It took me a month to finish the book as I was trying to savempire-of-thrones-uke the moment that I can finally sit down, have a coffee and read. But that moment never came instead I finished the book while having mini breaks at work. And as I closed the book in my lap, I realized you shouldn’t be reading GOT series at work, the emotions you wouldn’t know how to handle. Okay peeps I don’t want start to rant, it just that ugh! It’s just sad. Ooops Spoiler alert!

 I was reading some rude comments and reviews about this book saying the plot of the story was predictable. Claiming how it was called YA instead of erotic novel? A lot of sex scenes and so on and so forth rants. But I’m gonna tell you what I think about this book and obviously it’s gonna be contradictory. Empire of storm was really a storm of surprises and sadness and if you intend to go and finish all the books which happened to have an upcoming 8th book, I tell you girl; it’s gonna be devastating when this series is over.

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The Actual Rants:

  1. SO MANY SEX SCENES! Girl I DON’T MIND! I was waiting since Heir of Fire for that scenes but there was NONE! I was looking forward for those, I mean? Hello?! Who wouldn’t want Rowan Whitethorn? This novel was really a storm! Bonus part of Manon and cute little jiffy of Lorcan and Elide (blush). 😉
  2. ERROTICA and NOT YA Novel: Fine! So what? It’s romance!! 👿
  3. It’s too long! Girl this is not a pocket book, we need details and this book gave us exactly what we needed. Never shortcut for Maas I guess and Aelin was just an amazing Bi*ch Queen! Exquisitely planned and executed by Aelin Galathynius . 👍
  4. HOW IS THIS STUPID SERIES NOT OVER YET?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?: Because it’s NOT OVER YET!!!!!!!!! Ugh so much hate!
  5. It was so predictable:  No it was not! Admit it, ending was sad and remarkably unexpected. I was fascinated by how things are all connected, planned and you would know that the author spent so much time connecting all the pieces in the story. On the other hand there were few confusing moments like those riddles since the beginning, wrydkeys and Elena’s true purpose but over all it was so good.

My favorite character would be Abraxos ♥

I can’t wait to unfold more secrets and exciting vengeance for those betrayals. 🙂

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Caraval

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By Stephanie Garber
Hardcover, 407 pages
Published January 31st 2017 by Flatiron Books

 

 

 

Scarlett Dragna has never left the tiny island where she and her sister, Tella, live with their powerful, and cruel, father. Now Scarlett’s father has arranged a marriage for her, and Scarlett thinks her dreams of seeing Caraval—the faraway, once-a-year performance where the audience participates in the show—are over.

 

But this year, Scarlett’s long-dreamt-of invitation finally arrives. With the help of a mysterious sailor, Tella whisks Scarlett away to the show. Only, as soon as they arrive, Tella is kidnapped by Caraval’s mastermind organizer, Legend. It turns out that this season’s Caraval revolves around Tella, and whoever finds her first is the winner.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is only an elaborate performance. Nevertheless she becomes enmeshed in a game of love, heartbreak, and magic. And whether Caraval is real or not, Scarlett must find Tella before the five nights of the game are over or a dangerous domino effect of consequences will be set off, and her beloved sister will disappear forever.

 

Welcome, welcome to Caraval…beware of getting swept too far away.

 

 

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It was just a game. But a kind of game that would turn Scarlet’s life upside down.

Scarlet received a surprising invitation from Legend the master of Caraval. It was a letter that she have been waiting for many years. She wrote letters to Legend pleading for him and his troop to visit their small Island to perform for years but never received any retort. She got tired of waiting and eventually moved on with her life. They say that if you get the chance to play and win Caraval’s game, Legend will grant whatever wish you desire. As of the folktale she heard, Legend doesn’t grow old, he can make every woman fall for him but this powerful magician swore never to fall in love again.

Scarlet’s character was not really a main character type, she always say no and has a lot of fears. It was contradicting as she wanted to play the game but was also unadventurous. The revelation part towards the end was perplexing as well as her acceptance about it was also disappointing. Challenges on the book was muddled but despite of those, it was entertaining and animated.  The author gave me a picture similar to harry potter as the layers of Caraval was similarly amusing.

A kind of book you would like to read during summer break or a book in hand while sitting in a café. If the romance within you is sleeping well this novel will make you fall in love again. I’m serious! I fell in love with Julian, a heartthrob! **giggles**

Warning: The ending will make you want to ask for more but the second book will be released next year.

