22 July 2017

Me Before You (Should've Posted This Ages Ago)


Author: Jojo Moyes

Genre: Contemporary, Adult, Romance

Blurb: Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn't know is she's about to lose her job or that knowing what's coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now, and he knows exactly how he's going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn't know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they're going to change the other for all time.

I never expected myself to like the book this much. Not because of people's negative reviews. (I distanced myself from as many reviews as possible so I had very limited knowledge about the book before going into it).

Since this was a book within the adult genre, I felt that it was somewhat more realistic. Lou Clark is a 27 year old who still lives with her parents and would sometimes argue with her younger sister in order to receive the attention of her parents. Also, she was almost 'poor' and she lived in a fairly disadvantaged neighbourhood.

I was lucky that the Grishams were the hot news of the evening, or I might have been the topic conversation. In our street, if you climbed into an expensive car it meant you had either pulled a footballer or were being arrested by the plain-clothes police.

Lou Clark also had an interesting personality and a quirky fashion sense. Sometimes she was awkward, sometimes she was passionate, sometimes she was cringy.

Will Traynor was obviously very different in comparison to Lou. He was pretty blunt and sarcastic.

"I just don't really like foreign films."           "Everything after Local Bloody Hero has been a foreign film. D'you think Hollywood is a suburb of Birmingham?"                                                        "Funny."

However, I was surprised that he wasn't straightforward all the time.

I liked how this book had its funny and lighthearted moments such as the dialogue that took place between Will and Lou Clark. I also liked how the POVs outside of Lou's were placed there for a decent reason (at least for me).

On the other side, this book deals with complicated issues like abuse and the controversial topic of whether Dignitas is right or wrong.

Personally, I felt that Lou should not have tried to almost force Will to do things like attend a horse racing event in order to make him happy enough to forget about Dignitas. Another problem I had was that Will still went to Dignitas :( I could understand why he did it, though. On the other hand, there have been complaints from people with disabilities that argued that Will Traynor acts as if it's impossible to live life happily while on a wheelchair. While I do agree that that aspect of the novel is very problematic, I don't believe that the author wrote this book with bad intentions. I say this without dismissing the opinions of those who have been offended by this book.

My second complaint is concerning this quote in Nathan's POV: 

His blood pressure was down. His colour was returning to normal in front of me. I let out a breath I didn't realise I was holding. 

^ Oh, for flip's sake. This novel was published in 2012  so less people probably complained about it back then. Whatever.

Also, though this book was almost long and didn't melt my brain, I felt that it wasn't so special. Not that it was boring and super ordinary but it was not as magical as others made it seem to be. However, it was fun but sad and full of familiar English banter so I was satisfied.

Recommendation: For those who are curious.

Content: Swearing, kissing, also mentioned that the protagonist had sex but gave no real description of what happened.

4 stars our of five

18 July 2017

A Letter to my 20 year old self

I got this idea from Nabila (I know she didn't invent it but I definitely wanted to make one after seeing her post.)

So... here comes my most personal post that I've ever written publicly 😂

Dear Grace,

Make sure you don't constantly check back on this post, now. You need it to be somewhat of a surprise when you open it. Also, this isn't the most well structured letter you've written but 18 YEAR OLD GRACE DIDN'T GIVE ANY CARES, OKAY?!

You were eighteen when you posted this letter. You are twenty now. That really isn't much of an age difference but hopefully you have matured a lot more (shame on you if you haven't 😝).

How are you? Did you get the glo up you were looking for? Are you still as anxious? Do you have more friends now  (internet and in Ireland)? Are you less bitter? Do you like Fantasy books now? Have you read a lot of enjoyable books? Do you have any new favourite authors now? (Holly Smale and Harper Lee were basically your only favourites when you made this) Do you hate romance as much as you used to? If you have turned into a sucker for romance you better give a good reason. Seriously. Currently, you only care about the romance in K-dramas, though you only really liked the romance in Cinderella and the Four Knights.

