General, On Writing

Books Recommendations

Okay, so I’m back with another random list. But I don’t think it’s WAY over, considering how I claimed to be a reader, right? So here goes my list, LOL!

Mitch Albom

Louisa May Alcott

  • Little Women

Donna Andrews

  • The Turing Hopper series

Jane Austen

  • Pride & Prejudice

Carrie Bebris

  • Pride and Prescience

Dan Brown

  • Angels & Demons

Ian Caldwell and Dustin Thomason

  • The Rule of Four

Elizabeth Chandler

  • Dark Secrets #1 – Legacy of Lies
  • Dark Secrets #2 – Don’t Tell
  • Dark Secrets #3 – No Time To Die
  • Dark Secrets #4 – The Deep End of Fear
  • Dark Secrets #5 – The Back Door of Midnight

Charles Dickens

  • A Tale of Two Cities

Alexandre Dumas

  • The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The Three Musketeers

E. M. Goldman

  • The Night Room – I don’t know how many times I’ve read this book. But love it! Sci-fi with a mix of mystery, not to mention high school obnoxiousness. It’s a riot if you think about it with some people’s interactions. Some parts are tragic, but overall, an enjoyable, witty story.

John Grisham

  • The Rainmaker

Margaret Peterson Haddix

  • Because of Anya
  • Claim To Fame
  • Dexter the Tough
  • Double Identity
  • Escape From Memory
  • Game Changer
  • Takeoffs and Landings
  • The Always War
  • The House on the Gulf
  • The Shadow Children series
  • Turnabout
  • Uprising

Sébastien Japrisot

  • A Very Long Engagement
  • Trap for Cinderella

Stephen King

  • On Writing
  • Secret Window
  • The Green Mile

Barbara Kingsolver

  • The Bean Trees
  • Pigs in Heaven

John Knowles

  • A Separate Peace

Lurlene McDaniel

  • My Secret Boyfriend
  • One Wish Foundation series
  • The Time Capsule

Rodman Philbrick

  • Freak the Mighty
  • Max the Mighty

Erich Maria Remarque

  • All Quiet on the Western Front

Rick Riordan

  • Percy Jackson and the Olympians
  • The Heroes of the Olympus

Nicholas Sparks

  • A Bend in the Road
  • A Walk To Remember
  • Message in a Bottle
  • The Guardian
  • Three Weeks with My Brother

J. R. R. Tolkien

  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

*This post will be updated from time to time.


The Always War by Margaret Peterson Haddix

So I finally went back to reading books. YES, I rarely collect the actual books anymore, except for one or two authors whom I find worth it. NOT that I think less of the digital format since it’s convenient and all. Yet sometimes I find it quite annoying when I’m at chapter 25 and want to flip back to read some past details and have it right there at the same time as I struggle with some clues, etc.
Anyway, to get back to the book, it’s not really my favorite but I must admit, it’s quite intriguing and suspenseful–as most of her books are. This book goes into great length of describing the effects of war (obviously given the title) and contains the typical formula of needing heroes to step up and defend humanity against extinction by restoring peace all around. It sounds mushy to death with my lame description, but there’s a message within the book that extends beyond being a hero or heroine or about fame (i.e. the one who did it). The message that is being sent here is about courage to accepting the truth and also perseverance to keep going regardless of obstacles. Not to mention how if we’re not careful, we could reach that point one day. An exaggeration or an attempt to spread fear (or otherwise silly)–one might think, but think about it. All these wars/battles/or other debates that’s stirring around just for greed, power, or just plain wanting to be right will eventually destroy us one day. Like anyone’s going to stop because just given little examples of how people respond to certain “small” issues and we have enough to start a side battle, even with the little daily life stuffs. So imagine the bigger issues that could not be resolved with just some mature discussion to reach a level where everyone could live with. It’s just about “all or nothing” in cases like this. No compromises.
Not recommended for those who don’t want to read a “too morbid” book. Might be a quick read for just little heads-up or whatever. Sure, there’s hope at the end of that story and there’s hope and all. BUT the aftermath of war is just crazier. And the reality is, if anyone has been through a war, like literally have their hometown destroyed and have to seek shelter elsewhere that you would never feel like “home” again–and could never shake that “dependent” feeling off, that’s where the “aftermath” comes in. That’s the difference between the people in the story still being able to rebuild their home versus having to evacuate or emigrate elsewhere.
*Image above was snapped by DTLCT