most anticipated read 2016


book mails are the best!

18986278_1525958767455315_758956768_o i got this book this afternoon and i couldn’t be happier. i have been a fan of osamu dazai since i have seen the anime aoi bungaku. i didn’t want to finish it as i’ve decided to get the books.

i was in the japanese bookstagram community for the past few weeks and i absolutely fell in love with the japanese covers of books – their minimalistic approach to it.

this book is one of my most anticipated reads this 2016. i’ve read no longer human, his controversial work but i’ve read in a few articles that the setting sun is the highlight of his writing career. i am one for doom and gloom books and osamu dazai is just the  man.

osamu dazai committed suicide after “no longer human” was published. that book was believed to be his autobiography. speculations arise when some of the aspects in the books actually reflected his life. although, we may not know that.

his books are depressing. i felt my mood gradually dampen as i was reading that book and i wanted to see if this one lived up to the masterpiece that everyone is talking about.

i like to read challenging books, books that will derange my thoughts.

i’ll try to keep sane. 😀

xoxo cherie

my reading on hiatus

that’s just it. life happens, therefore my reading is on hiatus. i am reading a 300-page crime fiction book for almost a week now, i am halfway through but then it’s as if i haven’t been reading at all. i don’t know who those characters are. i don’t like reading like that so i decided not to read altogether until everything in my life is under control.

i will be moving to another country and it is such a big phase in my life that i can’t think of anything else. i will be back soon though, especially now that i am loving how my blog looks like. haha!

xoxo cherie

of silence and of stars

i think that i’m going to regret not moving out when i had the chance. it’s going to be one of those things that i’m going to be thinking about for the rest of my life.

the unhappiness emptiness is already starting and i’m afraid that it’s going to be digging a hole in my heart.

what i hate the most is not being able to do anything anymore. i’m moving soon, to another country, to be with my husband. and i am never going to be able to have that chance ever again.

it’s painful, not being able to do anything.




film review: the divergent series: allegiant


The Story:

Tris must escape with Four and go beyond the wall enclosing Chicago. For the first time ever, they will leave the only city and family they have ever known in order to find a peaceful solution for their embroiled city. Once outside, old discoveries are quickly rendered meaningless with the revelation of shocking new truths. Tris and Four must quickly decide who they can trust as a ruthless battle ignites beyond the walls of Chicago which threatens all of humanity. In order to survive, Tris will be forced to make impossible choices about courage, allegiance, sacrifice and love. (Source: Wikipedia)


Just kidding. I just finished watching Allegiant – Divergent 3 by Veronica Roth. (Thanks to Vox Cinemas Dubai for the premiere invite. 🙂 )

I was aghast to be honest. To quote Peter (Miles Teller), “Not the same as reading it in the books, huh?” It is no longer a surprise that book to movie adaptation tend to shy away from the original content; but this is far too much from the original.

However, is there anything a bookworm can ask for but for the books to be brought to reel? Watch it still, if you are a fan of the books. 🙂

I enjoyed it no matter. Shailene Woodley is a fantastic actress paired with an equally majestic actor Theo James. Haha. Miles Teller stole the show. Without him, the movie will just be plain depressing.




book review: the wise man’s fear by patrick rothfuss

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Alas. I have managed to finish this book.

Some parts were excruciatingly monotonous, arcs that I felt very tedious and add little to the main plot, but it did little to drench my fiery love for this red-haired unassuming innkeeper.

My review is pretty much the same as book one except for the harsh points I have mentioned above.

In book two, we have more adventures, heart breaking scenes and gut-wrenching actions. We also uncover parts of the Four Corners of Civilization, Vintas and Ademre, which I think had the best and worst moments. This is most important when you read this series. It is not your usual story plot of introduction-climax-resolution, you will be disappointed. The main plot is overshadowed with so many subplots you’d think the main plot is the subplot. The book was somewhat anticlimactic for me as Kvothe is telling the story himself, so when he’s in a life threatening condition you just know he’ll live.

This book is not about a hero bred to defeat armies or dragons. It’s the story of Kvothe. It’s his story, his defeats and his victories.

Book two pretty much built an enthusiasm so great I can even compare it to the Promise of Spring.

I recently came to know that this was already commissioned for a movie, a TV series and a video game. I think that is enough for you to pick this book and read it.


Rating: 5/5 stars

the name of the wind / patrick rothfuss


Rating: 5/5 stars

“Before it was just a story, but now I can believe it. This is a face of a man who has killed an angel.”

This book is a m a z i n g. Despite the sheer volume (which is probably why readers shy away from this), the flow and the pacing of the story is effortless. You just get sucked right into the book. Usually it takes me a few days to get the feel of the “world”. But this was instantaneous. It felt like I’ve read this book a long time ago. And I was just revisiting it. •

The groundwork of the setting is stretched throughout the book. You get to know the “world” through the eyes of the main protagonist, not only that, you get to know the basics together. It’s one of the reasons why it was easy to read, you’re not bombarded with so many things all at once that usually comes with “fantasy/high fantasy books”.

And, I only get to love one character. He is Kvothe, you may have heard of him.

Picture the main protagonist as someone you truly care about. The emotional connection was immediate. You get to feel all sorts of emotions for him, happiness and sadness, anger and devastation. And so so many things.

But there are no perfect books, this is a long narrative. Sometimes it strays away, it lets your mind wander. But forgiveable because that’s just the way it goes.

It’s awfully darn entertaining and well done. The Name of the Wind has an intriguing story arc, a compelling protagonist, a well-crafted set-up, this book has everything!

book review: the final empire (mistborn #1) by brandon sanderson

Untitled2Rating: blue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hiblue-star-hi/5 stars

The Final Empire is the first book in the Mistborn Series of Brandon Sanderson. The Skaas have been under the control of the invincible god known as the Lord Ruler for so long. In their fight for the freedom, they are aided by Kelsier, a half-blood skaa and a full pledged Mistbon. Along with his crew of Mistings, they scheme and plot the downfall of the Final Empire. The Mistborn are people who can burn metals and illicit different kinds of responses. This is what you call Allomancy, and Vin, a member of a thieving crew is recruited by Kelsier to help him free the skaa.

The story is both in the point of view of Kelsier and Vin but as the story progresses, we begin to see the perspective of other characters. The character developments are so in depth it makes a delightful read and the reading experience believable. The writing is designed to love those characters and hate those that you should.

I did like about the whole power system, original and fresh in its own. The setting of the book is well-thought out. The sun is red; the sky is overcast grey with ashfall that makes for a sinister feeling. It makes you think about what happened in that world.

This book is a great introduction to Sanderson. Not reading this is an experience missed.