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.

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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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2016 End of the Year Survey

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I wanted to participate in this lovely survey last year when 2015 ended, but I felt like my answers will be too repetitive. Same thing happened this year, but it managed to be less repetitive. Oh well, same old. Huge thanks to Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner for organizing this lovely survey. Now onto *shudders* remembering what shenanigans I went up with in 2016.

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Number of Books Read: 33 (I failed the Goodreads challenge haha. Originally, I set my challenge to 40. And then things just got so hectic that I decided to make it 35. I still failed. Oh well. Sayonara, 2016. At least I tried until the last minute.)

Number of Re-Reads: Suprisingly, just 1. (It was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling! I read it for our book club.)

Genre You Read The Most From: No surprise, CONTEMPORARY. (I tried to make 2016 the year of fantasy, but surprise! Reading slumps galore and too many books to read. I just could not keep up. But on the bright side, I managed to read fantasy books continuously. I thought I could never do it, but I did.)

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  1. Best book you read in 2016
  1. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (2016) I mean I liked it, but I didn’t technically love it.
  • Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts (2013) Nope nope nope. I’m still sad that I didn’t like this one.
  1. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014), legitimately surprised me. And I had my guard up the whole time. I still cannot comprehensively review the book because I still cannot deal with the plot twist.
  • The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (2016) is one of the best thrillers that I have read that 1) Had the perfect elements that need not to scare you, and 2) Had the plot twists make you go “WHOA.”
  1. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim (2016) I like to believe that I did push people to read this since I hosted a blog tour for this one and it was a really nice read.
  1. Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series ender of 2016?
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012) Cinder knocked my socks off when I read it in March because it was generally amazing in every aspect. I love the sci-fi hint that mixed itself with the classic fairy tales. I did not expect to love retellings, but I guess Marissa Meyer can work her magic with sci-fi in wonderful ways. I cannot wait to pick up Scarlet.
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (2016) this book is ridiculous. The death toll was strikingly larger than the death toll in Illuminae. This may have been the default winner because this is the only sequel that I read this year. //runs
  1. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
  • Becky Albertalli (because of Simon and oreos and major fluffiness)
  • Adam Silvera (because he made me cry in a good way)
  • Nicola Yoon (because she made me believe in love and faith again)
  • Tara Sim (because she brought two boys together in an alternate historical setting)
  • Benjamin Alire Saenz (because he made me fall in love with two wonderful boys whose love made the stars move)
  1. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, because I do not usually read fantasy in such a fast pace. With Nevernight, I was given a time constraint of 3 days since I have to pass it on to the next reader for the blog tour. It gave me sleepless nights that I really enjoyed, because I was able to grasp the concept and the world in such a short time. I think the factor that helped was Jay’s magnificent writing style. Fine, I’ll read more fantasy hush now.
  1. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart beated Nevernight by a slight margin. I read this one in a sitting, a feat that has never happened since I was in 5th Granted, it was a short book but I know my habits. It amazes me that I can do these things.
  1. Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
  • It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini for personal reasons. I came close to rereading the book this year, but I gave it a pass. Maybe I will open up about this issue in the future. Who knows?

10.  Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon because it just so darn beautiful! I know that there is a lot of effort that came with this process, but even the cover itself can be intertwined with the story. AMAZING.

11.  Most memorable character of 2016?

  • Libby Strout from Holding Up The Universe. Why? Character attachments work in mysterious ways. Usually I find myself attached to guys (bless your heart, Charlie. You are still my number one baby.) but it was a different case for Libby. Libby is the lead that I have been wanting to read about. I cannot stress enough on how much I love Libby Strout, because she is a wonderful girl who deserves all of the love in this world.
  1. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
  • I’m torn between Nevernight, We Were Liars and The Sun Is Also A Star for reasons stated above.
  1. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book of 2016?
  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. All caps for emphasis because I have never encountered a book that speaks to my philosophy in life. I love you so much, Nicola Yoon.
  1. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
  • Cinder //knocks myself in the head. I was missing out on the fun stuff. I mean for goodness sake, IT WAS SCI-FI for crying out loud. How could I miss it???
  1. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?
  • “Words were different when they lived inside of you.”- Benjamin Alire-Saenz
  • “It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box.” – Nicola Yoon
  • “You are wanted. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.” – Jennifer Niven

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2016?

