2016 Reading Challenge Update: February Part 1


With the help of Chinese New Year holiday, I started my month-long reading at full speed! 😀 😀 😀

Here are the six (yes, six!) beautiful novels that I have read since February 1 ! ❤

7th – A book translated to English – Norwegian Wood by by Haruki Murakami

Norwegian Wood

What is it about: Toru, a quiet and preternaturally serious young college student in Tokyo, is devoted to Naoko, a beautiful and introspective young woman, but their mutual passion is marked by the tragic death of their best friend years before.  Toru begins to adapt to campus life and the loneliness and isolation he faces there, but Naoko finds the pressures and responsibilities of life unbearable.  As she retreats further into her own world, Toru finds himself reaching out to others and drawn to a fiercely independent and sexually liberated young woman.

What I Love: Subtly sexual, poignantly moving, a bit saddening.

What I Don’t Love Much: The end was a bit predictable.

Wise Words: 

“Death exists not as the opposite but as part of life.”

“If you only read the books that everyone else is readin, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.”

“By living our lives, we nurture death.”

“No truth can cure the sadness we feel from losing a loved one. No truth, no sincerity, no strength, no kindness, can cure that sorrow.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

8th – A book set in your home state – Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong

Ang mga Kaibigan ni Mama Susan

What is it about: A haunting story about religion and broken homes. Bob Ong, a Filipino writer, told an eclectic story through a journal of a teenage boy.

What I Love: I love a book that can give me goosies, and this one surely did it!

What I Don’t Love Much: I am not a fan of the format. And maybe I expected too much because Bob Ong is a well-acclaimed novelist here in the Philippines.

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  (Good read!)

9th – A book of poetry – Love & Misadventures by Lang Leav

Love & Misadventure

What is it about: Beautifully illustrated and thoughtfully conceived, Love and Misadventure will take you on a rollercoaster ride through an ill-fated love affair- from the initial butterflies to the soaring heights- through to the devastating plunge. Lang Leav has an unnerving ability to see inside the hearts and minds of her readers. Her talent for translating complex emotions with astonishing simplicity has won her a cult following of devoted fans from all over the world.

What I Love: EVERYTHING! Everything about this book is GREAT! The illustrations, the poem, the flash fictions. *smiling sigh*

What I Don’t Love Much: NOTHING!

Beautiful Words: The whole book is actually a collection of beautiful wise words. I could put them all here! 😀 But my favorite is this one:

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

10th – A book that’s guaranteed to bring you joy – One Plus One by Jojo Moyes

The One Plus One
What is it about: With two jobs and two children, Jess Thomas does her best day after day. But it’s hard on your own. And sometimes you take risks you shouldn’t. Because you have to . . .

Jess’s gifted, quirky daughter Tanzie is brilliant with numbers, but without a helping hand she’ll never get the chance to shine. And Nicky, Jess’s teenage stepson, can’t fight the bullies alone.

Sometimes Jess feels like they’re sinking . . .

Into their lives comes Ed Nicholls, a man whose life is in chaos, and who is running from a deeply uncertain future. But he has time on his hands. He knows what it’s like to be lonely. And he wants to help…

What I Love: It made me smile, chuckle and almost laugh, and it also made me cry, and almost weep.

Tinge with life’s complexities and miseries like bullying and a lying husband, Jojo Moyes have written such a beautiful book that is raw in emotion.

What I Don’t Love Much: Actually, nothing. This book is great. But it will not get five hearts because Me Before You is still better. 🙂

Wise Words:

“The choices you make now will determine the rest of your life.”

“Because even if the whole world was throwing rocks at you, if you still had your mother or father at your back, you’d be okay.”

“When you work hard to get somewhere, it’s quite nice to show people where you belong.”

Rating: 💖 💖 💖  💖 (Good read, definitely!)

11th – A book that is published in 2016 – Never Never: Part Three(Never Never, #3) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher

Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3)

What is it about: Together, Silas Nash and Charlize Wynwood must look deeper into the past to find out who they were and who they want to be. With time ticking down, the couple are in a race to find the answers they need before they lose everything. Can they regain what they once had? And will it restore who they once were?

What I Love: The romantic toe-curler lines. Yes, they brought back the high school in me! 😀

What I Don’t Love Much: My Goodreads review is…


that was me after Never, Never Part 1.

A bit impressed, a bit confused,
that was me after I read Never, Never Part 2.

Not impressed, so confused,
that was me after I read Never Never Part 3.

That was it?
That was it?

so there…

Cheesy Words: 

“Texts get deleted and conversations fade, but I swear I’ll have every single letter you’ve written for me  until the day I die.”

