Writing Wells: People Behind My Words

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“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.” Louis L’Amour


My mind’s once a desert,
barren and wordless,
until it found its oasis,
with these writing wells:

Personal and Lists Posts

Maya Angelou

Inspiration for: Agony (first post) and Ending Agony.

Mitch Albom

Inspiration forDear Mitch Albom: A Ronsardian Ode*, Top Ten Quotes I Loved From The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch AlbomThings I’ve Learned from Mitch Albom.

Nicholas Sparks

Inspiration forTen Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks, The Best Novels of Nicholas Sparks Part 1 and Part 2.

Fiction and Poetry

Jason Mraz

 

Inspiration for: First Time, My Soul Sings, Fixer.

Sara Bareilles

Inspiration for: Seasons: Epilogue (last part of my FIRST-ever fiction), Used To Be Mine, City Lights, Sweet Sun.

My Family

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Inspiration forTo my cook, hair cutter and one and only driver, Nanay, Mother’s ChoicesFirst Forever, Stead, Rainbow Roof, Six Sibs.

My Bestfriends

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Inspiration for: Soulmates.

My Dearest

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Inspiration for: Dearest, First Poem, A Senryu for MJ, Conversations, One, The Vow, Taught.

Photo credits: Unsplash


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 5.1– People Who Inspired You

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Jartagnan! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!

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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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Fave Tearjerker Reads

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“No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.” ― Robert Frost


I am admittedly
a dark-writer.
Scribbler of
tragic incidents,
composer of
painful heartaches,
killer of
several lives.

It is then
I realized,
that the books
I loved,
are those which
make me cry,
and those
which dried up
my heart and eyes.


So here are my Five-Star Favorite Tearjerkers of all Time

1. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle

2. Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) by Jojo Moyes 

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

3. If I Stay (If I Stay, #1) by Gayle Forman

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

4. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

5. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

6. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

7. All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

8. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

10. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

Photo credit: Goodreads


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

March 22: Ten Books I Really Love But Feel Like I Haven’t Talked About Enough/In A While

P.S. What are your top tearjerker reads? Or maybe your fave reads recently?

Tell me? 😀

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Admirable Souls

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“Blessed is he who has learned to admire but not envy, to follow but not imitate, to praise but not flatter, and to lead but not manipulate.” ― William Arthur Ward


We are all
wonderfully made
yes, the Bible said.

But there are souls
we can’t help
but admire,
’cause they serve
as inspiration
to aspire.

And for me
they are…

Writer-Reader-Self

1. Mitch Albom

Wise Words: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

2.  Paulo Coelho

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

3. Nicholas Sparks

Wise Words: “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.”

4. Maya Angelou

Wise Words: “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.”

Singer-Self

5. Jason Mraz

 

Wise Words: “It’s strange how dreams get under your skin and give your heart a test for what’s real and what’s imaginary.”

6. Sara Bareilles

Wise Words: “Your fear of jumping without a net is so valid, and the trick that you haven’t learned yet is that that’s life, always and everywhere. There are no nets. Life is a big, long free fall, and the sooner you can embrace what is beautiful about that, the sooner you will start to enjoy the ride.”

7. Darlene Zschech

Wise Words: “Sometimes it takes suffering to reveal to us just how rich we are.”

Photo credits: Kazuend


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 3.1– A Party of Choice

Thank you for a thought-inducing prompt, Mandibelle! And for hosting this awesome list,  Laduchessederat!

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Ten Characters I Won’t Forget

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“When writing a novel a writer should create living people; people not characters. A character is a caricature.” ― Ernest Hemingway, Death in the Afternoon


They either left my heart broken
or their stories let my soul be taken
or they’re just handsome to be forgotten!

THE HANDSOME

1. Gale of The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

The Who: Katniss Everdeen’s best friend and hunting partner and the story’s third wheel! XD

2. Four of Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

The Who: Tobias Eaton, more prominently known as Four, is a Dauntless and the love interest of Tris Prior.

THE INSPIRING

3. Morrie Schwartz Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

The Who: Morrie Schwartz,  78-year-old sociology professor dying from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), is Mitch Albom’s former teacher. The book has been Albom’s memoir for his inspiring professor.

4. Music/Narrator of The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Who: Music is the storyteller of the epic story of Frankie Presto—the greatest guitar player who ever lived—and the six lives he changed with his six magical blue strings.

THE QUIRKY yet HEARTFELT

5. Don Tillman of The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

The Who: Don Tillman, professor of genetics, has never been on a second date. He is a man who can count all his friends on the fingers of one hand, whose lifelong difficulty with social rituals has convinced him that he is simply not wired for romance.

