Sunday, January 31, 2016

News: Book Signing Event: Victoria Aveyard

Hi folks!

Yey! National Book Store will be bringing another author for a book signing event!

(pub mat from National Book Store)

Victoria Aveyard! I haven't read Red Queen and Glass Sword yet, but now that the author's coming, they'll be on top of my TBR. And I'll be reading them very, very soon!

My last book signing event was in September, which didn't really go well. So I'm looking forward to this one! :)

For more details, visit the event's page on Facebook (click here).

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Why I Blog

Blogshorthand for weblog, which means a "a web site on which someone writes about personal opinions, activities, and experiences" (Merriam-Webster).

Over the past years, blogging has been a popular hobby, part-time job, and a full-time career even. Through blogging, people from across the globe connected and shared ideas, knowledge and experiences. The boom of internet and social media made blogging more acceptable, accessible and fun. There are a lot of tutorials and tips for those who want to start a blog, and a number of blog post ideas for a wide variety of categories.

People have their own reasons why they blog. And for this post, I want to share with you folks the reason why I blog, specifically book blog.

Just a brief background, I started my first blog in 2008. That was a personal blog which evolved into a fashion/beauty blog. I deleted it in 2013 because while I still appreciate fashion and beauty posts, I don't think being a fashion/beauty/lifestyle blogger is for me. That requires a lot of social and PR skills which I don't 100% have. Plus, I just don't have the time to think about my outfits and do outfit posts, etc. That requires a lot of effort and time.

In October 2013, I started this blog (Moments in Life, then) as, again, a personal blog. Later on, I decided to turn it into a book blog and changed the name to One Page at a Time. Why? Mainly and simply because I love books and reading.


Reading books has been one of my comforts during stressful times, i.e. school. Back then, I binge read during school breaks, those late-at-nights-until-morning book-fest, and researching and buying a lot of books. Of course, that changed when I got busier, but in general, reading makes me feel better.

I started rambling about the books I read and those I want to read, thus the birth of my book blog. So yes, I blog to share- share my love for books, share my thoughts about them, share my passion for reading.

My blog is an outlet for my bookish thoughts and feels. I also made new acquaintances and friends because of book blogging. And folks, the bookish community of this blogging world is very friendly and welcoming.

Book blogging can be quite tedious at times, but what's important is that I enjoy what I'm doing. Book blogging, in my opinion, requires passion and dedication. I don't really blog for money (though that would be seriously nice). I blog for fun and sole sake of sharing my love for books and reading. And that, for me, is enough.

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How about you folks? Do you have a blog? Why do you blog? Share your thoughts. 😊

Monday, January 25, 2016

Hunger by Michael Grant: Book Review

Title: Hunger
Author: Michael Grant
Series: Gone #2
Publication Details: May 26th 2009 by Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young adult, science fiction
Copy: Paperback bought from National Book Store


It's been three months since everyone under the age of fifteen became trapped in the bubble known as the FAYZ.

Three months since all the adults disappeared. GONE.

Food ran out weeks ago. Everyone is starving, but no one wants to figure out a solution. And each day, more and more kids are evolving, developing supernatural abilities that set them apart from the kids without powers. Tension rises and chaos is descending upon the town. It's the normal kids against the mutants. Each kid is out for himself, and even the good ones turn murderous.

But a larger problem looms. The Darkness, a sinister creature that has lived buried deep in the hills, begins calling to some of the teens in the FAYZ. Calling to them, guiding them, manipulating them.

The Darkness has awakened. And it is hungry. (Goodreads)

It took me a while to finish this one because I had a busy December. But finally, I finished reading Hunger, and folks it was good!

Plot
The beginning gives a picture of how it's like in The Fayz- kids getting hungry, crazy, desperate, and that thing in the cave, the gaiaphage, slowly gaining power. Though there's seem to be no action happening in the first few chapters, Hunger still gave a thrilling and an interesting reading experience as some answers to the mystery of The Fayz were given and the characters were explored deeper.

Hunger also shows more sides to The Fayz life, giving me more feel of the world they're living in. I liked how it reflects life in the real world, how very mundane and seemingly lifeless it can be to some, and adventurous and colorful to others.

Towards the end comes the action part. It becomes fast-paced, and quite overwhelming. I liked the switch of events from what seem like an "ordinary" day to a life-"more death" situation. I couldn't put the book down, and just had to finish reading though I was in the bus with a very poor lighting. Haha!

