Generation Without a Purpose

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Overhearing TV sounds from some noon time show while contemplating how in the world we got here. We used to fight in wars, help people fight for their freedom and untangle the mysteries of the world. Now, we live as if we’re always running out of time. We go to school and make to do lists so we could at least say we accomplished something. Learning has become synonymous to a piece of paper gained after decades of understanding synopsis, theories and conclusions without really knowing what these are for. Sadly, we learn, so we can earn.

What happened to the noble dreams of wanting to become a doctor or an engineer, a teacher when all we think about are our parent’s unfulfilled dreams? Sometimes, I wonder what happened to humanity. Did technology changed it all? Or we just let ourselves became blinded by wanting more and more?

Do not blame the computers. Do not blame the internet. Do not blame government’s corruption. As far as I know, it’s been wired that way since the beginning of time. As far as I know, we are the ones who put these things in our lives.

We live to consume. We live for the future we do not even know will come. Gone are the good old days of enjoying the moment when all we really do is escape with our selfies and ootds and all the rubbish we invented, or maybe just inherited, who knows. We value people on how they look and how much money they have on their virtual vaults. Sadly, we are bullied to believe the same.

Accomplishments are based on gaining certificates, recognition and public attention no matter how fleeting. We document our lives without really feeling anything, what happened? Can we do something real and good without boasting about it?

Now, tell me. What is your purpose? Is it to make this world a better place or contribute to its destruction?

We used to fight in wars but I think we are in a larger war in the history-with ourselves. We are hypocrites saying one thing and doing another. Choosing our beliefs to fit our actions. This.Generation.Suck and I am ashamed to be part of it.

Make a difference? Sure, yeah. Maybe later I’ll post some selfie with a very long inspirational post from some guy who died 100 years ago and I never even met, so it’s okay to plagiarize,  and hope it would amount to something.

Monday Book Talk and Life Update!

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Hello guys! How are you and your reading habits? Halloween season has come and gone and now Christmas breeze is once again coming to town. As for me, I’m still working as a freelancer at home but I’ve job offers from various companies I just can’t seem to accept yet. But a friend of of my bestfriend’s mom asked me if I wanted to work for her so I’m still looking into that since the time is flexible and there are no shift on weekends which is what I am actually looking for. I’m still weighing things because going back to the BPO industry doesn’t really excite me but all my other options are there.

My reading is a enthusiastically improving as the month progresses. I read three of my To be read books this month in five days(plus I won on a giveaway!!!) and all my Halloween reads are already finished and reviewed.
I’ve read The Graveyard Book, The Hobbit, both I gave five stars and Vanishing Girls which more or less I enjoyed and gave three stars. I thought these books are going to last me a month but well, I reading happens.

The reason I am doing a Book Talk is because I am currently reading A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf. It’s my first book which tackles feminism and mentions a lot of women authors and a brief history of how novelization became on woman’s league. I am enjoying it so far and I love how it make me see the patriarchy of men over women and I think I’m going to be a feminist real soon, just kidding 😛

Because of this book I think I am going to make another TBR which includes classics about/ written by women like Sense and Sensibility, a Portrait of a Woman and some other books I would stumble upon.

How about you? How’s your reading going so far and what genre are you enjoying the most at this moment?

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PS: I just made a new instagram ful of books you might wanna follow me there! It’s 7 days old today 😀 
Username is @oleenreadsandloves

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver Book Review

Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver, 2015

Rating: ☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

Dara and Nick used to be inseparable, but that was before the accident that left Dara’s beautiful face scarred and the two sisters totally estranged. When Dara vanishes on her birthday, Nick thinks Dara is just playing around. But another girl, nine-year-old Madeline Snow, has vanished, too, and Nick becomes increasingly convinced that the two disappearances are linked. Now Nick has to find her sister, before it’s too late.

In this edgy and compelling novel, Lauren Oliver creates a world of intrigue, loss, and suspicion as two sisters search to find themselves, and each other.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

 l loved the book all throughout! But if you looked above, I only gave three stars for some reason. But first let me tell you what I liked about it.

1). The sister rivalry is real as the clouds above. I haven’t got a sister but I found that factor in the story very honest. 2).The writing is so good, but I disagree that it’s a thriller of sort, I did not feel any creepiness with this one. 3). The build up is so strong.

On the downside, at page 96, I started having ideas about how the book would end and I got them right. It’s good if I’m already halfway through the end, but I’m just starting the book, so that’s quite disappointing.At page 242, I started getting confused again but still my ideas proved correct.

If you’re looking for psychological thriller with Young Adult theme, this one is definitely good for you, but I found myself thinking what came out of it afterwards. Still, in the end it’s just a book but I was really hoping for some mind-blowing conclusion I did not get. But still, I recommend this to everyone. It’s gripping just don’t expect a lot about the ending.

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The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Life Lessons

Originally, I wasn’t planning to make a review of this book but I still want to write something about it so I decided to make a list of the lessons I learned from and while reading this timeless tale. Needless to say, I give this book 5/5 stars! 

