My Recent Fandoms || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Oh yay! Another top ten tuesday freebie! I love days like these. It was a fandom freebie so of course I had to participate. Now, if I have to explain the whole complexity of each fandom that I am in, we will be here all day. And I cannot proceed to picking my top ten because I love all of my fandoms dearly. (Okay, maybe Harry Potter is basically on top, but it is like you’re asking me to pick a favorite child.) So I thought, why not share the fandoms that I recently got into? Too much fangirling may be felt in one blog post. You have been warned. Let’s get to it!

Yuri! On Ice – Figure skating. Fan service. Fabulous diversity. Help me, I think my nose bled for every character. I especially love Viktor Nikiforov, because he is just a cinnamon roll! I am planning to feature this one for Fandom Features because I really loved every single thing about it. Can you hear my heartbeat tired of feeling never enough… I cannot be tamed until I get to see Season 2. Until then, I am dead from feelings. Also if you have to know, yes. I SHIP YURI AND VIKTOR SO BAD, IT HURTS.

The Crown – Some might have watched because of Matt Smith, but I am a girl obsessed with historical and political drama. This show is beyond words to describe because the speech-reducing beauty it beholds is a perfectly imperfect representation of what it was like back then when Elizabeth II became the Queen of England. Bless the actors and their interpretations of their characters.

(This is the part where I run out of words to say what I feel because I turned into a puddle, sputtering words like “aghrereogrwhoe8urgewhve”)

(We are only two fandoms in and I am already dying. Great start.)

Class – I have so many questions regarding this series. But if I try really hard, it all comes down to one: WHY ON EARTH DID I HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL I WAS 19 TO TAKE NOTICE OF DOCTOR WHO AND WHY DID A SPIN-OFF CONVINCE ME? Class had the premise that made me want to watch more. I can’t say much without spoiling anything, but you need to watch this. In return, I promise to watch Doctor Who.

One Punch Man – Saitama is the hero that I needed. He lives in a society that has the most ridiculous heroes and monsters, but I guess that is what makes him amazing. The premise is simple enough, he defeats his enemies in one punch.

I mean sure, Genos is also good, but the dude’s a cyborg and has too many fangirls. I prefer fangirling over Saitama. He’s funny, frank, and flawlessly powerful. No, I’m not smiling right now. You are. I can’t help it. I love Saitama too much.

Six of Crows – I want to punch myself for only finishing the first book this year. But luckily, I can already read Crooked Kingdom whenever I want because it’s just there on my stack. BUT STILL, WHAT BLASPHEMY. HOW DID I SURVIVE 6 MONTHS WITHOUT READING ABOUT THIS CREW? (Oh right, thesis.) Don’t make the same mistake that I did. If you have this book, read it asap.

This gang was so unpredictable and dare I say it, I loved this more than the Grisha trilogy. And dare I say this, too. They are the real Suicide Squad. Move over, DC.

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Riverdale – I have been reading the Archie comics since I was a kid, but I never found a show that truly manifested it properly on the screen. The moment I saw the previews, I know that I will be immediately hooked when this show will be amazing. Granted, this show overlooked a main point that hurt a lot of people. And yes, it is not okay. Hopefully, I could talk about more in a Fandom Feature. But the main reason I love this show is because of:

1) Betty and Veronica

2) Kevin

3) WHO KILLED JASON???

Supergirl – Despite the backlash that DC is receiving when it comes to their movies, (and I partially blame Zack Snyder for that) I believe that they are nailing their TV shows. I love Supergirl because she is empowering in her right. Sometimes I wish that this series existed while I was growing up, but I guess the next generation has something to be thankful for. Which reminds me: I should watch Season 2 soon enough.

Zara Larsson – Her songs are extremely catchy.  I think she is underrated in some places, but she deserves all of the recognition she gets. I mean just listen to Symphony, and I will welcome you with open arms and not let go.

