May Wrap-up and June TBR

I feel like everything in the past month just flew by. It’s already the third day of June which means I have exactly 37 days left of freedom. But to be honest, (I can’t believe I’m about to say this!) I kinda miss school. Some days I’d like to start on those big and intimidating medical reads but most of the time, I dread the arrival of July coz that’s when the real thing starts. But before I jump into the other life that I’ve also been dreaming of, I have planned how my June’s gonna go, as bookish as it’s supposed to be. And before I share it with you guys, here’s a wrap-up for the month of May. I have read 6 books in total and I’d say it was a quality over quantity kind of book month.


Clean Break
(4 out of 5 stars)

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I got a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review and honestly, this book was surprisingly engrossing and full of humor. You may read my full review HERE!

The Mansion Twins
(4 out of 5 stars)

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I also got a free copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review. A very exhilarating read! It was all funny, adrenaline-packed and magical. I have enjoyed the adventures of the Senka twins and I can’t wait to read more about them and their world. You may read my full review HERE! 

Knife of Never Letting Go
(5 out of 5 stars)

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Patrick Ness is a cold-hearted storyteller in the most hauntingly awesome way! I have probably held most breaths reading this books than in any real life events. It was an exhilarating read and the writing was so captivating and engaging you simply cannot resist the urge to read the next page. This novel is dark, brutal, full of suspense and kept my awake at night until I finish it. Full review to come.

The Universe Versus Alex Woods
(4 out of 5 stars)

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A book that talks about life, death and an unlikely friendship between a young man and an old man. The story was a mixture of happiness and sadness. It is insightful and very much a great read. Full review to come. 

Six of Crows
(5 out of 5 stars)

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I am lost for words. Damn it, it was so badass and dark and aaargghh. Inej and Kaz oh my gosh. I am drawn to the darkness in both of them. Jesper and Wylan, I love reading through their conversations.  And oh my gosh Matthias and Nina made me feel love both the good and bad side. I can’t wait for the sequel *grabby hands* and I still can’t move on from this world. *stares into the abyss* Full review to come. 

The Forgotten Flapper
(4 out of 5 stars)

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I got a free copy of this novel from the author. A great read. It felt like I was brought back in time when everything else happened. Because clearly this was a well-researched story. Honestly, reading it feels different, like even though I have to put it aside for awhile, the moment I get back to it again, I’m instantly drawn into the story like I never even put down in the first place. Full review to come. 


There you have it, my kind of May. See how every book I’ve read is a great book? What a way to live this year indeed! *contented sigh* And if you have noticed, I have yet to publish a lot of reviews, so stay updated. And without further ado, I present to you my reading plans this month of June! drumroll please….


Note: Click on the titles to read a synopsis from Goodreads.
The Ask and The Answer by Patrick Ness

This is actually my current read. And I’m more than half-way through the book. Slow-paced than the first one but boy the premise is still hauntingly unique and engrossing. This is the second book of the Chaos Walking Trilogy.

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Yes, I recently purchased yet another book of Haruki Murakami because why shouldn’t I?

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I know your shocked. I’ve been eyeing this one off in every bookstore that I pass by last year. But I have to summon every self-control I have left not to buy it just yet because I might ravage my way into reading it and fail another exam. And now that vacation’s still here, I will be perusing its pages before it’s too late.

A Court of Thrones and Roses &  A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas

The hype around this book series got me into a not-to-be-disregarded kind of curiosity. And also, I’ve enjoyed reading fairytale retellings. I usually take a step back around books with so much hype by not reading any reviews about it to avoid destructive expectations. So yes, I am picking it up this month with one blind eye.

Night Film by Marisha Pessl

I am also currently reading this book because yes, I get distracted easily too. Deciding to read this book took me a lot of courage because I may read crime fiction but this one is on a whole new level. All these mysteries, murders, secrets and horrors of killings is just way too dark and eerie I am shocked I picked it up at night. But I’m really drawn to it already so there is no turning back.

A Separate Peace by John Knowles

I found this book while I was supposedly window shopping in a bookstore. It;s a coming-of-age classic novel that talks about friendship and growing up during the time of World War II.


Note: Source for all book images is Goodreads. 

And there you have it! I have 7 books on my June TBR and I do hope to read all of it this month. I will also be posting the promised reviews mentioned above along with the other review requests from authors anytime starting next week. 😀

I hope you have/had a wonderful day wherever part of the planet you are! God bless you, readers 😘

 

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Some Books For This Summer Heat

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As most of you may know, I’m currently on my summer vacation. And well, since I live in the Philippines, summer is a big thing. Aside from the fact that we only have 2 seasons—wet and dry, the months of April and May means that classes are temporarily at halt and we can do whatever the hell we want under the summer sun! Summer usually gets people to go outside and spend most of the time anywhere there’s water, like a beach or a waterfall. And usually a book in hand in places like these is a blissful way to spend a warm weather. I mean I may have spent most of my afternoons reading by the beach which is only like a 3-minute walk from my house, so you know.

