*tries to facepalm but retracts* It’s actually quite amusing that even though these authors are my faves, I still haven’t read some of their books. I’m not gonna facepalm myself because of the matter; it’s okay. Sometimes even if it’s your favorite author, life happens and it just doesn’t give you the flipping time to read. Case in point: I truly love the works of the majority of these authors and I wish I could split myself in half so that I could read and rave their newest release. But reality check: that only happens in mythology and I’m not a superhuman who can kage bunshin no jutsu. On the bright side, it’s always a delight to know that there are amazing books waiting for me.
(Alternate post title: Top 10 Books That May or May Not Be Saved From A Fire)
Also, I know I’m shouting to the void here at the moment but do you ever feel like you badly need to have a physical copy because you get so emotionally attached to the book? Sometimes the words radiating on your ebook is not enough satisfaction? This is also the reason why I have yet to read some of the books on this list.
Anyway, without further ado, here are the ten books by my faves that I haven’t had the time to read yet:
Am I Normal Yet by Holly Bourne
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows
The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand
They Both Die At The End by Adam Silvera
Chasing Mindy by Carla de Guzman
The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
Lifel1k3 by Jay Kristoff
House of Hades by Rick Riordan
Obsidio by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo
I know, blasphemy right? I also partially blame my short attention and patience span when it comes to fantasy series. I like reading it, but you can never really tell with your mood, your schedule, and your overall self. Only time can tell when I will pick these lovely tomes.
So, which of these books have you not read as well? What should I pick up first?
This is it. I’m a free woman. No more homework, no more projects, no more thesis papers, no more school. Well that’s just sad isn’t it. *cries and laughs at the same time* I’m just extremely happy to be pouring out words on the blog again. Now where were we? Right, a Top Ten Tuesday that is extremely close to my heart. It’s all about TV shows and movies! I always love it when my worlds collide on this blog. Even though this lovely blog of mine currently contains mostly bookish content, it’s a great thing to talk about my favorite shows and movies every now and then.
But first, I don’t know if this is already common knowledge but I also want to highlight some of the websites that I use to track all of the anime and movies that I have gloriously watched. Basically like Goodreads, but somehow better in some aspects.
MyAnimeList – A true otaku loves this website. Technically the name says it all. Much like Goodreads, MyAnimeList lets you keep track of your anime. But you also got reviews, forums, latest anime news, recommendations, promotional videos, and even legal anime streaming*. It’s like hitting a solid goldmine because it also alerts you when your most anticipated anime is finally airing, or if it has an upcoming related OVA (original video animation), recap video, or movie if you turn on the notifications. I mainly use MAL to check out my anime and manga stats, plus updating my favorites every now and then. Also unlike Goodreads, I can be unapologetic and list shows that I dropped / DNF (did not finish), which is always super fun.
*streaming is for select countries only
My current anime stats. Not even sorry about that Plan to Watch. You should see my TBR.
Letterboxd – Although it’s a little bit weird that they display Gremlins when their site is down, Letterboxd is literally sent by the movie gods. I don’t know how I could have kept tabs on all the movies that I have seen this year because so far, I am being granted the privilege to watch the movies coming out this year on theaters. Easily enough, Letterboxd lets you rate, review, and lets you keep tabs on the movies that you have seen and want to see. Also, movie lists for recommendations! Only downside probably is that stats and recommendations based on the movies you have seen in a particular are only available for pro and patron users. But hey, it’s still pretty swell.
Now for the grand recommendations! I listed recent 10 favorite shows AND my recent 10 favorite movies because it is quite darn hard to compress 5 for both shows and movies. It’s like you’re asking me to pick 2/3 of my favorite book. There can never be an ultimate one, only those worthy enough to be saved from a fire. To make it interesting, I somewhat categorized them and will only be lowkey listing tropes because let’s face it, you saved the popcorn for the recs. 😉
If you’re in the mood for some really great sports anime and a great time to destress while laughing your head off in a high school setting, I recommend watching:
Haikyuu!! (Number of seasons: 3; finished airing)
Start watching if you also love: Volleyball, amazing and dynamic characters, wonderfully timed comedic antics, and haha good luck choosing a team to root for
Start watching if you also love: relatable and quirky cast of characters, trope-y bending comedy, a jolly good time, tall guy and short girl, slow burn romance
If you’re looking for a bit of sci-fi and fantasy your way, I suggest going for these lovely shows:
Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) (Number of seasons: 2; finished airing)
Go for it if you love – interesting *cough* wild *cough* array of characters, an MC with powers, gag comedy, hilarious high antics
Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) (Number of seasons: 2; finished airing)
Go for it if you love –misfits, classroom dynamics, kids training to be assassins while also trying to beat history and math, heartwarming life lessons, an octopus professor who wants to teach kids but yeah he also blew up the moon and he needs to be killed when the year ends.
