Looking for Alaska is about 16-year old Miles Halter leaving his uneventful life in Florida for Culver Creek Boarding School in Alabama, in search of “the Great Perhaps.” There, he meets his roommate’s best friend aka the hottest girl he was ever seen aka Alaska Young and predictably falls in love with her. She is moody, intelligent (presumably because she has a wall full of books she calls her “Life’s Library), a little nutty, and self-destructive. Hello, Manic Pixie Dream Girl. She also has a long-distance boyfriend but I think he’s kind of a jerk. These are personality quirks that make her desirable to Miles which surprises me a little because what teenage boy would want to deal with that mess? But maybe I just knew the wrong kind of dudes (so LOLSUX4ME) and to be honest, I wish I had a Miles in my life when I, myself, was a dramatic, self-destructive teenager.
I may or may not do 100 Books in 1 Year… and if I do decide to do it, I’m afraid I will have to stick to light, easy reading because I cannot afford
to dedicate an entire week to one book an existential crisis at my age (the last thing I need is a life-defining moment brought upon by reading fiction that will encourage new bad habits). Anyway, here’s my initial list (provided I find all the ebooks!):
1) Paper Towns, John Green
2) Will Grayson, Will Grayson, John Green
3) 13 Little Blue Envelopes, Maureen Johnson
4) The Perks of Being a Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky
5) Percy Jackson and the Olympians (series, 5 books), Rick Riordan
6) The Mortal Instruments (series, 3 books), Cassandra Clare*
7) Prep, Curtis Sittenfeld
8) Sloppy Firsts (and the succeeding four books), Megan McCafferty
9) Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
10) Love, Stargirl, Jerry Spinelli
Total: 16 books.
*Carina calls Clare the devil because she is a shady shady person, but I still wanna give this a shot.
I don’t know what to say about The Hunger Games Trilogy except that it was amazing (so amazing that I read the entire series in less than 72 hours), brought me to tears, kept me tossing and turning at night you’d think I needed sleeping pills (I have this bad habit of stopping reading just when the action begins i.e. middle of the games), and that I have a silly crush on fictional Peeta Mellark.
For those who have never heard of the trilogy, here’s a snippet from its Wikipedia article:
It introduces sixteen-year-old Katniss Everdeen, who lives in a post-apocalyptic world in the country of Panem where North America once stood. This is where a powerful government working in a central city called the Capitol holds power. In the book, the Hunger Games are an annual televised event where the Capitol chooses one boy and one girl from each district to fight to the death until only one remains. The purpose of the Hunger Games is to demonstrate that no one, including children, is above the Capitol’s power.
I know that I’m late on The Hunger Games bandwagon but in a way, I’m glad I waited ’til the entire trilogy was done before picking it up. Else, I would’ve tortured myself with excitement and anticipation… much like the Harry Potter series. I’m definitely going to need to pick up real copies (I have the eBooks).
This weekend, I vow to be free of alcohol so I’m gearing up by downloading new eBooks to read tonight. I’m thinking of His Dark Materials (Philip Pullman), The Underland Chronicles (Suzanne Collins), or The Host (lol SMeyer). I just hope I can find them online.
Just a quick update before the weekend =)
Apol gave me a copy of his book (which came out a little over a year ago, heh), Ang Alamat ng Panget & Many Other!
It’s really funny as evidenced by this photo:
I have a pretty busy weekend but I’ve got tonight free and I’m thinking of spending it on some DIY projects I’ve been putting off for the past few months. If I don’t get lazy and run to the mall for supplies before closing, the internets will know the stuff I made by Monday!
How adorable does Selena Gomez look in this white (well, save for the belt and shoes, obviously) Christian Cota outfit?! I am in love with it and I am going to shamelessly recreate this one of these days. I’ve always felt a little funny about wearing all white (unless you live in, um, CSI:Miami/are Eric Delko/are Natalia Boa Vista) but I cannot resist how crisp, clean, and classy this looks.
I realize that I haven’t blogged about my July hopez and dreamz— I only have two for this month: to have prettier skin and to get over my body issues! Step one: stop nitpicking. Step two: read about side effects of diet pill. Step three: eat healthily. Hehe.