Month: March 2016

The Pastry Book Tag

Super late, and I don’t do these tags that much anymore, but thank you The Orangutan Librarian for tagging me! I love all kinds of pastry so here we go!

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Croissant: Name a popular book or series that everyone (including you) love.

This a very recent read for me and my first 5-star read in 2016, I absolutely loved it and I now understand why so many people recommended it to me! A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness is such a beautifully written and beautifully illustrated book. Plus, it made me cry like a baby which is always a plus point.

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Macaron: Name a book that was hard to get through but worth it at the end.

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I got I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai from my aunt and at first I was like, who is this person? It’s not the type of books I normally read. And I had to admit, some parts especially the early middle parts were slow and kind of hard to get through. But the overall book was very inspiring and I really enjoyed the whole book itself. Malala became one of my heroes, even though she’s practically my age! Definitely recommend to everyone.

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Vol-au-vent: Name a book that you thought would be amazing but fell flat.

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I’ve mentioned this several times, but The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho totally disappointed me. I had heard so many good things about it, but the whole story was just annoying and not inspiring for me. I even made a review about it which you can check out here.

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Pain au Chocolat: Name a book that you thought would be one thing but turned out to be something else.

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I borrowed Cell by Stephen King at my university library after loving The Shining and wanting something similar. It turns out Cell was less of a paranormal slash horror novel and more of a thriller slash gorey novel. Doesn’t mean that I didn’t like it, but it was different than I expected.

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Profiterole: Name a book or series that doesn’t get enough attention.

Artemis Fowl!!! Eoin Colfer is such an underrated writer, his series is amazing and I would recommend to anyone at any age or with any gender. I basically worshipped it when I was a preteen because of its complex characters and witty writing style, and if I have the time and space to reread the whole series, I would gladly do it.

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Croquembouche: Name a book or series that’s extremely complex.

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I would say Artemis Fowl again but what’s the fun in that? Instead I’ll say the Ender Quintet by Orson Scott Card. You might probably have heard of the first book, Ender’s Game, which was an amazing book and was made into an almost equally amazing movie, but not many people would mention the next three books of the series. As the book progressed so did the characters and the plot, and by the time I reached the fourth book I felt a little mixed up with the time traveling and the space traveling and the whole characters located on different planets thing. But it was still quite amazing.

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Napoleon: Name a movie or TV show based off a book that you liked better than the book itself.

Something I’ve mentioned before as well, but I thought that The Martian movie was better than its novel, written by Andy Weir. I just thought the movie was funnier, more exciting, and explored more characterization than the book itself. Not to mention Matt Damon ❤ Is there anything left to add?

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Empanada: Name a book that was bittersweet.

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A very common choice but I’m gonna choose The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Of course you all know why it’s bitter,but I also think it’s quite sweet, not just because of the romance but also because of the friendship. And John Green’s writing is fabulous.

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Kolompeh: Name a book or series that takes place somewhere other than your home country.

Another recent read that I absolutely adored, We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is set in a private island in USA. Definitely far from my home country, Indonesia! Although we do have a lot of tropical islands, and when I read this marvelous book I’d think about that place and the vibes of spending my vacation under the warm sun.

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Pate A Choux: Name one food from a book or series that you would like to try.

Butterbeer and chocolate frogs from the Harry Potter series of course! One of the reasons why I wanna go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter someday, other than the sheer fact that Harry Potter is my life. And the food in the Chronicles of Narnia are amazing, especially those in the last book I think, where they had a huge royal feast.

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Well that was all the questions I have for this tag! Thanks for reading! Any thoughts on the books I chose? Which kind of pastry do you like the most? My favourite is probably macarons, I’ve actually tried making one at home and I succeeded in having those little feet! For this tag I won’t tag anyone because most of you have probably done it before anyway, but if you want to do it, go ahead and do it, and don’t forget to mention me in the post! Anyways, see you all in my next post, and have a great day!

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One Sentence Wednesdays: Animal Farm

One Sentence Wednesdays is a weekly meme hosted by Books and Messy Buns where you have to pick up a book you are currently reading, think about what it made you feel so far and describe it in one sentence.

It’s been ages since I did one of these, but here I am back again, on a Wednesday, to do this weekly meme!

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This week I am currently reading two books, One Good Turn by Kate Atkinson and Animal Farm by George Orwell. Today I will focus on the latter, since I’m already halfway through the book. It’s of course, very famous for how thought-provoking it was, and well-known by everyone, I feel like I’m the only one who hasn’t read it yet.

Here’s the sentence I wrote to describe the book:

I never expected for pigs to be this evil.