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Boys generally Asian – OKAY. Before you come at me, I am very much aware that this group is a parody. But if they were legit, I would be all over the place wearing their merch and waving their poop glowsticks. My bias is R.O.P but the bias wrecker is Jeungri. I love Who’s It Gonna Be more but Dong Saya Dae will always have a special place in my heart.

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Haikyuu – This one is a buzzer beater because I was just about to draft this post when I decided to watch this. AND YES, cramming this post was worth it. I love the ethics involved in this series and I am only 5 episodes in. Ugh, sports animes can be my kryptonite. I will get back on this one, but I am certainly am a fan in just 5 episodes. ONWARD MARCH.

NO ONE TOUCH SUGAWARA. HE IS MY PRECIOUS CINNAMON ROLL.

Yay! And that’s a Tuesday for you! Quick! I need someone to fanscream with! Or better yet, what are your recent fandoms? Who knows then? By the time you read this post, I would have to make another one because of the fandoms I have added. Bit crazy, I know. But that is why I named myself The Ultimate Fangirl.

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The Ultimate Quarterly Wrap-Up (January-March 2017)

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I can only tell you that life is unpredictable. But here I am, and I’m rolling over stuff like a cinnamon roll. How long has it been since I posted a wrap-up? I have not posted one since… oh god who knows? Eh. Who cares anyways? As long as I am happy with books, and anime, and manga, and my other fandoms, then it’s the only thing that matters.

In that chaos, I have decided to mesh my wrap-ups into quarterly posts, hence my wrap-ups will only appear four times every year now. I was having a hard time balancing with posting a wrap-up every month, so here’s to hoping that this one will work more efficiently. I will be also be including every ‘else’ in my wrap-ups. It could be a new series, newly discovered music, or a new obssession. Fangirling done right. So if you’re looking for a post that you have to sit through, then you’re probably going to need popcorn because this is going to be a while. Now let’s start!

Wrap-Up (January)

January has been a rollercoaster ride and that is just the first month of 2017 for you. It has been exhausting, exhilarating, exhausting, and exciting. (Yes, I am aware that I said exhausting twice.) I wouldn’t say that it is the loveliest of all the months, and it was a pretty upbeat start.

Wrap-Up - Books

I have read 6 books in January, and I have to say that I am impressed because I generally read 4 books every month.

Also me: But self, aren’t majority of those short stories?

Ugh, me from the past. Can we just agree to disagree? Short book or not, let’s list down the books.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I found it interesting but I was honestly torn because I seem to have a love-hate situation with the writing style. But this book has intrigued me enough to continue on with the series.
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Break-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza – It was short and sweet, but I was expecting a little bit more. I wish it had a full story, but “I mean duh, self. It was a short story, you cynical nerd.”
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We Go Together by Carla de Guzman – The book was a light and fluffy read, but I had a few issues regarding the pacing and the overall execution. I don’t know much about Much Ado Nothing by Shakespeare, but it was an interesting take. Maybe I just had a hard time imagining what DC looked like?
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Someday With You and other stories by Ines Bautista-Yao – Charming, heartbreaking, and reminds me of slice of life animes. Each story had a unique tweak on it, and it was definitely fun to read each one. Plus, how can I not resist this one? All of the stories are spearheaded by Filipino male MCs! About time I read about guys from my own country. I gushed about it in my full review [here].

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – How do I say this? I was choking and sobbing at 3 am while rendering our thesis. I have never been extremely jealous with a character before Molly Peskin-Suso came into the picture. My feels are with this book. Full review coming to you this April! I am so excited.
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Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know by Filipiknow – Informative for just about anyone. If one’s not into history but wants to read about badass stories, then you have come to the right place. Look, I’m just a simple history nerd. This book is gorgeous, informative, and straight to the point.
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Wrap-Up - Series

Yuri On Ice – The definition of perfection because it is just the coolest thing ever. Even real-life figure skaters adore it. That is how good this anime is.
One Punch Man – You may think that I will fall in love with Genos, but no. I freakin love Saitama. I would marry that dude in a heart beat.
Class – I only watched one episode but it looks so darn good. This may or may not make me watch Doctor Who.
Mr. Robot – My brain cells hurt when I saw this guy hacking into systems, and I was pretty bummed out because it reminded me a lot of that one subject where I hated everything. I think it was assembly. Still a pretty good show, but I stopped. I don’t know why either.

