Book Chatter: Landline by Rainbow Rowell

[blue_box] Book Chatter is a feature where Aggy and Aiko read a book together and chat about it. It’s book chatter because we get loud, and random, and truly crazy about it! [/blue_box]

Aiko and Aggy start reading the first few chapters of Landline…

Aggy: Right, So. Landline. Why are we reading this book again?

Aiko: I don’t know, because it’s by Rainbow Rowell and we both loved Eleanor and Park?

Aggy: Right. Now where do we start. You know, for someone who makes jokes for a living, Georgie isn’t very funny

Aiko: Georgie is depressing, really

Aggy: Yea so I’m starting to think this book is kinda depressing and I don’t get this book yet. Is it just me?? read more

BMMD’s Valentine Challenge

In honor of Valentine’s day this year, which we assume we would both spend at home alone cuddling with our dogs, we decided to have a reading challenge for the month of February, and it’s a really simple one: the challenge is to read books with “LOVE” in the title. That’s it!

To make it sound more official, here are the RULES of this challenge:

  • Read at least one book with “LOVE” in the title. It doesn’t matter whether it’s fiction or non-fiction, young adult or poetry, or whatever really, and the word can be anywhere in the title. In fact it might also be in the middle of another word, you know, like Beloved by Toni Morrison or The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. If you need some ideas, here’s a Goodreads list I created for this purpose.
  • You can read either actual books or e-books, or listen to it as an audiobook. Crossovers with other challenges are welcomed.
  • Please use the hashtag #bmmdvalentine when you post on social media so we can keep up. Feel free to update about the book you read on your blog, on Goodreads, or wherever else you fancy, and link below!
  • We will have weekly check-ins where you can link your review or just chat about what you’ve been reading. Of course we’ll chat around the hashtag as well.
  • Aggy has created a nifty little image you can use to show the world that you’re taking part in this challenge, so feel free to grab it and post it everywhere *grin* 20160123_051548000_iOS
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    Only Ever Yours by Louise O’Neill

    I got this book after I saw it sponsoring a Book Riot post a long time ago. I actually started reading it right away and got about 25% through before I went and read the ending (I do this a lot with books that are too overwhelming) but then forgot about it. Probably because I already read the ending. LOL. Anyway, I decided to continue on and I’m glad I did.

    Now what do I say about this book? First of all it is still haunting me. Even though freida (the main character/pov) is quite annoying at some point(s), but it’s an understandable kind of annoying given her circumstances, which makes you feel truly sorry for her. Also, it makes you wish society will never become like the dystopian future this book takes place in. Except that you realize it is already happening, in a way. read more

    The Other Hand (Little Bee) by Chris Cleave

    First thing first: The Other Hand is published as Little Bee in the US. I hate when publishers do that, publishing books with different titles. Pfft. So Annoying. Nevertheless, the US cover is so pretty, and I love that it matches the other book by Chris Cleave, Incendiary. So pretty! And that’s annoying as well because the copy I own is actually the UK one! ARGH! I got this copy for a fraction of the original price because the cover is a bit teared though, so yeah, worth it… I do think that “The Other Hand” is a more fitting title than Little Bee because really it’s not just about Little Bee (who is one of the two women in the book). read more

    The Circle by Dave Eggers

    Well, well, a science fiction book review from me. This book was recommended by a friend, and reading the synopsis I found it rather interesting since I studied social media, big data, data mining, and all that stuff.

    I have various feelings towards this book. First of all, half of the book is a bit boring for me. The thing about this book is sometimes it over explains things, like a whole page describing sea lions – I didn’t think this was necessary to be honest. I was about to give up on the book about halfway through, then it started to get a bit interesting so I kept reading. read more

    Review: Eleven Minutes (Paulo Coelho)

    Another love story (because one can never read too many romance novels) and this one is written by Coelho. I got the book as a birthday present and realized that my dad also has this book but I’ve yet to touch the book, so when I got it for my birthday maybe it was the universe’s way of saying “read the damn book!”. So I listened to the universe, naturally.

    This book, wow. Maria is this innocent girl living in a small village somewhere in Brazil, but she has such huge curiosity for love and by the way she writes in her diary, I think she is a writer in the making. I mean the stuff she thinks for someone her age is beyond me. read more

    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff

    So… it’s been a long while since I last wrote a review — even though I read quite a lot of books — and here we are in 2016, I’m now back to book blogging, this time with my friend Aggy, and I’ve just finished a book so good I just had to go straight ahead and write this review!

    Illuminae by Amie Kaufman  Jay Kristoff, aka probably the book with the most hype in the last months of 2015. And while I try not to jump into the bandwagon of all-that-hype, Illuminae got me curious. Well, more like I really really wanted to read this book, but I figured I had to get a hard copy… except the hardcover was SO expensive! Luckily, I found a softcover version on sale, so  I ordered a copy. This however, took forever to arrive because it was sold out *gasp* but it finally arrived yesterday, and I started reading right away, and lo and behold, I have finished reading! And I really wish the second book is already out, but meh, we all have to wait until probably the last months of the year for that. Torture. read more

    Review: Love, Rosie (Cecelia Ahern)

    This book is definitely different than any other books I have ever read before due to the way it is written. Ahern has chosen to write this seemingly simple love story in an epistolary manner which makes the story much more interesting. The novel is basically a collection of letters, e-mails, chats, notes and any other forms of written activities – all compiled into one novel.

    It didn’t take me long to read this book since I felt like reading my old e-mails (although I don’t have such tragic love story…yet?!) and who doesn’t like to browse around old notes, diary entries and e-mails for the sake of nostalgia. I actually took an interest of this book when I saw the movie on TV. It was a pretty good film but I knew better that when a movie is based on a book, the book is usually way better and I was right (I really think the movie was nothing like the book, well OK, maybe a little bit…). read more

    A Thousand Pieces of You (Claudia Gray)

    Let us all first admit that despite all our efforts to not judge a book by its cover, we all do, all the time… and this book is gorgeous! That cover is pretty enough to be an art piece. Front covers are not enough, though, we also judge a book by its back cover, aka the blurb, and A Thousand Pieces of You sounds perfect. This is why, considering that it might be some time until the printed book becomes readily available here, I decided to get an e-copy and started reading.

    I must say it was a great decision. This book is sci-fi, thriller, and romance all twisted together. It was fast paced and so very intense, I found myself having to take a short break from reading after each chapter because it was just too much. I read all of it in about seven or so hours, short breaks included. read more

    Review: We Were Liars (E. Lockhart)

    This book was June’s hottest item. I remember seeing it being praised on every other blog I visited. I wanted to read it so bad that I went looking for a copy at three different bookstores. I finally got a copy a week or so later. I devoured it in a few hours. The way this book is written, with its short, poetic sentences, definitely lends to quick reading. I know some people hated it but I actually quite enjoyed the writing style.

    Having seen this book reviewed pretty much everywhere, I knew there was a twist coming, and I have to say I pretty much figured it out halfway through the book. I thought it was pretty obvious, but it’s most likely because I knew to look out for it — and I know enough psychology to know what sorts of terrible things could happen to you following a terrible thing that happened. That being said, the actual terrible thing that happened wasn’t quite what I thought happened. There was no way I could’ve imagined that was what happened, so that was still a surprise. Sort of. read more