Book Review: Leap Day by Wendy Mass

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.

Book Review: Practical Mindfulness by Ken A. Verni

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.

書評:六弄咖啡館 – 藤井樹

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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.
再搜了一下才發覺原來在他的部落格上有連載過六弄咖啡館.

不知怎麼的,就是被這個青春題材突然給吸引住了,因此找出上載的第一篇,開始讀了起來.

 

故事,從咖啡館開始.
六弄的老闆是個年輕人,男的。大約三十歲吧。六弄是店名,所以就叫做六弄咖啡館。奇怪的是,店並不是開在某巷六弄裡,它的地址甚至只有某巷某號,沒有某弄。
在某個加完班的深夜,因為道路施工,她繞道平時不大可能經過的地方,逗弄一隻可愛的小貓時,被突然出現的老闆拐進還沒正式營業的店裡,喝了一杯咖啡。
黑咖啡使她無法成眠,於是,她又來到六弄咖啡館,聽老闆說起那一段,關於青春的故事……
故事的開端就是六弄咖啡館的老闆對梁小姐說起了他當年高中的故事.
兩個人的偶遇,道出了過去的歲月,羞澀的愛情.
因為我們也曾經經歷過高中年代,故事裡的情節猶如昨日,有的令人很懷念,有的令人不堪回首.

 

作者的幽默貫穿其中,很多情節勾起了往事回憶.每一篇都想讓我翻閱下去,很像知道故事最後的答案.

 

然而,當看到了最後,結局竟是讓人大吃一驚.
看完故事後有無限的感慨,也多了一份感悟. 就是因為那不平凡的結尾,現在回想起這段故事,驟然添了一層幽幽的傷感.

Book Review: The Stars of Mithra Trilogy by Nora Roberts

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! ❤

Book Review: The Christmas Shoppe by Melody Carlson

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! 😉

Book Review: That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

Genre : Women’s Fiction, Romance
Format : eBook
Rating : 3/5 stars

Thank you NetGalley and publisher Bookouture for this ARC copy in exchange for an honest review.

Hmm… honestly I’ve finished this book months ago yet the story was vague as I remember. I need to take a look at the blurb to jog my memory a bit.

Sam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close, but life is a little bit more complicated…

On the outside, thirty-something Sam seems to have it all; the gorgeous husband, the beautiful home and the flourishing business. But things are not quite as rosy as they seem. So when handsome stranger, Dan, walks into her life, Sam finds his attentions hard to resist.

Louise might seem like life and soul of the party, but her outgoing exterior hides her sadness about the heartbreak in her past. She just wants someone to love – but all Louise gets left with is a quick fumble with an ex at the end of the night.

When a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get even more complicated for Sam and Louise. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

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Catch Of The Day – RM5 Fiesta 2016

I can’t sit still when I knew that the Popular RM5 Fiesta has made a comeback in September. I could never in the world miss this event!

My sci-fi pile has grown ever since I delved into that genre, I was hyperventilating (almost) when I found Pathfinder series — HARDCOVER!! — alas they only have book 2 and 3, so I have to buy book 1 separately to complete the collection.

Picked up scattered Hitchhiker’s guide too — hoping one day I could complete the collection.

Oh and I terribly regretted not buying the whole series of Cassandra Clare’s Mortal Instruments in the MPH sale few months ago… thus I just grabbed the only book that’s there 😥 Secretly hoping again to complete yet another collection.

Here’s my treasure loot *grinning from ear to ear* ❤

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