Sunday, November 09, 2014

A Monster Calls

A Monster CallsA Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Your mind will believe comforting lies while also knowing the painful truths that make those lies necessary.
And your mind will punish you for believing both.

This is not just some young adult, coming-of-age, fairy tale-ish book. It is beautifully written with a profound plot. Yes, Patrick Ness ripped my heart apart again. The book is not only about tragedy and loss, but it is also about strength and love.

We have monsters in our nightmares. We also have them in real life. We have to run away from some of these monsters. On the other hand, we have to face some of them.

You do not write your life with words... You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do.

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Friday, October 31, 2014

To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a MockingbirdTo Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I remember reading this book when I was younger. Years later, I reread the book and it felt like I'm reading it for the first time.

There are reasons why a book is called a classic. This story has ideals way ahead of its time. It is also beautifully written. I even read it with a southern twang in my mind. The characters evoke an array of emotions. The scenarios touch sensitive topics.

I'm just glad Harper Lee did not end up destroying this book or else literature will never be the same.

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014


ScheherazadeScheherazade by Haruki Murakami
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story is the perfect distraction. It's long enough to be interesting and short enough to leave something for my imagination. Albeit short, this story still contains the signature Murakami style of writing with intrigue, sex and hints of sadness. Every once in a while, when I need an escape from reality, I will read a short story by Haruki Murakami. :)

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Wednesday, October 01, 2014

A Long Way Down

A Long Way DownA Long Way Down by Nick Hornby
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

There are reasons why people enjoyed or loathed this book. I have a love-hate relationship with this one.

“A Long Way Down” is the first Nick Hornby book I’ve read. Like some or most of us, I'm more familiar with the movie adaptations of his books, such as “About A Boy”. Watching the movie of “A Long Way Down” prompted me to read the book. I was curious. The plot was interesting—four people who were about to commit suicide met at the top of a building and created an unusual relationship with each other.

I thing that surprised me while reading is how often Nick Hornby’s writing makes me laugh out loud. He’s funny and witty. There are some thought-provoking lines and some flat and uninteresting ones. I wonder if I should read his previous books to see if I may turn into an avid fan. :)

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Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Heart-Shaped Box

Heart-Shaped BoxHeart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I was curious and I wanted to be scared out of my wits. The story started as creepy and ended up being different from what I expected. Other people may not like that, but the plot grew on me.

Judas Coyne is a rock star in the twilight of his years. He faced his greatest challenge when a ghost started haunting him. Was it for revenge brought about by his promiscuous lifestyle or was it something else? The story has unexpected twists and the characters' have their soft spots.

This is the first Joe Hill book I read and I must say, the style of writing reminded me of his father, Stephen King. I am planning to read a couple more of his books and I won't mind this story to be adapted into screenplay (just like "Horns"). :)

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