BOOK TAG | A Book for All Occasions

Thank you, to the lovely Rose @ Wanders Between Pages, for the tag! I have linked her own post, so you can see her answers too! ❀

A Book For All Occasion Tag is created by Hannah at Hannah’s Bookshelf.

RULES:

🌷 Answer the questions below
🌷 Tag at least five people to continue the tag
🌷 Give credit where credit is due

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🌷 Name a book that makes you cry.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

This book made me cry heaps. I remember being in the first few chapters of this book yet I was already tearing up, so just imagine how I bawled my eyes out during the more emotional parts of this book . This is the kind of story that tugs at your heartstrings. I definitely see myself rereading this sometime soon!

If you are looking for something tear-jerking to read, I highly recommend this one.

🌷 Name a book that makes you smile.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

Boss Man Bridegroom by Meghan Quinn

This is @romancethequebookclub‘s book pick for the month of April, so apparently this is a recent read. This book did not only make me smile, it made me guffaw. There were certainly laugh out loud moments in this book, and I truly appreciate the comedy factor in this office romance, marriage of convenience romcom novel.

If you are into romances between quirky heroines, pastry-loving male love interest, with a slice of complex realities of life, and a whole dash of steamy moments, this book is for you!

🌷 Name a book that makes you feel passionate.

⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch

Being in college as someone who’s studying to be a teacher, I remember being asked to read many passion-(re)kindling, inspiring and motivating pieces of writing. This book was one of the reading materials my favorite college professor assigned to us, and to have an integration/reflection paper written about it sometime later. (Teachers, am I right? 😝)

The author relating his own fair share of trials, struggles, successes and victories, inspired me to give my best as I chase after my dreams.

🌷 Name a book that makes you feel cosy.

⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

There is nothing more comforting and cozier than a story about sisterhood and familial love, friendship, and pursuing after one’s dream, I believe.

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🌷 Name a book that transports you to a magical place.

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Shades of Magic trilogy by V.E. Schwab

In this trilogy, the queen Victoria Schwab has crafted an immensely captivating world, or should I say worlds — that is, Grey, White, Black, and Red London. Through Schwab’s sublime prose, one is easily transported to these magical worlds. No wonder this series remains to be one of my favorite fantasy series!

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🌷 Name a book that scared you.

⭐⭐⭐✨

The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware

This is one of the psychological thrillers which I listened to on Audiobook, and that might not be a brilliant idea! Although not a horror story, the very gradual unraveling of the mystery in this one was spine-tingling and thrilling. I got shivers every time the main character discovers something odd about the place she stays in; I was so spooked that I even started hearing the most minute of noises like the door creaking or the whoosh of the curtains.

That kind of spooky atmosphere wasn’t sustained all throughout the book, tho, as the main character slowly started getting to the end of all the mystery shrouding that house. Nevertheless, that ending left me staring at the wall for a couple of seconds while uttering what the fuck under my breath.

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🌷 Name a book that makes you feel jealous.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

I didn’t particularly feel jealous of the characters in this romcom when I was reading it; if anything, all I felt was delight and kilig seeing their feelings of fondness grow for each other in that paradise where they were stuck pretending to be couples.

But with the kind of weather I am suffering through during this summer time in my side of the world, and going to the beach being out of the question already, I am envious of Olive who got to take a plunge in the paradise with the love of her life.

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🌷 Name a book with an inspiring female character.

⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

There are many inspiring heroines out there — both fictional and not — but I just love Emoni so much; I can’t let the opportunity to laud her pass. Acevedo’s sophomore novel tells the story of a 17-year old Afro-Latina Emoni Santiago, a mother to two-year old Babygirl, whose ultimate passion in the world is cooking and food.
In this story, Emoni unabashedly pursues that life-long dream while confronting the harsh realities of being a teenage mom while being a daughter and students, and making peace with her feelings for a certain someone.

This is a very heartwarming story, yes; yet this will make your heart both ache and burst with happiness at the right parts. That stunning cover is just the pretty cherry on top of this otherwise already gorgeous book.

🌷 Name a book with an inspiring male character.

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⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor

Meet Lazlo Strange, a dreamer of magical worlds and just like all of us, a lover of the written word.

