The Time Keeper By Mitch Albom | Book Review

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This book follows the story of the father of time, whose name is Dore. When his wife gets really sick, he starts asking and wishing for more time to save her from dying and leaving him. Because of his wrong actions, he is now punished by being placed in a cave, where he has to hear everyone on earth who pleas for more time. After a couple of years, Dore is released from his cave to teach two people the true meaning of time.

Sarah lives in New York with her mom. She always rushes everything and believes that if she could fast forward in time, her life would be perfect. On the other hand, Victor is an elderly billionaire man who is diagnosed with cancer. He is doing everything he can to cure himself from this disease. As he approaches the end of his life, he wants more time to live. So, after consulting with so many scientists and doctors, they tell him that the only solution is to freeze his body, so he can live in the future when his body is healed. However, Dore’s mission now is to bring Sarah and Victor together, so that they can learn from each other the preciousness of time.

If you ever read any of Mitch Albom’s books, then you’ll definitely like this one. It’s really interesting how each character in this book has a different perspective of time. Sarah wants less time, but Victor wants more. None of them understands the consequences of their actions. But at the end of the book, They both realize the value of time. The writing style is so simple, and the book is really not that long. But it holds so many lessons about the way humans perceive time. It’s really a quick and an insightful story that will remind you of how special time is.

Since You’ve Been Gone By Morgan Matson | Book Review

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“Real friends are the ones you can count on no matter what.
The ones who go into the forest to find you and bring you home.
And real friends never have to tell you that they’re your friends.”

Sloane and Emily are an inseparable best friends. They do everything together, and they always spend the days with each other. Sloane’s personality is way different than Emily’s. She is daring, brave, bold, adventurous, and doesn’t mind having fun every once in a while. On the other hand, Emily has always been the shy girl, who’s afraid of doing or saying the wrong thing, just to avoid embarrassing herself in front of people. One day, Slaone left the town without any explanation, a phone call, or even a text. Emily felt over worried because of Sloane’s sudden disappearance, so she started asking everyone if they knew about where her friend left, but of course they didn’t know anything. When Emily returned home after a long day, she found a list on the table from her friend Slaone. In this list, there’s thirteen tasks for Emily to do in this summer. Some of the tasks, is to hug someone, break something, dance until dawn. And the list goes on. Emily now has to challenge herself and do each task. However, Emily is determined to finish off the list, because she thinks that if she completed all the tasks successfully, then she’ll find Slaone. Will she find where Sloane went to, or why she left?

I didn’t really expect to like this book at all, because it was all over Instagram. But then I decided to read it, and when I began, I literally couldn’t stop. I love the premise of this book, because it’s set in summer. Also, the summer bucket list sounds so fun and exciting to accomplish. With each task Emily finishes, she somehow changes. Because she was in Sloane’s shadows, and Slaone always handled everything or started every conversation with strangers. But you can notice half way through the book that Emily stepped out of her comfort zone, and felt more confident instead of being self conscious. This summer bucket list changed Emily’s whole summer. She met new friends, and done so many things that she thought she would never ever have the enough courage to do them. It’s really one of those books that stays with you after you read it. Also, this book made me want to eat ice cream, make a bucket list, and have an unforgettable adventurous summer. It gave me all the summer vibes I need. A heartwarming, and an engaging book full of adorable, challenging, and unexpected moments. YOU HAVE TO READ THIS BOOK RIGHT AS SOON AS YOU CAN!

The Someday Jar By Allison Morgan | Book Review

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“Do you ever worry that life is passing you by while day in and day out you’re focused on what you’re supposed to be doing, rather than what you want to be doing? Then, before you know it, you’re old and curled up on your deathbed, weigh ninety pounds, nothing but elbows and knees, consumed with remorseful thoughts that obligations and function controlled your life while you sat idly by and watched it happen. Feeble and unable to eat anything but chicken broth or ice chips, you think, Golden years my ass, I’ll never get the chance to shout my name from the rooftop and why didn’t I take advantage of my youth?”

