BLOG TOUR | You Know I’m No Good by Jessie Ann Foley

In You Know I’m No Good, we follow Mia through her stay at Red Oak Academy as a result of being a troubled teen. We also know from the beginning the last straw that pushed her father and stepmom to have her admitted. What we don’t know however, until a little further to the story, is the reason that started her spiral out of control. In Red Oak Academy, we get a glimpse of who Mia really is: a smart and caring person who needed to have such a tough facade in order to mask the pain and hate that’s […]

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Please Pick Me by Reina Regina

And if a reader lives a thousand lives,then the thousand heroines in mewould gladly belong in a thousand happily-ever-afterswith the thousand heroes in you. I used to write poetry when I was younger. Rhyming verses expressing strong feelings towards a boy I fell in love with filled a few notebooks. I was 13, and we were in the same class. For four years I wrote mostly about him. Reading Please Pick Me by Reina Regina brought me back to him. Please Pick Me is divided in 4 sections: flowers, thorns, roots, and seeds. Each section is a collection of poems […]

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BLOG TOUR | Vampires of Portlandia by Jason Tanamor

According to the lore, the legend involved two brothers, both gods. One brother Gugurang, was pure, and the other, Asuang, was flawed. Growing up in the Philippines, I remember being more frightened than usual nearing November 1st and 2nd. These are the days when we mostly visit our dead relatives. I’ve always felt as if the pull of the supernatural is weirdly strong during these two days — I am also 150% scaredy-cat so, what do I know? Haha! I also remember news segments dedicated to ghosts, white ladies, and weird unworldly sightings. In addition to that, we live in […]

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Blog Tour | Furia by Yamile Saied Méndez

One day, when a girl was born in Rosario, the earth would shake with anticipation for her future and not dread. It’s release day!!! Set in Argentina, Furia follows Camila, a girl who has big dreams of becoming a professional soccer player. With a budding-soccer-star for a brother, it’s easy to say that Camila’s talent runs in the family. However, her family’s expectations of her lead her to hide her love and talent for the sport. I found the pacing in the beginning a bit difficult to get into. However, once I got used to it, it flowed beautifully. Méndez […]

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WIKATHON: August 2020 TBR

Wikathon TBR

I’ve first heard of Wikathon through Kath’s Instagram. I pretty much swore to myself I will join in, and for once I WILL FINISH IT. I’ve joined readathons before, but I have never finished one. I even joined two reading challenges for 2020 and , well, I’m probably not going to complete that either. But this one, this one I’m going to commit to. What is wikathon? Wikathon is a month long readathon dedicated to Filipino authors. If you don’t know, I am Filipino: born and raised (although I am currently residing outside the country). I remember my elementary school […]

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WWW Wednesday No. 1

Book Spines: Hungry Hearts, Winter, The Goldfinch

WWW Wednesday is hosted by TAKING ON A WORLD OF WORDS where in we share our answers to these three questions: What are you currently reading? What did you recently finish reading? What do you think you’ll read next? I’m currently reading three books coming in to July: Hungry Hearts – which I’m enjoying so far. It’s a collection of stories centred on food on Hungry Hearts Row. Winter – Ah, the conclusion to The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer. I’m a little upset I haven’t finished the series already. The Goldfinch – I have heard great and bad things […]

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Blog Tour: The Unready Queen by William Ritter

Human and goblin brothers Cole and Tinn are finding their way back to normal after their journey to the heart of the Oddmire. Normal, unfortunately, wants nothing to do with them. Fable, the daughter of the Queen of the Deep Dark, has her first true friends in the brothers. The Queen allows Fable to visit Tinn and Cole as long as she promises to stay quiet and out of sight—concealing herself and her magic from the townspeople of Endsborough. But when the trio discovers that humans are destroying the Wild Wood and the lives of its creatures for their own […]

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Three Things I Learned In Fixing My Goodreads Bookshelves

A few weeks ago, as I was scrolling through my Goodreads profile, I noticed how dull my bookshelves were. All I could see were a number of “read-in-insert year here” in addition to the default shelves. So I decided to fix it. I deleted my yearly shelves and changed them to something more specific. Listed below are the three things I learned in doing so. Goodreads do count the number of books and pages you read per year. I found this out as I was randomly clicking links around my profile. As much as I wanted to get rid of […]

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The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade

The Very Last Leaf by Stef Wade is an adorable book. We watch Lance Cottonwood pass his classes with flying colours: from wind resistance, photosynthesis to pigment changing. He’s easily the best in his class. However, during his final exams we find out there is one thing he worries about. This is such a great book not just for little kids, but also for adults. It teaches us a few things: We can only be ourselves. We not need to compare us to others as we all have our own unique traits that make us who we are. We are all capable of […]

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SPL March Book: The Nickel Boys

The capacity to suffer. Elwood — and all the Nickel boys — existed in the capacity. Breathed in it, ate in it, dreamed in it. That was their lives now. Otherwise they would have perished. The beatings, the rapes, the unrelenting winnowing of themselves. They endured. But to love those who would have destroyed them? To make that leap? . . . Elwood shook his head. What a thing to ask. What an impossible thing. Whitehead, Colson. The Nickel Boys. p 172 When I found out our book club’s March pick was The Nickel Boys, I got excited. After all, […]

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