Lazlo is easily one of the characters one can’t help root for; he is resilient, passionate and strong. In the first book in this duology, we’ve seen how he was often ostracized and has felt left out because of his origin and simply the way he is, but never retaliated with force or violence. He definitely has his own way of getting back at people who belittle him. Can’ t help but stan.

His journey in this story was very endearing to witness, with a few parts which, I must say, are rather tear-inciting. And when that glorious ending came (read Muse of Nightmares!!), we just all knew that he has finally found the place where he truly belongs, and my heart wept with joy for him.

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I had fun going down memory lane as I did this! I hope you enjoyed reading, and that you found a title or two to add to your mountainous TBR pile.

I’d also love to see Prin, Donna, Elena, Joel, Lovelene, and Ate Kath‘s take on this tag.

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🌷 Any similar titles as mine? What are the books in your read list that qualifies for the categories above?
🌷 Which of these books are you planning to pick up soon?


I hope you’re doing good wherever you are. Stay healthy and safe. πŸ’–

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WWW WEDNESDAY #1

Hi there, fellow book sniffer! I decided to spice up my weekly blogging schedule by engaging in one of these memes that’s been going around the book blogosphere, and this meme, in particular, was one of the ones I really found interesting and very easy yet fun to do!

WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @Β Taking on a World of Words.

It’s pretty simple….all one has to do is answer the 3 W’s:

🌷 What are you currently reading?
🌷 What did you recently finish reading?
🌷 What do you think you will read next?

I am in the middle of three books at the moment. These are the books I’ve managed to start since May 1 and haven’t even managed to finish yet. (Is that an imminent reading slump I see?)

Don’t get me wrong, I am immensely enjoying them (although some more than others) but maybe it’s because of the fact that I haven’t acclimatized myself to reading fantasy novels back-to-back, much less several at the same time.

Nevertheless, I am going to power through this and I definitely look forward to finish these before the weekend!

Lalani of the Distant Sea by Erin Entrada Kelly
Dates read: May 5 to 6
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

This is my second book from this Filipina Middle Grade author. This rich, dark fantasy that’s teeming with Filipino folkore and mythology is such a delight to read.

This brought me into a whirlwind of emotions — one moment, I was enraged at the maltreatment going on in this story, the next I was tearing up alongside the characters they’ve had to go through. There were very little (almost no, actually) moments of levity in this captivating book, but that made the ending even more worthy and impactful.

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo
Date read: May 6
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is one of my most anticipated reads this month, and boy, am I so grateful that the audiobook is available on Scribd, although it just got released yesterday, May 5.

The queen has once again served us a majestic, compelling novel-in-verse in this one. She can effortlessly weave magic into words through her impeccable storytelling.

Listening to the audiobook narrated by the other herself made my reading experience all the more profound and special.

These are the titles I plan to tick off my May TBR in the coming week. *fingers crossed*

This weekly meme is truly a great way of keeping myself aware of and accountable for my weekly reading progress. We’ll see next week if some of these titles will still hold the place they’re in right now.

Hope you have had a wonderfully bookish week. If you haven’t, that’s fine; don’t beat yourself up for it. There’s still next week!

Always rooting for you,


WRAP-UP | BOOKS I READ IN APRIL, BUT IN AESTHETICS

April was an excruciatingly long month; mindless watching Youtube videos and Netflix, escapist reading and impassioned shooting at enemies in this mobile game called PUBG seem to be the only things that filled my days.

And since I only had menial tasks requiring of my energy and focus, I read a whopping 20 books, with a total of 6, 040 pages this month. Reading this much is a feat worthy of celebration for me, considering that my short-attention span seems to be getting worse these days. One moment I badly want to binge-watch a Kdrama or basically anything on Netflix, the next I want to just ceaselessly create graphics on Canva, and the next I’m so into reading that I don’t want to stop… you get the picture.

Since I’ve already discussed briefly my thoughts on most of the books I read in the past month, I no longer want to bombard you with another too verbose post. I was inspired by Clara of The Bookworm of Notre Dame’s blog post featuring her favorite books but in aesthetics, to do a round of books aesthetics in my blog as well. Only, these book aesthetics will be of books I read in April.

