Unsolicited musings

Stories from books are far better than adaptations of movies. This I can fathom why.

Books, I think, need justice either way. And to make that happen, movies producers and staffs should read the books well so it can play the best parts needed. Just like the case of the movie-adaptation of The Fault in Ours Stars.

What I love about the movie is that it lives my expectation and it showcase what I visualized in the book. Though there is still one part wrongly shown, still, the overall movie is not a waste of time. It will really make you fall in love, believe in your dreams, loving your family and understand the meaning of true love.

From powerful cast and overpowering lines, TFIOS will give you reason to enjoy life and understand pain. But most of all, it will show you the value of every moment and to seize every opportunity available. A good book which  is well-written. John Green really deserves my praise. But I really recommend you  to read the book first before watching the movie. Thumbs-up for this! 🙂

I will share here the powerful lines you will get from the book. Enjoy! 🙂

 

  • “As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.” (Hazel Grace)
  • “I’m in love with you,” he said quietly. “Augustus,” I said. “I am,” he said. He was staring at me, and I could see the corners of his eyes crinkling. “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”
  • “You don’t get to choose if you get hurt in this world…but you do have some say in who hurts you. I like my choices.” 
  • “There are infinite numbers between 0 and 1. There’s .1 and .12 and .112 and an infinite collection of others. Of course, there is a bigger infinite set of numbers between 0 and 2, or between 0 and a million. Some infinities are bigger than other infinities. A writer we used to like taught us that. There are days, many of them, when I resent the size of my unbounded set. I want more numbers than I’m likely to get, and God, I want more numbers for Augustus Waters than he got. But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”(Hazel Grace)
  • It would be a privilege to have my heart broken by you.” (Augustus Waters)
  • “Some people don’t understand the promises they’re making when they make them,” I said. “Right, of course. But you keep the promise anyway. That’s what love is. Love is keeping the promise anyway.” 
  • “It’s a metaphor, see: You put the killing thing right between your teeth, but you don’t give it the power to do its killing.” (Augustus Waters)
  • “Because you are beautiful. I enjoy looking at beautiful people, and I decided a while ago not to deny myself the simpler pleasures of existence” (Augustus Waters)
  • “You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.” 
  • “But I believe in true love, you know? I don’t believe that everybody gets to keep their eyes or not get sick or whatever, but everybody should have true love, and it should last at least as long as your life does.” 
  • “My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”
  • “That’s the thing about pain. It demands to be felt.”

 

tfios

 

On love and desolation

Endless thoughts and possibilities. Words so powerful yet conceiving. These are just few of the description I can entail regarding David Levithan’s The Realm of Possibility and Lang Leav’s Love and Misadventure. Two great books I can surely recommend for readers. These books have the power to express lasting effect to those who can read between the lines. Because every words written have some potent meaning of life readers need to unveil.

Following are my most favorite parts on the said books. Books, true to say, have the puissant  caress to engage readers to move and think outside the box. Just like in these books’ case. 🙂

 


 THE DAY

loss takes as much as love does, sometimes more
miserable, misguided, misled
missing her is not an option right now
missing her seems to be a given
notice how fickle feelings can be
the answer is to just let go
the betrayal is to the past
the cocoon dangles empty
the desire outlasts the object
the effort lingers
the frustration is in how pointless the effort was
the ghost does not make itself transparent
the heart knows nothing except its own mind
the ideas are not enough
the jealousy is always there
the killing blow is sometimes the softest
the life you lead can be detoured
the moment you know cannot be taken back
the new you will try to bury the old me
the opportunity has passed
the past is inopportune
the questions all grow from why
the reality will always be contended
the sadness will ebb
the trouble is the time it might take
the ugly words cannot be erased, only discredited
the versions are never the same
the wonder is that we make it through
the x is the unknown variable
the yesterday cannot be repeated
the zenith is the point when you look down and realize you’re no longer below
you know, he says, you’ll get through this
you live each day one at a time
you live everyday all at once
you live with the possibility of good-bye
you move on

you ponder in this darkness and see you’re not alone
you realize you never felt alone
you subtracted one from your life, that’s all

~David Levithan (The Realm of Possibility)

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SAD SONGS

“Once there was a boy who couldn’t speak but owned a music box that held every song in all the world. one day he met a girl who had never heard a single melody in her entire life and so he played her his favorite song. he watched while her face lit up with wonder as the music filled the sky and the poetry of lyrics moved her in a way she had never felt before.

