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Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA

Published on: September 20th 2017

 

 

**I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I did not regret spending my time with this book. It was a fun read and I’m sure you’d like it too! Read more to here out my thoughts about this great book!
Continue reading “Ann, Not Annie by Sage Steadman”

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In Between by M.A. Fernandez

 

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★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

 

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Genre: Romance

Published on: December 15, 2017

Pages: 242 (Kindle Edition)

 

**I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review**

I really want to understand why people in a relationship cheats and this book promised me an explanation of why a person does it. It didn’t deliver the reason to me. Well, maybe it did, but here’s a one word of how I understood it: lust. Continue reading “In Between by M.A. Fernandez”

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Lucky In Love by Kasie West

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★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Genre: Contemporary, Romance, YA
Published on: July 25th, 2017 by Point

Pages: 352 (Kindle Edition)

 

 

I feel conflicted about this book. Maddie frustrates me while I find Seth adorable. Throughout the duration of reading, I repeatedly said these three words in my mind: Infuriating. Annoying. Frustrating. Continue reading “Lucky In Love by Kasie West”

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Discussion Post #8: Three Things I Did This Week

Hi everyone! I’ve decided to rename WHUBUT Wednesdays into “Discussion Posts” with a twist of recent life stories happening in my life. Basically the same thing, but now more on Bookish Discussions and what-not and because it sounds a bit more appropriate. Haha!

I had been procrastinating on my blogging and have been focusing on reading a lot recently that now I’m starting to build up a TBR pile for the books that needs reviewing! Oh well ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I hate to cut this post short, but I’m really excited to read my fifth book! I’m on a rooooll!!!

Because I’m in a rush to read my next book, I’ve decided to share three things I did this week…which is a weird-sounding topic. Really. No kidding. So here we go!

Fair Warning: These are the things I did other than reading a book.

 

1. Binge-Watching Stand Up Comedies

It was an accidental encounter when someone shared a video of Trevor Noah on Facebook on one of his shows and I couldn’t help it but watch the video until the end! It was hilarious and fantastic and thought-provoking. I started watching more of his videos in his channel and he’s become my favourite comedian ever ever EVER!!! On top of that, he’s really really gorgeous. I mean, look:

 

2. Watching Documentaries

This is an out of the blue act but I’ve recently watched a documentary on Sharks feeding on seals and other predators that feed on seals and I’m not exactly sure what I’m interested in watching anymore: the majestic shark or the adorable seal…being eaten?  Huh. Crazy, I know. Who watches shark eating seals?? ME.

This is nature folks. It happens.

 

3. Binge Watching Pirates of the Caribbean

My whole life, I’ve been spelling Caribbean as Carribean. But watching Pirates of the Caribbean actually taught me how to spell it right! Who would’ve thought, aye? The movies are crazy, creative, and witty!! I’m head-over-heels for this movie. Also, I’ve noticed that Captain Jack Sparrow is a matchmaker. If you watch the movie, then you know what I mean.

 

That’s it folks! Now I’m on a run to read my next book!

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Ann, not Annie, is tired of her nominal existence and has vowed to turn things around by dating the hottest guy in school, Jacob Waters. Easier said than done since Jacob isn’t even aware she exists. The truth is, due to Ann’s lively temper she spends more time in detention with the rest of the school rejects than she does fantasizing about Jacob Waters wearing spandex.

Her best friend and devout alien believer, Lisa, doesn’t like the changes she’s seeing in her BFF. Neither does Danny Feller, a fellow detention inmate and resident lost boy who has started keeping an extra watchful and unwanted eye on Ann.

When a chance encounter in an empty hallway changes everything, Ann finds all her dreams coming true and she is well on her way to living the perfect life she’s always wanted. But appearances aren’t always what they seem and Ann is going to have to face not just cold hard facts, but also her past.

