Top Ten Books I Missed Reading last 2015

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“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.” ― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday is Top Ten 2015 Releases I Meant To Get To But Didn’t.

But I am tweaking it! 😀

Here’s the ten books I would want to read last year, but wasn’t able to do so! 

P.S. The first three books were my first reads for 2015! 😀

1. We Are Called to Rise: A Novel by Laura McBride

We Are Called to Rise

An immigrant boy whose family is struggling to assimilate. A middle-aged housewife coping with an imploding marriage and a troubled son. A social worker at home in the darker corners of Las Vegas. A wounded soldier recovering from an injury he can’t remember getting. By the time we realize how these voices will connect, the impossible and perhaps the unbearable has already happened. 

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, the whole world is a Simon Snow fan…

But for Cath, being a fan is her life—and she’s really good at it. She and her twin sister, Wren, ensconced themselves in the Simon Snow series when they were just kids; it’s what got them through their mother leaving.

Reading. Rereading. Hanging out in Simon Snow forums, writing Simon Snow fan fiction, dressing up like the characters for every movie premiere.

Cath’s sister has mostly grown away from fandom, but Cath can’t let go. She doesn’t want to.

3. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

All the Bright Places

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.

When Finch and Violet meet on the ledge of the bell tower at school, it’s unclear who saves whom. And when they pair up on a project to discover the “natural wonders” of their state, both Finch and Violet make more important discoveries: It’s only with Violet that Finch can be himself—a weird, funny, live-out-loud guy who’s not such a freak after all. And it’s only with Finch that Violet can forget to count away the days and start living them. But as Violet’s world grows, Finch’s begins to shrink.

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

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda

Sixteen-year-old and not-so-openly gay Simon Spier prefers to save his drama for the school musical. But when an email falls into the wrong hands, his secret is at risk of being thrust into the spotlight. Now Simon is actually being blackmailed: if he doesn’t play wingman for class clown Martin, his sexual identity will become everyone’s business. Worse, the privacy of Blue, the pen name of the boy he’s been emailing, will be compromised.

With some messy dynamics emerging in his once tight-knit group of friends, and his email correspondence with Blue growing more flirtatious every day, Simon’s junior year has suddenly gotten all kinds of complicated. Now, change-averse Simon has to find a way to step out of his comfort zone before he’s pushed out—without alienating his friends, compromising himself, or fumbling a shot at happiness with the most confusing, adorable guy he’s never met.

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

Career of Evil (Cormoran Strike, #3)

When a mysterious package is delivered to Robin Ellacott, she is horrified to discover that it contains a woman’s severed leg.

Her boss, private detective Cormoran Strike, is less surprised but no less alarmed. There are four people from his past who he thinks could be responsible – and Strike knows that any one of them is capable of sustained and unspeakable brutality.

With the police focusing on the one suspect Strike is increasingly sure is not the perpetrator, he and Robin take matters into their own hands, and delve into the dark and twisted worlds of the other three men. But as more horrendous acts occur, time is running out for the two of them…

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

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Greg Gaines is the last master of high school espionage, able to disappear at will into any social environment. He has only one friend, Earl, and together they spend their time making movies, their own incomprehensible versions of Coppola and Herzog cult classics.

Until Greg’s mother forces him to rekindle his childhood friendship with Rachel.

Rachel has been diagnosed with leukemia—-cue extreme adolescent awkwardness—-but a parental mandate has been issued and must be obeyed. When Rachel stops treatment, Greg and Earl decide the thing to do is to make a film for her, which turns into the Worst Film Ever Made and becomes a turning point in each of their lives.

7. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

To Kill a Mockingbird

Compassionate, dramatic, and deeply moving, To Kill A Mockingbird takes readers to the roots of human behavior—to innocence and experience, kindness and cruelty, love and hatred, humor and pathos. Now with over 18 million copies in print and translated into forty languages, this regional story by a young Alabama woman claims universal appeal. Harper Lee always considered her book to be a simple love story. Today it is regarded as a masterpiece of American literature.

8. South of the Border, West of the Sun by Haruki Murakami

South of the Border, West of the Sun

Born in 1951 in an affluent Tokyo suburb, Hajime – beginning in Japanese – has arrived at middle age wanting for almost nothing. The postwar years have brought him a fine marriage, two daughters, and an enviable career as the proprietor of two jazz clubs. Yet a nagging sense of inauthenticity about his success threatens Hajime’s happiness. And a boyhood memory of a wise, lonely girl named Shimamoto clouds his heart.

