sunday’s list: an inventory of books in fiction i own

i enjoyed reading but seldom purchase books; for one, some of the titles i fancied are expensive. ;) when i buy book, it’s more of out of necessity than whim. and national bookstore is my hangout since i can peruse books. i stopped by there to take cursory look at the pages of novels that caught my interest. i do this whenever i go to the mall; which happens to be a few times in a month. :(

allow me to enumerate the books i bought as well as those that were given to me as gift by my boyfriend. :)

1. The Mercury Visions of Louis Daguerre by Dominic Smith

i bought this at national bookstore in sm fairview on december of 2009. i read the first paragraph and i had that urge to buy it. it was riveting: ‘when the vision came, he was in the bathtub’. i don’t know why, but i like that. first sentence and it says a lot. i like the storyline and the title. ;) and a big plus, it was on sale. :d lucky day.

contents at a glance: when the vision came, he was in the bathtub. so begins the madness of louis daguerre. in 1847, after a decade of using poisonous mercury vapors to cure his daguerreotype images, his mind is plagued by delusions. believing the world will end within one year, daguerre creates his “doomsday list” — ten items he must photograph before the final day. the list includes a portrait of isobel le fournier, a woman he has always loved but not spoken to in half a century.

in this luminous debut novel, dominic smith reinvents the life of one of photography’s founding fathers. louis daguerre’s story is set against the backdrop of a paris prone to bohemian excess and social unrest. poets and dandies debate art and style in the cafés while students and rebels fill the garrets with revolutionary talk and gun smoke. it is here, amid this strange and beguiling setting, that louis daguerre sets off to capture his doomsday subjects. – Book description from

2. A Wallflower Christmas by Lisa Kleypas

this paperback as well as secrets of summer nights were given to me as christmas gift by my boyfriend last year (2010). i like period romance so i like these two novels. these two books are romance novels so expect visually rich scenes; yes, and by that, i mean stuff lovers do.

contents in a glance: rafe bowman has just arrived from america for his arranged meeting with natalie, the very proper and beautiful daughter of lady and lord blandford. his chiseled good looks and imposing physique are sure to impress the lady-in-waiting, and if it weren’t for his shocking american ways and wild reputation, her hand would already be guaranteed. before the courtship can begin, rafe realizes he must learn the rules of london society. but when four former wallflowers try their hand at matchmaking, no one knows what will happen…

winning a bride turns out to be more complicated than rafe bowman anticipated, especially for a man accustomed to getting anything he wants. however, christmas works in the most unexpected ways, changing a cynic to a romantic…and inspiring passion in the most timid of hearts. – Book description from

3. Secrets of Summer Nights by Lisa Kleypas

together with the other kleypas book, i reread it when i’m offline and taking a break from work.

contents in a glance: four young ladies enter london society with one common goal: they must use their feminine wit and wiles to find a husband. so a daring husband-hunting scheme is born.

annabelle peyton, determined to save her family from disaster, decides to use her beauty and wit to tempt a suitable nobleman into making an offer of marriage. but annabelle’s most intriguing—and persistent—admirer, wealthy, powerful simon hunt, has made it clear that while he will introduce her to irresistible pleasure he will not offer marriage. annabelle is determined to resist his unthinkable proposition . . . but it is impossible in the face of such skillful seduction.

her friends, looking to help, conspire to entice a more suitable gentleman to offer for annabelle, for only then will she be safe from simon—and her own longings. but on one summer night, annabelle succumbs to simon’s passionate embrace and tempting kisses . . . and she discovers that love is the most dangerous game of all. – Book description from

4. Night Heat by Simona Taylor

i bought this one at booksale a bouquiniste store in victoria plaza, davao. i like the storyline, characters, and the way it’s written. enjoyable to read.

contents in a glance: from the moment trinidad tour guide rhea de silva is assigned a group of american tourists, everything possible goes wrong. her biggest problem is handsome journalist marcus lucien. rhea doesn’t trust marcus’ motives any more than he trusts her ability to lead their group out of a dangerous situation–even if a heated, sensual attraction is brewing that neither could resist. – Book description from

5. The Apothecary Rose by Candace Robb

i bought this one at booksale too. it’s a period mystery novel.

contents at a glance: once the king’s captain of archers, now he must penetrate a poisoner’s secrets…

christmastide, 1363-and, at an abbey in york, two pilgrims die mysteriously dead of an herbal remedy. suspicious, the archbishop sends for owen archer, a welshman with the charm of the devil, who’s lost one eye to the wars in france and must make a new career as an honest spy.

