SEPTEMBER + OCTOBER + NOVEMBER + DECEMBER WRAP-UP!

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*sings* Hello, it’s me. I was wondering if after all these months I’m still welcome on my own blog. I know I’ve done a very terrible
thing as a self-proclaimed blogger. I’VE ONLY BEEN OUT FOR FOUR MONTHS. Dobby must punish himself for leaving hibsLQiyI.gifs poor blog. 

I’ve completely missed to post my monthly wrap-up starting from September up to last December and I felt deeply horrible. I’ve been really busy with school that I also fail to post regularly on my Instagram. *sighs* I know, I know, I am so bad at this. I tried to squeeze in this book blogging in my sched. but I guess I’m just not the kind of person to stick to her plans. It’s why I am now using the planner I received from my sister hoping it will cure my dobby-ness.

Let’s recap to my ber-months’ reads now, shall we?

I managed to read 13 books in the last four months. I think it’s not a bad number considering how school is being a b*tch to my life. 8 of those books I borrowed from our school library, 3 from my iBooks library and the 2 books from the only 4 books I got since the start of the school. Yep, I’m not just a potato, I’m a BROKE potato. And guess what, those poor 4 books are only gifts I received. Meaning I acquired 0 books since the start of the school year. All my money either went to food or the cinemas instead of books. Let’s have a toast to this book blogger of a potato. 🍻animated-gif-dancing-in-the-room-full-of-books

Enough of my potato-ness. It’s now time to show the few books I’ve read last four months and my few thoughts about them!

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JUNE + JULY + AUGUST WRAP-UP

AND I’M BACK! This is me saying hi from my three months of absence here. *awkward laughs* I’m totally aware it’s been so long and I’ve felt really bad about it. If you think I’ve been up to something big these last three months, I wasn’t nor I’ve read loads. I just didn’t have that much time and energy indulging anymore on my bookish life since I’ve transferred to my new school last June. But I think I’ve quite adjusted well now and I’m ready to be back on this game. YAY!

Moving in to a new school wasn’t easy. I must admit I had several breakdowns on my first week on it. Though I’ve gotten the hang of it soon enough. I’ve made new friends (two of them I think are for life), learned new mathematical problems and spotted a lot of cute guys. LOL! It was rather fun trying on new things and meeting new people. Should I tell I’ve topped first on our class. *happy dances* I couldn’t just be grateful enough. First quarter done, three more to go. I AM NOT OK.

My reading game though was not to brag about. I tried reading as much as I could but I only came up with 5 books on three months. That’s few to think I have set my reading goal this year to 50. I’m halfway there though I doubt I can complete it in just four months left for this year. Wow! I can’t believe it’s been eight months already.

CHEERS TO EVERYTHING THAT’S BEEN AND EVERYTHING TO BE!


BOOKS READ IN JUNE

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Who We Are: a school requirement

“Who am I?” How many times have you asked yourself this question?

I myself used to ask this question more frequently than not. It is a question I can’t seem to find a definite answer for. A question so simple yet so hard to answer.

“Who am I?”

I think this is not at all a question that’s needed to be answered right away, rather a guide for the steps we’ll take in the journey of discovering ourselves.

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MAY WRAP-UP 2016

It’s June! We’re already half way though the year. I can’t believe one week had passed since May. Each summer has always been lovely with each ventures it tells. It’s sad though that it’s just another season we have to let go every time. Now, I’m off to a new high school year. Just like that. Another beginning of an end.

Enough of that. Let’s now look back to everything I did, everyone I met and every place I went to last month:

  • My parents had their annual vacation here. We’ve gathered a lot of moments together as much as we can in just a span of two weeks. We attended my sister’s best friend’s wedding that is magically spot-on and had a two day getaway in Hundred Islands.
  • Read a total of 4 books.
  • Posted 14 photos on Instagram which I’m very proud of because I usually don’t post that much regularly on Instagram. I’m working on it though.

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  • Only had 5 blog posts up. Click for more –> May 2016 Archives.
  • I finished the 5th season of the Walking Dead. I’m currently on 6th. Yeah bishhh.

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That’s pretty much what I did this summer except from constant sleeping. I hope your June would be as good as what your May has been! Hopefully better!


