Monday Musings: On Dreaming

Monday Musings

Start the week with some wise words worth pondering. – rosemawrites

Monday Musings is this blog’s newest feature. 🙂

Every Monday, I will share some wise words from the awesome books that I have read.

Here is my word-to-ponder for this week:

From: The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

My thoughts: 

This is my first read from Paulo Coelho. I read The Alchemist way back April 2013 and I still think that this is one of his best.

Back then, I am an English teacher in an Enrichment Learning Center. That was not my dream. I am a Journalism graduate and my dream is to really become a writer.

Looking back, The Alchemist and this quote lightened the fire in my heart. This book encouraged me to pursue my dream, amid its impossibility.

Now I am a Public Relations Writer. I may not see my byline yet in major newspapers but atleast I can now tell that I have fulfilled my dream, to be able to call myself as a writer.

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30-Day Book Challenge: Day 23 – Book you’re most embarassed to say you like/liked

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Thanks again to beckysblogs’  for creating this awesome book challenge!

Here is the question for Day 24: Book you’re most embarrassed to say you like/liked.

I have read some answers to this question and most of them says The Twilight series.

On the other hand, I am not embarrassed to say that I like Stephenie Meyer‘s hit Young Adult series because I still think that Twilight is an awesome story.

So now, I am finding it hard to say what is that one book that I am embarassed to say that I like.

Hmmm.

Maybe I would pick Fifty Shades Freed by E.L. James.

Fifty Shades Freed (Fifty Shades, #3)

I actually liked not particularly the book but Grey and Anastasia’s love story.

Yep. I admit. I just can’t help but like how Grey courts Ana even after their wedding.

Fifty Shades Freed is the 3rd book of E.L. James’ Fifty Shades of Grey series. I was not able to finish the first book because there are terms that I cannot understand anymore.

I skipped the 2nd book, the Darker, because I think that will be more gross. That is why I only finished Fifty Shades Freed.

No judgment please. 🙂

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BOOK READS: A Review of The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Picture1Emotionally haunting. Vividly described violence while expressing hope. 

After reading Markus Zusak‘s I Am the Messenger , I was convinced that he is indeed a not-your-ordinary author.

And as I read The Book Thief, I have proven how ‘deep’ he really is.

The Book Thief

Genre: Historical Fiction

Published: 2005

Rating: 💖💖💖 (You MAY read it.)

THE STORY:

Liesel Meminger, a nine-year old girl, is surrounded with tragedies. She saw her brother died. Her mother left her in Himmel Street with her new parents, Hans and Rosa Hubermann.

Amid the war and the violence during the German Nazi regime, Liesel has become her own kind of criminal. She chose to be a Book Thief.

Little does she know that her love of words will lead her to her life’s greatest despair.

THE BLURB:

It took me more than a month to finish this book. This is not because the story is boring. It is in fact because the story’s depth requires time to fully understand.

Markus Zusak is indeed a one-of-a-kind author with unique techniques in telling his own story. His chosen storyteller in this novel is creepy yet emotionally touching at the same time.

I can’t also help but admire how he used silence to highlight the violence surrounding Liesel.

Though this story is full of sense and contains strong emotions, I still give this book 3 hearts rating because I think it is a bit too long.

Nonetheless, The Book Thief is still a story worth reading.

THE WISE WORDS:

People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends. 

People have defining moments, I suppose, especially when they’re children.

THE WRAP:

A dark story told by a creepy storyteller. A novel not short of depthness, worth and hope.

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TAGGED: The Book Cover Guessing Challenge

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Don’t judge the book by its cover. But, can you ‘know’ the book just by looking at its cover?

I will actually try to do that after the overly sweet Dimple of enthrallingdimple tagged me to do this cool challenge that I really really want to do! Please go check out her blog. She has written a lot of interesting thoughts that book bloggers, like me, should read. 🙂

Why am I excited to do this? It’s because I actually, sometimes, judge a book just by looking at its cover. (Yep. I’m guilty.)

