Feed Your Mind: Vol. 3

Well, what do you know? I’m back, reading books once again! Only a week into September, I found myself looking through iBooks collection for my next reads. I selected these books at random, and I was very pleased! Read on to find out why…

1. Going Too Far by Jennifer Echols

This book had the feels of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by her name-sake, Jennifer E. Smith. They didn’t have the same storyline/plot, but they both made me gush like a teenager, which is always a good thing (at least for me). I basically devoured this book in 48 hours (I could have in one sitting, but life happened) because it was interesting. Officer After reminded me so much of Roan who is currently taking a degree in Criminal Justice. Oh, you know, serving the US Army for seven years just wasn’t enough.

I particularly find its story cute because it involved Meg’s rule-breaking and non-conformance. Kind of like me, right? Did that make any sense? See for yourself!

Art is the most effective form of communication. You can use it to lift the human spirit, and make people realize there’s more to life than their next meth high.

2. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

If you loved Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, then you will love this more. Seldom did I read a book where all characters had a particular significance in a story. It was beautifully written—clever, even. This book was so engaging the entire time that I decided to finish the book in one day.

With every page I leafed through, I found myself asking, “Where’d you go, Bernadette?” thick with anticipation, and not otherwise. If you haven’t read this, you’re missing out a lot. I promise!

You’re bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better you’ll be.

3. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

If there’s one beautiful, albeit depressing, read since The Fault In Our Stars by John Green, this should be it. Having read this book made me evaluate my life from a different perspective. Let’s face it—it’s not an easy task to be simply grateful for what we have until they are lost. We often take for granted the most trivial things that we lose sight of what is essential. 

Not only did this book enlighten me with a rare kind of unconditional love; it was also an affirmation that widening one’s horizons make a lot of difference in life. I found myself being sympathetic towards Lou for the most part of the book because her struggles with all aspects in her life (i.e., family, relationships, work) were real. There’s just no way you can’t love this book.

Some mistakes … just have greater consequences than others. But you don’t have to let that night be the thing that defines you.

4. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Cheers to another awesome read by Rainbow Rowell! I think Landline was a brilliant read, which I find similar with Gone Girl by Gillian Glynn and Maria Semple’s Where’d You Go, Bernadette except their stories were completely different. Does that even make sense? 

To my surprise, I was able to relate to this book somehow because I found myself being in Georgie’s shoes most of the time throughout this book. Rainbow Rowell tackles several marital and family issues in a creative way, hence it made for an easy read. This book had me hooked because just when I thought I knew what’s going to happen next, a twist comes around. I loved it!

Sometimes, even when they were talking, they weren’t really talking. Sometimes they were just negotiating each other. Keeping each other posted.

5. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

Let me begin by saying how conflicted I was while reading this book, most especially towards the end. I couldn’t decide whether I’d give it a 5-star rating or just a four. Allow me to justify my reasons why I decided against giving this book a perfect rating. I do not encourage cheating in any form, most especially in relationships. If there’s one thing I am proud of, it’s the fact that I never cheated on anyone. In the same way, I consider myself blessed for I have never been cheated on, too. 

I know that I may sound prude, but my decisions in life are mostly influenced by the values my parents have instilled in me as a child. One of which is the simple reality that we are always presented with only two choices in life—the good and the bad. Everything else stems out from whatever option we choose to make. I think it’s irrational for people who chose the latter to reason out that “it just happened, and I can’t do anything about it.” Uhm, bullshit. For one, it couldn’t “just happen” if you didn’t allow or entertain the thought in your head. You could’ve done something it before it’s too late. 

I know that people who are or have been in this situation can easily point out how convenient it is to say these because I’m not nor was I in their position, but let me get this straight—I’m not judging people. I am trying to understand the act by which people deal with such situations. People may hate me for being self-righteous, and I respect that because to each his own. They’re entitled to their own opinion, and so do I. Let’s agree to disagree, shall we?

In the end, I gave this book a 5-star rating because despite the typical love triangle going on between the major characters, I loved how the author injected several twists into the story, making it unique and identifiable. Here’s one of my favorite excerpt from the book:

That would be the worst outcome of all of this. If he left her and we attempted to build a relationship from that, it would never work. The entire relationship would be built on betrayal and deceit, and those two things have never made and will never make for a good foundation.

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