[REVIEW] The Disappearing Dolphins

larger coverAUTHOR: JENNIFER KELMAN with Jordyn & Kyle Kelman, Illustrated by Michael Swaim

FORMAT: Color Paperback

PAGES: 32 pages

GENRE: Juvenile Fiction, Children’s

PUBLICATION DATE: February 14,2015 by Outskirts Press, Inc.

WEBSITE: The Disappearing Dolphins

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SYNOPSIS

Can You See the Disappearing Dolphins? Kevin and his twin sister Jackie always enjoy going to the beach with their mommy, but Kevin can tell that today will be extra-special. As he and Jackie start building a sandcastle, Kevin sees a fantastic sight: a dolphin, jumping and playing in the ocean. Kevin is known for his vivid imagination, and when he tells Jackie about the dolphin, she doesn’t believe him. As he watches the joyful antics of the dolphin in the sparkling sea, Kevin is convinced that the dolphin is real-even he couldn’t make up something this fantastic! Determined to share the magic of the dolphin, Kevin sets out on an adventure of discovery that will create lifelong memories for him and for Jackie. With warm, comforting language and beautiful illustrations, The Disappearing Dolphins is sure to become a favorite with anyone who cherishes the wonder of the natural world as seen through children’s eyes.

MY THOUGHTS

A paperback copy was graciously given to me by the author in exchange for an honest review.

The Disappearing Dolphins is a very charming book. It made me want to go to the beach too. Kevin and his twin sister Jackie were adorable. I had fun reading about them. The story started when the twins went to the beach with their mother. While making a sandcastle, Kevin suddenly saw a dolphin. At first, he thought he was just seeing things and his twin sister didn’t believe it when he told her about it. But then, he saw the dolphin again. And another dolphin and another! Until Jackie saw the dolphins with her own eyes too. Thus began their fun adventure with the dolphins.

It was a short but enjoyable read. I like that Kevin was imaginative and creative. In his eyes, the dolphins were dancing, smiling and even winking. He was able to enjoy his time with his sister and mother and the dolphins because of his imagination. It made me remember myself when I was a child. When all I do to pass the time is imagine all kinds of things.

Also, I can feel the heart and cheerfulness of the author in her prose. It made the narrative of the story easy to read. Almost bubbly. Those emotions can be easily felt by the reader. And I’m sure it will also reach the listener.

Aside from the story, I also adored the illustrations. The dolphins were so cute. The colors are lively and good to the eyes. Maybe other people might not be impressed with the illustrations but I just have this soft spot for old school style of drawing so, it was good for me.

I am sure that children will love to read and/or listen to this story. This book will teach the children to be kind to other creatures like the dolphins. It will also teach them the value of family bonding. Most of all I’m sure they will be inspired by Kevin’s creativity that they will start to see situations that seemingly simple at first into an adventure. This will give them an idea that despite the new technologies available today, there is nothing better than a good imagination.

MY RATING

4 stars

THE AUTHOR

author - JENNIFER KELMANJennifer Kelman is a licensed clinical social worker, life coach, author, and entrepreneur. She enjoys cycling and tennis, and finds endless creative inspiration from her young twins. She is the author of the award-winning
Mrs. Pinkelmeyer® series featuring the lovable dog Moopus McGlinden®. The Disappearing Dolphins is her third children’s book.

To know more about the author and more about this book please read my Author Interview post.

Top 10 Books From My Childhood (Or teen years) That I Would Love To Revisit

THE REAL TOP TEN TUESDAY

Another Top Ten Tuesday post. This feature was created by The Broke And The Bookish. I wasn’t able to post for last week’s topic because one – we don’t have spring in our country (LOL) and two – because I got busy and wasn’t able to think of what to write. But this week, I’m happy that I was able to post something. Especially since the topic for this week is books from my childhood that I would love to revisit. Before listing down my top ten, I would like to tell you that back then, I only read a few number of authors so you will see the same authors in my post. Here I go.

1. Harry Potter Series by J.K Rowling – Started reading this back in grade school up until college. This series really was part of my childhood that I cried after I finished reading Deathly Hollows. I will surely read this series in the near future.

