friday finds // historical fiction is the best

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this meme is hosted by the lovely jenn at a daily rhythm

it’s time for a friday finds.

i have SO MUCH more books to show you since i updated my to-read shelf in Goodreads but for now, i’ll only be showing three books. let us do this.


I Shall Be Near You
Erin McCabe
Standalone
Historical Fiction
Goodreads

long story short: it’s the civil war and rosetta doesn’t want her husband to join the military, but he does. so she dresses up as a man and goes with him.

Goodreads Summary:

An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home.

Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.

Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war. Inspired by over two hundred and fifty documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.


The Last Pilot
Benjamin Johncock
Standalone
Historical Fiction, Space
Goodreads

long story short: SPACE

Goodreads Summary:

“Harrison sat very still. On the screen was the surface of the moon.”

Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force, one of the exalted few. He spends his days cheating death in the skies above the Mojave Desert and his nights at his friend Pancho’s bar, often with his wife, Grace. She and Harrison are secretly desperate for a child-and when, against all odds, Grace learns that she is pregnant, the two are overcome with joy.

While America becomes swept up in the fervor of the Space Race, Harrison turns his attention home, passing up the chance to become an astronaut to welcome his daughter, Florence, into the world. Together, he and Grace confront the thrills and challenges of raising a child head-on. Fatherhood is different than flying planes-less controlled, more anxious-however the pleasures of watching Florence grow are incomparable. But when his family is faced with a sudden and inexplicable tragedy, Harrison’s instincts as a father and a pilot are put to test. As a pilot, he feels compelled to lead them through it-and as a father, he fears that he has fallen short.

The aftermath will haunt the Harrisons and strain their marriage as Jim struggles under the weight of his decisions. Beginning when the dust of the Second World War has only just begun to settle and rushing onward into the Sixties, Benjamin Johncock traces the path of this young couple as they are uprooted by events much larger than themselves. The turns the Harrisons take together are at once astonishing and recognizable; their journey, both frightening and full of hope. Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in American history, The Last Pilot is a mesmerizing debut novel of loss and finding courage in the face of it from an extraordinary new talent. 

anywayi’m a huge space person, if that’s what we’re called. i love space, the solar system, exoplanets, BASICALLY ASTRONOMY. i’m so fascinated by planets and stars and dark matter and whatever. Interstellar is one of my favourite movies, i hope this becomes one of my favourite books.


Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Ella Sanders
Standalone
Nonfiction
Goodreads

long story short: a bunch of words from other languages that don’t have a counterpart in the English language.

Goodreads Summary:

An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English. 

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?

Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation.

i’m a Filipino which means i’m bilingual. there are tons of words in our language that can’t be translated in English. gigil, kilig and more. fellow filipinos, u know what im talking ’bout.


 anyway, i hope you enjoyed my posts! be sure to check out these books too! thank you for reading and um, bye!

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am i still alive and other questions

You’re alive.
Yes. Yes I am alive. I am quite sure of that. But in terms of blogging and publishing posts, no. I haven’t been quite active for, say, a month?
 
Why haven’t you blogged?
School is the major culprit, although my procrastination is a close companion. I spent quite a lot of time with my cats, doing nothing, eating, Youtube-ing and the like.
 
Did you do anything productive?
Well, around September I decided to reinforce my old self and discipline. I started exercising, writing, meditating daily. I had a point system, which is extremely helpful.
 
<sidenote> If you’re a procrastinator like me, having a point system would help you become the person you want to be. basically, it works a lot like HabitRPG (this site is also the bombdotcom), but a bit simpler. You assign a point, say 50 for each productive thing you did. Read 100 pages? 50 points! Wrote 500 words? A hundred! It brings the competitor/gamer/nerd in me. My daily quota is 200 points. I get to watch YouTube at the end of the day. </sidenote>
 
So. Are you still going to continue blogging?
Yes. Don’t worry about that. I won’t be doing my August Wrap Up since it’s too late for that (AndIAlsoCompletelyForgotEverythingThatHappenedInAugust) BUT I might add the books I read in my September Wrap Up.
 
What are you going to blog next? 
Let me go elementary on you: secret. *runs away giggling*
 
What are your goals? 
  • to blog every week (except if i have exams)
  • every saturday i’ll write a blog post and a review
  • i will assign little tasks to do before saturday (take pictures of my books, make a graphic)
Anything else?
Nope. I just hope I can do this. Pray for me guys. 

odelia reviews: ready player one by ernest cline

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Standalone
(3.60)
Goodreads

world = mind blown.

the world is this book was spectacular and how can’t it be? IT’S ALL ABOUT VIDEO GAMES. because i’m not much of a gamer – although i tried to play games but stopped due to the conclusion that i suck – i didn’t understand most of what the hell this kid is talking about. BUT IT’S OKAY.

i have no idea what an Atari 2600 is, no clue on what Joust is, zero knowledge about Swordquest. basically, i’m a noob in video games. all the games i played – and are good at – are Cooking Mama, a Charlotte’s Web video game and those weird Wii sports. i’m crappy as hell at Pacman!

but even though of my complete noobness of video games, i still had a great time reading this. if you’re worried you won’t understand this book because of its constant reference at video games, don’t worry! just pretend you know it and it’ll be fine. take it from me.

the world is so well thought of. you will not find any trace of laziness even if you analyzed each and every part of the world. it’s fantastic. if you’re a gamer, pretty much, just marry this book.

aaaaaaand, that’s where the compliments stop.

yes, the world is great. but when it comes to the characters or the writing style and that kind of stuff, it kinda goes downhill.