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Song of Isabel by Ida Curtis

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★ ★ ★ ★ ☆

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Published on: April 17th 2018 by She Writes Press (Kindle Edition)

Pages: 352 (Paperback Edition)

 

**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

You know, sometimes, I wish someone else could write my thought for me because I honestly barely took notes while reading this book, not because I’m lazy (but most likely) BUT SERIOUSLY THOUGH. I thought I don’t want to disturb myself while in the middle of reading it because I was so invested in the story and wanted to know how things would play out. Continue reading “Song of Isabel by Ida Curtis”

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Starlings by Jo Walton

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★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

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Genre: Fantasy, Poetry, SciFi, Short Stories
Published on: January 23rd, 2018 by Tachyon Publications (Kindle Edition)

Pages:274 (Kindle Edition)

 

**I received an e-copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review**

I read this book because I wanted to get away from reading books that are lengthy (200+ or 300+ -paged books sometimes become too lengthy for me) so I opted to read short about short stories and this book was happily sitting on my TBR pile, waiting for me to grab and read it. And read I did. Continue reading “Starlings by Jo Walton”

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WHUBUT Wednesday #7: A History of Reading

Hey everyone! Today’s WHUBUT Wednesday is centered on a story of how I became a bookworm. I posted this before, but I’m putting it up again so it can be a part of my WHUBUTs. Happy reading!

I knew when I met you, an adventure was going to happen. – Winnie the Pooh

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It is a universal fact that reading is a form of entertainment. In my case, however, it is more than that. For me, reading means bonding with words and familiarizing them. Embracing their unfamiliarity  and adding them to that long list of vocabulary. And it’s not just words you get to connect with. The best part in reading is that you get to connect with those people who creatively formed words into sentences, turning into them paragraphs, and into a book.

At a young age, I developed a curiosity with books. I vaguely remember certain occasions when I would enter the library of the primary school I went to. I would always go to the shelved cases containing educational picture books. One of those books contained a cover page with a dodo bird in it. Most of the time, I would simply stare at those books behind the glass case. Other times, I’d pick up one and simply look at the pictures it contained. I was at a very young age then, and my sole interest was running around and playing tag or hide and seek.

Then came a time when my mom would bring my sister and I to a mini mall that had this huge playground, with a sea of plastic balls in one of its stations and a shortcut to a small children’s library. As a curious cat, I followed the short trail towards the room, immediately liking the lack of noise and the comfort of the bean bags spread out across the room. Who would’ve though it was the start of a spark of interest.

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Current Read

38907084Lady Isabel is just twelve years old when Lord Chetwynd rescues her from being raped by warriors in his company. When they meet eight years later, each has a good reason for entering an arranged marriage. Together, they embark on a perilous journey to the court of King Louis. On the way, danger from enemies on the journey brings them closer together; when they arrive at court, rivalry and intrigue nearly parts them. Ultimately, however, they survive these trials through their own native wit and charm—and gain new respect and love for one another. 

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[GUEST REVIEW]: of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

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Author: Dhonielle Clayton

Publication Date: February 6, 2018

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The cover of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton is Barbie Dreamhouse pink, with sparkles and roses adorning the cover. Inside is a map of the fictional island setting, beautifully detailed in hot pink and white. On the front of the cover is a beautiful girl (although her eyebrows are a little scary) in fancy dress with a sultry expression. Okay, so I can’t say I’m a fan of the girl’s look on the cover, but, overall, I believe that this cover perfectly reflects the tone of the novel. It’s ornate, and so, so pink, enough to make me slightly uncomfortable picking up the book. Continue reading “[GUEST REVIEW]: of The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton”

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Bookish Promotions: The Golden Bones by Lexi Brady

Hey everyone! What’s up? Today’s agenda was running around town trying to accomplish several things in my to-do list but it turned out only one of the item was ticked off of my list and took home two books! I can’t tell you what it is yet as it will spoil my April Wrap-Up so look out for that at the end of the month.

As of the moment, I would like to share with you a gorgeous looking book, The Golden Bone by Lexi Brady! If you were a pirate you’d totally be unable to resist this book’s cover and while you’re smitten by it, don’t forget to add it on Goodreads and pre-order it in AmazonThe Golden Bone is coming out on June 5th 2018!

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How far would you go to save your sister? 

In a town made of ghosts and dreamers there are only three rules to which one must oblige. 

Never go into the forest alone. 

Never talk to the ghosts. 

Never make deals in the dark.

Ophelia Danger broke the first two rules not thinking of the consequences and now her sister has disappeared. 

