I wanted to deactivate my bookstagram or I gonna die - Spill The Beans


Hi Everyone, Sofie is here!! haha. Just wanna spill the beans 👀 yes... I know. It is not the usual post in Silly Wonk Book Blog. I also didn't plan to post my personal live update here in the first place.


Honestly, I am freaking stressed right now (While I write this post? - yes). Since I am stressed out and Silly Wonk have the 'Silly Wonk Speaks' since the beginning of this blog was created by me. So, why not if I also have my own speech. Speech lah sangat. To the blog readers or bookish friends who knew me since I created bookstagram in 2018, maybe you know-know lah kan. My English is not perfect. Tapi tak apa lah. Tak belajar, tak pandai sampai bila-bila jawabnya. So, here I spill the beans with Manglish lah, Okay. Baru lancar sikit nak curhat. hkjkhjk 😂😆



So, why did I put the "Spill The Beans" category/labels here? The therapist said, feeling vulnerable is good. Vulnerability is not a sign of weakness. It is a strength that allows us to be our authentic selves. Kan? Ehh tapi I didn't say I'm strong enuff. Just wanna be brave telling people what is going on in my life, my thoughts, my emotions, and my pet? Maybe? Hhaha...


Yes. I am a kinda vulnerable woman (eww... I feel awkward to call myself a woman - padahal dah 32 this year). Tapi nak sebut as a girl pun dah tak sesuai. Hhahahha.. pity me! 😂


Honest laa kan. Actually, I have spilled the beans everywhere. I follow the mood. I have many blogs, private and public because I am a chaotic creature with a lot of bubbles on my head. Serabut, mess, intrusive thoughts, and distractions are my best friends. The worst thought level depends on the pressure I have to face lah.


Biasalah kan kehidupan ni memang penuh dengan pancaroba. Naik turun macam roda. Kalau dah terpaksa berjalan atas duri, teruskan! Biarkan darah itu menjadi saksi kekuatan yang kau hidupkan dari bawah kulit seluruh tubuh kau. Biarkan air mata yang mengalir itu menjadi saksi betapa peritnya kau untuk bangun tetapi kau tetap bangun!


oh? Wow! did I write that? I actually have many insane thoughts. I posted it on another blog. I know I know... Sofie is the weirdest creature with so many blogs. 😈


I'm supposed to do my 3 jobs today but you knowhh... I am kinda stress 😖. You wanna know what makes me feel this way today? It is because I just got the news that I am maybe, have to extend my mom's appointment to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital again. And again. And again. It's happened since the pandemic. I feel so bad. I don't know lah weyh. So many tests for me since 2016. Dah 2022 dah ni tapi tu lah. It's okay. I believe in Allah. Everything happened for a reason. Allah knows what is the best untuk umatnya. Insya Allah.


Bookstagram


Since I should talk about books in this yellow blog. So yellow kan? hHaha... So I also wanna spill the beans regarding books too. Specifically, about bookstagram sebenarnya. If you explore this blog's kat sana dan kat sini, you gonna know this blog is actually very lonely. Hhahaha... I lepak in here like the delicious chocolate biscuit, Chipmore extra choco chips. Hmm... the dark chocolate. Kejap ada. Kejap takde.


Dan ini yang ke berapa kali entah, saya cerita blog ni I created because terinspirasi dengan bookish paling favorite yang I accidentally follow on the Instagram a long time ago, Fatina. She still used "The Infinity Words" when I was following her rapat-rapat. Now, she uses another name, "The Amazing Distance". Then, I also created the Bookstagram on the same date I created this blog. I was so excited!


I asked Fatina, "Fatina, how many pages do you read in a day?" because I was kagum with her reading an English book. So many books. Then, She said, "Oh... I have no idea..." Hehe. Make sense. Why lah I tanya soalan tu. Dah suka baca buku, kita sepatutnya tak akan perasan berapa patah perkataan kita dah baca dalam sehari. Dari siang bertukar ke malam pun we are not gonna perasan! Because we do enjoy the reading so much!


Pause.


Eh... may I write the book reviews like this? More comfortable pula style macam ni 😂😅 Kau ni Sofie 💩


Continue.


