My favorite books of the week| Three reviews

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Hello again readers. Last week I wasn’t able to write a blog post, because I was sick and feeling drained out, but on the bright side, I’ve read three books and they were all really better than I expected. So today I’m going to review them all for you. Let’s start:

Things We Know By Heart by Jessi Kirby tells the story of Quinn Sullivan. When her boyfriend Trent dies in an accident, she starts to track down the recipients of his donated organs, hoping that she would find some closure and let go of her grief. But, when she meets them all, there’s still one recipient who won’t reply to her emails or write her back. Quinn starts to wonder about who that person might be. Is it a girl or boy? Where does she\he live? She eagerly wants to know who got Trent’s heart. After that, she gets desperate and look for the name of the anonymous recipient from the hospital system. His name is Colton Thomas. He was sick for about two years until he got Trent’s healthy heart. The heart replacement changed Colton’s life. He’s healthier and more energetic than ever. However, Quinn starts stalking Colton at the coffee shop he works in, and when she gets to know him, they connect to each other and start to form a love relationship. This book was so deep and emotional. I loved how Quinn felt drawn to him even though she didn’t want to. A story about hope and learning how to let go of the person you love without forgetting them. It’s worth the read.

Paperweight by Meg Haston tells the story of the seventeen year old Stevie. After the tragic death of her brother, she starts to develop an eating disorder and surround herself with the wrong kind of friends. So, her father forces her to go to a treatment center to get mentally/physically healthy. But, she doesn’t actually want to recover, she wants to kill herself on the day her brother died, because she blames herself for what happened to him. However, in the process of recovering, she becomes reluctant to follow the precise instructions of her therapist. And throughout the story, Stevie will face some ups and downs in her forced recovery journey. Twisted, heartbreaking, and a tear jerking story. You won’t regret reading this book.

Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops is a collection of short and funny conversations with the booksellers in the bookshop. Some conversations are really hilarious and some questions are really strange and so irrelevant. If you have a break in between your classes or you’re on a road trip, this book will lighten up your mood and make you laugh. In case you liked the book, there’s another one called More Weird Things Cusromers Say in Bookshops, I haven’t read it yet, but I’m going to. Give it a try if you want a book that’s short and entertaining at the same time.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children | Book review

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Good afternoon everyone. I hope you had an amazing vacation. Today I’m going to review Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children. I finished reading it a week ago, and I was supposed to write about it earlier, but this week was so hectic and fun at the same time, and I haven’t actually had the time to sit by myself and write a post on my blog. So, without further ado, let’s talk about this book.

The book tells the story of the sixteen year old Jacob Portman. When he was younger, his grandfather used to tell him scary stories about the orphanage he used to live in. Jacob was the only one who believed his grandfather’s childhood stories, unlike his dad who didn’t ever believed his father’s ghostly past. After Jacob witnesses his grandfather’s tragic death, in front of his eyes. He decides to go to the cost of Wales, where the orphanage is, to visit it, and explore the town and the people there. When he tells his therapist about the whole situation, he actually says that it might be a good idea for him to go there, maybe his nightmares would stop attacking him at night and he will come back to his normal self again. However, when he goes to the abandoned orphanage, he sees those peculiar children who are gifted with magical powers. After that, he feels so guilty about how everyone thought that his grandfather was making up stories out of nowhere. So, Jacob decides that he would want to stay longer on the island to unravel the truth of his grandfather’s mysterious death, and meet the rest of the peculiar children.

This book is a work of art. Especially the vintage photographs, they made the story feel so real. The story gave me chills. Some parts were mysterious and thought provoking, others were scary and disgusting, but overall, the whole concept of this book is brilliant. The moment I picked it up, I know it was going to be a slow read, but that didn’t mean it was boring! I enjoyed every part of it. My favorite part was when Jacob went to explore the orphanage and met Miss Peregrine’s, she was so arrogant and strictly terrifying, but I liked her as a character. Also, between all of the peculiar children, the levitating girl was my favorite one. If you’re into stories of kids with magical powers, ghosts, or black and white old photos, then you must read this book. You’ll totally get into it. It’s the perfect read on cold nights with a fuzzy blanket and a cup of coffee.

 

2016 Resolutions

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With the start of each new year, everyone gets excited and sets a number of goals to accomplish throughout the year. Which is great, but I’ve never really thought of doing it. I’m naturally a creature of habit, and when I like something, I don’t like to change it. But, this morning I was bored and I thought to myself, why not make resolutions for the new year? So, here they are:

1-Β  To be more content with myself

2015 was a year full of self consciousness and worrying. It was my last year of college, but it wasn’t the greatest. I wasn’t physically and emotionally at peace with myself. Negativity took all over me, and I felt like there was not a single positive thought in my head. It was awfully tiring me out to the point where I felt like a total loser who wasn’t going to be ever enough. However, when I graduated, I knew that I needed to work on myself. So I started learning slowly to accept myself. Being content with yourself means that you are happy the way you are. You are not full of regrets, you don’t get worried about unnecessary situations. You don’t full yourself with hate and resentment. You simply embrace your imperfections. So, this year I’m going to focus my energy on being content with myself and everything around me.

2- Β Own less things

You know when you go to a store and see a cup or a vase that you don’t even need, but end up buying it because it looks pretty? Yeah, I do that a lot. Considering the amount of useless stuff I have, I’ve come to a realization. The more you buy things you don’t need, the more it gets harder to break this unhealthy habit, because it makes you feel unsatisfied with what you already have. But, in order to stop myself from wasting my money, every time I want to buy something, I’m going to ask myself, Do I really need it?

3- Live in the present moment

When I look back at 2015, I feel like I wasn’t fully present in so many moments. I was physically there, but my mind was somewhere else. I dwelled on the past too much and let it consume my mind. I was either thinking about the past or the future and neglecting the present. Besides, the joy of life is to live every moment you’re in, to be mentally, physically, and emotionally aware of it. I don’t want to be obsessed with the idea of what might happen tomorrow or two years from now. I don’t want to waste the precious moments of the present by being stuck in the past. I want to feel the beauty of every moment, because one day when I look back, I want to honestly say I lived it.

4- Write a list ofΒ  the things I want to do before I die

I’ve always wanted to make one, but never did. Shocker! I know right. There are plenty of weird and fun things I want to do before I die. Let’s be honest though, the idea of making this list sounds fun and interesting. So, I’m going to write a long list and print it out. Because, every time I do one thing on the list, I’m going to scratch it.

5- Read more memoirs

What would 2016 be without a reading resolution? As you already know, books are my obsession. And I tend to read a lot. So, this year I want to read as many memoirs as I possibly can. Because, I always get inspired when I read other people’s stories and difficult past. It’s encouraging to know what famous writers or people went through to be where they are now.

To conclude this post, a couple of days I was reading so many posts about making new resolutions of the new year and why most people fail to achieve them. And the reason behind their failure is because they make unrealistic resolutions about what they want to change. I could’ve made so many resolutions, but I wanted to think of things I’m really capable of changing. Above all that, It’s uplifting and refreshing to have a positive outlook of what you want to do more in this year. Lastly, always remember, the key to change is to start slowly. Hope you have an amazing year! See you in another post.