Rating: 💖 💖 (Good yet a bit disappointing.)

12th – A sequel – Lullabies by Lang Leav


What is it about:  A sequel to the hugely popular, best-selling Love & Misadventure, Lullabies continues to explore the intricacies of love and loss.

Set to a musical theme, love’s poetic journey in this new, original collection begins with a Duet and travels through Interlude and Finale with an Encore popular piece from the best-selling Love & Misadventure. Lang Leav’s evocative poetry speaks to the soul of anyone who is on this journey.

What I Love: EVERYTHING! Yes! 😀 This might be more painful but this is still awesome. The poems, the ironies, the stories do tug the heartstrings!

What I Don’t Love Much: NOTHING!

Beautiful Words: Among the many gorgeous poems and lines, this is my favorite. ❤

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

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72 thoughts on “2016 Reading Challenge Update: February Part 1”

      1. I love most genres except fantasy and pure romance novels. I read mostly non-fiction but there are many books in the fiction world that I have enjoyed. I am not really into classics, I enjoy some short stories, volumes of poetry, true crime, historical fiction, and pretty much anything that is well-written and catches my attention.I like a local writer now based out of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada and her name if Donna Morrissey. You might like her writing 🙂

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      2. I think we have the same exceptions. Haha. My mind isn’t so creative enough to read fantasy, though I enjoy reading Melinda’s series. 🙂 And romance like adult romance isn’t for me as well. 🙂

        Thank you for your reco. I think I have to check her out. 😉

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      3. Yes, she has become one of my favorite authors. She writes fiction set in real place (present and past) and always creates some of the strongest female characters I’ve met. I know you would enjoy her work.

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      1. I’m only 1/3 through… Haha! 😂 It’s a bit slow. It doesn’t get me hyped up like Fangirl did. Maybe it’ll get more exiting as it goes along. 😄 Or maybe I stopped too often between read and broke the flow. But I really like Park. 😊

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  1. I really like the format you use when you do your book reviews. It’s simple, visually pleasing and fun to read. I may have to adapt it if I start doing reviews again. Love your choice of books as well! (We’ve already fangirled over Lang Leav before xD)

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    1. Oh.. your words made me smile, Jade. 🙂 This is not my original format, but I have read an article that online reader only have 8-second attention span. So I try to be as short as possible. 😀

      And, yes, I think we did but I can fangirl her forever! 😀

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  2. Oh, I love those two books too- Love & Misadventure and Lullabies! I heard she’s working on her next one. ❤ ❤ ❤ I've got Murakami but haven't read it yet. BUT since it's on your list, I'll be reading it real soon. 😀
    And oh, you've started reading locals. I'm a bit jealous. Hmm.. what do you mean about the format? Are Bob Ong books not the usual story?

    Have a lovely day, Rosema. 🙂

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    1. And I hope you will like Murakami. I may not be crazy about his novels but some find them really great! 😀

      And… with the Bob Ong books, I received two different novels as a gift. ❤ That is why I've started with love-local reading! 😀

      With the format… the novel mentioned here is told through a journal. It felt like you are reading a diary. It's quite unique but I am not particularly a fan.

      And yes… I think Bob Ong books is not the usual stories that we've read. I am about to start the second one this weekend. 🙂

      I missed you MAria! ❤ ❤ ❤

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      1. Looking forward to reading Murakami’s. I’ve heard some of my office mates love him though. Now I’m curios to know how I’d feel. 😀

        Urgh! I better get me some generous friends! I’m so jealous!! (Sssh.. Don’t tell them I just said that) Oh, it sounds like The Perks of Being a Wallflower. I was reading through his journal. I didn’t like it though. :\

        BUT I’m still curious about Bob Ong. Will have t buy get one soon. Hmm… I know Juan Miguel is working on his book. It’s what I’m actually looking forward to. ❤ ❤

        I missed you too Rosema! *Sending virtual hugs and kisses to you*

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      2. I am excited to know your thoughts about Murakami. Cause he is good but I am not actually crazy about him. 😀
        I will not tell them surely. Haha. 😀
        I’ll start reading the next one today I hope I will like it na. 🙂
        Who is Juan Miguel???


  3. Thank you for this spirited review. I enjoy learning about the Filipino work, even if the format isn’t quite right, because, well, I get a chance to learn more about your culture. Although your travelogues tell me so much more. The poetry collections sound (and read) first-rate. I’m happy to see that they mean so much to you. Poetry moves, doesn’t it? Again, Thank you!

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