DAY Twenty

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Here’s the question for Day 20 of 30-Day Book Challenge.

20. Favorite childhood book.

In all honesty, I did not grow old with many books around me. My mom and dad isn’t readers so you can expect why.

But that does not mean that I have no favorite childhood book.

Before I became a Content Writer, I was once a teacher for children ages 3-12 years old. For almost two years, I taught English and Math to my little learners. During my stint as a teacher, I discovered this awesome book for kids. This is… The Hungry Caterpillar.

What do I like about this book? I admire its popped-up pages, the colorful drawings, and the simple plot of the story. This is surely a book that will be loved by all kids.

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DAY Nineteen

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This is the question that I have been waiting for, for quite some time now. So here’s the question for Day 19 of 30 Day Book Challenge.

19. Favorite author.

If you are already a follower, you probably know what’s my answer to this question because I am quite very vocal about it. I have been reading ‘full-time’ for almost two years and I have two great love authors. They are Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom.

Nicholas SparksMitch Albom

Why do I love them that much?

It is just because, all their novels have a HEART. That’s all. No mysteries, no fantasies, no magic, just plain reality that tugs the heart in a very special way. That in itself makes them both special.

Don’t get me wrong guys, I love mystery and crime and I am a fan of James Patterson as well but these two lads are just my most cherished novelists.

These great writers do not write the same genre. Sparks is a romance writer while Albom is a philosophical and fiction writer.  But there is a huge similarity in their writing style that made me love them this much.

I am proud to say that I have finished all their novels! Yay! 😀 Please try and read their novels as well.

Here’s the list:

Nicholas Sparks' books.
Nicholas Sparks’ books.

Nicholas Sparks:

The Notebook

A Walk to Remember 

The Last Song 

Dear John 

The Lucky One 

Safe Haven 

Message in a Bottle 

The Rescue 

The Guardian 

The Wedding 

Nights in Rodanthe 

A Bend in the Road 

The Choice 

The Best of Me 

True Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1) 

At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2) 

The Longest Ride 

Three Weeks With My Brother 

Mitch Albom's books.
Mitch Albom’s books.

Mitch Albom:

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

The Time Keeper

Tuesdays with Morrie

Have a Little Faith: a True Story

The First Phone Call from Heaven

For One More Day

Daily Prompt: Ending Agony

Agony and Ecstasy by Paul Lovering Photo from fineartamerica.com
Agony and Ecstasy by Paul Lovering
Photo from fineartamerica.com

As a journalism graduate, I was used to my professors critiquing my work. But I was still shocked with the way my trainer criticized my writing skills during my on-the-job training.

Years after that two-month internship, the harsh and heartbreaking comments that he has given me is still vivid in my memory. As an experienced writer of a national broadsheet in our country, he has all the right to say that my work is crap. But still, I was hurt during those times.

Despite all my heartaches, I can say that he is the reason why I become a better writer. He has taught me even the simplest grammar rules. He has showed me how to be keen in every detail and every word that I will use in my article.

I cannot say that I am as good as him in terms of writing, but I can say that after that stint, I become a better writer. Without him, maybe I am still a ‘pretending writer’ until now. I have learned through him that writing is a process that you cannot do alone. No matter how experienced you think you are, you can never be a perfect scribbler.

His harsh comments definitely made me a better writer. Because of him, though my realization was way too late, I have come to accept and embrace any criticism.

So for the Blogging 101’s topic for today, my answer is I prefer brutally honest comments over ‘soft pinches’.

In my first post, Agony, I have mentioned that I have been so afraid to be critiqued. Because of this, I have not engaged in any kind of blogging. It took me six years before I come out of my fortress and be ready to face any kind of comment that this blogosphere has for me.

When I started this blog, I readied myself against Grammar Nazis and critiques. On the other hand, I have not received any harsh comments yet but I want to say that honest, constructive comments are more than welcome.

With more than a month as a blogger, I have learned that all my fears are just non-sense. I have been nominated by equally awesome bloggers in Liebster and One Lovely Blog awards. I have known writers and readers that I can share my views and opinions. And I have come to learn and to know more about myself. These are enough proofs that writing has greater perks than cons.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” – Maya Angelou, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings

Surely, ending my agony is a risk worth taking.