2. Rice Without Rain by Minfong Ho – I’ve read this when I was in high school. Not because it was required but because I was a library junk back then. Out of all the Asian literature books I’ve read back then, this is one of the books that left the strongest impression to me. I can still remember the whole story as well as the name of the male protagonist (his name is Ned). I remembered how I cried when I was reading it. I remembered my disappointment when Ned didn’t choose to stay. But I like the ending when the female protagonist’s sister gave birth at the same time as the rain they have all been waiting for finally came.

3. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata – the first Japanese literature that I’ve ever read. Back in high school, our library had a lot of Asian novels and it was the reason why I collect them now.

4. Three-Cornered World by Natsume Soseki – the book that really made me in love with Japanese Literature. Melancholic, nostalgic and poignant. It has been so long since I last read this that I haven’t shelf this in my “read” shelf on goodreads yet. I want to read it again first.

5. The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks – the first Sparks book that I’ve read and probably one of the two out of all his works that I loved.

6. A Walk To Remember by Nicholas Sparks – my favorite Sparks novel. Actually I stopped reading his books already. The last book I’ve read was The Rescue. This book can still make me cry no matter how many times I read it. It feels so different from his other books.

7. Love Story by Erich Segal – ah. Another tear jerker. There was a rumor that A Walk To Remember was inspired by Love Story since it was published first and the two books have almost the same plot line. But I believe that each book has a different appeal and unique in its own way. I read this book while riding the bus and it was the first time that I cried in public.

8. The Class by Erich Segal – I’ve read this in College and I think it was a perfect timing. The story is about a group of students from Harvard, their student life until they become an adult. This book is so underrated that I feel like crying.

9. Doctors by Erich Segal – I think it’s already quite obvious that Erich Segal is one of my favorite authors. Doctors is my favorite out of all his books. This book is epic.

10. Daddy Long Legs by Jean Webster – Such a feel good classic. Short and easy to read.

Aw, typing the titles made me want to really re-read them again. I also realized that I haven’t written reviews for these books. Hmm, alright. I decided that I will start tonight. 🙂

UNFIXABLE

unfixableAuthor: Tessa Bailey

Genre: New Adult, Romance, Erotica

Publication: April 14th 2014 by Entangled Publishing (Embrace)

“Love comes in many forms. It’s not always sweet. Or comfortable. Sometimes it’s selfish and consuming. Volatile. It makes choices for you. It demands you to obey it, not taking no for an answer. And it’s usually right. It knows you better than you know yourself.”

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

He’s the last thing she wants…but the only thing she needs.

Willa Peet isn’t interested in love. She’s been there, done that, and has the shattered heart to prove it. Ready to shake the breakup, she heads to Dublin, Ireland. But there’s a problem. A dark-haired, blue-eyed problem with a bad attitude that rivals her own. And he’s not doling out friendly Irish welcomes.

Shane Claymore just wants to race. The death of his father forced him off the Formula One circuit, but he’s only staying in Dublin long enough to sell the Claymore Inn and get things in order for his mother and younger sister. He never expected the sarcastic American girl staying at the inn to make him question everything.

But even as Willa and Shane’s fiery natures draw them together, their pasts threaten to rip them apart. Can Shane give up racing to be with the woman he loves, or will Willa’s quest to resurrect the tough-talking, no-shit-taking girl she used to be destroy any hope of a future together?

MY THOUGHTS

I devoured this book like a mad woman. I was craving for a good New Adult Romance novel and I was so happy I picked Unfixable. Because well, it was more than good. I know Willa Peet because I’ve read about her in Protecting What’s His (Derek and Willa’s sister Ginger’s story). And since then I was already wishing to read more about her.

Willa is broken. She has a very dark and traumatic past and no matter how much Evan, her first boyfriend, tries to change her, she can’t. She just felt suffocated and guilty that she cannot live up to his expectation. So she broke up with him and found herself in Dublin. I like Willa. I like her strong character. I didn’t find her smart mouth and sassy attitude pretentious and irritating like I sometimes feel in other female characters I’ve read before. In fact, I find her cool and lovable.