Anyways, in honour with the current season of the Philippines, here’s a post about the books that could possibly make your summer more interesting. So basically this is a combination of genres and does not necessarily have summer as the season in the story. Without further ado, let’s go over it.


Everyday by David Levithan

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This is the first book I’ve read that’s written by David Levithan and boy was it soooo good. I really can’t talk about specifics here as I don’t want to spoil you but it introduces you into some metaphysical stuff. This book is thought-provoking, poignant and hits you right in your soft spot. And it makes you go over the meaning of love, sexuality and life. Plus, it’s not a dark or heavy read, I mean I read it in one sitting so it could be a perfect companion the next time you go exploring a waterfall. 😉

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before & P.S. I Love You by Jenny Han

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I guess most of you have read this duology. If not, well, these are YA romance novels about a girl named Lara Jean who has this secret thing of writing a letter to the boys she falls in love with but she has no intention of sending it of course. I mean that would be crazy right? Anyways, if you know me very well, it may shock you that I have read a genre of this kind but to be honest, I have loved it so much. Whilst reading it, I fell in love with boys as well. HAHA But really, these novels are funny and cute, yes, but it’s also emotionally gripping and very insightful. I suggest you pick this up if you want some light reading.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

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I believe that summer is expected to be fun. And what a way to have some fun by reading some hilarious book right? So this novel along with the rest of the series is ridiculously amazing! Plus, it is science fiction and it may not be the hard-core kind but trust me if you’re looking for a mixture of both science fiction and humor this is the perfect book. I may have had a collection of odd stares from people whilst reading it in public but who cares, I had an epic fun time with this book.

Vicious by V.E. Schwab

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This is a science fiction novel that talks about two bestfriends in college who are both wickedly brilliant in the science department. They are working on an extremely dangerous and totally out of this world research to prove something but things turned real bad and it severed their friendship. Gosh, this novel is written so fiercely and the premise is riveting. Plus, reading through the perspective of someone who isn’t really a hero got me hooked. If you are looking for some action this summer, this sci-fi read would give you that.

The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

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I’m not done with the whole series actually, the final book, The Raven King, was just released this May and I still haven’t got a copy of my own. I know, it is appalling. But, we should not focus on that. Now I started reading this book exactly the same month last year. I actually did a review on the first book, The Raven Boys and since then, I couldn’t get these boys and Blue out of my system. It is an urban fantasy novel about four unforgivingly handsome boys who have deep dark secrets of their own, finding for a lost king. These boys are now drawn to a girl named Blue who lives with a family of psychics and ironically, she didn’t have that gift. So together, they go into an adventure of finding this said king. One thing I specifically admire in this book is the writing style. Gosh Maggie Stiefvater could literally paint a picture with words. So if you’re looking for some big reads this summer, this series could be of help. Also, it is set in a place where described as having an extremely warm weather.

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz

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Now this book! I am certain that words won’t be enough to justify how beautiful this book is. But let me tell you a little something about it. So this book talks about a wonderful friendship between two boys, finding their identity, exploring their sexuality and accepting reality. The first time I read it, I just couldn’t stop until I finished it. In my opinion, it is one of the important books that our society needs right now. It is insightful, inspirational and honestly beautiful. I really recommend this book to anyone.

Veronika Decides to Die by Paulo Coelho

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If you know me, Paulo Coelho is one of my favourite authors. There is just something in his words that strikes me every time I read it. It makes me think about life, appreciate the little things and be grateful of what I have so I think basically his writings are insightful. And particularly this book, has so much to teach to its reader. So it talks about a woman who is blessed to have everything actually but then she feels that something is missing and somehow it’ll forever stay missing. So one day, she decides to die by taking some pills but then she ended waking up in a mental hospital. There she found solace and a meaning of what life is. This book is one of those poignant and thought-provoking reads you’ll ever have.

Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery

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I’d say this book was a breath of fresh air. Reading it was like seeing life in a child’s perspective and surprisingly it was insightful, simple as expected yet honest. This is a coming-of-age novel and I think I was particularly drawn to this book because it made me feel nostalgic about my childhood. About the once easy and carefree life I’ve had before everything seems to be so big and I started being sensitive. And I really think this one is good for a summer read because it is light, fun, insightful and all at once nostalgic.

Note: All book images are taken from Goodreads.

And those are just some of the books I’d recommend for this summer heat. I hope you have a fun time reading it. God bless and enjoy! ❤

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe: A Book Review

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Author: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books

Published on: February 2012

Genre: Coming-of-age, Contemporary, Young-adult

Synopsis: 

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.