So now, let me try my wit and luck in this Book Cover Guessing Challenge. Here’s how this challenge works:

  1. Pick a few books, typically well-known, that you know little or nothing about.
  2. Guess what they are about, based on the cover and title.
  3. Compare it with the actual blurb on Goodreads and see how you fare.

I picked five (05) books from Goodreads recommendations for me. 🙂

Let’s see how I’ll do this. I’m quite nervous actually. (laughs)

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Recommendation from my To Read shelf

The Nightingale

The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah

My guess:

I think this story is about a girl (I think it’s a girl because the author is a girl 😀 ) who lives in Paris (because that’s Eiffel Tower!). That girl dreams to become a famous singer (because from what I know, a nightingale is a small bird that sings beautifully). The main character faces challenges just to make her dream come true (because there should always be a struggle in every story! 😀 )

Goodreads says:

The Nightingale tells the stories of two sisters, separated by years and experience, by ideals, passion and circumstance, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France–a heartbreakingly beautiful novel that celebrates the resilience of the human spirit and the durability of women.

So…

I am so wrong! (facepalm) At least Paris is in France so I closely got that right! 😀

Recommendation from my Favorites shelf

The Summer Girls (Lowcountry Summer #1)

The Summer Girls by Mary Alice Monroe

My guess:

Basing on the title and the cover, this book is set during summer (that was very obvious!). I also think that this book has female characters who have been friends from a long time. And then, one summer will somehow test their friendship.

Goodreads says:

In this enchanting trilogy set on Sullivan’s Island, South Carolina, New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe captures the complex relationships between Dora, Carson, and Harper, three half-sisters scattered across the country—and a grandmother determined to help them rediscover their family bonds.

So…

There is indeed a summer aspect in this novel but that is the only thing that I got right! (Like, seriously! 😀 ) Those girls we’re not friends, they’re sisters!

Recommendation from my YA shelf

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking, #1)

The Knife of Never Letting Go  by Patrick Ness

My guess:

A young man will try to wage revenge against his enemies (because he cannot let go). There will be some brutal scenes and I think the main character is somehow Dauntless-like (remember Divergent?).

Goodreads says:

Prentisstown isn’t like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else’s thoughts in an overwhelming, never-ending stream of Noise. Just a month away from the birthday that will make him a man, Todd and his dog, Manchee — whose thoughts Todd can hear too, whether he wants to or not — stumble upon an area of complete silence. They find that in a town where privacy is impossible, something terrible has been hidden — a secret so awful that Todd and Manchee must run for their lives.

So…

I got it right, a bit. The main character is indeed a boy but the premise of this book is far from my guess. (Aww. I think I will not get anything right!)

Recommendation from my Romance shelf

Across the Universe (Across the Universe, #1)

Across the Universe bBeth Revis

My guess:

The two main characters are already a couple when they launched a space exploration across the universe. (I can’t say if they are humans or aliens, haha! ) As they travel away from the world, their relationship will be tested. They will also discover truths about their relationship and about themselves as they discover the universe inside a spaceship.

Goodreads says:

Seventeen-year-old Amy joins her parents as frozen cargo aboard the vast spaceship Godspeed and expects to awaken on a new planet, three hundred years in the future. Never could she have known that her frozen slumber would come to an end fifty years too soon and that she would be thrust into the brave new world of a spaceship that lives by its own rules.

Amy quickly realizes that her awakening was no mere computer malfunction. Someone – one of the few thousand inhabitants of the spaceship – tried to kill her. And if Amy doesn’t do something soon, her parents will be next.

So…

Okay. Okay. I’m luckless. (facepalm again) I got the spaceship right, though! 😀

Recommendation from my Romance shelf Mystery and Thriller shelf

Shoofly Pie (Bug Man, #1)

Shoofly Pie (Bug Man, #1) by  Tim Downs

My guess: Maybe the name of the main character here is Shoofly Pie or Bug Man. 😀 He (I think the main character is a man) tries to uncover a mysterious murder than can either make or break his career. Little did he know that the secret towards solving the crime lies to the small details that he should see, (that’s my figurative interpretation of fly. Haha).

