in which the month ends // september + august 2015


here’s an up to date wrap up. proud of me yet?
i didn’t write an august wrap up for a couple of invalid reasons (procrastination, mostly) and for a couple of valid ones (exhaustion, school, family).
unfortunately, i didn’t remember anything in august except it was a month of  “doing nothing” for me. i was far away from my usual goals, didn’t do my habits and my progress in writing my novel was shorter than my pinky finger. i’m not sure how this happened but it did.
come september, i still have those negative habits with me. after my birthday (sept 17 anyone??) and MIBF (my post is coming up soon!) i decided to go back to my usual habits and then i became productive again. yaaaaay!
anyway, enough talking. here’s what happened in august and september!

in which i show you the books

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in which i show you a detailed version

A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki // Adult Fiction, Culture: Japan (review)
long story short: before our main character kills herself, she plans to write about her Buddhist grandmother
rating: (4.5)
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan // Adult Magical Realism (review)
long story short: a guy finds this bookstore and the books there are magical
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd // Graphic Novel
long story short: in an alternate universe, England was taken over by fascism.
And Then There Were None by Agatha Cristie // Adult Crime
long story short: 10 people are in an island, one by one, they are killed
rating:  (4.5)
The Humans by Matt Haig // Adult Science Fiction
long story short: an alien comes to Earth for an important mission. although, he has to disguise as a human. soon, he learns why humans are such beautiful and terrible creatures.
Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden // Nonfiction (review)
long story short: a story about a North Korean who flees his country
Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan & John Rocco (illustrator) // Greek Mythology, Middle Grade
long story short: a funny guy tells you the greek myths in an understandable way
rating: (3.5)

in which i blogged

4 POSTS EACH MONTH HELL YEAH (although most were scheduled BUTS STILL)

in which there are random topics

okay, maybe i went overboard with the Syrian problems but GUYS! that picture of the Syrian boy really made my heart shatter into a million pieces.

thank you for reading and um, bye!

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


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:

in which i show you a detailed version:

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).
Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman // Short Story, Story Book
long story short: lots of adventure
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.”
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.
14 by Manix Abrera // Philippine Mythology
long story short: a graphic novel without any words, philippine mythological beings have a story to tell

  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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Odelia Reviews: Landline

Book: Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Genre: Adult Contemporary, Magical Realism
Rating: ★★★ (3.50)
Recommend? Yeah, I guess.
Series or Stand-alone? Stand-alone
Cover Review: Really nice! Good job.
Favorite Line: “Even if your heart is broken and attacking you, you’re still not better off without it.”

Add on Goodreads.

I might have a meh review because I lost my notes. Oh well!
(this review contains mild spoilers so beware)

Before anyone of you can say “How dare you give it 3.50 stars!” let me explain myself. Rainbow Rowell is one of my favorite authors and I read almost all of her works. BUT I didn’t love love love this one in particular.

For me, the book was not going anywhere. Almost all of the book go :

Wake up.
Go to work.
Not pay any attention to work.
Focus on my phone only.
Friend asks if I’m fine.
I say “I’m okay.”
Go home.
Relieve past memories.
Miss Neil.

But the weird part is that even if nothing is happening, you still can’t stop reading! You still read on. You still utter “one more page”. Rainbow Rowell is that good. I can probably read a book from her even if the whole book is focusing on how to put on socks.

But then it gets annoying. When is the interesting part going to happen? Everywhere I look I see Georgie crying over the past. Georgie bringing up painful (and happy) memories. Georgie crying. 

And oh my goodness Georgie. I really didn’t like how much she depended on Neil. She keeps on missing him but she doesn’t really do anything about it. She just stares at her phone, all day everyday, waiting for Neil to call her and even calling him herself (but it almost always goes straight to voicemail). Then the magic telephone thing appears and that’s the part where things get interesting. But that part was probably almost half-way of the book.

But I admit, I really did like it. I gave it 4 stars for goodness sake! But my critical side decided to take over Odelia, so I didn’t give it 5 stars.