April 16, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I struggle with my second reading slump of the year

#currentlyreading
Hello,

I really, really can't wait for April to end. While I am a bit more free compared to March, I've been pre-occupied with revisions and revision consultations. But I'm not stressed like before. I've been sleeping a lot, actually. However, because of that no-sleep March I had, I now found myself in a reading slump. I've been reading King's Cage and The Picture of Dorian Gray for a couple of weeks now.

Holy Week just ended and while I was supposed to tackle my tbr pile then, I ended up watching anime. It was a great break from reading, to be honest, but I still can't get my reading pace back. I don't even know why. I'll still stick to the two books I'm finishing but I added another book to the mix and I'm actually getting absorbed in it. I hope it continues.

During my anime binge watching this past week, I finished: (1) 3-gatsu no Lion (slice of life, coming of age, shogi, light anime, and unexpectedly SHAFT* -- which means it's not very SHAFT-like); (2) Sakamoto desu ga? (slice of life, comedy, totally random funny stuff, standalone episodes); (3) SHIROBAKO (slice of life, inspirational, new fave!, anime about making anime, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!); (4) Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (harem, not my thing, very SHAFT tho -- unusual cuts and framing and inserts); Masamune-kun no Revenge (slice of life, romance, about revenge DUH!, totally stereotype characters, nothing new tbh, but still quite entertaining).

*SHAFT = anime production company responsible for the Monogatari Series, Nisekoi, Madoka Magica, etc.

recent reads
Duels & Deception | Cindy Anstey
YA historical romance. Regency era. I reviewed this for a blog tour. It was a fun and light read -- full of witty lines, great characters, great and vivid writing. Cindy Anstey is definitely an author I'm reading more of! Review Here!!


April 12, 2017

[TOUR] Duels & Deception

tour schedule can be found at: Xpresso Book Tours
title: Duels & Deception
author: Cindy Anstey
genre: young adult, historical fiction, romance
publish: April 11, 2017
purchase: Amazon | B&N
rating: 4 / 5 stars
goodreads
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan. 
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants… 
cute romance in regency era

I joined the blog tour of Duels & Deception simply because: (1) I LOVE historical fiction and the Regency era is something don't think I've about (aside from the The Dark Days Club which will probably DNF at some point); (2) I've never read historical romance and Cindy Anstey sounds like a great place to start because I've read great things about Love, Lies and Spies, (3) OMG, lOOK AT THAT COVER!! It's too pretty!! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

April 3, 2017

MARCH ROUNDUP (aka the stressful and no-sleep month)

these covers ๐Ÿ˜
Hello,

Lengthy post ahead because of: (1) my month's recap of stressful events, (2) being thankful to all you for keeping up with me and YAY for new readers, and (3) usual books read, reviewed, hauled, and to-read. 

If you're reading this, I'm sure you know that March was harsh and toxic for me. I told you guys that I'll be gone because I'll be working on my undergraduate thesis. You guys wished me luck and that meant so much to me. A week later, I gave an update that it's been a great mess and me and my friends are struggling with sleep. I barely slept for the next two weeks after that. You guys told me to take care of myself that I should sleep and hoped that I take control over my stress.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you guys that I'm back to reading and blogging. But come on now! Let's be real! That week, we hustled more and finalized our messed up research paper. HOWEVER THOUGH, the Saturday after that post, we defended our research. I was crazy nervous since I'm an introvert who'd rather read than socialize. Fortunately though, it went well for me in terms of presentation and defending our research. We had few revisions (which is done now, thank the stars!) and I'm so proud of our team despite all the mishaps and annoyance and misunderstandings. It was tough but we did well.