6. Eleanor and Park of Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

The Who: Eleanor… Red hair, wrong clothes. Standing behind him until he turns his head. Lying beside him until he wakes up. Making everyone else seem drabber and flatter and never good enough…Eleanor.

Park… He knows she’ll love a song before he plays it for her. He laughs at her jokes before she ever gets to the punch line. There’s a place on his chest, just below his throat, that makes her want to keep promises…Park.

THE AMAZINGLY INSANE

7. Amy of Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

The Who: Wife of Nick for five years and inspiration to Amazing Amy children’s book., Amy possess a creepily clever mind that can control everyone.

THE TEARJERKERS

8. Garret of Message in a Bottle Nicholas Sparks

The Who: He writes heartbreaking love letters to express his undying love for his deceased wife. Through his message in a bottle, he was discovered by Theresa. 

9. Mia of If I Stay  by Gayle Forman

The Who: Mia is a gifted cellist from Oregon, from a family of punkists. She is Adam Wilde’s girlfriend from highschool, where he was pretty popular and she was the geek.After the car crash which killed her family, she had to choose whether she wants to leave or to stay.

10. Violet and Finch of All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

The Who: Theodore Finch is fascinated by death, and he constantly thinks of ways he might kill himself. But each time, something good, no matter how small, stops him.
 
Violet Markey lives for the future, counting the days until graduation, when she can escape her Indiana town and her aching grief in the wake of her sister’s recent death.

Photo credit: Tumblr, Pinterest, ThingLink
Character descriptions:  credit: Goodreads


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

March 8: Ten Characters Everyone Loves But I Just Don’t Get or Ten Characters I LOVE But Others Seem To Dislike

P.S.

Who are the characters you cannot forget?

Why?

Let’s talk!

🙂

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Moving Words

“We live and breathe words.” ― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince


With a heartfelt thanks to Laduchessederat,  the prompt for The Great Book of Lists for this week is written by yours truly. YES, me! ❤ ❤ ❤

And you know I am a quote junkie so you probably know what will happen next. 😀

“Words, as simple as they may seem, possess power. Once spoken, you cannot take them back. Once said, it’ll be either white or black.
 
So today, let’s make a list of those words that has pushed you forward, to do good, to be glad. Words that kept you standing. Words that encouraged you to keep moving. Words that picked you up. Words that lit you up. Words that introduced you to an unknown world. Words that explained you the meaning of life, even beyond earth.
 
Those words deserve to be shared, so let’s share them today.”

So here are THE WORDS THAT INSPIRED ME TO:

 START THIS BLOG

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

CONTINUE DREAMING

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

SHOW COMPASSION

“When you’re struggling with something, look at all the people around you and realize that every single person you see is struggling with something, and to them, it’s just as hard as what you’re going through.” ― Nicholas Sparks, Dear John

BE YOURSELF

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” ― Steve Jobs

NOT FEAR DEATH

“Death ends a life, not a relationship.” ― Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie

Photo credits: Tumblr and Quote Fancy


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 2.2 – Words that Matter

Thank you for the letting me inspire and write this week’s prompt, Laduchessederat! ❤

It is my honor. ❤

P.S.

I can include a lot more quote but I have to stop myself. ❤

I hope those words touched you, too.

🙂

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Ten Valentine Reads (with *kilig* excerpts)

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“There is no mistaking a real book when one meets it. It is like falling in love…” ― Christopher Morley

Today is The Broke and the Bookish‘ Valentine’s-inspired Top Ten Tuesday! Funnily, though, I published my own Top 10 Novels to Read on Valentine’s last year (plus Top 10 movies!).

So… for a change… I will be sharing with you my ten recent reads perfect for the love season plus words from each book that made me grin and of course made me *kilig*! ❤

FYI: 

kilig (A Filipino word with no direct English translation).
1. noun. It is the sudden feeling of an inexplicable joy one gets when something romantic or idealistic occurs.

When kilig, one may experience the following:

*butterflies in one’s stomach
*heart melting
*shivers down one’s spine
*irrepressible noises from one’s mouth
*uncontrollable smiling
*an inner conflict between hope of something wished for and reality

