Right and New

Your mom let me in with a warm smile painted on her lips. “You know the drill, my little man,” she said tapping my back as I come in. I smiled back and nod.

As usual, you are late. For almost two decades I have been waiting for you almost every day. Our parents are best friends so it is a given that we are too. We’ve been in the same school, same school bus, same everything since we are three year-old kiddos. We even used to bathed together. But of course, not anymore.

“Hey, what are you thinking?” you said with your questioning dark brown eyes.

I lifted my face and saw you kneeling just inches away in front of me. Our faces so close. You are wearing your usual plain shirt and faded jeans. Your usual pulled up raven black hair. Your usual no make-up look.

But the feeling coursing through me now is far from usual. The organ enthroned in my chest is swollen. Barely beating. Barely breathing.

This feels new and, goodness, it feels right.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.
Photo credit: Unsplash.com

 

In response to Monday Morning Melts #7The Script – Never Seen Anything “Quite Like You”. This is a prompt I am co-hosting with my dear friend Jade!❤

 

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Book Review: My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

My Heart and Other Black Holes

46th – My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

Rating: ❤❤❤❤ (Good read, definitely!)

What is it about: Sixteen-year-old physics nerd Aysel is obsessed with plotting her own death. With a mother who can barely look at her without wincing, classmates who whisper behind her back, and a father whose violent crime rocked her small town, Aysel is ready to turn her potential energy into nothingness.

There’s only one problem: she’s not sure she has the courage to do it alone. But once she discovers a website with a section called Suicide Partners, Aysel’s convinced she’s found her solution: a teen boy with the username FrozenRobot (aka Roman) who’s haunted by a family tragedy is looking for a partner.

Even though Aysel and Roman have nothing in common, they slowly start to fill in each other’s broken lives. But as their suicide pact becomes more concrete, Aysel begins to question whether she really wants to go through with it. Ultimately, she must choose between wanting to die or trying to convince Roman to live so they can discover the potential of their energy together. Except that Roman may not be so easy to convince.

What I Love: I love the characters because the writer was able to make them both relatable. You feel them, their pain, their hopelessness and even as they fall in love.

The struggles of the two main characters are revealed in a heart tugging way.

This book will make you smile, it will make you laugh, and it will make you feel for more sensitive for teenagers who may be depressed.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing.

Wise Words:

“Depression is like a heaviness that you can’t ever escape.”

“Sometimes I wonder if gravity is the problem. It keeps us all grounded, gives us this false sense of stability when really we’re all just bodies in motion. Gravity keeps us from floating up into space, it keeps us from involuntarily crashing into one another. It saves the human race from being a big hot mess.”

“Maybe that’s what love really boils down to-having someone who cares enough to pay attention so that you’re encouraged to travel and transfer, to make your potential energy spark into kinetic energy. Maybe all anyone ever needs is for someone to notice them, to observe them.”

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

Book Review: The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

The Way Back to You

“The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

40th – A book about a roadtrip – The Way Back to You by Michelle Andreani and Mindi Scott

 Rating: ❤❤❤ (Good read)

What is it about: Six months ago, Ashlyn Montiel died in a bike accident.

Her best friend Cloudy is keeping it together, at least on the outside. Cloudy’s insides are a different story: tangled, confused, heartbroken.

Kyle is falling apart, and everyone can tell. Ashlyn was his girlfriend, and when she died, a part of him went with her. Maybe the only part he cares about anymore.

As the two people who loved Ashlyn best, Cloudy and Kyle should be able to lean on each other. But after a terrible mistake last year, they’re barely speaking. So when Cloudy discovers that Ashlyn’s organs were donated after her death and the Montiel family has been in touch with three of the recipients, she does something a little bit crazy and a lot of out character: she steals the letters and convinces Kyle to go on a winter break road trip with her, from Oregon to California to Arizona to Nevada. Maybe if they see the recipients—the people whose lives were saved by Ashlyn’s death—the world will open up again. Or maybe it will be a huge mistake.

With hundreds of miles in front of them, a stowaway kitten, and a list of people who are alive because of Ashlyn, Cloudy and Kyle just may find their way to back to her…and to each other.

What I Love: This book begins with a promising start. Its engrossing and intriguing.

But as it..

What I Don’t Love Much: …becomes confusing. The main characters are confuse themselves.

Wise Words: “The beauty of being young is that you can change your mind a hundred times and life is still before you with all the options.”

“Grief doesn’t seem to need much space at all; it’s more like it tightens and squeezes until there’s no more of you left.”

“More than anything, though, I’ve learned that, just like in cheer, life is all about support. Being capable on your own is important, but big or small, having the right team makes all the difference.”

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

2015 Reading Challenge Update: A book you own but have never read (38th)

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“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.” – Nicola Yoon

A book you own but have never read (38th) – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

– Goodreads

Finally!!!

I was able to read this book and yes, I think it is definitely unique and it is a stand out..

But…

I think I have to write a review.

🙂

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A (photo)graphic novel (35th)

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“You don’t know me. You know one me, just like I know one you. And you can’t know every me, and I can’t know every you.” – Evan

Here’s another update for my 2015 Reading Challenge!

