To All The Books I’ve Loved Before

The movie for ‘To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before’ just came out on Netflix and it is based on the book written by Jenny Han which I was completely obsessed about when I finished reading it. So, to commemorate this book to movie adaptation I decided to do a book tag.

This fun book tag was created by Frankinesce so do check out her YouTube channel!

Kenny from camp AKA your first book love

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Literally any books written by Enid Blyton

John Ambrose McClaren AKA the book that got away 

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I love Percy Jackson but I feel like Rick has lost his writing magic with his new series and I just gave up after finishing the Heroes of Olympus series

Lucas from Homecoming AKA your GBF (your favorite LGBTQ+ character of book)

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Lisbeth Salander!!!!!

Josh Sanderson AKA the book next door (a book you’ll love no matter forever)

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Peter Kavinsky AKA your one true love

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Review: Videotape by Adib Zaini

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Title: Videotape

Author: Adib Zaini

Published: 31 March 2017

Publisher: Buku Fixi

Source: Library

Rating: 4/5

Summary

Razak seorang remaja yang dibesarkan dalam keluarga yang toksik. Disebabkan itu, dia lebih banyak lari daripada masalah di rumah dengan mencari masalah di luar.

Sepanjang hidupnya, dia mengenali beberapa kawan yang dianggap sebagai darah dagingnya sendiri. Mereka mencari kegembiraan bersama dan mencari masalah bersama.

Suatu hari, ketika didenda untuk bersihkan sekolah, mereka terjumpa sebuah kaset video yang tersorok di bilik stor. Tanpa mereka sangka, isi kandungan videotape itu bakal mengubah nasib hidup mereka. Bersama-sama, mereka menyelongkar misteri ngeri di sebalik objek berteknologi kuno itu.

Menerusi proses ini, Razak pelajari erti persahabatan, percintaan, kehidupan — dan kematian.

Razak is a teen that was raised in a toxic family life and it’s due to that that he spends most of his time from home which leads him to get into trouble.

He only has a select few close friends that he now considers as family due to their bond of friendship whereby they were there for him through thick and thin.

One day, whilst doing a school cleaning as a school punishment Razak and his friends found a videotape hidden in a storage room and before they knew it they’re embroiled in a mystery that will change the course of their lives.

(This is the best interpretation I have for the synopsis okay, I am sorry, my Malay is abysmal)

Review

I was genuinely surprised that I highly enjoyed this book. It was such a fun and nostalgic read. I say nostalgic because not all writers can write how a teenager speaks or acts, at least not accurately but with Adib reading his words really brought back my own memories of when I was a teenager in high school especially a local Malaysian high school. The banter between the friends, the teasing, everything just brought all good and sometimes bittersweet memories to the surface and just left me feeling all nostalgic for my own high school experience. Adib’s writing was realistic and engaging that I truly could envision myself being friends with this group of teenagers had I too been in the same school.

The only gripe I have with this book that made knock a point off in rating was how the mystery surrounding the videotape was unraveled. Going into this book I had expected it to lean more towards being a mystery whereby it will be solved by a group of teens ala The Famous Five novels but what I got instead was a book focusing a lot on the friendship between Razak and his friends. Not that I did not enjoy it but it makes me wonder if selling this book as a mystery book was correct because I felt that the mystery aspect of the plot fell flat.

The ending and the exposure of the perpetrator was too rushed that it left plot holes left and right. I did not know why the perpetrator did what he did. Was he mentally unstable? What was his motive both in doing what he did as well as creating a videotape on it. Who was his partner in crime? What happened to Razak’s dad? Why was Razak’s dad such a douchebag? The ending just left me with more questions than answers which is such a shame because the book was such a good read.

Overall, I would still highly recommend this book but don’t hope that the ending will blow your socks off. Keep your expectations low for the ending for this book.

 

 

Review: Not The Duke’s Darling by Elizabeth Hoyt

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Title: Not The Duke’s Darling

Author: Elizabeth Hoyt

Publisher: Forever

Published: 18 December 2018

Source: Netgalley

Rating: 3/5

Summary

Freya de Moray is many things: a member of the secret order of Wise Women, the daughter of disgraced nobility, and a chaperone living under an assumed name. What she is not is forgiving. So when the Duke of Harlowe–the man who destroyed her brother and led to the downfall of her family–appears at the country house party she’s attending, she does what any Wise Woman would do: she starts planning her revenge.