Here are the Ten Valentine Reads with some heartfelt excerpts! ❤

Love & Misadventure
First Love
Before I fell
in love with words, 
with setting skies
and singing birds-
it was you I fell
in love with first.
Norwegian Wood
“Letters are just pieces of paper,” I said. “Burn them, and what stays in your heart will stay; keep them, and what vanishes will vanish.”
Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
“…Why would I want to watch other people kissing,” I say, “when I could be kissing you?”
Fangirl
“I miss you.”
“That’s stupid,” she said. “I saw you this morning.”
“It’s not the time,” Levi said, and she could hear that he was smiling.” It’s the distance.”
All the Bright Places
“You have been in every way all that anyone could be.… If anybody could have saved me it would have been you.”
See Me
In the end, the only one you can ever really please is yourself. How others feel is up to them.
Everything, Everything
In my head I know I’ve been in love before, but it doesn’t feel like it. Being in love with you is better than the first time. It feels like the first time and the last time and the only time all at once.
Every Day (Every Day, #1)
The moment you fall in love feels like it has centuries behind it, generations – all of them rearranging themselves so this precise, remarkable intersection could happen. In your heart, in your bones, no matter how silly you know it is, you feel that everything has been leading to this, all the secret arrows were pointing here, the universe and time itself crafted this long ago, and you are just now realizing it, you are just now arriving at the place you were always meant to be.
Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)
“You liked me.”
I smiled.
“You were smitten with me. You were speechless to behold my beauty. You had never met anyone so fascinating. You thought of me every waking minute. You dreamed about me. You couldn’t stand it. You couldn’t let such wonderfulness out of your sight. You had to follow me.”
I turned to Cinnamon. He licked my nose. “Don’t give yourself so much credit. It was your rat I was after.”
She laughed, and the desert sang.”
We Were Liars
“He was contemplation and enthusiasm. Ambition and strong coffee. I could have looked at him forever.”

Words and photo credit: Goodreads


What are you reading this love month?

Have your read some of these?

Let’s talk!

🙂

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Flying Pages

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!


It is more than a delight to fill-out Laduchessederat‘s The Great Book of Lists for this week! Well, you probably know why because it is about books! ❤ ❤ ❤

Books that made you feel like you knew the characters, like you were riding dragons or finally understanding the underlying truth of the universe, the one that made you experience the character’s journey almost like they did, the one you did not want to finish but were dying to 1/ know the end 2/ know if a sequel was already in the works.

If I can only list them all, I would surely do it! BUT, I cannot! So I will select just ten books that transported me.

They are…

1. Rising Sun by Michael Crichton

Rising Sun
Genre: Fiction, Mystery, Thriller

This book introduced me to reading and transported me to the thrilling world of crime novels. I read this for a book report when I was in high school. 🙂

2. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist
Genre: Inspirational, Fiction, Contemporary

This book made me a dreamer, again. I was at my life’s lowest point when I read this book and yes, it is surely a book that will move you.

3. Message in a Bottle by Nicholas Sparks

Message in a Bottle
Genre: Romance, Fiction

This book transported me to the world of grief and introduced me to romance genre and to my fave romance writer, Nicholas Sparks.

4. The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games (The Hunger Games, #1)
Genre: YA, Dystopia

This book introduced me to YA dystopia genre and transported me to the Hunger Games arena in a fictional nation called Panem! I think I finished this series in less than a week? 😀

5. The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Genre:

This book introduced me to my most loved favorite author, Mitch Albom, and transported me to ‘heaven’. From then on, I’ve been a fan.

6. Para Kay B  by Ricky Lee

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Genre: Adult Fiction, Romance, Humor

This book introduced me to Philippine literature. It is the first local novel that I’ve read and it showed me how romance and humor work well together. 🙂

7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson

Steve Jobs
Genre: Biography, Non-fiction

This book introduced me to a well-known tech pillar, Steve Jobs. This biography transported me to the beginning of his life until his last days. It’s actually a great read. 🙂

8. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl
Genre: Contemporary, Thriller, Mystery

This book introduced me to the dark side of marriage and transported me to the clever yet criminal mind of Amy. It is insanely good read!

9. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park
Genre: YA, Romance, Contemporary

This book introduced me to one of my fave YA writers, Rainbow Rowell. Reading this innocent and imperfect high school love story transported me to my good-old-days! It actually reminded me of my first love! 😀 ❤

10. 11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63
Genre: Historical Fiction, Science Fiction

It took me so long to finish this book but it is well worth the effort as this book introduced me to one of the best crime/mystery authors, Stephen King. Transporting me back to 11/22/1963, this fictional novel with a bit of magic/mystery is surely a nice way to learn American history.

Header photo credit: Dream and Pursue


The Great Book of Lists by La duchesse d’Erat

Chapter 1.4 – The Books that Transport You

Thank you for the lovely lovely prompt, Laduchessederat!

