Saturday, April 7, 2012

Steps In Reviving my Blog - I transferred

This summer, I want to revive the place where I can talk about books with no one stopping me - my blog. I made my transfer to wordpress. I've also changed my blog name from IvanBookworm to Rumpelstiltskin and Co.

Visit the new blog and find out why I transferred. My blogger posts are also there, too.

Monday, April 2, 2012

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

What I like about this book is the title. I know you do, too.

Who would have guessed that four minutes could change everything?

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan's life. She's stuck at JFK, late to her father's second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon to be step-mother that Hadley's never even met. Then she meets the perfect boy in the airport's cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he's British, and he's in seat 18C. Hadley's in 18A. 

Twists of fate and quirks of timing play out in this thoughtful novel about family connections, second chances and first loves. Set over a 24-hour-period, Hadley and Oliver's story will make you believe that true love finds you when you're least expecting it. 

Swoony, sweet, all-airplane scenes, cheesy conversations – this was my first impression for The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I know you do too, I really like the title of the book. Statistical probability? – that seems to be a mathematical phrase.

I’m pleased that the book has these sweet moments that make you swoon for a fraction of a minute. At least they make the prose alive. It also has the heavy problems that make each character as if they are real beings in dreadful situations. However, their actions failed them.

A beautiful plane so small compared to
the sky. (source)
I really would like to love the book. But there were points that I cannot simply ignore and its forbidding me to like the story. Oliver was too mainstream. We’ve been to many books with perfect British guy - cool, handsome, attractive accent and kind with sense of humor. It is becoming so common to contemporary literature. On the other side, Hadley’s actions were just for a daughter with a dad marrying another girl beside her mom. It was natural for her to despise the other women. But her actions when it comes with Oliver, they were too unrealistic. You don’t go after a complete stranger; add the factor that she was in another country. A 24-hour plane ride is not enough to tell yourself you’re in love with your seatmate.

On the positive note.

Throughout the book, I really like the ending. No biased statements or anything else. I just simply love it. I love how things became settled for both Hadley and his father about this new marriage thing. It’s lovely. And I wish all stepmoms are like Charlotte.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

In My Mailbox -14-

Good day! fellow readers and swooners and travelers and adventurers - okay, that's enough. I just miss you all after my VERY long absence from the blogosphere. It's been a hectic month. But now, hey! I'm graduating high school! Finally! And that will mean more reading this coming summer.

And now for the IMM, I have three books for you. And yes, I've been in constant desire to read them.

Sorry for the Sepia effect. I just love it. 
Alamat ng Gubat by Bob Ong (locally published book)
Graceling by Kristin Cashore
Curse of the Bane by Joseph Delaney

I can't wait to read these titles and share them to you. It's been a long time since my last post. Please bare with me, I just miss you all. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

In My Mailbox -13-

It's been a long time since I have posted an In My Mailbox post. Phew! Schedules are so hectic that I don't have time either to read or to post. Luckily, I found some minutes to today where I can post an IMM post. So here it is...

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas 
by John Boyne 
If you start to read this book, you will go on a journey with a nine-year-old boy named Bruno. (Though this isn't a book for nine-year-olds.) And sooner or later you will arrive with Bruno at fence. Fences like this exist all over the world. We hop you never have to encounter one. 
I'm very curious what's the fences all bout. What is the fence in this book? Why is it all over the world? This book has so many questions for readers and that makes me interested to this book. 
That's all for now, Ciao! 

Saturday, February 4, 2012

The Reason for Absence XD!

As you might notice, I didn't post anything this past weeks. Anything - reviews, teasers and other memes. I was so busy the past week that all I want is to sleep after I got all my work done.

Two things that have been eating my time were our research thesis and website coding; both are projects for some of my subjects. And the heck, it's not that easy to do a thesis or even to code a website.

But this past few days, I sorted it out and budgeted my time. I'm now reading The Boy in the Stripped Pajamas by John Boyne. So far, I'm liking it. Oh by the way, this is the first novel I borrowed from our school library! That's an achievement. I hope to finish this before Monday so I can put up a post.

For now, ciao!


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