Thursday, November 27, 2008

The Beach by Alex Garland

When I bought this book, what caught my attention was the fact that it is a story regarding  backpacking in Asia. I am somewhat of a traveler and a backpacker myself so it got me very interested. After several pages, my husband mentioned that it is the same story as the movie of the same title starred by Leonardo DiCaprio. I did watch that film ages ago and all I remember was this sexy beach scene Leo had with a very beautiful French actress. So that pretty much hyped my excitement to finish this book. As it turned out, it's not just about the thrill of  backpacking in Asia. It was way, way more than that.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

20,000 Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

It was after I watched the film, Journey to the Center of the Earth, that I bought this book from Powerbooks. I was actually looking for the book version of the movie. The sales lady said that they were out of stock. So I browsed through the other works of Jules Verne and  this one was the book that got my attention. 

The story is all about the journey of Captain Nemo into the unexplored parts of the ocean all over the world. It all started when his ship, the Nautilus, was thought to be a humongous sea creature that has been causing other ships to sink. The government has tasked experts to take on a major project of bringing down this so-called sea monster. Ned Land, a famous harpooner of whales was called to attention, as well as Monsieur Pierre Arronax, a professor and scientist and his faithful assistant, Conseil. The day they found the Nautilus was the day that changed their lives forever.

Monday, November 10, 2008

The Chronicles of Narnia Book 3: The Horse & His Boy

It took me a while before I found the time to finish this book . And I never got to watch the movie, Prince Caspian,  either (which I promised myself before I embarked on the pages of its book version). Blame it on my busyness and what not. But don't worry, I still intend to finish all seven volumes of this well-known series. For now, let me tell you about the third book, The Horse and His Boy.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Power of Purpose by Richard J. Leider

This powerful book by Richard J. Leider is one great tool especially for people who feel like they have lost their purpose in life. Or maybe, they know what they're meant to do here on earth but for some reason, certain circumstances and situations just don't allow them to express who they really are and what they should really be doing. Instead,  they are consumed with busyness if only to fill that void left by their unfulfilled longing to do and be so much more than just another regular, ordinary person in this dog-eat-dog world most of us call life. 

Many times in my thirty years here on earth, I have felt that way. I still do from time to time and I give it my best shot to shrug off the feeling and replace it instead with hope and belief that I am meant to do something greater. This is the reason why after two years since I last read this, I am once again finding myself reading its words of wisdom every now and then, just to give me that extra push I need to pursue my life's purpose.