28 Books that I would Recommend for Everyone.

For my annual birthday blog. I’m going to share with you the list of top 28 books that I’ve already read since I’ve started the 2017 Goodreads’ Reading Challenge.

Although I still haven’t finish yet in reaching this year’s goal of reading a total number of 68 books. But so far, I’m making a wonderful progress because I’m already a few more books away. Hopefully, in a few months, I’ll be able to accomplish it.

Well anyway these are the titles of novels that I would definitely recommend for you if you are looking for something new to read.

 

  1. Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

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  2. Treasures by Lisa Jackson.

    img_3701“A riveting blend of mystery and romance makes Lisa Jackson’s navels irresistible. Now the bestselling author of Twice Kissed and Wishes brings sensuality and suspense to enthralling new heights as a woman seeking to discover her identity finds herself thrust into a world of hidden secrets and dangerous desires.” -Goodreads Summary

  3. The Hundred Foot Journey by Richard C. Morais

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  4. First Star I See Tonight by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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  5. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

    “milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.” -Goodreads

  6. Where She Went by Gayle Forman

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  7. Looking for Peyton Place by Barbara Delinksy

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  8. The Red Notebook by Antoine Laurain

   “What a beautiful story and I’m so proud to say that I’ve read this one in just one sitting. “
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  1. When Calls the Heart by Janette Oke

    “Nothing in her cultured East Coast upbringing prepared Elizabeth for a teaching position on the Canadian frontier. Yet, despite the constant hardships, she loves the children in her care. Determined to do the best job she can and fighting to survive the harsh land, Elizabeth is surprised to find her heart softening towards a certain member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Book 1 of the bestselling Canadian West series.” -Goodreads

  2. Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

    “This can happen to anyone.”

    It’s a brilliant story and would totally freak you out as a reader. For its a novel that was written in order to portray that something like that does happen in reality. And of course, what we might perceive about anyone on the outside is not as truthful or real on the inside.

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  1. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer

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  2. Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

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    “It’s surreal and insanely funny.”

    “Although, there were some things that were slightly exaggerated in the story. But this certain type of people called “Crazy Rich Asians” really do exist. And as a reader of the book, you might find it entirely fascinating to read about the extravagance on how these people lead their lives, but you’ll also learn an important lesson that money is definitely not everything. Sure it is our means to give us a comfortable life. But is it truly everything? Not really. Cause it is the little mundanes, the special moments that we have with our love ones that gives everything a whole new meaning. For love, happiness, kindness, our sense of contentment, and a whole lot more of positive things, are the ones that are priceless beyond measure that money can never provide us.”

  3. Wonder by R.J. Palacio

    “A heartwarming story about a disfigured child (who’ve just taken the first step into a normal childhood) and his parents’ unconditional love towards him; that despite on how the world views him physically on the outside, but to his mother and father, he will always be a special and extraordinary kid.

  4. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

    Goodreads Summary

“Well at first, you might find the personality of Eleanor Oliphant as somewhat hilarious, but once you’ll get to know her, you will realized that her story is entirely heartbreaking, and at the same time emotionally heartwarming. Moreover, every readers of the book would tend to feel a bit affected after reading it.”

  1. Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee

    img_3690“Every man’s island, Jean Louise, every man’s watchman, is his conscience.”

    The whole story of the sequel was entirely mind-boggling but full of profound truths about the realities that are happening in our society; especially when you’re also talking about the many different acts of DISCRIMINATION.

 

  1. Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen

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  2. First Frost by Sarah Addison Allen

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  3. Northern Lights by Nora Roberts

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  4. How to Find love in a bookshop by Veronica Henry

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  5. This Heart of Mine by Susan Elizabeth Phillips

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  6. China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan

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  7. The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy

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  8. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

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  9. The Sand and Ash by Amy Harmon

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  10. The Mistletoe Secret by Richard Paul Evans

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  11. The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur

    Divided into five chapters and illustrated by Kaur, the sun and her flowers is a journey of wilting, falling, rooting, rising, and blooming. A celebration of love in all its forms.

    this is the recipe of life
    said my mother
    as she held me in her arms as i wept
    think of those flowers you plant
    in the garden each year
    they will teach you
    that people too
    must wilt
    fall
    root
    rise
    in order to bloom

  12. Something Borrowed by Emily Giffin

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  1. The Love Detective by Alexandra Potter

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By the way, if you’re interested to purchase a copy in any of those titles that were listed above. You can buy it online with a FREE delivery worldwide at Book Depository.

