Perhaps one of the longest book I've ever read for it took me about 2 years before I finish reading it, only to find out that I'll be disappointed inPerhaps one of the longest book I've ever read for it took me about 2 years before I finish reading it, only to find out that I'll be disappointed in the end. ...more
This is one of the first book I've read in 2011. Being a fan of Mitch Albom, this book has been part of my wish list since 2009 and fortunately, my wiThis is one of the first book I've read in 2011. Being a fan of Mitch Albom, this book has been part of my wish list since 2009 and fortunately, my wish was granted when I got 2 copies of this book as exchange gift in the two Christmas parties I attended last year.
Having read most of the Mitch Albom's works, I was really expecting that this will become part of my most-inspiring-books-i've-ever-read list. After reading the book, it turns out that the story is actually inspiring but not as touching as Tuesdays with Morrie.
In Have a little Faith, Albom alternately relates the story of two men of faith -- his childhood Jewish rabbi, Albert Lewis and his Christian Pastor friend, Henry Covington, that would eventually lead him to realize the difference faith can make in the world.
Of the two characters in the book, I was more inspired by the life of Henry, a former drug dealer, an ex-convict, the kind of man that you would describe as hopeless but was transformed into a kind of man that you would later call as man of faith. Through Henry's life, I've seen God's power and the change He can make in our life if we would only turn to Him. ...more
It does not actually help to read this book back-to-back with Elizabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity. I just don't agree with the author's take on virgIt does not actually help to read this book back-to-back with Elizabeth Elliot's Passion and Purity. I just don't agree with the author's take on virginity and sexual relationship although I understand that the setting is American so what else should I expect? I like some of the characters though, especially Riley. ...more
Finally, Im done reading this book. Ive been wanting to read this ever since I learned that the movie of the same title was based on this book. ANotheFinally, Im done reading this book. Ive been wanting to read this ever since I learned that the movie of the same title was based on this book. ANother reason why I want to read this is because it is also included in the BBC big list along with another Children's Classic, Charlotte's Web which was also adapted into a movie.
The story is about the adventure of Charlie Bucket and four other children who won the Golden Ticket and was given the privilege to spend a day inside the largest chocolate factory in the world owned by Mr. Willy Wonka.
What I love about this book are the lessons learned from the story of each of the four children who were "eliminated" because of their behaviour during their stay at the factory which are revealed through the songs of the Oompa loompas. My most favorite part is the song of the Oompa loompas about the story of Mike Teavee, the child who loves to watch TV.THe idea of Roald dahl on the negative impact of watching television too much on the creativity and thinking capacity of the children was articulate through this song and the story of Mike Teavee still remains true to most of the children of today's generation. I also love the way how the author explained the importance of reading and encourage the children to read more instead of watching tv through this book.
This is a book that I would recommend to most of the children today to read for them to realize not only the importance of reading but also the values that each children should possess as exemplified by Charlie and the attitude they should avoid as shown by Augustus Gloop (an excessive eater), Veruca Salt (a spoiled brat), Violet Beauregarde (a girl who loves to chew gum constantly) and Mike Teavee (who loves to watch television). ...more
**spoiler alert** Faily Tale Fail is my third book for Mina Esguerra, and so far, in all fairness to her, she never fails to amuse me with her stories**spoiler alert** Faily Tale Fail is my third book for Mina Esguerra, and so far, in all fairness to her, she never fails to amuse me with her stories. Just like the two other books by Mina Esguerra that I've read, this novella's plot is cute, easy to read and has the "kilig" moments that I can easily relate to.
Generally, the story is not something that is so unique and different for me because I've read some stories with similar plot. What I like most about this book are the characters and the setting. I always love reading novels with stories that remind me of some feelings and situations I had before or with characters that I can relate to myself or remind me of someone I know. Apparently, Don and Lucas reminds me of two guys I used to like before so I really cant help but smile the whole time I was reading this book hahaha!
Reading is my past time so I read books for pleasure and entertainment purposes, and a good book for me, is usually something that would make me smile and think happy thoughts all through out the time that Im reading it and of course, as I've mentioned earlier, the story should be something that I can easily relate to in one way or another.
Like Ellie, I am free-spirited, loves travelling and admittedly a hopeless romantic. If I would have a Prince Charming of my own, I would like to him to be Mr. Perfect, with stable job, hardworking,gentleman, no vices and all that, just like Don. I would like to meet him as an "aloof and arrogant guy who gets over himself and reveals his other side – sensitive, caring and responsible" but I would like him also to be someone who shares the same principles and interest with me and supportive of my passion. Sometimes, Mr. Perfect is not necessarily Mr. Right and if you insist that the fairy tale that you've designed is something that involves Mr. Perfect and Mr. Right as the same person,then things would definitely turn out differently from happily ever after.
This is the reason why Ellie's first relationship did not end up well. She keeps on insisting that Mr. Perfect is the right man for her and she holds on to her fantasy that their break-up is part of the test so she can't move on and be happy.
Having not able to experience the break-up that Ellie had, I know I dont have the right to talk about getting over and moving on but my feminist side always makes me want to hit people like Ellie in the head for holding on to undeserving guys like Don. And in a fairy tale, there is always this knight in shining armour so here comes Lucas, the cool and fun-to-be-with and definitely the better guy, but she could not accept because he is not the good guy she thought she want. So when she finally realize that Don is not the right one for her I kind of felt so relieved and happy that she ended up with the right guy....more
For the purpose of reading for entertainment and pleasure, this one has actually met my standards - an easy-read, fast-paced and I was even able to fiFor the purpose of reading for entertainment and pleasure, this one has actually met my standards - an easy-read, fast-paced and I was even able to finish reading it overnight because I just simply can't put it down, until the part when Nora finally discovered who the real villain is, which is actually very predictable. But what I did not like most about this book is its similarities with Twilight, from the point of view of the female protagonist to the way the story was ended. I was actually hoping there are twists in the end, only to find myself disappointed.