September and October Wrap Up

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Books I’ve Read for the Month of September

1. Slasher Girls and Monster Boys (April Genevieve Tucholke and Various Authors)- 4/5
2. Opposition (Jennifer L. Armentrout)- 3/5
3. Bitter Sweet Love (Jennifer L. Armentrout)- 4/5
5. A Darker Shade of Magic (V. E. Schwab)- 5/5
6. Vicious (V. E. Schwab)- 5/5
7. The Demigod Diaries (Rick Riordan)- 3/5
8. The Young Elites (Marie Lu)- 4/5
9. The Darkest Part of the Forest (Holly Black)- 3/5
10. Tiger Lily (Jodi Lynn Anderson)- 4/5
11. Forbidden (Tabitha Suzuma)- 5/5
12. The Sleeper and the Spindle (Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddle for the illustrations)- 5/5
13. Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)- 2.5/5
14. Crown of Midnight (Sarah J. Maas)- 4/5

September has been an awful month for my blog. After a lot of thinking and arguments, I finally give in to my husband’s whim to move in with him and his parents. Don’t get me wrong, my in-laws we’re awesome, and they look after me and my child. The only problem is that they don’t have internet connection, they just have this pocket WiFi that runs on prepaid load. It’s very expensive to use and it’s signal is limited. But despite all that, I get to spend more time with my family, because to be honest, blogging takes a huge chunk of my time.

Book talk! The best book I’ve read for the month of September is Vicious, and the worst is (Sorry Tog fans) Throne of Glass. But if I will consider all the feels and my state after reading, Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma will won the first place.(Don’t forget to checkout my review for the book, it’s on the blog.) My emotions were all over the place after reading it, I was so affected.

I also tried reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern this month, and I just can’t. The book has an awesome tone, but it’s excruciatingly slow. All I understand is that it tells the story of two people with magic, that will have to enter a contest against each other. Something like that. My wild guess is that they will eventually fall in love with each other.

I also had my regular dose of Riordan’s and JLA’s works for this month.

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My October Reads

1. Heir of Fire (Sarah J. Maas)- 4/5
2. Queen of Shadows (Sarah J. Mass)- 3.5/5
3. Finding Audrey (Sophie Kinsella)- 5/5
4. Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard: Sword of Summer (Rick Riordan)- 4/5
5. Confession of a Shopaholic (Sophie Kinsella)- 3/5
6. Never, Never (Coleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher)- 5/5
7. Never, Never 2 (Coleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher)- 5/5
8. Made You Up (Francesca Zappia)- 3.5/5
9. The Lost Symbol (Dan Brown)- 4.5/5
10. Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)- 4/5
11. The Wrath and the Dawn (Renée Ahdieh)- 4.5/5
12. Alice in Zombieland (Gena Showalter)- 3/5
13. The Rose Society (Marie Lu)- 5/5
14. Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes (Rick Riordan)- 2.5/5

I’ve been surprised when I learned that I maintain my number of reads this month. October has been hectic to be honest because it’s been the birth month of a lot of people who is close to my heart. First is one of my closest cousin, she turned 18 (legal age huzzah!), then two of my husband’s godchildren, my mother and her mother, and my most anticipated birthday on the whole universe, MY SON TURNED 1 LAST OCTOBER 23! I have been running around, trying to juggle my schedule to buy presents, attend parties, reading books, and preparing for my child’s own birthday party. And I love how it turned out. Though a lot of people we’re absent, my son and I made the most of it. We prepare balloons, loot bags and decorations. It was so fuuuun! And exhausting. From now on October is my favorite month.

So books…. I’ve read a lot for this month, and my most anticipated release was the one with Marie Lu’s name on it. The feels.. The trickery.. The feels.. The vengeance.. I savor everything, every word, every punctuation marks. I was not disappointed, I was amazed.

I read a couple of Rick Riordan’s book this month, and I have problems on them. So Magnus Chase, I like him in general, but please Mr. Author, it’s the same plot line over, and over, and over again. Come on, try to spice things up a bit. And the Greek Heroes, gods! I practically drag myself so just I can finish it. The sarcasm and Percy’s spirit was still there, but it’s waaay too much. Yes it’s informative, but also, it’s INFORMATION OVERLOAD again.

I also tried reading contemporaries this month,and maybe they’re the reason why I was able to read as much as 14 books this October. Let’s face it, they are much easier to read than SFF. I love Never, Never, it has the right amount of everything. The romance, the magic realism, and the mystery, gosh the mystery! I hate being kept in the dark, but on  this one I made an exception.
I tried reading another Holly Black’s work, The Coldest Girl in Coldtown. I was so curious about it since its release, and for this month I decided to finally pick it up. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to finish it. It’s not that it’s bad, maybe my timing was just really wrong. I picked it up at the same time that The Rose Society was released. I got so distracted and abandoned the book. ( I’m sorry little book, I promise to read you again and I promise that I will appreciate you. Just give me time OK? OK.)