With this in mind, I am all the more thrilled to do my first wrap-up blog post on this blog. *throws confetti*

NEW ALL-TIME FAVORITES
✨ these deserve all the stars in the universe ✨

HIGHLY RECOMMEND
✨ books I gave 4.5 or 4 stars to ✨

DECENT READS
✨ books I gave 3.5 stars ✨

READS BETWEEN OKAY AND NOT QUITE OKAY
books I neither liked nor hated, and had some issues with

I really had a lot of fun curating these aesthetic moodboards, and am very satisfied with how they turned out. You may say this would be a regular thing from now on in my own little corner in the web. Aaah the mere prospect of making aesthetic boards for my Asian books this month is already making me squeal with delight and excitement.

so stoked!! and now I bring you…

A PEEK AT MY GOODREADS READING CHALLENGE THUS FAR

Add me on Goodreads here.

I’m rather proud of how productive, reading-wise, I was last April. Not only was I able to reach past 90% of my Goodreads Reading Challenge, but I also have finally started this blog which was a challenge I’ve imposed on myself this year. I just hope the coming months will be more positive and brighter to fuel my otherwise bleak creativity and productivity.

🌷 How was your reading in April?
🌷 What was your most favorite? least favorite?
🌷 Are you kicking that Goodreads reading challenge in the ass? I know you are!

Wherever you are, know you are enough and loved. I hope you love yourself a little more today. ❀

Always rooting for you,

WRAP-UP | OWLS MAGICAL READATHON 2020

As Dumbledore would put it, “Nitwit! Blubber! Oddment! Tweak!

This was my second year joining this ever-magical readathon. Since I think I aimed for too much and failed miserably at it last year, I made up my mind to do better this year.And that I did.

If last year, I went for a career on Alchemy, this year I wanted a career that’s much closer to what I do in real life. For three years, I worked as a teacher to seven and eight year-olds; true, children can be rowdy as though they never run out of energy, but they are the sweetest! Looking back, I can say that the palpable excitement they’ll have everytime I bring a book to class is one of my fondest memories of them. After having taught teenagers this recently concluded school year, I realized that I would kill just to be back in a classroom filled of primary and middle grade pupils.

That being said, I think it’s quite obvious that I’d gone for a career on Care of Magical Children.

To pass my OWLs, I had to pass eight subjects, as enumerated below. Each subject counts for a book prompt, so I read a total of eight books to pass my OWLs this year.

Without further ado, here are the books I read for OWLs Magical Readathon.

The book titles link to the Goodreads page of each book.

Arithmancy
read something outside your favorite genre

The Fever King by Victoria Lee
Dates read: April 20 to 28
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨

Sci-fi is most probably the genre you won’t catch me dead in a ditch with; I rarely reach out for any Science fiction titles, but when I do, I approach it very apprehensively and with much caution.
This debut novel of Victoria Lee was one I have been hearing about from Alexx of Enthralled Bookworm, and such a great coincidence that I won a Kindle copy of this from the same person! Serendipity, am I right?
I pretty much enjoyed the unique magic system in this one. The scheming and plotting to depose the oppressive force. All ploys of betrayal. But to have magic be a result of a virus outbreak didn’t sit well with me (which explains the time it took me to finish it); it was the last thing I wanted to read especially in this time. It definitely did not make me feel any better.

Until now, I am still trying to craft a coherent review of this book. Stay tuned for that!

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Charms
read a book with white cover

To Love Jason Thorne by Ella Maise
Dates read: April 29 to 30
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐

I initially picked The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab for this one. But alas, two days before the end of April, and I still haven’t cracked that open. So I had to turn to anything aside from fantasy that I can finish in one sitting.

This might be quite a stretch but I tried to make it work hahahaha I know that I could finish any contemporary, and this was the only book under my radar that has a cover remotely close to being white lol

Over-all, this was an OK book for me; I surely had several issues with it. I guess I am slowly outgrowing romcoms.

Read my full review here.

Defense Against the Dark Arts
read a book set in the sea/coast

Daughter of the Pirate King
Dates read: April 6 to 8
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐✨

I already expressed my thoughts on this book in a previous blog post (see: PhilMyth Readathon). I plan to write a more lengthy review on Goodreads sometime in the future (all we seem to do in this house is plan, right?).