Characters
I was amazed and shocked at how these kids can be violent during desperate times. While reading, I saw their struggle in choosing between good and bad, and in striving to fight and stay alive and positive.

In Hunger, the main characters were explored deeper and more secondary ones were introduced. I am looking forward to reading more of them, and to knowing how they will try to stay alive and sane.

And if there's one thing I learned from reading Michael Grant's other works, it's that do not get too attached to any characters. Because you will never know what will happen to them. Yeah.

Writing
As the book is written in a multi-perspective style, different POVs were seen and a wider picture of the world they're living in was given. There's a lot going on, but even so the events are easy to follow.

And just like what I've said in my previous reviews of the author's books, I really like Michael Grant's style of writing. I would definitely read any of his books. :)

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My rating is .5 short only because I did not feel to binge read the first few chapters. But overall, Hunger is an entertaining, still gripping read with refreshing plot elements and interesting characters. I definitely recommend this second book in the Gone series, especially if you're a fan of sci-fi, adventure.

PS: My review of Gone is here.




ph source: guardian.co.uk
Michael Grant has spent much of his life on the move. Raised in a military family in the USA, he attended ten schools in five states, as well as three schools in France. Even as an adult he kept moving, and in fact he became a writer in part because it was one of the few jobs that wouldn't tie him down. His dream is to spend a whole year circumnavigating the globe and visiting every continent. Even Antarctica. He lives in Marin Country, California, with his wife, Katherine Applegate, their two children, and far too many pets (Source: BZRK back cover).



Sunday, January 17, 2016

We Go Together by Carla de Guzman: ARC Review

Title: We Go Together
Author: Carla de Guzman
Publication Details: January 19th 2016 by Midnight Books
Copy: PDF (free from the author)

What happened to Beatrice and Benedick?

They used to be in love. They used to be together. But something got in the way and it's turned them into angry, bitter rivals that can't get along, much less work together on a project that could change everything for Bea and Claudia's little paper company.

Bea isn't going to let Ben ruin her mood. Ben isn't backing down from Bea's barbs without a fight. But why is Claudia telling Hiro that Bea is head-over-heels in love with Ben? Why is Hiro convinced that Ben is in love with Bea?

Set in Washington DC, this book is a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing.




I haven't (hides self) read/seen Much Ado About Nothing yet so my review comes from a different perspective.

Plot
We Go Together is a very short read with around 70 pages, but even so, I was able to enjoy my reading experience. It was an easy and light read.

I liked that the beginning put a lot of questions in my mind. I was intrigued about what happened between Bea and Ben.. And as the story progresses, there came answers through snippets from their past. Though not fully, I was able to understand their circumstances.

The turn of events and realizations are quite hurried, making some plot elements unrealistic, especially the love realization part. I think I would have accepted it more if I know more about Bea and Ben's past. Or perhaps if I have seen Much Ado About Nothing? Hihi.

But nevertheless, We Go Together is a cute and entertaining read. Despite it being short, there's still resolution between the main characters. And most of all, it made me want to read and watch Much Ado About Nothing.

Characters
I was not able to get in depth with the characters so I did not relate to them very much. Though, I liked that both of the main characters' perspectives were given, making me somehow understand their cases.

Another thing that made it hard for me to connect especially to Bea was the snarky comments. I liked that Bea is a three-dimensional character, but I'm just not into snarky, sassy comments. Ben is the more reasonable between the two, so he's okay to me. :)

As for the secondary characters, I especially liked Leo. He's such a sweet brother to Claudia. Don, Ben and Hiro's colleague, on the other hand, is a douche. I don't know his game. And I don't like him. Haha!

Writing
I have read two works of the author before, and I can say that she has a signature style of writing. Her style of writing is descriptive, and easy to read. I was able to picture the settings and scenes in my mind, and was able to follow the flow of events. The third person perspective, multiple POVs also helped me understand the characters.

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Overall, We Go Together is a fun and short read. If you have seen Much Ado About Nothing, maybe you would understand the characters more. Haha! As for me with no background, this book made me want to do some research, and perhaps, reread We Go Together after.





Carla de Guzman (ck.deguzman@gmail.com) had horrible handwriting as a kid. That didn't stop her from writing, though. Riddled with too much energy and a vivid imagination, she started writing every midnight. She grew up with her toes in the sand and her bags packed and ready to go on adventures. These books are chronicles of her journeys, with a silly love story mixed in.

