FEB Day 10 : Your Favorite Book


The hardest question I’ve had so far.

I don’t have a favorite book. I love too many books for me to pick just one. I could name a few books that inspired me, books that made me laugh, books that intrigued me, but I’ve yet to find that one book to rule them all (Lord of the Rings anyone? Heh!). So I’m sorry, but I cannot answer this question. Instead, I am going to recommend some books I’ve read that holds a certain meaning for me – made me laugh, made me cry, made me think etc.

The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

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I love this book because of its deep message about following our own dreams and listening to our hearts. I’ve read this one in college and I’ve never forgotten its message. I would love to give an in-depth explanation of the story, but that won’t be fun. I really recommend that you all read it. One of my favorite books from Paulo Coelho.

Harry Potter Books by J.K. Rowling

Come on! Who could ever forget the Boy who Lived? These are the most magical books I’ve ever read. Everything about it – the plot, the characters, the covers – is perfection. Though the central theme of the story is death (according to J.K.Rowling), it still talks of loyalty, friendship and of course, LOVE which is said to be the most powerful magic there is. I just love these books to pieces! Or maybe I’m just biased because I’m such a Potter Fan! ❤

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Honestly, I’ve only read a few classical books, and one of them was Pride and Prejudice. It was also the first classical book I’ve ever read. I think I was 15 when saw this book in our school library and just thought I’d give it a try. It was a spur of the moment decision and I was glad I did because I really fell in love with the story. It certainly introduced me to my first ever book character crush one of the most arrogantly dreamy characters there is – Mr. Fitzwilliam Darcy.

Mythology: Timeless Tales of Gods and Heroes by Edith Hamilton

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At one point in my life, I’ve become OBSESSED with this book! You have no idea how much. After reading this book, I’ve done research for every god and goddess there is. This book talks of Greek mythology, but I’ve extended my obsession to the Roman, Egyptian, and Norse mythology. I’ve become a total nerd for ancient mythology. They have such amazing stories and explanations to everything, like why the Sunflower follows the sun, and why there’s winter and spring. So many fascinating stories. Might be why I also like reading Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

Anyway, the sun god, Apollo, is my all-time favorite god. He’s both Greek and Roman. ❤

Master of the Game by Sydney Sheldon

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I don’t read thick novels in high school because of the simple fact that I feel I won’t be able to finish them. Plus, like I’ve mentioned before, I only read Sweet Valley High which are light reads. So imagine how out of nowhere I’m suddenly reading a Sydney Sheldon novel at 14 years of age. And I am so grateful I did, because this is the first book that made me start reading thick novels. It’s basically the story spanning four generations of lives in the MacGregor/Blackwell family.

Angels and Demons by Dan Brown

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Dan Brown became such a controversial author after releasing his novel The Da Vinci Code. However, I think he’s a great author because I happen to have read all his released novels and enjoyed most of them – The Lost Symbol One was not as good as the others. Anyway, my favorite was his first novel, Angels and Demons, where the story focuses on the secret brotherhood known as the Illuminati. It’s a suspenseful novel that kept me wide awake all night. One of those books that you just can’t put down until you get to the end.

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Oooookkkaaaayyy!!!! I’m stopping right here and right now before this post becomes a novel. And those are just a few of the many, many books that I love.

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Book Review: HARRY POTTER and the Cursed Child


Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, is a two-part West End stage play written by Jack Thorne and based on an original new story by Thorne, J.K. Rowling and John Tiffany.  The story is set nineteen years later after the events of  Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and follows the story of  Harry Potter’s younger son, Albus Severus Potter and his friend, Scorpius Malfoy.

It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband and father of three school-age children.

While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes, darkness comes from unexpected places

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I just finished reading this book, and as always, thought it was brilliant! Though some websites are listing that Jack Thorne, John Tiffany and J.K. Rowling authored the script, I find that it must not be the case. For some reason, I don’t feel much of J.K. Rowling in the script except for a few lines here and there. She probably was a part of it, but I believe more on the official website that says Thorne as the sole script writer. Anyhow, it would have been better if the book was a real novel than just a rehearsal script, but still it was a treat for a Potter fan such as myself. ❤

The story starts with the introduction of Harry Potter’s family: Ginny (his wife), James Potter (eldest son), Lily Potter (daughter), and Albus Potter (main protagonist of this story and Harry’s youngest son). Though the book is considered the 8th story in the Potterverse, I see this book as more of Albus Potter’s story and his utterly beautiful bromance with Scorpius Malfoy, who happens to be Draco Malfoy’s only child.

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And it’s something I should have said a long time ago. In fact, you’re probably the best person I know. And you don’t – you couldn’t – hold me back – you make me stronger – and when Dad forced us apart – without you –

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I didn’t much like  my life without you in it either.

Awwww. They make me feel all kinds of good feels.

Anyway, I sadly wasn’t jumping up and down with Albus’s character. He has so much unjustified anger towards his father, Harry Potter, that it took him almost 4 years, a time turner, witness death, and an encounter with a child of Voldemort before he realizes just how lucky he was to be Harry Potter’s son. Or maybe my opinion here is invalid, since in my mind’s eye I see Harry Potter as who he was more than 20 years ago and not Harry Potter as the Head of Magical Law Enforcement nor as a father. Whatever the case is, I was more drawn into Scorpius’s character than Albus. I particularly love Scorpius in Part 2, Act 3, Scene 1-9 of the book.

As a whole, I consider this story more as a stand-alone book than a sequel. It’s a less magical story and more character-driven than the preceding books, but remarkable nonetheless. It’s utterly nostalgic to once more read familiar characters I’ve loved for years. I guess my heart will always have that soft spot when it comes to Harry Potter. My rating of this book might as well be irrelevant, given that I’m going to be forever biased. 😀