Frustrated Bookworm (Huh?)

After exactly 11 months, I have finally finished reading William Golding’s “The Lord of the Flies”. My initial reaction?

“What were you thinking William Golding?!?! What the hell??”

I’m not kidding. That was my reaction when I got to the final two chapters. I can’t believe I let this book sit for almost a year.

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Well, that’s what always happen when I read a book… they sit for a very looong time! Don’t get me wrong, I like to read. Maybe it’s better to say that I like to read what other people are reading. Haha! I like to grab the next book that I heard good reviews about. But after buying them, they just add up to my number of books sitting, waiting to be read.

My problem is I easily lose interest of the book, especially when I got lost somewhere in the story. This usually happens when I am halfway through the book. I stop, for a very long time, then I get back to it and, hopefully, finish the book. There are some that I finished as fast as I can (mind you I am a very slow reader. Haha!) The ones that I enjoyed so much are Harper Lee’s “To Kill A Mockingbird”, William Young’s “The Shack” and Stieg Larsson’s The Girl Trilogy (The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Played With Fire, and The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest). I am still working on it and hopefully it will eventually be a part of my system.

So, after “The Lord of the Flies”, these are the books that I am planning to read next. I still can’t decide which one to read first so your suggestions are very much welcome!

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

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I’ve been hearing a lot about this book and hopefully this is going to be an easier read than The Lord of the Flies.

2. The Brothers Karamazov by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

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This is one of the hardest books I’ve read. Yes I’ve started reading this but I somehow got lost in at the last part of Book 1. And to think that there are 12 books on it excluding the Epilogue. Haha! But I’ve been wanting to read this book for the longest time so I won’t give up until I’ve finally read and finished it. Good luck to me!

3. 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

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I’ve never ready any of Murakami’s books and I think I have to start now. I chose 1Q84 since this is one of his latest and hopefully it wouldn’t be that hard to read. Hopefully.

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Must haves…

Last night, while waiting for the screening time of The Oxford Murders (As part of the Spanish Film Festival), I looked around MusicOne and Powerbooks for the CDs and Books that I can buy. I didn’t actually buy them, I just listed them down for the mean time until I have the “power” to buy them. Hehe. Do you think they are great buys or no?

1. Classical Heartbreakers (CD) – For the longest time now, I am meaning to buy a CD of classical music. Instrumental music are much better to listen to especially when I am working. Classical Heartbreakers is a two-disk compilation of soundtracks from movies like “Truly, Madly, Deeply”, “Somewhere In Time”, “The Hours”, “The Pianist”, “The GodFather”. “The Pianist”, “The English Patient”, and many more. Most, if not all, of these movies I haven’t really seen but I don’t think I will be disappointed. I forgot though how much it costs. Haha!

2. Into the Wild (DVD/Book) – The book is written by Jon Krakauer and the movie was directed by Sean Penn. I’m not really sure what made me curious about this movie (maybe something I read) but I am really looking forward to buy the DVD. BUt I also want to buy the book. Decisions, decisions. The book costs P835 while the DVD costs P375 (I think).

3. Angela’s Ashes, ‘Tis and Teacher Man (novels by Frank McCourt) – I always see Angela’s Ashes and ‘Tis in bookstores, even booksales and maybe that picked my curiosity to read them. A part of me is hesitant to buy it because I still have a lot of books in pile and adding three more might be exaggerating. Plus, I’m sure my mom will be psyched if she sees me bringing more and more books into the house. Haha! Decisions, desicions.

Coelho’s The Fifth Mountain

I had the chance of reading this book a week ago and it immediately became one of my favorites. Right now there are a number of books I’m struggling to finish reading but still I finished this one before everything else because I very much enjoyed readint it. Not to mention that it is relatively shorter than the others. Also, I just borrowed the book.Hehe.

During my reading, I thought of writing down some quotes from the book that I found striking, together with my neverending list of vocabulary words. Lol! I wanted to post the quotes, not the vocabulary words, that I have written. I just hope that, one way or another,something inside you will spark as you get to read each one of them. Here they go:

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The Fifth Mountain by Paulo CoelhoElijah to the Priest:
Do you see the Fifth Mountain? From whichever side you look, it appears different, though it is the same mountain. Thus it is with all of creation: many faces of the same God.