When she’s not sitting in a plane or working, Carla writes for her blog, Some Midnights, Modern Filipina and for When in Manila.






Disclaimer: I got a free copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, January 14, 2016

The Gift by Cecelia Ahern: Book Review


Title: The Gift
Author: Cecelia Ahern
Publication Details: 2009 by Harper Collins
Copy: Paperback bought from Booksale

Extremely successful executive, Lou Suffern is always overstretched, immune to the holiday spirit that delights everyone around him. The classic workaholic who never has a moment to spare, he is always multitasking while shortchanging his devoted wife and their adorable children. And ever since he started competing for a big promotion, he has barely seen his family at all.

One frigid morning in an uncharacteristic burst of generosity, he buys a cup of coffee for Gabe, a homeless man huddled outside his office building. Inspired by his own unexpected act of kindness, Lou decides to prolong his charitable streak and contrives to get Gabe a job in his company's mailroom. But when Gabe begins to meddle in Lou's life, the helping hand appears to be a serious mistake. Gabe seems to know more about Lou than Lou does about himself, and, perhaps more disturbingly, Gabe always seems to be in two places at once.

With Lou's personal and professional fates at important crossroads and Christmas looming, Gabe resorts to some unorthodox methods to show his stubborn patron what truly matters and how precious the gift of time is. But can he help him fix what's broken before it's too late? (Goodreads)

I have read a few of Cecelia Ahern's books. And once again, she did not fail to deliver an inspiring story.

Plot
Stories about time aren't really new but it's always nice to be reminded of its importance once in a while. The Gift revolves around this topic, including priorities, relationships and second chances. And like many other books I've read about such topics, it left me inspired and reminded that life is more than what we do for a living.

What made my reading more interesting was this one element injected to the story that made it quite unique (well, at least for me). There's a "weirdness" factor to it, but in a good way, a Cecelia Ahern signature. I liked how it was woven into the plot, creating a refreshing twist to the typical lesson of time. (For those who have read The Gift, can you understand what I'm talking about? Haha!)

I liked how the events are relevant to the main's (Lou) character development. The story is told in 2 time frames- the present and the past (leading to the present time). Though each time frame focuses on different characters, I liked how they are all connected, and how Lou's story influenced the others.

I was able to predict the ending, but nevertheless, it still touched my heart. I liked the resolution of Lou's story in the end, of how he came to realize the value of time.( Although, a different ending would have been more than okay.) I still have questions especially regarding the secondary characters, but other than that I think the author did a good job in reminding readers the importance of time.

Characters
Lou, the main character, is hardworking, workaholic, always busy and ambitious. He's not really likeable but understandable in a way. What I don't like about him is his "hunger" to be always on top, to be in competition with someone, and his disregard for his family. His character development was a bit too sudden for me. But for a short, stand-alone, I guess that's quite okay.

As for Gabe, he's still a mystery to me. He played a big part in Lou's character development, though there were times that I don't understand and like him.

Among the secondary characters, I especially like Lou's wife- Ruth. Her character was not explored well, but I think she is worth mentioning here. She must love Lou very much for her to stay. I admire her love, patience and loyalty. Despite Lou's reputation, she forgave him and did not give up.

Writing
Written in an omniscient, third person perspective, I was able to put myself into the story, and understand what the author is trying to tell. The flow of the story is smooth; and I liked how the two time frames are connected.

Cecelia Ahern has her way with words that made my reading light and enjoyable. She has a signature style in writing which includes weird, magical things happening in her characters' lives. But in a good way folks. :)
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Overall, The Gift is a good read. An inspiring story about family, priorities and second chances, I recommend reading this book especially if you're quite bombarded with work and you're quickly losing time.



"You said there was a lesson - what was the lesson?"... "Appreciating your loved ones," "Acknowledging all the special people in your life. Concentrating on what's important"

"You can never earn more time. Once an hour goes by, a week, a month, a year, you'll never get them back."

"Time can't be given. But it can be shared."


Cecelia Ahern was born on September 30, 1981 in Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the former Irish Taoiseach Bertie Ahern. On 14th December 2009 it was announced that Cecelia had given birth to her first child with partner David Keoghan, a girl named Robin. She was secretly married on 11 June 2010 in County Kildare, Ireland. Cecelia was a member of the Irish pop group Shimma who finished third in the Irish national for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2000. She attended Griffith College Dublin and obtained a degree in Journalism and Media Communications.