Finally, I'd like to thank each and everyone of you guys who religiously commented on some of my update posts. I was busy and barely reading but I kept you updated with my reading and life. So many thanks to Carole @ Carole's Random Life for supporting our project. I'll follow through with my promise and follow you in any way I haven't and comment on your posts :) I was also very happy to see an increase on followers despite my break (maybe i should take breaks more often?). Welcome to my new readers! If you're reading this, just leave a comment and I'll make sure to drop by your blog asap! I'll be bloghopping this week since I'm quite free now. YAY FOR THAT!! I'll go through everyone that left a comment since this March :)

ALSO, I just finished Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and you guys MUST watch it (only if you like GREAT anime, of course). It's VERY difficult to really pour my thoughts on this one but here're some without revealing spoilers or hints (UGH! #difficult). If you've never seen any of the Gundam anime, there's nothing to worry about because this is set in an entirely different universe (meaning, this has nothing to do with them). QUICK THOUGHTS HERE: (1) mecha (cuz duh! GUNDAM); (2) this series is big on drama (ohgosh, i cried A LOT. MASSIVELY! especially throughout the second half. your fault, Mari Okada & Nagai Tatsuyuki! these two means this series is made for drama. you gotta believe me in that.); (3) involves slavery, child labor, dystopian world; (4) really complex characters I ended up loving so much; (5) deaths (cuz drama?; cuz why not?; cuz Okada and Tatsuyuki wants to break viewers?); (6) great combination of well-written plot, memorable characters, comedy and drama and battle with great animation and framing; and (i almost forgot) (7) painful romance (does this sound spoiler-ish? i still love you people though and would love it if you watch this). -- i watched this on Daisuki.net so now go there and feel the pain.

Now let's get into this roundup!

books read
I started several books this month and only finished two. I started The Seven Dials Mystery in February and only had a few pages left when March came (so #shame on me). Rose Petal Graves was a quick read and I had to finish it for a blog tour. With the stressful month, I think I fell into another reading slump (which is already the 2nd one this year. 2017 has a disappointing reading year for me so far but I'll be graduating from uni soon so more reading time!). 

March 28, 2017

[TOP TEN TUESDAY] 10 Authors I NEED to Meet (once i overcome my awkwardness)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the Broke and the Bookish
Hello,

This week's prompt: Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can't Believe I've Met 

I know I just wrote about authors but you know, I just can't pass this prompt when I saw everyone doing it (yes, I wrote this really quick 'cause I'm jealous). ANYWAY, this is list is also my fave authors list ('cause don't we all want to meet our fave authors? I know I do even though I'd probably just stand there like a freak and not say anything because I'm awkward like that. literally. happened before, hahaha. I suck).

*life update though: i'll start blog hopping and replying to comments for real by April. i still have a few obligations to do like thesis revisions and finishing my internship. i'll see you guys soon! once again, thanks for keeping up with me. also, i was surprised to see an increase of followers over the course of my blogging break. thanks so much you guys! ๐Ÿ˜˜

March 23, 2017

5 Authors I'd Love to See in a Dystopian Author Panel!

just a heads up on who might be here.
Hello,

As I said, I'm back to reading and blogging. YAY FOR THAT! *virtually throws confetti* As I said before, thanks for keeping up with me. I'll be back for real next week when all these things are done. My undergraduate thesis defense will happen on Saturday (send prayers and wish me luck, thanks!).

ANYWAY, let me be random for a while and go have fun with this post. Let's talk about dystopian authors just because dystopian series are #fun (okay, they're not. they're thrilling. but still enjoyable to read). What I generally love most about dystopian series are the worlds the author creates (like how perfect it should be but 'nothing's perfect' so that #sucks) and how resistance group are organized and fight back.

Friendly reminder though, I honestly don't think I've read that much dystopian novels (at least I thought I was able to but later realized I haven't and I wanted to do this list). The authors might make you feel limited or something. I don't know. ANYWAY, I honestly can't remember much on some of the others books like the Legend trilogy and Shatter Me trilogy but let's just acknowledge how nicely they were made, okay? ALSO, one final note: I HAVE NEVER ATTENDED A BOOK CONVENTION (or anything related to it) with author panels because #internationalreader. Okay? :) I do know some (if not all) of them have sat down as panel members before. so yeah...

