Reading has always been one of my hobbies. I've always loved it, for it fuels my imagination and I'm able learn something from what I read. To know how to read is a blessing. :) As I grow up, my taste and preferences for reading materials also started to vary as well as the genres and the topics. Knowing that reading is a great way to acquire knowledge and wisdom and expand my vocabulary plus also out of curiosity, I began reading fiction books written in the English language. I was a sophomore college student back then and I've never read a fiction book with 300 plus pages like Harry Potter (It's intimidating.) I was more into short stories, fashion, lifestyle and design magazines, newspapers and pocket books in Filipino language. 

I wanted to try reading other things and since I like reading stories, novels written in the English language were right up my alley. I discovered a wonderful world that I still wanna live in at. :)In this post I'm sharing books I've read that had really left a mark in me as a reader. Some of it were fast and easy to read while others took much longer to finish because it require more focus and understanding but either way, I find them all worth reading. 

May you'll find the book you would love to read in this list. :)

The Alchemist by Paolo Coelho

The first ever novel I read. It's magical and full of wisdom. I'm looking forward to buying a copy of my own, to read this all over again and be smitten by the main character's journey in following his dream.

Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following around the world. This story, dazzling in its powerful simplicity and inspiring wisdom, is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried in the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to surmount the obstacles along the way. But what starts out as a journey to find worldly goods turns into a discovery of the treasure found within. Lush, evocative, and deeply humane, the story of Santiago is an eternal testament to the transforming power of our dreams and the importance of listening to our hearts.

Seaside Letters by Denise Hunter

Sweet and endearing, it's the perfect sunny afternoon read whether you're at home, in a cafe or at the beach. Set in the beautiful place of Nantucket, Seaside Letters is a novel that will capture your hearts and imagination. The story is just so cute!

No matter where you are or how long until we can be together, I'll keep searching for you.-Tucker

Sabrina never intended to fall in love with Tucker McCabe, the man she serves coffee to every morning at a Nantucket cafe--especially since he's unwittingly tied to a past she deeply regrets. But she's fallen hard, though she's kept her feelings a secret. 
When Tucker learns Sabrina is the research assistant for a local mystery writer, he asks Sabrina to help him with a little sleuthing of his own...locating an elusive woman he's fallen for online. 
If Sabrina accepts the job, she'll spend her evenings in close proximity to a man who can never be hers. If she turns him down, he'll hire someone else--and that would be a disaster. Because if someone else sifts through all those letters and finds out the truth, Tucker will discover her secret... 
That the person he's trying to find is her.

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

Randomly picking a book you've never heard before is a risk because you'll never know if it will be worth it of your time and money. I bought some books I wished I never bought but this one never disappointed me. It's a contemporary novel about a teenage girl and boy who fell in love with each other and who are both suffering from sickness. A teenage love story written in an extraordinary way. It hurts but is also lovely. P.S. The movie adaptation is also worth it to watch. Shailene Woodley and Ansel Elgort played their apart well. 

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, then all at once."

Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten.

Insightful, bold, irreverent, and raw, The Fault in Our Stars is award-winning author John Green's most ambitious and heartbreaking work yet, brilliantly exploring the funny, thrilling, and tragic business of being alive and in love.

Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Relationships with people; one of the most important thing in the world. One of the lessons I learned from reading this book.

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn't you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you? 

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man's life. Knowing he was dying of ALS - or motor neurone disease - Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final 'class': lessons in how to live.

*Suite Française by Irene Nemirovsky

Fancy France, the French culture, food, fashion, etc. and history and World War II? This novel got you covered. Although unfinished, Suite Française is still a beautiful book to read. A wonderful story of hope, love and faith in the midst of chaos.

Beginning in Paris on the eve of the Nazi occupation in 1940. Suite Française tells the remarkable story of men and women thrown together in circumstances beyond their control. As Parisians flee the city, human folly surfaces in every imaginable way: a wealthy mother searches for sweets in a town without food; a couple is terrified at the thought of losing their jobs, even as their world begins to fall apart. Moving on to a provincial village now occupied by German soldiers, the locals must learn to coexist with the enemy—in their town, their homes, even in their hearts.When Irène Némirovsky began working on Suite Française, she was already a highly successful writer living in Paris. But she was also a Jew, and in 1942 she was arrested and deported to Auschwitz, where she died. For sixty-four years, this novel remained hidden and unknown.

*The Memory Keeper's Daughter by Kim Edwards

Revolves around the story of secrets and lies made to protect the people they love, raises the question is it right or wrong? Intriguing and heartwarming, this book will keep you reading 'til the last page.

