Jan 28, 2016

2016 Reading Plan

I made a list of the books that I must read for this year. I would probably read some books that are not on this list, because who can't stay away from the most anticipated books for 2016? Definitely not me. Anyway, these are just some of the titles that's been sitting on my shelves since forever, and it's finally their time to get their spines cracking!

1) The Persian Boy by Mary Renault

This is the second book in the Alexander the Great trilogy written by Mary Renault. I absolutely enjoyed reading Fire from Heaven, the first book in the trilogy, even though it took me a while to adapt to how the story was narrated.

2) The Strain by Guillermo Del Toro and Chuck Hogan

You probably have heard this one before since they adapted this into a tv series. I did watched the first season of the tv adaptation and I got hooked. However, I wasn't able to catch up with the series, so I just decided to read the books instead (also, the books are 10000x better than the adaptation).

3) Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

This is what I'm currently reading, the second novel in the Throne of Glass series. Sarah J. Maas is going to have a book signing event here sometime in March, and I'm planning to attend with some friends.

4) Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

I managed to get some of the remaining few copies of the hardbound with acetate dust jacket (is that what they call it?), since I was told by my friend that the local bookstores around here are no longer restocking this kind of hardbound edition. I heard that the book is really great, so I can't wait to read it!

5) Walk On Earth A Stranger by Rae Carson

This one was highly recommended by my friend, so I immediately placed it in my TBR list. I also got a physical copy of the book as a gift, so I'm pretty much stoked to read it~

6) Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

The main reason why I want to read this one is because it will be turned into a Japanese drama, starring Miura Haruma. He is one of my favorite Japanese actors, and I absolutely cannot wait for the drama. I already bought my own copy, so I will be reading this soon so I could go ahead and watch the Japanese Drama. (I kind of want to know what will happen in the book and see how different it is in the drama)

7) Away We Go by Emil Ostrovski

Eriele of This Is Not Your Book Blog lend me her ARC because she wants to share the pain that this book caused to her heart. This is the novel that I should really read ASAP since there's actually a line of people waiting for their turn to read this book. The book will be out on April, so watch out!

8) Funeral Games by Mary Renault

This is the third and final novel in the Alexander the Great Trilogy, and no matter how much I don't want the series to end, I also want to know what happen right before Alexander died. Just like what they say, all good things must come to an end.

What are your reading plans for 2016? Is there a specific book that you've been dying to read? Have you read some of the books listed above? Share your thoughts down below! I can't wait to hear from you!

Jan 7, 2016

One Year After...

Back in December 2014, I made a Waiting on Wednesday post for this certain book, saying that I've been keeping an eye on this one for the past few weeks. Fast forward to 2016, one year after the book's release date, I still can't forget the emotions that I felt back then while I was reading it. It was the book that didn't make me cry, although it's a heart-wrenching story. The book is none other than Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places.

Jan 6, 2016

Konnichiwa 2016!~

Words are not enough to explain how excited I am to be back and bloggin' again! It's been 6 months a while since my last post, and although I've been meaning to get back to blogging, my hectic schedule won't let me. But I can feel it that this year might be different because of my class schedule for second and last semester (as an undergrad student).

What's good, 2015?

2015 was a hectic year for me, mainly because of schoolwork and being unable to use my time productively. Aside from that, I also enrolled myself to a review center, and the classes took most of my Sundays for almost two months. I read less novels too, but I did reached my reading goal of 65 books because of the manga and comics / graphic novels that I've been reading and collecting for the past few months.

Some of the novels that I read last month were Fire From Heaven by Mary Renault (I'm into historical fiction nowadays, and so I thought, why not start with the general who has been part of my childhood?), All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (the reason of my book slump because it's oh so good), and The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller (I definitely will not forget those swoon-worthy scenes of Achilles and Patroclus).

my reaction for every swoon-worthy scenes *Achilles & Patroclus*
*Alexander & Hephaestion*
Also, I ultimately failed the reading challenges that I signed up for last year. I think the only challenge that I completed was my Goodreads reading challenge. Nevertheless, I am quite satisfied with the books that I've read, a lot of which made me bawl my eyes out. *Looks at All the Bright Places*

Hello 2016!

