Review: The Thousandth Floor (Katharine McGee) 

Genre: Young Adult, Speculative Fiction

Rating: ★★★★

Synopsis:

Welcome to Manhattan, 2118.

A hundred years in the future, New York is a city of innovation and dreams. But people never change: everyone here wants something…and everyone has something to lose.

Leda Cole’s flawless exterior belies a secret addiction—to a drug she never should have tried and a boy she never should have touched.

Eris Dodd-Radson’s beautiful, carefree life falls to pieces when a heartbreaking betrayal tears her family apart.

Rylin Myers’s job on one of the highest floors sweeps her into a world—and a romance—she never imagined…but will her new life cost Rylin her old one?

Watt Bakradi is a tech genius with a secret: he knows everything about everyone. But when he’s hired to spy by an upper-floor girl, he finds himself caught up in a complicated web of lies.

And living above everyone else on the thousandth floor is Avery Fuller, the girl genetically designed to be perfect. The girl who seems to have it all—yet is tormented by the one thing she can never have.

Debut author Katharine McGee has created a breathtakingly original series filled with high-tech luxury and futuristic glamour, where the impossible feels just within reach. But in this world, the higher you go, the farther there is to fall….

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Review: Neverwhere (Neil Gaiman)

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Genre: Fantasy

Rating: ★★★★.5

Synopsis:

Under the streets of London there’s a place most people could never even dream of. A city of monsters and saints, murderers and angels, knights in armour and pale girls in black velvet. This is the city of the people who have fallen between the cracks.

Richard Mayhew, a young businessman, is going to find out more than enough about this other London. A single act of kindness catapults him out of his workday existence and into a world that is at once eerily familiar and utterly bizarre. And a strange destiny awaits him down here, beneath his native city: Neverwhere.

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The NY Times Book Tag

It’s been a while since I did a booktag. Thought it’d be fun to do this one! 😄

What is on your nightstand right now?

The Thousandth Floor by Katharine McGee. I rarely read multiple books at a time!

What was the last truly great book you read?


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman

If you could meet any author – dead or alive- who would it be? And what would you want to know?

John Green. I’d ask him about his experience with Syrian refugees and if he’s thinking of writing a new YA novel surrounding them?

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

Sabrina the Teenage Witch series? Haha

How do you organise your personal library?

I recently reorganized my shelves according to genres!

Previously it was according to colour coordination.

What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten around to?

Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon

Disappointing, overrated, just not good: What book did you feel you were supposed to like but didn’t?

This is a tough one, I usually pick my books to ensure I enjoy them but occasionally I do read books that aren’t just for me. This book happened to be Like The Starlings by Diyarr Harraz. It gained some positive reviews but I guess it just wasn’t for me?

What kind of stories are you drawn to? Any you stay clear of?

I’m drawn to general fiction because they tell stories of mid life crises or marital problems or relationship issues that I can deeply relate to. I have a high mental age (around 40-ish) and when I read books like these I feel a tiny bit reassured knowing your adult life is meant to be haphazard or chaotic.

I guess I avoid YA contemporaries with cliche love stories where the misfit gets the hot guy or the popular friends because I find those totally unrealistic 😂

If you could require that the president read one book, what would it be?

I’d always recommend Anna Hope’s The Ballroom to anyone anytime!

What do you plan to read next?

Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol!

Review: Milk and Honey (Rupi Kaur)


Genre:
Poetry
Publisher: Createspace
Publication date: November 4, 2014
Format: eBook
Source: Personal
Page Count: 204
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Blurb:
The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

REVIEW:

This book…Broke. Me. Into. Pieces.

From the first page, the words were so raw and emotional that they took me by surprise. I did not expect Rupi to talk of such things in the first chapter (The Hurting) and found myself furiously flipping the pages to see how it all ends. A warning ahead, it can get quite visual and sexualised, so this book is definitely meant for more matured readers!

“it takes grace
to remain kind
in cruel situations”

Each chapter was a beautiful collection of words which were lyrical and ethereal in the most beautiful way. You find yourself going through the turbulent emotions set forth: pain, heartbreak, acceptance, love, loss, empowerment (not necessarily in that order). I love the chapters about love and heart break. And the healing section was God-sent the way I see it. I’ve been going through some emotional turbulence myself these past 2 weeks and reading about self-acceptance, empowerment and the ability to hold your head high in face of any challenge is very inspiring.

“people go
but how they left
always stays”

I was grateful to have stumbled across this book when I did (thanks Suya!). I rarely find poetry books that I’ve enjoyed entirely. Rupi’s words will bring to you a different sense of surroundings even though she talks about the world we inhabit. I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for truthful and meaningful prose questioning the prejudice women of colour face, sexual harassment every woman has been dealt with, and every heartbreak that every human being has experienced.

“your body
is a museum
of natural disasters
can you grasp
how stunning that is”

RATING: ★★★★★

A Quick TBR Tour!

A few days after returning home, I decided to reorganize my entire bookshelf. But this post isn’t going to showcase that since I’m still waiting for 50 books to arrive via shipment. But I want to show you my to-be-read (TBR) shelf instead!

For those of you who know me, I obsess over TBRs and my lack of control in downsizing them. I currently have around 20 books in my TBR pile and while that is small on a hardcore bookstagram level (that can reach hundreds), I do prefer to keep it less than 15 if possible. I don’t tend to have a spending/impulse buying sessions since I can get quite thrifty with money and I refuse to buy books at retail price whenever possible. So…book sales and second hand bookstores are my ultimate kryptonite.

Here is a photo of my entire TBR shelf. I purposely flipped over their covers to give that air of mystery 😛 My TBR has a variety of genres I collected during my student days in London. Most books costed me less than £5 so you can imagine my despair when I saw retail priced books here in Malaysia.

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Review: Ready Player One (Ernest Cline) 

Genre: Science Fiction

Rating: ★★★★★

Synopsis:

It’s the year 2044, and the real world is an ugly place.

Like most of humanity, Wade Watts escapes his grim surroundings by spending his waking hours jacked into the OASIS, a sprawling virtual utopia that lets you be anything you want to be, a place where you can live and play and fall in love on any of ten thousand planets.

And like most of humanity, Wade dreams of being the one to discover the ultimate lottery ticket that lies concealed within this virtual world. For somewhere inside this giant networked playground, OASIS creator James Halliday has hidden a series of fiendish puzzles that will yield massive fortune — and remarkable power — to whoever can unlock them.

For years, millions have struggled fruitlessly to attain this prize, knowing only that Halliday’s riddles are based in the pop culture he loved — that of the late twentieth century. And for years, millions have found in this quest another means of escape, retreating into happy, obsessive study of Halliday’s icons. Like many of his contemporaries, Wade is as comfortable debating the finer points of John Hughes’s oeuvre, playing Pac-Man, or reciting Devo lyrics as he is scrounging power to run his OASIS rig.

And then Wade stumbles upon the first puzzle.

A world at stake.
A quest for the ultimate prize.
Are you ready?

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Interview with Almaz A., Poet of Letters to You

Some people spend a lifetime looking for someone to call home. I found you.

Welcome to another author interview installment where I had the opportunity to personally interview Almaz A., poet of Letters to You! We met through Instagram where she sent me a copy of her debut poetry book for review and I instantly fell in love with it! You can read more of my review here where I rated the book 5 stars. I truly enjoyed interviewing Almaz because of her candid responses and her honest aptitude towards her writing.

Read on for my interview with Almaz!

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