Cecelia Ahern wrote her first novel, PS. I Love You when she was twenty-one. The book was adapted as a motion picture directed by Richard LaGravenese and starring Hilary Swank and Gerard Butler and released in 2007 in the United States.

Her second book, Where Rainbows End (US title: Love, Rosie or Rosie Dunne) won the German CORINE Award in 2005. She contributed with short stories to charity books and is also the co-creator and producer of the ABC comedy Samantha Who?.

Her other works include If You Could See Me Now (US title: A Silver Lining), A Place Called Here (US title: There's No Place Like Here) Thanks for the Memories (US title: Desire Lines) The Gift The Book of Tomorrow. (Goodreads)


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Pile Be Gone #3: January Reading List

Hi folks!

It may seem that this challenge of mine is fruitless, because I've been a slow reader this past couple of months. But hey, there's no harm in trying! :)

For this month, I want to finish two books that I started reading in December- Hunger by Michael Grant and The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.



I will also have an ARC review of We Go Together by Carla de Guzman (a Filipino author, yey!) on the 16th, so I'll have to read that later this week or early next week. :)



For my other physical copies, I want to read The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon and The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. My only concern in reading The 5th Wave is that I still do not have a copy of The Infinite Sea, the second book. So, I might break my ban for that one. Hihi. But we'll see. :)



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I think that's it for my TBR this January! Fingers crossed that I'll be able to finish them all.

Have a nice day folks!



(book covers ph source: Goodreads)

Saturday, January 2, 2016

2016 Reading Goal and Blogging Plans

Hi folks!
Happy 2016! I hope you had a good start!

As book nerds, it's normal that we set reading goals for the year. So, let me start my 2016 by setting 50 books to read. I am not sure if that's achievable since I don't know how busy I'll get during the year. We'll see. :)

I am also planning to tackle my physical TBR pile this year through my Pile Be Gone challenge. I don't have much progress last year. Haha! Hopefully, I'll read almost half of the pile. *fingers crossed* It's difficult to set a genre to read mostly about since I'm a mood reader. But I'm hoping to read more classics and literary fictions this 2016. (And that Sherlock Holmes that's been sitting on my shelf for ~3 years)

As for blogging, uhm. I will do my best to post regularly with reviews and discussion posts. I also started a new bookstagram account (here), so maybe I can do a weekly recap of my week bookwise through IG pictures? Again, we'll see. :)

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I think that's all for my 2016 goals and plans. How about you folks? Any plans?

Cheers to a happy, productive 2016!

Friday, January 1, 2016

2015: A Year of Many Beginnings

My 2015 was a year of challenges and opportunities- a year of answered prayers, a year of many beginnings.

Career
I became a licensed pharmacist last January. A few days after taking the licensure exam, results were immediately out and the agony of waiting was finally over. I was grateful and very happy because I felt like my life would finally be moving forward.

March was when I got my first full-time job. (I had a part-time job before the licensure exam.) Four months passed and I was promoted to be an associate editor. God is indeed full of surprises and blessings.

December was the end of my probationary period. And finally, I am a regular employee.

Ministry
I started teaching in Sunday School last 2014. But it was in 2015 that I became dedicated. I still have rooms for improvements but I'm willing to learn and improve, all for God's glory.

Hopefully, this 2016, I will be able to touch more lives and be bolder in proclaiming His Word.

People
To tell you the truth, I am not a very social person. I tend to drift off, to be silent and be alone. 2015, though, brought new people in my life- my work friends whom I shared memorable moments with. They make my working hours lighter and entertaining. Indeed, I am grateful for them.

And, I feel like I need to mention him, BPI guy. I still don't know his name. And I don't see him anymore, but he made my 2015 happy and hopeful. He may not be the one, but I'm thankful he graced my year.

Experiences
Three adventures in one year. For someone who prefers to be home, that is something. Subic, Ilocos, and Tali Beach. I will surely treasure the memories.

This 2016, I am not sure how things will go but hopefully I will be able to travel more.

And all the little moments of doubt, silence, surprise and happiness. Moments with strangers, acquaintances, friends and family. They all made my year wonderful. I have learned a lot of life lessons that I will surely apply to 2016. And I am thankful to God for being with me and showering me with blessings.

2015 was a year of many good beginnings. I pray that 2016 will be a year of progress.

Happy 2016 folks!