And Shane Claymore… now that guy is hot and handsome. I can sense it in the way he talks (I can almost hear his Irish accent) and the way his movement was described by the author. He’s… alive. But most of all, what I like best about Shane is the way he cares for his family and for Willa even though he looks like he doesn’t care. He’s the type of guy that will do something surprising and so out of character that it will hit you like an arrow to your chest.

Sparks always fly between him and Willa every time they meet but I like it that the scenes were not rushed. That the author gave them time to get to know each other and that they tried to resist the attraction between them. That’s why when they finally let go of their feelings the love scene was so satisfying and beautiful. I can easily feel their storming emotions. I can feel the love and the pain.

And as if those things were not enough, Tessa Bailey gave the readers a glimpse of Ginger and Derek’s life and I was a goner. This book is just so adorable, intense and heart-warming all at the same time.

Unfixable is one hot read. But it’s not only about romance. It was also about the value of family, about making decisions, about how to overcome regrets, about finding yourself and loving what you find no matter how different it may be from what other people think as normal. Most of all, it’s about finding someone who will love you for what you are.

MY RATING

4 stars

[Review] McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication

workman's complicationAuthor: Rich Leder

Genre: Mystery, Humor, Adult Fiction, Women’s Fiction

Publication: September 7th 2014 by Laugh Riot Press

Website: Workman’s Complication

(For more information and where to buy the book check out my feature and author interview blog post)

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

MY THOUGHTS

I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

There is a saying that life begins at 40. But for Kate McCall that was an understatement. She’s forty five, a forever struggling theater actor currently rehearsing a vampire musical under a theater company called Schmidt and Parker, a mother of a lawyer, a part time dog walker and a residential manager of a building she named the House Of Emotional Tics. Then one day, her life changed when her father was found dead inside a building’s elevator leaving her his private investigation company. Thus began her work as a Private Investigator in search for her father’s killer while working on a case of Workman’s Compensation. She uses her acting skills and disguising herself to solve her cases.

I like it that the author wrote this story in a humorous way so it was not really hard to read. Kate McCall was very interesting, funny, strong, independent and brave. Even the other characters surrounding her were so fun to read. I especially love the people living in the House Of Emotional Tics. Their characterizations were so rich, so vivid that I can easily imagine them. The players from the theater group were hilarious too.

The mystery cases, on the other hand, seem simple but not really. The suspects were too smart. I was amazed that Kate can think of strategies to crack her suspects. It was so hard to predict how she can solve the case or who killed who. So when the truth came about I was shocked. I don’t know if I was slow or if deep inside I know who was behind everything and I’m just in denial. All I know is my heart broke (so my full star rating became four stars. I just can’t move on!).

Speaking of heart break, I would like to point out that this book was not only pure humor and mystery. This was also about family, friendship, love and betrayal. There were parts that made me want to cry with Kate, especially when she remembers her father. Jimmy McCall was dead from the very beginning but when Kate and her son remembers him I feel like I’ve known him my whole life too.

“It’s hard for me to remember his voice. I wish I had recorded him saying, I don’t care, anything, reading the phone book. Just the sound of his voice is all I want. I can’t believe I’ll never hear it again.”

“How do you keep going,” he said, “when all you want to do is stop the world and get off?”

“I close my eyes and listen carefully, and I hear him telling me to quit crying and take care of business. Jimmy wouldn’t want us to stop the world and get off. He’d want us to keep fighting. I want to make him proud. That’s what keeps me going.”

Rich Leder was able to combine humor, mystery, action and a little bit of drama and I think that was amazing. Good thing he decided to publish this despite the rejections he received from traditional publishers (please read his author interview. It was inspiring especially if you wish to get a book published). If he stopped trying to publish his work just because of those rejections, I would have never got a chance to read something like this.

Reading Workman’s Complication, I can easily feel that Rich Leder has a scriptwriting background. Everything was well thought. The back stories of each character were so rich you would love to read about them again (Hello, Fu!). I feel like I’m watching a movie the whole time I’m reading. And mind you, it’s a good thing. In fact, I can’t get enough of this book I want to read the sequels already.