Let's get into this! I decided to divide my author panel into two: (1) Dystopian World & (2) Dystopian Resistance Group. I was thinking of a third one but... *shrugs* eh, lack of authors. it was dissolved. sorry.

Welcome to the World Domination Panel *evil laughs*. But seriously, writing a dystopian novel is like world domination 'cause you're creating you're own evil world and a resistance group overthrowing an evil government is kind of like world domination as well. (i'm not good with titles so let's just get over at how cringe-y and lame it is. and that i even explained it lamely. just how lame can i get?). But really, you can just call it the Dystopian Panel 'cause #cringey

panel 1
DYSTOPIAN WORLD

March 18, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I get back to all things blogging & reading (i hope)

still #currentlyreading
Hello,

THANK YOU SO MUCH GUYS FOR KEEPING UP AND STAYING WITH ME. You guys, encouraged me, wished me luck, told me to take care of my health, and you guys continued to comment on my posts even though I'm away.

I was gone for a couple of weeks and it was crazy. Things are not done but they are close to completion (thank the stars that while we're not exactly doing great, we're actually, unexpectedly doing fine). important: i will be eternally grateful if you guys follow our working project: facebook, twitter, instagram. even just for a month. if you follow, just leave a comment how you followed and i'll follow you back on your blog/twitter/insta and leave a comment on your blog. such a useless stretch i know but I WILL BE GRATEFUL IF YOU FOLLOW AND SHARE THESE LINKS).

By Tuesday, everything will be submitted to our thesis defense panel members and we'll be preparing for our defense next Saturday. Since we'll have our paper over and done with this weekend, I'll finally have some legit time to read and write actual blog posts --  reviews, that tag I got, and discussion posts. Who knows what I'll have first? 'cause I don't even know myself! lol.

recent reads
n/a
busy life.

March 11, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I try to deal with #TakeControlTBR

random photo, i know. i'm reading Cruel Beauty though. and i'm excited for Scythe and Heartless!
Hello,

I mentioned in my last #weekendreads post that I'll be busy in the next few weeks. It has only been a week since I said that and it has been crazy! Like I'm in need of sleep right at this moment and thinking about my thesis makes me feel nervous with my heart pumping five times faster than usual. LIKE wHAT IS GOING TO HAPPEN HERE!?

here's a fancy life update:
- I haven't slept decently. It's either I sleep like three or less hours or I don't sleep at all! It's crazy! and I still went to my intership the next day. That's my Monday through Thursday;
- My boss at my internship had me work on this rush project that needs printing ASAP (Wednesday actually) and because they were too busy to check if my work is fine (because really, I don't get the final say on things. I'm just an intern!) until the last minute. AND TADA!! We hustle! I was supposed to have everything done by Wednesday and not go to work on Thursday but cuz we're hustling, I still dropped by the office and ended up getting home at around 11PM. CRAZY THING RIGHT HERE!!
- Friday, my thesismates went to my place so that we can work together. We're still together, by the way, and I'm secretly writing this blog post behind their backs. lol.
- I'm writing this Friday night though and we won't be sleeping. FUN! *sarcastictonelikeDUH* We'll be together until Sunday. We're going to make a fancy blog about our thesis plus social media accounts. Facebook anyone? Facebook Likes + Follow is EXTREMELY APPRECIATED! PLEASE! THANKS!

recent reads

Rose Petal Graves (the Lost Clan #1) | Olivia Wildenstein
Rose Petal Graves ended up being an 'okay' read for me. I enjoyed it and shipped that romance. The world was interesting but I wasn't completely absorbed into it. Also there's humor and it's one of my fave parts of the novel. Completely priceless (banterings are my fave, ya know!). Read my full review here.

