It’s been awhile since I last committed to reading. Really, Harry Potter is so 2006 when I think about it. And with work, starting on a new family, my neverending love for TV shows, reading has somehow been shelved – pun intended.
Since getting myself a Blackberry (courtesy of la wife), I’ve got no complaints thus far. I’ve been very active in Twitter (honestly, 7000 tweets in just a couple of months is like, ALOT, for someone who doesn’t talk so much). I’ve also been very obsessed with GetGlue, what with my obsession over series, music, movies and anything that moves on that beloved box we call the television.
But alot more positive words can be said of my dear 8250, after I discovered the Overdrive Media app.
It’s kinda like a library, only it’s in your phone. Currently, mine houses 67 of my most loved covers, ranging from sappy titles and tales of star-crossed lovers of Sparks, intellectual courtroom affairs of Grisham, heartwarming messages of Albom, the mythical worlds of Riordan and the list just goes on and on and on.
But this post is meant to focus on the two I’ve recently finished, The Fault in our Stars and Have a Little Faith. 🙂
THE FAULT IN OUR STARS – John Green
John Green perhaps, has written the most tear-jerking novel of the naughties.
The Fault in our Stars tells the story of Hazel and Augustus, two souls challenged by physically weak bodies but found love in the most unusual, most heartbreaking ways. This book intertwines psychology, literature and the arts, smart humor, and plain and simple love story to delve its readers into Hazel and Gus’ world, where an amputee and a girl with an oxygen tank could find love, and inspire many of it’s endless and infinite possibilities.
As Hazel puts it:
But, Gus, my love, I cannot tell you how thankful I am for our little infinity. I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You gave me a forever within the numbered days, and I’m grateful.”
HAVE A LITTLE FAITH – Mitch Albom
I’ve never been an Albom fan. I’ve heard about The Five People… and Tuesdays with Morrie, but being someone who doesn’t enjoy books that seem to dictate the rest of us on how to live our lives, I didn’t care to pick any of them.
And Have a Little Faith changed that. Now it seems, I am an Albom fan.
Have a Little Faith is a story based on the true lives of Albert Lewis, a Jewish rabbi and Pastor Henry Covington, a Protestant minister – two men of different religions, living seemingly opposite lives but with strange similarities; finding symbiosis, relationship, meaning and a stronger faith in a society divided by belief and religious differences.
It started with the rabbi asking the author, Albom, into writing his eulogy – thus started his (Albom) daily trips to the rabbi’s house, learning every piece of the rabbi’s life little by little, at the same time, unearthing life lessons and realization. One of them is:
“I think people expect too much from marriage today” he said. “They expect perfection. Every moment should be a bliss. That´s TV or movies. But that is not the human experience. Like Sarah says, twenty good minutes here, forty good minutes there, it adds up to something beautiful. The trick is when things aren´t so great, you don´t junk the whole thing. It´s okay to have an argument. It´s okay that the other one nudges you a little, bothers you a little. It´s part of being close to someone. But the joy you get from the sam closeness – when you watch your children, whan you wake up and smile at each other – that, as our tradition teaches us, is a blessing. People forget that. Why do they forget it? Because the word “commitment” has lost its meaning. I´m old enough to remember when it used to be positive. A committed person was someone to be admired. He was loyal and steady. Now a commitment is something you avoid. You don´t want to tie yourself down”
I am so looking forward into finishing his other two works, particularly Tuesdays with Morrie which I hear is all about optimism and hope. 🙂
Oh books! They truly do wondrous things. So why don’t you grab one and learn a thing or two today? Yes – today.