01/ The girl of ink & stars by Kiran Millwood Hargrave
I mostly got interested in the book because of the gorgeous cover. It was a good read though I guess I expected something a little more. [Spoilers ahead] Perhaps there should have been more details about the mystery of the island and one character's death I didn't like. I mean sacrifice has to be make and all but really, it just seems if you've gone through hell to rescue someone, they should at least live a little longer at the end, just saying. [Spoilers ends] The writing is beautifully crafted and not to mention the cover.
Favorite passage: "The night was hauntingly clear. The stars revealed their places in constellations and the moon's pull felt physical on my short hair. Something was happening to the very air we walked through. It was tense, alive and threatening, the island in the grip of forces shifting imperceptibly beneath my feet."
02/ My grandmother sends her regards & apologies by Fredrik Backman, translated from the Swedish by Henning Koch aka My grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry
A book full of eccentric characters especially the Granny and her seven-year-old granddaughter Elsa who likes Harry Potter and thinks they are the only books worth reading. She wears a Gryffindor scarf also which is mentioned a lot. There are mysterious behind all the eccentric characters and each one unfolds with each letter Elsa delivers. Occasionaly there are some Swedish terms that I didn't quite get but overall, quite an easy, fun read.
Favorite passage: "Death's greatest power is not that it can make people die, but that it can make people want to stop living."
Ella: Ella is the Cinderella story made longer and with more of a backstory. I actually like this ending a whole lot better. To me, it makes a whole lot of sense because I think no one really falls in love with someone in just one short meeting or even with just one kiss. Plus Ella didn't just sit around waiting for the prince, she actually lived and did things and made hard decisions - I think that's what I like about this Cinderella.
Ella's Will: I suppose I got a bit biased toward Will because he is such a good person. He is someone who actually thinks before he acts, someone who understands people and the kind of someone who we all hope our prince charming would be like. In other words, he is the nice guy. I can't find fault in him although like everyone else, he can't always control his anger - he did punched one fellow for badmouthing Ella but that fellow deserves it. I suppose it makes no difference which book you read first but I do recommend reading Will first because to me, Will's side of the story has details that I think seems to be missing or lacking from Ella's story.
Favorite passage: "She had to be the one to take her fate into her own hands, without waiting to be rescued. She had always been this way, but I had thought that surely this last trial would be the one where she would finally need a rescuer. Only this time, in her own hour of deepest desperations, when I had come to save her, she had already saved herself." (from Ella's Will)
The stories are pretty well told but I think some of the longer ones are not as interesting as the shorter ones. Not to say they're boring but some back stories are long explanations that are best being summarized or shortened somehow.
Favorite passage: "A man should keep his little brain-attic stocked with all the furniture that he is likely to use and the rest he can put away in the lumberroom of his library, where he can get it if he wants it."
05/ The fault in our starts by John Green
Yep, I took a whole year to read this little book. I did like it but I guess I prefer a happier ending. Augustus Waters aka Gus is a wonderfully, quirky guy and I like his character a whole lot. I kind of wished it was his story that is being told as I find him more intriguing than Hazel. Not to say Hazel wasn't interesting but somehow Gus is just a way better character. It's just ashamed we do not get more of his story because a one-legged boy who drives erratically and dangles a unlit cigarette at the corner of his mouth deserves some real back story instead of him just being sick and then meeting Hazel.
Favorite passage: "I couldn't be mad at him for even a moment, and only now that I loved a grenade did I understand the foolishness of trying to save others from my own impending fragmentations: I couldn't unlove Augustus Waters. And I didn't want to."
06/ Adulthood is a myth by Sarah Andersen
This is a comic but oh-so-fun comic. Every scenio is right on target, exactly how many of us feels during those situations.
07/ Keturah and Lord Death by Martine Leavitt
The beginning is oh-so-wonderful but I didn't quite like the end. It didn't feel complete. Perhaps I missed something in the reading or perhaps I expected too much. It is a short book. I suppose it would have been better if it was a bit longer or perhaps not having too long an explanation for the end is better so that the reader can add some of their thoughts into it.
Favorite passage: "I had heard tales of scholars who said the stars were really great suns, but so far away they appeared as pinpoints of lights. Everyone knew that it was impossible and laughed at the scholars.
But now, as I gazed upward, I hoped it was true - hoped that the cold, empty sky cold be filled with such heat and light, that the universe could be something impossible, something beyond my eyes and imagination, something unholdable."
Read any good book lately that you would recommend?