Wrap-Up (February)

I had no time to breathe in February. I did not pick up a single book. It was the month of our last defense. I am so done with my thesis. But of course, that one will bite me later. On the side note, I may not have read anything, but I did get the chance to meet some of my favorite people on the internet.

Last February 18, I got to meet some #romanceclass authors for their #SparkNA releases. I finally got to meet Carla de Guzman,  Dawn Lanuza, and C.P. Santi. I even had my books signed yay! I also met blogger senpais at the event namely Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Sab from The Book Eater. I also saw Dianne from Oops, I Read A Book Again at the event.

I hope I could share more, but I decided to fully recap after the more feels event this coming April. Soon! ❤

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Riverdale -Despite being busy, I made time for Riverdale. Archie is basically my childhood, so I live for this series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Watched the first episode and I’m all “Eh. Maybe in another time.”
Horrible Histories – I binge watch this every time my exams are getting near. Instead of reviewing, I binge watch all of the 5 seasons.

Wrap-Up (March)

March was that point in my life where it has been messy. One day, I was posting non-stop and then suddenly schoolworks like projects, exams, and thesis approvals hit me in the face and then BAM! I have been practically gone for the whole March after posting non-stop for a week since my hiatus. It was then that I thought that the wrath of my academe is over, but little did I know that the worst was yet to come. Don’t worry, I overcame the final wave, and it’s time to put all of those things behind us.

On the bright of every little happy thing, I have so much love for March because after my finals, I finally had the time to read all of the books.

Wrap-Up - Books

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I had too many tears for Blade and his crew. This book tore me apart and built me back up again. I mean, I don’t even know how to fully describe this book coherently in my review. But yes, a lot of feels were involved. Review [here].

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – Again, another tear gushing book. I swear, I could fill a bucket with my tears. I just love every character in this book, and I want to hug them all. Full gush [here].

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz –  It was my first time to read from an audio book where I tried my best to fight my will to not sleep. I loved every bit, like it was my first time to read Ari and Dante again. Lin-Manuel Miranda as a narrator was spot on. Why can’t we have more audio books read by him???

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Where do I even begin with this book? It was amazing, stunning, bloody well done, gorgeous, stupendous, magnificent, ridiculously spontaneous, sinister, and magical. I love everything about it, and I love to hate all of the dregs. Every single one of them is precious. I am not even sorry of dropping the 5 star rating right then and there when I finished, even if it had a terrible cliffhanger. SIX OF CROWS IS JUST TOO DARN GOOD.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t remember how long it was since I read this book but it felt like it was such a long time ago. It felt like I was reading for the first time again. I knew what was happening, but it felt like I was only processing the information as I was reading it. I was able to manipulate what I thought should be in the movie. It was so easy to digest everything, because I normally take days to read a book. But this one only took me two days, and that’s because I have classes and I only read in intervals. I cannot wait to reread Catching Fire as well. And then I will know if I will finally read Mockingjay or not. We’ll see.

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Wrap-Up - Movies

Moana – I must be the black sheep when it comes to this movie, but I did not find it entirely okay. Maybe I got too overhyped by it, and I really did not want to see the movie just because Lin-Manuel Miranda produced the music. Granted, the music was the best part, but don’t worry. I n will probably rewatch this one soon.

Beauty and the Beast – My eyes tear up every time I dare mention this movie because it was so darn beautiful. I was crying from start to finish because it remained true to it’s foundation. Everything was so darn perfect. Should I do a full review for this one? I guess I should (because I want to properly fangirl over Dan Stevens please).

