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All The Bright Places

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All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“The story of a boy called Finch and a girl named Violet.”

Jennifer Niven will literally break your little heart in two with this book. She’s one of those authors who sends the character you can’t help but to fall in love to into heaven. I know, I know, spoiler alert but you obviously saw it coming.

There are people saying this book is similar to The Fault In our Stars by John Green. I can’t say the same though, like the only similarity between them for me is that the male protagonist died. I find this book unique and most of all, heart-wrenching.

This story is about a girl who learns to live from a boy who intends to die. Theodore Finch is the kind of boy who likes death, he keeps imagining things or ways of how he might kill himself. At the same time, he’s also a great composer of songs . He lives for the present.On the other hand, Violet Markey lives for the future. She’s counting the days until her graduation. And she can’t wait to go to college and leave her small town. The two met in the bell tower of their school, both of them sitting on the ledge and one little move, just one tiny move can be the reason they’ll fall and die. To the people looking up on them, it was like Finch saved Violet but for the two parties involved, they’re confused of who saved whom. When both of them became partners for a school project where they have to discover the natural wonders of their state, Indiana, they found themselves drawn to each other. Finch can be himself when he’s with Violet and Violet forgets counting the days when she’s with Finch. But Violet really has no idea of what’s going on in Finch’s mind. in the end, Violet’s love for Finch wasn’t enough to make him stay alive.

i love this book. I learned a lot from it , for instance, what Jovian-Plutonian Gravitational Effect is. And it raised my awareness of suicide and mental illness. These are so serious and if ever you know someone who’s suicidal or someone with mental illness, you should really call for help because these people are the ones who badly needs guidance and treatment.They should be treated quickly before it’s too late like what happened to Finch. NO one deserves to go through the things he went through.

“You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.” – Theodore Finch

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Quotes about Books (pt.1)

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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
Marcus Tullius Cicero

“Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.”
Neil Gaiman, Coraline

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“What really knocks me out is a book that, when you’re all done reading it, you wish the author that wrote it was a terrific friend of yours and you could call him up on the phone whenever you felt like it. That doesn’t happen much, though.”
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

“One must always be careful of books,” said Tessa, “and what is inside them, for words have the power to change us.”
Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel

“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
Stephen King, On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

“In books, sometimes the foreshadowing is so obvious that you know what’s going to happen. But knowing what happens isn’t the same as knowing how it happens. Getting there is the best part.”
Emery Lord, The Start of Me and You

“I like to think of books as lovers; you have to introduce yourself slowly to them, read them one page at a time. Notice them, appreciate them. Respect what they’re trying to tell you, let their words caress you, then sink into you, and finally, become a part of you.”
Stacie Hammond, Ana J. Awakens

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Good Books

a poem written by: Edgar Guest

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Good books are friendly things to own.

If you are busy they will wait.

They will not call you on the phone

Or wake you if the hour is late.

They stand together row by row,

Upon the low shelf or the high.

But if you’re lonesome this you know:

You have a friend or two nearby.

 

The fellowship of books is real.

They’re never noisy when you’re still.

They won’t disturb you at your meal.

They’ll comfort you when you are ill.

The lonesome hours they’ll always share.

When slighted they will not complain.

And though for them you’ve ceased to care

Your constant friends they’ll still remain.

 

Good books your faults will never see

Or tell about them round the town.

If you would have their company

You merely have to take them down.

They’ll help you pass the time away,

They’ll counsel give if that you need.

He has true friends for night and day

Who has a few good books to read.

 
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The Land of Story-books

a poem written by: Robert Louis Stevenson, 18501894
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At evening when the lamp is lit,
Around the fire my parents sit;
They sit at home and talk and sing,
And do not play at anything.

Now, with my little gun, I crawl
All in the dark along the wall,
And follow round the forest track
Away behind the sofa back.

There, in the night, where none can spy,
All in my hunter’s camp I lie,
And play at books that I have read
Till it is time to go to bed.

These are the hills, these are the woods,
These are my starry solitudes;
And there the river by whose brink
The roaring lions come to drink.

I see the others far away
As if in firelit camp they lay,
And I, like to an Indian scout,
Around their party prowled about.

So, when my nurse comes in for me,
Home I return across the sea,
And go to bed with backward looks
At my dear land of Story-books.
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Colleen Hoover

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I decided to write about this author because she is one of my favorites.<3 And she’s the only author that I’ve met. So here’s how I knew her:

There was a time when I needed a break from scifi and mythologies, I wanted to go back to young adult. So I asked suggestions from my cousin and she introduced me to Colleen Hoover. I’ve already heard about her because my sister kept talking to me about the Slammed Series and how nice it is. She can’t stop talking about it and for that reason, I read Colleen Hoover’s first ever published book, which is Slammed. I remembered I stayed up all night reading that book and I never regretted it. I was hooked, absolutely and positively hooked, not just to the book but also to the author. From then on, I read every book published that is written by her. From Slammed to It Ends With Us. I just love the way she writes a book. The words are put accordingly together to form a sentence that brings so much meaning. I love the conflicts and unexpected twists she adds to make the readers more addicted and more emotional. And of course, the characters, the characters that I end up falling in love with. For me, it’s like the characters are real. I love how broken they are and how they find ways to bring themselves together with the help of love.

I told my friends about her books and they too fell in love. I’ve read all of her books including the series where she collaborated with Tarryn Fisher. I love her and I love her books because they help me realize how magical and powerful love can be.

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Me Before You

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Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

If you’re looking for a tear-jerking book then this is exactly the book I would recommend to you. Jojo Moyes just made every reader of this book cry. If you’ve read this book and never shed a single tear, I don’t know what you are. Surely, you’re not a human. Sorry not sorry. Because I believe nobody finishes this book without crying maybe a barrel or two of tears. That’s how sentimental this book is.

