When disaster strikes...
I can’t even express how glad I am that for the second day this week, the sun is high up in the sky. If some of you have been living under a rock this past week, you’ll be surprised to know that monsoon rains have been continuously pounding on the Philippine rooftops, in what seemed to be a replay of the deadly Ondoy typhoon. Lazy-ass students have also been rejoicing for classes were suspended the whole week but I personally preferred to be in school rather than stuck at home, watching unfortunate news updates on the telly. I also gained a whopping thousand tweets from all the retweeting and updating since that was all I could do, being trapped in the house since our village also suffered from the flood. Thank God though that everything’s back to normal now…well, at home at least—other areas are still submerged but hopefully water’ll subside by the end of the day.
Since I’ve been sort of helpless this week, being sick and trapped, I chose to take a break from the chaos and hole up in my room with my beloved books. It’s been a while since I’ve cracked open a spine and I thought it was about time. So here’s what I read:
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
I must say thick books pose as a challenge for me because I find it hard to finish a book in one sitting but I quite enjoyed the story, the magical realism. I’ve never experienced going to a circus, other than watching the pricey but jaw-dropping Cirque de Soleil shows whenever they go here, but this book just constantly kept my imagination running. The love story between the two main characters is also not one to miss.
All Rivers Flow to the Sea by Alison McGhee
Oh gosh I don’t even know where to start. This was such a short but awesome read! I rarely find amazing reads in sales but I’m just so glad I impulsively picked this up months ago from National Bookstore’s bargain books.
(What can I say? Best 99 pesos I’ve ever spent!)
So anyway it’s about this girl Rose, who was in an accident with her older sister Ivy. Rose survives but unfortunately the crash leaves Ivy in a coma. The story centers around Rose, and how she struggles with her grief. It’s heart-rending, really. Of course YA novels aren’t complete without the comforting high school boys. Damn it I loved the boy in this novel. I won’t name him and I’ll leave it to you to find out who he is. I assure you though that you’ll surely fall in love with him.