Around the World in Eighty Days+Tea

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My tbr list is getting quite ridiculous at this point. This time, instead of a review (since I haven’t finished reading this novel-guilty of all charges), I will be telling a little story. For old times sake, as a child we always have a classic story that we know by heart. For me, the novel was Around the World in Eighty Days. I heard the abbreviated version from my mom in a local library. If memory serves me correctly, she read a translated version to me too, in Mandarin. Even in another language, the action was incredibly captivating.

7 or 8 year old me, on the edge of my seat (or a tiny stool) keen to listen to the next crazy situation. My lovely mom willing to sit on a tiny stool too to read to me :). Is the train going to fall off the bridge? Will Phileas be captured by the police? They did not back it back time! My dramatic sighs that were too loud for the library could be heard clearly. Or with the time difference, they did make it back in time? Anyhow, only pleasant memories are entailed with the adventures around the world.  Continue reading

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The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories Review

Title: The Opposite of Loneliness: Essays and Stories

Author: Marina Keegan

Number of Pages: 240 pages

Date Published: April 8th 2014

Publishing Company: Scribner

Part of the Summary (All you need to know):

An affecting and hope-filled posthumous collection of essays and stories from the talented young Yale graduate whose title essay captured the world’s attention in 2012 and turned her into an icon for her generation. Marina Keegan’s star was on the rise when she graduated magna cum laude from Yale in May 2012. She had a play that was to be produced at the New York International Fringe Festival and a job waiting for her at the New Yorker.

I want to give the rating first so you can read it now, unless you really want to read my review. The non-fiction section of this book is 5 out of 5; the fiction is 2 out of 5 so this averages to 3.5 out of 5 cups of tea. It’s amazing and even though I disliked the stories I still gave a high rating so this should say how much I enjoyed the book in general. Do not read the full summary. Read from the Opposite of Loneliness essay to the end of the book. Then decide if you loved the book or not. Finally, go and read the forewords and the acknowledgements. Bonus: I made a playlist for it. You’re welcome. 😉  https://play.spotify.com/user/musicperson221/playlist/1sJojMoxl6xsRqVab4CLFV Continue reading

Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore Review

Title: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore

Author: Robin Sloan

Number of Pages: 288 pages

Date Published: October 2nd 2012

Publishing Company: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Books Number in Series: Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore, 1

Summary:

The Great Recession has shuffled Clay Jannon away from life as a San Francisco web-design drone and into the aisles of Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. But after a few days on the job, Clay discovers that the store is more curious than either its name or its gnomic owner might suggest. The bookstore’s secrets extend far beyond its walls.

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Holy guacamole! Can somebody explain to me what I just experienced!? Continue reading