Favorite Books I’ve Read in 2020

2020 was all sorts of crazy. There were a lot of cancelled plans, changed priorities, and modified routines in order to adjust to the new normal. I would be lying if I say I had a productive year, because honestly, I know I could’ve done better. But this blog post is not a retrospect of the year that was, so I digress.

Anyway, here’s a quick look back on the books I read in 2020 that made it to my favorites list.

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Book Review: Life of Pi by Yann Martel (The Book that Changed My Life)

Earlier today, I was playing Mobile Legends (Lol!) when I was hit by a sudden urge to write a book review. As random as it may be, this wave of inspiration doesn’t come as often as it used to, so here I am taking advantage of it before it dies down.

Just to make it clear, I am not a hardcore bookworm, nor am I a professional book critic. I haven’t read that many books in my lifetime and surely there’s still a plethora of books that I have yet to explore. But yes, I do love reading  and I also love sharing my (sometimes unpopular) opinions to the world.

That being said, I thought I’d share with you my thoughts and feelings about a book that is so important to me because of the impact it has made in my life.Read More »

7 Harry Potter Book Plots Left Out of the Movies

I’ve just finished reading the entire Harry Potter series for the second time and I must say, my recent reading experience now is totally different from when I first read the books 10 years ago. Back then, I was an impatient bookworm who likes to read fast without really understanding everything that’s going on. This time, I really took a moment of liberation to soak everything in.

I immersed myself deep into the story, tried to understand each of the characters, what makes them who they are, where are they coming from, why such things are happening at this point in the story. I tried to dissect even the tiniest details that it felt like I was reading the books for the first time. I laughed, cried, gasped, shrieked, cringed, and cursed throughout the entire series, even to the point of almost throwing one book (Order of the Phoenix! haha!) out of frustration. Nonetheless, it was an experience that’s truly moving and I would say, life changing.

Now that I’ve put these babies down (for now), I realized just how different the books are from the movies. The books are so detailed that it’s impossible to translate everything into the big screen. It’s unfortunate that some of the juiciest details didn’t make the final cut, but then again, we all know that screen time is always limited.

Certified Potterheads will agree with me when I say that if you haven’t read the books, you’re surely missing out a big chunk of what the Wizarding World is truly all about.

Fair warning, this post contains a lot of spoilers. Unless you have no plans of reading the books, you might as well stop here and exit. =)

For all of you Harry Potter fans who haven’t read the books, but want to know more about the Potterverse, I got you covered!

Here are 7 important details that we’re left out of the movies.Read More »

Books I’ve Read in 2018

Today is the last day of 2018. I thought of writing a retrospect blog post, but I’m too lazy to do that…for now. Instead, I’m going to share with you all the books I’ve read this year.

2018 was a busy year for me. Too much was going on – in my career, personal, and blogging life. I was juggling so many things that it became difficult for me to keep up with my mountain of TBR pile.

And to make things worse, I suffered a terrible reading slump for most part of the year. It wasn’t until September that I managed to finally pick up a book, and from then on I just fired up and kept reading. Surprisingly,  I successfully surpassed my 2018 reading challenge by the end of December, in less than four months, at that.

I managed to read 17 books this year, although admittedly, most of the books I picked up were re-reads. I’ll explain more about that later.

Here’s a little summary of all the books I’ve read in 2018:

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