Monday, November 30, 2015

YA Releases To Look Out For This December!


It's the last month tomorrow 'till 2015 ends, and I've decided to compile a few interesting books you guys might want to look out for this December! I'm excited to read all of these myself. Let's just hope I have enough money to do so...

Sunday, November 29, 2015

November 2015 Recap!


It's time for another monthly recap! Not that much has happened to me this November, but I'll try to keep this post interesting.

Life

- I’ve been asked by Ana Franco, author of Down The Wormhole, to proofread her work! I've finished it just yesterday afternoon. I also made a review for it if you guys still remember (link can be found below). You might want to check her book out yourself, too. It’s free on Barnes & Noble and Amazon, so you’ve got nothing to lose!

 - Our school has this Biblical Play contest, and we were tasked to do the story of King Solomon (especially the awesome scene where he almost cuts a baby in half). I was included in the role of one of the many townspeople in the story, where I gain extra grades in English for joining when all I need to do is say one line (which, if I say so myself, is pretty awesome.)

- I completely abandoned my November TBR this month, which I'm surprisingly not ashamed of. I blame Illuminae. (I might also write a discussion post about this soon.)

Book Reviews

- November 2nd: Playing For Love by Dana Burkey
- November 7th: Down The Wormhole by Ana Franco
- November 15th: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
- November 19th: The Story Of Awkward by R.K. Ryals
- November 24th: Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

Discussions And Tutorials

- November 26th: Should You Read YA?

The Book Blogger Positivity Campaign

- November 18th: Introduction
- November 20th: The Book Blogging Community ROCKS!
- November 27th: It'd Be Awesome To Have Tris Prior As My BFF (And Kick Butts Together)

December TBR

Learning my lesson from this month's abandoned To-Be-Read Shelf, I decided not to make another one this December, since I'm pretty sure I'll possibly abandon it yet again. Sorry, guys.


That's it for this month's recap! Let's see what December's got for me this year. ;)

Saturday, November 28, 2015

BBH #4: Reliable Reviews?



Previously hosted by Jen @ Crazy For Books, and now by Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly post to help book bloggers connect with each other. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week's question is:

How reliable can you say your are in terms of having promised reviews completed for blog tours or publisher and author requests? Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews


I can say I'm pretty reliable. When I accept review requests, I make sure to finish them and publish it by the date we agreed upon (or if there isn't a deadline, then I make sure to finish it by a week or two). I easily regret stuff, so I make sure that what I'm accepting is something I'm sure I can do. So when I say I'll do it, then I really do it.

How about you?

Friday, November 27, 2015

BPC 2015: It'd Be Awesome To Have Tris Prior As My BFF (And Kick Butts Together)



Last week in the Blogger Positivity Campaign: The Book Blogging Community ROCKS!

It’s week two of #BPC2015, and today’s topic serves as a letter to someone who’s changed us participants as a reader today – or how he or she has changed our lives in the present. I have chosen to write a letter to Tris Prior, the main character of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series. Why? The reason can be read below...


One of the things that made me love the Divergent series is how Tris conveys the said “woman power.” I love how Four doesn’t treat her like a weakling, and how he trusts her that she can protect herself. Four doesn’t embrace the role of her “Knight In Shining Armor” 24/7 where he needs to protect her at all times or he “can’t deal with himself.” No. Tris can live by her own – she may need the assurance of Four by her side, yes, but at least she can fight for herself, while still having a soft spot for her family.

