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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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

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“Only a person with a Best Seller mind can write Best Sellers.” – Aldous Huxley

Debuts. First times. Fresh. New.

That’s The Broke and the Bookish idea of Top Ten Tuesday for this week!

November 3:  Top Ten Debut Authors Who Have Me Looking Forward To Their Sophomore Novel

And because I am not quite sure if I have read 10 debut authors, that will depend on what Goodreads will say, I am including authors that I have read FOR THE FIRST TIME and I will probably look forward in reading their words again! 🙂

Let the list begin!

— DEBUT AUTHORS —

Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

The Cuckoo's Calling (Cormoran Strike, #1)

I had no idea that Galbraith was actually J.K. Rowling but… this debut book is just creepy at its best!

Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

The debut was great but the current sequels aren’t really impressive. 😦

Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

I am just a big fan of sometimes-lovable-sometimes-irritating Don Tillman! 😀

Lisa Genova

Still Alice

Still Alice is a debut novel? I didn’t know that until now! But it was one of my great reads for this year!

Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

I may not like the edning of this debut novel but I will surely read Nicola Yoon’s sophomore book! 🙂

— AUTHORS I’VE READ FOR THE FIRST TIME —

Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Indeed one of the best books of this year! 🙂

Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

I just love the melancholic and creepy story told by a unique storyteller.

Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

If you think you’ve read the same story, think again. Liane Moriarty’s original twist and turns will surely surprise you.

Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

I now understand why Picoult is one of the most-loved authors. 🙂

Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

I am just sooo excited to read Carry On! 😀


That’s it for this week!

I would love to read your Top Ten Debut Authors, too!!!

🙂

BOOK READS: A Review of Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

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A refreshing read with a unique premise but the twist is…

Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything
Genre: Young Adult
Published: 2015
Rating: 💖💖💖💖 (MUST-READ)

THE STORY:

Madeleine Whittier has an odd illness that confined her in her own little home. For 18 years, she has never been outside her house filled with filtered air.

She doesn’t long to be outside her home until she saw her new neighbor, Olly.

Olly’s arrival introduced her to a life she doesn’t know she wanted to have.

THE BLURB:

After I have read a lot of good reviews for this book, I am now convinced that it is indeed a good read.

First, the premise is interesting and unique. I have never heard of SCID until I read this novel. So I commend how Nicola Yoon researched for this book.

Second, her characters are relatable. Maddy is just any teenager who first experienced falling inlove, jittery and nervous but definitely in a bliss.

The people the surround Maddy are all relatable, too, Carla and even Olly and his family.

I also love the doodles/illustrations included in between some of the pages which are drawn by Nicola’s husband. They made the book more refreshing.

Finally, I like Yoon’s simple choice of words. She has selected just the right adjectives in illustrating the characters’ emotions, especially Maddy’s.

So…  you are now asking why on earth did I gave it only four hearts.

Well… until now, I am not quite sure if I like how Yoon twisted the story. I don’t like to tell any spoilers but I kinda felt that there is something wrong.

Also, I almost predicted the ending. And I don’t like knowing how a story ends before I reach the final pages.

THE WISE WORDS:

“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.”

“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.”

THE WRAP:

I think Yoon ended the story in a way that her readers would be happy.

It was ok but it doesn’t end up as strong as I hoped it would be.

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A book you own but have never read (38th)

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“Everything’s a risk. Not doing anything is a risk. It’s up to you.” – Nicola Yoon

A book you own but have never read (38th) – Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.

– Goodreads

Finally!!!

I was able to read this book and yes, I think it is definitely unique and it is a stand out..

But…

I think I have to write a review.

🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I’m Dying to Read

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You’ll be counting every second of the day once your favorite author announces the release of his new book. – rosemawrites

The Broke and the Bookish said today’s Top Ten Tuesday is FREE! So I browse their previous list and here’s what I’ll be doing today:

September 15: Books I’m Dying to Read

You all know that I am really really excited for the last quarter of 2015 as my two favorite authors Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom will be releasing their new books in the coming months!

So before I get too giddy… here’s the 10 books that I am dying to read!

1. Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4) by by Lis Wiehl and April Henry

Eyes of Justice (Triple Threat, #4)

This is the fourth novel of Lis and April’s Triple Threat Series!

2. Another Day (Every Day, #2) by David Levithan

Another Day (Every Day, #2)

I have said for so many times how much I loved Every Day (Every Day, #1) so I am super excited to know what happened to ‘him’ and to Rhiannon.

3. Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3) by Robert Galbraith (Pseudonym), J.K. Rowling

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

Now on its third novel, Robert Galbraith or should I say J.K. Rowling have engrossed me big time with Cormoran Strike’s story! So please come soon, October 20, 2015!

4. Never Never: Part Three (Never Never, #3) by by Colleen Hoover, Tarryn Fisher

This book has no cover photo yet and the expected release is on 2016! After 2 books, Colleen and Tarryn just left us reader with more questions about Silas and Charlie!!!

5. Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

As a debut YA novel, I am quite intrigued on what this book is all about. 🙂

6. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews  

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

I have watched the trailer of this book’s movie version so I am quite interested on this book. I have read a lot of great reviews about this novel as well! 😀

7. The Small Backs of Children by Lidia Yuknavitch

The Small Backs of Children

This book has its own fair share of great raves and too negative feedbacks. That’s what makes it more intriguing.

8. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

Everything, Everything

This book caught my attention after I have read reviews from my fellow book bloggers Jenna and Arianna. After reading their thoughts, I think I would want to try this new YA! 

And of course! You all know the last two slots are for Nicholas and Mitch. (Fangirling, yes oh yes!)

9. See Me by Nicholas Sparks

See Me

I voted for the cover of this book and I just can’t wait anymore! This will be released on October 13!

10. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto: A Novel

I have signed in an exclusive email for Mitch Albom books called Shelved with a hope of winning an advance signed copy of this super great novel! This will be This will be out on November 15!

This photo explains what I am feeling now! Right now! 😀


Share your most anticipated book releases with me too! 😀

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