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

17. Book that shocked you the most

  • It’s a tie between The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and We Were Liars. I honestly cannot choose.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)

  • Natasha Kingsley and Daniel Jae Ho Bae from The Sun Is Also A Star
  • Danny and Colton from Timekeeper
  • Simon Spier and Blue from Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Aristotle Mendoza and Dante Quintana from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

  • Alexander and Katerina from Legacy of Kings had a *spoiler* relationship in Legacy of Kings that struck me. It’s not technically lovey-dovey, but they were a dynamic duo to look out for.

20. Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously

  • If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman gave me really fluffy feelings about love and other things, but it also gave me positive vibes for being on the heavy side. Carla never really disappoints. ❤

21. Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:

  • The Sun Is Also A Star and Nevernight because everyone was all “READ THIS. READ THIS. READ THIS.” Okay guys, thank you for the peer pressure.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

  • Xander from All The Feels and all of him in his cosplay glory. Gosh, if only I could change shoes with Liv in a heartbeat. I swear I would keep Xander all to myself.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  •  Runner-up: Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

  • The Island by S. Usher Evans and Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. These books gave me vivid representations of the world I was in. Full on imagination and accurate pinpoints.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

  • Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! Not only that, but I was giggling and vastly craved for oreos.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?

MONTAGE TIME.

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27. Hidden gem of the year?

  • Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett (2016) is a ridiculously underrated gem. It is a story about a girl who finds herself amidst all of the heavy happenings in her life. It has a More Happy Than Not ring to it, but a different story when it was executed.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

  • NEVERNIGHT, AND LET ME BE CLEAR ON ONE THING: JAY REALLY KILLS OFF YOUR FAVES.

29. Most unique book you read in 2016?

  • The Sun Is Also A Star. Guys, have I babbled enough already about this one? Nope? Okay!

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Let’s move on now. Yes, I hated reading this book.

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1.     New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

2.    Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

  •  I think I made the most sense with my The Sun Is Also A Star review. Fun. Fun. Fun.

3.    Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

  • I only had one discussion post up on my blog in 2016.

4.    Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

  • I can’t choose between Jennifer Niven’s signing and Bookworms Unite PH 2.0. I loved Jen so much, and I loved the feeling of finally seeing fellow PH bloggers.

5.    Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

  •  I made the Fanboy Book Club (head over to my baby here.), I hosted my first blog tour (for Timekeeper by Tara Sim!), first author signing (Jennifer Niven!), and attended Bookworms Unite 2.0.

6.    Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life in 2016?

  • I was off-balance the whole year. I don’t know. Like something was off for some reason. I went on hiatus for an entire month and for some reason, it was not the same anymore. I had done more but had less. I guess, it just happens sometimes. Maybe I did not have the same mojo I had when I was just starting out.

7.    Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

  • Apparently it’s my FBCYA intro post.

8.    Post you wished got a little more love?

  •  I don’t think I have an answer for this one.

9.    Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

  • Fully Booked Eastwood and Fully Booked Power Plant. Both bookstores are heaven-sent. Well-stocked with new releases and it feels nice to find amazing bookstores.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

  • HAHA NOPE.

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1.    One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017?

–      My answer is the first book on the top of my head, which is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. As soon as the heavy stuff is lifted off of my chest, I will read this one.

Runner up: My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

2.   Book you are most anticipating for in 2017 (non-debut)?

3.   2017 Debut you are most anticipating?

I will just die here in a corner because I want to read a lot of books in 2017. But hey, here are some:

4.   Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?

Basically, Jay Kristoff is KING.

5.   One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?

  • To blog what I want to blog about. I want to do more fandom features (because honestly, I will not shut up about Yuri on Ice or One Punch Man.)

6.   A 2017 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:

  • Since I had a horrible reading year in 2016, I would like to recommend my first 2017 read to everyone which is Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik. It deals with topics such as autism and family togetherness. It has opened my eyes on the issue and I think it is generally a great book.

