Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Reading Challenge

So here are the books I read this year:
(Cropped from my Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge)

1. I Kissed Dating Goodbye- Joshua Harris 
2. Looking for Alaska- John Green
3. 1984- George Orwell
4. The Shack- W.M. Paul Young
5. In the Bad Boy's Bed- Sophia Ryan
6. City of Thieves- David Benioff
7. Pandemonium- Lauren Oliver
8. Requiem- Lauren Oliver
9. Thirteen Reasons Why- Jay Asher
10. Just One Day- Gayle Forman
11. To Kill a Mocking Bird- Harper Lee
12. Blink Once- Cylin Busby
13. Epic Fail- Claire LaZebnik
14. Uglies- Scott Westerfeld
15. Pretties- Scott Westerfeld
16. Save the Date- Jenny B. Jones
17. Specials- Scott Westerfeld
18. Animal Farm- George Orwell
19. Screwed- Laurie Plissner
20. The Time Keeper- Mitch Albom
21. Paper Towns- John Green
22. The Sea of Tranquility- Katja Millay
23. Dug Down Deep- Joshua Harris
24. The Time of My Life- Cecelia Ahern
25. The Book Thief- Markus Zusak
26. Insurgent- Veronica Roth
27. Allegiant- Veronica Roth
28. Horde- Ann Aguirre
29. Eleanor & Park- Rainbow Rowell
30. The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon
31. The Forest of Hands and Teeth- Carrie Ryan
32. Just One Year- Gayle Forman
(Goodreads included Sherlock, but I am not yet done with it.)
33. If I Stay- Gayle Forman
34. Pure- Julianna Baggott
35. Conversations with God Book 1- Neal Donald Walsch
36. The Age of Miracles- Karen Thompson Walker
37. The Maze Runner- James Dashner

I beat my list by 2 books! Hah! I'm planning to read 40 books for my 2014 challenge. Hmmm. We'll see about that. I'll post my 2014 Reading List soon! =)

Bye folks!
Happy New Year! :)

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Book Review: The Age of Miracles

I finished The Age of Miracles last night. It was beautifully written and I liked it. I can't say it was a light read though, because the "slowing" was scary. =/

Age of Miracles

The way the story was narrated made it easy to understand not only the concepts but also the feelings of Julia (the main character). I can't imagine being her, with all what's happening to earth, and the drama of her everyday life.

It's the first pre-dystopian/ pre-apocalyptic novel I read, so it was refreshing to have an idea of the events that lead to destruction of earth. And unlike what I imagined, it happened gradually. (killing me softly ang peg ni mother earth) 

Also, it's very predictable how people would react to this kind of situation, always on defense. It was sad knowing that no one can really do anything about it. *sigh* At some point, people will just have to accept and wait.

Oh! And let's hope the slowing will not happen. Please, no.

I suggest you read it too! Good book, I promise.


'Kay. That's all for now. Bye folks! =)

Currently Reading: The Maze Runner

I think this will be my last read for 2013. =)

the maze runner

What's yours? =)

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Currently Reading: The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker

Age of Miracles

On the back cover:

The Age of Miracles is an unforgettable story about coming of age during extraordinary times, about people going on with their lives in an era of profound uncertainty.

On a seemingly ordinary Saturday in a California suburb, Julia and her family awake to discover, along with the rest of the world, that the rotation of the earth has suddenly begun to slow. The days and nights grow longer and longer, gravity is affected, the environment is thrown into disarray. Yet as she struggles to navigate an ever- shifting landscape, Julia is also coping with normal disasters of everyday life- the fissures in her family, the loss of friends, the hopeful anguish of love, the bizarre behavior of her grandfather, who, convinced of a government conspiracy, spends his days obsessively cataloging his possessions. As Julia adjusts to the new normal, the slowing inexorably continues.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas folks!

(Photo from last year... Haha!)

Friday, December 20, 2013

NBS Book Signing Events

Wah! I want to attend these two book signing events by National Bookstore! 

On January 18, it will be Gayle Forman, author of If I Stay, Where She Went, Just One Day and Just One Year. =) I read all of them except Where She Went (but I will, soon!).

Just One Day and Just One Year are among my favorite books. The story of Willem and "Lulu" is not just a love story. It is also a story of rediscovering themselves- finding out who they really are, what they want to do, and where they belong. And of course, the two books involved a lot of travelling (Paris!), thus while reading I was also transported to other places. =)

If I Stay... I started this book two or three times (X years ago!) but I only finished it last month. Haha! For me the book is about making decisions- for others and for oneself. For oneself: When Mia almost gave up, I understood that her soul was ready to go, that she was happy to go. She made a decision for herself, not thinking about others. 

For others: Mia did not give up. After her revival, she was able to find reason(s) to keep on living. No matter how painful and lonely life is going to be, she still chose to stay. =)

Okay, on February 22, it will be Mitch Albom. Among his works, I already read Tuesdays with Morrie, Have A Little Faith, For One More Day, and The Time Keeper. There is only one word to describe his works: Inspiring. =)

I still do not have a copy of The First Phone Call from Heaven (Huhu! No money!). But hopefully by January makabili na 'ko.

I really really want to attend these events. No exams on those dates please! =)

Monday, December 9, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko Part 1

December 8: The first part of our library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. =)

"Before" pictures:

 The volunteers (L-R): Kuya Basil, Jaybie, Elaine, Trisha, Trina, Joyce, Cha, Angeli =)

 Nakaka-overwhelm sa dami ang mga libro. Pero hindi lahat ay nagagamit. 'Wag ka meron silang Physiology books, Medical-Surgical Nursing books, Physics books at iba pang college books.

 One of the teachers said that we can remove the books na hindi naman magagamit ng mga bata. =)  Obsolete na rin ang ibang books so kailangan na talagang mapalitan, especially now na may K-12 na.

