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Sunday, December 9, 2018

Confession: I Am A Bookworm

If there’s one thing that people remember about me from my childhood days, it’s that I’m a bookworm. I love books. I love reading and being entertained by books and the stories they tell. I used to start reading in the morning and by the time the sun is setting people would have to remind me to turn on the light because I literally cannot get up to do it myself unless I cannot see anything at all anymore.

When I was a kid I was hooked to the Choose Your Own Adventure and Nancy Drew books. As I grew up, I liked the Sweet Valley and Sweet Dreams series of books. These all inspired me and made me want to be a writer. I remember that I used to write a lot of stories back then in my notebooks because I was inspired by the books that I was reading at the time.

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I think I had a sort of falling out of reading books for a while when I was busy in school and with work but lately, I have been back to reading more often. I’ve even made a promise to myself that I would read at least one book a month and so far, I've done good in that department.

Here's a quick review of some books that I've read:

The Woman of Rome (Alberto Moravia) – The story of a young woman who started off as a model for painters and later became a prostitute to fulfill her dreams of a better life. I didn’t really like the story much. Not to say that it’s a bad book, maybe it’s not just my kind of story.

The Witch of Portobello (Paulo Coelho) – The story of a woman through the eyes of the many people who knew her. For me, it was a story of how we can be different people to each and every person that we know or have met. I liked how the story was presented to the reader, moving from one point of view to another. Not the best book by Coelho but it was a good read.

A Whole New Mind (Daniel Pink)This isn’t really a novel but a book encouraging people to use both our left and right brain, something that the writer says is necessary for today’s world. It’s an interesting read with exercises and recommendations of websites to check out that can help understand the concepts explained in the book.

Beastly (Alex Flinn) – I haven’t seen the movie, but the book is merely a modern retelling of the classic fairy tale. I found myself imagining the actors in the movie but from what I’ve heard from people who have seen the film I think I like the book more than the movie.

I Am Number Four (James Frey and Jobie Hughes) Another book turned into a movie. Again, I liked the book more than the movie. I liked this book so much that I wasn’t able to put it down when I started it. I actually finished the book in one sitting (and it’s a pretty thick book). I was able to watch the movie and I was a little disappointed that there were a lot of changes from the way the story was in the book.

The Guardian (Nicholas Sparks) I’m still in the middle of reading this and I’m not sure what I think about it yet. I heard it’s different from the Nicholas Sparks books I’ve loved like A Walk to Remember and The Notebook so I’m looking forward to finishing this one. Hope I’m not disappointed.

Hopefully, I can read more books now that I have a tablet because I can bring so many books at one go with just that in my bag. There’s no excuse for not having the books easily accessible since I can now order the books online and have it downloaded onto the tablet when that happens.

So far I have read more than twelve books this year. I’m really looking forward to getting at least one Meg Cabot book on my list, along with all the other books I own but haven’t read yet like Blessed John Paul II’s Crossing the Threshold of Hope and the Dalai Lama’s A Good Heart. I also want to read Let the Great World Spin, which was recommended by Oprah Winfrey on her website a while back. My mom gave me a couple of new books as well and I plan on reading them too.

I hope that I can have enough time to read everything soon. I really need to turn off the TV more often.

If anyone has any book recommendations, please feel free to leave me a comment and tell me about it!


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