Top 5 Wednesdays: Books To Get You Out of A Reading Slump

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Welcome! To a Top 5 Wednesday. I hope to do these, too. Just to get me in the mood to blog again. Words, words, words, we need a lot of words that are understandable and clear to the majority of the human race.

Top 5 Wednesday is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam of ThoughtsOnTomes. Check out the Goodreads group!

Now my friends, I am not a noob when it comes to reading slumps. I faced a lot of it while doing big projects. The feeling goes: I’m halfway through a good book, and then suddenly the workload comes pouring in. I end up disregarding the book’s existence for days. When I get back to it, the slump hits me in the face.

But, during my lay low days, I ended up discovering books that can cure the slump. After the long months of hitting rock bottom just to get things passed, I have discovered the what kind of books to pick to get me back into a reading mojo. And here are some of them:

5. If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman

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Re: Read a short book. 

Honestly, this book is too cute to not recommend. It’s a short book, and it’s honestly just cute and fluffy. Dogs + food descriptions + hot guy + family ties + body love.

If The Dress Fits can be like a palette cleanser if you want to feel a lot of feels real easy and quick.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Re: Read a book that will keep you on your toes

Sure, people say that this can either put you in a slump even more, but I say that it gives you back that hunger for books. We Were Liars kept me on the edge of my seat because it has been a really long while since I last read a book in one sitting. I stayed up until 2 am just to finish this book. I kept my guard up for this book and it still got me in the end.

Be warned, but also have a fun time in reading it. Just keep your guard up.

3. Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Re: Read a fluffy book.

What I meant by fluffy is that you should pick something so sweet that it will give you cavities. That will wake you up. Perfect example is Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Not only will you score some bonus points for checking out if it really lives up to its name (it does, friend), but you also get OREOS.

OREOS are what I call the cast of this book. Everyone is giving me cavities for being the best cast ever, especially Blue. (Not you, Martin. No oreos for you.)

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Re: Read something out of your comfort zone

Science fiction is not exactly the genre that I would normally reach out to when I am in the mood to read. I do not read it at all times, and majority of my books are still mostly contemporary. But I have to give it to Illuminae for breaking a slump. I guess if we don’t usually read books outside our comfort zone, it gives us that push to get out there and finish it. The action, the intensity, and the interesting format made me stick to the world.

Granted, this one took me weeks to get through. But I ended up reading continuously after. Plus, this book is huge. I don’t know if I have read something else that is so gloriously long.

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Re: Read your favorite book.

Do I even have to explain this one when it honestly speaks for itself? My love for this book echoes to the beyond. When I am in a reading slump, this book is the first book that I pick up. It gives me comfort, and it reminds me of how great books can be. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is the best thing for me to read whenever I feel like I don’t know what happens next (basically me when I read something that left me lying around for days.)

But this one must serve as a last resort. Reading slumps are basically inner demons. There is more than one way to conquer it. Think of this as the Excalibur, or the lucky token. You only take it out if there’s no way out.


So what books do you guys read when you’re in a reading slump? I would like to know more about it. 🙂

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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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Books That Make Me Happy: A Rainbow Blog Challenge

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

Today’s prompt is all about the books that made me happy. I’m two days late phew. Let me tell you: hosting a blog tour is not an easy task. But let’s do this! Now I carefully laid out some of the books that made me smile. Most of them made me smile this year, but of course, you can never not include the books that make you smile all the time. Without further ado, here are some of the books that are guaranteed to make you happy while reading them. Because it did make me happy while I was reading.

The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon – This was the last book that I read and it made me smile and giggle. This book served like a beacon for me, because even though I was facing something tough it managed to make me smile because of the charm it contains. I have to admit that I am a sucker for instalove, and this book completely nails it. Oh what I would give for something like this book. All smiles all around. I still have yet to review this book, but just to give a glimpse of my thoughts: This book is perfect for me.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven – I guess this one is in the 50/50 zone because it definitely made me cry as well. But if The Sun Is Also A Star is more on the instalove, this one is not. This one is more progressive, and I could relate in a whole other level. Libby Strout is an amazing human being who should serve as an inspiration to all. The book is my string of hope. I am wanted. I am loved. And that alone makes me one happy girl.

If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman – The same thing can be said for If The Dress Fits. I love the author to bits, and reading her works always makes me smile. Automatic happiness points right there. But speaking as a reader, If The Dress Fits also focuses on a heavy girl who finds the love that she deserves. I’m just smiling and giggling while reading the book. Also, I don’t read a lot of NA per se, but the author’s books always serve as a stepping stone for me.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – This book will always be a part of me. This book is the reason why I took up the persona. Cath will always have my title, but I will be happy to take her place if ever she hands me her crown. I’m just happy that this book exists, because it is an amazing piece of literature that teens in college like me can relate to. Living double lives as a blogger and a student who thrives to be excellent but also just to write and write and write to inspire other people. That is what being a fangirl is.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone – Harry Potter will always serve as the book that struck my interest into becoming a bookworm. I started at a really young age, and the magic has been stuck ever since. It’s a wonderful series and I know that I am not the only one who is happy that such series exists. It made a community, and it made a lot of people come together to celebrate the magic it gave off from its marvelous pages. (I mean, even if my letter did not come, I’m still happy. A joke. Haha)

The Perks of Being A Wallflower – Guys, if you see me making this list again without a disclaimer that I am not going to include these books AND the other list does not contain THIS book, then please contact the proper authorities that are concerned with alien life forms. You must assume that I have either been hacked, killed, wiped off the face of the earth, or transported to another planet because some other alien is probably managing the blog instead of me.