Review:

THIS BOOK IS SOOOO BEAUTIFUL!

Before I talk about WHY, let me tell you WHAT the book is all about. Here we have two male protagonists. Aristotle, is this angry teenager who seems to enjoy solitude contrary to what other thinks about him– a sad, lonesome little fellow. But Ari does not care about what other thinks. Then, we have Dante, one of the most beautiful person I’ve ever met (in the fictional world), who sees the world differently and who is so sure of himself. So they met at the swimming pool and thus begun their lifelong friendship.

Now, lets talk about why i love this book. Basically everything about it is just sooo beautiful that this book seemed like it grasp my heart, encased it in its beautiful cover, touched the deepest part of my soul, grabs hold and wont let it go. Can you see what I’m talking about? HAHA

Lets get into detail, this is a coming of age YA novel that deals with friendship, familial love, homosexuality and discovering ourselves. Now this book does not have that kind of heavy theme or plot that revolves around the characters but instead it has this feeling of reality. Of those small important events that actually happens to us too and makes life what it is. So basically it is RELATABLE!

The familial love that surrounds the two main characters exudes to you from the insides of the paperback. They are the most supportive parents in a YA novel and i love them so so much! Now with Ari and Dante, the special friendship they discovered was something that is so life-changing. Both of these characters are insightful and makes you have that moment of silence when you slowly puts down the book, takes a pause, stares into the abyss, be mesmerized by the beauty of the words and allow it to change your perception of things. I love the character development that Ari goes through. He is the youngest of the family, with a huge age gap with her sisters and who has a brother in prison. He struggles about finding out more on why his brother got into prison and why his parents act like his brother is dead. And his dad, a war veteran, who became distant after the war. He was this angry teenager, who cant figure it out most of the time, then he met another lonesome boy named Dante and they spend most of the time together. Dante, oh my i love him! He is this kind of guy you’d like to spend time with and he’ll make you feel like everything is alright when it obviously isn’t. Dante’s friendship with Ari develops into a deeper thing– HE IS IN LOVE WITH ARI! ha! ❤ ❤ and so romance develops. With the ending, it was again beautiful. But at some point, to me it was like clumped up together. I feel like at some point it was shoved directly into Ari’s face. Maybe I just needed Ari to slowly understand what he really felt and not like its being spoon-fed to him. But overall, it beautifully ended. And honestly, I have to say this and it rarely happens to me in a book, it made me cry and feel soo good at the same time.

Honestly this book is simple, yet as cliche as it may sound, the simplicity of this book makes it beautiful. It is slow-paced that showed those small details and made me appreciate it even more. This book is something that makes you understand people. Makes you think things through and in a way enables you to discover yourself. And I totally agree with this one quote of the book “We all fight our own private wars.” 


P.S. This is probably one of the first book reviews I did on my blog. I wanted to share it again to all of you my lovely readers because I sincerely believe that this book will manage to change your perspective in some important things. 😉

Have a wonderful day ahead, wherever you are! God bless!

BOOK SERIES/ TRILOGIES I’M GETTING INTO THIS 2015!

There is quite a long list of book series and trilogies I have been planning to read and finish this year! Some of it I’ve started already with the first book and some have been mocking and taunting me for ages now. Taking this list out my head and into a visible form will hopefully get me into these books. So I’m going to categorize this into book series/trilogies I have started and those I have yet to start with.

STARTED:

1. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J.R.R. Tolkien

  • Genre: Epic Fantasy

lotr2012edition1 It took me too long to finish The Fellowship of the Ring and I think it’s because I read the e-copy. So when my friend found the next two books at BOOKSALE (a bookstore that sells previously-owned and bargained books in the Philippines) we immediately grabbed copies for ourselves. And hopefully, I get to finish this trilogy this year!

2. The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater

  • Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

If you have been reading my posts then by now you know exactly that I got hooked with The Raven Boys. So when I finally get my hands on the physical copy of The Dream Thieves for sure I’ll be dropping everything else for the meantime.

3. The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer

  • Genre: Science Fiction, Fairy Tale Re-telling

I’m currently reading Cinder right now as it is part of my May TBR challenge and I’m curious about it too 😀

TO BE READ:

1. The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

  • Genre: Epic Fantasy

There is quite a lot of hype regarding this trilogy and I have to admit it got me curious. I’ve got “glimpses” from the reviews and everyone seems to agree that it is a great story from a great author. So I might as well check it out. Plus, its epic fantasy so YEAH! 😀

2. The Heroes of Olympus by Rick Riordan

  • Fantasy, Mythology

Rick Riordan is one of my favorite author and it’s a shame I haven’t started this series yet after reading The Last Olympian. So I’m getting into this soon HOPEFULLY!