he would play his songs for her day after day and she would sit by him quietly – never seeming to mind that he could only speak to her through song. she everything he played for her, but of them all – she loved the sad songs best. so he began to play them more and more until eventually, sad songs were all she would hear.

one day, he noticed it been a very long time since her last smile. when he asked her why, she took both of his hands and kissed them warmly. she thanked him for his gift of music and poetry but above all else – for showing her sadness because she had known neither of these things before him. but it was now time for her to go away – to find someone who could show her what happiness was.” ~Lang Leav (Love and Misadventure)

 

realm of possibility and love and misadventure

Sunday with Mitch Albom and the Thousands of People you meet in Glorietta

Eight long hours.

These hours took me to wait patiently, hopefully and positively in long lines of overcrowded people. A line that connects avid readers of Tuesdays with Morrie, The Five People you meet in heaven and The first phone call from heaven, (among other best selling books) from one of the best international authors in the world, Mr. Mitch Albom.

Mitch Albom book signing

Mitch Albom book signing

Far from what I’ve expected, thousands of fans gathered inside Glorietta Activity Center. I’ve come at the said place at 11:00 not knowing that the line will brought me outside (tired, hungry, sweat pouring, irritable, leg aching) until 2:15 in the afternoon.

Mitch Albom book signing

Time recapped.

By 11:00 a.m., I bought another copy of The first phone call from heaven. I’ve asked my co-readers for the last line and they pointed me outside. I was greeted by hundreds of other hopeful fans and finding the last line readily made my head ached. The line was moving very slowly.

Waiting in line.

Waiting in line.

By 12:00, we took our lunch while standing. Imagine the hard scenario.

At 12:30 p.m., we were advised by a n event coordinator of National Bookstore that the last person (right before an assistant of NBS who held a placard) will be the last one to be permitted inside to have a book signed.

Seeing a bad news

Seeing a bad news

What to expect? Of course, an angry mob do not let it happen and we totally freaked out. Why? We almost stood there for hours, waiting in vain just to have our book signed. I was disappointed of how unorganized NBS was.

Despite of the bad news we got, we do not give up. I was thankful because our efforts do have a positive result. At 2:15 p.m., we were allowed to go inside the activity center and there he was… OMG! Mitch Albom. 🙂

Meet Mr. Albom :)

Meet Mr. Albom 🙂

There were really a huge number of people inside. Still, we have our lines but we’ve got to take pictures of Mr. Albom while he was at the backstage. And I can’t keep myself from screaming after I heard his voice. Wow! All our hardships subside. Maybe my screaming was just my way of proving that despite all difficulties of waiting in line, I really love Mr. Mitch. This is my first time attending a book signing event and I think it was an unforgettable experience.

Backstage. Albom smiles to fans.

Backstage. Albom smiles to fans.

Time passed easily. It was getting really late. We still do not have a signing pass. Were just another bunch of hopefuls.

By 7:30 in the evening, an event coordinator  approached us and explaining the “stub” thing. So we were told that we can still have our books signed by filling up a stub form but the consequences are: (1) we need to left our books with the stub and to claim it on February 27 onwards and (2) we will not able to go near Mr. Mitch and have pictures with him, anymore.

Meeting Mr. Mitch is one of my biggest dreams. I am not a person who gives up easily. But this one thing, well, I have to decide and weigh situations properly.  There were still a huge number of people waiting and we do not know if we will still be entertained, and so, I’ve decided to do the stub thing.

Hopeful

Hopeful

I may not able to meet Mr. Mitch face to face and have a picture taken together, but I think I have achieved a remarkable thing in my life. My efforts have shown how I tried so hard to reach for a star that I can only meet once in a lifetime. Having their book signed by their favorite authors is one of the best feeling a book lover could get.

I am now waiting for next week to have my book signed by Mr. Mitch. Yesterday was really an amazing experience for me. I have exerted too much effort and I’m proud of what I’ve achieved. I love Mr. Mitch Albom. I will still be one of his supportive fans, waiting to meet him personally one day, and silently praying for his success, even from a distance. 🙂

Hello, Mr. Mitch Albom! :)

Hello, Mr. Mitch Albom! 🙂

Between life, pain and suffering

A worthwhile read.

