#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

This is the book that I want to take with me anywhere I go at all times to remind me of the things that I aspire in life. I want to actually have a physical copy of this book and value it like a treasure. I have never read a book before that I have highlights and notes to a lot of its pages.

#GirlBoss is the story of the author herself, Sophia Amoruso, about how, from forgoing education at seventeen, dove into the world of dumpster diving, hitchhiking and shoplifting, she became the founder and CEO of the million dollar company called Nasty Gal.

“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.”

I admire Sophia’s character because with the way she described herself in the book – very outgoing, a risk taker, giving no damn care to what other people say – never had it occurred to me that she is in fact an introvert. Sophia is everything that I am intimidated about. A total opposite of a very shy me even though I’m a fellow introvert myself. I admire how curious and observant she is and how she doesn’t want to ‘settle’, she’s in constant move to try new things – another opposite of me as I am a creature of habit and even little changes freaks me out.

“Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you can do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams. Take care of the little things—even the little things that you hate—and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”

#GirlBoss doesn’t only include Sophia’s story but it also offers tips and advises about many things in life especially in being an adult. She touched things about finances, on being a boss and an employee, tips for applying for a job and going for an interview, also things about investment and promoting your business or brand – the part where I was lost a bit.

What I loved about this book is its relatability and I am a witness to that. I remember while reading I’ve muttered to myself, “What have I done with my life?”, “Where have I been?” and “What have I been doing with my life all these time?” Her life stories are surreal; I can even say that it’s like ‘rags to riches’ kind of a story. Maybe the reason why I related so much in this book is that advises in here are applicable to my life right now which in a way affected me greatly.

 

“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, “Hey, can I have that?”

When I finished reading the book at 2 in the morning, a quote suddenly popped up in mind “Experience is life’s best teacher.” Indeed. At such a young age, she had experience a lot and those experiences have honed her to become the kind of person that she is now.

“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”

#GirlBoss gave me another huge dose of inspiration.  It is an entertaining and easy read. I recommend it especially to someone like me who is currently stuck in life or even if you just want to read something that can give you some things to ponder about.

“I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare.”

Life is short and I’ve already used up almost a quarter of it so it’s better to get this butt moving and busy.

Graduates in Wonderland by Jessica Pan & Rachel Kapelke-Dale

18668008I can say that this book is out of my comfort zone since if you know me, I mostly read crime-thriller books  just because I like the thrill and suspense it gives, I also read a number of young adult books. But for the hope of venturing out and exposing myself to some other new genres, I am making this small step of introducing myself to these kinds of novels as I also have an interest on memoir-like, true story, self-help books wherein I’d learn a ton of things.

Graduates in Wonderland is about two best friends, Jessica and Rachel, who have kept in touch with each other through e-mails after they graduated from Brown University and went on their separate ways to pursue their dreams. Jess flew out to Beijing, China and Rach went to New York. Each spent the next few years of their lives figuring out what they want while balancing work, study and love life.  Their e-mails from all other places like Malaysia, Australia, and Paris, composed of their stories about their lives, from finding jobs to dating guys and advises for each other’s dilemmas and everything in between.

I freaking love everything about this book. I LOVED IT! The book was written as an exchanges of e-mails between the two authors which I am a huge fan of. Two thumbs up for that! The authors stories about their lives after college are so relatable and hilarious. I am aware that I’ve had a lot of moments when as I am picturing their stories, I am also picturing mine as well. I must say this book is a MUST-READ for all college graduates and twenty-something people. You’ll really learn a lot. If I have discovered this book before, will I still be living like this now?

