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My 10 Books

So there’s this viral thing going around Facebook where you list the 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. You’re advised not to think too much and just put whatever comes to mind. They need not be literary classics or international bestsellers, nor do they have to be the best or your favorites. As long as they had an effect on you in one way or another, you can put them on your list.

 

And since I didn’t wanna do it on Facebook, here’s my list (in random order):

  • Love & Misadventure, Lang Leav

It’s not really a novel but rather a collection of Lang Leav’s poems. And i love it because i can relate to most of them. It’s like Lang Leave listened to my heart and wrote exactly what I was feeling, while some have captured perfectly the musings of my mind.

  • Veronika Decides To Die, Paulo Coelho

This is the first Paulo Coelho book that I have read and I remember being so amazed at how Paulo was able to come up with the stuff in this book. I was an instant fan. I had to stop reading for a while to contemplate on his words and his views on insanity, urging me to form my own opinions on the matter.

  • The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey

I read the Highly Effective Teens version of this when I was in high school then now that I’m in the corporate world, I was tasked to present one of the habits in this book to our whole team.

  • Love, Rosie, Cecelia Ahern

I remember that it was written in a way that made it seem like the characters are corresponding through letters. Or was it just one character writing letters? I don’t remember much but I know that this is my favorite Cecelia Ahern book and I started reading all her other books after this one.

  • Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares, Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

It seemed so unreal and impossible, but really creative. It was a light read but it made me think too. It made me believe that even though what you wanted to happen didn’t happen, you must never lose hope because something else great may still happen. Something you didn’t expect, something you didn’t think you’d want, but something still perfect.

  • Eleanor & Park, Rainbow Rowell

They were right, this book will take you back to high school. I felt like I was in high school again while reading it. Puppy loves and first loves swimming in my head. Oh, to be young and in love. I couldn’t let go of  the ending too. I kept thinking about it for days, even months after. I even had to discuss it with someone who read it too.

  • The Fault In Our Stars, John Green

I cried buckets while reading this. It was a different kind of love story and I loved it. This will always be a 5/5 for me. I already read it twice. The emotions were the same even for the second time around.

  • The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

After Veronika Decides To Die, I just had to find out what the fuss was about with his number one book. And I definitely wasn’t disappointed. This taught me that when you want something badly enough, the universe conspires to help you achieve it. And that the treasure lies within. 

  • The Silver Linings Playbook, Matthew Quick

Another love story that’s a little different, in as much as The Fault In Our Stars is different. But I think I mostly remember the movie because J. Law was in it haha.

  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Stephen Chbosky

It had unrequited love, it had a twist, it had coming of age, it had wit, it had almost everything. I want to feel it too, feel infinite and just be young and worry free.

 

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My January

I love reading and I love watching movies. The first “book” I started and finished for 2010 is a “Kikomachine Komix”. It’s the 5th installment, titled “Alab ng Puso (Sa Dibdib Mo’y Buhay)”.

Kikomachine Blg. 5 Alab ng Puso (Sa Dibdib Mo'y Buhay)

I love reading Kikomachine because it never fails to make me laugh. I find myself laughing so hard every page or so. My mom often checks in on me, thinking I’ve gone totally bonkers. It’s a great stress reliever.

*Thanks Marjun for lending me this. 🙂

Funny that I haven’t been to the cinemas for this year yet. Last weekend I decided to watch a movie on my laptop. My movie collection keeps on growing in number but I always lack the time to watch any of them. I decided on “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”, which stars Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

At first, I was really confused (those who already watched this would know what I mean). I was really lost so I had a eureka moment at the end of the movie. What can I say, it’s a great film. And I love the thought that even if they erased each other from their memories, they still met, and fell in love. The power of love: if you’re really meant to be together, you will find your way no matter what happens. You cannot escape it. 😉

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Wish List

I’m a self-confessed bookworm and I want a mini-library in my room. So here is a list of the books I want to acquire. Anybody willing to give me a gift, just refer them to this list. Those in bold are at top priority. 😀

1. Have a Little Faith – Mitch Albom
2. The Hunger Games – Suzanne Collins
3. Chasing Harry Winston – Lauren Weisberger
4. The Undomestic Goddess – Sophie Kinsella
5. The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho *
6. Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho
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7. The Five People You Meet In Heaven – Paulo Coelho *
8. A Place Called Here – Cecelia Ahern
9. The Tao of Pooh – Benjamin Hoff
10. The Te of Piglet – Benjamin Hoff

11. Best Friends Forever – Jennifer Weiner
12. Boy Meets Girl – Meg Cabot
13. Change of Heart – Jodi Picoult
14. Collected Stories – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
15. How To Be Single – Liz Tuccillo

16. I Take This Man – Valerie Frankel
17. If You Could See Me Now – Cecelia Ahern
18. Kiss an Angel – Susan Elizabeth Phillips
19. Last Chance Saloon – Marian Keyes
20. Laughable Loves – Milan Kundera
21. Life Before Man – Maargaret Atwood
22. Life of Pi – Yann Martel
23. Life: Selected Quotations – Paulo Coelho
24. Like Water for Chocolate – Laura Esquivel

25. Love The One You’re With – Emily Giffin
26. Making Mischief – Elizabeth Young
27. Match Me If You Can – Susan EliZabeth Phillips
28. Me and Mr. Darcy – Alexandra Potter
29. My Best Friend’s Girl – Dorothy Koomson
30. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult
31. Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist – Rachel Cohn, David Levithan
32. Nights in Rodanthe – Nicholas Sparks
33. No Time for Goodbyw – Linwood Barlclay
34. Of Love and Other Demons – Gabriel Garcia Marquez
35. One Fifth Avenue – Candace Bushnell
36. Persuading Annie – Melissa Nathan
37. Sam’s Letters to Jennifer – James Patterson
38. Slowness – Milan Kundera
39. Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas – James Patterson
40. The Book of Laughter and Forgetting – Milan Kundera
41. The Boy Next Door – Meg Cabot
42. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time – Mark Haddon
43. The Fifth Mountain – Paulo Coelho
44. The God of Small Things – Arundhati Roy
45. The Girlfriend Curse – Valerie Frankel
46. The Judas Strain – James Rollins
47. The Lost Symbol – Dan Brown

48. The Melancholy Death of Oyster Boy – Tim Burton
49. The Not-So-Perfect Man – Valerie Frankel
50. The Other Boleyn Girl – Philippa Gregory
51. The Sandman Series – Neil Gaiman
52. The Unbearable Lightness of Being – Milan Kundera

53. The Vagina Monologues – Eve Ensler
54. The Virgin Suicides – Jeffrey Eugenides
55. There’s No Place Like Here – Cecelia Ahern
56. Then We Came to the End – Joshua Ferris
57. Watchmen – Alan Moore
58. You Don’t Love Me Yet – Jonathan Lethem
59. Artemis Fowl – Eoin Colfer
60. Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid – Lemony Snicket
61. Eragon – Christopher Paolini
62. Eldest – Christopher Paolini
63. Brisingr – Christopher Paolini

64. Why Do Men Have Nipples? – Mark Leyner

* I already had these books but weren’t returned when borrowed.