The Silver Linings Playbook has caught me by surprise.
I have joined audible.com and got a promo where I get two free credits for the trial version. An...moreThe Silver Linings Playbook has caught me by surprise.
I have joined audible.com and got a promo where I get two free credits for the trial version. And audible.com had a promotion where you get two books, get another one free. The Silver Linings Playbook movie had tons of Oscar nominations and won a couple of rewards too, so I thought this would be a good choice. Please let me point out that I have not seen the movie.
Initially, the book was frustrating. I was listening and all I heard was stomach master 6000, push ups, sit ups, muscles burning, "Ahhhh! E-A-G-L-E-S! EAGLES!" I felt like I was getting a peak at a teen's life who was obsessed with looking good and football. I did not initially like Pat Peoples. I thought he was shallow and he was irritating me like crazy. And let's not forget how obsessed he was with his wife Nikki and how he can't wait til apart time was over. I felt like I was listening to this for a couple of hours. If I was reading this, I probably would have dropped it and wouldn't have bothered with the book ever again.
But I am glad I have the audiobook cause I just had to listen while I was doing something else. I was multi tasking, so I felt no time is wasted. So I just listened on.
And Pat Peoples is not what he seemed at all. He had this insane desire to improve himself. He worked out like crazy. He read literary classics so he wouldn't be an illiterate bufoon. He made sure he always overtipped. And he also tried to be kind rather than right. He did all this in hopes to improve himself. So that his wife Nikki would come back to him, so apart time can be over.
Pat has come fresh from the bad place. He is trying to build up old ties and has reunited with his friend Ronnie. Ronnie, and his wife Veronica invites Pat to a dinner party, where Tiffany, Veronica's sister, is also invited. They don't click, but they do have a connection. Both are suffering from depression. Tiffany has lost her husband.
Chapter by chapter, I get to know Pat and Tiffany and I connected with them. The Eagle's annoyed me at first, but eventually, I became happy when the Eagle's won, and sad when they lost. I desperately wanted Pat and Tiffany to find their silver lining. And they did. (less)
One Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my ki...moreOne Pink Line by Dina Silver has been on my kindle for so long that it has caught cobwebs and has been put on the back of the shelf. But it's on my kindle, so I am figuratively speaking. Or typing. But you get my point. But what I want to say is, "IT SHOULD HAVE NEVER CAUGHT THE IMAGINARY COBWEBS."
This book is so raw and real and poignant and all kinds of touching and I could go on an on but I know you get what I am saying.
This book has two POVS.
1. Sydney Shepard. Sydney Shepard is in high school when she met Ethan Reynolds, who was already in college. They met at her best friend's party. They shared a few classes together, but Sydney never knew Ethan. It was because of a fateful drunken game of spin the bottle that they came together. Sydney went to college, and they made a long distance relationship work, until the last couple month's of Sydney's stay at Purdue. She slept with her friend Kevin on a senior frat dance, and ended pregnant. She made wrong choices that somehow ended up right.
2. Grace. She's a kid, and she's having sexual ed class. She thought she knew how she came to be, but then the teacher was all science-y and how was it possible that she came first, before her dad came in the picture?
This book shows how vulnerable the characters are. Teenage pregnancy and single mothers are there. It happens. But this book gave me insight on how hard it could be. But how it could also work.(less)
So, Veronika decides to die. Why? She is bored. She is bored with having plenty of boyfriends, she is tired of her youth, she is tired of pleasing eve...moreSo, Veronika decides to die. Why? She is bored. She is bored with having plenty of boyfriends, she is tired of her youth, she is tired of pleasing everybody. She does not look forward to getting a husband and getting fat. Fickle minded, she decides to pop some pills. She reads as she waits for her death and reads about her country Slovenia, and finds it absurd that nobody knows where it is. She writes to the author. No goodbye note. She just wants them to think that she has killed herself because of her country. But her plans are foiled.
Veronika does not die. But, she will die. She has damaged her heart severely that she only has a couple of days to live.
