Top Book Boyfriends And Why You Love Them

It is every reader’s most kept secret- we are all attached to a certain character in the books as if they were existing, and somehow it becomes a standard of our reality. Most of time, we read to fulfill our ideals of the perfect man who we hope to meet in our lifetime, which of course is far fetched but it gives us comfort to have these book boyfriends as our own.

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  • Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson, The Heroes of Olympus) by Rick Riordan

Percy is the epitome of a great Greek hero- powerful, courageous, and most definitely attractive with his sea green eyes. He has accomplished so much at a young age and is already a legend. Percy is the goofy kid with dyslexia but gets along with everybody else for being cool. As the son of Poseidon, he is one of the most respected demigods on the series, but what really makes Percy great is his undying loyalty to his friends and family- which is ironically also his fatal flaw. This hero will sacrifice the world just for you.

“You’re not getting away from me. Never again.” – Percy on The Mark of Athena, Book 3 Heroes of Olympus

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  • Jace Herondale (The Shadowhunter series) by Cassandra Clare

Don’t we all love a bad blond boy? Jace is the usual playboy who carries himself with confidence because he knows he is definitely better than the rest. His dark humor will keep you on your toes and will sway you to follow his every word. He is a natural leader who knows his strengths and uses them to his advantage. Aside from his fighting skills, he is also a talented pianist. But sometimes, the most powerful ones carry a darkness within them, and all he needs is someone who’s willing to look more into it. Although he has a tendency to lose track most of time, he’ll surely keep you wanting more.

“There is no pretending,” Jace said with absolute clarity. “I love you, and I will love you until I die and if there’s a life after that, I’ll love you then.” – Jace on The City of Glass, Book 3 of The Mortal Instruments

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  • Patch Cipriano (Hush, Hush) by Becca Fitzpatrick

Nothing tops the warning signs to get away from a literal Fallen Angel, but doesn’t that make them more attractive? Patch is the exact type of boy your mom warned you about- doesn’t attend classes, definitely has some secret dealings that are probably illegal, and will most likely kill you. The redemption, however, is what makes him so much more than what he is. He will burn everyone for your sake and will sacrifice his own wings just to be with you.

“All this time I’ve hated myself for it. I thought I’d given it up for nothing. But if I hadn’t fallen, I wouldn’t have met you.” – Patch on Hush, Hush Book 1

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  • Peter Kavinsky (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series) by Jenny Han

Kavinsky sets the modern standards for boyfriends of today. Get you a guy who adjust your sweetness even when he is supposedly fast paced, and who not only makes you feel special but your family (especially your little sister) as well. He is the jock who falls for the quirky type and is the hope of unique girls everywhere.

“We’re you and me. And yeah, it’s gonna be hard. But Lara Jean, I’ve never feel for another girl what I feel for you.” – Peter on Always and Forever, Lara Jean, Book 3 of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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  • John Ambrose McClaren (To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before series) by Jenny Han

The rival of Kavinsky is the model UN smart type John Ambrose. He’s the guy who is sweet to his grandparents, which makes him an old romantic. We’ve all wished for a gentleman who’ll treat you well with slow dancing in the snow and a romantic dinner. He’s the one your parents will approve of, and the type of guy you know will always be there for you.

“I don’t think it was our time then. I guess it isn’t now, either.” John looks over at me, his gaze steady. “But one day maybe it will be.” – John Ambrose, on P.S. I Still Love You, Book 2 of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

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  • Alex Stewart (Love, Rose – Where Rainbows End) by Cecilia Ahern

It’s always lucky to be in love with your bestfriend. Alex is the guy who knows you well- from your tells to your most embarrassing moments- but loves you anyway. He might be a bit slow in expressing his feelings in fear of ruining your friendship and the comfort that’s in it, but he’s the one you’ll end up with no matter what happens, because nothing is more perfect than a guy who accepts you for who and what you are. The thing about Alex is, even when you don’t end up together, you know you’ll always have your bestfriend by your side.

“Today I love you more than ever; tomorrow I will love you even more. I need you more than ever; I want you more than ever. I’m a man of fifty years of age coming to you, feeling like a teenager in love, asking you to give me a chance and love me back.

Rosie Dunne I love you with all my heart, I have always loved you when I was seven years old and lied about falling asleep on Santa watch, when I was ten years old and didn’t invite you to my birthday party, when I was eighteen and had to move away, even on my wedding days, on your wedding day, on christenings, birthdays, and when we fought. I loved you through it all. Make me the happiest man on this earth by being with me.” – Alex on Love, Rosie

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  • Maxon Calix Schreave (The Selection series) by Kiera Cass

Everybody loves a Prince. Maxon is a total sweetheart and romantic who respects the capability of strong women, even when he is born to be a King. He is not like others who were born with a golden spoon who tend to be cocky and full of themselves, because he has a soft side to him. He is creative and appreciates the little things. He’s the type who will easily remember what your favorites are just by observing you.

“I want everything with you, America. I want the holidays and the birthdays, the busy season and lazy weekends. I want peanut butter fingertips on my desk. I want inside jokes and fights and everything. I want a life with you.” – Maxon on The One, Book 3 of The Selection

There’s always this guy in the story that you root for and claim as your own. Who knows? Maybe one day, the words you read about will finally come to flesh.

