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:

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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!

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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!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

38th Manila International Book Fair: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

Last September 13-17, the 38th Manila International Book Fair was held at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia. I've been anticipating this annual book fair! And I was able to visit three times! Haha! 😁

For this year's book fair, they have extended and utilized the second floor halls of the SMX Convention. The second floor housed children's books and other non-books booths. Hence, the first floor housed adult books (fiction and non-fiction), some YA novels, references, Christian and other spiritual books.

I did not take much photos because I think they just look the same every year. But here's a very short photo diary:

Sunday, October 1, 2017

Book Haul #21: Collective BOOKSALE Haul

Hi folks!

Since my college days, I've been frequenting BOOKSALE to detox myself. Seeing their stacks of books- aaah, it just relaxes me. Whenever I go to one of their branches, I don't really have the intention to buy anything, but sometimes I walk out with one book or two. You just never know when you'll find a treasure there! 😍

BOOKSALE is one of the big bookstores here in the Philippines. They house mostly used books, thus they offer them at very low prices. So you see? It's quite impossible to walk out of the store without buying. 😁

For this post, I want to share with you folks the books I bought in BOOKSALE over the years, and two recent purchases from the store!


Sunday, September 24, 2017

Illuminae (Illuminae #1) by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff: Book Review

Title: Illuminae
Authors: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Series: Illuminae #1
Publication details: October 20th 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
Genre: Science fiction, young adult


This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do. This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet's AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it's clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she'd never speak to again.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

What Happened: June-August 2017

I know, I know. I was not able to post as much. And you already know my reason right? 😁

Life happened.

But anyway, I did manage to read one book in June, and I was able to read-a-thon four books from end of July to August. How's that? The 'reading hunger' has awakened and I couldn't stop.

Books Read:


Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan - ⭐⭐⭐
Graceling by Kristin Cashore - ⭐⭐⭐⭐
An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff - ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5
Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth - ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Blog Posts:

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For September, I'll have bookish events/posts lined up plus two of my pending book reviews. Hopefully, I'll be able to write them soon. Haha!

And also, the biggest book fair in the Philippines, the 38th Manila International Book Fair, will be held on September 13-17 at the SMX Convention Center, Mall of Asia! I am so excited! Though I have to limit my budget this year, I am still looking forward to seeing fellow readers and book lovers! 😁

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That's all folks for my wrap-up!
How's life?

Have a nice day!

Sunday, August 27, 2017

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review

Title: An Ember in the Ashes
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #1
Pubication details: April 28th 2015 by Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy, young adult


Laia is a slave. Elias is a soldier. Neither is free.

Under the Martial Empire, defiance is met with death. Those who do not vow their blood and bodies to the Emperor risk the execution of their loved ones and the destruction of all they hold dear.

It is in this brutal world, inspired by ancient Rome, that Laia lives with her grandparents and older brother. The family ekes out an existence in the Empire’s impoverished backstreets. They do not challenge the Empire. They’ve seen what happens to those who do.

But when Laia’s brother is arrested for treason, Laia is forced to make a decision. In exchange for help from rebels who promise to rescue her brother, she will risk her life to spy for them from within the Empire’s greatest military academy.

There, Laia meets Elias, the school’s finest soldier—and secretly, its most unwilling. Elias wants only to be free of the tyranny he’s being trained to enforce. He and Laia will soon realize that their destinies are intertwined—and that their choices will change the fate of the Empire itself (from Goodreads).

A page-turning read about risks, bravery and loyalty.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Graceling by Kristin Cashore: Book Review

Title: Graceling
Author: Kristin Cashore
Series: Graceling Realm #1
Publication Details: September 7th 2009 by Graphia (first published October 1st 2008)
Genre: Fantasy, young adult


A deadly grace. Katsa has been able to kill a man with her bare hands since she was eight- she's a Graceling, one of the rare people in her land born with an extreme skill. As niece of the king, she should be able to live a life of privilege, but Graces as she is with killing, she is forced to work as the king's thug.

When she first meets Prince Po, Graced with combat skills, Katsa has no hint of how her life is about to change.

She never expects to become Po's friend.

She never expects to learn a new truth about her own Grace--or about a terrible secret that lies hidden far away...

(from Goodreads)

A gripping, adventurous story about identity and embracing one's strengths and weaknesses.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Daughter of Deep Silence by Carrie Ryan: Book Review

Title: Daughter of Deep Silence
Author: Carrie Ryan
Publication Details: July 12th 2016 by Speak (first published May 26th 2015)
Genre: Young adult, contemporary, thriller, mystery


Monday, June 12, 2017

The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel: Book Review

Title: The Case for Christ: A Journalist's Personal Investigation of the Evidence for Jesus
Author: Lee Strobel
Publication Details: August 30th 1998 by Zondervan (first published 1988)
Genre: Non-fiction, Christian


Saturday, June 3, 2017

What Happened: April and May 2017

Uhmmm, hi folks! I'm still here! Still alive. 😁

I was not able to post my wrap-up for April because (let's say it together) I've been busy. *applause*

I had a good reading month in April. I read 3 books! However, May was a total bleh. I tried reading a couple of books but I just couldn't get into it. Thus, I was not able to read in May. I did attend a bookish event though- Dia Del Libro 2017.