 Lord of the Flies! Haha!

 Volunteers sorting out books.


We're not yet done though. Haha! Next Sunday (December 15) namin ipagpapatuloy. =)

Again thanks to Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc., Adarna House, and C&E Publishing House for making this project possible! =)

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Sakit ng Kahapon

*poem I wrote X years ago

Alaala ng kahapo’y pumapaimbabaw
Mundo ko’y unti-unting ginugunaw
Bawat sakit muling nararamdaman
Sugat ng alaala muling nararanasan.

Habang sa kawalan, ako’y naka-tanga
Ang iyong mukha pilit inaalala
Nais ibalik ang nagdaang kahapon
Ligaya’t pagmamahalan nais ibangon

Sa aking mga mata, nangingilid ang luha
Dahil alam kong tayo’y tapos na
Isang kahilingang hindi matutupad
Pagmamahalang matagal ng lumipad

Ngayo’y ikaw ay lumisan na
Maligaya na sa piling ng iba
Bakas ng nakaraan, sa iyo’y wala na
Ako’y iniwan, luhaa’t nag-iisa

Sugat ng alaala, sa aki’y tumatanglaw
Sakit ng kahapon, ako’y pinupukaw
Nais makalimot, nais kumawala
Sa bawat kirot na dulot ng alaala

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The List

'Tis the season to make a wish list! Haha!
So, to whom it may concern, here are the things I wish to have this Christmas. Haha!

Harry Potter paperback box set =D

Legend trilogy box set (by Marie Lu)

Matched Trilogy box set (by Ally Condie)

V&M Naturals Wonder Creme BB Cream

V&M Naturals Mineral Primer

And more books:

Through the Ever Night (by Veronica Rossi)

The First Phone Call from Heaven (by Mitch Albom)

(by Michael Grant)

Haha! That's all FOR NOW. =)

(Photos are not mine.)

Saturday, November 30, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko

Good day folks!
I just want to advertise PROPharm's library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. This project is in partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc. and to be implemented this December! =)

On December 8, we will improve the library of Haven for Children. And on the 15th, we will have an outreach program. =)

Thank you to our other sponsors! Adarna House and C&E Publishing House! =D

Monday, November 25, 2013

Shelf Update: NBS Warehouse Sale

So as promised, here are my buys during the Warehouse Sale. =)

I bought these during the Preview Sale, together with children's books for PROPharm's library project. =)

I went back the following day (Haha!) and bought these. I looked for Betrayals (Strange Angels Book 2) but had no luck. I was supposed to buy The Eyre Affair but did not find it. =/

That's it! Haha!

Good day folks!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

National Bookstore Warehouse Sale 2013

Last November 13, I went to National Bookstore Q. Avenue branch to, once again, hoard buy books. The official opening of the event was on November 14, but because I am a Laking National Card holder I got to do my not-so-little shopping a day earlier.

NBS Warehouse sale 2013

Warehouse sale overview
See how beautifully chaotic the place is?

Shopping a day before the official opening was very convenient. The place was not too crowded and with less people, I had less competition with the books. Haha!

Warehouse sale books1

Warehouse sale books2

Warehouse sale books3

As much as I wanted to take pictures of every station, I also wanted sooo much to get on with my shopping. Haha!

I'll post pictures of the books I bought sooooon! =)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

The Very Short Break

What I did during my break? Ha! I read books and watched TV series. =)

I finished the Divergent trilogy, which was very very sad. It was beautiful though- great lessons. And the ending, I cried buckets. *sniff*

I read Horde, the last book in the Razorland series. I love this trilogy- great characters and intense fighting scenes. Although, I find the evolution of the Freaks a little bit weird. And I liked Deuce more in the first two books. But yeah, still love the series! =)

I also read Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell. It was cute, short and an easy read. I actually read this to get over Allegiant. Haha! Something light and will not require me to invest too much emotions. =)

As for TV series, I watched Revenge, Arrow, Once Upon A Time, Pretty Little Liars, The Walking Dead and Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. =)
This is my little place where I watched and read. Haha!


Our classes will start on November 9. =) Hopefully, everything will be okay. =)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko: Adarna House

Mama and I went to Adarna House this morning. 

This is for Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko, a library project of PROPharm in partnership with Coca-Cola Foundation Philippines, Inc.

Well last month, PROPharm won the Coca-Cola Barkadahan Grant Program. Basically, you will propose a project that must be focused on one of the three areas Coke is working on:
  • environmental stewardship
  • education
  • active healthy living
Two of our project proposals won, and one of them is the library project, Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko. =)

I don't intend to head this project, because I know that it'll be stressful given that I also have a regular load in school. But then, books are special to me. I love books so much, and I love reading.

In Aklat Mo, Sagot Ko, we will be improving the library of one of the DSWD centers, Haven for Children. We haven't visited the center yet, but our target will be next week, during our enrollment. =)

So, in a library project, you have to have books, of course! While Coke will provide us with money, we intend to use most of it in the actual improvement of the library and also in our outreach program in December. Therefore I contacted sponsors for books. My first priorities are the publishing houses. A few replied, thankfully! And one of them is Adarna House.

Adarna House responded promptly! I was so happy they agreed to give us 5 small books and 5 big books. =)

Thus, the reason why Mama and I went there earlier, to pick up the book donations. =)

Adarna books were introduced to me when I was still in elementary school. I was one of their sukis at the time. =)

 Childhood! That's what I thought when I saw these small books. =)

 I guess they also conduct story telling here?

Cute right? =)

And here are the donated books...

Can't help it. I browsed through them. Haha!

I'm excited for our library project! Oh, and thank you Adarna House! =)

Book Stop Project: A Pop-up Library