Different Kinds of Love – Bookish Edition

Agape

Everyday by David Levithan depicts what Agape really means. Selfless love. “A”, the protagonist of the novel give justice how Selflessness truly means. How you can love someone but you need to let go of that person because you couldn’t given her what she needs the most. I cried so much for this book and whenever I talked about it, it makes my heart yearn for their love —  the love should have been there for them. With David Levithan’s truly majestic writing style. He encompasses and deliver us a well written novel of wonder.

Philautia

I want to talk about here the book, Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray. Looking at in different perspective, the book is written for ourselves not just to understand our partner – or maybe the opposite sex. It indicates that we have different interpretation and perspective. By focusing and reading the book, we indulge to our own differences and accept what our own flaws based on our action as a male or a female. It also discusses that we need to look deep into understanding each other however, I also think that while understanding your partner, you also understand yourself. I learned that my actions has greater effects than I could imagine, I realized that my words has greater voice and impact on oneself. This may be a book for the couples but this is a novel for everyone to love their self.

Pragma

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover set enduring love in the action! When people are blinded by love, even if your special someone, abuses you or taken you for granted, you’ll endure anything they do and you will accept their flaws because love no boundaries. With the magnificent and excellent novel that Hoover brought us, it will make you realize that love should have a limit. That love is not enough to hold on to when you are beginning to set the motion not for yourself but for someone you love more than yourself. This book will make you cry three times more than you expected and you’ll see how our protagonist, Lily, endures everything for the name of love.

Mania

I think the novel that I could think of when I heard Obsessive Love is Reason to Breathe by Rebecca Donovan. The author given the book a new whole meaning about desires, pain and challenges. I couldn’t think of anything about obsessive that it reaches the point of inflicting physical and mental injuries. This book taught me that similar actions could have a whole different effect on a person. It may be their reason to go on or it may be the reason to left the world. It just shows that love is merciless.

Ludus

Because I love giving you guys more pain than I thought it would be. I am proudly to recommend, Cynthia Hand’s The Last Time We Say Goodbye! The book shows two things. Playful love which corresponds to Ludus and Unconditional Love. This book made me smile so much and hurt me to the core. I never thought that this book would be the best YA Contemporary Book of mine. It shows how two kinds of love portrays a set of actions that could lead to both something you’ll feel guilty of and something you’ll be regretful of. Both of it are wonders that I was amazed that Cynthia Hand could pull it off. Her books are definitely a must read!

Storage

My example for Familiar Love is definitely my recent read, Lucky Boy by Shanthi Sekaran! I couldn’t imagine how the character surpass her distance with her son when she was in the jail because she was an illegal immigrant. It was appraisable, outstanding and explosive. It captures the emotions that no words could describe how a mother’s love will do for her son. Wild, imaginative, vivid and raw. It will bring you to the realistic way of life.

Philia

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven nailing the affectionate love. Never thought that this book will touch my heart and made me realized that I have to love myself. It was affectionate at some point, understanding at some point and above all, it is loving. It taught me that love could go boundaries and it will hold you up and love you dearly. Never underestimate yourself because you are beautiful on your own way.

Eros

Mia Asher’s Arsen is the book we need for this! Whenever I remember this book – it makes my heart yearn and my mouth cursed. It is the epitomy of maximum pain. I could never imagined how the author survive the writing stage of the book. It is so painful for all her characters that I don’t know whom to choose or to root with. I only remember is that, by loving, be sure that you are ready for pain. They go hand in hand together.

MY TOP BOOKS OF 2016

In This Life by Christine Brae offers not just love but also a huge fraction of pain, loneliness and fear. It will envelops you wholly with its compelling and heavy strikes of words. With Christine Brae’s new embrace to literacy, for fans of her, In This Life feels like an amazing improvement compare to her other books. A brilliant love story that will drive you crazy over losing of love.

“Dear Fate, Go away. Leave me be. Allow me to live with my loss, the truth, this revelation.”

Gambit by C.L. Denault is a cross genre of science-fiction between dystopian with a glimpse of fantasy realm. This book is a kind of book that will drive you crazy. Imagine a 556-page novel finished in one sitting. Yes. I was both manipulated and captivated with the author’s outstanding writing style with the touch of a romance that readers could find irresistible. One of my indie finds that I could say as a masterpiece.

“Willow, this….tension… between us is unsustainable.” His warm hand, still at my waist, slid to small of my back. “It will destroy us both. We need to call off the tigers.”

“Easier said than done, ” I muttered. “Mine doesn’t like you very much.” “Well, that’s a shame. Because despite the conflict, mine is becoming quite fond of you.”

The Wrath and The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh is a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, a classical story, of what could happen if people can’t reciprocate the love that has been given unto them. But is love enough for you to reciprocate a feeling that you don’t want to? With Khalid’s unfortunate destiny will bring you how astonishing and heartbreaking for a man to withstand a life being taken and to endure the one who he truly loves because love is not enough to stay. Sometimes, love is too much for you to let go. Ouch.

“I love you, a thousand times over. And I will never apologize for it.”

Omnilogos by Michele Amitrani was one of the books that really hooked me with Science Fiction. It was so diverse, mysterious and above all intelligent. I could feel the stages of life of our protagonist and how he became an important factor to the society’s indication of technology’s power, development and wealth. Michele shows us how important to influence people and to manipulate them into his hands with his unimaginable concept of plotlines. You wouldn’t ask for something more. Omnilogos will leave you speechless.

“impossible is only a possibility that has not yet been discovered.”