On a winter night in 1964, Dr. David Henry is forced by a blizzard to deliver his own twins. His son, born first, is perfectly healthy. Yet when his daughter is born, he sees immediately that she has Down's Syndrome. Rationalizing it as a need to protect Norah, his wife, he makes a split-second decision that will alter all of their lives forever. He asks his nurse to take the baby away to an institution and never to reveal the secret. But Caroline, the nurse, cannot leave the infant. Instead, she disappears into another city to raise the child herself. So begins this story that unfolds over a quarter of a century - in which these two families, ignorant of each other, are yet bound by the fateful decision made that long-ago winter night. Norah Henry, who knows only that her daughter died at birth, remains inconsolable; her grief weighs heavily on their marriage. And Paul, their son, raises himself as best he can, in a house grown cold with mourning. Meanwhile, Phoebe, the lost daughter, grows from a sunny child to a vibrant young woman whose mother loves her as fiercely as if she were her own.

*Anne of Green Gables by Lucy Maud Montgomery

My most favorite read this year. A must read for everyone, children and adults alike. Courageous, imaginative and just being true to who she is, you'll want Anne to be your bosom friend.

Everyone's favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

*Page by Paige by Laura Lee Gulledge

Accompanied by her own beautiful illustrations, author Laura Lee Gulledge has written a story that everyone who reads this can relate to. Whether you're an artist or not. Getting out of our comfort zone, showing talent and abilities, changing and showing who we truly are is never easy but this book's message is, it is all worth it the end.

Paige Turner has just moved to New York with her family, and she's having some trouble adjusting to the big city. In the pages of her sketchbook, she tries to make sense of her new life, including trying out her secret identity: artist. As she makes friends and starts to explore the city, she slowly brings her secret identity out into the open, a process that is equal parts terrifying and rewarding.

Laura Lee Gulledge crafts stories and panels with images that are thought-provoking, funny, and emotionally resonant. Teens struggling to find their place can see themselves in Paige's honest, heartfelt story.
 

Room by Emma Donoghue

A super extraordinary story of living and surviving. Inspired by real-life events, Room presents a story of motherhood and childhood in a whole different setting, that will open our minds to the many possibilities that can be reached by human resiliency, courage and hope especially that of a mother. Mind boggling, intriguing, heartwarming, tense and powerful, Room is the novel you shouldn't miss.

To five-year-old Jack, Room is the entire world. It is where he was born and grew up; it's where he lives with his Ma as they learn and read and eat and sleep and play. At night, his Ma shuts him safely in the wardrobe, where he is meant to be asleep when Old Nick visits.

Room is home to Jack, but to Ma, it is the prison where Old Nick has held her captive for seven years. Through determination, ingenuity, and fierce motherly love, Ma has created a life for Jack. But she knows it's not enough...not for her or for him. She devises a bold escape plan, one that relies on her young son's bravery and a lot of luck. What she does not realize is just how unprepared she is for the plan to actually work.

Told entirely in the language of the energetic, pragmatic five-year-old Jack, Room is a celebration of resilience and the limitless bond between parent and child, a brilliantly executed novel about what it means to journey from one world to another.   

Late Night Talking by Leslie Schnur  

I included this here because I find this fun to read. :) A humorous story for days when you want to take break from reading heart gripping books like Room.

From the acclaimed author of "The Dog Walker" comes "Late Night Talking," a tender and funny novel about bad behavior, the fragility of friendship and family, and how we cannot choose whom we love.Jeannie Sterling, host of a late-night NYC talk show, vents with her listeners about everyday injustices, from rude cell phone users and poor gym etiquette to bad drivers and negligent pet owners -- the many aggravations of modern urban life. An idealistic California girl raised by two free-spirited parents, Jeannie believes in a life of value through activism. She's passionate about making a difference, about making the world a better place, one annoying person at a time.

For as long as she can remember, success in her career has been more than enough. But after all these years of being single, Jeannie realizes that some of the pieces of her perfect puzzle aren't fitting quite right. The people she thought she knew best all harbor secrets, secrets Jeannie isn't prepared for, secrets that can't be digested, processed, and solved in the neat three-hour window of her show. Her best friend, Luce, is growing distant and distracted; her wayward father unexpectedly moves in; and an ambiguous relationship with her college crush ignites.

When the radio station is bought by the maverick mogul Nicholas Moss, Jeannie's career, her one safe haven, also descends into chaos. She is pushed to increase ratings and goes too far, risking the loss of everything and everyone important to her.

Delightfully real and deliciously flawed, Jeannie Sterling is a character we can't help but root for as she faces her life's most hilarious -- and heartbreaking -- challenges.

 

I've written a book review on four of the books included in this list. I put an asterisk (*) before the title as an indicator. You can read the book reviews on Spell The Book.

-All synopsis were from Goodreads.

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