Thank you so much for checking out my list and if you have any thoughts about my post, don’t hesitate to write it in the comments section.

HAPPY READING EVERYONE!

 

 

 

 

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The Rules Do Not Apply by Ariel Levy (Book Review)

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A very unconventional memoir that was written by a journalist of The New Yorker named Ariel Levy. It’s a book that gives its readers a glimpse of who she is; her point of view, an insight about herself, her frustrations, opinions, ideas, and all the notions about her true self in this modern world. In which by the way makes this book quite refreshing and honest to read.

Although, I have no idea of who she is since I’ am a Filipino reader, and the only reason that I’ve decided to read this one was because I’ve been hearing such good reviews about her book especially from fellow Goodreads members, celebrities, and other famous public figures. So it was just all out of curiosity that made me chose this one in my reading list.

Then after getting unto her memoir, I was a bit surprised and slightly uncomfortable at first when I’ve already gotten to that part when it was revealed that she’s a diverse type of woman. But despite the fact of about her, I’m still glad that I chose to read this one. The reason is that I’ am quite fascinated by the author’s writing skills, for it was somewhat impeccable and affable to understand. Then I was also enamored by her being so truthful and bold for writing this one.

Well I’m not sure if she’s a feminist or what, but I truly admire her, because through her words, she was able to point it out into the world the things that she truly believes in. Furthermore, she is someone with her own principles in life. And one of my most favorite part in the book was when she was describing about it on how it feels like to be a millennial woman; shedding its readers some light on how a female tend to perceive things specifically during their 20’s and 30’s.

So now that I already know what the fuss was all about. I would most certainly say that this is a book that one should truly recommend to every fellow readers out there. A memoir that talks about being an unconventional woman in today’s modern society. An inspiration for every feminist.

But I have to remind you that as reader, you really need to be more open-minded before getting into a glimpse of Ms. Ariel Levy’s world. For there are certain issues that she had shared that you might find a bit sensitive especially for some people of different cultures and traditions.

It may seem to be that way, but this is a wonderful lesson to each and every one of us that we shouldn’t be too judgmental; but to be more kind, respectful, and understanding particularly to those who are in between in terms of their own struggles and sexuality, and you might think that they are different, but, they are also a human being who truly deserves such fair and just treatment in our society.

A sincere and real equality for all.

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And by the way, here are the following quotes that has intrigued me while reading the book:

“There is nothing I love more than traveling to a place where I know nobody, and where everything will be a surprise, and then writing about it. It’s like having a new lover—even the parts you aren’t crazy about have the crackling fascination of the unfamiliar.”

“Nature. Mother Nature. She is free to do whatever she chooses.”

“What does it mean to be a woman? What are the rules? What are your options and encumbrances? I wanted to tell stories that answered, or at least asked, those questions.”

“Character is who you are when nobody else is watching,”

“It is a still stranger thing that there is nothing so delightful in the world as telling stories.”

Well, that it’s for now.
Till my next book review.
Thank you so much for reading! 😊✌🏻

How to Find Love in a Bookstore by Veronica Henry (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

“The enchanting story of a book shop, its grieving owner, a supportive literary community, and the extraordinary power of books to heal the heart. Nightingale Books, nestled on the main street in an idyllic little village, is a dream come true for book lovers–a cozy haven and welcoming getaway for the literary-minded locals. But owner Emilia Nightingale is struggling to keep the shop open after her beloved father’s death, and the temptation to sell is getting stronger. The property developers are circling, yet Emilia’s loyal customers have become like family, and she can’t imagine breaking the promise she made to her father to keep the store alive. There’s Sarah, owner of the stately Peasebrook Manor, who has used the book shop as an escape in the past few years, but it now seems there’s a very specific reason for all those frequent visits. Next is roguish Jackson, who, after making a complete mess of his marriage, now looks to Emilia for advice on books for the son he misses so much. And the forever shy Thomasina, who runs a pop-up restaurant for two in her tiny cottage–she has a crush on a man she met in the cookbook section, but can hardly dream of working up the courage to admit her true feelings”

MY BOOK REVIEW:

Magical.

Yup, that’s the word for it alright.
Its a simple and heartwarming story about a small town community in which it tells such different stories about its residents and how they are being connected together by an old fashioned bookstore especially by its owner.

I would also like to point out that as a reader, I was entirely and magically pulled into the story by the writer’s captivating words. A highly recommended novel for all the bookworms (and soon to be readers) out there!

