Tuesday, July 9, 2013

The Bookish

I never thought of myself as bookish. I read books, I do. Charlotte's Web and Harry Potter series that is Haha! Okay, I'll tell you on two secrets: 1. that was a long time ago..ehem, ages ago, and 2. that picture is not me. Anyways, so I started and got myself reading Sophie Kinsella's books and soon enough, a new obsession. Hooray! The downside of it all though, I'm a night owl! 

So, here are a few of my top picks, getting the most of my night's sleep:

The Fault in Our Stars
by John Green

"Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten."

This is definitely not your typical teen love story or cancer book. It is funny, witty and very inspirational. The Fault in Our Stars would make you think and rethink about life, love and everything in between. This made me all teary eyed as I got through the unexpected twist of events with Gus and his fight with osteosarcoma, again. Okay, no more spoilers! Haha! 

Some reviews from John Green's website:

“A smartly crafted intellectual explosion of a romance.” -Kirkus, starred review

"A blend of melancholy, sweet, philosophical, and funny. Green shows us true love…and it is far more romantic than any sunset on the beach.” -New York Times Book Review

“A pitch-perfect, elegiac comedy…it will linger long and hard in the minds of teens and former teens.” -USA Today

“An achingly beautiful story.” -SLJ, starred review

Anna and the French Kiss
by Stephanie Perkins

"Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris--until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all...including a serious girlfriend. 

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?"

Definitely a chick-lit that is a must to read for all those who can't seem to get enough of handsome French American guys with hot English accents, and of course Paris! Anna sure reflects the young girls in us and sure enough you can relate to when you read through the chapters of the book.

Some reviews from Stephanie Perkins' website:

"No one captures the exhilarating and exhausting 'but-does-he-like-me?!' question better than Stephanie Perkins. A scrumptious read." —JUSTINA CHEN, author of North of Beautiful

"Magical. Anna and the French Kiss really captures the feeling of being in love." —CASSANDRA CLARE, NYT bestselling author of The Mortal Instruments series

"Very sly. Very funny. Very romantic. You should date this book." —MAUREEN JOHNSON, NYT bestselling author of 13 Little Blue Envelopes and Scarlett Fever

Can You Keep a Secret?
by Sophie Kinsella

"Meet Emma Corrigan, a young woman with a huge heart, an irrepressible spirit, and a few little secrets:

Secrets from her boyfriend: I’ve always thought Connor looks a bit like Ken. As in Barbie and Ken.

Secrets from her mother: I lost my virginity in the spare bedroom with Danny Nussbaum while Mum and Dad were downstairs watching Ben-Hur.

Secrets she wouldn’t share with anyone in the world: I have no idea what NATO stands for. Or even what it is.

Until she spills them all to a handsome stranger on a plane. At least, she thought he was a stranger... Until Emma comes face-to-face with Jack Harper, the company’s elusive CEO, a man who knows every single humiliating detail about her."

The summary says it all. Everything in the story will really make you smile! So what if you blurted out you secrets? It's ok if blabbing almost everything to wasn't your boss! uh-oh! But there it is again, "things happen for a reason". There is no such hilarious and embarrassing event in our life (not every event maybe) that happens with no such great deal of a catch. Specially of eventually falling in love that is. Wink!

Some reviews from Sophie Kinsella's website:

"A light, frothy and thoroughly entertaining novel." - Daily Mail

"An insanely chatty, fast-paced romantic comedy." - Closer

"Fab." - Company

"Romantic but refreshingly witty." - Sunday Mirror

Now Reading:

Twenties Girl
by Sophie Kinsella

If you suddenly had a friend that only you could see or hear, what would you do?

Lara has always had an overactive imagination. Now she wonders if she is losing her mind. Normal twenty-something girls just don’t get visited by ghosts! But inexplicably, the spirit of Lara’s great aunt Sadie – in the form of a bold, demanding Charleston-dancing girl – has appeared to make one last request: Lara must track down a missing necklace Sadie simply can’t rest without.

Lara’s got enough problems of her own. Her start-up company is floundering, her best friend and business partner has run off to Goa, and she’s just been dumped by the love of her life.

But as Lara spends time with Sadie, life becomes more glamorous and their treasure hunt turns into something intriguing and romantic. Could Sadie’s ghost be the answer to Lara’s problems and can two girls from different times end up learning something special from each other?

After reading Sophie Kinsella's books, Confessions of a Shopaholic, Remember Me, The Undomestic Goddess and Can You Keep a Secret, I came across Twenties Girl and thought I'd pass. There's a ghost in the story. Well not that I am afraid of ghosts, but I'm kind of not into stories with them on it. Feels like The Ghost movie. Hehe. But Janjie finds this story cute and funny...so here it goes! :)

Happy reading then!

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