The following is my letter to Tris. If only she existed and I could give it to her in person (and force ask her to be my BFF while I'm at it)...
Dear Tris, 
It’s a bit awkward talking to a fictional character, to be honest, but I’m still going to do this anyway, so here it goes.
You don’t know how much you’ve inspired me to be strong. You’ve taught me how to learn to protect myself, that in the end, the most important thing to know is how to live through life and fight by myself because there will always be the possibility of being all alone someday, and I need to be prepared for it. Because of you, I’ve learned that I don’t need to be dependent on people to protect me. That I should also be the strength of others just how much they are a strength for me. I believe you deserved a much better life than you did (damn Veronica Roth, you made me cry with how Allegiant ended), but you left a mark in your world, and I’d like to leave one, too. Even if it’s not the world I live in, even if it’s at least my family, or my circle of life where people know I exist.
Thank you so much for being an inspiration to me. I’ll make sure to hold on in life. I’ll make sure to be a strength to other people as well.
Lots of love,
Mara


Sorry, was that a bit too emotional? This campaign gave me the chance to do this thing, so I made sure to make the best of it lol. Here’s a cute cat to lighten your day:



Cat photos aside though - How about you? Have you got someone – or something – that helped you be the reader you are today? May it be an author, a fictional character, or the nightstand that helps you carry your books all night while you sleep instead of making you stand up and put it on your bookshelf at the other end of your room. Don’t hesitate to share about it in the comments below!

FF #3: What Kind Of Genre Would You Write & What Book(s) Would You Buy For $100?

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read, which is made to discover and follow other blogs and get followed in return, as well as writing prompts you can answer every week!
Hey there and welcome to my third finally-Friday Feature & Follow Friday! Here are the rules if you'd like to join in on the fun:
  1. Follow the hosts (this is a requirement)
  2. Follow the featured bloggers (also required)
  3. Put your blog name and url in the linky thing (you'll know once you check the post on the host's blogs)
  4. Grab the button up there (well not mine, thats customised to match my blog, check out the host's blog posts) and place it in your post, this will give people a place to say 'hi' in your comments and let you know that they are following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friend Connect) state  in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say 'HI'
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love.....and the followers
  8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment (on the hosts blog) and let them know, so they can stop by and check out your blog!

This week, we've got two questions. This first is:

If you could write a book what genre would it be? - Suggested by A Realm of Books

This depends. Do you mean even though I'm pretty sure it'll come out as a terrible gasp-ugly work? If so, then Young Adult Sci-Fi Romance, or maybe YA Fantasy Romance. I love reading  Fantasy and Sci-Fi, because they bring me to worlds I've never been to before. Plus I love imagining their world as somewhere I could possibly be in. I'd love to try it out for myself, though I'm pretty sure it includes two months worth of Googling stuff for my fictional country (or planet, who knows).

However, if it needs to be a book that I'm sure I can write properly (at least, I think I wrote it properly), then I'd write Contemporary YA Romance. I just love romance, okay? A book needs to squeeze in a little bit of that genre somehow or else I'd get bored and have nothing to cheer on so badly (unless the MC is on a mission to save the world, then maybe I can root for that). But hey, who doesn't love a touch of romance these days, right? It spices up the story somehow.

The second question is:

Black Friday Eve!You have $100 (or pounds o whatever your currency is) to spend on books. What are you going to buy? - Suggested by Alison Can Read

P100 in the Philippines is far from the money I need to buy at least one good YA book out there (I'd need P500 for one book, at least). But if this means the equivalent currency of $100 in Philippine Peso, then that's a lot. I'd probably buy tons of books from my TBR list. Illuminae, The Young Elites (books 1 & 2), Red Queen (books 1 & 2 as well), The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, and a whole lot more. I'll probably buy every YA book I see in the bookstore until I run out of money too, because why not? I'm an extremely avid bookworm and I'd probably buy the whole store and claim every book as mine if I just had the money.

For the subscription, I'd love to have more followers on Twitter this week, since I'm just starting out in that platform. But if you'd rather follow me from somewhere else (like Bloglovin' or E-Mail), then that's okay with me! :)

How about you?

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Should You Read YA?


The main focus of my blog’s book reviews are, obviously, Young Adult. I love everything and anything related to it. If you suggest me a YA book, I’ll most probably add it to my TBR list. I don’t even know why other people would hate it. There are tons of Young Adult books out there that are amazing even for those who aren’t in the age range of the genre.