To save Resa, Ophelia has no choice but to make a deal with the devil.

 

Here’s a sneak peek of the story to get you started:

“What do you want?”

Ophelia lifted her chin, staring into a reflection of her own eyes with a foolish determination, “I want to get my sister back.”

A wicked smile ghosted across what was now Resa’s face. “You want Resa?”

“Yes.”

“And what would you give me in return?”

Anything.

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WHUBUT Wednesday #6: Prepping for Readathons

Recently, I’ve been so alive in my blog despite having a reviewing slump and it has been fun doing all these posts that I have posted four blog posts the previous days (which is a rare thing for me, actually)!! …now the challenge is, if I could be consistent.

This week had been a very pleasant one for me. Every day, I did something progressive like cleaning the house, doing some exercises, drinking a lot of water, noting down five things I’m thankful for, and writing on a journal. Aaah it feels extremely satisfying to accomplish a lot of things!

Speaking of accomplishments, tomorrow marks the beginning of #25inFive Readathon that and ends on Monday, April 9, 2018. I will be joining in and I’m so excited to start my first Readathon this year! The aim of this Readathon is to accumulate twenty-five hours of reading in five days. If you’re interested in joining, be sure to use the #25infive and tag your bookish friends so they can participate as well!

Readathons are one way to reducing your TBR shelves and participating in one connects you with other bookworms around the world. So basically, you’re hitting two birds with one stone. To prep yourselves for readathons, here are FOUR things you might want to do before taking on that challenge:

  • Find Your Reading Spot.

Whether it be in a sitting position, lying down on your stomach (or back), doing a hand stand, or being up in on the trees, you know you need that comfortable space when reading. Hand in hand with your reading spot is the type of environment you’re in. Listening to music, be surrounded in books, splashing with the crocodiles. Completely your choice! Mine, for example, is a cool place with minimal noise. As soon as I read a book, everything around me magnifies and so I’d easily get distracted and lose my concentration, hence little noises please.

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  • Line Up The Books You Want To Read.

With a mountain of TBR books, it is a dilemma to choose what book we want to read next! Now, your goal is not about perusing your shelf in a certain amount of time. It’s reading as much as you can to reduce that mountain into a hill… which is slightly impossible but at least we’re trying!

To maximize your time in Readathon challenges, line up beforehand —a week before, a night before, doesn’t matter as long as it’s BEFORE—the books you want to read. You can pile them up, or write them down, totally up to you! That way, you’d get organized and ready to get on with the next book!

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  • Hoard Some Snacks!

Reading requires analysis and thus, makes use of energy. So it’s only proper to munch on a biscuit or a cupcake while doing so. Don’t starve yourself and end up literally eating your books! Grab a bucket of fries or a plate of nachos or a box of pizza. Whatever snack you want to devour, snag it. Snag it now! Oh, and don’t forget to bring tissues, unless you want to dirty up the page of your book.

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  • Breathe In, Breathe Out

Last but not the least, take a deep breath and take the challenge head on! Although you do this every second of your life, do it again, but this time, breathe deep. It’s kind of like a shower to your lungs. You’re showering your lungs with fresh air because you might want to hold your breath when the plot drops.

If you did all that, then you are sooo ready for that Readathon! Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go  swallow a gallon of air to sustain me for possible plot twists that will blow my mind. Ciao for now!

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Were these tips helpful? Are you joining any Readathons? Let me know in the comments below!

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Current Read

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An intimate first flight of short fiction from award-winning novelist Jo Walton (Among Others, The King’s Peace).

A strange Eritrean coin travels from lovers to thieves, gathering stories before meeting its match. Google becomes sentient and proceeds toward an existential crisis. An idealistic dancer on a generation ship makes an impassioned plea for creativity and survival. Three Irish siblings embark on an unlikely quest, stealing enchanted items via bad poetry, trickery, and an assist from the Queen of Cats. 

With these captivating initial glimpses into her storytelling psyche, Jo Walton shines through subtle myths and wholly reinvented realities. Through eclectic stories, subtle vignettes, inspired poetry, and more, Walton soars with humans, machines, and magic—rising from the everyday into the universe itself.