This Complete my Collection!

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After I finished reading the novel, The Notebook, I have become a Nicholas Sparks fan. I started collecting his 17 novels. When I have extra money, I get one or two books. When he visited the Philippines last October 28, 2011, I went there with Nonet and my sister Pau for book launching (The Best of Me) and for book signing. We were one of the lucky ones, who were able to have our book signed. I only got one signing pass and I only need to choose one book for him to sign. My favorite of all his novels is The Notebook. I have it signed. :)

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I was able to complete the 16 novels except for one, Three Weeks With My Brother. I have checked local and online bookstores to find this but I failed. One day I came across a certain bookstore in the US which offers the said book. Thanks to my paypal account, I was able to place an order for the novel. I was informed that it would take about 45 days for me to receive the book since it will be coming from the US through the regular postage. One month passed. Forty five days passed but still no book. I am really getting frustrated. I sent an email to the said store and they assured me that they already shipped the book.

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(The Lucky One is currently with Oui at the time of this picture.)

Well maybe patience is really a virtue. After almost more than two months of waiting, my book has finally arrived. It was a happy day! :) It complete my collection! :)

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Reading these novels makes me (and all the readers of Nicholas Sparks’ novel) feel that I have been to North Carolina and South Carolina. Since the settings of Nicholas novels are in the said states. Who knows one day, I get to visit his place, too. I might check for sunset beach real estate in North Carolina, too. I might get a property there, too. :) It’s not bad to dream. :)

Well, I don’t have millions to give Nonet. But, I have a lot of book collections that will worth more than millions.

Happy Reading!

Ciao! :)

Three Weeks With My Brother

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The first Nicholas Sparks novel I have read was The Notebook. I fell in love with the story that I got so obsessed in collecting all the novels written by Nicholas. When he visited the Philippines in October, I really find way to be present in his book signing and prayed to God that I will be lucky enough to have a signing pass. :)

Since then, I started buying different books. Going from one bookstore to another. I prefer a novel with original cover on it. Nowadays, most of the Nicholas Sparks novel covers are movie tie in. I really had a hard time finding the 16 novels. I will have them photograph when the novels are complete. I wanted a hardbound copy and good thing, I found most of the books online. Paypal is a great help paying for the books. :)

I almost got the novels complete except for one; Three Weeks with my brother. I went to nearby and even farther bookstore but didn’t find any. I checked out the local bookstores online but didn’t find any. Finally, I decided to take a chance of purchasing the said book through an online bookstore overseas. Good thing, they still have a copy of the book and it is a hardbound copy. Since, they accept paypal for payment, I used again my ever dependable paypal account. :)

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The order has been processed and the book was just shipped today, December 19. As per the email confirmation I received from the said online store, I expect to receive the package on January 9, 2012. The book will be coming from the US. :)

I am so happy that I finally found one. :)

Ciao! :)

A Day with Nicholas Sparks!

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The most awaited day for all Nicholas Sparks fans has arrived. Last October 28, he had a book launching and book signing at The Podium in Ortigas Center. In my previous post, I told you that I was able to get a copy of his new book, called The Best of Me. My friend and officemate, Babylyn and Ann decided to go to the mall even before it opens. Like what we have been thinking, they may have arrived at 9AM but there were more than 50 fans waiting already. They intend to be part of the 50 early birds but were not able to. Luckily they were able to get a “YES” from the lucky draw which gave them a signing pass.

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I sent a text message to her at 11AM and was told that the line was already up to the 5th floor of the said mall. Since, it was Nonet’s birthday, I may not be able to come early because Nonet and I will hear mass at 12Noon. We heard mass in our parish and the mass ended passed 1PM. My sister Pauline who introduced me to Nicholas novels, met us at the parish. We only have 1 chance to get a signing pass and its pass 1PM already. We both know that we may not get the chance anymore but we decided to take our chance still.

We took an FX to Podium. There were only few people on the line when we arrived. I prayed to God that He will bless me to pick a YES for a signing pass. I also told Nonet that hopefully, she will be my lucky charm. When it was my turn to pick from the box, I was really happy to find a YES on the piece of paper I picked! I was really excited and happy to get one.

