Book #5: Bridget Jones’s Diary

BRIDGET JONES’S DIARY

Author: Helen Fielding

Genre: Non-Fiction; Comedy/Chick-Lit

Rating: A+

First Published: 1996

Status: Read

Pages: 271

“Deliciously candid and absolutely hilarious, Bridget Jones’s Diary is the type of book one keeps on the bedside table for emergency laughs and instant pick-me-ups. V. v. good.”

Some books are meant to be read once, others are meant to be reread until the pages fall out. Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding falls under the second category. While I wouldn’t go so far as to call this book a literary masterpiece comparable to the works of Maya Angelou, Jane Austen, or the Brönte sisters, it really is quite a book. Its unflinching and comic portrayal of single women (singletons) and smug marrieds is absolutely spot-on.

True to its name, this book reads like an actual diary with daily entries where Bridget tracks everything from her weight to her calorie consumption, cigarette count to alcohol units. You’ll see her mood fluctuate along with her weight as she goes from one addiction to another—moving from cigarettes to lottery tickets and afternoon cocktails to smoothies.

With every confession Bridget makes, she also voices out the reader’s innermost fears, nagging insecurities, and irrational musings. Whether it’s a tendency to weigh oneself obsessively, count each calorie, chase after the “wrong” guy, smoke too many cigarettes, consume copious amounts of alcohol before 5 p.m., or rely too heavily on self-help books to solve romance and self-esteem issues—Bridget’s candid confessions will strike a chord somewhere. In my case, this book brought to light my unhealthy belief that my happiness is inversely related to my weight—that I would only truly be happy if I were a size 2 or less.

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Book #2: The Graveyard Book – Neil Gaiman

THE GRAVEYARD BOOK

Author: Neil Gaiman
Genre: Fiction; Horror/Fantasy
First Published: 2008
Status: Read
Pages: 312
Price: PHP 419.00/$9.86

The Graveyard Book is a wistful, witty, and deliciously creepy offering from the master storyteller, Neil Gaiman. It reads like a children’s book tailor-made for adults.

Opening with arguably one of the best first lines in fiction—“There was a hand in the darkness, and it held a knife.”—The Graveyard Book reels you in with its macabre start and keeps you hooked until its bittersweet end. Unlike a standard horror story, which starts out with a steady beat and builds its way to a staggering crescendo, this witty and whimsical treat from Gaiman starts at the scariest point of the piece. This book starts with bloody murder.

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