Books

Quick book reviews

So, what’s up with me?

Nothing much. You have to understand that I now fully accept the fact that I have no social life and the number of my friends are now declining (because of alienation – on my part). So, I can really say nothing new about my life. I have come to accept the inevitable fate of dying alone (and living alone). Notice the lack of abundant blog entries in this blog? That translates to ‘nothing is happening to me which is blog-worthy’.

here’s rundown of things happening to my life since, um, January:
a.) My January to May 2013 was devoted to our Eleksyon 2013 preparation. So there’s that.
b.) I was regularized last April, after four years, 2 months and 7 days of being a Talent.
c.) became pretty obsessed with Doctor Who, Secret Diary of a Call Girl, The Catherine Tate Show, Parks and Rec, and The Mindy Project.

Hmmm… That’s about it. My six months in summary.

Anywaaaaaaaaayyyy

Among my 25th-year-in-this-planet resolution is to read more books. So since I spend most of my time at home (sometime, crying. jk), I was able to finish 7 books this year already. Not yet counted are three unfinished books: The Hobbit (I only read up to the point in the movie), Casual Vacancy (it ain’t HP), and Life of Pi (too philosophical. remind me to return the book to Jake).

Yey, me!

I am now totally hooked with this site, GoodReads. I am now considering GR as my favorite social media site. It’s awesome. Come join me 🙂

Anyway, I challenged myself to read at least one book a month (yeah, I don’t have time to read these days, unlike before), and I am now on my 8th book. So I am right on track. Granted though that the second to the last book I read was, what, 50 plus pages long. Well it’s still a book, right?

Here’s a quick rundown/review of the books I read this year so far.

Dear American Airlines
Bebs lend me this book a while back. It was a very difficult book to read because it is emotionally traumatic. It’s like reading three stories in one book. It started off with much humor, and I ended the book lying on the floor cuddling myself over a pool of my own tears. It’s a great read, actually.

The Silver Linings Playbook
I read this because I was in an Oscars mode earlier this year. The book was SO MUCH DIFFERENT from the movie. I think I liked the movie ending better, but prefer the book as a whole. The movie focused on the relationship between the crazy guy and the crazy girl, while the book is more into the whole family love. Good read, but it’s not something I will remember for the rest of my life – goes with the movie and the book. (I can’t even remember Bradley Cooper’s and Jen Lawrence’s characters’ names anymore).

The Fault in Our Stars
This is my very first John Green, and my first YA of the year. I am not sold with the lead characters’ tones of voice – it’s like they’re these annoying hipster teenagers who are trying so hard to be grown-ups. Predictable as well. But for a teen book, I’m ok with it.

But don’t get me wrong. This book made me hagulgol so much (I don’t know the english term for hagulgol. It’s like crying your eyes out and you’re sobbing like Doctor Who is going to be cancelled today. It’s a crazy, messy kind of cry.)

John Dies at the End (John Dies at the End, #1)
reposted from GR: This book created a whole new genre called ‘bat-sh*t insane’.

The abundant use of the phrase ‘not unlike’ disturbed me, though.

Highly entertaining. Crazy. Wild. Crazy. Weird. It doesn’t make a lot of sense. What else… did I already mention crazy? Crazy.

I liked it.

Rant: An Oral Biography of Buster Casey
reposted from GR: While reading the book, there were a lot of times when I literally uttered (and keep in mind that I am alone and talking to no one but my ereader) “WHAT THE HELL JUST HAPPENED?!” and I would laugh like a mad man.

I like Rant a lot because it’s not conventional. It’s not predictable, and it’s not something anyone can appreciate. And I’m sure not everyone interpreted the book the same way.

I will be very very careful, though, to whom I would suggest this book. Some would not like it because of its atrocity. To the other people who did love it, I would like to be your friend, please.

Doctor Who: Summer Falls
reposted from GR: I love Kate’s POV, and the way it was written, and the tons of Doctor Who reference. I wish it was longer, though.I would like to know more about the characters, and I want a far bigger adventure for them 🙂

This book is for Doctor Who fans.

PS. Come along, Pond!

This Book Is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It (John Dies at the End, #2)
reposted from GR: this was a good read. If I didn’t know better, I would think that this was authored by another person (as with Jdate). the writing is more mature (not x-rated mature. grown-up mature) and it seemed like this was edited by an actual editor.

yes, it was more predictable and less crazy than Jdate, but strangely, i enjoyed this more, maybe because this one has more solid plot and has that creepy character, Anna.

and that chapter 105 minutes until the massacre. ugh. shivers. i was holding my breath the whole time

CURRENTLY READING: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling and another John Green, Will Grayson, Will Grayson.

I am kindov obsessed with Mindy Kaling right now. I just finished watching The Mindy Project and it is now officially my new 30 Rock. Team DaMindy! So let’s see if she’s as funny as her TV self.

The John Green book was lend to me by my boss, and I’ve read, like, 18% of the book, and I am very much liking in so far (‘cept for the whole annoying teenager thing. goodness, teenagers annoy me right now so much).

I will TRY to write a full review of those books, you know, to get back to writing.

I’m so so so sorry, non-existing reader, for not writing much lately. Owe you tons 🙁

June 10, 2013