I have always believed in the words of Dr. Seuss that You can find magic wherever you look. Sit back and relax, all you need is a BOOK.
My love for reading was developed at an early age (thanks to my mom!) so it’s no surprise that I have accumulated lots of novels over the course of seven years. And as we packed our valuables before leaving Dubai, Joel kept nagging me to dispose my kalat referred to as the pile of fire-friendly novels stacked in the bookshelf. After rummaging through my collection, I decided to give away some of my books to family and friends in Dubai and some were shipped back home to the Philippines where I hope to be reunited with them again someday. I was also able to set aside a few of my all-time favourite reads and here are the reasons why I have brought them with me to Macau.
Adultery by Paulo Coelho
Plot: A woman around her thirties begins to question the routine and predictability of her days. She can no longer bear the necessary effort to fake happiness when all she feels in life is an enormous apathy, boredom and depression. She will now do anything to conquer that impossible love, and will have to go down to the pit of human emotions to finally find her redemption.
Why I love it: This novel was given to me as a gift by my lovely HELLO! Editor so it had some sentimental value to it. This book constantly reminds me why I love my husband and how an imperfect marriage fulfills a beautiful life on earth. Paulo Coelho is one of my favourite authors since my college days in UP Diliman and this is definitely a great addition to my collection.
Perfect by Judith McNaught
Plot: Julie Mathison lived a simple life in a small Texas town until she met Zachary Benedict who shattered her perfect life. Passion captured them both in a journey to trust, true commitment and love.
Why I love it: The story is about second chance and that true love always waits and wins. It reminds me that love or life will never be perfect and that every second is an opportunity to redeem ourselves and start all over again.
Inferno by Dan Brown
Plot: Harvard professor of symbology Robert Langdon embarks on a harrowing journey to unravel a series of codes, which are the work of a brilliant scientist whose obsession with the end of the world is matched only by his passion for one of the most influential masterpieces ever written, Dante Alighieri’s The Inferno.
Why I love it: Joel bought me this book after a really bad week at work and just yesterday I saw that the trailer is out so yes I will be reading it again before the film hits the cinemas.
There’s no place like here by Cecilia Ahern
Plot: Since Sandy Shortt’s childhood classmate disappeared twenty years ago, Sandy has been obsessed with missing things. It’s no surprise, then, that Sandy’s life’s work becomes finding people who have vanished from their loved ones
Why I love it: This novel was a gift from my best friend Julie and Esan and touches a lot of human emotions. I have no doubt I will cry reading it again so I will just stare at it on the bookshelf and be constantly reminded of how much I am loved by a lot of people.
Saving Grace by Julie Garwood
Plot: When Lady Johanna learned that she was a widow, she vowed she would never marry again. Yet when King John demanded that she remarry and selected a bridegroom for her—it seemed she must acquiesce, until her beloved foster brother suggested she wed his friend, the handsome Scottish warrior Gabriel MacBain.
Why I love it: Julie Garwood is a classic storyteller. I started reading her novels when I was in high school and continued to collect her books. My bestfriend Julie and I share the same love for history and romance and this particular story is one we love to read over and over again.
Angel of the Dark by Sidney Sheldon and Tilly Bagshawe
Plot: LAPD Detective Danny McGuire could never forget the face of Angela Jakes and the nightmare she endured. His obsession nearly cost him his sanity. Ten years later, living in France and working for Interpol, he’s put the past behind him until another case in another continent surfaces with the exact same details.
Why I love it: Dark and disturbing! It’s a good break from my romance filled collection.
Clare also picked out her favourite books below.
- The Frog Prince
- On the Road to Bethlehem
- Peppa’s First Pet
- The Dolphin Dream
We hope you found some great suggestions from our list above for your next reading adventure!