So, I was thinking about what to post recently while I’m still finishing up Illuminae for my next review (I’m honestly in love with Ezra right now, and Kady’s hacking abilities are awesome), and I came up with this hopefully-not-really-helpful guide to know if YA is for you or not. It’s literally what I did the whole night. (Quite a productive act for me, if I say so myself.)
Below is the graphic for the said guide:

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Illuminae: Why I Have Trust Issues With Authors

TITLE: Illuminae (The Illuminae Files #1)
AUTHOR: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Action
PUBLISHING DATE: October 20, 2015 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
FINISHED ON: November 23, 2015
RATING: 


Saturday, November 21, 2015

BBH Nov. 20th-26th: Page Goals



Previously hosted by Jen @ Crazy For Books, and now by Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly post to help book bloggers connect with each other. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

This week's question is:

Do you read every day? If so, do you have a "page goal?" Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews


Yes, I read every day. Though I don't really have a said "page goal." I usually finish books within a week no matter how many pages I read every day. That also means I can post weekly book reviews, and that's a good schedule for me. However, if a book's too long and it takes me more than a week, I make sure it doesn't extend until more than two.

Because I am a bookworm. And bookworms have a lot - like a lot - of TBR books. And I need to read them. I need to read them all or I will cry.

How about you?

Friday, November 20, 2015

FF #2: What Story Would I Teleport Into?

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read, which is made to discover and follow other blogs and get followed in return, as well as writing prompts you can answer every week!
Hey there and welcome to my second finally-Friday Feature & Follow Friday! Here are the rules if you'd like to join in on the fun:
  1. Follow the hosts (this is a requirement)
  2. Follow the featured bloggers (also required)
  3. Put your blog name and url in the linky thing (you'll know once you check the post on the host's blogs)
  4. Grab the button up there (well not mine, thats customised to match my blog, check out the host's blog posts) and place it in your post, this will give people a place to say 'hi' in your comments and let you know that they are following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friend Connect) state  in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say 'HI'
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love.....and the followers
  8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment (on the hosts blog) and let them know, so they can stop by and check out your blog!

This week's question is:

If you could teleport into ANY story, which would you choose? - Suggested by Life Is Reading

Honestly? Harry Potter. In Hogwarts. Like, bruh, who wouldn't?!! That place is like the most amazing one I've ever discovered. Who'd be crazy not to dream of living in there? (Though I'd probably be lost inside like 99% of the time.)

Now for the subscription. I'd love it if I gained more followers on either Bloglovin' or through email. But if you prefer somewhere else, that's all right with me. Just state where you chose to follow me so I'd know. :)

How about you?

BPC 2015: The Book Blogging Community ROCKS

It's time for another round of the Book Blogger Positivity Campaign! Today's topic is about the book blogging community. It's a freebie post where we'll be talking about anything concerning the community. What better way to start things off than to share our love to the family we're in, right?

So let's get started!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

The Story Of Awkward: Where I've Learned that Being Awkward is Good


Amazon | Goodreads | Barnes & Noble

TITLE: The Story of Awkward
AUTHOR: R.K. Ryals
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction, Romance, Fantasy, Contemporary
PUBLISHING DATE: April 11, 2014
DATE FINISHED: November 17, 2015
RATING: 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

The Blogger Positivity Campaign: An Introduction

You guys probably don’t know it yet – well, now you do! –  but I’ve recently joined Jillian @ Jillian’s Books’ Blogger Positivity Campaign! Like the title says, it’s an event that aims to spread positivity for all bloggers out there! There will be writing prompts every Friday of the week starting from November 20 until December 4, where we’ll talk about stuff for bloggers that may hopefully make them smile. :)

Today, however, serves as an introduction for the campaign. I’ve received a list of things I should answer along with the other participants, and since I love lists (who doesn't?), I’ll be answering them as one below.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015

10 Book Taboos You Should NEVER Do!


Hello, fellow bookworms. As a girl that has serious issues with ruining my bought books, I have listed below 10 book commandments that I shall never commit (though I may or may not have already committed them a long time ago).

