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“Love the sinner, hate the sin.”

I’m going to need all the so-called Christians to stop with that crap right now. Why? A few reasons:

1) That saying is not in the Bible. Anywhere. Not a divine command from on high. Go look. I’ll wait.

2) Pretty sure there’s a whole lot more in the Bible about not judging people than there is about Jesus worrying about gay folks since he never once uttered a single word about it. Go look. I’ll wait.

3) That saying you cling to so tightly in an attempt to disguise your hate and bigotry is actually a quote from Ghandi, a Hindu. So there’s that.

“But the Bible says…”

This is where you trot out the whole part about it being an abomination if a man lies with a man like he does with a woman. Here’s the deal: if you want to make…

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Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a mysterious box with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers thirteen cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker, his classmate and crush who committed suicide two weeks earlier.

On tape, Hannah explains that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out how he made the list.

Through Hannah and Clay’s dual narratives, debut author Jay Asher weaves an intricate and heartrending story of confusion and desperation that will deeply affect teen readers.

Rating:
2 stars
Warning: spoilers

*sighs* I really expected this book to be better than that.

This novel is about Hannah who decided before committing suicide that she wanted everyone who ever hurt her to get a message so that they would know that they were a part of why she decided to kill herself. So, she records every single reason sends the tapes to the first person on her list demanding that after they listen to it they send it to the next person.

And that is my problem with this book.

The whole idea behind this books is to show the huge impact on a person’s life anyone can be, how the smallest of actions can make. And the Hannah does the exact same thing.

She sends messages to 13 people and basically tells them that they are the reason she committed suicide. What a nice thing to do, right?

Some of them didn’t even do anything except the usual mean thing we all see teenagers  do. One of them was a girl called Jessica who was her friend but they had a stupid fight and Jessica slapped her. Another was someone who stole her poem. Two of the recipients didn’t even do anything. Does she not realise the effect her accusations are going to have on everyone? Because those tapes that will make them feel miserable for the rest of their lives, knowing that they were one of the reasons that she killed herself. Some of them deserve it but and most of what these people did were nothing to make them feel shitty about for the rest of their lives. One of them actually tried to help her. Did she even think about that one before she sent the tapes?

Anyway, I get that people go through a lot of shit out there and I don’t think that suicide is a lame act of giving up but her reasons were just unconvincing. I really expected a lot of this book and it just didn’t deliver.

Some things are sweeter than revenge.

“I need a boyfriend.”

Hearing those words from the mouth of his very straight ex-friend is enough to make columnist and editor Nate Gray choke on his Corona. It’s been thirteen years since Kellan Brooks’s father crushed Nate’s family on his climb to wealth and power. Even longer since he entrusted Kellan with the confession that he might be gay—only to have his best friend out and humiliate him to their entire high school. The last thing Nate expects is Kellan begging for his help.

Breaking off his engagement to a senator’s daughter was the last straw for Kellan’s CEO father. Frustrated at being cut off, his father’s stinging words—that he wishes Kellan had never been born—still ringing in his ears, Kellan turns to Nate. In a move worthy of a corporate raider, Kellan plans the ultimate revenge. Come out as the boyfriend of the man his homophobic father betrayed.

Convincing Nate to play along isn’t easy. It’s even harder to figure out why the lie feels so close to the truth.

RATING:
2 STARS

Meeh. Okay, I guess.
The premise sounded really promising but unfortunately this wasn’t as good as I thought.

Some of the scenes were good. The interactions between the characters were hilarious but
I just couldn’t bring myself to feel anything towards them rather than mild curiosity sometimes and irritation. Kellan was a funny at times, but Nate was too passive. Even Eli was a typical one-denominational character that I couldn’t bring myself to care about him.

Also, I didn’t believe how Nate forgave Kellan. It was too easy and Kellan didn’t redeem himself enough. Hell, by the time he was explaining why he did what he did, Nate didn’t want to listen.

Also, The ending was rushed, and unsatisfying. It didn’t really bring any conclusion.

