Update

Update

Hey guys! Its been a while since I opened my account here. T’was a very busy semester for me. I’m going to post my book review of Extraordinary Means, Caraval, and The Sun is Also a Star. Next week on Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday. 

I’ll keep you posted guys! Keep safe bookworms! 

January Book Haul (1st week)

January Book Haul (1st week)

As 2017 starts I couldn’t resist myself from buying books. For the 1st week of January I already bought 4 books, (so that’s when I decided to ban myself for a week from entering bookstores) It’s just a random genre of books, from YA, Sci-Fi, and I don’t know if the other one is under the classics.

So these are the lists of the books that I bought last week:

1. What Light by Jay Asher

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Synopsis | goodreads

Sierra’s family runs a Christmas tree farm in Oregon—it’s a bucolic setting for a girl to grow up in, except that every year, they pack up and move to California to set up their Christmas tree lot for the season. So Sierra lives two lives: her life in Oregon and her life at Christmas. And leaving one always means missing the other.

Until this particular Christmas, when Sierra meets Caleb, and one life eclipses the other.

By reputation, Caleb is not your perfect guy: years ago, he made an enormous mistake and has been paying for it ever since. But Sierra sees beyond Caleb’s past and becomes determined to help him find forgiveness and, maybe, redemption. As disapproval, misconceptions, and suspicions swirl around them, Caleb and Sierra discover the one thing that transcends all else: true love.

What Light is a love story that’s moving and life-affirming and completely unforgettable.

2. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

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Synopsis | goodreads

Christopher John Francis Boone knows all the countries of the world and their capitals and every prime number up to 7,057. He relates well to animals but has no understanding of human emotions. He cannot stand to be touched. And he detests the color yellow.

Although gifted with a superbly logical brain, for fifteen-year-old Christopher everyday interactions and admonishments have little meaning. He lives on patterns, rules, and a diagram kept in his pocket. Then one day, a neighbor’s dog, Wellington, is killed and his carefully constructive universe is threatened. Christopher sets out to solve the murder in the style of his favourite (logical) detective, Sherlock Holmes. What follows makes for a novel that is funny, poignant and fascinating in its portrayal of a person whose curse and blessing are a mind that perceives the world entirely literally.

3. The Girl with all the Gift

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Synopsis | goodreads

Melanie is a very special girl. Dr. Caldwell calls her “our little genius.”

Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.

Melanie loves school. She loves learning about spelling and sums and the world outside the classroom and the children’s cells. She tells her favorite teacher all the things she’ll do when she grows up. Melanie doesn’t know why this makes Miss Justineau look sad.

The Girl with All the Gifts is a sensational thriller, perfect for fans of Stephen King, Justin Cronin, and Neil Gaiman.

4. The Sun is Also a Star

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Finally, I get to have this book! From what I heard from my co-bookstagrammers this book is such a perf. What else would you expect from the great Nicola Yoon, btw.

Synopsis | goodreads

Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.

The Universe: Every moment in our lives has brought us to this single moment. A million futures lie before us. Which one will come true?

 

I’m ready to dig into these books’ soul. Hoping that midterms would end soon.

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Apology

Apology

I’m so sorry guys if I haven’t posted anything for awhile. I’m very busy with school, especially with my thesis. But I promise that I WILL TRY to update every week starting next week. I have so many unfinished book reviews here, but don’t ya worry, I’m gonna finish these and post it here and be more active like what I expected to happen. 

Oh yes, guys, I have something to share to you pala…

One of the things that I and my friends are into right now is vlogging. Yes vlogging. We already have two vlogs but we’re still on the process of decided whether to publish it on youtube or not. Hmmmmmmm

This is one of the vlogs that we’ve made. This one is one of the the most cliche video in vlogging history

 

When we already have a decision wheteher we’re going to pursue this vlogging thing, I’ll post the link of our channel here and gonna update you about it.

Guys, I PROMISE, I’m going to update, probably next week. Maybe I’m going to post my book review of Holding Up the Universe or Landline.

