Feed Your Mind: Vol. 4

Well, well, well. What have we here? I am finally back to posting in this series! It’s a shame that I haven’t published a follow-up since October/November because it took me three months to finish reading Insurgent! Upon learning that some friends (a.k.a. silent readers of this blog) actually look forward to what I’m going to share in the next series, I felt horrible for deliberately abandoning my reading streak. Anyway, here are the books I’ve recently read:

1. Fan Girl by Rainbow Rowell

I picked this up in early October in the hopes of at least finishing just this one, but failed miserably when I got stuck on Chapter 3. Almost a month later, I picked up where I left off, and didn’t really get its story until I’m 25% into my reading.

I have to be honest; reading this was confusing. The reference to Gemma T. Leslie’s characters, Simon Snow and Baz, lost me several times. Perhaps I’m just not into fanfiction. I personally think that story of Cath and Wren would have been alright without the excerpts on Simon Snow and Baz, but that’s just me.

“That moment,” she told Cath, “when you realize that a guy’s looking at you differently—that you’re taking up more space in his field of vision. That moment when you know he can’t see past you anymore.”

2. A Beautiful Wedding by Jamie McGuire

So I didn’t know that there’s a very quick read specifically dedicated to Travis and Abby’s wedding. Had I not participated in the Goodreads Awards section, I wouldn’t know at all.

Travis and Abby are probably my most favorite YA novel characters. They have the ability to take you in a place separate from reality. It may be an exaggeration, but then again, it could be just me. I am happy that McGuire came up with this piece because you can’t really have enough of Travis and Abby (but mostly Travis) in this series.

I loved it so much I might have held my breath the entire time I read it.

3. Beautiful Oblivion by Jamie McGuire

Just when I thought that nothing else will break my obsession towards Travis and Abby on Beautiful Disaster and Walking Disaster (and A Beautiful Wedding), Trenton and Cami came into picture. Beautiful Oblivion is the third installment in the Beautiful series, but this one focuses more on the other Maddox—Trenton.

I think their story isn’t as messed up as Travis and Abby’s, but they are equally engaging. I admired McGuire for stitching the events in the first two books from Trenton and Cami’s perspective. I loved both books (most especially Walking Disaster) that I found myself likewise hooked on this one. It felt like being one of the characters, totally able to sort of relate with what’s going on.

Cami’s top secret kept me wondering until I figured it out a few chapters away from its ending. McGuire was clever enough to drop several clues without giving away too much. I also loved how she made Hazel’s character both feisty and endearing just how a true Filipina is. Oh, and Olive reminds me so much of my baby cousin, Naomi. So adorable!

Unless McGuire writes a sequel from Trenton’s point of view, I think I know whose Maddox story is up next. hint hint

“A Maddox boy? Afraid?” His face compressed.

“We’ve already lost the first woman we ever loved. The thought of going through that again scares the shit out of us.

4. I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson

Having just read back-to-back Jamie McGuire novels, I admit that I had a bad case of a “book hangover”. Aside from this, the book started off weird that it took me half a week to get past 10% in my reading progress.

This is a story about the life of twins, Noah and Jude, their messed-up family, and how each of them found his/her true love. Each chapter is a chunk of pages written from either Noah’s and Jude’s perspective at a certain age. It may be confusing in the beginning, but the story did get better as I went along.

I think it has a unique story that will make readers hang on to the very end. It is ridiculously filled with superstitions that will probably remind you of your own grandmother and your childhood. I’m surprised myself that I ended up liking this book.

Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been to before—you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You can find your way around in the dark if you had to.

5. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

Hallelujah! After about 100 days, I’ve finally finished reading this book! I read it while I’m waiting in line at my medical exam, and the 16 hours waiting time wasn’t bad at all! I also kind of cheated a bit because I progressed by listening to its audiobook version before I went to bed.

Anyway, I think my judgment on this book will be a little off since I didn’t read it in one sitting; however, I still liked it. I’m surprised that not once did I feel like I lost track, and picked up right where I left off.

Tris was pretty annoying in this book, especially when she always puts herself at risk, but she’s nothing compared to how annoying Bella was in the Twilight series (sorry, fans!). The last part was the most interesting one, and the revelation may just blow your mind. (I seriously didn’t see that one coming!)

Cruelty does not make a person dishonest, the same way bravery does not make a person kind.

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