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.

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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.

Science: Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal

It’s my first nonfiction book of the year!

Gulp is a compilation of articles pertaining to the alimentary canal or, better known as, the digestive system – from chewing, to swallowing to other weird things like eating internal organs and eating backward. It is definitely a very intellectually stimulating book because you get to discover trivial stuff about your body.

However, I feel like some articles become word vomit and they immediately transfer to one thought process to another. You get a feeling that some of the stories weren’t even finished and then here comes another one.

Mary Roach was supposed to be a funny writer. It does show in the book sometimes. But you are also plagued with a lot of information that you forget to notice the humor she was supposed to be giving you.

Mystery: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

When I was reading Jodi Picoult’s House Rules , I told a friend of the plot of that certain story. She recommended that I also read this book because of the same situation – an autistic child, a murder and the solution of it.

Christopher is a very special child. He is born with autism and has a lot of pet peeves. He discovers that their neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is murdered with a pitch fork. As opposed to what happened in House Rules, Christopher was not an accessory nor a witness to the crime. He just had an inkling to learn what happened and solve the mystery of the dead dog.

It wasn’t his own doing that he learned who killed the dog. What was more interesting about the book is the complication this discovery brought.

The book is a nice introduction to how the autistic brain works. How would the world be if we are all devoid of emotions? What if we are all just book smart? What if we don’t or can’t acknowledge the feelings of others? It was a hard route for Christopher to understand the reasons why things happened. It is hard for Christopher to understand the stuff that does not have logic behind them. It would have been a selfish world if that was the case. We only go for what we think and feel that we want regardless of what others feel.

It was real frustrating. But it was also heartwarming. You know that love will always find a way to make things right. And there is no other kind of love that a family can give.

Mystery: Reconstructing Amelia

Reconstructing Amelia

What a mystery. Reconstructing Amelia is one of those books that you don’t want to put down because you want to know what happens next. It does provide a good question which makes the reader think about what really happened too. Was it suicide or homicide?

The novel does provide a good mysterious ambiance which makes the reader think about the real question. Did Amelia commit suicide or was there another force that contributed to her death. The scenarios often provide insight to both sides of the fence you would really want to interview the characters to know what really happened.

Reconstructing Amelia was kind of an ode to teenagers nowadays. Could our digital footprint be used as a measure to investigate on what is happening with our lives? If somebody traced what I have been doing in FaceBook, Twitter, and text messaging, would they be able to see what kind of person I am? This was an important part of the investigation of Amelia’s case. Had it not been for the text messages and emails, there wouldn’t be a clear story of what really happened.

I cannot keep reiterating that it is not a book that you would want to put down until you have finished reading. The air of mystery was so intense that you’d want to participate in the investigation itself. The different points of views (Amelia’s and Kate’s) were great insights into what really happened. Amelia’s, thinking about suicide. Kate’s, thinking otherwise. The experiences of both ladies will make you think about the consequences of the different actions of the characters in the story.

I have never been introduced to a lot of mystery novels but this one was definitely worth the read.