If in any case that you don’t believe me that this book is a good one well Fox bought the movie rights. 😀

Extra:

Julian: The Sailor boy and a lover boy  ♥ Ugh! Yes please! Be mine!

Scarlet: Somehow I hated her character because she has a lot of fears

Tella: You Prick! But I can’t wait to read yours soon

Legend: No comment. I want to say something but I might spoil some info. Read the book!

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Hunted by Meagan Spooner
Published by HarperTeen on March 14th 2017
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult

Rating: ★★★☆

Hunted-MSBeauty knows the Beast’s forest in her bones—and in her blood. Though she grew up with the city’s highest aristocrats, far from her father’s old lodge, she knows that the forest holds secrets and that her father is the only hunter who’s ever come close to discovering them.
So when her father loses his fortune and moves Yeva and her sisters back to the outskirts of town, Yeva is secretly relieved. Out in the wilderness, there’s no pressure to make idle chatter with vapid baronessas…or to submit to marrying a wealthy gentleman. But Yeva’s father’s misfortune may have cost him his mind, and when he goes missing in the woods, Yeva sets her sights on one prey: the creature he’d been obsessively tracking just before his disappearance.
Deaf to her sisters’ protests, Yeva hunts this strange Beast back into his own territory—a cursed valley, a ruined castle, and a world of creatures that Yeva’s only heard about in fairy tales. A world that can bring her ruin or salvation. Who will survive: the Beauty, or the Beast?

“Fairy tales are about lessons. Those who are virtuous and true are rewarded, while those who are wicked and greedy are punished.”
― Meagan Spooner

I was not aware that rain started pouring as I was lost for hours in deep reading trying to absorb those last few chapters of the book. Sadness crawled and childhood memory becomes clearer again. I grew up loving Beauty and the Beast, my all-time favorite of all fairy tales. I haven’t read any Beauty and the Beast retelling book but I must say that this is a good one. For me it was animated! I liked how she put some twists with some Russian fairy tale, In a place where I live we also have folklore that is very similar to this Russian fairy tale.

I will give this a rating of 3.5 stars. I liked it however it took forever for the story to pick up. The pacing was slow and I felt some details are missing in the story. I was asking myself when Yeva went to the Cave “Where did Doe-Eyes go?” Though I said it was slow I also felt that somehow the story itself was too fast. Do I make sense? I guess not. Lol. I wish she added some stories for Lemya and others characters. The ending was okay but I wanted more. I wanted it to be as magical and as romantic as Beauty and the Beast. It was just me, okay? Don’t get me wrong. 😀 I know how difficult to write a retelling book because of the pressure to meet the expectations of the readers.

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  • I did not like the castle, the description of it. I was expecting more enchanting castle
  • I did not understand why Beast kept on saying “We” when he is just alone
  • I love how Yeva loves her dog, Dog-eye 😀
  • It’s heartbreaking when Anenka and Lena waited for their sister and father to return but never did
  • This story is somehow sad

It may not be my favorite ending but I loved the lesson it conveyed. Often times it’s difficult to find contentment. We humans, we will always want more. We always keep looking for something great, losing the moon while counting the stars and losing ourselves in the process

Note: Pictures shown are all from google image.

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A Court of Wings and Ruin

Author: Sarah J. Maas
Genre: Fantasy,  New Adult,
Rating: ★★★★★

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Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.
Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.
As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

 

I admit that the only reason I read the ACOTAR was because I was literally bored. But as I started going through the pages I felt something, it was as if the bond snapped! I needed more. Curiosity began to rise the moment Feyre traded herself to Tamlin in exchange for the freedom of her family. It started from that part and now I love every bits of it. It’s soooo good! I’ve waited for so long for the third installment and it was worth it. I didn’t know how Sarah put it together but she did a pretty good job in wrapping this one. She gave me millions of heart attacks! Lol It was that good and now I can’t wait for next installment even though there was a part that I was worried… For Nesta

“I have no regrets in my life, but this. That we did not have time. That I did not have time with you, Nesta. I will find you in the next world – the next life. And we will have that time. I promise.”

 

I got some parts I did not like only because it was heart breaking to read. I wanted to be a character to save The Suriel, The Bone Carver and the human father. I even wanted to be Azriel’s partner! I was that attached when I was reading it. I had so many “if only I could” moments and for that I thank Sarah for creating such a wonderful piece, full of emotions and twists.

My favorite part/ best part was when Rhysand was trying to destruct Feyre.

