Book Haul: February 2016 (Part 1)


Considering that it’s February, and it’s my birth month, I decided to make this month an exception in my book-haul-ban. I purchased some books I’ve read before in e-book or pdf, and some books I really never considered reading until now.

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Okay, so I bought Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, both by Jane Austen, because I am doing a bucket list 2016 and one of the things I listed is to read at least 3 classic novels. A little secret- I’m not really a fan of classic books, and considering that I need to tick off one of the things in my bucket list, I need to start reading classics. It’s not that I don’t like this genre, it’s just that I’ve never read any classic book and I don’t know what to expect. So yup, I’m going to read classic *goodluck to me* and I’m going to start with these two books. 🙂

Then, I bought The Sword of Summer and Greek Heroes, both by Rick Riordan, because my little brother is a fan of Greek Mythology- or any thing written by Rick Riordan. And of course, he has been whining and asking me to buy these books to complete his all Rick Riordan collection. And as a book lover and hoarder myself, I just can’t say no.

Next is The Heart of Miracles by Karen Henson Jones, which she willingly gave to me and she’s really one sweet and thoughtful woman. Until now, I’m regretting that I wasn’t able to come to her meet and greet last January here in the Philippines.

Lastly, I bought The Paulo Coelho Box Set because as some of you may know, he’s the reason why I love and will always love books. His works are the first one I’ve read, and if it weren’t for him, I don’t know if I’ll be here in the same place I am right now.

18300270Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen

‘Jane Austen is the pinnacle to which all other authors aspire’ J. K. Rowling

Elinor is as prudent as her sister Marianne is impetuous. Each must learn from the other after they are they are forced by their father’s death to leave their home and enter into the contests of polite society. The charms of unsuitable men and the schemes of rival ladies mean that their paths to success are thwart with disappointment but together they attempt to find a way to happiness. || Goodreads

18300267Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

The traditional favorite Jane Austen novel—her enduring story of pride and prejudice

When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel. || Goodreads

15724396The Sword of Summer (Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard #1) by Rick Riordan

Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.

One day, he’s tracked down by a man he’s never met—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. The man tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.

The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.

When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.

Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . . || Goodreads

23349901Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan

Who cut off Medusa’s head? Who was raised by a she-bear? Who tamed Pegasus? It takes a demigod to know, and Percy Jackson can fill you in on the all the daring deeds of Perseus, Atalanta, Bellerophon, and the rest of the major Greek heroes. Told in the funny, irreverent style readers have come to expect from Percy, ( I’ve had some bad experiences in my time, but the heroes I’m going to tell you about were the original old school hard luck cases. They boldly screwed up where no one had screwed up before. . .) and enhanced with vibrant artwork by Caldecott Honoree John Rocco, this story collection will become the new must-have classic for Rick Riordan’s legions of devoted fans–and for anyone who needs a hero. So get your flaming spear. Put on your lion skin cape. Polish your shield and make sure you’ve got arrows in your quiver. We’re going back about four thousand years to decapitate monsters, save some kingdoms, shoot a few gods in the butt, raid the Underworld, and steal loot from evil people. Then, for dessert, we’ll die painful tragic deaths. Ready? Sweet. Let’s do this. || Goodreads

9781401942175Heart of Miracles: My Journey Back to Life after a Near-Death Experience by Karen Henson Jones

This book is a flashlight for people in the dark.

Karen Henson Jones was on the conventional path to success in the corporate world when a sudden cardiac event at the age of 30 took her to the brink of death. During an otherworldly experience, she was presented with a choice to leave her body or to return to Earth. When her request to live was granted, Karen was forced to come to terms with the life she had been living.

With warmth, wonder, and wit, Heart of Miracles takes us with her on an inspirational journey through India, Italy, Bhutan, and the Holy Land of Israel in search of a more meaningful life. Exploring the power of meditation, Western medical science, the transformative doctrines of reincarnation, and the teachings of Jesus, Karen encourages us to embrace the full possibilities of our spiritual selves. || Goodreads

12532019Aleph by Paulo Coelho

Aleph by Paulo Coelho is a surprising and forthright personal story. The author, in a state of disillusion and a grave crisis of faith, sets out on a journey of self discovery. He is in pursuit of spiritual growth and with an aim to start over, he travels across Europe, Africa and Asia. The journey begins with the hope to find spiritual guidance but culminates in a search of his inner self.

