The Memories Never Let Me Go

Memory is a fickle thing. We want to rely on our brains to retain information, occasions, feelings, people and their names and their stories and everything that interaction with the world entails. We drift from one day to the next with words and flickers of images latching onto our mind the way plastic bags cling onto barbered wires. There, but always swaying with the wind, threatening to detach. Some stay and some depart, and there’s no pattern or rule to it. Our emotions deform them and our growth morphs them, and we still find a way to tell the story somehow. Certainty is an illusion because none of our memories are facts. But if we give into that, then how would we ever have anything to dwell on?

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Manno Reviews Popular Books (2 MINI REVIEWS)

I have a massive number of unreviewed books, and the more they get the less likely I’ll review any of them. I decided to make little clusters based on categories, starting with two quite popular books that I’ve read: Divergent by Vernoica Roth and an Abundance of Katherines by John Green. 

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Book Review (#11): Everyday by David Levithan



More like a 2.5

I read another book! I seem to be devouring ebooks lately, and that’s probably because I have one novel and a couple of plays left on me until I go back home. And well, my short story collections which are not devour-able, per se.

If you know me, you know I don’t dip into popular YA often. Nonetheless, Everyday has been on my radar for a little bit over year now. Its idea –a person who moves to a new body every day– is quite fresh and I wondered how it’d work. What I didn’t know is that the person would fall in love –even though I should’ve seen it coming.

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Book Review (#10): Doll Bones by Holly Black


This is my third time writing this review, due to my dependency on WP’s autosave option that doesn’t seem to be doing much for me these days. So I’d like to apologise in case this review feels a little forced or disintegrated; re-rewrites are not my strong suit.

When I first made the decision to request Doll Bones, I was quite aware of Holly Black’s reputation, even if I’d never read any of her other books. That made me thrilled. This book seemed to promise a horror children story, which made it sound even more intriguing. We’re told in the summary that the centrepiece of the story is a doll made up from real ground up bones of a little girl and filled with her ashes. Just the mention of that made a shiver run down my spine, and I was genuinely scared to start the book.

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Book Review #9: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan


Once upon a time, I was a seventh grader and for the first time in my life I was introduced to something called a literature text book. The first story we took back then was an excerpt from the Joy Luck Club, and even though I honestly don’t know what made it stand out to my friends and I, the bunch of us went around looking for it. Luckily, this year –6 YEARS LATER, I managed to get my hands on a used copy of it at the National Book Fair and couldn’t believe my eyes. Needless to say, I lunged right into it.

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Book Review (#8): What I Was by Meg Rosoff



A few months ago, right before exams in university, my friends and I decided to have a blind book exchange for which we wrapped our books in opaque coverings and left little hints as to what the book is like. And this was one of the two books I picked and I can honestly say that I was lucky. I had a better, more elegant review set up in my head when I read this book during exam season. Alas, all the pretty thoughts are gone now. I still have important things to say about it though.

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Wrap Up: Bout of Books 10.0

Bout of Books

Hello y’all! I hope you’re doing well and that your read is going swiftly. I surprised myself during this run of Bout of Books. Never in my life would I’ve dreamed to achieve what I did this time, despite (or perhaps prompted by) the pressure of finals and school. Yet, it happened! And I’m so proud to share these numbers with you!

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