If there's a poem I've learned back in high school that I'll never forget, I think it's the poem entitled When I Was One and Twenty by A.E. Houseman....moreIf there's a poem I've learned back in high school that I'll never forget, I think it's the poem entitled When I Was One and Twenty by A.E. Houseman. It goes like this: When I was one-and-twenty I heard a wise man say, “Give crowns and pounds and guineas But not your heart away; Give pearls away and rubies But keep your fancy free.” But I was one-and-twenty, No use to talk to me. When I was one-and-twenty I heard him say again, “The heart out of the bosom Was never given in vain; ’Tis paid with sighs a plenty And sold for endless rue.” And I am two-and-twenty, And oh, ’tis true, ’tis true.
This book reminds me of the message of the poem. God-honoring relationship does n0t only require keeping our physical body pure but also keeping our em0ti0ns pure and well guarded. Emoti0nal intimacy must be also reserved before marriage to avoid further pain caused by failed relationships. (less)
well, what can I say? At least my office crush is not an IT guy or else I'm doomed.
Okay, I really don't know how to start with my review because I sti...morewell, what can I say? At least my office crush is not an IT guy or else I'm doomed.
Okay, I really don't know how to start with my review because I still can't get over with all the kilig I felt after finishing the book. Perhaps, I should start with this warning:Never use your company email for telling personal stuffs (specially your office crush) to your friends at work!(view spoiler)[because some cute IT guy (who also happens to be your crush)might be prying on your email (hide spoiler)].
Attachments is really a very lovable story. I love everything about it specially the way the author used the(email)epistolary style for presenting the female characters and a third person perspective for the guy character. To be more specific, I love the email exchanges between Beth and Jennifer because yes, I also happen to do that often in our office. I mean, we usually maximize this internal messaging feature in our company email to chat with each other about personal stuffs like, in my case, crush sightings, LOL. I think, that is the reason why I find the story so realistic.
When I was younger, I have identified five qualities I'm looking from a guy for me to like him. One, he...morei couldn't give this book a rating of below 4.
When I was younger, I have identified five qualities I'm looking from a guy for me to like him. One, he should be smart. I really admire those guys who excel academically. For me,that means he really values education more than anything else. Two, he should should know how to play that guitar and can also sing a tune so that he'll be able to serenade me and maybe write a song for me. Four, he must be athletic or at least know how to play basketball. Lastly, he must love reading like I do. Yeah, I know you're thinking that explains why I'm still single even at this age. Anyway, that was before and I'm not going to say more about my kind of guy. I was just reminded of this thought because of this book and I'm thinking, maybe my type was actually a geek.
Moving on to my review, the plot may not be extraordinary and unique but somehow, I find it new and fresh. Maybe because it's the first book I've read with this kind of plot. I also love the characters, Jen and Trevor, for they are both strong and the story was well-developed that I became so engrossed and finished it overnight. What really makes me love this book was the way the author revealed piece by piece the reason behind Jen's character and how she was able to deal with her issues.
I may have given this five stars if not for some cheesy lines in the middle so I have settle at four. :)(less)
I must confess I don't really like hard rock music. I never did but this book has really achieved something in giving me a better image of rock music....moreI must confess I don't really like hard rock music. I never did but this book has really achieved something in giving me a better image of rock music.
Honestly, i dont find Five Flavors of dumb a catchy title but thanks to the high ratings given to this book here in goodreads, i got curious enough to give it a try. Indeed, this book is really great! I love every part of it--the characters, the plot, the theme. Who would have thought that a deaf girl can be a manager of a rock band and Piper is perhaps one of the str0ngest character i've ever met. She never let her disability keep her from getting what she want. (less)
Exceeds expectation, if not outstanding. This is my favorite book for this year so far! Proper review to follow soon as im trying not to cry for Black...moreExceeds expectation, if not outstanding. This is my favorite book for this year so far! Proper review to follow soon as im trying not to cry for Black Beauty because of joy.
Ok, how should I start with this?
I have no idea about this book except for the hint on the cover that this is about a story of a horse. I always find a copy of this book in the children’s section of booksale but I always ignore it since it doesn’t have a Newberry seal in its cover and I am not fond of pony books so I thought it will not fit me. It was until I‘ve found a Php10 copy of this book in one of my bargain book-hunting sessions in booksale that I decided to buy it and give it a try and I’m glad I did for when I started reading and found out that it is written from a first person point of view a horse in an autobiography form, I changed my mind for thinking that it’s not interesting. In fact, as I go through the chapters, my love for the book increases despite the shifting emotions I felt while reading it.