Phew. Well that went well, didn’t it? That’s basically 2016 in a nutshell, in terms of books. But how about my other fandoms? Well, well, well.

So how was 2016 for you? Let’s talk about it. 🙂

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August & September Wrap-Up + October TBR

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Let me tell you what happened to my August wrap-up: it disappeared into the void. I was having problems with my internet connection so I had to make do and draft my post on MS Word. Then my ever loving laptop suddenly shut itself down the moment I was finishing my first draft. And I did not save it. I was really busy, and I could only squeeze in drafting and blogging for a few minutes. So yeah, I gave up and posted my wrap-up on Instagram instead.

Guess who’s failing at life? And read-a-thons. And blogging in general. August was disastrous. I’m behind my Goodreads reading challenge. The scenarios in my head of me reading in school is so far fetched. Honestly, it kills me inside. Yet, I can’t neglect my schoolwork. I need to be a good student. I must be always on point, on fleek, even if my eyebrows are not. Basically, school stressed me out from the first day. On our second week, it can already be compared to a hell week in high school. That’s how great it is. “Hey! Welcome back to school. We will slowly kill you now, but we will make you stay because our library added more titles that you have been dying to get for your bookshelf since forever.”

But thinking about it, I am ridiculously paranoid about this wrap-up. I started writing this one on the second week of September. That is how grossly prepared I am. I know for a fact that October and the rest of September will devour me whole. I may not even have the time the breathe. So if you see new content here, it literally took me the whole summer break to prepare the stuff. I’m probably boring you with details, but in summary:
– I failed ReadThemAllThon.
– I am on the verge of a reading slump.
– I have no idea how I was able to read in between classes.
– My school is eating me alive. I can honestly find similarities between my 3rd year midterm hell week to my 2nd year finals hell week.
– I am 3 books behind on the Goodreads reading challenge and I am not happy about it because it happened late this year. Why not early on? Huhu.
– I’m hosting a blog tour / well the book club rather. More on that later.

… let’s just get to the books that I read in August and September.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Hello there, slump inducing giant. Not only am I at the verge of a reading slump, but I cannot stop talking about it. Maybe not on Twitter, but generally everywhere else. I read this for a PH blog tour for Nevernight hosted by Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs.This bloody good book is definitely the best fantasy that I have read this year. Praise be to the gods that I am so lucky because I have been a part of the epic blog tour for this book. If I didn’t sign up for it, I probably will be bummed out and ridiculously missed on a lot of stuff. My review is just waiting for the signal for it to be posted haha, so please do watch out for it.

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Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – Say hello to the first person who borrowed a fiction book from the library. Yay me! I was lucky enough to have found this on my first day of school. Bless the book gods. I thought for sure that I will have this huge reading slump because of Nevernight, but I pulled through with this book. I have to say that this book was amazeballs. I read this one for FBCYA because it was our book for the month of August. This was the miracle book because I managed to finish it while I was being bombarded with 3rd year student duties. Luckily, the Macedonians and the history aspect satisfied my craving for a good book. I was so scared that I might go into a slump because of the good books that I read in July (and Nevernight). But no, turns I can read fantasy now haha.

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Yes to this book! I received this book for a blog tour as well, and it came at such a perfect time. It’s grip was strong enough to pull me from the depths of despair. I would like to keep my thoughts about this book special. But it opened my eyes on certain aspects. It is a beautiful book and I never thought that I could be attached to something so simple and complicated at the same time.

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Honestly speaking, I don’t have one. I will be defending our thesis in October, on the week of my birthday. Plus I am on the verge of my finals for my 3rd year 1st semester. Who knows what kind of monstrosity will happen? So yes, this is an open book. But I can tell you that I tried to sneak read ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas when I am feeling rebellious. Oh and I also borrow books from my library every now and then so there’s hope that I could finish some stuff haha.

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August was a really lovely month because I really felt like I was blessed with a lucky charm. Believe me when I say this: I only bought one book from this stack.