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Life Lessons

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Synopsis:

In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort.

Written for J.R.R. Tolkien’s own children, The Hobbit met with instant critical acclaim when it was first published in 1937. Now recognized as a timeless classic, this introduction to the hobbit Bilbo Baggins, the wizard Gandalf, Gollum, and the spectacular world of Middle-earth recounts of the adventures of a reluctant hero, a powerful and dangerous ring, and the cruel dragon Smaug the Magnificent.(goodreads)

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien Life Lessons

  • Bilbo Baggins showed us how we can be happy and contented with a simple and quiet life
  • … but sometimes we find ourselves in one great, unexpected adventure with people we might find weird and obscure and may actually become a big part of our lives.
  • A journey worth your while entails challenges, battles and meeting new friends and foes.
  • Some people can be blinded by wealth and power no matter where they came from from.
  • You might help people or make them stumble along the way but we should remain helpful and humble.
  • Sometimes we make decisions that are against our friends but will actually save them a lot more trouble in the end.
  • Help is available to those who give help themselves.
  • No matter how brave you became, never forget who you are.

Great book indeed. Below is my collection of The Hobbit and The Lord of The Rings books and movie companions.

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(My Halloween Read!) The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman Book Review

The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

After the grisly murder of his entire family, a toddler wanders into a graveyard where the ghosts and other supernatural residents agree to raise him as one of their own.

Nobody Owens, known to his friends as Bod, is a normal boy. He would be completely normal if he didn’t live in a sprawling graveyard, being raised and educated by ghosts, with a solitary guardian who belongs to neither the world of the living nor of the dead. There are dangers and adventures in the graveyard for a boy. But if Bod leaves the graveyard, then he will come under attack from the man Jack—who has already killed Bod’s family…

Beloved master storyteller Neil Gaiman returns with a luminous new novel for the audience that embraced his New York Times bestselling modern classic Coraline. Magical, terrifying, and filled with breathtaking adventures, The Graveyard Book is sure to enthrall readers of all ages

My Thoughts:

Let me just say that it’s more than what I expected from a children’s book! At first I was hesitant to continue reading it but after fifty pages or so, I couldn’t put it down! This story got a heart ❤ It’s full of adventures and eerie details and I loved how it played out in my mind. There were times that I found myself so immersed with Bod’s world that I actually have to pause reading it. Even though it’s a ghost story, it did not feel forced to me. I feel like I would reread it again anytime soon.

I had a few reflections after reading this book. This book has a lot of metaphorical symbolism to real life and they’re actually good (and life changing if you let it). Basically, it’s about a kid who grew up with ghosts(who are obviously dead) and how he will eventually face the world of the living, but I’m not spoiling you guys. Also, there is this guy like Gandalf who is Bod’s gurdian and how he always talks about doing things at the right time.

Why You Should Read It:

This book is a great foundation for kids who read and adults who need a little reminder. You wouldn’t want to miss Nobody’s adventures and aim for great adventures of your own.

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PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern Book Review

PS I Love You by Cecilia Ahern, 2003

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

A novel about holding on, letting go, and learning to love again.

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

The kind of enchanting novel with cross-generational appeal that comes along once in a great while, PS, I Love You is a captivating love letter to the world!(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

This is my first book by Cecilia Ahern and I must say it does not disappoint! It’s really simple, real and captivating. Just what I expected from an adult novel. I am starting to appreciate the beauty of this genre because it usually talks about real problems, adult problems, and it makes me open up my eyes to the years to come. Going back to the book, I guess what made this book so popular is the concept that the husband died and the wife is left alone to fend for her self. After that is where the real story starts. I love how it does not dwell on the past but on Holly’s moving on process. The snippets of Gerry and Holly’s relationship are enough to make me cry so I’m grateful the author did not include all those details because it might read like a Nicholas Sparks novel (I love Nicholas, it’s just that I had too much of that)

Characters:

All the characters are distinct and vibrant and you can tell them all apart. I loved each and everyone of them and I enjoyed walking with their lives. This is one of those books where you really enjoy their interactions.

Story Flow:

The flow is just right. Not too fast, not too slow and it actually plays on my mind like a movie, so that’s a good thing.

Why You Should Read it:

It’s the perfect balance of love, drama and real life. Plus, you will find yourself cheering for Holly as she untangles her life and finally stand on her own feet. It’s actually inspirational and speaks directly to you. Like, they just live along your neighborhood. Plus, it’s actually a hilarious read! I laughed out loud A LOT of times!

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Today is Thursday

…just another typical day. But another typical day means another happy day for the kids because school is out! (for another 3 days, that is). So, this is one of those usual days, but the difference is that the moments are caught on camera. Here’s to more usual days like this!

Basically, my cousins and I with my boyfriend hang out at home watching movies, play with the dogs outside and eat ice cream but I was holding a phone so I want to commemorate at least one of these days 🙂

They may not read this, but I am very grateful to these kids, they maybe naughty and noisy most of the time but I really know they always want to spend time with me even though I distant myself with them sometimes. They all call me “Pepen” now(Nyl was the only one before) which really means bestfriend. I hope when they grow old, they would still call me the same. Hihi.

