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I promised myself to blog every day at least during the month of January and I did until the other day.

Bam!

I missed one yesterday. I was again sidetracked reading new books for my Goodreads’ 2020 Reading Challenge. As I have said in one of my previous blogs, I want to read at least 100 books this year, perhaps a far cry from the 150 books I read last year. I am choosing what to read first, start the year right by inspiring myself in the process.

The Law of Moses by Amy Harmon.

Started reading Amy Harmon last year and I am quite surprised about her books. This is my fifth book of Amy Harmon, different subjects except for the two books done in two series. A unique, powerful, intense and emotional story about an abandoned baby who grew up to be an artist and a girl who believed in him despite the odds. A story of before and after, of new beginnings and happy endings. I ‘d like to think this is a love story but there is more to it than just cuddles and kisses, it will tug at your heartstrings. Moses, someone you’ll probably hate in the middle of the story but those redeeming qualities show in the end. Georgia, love her character and her strength, a forgiving soul who just loved.

Noel Street by Richard Paul Evans

Perhaps you’ve read a lot about him here before. He is one of my favorite authors. This is his latest book given by a friend last week. It is the third book in the Noel Collection. Luckily, I have all three. It was just published last November 2019.

How’s this for a start?

Every story is a road. And on all roads there are potholes and bumps, detours and unexpected encounters.

I love those quote in every chapter of the book. It’s another Christmas book. The story line maybe predictable but it was a good read. Done reading it in one day.

Where The Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens

My first book about nature and the first novel by Delia Owens. She writes non-fiction and is a nature writer. I wonder why some readers at Goodreads are not so impressed by her writing. I was though. A coming-of-age and a possible murder. I love the court scenes. I always loved court scenes in books I have previously read. It’s 2018 Goodreads Award Nominee for historical fiction.

Some quotes I like here:

“His dad had told him many times that the definition of a real man is one who cries without shame, reads poetry with his heart, feels opera in his soul, and does what’s necessary to defend a woman.”

“Autumn leaves don’t fall, they fly. They take their time and wander on this their only chance to soar.”

“Most of what she knew, she’d learned from the wild. Nature had nurtured, tutored, and protected her when no one else would. If consequences resulted from her behaving differently then they too were functions of life’s fundamental core.”

Would you believe, I gave the three of these books four stars?

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Don’t look now but I just joined Goodreads’ 2020 Reading Challenge. Lessened the books to 100 for the year. I am not a fast reader anymore.

culled from someecards

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Wow! Goodreads has just released its annual report on how I fared in books this year.

One thing I like about the site is that you get to maintain a virtual library and you can always browse about book summaries and their corresponding reviews.

TOTALS

I read 50,503 pages across 147 books. The shortest is around 57 pages while the longest (a set of books actually)  composed of 2,098 pages. The most popular book I read this year is Pride and Prejudice. My average rating for all the books I read this year is 3.5  (5 being perfect) while the highest rated one with a score of 4.56  is Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I  wrote  a short review of this book somewhere here.

I was just surprised that they released this early when there are 22 more days to go before the year ends. I have just finished one of Nadia Hashimi’s books but it was not included in this report.

I didn’t expect I could finish 148 books when I started last January. I pegged it at 120.
There are several more books I have to read maybe at the start of the year 2020 but I am hoping I could finish three more before the year ends.
Do you participate in reading challenges? Are you also excited to discover new authors?  I started this challenge back in 2015.  I’am at No. 47 Best Reviewers and No. 31 Top Reviewers. Not bad, not bad at all 🙂

 

 

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Time flies.

It is the second Sunday of Advent and before you know it, Christmas is here.

I again chanced upon our good friend Fr. Aly as the mass presider this morning. What a lovely and great homily.  You know that kind of reflection that would make you think about life, smile and laugh a little in between. For so many years, I’ve missed this kind of reflection on the gospel.

December 8 happens on a Sunday and the Immaculate Conception is supposed to be celebrated today but during the Advent Season and Lent, church’s feasts are usually celebrated the following day when they fall on a Sunday. Sunday celebration of the Holy Mass always takes precedence over other feasts.

I spent a little time in the garden this afternoon, a relaxing way to pass Sunday while listening to my favorite radio station. Weeding and sweeping the yard is something I like better than trimming our carabao grass. It is easier on the hands and my back.  Just getting ready for the holidays.