Then, after I am active (masa tu) on my Bookstagram, I am acquainted with other bookstagrammer. I was like "Alamak!" they are very young generations. Very young and talented book reviewers. Sumpah! Out of a sudden, I felt ashamed because dah la talented, speaking English bukan main fluent lagi. Cantik-cantik dan kacak-kacak pula tuh. Ehh? 😅 The photography, the book's flat lays, the lighting, everything about them amazed me. I was stunned, almost unable to think rationally. Tiberr I allowed myself to have the suicidal thoughts. Just because of the bookish and bookstagram? Really?? gah!


In my mind masa tu apa? I wanted to deactivate my bookstagram or I gonna die. Hhahahahahhaaha... Then, my husband said, "Calm lah. It's just a bookstagram".


Astagah (Astaghfirullah in Kedayan style in Labuan) macam mana la bah boleh jadi begini, I said to myself. But then, I am being friends with Aiza Idris. A Sarawakian bookish. And Irina. Also, someone in Dubai (Malaysian living in Dubai - Aduh! Lupa pula nama dia) make me feel comfortable again in the bookstagram community.


So, I stayed. After 1 year I became a bookstagrammer and book blogger, Finally, I got a collaboration invitation from the distributor. 😱 Psst! let me be very deep-deeper-deepest honest with you. I know your perception of me might change after you know this. It's a bad attitude I think. I wanna free books. BECAUSE I'm broke. Hhahaha...


I masuk kedai buku bought books juga but I can't buy everything. Kan? Kena lah jimat. Makan tak pakai buku. Hah! So, the point is I was greedy. I am a slow reader like siput bab1 but I accepted the invitation. Actually, I aimed for that distributor for a long time. It is my dream come true sebenarnya. So, if I reject the invitation. I am stupid namanya.


I  hardly finish all the books because I am a very slow reader and easily distracted. Focus is a huge problem in my entire life. Gahahaha. I'm seriously stressed with this kinda problem of mine.


I stayed. I stayed. I stayed.


But tak lama sangat. I escaped to the cave of the dark and toxic mind again. Ketulahan la bah kali. Because of the greediness. 😝


My anxiety level was very high every time I scrolled the bookstagram feed. 💥 Disaster betul! But, I tried to focus on the real reason why I created the Bookstagram. So, I update lah sikit-sikit although tak lawa ke apa. So, memang on/off lah my existence in bookstagram community. Just chit-chat a little bit with Irina, and Siz reads, Tanvi from Singapore (Tanvi is a really nice and sweet Bookstagrammer), and other bookish sometimes.


YES. Today I told you the truth. I'm suffering from 'Bookstagram Anxiety' because I am judging my ability on other Bookstagrammer scales. As I said, there are so talented, brilliant, and intelligent, and they "look so rich" with the aesthetic content.


At some point, I lost. I lost in the bad feelings,

"I'm not good enough"

"My flat lay photos are ugly"

"My review sucks"

"My books are boring"


I also lost my real objective. Why do I read? For money? For followers? For the free books? To impress people? Riak like that? Show off that I have sho manyy booookskss? Ujub for the books I have read and have so much knowledge?


Screw that. Think again.


I lost and I miss the girl I used to be. I miss the way I read. I don't care what people say about the book genre I read. I don't fucking care if my book's photographs are ugly but the important is the message, the content of the book, and the plot that makes my mind-blowing. Also, all the tips for life in a self-help book that very helping people to live. That's all.


I don't feel the enjoyment anymore in reading. Too much competition in my thoughts. I want to be like her. I want to be like him. I want that books too! I want to collect that series too. Dang!


Dot.


This is how Bookstagram affects my mental health. So painful being this way. Coincidentally that time as well, in 2019, we are struggling with the new norm because of the Covid-19. People like me, the creature made of the combination of introverted, melancholia, and anxious are very experts in isolation. I am very good with that. But... I'm not an expert to controlled my overthinking, intrusive mind, and energy suckers. I was surrounded by an energy sucker while the outbreak of Covid-19. 😐


Books? Reading while MCO? Nah. I'm shrouded in a reading slump and 24 hours tired of being surrounded by people as the result of the MCO. Isolation is my expertise but it's not only me who isolated. A quiet atmosphere turned into a state of chaos throughout the neighborhood due to MCO. Everyone is here.