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What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi Book Review

What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi, 2015

Rating: ☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

It’s all Ryden’s fault. If he hadn’t gotten Meg pregnant, she would have never stopped her chemo treatments and would still be alive. Instead, he’s failing fatherhood one dirty diaper at a time. And it’s not like he’s had time to grieve while struggling to care for their infant daughter, start his senior year, and earn the soccer scholarship he needs to go to college.

The one person who makes Ryden feel like his old self is Joni. She’s fun and energetic—and doesn’t know he has a baby. But the more time they spend together, the harder it becomes to keep his two worlds separate. Finding one of Meg’s journals only stirs up old emotions, and Ryden’s convinced Meg left other notebooks for him to find, some message to help his new life make sense. But how is he going to have a future if he can’t let go of the past?(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

It’s actually nice and the blurb really caught my attention. It’s one of those books I badly wanted to have, but unfortunately the feeling got old as the story progresses. It’s really bad because that’s now how I expected it to be. I was ready to at least shed a few tears but they didn’t came.

Characters:

The characters are okay especially Rye, I just hoped there’s a lot more of Meg because I didn’t really like Joni. I don’t know, she didn’t grow to me. I liked Meg’s bestfriend though, the Korean guy Alan. They’re just a bunch of typical teenagers and I found nothing special to them. It’s a good thing because it means it’s honest but maybe we need more creativity with that part.

Story Flow:

It’s a little bit slow and dragging at the beginning. I almost skipped the last fifty pages because I already know what’s gonna happen to the story.

Why You Should Read it:

It actually has a lot of potential. It’s like an aftermath of a Nicholas Sparks novel minus the sugar-coating. I can compare it to some Katie Cotugno novel but this one’s much better than those, I assure you. I know a lot people can relate to it, but maybe not me and as much as I wanted to get affected, I didn’t. But, it’s good enough for a light read. You might want to give it a try because others liked it but I don’t think it’s my cup of tea.


Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs Book Review (Short Review)

Library of Souls (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children #3) by Ransom Riggs,2015

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

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Synopsis:

The adventures that began with Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and continued with Hollow City comes to a thrilling conclusion with Library of Souls.

As the story opens, sixteen-year-old Jacob discovers a powerful new ability, and soon he’s diving through history to rescue his peculiar companions from a heavily guarded fortress. Accompanying Jacob on his journey are Emma Bloom, a girl with fire at her fingertips, and Addison MacHenry, a dog with a nose for sniffing out lost children.

They’ll travel from modern-day London to the labyrinthine alleys of Devil’s Acre, the most wretched slum in all of Victorian England. It’s a place where the fate of peculiar children everywhere will be decided once and for all.

Like its predecessors, Library of Souls blends thrilling fantasy with never-before-published vintage photography.(goodreads)

My Thoughts:

I was totally blown away! I really loved the third book for its consistency with the first two books. And, it’s a good kind of consistency where you can still see the progress and the development of the characters. I cannot really say a lot of things because I might end up spoiling you guys but one thing’s for sure-you will still feel like you are part of the peculiardom while reading this book. It’s the right balance of creepy and adventure, sprinkle of teenage love and whole lot of fantasy. It’s awesome! I really enjoyed the series and it’s kind of sad it has to end in the third book already.

I love how it ended to be honest. I was actually hoping for that kind of twist or I might aggressively demand a fourth book. Oh, and I did not put it down unless I’m done with it. I read it for 6 hours max, minus snack time and dinner(not that it matters) and I know that I will reread the series more than once.

I might do another blog post about it soon, because I felt that this book became a special part of me because somehow, I became attached with their world and the characters. But, for now, that’s it! Thanks for dropping by!


Breaking The Walls #4

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The challenge is when you don’t feel like it. It’s easy to hold on to what you promised to do when you feel good about it, but what happens when you are not?

Let me tell you how hard it is when you are Bipolar and a Christian. It’s really really hard. You want to do something but your mind tells you to do another. You want to understand people but your brain will rationalize why you don’t have to. Ha-ha. I know, I know. I’m a ball of contradictions and irony and I really don’t know what to do most of the time. But, the good thing is that we have a patient God and let me tell you it’s harder without Him. Emotions have been a big part of my life,and being too sensitive sometimes bring me trouble. But, being a Christian makes me more sympathetic towards others. It just creates the balance I need to be sane.

Today, I woke up feeling dreadful and unmotivated. But, what I’ve learned from the previous week that we actually have a choice to stand up against our feelings. I used to feel like I am doomed to be sad if I start the day with that feeling, but I realized that I have a choice. God has given us power to overcome our feelings and that we can have a different reaction toward our emotions. It’s not faking yourself, but actually standing up for yourself, and if you’re not that religious, you might wanna read/watch The Silver Linings Playbook and it’s saying actually the same thing.

Again, it’s my journey and I’m not saying it will work the same for every one, but I will be brave enough to say that God is patient to every one, and those who are willing to open their hearts to Him will never be disappointed.

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