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The Good Girl Book Review

the good girl

 

And I knew then that if anything went wrong, he would end my life…

–  Chloe/Mia. An excerpt from The Good Girl, by Mary Kubica

Hey there bookworms! First, let me tell you that I have not yet recovered since reading this book. 🙂 Yeah, I know it’s crazy, but my goodness! this book haunted me so much. This is definitely one of those “Gone Girl” kind that makes you think and rethink, and that you’ll never gonna be the same after reading this. For sure, you’ll definitely be scarred for life. 🙁 

Right from the moment I started listening to this audiobook, I knew I was gonna be in for a thrill ride. Something was definitely wrong with the amnesiac “Chloe” and I felt really sorry for her British mom. The entire story revolves around different character perspectives and I really love a book that’s told in the first person. There’s just something very personal about it. Like you can really sense the narrator’s deepest thoughts. I also love the readers of this audiobook, I think they’ve done a great job narrating and their voices conveyed the book’s emotional intent.

I don’t always get affected by the books that I’ve read, but this one is just so riveting that it made me cry. The author had done an amazing job in developing the book’s characters and their conflicts. Who wouldn’t love Colin? and Mia/Chloe, all I can is “darn…” No spoilers here, nah uh…

This book is full of twists and turns, while being dramatic and gripping at the same time, such a beautiful masterpiece. 

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See you later bookfriends,

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7 Years In The Making, Monet Bordighera Italy Cross Stitch

Behold!!! A cross stitch that took me 7 years in the making!!! Yes 7 long painful years of stitch counting, floss separating, threading, being pricked by needles, becoming cross-eyed, losing time, sitting for long periods, hours of coffee and tons of audio books listened…LOL!!! Name it, I did it. Finally, it’s done! thank God in the heavens, earth and even in the purgatory, this ordeal is done. 🙂

 

bordighera italy cross stitch

 

Well, this cross stitch wasn’t so bad at all, in fact, this was a very enlightening process. Let me tell you how it all started. It all started in late 2008, I was young at that time, (now I’m old, but not that old 🙂 ) and I was waiting for my life to happen, but while waiting, I decided to make a project, and I thought “why not make a big project?”, you know, the kind that makes you wanna say, “it’s gonna be the project of my life.” In fact, I’ve already done a cross stitch project before, probably half the size of this one. So, off I went and bought the pattern of Claude Monet’s Bordighera Italy from xs-collectibles.com. It’s got to be an art-inspired cross stitch. When I received the pattern, I literally collapsed on my seat. There’s exactly 92 colors or floss and the pattern is so complicated that it required me to change floss/skeins every 3-4 squares at most.

 

cat likes cross stitch

 

 

I should have known. Claude Monet’s cross stitch pattern is as complicated and elaborate as his painting. Yet, there I was, I had no idea what I was about to go through or what kind of adventure was in store for me.

 

cross stitch collectibles bordighera italy

 

 

The devil is indeed in the details. This cross stitch required a very organized arrangement of flosses and its numbers. I had to put needles in each floss/skeins to save time. I hated rethreading. I didn’t use frames on this, as I wasn’t able to find a large one to accommodate this project, which is 25×20 in size. It’s all done in full stitch, thank goodness, but the biggest challenge was changing floss almost every 3-5 seconds, specially around the area that transitions into a figure like around the tree. They go from light blue, medium blue to dark blue, etc… It was a painstaking process. In fact, there were times when I wanted to throw it away or burn it down. I even stopped working on this for a year, as I was losing interest and also because of life and everything in between. 🙂

 

cross stitch floss numbers organization

 

 

 

Actually, this should have been done in about 3-4 years, but it was only last May 2015 that I finally had the courage to keep going, specially after a long eye-opening soul searching, and realizing that I should not finish a project half-assed. 🙂  So I went down to business, tons of coffee consumed, lots of constant sickening self-reflection and gazillions of audiobooks listened later, I finally finished the project of the lifetime. Perhaps the one and only ever. As I don’t see myself making this size of project ever again, unless the pattern is going to be easy.

 

cross stitch patten skeins graphs

 

Thank God I didn’t give up. That’s the best lesson learned in doing this project. Yet hey, guess what, this wasn’t my last and final project at all. Few came after it, and in fact, I’m currently working on one right now. Cross stitch is a fulfilling hobby, one that requires patience, details, endurance yet will teach you to realize yourself and what you can do or endure. Think of it as a meditation. It is very relaxing and the moment you see your project framed on the wall the feeling is priceless!

 

cross stitch bordighera italy

 

If interested to get this pattern or browse some other “art” cross stitch patterns, checkout cross stitch collectible’s website, xs-collectibles.com

 

 

The 5th Wave Book/Audiobook Review

 

the fifth wave book review

Hey there fellow book readers and audiobook listeners! let’s talk about one of the well-known young adult novels nowadays, the fifth element, I mean The 5th wave. 🙂

I had mixed feelings after finishing this book. I don’t know if it’s the character herself, or if it’s the way the reader read the book. Actually, I almost gave up on this. Reading this book was a struggle. Should I put it down? should I just stop listening it or not? But I hate unfinished books.

The story is basically Red Dawn meets War of the Worlds, minus the Aliens.

There’s something about the main character “Cassie,” not Cassie for Cassandra, or Cassie for Cassidy. Cassie for Cassiopeia. Girl….the heck I care if you’re Cassie Ventura! I ain’t in the mood playing guessing names with you. OMG, I swear, when I read those lines, I thought “this is gonna be a long and boring ride.” Indeed it was, gallons of coffee later, I did finished the book with contempt. This Cassie girl character got into my nerves. I feel like she’s not really into the alien invasion thing. All I could think of is this girl being chased by aliens/silencers while singing “I whip my hair back and forth, I whip my hair back and forth,” or “Hey I just met you, and this crazy, but here’s my number, so shoot me maybe!” Oh what a pain in the neck, she’s always like, “gosh Evan.” Girl..the world is being invaded by unknown aliens, get over yourself. Grrrr…my hypertension…where’s my Clonidine?…

Speaking of Aliens, where were the aliens? where they’d come from? any background check about them? I swear… I truly hope that book 2 The Infinite Sea will at least answer all these things. I don’t totally hate the book, even if the beginning was a snooze fest. It did got better towards the ends, as the story became fast-paced. I’m ok with all the characters except, Cassie. Although, compared to most YA novels like Hunger Games and Die Virgin Divergent, this one is way down there.

Perhaps I’m too old for YA novels, but I really don’t think so, as I love those two novels mentioned above, but there’s just something about this book that makes me not wanna read book 2. It’s such a disappointment because I thought I would like this book after seeing the movie’s thriller. Chloe Grace Moretz played the role of Cassie. I haven’t watched the movie yet, since I didn’t really like the book, and the movie turned out to have negative reviews. But I might watch it, eventually.

 

 

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