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.”

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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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Books with Historical Settings that I Loved

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“The past is never where you think you left it.” ― Katherine Anne Porter

The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today is a bit hard to fill out!

February 2: Top Ten Historical Settings You Love/ Ten Historical Settings You’d Love To See or Top Futuristic Books You Love/Ten Futuristic Societies I’d Love To Read in Books

With my love-hate relationship with classic books, I can only share less than ten (or even less than five) but I will still list them! 😉

So let’s start, here are the Books with Historical Settings that I Loved!

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

The Kite Runner

Amir is the son of a wealthy Kabul merchant, a member of the ruling caste of Pashtuns. Hassan, his servant and constant companion, is a Hazara, a despised and impoverished caste. Their uncommon bond is torn by Amir’s choice to abandon his friend amidst the increasing ethnic, religious, and political tensions of the dying years of the Afghan monarchy, wrenching them far apart. But so strong is the bond between the two boys that Amir journeys back to a distant world, to try to right past wrongs against the only true friend he ever had.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto

Frankie, born in a burning church, abandoned as an infant, and raised by a music teacher in a small Spanish town, until war rips his life apart. At nine years old, he is sent to America in the bottom of a boat. His only possession is an old guitar and six precious strings. His amazing journey weaves him through the musical landscape of the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s, with his stunning playing and singing talent affecting numerous stars (Duke Ellington, Hank Williams, Elvis Presley) until, as if predestined, he becomes a pop star himself.

He makes records. He is adored. But Frankie Presto’s gift is also his burden, as he realizes the power of the strings his teacher gave him, and how, through his music, he can actually affect people’s lives. At the height of his popularity, tortured by his biggest mistake, he vanishes. His legend grows. Only decades later, having finally healed his heart, does Frankie reappearjust before his spectacular death—to change one last life. With the Spirit of Music as our guide, we glimpse into the lives that were changed by one man whose strings could touch the music—and the magic—in each of us.

All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

All the Light We Cannot See

Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker

The Color Purple

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of women of color in the southern United States in the 1930s, addressing numerous issues including their exceedingly low position in American social culture. The novel has been the frequent target of censors and appears on the American Library Association list of the 100 Most Frequently Challenged Books of 2000-2009 at number seventeen because of the sometimes explicit content, particularly in terms of violence.

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

The Book Thief

It’s just a small story really, about among other things: a girl, some words, an accordionist, some fanatical Germans, a Jewish fist-fighter, and quite a lot of thievery. . . .

Set during World War II in Germany, Markus Zusak’s groundbreaking new novel is the story of Liesel Meminger, a foster girl living outside of Munich. Liesel scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist–books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbors during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement before he is marched to Dachau.

11/22/63 by Stephen King

11/22/63

Life can turn on a dime—or stumble into the extraordinary, as it does for Jake Epping, a high school English teacher in Lisbon Falls, Maine. While grading essays by his GED students, Jake reads a gruesome, enthralling piece penned by janitor Harry Dunning: fifty years ago, Harry somehow survived his father’s sledgehammer slaughter of his entire family. Jake is blown away…but an even more bizarre secret comes to light when Jake’s friend Al, owner of the local diner, enlists Jake to take over the mission that has become his obsession—to prevent the Kennedy assassination. How? By stepping through a portal in the diner’s storeroom, and into the era of Ike and Elvis, of big American cars, sock hops, and cigarette smoke… Finding himself in warmhearted Jodie, Texas, Jake begins a new life. But all turns in the road lead to a troubled loner named Lee Harvey Oswald. The course of history is about to be rewritten…and become heart-stoppingly suspenseful.

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s third book, stands as the supreme achievement of his career. This exemplary novel of the Jazz Age has been acclaimed by generations of readers. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when The New York Times noted “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s.

Manuscript Found in Accra by Paulo Coelho 

Manuscript Found in Accra

July 14, 1099. Jerusalem awaits the invasion of the crusaders who have surrounded the city’s gates. There, inside the ancient city’s walls, men and women of every age and every faith have gathered to hear the wise words of a mysterious man known only as the Copt. He has summoned the townspeople to address their fears with truth:

“Tomorrow, harmony will become discord. Joy will be replaced by grief. Peace will give way to war…. None of us can know what tomorrow will hold, because each day has its good and its bad moments. So, when you ask your questions, forget about the troops outside and the fear inside. Our task is not to leave a record of what happened on this date for those who will inherit the Earth; history will take care of that. Therefore, we will speak about our daily lives, about the difficulties we have had to face.”

