2015 books

HOME | Marilynne Robinson

I read Gilead a few years back and I was instantly captivated by the elegance of the narrative. There is a quiet strength in the beauty and simplicity of Marilynne Robinson's prose. I cannot pinpoint exactly what it is that makes me want to weep each time I read her books. In Home, it was no different. Glory Boughton is back in her childhood home in Gilead where her minister father of advanced years, Rev. Robert Boughton, has been staying in for years. What exactly brought Glory back to Gilead is gradually revealed in the story and a few weeks afterwards, her errant brother, Jack, surpr...
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2015 Year-End Report + Top Ten Favorite Reads for 2015

It's still the holidays, right? Right? No? Okay. The Christmas holiday was, as expected, so busy as I gave more quality time to catching up with family and friends most especially because I got to visit my hometown and spent the last week of the year there. Online interactions had to be relegated to the backseat as I gave attention to more important things in life. But now is finally the time to catch up on my writing and so here is a quick summary of how my 2015 was in terms of books and book blogging and my top 10 favorite reads: My 2015 Year-End Report My 2015 Reading Goals were lofty (wh...
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CHOCO CHIP HIPS | Agay Llanera

Summary from Goodreads: Sixteen-year-old Jessie, a baking aficionado, is shy, overweight, and worries too much about what people think. But one summer, a family emergency makes her realize that life is too short to live it on autopilot. Taking her life by the reins, she embarks on a journey that involves ditching the apron for her tank top, as she hip-hop dances her way to new friendships, stronger family ties, and into her school’s most elite club. My Thoughts: For a novella, Choco Chip Hips was able to deliver a significant and touching message despite the length constraints. I have rea...
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THE NIGHT CIRCUS | Erin Morgenstern

Summary from Amazon: The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Within the black-and-white striped canvas tents is an utterly unique experience full of breathtaking amazements. It is called Le Cirque des Rêves, and it is only open at night. But behind the scenes, a fierce competition is underway: a duel between two young magicians, Celia and Marco, who have been trained since childhood expressly for this purpose by their mercurial instructors. Unbeknownst to them both, this is a game in which only one can be left standing...
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MONSTRESS | Lysley Tenorio

Monstress: Stories is the book club's book of the month for October. I love reading short stories and I've been looking forward to reading this compilation by a Filipino author during my birthday month. All of the eight stories in this anthology are excellent reads and I have a couple of favorites. This is one book that makes me feel proud as a Filipino because the writing is eloquent and the stories - they just strike close to home. I loved how the author writes his stories. The narrative was fluid and the author writes very simply, not making any effort to impress. Granted, I was not instan...
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