Full House [2015]

Author: Won Soo-Yeon, Seo Yu-Mi
Translator: Martin S.W. Yang
Publisher: Summit (through Shinwon Agency Co.)
Copyright: 2015



Aspiring writer Che Eunsu has been living in Full House, the home that her late parents built and designed – that is, until she was unceremoniously forced out to make way for its new owner: popular actor Lee Jinhu.Jinhu is hounded by a major scandal, one that unwittingly involves Eunsu, and needs to lie low for a while to let the rumors die down. But life refuses to be quiet for the pampered celebrity, as Eunsu is determined to do everything it takes to get Full House back – even if it means she has to live in the only home she’s ever known and work for Jinhu as his housemaid.

Things get complicated as the two clash and bicker… and get to know each other a little better.

I say…

Don’t get your hopes up, because the book is diferent from the TV series we all loved in  2004. I don’t know about the manhwq though, I’m not usre if I’ll ever get my hands on that precious thing. But it just might be closer to the TV version.

There are a lot of differences in the book and TV series and it’s unavoidable to search for them. You can spot them as early as the first page. Evident ones are as follows:

1.Character names (Che Eunsu & Lee Jinhu vs Han Ji Eun & Lee Yeong Jae)
2. Family Backgrounds (Lee Yeong Jae is an only child, while Lee Jinhu has an older half brother)
3. Support group (Han Ji Eun has a married couple for besties while Che Eunsu has quite a number of girlfriends; Lee Jinhu has a trusted PA and manager while Lee Yeong Jae only has a stylist who was his love interest from the beginning)
4. Antagonist (Eunsu has Serin and Kyuha, Han Ji Eun only has the stylist who’s Lee Yeong Jae’s childhood friend)
5. In the book, they’re not married. They’re not even engaged.

But let me tell you, it isn’t so bad. This stand alone can give the same feels we all had for the series. This one has so many first love feels… and you can’t help but love Che Eunsu all the way to the end.

The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane [2006]

10322664_871100446237480_2498033517098188260_nAuthor: Kate DiCamillo
Illustrator: Bagram Ibatoulline
Publisher: Candlewick Press (2006)

About (Goodreads):

Once, in a house on Egypt Street, there lived a china rabbit named Edward Tulane. The rabbit was very pleased with himself, and for good reason: he was owned by a girl named Abilene, who treated him with the utmost care and adored him completely.

And then, one day, he was lost.

Kate DiCamillo takes us on an extraordinary journey, from the depths of the ocean to the net of a fisherman, from the top of a garbage heap to the fireside of a hoboes’ camp, from the bedside of an ailing child to the bustling streets of Memphis. And along the way, we are shown a true miracle — that even a heart of the most breakable kind can learn to love, to lose, and to love again.

I Say..

The real reason for acquiring a copy of this book has something to do with my obsession for You Who Came From The Stars. This book, The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, mirrored all of Do Min Joon’s feelings throughout his stay here on earth. Both Edward Tulane and Do Min Joon dared to know love…something they both refuse to acknowledge.

It appears like a child’s book up front and inside yet the emotions seem all so grown-up to me. Pellegrina’s little spell on the cold hearted China rabbit for not giving back Abiline Tulane’s love haunted him everywhere he went. Then again, it was love which ended the miraculous journey and dragged him where it all began.

Kate DiCamillo is one of the best storytellers I have encountered. This book held my heart for quite a while. The ending was such a nice surprise I almost cried 🙂 Thanks a lot, Do Min Joon for introducing a book so unforgettable.

My Chinito Boss [2013]

Author: Tsina Cajayon
Publisher: Lifebooks
Year: 2013

AboutMy Chinito Boss:
She’s clumsy. He’s impatient.

She’s Ms. free-spirited hipster girl who doesn’t care about her looks. He’s Mr. Arrogant who always looks smart and awesome in a suit.

She believes in happily ever after. He doesn’t believe in true love.

She’s his secretary and he’s her new boss.

She loves him. He loves her…not.

