Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Emily's Guest Post Series #6

Who is your favorite literary character of all-time?

LUNA LOVEGOOD.

I am not a true Potterhead (I don't have every sequence of events memorized in the series nor can I remember most of the spells now after so many years of not reading the books) but the one character that has always resonated with me from the series is the magical veggie-earring wearing Ravenclaw. She was always eccentrically bold and uncharacteristic, choosing to light up her own world of sense despite of smarter protests. She helped me come to an understanding, years later after I had left for college, that you always have a choice to be yourself when people don't understand you and request that you be something you're not. Luna was always good at pushing the judgmental nature of people to the forefront in every scene she was in, particularly during her scuffles with Hermione. She taught me that being smart doesn't always translate to always being right. More importantly, she taught me that you can be smart yet make no sense and that was completely okay (Luna was still a Ravenclaw and you can't be a Ravenclaw without wits). She remains a fictional role model of sorts because of her blissful defiance of the conventional and its failures to bring wonder to the world.


Sincerely, 
Emily Gong

Monday, August 29, 2016

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan

The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories by Marina Keegan
Published April 8, 2014

Review:
So I was a little wary about picking up this book because I’m really not a fan of nonfiction but because of my NYPL Read Harder Challenge, I had chosen this book due to its popularity.  I’m actually really glad I read it because even though it’s shelved as “non-fiction”, it’s actually not really non-fiction at all since majority of the short stories were fiction.  Even the ones categorized as non-fiction were really interesting – it wasn’t as boring and bland as I was expecting.

The one negative thing though, I’m not even sure if you can call it negative, is that there is no correlation between each story with the next.  Again, I’m used to fiction where each chapter or whatever is somewhat related and even for books comprised of short stories, they were still categorized under fiction and they all had some relatable theme for each of the stories.  However, for this book, each story was vastly different from the next.  I was actually confused for the first two stories because there was a Sam in both of them so I thought the stories were related and they clearly weren’t.  Once I got over the fact that each chapter is completely different, it was smooth sailing from there.  Each story was entertaining – some were only a page or two long and others a good chunk.  The stories ranged from very personal and realistic to something akin to sci-fi at times. 

Friday, August 26, 2016

The A Circuit Series by Georgina Bloomberg

The A Circuit Series by Georgina Bloomberg
Published between 2011-2013

Review:
I’d always been into horses and growing up, I never got any opportunity to ride horses since it was usually relatively expensive either for a simple lesson or a trail ride.  So for me, equestrian is basically a rich person’s sport.  Horses are incredibly expensive and lessons and board and overall training and basic care cost a fortune.  So picking up a series devoted to the A circuit was a like reading about something I had always wanted to do since I was young.

However, I do have relatively mixed feelings about this book because some of the characters really stood out to me while others simply irked and annoyed me to no end.  Out of the three main characters, Tommi, Zara and Kate, I think Tommi was most relatable to me despite the fact that she’s essentially a billionaire’s daughter but I think her priorities, personality and character resonated most with me.  She’s responsible, punctual and seems to have a good head on her shoulders.  Of course, she’s still a teenager and therefore makes irresponsible decisions at times but at the end of the day, you can clearly tell what is important to her and how she will still make things work.  Plus, there was this one scene with her and Zara where she promised to pick Zara up to drive down for this show and even though she went to bed late and was out partying, she still managed to drive from the Hamptons to Zara’s place on time because horsemanship was important to her whereas Zara was also partying the night before and completely forgot that Tommi was coming to pick her up and slept in.  I feel like that example clearly personifies me as a person as well.  I take my responsibilities seriously and if I say I will do or be somewhere, I’ll do/be there.  I just wish there was more information on the ending about her and her potential buy/sell horses in a professional manner.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Sorry! + Reminder for GIVEAWAY

Apologies but I'll have to miss today's review post since I'm trying to catch up on a bunch of books and majority of them are series (eek!).  Hopefully I'll be done with a few of them by Friday so I can post a review up.  If not, then I guess you'll all have to wait for Monday.  :)

Also, don't forget to enter to WIN 10 BOOKS in my Summer Giveaway!  It ends in about 2 weeks so don't miss out!

And here's a beautiful picture cause summer is almost over and I can't wait to get out of this unbearable humidity in NYC.  It's time for fall!


Monday, August 22, 2016

The Darlings Are Forever Series by Melissa Kantor

The Darlings Are Forever Series by Melissa Kantor
Published between 2011-2012

Review:
So I’ve enjoyed Melissa’s books back in the day and I believe I had listed this series as a TBR because I liked her books.  However, in a way, I think I have outgrown her writing now that I am in my mid-20s.  I can’t believe I’m already this old…

Anyways, while I still found her writing style to be engaging and entertaining, I found the content of her books to be on the childish side.  I didn’t connect with the characters as much as I would have liked and I found a lot of the arguments and problems to be a bit juvenile.
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