2013, Books, Hobby

Bibliophilism strikes back…

“I wanna read! “

I don’t know where this sudden itch to read lots of books came from. I just felt like reading and reading and reading the whole day. Maybe I just miss the smell of the old books that I used to borrow during my highschool days. I remember finishing 2 Nancy Drew books in one day. I even finished a whole shelf of mystery and detective novels way back then.

Next to writing, I have this unexplainable attraction towards reading (guess the two go hand in hand). I used to read books whenever possible… Before eating, during eating before sleeping, during commercial breaks, and <insert more possible venues for reading here> :))

Read until you drop!
Read until you drop!

I am planning to revive this hobby of mine; aside from it widens the vocabulary and improves writing skills, the story in every book shows a different perception when it comes to reality.  It makes us meet interesting personalities,brings us to places we’ve never been before and most of all imbibes new insights and knowledge in our everyday life.  Below is the list of the books that I must read within the year (hopefully!):

  1. The  Fault in Our Stars – Labeled as John Green’s best book to date. *Currently reading* B-)
  2. Ender’s Game – I’ve been intrigued by this book ever since I read its plot somewhere in the internet. This has been number one on my “sci-fi category’s must read” list.
  3. The Catcher in The Rye – It’s a shame that I read this book for the sake of answering the quizzes in our psychology class. Must give this book another try. :C
  4. The Hunger Games Series – Finished reading book #1, must read Catching Fire before it hits the theaters on November. Will be back in fangirling mode over Katniss and Peeta! XD
  5. Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil – First heard of this book in our Philosophy class. It is about Hannah Arendt’s (my prof’s favorite philosopher) report on the trial of a Nazi leader who executed lots of people during Hitler’s time.
  6. For One More Day – From the author of Tuesday’s with Morrie I am expecting another heartfelt and tear-jerking story about life and death. This was recommended by my bestfriend James who seemed to have a soft-spot for such stories. :))
  7. Marley & Me: Life and Love with the World’s Worst Dog – Stories about pets especially on dogs never fail to amuse me, will give this one a shot.

Other books that I have been eyeing on since time immemorial. Most of them are classics.

  • To Kill A Mockingbird
  • Gone with the Wind
  • The Curious Case of the Dog in the Night-Time
  • Love in the Time of Cholera
  • The Scarlet Letter
  • The Little Prince
  • Looking for Alaska
  • Any Norse Mythology book

“Books don’t change people; paragraphs do, Sometimes even sentences.” – John Piper

I am very open to suggestions when it comes to additional books in the above lists.

One book per month, here I come! 🙂

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2013, Love, Personal

Induratize no more.

Once you’ve been hurt, it somehow hardens your heart. You become this person who suddenly flees from the idea of being attached to another being. You start building walls around you, never letting anyone in for the fear of being hurt again. Every person who tries to climb those walls eventually falls down, ending up being wounded and broken just like you. It’s sad seeing yourself retreating to the four corners of your fortress every end of the day. You just stand right behind that invisible barrier remaining as passive as you can, letting chances slip through your fingers. You make yourself feel better by rationalizing that it’s ok to be alone. It’s better to stay with yourself than to be with someone who’ll eventually leave you in the end.

There's hope...
There’s hope…

But as time passes by these boundaries, your onced comfort zone, will eventually turn against you. Questions on the possibility of experiencing that tabooed four-letter-word will start haunting you. You yourself starts to wonder for how long will you run away from it? Maybe for a few months? A couple of years? Or even decades? No one can really tell except you. But rest assured, the time will come when someone will break through the defenses you built for years. Those walls that seemed to be indestructible will slowly give in, crumbling down into tiny bits… And on the other side, there’s this silhouette of hope in a form of another human being. That person will make you realize that it’s ok to try, to begin another story and to fall in love all over again. There will always be the fear, but he will assure you that everything’s gonna be alright. He’ll bring back that smile on your face and will do his best to pick up the remaining pieces. You may not be the same person as you were before, but you will become a new one for sure ( a better one indeed ).

Open your heart, take a leap of faith and see where it leads you. Don’t hold back, just embrace the person who’s standing in front of you… Right here, right now.

He loves you… And you know, you also do. 🙂