Quick review: A Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

A Modern CinderellaA Modern Cinderella by Louisa May Alcott

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It was a good book, don’t get me wrong and Alcott still managed to capture my heart with her literary wit. Is it as memorable as Little Women , or Jo’s Boys ? No. The stories in the book reminded me of the characters in the aforementioned texts but that was it. Perhaps it was because there were a number of stories compiled in one book, but those didn’t move me nor care about the characters as much as when the kids and the teachers were together. All I realized was to be a Modern Cinderella, one has to be as loyal and hardworking as Nan, as bright and witty as Debbie, and as caring and pure as Nelly.

I also have to admit that Dora’s story was cute.

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Reading Goal Achieved… with a little cheat

I updated my Goodreads after finishing L. Frank Baum’s The Sea Fairies and lo and behold, I managed to read 80 books, my target for 2017.

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But I will let you in on a little secret: seventy four of those were Japanese comic books.

I used to think that counting comic books as part of one’s reading challenge is cheating. Then again, I asked myself, at least I got to read volumes of comic books and finishing ONE PIECE from Volume 20 to 85 was already a difficult feat in itself that manga enthusiasts hardly take as a challenge.

As this is just the fifth month, most likely, I will still be able to read more impressive stuff and finish my TBR list. Who knows how many I will be able to finish at the end of the year? That’s part of the excitement, isn’t it?

I’m currently poring over :

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TBR 2017

tbr 2017These are the books I am definitely going to read after my Harry Potter and One Piece marathons–yep, I am not yet done and I am running out of excuses.

I know it is quite late compared to others who have already started their reading challenges this year but hey! We do have our own reading pace and styles *excuses excuses* so without further ado, here’s my TBR 2017 list.
FOUNTAINHEADThe book I have been postponing to read. Just the thickness of it intimidates me. Let’s not go to the font that is freakishly small. I remember buying the copy sometime in 2011… and after six years, I have just decided to include it in my TBR. I am not that intimidated, am I?
ANTHEM – Since the thick book is intimidating, I need to give Ann Raynd a chance by reading a much thinner book. I read from somewhere that this book also encapsulates her theory of Objectivism.
ATLAS SHRUGGED – When I saw its cover, I immediately fell in love. It has the same pattern as the other two! How cute was that! I thought it would complete my Ayn Raynd collection as I am not entirely into her but like Fountainhead, god! The font is too small.
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THE PERFECT STORM – I saw the movie and it still scares me from riding a ship. Life of Pi does the same thing only with a Richard Parker in it. i wonder if the book also does the same.
SPHERE– I am a big fan of Jurassic Park and although I don’t reread it as often as Harry Potter, I’ve read it at least five times and its sequel, The Lost World, three. I wonder if Michael Crichton could actually pull off another sci-fi novel without any dinosaur in it.
THE TWELVE DAYS OF DASH AND LILY – Syme of People Like Us gave me this book for Christmas and that time I was still in the middle of my recuperation and Harry Potter marathon so I couldn’t squeeze it in my 2016 TBR. This year, I intend to read it in December, too.
A BRIDGE BETWEEN US – I remember buying this when I was still teaching in high school. The summary reminded me of Amy Tan’s The Joy Luck Club and since my Japanese has been improving lately, I thought I should learn more about the culture from a different perspective.
INFERNO – This is one of the books I bought out of a whim after reading too many stories from Readers’ Digest. That said, I haven’t even started reading any part of the book.
THE DIARIES OF JANE SOMERS – Doris Lessing is known for The Golden Notebook but I’m quite sure that she is also popular because of her other works. The truth is, I haven’t gotten my hands on a copy of her known work so when I saw this book in 2012, I decided to buy it.
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SOPHIE’S WORLD – It has been a long time since I last read this book, I thought it might be a nice addition to my TBR.
The first quarter of the year is almost over and until now, I haven’t finished my marathons. The only books I managed to squeeze in were Fantastic Beast and Where to Find Them and Only Dull People are  Brilliant at Breakfast. Hopefully, I can start with any of these because, oh boy, this list is ambitious. lol
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A 30-Day Vacation (December 11, 2016-January 2016)

Here’s a summary of what I did during my long vacation, something many people -surprisingly- have been wanting to find out.

