Friday, February 27, 2015

Feature and Follow #5

Hi folks!
Happy Friday!


Feature and Follow Friday 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 question is by Alison.

Your house is burning down and you have time to select three books you own to take with you. What three books?

Choosing three is impossible. And I most definitely will get as much books as I can, if not all of them. Haha! But to answer the question, I will save: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, The Fault in our Stars by John Green and 1984 by George Orwell.

Those three are some of my favorites. And also, I really want to reread them. Haha! Soon though!


 

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How about you? What three books will you save?

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #5

Hi folks!


Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme where we will showcase that one book we can't wait to hit the market!

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cover from Goodreads

Title: The Heir (The Selection #4)
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication details: May 5th 2015 by HarperTeen



Twenty years ago, America Singer entered the Selection and won Prince Maxon’s heart. Now the time has come for Princess Eadlyn to hold a Selection of her own. Eadlyn doesn’t expect her Selection to be anything like her parents’ fairy-tale love story. But as the competition begins, she may discover that finding her own happily ever after isn’t as impossible as she always thought.








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I haven't really read the first three books in the series. Haha! But their covers are all pretty! I've heard mixed reviews about the books and I've been spoiled already. Haha! But I still want to read them. I think they're fun to read, a bit cliche, perhaps, but I think I will still enjoy them. :)

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Bookish Thoughts and Feels #1: My Love of Books

Hi folks!

I just thought of sharing with you guys my love of books.

The current state of my bookshelves
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I can't really remember the title of the book I first read. I do know, however, that I started with reading fairy tales and other children's short stories.

I think what really got me into reading was when I read Nicholas Sparks' A Walk to Remember back in high school. That book left me in tears. After that, I read his other books as well. I then started reading fan fictions and books by other authors like Paulo Coelho, Bob Ong (a Filipino author), and of course, JK Rowling.

I wasn't an avid reader in high school, but I really enjoyed my reading experience. In college, I started devouring books. I was not collecting physical copies then. I was content with ebooks. In 2012, I think, I started buying physical copies. I used to only buy books that I really wanted to read, but then came Warehouse Sales, and so was my hoarding habit. I would read the blurb, and if I liked the book I would put it in my basket. Well, it's not really hoarding because I would only buy five or so at a time, and I didn't (still don't) have much money for books. But my TBR pile is growing nevertheless.

Currently, I am known as a book lover (I believe... Haha!). I read books and review them. I love everything about books, from deciding what to read or what to buy, to reading them, to thinking and talking about them. I love the feel of books, the smell of papers, the sight of them in bookstores. I even love looking at other people's bookshelves on Tumblr. Haha! Books give me happy feelings.

When I read books, it's like I am transported to another world and another time in a different person. I get to experience things I wouldn't experience in the real world. I get to feel things, and learn a lot from the circumstances of the characters. Reading is indeed a wonderful experience.

I love to share my love of books through this blog. And perhaps someday, I would be able to share it through having my own library/ bookstore. Someday. :)

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There folks! My love of books. :)
Have a nice day!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Feature and Follow #4

Hi folks!
Happy Friday!
 
 
Feature and Follow Friday 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 question is submitted by The Realm of Books.
 
Do you like fantasy or realistic books?

Hmmmm... I don't think I have a preference. I enjoy both of them equally. I love to read contemporary and relate to the characters and what they're going through. But I also love to experience other worlds, and get to know different creatures. That's one of the great things about books, you know. You get to experience different worlds, go to adventures, feel all sorts of emotions, without losing yourself in the real world.

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What about you folks? :)

Have a nice day!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Photo Diary: New Pharmacists' Oath-Taking

Hi folks!

Last February 16 was our oath-taking! I am now a licensed pharmacist! Yey!

Here are some photos:

Oath-taking 1

Oath-taking ootd
We were instructed to wear Filipiniana. I decided to go simple and practical. Because, where else would I wear a Filipiniana? Haha!

Oath-taking group pic 1 
Proud Iskolar ng Bayan! :)

Oath-taking group pic 2

PRC ID
I already have my license. Now I need to get a job! You know, because books are expensive. Haha!

