Dreaming Through Reading
It’s been a while since I last wrote my confession blog. I’ve been very busy with some stuff and now I'm back! Now, my last blog tackles about myself being somehow lost here in Bitlanders. If you are a newbie, then maybe you could give some time to read it. Just click here and I know you can relate to it.
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“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.”
― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!
Reading may not be the first thing that I learn but definitely reading is my first love. When I was a little kid; my father always bought lots of books and drawing materials and brought it when he went home from work for how many months. He bribed me with those irresistible things, including chocolates and the famous yogurt drink at that time – WAM. He was like an alien to me since I seldom saw him at home because of work. I was a little kid, take note.
Mama taught me how to read and write. By the time I was 1 year and 6 months old, I learn how to read and write my name and 2 years old for the alphabet sounds. My mother enrolled me in a Day Care Center at the age of 3. She then took teaching loads at a school that was 1 hour away from our home. So I was left in my grandmother and grandfather’s good hands. And lastly, I was 5 years old when I started to read the books my father bought. Whenever I saw words, I would read it and force my grandmother to listen to me.
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Our school's Library was my favorite place starting 4th Grade. I always borrowed 2 books and returned it three days after and by the time the school year ends; I would have two fully-booked borrowers card. The only thing that can’t be borrowed was the Almanac, Encyclopedia and other Hardbound Books similar to them. My parents kept on buying books if we have extra money.
In college, since I have three sisters already, those buying of books stopped and to be able to buy a book, I always save 20% of my daily allowance and if I'm hungry, I reduced it to 10%. Then, I would have to travel 2 hours to buy books in National Bookstore or FullyBooked.
“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of anything than of a book! -- When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”
― Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.”
― Marcus Tullius Cicero
Nothing really beats to the addicting smell of the paperback! Books are useful in many ways. It can be used as one of your hobbies as you would like to escape from reality. It can also be used as a medium for further information thus it helps us to gain knowledge. With that, I’ve listed the different types of books.
- Books that are for children.
- For your field of interest in such a way that this is a book that gives knowledge.
- Books that are either Fiction or Non-fiction. This belongs to the adult or young adult section.
GENRE I READ
I actually don’t have any restrictions. I read Almanac, Science facts, Science Encyclopedia, Encyclopedia, Bible Stories, History, Geography, Medical Books and a lot more. I even read Precious Hearts Romance and Wattpad Stories. As long as the synopsis is good and the plot heightens my curiosity, then I will read it. But still, I would like to enumerate my most read genre including the first book I’ve read in every genre. I'm not going to elaborate why I love the books that will be mentioned. Maybe I'll make another blog for that.
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Poetry (ancient Greek: ποιεω (poieo) = I create) is an art form in which human language is used for its aesthetic qualities in addition to, or instead of, its notional and semantic content. It consists largely of oral or literary works in which language is used in a manner that is felt by its user and audience to differ from ordinary prose.
Since 4th Grade until Senior days, we had this 6 English Magazines with poems on the first few pages. We are required to memorize and recite it and share what we understand. That was the trigger point of when I started loving poetry.
Sonnet XVIII by William Shakespeare
Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:
Sometime too hot the eye of heaven shines,
And often is his gold complexion dimmed,
And every fair from fair sometime declines,
By chance, or nature's changing course untrimmed:
But thy eternal summer shall not fade,
Nor lose possession of that fair thou ow'st,
Nor shall death brag thou wander'st in his shade,
When in eternal lines to time thou grow'st,
So long as men can breathe, or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.
You are writing an autobiography when you write your own life story. A writer who writes an autobiography is like a painter who paints a self-portrait.
I started reading an Autobiography in my junior days in High School. From then on, all autobiographies always catch my attention.
Diary of Anne Frank is written by herself and I really don’t know as to why other people considered this as a Biography. (If anyone here knows why others categorized it as a Biography, please let me now!) Now the Diary of Anne Frank is a very memorable story and book for me. Since this was the first book I bought using my savings. But then, we had an exchange of books with my friend and returned it to the rightful owner after a week. I returned to her the book I borrowed after but she didn’t return my Anne Frank because she was not yet finished. Then after a week again, she just said that she only borrowed Heidi!
A biography is an account of somebody's life written by somebody else, complete with details of the most important parts.
When Booksale in Gaisano Iligan was opened, I hoard lots books because the price starts at 5 Php (0.098 USD) Yes, that low! So that was then I found my favorite yet one of the most heartbreaking stories I’ve ever read.
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I actually forgot the title because, again, the book wasn’t returned to me! I also forgot the names even the authors so I did some research and in less than 15 minutes I found what I’ve been looking for – Perfect Victim. If you have a weak heart, I suggest you do not read this one! I tell you guys this is a very heartbreaking and a disgusting story of a young girl kidnapped and became a sex slave for seven years.