Sunday, November 15, 2015

BBH Nov. 13th-19th: I'm a Fast Reader, Whoops

Previously hosted by Jen @ Crazy For Books, and now by Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly post to help book bloggers connect with each other. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.



This week's question is:

How long does it normally take you to read a book? Elizabeth @ Silver's Reviews

I usually read really fast. I'd finish a book within a week or two, then jump into a new one. However, if I'm not really into the book I'm reading, I tend to read it in a span of a month or more (*laughs nervously*). I remember finishing Allegiant in a year, since I kept on putting it on hold (mostly because I was actually afraid of accepting the fact that I've finished the series and have nothing to read about Four & Tris anymore).

How about you?

Top 3 Things That Make Me Want to Buy a Book


I admit that I’m a bookworm, but as a girl that doesn’t earn money 24/7, I’m always picky about buying my books. I don’t want to waste it on a book that I’d just put on my DNF shelf. I want to waste my money on one that I’d love forever (well, maybe not forever, but still).

(Well, all right – there were still times where I thought I’d like the book once I bought it, but end up getting mixed feelings about it. But at least I had the guts to finish ‘till the end.)

So I decided to make this list of things that makes me want to buy a book. This might also help authors figure out what readers like me find in a book before actually reading them. So if you’re an author, you might want to check out this post (*wink wink*).

I'm Just Living Here... Not As A Superhero



TITLE: The Rest Of Us Just Live Here
AUTHOR: Patrick Ness
GENRE: Young Adult Fiction, Contemporary, Paranormal, Fantasy and Romance
DATE PUBLISHED: August 27, 2015 by Walker Books
DATE FINISHED: November 12, 2015


Sunday, November 8, 2015

BBH Nov. 6th-12th: Yeah, I Take Notes


Previously hosted by Jen @ Crazy For Books, and now by Ramblings of A Coffee Addicted Writer, Book Blogger Hop is a weekly post to help book bloggers connect with each other. The only requirements to participate in the Hop are to write and link a post answering the weekly question and then visit other blogs that are also participating to see if you like their blog and would like to follow them.

In Which I Make My Dress-Up Dreams Come True

Note: This post contains affiliate links
HOLA.

I'm still busy finishing Patrick Ness' The Rest Of Us Just Live Here, so my next book review probably won't be out until Wednesday. That's why, for today, I decided to make this fun post where I could use my imagination and fashion sense (believe me, I have one, even just a little bit) to tell you guys how I'd dress up some of my favorite characters with what I want them to wear. (I didn't do this because I didn't have dress-up dolls at home when I was a kid and wanted to do so online.)

All right, let's get this dress-up party started! (I'm sorry you can kill me now)

The Sunday Post #1: I'm Going To Attend SLFL Manila!

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news. A post to recap the past week, showcase books and tings we have received and share news about what is coming up for the week on our blog.

Hey there! It's my first Sunday Post, as well as the very first book blog meme I'll be joining!

I hope you guys had a great week, because I did! I finally got tickets to Sounds Live Feels Live Manila, and if you've read my previous post, you'll remember how nervous and sad I was because of the possibility of not getting tickets. But I did. So BOOYAH.

LAST WEEK

- Michael Clifford Birthday Poster
- Playing For Love: New Heart-Fluttering High School Romance
- MWH October Recap & November TBR
- How To: Hide Deleted iBooks Purchases
- Down The Wormhole: All-New Mythology Book With Lots Of Potential

LIFE STUFF

I finally got my blog on Bloglovin! I've been having a hard time claiming it recently, but now you can follow my blog with Bloglovin!
- I'm also earning money for new books like I usually do - though Christmas is near, so it probably won't be much of a problem!
Like I said, I got tickets to SLFL Manila. WOOHOO. After tons of begging and promising this would both be my Christmas gift and birthday gift 'till next year, I got the Lower Box A (front row!) section because VIP is just too pricey.

