30 DAY BOOK CHALLENGE: Book that has been on your “to read” list the longest

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Four more posts and  I am done with beckysblogs creatively made 30-Day Book Challenge! 😀

So here’s the topic that I will post about today:

DAY 27. – Book that has been on your “to read” list the longest. 

After I consulted my ever-reliable Goodreads account, here are the books that’s almost buried in my TBR. Yep sorry!

All the Light We Cannot See

This is my 2015 reading challenge’s a ‘BOOK YOU READ IN SCHOOL’. I have read a few pages but the length intimidates me.

To Kill a Mockingbird

This my reading challenge’s a ‘BOOK ON THE BOTTOM OF YOUR TO-READ’ list. Hopefully, I will be able to get some courage to read this. 😀

The Goldfinch

This my reading challenge’s a PULITZER-PRIZE winning book that I would really want to read soon!


That’s it for today!

What are the books that intimidates you? Is there any? Or it’s just me? 🙂

Let me know.

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30-Day Book Challenge: Book that makes you laugh out loud

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A few days more and I will be done with beckysblogs awesome 30-Day Book Challenge! 😀

So here’s the topic today:

DAY 26. – Book that makes you laugh out loud. 

I am not really a fan of funny books but after checking my goodreads, I found three awesome books that really made me laugh! 😀

Here are my answers!

Stupid is Forever by Miriam Defensor Santiago 

Stupid is Forever

First things first, who is Miriam Defensor Santiago? According to her Twitter account, she is a Philippine senator, one, if not only, of the most intelligent actually. She is also a Laureate of the Magsaysay Award for government service and she “Eats death threats for breakfast.”

According to the latest news, she is the most followed and liked senator in Twitter and Facebook? Why? Because her tweets and updates are both humorous and moving.

Her book, a certified best-seller here in the Philippines, is a compilation of her inspirational talks and speeches as well as her witty yet hard-hitting one-liner jokes and pick-up lines.

It is short yet sweet read and it is a book that is clearly scribbled by one of the most witty yet wise woman ever.

“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.”

That’s part of this book’s introduction. If you want more dose of witty yet truthful words, check this out: Top 10 Wise Words from ‘STUPID IS FOREVER’ by Sen. Miriam Defensor Santiago. 🙂

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)  by Graeme Simsion 

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)  is a short feel-good funny novel about Don Tillman, a genetics enthusiasts who we’re able to find love in unexpected way. The humor and the scientific element of the book is just so engrossing and entertaining at the same time.

Who could ever create a love story with an almost ‘abnormal’ leading man? Don Tillman is brave enough to go beyond the typical handsome and perfect lover boy. His bravery has created a witty, sometimes annoying, but definitely loveable character.

“But I’m not good at understanding what other people want.’
‘Tell me something I don’t know,’ said Rosie for no obvious reason.
I quickly searched my mind for an interesting fact.
‘Ahhh…The testicles of drone bees and wasp spiders explode during sex.”

There are a lot more of this in this book! 😀

Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks (Goodreads Author), Micah Sparks

Three Weeks With My Brother

In this novel, Nicholas and his brother Michael ‘Micah’ Sparks told their memorable trip together as well as their shared family and brotherhood tales.

There are chapters that is really amusing, especially during Micah and Nicholas’s childhood. Their brotherhood tales are just so funny and so relatable!

That’s it.

What are the novels that made you laugh?

Share it to me! 🙂

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30-Day Book Challenge: The most surprising plot twist or ending

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Again, this awesome book challenge is made by beckysblogs! Go check her equally amazing blog! 🙂

DAY 25. – The most surprising plot twist or ending.

I would give the top 5 novels that I was not able to predict. Here they are:

The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid

The Vanishing Point

MY THOUGHTS: This is the kind of ending that will make out re-read the last chapters, and be like: “Wait, what?”

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

MY THOUGHTS: This book’s ending made me a Picoult-fan. I have never ever thought of the way this book was ended. Goosies, indeed!

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven

MY THOUGHTS: Pay attention to that last phone call from ‘heaven’. You’ll surely have some goosies once you realized what just happened.

At First Sight bNicholas Sparks

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

MY THOUGHTS: This is a great example of my love-hate relationship with Spark’s sad endings. I never see the ending coming. And yes, it just ain’t fair! Why would you do that, Nicholas?

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

We Were Liars

MY THOUGHTS: I don’t know if it was just me or E. Lockhart is really a genius. This novel’s ending is just so creepy yet heartbreaking.