Maybe I’m projecting and I’m trying to get them to solve my problems for me.” – Me, every time. Every freaking time. Geez. 😦

I really admire and envy their courage in pursuing the things that they want no matter what the hurdles are. They stumbled down and made mistakes but they also found ways to stand back up on their feet again. No matter how confused they were as to whether they were doing the right things or not, they somehow made it work. Just three years after graduating from university, they have already experienced so much in life like: flying to a country wherein you cannot understand a thing and is unemployed, people laughing at your broken sentences and accents, dating different kinds of guys, working on different jobs, hitting by a car and survived, having panic attacks, falling deep in love to follow the love of your life to Malaysia and Australia. Well, with that I couldn’t help to compare myself, I am officially on my fifth year since I graduated from nursing school and my adventure book is still unmarked, clean, blank. I pity those five long years being wasted for nothing. I have even imagined myself what if I am one of them, will I do the same as they did? Will I have the same decisions as they did?

I can’t believe we’re almost twenty-five. Life moves fast. Don’t be stupid like me.” – Hits me right in the heart, I’m  turning twenty-five this year and I’m so stupid for wasting five years of my life for nothing where in that long time I could’ve gone far.

Nothing was ever accomplished by someone who sits in their apartment alone waiting for life to begin.” – Ouch! Another hundreds of arrows in my heart. So guilty. So me.

Graduates in Wonderland gave me a whirlwind of emotions. I laughed, cried, giggled, worried, disappointed, scared, this book has it all. I am literally typing this up just minutes after finishing the book, so I’m still high from all of the feels. It is very relatable and very easy to read, has a lot of humor and lessons as well. For me there was no dull moment. It was entertaining start to finish. I highly recommend this! Especially if you’re fresh out of college or just someone like me who is struggling or still trying to figure a lot of things out. This just gave me another gigantic dose of inspiration and motivation, so give this a read. 🙂

The Moon and More by Sarah Dessen

I have read a number of Sarah Dessen’s books, so that makes me no stranger to her stories formula and style and I have to admit that I have loved many of those. After reading The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks last week, I was still in the mood for something that’s light and chill, that’s how Dessen came to mind.

The Moon and More is about Emaline, a small-town 18 year-old girl from Colby, spends her last summer before she’s off to college, trying to figure out a lot of things in her life. She works in their family business, has a great family, has a perfect boyfriend and a full ride to a college just two hours away from her home. Sounds great, right? Then suddenly comes in the picture her biological father, who has been MIA for most of her life, who also wants her to go to Columbia for college. She starts to have issues about her relationship with her boyfriend, Luke. She also has to deal with two New Yorkers who rented one of their beach houses: Ivy, an award-winning filmmaker and Theo, her intern who will make Emaline realize the huge possibilities that outside of Colby can offer.

The book has many elements that made me happy. It portrayed things that happens in  a normal day-to-day life. The characters were believable and very relatable. I found comparing myself to Emaline for a few times. I have also related to her a lot about the family thing and being anxious yet excited for the future. I admired Emaline’s character because she was simple and content of the life she has, in a sense that she wasn’t too eager to get out of that small town and she wasn’t obsessing about the grand things that life can offer although she was still curious as to what’s outside of Colby has. I found Theo’s character frustrating towards the latter half of the novel, maybe because he was overly optimistic that he had the tendency to become overly persistent and pushy. I know it wasn’t bad at all but to me he somehow became too confident and close-minded. Setting wise, of course I loved it, as I’ve said before I love me a story set in a small-town and add in the beach, oh boy will I ever get tired of that. ^^

I enjoyed reading this book and will recommend it if you want to read something to kill time but I will say that this isn’t my favorite out of all the books of Dessen’s, she has better books than this one. I know I wanted something light to read but this is too light to my liking. For me, this is a so-so book, not so great but not so bad either. 🙂

Here are some of my favorite quotes I’ve found in the book:

“As long as you were moving, you were always going somewhere.” – I don’t know what it is but this somehow is inspiring for me.

“Tomorrow is the most important thing in life. Comes into us at midnight very clean. It’s perfect when it arrives and puts itself in our hands. It hopes we’ve learned something from yesterday.” – Another inspiring one isn’t it? Yes? No? 😀

“You can never be sure of anyone until you’re close enough to see them clearly.” – I found this striking because I know for sure that it’s true.

