Book-It List: Top Books for September

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HERE COMES the cold season again, and who can resist chilling out by reading while cuddling a pillow on the bed? Whether you’re a fiction fan, a gaming guru, or a hopeless romantic, we got you covered. Here are the top picks from our Standard-bearers’ shelves:

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

The Kite Runner

by Khaled Hosseini

Standard adviser and editor Luigie Hadap says this is a heart-warming story about what it means to be a friend and a brother.

Hosseini’s The Kite Runner centers on childhood best friends Amir and Hassan, even if it’s not always the case. Despite growing up together under the same roof, Amir drifts away from the loyal Hazara Hassan — only to discover a painful truth later in life.

The Kite Runner is sure to make you laugh, reflect, and cry — cry more often — because whether it’s Amir or Hassan you relate to, there’s plenty of reasons to feel the tug in your heart.

For you, a thousand times over.

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

Warcraft: Durotan

by Christie Golden

Fan of the entire DOTA franchise? This might be a steal!

Golden’s expertise in all things Warcraft pays off in this official movie prequel that tells of the story of the Frostwolves’ struggle for survival. Led by the chieftain Durotan and assisted by his wife Draka, mother Geyah, magician Gul’dan, and slave Garona, the Clan must find a way to survive.

Sports buff Eugene De Ocampo says that this book can help readers know the rise of the Horde, the destruction of the orc world, and the happenings before the great war between orcs and humans. Be prepared, though: this isn’t the game universe canon.

Still, snag some popcorn before you plop on the couch!

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

The Fault In Our Stars

by John Green

Who agrees with Jhennecy Bergado that The Fault In Our Stars is an inspirational story?

The novel that made its way to the big screen talks about the Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters, two cancer patients in remission. As you might not have guessed, they end up falling in love. But this story isn’t all about cheesiness. TFIOS (the acronym fans blessed this book with) also talks about how life, in all its fullness, cannot be contained by sickness.

Jhennecy tells us that this tale teaches us to have courage and hope in the face of unhappy events in our lives.

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

Nobody can unread the opening lines of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones, pictured above.

Susie Salmon, raped and murdered by her neighbor when she was fourteen, eagerly watches from heaven how her family’s life unfolds, ignorant of the criminal just beside them. She wants payback, sure, but she’s torn between revenge and healing for her family. What will win in the end?

Jenny Manansala comments that this book is full of mystery — you won’t know what will happen next! Also, you’ll be primed to learn forgiveness and moving on even if it is against our will in this wonderful story.

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

Holding Up The Universe

by Jennifer Niven

Here’s a story about weight…and what’s behind it.

Libby Strout is fat, but nobody knows how hard it is for her to cope with the grief of her mother’s death and his father’s own sorrow. Jack Masselin, on the other hand, is the popular whiz — only that he’s keeping a secret, too. HE can’t recognize faces. When our two heroes meet and somehow feel companionship, their universe are up for some fresh air.

Ayanna Santiago says she likes this book because it shows that no matter how different you are from the society’s expectations, there will always be someone who will like you that will accept you for who you are.

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

Why Take Action? A Teenager’s Guide To Achieving Success

by Teo Aik Cher

Right, you got goals. But have you met them yet?

Teo Aik Cher’s practicality comes in and helps you piece the perfect plan to hit your targets bull’s-eye with his Why Take Action? It’s fun, it’s light, and most importantly, it’s workable.

Andi Taduran notes that book talks about how teenagers face struggles on their journey of learning and exploration, and how they should overcome them. She’s also inspired to target goals and have one perspective in anything that she does, whether it’s a short term or long term process.

Get on the productivity ride with her through this book!

Graphics by Stephanie Delos Santos.

Noli Me Tangere

by Jose Rizal

What better way to cap this list than cite a Filipino work, one that changed the course of our own history? Noli Me Tangere is one of Dr. Jose Rizal’s major works and one of the most remembered books in the Philippine history, aside from El Filibusterismo.

Juan Crisostomo Ibarra has just returned to the Philippines after a seven-year study in Europe. He is confronted by the death of his father, the cruelty and sharp tongue of the Spanish friars, and the oppression of his countrymen all deftly cloaked in rich symbolisms.

Rainier Redondo recommend that Grade 9 students read this in advance because they will have discussions and activities regarding the nationalist novel.

That’s it, folks!

Reading is an essential part not only of our being a student but also our being humans. It’s a gift, a skill that only we can do, so we should practice it to obtain the benefits.

If you’re planning to read any of our Standard-bearer’s must-sees, go on and leave a comment once you’re done! If you have suggestions or recommendations, shoot us a message and we’ll add it on the next book-it list.


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