It’s never too late to get back on track.
Never has anyone gone so far on the wrong path that they cannot return to the right one. Never has anyone become so wayward that they cannot benefit from the true light.
Three Books For March
March already marched off and I already read three books! Anyway, I regret nothing because the books that I read for March are beyond amazing! And they are my favorite genres!
- Inkheart by Cornelia Funke. Twelve-year-old Meggie learns that her father, who repairs and binds books for a living, can “read” fictional characters to life when one of those characters abducts them and tries to force him into service. Characters from books literally leap off the page in this engrossing fantasy. Meggie has had her father to herself since her mother went away when she was young. Mo taught her to read when she was five, and the two share a mutual love of books. He can “read” characters out of books. When she was three, he read aloud from a book called Inkheart and released characters into the real world. At the same time, Meggie’s mother disappeared into the story. This “story within a story” will delight not just fantasy fans, but all readers who like an exciting plot with larger-than-life characters.
- The Lottery Winner (Alvirah and Willy Stories) by Mary Higgins Clark. Alvirah Meehan, one of Mary Higgins Clark’s most beloved characters, returns in these dazzling, intertwined tales of sleuthing and suspense. Alvirah, the former cleaning lady who struck it rich in the lottery, made her first appearance in Weep No More, My Lady. Now, with her devoted mate, Willy, the ever-resourceful Alvirah delves into crime-solving on a grand scale — and with her own inimitable style. Among their many adventures, Alvirah and Willy find a dead actress in their Central Park South condominium upon their return from London in “The Body in the Closet.” Needing a break from the big city, they escape to Cape Cod — only to meet a would-be heiress framed for murder in “Death on the Cape.” When Alvirah and Willy seek the tranquillity of the Cypress Point Spa, it’s the perfect getaway — until a jewel thief turns up in “The Lottery Winner.” Back in Manhattan, the search for a neighbor’s missing newborn makes for a suspense-filled Christmas in “Bye, Baby Bunting.”
- Where Are The Children by Mary Higgins Clark. Nancy Harmon had fled the heartbreak of her first marriage, the macabre deaths of her two little children, the hostile front-page newspaper stories and the shocking charges against her. She changed her name, dyed her red hair sable brown, and left California for the wind-swept peace of Cape Cod. Now she was married again, had two more beautiful children, and the terrible pain had begun to heal…until the morning when she looked in the back yard for her little boy and girl, found only one red mitten, and knew that the nightmare was beginning again..
- I am a backpack type of girl. Because I suffer from scoliosis, my doctor advised me to use backpacks instead of shoulder bags. I also feel more comfortable and at ease when I am using a backpack.
- My dogs are now in their new home. Because my family moved into a new (and smaller) house, we can’t really bring our dogs to stay with us. So, we decided to let our grandma adopt our dogs. It was a tough decision but I know that it is for the best.
- I’m a frustrated writer.
- I really want to learn how to play the piano.
- Aside from Fantasy and Sci-Fi books, thriller books are my favorite too! I love to read books about crimes and detectives.
Let’s get out
Coz It’s deadbeat towns only here just to keep us down
While I was out,
I found myself alone just thinking about
If I showed up with a plane ticket
And your shiny diamond ring with your name on it
Would you wanna run away too?
Coz all I really want is you
How to beat the summer heat?
Summer is here! I can seriously feel my body losing so much water! So, how do we stay healthy and cool this summer? I researched and listed some few tips for you.
- Freeze a couple of water bottles and place them in front of a floor or desk fan, and you’ll enjoy a much cooler breeze with your makeshift air-conditioner.
- Apply a bottle with ice-cold water on points like your ankles, wrists, or behind the knees.
- Chill your bed by folding sheets and pillowcases, placing them in plastic bags, and sticking them in the freezer for a few hours.
- When all else fails, take frequent cool showers to keep your body temperature down and rinse off the sweat.
- Stay cool from the inside out. For cooling snacks, make yoghurt, juice or pureed fruit icy-poles. Or put an icy pole stick into a fresh, ripe banana and freeze it.
