Friday, September 12, 2014

Book Review: Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Rating: ★★★

Synopsis: By day, two young women spend their hours emailing each other, discussing every aspect of their lives. By night, Lincoln, a lonely IT guy, spends his hours reading every exchange. Soon Lincoln is drawn into their lives, and finds himself falling for one of them. Lincoln decides it's time to muster the courage to follow his heart.

I was really excited about starting another Rainbow Rowell book. Her books - to me - are  fun, light reads that help take your mind off things and don't demand much thinking. As I mentioned in previous book reviews, (here and on goodreads) that she always makes me laugh out loud. In this book I've only laughed twice or three times. Now I am not saying I did not enjoy this book. I loved it, it made me smile, the characters were on my mind even when I wasn't reading, I even thought of them and still do now that I am done. But somehow it did not seem to me as a four or five star book.

There is a certain atmosphere in Rowell's book that simply attract my brain cells. However, while reading I kept comparing it to her other two novels and to be honest, I enjoyed Fangirl and Eleanor & Park more. This novel had been the first she published, which could mean she simply flourished and grew while writing the latter two.

Despite the peculiarity of the scenario, it is still quite believable. Jessica and Beth's friendship was very touching. I loved reading their e-mails to each other. They remind me of some of my friends when we correspond. I did love and feel a connection with all the characters in the book; honestly all Rowell's characters are wonderful. I want to befriend all of them and push them into my life.

Sometimes you rate a book three stars, but that doesn't mean it is bad. I actually rate(d) a lot of books three stars which I enjoyed and touched me. But, after reading many books, sometimes they don't feel like they are compatible of being four or five rating, since you keep comparing them to all the previous work you have read. So I learned something after reading this book and other few which I rated three stars; three stars doesn't always mean its not good, it is but it could lack in someway. Nevertheless, it is quite good. Which is why this blog is a great way, when you read the person's review you get what they are trying to say; whether it is a "good" three star rating, or the book is not that great.

Happy Reading!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Book Review: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? by Mindy Kaling

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis: Mindy Kaling has lived many lives: comedienne, actress, obedient child of immigrant professionals and, now, writer. With a blend of witty confessions and unscientific observations, Mindy writes about everything from being a timid young chubster afraid of her own bike to living the Hollywood life, dating, friendships and planning her own funeral - all executed with several conveniently placed stopping points for you to run errands and make phone calls.
I chose to start this book because I was having a pretty tough time and I really wanted something to help get my mind off things. Mindy Kaling is known for being hilarious and I have heard  nothing but good reviews about this book from people I know and Booktube.* I knew the audiobook was narrated by her, so I couldn't miss out. The book does however, contain many pictures which is why whenever I know there would be a chapter with books, I follow up using the book, as well while listening to her. 

One of the components (to me personally) that makes a good book is that if it makes you laugh out loud. If the book is supposed to be funny but it didn't, it means I can't place it high enough with those who did. I just love Kaling's candidness/bluntness, I did not want the book to end. Her way to fame way peculiar, nevertheless very interesting. Her anecdotes are simplistic yet, full of vitality. 

I know she is coming out with a new book soon, I can't wait!

Since I have started school on the 31st of August, I have been bombarded with work. So I am just trying to balance things out, focus more on school and using my spare time in fiercely relaxing/reading. Therefore, my posts may not be as often as in the summer. I will try my best, since I have many ideas but no time to put them down here. Bear with me, hopefully I could make this work.  

*Booktube if you didn't know is a community in Youtube where people post videos about books. Exciting right?

As always: 
Happy reading,