March 10, 2017

10 Books You Must Convince Me to Continue Reading!

unfinished business
Hello,

I was looking at my last Top Ten Tuesday post and ended up pondering about books I actually never finished. Not that I plan to actually drop them for good. I honestly plan to read them when I'm in a better mood for them ('cause sometimes mood matters. really). I'm not attracting negative vibes to my blog or anything. I just thought it might be fancy to ask some opinions on these books I held off. This post really shows off my being a black sheep though but at least I'm trying to live up to my blog title. lol.

Some of these probably aren't even popular and some of these are actually classics. Classics are generally a struggle for me. But I'm trying, really. I want to get into them. And become a more substantial writer and analytical reader. lol.

Once again, don't hate me, okay? I will finish these books. i hope. I know some of these are actually good (highly recommended, even) but I was just not on the right mood or it wasn't the right time (I must be very busy then) when I picked it up so it didn't work out. I hope you understand that, okay? I just held all of these off and will come back to them soon. don't know when is soon though.

So let's get into this!!

March 6, 2017

[TOUR] Rose Petal Graves

Rose Petal Graves Tour + Giveaway
tour schedule can be found at: YA Bound Book Tours
title: Rose Petal Graves (the Lost Clan #1)
author: Olivia Wildenstein
genre: young adult, fantasy
publish: March 29, 2017
purchase: Amazon | B&N
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
ANCIENT SECRETS CANNOT REMAIN BURIED FOREVER.  
Founded two centuries ago by a powerful tribe of Gottwa Indians, Rowan was a quiet town, so quiet that I fled after graduation. Staying away was the plan, but Mom died suddenly.  
Dad said she suffered a stroke after she dug up one of the ancient graves in our backyard, which happens to be the town cemetery. Creepy, I know. Creepier still, there was no corpse inside the old coffin, only fresh rose petals.  
As we made preparations for Mom’s burial, new people began arriving in Rowan, unnervingly handsome and odd people. I begged them to leave, but they stayed, because their enemies—my ancestors—were beginning to awaken. 
fictional Native tribe + faeries.

I requested for this book because I read the author's Masterful duology and loved it! However, Rose Petal Graves is completely different. Rose Petal Graves: (1) involves the tribe of Gottwa, Indians -- Natives, something completely new to me (important note: the Gottwas are fictional, as the author noted, and are 'loosely inspired by the Ojibwe people.'); (2) has faeries and faehunters (okay?); (3) has a medical student heroine and wants to be a doctor but her ancestors are #gasp faehunters; (4) is an amusing yet not a very thrilling read.

March 4, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I tell you that I'll probably be gone for a while

#currentlyreading
Hello,

I missed #weekendreads last week because #busylife (and also maybe because I've been procrastinating a lot. gotta blame myself for that!). BUT now that sh!t escalates, I have to say that I may not be posting as much as usual.

Why is this happening? Last Wednesday, it was announced that my undergraduate thesis defense will be on the 25th or 27th of March too close, I know which is why, I will be gone for a while. I've procrastinated so much and now I'm dead hustling. I'll be reading books and writing quick reviews but I'll have them up on goodreads (add me as a friend if you haven't. let's stalk each other's reading updates!) and have full reviews by late March or April.

Yup, I'll be back (not that I'll be gone for good. you people can't get rid of me that easily.) on late March or early April depending on how our defense will go. Send me prayers and wish me the best of luck, please. Thanksssss!! The next few days will be crazy for me! #weekendreads will still be up every Saturday though, I hope.