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Thank you to my best friend Patty who bought me a copy of Six of Crows. Thanks to my mom for funding our copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Big thanks to CW at Read, Think, and Ponder for Maybe In Another Life, Hazel at Stay Bookish for The Darkest Corners and Vic James for Red Rising and a sample of Gilded Cage.

As depressing as it sounds, I was supposed to buy books at MIBF (Manila International Book Fair) this year. Sadly, my projects took a toll on me and I did not get to go. 😦 I already had a list and everything, but things did not go according to plan. Instead, wallowing in my sadness, I bought Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Then I just chilled (actually no, the opposite) and officially lost my sanity when Crooked Kingdom came out. I don’t know where I was supposed to buy my copy, but luckily the bookstore near my place had in stock! Definitely the best reward after the most hectic week of my life.

book announcement

 

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FBCYA is hosting a blog tour for Timekeeper by Tara Sim! A thousand times yes! I have been keeping this secret since JULY (or was it June? I can’t even tell lol) Basically when I announced that FBCYA is doing blog tours, it was then that this baby was born. Let me tell you: this is such an amazing book and I can’t wait till November to share my thoughts with you about it. I will also be hosting the #FBCYA twitter chat for Timekeeper on October 16, 9 AM EST/ 9 PM PST.

I am also a part of three blog tours that will happen this October. Please do keep an eye out for my reviews. 🙂

Phew. And here I thought this wrap-up will never end. Such a relief haha. So… how was your September?

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July Wrap-Up + August TBR

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Dreadful, the month of July is. Of course I should point out that that was sarcasm. I love July! It was a whole of month dedicated to planning and organizing (note: FBCYA stuff.) Plus, I did not have to think about school. (Not entirely true, but still.) In hindsight, I think it was a good reading month. I read in my usual pace: 2 books by the middle of the month, and 2 books crammed in two days. I am that weird. I met bloggers who I have been dying to meet since I started blogging. I celebrated my first blogiversary. And it was just a month where I got tons of books. I feel weird actually. (Because I got more books for my blogiversary than my actual birthday har har.)

I will be going back to school this August, and I guess I am torn between going back and staying at home. On the bright side, my calendar is all full. I cannot wait to finally study the subject that I have been wanting to see on my curriculum since I started studying in college. I cannot wait to finally get over with our thesis. Plus I will be saying hello to my allowance again. I can now save for the Manila International Book Fair. Yay!

But first, let’s see how my July went.

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Solid four books again! This is good for my Goodreads challenge. But to be honest with you, those two at the end are definitely buzzer beaters.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven – My month definitely had a fresh start because of this wonderful book. Not only was Jennifer elevated to a higher author status on my list, but she also finally manifested the female lead that I have been wanting to idolize since forever. I read this book for a blog tour hosted by JM at Revelations of a Book Freak, and I will be reviewing the book soon!

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Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts – Sadly disappointed by this one. Before I started blogging, this book was high up on my to be – read list. So when I finally had it in my hands, I did not hesitate to read it. But darn, this book is another case of “I didn’t like it because of the female POV” type of book. Not that I have anything against the POV of girls, but the POV just made me want to drop the book. I am not happy with it either, because I was trying really hard to like it.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book is… I still don’t know. I don’t want to talk about it, but at the same time I do. I have a thing for rich heiresses and wealthy families. But I was thought to always keep my guard up for this book. And it still blew me away because of that ridiculous plot twist. This book kept me up until 2 am, and half of the time I was contemplating on what happened.

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim – As a history nerd by heart, I love how the author twisted an alternate Victorian society through promoting diversity, badass characters, and gorgeous clock spirits. This one’s a keeper guys.

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I know. I am practically going to die in August. This is crazy, especjally for a neurotic reader like me. Most of the books in there are the books that I will be reading for the ReadThemAllThon hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight.

I need to offer some ridiculous lot to the gods. I don’t know how I will pull this off. Oh well, I have always wanted to feel what it’s like to be ahead of your Goodreads TBR. Luckily, most of these are physical books that I have on my book stack. Oh and one of those books is the Fanboy Book Club pick for the month of August! I will go more into my TBR once I post my full TBR for the readathon.