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That’s it guys!

Share to me your thought, please. 🙂

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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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30-Day Book Challenge: Day 23 – Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months

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Got some time to continue beckysblogs’ awesome 30-Day Challenge! Here it is…

DAY 23. – Best book you’ve read in the last 12 months.

For the past 12 months, I have read a lot of new authors. When I say new, I mean new to me. I read a lot of reviews and to-read list to know who are the authors and what are the novels worth reading.

Honestly, there are some novels that appeal to most of the readers that appears overrated to me. But there are also those books and authors that are really really worth your time.

It is hard to pick only one best book because the past 12 months are full of good reads, so here are the my 10 BEST books (August 2014 – August 2015 edition):

Note: This is ordered according to the most latest book that I have read.

Every Day (Every Day, #1)

This book is really unique. It takes a lot of imagination to come up with such an interesting and literally out-of-this-world premise. So kuddos to David Levithan!

The Lovely Bones

Haunting opening scene and calming closing chapter. Alice Sebold is indeed a skilled storyteller.

Still Alice

Realistic and relatable. Lisa Genova has translated Alzheimer’s disease in the most understandable way. She knows how to make the readers feel the grief and courage of her main character, Alice.

Leaving Time

I still cannot forget the ending of this Jodi Picoult masterpiece. As my 100th read book and with its special story about motherhood and elephants, this is indeed one of the best novels that I have read for this year.

Never Never (Never Never, #1)

I hate how Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher ended this novel. I hate and love them because they are just so great in engrossing me that I read this book for just over an hour! I was left hanging, but it is fine! This book made me a fan of these two lasses!

The Husband's Secret

If you think this is a typical infidelity/love affair novel, think again. Because Liane Moriarty was able to craft a story about a broken marriage without the usual cheating issues. This is worth reading!

Defending Jacob

Just when you thought that you figured out the story, William Landay will show you that you just don’t. The twists and turns of the plot especially towards the end will caught you off guard. And that is exactly what thriller and mystery novels should be!

We Were Liars

Talkin’ about unpredictable writers? Well, that is surely E. Lockhart. The ending of We Were Liars is just so surprising that I was really left in awe. I even questioned myself if I really read the book thoroughly or E. Lockhart is really that good. I think it’s actually the second. 🙂

Eleanor & Park

Cute yet heartbreaking. This book made me want to read more of Rainbow Rowell. The story will give you some flashbacks of your own highschool love story because Eleanor and Park are both imperfectly perfect. That is why their story is just so alluring!

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

Who could ever create a love story with an almost ‘abnormal’ leading man? Don Tillman is brave enough to go beyond the typical handsome and perfect lover boy. His bravery has created a witty, sometimes annoying, but definitely loveable character.

So there!

It was fun to recall the great book hangovers that these 10 awesome books have given me.

Actually there are some great books that I was not able to include because I want to post Top 10 only. But I think I should still mention them here. Here’s a quick run down:

I Am the Messenger

Moving.

Gone Girl

Insane.

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Fascinating.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

Unique.

And Then There Were None

Creepy.

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

Tearjerker.

and

The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

Engrossing.

I do hope you can include some of them in your TBRs!

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30-Day Book Challenge: Day 22 – Least favourite plot device

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Anniversaries can really make us nostalgic and sentimental. Because I am close to my blog’s first birthday, I would like to finish a book challenge that I have started last year. That is beckysblogs30-Day Book Challenge.

I have completed until Day 21 so now I’ll pick this awesome challenge at Day 22. Here it goes…

DAY 22. – Least favourite plot device employed by way too many books you actually enjoyed otherwise.

I would like to say that my least favorite plot device is the ‘love triangle’ which is used in a lot of books, may it be YA, mystery thrillers, medical or historical novels. Maybe 90% of the books that I have read have love triangles, sometimes through an ex-lover or a former crush or a childhood friend and so on…

But because that is somehow the most common answer to this question, I would opt to discuss the plot device called ‘Twist Ending’.

Twist Ending is a device wherein the novel ends in the least expected way.

This, like love triangles, are one of my least favorite plot device because most of the books that have Twist Endings have made me cry.

I enjoyed them, though, because I really love authors who can write a book that I can’t predict the ending.

Here are a few examples of the book that has twist ending, categorized in terms of the emotions that you will surely feel once these books ends.