Good morning/night bookworms! ❤

Davao Book haul

Davao Book haul

So we went to Davao City last week for some research purposes. So after we finish every acadamic pursuits, we went to Abreeza to grab some lunch, and surprisingly National Book Store is having their 50% Cut Promo, but not all books are 50% off, there are just some of it, and most of it are 20% off. But then anyway I bought myself two books, just two because I didn’t have much money that time. Isn’t it too painful that you just only bought two books? Good gracious, it’s very painful. Very painful to leave the store with just two books, and leaving other books you want behind. 

So anyways I bought:

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Nieven

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Synopsis:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything. 

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

(From Goodreads)

Saint Anything by Sarah Dessen

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Synopsis:

Peyton, Sydney’s charismatic older brother, has always been the star of the family, receiving the lion’s share of their parents’ attention and—lately—concern. When Peyton’s increasingly reckless behavior culminates in an accident, a drunk driving conviction, and a jail sentence, Sydney is cast adrift, searching for her place in the family and the world. When everyone else is so worried about Peyton, is she the only one concerned about the victim of the accident?

Enter the Chathams, a warm, chaotic family who run a pizza parlor, play bluegrass on weekends, and pitch in to care for their mother, who has multiple sclerosis. Here Sydney experiences unquestioning acceptance. And here she meets Mac, gentle, watchful, and protective, who makes Sydney feel seen, really seen, for the first time.

The uber-popular Sarah Dessen explores her signature themes of family, self-discovery, and change in her twelfth novel, sure to delight her legions of fans.

(From Goodreads)

 

and till now I haven’t opened and read it coz I still have my current reads. Hopefully next week, coz I have lots of time in my hands, that’s because its semestral break!

 

What do you think of these books?

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Book review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Book review: Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

Summary

Clare and Aidan are high school sweethearts who are boundlessly happy and really ‘dove’ each other. They had shared lots of memories that are hardly to forget. But now, Clare wants to break up. It’s logical that separate colleges will cause them to drift into a long distance relationship, and it’s far better, to break up in good terms than later on when they are miles apart. But can these two say goodbye without resenting the other?

Over the next twelve hours before the pair are expected to pack up and go Clare and Aidan have a night planned to retrace their relationship, revisiting all the places that had significance in their relationship so that they can say goodbye with enough closure to move on. The one night that will lead them to a roller-coaster ride and encounter the truths to every secrets and lies. The one night that will determine if they will stick their relationship through despite the fact that they’re both heading off to colleges on opposite coasts or whether it’s best to call it a day.

 

Relate

Distance should never matter if two people love each other, but not for Claire and Aidan. Being in a long distance relationship is never an easy task for all of the couples. Communication only varies through text and social networking sites and the fear that your partner might have another one while you’re not around is so heartbreaking. In fact, there are a lot of couples who never succeeded in long distance relationship. There are always circumstances that could ruin the relationship and the fate of the couples.  Another thing is, there is no assurance that all couples in High School will last until college since in college there will be a hundredfold of opportunities to experience new things and to mingle with all the new friends you’ll gain in college. But, this thing will be impossible if one person is committed since all nights and vacant periods will be intended to long distance phone calls with the person you love.

 ‘’And it is more than just the distance,” she tells him. You know it is. Nobody survives this kind of thing. You pretend it’s going to work, and you make all these promises and then talk on the phone very night and text each other between classes and maybe manage a visit during fall break or something. But then everything’s awkward, because so much has changed, and you don’t fit into each other’s lives anymore’’

Being in a relationship requires fate and trust towards each other. We must learn to take risks in order to make the relationship succeed. Even the smallest detail should be known in order for the relationship to be open and strong. Just like Claire and Aidan, their fate is shaken towards each other because of just a single lie.

We all know that actions speak louder than words but not in a relationship. It is not enough to just make your love ones feel it. Sometimes, they also need words to make them feel assured that you really love them. They need those words to make them feel special, exceptional and to make them feel that your life’s purpose is their purpose too.

“I might not say it, but I obviously show you how I feel,” she says. “Why do the words have to be so important?”

“They just are,” he says, standing up and brushing and brushing off the back of his jeans.