Mystery, Crime and Thriller Novel
A crime is committed—almost always a murder—and the action of the story is the solution to that crime: determining who did it and why, and obtaining some form of justice. The best mystery stories often explore man’s unique capacity for deceit—especially self-deceit—and demonstrate a humble respect for the limits of human understanding. This is usually considered the most cerebral (and least violent) of the suspense genres.
In this genre, the focus is on the contest of wills between the lawman hero and the outlaw opponent, and their differing views of morality and the aspects of society they represent. The greatest crime stories deal with a moral accounting on the part of the hero for his entire life or provide some new perspective on the tension between society and the individual.
Where mystery stories represent the most cerebral of the three major suspense genre, and crime stories the most dramatic, thrillers are typically the most emotional, focusing on the fear, doubt and dread of the hero as she faces some form of what Dean Koontz has deemed “terrible trouble.” This genre is a hybrid of mystery and horror. However, the thriller also shares a literary lineage with the epic and myth. Monsters, terror, and peril prevail.
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In addition to my exchange of books experience wherein Diary of Anne Frank was not returned, the book that I borrowed and returned was a thriller novel and that book was enough to make me realize that I need to read more of this thriller novel. Because of reading this genre, I was able to catch the attention of my English 4 Professor when I answered his questions regarding to crime scene and investigating. Our English 4 subject was all about poetry, short stories, and novels.
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So the book I was talking about, again, was the Bloodline by Sidney Sheldon. I was really pulled into the story that I always read it before going to bed for three straight nights.
Fantasy fiction is a genre of writing in which the plot could not happen in real life (as we know it, at least). Often, the plot involves magic or witchcraft and takes place on another planet or in another — undiscovered — dimension of this world.
I’m quite choosy in this genre. I seldom read fantasy but I still read multiple of books that belong to this category.
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The Red Queen Series by Victoria Aveyard was the first fantasy book I’ve read. It’s a trilogy and a combination of science fiction and dystopian. There’s a bit of a romance and this story is on my top list!!
The romance novel or romantic novel is the mass-market literary genre. Novels of this type of genre fiction place their primary focus on the relationship and romantic love between two people and must have an "emotionally satisfying and optimistic ending.
I don’t know when I started reading romance and what book I read first, maybe because that book doesn’t give much impression. But there’s one romance that really stuck in my head and I find it very cute. I also read Tagalog/Filipino Love Stories and Wattpad Stories!
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell tackles high school love and this young love successfully captivates my heart.
Inspirational fiction is fiction that focuses on religious values; it provides readers with content that is non-offensive and lacks explicit storylines. According to the Unabashed Librarian, inspirational fiction is "inspirational or faith-based fiction that covers a wide variety of genres from thrillers and romances to mysteries and "gentle reads". Generally, these are heartwarming stories of faithful people who are trying to live morally in the world and/or are overcoming adversity. The stories are simply told without the use of profanity, sensationalism, and violence". (Unabashed, 8)
If I'm a bit exhausted or sad, I read spiritual or inspirational books for my soul. Aside from the Bible and other religious/spiritual books, I have found an author that wrote an amazing and wonderful story, thanks to my friend yadeed15. She lent me her book and suggested another good and inspiring author.
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When I started reading The 5 People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom, I was really at my slow pace. Little did I know that my slow pace turned into a fast pace. I couldn’t stop reading. I almost highlighted those inspiring words or sentences. Thank goodness I was able to remember that it was not my book.
Mangas and Manhwas
Manga is Japanese black and white comic books with a reading orientation from right to left.
Manhwa is Korean colored comic books with a reading orientation from left to right.
This shall never be missed out on this blog! At first, I really don’t want to read this because I don’t want to spoil myself. I’ve had my One Piece marathon that made me collapsed for a couple of times because of my series of overnights. And there’s this one legendary anime as well that I want to watch but I think it would make me collapse again so I ended up reading the manga.
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Yes, it’s Naruto people. I haven’t watched the first episode up to the last but I’ve read the manga in less than a week. The latest chapter at that time was the Akatsuki is in the picture.
To end this blog, I will give you a short yet amazing reading experience. (I think?! HAHAHA)
I can’t sleep if I’m reading a good book. If I want to sleep over time then I need to read a novel on my phone or tablet. But, if I really want to sleep right away, I just have to read the first page of Chapter 1 of our book in Major entitled, Electronic Communications System By Wayne Tomasi. (Not kidding! This book is more powerful than TC7 by Leithold! Hahaha)
So how about you guys? Are you fond of reading books? What's your favorite book?
~ kneelyrac ~