3. Daughter of Smoke and Bone Trilogy by Laini Taylor

  • Genre: Urban Fantasy, Paranormal

I feel like these covers are taunting me because I still haven’t picked it up yet! :/ And I am so embarrassed by the fact that everyone says its so good and the author is really great so I’m finally reading this. Also, from the reviews I’ve read I think I’m gonna like it.

4. The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo

  • Genre: Fantasy

I’m really curious about this book so I want to read it.

5. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

  • Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Okay yeah there is romance involve but I’m hoping it does not focus too much on it and that there is a whole lot more apart from the romance stuff. I want to get into this book because I’m intrigued by the historical vibe in it and…. yeah that’s it. I’m just curious. HAHA

6. Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas

  • Genre: Fantasy

Bad-ass female assassin? HELL YEAH!


I’m really looking forward to finish the series and trilogies I have already started and also to get into those I have been planning to. I’m not being pessimistic here but I’m quite sure I won’t finish everything because I’m getting back to school this year to study medicine and I’m sure as hell its going to take up a lot of my reading time. LIKE A LOT!

So that’s it, I hope I finish some and start some 😀 Also, I’d like to know what book series or trilogy you are really excited to finish or start this year. And if you recommend one, please do I really appreciate that 😀

Okay, I’m gonna get started!

Have a great day ahead and God bless :*

April Wrap-up and May TBR challenge! plus the READALONG book!

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I AM VICTORIOUS!

Okay! So obviously I finished my April TBR and I am feeling euphoric over it! Well, for one thing I did it as a challenge and so if I fail to finish the list, I AM DOOMED! like literally because the punishment is that I am not allowed to buy books this MAY! I know that you know how disturbing and painful that would be. I shudder from the thought alone! But I did not allow that predicament to befall on me and so I emerged victorious! YAY! 😀 Okay so here’s the list of books!

1. Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

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This is beautiful memoir of an African American child living in the 1960s and 1970s. The story was vividly shown in between the lines of the poem. It is inspiring, informative and important.

2. The Rosie Project  by Graeme Simsion

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If you’re a sucker for romantic comedies then maybe you’ll enjoy this book. Click here to read my not-so-full review on it.

3. The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

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OH MY GOSH THIS BOOK! at first, I thought I’m just one of those who wouldn’t like this book but I was mistaken.

I did a full review on it so if you’re interested check it out here.

4. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

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My emotions when I finished this book was all over the place. My heart got broken and I have to pick up the pieces for me to get on with the story and with my life. That’s a bit of an exaggeration but if you’re interested click here for my full review.

5. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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I have yet to write a review on this and I am still gathering my thoughts about it.

6. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To those who told me that I will love this book– YOU WERE RIGHT! I love it, I adore it and I enjoyed every page of it. So I talked a little about this book here if you’re interested go check it out.

So that’s it! Those are the books that accompanied me throughout the whole month of April. I AM SO HAPPY I DID IT!


Okay, now let’s move on to my May TBR Challenge!

WOW! It feels like April happened so fast and I was able to finish my TBR list for the month. Now that May has finally arrived, let me show you the books I am getting into this month! If you are not aware, I’m going into my monthly TBR books with a challenge. So if you’re interested or just curious just click here to know how it goes. Without further ado, here it goes:

1. Everyday by David Levithan

I have a confession to make, I haven’t read any of David Leviathan’s book. I’ve heard good things about him and a friend of mine recommended this book of his to me so I’m picking it up this month. Also, my 2015 Reading Challenge approves!

2. Gone Girl by Gyllian Flynn

Okay, I’ve heard a lot of things about this book. I swore to never watch the movie adaptation unless I finish the book. So now is the time to read it then watch it. I felt like I’m the only one who hasn’t read this yet so I’m more determined than ever to get out of that feeling.

3. Cinder by Marissa Meyer

I recently purchased this book and since I’ve heard a lot of people talking about it I might as well get into it. But actually, I heard its sci-fi so yeah. Although, I’m quite wary with the fairy tale retelling part and the romance thing. Anyway, I’m still quite excited about this.

4. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams

Now this book, I haven’t heard of before *cringes in shame UNTIL a certain blogger, feralc4t recommended it to me saying its sci-fi and then “sci-fi” just did it for me.

5. Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell

I’m so excited over this! Corinne invited me to join the readalong with this book. If you’re interested just click here for more information! Ive said before that I have decided to read as much classics as I could this year and I am so happy to be invited to join this thing 😀 So yeah, I’ll try to post updates regarding this book. weeeee!

PUNISHMENT:

(again, I am still thinking but I’m open to suggestions XD!)

Have a great day and God bless :*