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The Driveway Has Two Sides by Sara Marchant

The Driveway Has Two Sides
★★★☆☆(3.5)

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Genre: Novella, Nature
Published on:  July 11, 2018 by Fairlight Books
Pages: 128 (Kindle Edition)

**I am deeply grateful to the publisher and the author for providing me a copy of this book through Netgalley. This review solely contains my honest thoughts and opinions.**

 

The first time I saw the cover of The Driveway Has Two Sides on Netgalley, I got curious what the story was about. As a book cover picker, I couldn’t help but be drawn to the simplicity of its cover. It felt like I was told that behind that cover, there was a story that needs to be read. Because I didn’t have any thought in mind on how the story would go, I was able to enjoy reading the story as what it was. Continue reading “The Driveway Has Two Sides by Sara Marchant”

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Surviving and Thriving with An Invisible Chronic Illness: How to Stay Sane and Live One Step Ahead of Your Symptoms by Ilana Jacqueline

 

Surviving and Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness: How to Stay Sane and Live One Step Ahead of Your Symptoms
★★★★★

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Genre: Non-fiction
Published on:  March 1, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 201 (Kindle Edition)

**I am deeply grateful to the publisher and the author for providing me a copy of this book through Netgalley. This review solely contains my honest thoughts and opinions.**

It’s time to step up my shelf with a non-fiction book. Surviving & Thriving with an Invisible Chronic Illness by Ilana Jacqueline is the first non-fiction book that I’ve finished.  Ever. It was a short book and very concise but I wanted to take my time in reading it because of the helpful information it contained and that I found those information to be fragile and needs to be given more attention. There are a lot of things to learn from Jacqueline’s book and believe me when I say that it will be worth your time if you choose to read this book.

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Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird

Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen
★★★★★

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Genre: Historical Fiction, Romance
Published on:  September 4th, 2018 by St. Martin’s Press
Pages: 400 (Kindle Edition)

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

There’s so much to talk about when it comes to this book, so it’s not a surprise I’ve written a lengthy review about it. It’s been a while since I last felt this burst of passion and excitement in making a review. I never expected that this book would pull out those emotions in me! Sarah Bird’s book is one of those books that grips you. So I guess I’m adding historical fiction in my list of weakness now. Continue reading “Daughter of a Daughter of a Queen by Sarah Bird”

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Let’s Talk About: Multi-Reading (Part 1)

Hey, and welcome to a series of Let’s Talk About Something! This Series will consist of posts with a randomly thought out topics (may or may not be book related, but in most cases… it will be a book-related topic because duh, this is a book blog. Anyway), where conversations can be built on. Personally, the purpose of LTAS is for when I don’t have a book review prepared. Ha!

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Obsidian (Lux Series 1) by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Obsidian (Lux, #1)
★★★☆☆ (3.5)

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Genre: Romance, Science Fiction, YA
Published on:  May 8th 2012 by Entangled: Teen
Pages: 294 (Kindle Edition)

 

This is the second time I’ve read this book so my only expectation is for the hype to stay up, up and UP. The humor was strong as ever, the romance was still high, but a few levels lower from the first read, and the plot isn’t as mind-blowing as I used to think. Although I forgot some information about the story, I remember the events and it didn’t seem as mind-blowing as I thought it would be.
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Her Hollywood Boyfriend by K.R. Grace

Her Hollywood Boyfriend by K.R. Grace

My Rating: ★★★☆☆

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Genre: Fiction, Romance, YA
Published on:  May 4th 2018
Pages: — (Kindle Edition)

 

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

Her Hollywood Boyfriend was a book I read last year around November, when I could slip a portion of my time reading. I thought it would be exciting to read a contemporary since I’ve been soaked in reading fantasy-based novels. A bit of normalcy or a story centered on real life sounded nice and it works well when a change in genre is needed to balance things out. Continue reading “Her Hollywood Boyfriend by K.R. Grace”

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Back to Blogging

A grand new year to everyone across the blogosphere! With it, comes my resolve to make a comeback in my blog. Choo-choo! Let me expand this further in a moment.

Just as the new year started, I also began my journey in the world of bullet journalling. Just to keep things neat and tidy, I had to buy a separate notebook with grids in it (because I am NOT good with making straight lines). Bullet journalling is a great way to keep things organized and keep track of daily activities from habits to moods to to-do lists and so on! Because of it, there’s so much I was able to achieve in the past few days that I normally wouldn’t be able to. Also, it is such a fantastic motivation for when you need to look forward to something every day, especially the crossing out/highlighting part of completed tasks. It gives off an accomplished vibe that, in my case, feels incredibly satisfying. If you’re not journalling yet, start one now!