This, I can summarized Looking for Alaska written by John Green.

I bought the said book in exchange for the unavailable book of Mr. Green, which is The Fault in our stars. Honestly speaking, it was a total confusion between Let it Snow and it. Anyway, I thought I had bought the book for a purpose. 🙂

And it never failed me.

I am approaching the ending now but I guess the discoveries I will get later on will surely leave me with so much lessons in life. 🙂 I am excited about that. Here, I will want to share the powerful lines that struck me while reading it.

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Miles: “So I walked back to my room and collapsed on the bottom bunk, thinking that if people were rain, I was drizzle and she was a hurricane.” 

Life is really complicated. No matter how you want life to be simple, it never will. We deal with everyday events which test our  capabilities to handle it. We just need to make an effort to leave something remarkable in everything we do. Be courageous enough. Believe in yourself. Laugh. Life is about doing what makes you happy.

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Miles: “What is an “instant” death anyway? How long is an instant? Is it one second? Ten? The pain of those seconds must have been awful as her heart burst and her lungs collapsed and there was no air and no blood to her brain and only raw panic. What the hell is instant? Nothing is instant. Instant rice takes five minutes, instant pudding an hour. I doubt that an instant of blinding pain feels particularly instantaneous.” 

We feel pain. Without pain, they said there is no gain. But how do you deal with pain anyway? I always believe that pain is necessary in falling in love. Love begets pain in some points. Sometimes no matter how hard you try to make things perfect, it really doesn’t. People often underestimate pain. But we must remember that pain makes a person stronger.

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Alaska: “Imagining the future is a kind of nostalgia. (…) You spend your whole life stuck in the labyrinth, thinking about how you’ll escape it one day, and how awesome it will be, and imagining that future keeps you going, but you never do it. You just use the future to escape the present.” 

And comes the suffering. I believe suffering is just an option. People needs to choose if you want to suffer or not. Nut the best choice often comes in believing that we don’t need to suffer amicably, if we decide to make things simple. To suffer is to make things hard. Suffering is an option. Just make the wise choice.

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Life, pain and suffering intertwined sometimes. But I always believe that life, pain and suffering has its same ground point: it is forgiveness. Forgive yourself and forgive people. Live a life worth remembering. Live life out of the labyrinth of suffering and pain. :))

pain is inevitable. suffering is optional

 

22 Life-Changing books that shaped my existence

READING makes you happier. A recent article written by Jessica Cassity on Readers Digest August 2013 issue shows how spending time with a story can encourage positive thinking and fortify friendships. 🙂

I can readily agree with the said article. Reading has been a very good habit we can all practice. Books, true to say, have encouraged me to be better person today. Books have become a part of me. And I am proud to say, “I AM A CERTIFIED BOOK LOVER!” 🙂

Five days to go and it will be my 22nd birthday! (candles haven’t blown yet). So today, for the nth time, let’s talk about books. 🙂 These are the 22 books I loved and has shaped me in the past years. 🙂

1. Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch Albom)

“The truth is, once you learn how to die, you learn how to live.” The book left  me crying in the most challenging part of Mr. Morrie, but it has also given me the reason to smile all throughout. I love this book and has learned so much life lessons from Mr. Morrie. A very good book to read.

2. The Little Prince (Antoine de-Saint Exupery)

“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; What is essential is invisible to the eye.” A fascinating tale of a young prince, who traveled the universe finding things and questioning its existence. At the end of the book, it is you who will agree to all the lessons the prince has learned. Great book!

3. Veronika decides to die (Paulo Coelho)

I want to continue being crazy; living my life the way I dream it, and not the way the other people want it to be.” Veronika, a young girl who decided to kill herself one day has given me the reason to live life to the fullest. To dream and live with the things you believed in, not to live in other’s expectation. This is my favorite book among the books of Mr. Coelho.

4. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” Since I began the story, I have loved the narrator of the book, “Mr. Death.” One of the jewels of literature, this book makes me love all the characters of it. Enthralling tale of a young girl, Liesel Meminger who have learned to love words and all. Thought-provoking.

5. Hope for the Flowers (Trina Paulus)

Life is changed, not taken away.” A simple read but with so much ideas to ponder. Ms. Paulus awakes my young mind to embrace life changes and to be a better person despite challenges I will be facing. Discover life and do not lose hope. This is the essence of the book.