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So after months of not even posting any book hauls, I ended up getting 11 books for the month of July! I mean, that’s just crazy! Who knew getting deprived of books for 5 months gets you in a book frenzy? But I will gladly do it again because getting a lot of books is better than slowly hauling. The idea works for me!

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The book will hit you with its beautiful prose, with a protagonist so poetic. The deep wonders of the universe can be seen in Aristotle’s own head. I had this urge to read Dante’s mind in the process, because they seem so different. Yet they clicked like two peas in a pod. I do not mind that the whole thing was in Aristotle’s perspective because the way he speaks about everyone is how some people do perceive the world.

Full review here.

 

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

PrintThe story is beautifully written, and is equally charming. Even if everyone was practically paving their own ways as well, Elyse stood up to herself, with the guidance of the one with the blue notes. All I have to say that the character writing the blue notes is like a guardian angel. The character was a great addition to the story and her reveal was equally brilliant. There may be side problems here and there, but the story developed its main character into a self-loving individual who inspires other people.

Full review here.

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Zac and Mia is a beautiful book full of aspiring thoughts, a cast of characters that find themselves, and a beautiful setting. I am probably at fault for raising my bar too high because despite the beauty of the prose, it felt flat for me. It was an easy read, and it is digestible for such a heavy topic. But if I had to drag myself to finish it then sadly, this book is not for me.

Full review here.

book announcement

  • I will be joining Aentee at Read at Midnight’s ReadThemAllThon! My full TBR will be up by Saturday (hopefully). If you will be joining, I will be gladly help you out with your CP count.
  • I attended Bookworms Unite 2.0 (and I apparently hauled 10 books in a single month). Here’s my mini recap.
  • I discussed something different for Potterhead July. It only focused on a single letter, and I had so much fun discussing the various significance of each for that one letter. Link here.
  • I launched Fandom Features, and now my Thursdays are all but filled.
  • #FBCYA is on a fast pace, because we have surprises as early as September. I hope to post a recap, but maybe next time. Hahaha. Also, our host for the month of August is MC at Blame It On the Books, and we will be reading Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman! Yay!

And that’s July. Pretty uneventful, right? Oh who am kidding. It’s the best month ever. ❤ Now let’s just hope that August will not swallow me whole.

So how did July go for you? Any plans for August? Comment below!

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Blogiversary? Blogiversary.

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To be honest, I do not know how to start this. I thought I would never reach at least 3 months, actually. I thought I would only post a couple blog posts, and then quit. I never thought that I was going to make a book club. I thought it will be like using Blogger again. Post once, take the time to post again, get lazy, and then abandon it.

Of course me from the past was wrong. I am still here, and my blog is now a year old. I don’t think  I will be stopping soon (besides those school-related hiatuses because I need to, haha), and this fangirl is here to stay. I will work hard enough to trademark the name I chose to represent myself in this bookish community, and I plan to stay that way.

… That came out strong. I am cuddly, I promise.

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I guess you can say that as I take blogging seriously everyday, I also think about how I could make my blog aesthetically pleasing at the same time. I am quite inconsistent with my blog posts, because I wanted it to look better than my first ones. Another reason is that I am never pleased with just one design. I know I could always improve. I want to think that as my blog progresses, my blog gets more prettier. I’m still hoping that that would be the case. As much as I want my blog to be static with one signature look, I don’t even know how it would be possible because of the changing trends. I wanted to be original, so I’m showing my blog’s progress with my headers. Think of it as a Pokemon. It evolves to become better. And I am not kidding when I say that 3 of those were used in one year.

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This is what I started with. Very bland in general, plus I don’t really know why I chose that font. I still use it on my blog posts, but it was not meant to be with my blog header. At first, I was glad with it. But I know that I could do better than that.

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This is my second artsy attempt at a blog header. I still wanted to stick with the same font, but I wanted to add in my blog’s purpose. I can now see that this is only pleasing to the eyes if it’s a blog button or a moving gif. I really like the pink and blue motif, though.