I started reading Only Time Will Tell by Jeffrey Archer today. An engrossing read but I understand this is a series so I have to look for book 2 when I’m done with it. It begins with the epic tale of Harry Clifton’s life in the 1920’s. It covers the ravages of the  Great  War to the outbreak of the Send World War. This has been on my wish list for  quite sometime. I love stories with historical plots. Oh my, looking at my Goodreads’ library, I’ve already read book three to book five years ago but I have forgotten the stories. Those books are still on my shelf though. I guess I have to reread them again sometime.

I’ve just noticed that I’ve been blogging every day since the start of December. I really hope I could make it through the end of the year. It’s like another challenge for me 🙂

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It took me a while to finish reading this one because I was so engrossed watching I Want, a new app on my tab which features selected movies, news, sports, telenovelas, music and what have you all from the largest network in the country, ABS CBN.

The first time I encountered how gifted this writer is, was when I read her book The Memory of Us. Yes, it is one of the best read I had this year. It may not be that good to some but I love the Catholic aspect of the book. A Catholic seminarian falling in love with a girl of another religion. This is more of a love story than what happened during WWII.

The Way of Beauty  is simply beautiful. Another Di Maio book that I love. when you encounter stories like this, you are inspired to read more.

I looked for more of her books until I found Before The Rain Falls. It’s the story  of how families protect each other, how they show their love, how they encourage each other to excel. It’s the story of a life in prison.

Part of the synopsis reads: “Moving and engrossing, this dual story alternates between Della’s dark ordeals of the 1940s and Paloma and Mick’s present-day search for answers―about roots, family, love, and what is truly important in life.”

I love the characters of Mick and Paloma but Della’s stand out more. Hoping I could read more books by this author. I just love her writing style.

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Haha! No blog post for three days 🙂

The thing is, I was again distracted reading lovely books which I could not put down. When you are focused on something else, blogging takes a back seat.

It’s been a rather busy weekend. Finally, Josef and I are done with grocery shopping which is good until New Year (the first week of 2020). I have to make a list so I won’t forget. Still I have to go back this morning to search for items that I clearly forgot. Now I remember,  I forgot to buy a roll of aluminum foil which I will use for my Embutido.  Another trip to the supermarket  one of these days. Senior moments indeed.

Ah, according to my Christmas clock, there are 43 days more to go before Christmas. We were able to squeeze in putting up some decor over the weekend.  Around this time the past few years, you would notice almost every home decked with Christmas lights and lanterns, they’re now missing though. Maybe it’s because economic hardship in our country is so glaring,  most people would rather spend  on necessities for their daily needs. Anyway, we could always spend the season quietly as long as we know why we are celebrating, right?

The nights are getting colder and we still experience thunderstorms now and then. Looking forward to PAGASA’s declaration of hanging amihan when the Siberian winds bring in the cold weather. Those are the days when you truly remember the loveliest season of the year which is of course Christmas.

I asked Josef early this morning why he was wearing a t-shirt and maong pants. He said that it is a holiday in the US today and since they are working in a US bank, they are allowed casual wear at the office.

HAPPY VETERANS’ DAY  to all my friends who live in the US.

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I was looking at Goodreads’ Best Book 2019 nomination and I was thrilled to find two books in my shelf, one is When All Is Said by Anne Griffin which is nominated in Best Fiction and Best Debut Novel for 2019 and The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides which is nominated as Best Mystery and Thriller and Best Debut Novel. I’ve read both but I love the first one better.

Would you believe, sometimes I base the books I read from the list of nominees awarded every year if I am lucky to find them. Most of the time, I find one or two and I am happy. Isn’t it nice when the books you have read before are favorites of other readers too?

I love Goodreads, they have sizable book reviews of different genre of books and I love reading them too. I make it a point to write a line or two every time I finish one. Lately, I have this on my profile from Goodreads:

#31 best reviewers
#27 top reviewers

It’s nice when they notice what you write about those lovely books and gifted authors in their thousands of books.  It’s nice when you are also recognized in your effort to review some of them. I don’t always review the books I read except when they are really good. Goodreads is owned by Amazon so you can just imagine the number of books they have. “Goodreads is a social cataloging website that allows individuals to freely search its database of books, annotations, and reviews.”

Do you use Goodreads in your book search?

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