Between March and July 2006, he travels across continents. He allows signs to guide him throughout the travel. Paulo Coelho states that though he traveled across continents, the spiritual realization occurred while crossing Asia in the Transiberian train. It was in this train that he happened to meet Hilal, a gifted young violinist.

As the journey progresses, Paulo gradually emerges from his isolation shedding both ego and pride. He laps up the warmth of friendship, love, and faith and emerges a true winner. The readers can rediscover the different facets of his journey as they travel with the author in his most personal novel to date.

Aleph by Paulo Coelho invites readers to rethink the true meaning of their personal journeys. First released in Brazil, Aleph retains the # 1 position in all major bestselling lists. || Goodreads



Brida by Paulo Coelho

Brida has long been interested in various aspects of magic. One day, she decides to visit the Master who lives in a small town outside Dublin. She finds him in the forest where he spends his days. Her first ‘lesson’ is to be left alone in the forest all night, where she learns to overcome her fears & to trust in the goodness of the world. || Goodreads



816724By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

“By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept” tells of Pilar, a frustrated scholar looking for some greater meaning in the endless cycle of her days. When a childhood friend contacts her, she is surprised to learn that her former playmate is now a charismatic spiritual leader, someone revered as a miracle worker. She is even more astonished when he reveals that Pilar has always been his great love.

Confused by this sudden opportunity for a new chance at life, Pilar gradually comes to realize that the man she loves is being called upon to choose between her and his spiritual calling. As the suffering lovers travel through sacred sites in the French Pyrenees, the difficult choice they face offers a startling revelation about the divine and the redemptive power of love. Full of warmth and wisdom, joy and unexpected sorrow, their story is a magical celebration of the endless possibilities that life has to offer, and a fable about opening your heart to miracles. || Goodreads

1430Eleven Minutes by Paulo Coelho

Eleven Minutes is the story of Maria, a young girl from a Brazilian village, whose first innocent brushes with love leave her heartbroken. At a tender age, she becomes convinced that she will never find true love, instead believing that “love is a terrible thing that will make you suffer. . . .” A chance meeting in Rio takes her to Geneva, where she dreams of finding fame and fortune. Maria’s despairing view of love is put to the test when she meets a handsome young painter. In this odyssey of self-discovery, Maria has to choose between pursuing a path of darkness — sexual pleasure for its own sake — or risking everything to find her own “inner light” and the possibility of sacred sex, sex in the context of love. || Goodreads

2959193The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho

Paulo’s writing is a visionary blend of spirituality, magical realism and folklore. His stories are simple and direct, yet they have the power to change lives and inspire you with the courage to follow your dreams…
His fifth novel, The Fifth Mountain, is set in the 9th century BC. Elijah is a young man struggling to maintain his sanity amidst a chaotic world of tyranny and war. Forced to flee his home, then choose between his newfound love and security and his overwhelming sense of duty, this is a moving and inspiring story about how we can transcend even the most terrible ordeals by keeping faith and love alive. || Goodreads

70746Manual of the Warrior of Light by Paulo Coelho

A collection of inspirational thoughts and stories from bestselling author of The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho. A collection of insightful philosophical thoughts and stories, in which Paulo Coehlo offers inspiring answers to profound questions to delight spiritual seekers everywhere. It has proved to be a perfect gift-book in the few countries in which it has been published so far. This will be the first English translation. This book is a jewel for all of us who look for meaning in our daily lives as we struggle along the spiritual path. Within each of us is a Warrior of Light. Each of us capable of listening to the silence of the heart, of accepting failure without letting it get us down and of holding onto hope even in the face of weariness and depression. Values like love for all things, discipline, friendship and learning to listen to our own hearts are the arms with which this warrior confronts the battles we face in the name of personal growth and in the defence of the light. On every page there is an inspirational thought, which can be read as part of Paulo Coelho’s whole philosophy or used form the basis of a daily meditation. The Manual of the Warrior of Light is a handbook that shows human beings how to live as spiritual beings in the material world. || Goodreads

492286The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

Brazilian storyteller Paulo Coehlo introduces Santiago, an Andalusian shepherd boy who one night dreams of a distant treasure in the Egyptian pyramids. And so he’s off: leaving Spain to literally follow his dream.