6. ABNKKBSNPLAko (Bob Ong)

Nalaman kong hindi pala exam na may passing rate ang buhay. Hindi ito multiple choice, identification, true or false, enumeration, o fill-in-the-blanks na sinasagutan, kundi essay na isinusulat araw-araw. Huhusgahan ito hindi base sa kung tama o mali ang sagot, kundi base sa kung may kabuluhan ang mga naisulat o wala. Allowed ang erasures.” As expected, Mr. Ong never failed to give true account of what is happening around. The novel shows the courageous battle of each one of us, how to correct our mistakes, enjoying the process of reaching our dreams and learned our lessons along the way. The best book of Mr. Ong for me.

7. One hundred years of Solitude (Gabriel Garcia Marquez)

…time was not passing…it was turning in a circle…” The tale of Buendia family. The novel portrays the challenges of a family who were haunted by their past and their history. The book lets me enjoy the scenarios revolving around the popular family and their struggle to find their happiness despite the loneliness succumb in each of its character. A literary-gem.

8. Dear John (Nicholas Sparks)

I finally understood what true love meant…love meant that you care for another person’s happiness more than your own, no matter how painful the choices you face might be.” The novel makes me believed in love despite the heartaches it will cause me. I love the tale of John and Savannah but was saddened by their separation. Their letters for each other were so powerful and full of love. A love story with great meaning.

9. Para kay B (Ricky Lee)

Me quota ang pag-ibig. Sa bawat limang umiibig, isa lang ang magiging maligaya. Ang iba, iibig sa di sila iniibig. Iibig nang di natututo. O iibig sa wala. O di iibig kailanman.” A novel to think of. All the five stories inside the book has a great impact to the readers and will make you agree in most of the ideas it possess reagarding love. Ricky Lee is truly a great writer. 

10. Who moved my cheese? (Spencer Johnson)

Life moves on and so should we.” A story of change. This novel was written greatly and has given me the choice on what I want to be: grow-up or stay the way I am. This is the story of embracing life changes because as it says, life moves on, we need to ride with it.

11. Have a Little Faith (Mitch Albom)

Faith is about doing. You are how you act, not just how you believe.” The novel caters the question of faith. But it will make you believe that we are not alone. We can win our battle by believeing that there is a greater one besides us. Faith is about believing into something great. As always, there is God. 🙂

12. Happier (Tal Ben-Shahar)

Happiness is “the overall experience of pleasure and meaning” over the aggregate of your lifetime’s experiences.” I have borrowed this book after I had seen it on my brother’s cabinet. Happeir is a psychological book that will make readers know what makes you happy and its aspect. Happiness can be found everywhere. It’s just a matter of choice.

13. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)

You don’t love someone because they’re perfect, you love them in spite of the fact that they’re not.” Page-turner Jodi Picoult has written this exemplary novel tackling the importance of loving your sister and being its protector and savior when circumstance needs it. The lines on the book were so powerful that it will move you. Great book!

14. Stainless Longganisa (Bob Ong)

Hindi para sa tamad ang pagsusulat dahil pag binisita ka ng idea, gana o inspirasyon, kailangan mong itigil LAHAT ng ginagawa mo para lang di masayang ang pagkakataon. Walang “sandali lang” o “teka muna”. Dahil pag lumagpas ang maikling panahong yon, kahit mag-umpog ka ng ulo sa pader mahihirapan ka nang maghabol.” Talking about being a writer. I love this book because it helps me achieve the very essence of trusting your capability and knowing that if you can write, you can. Writing is a matter of practicing what you already have and trsuting your pen to do what your mind and heart dictates.

15. The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)

It’s the possibility of having a dream come true that makes life interesting.” The very first book of Mr. Coelho that I read. The book is simply enthralling and will make you find out what’s on the next page. It is about knowing what you want and making your dream come true. Mr. Coelho is really amazing.

16. A Christmas Carol (Charles Dickens)

It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humour.” The sojourn of an old man who was visited by his past. This moving novel was one of the best written book of Mr. Dickens. It is about remembering the past, live into the present and dreaming about the future.

17. Memoirs of a Geisha (Arthur Golden)

We lead our lives like water flowing down a hill, going more or less in one direction until we splash into something that forces us to find a new course.” Memoirs of a geisha is a beautiful novel abjapanese girl who was challenged by her life in a young age. The book talks about the importance of virginity among women. But in the end, I think what matters is that the woman find her true destiny and has lived her life happily.

