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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REVIEW: RED QUEEN BY VICTORIA AVEYARD

Title: Red Queen (Red Queen, #1)22328546

Author: Victoria Aveyard

Publication Date: Published February 10th 2015 by HarperTeen

Genres: YA, Fantasy, Dystopian

Date read: April 20-21, 2016

My rating: 3.4/★★★✩✩

 

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This is a world divided by blood – red or silver.

The Reds are commoners, ruled by a Silver elite in possession of god-like superpowers. And to Mare Barrow, a seventeen-year-old Red girl from the poverty-stricken Stilts, it seems like nothing will ever change.

That is, until she finds herself working in the Silver Palace. Here, surrounded by the people she hates the most, Mare discovers that, despite her red blood, she possesses a deadly power of her own. One that threatens to destroy the balance of power.

Fearful of Mare’s potential, the Silvers hide her in plain view, declaring her a long-lost Silver princess, now engaged to a Silver prince. Despite knowing that one misstep would mean her death, Mare works silently to help the Red Guard, a militant resistance group, and bring down the Silver regime.

But this is a world of betrayal and lies, and Mare has entered a dangerous dance – Reds against Silvers, prince against prince, and Mare against her own heart.

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BURN, REWRITE, OR REREAD BOOK TAG

I’ve been seeing this tag around people’s blogs and thought it would be fun if I give it a try. I wasn’t tagged, but hey! Booktags are for everyone. Right? 😀

Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (Tip: Use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ Read shelf.).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (a lot like Kiss, Marry, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or five). I am going for five.

ROUND 1

BURN: Love & Misadventure – I dearly love this book but I choose to function as a coherent critic. Yes, it is easy to read and get along with. But if you would study it closely, it really isn’t the best collection of poems.

REWRITE: The Maze Runner – I hated this book. I struggled finishing it and at the second book, I decided to just call it quits. I love the concept and all, but I think it would have been great if it has a good writing pace and characterization.

REREAD: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets – Need I say more?

ROUND 2

BURN: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl – Worst book ever. Oops?

REWRITE: I Was Here – This book could’ve been perfect if not for the romance.

REREAD: Looking For Alaska – I actually plan rereading this book. It’s one of my favorite standalones and at my top of John Green’s.

ROUND 3

BURN: New Moon – This is so obvious. I have no hate towards Twilight, I am actually a fan and New Moon is my favorite from the series. But I guess this is just the way things are. Lol!

REWRITE: Shopaholic Ties the Knot – I don’t remember much more from this series (they’re nine already, what do you expect) but I’m pretty sure there are few little things I would have changed.

REREAD: Every Last Word – I just love it. Definitely one of my faves.

ROUND 4

(Let me just appreciate the color contrast from these books *insert heart eyes emoji*)

BURN: How They Met and Other Stories – I’ve already forgotten most of it. I can recall that some stories were amazing but some were sloppy and shallow? I actually have a review of it here in my blog. Click here.

REWRITE: One Day – It’s one of the most heartfelt reads and one of the stories I greatly treasure. I wouldn’t reread it though. I may if they eliminate certain details that I sure read pass through.

REREAD: Eleanor & Park – So much love for this book! All hail Rainbow Rowell! (That rhymed, give me a clap. Haha!)

ROUND 5

(Another book cover contrast appreciation. I punched the air when these three were randomly aligned. Nice and easy.)

BURN: Why We Broke Up – Nothing special about this book except from the illustrations. I can remember I had a moment regretting buying it right after I read it. No chill. I’d definitely burn it if the cover wasn’t #bookporn (kidding guys, I could never do such thing *insert peace sign*).

REWRITE: Allegiant – You already know what I would rewrite. Gaa

REREAD: The Sea of Monsters – So much love for Percy Jackson – FOREVER FICTIONAL BAE.


Tagging:

Ate Joyce – thebookharpy

Kat – katreadsalot

Ate Mish – bibliophilemish

Ate AC – booksandacupofcoffee

Rina – booksofthemuggleborn

And anyone else who wants to join. Thanks for reading!

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WHEN I FEEL FRUSTRATED

If you know me personally, you know I can get frustrated literally over everything. Say: book/TV/movie spoilers, slow internet connections, misuse of your and you’re, spilling food on my shirt, mismatched book editions in a series, SEXISTS, devices freezing, rising cost of living, when someone doesn’t know the words to a song and they sing it anyway, the feeling that nobody cares, MENSTRUATION,  forgetting things, Percy Jackson movies, FAKE FANS.

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FOUR FAVE AUTHORS

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Welcome to my first Four Fave Fridays! Four Fave Fridays is gonna be a weekly series here in my blog where I will post my four favorite random things, books, people, etc. Today I ought to post my Four Fave Books but I suddenly feel like I haven’t gotten around enough books yet. Yet. Soon though!


This Friday, I’m going to introduce you to my FOUR FAVE AUTHORS! This list of authors that I have consists of authors of books that I have developed a love/hate relationship within the past years. In Bookstagram tags, you can say they are my #autobuyauthors except now, I haven’t really gotten around their recently released books. *Cringe* This list is going to be predictable, I swear you might not be surprised with my choices.

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REVIEW: SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE BY MORGAN MATSON

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Title: Since You’ve Been Gone

Author: Morgan Matson

Publication Date: May 6th 2014 by Simon & Schuster

Genres: YA, Contemporary, Romance

No. of pages: 449 pages

Date read: April 2-4, 2016

My rating: 4.5/★★★★★

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It was Sloane who yanked Emily out of her shell and made life 100% interesting. But right before what should have been the most epic summer, Sloane just…disappears. All she leaves behind is a to-do list.

On it, thirteen Sloane-inspired tasks that Emily would normally never try. But what if they could bring her best friend back?

Apple picking at night? Okay, easy enough.

Dance until dawn? Sure. Why not?

Kiss a stranger? Um…

Emily now has this unexpected summer, and the help of Frank Porter (totally unexpected), to check things off Sloane’s list. Who knows what she’ll find?

Go skinny-dipping? Wait…what?

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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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REVIEW: ILLUMINAE BY AMIE KAUFMAN AND JAY KRISTOFF

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Title: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)

Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Publication Date: Published October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books

Genres: YA, Fiction, Thriller

No. of pages: 599 pages

Date read: March 14-18, 2016

My rating★★★★✩

 

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

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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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