And below this, is a collection of some quotes that I’ve highlighted while I was reading this novel. I hope you’re going to like it as much as I did.

“a town without a book shop was a town without a heart.”

“All the diamonds in the world are nothing in comparison. Books are more precious than jewels.”

“A great cookery writer can make you see the dish, smell it, taste it, with no need for a photograph.”

“Only happy people don’t try and make other people feel bad.”

“Brilliant musicians were brilliant because they practiced, not just because they had talent.”

“Reading gave her comfort.”

“There’s a book for everyone, even if they don’t think there is. A book that reaches in and grabs your soul.”

“The great thing about a book shop was nobody thought it was odd if you lingered for ages.”

“life was complicated, that love sprang from nowhere sometimes, and that forbidden love wasn’t always something to be ashamed of.”

“That’s the trouble with books. You can never choose your favorite. It changes depending on your mood.”

“Thank God for cooking, she thought. Cooking never let her down.”

“So that was why people read. Because books explained things: how you thought, and how you behaved, and made you realise you were not alone in doing what you did or feeling what you felt.”

Well that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

 

 

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

The women of the Waverley family — whether they like it or not — are heirs to an unusual legacy, one that grows in a fenced plot behind their Queen Anne home on Pendland Street in Bascom, North Carolina. There, an apple tree bearing fruit of magical properties looms over a garden filled with herbs and edible flowers that possess the power to affect in curious ways anyone who eats them.

For nearly a decade, 34-year-old Claire Waverley, at peace with her family inheritance, has lived in the house alone, embracing the spirit of the grandmother who raised her, ruing her mother’s unfortunate destiny and seemingly unconcerned about the fate of her rebellious sister, Sydney, who freed herself long ago from their small town’s constraints. Using her grandmother’s mystical culinary traditions, Claire has built a successful catering business — and a carefully controlled, utterly predictable life — upon the family’s peculiar gift for making life-altering delicacies: lilac jelly to engender humility, for instance, or rose geranium wine to call up fond memories.

Garden Spells reveals what happens when Sydney returns to Bascom with her young daughter, turning Claire’s routine existence upside down. With Sydney’s homecoming, the magic that the quiet caterer has measured into recipes to shape the thoughts and moods of others begins to influence Claire’s own emotions in terrifying and delightful ways.

As the sisters reconnect and learn to support one another, each finds romance where she least expects it, while Sydney’s child, Bay, discovers both the safe home she has longed for and her own surprising gifts. With the help of their elderly cousin Evanelle, endowed with her own uncanny skills, the Waverley women redeem the past, embrace the present, and take a joyful leap into the future.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

Garden Spells by Sarah Addison Allen was the first novel that I’ve read by her and it was such a wonderful and magical story. Kind of reminds me of that old movie entitled “Practical Magic” starring Nicole Kidman and Sandra Bullock. Well it’s not the same story but the whole concept of old magical spells, and a small town community was somewhat a bit similar. Anyway, I’m usually not keen on reading novels in which its genre is all about magical realism. But I must say, the book was definitely amazing.

Furthermore, it’s the kind of tale that emphasizes the importance of having one’s family to support you through thick and thin. And that’s what the characters of Claire and Sydney have shown its readers – the value of being supportive and loving to one another, and even though that their childhood days was a bit tough, and as sisters, there was some kind of strain into their relationship. But time has shown them the importance of sisterhood, and giving love a chance to be a part of their lives.

Well speaking of romance, which was more like a secondary theme into story, was such a giddy and additional treat in the novel especially when it gets to the part about Claire and Tyler’s not so unusual love story.

Moreover, the author has written it in a style that’s entirely simple and catchy for its readers.

Then as I’ve already written, it’s a story that deals with something in the world of fantasy and magical realism; like the moving apple tree, and what would happen to that person when he/she would try to take a bite of the apple from that particular tree. Plus including its strange community!
Another thing that I’ve also observed as a reader was that the story seems so real that things like that could happen. However, after reading the whole the book, it just got me thinking, “Hey, it’s just a story but how nice it would be if it can happen in real life!”

And I tell you guys, this novel will truly make you fall in love of its author Sarah Addison Allen, and would entice you to read the rest of her books!

 

Well that’s it for now. Till me next book review.

Thank you so much for reading! 🙂

 

 

 

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover (Book Review)

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GOODREADS SUMMARY:

When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she knows it isn’t love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

The whole intense love story of Miles and Tate just blew me away.
Cause from the first moment Ms.Colleen Hoover had made a post about her upcoming novel in all of her social media accounts, I just knew that I’m going to love this book, and according to her, of all the male characters that she has ever written, Miles Archer is the only one that made her so emotional that it truly made her cry while writing the novel.

