2013 Reads

2013 has been a great year for my reading. I’ve read a total of 98 books. I had a goal of reading 100 books but obviously I failed at that. I was kinda frustrated because that was only 2 books away. That sucks. But that’s okay now. Here are the books I’ve read in 2013.

January

  • Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan
  • If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  • Love Is The Higher Law by David Levithan
  • Love, Stargirl (Stargirl #2) by Jerry Spinelli
  • Stargirl (Stargirl #1) by Jerry Spinelli
  • The Future Of Us by Jay Asher & Carolyn Macker
  • The Hand You’re Dealt by Paul Volponi
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  • Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green & David Levithan

February

  • Every Day by David Levithan
  • Fixing Delilah by Sarah Ockler
  • Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by David Levithan & Rachel Cohn
  • Never Been Kissed by Melody Carlson

March

  • A Match Made In High School by Kristin Walker
  • Chance Encounters by J. Sterling
  • City Of Ashes (The Mortal Instruments #2) by Cassandra Clare
  • City Of Fallen Angels (The Mortal Instruments #4) by Cassandra Clare
  • City Of Glass (The Mortal Instruments #3) by Cassandra Clare
  • Epic Fail by Claire LaZebnik
  • Faking 19 by Alyson Noel
  • It’s Not That Complicated: Bakit Hindi Pa Sasakupin Ng Mga Alien Ang Daigdig Sa 2012 by Eros Atalia
  • Kissed by An Angel by Elizabeth Chandler
  • Saving Zoe by Alyson Noel
  • The Ultimate Harry Potter And Philosophy: Hogwarts For Muggles by Gregory Bassham
  • Two-Way Street by Lauren Barnholdt

April

  • Catching Jordan (Hundred Oaks #1) by Miranda Kenneally
  • Desire (Desire #1) by Kailin Gow
  • Pretties (Uglies #2) by Scott Westerfeld
  • Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
  • Shattered (Desire #2) by Kailin Gow
  • She’s Dating The Gangster by Bianca Bernardino
  • Stealing Parker (Hundred Oaks #2) by Miranda Kenneally
  • Summer Wishes (Desire #1.5) by Kailin Gow
  • Ten Days Of Perfect ( November Blue #1) by Andrea Randall
  • The Alchemyst ( The Secrets Of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel #1) by Michael Scott
  • Twenty Boy Summer by Sarah Ockler
  • Uglies (Uglies #1) by Scott Westerfeld

May

  • Anna And The French Kiss (Anna And The French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
  • Lola And The Boy Next Door (Anna And The French Kiss #2) by Stephanie Perkins
  • Never Eighteen by Megan Bostic
  • Para Sa Hopeless Romantic by Marcelo Santos III
  • Specials (Uglies #3) by Scott Westerfeld
  • The Lost Symbol ( Robert Langdon #3) by Dan Brown

June

  • Hold Tight by Harlan Coben
  • Pandemonium (Delirium #2) by Lauren Oliver
  • Slammed (Slammed #1) by Colleen Hoover
  • Taking Chances (Taking Chances #1)  by Molly McAdams
  • The Bermudez Triangle by Maureen Johnson
  • The Boy On Cinnamon Street by Phoebe Stone
  • The Dead And The Gone (The Last Survivors #2) by Susan Beth Pfeffer

July

  • Caught by Harlan Coben
  • Play Dead by Harlan Coben

August

  • Bad Behaviour by Sheila O’Flanagan
  • Crescendo (Hush, Hush #2) by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen
  • Hush, Hush (Hush, Hush #1) by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • Silence (Hush, Hush #3) by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • The Carrie Diaries (The Carrie Diaries #1) by Candace Bushnell

September

  • Burn For Burn (Burn For Burn #1) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
  • Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
  • Diary Ng Panget (Diary Ng Panget #1) by HaveYouSeenThisGirl
  • Fire With Fire (Burn For Burn #2) by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian
  • Finale (Hush, Hush #4) by Becca Fitzpatrick
  • It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer #2) by Jenny Han
  • Midnight Sun (Twilight #1.5) by Stephenie Meyer
  • Point Of Retreat (Slammed #2) by Colleen Hoover
  • The Dead-Tossed Waves (The Forest Of Hands And Teeth #2) by Carrie Ryan
  • The Forest Of Hands And Teeth (The Forest Of Hands And Teeth #1) by Carrie Ryan
  • This Girl (Slammed #3) by Colleen Hoover
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty (Summer #1) by Jenny Han
  • We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer #3) by Jenny Han