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Waiting on Wednesday #4

Hi folks!
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme where we will showcase that one book we can't wait to hit the market!

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cover from Goodreads

Title: The Rest of Us Just Live Here
Author: Patrick Ness
Expected publication: August 27th 2015 by Walker Books

What if you weren’t the Chosen One?

What if you’re not the one who’s so often the hero in YA fiction; who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you were like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend might just be the God of mountain lions...





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Okay. I haven't really read any books of Patrick Ness. (They're on my wish list though! Haha!) But you know, in my mind, I know that he is a very good author. For some reason, I just believe that he is. Haha!

I've heard a lot of good things about The Chaos Walking trilogy, so aside from those books, I felt like I need to read the rest of his books. :)

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Have a nice day folks!



Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Release Day + ARC Review: Jesus, Jihad, and Peace by Michael Youssef

cover from Goodreads

Title: Jesus, Jihad, and Peace: A Prophetic Vision for the Middle East
Author: Michael Youssef
Publication details: February 17th 2015 (TODAY!) by Worthy Publishing (first published October 14th 2014)
Copy: e-ARC through NetGalley

From Net Galley
We live in a world changed forever by 9/11—a world still very dangerous, where Westerners in general, and Christians in particular, remain targets of terrorism. People are wondering: What next? Is there any hope for peace in the world? Or is terror our destiny?

Bible-believing Christians have even more questions: What does the threat of Islamic extremism mean in terms of Bible prophecy? What do today’s turbulent events in Israel, Palestine, Egypt, Syria, Iran, Iraq, and Russia mean in prophetic terms?

Youssef provides answers that are concise, biblically accurate, and targeted on the challenges that confront us in a world that is increasingly fraught with peril. We must seek to understand who is attacking us, how these trends fit into the flow of prophetic history, and how we should respond.



I read God, Just Tell Me What to Do by the same author, and I loved that book! I was inspired and I learned a lot from reading that. Thus, when I saw Jesus, Jihad and Peace on Net Galley, I immediately requested for access.

In his new book, Jesus, Jihad and Peace, the Michael Youssef talks about the difference between Islam and Christianity. Though the subject matter is deep and serious, the discussion in the book was written such that it is easy to understand; and the flow of information was sequenced such that the points are easy to grasp. Starting from a brief background of Islam, the discussion then slowly makes way to the core of Islam faith, quoting the Koran and some statements made by their notable leaders. He then compares Islam with Christianity, emphasizing how different the two are from each other, as well as giving some misconceptions most people have.

Personally, it was kind of scary reading through the book, knowing what's really happening in our world, but I couldn't stop. I wanted to know. I wanted to know how everything is connected. I wanted to know and understand what the Bible says about the subject matter.

I liked the section about the delays and the spiritual battle. I especially loved the appeal in the last chapter- how we can have divine peace through Jesus, and how we can choose to surrender everything to God for us to experience divine peace. I was really inspired by that.

I know that for some people this book will have a negative impact, that some will be offended. But I believe that Michael Youssef wrote this book in good faith. I believe that he wrote this book out of love for the people, both Christians and non-Christians. Let me quote the author's Preface:
"Throughout this book, I have tried to distinguish between Islamic ideology and Muslims as people. I have many dear friends and acquaintances who embrace Islam. While I risk being criticized for my sociological, economic, political, and religious assessments of Islam, my ardent desire is that no one misunderstand my genuine affection and appreciation for Muslim people.


Yet the fact that I, as a Christian, understand Islam to be a false worldview does not mean I look down on Muslim people in any way. On the contrary, I am compelled by my love for Muslim people. I feel a deep burden for them, and I humbly yearn for them to know the fullness of life that comes only through a personal relationship with Jesus Christ."
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I am a Christian. Therefore, everything discussed makes perfect sense to me. If there's anything this book made me, it is that I want to be more ready, to be more Christ-like. Even before I read Jesus, Jihad and Peace, I already believe that the we are in the last days. But this book strengthened my conviction to be a good Christian, to live a life of love.

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Jesus, Jihad, and Peace may have a sensitive subject, especially now that terrorism is making the news all over the world. However, I do recommend this book not only to Christian and to all those wanting the truth about the last days, but most especially to all those wanting peace that surpasses human understanding.