Trigger warning: violence
Bungo Stray Dogs (Number of seasons: 2; ongoing)
Go for it if you love – Sherlock but with superpowers, the mafia versus a detective agency, characters named after literary figures, the best mix of comedy and intense action-packed scenes, and A+ character development
Trigger warning: blood, gore, violence
Violet Evergarden (Number of seasons: 1; finished airing)
Go for it if you love – alternate historical fiction, war aftermaths, learning how to feel and trust me you will feel because the episodes can and will make you cry, and stunning animation
Trigger warnings: war, depression, death, blood, violence
If you’re in the mood for western TV shows, here are some of my recent favorites:
Sherlock (Number of seasons: 4; ongoing)
Bonus points if you also love – Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman *duh*, mysteries, modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, thrillers
The Crown (Number of seasons: 2; ongoing)
Bonus points if you also love – the Windsors (aka the royal family), British history, historical fiction, drama, Claire Foy and Matt Smith
Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Number of seasons: 5; ongoing)
Bonus points if you also love – a good laugh, detective series, A++ cast, social issues being thoroughly discussed, LGBT representation (YAAAAAAAAS QUEEN)
If you’re in the mood for romance, I recommend going for these heartbreaking and delightfully beautiful in their own right movies:
Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name) (2016)
Binge now if you also love – magical realism, city boy and urban girl, body swap, star-crossed (ish) lovers, trying to see if you’re not a robot
Love, Simon (2018)
Binge now if you also love – Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, great friendships, M/M romance, Ferris wheels, the color blue, oreos
If you’re in the mood for some good animation and equally great music, or even something to make you laugh and smile, I suggest going for these films:
Ready your streams if you also love – great family dynamics, knowing more about Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), finding oneself with music, Mexican culture, bawling your eyes out
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
Ready your streams if you also love – old Hollywood, superstar guy and aspiring actress gal, stellar choreography, a wonderful story overall, singing in the rain
Mamma Mia (2008) / Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018)
Ready your streams if you also love – mother/daughter bond, summer love, ABBA, Greece, who’s the father, escapades, seriously tho ABBA
Last but definitely not the least, if you’re in the mood for some action, adventure, heists, not your usual superhero movies, and a grand time, these movies are the ones for you:
The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Click that play button if you also love – wonderful cinematography, eye-pleasing aesthetics, a grand heist, a story within a story, Wes Anderson in general, an amazing ensemble
Black Panther (2018)
Click that play button if you also love – Wakanda, Black Panther, empowered women, when the villain actually has a point, if you want to scream Wakanda Forever
Deadpool (2016) / Deapool 2 (2018)
Click that play button if you also love – Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds, puns, the antihero never shutting up, plus they also don’t sew his mouth shut this time, finding your F word
I mean, I just came back from the dark abyss of uni. I should go back to fully fledged blogging in style. This probably bypassed all my previous Top Ten Tuesday posts, but heck, *whispers worth it*. So just in case I forgot some shows or you would want to recommend me your faves, I’m all up for it.
What are your favorite anime? Favorite English shows? Favorite movies?
P. S. If y’all want to add me on myanimelist and Letterboxd, you can find me here and here.
(In another episode of Bianca lets off steam before waging war on her projects… kidding.)
With all of the wonderful books coming out this 2018, I’m glad that I managed to narrow down the releases that I have been highly anticipating to 5 books. Am I actually going crazy? I mean, some people have listed down maybe 10 or more. How come your fangirl has narrowed it down to FREAKING 5 BOOKS? Well 2018 is being a very awesome year, and let’s just say that I may or may not have tricks up my sleeve. Let’s just save the chit chat for another time.
Here are the amazing books that I would slay a lion for to get my hands on it early (in no particular order), why I want to read it, and why you should anticipate it, too:
The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas (out by July 31, 2018)
First off, if you’re looking for a good YA mystery thriller, there is no doubt that you can count on Kara Thomas to deliver. Second, both of her previous novels were just spectacular in the sense that I become that one character who realizes that they are “holding their breath”. That’s how good it is. When it comes to mysteries, I always anticipate what she has in store. Third, I MEAN COME ON. SKETCHY CHEERLEADERS. HOW ARE YOU NOT EXCITED?