I have a lot of plans for this year! I can't wait to share to you guys the graphic novels that got a hold of me, as well as the manga that I read during summer last year. I can't also wait to share to you guys the novels that I've read and my thoughts about them (warning: there might be a lot of crying gifs).

So the first thing that I did for 2016 was to finish The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair by Joel Dicker. If you love Stieg Larsson's The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, there's a high possibility that you will like this too! I also read the first volume of The Wicked + The Divine by Kieron Gillen.

I hope that 2016 will be an amazing year for all of us! I can't wait to meet new friends, and I promise to be less shy when it comes to interacting with my fellow bookworms!

Aug 6, 2015

August TBR

Hi! I can't believe that it's August already! I am kind of excited for this month for a whole lot of reasons, but going back to school is not one of themNational Bookstore will be holding book signing events for Matthew Quick (Silver Linings Playbook, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock) and Meg Wolitzer (Belzhar), just in time for the Philippine Literary Festival. I also got a handful of books that I really, really want to read before I go back and become totally busy with uni stuff. Here's the books that I want (and must will) read for this month!


Jul 31, 2015

Of Books and People...

Last Sunday was a total blast for us bookworms. Not only I was able to see my lovely friends (whom I have not seen for months), I also met a handful of awesome people during Bookworms Unite: A PH Bloggers and Readers Meet-Up. The event took place at Book and Borders, a perfect place to read, study, and relax. The atmosphere was very calming and quiet, but I bet it all shattered when the party in our space finally started.

There were a handful of fun games prepared by the organizers. There is the Finding Eros, wherein you have to find the love interests of the fictional characters among the sea of fictional characters. You need to find at least three pairings within 60 seconds in order to win a prize. Word Soup, also known as, I Will Give You Headache and then Blind You, is the hardest crossword puzzle I have ever encountered so far. You need to find five bookish words within one minute and thirty seconds in order to get a prize. Good luck in finding the words when you do not even know the exact words that you are looking for. Eriele, Jayvee and I ended up looking for the words together, but I think we did not even find the half of it. Nevertheless, we did manage to find Mal, Gat, Al, Fred and a few more, which were not really in the list...

(c) The Social Potato Reviews
Guess the Cover was the third game that probably disrupted the peaceful atmosphere of the cafe. Even the staffs were watching us as we go crazy over the carefully zoomed in covers of the upcoming novels. Me, Eriele, and Jayvee a.k.a. Team Die were able to get three points, with the cover of Another Day, the one that we’ve been waiting for, gracing us our very first point. That was the reason why we went bat-shit crazy when we saw it. Thank goodness, no one caught it on a video because we probably looked like we were having severe seizures. The last game was the Human Bingo. We were given a bingo card but instead of numbers, there were categories such as ‘has dnf-ed 3 books this year’ and  'does marginalia', and you have to find that person and have him or her signed on that square. Another fun game, since you get to talk to the other bookworms.

(c) The stacks of books that were up for grabs!
There was also a raffle towards the end of the game. I was not able to get my hands on Anna Brashares’s The Here and Now, so I picked up the ARC of Styx by Bavo Dhooge. The last gig of the event was the most anticipated part of the meet-up, which is the Blind Book Date. I was not able to bring some books for the exchange, which is why I lovingly stared at them as they ripped off the wrappers.

Me and my ARC of Styx :) (c) The Social Potato Reviews
Bookworms Unite was indeed an amazing event. I had loads of fun the whole day. I am hoping that there will be another one soon, because I would definitely be there again. Thank you to the bloggers who made this meet-up possible: Aimee, Dianne, Faye, Inah, Hazel, and Miel. 

It was nice seeing my friends, especially the Peculiar Family, whom I haven't seen for months! I'm so glad to see some of you again. And to the new friends that I made because of this event, I hope to see you guys again! 

