#30daybookchallenge Day 3 – Your favorite series

(For some reason I wasn’t able to continue the 30-Day Book Challenge, so here I am resuming the meme)

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My favorite series is definitely the Harry Potter book series. Unlike most fans who had been hardcore fanatics since the book one, I actually disliked Harry Potter when I was a kid. Before, I had this thing of not joining the bandwagon of mainstream stuff; and Harry Potter was really popular. I even haven’t truly watched the films although it had been shown in free TV through the years because the cinematography was too dark for my taste.

However, I finally gave in to reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone three years ago; and boy, how I liked it! I liked it so much that I went on to read the whole series within just a month. I actually regretted not reading it earlier, and not having Harry Potter as part of my childhood. Now I understand why the fans are so into the whole HP franchise.

I’ve actually read a couple of book series; most of them were in YA genre. I really liked some of them as a whole. However, there are some instances when a particular book in the series didn’t appeal that much to me, or a certain book kinda ruined my perspective on the series. The Harry Potter series was different. It was able to sustain my interest and capture my fascination throughout the seven books.

J. K. Rowling was actually able to create a new universe through the books, and introduced characters who are immortalized in our hearts even though the HP book series (and HP films) have ended. She was a genius! The plots were so amazing. Reading through the books really triggered a lot of emotions from me. There was never a dull moment when I was reading them.

I actually read all the seven books as ebooks, so I’d really love to have the physical copies someday.

Disclaimer: The photo in this post is not mine. I just Google-d it.

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The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3)The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown

Format: Hardbound, 509 pages
ISBN: 0385504225 (ISBN13: 9780385504225)
Published September 15th 2009 by Doubleday
borrowed, favorite
Read from October 25 to November 02, 2012
Rating: ★★★★★

Notorious worldwide for blurring the line between fact and fiction, best-selling author Dan Brown continued the adventures of Harvard symbologist Robert Langdon in this third book. The novel centers about one of the oldest and most mysterious brotherhood—the Freemasonry, along with its many “secrets”—making The Lost Symbol an enthralling and gripping novel difficult to put down.

Da Vinci Code created quite a stir when the movie adaptation was shown in the Philippines (and around the world, I believe), being a Christian country dominated by Catholics. Meanwhile, I have read the Angels & Demons nearly two years ago, and I could say that it was one of the most engrossing novels I have ever read. I have not yet read the Da Vinci Code when I read The Lost Symbol though (but I’ve already read it now), but I have watched the DVC movie after reading A&D, and I pretty liked it (though I find some of the parts hard to understand, so I think it’s better if I could read it). Then, a friend let me borrow her hardbound copy of The Lost Symbol, and having had a good experience from Dan Brown’s A&D, I immediately immersed myself to it.

In Angels & Demons, Dan Brown explored the secret society of Illuminati. Da Vinci Code is an international sensation because of its plot about Jesus’ alleged romantic relationship with Mary Magdalene. This time, in The Lost Symbol, Dan Brown crafted another compelling story by divulging the fraternal organization of Freemasonry. Being an old and exclusive brotherhood, Freemasonry—in reality—has a lot of controversies in its name, followed by countless conspiracy theories.

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After Dark by Haruki Murakami

After DarkAfter Dark by Haruki Murakami

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0307278735 (ISBN13: 9780307388889)

Read from September 17 to September 19, 2013
second-hand, owned
My rating: 4 of 5 stars ★★★★

A couple of months ago, my friend was selling two of her books for a very reasonable price. The books were After Dark by Haruki Murakami and Looking for Alaska by John Green. Since the books were priced a lot cheaper than the original price, and they were written by two respectable authors, I bought the books and my friend shipped them straight from Davao. They had been sitting on my bookshelf for some time, and it was only recently that I felt I am ready to read another Murakami book.

The whole happenings in the novelette have taken place in only a span of a night. Mari was staying at Denny’s as she reads a thick book, when a guy named Takahashi approached her. He plays trombone for a band, and he remembers Mari as Eri’s younger sister, and who also happens to be his date in a swimming party two summers ago.

In the course of that night, Mari met Kaoru, a retired female wrestler, who now works as a manager of love ho (shortened for love hotel, which is actually the Japanese equivalent of a “motel” here in the Philippines); a Chinese prostitute who was beaten and stripped by her customer in that love ho; and some of the staff of the love ho, Korogi and Komugi. Apart from them, there were also other people mentioned in the book: Shirakawa, a sadistic computer expert; and Eri, Mari’s older sister who happens to be asleep for two months! Though there are some characters that didn’t really interact directly with each other, each of them seemed related and entwined with each other.

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Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Kafka on the ShoreKafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN: 0307275264 (ISBN13: 9780307275264)
Read from December 30, 2013 to January 4, 2014
owned book, second hand
My rating: ★★★★★

This is the third Haruki Murakami book that I’ve read. The first novel was Norwegian Wood, and the second one was After Dark, both rated with four stars. I really looked for a copy of this book because I need to read this for my Afro-Asian Literature class. I was surprised to find Haruki Murakami’s name in the list; and because I am a fan of his works, I immediately picked his book to write a term paper on as a requirement for our Afro-Asian Lit.

Memories warm you up from the inside. But they also tear you apart.

Kafka on the Shore comprises of two distinct yet interrelated plots. The odd chapters tells the story of Kafka Tamura, a fifteen-year-old boy who runs away from home to escape the oedipal prophecy made by his father, and to search for his mother and sister. On his journey, he met Sakura , and later finds himself in Komura Memorial Library run by Oshima and Miss Saeki. The even chapters, on the other hand, tells the story of Satoru Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction but could talk to cats, along with other extraordinary abilities. Continue reading

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Tuesdays With MorrieTuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom

Format: Mass Market Paperback
ISBN13: 9780751529814
Read from January 10, 2014 to February 3, 2014
borrowed
My rating: ★★★★

This is the first Mitch Albom book that I have read. The book revolves around the last days of Morrie Schwartz, a real-life professor of the author, who suffered from ALS. Mitch Albom is a former student of Morrie in Brandeis University, and Mitch really respected the man and even had the chance to become close to him. However, Mitch Albom failed to correspond with his favorite teacher after graduation (even he promised to keep in touch) because he became so busy with his life and career. Fast forward several years later when Mitch Albom learned that his professor is dying, and he decided to seize the opportunity to be with his favorite teacher in his last days in the world.

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