- Sitting for a while? Soak your feet in cold water.
- Cool your caffeine. Try iced tea instead of hot tea or coffee.
- Avoid excessive activity or switch to exercising very early in the day or very late in the evening, when it is cooler.
- Protect yourself from the sun’s harmful UV rays by covering up with light, loose clothing, a hat and sunscreen.
- Wear shorts and tank tops/t-shirts if you are comfortable in them.
- Keep hydrated by drinking cold water.
- Cover your windows with white or light colored blinds or shades, which will reflect heat instead of absorbing it. In a pinch, even a white sheet will do.
- Turn of the lights in an unoccupied room.
Stay cool this summer! :)
The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination, but an answer.
In heaven, five people explain your life to you. Some you knew, others may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”
MY RATING: ★★★★★
I am a huge fan of Mitch Albom! I’m so excited for his book signing event in Manila on February 22, 2014!
Three lessons that this book taught me:
- Everything happens for a reason. We are in this world because we have a role to play in someone else’s life. We live because we have a purpose to fulfill. There are no such thing as ‘co-incidence.’ Every single thing that happens to us is a part of a masterplan.
- When God closes a door, He opens a window. Sometimes, God will not let us be who we want to be. Someties, God will not give us what we want. However, it doesn’t mean that He hates us. It only means that God is preparing us for something bigger and better. Life is full of opportunities! When we lose something, God will replace it with something better!
- Forgive. Forgiving is never easy but I always believe that it is essential to attain inner peace. We can only achieve true happiness if we learn how to forgive.
“All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”
“Holding anger is a poison…It eats you from inside…We think that by hating someone we hurt them…But hatred is a curved blade…and the harm we do to others…we also do to ourselves.”
“Sometimes when you sacrifice something precious, you’re not really losing it. You’re just passing it on to someone else.”
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud by Ben Sherwood
The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud tells the haunting story of a young man who narrowly survives a terrible car wreck that kills his little brother. Years later, the brothers’ bond remains so strong that it transcends the normal boundaries separating life and death. Charlie St. Cloud lives in a snug New England fishing village. By day he tends the lawns and monuments of the ancient cemetery where his younger brother, Sam, is buried. Graced with an extraordinary gift after surviving the accident, he can still see, talk, and even play catch with Sam’s spirit. But townsfolk whisper that Charlie has never recovered from his loss.
Into his carefully ordered life comes Tess Carroll, a captivating, adventuresome woman training for a solo sailing trip around the globe. Fate steers her boat into a treacherous storm that blows her back to harbor, to a charged encounter with Charlie, and to a surprise more overwhelming than the violent sea itself. Charlie and Tess discover a beautiful and uncommon connection that leads to a race against time and a desperate choice between death and life, between the past and the future, between holding on and letting go.
Luminous, soulful, and filled with unforgettable characters, The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud is one of those rare, wise books that reveal the mysteries of the unseen world around us, gently transforming the worst pain of loss into hope, healing, and even laughter. Suspenseful and deeply moving, its startling climax reminds us that sometimes tragedies can bring about miracles if we simply open our hearts.
MY RATING: ★★★★★
I’m sorry but I admit that I watched the movie before reading the book!
Anyways, these are the three things I learned from this book:
- Life is temporary but love is eternal. I admire Charlie’s love for his younger brother. I cried buckets of tears everytime Charlie misses his brother. Their love for each other is so strong that even years after Sam’s death he still find it hard to move on.
- Failure and second chances. We all make mistakes but the good thing is we also deserve to have a second chance to be better.
- Letting go and moving on. I know that the whole concept of letting go is easier said than done but it doesn’t change the fact that life goes on. We can never live our life to the fullest if we never let go of the past.
“There’s a reason for everything, you said, and though it’s a mystery to me now, I know it won’t always be so.”
“There’s death and life, you see. We all shine on. A leaf, a star, a song, a laugh. Notice the little things, because somebody is reaching out to you. …Somebody loves you.”
“Trust your heart if the sea catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backwards.”