Mabilis pa sa instant coffee ang pagkahulog ng puso ni Sam sa bagong boss kahit pa madalang pa sa patak ng ulan ang mga ngiti nito. Ngunit, hindi niya inakalang ang lalaking magiging laman ng kanyang mga panaginip at pangarap ay siya ring magiging simula ng kalbaryo ng buhay niya. Wala sa hinagap niya na ang tall, chinito and expensive Korean boss at pinaka-rigid na lalaking nakilala niya ay twin brother pala ni Hitler.

They went to Seoul, Korea for a business proposal and to find out about her descendant, her identity, ang free round trip ticket at ang tungkol sa demanding, arogante at masungit na si Jae-Sun Choi na isa palang miyembro ng Kkangpae (깡패) o Korean Mafia.

I Say…
It was so fast paced but still enjoyable. Did they edit too much? The chapters were cut too short, I think. From secretary to brand manager to becoming the heir… it happened way too fast. It would be great to know a bit more about Sam’s family and Jae Sun Choi. How exactly did Greg became connected with the Kkangpae who wished to kill Sam?

Sam sure is weird. If you receive trip tickets to Korea, would it be bad to grab the opportunity if it’s free? Well, she is a bit weird but very lovable. I am betting on her patience. Well, if I have that kind of boss, might as well! I just keep on imagining Lee Min Ho… even though his eyes are way too big to be ‘chinito‘.

The cover art may be a bit weird and not that attractive plus all the typo errors (yes even in native tongue there are plenty of typo errors) made me re-read sentences, but this little book is feel good and romantic as can be. You can’t really judge as book by its cover.

Campus Royalties [2013]

Campus RoyaltiesAuthor: Purpleyhan
Year: 2013
Publisher: PSICOM

About (goodreads):
Royalties? Princes and princesses in the 21st century? Tapos sa campus pa? Oo, maniwala man kayo o hindi. Kilalanin si Steff, isang “princess” kahit ayaw niya, at ang babaeng ipagpapalit ang lahat para sa pinakamamahal niyang strawberries at chocolates. Anong mangyayari kung may makilala siyang “prince” na sobrang charming pero walang ginawa kundi pagtripan ang buhay niya? Lalo niya bang isusumpa ang pagiging prinsesa o unti-unti niya itong magugustuhan? Well, this is not your typical prince and princess story. It is a story involving Kingdom University—ang school na may royalties.

I Say…
It’s not exactly the most beautiful book ever written, but the humor will get you hooked. It’s your typical romantic comedy and belongs to the easy read types, not too much conflict, Very light and entertaining.

I can’t imagine a campus so fan crazed! I am glad Kingdom University is fiction! Lol. All they did was stalk couples, play paparazzi and be in the scene through accessing the underground website. And seriously, is there only one girl worth looking at? Is she even human to be that perfect? Lol again. Campus Royalties gave me a good laugh and the “kilig” was there all throughout. You’re a monster if your heart won’t melt with a serenade or a special song sang on stage just for you!

Eleanor & Park [2012]

Eleanor and parkAuthor: Rainbow Rowell
Year: 2012
Publisher: Orion

About (bookbrowse):

Bono met his wife in high school, Park says.
So did Jerry Lee Lewis, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be, she says, we’re 16.
What about Romeo and Juliet? Shallow, confused, then dead.
I love you, Park says.
Wherefore art thou, Eleanor answers.
I’m not kidding, he says.
You should be.

Set over the course of one school year in 1986, this is the story of two star-crossed misfits – smart enough to know that first love almost never lasts, but brave and desperate enough to try. When Eleanor meets Park, you’ll remember your own first love – and just how hard it pulled you under.

I Say…

I know. I am not the only one. Not in here. The whole world loves Eleanor and Park now. OK. This is my second time to read the book and I don’t want to visit Goodreads again to glance at the ratings. It’s my turn rating it. It’s far from OK. It’s more than inviting, like coffee when you pass by an open door of Starbucks… that moment makes me always want to buy myself some coffee. This book gave me the same effect.

