Janni likes to read

 

Poke in my wishlist here.

 

~~ 2017 ~~

 

1. Hector and the Secrets of Love

Plays with you then drops you badly in the ending… :/

Rating: 9/10

 

~~ 2016 ~~

 

29. The Unbearable Lightness of Being by Milan Kundera

Peak insanity. My type of lit — mystical and philosophical, reality distorted.

Rating: 9.1/10

 

28. The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Wonderful.

Rating: 8/10

 

27. The Metamorphosis by Franz Kafka

I depressingly love this short novel forever. I love Kafka and Kafka-esqueness. But those essays….. very wtf postmodern.

Rating: 7.9/10

 

26. The Count of Montecristo by Alexandre Dumas

Divine intervention. Capitalism. Revenge. Maximillian Morrel <3 Valentine. Suicide. Honor. Wait and hope!

Rating: 8.1/10

 

25. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Anti-alcoholically truly a scholarly lit. Some awkward narrations though (could have been my favorite classic).

Rating: 8.4/10

 

24. Tragic Theater by G.M. Coronel

Not really good but very informative on the tale of the Manila Film Center. And it has interesting/inspiring story elements that can make anyone a fan of exorcist stories.

Rating: 6.3/10

 

23. Dwellers by Eliza Victoria

It’s weirdly short. It could have been better if the concept of “Dwellers” was explored more. Bitin. :(

Rating: 6.9/10

 

22. iStatus Nation ni Joselito D. Delos Reyes

Di ko pa rin ma-gets kung bakit gagawing libro ang isang buong Facebook wall. Pera ba? Pera? Pera? Edi na-defeat din ang original purpose. Sana nagbasa na lang ako sa wall nya, tsaka as if naman lahat eh book-worthy.

Rating: 4.9/10

 

21. The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger

Instantly my favorite classic! Teaches us a lot about teenage angst, depression, and the path afterwards. Very linear and non-eventful but the words are bloody powerful. This book may help you get out of that darkness. This book will catch you.

Rating: 9.2/10

 

20. Hector and the Search for Happiness by Francois Lelord

Instantly in my top 10 books! This simple (yet not so simple) story packs a lot of lessons about happiness. Reminds me of Le Petit Prince.

Rating: 9.3/10

 

19. Mark Twain’s Weapons of Satire by Jim Zwick

Two things I begrudgingly learned: a) There are US anti-US imperialists, b) Emilio Aguinaldo > Andres Bonifacio, c) it is the fate of a 3rd world country to be played with by 1st and 2nd world ones. But I learned a lot about satire. I <3 Mark Twain.

Rating: 5.8/10

 

18. The Food Wars by Walden Bello

Academically sound. Revolutionary. Intellectually agitating. I have a short book review/synopsis written here.

Rating: 7.7/10

 

17. Wounded Little Gods by Eliza Victoria

A thrilling ride, page-turner, folk-rror, short novel.

Rating: 7.2/10

 

16. Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino? ni Bob Ong

Binasa ko to dahil naalala kong eto na lang ang Bob Ong book na di ko pa nababasa. Nairita ko sa Comic Sans na font. Pero in fairness, natuwa ako dahil nakita ko ang kahit papano’ng improvement ng Pilipinas mula sa kung pano ito criniticize ni Bob Ong 14 years ago.

Rating: 5/10

 

15. Crash by Carlos Malvar

Much improved [than Roles]. Much mature. [Will be] My secret guilty pleasure.

Rating: 7/10

 

14. The Color Purple by Alice Walker

Powerful writing style. A lovely tale of racial and gender discrimination. Must-read if you’re into social racism.

Rating: 7.9/10

 

13. Towards a Filipino Ideology by President Ferdinand E. Marcos

I wanted to understand. So I read.

Rating: 5.2/10

 

12. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Short stories that will surely leave you somber. I appreciate this alternative lit.

Rating: 6.4/10

 

11. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami

I really can’t tell what’s with the writing style (plus, it’s just translated) but the flow is just so real. There’s something with the words and events that make the novel really really exciting. It was a bit unclear though, too riddle-y unclear.

Rating: 9.4/10

 

10. By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paolo Coelho

Like a very short parable.