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My third attempt at a blog header went pretty well. But uhh… not really. I wanted to vector each book, but it was so time consuming. So I settled with this one. I actually loved the font, but there was something off with this header that did not ring right. Probably the violet background and the misplaced blue flower.

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Onto the fourth attempt: I loved this one. Despite the less time and effort that it took to create this one, it describes the diversity of my blog completely. But there is still something off with the stroked text. It’s not that readable, and you have to squint your eyes to see it properly.

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We come down to the blog header that I am using today. I finally settled down with this design because of the font, and now my sub header is readable. It’s the proper contrast of fonts. And it’s still diverse, describing my blog perfectly just by looking at the header.

I might change it again in the future, because I am the master of inconsistencies and insecurities. But who knows… maybe this one will stand the test of time.


How far have I come? I have done so many shenanigans that I did as firsts just for this blog of mine. I never really thought that I will do this and that, but the inner person in me wanted to show her freak flag and fly. I won’t list it down because I am saving it for a rainy day. Yet in all circumstances, my blog would have never been like this if I did not branch out and communicate with other people who shared the same passion. So please allow me to be a little bit sappy for one moment. I want to say thank you.

Thank you to my readers, first or a recent, for showing your enthusiasm to this blog. It would not have flourished that much if not for the support I get. Book blogger or not, you just happened to drop by, or you’re kind enough to leave a comment… I want you to know that I owe all this to you. ❤

Thank you to Maan at The Pigeon Reads, Trisha at The Bookgasm Blog, and Nicka at Read by Nicka who served as my co-hosts in the Fanboy Book Club. My baby would not have lasted long if they did not show the enthusiasm they had to handle it with me. Also to Maan and Trisha for being my book reading buddies, despite the fact that I did not finish reading mine. (Sorry Grisha trilogy.)

To MC at Blame It On The Books for being my mama bear (she said it so herself, haha) and also my co-handler at the Fanboy Book Club. You’re a true friend to have in this community. I cannot thank you enough really.

To Wesaun at Oreos and Books, who was one the first bloggers that I have interacted with. Thank you for always leaving comments on my blog when I was just starting out. It gave me the encouragement I needed to whip up something new everyday. And also being a friend who came in when I needed some help the most.

To Ms. Carla de Guzman for sharing many firsts with me: first blog tour and first author interview, first successful beta read. I hope to read more of your works in the future, and please do know that I will always fangirl over it, haha.

To Hazel at Stay Bookish for inspiring me to blog in the first place. Your love for books inspires me, and I really hope to meet you one day. I have young adult books to thank for helping me find your blog in the first place. It was your blog that convinced me that the written word is a way to express what you feel about a book. 🙂

To the members of the Fanboy Book Club, thank you for being there. Joining in made me happy enough. I promise to load our book club with fun activities and amazing tours.

To my Filipino blogger senpais who I still have to meet IRL. Thank you for inspiring me to blog and interacting with me over the web. Hopefully, we’ll meet soon enough (maybe next week, lol).

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Where am I headed? My blog’s direction is on a stable path, and that is to share my love for books and my other fandoms. I am still in the process of figuring things out, but I want to…

  • Host more blog tours for the Fanboy Book Club.
  • Branch out to other genres, and finally cure my somehow ridiculous feud with fantasy books.
  • Earn enough money to self-host. I had a great time using the pre-made themes WordPress offers, but it is irritating not to touch the codes. I’m a technology student, for crying out loud.
  • Interact with more authors and book bloggers.
  • Post more about my other fandoms
  • Attend more book signings
  • Shove more male leads into your faces.

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As much as I wanted to share something, I am still a noob and a poor sap. But I do love the Filipino bookish community, and I love male leads so…

Now this giveaway is only open for PH readers (sorry guys), in which I shall select one winner who can choose two books each from my favorite books with amazing male leads.

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You can choose from these books (from left to right): Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, Thirteen Reasons Why, Looking for Alaska, The Spectacular Now, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Carry On, Althea and Oliver, Eleanor and Park, Every Day, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, All The Bright Places, The Beginning of Everything, Suicide Notes [Not pictured: The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Openly Straight]
To the lucky winner who would win my giveaway must choose wisely. (Actually you could just pick anything from the stack really. I have read most of them and I ridicule you not, none of those books are rated less than 4 on my Goodreads.)

