#SeriesTF2019 | Series to Finish 2019 TBR

#SeriesTF2019 is a challenge hosted by Anna (Reader and Proud). As the name suggests, the goal of the challenge is to finish a Book Series in 2019. I have a bad habit of starting a Series without finishing it. I always get stuck with Book One, I’ll lose interest and start reading another Series, then the process repeats. Hopefully, with the help of this challenge I’ll finally finish all the Series I’ve always wanted to read. Continue reading “#SeriesTF2019 | Series to Finish 2019 TBR”

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2018 Reading Wrap Up + Top Five Books

Happy 2019 everybody! Another year has gone by, before I make my 2019 TBR I want to look back and see all the amazing books I read this year. To readers, new year means another Goodreads reading challenge. To my utter surprise, I read a total of 36 books in 2018. 36! I had the worst book slump between January to April, so meaning I managed to finish 37 books in 8 months!

In 2018, I focused on the books that has been in my TBR for a long time. Mostly Popular Books I haven’t read yet. But starting this year I promise to read more Diversely and explore new genres I don’t usually read. Continue reading “2018 Reading Wrap Up + Top Five Books”

PH Blog Tour: Everlasting Nora by Marie Miranda Cruz [Review + Quote Graphic & Playlist]

SYNOPSIS 

An uplifting middle-grade debut about perseverance against all odds, Marie Miranda Cruz’s debut Everlasting Nora follows the story of a young girl living in the real-life shanty town inside the Philippines’ North Manila Cemetery.

After a family tragedy results in the loss of both father and home, 12-year-old Nora lives with her mother in Manila’s North Cemetery, which is the largest shanty town of its kind in the Philippines today.

When her mother disappears mysteriously one day, Nora is left alone.

With help from her best friend Jojo and the support of his kindhearted grandmother, Nora embarks on a journey riddled with danger in order to find her mom. Along the way she also rediscovers the compassion of the human spirit, the resilience of her community, and everlasting hope in the most unexpected places. 

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PH Blog Tour: Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean [eARC review]

37569318SYNOPSIS

In a palace of illusions, nothing is what it seems.

Each generation, a competition is held to find the next empress of Honoku. The rules are simple. Survive the palace’s enchanted seasonal rooms. Conquer Winter, Spring, Summer, and Fall. Marry the prince. All are eligible to compete—all except yōkai, supernatural monsters and spirits whom the human emperor is determined to enslave and destroy.

Mari has spent a lifetime training to become empress. Winning should be easy. And it would be, if she weren’t hiding a dangerous secret. Mari is a yōkai with the ability to transform into a terrifying monster. If discovered, her life will be forfeit. As she struggles to keep her true identity hidden, Mari’s fate collides with that of Taro, the prince who has no desire to inherit the imperial throne, and Akira, a half-human, half-yōkai outcast.

Torn between duty and love, loyalty and betrayal, vengeance and forgiveness, the choices of Mari, Taro, and Akira will decide the fate of Honoku in this beautifully written, edge-of-your-seat YA fantasy. Continue reading “PH Blog Tour: Empress of all Seasons by Emiko Jean [eARC review]”

#ThrowbackTBR — Reading “Classic” YA Novels for the First Time

Before I discovered blogging, goodreads, and all those other sites where I can talk about my love for books I used to write my “TBRs” (I don’t know this term yet by the way) in a piece of paper or notebook and that was around three years ago. I know, it’s not that long ago. I only started reading YA and Middle Grade novels last 2016, no, I didn’t grew up reading Harry Potter, or I don’ t have any nostalgic ties to the Mortal Instrument Series but I remember having those series in this TBR of mine. Three years later, I still haven’t read most of the books I originally have in that TBR because there are so many new book releases! I call those books “classic” YA, not Shakespeare kind of classic but those books that are published between 2000 to 2013.

I decided to look back at my old TBR and finally start reading those books. First I want to remind you, read whatever you want. You don’t need to start a 10-book series just because others tell you to do so. I’m only doing this out of curiosity, I really want to know if I’m going to enjoy these books.  Continue reading “#ThrowbackTBR — Reading “Classic” YA Novels for the First Time”

Book Binge Bazaar and MIBF Book Haul

I already talked about my MIBF experience in my previous post so now I’ll quickly proceed to my haul. This year (thanks to Book Binge Bazaar!) I managed to snag 5 books. Three hardcovers and two paperbacks. One was from Fullybooked MOA since I can’t find any at the event.

As mentioned in my previous post. I initially have around 20 books in my cart but of course, presyong estudyante lang so I need to let go some books. After a long deliberation with myself I decided to go home with these books. Continue reading “Book Binge Bazaar and MIBF Book Haul”

The 39th Manila International Book Fair + Book Binge Bazaar

It’s that time of the year again where bookworms of all ages unite at the SMX Convention Center for the annual Manila International Book Fair from September 12-16 2018. Despite the typhoon hundreds of book lovers still attended this event to meet their favourite authors and—of course—to buy discounted books! National Bookstore’s Book Binge Bazaar was also held in the same place so it’s hitting two birds with one stone. Continue reading “The 39th Manila International Book Fair + Book Binge Bazaar”