Rating: 7.2/10

 

9. Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Childishly scary. Creepily cute. But I still think Neil Gaiman is overrated.

Rating: 7.3/10

 

8. The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson

Forrest Gump from a different land, with greater stories worldwide. Comedy, adventure, amazing history book too. And I love the political bias!!! Haha.

Rating: 9.9/10

 

7. The God of Small Things by Arundhati Roy

The whole book’s like a chant… a modern Indian chant. The back-and-forth episodic storytelling depicts mysticism and haze.

Rating: 7.1/10

 

6. Four by Veronica Roth

This is not really a book. This is fan service. But it comes with the Divergent trilogy set soooo…

Rating: 6.4/10

 

5. Allegiant by Veronica Roth

I really didn’t expect the ending. But nevertheless all the wrapping up was a good finale. I find some plot details too contrived, however. Not too good but good enough for a YA story.

Rating: 7.4/10

 

4. Insurgent by Veronica Roth

The reason I read this trilogy is because of the dystopian aspect which got me intrigued. More explanations for my curiosity but I found the YA-ness a bit off, the story slightly draggy, and some twists unrealistic.

Rating: 7.3/10

 

3. Divergent by Veronica Roth

Breakthrough plot and convoluted world aside, the first person narration really bothered me. Something’s not right.

Rating: 7.7/10

 

2. I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban by Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb

She spoke of education, but she denounced all violence. Instead, she used words of love, peace, and hope. And she’s only 15. I think we can learn a lot from her.

Rating: 7/10

 

1. The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

Same with all other Mitch Albom books. Moralistic and moving. Filipina girl!!!

Rating: 8/10

 

~~ 2015 ~~

 

27. Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata ni Ricky Lee

Isang libro na binabagalan ko ang pagbabasa dahil ayokong matapos kagad ang excitement. Naiimagine ko syang movie tas si Vice Ganda si Amapola. Haha.

Rating: 8.7/10

 

26. Dekada ’70 ni Lualhati Bautista

Dapat required reading ‘to sa highschool, or kahit sa college. Nang maintindihan ng karamihan (lalo ng kasalukuyang burgis) kung ano ba ang Dekada ’70 at Martial Law.

Rating: 9.1/10

 

25. Ang Autobiografia ng Ibang Lady Gaga ni Jack Alvarez

Makulay. Madamdamin. Eye-opening. Salamat sa isang matapang na akda, Mr. Jack. Wow.

Rating: 7.3/10

 

24. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Painful. But the kind of pain that transforms you.

Rating: 9.7/10

 

23. Supremo ni Xi Zuq

Children’s book pero malalim at may saysay. Napapanahon ngayong palapit na ang eleksyon at sumisikat ang Filipino heroes.

Rating: 8.4/10

 

22. Roles ni Carlos Malvar

I like the details — many, many witty/chick-flicky details. Pero parang nasa dulo na ko, ang onti pa lang ng nangyayari.

Rating: 5.9/10

 

21. Anim na Sabado ng Beyblade at Iba Pang Sanaysay ni Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin

Mga pangkaraniwang kwento na di-pangkaraniwan ang pagkakwento. Sobrang bigat sa puso.

Rating: 8.1/10

 

20. Like the Flowing River by Paolo Coelho

The Daily Bread.

Rating: 7.6/10

 

19. The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Huhuhu . . . It was really easy to fall in love with this book ! A short, sweet story for children, but definitely not [just] for children. I surprisingly like this book waaay waay way more than I had imagined.

Rating: 9.8/10

 

18. Stardust by Neil Gaiman

At first I thought it was some space shit. But nooo it was faeries and stars and unicorns and witches and cool magical stuff.

Rating: 8.7/10

 

17. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

A bit too girly but everything else is nicely written. I like the (uniqueness of the) characters. And I like that it has a lot to do with writing. :)

Rating: 8.3/10

 

16. An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Best John Green book (for me). Maybe only a few would find this book very interesting… I’m included. Katherines > Alaska > Paper Towns > Will Grayson > Let It Snow > TFIOS.

Rating: 8.9/10

 

15. Si ni Bob Ong

Huhu. Medyo sumakit ulo ko. Bakit kasi kelangang may unique twist si Bob Ong sa bawat bagong libro nya???