Goodreads says:

Forensic entomologist Nick Polchak (a.k.a. the Bug Man) is hired by thirty-year-old Kathryn Guilford, who is terrified of bugs, to solve her friend’s death. When Polchak stumbles into the mystery of how Kathryn’s husband was killed years earlier, the action kicks into high gear — and Polchak finds himself on the run with his client from someone who will do anything to keep a secret.

So…

Alright! I got the Bug Man right. But that was it. Haha

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Thank you again Dimple of enthrallingdimple for tagging me after I somehow asked to be tagged? 😀 I got no correct guess but I totally enjoy this challenge!

I am now sure that I cannot be a fortune teller someday! (final facepalm)

So guys, will you take this challenge?

Please say yes! 🙂

Spread the blog-love!

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: 32nd and 33rd books

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A book with non-human characters and a book with more than 500 pages.

It has been a long time since I published an update for my 2015 Reading Challenge. It is because my reading pace has slowed down 😦 because my writing job is just so draining.

On a positive note, here are my recent reads for these categories:

A book with non-human characters (32nd) – Every Day bDavid Levithan

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

Synopsis: Every day a different body. Every day a different life. Every day in love with the same girl.
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day.

I consider the main character of this awesome book a non-human because I can’t even determine what should I call him/her or it.

But that doesn’t mean this novel by David Levithan is not great. It is actually unique and thought-provoking. I cannot wait for the sequel, actually! 🙂

A book with more than 500 pages – The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

Synopsis: It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

This is an unforgettable story about the ability of books to feed the soul.

It took me also a month to finish this book because of my busy schedule and because of its more than 500 pages.

On the other hand, The Book Thief is not short on sense and depth. It is one of those few books that can move you not in a so blatant manner.

Zusak has subtly described the violence during the Holocaust era in Germany and his main character, Liesel, and his storyteller, Death (yes, you’re reading it right), makes this story an emotionally gripping novel.

(I will be posting my review for this book soon.) 🙂

So there!

Till my next update. 🙂

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BLOG AWARDS: Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

It is really such an honour to be nominated by your fellow bloggers. So thanks a lot Arianna of The Daydreaming Bookworm for nominating me with this award!

It is a pleasure to do this tag/nomination so here are the simple rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate ten blogs.

Here are Arianna’s 10 questions:

1. What is your favorite book, so far, for 2015?

This is hard! I have read a lot of awesome books this year, but I must say that, The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldStill Alice by Lisa Genova and Every Day (Every Day, #1) by David Levithan are my top three, as of now.

The Lovely BonesStill Alice

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

I also published recently my Best Book Read from the past 12 months. 🙂

2. What is your most anticipated release for this year?

I have written a blog a month ago that contains my answer for this question.

Yeps. I am so excited for the upcoming release of Nicholas Sparks’ new novel, See Me and Mitch Albom’s new book, The Magic String of Frankie Presto.

See Me will be out on October 13 and The Magic Strings will be released on November 15! I just can’t wait!!!

3. What is your favorite way to read: physical book or e-reader?

Uhm. I love the smell of physical books but I have no enough budget to buy a lot of that, so more of my current books are ebooks. It is also more convenient for me as I do most of my reading at night, when all the lights are off. 🙂

4. If you were stranded on a deserted island, who would you want to be stranded with?

I would want to be stranded in an island with my dad or with my mom because I think they are the most reliable and dependable persons in my life.

5. What is your favorite show to binge watch on Netflix?

I am not quite sure if we have Netflix here in the Philippines. Sorry.

6. Name a book that you have a love/hate relationship with.

That would be Message in a BottleDivergent series and The Hunger Games trilogy. I do love the stories of these books but I hate their endings. Yeah, really.

Message in a Bottle

7. How many books have you bought this month?

I am saving a lot of money for the upcoming Sparks and Albom books so I would say I have no plans of buying any book this month. 🙂

8. Favorite summer treat?

Green mango shakes! Actually, I drink green mango shakes in any season! It’s just refreshingly sour. 😀

9. Favorite reading spot?

I am a librocubicularist. A reader in bed. 😉

10. If you could spend the day with your favorite author, who would it be and what would you do?
That would be with Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Mitch Albom.

