It may not be known to everyone that I am also a bookwork, let me tell you: I AM!

 

I started reading books back in College because of my bestfriends’ influence. The first book I started reading was the Harry Potter series. Who in this world don’t love Harry Potter? Surely no one. I guess I chose the right book for me to develop liking with reading (fiction only). I am not into history books because trust me its boring. I do read non fiction but only with recommendation. For the last 3 years, I created a year end summary of the books I’ve read. Click here for the year 2013 and click here for the year 2014.

 

At the start of each year I always set goals of how many books I will read for that particular year. For 2015, I set a goal of 25 books, but again and as always, I can’t complete the number of books I set. Same old reasons, so I will not mention it again. I will keep same goal for 2016 and see if I can achieve it.

 

So below is the list of the 16 books I’ve read for 2015.

 

1. Outlier – Malcolm Gladwell
Good lord this is non-fiction but surely one of my favorite. Gladwell is a genius and I will read more of his books.

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Favorite quote:

“Superstar lawyers and math whizzes and software entrepreneurs appear at first blush to lie outside ordinary experience. But they don’t. They are products of history and community, of opportunity and legacy. Their success is not exceptional or mysterious. It is grounded in a web of advantages and inheritances, some deserved, some not, some earned, some just plain lucky – but all critical to making them who they are. The outlier, in the end, is not an outlier at all.”

 

2. Where She Went (If I Stay #2) – Gayle Forman
The book 2 of If I Stay that I’ve already read last year.

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Favorite quote:

“In the calculus of feelings, you never really know how one person’s absence will affect you more than another’s.”

 

3. Mockingjay (The Hunger Games #3) – Suzanne Collins
I’ve read the first and second book back in 2012.

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Favorite quote:

“What I need is the dandelion in the spring. The bright yellow that means rebirth instead of destruction. The promise that life can go on, no matter how bad our losses. That it can be good again.”

 

4. Act of War – Brad Thor
This is also one of my favorite for this year. It is like watching an action movie in a book.

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Favorite quote:

“Happiness in life is all about three things—something to do, someone to love, and something to look forward to.”

 

5. An Event in Autumn – Henning Mankell

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Favorite quote:

“A question that wasn’t asked was a question that didn’t need an answer.”

 

6. Big Little Lies – Liane Moriarty
I love the twist of the story. It will leave you wondering afterwards.

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Favorite quote:

“Reading a novel was like returning to a once-beloved holiday destination.”

 

7. Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki – Haruki Murakami
I admit I am a bit dissapointed with this book. The ending is hanging and I still have a lot of unanswered questions.

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Favorite quotes:

“Never let fear and stupid pride make you lose someone who’s precious to you.”

“You can hide memories, but you can’t erase the history that produced them.”

 

8. All The Lights We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

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Favorite quote:

“Time is a slippery thing: lose hold of it once, and its string might sail out of your hands forever.”

 

9. Eleanor and Park – Rainbow Rowell

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Favorite quote:

“It was like their lives were overlapping lines, like they had their own gravity. Usually, that serendipity thing felt like the nicest thing the universe had ever done for her.”

 

10. The Girl With a Dragon Tattoo (Millennium #1) – Stieg Larsson
I first saw the movie and I really love it, maybe because I really like Rooney Mara, and it is also in that movie that I realized Daniel Craig is charming.

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Favorite quotes:

“I’ve had many enemies over the years. If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s never engage in a fight you’re sure to lose. On the other hand, never let anyone who has insulted you get away with it. Bide your time and strike back when you’re in a position of strength—even if you no longer need to strike back.”

“Friendship- my definition- is built on two things. Respect and trust. Both elements have to be there. And it has to be mutual. You can have respect for someone, but if you don’t have trust, the friendship will crumble.”

 

11. The Girl Who Played with Fire (Millennium #2) – Stieg Larsson
This series maybe long but there is no dull moment here. One of my favorite book series.

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Favorite quote:

“Always retain the ability to walk away, without sentimentality, from a situation that felt unmanageable. That was a basic rule of survival. Don’t lift a finger for a lost cause.”

 

12. Confession of a Shopaholic (Shopaholic #1) – Sophie Kinsella
I love the movie, but not the book. Rebecca is so annoying. Thank god I’m not like her. haha!

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Favorite quote: 

“Rule of life. If you bother to ask someone’s advice, then bother to listen to it.”

 

13. Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic #2)- Sophie Kinsella

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Favorite quotes:

“There’s no luck in business. There’s only drive, determination, and more drive.”