Speaking about romance, do you have a (real life) crush now? Have you actually managed to find a boy that qualifies as 'crush material' (and also, do you still have the same celebrity crush that you had back in 2015 and even 2017? Hint: Ji Ho (Gentleman) from Shib Chil (I hope you get the reference, Grace >.<). Has your taste in boys changed? If so, I hope it hasn't changed too much. You had (probably still have) really good taste. In case you have forgotten, you liked skinny, cute almost 'pretty' boys that were very kind and gentle when you were 18. You didn't really care if they were short, after all, you're pretty short yourself (about 162cm) and you believed that it wouldn't even matter if they were even two inches shorter than you (but if they were any shorter, they could probably be mistaken as your younger brother. JUST SAYING (a phrase that you used to only use passive aggressively on purpose. Do you still do that now?))

Also, do you have a boyfriend now? If so, then shoot, that would be a plot twist O.o

Have you finished that story you made that was based on your Junior Certificate experience? If not, you should probably give up writing it now. Seriously. And I hope you have won a writing contest. If not, that's okay. Have you participated in NaNoWriMo yet?

I also hope you've read some books by some bloggers, Grace!

I hope you're much better at Spanish and Korean. You should be able to write Korean sentences well by now! Also, have you started learning Mandarin yet? You were super interested in it when you were 18.

Do you know how to drive now? You really should...

I also hope you're in college by now. I hope you're enjoying your subjects.

You should also know how to cook jollof rice. Come on, Grace...

How's your Christian life going? 18 year old Grace struggled a lot. 

I hope you have a lot more clothes now and are more bold to walk out in anything you want.

I hope you are taking care of yourself and others. Platonic affection is so important!

I hope you're still not afraid of having unpopular opinions sometimes.

Remember to read this, okay? Also, reply to all the questions, okay?

And lastly, don't cry when you read this, you big baby 😝

What did you guys think of this? Would you like to do one yourself?

8 July 2017

What the Fudge Happened Here?: Mini Reseñas

It's been a while since I've done this... yet I bring super old reviews that I should have posted last year or some months ago.

Finding Audrey - Sophie Kinsella


Genre: UKYA, Mental Health, Romance

Blurb: An anxiety disorder disrupts fourteen year old Audrey's daily life. She has been making slow but steady progress with Dr Sarah, but when Audrey meets Linus, her brother's gaming teammate, she is energised. She connects with him. Audrey can talk through her fears with Linus in a way she's never been able to do with anyone before. As their friendship deepens and her recovery gains momentum, a sweet romantic connection develops, one that helps not just Audrey but also her entire family. (Goodreads)

The first line starts with "OMG." Tut tut tut.

Audrey often has sessions with Dr Sarah, her therapist, who gently reminds Audrey that she can only improve gradually.

Audrey and Linus' relationship isn't perfect. It seems like a normal relationship but it makes me cringe. I don't see much point in it. She just liked the first good looking guy she saw come inside her house. Also this,

"Hey , Orange Slice." I touch hands and we brush mouths together. 
Brush mouths. The cringe is very real.

Content: Swearing (In English, Korean, Russian), Kissing
3 stars our of five

Heartless - Marissa Meyer


Genre: Fairy tale retelling, Fantasy, YA

Blurb: Long before Alice fell down the rabbit hole...

And before roses were painted red...

The Queen of Hearts was just a girl, in love for the first.

The first thing I must mention is the description of the lemon tarts at the beginning was absolutely tantalising. 

I was very surprised with how this retelling turned out, offering very credible explanations to explain the randomness of Alice in Wonderland.

Overall, an interesting read.

Content: Kissing, Violence

3 stars out of five

The Unexpected Everything - Marissa Meyer


Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary, Family

Blurb: Before the scandal, Andie had important plans. And zero of them involved walking an insane amount of dogs, being in the same house as her dad or hanging out with Clark. Now there's a whole summer stretching out in front of Andie without a plan. And Andie always sticks to the plan.

But here's the thing - if everything's always mapped out, you can never find the unexpected. And where's the fun in that?

I'm going to admit this: while I was reading the first 100 pages I was determined on giving this book 2 or 2.5 stars.

Number one - The beginning is pretty boring. The writing is good but Andie seemed like a very boring person. Honestly, I don't know what she even does with her life when her friends are not around. What are her hobbies? And I know all that stuff about her dad being congressman is necessary for the story but I didn't care for it.

