Mini Book Reviews

I’ve set aside my art for a while to grow in another light. I wanted to write. Looking at it, most of the things I draw were inspired off words–poems, anecdotes, short stories; and I often had a quote written down every drawing I do. Writing was my first love–the love that I’ve forgotten. Turning those words into something visual–my last love.

I figured the reason why I keep starting personal creative projects and not finishing them or the reason why I’m scared of getting them out there if I do finish is because they weren’t as genuine as before. They were painted because I willed my hand to, and not because I longed to. I was out of inspiration and kept looking at beautiful things hoping to find the muse I need. I’ve forgotten that what I needed are beautiful words: raw emotions from non-visual things.

As I cannot write yet like I used to, I’ve taken the time to inhale the words of others instead. The past weeks were spent reading articles off the web (linked some of my favorite reads in this post), short stories, and some books. I’m writing down a sort of capsule review for these, which is probably what you came here for and not my long introduction. (Haha, sorry for that.)

The Devil Wears Prada

  1. The Devil Wears Prada

I started this because I needed someone to empathize with me on my work issues, even if that means that that someone is a fictional character. Andrea is such a strong girl working for Miranda, and even much stronger leaving her. And I wish to be just as strong as her.

I’ve seen this line floating about: “Chasing passions doesn’t necessarily mean only doing work that you love, it’s being able to endure everything in hopes of doing what you love”, and this book is the “Up to what extent should you endure?”

The Devil Wears Prada is an entertaining read. You could even watch the movie after you’ve read it if you haven’t. And it’s just a plus that I relate so well with the main character.

Read it: if you’re unsure if you belong where you are now, having the passion vs work issue, want a light read, or just want to take a glimpse of the fashion industry.

We are Okay

  1. We are Okay

Like the title, this book was ~eh~ just okay. I’m starting to grow out of YAs and that’s just making me sad. It’s about relationships and keeping them through time. There’s also the friend and first love ala 2 Cool 2 Be Forgotten but without needing to close your eyes (and heart, ouch 2C2BF) in the end.

Read it: if you’re thinking twice about messaging old lost friends.

Armada

  1. Armada

Ernest Cline’s Ready Player One is a constant on my shelf and I was looking forward to reading another one of his books. I never knew I needed sci-fi books that aren’t films yet before him. Armada was the alien invasion book you would flipped the pages for until the end but maybe realize that there wasn’t much of a story after all.

I still liked it though. It’s good while you’re reading it because it excites you as much as playing on your console would. But it’s also easily forgettable.

Read it: when you want adventure but don’t want to leave your bed.

More Than This

  1. More Than This

I didn’t really know what to expect from this book. I just bought it from the bookstore because I thought it was interesting, and it was. It’s scary and moving and not your typical I-just-want-action read. You’ll come to terms that there really is more than this to the here and now. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea but if you can get through a quarter of it, that means you might already love it.

Read it: if you want something to think about and want existential questions in your life. Because we want to torture ourselves that way.

I'll Give You the Sun

  1. I’ll Give You the Sun

This is the coming of age everyone that feeds on beauty needs to read! It opened up so much for me: knowing what’s beautiful and finding the beautiful in non-beautiful things, even people.

Maybe a person is just made up of a lot of people. Maybe we’re accumulating these new selves all the time.

I’m amazed and terrified of how I changed so much in just months–thinking “Am I still me? Who am I?”, but Jude and Noah made me realize that it’s normal for people to change because it shapes us. You might not like who you are now but there’s a reason for it. It may be an ugly process but not necessarily a bad product. It’s a story that’s raw and full of soul.

Read it: if you have a sibling–not necessarily a twin like Jude and Noah, but you’ll get it. Also, if you love poetry because Jandy Nelson’s words are just that.

Other books I’m currently reading:
Steal Like An Artist and Show Your Work, both by Ernest Cline
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso (bec Netflix show I’ve been looking forward to!!)
My Most Excellent Year by Steve Kluger

Any book/story recos for me? You can also follow me on Goodreads to keep up with what I’m reading.

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  • Definitely intrigued by More Than This and I’ll Give You The Sun. I’ve been on a reading slump for almost a year now, I think – I feel like I can’t finish anything new so I keep on re reading those I’ve loved before. Thanks for the ratings and recommendations, Lou! Hopefully you give an update on #GIRLBOSS cause I finished the freakin’ show in 2 days hahahaha!

  • i used to write a lot but now, i’m just stuck in a rut. i don’t know why. i still write but like once in a blue moon. most of the time, i’m just too lazy to do it. it’s like my artsy, poetic alter ego is not as vivid as it used to be. i used to wanna write a book, a complete fiction book but i didn’t get around to finishing it because i’m just that lazy (and i’m more engrossed in other hobbies like the internet, video games, etc.) like you, writing was my first love that i have long forgotten now. when it comes to other personal creative projects, i also feel like i need to do it instead of feeling the longing. it’s like, the feeling of need outweighs the wants and i think that’s the reason why the result is not something i enjoy, sort of like an art without feeling if that makes sense. regardless, i still think your art is always beautiful though. your moodboards are always so creative and fun to look at it makes me so jealous 😛

    we are okay, more than this and i’ll give you the sun have been in my to-read list for quite some time now. i’ll be honest, the first thing about ‘we are okay’ that caught my mind was its interesting cover. i have soooo many books in my to-read list i cannot even :))

    as for the books i’m currently reading… i just started the body electric by beth revis and it’s set in this interesting, futuristic Malta where androids and bots exist among humans. the protagonist / heroine has dark skin instead of your usual blonde teenager so it’s interesting and diverse. i haven’t gotten very far (still at p.50!) but it’s been good so far. i hope it doesn’t disappoint me like my previous book, The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly (interesting premise and concept but boring execution and barely any climax buildup)

    i’ve added and followed you on goodreads. i see that you’re currently reading the nightingale which is also in my to-read list haha

    x Mlkbox