March 3, 2017

[REVIEW] The Nightingale

title: The Nightingale
author: Kristin Hannah
genre: adult fiction, historical fiction
publish: February 3, 2015 by St. Martin's Press
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 5 / 5 stars
goodreads
The bestselling novel that has captured readers across the globe -- a story of two sisters, each embarking on her own dangerous path toward survival, love, and freedom in German-occupied, war-torn France. 
In the quiet village of Carriveau, Vianne Mauriac says good-bye to her husband, Antoine, as he heads for the Front. She doesn't believe that the Nazis will invade France... but invade they do, in droves of marching soldiers, in caravans of trucks and tanks, in places that fill the skies and drop bombs upon the innocent. When a German captain requisitions Vianne's home, she and her daughter must live with the enemy or lose everything. Without food, money, nor hope, as danger escalates all around them, Vianne is forced to make on impossible choice after another to keep her family alive. 
Vianne's sister, Isabelle, is a rebellious eighteen-year-old girl, searching for purpose with all the reckless passion of youth. While thousands of Parisians match into the unknown terrors of war, she meets Gaรซtan, a partisan who believes the French can fight the Nazis from within France, and she falls in love as only the young can... completely. But when he betrays her, Isabelle joins the Resistance and never looks back, risking everything she has to save her fellow countrymen -- even her own life.
a MUST READ WWII novel.

I've been hoping to read this book in like FOREVER because: (1) it's historical fiction (and you know my goal: read all those historical fiction!! no alternate history/fantasy history for me though, sorry); (2) it' set in WWII (probably the most widely written time period at the moment. probably); (3) I've SEEN this book recommended everywhere!! just EVERYWHERE!! (along with All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr).

March 2, 2017

Take Control of Your TBR Pile Challenge!

March TBR
Hello,

I randomly came across this month-long reading challenge that involves dealing with our unmanageable to-be-read pile. And I'm like: OHWOW, PERFECT! I was going to read a couple of April eARCs but when I saw this I knew that this is the time I clear some of the books from my tbr. So sorry, April review books.

things about #TakeControlTBR
- reading challenge started yesterday, March 1 and ends on March 31
- hosted by kimbacaffeinate @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
- ALL books/audios must be published before March 1, 2017.
- there will be a twitter party on March 15th @ 7PM (CST)
- there will also be a 24-hr TBR read-a-thon on March 18 (which I will not be participating in 'cause #busylife)
- signup post can be found here.
- there's a giveaway and books read and reviewed can be linked here.

March 1, 2017

FEBRUARY ROUNDUP (aka the better reading month)

#currentlyreading
Hello,

February was busy but it was good. My mind is still scrabbling over things I need to do and why the heck I'm procrastinating so much. I mean instead of actually getting things done, I read books or watch anime. I'm almost caught up on Mobile Suit Gundam Iron-Blooded Orphans by the way. Definitely one of the best anime I've seen so far! Watch it here!!

books read
I mentioned last month that I was in a slump. Thank the stars I'm done with that. Need, while I had some issues with it, helped me get out of it. It was followed by The Nightingale which was such a great read and really assured me that I'm done with the slump. But sad thing is that I can't seem to actually finish an ebook lately. Station Fosaan did it! It was such a bad read!! Revival really made me interested in picking up more Stephen King Novels. My #bookentine reads, The Season of You & Me and Made You Up were both really good but I did not completely fell in love with both. #sadlife

February 26, 2017

FEBRUARY BOOK HAUL (aka I-tried-to-stay-away-from-the-bookstore haul)

my sister holding my books.
The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank, Otto Frank (editor), Mirjam Pressler (editor), Susan Massotty (translator) | Stasi Child (Karin Mรผller #1) by David Young | Caraval (Caraval #1) by Stephanie Garber | The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon | Heartless by Marissa Meyer

Hello,

It's been a crazy a week. I wasn't even able to post a #weekendreads yesterday. Sad life.

Anyway, my younger sister and I made a fun way of picking books to read next. Just out of no where (or something which I totally cannot remember). We decided to print out bookish prompts to draw from then decide from there. We have things like YA, Adult Fiction to romance, dytopian, science fiction to something like last book bought or on last month's TBR.