Living in an era when horses are no longer used for transportation and in a country where a horse is not a common farm animal, I can definitely count with my fingers the times when I was able to come face to face with or had a horse experience, and one of those was when we had a “calesa ride” as we tour the historical streets of Vigan. That is the sad truth about horses in our country. We can usually see them in our historical tourist destination spots like Intramuros and Vigan and you have to pay a large sum of money just to experience a kalesa ride. Reading this book brought me to the panoramic view of 19th century England where horses are the most common means of transport as Black Beauty narrates the experiences he had with his different owners and the other people and horses he met along the way. As the story develops, I learn a lot about horses and their work during that time and see the different kinds of treatment that they receive from humans. Despite the hardships that he’d gone through with those cruel masters, he was able to keep his spirit and good temper up. It made me think though that it’s good for Beauty for he was able to meet good masters several times in his life, but for those who ended up with cruel masters, I can’t help but feel sorry for them. There are actually scenes from this book that really broke my heart which made me feel ashamed of myself because admittedly, I can be one of those cruel people sometimes. Not being an animal lover, (not for the domestic animals at least as I cared a lot about endangered animal species), I always feel some sort of distaste for dogs and cats that I would not hesitate to hit them once they made a wrong move to me. I think this book made me realized I have to stop doing that and try to be at least civil, if not more caring, to them. As what the author had said “we have no right to distress any of God’s creatures without a very good reason; we call them dumb animals, and so they are, for they cannot tell us how they feel, but they do not suffer less because they have no words.”
Today, Black Beauty is considered as a children’s classic but Mr. Wiki says that the author did not actually wrote this book for children. For the author Anna Sewell, horses are one of her most beloved animals that she wrote a book about them and hope that her work, as she explained in a letter to a friend before she died, “would induce kindness, sympathy, and an understanding treatment with horses” and I think she was able to effectively do that in this book. The message of this book is actually more than a story about a horse but also about us humans, and how we treat animals who cannot speak for themselves. (less)
I first learned about the Little Prince in one of the my values education lesson back in high school. Our lesson then was about friendship and the exc...moreI first learned about the Little Prince in one of the my values education lesson back in high school. Our lesson then was about friendship and the excerpt of story of the Little Prince and the fox was used as an example of how friendship is formed among individuals in the textbook we are using that time. I didn't know about the beauty of the book then until a college friend of mine told me how she loved this book.
When I first read this, I honestly didn't like it that much,except for the illustrations of the boa constrictor and the baobabs. I guess I just didn't get the message of the story that time. It was only last year that I decided to read it again and pay more attention to it that I was able to appreciate and see the beauty of the story. I love how the author wrote the story in a simple and innocent way yet full of wisdom as he narrates the story of the little prince, the rose, and the fox through the pilot. I love how the author creatively discussed the flaws of the grown-ups as compared to children in seeing the most important and pleasurable things in life and with that, this book deserves to be included in my list of books that I will read for so many times. (less)
This is my first book of C.S. Lewis outside the Chronicles of Narnia Series. I want to balance my reading list with good, wholesome and inspiring Chri...moreThis is my first book of C.S. Lewis outside the Chronicles of Narnia Series. I want to balance my reading list with good, wholesome and inspiring Christian books so I decided to try the works of Lewis and look for an e-book. Fortunately, I was able to find one online so I started with Screwtape Letters.
The Screwtape Letters is a series of letters written by Screwtape, a senior demon, to his nephew and a neophyte tempter, Wormood, about the different ways to tempt a newly converted Christian they referred to as "Patient". Their objective is to secure the "Patient's" eternal damnation in hell. In this book, C.S. Lewis tried to describe the spiritual battles between Christians and the forces of evil in a different point of view.
At first, I felt uncomfortable reading the parts where Lewis referred God as "the Enemy" and Satan as the "Father" because being a child of God, I know it's the other way around. But looking at it as a literary piece, this is actually the spice of the story and this what makes the book special to me, that I really can't help but admire Lewis for his wisdom and creativity.
After reading the book, I was really enlightened and reminded of the truths that we humans should believe about God:
1. God loves us and He does not want anyone of us to perish but He wants us to have eternal life with Him and so He his Son to die for us and pay for our sins (John 3:16). In order to have eternal life, we have to accept Jesus in our life and believe that He is our Lord and Savior. By dying on on the cross, he redeemed us and provided the forgiveness of our sins - past, present and future.
2. God promised that for us who receive Jesus, He gave the right to be called His Children.No one can separate us from His love thus, our salvation through Jesus is assured and no one can take it away from us, not even Satan.
3. What Satan only wants from every human is to steal, kill and destroy. He is like a lion who is always looking around for prey, ready to devour anytime thus we should always be on guard. He will try all possible means for us to turn away from God.
4. God promised us victory. What Jesus did on the cross is already complete. Because of that, we are victorious in Christ so we have the power to win any battle including spiritual battle with the real Enemy. Therefore, we must not lose hope and stand firm on our faith that God has already given us the holy life through Jesus and all we have to do is to live it and stop doing the things that are not pleasing to Him. This book provided some examples of the unpleasant things that may seem insignificant but can eventually lead to our own destruction because the devil knows how to manipulate our thoughts so we really need to be careful.
5. Of course, the best way to defeat the Enemy is to lay down all our battles to God by praying and petition. The Bible said, "Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people (Ephesians 6:10-18). This is actually the passage that keeps on popping out of my mind the entire time I was reading the book.
