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I am a history geek, writer, introvert, indulger of day-long film & tv series marathons, and habitual procrastinator. I love the smell of rainy days, hot tea, and staying up all night reading. 

My Not So Perfect Life

My Not So Perfect Life - Sophie Kinsella Loners had to learn to be independent in the big cities. Katie is a countryside girl who has a dream of living in London as an independent and successful business woman.

In the first part of the book Katie is trying to make it in London despite suffering doing it miserably. She is working her dream job as an assistant at a branding company but nobody is interested in her talent. She can barely pay the rent of her room which is ridiculously tiny. She can’t afford to eat in restaurants so she reads restaurant reviews to know which dishes is popular. She has no friend, no social life, no money. Apart from these, she is dealing with identity crisis. She is trying to hide her countryside origin and accent. She pretends she's doing very well and present herself very differently and cheerfully in social media.
She wants to be like her boss, Demeter who has a perfect life. (Perfect job, perfect social life, perfect house, perfect husband, perfect kids, even perfect lover)
At the end of the first part, things getting worse. Katie comes to like a hot rich guy which we learn later have a secret relationship with her boss. Her evil but perfect boss fires her unexpectedly. She does not have enough saving and could not find any new job in London.

In the second part of the book, she had to go back home to help her dad and stepmother starting a Glamping business which become successful in a short time because of her talent and knowledge in marketing. She does not tell his father that she lost her job. She tells him that she's on a sabbatical from work. However, Demeter shows up for a holiday with her family at the farm out of blue. Luckily, she does not remember who Katie is. This gives Katie a perfect facade to get revenge from her. During this revenge plan, Katie faces to face with very different picture of her former boss and at the end she comes to like her.
It was not a deep book but it was highly entertaining. And it contains many elements why I like Sophie Kinsella's book so much.
I love that her heroines are relatable, funny and charming characters who are dealing with everyday experiences.
I love how at the end of her every book she transformed her insecure heroines into stronger women who know what they want in life.
I love that in her books, romance was not so epic and cry worthy, even really shitty most of the time but REAL.
I can't wait to read more by Sophie Kinsella!

Under Rose-Tainted Skies

Under Rose-Tainted Skies - Louise D. Gornall Fear and anxiety are a normal part of our life. Normal anxiety keeps us alert in different situations but for Nora, it makes her life a living hell. Nora is housebound with agoraphobia plus panic disorder. She self-harms when she cannot overcome overwhelming situations. She also has OCD. She developed odd habits she could never really account for, like compulsively checking the number of stairs. Her mind is rebelling against her own body's instinctive reactions and her desires. She wants to be normal and goes on a date with the boy next door, Luke. Despite her efforts, fear and love cannot live in the same house so she gave up all.
At the beginning, I thought that the book was very well written. I love books about mental health issues and in this book they were all portrayed really well. However, romance was not epic. In fact it was pretty awkward and meaningless. I feel really conflicted about the ending. It was a little abrupt and weird one for my liking.

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This Is My Brain on Boys

This Is My Brain on Boys - Sarah Strohmeyer Very boring and bad prose.

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting - Holly Bourne I loved it. I loved it from the very beginning, from the first page and to the last. I cannot believe how people just say it is just another mean girls story. It was not just a story of a social outcast worked her way up to the popular circle. It has a very unique writing approach and different issues like self-harm, self-respect, identity crisis, isolation and humanised bullies.

What Light

What Light - Jay Asher Just Boring. I am disappointed that this book lacks originality. This is your TYPICAL YA.

Fire in You

I hate it! Worst book in the series. Such a disappointment...

Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions

Cabinet of Curiosities: My Notebooks, Collections, and Other Obsessions - Guillermo del Toro, Marc Scott Zicree it's not a book. it's inspiration.

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them: The Original Screenplay - J.K. Rowling Magic is back, muggles.

I was trying to ignore the existence of this book because of the last fiasco of Rowling, Cursed Child. Instead I started to spend my reading time by revisiting the series over and over again. Then I could not help it and read it today. OMG, it was phenomenal.

Newt Schmankerl is a shy, eccentric Brit magizoologist who is visiting 1926 New York City on a mission involving his fascination with fantastic creatures. He is like a Potter version of Ash Ketchum who is ready to capture magical creatures, Pokémon style.
He just want to protect his beastly friends, but the world won’t leave him in peace. Some of his charges become free after some events, so he have to recapture all of them.
Different from other books of the series, story focused on adult characters who are living in an adult world. It has many dark and creepy elements.
Story takes place in America so we can finally learn more about history of magic in America and how the wizarding schools in America started.
I hoped that J. K. Rowling will not rest until every muggle (or non-magical folk, No-Maj) on this earth has appreciated this beautiful magical world of Harry Potter.

Note to myself: And now I want my own pet bowtruckle army for my noisy neighbors.


Unblemished - Sara Ella I've been looking for a new fantasy series for a long time now, but I haven't come across anything recently that's caught my eye. Then I found Unblemished. Wow. This book was really good. I am sure that I will be booktalking this one very long time.

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child - J.K. Rowling, John Kerr Tiffany, Jack Thorne I grew up as part of "The Harry Potter Generation." So reading the world of Harry Potter again was like reaching back into my childhood. It's like meeting up with old friends: Harry, Hermione and Ron.
However, The Cursed Child was not an original story. It rehashed the issues of the previous seven books. It feels like fan fiction. And seriously time travelling and lack of logic in it!!!

The Midnight Queen

The Midnight Queen - Sylvia Izzo Hunter Wow...This book… I am completely and utterly blown away by what I have just read. It was so unique and refreshing. This book was so lovingly written that I'm going to have to reread it to fully appreciate it.