9. P.S. I Love You by Cecelia Ahern

P.S. I Love You

Holly couldn’t live without her husband Gerry, until the day she had to. They were the kind of young couple who could finish each other’s sentences. When Gerry succumbs to a terminal illness and dies, 30-year-old Holly is set adrift, unable to pick up the pieces. But with the help of a series of letters her husband left her before he died and a little nudging from an eccentric assortment of family and friends, she learns to laugh, overcome her fears, and discover a world she never knew existed.

10. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

Big Little Lies

Madeline is a force to be reckoned with. She’s funny and biting, passionate, she remembers everything and forgives no one. Her ex-husband and his yogi new wife have moved into her beloved beachside community, and their daughter is in the same kindergarten class as Madeline’s youngest (how is this possible?). And to top it all off, Madeline’s teenage daughter seems to be choosing Madeline’s ex-husband over her. (How. Is. This. Possible?).

Celeste is the kind of beautiful woman who makes the world stop and stare. While she may seem a bit flustered at times, who wouldn’t be, with those rambunctious twin boys? Now that the boys are starting school, Celeste and her husband look set to become the king and queen of the school parent body. But royalty often comes at a price, and Celeste is grappling with how much more she is willing to pay.

New to town, single mom Jane is so young that another mother mistakes her for the nanny. Jane is sad beyond her years and harbors secret doubts about her son. But why? While Madeline and Celeste soon take Jane under their wing, none of them realizes how the arrival of Jane and her inscrutable little boy will affect them all.

I believe they are not all 2015 releases?

Nonetheless, I will be reading all these books this year!

How about you?

What are the books that you missed reading last year?

Share it to me!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch and I am Excited to Watch!

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“Books and movies are like apples and oranges. They both are fruit, but taste completely different.” – Stephen King

The Broke and the Bookish Top Ten Tuesday for this week gave me a mixed ‘feels’.

November 10: Top Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward To or Ten Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch

I love books and I love movies, too! But, a lot of novel-based movies are not as good as its printed counterpart. 

You agree with me?

Nonetheless, here’s the Book To Movie Adaptations I Still Need To Watch plus some Book To Movie Adaptations I’m Looking Forward.

Note: This list only includes books that I’VE READ.

— BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS I STILL NEED TO WATCH —

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

2. The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones

3. Still Alice by Lisa Genova

Still Alice

4. Paper Towns by John Green

Paper Towns

5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

Extra Large Movie Poster Image for The Great Gatsby

6. Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson

Speak

7. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson 

Steve Jobs

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

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

9. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Part 1 by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

10. The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

The Best of Me

— UPCOMING BOOK TO MOVIE ADAPTATIONS I AM EXCITED TO WATCH —

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

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

Yep. It’s on the works, now with complete cast and crew and Game of Thrones’ Emilia Clarke will play as Louisa Clark. The movie will be out on June 03, 2016.

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park

That’s according to Rainbow herself. 🙂 Thought the latest news in that DreamWorks will do the film version but shooting and cast is yet to be revealed.

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

The Rosie Project

The movie is currently in development under Sony Pictures. Jennifer Lawrence of The Hunger Games has, sadly and recently dropped out of the movie. I am still excited, though!

4. The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass

The Selection (The Selection, #1)

Yes, I am still annoyed at Eadlyn of The Heir but I will not deny that I loved the first three novels of The Selection. So I was excited to know that Warner Bros. bought the rights to make a movie adaptation of this series!

5. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven

This gets me too excited! 😀 Last 2014, Warner Bros.  acquired the rights to produce a movie based on this book, that you know I truly love. There are no current news about its cast yet but I will be surely so happy if this project will push through. 🙂

6. Allegiant (Divergent, #3) by Veronica Roth

Allegiant (Divergent, #3)

Yes, I am not a fan of how this series ended but of course I will still watch this film! The movie will be released on March 18, 2016.

7. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) Part 2 by Suzanne Collins

Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3)

I also don’t like the ending of this awesome YA series but still, I just want to know how the screenplay would interpret the written words for one last time. 🙂 This will be out on November 20!

8. The Choice by Nicholas Sparks

The Choice

The Choice Movie Poster

The Choice is one of my Top 10 favourite Sparks novel. (Here’s Part II) So I was giddy when he announced that it will be made into a movie. BUT, the trailer made me sad. I can clearly sense that the screenplay is entirely different. The worst part is that they ‘changed’ the part that made me love the story most.

