Books I Loved Less || Top Ten Tuesday

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

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

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

5. Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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

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

4. Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman

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

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

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

3. Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts

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

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

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

2. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler

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

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

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

1. Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

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

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

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


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

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

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

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Rainy Day Thoughts: What Did I Miss?

Am I back from the dark abyss? Am I back from the pit of inactivity? Am I back from the black hole of death?

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I feel like I’m Thomas Jefferson in writing this post. I feel like I have missed a lot of things that happened around here in our community. If you’re a new follower, hello there! Welcome to the weirdness and randomness of my brain. You may proceed to your right and in there, you can find a post that probably has dust. Still okay to read, but it’s kinda old. And if you’re someone who stuck by me and my random posts from the beyond: CAN I GIVE YOU HUG, YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING?

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So where was I? The dark abyss. The pit of inactivity. The black hole of death. Okay kidding, I was busy with my studies. I have been so out of loop ever since I started working on massive projects and life-changing duties. The only time that I had was dedicated into writing blog posts for blog tours, for book club, and a few blogging prompts here and there. I forgot how to socialize and at least be like my old self where I comment on posts for being awesome. (And they are awesome guys. The people I follow here on WordPress have the most incredible minds.) If it were not for those tours, I would have not read anything at all. I tried coming back, and to be honest, most of the posts that I actually managed to get through was basically done in a rush. It was not really nice to be able to blog at all, because I felt helpless. (Let’s count how many Hamilton references I can put in one blog post. We stop now. Lol) I cannot spare time to just sit down and write, and even if I did, I spent hours and hours writing basically nothing. For example:

“No graphics. No pretty designs and stuff like that. Maybe I will use bold or italicized letters if I will ever make out a point or two. I just want to take a breather today and finally put a stop to horrible thoughts.

Because of some of the stuff in my personal life, I am awake until 3 am in the morning everyday. There were days where I faced the next day without a wink of sleep. My sleeping pattern is in chaos. There are some days where I just want to stop everything and turn back to doing the thing I love: blogging.

But as I was typing this post, I keep getting these thoughts in my head to stop typing. My fingers hurt for who knows whatever reason why, I want to open another tab (and I did after typing it), I want to work on other stuff, and”

That one took 4 hours to write. I knew it was a slump, because the temporary title was “Have I Lost My Blogging Mojo?”. But don’t worry, I am only partially dead. I know the current issues that are taking place, and I know what current releases are to die for and what not. Yet what is the use of knowing what is out there if I cannot connect with the people who I can talk to about it?

So let’s start fresh, if you’re a new book blogger, say hi in the comments! Link me a blog post of yours and I will leave a comment. If you’re a cool person keeping tabs on my blog, I promise to hop by your blog soon! Maybe one day, you’ll see a comment there or two. 🙂

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Let’s bring back light and enthusiasm back into this blog. And now, where exactly am I headed? I think I’m going places, I guess? A lot of opportunities have opened up since I last posted. I joined a lot of happenings, I got accepted into something, and I have some very exciting news. I am planning on revamping the book club, and hopefully get to host an international giveaway soon for that milestone? In other words, I want to be able to communicate with the book blogging community and share my voice as much as possible. I’m still bombarded with a lot of work, but we can manage through that if I really want to make these promises possible.

No more brb’s from here. This fangirl is here to stay. 🙂

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P.S. I HOARDED MORE BOOKS THAN EVER. AND I HAVE BEEN READING MORE THAN USUAL. ASDFGHJKL; Yeah, I will make sure to include all of it in my wrap-up. Har har.

Wishful Thinking: Someday With You and Other Stories Review

Once in a while, we get simple short stories and we love it to bits. There’s something about the simplicity that drives us to enjoy every single story. A perfect example of this is Someday With You and Other Stories. I have to admit that I have a long history when it comes to reading books with the male POV, (I mean, I even made a book club about it. Sorry for that segway, haha.) but I have not encountered it in Filipino literature yet other than reading Bob Ong’s books. This was also my first time reading from another Filipino romance author, and I was more excited than ever as I was in trying something new for the start of the year.

Anyways, let’s get to it!

