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Bookwhore Presents : Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

Ratings at goodreads.com: 3.79* and below is the back blurb:

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage is the remarkable story of Tsukuru Tazaki, a young man haunted by a great loss; of dreams and nightmares that have unintended consequences for the world around us; and of a journey into the past that is necessary to mend the present. It is a story of love, friendship, and heartbreak for the ages.

My take on the book:

I have always been fascinated with the works of Haruki Murakami ever since my sister introduced me to Kafka on the Shore seven years ago. Murakami takes you into a surreal world where you can talk to cats, get symbolic dreams,  have weird sex and fantasies, and combines magic with mystery. He takes us into a voyage of the subconsious mind that are oftentimes filled with suicidal tendencies bordering into falling into the deep dark pits while showing the real struggles and self-discovery that comes with it.  His novels will embed in your memory. His characters, their lives – they can be surreal and real all at the same time.

Going back to this book, I somehow find that it is similar to Norwegian Wood but it pinched my heart in a very different way. It’s about how Tsukuru Tazaki – the one with the colorless name,  buried his memories just so that he can protect himself against the emotional pain of rejection.  How he needs to be vulnerable in order to truly and openly love someone. It’s about finding closure from a painful past by being courageous enough to ask for an explanation no matter what the answers may be.

What hits me most about this novel is that it somewhat shows  our struggles to let go of our childhood state in order to enter the reality of adult living. Some of us did a good job with it, while others can’t seem to do it. Our young selves dreamt of being somebody  but we are unable to achieve that dream. Eventually most of us settled for what is only within our reach – just because it’s convenient and it’s where our choices led us to. It maybe a good and acceptable path for some, but for others it’s like falling into an eternal abyss of regrets. Or maybe – life is just all about lost opportunities. We will all end up to this – just as we are now – like how Tsukuru Tazaki points out: “I get the feeling that, even if we had made different decisions then, even if we had chosen to do things differently, we might have still ended up pretty much where we are now.”

If you experienced lost of old friends, looking for that sense of belongingness, and if you feel like an empty vessel because of a lost connection from someone/people in your past? This novel is for you. In order to fill that void, you should be brave enough to face the past and fnd that closure. For you to truly find meaning in life, you must take some steps backwards in order to move forward. That’s just how you can open yourself to someone, to truly love.

Here’s a little something for you to ponder (taken from the book) –

“Let’s say you are an empty vessel. So what? What’s wrong with that? You’re still a wonderful, attractive vessel. And really, does anybody know who they are? So why not be a completely beautiful vessel? The kind people feel good about, the kind people want to entrust with precious belongings.” – Eri/Kuro

If you want to know more about the author and his works, visit his page here.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage

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Bookwhore Presents : Miriam Defensor Santiago – Stupid Is Forever

Stupid is Forever

Ratings at goodreads.com: 3.92* and below is the back blurb:

Sense of humor is almost absent among politicians, but Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago is a truly talented exception. People are puzzled how she can spontaneously make them laugh in the midst of national policy crises, and of real danger to her life as a corruption fighter.

This book is a collection of jokes, one-liners, pick-up lines, conebacks and speeches delivered and/or curated by the beloved Senator. Also, inside are illustrations by Cj de Silva-Ong, Manix Abrera, Elbert Or, Rob Cham and more of the Philippines’ best young illustrators.

My take on the book:

“Stupid is Forever” is a tiny book and about a 1-2 hour read which is guaranteed to make your stomach hurt sooo bad from laughing (out loud) at most of the punchlines (although not all were original) and at the same time keeps your intellectual capacity tested. It’s a funny,witty, bad-ass and highly enjoyable find –  a refreshing read from my common genre of books. I recommend that people read this before the coming 2016 Presidential Elections, it’s an eye-opener, trust me.

With the help of some contemporary artists, the illustrations added entertaiment to the book. That is on top of  all the motivating and inspiring life-lesson speeches by the beloved Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago aimed for the youth. This book successfully mixed humor with the ugly reality of the Philippine politics – in the end it will ask you to take a stand and take action by doing and choosing what is right.

Here’s a little something for you to ponder (taken from the book) –

While there is no blueprint for the meaning of Life, there is countless research on ways to have a more meaningful life. There are three ways to make your life more meaningful:

First, get connected. While a busy social life with lots of friends may help keep you happy, it is the deeper relationships with loved ones that will truly add meaning to your life.

Second, do not shy away from stress. The things that add the most meaning to our lives – a high- pressure job or caring for a loved one – are often the same things that add the most stress to our day-to-day existence. However, taking the easy road is not always the better option. The biggest challenges in life often lead to the biggest gains in the long run.

Third, find a sense of purpose. Studies show that people who spend more time pursuing activities that reflected their sense of self were the people who found their lives more meaningful. A life filled with meaning is linked to doing things that express and reflect the self.

I printed the above and posted it on my workdesk for inspiration beside Steve Job’s  famous quote (left for me by my good friend) saying “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life… (i’m pretty sure you know how it goes)” Both quotes keep me inspired during stressful days at work. So I guess I’m off to buy the sequel of this book then.