masquerading as an apprentice to apothecary nicholas wilton, whose shop dispensed the fatal potion, owen’s dark curls, leather eyepatch and gold earring intrigue wilton’s wife. but is this lovely woman a murderess? and what links the wiltons to bumbling brother wulfstan, ascetic archdeacon anselm and his weaselly agent potter digby, and the ragged midwife magda the riverwoman? answers as slippery as the frozen cobblestones draw owen into a dangerous drama of old scandals and tragedies, obsession and unholy love…

the apothecary rose marks the arrival of a bold and quick-witted detective in this expertly detailed, engrossing tale of medieval life-and death. – Book description from

6. The Accidental Tourist by Anne Tyler

its somber story but written well. i like characterization of leary.

contents at a glance: macon leary is a travel writer who hates both travel and anything out of the ordinary. he is grounded by loneliness and an unwillingness to compromise his creature comforts when he meets muriel, a deliciously peculiar dog-obedience trainer who up-ends macon’s insular world–and thrusts him headlong into a remarkable engagement with life. – Book description from

7. The Nonborn King by Julian May

this one i haven’t read, yet. :d

contents at a glance: on earth, six million b.c., two species of alien ruled, the graceful humanoid tanu and their twisted brethren, the firvulag. then men from twenty-second century earth arrived through a one-way time tunnel — and soon the aliens were locked in a battle to the death, for the humans had upset the precarious balance of power that existed between them.

but when the tides of combat had receded, no one group held firm control, though aiken drum, man of no woman born, had declared himself the nonborn king. – Book description from

8. David Copperfield by Charles Dickens

i wanted to read classics so i bought this. but i read just few pages. when i read it, i feel like lost somewhere along storyline road.

contents at a glance: david copperfield is the story of a young man’s adventures on his journey from an unhappy and impoverished childhood to the discovery of his vocation as a successful novelist. among the gloriously vivid cast of characters he encounters are his tyrannical stepfather, mr. murdstone; his formidable aunt, betsey trotwood; the eternally humble yet treacherous uriah heep; frivolous, enchanting dora; and the magnificently impecunious micawber, one of literature’s great comic creations. in david copperfield—the novel he described as his “favorite child”—dickens drew revealingly on his own experiences to create one of his most exuberant and enduringly popular works, filled with tragedy and comedy in equal measure. – Book description from

9. The Tenth Circle by Jodi Picoult

contents at a glance: fourteen-year-old trixie stone is in love for the first time. she’s also the light of her father, daniel’s life — a straight-a student; a pretty, popular freshman in high school; a girl who’s always seen her father as a hero. that is, until her world is turned upside down with a single act of violence. suddenly everything trixie has believed about her family — and herself — seems to be a lie. could the boyfriend who once made trixie wild with happiness have been the one to end her childhood forever? she says that he is, and that is all it takes to make daniel, a seemingly mild-mannered comic book artist with a secret tumultuous past he has hidden even from his family, venture to hell and back to protect his daughter.

with the tenth circle, jodi picoult offers her most powerful chronicle yet as she explores the unbreakable bond between parent and child, and questions whether you can reinvent yourself in the course of a lifetime — or if your mistakes are carried forever. – Book description from

10. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

contents at a glance: written by an anonymous fourteenth-century poet, sir gawain and the green knight is recognized as an equal to chaucer’s masterworks and to the great old english poems, beowulf included. a green-skinned knight offers the knights of the round table a simple but deadly challenge—a challenge taken on by the brave sir gawain. a challenge that will force him to choose between his honor and his life… – Book description from

11. Franz Kafka the Complete Stories

contents at a glance: the complete stories brings together all of kafka’s stories, from the classic tales such as “the metamorphosis,” “in the penal colony,” and “a hunger artist” to shorter pieces and fragments that max brod, kafka’s literary executor, released after kafka’s death. with the exception of his three novels, the whole of kafka’s narrative work is included in this volume. – Book description from

12. One Day the Ice Will Reveal All Its Dead by Clare Dudman

contents at a glance: in this unforgettable debut novel clare dudman has imaginatively re-created the life of the german scientist alfred wegener, whose theory of continental drift—derided by his contemporaries—would eventually revolutionize our perception of the world. wegener’s irresistible urge to discover the unknown takes him from the horrors of world war i’s trenches to several lengthy expeditions across the unexplored ice of greenland, an extraordinary quest that—with the support of a remarkable woman—gives birth to a powerful idea worth fighting for. distinguished by its evocation of the unforgiving beauty of the arctic, this stunningly written tale of obsession and courage will thrill readers of scientific history and the best adventure writing. – Book description from

13. Blood for Blood by Pio Gabad Arce

contents at a glance: three men—a warrior, a soldier, and a pursuit—justice. this short novel revolves around pangayaw (tribal vendetta-killing).

life-changing fiction! – book description from OMF Literature

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