Wrap-Up - Series

The Crown – I am a sucker for anything historical, and anything related to British monarchy. So with that, I loved this series very much. The history nerd in me is very satisfied indeed.

Riverdale – WHAT IS GOING ON? I am sad that they took a break the same time as I did for school. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?

Wrap-Up - Announcements

  • I have been dying to scream about this since I was chosen, and I can finally say it. I am now a co-blogger at Stay Bookish!

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  • Before I even started, it has been one of the blogs that I sincerely look up to. It inspired me to blog in the first place. And now,  I am actually part of the blog squad! It is honestly a dream come true for me, because I would not have picked anywhere else to step up and co-blog.
  • Don’t worry, of course I am not leaving this lovely blog of mine. Think of it this way: there is more than one place where you get to hear me fangirling over books. But I have been debating something else entirely.
  • The Fanboy Book Club is currently under construction! Or is it still even called that? More news in the future soon!
  • I will be going to another April book event soon, this time for romance books. I cannot wait to feel all of the feels!

Okay, I guess that’s about it for the past 3 months? So how about you guys? Everything went well for the first half of the year? Let’s talk about it!

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Books I Loved Less || Top Ten Tuesday

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

Continuing my spree of surprising people with a series of posts, here we have a Top Ten Tuesday. Oh my word. And it’s going to talk about books that I loved less? (Woman, who are you?) New and improved. I have been on a reading journey the past year and I realized a lot of things that I did not know about myself. Yes, I was still reading last year. I just did not have the time to socialize lol. Anyways, let’s get to through this Top Ten (Five) Tuesday, shall we?

Side note: I am not saying that I don’t like these books (with the exception of the last one), but these are generally the books that I thought that I will absolutely love. It ended up being less than what I thought they were going to be. Oh expectations, and the hype. *sigh* And yes, these books are in order. If it is your favorite, yay for you! You liked it, and I didn’t (which is sad for me).

5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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I wanted to like Gemina. I really did. It was one of my most anticipated reads last year, and I almost sacrificed an arm and a limb to get my hands on an advanced reader’s copy. But luckily, I did not.

I still thoroughly enjoyed this book, particularly loving a new character named Ella. She was another girl behind the computers and I bet she and my mom Kady will get along just fine. The chemistry between Hannah and Nik did not work well with me, and I still shipped Kady and Ezra more. The fact that the characters from the last book had more impact on me than the characters that were basically in the last 500 pages is saying a lot. The action was still there, and I am still very much intrigued on how the series will go from there. I just thought that this one will automatically get 5 stars from me.

4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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For crying out loud, this was a historical fiction novel. Bianca, this should have been automatically rated as a 5-star read. I know, right? But why not, you ask?

I found myself dragging over some of the parts, like Jacob and Zofia’s perspectives. I need not to read their endeavors since I did not get much at all. I was also excited to just immerse myself in the world, but the characters took that one star away from making it a 5.

I like books with multiple perspectives, and 3rd person narratives are always the best kind of books to read for me. I found Alexander nice, and Katerina lovely. The queen was definitely a character that I would want to read more of. That’s why I was still able to give the 4 star rating for this book.

3. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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Oh man. I had such high hopes for this book. Again, it all comes down to expectations. I wanted to read something that will hit me hard in the feels. Yet, did this book deliver? Not really, as I stated in my review.

It did succeed in giving me a lot of feels, feelings of hatred for one of the main characters. Mia was unbearable. I understand where her hatred is coming from, but she came off really strong and unpleasant.

I generally loved everything else, the message it wants to get out there, and the writing style. It was actually quite refreshing to read a book set outside the United States. //shot But the feelings were all negative, accompanied by a resolution that was just meh, and a character that did not look like she will change for the better.

2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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WE GET IT. YOU BROKE UP. WHY DO YOU HAVE TO BE 400 PAGES LONG?

