Binging Filipino movies for August (+ recommendations)

I can’t believe August is already ending. Why does time feel relatively slow and fast all at the same time? MAKE IT MAKE SENSE.

Hello, lovely people. It’s been a hot minute here on The Ultimate Fangirl, huh? A lot of things… happened. But that story is for another day. For the meantime, I want to focus on something close and dear to my heart. Here in the Philippines, August is a dedicated month for our national language: Filipino. Back when we were still allowed to go outside, schools tend to be very festive and you can anticipate scheduled festivities encapsulating the area. For me, our school often has this rule where we have to wear Filipinianas every Monday. Every 9th and 10th grader should be preparing for Sayawit and Sabayang Pagbigkas, as every section is trying to covet the prize of… bragging rights (and a trophy and prize money, if your school was that fancy).

Note: Sayawit roughly translates to “dance and song”, as this activity requires students to create an interpretative dance to the beat of a traditional Filipino song. Sabayang Pagkigkas on the other hand translates to “choral recitation”, wherein students usually recite a poem that is correlated to the theme of the overall celebration. These doesn’t exactly sound tense, but believe me when I say that A LOT of things can happen when everyone is preparing for this.

But I’m not in high school anymore. Those events are only part of my memories now. So I made up for the hollow feeling in my chest by doing three things: 1) Join Wikathon, 2) only watch Filipino movies, and 3) focus on locally produced media. I hope to also share posts regarding the other two, but I want to start on the one ‘prompt’ I actually stuck with. Since the start of the nationwide imposed quarantines, movies had been my primary source of escape. Most of the time, it gives me that serotonin boost that I badly need after seeing an angry man on the TV telling his constituents to inhale gasoline to prevent themselves from getting sick. And since working from home, I’ve been trying to balance the time I spend for work and for leisure. Which is why I decided to dedicate my weekends to watching Filipino films.

The ‘prompt’ I set for myself is simple: just choose a Filipino movie that catches your interest. It’s not that hard to do. To cop out on it would be a shame, since it’s the only designated task I set for myself during the weekend. Plus with the addition of streaming platforms stocking up a lot of Filipino movies in their arsenal, I had no excuse not to bask myself in the glory of Philippine cinema. It also helped that Cinemalaya (an annual film festival here in the Philippines) was held virtually this year. I was able to watch more movies than I ever did for any month, which was a pretty spectacular feat.

So here’s a breakdown of what I’ve seen as of writing:

*titles in bold are highly recommended for viewing

Full-length films

  • Ang Kwento Nating Dalawa (The Story of Us That Never Was)
  • Sana Dati (If Only)
  • Exes Baggage
  • Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank (The Woman in the Septic Tank)
  • Ang Babae Sa Septic Tank 2: Forever is not Enough (The Woman In The Septic Tank 2: Forever is not Enough)

I was able to watch these films through iFlix and iWant. Both streaming platforms have free films available, but iWant also offers premium movies for a really cheap price.

Short films

Cinemalaya Short Feature:

  • Ang Gasgas na Plaka ni Lolo Bert (The Broken Vinyl Record of Old Bert)
  • Pabasa Kan Pasyon (Chanting the Passion)
  • Tokwifi (Star)
  • Fatigued
  • Quing Lalam Ning Aldo (Under the Sun)
  • To Calm The Pig Inside
  • Living Things
  • Utwas (Arise)
  • Excuse Me Miss, Miss, Miss
  • The Slums

These films were all amazing, but Quing Lalam Ning Aldo really takes the cake for me.

Cinemalaya Premiere

  • Basurero (Dump)
  • Nang Em
  • General Rizal

CINEMALAYA INDIE NATION SHORtS

  • Igib (Fetch)
  • Jepoy
  • Ang Meron Sa Wala (Beyond Nothing)
  • Pinakanakapagpapabagabag-damdamin (Most Disturbing Feeling)
  • Sakmit (Seize)
  • Dama de Noche
  • Grand Gestures

Now since most of the movies I’ve listed are not exactly accessible at the moment, I thought I could share some of the other Filipino movies I have seen and enjoyed this year. I highly recommend these, especially if you would want to hold a Filipino movie marathon on your own pace:

Ang Babae sa Septic Tank (2011)

Directed by: Marlon N. Rivera

What is it about: Two budding indie film makers and their silent PA want to make an internationally-acclaimed film that features the portrayal of the poverty in the PH.

