#4 – Love and Misadventure

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First of all, happy new year 2016!

2015 was something, really and I would never wish to go back to it! Let’s just leave some memories there, never to be brought to the present. Ever. Haha.

Anyway, these past few years (2 years to be exact lol) I haven’t been able to read as many books as I wanted to. I couldn’t manage to reach my reading goals and my failure to do so makes me feel so awful being an avid reader and all.

But this year I’m going to make up for it! My to-be-read pile is as high as Broga Hill, and I plan to finish reading at least a quarter of it this year! My reading goal for this year is only 50 books (hoping to read more, really), because I’ll be venturing into a new career sometime in February (hopefully) and I’m getting married too around July so busy busy year ahead! Wish me luck!

Anyway, back to the purpose of this post, I recently read Love and Misadventure by Lang Leav (it seems to be a hit among my female friends) and finally decided to do a review on it today!

Personally, I like it, but only as a bedtime reading, a light reading at its best. The poems are short, so are the stories but the universal theme of “love” does make it more bearable than most poetry books. Poetry isn’t for everyone and that’s that.

However, I really have to praise Lang Leav for her incredible writing skills though. She has this.. lovely way of turning simple, everyday words into stringing, rhythmical prose that make up the poems in her book.

I gave it 3/5 on my Goodreads but hey give it a try, you might feel differently about this book :)

 

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#3 – The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

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I JUST LOVE MITCH ALBOM.

This is definitely one of all his exceptional fictions. I guess I have nothing much to talk about it but here’s something from the book..

“Try to imagine a life without timekeeping. You probably can’t. You know the month, the year, the day of the week. There is a clock on your wall or the dashboard of your car. You have a schedule, a calendar, a time for dinner or a movie. Yet all around you, timekeeping is ignored. Birds are not late. A dog does not check its watch. Deer do not fret over passing birthdays. Man alone measures time. Man alone chimes the hour. And, because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out..”

So how does that sound to you? Mitch Albom has always been able to make me fall into deep thought about the simplest thing through his fiction and I love it because at least, sometimes, amidst all these big things in life, I would think about the little things and make my life better through them. Somehow, over time, my perspectives change as well. You know when they say “Membaca jambatan ilmu” (Reading is the bridge to knowledge, LOL direct translation but it makes sense alright), I don’t think it refers to merely academic stuff. I believe that reading, both pleasure and pressure (if there’s any lol), rewires your brain and makes you think differently each time.

Those lines are my favourite lines from the book because it is 126% on point. I always feel like I’m running out of time these days and it sucks. I feel like I’m not able to finish this, not able to do that and everything is just so fast-moving, I can’t catch up. The worst part is, in the end, I just want to give everything up. I have less than a month to finish my graduate studies and my stress level has gone through the roof. My menstrual cycle delayed, I was down with fever but I am still here and there with my husky voice, flu and cough. All these physiological signs signalling me to take a break but I just can’t okay. I’m short on time. Oh I just hope I can make it.

Whatever it is, I like the book. I enjoyed reading it and probably I’ll read it again. I don’t usually read books more than once but probably I will for this one.

#1 – Lone Wolf by Jodi Picoult

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I’m done with the book and tell you what, IT IS A MUST READ. It’s definitely one of the best from Jodi Picoult and mind you, I wasn’t really a fan of her literary works before. I’ve read Nineteen Minutes and that’s one of my favourites too but then I tried reading My Sister’s Keeper and got bored halfway. That was.. Around 6 years ago.

Perhaps my reading genre has changed since then but I really enjoyed reading Lone Wolf.

This book is about a man named Luke who is in a vegetative state after a car crash. As per usual in those cases whereby a patient can no longer have the quality of life that normal people have, a decision needs to be made; to let go or to let him live on life support. However, Luke has had an interesting family conflict; he abandoned his family to live among the wolves. Then, after he got back from his “little adventure”, he got divorced, his son went off to another country to get away from him and his ex-wife remarried. He lives with his daughter, Cara, of whom he ventured the world of the wolves together. Therefore, when it comes to making the most important decision for his life, serious disagreements arise from his ex family members. Edward, the most entitled to make the decision, has lived too far from the family to actually know his father anymore and Cara, who is the one close to his father, is a minor and might be the cause of the state the father is in. And the ex-wife, Georgie, having another family, is caught in the middle between Edward’s decision and Cara’s.

Family drama, court cases, rivalry, lawyers, medical crisis.. Well those are the usuals from Jodi Picoult but what captivate me the most are the wolf stories in between the usual drama that connect and make up the whole novel. And I guess for some people, the wolf part just won’t do it but for me, the way Jodi Picoult, literally and metaphorically, integrated the wolf allegories in her storyline kinda makes this novel stand apart from her other novels.There’s so much about humanity (and how much we complicate our lives in comparison to wolves) I’ve actually learned from a single book and that, both human and wolves interactions are fascinating :)