Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close By Jonathan Safran Foer | Book Review

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“I feel too much. That’s what’s going on.’ ‘Do you think one can feel too much? Or just feel in the wrong ways?’ ‘My insides don’t match up with my outsides.’ ‘Do anyone’s insides and outsides match up?’ ‘I don’t know. I’m only me.’ ‘Maybe that’s what a person’s personality is: the difference between the inside and outside.’ ‘But it’s worse for me.’ ‘I wonder if everyone thinks it’s worse for him.’ ‘Probably. But it really is worse for me.”

The story is about a nine year old boy named Oskar Schell. When his father is killed in The World Trade Center attacks, everything slowly crumples down. Oskar didn’t really find it easy to process the whole tragic situation, so instead, he started getting panic attacks at night, and feeling insomniac at nights. As days went by, Oskar’s method of dealing with pain by bottling every single emotion he felt, made his suffering worse than ever. After months of not even being able to get close to any of his father’s stuff, one day, he forced himself to go into father’s closet and open it. He went through his stuff, and when he touched the blue vase, it broke down into little pieces. Strangely, there was a key in it. Oskar made a quest of finding the perfect lock that fits the key he found. So, each morning, he went to different people to ask them if they knew anything about his father. Oskar’s journey didn’t go fast as he thought it would, he spent so much time talking to people and getting to know them. He also brought a camera with him, to take a photo of each person he met. Oskar’s beautiful journey of looking for the mysterious lock of the key, will lead him to the most unexpected places.

First of all, let’s talk about Oskar and his father. I really loved the intelligent side of Oskar’s character. He’s not an average nine years old boy. His mind is bigger than him. Always wandering, looking for answers to every single thing he doesn’t quite understand. And his father is so sweet and kind. I literally cried my eyes out when I read this book. It’s so emotional and heart shattering. Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close is one of those books that you wish you could go back in time, read it for the first time, and live the whole story all over again. The movie was such an impactful and clever adaptation of the book. It made me laugh, but most of the time, it made me feel sad and heart broken. Such an overwhelming movie, you should really watch it, but don’t forget to read the book first.

Before I Fall By Lauren Oliver | Book Review

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Samantha Kingston lives a perfect life, and she has everything she wants. But the problem is that she treats everyone around her in a mean way. Once she becomes friends with a group of three popular girls, she starts acting like them just to fit in. On Friday, the 12th of February, Samantha and her friends decide to go to a party. Unfortunately, on that night at 12:30 she dies in a car accident.

After the accident, Samantha relives her last day for seven days, to unravel the mystery of her death, and discover the true meaning of life. She gets to change things and make new experiences, and understand the outcomes of her bad actions, and how they affected her friends and family.

What I like about this book is that you can notice the growth of the main character and it’s remarkable. Each day, Samantha tries to not follow her friends or imitate them. She interferes and fix her relationship with her family, especially her little sister. She used to value the wrong things that don’t matter, spend so much time with the worst kind of friends, and neglect what is right in front of her. But now she knows what she should value and treasure. This story is powerful and tragic. It really makes you rethink about how our actions with other people might affect them, even when we don’t pay attention to what we usually say or do.

The Book Of Lost Things By John Connolly | Book Review

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“I think the act of reading imbues the reader with a sensitivity toward the outside world that people who don’t read can sometimes lack. I know it seems like a contradiction in terms; after all reading is such a solitary, internalizing act that it appears to represent a disengagement from day-to-day life. But reading, and particularly the reading of fiction, encourages us to view the world in new and challenging ways…It allows us to inhabit the consciousness of another which is a precursor to empathy, and empathy is, for me, one of the marks of a decent human being.”

This book follows the story of a young boy named David who lives in England. After his sick mother passes away, he starts immersing himself in tons of books, just to escape his sadness and pain. His love of books has become an obsession. His books now can actually talk and argue with each other, and he can make them go quiet if he is about to read. However, every time he sleeps at night, he dreams of another world, where there’s a kingdom surrounded by huge trees and flowers. One day, he finds the passageway to this world in the sunken garden, and he arrives in the imaginary land. The problem is that the passageway to the real world is now gone, and he has to defeat ‘The Crocked Man’ and find a book called ‘The Book Of Lost Things’ so he can go back home.

I find the story so intriguing, fascinating, full of magic, and strong imagery. It’s not a typical fairytale, it may seem like that from the beginning, but when you reach the half of it, things start to get extremely dark, twisted, and creepy. If you’re into fantasy stories and fairytales, then you’ll definitely fall in love with this book.

Thanks For The Memories By Cecelia Ahern |Book Review

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“Stop and take your time to notice things and make those things you notice matter.”

Justin is a recently divorced man, who’s been drowning himself in work too much, just to avoid feeling lonely and miserable. He’s not particularly happy with his life lately, but he just got used to it. One day, he decides to do something he has never done before, which is donating blood. When he’s done, he feels good about himself. Because for the first time, it feels like it’s a decision that is willingly made from the heart.

Joyce has lost her unborn baby because of a terrible accident. Luckily, her life is saved by a blood transfusion from an anonymous donor. When she leaves the hospital, she realizes that her marriage is still messed up and her life has just gotten more complicated. So, she tells her dad that she’s going to stay with him. Since she came home, she’s been feeling weird lately. Her mind is filled with memories and knowledge that don’t belong to her. Sometimes, she sees moments of someone else’s past, and other strange people. A sense of Déjàvu is taking over Joyce’s life, and it’s impossible to control it. She’s become so obsessed with figuring out who those memories belong to.
Is it possible to fall in love with someone you have never ever met before?