I got 'Book from an Author You've Read Before' so I picked Agatha Christie and started The Seven Dials Mystery the other day. My sister got Dystopian so she picked Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard. I might decide a write (just for the heck of it) a post for this ๐Ÿ˜

February 24, 2017

[REVIEW] The Season of You & Me

title: The Season of You & Me
author: Robin Constantine
genre: young adult, contemporary, romance
publish: May 10, 2016 by Balzer + Bray
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4 / 5 stars
goodreads
Cassidy Emmerich is determined to make this summer—the last before her boyfriend heads off to college—unforgettable. What she doesn’t count on is her boyfriend breaking up with her. Now, instead of being poolside with him, Cass is over a hundred miles away, spending the summer with her estranged father and his family at their bed-and-breakfast at the Jersey Shore and working as the newest counselor at Camp Manatee.  
Bryan Lakewood is sick of nevers. You’ll never walk. You’ll never surf. You’ll never slow dance with your date at prom. One miscalculated step and Bryan’s life changed forever—now he’s paralyzed and needs to use a wheelchair. This is the first summer he’s back at his former position at Camp Manatee and ready to reclaim some of his independence, in spite of those who question if he’s up for the job.  
Cass is expecting two months dealing with heartbreak.
Bryan is expecting a summer of tough adjustments.
Neither of them is expecting to fall in love. 
fluffy, clichรฉ romance.

YA contemporary romance is not my usual read. I got this book from Bookworms Unite 2.0 last year. But I was only able to read this last week because of #bookentine. Thank the stars for read-a-thons and reading challenges!

February 23, 2017

[SPOTLIGHT] Station Fosaan

Station Fosaan Tour + Giveaway!!
tour schedule can be found at: Month9Books
title: Station Fosaan (Torch World #1)
author: Dee Garretson
genre: young adult, science fiction
publish: February 14, 2017 by Month9Books
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | IndieBound | iBooks | Kobo | Google Play Books
goodreads
Scientists and their families stationed on the remote planet of Fosaan were promised a tropical vacation-like experience. But Fosaan, devastated from an apocalyptic event nearly three-hundred years ago, is full of lethal predators and dangerous terrain.  
Earthers are forbidden to go beyond the safety zone of their settlement and must not engage the remaining reclusive Fosaanians, native to the planet. Sixteen-year-old Quinn Neen is about to do both of those things.  
During an unsanctioned exploration of the planet, Quinn discovers a beautiful Fosaanian girl named Mira stealing food from his family’s living unit. But before he can convince her to show him around, scientists are taken captive, leaving Quinn and the other young Earthers at the mercy of space raiders.  
Quinn must go from renegade to leader and convince Mira to become an ally in a fight against an enemy whose very existence threatens their lives and the future of Earthers stuck on Fosaan and at home.  
STATION FOSAAN is THE MYSTERIOUS ISLAND meets STAR TREK: THE WRATH OF KHAN.

February 21, 2017

[TOP TEN TUESDAY] 8 Books that Prove I'm a Black Sheep

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the Broke and the Bookish
Hello,

This week's prompt is: Books I Loved Less/More Than I Thought I Would (recently or all time) -- or you could do something like books I like more/less than everyone else. Explanations aside, as you have guessed, I'm doing something like: Books I Liked LESS than Everyone Else.

Don't hate me, okay? --not gonna say this every time I talk about a book. I'm just going to talk about why it didn't work for me, okay? Are we good? All of these are obviously a case of it's-not-you-it's-me, so don't hate.

Let's go then!

*Photo Description: books I unhauled last year.