As I’ve mentioned over at my bookstagram profile, this year’s reading journey will be at a slow pace. Going against the current, I won’t be setting a reading challenge. I found that it was restricting me from choosing the book that I really want to read and as weird as it sounds, it made me feel a bit claustrophobic. Like I said, weird. So instead, I will pick a book based on my mood. Or maybe I’ll just follow the Laws of Attraction. Let the book and I attract each other. LOL

And to top off this post, I might make some changes on this blog. A tweak here, a bit of tinker there. Simply to have a different feel on my blog for this year. And to keep things a bit more sorted out.

All that being said, my resolve is up and I believe 2019 will be an amazing year. I can already feel it! See you at the next blog stop!

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[REVIEW]: Game of Secrets by Kim Foster

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★★☆☆☆

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Genre: Fantasy, Historical Fiction, YA
Published on:  July 3rd 2018 by Sky Pony Press
Pages: 338 (Kindle Edition)

 

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

Game of Secrets by Kim Foster is such an interesting title and matched with that attractive cover, I thought, “Wow, this looks like a good book!” And so I went my way and read it. And it isn’t what I expected it would be.

The story unfolds through the eyes of Felicity Cole, a mere human. But her seven-year-old brother is a Tainted.

The Tainted. They are a plague to society. Having the ability to defy the laws of matter, these people are dangerous and needs to be completely annihilated. Anyone manifesting signs beyond human strength is captured by the Huntsmen, taking them away from the eyes of society. Not even the rats living in the gutters would dare bat an eye at them.

Driven by the responsibility to shield him from prodding eyes around them, Felicity must keep her guards up at all times to keep her brother safe. But when an encounter with a stranger turns out into a bloody mess, Felicity reveals something she didn’t even know about herself.

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What Did I Miss?

Finally, finally, FINALLY! I’ve been gone for months but it’s good to be back in the blogosphere!!

First and foremost, I am sorry for being gone for sooo long. I had been self-reflecting and figuring out myself. I reflected on the 5 WH questions about my life and I can finally say that the fog in my brain has been cleared. Now,  I can truly see the goals I want to achieve in this life. Other than pondering on my thoughts, I recently got myself two jobs and even though I get exhausted at the end of the day, I found enjoyment in both of them.

Hence, my super long absence in the book-blogging world.

But now that I’ve gathered myself, I think I’m ready to open a book again and go on adventures. Although, my blog posting schedule will be reduced from two posts a week to one post a week, I hope to do my best. So until then, I’ll see you around, people of Blogosphere!

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Things I Did 101

Belated Happy 4th of July to my USA friends out there!!

There were several things that got me busy that I’ve been absent from the blogosphere for weeks. So, allow me to take this moment and share with you what I’ve been up to!

Thing #1: Building my fortress

It’s more likely my fortress is building itself. This sounds completely unusual because pfft. Since when did fortresses build themselves?! But really, all I do is water it, and let it grow itself.

OH WAIT. Did I say fortress?

I meant forest. Mini forest aka garden. I’ve been building an herb garden to make potions because the Southern Witches need them ASAP for the fun of it. Not like some being are in need of it. I mean, I honestly LOVE gardening  but hadn’t had the time before. Now I’m back from the dead a busy life and living that leisure-ish life.

Gardening is such a simple task that you don’t have to be a green thumb to start growing a plant! Here are the basics: Grab a seed. Bury it 3 inches deep. and wait for it to grow Don’t forget to cross your fingers and hope you grew this cute little thing:

and not this one…

Thing #2: Surprising Momma

Recently, my mom had her 50th birthday and we planned to surprise her, and surprising her we did! It was such a marvelous sight to see her oozing with so much happiness. I believe that our mommas are the ones who sacrifice the most in the family, and she deserves all the good things the world has to offer. This reminds me of the Q&A of Miss World 2017. If you haven’t yet, check out Manushi Chhillar’s answer!

Thing #3: I GOT THE ROLE OF CINDERELLA!!!

That sounds like a misleading subheading because I did NOT audition for a drama or a play or a movie or any films. Nevertheless, I still got the role.

I’ve been cleaning a LOT lately (I sound like complaining but really, I’m not) and oh boooooy. There’s more of it out there so I’m going to be like:

And that’s it! Those are the things I’ve been doing so there is little reading I’ve done lately. Well, it’s either read 10 novels straight or read nothing for a month or longer. There’s no in between.

 

HOW ABOUT YOU?

  • What do you do when you’re not reading?