MY RATING

4 stars

McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication and Author Interview

workman's complication

AUTHOR: RICH LEDER

FORMAT: Paperback/ Ebook

PAGES: 394 pages

GENRE: Adult Fiction, Women’s Fiction, Mystery, Humor

PUBLICATION DATE: September 7th 2014 by Laugh Riot Press

WEBSITE: Workman’s Complication

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SYNOPSIS

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigations business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding, can never work—or dance—again, and sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade? She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

INTERVIEW WITH RICH LEDER

What is the title of your book?

McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication

What genre does your book fall under?

McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication is funny mystery with a woman PI.

What is your book about?

MCCALL & COMPANY: WORKMAN’S COMPLICATION

WAY-OFF BROADWAY ACTRESS. MURDERED PI FATHER. NEW DAY JOB.

Off-off-off-off Broadway actress Kate McCall inherits her father’s New York private investigation business after he’s a whole lot of murdered in a life insurance company elevator.

A concrete-carrying, ballroom-dancing construction mule says he fell off the scaffolding and can never work—or dance—again, and then sues the contractor for a whole lot of money.

Kate assembles the eccentric tenants of her brownstone and her histrionic acting troupe to help her crack the cases, and they stir up a whole lot of trouble.

But not as much trouble as Kate, who sticks her nose in the middle of the multi-million-dollar life-insurance scam her father was investigating and gets a whole lot of arrested for murdering a medical examiner.

Will Kate bust the insurance scam, prove who really killed the examiner—and her father—and get out of jail in time to pull off the ballroom sting of the decade?

She might, but it’s going to be a whole lot of hilarious.

Why did you decide to write it?

I had written murder mystery movies for television and also some comedies (for features and TV) and had a thought I should write a funny murder mystery series of novels set in New York City starring an off-off-off-off Broadway actress who inherits her father’s PI business after he’s found murdered in an insurance company elevator and uses her acting “skills” to find her father’s killer and solve other mysteries too. I have no idea where that thought came from—left field, outer space—but it made me laugh, so here I am writing the third book in the series.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?

The first draft of McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication took about six months to write.

 

How did you get your book published? Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?

As soon as I completed McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication, I set about the business of signing with a New York literary agent. I did, but that journey took almost a year. Then, together, we set out to find a traditional publishing company for my book and heard the same response a dozen times: “Rich is one hilarious, talented writer. I laughed out loud and had no idea whodunit! But we’re passing because funny books are too hard to sell.”

Okay, a dozen times is not that many, I know, but I’m older than I was when I set out to be a Hollywood screenwriter, and so I had the time to wait it out back then, but now, like I said, I’m older than I used to be so a dozen times was like a hundred times to someone as young as I was then.

Throughout the process, I had been researching self-publishing and thought: what a perfect plan for a control-freak writer of funny books. So I created Laugh Riot Press, a social media marketing and self-publishing company, and LRP has published my four funny novels.

What types of readers will be interested in your book?

Readers who like to laugh out loud will love McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication and so will readers who like a mystery that keeps them guessing until the very end.

Who or what inspired you to write this book?

I was inspired then and remain inspired to this day by the novelists I admire, some of whom are: Richard Ford, John Irving, Philip Roth, Donald E. Westlake, John D. MacDonald, Carl Hiaasen, Janet Evanovich, Sue Grafton, and many others who blow me away with their style and story and heart and wit.

What is special about your book? What differentiates it from other books in the same category?

I think what makes McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication special is its sense of humor. The book is funny. I mean, readers are telling me they’re laughing out loud. Kirkus Reviews says the novel is “…gloriously self aware…” and I think that’s about right.

 

Have you published any other books? Do you plan to publish more?

Laugh Riot Press has published the second book in my PI series, McCall & Company: Swollen Identity, and also published a standalone, Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench, a romantic Hollywood sex comedy. In a few months, LRP will publish another standalone, a wild caper called Let There Be Linda, which editor DD Rankin has labeled a “sick and twisted tour de force.” And later this year, Laugh Riot Press will publish the third McCall & Company novel, which I am writing as we speak.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Rich Leder

Novelist—Screenwriter—Publisher

Rich Leder has been a working writer for more than two decades. His screen credits include 18 produced television films for CBS, Lifetime, and Hallmark and feature films for Paramount Pictures, Tri-Star Pictures, and Left Bank Films.

