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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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!


BOOKS READ IN MAY

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APRIL WRAP-UP 2016

April was a blur. A slothful month. I know I could have read more than I did by the past months with April an official start of summer, but no. I only read TWO! Still better than one read in March though. Hahaha. I just hope May would be a better month at my reading progress but by the look of it, I honestly don’t think so. Yikes!

So last month on annbibliocastro’s activities:

  • Started riding a skateboard. Mark: 04-08-16. Haven’t had much progress; still on just simply riding it. I chicken out every time I try to even make an ollie.

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  • I started watching The Walking Dead TV series. I paused at season 4 because of:

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  • I’ve started a blog series: Four Fave Fridays & Tuesday Thoughts.

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  • I had 8 blog posts including three book reviews, one which I read on March and the other two that I read on April. You can click here for my April 2016 Archives.
  • I received the Game of Thrones book series from my sister which I can’t stop admiring for its beauty and intimidating pages.

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BOOKS READ IN APRIL


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MARCH WRAP-UP 2016

Hi, book lovers!

April has just started and here I am looking back to the books I’ve read on the month of March. Then I remembered, there is no ‘s’. I only read one book last month. Yes, you heard it right. Just one. I’ve been thinking, “There is no way I have only read one book in one month!” But then I tried to reason with it. As some of you know, March is the last month of classes here in the Philippines. That means exams, projects and other requirements that were due.

*SIGHS*

Okay, I’ll be with the truth. THERE IS NO REASONABLE EXCUSE than laziness and minute-to-minute checking out my social media accounts! I’ve been free to read and do whatever I thought of to do since the second week of March. Hey, don’t you go on me, I read Illuminae that whole week. The following weeks though, uhm I don’t know what exactly I was doing. Probably on my Twitter fan account or watching some vampire show.

I want to tell you too that I’ve finally acquired Red Queen and Glass Sword last month. Are given books considered acquired? YES TO ME. THANKS TO MY BROTHER. Lol!

Lastly, SCHOOL’S OUT AND SUMMER HAS OFFICIALLY BEGUN. It’s time for more reading and binge watching of TV series. I just love summers. LET’S MAKE THE BEST OUT OF IT, WILL WE?


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FEBRUARY WRAP-UP 2016

First week of March is almost over but here’s my February Wrap-Up. 

  • I started this blog, which I think is the greatest thing I’ve ever done in my idle life.
  • I read a total of 6 books this month.
  • I haven’t acquired any books this month. Here’s an actual representation why…images (2)
  • I attended my first prom. (Okay, that wasn’t bookish. Just wanna share. *awkward laugh*)
  • I’ve already written 8 posts (including this) for the first month of my blog!

BOOKS READ IN FEBRUARY


How They Met, and Other Stories -David Levithan  ★★★✩✩

When I first read the first story, I didn’t expect it to be about gay relationships (although there are also some straight relationships stories). I am already fond of reading stories about gay relationships so this just made me more pumped to finish it. I love how David Levithan did a good job with this collection of short stories. They are all about different kinds of love and different kinds of relationships which I think anyone can relate to nonetheless. I giggled a lot while reading this book, but there were also parts that I cringed. I think this is an awesome book that people should spend time reading it. Read full review here.

Flipped – Wendelin Van Draanen  ★★★★★

I have watched the book adaptation movie long before I read it. The film was utterly cute! I’m glad I watched it first because it made it easier for me to visualize the scenes from the book. I’m still quite amused with myself because I read the book in just one-sitting and at school! Guys, that hardly happens. It was so cute that I just can’t put it down. I love it! It made me smile, it made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me think. I swear it was so much more than a middle-grade book. I recommend it to anyone who just wants to smile regardless if you’re a teenager or an adult. Read full review here.