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The actual program will start at 5PM and it was only around 2PM. I thought of sending Nonet home but we decided to stay instead. I bought Nonet a meal from McDonald’s. Good thing she brought a toy with her that kept her busy. I was able to get a chair as well (with Nonet’s help, too).

We patiently waited for Nicholas. When he arrived, everybody became so excited and happy. I was screaming for joy! I needed to carry Nonet so she can get a good view of Nicholas. When she saw him, she started screaming too. She became excited as well. She whispered to me, that Nicholas Sparks is good looking. :)

Our signing pass is number 532. Nonet got tired after the program and she asked me to go home. I decided to leave my signing pass to my sister Pauline. I know that she likes Nicholas as much as I do. Besides, she was the one who introduced me to the wonderful works of Nicholas. Her favorite Nicholas book is A Walk to Remember, while mine is The Notebook. Since, she will have a close encounter with Nicholas, I told her to have my favorite book be signed. Good thing, she did.

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It was really fun. Something that we will never forget for the rest of our lives. I know that Nonet will be a Nicholas Sparks fan in the making, too. My plan now is to complete all his 17 works. We only have 7 novels right now but I will be getting the 10 other novels and his novels yet to write. :)

Good luck and more power Nicholas Sparks. Please come back to the Philippines.

God bless you!

Ciao! :)

The Best of Me

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Since the time I learned that Nicholas Sparks will be visiting Manila to promote his new book entitled, The Best of Me, I have marked my calendar so I can find ways to be part of that event. Luckily, his book signing is scheduled on the same day that my daughter will celebrate her 6th birthday. I have filed for a vacation leave for that day like 2 months ago. Glad to know that it has been approved.

According to updates, the new book will come with a registration paper that will enable you to be part of a lucky draw. Yet the said paper is not a guaranteed signing pass. I told myself that I will still take a chance.

When I had my grocery last Tuesday, I asked auntie if we can drop by Bestseller to buy the said book. I told her about Nicholas Sparks and she was delighted. I told her that buying the book is not a guaranteed signing pass, but I’ll take my chance. :)

So, with the help of Auntie, I was able to buy The Best of Me. I was able to buy, Mitch Albom’s Tuesdays with Morrie as well. :)

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“Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She’d believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen…” – Nicholas Sparks (THE BEST OF ME)

I am really excited to read the book. In one of his interviews, Nicholas said that it is pretty much like, The Notebook. I like The Notebook so much. And, so far, it is my Nicholas Sparks’ favorite book. My sister Pau has been asking me to cover the book with plastic so she can read it. I’ll tell you more about the book signing on another post. I am really excited about it. :)

Ciao! :)

The Notebook

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In the first pages of the said book, Noah Calhoun stated that some people find his story as either a love story or a tragedy. After reading the book, I can say that for me it is a love story. A very inspiring love story and I am not sure if the kind of love Noah and Allie shared can still be witnessed in our times.

The first Nicholas Sparks novel I read was Safe Haven. My youngest sister Pauline, is the one who introduced Nicholas and Mitch to me. Last May, I bought her 2 Nicholas novels as a birthday present. When I was at Powerbooks, I was able to talk to other Nicholas “fanatics” and they recommended me to read The Notebook. :)

A number of Nicholas’ novels have been made into movies already and most of the books being published these days has movie tie in covers. I prefer my book to have its original cover. It took me sometime to acquire a The Notebook with has original cover on it. I didn’t get the chance to read at the time I got it because of my busy schedule.

When I started reading the novel, I cannot get my eyes from it. I liked the part when Noah was able to acquire the old house he’s been dreaming off. The way he spent all day working on the house. He might have used abrasives for finishing touch then. I liked the way he spent the night sitting by the porch, watching the sky with his beloved dog, Clem. :)

When Allie walked down through his front door, and the two see each other after 14 years, I didn’t stop reading the book up to the end. :)

The love which Noah and Allie shared was something that many of us wanted to have. When Allie got sick with Alzheimer’s, Noah’s love for her did not change. Even if Allie tend to forget Noah most of the time, I believe that the strong love she has for Noah made it possible for her to remember him at times. It her heart and their love which made her remember him. :)

Their love story is one of a kind. I don’t know where Nicholas Sparks got the inspiration to write such a novel. Like many others, I cried after reading the story.

