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.

June 29, 2018

JUNE WRAPUP (aka the month of my successful book buying ban)

June Reads!

June ended up being a fantastic reading month. The Queen of the Tearling almost put me on a slump but I'm so glad I stopped it early on. I'm also on a nice reviewing roll recently which is super great. I've drafted down two reviews already so I'm most likely good for the upcoming week 😊

Now for my job hunting update, remember that company who contacted me I mentioned last week? The one that I'm super nervous about that they might brush me off or something? THEY. FINALLY. CALLED. ME. JUST NOW. I'm IN! I'm going to have an orientation with them on Monday THEN I'll start mid-July! I'm both excited and nervous! But also very thankful! OMG!

books read

The Dirty Book Club started the month right for me. I LOVED IT! It still had that Lisi Harrison style of writing but with an adult protagonist! I cannot wait for her next work!! Thunderhead was said to be waaay better than Scythe but that was not the case for me. I loved Thunderhead but not as much as its prequel. The politics was pretty strong on this one and the ending was such a 2nd book cliffhanger style. UGH! Authority took me forever because it wasn't as exciting as Annihilation. The narration was quite boring and the ending was, also, such a 2nd book cliffhanger. *more frustration right here* The Vegetarian was really what I expected it to be. I was a bit baffled in the beginning but as I read more of it, I understand the story and get sucked into it. The Red Umbrella is one of those books that didn't immediately capture me but I ended up loving *rtc* I Found You left me a tad bit disappointed *rtc* Platinum End, vol5 wasn't any different than the previous volumes. It still wasn't as mind blowing as Ohba & Obata's previous series. Three Dark Crowns left me disappointed and I'm disappointed of myself. lol. Kendare Blake isn't for me.

June 27, 2018

[REVIEW] P.S. From Paris

title: P.S. from Paris
author: Marc Levy; Sam Taylor (translator)
genre: chick lit, romance
published: September 1, 2017 by AmazonCrossing
format: paperback, 288 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4 / 5 stars
From Marc Levy, the most-read French author alive today, comes a modern-day love story between a famous actress hiding in Paris and a bestselling writer lying to himself. They knew their friendship was going to be complicated, but love—and the City of Lights—just might find a way. 
On the big screen, Mia plays a woman in love. But in real life, she’s an actress in need of a break from her real-life philandering husband—the megastar who plays her romantic interest in the movies. So she heads across the English Channel to hide in Paris behind a new haircut, fake eyeglasses, and a waitressing job at her best friend’s restaurant. 
Paul is an American author hoping to recapture the fame of his first novel. When his best friend surreptitiously sets him up with Mia through a dating website, Paul and Mia’s relationship status is “complicated.” 
Even though everything about Paris seems to be nudging them together, the two lonely ex-pats resist, concocting increasingly far-fetched strategies to stay “just friends.” A feat easier said than done, as fate has other plans in store. Is true love waiting for them in a postscript?
Cute romance between an actress and an author!

Romance aren't my usual read that's why whenever I find myself involved in a romance novel, I get so excited! This one is clean and funny and cute romance between an actress escaping her lousy marriage and an author who's unusually selling well in South Korea.

June 25, 2018

[MINI REVIEWS] Literary/Historical Fiction Edition #1

title: Lost in the Beehive
author: Michele Young-Stone
genre: literary fiction, historical
published: April 10, 2018 by Simon & Schuster
format: paperback, 320 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4 / 5 stars
From the author of Above Us Only Sky and The Handbook for Lightning Strike Survivors, a touching new novel set in the 1960s about the power of friendship, love, and accepting your past in order to find a future. 
For nearly her entire life, Gloria Ricci has been followed by bees.  
They’re there when her mother loses twin children; when she first meets a neighborhood girl named Isabel, who brings out feelings in her that she knows she shouldn’t have; and when her parents, desperate to “help” her, bring her to the Belmont Institute, whose glossy brochures promise healing and peace. She tells no one, but their hum follows her as she struggles to survive against the Institute’s cold and damaging methods, as she meets an outspoken and unapologetic fellow patient named Sheffield Schoeffler, and as they run away, toward the freewheeling and accepting glow of 1960s Greenwich Village, where they create their own kind of family among the artists and wanderers who frequent the jazz bars and side streets.  
As Gloria tries to outrun her past, experiencing profound love—and loss—and encountering a host of unlikely characters, including her Uncle Eddie, a hard-drinking former boyfriend of her mother’s, to Madame Zelda, a Coney Island fortune teller, and Jacob, the man she eventually marries but whose dark side threatens to bring disaster, the bees remain. It’s only when she needs them most that Gloria discovers why they’re there.  
Moving from the suburbs of New Jersey to the streets of New York to the swamps of North Carolina and back again, Lost in the Beehive is a poignant novel about the moments that teach us, the places that shape us, and the people who change us.

June 23, 2018

[WEEKEND READS] where I finished 4 books in 1 week

currently reading

This week was a crazy reading week for me. I haven't posted a blog post in a while but I got so absorbed in reading that I don't want to break this sudden craze I found myself into. I've actually finished 7 books this month and it feels amazing 😲

For my job hunting update, I was contacted by one of the companies I applied and was interviewed for. I submitted requirements and I'm currently waiting for their follow up on when I'll actually start. Despite this though, I'll still be applying to other companies because what if they just brush me off or something? LIKE. JUST. WHAT. IF? I suck at all these what-if situations... I panic easily... but yeah, I'll be applying to other companies and see where I land.

recent reads

The Vegetarian
 | Han Kang; Deborah Smith (translator)
I've been adding this to my to-read almost every month and I am so glad that I finally read it. It felt a bit complicated at first but as I read through, I started seeing through the story and I loved it. I'll have a review up soon! I really need to read more of these kinds of reads. I should pick up her other book, Human Acts, soon!

The Red Umbrella | Christina Diaz Gonzales; Kyla Garcia (narrator)
I got an audiobook of The Red Umbrella from last year's AUDIOFILE SYNC progam. I started listening to this last year and it wasn't exactly working for me until I went back to it recently and fell in love with the story. I've been thinking about why it didn't work out before and I think that it was the slow narration. I sped up my audiobook and I started getting through more interesting parts of the story. And I ended up loving it!

I Found You | Lisa Jewell
I started this one a week ago and I'm glad that I finally got around to finishing it. This is an intriguing mystery thriller. It follows Alice who found a man outside her place who lost his memories, and Lily whose husband is missing. It generally reads like the usual mystery thriller. I'll have a mini-review up one of these days.

Platinum End, vol. 5  | Tsugumi Ohba (author); Takeshi Obata (illustrator)
I can't seem to stop reading this series even though I have to admit that it isn't even that good. I keep comparing it to the duo's previous works and it really just can't match up to those which partly disappoints me but I still have high hopes for this series. ICYMI, this duo is the one responsible for the hit manga and anime of the same title, Death Note.

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