THIS WEEK

- Book Review for The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
- Feature & Follow Friday(?)
- Feature Friday(?)
- Another addition to Mara's Shame List! (Oh God)


INTERESTING BOOKS I FOUND RECENTLY


- Never Never (Never Never, #1) by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher
- Proximity (Proximity #1) by M.A. George
- The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
- Red Queen (Red Queen, #1) by Victoria Aveyard


Got anything you'd like to share from your life last week? Feel free to comment below!




Saturday, November 7, 2015

FF #1: What Changes Would I Make In An Author's Writing Style?

Feature & Follow Friday is a weekly meme hosted by Parajunkee & Alison Can Read, which is made to discover and follow other blogs and get followed in return, as well as writing prompts you can answer ever week!

Hey there and welcome to my very first not-so-Friday Feature & Follow Friday! Here are the rules if you'd like to join in on the fun:
  1. Follow the hosts (this is a requirement)
  2. Follow the featured bloggers (also required)
  3. Put your blog name and url in the linky thing (you'll know once you check the post on the host's blogs)
  4. Grab the button up there (well not mine, thats customised to match my blog, check out the host's blog posts) and place it in your post, this will give people a place to say 'hi' in your comments and let you know that they are following you.
  5. If you are using WordPress or another CMS that doesn't have GFC (Google Friend Connect) state  in your posts how you would like to be followed
  6. Follow Follow Follow as many as you can, as many as you want, or just follow a few. The whole point is to make new friends and find new blogs. Also, don't just follow, comment and say hi. Another blogger might not know you are a new follower if you don't say 'HI'
  7. If someone comments and says they are following you, be a dear and follow back. Spread the Love.....and the followers
  8. If your new to the follow Friday hop, comment (on the hosts blog) and let them know, so they can stop by and check out your blog!

This week's question is:


If you could take the place of one author which author would it be and what changes would you make in his/here writing style? - Suggested by NJKinny's World of Books & Stuff

I would normally would accept an author's writing style, because I'm aware that everybody is different with they writing styles. But I guess I'd choose the author from my very first DNF Series pick: Zoe Sugg. I'd most probably decide to show more and tell less, as well as making my stories' plot lines more gripping and interesting.

How about you?

Also, if you'd like to follow me, I'd prefer email subscription (from my sidebar at the right) or RSS subscription from any of the RSS readers you have. :)





How To: Hide Deleted iBooks Purchases



If you're a noob like I am, you're probably here because you're frustrated as to why the book you deleted on iBooks just won't disappear - it only stays there with a cloud symbol on the top right hand of its cover.

Well, that's exactly why I'm here - to help you make that book *magically* (well not really) disappear.

This tutorial only works for ebooks that were purchased directly from iBooks. If you downloaded the ebook using Safari, deleting it won't be much of a problem.

The thing you need to keep in mind is that you can't really delete that book temporarily. You cannot erase it from your "Purchased" list as well. The only thing that's close to deleting your book permanently is to hide it. And here's how:

Down The Wormhole: All-New Mythology Book With Lots of Potential


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TITLE: Down The Wormhole
AUTHOR: Ana Franco

GENRE: YA Fantasy, Mythology, Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: September 21, 2015 (Smashwords)
DATE FINISHED: November 5, 2015
RATING:
 ★★☆☆☆

Monday, November 2, 2015

MWH OCTOBER RECAP & NOVEMBER TBR


It’s finally NOVEMBER! Only one more month until Christmas – eep!  (Translation: One more month until I get enough money to buy new books – BOOYAH.)

Moving on, here’s MWH’s monthly recap:

Playing For Love: New Heart-Fluttering High School Romance


Amazon | Goodreads


TITLE: Playing For Love
AUTHOR: Dana Burkey
GENRE: YA, Contemporary, Romance
PUBLISHING DATE: November 1, 2015
FINISHED ON: October 31, 2015
RATING: 

Michael Clifford Birthday Poster


I was asked by my team members from 5SOSPHLTEAM to make a teaser poster for Michael’s birthday on November 20th. I can’t tell you guys why (I don’t even know the full details myself yet lol), but I’m really excited to share the news once it’s allowed to be announced!

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