The first time I tried reading a book that’s not required in school was through Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I was in my early teens already at that time. Late, I know.
Of course, I didn’t finish it.
A fate shared by so many other books that I tried to read after it. I guess it’s part of the process of trial and error. Where some that are page turners and resonate with the reader are finished quiet quickly, there are some that just won’t get past chapter 1.
I’d like to believe that I’ve come a long way since my first attempt with the Goblet of Fire. Thank you to my encouragers for inspiring me to live in the beautiful world of literature – sometimes a reality, sometimes an escape.
Either way, it’s never a waste of time. And never a waste of money and effort pang regalo. Ahem…
I’ve listed 10 of my Top picks but only elaborated on 5 others which I call my Special picks. In short, hindi talaga kaya e compress sa 10 lang.
So gawin nating 10+5. Hehe
My lists are from this decad
Usap na lang tayo why I chose them. 🙂
1.) Sam’s Letters to Jennifer by Robert Patterson
2.) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
3.) The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4.) Born to Run by Christopher McDougall
5.) Three Weeks With My Brother by Nicholas Sparks
6.) The Testament by John Grisham
7.) By The River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Choelo
8.) Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
9.) Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
10.) Captivating by Stasi Eldredge
These are not necessarily classic works of art but they ended up in this list because they played a major role in some of my major life events in the past decade.
Senti ako, obviously.
1.) My Maid Invests In The Stockmarket by Bo Sanchez – read in 2011
– where it all started for me
– proof that investing need no rocket science
– one sitting finish
– can never go wrong with delayed gratification
– buying this book and acting on what I learned from it has got to be one of my best decisions in the past decade.
You’d be surprised how many high ranking professionals are pressed on huge debts and how many rank and file/domestic job holders have more in their keep for the rainy days.
It’s not how much you earn but how much you get to keep that matters.
2.) The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma- read in 2013
– I got hold of this when I was at a major crossroad between staying or leaving my job at that time. Stakes were high.
– Not so much a favorite but made it here because a few of my takeaways served me really well in life.
“Every arrow that hits the bull’s eye is a result of one hundred misses.”
3.) An Abundance of Katherines by John Green – read in 2014
– The reprieve that became the answer
• This was the year that Papa passed on. And when what seemed okay in the beginning started to sink in and hit me hard weeks after we buried him, I was restless to get hold of a book that will help me in my grief. I tried some of the works of CS Lewis, Mitch Albom and other authors recommended by friends, most of which were emotionally charged but none hit home until I chanced upon this.
• This was only meant for a feel-good kind of read.But the message that I was looking for as I wrestle every day with the subject of oblivion was found in this feel good, young adult book about an annagram wizard, a prodigy, a self absorbed teenager whose ultimate quest is to be someone that “matters”.
“The future is forever, then eventually it will swallow us all up. In another 2,400 years, even Socrates, the most well-known genius of his century, might be forgotten. The future will erase everything. There’s no level of fame or genius that allows you to transcend oblivion. The infinite future makes that kind of mattering impossible.
But there’s another way.
There are stories. We will get forgotten, but the stories will last.
And so we all matter-maybe less than a lot, but always more than none”.
– Colin Singleton
4.) Book of Proverbs – (seriously) read in 2016
– At one point in our friendship, Paul told me, “Alam mo okay ka na eh. Hindi ka lang nagbabasa ng bible”. Wow. No words.
– Quarrelsome wife. Haha
– Bugs life. Tularan ang mga langgam.
– And if you’re in search on how should a woman be regarded, refer yourselves to Chapter 32. Get ready to be floored.
5.) Oh! The Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss – read in 2019
For Pablo. ❤️
Bye 9s. Hello, new decade.