Bookmarked: Landline

I held off reading Landline for a number of reasons which is ironic (I don’t know if I used the word right sometimes I just tell people it’s ironic for the heck of it when really it’s not haha sorry) because this is literally my most awaited book for the year. LIKE REALLY. I love Rowell. God, I can’t even describe or tell you guys how much. OA na ba? No, seriously that woman is magic.

And she continued doing her magic on Landline. Literally.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Rowell’s latest creation is about Georgie McCool and her self-actualization journey regarding her marriage with Neal. Georgie is a workaholic which drives Neal crazy most times. Then on December 2013, a big career break came for Georgie that forced her & Neal to spend time apart. In the days they aren’t together, Georgie came across this landline (yup the phone na may ikot-ikot) that allowed her to communicate with Neal from the past. Like 1998.

Is this destiny’s way to make things better? Or are Georgie & Neal better off without each other?

Yep. A ‘wtf is this sorcery??’ is in order.

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Bookmarked: Attachments

Status: Living vicariously through Rainbow Rowell’s stories

I finished reading Attachments on Labor Day at around 6:30 in the morning. I woke up really early on a holiday because I had the urge to finish the last few chapters of the book.

And fuck if I wasn’t smiling like an idiot when I read the last line.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Attachments is about Lincoln, an IT guy who works at a newspaper company. His job is mainly to read other people’s emails and send out ‘warnings’ whenever their emails get flagged. I think swear words are flagged as well as “porn” and parts of the human genitalia. Anyway, Lincoln is the company’s ultimate snoop and I would die if ever our office has this sort of thing going on. That’ll be fun for whoever is reading my chat messages. HAH! Anyway, there’s also Beth and Jennifer whose witty and funny email exchanges always get flagged but Lincoln couldn’t send them warnings just because he was TOO entertained.

He doesn’t want the email exchanges to stop. AY NAKO 2K14

Complications arise when Lincoln fell in love with Beth. I know right? Creepy? Sweet? You have to read the book and figure out what you #feel about the situation.

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Bookmarked: Fangirl

DISCLAIMER: Wait do I need to put a disclaimer? Don’t read it you don’t want to be spoiled! Not sure if this is spoiler-ish but I’m not taking my chances. I fucking hate spoilers and I refuse to be one!

It’s been a year since I last wrote a Bookmarked entry! Fyi lang, it doesn’t mean that I haven’t been reading. Ok well I haven’t been reading as much as I did last year. I guess I was just waiting for something that is going to be as special as Norwegian Wood… Something that will make me feel intense feelings. Norwegian Wood was a tough act to follow. It is now ranked really high, as my all-time favorite reads.

I decided to blog about this because it’s close to who I am. WHAAAAAAAT??!! Yes.

I discovered Rainbow Rowell this year through Eleanor & Park. I loved the novel and immediately looked for her other works. Imagine my delight when I found out that she has a novel titled Fangirl.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
Finished reading Fangirl on the day before Christmas, in Starbucks. How fitting. The only thing missing is my gingerbread latte (cos I ordered Peppermint Mocha). And my Levi.

I bought this with my bf Sosep (not my boyfriend, just my best boy friend just to clear it out). Upon purchase he told me, “THIS IS SO YOU.”

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Bookmarked: Norwegian Wood

Norwegian Wood is my first Murakami read. Needless to say, I fell in love with every turn of the page. I couldn’t put it down. At the same time, I didn’t want it to end.

It’s a beautiful tale about the hopelessness of one’s first love, coping with loss, grief, and life. It is so beautifully written that it felt like I walked with Toru down memory lane. It’s been a while since I read a book that is so rich with scenery and depth.

Memory is a funny thing. When I was in the scene, I hardly paid it any mind. I never stopped to think of it as something that would make a lasting impression, certainly never imagined that eighteen years later I would recall it in such detail. I didn’t give a damn about the scenery that day. I was thinking about myself. I was thinking about the beautiful girl walking next to me. I was thinking about the two of us together, and then about myself again. It was the age, that time of life when every sight, every feeling, every thought came back, like a boomerang, to me. And worse, I was in love. Love with complications.

The story made me want to understand each and every character’s situation and what they are going through. To let them know that they have a friend, or just someone to count on, during their good and bad days. It made me want to lend an ear and shoulder, to be the person who they can talk to. In this life, we need at least one person to be there for us whenever we need them.  Someone who will wait patiently and stay. Someone who will understand, go past our weaknesses and bad choices, and love us anyway.

Bookmarked: The Fault In Our Stars

DISCLAIMER: MIGHT SPOIL YOU

If there’s one book I’ve waited a long time to read, it would be this.

I didn’t want to buy The Fault In Our Stars as soon as it was released because 1) it’s hard-bound, for the record kuripot pa rin naman ako when it comes to book-buying, and 2) I would want someone to give it to me as a gift. But no one paid attention to my birthday wishlist so it wasn’t until September 13 that I finally got hold of the book! I requested BCPL to place it on hold for me since everyone (I guess) wants to read it. All 14 copies in the library are always checked out or on hold thus the waiting.

The Fault In Our Stars is written from the POV of Hazel, a girl diagnosed with thyroid cancer and was given (by some miracle drug) more years to live. Hazel has almost given up with her life. Not wanting to experience anything, she spent her days at home watching re-runs of America’s Next Top Model. That was until she met Augustus Waters, a beautiful blue-eyed boy, through the Cancer Support Group.

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