Call me overacting, but I’m allergic to anything mainstream. Not so much when it comes to cosmetics, but most especially when it comes to books and movies. Last year I went to the movie theater only twice, and once back in 2011 - and most of those were only to use up free movie tickets given to me. When I visit book stores, I don’t browse the best sellers section because that’s where you’ll most likely find pieces like 50 Shades of Grey, Twilight, even John Green. I discovered and gushed about John Green quotes several years ago, when nobody even knew him and not one of his works could be found in local book stores anywhere. Today, I shrug off when I see most girls drooling over his books, so I dropped it like a hot potato. Maybe it's just me, but I have my personal preference.
On the other side of the spectrum, classics are on the top of my list but I especially like finding out about unheard of pieces where only I can giggle or reflect about all to myself. Maybe I am just possessive over something I like?
When my friend Kumiko of Loving Sunshine (who shares my love for books) found out I lost my book collection to a fire a few years ago, she asked if I’ve read The Sunflower by Richard Paul Evans. I said no, I haven’t, and she said she’d be happy to give it to me to condole over my loss. Of course, I lit up! She sent it with a card which I like using as a bookmark ;)
The Sunflower is the story of Paul and Christine weaved in between stories of giving back and reaching out to the needy. Set in Peru, both are in a humanitarian mission whose paths crossed in an orphanage called El Girasol – The Sunflower. Paul is a former ER doctor who lost his career after being blamed for a series of deaths one tragic Christmas morning. Christine is the shy, porcelain beauty whose heart broke after her fiancé called off their engagement.
Other than creating a truly inspiring story, Richard Paul Evans succeeded in actually painting Peru in this book. Flipping through the pages, I felt that I myself have walked along the Amazon jungle or even hiked the ridges of Machu Piccu. The entire Peruvian experience seemed so real. I enjoy that delight from reading a book. Given that I could not afford to travel anywhere I want, I appreciate books that can take me places ^_^ (If you ask me, I've traveled all around the world, even the world beyond that - and I didn't have to leave my room!)
When I'm in for some light reading, or when I feel I need a dose of inspiration to pick me up, I re-read a line or two from this book and I'm ready to go... Here's one of my favorites:
"Seek not your destiny, for it is seeking you."