“I read because I can” said my literature professor.

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This post is not a review but merely a list of books that YOU should read. 

I am a bookworm and I tend to juggle at least 3 books at the same time considering my attention span. I'm not really picky when it comes to books, so it doesn't matter if it's non-fiction, horror or even romance. Remember the saying, "don't judge a book by it's cover?" Do it minus the don't. I know it sounded shallow but that's how it usually works. 

   (Disclaimer: Some books will make you want to do this, sorry!) 

There are at least three things that I look forward to in a book: 
1.Summer, an island or a beach house
2.Family Secrets/Dynasty
3.Mind fuck


The things stated above are just some preferences, but really though, I'm good with anything.


Favorites:

1. Dolores Claiborne by Stephen King



If you don't know who Stephen King is, rot in hell and die. Kidding! Stephen King is the king of horror and you should read at least one of his write-ups. Dolores Claiborne is about a woman accused of murder. There was a part of the book where she killed her husband, (don't worry, this part is mentioned on the second page palang so dili ni spoiler) the actual killing was really disturbing. I felt like I was the one killing the guy and I had a hard time sleeping after that. It was graphic and scary, really really scary. From then on, I swore to my grave I will not kill my husband—unless if he cheats, lol. But seriously, I couldn't sleep for days. 


Don't stick with mainstream books. You need to grow and explore different genres. I haven't read pet cemetery yet but I heard it's one of his best creation.



2. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

 I can smell the smoke, I can feel the waves and I'm swimming with the characters as well. I feel like I'm in the island, enjoying the lazy summer breeze. Dude this book is a portal, bringing all the readers to its own dimension. I have always loved summer and pretty islands so the I give 5 stars to the setting of the book.

The story though, is a thick wad of vagueness. I didn't fully understand it, how it ended made me reflect a million times, however it's beautifully written. When you read the book, you have to be observant to the little details or you'll be flipping back and forth. The words are perfectly put together, you just want to tweet every quote mentioned. 





3. Master of the Game by Sidney Sheldon


This by far, is the best book I have ever read. I have always loved stories that involved family secrets or how a family builds a dynasty etc etc (which is exactly why I also like "We were liars"). This book embodies women empowerment. Sidney Sheldon is Sidney Sheldon, I mean come on, don't just stick with the millennial, read legendary books written by legendary authors with legendary plot twists. It's such a sad sad thing to hear when individuals who claim to be book worms don't even read books written by these authors. Don't just stick to the ones we have now, learn to appreciate the novels written before.
The book made me realize how falling in love will somehow blind me, and that if I’d do, he should be at least a pillar to hold my success.  

4. Dangerous girls by Abigail Haas


I was glued to this book. If you want a page turner, you have to read this. I was in a hurry to finish it because I wanted to know who killed Elise. I was so caught up that I had to read reviews to make sure that I got the ending right. It's so twisted and thrilling plus it had an epic setting; imagine, a beach house in Aruba? 


Series, trilogies and what not:

1. The Selection by Kiera Cass


  It's the best dystopian set I have read. It's a cross between the bachelor and hunger games. 

2. The Shopaholic series by Sophie Kinsella 

 British humour is da bomb so yes I’m reconsidering this. 


3. The Twilight Saga by Stephenie Meyer



Call me whatever you want. If you bash this series, you're a hypocrite. You're shallow, and unappreciative. You think this is cliché, but you watch dear old boring love stories with mainstream plots and bad cinematography. You're boring and pretentious. 




Books for starters: 

1. Thirteen reasons why by Jay Asher


There should be a movie for this. I love the hipster vibe of the mixtapes in the story. It’s unique and if you don’t like reading, you should start with this book.


2. Looking for Alaska by John Green

Hello hipster author, hello most hipster book I've read. Depressing yet chill, too much cigarettes. The indie vibe makes this novel standout. The story is adorbs.


3. Love Rosie by Cecelia Ahern


The film adaptation sucks. I read the book before watching the movie. It’s so different. The book is really funny and the film is very depressing. I don’t know, maybe it’s just me and my interpretation, but really, the book’s light. The way it's written is really cute and the humor is on point considering that I'm a sucker for British humor.


4. Dear John by Nicholas Sparks


If this isn't love, what is? It’s a different kind of love story, I hope you haven’t seen the movie yet. I found the book very depressing, LDR and miscommunication sucks. I’ve always found love stories quite depressing, or maybe I'm just reading the wrong books? But really, most novels I've read had wrecked love stories, maybe because it sells?


Filipino Authors: 

Let's be patriotic this time. These are the books written by Filipino authors which are actually very good and entertaining. 


1. The ABC’s of hand lettering by Abbey Sy 


This is my constant companion ever since July started. As an art bug, I want to explore the abyss of typography, hand lettering etc etc. It's been my distraction lately. This book is super helpful. I've learned a lot from it. I’m so caught up, super inspiring, I’m having a hard time putting my paintbrush down.


2. Ang mga kaibigan ni Mama Susan by Bob Ong



I'm quite bad in tagalog and I sound so conyo when I speak the language (embarrassing), it's just so hard to speak straight tagalog, I'm bisaya so I couldn't care less. Anyway, this book is taglish, written in a journal entry manner (my favorite style) so it's easy to understand. It's also very thin, 127 pages only so it's not dragging. This is freaky and well written. Its spine chilling plot will surely keep you entertained. The local setting gives me the chills because it’s VERY "relatable."

If you live or visit an old house, this book is perfect for you. I've always admired Filipino folklore. I'm fond of Filipino horror movies and even the indie films. I suggest you also read books written by Filipino authors (don’t just stick with wattpad though). 



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