I ended up DNF-ing this book after wanting it for so long. Our school library had it on its shelves (much to my surprise)  and I wanted to lay back and just read. I ended up returning it the two days after with a whole week still under my belt because I just had enough.

What I read was a string of conclusions that are woven to make a coherent conclusion realizable from the very first page. Do you get me? As for now, this one gets two stars from me. Writing style is okay, and the art was simply gorgeous, but with everything that is spiraling around, it gets a no from me right now.

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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I had a series kick last year, and this one was actually on my list. I did expect to like it, because my own classmates gave me good ratings for this book. But sad to say, yes. I hate this book because of the CHARACTERS again.

Juliette annoyed every fiber of my being and so did Adam and Warner, who I think are both dominant and abusive as fudge. This book was just full of bad decision-making. -_-

I discontinued reading the sequel despite wanting some more Kenji action (who I think is the most sensible person in this entire trilogy). I had hopes that Juliette would make more sense in the next book, but it ended up like a cliche. I was able to predict the next twists and turns, based on the direction that those guys are headed. But fret not, it could have been a one star if not for Tahereh Mafi’s glorious writing style. I love you guys, and I know that a lot of you loved this book in particular. But I am not sorry for disliking these characters. The frustration was just strong.


I narrowed the list down to five because we could be here all day if I did list down ten books. I actually have more books to share about but this post is getting too long for me. I might be boring you with the details already.

And that’s a Tuesday for you and for me.

What books should I give a second look to? What books did you expect to love and loved less? Let me know so we can chat in the comments below!

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#AllTheFeels: 5 Reasons Why You Should Love Max from If The Dress Fits

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Oh Max, where do I begin with you? And then you walked in and my heart went boom?

#AllTheFeels is an event created by April from The Reading Belles. For us bloggers, we chose a book boyfriend to introduce to the world. For those of you who don’t know, Max is the main love interest in If The Dress Fits, a contemporary romance book by Carla de Guzman.

When I was first introduced to this handsome and charming character, I instantly fell in love. He was a sweet dude and I cannot deny that I also wanted him for myself. (But lol, thesis first.) Yet, I cannot seem to express my love for him that much. So when this opportunity came up, I thought, “Hey, why not. I’ll share my book boyfriend to the world. Plus you know, #romanceclass needs more love.” Not only am I here to make you love Max Angeles, but I am also here to convince on why he deserves your time and why you need to know more of him in If The Dress Fits. At first, the list was actually supposed to contain 10 reasons, but I managed to narrow it down to 5. (and you will see why. (*winks*) ) So here are the top 5 reasons on why you should love Maxwell Jeffrey Angeles.

  1. He will take care of your pet/s.

Max is a veterinarian. He has his own clinic and he can be your go-to guy when your lovely pet needs a loving doctor. He will handle your pets with care, and of course it is a no-brainer that your pets will love him back. His inspiration comes from another pet lover. You might be surprised on who inspired Max to become a veterinarian. It is actually Hagrid from the Harry Potter series. (Double meaning: he must love Harry Potter, too.) And speaking of which,

  1. He loves to read books.

Falling in love with this guy yet? Asides from hanging out with lovable pets, he indulges himself in reading literary works. (Basically, he is also a bookworm like the rest of us.) Imagine spending a quiet afternoon with him where you just pick a book to read and just enjoy each other’s company. (MARTHA AGUAS YOU ARE SO LUCKY.)

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  1. He’s the guy you that you will want to bring home to your relatives.

Honestly, even family members (excluding those of the male stature) will swoon over a guy like Max. He is friendly, he knows how to impress aunts, and he knows exactly what to say without coming off as a douche (some dates do that, wink).

  1. The guy has a particular set of skills.

STEAM ALERT. I REPEAT, STEAM ALERT. (I’m only 19 guys. I don’t know how to explain this stuff.)

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  1. He will be there at your beck and call.