When Lanie was fifteen years old, she used to go with her father to a Chinees restaurant. But one night, her father gave her a slip of fortune cookie, and told her to write her own wish on it, and put it inside “The Someday Jar” so she did. Lanie liked the idea of writing a bunch of things that she wants to accomplish one day, and having something exciting to look forward to in the future. Unfortunately, when her father left, she felt so sad, so she decided to hide “The Someday Jar” and forget about it. After a couple of years, she is now twenty seven years old, a smart real estate broker, engaged to a successful man called Evan, and happy about her perfect life at the moment. One day, she opened her closet and found the jar, and explained to Evan what the Jar meant to her. Evan was totally against the Jar, because he thought it was absurd and there was no need to commit to it. She knew that by opening the jar, she would remember her painful past, and her father who left without saying anything to her. One morning, Evan told her that she should go to the airport, meet his friend there, and bring him to the office. She went there and waited for him for hours, so she went to the bar to have a drink there, and kill the boredom. A guy sat next to her, and they started to chat. She couldn’t help staring at him, because he was so handsome. They started drinking together and talking for hours, and she suddenly told him about “The Someday Jar” and he thought it was interesting. She was drunk and she didn’t know what she was talking about, but he liked it. In the middle of talking, she choked and he saved her. After that night, her life turned upside down, because she liked the guy she met at the bar, but didn’t want to admit it to anyone. Evan felt so embarrassed and disappointed, because he gave her a simple task, and she failed to do it. Anyways, she felt encouraged after talking to a stranger in the bar to open up the jar and start accomplishing each challenge. Even her friend Kit agreed on that. However, Laine’s life is complicated and messy right now, and she is confused than ever.  She is questioning her whole life and every decision she’s ever made. Would she be able to finish all the challenges in the jar? And What will happen to Lanie and that guy she met at the airport? If you want to know, pick up the book and read it. I won’t spoil everything out for you!

Fluffy romantic books are my absolute favorite when I’m going through a reading slump or if I want to read something funny and adorable after reading a complicated book. This book didn’t fail to get me out of my reading slump. The plot sounds so fun and inspiring. At the beginning of the book, she did exactly what Evan wanted her to do, and basically followed his steps at work, in order to be successful. But, at the end she realized that she doesn’t need anyone’s help to pursue her passion and follow her dreams. I really like the idea of “The Someday Jar” and how it made her more confident and powerful. It also makes you want to challenge yourself and set simple and fun goals for yourself, because there’s nothing wrong with celebrating your own little victories. I think this amazing book sends an important life advice to loosen up a little bit, believe in yourself, even when everyone you know is against you, and break free from your comfort zone every once in a while.

Single Cookie Recipe

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Are you one of those people who need to snack on something yummy and sweet while they’re reading? If your answer is yes, then this post is going to change your life and satisfy your sweet tooth cravings.

So today when I woke up at noon, I thought about trying this single cookie recipe from Pinterest, because I’ve been craving a chocolatey and gooey cookie for about a weak, so I decided to bake one.

This single cookie recipe is originally taken from the Cooking Classy blog. I’m just gonna copy the ingredients for you from there. Don’t hesitate to browse this amazing blog, you’ll literally gonna get extra hungry just by looking at the delicious desserts pictures.

Recipe for One Big Chocolate Chip Cookie

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Yield: 2 servings, one 7-inch cookie

Ingredients

2 Tbsp salted butter

3 Tbsp packed light-brown sugar

1 pinch salt

1 tbsp whisked egg*

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/8 tsp baking soda

1/4 cup chocolate chips, divided

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place butter in a microwave safe mixing bowl. Heat in microwave until nearly melted (you want it almost all the way melted, remove from microwave just before completely melted and stir to fully melt. You just don’t want it too hot or it will cook the egg and melt the chocolate chips when stirring).

To melted butter, add brown sugar, salt, 1 tbsp egg, the vanilla, flour and baking soda. Stir with a spoon until well combined, about 20 – 30 seconds. Mix in 3 tablespoons of the chocolate chips. Shape dough into a 3 1/2-inch disk on a Silpat or parchment paper lined baking sheet, gently press remaining 1 Tbsp chocolate chips randomly over top and sides of cookie. Bake in preheated oven 12 – 14 minutes, until cookie is golden. Serve warm or allow to cool on a wire rack then store in an airtight container.

*To get 1 Tbsp egg, crack egg into a small bowl, whisk until yolk and white are well blended, then measure out 1 Tbsp. Reserve remainder for another use (aka tomorrows breakfast).

Recipe Source: Cooking Classy

That’s the whole recipe. It’s so easy and fast, and it tastes like the pricy bakery cookies. Don’t forget to try it out.

The Love That Split The World | Book Review

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“We may be different, but in this moment we’re feeling the exact same thing: the sad kind of bliss where you realize, suddenly, how perfect your life really has been all along. So perfect it hurts, and you could let yourself weep if you wanted. So perfect that even though everything you know is ending, you truly believe life will continue to be beautiful, even—or maybe especially—in those pure moments of loss.”

