Book Review: Dear Edward by Ann Napolitano

Title: Dear Edward
Author: Ann Napolitano
Genre: General Fiction
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Synopsis: One summer morning, twelve-year-old Edward Adler, his beloved older brother, his parents, and 183 other passengers board a flight in Newark headed for Los Angeles. Among them is a Wall Street wunderkind, a young woman coming to terms with an unexpected pregnancy, an injured vet returning from Afghanistan, a septuagenarian business tycoon, and a free-spirited woman running away from her controlling husband. And then, tragically, the plane crashes. Edward is the sole survivor.

Edward’s story captures the attention of the nation, but he struggles to find a place for himself in a world without his family. He continues to feel that a piece of him has been left in the sky, forever tied to the plane and all of his fellow passengers. But then he makes an unexpected discovery–one that will lead him to the answers of some of life’s most profound questions: When you’ve lost everything, how do find yourself? How do you discover your purpose? What does it mean not just to survive, but to truly live?

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Top 5 Tuesday: Top 5 Anticipated Books for 2021

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Top 5 Tuesday is a weekly book meme created by Shanah @ Bionic Book Worm that is now hosted by Meeghan @ Meeghan Reads. Check out this January’s topics here.

This week’s topic is Top 5 Anticipated Books for 2021. I am so looking forward to reading great books this year but here’s the 5 that I may prioritize.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: What Makes Something Canon?

Hello everyone! How has 2021 treated you so far? 2021 is starting out pretty chill for me. I have very little workload so more time to read and watch Youtube videos for me. Anyways, this week’s topic is “What makes something canon?” This is a very interesting topic for me because I’ve also been confused about this for a long time. So here goes my thoughts…

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Book Discussion: Why I Do Not DNF Books

Hello everyone! How has been the new year treating you? Hope that you’ve had a great start! In my case, I’ve been feeling a lot of energy lately since I really wanted this year to be better than my last year – including in the blogging and reading aspects. So here’s a blog post from me, I hope I will be able to keep this up and post more. This is an idea that popped into my head because I’ve read posts like this some time ago.

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Let’s Talk Bookish: Reading Resolutions

Hello everyone! The year 2020 just ended and today marks the start of another year. I am so glad that 2020 is over and I’m just hoping that 2021 will be a better year. 2020 was just not my year including in the aspect of reading.

This week’s Let’s Talk Bookish topic is Reading Resolutions. I am so glad about this topic because it gives me a chance to ponder over what I want to achieve for this year reading-wise. I do hope that fulfill all of these resolutions.

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Unique Storytelling: Daisy Jones & the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid Book Review

A gripping novel about the whirlwind rise of an iconic 1970s rock group and their beautiful lead singer, revealing the mystery behind their infamous break up.

Everyone knows Daisy Jones & The Six, but nobody knows the real reason why they split at the absolute height of their popularity…until now.

Daisy is a girl coming of age in L.A. in the late sixties, sneaking into clubs on the Sunset Strip, sleeping with rock stars, and dreaming of singing at the Whisky a Go-Go. The sex and drugs are thrilling, but it’s the rock and roll she loves most. By the time she’s twenty, her voice is getting noticed, and she has the kind of heedless beauty that makes people do crazy things.

Another band getting noticed is The Six, led by the brooding Billy Dunne. On the eve of their first tour, his girlfriend Camila finds out she’s pregnant, and with the pressure of impending fatherhood and fame, Billy goes a little wild on the road.

Daisy and Billy cross paths when a producer realizes the key to supercharged success is to put the two together. What happens next will become the stuff of legend.

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What if Books are Forbidden?: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury Book Review

This is my first time reading Fahrenheit 451 and I’ve only read it for the 2020 Popsugar Reading Challenge. It makes me wonder how I haven’t read this book before since the premise of Fahrenheit 451 is a bookworm’s nightmare- what if books are banned?

Fahrenheit 451 centers around Guy Montag, a fireman. However, in this dystopian future, firemen aren’t people who puts out fire- they start them. Firemen are tasked to destroy anything that’s contrary to the “peaceful” and “uncomplex” lifestyle the people are living in that time . People wants nothing more to be entertained right on the spot with petty entertainment. In this time, people spends most of their time in their parlors with their walls as television. Since books have conflicting subjects, they may disrupt the people’s shallowness so they are forbidden. Another reason is that people hate being outsmarted and so people hate a well-read man/woman. Guy Montag was once one of the people who are living believing they are happy but he soon realizing his life is a lie when he meets a carefree girl named Clarisse. Guy then soon starts to question his profession when a woman chooses to be burned with her books. Guy starts to wonder what could possibly be in books that they needed to be burned.

“There must be something in books, something we can’t imagine, to make a woman stay in a burning house; there must be something there. You don’t stay for nothing.”

Having seen this book is “Books You Must Read At Least Once in Your Life” lists, I had high expectations for this book. Sadly, I was disappointed. Fahrenheit 451 had a strong start but it was not really able to sustain my interest. I feel like Fahrenheit 451 was lacking in showing the readers what’s so precious about the book. I find the book lacking the punch that makes us realize things in a dystopia.

Overall, reading this book wasn’t really a bad experience. Fahrenheit 451 had its highlights, they just didn’t blow me away.