There are two passages in the book which I like the most;

“Miracles , no matter how inexplicable or unbelievable are real and can occur without regard to the natural order of things.”

The other one is;

“It seems only old are able to sit next to one another and not say anything and still feel content . The young, brash and impatient, must always break the silence. It is a waste, for silence is pure. Silence is holy. It draws people together because only those who are comfortable with each other can sit without speaking. This is the great paradox.”

I hope one day ney and I would be sitting on bench and would be appreciating world’s beauty in silence.

Ciao! :)

Got The Notebook!

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Got The Notebook! :)

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Last Saturday I met with Ms. Loi at SM Megamall to purchase the book, The Notebook. Ms. Loi is an Ebay reseller and one of her items on sale is the said book. When my sister Pauline introduced Nicholas Sparks to me, she also asked me to read one of the first books he’d written. She said that it’s a must to read this novel by Nicholas Sparks. Well, I have read two books already (A Walk to Rememerber and Safe Haven), I still have two books on the shelf to read which are The Lucky One and The Guardian.

My sister wanted to start a Nicholas Sparks novel collection. Since I am a bookworm as well, I wanted to help her in the said “planned collection.” Although, I wanted the book to have its original cover and not the movie tie-in. My mother once said that it would have the same content, its just that it has different covers. Well, for me, the cover matters. Hehehe! :)

Since, The Notebook is highly recommended, I decided to search for the said book with original cover on it. I went to different bookstores in big malls and those bookstores in discrete locations but wasn’t able to find any. I then, decided to search online since I bought the book, A Walk to Remember with original cover on it through Ebay. I often check Ebay for updates. There are available books but I don’t feel like getting them. ‘Til one day, I found a newly posted book for The Notebook which is a hardbound copy and has an original cover in it. :)

Luckily, it was posted again by Ms. Loi. I sent a text message right away and was glad to know that the said book is still available for sale. :) Yey! :D So, we set our meet up and there, I have the book. :)

I was really happy to have a copy of it. I may be on a tight budget but opportunities like that shouldn’t be swept away. It is really difficult to find a copy of the said book unless you order on from abroad. :)

I will just finish reading All I Need to Know I Learned from Kindergarten, then I’ll have The Notebook next. As always, I will give you my insight after reading the books. :)

Ciao! :)

A Walk to Remember

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I finished reading the book A Walk to Remember by Nicholas Sparks. I told you before that the first novel written by Nicholas that I have read is Safe Haven. I liked the way he wrote his novels. Simple yet heartfelt. Anyway, my sister Pauline asked me to read A Walk to Remember, too. She said that it;s going to make me really cry. Well, I have seen the movie, but she said that reading the book is totally different. Alright I agreed, but we didn’t have the book. She has a pdf copy but I don’t enjoy reading a novel from a computer. This is a cliche; when I read I want to relax. :)

Anyhow, I decided to get a copy of it but I want the book with the original cover. Though I’ve seen the movie that starred Mandy Moore, I still wanted the book that I am going to buy has the original cover. Some may say that it doesn’t matter as long as they have the same contents. But for me, it matters. I went to different bookstores and I failed to find one that has original cover with it. :( I am at the point of giving up when I decided to check ebay. Finally, I found a copy! :)

It’s not a brand new book. It was pre-owned but the pages are still intact and no folds. I sent an email to the seller and we setup up a meeting at SM Megamall. I was really excited when I got book. I was so excited showing it to my sisters. They love me so much when I buy a book. Hehehe! :)

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If I am not mistaken, it took me about 2 days to finish reading the book. I enjoyed it and I loved it. The difference? Well, in the movie I thought the “walk to remember” was the scene where Jamie and Landon had a date. In the book, the walk to remember was actually when Jamie walked down with her father to marry Landon. :)

The book not only talks about love but faith as well. :)

My favorite part of the book is how Landon shared that year with Jamie. He said;

“I relive that year often in my mind, bringing it back to life, and I realize that when I do, I always feel a strange combination of sadness and joy. There are moments when I wish I could roll back the clock and take all the sadness away, but I have the feeling that if I did, the joy would be gone as well. So I take the memories as they come, accepting them all, letting them guide me whenever I can.”