Laugh Riot Press has published his four funny novels: McCall & Company: Workman’s Complication; McCall & Company: Swollen Identity; Juggler, Porn Star, Monkey Wrench; and Let There Be Linda.

He has been the lead singer in a Detroit rock band, a restaurateur, a Little League coach, an indie film director, a literacy tutor, a PTA board member, a magazine editor, a screenwriting coach, a commercial real estate agent, and a visiting artist for the University of North Carolina Wilmington Film Studies Department, among other things, all of which, it turns out, was grist for the mill. He resides on the North Carolina coast with his awesome wife, Lulu, and is sustained by the visits home of their three college kids.

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BLOGGER NOTE: I’m almost finished reading the book. I will post my review soon and I’m so excited to do so! Also, the ebook copy of this book is currently free in Kobo, iBooks and Barnes &Noble (I checked just now). I don’t know for how long so go and download it now. ^_^

After Dark

after darkAuthor: Haruki Murakami

Genre: Magic Realism, Japanese Literature

Publication: May 8th 2007 by Knopf Publishing Group (first published 2004)

“Someday, you’ll find the right person and you’ll learn to have a lot more confidence in yourself. So don’t settle for anything less. In this world there are things you can only do alone, and things you can only do with somebody else. It’s important to combine the two in just the right amount.”

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

A sleek, gripping novel of encounters set in Tokyo during the spooky hours between midnight and dawn, by an internationally renowned literary phenomenon.

Murakami’s trademark humor, psychological insight, and grasp of spirit and morality are here distilled with an extraordinary, harmonious mastery. Combining the pyrotechnical genius that made Kafka on the Shore and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle international bestsellers, with a surprising infusion of heart, Murakami has produced one of his most enchanting fictions yet.

MY THOUGHTS

I like the overall feel of After Dark. I love the concept of what happens in a city after the train stops running and before it starts again. It was eerie and mysterious and a little scary. Because it made me wonder, what happens while I’m asleep? Without me knowing, am I being transported to some dimension or something just like one of the characters in this book? Will I still wake up at my own bed? That kind of thing. Also I used to think of doing what Mari Asai did in this book but I was just too afraid to do it in reality. Probably I will never really do that ever. Yet. This book made me experience it.

At first I was taken aback by the point of view. But as I read along I got the hang of it and I was able to imagine in vivid detail everything in the scene. It was like I was reading a script Murakami style. This one is shorter than his other works and I was able to finish it in one sitting. I would love to recommend this to those who wanted to try reading Haruki Murakami.

MY RATING

4 stars

Tempted

TemptedAuthor: Lori Foster

Genre: Contemporary Romance

Published March 30th 2010 by HQN Books (first published October 1st 2005)

“As long as I know you’re coming back, I’ll be happy.”

“As long as I know you’re here waiting for me, I’ll be coming back.” – Messing Around With Max

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

Three steamy classics from New York Times bestselling author Lori Foster.

Little Miss Innocent?

For Dr. Daniel Sawyers, sex therapist Lace McGee is a puzzle. While she keeps putting inappropriate ideas into his sister’s head, Lace is even better at putting naughty thoughts into Daniel’s head. But just how down ‘n dirty is Lace really?

Annie, Get Your Guy

No one likes being treated like a kid sister – especially by someone as sexy as Guy Donovan. So when Annie Sawyers sets out to seduce Guy once and for all, she tracks down every book about sex she can find. One of them has to work, right?

Messing Around with Max

Maddie Montgomery needs a couple of notches on her bedpost – fast. Rumor has it that Max Sawyers is just the man to show her the goods… and then some. Now, if she can just get past his dog!

MY THOUGHTS

Lori Foster’s books have always been my “Guilty Pleasure reads”. I always enjoy her works when I need a dozen doses of romance in my life. And I enjoyed this collection so much I decided to finally write a review of Miss Foster’s book once and for all. Just to show how much I adore her works.

