Books You Should Read!

Recently Yoko Ono posted some reading recommendations and it inspired me to do the same. I was quite surprised that I have read one of the books on her list (Skinny Bitch) and heard about many others. I would definitely recommend a trip to your local library for these beauties.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

This is the most hauntingly beautiful novel I have ever read. It is one of those books where you just sit and cry for a long time, but it is okay. Very sad but very touching and powerful. It’s been made into a movie that I still have to see. Soon…

The Tipping Point by Malcolm Gladwell

This has been one of my favorite bedtime stories. It took me quite a while to get through it because I don’t always have time to devote to reading but it makes some interesting statements about society and the world. The author has a blog and did an interesting TED Talk I had to watch for one of my courses.

Paper Towns by John Green

I am a huge fan of John Green. His books and his youtube channel have developed a large internet following, and rightly so. He is a funny, engaging author and this was his first novel that I read. It was been optioned to become a movie so watch for it in the coming years!

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

This is a bit of a diet book (although it feels more like a magazine) but it is all about modern veganism and health. I love their witty writing style. The book had me laughing out loud several times. I am glad that both Yoko and I are recommending this one.


Review: No Impact Man + Promises

This is from a while ago. I am just finishing it now… Enjoy!

No Impact Man Book CoverI had a somewhat sleepless night last night. I think I was up past 4:30AM, however because of my restlessness I was able to finish reading Colin Beavan’s book “No Impact Man”. Coincidentally (or magically? : P) he responded to the e-mail I wrote him yesterday as well with a simple “Thanks Jenni!”. I found the book to be much better than the movie but they compliment each-other well. The book explains some of the things that were unclear in the film. I’d like to share a short selection from my favorite passage:

“…the question isn’t wether or not I make a difference. The question is wether I want to be the type of person who tries. We can all make a difference. We all have the responsibility to make a difference.”

This mentality kinda relates back to a thought i’ve been having lately. I think, in general, in is better to break promises than not make them at all. Of course, if you can keep your promises that is even better but by making a promise you show that you care. Let’s look at a few examples. When I was little my Dad promised to take me to Disneyland. I am 18 now and have never been to Disneyland with my Dad. It’s too bad that we haven’t been able to make this trip together but by him making the promise it showed me that we wanted to take me and that the desire/thought was there. For another example, I was talking with this boy a while back (ooo scandalous aren’t I hehe). I remember him saying to me “I’m not making any promises but…” and I remember thinking that I don’t really want to spend a great deal of time with anyone who doesn’t care enough to make me a promise. Someone who doesn’t care enough to try, or doesn’t have the desire to, isn’t the best choice of friend. But enough about promises, back to No Impact Man.

The book was really well written, which is probably why I finished it so quickly. It was very funny and entertaining while still communicating the information. My only criticism would be it was a little vague at times. For example, he never really talks about what they used instead of toilet paper. While I understand his need for privacy, specific information about parts of the project would have been helpful to me, as I would like to implement portions of it in my own life.

They’ve started a site where people can take part in a “No Impact Week” Challenge. I don’t know that i’ll be able to take part in this until my show is done but this summer I PROMISE I am going to have a no impact week. And i’ll be sure to blog about it : )

Will Grayson, Will Grayson

Will Grayson, Will Grayson Book Cover

I finished reading John Green’s new collaboration with David Levithan, “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”. What an excellent book. It was really an entertainment novel and by that I mean that It reads much like a movie or TV show. I found myself laughing out loud (actually) several times. In fact, I think the David Levithan bits were a bit funnier than the John Green bits. I’ll have to check out his other books. I laughed and got teary eyed a little at times, it was very well done. I wasn’t a huge fan of the ending… I think I was expecting some sort of closure (an epilogue maybe?).

“it’s like, you know how sometimes you see a really sexy baby? wait…”

If you like musical theatre, emo kids, or relationships i’m sure you will enjoy this book!

Endnote: This guy reminds me the slightest bit of Tiny Cooper. Just putting that out there.

Movie: Kurbaan

My mom’s friend lent her this shady copy of the indian movie Kurbaan. When I got home at like 1:30AM on Saturday night she convinced me to watch it with her.

The movie itself was really well done. The acting was very convincing and all of the effects were believable. It was like watching 4 movies in one because it seemed to hit all the genres. There was romance, mystery, suspense, action (complete with explosions and pyro effects). It starts out very lighthearted and the cover we had was different from the one i’ve pictured here. When it started to get more intense we were both really surprised… but hooked nonetheless. It was a very political movie, touching on the current conflict the US has in the middle east.

It was kind of funny becasue it had english subtitles the whole time (even though they spoke english about half the time). Even the music had subtitles. There was one subtitled song that had the lyrics:

Decorate your tomorrow today.

Spend happy moments in the path of life.

Everyone’s love has a story.

I approve : )

The Perks of Being a Wallflower

Last week I finished reading Stephen Chbosky’s “The Perks of Being a Wallflower”.

I think this is my favorite book (probably because i read it most recently hehe). The first half was really funny, so many good lines and funny moments.

“It was so delicious, it almost scared me.”

I think people out of high school with some life experience will especially appreciate some of the scenarios and the humor. It was like looking back and going yup been there. The author really captures that phase of life.

“Charlie, we accept the love we think we deserve.”

The end was very touching and it taught me some valuable lessons. I won’t ruin it for you but basically in order to really love someone you need to show them you love them through actions. Love isn’t something imaginary in your head, it is proven. Wise words Charlie. SuperForest introduced me to tis video and I think it helps illustrate what I mean.

You see, saying those things and talking about them (though beautiful) doesn’t mean anything. Neither does thinking them. To really love someone you need to do those things and share the experiences with the person. It can’t be in your head, because that’s not love, that’s just a crush. I shared this with a friend and they said it would be good on stage… I think i’m writing a monologue : )

The Cove Movie Review

Yesterday I attended a screening of the documentary movie: The Cove. It is about the dolphin slaughter occurring in Taiji, Japan and the journey of a group that attempted to document it on film. I was quite excited too watch it as my Dad told me about this film back in the summer but I have not had the opportunity to watch it… until now.

I always enjoy a good documentary but I must admit I was a little disappointed with this one. The finalé footage of the slaughter was anticlimactic. They spent the entire movie hyping up the secrets and hidden activities that occur in this cove and then when you finally witness it, it becomes one of those – well what did you think it was gonna look like situations. No surprises there. Some less than desirable sequences (such as the opening credits and the unaesthetic attempt at creative editing) left me unentertained. I really enjoyed their creativity in terms of how the mission was planned out and their attitude when dealing with the Japanese authorities. I commend their effort as a whole and completely agree with what they were trying to achieve. They covered the issue in a (relatively) unbiased manor and (in my opinion) truthfully documented the situation. I’d give this movie a 6.5 / 10.

It’s always interesting when I go to animal rights related events. As a vegan I don’t feel that I personally contribute to many of these issues (concerning meat consumption and seafood fishing) however I understand the the problems still exist. Now the real question, what (else) can I do to prevent this? It can be hard to promote my beliefs while still being accepting and respectful of the choices others choose to make.

The screening itself was special because they had Mandy-Rae Cruickshank, the FreeDiver from the movie there to answer questions afterward. I had to leave before she was done taking questions but it was very cool to be there in the room with someone so passionate and connected to the film and the issues.

Although it didn’t live up to my film making standards i’d still recommend people watch the film. To help the cause you can text DOLPHIN to 44144, and sign their petition straight from your phone.

For more information visit:

http://www.thecovemovie.com/

http://www.takepart.com/thecove

http://sama-bc.org/#home