18. May Duwende sa Sopas ng Kapatid ko (Lara Saguisag)

One of my favorite children’s books. I love how simple and exemplary the book was written. It tackles about autism and how it affects a young boy in his life. It was a very good realization for each one of us. Autism is not a disease. It’s just a matter of appreciating what God has given to us and be fair enough not to judge someone hastily.

19. The Notebook (Nicholas Sparks)

You can’t live your life for other people. You’ve got to do what’s right for you, even if it hurts some people you love.” As always, Mr. Sparks can craft a book so lovable and moving. This book was a magical piece of loving someone despite the age and sickness. True love means believing into the possibility of the impossible.

20. For One More Day (Mitch Albom)

When someone is in your heart, they’re never truly gone. They can come back to you, even at unlikely times.” The power of motherly love. This is the summary of the novel. I love how Mr. Albom displayed the strong ideal mother who has given his son the love and realization he needs during his most crucial time. I believe that mother’s love is the best. I believed almost all the ideas the novel showed.

21. Kapitan Sino (Bob Ong)

Hindi naman kailangan ang maraming tao para bumuo ng mundo. Minsan isang tao lang ang kasama mo, buo na ang mundong kailangan mo habambuhay.” The book shows how we can be a hero in different ways. What I love about this book is how simple the love story is but can it can leave a great impact to those who reads it. Mr. Ong’s hilarious write-up and lines will simply shake your world.

22. The Lord of the Rings (The Fellowhip of the Ring) (J.R.R. Tolkien)

Faithless is he that says farewell when the road darkens.” The tale of Bilbo Baggins is a journey so exciting that I want to go with him literally. I love how every character in the novel has somehing powerful to say that adds up to Bilbo’s courage to fight his battle. Amazing novel.

Reading books will leave a great impact in our life in a very different ways. In addition, Mr. Raymond Par points, ” reading has a great potential to spark our imagination and absorb a person in another world.” Through books we can adopt empathy, connection, memories and most of all inspiration. 🙂

Read to perceive. See what changes it will brought to your life. 🙂

22 life-changing books that shaped my existence

When my books talk

Books. I love them. I live with them. And definitely, I can die for them. 🙂

So this week, let me have this plaesure to introduce to you my new set of books. Books that took me long days, months and even years to buy, produce, sleep and be addicted of. And actually, this is the part two of my post entitled books-on-my-shelf. 🙂 Let’s get it on. 🙂

1. My Sister’s Keeper (Jodi Picoult)

The very first book of Ms. Picoult that I have read. The story revolves around Anna and her family, who finds it hard to decide if she will forever be her sister’s rescue. The story is so powerful that it can move you literally.  As the book articulates, “If you have a sister and she dies, do you stop saying you have one? Or are you always a sister, even when the other half of the equation is gone?” Five star for this. 🙂

2. Mercy (Jodi Picoult)

Initially, I had bought this book because I was attracted by its cover. A red rose  in a red background. 🙂 The book tells about loving someone so much that you need to decide if you will leave or will you kill just to end the suffering. As it book provides, “The way I see it, love is just a bigger, stickier form of trust.”  Five star also! 🙂

3. Harvesting the heart (Jodi Picoult)

The book catches my attention for it tackles about discovering in your own the magic tricks of being a mother despite being orphaned with your own mother. It also tells about the power of sharing responsibilities with your partner. As the book says, “Suddenly I realize that this is what I’ve been waiting for – a man who depends entirely on me… I dreamed for years of a man who couldn’t live without me, a man who pictured my face when he closed his eyes, who loved me when I was a mess in the morning and when dinner was late and even when I overloaded the washing machine and burned out the motor. [My son] stares up at me as if I can do no wrong. I have always wanted someone who treats me the way he does; I just didn’t know that I’d have to give birth to him.” I love the book but unfortunately, I can only give four stars for this. 🙂

4. Walking Home (Gloria Goldreich)

This is the book I happened to read just because I do not have any book available at that time. Ironically, though I am not that familiar with the author, the book has gotten me. It talks about the journey of a smart, ambitious girl who has everything in life, until one day her parents passed away, leaving her alone. In the end she became a dog walker. A job she never thought she will do. Four stars for this. 🙂