February 20, 2017

[REVIEW] NEED

title: NEED
author: Joelle Charbonneau
genre: young adult, contemporary, mystery, thriller
publish: November 3, 2015 by HMH Books for Young Readers
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 2.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
What do you really need? 
One by one, the teens in Nottawa, Wisconsin, join the newest, hottest networking site and answer one question: What do you need? A new iPhone? Backstage passes to a concert? In exchange for a seemingly minor task, the NEED site will fulfill your request. Everyone is doing it. So why shouldn’t you? 
Kaylee Dunham knows what she needs—a kidney for her sick brother. She doesn’t believe a social networking site can help, but it couldn’t hurt to try. 
Or could it? 
After making her request, Kaylee starts to realize the price that will have to be paid for her need to be met. The demands the site makes on users in exchange for their desires are escalating, and so is the body count. Will Kaylee be able to unravel the mystery of who created the NEED network before it destroys them all?.
one of those it's-not-you-it's-me books.

I really, really like the idea of NEED -- a social media site that asks what you 'need' and at the same time actually granting it after completing a certain task. But we all know that there's always a catch.

February 19, 2017

[WEEKLY MUSING] on rereading...

will definitely reread this series at some point this year.
Hello,

Have you seen the goodreads update last week? The reread feature? I'm sure you have (unless of course you live in a castle far, far away and have no access to goodreads #sadlife and because living in a rock is so overrated!).

When I saw the update, I was basically like: I knew it! I knew that 2017 will be the year I reread my books. I do plan to reread many of my books ever since I considered restarting my blog. I mean why not reread them all, write new reviews, and actually finish some of book series I held off while I'm at it? Right? RIGHT?

Honestly though, I'm not so much into rereading but when I realized that many of my books are actually sequels and are in need of reading, I knew I had to go around them now. But then another problem came to me: I actually can't remember much on some of them. I mean sure I remember the gist of it but when reading through the finale or something, I at least have to know some details and characters and setting and such. And my memory is just soooo bad I forget half of the things I read right after reading them (or maybe a day or two after reading it. depends on the book I guess...).

February 18, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I try to deal with #bookentine

#currentlyreading
Hello,

As I said on my last #weekendreads post, I've been busy and exhausted. I feel that I easily get tired lately. Unlike before, I can stay up all night. But now, I just can't. I feel too exhausted. My eyes are droopy. But yeah, I still stay up until 1AM as my latest -- 'cause there are things that needs to be done.

ANYWAY, last Monday #bookentine started. I update my twitter daily to tell you guys what I'm reading (ya know. if you want some updates and see me fail ๐Ÿ˜ฌ). So far, I finished 1 book -- The Season of You & Me. I started Made You Up yesterday. I decided to pick it up first because you guys just convinced me to do so (oh, I'm especially looking at you, Kirsty).

recent reads

Station Fosaan (Torch World series #1) | Dee Garretson
I was supposed to review this for a blog tour but I backed out because I didn't like it. It wasn't even an 'okay' read. I just didn't really like it. I really should stop agreeing to books I'm not completely sure I'd love. I should stop it. UGH! Review will be a couple of weeks from now.

Revival | Stephen King
This is my first Stephen King book and I honestly have NO IDEA how to go around it. so yeah, no review for this. But here's what I think of it: I like the idea of it. It really kept me intrigued and as a first time reader of Stephen King, I do not know what to expect. I did took note of several words 'cause his writing is awesome. I thought it'll haunt me -- the story, I mean. But it didn't. The images I had in my head then weren't very good though but it just didn't stuck to me. Also, I'm curious of the things they discovered here ya know...
I will definitely read another Stephen King book. I'm thinking of reading The Shining next since it's super popular and has a reasonable page count. But I've seen the movie. So I hope it still works well for me.

The Season of You & Me | Robin Constantine
I liked this book. I didn't expect that, you know, since I'm not a big reader of YA contemporary romances. Just not my thing 'cause what's the point? But I enjoyed this. Same way I enjoyed To All the Boys I Loved Before and Since You've Been Gone -- which are probably the only YA contemporary romance I love (excluding, of course, those that involve mental illness 'cause that's my type of YA contemporary). ANYWAY, I enjoyed this and find the romance cute and sweet. I like that involved family life and friendship. There was drama, of course, but nothing big, really. Review soon ๐Ÿ˜Š

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