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Posted by inzomaniac on June 19, 2008

Books are the legacies that a great genius leaves to
mankind, which are delivered down from generation to
generation as presents to the posterity of those who are yet unborn,
~ Joseph Addison ~

one of the things that i usually do when i can’t sleep is to read books…

it seems to be a very effective way for me to relax my mind and doze off to sleep. but i suggest that you find a very good book that the time you’ve spent reading will be worth while…

the books i suggest for you to read are …


The book that makes the world dream

The Alchemist

When you want something, the whole Universe conspires to help you realize your dream.
Santiago, the hero of the novel, already forms part of a select gallery of illustrious characters and leads us through his story to experience a remarkable adventure.

“When I wrote The Alchemist, I was trying to understand the reason for the existence of life. Instead of writing a philosophical treatise, I decided to converse with the child inside my soul.

To my surprise, this child was living inside millions of people around the world. With this book I wanted to share with my readers the questions which, precisely because they don’t have an answer, make life a great adventure”. – Paulo Coelho


By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept

In all stories of love there is always something that moves us closer to eternity and the essence of life because the stories of love hold within all the secrets in the world.

But what happens when shyness prevents an adolescent love affair from developing? And what happens when, 11 years later, destiny brings the lovers together again? In the meantime, life has taught her to be strong and to hide her feelings. As for him, he is now a handsome spiritual teacher – with a reputation for performing miracles – who has turned to religion as a refuge from his inner conflicts.

Together they take a journey that is initially fraught with difficulty as blame and resentment resurface after years of being hidden. But by the River Piedra, in a small village in the French Pyrenees, they find a way to discuss many of life’s big questions and re-evaluate their won special relationship.

By The River Piedra
is a wonderful novel, with a poetic and transcendent narrative, that reflects all the mysteries of love and life.


Veronika Decides to Die

Veronika seems to have everything she could wish for. She goes to popular night spots, she meets and dates attractive young men and yet she’s not happy. Something is lacking in her life. That’s why, in the morning of 11th November 1997, Veronika Decides to Die. After taking an overdose, Veronika is told she has only a few days to live.

This story follows Veronika through these intense days as to her surprise, she finds herself drawn into the enclosed world of the local hospital she is staying in. In this heightened state she discovers things she has never really allowed herself to feel before: hatred, fear, curiosity, love – even sexual awakening. Her experiences lead her gradually to realise that every second of her existence is a choice between living and dying. Paulo Coelho’s new book is about those who do not fit into patterns considered normal by society. It is about madness and the need to find an alternative way of living for people who frequently have to face other people’s prejudices because they think in a different way.


Book Title: A B N K K B S N P L A Ko?!
Bob Ong

While trying to take the place of a virtual time machine, this suprisingly amusing literary-album takes the form of a centrifugal narrative piece and gives its readers the refreshing feeling of reminiscing the times of yore — way back when jeepney fare was P1.00, and when Nutri Bun was the talk of the entire elementary school community. A B N K K B S N P L A Ko?! is a hilarious chronological journey to our past lives as darn kids-students who saw life as a playground and not a battle arena, and who lived their lives day by day, one at a time. It is a fragile force that captivates the “child” within us, snowballing our own distant memories into a similar, candidly crafted biographical unfolding.

The book is a straightforward intra-narration of an ordinary kid as he spills out his detailed adventures from the grade school days up to his adolescent era. From tinderang teachers, trumpo, sipa, Game & Watch, recognition day and theater day bloopers to department store mischief, A B N K K B S N P L A Ko?! will surely give you a heartfelt laugh, or a tearful “back to the future” smile. It is perhaps the truthfulness and the simplicity in Bob Ong’s narration that brought out the extraordinary from what is seen to be as ordinary. His ability to elicit the “oh-gosh-it-happened-to-me-too!” feeling from his book tells us not only of his remarkable craft as a writer, but as your ordinary, everyday guy as well.


Mga Kwentong Barbero ni Bob Ong

Siguro alam mo na kung ano ang africhado, kung saan ang Ganges River sa Pilipinas, at kung bakit may mga taong umaakyat ng overpass pero hindi naman tumatawid. Pero alam mo na rin ba kung bakit sa ilalim ng overpass tumatawid ang mga Pilipino? Kung ano ang lasa ng Toning Water? Kung sino sila Ciriaco, Procopio, Espiridiona, Troadio, at Maxima? Kung paano makipagkaibigan sa mga bangaw? Kung ano ang nagpapaalat sa itlog na maalat? Kung ano ang alam ni Claire Danes na hindi mo alam? At kung bakit nagbabasa pa rin ang mga Pilipino kahit sabihan pang “Bawal Basahin ang Nakasulat Dito”?



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<. – – .> Ano’ng problema?
<%> Itatanong ko lang ho sana kung—
<. – – .> Ah, oo. Patay ka na. Hehe….
<%> Pero bakit…
<%> Kailan…
<%> Paano nangyari ‘yon?
<. – – .> Sandali…
<. – – .> ..
<. – – .> …
<. – – .> .
<. – – .> A-hah!
<. – – .> Ayon sa record mo, nagbasa ka ng libro.
<%> Ho?!?!
<. – – .> Oo… nagbasa ka nga ng libro.
<. – – .> Siguro nakatulog ka pagkatapos magbasa…
<. – – .> nakalimutan mong nasa tuktok ka ng flag pole.
<%> Hindi ho!
<. – – .> O baka naman nakasandal ka sa isang pader,
<. – – .> tapos naipasok mo ang daliri mo sa isang electrical outlet.
<%> Hindi rin ho!
<. – – .> Aba eh wag mo na kong pahulain.
<. – – .> Ikaw ang namatay, dapat alam mo kung bakit at paano.
<%> Kaya nga ho ako nagtatanong e.
<. – – .> Sandali… may naisip ako….
<. – – .> Ano’ng libro ba ang binasa mo?
<. – – .> Hindi kaya isa ka rin sa mga nagbasa ng paboritong libro ni hudas?
<%> Oo nga ho…
<. – – .> Bulls eye!!!


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