Here's a quick recap:

Books Read:


The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
By The River Piedra, I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho- a reread, ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Read this three during my April Holy Week Read-a-thon.

Blog Posts:

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I think that's all for my April and May! Haha! I know, reading-wise, I was not able to accomplish much. But I've had 3 out-of-town trips and did museum-hopping w/ friends in those two months! I will post photo diaries on my personal blog- Protected and Loved.

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Have a nice day folks! 😁

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Book Haul #20: Book Stop Project Haul

Finally folks! Here's another book haul from The Book Stop Project, plus two other books I bought in April.

As per my previous post, The Book Stop Project is a pop-up library where you can borrow or exchange books. I got the following: 😁


Sunday, May 14, 2017

Book Stop Project: A Pop-up Library

Hi folks!

Whew! Long time no post eh?

Today I want to share with you guys an interesting library we have here in the Philippines- The Book Stop Project.

The Book Stop Project is a pop-up library by WTA Architecture and Design Studio, which aims to promote reading and sharing of ideas among people, especially in today's generation where technology competes with the traditional way of interacting and reading.

While a pop-up library is not really a unique concept, it is quite unheard of in the PH. Kudos to WTA for introducing it here! It will surely change the way Filipinos commonly perceive libraries.

For more information, you can visit The Book Stop Philippines page here.

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Sunday, April 23, 2017

Dia Del Libro 2017: Photo Diary

April 23 is World Book Day! To celebrate here in the Philippines, Instituto Cervantes de Manila, together with other partner organizations, publishers and bookstores, held a one-day book fair. The event was held yesterday, April 22, in Ayala Triangle, Makati.

This was my second World Book Day book fair! And it felt good to see fellow book lovers meet for such an event.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Books That Made Me Cry: Book Recommendations

Hi folks!

I have another book recommendations for you, and this time they are those books that made me cry- from shedding a tear or two to the ugly kind of cry. Haha!

I am only going to list 10 books (because I cannot really remember all of them), and add a little description, keywords/quotes below so as to give you ideas why it made me cry without spoiling the plot. I will also include a rating, with 5 crying emojis being the ugliest cry I ever had.

Let's begin, shall we? In no particular order...

1. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak


Friday, April 7, 2017

What Happened: March 2017

Hi folks!

My birthday month was quite rough. I had been busy. Plus, I had some personal (emotional) issues. But with God's help, I know I will make it through. I'll be 100% fine eventually. 😀 I did learn a lot though, and I was reminded of some things. 😀

But this is my book blog, so let's talk about my month in books and blog. 😉

For the month of March, I was able to read 3 books! Yey!

Books Read:
Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer
Zero Day by Jan Gangsei
Shadow and Bone (The Grisha Trilogy #1) by Leigh Bardugo


Book Reviews:

Other Posts:

Aside from the two books in my haul post, I actually bought another book: Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann. When I saw this on the shelves, I immediately grabbed it (I may or may not have gasped aloud. Haha!). I've been wanting to re-read this book! And I will very soon! 😀


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That's all folks for my March wrap-up. I know my April will be another busy month, but I'll be okay. 😊 As for my 'personal issue', I know I will be okay in that area too. ☝

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How was your March folks?

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Pile Be Gone #8: Holy Week Reads

Hi folks!

Happy April! The Holy Week is on April 10-16. I don't know in your part of the world but here in the Philippines, that week is a declared holiday, usually starting Maundy Thursday.

And since it's the commemoration of the passion of Jesus Christ on the Cross (and I will just be at home), I'm planning to have a reading marathon. 

I'll be reading the following books:


Yep folks, I'll have some serious reading.☺


The Case for Christ by Lee Strobel
The Passion of Jesus Christ by John Piper (I've already started reading this one.)


Now for these two, I've been wanting to reread them for a while now. So I better get on with it.☺
Random Acts of Heroic Love by Danny Scheinmann
By the River Piedra I Sat Down and Wept by Paulo Coelho

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Hmmm. That's all folks. I'm not really sure if I will be able to finish all of them by Easter Sunday. Haha! But I will do my best.

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What are your to-read this April?

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei: Book Review

Title: Zero Day
Author: Jan Gangsei
Publication Details: January 12th 2016 by Disney-Hyperion
Genre: Young adult, mystery, thriller, contemporary



Eight years ago, Addie Webster was the victim of the most notorious kidnapping of the decade. Addie vanished—and her high-profile parents were forced to move on.

Mark Webster is now president of the United States, fighting to keep the Oval Office after a tumultuous first term. Then, the unthinkable happens: the president’s daughter resurfaces. Addie is brought back into her family’s fold…but who is this sixteen-year-old girl with a quiet, burning intelligence now living in the White House? There are those in the administration who find her timely return suspicious.