  1. Finished reading 3 books
    a) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (as part of my Harry Potter Marathon)
    b) The Subtle Knife (finally!)
    c) The Amber Spyglass
  2. Finished watching:
    a) Uncontrollably Fond, Korean Drama – 20 episodes
    b) W-Two Worlds, Korean Drama – 16 episodes
    c) Hitman Reborn, Japanese anime – 203 episodes
    d) Bleach, Japanese anime – 15 episodes
    e) Slam Dunk, Japanese anime – 101 episodes
    f) Pete’s Dragon, movie
    g) Kubo and the Two Strings, movie
    h) Maxsteel 2, movie
    i) Harry Potter Series, 8 movies
    j) Keeping up with the Joneses, movie
    k) 君の名は (Your Name), Japanese movie
    l) Kung Fu Panda 3, movie
    m) Passengers, movie
    n) One Piece GOLD, Japanese movie
  3. Finished ten product reviews
  4. Had a wonderful match against my archenemy, mental block

I have been convincing myself ever since that I was productive. XP

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2017 RESOLUTION BOOK TAG

AN: I hope to have improvements in my blog and myself this year. I haven’t made New Year’s Resolutions for some years now and this is a good time to start again. In addition, this is the very first book tag I have created 😎

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1. How many books do you promise to read? 

As usual, I am gonna go with 25. It’s a reachable goal for someone who has to go to work. Besides, for some reason, I haven’t been able to conquer that goal for sometime,

2. Which genre which isn’t your favorite will you try to read more?

Historical-biographical classics. When I was in the university, it was second nature for us to read classics, buy classics, and analyze classics but that resulted to me being revolted to them. I couldn’t help but associate them to grades, spot-on analysis and hard-to-please teachers. then again some classic fantasy novels ended up being my favorites. However, historical-biographical ones are still quite vapid for me-I repeat before I bruise someone’s ego, for me– and I find it difficult to look for an interesting one.

3. Which genre will you try to force on a friend?

Historical-biographical too so I can have a friend someone to share the frustration with.

4. What book/s will you take with you when traveling?

Most people I know bring light-reading materials like their favorite novels or comic books. I plan to take with me easy-recipe books this year. As I am not getting any younger, I want to learn as many dishes as I can because the ones I know I can count with my fingers. Also, it will be fun to search for local recipe books in different places. But that’ s a different story.

5. How often will you post book-reviews?

I intend to post book reviews once or twice a month. I have promised to do a lot of things for my blog and in its nature, it involves other things apart from books so I cannot do more often than that. Also, I might need to schedule posts again for that to work. Everything has to wait though because I am still in the middle of Harry Potter Marathon.

6. How often will you read book reviews? 

I read book reviews after I read and review novels myself. Since that is a factor, then following #5, once or twice a month.

7. What book-related activity/ event will you promise to participate in?

Going to public libraries will be great. For some reason, I noticed I wasn’t able to frequent libraries apart from my own recently. It will be fun to see any improvement in equipment and selection of books.

Book donation program. I remember visiting a library several years ago and the experience was terrible. Books were so scarce and outdated and I’m not so sure if the younger generation can find relevance there. These days, internet provides them the information they need and coffee shops give the perfect ambiance, but I still believe that the atmosphere in the library is different and it will be great if younger people can appreciate that. One good way to ensure it is fill libraries with better books.

Literary seminar. With my job, the chance of attending one is 5%. So I hope this year, I can go to one. Since this is a resolution tag, I will make it happen.

No doubt, you have a lot of resolutions in mind, but I’d like to keep mine to a minimum 😅 If you would like to participate in the tag, please feel free to do so and leave your links down below so I can also read your answers. Have a blessed 2017, everyone!

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My kind of Christmas Tree


According to my Goodreads account, I have read 16 books this year excluding the Harry Potter ones [which don’t count as I reread them every year, let’s not cheat]. If you’re going to ask me, I don’t think 16 books a year is good enough. Educators and learners alike must continue reading. For me as a writer, educator, and learner 16 books in 365 days is shameful. I cannot give myself an excuse that I am too busy because two books in one month is such an achievable goal 😭

I will promise yet again to read more books in 2017 to make up for the lost time. 

Btw, Fantasy Book recommendations, anyone? for 2017? Please suggest any except from:

a) vampires, zombies and werewolves

b) romance

Thank you 😘😍

December is Harry Potter Marathon Month

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My annual celebration of the excellence of the Harry Potter series;

…when I see Harry Potter movies everyday from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows.

…when I read the novels from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows. Most probably including the collection from the Hogwart’s Library but NOT the Cursed Child. Reasons are written here.

…when I isolate myself from the rest of the world to rest in the Wizarding one.