DAY Eighteen

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Here is the 18th question for  beckysblogs‘ 30 Day Book Challenge.

  1. A book you wish you could live in.

Uhm. This question is a bit hard for me because I have been reading more of mystery thrillers and dystopian YA’s. The settings of most of the novels that I have read are not really ideal to live in. On the other hand, I have read a lot of books that are set in very thrilling and exciting fictional places.

If I have to choose one, I wish I could live in the post-apocalyptic Chicago. It is the setting of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. The story is set in a dystopian place that is both thrilling yet dangerous at the same time.

Why would I want to live there? It is because I want to know what faction will I belong. Will I be in Abnegation, the selfless; in Amity, the peaceful; in Candor, the honest; in Erudite, the intellectual; or in Dauntless, the brave? Or maybe I will be a divergent as well. 🙂

So that’s my answer guys!

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DAY Seventeen

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This is the question for Day 17 of 30 Day Book Challenge.

17. Author you wish people would read more.

I want to say people should read more of Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom books but I think there are thousands or millions of people who have been reading their books already. The fact that most of their novels have been turned to movies is enough evidence that their books are widely read.

So for this question, I would say that I hope more people would read more of Joel Osteen’s books.

It is not a secret that I am a Christian but suggesting Osteen’s books is way beyond this fact. It is not religion that made me think of him as someone who people should read about. It is how his words can affect and improve one’s life.

Though there is the God aspect in his books, it is not the sole topic that he talks about. He speaks about relationships, family, money, dreams and anything that is essential for human’s life.

His wise words can definitely move you and encourage you when you’re going through some tough times.

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DAY Sixteen

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I have reached the half way of this Book Challenge and I can’t help but be thankful to beckysblogs for making such a great challenge. I have learned more about myself and my love for reading. Yay!

So here is the question for day 16:

16. Most thought-provoking book.

I’ve got three books in mind for this question. Instead of explaining why these are my most thought-provoking books, I will let the quotes from the novel prove that they are indeed moving. Here they are:

  1. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom
    “Man alone chimes the hour. And because of this, man alone suffers a paralyzing fear that no other creature endures. A fear of time running out.”

    (Moved.)

  1. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

     “There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.”

    (This is just my favorite quote from this book. This novel has bunch of wise words that is indeed thought-provoking.)

  1. Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential by Joel Osteen

    “Regardless of how many people tell you that what you’re attempting can’t be done, if you’ll persevere, declaring the favor of God and staying in the attitude of faith, God will open doors for you and change circumstances on your behalf.”

    (If you want to be inspired, this is the book to read.)

That’s it guys.

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DAY Fifteen

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I am halfway now in the 30 Day Book Challenge! Yikes! Here’s the question:

15. A character who you can relate to the most.

I think I will give two characters because there are two ladies from the novel that I can relate to.

First is Mia of If I Stay. I can relate to her because I am an elder sister as well. Our difference is that she only has one sibling, her baby brother. While, on the other hand, I have five younger siblings. But we are the same on how we love our siblings.

As the eldest among the family, I have assumed the responsibility to be a role model to my sisters and brother. But aside from that, I can say that my main task is to love them.

I relate to Mia a lot because one of my siblings, actually our youngest which is Nicole, had a near death experience when she was a baby. Nicole is a premature baby and she spent one week inside the hospital. We all thought that she will die; my mom and dad had accepted it. But I don’t. I asked for her life.

Now, anytime that she is sick I can’t get rid of the fears of her not being able to grow up, or not being able to experience this and that. Mia voiced out my fears. That is why I really cried when I was reading that part. Mia and I are both loving sisters.

Lastly, I can relate to Ronnie of Nicholas Sparks’ The Last Song. We are both stubborn daughter. Though my parents are not separated like hers, my father and I had some clash during my teen-age years. I felt like he’s over protective and this and that. But in this age, I have come to realize that he just loves me a lot.