I had to abandon this blog, bookstagram, and books at that time. I was Headache, overwhelmed, and irritated. Lemas... I felt like I was buried in the swamp. When all the bookworms are busy with the happiness of the MCO as a result of being able to read quietly at home, I am in turn busy with controlling myself from not getting angry at all the noisy people and not understanding the boundaries.


I felt bad having these feelings and emotions. I didn't want to be a bad person. But, what do I need to do? Cry? It doesn't help! 👽 Okay. I wanna stop talking about these feelings that I felt before. I feel better now. Insya Allah.


I Want To Die but I Want To Eat Tteokbokki


Eh? Apa punya kebetulan lah. Nak mati juga? Hhaha. What is Tteokbokki? So, This book is being phenomenal because recommended by BTS uh? wow wow. I'm not a BTS fan. I am just neutral with them. But the titles attracted me. I can feel her.



I never read a book written by a  Korean author before. I wonder about the style of writing and the way their think. Lagipun the tajuk little bit funny but a little bit suicidal juga kan. I wanna know more badly.


I want you. Wait for me, baby! 😋💖


I think, enough of spilling the beans for today. I realize my beans (time) are not enough. Hhehehe... See you then.

Non-Fiction Fans Vs Fiction Fans

Speaking of the benefits of reading, many people always think the kind of book that has benefits is a non-fiction book. They say, the beneficial book is motivation and self-help genre like Brian Tracy's books. The business or financial book was written by Tony Robbins and Robert Kiyosaki is more advantages. Also, the best benefit for relationship skills is a book written by John Gray. For example, Men, Women, and relationships (1990), Mars and venus starting over (1997), and Why Mars and Venus Collides (2007).


Unexpecting Benefits of Reading Psychological Thriller And Mystery Book


They are right. Nothing wrong with the opinions. Non-fiction is always a good book to teach readers the facts about how to live, how to manage, and how to do anything. But there is a huge mistake if we believe that fiction books are useless and have zero benefits.


Are you a bitter person who dares to tell people fiction books have no knowledge for feeding the human brain? Book dragons and fiction fans going to transform themself become a lion and roar with big teeth beneath their mouth when they hear you tell them that opinion. Haha.


But, there is one thing we must understand. Humans have a different opinions. The opinion is for the topics being discussed together and exchange the facts if any. Changing opinion is not for joining the war, The battle between fiction fans and non-fiction fans.


I am a reader too! I read both. Fiction and non-fiction. Both have their own benefits and advantages. My team and I were talking about these topics recently.


Let me share what is the benefits of reading non-fiction books such as psychological thrillers. For example, The Anniversary by Laura Marshall and A Narrow Door by Joanne Harris.


My friend suggested I read chapter one of The Anniversary by Laura Marshall. I was surprised because only in chapter one I'm hooked to the book. It stealing my full attention. I wanted to read more. So, that was called developing a critical mind? or Mental stimulation? Let's read the benefits of reading psychological thriller and mystery books below.


Unexpecting Benefits of Reading Psychological Thriller And Mystery Books


According to The New Yorker, “Reading has been shown to put our brains into a pleasurable trance-like state, similar to meditation, and it brings the same health benefits of deep relaxation and inner calm. Regular readers sleep better, have lower stress levels, higher self-esteem, and lower rates of depression than non-readers.”


Do you agree when I say reading can cause a boring feeling when the reading material is too intense? So, we will be a child who hates vegetables. We will describe the book as vegetables. We will see books as vegetables. Not something fun to eat like a chocolate bar. Haha.


Sometimes we need fiction to have fun reading to get a different benefit. When non-fiction books provide you information and tips you need in real life, fiction can give other unique benefits.


4 Benefits of Reading Psychological Thriller And Mystery Books


Dopamine Releasing


What a surprise benefit. The mystery and thriller genres have a unique allure. Engaging and hard to put down, thriller books require the reader to reckon rather than just allowing the plot to unfold. This makes the reading experience more interactive.


