My Good Reads 2016 – 2nd Quarter

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In my Goodreads account, I set a goal to read 20 books in 2016, just to be safe 😀 because I know I can make more than that.  And I’m one book ahead of schedule 😀

1st quarter – 5 books
2nd quarter – 6 books

Here’s the books I’ve finished reading for the 2nd quarter of 2016.

1. The girl on the train by Paula Hawkins

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Intense. Thrilling.

This jaw dropping, mind blowing, and a mysterious book that will awaken your mind while reading the story because every scene is part of the whole book. ‘walang tapon’.

Rachel is the girl on the train; she uses the train every day to get to her work. One day while on the train, she witnessed something that can help the police in a mysterious absence of Megan; the girl she used to watch and observe every day.

Rachel’s marriage with Tom didn’t work out well because of another woman named Ana.

Rachel, Tom, Ana, Megan and Scott, their lives will be tangled as they uncover the truth.

The book was released February last year, but over the span of 2 months, it has sold over 1 million copies worldwide and by April 2015 it has sold more than 3 million copies in the US alone. Imagine the craze of people wanting to read this book. You better read it to know why. 🙂

2. To all the boys I’ve loved before by Jenny Han

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This story is so cute, the book is about teen romance, puppy love and first love

Lara Jean is a 16 year old girl, middle child of three girls. Margot is the oldest while Kitty is the youngest. They are very close to each other, and promised to be a ‘Song girl’ forever, Song is their middle name from their mom who is a Korean.

Lara Jean writes letter to all the boys he used to like. Yes, used to like, because every time he writes a letter that means a goodbye feeling to that boy. Then one day out of the blue, all the letters she wrote got sent to the addresses of the boys she used to like. She has no idea who sends it to them. Now, one by one all the boys who received the letter approach Lara Jean, and one of them is Josh; Margot’s’ first ex-boyfriend, their childhood friend and her first love.

It seems that Josh is the only one who received the letter that is also interested in her, she can’t let that happen, especially Josh is her sister’s ex-boyfriend. So she talked to Peter Kavinsky to pretend that they are dating, Peter is also a recipient of the letter and he was recently dumped by his girlfriend, so she agreed to Lara Jean’s plan to also make his ex-gf jealous. But what happened next is the thing they all didn’t expect.

Good reads. There’s a ‘kilig’ factor.

3. Maybe Someday by Coleen Hover

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It’s a musical book. Have you seen a musical movie? Then this one is a counterpart because it’s a book not yet a movie. It was written like it was real, like the story really happened in someone’s life. I could feel every emotion that the story has, and it seems real to me.

This is a story about betrayal, friendship and romance. Sydney has high hopes about her love life; she has a boyfriend named Hunter for 3 years, living together in the apartment she shared with her best friend Tori. But on her birthday, what she’s expecting is a surprise party but it turned out to be a surprise revelation from Ridge about her boyfriend’s infidelity. Hunter is screwing Tori; her best friend, in their shared apartment. Ridge lives across their apartment, so he happens to witness the betrayal of Sydney’s boyfriend that is going on for some time. Ridge used to play and write songs in his balcony across the balcony of Sydney’s. That’s where he found out the affair between Hunter and Tori.

Sydney will try to move on with her life and forget the 3 years of her life that she gave to Hunter. Ridge welcomed her in his apartment together with other flatmates. Sydney and Ridge both love music, and their friendship blossom as the days goes by, and as they write songs together.

Maybe someday she’ll forget her past with Hunter.
Maybe someday she’ll forgive him and Tori.
Maybe someday she’ll forgive herself.
Maybe someday she’ll find someone who will love her with fidelity.

It has a lot of pages but worth reading.

This is the first Coleen Hover book that I read, and whoah I’m now a fan of her works. Really. I have already listed her books that I’m going to read.

4. Looking for Alaska by John Green

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This is a story about the normal life of a teenage boy who started his high school life with a 180 degree change. Miles Halter or Pudge as his friend calls him, become roommates with Chip Martin aka ‘the colonel’ when he transferred to high school. Then later on he was introduced to Lara, Takumi and Alaska.

Their friendship revolves around pranks, weeds, alcohols, cigarettes and school -but they don’t take the last word seriously.

If you read the book, it will make you realize how everyone has their own story to tell. Don’t judge someone because of the way they act in front of you.

As their friendship goes deeper, they’re also bound to discover the secrets of each life and the reason why people go against the law.

As Alaska Young says in the book “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.”

Maybe that’s how Alaska lived her life; she is very busy escaping the present, not wanting to face the problems of her life.

I’ve read that this will be a motion picture soon? Hmm. Maybe I should watch.

5.  Peregrine House for Peculiar Children (Book 1)

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Very well written book! Every scene was described in a way that the reader won’t have a hard time imagining the scene.

Jacob is a regular boy with peculiarity that he doesn’t know until his grandfather dies and little by little he discovers things that will reveal his true identity. He belongs to the world of peculiar and his peculiarity is very powerful.

He’s tracing the life of his grandfather to prove that all the stories told to him when he was young was all a lie, but one day he unconsciously entered a loop where his grandfather came from, and that’s the start of his journey in meeting the other peculiar and Ms.Peregrine. He learned about the past of his grandfather, his identity and his peculiarity.

I enjoyed the book so much that I decided to read the book’s sequel right after I finished this. And oh, a movie of this will be shown on September 30, I’m excited.

Here’s the trailer.

 

6.  Hollow City – Ms. Peregrine House for Peculiar Children (Book 2)

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Book 2 of Peculiar Children and this one is really intense.

Jacob, Emma and other peculiar kids embarked on a journey to find one Ymbryne and ask to help Ms. Peregrine in changing from a bird to human form again, because a wight put a spell on her.

They entered a loop after loop only to find out that it has been raided by the wights too and hollow have invaded the loops. In this part every peculiarity that they have is very helpful in the journey; they used their power to fight the hollows and the wights that will try to stop them in finding one ymbryne.

But in the end, they were surprised about the bird that they thought was Ms. Peregrine.

Make sure to read the second book, it was great.

 

Reading is really a big part of my life, it feels like I’m traveling to many places and living many lives. And nothing is more satisfying than finishing a good book and knowing that I’m going to start a new book, though it makes me sad ending one book.

For the 3rd quarter, I have read the book 3 of Peculiar Children, and I am currently reading Eat, Pray, Love.

 

*credits to the owner of the pictures used in this blog.

P.S. This is just my personal views on the books I have read. I don’t have any intention or purpose in this blog, I just want to share my thoughts. Thanks for reading.😀

Lifeaholic,

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