Books I’ve read in 2013

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My goal was to finish 24 books for the year 2013, unfortunately, due to my busy 2013 schedule; I was not able to read 24, but 17. My book reading time was lessened due to my 4 months French Class and 1 month IELTS review. I can no longer squeeze in book reading because what I am trying to do if I am not working and studying is blogging and sleeping. After my IELTS and French class I got busy with the making of my own website wherein I am always online and constantly chatting with my web developer for the planning and lay out of my site.


This is the list of the books that I’ve read this year. I’ve even created a very opinionated book review for the first 7.


1. How to Love Again – John Monbourquette

I don’t really read self-help books because for me, if you have self issues and problems, no one can resolve it but you. But due to desperate measures, I found myself picking this book up from the National Bookstores shelf.


Favorite phrase:

“One day I was struck by these lines written in a poster: ‘If you love him, set him free: If he comes back it is because he has never forgotten you. If he does not, forget him.’


I thought about this poem and came up with my own version: ‘If you love someone, do not let him go without telling him of your pain, and the difficulties that will cause in your life.’


If your beloved returns, do not accept him back before making sure that, during his absence, he has resolved his inner conflicts and has grown.

If your beloved has not returned, do not wait indefinitely; bid your dreams goodbye.

Life has much more in store for you.”


This is actually not a phrase. This is already a paragraph. As I opened this book now, I found this part highlighted and it makes me laugh. Desperate time calls for desperate lines.


2. I Choose to be Free – Jack Philip

In continuation to the desperate times and measures, I borrowed the book of my roommate which is a religious one on how to free oneself from things that imprisons them emotionally.

I choose to be free

Favorite phrases:

“If suffering embitters or corrupts us, it is because our heart is empty – empty of faith, hope and love.”


“There are 2 ways of looking at time: the time of the mind and the time of the heart. The former is psychological, cerebral. It is what we divide, calculate and program by days and hours.”


3. Eat Pray Love – Elizabeth Gilbert

Part 3 of the desperate times and measures. This is the exact definition of stupidity, but I cannot blame myself because people are really stupid when they are in love. Lol. I am just grateful those days are over and I have something to laugh about.


Favorite phrase:

“I have a history of making decisions very quickly about men. I have always fallen in love fast and without measuring risks. I have a tendency not only to see the best in everyone, but to assume that everyone is emotionally capable of reaching his highest potential. I have fallen in love more times than I care to count with the highest potential of a man, rather than with the man himself, and I have hung on to the relationship for a long time (sometimes far too long) waiting for the man to ascend to his own greatness. Many times in romance I have been a victim of my own optimism.” 


4. Fifty Shades of Grey – E.L. James

Changing genre this time. I can’t sing the same song over and over, so I opted for an erotic one. Yeah, a kinky fuckery one.


Favorite phrase:

“There’s a very fine line between pleasure and pain. They are two sides of the same coin, one not existing without the other.”


 5. Fifty Shades Darker – E.L. James

Part 2 of the fifty shades trilogy. Those moments when you are too glued, you are already pressuring your friend to finish the book so that you can read the next one.


Favorite phrase:

“Sarcasm is the lowest form of wit.” 


6. Fifty Shades Freed – E.L. James

Part 3 of fifty shades trilogy. By this time, I already have full knowledge of BDSM a.k.a Bondage, Dominance, Sadism, and Masochism or S&M which I thought is just Rihanna’s album, but really she meant it like Sadism and Masochism. This books feeds too much sexual fantasies, that I found myself asking my office mate if how many times she and her husband have sex in a day.

Fifty Shades Freed


7. My Sister’s Keeper – Jodi Picoult

Because I loved the movie so much, I also read the book to fully understand the sickness of the main character.


Favorite phrase:

“A jewel’s just a rock put under enourmous heat and pressure. Extraordinary things are always hiding in places people never think to look.”


8. Love in the Time of Cholera – Gabriel Garcia Marquez

I thought the title is just an idiomatic expression, but really the story was during the time of the cholera outbreak.


Favorite phrases:

“He was still too young to know that the heart’s memory eliminates the bad and magnifies the good, and that thanks to this artifice we manage to endure the burden of the past.” 

“The world is divided into those who screw and those who do not. He distrusted those who did not—when they strayed form the straight and narrow it was something so unusual for them that they bragged about love as if they had just invented it.”


9. The Time Travellers Wife – Audrey Niffernegger

I guess if I am not too focused, I will be lost with this book. Lol. The dates are jumping from year to year, forward and backward. This is too literal.


Favorite phrase:

“Time is priceless, but it’s Free. You can’t own it, you can use it. You can spend it. But you can’t keep it. Once you’ve lost it you can never get it back.” 


10. Handle With Care – Jodi Picoult

I admit this is the book that introduced me to Osteogenesis Imperfecta. Of my years in nursing (both studying and working), I did not encounter this type of illness.


Favorite phrase:

“Things break all the time. Glass and dishes and fingernails. Cars and contracts and potato chips. You can break a record, a horse, a dollar. You can break the ice. There are coffee breaks and lunch breaks and prison breaks. Day breaks, waves break, voices break. Chains can be broken. So can silence, and fever… promises break. Hearts break.”


11. P.S. I Love You – Cecelia Ahern

I am not really impressed with the book, but I really love the movie.


Favorite phrase:

“Shoot for the moon, even if you fail, you’ll land among the stars” 


12. The Count of Monte Cristo – Alexandre Dumas

The best of all the books I’ve read. This book was written with perfection.



Favorite phrases:

“Until the day when God shall deign to reveal the future to man, all human wisdom is summed up in these two words,-Wait and hope.”


“Those born to wealth, and who have the means of gratifying every wish, know not what is the real happiness of life, just as those who have been tossed on the stormy waters of the ocean on a few frail planks can alone realize the blessings of fair weather.” 


“Moral wounds have this peculiarity – they may be hidden, but they never close; always painful, always ready to bleed when touched, they remain fresh and open in the heart.” 


13. A Fine Balance – Rohinton Mistry

Because of this book, I had a very bad impression about India. I’m talking about misery after misery. Not recommended for reader who likes happy ending.


Favorite phrases:

“If there was an abundance of misery in the world, there was also sufficient joy, yes – as long as one knew where to look for it.” 


“You have to use your failures as stepping stones to success. You have to maintain a fine balance between hope and despair. In the end it’s all a question of balance.” 


14. The Selection – Keira Cass

Wanna feel like a teenager again? Read this book. Got my book with Keira’s sign in it.

selection cvr

Favorite phrase:

“It’s always the fear of looking stupid that stops you from being awesome.” 


15. The Tesseract – Alex Garland

The first book I’ve read in Philippine setting. Talking about perfect description of Manila Bay, Intramurus, and other parts of Manila.


Favorite phrases:

“You exist in three spatial dimensions. In the same way that a one-dimensional boy could not visualize a two-dimensional square, or a two-dimensional boy could not visualize a three-dimensional cube, you cannot visualize a hypercube.

A hypercube is a thing you are not equipped to understand.

You can understand only the tesseract.”


16. Mister Pip – Lloyd Jones

The book that talks about another book.


Favorite phrase:

“Faith is like oxygen. It keeps you afloat at all times. Sometimes you need it. Sometimes you don’t. but when you do need it you better be practiced at having faith, otherwise it won’t work.” 


17. Barney’s Version – Mordecai Richler

This is the biography of Bernard Panofsky. The story is very very long, but very very funny. Good laugh and I now consider this one of my favorites.