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For today’s post, there will be no quarter life crisis topics, real life workplace angst, or growing pains just a simple book review from a nerd like myself. Let’s begin!

Last year, I bought a copy of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects. I have read her previous books (Gone Girl & Dark Places) and being a fan of crime and mystery stories I loved her disturbingly awesome plot twists.

Anyway, I just finished reading Sharp Objects and I just had to tell someone (or blog) about how great the book is. I give it 5 stars for its well written characters, its amazing plot, and how it kept me guessing until the very last page.

The book is about Camille Preaker. A damaged girl with deep, scarring issues who happens to be a reporter from Chicago’s 4th best newspaper. Desparate for readership, Curry – her editor-in-chief – asked her to cover a murder story of two little girls found dead, strangled, with all their teeth out in a small town in Missouri called Wind Gap where she happens to be from. Confronted by demons from her past and family issues, she goes back home to the memory of her dead sister, her cold mother Adora, a manipulative bratty half sister Amma, and a weird step father Alan. As she investigates, she meets this handsome detective – Richard Willis. They work together in tracing the town’s history of violence to find leads in the murder cases. But then, she uncovers dark truths that involve people close to her.

I don’t want to give away to much so I’m stopping right here.

It’s an interesting read that keeps you guessing. The book makes you think like you know who the killer is but really… you have no idea. It also tackles a topic that is common to teenagers these days – cutting. A nasty habit that needs to be stopped. It also deals with peer pressure and shows you a picture of how mean kids can be. It’s disturbing (I can’t find another word!) because you know that these kinds of things can really happen in real life. I have seen too many CSI episodes to have a good mental image while reading the book. Ultimately, it was a great read that it made me write this review (of sorts).

It’s interesting. Exciting. Basically, awesome. Go and read it.

The Boy Who Lived: A Fan Girl’s Musing

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Feb-ulous Challenge Day 22 & 23

I love… Harry Potter.

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Here’s the new cover for the new editions to be released this year.

Move over Twi-hards because this year marks the 15th year anniversary of this awesome work of literature: The Harry Potter book series. I’ve been a fan since 2001. I remember reading my first ever paper back Harry Potter book: The Chamber of Secrets for a book report. It was sophomore year in high school and I didn’t know what it was about or that it was a series that’s why I read Chamber (Book 2) first before The Sorcerer’s Stone. I just knew that I had to find a book that’s easy to read. Being a crammer that I was, my plan was to skim the pages and skip some chapters and be done with the project but then after reading the first few chapters I was… enchanted. That was the beginning of my magical journey with Harry Potter.

My first ever Harry Potter book dated July 3, 2001

My first ever Harry Potter book dated July 3, 2001

The pages are already aging, the book's been with me for 12 years. That's half of my existence on earth. :)

The pages are already aging, the book’s been with me for 12 years. That’s half of my existence on earth. 🙂

It all sounds so geeky, right? But really, I’m a big fan. I got all seven books. Read them cover to cover at least 3 times. The first two are paper back while the rest are hard bound. I remember waiting for the release every single year and I would line up at the stores and search everywhere because it was sold out most of the time.

Books 1 to 7 occupy my top shelf. :)

Books 1 to 7 occupy my top shelf. 🙂

To say that they were well written books would be the understatement of the century. I can get lost in the books and be taken into the halls of Hogwarts and I could simply imagine hanging out at Hogsmeade drinking a butterbeer. What’s also amazing is how J.K. Rowling came up with all the spells in the book. She’s got spells for mundane stuff like lighting a room (lumos) and for keeping dementors (expecto patronum) and killing bad wizards (avada kedavra). How cool is that?!

I am still amazed how J.K. Rowling managed to keep us on the edge of our seats for 7 books. Turning every page of this “unputdownable” book. Their adventures every semester made my heart race and the losses made me shed some tears. It was heartbreaking to know that Sirius Black, Dobby, Lupin, Tonks, Dumbledore, and others had to die fighting off the forces of the Dark Lord that is Lord Voldemort.

My favorite is Book 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban

My favorite is Book 3: The Prisoner of Azkaban

Thinking about it, I now understand why it has a strong following. The story progressed as its readers matured. I always felt like I grew up with the characters. That’s why I cried when I read the dedication of the last book: The Deathly Hallows, it read:

The dedication of this book is split seven ways: to Neil, to Jessica, to David, to Kenzie, to Di, to Anne, and to YOUif you have stuck with Harry until the very end.