With the lovely members of the Peculiar Family
Doing the Eriele pose with them.
Yay for free books! <3

Oh, and I'm back!~

Mar 7, 2015

Barreling my way into March

Deadlines. Case Studies. Homework. Quizzes. Preliminary Examination. 

That's how I see what my March will be (based on my planner).

Hopefully, my (not yet) efficient time management, together with my planner and bullet journal, will help go through this month. accomplishing task one after another (on time, I might add), and get some reading done along the way.

My plate's already full even though we're just barely a week in (our prelims exam was held this week). Here's a quick rundown of the events that I'm excited for:

March 7 - Open Mic: The Hugot Night 2

I'm finally going to a slam poetry event! 

March 19 - Insurgent

March 22 - E. Lockhart Book Tour
    I'm planning to read We Were Liars this month so that I can go to her book signing. One of the things that I truly enjoy on events like this is the fact that I get to see my lovely book-a-holic friends. 

Moreover, I finished reading Cynthia Hand's The Last Time We Say Goodbye a few days ago because I don't want to study for the exam. There's a lot of crying on  my part. I think I've been crying all throughout the novel. Nope. I definitely cried the moment I started reading it until the end. 

However, for my monthly reading challenge, I've decided not to set specific books that I will read for each category. It's because I kind of choose the books based on my mood, and sometimes, the books that I chose are still not available here. Anyway, here's a list of my monthly reading challenge:

2015 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge: Genre-rumble
The book that I must read for this challenge is a novel under a genre that I haven't read before, or one that I'm not familiar with. I might go with steam punk or one of my dad's novels (I want to get my hands on what my Dad's currently reading, which is about Kublai Khan) for this one. Any book recommendations for steam punk?

2015 Read Harder Challenge: A book that was someone else has recommended for you
I think I may have the right book for this one, and I've been dying to read it because a story about a world where some people prefer the virtual reality is a perfect read for me.

What are your reading plans for this month?
What are your most anticipated March book release?

Mar 5, 2015

2015 Monthly Recap: February

I had a whirlwind of a February.

I was bombarded and overwhelmed by deadlines, homework, requirements and tests for Uni. I've been trying my best to maximize my time, and although I haven't mastered it yet, I was able to checked off some important things in my to-do list. Man, 24 hours is not enough for my life! Also, I had my hair cut short. For the hair-length reference, here's a picture of Mikasa Ackerman from Shingeki No Kyojin.

I also have that bangs on the center. :))
 Despite my busy schedule that revolves mostly around uni stuff, I was able to read 3 out of the 4 books I've set for myself this month. However, I was only able to read one book which was on my February to-read list. It was no other than Lullabies by Lang Leav, my read for the 2015 Reading Harder Challenge: A Collection of Poetry.

In addition, my read for this month's Debut Author Monthly Challenge,  was supposed to be Shutter by Courtney Alameda, but because I wasn't able to buy a copy *insert* because it was expensive but I will save so I could buy and devour it, I read My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga instead.

Moreover, the third and last book that I've read for the month of February was Danielle Vega's very disturbing novel, The Merciless, which made me cringe and felt as if it was my own nails being ripped off by a knife, and my finger being chopped off. I enjoyed it, the novel I mean, not the feeling of my nails being ripped off. It's definitely not for the faint-hearted.

I am definitely going to share my thoughts about them, and I can't wait to gush about these lovely babies that I've managed to get my hands on!

I would've finished Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book if February isn't two(or three)-day short. Also, I'm really glad about the change that I did for my blog! Aside from book-related posts, I've decided to post non-related book posts here! I knew deep inside that I wouldn't be able to wrap my head around on a new blog, so why not just post the stuff I want to talk about on this one?

It's been a stressful and productive month, and there's no doubt that March will be too!

How's your February?
What book did you took out for a date during Valentine's Day? 
Mine was My Heart and Other Black Holes!