To be honest with you, I don’t keep up with upcoming releases unless it’s a part of a series that I’ve been following e.g. Harry Potter or The Fever Code. So I was a bit surprised to see that there was a new book from Jennifer Niven coming out soon. I loved All the Bright Places, so I was really hoping that the new book, Holding Up the Universe, would be as good.
It was even better.
Before getting into the review of The Cursed Child itself, I want to tell you about this little story first. I don’t think many people who aren’t Indonesians (or at least were in Indonesia at that time) were aware about this “drama” in Indonesia when the last Harry Potter movie, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II, came out here 2011. Basically there was a film boycott in the first 6 months of 2011 back then and we weren’t getting films from major studios like Warner Bros and such in the cinemas.
I was ready to book a plane ticket to Singapore just to see the last film of Harry Potter ever.
I’d been wanting to read Carry On by Rainbow Rowell since I read Fangirl back in early 2015 and knew that she was turning the story of Simon Snow into an actual book. And I’d been stalling to go to the bookstore and get the book, but here I am! Honestly, the book is everything I expected it to be. If you’ve been here for a while, you surely know that I’m a huge Potterhead. I’ll mention that name in every chance that I got, if I can. So there’s no surprise when I turned out to be loving this book!
Hi people! I’m starting a new series: Compiled Reviews. I’m going to write several reviews in one post for books that I can’t seem to compose their standalone reviews. It’s not that I don’t find those books, like the ones I’m going to share in a bit, unsatisfying. There are just times where there are not strong enough words to describe certain books in one single post. Probably it’s just me, though.
Anyway, before you start questioning my legitimacy as a reader, although I’m not sure if such thing exists or not, yes I am aware that that number is very low. I am sure there are tons of readers out there who can read 10 books in just a month, but I was never that kind of reader. I take too long breaks, I guess. And there’s always that reason that I can’t have my eyes glued to books/TV/phone or laptop screen for too long because I have a poor eyesight. So, reading four books in a month already counts as an achievement for me.
Okay, enough rambling. Here’s the 4 books I read in April:
Hello, people! Sorry I’ve been MIA for a while. Hope you’re all good. Here I am back with a book review!
About a month before we entered 2016, I read one glorious book titled I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson. It follows the story of Jude and Noah who are twins whose lives were changed after a tragedy occurred. The story was told in two POVs: from Noah’s younger self and Jude’s older self. Something was missing in between these years and they need to find the missing piece for life to be good again.
But the plot isn’t the only thing that made me give this book a 5 star.
(I just want to write a little bit about what’s going on in the world currently. These past few days have been dreary and I can feel my heart so heavy at times. It’s important in this dark time to look into ourselves and start making a good decision: whether we want to sit around and put blame without analyzing, or sit and pray rather than spreading unnecessary hate. Even if you don’t believe in religion it’s still better to keep silent instead of making judgments.)
Hey everyone! I’m back with a book review. This time it’s about All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven. I had this book on my top 5 TBR list, which I wrote about in this post. The hype of this book is ubiquitous, especially if you’re in the bookstagram community, that I was very intrigued to see what it’s all about. Then one of my good friends, Yuri (thank you!), gave me this book as a farewell gift in the last week of my time working at the previous job. After finishing the book, it’s safe to say that it has captured my heart and tear it into pieces. In a good way.
Fun fact: I have a cold. Again. Oh well.
I had finished reading this book more than a month ago, but haven’t really gathered my thoughts about it until now. I picked up the book because it’s one of those YA books that have many appearances on Instagram (or should I say, bookstagram?) or Tumblr. It’s obvious I spend too much time on social media.
“Everyone gets a tragedy.” That’s the tagline written down on the cover of the book. The Beginning of Everything, penned by Robyn Schneider, brings another classic tale that is also a sad truth: tragic is inevitable. But it won’t be a good story if nothing good comes out of the unfortunate event; hence the title. The book follows the life of Ezra Faulkner, who was the cool guy before an accident changed everything. His leg is broken, his ex-girlfriend cheated on him, and he cannot play tennis again. Then he meets Cassidy Thorpe.
(BEWARE. This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.)
A random thought:
A lot of times I go to a bookstore without intention to buy any particular book. Sometimes though, I would find a book or two on the shelves; books that have been on my to-read list but were not available or sold out. Because I didn’t intend to buy anything, getting the book would mess up my budget plan (although there are many times I would purchase stuff on impulse; more on that later in the next post). At that moment I would just stand still, cringe, make a tiny whimper, and bring the book to the counter and pay. Such a first-world problem.
Here we go.
My first review would be of Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion. It tells a story in a post-apocalyptic world, where zombies are roaming the earth while the humans are struggling to preserve their existence. One particular zombie, named R, is unlike his fellow flesh-eaters. He’s more sensitive and likes to collect records. After his encounter with Julie, a human, in a hunting, he starts to feel a change in him.
I’d watched its movie adaptation a few years ago before I started reading the book. The film was highly entertaining with its witty humor and sweet romance, that I was intrigued to read the book. I finally got the chance after spotting this book in a bookstore, which was a rare case. And I have to tell you, it’s one of the best books I’ve ever read.