Thoughts on Toradora

Hello everyone! I can’t believe that I haven’t discovered this gem of an anime until a few days ago which is more than a decade from it’s release. Even if I am so late and discussions about this anime is unnecessary, I still can’t help but write a post about it.

In the first few episodes, I couldn’t really see the anime’s charm. My sister was gushing about how this romantic comedy is simply the best but I didn’t appreciate it at the start. But as the friendship between Taiga and Ryuuji grows, I found myself sucked into the anime. Even if both characters claim they’re in-love with other people, I rooted for them to end up together very early on. The chemistry was just there. It was obvious to me that they would end up together and the “other” people they were in love with are just there to confuse these two main characters.

In terms of characters, the personality of the characters in Toradora are pretty generic for a romantic comedy. But, it’s their interactions that made me laugh and actually scream with delight. And I love that even though I knew that Taiga and Ryuuji would end up together, the whole series was still a rollercoaster ride for me.

*spoilers ahead beyond this line*

Even though I was rooting for them, I still saw the toxicity of their relationship. Taiga was too dependent on Ryuuji and Ryuuji just lets her boss him around. If they got together with this dynamic not really changing, they’d just break up and not work. That’s why I love the ending. It might confuse others or not like Taiga leaving, I understood it. Taiga had to leave and fix her own issues. Ryuuji lets her go because he knows it’s for the best, he knows that Taiga would eventually come back and they would actually be better for each other.

*end of spoilers*

Overall, I really enjoyed Toradora. It’s been awhile since I got invested in a romantic comedy. The series made me laugh and it gave me all the feels. If you haven’t watched it yet, I highly suggest that you do. You won’t regret it!

Quick Thoughts on Enola Homes

To be honest, I’ve never really heard of Enola Holmes until I’ve watched the trailer. But, I am deeply fascinated with the regency era so I decided to watch it. Apparently, Sherlock and Mycroft has a little sister who is quite a wildling.

From the very start, Enola Holmes give off a positivity vibe. Seeing a girl on her bicycle in the countryside is such a relaxing sight. In addition to that, Millie Bobby Brown’s adorable acting and charm reels you in to want to watch more.

The mystery in this film is the disappearance of their mother and the attempted murder of a teenage viscount. The clues and mystery are interesting but is not the highlight of the film. This film is a coming of age story. At its heart, it’s about a girl finding her role in the world when the world isn’t really open to an ambitious kind of girl.

The feminism in this story is something I liked. In the end, Enola Holmes stayed true to herself and what she wants and ignores the attempts of men to “help” her.

Overall, this film is fun, interesting and very enjoyable to watch. I recommend it for individuals of all ages.

How to Establish Your Own Morning Routine

There was a time where I dread mornings. There’s just too much to do with so little time. It always felt like I’m rushing and running out of time. My morning was messy which makes me a lot less confident throughout the day. It made me realize that mornings has a huge impact on how you approach the rest of your day. If you feel refreshed, you would have more focus and confidence to conquer whatever activities you have later on. If you feel like a mess, you might feel distracted and not be able to do tasks efficiently.

So, having a morning routine is very important to avoid rushing in the morning and neglecting things.

Here are just some of my tips on how you can establish your own morning routine.

Your Morning Routine Starts from the Night Before

This is something important that a lot of people overlook when they’re trying to establish their own morning routine – your morning routine actually starts the night before. You need to prepare for the morning before you actually go to bed. You can plan for next day’s outfit or make a list of tasks to be done for the next morning. Making lists, setting up alarms and planning the night before actually saves you a lot of time for the next day.

Know What You Want to Achieve With Your Mornings

Each and every one of us have different priorities and goals. That’s why copying other people’s morning routine may not be the best for you. You are the one who needs to set what you want to achieve with your mornings. To some, they want to do some meditation to start their day. Some would want to exercise. Some would just want to relax while some want to have time to check a bit of their email. So, make a list of how you envision your morning.

Mine is actually pretty simple. All I want is to be prepared for the rest of my day. I want to have a substantial breakfast, I want to be able to shower without rushing and I want to make sure that all the things I will need is already inside my bag.

Evaluate How Much Time You Spend in a Specific Activity

Know how much time you take in certain activities like preparing breakfast and showering and take that into consideration.

For example, I know that I take 10-15 minutes in the shower. Preparing and eating breakfast takes up the bulk of my time in the morning so I allocate more time for that. I don’t spend much with my uniform/outfit because I prepare that the night before.

So… my morning routine is basically me waking up, showering, dressing up, preparing breakfast and then eating breakfast. My morning routine is basic because I really wanted it to be simple.

If you want to get more things done in the morning, evaluate how much time you need and then adjust the time you are going to wake up. If you want to have 30 minutes of jogging in the morning, then wake up earlier.

Knowing how much time you need is very important so that you will never have to rush.

Once You’ve Made a Morning Routine, Stick to it

Once you’ve set your wake up time based on how much time you spend on certain activities, it’s time to actually apply it and establish it. The most important thing is the wake up time. So that means you have to say goodbye to the snooze button. Stay faithful to that alarm, convince yourself to wake up right away. You can also download alarm clock apps that do not allow the snooze button.

So… those are my tips on how you can establish your own morning routine. Hope this helps you to have a more joyful and less chaotic mornings!