October 1, 2018

SEPTEMBER WRAPUP (aka the month of #mibf2018)

books read + currently reading

I have no idea if anyone is still reading my blog because I only do wrap-ups recently.

September was a very hectic month for me at work. There was so much stress mentally and I was not enjoying the company of my co-workers as much as my previous work place. They poke fun of my awkwardness, natural silence, and inability to make a decent conversation with them (because we absolutely have NOTHING in common). There are other things I'd love to rant about work but that will be annoying and already rant them all out to my best friend and my sister. So somehow I'm all good.

ANYWAY, I went to the 39th Manila International Book Fair for two days. I went on Friday, September 14, with my best friend. We went straight to Fully Booked which was fun with the two of us actually looking through classics together to grab new Wuthering Heights editions to add to our collections THEN going on separate ways as he looks through scifi books and thrillers while I go through generally everywhere, from YA to adult fiction to manga THEN meeting up later to pay for the said books together. We had late lunch and he ordered cakes because he knows I like them 😊

September 9, 2018

[WEEKEND READS] Hyped for #MIBF2018

currently reading

It's September. Christmas season officially starts here in my place 🎄🎅

But what's really exciting this month is the Manila International Book Fair (#MIBF2018) which is the annual Book Fair held here in the Philippines. A fab event where book sellers, book publishers, and book readers come together to celebrate books and just grab all the books we've all been holding off. Also, some publishers and bookstores have 20% off!!!

#MIBF2018 is a 5-day event and I'll be attending on 2 of those days. I'm going on Friday with my book bestfriend because buying all the books on a weekday is the best choice for #MIBF because less people. lol. Also, we need reasons to hang out, okay? I'm also going on Saturday with my college friend just so we can hang because we need to catch up. I don't know about photos but I'll try to have them. Especially for Friday 💖

recent reads

Platinum End, vol 6
 | Tsugumi Ohba (author); Takeshi Obata (illustrator)
This series is basically going downhill for me. I LOVE this duo but what the heck is happening to this story even. I honestly thought that it's going to be a psychological read like Death Note which is their first work together but then it started featuring more battles lately. And with all these heroes and villains look is not working out for me 😔

September 2, 2018

AUGUST WRAPUP (aka my birthday month which went by unnoticed)

we're back to this kind of bookish shots!

As I mentioned before, I'm on a blogging slump. I'm not the most active reviewer/blogger out there but at this point, I'm never motivated to actually schedule reviews and generally post anything. at all. But I try to get these update posts every now and then 😅

Little life update corner right here, August was my Birthday Month. I didn't have any big birthday party or anything, as usual. Neither did I receive any books for my birthday which is sad af because usually I get a book or two. BUT I did get to spend my day on an out of town vacation with my family and the last Saturday of the month with my best friend and while I'm weirdly awkward, I still had a fantastic time. Also, we're seeing each other again on #MIBF (Manila International Book Fair) which is the biggest book fair in the Philippines. Super excited for it!

books read

How to Find Love in a Bookshop by Veronica Henry | The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters | The Queen of the Tearling (the Queen of the Tearling #1) by Erika Johansen

I read How to Find Love in a Bookshop the moment I got it. It was a cute story although it wasn't something I was expecting. I was kind of hoping to read something cheesier maybe? But I do LOVE how it shows the impact of bookstores and booksellers to its customers 💖 The Cure for Dreaming, on the other hand was a really quick read for me. I LOVE Cat Winters' writing! I like the historical aspect of the novel as well as how it isn't doused with too much romance just enough to make me smile 😊 I finished The Queen of the Tearling last night. I started it a month or so ago. It had a rough and slow start for me. It's how fantasies go with me. I don't know why. I probably suck at getting into new worlds. However, around 60% or 70% of the book, things started picking up and I easily breezed through it.

August 20, 2018

[WEEKEND READS] where I barely read anything and miserably failed #breakyourTBRapart


We all know I was bound to fail that read-a-thon because of work but I still want to try. And I did fail. But I'm continuing the book I was reading from the read-a-thon which is The Cure for Dreaming by Cat Winters. And I'm actually liking it. If only I have so much time and energy to get some reading.