Christopher Renshaw, the Duke of Harlowe, is being blackmailed. Intent on keeping his secrets safe, he agrees to attend a house party where he will put an end to this coercion once and for all. Until he recognizes Freya, masquerading amongst the party revelers, and realizes his troubles have just begun. Freya knows all about his sins. Sins he’d much rather forget. But she’s also fiery, bold, and sensuous-a temptation he can’t resist. When it becomes clear Freya is in grave danger, he’ll risk everything to keep her safe. But first, Harlowe will have to earn Freya’s trust-by whatever means necessary.

Review

This book left me shook and not in a good way….

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If you have been following my blog for awhile you may by now know that I just LOVE Elizabeth Hoyt with a burning passion! I have read three of her books (thank you Netgalley) and all of them has a rating no lower than a 4.

Don’t believe me.. here is a list of the books I read by her.

So, I had full expectations to love this book too and imagine my utter shock and disbelief that I did not like nor enjoy this book. How? How even? How did this happen? Did I read it wrong? This shouldn’t be happening… I legit had an identity crisis when I realized this book was just not doing it for me. I mean how? HOW.COULD.THIS.EVEN.HAPPEN???????

The main reason why I didn’t like the book was because the heroine was so unlikable for me. I felt that she was just so full of herself and I just wanted her to get off her high horse and get back down to Earth. Why I felt this way I myself am unsure.

The heroine, Freya de Moray, is the Macha in the secret society called the Wise Woman whereby the post essentially makes her a spy for them. At first, I was really into it because strong female characters are what I live for but the more I read the more I saw that nothing happened. At least no spying happened. Like at all. Elizabeth didn’t show us Freya’s past achievements or whatever for her to attain such a posting. She didn’t show how competent Freya was in being a Macha. I wanted to see and read and live and go through what Freya did in her espionage business but all I got was redundancy which I will explain below.

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The redundancy came in the interaction between Christopher and Freya. They keep playing tug of war with their feelings for each other and after awhile the interaction just bored me out of my mind. They keep going over the same argument of her unable to forgive him for what he did in the past and her fear of losing her independence by being committed to him. These fears are legitimate but how it was written honestly was so tedious to read.

SPOILER CENTRAL!!!

Now to the plot. The plot for me had too many things going on which distracted me from the main plot which was the Wise Woman plot and obviously the romance between Christopher and Freya. I mean you have the sub-plot of having Christopher being blackmailed, the Wise Woman vs the Dunkelders (attempted murder sub-plot), Wise Woman vs parliament (some act that allows witch hunting), mysterious death of the wife of the next door neighbor and what not. For me it felt like so many things are happening at once and you would expect a lot of action but there was just a lot of talk… so much talking.

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Indeed do tell me why I am not enjoying this book

Last but not least was the Wise Woman itself. Again, it felt like all talk no action with them. Maybe because it is just the first book that I felt like I had no idea who these people were and how they worked. It wasn’t fleshed out as much as I had hoped for.

The book for me wanted to be so many things at once yet were none of them at the same time. I am unsure had I read this at a later date I would have enjoyed it more, I don’t know. This book just wasn’t for me. Would I recommend it yeah definitely, Elizabeth is still a talented writer and would I read more books from this series? Absolutely! I need to know that this was just a fluke and will not be a usual occurrence.

But all hope is not lost. I did like one part of the book very very much and that was when Freya proposed to Christopher AFTER she had initially turned him down. I also liked how Christopher gave her space when she needed it to make up her mind about him. I thought that was nice.

*The book was given to me by the publishers via Netgalley in return for an honest review

Fitness Update!

So in my last post, I talked about how I could only lift 7.5 kg dumbbells for my upper body and could only leg press 280 lbs for my leg press.

WELL, BITCH!

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I DEMOLISHED THOSE STATS MADAFAKA!

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My last max weight for leg press was 360 lbs which is 163 kg! YOU READ THAT RIGHT! THESE LEGS LEG PRESSED 163 KG!!!!!!

WATERMELON CRUSHER THIGHS HERE I COME BABY!

Man doing this fitness update post came at the right time too, I was just feeling demotivated. It wasn’t that I disliked working out anymore, not at all, I am still so obsessed with exercising and performing better in my fitness.

It’s just that the initial reason for this fitness craze was to lose weight and when you don’t see a huge drastic difference, you just start to wonder is it worth spending so much time at the gym doing weights then cardio but re-reading my last post made me realize shit I did improve.

