Goodbye, Oskar

Officially done with book # 1!
Finishing "Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close" was kind of bittersweet. Sure, I was happy that I got to finish a book after so long but, I was also quite sad to leave Oskar and the rest of the Schells behind. As I got to know each character more through the many letters that revealed their individual stories bit by bit, I found myself getting incredibly attached and affected by the pain that they were all going through. They were all suffering, each and every one of them, in their own way. Unfortunately, I found myself relating a lot to Oskar's grandmother, for some reason. I'd hate to expound, afraid that I might spoil a few important parts of the story. It's really better if you read it and experience it yourself. I doubt that you'd regret it. And don't worry, I haven't lost everything.. yet. Hopefully, I never will.

So, with a sigh and a frown, I now say goodbye to Oskar and the Schells as well as the Blacks of New York. It was quite a journey! I'm considering adding another Jonathan Safran Foer book to my booklist and this time, without removing anything thus, expanding my goal from 15 books to.. possibly, 20 or even 25? The more I read, the more I find other books that I want to read. I've been listing them in my head.

My friend posing with my book and bag

Now, it's time for book #2

Unrelated but, I sent out my letters to two of my new pen pals. It's very burdensome to write the first letter because I'm not sure as to just how much of myself I should share. It's the first letter ever and I'm scared that I might share too much or too little. Oh well. The letters are on their way now so there's nothing I can do anymore to change the contents! Hope they like them.