May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

And there you go I’ve just finished the Hunger Games’ first book!!! I started reading just a week ago and I’ve spent mid-nights reading it. Gawd I’m so thankful for my friend Pauline, for letting me borrow her hand-me-down-book from her cousin+giving me a one week extension just to finish the book cause I guess it wasn’t a waste of time. 

Hunger Games x Catching Fire x Mockingjay

This is actually the first suspense-book I have ever tried reading. And I must say I really enjoyed it! It was a whole different story from what I’ve expected. First I thought it was just some sort of a boring game with the antagonist and protagonist (bec I had no idea really what Hunger Games is). And in which the-protagonists-is-the-poor-one-then-takes-her-sister’s-place-in-the-game-then-winning… just like that. But eventually, as I’ve taken the journey with Katniss (it’s more lovely to say Catnip), I realized there was also some touch of romance built with Peeta Mellark, the other tribute from their district. Although it was just a kind of play to let them win. But I’ll cut my story just right there cause I want you to read it and be surprised yourself. Of course the story concludes throughout the other two books, Catching Fire and Mockingjay. And I have to say I’m so excited to start with Catching Fire!!! 

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My excitement burns more cause there’ll be a movie on March 23, 2012. YES! There’ll be a movie! And Liam Hemsworth’s gunna be there. Owem. But he’s not gunna be Peeta. He’s going to be Gale, Katniss’s hunting-buddy back home. But Peeta, who’s gunna be played by John Hutcherson, is surely gunna be hot, too! ❤ ❤ Watching the trailer makes me really wanna cry, no joke.

 

I’m so excited!!!!!!! 😀 😀 ❤

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May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

The Hunger Games – March 23, 2012

Catching Fire – November 22, 2012 (Not official)

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“Ladies and gentlemen, let the seventy-fourth Hunger Games begin!”

Xxoo

 

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Wishlist x Books

After thirty years of marriage, Wilson Lewis, son-in-law of Allie and Noah Calhoun (of The Notebook), is forced to admit that the romance has gone out of his marriage. Desperate to win back his wife, Jane’s, heart, he must figure out how to make her fall in love with him… again. Despite the shining example of Allie and Noah’s marriage, Wilson is himself a man unable to easily express his emotions. A successful estate attorney, he has provided well for his family, but now, with his daughter’s upcoming wedding, he is forced to face the fact that he and Jane have grown apart and he wonders if she even loves him anymore. Wilson is sure of one thing–his love for his wife has only deepened and intensified over the years. Now, with the memories of his in-laws’ magnificent fifty-year love affair as his guide, Wilson struggles to find his way back into the heart of the woman he adores. 

The Wedding Cover x Good Reads

The Wedding x Nicholas Sparks

After watching an interview with Nicholas Sparks at The Bottomline, and hearing all those comments about The Wedding + actually hearing about this book already for a couple of days, I can’t handle not to to have a chance to read The Wedding. I just wish our Library had a Nicholas Sparks Collection of Books (which wouldn’t really happen bec its purpose is educational so screw all my hopes) so that I won’t have hassles and I don’t have to wish to have 315 bucks just to buy this.

Romeo and Juliet x Folger

Romeo and Juliet x Shakespeare

I’m in a romance-kick so I added Romeo & Juliet to my Book Wishlist. Plus I found myself really getting so much into it since our English Teacher introduced it to us though I’ve watched it two times already (the Olivia Hussey+Leonard Whiting version and the Leo+Claire version which was really nakakakilig), I still can’t get over it. Such a fan!!! Hehehehehe

 ALPHA Books x Lisi Harrison

I’m still a teenager and I still read Chick-flick books. I have finished Alphas already, which is the first book and I feel like continuing Skye, Charlie and Allie’s journey so I felt the urge of reading the next two books.

The Great Gatsby x Wikipedia

The Great Gatsby x F. Scott Fitzgerald

The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922.

The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the “roaring” 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic. The Modern Library named it the second best novel of the 20th Century.

Wow. I really don’t see myself reading a classic novel but when I read that Leo’s doing the movie….OMG. Screw those impossibilities!!!!

 

HOPE TO GET ALL THESE ON CHRISTMAS DAY!!!!!!

X

Julia

Just finished reading.

Nicholas Sparks, I love you. You just showed how great love is. I wish Gabby and Travis really lived. I wish. Their love was the truest. Sparks never failed me. He always left me teary-eyed yet he still imparts lessons. I dare you to read The Choice. So wonderful.

Travis Parker and Gabby Holland set off into an interesting journey of life as neighbors and then lovers. Many conflicts are overcome. Travis Parker is a happy man with wonderful friends, great occupation and an envious life. He thinks his life is already full of joy and happiness. Then Gabby Holland moves in the house next door. And what blooms is an emotional and inspiring love story. It is a story about overcoming barriers to be with loved ones. It is about love, trust, strength, and the choices we can make to show them.