This collection is about the Sawyers siblings. Daniel, a doctor; Annie, a bookstore owner; and Max, a middle-child, wanderer and lover extraordinaire. All of their stories are quick-paced, sexy and funny as hell. Actually, almost all of Lori Foster’s stories are whirlwind romances. All begins with physical attraction until it turns into love. You will never get bored with her works especially if you are like me who always like seeing the Hero and Heroine together. All three of these stories begin with the Hero and Heroine already encountering each other.

Also the reason why I prefer her books from other authors is because her Heroes and Heroines are lovable. Her heroes, no matter how macho they are, always have a soft spot. Family for one. And the woman they love. And sometimes, dogs (just like Max).

When it comes to romance stories, I rely more on the characterization of the characters rather than on the plot per se. I know it is just my preference, but I like it that the heroes of these stories are weak against their partners. I also like it that although the heroines act strong and aggressive, they are still adorable. I don’t feel any hint of pretentiousness from the characters. The characters are alive. It’s like, if they are real people, I will definitely want to be friends with them. And of course, if Daniel, Guy and Max are real people, I will certainly do what Lace, Annie and Maddie did – I will seduce them (One of them, actually. I will go for Max, since we have so many things in common).

I particularly loved Annie, Get Your Guy because I really laughed so hard the whole time I was reading it. But among the three guys, Max is my favorite (Obviously, given my side comments above). Lover Extraordinaire, huh? But he’s so weak when it comes to his dog! A guy who loves his pet has always been my weakness.

And again, I will repeat myself. This book is very funny.

Guy kissed her throat. “I like that.” He kissed her collarbone. “And that.” He opened his mouth against her skin. “And that!”

He sighed. “Annie, I don’t need a blow-by-blow report.”

–  Annie Get Your Guy

MY RATING

4 stars

Fangirl

FANGIRLAuthor: Rainbow Rowell

Genre: Young Adult Contemporary, College, Romance

Publication: September 10th 2013 by St. Martin’s Press

“I miss you.”

“That’s stupid,” she said. “I saw you this morning.”

“It’s not the time,” Levi said. and she could hear that he was smiling. “It’s the distance.”

SUMMARY FROM GOODREADS:

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

Now that they’re going to college, Wren has told Cath she doesn’t want to be roommates. Cath is on her own, completely outside of her comfort zone. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fan fiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words… And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this?

Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

MY THOUGHTS

This is the book that any fangirl in the world will relate too. Especially those who enjoy reading fan-fictions. This is the book any bookish, weird and introverted writers will relate too. And I am definitely one of them. In fact, I even bought two of my friends a copy of Fangirl as a Christmas gift back in 2013, when I first read this book.

Cather has a twin sister. They have been together forever. But when they started college her twin sister Wren decided it’s time for them to try being independent to each other. Wren became friends with other people and started to live the “freshman life” in campus, partying and getting drunk here and there. While Cather, being an introverted person (she’s afraid of strangers and even ate protein bars for the first month of College rather than go down the dining hall) and prefers sitting in front of her laptop all her free time and write than go to parties. I loved her the moment I learned she’s a writer. I began to like her more and more the longer I get to know her. She’s anti-social but she’s likable. She doesn’t go with the norms and she’s weird, but she’s someone who takes care of the one she loves wholeheartedly. But I don’t mean that she doesn’t have any negative attributes. She has. She’s not a perfect heroine. She’s socially awkward. She doesn’t have any other friends aside from the people on the internet who reads her fanfic. She’s always afraid. Not only of people. But of change. Sometimes she doesn’t listen to others. Sometimes, she’s even a quitter. But I can understand her because I feel that way too sometimes.

Thankfully, she has a cool/liberated/angsty roommate named Reagan, who friend-adopted her because Reagan thinks she’s pathetic.

“I feel sorry for you, and I’m going to be your friend.”
“I don’t want to be your friend,” Cath said as sternly as she could. “I
like that we’re not friends.”
“Me, too. I’m sorry you ruined it by being so pathetic.”

Together with Reagan’s boyfriend – cute and charming Levi, who isn’t really her boyfriend, Cather’s college life started to become interesting and oftentimes dramatic. Especially when she fell in love with Levi. Who made me giggling like a teenager the whole time I was reading Fangirl.

