I tried to be a good girl here (as per CS Lewis's request) and read the series in chronological order. But I'm not sure if the stories in this book woI tried to be a good girl here (as per CS Lewis's request) and read the series in chronological order. But I'm not sure if the stories in this book worth to be published as a book? As opposed to you know, an appendix? I know it's only 100++ pages-long but it's just not exciting enough to be part of the series. As a prequel or a companion book, maybe, but not Book 1.
I have actually read this before but had no memories of it whatsoever except for The Trees between The Worlds parts which I found very fascinating. Re-reading it, it makes sense why I didn't remember anything because this book is so dull LOL. This time around I did notice the Biblical references and I'm not sure what to feel about them. They did sound preachy to me at times. Hmm....more
This is a nice book, a bit Disney-ish (some people might argue this I know, but I've read some pretty dark stuff lately so...).
I can't help but to comThis is a nice book, a bit Disney-ish (some people might argue this I know, but I've read some pretty dark stuff lately so...).
I can't help but to compare it to Still Alice which happens to have similar premise (replace Alzheimer's with left-neglect and difficult relationship with daughter with difficult relationship with mother) but not as poignant and mesmerising as Genova's debut work.
My reasons for not liking this book that much are very personal, so don't get discouraged by my review because I don't think even the author can address them given the chance.
The issues I have; 1. Sarah Nickerson's character hits too close to home. I disliked how much likely I am to be just like her. We share the characteristics which has helped me navigate the world and come out independent and stronger but these are the parts of me that I'm trying to tone down as I get older because they suck the life out of me - the need to be a perfectionist, to achieve as much as possible, to impress other people and to not needing anyone's help.
2. Sarah's view of the world is quite distorted - it left me with the same uneasy feelings I experienced when reading Me Before You. Let me reiterate - Left Neglected walks that fine line between offending disabled people and proving that life is worth living no matter how disabled you are. Whenever Sarah refers her granny cane as an eyesore or expresses how she pretty much rather dies than skiing sitting down, I found myself muttering 'bitch' under my breath. Real people do have to use cranny cane all the time and skiing sitting down might be the only option some people have. It is as if Sarah thinks 'thank God I'm disabled but not THAT disabled'. Sarah's problematic body image was never properly resolved too (she thinks she's fat).
3. I found it very hard to relate with Left Neglect as a disease/disability actually. I get what it is but I found it hard to put myself in Sarah's shoes. With Alzheimer's or cancer, it's more relatable I guess because I do forget sometimes and I do feel lethargic and in pain sometimes. And trust me, as someone who actually blind in my left eye, I constantly missed what happened on my left but I can't imagine not having the awareness of my left side....more
I am, by no means, a hardcore Lindsey fan, I don't follow her social media and I still can't tell some of her songs apart. But I do appreciate her musI am, by no means, a hardcore Lindsey fan, I don't follow her social media and I still can't tell some of her songs apart. But I do appreciate her music and her artistry. I still remember I stumbled across Crystallize when a good friend of mine (who minds you, ignorant of the kind of music that I like) sent the YouTube video link to my FB messenger back in 2012. And I remembered thinking 'What is this? Something for Uni?' (mind you I didn't even know it was a song before I clicked the link).
I watched it and I was mesmerised. I got goosebumps all over. I always liked violin (can't play it sadly!) but never imagined it would go so well with electronic music (just like about ten years ago when I was hooked with piano + rock music combo by Evanescence).
Wow...I reminisce so much I haven't even talk about the book. Anyway, I decided to pick it up because I wanted to tick off the 'read a book by written by a celebrity' for my 2016 PopSugar challenge. In case you haven't noticed, I failed the challenge (haha!) because I read the bulk of this book in 2017.
I...am just surprised by how much I actually liked this book, I even think that I'd re-read it someday. I haven't read that many memoirs/autobiographies before - this isn't as beautifully-written as Lab Girl by Hope Jahren or as hilarious as Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson (although Lindsey definitely had some wacky moments), but I felt like Lindsey's stories spoke to me more and that's weird because I have more things in common with Jahren and Lawson.
To be completely honest, being the flawed human being that I am, I started off reading this book feeling...envious. Lindsey spent her childhood and teenagehood surrounded by loving family, great friends and wonderful experiences (maybe minus the last resort undies which I did have growing up, You're right, Lindsey! I'm sure everyone have had them!). Yes, she didn't grow up with money and she was not the most popular kid at school but I guess it's the content and innocent lifestyle that I envied.
