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Not even a spilled coffee could spoil my excitement as I read Ender’s Game. A story set in a futuristic tale. The Earth has already exhausted its powers when they survived the second attack of the buggers, an insect-like alien that threatens the existence of the human race. Thus, the government plans in making an invincible army out of genetically modified children.

Ender, a six-year old kid, is one of the children who have been chosen to participate in the program. They studied science and mathematics at the battle school, a place that resides in outer space. Above all, they play the simulation game in the battle room. They are divided into armies and are scheduled to fight, armed laser guns and their wits. For several years, that was Ender living for and he knew he was good at it.

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Yesterday, I had the opportunity to buy books. This opportunity is seldom not to mention I had to travel at least 1 hour and 30 minutes to reach the nearest bookstore, excluding traffic.  I got interested reading last Christmas and I want to continue reading this summer. In total, I bought 9 books. This is already a big number for me since this is the first time I’m buying books, willingly.

So what is this post all about? Well, I’m going to list the books I got and why I chose them. My reasons are silly but I’m going to show you anyway, for the purpose of a blog post.  Here are they, in no particular order:

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Ma is kidnapped by Old Nick and was concealed in a secluded room. After two years, she gave birth to Jack. Despite the despair, Ma created a lovely world for Jack. In result, Jack regarded the room as a safe house rather than a prison. Room by Emma Donoghue is a story of a parent and child relationship amidst captivity and their adaptation to the environment.

The quirky voice of the exuberant Jack rings in the novel. The narration makes the novel funny and lively despite the dreadful reality. Emma retains this voice concrete and unified throughout the novel. The innocence is not stained with lust, pride and greed. This makes the novel completely pure.

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A few days ago or it might be a week ago, I read a book named Water For Elephants by Sarah Gruen. It is basically a love story but the setting is in the circus. Well, it was also in the time of Great Depression. I learned some things both educational and not-so educational. I thought to share it with you.

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The Bad Beginning is full of unfortunate events, as the series says. Even if there is a glimpse of happiness, it is rob immediately and replace with sorrow. The events start when Violet, Klaus and Sunny Baudelaire lost their parents. They are now orphans. They can’t acquire they’re fortune until Violet is of the right age. They are adopted by Count Olaf. Later he is found out to be a wicked man, who wants nothing for the Baudelaires but their money.

So far in my Summer Reading List, this is I enjoyed the most. I didn’t hold back while reading. The reason why I am engrossed on the story was the author’s writing style. I know it’s aimed for children but I find it effective. There was also a work of authenticity. Like when a word was a bit confusing, he will explain it elaborately:

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I have always wondered about circus. How life has been for the performers, for the workers and for the animals. Though our circus doesn’t travel by train and I haven’t also, I enjoyed how the book portrayed it. But be informed, this is not about circus. It is about a love story.

The Benzini Brothers Most Spectacular Show On Earth is at the brink of indefinite loss until Jacob appeared. He is an undergrad veterinarian at Cornell who was lost, both literally and figuratively, on his predicament. Jacob tames Rose, an Elephant, letting her perform tricks and obey commands. But on Jacob’s stay he falls in love with Marlena, the head animal trainer’s wife. Jacob is about to cross authority beyond his feelings.

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hunger games

Twenty-four tributes are thrown to an arena. They have to kill or they die.

I was reluctant to read this book. It was in the first person point of view and it had a female protagonist for a bloody adventure which made me believe that the book was filled with dramatic and whimsical scenes. However, the book reminded me, again, to shed my prejudice.

Katniss’, the protagonist, personality is firm like man. She is also capable of hunting long before the event began. She narrates mildly but will seize your eyes open within the first several pages. The narration was done effortlessly and seamlessly. For a moment you are in the past and you travel back without feeling disturb.

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the five people you meet in heaven.I don’t know if I would feel sorry or happy when Eddie died. He was a soldier. He was a maintenance worker. He neither led a good way life or a miserable one. He went to heaven and met five people. These persons explained something about his life that needed clarification and recognition. The book had really no deep conflict. But the reason that I turned its pages was the curiosity of who would he meet and what lesson would he learn.

I liked the author’s idea of heaven, though I beg to differ that mine is still better. In the book, you can choose any place to be heaven. You can look younger or older as you please. You can also watch memories back and forth. When you arrived you can’t talk for the purpose that you should first listen.

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This is my first summer reading a book. I planned reading in this vacation on a daily basis. Given the fact that I have no sense of taste and a bad habit of speculation, I have requested some of my friends to recommend me some of their favorite read. After some hours, I clapped my hands unto my head. There are so many of them, I said loudly, looking puzzled. The recommendations flooded from Clive Cussler to Suzanne Collins to Stephen King and any other best-selling books you can think of. They expected me to comment but I just gave a nod, all of them.

Most of them, if not all, are great. But I had to choose only 10 due to undesired circumstances. I was in dilemma. It was hard like choosing a present for a friend, who expects nothing less. I pondered and got a solution, which rarely happens due to my pea-sized brain. My basis for choosing them was not because of recommendation, okay maybe some of them are, but it’s book cover. I decided to read the first two chapters of the book. If by all means I am not hook to the story by then I will move to the next book on the list.

There are too many of them so I have only started the list up to 10.  Here they are:

1. THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

2.CATCHING FIRE by Suzanne Collins

3. MOCKING JAY by Suzanne Collins

4. FRANNY AND ZOOEY by J.D. Salinger

5. A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lemony Snicket

6. WATER FOR ELEPHANTS by Sara Gruen

7. BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak

8. PRIDE AND PREJUDICE by Jane Austen

9. 100 CUPBOARDS by N.D. Wilson

10. *GUNSLINGER by Stephen King 

*I didn’t like the Gunslinger but managed to finish it. I read it before I got the solution.

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