YOU. She was talking to me! Haha. I’m totally fan-girling right now but I was one of those who stuck with Harry and his story for almost a decade. It’s so awesome. 🙂

Harry Potter is a magical book that showed the enchanting world of witches, wizards, goblins, elves, giants, dragons, spells, Triwizard Tournaments, magical sports (READ: Quidditch), and most importantly it’s a story of friendship, courage, and the power of love. It doesn’t get any better than that.

Super Inggo

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Feb-ulous Challenge Day 2

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Meet Inggo. He is six.

He’s my cousin Matty’s play mate.

This seemingly innocent kid was the one who planted a giant stone on my cousin’s forehead last year. Why do I like this kid?

With a piece of bread in my hand and a coffee mug on the other, I went outside to meet the infamous playmate.

Me: Matty, sino yan? (Who’s the kid?)

Matty: (smiles at me)

Inggo: (comes near me and looks at my bread) uy!  tinapay ba yan? akin na lang! (is that bread? give it to me!)

Me: (dumbfounded. I handed him the bread)

Inggo: (gets the bread) Matty, ate mo to? ganda ah! (Matty, is she your sister? she’s pretty!)

Me: LOL!

That kid is something. Isn’t he? He made my day today that’s why I love him. Haha! The kid feels comfortable in our house. Too comfortable I think that my mom got a little irritated. :))

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He was caught getting chocolate candies in our jar today and he kept on asking to borrow and get stuff around the house. He is funny but I guess he won’t be hanging out here soon. It was nice meeting him though. 🙂

 

Why We Broke Up

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I’ve been reading a lot of young adult novels recently: The Hunger Games Trilogy and Sarah Dessen books. One of my good friends is giving me a hard time about it. Well, maybe because i’m not technically a young adult anymore but I say, what the heck?! I like young adult novels because I’m a late bloomer. It’s just that I now appreciate it better because when I was a young adult I was busy experiencing young adult stuff like peer pressure and other melodramatic angsty stuff teenagers go through. Anywho,  I just finished my first book for my 2013 book challenge – Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler.

Why did I buy it?

I know that we shouldn’t judge a book by it’s cover but I must admit it’s a factor in choosing a book especially if you don’t have a particular book in mind. It was cheap for a hard bound book plus it had some cute illustrations and the font were big so I guess that’s why I bought it.

What’s it about?

Why We Broke Up is a story about Min Green and why she broke up with her boyfriend Ed Slaterton. Min loves movies and she wanted to be a director. Unlike typical high school girls Min was different because, well, I guess, she’s got more substance. In the book, she was often referred to as “arty”.  Ed, on the other hand, was this typical high school jock. Co-captain of the basketball team. Good looking dude who’s really not in Min’s league, to put it bluntly. In the story, Min was writing a letter for Ed and she’s on her way to bring Ed a box containing random items: notes, bottle caps, movie tickets, maps drawn on table napkins, rose petals, toy truck, and a whole lot of random things that may have contributed to the break up. Every item connected to a specific moment in their relationship that made them both fall in and fall out of love. Either way, all of it led to the reason why they broke up.

What’s the verdict?

I’m gonna give it 3 BOOKMARKS (I would have given it 3 stars but I want it to be different. Haha!).

I liked it. I think that most people could relate because I, for one, loooove keeping stuff for sentimental reasons. I mean, how many candy wrappers, table napkins from restaurants, or movie tickets have you kept? Be honest! 🙂 The story was a bit predictable. I mean, even Min said that their relationship was doomed from the beginning. Why is that, you ask? Well, it’s not that Min is not pretty but guys like Ed, the popular high school kids, are superficial. They’re in relationships not because they want somebody to talk to after a long day or because of those emotional satisfaction that we all need from romantic relationships. High school boys, like Ed, are into scoring hoops and scoring girls. Although, Ed did try and made an effort but sometimes your just too different that love is not enough. Especially for those two teenagers. I guess, opposites attracting is not always the case. I think, you have to have at least 1 thing in common (aside from the common fact that you like/love each other) because if you’re too different, you just won’t get each other and it just wouldn’t work out.

"You know I want to be a director, but you could never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up."

“You know I want to be a director, but you could never truly see the movies in my head and that, Ed, is why we broke up.” – Min Green

50 Shades of Hot and Bothered

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A few months back, I finished reading the 50 Shades Trilogy. I was hearing a lot of rave reviews about it before so I decided to snoop around the internet to see what it’s about. Originally, I thought that it was a romance/love story, much like Twilight, well, it was… in a way. But after a few research, a friend told me that it was “porn for soccer moms”. I don’t know what to make of that but after my cousin’s persuasion and out of curiosity, I downloaded the ebook version and started reading.