Levi is not the typical perfect hero. Levi, like Cather, feels like a real person. He’s not very handsome. He’s not even a book person! (Something that should have turned me off but it didn’t. Because he loves listening to Cather read aloud. And I find it so sweet I can’t stop grinning) He’s not perfect but Cather liked him, imperfections and all. And I end up liking him too. He’s just too charming, too sweet, and too reliable, in a realistic sort of way. There are so many reasons why I like Levi even though he did something in the book that hurt Cather, that in other instances (or in other book) might make me hate him. But as always, it didn’t. And that’s one of the powers of Rainbow Rowell’s writing.

Here’s (some) of the reasons why I like Levi.

1.He always has a smile for everyone. Especially for Cather. He’s easy to be with and will always make you feel special.

  1. He waits for Cather outside the library because it’s dark and he walks her back to her dorm.
  2. He’s not a book person but he’s crazy about Cather’s fan-fiction. He always loves listening to her read it for him.
  3. He will always come running to Cather whenever she needs him.

5.He has a key to their room but he never enters without permission. He always waits outside the door until Cather allows him to enter.

  1. He loves Cather’s weirdness. The fan-fiction, her fangirling, her anti-social moods, her glasses. Everything.
  2. Most importantly. He makes delicious coffee.

But Fangirl is not just about romance. It’s about family and friendship and well, obviously, writing. And I am totally in love with Rainbow Rowell’s writing. Though the plot was somewhat predictable, I still enjoyed reading it. She’s good at banters and dialogues. It’s funny and witty. And her characters are alive. They each have identity of their own. Most of all, her writing touches the heart.

MY RATING

5 stars

Liebster Award

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Hello, hello! I was nominated for a Liebster Award by the adorable Summer. Thank you for the nomination. ^_^

The Liebster Award is a chain award that was created by bloggers, and is a tradition to make new friends in the blogging community.

The rules –

  1. Thank and link the person who nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions given by the nominator.
  3. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers and link them.
  4. Create 11 new questions for the nominees to answer.
  5. Notify all nominees via social media/blogs.

Here are the questions made by Summer. I tried to answer them as much as I can. hehe

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1. How has your day been? 🙂

– It’s a cold day here today. So it might be a perfect day for me to read and write. 🙂

2. How did you start getting into blogging and what inspired you to?

-I have always been in love with writing. Back in college we have a subject called Online Writing and it was then that I learned about blogspot. As a group project my group did a film review blog (because I was a Mass Communication student back then). I stopped when I graduated, learned about tumblr, did a personal blog and a book blog since I love reading and just recently decided to make a blog in wordpress.

3. What is your all-time-favorite book? (I’ll let you choose more than 1 if you can’t decide!)

Too many. haha. Most of them books by Haruki Murakami. But the first book that I’ve read that I considered my all-time-favorite is Doctors by Erich Segal. That book made me an avid reader.

4. Tea or coffee? (Or other?)

-Both. I take coffee in the morning and tea (black, green, with milk, etc) any time of the day.

5. What is your favorite song at the moment?

-Well since it’s a rainy day here, my favorite rainy day song is The Man Who Can’t Be Moved by The Script.

6. Have you read/seen Harry Potter? If so, what is your patronus? If you haven’t read/seen HP, what is your spirit animal?

-Yes. I love Harry Potter. Hmm, my patronus would be an eagle.

7. Who is your ultimate role model, and why?

-I can’t think of someone right now. >_<

8. What’s something you’re not good at but enjoy doing anyway?

-Art. I love to draw and paint but I’m just not really good at it.

9. There is going to be a zombie unicorn apocalypse. The closest thing to you is your weapon. What is it and how would you use it to defend yourself? Haha, I’m sorry, I’m running out of questions.

– This is the most difficult question I have ever encountered in my whole life. haha

10. Out of curiosity, what do you think of my blog thus far (or me, hehe)?

-Fun and perky. 😛

11. Eleven questions is throwing me off, I’m going to stop at ten. Have a nice day, and thanks for participating. ^.^

whew!

