A Wrinkle in Time

A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine Eng’le

I’d like to remind myself why I’ve been really meaning to read this book. This a Newbery medal award winner in 1963, and since most of the Newbery Medal books  I’ve read were really good, I assumed  that this is also entertaining. Well, after some jurassic years, I was able to read through it and contrary to my assumption, I did not find it entertaining at all.

I commend the author for her imagination and for writing the story in such a way that you will really have to pay attention to it and exercise your imagination to its fullest extent while reading but I was disappointed when I did not find any supposedly “moral of the story”. Admittedly, I didn’t get the ending at all that I actually find it corny. So there, I think I’ll just settle for 2 stars, meaning, it was ok.

Title: A Wrinkle in Time
Author: Madeleine L’Engle
Challenge: Off the Shelf
Copy: Owned
Rating: ★★


Fairy Tale Fail

Fairy Tale Fail is my third book of Mina Esguerra, and so far,  she never failed to amuse me with her stories. Just like her two other books that I’ve read, the plot of this novella is cute, easy to read and has the “kilig” moments that I can easily relate to.

Generally, the story is kind of familiar to me because I’ve read other stories with similar plot. What make this book stand out are the characters and the setting. I always love reading novels with stories that remind me of some feelings and situations I had before or with characters that I can relate to  because it  reminds me of someone I know. Apparently, Don and Lucas reminds me of two guys I used to like before so I really cant help but smile the whole time I was reading this. 🙂

Reading is my past time so I read books for pleasure and entertainment.  A good book for me, is usually something that would make me smile and feel good while reading it.

Like Ellie, I am free-spirited, loves travelling and admittedly a hopeless romantic. If I would have a Prince Charming of my own, I would like him to be Mr. Perfect: with stable job, hardworking, gentleman, no vices and all that, just like Don. I would like to meet him as an “aloof and arrogant guy who gets over himself and reveals his other side – sensitive, caring and responsible” but I would like him also to be someone who shares the same principles and interest with me and supportive of my passion. Sometimes, Mr. Perfect is not necessarily Mr. Right and if you insist that the fairy tale that you’ve designed is something that involves Mr. Perfect and Mr. Right as the same person, then things would definitely turn out differently from happily ever after.

This is the reason why Ellie’s first relationship did not end up well. She keeps on insisting that Mr. Perfect is the right man for her and she holds on to her fantasy that their break-up is part of the test so she can’t move on and be happy.

Having not able to experience the break-up that Ellie had, I know I dont have the right to talk about getting over and moving on but my feminist side always makes me want to hit people like Ellie in the head for holding on to undeserving guys like Don. And in a fairy tale, there is always this knight in shining armour so here comes Lucas, the cool and fun-to-be-with and definitely the better guy, but she could not accept because he is not the good guy she thought she want. So when she finally realize that Don is not the right one for her I kind of felt so relieved and happy that she ended up with the right guy.

Title: Fairy Tale Fail
Author: Mina Esguerra
Copy: Ebook
Rating: 5 of 5 stars false
Read from August 04 to 05, 2011

Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted

It is actually surprising that most of the movies I love are based on books, just like this one. I love Anne Hathaway and I always find the role of a Princess or a royal personality so fit for her so I’ve been meaning to watch Ella Enchanted ever since I first learned about it. Unfortunately, I was not able to watch it on the big screen so it was only last year that I was able to find a copy and watch it.

As mentioned earlier, I was surprised when I learned in goodreads that Ella Enchanted is a children’s book, a retelling of our most beloved fairy tale, Cinderella, that is. And so I decided to read this the other night and was able to finish it shortly. It is actually a bit different from the movie, but I love it just the same because of the twist that the author has made on the protagonist’s character. I also love how the characters were developed, especially the Prince. He’s not the usual knight-in-the-shining-armor kind of prince who usually shows up when the damsel is in great distress but that kind of prince who is a dear friend to Ella from the beginning.

Though the plot is very familiar, I find it very creative of the author for making Ella’s character a princess with a very unlikely gift. A gift that was intentionally a good gift but we later find out that it’s not.

Title: Ella Enchanted
Author: Gail Carson Levine
Copy: Ebook
Rating: ★★★★

TGIF Reads

I don’t have the luxury of time for reading lately so obviously, my currently reading list is starting to pile up. I’ve been reading Sense and Sensibility for ages and I have to put off reading   Sophie’s World in favor of Jellicoe Road for the TFG’s May Face-to-Face Discussion and started reading Up a Road Slowly this week for my Newbery Medal Challenge. I’ve actually found the last two books amazing so I’m  having a kind of dilemma which book to finish first.

I want to have a stress-free weekend so I decided to stay awake up to 2am in the morning just to finish reading both them and it’s so worthy for both books are really satisfying.

Newbery Medal Challenge

For these past few months, I’ve been collecting Newbery Medal Books from Booksale. It started when a friend of mine from goodreads, Sheryl told me what the Newbery award is all about and she told me that one my favorite book (and movie) Bridge to Terabithia is a recipient of this prestigious award for children’s literature. And so I started reading more newbery books and I always find them delightful to read.

I was surprised when  I found out that in just four months, I was able to collect about 15 Newbery Books and I plan to read them  this year so now I decided to take it as a challenge to finish all of them this year.

Newbery grabs 2012

1.  Caddie Woodlawn
2.  Roller Skate
4.  Adam of the Road
5.  Johnny Tremain
6.  The Witch of Blackbird Pond
7.   From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
8.   Summer of the Swans
9.   Julie of the Wolves
10. Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry
11. Maniac Magee
13. The View from Saturday
14. Holes
15. Out of the Dust
16. Bud, Not Buddy
17. A Year Down Yonder