Walk Two Moons

Verdict

Walk Two Moons is a book I may read again simply because I loved how well it was written and how the characters in the story interacted with each other. The message of this book, for me, was also delivered well, especially with how the narrative was wrapped up.

My main issue here was Phoebe Winterbottom, Salamanca’s friend, as she can be quite insufferable, particularly in some stretches of the story. But, I guess it was needed to deliver the message to me… “Don’t judge a man until you’ve walked two moons in his moccasins.”

This is a recommended read.

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I am the Messenger

Verdict

I am the Messenger is a book I will not read again. Though it was a ride getting to its conclusion, I had trouble connecting with the main character, which for me is an important element to thoroughly enjoy the story.

Nevertheless, it is a book that shows the various complexities of caring, including the apparent simplicity or complexity of it or the proximity to persons involved – friends to total strangers. There were heartwarming bites in the narrative; but, for me, the reveal in the end was a bit underwhelming. Yet, the message from this book is clear:

If a guy like you can stand up and do what you did, then maybe everyone can. Maybe everyone can live beyond what they’re capable of.

You will root somehow for Ed in the end, especially once you see how the journey with the cards has changed him.

Book description

From Amazon webpage –

Ed Kennedy is an underage cabdriver without much of a future. He’s pathetic at playing cards, hopelessly in love with his best friend, Audrey, and utterly devoted to his coffee-drinking dog, the Doorman. His life is one of peaceful routine and incompetence until he inadvertently stops a bank robbery.

That’s when the first ace arrives in the mail. That’s when Ed becomes the messenger. Chosen to care, he makes his way through town helping and hurting (when necessary) until only one question remains: Who’s behind Ed’s mission?

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The Hate U Give

Verdict

And to every kid in Georgetown and in all “the Gardens” of the world: your voices matter, your dreams matter, your lives matter. Be roses that grow in the concrete.

The Hate U Give is a book I will read again given the strength and uniqueness of its voice. It covered a lot of difficult topics – racism, police violence, drugs, gangs and interracial relationships. It provided a narrative that gives various points for discussion.

In the middle of it is a teenager finding her voice given the crossroad of worlds she is in. It was an emotional journey as she copes with the loss of her friend and the injustice that surrounds it all.

This is a recommended read.

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Pax

Verdict

Pax is a book I will read again. I was amazed with how this book approached difficult topics, such as general effects of war, parental issues, and effects of being away from natural habitat (for Pax). I thought I was reading a children’s book (or maybe I was) but I definitely got more than what I was expecting. A nice kind of surprise, definitely.

It is a recommended read, especially for parents who may be having a hard time discussing war and its consequences to their children. Though, some scenes may be avoided when reading it to kids (clue: mine field).

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The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Verdict

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto is a book I will not read again. I say this even if I loved the book and would categorize this as a recommended reading because of the heaviness I felt in reading it. I appreciated the experience of reading it and knowing the fictional Frankie Presto; but, I rarely re-read books that I find emotionally heavy. Nonetheless, it is a well written and well researched books and, for me, was able to convey a lot of loss and pain. Though there is somehow a redemption in the end, I genuinely still felt sad for Frankie Presto.

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On TV series and movies

Lately, I have been sidetracked by TV series and movies. I guess this is what Netflix subscription did to me.

TV Series and movies are not as tedious with books as the level of imagination required is not that high (almost negligible) since most of the elements are presented visually.

Moreover, TV series and movies can add a bit of additional detail, magic or flair to a story after hearing how a line is delivered or how the actor plays out the role. A story may even be experienced differently if through these medium, such as Sherlock Holmes and Flipped.

Even my favorite line came from a TV series and not a book:

“We are all stories in the end. Make it a good one, eh?” – Doctor Who

Choosing one over the other, however, is personal preference. But, for me, it is also healthy is they coexist somehow.

For me, books, TV series and movies are all great sources of stories, on top of personal interactions. And, it is where everything boils down to… I am a big fan of stories.😀

In the end, I treasure each story regardless of source or details that I remember (my memory is not exactly top notch) but how it made me feel.

Now, time to get back to another story.

Interpreter of Maladies

Verdict

Interpreter of Maladies is a book I will not read again since I have read it twice already and the stories left me wanting more. For the latter point, I knew it was a collection of short stories so the idea of being left wanting more, I guess, was expected.

Nevertheless, this book is recommended as the stories were well written and able to provide a different perspective on human experiences. Though told from the point of view of Indians, it can resonate to all human experiences from my point of view.

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