Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Currently Reading: This Is How You Lose Her


Title: This Is How You Lose Her
Author: Junot Diaz
Publication Details: September 11th 2012 by Riverhead Books

On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In the heat of a hospital laundry room in New Jersey, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness--and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses: artistic Alma; the aging Miss Lora; Magdalena, who thinks all Dominican men are cheaters; and the love of his life, whose heartbreak ultimately becomes his own.

In prose that is endlessly energetic, inventive, tender, and funny, the stories in This Is How You Lose Her lay bare the infinite longing and inevitable weakness of the human heart. They remind us that passion always triumphs over experience, and that “the half-life of love is forever.”

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Re-reading Throne of Glass has gotten me back to my game. I still don't have Crown of Midnight, so I cannot continue with the series yet. But upon looking at my shelves, I decided to go with a small book, somehow light, non-YA read.

This Is How You Lose Her is a short yet entertaining and poignant read. I only read this during my commute to and from work, so I'm not reading as fast as I normally do. But so far, I really am liking this one. It's a collection of short stories and/or brief memoirs about love, relationship, and the daily struggles of life.

I'm excited to finish reading this; and hopefully I will be able to review it soon. :)

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What are you reading folks?

Have a nice day!

Thursday, August 4, 2016

What I've Been Doing + Hopes for August


Hi folks!

It's been a while since I posted something other than a meme. Oh well, my reason isn't really new. I've been busy with work and life, in general, thus I had no time to write a post or even read a book. Plus, my laptop also gave up on me. (I need to buy a new one soon.)

But anyway, I'm back to reading now, and hopefully, blogging too. Currently, I'm reading Po-on (Rosales Saga #1) which is written by a Filipino author, F. Sionil Jose. I've had this book for 2 years, I think, and I'm only reading it now. Haha! So far, I am enjoying it. And though I was not born in the 1880's and I am not from Ilocos (though I've been to Ilocos), the plot is easy to understand and the vibe/ambiance of the story is easy to relate to.

For non-book updates, I am into Korean skincare lately. Haha! I have blog posts on my personal blog here. And I've been watching a lot of Kdramas! They're just soooo cute. :)

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This August, I don't know what's in store for me. I'm hoping to finish Po-on and start another book, probably re-read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, before I buy and read Crown of Midnight.

I'm also planning to watch some indie films alone in a movie house (Cinemalaya), but I don't know I might chicken out. Haha!

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That's all folks!
I hope you'll have a lovely August!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Feature & Follow #28: Favorite Character Archetype


Feature and Follow is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee and Alison Can Read. It is where we, book bloggers, can meet new people and gain followers as well!

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This week's prompt:
What is(are) your favorite character archetype(s)?

I am very picky with characters, because they can sometimes make or break a book. My favorite character archetype, therefore, is someone who has a balanced emotional and rational intelligence. This may include a character who is independent, brave, smart, and who is not only capable of making rational decisions but is also capable of showing/feeling love and compassion.

(Note: This may also apply in real life. Haha.)

Of course, no character (and real life person) is perfect, but this balanced intelligence will guarantee  a character a spot in my "I like" list. :)

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How about you folks?
What is/are your favorite character archetype/s?


Monday, July 11, 2016

Currently Reading: Life After Juliet



Title: Life After Juliet
Author: Shannon Lee Alexander
Publication Details: July 5th 2016 by Entangled Teen

Becca Hanson was never able to make sense of the real world. When her best friend Charlotte died, she gave up on it altogether. Fortunately, Becca can count on her books to escape—to other times, other places, other people...

Until she meets Max Herrera. He’s experienced loss, too, and his gorgeous, dark eyes see Becca the way no one else in school can.

As it turns out, kissing is a lot better in real life than on a page. But love and life are a lot more complicated in the real world...and happy endings aren't always guaranteed.

The companion novel to Love and Other Unknown Variables is an exploration of loss and regret, of kissing and love, and most importantly, a celebration of hope and discovering a life worth living again.

I've read Love and Other Unknown Variables(my review) by the same author, and liked it. What happened to the secondary characters of that novel intrigued me especially after that sad ending. Thus, I gave Life After Juliet a chance.

So far, it's okay. It's quite slow in the beginning but I still want to know how things will turn out for Becca, especially her character development.

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That's all folks!

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Book Hangover: How I Nurse Myself (Bookish Thoughts and Feels #10)


We book nerds have already experienced a book hangover, and I am pretty sure that we will experience it over and over again (hello, TBR pile). You know, that feeling of longing that comes from finishing a book or a series. It doesn't matter if the book ended on a happy note, or in two or three buckets of tears, book hangover is real.

We each have our own ways of dealing with this hangover. And I want to share with you how I nurse myself back to "health" after the fateful book hangover...

Friday, July 8, 2016

Book Review: The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas


Title: The Assassin's Blade
Author: Sarah J. Maas
Series: Throne of Glass #0.1-0.5
Publication Details: March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury Childrens
Link: Goodreads

Celaena Sardothien is Adarlan's most feared assassin. As part of the Assassin's Guild, her allegiance is to her master, Arobynn Hamel, yet Celaena listens to no one and trusts only her fellow killer-for-hire, Sam. In these action-packed novellas - together in one edition for the first time - Celaena embarks on five daring missions. They take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, where she fights to liberate slaves and seeks to avenge the tyrannous. But she is acting against Arobynn's orders and could suffer an unimaginable punishment for such treachery. Will Celaena ever be truly free? Explore the dark underworld of this kick-ass heroine to find out.

Thursday, June 30, 2016

What Happened: June 2016


Hi folks!

I think June was my most unproductive month (blog-wise) so far.

I was not able to finish:
 The Many Selves of Katherine North by Emma Green
Lost in a Good Book by Jasper Fforde (I had to put this one down because of the impending feels. Haha! I will pick this up again soon though.)
Lost in the City by Edward P. Jones

And I only finished one book- The Marked Son by Shea Berkley.

Reviews Posted:

Others:

Currently Reading:
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas
Which I am having a difficult time to finish because feeeeeels. My dear Sam. But I'm going to finish this one soon, and I will definitely be re-reading Throne of Glass and continue with the series. :)

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So that's all folks. My month was filled with work (surprise, surprise) so I was not able to read and blog much. Again, I'm hoping July will be different!

Have a nice day folks!

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