People are confusing. Why do we want things we do not have? People with straight hair like their hair curly, while curly haired people iron their hair for it to be straight. White people want a tan, while darker toned people like to be white. Well, so on and so forth.
Veronika was scared of living. She has planned to take her own life, just so she does not have to deal anymore. But take that option away from her, and she suddenly wants to live. The irony.
Paulo Coelho introduces a couple of characters in Villete (a mental institution, where Veronika ends up). Some of these people do not really need to be there. Humans have a tendency to aim for being ordinary, but in Villete, everyone's extraordinariness becomes ordinary. They blend in and are comfortable, that's why they stay.
Inspiring and beautiful, a must-read of Paulo Coehlo fans' or just anyone who wants to be inspired.
The dangers of an adventure is worth more than a thousand days of ease and comfort. Veronika is lucky that she is living her life to the fullest each day. She has been given a gift, though she does not know about it, I actually envy her.
Maybe that's all we need to do. To live each day like it's our last. Because what if it really is?(less)
For $2.99 in the Kindle store, I have to admit, I did not expect much.
But the Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is wonderfully crafted. It's so poignan...moreFor $2.99 in the Kindle store, I have to admit, I did not expect much.
But the Edge of Never by J.A. Redmerski is wonderfully crafted. It's so poignantly touching that I cannot stop thinking about it even if I finished it hours ago.
Camryn Bennett has problems but her recent fight with her best friend Natalie has pushed her over the edge and forced her to run away from home. She gets on the bus to nowhere. On the bus, she meets Andrew Parrish. Little did she know that that bus ride would change her life.
The characters have depth in them, despite them being in their 20s. I have highlighted so many wonderful quotes from the book. Here are a few:
"The truth is, we all have problems; we all go through hardships and pain, and my pain is paradise compared to a lot of people's and I really have no right to whine at all."
"You dwell on the past, you can't move forward. Spend too much time planning for the future and you just push yourself backwards or you stay stagnant in the same place all your life. Live in the moment, where everything is just right, take your time and limit your bad memories and you'll get wherever it is you're going a lot faster and with less bumps in the road along the way."
"Just say it. If after you say it and it doesn't feel right, then deal with that, but if you hold that shit in, the uncertainty will be the bigger bitch than the guilt will be."
J.A. Redmerski is now one of my to-look out for authors because The Edge of Never just made it to my favorites list! Highly recommended! :)(less)
This is my first John Green book and I am impressed.
Hazel Grace Lancaster has cancer and there is really no way that it's going away. She's taking a...moreThis is my first John Green book and I am impressed.
Hazel Grace Lancaster has cancer and there is really no way that it's going away. She's taking a drug that inhibits its growth, but Hazel will always need life support.
She meets Augustus Waters, a hot boy missing a leg, a cancer survivor at cancer support group. Augustus being a sweet talker says Hazel looks like Natalie Portman in V for Vendetta and convinces her to go watch it in his house. And that was the start of their friendship.
The Fault in Our Stars is a heart warming and heart wretching. Augustus is very sweet and Hazel is very strong. They are both very likeable and memorable characters. And I am glad that I picked this book up. (less)
Life of Pi is one of those books you will think about for days. It's also one of those books that stick with you. And I know Life of Pi will stick with me for a long time. I'm also sure that other readers will agree with me since more than five hundred people has classified Life of Pi under their classics shelf. It being published in 2003 does not classify it under classic "literally". But with it's quality, Life of Pi will transcend generations.
Life of Pi is spiritual and informative and (most importantly) highly entertaining and thought provoking.
I honestly cannot get over the fact that sloths can sleep for twenty hours a day. Must be good to be a sloth. Yann Martel also shares a bunch of animal trivia, which do not become tedious. They're actually good to know.
Life of Pi is told in first voice narration. The major narrator is a writer travelling, who came across Pi's life. Pi's life is also being narrated by first voice, so basically, it's about a writer who is writing about Pi's life in first voice.
Piscine Molitor Patel was old for his age. He had the innocence of a child, but the maturity of an adult. Born as a Hindu, Pi has also embraced Christianity and Islam. Pi makes so much sense. Though hard to fathom, how can you embrace all three religions?
