March 12, 2020

[REVIEW] The Mist

title: The Mist
author: Stephen King
genre: adult, horror
published: June 5, 2018  by Scribner ( first published 1980)
my copy: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
In the wake of a summer storm, terror descends...David Drayton, his son Billy, and their neighbor Brent Norton join dozens of others and head to the local grocery store to replenish supplies following a freak storm. Once there, they become trapped by a strange mist that has enveloped the town. As the confinement takes its toll on their nerves, a religious zealot, Mrs. Carmody, begins to play on their fears to convince them that this is God’s vengeance for their sins. She insists a sacrifice must be made and two groups—those for and those against—are aligned. Clearly, staying in the store may prove fatal, and the Draytons, along with store employee Ollie Weeks, Amanda Dumfries, Irene Reppler, and Dan Miller, attempt to make their escape. But what’s out there may be worse than what they left behind. 
This exhilarating novella explores the horror in both the enemy you know—and the one you can only imagine.
great combination of scifi and horror

II saw the movie a few months back and I became extremely curious of the novel as I've also found out that they concluded differently. BUT either way, I will still be reading it because of my interest on how the characters fear are presented in the book. And I have to say that my expectations were well met.

March 9, 2020

FEBRUARY WRAPUP (aka my first impromptu #readathon month)


February was short but I was so glad that I still managed to read 4 books! I read most of the 3 books in one day when I was able to have an entire day reading which helped me keep up with my goodreads reading challenge.

But anyway, February felt  bit long for me. It was the start of Spring Training for MLB which was a good plus but still not my thing. But at least that's something (it's already opening month though. I'm hyped!). I also started watching more Netflix which is weird for me. I watched a couple of Studio Ghibli movies and Stranger Things and I finally finished Hannibal. Also watched To All the Boys...: PS I Still Love You AND All the Bright Places adaptations! That feels a lot for me since I'm never the watching type of person. So that's new.

Also, I went to Stickercon Manila with my sister. I hoarded so much. Spent like $30-ish worth of stickers. idk. I shouldn't let this happen again to be honest. Because also in this same month, I bought couple of new books and also pre-ordered a couple of somewhat expensive books. The next few months will be about me saving my money for sure.

books read

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami | Divergent (Divergent, #1) by Veronica Roth | No Longer Human Junji Ito (manga), Osamu Dazai (story) | Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

March 5, 2020



Books from the Backlog is a weekly feature hosted by Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books. I'm doing double features every other week: one physical book and one ebook. I'm picking my physical books through my TBR jar. For my ebooks, I'll just pick whichever catches my attention.

March 3, 2020

[REVIEW] Well Met

title: Well Met
author: Jen DeLuca
genre: adult, romance
published: September 3, 2019 by Berkley Books
my copy: Paperback, International Edition, 319 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4 / 5 stars
All's faire in love and war for two sworn enemies who indulge in a harmless flirtation in a laugh-out-loud rom-com from debut author, Jen DeLuca.

Emily knew there would be strings attached when she relocated to the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland, for the summer to help her sister recover from an accident, but who could anticipate getting roped into volunteering for the local Renaissance Faire alongside her teenaged niece? Or that the irritating and inscrutable schoolteacher in charge of the volunteers would be so annoying that she finds it impossible to stop thinking about him?

The faire is Simon's family legacy and from the start he makes clear he doesn't have time for Emily's lighthearted approach to life, her oddball Shakespeare conspiracy theories, or her endless suggestions for new acts to shake things up. Yet on the faire grounds he becomes a different person, flirting freely with Emily when she's in her revealing wench's costume. But is this attraction real, or just part of the characters they're portraying?

This summer was only ever supposed to be a pit stop on the way to somewhere else for Emily, but soon she can't seem to shake the fantasy of establishing something more with Simon, or a permanent home of her own in Willow Creek.
cute and quick!

I read this because I had the sudden interest to read chick lit romance after loving One Day in December (although it's exactly a chick lit romance?).

Well Met follows Emily who arrives at the small town of Willow Creek, Maryland after a disastrous relationship. She's there to help out her sister, April, as she recovers from a car accident. While Emily helps out her sister, she was pushed to join the local renaissance fair as a guardian to her niece where she plays the role of a wench and meets the serious and somewhat rude head of the fair, Simon.

March 1, 2020

I did an impromptu 24hr #readathon


Last Tuesday was a holiday in my country and because of how my Sunday reading went so well, I decided to make Tuesday an impromptu #readathon for me. I literally decided it minutes before 12MN, the time which I started. lol.

February 19, 2020

[REVIEW] Confessions

title: Confessions (告白 / Kokuhaku)
author: Kanae Minato, Stephen Snyder (Translator)
genre: adult, thriller
published: August 19th 2014 by Mulholland Books (first published August 5th 2008)
my copy: Paperback, First English language edition, 235 pages
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 5 / 5 stars
After calling off her engagement in wake of a tragic revelation, Yuko Moriguchi had nothing to live for except her only child, four-year-old Manami. Now, following an accident on the grounds of the middle school where she teaches, Yuko has given up and tendered her resignation. 
But first she has one last lecture to deliver. She tells a story that upends everything her students ever thought they knew about two of their peers, and sets in motion a maniacal plot for revenge. 
Narrated in alternating voices, with twists you'll never see coming, Confessions explores the limits of punishment, despair, and tragic love, culminating in a harrowing confrontation between teacher and student that will place the occupants of an entire school in danger. You'll never look at a classroom the same way again. 
highly intriguing and horrifying.

I've been hoping to read this and last year's #Burtontober pushed me to finally pick it up.

Confessions is about the revenge of middle school teacher and single mother, Yuko Moriguchi, for the death of her child. During her last day as a teacher, she tells the class the full story of the death of her child and explained her revenge. The novel covers the results of the said revenge and it is not pretty.

February 13, 2020



Books from the Backlog is a weekly feature hosted by Carole @ Carole's Random Life in Books. I'm doing double features every other week: one physical book and one ebook. I'm picking my physical books through my TBR jar. For my ebooks, I'll just pick whichever catches my attention.
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