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What I Read in Jan, Feb and March 2020 - Q1 2020 Book Wrap Up

Today I thought of sharing all the books I’ve read for your first quarter reading 2020. 

At the start of the year I gave myself a goal to read 20 books. Three books higher than last year but I am quite positive I can achieve my reading goal this year since I am staying home most of the time. 

I wish I am reading faster though but it seems like my reading phase is under the blue lately. 

Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

Dear John was my first ever novel read by Nicholas Sparks. I was warned by my youngest sister that the book will disappoint me towards the end, but I still pushed through reading it. Now I know what she means.

This book has a tragic ending that will make you ask “why?” It can’t end that way. It just can’t.

It left me with so many questions and definitely not the ending I anticipated from author Nicholas Sparks. 

The story of John Tyree and Savannah Curtis who found love one summer. As great as their love story is, they had to go separate ways as John is part of the U.S. Armed Force. Their relationship was tested time and time again with the turns of events including the September 11 Attack. 

Just when John thought everything between them had ended, they met again. And it even opened more wounds than before. Now, Savannah is married with kids and surviving a battle of her own. 

If you are ready to fall in and out of love, this book is for you. Such an amazing read, but will leave you speechless in the end.

Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

I remember while I was on a flight to Malaysia, I got to watch the movie adaptation of Never Let Me Go. It really made me curious as to how the book would unfold. And being a big dystopian-themed book lover that I am, I bought a copy and promised myself to read it one day.

And now I did and my jaws literally dropped with how this book was written. I’ve never read such a distressing storyline. 

Never Let Me Go presents the story of friends Katie, Tommy and Ruth who were friends/schoolmates at a boarding school called Hailsham. Hailsham was a school designed for students who were destined to be organ donors in their adult life.

This book was intense. As slow as the story is in the beginning, you don’t want to miss reading this book until the end. It was the saddest, most intense storyline ever. 

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

I picked up this book one day because it was on sale for 25% off. I also got curious with its title and the cover.

Christopher John Francis Boone, the main character and story-teller of the book has autism which made him hard to understand most of the time. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor's dog, Wellington, is killed. He puts it to himself to solve who killed Wellington. 

Little did Christopher know that Wellington’s death would unfold so many secrets not only in his family but also in the people around their neighborhood.

This is such an easy read. As light as it is in the beginning, it will soon present itself a whirlwind of emotions. 

Your Money or Your Life

This is my first ever self-help/personal finance book for the year. Saw it on Book Sale once and I didn’t think twice about buying it.

Your Money or Your Life is the very handbook you need if you want to change your money game. It goes from the basics to advance knowledge presenting you with nine steps you can do to achieve financial freedom.

There are concepts in this book that although I’ve been blogging about finances for so long, I didn’t know. From calculating your hourly rate to making budget categories aligned to what you really spend on. It also has a lot of financial templates inside that will help you in fixing what needs to get fixed in your finances. 

If you are looking for a financial book to read over this enhanced community quarantine, I highly recommend this book!

Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden

This is my second time to read Memoirs of a Geisha and I will not get tired reading it again. 

Memoirs of a Geisha is a historical novel written by an American author, Arthur Golden. The novel is told in a first-person perspective and portrays the life of a fictional geisha, Chiyo Sakamoto later takes the name of Sayuri, who became one of the most successful geisha in Kyoto, Japan.
This book will fulfill your time traveling dream. You literally see yourself living in the geisha district in Kyoto. The book is filled with vivid descriptions of people, places and events that will make you feel part of Sayuri’s failures and triumphs in life.

That’s it for the books I read over the first quarter of 2020.

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