Review: Call Me by Your Name

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Call Me by Your Name by André Aciman

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Thirty minutes after finishing reading the book, here I am, starting at the screen, still at loss for words. But if I’m allowed only a few words to summarize how I feel about Call Me By Your Name, it’s going to be “THIS BOOK IS FUCKING BEAUTIFUL AND EVERYONE IN THIS WORLD SHOULD READ IT AT LEAST ONCE IN THEIR LIFE”

After seeing the hype about the movie, I decided to give the book a try first before watching the film adaptation. This is easily one of the best decisions I have ever made in my life. André’s eloquent writing style and profound vocabulary was a major factor for making the book a once-in-a-lifetime piece.

Whoever is reading this, know that I’m still at loss for words and this isn’t how I usually review books, but please, PLEASE, read this book.

“I stopped for a second. If you remember everything, I wanted to say, and if you are really like me, then before you leave tomorrow, or when you’re just ready to shut the door of the taxi and have already said goodbye to everyone else and there’s not a thing left to say in this life, then, just this once, turn to me, even in jest, or as an afterthought, which would have meant everything to me when we were together, and, as you did back then, look me in the face, hold my gaze, and call me by your name.”


Review: Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler Vol. 1

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Kakegurui – Compulsive Gambler Vol. 1 by Homura Kawamoto
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is so good. Holy shiz. The art style, the story, the characters are all so compelling. School for gamblers? Yup! You heard that right. That’s what this manga is about. Yumeko, the Kakegurui, is just amazing. There’s no such thing as luck when she’s gambling. She’s all about wits and intelligence; she has me rooting for her ’till the end.

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Review: Bitter Sweet Love

Bitter Sweet Love
Bitter Sweet Love by Michael Faudet
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Not that I’ve read all of Lang Leav and Michael’s I can finally see similarities in their writing styles. The only difference is Michael’s is more sexual. (Not that I’m complaining lol. I love it.) I just love Dirty Pretty Things more than this one.

My favorite from Bitter Sweet Love:

“When our eyes met, all time ceased to exist. The dying seconds frozen like the petals of red roses kissed by autumn frost.”

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Review: ;

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My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What I love about Naveed Khan’s poems is that even though they’re easy to read, the poems still capture the complexity of one’s affinity with someone they feel for dearly. I wish I’ll finally escape this reading and writing slump I’m currently in.

“When I turn fifty, I will still love you the same way I do at twenty-one. I will still find you beautiful. I will still try to impress you, and I will still hold your hand. When I come home from work, I won’t forget to wrap my arms around your waist and kiss you and ask you about your day. I will wait until you finish your meals, I won’t let you sit alone. I’ll miss you even when you make a trip down to the corner store for milk and eggs and the occasional chocolate bar. When I’m fifty, I might in fact love you more than I do now at twenty-one. In fact, I might have to worry because my jokes may get worse and less humorous as the years pass. I might not have that much hair when I’m fifty. I might become a handful. I might suddenly start to forget things I would usually never forget. But I will have never forgotten what you mean to me. And I will still love you. 

I just hope you love me when I’m fifty.”

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Review: Everything, Everything

Everything, Everything
Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

“Life is a gift. Don’t forget to live it.”

This line is the main essence of Everything, Everything . Throughout her 18 years of existence., there is only one fact that Madeline lived with: She’s terribly ill. She goes out, she dies. She’s trapped in her house, living with her mom and a nurse who takes care of her needs. She never knew she’s trapped because this has been her life for 18 years.. until she got a taste of the Outside. Until she met Olly.

This book’s concept isn’t really new but what made love this book is I empathized with Maddy so much. Like her, I also feel trapped in my own home. Not physically, but I’m trapped in my family’s expectations. I know that I have not reached the peak of my potential yet. I know that there is so much in this world that I’ve yet to explore. But just like Maddy I have to break free and break through. I have to break free from the mental and emotional traps that I’ve set myself in.

This isn’t just a story of love, mind you. It’s about living your life to the fullest, without hesitation and fear. It’s about realizing that the world could offer you so much and all you have to do is step out of your shell and take the risks.

Another reason why I connect with Maddy so much is because her Olly situation is kind of the same with mine in terms of 1) being in a long distance relationship (Maddy was KIND of in an LDR too, okay? haha) 2) how I feel with my significant other.

“In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.”

A little TMI: I’ve been with someone before my boyfriend now but this quote accurately and amazingly summarizes what I feel for him. I haven’t met him personally yet but I know that he’s the one for me. We took the risk of being together we’re from opposite sides of the world, and I think that is the best decision I’ve made so far. We’ll be meeting in less than two months and I couldn’t be more excited in exploring the world with him! 😀 THIS. This is the kind of love, the kind of life, the kind of feeling that I wish for every being on this planet.

And remember:
“Everything is a risk. Not doing anything is a risk.”

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Review: Beautiful Chaos

Beautiful Chaos
Beautiful Chaos by Robert M. Drake
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is the kind of book I badly and desperately need in times of darkness; when things are confusing and nothing is going right. If there’s something this book taught me it is that we shouldn’t be afraid to do what we want, no matter the consequences, no matter the pain that comes after. That, I am still learning to do. Will definitely read more of Drake’s works. I’m in love.

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Review: No Matter the Wreckage

No Matter the Wreckage
No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I discovered Sarah Kay when I watched her slam poetry performance for “B” and I fell in love with her words ever since. It’s absolutely refreshing and inspiring to watch and listen to someone oozing with passion and positivity. There are plenty of slam poets in the vast and drowning sea of words but Sarah Kay is really one of the best for me. She makes me want to look at myself and within myself, to discover hidden muse and memories tucked away to collect dust then turn them into something beautiful. I know I may and will not be good as Sarah and many other poets but I’m always willing to try. Thank you for the inspiration, Sarah Kay.

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