Genre : Young Adult
Format : Paperback
Rating : 5/5 stars
It all happened in the course of a day, a sweet 16th birthday, a leap day, a book humourous in its own way. Born on a leap day, Josie is about to celebrate her 16th birthday for the 4th time and the whole book revolved around Josie’s journey on her big day.
By reading the blurb I thought Josie was a psychic who could read other people’s mind but in fact what happened was the whole story was written in alternating chapters. One chapter written from Josie’s POV and it switched to everyone else’s POV in the next chapter, describing what everyone else was thinking and also their perception about Josie. And that’s what it means to be reading other people’s thoughts 🙂
Each of the characters has their own story told this way. Josie’s parents, her brother, her friends. As her morning started lots of events happened throughout the day, it was thoroughly fun to read what’s going on in Josie’s teenager’s life and it all build up to the mysterious lakeside finale which was a ritual for every 16 year old in the town.
I loved how Josie faced her challenges bravely by staying true to her values. She has a supportive family and a bunch of close friends who loved her for who she is. Try not to judge this book from an adult’s perspective instead read it as the things we went through as a teenager and this would be a rather relaxed and light read.
Genre: Self Help, Spiritual
Format : Hardcover
Rating : 5/5 stars
This is a very good handbook for someone who wants to start practicing mindfulness and incorporate that into their lives. It offers a comprehensive guide and a step by step method in learning to be mindful and applying it daily. I’ve practiced some of the methods given and so far it has been useful and applicable.
I love the later section in the book which provided ways to practice mindfulness and applying it in life’s situation like learning a subject, facing exams, dealing with crisis, teaching it to children and etc.
The topics are conveyed in a compact manner spread across 2 pages yet contained profound wisdom.
I love the snippets of notes/tips that spreads across the pages which augmented the facts and doesn’t break the flow.
Dear readers, may the year of rooster brings you health, wealth and abundance of joy!
Happy Chinese New Year!
Dear readers, wish you a Happy New Year 2017! 😀
評價 : 5/5
第一次接觸到六弄咖啡館是從面子書上看到的文章,說將拍成電影. 感覺上像是 《那些年，我們一起追的女孩》似的故事.雖然我沒看過亦沒讀過《那些年》於是在網上搜尋了一番才知道原來六弄咖啡館是來自網絡小說,出自網絡作家藤井樹,本名吳子雲.
Tall Christmas tree in a mall
Merry Christmas folks!
When the department stores are decked out with pine trees and snowy trinkets, the weather didn’t get any colder — because it’s a tropical country here — yet what it signified was, the end of year is near.
As I gathered my thoughts for a review of 2016 and plans for 2017, I wanted to share something I’ve learned for the past few days, and also some pretty photos I’ve snapped.
This Christmas I learned that instead of gifting physical gifts, why don’t we do something for a change and start to gift “experience”.
Glittering red baubles
Let’s give our loved ones something they can remember us by, gifts like preparing a home cook meal, a dinner for two, spa indulgence time, watch a comedy together, be healthy and exercise together, pick up the phone and call someone you’ve been missing or just spending time chatting with closed ones over a pot of tea.
These “experiences” helped create unique memories together with the people who matter most in the festive season and what could be better than receiving gift items that we sometimes may not want, right? 🙂
Pretty shining gold baubles
How would you spend your Christmas with your loved ones?
Genre: Romance, Mystery
Format : Paperback + eBook
Rating : 4/5 stars
I’ve seen Nora Roberts’ books countless of times whenever I visited a bookstore. Yet it was only now when I have the chance to read her works that I find her writing’s surprisingly pleasant.
I read the first two installments from a paperback format and finally the last in ebook format. Why the publishers don’t bundle all 3 books together for a complete trilogy puzzled me. Luckily I manage to find the 3rd book or else I would be disappointed to learn that I’ve read an incomplete series from the paperback book!
The Stars of Mithra is about 3 dazzling diamonds and 3 best friends — Bailey, MJ and Grace — featured in each book respectively.
The writing flowed nicely providing a lively description of the characters and a solid background setting. I appreciate the simplicity in writing which conveyed the theme of love that held the story together. The conversation between the characters are enjoyable too, thrown in with some humour.
Yet perhaps since it’s a light read I’m afraid the story is kind of predictable. The main mystery case wasn’t quite suspenseful as I’ve expected and there wasn’t much build up to the climax. The closure of the story was over before I’ve had the satisfaction of resolution.
Would I read Nora Roberts again? Yup, and some of the series got my attention like The Cousins O’Dwyer Trilogy and Dream Trilogy. To be honest I wanted to read her books because her book covers are so pretty! ❤
Genre : Holiday, Romance
Format : eBook
Rating : 5/5 stars
Hands down 5 stars for this book ❤ It’s a short and compelling read, a wonderful book to pick up for celebrating this Christmas season.
The story started off when an old lady — a strange outlander — purchased a run-down building in Parrish Springs. Her acquisition caused a ruckus in the town’s business circle and raised a few curious brows regarding her objectives.
A few characters were introduced and developed into their own stories yet linking to each other in this small town and at the same time they were related back to Matilda, the strange lady. Each character held a piece to reveal the complete puzzle of Matilda’s purpose in town.
There was something magical about this story; perhaps it was the vivid painting of the quaint small town, perhaps it’s the warmth that emanated from every character’s story, probably it’s the simple yet enjoyable conversation between the people or maybe it was just the marvelously fine storytelling of the author holding the pieces together until the very end.
Nevertheless this is such a gem of book, not to forget some witty clues that come in quotes, love ’em!
New life, new hope, new joy will start when this is given from the heart.
I guess the theme of this book is to make peace with your past and haunting memories so that you could forgive and in the end to heal and embark on a new life.
This is a must read for this holiday season and I am truly looking forward to more of Melody Carlson’s books — in fact I would be so thrilled to go on search for her books! 😉