When a national security advisor approaches Darrow Fergusson, Addie’s childhood best friend and the son of the president’s chief of staff, he doesn’t know what to think. How could the girl he’s missed for all these years be a threat to the United States? Still, at the risk of having his own secrets exposed, Darrow agrees to spy on Addie.

He soon realizes that his old friend is much more than the traumatized victim of a political fringe group. Addie has come with a mission… but will she choose to complete it?

A short yet thrilling read.

One bookstore-browsing day, I came across Zero Day, read its synopsis and found it really intriguing. I had been wanting a short, thriller, contemporary read so I bought this stand-alone.

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Book Haul #19: Birthday Month Book Haul

For a birthday month book haul, I know mine's quite small. lol But I really am trying to control my book buying habit so I only bought the ones in my priority list. :)

Nonetheless, I am happy with my book haul and I can't wait to read/reread them!

Monday, March 20, 2017

Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer: Book Review

Title: Life As We Knew It
Series: Last Survivors #1
Author: Susan Beth Pfeffer
Publication Details: October 1st 2006 by HMH Books for Young Readers



Miranda’s disbelief turns to fear in a split second when a meteor knocks the moon closer to the earth. How should her family prepare for the future when worldwide tsunamis wipe out the coasts, earthquakes rock the continents, and volcanic ash blocks out the sun? As summer turns to Arctic winter, Miranda, her two brothers, and their mother retreat to the unexpected safe haven of their sunroom, where they subsist on stockpiled food and limited water in the warmth of a wood-burning stove.

A story of struggle and hope in an unexpectedly changed world.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Gift Guide for Book Lovers

Okay, folks. Book lovers are very easy to give gifts to. But just in case you're having a hard time giving gifts to a particular someone who is a book lover, let me help you.

BOOKS
Let me start with the obvious. Books. Because seriously. Haha! I am pretty sure that all book lovers have their own wishlist, so you can just ask for/check their lists. 😊


If you're still having a difficult time choosing what book, we have gift cards folks. Gift cards.

Book lamp
For late night-reading. We like to extend our reading hours, so this is very helpful.

Bookmarks
Believe me folks, there's no such thing as 'too many bookmarks', just as there's no 'too many books'.


Post-its, page-markers
For the quotes, excerpts, scenes that we relate to, like, find sad or whatever, we need more post-its and/or page-markers!

Coffee mug
Books + coffee is a tandem. So it is perfectly reasonable to get them a mug or mugs. 😉


Other book merchandise
This includes tote bag, accessories, post cards, pillow, bookends, or anything book-related really.

Bookcase
If your someone has a limited shelf space, and you have the budget, I am telling you, buy them a bookcase. Or make them one! That would mean so much! Trust me!

Oh, did I mention books?
BOOKS. BOOKS. BOOKS. 😁

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So there folks, your book lover gift guide. I hope I am of help somehow, especially to the really clueless ones. 😁

You're welcome. 😁

Thursday, March 2, 2017

The Last Star by Rick Yancey: Book Review

Title: The Last Star
Author: Rick Yancey
Series: The 5th Wave #3
Publication Details: May 24th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers



The enemy is Other. The enemy is us.

They’re down here, they’re up there, they’re nowhere. They want the Earth, they want us to have it. They came to wipe us out, they came to save us.

But beneath these riddles lies one truth: Cassie has been betrayed. So has Ringer. Zombie. Nugget. And all 7.5 billion people who used to live on our planet. Betrayed first by the Others, and now by ourselves.

In these last days, Earth’s remaining survivors will need to decide what’s more important: saving themselves… or saving what makes us human.

Plot
Fast-paced and thrilling (quite so 😀).

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

What Happened: January 2017

Hi folks!

Whew! What a quick January eh?

It was a good reading month for me. I managed to read 2 books given my busy schedule! Yey! And I am currently reading Life Without Limits by Nick Vujicic.



I also bought one book: Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth


And I was able to publish blog posts...


Book Reviews

Yep, I can say that I had a pretty productive start of the year. 😊

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For the month of February, I am again setting two books for me to read. I don't know yet what books I will be reading but I think I'm up for some fantasy or dystopian read. We'll see. 😁

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How was your January folks? I hope you had a good month.

Have a nice day!

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Book Haul #18: January 2017 New Release

Hi folks!

I have mentioned in one of my post (click here) that one of my anticipated books in YA this 2017 is Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth. Thus, when it hit the shelves of our local bookstore last January 17, I immediately bought a copy! Look how pretty!



From the synopsis, I'm getting a star-crossed lovers vibe with a lot of action. I know they're not really unique tropes but I'm excited to know how the author will weave the elements together. I also haven't read much set in a galaxy or in another planet so I'm excited about the world-building.

I hope the book will not disappoint! I'm not sure when I will read this though. Haha! Hopefully, soon!

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That's all folks!
Have a nice day!