Book Review: Memories by Lang Leav

“It was words that I fell for. In the end, it was words that broke my heart.” — Lang LeavMemories


31st – A book written by a celebrity (POET) –  Memories by Lang Leav

Rating: ❤❤❤❤❤(GREAT READ!)

What is it about: Beloved pieces from Lullabies and Love & Misadventure are collected together in this illustrated treasury. In addition, 35 new poems that have not been published in any Lang Leav collection offer something new to discover. The author’s original art is presented in lovely four-color illustrations.

What I Love: The entirety of the book. It’s straight forward, it uses simple words but it surely tugs the heart. Lang Leav is indeed one gifted poetess.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words: When love finds you, it doesn’t come with crashing waves or thunderbolts. It appears as a song on the radio or a particular blue in the sky. It dawns on you slowly, like a warm winter sunrise—where the promise of summer shines out from within.

Because losing someone isn’t an occasion or an event. It doesn’t just happen once. It happens over and over again.

 

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo and Story Summary: Goodreads and Unsplash

Recent Five Star Reads

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“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”― Jorge Luis Borges


What’s a paradise
without
five-star
reads?

I have my own
five-star paradise,
and my recent residents
are…


All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

Lullabies by Lang Leav

Lullabies

Macarthur by Bob Ong

Macarthur

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman

The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Love Anthony by Lisa Genova

Love Anthony

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train

Photo credit: Goodreads


In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

March 29: 10 Of My Most Recent 5 Star Reads (Or Ten Of The Best Books I’ve Read Recently

P.S. What are your recent best reads?

Share it to me! 😀

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Ten Books for Awesome-Short-Read Mood

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“People who say they don’t have time to read simply don’t want to.” ― Julie Rugg, A Book Addict’s Treasury


What’s your mood for today?

Moods is the theme of The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

March 1: Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For…

SHORT READS! 😀

Most of my followers are busy professionals plus great writers so for them, here are TEN AWESOME SHORT READS  (less than 300 pages) that they may want to read to have a break!

1. Love & Misadventure and Lullabies by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

4. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

5. Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy’s Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back by Todd Burpo, Sonja Burpo, Colton Burpo

Heaven is for Real: A Little Boy's Astounding Story of His Trip to Heaven and Back

6. Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago

Stupid is Forever

7. Never Never (Never Never, #1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

8. Stargirl (Stargirl, #1) by Jerry Spinelli

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)

9. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

10. The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

What are your most-loved short reads?

Let’s dicuss!

 

Out-of-comfort-zone Books I Loved

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“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” ― Haruki Murakami, Norwegian Wood


Surprises!

That is the main theme of  The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today.

February 23:  Ten Book I Enjoyed Recently (last yearish) That Weren’t My Typical Genre/Type of Book (or that was out of your comfort zone)

So here are the out-of-comfort-zone books that I truly enjoyed recently. 🙂

1. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

I am not into classics. But this one’s surely worth reading.

2. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

This is my first read poetry book. I read it as I am getting addicted to writing my own poems. To say that I am crazy about this book and Lang Leav would be an understatement! 😀

3. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

A book I just read because I can’t sleep, I am surprised that I actually liked the brutality and the explicit language used in this book.

4. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Historical fiction, though I enjoyed some, is not actually my to-read genre. But this one is, for me, one of the best.

5. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

I am a certified Albom fan, so why the hell this book is here?

It’s because magic and fantasy isn’t my comfort zone. And to tell you honestly, I am quite anxious that I will not like this novel as much as I loved Tuesdays with Morrie and his other books. BUT! I am wrong! 😀

6. The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Mystery and thrillers is my fave genre. But this came as a surprising hit for me as it is my first try for John Grisham. 🙂

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

With its intimidating length and historical depth, I thought this book will bore me. But I was, again, wrong! This is insanely a great read!

8. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Medical drama is a genre I haven’t tried until this novel. And with the courageous and eloquent storytelling of Lisa Genova, I may read some more medical drama. 🙂

Photo and link credit: Goodreads


That will be it for this week!

Have you read some of this books?

If not, what are the books that surprised you?

Let’s dicuss!

 

2016 Reading Challenge Update: February Part 1

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With the help of Chinese New Year holiday, I started my month-long reading at full speed! 😀 😀 😀

Here are the six (yes, six!) beautiful novels that I have read since February 1 ! ❤

7th – A book translated to English – Norwegian Wood by by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

What is it about: Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

What I Love: Subtly sexual, poignantly moving, a bit saddening.

What I Don’t Love Much: The end was a bit predictable.

Wise Words: 

“Death exists not as the opposite but as part of life.”

“If you only read the books that everyone else is readin, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

“By living our lives, we nurture death.”

“No truth can cure the sadness we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness, can cure that sorrow.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

8th – A book set in your home state – Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong

Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan

What is it about: A haunting story about religion and broken homes. Bob Ong, a Filipino writer, told an eclectic story through a journal of a teenage boy.

What I Love: I love a book that can give me goosies, and this one surely did it!

What I Don’t Love Much: I am not a fan of the format. And maybe I expected too much because Bob Ong is a well-acclaimed novelist here in the Philippines.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

9th – A book of poetry – Love & Misadventures by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

What is it about: Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

What I Love: EVERYTHING! Everything about this book is GREAT! The illustrations, the poem, the flash fictions. *smiling sigh*

What I Don’t Love Much: NOTHING!

Beautiful Words: The whole book is actually a collection of beautiful wise words. I could put them all here! 😀 But my favorite is this one:

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

10th – A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One
What is it about: With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .

Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone.

Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .

Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help…

What I Love: It made me smile, chuckle and almost laugh, and it also made me cry, and almost weep.

Tinge with life’s complexities and miseries like bullying and a lying husband, Jojo Moyes have written such a beautiful book that is raw in emotion.

What I Don’t Love Much: Actually, nothing. This book is great. But it will not get five hearts because Me Before You is still better. 🙂

Wise Words:

“The choices you make now will determine the rest of your life.”

“Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay.”

“When you work hard to get somewhere, it’s quite nice to show people where you belong.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  💖 (Good read, definitely!)

11th – A book that is published in 2016 – Never Never: Part Three(Never Never, #3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3)

What is it about: Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

What I Love: The romantic toe-curler lines. Yes, they brought back the high school in me! 😀

What I Don’t Love Much: My Goodreads review is…

Impressed,

that was me after Never, Never Part 1.

A bit impressed, a bit confused,
that was me after I read Never, Never Part 2.

Not impressed, so confused,
that was me after I read Never Never Part 3.

That was it?
Really?
That was it?
*sigh*

so there…

Cheesy Words: 

“Texts get deleted and conversations fade, but I swear I’ll have every single letter you’ve written for me  until the day I die.”

Rating: 💖 💖 (Good yet a bit disappointing.)

12th – A sequel – Lullabies by Lang Leav

Lullabies

What is it about:  A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

What I Love: EVERYTHING! Yes! 😀 This might be more painful but this is still awesome. The poems, the ironies, the stories do tug the heartstrings!

What I Don’t Love Much: NOTHING!

Beautiful Words: Among the many gorgeous poems and lines, this is my favorite. ❤

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Pop Sugar and Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads

Writer Woe

You know

a poem

is

great,

When you

wish you

wrote

it.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo credit: Tumblr


This is a poem I have written seconds after I started reading Lullabies  by Lang Leav.

(I am reading romantic poems to awaken my romantic-writer-self! :D)

The first poem by Lang Leav (see below) just took my breath away. ❤

P.S. Where are you Valentine bug? 😀

Ten Valentine Reads (with *kilig* excerpts)

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“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love…” ― Christopher Morley

Today is The Broke and the Bookish‘ Valentine’s-inspired Top Ten Tuesday! Funnily, though, I published my own Top 10 Novels to Read on Valentine’s last year (plus Top 10 movies!).