I love you, he whispered into my mind.

The First Crack was healed.

Then the second.

“I tried to turn–

I love you, he said again

The third and final crack began to heal over.

I turned.

He looked like he was sleeping. But as I breathed in—

Wew! I’ll stop from there, but yes it was intense! 😦

Extra:

  • I read some reviews about Tamlin on this book but I still love him no matter what. I love Rhys too but Tamlin was my first love.
  • I loved how the author described Feyre’s gown, the one she wore for the meeting with the highlords. ( The gown from Starfall)
  • Velaris is such a nice place to live
  • Amren was so cool especially on the last chapter (I won’t spoil too much on this review)
  • Rhysand and Feyre are so sexy! This book is sexy! Bow.
  • Remember the vampire in Breaking Dawn? The one who betrayed the Cullens and went to Vulturi? I imagined Nesta’s face.
  • And I hate the Cauldron!

Over all I will still give ACOWAR five stars even though I felt something is missing or lacking perhaps? But since there will be a fourth book, what’s lacking might be revealed in the next chapter including Cassian’s and Nesta’s.

 

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NEVERWHERE

BY NEIL GAIMAN

REVIEWED BY EDEN

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370 pages

First Harper Mass Market Printing: March 2014

 

“When life gave you a taste of insanity, it would be hard to stay sane.”

 

 


Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that I really forced myself to finish, but turned out to be great in the end. London is the main setting of the book, but not the kind of London that all Londoners are made to know. There is what they called London Below, a dark place filled with dark creatures who are blinded by dark desires.

 

What’s killing the reading process is the fact that I have not been to London yet. There are references in the book that only people who have been to London can relate to. BOO-HOO. What’s fair is that nobody has been to London Below other than Gaiman, that’s why I really worked hard to come to the last page. Funny enough, I loved it.

 

The main character is Richard Mayhew. He has everything, a stable job, a fiancée and the good old London which he is starting to like just fine. Until. . .

 

Door, a wounded girl appeared in the streets one night. Richard has the strong urge to help the girl and ended up losing Jessica, his fiancée that night when he made up his mind and chose the Door. This changes everything. As Richard is getting more acquainted with the strange creature before him, the more informed he becomes to the danger that lurks around as long as he is with her. He first met Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, both equally vicious creatures who I might not be able to imagine if Gaiman didn’t use the fox and the wolf to describe them. They are after killing Door and Door is after finding out who the two works for. Richard could have forgotten everything, tell her sorry to Jessica and move on after sending Door safe to London Below. But. . .

 

Nobody can see Richard when he returned to London Above, not even when he tried to hail a cab more than once. He has now become one of the Londoners Below. He has saved Door in the past, but right now, not out of owing favors, he believed that he needs Door’s help.

 

I end the storytelling here. If you have not tried Gaiman yet, I suggest you start with Neverwhere. The adventures that Richard Mayhew experienced will both scare the life out of you and at the same time leave you wondering what really happens in the alternate world where they don’t have to pay taxes, or if there really is an alternate world.

 

What else awaits the readers aside from a girl who can open all kinds of doors, a sinister fox-like creature who has a good brain for killing, and a ruthless wolf-like creature who will eat just about anyone and anything? There are a lot that will surprise the readers, but the best one would probably the character that turned out to be the villain. Twisted plot, I should say.

Here is my favorite line in the book:

“And they set foot on Night’s Bridge and Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind. It slipped into his lungs, behind his eyes, into his mouth. . .”

 

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Disclaimer:
This is not the complete list, but the now-list. I change my mind as fast as the winds in Chicago and the publishers around the world sure know how to meet their deadlines. Nobody’s blaming anyone. HAHAHA. Series will be on a separate article. Not an affiliate of Barnes and Noble, yet.

Reality Check:

How am I doing so far? I’m doing a really good job in keeping a low profile at work so as not to raise unwanted attention, but I can’t say that I’m doing a good job at the actual work itself.   Great friends and great books keep my wheels turning. Really, where do I get a full-time reading job that pays fairly handsome to send my brother to college?

Fiction Update:

  • I’m currently reading And There Were None by Agatha Christie.
  • I’m obsessing over the series Riverdale on CW and I might do a review on it in the next few days here on Muggle Diaries.
  • I’m watching this K-drama called Secret Garden, where the girl and boy protagonist got their souls switched, Freaky Friday style.

