Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015 Goodreads Reading Challenge


Hi folks!

2015 had been a slow one for my reading challenge, and reading in general. I first set my goal to 70 books thinking that I would have more time to read. Then in the middle of the year, I lowered it to 50 because I got busy. I thought I would be completing my challenge, but nope. Life got busier. Haha!

But anyway, I still had a fun, amazing 2015! And book-wise, here are the books I read.


Push by Eve Silver (4 stars)
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys (5 stars)
Gone by Michael Grant (5 stars)
Paper Planes Back Home by Tara Frejas (4.5 stars)
The Servant Leader by Ken Blanchard and Phil Hodges (not reviewed)
Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerrra (4 stars)
The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde (4.5 stars)
Quanta by Lola Dodge (4 stars)
The One by Kiera Cass (trilogy review)
The Elite by Kiera Cass (trilogy review)
Reboot by Amy Tintera (4 stars, not reviewed)
One Fling to Rule Them All by Deanna Dee (4 stars)
What You Left Behind by Jessica Verdi (4 stars)
The Selection by Kiera Cass (trilogy review)
The Compass by Tammy Kling and John Spencer Ellis (4 stars)
Everything You and I Could Have Been If We Weren't You and I by Albert Espinosa (4.5 stars)
Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee (3 stars, not reviewed)
These are the Moments by Jenny Bravo (4.5 stars)
Don't Tell Me I Can't Do It! by Dr. Erika Miller (4 stars)
Marry Me, Charlotte B! by Carla de Guzman (4 stars)
Missing Era: The Emergence by A.O. Khalil (4 stars)
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley (4.5 stars)
Cursed by Fire by Danielle Annett (3.5 stars)
Undertow by Michael Buckley (3.5 stars)
The Labyrinth Wall by Emilyann Girdner (4 stars)
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (5 stars)
Rot & Ruin (Graphic Novel) by Jonathan Maberry (3 stars, not reviewed)
Cities by Carla de Guzman (5 stars)
The Dead-Tossed Waves by Carrie Ryan (3 stars, not reviewed)
Jesus, Jihad and Peace by Michael Youssef (5 stars)
Where the Road Takes Me by Jay McLean (5 stars)
The Thirteenth Tower by Sara C. Snider (3.5 stars)
How to Love by Katie Cotugno (4.5 stars)
The Here and Now by Ann Brashares (3.5 stars)

34 books in total! Currently, I am reading Hunger by Michael Grant and The Gift by Cecelia Ahern. My original plan was to finish them before January. But I don't think that's happening. Haha! I am still busy with other things. But, I am almost finished with them- a few more chapters to go.

Anyway, that's all for my 2015 Goodreads challenge. For the 2016 challenge, I will still set my goal to 50 books, and just hope for the best. I will try to manage my time more and plan things ahead, especially with my blog posts. :)

How about you folks? Did you complete your challenge? How many book did you read? And how many books will be in your challenge this 2016?

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Have a nice day!
And happy 2016!

Saturday, December 12, 2015

Push (The Game #2) by Eve Silver: Book Review

Title: Push (The Game #2)
Author: Eve Silver
Publication Details: June 10th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books
Copy: eBook (ePub format)

Miki Jones lives her life by her own strict set of rules, to keep control, to keep the gray fog of grief at bay. Then she’s pulled into the Game, where she - and her team - will die unless she follows a new set of rules: those set by the mysterious Committee.

But rules don’t mean answers, and without answers, it’s hard to trust. People are dying. The rules are unraveling. And Miki knows she’s being watched, uncertain if it’s the Drau or someone - something - else. Forced to make impossible choices and battling to save those she loves, Miki begins to see the Committee in a glaring new light.

And then the Game crosses a new boundary, pushes harder into Miki’s and her friends’ lives, and there’s nothing in the rules that can save them now.

Push is the sequel Rush fans will be screaming for.



After a very long time, I finally managed to read Push, the second book from The Game trilogy. :)

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Plot
Since Rush (the first book) ended with a cliffhanger, I was quite eager to know how things will go. My memory of the first book is a bit rusty. Good thing though, I enjoyed reading Push even though it's been more than a year since I read Rush.

Plot-wise, Push is more action-packed and fast-paced. I liked how the events blend in together, creating a gripping story. No dragging part unlike in the first book. And there are more information about the Game and the Committee, thus I was able to get into the story further.

I also liked how the story equally focuses on the reality part, the life of the characters outside the Game. It helped Miki, the main character, with her development and in setting her stand in the two worlds she's living in.

What put me off a teeny bit were the cliche parts. The first book was a refreshing read but this one turned out to be predictable, especially the revelation in the end. But other than that, Push is an entertaining read.

Characters
Miki is more put together in Push. She still has struggles but I liked how she fights not only for herself but also for the people she loves. Her relationships with the secondary characters are given more emphasis in the book. I also liked how, despite being in the Game for quite a while, Miki's character development is not too sudden. These made Miki more relatable and her story line believable.

As for the other characters, I couldn't remember them well from the first book (Haha!) but I still liked all of them nevertheless.

Writing
The writing style of the author is okay. I liked how I enjoyed Rush and how easy it was to get back to the flow of things despite reading the first book more than a year ago.

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Overall, Rush is a good read. And I'm definitely looking forward to reading the third book, Crash.



PS: My review of Rush is here. :)


National bestselling author Eve Silver has been praised for her “edgy, steamy, action-packed” books, darkly sexy heroes and take-charge heroines. Her work has garnered starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Quill and Quire, two RT Book Reviews Reviewers’ Choice Awards, Library Journal’s Best Genre Fiction Award, and she was nominated for the Romance Writers of America® RITA® Award. The first book in Eve’s new teen series, THE GAME: RUSH, is available now. Watch for PUSH, coming from Katherine Tegen Books, June 2014.


Eve lives with her husband, two sons, an energetic Airedale terrier and an exuberant border collie/shepherd. (Source: Goodreads)



Friday, December 11, 2015

Feature & Follow #25: Non-Bookish Site


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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Hi folks!

This week's question is suggested by Cornerfolds:

What's your favorite non-bookish website hangout?

Hmmmm. Excluding Tumblr, YouTube, Twitter and Facebook (since they have bookish community), I'd say Pinterest and Look Book. I visit them for fashion and make-up inspirations. I also visit fashion and beauty blogs. :)

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How about you folks?

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Pile Be Gone #2: Christmas Reading List

I know I'm bad with reading goals. But you know what folks? This girl has got to try. Haha! Last month, I only managed to read 2 books out of 5. I know. I was busy. -_- This December, I will again try to read 5 books. *fingers crossed* Haha! They are...


The Gift by Cecelia Ahern
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
Hunger by Michael Grant
Push by Eve Silver (e-book)
The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

I want to read My True Love Gave to Me (by a bunch of authors and edited by Stephanie Perkins). However, I'm in a book buying ban, so it's not going to happen, for now at least. :)

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That's all folks!
What are you planning to read this Christmas season?

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

What Happened: November 2015

Hi folks!

Happy December! Christmas is in the air! And I have to update my wishlist! Haha! Anyway, on to my recap.


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From my reading list, I only managed to read 2 books. Haha!

Books I Read:
Gone by Michael Grant
Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys

I am currently reading Hunger by Michael Grant. :)

Reviews Posted:

Photo Diary:



Book Haul:


Others:

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Outside my blogging and reading world...
November 14- Team building with office mates at Ten Cents to Heaven, Tanay, Rizal

November 28-30- Ilocos tour with friends/workmates! It was such a nice and fun experience minus the problems we had with the tour agency (ahem, Travel Galore)!

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That's all for my recap!
How's your November?