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So there! Glad to share all of these with you!

Please comment and share your thoughts, and your TTT links, too!

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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!!!

🙂

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

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“A writer’s brain is like a magician’s hat. If you’re going to get anything out of it, you have to put something in it first.” ― Louis L’Amour

It’s Top Ten Tuesday again and this week, The Broke and the Bookish put the spotlight on the people behind the words, the authors!

October 13: Top Ten Author Duos You’d LOVE To See Write A Book Together

This will take a lot of time but I will try to do it quick! 😀

So here are the duos that I would love to see, hopefully!

1. Kiera Cass + Colleen Hoover = Fairytalish  and suspense/mystery YA

The Selection (The Selection, #1)Never Never (Never Never, #1)

2. Rainbow Rowell + Graeme Simsion = Ultimate book with odd yet lovable characters

Eleanor & ParkThe Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

3. Anthony Doerr +  Alice Walker = Ultimate historical fiction

All the Light We Cannot SeeThe Color Purple

4. Alice Sebold + Jojo Moyes = Ultimate tearjerker

The Lovely BonesMe Before You (Me Before You, #1)

5. Stephen King + James Patterson = Ultimate sci-fi mystery thriller

11/22/631st to Die (Women's Murder Club, #1)

6. Jodi Picoult + Liane Moriarty = Ultimate mystery/romance/family novel

Leaving TimeThe Husband's Secret

7. E. Lockhart + Gillian Flynn = Ultimately ‘insane’ story

We Were LiarsGone Girl

8. Paulo Coelho + Markus Zusak = Ultimate inspiring and spiritually deep novel

The AlchemistI Am the Messenger

9. Gayle Forman + Robert Galbraith = Ultimate love and mystery thriller

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)The Silkworm (Cormoran Strike, #2)

10.  Mitch Albom + Nicholas Sparks = THE BEST NOVEL EVER! 😀 ❤ (Sorry for fangirling!)

The Five People You Meet in HeavenThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)


That’s it!

Share your thoughts to me, please! 😀

And your links, too!

🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks

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“Sometimes you have to be apart from people you love, but that doesn’t make you love them any less. Sometimes you love them more.” – Nicholas Sparks

The Broke and the Bookish’s Top Ten Tuesday for today requires a lot flashbacks! 😀

September 29: Ten Books To Read If You Like This Super Popular Book/Author

Why? Because I have to remember the books that are somehow related to a super popular book/author…

And because Nicholas Sparks‘s new book will be released soon, I now present you the Ten Books to Read if you Love Nicholas Sparks (like me! <3)

Note: This list contains books that I have read that I deemed related to Nicholas Sparks’ common novel themes: love, lost, family, grief, second chances, enduring love, tragedy and death.

1. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

2. Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Leaving Time

3. The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

The Husband's Secret

4. Me Before You (Me Before You, #1) 

Me Before You (Me Before You, #1)

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

The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1)

6. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Gone Girl

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

If I Stay (If I Stay, #1)

8. The Christmas Wedding by James Patterson

The Christmas Wedding

9. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

The Fault in Our Stars

10. The First Phone Call from Heaven by Mitch Albom

The First Phone Call from Heaven


Do you agree with my list?

Please tell me your thoughts!

🙂

P.S. See Me will be out on October 13!

See Me

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Auto-Buy Authors

First impressions are meant to last, especially with books and authors.

I have proven that after I first read a Nicholas Sparks novel, A Walk to Remember, and a Mitch Albom book, The Five People You Meet in Heaven.

Because the first Sparks and Albom novels that I read were both great, these two have become my favorite scribblers since then.

On the other hand, there are also some authors that I will not read again after a not-so-good first read.

Now, here are my top 10 auto-buy authors who like Sparks and Albom, have written awesome novels that made me want to read more of their stories.

I also included the first books that I have read from these authors as well as my top recommended reads from them.

Credits to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this awesome book meme! ❤

(This list is not ranked.)

1. Alice Sebold

Alice SeboldGenres: Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Lovely Bones
Books read: The Lovely Bones
Recommended: The Lovely Bones
What I love about her: Her unique way in presenting her story. Her so realistic yet so moving description of lost, grief, love and peace.