Needles to say, I look forward to reading the sequel Daughter of the Siren Queen.

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Herbology
read a book which title starts with M

More to the Story by Hena Khan
Dates read: April 11 to 14
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve long since wanted to read this book the moment I heard that it’s a modern-day retelling of my favorite classic (basically because it’s the only one I read) Little Women.
This is a great Middle Grade book that did not shy away from discussing pertinent topics such as microagressions, racism, grief and terminal illness. I was charmed by the four siblings and felt so much for Jameela as she follows her dreams in this story.
If you are into a lovely story of sisterhood, friendship and family, brimmed with delectable Pakistani food, then this book is for you!

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History of Magic
book featuring witches/wizards

For this subject, I opted to read 2 books featuring witches.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Dates read: April 3 to 6
Rating:
⭐⭐⭐⭐

I know this is a rather polarizing book in the bookish community; I saw some booktubers I greatly admire give this book a very low rating, while there are others whose opinions on books I value a lot who loved this book!

As for me, I enjoyed listening to its audiobook. I had a physical copy but I opted to listen to the audiobook while I busied myself with other things (like gaming and journaling). Perhaps it was my reading means that made the whole difference. It was a pretty decent read, and I definitely see myself reading the sequel as soon as it’s released.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Dates read: April 5 to 10
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
although this pretty much deserves all the stars!!!

And now, to talk about my newfound favorite book! How does one do it again?

This book here is the full packagecompelling plot and storyline, intricate world-building, unique magic system, lyrical writing, and unapologetically feisty and angry heroine.

The book community has been sleeping on this series and author. I do hope they both get the recognition due them. I hope I’m doing my part by screaming at you to READ THIS SERIES NOW,

A full review for this book is still in the works. Worry not. I’ll post it here, that’s for sure!

Muggle Studies
book from a perspective of a muggle (contemporary)

Far From the Tree by Robin Benway
Dates read: April 1 to 2
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Far From the Tree features hard-hitting complexities of a teenager’s life. It made me realize that I do love the found family trope, but I’d kill for a biological family which supports each other really well. I teared up several times for this book.
I might have just found a Young Adult novel I’d recommend to everyone!

Potions
book under 150 pages

We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Date read: April 1
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐✨

Apparently, this was the first book I finished for the readathon. It was a very quick read yet empowering and impactful all the same.
This should be required reading in schools!

Transfiguration
read a book/series that includes shapeshifting

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (illustrated edition) by J.K. Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
Dates read: April 10 to 11
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Reading this definitely made the OWLs Readathon more magical. The perfectly crafted illustrations are just great additions to the already fantastic story.

I love how the OWLs Magical Readathon jump-started a great reading month for me in April. Needless to say, it was a success for me, as I did not only accomplish all my exams, but I also found new books I hold dear to my heart. Now I can’t wait for the NEWTs in August.

🌷 Have you joined the OWLs Readathon? If so, what career did you go for, and have you accomplished all subjects?
🌷 Are there books similar to mine that you read for this readathon?

Wherever you are, I hope you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy. I also hope you are loving yourself extra harder during these times.

Don’t forget that you are incredibly awesome and loved!

Asian Readathon 2020 and #StanAsianAuthors ft. A Mildly Ambitious TBR

May is  Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. With all the discrimination, hate, and bigotry against Asians recently in the light of this health crisis (as if what we are going through isn’t hard enough already), it is truly consoling that there are other avenues by which we can show support and understanding to only a portion of the people who have been marginalized since time immemorial.

And of course, yes, during these troubling times, we turn to arts. And what a warm and comforting solace we do find in the Arts. I have only gratitude to Read with Cindy for coming up with the Asian Readathon last year.

Now, on its second year, the Asian Readathon is a month-long readathon celebrating the brilliance of Asian Literature. It has opened not only Asian readers to rediscovering the vast literature of Asia and going back to their roots, but also non-Asian readers to discovering the literary gems that are on a par with the more mainstream media and literature that is predominantly white.

Coincidentally, Eunice of Nerdy Talks has spearheaded her initiative of #StanAsianAuthors, which of course already speaks for itself. I plan to use this hashtag all throughout the year as I tackle Asian reads off my TBR. (I hope you do, as well.)

