Book Review: Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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Title: Why We Broke Up

Author: Daniel Handler

Art: Maira Kalman

Date Published: December 27, 2011

Number of Pages: 354

Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Synopsis:

I’m telling you why we broke up, Ed. I’m writing it in this letter, the whole truth of why it happened.

Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped.

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Book Mail: Quarantine Edition

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Nine weeks into quarantine and I finally made my first online purchase and, yes, they are books and I am so happy! So it went like this, I was browsing through my Facebook feed one weekend which mainly consist of the usual memes, some of my friends’ rants or food they had for lunch, and whatnot when I stumbled upon this post from one of the bookish groups that I am a member of. This person, who is also a member of the group, was decluttering her shelves and decided to sell some of her books. When I saw the titles of the books she were selling, I immediately sent her a message to reserve the books under my name. It was actually an easy transaction because she made a Shopee link for the specific titles that I will be buying and also agreed for me to pay via COD (Cash On Delivery).

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Book Review: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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Title: The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

Author: Gabrielle Zevin

Date Published: April 1, 2014

Number of Pages: 319

Publisher: Abacus

Genre: Adult Contemporary

Synopsis:

As surprising as it is moving, The Storied Life of A. J. Fikry is an unforgettable tale of transformation and second chances, an irresistible affirmation of why we read, and why we love.

We are not quite novels.

We are not quite short stories.

In the end, we are collected works.

A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died; his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history; and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island—from Chief Lambiase, the well-intentioned police officer who’s always felt kindly toward him; from Ismay, his sister-in-law, who is hell-bent on saving A.J. from his dreary self; from Amelia, the lovely and idealistic (if eccentric) Knightley Press sales rep who persists in taking the ferry to Alice Island, refusing to be deterred by A.J.’s bad attitude. Even the books in his store have stopped holding pleasure for him. These days, he can only see them as a sign of a world that is changing too rapidly.

And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, though large in weight—an unexpected arrival that gives A.J. the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew. It doesn’t take long for the locals to notice the change overcoming A.J., for the determined sales rep Amelia to see her curmudgeonly client in a new light, for the wisdom of all those books to become again the lifeblood of A.J.’s world. Or for everything to twist again into a version of his life that he didn’t see coming.

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Book List: 10 Underrated Books

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I’ve been reading books my whole life, and to be honest, there are some books in my “read” list that do not have a lot of ratings on Goodreads nor have I heard a lot people on Booktube or book bloggers talk about them. With that, I decided to make a blog post on the 10 underrated books (some you might probably never heard of).

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #7

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BOOKS READ:

  • City of Heavenly Fire by Cassandra Clare
  • The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas
  • The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan
  • The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 4
  • Cardcaptor Sakura Volume 5
  • One-Punch Man Volume 4

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Lamb to the Slaughter by Roald Dahl
  • Rage by Richard Bachman

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