Wild Sky by Andrew Stanek, another Science Fiction novel that crosses out the boundaries of mystery. It will make you think of theories and you would love to continue predicting what could happen next. With Andrew Stanek’s overwhelming writing pace – it will give you the world of universe and androids, full of battleship in space – awestrucking beautiful and achingly devastating. If there’s a good, there will also evil. It will go hand in hand. And with Wild Sky, it perfectly portrays the unjustifiable system of we could see in the government today. Pure destruction.

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven is a popular Young Adult book that will make you meet two people who struggle with their daily life. One who suffered with body-shaming and the other, couldn’t recognize faces. Which do you think is worse? Through Jennifer Niven’s proclaiming bright and positive words with conviction – it teaches us that there’s more to life. Embrace yourself, Find your own voice. Be you. Because you are more beautiful than you think you are.

“It’s my experience that the people who are most afraid are the ones who hide behind mean and threatening words.”

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon brings us diversity YA Contemporary into a new level. With remarkable and light writing style. With so much, passion with her words – a teenage love will bring us that a day could have a lot of bad things but it can also have good things. Sometimes, it just only a matter of perspective and if you get luckier in the end, you’ll find yourself with the love you are wishing to find.

“We are capable of big lives. A big history. Why settle? Why choose the practical thing, the mundane thing? We are born to dream and make the things we dream about.”

It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover is the devastating, destructible, and her up to date, the most painful novel that she had ever written in her entire life. I tell you guys. THIS. BOOK. IS. A. VOICE. It will tell you a lot about love and life. I learned a lot from reading. I never thought that this book will make me cry three times more than I expected. It was outrageous. I couldn’t grasp my feelings because it will make your heart crawl over your soul. If you know if you’ve experienced pain before, I tell you, you haven’t if you haven’t read this book.

“Just because someone hurts you doesn’t mean you can simply stop loving them. It’s not a person’s actions that hurt the most. It’s the love. If there was no love attached to the action, the pain would be a little easier to bear.”

The Crown of Stones: Magic-Price by C.L. Schneider is my top 2016 Fantasy Book of all time. She writes a huge concept of fantasy that I came to believe that has been existed and patterned in real life but when I interviewed her about the concept of her book, I couldn’t believe that she just made everything out of her own imagination. That’s what I call, a talent! Unbelievable with the amount of satisfyingly and gruesome power, battles and even more spells to look forward to. A war that has to be stopped or to break is just magically powerful with just Schneider’s words. I swear to the realm of fantasy, that this book, Magic-Price, is indeed, not just brilliant, but a masterpiece in reality.

“I’m not a hero. I never was.”

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur is one of my lucky find when Manila International Book Fair launched last September 2016 – as a weakling of poetry and literature, I gave it a try and couldn’t help it to breath on every poem written on the book. It was a female voice that captures the attention of the reader but the advocacy catches the heart of a human being. With the thrilling, painful and realistic poems by Kaur will leave you in awe, staring in the white wall, because it was so damn beautiful and both at the same time painful at its finest. I could never believe that a poem could be written with so much drive.

“I didn’t leave because

I stopped loving you,

I left because the longer

I stayed the less I loved myself.”

A Torch Against The Night by Sabaa Tahir is one of the fantasy novels that really make my heart suffer in a lot of emotions to one character. I know who the protagonist are but why would an author hurt an antagonist? It makes me yearn for her life and crave for her pain. It makes me want to feel her burden so she could share it to someone. But, No. Sabaa Tahir is a completely sadistic author, I tell you. She will make everything twisted and you couldn’t do anything about it. It’s just that people has their own scars and our protagonist hides their own on their flesh and with A Torch Against The Night, our antagonist hides their pain with their strength. I could simply give this book a standing ovation. Thank you, Sabaa Tahir.

“It takes only a split second for life to go horribly wrong. To fix the mess, I need a thousand things to go right. The distance from one bit of luck to the next feels as great as the distance across oceans. But, I decide in this moment, I will bridge that distance, again and again, until I win. I will not fail.”

Black Moon by Romina Russell was one of my anticipating reads of 2016. The third installment of Zodiac will drive its readers crazy than before. If Zodiac gives you a craving ending, and Wandering Star gives you a conclusion that couldn’t leave your mind, Black Moon will definitely give you a cliffhanger. Every Chapter of Black Moon will surely make you read for more because every chapter there’s a bomb at the end. You couldn’t stop and you will never stop. I was so hooked that I finished the book within four hours. Just be ready. Your heart may not handle the deaths. Oops. Spoiler.

“I have always found it interesting that the symbol for Justice is a set of scales; the implication being that to achieve perfect harmony, good and bad must balance each other out. Rather than eradicating one, both must exist in equal quantities.”

The Spy by Paulo Coelho is my favorite last read of 2016. It teaches me that people could hope and longed for something they want and we are willing to do anything as much as it doesn’t hurt our pride to do anything for our wants. And that’s one of the things that Paulo Coelho manage to write for his readers. The Spy is not just about a female dancer who wishes to live with luxury but a female person who was stuck in the middle of war and became a suspect of spying. It will give you a lot of lessons that there’s so much corruption and injustice in the systematic ways of the world. We live in such cruel life and people just watch even if there are people being killed. Paulo Coelho write so pessimistically that it brings darkness to his book and that’s what makes it more popular.

“Never fall in love. Love is a poison. Once you fall in love, you lose control over your life — your heart and mind belong to someone else. Your existence is threatened. You start to do everything to hold on to your loved one and lose all sense of danger. Love, that inexplicable and dangerous thing, sweeps everything you are form the face of the earth and, in its place, leaves only what your beloved wants you to be. – Madame Guimet”