The Lady’s Guide to Petticoats and Piracy by Mackenzi Lee (out by October 2, 2018)
If you have read The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue (or if you haven’t), you have to know about Monty’s sister, Felicity. I don’t know if it’s considered a spoiler but SHE IS OUT OF THIS WORLD AMAZING. I’m obviously running out of adjectives here but in addition to that, I admire the way Mackenzi Lee writes historical fiction. I cannot wait to see how Felicity’s adventure unfolds in this one. (And you know… maybe I can get some 18th century fever. Figuratively.)
Dear Heartbreak: YA Authors and Teens on the Dark Side of Love by various authors (out by December 18, 2018)
Everyone experiences heartbreak at least once in their lives. Me, well… *nervously sweats* let’s just say that due to personal reasons, I really cannot wait to read this book. I don’t know, but maybe within the pages of this book, someone can answer my cynical questions about love. That maybe while I deal with it, I can have a book like this to turn to. After all, love is young all the time. Right?
My Plain Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows (out by June 26, 2018)
I haven’t made it obvious enough here, but My Lady Jane was one of the best books that I have read in 2017. My rating was off the charts, heck I would rate 10/5. See? It doesn’t even make sense. I love it with every fiber of my being. The plot, the writing, the characters, the overall execution. It only proved that no one writes historical fiction like the Lady Janies. Their collaborations are one for the ages. If you’re a big history nerd like me, or if you don’t know where to start with historical fiction, I suggest you join me on this lovely Jane train.
I really hope I can get my hands on this lovely book when it releases. *eye twitch*
What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera (out by October 9, 2018)
When I first saw this, my general reaction was, “HOLD UP. HOLD MY BEER. SHUT UP. IT’S THE BECKY-ADAM COLLAB THAT EVERYONE WAS WISHING FOR SINCE 2015. AGHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!”
Yup, that sums up my feelings for this book. Becky has this way of making her readers feel so warm and fluffy, while Adam has this way of making his readers feel so intensely emotional and ridiculously contemplative of their lives. With this book, what exactly would we be feeling? I’m curious, excited, hyped, and downright giddy. IS IT NOVEMBER YET? OR DO YOU KNOW WHERE I CAN GET ONE?
That’s exactly me in the GIF, fainting from all of the news and all of the hype that we have in store for 2018. I think my program code is broken. What about you guys? What are some of the books that you are also anticipating for the rest of 2018?
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.
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:
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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!
This one is a special Top Ten Tuesday for me because it is all about booktubers! Just in case you accidentally stumbled on my blog and have no clue what the heck is going on, I’ll do it in the fashion on how they do it on Youtube. *ehem*
Hey there readers! My name is Bianca and today I have a top ten tuesday feature dedicated to spreading the love for booktubers. You can already assume how booktube works: they make videos about books. They express their love, their opinions, their hype around books by using Youtube as a platform. Just like us bloggers who use sites such as WordPress and Blogspot to fangirl/fanboy on.
I love watching videos on my free time. (Sorry guys! I cannot word all the time hahaha) Before I was blogging, I was posting my anime amvs on YouTube. But life happened, so my wee little channel is abandoned.
I consider watching book videos as a stress-reliever, since watching these people rave and express their love for books just put a smile on my face.When I’m not reading blog posts or creating one myself, and fangirling and chatting with fellow bloggers on twitter, I go and watch some of my favorite booktubers on Youtube. Like bloggers, more and more people join the booktube community everyday. Which is why I will not be featuring booktubers that have a subscribers above 1,000. Instead, I want to share with you the videos of booktubers who don’t have that huge following (yet), because I think their videos deserve more love and in my opinion, should definitely have more subscribers on their channels.
Amy at LiterallyAmy
Amy’s journey on booktube has only just begun, yet you could say that I have this inkling that her channel will someday have the following it deserves. Her videos are very pleasant to watch, and she definitely has more to talk about. I could definitely say amen to her fangirl dictionary video.
Sandra at Bookstahooda
It’s nice to hear different perspectives sometimes, and for me, Sandra’s videos are somehow refreshing to watch. When I stumbled upon her huge unhaul videos (there are 4 of them), I felt this huge satisfaction, because that’s how I felt when I had to unhaul books.
