Extraordinary Means.

I don’t know why I have this tendency to read books that destroy me. I need help.

Extraordinary Means by Robyn Schneider.

Rating: 5/5.

Why am I like this? Why is Robyn so cruel, first of all?

So pretty much you get to love the main characters (Sadie and Lane). They’re awesome and they have a special connection that you can’t help but love. 

Too bad they both have tuberculosis that is immune to any drug. The good thing is that there is a solution in the end. The bad thing is that not everybody can make it.

And this gives you such a bad vibe and your feelings pretty much go with the flow when you see them how strong they are and how they cope with it so well! 

I love original ideas and people that like to do stuff in a different way and that describes miss Sadie pretty much. You get to love her and her mind. 

You get to love it so much that you may end up yelling “NOOOO” and slam your book (or kindle in my case) and take a break and wipe the tears in your eyes. I hoped for a happy ending. SADIE DESERVED BETTER THO! I thought she would get better from that risky cure she took and she might make it another 2 weeks until the legit vaccines are coming in and everybody has a chance to live. 

Lane was awesome. I loved how he wasn’t a drama queen after she died and it broke my heart just by reading that he imagined her in the line for the vaccine or he imagined helping her pack for leaving…

That’s just sad.

It was awesome. But horrific. But awesome. I loved it.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/23149128-extraordinary-means

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🎈You’ll float too🎈

Alright I guess I don’t need any special introduction for this after you’ve read the title since it’s been everywhere and suddenly everyone wants It. I’m looking at you, weird psychotic clown lovers.

Rating: 5/5.

If you’re in the mood for a long good read, try It. Hehe. No, seriously, I’ve read a long Stephen King book before (like 800 pages) and it was really good (11/22/63). This time, I really wanted to skip the movie and read the book before I actually watch it tho I was pretty scared to watch it so I wait for it to come on DVD.

Stephen King’s It is over 1000 pages long and every page is awesome. I recommended it to every friend I talked to about it.

I find horror a difficult genre. If I would have to write a horror book I don’t know if I could do it. It’s hard to write something to actually creep out the reader but I can vote this one as the first book that gave me the creeps. I was literally mouthing “man that’s creepy” when reading a few scenes so get ready for some crazy stuff. I question King’s sanity.

BUT THE KIDS MAN! THOSE KIDS ARE THE COOLEST KIDS IN LITERATURE. I loved them as a group and individually too but when they were together they just made me think of the gang in Stranger Things. I’m glad Finn Wolfhard actually plays in both of them. He fits perfectly.

I loved the turtle idea that protects them and I loved their ambition to get rid of Pennywise once and for all.

I really hope the movie is good because the one from the ’90s was extremely lame and I don’t wanna think about it again.

Anyways, if you think about reading it, I can only say YYYEEESSSSS. 100% recommended.

 https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/644173.It

Jane Eyre… but gothic.

As a classic cinematography lover, I’ve watched the movie The Birds (and read the book), of course. It’s a combo when Alfred Hitcock is the director and the author of the novel is Daphne du Maurier. Same goes for Rebecca. 

Rating: 4/5.

Besides the fact that I’ve had the book in my kindle for a while now I’ve also heard the song “Rebecca” sung in its musical (yes there’s also a musical based on it). You have no idea how bad it got stuck in my mind.

So I gave the book a try.

At first there’s nothing very impressive about it. It kinda feels like nothing is happening so you might be tempted to abandon it but I went on with it for the sake of the song (don’t ask me what’s up with that because I don’t know, it just hit me).

Daphne du Maurier is building the mystery step by step basically. She doesn’t throw you in a complicated full of suspense action but she knows how to involve you with every chapter. She sprinkles the plot with some plot twists and from a story of 2 lovers becomes a serious act of desperation and murder.

If you’ve read Jane Eyre you might find some common elements: there’s an older rich man, a manor and 2 wives but the spirit of the deceased one is lurking around. The dark and sinister tone of it can surely grab your attention.

As for the characters, I don’t like any of them but the author knew how to build the characters to be disliked but at the same time you are interested in what happens to them.

Last night I also watched the movie. It’s a classic ’40s Hitchcock, how can I not?

