Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Why I Read YA (Bookish Thoughts and Feels #11)

For short answers, they would be "because I can" and "why not". But since I wanted to get in depth with my reasons, I decided to dedicate a post about why I read YA literature. :)

Before anything else, what is YA or young adult literature?

In the 1960's, the Young Adult Library Services Association used the term "young adult" to represent readers aged 12 to 18 years (Strickland, A., CNN). At the time, it referred to realistic fiction set in a contemporary world and addressed issues or circumstances of interest to young readers (Cart, M. for YALSA, The Value of Young Adult Literature).

Robert Carlsen, a pioneer in the field of young adult literature (Nilsen, A.P. and Donelson, K.L., Literature for Today's Young Adults), gave a simple definition: "It is that literature which adolescents read" (Hipple, T.W. and Bartholomew, B., Review Essay, College English). The definition was later expanded to:
Young adult literature is literature wherein the protagonist is either a teenager or one who approaches problems from a teenage perspective. Such novels are generally of moderate length and told from the first person. Typically, they describe initiation into the adult world, or the surmounting of a contemporary problem forced upon the protagonist(s) by the adult world (VanderStaay, S., Young-Adult Literature: A Writer Strikes the Genre).

Over time, young adult literature has evolved. Though the given definitions still hold true today, the genre has adopted a wider age range of readers and has taken more subject matters other than contemporary realism.

Despite these changes, many are still adamant about their idea of young adult literature. Thus, I want to share with you folks why I read YA. And hopefully convince you to read them too. :)

Saturday, September 3, 2016

What Happened: August 2016

Hi folks!

Time flies so fast, eh?

I apologize for my inactivity here on the blog. Aside from my never-ending workload, my laptop also gave up on me. -_- But it's been quite a good reading month. I managed to read 4 books! Yey!

Books I Read:

Po-on (Rosales Saga #1) by F. Sionil Jose
Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass #1) by Sarah J. Maas (re-read)
This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
Half Bad by Sally Green

I still have to write my reviews, but I'll get to them soon. (Hopefully this month.) Currently, I'm reading The Thirteenth Tale by Diana Setterfield.

Also, I bought 3 books last month. Hihi. My justification haul post is here.

For the non-book related stuff, my friends and I were able to watch one Cinemalaya film, Pamilya Ordinaryo (very nice independent film!). I was supposed to watch Dagsin (another entry in Cinemalaya) but the weather and traffic were crazy. So yeah...


That's all folks!

I hope you'll have a lovely September!

Friday, September 2, 2016

Stacking the Shelves #18: Detox Edition

I was doing good in my book buying ban until the PowerBooks Power Sale. But seriously, who could pass up on a 50% off sale?! Definitely not me. :) Thus, I bought:

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir (hardcover): This one's on my list since its release. I'm excited to read this soon. I've read good reviews about it.

Half Wild by Sally Green (paperback): I bought the first book, Half Bad, last year also from the PowerBooks Power Sale. :)

Also, I was browsing through a secondhand bookstore, and chanced upon a hardbound copy of The Passage by Justin Cronin. I don't know the original price but I got it for only Php 130 (~$3). That's a deal folks! And besides, I already own a copy of the second book so it's perfectly fine to get the first book (in a much lower price). :)


September is Manila International Book Fair month, so expect another haul post soon! :)

That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

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.”


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. :)


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. :)


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!


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!


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. :)


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.


That's all folks!

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