Max is the guy that is wonderful to have and you will be proud to call your best friend. He is only one call/text away (Max = 1, Charlie Puth = 0), and he is there when you need him the most, or when you just need a companion for a walk. May it be a trip to Dangwa, or a family getaway in Tagaytay and you need a date to hush your aunts, he is reliable, trustworthy, and he will always have your back.

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Title: If The Dress Fits

Author: Carla de Guzman

Genre: Adult, Romance

Date Published: 15th of October 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Midnight Books

Buy it on: Amazon || Carla’s Typeform

Summary:

Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?


Huge thanks to April for letting me be a part of this lovely happening. Reminiscing on how much I loved the story brought much joy to me. If you are intrigued with Max, then you should definitely read If The Dress Fits, soon! I left links up there. Come on, you know you want to. If you need more convincing, I will also leave a link to my review of the lovely book here. In the mean time,

  • Is there someone out there like Max Angeles out there and where can I find him?
  • Any book boyfriends that you want to swoon about? Describe them to me!
  • What #romanceclass book should I read next?

Until then,

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Book Haul #5: How did this happen?

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Remember that I lost control book haul? Well, it’s time to topple that. Because I went full on crazy again and it got really weird. Alright, let’s get to the book haul before I snap or something.

You might think that I got these books for my birthday, right? Haha, nope. I only got one book for my birthday. And that book is I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson.

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I got this one from Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads, weeks after my birthday because I was in thesis hell that time. Much love to Jasmine for sending me this. ❤

So now we proceed to November. Oh sweet sweet November. How are you so cool and thoughtful and ridiculous all at the same time.

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I actually only heard of the Scholastic Warehouse Sale when Rafael from The Royal Polar Bear Reads talked about his experience on his blog. And then I saw Hazel from Stay Bookish’s unboxing. When I saw what titles can be bought, I immediately asked a lot of people if they could come with me. In the end, I went with my mom (lol, my mom is very supportive of my bookish endeavors in life, okay?) No hassle really since we went there through a private vehicle. Now I only had a budget for the book buffet, so I need to make the most out of it. The staff present at the sale were really friendly and they helped me with arranging the books for the book buffet.

Here’s how the book buffet works:
There is an area exclusive for the book buffet inside the warehouse. The staff will give you a box where you can go and put all of your books. Most of the titles for available at the book buffet were actually very good. All you have to do is to have a keen eye, and maybe you will find the titles that you like. After all, Scholastic is a main distributor of the a lot of books here in the PH.

Asides from the book buffet, there were a lot of books that were 40% – 70% off, which is a really good deal if you want to book hunt. If I only had more budget, maybe I could have gone crazier. (No, I am not crazy. You are.)


So to give you an idea of what you can get, here are some of the books that I got from the book buffet:

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Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

What We Remember, What We Forget

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Tales of the Trojan War by Kamini Khanduri

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie


You can also visit Raffy’s and Hazel’s respective blog posts if you want to know more about the sale. It helped me a lot, and their posts are informative and they gave tips about the sale. ( I linked it up there. ^_^)

Okay, to answer some of your Q’s. I went there early on a rainy weekend, and I think they were fresh from opening. Actually, I was all by myself at one point haha. My advice is that if you are planning to go there on a weekend, be early. But there still exceptions since my friend went there in the afternoon and she still got a ton of great titles. Have fun finding the titles that you want to buy. It will really test your ninja skills.

My day did not stop there. Because of an event, I got to go to Bonifacio Global City at night. And that place is so much more pretty at night. My mom and I had some time to kill, so we went to the Fully Booked branch there. That place is my heaven, because it’s so huge. 4 floors of all of the amazing books. Unknown to my mom, there was also a sale there. But I couldn’t say anything because I just got new books earlier that day. You know that feeling of dread? I was staring at YA books like a hound. (Plus I badly wanted a Ruta Sepetys book. But yeah, shut up self.)