Jen at Book Syrup
Sometimes I don’t understand the concept of Youtube because Jen obviously has a lot of interesting videos. She is so underrated 😦 Her content is particularly cool and thoughtful, and it just so happens that when I clicked on this video that I have linked for you guys to watch, I was in a dilemma of buying particular books. So thank you Jen, you’re a life saver.
Mel at The Book Moo
The thing is, what bring out the loveliness of these booktuber’s videos are their personalities. And you could see that when they put their heart and soul on their videos. I can say that Mel has a lot of personality. I fancy her accent and how she expresses her thoughts around the topic of her video. And apparently, she also has a blog! Obviously also called The Book Moo.
Update: Yep, Mel’s not Scottish. She’s from Liverpool. 😀
Indy at Tap’sLIFEandBooks
When you’ve got lovely content, you must know that I press that subscribe button faster than a heartbeat. And yes, that particular event happened to Indy. She is definitely hyper and I am certainly glad to have seen her channel. When it comes to her thoughts, I love how frank she is.
Heather from Heather Forever Books
I may or may not have found my book mother. Wait what? 🙂 She is very cool, and I love most of her videos. When she does tags, her description of the books make me want to read the book in question. Makes me wish that I live next to a bookstore.
Brandon at brandonthebookaddict
*gasps* I know. Calm down. But just in case, I’ll scream for you. IT’S A BOY BOOKTUBER. *double gasps* You didn’t think this list would not consist of guys, right? Well, hey there. A rarity, but finding a guy who likes books is so cool. Same respect to guy book bloggers. Anyways, Brandon has really cool content on his channel. He also just doesn’t talk about books, since he also shares his love for TV shows.
Ngoc at happycomesfirst
It’s not everyday that you see a person with a cool personality. And with Ngoc, you could say that her channel is simply elegant. She’s quirky and sweet, and she loves doing new things. Watching her videos can be compared to kawaii stuff, because she does it effortlessly. So it really queries me why she still doesn’t have at least a thousand subs.
Nikki at randomlilreads
I absolutely swear that the amount of Australian booktubers on this post was not planned. I should probably consider moving to Australia… Kidding. Anyways, when I first saw Nikki’s channel, I thought her channel already had a huge following. Yet, it still doesn’t have so. It’s easy to get psyched with Nikki’s videos, especially since her calm persona and obvious fangirl-ish ness is very transparent on her videos. (She has an R2-D2 TBR jar. I mean, come on!)
Otavio from The Galilean Library
Straight to the point, whose videos where I just shout “True! True! True!”, and who feels all the feels, Otavio is on the top. And hey, a guy booktuber! He talks deep, and there’s this uncanny feeling I get when I watch his videos. He’s practically my spirit animal and I adore him to bits. You can guess why I chose this particular video to link, since I made a similar post about it. (But I have TBRs now. Yet, I feel it to bits!)
This was such a fun Top Ten Tuesday post! Although, I am still curious why these booktubers have less than 1,000 subscribers. They deserve more love. I hope I introduced you to a booktuber who you will love to bits and will continue to support with a sub on their channel/s.
Will I make another one for my favorite bloggers? I’m still puzzled at the moment, since I dwell more on book blogging and you guys are all so fantastic. But who knows?
Who are your favorite booktubers? Do you want to recommend some of them? Link them up in the comments. ❤
Let’s get down to business. This top ten tuesday is all about books that I want on my spring TBR. Most of these can be found on my priority list/reading challenges for the year 2016, right up there on the menu.
Brief background: I live in the Philippines. We do not have spring season here. We only have two seasons (and Filipino bloggers would testify to this), hot and hotter. Hotter is basically summer. Which is apparently starting already while you guys are all celebrating spring. So to fix this dilemma, what you guys will essentially be reading this spring, I will be reading this summer. And as Sasha Alsberg from abookutopia said, summer is definitely the reading time where you just want to gobble up contemporaries.
And last but definitely not the least, I have been waiting for this book for so long. I want it so bad that I want April to come sooner. Bad that I will go on a mental rampage if a bookstore near does not have this on April 5, 2016.
That is The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead. Why? I have never read anything from Richelle Mead before. But this book has something in it that I have been wanting for in a book for so long. This fangirl needs some history in her system. I want it so bad. Did I mention that?