The giveaway ends at August 1, so there’s plenty of time to retweet the photo. I will contact the winner through their twitter and they will have 48 hours to respond.


After a year, I still don’t know how to end things properly. Oh dear. Haha. It’s a fangirl thing, I guess. Fandoms come and go, but we really don’t end things. We just enter new ones.

I am still in awe that I have reached the one year mark. I feel like this is the one thing that bloggers have kept in secret all this time… getting the feeling that the long anniversary post makes the next posts really hard to draft because of you have to step your game up.

Oh well. There’s always a first time for everything. 🙂

Till the next blog post (which is tomorrow),

Brb

June Wrap Up + Announcements

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… Yes, I am aware that I did not post a May wrap-up. I was serious in that hiatus of mine, haha. I did not read anything. But I did get to meet one of my favorite authors. 😉

Despite starting with a hassle, June ended up being a lovely month. Book-wise, it was fantastic. Life-wise, I guess I am torn. School was a real bust, and I cannot wait to get up on my feet again (aka revenge plot against my lovely classmates, kidding). Yet there were a lots of things that I want to be thankful for:

  • Getting the chance to travel to another country (though I never knew walking could that be exhausting).
  • Being able to finally breathe and relax.
  • Getting a knife off my back (my statistics class).
  • Having an upgrade on just about everything.

Let’s just get into my shenanigans this month.

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All The Feels by Danika Stone – ALL. THE. FEELS. I mean it literally, since it has slowly crawled into my heart. It can be a book similar to Fangirl. While Cath is more into writing, Liv is a force to be reckoned with due to her video editing skills.

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – I live tweeted again, this time about how this story made me cry and how it moved me to bits. I do not want to say much, because my review for this one is still pending. However, I hope my rating shows how much I loved this book.

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Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper – Again, my full review for this one will have to wait. This one was for a blog tour that I joined. I found the concept unique, because it was like some sort of medical sorcery.

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The Lady in Pink by Carla de Guzman – I raved about this novella last year when I first joined a blog tour, and I was fortunate enough to keep in touch with the author. 🙂 I was able to reread it in a whole other light again, and her additions to the story were just fantastic!

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – I haven’t really had the best experience with the Grisha trilogy. It was dragging and I practically just skimmed Siege and Storm. I don’t know if I will ever pick up Ruin and Rising, but I am really in awe with the concept of Six of Crows. (Plus multiple POV’s)

Timekeeper by Tara Sim – I finally got approved with an eARC! Yay! The book seems so unique because of the time travel and LGBT aspect.

What Happens Now by Jennifer Castle – This is due to Ate Kate’s from The Bookaholic Blurbs influence. I read the first few lines and I got hooked! It was like learning that you can breath for the first time.

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Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is like the Oreo version of a young adult novel. It’s the sweetest thing that you will ever read. Once you have read it, you will always look for it and want it. The aftertaste is equally sweet that it will give you a fluffy feeling because of the satisfying ending. It was the perfect helping of Oreo that you need. In all that is good in the world, Simon Spier is the cherry on top. He is an admirable male lead who is generally a good guy with a big heart for his family and friends.

Full review here.

 

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The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead

The world of Osfrid and Adoria was greatly mixed. I love how it was derived from the UK and the US, despite the timeline difference in the book. Being a history freak, this would have made me queasy since those are two conflicting timelines. Yet Richelle Mead delivered a wonderful historical fiction novel that connected the two as a whole. This setting was spectacular, and imagining those places will give future readers a wonderful time.

Full review here.

All The Feels by Danika Stone

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The book was all about trying to balance things out. The story can be compared to an emotional rollercoaster of feels for Liv, because she just wants to contribute to her beloved fandom and get her mother’s approval, pass college, and at least get a love life (aren’t we all? Nope. Just me.) The book does have all the feels and it can make you feel the feels. Because it makes you feel for the characters, make you feel what you feel about your respective dominant fandoms, and makes you feel like it’s you. (Feeeels.)