It is like fidget toys to release stress. Psychological thriller and mystery book is a very good genre to be the stress buster. You mentally experience the tension of the story and go through vivid psychological responses and adrenaline from reading. When the brain release dopamine, a chemical that triggers the body’s fight or flight mode. On a lighter note, the brain has a leeway to process these body stimuli minus the reality of harm. This is the reader’s constant practice to manage fear.


Provide Access to a Different Persona


Readers not only experience the character's point of view. But, the character's innermost thoughts. They dive into the character's mind in an entirely different life scenario. Fiction can help a person understand another person where you can gather a new perspective.


Psychological thriller and mystery book includes the disturbing aspects of human nature, such as violence and emotional abuse. Ranging from fears of the innocent to the viciousness of the sinister.


Activates Brain Areas and as a Mental Stimulation


You might be sitting and seems like do nothing. Do nothing physically but while you reading, you are actually working out of your body. Reading suspense fiction text serves as an effective mental workout for several parts of your brain. Fiction suspense stories can elicit powerful emotional responses. Suspense can build the basic aspects of human cognition, anticipation, and prediction.


Just like exercising can make us healthier and slimmer and beautiful in shape. The same goes for reading suspense books. It can make the brain healthier and in good condition. Puzzles and riddles in thrillers serve as mental training as you utilize your analytical aptitudes.


Developing a Critical Thinking Skill (Mind)


It is natural for human beings when we get into a story or plot that is full of questions that will make us feel dissatisfied. The plot without your questions being answered or being unable to find the truth, you will eventually start challenging yourself to figure it out.


When the plot is twisted and suspenseful, the unexpected or mind-boggling story will always result in the development of a critical mind. It's developing smart and innovative ideas among the readers.


Also, reading a thriller helps to identify behavioral patterns, determine people's motives, and brainstorm outcomes using the cause and effect theory.


In conclusion, both fiction and non-fiction have many benefits. The story about killing might be disturbing but...it's helping to develop the critical mind. I love the point of determining people's motives, don't you think it helps you to smell the manipulator people around you?

 Amnesty by Aravind Adiga

In Sydney, Sri Lankan immigrant Dhananjaya Rajaratnam, known to all as Danny. Danny has overstayed his student visa, rendering him illegal. In my mind, he was insane and took that risk.


When I read the beginning of the story, this book brings me to Batticaloa, Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka is unfamiliar to me. But this book added to my brain some new pieces of information about the country. Amnesty is the second book I read related to India. They (Hollywood people) called them "Brown People". I choose to read this book because the author is Aravind Adiga. He is the author of the famous book, The White Tiger. Although I haven't read The White Tiger, I still don't want to miss the opportunity to read this book. Special thanks to the Pansing Distributor who sent me this book in exchange for an honest review.


Released : 18 February 2020
Genre : Psychological Fiction
Publisher : Picador
Size : 12.8 x 19.6 cm
Format : Paperback
Language : English



Will you find out who the author of the book you're reading is? Honest, I'll never worry about who owns the writing before. For me, if you love to read, you should read anything. Because what you need is the message. Not because of who wrote it.


But after I read Quichotte by Salman Rushdie, I suddenly thought about it.  We should know the writer for a better understanding of the message in the story. Sometimes, the story is a reflection of them. Okay, let's started with the author of Amnesty.



ARAVIND ADIGA

Aravind Adiga is an Indian. He was born in 1974 in Madras. Now Madras is called Chennai. He grew up in Mangalore in the south of India. Now he is a  citizen of Australia. Wow!


He was educated at Columbia University in New York and Magdalen College, Oxford. His articles have appeared in publications such as the New Yorker, the Sunday Times, the Financial Times, and The Times of India. His first novel, The White Tiger, won the Man Booker Prize for fiction in 2008. Subsequent novels are Last Man in Tower (2011), Selection Day (2016), and Amnesty (2020).


