And Then There Were None Review

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AND THEN THERE WERE NONE BY AGATHA CHRISTIE

MY RATING: 3,5 bulbs

 THE BOOK

And Then There Were None is a detective fiction novel by Agatha Christie, first published in the United Kingdom by the Collins Crime Club on 6 November 1939 under the title Ten Little Niggers and in the United States by Dodd, Mead and Company in January 1940 under the title And Then There Were None.

It is Christie’s best-selling novel with 100 million sales to date, making it the world’s best-selling mystery and the seventh most popular book of all time. It has been adapted into several plays, films, and a video game.

THE PLOT

“Ten…” Ten strangers are lured to an isolated island mansion off the Devon coast by a mysterious “U.N. Owen”.

“Nine…” At dinner a recorded message accuses each of them in turn of having a guilty secret, and by the end of the night one of the guests is dead.

“Eight…” Stranded by a violent storm, and haunted by an ancient nursery rhyme counting down one by one… as one by one… they begin to die.

“Seven…” Which amongst them is the killer and will any of them survive?

MY THOUGHTS

To begin with I’d like you to meet the soldiers: Vera Claythorne, a former governess, thinks she has been hired as a secretary; Philip Lombard, an adventurer, and William Blore, an ex-detective, think they have been hired to look out for trouble over the weekend; Dr. Armstrong thinks he has been hired to look after the wife of the island’s owner. Emily Brent, General Macarthur, Tony Marston, and Judge Wargrave think they are going to visit old friends. When they arrive on the island, the guests are greeted by Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, the butler and housekeeper, who report that the host, someone they call Mr. Owen, will not arrive until the next day. And so it begins… Continue reading

One Lovely Blog Awards

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Thank you so much Jean Liezel from whatliezelreads. I’m so honored and happy 😀

 

 

Rules:

  • Each nominee must THANK the person who nominated them and link their blog in the post. 
  • They must include the rules and add the blog award badge as an image
  • must add 7 facts about them.
  • Then nominate 15 people!

My facts

  1. I’m a terrible cook.
  2. I love swimming and water and summertime.
  3. I have a thing for chocolates with oreo. (Lacta, Milka)
  4. I am a fast reader, if only I can concentrate.
  5. I am a movie and tv-series junkie.
  6. My full name is Ekaterini Nikoletta.
  7. I would love to travel the world.

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Friday Night Movies #1

Hi guys!

Is it Friday already? Well, then movie night it is! I had such a busy schedule today and pretty much all week, so a movie is just what I need to get my mind of everything! Just sit back and relax with a good movie. For this Friday night I have chosen the movie “The Intern” starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway. I love Robert De Niro and respect him as an actor. Then, Anne Hathaway is one of my favorite actresses ever since I first saw her on “The Princess Diaries” back in 2001 and also I found her perfect for this role.

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As previously mentioned I had such a long week and for that I wanted something not too hard to watch, something that would relax me and even make me laugh. That is the reason why I made this choice. And as I sat comfortably in my bed, among a pile of cushions of every dimension, I held on one hand my cup of hot tea and with the other one, I pressed play. Continue reading

Libraries of the World

Hi guys!

While I was wandering in the web, a weird building caught my eye and then I read that it is a library. And I said to myself and now to you: Let’s talk about libraries! Would you like to read in a public place, such as a library or do you prefer the comfort of your home? Do you have a preference on location? I see people reading in subways or trains or busses and I’m like: HOW?

Personally, I can’t easily concetrate, my mind is constantly on the loose, and that is why sometimes it takes me so long to finish a book. Aside from that, I consider myself a fast reader and one that can devour a book in just a few hours, if only I can get my head to focus on the story and the story alone. If only…pfff!

So, me and the library wouldn’t work out but, I love the way a library makes me feel.  In a library, I get the feeling that I am not alone. The air wafting the whispers of the book characters in my ears, like trapped souls that are trying to be released. I love walking past the bookshelves that reach the ceiling, reading the titles of various books as I move through the hallways and sliding my fingers gently on the edge of the shelves… All the colors and the smell of old and new books… it’s a journey to tranquillity.

I believe libraries are the last magical places left on earth. That is where the man keeps all the magic protected and unseen from the non-believers. How can you not believe in magic when you have been in a library?

