Now you know about Read Philippines, let me share one of the many activities that will promote the importance of reading into our lives, even busy ones. The monthly challenges.  You have to read a certain book or books in the span of time provided.  After finishing them, you have to provide your thoughts and insights and post them according to the rules given by the moderators of the forum.  (As far as im concerned, Ms. Laila is doing a great job organizing this! Let me hear a one big HURRAY for her, people! :D) and wait, wait… i almost forgot… there are always rewards waiting at the end… more books to read and flaunt in your shelves! 😀

And also because of this, in the past few months, ive noticed a big change.  its really having a good effect on me since im squeezing my not-so-tight-schedules just to finish one or two of their precious reading assignments.  Her, Ms. Laila’s, superb reading skills are really rubbing on me.  What’s that for a good influence, huh?! 🙂

Speaking of the monthly challenges, this november, they are giving away books for readers who will give their insights to the three stories featured in accordance to the halloween month.  (1)bad girls dont die by katie alender, (2)the immortal rules by julie kagawa and (3)witch and wizard by james patterson.  i know its kind of late, the month is about to finish in exactly one and a half days,  but who knows, maybe you have read one of these already.

And here i am, juggling my memory back to last year when i read the WITCH AND WIZARD by James Patterson.  Its been quite a while that ive gotten my hands on the book, so forgive me if my thoughts about it were sluggish.  So on to my mini-review on the book. 🙂




Imagine you wake up and the world around you-life as you know it-has changed in an instant. That’s what has happened to Whit Allgood and his sister, Whisty. They went to sleep as normal teenagers, and woke up as wanted criminals. Accused of holding incredible powers they’d never dreamed possible. And now, just how different they are-special, even-if just beginning to be revealed in a strange new world.”              


It reminded me of harry potter, just because of the drumstick and journal that their parents had given them.  Or maybe because it was all about magic and spells, and kids.  Or maybe because i always think that THE ONE WHO IS THE ONE is the same as LORD VOLDEMORT, HE WHO MUST NOT BE NAMED.

Actually come to think of it, there a lot of similarities between the two.  (1)They have both two sides, the good and the bad, the latter pertaining to government or the people in power who wants to stay in power and re-build everything according to their own ways and rules.  (2) They both have young heroes and heroines.  Whit and Wisty Allgood, while Harry Potter and his friends. (3)They both focused on discovering and honing their abilities, by themselves or by Hogwart’s. (4) They both have their own versions of kids putting up an army against the government.  One that is, garfunkel’s group and the other, the dumbledore’s army. (5) THE ONE WHO IS THE ONE has his own cult, has his own minions worshipping him, obeying him and all his commands.  Well, that’s what VOLDEMORT did too, with the death eaters and his so called “inner circle”.  (6)A lot of chases here and there, looking for the parents, looking for the kids, letting them out of the prison, rescuing others, kids saving the day…sounded like so harry potter and all of the seven books in its glory.  The list goes on.

It is not that i dislike the story, i just got bored since the ideas are all out there.  Plus the intertwining perspectives of whit and wisty makes it more complicated to understand who’s talking or narrating.  There were a lot of actions, though.  And a lot more to expect since this was just the first book and a lot of questions were left hanging and unanswered as the book ended.

I might continue reading the gift, their sequel, but after i read books that pique my interest first.  I need something new, something fresh.  The book is good, though it is not for me.

Categories: books | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

Post navigation

2 thoughts on “Read Philippines: NOVEMBER CHALLENGE

  1. yay! thanks for the write up arjaye! i am always happy when a fellow reader is excited to participate in my monthly challenges 😀 you just need to motivate them with something.


    • ..and im one of them! 🙂 thanks for introducing me to julie kagawa! i love how she writes. and thanks for the other books. because of u, i was able to read and love them. 🙂

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

Blog at

The Well-Travelled Postcard

A travel blog for anyone with a passion for travelling, living, studying or working abroad.

The Bookshelf Intruder

Musings of a bibliophile. I live a hundred, different lives through books.

Ana Linden

Writing Life


Beautiful things and a happy outlook on life

Mabel Kwong

Asian Australian. Multiculturalism

Books and Burlap

A country librarian and her musings.

Sucheta the Scribbler

Random. Purely Random. And then some more...

Flyhigh Manila Blog

The Premier Producer of Cabin Crew Lifestyle Events

A Daily Rhythm

Dream Big, Live Free

I am Blaq little corner on the web

Something Like a Storybook

from Morgan Bradham

Wallflower Whimsy

Words from the introverse.

Me, my thoughts and I

Reviews and thought journals through my eyes

Confessions of a Readaholic

Book Reviews | IAuhor nterviews | EST 2013

J. Giambrone

Blog of J.Giambrone


Big thoughts in a small country

%d bloggers like this: