Book Review: Table for Two

Book Review

First read: April 22, 2012. Rating: 3 stars
Re-read: July 12, 2015.

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Quick Stats

Title: Table for Two

Author: Marla Miniano

Date fo Publication: 2010

Date Read: From July 12, 2015 to July 12, 2015

My book format: Paperback, by Summit Books

Goodreads Blurb:

In Table for Two, a corner table at a quiet coffee shop takes center stage, the latest release from Summit Books author Marla Miniano. The table is the setting for pivotal moments in the lives of the main characters—who, as it seems, are quite the lovelorn bunch. First, there’s the long-time couple on the verge of calling it quits after college graduation. Then there’s the serial dater who accepts her younger brother’s challenge to go dateless for two months. There’s also a photographer who attempts to dissuade his best friend from getting married (and we’re curious to find out why). And finally, there are the two hopefuls: a young man who meets with the girl he never stopped loving, and a young lady who pores over romance novels, waiting for her turn to fall in love.

So I re-read Table for Two, coz I had to find small books in my shelf for this #CramAThon thing happening over this summer. 🙂 (You check out my previous post for my CramAThon TBR!) 🙂

This is a really thin book, with only a little over a hundred pages. I remember seeing this in Cosmopolitan/Candy magazine’s recommended reads for young adults and adults, alike. It was good, I must say. Not super, but it was a work of art in itself. 🙂

This novella is actually about different stories of different persons in some specific points in their lives. But they are all tied together by this one “cafe around the corner” which has become the witness of the milestones in each of the characters’ life.

There really is no “one” story. In fact, even the little stories that compose this novella do not have plots. You, the reader, will just be able to infer what’s going on. And it’s not at all a bad thing. The execution was done well, and though confusing at first, the characters get to grow on you and you’ll just learn to care for them. 🙂

I’m glad I re-read this. It made me realize that there are just so many things happening around me that I choose not to know and care about. Like a couple breaking up in one corner, a man getting promoted in his job but having no one to share his success with, a girl trying to mend her heart, a couple celebrating on having their first baby. There are just so many things out there that we do not know is happening and it just makes me appreciate life more. And it makes me wanna be more friendly and more concerned and be more caring.

So yeah. I’m glad for this re-read. It’s not perfect, but it’s worth the time 🙂

The Boklander Rating

3 StarsI’m giving Table for Two 3.5 stars! It was so short and I know so many things can still happen, but that’s the point of short stories and novellas, right? They make you think of the what-if’s and the could have beens and all the possibilities. So. A 3.5! I liked it! 🙂

So that’s it guys, I’ll see ya next post and happy reading always!


Summer 2015 #Cramathon!


Hello, everyone!

Just a quick reading update here before my week goes haywire because of all my exams and my graduate school thesis. 🙂 So I’m joining the Summer 2015 #Cramathon which is happening on July 10th to July 13th, and basically all you have to do is pick out all the smallest books in your TBR shelf/shelves and cram-read them all together for the next four days! And that’s it! Haha. 🙂 It’s a pretty simple and straight forward readathon, really!

Now a list of challenges comes with it, though, which is just some sort of a guide to help you pick out the books. You may or you may not follow the list. 🙂

1. Read a children’s book.

2. Read a hardback.

3. Read 2 books in 24 hours.

4. Read a graphic novel.

5. Read a book written in verse.

6. Read a novella.

7. Read 5 books in total.

Again, you may or may not follow the list! No biggie 🙂

So here’s my TBR for the next four days, and I hope to conquer it despite all the school stress! Ha ha. 

Read 2 books in 24 hours: Alienated by Melissa Landers & Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Read a Novella: Table for Two by Marla Miniano, who is a local author from the Philippines. Or I’ll probably  read The Selection novellas in my Kindle. We’ll see 😉

Read a children’s book: Harry POtter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

I’m semi following the list. I can’t do each item coz for one, I don’t have all of those in my shelf, like a graphic novel or a book written in verse. So yeah.

That’s it for now, guys! I hope you join in the #cramathon also coz it’s really really fun!

Happy reading!