Thursday, January 11, 2018

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan: Book Review

Title: Smaller and Smaller Circles
Author: F.H. Batacan
Publication details: 2015 by Soho Press, Inc. (first published in 2002 by UP Press)
Genre: Crime fiction, mystery

Payatas, a 50-acre dump in the northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is stretched thin and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the trash heaps in the rainy summer of 1997, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf- until two Jesuit priests, forensic anthropologist Father Gus Saenz and his protege, Father Jerome Lucero, take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands.

I think this is my first literary fiction by a Filipino author so I was really excited to read the book. My copy is a mass-market paper back with a movie tie-in cover. It was a short read yet I had a good reading experience.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Bookshelf Tour January 2018: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

How's 2018 so far? I hope you're having a good day! For this post, let me show you guys my book collection as of January 2018. 😁

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Hopes for 2018: Bookish Goals

Happy 2018!

I hope you're excited for 2018 as I am! Last year, I did not quite reach my reading and other bookish goals. Thus, I am going to try again this time. 😉

Monday, January 1, 2018

2017: My Year in Books and Blog

2017 has come to an end! That was quick!

I am not sure if I did well in my reading. Haha! But if we're going to account all other things that has happened to me in 2017, I think I was pretty good at my reading and book blogging.

For this post, let me have a quick recap of the books I read- 22 books in total. And I'm also going to list below all my blog posts in 2017. Let's start, shall we?

Books read in 2017: 22

Monday, December 4, 2017

What Happened: November 2017

Hi folks!

Whew! It's Christmas season already!

November was a relatively good reading month. I read four books despite my busy schedule! Yey me!

Of course, I am still behind my reading challenge and I am not sure if I will ever meet my goal. Haha! But hey, I am trying folks. I am trying. If only I can just read and not do anything, but girl's gotta make a living. 😁

Enough of my rambling. Here's a quick recap: 😁

Books Read:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Lies by Michael Grant- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness- ⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Death Cure by James Dashner- ⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading:

Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

Blog Posts:


That's all folks for my November!

Happy reading!

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Book Haul #23: Surprisingly No YA

Hi folks!

Welcome to another book haul! The books here were bought from October to November. And surprisingly, I did not buy any YA?! 😯 (Maybe because I bought a lot of YAs last September. Haha!) But that's fine. I have very interesting titles. 😏

Let's move on...

Sunday, November 19, 2017

The Passage (The Passage #1) by Justin Cronin: Book Review

Title: The Passage
Series: The Passage #1
Author: Justin Cronin
Publication details: June 8th 2010 by Ballantine Books
Genre: Science fiction, fantasy, thriller, suspense

“It happened fast. Thirty-two minutes for one world to die, another to be born.”

First, the unthinkable: a security breach at a secret U.S. government facility unleashes the monstrous product of a chilling military experiment. Then, the unspeakable: a night of chaos and carnage gives way to sunrise on a nation, and ultimately a world, forever altered. All that remains for the stunned survivors is the long fight ahead and a future ruled by fear—of darkness, of death, of a fate far worse.

As civilization swiftly crumbles into a primal landscape of predators and prey, two people flee in search of sanctuary. FBI agent Brad Wolgast is a good man haunted by what he’s done in the line of duty. Six-year-old orphan Amy Harper Bellafonte is a refugee from the doomed scientific project that has triggered apocalypse. He is determined to protect her from the horror set loose by her captors. But for Amy, escaping the bloody fallout is only the beginning of a much longer odyssey—spanning miles and decades—towards the time and place where she must finish what should never have begun.

First off, the book is huge (and heavy). My copy is hardbound, and it has 766 pages! Also let's appreciate the reflective covers. Haha!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Carve the Mark (Carve the Mark #1) by Veronica Roth: Book Review

Title: Carve the Mark
Series: Carve the Mark #1
Author: Veronica Roth
Publication details: January 17th 2017 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: YA, fantasy, science fiction

In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.

Then Akos is thrust into Cyra's world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?

Before getting to my review, let's first admire the cover without the dust jacket featuring Carve the Mark's "solar system" 😍

Sunday, November 5, 2017

On Shelving: Different Ways to Arrange Books

There are different ways to arrange our books- in the box, under the bed, on the floor, on the table, and of course, on our beautiful shelves. The art of arranging our books- there's something quite therapeutic about it eh?

Some may have already figured out their own system of shelving, and some may have not. It may vary from time to time, depending on the mood, or not. But regardless, each of us bookworms has his or her own preference. Thus for this post, I thought of enumerating some common ways of arranging or cataloging books.

Sunday, October 29, 2017

What Happened: September and October 2017

Hi folks!

No, I won't explain myself anymore. Haha! I had little bookish comings and goings for the last two months, but life has been okay in general. 😊

Here's a quick recap:

Books Read:

The Passage by Justin Cronin - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Whisper on the Wind (The Great War #2) by Maureen Lang - ⭐⭐⭐

Currently Reading:

The Twelve by Justin Cronin - I'm almost halfway, and so far it's good! 😊

Blog Posts:


Told you folks, it was not much. I only finished 1 book! Goodness! 😁
But I think I'll have a lot of reading time at the end of November and on December. So yey!


That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Book Haul #22: 38th Manila International Book Fair

Hi folks!

Why is it October already? 2017 sure wants to rest ASAP! 😁
Anyway, as promised here are the books I bought last 38th Manila International Book Fair!