Source: Harvest House

Michael Youssef received theological degrees from Moore College in Australia, Fuller Theological Seminary in California, and a PhD in social anthropology from Emory University. He traveled around the world on behalf of the Haggai Institute, speaking to thousands of leaders. In 1987 he founded The Church of the Apostles in Atlanta, Georgia, which served as a platform for Leading the Way’s international television and radio ministry, where Dr. Youssef is heard daily by millions at home and in over 190 countries (Source: Harvest House).



Monday, February 16, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? #10

Hi folks!
Happy Monday! :)


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

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Since my It's Monday post, I finished reading:

The Dead- Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan

I didn't get much zombie action (Haha!) but I think it was just okay. The relationships between characters were kind of complicated, but were played out well. I don't think I'll be reading the third book soon. Probably next year. Haha!

Jesus, Jihad and Peace by Michael Youssef.

I got an ARC through NetGalley. I'll be posting my review tomorrow, on its release date. :)

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I'm not reading anything as of the moment. But I think I'm going to read one of the ARCs I got through NetGalley. My list is here. Or I will reread Legend by Marie Lu, then proceed with the trilogy. :)

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So... What are you reading folks?

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Stacking the Shelves #7

Hi folks!


Today's StS books are all NetGalley's. Haha!

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 Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

 Rememberers by C. Edward Baldwin

 Skewed by Anne McAneny

 The Accidental Feminist by Courtney Reissig
I want to read this soon because I think it's about feminism in a Christian perspective. :)

The Curse Keepers Collection by Denise Grover Swank

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Most of these are YA and Fantasy. I'm really excited to read all of these and review them for you folks! :)

Have a nice day folks!

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #3

Hi folks!
 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme where we will showcase that one book we can't wait to hit the market!

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cover from Goodreads

Title: P.S. I Still Love You
Author: Jenny Han
Expected Publication: May 26th 2015 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.

She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.

When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I've Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of makes it so amazing.

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Come on folks! You have to be waiting for this one too! No? Okay. If you haven't read To All the Boys I've Loved Before, then go and read it ASAP! I'm serious! :)

I super loved To All the Boys so I really can't wait to read PS I Still Love You. I'm pretty sure there'll be a love triangle. But whatever, I am on TEAM PETER!!! :)

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Wishlist Wednesday #12

Happy Wednesday!
 
 
Wishlist Wednesday is a weekly book blog hop hosted by Pen to Paper, where we will post that one book we can't wait to get off our ever growing wishlist and onto our shelves!

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cover from Goodreads

Title: The Last Letter from Your Lover
Author: Jojo Moyes
Published: July 7th 2011 by Pamela Dorman Books (first published January 10th 2010)


A sophisticated, page-turning double love story spanning forty years-an unforgettable Brief Encounter for our times.

It is 1960. When Jennifer Stirling wakes up in the hospital, she can remember nothing-not the tragic car accident that put her there, not her husband, not even who she is. She feels like a stranger in her own life until she stumbles upon an impassioned letter, signed simply "B", asking her to leave her husband.

Years later, in 2003, a journalist named Ellie discovers the same enigmatic letter in a forgotten file in her newspaper's archives. She becomes obsessed by the story and hopeful that it can resurrect her faltering career. Perhaps if these lovers had a happy ending she will find one to her own complicated love life, too. Ellie's search will rewrite history and help her see the truth about her own modern romance.

A spellbinding, intoxicating love story with a knockout ending, The Last Letter from Your Lover will appeal to the readers who have made One Day and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society bestsellers.

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I've only read Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. And that, folks, left me broken-hearted. I loved that book! (My review here.) I liked the author's writing style so I'm looking forward to reading her other works. Plus, the synopsis of The Last Letter from Your Lover sounds really interesting. :)
 
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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Review: Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean (ARC)

cover from Goodreads
Title: Where the Road Takes Me
Author: Jay McLean
Publication Details: February 10th 2015 (TODAY!) by Skyscape
Copy: e-ARC from NetGalley

Chloe has one plan for the future, and one plan only: the road. She’s made a promise to herself: don’t let anyone in, and don’t let anyone love her. She’s learned the hard way what happens if she breaks her rules. So she’s focused on being invisible and waiting until she can set out on the road—her dream of freedom, at least for a little while.

