Favorite Books

I'm going to stray a wee bit from beauty for this post. See, I have been trying to clean my room for the past days, and have managed to completely revamp the mini book shelf inside my room (a big feat for me!) While fixing it up, I thought why not share the titles some of my favorite books? So here they are in no particular order:

I forgot who told me about The Vintner's Luck by Elizabeth Knox, but I'm very grateful for whoever he/she is. This is actually an... erotic novel. Not so erotic like 50 Shades of Grey, and thankfully not as crass. I hope you'll get the chance to read this, too. If not, catch the movie version of this - there's really no comparison, but hey, you can ogle at Gaspard Ulliel all you want! Apparently, this book isn't widely available unless you live in New Zealand, so I ordered it through Ebay

Sobran Jodeau sets out to drown his love sorrows in his family's vineyard when he stumbles on an angel. Once he gets over his shock, Sobran decides that Xas, the male angel, is his guardian sent to counsel him on everything from marriage to wine production. 

A Short Stay in Hell by Steven Peck was one of the recommended books that Goodreads listed for me after rating The Vintner's Luck. Again, this wasn't available in any bookstores in Manila, so I had ordered it from Amazon. It will challenge your faith, question your beliefs, and will make you think. I know, I kind of made it sound like a book that your Philosophy professor might make you read, but I assure you it's not boring. It's fantastic.

Soren wakes to find himself cast by a God he has never heard of into a Hell whose dimensions he can barely grasp: a vast library he can only escape from by finding the book that contains the story of his life. 

I read Wonder by RJ Palacio before it officially launched in the Philippines because I wanted to read it as soon as I can. I really do not have much patience when it comes to waiting for books I'm interested in. Did you know that in Fullybooked you can specially order books that they don't usually stock? Awesomesauce. It's a story full of humor and heart (what). In the end, I just want to hug everyone in the book.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances? 

The Time Traveler's Wife by Audrey Niffenegger is my favorite love story ever. The ending, in particular, just got me. I love Rachel McAdams but the movie version of this is nothing compared to the book.

This is the remarkable story of Henry DeTamble, a dashing, adventuresome librarian who travels involuntarily through time, and Clare Abshire, an artist whose life takes a natural sequential course.

I feel like such a teen when I say this but, The Fault in Our Stars is my favorite John Green story. This is his best book yet. Halfway through, I could not stop crying. I finished this book with swollen red eyes, and a bittersweet smile on my face. I lit up like a Christmas tree, Hazel Grace. Be still my heart.

Diagnosed with Stage IV thyroid cancer at 13, Hazel was prepared to die until, at 14, a medical miracle shrunk the tumours in her lungs... for now. [..] And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel.

I have Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith there, too but I decided to go for just my top 5 favorites. It's a very fun read but honestly not as remarkable as the others. Harry Potter is my all-time favorite - here's a proof. Battered books are beautiful.

What are your favorites? :)

*All synopsis from Goodreads, not sponsored by either Goodreads or Fullybooked.



  1. I really want to read 'The Fault in Our Stars'. It seems like a really interesting book even though it's quite hard to read! Great post hun!

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  2. @Rosy: It's really good! I hope you can read it soon! xx

  3. What a great list! That 9gag post + battered Harry Potter book make me smile - I'm of the camp that believes well-loved books bear evidence of our affection, and a cracked spine & feathered edges mean that a book has been devoured, not disrespected.

    I've been meaning to read The Fault in Our Stars but yes have heard that it's a heartstring puller. Perhaps saved for a day when ugly crying can occur in peace. And A Short Stay in Hell sounds intriguing. I am in great need of a brain cleanse (as I'm now 4 pages into Takipsilim, aka Tagalog Twilight, and it's no better in Tagalog) so this list comes much appreciated. Wheee!

  4. Haha Love the quote at the end!
    I really want to read the fault in our stars! I've heard brilliant things!

  5. Wow another bookworm in blogosphere! I love John Green books! My fave is The Alchemist and Love in time of cholera. Good choice of books dear! Ill bookmark this post just for a reference:-)
    I'll give A Short Stay in Hell by Steven Peck a try tho!

    Riza of Pour L'Instant

  6. @Bea: I was scanning Takipsilim a few days ago in NBS, and it was so funny! I hope you can find a copy of A Short Stay in Hell! x

  7. @Nia: Please do grab a copy! It's reaaaally good! x

  8. @Riza: I liked The Alchemist, too! I really enjoyed Veronika Decides to Die & Eleven Minutes, too! x

  9. I've always wanted to try out the fault of our stars! :)