Without further ado, I would like to present you this week’s library that we can talk about. Ι have mixed feeling about this one. I love the peace and serenity that the sea view provides, but I am not a big fan of the concrete, especially in the interior. I love the idea of reading and when my eye leaves the page for a second’s rest to meet the waves of the ocean. I find it brilliant! But I think, it lacks in warmth and coziness. Let’s travel to Beijing and let me know your thoughts.

Alone on the beach: Library with a sea view by Vector Architects

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The brutalist appearance of this sleek library on the eastern coast of China plays with the contrast between nature and culture. Beijing’s Vector Architects studio focuses on reduced materiality and expressive tectonics in order to give the free-standing building an expressive character. At the same time, its relationship with the water are a predominant theme of the interior space.

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s Review

BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S BY TRUMAN CAPOTE

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Breakfast at Tiffany’s, set in 1943, documents the friendship of a New York writer (whose name is never mentioned) with his neighbour Holiday (Holly) Golightly. Both live in a brownstone apartment building in Manhattan’s Upper East Side. The story is presented as the writer’s recollections of Holly many years after the conclusion of the friendship.

Holly is a woman of mystery to everyone in her life. There is ambiguity surrounding her profession; she has no job and lives by socializing with wealthy men, who wine, dine, and give her gifts and money, together with the ocassional overnight stay.

Was Holly Golightly a prostitute?

In a 197287748_15798906_b.jpg68 interview in Playboy, Truman Capote addressed the question:

Playboy: “Would you elaborate on your comment that Holly was the prototype of today’s liberated female and representative of a “whole breed of girls who live off men but are not prostitutes. They’re our version of the geisha girl.”?
Capote: “Holly Golightly was not precisely a callgirl. She had no job, but accompanied expense-account men to the best restaurants and night clubs, with the understanding that her escort was obligated to give her some sort of gift, perhaps jewelry or a check … if she felt like it, she might take her escort home for the night. So these girls are the authentic American geishas, and they’re much more prevalent now than in 1943 or 1944, which was Holly’s era..”? Continue reading

Liebster Award

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I feel so honored! Thank you so much Rowan over at the Rowan’s Raving Reviews for nominating me to be a part of the Liebster Award!

The Rules:

  • Acknowledge the blog that nominated you and display the award.
  • Answer 11 questions that the blog gives you.
  • Give 11 random facts about yourself.
  • Nominate 5-11 blogs you think are deserving of the award that have less than 200 followers.
  • Let the blogs know you have nominated them.
  • Give them 11 questions to answer

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Friday Night Movies

I am new to this blogging thing and I am starting to love it more than I thought I would. Except from reading books in my little cuddly nook, I also enjoy movies and I am a well- known movie junkie. I can watch anything but thrillers. They creep me out and mess with my mood. Not that crying to those drama or romantic films don’t ruin it however, I find these gernes to have a certain charm and beauty.

I consider myself being a lost wanderer and a hopeless romantic and for that, I always burst into tears with the first “finding my way and purpose of life” scene or the first “I love you, can’t live without you” one… That’s why I prefer watching movies, especially my favorite ones, alone. Oh yes, I’m such a cry baby! I admit it. Give me junk food, ice-cream and a box of tissues and I am ready to go!

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Music and Reading

Music is a very personal thing. Many people choose from an early age what their life’s soundrack is and go through everyday mumbling and singing  in its rythm. I for one, more often than not sing to the medoly of “You Gotta Be” by Des’ree. Anyhow, from the hopeless romantics to the rebels and the rock stars, if we all look back in time to every music choice that we have ever made, we’ll notice that we were driven to these choices by the things we felt and experienced at the time. A song trapped in our minds, haunts us for life, keeps us company through thick and skin… our life’s sountrack!

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The Sunrise Review

THE SUNRISE BY VICTORIA HISLOP

RATING: 4,5 bulbs

SUNRISE_pre_order_011In the summer of 1972, Famagusta in Cyprus is the most desirable resort in the Mediterranean, a city bathed in the glow of good fortune. An ambitious couple open the island’s most spectacular hotel, “The Surise” they called it, where Greek and Turkish Cypriots work in harmony.

Two neighbouring families, the Georgious and the Ozkans, are among many who moved to Famagusta to escape the years of unrest and ethnic violence elsewhere on the island. But beneath the city’s facade of glamour and success, tension is building. When a Greek coup plunges the island into chaos, Cyprus faces a disastrous conflict. Turkey invades to protect the Turkish Cypriot minority, and Famagusta is shelled. Forty thousand people seize their most precious possessions and flee from the advancing soldiers. In the deserted city, just two families remain. This is their story. Continue reading