Rating: 7.1/10

 

14. The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom

Typical Mitch Albom lessons of life, storified.

Rating: 8/10

 

13. Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Don’t judge a book by its cover. The title seems kiddy and the graphic’s too simple but the story’s intricate and the implications are relevant. I would’ve ranked this as my favorite book if it didn’t dwindle by the denouement.

Rating: 9.5/10

 

12. A Brief History of Time by Stephen Hawking

Ideas astounding yet simplistic then slowly getting more and more complex. Still, it’s a great narrative… a monumental recording of the knowledges of our time. Applause.

Rating: 9.1/10

 

11. Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Deep ahrt… lost in translation. Gabo stories are cavernously mystical.

Rating: 5.8/10

 

10. Wakasang Wasak ni Siege Malvar

Sakto lang. Madali basahin. Medyo weird ang pagkasulat pero honestly, page-flipping.

Rating: 6.6/10

 

9. Para sa Hopeless Romantic ni Marcelo Santos III

Sobrang jej pero entertaining pa rin kahit papano. Less sakit ng ulo kaysa Para sa Broken Hearted.

Rating: 6.7/10

 

8. Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw ni Eros Atalia

Sobrang ganda ng librong to. Sa sobrang ganda, tatlong gabi ko lang binasa. Three thumbs up.

Rating: 9.1/10

 

7. For One More Day by Mitch Albom

Very short read. But it almost got me crying. :'(

Rating: 8/10

 

6. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

Hides a lot beneath the book cover. Heavy plot and grotesque story-telling.

Rating: 9.6/10

 

5. Gathering Blue by Lois Lowry

Lacking an exciting plot and that Lois Lowry philosophical insights, but still a curiosity-piquing read.

Rating: 7/10

 

4. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

Points for creativity. Misgivings. Transient. Whet.

Rating: 6.7/10

 

3. One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Gabo is sick. This book is full of the weirdest themes all laid out in a magically sweet narration.

Rating: 7.2/10

 

2. Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

God. This is a very good book I’ve just read. I admire Rainbow Rowell’s writing style — detailed but metaphorical, sensual but sentimental.

Rating: 9/10

 

1. Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle

John Green (frankly the most famous here) always writes weirdly. But I like the book. I like the intertwinement.

Rating: 7.7/10

 

~~ 2014 ~~

 

13. I Kissed Dating Goodbye by Joshua Harris

Main take-away: LANDI RESPONSIBLY. Para sa mga lost dyan, basahin ang book na to. ;)

Rating: 6.1/10

 

12. Para sa Broken Hearted ni Marcelo Santos III

Hahahahahahaha. Binasa ko out of curiousity. Pero eventually, amidst all the typo’s and wrong-grammar’s and kacornyhan’s, naappreciate ko kahit papano. I like the line in the last page of your book. I understand your fan’s club. :’)

Rating: 6.7/10

 

11. Messenger by Lois Lowry

Another simple yet thought-provoking narration by the giver.

Rating: 7.5/10

 

10. Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Way more than your typical American chick flick.

Rating: 8.4/10

 

9. Slumdog Millionaire by Vikas Swarup

The movie is good (Rotten Tomatoes: 94%) but the book is x100000 better!!! Each chapter will bring you to laughter then to tears then to laughter then to tears. Then to reality. Skjsdlgjlsdjglsgls.

Rating: 10/10

 

8. The Solitaire Mystery by Jostein Gaarder

Yes, I had to read another Gaarder book.

Rating: 8/10

 

7. Life of Pi by Yann Martel

The plot is very simple. But the words are eternal.

Rating: 8.8/10

 

6. Sophie’s World by Jostein Gaarder

Almost perfect!!! An entertaining run-through of philosophy.

Rating: 9.9/10

 

5. Mga Angst ng Isang Di-Mahayapang Gatang ni Resty Mendoza Cena

Idol!!! Pero mas nais ko ang contemporary kaysa kontemporaryo.

Rating: 5.9/10

 

4. The Giver by Lois Lowry

Vague and simple. Black and white yet mind-opening.

Rating: 8.5/10

 

3. Veronika Decides to Die by Paolo Coelho

Read it bcoz suicide. It can get a little depressing but Paolo Coelho embodies life and appreciation.

