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Review: Remember Me?

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Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This is one of my favourites. I love Sophie's humour and the way she describes things. I lent the book from a friend, and Sophie immediately became one of my favourite authors. Remember Me? makes you question your choices in life and makes you wonder: If you had the chance to change your past, would you? What would you change? It's also thought-provoking. Makes me wanna get Sophie's entire work. ;)



Review: The Bubblegum Machine

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I remember that this was one of my ultimate favourites growing up. Unfortunately I think the publication has been halted. =(

As the picture explains, it's about a girl who gets a magic wishing crystal who grants her wishes. I mean come on... who wouldn't want that? And back when I read this, I was... Oh I dunno, 10, maybe? And the thought of having a wishing crystal was probably a dream come true.
I remember I read this book a few times, and it made me sort of melancholic knowing that I've had this book for YEARS (I'm 25 this year) and that it's one of the first books I really loved.
I have also attached 2 pictures of how my copy looks like now:



Review: The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet

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The Ballet Companion: A Dancer's Guide to the Technique, Traditions, and Joys of Ballet by Eliza Gaynor Minden

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



What can I say? It's a Ballet bible by THE Gaynor Minden herself!



Review: How to Ruin a Friendship

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How to Ruin a Friendship by Francine Pascal

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I'm not sure if I picked up this book because it looked interesting, or because the title caught my eye back when I was about 13-14. Haha. Overall it was alright, I think... slightly better than the Sweet Valley Twins (Poor Lila!) I had a few years before, but with a similar tween theme; only I think this is more relatable in modern times as compared to the previous one. Not saying that I don't 'feel' the previous book though. However I MIGHT pick this up to read again if I'm feeling really bored and feel like reading something.



Review: Poor Lila!

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Poor Lila! by Francine Pascal

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I remember reading this when I was... 11 or 12, I think? And of course, I'm sure like every other young girl who reads this, I wished I had Lila's fortune. But the ending was kind of... expected, in my opinion. Because Lila never really asked her dad about their situation. I read this book once, and I never really picked it up to re-read it. I guess.. it IS a tween book after all.



Review: The Wedding

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The Wedding by Nicholas Sparks

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



If you are a fan of romantic love stories, this is DEFINITELY for you. I knew there was a reason that I was somehow drawn to this book even after going through so many others.

I cried THREE times in the first chapter alone. THREE! Maybe part of it was because I could relate to how Jane was feeling. But then the story unfolds so beautifully that the last part got me crying again, to the point my vision was blurred and I couldn't read A WORD on the page.

Maybe it's just me, but even A Walk To Remember and The Notebook didn't make me cry so much. T_T

Nicholas Sparks, I think you've truly outdone yourself with this.



Review: Keeping Faith

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Keeping Faith by Jodi Picoult

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



This one was a hard book to put down. I was so hooked on the drama that I always end up being late for something because I was too engrossed! I knew this book would have quite a few arguments regarding religion in it, so I was very curious to see what diagnosis they'd come up with for Faith's 'condition'.

However for me, some of the outcomes were predictable, like the relationship between Mariah and Ian. But other than that, it's a good read!



Review: Who's That Girl?

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Who's That Girl? by Alexandra Potter

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



It's funny, it's real, and it actually makes you think (well, it made ME think, that's for sure!). After I read the book, I wrote my own list of things I'd say to a younger me if I could, and it opened my eyes to some things that I already knew, but had chosen to not address. After the first one in the list, the other 9 came almost naturally. I love books that give you something to think of after you've read them, and this one definitely did it. =)



Review: The Haunted

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The Haunted by Jessica Verday

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



I admit I hadn't read the first in the series, but then again I'm new to Verday so I never knew there was a series in the first place. I felt intrigued by the story, and I felt that the protagonist's love for perfume-making is unique (the hobby itself is not very defined). But the one thing I did NOT like was how the story ended. I know that it's meant to make the reader purchase the next book to find out, but this book ends with so many loose ends still unexplained that when I got to the last page, my initial reaction was "Wait, that's it?? O_o"



Review: Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog

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Marley and Me: Life and Love With the World's Worst Dog by John Grogan

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Being an animal lover myself, I could definitely relate to the story. I also loved John's humourous way of describing things, which makes it stick in your head long after you've read it. Though my dog isn't anywhere near as cheeky as Marley was (thank God? lol), Giselle can be quite a handful too. The last chapter of the story (Not gonna mention what, exactly.. just in case some of you haven't read it yet) got me bawling my eyes out, and gave me the sudden urge to just go downstairs and give Giselle a hug. It's definitely a MUST READ for all dog (and animal) lovers out there.



Review: The Twilight Saga

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The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



Ok, before I even begin to review this, let's be real here. People are completely crazy over the series, be it crazy in love, or crazy hate. But after watching the first movie that came out, I bought the first book. Necrophilia and beastality aside, I actually thought the first book was not bad. Plus I'm sure all girls dream of having an almost illegally handsome boy fall for you, the nerd/nobody.

So I bought the entire collection.

And then I found myself actually TRYING to finish all 4 books. I would read, then get a bit bored, so I'd close it. After a few days/weeks of not touching it, I would make myself open it to continue reading, and I can say that I was actually glad when I finished it. I liked the first book, but sadly, my interest increasingly faded as I read books 2-4.



Review: Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set: Two Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry

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Harry Potter Schoolbooks Box Set: Two Classic Books from the Library of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I loved how inside Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them, there are little witty 'scribbles' from Ron, Harry and Hermione. Reminded me of what I always did to my textbooks too! Both books are very pleasantly detailed and wittily written. I loved it!



Review: The Harry Potter Complete Collection

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The Harry Potter Complete Collection by J.K. Rowling

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Is there anything to say that hasn't already been said? Ever since I saw the first movie (I admit I hadn't picked the book up before that; I heard a lot about it but just.. didn't. ), I straightaway went to the nearest bookstore (right after the movie, I might add), and got my first Harry Potter book: The Sorcerer's Stone. After finishing that one, I was even more hooked, so I went and got the rest of it, and made sure to pre-order the rest before they were launched. As a result, I've become one of the biggest, 24-year-old Harry Potter nerd, up till today. I just feel like I get sucked into the realm of Hogwarts everytime I pick up the books to read.

Now, I have both the UK and US versions of all 7 books.



Review: Hook Up or Break Up #2: If You Can't Be Good, Be Good at It

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Hook Up or Break Up #2: If You Can't Be Good, Be Good at It by Kendall Adams

My rating: 3 of 5 stars



A story about your typical teen dilemmas. But what's unique about it is the 'choose-your-own-ending' format, where you're given 3 guys to choose from based on the story of what happened at the beginning. Glad to say I got the right boy though. ;)