The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto -Mitch Albom  ★★★★★

I’ve heard a lot of great things about Mr. Mitch Albom so I decided to pick up this book. This is my first of his. And I have to say, this is one helluva book! I love EVERYTHING about it. The concept, the elegance in his writing, the different POVs, the pace, its relation to music and of course, the characters! This is the kind of book that you wish you’ve written it and make you say,“I want to write like that.” I was intrigued the moment I read the first few sentences. I knew from that moment, this book is going to be special. And it is. It is more than that, it is magical. Read full review here.

How To Love – Katie Cotugno ★★✩✩✩

I don’t know what to say about this book. I don’t like it but i don’t hate it either. I never felt connected with the story but it was I still enjoy reading through it. The cover is just totally gorgeous and the title is one that will make you want to read it so  I’m quite disappointed with how the story turned out. Read full review here.

The Age of Miracles – Karen Thompson Walker  ★★✩✩✩

This novel is explicitly beautifully written in an evocative way although I can’t really say I enjoyed it as much as I think I would. I had a hard time rating this book but it all comes down to how I didn’t like the story no matter how beautifully worded this book is. Read full review here.

The Swap -Megan Shull  ★★★★★

I’m a sucker for cute and quick contemporary reads. I must say I completely underestimated this book. Reading the summary made me thought, “Body-swapping? Ugh. Corny.” And, I was totally wrong.  Another misleading summary but instead of being disappointed, I was all AWWWWWW!! This was an insightful, humorous, and heartwarming book. This is such a nice and sweet novel that I wouldn’t mind re-reading. Really loved it!  Read full review here.

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JANUARY WRAP-UP 2016

Hi, book lovers!

A week has already passed for the month of February but here I am, still yet to reveal my January Wrap-Up. January has been such a great month for my progress in reading. I can say the Books-A-Thon was a huge factor for that. I should really start joining readathons from now on. Haha! So I’ve read a total of seven books in the month of January, three of them were from my Books-A-Thon Wrap-Up which includes Twilight which I’ve already read countless of times. I’ll just have a short review of all of them because I’m a lazy-ass and I just started this blog. (Such an excuse, Kaye, such an excuse.)


BOOKS READ IN JANUARY


Dorothy Must Die – Danielle Paige  4.6/★★★★

I first picked up this book October last year but immediately put it down — not that I didn’t like it, I guess I wasn’t just in the mood for reading at that time. But when I picked it up again, I regretted that I didn’t continue reading it the first time I laid my hands on it. It was really good! There are lots of action and twists that I didn’t see coming. To be honest, I never was a huge fan of The Wizard of Oz for I’ve only seen Oz: the Great and the Powerful but I was so grateful when my sister gave me this book as a present. The writing pace suited the story very well, neither fast nor slow. This is a huge risk for a debut novel so I praise Ms. Danielle Paige. Such a great first book in a promising series.

All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven  ★★★★★

This book left me with my heart ripped off into pieces and a pool of tears. This is one of the most incredible contemporaries I have ever read! Especially how it is compared to Eleanor & Park and The Fault in Our Stars, I have so much love for those two books so just imagine how high my expectations are. But surprisingly, this turned out to be exceptionally incredible and totally spot-on! Go, read it… R E A D  I T!

The Martian – Andy Weir  ★★★★✩

I picked up this book for its hype and high ratings. I didn’t even know it was already turned into a movie until my brother saw me reading the book and mentioned that it was already turned into a film and how he loved it. This book was fun and super exciting! I must admit I skipped through most of the science stuff but all in all, it was fantastic!

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Jesse Andrews  ★✩✩✩✩

I don’t exactly know what to say. I think I am one of those few ones who didn’t really enjoy this book. 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. Although I must say the cover is totally pretty.

I Was Here – Gayle Forman  ★★★★✩

I was totally hooked right from the beginning. The dialogues were perfect. The one thing that I just didn’t like was the romance but all in all, it was fantastic!

Every Last Word -Tamara Ireland Stone  ★★★★★

I ACTUALLY HAVE NO WORDS FOR THIS BOOK! If I could only give it six stars, I definitely would. This book is just so beautifully written and very well done. This is the very best kind of book. I totally recommend it to anyone!

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