If you want to know more about the inspiration for this book –

**a Filipino politician, notable for having served in all three branches of the Philippine government – judicial, executive, and legislative and was named one of The 100 Most Powerful Women in the World in 1997 by The Australian magazine. In 1988, she was named laureate of the Ramon Magsaysay Award for government service, with a citation “for bold and moral leadership in cleaning up a corrupt-ridden government agency. She also became the first Filipina and the first Asian from a developing country to be elected a judge of the International Criminal Court**

She is the bold and fierce Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago. Visit her page here.

**information from Wikipedia

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Bookwhore Presents: Fangirl

Fangirl Book 2

Fangirl. The book I opened last Dec 2014 and finished by August 2015. Here goes my rating and review.

Ratings at goodreads.com: 4.19* and below is the back blurb:

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 take on the book:

I honestly can’t figure out if I love or hate this book.

‘Eleanor and Park’ touched my heart in many ways. Hence, I picked out this book thinking that Rainbow Rowell might have another gem to share to her readers; don’t get me wrong, ‘Fangirl’ is indeed a gem. What i’ve always loved about Rainbow Rowell’s novels is that she will take you to a world where you would actually believe that all her characters  are real people and Fangirl is no exemption. The protagonist Cath is so real that you can feel all her emotions. Her insecurities over Wren (her twin sister), anger towards her mother who left them when she and her sister were only about 8 years old, her unconditonal love for her bi-polar father, her amazement and open jealousy towards Reagan and  how she fell in love and lust with Levi (Oh my, Levi? he’s so..I have no words..good god how I wished he was real, Cath is so damn lucky).

The only, you may say, complain I have with this book is the ‘fanfiction’ and ‘fangirl-ing’ part, maybe because I can’t quite relate to it? I actually skipped some excerpt from Simon Snow’s (aka Harry Potter loves Draco Malfoy with a touch of Twilight) story on some pages just because I’m excited to read more about what is going to happen to Cath’s life in the next chapter. I know I might have missed some juicy details on the gay love/hate relationship of a wizard/vampire but nah..it did not really caught my attention. FYI, I read across the web that Rainbow Rowell will be writing a book about Simon-Baz love story. It will be her very first fantasy book which is more likely to be a spin-off of ‘Fangirl’.

All in all, ‘Fangirl’ is a refreshing read. It’s a story which will bring you those warm smiles and makes you silently  say “ooh” and “aaaww“. How Cath managed to balance out all that is happening around her by accepting fully who she truly is and by embracing her reality – and still not giving up on her fanfiction – for me is what the book is all about. ‘Fangirl” is a very courageous and inspiring  coming of age story. So for all of you YA novels fans out there, here’s a good read you won’t want to miss. 🙂

So I guess, I loved it more than I hate it, what you think?

Here’s a little something for you to ponder (taken from the book) –

Cath : Just… isn’t giving up allowed sometimes? Isn’t it okay to say, ‘This really hurts, so I’m going to stop trying’?
Dad: It sets a dangerous precedent.
Cath : For avoiding pain?
Dad : For avoiding life.

If you want to know more about the author visit her page here.

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Bookwhore Presents :: The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin

gretchen rubins happiness project

If you are following my blog (thank you very much <3) you would remember that I promised to write a review about The Happiness Project : Or, Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean my Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. Whew..that’s too long!

Ratings at goodreads.com : 3.5* and below is the back blurb:

Gretchen Rubin had an epiphany one rainy afternoon in the unlikeliest of places: a city bus. “The days are long, but the years are short,” she realized. “Time is passing, and I’m not focusing enough on the things that really matter.” In that moment, she decided to dedicate a year to her happiness project.

In this lively and compelling account, Rubin chronicles her adventures during the twelve months she spent test-driving the wisdom of the ages, current scientific research, and lessons from popular culture about how to be happier. Among other things, she found that novelty and challenge are powerful sources of happiness; that money can help buy happiness, when spent wisely; that outer order contributes to inner calm; and that the very smallest of changes can make the biggest difference.

My take on the book:

I first encountered this book early last year but never picked it out as I was engrossed then on young adult (as if haha!) fiction novels ever since I read “The Fault in our Stars”. Then one Saturday morning, I woke up with the need to dig deep and find the meaning of happiness aka I was feeling so down due to work stress. I went to the nearest bookstore and this book finally ended up in my hands thus making my wallet Php 295.00 lighter.

Whenever Gretchen Rubin decided she wanted to be happy, organize her things and even control her surge of emotions you can’t help but be inspired and do the same. There are a number of good topics Gretchen pointed out in her memoir. One is in the January chapter when she provided ways to improve vitality by tackling a nagging task. Another topic is found on the February chapter about marriage when she emphasized the importance of not expecting praise or appreciation. It is quite dragging at times as I went along as I really can’t relate yet to some of her dilemmas but all in all it’s a good book as it does speak the truth about life.

This book inspired me to go back to blogging and pursue something that I really can call  “my own achievement”. You can also go back and read some of its chapters when you need a little dose of positivity.

Here’s a little something for you to ponder (taken from the book) –
“The days are long,  but the years are short.”

If you want to know more about the author and the book, visit this page : Gretchen Rubin

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