Since I was busy with Uni, I was really a slacker with my reading list this year. Anyhow, I still managed to stumble into magnificent books so it’s not so bad after all. So here are some of the books that I recommend:
This is the first book I’ve read from Renée Carlino and I was surprised that I loved every detail of it. It was intense and I found myself emotional when I finished it. This is one of the books wherein I had to pull an all-nighter because I wouldn’t dare to put the book down. Yes. It is all about first love and reconciliation. It is from the New Adult Contemporary section (I think) and it gave me an element of a surprise that it didn’t give me any mushy drama that makes me cringe. It didn’t. Instead, I was smitten by its neat kind of real emotions. The two main characters had the perfect way to start their relationship and I, for some quite moments, found myself laughing at their complementing humour. Aside from that, it has a perfectly paced story telling that got me into thinking what will happen next until later on, flipping through the last pages of the book.
This is also, again, the first book I’ve read from Taylor Jenkins Reid. Seems like I’ve found the habit of trying out new novels from one author to another, aye? Anyway, this book was written in a different way. It’s a new encounter for me. They say this is one of those love triangle kind of romance but I completely disagree. It was all about a young woman about to unfold the outcomes of her choices between destiny and true love. Not only that, it unfolds in two alternating chapters coming at the end of two results. The two realities were completely captivating and it was hard for me to put my ebook reader down. Certainly, this is a must-read if you’re in the mood for a light read.
Okay, enough with the romance. ‘Nu ba?!
Sorry but I am mentioning Gilmore Girls on this book. I was watching the show again on Netflix and when Jess was reading this book intently, aside from finding it very sexy, I got really curious. At first, I struggled reading this because it’s been a long while since I went through a classic book. I find this book with heaps of elements and it is difficult to make a review about it. Anyway, I’ll try avoiding the plot instead. This was deceptively written about a World War II veteran, Billy Pilgrim, who was apparently unstuck in time. So it goes. The story line jumps all over the place–over time. So it goes.
*So it goes was mentioned in the book for 106 times.
There were moments while I was reading this book when I felt breathless. It is a sad yet a book so powerful. It’s focused on telling the life of Louis Zamperini. From having a teenage life filled with defiance into becoming a famous athlete, it was moreso highlighted into his odysseys with being a lieutenant during the World War II. Facing the brink of death, he was condemned as a prisoner of Japanese POW camp. Hillenbrand wrote this riveting story that highlights survival and resilience. One of the best non-fictional books I’ve read so far and it also has a film if you want to give it a go.
“If I knew I had to go through those experiences again,” he finally said, “I’d kill myself.”
This is an another sci-fi read I just recently finished. It was recommended by my friend, Mika, because I asked for some clear advice with my reading blues. I borrowed and got heaps of books but at that time, I couldn’t seem to be interested in any of them. I just needed a starter and this is apparently was it. S.J. Kincaid brought us this stand-alone book leaving us satisfied with every great detail of its scenarios. I like it as a stand-alone and not as a series however, I feel like it’s more of a fantasy book even though it was shelved under the sci-fi section. It’s one of those female-lead-empowering kind of adventure towards saving the world and people she loves.
Oh my. Wickedly written, coolest and unique format but still managed to give a captivating story. The book comprises of classified files: messaging, transcripts of surveillance camera, photos and interviews yet it managed to sort out into a wild ride of a story. It was difficult to apprehend with its slow start but when you get to pages 150-200, you’ll be hooked. Definitely, I am out of words because I just finished this last night so I’m still suffering from book hung-over. The sequel, Gemina, is up as well and I might be listening to the audiobook while reading it (as what others recommended).
If you want a clear synopsis of this book, here: click! Sorry!
So there, I just gave a set of mundane reviews of all the books I recommend this year. I might be upgrading my list by weekly or monthly so I could update this blog more often. Hopefully.
It begins with a boy. Theo Decker, a thirteen-year-old New Yorker, miraculously survives an accident that kills his mother. Abandoned by his father, Theo is taken in by the family of a wealthy friend. Bewildered by his strange new home on Park Avenue, disturbed by schoolmates who don’t know how to talk to him, and tormented above all by his unbearable longing for his mother, he clings to one thing that reminds him of her: a small, mysteriously captivating painting that ultimately draws Theo into the underworld of art.
As an adult, Theo moves silkily between the drawing rooms of the rich and the dusty labyrinth of an antiques store where he works. He is alienated and in love-and at the center of a narrowing, ever more dangerous circle.
The Goldfinch combines vivid characters, mesmerizing language, and suspense, while plumbing with a philosopher’s calm the deepest mysteries of love, identity, and art. It is an old-fashioned story of loss and obsession, survival and self-invention, and the ruthless machinations of fate (via Goodreads).
Ketterdam: a bustling hub of international trade where anything can be had for the right price—and no one knows that better than criminal prodigy Kaz Brekker. Kaz is offered a chance at a deadly heist that could make him rich beyond his wildest dreams. But he can’t pull it off alone…
A convict with a thirst for revenge
A sharpshooter who can’t walk away from a wager
A runaway with a privileged past
A spy known as the Wraith
A Heartrender using her magic to survive the slums
A thief with a gift for unlikely escapes
Kaz’s crew are the only ones who might stand between the world and destruction—if they don’t kill each other first (via Goodreads).