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Books I Would Love to Receive on my Birthday

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Books make great gifts because they have whole worlds inside of them. And it’s much cheaper to buy somebody a book than it is to buy them the whole world! ― Neil Gaiman

It’s freebie week today for The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday! 😀

And because I just celebrated by birthday last Sunday, here are the books I would love to receive as gifts! 😀

1. Mitch Albom books!

I’ve read them all but I really want to have the ‘real books’. 🙂 I only have The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto and it is my gift to self last Christmas. 🙂

2. Nicholas Sparks books!

I’ve read them all, too, but I only have a copy of The Best of Me and The Rescue (birthday gifts from my dearest <3). Though I am not so in love with his latest works, I am still a fan. 🙂

3. Poetry books by Lang Leav

I am not sure if someone heed my request… but I have the sense that I’ll be receiving a book this week. 😀 (cross fingers)

4. Robert Galbraith books

I just finished Career of Evil and this series is surely one of the best mystery thriller ever! 😀 So I want to have the real books!!!

5. Rainbow Rowell books

I may not be a big fan of Carry On (I just read Fangirl and though I loved it, I am not fond of the Carry On parts so.. I won’t read it. :)).

But, I still love Rainbow Rowell and I would love to collect the ‘real’ versions of her awesome books! 😀

6. Liane Moriarty Books

I loved The Husband’s Secret and I am now reading Big Little Lies. 😀 Aside from the beautiful book covers, I do think that Liane will be my new fave author!

7. Jodi Picoult Books

I’ve only read Leaving Time and it surely is one of the best books so I guess I would love to read more Picoult novels. 🙂

8. Paulo Coelho Books

I’ve read 10 of his works and he is surely one of the most inspiring writers of our time. 🙂 So, yes, books please? 🙂

9. Graeme Simsion Books

I loved The Rosie Project a lot! 😀 And the covers are great, too! 😀

10. Kiera Cass Books

I loved the first three books! 😀 And, the covers are gorgeous! 😀

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What are the books you would be delighted to receive as a gift?

Share it!

Let’s talk!

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2015 Reading Challenge Super Update

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Six more books, one more month! 

It was October 21 when I last posted an update on the PopSugar 2015 Reading Challenge that I participated into! What a shame right? (facepalm)

A bigger shame is that after more than a month, I was only able to read five (05) books only! Like, seriously! 😐 One final blow is that Goodreads said I am one book behind. Argh! >_<

Nonetheless, excuse my rants because now I am still happy to post about the reading challenge and the five great books that I’ve read! Here they are…

A book more than 100 years old (40th) – Alice in Wonderland (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, #1) by by Lewis Carroll

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

Thoughts: I’ve watched a lot of Alice in Wonderland-inspired cartoons, TV shows and even a film based on it so I am really familiar with the story. On the other hand, I still found this book an entertaining novel to read. I am still not a fan of classics, though.

Rating: 💖 💖 (It’s okay. It might work for you.)

A book that came out the year you were born (41st) – The Pelican Brief by John Grisham

The Pelican Brief

Thoughts: Just when I thought I’ve the best whodunit and crime authors, I stumbled upon a John Grisham novel that was first published in 1992. After I started reading it at around 9 in the evening and it kept me awake until around 3 in the morning the next day, (it’s a 400-page book), I can definitely assure you that this book is insanely great! I missed crime mysteries that can keep me awake until the next morning and I found it!

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (a MUST read!)

A (classic) romance (42nd) – See Me by Nicholas Sparks 

See Me

Thoughts: To those who’ve been following my blog for a while now, you know how I love Nicholas Sparks and how excited I was when I learned that a new novel will be out before 2015 ends.

It was released. I’ve read it. But this is the first time that I am posting about it. And I know it is unusual for a fan like me (who is actually one of the thousands who voted for the winning cover!).

Well, to tell you honestly, I was a bit disappointed with this novel. Not because it is horrible, it is not! It’s just that there are probably better novels from him that I’ve read before. Maybe I set the bar too high and this book was not able to achieve it.

I still love Sparks, though!

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 (You MAY read it!)

A book at the bottom of your to-read list (43rd) – The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Thoughts: Of course! You know how I am not excited about this novel from my so loved author (excited is an understatement)! I’ve already shared the Top Ten Quotes that I Loved from this awesome book, too!

And did you know that Mitch himself shared my post on his facebook page!

This is one of the glorious moments of my fangirling! 😀

So where are we now? Hmm… my thoughts! This is a great book, not just because Mitch is Mitch and I love Mitch. It’s the story, it’s the words, it’s the content that make this novel special.

If you loved how the prose poetry style of Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See and Mitch’s signature insightful and moving life lessons, read this, NOW! 😉

Rating: 💖 💖 💖 💖 💖 (Please oh, please READ this!)

A book based on a true story (44th) – Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Eat, Pray, Love

Thoughts: I have heard about the movie version of this book before I stumbled upon this novel. It has its great moments, but there are honestly some dull ones that made me skip some pages. (Sorry, I know it’s a sin.)

Rating: 💖 💖 (You MAY read it. It might work for you.)

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There you go!

What have you been reading lately?

Do you have a reading challenge? How was it?

I would love to hear them!

🙂

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