Last Book Syndrome: ‘Love & Misadventure’ by Lang Leav

by Clarissa Chua If you need to properly articulate a thought, Lang Leav is your go-to person. She connects words to meanings so beautifully it feels like no one has ever done so before. Though her book of poems may be a bit heavy for the wallet, I guarantee it will be worth it. Lang Leav is just ♥. Now, I’ll let the words do the talking. The first one is from “Angels,” my favorite one from the book. It tells of how we cross each other’s paths, thinking we’ve found home in them but instead, things turn out differently. The…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe’ by Benjamin Alire Saez

by Clarissa Chua I got Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saez in exchange for Anna Karenina that my friend gave me. (Thank you, Lord, for gift receipts!) It was a spontaneous choice because I originally wanted Lang Leav’s books but when my mom saw it, her eyes grew wide at the thinness of the books. But thinking back (three months ago, by the way), what compelled me to pick the book was its cover. Who ever said anything about not judging a book by its cover? Also, the choice of philosopher names for a…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Divergent’ by Veronica Roth

by Clarissa Chua Divergent by Veronica Roth is definitely not the last book I’ve read. In all honesty, if I get the book nearest to me and turn it to page 70, it’ll say that my life’s assets is tantamount to my liabilities and equity. *gasp* And you wouldn’t want a quote on that, trust me. This quote is in celebration of the birthday of one of my favorite contemporary dystopian authors, Veronica Roth! (Yes, I love classic dystopian novels like 1984 by George Orwell and The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry. But I didn’t even realize that they were under the…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘P.S. I Still Love You’ by Jenny Han

by Clarissa Chua Relationship Hungover. Those were the words that came to mind when I heard of the title of the sequel to To All the Boys I Loved Before by Jenny Han (which I unexpectedly loved, by the way). To a certain degree I was right, but after I read it, the title struck me more. Let’s take this a few months back to when I finished TATBILB. I was overwhelmed with emotions because I was initially rooting for Josh. You should know that when I ship, I ship hard, to the point that I won’t finish a book if I know…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Lover’s Dictionary’ by David Levithan

by Clarissa Chua When it came to romance, I used to believe that if it’s meant to be, it will be. But sometimes, it’s a constant choice whether or not both parties want to continue. It’s a decision to keep moving, and to continue giving and forgiving. “Obstinate, adj. Sometimes it becomes a contest: Which is more stubborn, the love or the two arguing people caught within it?” Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan isn’t my favorite love story but it gave me new lenses through which to see the world. It is a book that showed, in an unconventional style, the different…

Last Book Syndrome: ‘Love Like Crazy’ by Megan Squires

by Clarissa Chua There are a lot of beautiful things dependent on crazy—art, business, love and of course, this Last Book Syndrome series. And this is the last for July! Can you believe it? I made it through the whole month! These past two weeks have been quite a struggle as days seemed long and dragging. But despite this, I was delighted to encounter and read a book that compresses those experiences in a word: crazy. Reading this book by Megan Squires led me to think that maybe crazy is worth it. As Lincoln puts it, “But I think being just…

Last Book Syndrome: Pokemon

by Clarissa Chua I used to think that stories are only stories if they contain an important lesson to impart to the reader. If I still stood firm on this belief, I probably wouldn’t have discovered the wondrous books I’ve encountered the past few years. Nevertheless, this belief of mine has led me to look deeper within a story, within a book. Is the story really what it seems? Or is there more to the graphics, the letters, and the drawings than meets the eye? And this is partly why I have come to appreciate even Japanese comic books, or…