In August 2017, his novel Selection Day (2016) announced that Netflix will be adapting the novel into an original series that was produced in partnership with Anil Kapoor and Anand Tucker. Anil Kapoor is one of my favorite Bollywood actors. Hhaha... He has appeared in several films. Also in my favorite film, Slumdog Millionaire as Prem Kumar in the game show.


Starring in the Selection Day Series are Mohammad Samad, Yash Dholye, Karanvir Malhotra, Rajesh Tailang, Mahesh Manjrekar, Ratna Pathak Shah, Shiv Panditt, Parul Gulati, and Akshay Oberoi, the series premiered on 28 December 2018.


More about the author: Wikipedia of Aravind Adiga.

ARAVIND ADIGA BOOKLIST

  1. The White Tiger
  2. Last Man In Tower
  3. Selection Day
  4. Between The Assassination
  5. Milk, Girl Woman Other, The...




This book has 255 pages. From front to back, the book tells of the activities of a foreign immigrant man in one day. There are so many things that the writer wants to convey or wants to tell to the reader through this structure or style of writing. It was as if we were writing our own diary in 24 hours and we also write the flashback stories that played in our minds while writing. That is the picture of the writing structure in this book.

So, the immigrant man's name is Danny. Danny works as a cleaner. He will clean his client's house every day depending on demands. One of his client's name Radha Thomas has been murdered on that day and Danny believes he knew who kill her. The intense situation made him have a bad feeling and ultimately adds to the unbearable nature of the moral dilemma.


As an illegal immigrant in Australia, if he reports to the police the proof of the cruel crime, he is at risk of deportation.


Other than the moral dilemma story, this book also tells the readers how the immigrants' point of view on life. How do they through life as illegal, as a different background, as a different culture, language, etc.




Through this book, the readers will understand how the immigrants live and feel living in the shadows. There is the desire to be seen. I'm not sure what kind of word I could describe this. Is it the psychology of someone desperate to be somebody? Like Danny wants to be an Australian? (My brain is stuck right here...I can't explain. huhu).


The author shows the readers that the illegals always cooperate like a family even though they are from different countries. For example, on page 65,

"There was no one sitting in front of the Glebe library today. Though Danny knew their names - Lin, the Chinese-Malaysian, and the two Pakistanis, Ibrahim and Razak - he had no way of finding them. That was the agreement. That way, if one got caught, the others were safe."

Also, in the book, we are exposed to marriage life. The moral value of marriage is like Mark and Radha's situation, behavior, attitude, boundaries, and more. Radha's described as dishonest, materialistic, and does not respect the husband. So, in the book, we learned so much about what kind of attitude we should have as a wife. Specifically, as a human.


Here we also think a lot like Danny. Are we going to be selfish people? Or do we agree to increase our self-integrity and be brave to be courageous because it is true? Are we willing to sacrifice our own interests?


A lot. Very much we learn about self-personality and humanity through this story.









The writing style is diary format. There is time to show for the present story. Then there is the title for the flashback story. It's not in chronological order. It's jumping to another story. Sometimes, Danny's thoughts bring readers to his life back in India. Sometimes, Danny's mind brings the readers to his opinion, his feelings, and his emotions. Also, bring readers to another character.


It's quite confusing to me. It's very hard to finish this book at first. It's like watching a very slow movie in the cinema. The story, the moral value, and the message are very good but I think the problem is on me. It felt hard to dive into the character. Especially, Danny. It's like there is no connection between me and Danny. Haha.


I have a friend in Australia that working over there without a permit. Then, I'm trying to connect his story and Danny's situation for a better understanding. But, it's hard. I lost interest in reading this book for a few months. Almost 7 months! I abandoned this book with a bookmark clamped between pages 38 and 39.


Then, when I read another book I felt guilty about Amnesty by Aravind Adiga. I looked at the orange cover and I felt like the book watching me angry as a white tiger! Hahahahaha. The guilty feeling brings me back to The White Tiger author, Aravind Adiga.


In the process of trying to get the mood of the book, finally, I was excited to read this book after I reached page 73 and I got a highly curious feeling about the homicide case that makes Danny's dilemma.