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33965287Title & Author: Someday With You and other stories by Ines Bautista-Yao

Genre:  Contemporary, Romance

Year Published: 2016

Series: None

Source: eARC, provided by the author

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon

Summary:

“A broken heart doesn’t mean the end of the world. In this short story compilation, Patrick, Toby and Andrew still continue to hope for and dream of their own happy ever after.”

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Five years ago, when they were teenagers in college, they’d made a pact to come back to this same spot, no matter where they were in the world, no matter who they had become. But five years wasn’t enough to erase the heartache Patrick felt when Andrea disappeared from his life, when he thought he’d lost her for good. And now that the time has come, he can’t keep the feelings from rushing back to the surface, possibly messing up his life once more.

One Last Thing

All Toby wants is to keep Angela from falling in love with someone else. That isn’t too much to ask considering he’s already won her over and she’s finally convinced he isn’t just another spoiled, rich boy. But when his buddy Jake enters the picture, Angela seems to be slipping away. Toby has to make the hardest decision of his life and that might even mean letting go.

Things I’ll Never Say

Andrew, Penny and Raffy aren’t what you call regular teenagers. They’re hugely popular models of hot, teen clothing brand Pineapple Slice. Though all three have become celebrities in their own right. Fans passionately ship Penny and Raffy (with a hashtag to match). What nobody knows is that Andrew has been in love with Penny ever since he heard her laugh at one of his lame jokes. So when she tells him she wants out of their charmed existence, he starts to panic. But he also wonders if this is his chance to claim the happy ending he’a always hoped for.

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Someday With You and Other Stories is a fine collection of stories that express the genuine heart string tugs you get when you read a story about young love. Each story was unique, short, and precise. Fluffy stories always get me, and if you mess with my emotions, then you have succeeded into hooking me into the deep abyss. And let’s be real here: I usually cannot imagine Filipino guys my age in books because there is still something lacking in representation. Yet this book has delivered and has opened my mind to a whole lot in terms of imagining those guys in books.

First we have Someday With You, a story about love and promises. I loved Patrick’s voice, and the hopeless romantic in him got to me a little too much. I may not have been a fan of his love interest, but his devotion and his love was something else. It was big, promising, and worth it to have when he was ready to love again. He is a real special guy with a great story.

Second we have One Last Thing, if you think the first one already pulled some heartstrings, then guess again. Toby is here to mess with your emotions. At first, it was a bit hard to listen to his voice, but in the back of my head I knew that there would be something in the mix. Turns out, Toby had the story that got me the most. It centers around grief and moving on, which are two of the things that Toby had trouble in dealing with. He misses a lot of people, and it’s not that complicated to realize that even he is coping up with the event that happened to him. I was able to appreciate the simplicity of the story tied with the complexity and surreal emotions that surge in the story. It was the best of the bunch, and honestly got me in an emotional state.

And third we have Things I’ll Never Say, was a cute romantic story that hit me in the feels. There was a love triangle involved in the story, but only in a perspective. I liked Andrew from the start (because hi, I was still recovering from Toby’s story haha) and the concept of having a love triangle between pairings are just nice. I am one of those fans that always root for the nice guy in a love triangle. I don’t actively watch the stories here in our country but I usually root for the other nice guy in the story instead of the guy that was supposed to be for the main girl protagonist. I don’t know if it’s just me. That ideology made me love the third and final story. It was sweet, because Andrew was a bit torpe (shy, really not the touchy-feely). The story was overall cute in the way things unfolded. Sometimes, the world needs cute and short contemporary romances that head straight to the point. (Plus I admire his love interest very much.)

It is quite obvious that I loved this story to bits. Each story was thoughtfully written and beautifully executed. I hope to read more stories by Ms. Ines B. Yao in the near future. But for now,

Which story intrigued you the most?

Any short story compilations out there?

What book by a Filipino author should I read next?

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

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

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

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

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

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

  1. He loves to read books.

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

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

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

  1. The guy has a particular set of skills.

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

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

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

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Title: If The Dress Fits

Author: Carla de Guzman

Genre: Adult, Romance

Date Published: 15th of October 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Midnight Books

Buy it on: Amazon || Carla’s Typeform

Summary:

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

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

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

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


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

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

Until then,

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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.