Number two - Her heart breaking ways. She would only be interested in kissing a guy once they were in a relationship. I didn't mind that. However, I felt that she did not explain that clearly with her exes because she would just break up with them whenever they wanted a more meaningful relationship.

I was kinda upset that things only got particularly interesting near the end. 

Content: Kissing, Sexual references

3 stars out of five

All my reviews can be found on Goodreads.

24 June 2017

Absolute Laziness

This title is pretty relatable for many.

You see, I've actually been posting a lot more in comparison to last month (1 post), April (2), and March (1). Of course, in April I hit this this massive slump but last month? Heck, no. That was purely a result of my laziness. I just didn't feel like posting a book review because I didn't want to clog people's inboxes, I was afraid I didn't have much time, I went out, bla, bla, bla. None of those excuses were proper excuses. Sometimes I just seem to forget that...

This is my freaking blog. I can post whatever the heck I want whenever I want. This blog isn't limited to book reviews. I can write whatever I see fit. But sometimes I have petty fears that I won't write something interesting. I seem to also forget that...

It doesn't freaking matter if it's 'boring'. As long as I write what's on my mind and I write it genuinely, it's perfectly okay. It doesn't matter if my posts aren't flooded with fancy words (not that I don't know big words. It's just that they seem to fly away when I want to be eloquent. Except when I write emails to teachers. Then I'm super fancy) or  exciting expeditions. I just need to write what's on my mind (fun fact: the first blog I wrote had the title: 'What's On My Mind...') and that ought to be sufficient, write? (yes, pun intended. You mad, bro?)

All of this applies to my story writing as well. I mean, I started bullet journalling so that I would do a bunch of short goals that would eventually form a long goal. I started a story when I was 15 and hit a somewhat significant writing slump. I also grew less interested in Wattpad.  I haven't written stories consistently for a long time. Nowadays, I want to start writing and reading more on days like Monday and Sunday (maybe even Wednesday!) and more YouTube on other days. However, YouTube pulls me in like some sort of cruel snare, promising me productivity in disguise of procrastination.

Another thing that contributes is that I can barely get bored these days. If I don't like YouTube, I can switch to kdramas and vice versa. If I don't like certain videos, I can move to videos in another language and even BookTube videos (I never knew I would actually get into BookTube 😂). (Heck, sometimes I even procrastinate with YouTube videos, promising to watch this one later and at the same time getting enticed by newer videos. I don't even know how many videos are on my Watch Later playlist. I was planning on reducing it, actually. Shame on me.) Because of this, I might even not bother to check out blog posts when I'm perfectly able. This also gets in the way of my writing as I have already mentioned above. 

Also, I want to try new things on my blog like more Discussions and even posts in Spanish! However, I'm always scared of writing in Spanish. It wouldn't hurt me, though 😂 Maybe I would translate it as well. Brief Intermission: Have you ever seen your stats and it turns out that people from all these foreign countries (like India and Spain) read your blog but for some reason, they don't comment? Sometimes I wonder if it's spam because I clicked on a random link and I saw things I didn't want to see *shudders* End of Intermission.

It's not that I enjoy or am really comfortable being lazy... I just want to do productive stuff just like the next person. I see all these musicians and fellow bloggers who work super hard, whether it be producing their own music and sometimes creating the choreography as well. Authors who published their books at age 17/18. It's not that I wanted to get published at that age but with these examples, I can see that it's possible. You can do almost anything if you put your mind to it (come on, there are certain things that are impossible but even so, the possibilities are pretty broad). You just need to be consistent, gosh darn it!

And I'm trying... I can do a much better job but slowly and surely I can do it. I can and maybe will stop being lazy! I can do all things through Christ that strengthens me! 

I really hope I listen to my own advice...



So guys, how did you find this post? You probably missed Gloomy Grace, didn't you? ;)

Also, how do you combat laziness? If you're not lazy, how do you prevent it? 

11 June 2017

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

Author: Sara Barnard

Genre: UKYA, Romance, Contemporary, Mental Health

Blurb: Steffi doesn't talk. Rhys can't hear. They understand each other perfectly.