A graphic novel (35th) –  Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Every You, Every Me
I am not really fond of graphic novels/comics. I have also a hard time in picking a book that will suit this category.
Until I read this novel. Every You, Every Me is supposedly my book with antonyms (me and you are antonyms right? :))
But when I read David Levithan’s acknowledgement part, I have confirmed that this is indeed a photographic novel. So, voila! (If you have violent reactions that will be fine with me ;))
So there.
I will be writing a review for this awesome novel soon!!!
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TAGGED: The Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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Don’t judge the book by its cover. But, can you ‘know’ the book just by looking at its cover?

I will actually try to do that after the overly sweet Dimple of enthrallingdimple tagged me to do this cool challenge that I really really want to do! Please go check out her blog. She has written a lot of interesting thoughts that book bloggers, like me, should read. 🙂

Why am I excited to do this? It’s because I actually, sometimes, judge a book just by looking at its cover. (Yep. I’m guilty.)

So now, let me try my wit and luck in this Book Cover Guessing Challenge. Here’s how this challenge works:

  1. Pick a few books, typically well-known, that you know little or nothing about.
  2. Guess what they are about, based on the cover and title.
  3. Compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you fare.

I picked five (05) books from Goodreads recommendations for me. 🙂

Let’s see how I’ll do this. I’m quite nervous actually. (laughs)

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Recommendation from my To Read shelf

The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My guess:

I think this story is about a girl (I think it’s a girl because the author is a girl 😀 ) who lives in Paris (because that’s Eiffel Tower!). That girl dreams to become a famous singer (because from what I know, a nightingale is a small bird that sings beautifully). The main character faces challenges just to make her dream come true (because there should always be a struggle in every story! 😀 )

Goodreads says:

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.

So…

I am so wrong! (facepalm) At least Paris is in France so I closely got that right! 😀

Recommendation from my Favorites shelf

The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

My guess:

Basing on the title and the cover, this book is set during summer (that was very obvious!). I also think that this book has female characters who have been friends from a long time. And then, one summer will somehow test their friendship.

Goodreads says:

In this enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe captures the complex relationships between Dora, Carson, and Harper, three half-sisters scattered across the country—and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds.

So…

There is indeed a summer aspect in this novel but that is the only thing that I got right! (Like, seriously! 😀 ) Those girls we’re not friends, they’re sisters!

Recommendation from my YA shelf

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go  by Patrick Ness

My guess:

A young man will try to wage revenge against his enemies (because he cannot let go). There will be some brutal scenes and I think the main character is somehow Dauntless-like (remember Divergent?).

Goodreads says:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

So…

I got it right, a bit. The main character is indeed a boy but the premise of this book is far from my guess. (Aww. I think I will not get anything right!)

Recommendation from my Romance shelf

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Across the Universe bBeth Revis

My guess:

The two main characters are already a couple when they launched a space exploration across the universe. (I can’t say if they are humans or aliens, haha! ) As they travel away from the world, their relationship will be tested. They will also discover truths about their relationship and about themselves as they discover the universe inside a spaceship.

Goodreads says:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

So…

Okay. Okay. I’m luckless. (facepalm again) I got the spaceship right, though! 😀

Recommendation from my Romance shelf Mystery and Thriller shelf

Shoofly Pie (Bug Man, #1)

Shoofly Pie (Bug Man, #1) by  Tim Downs

My guess: Maybe the name of the main character here is Shoofly Pie or Bug Man. 😀 He (I think the main character is a man) tries to uncover a mysterious murder than can either make or break his career. Little did he know that the secret towards solving the crime lies to the small details that he should see, (that’s my figurative interpretation of fly. Haha).

Goodreads says:

Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a.k.a. the Bug Man) is hired by thirty-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend’s death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn’s husband was killed years earlier, the action kicks into high gear — and Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret.

So…

Alright! I got the Bug Man right. But that was it. Haha

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Thank you again Dimple of enthrallingdimple for tagging me after I somehow asked to be tagged? 😀 I got no correct guess but I totally enjoy this challenge!

I am now sure that I cannot be a fortune teller someday! (final facepalm)

So guys, will you take this challenge?

Please say yes! 🙂

Spread the blog-love!

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A BOOK BASED ENTIRELY ON ITS COVER (9/50)

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Reading is my cheapest leisure and I am blessed to have plenty of time to do it during this past few days. So to update you guys on my 2015 Reading Challenge, here is my version of book entirely based on its cover.

As I have posted in my last update, I finished reading  Stargirl (Stargirl, #1) by Jerry Spinelli and because I have come to love Stargirl and Leo’s eccentric love story, I read its sequel which I think can be considered a book based entirely on its cover. It is Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2).

Love, Stargirl (Stargirl, #2)

Why is a book based entirely on its cover? Majority of the book was told through a letter from Stargirl, which is why I think it is titled “Love, Stargirl”.

If the first book was told in Leo’s point of view, it is Stargirl’s turn to tell her story after her sad ending with Leo. (SPOILER!) Honestly, there are some dull parts in this second book. This again proves that in a novel series, the first book is usually the best.