Summary and photo credit: Goodreads


Have you read some of these books, too?

What are your thoughts?

🙂

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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

Para Kay B (o kung paano dinevastate ng pag-ibig ang 4 out of 5 sa atin)
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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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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BOOK READS: A Review of On Writing by Stephen King

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A memoir every writer, young or old, should read.

This is the perfect description for the memoir that I have read for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

That is the On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by no less than  Stephen King.

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

Genre: Memoir, Autobiography

Published: October 3, 2000

Rating: 💖💖💖💖💖 (A MUST READ!)

THE STORY:

From some really funny anecdotes of his childhood up to that fateful day that almost changed his life, Stephen King shared a piece of him in this novel.

The genius writer also gave some intelligent advice on writing that every aspiring scribblers should know.

THE BLURB:

Reading a memoir about a famous fictional writer is both entertaining and insightful. I realized that after I have read Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks and Micah Sparks.

Unexpectedly, I felt the same way when I read On Writing. I am not a fan of King, yet. In fact I have only read one of his novels, 11/22/63. But after I read his memoir, about his life and about writing, I felt like I know him personally.

I also admire how he vividly described his humble beginnings and how he honestly narrated his battle with alcohol.

King also openly discussed his own episode of writer’s block, that some would try to skip as it may be a sign of weakness.

Most of all, Stephen King shared a large chunk of his expertise about writing. As one of the most known novelists today, I think he has all the right to share his knowledge about the language of this profession.

But that doesn’t mean On Writing is King’s way of bragging about his talent. That is not the case.

He shared his knowledge in a very humble manner. And he gave credits not just to himself but to the people who surrounded him, especially his wife Tabitha.

WISE WORDS:

THE WRAP:
Stephen King just showed why he is one of those authors worth reading and worth patronizing. He has the skills and the knowledge, but most importantly, he has the heart.

Share your thoughts!

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A MEMOIR (34th)

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Entertaining yet insightful.

That is the memoir that I have read for my 2015 Reading Challenge.

Here it is:

A Memoir (34th) : On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft by Stephen King

On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft

This is a book that every writer should read. With no less than Stephen King as this novel’s author, On Writing is full of funny childhood stories and informative tips and advices about writing.

I will not say a lot any more because I will write a review for this great book, soon!

So there.

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2015 Reading Challenge Update: A BOOK YOU STARTED BUT NEVER FINISHED (12/50)

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Here’s the part that I am quite ashamed of. As a reader and a writer, I usually finish a book that I started. Though I have abandoned a book once, because it really isn’t worth my time, there is a book that I have started but never got to finish it until now.

So after I planned my 2015 Reading Challenge, I put the book in its perfect category, A BOOK YOU STARTED BUT NEVER FINISHED.

And it is, 11/22/63 by Stephen King.

11/22/63
Published: November 8, 2011 ; Genre: Historical Fiction
BOOK THOUGHTS: 
My Rating: 💖💖💖
As a well known supernatural fiction and contemporary horror writer, Stephen King deserves the raves for his novels. On the other hand, there is a reason why it took me a while, four months to be specific, before I finally finished his work.
The Story: 
Jake Epping, an English teacher, came into a horrible essay written by the school janitor and night-shift student Harry Dunning. In his essay, Harry vividly narrated how his own father murdered the rest of his family through a sledgehammer.
In the story’s twist, Jake’s friend Al revealed a secret tunnel that serves as a time machine which can brought back Jake to 1958. As the dying Al gave Jake his ultimate mission, to prevent Lee Harvey Oswald in assassinating Pres. J.F. Kennedy’s, Jake transported to the past and tried to ‘correct’ and ‘prevent’ mistakes like Harry Dunning’s gruesome family massacre.
The Blurb:
Though-provoking. Well-researched. This is how I would like to describe 11/22/63.
As a young reader, I think I have no right to criticize Stephen King’s novel as he is Stephen King. But as a reader, it took me four months to finish this book as there are some parts that seemed boring to me.
Maybe because of the detailed journey of Jake as he waited for the epic 11/22/63. On the other hand, after I reached the book’s second half, the events become more interesting and suspenseful.
King was also able to inject some romance element in this quite-long story which made this novel more interesting. Some lines are just so heartwarming.
I also admire how King emphasized the ‘butterfly effect’ idea which, for me, is the highlight of this book.
The Wise Words:
The Wrap:
The end fits the story perfectly. Jake learned that you should never ever mess up with what’s already done.
His last moment with his love, Sadie, is also a tearjerker!
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