Book Review: The Housekeeper and the Professor by Yoko Ogawa

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My goal this year was diversity. I wanted culture, I wanted language, I wanted content. I wanted science and social studies and politics and history and sport. I wanted everything. It’s safe to say that my choices so far are satisfactory and well in line with my hopes and dreams. I’ve read another book before this one (How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran) and a review of that should come shortly, but let’s tackle this book first.

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Bookish Discussion: On Real Characters in Fantasy Stories

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 A few days ago, hell broke loose on the internet when an excerpt of an interview by J.K. Rowling, where she explicitly announced that Hermione and Harry should’ve ended up married. And that Ron and Hermione would’ve need “relationship counselling”. My stand on the matter is not what this post is about. But I mention the incident because the reaction to it is what prompted this post about the importance of normal, real, human characters in books that are so detached from reality. 

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(Reason #1 as to Why I Read Fiction:) Dear Lover,

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Dear lover, for whom society says my whole life centers around. For whom every ounce of my being supposedly belongs with. At whose heart my ship shall drop its anchors, and let them plunge deep into the obscure depths of our shared love and passion. They say I should wear mascara in the morning to get you to notice me. And if I lose a lash or two at the end of the day as I remove it, then I at least get to wish for you. There’s a lot of things that people do to themselves for other people. But I don’t believe in that nonsense. For I am not whole, nor am I nothing. I’m a person with many inadequacies and equal abilities. And on a daily basis I try to reduce the former and enrich the latter.

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Book Review (#3): Ophelia and the Marvelous Boy by Karen Foxlee

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I know I said I wouldn’t read too many children books. But this one seemed quite interesting, and it’s middle grade and I have a knack for that. So I’m not going to apologise. This is another book I got off NetGalley which I’ve been frequenting lately. I do like to read while I’m eating, and e-books are easy side dishes, which means I get to finish them quickly.

As promised, I will try to keep the review brief, but conclusive.

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Book Review (#2): The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin

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I think that here in the book community we can all agree that there’s hardly anything better than books about books, but more importantly, such books that are written well. We show our love for books in various ways: by acquiring and collecting them, by talking and writing about them, by giving them out to our friends, by gifting them to people… But you know who love books the most? Booksellers. And I’m not talking about the big names with branches in every neighborhood. I’m talking about owners of the small independent bookstores, the ones I wish there was just one of near me. And this desire has definitely been heightened by this book which has opened my eyes to what that experience is like while simultaneously touching every bit of me with how it discusses the love of books.

I’ve vowed to not write super long reviews, and to focus on just the things that make a book standout, so let’s try to do that.

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Book Review (#28): To Kill Mocking Bird by Harper Lee (Mini-Review)

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You know when you read a book that lots of other people have read and talked about and you think you’re not going to get it? That’s the feeling I had about to Kill Mocking Bird. Maybe that’s owing to the fact that I picked it up five years ago, read two pages that I got nothing out of so I put it away. Maybe. But you know what? I got it. I loved it even. But probably not enough to write a good review about it. This is the book that I closed and thought, “Oh my God, I can’t wait to read this again.”

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Book Review (#27): Handle with Care by Jodi Picoult

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I’ve heard about this book about a year ago, even before I read My Sister’s Keeper, from a trusty friend who’s read it in Portuguese and it made her cry and I’ve had the book for a while. Therefore, I had very high expectations, and maybe that’s the problem? Actually no, I think that my expectation system was not the issue with this book. And it’s not that I didn’t like it. I raced through it like I haven’t through any other book in months. Partly because I wanted to know what will happen and partly because I was procrastinating some studies. Anyway, there was more to this book than what let me down, so let’s get on to that.

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