2. Colleen Hoover 

Colleen Hoover Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Humor
First read: Never Never
Books read: Never NeverNever Never: Part Two and Ugly Love
Recommended: Never Never
What I love about her: She knows how to leave you hanging, in a good way. Engrossing, oh yes.

3. David Levithan

David LevithanGenres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Gay & Lesbian
First read: Every Day
Books read: Every Day
Recommended: Every Day
What I love about him: He can pull-off a seemingly impossible yet gripping premise that will keep you reading until you’re done. His words awake the if’s and how’s of your reading mind.

4. Lisa Genova

Lisa GenovaGenres: Literature & Fiction
First read: Still Alice
Books read: Still Alice
Recommended: Still Alice
What I love about her: Her expertise in the field of medicine and her in depth knowledge of expressing diverse emotions. She can mix these two and translate it into a beautiful masterpiece.

5. Graeme Simsion

Graeme Simsion Genres: Fiction, Romance
First read: The Rosie Project
Books read: The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect
Recommended: The Rosie Project
What I love about him: He can create a not so normal but so loveable character. His stories have the right amount of “cheesiness” and quirkiness.

6. James Patterson

James PattersonGenres: Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Crime, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Mistress
Books read: Mistress12th of Never, The Christmas WeddingCross My HeartFirst LovePrivate L.A. and 1st to Die
Recommended: Mistress and The Christmas Wedding,
What I love about him: He is indeed a master of on-the-edge-of-your-seat thrillers but he can also write touching stories of love.

7. Jojo Moyes

Jojo MoyesGenres: Romance, Mystery, Fiction
First read: Me Before You
Books read: Me Before You
Recommended: Me Before You
What I love about her: She can make me cry.

8. Lis Wiehl

Lis WiehlGenres: Mystery, Thriller, Crime, Fiction
First read:Face of Betrayal
Books read: Face of BetrayalHand of Fate, Heart of IceA Matter of Trust, A Deadly BusinessWaking Hours and Darkness Rising 
Recommended: Heart of Ice and A Deadly Business
What I love about her: Her knowledge in police and investigation technicalities and her expertise in law make her novels thrilling and informative at the same time.

9. Rainbow Rowell

Rainbow RowellGenres: Literature & Fiction, Young Adult, Romance
First read: Eleanor & Park
Books read: Eleanor & Park and Landline
Recommended: Eleanor & Park
What I love about her: Her imperfect yet relatable characters. Her witty yet compelling storytelling technique. Her books are just so relaxing to read.

10. Paulo Coelho 

Paulo Coelho

Genres: Literature & Fiction, Nonfiction, Biographies & Memoirs
First read: The Alchemist
Books read: The AlchemistBridaAlephEleven MinutesThe Devil and Miss PrymThe Winner Stands AloneManuscript Found in AccraThe ZahirVeronika Decides to Die and Adultery
Recommended: The AlchemistEleven Minutes and Manuscript Found in Accra,
What I love about him: Genius in writing wise words. Most of his books are spiritually moving.

BONUS

Yep. I know you know this is coming. 🙂

Of course, Albom and Sparks will be included in this list! ❤

Mitch Albom

Mitch AlbomGenres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, Sports
First read: The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Books read: For One More DayThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True StoryTuesdays with MorrieThe Time Keeper and The Five People You Meet in Heaven
Recommended: Tuesdays with MorrieThe First Phone Call from HeavenHave a Little Faith: a True Story
What I love about him: Moving. Truthful. Inspiring. May it be fiction or non-fiction, Mitch Albom always has a full-of-sense words that go beyond the pages of his stories. It sinks into your mind and into your heart.

Nicholas Sparks

Nicholas SparksGenres: Literature & Fiction, Romance
First read: A Walk to Remember
Books read: The Last SongThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Best of MeThe Longest RideDear JohnThe ChoiceMessage in a BottleThe Notebook (The Notebook, #1)The Wedding (The Notebook, #2)The GuardianTrue Believer (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #1)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2)The RescueThe Lucky OneNights in RodantheA Walk to RememberSafe Haven, and A Bend in the Road.
Recommended: Message in a BottleSafe HavenThree Weeks With My BrotherThe Longest RideThe ChoiceThe Wedding (The Notebook, #2)At First Sight (Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell, #2),  and Nights in Rodanthe
What I love about him: Master of love and lost stories. Master of heart-tugging lines. He is that one author that you can love and hate all at the same time. Prepare yourself for that unexpected ending, because he is also an expert in writing surprising twists.