Gah, this story is just frustrating because it is missing things all over. I went from being interested in the first 30% of it to rolling my eyes by the time I reached the middle of the book.

So.. *shrugs* I will probably give book 2 a chance, since I heard it is better than this once, but I’m don’t have any high expectations.

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, featuring a different top 10 them each week. This week’s topic is “Top Ten Favorite Heroines From Books (or movies or TV)”.

1. Arya Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire

2. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter

3. Morgana Pendragon (Merlin)

3. Sansa Stark from A Song of Ice and Fire

4. Jane Eyre (Jane Eyre)


5.Charlie (Supernatural)

6. Black Widow (The Avengers)

7. Luna Lovegood (Harry Potter)

8. Santana (Glee)

9&10. The rest of the women in Harry Potter and A Song of Ice and Fire. Really, all of them are lovely and strong in their own ways. Minerva McGonagall, Molly Weasley, Lily Potter, Nymphadora Tonks, Catelyn Stark, Cersei Lannister and many others. Even though I don’t like Catelyn or Cersei sometimes, I admire her love for her kids and her ability to hold onto their courage even in the face of unbearable loss and misery.

What are your favourites?

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Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is about our top book-related problems.

1. So many books, so little time:

As a high school student and someone who loves to write, it is hard to balance everything I want to do in one day. If I start a book I really like, I usually end up not doing but reading all day long, but if I’m excited about a story I’m writing, it is hard for me to do anything but think about that story.
This makes me really frustrated because I either didn’t have enough time to read or writer. I’ve tried not to spend too much on one thing and give both reading and writing equal time, but I’ve failed spectacularly.
As for studying well… Let’s just say the my teachers aren’t really pleased with me.

2. Very very long TBR list

Now if you have seen my GR list, you would know that I have a long TBR list. And by long, I mean more than 2000 books in that list. I’ve tried to delete some a lot of times but I always end up adding more and more as days pass.
It has gotten to the point that I have a problem where I sometimes forget to enjoy the book I’m reading and think too much about all the other books I want to read. I’ve been working on that, by mainly ignoring that list while I’m reading and try to stop worrying about it.

3. Sleep loss. 

I usually like to read at night, when I’m done with whatever I have to do for the day and I could just relax and not worry about a thing. Which sometimes can be a problem because I’m one of those people who just can’t stop reading, even if my eyes are stinging from being open for so long. Sometimes, I eventually force myself to shut my book, but most of the time I ignore everything to read. By the time that I’m truly too exhausted to read, it is 4 AM and I have school in two hours. I go to school looking like a zombie and trying not to sleep through every lesson.

4. Not Enough Money

Seriously, if it weren’t for the fact that I live at home with my parents, I’d probably end up eating nothing but biscuits so I could spend all my money on books. My mum has been trying to stop me from spending so much money that she made me save for almost every book I buy. She thought it would make me read less while actually it just made me stop eating a lot of junk food. (But hey, at least I’m starting to get healthy. Sort of.)
And no matter how many books I buy, I always leave the bookstore thinking of the ones I didn’t buy. There are so many books on my wishlist but I haven’t got enough money to buy them all. I read a lot of ebooks but if I had the chance, I wouldn’t read any at all. I love to read paper books, and I read a lot faster when they are in my hands.

5. Waiting

I’m not the most patient person in the world, especially when it comes to things that I really want and most of the time, those things are book. So I hate waiting for a certain book to come to the library because it is too expensive, waiting for book fairs so I could buy a bunch of books and not make my family starve for the rest of the month, waiting for the next book by my favourite authors, waiting for the next sequel.. You get the idea.

6. Real Life VS Fictional Life

My daily struggle. My life isn’t bad, it is actually quite good, but it seems so boring compared to the lives I read about in books. I mean, come on, you can’t look me in the air and tell me that you don’t want to go to Hogwarts, unless you haven’t read the books. (If you didn’t, GO READ THEM RIGHT NOW.)
I often wonders what it would be like if I could just travel and meet my favourite characters, or how would they react if they came to my world.
*sighs* Come on scientists, figure something out!