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What was your inspiration for The Choice?
I wanted to write a novel with a structure and tone that harkened back to The Notebook, i.e., the story of a man who loves a woman unconditionally.

Will there be a sequel to The Choice?
Perhaps. If I can come up with a high-quality, original story, I might just write something more about Gabby and Travis. These were two of my favorite characters.

Will The Choice be made into a movie?
Perhaps. As of now, the film rights are not for sale.

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:(. No movie for this? I was really expecting. And just as I was thinking how perfect Zac Efron would portrait Travis Parker’s character, I saw this.

Released: Warner Brothers, projected April 20, 2012
Director: Scott Hicks
Starring: Zac Efron, Taylor Shilling, Blythe Danner

Disappointed.

But I suppose it’s going to be wonderful also (just as how The Choice was) and I should know that because Gail just let me borrow her book and my hopes are high that this would be the next book that I’m going to be in-love with. X

 

http://www.nicholassparks.com/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Choice_(novel)

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The Choice x Nicholas Sparks

You have to understand that– I have the biggest adoration on Nicholas Sparks and the novels he wrote. I have The Last Song (where Miley acted as Ronnie in the movie) but I just read half of it and all-hail-to-laziness, I haven’t continued reading it up to now. Poor me. 😦 Plus, I’ve already blogged about A Walk To Remember and how I had the greatest time reading it. After reading that book, I realized that I can’t put my Nicholas Sparks-Novel Journey hanging so I bought a new novel of him, just few weeks ago in Fully Booked.

The Choice (the book I bought :)) Is the one I am currently reading. But I already actually killed my excitement. Guess why? -Spoiler si mommy. Bothered by the thought that she already finished the book before I was about to start reading it, I just can’t stop asking questions about how the book was. So yun. While we were on our trip in San Pablo, she told me all of it. And I was happy to know that for the first time… after reading half of the Last Song and A Walk To Remember… -no one died. YAHAY!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

The Choice

Synopsis – Travis Parker has everything a man could want: a good job, loyal friends, even a waterfront home in small-town North Carolina. In full pursuit of the good life—boating, swimming, and regular barbecues with his good-natured buddies—he holds the vague conviction that a serious relationship with a woman would only cramp his style. That is, until Gabby Holland moves in next door. Despite his attempts to be neighborly, the appealing redhead seems to have a chip on her shoulder about him…and the presence of her longtime boyfriend doesn’t help. Despite himself, Travis can’t stop trying to ingratiate himself with his new neighbor, and his persistent efforts lead them both to the doorstep of a journey that neither could have foreseen. Spanning the eventful years of young love, marriage and family, The Choice ultimately confronts us with the most heartwrenching question of all: how far would you go to keep the hope of love alive? I suppose you know

In my mind, Zac Efron was Travis Parker. I'm crazy over Zac. I ❤ ZAC EFRON

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I suppose you know Gail, the one I’ve mentioned in my A Walk To Remember post who is also kinda-inlove (I think) with Mr. Sparks’ books. Speaking about her, she also bought a new novel titled The Lucky One. She’s really lucky because she had been able to read it over-the-weekends and last week I found her reading and realized she was halfway to the end. And now, just earlier in school, she’s just ONE CHAPTER APART TO THE EPILOGUE. Lucky her. 🙂 But we’ve already had a deal that after we finish our books, were goin to exchange it. YAHAY US. But now I wonder how could that happen. I’m sure she’s done with the entire novel tmrw and look at me, poor puppy. Wala pa ako sa 1/2 ng book.

Three Coincidences about our books. 1) In her book, Thibault guessed two names that start with letter “E” (bec of that photograph he got from somewhere I don’t know) -he guessed Erika and Elise. Those are our (me and my sister’s) second names. 2) Gabby Holland’s whole name is Gabrielle. And Gabby Hollands’s boyfriend’s name is Kevin. When I told Gail about this, she was so kilig. OK IT’S BECAUSE Gail’s whole name is Gabrielle and her boyfriend’s name is Kevin. Wow, right? 3) We bought the book on the exact date –Sunday. On the same bookstore –Fully Booked. And told me she is supposed to buy The Choice but her daddy told her The Lucky One got a better book cover. Just for that reason.

🙂 🙂 🙂

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Juliana

🙂

A Walk To Remember

So basically, this is the first book that I have finished within 3 days. The 240-paged-book gave me a light and warmth feeling although it gave me swollen eyes by the end.. 🙂

Synopsis – Fifty-seven-year-old Landon Carter narrates the novel, reflecting on events from 40 years in the past. The novel opens with a Prologue, in which the older Landon, living in the same North Carolina town as he did at the age of 17, stands near the Baptist church that figures prominently in the novel and gets himself in the mindset of his 17-year-old self. The story begins in 1958 and is, Landon tells us, both joyful and sad.