So there!

Please share me your thoughts! ❤

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2015 Reading Challenge SUPER UPDATE Part 3: 21st to 25th Book

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I am back! I’m almost halfway through my 2015 Reading Challenge and I am happy to share to you my 21st to 25th books!

A book of short stories (21st) – Tenth of December by George Saunders

Tenth of December

It’s deep. George Saunders is really a genius.

A funny book (22nd) – Scared Scriptless by Alison Sweeney

Scared Scriptless

Yes it’s funny, but it’s forgettable.

A book by a female author (23rd) – Mud Vein by Tarryn Fisher

Mud Vein

I have never read a Tarryn Fisher novel until this one and I commend her way with words. Her characters are deep that you will keep guessing about the truth behind their actions. Her plot is also engrossing to read. Kuddos!

A book with one-word title (24th) – Landline by Rainbow Rowell

Landline

My mind can still vividly recall how I fell in love with Rainbow’s Eleanor and Park and I am still waiting for the revelation of that ‘three words’ in Eleanor’s post card for Park!

So here comes Landline. I will not say that this is better or even at par with Eleanor and Park story but that doesn’t mean that this book isn’t worth reading. Landline showed Rainbow’s ‘mature’ side. Her insights about love and lost is in-depth and realistic.

A book that scares you (25th) – A Deadly Business by  Lis Wiehl and  April Henry

A Deadly Business (Mia Quinn, #2)

Like what I’ve said to my review on this book in Goodreads, I actually missed reading Lis Wiehl’s mysteries. Aside from James Patterson, Wiehl is my favorite crime author. And in Deadly Business, she have yet again proven her expertise in writing a thrilling story.

The mere fact that I cannot stop reading it until I was done almost 3 in the morning goes to show how engrossing this book is!

Finally! My 2015 reading challenge list is now updated!

Happy reading everybody!

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Top 10 Novels to read on Valentine’s

Top 10 Valentine's

The ‘cheesiest’ day of the year is coming and to celebrate this year’s  season of love, I created a top 10 list of novels to check-out this Valentine’s! Because this is my list, these awesome novels are from my goodreads READ list. This means out of 103 books that I have read, I selected stories which I think is the best companion for this love season.

Whether you are in a relationship, single, no-boyfriend-since-birth, friendzoned, heart broken, widowed, hopeless romantic, or anything else, here are the stories that you may want to check out. I intentionally picked diverse type of love stories so anyone can relate. So here are the books that can teach and show you what love truly is.

10. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – Honestly, I will not call myself a fan of this book but the story really says a lot about love. Two cancer patients, Augustus Waters and Hazel Grace, fell madly and deeply in love amid their physical state. Green ended the story in a realistic yet very painful way. Yes, I cried!

9. The Host by Stephenie Meyer – A love triangle set during an alien invasion composed of a woman, a man and an alien/soul inside the woman’s mind. Isn’t it freaking strange?! This is the exact reason why I picked The Host. Meyer’s overly imaginative mind gave birth to Melanie who refused to leave her own body which was supposedly owned now by an alien/soul named Wanderer.

As Melanie flashes her fond memories of her love, Jared, Wanderer ‘Wanda’ also fell in love with him. On the other hand, these three had their own happy endings in the novel’s last pages.

8. Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho – This is not your ordinary overly romantic book yet it explains a lot about true love. Maria, a young Brazilian woman who stopped believing in finding true love met a handsome painter in Geneva. Despite their differences, they both discovered an ‘inner light’ that explains ‘sex in the context of love’.

If you’re fond of cheesy ending, I guarantee that you will get want you want.

7. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes – Love can give life even for a short time. I consider this book one of the saddest novels that I have read. (Yes, this made me cry as well.) Lou Clark, a positive and bubbly lass, was hired to be an aid for Traynor, a grumpy quadriplegic who has no desire to live.

As Moyes told how Lou tried so hard to change Traynor’s mind towards life, the characters then cared and fallen in love unexpectedly. But the reality of life will be the greatest hindrance of their blossoming relationship. In as mush as I want to change the book’s ending, I can’t. Yes it’s just so heartbreaking but it is realistic .

6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman – A follow-up for If I Stay, Forman continues Mia and Adam’s love story after Mia woke up. I chose Where She Went as the first book is not really focused on their love story. If I Stay is more on Mia’s decision making, to stay or to die with the rest of her family.