Blake Hunter is a basketball star who has it all—everything about him looks perfect to those on the other side of his protective walls. He can’t let anyone see the shattered pieces behind the flawless facade or else all his hopes and dreams will disappear.

One dark night throws Chloe and Blake together, changing everything for Blake. For Chloe, nothing changes: she has the road, and she’s focused on it. But when the so-called perfect boy starts to notice the invisible girl, they discover that sometimes with love, no one knows where the road may lead.

When I read the synopsis, I thought that it sounded pretty much the same as other contemporary romance novels. I don't remember why I added this to my reading list, but thankfully, I did. I'm not really a fan of New Adult genre, but I really enjoyed reading this book.

First that got me was the Prologue and this "change" thing I was really curious about. Then came the first two chapters, where Chloe and Blake's chemistry is undeniable. It's just too strong. Haha!

I also liked how Chloe's life is a mystery in the beginning. The first few chapters were told in Blake's POV so like him, I really wanted to know who Chloe really is and what she is dealing with. Chloe's POV in the later chapters did not give much information though. But I liked how her story slowly builds up. Along with hers is the slow unwrapping of Blake's background.

It's crazy thinking what they're experiencing at a very young age, but I loved how strong Chloe and Blake are. Each has their own struggles, but they fight them together. I liked how Chloe is trying to fight her choices, and then commit to change not only for the people she loves, but also for herself. And I liked how Blake is willing to sacrifice for Chloe. Oh, young love! (Haha!)

There are a lot of things going on in this book, not only in the main characters' lives but also the supporting ones. But even so, I did not find it slow and overwhelming. I actually liked how the author also gave focus to the supporting characters. They weren't in-depth but the glimpses were enough to know their stand and to know their love for Chloe and Blake. I just loved their relationship with each other. There's so much love and support. Aaah!

Two other things that inspired me were the red-letter concept and the magnetic quote thing. For me, they emphasized the message of the book more. And it really, really made me want to have my red-letter person/day, my unexpectedly phenomenal one. *sigh* :)

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And folks, I read Where the Road Takes Me in one sitting! I just couldn't stop reading. Given I wasn't too keen on some parts, especially on the last half of the book, due to personal reasons/ principles, but overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was easy to read, the flow was really smooth, and it was really inspiring.

Where the Road Takes Me is not only about love and relationship, but is also about making choices and change. Sometimes, we need someone to have that change we wanted so much to happen. That change, though difficult, is not too bad especially when faced together with the people we love.



from: Goodreads
Jay McLean is the author of the More Series, including More Than This, More Than Her, More Than Him and More Than Forever. She also has two standalones- Where The Road Takes Me and Combative.

Jay is an avid reader, writer, and most of all, procrastinator. When she's not doing any of those things, she can be found running after her two little boys, or devouring some tacky reality TV show.

She writes what she loves to read, which are books that can make her laugh, make her smile, make her hurt, and make her feel (Source: Goodreads).


Monday, February 9, 2015

It's Monday! What are you reading? #9

Hi folks!


It's Monday! What Are You Reading? is a weekly meme hosted by Book Journey.

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I've been a slow reader this past two weeks because I spent too much time on the internet. Ugh! I need to fix that. Anyway, since my last It's Monday post, I finished reading:

 How to Love by Katie Cotugno
I really liked this book. My review here.

 The Thirteenth Tower (ARC) by Sara C. Snider
It's a fantasy read. My review will be up on March! :)

Where the Road Takes Me (ARC) by Jay McLean
I loved this book! My review will be up tomorrow on its release date! :)

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And I'm currently reading:
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan
I previously read two romance novels. Thus, I need some zombie actions to balance things out. Haha!

I'm taking a break from Don't Forget Me Bro because the story can get very sad. Hopefully, I'll finish it this month! :)

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What I plan to read:
I'm hoping to read the Legend trilogy by Marie Lu. I want to have a read-a-thon this week! :)

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That's it folks!
What are your reading plans this week?


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