Saturday, January 28, 2012

Holes Book Review

*May Contain Spoilers*

I was in a charity shop with my bestfriend one day and we saw this book in the bookshelf. I didn't have money of my own that day (I had my mom's cash) so she went and bought it for me! That should have been the first sign that this book is going to be really, really amazing.

Holes by Louis Sachar is a book about Stanley Yelnats who has been taken to Camp Green Lake because he was accused of stealing a pair of shoes by a famous baseball player, Clyde Livingston. Camp Green Lake was once an actual lake but it has now been turned into a desert and a boys' juvenile detention centre has been built.  The boys sent into this centre has only one job: to dig holes. 5ft in diameter and 5ft deep, like their shovels. Mr. Sir, their supervisor, says that this is help them build character but it has become more and more obvious as you read that this is not true, and they are, in fact, looking for something. 

The thing that I liked most about this book and the thing that I found the most interesting is that there are two stories: The story of Stanley Yelnats, and the story of his grandfather. The way this story intertwines in the end of the book is absolutely genius. Every single strand of the story is woven in its place and nothing is neglected. This is one of those books that actually make sense in the end. It's very straight forward, and so is the writing. That's why I love it.

5 stars. Definitely.


Saturday, January 21, 2012

Thoughts On The Catcher in the Rye

*May contain spoilers*

Catcher in the Rye is one of those books where you get the feeling that you are the main character. Readers, especially teenagers, can absolutely relate to Holden Caulfield because they are more than likely going through what he's going through one way or another. I'm not saying that teenagers always get kicked out of schools and run away and then try and fail to sleep with a prostitute... I'm saying that the teenagers can relate to what Caulfield is experiencing and are really what I think are the main themes of the book: fear of the future, fear of choices, of what others expect of you, fear of growing up and having to face responsibilities.You grow up thinking that you have to meet the needs of your society, about what age you should marry and what age your supposed to have kids. This book got me, personally, to think about what choices I want to make and what others are expected of me. My parents and I have the same goal for myself: to be a doctor. It's something that I've always wanted to do and something that my mind has always been set for. But while reading this book, I considered the possibility that maybe I only like to be a doctor because it's what my parents have always instilled on me. Although I'm not very worried about it because I'm still young, and I still have lots of time to make a decision that I know I won't regret. Hopefully.

Catcher in the Rye is definitely one of my favorite books and I always find myself comparing it to the Paper Towns by John Green. I think it's because there are certain similarities about Holden Caulfield and one of the main characters of Paper Towns, Margo Roth Spiegelman (I think anyone who has read both books will see what I'm talking about here). Both characters run away, both characters are alone in a sense and both characters are looking for something that they can't find, and they don't even know what it is. I admire both characters because I think it takes a lot of courage to run away from people's expectations and to do your own thing. And even if you have successfully ran away it also takes a lot of courage to stay away and not come back, to completely give up the needs of your society and to not be swept away again.

One of the things that has stuck with me until after I read the last page of the book is this quote by Mr. Antolini:
"This fall I think you're riding for- it's a special kind of fall, a horrible kind. The man falling isn't permitted to feel or hear himself hit bottom. He just keeps falling and falling. The whole arrangement is designed for men who, at some time or other in their lives, were looking for something their environment couldn't supply them with. Or they thought their own environment couldn't supply them with. So they gave up looking. They gave it up before they ever really even got started."
 He then goes on and talks about education and the importance of it. Their whole conversation, I thought, was just so... good. Mr. Antolini really hit on the head what the whole point of learning is, and I really learned a lot from that conversation. I'm not saying it became all crystal clear just like that, but it has certainly helped.

Another thing I really liked about this book is the way it's written. It's so easy to follow, even if it's set around the fifties. I really, really liked it.

So yeah, I love this book so much. I've read it 3 times. This is a big deal because I can't really re-read books. So that must mean that J.D. Salinger has made a huge impact on me for me to read again and again. I would definitely, definitely recommend to other people, especially people around my age. My only concern is that it doesn't have a solid plot, so it might not satisfy other people. Other than that, this books is just amazing.