Commander to the Governor:
When we delay the harvest, the fruit rots. When we delay resolving problems, they continue to grow.

Elijah:
Love liberates.

Elijah to the Widow:
Learn something. At this moment, many people have stopped living. They do not become angry, nor cry out; they merely wait for time to pass. They did not accept the challenge of life, so life no longer challenges them. You are running the same risk; react, face life, but do not stop living.

Elijah about the Commander of the Army:
The greatest wisdom is blinded by the glare of vanity.

Elijah to the Widow:
It is not always easy to listen: in our prayers we always try to say where we have erred, and what we should like to happen to us. But the Lord already knows all of this, and sometimes asks us only to hear what the Universe is telling us. And be patient.

Elijah to the boy who fears to die:
That proves that you find joy in living. It’s normal to fear at certain moments.

Angel to Elijah:
The history of our ancestors seemeth to be full of the right men in the right places. Do not believe it: the Lord demandeth of people only that which is within the possibilities of each of them.

Angel to Elijah:
Though knowest that I am blind because mine eyes still retains the light of the Lord’s glory, I can perceive nothing else.

Elijah to a Woman:
If I stop to reflect on it, I’ll conclude I’m incapable of accomplishing my desire.

Elijah to the people of Akbar:
A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.

Elijah about having a Name:
The story had been transmitted from generation to generation so that no one would ever forget: sometimes it was necessary to struggle with God. Every human being at some time had tragedy enter his life; it might be the destruction of a city, the death of a son, an unapproved accusation, a sickness that left one lame forever. At that moment, God challenged one to confront Him and to answer His question: “Why dost though cling fast to an existence so short and so filled with suffering? What is the meaning of thy struggle?

The man who did not know how to answer this question would resign himself, while another, one who sought a meaning of existence, feeling that God had been unjust, would challenge his own destiny. It was at this moment that fire of a different type descended from the heavens – not the fore that kills but the kind that tears down ancient walls and imparts to each human being his true possibilities. Cowards never allow their hearts to blaze with this fire; all they desire is for the changed situation to quickly return to what it was before, so they can go on living their lives and thinking in their customary way. The brave, however, set afire that which was old and, at the cost of great internal suffering, abandon everything, including God and continue onward.

Only those men and women with the sacred flame in their hearts had the courage to confront Him. And they alone knew the path back to His love, for they understood that tragedy was not punishment but challenge.

The essential point was this: to have a name. When Jacob had answered, God had baptized him Israel. Each one has a name from birth but must learn to baptize his life with the word he has chosen to give meaning to that life.

Elijah to the people of Akbar:
Make whatever decision you wish but never forget one thing: all of you are much better than you believed.Paulo Coelho

Elijah to the boy:
He [God] must have tried other means before discovering that we were not listening to Him. We were too accustomed to our lives and no longer read His words.

Elijah to to the boy:
Elijah: Sadness does not last forever when we walk in the direction of that which we always desired.
Boy: Is it always necessary to leave?
Elijah: It’s always necessary to know when the stage of one’s life has ended. If you stubbornly cling to it after the end has passed, you lose the joy and meaning of the rest. And you risk being shaken to your senses by God.
Boy: The Lord is stern.
Elijah: Only with those He has chosen.

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I’m not sure if I got the who-said-what-to-who parts right. Haha! Anyway, I hope you enjoyed reading them. I’ll try to post some more quotes when I get to finish more books on my list. *prepares the pen and highlighter then stared on the bookshelves choosing what to read next*.

But here’s something I would like you to think about. Please read the one where Elijah said something about having a name. In there Jacob was named Israel. Elijah chose Liberation as his name. One man in the book chose Wisdom. How about you, what would your name be? Please try to leave a comment if you can. 🙂

P.S. I love what the angel said about being blind. How I pray that I can be blind like him, focused on nothing but the glory of God. *sigh*