Something Personal: My Fave Books & Why


I have been contemplating on what to write here on my blog these past weeks. I guess I kept worrying so much about my life/future and I forgot how important it is to write (or actually type) my thoughts in order for me to get the bigger picture. I forgot the sole purpose of this blog, and that is to collect my thoughts no matter how wild and insanely they are. This blog has been my outlet and will always be my diary. I've been very careful with what I post here on my blog lately and I actually have to admit that I was a coward, trying to cover up the flaws in my life and always trying to make sure you guys only see the good parts of it. A couple of nights ago, I suddenly thought about watching one of my favorite american TV shows: Awkward. And as I finished every episode, memories, feelings and thoughts came rushing back to me like a wave trying to wash me with sanity. Since I've been binge watching all weekend, I got to the episode where Jenna Hamilton joined a Literature class and she was asked by her professor to write down from the bones. Her truth. And I kind of realized that maybe I wasn't facing my own truth. I don't even know how I'd connect all of this to what I'm actually writing about here - my favorite books and why I love them but I guess I just wanted to get my thoughts out of my head somehow. So anyway, without further a due here are my all time favorite books. These are very personal for me because each and every book here meant something to me.

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

This book made me cry so hard. I bought it when I was 18 and going through a really tough year. I found it, one day, at a Book Sale branch in SM Sucat when I was waiting for my mom to get out of the comfort room. I didn't even think twice, I just felt a connection with this book and I had to read it right away. The book was old but I didn't mind. I paid less than a hundred peso and it was one of the best things I ever bought. The story is very uplifting and inspiring. It always reminds me to live every day as if it's my last and it is a proof that love can endure even the most painful sacrifices. It showed me how to value life and the people around me. It brought me to my knees and pray to God and be thankful that I am alive despite all the hardships that I was going through at the time. After reading this book, I realized what I wanted to be. I wanted to become a mother someday and give my child a happy and fruitful life. I want to hone my child with good values and beliefs. I want to live the life that God would want me to have.

Read this if you're looking for:
Strength, guidance and empowerment. This book is perfect for young adults and even parents who would like to read a very deep and moving story about faith, love, loss and the circle of life.

Confessions of a Shopaholic, Shopaholic Takes Manhattan, Shopaholic Ties The Knot, Shopaholic & a Baby, Mini Shopaholic by Sophie Kinsella

I started reading this series back when I was still in college, I see myself so much in Rebecca Bloomwood. Like her, I am was obsessed with clothes, discounts and store sales. I couldn't even leave the mall without buying something, anything. That's how bad my obsession got. And like Rebecca, I enjoyed picking out clothes, making sure my make up and hair matches my overall outfit and all that girly stuff. But aside from the fashion and shopping obsession, I was truly inspired by her wit and strategy through life. She is ambitious, confident, driven and all the things that I've always wanted to be. These books are very precious to me because I only bought them using my own allowance which (by that time) was only enough to cover my daily expenses so I really had to save up to buy each book.

Read this if you're looking for:
A funny & feel good romantic comedy. This book is perfect for dreamers like me, who enjoys reading about #GirlProblems in a very classy and sophisticated, London/New York setting. ;) Luke also reminds me of Giles because he's almost always too serious about business and work, but also romantic and he's the type of guy who'll definitely sweep you off your feet - still talking about Luke here. Okay? :D The book entails a hilarious representation of what some girls are and what some girls dreams to become. A successful career, a hot boyfriend and a whole lot of shopping sprees. Really? What more can you ask for in a book? :) 

* I haven't read the Shopaholic & Sister yet.

** Please also note that these are all MY opinions. 

Part two will be posted by the end of the week. I feel like re-reading my books again tonight so, thanks for reading this post!! Stay tuned for part two!!! :)

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