Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #2

BOOKS READ:

  • Wicked Fox (Gumiho, #1) by Kat Cho
  • Shiver by Junji Ito

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Prey by Michael Crichton
  • Winger (Winger, #1) by Andrew Smith
  • Angels & Demons (Robert Langdon, #1) by Dan Brown

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Timeline by Michael Crichton

Reading has always helped me get rid of all of my stresses — well, at least for the time being — and I am so happy that I am finally reading consistently these past couple of months. Though I am still not reading as many books a month as I used to back when I was still a student, at least I get to finish a few books a month and I think that’s already as much reading as I can get these days.

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #1

BOOKS READ:

  • Origin by Dan Brown
  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida
  • GYO by Junji Ito

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Tokyo Ghoul Volume 4 by Sui Ishida
  • The Luxe by Anna Godbersen
  • Alienated by Melissa Landers

Since I recently moved here from Tumblr, I decided to launch a new series as an opening entry in WordPress. I’m never really good at introductions, may it be in print or in person, so let me just start with this:

I was at a local secondhand bookshop one Sunday morning with my cousin and while we were browsing through the shelves, I came across this book by Nick Hornby which gave me an amazing idea for my blog: A new series. It’s been a while since I last introduced a new series here, and I haven’t really been consistent either. So, I hope this one works.

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Book Review: Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley

Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

Another YA Contemporary Romance I’ve read is Words in Deep Blue by Cath Crowley and I swear I just digested the whole book in one sitting, it’s that adorable!

Here, we follow Rachel Sweetie and Henry Jones, who have been bestfriends for years and have been inseparable since they first met. Rachel has been secretly in love with him, but Henry has his eyes on Amy. Before Rachel leaves for Sea Ridge, she left a Henry a letter declaring her love inside one of Henry’s favorite books in the Letter Library, a section Henry’s family’s secondhand bookshop.

This book just gave me all the feels and I just can’t explain how much I loved it. I can drink up all the words Cath Crowley has written in this one. Her writing is astoundingly adorable which made this book so freaking endearing. The humor and the “drama” is balanced.

I just love books that talk about books. I’ve jotted down so many titles that were mentioned in this book that I wanted to read soon. I like how it also taught us that we should never let go of the things we love, even when it gets hard, especially when it gets hard. I loved, loved, loved this book to bits and I recommend it to everyone. Just read it!

“If we all gave up on the thing we love when it gets hard, it’d be a terrible world.”

Book Review: Playlist for the Dead by Michelle Falkoff

Rating: ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

I’ve been reading YA Contemporary books recently and in this one, we follow Sam who’s grieving for his bestfriend’s death. They’ve been friends their whole lives and, well, each other’s the only one they’ve got. So when Hayden took his life, Sam was lost and the only thing he’s left with is a playlist. Throughout the book, Sam’s trying to figure out the answers to why Hayden did what he did using the playlist he’s left Sam with.

I liked the idea of this book and how lessons are thrown in chapter after chapter. I gave it a flat three stars because I just felt like I didn’t connect to the characters as much as I thought I would. The book entirely wasn’t dragging, but I feel like it lacked something along the way, like, there could’ve been more.

The cover was amazing and I liked it very much. Michelle Falkoff’s writing was okay, and I’m definitely going to read Pushing Perfect.

 

“People are going to say a lot of things. And some of it will be helpful, and some of it will be annoying, and lots of it will get on your nerves. But they’re saying it because they found it helpful when they lost someone. They mean well.”

 

Book Review: Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway

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Rating: ★ ★ ★ ★
Read: August 2017

In this hilariously sarcastic novel, we follow Audrey who just broke up with his boyfriend, Evan. He’s in a band and all he talks about is himself, the band, and did I mention himself? Oh, yeah, right. As she does, his boyfriend came up with a new song for his band and it’s all over the radio, which is totally okay for Audrey if it wasn’t about her and their breakup!

What made me love this book so much is the humor, the sarcasm, and just plain Audrey herself. I just loved reading her so much, and I just can’t enumerate all the thing you should love about this book.

The strong points in this book for me beside the characters are their love for music. Really, I just found myself listening to all the songs they’ve mentioned in this book. Victoria’s and Jonah’s characters are just as adorable, although I found Victoria annoying somewhere along the book, but in the end, I just loved them.

Robin Benway has made a very great job writing this book as it truly has made me laugh out loud the whole time. The lesson for me is that, we can’t run away from our problems. Sooner or later, we just have to go out and face it. It’s just the way life goes.

 

“The more you start to love someone, the more you ache when they’re gone, and maybe it’s that middle ground that hurts the most, when you can see them and still not feel like you’re near enough.”