After Mia woke up, she did what Adam whispered to her, she left him. But it was not the end as they met three years after. As they revisit the past and rekindle the love, the couple realized the meaning of true love. The ending? It’s sweet.

5. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion – Put away those tissues as this novel won’t tear you up, it will literally make you laugh. This is your not-so-ordinary love story as Simsion put together a genetics prof with a bit of social disorder and a barmaid yet fierce and intelligent woman.

Don Tillman has accepted that romance isn’t for him. His few friends suggested a Wife Project for him where women will be measure in terms of all his standards. Rosie is clearly not a woman who can pass Don’s standard, but as they work together in finding Rosie’s biological dad, Don discovered a new feeling that he isn’t use to, it is called love. How will he know and admit it? Read the book. 🙂

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4. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – Look back to your high school first love with this novel by Rainbow Rowell. A feel-good and a bit funny novel  yet deep and serious at the same time. A not-so-beautiful red hair girl, Eleanor, paired with cute and bi-racial lad, Park, makes an interesting and romantic story of innocent love.

Until now, I am left hanging. Please Rainbow, tell us what’s that three words in Eleanor’s card for Park!

3. Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer – Years after the story has ended and the final movie was shown, the Bella and Edward story can still make my heart flutter. I am not fond of vamps but its the story that made me love them as a couple.

In case you don’t know them, Bella is a human who has fallen in love with Edward who is a vampire. As the series progressed, Meyer put twists, love triangles ahem Jacob, and trials in the couple’s relationship. In the end, they had their happily ever after forever.

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1 and 2 plus a BONUS! – If you are a regular reader of my blog, you know this is coming! Love in written words was introduced to me by my most loved author, Nicholas Sparks ❤. So definitely, this list will never be complete without his novels.

There are two spots left by I can’t really choose just two. So we’ll have a bonus novel! 😁

First is Message in a Bottle. Among all leading men of Spark’s novels, Garret Blake is my favorite. As a writer, it is a dream to have a man like him who can translate love into heart-tugging words. Though his love story with Theresa had a tragic ending, (I even watched the movie with hopes that it will not have the same ending as the book), their love story is just so lovely to remember.

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I shed tears when I read Message in a Bottle. It haunted me and I thought that it is the only book that can do that to me. I figured out I was wrong after reading Nights in Rodanthe. This short yet moving novel gave me chest pains (seriously) as the story was told.

A 45-year old woman with troubled marriage, Adrienne, and a 55-year old doctor who tries to mend his relationship with his son, Paul, met and fall in love. But their life’s circumstances changed them and their ideas about love.

Pure is the best description for this Sparks novel. It isn’t too romantic yet it conveyed the deepest meaning of the overrated word called love.

Last but not the least, because this list won’t be complete without this novel, is off course The Notebook. Noah and Allie’s touching love story is now considered a classic. Who would not fall in love with a story that started at a young age and ended as strong and intense as ever even Allie succumbed to Alzheimer’s.

The reason why this story is the most celebrated Spark’s novel is it gives hope that forever may exists. Whose heart will not melt while reading how much the old Noah still loves the old Allie who sometimes cannot recognize who he is?

If you have not read this novel, aww! That’s the saddest!

Happy Valentine’s!

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Super Book Update 1.0

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I haven’t posted any book update since last year. It’s a shame so now I am having a super book update! Here are the awesome books that I added to my READ list.

First is The Rosie Project (Don Tillman #1) by Graeme Simsion. – This 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.

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When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.

Next is a YA novel that I have been hearing a lot of positive raves and I think Rainbow Rowell‘s Eleanor & Park truly deserves those! Eleanor, the read-head so-out-of-fashion lass, and Park brought me back to my younger years as they told the story of their young love. It’s funny yet so conservatively romantic. And the ending is just so puzzling! Follow-up puhlease!

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Nothing before you counts. And I can’t even imagine an after. – Park to Eleanor (Isn’t it cheesy!)

From humorous yet romantic love stories comes Me Before You by Jojo Moyes which brings me back to reality that love stories are not really about happy endings. Traynor, a quadriplegic who sees all the negative in his world, and the ever-persistent Lou accidentally fell in love in not so ordinary circumstances. The ending is tragic and haunting yet realistic. I’m left speechless.

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Some mistakes just have greater consequences than others.

Will post next batch of books today!

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