Along the way he meets many spiritual messengers, who come in unassuming forms such as a camel driver and a well-read Englishman. In one of the Englishman’s books, Santiago first learns about the alchemists–men who believed that if a metal were heated for many years, it would free itself of all its individual properties, and what was left would be the “Soul of the World.” Of course he does eventually meet an alchemist, and the ensuing student-teacher relationship clarifies much of the boy’s misguided agenda, while also emboldening him to stay true to his dreams. “My heart is afraid that it will have to suffer,” the boy confides to the alchemist one night as they look up at a moonless night.

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself,” the alchemist replies. “And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity.” –Gail Hudson. || Goodreads

6406264The Winner Stands Alone by Paulo Coelho

profound meditation on personal power and innocent dreams that are manipulated or undone by success, The Winner Stands Alone is set in the exciting worlds of fashion and cinema. Taking place over the course of twenty-four hours during the Cannes Film Festival, it is the story of Igor, a successful, driven Russian entrepreneur who will go to the darkest lengths to reclaim a lost love—his ex-wife, Ewa. Believing that his life with Ewa was divinely ordained, Igor once told her that he would destroy whole worlds to get her back. The conflict between an individual evil force and society emerges, and as the novel unfolds, morality is derailed.

Meet the players and poseurs behind the scenes at Cannes—the “Superclass” of producers, actors, designers, and supermodels, as well as the aspiring starlets, has-been stars, and jaded hangers-on. Adroitly interweaving the characters’ stories, Paulo Coelho uses his twelfth novel to paint an engrossing picture of a world overrun by glamour and excess, and shows us the possibly dire consequences of our obsession with fame. || Goodreads

816722Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

“On 11 November 1997, Veronika decided that the moment to kill herself had–at last!–arrived”: so begins Paulo Coelho’s extraordinary new novel, Veronika Decides to Die. Renowned for the international success of The Alchemist, Coelho has secured his reputation as an outstanding storyteller and a key figure in world literature (his work has been translated into over 40 languages). Translated from the Portuguese by Margaret Jull Costa, Veronika Decides to Die is a compelling story of a woman’s struggle with and against life, told with Coelho’s wit, subtlety and economy. On the track of whatever it is that makes life worth living, Coelho plots Veronika’s fate with infinite care, weaving the mystery of her decision to take her own life into the themes of national identity–Veronika is a citizen of Slovenia, “that strange country that no one seemed quite able to place”–and madness.

Veronika does not die; instead, she wakes up in Villette–the “famous and much-feared lunatic asylum”–only to be told that, having damaged her heart irreparably, she has just a few days to live. What she faces now is a waiting game and the strange world of Villette: the rules and regulations which govern the lives of its inmates and the doctors who treat them. Coelho’s question may be a familiar one: crudely, who, or what, is mad? But his fiction is a remarkable, sometimes chilling, response to it. “Everyone has an unusual story to tell” is the starting-point of the new treatment initiated at Villette by the enigmatic Dr Igor; it’s also the insight from which this book takes off to explore the impact of a “slow, irreparable death” on a young woman and the mad men and women around her. —Vicky Lebeau. || Goodreads



The Zahir by Paulo Coelho

The protagonist of this novel is a renowned author who writes about spirituality and once went on pilgrimage along the road to Santiago. On a return visit, he is abandoned by his wife, who leaves no trace of herself behind. As the story unfolds the author becomes obsessed with understanding the reason for her desertion. || Goodreads



Now, my buying-book-ban will finally happen. Happy reading, x



2 thoughts on “Book Haul: February 2016 (Part 1)

  1. That Paul Coelho set looks amazing! Just the perfect thing to have on your shelf 🙂 I hope you enjoy the Jane Austen novels – I quite like classics but somehow I’ve never got around to reading hers.

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