Little life update corner -- my new job is still not completely working out for me. It's been a month and I'm still feeling unmotivated and not happy with my environment (could be the lack of readers or something, ohmy which is non-existing btw). so it's really a it's-not-you-it's-me case going on here 😔

after finishing this post, it feels and looks so dead. lol. i mean, i'm in a slump, what updates do i have anyway?

recent reads

this slump is getting so real. i hope it ends soon 😓

August 13, 2018

[WEEKEND READS] where I try to deal with #breakyourTBRapart read-a-thon

sticking to my messy table + shelf background until i get some time to take photos 😅

As you probably know by now, I joined #breakyouTBRapart and while I'm busy, I'm just enjoying the read-a-thon and lowkey stalking other readers who joined. lol. But yeah, I finished one book already and I'm currently going through my second one.

Now for some life update. uhhh--- I'm already working for one month. Time runs fast, yeah? Anyway, I'm still in a blogging slump but I really, really want to have this post up even though I don't have much update reading-wise. I really feel that doing this is one way of motivating myself to get back and actually write reviews and whatnot.

recent reads

How to Find Love in a Bookshop
 | Veronica Henry
I wanted to LOVE this book because it's a book about a bookshop. And I have attached feelings for that setting because I used to work for my fave bookstore - I used to work as a book specialist (which sounds super cool, tbh. lol). Also, I always thought that finding romance in a bookshop is such a beautiful thing. I'm not a romanticist but I really just love the idea of it. I'm honestly wishing mine would happen in a bookshop though *cough* hi to my book bestfriend *cough* i hope he doesn't read this though. lol. However, this book partly disappointed me because it didn't really satisfy my expectation which is a let down. So my feelings for this book really falls into the it's-not-you-it's-me category. lol.
Hopefully I'll be able to have even a mini review for this.
Also, this is my first book for #breakyourTBRapart. I changed Mary Barton to this one since I bought them the same day and I wasn't able to finish it prior to the read-a-thon (excuses, i know. lol) 😅

August 7, 2018

#breakyourTBRapart 2018 Round 2! TBR

#breakyourTBRapart TBR!!

As you may have noticed by now, I'm on a reading AND blogging slump. I haven't consistently posted reviews and whatnot. I haven't even read much books these past few weeks which really bums me out. I'm looking for read-a-thons to join so that I'll be challenged and motivated to read. And I found #BreakyourTBRapart over at twitter! YAY for this!

things about #breakyourTBRapart
- reading challenge runs from August 10th to August 16th
- I honestly have no idea who's hosting this so please let me know if by any chance you have an idea 😅
- you can follow their twitter account though!
- the annoucement post can be found here!!
- the reading challenges are:
  1. Read the last book you purchased
  2. Read a book that you've had on your TBR for quite a while
  3. Read a book that has something to do with summer
  4. Read a book with a character that is different from you (can be of race, religion, etc.)
  5. Read a book published from the last three years (2018, 2017, 2016)
  6. Read a book that has the letter 'N' in the title
  7. Read 7 books!

August 4, 2018

JULY WRAPUP (aka the month of starting my new job)

only physical book i read last month. smh.

I never posted anything on July. Crazy, I know. I've been preoccupied with work and because I have an hour and a half commute to and from work. I feel exhausted whenever I get back home thus I never get into a pretty good reviewing mood or get much reading done or actually sit down and open my laptop. What happened to my life even? Also, I just got home from a trip for work. It hasn't even been a month of working for me. I have mixed feelings about it tbh. Travel is fun, I know. But personal stuff got me. So it's not them, it's me 😞

BUT YEAH, onto this wrap up!

Because I recently started my job, I've been so exhausted with my commute as I mentioned. I also can't read much at work, unlike before. So I only finished these two books for July. But I also hauled 5 books? But we're cool since I just borrowed them from my best friend 😅 successful book buying month again for me. For August, I'll only be buying 1 or 2 books for my birthday. I have them reserved at my fave local bookstore. The people there are the best! 😊

books read

The Body Reader (Detective Jude Fontaine #1) by Anne Frasier | All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

I saw The Body Reader last year or so, I think, on goodreads. I got curious so I bought it with my Amazon GCs then for kindle. I read it early July and it was okay. Nothing special in it, tbh. It felt and read like the usual crime fiction featuring a detective with a baggage. Aren't we all used to that? (or was it just me). I'll try to have a review up at some point. All Our Wrong Todays was a book I've been hoping to read since it came out last year. I LOVE the idea of this book!! It's about Tom Barren who came from a 2016 that's too advance for us (aka 2016 with flying cars and food pills, wth even?) but because of some stupid decisions which may include a time machine, he got stuck on our version of 2016.
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