My questions:

1. What is the book that you are currently reading right now?

2. Do you like movie adaptations of books? What adaptation lived up to your expectations and would recommend?

3. In your opinion what book has the best cover ever?

4. What is your favorite/s book genre?

5. What is the book that you’ve read the most number of times?

6. In case of calamity (fire,flood etc) and you only have a chance to save a few books that you can carry in your arms. What are those books?

7. What do you enjoy doing aside from reading?

8. What do you prefer, physical copy or ebook? Why?

9. If you are given a chance who is the author you would want to be close friends with?

10. What is your favorite part of the year?

11. What is the first book you would instantly recommend to someone you just met? Like me? 🙂

I nominate these people for a Liebster Award! Though I’m still knew to this and I haven’t followed a lot of blogs yet (and they might have more than 200 followers already or they were already nominated) so I will not be able to nominate 11 people. But these blogs I find really interesting. 🙂

The few blogs I’m following are already nominated so I’ll just read their own post to know more about them. 🙂

Ten Books For Readers Who Like Coming-of-Age Stories

THE REAL TOP TEN TUESDAY

Another Tuesday has come. Is it just me or the days are moving too fast? Anyway, another week of Top Ten Tuesday again. The topic for this week is Ten Books For readers Who Like ___ care of The Broke And The Bookish. They gave the bloggers the freedom to make their own topic based on that sentence. So I chose Ten Books For Readers Who Like Coming-of-Age Stories since it’s one of my most favorite genre.

But first what makes a book fall under the coming-of-age genre? According to goodreads a coming-of-age story is a genre of literature that focuses on the growth of a protagonist from youth to adulthood (“coming of age”). Coming-of-age stories tend to emphasize dialogue or internal monologue over action, and are often set in the past. The subjects of coming-of-age stories are typically males in their mid teens. Themes of maturation, acculturation, loss of innocence, wisdom or acumen, and worldliness are often present.

As for me, I consider a book a coming-of-age story if the protagonist is in his/her youth and facing a life changing event in his/her life and often has a nostalgic feel. Most of the times the story is told by the protagonist’s adult self. But not always.

Anyway, the list are only the books I’ve read so far. I still have a long list on my TBR.

1. Boy’s Life by Robert McCammon

-I’m not going to stop recommending this book as much as I can. For me, this is the epitome of an amazing coming-of-age story.

2. The Shadow Of The Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

– I am in love with Zafon’s prose. I got really engrossed with this book.

3. Okay For Now by Gary D. Schmidt

-This book is one of those book that I would like to call my book soul mate. I found it in a second hand bookstore and I read it immediately. One of my favorites.

4. The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

-I’ve read this in one seating. The reviews varied. Some hated it. But I tend to enjoy books others hated and hate those they love so, I liked this one. Didn’t watch the movie though.

5. The Piper’s Son by Melina Marchetta

– I’ve read Saving Francesca first but I just fell in love with Thomas. So though a lot of Marchetta fans prefers SF, I love The Piper’s Son better.

6. The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

-Nobody Owens. A very unforgettable protagonist. How would you feel growing up around ghosts and living in a graveyard?

7. Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen

“The first time Juli Baker saw Bryce Loski, she flipped. The first time Bryce saw Juli, he ran. The perfect book to read if you want to be reminded of the first time you ever liked someone.

8. Every Soul A Star by Wendy Mass

– Another book soul mate. I’ve never researched this book (I tend to do that before buying a book). I just saw it on the bookstore and bought it. And I never regretted it.

9. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

– Toru, the hero in Norwegian Wood is one of the best male lead I’ve ever encountered in books. I read this book every December. I’ve been doing so for four years now.

10. The Gift Of Rain by Twan  Eng Tan

-Not yet done reading this one. I bought my copy when I traveled to Singapore. They have a bookstore there that is heaven for an Asian Lit geek such as myself. Actually I’m only at the beginning but I instantly fell in love with it. A very rich and beautiful prose. Nostalgic. So much feels.

And there you have it. I hope you can pick up and try reading even one of these books. Even if you’ve never been into this genre, I still hope you can try it. You might end up loving it as much as I do. 🙂