When he starts to walk away, she stands up, too. “I don’t get why you’re so upset about this now,” she says jogging after him. “I didn’t think you cared before—‘’

He stops abruptly. “God, Clare! Of course I cared. How many times do you think someone can say I love you without hearing it back?” (Smith, 100)

 

There is never a perfect relationship. There will always be circumstances that would test the relationship. But one thing’s for sure, all the problems and trials will never matter if the two of you have trust, faith and willing to take risks to make the relationship go stronger and everlasting. (by Nathalie Morales)

 

Review

Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is reaching out to those who are feeling helplessly lost in their relationship because maybe the next chapter of their lives is inevitably pulling them away from each other, but are not quite ready to let go yet.

This book is all about Aidan and Clare, and their adventure, more like a scavenger hunt within 12 hours, visiting places that have mean something to their relationship, and they work up the courage to decide if they want to break up or still be together and have this long distance relationship.

“That after all this time, we only have twelve hours left. I mean…we’re finally here, you know? At the end of the road.”

“Trust me,” Aidan says, reaching for her hand. “A lot can happen in twelve hours.” (Smith, 2)

“So this is a chronological scavenger hunt, then.”

“It’s not a scavenger hunt at all. Think of it more like a refresher course.” (Smith, 7)

Clare had made a list of the places they’re going to visit. At first Clare only wanted to reminisce the memories she and Aidan had shared, but as the quiet night goes by their adventure quickly turns into unexpected one, it takes them on a roller-coaster through their past, from their first conversation to their first kiss and they ended up making new memories to take with them as they got ready to say goodbye to each other and their friends.

“We’re definitely not wasting our time on sleep” she tells him, pulling a folded piece of notebook paper from the pocket of her dress. “We have way too much to do.”

“Aidan raises an eyebrow. “That’d better not be a list of reasons why we should break up….”

“It’s not,”…. “I just figured maybe we could use a plan.” (Smith, 2)

This story is written from a third person limited point of view, most closely following Clare, her thoughts, and her emotions. Clare is so painstakingly familiar with Aidan that she can tell what he’s thinking and how he’s feeling just by the look in his eyes or the expression on his face. That way, we as readers are never left wondering how Aidan may be feeling yet having an overwhelming understanding of Clare’s feelings. Jennifer Smith manages to find the perfect balance between the two. Seeing as this is a story all about staying together or breaking up, Smith gives both Clare and Aidan contradicting opinions on the matter. While Aidan believes that they should fight for what they have.

Clare has a more practical mind-set wherein what will happen in the next few hours, months, years, really matters. She even tells Aidan that,

“You know how I feel about you… But I just… I think we might have an expiration date” (Smith, 51)

This not only allows the book to reach out to a wider demographic of people, but it sets a bittersweet mood throughout the entirety of the book. It evokes a multitude of emotions, ranging for hope to sadness to frustration. It was also exceedingly relatable. It made the reader’s to make Aidan and Clare’s relationship as our own. There wasn’t anything in particular to dislike about this book. It’s thought provoking, page turning, and tear jerking. It would really hit you with the heartbreaking realization that relationships that end before they are really, truly over or for some reasons that are out of their control, such as timing or distance, are far worse than relationships that end on a bitter and resentful note.

4 out of 5 stars

“Sometimes the hardest things are the ones most worth doing.”

Book review: Wonder

Book review: Wonder

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Review

Wonder is a book for everybody, young or old. It talks about the 10 years old boy named August Pullman who lives in Manhattan, New York City and has a rare facial deformities due to a genetic abnormality making him look different from all of the kids on his age. Just like every other kids, Auggie does normal things like playing Xbox, petting his dog named Daisy, and watching Star Wars and getting obsessed with it. Everything about Auggie is normal except his face. Often times, he would hide his face from the people around him, avoiding eye contact because he can see the look on the other people’s faces whenever they would took a glance of him.

Despite the fact that Auggie has a unique appearance among other children still his parents treat him as a normal person and loves him wholeheartedly. They never failed to make Auggie feel loved and cared, that’s why they come up to a decision to enroll Auggie to Beecher Prepp Middle School. For his parents, being in a school with the kids of his age would let him widen his horizons and experience normal things every kids does because Auggie was home schooled all his life.