With Sparks, I just want to visit North Carolina with him as almost, if not all, of his novels are set in his hometown. I want to see the spots that he has mentioned on his stories.:)

With Albom, I just want to have some coffee and talk to him about anything and everything under the sun. I would love to hear his views about life and love and everything. 🙂

There you go!

I am done. Now it’s your turn guys:

I nominated more than 10 blogs because they are all awesome! 🙂

My questions for you guys! (There are some cliches here. Forgive me. ~)

1. Describe yourself in ONE word.

2. When and why did you start blogging?

3. Who influenced you to read?

4. What are your top 3 best read books for this year?

5. Where’s your favorite place when you’re reading?

6. What’s the perfect pair for a book, is it coffee or tea?

7. Name three authors that you have read almost all their books? (Consider authors that you have read more than 5 novels.)

8. Aside from writing and reading, name one activity that you do most of the time?

9. What’s your favorite song lyric? 

10.  Who is that book character that you can relate the most? Why?

11. What is the best quote that you have read? (Please include the name of the book and author)

Share the blog-love!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

First impressions are meant to last, especially with books and authors.

I have proven that after I first read a Nicholas Sparks novel, A Walk to Remember, and a Mitch Albom book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Because the first Sparks and Albom novels that I read were both great, these two have become my favorite scribblers since then.

On the other hand, there are also some authors that I will not read again after a not-so-good first read.

Now, here are my top 10 auto-buy authors who like Sparks and Albom, have written awesome novels that made me want to read more of their stories.

I also included the first books that I have read from these authors as well as my top recommended reads from them.

Credits to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome book meme! ❤

(This list is not ranked.)

1. Alice Sebold

Alice SeboldGenres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Lovely Bones
Books read: The Lovely Bones
Recommended: The Lovely Bones
What I love about her: Her unique way in presenting her story. Her so realistic yet so moving description of lost, grief, love and peace.

2. Colleen Hoover 

Colleen Hoover Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Humor
First read: Never Never
Books read: Never NeverNever Never: Part Two and Ugly Love
Recommended: Never Never
What I love about her: She knows how to leave you hanging, in a good way. Engrossing, oh yes.

3. David Levithan

David LevithanGenres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian
First read: Every Day
Books read: Every Day
Recommended: Every Day
What I love about him: He can pull-off a seemingly impossible yet gripping premise that will keep you reading until you’re done. His words awake the if’s and how’s of your reading mind.

4. Lisa Genova

Lisa GenovaGenres: Literature & Fiction
First read: Still Alice
Books read: Still Alice
Recommended: Still Alice
What I love about her: Her expertise in the field of medicine and her in depth knowledge of expressing diverse emotions. She can mix these two and translate it into a beautiful masterpiece.

5. Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion Genres: Fiction, Romance
First read: The Rosie Project
Books read: The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect
Recommended: The Rosie Project
What I love about him: He can create a not so normal but so loveable character. His stories have the right amount of “cheesiness” and quirkiness.

6. James Patterson

James PattersonGenres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Mistress
Books read: Mistress12th of Never, The Christmas WeddingCross My HeartFirst LovePrivate L.A. and 1st to Die
Recommended: Mistress and The Christmas Wedding,
What I love about him: He is indeed a master of on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrillers but he can also write touching stories of love.

7. Jojo Moyes

Jojo MoyesGenres: Romance, Mystery, Fiction
First read: Me Before You
Books read: Me Before You
Recommended: Me Before You
What I love about her: She can make me cry.

8. Lis Wiehl

Lis WiehlGenres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
First read:Face of Betrayal
Books read: Face of BetrayalHand of Fate, Heart of IceA Matter of Trust, A Deadly BusinessWaking Hours and Darkness Rising 
Recommended: Heart of Ice and A Deadly Business
What I love about her: Her knowledge in police and investigation technicalities and her expertise in law make her novels thrilling and informative at the same time.

9. Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow RowellGenres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Eleanor & Park
Books read: Eleanor & Park and Landline
Recommended: Eleanor & Park
What I love about her: Her imperfect yet relatable characters. Her witty yet compelling storytelling technique. Her books are just so relaxing to read.