“Hindus, in their capacity for love, are indeed hairless Christians, just as Muslims, in the way they see God in everything, are bearded Hindus, and Christians, in their devotion to God, are hat wearing Muslims.”
“If there's only one nation in the sky, shouldn't all passports be valid for it?”
He was mocked and ridiculed for this. He was told to take up more religions, since there are more days in the week than his religion. He was told to go to church on thursday, mosque on friday and synagogue on saturday.
His family decides to go to Canada aboard the Tsimtsum, with some animals Pi's father sold to American zoos. But due to unknown reasons, the Tsimtsum sinks. Pi manages to stay afloat on a boat with an orangutan, a zebra, a hyena and a Bengal tiger. But they eat each other out, until it's just Richard Parker (the bengal tiger) and Pi left, until they reach Mexico.
Pi says another version of the story without the animals as the Japanese investigators are insisting Pi to tell them how the Tsimtsum sunk. (view spoiler)[On the boat was a wounded sailor, Pi's mom, the chef and Pi himself. They eat each other out, until it's only Pi left. (hide spoiler)]
Which story would you like to believe?
Audiobook is 11 hours and 41 minutes, narrated by Jeff Woodman. Before, I blamed myself if I did not understand the audiobook I was listening too. Apparently, all I needed was a good narrator. Jeff Woodman surely delivers as much as Yann Martel.
And that concludes my review, as I have to find the DVD version of Life of Pi. I'm off to Wal-mart! ["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>(less)
Sophie Kinsella never fails to make me laugh. She also does an outstanding job of making me experience a flurry of gases. LOL
Samantha Sweeting. She ha...moreSophie Kinsella never fails to make me laugh. She also does an outstanding job of making me experience a flurry of gases. LOL
Samantha Sweeting. She has a life everyone could dream of having. Samantha thought so too. She had a wonderful career anyone would envy. She was a high flying lawyer. She was the youngest in her firm, with the brightest future ahead. But that was before she made a grave mistake that put her entire career at stake.
But then, she just thought that she had everything she ever wanted. Well, maybe she had a non-existent love life, but things were better that way for her. She always had only six minutes to spare on a relationship, but that wouldn't work out. Until she was given a chance to a different taste of life.
Blinded by shame, she rode the train and ended up some place she didn't know, and ended up knocking on a doorstep, where she was cared for, but unfortunately, was mistaken for an applying housekeeper.
But that was when Samantha Sweeting had a taste of the sweet life. Cooking, ironing and laundry is hard even to those who have plenty of experience of it. But Samantha has ZERO knowledge on anything about household chores.
But she learns and takes the "SWEET" out of Samantha SWEETING and lives it. And maybe, just maybe, Samantha would have more than six minutes or even a lifetime to spare on love. :) (less)
Lexi Smart is suffering from a disastrous night. Why? (1) Her father just died. (2) She has no Christmas bonus (...moreRemember Me? is chick lit at its best.
Lexi Smart is suffering from a disastrous night. Why? (1) Her father just died. (2) She has no Christmas bonus (lacking just a few days of employment). (3) Loser Dave stood her up.
Could the night get any more worse?
Well apparently, it could.
Lexi couldn’t get a blood taxi. So she runs to the middle of the street just to catch one, but Lexi bloody slips.
Lexi wakes up at the hospital, and it looks like Lexi just didn’t slip but got involved in a car accident. Which she precisely did. But somehow, she can’t remember. F*ck! She can’t remember a huge chunk of her life. Three years to be exact.
Well, by the looks of her, despite the bruises and cuts, Lexi looks way better than ever. Lexi has fuller lips and look at her teeth! She’s not snaggletooth anymore. She’s also two sizes smaller. And was the doctor implying that she was driving a Mercedes convertible in the accident?
But OMG. The good news doesn’t end there. Lexi’s now boss at Delham carpets. Earns three times more than what she used to. And she’s married. Married to one gorgeous hunk of a man, who’s also sweet and thoughtful. Eric Gardiner is one hot male specimen. And he’s made Lexi a marriage manual which has everything Lexi has to know about married life, except Monte Blanc, but I’ll tell more of Monte Blanc later. It has everything in it, to Lexi’s diet, schedules and foreplay?