Joyce’s father is my favorite character. His sense of humor made me laugh a lot. I really loved the part when they went to London, and Joyce started talking about the history of those old museums. I know the plot is predictable, but there are parts of the story that I was so eager to know. However, this book was a delightful read for me. If you’re looking for a funny ,romantic story with a magical twist, then you should read it.

Bookish ramblings | No. 1

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Hello to all my fellow readers! I hope you’re feeling wonderful today. Today is the Fourth day of Ramadan, and I thought of letting you know that, just in case you didn’t know. It’s honestly my favorite month of the year, because I love the calm atmosphere of it. And the long fasting hours remind us of how blessed we truly are to have food, loving family, and a home to live in. It also reminds us of how poor people feel when they don’t have anything to eat, or a place to live in. Everyone is helping each other, despite their race, gender, or even color.  It’s the month of self nourishment, mercy, asking for forgiveness, and abstaining from bad habits, to become closer to Allah, and control your desires to become a better person.

As much as I love Ramadan, I hate how much time flies so fast in this month. Between family gatherings, praying in the mosque, reading the Holy Quran, and cooking special dishes each day, don’t even get me started on that, because we literally spend half of the day in the kitchen! It’s hard to find some time and read a book, or do anything else. I swear, it’s like the hours are just running by, and suddenly it’s a new day. But this month, I’m more organized than ever, even though I tend to have less sleeping hours, and feel really exhausted, I still feel more focused on my goals for this month, including reading four books, and participating in a book challenge in Insatgram.

I know you might think reading four books is not a lot, but in this month, that’s how much I can really manage to read. I also want to write some book reviews, but as I said, finding some time in this month, is really hard, but I will write some, don’t worry!

Lastly, I hope I didn’t bore you with all the talking, I just thought of updating you about my life at the moment. If you’re curious about the book challenge I’m participating in, or if you want  to know more about it, you can check out my bookish Instagram account: @bookishmema

 

The Best Of Me By Nicholas Sparks | Book Review

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Hello my fellow readers! Today’s book review is a little bit different, because I usually review books that I’ve read recently, but this one I had read two years ago. Here’s the thing, I’m not a big fan of books turning into movies. Sometimes when I read a book and really, really like it, I don’t see the need to watch its movie, because I’m always afraid that the movie will not live up to the same level of the story, or maybe they’ll change some events or miss some details, which will result in ruining my feelings of the book, because I’ll always compare the both of them. Anyways, this week my sister told to watch ‘The Best Of Me’ movie, and she said it was so emotional and heart breaking, you have to watch it, so I did. Surprisingly, it was a perfect adaptation of the book. So let’s review the book!

The story begins in 1984, in a small town called Oriental. On a hot summer day, Dawson Cole was sitting in a local diner with his friend Robby. As Robby was talking nonstop to Dawson, he wasn’t paying attention, because he was staring at a pretty girl called Amanda Collier. Dawson didn’t have the enough courage to ask her out, so he let go of thinking about her, but the next day in school while he was walking, he saw Amanda standing in front of her car, so he went to help her. When he was fixing her car, Amanda asked him out on a date, and he agreed. Anyways, when he came home, he told his father that he was going to go out this night, but his father refused in a harsh abusive way. He just started slapping him, until he caused him a bruise on his cheek. Dawson bailed on Amanda, because he was feeling ashamed of what his father had done to him, and everyone would ask him about his bruise. Amanda was waiting until she had enough, and decided to go to Dawson and talk to him. Dawson told her everything, and she was so sympathetic with him. After a couple of days, Dawson left his home, because he couldn’t handle his father’s abusive behavior. An old man called Tuck, allowed him to live with him in his house, and he was like a father to him. Amanda and Dawson’s love grew tight more than ever. However, an awful incident that happened to Robby, made Dawson go to jail. Amanda was visiting him, but he refused to see her, because he wanted her to forget him, move on, and live her life.

After twenty five years, Tuck’s lawyer called both of them to come to Oriental to his house, and do as his death will say so. All the emotions and the memories came back to them like a sudden tornado.  They both couldn’t stop loving each other, but their cruel life choices made them pretend that they did. Years after meeting each other, and they still feel the love spark between them. What will happen to Amanda and Dawson’s old love story? That my friends what you’ll know once you read the book!

First of all, let me just warn you that the whole story will shred your heart into little pieces, and it will make you sob in an ugly way, so basically, from my personal experience, I would advise you to read the book alone, to avoid public embarrassment. I love how contradictory the main characters are. Dawson is this nice, shy kid who keeps everything to himself, and here’s Amanda, bold, optimistic, and everyone’s favorite girl, whose family well known around town. I really felt tremendously sorry for Dawson, because of his awful ruthless father. I have a huge admiration for books that revolve around family or focus on family issues. It opens the readers’ eyes and let them ask for help, if they have the same situation. Because there’s nothing more destructive to a kid’s personality than an abusive parent. I was so sad the whole time I watched Dawson’s father hit him. Overall, the book and the movie are both heart touching, but the book is better, because books always win and you can’t argue with that!