O’s Little Guide to Finding Your True Purpose: What’s Your Calling?

O’s Little Guide to Finding Your True Purpose will walk you through life’s challenging yet rewarding scenarios, and will quick-start your year.

Rooster Bar: The Other Side of Grisham

Others feel differently after reading The Rooster Bar because they are used to Grisham’s verve. Could this be because Grisham is re-inventing himself, and on the process change has become imminent?

Master of the Game: Differentiating Tips from Tricks

When Jamie left Scotland for Klipdrift, South Africa to find his fortune, he was swindled, leaving him nothing. His struggles to fight for what is due him, and to stay alive are simply heart-pounding and mind-blowing.

Universe of Us: Realism in Poetry

The many splendored things, the rare happy endings, the yin of the yang – do they ring a bell or they are phrases that simply make you jaded? While realism […]

Small Great Things: Learning How to Overcome Prejudices

Have you wondered whether the book you’ve picked and read could actually be written for you? Such that it appeals to your own amusement, enlightenment, and/or interest. Reading Small Great […]

Inferno: A Glimpse at Truth through the Eyes of Death

Set in Florence, Venice, with quick turn-around in the Philippines, and then in Istanbul, Dan Brown masterfully weaved his riveting Inferno. Remember Robert Langdon in Harris Tweed, including his Mickey […]

Brida: Rediscovering Spirituality, Keeping in Touch with Inner Self

“Are we there yet?” we might ask ourselves every now and then. In this generation when soul searching often leads us to crossroads, Paulo Coelho‘s Brida is a timely read. […]

Homo Deus: How We Face Death

“Do you want to die?” asked the priest in the beginning of his homily yesternight. On my way home, I remembered the series of quakes that hit the Metro in […]

Rogue Lawyer: A Face in A Million

Justice, fair trial, ethical standards. They are in the law and discussed in great details in the annotations. Whether the reader aspires to go to law school, a law student, […]

Oregon Kids: Honesty in Bright Colors

Johanna lost her pet rabbit. Would she still find it? Where “finder’s keepers” becomes a rule in the society (where you thrive), Bob Richley‘s The Oregon Kids: Runaway Whiskers is […]

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Mighty Blue: Warming Everyone’s Heart this Yuletide

Sparkling lights, glamorous trees, colorful wreaths, half-filled sock-shaped bags, peppermint-flavored candy canes, creative Nativity scenes. The many forms of gifts. Generally, they are for the kids. They are for those […]

Never Take Another Puff: How to Break-free from Nicotine Slavery

Why can’t smokers simply quit smoking? Granting they do, why do smokers relapse? Joel Spitzer’s Never Take Another Puff is an interesting guide towards understanding smoking, its impact to smokers […]

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Story Grid: Towards Holy Grail of Publishing

Writing is an art, which begins with the interest in words including their etymology and usage. Whether writing serves as hobby, profession or diversion, the fulfillment lies in crafting a […]

Salvage the Bones: Poetry and Reality in the Penumbra

Mischievous yet insightful. Raw yet incantatory. Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward dissects the overlapping of literary rhythm and brazen realities. It takes home the 2011 National Book Award. A […]

Passenger 19: Large-scale Conspiracy or Plain Hijacking?

TAC-Air Flight 223, which carries 21 passengers, a captain and two crew members, crashes in a jungle of Southern Colombia. However, two passengers listed on the manifest are missing. One […]

Everything We Keep: Getting Past Catharsis

When your wedding day turns out respects to a funeral, would you still believe in a happily ever after, known also as forever? Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale reconciles […]

Eyes On You: Who Did You Do Wrong?

The intuition that you are being followed, does it give you goosebumps? Where do you run when you realize you have a stalker, so ominous that he does not only […]

By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept: Becoming Godlike

Forgiveness. By the River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept. How do you forgive a remorseless person? For-give-ness. By the sound of its syllabication, what twinge or pang does it […]

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The Little Bookshop On The Seine: Moving Forward, Chasing Only Things Magnifique

Agoraphobic. Or simply introverted. Whatever keeps you between-four-walls, The Little Bookshop On The Seine shows that the world out there is amazingly vast. Rebecca Raisin makes the presentation so vibrant […]

The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck: A Giving Back to Oneself

Entitlement. Avenging oneself. These boil down to asserting a right, which the Constitution enshrined. By the way, are they worth your time, effort and energy? Mark Manson’s The Subtle Art […]