So,

I recently found out that the largest retail bookseller in the United States has its own website where you can shop for books and get free shipping when your order exceeds $25 or PHP1250. Yes, I’m talking about Barnes & Noble. It used to be called Arthur Hinds & Company located in New York City. It has now over 638 stores in all of US.

In the Philippines, we only have Fully Booked, National Bookstore and Power Books as the major book resellers. Some books that were already read by American readers would still not land in our archipelago of 7107 islands until a few more months later. Sad story.

In this article I will include some books that I know in the deepest part of my reading nerves that I wish to buy, but also know that I will not be able to because they’re expensive. I will also include books that I still might end up buying because of the “I can’t help it” syndrome. Other books that will appear is mainly out of curiosity.

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In random order:

  1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult ($17.73 or PHP886.50 for Hardcover)http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/small-great-things-jodi-picoult/1123347697?ean=9780345544957#productInfoTabs

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Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

2. My Husband’s Wife: A Novel by Jane Corry ($15.91 or PHP795.50 in Hardcover)

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When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles ($16.52 or PHP826 in Hardcover/ $15.16 or PHP758 in Paperback)

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In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ($15.97 or PHP798.50 in Hardcover/ $9.53 or PHP476.50 in Paperback)

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In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

5. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian ($20.15 or PHP1007.50 in Hardcover/ $24.63 or PHP1231.50 in Paperback)

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When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?

6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy ($9.37 or PHP468.50 in Paperback)

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 The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the “treasurable moments” absent from his real life. But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a hare-brained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

7.  The Little Friend by Donna Tartt ($10.89 or PHP544.50 in Paperback)

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The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin’s sister Harriet—unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson—sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s history of loss.

8. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace ($11.25 or PHP562.50 in Paperback)

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Published when David Foster Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

9. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ( This item will be available on May 2, 2017/ $18.666 or PHP933 in Hardcover/ $18.01 or PHP900.50 in Paperback)

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A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

10. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller ($16.63 or PHP831.50 in Hardcover)

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Elle’sMost Anticipated Books by WomenA Most Anticipated Book atBuzzfeed, Goodreads, NYLON, Bustle,andReader’s DigestFrom the author of theaward-winning andword-of-mouth sensationOur Endless Numbered Dayscomes an exhilarating literary mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page.Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.
Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a passionate and troubled marriage.

11. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind ($21.71 or PHP1085.50 in Hardcover/ $10.43 or PHP521.50 in Paperback)

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In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy ($20.07 or PHp1003.50 in Hardcover or $9.52 or PHP476 in Paperback)

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A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

13. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz ($26.01 or pHP1300.50 in Hardcover/ $9.52 or PHP476 in Paperback)

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On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.

 

14. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ($9.49 or PHP474.50 in Paperback)

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It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now…everything has changed.

15. The Ex by Alafair Burke ($18.53 or PHP926.50 in Hardcover/ $15.99 or PHP799.50 in Paperback)

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Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

 Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

 For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

16. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley ($17.44 or PHP872 in Hardcover/ $10.16 or PHP508 in Paperback)

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Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

17. A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara ($24 or PHP1200 in Hardcover/ $10.11 or PHP505.50 in Paperback)

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When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

18. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ($9.79 orPHP489.50 in Paperback)

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Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

19.We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge ($16.63 or PHP831.50 in hardcover/ $15.95 or PHP797.50 in Paperback)

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The power of this shattering novel resides in Greenidge’s undeniable storytelling talents. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history’s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race.

20. Heartless by Marissa Meyer ($11.91 or PHP595.50 in Hardcover)

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Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

 

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After a long week, I found myself sitting in a coffee shop drinking my roasted coffee. That aroma? Hmmm it’s so addicting! I hear laughters, stories in different languages and grinding sound of coffee beans, which are all, seems luxury for me. It relaxes me a bit and makes me feel so blessed for that glorious moment and then I realized how I really love Coffee. Coffee is my partner in everything, whether I am sad, happy or just reading a book, a cup of coffee should always be in my right hand.

In times that I feel that life is giving me so much stress; I look for a quiet spot and allow myself to process. When I feel that my surrounding seems deafening, I order a hot cappuccino and let myself filter all the noise. It’s simple right? When things are getting complicated to deal with, it’s nice that a cup of coffee will always be available.

Aside from those, one of my favorite relaxations is indulging me with a face mask. And the best way to kill time while waiting for the magic to work, I make coffee. I sit in my veranda, legs up and sip my hot coffee. What about you? What is your favorite relaxation activity?