Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland | Review

A friend lent me his book, Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland, and I was more than happy to borrow it. It was a good YA contemporary read, with a perfect mix of humor and seriousness. It's about heartbreak, loss, growing up and acceptance.

Henry Page has never been in love. He fancies himself a hopeless romantic, but the slo-mo, heart palpitating, can't-eat-can't-sleep kind of love that he's been hoping for just hasn't been in the cards for him—at least not yet. Instead, he's been happy to focus on his grades, on getting into a semi-decent college and finally becoming editor of his school newspaper. Then Grace Town walks into his first period class on the third Tuesday of senior year and he knows everything's about to change. Grace isn't who Henry pictured as his dream girl—she walks with a cane, wears oversized boys' clothes, and rarely seems to shower. But when Grace and Henry are both chosen to edit the school paper, he quickly finds himself falling for her. It's obvious there's something broken about Grace, but it seems to make her even more beautiful to Henry, and he wants nothing more than to help her put the pieces back together again. And yet, this isn't your average story of boy meets girl. Krystal Sutherland's brilliant debut is equal parts wit and heartbreak, a potent reminder of the bittersweet bliss that is first love.

This book is brilliant, painful, heart breaking and absolutely hilarious. The characters were all lovable. Henry is humble, sweet, very witty and generally a good guy. It's not until Grace, a new girl at school, shows up that his universe is thrown into a tailspin. I didn’t absolutely agree with every message in the book, but I loved that it got me thinking so much about life and love and loss. Even when it ended on a different note, it was greatly satisfying.

Rating: 2/5
Genre: young adult, friendship, romance

keep reading. with love,
yuki motokane.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Memory in heart.

Most, if not all, of us, at some point, had lost a loved one or perhaps, a thing. Losing someone or something can be very painful. If someone close to you passed away, one would most likely feel overwhelmed with grief. Getting over grief doesn't mean forgetting about a person who has died. Healthy grief is about finding ways to remember loved ones and adjust to life without them present.

I recently lost a family relative. Somehow, writing poetry helps me cope up with the world. While our loved one may be gone, his or her spirit lives on.

a memory in heart.

i stare
at his
closed eyes
than mine
so flawless
and pure
envy not
love him
i do
holding on
to bright
colored flowers
to his
black and white
casket too big
for his
thin frail body
a boy
once filled
with life
just a

with love,

yuki motokane.

note | this is also in my hellopoetry account. check it out here.

Thursday, November 3, 2016

New blog, new here.

new blog new here


Starting something new like making a new blog, requires thinking, discipline, and commitment. Which I realized is why I was never so successful in pursuing this, because I lacked these qualities. Or so what I told myself.

Thinking deeper, I soon became aware that this was just what I was making myself believe. I was too lazy to actually maintain a blog. So no matter how many times I made blogs, they never got so far, not because I do not have the traits needed, but because I did not develop them myself when I could have. I refused the opportunities given to me when I had time.

But now I plan to be different. Solivagantic will be my new guide and teacher. This will train to be a much more better person, and I am so excited for that!

Even though I have not been managing a blog, I had been following a few and I just so fell in love with everything, especially the friendly community associated with blogging. I am so excited to finally be a part of this.

Solivagantic will be focusing more on personal lifestyle, advice, and thoughts. I would really love to share all my experiences and lessons I have learned. Although, I am still trying to find my way around here, because I still have no idea what to do (it is still so confusing!) ahahah.

hoping i will last. with love,
yuki motokane.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Taking the first step towards your dreams.

walking , unsplash image

Taking the first steps to doing something new or different can be quite difficult. But without taking those steps, you would be where you are right now forever, no changes, just the same old, same old. Who knows, this change might lead you to something beautiful that you have never imagined before. 

I got inspired after searching through pictures, and I saw this quote by Will Smith, "The first step is you have to say that you can." And it dawned to me that yes, that is definitely what I should do. Even if your goal is a long shot, you have to believe at least enough to fuel your efforts. 

In this post, I will be listing down steps on how to take your first steps [yes, i repeated that on purpose] and all new stuff I have longed to do while setting a two month deadline. After each accomplished task [hopefully], I will be writing about it and it will definitely be expected in this blog in the future.

Hopefully, by the end of this post [or my future posts], you will be inspired as well to take your first steps.


1. DO NOT WAIT. The best time to start is now, there will never be the perfect time to start it unless you believe it is. You will learn so much more by doing rather than waiting. 

2. ACKNOWLEDGE YOUR DREAMS/GOALS. This is very essential to get the motivation you need to achieve it. Think of why you wanted to do this in the first place and focus on that. Visualize your goals, think of the short term and long term steps needed to accomplish and set a time line. Time lines will help you focus more and get something done, even day by day. 

3. ACTION. Simply said, do it. Nothing will happen after all if you do not. Of course, this definitely is a hard thing to do, but you will see that you can accomplish it with consistent action.


1. Create your first ever blog. [read here]
2. Organize my study notes.
3. Do a 'Lyric Text Prank!'. [Because, why not?]
4. Go hunting for Christmas gifts.
5. Finish reading The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne. 

For now, five would do. After all, it doesn't always have to be huge steps, do they? Little steps count as well, they serve as your foundation. 

Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible. - Tony Robbins 
with love,
yuki motokane.

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