“Life is long. Just because you don’t get your chance right when you want or expect it doesn’t mean it won’t come. Fate doesn’t punch a time clock or consult a schedule.” – For me, this is the most inspiring out of them all.

“The mistakes you make now count. Not for everything, and not forever. But they do matter, and they shape you. If you take nothing else form what I’ve been through, at least remember this: make your choices well. Because you’ll always be accountable for them. That’s what being an adult is all about.” – This has been a constant reminder/nagging for me since I’ve read it,  make your choices well. Being an adult is truly hard.

“The thing is, you can’t always have the best of everything. Because for a life to be real, you need it all: good and bad, beach and concrete, the familiar and the unknown, big talkers and small towns.” – I agree.

That’s all folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading this one. Feel free to let me know your thoughts about this folks if you’ve read it. 🙂

The Rescue by Nicholas Sparks

200009-the-rescue-680x1020Since I have been reading a lot of crime-thriller novels for quite a long while already, after the last book I’ve read it then hit me. I thought it was time to take a break from the detective world and things about murder and serial killings and try something new to read, genre wise I mean. I noticed that the thing that I looked forward to from the last book I’ve read was some cheesy, corny lines and a lot of giggles and feels. So I thought, it was time for some romance novel and when you say romance the author that automatically comes to mind is the ever so great Nicholas Sparks or at least for me.

The Rescue started out when Denise got into a car accident and her four year-old son, Kyle, got out of the car and was lost in the woods. A volunteer firefighter, Taylor McAden, came in the picture as the one who saw Denise’s car and helped out to search for Kyle. And that was the beginning of it all.

I am a fan of a story set in a small town – it’s easier for me to imagine the place – and  of course, mysterious guys with mysterious past, who wouldn’t get curious with that. Add in a simple, yet beautiful and courageous woman which I found so admirable. Someone who was ready to do anything and sacrifice everything just for the betterment of her son. I also liked that the fact that the leading man wasn’t the typical millionaire living in a grand world with perfect looks. I liked it that he was just a simple man, working here, volunteering there and basically just wanted to live a simple, uncomplicated life. Two thumbs up for that.

Though it has a slow start, it was still a fun and smooth read. I did not find it hard to read at all, in fact, I’ve read this only for two nights. At some point, I was concerned if all of my questions will be answered in the end and I was so glad that it all did. If you want to read something light and pass your time then you can give this a try, I have even shed tears in one or two parts. Would I recommend this? Of course, I will. I have enjoyed reading this one. ^^

Let me end this post by sharing some of my favorite quotes I found in the book:

You’re going to come across people in your life who say all the right words at all the right times. But in the end, it’s always their actions you should judge them by. It’s actions, not words, that matter.” – I just couldn’t agree more with this. So true. Actions speaks louder than words, indeed.

People come, people go – they’ll drift in and out of your life, almost like characters in a favorite book.  When you finally close the cover, the characters have told their story and you start  up again with another book, complete with new characters and adventures. Then you find yourself focusing on the new ones, not the ones from the past.” – I find myself guilty of this, in the literal sense about the characters.

Even now, not a day goes by when I don;t wish I could turn back the clock and change what happened.” – Who wouldn’t agree with this. This is me, everyday.

Hope you enjoyed. If you have read this book, feel free to share what you thought about it. 🙂

A Thin Dark Line by Tami Hoag

tami hoagThis was one of the last books that I’ve picked up in my favorite second hand bookstore some time last year mainly because the cover gave me a slight creepy feeling and it was a pretty thick book which what I was going for at the time.

A Thin Dark Line is about finding the truth and giving justice. People of Bayou Breaux has been terrorized with fear when the mutilated body of the murder victim, Pam Bichon has been discovered in which the prime suspect was set free because of technicality. Nick Fourcade, the detective assigned with the case was suspected of planting the evidence and a number of people was convinced because of his tarnished past. But Nick was so determined to find out the truth and to give Pam justice and so is Annie Broussard, the deputy who found Pam’s body.