On the other hand, Spinelli was still able to vividly paint Stargirl as the odd yet full-of-kindness teenager. New characters were also introduced and they somehow gave new angles to the story.

Finally, the ending is what I liked best. There’s is no happy ending YET, oh I hope there will be one! But Spinelli was able to give me goosies with just one word: YES!

Next book please!

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Super Book Update 1.0

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I haven’t posted any book update since last year. It’s a shame so now I am having a super book update! Here are the awesome books that I added to my READ list.

First is The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion. – This is a short feel-good funny novel about Don Tillman, a genetics enthusiasts who we’re able to find love in unexpected way. The humor and the scientific element of the book is just so engrossing and entertaining at the same time.

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When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Next is a YA novel that I have been hearing a lot of positive raves and I think Rainbow Rowell‘s Eleanor & Park truly deserves those! Eleanor, the read-head so-out-of-fashion lass, and Park brought me back to my younger years as they told the story of their young love. It’s funny yet so conservatively romantic. And the ending is just so puzzling! Follow-up puhlease!

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Nothing before you counts. And I can’t even imagine an after. – Park to Eleanor (Isn’t it cheesy!)

From humorous yet romantic love stories comes Me Before You by Jojo Moyes which brings me back to reality that love stories are not really about happy endings. Traynor, a quadriplegic who sees all the negative in his world, and the ever-persistent Lou accidentally fell in love in not so ordinary circumstances. The ending is tragic and haunting yet realistic. I’m left speechless.

Me Before You

Some mistakes just have greater consequences than others.

Will post next batch of books today!

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BOOK READS: Weekend List Update

I was not able to post a weekend book list last Friday due to heavy rains. But surprisingly, last weekend was my most productive weekend book reading so far.

Here are the awesome book reads that I had this weekend.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

1. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon – This book does surprise me in a very good way. It is cleverly written and the character is humorous in a foolish but realistic way.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

2. The Selection by Kiera Cass – I reserve my book blurb about this series but I can’t help myself to say that this series is AWESOME! Really! The book covers are all gorgeous and the stories inside are equally stunning.

The Elite (The Selection, #2)

3. The Elite by Kiera Cass

The One (The Selection, #3)

4. The One by Kiera Cass

It seems that I’ve got a lot of reviews to do so there it is!

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BOOK READS: A Review of ‘Where She Went’ by Gayle Forman

Genre: Young Adult Fiction Published: April 2011
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Published: April 2011

After liking If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)  a lot, I can’t wait to have my eyes on its sequel. But maybe because of too much excitement, I ended up getting frustrated while reading the first 50 or more pages of the book. Is it just me?, or sequels are really not as great as their prequels?

Where She Went (If I Stay, #2)  continues Adam and Mia’s story after a tragic accident that killed the latter’s entire family, her mom, dad, and younger brother Teddy. The novel is set three years after Mia ‘stayed’ in the physical world and chose not to die because of Adam.

Adam described his frustration and anger towards how their love has ended ‘informally’. Through his point of view, he narrated what happened before and after the accident and how he struggled to find ‘himself’ after Mia woke up and left him and their relationship hanging.

I don’t like the first half of this book. Sadly, for me, Gayle Forman lost the effortless and cohesive transition displayed in her first book. The first half of the book is quite boring and it feels like Adam’s shifting storytelling isn’t effective as Mia’s. Adam’s feeling isn’t as unlike Mia’s. Maybe because I am a girl and he’s a boy? I am not quite sure.

On the other hand, I liked how Adam explained why fame brought him towards a ‘black hole’ of incompleteness and unhappiness. He told how he, as a rock star, goes against his passion just to please his agent and his fans. He also reiterates the issue of having no privacy at the expense of being famous.

I got hooked with the book when finally, the confrontation between the two long lost lovers has finally erupted. It took awfully so many unnecessary scenes before it happened, but when it did the Forman that I know was back. The lines and arguments are realistic and can really hit or melt one’s heart.

Forman’s brevity is really commendable. She uses short but powerful lines that give so much life to her characters. And I can’t deny that this novel brought back the ‘teenage-shivers’ and I can’t help but smile and blush.

THE HEART-TUGGING LINES:
“I am scared to lose you.” – Mia to Adam
“I hate you… because you made me stay.” – Mia to Adam
“I know I needed someone to hate, and you’re the one I love the most so it fell to you.”– Mia to Adam
“You don’t share me. You own me.” – Adam to Mia

PICKED-UP WISE WORDS:
“In the calculus of feelings, you never really know how one person’s absence will affect you more than another’s.”
“There’s a world of difference between knowing something happened, even knowing why it happened, and believing it.”
“Quiting’s not hard,. Deciding to quit is hard.”
“Concert doesn’t mean like standing up like a target in front of thousands if strangers. It means coming together. It means harmony.”

THE ‘WRAP’:
The story ended as I expected but I like the last scene which highlighted and brought back where Adam and Mia started, music.

THE MODAL:
If you want to know how Adam and Mia’s story, this is a MUST read for you.