An exquisite resort like Aziza Paradise Hotel in Palawan is a kind of place where you can fulfill your dream of disconnection. And when you find yourself in this hideaway, a good book might be the best companion.
Laze down on a daybed beside the pool, feel the sunshine and the breeze, and turn the pages of any of these 10 books. All of them promise to enrich your holiday in different ways.
1. Hope for the Flowers by Trina Paulus
This classic story is celebrating its 48th anniversary in September 2020. Hope for the Flowers is an inspiring allegory about the realization of one’s true destiny. It is told through the lives of caterpillars named Stripe and Yellow, who struggle to “climb to the top” before understanding that they are meant to fly.
2. Who Moved My Cheese? By Spencer Johnson
Published in 1998, this simple but powerful book is a motivational business fable. It is an amusing and enlightening story of four mice who live in a maze. All of them are searching for the cheese that will make them happy. Written for all ages, the story takes less than an hour to read, but its unique insights can last a lifetime.
3. Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan
This is a Filipino detective novel, both fast-paced and intelligent, with a Jesuit priest who also happens to be a forensic anthropologist as the sleuth. When it won the prestigious Carlos Palanca Grand Prize for the English Novel in 1999, it proved that fiction can be both popular and literary.
4. Becoming by Michelle Obama
Written by the former United States first lady, this memoir talks about her roots and how she found her voice, her time in the White House, and her public health campaign. Warm, wise, and revelatory, this book is the deeply personal reckoning of a woman of soul and substance who has steadily defied expectations.
5. The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami
This heroically imaginative novel, which is at once a detective story, is an account of a disintegrating marriage and an excavation of the buried secrets of World War II. In a Tokyo suburb a young man named Toru Okada searches for his wife’s missing cat. Soon he finds himself looking for his wife as well in a netherworld that lies beneath the placid surface of the city.
6. The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra
This is a book you will cherish for a lifetime, for within its pages are the secrets of making all your dreams come true. Based on natural laws that govern all of creation, this Chopra’s opus shatters the myth that success is the result of hard work, exacting plans, or driving ambition.
7. Catch A Falling Star by Cristina Pantoja-Hidalgo
In this collection, Hidalgo returns to the writing of the realistic short story while remaining true to the style of the travel essays, which some critics believe to be her most inspired work.
It’s totally fine that you want to spend your summer vacation in a Puerto Princesa accommodation. But it won’t hurt if you’ll feed your mind while enjoying various activities. So make sure to throw any of these titles in your beach bag before heading to Aziza Paradise Hotel Palawan.