So… for a change… I will be sharing with you my ten recent reads perfect for the love season plus words from each book that made me grin and of course made me *kilig*! ❤

FYI: 

kilig (A Filipino word with no direct English translation).
1. noun. It is the sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or idealistic occurs.

When kilig, one may experience the following:

*butterflies in one’s stomach
*heart melting
*shivers down one’s spine
*irrepressible noises from one’s mouth
*uncontrollable smiling
*an inner conflict between hope of something wished for and reality

Here are the Ten Valentine Reads with some heartfelt excerpts! ❤

Love & Misadventure
First Love
Before I fell
in love with words, 
with setting skies
and singing birds-
it was you I fell
in love with first.
Norwegian Wood
“Letters are just pieces of paper,” I said. “Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“…Why would I want to watch other people kissing,” I say, “when I could be kissing you?”
Fangirl
“I miss you.”
“That’s stupid,” she said. “I saw you this morning.”
“It’s not the time,” Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling.” It’s the distance.”
All the Bright Places
“You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.”
See Me
In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.
Everything, Everything
In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
Every Day (Every Day, #1)
The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
“You liked me.”
I smiled.
“You were smitten with me. You were speechless to behold my beauty. You had never met anyone so fascinating. You thought of me every waking minute. You dreamed about me. You couldn’t stand it. You couldn’t let such wonderfulness out of your sight. You had to follow me.”
I turned to Cinnamon. He licked my nose. “Don’t give yourself so much credit. It was your rat I was after.”
She laughed, and the desert sang.”
We Were Liars
“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”

Words and photo credit: Goodreads


What are you reading this love month?

Have your read some of these?

Let’s talk!

🙂

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Books I Would Love to Receive on my Birthday

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Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world! ― Neil Gaiman

It’s freebie week today for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday! 😀

And because I just celebrated by birthday last Sunday, here are the books I would love to receive as gifts! 😀

1. Mitch Albom books!

I’ve read them all but I really want to have the ‘real books’. 🙂 I only have The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto and it is my gift to self last Christmas. 🙂

2. Nicholas Sparks books!

I’ve read them all, too, but I only have a copy of The Best of Me and The Rescue (birthday gifts from my dearest <3). Though I am not so in love with his latest works, I am still a fan. 🙂

3. Poetry books by Lang Leav

I am not sure if someone heed my request… but I have the sense that I’ll be receiving a book this week. 😀 (cross fingers)

4. Robert Galbraith books

I just finished Career of Evil and this series is surely one of the best mystery thriller ever! 😀 So I want to have the real books!!!

5. Rainbow Rowell books

I may not be a big fan of Carry On (I just read Fangirl and though I loved it, I am not fond of the Carry On parts so.. I won’t read it. :)).

But, I still love Rainbow Rowell and I would love to collect the ‘real’ versions of her awesome books! 😀

6. Liane Moriarty Books

I loved The Husband’s Secret and I am now reading Big Little Lies. 😀 Aside from the beautiful book covers, I do think that Liane will be my new fave author!

7. Jodi Picoult Books

I’ve only read Leaving Time and it surely is one of the best books so I guess I would love to read more Picoult novels. 🙂

8. Paulo Coelho Books

I’ve read 10 of his works and he is surely one of the most inspiring writers of our time. 🙂 So, yes, books please? 🙂

9. Graeme Simsion Books

I loved The Rosie Project a lot! 😀 And the covers are great, too! 😀

10. Kiera Cass Books

I loved the first three books! 😀 And, the covers are gorgeous! 😀

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What are the books you would be delighted to receive as a gift?

Share it!

Let’s talk!

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Ten Newly-Added Books in My TBR

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If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking. – Haruki Murakami

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today is  Top Ten Books I’ve Recently Added To My TBR.

