2014 Read: Time Travels through books


I have been wanting to write about the books I read while I’m still reading them or after, however, I just couldn’t find the time. I can only manage to scribble quotable lines said by characters or paragraphs worth remembering, something I can either post as a status or something I can write on a post-it note and paste on my wall.

I love reading for the same reasons you love it. Well, most probably. I became an Invisible Time Traveler because of reading. The book is my time machine and whenever I’m inside it, I’m transported to a different space, to a different time, to a different dimension. My mother told me that since I was little, whenever I grab something I could read, I look for a space, a corner, a location where I can comfortably distance myself from the reality I was sharing with them, and hide into the new world I was in, my own world. 🙂

One of my dreams is to have a tree house library and I want it located by the beach. I’m an island girl and one of my best places to read a book is by the sea – where I can hear the songs of the waves, where I can see them kiss the white sands, and where I can relax my eyes watching the horizon at dawn and dusk.

I dream to own a book shop, too. Someday.

What I can afford as of yet are reading as many books as I can, buying myself a book as a reward for not slacking at work (and for trying to keep up with my running trainings), and borrowing as many books as I can from my friends. In 2014, I managed to read quite a few.

1. Weird Sisters by Eleanor Brown. My first book for the year has so much Shakespeare in it. I read it on my Nyx, a Kindle Paperwhite. Most reviews online find the book unsatisfactory, but I finished it and I couldn’t say anything not good about the book.

2. Reptile Room (Book 2 of The Series of Unfortunate Events) by Lemony Snicket. It’s a children’s book, alright. We never had them during our childhood though. So after reading the first book in 2013, my siblings and I were convinced to have all 12 in our shelf…soon. We only have Book 1 and 2 so far. 🙂

3. The Girl Who Kicked The Hornets Nest (Book 3 of Girl With A Dragon Tatoo) by Steig Llarson. I read it in 2012 but stopped somewhere so I decided to read it again and finish it before returning it to its owner. Book 3 was a little dragging, but still an awesome work!

4. The Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling. A treasure! The book was a gift to me by Sun.Star Cebu editor in chief Isolde Amante. Thank you, Ma’am Sol! Most of the books I have now are gifts and I thank Daddy God for these awesome people who know how to make the kid in me extremely happy.

5. Aleph by Paolo Coelho. I bought this book in 2012 after a major heartbreak, but I managed to read it only after two years. Haha.

6. My Daily Race by Senator Pia Cayetano. One of my favorite Filipina legislators wrote a memoir about how she juggles between being a public servant, a mom, a triathlete and an advocate of women empowerment. She gave me a signed copy when she launched the book in Cebu.

7. Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. I read it because I wanted to watch the movie (and I don’t usually watch the movie first.) It’s an exceptional work!

8. The Hollow City (Book 2 of Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children) by Ransom Riggs. I am peculiar in my own ways and I love being friends with Ms. Peregrine’s peculiar children. I met and I got the chance to interview Riggs in person when he visited Cebu for the Asian book tour hosted by the National Bookstore. It was a terrific experience!

9. StyLIZed by Liz Uy. Fashion book for a change! I read it because I love her and she’s a namesake of my baby sister.

10. The Bite in the Apple by Chrisann Brennan. It is the memoir of Brennan, the mother of Steve Jobs’ daughter, Lisa. Well, what do you not know about Steve? What else do you wanna know?

11. There’s a Boy in The Girl’s Bathroom by Luis Sacher. A very good friend of mine gave me a copy of the book on Nyx Kindle. Another children’s book! Yup!

12. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami. My UP Sagabay sister gave me a copy of the book in 2013. I read the book while doing core workout and preparing for a race. Another masterpiece of the awesome Murakami. 🙂

13. What I Talk About when I Talk about Running by Haruki Murakami.
14. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.  I bought myself a 50-year edition copy and read it again.
15. Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
16. Anne of Windy Poplars by LM Montgomery. One of my favorite summer reads. I wonder who borrowed by other Anne books (never managed to return, sadly).

17. Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. An eye opener and this book inspired me to pursue my business. 🙂

18. Sideways Stories from Wayside School by Luis Sacher
19. Wayside School is Falling Down by Luis Sacher
20. Wayside School Get’s A Little Stranger by Luis Sacher
21. Travel Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne

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22. Twitter Effect by Eric Bieller
23. The Young Unicorn by Madeline L’Engle
24. Elantris by Brandon Sanderson

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25. Colorless Tsukuro Tazaki by Haruki Murakami. One of the books I cannot let anyone borrow. It’s a book-gift from a dear friend.

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26. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Cristie

27. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. I can read this book again and again.
28. Snow Country by Yasunari Kawabata

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29. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
30. The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway

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31. The Girl Who Circumnavigated Fairyland in a Ship of her Own Making by Catherynne M. Valente 
32. The Strange Library by Haruki Murakami. A memorable Christmas gift by a dear friend.
33. The Blood of the Dragon by Lawrence Matt Evans
34. The Hidden Reality by Brian Green. I’m reading the book when I’m stressed out and I wanted something to take my mind off things.

I should have made it 35. Maybe this year. 🙂 Happy reading, everyone!


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