5. Table for two

One of the books ourcompany has published. A story about finding love at the right place and time. The book can tickle the heart of teens, adult who are looking for stories of successful love story despite odds. Four stars for this book. 🙂

6. The Book Thief (Markus Zusak)

One of the best written books I have read. The book is beautifully written and I love every words it entail. The book is the story of a girl named Liesel Meminger, who has given the chance to explore and discover the wonder of reading through the help of his adoptive father, Hans. The narrator of the book is Death and this is also the reason I grew curious about the novel. One thing I love about the  book is how magical the love story between Liesel and Rudy was told. Actually, I really love both of them. This is a real jewel in the world of literature. As the book entails, “I have hated words and I have loved them, and I hope I have made them right.” If there are many stars to rate this book, I will surely give it. So obviously, five stars for this! 🙂

7. The Timekeeper (Mitch Albom)

This is the recent book I have finished reading. Obviously, Mr. Albom has this style of writing that touches me. The book talks about Father time. It tackles about the importance of every second in our life and the like. I love how he beautifully narrated the story and it was great. As the book says, “There is a reason why God limit our days. -To make each one precious. ” Though the book is beautiful, I can only give four stars for this. I regret expecting too much for this book.

books on my office cabinet

8. Lone Wolf (Jodi Picoult)

The very first time I have read Ms. Picoult, I have been amazed by her way of telling her novels. She has a mark and this mark of writing style got me hook by her books. Lone wolf is about a story of a girl who has been attached by his father ( a wolf caretaker) and their story revolves around the pack; the importance of a family. They have learned the ways and habits of wolf and how wolves are more afraid of humans than we are. As it tells, “I wonder if what makes a family a family isn’t doing everything right all the time but, instead, giving a second chance to the people you love who do things wrong.”  Five stars for this. 🙂

9. Nineteen Minutes (Jodi Picoult)

Nineteen minutes talks about a friendship still stood until the end. It caters the question of who should better judge someone. At the end of the day, you will want to know every detail of the book. You will be left turning the page excitedly. This is Ms. Jodi. A page-turner. As it articulates, “In nineteen minutes, you can mow the front lawn; color your hair; watch a third of a hockey game. In nineteen minutes, you can bake scones or get a tooth filled by a dentist; you can fold laundry for a family of five. In nineteen minutes, you can stop the world; or you can just jump off it.”  Five stars. 🙂

10. Second Glance (Jodi Picoult)

A story about loving across time. This is another powerful story about loving someone so much that you want to give him or her everything though sometimes you failed to sustain it. Jodi, in this book, tries to share a story about eugenics and believing in paranormal through real life events. As it provides, “Love meant jumping off a cliff and trusting that a certain person would be there to catch you at the bottom.”  Five stars. 🙂

11. The Tenth Circle (Jodi Picoult)

This book revolves around Daniel Stone who is a comic artist. He tries to rescue his daughter after learning that she was raped. This book also tells about teenage habits and the peer pressure that goes around schools. It talks about the tenth circle of hell: Lying to yourself. As it articulates, “You couldn’t have strength without weakness, you couldn’t have light without dark, you couldn’t have love without loss.” Five stars. 🙂

12. Handle with care (Jodi Picoult)

This book is a gift given by my boyfriend after knowing about my addiction with Jodi’s books. This book tackles about a mom who fights so much just to protect his son who has a rare bone disease. It shows how a mother can love her son so much that she can despise every judgment thrown to her. As it provides, “People always say that, when you love someone, nothing in the world matters. But that’s not true, is it? You know, and I know, that when you love someone, everything in the world matters a little bit more.”  Five stars. 🙂

13. House Rules (Jodi Picoult)

One of my favorite books by Ms. Jodi. Though I had a hard time reading it because of the small font used in the book, I find it amazing and so powerful. It talks about Jacob, who has Asperger’s disease and is obsessed with forensic analysis. In the end, it will signify the importance of protecting your sibling despite having a disease. It will make you cry and will wonder, is the legal system works that way always? The book says, “Sometimes I think the human heart is just a simple shelf. There is only so much you can pile onto it before something falls off an edge and you are left to pick up the pieces.”  Five stars. 🙂

My Jodi Picoult's book collection

Books, they make me complete. I don’t know what will I do if I don’t have any available books at hand. I just hope that one day, I can have a big library consisting of these books I have tried so hard to have. As Samuel Johnson shares, “A writer only begins a book. A reader finishes it. ” So read. It will take you far. Love your books. Learn its lesson. See how your life change. 🙂

This is my book's life. :)

This is my book’s life. 🙂

Blessed is….

