Thursday, January 28, 2016

Read: I Am Malala

Reading this book made me think about what role did the US play to start their now on-going battle against terrorism. The first chapters of Malala's story briefly touched this, and now I want to watch Charlie Wilson's War, as my family did say that the movie was all about this.

I guess the influence of the US can also be seen not only in political wars but also in how a girl (Malala  in this situation) lives her life and what she aspires to be. There were references about Ugly Betty (Malala's dream because of this show was to be a magazine editor) and Twilight (where in she and her friends would often pretend to be vampires.

It also made me think about how lucky I am to be born in a family (and a country) which values education. Malala's mother was learning to read and write when Malala had been fluent in English already. :(

Question on goodreads:

Did you find any sections in the book that were a little slow?
I never skimmed any page of this book. There were some parts that were heavy, thus making it slow. Just like those who comment here the parts about Pakistan's history was that. It had me googling who Benazir and General Sia was. It also had me questioning what part did the US play for Muslims to start thinking about war (the Russians in the textbook). That was why it took me a long time to read this book, because of the so many characters and the horrifying incidents that these people live on a daily basis.

The other half was actually a lot better and this made me quicken my reading pace.

Goodreads blurb:

I come from a country that was created at midnight. When I almost died it was just after midday.

When the Taliban took control of the Swat Valley in Pakistan, one girl spoke out. Malala Yousafzai refused to be silenced and fought for her right to an education.

On Tuesday, October 9, 2012, when she was fifteen, she almost paid the ultimate price. She was shot in the head at point-blank range while riding the bus home from school, and few expected her to survive. 

Instead, Malala's miraculous recovery has taken her on an extraordinary journey from a remote valley in northern Pakistan to the halls of the United Nations in New York. At sixteen, she has become a global symbol of peaceful protest and the youngest-ever Nobel Peace Prize laureate.

I Am Malala is the remarkable tale of a family uprooted by global terrorism, of the fight for girls' education, of a father who, himself a school owner, championed and encouraged his daughter to write and attend school, and of brave parents who have a fierce love for their daughter in a society that prizes sons.

I Am Malala will make you believe in the power of one person's voice to inspire change in the world.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The First Time I Self-Published my Work of Fiction


Cover by Elaine Samonte

I am literally ecstatic as I write this post, I am doing a victory dance of sorts while sitting at my chair in our office.

After 9 months of slacking, I finally up-ed my little YA book in Amazon. I wrote this for Mina V. Esguerra's BuqoYa class, with the premise that it has to be timebound, set only on one day.

#4 BEST DAY EVERThe Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, Before Sunrise, Everything Has ChangedMC and LI spend the entire story discovering each other, in a flirtatious manner.Your challenge: Show how history and personality can be creatively revealed and why small discoveries can lead to the hope of a more lasting relationship.
I successfully finished it last year.

Here's the blurb:
What’s making Mayumi anxious on her best friend’s birthday party? 
Is it her long time best friend Marie? Marie is now in college, and Mayumi starts to doubt their friendship as Marie meets new people and gets closer to them. 
Or is it this basketball player named Micah? A guy she recently met and is making every girl fall for him---Mayumi included.
To purchase the book: please click here.

Am willing to give away copies in exchange for HONEST reviews, thanks!