Ciao! :)

Safe Haven

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How can a man say that he loves her wife if he is beating her up? How can a wife let her husband do it to her? How can a love so pure and true that someone’s spirit will come back to ensure the safety and emotional welfare of the family that he or she has left behind? How acceptance helps people moves on with their lives?

These are just few things which continue to linger on my mind. I just finished reading the Safe Haven by Nicholas Sparks. It is the first novel I have read that was written by Nicholas. My youngest sister Pauline was the one who introduced me to Mitch Albom and Nicholas Sparks. I have told you in my previous post that when I read, I want to relax. That is why I do not feel like reading the novels written by Paolo Coeli and the like.

Nicholas Sparks and Mitch Albom are Pauline’s favorite authors. We already have the three novels written by Mitch Albom which are internationally released namely; Five People You Meet in Heaven, Tuesdays With Morrie and For One More Day. We have yet to get his other novel, Have a Little Faith.

I was strolling at SM Mega Mall last May 26, two days before Pauline’s birthday. I love going to different bookstore while I am at the mall. On that day, Powerbooks had a 20% off for all Nicholas Sparks’ novels. I have not read any Nicholas Sparks novels then, and there are many interesting novels available. I heard Patty and Pauline talking about the different novels of Nicholas. I know that Pau have finished reading several novels and she wanted to start a collection. As presents, I decided to get Pau two novels. My dilemma then was which one?

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Safe Haven was his latest novel, so I decided to get it. It took me a while to decide which one to get that I sent a text message to Pau asking what novel is good to read. Her reply, ALL!!! Until, we agreed upon getting The Lucky One. Her first option was The Guardian, but it is not available. So, then I went home with The Lucky One and Safe Haven. :) Of course, Pau is happy. On the other hand, I bought Mean Girls VCD for my other sister, Patty, as a birthday present, who celebrated her 27th last June 2. :)

I just finished reading Nancy Drew’s 5th Mystery and I decided to take a break from reading mystery books. I thought of getting Have a Little Faith, but we still have a lot of unread books in our shelves. I have this agreement with myself that I will not buy another book until I finished reading one. :)

Almost all the people I met at Powerbooks are Nicholas Sparks’s fans. :) I decided to read one of the books I gave Pau. She is currently reading, The Lucky One, and so I end up reading Safe Haven. :)

I am not used to reading long novels anymore. I got bored during the first few chapters but I really slept late because I just can’t my get my eyes off the book! How can that be boring if I can’t stop reading it?!? :)
I guess I finished the novel in 2 ½ days. Well, that may sound long but that’s an accomplishment for me already! :)

I enjoyed reading the novel. :) I loved the way Nicholas wrote the novel. He used simple English terms and described each scene using straightforward word and terms. It is very easy to understand. I need not to get my Meriam-Webster to check on the words. But, what is admirable in his novel is that, it captured the heart of its reader. It has affected me emotionally more than mentally. :)

Safe Haven is a story of a wife who has been experiencing domestic violence from his husband. A husband who adored her yet beats her to death. Katie or Erin is a woman of courage and cleverness who escaped from her husband. At the end of the story, her husband still found her. Justice prevailed though, when Kevin was killed as Katie protects herself.

Another touching part is the letter created by Jo, a friend whom Katie met when she first arrived in Southport. Katie didn’t have any idea that Jo was the late wife of the new man in her life, Alex. Little did she know that the Jo whom she came to know, who laughed with her, drank wine with her and watched the stars with her was an angel who led her to Alex. I was really moved after reading the Jo’s letter. I was really moved by the novel. :)

I am glad that my first attempt of reading a Nicholas Sparks novel was a great one. My next novel to read is his A Walk to Remember. I have watched the movie though, but Pauline said that there is a big difference between the book and the movie. Well, I’ll find it out. :)

Ciao! :)

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