2016 Reading Challenge Update: April Part 2

“All grown-ups were once children… but only few of them remember it.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, The Little Prince


I have read seven books last April and the first four are posted here. As promised, here are the three more good reads I had last month!

25th –A book at least 100 Years Older Than You  – The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

The Little Prince

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

What is it about: With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.

What I Love: It is simple, succinct yet it can impact your views in life. Now I know why it’s one of the best classics.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: 

“You see, one loves the sunset when one is so sad.”

“What makes the desert beautiful,’ said the little prince, ‘is that somewhere it hides a well…”

26th – A romance set in the future – Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

Every Last Word

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

What is it about: Samantha McAllister looks just like the rest of the popular girls in her junior class. But hidden beneath the straightened hair and expertly applied makeup is a secret that her friends would never understand: Sam has Purely-Obsessional OCD and is consumed by a stream of dark thoughts and worries that she can’t turn off.

Second-guessing every move, thought, and word makes daily life a struggle, and it doesn’t help that her lifelong friends will turn toxic at the first sign of a wrong outfit, wrong lunch, or wrong crush. Yet Sam knows she’d be truly crazy to leave the protection of the most popular girls in school. So when Sam meets Caroline, she has to keep her new friend with a refreshing sense of humor and no style a secret, right up there with Sam’s weekly visits to her psychiatrist.

Caroline introduces Sam to Poet’s Corner, a hidden room and a tight-knit group of misfits who have been ignored by the school at large. Sam is drawn to them immediately, especially a guitar-playing guy with a talent for verse, and starts to discover a whole new side of herself. Slowly, she begins to feel more “normal” than she ever has as part of the popular crowd . . . until she finds a new reason to question her sanity and all she holds dear.

What I Love: I am glad I picked this in a whim because I have no idea of the Poet’s Corner. I love how the suspense builds and how the story cascades. I love the poetries included and the diversity of poets this book have showed.

Finally, the twist gave me goosies!

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: 

“Everyone’s got something. Some people are just better actors than others.”

“Mistakes. Trial and error. Same thing. Mistakes are how we learned to walk and run and that hot things burn when you touch them. You’ve made mistakes all your life and you’re going to keep making them.”

27 – A book recommended by a family member – You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner by Joel Osteen

You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (GREAT READ!)

What is it about: In 8 UNDENIABLE QUALITIES OF A WINNER, Joel Osteen focuses on the irrefutable traits and attributes of highly successful people. These personal qualities are tested through the ages and all types of circumstances. These practical principles guide the lives of champions.

What I Love: The wise words that touched my soul.

What I Don’t Love Much: Nothing!

Wise Words: 

“You don’t need their approval when you have God’s approval.”

“You need to be around people who know more than you and have more talent than you. Don’t be intimidated by them; be inspired.”

“You weren’t created to simply exist, to endure, or to go through the motions; you were created to be really alive.”

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.

Photo Credit: Manrepeller, Shamilar, Goodreads

Story Summary: Goodreads


What are you favorite reads this month?

Have you read any of this?

Do you agree with me?

:)

Let’s talk!

Ten Inspiring Reads for Every Dream Chaser

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“Every great dream begins with a dreamer” ― Harriet Tubman


I was born a dream chaser
and so are you,
admit it or not, you know
it’s true.

So here are ten inspiring reads
to uplift your spirits
and boost of moral beads!

1. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays with Morrie

Inspiring words: “So many people walk around with a meaningless life. They seem half-asleep, even when they’re busy doing things they think are important. This is because they’re chasing the wrong things. The way you get meaning into your life is to devote yourself to loving others, devote yourself to your community around you, and devote yourself to creating something that gives you purpose and meaning.”

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Inspiring words: “It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.”

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

Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential

Inspiring words: “No matter how many times you get knocked down, keep getting back up. God sees your resolve. He sees your determination. And when you do everything you can do, that’s when God will step in and do what you can’t do.”

4. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs

Inspiring words: “Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.”

5. Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks

Three Weeks With My Brother

Inspiring words: “When you chase a dream, you learn about yourself. You learn your capabilities and limitations, and the value of hard work and persistence.”

6. I Am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

I Am the Messenger

Inspiring words: “I’d rather chase the sun than wait for it.”

7. On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Inspiring words: “The scariest moment is always just before you start.”

8. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini 

The Kite Runner

Inspiring words: “And suddenly, just like that, hope became knowledge. I was going to win. It was just a matter of when.”

9. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Inspiring words: “A real diamond is never perfect.”

10. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)

Inspiring words: “It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live.”

Photo credit: Goodreads


In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

April 12: Ten Books Every X Should Read (up to you! Examples: every history nerd, memoir lover, ballet lover, feminist, college student, etc etc.)

P.S. What one book would you add on this list?

Share it to me! 😀

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

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A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. – George R.R. Martin

I can’t help but smile as I write this post because The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday today is almost related to my post last week, Top Ten Books I am Dying to Read.

September 22: Top Ten Books On My Fall TBR

But instead of repeating those books, I will feature the 10 books that I ought to finish this fall. They are all part of PopSugar’s Reading Challenge 2015 that I would like to wrap up, soon!

Here they are:

1. A book you own but have never read – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

2. A nonfiction book – You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner by Joel Osteen

You Can You Will: 8 Undeniable Qualities of a Winner

3. A classic romance – Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez

Love in the Time of Cholera

4. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book – The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

The Goldfinch

5. A book based on a true story – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

6. A book at the bottom of your to-read list – To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

7. A book more than 100 years old – Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #1) by Lewis Carroll 

Alice in Wonderland (Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, #1)

8. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn’t – All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See9. A book with antonyms in the title – South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun

10. A book that came out the year you were born – The Pelican Brief by John Grisham
The Pelican Brief

What are you reading this fall?
Do you have a reading challenge, too?
I’m excited to hear it from you!
🙂
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WRITING 101: Impossibly Possible

Image by Quinn Dombrowski (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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 an attitude of faith, God will open doors for you and change circumstances on your behalf.

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

Your Best Life Now

My thoughts in a song:

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I’ve been given
And I wanna try
To touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less
Than something that says “I was here”

I was Here by Lady Antebellum


In response to Blogging University’s WRITING 101 Day 7 assignment.

Day 7: Hook ’em with a quote

You can write about anything for today’s post — the only requirement is that you begin with a blockquote, which you can create in your post editor by clicking the quotation mark icon:

The type of quote you choose is up to you. Maybe the passage is something you’d like to comment on, or is one of your favorite quotes. Or maybe you read a great essay the other day, and one of its lines made you think.

I hope my chosen quote inspires you!

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Monday Musings: On Pleasing People

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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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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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