Everything seems perfect. But everything isn’t as it seems. Lexi has none of her old friends. From being a carefree spirit, the missing three years suggest that she’s been a boss from hell, a cobra and a major b-i-t-c-h. But it’s never too late to mend your ways right?
And is her married life is as perfect as she thought it was? A gorgeous architect comes and drops the bomb that Lexi was supposed to leave Eric for him? Could things get any more confusing and complicated?
Major spoiler ahead. Could Eric become even more thoughtful? After one round of attempting to have sex with him, Lexi proves Eric is overly thoughtful, by asking if his every move is alright. I should also mention that he asks if it’s alright to put his penis inside – okay, I think I shouldn’t mention the details. But Eric thinks penis is hot. To the male readers of this review, that was totally un-hot, especially mentioning it in the middle of supposed to be sex.
Sophie Kinsella never fails to delight me. This novel wanted me to roll on the floor and laugh, but at the same time, I cared for Lexi. This is a nice, cozy and light read which was perfect for my de-stressing.
BTW, what is Monte Blanc? You just have to read this to find out. Clues? Well, it involves a man as naked as the day he was born plus whipped cream! LOL (less)
A treasure. This is what this book is. Every page is filled with honesty. Every page offers a lesson to be learned. Every character is so full life an...moreA treasure. This is what this book is. Every page is filled with honesty. Every page offers a lesson to be learned. Every character is so full life and is bound to never be forgotten, as each of them awards the reader with endless love and insight. This book gives so much and asks for so little in return. It asks for you to read her.
Who doesn't know the March sisters? They've been turned into movies and cartoons. And I can see the producer's goal: for every little woman to learn and grow like the March sisters had.
It is unfortunate that I have read this book just now, and I am considerably not a little woman no longer.
After reading this book, I no longer wonder why this book transcended time. For a book of this quality, and at the same time imparts lessons and knowledge, deserves to live for eternity. This book will definitely survive another century or a millennia at that.
And I will help by reading this along to my future daughter, if I am to be blessed with one, not for her to grow up much sooner, but for her to become a better little woman than I was. And hoping that she would also pass it on.
BTW, lack of stars is due to my disappointment that Jo rejected Teddy's love. I have rooted for their love team since cute Teddy has been hiding underneath the curtains with Jo.(less)
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a wonderfully poignant tale about Santiago, a simple shepherd with whom, before having dreams about treasure at the...moreThe Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, is a wonderfully poignant tale about Santiago, a simple shepherd with whom, before having dreams about treasure at the Pyramids, had a simple life and simply contented with what he had. But as I said, that was before the dreams.
Santiago, started out as an ordinary shepherd, then having extraordinary dreams, and them out of the blue, meeting a real king (which doesn't happen everyday, especially to a shepherd). The king, obviously an intelligent lot, had guided the boy into following his dreams, and this starts up Santiago's extraordinary journey of finding his dreams' treasure, learning the simple secrets and joys of life, and following the path of our destiny, because if we want something so bad, life will conspire for us to achieve our desires. But hey, who said it had to be easy? ♥(less)
The Book Thief is a beautifully woven tale, interspersed with the bright colors of life and the agonizing hue of war and death.
The book is actually na...moreThe Book Thief is a beautifully woven tale, interspersed with the bright colors of life and the agonizing hue of war and death.
The book is actually narrated by Death. If I understood it right. He talks about everything, but the primary focus was Leisel Meminger's books and life plus the people around her.
Death carries souls in his arms. He is everywhere at once. But he never fails to notice Leisel Meminger, the book thief.
It started on the train. Her mother was a communist, and communists were better off dead. Along with her brother, she was to be adopted. But by some unfortunate accident, her brother died and she was orphaned alone. But before that, was her first stealing. At the grave of her brother, she steals "The Gravedigger's Handbook". She was orphaned to a quite a lovely family, the Hubermanns. She had a loving Papa, in the form of Hans Hubermann, and a loving mama, in the form of Rosa Hubermann. Both loved her, but Hans' way of showing it was more obvious.
