All posts filed under: Books + Films

Spiritually Awakening Books

Well, I might as well admit it. I’m a self-confessed, hippie-loving, vegan, spirituality preaching yogi who adores reading self-help books. And no, you don’t have to be one of these people to really benefit from reading these kinds of books! They are honestly just so great in providing a different perspective on the world and allowing yourself to become more self-aware – both of negative habits to rid of, and of positive attributes to develop. Here’s a short summarized list of quality books, which have helped me in my spiritual awakening (or basically helped improve myself as a human being). The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle Behold probably the god of the self-help book industry – The Power of Now. In a quick summary, it teaches us the importance of being present in this moment -not feeling guilty about the past, or anxious for the future. It explains the key concept of eliminating internal suffering created by our ego, which is essential to be mindful of the present. Key quote: “Realize deeply that the …

10 French Books You Have To Read Before You Die

Listen While Reading: Warned You // Good Morning.  Whether you are interested in literature or just looking for a dose of french art, here is a list of 10 books I would recommend to absolutely everyone. Love, lust, youth, fame, french literature is not afraid to touch any theme. These will delight you no matter what you like or dislike in your readings. Belle du Seigneur, Albert Cohen This masterpiece is my favorite book of all time. While it is very long and quite complicated, it shows the true side of love, and it will change you forever. It’s the kind of books that make you see things differently once you’ve read it. See what I mean ? Le Cid, Corneille The play of the XVIIth century. It is absolutely beautiful, and even if the language has changed a lot, it would be a shame not to read the heart-breaking love story between Chimène and Rodrigue. Le temps des fugues, Claude Mourthe This novel is surprisingly not very famous. If you want to read something about the …

The Book Remedy

Listen to While Reading: For You // Angus & Julia Stone. Books. I must admit that I am obsessed with books. I love everything about them. Their look, design, the feeling I get when I step into a bookstore. They have become more than just a part of my life; they have become a part of who I am. I visit bookstores way too often, and instead of saving money, I take chunks of my paycheck and use that towards books. Everywhere I go, I have to have at least one book with me. Whether it be just going to the market or going to work, my purse is always weighed down with a book or two. If I don’t have a book on me, I feel as if I’m forgetting something very important. Books have been a part of my life ever since I could remember. I recall sitting on the floor of my bedroom when I was a little girl, way past my bedtime, looking through books that were piled up in a …

Favorite Cinematography Films

Listen While Reading: Magnets // Lorde ft. Disclosure. I’ve always been fascinated my cinematography; intricate color schemes and precise symmetry in every single shot allure me in ways that I can’t explain. So, if you’re a fanatic of beautifully crafted and well-planned frames like me, here’s a list of some of the best cinematography films in no particular order for you to enjoy: Grand Budapest Hotel Her Amelie Hugo Lolita Big Fish Life of Pi Space Odyssey Black Swan Moulin Rouge Lost in Translation Mad Max: Fury Road Romeo + Juliet The Tree of Life Ruby Sparks Big Eyes The Royal Tenenbaums Pulp Fiction Birdman Master Words by Maria Stratoudaki // Photography by Brianna Sharma. © 2015 Reef Magazine

My Favorite Books

Listen While Reading: Mad Sounds // Arctic Monkeys.  Oh, books. You come in multiple platforms. Hardcopy, pdf, and ebook. There are so many of you that it’s inconceivable to even make such a goal. I’ve seen book recommendations before, but some of them were generally classics. I was never really a fan of old classics or young adult fiction, so here are some books you may enjoy if you fall in the same category. (no spoilers will be revealed) Fahrenheit 451 – Ray Bradbury. An amazing dystopian novel of a firefighter who fights against a society that enables censorship. Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell. A non-fiction book where Gladwell discovers why certain people do well in a certain field. This book truly makes you think about how hard you must work in order to reach your dreams. It’s made a lasting impact on me and even made me do better in my schoolwork. Death of a Salesman – Arthur Miller. A play that discusses the true meaning around “The American Dream” by portraying a family with …

Cult Classics

It’s the middle of the summer. Your hair detests the heat, your lips are chapped, and you have absolutely no motivation to go to the gym and get sweatier than you already are. In short: Your summer isn’t quite turning out the way you planned. You’ve yet to have spontaneous adventures with your best friend, your job is hardly anything to rave about, and living back home after a year at school is taking its toll. You find yourself daydreaming about the movies you watched when you were younger and can’t help but think, “If only my life was like that”. Sure, you have stories to tell, but you know they aren’t as cool as the plots of Easy A or The Breakfast Club. John Hughes didn’t direct your life, unfortunately, nor do you have your own version of John Cusack holding a boombox outside your window. And though your life will never be the sun-drenched Polaroid with The 1975 playing in the background, watching some cult classic films can make your life feel pretty …

The Cripple and His Talismans

“A loss of any kind is horrible. Not because it takes away, but because it makes you believe- in newspapers, in tomatoes, in empty whiskey bottles.” Anosh Irani is an amazing writer, hailing from India, but based in Canada whose debut book, “The Cripple and His Talismans”, depicts from scratch the magically dark journey of loss and gain through the eyes of a crippled person, looking for the truth behind his missing arm. The book, according to any reader would be termed as being completely absurd and pointless but just like everything else, this pointlessness is likely to raise a lot of questions diversifying how unconventional a book and the imagination that contributed to its writing can be. Some of the sentences convince you to re-read them in order to grasp not just what the writer has in mind to convey to you, but also what you can make out of the completely bizarre situations presented in the book, like when he meets the woman who sells rainbows, or the coffin maker who makes caskets …