On My Bedside Table: 2015 READS

Before I go start another book for the year 2016, let me share with you the books that I read last year. Initially, my goal was to read ...

Before I go start another book for the year 2016, let me share with you the books that I read last year. Initially, my goal was to read 30 books but because of work and other kinds of disturbance, I was only able to read 21 books. Boo!

This year, in anticipation of yet another busy days, I promised myself to read at least 25 books. As early as now, I’m already crossing my fingers so that I won’t be swayed by distractions for me to meet that goal.

In case you also have a reading challenge this year or you just want to indulge in literature and romance and other unearthly awesomeness books can bring and you have no idea yet as to what books to read, you might want to try these books!

Lucky by Alice Sebold
Put yourself in the shoes of a trauma victim as you read an honest memoir of Alice Sebold where she revealed how her life was completely transformed when, as an 18 year old college freshman, she was brutally raped and beaten in a park near their campus.

"You save yourself or you remain unsaved."

Whisper on the Wind by Maureen Lang
A Christian fiction and historical novel that took place in Germany occupied Brussels at the height of World War I. It showed the struggles of the time period, the reliance on their faith of the people and the horrors of war in an occupied country.

“...it reminded me of the blood that runs through me, blessed and chosen by God to survive all and whatever comes my way. I remember when I hold it that I have the strength of the Lord on my side, and I can survive... All and whatever.”

Passing into Light by Sharon Ewell Foster
This story, told through the life of a grieving single parent, shows how we can recover from past failures and find our way to sustained love and joy.

“Maybe your staying focused on your plan is not part of God’s plan.” 

The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Southern society girl Skeeter dreams of being a writer. In the hopes of being one, she came up with the idea to write a book that will reveal the injustice that the black women who spent their lives taking care of prominent white families experience.

“Ever morning, until you dead in the ground, you gone have to make this decision. You gone have to ask yourself, "Am I gone believe what them fools say about me today?”

The Red House by Mark Haddon
The Red House is a story about an extended family that spent their first holiday together in a rural cottage. Being together for a week starts to show the cracks in everyone’s relationship and exposes just how dysfunctional the family really is.

“It wasn't about believing this or that, it wasn't even about good and evil and right and wrong, it was about finding the strength to bear the discomfort that came with being in the world.”

A Spot of Bother by Mark Haddon
A Spot of Bother is a novel that shows an entertaining picture of an unhappy English family who continuously fall apart and come together.

“And it occurred to him that there were two parts to being a better person. One part was thinking about other people. The other part was not giving a toss what other people thought.” 

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins
Anna’s father decides to send her to a boarding school in Paris for her senior year. Despite being less than thrilled about her father’s doing, she met some cool new people, including the handsome √Čtienne St. Clair, who quickly becomes her best friend. Unfortunately, he's taken —and Anna is too.

“For the two of us, home isn't a place. It is a person. And we are finally home.” 

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
The story revolves around Lola Nolan who’s an aspiring costume designer who loves outrageous, sparkly and fun outfits. Everything’s close to perfect in her life — she has a rocker boyfriend and two supportive dads — until the Bell twins, Calliope and Cricket, return to the neighborhood.

“I don't believe in fashion. I believe in costume. Life is too short to be same person every day.”

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins
Isla Martin has had a crush to Josh Wasserstein since forever. Since she is shy and rather not talk to him during classes, the crush remained as crush. Not until before their senior year as he met him accidently at Manhattan, romance might be closer to her than she imagined.


Her Fearful Symmetry by Audrey Niffenegger
Her Fearful Symmetry tells a story about love and identity, about secrets and sisterhood, and about the tenacity of life--even after death.

“There are several ways to react to being lost. One is to panic: this was usually Valentina's first impulse. Another is to abandon yourself to lostness, to allow the fact that you've misplaced yourself to change the way you experience the world.”

A Wild Sheep Chase by Haruki Murakami
A Wild Sheep Chase is a trippy tale with a mix of detective story, myth, fantasy and philosophy. Though it can be enjoyed simply, it will have your brain churning and fingers tapping with nervous energy.

“Body cells replace themselves every month. Even at this very moment. Most everything you think you know about me is nothing more than memories.”

A Place Called Here by Cecelia Ahern
This book shows an interesting premise about where missing objects go — from mittens, to socks up to people. As a kid, Sandy Shortt developed her penchant for missing things and missing people. Hence, she became an investigator. One day, in the middle of looking for a missing person, she goes missing herself and discovered a world she never knew existed.

“I can only assume that there’s only one thing more frustrating than not being able to find someone, and that’s not being found. I would want someone to find me, more than anything.”

Blaze by Stephen King
Blaze is a flawed but easy to sympathize tragic hero who whose life is driven by unfortunate events. Most of the time, he doesn't really know what he is doing, but thinks he is doing it for the best.

“He was going to make this happen. His feet and his head was set, and when he got that way, he always did what he said he was going to do. It was his pride. The only one he had.”

Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover
Maybe Someday is a book you feel — with every heartbeat you feel like you're there experiencing the story. It is a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.

“Sometimes in life, we need a few bad days in order to keep the good ones in perspective.”

To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Sixteen year old daydreamer Lara Jean has written love letters to all the boys she has ever had crushes on. These are not typical love letters but are more like goodbye letters that help Lara Jean have some closure over the boys that broke her heart. One day, the letters were sent to the boys without her knowledge causing confrontation from all her past crushes.

“Do you think there's a difference? Between belonging with and belonging to?”

P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han
She fell in love with Peter after making a deal that they will just pretend to be in a relationship. In this charming sequel to To All the Boys I've Loved Before, you will see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean.

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.”

This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Told in a refreshingly genuine and laugh-out-loud funny voice, This Song Will Save Your Life is an enthusiastic novel about identity, friendship, and the power of music to bring people together.

“That's the problem with life. You never get enough time to stare at your ceiling and try to figure out what's going on.”

The Girl on the Landing by Paul Torday
Paul Torday explores the degeneration of the the mind so well - as Michael stops taking his anti-psychotic medication he slowly and certainly slips back into the grip of schizophrenia. The end of his medication was the start of a one psychological thriller that will put you on the edge of your seat.

”You think you know someone – but you never really do.”

Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith
This is a "happened in one night" story about a pair of high school sweethearts trying to decide if they should stay together or break up on the night before they head to college on opposite coasts. They agree to spend that night talking and revisiting sites that were important in their two year relationship.

“Maybe the world isn't full of signs so much as it's full of people trying to use whatever evidence they can find to convince themselves of what they hope to be true.”

Landline by Rainbow Rowell
Landline is a wonderfully romantic journey that makes you stop and remember why you chose this life for yourself in the first place. May it be a marriage, a career, a hometown; you chose it for a reason. You were happy, maybe even passionate about these decisions once, but when things are hard it's sometimes difficult to remember why.

“I love you more than I hate everything else.”

This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen
This Lullaby is a story about Remy, a girl who doesn't believe in love because she witnessed her mother getting divorced way too many times. One ordinary day, someone came up to her and said that they are meant to be together.

“I am coming to terms with the fact that loving someone requires a leap of faith, and that a soft landing is never guaranteed.”

How about you? What were your reads last 2015?

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  1. Nice list of books.. Would like to read a book but i usually content myself with ebook. Anyway I'll try to list my reads this year. This is such a good idea! ����

    1. Try Goodreads.com, Ma'am Kath so you can keep track of your reads po. :)



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