“He said when you use your brain, no-one comes near you for ingenuity”

 

14. The Elite (The Selection 2) – Keira Cass
I’ve read the first book, The Selection back on 2013 with the authors’ signature in it.

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Favorite quote:

“You know that you’ve found something amazing, and you want to hold on to it forever; and every second after you have it, you fear the moment you might lose it.”

 

15. The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets Nest (Millennium #3) – Stieg Larsson

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Favorite quotes:

“I’m not going to apologize for the way I’ve led my life.”

“Men who just call to say hello generally have ulterior motives.”

 

16. Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as Told by Christian – E.L. James

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Favorite quote:

“Don’t place some vague moral judgment on yourself based on what others might think.”

 

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This is totally a shame. Out of the 25 books that I promised myself I would read for 2014, I only completed 12. Reading is something that I really love doing, but due to my busy schedule, I just can’t find time to read some more. I think I will still aim for 25 books this year. I will not promise but I will do my best. In the mean time, below is the list of the 12 books I’ve read in 2014.

 

1. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 2 (Clash of the Kings) – George R.R. Martin
This book is popularly known as Games of Thrones. You might also wonder why I am reading book 2, that is because I already finished reading book 1 back in 2012.

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Favorite quotes:

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.”

“I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.” – Tyrion Lannister to Cersei Lannister.

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”

 

2.  A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 3 (Storm of Swords) – George R.R. Martin

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Favorite quotes:

“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.”

“Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave, I don’t know.”

 

3. The Fault in our Stars – John Green

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Favorite quote: “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.”

 

4. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 (Feast of the Crows) – George R.R. Martin

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Favorite quotes:

“Words are wind.”

“We all dream of things we cannot have.”

 

5. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte

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Favorite quote: “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”

 

6. Paper Town – John Green

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Favorite quote: “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”

 

7. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 (Dance with the Dragons) – George R.R. Martin

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Favorite quotes:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”

“I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.”

 

8. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
This is one of my favorite psycho books. I love the twist and the plot of the story. This is the first book written by the author and I was blown away by such talent.

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Favorite quote: “I often don’t say things out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundreds of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you’d never guess from looking at me.”

 

9. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

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Favorite quote: “Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”

 

10. Looking for Alaska – John Green
This is the 3rd book that I was able to read from John Green, and as I have mentioned on my previous post, of the 3 books this is my favorite because it is more realistic.

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Favorite quote: “Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”

 

11. Heaven is for Real
When time comes that you are doubting god’s existence, this is my most recommended book for you, because that is what happened to me. Yes, I did doubt if god really exist, A.) if he is really there watching for me, B.) if he knows that his people are struggling and C.) if there will be karma to people who do bad things. For the first 2, I already have the answer that yes he does watch his people from above, as for the 3rd one, I still do not have an answer because I am now beginning to belive that there is no Karma. I used to believe that there is Karma, but now I don’t.

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Favorite quote: “In a boxing match, the fighters absorb some vicious blows because they’re ready for them. And usually, the knockout punch is the one they didn’t see coming.

 

12. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
This book is a story about a teen suicide. Here in the Philippines, the rate for suicide is really low unlike in America, Europe and some part of Asia that is disturbingly high. Depression is the main cause for suicide, feeling of hopelessness and feeling of being isolated. There are just things that medication cannot cure, what this people need is acceptance and understanding.

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Favorite quote: “Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you—just a tad—off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you’re able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much—too tiring—and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy… or whatever… to happen.”

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My goal was to finish 24 books for the year 2013, unfortunately, due to my busy 2013 schedule; I was not able to read 24, but 17. My book reading time was lessened due to my 4 months French Class and 1 month IELTS review. I can no longer squeeze in book reading because what I am trying to do if I am not working and studying is blogging and sleeping. After my IELTS and French class I got busy with the making of my own website wherein I am always online and constantly chatting with my web developer for the planning and lay out of my site.

 

This is the list of the books that I’ve read this year. I’ve even created a very opinionated book review for the first 7.

 

1. How to Love Again – John Monbourquette

I don’t really read self-help books because for me, if you have self issues and problems, no one can resolve it but you. But due to desperate measures, I found myself picking this book up from the National Bookstores shelf.

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Favorite phrase:

“One day I was struck by these lines written in a poster: ‘If you love him, set him free: If he comes back it is because he has never forgotten you. If he does not, forget him.’

 

I thought about this poem and came up with my own version: ‘If you love someone, do not let him go without telling him of your pain, and the difficulties that will cause in your life.’

 

If your beloved returns, do not accept him back before making sure that, during his absence, he has resolved his inner conflicts and has grown.

