2014 Book Recap

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This is totally a shame. Out of the 25 books that I promised myself I would read for 2014, I only completed 12. Reading is something that I really love doing, but due to my busy schedule, I just can’t find time to read some more. I think I will still aim for 25 books this year. I will not promise but I will do my best. In the mean time, below is the list of the 12 books I’ve read in 2014.


1. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 2 (Clash of the Kings) – George R.R. Martin
This book is popularly known as Games of Thrones. You might also wonder why I am reading book 2, that is because I already finished reading book 1 back in 2012.


Favorite quotes:

“People often claim to hunger for truth, but seldom like the taste when it’s served up.”

“I will hurt you for this. I don’t know how yet, but give me time. A day will come when you think yourself safe and happy, and suddenly your joy will turn to ashes in your mouth, and you’ll know the debt is paid.” – Tyrion Lannister to Cersei Lannister.

“When you tear out a man’s tongue, you are not proving him a liar, you’re only telling the world that you fear what he might say.”


2.  A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 3 (Storm of Swords) – George R.R. Martin


Favorite quotes:

“The greatest fools are ofttimes more clever than the men who laugh at them.”

“Sometimes I think everyone is just pretending to be brave, and none of us really are. Maybe pretending is how you get brave, I don’t know.”


3. The Fault in our Stars – John Green


Favorite quote: “I’m in love with you, and I’m not in the business of denying myself the simple pleasure of saying true things. I’m in love with you, and I know that love is just a shout into the void, and that oblivion is inevitable, and that we’re all doomed and that there will come a day when all our labor has been returned to dust, and I know the sun will swallow the only earth we’ll ever have, and I am in love with you.”


4. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 (Feast of the Crows) – George R.R. Martin


Favorite quotes:

“Words are wind.”

“We all dream of things we cannot have.”


5. Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte


Favorite quote: “I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”


6. Paper Town – John Green


Favorite quote: “That’s always seemed so ridiculous to me, that people want to be around someone because they’re pretty. It’s like picking your breakfast cereals based on color instead of taste.”


7. A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 (Dance with the Dragons) – George R.R. Martin


Favorite quotes:

“A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only once.”

“I rose too high, loved too hard, dared too much. I tried to grasp a star, overreached, and fell.”


8. Gone Girl – Gillian Flynn
This is one of my favorite psycho books. I love the twist and the plot of the story. This is the first book written by the author and I was blown away by such talent.


Favorite quote: “I often don’t say things out loud, even when I should. I contain and compartmentalize to a disturbing degree: In my belly-basement are hundreds of bottles of rage, despair, fear, but you’d never guess from looking at me.”


9. If I Stay – Gayle Forman


Favorite quote: “Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”


10. Looking for Alaska – John Green
This is the 3rd book that I was able to read from John Green, and as I have mentioned on my previous post, of the 3 books this is my favorite because it is more realistic.


Favorite quote: “Thomas Edison’s last words were ‘It’s very beautiful over there’. I don’t know where there is, but I believe it’s somewhere, and I hope it’s beautiful.”


11. Heaven is for Real
When time comes that you are doubting god’s existence, this is my most recommended book for you, because that is what happened to me. Yes, I did doubt if god really exist, A.) if he is really there watching for me, B.) if he knows that his people are struggling and C.) if there will be karma to people who do bad things. For the first 2, I already have the answer that yes he does watch his people from above, as for the 3rd one, I still do not have an answer because I am now beginning to belive that there is no Karma. I used to believe that there is Karma, but now I don’t.


Favorite quote: “In a boxing match, the fighters absorb some vicious blows because they’re ready for them. And usually, the knockout punch is the one they didn’t see coming.


12. Thirteen Reasons Why – Jay Asher
This book is a story about a teen suicide. Here in the Philippines, the rate for suicide is really low unlike in America, Europe and some part of Asia that is disturbingly high. Depression is the main cause for suicide, feeling of hopelessness and feeling of being isolated. There are just things that medication cannot cure, what this people need is acceptance and understanding.


Favorite quote: “Like driving along a bumpy road and losing control of the steering wheel, tossing you—just a tad—off the road. The wheels kick up some dirt, but you’re able to pull it back. Yet no matter how hard you try to drive straight, something keeps jerking you to the side. You have so little control over anything anymore. And at some point, the struggle becomes too much—too tiring—and you consider letting go. Allowing tragedy… or whatever… to happen.”