Seventeen-year-old Landon is a senior at Beaufort High School, which collaborates each year with Southern Baptist Church on a Christmas play called The Christmas Angel.The play, written by Reverend Hegbert Sullivan, the minister of the church, tells the story of a man who is so grief-stricken over the death of his wife (while giving birth to their only child) that he is not much of a father to his child. An angel appears to the man, and she admonishes him to be a better father; she also performs a small miracle for the family on Christmas morning. The popular play, performed in the local playhouse, features seniors from the high school.

Landon’s father is a congressman who spends most of his life in Washington, D.C., and is a stranger to his son. Landon’s grandfather, who is now deceased, was a bootlegger and banker during the Great Depression, and he built the Carter family fortune by preying on the poor. One of Grandfather Carter’s employees was Reverend Sullivan, who still harbors resentments against the Carters.

Like the narrative of The Christmas Angel, Reverend Sullivan’s wife died during childbirth, and he has raised his daughter, Jamie, on his own. Jamie and her father are deeply connected, but Jamie is ostracized by her classmates because of her religious devotion, unflattering clothing and hairstyle, and tendency to help the downtrodden. Although Landon has known Jamie most of his life — as classmates and fellow church members only — he is surprised to notice at the beginning of his senior year that she is becoming a woman and could almost be considered attractive.

Early in his senior year, Landon is elected student body president and must attend the upcoming Homecoming Dance. Mortified by the idea of attending without a date, Landon invites Jamie, who dresses nicely and does not carry the Bible she usually always has with her. The evening ends eventfully when Jamie and Landon find themselves cleaning up after and taking care of Landon’s former girlfriend, who has gotten drunk.

Some weeks later, Jamie asks Landon to play the part of the father in the Christmas play; she has already been cast as the angel. Landon reluctantly agrees. The two begin spending time together — although Landon does so only out of obligation — but in the course of their conversations, Landon discovers that Jamie’s only goal in life is to get married with a church full of people in attendance, an unlikely occurrence given Jamie’s social status. Landon finds this goal odd for such an excellent student as Jamie, who could have far loftier aspirations; he is especially surprised that she does not plan to attend college.

Landon visits an orphanage with Jamie and sees one of her pet projects firsthand. However, all their togetherness is frustrating for Landon, and he bursts out angrily at Jamie the night before the play performance, telling her he hasn’t enjoyed any of their time together. Jamie is visibly hurt. Landon apologizes the next evening and, for reasons inexplicable to him, holds her hand during the apology.

The play is a great success, and in a pivotal scene, in which the father is supposed to notice the ravishing beauty of the angel, Landon is shocked by how beautiful Jamie looks in her white dress; she is wearing a touch of makeup and has taken her long hair out of a bun and let it fall past her shoulders. The other students in the school are as surprised by Jamie’s appearance as Landon is, but her upgraded social status does not last, and Jamie is soon relegated to her former social status.

Jamie asks Landon to help her collect the bottles and cans she set out in a donation drive to buy presents for the orphans. Astonished by the paltry donations, Landon empties his own bank account and adds those funds to the collection without telling anyone what he has done. With this decision to help Jamie and the orphans in this way, Landon surprises himself.

Jamie buys gifts for the orphans and invites Landon to the orphanage Christmas party; while there, Landon is deeply touched by both the starkness of the orphan’s surroundings and by the deep connection Jamie shares with the young orphans. He is also surprised by how beautiful she looks; he cannot take his eyes off her. Landon soon realizes he has fallen in love with Jamie.

Landon invites Jamie to eat Christmas dinner at his family’s historic and beautiful mansion; afterward, he asks Jamie whether he can begin seeing her regularly. She agrees. The next day, they kiss for the first time, and the two begin dating. Landon notices, however, that Jamie is often fatigued and cold, and even has some bruising on her body. When Landon tells Jamie that he loves her, she realizes that she must tell him her stunning news: She is dying of a rare form of leukemia and has only a few months to live. Landon is devastated, but he works through his fear and sadness and begins to pray for a miracle. His prayers soon lead him to ponder his purpose in life as he searches for a response to the feeling in his heart that there is some role for him in Jamie’s illness, something for him to do. Landon soon discovers that purpose and asks Jamie to marry him, even in her weakened state. She agrees, and just as in her vision of her wedding day, hundreds of guests turn out for her wedding. Jamie’s slow, painful walk down the aisle is, indeed, “a walk to remember.”

In the last chapter of the novel, 57-year-old Landon reflects on the 40 years that have passed since his wedding to Jamie. He still loves her and has not removed his wedding ring in all those years. When he reveals that he now believes in miracles, readers are left to ponder the ending: Did Jamie die, or did a miracle save her life?

 

 

To tell you, I still haven’t moved on from this book. Actually, I even encouraged my seatmate-bestfriend at school, Gail, who also loves reading books. 🙂 She also finished it within two days and guess what… we can’t stop talking about it. The songs, Jamie Sullivan, the reactions we had… and everything.

I cannot wait to read another Nicholas Sparks novel!! 🙂

XX,

Julia