What really touched me is when she acknowledged that she did grow up well right before addressing her eating disorder. I did not expect that all because I don't know...people often forget to count their blessings. When she revealed that she is a Mormon, I was taken off-guard for a while. I mean, I seriously can't name any celebrity who is a devout, practising Christian (I'm being generic here. I know Mormon isn't equal to Christian). Scientologist or Buddhist, maybe but not Christian? I haven't had the best experience with Mormons so far - they came across as condescending to me but I only have met a handful of them so who am I to judge.
Anyway, what I wanted to say is, I FEEL YA, GIRL! Often being the only hijab-ed Muslim girl in the room, I stick like a sore thumb so I know how it feels to stand out by default, to turn away drinks all night, the frustration talking to people when they're not quite sober and the difficulties in finding appropriate things to wear! I also know some might argue that you're not really free, you don't love yourself enough if you care about what other people say about you but like Lindsey, I do care and they can hurt my feelings. I personally don't think that's because I don't love myself enough, or I'm not truly free but more about how I find it difficult to believe people would take the time and effort, to write mean comments, to insult or to be plainly rude just because I'm a Muslim when I never did any harm to them.
That got way off-tangent. Oh well, at least I got it off my chest.
Okay, back to the book. I seriously had fun reading it because it almost felt interactive. Whenever she mentions a milestone in her career (America's Got Talent, the Zelda Medley or the Stars Align music video) I couldn't help but to watch the said video before continue reading, even I've watched it before. I even googled some of the 'baddies' mentioned like. what the hell, Andrea Bocelli? I thought people with disability would have more empathy.
Anyway, I think Lindsey is a good role model for young girls today. And the desire to buy a new car while the one you have is still working fairly well? Yeah, I don't get it either (maybe not in terms of clothes and make up hehe).
Wow, this is a long-ass review. Haven't done one of these in a while. I'm exhausted!...more
*sigh* I feel like I'm being really harsh with the rating. Because I really, really, REALLY liked this book up until the scavenger hunt part. I even t*sigh* I feel like I'm being really harsh with the rating. Because I really, really, REALLY liked this book up until the scavenger hunt part. I even thought no one could top Frank Porter from Since You've Been Gone as the perfect guy next door book boyfriend. *scoffs* Apparently Clark could.
And don't even get me started on the cameo of certain characters from Morgan Matson previous book(s). Don't want to specify which characters from which book(s) because I don't want to ruin the fun!
And then...and then I got underwhelmed. I don't think I can enjoy fluffy (get it, because of the dogs? *cringes*) contemporary books anymore because of what's happening in the world today. I just...can't. There I was, yelling at Andie 'but people are dying around the world!' when she declared she had the worst day ever when (view spoiler)[her friends aren't talking to each other and she broken up with Clark (hide spoiler)]. And that's probably my only problem with this book - it's not substantial enough. Which makes me feel guilty because books like this is a great form of escapism for anyone struggling with real life issues....more
My beloved cat, the first cat I ever owned and fully cared for (I always had family cats growing up) passed away two weeks ago. To say that I am devasMy beloved cat, the first cat I ever owned and fully cared for (I always had family cats growing up) passed away two weeks ago. To say that I am devastated is an understatement. And it was so sudden too (it was an accident). It still feels like something being ripped apart from me. But I know my little boy would want me to move on, so that's what I'm trying to do now.
You might think that it's not the wisest decision to be reading a cat book so soon after his passing. But I guess it is how I deal with the loss. I wanted to feel the pain in order to mourn for him properly. And grieving I did. I cried countless times while reading this. Dewey was so similar to my cat, this book felt like a godsend. And it felt like a comforting hug reading this, knowing that there are people out there, albeit strangers who love and appreciate cats as much as I do. In fact, Vicki Myron doesn't feel like a stranger anymore. Her own life stories are so inspirational - it shows that she is indeed the superlibrarian because I could not fault her writing.
Definitely one of those books that I would keep rereading in the future. ...more
Aah...I can't believe I waited eight years to read this! I discovered this book while doing my IB course and since then, been meaning to read it becauAah...I can't believe I waited eight years to read this! I discovered this book while doing my IB course and since then, been meaning to read it because I actually really like Economics. But non-fiction books are always a bit too expensive for me so I kinda forgot about this until I randomly recently stumbled upon the audiobook from my library.