Even I, a Filipina, born and raised, do admit I haven’t read that much Asian authors, much less Filipino ones; after vowing to read more Asian Literature this year, I still haven’t delivered to that promise. That’s why I am truly glad the Asian Readathon offers avenue for me to rectify that.

This year’s Asian Readathon involves five challenges, which (obviously) centers on books written by Asian authors (#StanAsianAuthors, y’all) or featuring Asian characters.

The fifth challenge, although optional, is to read Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng. Little Fires Everywhere is one of my Top 10 Favorites of last year, so I can’t wait to join the readalong for this book this year.

The tip to be able to read more diversely and be exposed to more cultural diversity in this readathon is to vary the Asian ethnicity involved in the book(s) to be read in each challenge.

CHALLENGES

🌷 Read any book by an Asian author.
🌷 Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who you can relate to.
🌷 Read a book featuring an Asian character or written by an Asian author who is different from you.
🌷 Read a book recommended by an Asian.
🌷 OPTIONAL: Read β€œLittle Fires Everywhere” by Celeste Ng and participate in the Little Fires Readalong and the Little Fires Watchalong

Being the competitive reader that I am, I am planning to read more than 1 book for each challenge. Without much ado, here’s my mildly ambitious TBR for the Asian Readathon.

The Goodreads page of each book is linked in the book title; I am afraid I may not be able to give a decent summary without having read the books first.

This array is a mixture of fantasy, historical fiction and middle grade — the variety enough to not bring me to a slump.

I have long been wanting to read The Poppy War since I’ve seen many favorites on Bookstagram rave about the brilliance of this book, yet I have been intimated for a long while. I’m pretty sure that had it not been for this readathon, I wouldn’t have picked up this book this soon.

I recently acquired a copy of The Weight of Our Sky. I am fully aware of how it tackles heavy content such as OCD and racism, with the historic race riots in Kuala Lumpur in the foreground; even so, I am looking forward to reading this, and getting myself educated about an area in history I have very little knowledge about.

Finally, for my last read for this challenge, is a MG book by Erin Entrada Kelly. It was last year when I read my first Kelly — Hello Universe — and I truly adored it and its charmingly quirky and sweet characters. I just know that I will love Lalani of the Distant Sea just as much — if not more.

Yes, you’ve seen (and counted) that right! I am reading six books for this challenge, all by Filipina authors, and three of those by a newly found favorite author in the person of Rin Chupeco.

Earlier this month, I discovered the great writer that is Rin Chupeco, when I read The Bone Witch, the first book in The Bone Witch series. As soon as I read the last page (with that cliffhanger!!! *screams internally*), I knew I had to read the sequel right away. But my impatient self had to reel her impatient horses back in, remember that #TBWReadathon’s pick for May is The Heart Forger, and prioritize the books that are in her April TBR first (after all, didn’t she vow at the start of the year to be more faithful and stick to the TBR she curates monthly?? πŸ€ͺ)

I was enthralled by the magnificent writing and the intricate world-building in The Bone Witch; I believe the same (or even more) can be seen in The Heart Forger, The Never Tilting World, and Wicked As You Wish. You can say I will be in a Chupeco-binge this May 🀩

America is not the Heart and America is in the Heart are both of the historical fiction genre. There is a charm with how these titles are the stark contrasts of each other and I love the idea of reading these two side by side. They are also part of my #Shelfathon TBR, and I may have already started reading them in the past but haven’t gotten the energy yet to finish them.

This readathon is surely helping a lot with ticking several lists off my physical TBR, don’t you think? πŸ€ͺ

The last book for this challenge is Married Women by Maryanne Moll, a fellow Bicolana. I first read this book in college and I remember reading this again when I landed my first job. A compilation of short stories set in Bicol, this anthology explores what it means to be a woman, whether married or not. Being older (and I’d like to believe a tad bit wiser), I hope to see this collection of stories through more critical lens.

My picks for this list are from Asian ethnicities rather foreign than mine. The Refugees is a collection of short stories relating to Vietnamese refugees in various ways. Descendant of the Crane, on the other hand, is a Chinese-inspired fantasy, which features a strong, empowered queen ready to exact revenge to the murderer of her father, the king. This book, brimming with magic and politics, will be a favorite, I’m calling it.

