Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Bookmooch #9 - Please Look After Mother & Love in the Time of Cholera



2 more books via Bookmooch.com arrived today.
Oh, what a wonderful feeling it is to receive books through mail.



 
Please Look After Mom by Kyung-Sook Shin. This will be the second Korean book that I will be reading.                                                                    Synopsis: "Please Look After Mom” is the work of a popular South Korean novelist, Kyung-sook Shin, who is being published in English for the first time. It sold more than a million copies in South Korea, where there may not be a dry hankie left in the land.  The book is about the selfish family of Park So-nyo, a woman who got lost in the crowd at a train station in Seoul and has not reappeared. Shocked into decency, her husband, two sons and two daughters find themselves replaying all the button-pushing, tear-jerking moments that illustrated this woman’s love and devotion. It would be a grievous understatement to call her a mere martyr.  ~~ NY Times 

Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia-Marquez. I realized that since the day I fell in love with reading, I've never had a knack in reading classics. Now, I'm regretting it. One thing I like about reading is that it's always never too late to read a book regardless of how long it has been around unnoticed.     Synopsis: Love in the Time of Cholera opens on the day of Dr. Juvenal Urbino's death. He is a highly successful doctor who has done much for the Caribbean city in which he lives, so his death has a great effect on the city. The two who are most affected are Fermina Daza, his widow, and Florentino Ariza, the man who has been waiting for him to die for fifty-one years. Florentino was Fermina's first love; as teenagers, over a period of four years, they corresponded almost daily by mail, and they were engaged for most of that time. But after returning from a trip that her father made her take in order to forget Florentino, Fermina found that she had no feelings for him, and her love for him was just an illusion. Florentino became desperate, and when he found out that Fermina was going to marry Dr. Juvenal Urbino, he vowed to become as successful as he could while waiting for Dr. Urbino to die, so that he could win back Fermina when the time came.  ~~ Gradesaver

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Books to Send


I will be sending these books to 3 people  who mooched it from me. 


1. The Blood of the Cross will be sent to Paul in Switzerland
2. Bible Answers will be sent to Lisa in Florida, USA
3. Accuracy: Defined & Illustrated will be sent to a Spanish missionary in the USA



Lord of the Flies & Of Men and Mice


Newly borrowed books from the library. You see, buying books here in Korea is quite expensive for me. The public library is there to save the day~~ good thing they have a wide selection of english books.
I always find this in list of "must read."


small book and small print

Monday, October 29, 2012

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”  

― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

Four Seasons of Reading

What season do you find yourself more motivated to read?

I realized that I read more during Autumn and Winter. That's the time of the year that I'd rather stay at home and read than go anywhere else, because of the cold and windy weather.

While on Spring and Summer, I'll always be going out with friends, giving me less time to read even at night.

What about you? What season do you read more books?

Bookmooch #8 - Foxe's Book of Martyrs and Tuesdays with Morrie


 Once in your life you would stumble upon something and your life is never the same again. 
That's how I would describe my love affair with Bookmooch.com
This place has become a haven and heaven for me. I would have never enjoyed receiving and reading awesome books if not for this site. 

1. Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt
2. Foxe's Book of Martys by John Foxe
3. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
4. Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

My recent mooches from bookmooch
one of my all-time fave

Awesome Autumn Morning

 
What an awesome morning!
As the surrounding is garb with the colors of autumn.

With an equally awesome book^^*

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Bookmooch #7 - Book Crossing - Kite Runner


Happy to get another book through Bookmooch.com. This book is from a fellow bookmoocher from Germany. I'm excited to read and release my first-ever book-crossing read ^^*

This book is a little special because it is a traveling book. See photo above for description.

Never judge a book by its movie


Sunday, October 21, 2012

STILL the Word's Number 1 Best-selling Book


Cool Bookmarks

I would love to have this bookmarks...they're so cool^^*

The Book Thief Mania



Finally I'm reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. I saw this book while browsing in whatthebook.com for some books to buy. The moment I've read the synopsis, no question. I won't let this book pass unread!