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FIRST BOOK SIGNING EVENT: Meeting Jennifer Niven

In this post, I’m gonna be talking about my whole experience with #JenniferNiveninPH. It’s been past a week since National Book Store has held one of the highlights of my bookish life; it’s been past a week since I’ve met the amazing creator behind one of the most amazing YA Contemporary books these days, Jennifer Niven‘s All the Bright Places!

I read only one book from Jennifer Niven which is her first Young Adult novel. I think almost everyone has heard of it, All the Bright Places it is. I read it just this January. It has been given to me by my brother after months of nagging him about it. Lol! Since then, I can say I’ve grown to have changed my perspective in things. It’s my personal favorite forever. And same goes through to Jennifer Niven. She’s been very lovely since the first time I connected to her through Twitter.

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So when I heard last April she’s coming here in the Philippines, I knew I had to go and see her.

I usually don’t bother about book signing tours because they’re usually far from where I live. It’s a four hours worth of travel and as a minor, it wasn’t easy to have my parents’ permission.

But because it’s Jennifer Niven, I did what I have to do to just go. I saved money, I asked my parents to let me go, of course with the supervision of my older brother and sister, I had my brother to give his day off for the day and I had my sister convinced that we have to go there early. Thank god it’s summer.

As it was my first book signing event that I attended, I had no clue on things that I should be expecting. I definitely didn’t expect waiting 10 hours before my book is signed! It was worth it though.

For preparations, I’ve gone through people I follow on Instagram whether they’re going. Luckily, ate Shea (@ bookishwanderlust), who’s been one of my bookstagram friends for a time, messaged me asking if I will be attending. She’s been very friendly and I’m so glad for her. Without her, I wouldn’t have known my book should come with a tag or a receipt from National Book Store, yikes! As my book was just given to me as a gift, it didn’t come with a tag or receipt, duh. So ate Shea came with a solution. She introduced me to her friend, Kian (@ jazper.reads), who can give me the receipt of his book and who I’ve recently just met through Read With Sammy Facebook page where we are both members. What a luck of fate.

MAY 29, 2016

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REVIEW: GLASS SWORD BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

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Title: Glass Sword (Red Queen, #2)

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: February 9th 2016 by HarperTeen

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian, Sci-Fi

Date read: May 28-29, 2016

My rating: ★★★★✩

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If there’s one thing Mare Barrow knows, it’s that she’s different.

Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?

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THE BOOK SACRIFICE TAG

I’ve seen this tag on Night Train Books blog and decided to give it a go even if I wasn’t tagged because it looks so fun to do to wait for someone to tag me before I do it. 😀 It was just like the Burn, Rewrite, or Reread Booktag only your options are “Burn, Burn, Burn.” Let’s get this going! *evil grins*


1) An Over-Hyped Book: Let’s start this off with a Zombie Apocalypse! Let’s say you’re in a book store, just browsing, when BAM! ZOMBIE ATTACK. An announcement comes over the PA System saying that the military has discovered that the zombies’ only weakness is over-hyped books. What book that everyone else says is amazing but you really hated do you start chucking at the zombies knowing that it will count as an over-hyped book and successfully wipe them out?!

– Me and Earl and the Dying Girl. Oh yes. I remember this book circling all over Instagram as the movie comes out. AND I remember jumping right into it expecting a lot. AND I also remember regretting reading it. THIS BOOK PUT ME INTO A HELLISH BOOK SLUMP. AND the movie was not to discussed. A lot of people loved it but I’m one on the other side who just didn’t.  I guess this is just one of those books where if you love it, you love it, but if you don’t, you don’t. AND I didn’t.

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2) A Sequel: Let’s say you’ve just left the salon with a SMASHING new haircut and BOOM: Torrential downpour. What sequel are you willing to use as an umbrella to protect yourself?

The Scorch Trials. Not just it, rather the whole series. I only read The Maze Runner and the half of The Scorch Trials and it’s enough for me to hate it. Thomas, the main protagonist, and a whole lot more aspects of the book just didn’t work out for me. Though, I like the movie adaptations. I can say they’re even better than the book, The Maze Runner, at least.

