The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion)

>>>>  Nº 29 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book set in a country you want to visit <<<<

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The art of love is never a science: Meet Don Tillman, a brilliant yet socially inept professor of genetics, who’s decided it’s time he found a wife. In the orderly, evidence-based manner with which Don approaches all things, he designs the Wife Project to find his perfect partner: a sixteen-page, scientifically valid survey to filter out the drinkers, the smokers, the late arrivers. 

Rosie Jarman possesses all these qualities. Don easily disqualifies her as a candidate for The Wife Project (even if she is “quite intelligent for a barmaid”). But Don is intrigued by Rosie’s own quest to identify her biological father. When an unlikely relationship develops as they collaborate on The Father Project, Don is forced to confront the spontaneous whirlwind that is Rosie―and the realization that, despite your best scientific efforts, you don’t find love, it finds you.

I have to admit that I was terrified of not liking this book… first, I had no idea what the book was about – the first time I saw it on a store, I thought it was some kind of food book… yeah, silly me, I know. But then the premise sounded very interesting and I bought it. I loved it. On page 20 we had already covered dementia, Alzheimer and Asperger syndrome.

It’s really a story of no matter how two people might seem unsuitable for each other, sometimes it doesn’t matter.

As for the category of the 2015 Reading Challenge, A book set in a country you want to visit, the story takes place mostly in Melbourne, Australia… never been, but would really like to visit.

There might be some spoilers.

I really liked Don. As soon as he describes the symptoms of Asperger syndrome that he’s studying for his lecture, we immediately realize that he’s within the spectrum… he does not. His relationship with his friends is great, though I have to admit that I was not very fond of Gene, he was so clearly oblivious to his wife’s feelings towards their open marriage…. but I did like Claudia.

As soon as Don meets Rosie, so completely wrong for him, we start to see all those little things he does just to be with her, though it takes him long enough to understand why he’s doing what he’s doing.

Rosie is great, she’s just so the opposite of what Don is, that their interactions are great and funny. I was laughing the whole time. This book is funny as hell.

I only have one small problem with the ending. It felt like there was all this build up, and then, just like that, he proposes, she says yes, they get married and move to New York. I found it extremely quick, considering that they had only kissed once and the stress that all that change would bring. I wished the resolve would have been slower.

Rating: 4.2 Stars

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Northanger Abbey (Jane Austen)

>>>>>  Nº 23 on My 2015 Reading Challenge – A book that’s more than 100-years-old <<<<<

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During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine’s love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen’s works.

Although I did not enjoyed it as much as Pride and Prejudice, I still very much loved Northanger Abbey. It’s not however an easy read – actually I think I had more trouble reading this one than the former. Jane Austen’s writing style is in fact all over the place in this book, and that’s why it took me way too long to read just 230 pages (12 days… shame on me!)… And to think that this was my original book for the A book you can finish in a day spot on my 2015 Reading Challenge!

I really liked Catherine Morland as the heroine of this story, and her exchanges with Henry Tilney were delightful. The Thorpes I just wanted to kick all the time – not likable at all, and I have to say that between Isabella and John, I think John might be the less obnoxious.

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The 2007 TV movie adaptation with Felicity Jones and JJ Feild is great, and I couldn’t help but imagine them both while I was reading the book, Felicity Jones’ expressions are just so on point!

Rating: 3.8 Stars

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2015 Reading Challenge

I’ve been toying with the idea of embarking on some kind of reading challenge for a while, so today I was surfing the net and came across this pretty cool challenge from PopSugar. The goal is to read 52 books, but as I am not crazy (not that the goal is crazy, I’m just very aware that I wouldn’t pull it off), I’ll probably skip some numbers and fuse others…

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So, I’m setting myself up to read 36 books during this year, I’m aiming a bit higher then when I first set my number on Goodreads… let’s see how it goes! I’ll be marking my progress as I go along.