Love isn't always a lightening strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder...

I thought this was a ruddy good book. I actually enjoyed this despite it being a romance.

When Steffi and Rhys (by the way, is it pronounced 'rice' or reese'?) got together, I was actually surprised that I actually approved of their relationship. There was no insta-lust in this novel. Their relationship was quite cute with them using sign language and being lost in their own world.

Popcorn. The way he put up his finger as his face pinged like a microwave. He's so adorable. Oh God, I think I love him.
A bit of an exaggeration, Steffi, but I get what you mean.

 I didn't even feel like vomiting (okay, there was that one scene that I did not enjoy at all but whatever at least it was only once).  
Okay slight confession but I was kinda hoping that they would break up in the end because I'm a bitter person of course but I wasn't really disappointed when they made up. At least they resolved things after their fight, right?>
As for the friendship! Tem and Steffi were #friendshipgoals (I wonder how long this term will last). I can boldly say that I like Tem a lot more, though (though I wish her name was short for Temitope instead of September). She was a lot more than the loud friendly person who would dare to speak to quiet people. She felt real. I connected with her a bit more because we have some similarities apart from being black and having natural hair. (Also, what kind of hair did she have?  Type 3 or Type 4 (mine) here and also here ?). However, she did make a comment about getting diabetes from Steffi and Rhys being lovey dovey around each other but I'll let that go because nobody's perfect, you know?

nostalgia, people

 I liked Steffi (definitely a lot more than the main character of Beautiful, Broken Things *rolls eyes*). I worried at first that she would be boring because enough people think that we people with selective mutism are really dry. Thank you Sara Barnard for breaking that stereotype in this book! I liked the accurate portrayal of selective mutism. Steffi definitely has it worse than me :( but I could relate to her all the same.

I'm mostly fine when it's one on one, but if there's a group I find it almost impossible to say anything out loud. A lot of that is because I can't insert myself into conversations, I literally don't know how

I appreciated the inclusion of a more conservative worldview to remind people out there that yes, some teenagers do think like this as well.

...Temi likes boys. She likes flirting and kissing and falling in love. But sex, she insists, is not an option until marriage. Most people don't believe her when she says this - "People still do that?" is a common response- but the mix of Christian commitment and Tem stubbornness is potent.

I liked Steffi's father. He was pretty cool. I'm glad he knew uni isn't everything.

"There's no shame in not going to university. It's a good thing to consider alternatives."

And the last of the positive stuff: Steffi didn't get drunk at the party she went to and the twists in the book were great.

*Gloomy Grace makes an appearance*

So... Rhys has abs. That's kinda annoying because a lot of boys in real life don't have abs but book boyfriends do. A lot of YA book boyfriends are perfect while the girl is an absolute pain in comparison. I just want a more even balance, you know?

I also wished there was a little less romance and more Meg. It would've been a bit nicer if she had more appearances. I really liked the platonic relationship between her and Rhys!

Recommendation: 16+

Content: Swearing, drinking, a 'hand job' scene that was fully described.

8 June 2017

May Updates

It's been a while since I've made a wrap-upish kind of post.

I've been pretty lazy and also busy which is such a weird combination for me.

I was much happier with myself because I finished 6 books last month which is the most I've finished in some months. I haven't felt the need to read these days because a lot of the books I've read haven't lived up to my expectations and it honestly drains the energy out of me. Hopefully the next books I read will be much more interesting. 


Also, I actually moved house last month in the space of a few days. I have very few bookshelves so I have to put all my books into a cardboard box. It's really disappointing :(

I've learned more Korean and also used the website Linguti to help me. The only problem is the site is pretty slow. Also, I'm trying to watch some Spanish YouTubers because I've slacked off with Spanish.

This week, my mum told me that my cousins both have jobs so I decided that I really need to get one soon.

me on a mission to grab a job except I'm not a man but shh

 I've also lost a lot of motivation to drive. I don't know where it went! I still want to drive but I don't know when I actually will. 

Also, I haven't written a lot.


Also, I just feel pretty bitter these days. I just hate people sometimes.