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(HERE WE HAVE THE LOVE OF MY LIFE *heart eyes*)

3) A Classic: Let’s say you’re in a lecture and your English teacher is going on and on about how this classic changed the world, how it revolutionized literature and you get so sick of it that you chuck the classic right at his face because you know what? This classic is stupid and it’s worth detention just to show everyone how you feel! What Classic did you chuck?

– I HAVEN’T READ ANY CLASSICS YET. There. *sighs* Okay, I’ve read a couple in our English class, but I don’t really count it as reading. I’m messed up, I know. I’m currently reading Wuthering Heights as of now though.

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4) Your Least Favourite Book of Life!: Let’s say that you’re hanging out at the library when BAM global warming explodes and the world outside becomes a frozen wasteland. You’re trapped and your only chance for survival is to burn a book. What is the book you first run to, your least favourite book of all life, what book do you not fully regret lighting?

Eclipse. Haters gonna hate, but I’m a huge fan of the Twilight series, both books and films. Eclipse, though. God I hate that book, I literally threw it across my room after I read it. The movie was no better. Whenever I marathon the series, I always skip Eclipse.

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There you have it! 😀  Just want to remind you that these are just my mere opinions. How about you, what books are you willing to sacrifice?

I’m tagging everyone who wants to do it!

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REVIEW: ALMOST PERFECT BY BRIAN KATCHER

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Title: Almost Perfect

Author: Brian Katcher

Publication Date: October 13th 2009 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction, LGBT

No. of pages: 368 pages

Date read: May 21-22, 2016

My rating: 3.4/★★★✩✩

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Logan Witherspoon befriends Sage Hendricks at a time when he no longer trusts or believes in people. As time goes on, he finds himself drawn to Sage, pulled in by her deep, but sexy feminine voice and her constant smile. Eventually Logan’s feelings for Sage grow so strong that he can’t resist kissing her. Moments later, he wishes he never had. Sage finally discloses her big secret: she was born a boy. Enraged, frightened, and feeling betrayed, Logan lashes out at Sage. Once his anger has cooled, however, his regrets lead him to attempt to rekindle their friendship. But it’s hard to replace something that’s been broken—and it’s even harder to find your way back to friendship when you began with love.

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REVIEW: LOVE LETTERS TO THE DEAD BY AVA DELLAIRA

18140047Title: Love Letters to the Dead

Author: Ava Dellaira

Publication Date: Published April 1st 2014 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

No. of pages: 336 pages

Date read: May 17-19, 2016

My rating★★★★✩

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Laurel chooses Kurt Cobain because her sister, May, loved him. And he died young, just like May. Soon, Laurel has a notebook full of letters to the dead—to people like Janis Joplin, Heath Ledger, Amelia Earhart, and Amy Winehouse—though she never gives a single one of them to her teacher. She writes about starting high school, navigating the choppy waters of new friendships, learning to live with her splintering family, falling in love for the first time, and, most important, trying to grieve for May. But how do you mourn for someone you haven’t forgiven?

It’s not until Laurel has written the truth about what happened to herself that she can finally accept what happened to May. And only when Laurel has begun to see her sister as the person she was—lovely and amazing and deeply flawed—can she truly start to discover her own path.

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REVIEW: THE LAST TIME WE SAY GOODBYE BY CYNTHIA HAND

17285330Title: The Last Time We Say Goodbye

Author: Cynthia Hand

Publication Date: Published February 10th 2015 by Harper Teen

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

No. of pages: 386 pages

Date read: May 7-9, 2016

My rating★★★✩✩

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There’s death all around us.
We just don’t pay attention.
Until we do.

The last time Lex was happy, it was before. When she had a family that was whole. A boyfriend she loved. Friends who didn’t look at her like she might break down at any moment.

Now she’s just the girl whose brother killed himself. And it feels like that’s all she’ll ever be.

As Lex starts to put her life back together, she tries to block out what happened the night Tyler died. But there’s a secret she hasn’t told anyone-a text Tyler sent, that could have changed everything.

Lex’s brother is gone. But Lex is about to discover that a ghost doesn’t have to be real to keep you from moving on.

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