Liesel and Rudy

"How about a kiss, saummensch?" Famous words of Rudy.

spoiler...T_T
thanks to Cinderella in Rubber Shoes for this photo~~

Dewey the Library Cat


I'm currently reading this book (along with 2 other books) about the famous, cute and adorable, Spencer Library cat, Dewey. His full name is actually Dewey Readmore Books.

Don't you just love how handsome he looks in this photo?
While I'm reading this book, I couldn't help wishing to have my own cat as well. Dewey is the second animal character that made me cry. 

For more info about Dewey, visit their website. www.deweyreadmorebooks.com



From the Library


I was so excited to borrow books. Then my excitement was dampened when they told me I could only borrow up to 3 books.. T_T

Anyway, I got these three books to feast this week.



 

Of Chocolate, Balloons and the Great Divorce


It's been a while since I last visited the library. So today, after mailing the book requested by a fellow Bookmoocher, I decided to dropped by the library. I was surprised to see new books. Most of them are books that I've been wanting to read. 


1. The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
2. Up by Disney Pixar
3. Chocolate Fever by Robert Kimmel Smith

I'm not in the mood of reading long pages now. I chose this three short-reads for our trip on Sunday. Just to have something to read while traveling. This three books are just perfect companions for my trip!

My Billion Year Contract by Nancy Many


The book is about a former Scientologist, Nancy Many. She talked about how she got into and why she abandoned it. I'm excited to read this to know what's inside :-)

Meeting Mr. Roald Dahl, Hope for the Flowers and Mango Street


I visited my favorite library today and I decided to read children's book for a change. ^^*
 While I was reading, I was thinking why I didn't have these books when I was young and starting to love reading? But then again, it's never too late, right? 


From the Library:
The first Roald Dahl's book I read

My 2nd book by Roald Dahl
I was amused and delighted reading this cute book.




Bookmooch #6 - Angela's Ashes

And so this week ends with a little adrenalin rush hangover. I got 3 books from 3 different countries in one day!
After giving away the first copy from Turkey, I got my own copy again. This time from Romania.

 Foxe's Book of Martyrs by John Foxe from Florida, USA and Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom from Greece.

You are what you EAT. You are what you READ.

You are what you EAT. You are what you READ.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Overwhelming Reads this Week

For this week's books from the library, I got these...


1. Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. I randomly picked up this book out of impulse. Never heard of the author nor the book.

2. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. "I've got to have or read this book." That's what I said to myself the first time I saw this book.

3. George's Marvelous Medicine by Roald Dahl. Another book from the author whose books I wanted to collect.


Thursday, October 11, 2012

Books-Turned-to-Movies


One thing I could do all day and even all night long is reading a really, really great book. So great that you just couldn't put it down.

It was only these past few years that I became aware that most movies made by Hollywood, if not all of them, were from books. That is because I didn't have 24/7 Internet connection then. So when I want to read books I would just borrow from the library. If I want to buy books, I would go to the nearest National Bookstore of PCBS (Philippine Christian Bookstore). The only time I would know if the movie is adapted from a book is when the movie itself would say so or when someone else tells me. Otherwise, I am totally clueless.

For some, watching the story is more convenient than reading it. It saves them quite an amount of time and cost less. Why spend hours, days or even weeks reading when you can watch it in more or less than 2 hours?

Others, prefer to read the book. They enjoy the wonder and fulfillment of reading than watching the movie version. In my case, If I've already seen the movie, I lose interest in reading the book. I'm kinda lazy to read the book because I already know the story. The mystery and anticipation isn't enough to motivate me to read it. But, If I've already read the book, I could still watch the movie, to see how Hollywood makes the story alive in the big screen.

While others prefer to do both.


Here are but a few of the millions of books-turned-to-movies:






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