I liked how the story started, I thought the epilogue was written in a unique way that has really captured my curiosity. I remember feeling so frustrated as I was reading, the book also showed an ugly side of the law and the people who should be upholding it. But the frustration was more for Annie and how she was treated or should I say bullied by her colleagues for her conviction of a crime she witnessed. The way her coworkers played her, chewed her, looked down on her, those made me want to slap those officers in their faces left and right and give them a fiery flying kick. Those people really had gotten on my nerves. The book also had me guessing as to who the culprit was which I like of course, I had a few changes in mind which added to my frustration and enjoyment. The author’s misdirection was on point. The twist in the end was something I did not see coming which was a plus but I found it not that impactful for me. I also thought that the story was a bit dragged on maybe that’s why the thrill and anticipation wasn’t held on that much.

A Thin Dark Line didn’t disappoint me. All in all, it was a great and enjoyable read. The characters were believable and the differences in their personalities made it more interesting. All the loose ends were nicely wrapped – a huge CLAP CLAP for that – and with that I felt so contented and satisfied. Not supplementing my curiosity and/or not answering all of my questions in a story is the thing that I hate the most. Will I recommend it? Of course, I will. It’s a good book to read. Tami Hoag is definitely an addition to the list of crime-thriller authors that I like.

Rate: 👍👍👍👍

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

13579626I started reading this book without knowing anything about it so it kind of shock me when I found out while reading this that this is a ghost story in a unique way. It’s a story about a family who went back to their country house to claim their inheritance from their deceased father and husband, Richard Walkers. The house was inhabited by two ghosts, Alice and Sandra, who also once resided the house when they were alive. The story was told interchangeably by the characters, using each part/room of the house as the setting.

The whole concept was really appealing to me, I thought it was really good, the story of the living and the dead intersects in the present time. Sounds cool, right? But I don’t  know, honestly, I am not a fan of this book. The characters were all flawed, fighting their own battles with themselves: vices, sadness, loneliness, and even suicide. I did not find that weird or alien at all, maybe I just did not get as to where those negativities came from or maybe I was just not that convinced about it. They all seemed to hate Richard Walker, except for Trenton, but it wasn’t really explored as to why they hate him or maybe the reasons were not strong enough for it to be convincing. It was just plainly told, he was an asshole, but I don’t really understand as to how and why.  I was so eager and curious to know but that wasn’t given to me. Also Trenton was so engrossed with committing suicide but I just don’t get why he wanted it so badly, or maybe the reasons were, again, just too shallow for me. I don’t know, those parts really frustrated me a lot.

It was also a little bothersome for me that the story was told by many characters, if I’m not mistaken I was reading like seven point of views, and that was just too many for me. Good thing though that, the story wasn’t so repetitive, it may be a new character’s point of view but usually it picked up where it was left off. There were parts wherein the story being told from the present to the past then back to the present, I found some of that a little confusing.

I am a fan of the whole idea of it: the living people and the  ghosts residing in one house full of history, secrets and mystery and using every part of the house as the setting. It thought it was a brilliant idea, a big clap clap for that. I guess the execution and delivery just wan’t enough.

Have you read this book? What are your thoughts about it? I’m really curious.

The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider

This was one of those books that I discovered and robyngotten curious of because it was talked a lot in pretty much everywhere when it first came out but I have managed to put off reading it until this time. At first I didn’t know that it’s a Young Adult book, I actually thought it’s like a self-help one, meaning I have no idea at all as to what this book is about.

The Beginning of Everything is about how the life of the golden-boy, Ezra Faulkner, changed after one accident that pretty much shattered his plans, career, and social life and status. From being the popular Mr. Perfect, awesome tennis player with a hot girlfriend to a walking mess with a cane, who lost himself after a car accident. It’s a story of Ezra discovering and finding himself.