first and foremost, if you don’t know, this book is about James Halliday who found this software called OASIS. it’s basically a super cool software that the whole world uses. it’s more popular than Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook combined. and because of this software, he earns a ton of money. instead of donating it and helping the whole world – which most of its residents are either in poverty, hungry or dead – he makes a contest. when you win the contest, you get the money. you could say he’s the most generous man ever. not.

seriously, wtf?

okay then, let’s talk: characters.

they’re missing something called, ah, personality. and correct me if i’m wrong but personality is kind of a … necessity on being a good character. they are not good characters.

okay fine, they do have personality. BUT it’s forced. it doesn’t feel real. it’s not such of a major bad thing but it was quite disappointing.

and the reason why, is that this protagonist, wade, is antisocial and has no real friends. so he’s always alone. there is NO character development around the other characters BECAUSE WE CAN’T SEE THEM BEING DEVELOPED DUE TO THE REASON THEY’RE NOT THERE. i can’t know a person more if i don’t see them often. characters can’t be developed unless they’re always there and you can actually see them change. in this case, no.

and about wade, our hero? well, he’s dumb as hell.

Scenario Numero Uno:
after doing something that NO ONE has ever done for five years, wade becomes an instant celebrity. and what better way to spend your first day than being a show off and chatting with the enemy of the whole gunter community IN THEIR HEADQUARTERS? i mean, no one wants to claw the classified information out of your head and into theirs and later killing you, right? wrong.

Scenario Numero Dos:
just like every teenager in these books, wade falls in loooooove. not just that, he falls in love with a girl he had never met IN REAL LIFE! bonus round, he tells all about his personal and private life to said girl even if she clearly doesn’t trust you with hers! wow! smart! intelligent! awesome!

*sighs*

even though i was a bit harsh (jk i was really harsh) i still like this book immensely. i gave four stars. well, actually, 3.60 which is high, okay. HIGH RATING.

i definitely recommend this book to you just mind these small annoying bits.

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baler // look through the lens

BALER

on the first month of 2015, i went to Baler, Philippines.

yep, i’m late. eight months of “you know what, i kinda don’t want to post that yet soo….” eight months of procrastinating. you know, the usual.

so i think it’s time. here are some of my pictures from Baler.

(all pictures are taken by Odelia)


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thank you for reading my post and um, bye!

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odelia reviews: the ocean at the end of the lane by neil gaiman


The Ocean at the End of the Lane

Neil Gaiman
Standalone
★★★★ (4.39)
Goodreads

(old review)

“I do not miss childhood, but I miss the way I took pleasure in small things, even as greater things crumbled. I could not control the world I was in, could not walk away from things or people or moments that hurt, but I took joy in the things that made me happy.”

You know that feeling. Watching a good movie – maybe one that you cried in – then suddenly, it ends. Now, you have to face the bitter truth of reality: That things don’t last.

It’s like this book. I thought I would be forever lost in this town with the Hempstocks and the small yet fascinating world with its oceans and fleas. But alas, nothing really lasts. And it’s hard to accept that. But as I finished this book, I can’t help but feel: yes, the story did end. But it also stopped living in those ruffled pages and came to rest in my heart, as stories always do.

Sentimental? Yeah, I know.

I just love Neil Gaiman’s books so much. His writing is magical. It hooks you until your eyes are squinted from reading too much. Being a writer, reading his writing style makes me want to jump up and down with happiness and glare in jealousy. But I didn’t do the latter part. I couldn’t. His books are too amazing. (But I did do the first one. Multiple times)

(Usually, this is the time wherein I would quote something in his book that has amazing writing. But if I do that, I’ll write the whole book.)

I didn’t know this was fantasy. So when things suddenly started flying, I was confused as fudge. So a reminder: This is fantasy.

It’s hard to find a stand-alone fantasy book. It’s even harder to find a 180 paged one. See, Neil Gaiman has talent. Amazing, practiced, extraordinary, exceptional talent. My self-esteem has literally flown out the window.

And have you ever noticed that the main character has no name?! AND I DIDN’T EVEN NOTICE THAT UNTIL HALFWAY OF THE BOOK.

Now, let me leave you with some of his quotes.

“I lived in books more than I lived anywhere else.”

“Nobody looks like what they really are on the inside. You don’t. I don’t. People are much more complicated than that. It’s true of everybody.”

“Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, Some of them are things people are scared of. Some of them are things that look like things people used to be scared of a long time ago. Sometimes monsters are things people should be scared of, but they aren’t.”

“Nothing’s ever the same,” she said. “Be it a second later or a hundred years. It’s always churning and roiling. And people change as much as oceans.”

“Be boring, knowing everything.”

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in which the month ends // july 2015 + august goals

inwhichthemonthendsjuly2015

if you’re wondering, yes, i am still alive.

i have somone -rather a lot of someone’s – to blame. they are called school. my school likes to burden their students with projects just one week before their exams. isn’t that wonderful?
i did not have time to sleep much less blog – i’m working on that now, time management or whatever – so that explains the lack of posts.
but let’s stop talking about me and let’s get on with the books!

in which i show you the books:
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in which i show you a detailed version:

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Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel // Apocalyptic 
long story short: a huge plague kills 99.99% of the population. there’s also this actor who has a large part of the story (although idk why).
rating: 
Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman // Short Story, Story Book
long story short: lots of adventure
rating: 
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The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey //  Zombie Apocalypse 
long story short:
“Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.”
rating: 
Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey // Magical Realism
long story short: a childless couple makes a child out of snow. the next day, they see a kid running through the woods.
rating: 
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14 by Manix Abrera // Philippine Mythology
long story short: a graphic novel without any words, philippine mythological beings have a story to tell
rating: 

  in which i blogged

one post and it was scheduled a long time ago. i will stop talking about this now.

in which the world has news


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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