She’s Baaaaaaack (And With a New Book Review, Too!)

Hello, again! Gosh, I know that it’s only been a couple of weeks that I’ve been gone from the blog-o-sphere, but it feels like far longer than that. Probably because I’ve been pretty busy! I’m all moved into my new flat in London, but what with orientation, and the start of classes, and meeting flatmates I haven’t had much time to myself. But, as promised, I am back, and with a few new reviews lined up, too!

The first is a novel that I bought at Waterstones Piccadilly, which happens to be the largest bookstore in Europe. It is fairly humongous, and I know that I’m going to be going back there an awful lot over the next few months. Anyways, I saw The Rosie Project on display, and because I’ve heard it mentioned a few times before, I decided ‘why not?’ (The answer to the why not question, as it turns out, is there is no reason not to).

Book Review: The Rosie Project

By: Graeme Simsion

Goodreads Score: 4.02

My Score: 4.1

Highlights: Funny, the Main Character (Don), Just the Overall Feeling

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Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance. So when an acquaintance informs him that he would make a “wonderful” husband, his first reaction is shock. Yet he must concede to the statistical probability that there is someone for everyone, and he embarks upon The Wife Project. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which he approaches all things, Don sets out to find the perfect partner. She will be punctual and logical—most definitely not a barmaid, a smoker, a drinker, or a late-arriver.

Yet Rosie Jarman is all these things. She is also beguiling, fiery, intelligent—and on a quest of her own. She is looking for her biological father, a search that a certain DNA expert might be able to help her with. Don’s Wife Project takes a back burner to the Father Project and an unlikely relationship blooms, forcing the scientifically minded geneticist to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie—and the realization that love is not always what looks good on paper.

(From Goodreads)

I really liked this book. Wait, I take that book. I really, really liked this book. I don’t meant to sound surprised or anything, but I am kind of impressed with how funny I found The Rosie Project, which I thought would be more dramatic and dry than it ended up being. Love stories can be hit or miss with me, but then, this wasn’t really a love story; it had less stereotypical romance in it than it did quirks, humorous situations, and soul-searching.

Don, the main character, was a favorite of mine from the beginning. He has Asperger’s syndrome, and as a result is much more logical, and much less emotional, than other people. This means that his thoughts sometimes shock with their bluntness, and after you’re done being shocked, than the laughs come. And if a book can make me laugh throughout, then odds are I’m going to like that book.

But beside it being quite hilarious, the Rosie Project was also engaging and touching. Two main plot lines are explored throughout the book, both of which involve searching. Don is searching for the ideal wife through use of an elaborate questionnaire, which he deems The Wife Project. Rosie, on the other hand, is searching for her real father. At first, I was really interested in the details of Don’s ‘Wife Project’. But as time went by, I became more and more focused on trying to find out who Rosie’s father might be. I had two main guesses, one of which became increasingly validated as time went by, although I won’t go into that here. I did like that the book left multiple possibilities that would make sense, leaving room (and plenty of doubts) for the reader to be either right or wrong.

I did feel that there was a tiny period around the middle where the plot started to drag on for me, probably because the beginning was so great, and then the latter half was really good, and in comparison the middle bit seemed weak. But, overall, there wasn’t much to critique about the Rosie Project. It wasn’t really my usual genre, but even so, I loved it! And I can’t wait to read Simsion’s sequel to the Rosie Project: The Rosie Effect.

Have you read The Rosie Project? If so, let me know what you thought of it! Have you read any good books lately? Have any recommendations? Again, let me know in the comments below! 

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite TV Shows

So, every week the nice people at the Broke and the Bookish host Top Ten Tuesday. It’s a fun event that brings people together, and I really love it! So if you want to join, go check it out! 😀

This week’s Top Ten is Favoruite TV Shows, which is a bit of a departure from the usual bookish themes, and great fun, because, as any of you might know, I am a bit of a Netflix aficionado. So, with no further adieu, here is my Top Ten List (in no particular order). I was going to put GIFs in, but I have no idea how to make them work! Grr…I’m technology impaired.

1. The Vampire Diaries

Last year, I was absolutely obsessed with this show. (Meaning, absolutely obsessed with Damon, but whatever.) My sister and I had this pact that we could only watch when we were together, so it was frustrating because if we got to a huge cliffhanger and the other person was too tired to continue, then you kind of just had to stew in your angst for a while. Anyways, we’re all caught up on Netflix, eagerly awaiting the next season. I don’t like Elena as a vampire, and I think the earlier seasons were the best, but as long as Damon is still there, I’m still watching. 🙂

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2. Buffy the Vampire Slayer

I’m on season four of this right now, and I’m having a mini panic attack because everything is changing. In real life, that’s a great and natural process. But in TV-verse, I hate it when the gang breaks apart. Angel and Cordelia have left, and even though I’m holding on because I know Spike is coming back, I’m still going through a minor grief process. But really, this show is just too kick ass to part with. I watched this show after exhausting my supply of the Vampire Diaries, and didn’t really think I was going to like it. That’s why I was so surprised to become as taken with it as I am. I love all the mini stories and subplots, and I love both Angel and Spike, and everyone is awesome in every episode, okay? I want Giles to be my mentor! He and Buffy has this sweet, mentor-mentored thing going on that no other TV show could do half as well. I’m team everyone here! Woo-hoo for Buffy the Vampire Slayer!