The book was set in 1986, where people play Walkman and use AA batteries, and use mix tapes? It was the era of very good music. No wonder Park got into Eleanor’s system that easy. Who doesn’t love the 80’s by the way? A lot of things evolved because of what happened during the 80’s. Hairstyles. Music. Dating. Name it.

I wanted to highlight a lot of phrases in my copy of the book, but never mind. I’ll remember them anyway. Park sure knows how to say the words at the right moment…Rainbow Rowell nailed it! It sucks you in and spits you out shortly afterwards. It’s like reading poetry and comics at the same time. I don’t know how to actually explain it, but it felt good. Painful, but really, really good. First love is painful. But it’s good. There’s always something there to remind you about it, FOR SURE. It will haunt you, no matter how long it has been… or how good or bad it went. It will always be there within you. I think Rainbow Rowell made that very clear in her book.

I hate putting up spoilers here, so you just might want to check it out. Rainbow Rowell will make it big a few more years from now.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me [2012]

The Catastrophic History of You and MeAuthor:Jess Rothenberg
Year: 2012
Publisher: Speak

About (goodreads):
Brie is the “biggest, cheesiest, sappiest romantic” who believes that everyone will find their perfect someone, so when Jacob, the love of Brie’s life, tells her he doesn’t love her anymore, the news breaks her heart, literally, and she dies. But now that she’s D&G (dead and gone), Brie revisits the living world to discover that her family has begun to unravel and her best friend has been keeping an intimate secret about her boyfriend. Somehow, Brie must handle all of this while navigating through the five steps of grief with the help of Patrick, her mysterious bomber-jacketed guide to the afterlife. But how is she supposed to face the Ever After with a broken heart and no one to call her own?

I Say…

Majority, if not all must’ve experienced a heartbreak. But Brie Eagan here of The Catastrophic History of You and Me suffered from a literal heartbreak and lost everything to that severe attack: her first love, her family, her life. Pretty interesting plot, right?  It pretty much covered the aftermath of Brie’s heartbreak, as she wanders as a lost soul who just kept on finding out secrets that used to surround her. And ooh there’s just so many things to learn. Do we really have to die to know everything we need to know? I hope that stays as fantasy.

And you have to know Patrick’s real purpose… why he always hung around even when Brie kept pushing her away. And watch out for even more shocking twists toward the last few chapters. A lot of characters are hateful and annoying, on Brie’s point of view. That includes Larkin, her former best friend.  I haven’t read a love story like this in a long time. This book’s bound to tighten your chest a lot, I think it can be categorized suspense too.

The K-Pop Star and I [2013]

The K-Pop Star and IAuthor: J.P.Adrian
Year: 2013
Publisher: Lifebooks

About (goodreads):
When Hallyu Wave invaded the Philippines, nagtatago marahil si Joy sa kuweba. Wala kasi siyang ideya na ang Korean na na-assign sa kanya bilang personal assistant nito sa mga araw na ipamamalagi nito sa Pilipinas ay isang sikat ng K-Pop Idol.

Iyon ang araw na babago sa normal na buhay ni Joy. At matatagpuan niya na pati ang puso niya ay na-invade na rin ng K-Pop Idol na ito. Guguluhin nito ang buong pagkatao niya. She’d be living a fairytale that every fangirl had ever dreamed of.

Pero posible kayang ma-fall ang isang Prince Charming sa ambisyosang frog?

I Say…

As if we Filipinos can’t get enough of K-Pop, it even invaded our literature. Yes, you read the cover right. The K-Pop Star and I is indeed a “Koreanobela”. A crazy one, it is. Don’t think of Joy Natividad as a stereotype character based on the book title. She is not a hallyu fanatic at all. She is just a victim of fate… like all heroines who meet the love of their lives unexpectedly.

I hesitated at first to grab a copy but told myself that is for the love and support for Filipino writers. There are lots of funny moments from the book and I can’t help but giggle as I thought that it’s too impossible to stop your infatuation for a guy who already made girls from all over Asia swoon and worship… plus the fact that his breath smelled like Skittles. And what’s even more impossible? K-Pop star falling for nerdy P.A? Not quite. ^__^