarrassed to admit you haven’t seen yet? Casablanca, The Godfather, Alien, Predator, The Breakfast Club, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Star Wars, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, Indiana Jones, James Bond…. 

Do you have any movie posters hanging on your wall? If yes, which ones and why? ‘Demetra checks her walls as she is so forgetful’ Titanic, Percy Jackson, Pirates of the Caribbean, Hunger Games, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Monsters University and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. I put them up simply because I like the movies and were among the only movie posters I had. 

Tell us about a movie that you are passionate about. It’s hard to choose just one, so I hope that next time I’ll be able to promote another great movie. This time my answer is Dead Poets Society. The way Robin Williams plays his role and the message he transmits got a very important place in my heart.

What is a movie you vow to never watch? Why? First of all that is discrimination. You should always give everyone a chance, movies of people. However there are a couple of movies that I’m not prepared to watch, The Godfather for example. I’m not 100% I’ll really like it and its soooo long..

Tell us about a movie that literally left you speechless. Inception. If you don’t count the couple of ‘what’s I had at the end, it definitely left me speechless.

What’s a movie that you always recommend? Jumanji. You thought I’d give you a Robin Williams break. ha-ha-ha. You thought wrong.

Who is an actor you always watch, no matter how crappy the movie? Robin Williams! And there is no crappy movie in which he plays. The moment he gets a role, the movie cannot be crappy.

Who is an actor you don’t get the appeal for? Why don’t you like them? I can’t think of any present ones, but I used to don’t get the appeal for Benedict Cumberbatch and Tom Hiddleston and I don’t know what was wrong with me. Would Matt Smith count? I never really liked him as a Doctor and still don’t.

Who is an actor, living or dead, you’d love to meet? Why do they intrigue you? Robin Williams. I wish I’d have the chance to tell him what a wonderful and inspiring person he was and of course thank him.

Sexiest actor/actress you’ve seen. (Picture required!) Chris Pine

OK, you are casting a movie, pick four or five actors you’d hire to be in it and why we’d love them together.

Robert Downey Jr., Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Hiddleston and  Johnny Depp. Can I please have that?

Who are your favorite actor pairing of all time? Robin Williams and Matt Damon in Good Will Hunting

Have you ever watched movies from a decade that was before you were born? If so, which decade is your favorite? Born in 1997. I think the 80′ is my favourite: Dirty Dancing, Back to the Future, Dead Poets Society, Rain Man, My Neighbour Totoro and probably some more that I can’t think of at the moment

If you were to be in a movie would you rather play the hero, villain or anti-hero? Why? Anti-hero. I don’t think the hero role would suit me.


Hello there my friends. It is so good to be back! I know I’ve been M.I.A. for the past few days, but now I’m baaack and holidays are getting closer which means that you will (hopefully) see more from me. I’ve recently been active on my Instagram account, so why don’t give it a look. I’d be very grateful.

-Demi xx

9 Books I Enjoyed And Are Underrated

Friday 56Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.


Hello everybody and welcome to another fun Top Ten Tuesday. I’m so happy to promote some lovely books that I read (most of them a long time ago) and are underrated (under 2000 ratings on Goodreads).

I’m starting off with one of my all-time favourite series (unfinished… I still have the 4th novel to read). As you probably already noticed it is not in English. It was originally written in Italian, but you can find it in Romanian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Russian, Serbian and French. If by any chance you speak one of these languages I strongly recommend reading this series. It is called The Girl of the Sixth Moon and (although I don’t really agree to this) many say it is the female version of Harry Potter. I’ll let you decide that. I’m planning on reading the series again this summer, so I might review it as a whole later on.


The Secret Order of the Gumm Street Girls by Elise Primavera

I previously mentioned this book in another Top Ten Tuesday post. I recently learned that it resembles the story of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, which I can accept, I mean look at the dog on the cover. It definitely looks like Toto. Anyway, this was a book that made a huge impact on my childhood (probably there could have been better books ‘ahmm…’ Harry Potter for example, but I can’t change the past).


The Book of Lies by James Maloney

Another book that shaped by childhood, although I can’t remember much of it… I will re-read it this summer too. Downside: I learned it is part of a trilogy, which means I’ll have to break my rule and buy at least 2 books this summer. Back to the book. It is a wonderful story filled with magic, friendship and the value of truth.


The Secret of Castle Cant and Escape from Castle Cant by K.P. Bath

I read this books in the summer of 2010, so again I can’t remember everything about them, beside that I loved them. “Lucy Wickwright, hardworking maidservant to Lord Cant’s daughter, does what she’s told, never lies, and always takes the blame for the whims of her mistress. But Lucy’s eagerness to please leads her to become an unwitting ally of a mysterious rebellion that threatens to shake the foundations of the Barony and forever change her life in Castle Cant. When Lucy discovers a shocking secret at the heart of the revolution, will she choose to foil the forces that would exalt her, or betray the one she loves most in the world?” (Goodreads synopsis)


Romeo And Juliet and Hamlet (Graphic Novels)

This books are gold. They blew me away and I recommend them to EVERYONE. I’ve known of their existence for almost 4 years, but only recently I gave them a try. I couldn’t have been more surprised. Matt Wiegle (Romeo and Juliet) and  Neil Babra (Hamlet) did an astonishing job and are worthy of a round of applause. I’ve never read a graphic novel before and they convinced me that I should look for more.


So, my dear friends, this were my picks for this Top Ten Tuesday. I hope you enjoyed it and I’d love to read your opinions on them. I’m currently in Croatia on a class trip 31°C/87°F (or at least that’s what the forecast tells – I programmed this post on Sunday, so things might have changed).

-Demi