Review: The Martian by Andy Weir

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Bring him back to Mars.

Science fiction is not on my top-to-buy list. It’s not even on the list. The reality of me picking and reading The Martian is highly unfathomable. But I guess, it’s destiny. Or it could be shit.

Well it’s, definitely, shit. Let me explain myself.

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Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Maybe I was asking for too much.

Back then, this was the classic recipe of an average teenage life. Where people were heavily influenced by religion. Where sibling rivalry was such a trend. Where puppy love was something innocent. So for a 90’s kid perspective, like me, it all sounds relatable. Something, I thought, I want to read.

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Thursday Quotables: Blindness (Blindness #1) by José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

Blindness (Blindness #1) by José Saramago, Giovanni Pontiero (Translator)

Introducing Thursday Quotables where I share quotes from my current and/or throwback read! I’ve been meaning to put these kinds of posts out. But I haven’t got the time to actually write one. Sooo that’s my lame excuse.. Moving on to the main event.

The quotes:

“I don’t think we did go blind, I think we are blind, Blind but seeing, Blind people who can see, but do not see.”

“The difficult thing isn’t living with other people, it’s understanding them.”

“When all is said and done, what is clear is that all lives end before their time.”

“We are so afraid of the idea of having to die… that we always try to find excuses for the dead, as if we were asking beforehand to be excused when it is our turn…”

This is one of my favorite books, so be nice. And the last time I read this was like 5 years or so. And I loved every thing about it. It was way back before I had Goodreads, before this blog. So I actually don’t have any review up to show you. But believe me when I say, it changed my life. It changed my perspective of life. Made me realize the depths and complexity Adult Fiction is capable of. (Cheesy, I know)

It has a sequel (Seeing), actually. But I’m kind of scared, because of how good this one is. I think it’s quite impossible to surpass my expectation. I have no idea when to read it. Or if I have plans to read it. All I know is I have it; so when the time comes, I have all the opportunity to go for it.

And it also has a movie. LIKE WHERE WAS I WHEN THIS HAPPENED? This picture could actually pass for Walking Dead. I mean, look at this. It’s like their asking to be eaten or something. But I haven’t watched it either. I just don’t want it to spoil the moment. But hey, the probability of me watching the movie is higher than me reading the sequel. I just can’t see it. Like don’t you get that? I’m just too scared that it might not be as good as I wanted it to be. I sound whiny, hahaha.

Have you read this one? Or can you relate or connect with the quotes?? Do you feel me?? Comment down below and share! 🙂

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Review: Golem and the Jinni by Helen Wecker

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If this book had to prove a quote, it would be: opposite attracts

Enchanting. I think I’m in love.. with the writing, I mean. Three words—gorgeous, sexy and spellbinding. I can’t believe this kind of writing still exists, and I was lucky enough to experience it. This book would pass as some kind of ancient tale that was left inside an abandoned house in the middle of the desert and was (and still, if you haven’t read it yet) waiting patiently for you. And the characters—oh man—they had their own personality and identity. They felt so real, so alive! Every time I immerse myself in reading, it feels as if I know the characters, as if I’ve lived with them, and to my disappointment, I realized I was JUST reading.

Engaging. Because of the presence of such talent from Wecker, it’s bound to be engaging. I had to sacrifice my grade, just to keep on reading (not really.) It always manage to occupy my mind, like I would empathize with the character, put myself in their shoes and think of what would’ve done differently.

I know what you’re asking: if you love it so much, then why not give it five stars? The thing is, cliché as it sounds, I love happy endings. Now hear me out; I think every story deserves a happy ending, even if it sounds ridiculous, even if it’s not appropriate, even if its wrong. I don’t know, I just feel like with all the trouble the character had to go through, I think he/she deserves a happy ending. And because of this, I had to take away one star.

But don’t be upset, I understand why the author had to do it, which is to keep the story alive and beating. The ending was very appropriate and reasonable, if I should say so myself, but not my type.

Besides that, it was a wonderful read. And I hope this is not the only one left.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes, so much love for this book

Recommended to: To people who are in the look out for something to pierce their heart with

(Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 720)


Below are information about this book.

Publication: April 23rd 2013 by Harper (first published 2013)

From Goodreads:

Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life by a disgraced rabbi who dabbles in dark Kabbalistic magic. When her master, the husband who commissioned her, dies at sea on the voyage from Poland, she is unmoored and adrift as the ship arrives in New York in 1899.

Ahmad is a jinni, a being of fire, born in the ancient Syrian desert. Trapped in an old copper flask by a Bedouin wizard centuries ago, he is released accidentally by a tinsmith in a Lower Manhattan shop. Though he is no longer imprisoned, Ahmad is not entirely free – an unbreakable band of iron binds him to the physical world.

The Golem and the Jinni is their magical, unforgettable story; unlikely friends whose tenuous attachment challenges their opposing natures – until the night a terrifying incident drives them back into their separate worlds. But a powerful threat will soon bring Chava and Ahmad together again, challenging their existence and forcing them to make a fateful choice

Waiting on Wednesday: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman 

Publication: July 15th 2014 by Atria Books (first published 2012)

From Goodreads:

In this bestselling and delightfully quirky debut novel from Sweden, a grumpy yet loveable man finds his solitary world turned on its head when a boisterous young family moves in next door.

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” But must Ove be bitter just because he doesn’t walk around with a smile plastered to his face all the time?

Behind the cranky exterior there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul. All of which will change one cranky old man and a local residents’ association to their very foundations.

A feel-good story in the spirit of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry and Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, Fredrik Backman’s novel about the angry old man next door is a thoughtful and charming exploration of the profound impact one life has on countless others.

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