A trip around Europe. [L Reviews: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson]

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About the book

We join Virginia Blackstone,a 17- year-old  who recently lost her aunt due to Cancer. She  found out that her aunt passed away because of a letter addressed to her, it had instructions that at first she herself did not understand. Later on, she received 13 blue envelopes that assigned her to different tasks to be done at different countries in Europe. Her aunt also wanted her to go on this journey by herself and without any form of communication with anyone back home. Despite her doubts, she had the courage to follow her deceased aunt’s instructions and in the end she made friends and even family.

Twist of fate

Rarely do I have this attraction to a book,it was like it was screaming my name every time I entered the bookstore. (Or maybe I am getting sick!O_O) I think bibliophiles get my drift?

What caught my attention was the plot of the novel itself. It was a round-trip ticket to Europe without applying for a Schengen visa. I can instantly go back to the Philippines whenever I want and fly to London or be in Copenhagen the next hour. It was a thrill having Ginny and her Aunt Peg as my tour guide through Europe via this book.

A Special Bond

This book also shows the special relationship of an aunt to her niece and how it is important to love every single family member you have in your life because you will never know when will be the last time you will talk to them. Unless you are like Ginny who has a cool aunt who made 13 letters that would take her with her in spirit.

Where are they?

Fiction is a work of the mind, but as I read through this book I couldn’t help but think: Can a 17 years old girl do all these things by herself?  Maybe it is just one of the cultural differences Filipinos have from Americans. I mean who would allow their daughter to go around Europe by herself without proper updates on her whereabouts? I don’t think such parents exists! But come to think of it, it’s fiction so anything can happen.

I think reality can hit the sidelines when writing a novel but sometimes it can also be a way for people to think that you did not work on your writings well enough.

The YA version of the movie Eurotrip

Like I said earlier, the book will take readers on a journey around Europe with it’s main character Ginny. If you are a travel junkie and a YA lover, I do suggest you read this book. This is a good read with a stress-free plot.

 

♥L

 

 

 

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Why I read books. (WOLM? #21 and Scribbles#1)

 

I was talking to my friend earlier on viber. We were talking about our high school days and after a while we talked about reading books. We were avid readers back in the days. I told her about my goodreads challenge and that I made a review on my blog about a book I just finished reading. I also shared to her the book I am currently reading.

We were asking question left and right about the books we read and if it’s good or if it’s something we both would read. Then out of the blue I realized something. Why am I reading books? Do others have the same reason like mine when it comes to reading? I then proceeded to share my thoughts with my friend about it and I want to share it to you as well. (Whoever you may be that is reading this post right now.)

I am not a fan of people who do “speed reading”. I look at reading as something you have to put yourself in. I am not an author but I tried my hands and brain on creating a story for NANOWRIMO 2015. It’s not easy to come up with plot twists and building a character. It needs time and also some inspiration. I also had to put in mind my grammar when I was writing and challenging myself. After that month I had a new perspective as a reader. I didn’t want to brag about having read 100 books in a year. I wanted to brag that I put my heart into what the authors made for us to read. I was reading that book that took a person time to conceptualize and think about word per word. Maybe I have not considered that there are ghost writers, editors and publishers. They are still people.

L they get paid doing their job.

I know for a fact that they get paid for doing their job. Aren’t we all paid to do a job we choose and sometimes love to do?

Think of it as a task you did on your job that took months to finish and your boss would simply look at it for 30 seconds and say “hmmm good job.” Isn’t that heartbreaking in your part? It took you months to do and all they did was look at it for 30 seconds. They did not ask questions. They did not even wonder how you did this and that. They did not digest your work.

I look at reading a book as somewhere I could escape in or put myself into. I do not want to be a spectator. I see a whole lot of readers who simply “watch” their books they aren’t putting themselves in the book. After reading the book, reviewing it or telling everyone that its a good read… months later after reading 45 books ask them about that book they read months ago. Do you think they can instantly remember what is it about or what made them want to read that book? I have encountered some people like this. I am disappointed but I have nothing against them. It is their lives anyway.

These are my own opinions. I do believe I am passionate when I learn to love something.

Reading together with writing are my passions. I hope with this drive I can genuinely share to you what charm every book I read has showed me.

I want everyone reading this to take this in mind:

Reading is an adventure. Do not be afraid to immerse yourself in it. Do not be afraid to feel what the characters feel. Do not be a spectator. Take your time to read it because it took time to create such masterpiece. Don’t waste that opportunity by simply speed reading through it. Make yourself comfortable because when you finished that book you will be happier that you are not just “watching” it in your head. You were with them in their adventure. 🙂

see you all tomorrow! 😀

Always remember: Don’t give up on something you love and enjoy doing because that is what makes you who you are.

♥L