Like many kids, Auggie is really nervous on his first day of school. Not only he is nervous for the same reason as every other child in his new school but because he knows that he cannot walk down the corridor without being the subject of stares and gossips in school. Because of his face, he experienced being the subject of bullying, all of the kids in their school do not want to touch him at first except for Summer and Jack who are his true friends. Being in school is a very difficult thing for Auggie, his one year of stay is difficult and good at the same time because he got to experience new things that he never experienced before. Things were hard for him but it ended well when the incident in the camp happened.

Reflect

This book opened my eyes to just how cruel, judgmental and prejudiced people can be.  It taught us so many important lessons. Most importantly, accepting people for who they are, instead of how they look, can make life so much better for everyone. Try to put yourself in their shoes. Imagine how it would feel to be them. Would you like everybody to stare and point? Or to be friendly and kind? A little kindness goes a long way. When you are kind to someone, you can make that person’s day.

Another thing Wonder taught me is to be brave. If someone brings you down, do something about it. Tell them to stop. Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself. I think people bully because they have been bullied themselves and want others to feel their pain.

August started school with two new friends and lots of bullies. As time goes by he showed people that he wasn’t a “freak” or a “zombie” or whatever names they call him, more and more people wanted to be his friend. At the end of the book, August achieved two of his dreams. First, he started his summer break with loads of friends. And second, he got a standing ovation.

I wish that we could all be kind and accept each other just the way we are. There would be no bullying or taunting, no intolerance or ignorance. Instead, there would be more compassion and empathy, more smiles and laughter. The world would be a better place.

5 out of 5 stars

Book review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

Book review: The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith

Synopsis

Today should be one of the worst days of seventeen-year-old Hadley Sullivan’s life. Having missed her flight, she’s stuck at JFK airport and late to her father’s second wedding, which is taking place in London and involves a soon-tp-be stepmother Hadley’s never met. Then shee meets the perfoect boy in the airport’s cramped waiting area. His name is Oliver, he’s british, and he’s sitting in her row.

A long night on the plane passes in the blink of an eye, and Hadley and Oliver lose track of each other in the airport chaos upon arrival. Can fate intervene to bring them together once more? Set over a twenty-four-hour perieod, this is a cinematic novel about family connections, second chances, and first loves.

Review

I will try not to spoil you guys.

So…

Hadley misses her flight to London by four minutes. Indeed that 4 minutes changes everything. She was on her way to her father’s second wedding held in London, and she’s not happy about this trip. Who would be happy if you know that you’re going to attend your father’s wedding with another woman that you never met, right? So while she’s waiting for the next plane, she meets an English boy who helps her with her luggage and end up sitting together. They spend the 7-hour flight getting to know with each other. (Their conversation were so funny, witty, inspiring and just random. Sometimes I found myself re-reading those lines because it was just so brilliant!)

After arriving to London, Hadley and the English boy, named Oliver part ways, and she seems to be very uneasy  thinking about the goodbye kiss he gave. You would really think some possibilities that might happen as they part their own ways and ask how will this lovers find each other again, but indeed fate is fighting for their souls to be together.

Throughout the story there’s a flashback inserted in every talks and every chapters about Hadley’s childhood, and when her parents are still together and even Oliver’s.

This book will really make you think how fate and coincidence are different and at the same time inclined with this two lovers. It will make even the synical person to be open minded and to consider the possibilities of fate, coincidence, and love at first insta-love. It’s really a beautiful story wherein you will feel love, hope, fate and coinicidence, how one missed flight could change everything  you do. It’s very well-crafted. You can’t even remove the smile on your face as you read this book.

This book is not literally about love at first sight as what the title said. It’s somehow about a typical insta-love that was growing throughout the story. It’s not just all about two lovers, it’s also about families and the hard times they’re going through.

The Statistical Probability of Love at Fist Sight is a very light read. I read this in one sitting for almost 5 hours straight. At first I was hesitant to read this because of the third person narration, but I can’t resist any Jennifer E. Smith novel. (Haha)

4.5 out of 5 stars

“Did you know that people who meet at least three different times within a twenty-four hour period is ninety-eight percent more likely to meet again?”