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… Though in the end, I still got one book. I got a paperback of Harry Potter because we have been searching for that book since I lost it way back then. (Like I said my mom is very supportive, especially if it’s HP related. Because we just both love the series so much. Except for Cursed Child //shot)


So how was I in the aftermath of that book excursion? I’m currently saving my allowances for another one, because once you do that… there is no coming back. Kidding aside, I would love to get books for myself even if the next spending spree happens next year. I have no regrets. I know I got some amazing titles, and I cannot wait to dive into them. (I lied. I’m reading on an e-reader right now. #bookwormproblems)

What was your latest haul like? Share your book haul stories below!

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The Loveliest Community: A Message to PH Bloggers

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This is part of #TheThanksUGive, an event hosted by Mishma of Chasing Faerytales and Hazel of Stay Bookish. It is where we give thanks to things we are grateful for. Even though we do not celebrate Thanksgiving here in the Philippines, it’s nice to join in the holiday fun once in a while.

Let’s just be clear that even if this letter is directed to the Filipino book blogging community, I adore each and every person who is kind enough to interact with me. You always make me smile and you make my day lovelier. I’m sorry if I don’t respond to your comments fast enough, but I hope I can make up for it once the hectic part of my college life is over. To the friends that I have made in this community, do know that you have a special place in my big, fat, fangirl heart. 😘

Also, I have been wanting to express my gratitude to the wonderful book bloggers that I have interacted with this year. Case in point: all of the lovely book bloggers here in PH. So here is my message that is addressed to you all, but a little bit more personalized. I am a really sappy person, so I am already warning you. Haha. ❤


To you my dear,
You are such a lovely person. I am so blessed to be a part of this lovely community because you are also in it.

With you around, it is such a great experience to be a blogger. The reason that I continue to strive and create lovely content is because I consider you as one of my senpais. Well, it’s technically defined as someone in a higher year but you get the idea that I look up to you. I know that I still have a lot to learn, and you are so kind and approachable to talk to. You are so talented. I really admire your blog because I was inspired to start my own blog when faith led me to visit your blog before.

I may or may not have met you this year, but I hope we could interact soon. If I have met you this year, I really hope we could see each other again. It’s heart warming to finally see you in person, because you are cooler “in the flesh”. I may not have been talkative, but do know that I was really happy inside. I do a lot of talk here, but I am usually quiet when I leave the comforts of my keyboard. It was super fun to just be with the people who know what I am talking about.

And if I have not met you yet this year, I’m always hoping that I could bump into you if I attend a signing or two. Maybe at an event, and hopefully I will have the courage to say hi this time. *kicks introvert self* Sorry, nasa-starstruck lang talaga ako sa inyo, swear. Para akong nakakita ng artista kasi nga idol ko kayo. 😂

Hopefully, I could talk to you soon. Hopefully, the words that come out of my mouth are not gibberish so you could understand what I am saying. It has been a great year, and everything bookish-related made this year less of a madness.

I hope you keep on doing what you love. I hope that you continue to share your lovely thoughts to the world. I am always here if you need a friend, or if you just need someone with a lot of fandom knowledge to talk to. You are a wonderful person and the community is so much brighter because you are a part of it. Continue to inspire other people like me. Thank you for being such a gem.

Lots of love,
Bianca


Okay, I warned you about the cheesiness. Now, let’s all be thankful. *hugs*

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My Favourite Settings: A Rainbow Blog Challenge

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The Rainbow Blog Challenge is hosted by Terri of Le Book Chronicles, Rachel of Rach With Books, Kristy of The Reader Dragon, Naadhira of Legenbooksdary, Aimee of My Life in Books, and Elle of Elle Biblio.🙂

I feel like the lovely prompts are triggering me to sing “My Favourite Things”, haha. But anyways, I am one happy human being as ever.

Today’s prompt focuses on our favourite literary settings. I was thinking of the different places that I want to go to, but I also want to showcase some of the settings that I love. I decided to be the middle man and show the places that I want to go to, and how it is somehow inspired by the setting of a certain book. Pre-warning that most of the places in this post are in Europe, and these places are very rich in history. I don’t know why, but that continent really fascinates me. Anyways, here are some of the real world settings that usually gets me sold on the book, makes me want to write one, and where I would be travelling to someday.