10. Paulo Coelho 

Paulo Coelho

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Alchemist
Books read: The AlchemistBridaAlephEleven MinutesThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Winner Stands AloneManuscript Found in AccraThe ZahirVeronika Decides to Die and Adultery
Recommended: The AlchemistEleven Minutes and Manuscript Found in Accra,
What I love about him: Genius in writing wise words. Most of his books are spiritually moving.

BONUS

Yep. I know you know this is coming. 🙂

Of course, Albom and Sparks will be included in this list! ❤

Mitch Albom

Mitch AlbomGenres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Sports
First read: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Books read: For One More DayThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True StoryTuesdays with MorrieThe Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Recommended: Tuesdays with MorrieThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True Story
What I love about him: Moving. Truthful. Inspiring. May it be fiction or non-fiction, Mitch Albom always has a full-of-sense words that go beyond the pages of his stories. It sinks into your mind and into your heart.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas SparksGenres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
First read: A Walk to Remember
Books read: The Last SongThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Best of MeThe Longest RideDear JohnThe ChoiceMessage in a BottleThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)The GuardianTrue Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)The RescueThe Lucky OneNights in RodantheA Walk to RememberSafe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.
Recommended: Message in a BottleSafe HavenThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Longest RideThe ChoiceThe Wedding (The Notebook, #2)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2),  and Nights in Rodanthe
What I love about him: Master of love and lost stories. Master of heart-tugging lines. He is that one author that you can love and hate all at the same time. Prepare yourself for that unexpected ending, because he is also an expert in writing surprising twists.

So there!

Please share me your thoughts! ❤

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Monday Musings: On Pleasing People

Monday Musings

Start the week with some wise words worth pondering. – rosemawrites

I am happy to introduce to you my blog’s new feature, the Monday Musings.

Musing
noun

: meditation

First use: 14th century

Synonyms:broody, cogitative, meditative, melancholy, contemplative, pensive, reflective, ruminant, ruminative, thoughtful

Every Monday, I will share some wise words from the awesome books that I have read.

Here is my word-to-ponder for this week:

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From: You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner by Joel Osteen

You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner

My thoughts: I have been a people-pleaser. I actually read an article that eldest kids, like me, are born with the desire to please people.

But after several failures and rejections, I have learned that there is no one that I should please but God.

Have a great week, friends! 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10 Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From

This is my first time to participate to an established book meme and I am really excited to do the Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I know this post was scheduled for August 11, last Tuesday, but I still want to do this this week. (I hope it’s okay. :))

So let me present you my Top Ten Authors I’ve Read The Most Books From according to my Goodreads account!

10. Colleen Hoover , Veronica RothSuzanne Collins and Tahereh Mafi (3 books each)

Colleen Hoover

“How odd to be made of flesh, balanced on bone, and filled with a soul you’ve never met.” – Colleen Hoover

BOOKS READ: Never NeverNever Never: Part Two and Ugly Love

Veronica Roth

“We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.” – Veronica Roth

BOOKS READ: DivergentInsurgent and Allegiant

Suzanne Collins

“You don’t forget the face of the person who was your last hope.” – Suzanne Collins

BOOKS READ: The Hunger Games, Catching Fire and Mockingjay 

Tahereh Mafi

“All I ever wanted was to reach out and touch another human being not just with my hands but with my heart.” – Tahereh Mafi

BOOKS READ: Shatter MeUnravel Me and Ignite Me 

9. Kiera Cass (4 books)

Kiera Cass

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.” – Kiera Cass

BOOKS READ: The Selection, The Elite, The One and The Heir 

8, 7 and 6. Stephenie MeyerEmily Giffin, and Michael Crichton (5 books each)

Stephenie Meyer

“I like the night. Without the dark, we’d never see the stars.” – Stephenie Meyer

