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monday musing ~ a booklist

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Today, I made a list of ten books that I really enjoyed reading and made an impact on me and my life. Here are some of those few books I read.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. I have to thank my high school English teacher, Mrs. Dayao, for introducing me this book when she assigned it as a required read to her third year students. I can’t really remember how my first encounter with this little book went but it was followed by countless meetings and fell in love with it in one of those stumbling-upon’s. So I guess it was a great experience. It tackles love, friendship and life in general and how grown-ups grow up. 🙂

By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho. I love Paulo Coelho and I think this book is one of his finest. It is so poetic that I actually took notes after reading it. What’s really great about this book is that it talks about things that are universal. Love is universal. And we can all learn a thing or two from this book. It also discussed one of my favorite subjects, I guess: the Other. The Other that I think everyone encountered at least once in their life.

The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling. Well, what can I say? We all love Harry Potter (by “we” I mean my siblings)! No question about it. We read all the book and we were all amazed by J.K. Rowling’s writing prowess. Reading the books, it’s almost impossible not to believe in magic! It felt like being in Hogwarts myself. It’s like discovering another world with Harry Potter and the gang. It is really a magical experience every time I open these books.

Dracula by Bram Stoker. I remember reading this book excitedly trying to finish it overnight. I really enjoyed the story and I love the word UNDEAD. 🙂

The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown. I was really fascinated with this novel. Dan Brown did a great job at eliminating the fine thin line between fact and fiction. He made believing so easy! And the story is so compelling that I wanted to read it in one sitting. I remember wanting to finish the book earnestly, and quickly, only to slow down my pacing as the end finally approaches not wanting to end it too soon.

Memoirs of A Geisha by Arthur Golden. I think I was hooked in this book because of the writer’s creative imagination and the right choice of words to express it. This is another poetic endeavor. He made a great and unforgettable character in Sayuri. This was how I described the experience wayback 2006:

“…it’s a lovely story. I love how Sayuri made her comparisons and how she explains things around her. I think the author is brilliant, so poetic. It’s a story about love that survived the passing of time, the rising and falling of hopes, the pacing of the world. It was about a dream, the kind of dream that sustains one’s strength, one’s life, one’s hope…”

For One More Day by Mitch Albom. Another excellent book by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie. I love this book maybe because it kind of speaks to me. I read it and end up wishing and hoping for that one more day…

Bridget Jones’s Diary by Helen Fielding. This book is hilariously funny! I enjoyed reading Bridget’s antics, really. I remember reading it until morning ignoring the fact that I should wake up early the next day because I had work! I woke up late the following day, of course, and I don’t remember regretting it a bit. 🙂 I related to Bridget in more ways than one and even fell in love with her Darcy during that encounter. The next thing I knew, I was back at the bookstore buying the other book Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason!        

The Diary Of A Young Girl by Anne Frank. Another beautiful book I need to read again. This is a story of a girl in the middle of war. It recounts her experiences during those moments of chaos and violence and how she, as a child, perceived them. How her life was affected by it in ways only she can tell. How simple things were and how they were made complicated by this thing called war.

The Color Purple by Alice Walker. This is my latest read and I am really glad that I had the opportunity to read this beautiful book. I recommend this book to everyone. It is heart-warming and bittersweet. It evoked different emotions in me: anger, sadness, happiness and everything in between. It deals with reality, its cruelty and its soft-heartedness. Poignant, yes. It also talks about love. And lots of forgiveness too. It’s about life, people. Its simplicities and complexities. Its vulnerabilities and its sturdiness. It teaches history and of being open and tolerant. Of honesty and courage. This is a book everyone should read.

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