Feed Your Mind: Vol. 2

By the time I hit the two-weeks-until-I’m-out-of-here mark of what’s left of my tenure at work, I decided to jump into a reading marathon once again. Besides worrying about the transition process with my replacements (yes, three people were identified to handle my work), all that’s keeping me busy is the preparation for this blog’s “re-launch”. Other than that, I could pretty much plot everything else in my planner without flinching. Here goes the second installment from the Feed Your Mind series:

1. It’s Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini

Here’s another thing about me. Whenever I find out a film adaptation of a best-selling novel, I immediately add it to my long list of to-read’s. This book’s synopsis had me thinking something similar to The Silver Linings Playbook by Matthew Quick. That book was so intense, I leafed through its pages like a mad woman. It’s Kind of a Funny Story wasn’t exactly funny to my taste. It actually took me two months to finish this book because “[…] it wasn’t like flash cards. It took days.

In my opinion, it only started to sound interesting in the last few chapters. I think the other characters in the book were more interesting than Craig himself. Perhaps I just couldn’t relate that much on his struggles though I’d agree about the “Tentacles”, “Shifts”, and “Anchors” in life. Anyway, I still want to see its movie adaptation. Let’s see if it lives up to the book.

Like in Animal Farm, which I read, all animals are created equal, but some are more equal than others? Here in the real world, all equals are created animal, but some are more animal than others.

2. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

I have a little confession to make—I didn’t know Rainbow Rowell exists until Eleanor & Park. It’s the first time I heard of her as an author of a best-selling novel. From what planet am I, you dare say? Attachments came up to me when someone recommended it to me on Goodreads. I know I should have learned from reading books by Jennifer E. Smith, but what is there to lose? This is the golden time to catch up with my reading, so suggestions are always welcome.

Going back to the book, now this is my kind of a feel-good story. Admit it—sometimes it’s fun eavesdropping at other people’s conversations, most especially those interesting ones. Not too obvious, though, or you’ll get yourself caught! Well, this book isn’t entirely that, but reading through other people’s email conversations is kind of like it. 

I like that this book not only tapped on how romantic relationships equate to attachments, but in other personal aspects as well. It’s a light, humorous piece of work that I really enjoyed reading. Now how does one follow through after a good read such as this?

I pray for everyone we care about. Plus, I like to pray for things that seem possible. There are so many things that I pray for that seem almost too big even for God. It’s rewarding to pray for something that might actually happen. It kind of keeps me going. Sometimes, I just pray for a bumper crop of zucchini or for a good night’s sleep.

3. Meant To Be by Lauren Morrill

Someone I follow on Goodreads just finished reading this book, and she gave it a 5-star rating, so I thought I’d give it a try. The first few pages were okay. By this, I mean that it kicked off like most chick-lit books I’ve read. Somewhere in the middle, like halfway through the book, I found myself giggling to how the story is going. It was the kind of chuckle that reminds me so much of my high school days. Much to my surprise, the story got better towards the end, and not only did I give it a perfect rating, I even placed it on my favorites shelf. 

I need to fold down pages and flag passages with sticky notes. I need to experience books, not just read them. I never go anywhere without a book in my bag, and to travel across the ocean, I’d packed more than my fair share.

4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

I was browsing through interesting new videos on YouTube when I came across a movie trailer that showed a guy (portrayed by Ben Affleck) looking for his missing wife (Rosamund Pike). I assumed it was his wife that had gone missing, and I instantly realized that it’s the film adaptation of the best-selling novel by Gillian Flynn! 

I have long added this book to my endless list of to-read’s, and since the movie’s coming out in cinemas in October, I knew I had to start with it sooner. I have read a lot of good feedback/reviews online on this book, and boy, did it not disappoint! Had I not been given a freelance gig at the time I was reading this (not complaining though), I would have finished it sooner. The story kept getting more interesting by the page, I kid you not.

I also liked the fact that the storyline tapped essential stuff to keep in mind when dealing with married life—both for newlyweds and long-time married couples alike. I don’t think I have learned so much in a book like this in the past that doesn’t only focus on love and romance. I highly recommend this book to everyone!

Marriage is compromise and hard work, and then more hard work and communication and compromise. And then work.

5. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green 

If I may be completely honest, this book bored me to death. The fact that it took me weeks to finish it was a clear indication that I didn’t like it. The excessive reference to mathematical theorem (with equations and graphical representations) and use of linking notes were too much for a leisure read. People with similar interests may enjoy this book; obviously, that excludes myself. I don’t think I’d recommend this to anyone, really. I’m sorry, John Green, but I’m still hungover with The Fault In Our Stars.

Everywhere man blames nature and fate, yet his fate is mostly but the echo of his character and passions, but mistakes and weaknesses.

In cased you missed it, read about the first entry in this series here. I’m taking a very quick break from too much reading to work on my September goals. If you would like to recommend a book or two, do let me know! Thank you!


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