It was okay at first. By chapter 5, it was getting a little bit uncomfortable to read. Haha. I can be a prude, I guess. Anywho, the story is basically about a girl named Anastacia Steel. She’s about to graduate from college when she interviewed a stinking rich business mogul, and apparently hotness personified, Christian Grey. Long story short, they fell in love with each other because based on what I read they seem to be two of the most beautiful people who have walked the streets of Portland. The thing was, Christian was into S&M, spanking, sex toys, blindfolds, and all sorts of kinky stuff. The book was 60% sex and 40% story. It is very graphic, I think.

The three books showed how the love story progressed. It also discussed why Christian is 50 shades of fucked up. The always turned on twosome also had to deal with horrible bosses, irritating exes, arson, rules, touching, and all other erm sexual and weird stuff. One thing that rings true is that the lead characters, Ana and Christian, can’t keep their hands off of each other. They will do the deed anywhere and anytime. As in, they’d do it in the middle of the day in a meadow if the situation called for it. I now understand why all the girls and women who’ve read it are all hot and bothered about Christian Grey and his smoldering looks.

Anyways, I think the book was okay. Not good, good but I must say, it was very… informative! I heard that they’re making a movie based on the book. I guess the movie might get more dudes in the cinema if it’s gonna be as graphic as the book. It’s a toss up between Ian Somerhalder and Matt Bomer for the role of Christian Grey. I personally think, Matt Bomer should do it but that’s just me.

He definitely looks like he aims to please. 🙂

The Hunger Games

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A few weeks back, I got my paper back copies of the Hunger Games Trilogy. I saw the movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, and Liam Hemsworth. I kind of liked it so when my friends emailed me a copy of the e-books I said, why not. I read the Hunger Games e-book version and as expected it’s way better than the movie because it’s obviously more detailed. I think seeing the movie helped me appreciate the books even more because I already had an idea of what it all should look like.

After reading the first book, I fell in love with Peeta Mellark and got hooked. How can you not love him? He’s selfless, very sweet, artistic and sensitive. He’s Prince Charming personified! He’s not wimpy but he’s sensitive. He’s strong but he’s not a douche. He’s perfect BUT fictional. So that’s that for dreaming of Peeta Mellark. Too bad he’s fictional. Anyway, me being a sucker for cheesy romantic stuff, Peeta’s dialogues and the moments with Katniss were golden! My reading experience was filled with ooohs and aaawws. Thanks to him I can’t put the books down and I feel like I can’t read fast enough. I want to know what happens next.

Katniss. Aaah she’s this broody 17 year old girl who runs the show. I liked Katniss. I felt like she was annoying at times because she was this over-thinking jaded teenager and Peeta’s always at the end of her PMS and coldness. I can’t blame her though. She’s been through a lot with her father’s death, Prim being reaped and volunteering and being in the games. (Read the book, I can’t describe the games but its torture. Not totally gory but just plain power trip harsh). I got irritated when she couldn’t accept the fact that she likes Peeta but then again I know someone like that. Haha! Sometimes, it’s hard to admit that you like (or even love) someone. Why do I think that, you ask? That question would probably be answered in future entries with a different subject. 🙂

Other than Peeta, my favorite character would be Haymitch. I also think that Woody Harrelson was the best person to play that role. He’s this dysfunctional alcoholic mentor. You’d think that he’s just an asshole but after learning the things that the Capitol did to him and his loved ones you’ll understand why he is the way he is.

Haymitch Abernathy

Gale was also one of the main characters. He’s part of the Peeta-Katniss-Gale love triangle. It’s obvious that I’m Team Peeta but Gale is also kilig­-worthy. He’s this typical macho handsome dude. Let’s put it this way, if they belong to a clique in school, Peeta would be a member of the drama club and Gale would be part of the basketball varsity team and Katniss would probably be a loner brooding somewhere in the school campus. I think Gale and Katniss would have been together even before the games started if only they said what they really meant. I feel like, even in real life, we all end up being unhappy because we don’t say what we really mean and sometimes we don’t mean what we say. I don’t want to be a spoiler but you probably have an idea who ends up with Katniss.

I love Peeta! He loves Katniss. She loves Gale? Yeah, they’re screwed like that.

Anyway, I liked the trilogy because the concept of them being in this reality show – the Hunger Games were televised in all of Panem – appealed to me. I’m a reality show junkie. I watch everything from Keeping Up With The Kardashians to the Sing-Off. It’s a story of tyranny, power-struggle, deception, family and love. My favorite book would be the 2nd installment, Catching Fire. I finished the 3rd book, Mockingjay, in five days! Once you start reading, it’s hard to put it down. You’d want to know what happens next. It’s actually a good read but it’s still no Harry Potter but I liked it nonetheless. Have a go at it and may the odds be ever in your favor. 🙂