THE SHOCKING

The Vanishing Point by Val McDermid The Vanishing Point

The plot: Young Jimmy Higgins is snatched from an airport security checkpoint while his guardian watches helplessly from the glass inspection box. But this is no ordinary abduction, as Jimmy is no ordinary child. His mother was Scarlett, a reality TV star who, dying of cancer and alienated from her unreliable family, entrusted the boy to the person she believed best able to give him a happy, stable life: her ghost writer, Stephanie Harker.

The twisted ending: I’ll try not give a lot of spoilers here, though it’s really hard. But this is the kind of ending that will make out re-read the last chapters, and be like: “Wait, what?”

Defending Jacob by William Landay

Defending Jacob

The plot: Andy Barber has been an assistant district attorney in his suburban Massachusetts county for more than twenty years. He is respected in his community, tenacious in the courtroom, and happy at home with his wife, Laurie, and son, Jacob. But when a shocking crime shatters their New England town, Andy is blindsided by what happens next: His fourteen-year-old son is charged with the murder of a fellow student.

The twisted ending: Landay unveiled the real evil/suspect in this murder mystery in a very very ‘twisted’ way. It is actually creepy!

THE GOOSE-BUMPS-INDUCING

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

The plot: For over a decade, Jenna Metcalf obsesses on her vanished mom Alice. Jenna searches online, rereads journals of the scientist who studied grief among elephants. Two unlikely allies are Serenity Jones, psychic for missing people who doubts her gift, and Virgil Stanhope, jaded PI who originally investigated cases of Alice and her colleague. Hard questions and answers.

The twisted ending: This book’s ending made me a Picoult-fan. I have never ever thought of the way this book was ended. Goosies, indeed!

The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven

The plot: The First Phone Call from Heaven tells the story of a small town on Lake Michigan that gets worldwide attention when its citizens start receiving phone calls from the afterlife. Is it the greatest miracle ever or a massive hoax? Sully Harding, a grief-stricken single father, is determined to find out.

The twisted ending: Take note of that last phone call from ‘heaven’. You’ll surely have some goosies once you realized what just happened.

THE TEARJERKERS

Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

The plot: The faction-based society that Tris Prior once believed in is shattered – fractured by violence and power struggles and scarred by loss and betrayal. So when offered a chance to explore the world past the limits she’s known, Tris is ready. Perhaps beyond the fence, she and Tobias will find a simple new life together, free from complicated lies, tangled loyalties, and painful memories.

The twisted ending: Someone died, yes. And this is why I will never ever watch the movie version of this novel! (I still haven’t moved-on.)

At First Sight bNicholas Sparks

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

The plot: There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he’d never do: he’d never leave New York City; never give his heart away after barely surviving one failed marriage; and never become a parent. Now Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, engaged to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the start of their family. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, a mysterious and disturbing e-mail sets off a chain of events that will change the course of this young couple’s relationship.

The twisted ending: This is a great example of my love-hate relationship with Spark’s sad endings. I never see the ending coming. And yes, I cried.

Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle

The plot:  For Theresa, wary of romance since her husband shattered her trust, the message inside the bottle raises questions that intrigue her. Challenged by the mystery, and driven to find Garrett by emotions she does not fully understand, Theresa begins a search that takes her to a sunlit coastal town and an unexpected confrontation. Brought together either by chance or something more powerful, Theresa and Garrett’s lives come together in a tale that resonates with our deepest hopes for finding everlasting love.

The twisted ending: As I’ve mentioned in my last post, this is the first Sparks novel that made me cry. To those who have read this, I know you know what I felt. For those who haven’t, figure it out yourselves. 🙂

That’s it guys! Please tell me your thoughts!

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DAY Eight

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Now I am back on track so here’s the question for the 8th day of beckysblogs‘ 30 Day Book Challenge.

  1. Most underrated book.

My answer will be based on the books that I have read already. This question is a bit hard and I consulted my Goodreads account to look for an answer.

As what the data have shown, Paulo Coelho’s books are quite the most underrated books in my Read list. I can understand why.

Paulo Coelho's books
Paulo Coelho’s books

Coelho’s books are mostly about faith and principles in life. As what I have said in my book review for his ‘Veronika Decides to Die’ novel, Coelho discusses realistic topics that are sometimes funny but are always true. There is absence of thrilling mystery or innovative dystopian aspects that are common in modern novels nowadays. Also, Coelho’s novels are mostly deep and full of sense.

Maybe this is why his novels are rated a bit lower as compared to Young Adult books with dystopia themes.

Although for me, I like almost all his works. Though sometimes it a bit too deep and hard to understand but the wise words and the way he discussed the realities of life are enough reasons for me to keep on reading his works.