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I improved in ways that’s more than just what I weigh on a scale or how I look and damn straight did it make me feel so good to see that my max weight in leg presses went from 280 lbs to 360 lbs.

 

Because in my mind, I don’t think I am a HUGE girl ya know? I think I look pretty good but when I see pictures of myself and see how huge I actually am and this is after about 3 months into my fitness routine and thinking I am hot shit, it takes a toll on my self-esteem. Makes me feel like all the work I put in when I work out is not showing itself. Makes me wonder if all the intermittent fasting, all the cardio, all the strength training I do is worth it. Makes me wonder if I am going to still enjoy working out if I don’t lose weight and never get that bikini body, you know.

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So, those are my insecurities over my weight. It sucks when you are kind of okay with how you look but then outside influences *cough*nosy family members*cough* make you feel like shit by pointing out that you are the biggest among your cousins and always criticize on what you are eating.

I mean I told them I need to eat a certain amount of food because I work out so much like BITCH! I work out 5-6 sometimes 7 days as week while you be sittin on yo couch eatin shit! So, don’t tell me how much I can or cannot eat. You try working out that much and see if you can survive on less than 1200 kcal. I AM TRYING TO MAKE THIS A SUSTAINABLE LIFESTYLE! I don’t wanna be no stick-thin-no-ass-asian-girl you see on the street. I want thighs that can crush a watermelon! I wanna be able to legit lift and sweep the guy I like off his damn feet! and eating less than 1200 kcal ain’t gonna give me that. So, you better STFU!

Enough rambling let’s get to the stats!

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Workout wise I keep changing it but so far the routine now is that I do my cardio and my strength training all in the same day.

Monday: Lower body + Cardio

Tuesday: Upper body + Cardio

Wednesday: Lower body + Abs + Cardio

Thursday: Upper body + Cardio

Friday: Lower body + Abs + Cardio

Saturday: Bootcamp

Sunday: Rest day

My fitness routine is pretty flexible, if I am not feeling too hot on a certain day then I’d scale back my weights, do high reps low weights or just do cardio.

For my strength training, I tend to focus more on basic stuff like…

  • Squats
  • Side lunges
  • Lunges
  • Push ups
  • Pull ups

Then maybe add some other stuff into that like glute bridges or bicep curls. I don’t know man I just tend to wing my workout routine depending on what I want to do on a certain day. What muscle I wanna focus on. I literally plan my workouts the day I workout. I don’t have a set plan because when I do have a set plan, life gets in the way and fucks it up.

 

 

 

Review: Spellbound by Jane Green

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Title: Spellbound

Author: Jane Green

Published: 31 December 2002

Rating: 2/5

Summary

Alice knows she should be happy. After all she has a handsome husband, a beautiful house and membership to all the most exclusive clubs in London. So what if the rumours about her husband’s skirt-chasing are becoming harder to ignore? When Joe’s indiscretions force a transfer to New York, Alice hopes it might be a fresh start. And when they find a beautiful old house in Connecticut Alice is overjoyed. For a while she and Joe seem as happy as newlyweds. But then the late nights and unexplained absences start again. What should Alice do? Stay and fight for him? Or leave with her head held high?

Review

I had somewhat high hopes for this book and it is all because of the nice light pink with glitter book cover and the its title “Spellbound”. So, I was hoping that I too will be spellbound by this book but I wasn’t. Like at all. The book was a total DRAAAAAGG to read. It was just so utterly mundane and boring and just filled with so many fillers and sub-plots that were either forgotten or just doesn’t add much to the main plot anyways.

The main character is such a doormat and I cannot for the life of me understand her connection with her new beau, Harry? Or was it Henry? (something along those lines). The author writes that because these two had so much in common and that is why they fell in love but that’s just bollocks! Like if you enjoy gardening and you have a gardener are you going to magically fall in love with your gardener just because both of you like gardening?? I don’t think so. I did not read nor see any chemistry between the two and am so baffled at how they fell in love? Also, I must add that Harry/Henry is the ex-boyfriend of Alice’s best friend AND Alice and Harry/Henry kissed when those two were still together. I don’t give a rats ass of whether said best friend and her boyfriend fell out of love or whatever when they were in a relationship Alice wasn’t supposed to be all over her best friends man.

I just don’t have it in me to rant about this book because I have another book I need to reserve my ranting energy for. Main point, this book is boring and so not worth the read. Give it a pass is my advice.