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3. Parks and Recreation

Treat yo’ self…to this hilarious show. There are so many great characters on this show. From April to Andy to Tom, there’s no shortage of people that I love on this show. Not to mention The Ron Swanson. Or dearly departed L’il Sebastian. I love this show so much that my sister bought me a book on the history of Pawnee for Christmas. And I read it. Multiple times.

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4. The Office

Pam and Jim give me my fill of the feels, while everybody else is absolutely hilarious. I don’t watch this show in any given order, I just kind of skip around to whatever season and episode I feel like. Also, I haven’t watched many episodes after Michael left, because how could I? But I did watch the episode where Dwight proposed to Angela, and I’m not ashamed to say I cried a little.

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5. Pretty Little Liars

I started off with the books, but they went on forever, and as I started to get tired of them, I picked up on the TV version. I love how different everything is, and that it keeps me guessing. I also feel more connected to the characters on the TV show rather than the book, something that is pretty rare. If mystery and thrills weren’t enough motive to watch this show, the cast always wears such fabulous clothes, and then there’s Ezra Fitz, of course…

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6. Family Guy

It’s obnoxious, it’s crude, and sometimes it’s even stupid. But when I need something to take my mind off things, I turn to Family Guy. It’s a pick-me-up, and although I know lots of people hate this show, it makes me laugh, and Stewie and Brian together are a perfect pairing.

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7. Law and Order: SVU

The reason I have to watch Family Guy is often because I watch too many episodes of Law and Order, freak myself out, and need to watch something irreverent in exchange. But Law and Order is just so good. Each episode is an intense, breathless journey, and the writers aren’t afraid to make a bittersweet, or just plain bitter, ending. This inevitably keeps me on my toes the whole episode, because dang it, I want a happy ending!

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8. That 70’s Show

Probably the first really funny show that I ever started to watch. And it’s as funny now as it was then. They just had an awesome cast going for them, with awesome jokes, and an awesome vibe. There are days when all I want is the chance to be hanging out in Eric’s basement with the rest of them, and Hyde was one of my first TV show crushes.

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9. America’s Got Talent

I’m actually watching this show as I write this post. It’s different from all the other shows I have on here in that it’s reality. People audition with a ride range of talents. You never know what you’re going to get from this show, whether it be crazily synchronized dancers, perfect Impressionists, or spectacular magicians. There’s something so delightful in never knowing who is going to venture up onto that stage next.

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10. Pokemon

What can I say? I used to be overly armoured with Pokemon. Like, crazily in love with. I went to my local video store to rent Pokemon movies so many times that eventually they started giving them to me as gifts. I still remember being able to sing the song with all the Pokemon in it, and I used to collect all the cards, and even stuffed animals in the shape of various Pokemon. Now, I’m not nearly as Pokemon orientated, but the original seasons just came back on Netflix, so I’m having fun reliving my childhood. Gotta catch ’em all!

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That’s my list. What’s yours? Let me know in the comments below! 😀

Eleanor & Park. (Book Hangover)

Oh my gosh.

Oh my gosh.

Oh my gosh.

OH MY GOSH. 

WHY IS THIS EVEN HAPPENING?!

Okay. Okay, Erin. Take a deep breath. Calm yourself. Curl up tighter in the blankets. Stop freaking out. BUT HOW CAN I? I’ve seen Rainbow Rowell’s Eleanor and Park cropping up everywhere, and several people told me I had to read it. So, I did. I did it. I went to the bookstore, I headed over to the YA aisle, and I bought this book. And now I’m just staring out at the window, like ‘what even is this life?’

It was good. No, it was really good. I’m not going to write a review about this book since so many other people have that I feel like everyone in the world but me has read this book. But can I just say this? If you haven’t, do it. If you are over the age of fifteen, read this book. If you are over the age of fifty, still read this book. It caught me right in the feels. It makes you think, and it makes you want to listen to good music, and it makes you wonder about the horrible people in this world, and about the great people in this world, and the people caught in-between. It was so good that I even got a little book hangover from it. Not as much as my utmost favorite series (which is like having not one, but two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters) but definitely some shots-after-shots action going on with this on.

If you don’t already know, a book hangover is when you finish an amazing book, then return to the “real” world, only to find that you’re still actually living in that book. It can be the best feeling in the world, but it’s also often the worst. Anyways, Eleanor and Park definitely fit the bill. I can’t stop thinking about it. I can’t.

But the worst thing is, this isn’t an uncommon occurrence. In fact, I’ve found that this book hangover feeling has been happening more and more often. So much, even, that I’ve come to a realization. It takes my upmost strength to say this, and I hope that you don’t judge me.

But, guys…

I think I’m a bookaholic.

Yep.

It’s not recreational anymore. I don’t think it ever was. I have a problem. And I hope that problem never goes away.

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What about you? Have you finished a book (or series) recently that gave you a book hangover? How long did it take you to de-immerse yourself from that book? Let me know in the comments below! Perhaps it’ll take my mind off of Eleanor and Park.