The story started out good, I was thrilled when I realized that it was being narrated by Ezra himself, it was just unexpected because it has been a while since the last time I’ve read something in a guy’s perspective. It was light and a fast-read, I also found myself imagining my high school days a lot. One of the things that I liked about this book is that it’s relatable in general, like being a teenager trying to fit in, living in some standards and doing the things that other people expects them to do even though they don’t want to. The story itself was decent and good enough for me, I was actually content about how it all turned out but I was not at all satisfied about Cassidy’s reasons behind her mysterious and reserved nature which was the thing that really frustrated me a lot while reading.

Through this book, I discovered the word Sillage, the word for when you have a lingering impression of something having passed by (the thought of it amuses me). I also have found and highlighted a few quotes that I felt attached to, it just felt like it speaks for me.

“Keeping quite was safe. Words could betray you if you chose the wrong ones, or mean less if you used too many. Jokes could be grandly miscalculated, or stories deemed boring, and I’d learned early on that my sense of humor and ideas about what sorts of things were fascinating didn’t exactly overlap with my friends.” — This quote applies to me, couldn’t agree more with it. This is my reason as well as to why I choose to stay quiet most of the time.

“Tell me, what is it you plan to do / With your one wild and precious life?” — I asked this to myself too since it’s so applicable to my life right now.

“I wondered what things became when you no longer needed them, and I wondered what the future would hold once we’d gotten past our personal tragedies and proven them ultimately survivable.” — This gives me hope that my problems and challenges in life are, just like what it says, survivable (I like that word). I’ll get over them, learn from them and be inspired by them.

“Oscar Wilde once said that to live is the rarest thing in the world, because most people just exist, and that’s all.  I don’t know if he’s right, but I do know that I spent a long time existing, and now,  I intend to live.” — Need I say more? The latter part is my favorite. I’ve found my new mantra.

All in all, it was a good read, a fast and easy one. Made me ponder about myself and my life.

Sight Unseen by Robert Goddard

SightUnseenThis is the first book that I’ve read by Goddard. I picked it up randomly in my favorite thrift bookstore so I started reading it not knowing what to expect. The story centered about an abduction of a two-year-old girl named Tamsin Hall and a murder of her sister Miranda Hall on 27th July of 1981 at Avebury while out in a walk under the watch of their nanny. One of the witnesses was a Ph.D student David Umber, who was sitting in a pub waiting for his appointment with Mr. Griffin, who was supposed to show him a velum bound books that he claimed could help Umber in his study about the Junius’ letters but he never showed up. Then twenty-three years later, the wounds was again reopened, and David Umber embarked on a quest to search for answers, to know what really happened that day at Avebury.

I have to admit though that the start has kind of confused me maybe because it was describing about a place or history that I wasn’t really familiar with. And speaking of which, there really was a history involved in this book about British politics, the Junius’ letters played a role in this. I must also admit that during the parts in the book wherein it was telling the story behind the letters and where it came from and who wrote them, I felt lost because I couldn’t really comprehend it and I told myself that it was somewhat understandable because it was something that I really had no idea, it was just so alien to me.

But the story itself was pretty much captivating, I had my guesses as to who the culprit was but I never stuck to any one of them for so long because of the twists and turns on the plot. I wouldn’t say that it was cleverly written as some parts were just weird or that they just came out of the blue and I wasn’t really that satisfied about the ending but I wasn’t too disappointed about it either. I also felt like the other characters were abandoned, in a sense that I would want to know what happened to them and that also pertains to the culprits.

I admire and have always been fascinated about the authors who can skillfully weave history into their stories while coming up with interesting twists and I am convinced that Goddard has that. All in all, this book is a good and decent read to pass your time and chill out with. And I am definitely interested to read more of Goddard’s works.