Leisel struggled at school. She knew nothing about reading and writing. But despite that, she loves books. Her first book, The Gravedigger's Handbook, Leisel had no way of knowing what the words were telling her, but knew that it some way it connected to her brother.
But she persevered and learned.
Leisel is a strong and memorable character. Her love of books would be something all of us could relate to. But not only is she gifted with but 10 books, she shares and gifts us with her own book, "The Book Thief" to Death.
Almost all the major characters are unforgettable.
(1) Leisel Meminger - How could I forget how she stole but still touched my heart? (2) Hans Hubermann - How he filled me with hope as he played his accordion? (3) Rosa Hubermann - How she has the ability to love but hides it with her foul mouth? (4) Rudy Steiner - How he fooled us thinking he was shallow minded for appearing to just want a kiss, but is actually very deep? (5) Andy Steiner - How he lost his family and survived and blames himself for not sending Rudy to war? (6) Max Vandenburg - How he hides in the basement, but comes out and takes a view of the horizon as bombs were being thrown over?
I am almost about to stop.
"Somewhere far down, there was an itch in his heart, but he made it a point not to scratch it. He was afraid it might come leaking out." Unfortunately, same goes for me.
____ I actually love a good romance, however this book doesn't have much. But I'm not going to take it out on the book. So I base my rating on not on its ability to make my heart flutter a beat, but on how it touched my heart :)
P.S. Despite me giving this book 5 stars, I must make it clear that I am not advocating book stealing :P
Stargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus,...moreStargirl. This should be the standard for all young adult books. It’s realistic, inspiring and I bet that it’s a story everyone could relate to. Plus, there’s no sex scenes, and just one decent kiss.
The book, is narrated by Leo Borlock’s perspective. He gives us an idea on how different Stargirl could be in a normal person’s point of view. Stargirl, being homeschooled, decides to come out of her shell. She enrolls at Mica High, and fortunately fails to blend in. For odd reasons, such as singing someone she barely knows a happy birthday, she stands out. Her schoolmates couldn’t help but find her odd. One time, Stargirl goes to a football match, which no one almost ever watches. She makes an exhibition of herself, by roaming around the football field (I imagine her like a fairy), until police had to come forward just for her to leave the field. That’s when Mica High attended every game onwards. Stargirl was a sight to watch. She was also recruited to the cheering squad. And again, she gives the readers another dose of her weirdness, by cheering enthusiastically, for everyone (that includes the other team). For others, we might find this hateful (just imagine your cheerleader cheering for the other team), but this proves the depths and lengths of Stargirl's naïvety and pure-heartedness. It’s actually amazing.
Leo, is and always has been amazed by Stargirl. The feeling was mutual, and they become a couple. Leo enjoyed being with Stargirl. He was at peace, but then he noticed that the entire Mica High was shunning him as well. Leo Tolstoy was definitely no island, so he turned sad. He needed Stargirl, but he needed his peers as well. How Stargirl ever manages it, was a wonder to him. And Leo makes a choice. A terrible choice.
And Stargirl, makes a terrible choice as well. She decides to be ”normal”.
All of us are either Stargirls or were Stargirls. Everyone is a star. We are stars, some in little ways, and some in ways that no one can possibly miss them. But the thing is, we have what it takes to be a star. The problem is, how do we deal with the stars lodging in us. Some polishes their star to make it brighter, while some hide in the brightness of other stars to suppress their shine.
After I finished this book, I was left with the same thought as Leo’s:
Is she there? I wonder what she calls herself now. I wonder if she’s lost her freckles. I wonder if I’ll ever get another chance. I wonder, but I don’t despair. Though I have no family of my own, I do not feel alone. I know that I am being watched. The echo of her laughter is the second sunrise I awaken to each day, and at night I feel it is more than the stars looking down on me.
And I have to say, we have to make Stargirls the new normal. (less)