I can say that my dad is like Steve. He loves us a lot. Like Steve, my dad had so many near death experiences. Now, our current problem is his blood pressure. Despite that reality, I can say that I am blessed, because my dad is still with me. Like Ronnie, I love my dad a lot.

DAY Fourteen

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Here is the Day 14 question of the 30 Day Book Challenge.

14. Book that made you cry.

I am a person who easily cries. Really! When I see my mom crying, I cry. When I am happy, I cry. When I am angry I cry. You can consider me a crying lady. 😀

But in terms of novels, there are just a few who has really moved me and touched my heart in a very special way. I have read 90 books so far but there are less than ten novels that released waters in my tear glands. Here they are:

Message in a Bottle

  1. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks – This is the first book that I cried during and after reading it. I hated the ending because it is really painful. The words are just so melancholic and the ending haunted me for some time. I hope that it had a different finale though I think that was the beauty of the book, it is painful yet it is full of love.

At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)

  1. At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks  – Another Sparks book that made me cry. What moved me in this book is the fact that I never predicted that that is how the book will end. All the while, Jeremy and Lexie thought that their first child would die, and then the ending happened in an entirely different twist. I was caught off guard and I can’t help but cry on how their story has ended.

Nights in Rodanthe

  1. Nights in Rodanthe by Nicholas Sparks – Another tearjerker by Nicholas Sparks. In just more than 100 pages, this book has told a story of love and lost that tugs the heart in a special way. I will not forget how I silently cry at 3 in the morning while I am reading this book. This is not your typical boy meets girls love story but it did tell a true love story that is both painful and blissful to remember.

The Longest Ride

  1. The Longest Ride by Nicholas Sparks – What’s different in this novel is that this is the first book that I cried not because of its ending. I was crying during the first few pages of this book. How good was that! The letters written by the character is just so touching. You can feel the truest love that he has for his wife. Sparks is indeed a genius in making me cry.

The Last Song

  1. The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks  –Because this is a father-and-daughter story, I related in so many ways in this book. Ronnie hated his dad but his dad had shown him love and trust, thus gradually, she learned to love his dad. Until that fateful day happened. Steve’s love for Ronnie touched my heart in a way that made me realize how much my dad loves me and how lucky I am to have a father until now. Because of that, I ended up crying.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

  1. If I Stay by Gayle Forman – Mia is a character that I can relate a lot. I was moved to tears when she expressed his sadness after knowing that her little brother had died. We share the same fears and hopes for our siblings. And I can feel her pain when she thought of all the things that her baby brother will not be able to do because he had gone too soon.

For One More Day

  1. For One More Day by Mitch Albom – This is a mother-and-son story that shows that mother can do anything for her child. The ‘Times My Mom Stood for Me’ and ‘Times I Did not Stand For My Mom’ scenes are just so touching. Albom is a master of talking about life after death and he did this without being too sad and gloomy. Though he really tear me up a time or two.

So there they are. I hope you can also relate with my views.

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DAY Thirteen

My answer in Day 13’s question will be the same as my answer in Day 9’s question which is about overrated book. So here’s the question:

13. A book that disappointed you.

I will be straight to the point here. I was really disappointed by the Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld. I have heard good reviews about it but it was really not my cup of tea.

I finished reading Uglies. It was not really bad actually the premise is interesting. But when I read the second book, Pretties, I have decided to dump the entire series.

The lead character in indecisive in an annoying way. The plot is as uncertain as the character itself.

This series lack the good qualities of a Young Adult novel but it did get its fair share of raves. So this is really disappointing.

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DAY Twelve

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I am not able to post my answers in the 30 Day Book Challenge by beckysblogs. I am really sorry because the weather’s not really at its best. So I will try to update my answers today. Here it goes for Day 12.

12. A book you wanted to read for a long time but still haven’t.

I cannot think of a novel that I wanted to read for so long that I still have not read. My reading lists are now compose of new authors that I would like to try so I cannot say that I wanted to read their novels for a long time now.

But there is a book that I planned to finish for a long time that until now I have not finished yet. That is the Bible.

Don’t judge me, I have read some parts of it but I have not finished it yet. Hopefully next year, I will be able to follow a Bible in one year plan so I can finish it.

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