When Natalie was six years old, a ghost woman called “Grandmother” used to visit her frequently at nights to comfort her when she was asleep, and tell her Native American stories. Natalie was getting attached to this woman, but when her parents knew about everything, they thought something was wrong with her, so they went with her to so many therapy sessions. After a while, “Grandmother” stopped visiting her at night, and she was finally relieved. After a couple of years, Natalie is about to graduate from high school now and leave her small town to pursue her bright future in Brown university. But, everything gets complicated when “Grandmother” reappears again in her room one night and tells her that she has three months only to save him, but she doesn’t know who’s the guy she is supposed to save and from what danger exactly. After that visit, she has started seeing things disappear and reappear, and finding herself in somewhere else suddenly. Sometimes, she even gets glimpses of things or people she has never seen before. However, the mission of saving the world and the mysterious boy lies in her hands. Will she be willing to jump into an unknown world and sacrifice herself to save this boy?

I like how this book is a blend of different genres at once. It’s not just a contemporary romance, it’s scientific, mystery, magical realism, time travel. Basically, this book is a combination of every genre I like, which is awesome. Let’s talk about Natalie. She is this super strong girl who doesn’t let anything stops her from doing what she really wants. Throughout the book, she keeps wanting to dig deeper and find out more about her mom who gave her up for adoption, and questioning her roots, just to be reassured. Her character is so interesting, witty, and stubborn at the same time, which made her personality as a fictional character more unique. I also loved that part when she stopped doing what her friends told her to do, because she wasn’t being herself at all. She is growing up, and she wants to be liberated from where she lives, because she believes that there’s so much more than being trapped in this small town. Also, her friendship with Meg is so adorable and quite strong, which is something rare in YA novels these days. There are things that I didn’t like in this book, such as the instant love between Natalie and Beau, which is ridiculous. I mean, this doesn’t happen in real life! From the moment she saw him, she was obsessed with his eyes and his hair, and wanted to love him forever. Are you serious?! I didn’t buy that at all. There’s a difference between liking someone for how they look, and loving someone for who they are. Also, the therapy  sessions in the middle of this book are so confusing. The information dumping was so exaggerated, because as a reader, I felt that there were so many important stuff going on, and the author was dragging the plot for so long instead of giving us some answers. Despite the things that I didn’t totally like, this book is still worth the read. It discusses some sensitive topics like, growing up, discovering yourself, adoption, love, family, friendship, finding your authentic self. I still can’t decide if I like the ending or not, because it annoyed me a little bit. Lastly, don’t hesitate to pick up this book, you’ll definitely like it, if you’re into magical realism and mystical stories.

Safe Haven By Nicholas Sparks | Book Review

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This book follows the story of a young woman called Katie. She has recently moved to a small town in North Carolina away from her abusive husband. Despite her several attempts of running away in the past, her husband Kevin, always finds her and bring her back home. When she arrives at Southport, she gets a job at a local diner, and buys a small house there. Even though she has decided  to keep all her secrets from the past, and never let her walls down for anyone, all of that changes when she meets Alex, a widowed man who has two daughters. They find comfort in each other’s company, and their painful past makes them closer than ever. She didn’t even expect herself to feel safe and get attached to the people of this town. However, her husband Kevin is still looking for her everywhere. Will he ever find her? You’ll find out when you read the book!

Safe Haven is kind of different than his other books. It has some suspense and mystery elements in the plot. And there’s also some chapters that are told through Kevin’s messed up thoughts. He’s literally that psycho character you hate so much for ruining everything in the book. Above all of that, I admired the precise description of the weather in Southport in each chapter, they made me live the whole story in my head, which is something I love about detail oriented books. The end of the book was so unexpected, yet satisfying in some way. Such an engaging and twisted book, I loved each part of it.

The Perks Of Being A Wallflower | Book Review

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“So, I guess we are who we are for a lot of reasons. And maybe we’ll never know most of them. But even if we don’t have the power to choose where we come from, we can still choose where we go from there. We can still do things. And we can try to feel okay about them.”

The concept of this book is a little bit different. It’s basically a compilation of letters written by the main character Charlie from different points in his life to an anonymous friend, because at the beginning of each letter, he writes “Dear Friend” and we don’t actually get to know who that friend is.

Charlie is a freshman in high school, who is shy, smart, and awkward when it comes to socializing. He always observes people and wonder about their lives, or what happened to them. He wants to live his life like any normal teenager, but at the same time, he wants to run away from it, because he experienced a lot of pain in the past. When he hears about the tragic death of his friend, he goes through a really hard time processing what happened. However, his life starts to change when he meets Sam and Patrick.
You know when you’re reading a book and suddenly you feel overwhelmed by what the characters are going through? That’s exactly how I felt. I loved the raw and flawed side of the characters, because it made the story more realistic. At the beginning, Charlie was so quiet and living inside his own shell. But throughout the story, he gets to experience a lot of things, and talk honestly about what goes through his mind. It’s such an interesting and relatable book. You should read it, if you haven’t yet.