And it was glorious. For a book that was published 10 years ago, it's pretty much still relevant to today's society. And not to mention extremely brave and unapologetic considering social media was non-existent in 2006 and people rarely had the platform to speak their minds..
The only letdown was the last chapter, it was boring and repetitive....more
I haven't actually watched the movie...(I know, the horror!). I actually tried to be consistent with my motto of 'read the book first before watchingI haven't actually watched the movie...(I know, the horror!). I actually tried to be consistent with my motto of 'read the book first before watching the movie' but in this case, uh, I think I might have gotten the order wrong because technically this is a screenplay and it was kinda hard imagining and remembering all these beasts without the on-screen portrayals.
Upon finishing this, of course my initial reaction was 'this isn't as good as Harry Potter' but come on, did you think that 'this is going to be such a spectacular saga' after reading The Philosopher's Stone?
Knowing that the Fantastic Beasts universe would comprised of five movies, there are so much left to explore and expand, so I wouldn't worry if this first one was a bit underwhelming (but thank God not nearly as bad as The Cursed Child).
Okay, I lied. I am a bit worried because a movie can stretch for so long so are we not going to see long-ass books/screenplays like the final three Harry Potter books because I don't think I can ever get enough of this wizarding world? And since we know eventually what's going to happen with Grindelward, how is Rowling going to make it interesting enough for us if he stays as the main antagonist? I'm just thinking out loud here. I can't help but to try not to get my hopes too high because prequels are so hard to get right.
But seriously, a Hufflepuff protagonist + cute and cheeky beasts + 1920s New York + an incredibly entertaining Muggle/No-Maj sidekick = I cannot NOT give this a five-stars rating....more
Whew! Took me three months to finish this. I don't think the book needs to be this long - Part Three: Lazarevo can basically be summarised in five pagWhew! Took me three months to finish this. I don't think the book needs to be this long - Part Three: Lazarevo can basically be summarised in five pages.
I knew going into it that the opinions about this book are polarising. I didn't expect my own opinion would be polarising! On one hand, the war aspect was written really well - it was almost too difficult to read sometimes knowing that war is still happening today and there are people currently affected by it. Going into it, I also knew people mentioned about the abusive relationship, the dysfunctional family and just the overall lack of gender equality would make this book hard to like. The setting and the time period does explain why these issues are apparent but still, if you strip the war backdrop and the era, I still couldn't make sense of why so many people in this book would do all these horrible things to other human beings. It felt like the root of the problem is not the settings but the people in it (save for a handful of them) are inherently selfish? Of course Tatiana is at the extreme opposite end of that spectrum until I seriously questioned her ability to truly understand that she is not born just to worship Alexander and/or being used by other people. Anyway, sometimes I do see the appeal of the 'creepy, stalkerish, controlling' type of boys ala Edward Cullen but boi, Alexander's dickheadness is off the chart. He is legit a psychopath.
Anyway, would I continue with the series? Possibly yes because while the ending is so overdramatic, I want to know what happens next!...more
I guess it's safe to say that Mary Kubica's writing style is not for me. I was contemplating hard on how to review this, so I re-read my review for heI guess it's safe to say that Mary Kubica's writing style is not for me. I was contemplating hard on how to review this, so I re-read my review for her second novel, Pretty Baby and bam! - although this is a completely different story, how I feel about this book is exactly like before, word for word....more
I've tried five books from Paulo Coelho. Five books. And ended up not liking four of them (The Zahir, The Winner Stands Alone, The Witch of PortobelloI've tried five books from Paulo Coelho. Five books. And ended up not liking four of them (The Zahir, The Winner Stands Alone, The Witch of Portobello and of course, Brida).
I was hoping that by visiting Coelho earlier book, written around the same time as The Alchemist, I would love Brida but nope. I guess I'm a The Alchemist fan, not Coelho fan. Now to think about it, I never have actually reread The Alchemist. It'll be interesting to see if I am indeed still a fan. Hmm......more
Another book that I would probably have not found out about if I was not actively seeking 'a book with protagonist who has your occupation' to completAnother book that I would probably have not found out about if I was not actively seeking 'a book with protagonist who has your occupation' to complete my Popsugar challenge.