Everyday is a blessing. It comes as a sweet bonus from above…

First of all, I would like to thank all the sponsors behind “My Favorite Book 2013” contest: The Philippine Star, National Book Store and Globe Telecom. 🙂

I would also like to thank my family for being so proud of me and for being the first people who are so happy for what I have achieved. 🙂 Words are not enough to thank you for supporting me, really.

I want to also give my utmost thanks  to the people who sticks with me every time. My boyfriend, Robert John and my best friend, Princess Anne. Thank you guys. 🙂

And most of all, I would like to offer this blessing of course, to the Omnipotent Creator of all, God. Without you, this will not be possible. Your grace has moved me this far. 🙂

Yes! I won and this is not a dream, this is for real. I am blessed to be this week’s winner of “My Favorite Book 2013”. Thank you Lord!:)

My published article in Philippine Star. :)

My published article in Philippine Star. 🙂

Anyways, if you want to check Philstar online, you may want to view philstar.com or read my winning article below:

A mother’s extraordinary day

By Eunice Esparagoza Dela Cruz (The Philippine Star) | Updated May 26, 2013 – 12:00am
MANILA, Philippines – Nine months. These months are probably the most exciting and crucial point in a woman’s life. These are the times when a woman starts to have morning sickness, stretch marks, occasional cramps and most of all, her tummy gets bigger and heavier. Her every step becomes a slow, careful movement because inside her is a little bundle of joy that will come to life after all her uneasiness. This is how courageous a woman can be… But after all, this is just the beginning of a long motherhood story.

The first time I read Mitch Albom’s For One More Day, I remember how I slept late at night just to finish it. It may sound ridiculous, but that night I repeatedly dreamt of the scenarios in the novel. It only shows how I was deeply attached to it. I have read the book three times now and what makes me repeat this book all over again is that it conveys the power of family attachment, specifically motherly love.

The book depicts the account of a certain Charles “Chick” Benetto (a daddy’s boy), who is given another day to spend with his dead mother, Posey, after he tried to kill himself one early October night. Chick has messed up his life but is given an extraordinary day in his life.

The story of Chick is somewhat related to my story (though it was my father who had passed away). Just like Chick’s mom, my mother is the most responsible and caring woman I have ever known. After having us, my mother decided to become a plain housewife. After my father died, she becomes the sole supporter of our schooling and I really don’t know how she made it.

I remember how she used to wake up early in the morning to prepare our breakfast before going to school. She used to iron our school uniforms because she wanted us to be clean and orderly always.  Most of all, she was the most excited and proudest mom when we received achievements in school. Luckily, six among her eight kids are now college graduates. I know that after all her sufferings, seeing us finish our studies is the most rewarding thing she has ever received.

But just like Chick, even after all my mom’s hardships, there were times when I didn’t stand up for her.  I am not a perfect daughter. I often commit mistakes. Sometimes, I ignore my mother’s advice and break her house rules. Oftentimes, when she starts scolding me, I just put my hands over my ears. But one thing I love about her is that she gives her full trust even though I have failed her a lot. So, if I had to count the times she’s stood up for me, it really outweighs those times I stood up for her.

In most ways, I believe my mother is really a superhero. She is my superwoman. She can do anything (e.g., fixing broken chairs, changing light bulbs). She can protect us against those who can harm us. She doesn’t have wings but she can fly to the same spot where we get wounded. She doesn’t have superpowers but she knows how to keep us good during our bad days. Love­: it is the most powerful weapon a mother has and every mother knows how to use it.

I like how Posey has been given another day to make her child look back and fix what was left to be done in his life and to make him realize that despite the mistakes he committed, a mother can accept him with arms wide open. I know very well that if given a chance, every mother will do the same with their child. Every mother knows her child inside and out.

For One More Day makes me smile for it tackles similar childhood memories. The memories brought back the times I was so hard on my mother and hurt her feelings with my nasty behavior. I think I am very blessed to have a supporting mother. It makes me believe that even at unlikely times, my only refuge will be my mother’s love because it is the only one that will stick through the end.