The dilemma,

"But if I tell the Law about him, I also tell the Law about myself" - Page 88

I felt a lot of sympathy at first for Radha who was the victim of murder but the feeling immediately change to, "Well, Radha... You deserved it". Huhu. I don't like Radha's attitude. Prakash and Radha are toxic people.


I was bored a little bit when it's takes so long for Danny arrives at the Clinic when Prakash asked him to come. Need to read almost 40-50 pages to know what happens next after Danny met Prakash.


There also are jokes in the book that didn't make me laugh. Maybe I don't get the joke. It's might be a touch of sarcasm. Except for the comment about the toilet in Australia. I genuinely laugh at Danny.

"...in Australia, the signs say, MALE TOILET, FEMALE TOILET. Danny was still appalled by this. Toilets are neither male nor female. A toilet doesn't have a cock, does it?" - Page 116.

This is funny and makes sense... hahahhaa. 


In conclusion, I have no consistent mood while reading this book. Sometimes I felt bored, sometimes I enjoyed it, sometimes I got goosebumps, especially at the moment the police called Danny about the murder. I think the reader who loves The White Tiger will have the same feeling about this book. This book is very diaspora literature. Not really for me but I'm glad I learned much from this book about immigrants and I am traveling to Australia from the character's point of view.


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Saying Goodbye to Tuesday by Chrisse Manby

When I saw a dog in front of the book, I immediately knew the story is about a dog. I almost rejected the book. It's not because of the dog but I'm kind of an emotional maniac when reading an animal story especially since the animal can talk and can tell their emotion thru their facial expression. But truly I love animals, especially cats, dogs, and birds.


My husband said, "Why don't you give it a try". I'm thinking twice because I still remember how I cried watching the movie The Rise of The Planet of the Apes. My emotion is like a tsunami when I saw Ceaser draw the window in the cage because he really misses home. Real home. I still can feel the sadness while writing this.


Released : 09 September 2021
Genre : Fiction/Romance Novel/Contemporary Romance
Publisher : Hodder
Size : 12.8 x 19.6 cm
Format : Paperback
Languange : English


After long thinking, I tried to read the synopsis behind the book. So, the dog in front of the cover has a name. His name is Stupendo. "Nice name", I said in my mind. Then, I was startled and stopped reading after I read the second paragraph. It says, "Stupendo doesn't know why Tuesday is suddenly ignoring him..."


Well, honestly I don't like the story about human ignoring their pet. Intentionally or not, I still don't like it. It's a heartbroken story. NO!


Then, I continued reading the synopsis. In the third paragraph of the synopsis, I started to understand. Stupendo is a ghost! So, the dog is a ghost. I decided to try this book. I want to read it and I'm glad I chose and read this book. Stupendo actually reminds me of 'my dog'.



As I mentioned above, It's about a dog. But it's an extraordinary dog. The special one. Stupendo became a ghost. The book is a very beautiful love story about the dog-human relationship. I thought Tuesday is a day. You know? The Tuesday "Tuesday". Tuesday is the day of the week between Monday and Wednesday based on Wikipedia. Haha.


Apparently, Tuesday is Stupendo's owner. It's the name of the woman. Also, the story involves the others character from the neighborhood, such as Andrew. Andrew is a blind man in this book. Stupendo also has a friend (or a lover?) named, Zena, and Andrew is Zena's owner. Dogs are unique creatures. They can be best friends like Stupendo, Tuesday, and William. Tuesday has a son, his name is William.


In the story from chapter one until chapter five, the feeling of empathy for Stupendo is still at a high level. 

"Now here I was, stuck outside in the dark on my own, with Tuesday and William not even knowing I was still close by. I began to cry." - Chapter 5, page 29.

The storytelling is the first point of view type with flashback story alternately with the present story. The present story is about Stupendo searching for a clue for the reason he became a ghost. While the flashback is about Stupendo's beautiful memory with Tuesday.


This book has forty-six chapters with an epilogue and 342 pages. Chrissie Manby wrote the plot amazingly! She is brilliant! Chrissie Manby is the author of seventeen romantic comedies. No wonder she knows how to make the readers laugh reading about Stupendo's feelings about Zena.