Just a disclaimer - I am a PhD student in Microbiology (almost at the end! hurrah!) so although Jahren's field is in Botany, we do have a lot in common, well, at least I do vaguely know how mass spectrometry works.
Jahren would probably never read this review but in case she does - THANK YOU. Thank you for your honesty and your bravery and your dry wit. I read this book alternately with Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson and they are the best combo and exactly what I needed during these rough patches of my candidature/life. In a way, these books are similar - they unapologetically talk about being a woman, mental illness and motherhood. I did expect such themes with Furiously Happy but I didn't expect them from Lab Girl at all.
Throughout my extremely brief experience as a female scientist, I agree that we do have it tough. Unfortunately, we don't talk about our struggles enough even among ourselves because at least in my case, there's always that expectation that as a scientist, you're not supposed to be emotional and unstable. Everyone expects you to get your shit together and suck it up if your experiment didn't work and if anyone thinks you-re emotional and unstable, people start to question the validity of your data.
It's not all that bad actually. I like the freedom, the independence and the novelty of being a scientist. After all, I am a super-curious person. But I'm not sure if I have the right temperament to stay as a scientist. And this book definitely made me think hard about my future life decisions. This may actually sound very cheesy but this book has definitely changed my life.
Anyway, my favourite part of this book is actually the short chapters where Jahren described trees and plants like her oldest, wisest friends. It has that almost ethereal quality to it - let's just say I don't look at plants and trees the same way again ;) ...more
I feel like I freaking know Jenny Lawson really well already AND I NEVER EVEN HAVE MET HER BEFORE.
Dayyum, girl. You are truly one of the kind funny. YI feel like I freaking know Jenny Lawson really well already AND I NEVER EVEN HAVE MET HER BEFORE.
Dayyum, girl. You are truly one of the kind funny. You're my kind of funny (yes, dark humour is my jam). Here's what happened - my bestie decided to read a few of the chapters randomly out loud and we were laughing our ass off at 3 am in the morning. Until I had to stop her because I NEED TO READ A BOOK CHRONOLOGICALLY AND NOT RANDOMLY BUT IT DIDN'T MATTER ANYWAY BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF THOSE BOOKS THAT YOU CAN ACTUALLY READ THE CHAPTERS NOT IN ORDER BUT I COULDN'T BECAUSE OCD.
Is this what you call ironic?
Anyway, it took me a while to read it because while it is definitely funny - it is intense too. I found myself sitting on my bed, thinking about life after reading like, every other chapter. My favourite chapters were 'Koalas are Full of Chlamydia' because well, I live in Australia and 'We're Better than Galileo. Because He's Dead' because it basically describes my struggles - I was so glad to know that I'm not alone.
So...I need to read a self-improvement book for my Popsugar Reading Challenge this year and I picked this. Totally legit, right?
You just can tell thatSo...I need to read a self-improvement book for my Popsugar Reading Challenge this year and I picked this. Totally legit, right?
You just can tell that this book was written by an Austen fangirl for another Austen fangirl. What wouldn't I give to travel back in time and visit this era (not sure if I'd like to live there permanently. You know, no wifi, gender equality and stuff.
And bonus point for mentioning Kandukondain Kandukondain - the cinematography of the songs in this movie is just stunning! Watch them even if you don't watch Tamil movies!...more
You gotta love this BBC radio full-cast dramatisation! It was so atmospheric and Gollum was done so freaking well, I actually liked this 'disembodied'You gotta love this BBC radio full-cast dramatisation! It was so atmospheric and Gollum was done so freaking well, I actually liked this 'disembodied' version of him better than the on-screen version.
Surprise, surprise book-Frodo is as much of a tool as the movie-Frodo. He ain't got' nowhere without Sam! And a special shoutout to Treebeard! He actually has more charisma than most YA male protagonists.
And I'm just gonna leave this here because this meme is life. ...more
I probably am going to reiterate everything that has been said about this book but I am going to add my two cent nonetheless.
Nope, I don't consider thI probably am going to reiterate everything that has been said about this book but I am going to add my two cent nonetheless.
Nope, I don't consider this the eighth Harry Potter book, I don't even consider this is canon. Come on, the book (even in its play form) does not sound like JK Rowling. Did she have to put her name down because she got threaten or something?
I'm referring to the Time-Turner and pretty much everything else.