The books I’ve chosen for this challenge are recommendations from The Quiet Pond and Shut Up, Shealea. These two are books I’m also reading for another readathon which I will talk about in an upcoming post.

Not Your Sidekick is an LGBTQ+ themed young adult novel. Having initially thought of this book as a Middle Grade novel, I was quite suprised that it featured an apparent romance. A sapphic romance!! Color me stoked! I just can’t wait to read about our young heroine born into a superhero family, as she tackles the world both in its extraordinariness and mundanity.

Steel Crow Saga, I regret to say, has been caught by my radar only this year — nay, to be more accurate, only this month. I haven’t known until recently that the author is a Filipino himself, and what better thing is there to do than support a Fellow Filipino. This novel is pitched as anime (Pokemon specifically, or so I’ve heard)- inspired fantasy. And that’s all I need to know! Now don’t open the door to my room until I’m done with this book (unless I’m distracted by other books, that is πŸ€ͺ)

Needless to say, I am so thrilled to be joining in these two initiatives centered on celebrating Asian magnificence. I just hope I can commit fully to finishing all these. I guess we just have to wait until next month and see.

✨ Are you also joining the Asian Readathon? Whether you are or not, what books are in your May TBR?
✨ What Asian books do you highly recommend?
✨ How are you keeping yourselves busy during these times?

If you’ve read until this point, know that you are undeniably awesome! Stay safe and healthy.
Stay kind! 🌷

READATHON WRAP-UP: Hyping the local and discovering new favorite books

It has been a week and a few days since I, with my fellow Filipino readers, bookstagrammers and booktubers, capped off the Phil Myth Readathon.

The Phil Myth Readathon was initiated by Gerald, with his co-hosts Kate and Julienne, and took place last March 29 and lasted until April 11. I loved that this readathon is very Filipino and focuses on the creatures of Filipino mythology and folkore as the reading/book prompts.

Here are the readathon prompts:

  • Manananggal – Read a book from two perspectives
  • Kapre – Read the tallest book on your bookshelf
  • Berberoka – Read a book that has a body of water on the title or on the cover
  • Duwende – Read a mass market paperback (mmpb)
  • Tikbalang – Read a book with a land animal on the cover
  • White Lady – Read a book with a white cover
  • Tiyanak – Read a mystery book that you think will keep you guessing
  • Bungisngis – Read a comedy book

Luckily, I was able to find books on my physical book shelf that fit the prompts given. The following were the books I planned to read, and I am proud of myself to have stuck to this pile of books.

It was such a delight having joined this readathon. I was not only able to tackle my physical TBR, but I also got to know other Filipino booknerds and talk bookish things with them. That I found two new favorites for this year (!!!) is a mere icing on the cake.

The Thirteen Problems by Agatha Christie
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

Before this book, I have only read three other books by this prolific writer, yet I have already declared her as one of my favorite authors. And Then There Were None remains to be one of my favorite books of all time, and is the book that introduced me to the murder mystery/suspense/thriller genres.

This book, however in a different narrative style than most of her books, still delivers the brilliant and cunning most of us has known as the dame’s trademarks. As evident in the title, this book features thirteen tales of mystery told by several personalities, with old, wise Miss Marple at the center being the sole person who solved the problems. Among those thirteen stories, some would even work really well as full-length mystery novels.

I was in utter delight to see the different persons get astounded as the most unassuming Miss Marple got to the bottom of each mystery.

The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco
Rating: 5/5 stars (although if I can give this book all the stars in the universe, I would)

This book is just *chef’s kiss* perfect!! It features a heroine that one can’t help rooting for, and other characters who are also very likable. The most impressive, though, in this first installment to The Bone Witch series is its world building; how one can design such world and magic system is something I can’t fully grasp as I know I am no genius like Rin.

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (Illustrated Edition) by J. K Rowling, illustrated by Jim Kay
Rating: 4/5 stars

I had a great time going back to this world. I love the illustrations in this edition and leafing through this tome easily transported to this magical world in my younger years.

