Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Me Before You by Jojo Moyes ~ Book Review

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book was interesting! The book seemed like a "light-weight" love story, initially. I picked it up to get back on track with my reading habit (as I have been lazy lately). Surprisingly it was not a rainbow-butterfly-ish happy saga. It deals with some difficult topics, in a rather blithe manner that it don't weigh too heavily on readers.

It made me think about my opinion and ethical standing on the certain issue. I can't say it helped me to develop an opinion, it kinda helped me realize my standing on the opinion I hold. The fascinating thing is, it shows how one don't have to agree with other's point of view in order to support them.

****Spoilers Ahead*****

Now, that said. I need to talk about the theme of the book and I assume that it could be a spoiler. So, don't read my review any further in case you are spoiler sensitive.

The theme of the book is about euthanasia aka assisted suicide. It is indeed a complex topic as it is challenging to pick if I am "pro or anti" towards the practice of euthanasia. However, the book made me realize that it is somehow an important option for people in with extreme disability. I remember while I was in high school there was a time when euthanasia was a front page news topic, many of my teachers and the "authority figures" were anti-euthanasia, and they had their reasons that I completely understand. I, back then, was not quite sure if I was for or against it. But currently, I think that it is a way to relief pain in an extremely unfortunate situation . In this book's case, it was the choice of the person in pain and I think that is how it should be, I understand that it is an unnecessary infliction of emotional and psychological pain for the loved ones. So yes! that is heart-breaking and the biggest quandary in the said situation.

The story also touches the theme of rape and post-traumatic stress related to rape.It highlights internalized victim-blaming. It is presented in a believable and contemporary manner which is why it is more thought provoking.

In the end, I enjoyed reading it.

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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Kaleidoscopic Window

This is my attempt at writing a Sonnet (following the strict rulebook). This sonnet is addressed to the person living in a house, with a kaleidoscopic window. That window overlooks protagonist's dwelling, they (the protagonist) assumes that the person looks over through the window every now and then.

I see your kaleidoscopic window,
during this scenario I contrive.
Wonder if my rare sights, innuendo
by my hollow eyes; in the dark, I thrive.  
Creeping the nighttime, searching my flashlight.
Heavy heart, hands clutching mug full coffee.
Run-run stumbles shunning to infinite  
remote deadlines. The catastrophe!
Dreadfully inadequate, did you see?
My eye sockets deep as the dead child's grave  
tragically dabbed and concealed by me.
Not diamond's glitter flawless or brave.
You witness the truth of uncensored slam.
Afraid of what you see? because I am!

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Monday, May 2, 2016

That's a Wrap

 During the month of April, I had decided to Blog every day by participating in A to Z blogging challenge. I am so happy to have successfully completed the challenge. This challenge has spurred me to blog more often (be it here or on my Tumblr blog.)

I started the challenge impulsively, assuring myself that I can totally back off anytime #NoQuestionAsked. However, I am the kind of person who likes to finish what I start (except for shitty books, looking at you fanfiction of vampire stories you are disgusting ugh!). Perhaps that is why starting is the most arduous task, for me. Sprinting onward is something I can do with a flow once I start something.

Blogging every day helped me organize my frizzy ideas. During the month's challenge, I was taking one post at a time. I was clueless about, what my next post was going to be. In the mornings, I would brainstorm idea on the day's assigned alphabet and list down the topics and in the night I would pick out one I was most inclined to jot down at that instant.

Somedays, I had so many Ideas, it was troublesome to pick one out whereas, on the other times, I was struggling to come up with a single topic. I always managed to post, nevertheless. By the end, I was mostly satisfied with the posts. I am glad by the end that I participated.

Thanks! To everyone who encouraged me to write. Following is the list of all my blog post during the month of April 2016. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing.
Best Wishes!

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