I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
I guess that’s why they call these 30 days a blog challenge: so far the topics are not that easy to answer! Favorite song, movie, and now – book! As I have written in my previous posts, I am a confessed bookworm. I love reading more than I love my life. (Well, that sounds a bit serious, but you get my point.) Honestly, I love reading than writing, but since I think I must have an outlet for my random and more often than not outrageous thoughts, I decided to write a blog.
Anyway, let’s be direct and write for the theme today!
For Day 2, I have answered Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as my favorite movie of all time. It also follows that this is my favorite book of all time, read in my early years in grade school. However, I think I must treat HP as an exception for this post so I am going to give a different answer.
*still thinking after few minutes*
Oh well. I can’t think much of the very best and favorite book I have read. Hmm. Some of you might already diagnose me with Asperger’s Syndrome, but whatever. Like my first post for this challenge, I am going to tweak the question and give my answers in different categories.
A Knight in Shining Armor – Jude Deveraux
I love history and romance is something that I sometimes chase, but always elude me. LOL. I have been enamored to historical romance fiction since I was in high school and I always feel like I really belong in that era than the current one I am in. I can imagine myself wearing those gowns and attending balls while meeting men from nobility. Haha!
As for this novel, I have written the reason why I like it and you may find it here in this post. I found myself crying so hard as I finished reading the novel during the wee hours of the morning. If you are a fan of history, romance, historical romance, and time travel, this one is for you.
You know you’ve read a good book when you turn the last page and feel a little as if you have lost a friend. ~Paul Sweeney
The Boy Who Came Back from Heaven – Kevin and Alex Malarkey
I stumbled upon this book in GoodReads. It was sitting in my To-Read list for a month or so and when I got the chance to have a copy of the novel, I read it right away. It may sound cheesy, but I did feel a pull to read this book.
Now, the title itself can give you an idea of the story. For some, it might appear to be another of many NDEs (near-death experience) published to give the living a glimpse of Heaven or what. However, this story was definitely more than that. For one, it has a biblical approach for everything that happened. The characters (or people since this is a true story) are well-devoted Christians who added Bible verses in almost every incidents, especially the special and miraculous ones. Second, and I think more importantly, they made the book about God and His love to us. Unlike many publications, they did not make it to be a story about them and how they performed different miracles.
I finished this book two days ago and felt light after reading it. I am a Catholic (though not as devoted as before) and I was amazed to read confirmation about God’s presence in humans’ lives as recently I didn’t feel it in mine. If I may be bold to say, this novel changed me and pulled my faith closer to God.
Filipino historical fiction:
Without Seeing the Dawn – Stevan Javellana
Read this in my senior year in high school for my Creative Writing class. “Reading and Creative Writing must be in different classes,” you might argue. Yes, you are correct; we have separate classes for the two. However, our teacher asked (or ordered?) his students to read this novel in preparation for creating an at least 100-page, 1.5-spaced, novel analysis.
At first, I read to survive. You can understand this when you studied in a special science high school where there’s a grade limit that you must achieve. Otherwise, you will be expelled, kicked out, whatever, in our school. Though forced, I still tried to enjoy reading it and was suddenly surprised when I noticed that I wasn’t really “trying” to be happy about it. I was really having fun with the book!
It’s a WWII story set in the province of Panay in my country, the Philippines. The author was great in details so I didn’t have a difficult time with my imagination. I won’t discuss the book here for respect that my readers might want to read the said novel and don’t like spoilers. Haha! I’ll just say that for me, it’s the best Filipino historical fiction set during the war.
Crime and mystery:
The Day of the Jackal – Frederick Forsyth
I love war and spy novels, and when I happened to get a copy of another Forsyth’s in my university library, I didn’t think twice of checking it out for home use. I have read it for two days and was again impressed with the author’s creativeness to write a story about GB and France’s cat and mouse chase to hire an assassin to kill Charles de Gaulle, then a general turning to be president. It was a page-turner, heart-stopper, thriller novel that made me blurt out to my best friend, “What if I became an assassin? Won’t sound bad, right?”
So those are my favorite bookSSS in different genres. How about you? What’s your favorite? You may also give it according to category! 🙂