Thursday, July 21, 2016

DNF Review : 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad

Title : 13 ways of Looking at a Fat Girl
Author : Mona Awad
Publication date: February 23rd 2016 by Penguin Canada 

Humorous chicklit is one of my go-to genre whenever I feel like I need something fluffy. I am all for twist and turns but sometimes my old brain is too tired for all that and it makes me crave the sweet and light read.

So, I chose 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl, hoping to find some sweet and fluffy reading experience. If you take a look at the title, I bet you'd expect something funny. Unfortunately I can guarantee that that is not what you're getting.

This novel is about two overweight girls with their life problems. I can't give you further details because I stopped at around 20%, so I didn't know much. Just like other books I DNF, this book has too many appalling qualities that I decide to stop reading. 

Monday, July 18, 2016

Why Responding to Comments is Actually A Great Idea

One of the perks of being a blogger is the excitement of getting your readers feedback. It has been years since I started blogging, but the excitement stays the same. I still feel like a newbie blogger who've just got her first comment every time I see the comment notification. I feel appreciated, and of course exalted. I will never get used to this kind of thing, and gosh, how I love it!

This post isn't really about whether you should or should not take time to reply to your incoming comments. This is actually my personal preference, just some insight on why I believe in it. I am by no means a blogging expert, and some bloggers even think that it's old-fashioned, still I have my reasons why it's actually a good idea.

It makes the readers feel welcome
This is an obvious reason, of course. When your door is being knocked, you'll see who's coming and open the door, the guest then are welcome to enter your home. To me, ignored comments are like unwelcome visitors standing outside the door not knowing whether they're allowed to enter or not. I don't know, maybe it's our culture so we feel the need to be as friendly as possible to our guest, offer them drink, do some chitchats and since you cannot offer a drink to your readers, at least saying hello won't hurt.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Review : The Last Storyteller by Frank Delaney

Title : The Last Storyteller (A Novel of Ireland #3)
Author: Frank Delaney
Publication date: February 7th 2012 by Random House

Oh, how I glad I am to finally read the conclusion of the Ireland series. I didn't know it is actually a series, I started reading The Last Storyteller last year, went on a few chapters and found something is missing. I did some searching and find out that it is in fact the last book of a trilogy. No wonder I couldn't understand what's going on. 

The last Storyteller set during 1950s, about 11 years after the happenings in the second book. Ben was now 42 years old, his mind was still  filled with Venetia. Though he was much more mature, he was still same ole' Ben who was too easy to fall into booby trap situation. He found out that Venetia is coming back to Ireland, with another group traveling artists and magician. In on the other hand, after WW II, Ireland was also on its struggle gaining back its pride to be a sovereign country once again.

Monday, July 11, 2016

What I Learned About Reading and Fasting on Ramadan

Hello folks, great to see you again. Ramadan has just ended, Eid had come and now I'm back with my usual activity (a lot of them are boring routines, mind you). So, fasting doesn't really affect my overall activity nor significantly lower my stamina. I did my work task as usual, took care of the kids as and everything, I can't say it made me weaker. 

I also read during Ramadan, but this one, my friends, is a different story. I only managed to finish 2 books the whole month. This is lesser than usual, because I finish about 4 or 5 books on average in a month. Why? Because fasting makes me sleepier. I could read book for about 10 minutes and then... snooze. Quite funny because I didn't feel sleepy at work and it turned out that my task were easier than reading since no concentration nor comprehension needed. Oh, how I believe that reading is one of the easiest hobby ever, but I was wrong.

So, what I did instead? I watched tons of movies, which is actually very unlikely of me, because I couldn't stand watching many movies before and what makes binge watching so fun is beyond me. Don't get me wrong, I love movies however the thoughts of staring at the screen all day long doesn't interest me. So, since I couldn't entertain myself effectively with books while fasting, I asked my husband to take me to the cinema and when I was home, I continued to watch more movies. See, I wasn't being myself!

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Review : The Girl Who Chased The Moon by Sarah Addison Allen

Title : The Girl Who Chased The Moon
Author : Sarah Addison Allen
Publication date : March 16th 2010 by Bantam

I fell in love with Allen's work at the first read. When I read her novel The Peach Keeper a few years ago, I knew she was special. So, I decided I have to read her every books. To me, her books are like dessert, sweet, rich and always satisfying.

Just like her other novels, The Girl Who Chased The Moon is set in a small town. Emily Benedict is 17 year-old girl who moved to her mother's hometown, Mullaby to live with her grandfather after her mother's death. Feeling awkward and unaccepted, she was now facing some unknown facts about her mother's past. Julia Winterson, a local baker and restaurant owner came to her, introducing herself as a friend of Emily's mother. The Girl Who Chased The Moon is a story of these two women in this magical town of Mullaby. 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Favorite Books in 2016 (First Half-Year)

Gee, I cannot believe it is June already. New year celebration still feels like yesterday. There are many things happened this half year. My oldest will attend elementary school soon. I'm excited as I can be, but on the other hand quite sad because the lovely time in kindergarten is finally over. Oh, if only those children know how precious childhood is!

As for reading, so far things go well. I am on 43% of my Goodreads reading challenge. Hopefully I can make it this year considering there is no fat tomes on my to-read list. Here's a detail about my bookish (very small) accomplishment:

I managed to finish 3 series (The Art of Hearing Heartbeats, Kane Chronicles and Ireland). I am quite satisfied because I can say that I am suck series. Only one more book of Faiyland, and it'd be 4 series I finish this year. Yay!