More Happy Than Not

It’s Kind of A Funny Story

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Holding Up The Universe

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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The Sun Is Also A Star, and it shines so bright: A Review

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Before Reading:

Okay. I am freaking out. Penguin Random House actually granted my request to read this much loved book. Can I get a holla? Well, to be honest, I am a bit skeptical about this book because I have not read anything by Nicola Yoon before. I don’t know if she and I will connect, but this story has touched so many lives and people raved about it. How good is this book? Honestly, I will probably go into this blindly. I stopped reading the blurb when I saw that it will have a guy’s perspective. Ah, some things never change. Alright, let’s get to it!

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28763485Title & Author: The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon

Genre:  Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance

Year Published: 1st of November 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Source: eARC, provided by Netgalley

Rating:  4.5/5 stars

Buy it on: Amazon | TBD | National Bookstore | Fully Booked

Summary: Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

After Reading:

Oh my dear sweet lord that was so beautiful! This book is everything that I wanted in life and more! I have never read a book that tackled my philosophy in life. In this case, it goes like this: everything we do is interconnected.

All our actions have effect on every person that we interact with. Some are small, some are big. But it creates an impact either way.

I have been living with that mantra since my second year of high school. And I know it’s true, but I never thought that it could be beautifully manifested through a book. And then came The Sun Is Also A Star, and suddenly my dreams came true.

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The Sun Is Also A Star is a magnificently-written book. All of the feelings that can be felt while reading this book is too hard to be put into words. But I will try, even if it will probably be the equivalent of the incoherent noises composed of fangirl screams in real life.

In my case, a story about instalove can either be a hit or miss for me. A story with multiple perspectives often enchants me, and a story with mixed point of views is already a winner. The Sun Is Also A Star nailed all of those aspects and it hit the bullseye. Natasha and Daniel’s love story caught me just after they met. There was an immediate click. These two characters are meant to be together because all of the chain reactions that happened to them that day. They were meant to meet and fall in love that day, despite of all the prejudices breathing down their necks. Call me a hopeless romantic, but I do believe that this story is an example of one of the extraordinary cases where you just know that it’s young love, but also something more. Though a stretch from reality, the love that can be felt in this book is genuine.

Now if it has an overpowering instalove, what makes it so unique? Basically every other element in this book. The trouble with being deported, the prejudices of being pressured by an older generation, the aftermath of every single action has it’s equal opposite reaction. I am not about to go all science-y here, but that is just a fact. In those other perspectives, with something brief about how everyone has something to do with anything shows us a glimpse on how faith probably works. The inclusion of other people in the narrative makes the story more wholesome and compact, solidifying a solid standpoint on where the book wants to place itself. Now it is obvious on where The Sun Is Also A Star stands: on a pedestal, where a person can choose to read it and love it, or stand by and let them be overpowered by the tropes. Either way, it makes a reader feel something. And that will have an effect on another person. See how the ripple continues on the loop. 🙂

In summary, I loved this book. It is one of the best books that I have read in 2016, and it will definitely stand the test of time and I will probably put it on my best of the best shelf.

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Nicola Yoon grew up in Jamaica (the island) and Brooklyn (part of Long Island). She currently resides in Los Angeles, CA with her husband and daughter, both of whom she loves beyond all reason. Everything, Everything is her first novel.


I think it is safe to say that I have jumped aboard the Nicola Yoon hype train. Believe me, once I get my hands on her other book Everything,  Everything… It will be devoured like hot fudge on a cold winter night. I just like fluffy things, okay? And her book is just the best. Honestly made 2016 a wee bit better.

Have you read Nicola Yoon’s books yet? If so, let’s fangirl/fanboy together in the comments below (but don’t leave spoilers for Everything, Everything, okay?) If you have not read Nicola’s books yet, what will you probably pick up first? Does her book remind you of any other book? Let’s chat, please! 🙂

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Book Haul #5: How did this happen?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma

Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

An Abundance of Katherines by John Green

Just Listen by Sarah Dessen

The False Prince by Jennifer Nielsen

Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien

The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

What We Remember, What We Forget

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

Prince Caspian by C.S. Lewis

Coraline by Neil Gaiman

Tales of the Trojan War by Kamini Khanduri

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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