Modern Romance by Aziz Ansari

41LaBpUJBHLI have set no expectations for this book because if you know me, I usually read crime thriller novels, young adults and yes romance and this book is not one of those though, technically, it is about relationships. My problem with humor books as to why I don’t usually lean on reading them is because most of the time I don’t get them, I just don’t understand them. I think my sense of humor isn’t really that great but I’m really glad that I gave this a try. I must admit though that it took me weeks to read this, well the latter half I just finished literally like two hours ago from typing up this post.

Modern Romance isn’t just about humor, which is actually a huge bonus, it also presents facts, analysis and statistics about how today’s romance works, which makes it like a legit study. Those things and add in to the consideration that he worked with sociologists, got involved with focus groups and made his own researches and even incorporated his own experiences that made me feel like I was reading a thesis but with a touch of comedy which I found really awesome and not really burdensome to read. Modern Romance covered everything about relationships, from how love and relationships differed and evolved from the 1950’s and the factors that ignited such changes to how it is today. He even tackled about the role of technology to love and relationships, its effects, the advantages and the disadvantages as well. He basically covered from the first acquaintance to marriage and beyond.

I can be the president of the No Boyfriend Since Birth Club meaning I have no experience at all with dating, commitments and stuff but I still found this book relatable, so how much more to people who have really experience such things. I can say that Modern Romance offers you knowledge and laughter as well. I’ll give you this quote in the book that still cracks me up until now.

“You are a lotion that moisturizes my heart. Without you, my soul has eczema.”

See what I mean by laughter? I’ve actually learned a lot from this book and I can say that while reading Modern Romance you’ll find that you’re unconsciously scrutinizing and analyzing yourself, your ways and your reasons. And you’ll even realize that you’re applying Aziz’s facts and examples to yourself.

Modern Romance is a fun and enjoyable read. Would I recommend this? Yes, of course, if you want to read something that can give you knowledge and entertainment and at the same time is very relatable. So, I’ll end this post with another quote from the book:

“Have faith in people. A person may seem just okay, but if you really invest time in the relationship, maybe they’ll be greater than you assume.”

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins

81XwkjrFvTLI know, I am so late in the bandwagon with this one and that was because when this book was at the height of its hype, I was actually busy reading other books. Though I wasn’t really behind with the knowledge that this has been compared with Gillian Flynn’s ‘Gone Girl’ so much which I haven’t gotten to read yet and I’m not really sure if I ever will but I’ve seen the movie and honestly, until now I still don’t know how I feel about it. Maybe that was one other reason why I sat this aside to read for quite a while.

While I was reading it, I kind of had a glimpse as to why this has been compared to Gone Girl. This book has been a mess from start to finish. No, it’s not the story or the book itself, I’m referring to the characters. Wow, can they get any messier than that? There are six main characters, three females and three males. The story were told interchangeably between the three females – which is nicely done – to whom I must say, all has a thing about motherhood or being a mom.

Personally, I found this book slow-paced in the beginning that made me kind of just forced myself to read it through then it got interesting when it started to play my mind. I found myself guessing here and there, speculating this and that, suspecting him and her. This didn’t just toyed my mind, it also toyed my feelings. I had a love and hate relationship with the characters especially Rachel. Their mentality and choices frustrated me big time like a lot. This is a psychological thriller indeed. It was gripping towards the end but there was something about the ending that didn’t really flatter me.

I could say that this is a decent and well-written book considering that this is the author’s first thriller book. It isn’t really that bad. All in all, it was an enjoyable read even though I was really ambivalent throughout the story which I think kind of added to the thrill while reading. There were also a lot of interesting surprises. Would I recommend it? I think so, if you are looking for something to pass time, you can read this in one sitting. But if you are a fan of Gone Girl or if you liked it so much, maybe lower you expectations with this one. There were similarities yes but bear in mind that this is a different book, different story. Just don’t expect it to be exactly the same with Gone Girl because they are not.