Full review here.

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book announcement

  • I will be hosting the Fanboy Book Club this month! Isn’t that exciting? What is our book of the month you ask? Why, it’s Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo!

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  • To make things more festive, I actually plan on encouraging you guys to do a challenge. But don’t fret, there will still be a twitter chat per usual.
  • Aside from having an exciting month for July, our book club also… wait for it…

WILL BE DOING BLOG TOURS!

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That’s right! You have read it right. Of course the lovely catch is that FBC will do blog tours for YA books that feature the coolest male leads out there. Club members will have certain access and privileges. 😉

Sign-up for the Fanboy Book Club here:

If you’re already a member, no need to sign-up again. I have surprises waiting. And to give you a hint of what is in store, I suggest you check out my TBR up there. 😉

So that’s about it for my June. How I wish July can live up to it’s semi-awesomeness. What happened to you guys? I would love to know!

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April Wrap-Up and May TBR + Hiatus Announcement

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The month of April could be summed up in one word: stressful.

I cannot stress enough how much of roller coaster of a month April has been. My midterms happened this month. And my finals will follow soon after. Timeline-wise, I read one book before my midterms, one book after my midterms and three books on the second of the last day of April. Makes sense? My reading was okay. I reached my quota of reading five books, which is great because I only read an average of 3-4 books a month. Yet, as a neurotic reader would say, “Of course I did not stick to my TBR.”

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The Island by S. Usher Evans   Stars 4

My first book for the Sunday Street Team! I am so happy that I have been able to join, thanks to Nori at ReadWriteLove28. This book is amazing, and I cannot wait to read the sequel, The Chasm. I have a full review on The Island up here on my blog, if you would like to read more about my thoughts.

Inferno by Dan Brown   Stars 4 blah

It took me almost a year to complete this behemoth. But it was worth it. Since the world building was simply unforgettable, the instant I got back to reading the book I was right on track. I hope to see the movie when it comes out, because I got the Europe setting in my head again.

The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery  Stars

I was feeling a little bit down so I finally picked this book up. I read for 20 minutes. Crazy, I know. But I needed some comfort. And that’s exactly what it gave me. I already posted my review on Goodreads for this one.

Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli  Stars

Would you believe if I told you that I finished reading The Little Prince, this book, and The Glittering Court all in the same day? I don’t know why, but it was probably the rush. And I was taking advantage of the only free day that I had. Back to this book, I just could not stop gushing about it. I live tweeted while reading this book, and to be honest, I must have flooded Becky Albertalli’s mention feed. (Sorry!) Gush-worthy, insanely creative, and ridiculously fluffy. Wait for my review, okay?

The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead  Stars 4 blah

I was amazed that this book delivered the hype that I was giving it. The lucky streak continues, because this book is off the charts. The historical fiction is forgivable because the conflicting periods were delivered well. I hope to also post a review about this book soon.
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The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater

  • The FBCYA book for April

The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp

  • Our FBCYA book for May. This month, our read-a-long will be hosted by Maan at The Pigeon Reads.

The Last Time We Say Goodbye by Cynthia Hand

All The Feels by Danika Stone
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More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera

The Island by S. Usher Evans

Outside of the Blog

It is inevitable for me to announce this hiatus. Not only is May the busiest month of our college, but it is also our finals period. I will still be posting from time to time, since I promised a lot of reviews. Will I be just reviewing now? Probably. 😉 I really need to focus on my studies, so for now, this fangirl will be posting less. But don’t worry. I am still reading.

On the bright side, one of my favorite authors of all time is coming to the Philippines. Thanks to National Bookstore, Jennifer Niven will be visiting the Philippines this May! And the venue is just so convenient. I cannot wait to meet her. Visit @nbsalert on Twitter or National Bookstore’s facebook page for more details.

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PH people! Will you be going to Jennifer’s signing? If so, let’s meet up! I cannot wait to interact with you guys.

So how was your April? I will still be commenting and I am always blog hopping. You will not even notice my absence. 😀

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