October

  • Aristotle And Dante Discover The Secrets Of The Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz
  • Jeremy Fink And The Meaning Of Life by Wendy Mass
  • Me And Earl And The Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • More Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops (Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops #1) by Jen Campbell
  • That Summer by Sarah Dessen
  • The Beginning Of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • The Boy In The Striped Pajamas by John Boyne
  • The House Of Hades (Heroes Of Olympus #4) by Rick Riordan
  • Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops (Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops #1) by Jen Campbell

November

  • 18 Things To Consider While Young / 14 Things To Refuse While Young by Ed Lapiz
  • Chasing Brooklyn by Lisa Schroeder
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Freshman Year & Other Unnatural Disasters by Meredith Zeitlin
  • Keeping The Moon by Sarah Dessen
  • OCD Love Story by Corey Ann Haydu
  • Talk Back And You’re Dead! (Talk Back Trilogy #1) by Alesana Marie

December

  • 11 Birthdays (Willow Falls #1) by Wendy Mass
  • Attachments by Rainbow Rowell
  • Falling For You by Lisa Schroeder
  • Let It Snow: Three Holiday Romances by John Green, Maureen Johnson & Lauren Myracle
  • Ligo Na U, Lapit Na Me by Eros Atalia
  • The Boy Who Sneaks In My Bedroom Window by Kirsty Moseley
  • The Day Before by Lisa Schroeder
  • The Infinite Moment Of Us by Lauren Myracle
  • The Realm Of Possibility by David Levithan

Best Month: September | Worst Month: July

I was supposed to write this post on December 31 but I was too busy doing nothing. Haha!

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Sometimes, it’s like people are a million times more beautiful to you in your mind. It’s like you see them through a special lens — but maybe if it’s how you see them, that’s how they really are.

– Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty

Series Vs. Individual Books

Reading a series is like being on a long adventure. It’s like you’re in a different world. And the characters are like your friends. You’ll feel like you’ve known them for a long time since the series took years to complete. There are also more mini-stories in a series.

I also read individual books but I’m always like “That’s it? It’s finished already?” whenever I reach the last page. I guess I am used to reading series. Though there are some individual books that I really, really like.

How about you? Which do you prefer, series or individual books? :)

Chamber of Secrets turns 15 today!

COS

July 2, 1998: Fifteen years ago today, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (book) was published in the UK.

This is the second installment of the Harry Potter series. This is my favorite book in the series. I don’t know why. Maybe because this was the first HP book that I’ve read. Hihi. I’ve read this for I don’t know how many times already. (Confession: I’ve read the whole series for so many times because reading just one book just doesn’t feel right. :D)

Let me share some of my favorite quotes from this wonderful book.

“It is our choices, Harry, that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities.” – Albus Dumbledore

“Harry — I think I’ve just understood something! I’ve got to go to the library!” – Hermione
What does she understand?” – Harry
“Loads more than I do,” -Ron
“But why’s she got to go to the library?” – Harry
“Because that’s what Hermione does. When in doubt, go to the library.” – Ron

“Beds empty! No note! Car gone! You could have died, you could have been seen, you could have lost your father his job.” – Molly Weasley

“What exactly is the function of a rubber duck?” – Arthur Weasley

“Scared?”  – Draco Malfoy
“You wish.” – Harry Potter

“Help will always be given at Hogwarts to those who ask for it.” – Albus Dumbledore

I so love this book. Have you read this? :)

Why I read fiction

I read fiction because it has the ability to take me to another world, on another adventure. Like the magical world of Harry Potter, the mythological world of Percy Jackson, and the story world of The Mortal Instruments. Like A’s adventure from one body to another in Every Day, like Gus and Hazel’s love for each other, like the mysteries in Harlan Coben’s novels. I get to know different characters. I feel like they’re real persons. I feel like they’re my friends, especially when I am reading a series. You know that feeling when you’ve read the same characters for so long you feel like you actually know them and you feel happy when something great happens to a character and you cry when your favorite character dies? I love that feeling, and I get that whenever I read fiction.

Words of Samwise The Brave

Frodo: I can’t do this, Sam.

Sam: I know. It’s all wrong. By rights we shouldn’t even be here. But we are. It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad had happened? But in the end, it’s only a passing thing, this shadow. Even darkness must pass. A new day will come. And when the sun shines it will shine out the clearer. Those were the stories that stayed with you. That meant something, even if you were too small to understand why. But I think, Mr. Frodo, I do understand. I know now. Folk in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn’t. They kept going. Because they were holding on to something.

Frodo: What are we holding onto, Sam?

Sam: That there’s some good in this world, Mr. Frodo… and it’s worth fighting for.