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Photo from Architectural Digest

London – The UK has a ridiculously amazing culture and history that undoubtedly fascinates me. If a book is set anywhere in the UK, particularly in London, I always make room for it in my ever-growing TBR. I love reading about London, because I end up daydreaming of what it would be like to live there. And these books in particular encouraged me so and helped me with the British invasion in my head.

Case in point: The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling, Timekeeper by Tara Sim, 1D fanfiction (guilty reads when I was in high school 😂), Sherlock Holmes

Now here are some of the books that are high up on my TBR: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Jodi Meadows, and Brodi Ashton, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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Photo from Saint-Petersburg

St. Petersburg, Russia – Okay history nerds. I am also a Romanov enthusiast, meaning the story of their dynasty is the trigger that makes me want to go to Russia. But that’s only the first part. Apparently the Grisha universe is inspired by Russian culture, so it is amazing to dive in Leigh Bardugo’s stories while imagining Russia in my head.

Most of the books that I have read are from Leigh Bardugo, which is Shadow and Bone, and Siege and Storm. I am currently reading Six of Crows and it is basically everything I need in life.

Meanwhile, here are some of the books on my TBR: Blood Red, Snow White by Marcus Sedgwick, Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys, and The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye.

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Verona, Italy – Let’s be honest here: The only book that I have read that is set in Verona is Romeo and Juliet. And no, I believe that it is a quintessential love story that defined a perfect tragedy. One day, I would take a picture of myself on Juliet’s balcony. All I’m saying is that Verona is the first place that I would want to go to if I had the chance to visit Italy. Italy, like practically every country on this list is a beautiful country that genuinely treasured its history. I am patiently waiting for more YA books set in Italy. It’s just so inspiring to write about.

There are tons of books inspired by Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare, and apparently more books set in the beloved city. A somewhat modern retelling that I have on my shelf is Juliet by Anne Fortier. A recent book on my TBR is Love and Gelato by Jenna Evans Welch.

Also pssst, history nerds. I just love to sink in Dan Brown’s books. Not exactly for some things, but for the history! And how he describes all of those places set in Florence, the Vatican, Rome, and Venice. (Okay, I will stop now.)

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Photo by The Ultimate Fangirl

Intramuros, Manila, Philippines – I have a feeling that this post is turning into quite a historical post as well, haha. And also yes, I took this photo last year for my Advanced Photography class. Oh my dear sweet niblets, where do I begin with you? Intramuros is my go-to place in Manila. Next to the National Museum of the Philippines, I have always pictured those two places to be the perfect setting for majority of the genres that exist in this world. A YA book set in the Philippines? Yes please! That would be the loveliest thing ever.

Hopefully, I will write one someday? Who knows? I will bet that I will write about the things running around in my head if I have the time. But first, thesis revisions. :3

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Photo from The Huffington Post

Broadway (New York) – I believe that this is the center stage of every person who dreams of becoming a musical sensation. Also, for theater enthusiasts like me, this is where the magic unfolds. I mean, who doesn’t dream of seeing a play in Broadway? (cough, Hamilton, cough) And in those dreams, the lights are on that person who yearns to become the star of the most amazing plays. Where have we read that one before? I particularly chose Broadway because 1) History 2) Matter of the theater in the present, and 3) The power it has to be a powerful setting for any story.

There a lot of books about teenagers joining the theater like Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan, Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. There tons of great books that referenced the theater in their stories, and it just wonderful to see it on the page.


And that’s about it! These are just a few of the places that I want to go to, and the main inspiration of the settings in some of my favorite books. I love these beautiful places very much, and I hope that someday I could go to all of them.

What are some of the places that inspire you? What are some of your favourite settings in books? What place is it inspired from? I need book recommendations, please! Let’s talk about it and let’s daydream together. 🙂

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