Serpent & Dove by Shelby Mahurin
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

It’s one of my most anticipated read for this year, though technically this was released last year; it just so happened that I acquired a physical copy late last year, so I had it prioritized in my TBR for this year 2020. This might be one of the most hyped books on almost all bookish social media platforms, and although I’ve seen why and how, I truly think some 5-star ratings might be overselling the book (??).

It revolves around a hate-to- love kind of romance between a witch called Lou and a witch hunter named Reid. (Who wouldn’t love that kind of angsty, tense dynamics, right? Admit it, we all love the hate-to-love trope :-p).

While there isn’t anything astoundingly stellar about this book, I truly enjoyed this book with the writing that’s very easy to follow, and an ultimate cliffhanger of an ending!!!

Daughter of the Pirate King by Tricia Levenseller
Rating: 3.5 / 5 stars

This is easily one of the books one can finish in one sitting.

It was fast-paced, packed with enough action one expects when pirates go against each other, and involves a slow-burn romance (which we weren’t actually given a guarantee of being fulfilled in the end of the book).

I enjoyed this book for its feisty and badass female lead named Alosa, and the all-female crew she leads (save for a few male who prove to be of worthy). The plot twist in this one wasn’t one I expected, and it made me keep on reading for the mere desire to know whether Alosa succeeded in her mission.

My only gripe with this book was the way Alosa cowers from the mere presence of her father and her submission to him. For one who’s as kickass, cunning, and skilled as she, I found it quite incongruous for her character to be easily intimidated by her father; which makes me all the more thrilled with reading the sequel, there might be a surprise there.

Far from the Tree by Robin Benway
Rating: 5 / 5 stars

This has now become one of my favorite Young Adult contemporary. It’s a fact that I love the found-families trope in books, and for this book to feature biological families getting together, finding solace and company in each other made me love this book even more. Who said I didn’t tear up reading this one?

Eight Perfect Murders by Peter Swanson
Rating: 3.5/5 stars

I love me books involving books; give me a book that highlights the love for thriller/murder mystery novels, and I’m sure I’ll adore it all the more.

An homage to all well-loved classic murder mystery and crime novels throughout the years, this book, in my opinion was able to seamlessly integrate those said novels into the over-all storyline.

This book just made me want to pick up more mystery and true crime titles. I hope I’ll be able to, soon!

Kikomachine Komix 14: Alaala ng Kinabukasan by Manix Abrera
Rating: 4 / 5 stars

I’ve loved these comics since I first borrowed and read the first volume of the series in high school. Manix Abrera never failed to make me lol at his witty and sharp remarks and commentary on light and heavy topics concerning adulting, getting through college/university, socio-political issues, and anything under the sun, really.

In a nutshell, I truly enjoyed the Phil Myth Readathon and I am keeping my fingers crossed that this become an annual thing.

If you’ve read through all this rambles from this booknerd, do know that I appreciate you. Remember that you are enough!

Load up on Vitamin C. Stay healthy and safe.
Stay kind! ❀

SO IT BEGINS…

Hi! I am Rose.

I have been a lover of books and the written word for as long as I can remember.

As a child I remember pulling my mother always towards the bookstore portions of malls and places we went to, only having a brief minute to leaf through the story books housed therein.

My love for reading intensified when I was introduced to Violet, Klaus, and Sunny in middle grade, being with them as they face woe after woe, misfortune after misfortune, from one pesky and apathetic guardian to another, only to find out that the best company they will ever have is themselves. I was fifteen and in junior high school when I finally learned what happened to them in The End (pun intended hah). Still, I’ve looked up to these strong resilient young characters for as long as I live – the inventive and resourceful Violet, the opinionated and intelligent Klaus, and the charming, sharp-toothed Sunny.

It’s in books that I found solace and a home; thus, it was  no wonder when in college I got inclined to take a Literature-related course. My degree may not be completely centered on the analysis and appreciation of Literature, but it is through being a teacher that I get to influence the younglings of this generation to appreciate reading and books.

For almost four years now – albeit with a few hiatuses in between – I have been raving and ranting about books on social media over at my bookstagram. Once a YA contemporary-loving girl, through the years I have grown such fondness for literary fiction (classics nuh uh uh), fantasy, LGBTQ+ themed and #ownvoices, diverse books.

I am putting up this blog to serve as an avenue for me to promote more love for the written word ❀