Saturday, January 14, 2012

Taylor Swift -Back to December (Luke Conard and Missglamorazzi cover)

(Only Luke Conard and Ingrid's viewers will probably get this!)

I think I speak for everyone of the viewers of Ingrid from Missglamorazzi and Luke from lukeconard when I say "At last!" They've finally admitted that they were dating on one of their vlogyear videos and on twitter. It's so cute. But also so heartbreaking... you know, with the music and the old clips from their vlogs... It gives a nostalgic feeling. If you guys one to check out Luke's vlog channel click on here and here for Ingrid's.

Love always, 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Things I Want To Do In 2012

I have been so focused on the Junior Certificate Exams that is happening on June that I completely forgot about the other half of 2012! So here's the list of things that I want to do this whole year.

  1. Complete the 50 Books Challenge. I joined Goodreads in the middle of last year because of Sanne (Booksandquills) and I picked up the 50 books challenge in the middle, trying to remember the books I read in the first half of the year. So now that I am starting in the very beginning I'm really determined to finish the challenge!
  2. Save money. Last year I got a Credit Union account! I'm being a grown up. :D
  3. Have good Junior Certificate results.
  4. Read the books in my shelf that I haven't read yet. I'm such a book collector. That's why I prefer buying books rather than borrowing them from library or from a friend (unless I really can't wait until I have enough money to buy it). As a result of that I have a lot of books in my shelf that I don't even know what  the story's about!
  5. Get a better sleep pattern. 2011 ruined my sleep pattern. January 2011 I returned from the Philippines and because of the time difference I couldn't sleep well, and then when summer rolled around I used to sleep at 3am-4am. One day I slept at 7am. I just miss those days when I wake up and I'm not so tired and my day isn't half-gone.
  6. Collect more vintage cameras. I only have a Polaroid and a not-digital camera (pictures soon!) and I wouldn't mind having more. :)
  7. Make more internet friends. I have a penpal from England and an e-pal from USA that I met through Yourpants, but I really want to make more friends from the other side of the world. I just think that people that is the farthest from me has the best ideas because those ideas are very different from what I already have.
I think that's it. I'll see you guys tomorrow! 


Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Top 5 Cities I Want To Visit Before I'm Thirty

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I love travelling. Ever since I migrated to Ireland and boarded my first plane, I've been such an avid fan of it. "The pleasure of leaving," as John Green states on his book The Paper Towns. Anyway these are the top 5 places I want to visit someday, preferably before I am thirty. Let me know the places that you would want to visit someday! In the meantime, enjoy these travelling-related links:

I think Marion or marionhoney in youtube makes the BEST travel videos ever. Check out this video that she made when she went to Scotland! But I would have to say that this one is my favorite.

Don't let me anywhere near this bag. I would seriously consider getting on the nearest plane. Right away.

This necklace is too pretty. 

I was daydreaming that I was in France. I was also on Polyvore. Check out the set that I made.

A travel journal from Etsy to record all your travelling shenanigans!

Of course, you can't leave without a map!

Now pack everything on these vintage suitcases and you're ready to go!

Love Always,

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Happy New Year everyone!

After this lovely New Year's Eve dinner, it was just time for us to count down from 10 and then light up the sparklers. Filipinos have this tradition where you just make noise as loud as you can for a minute when the new year rolls around, and that's just what we did! We also have the tradition where you jump up and down three times to get taller. They made me jump 20 times (I'm just around 5ft!)

 Since it wasn't too cold, we got a blanket and laid it out on the field in front of our house, got our laptop and listened to "New Year's Eve" by Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt (check that out here) while looking at the pretty stars. We then proceeded to dance to 99 Red Balloons by Goldfinger.

Of course, it eventually got too cold for comfort so we went back inside our house to sit in front of the fire, watching A Christmas Carol.

And that's how I spent my New Year's Eve. Let me know how you spent yours. :)