I’m gonna say the typical thing that any book reader is saying: the book was better. It really was better. It’s not one of my favorite Hitchcock movies but since I’ve read the book my expectations were…higher than they should’ve been probably. Even though I’m saying this I’m not discouraging anyone to watch it. Do watch it cause it’s a pretty good one. I really liked the guy that played as Mr de Winter and also the role of Ms Danvers was awesome. She nailed it!

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17899948-rebecca

 

Oddities and darkness.

This wasn’t my first encounter with David Levithan, but by far this one is the most unfortunate one. I’m talking about Every You, Every Me.

Rating: 2.5/5

I’ve had a few thoughts of rating it 3/5 but I just couldn’t. There was too much teenage angst squeezed in it and it’s too morbid for my taste.

The plot itself wasn’t the most horrible ever or stuff like that but David kinda killed it with too many striked-through words and ugly photographs. I love photography and one of the reasons why I chose this book is because I knew it has photography in it. Man but the photos…

UGLIEST PHOTOS IN THE WORLD. I have no idea who took those photos but it should be illegal for that person to hold any device that has a camera.

It kinda felt like he was just exercising writing and he was getting photos to write stuff inspired by them and then…oh well…let’s print a book.

The main character is the most depressive person ever and he makes you cut your wrists. But still, the plot wasn’t very bad, otherwise I wouldn’t have thought of giving it a rating of 3 at one point.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/9972838-every-you-every-me

Words that make you feel.

I think it’s time to focus on some poetry this time. Contemporary poetry. I chose Love and Misadventures by Leav Lang because the cover is absolutely adorable, I mean look at this:

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Rating: 4/5.

I love poetry but contemporary poetry is my favorite and I always devour the poems. This book sent Lang Leav to a special place in my heart and I can’t wait to read some more but I have to take it slow cause I don’t wanna read all of them in a single day lol.

I’ve read many bad reviews about this one and I sincerely don’t get it. I know it’s not your typical shakespearian and sophisticated play of words but it really does its job, it makes you feel things. It sends you on a rollercoaster and it’s full of emotions. It’s so crazy relatable to a lot of us, it was an amazing read.

No it doesn’t have complex poems but I don’t think you need complexity when you know how to write and what to say and the author nailed it. The words are real and raw from the heart. No time to pretend.

 

“Find What You Love and Let It Kill You”

My fellow dear Goethe this time caught me with another book of his, The Sorrows of Young Werther.

Rating: 3/5.

This is the book responsible for Goethe’s fame but later he started to dislike being forever associated with this one. Wanna hear the short summary of it? It’s something that we’ve never heard before.

  1. Werther is a young rich man with raging hormones.
  2. He falls in love with a pretty lady.
  3. SHE IS MARRIED TO ANOTHER GUY HAHA.
  4. Werther kills himself.

I was kidding when I said it’s something we’ve never heard before (in case you didn’t get it haha I’m so funny). Yes this is your typical story of unrequited love. A story of obsession.

There isn’t much to say about it. I liked it but I think Goethe’s poetry is better.

Free download: http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/2527

 

 

You are uninteresting.

Bright Lights, Big City by Jay McInerney was a book on my to-read shelf that I always skipped… until one day when I was like “you know what, I should give this book a try”.

Rating: 2/5.

What makes this book different than the others is the second person narrative that you can rarely find. It’s not the only book but somehow it’s one of the most popular examples if you want to check out this style.

 

It’s the 1980s and your uninteresting life consists of working, partying and drugs (of course, the main character is based on McInerney himself).

You don’t bother with anything. You work in the Factual Verification department for a magazine in the beautiful New York, want to move on to the fiction department and yet you do nothing about that.

Your wife left you and you seem unable to pursue a real relationship.

This is the life before the internet pretty much. Nobody’s using computers and if you want to find out something you have to check out some records or make a few phone calls to some sources and the whole NYC was high on cocaine and this is the young and foolish life.

The background characters are easily forgettable. They’re uninteresting too. We don’t get to know a lot more about them besides their names and some basic info.

This book sends such a careless vibe that actually makes you feel careless about it but don’t get me wrong, it’s not a bad book, but it ain’t a great one either.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/86147.Bright_Lights_Big_City