Book Review: The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Edition: Paperback (196 pages)
Publisher : Hyperion (2003)
Genre : Fiction, Inspirational
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer. In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?” (source)

My Thoughts

An extraordinary book. Just like Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie, some scenes made me cry and reflect about life. Full of flashbacks but not to the point that the reader will get lost in the story. I’m also somehow happy and proud that the last person was from the Philippines and Albom included some Filipino cultures. I didn’t know that there’s also a movie of this, so I think I’ll be watching it maybe today or the next days. After reading the book, I caught myself wondering who will be the five people I’ll meet in heaven.

My Rating
5stars

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Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

“I didn’t have much to say to anybody but kept to myself and my books. With my eyes closed, I would touch a familiar book and draw it’s fragrance deep inside me. This was enough to make me happy.”


I love all the characters, specially Midori. I love how open she is. The story is depressing but it will show us that there are beautiful things awaiting for us in the end. I was able to listen to the songs (all of them) that Murakami included in the story specially the ones from The Beatles. I never saw the movie but I’m sure I will. This book is recommendable to all young and young-at-heart readers.


My Rating : ★★★★★
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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

 

Processed with VSCOcam with lv01 presetAnna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.


I’d heard a lot of good things about this book and was curious about it. Though slightly predictable, I still enjoyed reading it. This book makes me want to go back again to Paris (me and bennito were thinking about that, the moment we came back here in Germany from a 3-day Paris tour) and visit the other places we’ve never been to when we were there. Still a lot.

“Home isn’t a place, it’s a person.”


My Rating : ★★★★★
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If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Life can change an instant. A cold February morning… a snowy road… and suddenly all of Mia’s choices are gone. Except one. As alone as she’ll ever be, Mia must make the most difficult choice of all.


A good friend of mine (Hello Nina!) recommended this book and said that I will love it. Well, she’s right. I don’t have any idea about this book so I was a bit shocked when i was in the “accident” part. Then it caught my attention. Some scenes made me cry specially when it’s a family related scene.

This book is about love for family, friends, partners, life and death.


My Rating : ★★★★★

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Book Review: Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle

Let It SnowEditon : Mass Market Paperback (566 pages)
Publisher : Crown (2012)
Genre : Fiction, Mystery
Source : Bought from Thalia Buchhandlung
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Sparkling white snowdrifts, beautiful presents wrapped in ribbons, and multicolored lights glittering in the night through the falling snow. A Christmas Eve snowstorm transforms one small town into a romantic haven, the kind you see only in movies. Well, kinda. After all, a cold and wet hike from a stranded train through the middle of nowhere would not normally end with a delicious kiss from a charming stranger. And no one would think that a trip to the Waffle House through four feet of snow would lead to love with an old friend. Or that the way back to true love begins with a painfully early morning shift at Starbucks. Thanks to three of today’s bestselling teen authors—John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle—the magic of the holidays shines on these hilarious and charming interconnected tales of love, romance, and breathtaking kisses.


My Thoughts

I bought this book after Christmas (February) but it’s still accurate because February is a “love” month and it’s still snowing (until now).

This book consists of three short stories about romance, friendship and relationship that are all connected to each other. My favorite is Maureen’s “The Jubilee Express” and Jubilee is my favorite character in this book. I like her attitude and the thing about her and the “cheerleaders”.

John Green’s “A Cheertastic Christmas Miracle” (My fourth book from Green) is written like his other books (which has a roadtrip “scene”). I just had a hard time remembering who’s who (well I’m not really good with names) so I often go back to the previous pages and search for the name.

Lastly, “The Patron Saint of Pigs” by Lauren Myracle is my least favorite but it makes me want to have my own tea-cup pig pet.

All in all, it’s a cool book. You can still enjoy reading this even if it’s not Christmas season or even if it’s not snowing.


My Rating
4stars

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Book Review : Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

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“So, what if, instead of thinking about solving your whole life, you just think about adding additional good things. One at a time. Just let your pile of good things grow.”


This is a cute story. Lincoln works as an “internet security officer” and through reading flagged employee’s emails (that’s his job) including Beth’s and Jennifer’s, he fell in love with Beth. Meanwhile, Beth fell in love with Lincoln just by seeing (and even stalking) him around. They found out about each other when Lincoln resigned from the company. The ending was pretty rushed but I still love it.


My Rating : ★★★★
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Book Review: An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

An Abundance of KatherinesEditon : Paperback (227 pages)
Publisher : Penguin Books LTD (2012)
Genre : Young Adult, Fiction
Source : Thalia Buchhandlung
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My Thoughts

This is my fifth John Green book. It’s about Colin Singleton, a smart guy, who has been dumped 19th times by different girls who shared the same name, Katherine. He went on a roadtrip (it’s really a John Green book) with his bestfriend, Hassan and ended up finding a “job” in Gutshot, Tennessee and stayed at Pink Mansion where Hollis and her daughter Lindsey lives.

First, the footnotes in this book are cool. Second, I have to be honest about the “mathematical” thing like the variables, graphs and formulas. It’s interesting but I’m not in the mood to focus on those. Hassan is my favorite character in this book. Lastly (not really), the “German” words. And I can say that I understand those words even without looking at the footnotes.

It’s a hilarious, funny and unique.


My Rating
4stars

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