7. Not Finishing A Book

I don’t really like to DNF. If I really hate a book, I would probably end up finishing it because apparently I like to torture myself so I could write a review about everything I haven’t read. But sometimes, I’m just not in the mood for a book or it is so boring that I have to put it down for a while. Most of the books I stop reading are ones I eventually get back to but for others.. *glances at Inferno by Dan Brown and looks away again.*

8. No One Understands

I don’t really have friends who read. (Thank God for book communities.) So whenever I meet someone who likes to read, even a little, we usually end up talking about books and if there is any books we both love.
I usually end up talking about one book or another so much that whoever I’m talking to blinks and changes the subject.
To my poor friends who are bear up with me when I just read a book that was amazing, God bless you all. Now go read that book.

9. Book VS Movie/TV Show

You don’t want to sit next to me if we are watching something that has a book. I’d either start fangirling and we are just at the beginning of the movie. (See Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows Part 1 and 2) or keep ranting about the amount of things that are just wrong and where the fuck is that scene? How can they cut it? (See Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince.)
If you have read the book though, come and join me! Let’s fangirl/rant together!

10. Book Boyfriends

*sighs* I will never find someone as perfect as them.

What about you guys? Let me know about bookish problems!

The Running Man is set within a dystopian future in which the poor are seen more by the government as worrisome rodents than actual human beings. The protagonist of The Running Man, Ben Richards, is quick to realize this as he watches his daughter, Cathy, grow more sick by the day and tread closer and closer to death. Desperate for money to pay Cathy’s medical bills, Ben enlists himself in a true reality style game show where the objective is to merely stay alive.

Rating:
3.5 Stars

Although this is book is written by Stephen King (written as Richard Bacheman) who is known for his horror novels, I wouldn’t say that this one is horror at all. It is more of a dystopian, thriller story. Set it 2025, the world is different from how it is today. The society is controlled by a big business that maintains power using disturbing television shows. Ben Richards, the protagonist, goes on a show called The Running Man in a desperate attempt to get money to save his dying daughter. The story is fast-paced, gritty and depressing,  I’ve enjoyed it. I loved the plot and ending was amazing. Stephen King is one of those few authors who I have yet to read something written for them that didn’t entertain me.

Relationships can be murder. Bookseller and mystery author Adrien English is looking for love in all the wrong places — and, according to hot and handsome LAPD detective Jake Riordan, it’s liable to get him killed.

Fatal Shadows
A serial killer is stalking gay men, and a tawny-eyed LAPD detective wants bookseller Adrien English in handcuffs — for all the wrong reasons!

A Dangerous Thing
When his romance goes south, Adrien heads north to the California Motherlode country. Can murder — and Adrien’s favorite LAPD detective — be far behind?

I normally don’t read mysteries so I was reluctant at first to read this series. However, I have heard that book is a great one and I already had it on my kindle, so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m glad I did.
Although I hoped to see more romance but the mystery was good and it kept me interested till the end, and I loved the moments between Adrien and Jake (when they weren’t fighting, trying to investigate the murder or when Jake was an ass).

Fatal Shadows:
In the first book Adrien English’s best friend is murdered and he is the main suspect. He’s being investigated by two detectives, one of them turns out to be a gay (and is in serious denial).
The mystery part was a little predictable in some parts, but I still was pleasantly surprised that I was kind of wrong in the end. There isn’t a lot of romance in this book, if any at all but I didn’t expect it because they were just starting to know each other.

3.50 Stars

A Dangerous Thing:
In this book Adrien runs away from his non-relationship with Jake. He decides to go visit the house left to him by his grandmother. When he arrives there is a dead body in his driveway, but by the time he drives to safety and calls the police, the body is gone.
The mystery in this one was a lot better, I didn’t figure it out until the end. And I really liked the romance part. Jake is still asshole though, but I like him.

3.75 stars

I can’t wait to know more about Adrian and Jake.