Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Book Review #2: Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
A must-read for any teenage girl.

Fangirl is not just a story about being a fangirl or fangirling. It tells the coming-of-age story of Cath, and explains why she grew up in the world of internet fandom with her twin sister and her bipolar father. Without a mother by their side. And despite being twins Cath and her twin Wren have different personalities and different life experiences. Catch lived in her own little bubble while Wren wanted to step out and live. 

As they started college, Cath and Wren lived inseperate dorms (it was Wren's idea saying that the whole point of college is meeting new people and she wasn't willing to miss that out just to hold her twins sister hand) so it was all new and unfamiliar to Cath. New life, new room, all she had was her fanfiction and the Simon snow stories she writes.

Her roommate, Reagan was the complete opposite of Cath. She was forceful and loud and everything cath was not. There's also Reagan's ex boyfriend and best friend Levi who was all smiley and nice to cath. And Nick, her writing partner.

I really liked how the events progressed. when I first started reading I though it was all about loving fan fiction and writing Simon and Baz stories but then it started to hit me how important those stories were to Cath and her sister Wren. They were all what Cath could ever write about because it was all about Sinon and baz.

At the end, Cath fortunately realizes that she has to write her own story with her own characters and just let go of Simon and Baz.

Honestly, I fell in love with this book from the first few pages. I feel like Cath is my spiritual animal. I love the bond between her and fiction world and I must say that It's one of my ultimate favorite characters. The selflessness and thoughtfullness in her are beyond amazing.

There's nothing I can say about this book, except that it is mind blowing. At some parts I felt like the events were so slow and that some parts were unnecessary but it all made sense at the end.

there was this part where Cath talks about her childhood and very sensitive moments of her life and how hard it was to not have a mother by your side that made me sob for like 3 minutes.

This books is a very beautiful and coherent mix of romance, humour, drama and fantasy and it is just something that any teenage can relate to.

So, if you have ever immersed yourself in a fictional character or lived a fictional story to the point that your life starts revolving around it, read this book.

"You’ve read the books?”

“I’ve seen the movies.”
Cath rolled her eyes so hard, it hurt. (Actually.) (Maybe because she was still on the edge of tears. On the edge, period.) “So you haven’t read the books.”
“I’m not really a book person.”
“That might be the most idiotic thing you’ve ever said to me.”
Cath and Levi ❤

Thank you Rainbow Rowell.

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Book review #1: Me before you by Jojo Moyes

Me before you, Jojo Moyes

I am the kind of a reader who would usually read reviews and get recommendations from friends and fellow bibliophiles to read any book. I never just look up books on internet and start reading them. Yet, it was a bit different for "me before you" by Jojo Moyes.

I haven't read that much in the last few months due to school stress, homework and finals. I had neither the time nor the appetite for books and I honestly can't read if I'm not physically and mentally at ease, because I devote my whole time to the thing I'm reading. That is why I couldn't wait to get back to my reading routine and as soon as I had free time I downloaded "Me before you" ( as it came across my goodreads news feed) and started the journey.

The Epub version I had, was 859 pages and I tell you guys that I have not felt the time passing as I ate the first 450 pages of the book in a couple of hours. I didn't look away from my laptop screen for one second untill the battery was about to die and it was a first for me because I'm honestly not that much of a fast reader.

Now without further ado, let me start telling you about this book.

Me before you is the first book of a duology by Jojo Moyes. It tells the journey of a 26 years old plain Irish girl called Louisa Clark, who had all of a sudden lost her job at a Café and found herself looking for a new one to help her family. Louisa has been working in the same place for about six years and had no diplomas or qualifications, the thing that made her finding a new job a bit hard. That, until her boyfriend (the character I disliked most) found her one, as a carer for a quadriplegic man, Will Traynor who lives just by the other side of the Castle.

The first we weeks of Lou's job at the Traynor's were normal. She had to feel with her 35 Years boss 's sarcasm and hard mood. But who could blame him, his life was a bit tough. That, until she found out why she was employed in the first place. Her responsibility was not just to look at him and feed him, but to save him for ending his own life and give him something to live for.

Louisa did her best to make him happy and cheer him up a little bit. She spent hours in the library searching online for ways to make a quadriplegic enjoy his life, without any reminder of his disability, and despite some failed attempts she never gave up, she got closer to him and they bexame sort of friends. And to her benefit, he started talking more, smiling more, he would make sarcastic comments on her way of dressing and living, he'd tell her how she needed to do more things than just work he'd push her to venture out and widen her horizons. All that because he saw in her what she never noticed. He saw her potential and ability to bring joy to any place she is in.

This book has no twist or any over events. Like when you read it you're so at ease yet you so cannot wait to know what will happen and what situation Louisa is gonna be put in. The language and vocabulary used is nothing but great. My favorite chacarter is obviously Will, because he's got that wisdom and really hard mood that so relatable lol and my least two favorite are Louisa's younger sister and her boyfriend. All they do is drag things down.

I can't really state my best thing about this book because it taught me things I never thought I can learn from one book. It taught me that some people don't have the ability to choose how they live, so if you are well enough to choose for yourself a better life, do not hesitate. Do not miss the chance of venturing out and bringing it all to life. It has always put on the light on an important thing which is that you never know what a type of a person you really are or what kind of things you like to do unless and untill you've tried  everything you can possibly try.
(Don't knock it till you've tried it)

This book made me stop for a while and wonder if I'm living my life the way I want to live it, if these are the things I want to do and if I  have achieved what I want to achieve and this is why I started this blog. I needed to do the one thing I enjoy most.
My favorite quote is
"Push yourself. Don't Settle. Just live well. Just LIVE."

Note: this is my first ever time book reviewing so I hope that was enjoyable. Thanks for reading and don't judge lol

Sunday, August 14, 2016

Notes for my future self

NOTE #1: You are on top.

Do you ever just look back in time and think about the times when you thought that you'll never make it this far? Or when you thought that you were too weak to survive and that you had no energy left to fight?
Well, you were wrong. Here you are now, stronger than ever. You have survived and you have made it here. You've had ups and downs yet you never gave up, so don't you ever say that you can't do this and that, because darling, you DEFINITELY can.

Remember your first period cramps? When you were aching and didn't understand what kind of pain you were in. Yet you got out of bed, went to school and had a normal day. And when your mood was so fucked up that you had no energy to do anything or talk to anyone, but your family was forcing you to talk, to sit on the table with them and pretend that you're enjoying the whole family gathering thing. You managed to do that. You've always been good at hiding your feelings just so you wouldn't make someone sad although you knew no one cared.

Remember your first crush? When you used to watch him talk to every other girl at school except for you. When you wanted so bad to talk to him and be close to him, yet you were too shy to make that move. Remember when you used to stalk him online? Those butterflies in your stomach every time you see him online, the texts you wrote but ended up not sending every time and the tears you shed when you knew that he had a girlfriend. How much you envied her and wanted to be her. But just look around you, is she anywhere near you now? Is she as successful? Did she make it as far?

Remember when they used to make fun of you at high school because of your nerdy look? The braces and the glasses and the books you read. Tell me now, does anyone of them know about world war1 or 2? Black holes? The Palestinian cause..  Yet you knew. Books are the bridge you walked on to be where u are now.

All of these things above were the fuel you needed in order to blossom and be the strong successful lady you are now. That has made of you the you you are now. The you, who everyone thought would give up on life years ago. Yet she made it this far. So congratulations, you are where you should be. You're on the top.