Who doesn’t listen to a song and think, “Hey. This could be a great book.”? I mean, if you have not thought about it, maybe you haven’t found the perfect song that makes the words flow like wild from that brain of yours. But in my case, songs always get me in the mood to write. When I listen to a song, I imagine an endless parade of characters. Each with different quirks, that is perfect for the song. At the same time, I think of the book that fits the song perfectly.
I have never been more inspired to do a Top Ten Tuesday because of these reasons:
1. It has really been a stressful week, despite the fact that it’s only Tuesday.
2. I need a break. I even forgot to post some stuff for the book club, which screams bad hosting skills. 😦
3. I have been anticipating to do this post since… forever?
So as a break from my usual routine during my finals, here are some of the songs I wish were books. (I know. I should be studying for my finals. I already studied for my exam on Thursday so… )
There are a lot of books out there that explain how hard it is to be someone growing up, but as the lyrics said: “Wish we could turn back time, to the good old days. When the mama sang us to sleep, but now we’re stressed out.” A song never hit me that hard. How I wished I had savored my childhood while it lasted. Plus with all the stress that college offers and all, I could really use a break.
I have crafted a lot of poems because of this song. And this February, it has officially been stuck in my head for two years. The only thing left is to turn into a book. Maybe where the girl travels around the world, soul searching and all, but still feels incomplete. I guess the story goes from there. It sounds like a YA bestseller. (A fangirl can dream, okay?)
A book where it just rains. And about fashion. Because you just want to walk a runway when you listen to this song. It sounds so hipster-ish, but at the same time, it is ridiculously perfect for those rainy days where you can say, “Can we stay like this forever?”
You can compare this song to battling your inner demons, and it really speaks to me as a song that lets you find yourself amidst all the chaos that is happening in our world right now. So deep yet so reachable. WHERE IS MY WRITING PEN?
This is the song that makes you get in the mood to do stuff, because it inspires you to do stuff. In the movie (500) Days of Summer, this song plays while Tom teaches Summer about the city’s architecture style. If that’s not romantic enough, try playing this song as a wedding march or something. That will probably tug a few heartstrings. Or you could just let it play while you’re pulling out an all-nighter. That works, too. It’s like a title for the book with a lot of perfect, romantic moments. I like that.
I am aware of a book’s existence, but I don’t think it delivered the same thoughts that I had for a song like this. I mean, I took the meaning literally and figuratively. I think I saw a French movie like this song, though. The plot was really similar, but I see it in book form as somewhat of a club, and they meet there. Then it’s all dramatic, and “Do you want to be with somebody like me?”. That kind of drama.
Her Love Is My Religion by The Cab
The Cab has a lot of songs that I want as books, but this one ruled out every song. I mean, has there ever been a book where a guy just expresses every step of falling in love? Similar to how contemporaries often revolve about girls falling in love with the most handsome guy in school. I want a book where a guy finds a girl beautiful, where the reader falls in love with him at the same time, because of his passion to make the girl happy. Yes, sounds like an interesting premise?
Perfection beyond comprehension, if used in the right book. The song screams to me as a book about friendships. And a rebellious friendship at that. I mean, we all belonged in a clique, gang, or squad at one point right? And in that group of friends, there were times where we just go with the wind and do some stuff to our heart’s content? Not specifically a road trip, but in one of those days where you decided to come home late just to go stargazing with them in the middle of the quad? Okay, seriously. Do I need to write a book already?
Waiting for Love by Avicii
This one is not specifically a romantic love story, but rather just a story about love. Love that revolves around family, or a story about fantasy and the background music plays while they go on an epic quest. I actually pitched this song as a background to a story about a boy who loved books because of his mother. Then they changed it without notifying me. Whoops sorry. Got a little personal.
Huzzah! Hooray! And the first time I decided to join in the fun on creating a Top Ten Tuesday meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish, I landed on a freebie. And not just any freebie, but a Valentine’s Day freebie! How amazing can this get?
I decided to go with something ambitious. I’m still quite the newbie blogger, so why not post some of the books that I have been wanting to read for the past few years? And what screams “love” than any other genre? Why, romantic contemporaries of course!
Bookworms have been swooning over these romantic stories over and over again. Sometimes the covers are just too darn gorgeous that someone may or may not have thought of marrying the book. And in world where some people have grown cynical about love, it’s nice to know that some of these books prove that the power of fluffiness is a good thing. Which is why the overload of the sweetness between two people in love is enough to make a fangirl’s heart explode.
Here are the top ten romantic contemporaries on my TBR shelf:
I mean, look at those amazing covers. Excuse me while I faint.