If you want to relax and chill in front of the beach, this book is a good companion for you! Reading Stupendo and Caligula's behavior absolutely brings joy because they are funny! However, the book is not too thick to bring on holiday or outdoor. It's a very light book and relaxing to read while having a rest day or during the break time.


As a Muslim, I don't have a chance to have a dog as a pet without a valid reason. So, this book provides a lot of interesting knowledge and input on dog facts. It's very helping me and the readers to understand dogs.


This book also has a lot of moral messages about how to treat, train, and understand the dog. Also, to understand people who have an issue with the dog too. Indirectly, we also learned about cats too from the Caligula characters. As a cats owners, almost all of the stories about Caligula's behavior in the book make sense.


If you are a cat owner, did you ever have a problem that your cat always went to the next-door house? Or is your cat staying a lot at your neighbor's house? Then, you will be entertained reading Caligula's style in this book because the story is almost 95% the same as your cat's style.


Lots of the situation in the book brings lessons that make you think how lucky you are in almost every aspect of your life including to have your pet.


Actually, I have a lot of things to share about the greatness of this book but I need to fast right now. I have a lot of books review to share and I'm excited (because I finally 'alive'. Lols) Maybe I'll share again about Stupendo and Tuesday in another blogpost. Now, let's continue with the book rating and my thoughts and opinion.









Guys! I was tabbing the book with a color code. Pink tabs are for touching or sweet emotions. While sad is a blue. Guess what? The tabbing is 85 % with blue and pink. Yes! I cried a lot. I'm emotional. Huwarrgghh! I can't I can't. Reading about animal makes my heartbeat crazy.


As I have mentioned above, Stupendo actually reminds me of 'my dog'. Not officially my pet but the dog is a...hm...a neighbor's dog? Okay. I am actually not sure about the status of the dog. The dogs live in my neighbor's house area. Then, the dog has puppies. And the puppies living in their backyard. One of the puppies is different. It's white. It's also cute. I watched the puppies playing around from my kitchen window almost every day until they have grown up.


I love them. They are cute. Sometimes, I saw another neighbor give them food. I gave a name for the white one. His name was Snoopy. Snoopy will approach me every night when I back from the town. I can't tell more, recalling Snoopy makes me sad. Snoopy is actually not here anymore.


Not every neighbor like cats, the same goes for dogs. When I read about Stupendo, sometimes I imagine Snoopy also became a ghost. Haha. That's a crazy thought but it was my thought while reading this book.


Do you believe that a very young human; kids, babies, or children can see the ghost? When I gotta know Tuesday is actually a mom to the cutest son, William, I imagine William can see Stupendo. Humans naturally can't see a ghost but I wanted it to happen. I want William can see Stupendo.


Well, I was disappointed when I reached the page 13, Merle the Pipsqueak explained to Stupendo,

"Human beings aren't tuned into the different layers of the universe like we creatures are, Stupendo. They can't see sound or taste color. They can't hear the vibration of the earth or smell the feeling of the wind. They spend their lives turning from nature. Most of them don't even know there's more than one dimension." - Chapter Two, page 13.

The explanation makes Stupendo as disappointed as me for sure. 


I also keep thinking about humans who love to bully wild dogs. I also keep asking why they can't have empathy for an animal but they want the animal to respect them. Tuesday has a boyfriend name, Kenton.


Kenton is a narcissistic, manipulator, selfish, and very bad person. I hate him because he hates Stupendo. If you are a dog lover, please make sure don't fall in love with a man like Kenton. Wasted! (Am I too serious?) But, C'mon! people like Kenton is a #^%$^&* hahahahahaha!


I am honestly proud and amazed Chrissie Manby can write this book in every detail from the dog's point of view but still can feel the emotions of the characters. Chrissie also shows the proof that a dog is a very good creature if you train them well. Dogs is a good animals. Dogs can be protectors and guides to blind people like Andrew. It's a fact. In Islam, blind people actually can keep trained dogs to be their guides.


And... If I can change the story, I don't want Stupendo to become a ghost. I want him alive. Sobs. Sobs.


In conclusion? Please get and read this book! I want to hear your thoughts too. Arrggghhh... I'm sure I'll read this book again.

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