However, it wasn’t actually in my plan to read it right away after it was published. But a few weeks after it was released, I’ve been seeing tons of top reviews about the book in Goodreads and in Facebook, stating that the story is just simply amazing. So it was a major influence for me to buy a copy. And as expected, it didn’t disappoint me at all. For it was so addictive to read.

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As for the story, it’s definitely your typical kind of love story. There’s this guy who is so emotionally shattered and damaged; who is so afraid of love because of his past. And then there’s this girl who could wake up him from his nightmare, and show him the beauty of falling in love all over again. But what I like about the story of Miles and Tate was their intense and passionate emotions (which were described in such detail in the novel).

So how would I describe it?

I would say that Colleen Hoover had truly given each character the source of their emotions, so that as a reader, we can truly understand as to why they seem to be that way. Like Tate Collins, she seems to be an extraordinary type of person- smart, beautiful, and kind. But when it comes to love, she just tends to feel that like she’s still looking for the biggest spark and momentous moment. Little did she know that on her first day into living temporarily in her brother’s apartment, her life will never be the same. As for Miles Archer, he’s someone who has a haunting past; a young pilot who’s been living a meaningless life for the past six years, and being entirely and only committed to his work like there’s no tomorrow; it’s like living a life without any substance at all. Then everything started to change when he’d finally met Tate. For she was the shining beacon of his life who never gave up on him, even though she already knows that in the long run it might either shatter her, or give her the thing that she truly desire.
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Moreover, Ms. Colleen Hoover did a marvelous job in writing such a passionate love story, because she made a typical story into something that is so unforgettable to all of its readers. And the song that was composed for this book is truly amazing. For it describes what Miles truly feels for Tate; a beautiful story for all the romantics out there.

That’s it for now, and till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading. 🙂

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows (Book Review)

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GOODREADS REVIEW:

January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….

As Juliet and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny, deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists, literature lovers all.

Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what she finds will change her forever.

Written with warmth and humor as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising ways.

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MY BOOK REVIEW:

 

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society is a heartwarming and delightful novel to read. The kind of book that you will certainly recommend to every readers out there, and would love to read all over again.

The thing is that I’ am so not into historical fictions (especially when you’re talking about the “German Occupation”). But unexpectedly, I really enjoyed my time getting into the world of Juliet Ashton and the residents of Guernsey. A story that I was looking out into my Goodreads account from time to time – including its ratings and reviews. However, it really took me awhile to give this one a try (years actually). So a few weeks ago, I’ve decided to buy a second hand copy of the 1st edition on eBay for a very good price, and I’m just glad that I took the risk of buying the novel because it was totally worth it.

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For the story wasn’t just unforgettable, but also a very well written historical and epistolary novel. Plus, the way the book was written by its two authors, Mary Ann Shafer and Annie, Barrows, was somewhat easy on the eye, and affable to its readers. Making them feel like they were being transported in a different era of bookworms and writers. A world in which the simple pleasures of reading gives comfort and solace to those people who were unfortunate to experience such hard and difficult times.

And I must say, as a reader of this wonderful tale of a young authoress who’ve found such new friends, family, and home in a small island, I find the story entirely charming, witty, smart, and sweet. Honestly, there a lot of words to describe it. Well apart from that, I would also like to point out that it was a very insightful one to read because it gave me an idea on how each individual (including its society) were changed during and after the war. Moreover, some knowledge of the famous books and authors in the early 1900’s. Hmm, I guess every generation has its own taste of books and genre.
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Then another thing that made me so happy about the book is that the film adaptation is officially on its way starring Lily James (Downton Abbey), Michiel Huisman (Game of Thrones), Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey), and Matthew Goode (Downton Abbey). For more updates on the upcoming movie you can just check it out on IMDb.com, and at present the current status is filming.

So the excitement was really there when I’ve first heard the news, and I just hope that it’s going to be a well-made film adaptation.

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Well, that’s it for now. Till my next book review.

Thank you so much for reading.

Reading is a Great Comfort

Reading books is such a great comfort from all the stress especially when you’re also feeling kind of burned out and all. Making you at ease and enlightened with such great wisdom, knowledge, and inspiration from what you’ve just read. A profound thought as to why it is such a beautiful hobby. So read, whatever different kinds of reading materials that you could get your hands on. Cause it is our source of food and relaxation into our minds.