Tuesday, April 3, 2018

What Happened: March 2018

Hi folks! Happy April!

First quarter of the year, done! That was fast!

Anyway, here's a short recap of my March. I managed to read 3 books despite my sched. Yey! And so far, I'm still keeping up with my reading goals. Whew! 😉

Sunday, April 1, 2018

Book Haul #25: Humble Birthday Haul

Hi folks!

It was a quick March, eh?

March is my birth month. I was supposed to buy a lot of books, but fortunately I was able to control myself. Yey me! 😁

But of course, I still had a haul. It's inevitable. Haha! Look:

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Tree (Rosales Saga #2) by F. Sionil Jose: Book Review

Title: Tree
Author: F. Sionil Jose
Series: Rosales Saga #2
Publication details: 2011 by Solidaridad Publishing House (first published 1978)

TREE is a story of a boy growing up in a small Ilokano town, surrounded by friends below his social class, by relatives and doting servants who have served his family all their lives. It is also a story of oppression and compassion. TREE belongs to Francisco Sionil Jose's largest body of work known as the Rosales novels. Like much of his fiction, it depicts man's continuing and often futile search for justice and moral order (back cover).

A coming-of-age story of a boy as he witnesses life and the unfairness of it all.

Tree follows a man brought back to his childhood days as he visited again his hometown. The narrator tells of his story growing-up in a small town, the people in his life- the ones he met, the ones he lost, their stories and the story of how money and power played a big role in their lives.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Pile Be Gone #9: The Return

Hi folks!

It's been a while since I set my monthly TBR goal. But folks, I really, really need to tackle my to be read books. Aaaaah! They are getting out of control!

So in order for me to reduce that ever-growing pile, here's another Pile Be Gone challenge for me. 😁

Let's take a look!

Saturday, March 17, 2018

A Torch Against the Night (An Ember in the Ashes #2) by Sabaa Tahir: Book Review

Title: A Torch Against the Night
Author: Sabaa Tahir
Series: An Ember in the Ashes #2
Publication details: August 30th 2016 by Razorbill
Genre: Fantasy, young adult

Elias and Laia are running for their lives. After the events of the Fourth Trial, Martial soldiers hunt the two fugitives as they flee the city of Serra and undertake a perilous journey through the heart of the Empire.

Laia is determined to break into Kauf—the Empire’s most secure and dangerous prison—to save her brother, who is the key to the Scholars’ survival. And Elias is determined to help Laia succeed, even if it means giving up his last chance at freedom.

But dark forces, human and otherworldly, work against Laia and Elias. The pair must fight every step of the way to outsmart their enemies: the bloodthirsty Emperor Marcus, the merciless Commandant, the sadistic Warden of Kauf, and, most heartbreaking of all, Helene—Elias’s former friend and the Empire’s newest Blood Shrike.

Bound to Marcus’s will, Helene faces a torturous mission of her own—one that might destroy her: find the traitor Elias Veturius and the Scholar slave who helped him escape…and kill them both.

A page-turning sequel to An Ember in the Ashes.

Elias and Laia have gotten out of Blackcliff, but the journey to freedom and the truth is still far from over.

Monday, March 5, 2018

What Happened: February 2018

Hi folks!

February, done! It was a toxic month at work, but I still managed to read four books and post almost weekly. Yey me! I also attended a book fair, and had a good number of haul. 😍

Here's a short recap of my month in books and posts:

Books Read:

Tree by F. Sionil Jose
Fallen Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes

The Great Divorce by C.S. Lewis
Out of the Easy by Ruta Sepetys

Blog Posts:

Aside from the Big Bad Wolf book haul, I also bought one book in BOOKSALE. I just couldn't help it folks!

Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ by Carol Wallace


That's all folks for my February!

For March, I'm planning to have a read-a-thon during the Holy Week. We'll see if I will be able to do it. 😁

Happy reading folks!

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Rose Under Fire by Elizabeth Wein: Book Review

Title: Rose Under Fire
Author: Elizabeth Wein
Series: Code Name Verity #2
Publication details: June 3rd 2013 by Electric Monkey (first published June 1st 2013)
Genre: Historical fiction, war

Rose Justice is a young American ATA pilot, delivering planes and taxiing pilots for the RAF in the UK during the summer of 1944. A budding poet who feels most alive while flying, she discovers that not all battles are fought in the air.

An unforgettable journey from innocence to experience from the author of the best-selling, multi-award-nominated Code Name Verity. From the exhilaration of being the youngest pilot in the British air transport auxiliary, to the aftermath of surviving the notorious Ravensbruck women's concentration camp, Rose's story is one of courage in the face of adversity.

Code Name Verity is shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal.

A beautiful, poignant companion novel to Code Name Verity.

Monday, February 19, 2018

The Knife of Never Letting Go (Chaos Walking #1) by Patrick Ness

Title: The Knife of Never Letting Go
Author: Patrick Ness
Series: Chaos Walking
Publication details: 2014 by Candlewick Press (first published 2008)
Genre: YA, science fiction

Prentisstown isn't like other towns. Everyone can hear everyone else's thoughts in a constant, overwhelming, never-ending Noise. There is no privacy. There are no secrets.

Then, just a month away from the birthday that will make Todd Hewitt a man, he unexpectedly stumbles on a spot of complete silence. Which is impossible.

A refreshing and entertaining YA read.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

Book Haul #24: Big Bad Wolf Book Haul

Alright folks!

As mentioned in my previous post, here are the books I bought last February 15 during the Preview Sale of Big Bad Wolf book fair! 😁

It was a difficult moment for self-control. I went over my budget, but whatever, I had a good haul! 😁

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Big Bad Wolf in the PH: Photo Diary

Hi folks!

Happy February! It is a month full of books, and I'm loving it!

We don't usually have book fairs in the Philippines during this time of the year. But thanks to Big Bad Wolf, we will be starting our 'book year' right. 😁

Big Bad Wolf (or BBW) is a Malaysian book fair that started in 2009. Since then, they've been having book fairs not only in Malaysia, but also in Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka (source: BBW FB page).

And now for the first time, Big Bad Wolf is here in the Philippines! Bringing ~2 million new books and slashing 60-80% off the original prices, this book fair will surely bring joy to us book lovers!

What a way to celebrate the love month, eh? Here's my photo diary:

Saturday, February 10, 2018

The Twelve (The Passage #2) by Justin Cronin: Book Review

Title: The Twelve
Author: Justin Cronin
Series: The Passage #2
Publication Details: October 16th 2012 by The Random House Publishing Group

In the present day, as the man-made apocalypse unfolds, three strangers navigate the chaos. Lila, a doctor and an expectant mother, is so shattered by the spread of violence and infection that she continues to plan for her child’s arrival even as society dissolves around her. Kittridge, known to the world as “Last Stand in Denver,” has been forced to flee his stronghold and is now on the road, dodging the infected, armed but alone and well aware that a tank of gas will get him only so far. April is a teenager fighting to guide her little brother safely through a landscape of death and ruin. These three will learn that they have not been fully abandoned—and that in connection lies hope, even on the darkest of nights.

One hundred years in the future, Amy and the others fight on for humankind’s salvation...unaware that the rules have changed. The enemy has evolved, and a dark new order has arisen with a vision of the future infinitely more horrifying than man’s extinction. If the Twelve are to fall, one of those united to vanquish them will have to pay the ultimate price (from Goodreads).

The fight and survival against the virals continues with The Twelve.