So there’s this thing going around in Facebook where you have to list down ten books which have stuck with you.
I’ve done this twice already. Once, a few months ago, and then the second, just a few days ago, and my list changed, probably because I read more books, possibly because I changed (chos). And for the lack of anything better to do (not really, haha), I’ll post the second here, as well, with some explanations. Yay! No one will read it anyway hahaha.
1. Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Anne is a very endearing character. She is headstrong and stubborn, but very sincere and loveable. You can’t help being exasperated and, at the same time, enchanted by her. She was also relatable. Her story somehow mirrors certain events in my girlhood which have now become fond memories. And her journey to adulthood (in later books) was also realistic.
2. Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
What I remember most about this was that Rob (let’s call him Rob) was able to make an oven and bake bread while stuck in a deserted island. Who else could do that? I was fascinated by how resourceful he is, how he can live happily despite the lack of many things. At 13, I already found myself thinking that things won’t always be perfect, and if it ever came to a point that I will lose everything, will I be able to survive? Deep thoughts hahahaha.
3. Where are the Children by Mary Higgins Clark
This was the first novel I read. I remember being scared to shower because some person may be watching and planning to kill me. It isn’t the best, plot-wise or character-wise (whaaat). The writing was average, and from reading many more of MHC’s books, her stories always follow the same pattern. But I enjoyed it then. It made me want to read more books. And I did.
4. The Pact by Jodi Picoult
I’ve reread this for three times already. Probably because of the boy-girl drama, but I don’t really know. There was a time when what Emily said about her relationship with Chris felt like the perfect description of what I was going through that I actually stared into the distance while tears were slowly rolling down my cheeks. Now when I try to find that passage again, I can’t find it.
5. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
I decided to read this book because it is short and full of drawings. I read it twice more because of how it means differently each time. It is a very timeless book in the way that you can read it in any point of your life and still, somehow, relate to it. The Little Prince is so curious and innocent that I saw myself in him when I was a child. As I grew older, I found myself in the adults he met on his journey and saw how foolish I can be, despite being “mature”. Aaaah! It’s just a very lovely book.
6. Bokura ga Ita by Yuki Obata
This is just one of the many shoujo mangas I’ve read. I like how it is funny and serious at all the right moments, and how the feelings and actions of the characters are portrayed. Shoujo mangas can be overly cute and dramatic (complete with roses and sparkles in the background) or overly comedic. It doesn’t exactly ruin the story, but it can be too much sometimes. Bokura ga Ita doesn’t do much of these. It is one of the few realistic portrayals of love that I’ve read, with how it actually showed what happened during the course of the characters’ (main and supporting) relationships, how there is a presence of both internal and external conflicts which can/do not have to be resolved at once. I also like how the art is not so pretty. It keeps the focus on the story.
7. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
The story is told by defining certain words through the experiences of the characters. You get a non-linear, piece-by-piece glimpse of a love growing and strained. It was like a puzzle; you know the beginning and the end but only pieces of how it came to be. I related to a lot of the words that my book is lined with so many sticky notes. It felt like it was written by someone who truly experienced love, and it made the reader feel/relive all the ups and downs, quirks, complications and simplicity of love.
8. Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
What I remember most about this is how beautifully it described the moment Eleanor and Park first held hands. You don’t get many books/movies/series which pay much attention with such a simple and common gesture. Usually they fuss over the first date, first kiss or the first time to make love. They forget all the uncertainties felt, all the courage mustered in getting one’s hand touch another’s, and how it caused all those other firsts to happen. Eleanor and Park described the moment so perfectly that I wanted to experience my firsts again.
9. Die! Die, Evil! Die! Ahrrrgh! (Kikomachine Komix Blg. 3) by Manix Abrera
I love how this comic doesn’t take itself seriously. It is very sabaw. The art is very simple and cartoony, the dialogue may use the most common lingo to words only seen in dictionaries/textbooks, and the characters are all weird, interestingly weird. I like how it talks about the mundane things (commuting, drinking with friends), then jump to more serious issues (election, the justice system) or even to weird (it is very weird) topics (how a boy can be so pressured with life that he became a diamond and therefore named Boy Diamond). I have all the issues of this comic, but I love the third one most because it was signed and dedicated to me by the cartoonist.
10. Room by Emma Donoghue
This was an interesting, and quite disturbing book. This isn’t something light so I only recommend this to a happy person with a lot of free time. It tackles topics such as rape and kidnapping, and having it narrated by a child whose views are very limited leaves you with so many horrible things to imagine. But I loved the story. I can still remember many of the scenes, despite reading it more than two years ago. I also became very attached to Jack. He is just so adorable and brave and loveable I wished he was real so I can cuddle him.
Now, that was long. My longest post so far. Hahahaha. I actually have many more books that I like/love but they’ll be for next time.