Rating: 8.2/10

 

2. The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

Read it bcoz bipolar. Worth the time-a-diggin’.

Rating: 6.9/10

 

1. Choke by Sian Beilock

No, not by Chuck Palahniuk. Academic = draggy + repetitive.

Rating: 5.6/10

 

Ranked:

TITLE AUTHOR RATING
Slumdog Millionaire Vikas Swarup 10
Sophie’s World Jostein Gaarder 9.9
The 100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared Jonas Jonasson 9.9
The Little Prince Antoine De Saint-Exupery 9.8
A Thousand Splendid Suns Khaled Hosseini 9.7
The Kite Runner Khaled Hosseini 9.6
Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore Robin Sloan 9.4
Hector and the Search for Happiness Francois Lelord 9.3
Kafka on the Shore Haruki Murakami 9.3
The Catcher in the Rye J.D. Salinger 9.2
A Brief History of Time Stephen Hawking 9.2
Dekada ’70 Lualhati Bautista 9.1
Tatlong Gabi, Tatlong Araw Eros Atalia 9.1
Eleanor & Park Rainbow Rowell 9
An Abundance of Katherines John Green 8.9
Life of Pi Yann Martel 8.8
Stardust Neil Gaiman 8.7
Si Amapola sa 65 na Kabanata Ricky Lee 8.7
The Giver Lois Lowry 8.5
To Kill A Mockingbird Harper Lee 8.4
Attachments Rainbow Rowell 8.4
Supremo Xi Zuq 8.4
Fangirl Rainbow Rowell 8.3
Veronika Decides to Die Paulo Coelho 8.2
Anim na Sabado ng Beyblade at Iba Pang Sanaysay Ferdinand Pisigan Jarin 8.1
The Count of Monte Cristo Alexandre Dumas 8.1
For One More Day Mitch Albom 8
The Time Keeper Mitch Albom 8
The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto Mitch Albom 8
The Five People You Meet In Heaven Mitch Albom 8
Solitaire Mystery Jostein Gaarder 8
The Metamorphosis Franz Kafka 7.9
The Color Purple Alice Walker 7.9
The History of Love Nicole Krauss 7.9
Let it Snow John Green, Maureen Johnson, Lauren Myracle 7.7
Divergent Veronica Roth 7.7
Like the Flowing River Paulo Coelho 7.6
Messenger Lois Lowry 7.5
Allegiant Veronica Roth 7.4
Coraline Neil Gaiman 7.3
Insurgent Veronica Roth 7.3
Ang Autobiografia ng Ibang Lady Gaga Jack Alvarez 7.3
The Food Wars Walden Bello 7.3
One Hundred Years of Solitude Gabriel Garcia Marquez 7.2
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept Paulo Coelho 7.2
Wounded Little Gods Eliza Victoria 7.2
The God of Small Things Arundhati Roy 7.1
Si Bob Ong 7.1
Gathering Blue Lois Lowry 7.1
I am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban Malala Yousafzai and Christina Lamb 7
Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde Robert Louis Stevenson 6.9
Dwellers Eliza Victoria 6.9
Crash Carlos Malvar 6.9
The Lover’s Dictionary David Levithan 6.7
Para sa Hopeless Romantic Marcelo Santos III 6.7
Para sa Broken Hearted Marcelo Santos III 6.7
Wakasang Wasak Siege Malvar 6.6
What We Talk About When We Talk About Love Raymond Carver 6.4
Four Veronica Roth 6.4
Tragic Theater G.M. Coronel 6.3
I Kissed Dating Goodbye Joshua Harris 6.1
Roles Carlos Malvar 5.9
Mga Angst ng Isang Di-Mahayapang Gatang Resty Mendoza Cena 5.9
Chronicle of a Death Foretold Gabriel Garcia Marquez 5.8
Mark Twain’s Weapons of Satire Jim Zwick 5.8
Choke Sian Beilock 5.6
Towards a Filipino Ideology President Ferdinand E. Marcos 5.2
Bakit Baliktad Magbasa ng Libro ang mga Pilipino? Bob Ong 5
iStatus Nation Joselito D. Delos Reyes 4.9

 

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