What the novel really makes me hold on to till the end is that it sustains the power of a mother’s love, a love that can endure everything for the sake of her child. My mom is the best symbol of a love so true and I owe her so much, from being who I am today to the very extent of my life. As the book provides, “When you look at your mother’s eyes, you are looking at the purest love you will ever know,” and I can attest to that.

More than the chance of having another day spent with a lost loved one, the book reminds me of how each of us can fix the wrong things we did in our life especially to those we hurt the most because through this we can able to move on and live life again. The book also taught me how to forgive — forgive others and forgive myself. I am lucky to still have my mother by my side. I will not let this chance slip away that’s why every day  I take time to kiss and tell her how much I love her. Because I truly believe that one day spent with your loved one can really change everything.

Mitch Albom’s For One More Day is a compelling story of another day given: a day to listen, to love, to apologize and to forgive. It is a mother’s story. It tackles understanding, unity, forgiveness and love. And because behind our story is always a mother’s story, her story is where ours begin. So, I can say that the book is also my own story because I have also been given the chance to do this stuff, for one more day.

Nine months. These months begin the story of motherhood. But I realized motherhood is a long process. It’s a journey without an ending. The story of a mother begins and ends with love. It lasts forever.

Mitch Albom's "For one more day"

Longing

And yes, I am really longing.

Yesterday,  just as I decided to peruse a newspaper, my eyes caught this advertisement below the front page of the said newspaper.

Whoa! My excitement thrilled me.

And so it goes. I was really excited to know that my long-time favorite author has released his new  book. My addiction really goes for his books. 🙂

So, I’ve learned that Mr. Paulo Coelho has currently released his book entitled “Manuscript found in Accra.” I excitedly searched for the amount of his book and was not that shock to learn that it costs P549.00.

And so my biggest idea emerged! I need to save! Save! Save! Save!

One of these days, I will have you “Manuscript found in Accra.” Just wait! 🙂

You'll be mine soon! :)

You’ll be mine soon! 🙂

Love like a river…

 I already finished Paulo Coelho’s “Aleph” last week. So I guess I was left with nothing more to read. Anyways, the book is really amazing and extraordinarily written. Coelho (of course, I am an avid fan) is really awesome when it comes to writing stories in order to inspire people. His way of voicing out his thoughts and ideas in life are really so enthralling.  I love how he inspires me everytime I read any of his life-changing books. Every word is amazingly written. It makes me asked for more.

 Aleph is really a book written to give people the notion that we can love all over again. We can visit the past, but it is not a nice place to stay. Once given a chance, give the best to improve the damage we have done; those heartaches we give to those we love. Moreover, we should not limit ourselves to love despite being hurt many times. It is through loving that we grew stronger and able to face what it is in the present. Love and sacrifice, these are the essence of loving.

 Those simple things we have done to people is just an important pace towards achieving our desire to find our real love. We should dedicate our love to the Almighty. Because at the end of the day, it is Him that we should give our life with. God is love. Love is God. These two coincides.

 Anyways, below is the best part of the book I have read. I hope other readers can learn from it.  As the book said: Transform your life. Rewrite your destiny. Some books are read. Aleph is lived. Enjoy. Live. Love. Laugh. 

‘I love you because all the loves in the world are like different rivers flowing into the same lake, where they meet and are transformed into a single love that becomes rain and blesses the earth. 

I love you like the river that creates the right conditions for trees and bushes and flowers to flourish along its banks.  I love like the river that gives water to the thirsty and takes people where they want to go.

I love you like the river which understands that it must learn to flow differently over waterfalls and to rest in the shallows.  I love you because we are all born in the same place, at the same source, which keeps us provided with a constant supply of water.  And so, when we feel weak, all we have to do is to wait a little.  The spring returns, the winter snows melt and fill us with new energy.

I love you like the river that begins as a solitary trickle in the mountains and gradually grows and joins other rivers until, after a certain point, it can flow around any obstacle in order to get where it wants.

I receive your love and give you mine.  Not the love of a man for a woman, not the love of a father for a child, not the love of God for his creatures, but a love with no name and no explanation, like a river that cannot explain why it follows a particular course, but simply flows onwards. A love that asks for nothing and gives nothing in return; it is simply there.  

I will never be yours and you will never be mine; nevertheless, I can honestly say: I love you, I love, I love you.’

 

-adapted from Paulo Coelho’s “Aleph”