Monday, September 28

[Review] Maybe Not (Maybe Someday, #1.5) - Colleen Hoover

Author: Colleen Hoover
Original Title: Maybe Not
Publisher: Atria Books
Release Date: November 24th, 2014
Finished Date: April 4th, 2015
Pages: 129
Read in: English

Colleen Hoover, the New York Times bestselling author of Maybe Someday brilliantly brings to life the story of the wonderfully hilarious and charismatic Warren in a new novella, Maybe Not.
When Warren has the opportunity to live with a female roommate, he instantly agrees. It could be an exciting change.
Or maybe not.
Especially when that roommate is the cold and seemingly calculating Bridgette. Tensions run high and tempers flare as the two can hardly stand to be in the same room together. But Warren has a theory about Bridgette: anyone who can hate with that much passion should also have the capability to love with that much passion. And he wants to be the one to test this theory.
Will Bridgette find it in herself to warm her heart to Warren and finally learn to love?
Maybe not.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating: ★★.5 out of 5

Well honestly, I don't even know where to start. This was an extremely popular novella - everyone seemed to love it. I didn't even know it was about Warren and Bridgette; I really thought it would be about Sydney and Ridge's downfall. And I might have enjoyed that more.
The problem I had with this was the problem I have with almost every NA out there: the virginalisation (is that even a word?) of the characters. I mean, no, Bridgette was not a virgin necessarily, but never having had an orgasm? Seriously? I find this hard to believe, that's all.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Tuesday, September 22

[Review] The Perks of Being a Wallflower - Stephen Chbosky

Author: Stephen Chbosky

Original Title: The perks of being a wallflower
Publisher: Pocket Books
Release Date: February 2nd, 2009
Finished Date: March 31st, 2015
Pages: 232
Read in: English

"I walk around the school hallways and look at the people. I look at the teachers and wonder why they're here. Not in a mean way. In a curious way. It's like looking at all the students and wondering who's had their heart broken that day...or wondering who did the heart breaking and wondering why."
Charlie is a freshman. And while he's not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it. Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mixed tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But Charlie can't stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a deeply affecting coming-of-age story that will spirit you back to those wild and poignant roller-coaster days known as growing up.
Source: GoodReads

Final Rating:  out of 5

Please don’t hate me for this. I mean to offend no one.
I had heard wonderful things about The perks of being a wallflower. And by that I mean that it is many people’s favourite book ever. Yep. I was expecting greatness. I was expecting mindblowingness (And no, I don’t even care that that word does not exist. It does now). Instead, I got the meh of an awkward teenager’s life. And note that teenager is a term applied loosely here, considering Charlie sounds like he is a seven year-old.
Don’t get me wrong, it is a very real portrait of the (very) early years of teenager awkwardness. It is also kind of boring. Especially if you see the big twist/reveal at the end coming from the beginning, like I did.

I am a very strong advocate of reading the book before watching the film/tv adaptation, so even though I knew there was a film I did not watch it, but I seriously believe its potential to be better than the book was.

The following extended review contains spoilers
If you have not yet read the book and/or do not wish to be spoiled, please do not read any further.

Tuesday, September 8

[Wrap-Up] July + August!

Hello friends!

I hope you had a lovely summer.
Welcome to the post where I grovel at your feet, apologising for taking so long in posting something. Anything.
It has not been easy these past couple of months - I'm afraid I've been suffering from summer laziness. You know, uni ended, I had tons of free time for the first time in months, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I didn't even read much, unfortunately.
Wow, this all sounds so lame.
Anyway, I'm not going to make excuses, as we can all see I suck at them.
I'm really sorry I've been gone this long, and I hope it won't happen again.
As I've said already, these past two months I've been mostly sleeping. And eating. And then sleeping again. And sometimes, in between, I managed to squeeze in a bit of reading time. Not as much as I wished to, and certainly not as much as my TBR pile needed me to. I can tell you, however, that uni is starting back up again, and my reading is picking up again too. I'm pathetic, I know. Who the heck waits till life starts getting incredibly busy again to get a move on their biggest time consuming hobby?
Anyway, here are the books I read during July and August:
  1. A court of thorns and roses, Sarah J. Maas
  2. Alienated, Melissa Landers
  3. Night of cake & puppets, Laini Taylor
  4. Wedding night, Sophie Kinsella
  5. The heir, Kiera Cass
  6. Cinder, Marissa Meyer
  7. Go the f**k to sleep, Adam Mansbach
  8. Deathnote Vol.1, Tsugumi Ohba & Takeshi Obata
  9. Scarlet, Marissa Meyer
  10. Glitches, Marissa Meyer
  11. The queen's army, Marissa Meyer
There were some surprises amongst these books, and some disappointments too. I'll be posting reviews during September, so watch out for that.

Which books did you read during these months? Do you have any recommendations for me to read in September?

Let me know :)