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?