Books, books, books! <3 Part One

Here is the list of books I’m currently reading, about to read, have just finished reading:

Ilustrado by Miguel Syjuco

It begins with a body. On a clear day in winter, the battered corpse of Crispin Salvador is pulled from the Hudson River—taken from the world is the controversial lion of Philippine literature. Gone, too, is the only manuscript of his final book, a work meant to rescue him from obscurity by exposing the crimes of the Filipino ruling families. Miguel, his student and only remaining friend, sets out for Manila to investigate.

To understand the death, Miguel scours the life, piecing together Salvador’s story through his poetry, interviews, novels, polemics, and memoirs. The result is a rich and dramatic family saga of four generations, tracing 150 years of Philippine history forged under the Spanish, the Americans, and the Filipinos themselves. Finally, we are surprised to learn that this story belongs to young Miguel as much as to his lost mentor, and we are treated to an unhindered view of a society caught between reckless decay and hopeful progress.

Exuberant and wise, wildly funny and deeply moving, Ilustrado explores the hidden truths that haunt every family. It is a daring and inventive debut by a new writer of astonishing talent.

My copy: Paperback, Philippine Edition, 306 pages
Published 2010 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Notes: Hubby bought this book for me over two years ago but I can’t seem to get past the Prologue. Reading this with PRPB and I’m hoping I’ll get to finish it this time.



Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Maybe it was a grandparent, or a teacher or a colleague. Someone older, patient and wise, who understood you when you were young and searching, and gave you sound advice to help you make your way through it. For Mitch Albom, that person was Morrie Schwartz, his college professor from nearly twenty years ago.

Maybe, like Mitch, you lost track of this mentor as you made your way, and the insights faded. Wouldn’t you like to see that person again, ask the bigger questions that still haunt you?

Mitch Albom had that second chance. He rediscovered Morrie in the last months of the older man’s life. Knowing he was dying of ALS – or motor neurone disease – Mitch visited Morrie in his study every Tuesday, just as they used to back in college. Their rekindled relationship turned into one final ‘class’: lessons in how to live.

My copy: Paperback, 224 pages
Published 2000 by Warner (first published 1997)
Notes: A reread. Bought two of this in December 2002; one for myself, one for my friend CJ as a Christmas present to her.


A Case of Christmas by Josh Lanyon

Christmas on Catalina Island–it’s just what the doctor ordered.

Injured in the line of duty, FBI Special Agent Shane Donovan is longing for a few days of peace and quiet. Some nice meals, a couple of good books, and maybe a bottle of the best. No family, no friends, no Fa la la la la…just a little time on his own to think things through.

But an offshore storm, a geriatric treasure hunter, and the guy who dumped him without a word two years earlier are about to unwrap all Shane’s carefully laid holiday plans.

My copy: ebook, 73 pages bought on Dec. 8, 2015
Published December 13th 2015 by Just Joshin
amazon UK
Notes: Currently rereading.

The Mermaid Murders (The Art of Murder #1) by Josh Lanyon

Special Agent Jason West is seconded from the FBI Art Crime Team to temporarily partner with disgraced, legendary “manhunter” Sam Kennedy when it appears that Kennedy’s most famous case, the capture and conviction of a serial killer known as The Huntsman, may actually have been a disastrous failure.

For The Huntsman is still out there…and the killing has begun again.

Published By: JustJoshin Publishing, Inc.
Published: Feb 29, 2016
ISBN # 9781937909826
Word Count: 68,441


Note: I pre-ordered this at Amazon: amazon UK

Love is a Many-Colored Thing by Josh Lanyon (Author) and Johanna Ollila (Illustrator)

A coloring book for readers of Male/Male and LGBTQ romance. Art inspired by the works of Josh Lanyon and brought to life by you!
Paperback, 56 pages
Published November 24th 2015 by JustJoshin
1937909840 (ISBN13: 9781937909840)
Edition Language: English
Notes: Won this over at Q&A with Josh Lanyon over at Goodreads along with a 24 piece Faber-Castell colored pencils.

I already received the colored pencils. Can’t wait for the coloring book to arrive! ❤ Goodreadsbadge

Purchase Link: amazon UK

Perfectly Reasonable (Perfectly, #2) by Linda O’Connor

Margo MacMillan finished medical school, but in the process, her self-confidence and self-esteem took a beating. So for the sake of self-preservation, she’s stepped away from medicine to re-group. In the meantime, painting soothes her soul and pays the bills.

Trace Bennett set his sights on a medical degree and has to prepare the perfect medical school application. His big plan is to paint his condo for a little feng shui divine luck. When Margo shows up to paint, he realizes he’s found exactly what he’s looking for. He just has to convince Margo to share more than the art of medicine.

She’s got it. He wants it. It’s Perfectly Reasonable.

Purchase Link

amazon UK

Notes: ARC, done reading. Review to follow!

Perfectly Honest by Linda O’Connor

When Mikaela Finn agreed to be Sam’s ‘fiancée’ for a weekend, she probably should have told him that she’s a doctor.

Sam O’Brien, a.k.a. ‘Dr. Eye Candy’, is trying to shed his playboy reputation and convince a small town hospital that he’s ready to settle down. But when his ‘fiancée’ helps deliver a baby in the middle of the meet and greet, it’s a bit of a shock. If he’d known the whole truth, Sam might have done things a little differently because somehow his ‘fiancée’ ends up stealing his job and his heart. Not exactly the change he wanted.

Lies and deceit— it’s a match made in heaven!


Notes: ARC, done reading. Review to follow!

Purchase Link:amazon UK



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