June 5, 2018

[REVIEW] Dumplin'

title: Dumplin'
author: Julie Murphy
genre: young adult, contemporary
published: September 15, 2015 by Balzer + Bray
format: hardcover, 384 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3 / 5 stars
Self-proclaimed fat girl 
Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back. 
Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all. 
With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart.
Willowdean is definitely a protagonist worth rooting for!

The only book I read that deals with the fat-girl representation was Sugar and I absolutely LOVE that book. It's got great character development, the background story you'll expect from a book about a fat girl, and a really well developed romance which I LOVED! And it is one of my fave books.

I dive into Dumplin' somehow, thinking about that. Thinking that maybe they'll have similarities.

And ohmy, I was stand corrected.

June 3, 2018

[WEEKEND READS] where I stopped an oncoming slump

sucks that this series didn't work for me

I haven't finished a book recently because I decided to continue reading IT by Stephen King. This big book is kind of taking me forever. Aside from that, I was reading The Queen of the Tearling which wasn't working very well for me so I decided to hold it off for now and pick up a different book - The Dirty Book Club by Lisi Harrison 😊

So yeah, I'm happy that I was able to stop an oncoming reading slump. Light reads always save the day, I guess?

recent reads

The Last Star
 (the 5th Wave #3) | Rick Yancey
FINALLY! Yup, that's the first thing that came to me. I'm finally done with this series! First series I finished this year, ohmy. This series as a whole could have been interesting to be honest. I mean the whole concept was really amazing but the execution especially in this final book was just 'meh'. Also, Cassie gets a bit annoying every single moment in the book. orrr I just care less about her or something.. but yeah, I'm glad that I'm done with this!

Lost in the Beehive | Michele Young-Stone
This was a wonderful book. I loved this! I loved the main character! She's totally worth rooting for! This book basically dealt with the experience of Gloria Ricci, a lesbian in the utterly judgmental period of 1960s. Review to come!

May 30, 2018

MAY WRAPUP (aka the month of being a jobless booknerd)

May Reads!

May has finally come to an end and I feel a bit panic-y because it also means it's been a month since I resigned from my work. It scares me that I might not be able to find a job any time soon 😱😱 Here's hoping I'll get something soon!!

I don't want this wrap-up to be a depressing one. oh wait, I feel that this is a really depressing wrap up because aside from not having a job at all, I only bought one book. ohmygosh. But I guess that means I'm being successful on my book buying ban. Yup, looking at it positively now.

books read

Dumplin' was a really great way to start my month. I grabbed it because I was getting into a slump. It brought me back up. I followed my YA contemporary kick with Words in Deep Blue because I was still not feeling Authority (when will I be able to continue this one though?). I LOVED Words in Deep Blue especially the romance side of it! The Sea of Tranquility kind of took me forever to finish it but I'm so glad I finally continued it. It had a slow start for me but I cried ugly tears in the end. The Last Star ended with a great big sigh from me and being glad for finally being done with this series. Lost in the Beehive was a really nice start for #ebookathon for me (this also means I changed my tbr for the read-a-thon. my choice anyway. lol). 

May 28, 2018

[REVIEW] All You Need is Kill

title: All You Need is Kill
author: Hiroshi Sakurazaka (story); Takeshi Obata (illustration); Ryosuke Takeuchi (storyboard)
genre: manga, science fiction
published: November 4, 2014 by Viz Media, LLC
format: Paperback, 550 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Fully Booked
rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
When the alien Mimics invade, Keiji Kiriya is just one of many recruits shoved into a suit of battle armor called a Jacket and sent out to kill. Keiji dies on the battlefield, only to be reborn each morning to fight and die again and again. On his fifth iteration, he gets a message from a mysterious ally—the female soldier known as the Full Metal Bitch. Is she the key to Keiji's escape or his final death?
Highly recommended even if you don't usually read manga.

I read this NOT because this is the story which the film Edge of Tomorrow is based on but because of TAKESHI OBATA. That artist is my fave! He illustrated both Death Note and my fave manga of all time, Bakuman. However, art isn't the only thing that defines a manga. All You Need is Kill is amazing in its own way.

May 25, 2018

2018 Ebookathon TBR


A few days ago, I was blog hopping and came across this read-a-thon in Victoria @ Latte Nights Reviews's blog and decided to join in the fun. Mainly because I've been neglecting my ebooks. I haven't even finish anything since P.S. From Paris which I read in March. So hopefully this read-a-thon will fix that -- I'm trying to do something about that already by continuing my last ebook read but I'm really hoping this read-a-thon will help me get my ebook reading pace back.

things about #Ebookathon
- reading challenge runs from May 27th to June 2nd
- hosted by Victoria @ Latte Nights Reviews and Brooke @ Brookesbooknook.
- you can also follow their ebookathon twitter & instagram accounts!
- the annoucement post can be found here!!
- the reading challenges are:
  1. Oldest book on your ereader
  2. Ebook you got for free
  3. Ebook you forgot about
  4. Daily deal impulse buy
  5. Free choice

May 23, 2018

[REVIEW] The Last Day of Emily Lindsey

title: The Last Day of Emily Lindsey
author: Nic Joseph
genre: adult fiction, mystery, thriller
published: October 3, 2017 by Sourcebooks Landmark
format: Paperback, 327 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
She doesn’t know him, but the symbol she draws on her skin has always been in his nightmares  
Detective Steven Paul has had the same nightmare for as long as he can remember, a strange symbol figuring prominently into his terror. He decided long ago that the recurring dreams are nothing more than an unfortunate side effect of his often traumatic profession. Until, that is, he's assigned to the case of Emily Lindsey, the beautiful, elusive, and controversial blogger found alone, holding a hunting knife and covered in someone else's blood.  
As Steven questions Emily, she repeatedly scratches out the same odd symbol he sees when he closes his eyes. A thrilling suspense ensues as Steven must get inside Emily's head to solve a mystery without a crime—a mystery that is connected to him in ways he can't even begin to fathom.

Had me at: WTH's the connection?

I really like mysteries. It's like I LIVE for mysteries! Okay, no. That's overstating. But mysteries are my thing and I love reading them and guessing things, and hyping myself for the big reveal. We've talked about this on my review of Girl in Snow. lol.

May 21, 2018

7 Things I'm Thankful For for Working in a Bookstore

this post is going to be part sentimental and part truthfully grateful.

It's been a while since my last update. On my February wrap-up, I said I'll be resigning from my work on my local bookstore. And I'm very thankful for all the encouragement you guys gave me. I'm currently applying for work, waiting for companies to contact me, and just plain reading books I have on my shelf and books I borrowed. Half panicking right now and half thankful for some reading time.

Also, for some reason though, I can't get my reviewing mood back but I know I'll get around it one of these days. I've been writing this review for Annihilation for days. I'll schedule some reviews I've written in the past though. So I got myself covered for that. But for my recent reads, I won't have anything out yet.

BUT we're not here to talk about my comeback or my reviewing mood. We're here to talk about how thankful I am for the things I learned/received after working in a bookstore -- my fave local bookstore!
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