  1. A book with more than 500 pages – City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments #6), Cassandra Clare
  2. A classic romance – Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
  3. A book that became a movie – Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Jesse Andrews
  4. A book published this year – An Ember in the Ashes, Sabaa Tahir
  5. A book with numbers in the title – The One Thing, Marci Lyn Curtis
  6. A book written by someone under 30 – A Court of Thorns and Roses, by Sarah J. Maas
  7. A book with non-human characters – The Slow Regard of Silent Things, Patrick Rothfuss
  8. A funny book – Attachments, Rainbow Rowell 
  9. A book by a female author – You had me at hello, Mhairi McFarlane
  10. A mystery or thriller – The Unfortunate Decisions of Dahlia Moss, Max Wirestone
  11. A book with a one-word title – Fangirl, Rainbow Rowell
  12. A book of short stories – The Bane Chronicles, Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Brennan and Maureen Johnson
  13. A book set in a different country – The Year of Taking Chances, Lucy Diamond
  14. A non-fiction book – Bossypants, Tina Fey and Modern Romance, Aziz Ansari & Eric Klinenberg
  15. A popular author’s first book – Eleanor and Park, Rainbow Rowell
  16. A book from an author you love but haven’t read yet – Landline, Rainbow Rowell
  17. A book a friend recommended – More Happy Than Not, Adam Silvera
  18. A Pulitzer-Prize winning book – To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
  19. A book based on a true story – Love at First Type: A Chronicle of Addiction to Online Dating, Robert D. Spake
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – Finding Cinderella, Colleen Hoover
  21. A book that your mum loves
  22. A book that scares you – Throne of Glass, Sarah J. Maas and Crown of Midnight, Sarah J. Maas
  23. A book that’s more than 100-years-old – Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen
  24. A book based entirely on the cover – The Best Thing That Never Happened To Me, Laura Tait & Jimmy Rice
  25. A book you were supposed to read at school but didn’t finish – Os Maias, Eça de Queirós (I was really not able to finish it back then, not sure if I have the balls to pick it up again…)
  26. A memoir – Popular: Vintage Wisdom for a Modern Geek, Maya Van Wagenen
  27. A book you can finish in a day – Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination, J.K. Rowling
  28. A book with antonyms in the title – Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen (cheat!)
  29. A book set in a country you want to visit – The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion
  30. A book that came out the year you were born 
  31. A book with bad reviews – Nirvana, J.R. Stewart
  32. A trilogy – Shatter Me, Unravel Me, Ignite Me, Tahereh Mafi
  33. A book from that reminds you of your childhood – A Whole New World: A Twisted Tale, Liz Braswell
  34. A book with a love triangle – To all the boys I’ve loved before, Jenny Han & P.S. I Still Love You, Jenny Han
  35. A book set in the future – Armada, Ernest Cline
  36. A book set in high school – Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Becky Albertalli
  37. A book with a color in the title – Red Queen, Victoria Aveyard
  38. A book that made you cry – My Heart and Other Black Holes, Jasmine Warga
  39. A book with magic – Love in the Time of Global Warming,  Francesca Lia Block
  40. A graphic novel – Ms. Marvel, Vol. 1: No Normal, by G. Willow Wilson & Adrian Alphona
  41. A book by an author you’ve never read before – The Perfect Match, Katie Fforde
  42. A book you own but you’ve never read – Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown – Os Maias, Eça de Queirós (It’s the closest I can get… I guess it’s sort of takes place in Lisbon sometimes, though it’s a Lisbon from long ago)
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language – Les Miserábles, Victor Hugo
  45. A book set during Christmas – Girl Online, Zoe Sugg
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials
  47. A play 
  48. A banned book – To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee (cheat!)
  49. A book based on or turned into a television show – The Secret Diary of Lizzie Bennet, Bernie Su and Kate Rorick
  50. A book you started but never finished – The Iliad, Homer

Quite excited about this :D! (in bold are the ones I already finished)