Who’s Your Favorite Book Boyfriend?

  • Percy Jackson
  • Jace Herondale
  • Patch Cipriano
  • Peter Kavinsky
  • John Ambrose McClaren
  • Alex Stewart
  • Maxon Calix Schreave

Ready, Get Set, GOAL!

We all know a certain philosophy- but not all of us live by it. We come across inspiring words and stories almost daily, thanks to the powers of social media. The world today seems to increase its pace, and the question is, where are you now?

· Think

Many of our life decisions are based on a pulse feeling, so it’s a good practice to think about what you really want. This also allows you to know yourself better, and in knowing yourself better you learn how to prioritize and organize.

· Believe

You are the only one who can set the limits. Be confident, the world is out there for you to conquer. It may be a tough battle, and not all of us get the luck. However, don’t stop yourself from aiming to be better than always. A little growth over time goes a long way.

· Act

Your dreams will stay as dreams unless you take a step to reach them. Be patient in working for them, for nothing happens overnight. Remember that you can build your life the way you want it to, so you better do the best.

Time flies fast as you grow old, and in some moments you come to a point where you start to rethink your life over. Usually, this leads you to the road of regrets, frustrations, and hesitations- making you feel like you haven’t done enough- so it’s now time to get up on the other side of the bed and live the life.

 

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Louvre, Abu Dhabi: Art Beyond

 “Art and love are the same thing: It’s the process of seeing yourself in things that are not you.” – Chuck Klosterman

There is much joy in finding yourself lost among works of expression. I have always loved art and consider myself an artist at heart, and my greatest dream is to visit Europe to see the great works of the masters for myself.

Paris is still a too far destination to consider, and I can say that I am lucky enough that the United Arab Emirates aim to bring in everything grand from all over the world to this side of the Gulf. I was excited that they have created their own Louvre here in Abu Dhabi.

The structure is an architectural piece itself, designed by Pritzer Price-winning architect Jean Nouvel, as inspired by the concept of a medina, the quarter of the Arab cities during the ancient times. The silvery dome is comprised of 7,850 stars of complex geometric pattern, and is a wonder to behold as the light hits it in a million ways.

I visited the museum during the first week of October, and the weather was just enough not to sweat all over. This is the first thing you’d have to consider when you live in the UAE. The museum is all fully air-conditioned, but you will best enjoy the dome around sunset when the beautiful golden rays hit the roof and the waters that surround the building, as it is placed by the sea.

There was not that much of a crowd yet, and it does add some allure to the museum. I do feel like there was so much space that needed to be filled with ancient wonders, and some of the displays were even closed, much to my disappointment. I was rather looking forward to seeing the painting of Vincent Van Gogh, but sadly that exhibition was closed and the nice attendant who comforted me said that they were bringing in new pieces by the end of the year. I made sad faces and begged them to show me the best ones they have so far.

The museum is divided into different sections per category. There was a mummy display for Egyptian artifacts, statues from ancient Greece and Rome, and pots and ceramics from Mid-Asia.  The main highlight, though, was the paintings.

Ancient Greece art on marble
Mother Scolding her Daughter (pun intended)
The Sarcophagus of Egyptian Princess Hanuttawy

I am, though, sorry to say that they do not have Salvator Mundi on display. The most expensive auctioned painting in the world (a whopping $450 million) was purchased at Christie’s for the Louvre Abu Dhabi. The rumored buyer was Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan al-Saud, an ally of the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, gifted to the royal family of Abu Dhabi for the Louvre. It was in official talk to be displayed, but they have postponed it and no further announcement has been made.

It is never the Louvre without a work from Da Vinci, though, and like its counterpart in Paris, the star is a painting of a woman, entitled “La Belle Ferroniere,” with its alluring smile like Mona Lisa. I often wonder if Da Vinci has modeled them after one woman. I do hope they bring more of his art in.

“La Belle Ferroniere,” Leonardo da Vinci

There were also some prominent works on display:

“Madonna and Child,” Giovanni Bellini
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“Portrait of William Welby and His Wife Penelope playing Chess,” Francis Cotes
“Napoleon Crossing the Alps,” Jacques-Louis David
“Number 26 A, Black and White,” Jackson Pollock
“Portrait of a Woman,” Pablo Ruiz Picasso

It is quite an amazing experience to see things from the past, like somehow the pieces are a reminder of the beauty they once held, and of how they just increase their value over time. Louvre Abu Dhabi also has exciting events they host to encounter people to engage in the museum’s activities, like drawing week and multicultural performances.

I believe that over time, it will develop a culture of its own with the art in it finally at home. I am willing to visit it again next time and hope that they open the other galleries by then.

Tickets are priced at 60 AED per head for adults, while visitors between the ages of 13 and 22 can enter for 30 AED. It is located on Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, open from 10am to 8pm from Saturdays to Wednesdays, and from 10am to 10pm on Thursdays and Fridays, and closed on Mondays. You may visit their website at https://www.louvreabudhabi.ae/ for more details.