With that being said, in case you’re new, I love this book very much and I just cannot stop expressing my love for it. Basically, Stephen Chbosky is a human being sent by the writing gods and this book is his child. I love everything about it,and I treasured the lessons I learned. High school was a better place when I had this book by my side. My happiness levels just rose up to a hundred, and I’m just talking about my love for this book. Yeah, Charlie is life.


Alright! That’s (kind-of) a wrap for today’s prompt. Look, if I am going to list down all of the books that made me, we would be here all day. (No, not really. But it’s nice to exaggerate once in a while.)

What books made you happy? What book would you recommend to me a “happy read”? Let’s talk about it on the comments below. But as for now,

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ARC Review: If The Dress Fits

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Before Reading:

Since when have I turned down the chances of reading a Carla de Guzman book? Let’s say, never. (Well actually, once. But the reason behind that was because I badly wanted to interview her. Do you get me? I hope you do.) I was ridiculously anxious when she announced about this book, because the cover is gorgeous! Is it even possible to make grabby hands mentally? I think so, yep. And then, late at night while scrolling through Twitter,

Good news: There was an opportunity for me to read it.

Bad news: It was the most hectic week of my life so far.

I still signed up to read it. Because like I said, I never miss chances like this. Oh the things I would do for a favorite author, haha.

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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

Source: eARC, provided by the author

Rating: 5/5 stars

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?

After Reading:

You might have guessed that I have actually read it since you are reading my review after all. How did I manage to pull it off, you ask? I read during breaks, when I felt like my workload lightened up just a little bit, and also on the jeepney rides on my way home. But the real MVP was the stressful day before I finished this book. I slept early, and then I read the rest of the book (around 40% if I recall my progress) the morning after. ALL. IN. ONE. SITTING. Because that is how good this book is.

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I received an eARC for review of this book from Ms. Carla herself. Please know that this is an honest review and all the thoughts and opinions that I have for this book are all mine.

Is it possible to feel all the feels? For some reason, I have been reading a lot of books that tell me that I should love myself. And it is probably why I liked this book very much.

First, the book shines as a character-driven story. Martha is this person who seems very collective, but is actually very down to earth and is like any other person who has insecurities. Max is this cool amd calm dude who just gets how things are done. Their duo has this amazing chemistry that is somehow electrifying. Gosh, if only Max exists. Martha is such a lucky gal to have him as a best friend. If you’re running low, and you need to feel some romance, I swear just think of the fluffiness that Martha and Max has to offer. I mean if I have to be honest, even their dogs have chemistry! Is that even possible? It is quite charming, haha.

The majority of the characters are within the Aguas clan, each one with their own quirk and funny side. I love how the family dynamic was embedded in this story because it was expanded up to the extended family, branching to Martha’s aunts, cousin, and lola. What shines in the story, besides the kilig moments, was the relationship between Martha and her cousin, Regina. We all have those wounds that never heal, and sometimes it opens up again when we see the person who caused it. That aspect of their relationship was really heart warming and it is also a good notion that there is nothing bad with being honest to oneself and to the family.

Second, I have to commend the author for her lovely writing. When this book is not giving me the feels, it makes me very hungry. And I mean that as a compliment! The writing style is as unique as ever, and it will really draw you into the story. I can’t help but to laugh out loud when Martha is in quite an awkward situation with her food or literally anything else. There’s humor and fun in it, but there is also seriousness since it also tackles a topic such as body shaming. There’s wittiness in conveying that topic in this book, as it is subtle yet the message is there. Throw in the mix of romance and every emotion, and you get to ride this rollercoaster of feels.

And third, I cannot put emphasis enough on how I was moved and how much I have swooned over the romance in this story. Color me a hopeless romantic, but this is one of those books that make me feel that love is literally everywhere. In short, pag hindi ka kinilig sa kacute-tan ni Martha at Max, i-assume ko na baka bato ka. Joke.

(English translation: If you don’t feel anything when it comes to Martha and Max’s cuteness, I will presume that you are a rock.)

Pick this book up and you will know what I am talking about, ladies and gents. It is such a lovely read, (and take it from someone who was stressed while reading it) and it will definitely take you away to a land where feels fly free.

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Carla

Employee by day and writer by night, she has a blog that serves as her free space to post things about her travels and her adventures as a self-published author. She is a proud part of#romanceclass and loves supporting Filipino authors and artists.

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Alright! I neeed someone to talk to about feels. Are you dying to read If The Dress Fits? Comment below!

P.S. Max looks like someone I know IRL. Guess who’s still swooning?

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