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miss contraire's little library

Zet's book reviews and book photography. Read more about this blog or check out the list so far. Visit my main tumblr.

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What this tumblr is about (for future reference):
The main purpose of this journal is to be a sort-of avenue for me to post pictures and reviews of books I have read this year. You see, I started 2010 with a list of 15 books initially. But then, after finishing 4 books in less than 2 months, I got encouraged to read more and to challenge myself further.
The thing is that I’ve always loved reading. I’ve read a couple of books that I enjoyed immensely. Some of them: Jane Austen, the Harry Potter series (what kid hasn’t?), some Paulo Coelho (made me miserable), Mario Puzo (I LOVE mafia stories), Antonia Fraser, Jeffrey Eugenides, and a few chic-lit like the Shopaholic series (because I can relate a bit).
Then college happened and my habit of reading stopped almost completely (I still had to read for my subjects). I don’t like being forced into anything and college forced me into almost everything. I had to read Rizal all over again (misery, once again. I read this in high school already, okay. I’m not being some unpatriotic brat), and a ton of philosophical material for my philosophy courses (all three of them, damn it). Reading became more of a chore rather than an enjoyable hobby. So the time I spent not reading was highly treasured and spent doing other things like taking pictures, watching movies, writing screenplays (all for school, still - but I enjoyed them nonetheless), eating and sleeping.
Now, I am out of school and pretty much a bum. I decided to pick up a book (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - so glad I started with this) and after I was done, I picked up yet another one and another.. you get the idea.
So there. And since I do photography, I happen to enjoy taking pictures of books as well because they’re quite photogenic. And all those pictures will go here, in this little tumblr of mine, named so aptly after Constance Contraire, my favorite character from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.
Hope you enjoy!

What this tumblr is about (for future reference):

The main purpose of this journal is to be a sort-of avenue for me to post pictures and reviews of books I have read this year. You see, I started 2010 with a list of 15 books initially. But then, after finishing 4 books in less than 2 months, I got encouraged to read more and to challenge myself further.

The thing is that I’ve always loved reading. I’ve read a couple of books that I enjoyed immensely. Some of them: Jane Austen, the Harry Potter series (what kid hasn’t?), some Paulo Coelho (made me miserable), Mario Puzo (I LOVE mafia stories), Antonia Fraser, Jeffrey Eugenides, and a few chic-lit like the Shopaholic series (because I can relate a bit).

Then college happened and my habit of reading stopped almost completely (I still had to read for my subjects). I don’t like being forced into anything and college forced me into almost everything. I had to read Rizal all over again (misery, once again. I read this in high school already, okay. I’m not being some unpatriotic brat), and a ton of philosophical material for my philosophy courses (all three of them, damn it). Reading became more of a chore rather than an enjoyable hobby. So the time I spent not reading was highly treasured and spent doing other things like taking pictures, watching movies, writing screenplays (all for school, still - but I enjoyed them nonetheless), eating and sleeping.

Now, I am out of school and pretty much a bum. I decided to pick up a book (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer - so glad I started with this) and after I was done, I picked up yet another one and another.. you get the idea.

So there. And since I do photography, I happen to enjoy taking pictures of books as well because they’re quite photogenic. And all those pictures will go here, in this little tumblr of mine, named so aptly after Constance Contraire, my favorite character from The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart.

Hope you enjoy!

The Catcher in The RyeBy J. D. Salinger 
To be completely honest, I finished the book half-assedly. I  found the part towards the end a bit dragging already and I was too  stubborn to put the book down. I promised myself I’d finish every book I  start on this year and that’s exactly what I did! But liked the ending  though. Now, I’m proud to say I’ve read a J.D. Salinger book! (I won’t  get weird looks anymore and those “Oh my gosh! You haven’t read The  Catcher in The Rye? Seriously?!” lol)

The Catcher in The Rye
By J. D. Salinger

To be completely honest, I finished the book half-assedly. I found the part towards the end a bit dragging already and I was too stubborn to put the book down. I promised myself I’d finish every book I start on this year and that’s exactly what I did! But liked the ending though. Now, I’m proud to say I’ve read a J.D. Salinger book! (I won’t get weird looks anymore and those “Oh my gosh! You haven’t read The Catcher in The Rye? Seriously?!” lol)

Extremely Loud and Incredibly CloseBy Jonathan Safran Foer 
Finishing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was kind of bittersweet.  Sure, I was happy that I got to finish a book after so long but, I was  also quite sad to leave Oskar and the rest of the Schells behind. As I  got to know each character more through the many letters that revealed  their individual stories bit by bit, I found myself getting incredibly  attached and affected by the pain that they were all going through. They  were all suffering, each and every one of them, in their own way. Oskar, with his cleverness and rather wild ideas, distracts himself from the pain and the reality by inventing, always. Even as he tries to sleep, he invents things that are way too advanced for a little kid like him. What got me the most was his blurry relationship with his mother. I kind of hated him for being that way at first, but I eventually understood. He’s only a kid, after all.
What affected me the most was the story about Oskar’s grandparents. It was quite painful to read, their story and their life together.
So, I now say goodbye to Oskar and the  Schells as well as the Blacks of New York. It was quite a journey! I’m  considering adding another Jonathan Safran Foer book to my book list.

Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
By Jonathan Safran Foer

Finishing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” was kind of bittersweet. Sure, I was happy that I got to finish a book after so long but, I was also quite sad to leave Oskar and the rest of the Schells behind. As I got to know each character more through the many letters that revealed their individual stories bit by bit, I found myself getting incredibly attached and affected by the pain that they were all going through. They were all suffering, each and every one of them, in their own way. Oskar, with his cleverness and rather wild ideas, distracts himself from the pain and the reality by inventing, always. Even as he tries to sleep, he invents things that are way too advanced for a little kid like him. What got me the most was his blurry relationship with his mother. I kind of hated him for being that way at first, but I eventually understood. He’s only a kid, after all.

What affected me the most was the story about Oskar’s grandparents. It was quite painful to read, their story and their life together.

So, I now say goodbye to Oskar and the Schells as well as the Blacks of New York. It was quite a journey! I’m considering adding another Jonathan Safran Foer book to my book list.