BOOKS READ: TwilightNew MoonEclipseBreaking Dawn and The Host 

Emily Giffin

“Love, not as a surge of passion, but as a choice to commit to something, someone, no matter what obstacles or temptations stand in the way. And maybe making that choice, again and again, day in and day out, year after year, says more about love than never having a choice to make at all.”  – Emily Giffin

BOOKS READ: Heart of the MatterSomething BorrowedSomething BlueBaby Proof and Love the One You’re With

Michael Crichton

“If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” – Michael Crichton

BOOKS READ: CongoNextDisclosureState of Fear, and Rising Sun

5. Mitch Albom (6 books)

Mitch Albom

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” – Mitch Albom

BOOKS READ: For One More DayThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True StoryTuesdays with MorrieThe Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven

4. and 3. Lis Wiehl and James Patterson

Lis Wiehl

“The absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” – Lis Wiehl

BOOKS READ: Face of BetrayalHand of Fate, Heart of IceA Matter of Trust, A Deadly BusinessWaking Hours and Darkness Rising 

James Patterson

“You can’t tell which way the train went by looking at the tracks.” – James Patterson

BOOKS READ: Mistress12th of Never, The Christmas WeddingCross My HeartFirst LovePrivate L.A. and 1st to Die

2. Paulo Coelho (10 books)

Paulo Coelho

“It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” – Paulo Coelho

BOOKS READ: The AlchemistBridaAlephEleven MinutesThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Winner Stands AloneManuscript Found in AccraThe ZahirVeronika Decides to Die and Adultery

I think you already guessed this… 🙂

1. Nicholas Sparks (18 books)

Nicholas Sparks

“Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” – Nicholas Sparks

BOOKS READ: The Last SongThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Best of MeThe Longest RideDear JohnThe ChoiceMessage in a BottleThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)The GuardianTrue Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)The RescueThe Lucky OneNights in RodantheA Walk to RememberSafe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.

That’s it! 🙂

Do we share the same love for these authors? Please let me know.

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Tagged: The Emoji Book Tag

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So I was tagged by Dimple of Enthralling Dimple with The Emoji Book Tag! So thanks Dimple! 🙂

This book tag is made by seven booktubers namely; Liz from lizlovesliteratureJenny from JellafySanaa from InkBonesBooksDylan from dylanbooksMax from WellDoneBooksVilde from vforvilde and Scott from Scott Place. 

The rules are simple, you just have to relate your five most-used or latest-used EMOJIs with your read books.

And because I am a certified emoji junkie, yes I love emojis, I am really giddy to do this tag.

So let’s start! ~

  • Laughing Emoji 

Stupid is Forever

Stupid is Forever by Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago 

“Of course, I make no claim to originality in this compilation of my epigrams. My supporters find them funny, and my enemies presumably find them revolting. That’s because those villains are hardwired only for self-adulation.”

Witty pick-up lines and funny yet factual political sentiments and observations from no less than the best Filipino Senator! This laughter-inducing book is amusing but it doesn’t mean it’s non-sense! It isn’t!

  • Blushing Emoji

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)

Stargirl bJerry Spinelli

“Her smile put the sunflower to shame.”

“She laughed, and the desert sang.”

“She was bendable light: she shone around every corner of my day.”

Isn’t it just so sweet! (blushes)

  • Screaming Emoji

Gone Girl

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

“I felt a queasy mixture of relief and horror: when you finally stop an itch and realize it’s because you’ve ripped a hole in your skin.”

What’s creepier than a psychotic woman who kills?

  • Sobbing Emoji

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Me Before You bJojo Moyes

I kissed him, trying to bring him back. I kissed him and let my lips rest against his so that our breath mingled and the tears from my eyes became salt on his skin, and I told myself that, somewhere, tiny particles of him would become tiny particles of me, ingested, swallowed, alive, perpetual.

If you are not a crier, try reading this book. And then tell me if it was just me or this story is really heartbreaking.

  • Winking Emoji

I Am the Messenger

I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

“It’s not a big thing, but I guess it’s true–big things are often just small things that are noticed.”

This is not a love story, so how is it related to the winking emoji? It’s because I fallen in love for Markus Zusak because of this book. Now I am reading The Book Thief! ❤

So there!

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