What are you reading this week and what sentence would you choose to describe it? Share your thoughts on the comments! And let me know what you think of Animal Farm, if you have read the book! 🙂

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Shit Got Real, Really Fast: We Were Liars by E. Lockhart Book Review

A private island. A group of rich teenagers. Summers. That’s what I’d use to describe this book in some words. Of course, I’ve heard of this book all over the internet. It’s hyped for being too overhyped. But why did I choose to actually read it? I didn’t hear any kind of review or recommendation from anyone, but the title of this book kept popping up everywhere that I just thought, why the hell not.

Title: We Were Liars
Author: E. Lockhart
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Date Published: 2014
Num of Pages: 242
Date Read: 2nd March, 2016
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We Were Liars is a novel about a group of four teenagers, Cadence being the main character, who always spend their summers in a private island that their granddad owns. Then something mysterious happens and shit got real, really fast from then. I don’t know what else to tell you other than that. A lot of people kept saying that it’s better that you come into the book knowing nothing about it – I came in reading the book not knowing anything and not expecting anything, and look, I’m making a review about it. But if you’re the kind of person who has heard a lot of other people mention this book and wanna come into the book not knowing anything, you can stop reading this review right now.

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First of all, let me just say that this is only the second book in 2016 that I rated 5 stars on Goodreads. But after further thought, I have decided that I would rate the book 4.5 stars in this blog instead. It wasn’t a perfect book. It had some problems. But it has some aspects that just make me love the book so much.

Let’s talk about the characters. I’ve read a lot of reviews that said that the characters were too one-dimensional, that the main character was moody and annoying. I personally didn’t mind Cady, though I did find her a little bit whiny. I liked her relationship with the Liars. Sure, none of the characters really did stick to me that much. And at first I did get all mixed up with all the cousins and who’s related to whom. If the gang had consisted of such well-written characters like those from The Raven Boys or The Secret History, I’d probably love the book even more. But I liked them quite a lot. I liked how broken the aunties are, how messed up the whole family was. I liked Cadence’s relationship with Johnny, and with her mother.

quote2“Do you still miss Gran?” I ask him as we head toward New Clairmont. “Because I miss her. We never talk about her.”
“A part of me died,” he says. “And it was the best part.”
“You think so?” I ask.
“That’s all there is to say about it,” says Granddad.

Now, moving on to the writing style. I loved it. Some people complained about how it’s so weird, but I enjoyed it. It makes people read it faster. And I do have to admit, you don’t think about time at all when you’re reading this book. You just can’t get your eyes off the pages. And it has this sort of poetic sense but also still raw, it’s wonderful to read. I can really feel the summer vibes, and on scenes where Cadence was cold with depression, you could really feel it with her as well. It makes me wanna read more books by E. Lockhart.

Finally, let’s get on with the plot, which is basically the reason why people either hate or love this book so much. The plot is why I made the title I wrote for this book review. Because by the third quarter of the book, shit really did get real, and that happened really fast. Spoilers galore below.

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I did not see the fire and all those deaths coming. It was such a huge shock to me. And I did cry while finishing the book – the first tear came when I read about the dead golden retrievers. That broke my heart the most to be honest, and I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but the dogs’ death hit me more than the Liars’. But then the whole hallucinations part really took me aback. After thinking about it again since finishing the book, I do feel like maybe the whole thing was a little too cliched. If I were an expert in plot twists and such I’d probably see the whole climax coming. But from my own reading experience, I totally did not see it coming.

I actually expected a lot after the whole revelation. I wanted to see how Cadence felt, when she was so filled with guilt. What she did with her granddad, and maybe even a scene with her mother about talking about the fire. It would’ve given the story a little more closure.

quote2Life feels beautiful that day.
The four of us Liars, we have always been.
We always will be.
No matter what happens as we go to college, grow old, build lives for ourselves, no matter if Gat and I are together or not. No matter where we go, we will always be able to line up on the roof of Cuddledown and gaze at the sea.
This island is ours. Here, in some way, we are young forever.

But overall I loved the whole plot twist thing. It was totally unexpected for me and I think the writer really delivered it well, in terms of how I reacted while reading it. I cried. I felt for the characters. I was shocked. So overall, great job, E Lockhart.

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So yeah, in general, sure, this book does have several problems. It’s not perfect. But it’s pretty darn close to it. I understand people who didn’t like the writing style of the book, or had predicted the whole plot twist from the very start. But I am one of those people who were dumbfounded by the book itself, by the beauty of the places, who were swept away by the beauty and the horror of the Liars. Who felt like they knew Cadence, and want to be in love with someone like Gat as well. Who could feel the sun on their backs while reading the book, or had the sudden urge to drink some ginger ale on the rooftop, or the want to talk to their cousins once again.

We Were Liars is not a book for everyone. But it’s definitely a book for me. I’m very looking forward to reading more from E. Lockhart.

4.5 stars

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