This book only wants to point out that we need to recognize that just like Heaven, Hell is also real and Satan also exists. He is continuously looking for possible "recruits" and deceiving people by suggesting different lies in our minds to keep us from turning to God. But God is loving and gracious. He will never let His children fall if we will only remain in Him. God wants all His children to be reunited with Him in eternity, but sadly, not everyone can go to heaven because not everyone has accepted the Truth. He gave us free will to choose how are we going to live our life here on earth. So in every moment and every action of our lives, we are given two different options: to do His will or to follow our own will? And we need to choose well because one may be the highway to hell.
If you are looking for a book about living a Christian life, then I highly recommend this one but of course living a holy life according to God's standard can only be achieved if we continuously seek to know our Creator an Savior more through reading his written Word.(less)
I was able to finish this book in one day, thanks to the poor service of NBI that I have to read this book while waiting in line to entertain myself,...moreI was able to finish this book in one day, thanks to the poor service of NBI that I have to read this book while waiting in line to entertain myself, only to find out that my name has a hit because of my service obligation to the country as a DOST scholar so my twelve hours of waiting in line to process my clearance application resulted to waiting in vain. I had mixed-emotions while reading this one because Im starting to feel irritated because of the long hours of standing and waiting, and the same time, I felt glad because I felt the satisfaction of finishing a great book like this (and I think this is one of the few good things that happened to me today).
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz is a story of the adventures of Dorothy and her dog, Toto, who were accidentally brought by a cyclone to the land of Oz. It also follows her friendship with Scarecrow, Tinman and the cowardly lion as they join her in finding her way home to Kansas.
I really find the story cute, lovable and full of lessons that it actually made my day. This is one of the classic stories that I would love to read again. (less)
I just can't believe that I was able to put off reading this work of Gaiman for a year now. The movie adaptation of...moreI felt betrayed by the movie! LOL!
I just can't believe that I was able to put off reading this work of Gaiman for a year now. The movie adaptation of this book was actually one of my favorites last year that I decided to try the book as well. Besides, I've been hearing good things about Neil Gaiman from my bookworm friends. Well, I'm glad I did because I enjoyed the book as much as the movie.
Stardust is a fantasy story about a lovestruck man, Tristan Thorn and a fallen star, Yvaine. Initially, Tristan will do everything just to get the attention of his love, Victoria that's why he decided to cross the wall and get the fallen star for her. To his surprise, what he found was not a piece of rock but an unbelievably stubborn girl.
Anyway, I'll stop discussing the details of the story in this review as I might spill some spoilers. My experience while reading the book was actually a rehash of my experience while watching the movie. But I felt betrayed when I found out at the end of the book that the movie was different in a number of ways. Well, they say never judge a book by its movie so maybe i'll take note of that next time.
For this book, I gave my four star which means I really like it. I guess watching the movie first didn't help for I was so familiar with the plot that I didn't get excited that much while reading. But I want to give Gaiman some credits for the plot is really unique and I love his kind of old english writing style so for sure, this is definitely not my last book from Gaiman.(less)
Honestly, I thought I would find this book boring and uninteresting unlike the first book of the series. I have to stop at the end of first chapter be...moreHonestly, I thought I would find this book boring and uninteresting unlike the first book of the series. I have to stop at the end of first chapter because I find the story very slow and flat so I decided to try the Lion, the Witch and the Wizard first, and have a glimpse of Narnia through the adventures of the Pevensie siblings. I enjoyed the book as much as I enjoyed the movie that I decided to go back to the first book of the series and see the creation of Narnia.
My second attempt to read this one was indeed a success that I can't help but admire C.S. Lewis for creating this timeless piece of literature. I love how C.S. Lewis translated the story of Creation and the Fall of Man into a children's tale, though according to wikipedia, the author did not intend his books to be allegorical.
This is indeed a timeless classic book that I would certainly love to read to my children when the right time comes, as a tool for introducing Jesus Christ to their very young mind.(less)
If I were to describe what was my childhood like, I would definitely say that I had a happy childhood. My daily routine was play, watch tv, eat,take a...moreIf I were to describe what was my childhood like, I would definitely say that I had a happy childhood. My daily routine was play, watch tv, eat,take a nap, play, then watch again. Aside from those activities, the other things or words that I can associate with my childhood days are the tv programs like Ceddie, Sarah ang Muting Prinsesa, Peter Pan, Dog of Flanders, Heidi and many others. I never knew then that these tv programs I've grown to love were all based on children's novel and I feel sorry for myself that it was only lately that I learned about these children's classic novels.It is probably one of the reasons why I really enjoyed reading A Little Princess. It reminds me much of my childhood that made the characters look like as if they are all my long lost friends.
This children's novel is truly a classic and a delightful read. Who would not love Sara? She is a kind, warm-hearted, and smart child who loves to read. She is the kind of daughter that every parents would like to have. Sara's character and attitude will really make you feel good reading this novel. (less)