Of Being 16, On Friends, On Books

While I was scanning for clothes at some store, a group of teens went inside. After a while I heard someone say, “Wow! Muka ka nang Dauntless!” (Wow! You now look like a Dauntless!”) My ears stinged, not out of jealousy for the Dauntless look (Refer to Divergent) but most likely out of curiosity. “Grabe kamuka mo na si Tris!” (“You look like Tris!”)

I don’t know what I felt- a mixture of hope, curiosity and competition, but back when I was 16 I was reading Romeo and Juliet for the feels of it and none of my girl friends fan girl with me.

Good to know some kids read decent literature these days. I see some hope for this generation.

Becca Fitzpatrick Book Signing Philippine Tour

Becca Fitzpatrick Book Signing Philippine Tour

Accidentally, I entered a local bookstore whilst waiting for my friends at the mall, and as I was about to go out of the store, I found this:

BECCA FITZPATRICK TOUR IN THE PHILIPPINES!!!
I was like, wait, Becca. I never thought this would happen.
Does this mean there’ll be a movie? There’ll be Patch and Nora??

I don’t know what I’ll say to Becca.

Yes, Becca.
Please notice me.
Please accept my heart.

Becca, please.

* UPDATE!!! 3-29-2014 I met and hugged and talked with Becca! ♥ Another post here

A Book Recommendation: Fifty Shades of Grey

Idling is an everyday affair for me at work. Don’t get me wrong, I  am not neglecting my work, rather I just don’t have anything much to work with. And in those times when I don’t do much, I read. My seatmate is a very nice person. We chat a lot and I’m not gonna tell you about what :p She’s so intrigued by me and keeps asking why I read so damn much and why can’t I just watch the movie adaptation of the books and I kept telling her that it’s not the same and we just can’t disagree more. She’s the movie person. When I get home, I and spend hours of reading, she spend hours AND hours of watching  movies. She actually lent me DVDs!

Getting back to intrigue, (I really need to learn how to use transition phrases for writing) she asked me what book I can recommend for her to read. Of course, I went on this full litany of what-to-reads and what amazing books are bombs (at least according to me), telling her how accomplished I am as person for influencing her with books when she asked me if Fifty Shades of Grey is a good read.

 I’ve read Fifty Shades of Grey earlier this year and I must admit shamefullythat I’ve re-read the book for 3 times, I think. At the time she asked me, I still haven’t read this review of FSOG and I told her it’s a good book.

*1 I’m not being a woman-sanctified here but all I’m saying is that I read this without using my healthy brain and ignored all the debasement shit and all that “if only I can discover the dark side of you and prove that I can still accept you, you’ll definitely love me back” shit, that I think most women dream of. And this is just a normal contemporary romance fiction. I’m not closed to the proposition of BDSM though……..

While I am oggling at the promise of brevity of Jane Eyre, my seatmate erupts like,

“Lizbeth, what the F is this” ..

“I don’t understand why she’s letting him do this to her” .. “

WHY THE HELL IS GREY LIKE THIS” ..

“OH MY GOD DID HE JUST ACTUALLY HIT HIM ON THE VAGINA”

” !!!!!! “

It’s amusing.

And of course I’m all like… 

emma 

Although I could have given her a different book and come out more satisfied with the influence I gave her, I’m still happy she’s reading a book albeit her protests of Christian Grey’s sexuality.

Asylum – Madeleine Roux

Last time, I share how Asylum caught my attention in the bookstore and how badly I recommnded it to my friend, Mikel Ferry. he finished it before I did and he told me we could talk about it once I’m finished. He said it was “ok” but I am dead ashamed to my bones for recommending it to another person.

The book was a grade-schooler! (-_____-)”

I finished the book because I did npot want to regret the time I had spent reading this book. Also because I just wanted to finish it so bad I skimmed most of the story. I mean, it would make any difference. Characters are under-developed, conflicts come out of nowhere and soved out of nowhere. There is much confusion with who’s associated with who and characters just happen to spin around on air.

The photgraphs may be a salvaging factor for this book but it wouldn’t make up for this prose. I cannot believe it has a sequel.

*but of course, since the author had this published, that must account for something*

Weird Books

Last saturday, I told myself I’d have to stay inside a bookstore and browse for books that I don’t usually find in goodreads. Not that goodreads is insufficient, I just don’t browse enough to find “good, new” ones.
So I was there for 30 minutes (coz I was suppposed to see a movie with someone then so I went and checked for movie schedules) and I saw various books, from YA to microwave baked cakes. What caught my attention was these two books:Image.

1. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Well, I’ve been seeing Miss Peregrine’s in goodreads and I thought it’s just an OK book. so I didn’t really paid any more attention. It turned out to be the exact book I want to read because I want to read books from a genre I’ve never actually considered before- horror/ thriller.

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2. Asylum

What ACTUALLY made me stay for 15mins was this book. I mean, it’s so mysterious and overall creepy. But I read bad reviews regarding this book. But before I have a concluded prejudice about this, I stopped reading reviews. I’ll just have to rate it myself.