This is my personal reading log, created as a system to record my reading activities. I not only include my personal thoughts on books that I have read, but also retell the contents of the book (based on my understanding) so I can remember what it is all about. If you have come across this page, beware! There will be SPOILERS.
Cupcake Diaries #15: Emma Sugar and Spice and Everything Nice
Author: Coco Simon 129 Pages Published in New York by Simon & Schuster (2013)
Emma’s younger brother Jake had tonsillitis and frequently suffered from sore throat and ear infection. Due to this, the doctor one day decided that Jake’s tonsils should be removed to prevent any more sore throats and ear infections in the future.
With the day of his surgery looming near, Jake became distressed and miserable, in turn tiring the people around him especially his family members. Emma and her friends Alexis, Mia and Katie, who were members of the Cupcake Club, tried to cheer up Jake with a bunch of cupcakes they baked. The Cupcake Club members – though being middle school students – baked some very delicious and creative cupcakes and made good money from their part-time business. However, the cupcakes were not enough to keep Jake happy and calm.
When the day of his operation came, Jake absolutely refused to go to the hospital. In his tantrums, Emma blurted an absent-minded offer that she will accompany him to the hospital, which Jake immediately agreed to. He stopped his tantrums instantly.
Emma was actually very afraid of anything to do with hospitals and dentists, especially the sight of needles and blood. She usually got squeamish and sometimes fainted when she saw blood, be it real or fake. Now Emma had gotten herself in a sticky situation after offering to accompany Jake to the hospital.
When the two siblings, alongside their parents, arrived at the hospital, Emma naturally felt faint and squeamish. But then, she saw how the much younger Jake suddenly coping with the situation bravely – despite initially protesting everything in a bratty manner. Emma also encountered crush material by the name Diego Diaz – who had to undergo surgery in the near future – but managed to control his own emotions. She also saw how both her parents coped with their own anxieties while waiting for Jake’s surgery to finish.
Finally Emma realized that everyone had their own anxieties to deal with, and that people deal with it differently. She also realized that because of Jake’s courage in undergoing a surgery, she had slowly begun to maintain calm when faced with her greatest fears. She survived her day at the hospital without fainting, and it was a big step towards recovering from her phobia.
This is the first book in the Cupcake Diaries series that I read. I learnt that the author, Coco Simon, is very fond of cupcakes, thus incorporating elements of cupcake baking in her stories. She actually described in detail each cupcake that is featured in her stories, be it in terms of its appearance, ingredients or flavour. I honestly felt very hungry reading the book and wished I had some cupcakes in front of me right then.
The Sultanate: Lord Empero Oleh Elvroseth 883 halaman Diterbitkan oleh Suara Hati Publication (2021) Dalam novel setebal lebih 800 halaman ini, garisan masa yang berlalu adalah lebih daripada satu tahun lamanya. Sejujurnya terlalu banyak perkara yang berlaku dalam tempoh tersebut. Namun malang sekali di penghujung novel ini, hampir kesemua watak boleh dikatakan kembali ke status quo asal sejak halaman pertama. Kisah mereka masih tiada konklusi – kerana segalanya hanya bakal terjawab dalam sekuel novel ini nanti. Dalam buku pertama ini, semua watak berputar-putar ibarat bermain merry-go-round – dan bila-bila sahaja, salah seorang daripada mereka boleh terjatuh dari merry-go-round itu, menuju ajalnya. Novel ini sepatutnya mengambil latar masa hadapan yang bersifat distopian, namun ada kemungkinan juga novel ini lebih berupa ‘ alternate reality ’ berbanding distopia masa hadapan. Ini kerana novel ini mengandungi rujukan kepada budaya popular masa kini (seperti Blackpink dan Ji Chang Wo
Creepella Von Cacklefur #1: The Thirteen Ghosts 113 pages English version published by Scholastic Inc. (2011) This is the first book in a series of Geronimo Stilton books which features Creepella Von Cacklefur as the main character. Creepella was looking for an inspiration to write a spooky story for The Shivery News , so her Grandpa Frankenstein suggested she head to Squeakspeare Mansion, which was said to be haunted. There she met Billy Squeakspeare, who was sitting at the front lawn with all his belongings. Billy was a famous novelist who wrote bestselling love stories, and he was just about to move into Squeakspeare Mansion when he inherited it recently. Unfortunately, as soon as he tried to enter the mansion, he was thrown out of the house by a strong, invisible force. Being a scaredy-mouse, Billy just sat in the garden, not knowing what to do. Until Creepella arrived. Creepella, who was the pushy sort, forced Billy to unlock the door and enter the house, where they will then exp
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