Sad Girls by Lang Leav

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Who was so excited when they learned that Lang Leav was writing a novel? Me.

Who went to the book store to buy the book as soon as it was released? Me.

Who wanted to start reading as soon as I got my own copy? Me.

Who was thoroughly disappointed with how things turned out? Me.

 

Where was The Universe of Us? Lullabies? Love & Misadventure? Memories?

 

Or maybe, I was a big fan of her work in poetry that I expected so much from a novel. I wanted something with meat. I wanted something heart-wrenching (from the title Sad Girls). But, all I got was a cliche story line with a lot of cliche elements.

Maybe she was meant to write poetry and not narratives.

In the end, I may not be a girl but I was as sad, in every way, as the girls were.

Norse Mythology (Gaiman, 2017)

I must admit that I am only familiar with Roman and Greek mythology. And I know of Thor and Loki because of the Marvel cinematic universe. Neil Gaiman opened my imagination to a new world of interesting characters, places, and events.

I am glad to have read this book and happy that Neil Gaiman made the stories easy to understand. I could actually recommend this book to grade school and high school students looking for a new thing to read.

This book got me interested in Norse mythology and had me looking for stuff on the internet before continuing to read. But, it made me realize that different civilizations believed in the same gods but they are represented in their own specific and unique ways.

This book is an easy and entertaining read. But it doesn’t veer away from the usual quirky, imaginative, and fun way Neil Gaiman writes his books.

 

Deception Point

Dan Brown did it again.

I am at awe with what Dan Brown chooses to feature in his novels. This time, it’s the status of NASA as a national agency and the possibility of existence of extra-terrestrial life to keep it from being abolished.

He writes it in a way that you’d never want to put your book down. Although there are concepts that I could only imagine. It was still an interesting and thrilling read.

It made me wonder if this really happens in real-life American government. Because if it does, they’re also really screwed up. Except, they have a lot of money to burn to hide their faults and their flaws.

It is nice, though, to not read about Robert Langdon because I feel like he’s been through a lot after The Da Vinci Code and Angels & Demons. I want to read more about Rachel Sexton and her job.

Deception Point, despite dealing with really heavy topics is a light reading. Definitely one of the more exciting ones.

Angels and Demons

What I really like are books that challenge the way we think. Reading this book is way long overdue.

Dan Brown recreated a world we live in into a fun fictional world. He resurrected the belief in the Illuminati and its problems and war against Christianity. In a world where Christianity is also a strong force, there was definite struggle when it came to scientists who tried to explain stuff that are supposedly given or done by God.

I knew how Galileo was branded as anti-Christ because of his scientific discoveries. But, tying it with the group Illuminati is a great idea and could possibly be the greatest controversies had it been real.

I like how this is researched well, although there could be inconsistencies. But if a book wouldn’t let me put it down, it is definitely a good read for me. I love history and I love science. I also love the process of trying to solve something. This book involves those three so it was definitely a good read for me.

Love & Misadventure

The first question I had when I started reading this book is, “what did Lang Leav go through and she is able to put the right words to describe certain feelings and situations?”

Lang Leav was able to put into words what most of us couldn’t. And that was one of the reasons why this collection of poems is so relatable. There is no other way I could put this but I love what she’s done here.

I could probably say that these poems are the summary of every reader’s life.

Young Adult: Why We Broke Up

I was thoroughly intrigued by this book coming out of a break up and all. But, I put it off for later because the emotions might run high and I break myself into tears.

But, reading into the book I was a bit disappointed. There were times that the words just kept rambling. I know that this should be a teenager’s thoughts that I’m reading but can’t they be a bit more structured than that? It was a bit of a pain to read especially with the long sentences with a lot of run-ons and clauses.

It did have a pinch in my heart when the climax arrived because it was what happened. Although, not in the same fashion but it was the same context. I do relate with Min and we had the same problems. But other than that, I had no emotional investment in the book at all. Maybe because I didn’t know the characters too well. There wasn’t much time to get to know them. We weren’t introduced to each other, the story immediately took place.

Sorry Mr. Handler, it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I do like this idea, though. However, I’ve thrown all away the memories of the previous relationship away.

Fantasy: Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Wicked: The Life and Times of the Wicked Witch of the West

Honestly, I read the book because I needed to prepare for the musical version of it. I love the songs from the musical so I thought that I might want to go to the piece of literature that inspired the musical itself.

I was very disappointed – not because it was different from what I know of the musical but because of a lot of other factors.

The books is the back story of Elphaba, the Wicked Witch of the West. It tells us how she became so evil and the reasons why. I didn’t like the book because of the writing. It was both dragging and confusing. I also felt like it was jumping from one scene to the next without any smooth transition.

I did, though, understand why she decided to be ‘bad’ instead. It was like everything she did, good or bad, was taken against her just because she was prejudiced due to her skin color.

I almost gave up reading it because it really gave me headaches. The previous scenes weren’t memorable enough to be retained in my memory. As I go through the book, I had to scavenge, so many times, for what happened in the past. And now I am thinking if I want to continue with The Son of the Witch and the other books in the series.