So this story is about a woman, Louisa Clark, who lives in a small town and has a very interesting sense of fashion, a girl who is contented with her life and is ready take any job just to help her family. Then there’s Will Traynor who lives in a castle. He was once a risk-taker, adventurous and ambitious type of guy but after a tragic accident, his life was turned upside down. The accident damaged his spine that caused his quadriplegia.

So these two persons with totally opposite characteristics gets to spend 6 months together due to Louisa’s desperate actions. Then eventually they fell in love but this love wasn’t enough to stop Will from going to Switzerland and undergo dignitas.

This book is just the most heartbreaking book for me. I don’t even know what to feel towards Will. I kind of hate him for leaving Louisa but at the same time I understand and respect his decision because a life where you’re fully independent to other people to the point that they have to spoon-feed you because you can’t eat by yourself is the kind of life you don’t want to live, especially if you’re a person like Will. And because of this, I admire his bravery. I also can’t help but pity Louisa, imagine falling deeply in love with a boy who you will lose inevitably. No girl deserves to feel that way.

This book is definitely a must-read. It will make you feel a whirlwind of emotions that’ll leave you thinking about it for days.

“Live boldly.Push yourself.Don’t settle.Just live.” – William Traynor

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SIGNS YOU’RE HOOKED IN A BOOK

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  1. You can’t stop thinking about the book. Whether you’re in school, at home, in the mall or anywhere you just can’t stop thinking about what’s gonna happen next or what’s gonna happen to the characters. You just have to admit that physically you’re with your family and friends but mentally you’re stuck in the book.
  2. You feel lonely when you have to go out of the house. Because going out of the house means you have to stop reading. To others, “house” can be the room, because going out of the room means you have to stop reading because your mom is reminding you of the chores you have to do.
  3. If you see there are only a few pages left, your heart breaks. Once you’re hooked , you never want to stop reading. You don’t even mind reading a part 2 or a part 3. And no matter how the author finishes the book, you still find it hanging.
  4. You bring the book with you anywhere. The book you’re reading is always inside your bag because once you get a free time, you can just grab your book and start reading without second thoughts.
  5. You get overly attached. You cry in sad parts, you smile in happy parts. And when you’re reading in public you can’t stop yourself from smiling or crying, you don’t even care if the people think you’re crazy.
  6. You feel like the characters are real. For you, the characters aren’t fictional anymore. They’re real and they’re living somewhere and you want to meet them.
  7. Getting grounded or stuck in the house makes you happy. Getting grounded isn’t sad anymore or having no plans on the weekend doesn’t matter that much because you have your book beside you.
  8. You sleep beside your book. The last thing you do at night is read while the first thing you do in the morning after you wake up is still read.
  9. You get that “feeling” when your favorite book becomes a movie. That feeling when you don’t know if you should be glad or be slightly disappointed. Glad because you don’t have to rely on your imagination anymore and you see the characters come to life but slightly disappointed as well because pretty sure there will be cool scenes in the book that cannot be a part of the movie or scenes that are totally different from the one you’ve read.
  10. You can’t wait to share the story to your friend. This is because you want to talk about the book, you want someone else to relate. You want to share your feelings.You want them to feel how giddy the happy scenes made you feel and how the sad scenes broke your heart.
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Fifty Shades Trilogy

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Fifty Shades Trilogy by E.L James

Oh ! I just love this series. A round of applause to E.L. James for writing such wonderful and unforgettable books. Christian Grey is the definition of an ideal man in every girl’s dreams and Anastasia Steele is an innocent, unique and witty girl every guy wants to be with.

The moment I laid my eyes on the first book which is the Fifty Shades of Grey and started reading the first chapter, I can’t seem to stop that I legit pulled an all nighter that night and also to the next couple of nights  And this is something my mom has no idea about. But FYI, it was summer so sleeping late was acceptable. I’ll probably read this trilogy over and over for the rest of my life. No one can stop me.

There are a lot of bed scenes, emphasis on A LOT, but if you put ’em all aside and focus on their love story, you will find yourself reeling on every word. The words that comes out of Christian Grey’s mouth and the things he can do with that same mouth will totally give your entire body goosies.

Ugh, I just want a Christian Grey in my life. And if you’re a girl and you’ve read this series, don’t even try to deny your attraction towards this beautiful leading man. C’mon girls, let’s say it altogether…”UGH! I JUST WANT A CHRISTIAN GREY IN MY LIFE.” That’s it !

If you haven’t read this series than you missed one half of your life. I may or may not be kidding. Anyways, if you’re on the right age, I totally recommend this series to you.

P.S. If you’re like me who likes listening to music while reading books, I command you to listen to Forever by The Ambassadors while reading this series. 🙂

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LOOK INSIDE CHRISTAL’S THOUGHTS

Hey, guys ! My name is Christal, I’m a Filipino, I’m 17 years old and I’m a proud bookworm.I just love reading a lot, doesn’t matter what genre or who the author is. I’m probably that girl who is always staying in the corner while reading a book or the one that keeps borrowing books in a library. My reading list is endless because every time a book catches my attention or curiousity, they go directly in my reading list.

This blog will be all about my thoughts about certain books and certain authors. I’m gonna write about the characters and my feelings about them. I’ll also write, or rather type, stuff about being a book lover. I’ll try to jot down my emotions and the feelings I felt about reading a book.This is my first time making a blog so I hope you guys will find fun in reading my posts and be encouraged to read the books I’m posting about. I wish you guys will be able to relate to the situations I’m gonna be posting.

And also, most of the pictures you’ll see in this blog are pictures I do not own. Most of them are pictures I found in either Google or WeHeartIt.

Always remember, if you want your dark gray life to be full of colors, grab a book and start to read.