But if I consider this as a fan-fiction, it's actually not bad. I mean, I flew through it. The alternate future and realities were intriguing as these were what running through my head while reading the main series. But I do agree, there's so much left to explore and we're going back to the past? And particularly focusing on Cedric Diggory? Excuse me, I was sad that he died but there are other sadder, more unfortunate deaths? Namely, Dobby, Sirius, Fred and Lupin. Okay, granted, these people knew what they signed up for and Cedric never had a clue but uh! Having this Rob Patterson image in my mind also did not help.
Anyway, like many have pointed out, Scorpius is the best thing about this book. I never have thought that he'd be like the next generation Hermione! But everyone was being an absolute dick towards him! Even his self-declared best friend, Albus! I wanted to shake Albus so many times throughout this book! He is so immature and whiny! Granted, Harry is not exactly fatherly towards him. In fact, I almost didn't recognise most of the characters - Harry, Prof Mcgonagall, Hermoine do not sound like themselves. And don't get me started on Rose Granger-Weasley - never in a million years I would imagine someone who is raised by Hermoine and Ron would behave that mean towards Scorpius!
And the villain? Come on! As if it was not disturbing enough to think that Bellatrix and Voldermort would ever have a progeny, Delphi is not even a shadow of her father or mother (I guess that's the point - like some reviewers have mentioned). I don't know...I wish we get to learn more about her past. And there are so many characters that we know still live or exist but we don't get to hear about them at all! What happened to Hagrid and Luna? What about the other kids; Teddy Lupin, all the little Weasleys especially Hugo Granger-Weasley. And that ending man. Harry had to watch Voldie kills his parents? Some people think this is a closure but for me, that's just brutal.
I can't believe I'm saying this but I've read a better fan-fiction than this - the one which Rose got pregnant with Scorpius child (I know, there are a lot of them - and I couldn't find it anymore! It was quite old). It was very angsty and leaning more towards contemporary than fantasy but it was more wholesome and sweeter.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
I RATED THIS ELEVEN STARS if that’s even possible?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably my favourite YA high fantasy seriesI RATED THIS ELEVEN STARS if that’s even possible?
I’m going to go out on a limb here and say that this is probably my favourite YA high fantasy series ever (yes, even better than Throne of Glass series and The Falling Kingdom series and I know, they are not even finished yet).
THREE BOOKS (albeit a really long final book) IS ACTUALLY ENOUGH TO MAKE FOR AN EPIC, EXHILIRIATING, RICH FANTASY SERIES. Yes, I am throwing shades at Sarah J Maas and Morgan Rhodes. I respect their decisions as authors to write a spin-off series or colouring books or whatever but sorry to say, their main, original series are not without fault and I wish they had focused on finishing these series first before starting the other prequels/novella/spin-offs/etc.
Sorry if you disagree. I liked Throne of Glass series and The Falling Kingdom series a lot but I don’t think there are enough materials to stretch them to a six books series based on I’ve read so far.
I know The Remnant Chronicles series is quite popular BUT IT DESERVES MORE HYPE, PEOPLE! I liked how the first book was not even amazingly good but the series just exponentially gets better after that and it is still wholesome and coherent i.e. I would still read The Kiss of Deception if I ever re-read this series unlike A Court of Thornes and Roses which I would never pick up if I’d like to re-read A Court of Mist and Fury.
I don’t know why I’m so critical towards Sarah J Maas. I guess I’m still not okay with how she is doing what Cassandra Clare has been doing if you know I mean.
Anyway, I’m just amazed at how much The Remnant Chronicles is really a characters-driven story. That’s a rare feat for a fantasy series which usually relies on plot. And it’s not as if the plot itself isn’t good. A true all-rounder series right here, guys.
For people who got turned off by the love triangle in the first book, maybe you should give it a go and continue on because the bonds that formed between Lia, Rafe and Kaden are so unique and far deeper than romantic fling by the end of the series. Even the side characters especially the antagonists (whom kept me guessing about their true intentions until the climax) are so colourful and human-like. I cried, I laughed with these characters. They are unlike invisible and godlike characters we often see in fantasy books.
Wow, I can’t remember the last time I write a review this long. I REALLY LOVE THIS SERIES! I liked how while there are definitely magical aspects in these books, the characters never rely on pure magic to figure things out, there are lot of deductions and strategizing and human lives always matter when making these decisions.
Gah, I’m just speechless…I’m just so grateful that I found this series :’)...more