In conclusion, I still think that I need to slow down. My health is suffering, as well as my eye sight. I can feel that it’s getting blurry. And please, don’t get me started on sleeping schedules. On a positive note, I’m more or less 15 books away from my 2015 reading goal (150 books), so I can really afford a reading vacation I’ve been trying to get for quite sometime now. (I just didn’t know whether my sanity will keep itself intact with the absence of reading materials. And if on the next blog post I made I sound crazy, you know what happen.)

There you go, my full of rant wrap up.

August Bingo Book-a-thon

PicsArt_1438598102792-1First an foremost, I want to thank awayinneverland for creating this exciting read-a-thon. When I first saw this, I immediately make a book inventory on my head and imagine of what my ‘bingo card’ would look like.

Okay, let’s get to the real thing.

Since I first join WordPress last month, I’ve been wanting to participate on something like this to earn more friend at the world wide web. Also, I am more inclined in reading ‘hyped’ books so this is my chance to catch up on the back of my TBR.

Here it is:

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I’m not that skilled when it comes to taking pictures and my camera is crappy so that’s how it turned out. I already draw my first read so I’ll post it as soon as I can. 😉

JULY WRAP UP

PicsArt_1438398231671Being a mother doesn’t just keep me away to read whenever I want, sometimes it is also the opposite. This month, my 9 month old son tends to sleep at day and play at dawn leaving me a lot of time to read. So after all my chores is done, I am free to do whatever I want, and that is (most times) reading. Also when he’s awake at dawn, I also have the opportunity to read while watching him play.

Because of this weird sleeping pattern, I read a total of 18 books! When I realized that I read so many, I’m like ‘wow! That is a lot of books.’ And it just mean that it is more or less one book within 2 days. Also, I am very pleased with this number because I am keeping up with my reading goal for 2015 (150 books and I already read 92 books).

Since my blog is technically a ‘baby blog’,  majority of the books in my July wrap up is not yet reviewed, but I will still try to do so between being a mother and my ‘to be read’ pile this August. Fingers crossed!

JULY WRAP UP
1. The Summer I Turned Pretty 2.5/5
2. It’s Not Summer Without You 2.5/5
3. We’ll Always Have Summer 2/5
4. Winger 4/5
5. Love, Rosie 5/5
6. Pretty Girl Thirteen 4.5/5
7. P.S. I Still Love You 3/5
8. Obsidian 4/5
9. Onyx 4/5
10. Opal 5/5
11. White Hot Kiss 5/5
12. Stone Cold Touch 5/5
13. All The Bright Places 5/5
14. Daughter of Smoke and Bone 3/5
15. Days of Blood and Starlight 4/5
16. Dreams of Gods and Monsters 3.5/5
17. Percy Jackson’s Greek God 5/5

18. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 4.5/5

My favorite books for this month are Love, Rosie and Percy Jackson ‘s Greek God. I can really relate with Rosie and Percy Jackson will always be my ultimate book crush ever.

Also, Jenny Han really disappointed me this month. I really waited for P.S. I Still Love You but it is not what I expect it to be, while the Summer Trilogy bored me a lot.

July is also the month I started reading Jennifer L. Armentrout works and I must say that I would definitely pick more of her books up.

3 Kickass Heroines

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Females were widely celebrated by a lot of authors. A fair share of heroines with “I-ain’t-gonna-take-any-shit” exist through prints. And here’s my top three picks of heroines with kickass attitudes.

1. Linh Cinder (Cinder)

Linh Cinder is a lot of things: the towns best mechanic, a stepdaughter cinder_fan_art_by_mirapau-d4ucq4iwho solely provides for her family of four, the face of the rebellion, technically the rightful queen of the moon, and above all, a cyborg. Despite all these roles she play, she also didn’t forget to fall in love. Talk about multitasking.

2. Princess Mia (The Princess Diaries)

Mia is your average goody-two-shoes nerd with oversized glasses and braces. People barely notice her. But a shock worth a lifetime came through her door when she learned that her deceased father is the king blue67design-crown sketchy doodleof Genovia making her the present ruler of the said kingdom. Mia don’t want to be queen, but she still claim her throne knowing that there’s a big responsibility that came with it.

3. Juliette Ferrars (Ignite Me)

Her parents exiled her in an asylum, everybody thinks that she is a 0a116bf5b5f178376aea21a67bb2b446monster. Juliette may be broken and naive about the world, but she still embraces her unique ability. Trying to save the world, she even gave herself a chance and her tormentor to fall in love with each other. She may be acting and feeling frail, but inside she’s indestructible.

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