If your beloved has not returned, do not wait indefinitely; bid your dreams goodbye.

Life has much more in store for you.”

 

This is actually not a phrase. This is already a paragraph. As I opened this book now, I found this part highlighted and it makes me laugh. Desperate time calls for desperate lines.

 

2. I Choose to be Free – Jack Philip

In continuation to the desperate times and measures, I borrowed the book of my roommate which is a religious one on how to free oneself from things that imprisons them emotionally.

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Favorite phrases:

“If suffering embitters or corrupts us, it is because our heart is empty – empty of faith, hope and love.”

 

“There are 2 ways of looking at time: the time of the mind and the time of the heart. The former is psychological, cerebral. It is what we divide, calculate and program by days and hours.”

 

3. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Part 3 of the desperate times and measures. This is the exact definition of stupidity, but I cannot blame myself because people are really stupid when they are in love. Lol. I am just grateful those days are over and I have something to laugh about.

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Favorite phrase:

“I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.” 

 

4. Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Changing genre this time. I can’t sing the same song over and over, so I opted for an erotic one. Yeah, a kinky fuckery one.

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Favorite phrase:

“There’s a very fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin, one not existing without the other.”

 

 5. Fifty Shades Darker – E.L. James

Part 2 of the fifty shades trilogy. Those moments when you are too glued, you are already pressuring your friend to finish the book so that you can read the next one.

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Favorite phrase:

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.” 

 

6. Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James

Part 3 of fifty shades trilogy. By this time, I already have full knowledge of BDSM a.k.a Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism or S&M which I thought is just Rihanna’s album, but really she meant it like Sadism and Masochism. This books feeds too much sexual fantasies, that I found myself asking my office mate if how many times she and her husband have sex in a day.

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7. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Because I loved the movie so much, I also read the book to fully understand the sickness of the main character.

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Favorite phrase:

“A jewel’s just a rock put under enourmous heat and pressure. Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”

 

8. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I thought the title is just an idiomatic expression, but really the story was during the time of the cholera outbreak.

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Favorite phrases:

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.” 

“The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not. He distrusted those who did not—when they strayed form the straight and narrow it was something so unusual for them that they bragged about love as if they had just invented it.”

 

9. The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffernegger

I guess if I am not too focused, I will be lost with this book. Lol. The dates are jumping from year to year, forward and backward. This is too literal.

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Favorite phrase:

“Time is priceless, but it’s Free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You can spend it. But you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” 

 

10. Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult

I admit this is the book that introduced me to Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Of my years in nursing (both studying and working), I did not encounter this type of illness.

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Favorite phrase:

“Things break all the time. Glass and dishes and fingernails. Cars and contracts and potato chips. You can break a record, a horse, a dollar. You can break the ice. There are coffee breaks and lunch breaks and prison breaks. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Chains can be broken. So can silence, and fever… promises break. Hearts break.”

 

11. P.S. I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

I am not really impressed with the book, but I really love the movie.

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Favorite phrase:

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars” 

 

12. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The best of all the books I’ve read. This book was written with perfection.

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Favorite phrases:

“Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,-Wait and hope.”

 

“Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.” 

 

“Moral wounds have this peculiarity – they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.” 

 

13. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Because of this book, I had a very bad impression about India. I’m talking about misery after misery. Not recommended for reader who likes happy ending.

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Favorite phrases:

“If there was an abundance of misery in the world, there was also sufficient joy, yes – as long as one knew where to look for it.” 

 

“You have to use your failures as stepping stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. In the end it’s all a question of balance.” 

 

14. The Selection – Keira Cass

Wanna feel like a teenager again? Read this book. Got my book with Keira’s sign in it.

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Favorite phrase:

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.” 

 

15. The Tesseract – Alex Garland

The first book I’ve read in Philippine setting. Talking about perfect description of Manila Bay, Intramurus, and other parts of Manila.

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Favorite phrases:

“You exist in three spatial dimensions. In the same way that a one-dimensional boy could not visualize a two-dimensional square, or a two-dimensional boy could not visualize a three-dimensional cube, you cannot visualize a hypercube.

A hypercube is a thing you are not equipped to understand.

You can understand only the tesseract.”

 

16. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

The book that talks about another book.

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Favorite phrase:

“Faith is like oxygen. It keeps you afloat at all times. Sometimes you need it. Sometimes you don’t. but when you do need it you better be practiced at having faith, otherwise it won’t work.” 

 

17. Barney’s Version – Mordecai Richler

This is the biography of Bernard Panofsky. The story is very very long, but very very funny. Good laugh and I now consider this one of my favorites.

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