I’ll be quick (’cause I have a client meeting today! :D)

Treat this as my very first update for Pop Sugar’s 2016 Reading Challenge.

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Here they are…

1. A book based on fairytale – The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass

The Crown (The Selection, #5)

Twenty years have passed since the events of The One, and America and Maxon’s daughter is the first princess to hold a Selection of her own. Princess Eadlyn didn’t think she would find a real partner among the Selection’s thirty-five suitors, let alone true love. But sometimes the heart has a way of surprising you…and now Eadlyn must make a choice that feels more difficult—and more important—than she ever expected.

(I am not fan of The Heir, but I will still read this book because I want to finish the entire series. :))

2. A National Book Award winner – Fortune Smiles by Adam Johnson

Fortune Smiles

In post-Katrina Louisiana, a young man and his new girlfriend search for the mother of his son. In Palo Alto, a computer programmer whose wife has a rare disease finds solace in a digital copy of the recently assassinated President. In contemporary Berlin a former Stasi agent ponders his past.

And in “”Interesting Facts”, a woman with cancer rages against the idea of her family without her.

Hugely inventive and endlessly energetic, this is a heart wrenching, surprising collection of stories that show Johnson at the top of his form.

3. A book translated to English – Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

4. A book set in Europe – After You (Me Before You, #2) by Jojo Moyes

After You (Me Before You, #2)

After You is the sequel to the beloved New York Times million-copy bestseller, Me Before You.

5. A book that’s under 150 pages – The Possession by Annie Ernaux

The Possession

Self-regard, in the works of Annie Ernaux, is always an excruciatingly painful and exact process. Here, she revisits the peculiar kind of self-fulfillment possible when we examine ourselves in the aftermath of a love affair, and sometimes, even, through the eyes of the lost beloved.

6. A New York Times bestseller – The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

The Nightingale

With courage, grace and powerful insight, bestselling author Kristin Hannah takes her talented pen to the epic panorama of WWII and illuminates an intimate part of history seldom seen: the women’s war. The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women. It is a novel for everyone, a novel for a lifetime.

7. A book that’s becoming a movie this year – The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train
Rachel takes the same commuter train every morning. Every day she rattles down the track, flashes past a stretch of cozy suburban homes, and stops at the signal that allows her to daily watch the same couple breakfasting on their deck. She’s even started to feel like she knows them. “Jess and Jason,” she calls them. Their life—as she sees it—is perfect. Not unlike the life she recently lost.

And then she sees something shocking. It’s only a minute until the train moves on, but it’s enough. Now everything’s changed. Unable to keep it to herself, Rachel offers what she knows to the police, and becomes inextricably entwined in what happens next, as well as in the lives of everyone involved. Has she done more harm than good?

8. A dystopian novel – More Than This by Patrick Ness

More Than This

A boy drowns, desperate and alone in his final moments. He dies.

Then he wakes, naked and bruised and thirsty, but alive.

How can this be? And what is this strange deserted place?

As he struggles to understand what is happening, the boy dares to hope. Might this not be the end? Might there be more to this life, or perhaps this afterlife?

( I quit reading YA dystopia last year, but now I am giving it another try. Let’s see…)

9. A book of poetry – Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

(I posted on my Facebook that this is the book that I want for my birthday this week. 😀 I hope someone heard me! :D)

10. An autobiography – When A Good God Allows Rape by Joy Tan Chi – Mendoza

When A Good God Allows Rape

What Satan meant for harm, God meant for good. God’s grace transformed pain, emotional distress, and suffering into a vibrant, purposeful, and rich life. Refusing to hide behind the dark memories that wanted to hold her captive, Joy Tan-Chi Mendoza shares her story, helping her readers towards strength, encouragement, and the healing of sexual trauma and abuse.

(I got goosebumps when I heard of this courageous and inspiring story. My friend and workmate, Shie, will share me a copy and I am excited to know how will this book move me.)

That will be all!

What are the newest addition to your TBR?

Let me know! 😀

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