What I liked about it: I loved how we got a glimpse of how films were made. On the bright side, I love the subtle mockery of the adamant poverty films. And Eugene Domingo definitely stole the show with her portrayal here.

Where to watch: Free on iWant


Lola Igna (2019)

Directed by: Eduardo Roy Jr.

Trigger warnings: Discussion of death

What is it about: A grandmother who was simply waiting for her time to go gets her world toppled when it was told she was in the running to be the oldest person in the world.

What I liked about it: Not going to lie that films that feature grandparents always hit me very hard. But I liked the rekindling journey that the grandson did here, and the scenes that featured Lola Igna’s smile were so heartwarming and pure.

Where to watch: Netflix


Smaller and Smaller Circles (2017)

Directed by: Raya Martin

Trigger warnings: death, serial killings, murder, violence

What it’s about: Two Jesuit priests investigate on the serial killings of young boys happening in Payatas.

What I liked about it: While I personally haven’t read the book yet, the movie was still a haunting tale that discussed a lot of issues etched in Philippine society. The actors were brilliant, and it was a mystery that could really keep you on your toes.

Where to watch: TBA Studio‘s Youtube channel


Cuddle Weather (2019)

Directed by: Rod Marmol

What it’s about: A prostitute takes in an apprentice who was initially swindled by his recruiter.

What I liked about it: Partially recommending this because I loved Sue Ramirez’ (the main actress) acting. Though that being said, I liked how the imperfections of finding love shined through. It’s that kind of rom-com that is perfect for the cold and rainy nights.

Where to watch: Netflix


Four Sisters and a Wedding (2013)

Directed by: Cathy Garcia-Molina

What it’s about: Four sisters reunite and plot against their own baby brother to stop him from getting married.

What I liked about it: Given that this movie has already reached god-tier status, I just want to point out the fact that this movie just deserves to be seen. Want to see a great Pinoy family movie? This is it.

Where to watch: Netflix and iWant premium

Now that was an invigorating! It has been a while since I’ve actually made a cohesive recommendations post and it is just so fun to curate. What other movie recommendations would you want to see?

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#Project14Lists: Best Books I Read In 2018

Welcome to another list! Wow, I actually continued posting. Yes, I’m aware that no amount of catching up can change the fact that I am failing this challenge. I’ve been a busy adult (huhu no I am not comfortable saying it) for the past few days. I had a hurricane of a Christmas, and I was basically depended on to do chores the entire weekend. Let me tell you, cleaning up dishes on Christmas is not fun especially when everyone seemed to just want to stuff themselves silly. Then after a long day, you just want to lie down and sleep. I just want to discuss about my favorite books gosh darn it. Where do I get the energy??

Anyways, rant over. It’s time to talk about books again, hooray! Since it’s already the 31st here in the PH, I decided that I will be posting two lists today for Project 14 Lists created by Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch. The goal is to blog about lists, but I’m kinda failing here haha. Though I digress, I think this project made me think out of the box. Hence, I have a lot prepared for the next year without hopefully burning out and I received a lot of positive feedback with the posts I put up in participation of this event. While I was not able to share the posts I planned to put up, I’m optimistic that those will kickstart 2019 with a bang. Now, where were we? Right, of course it’s going to be all about the books and I am genuinely excited to be talking about my favorites for this year.

Analyzing it real quick, I love that this list is generally diverse and each book is quite unique. According to my stats, I rated 5 books with a will-save-from-a-fire status this year. One of them is a read that I’m not comfortable in sharing my feels on… yet, so I will only be tackling four specific titles today. Also, since I’m so extra, I have some graphics prepared! I thought, “Hey, why not design CD covers inspired by these books?” Because when a book inspires you so much, it’s easy to shower it with love. Plus, it’s cool to think about the possible songs that can be associated with these titles. Here are the best books that I read in 2018:

The Poet X by Elizabeth Acevedo

33294200Have you ever read a book so powerful and capable of delivering such a beautiful story in the form most endearing to you? That was The Poet X for me. Not only was it written in verse, but it exuded a driving and riveting story that speaks magnitude. Xiomara’s hauntingly beautiful story about finding her voice amidst the chaos of tradition, rules, and conventions easily made this novel a personal favorite of mine. With the writing bursting with the raw and purest emotions, it’s groundbreaking and deserving of all the awards that it has received. Never have I ever felt so strongly connected to a book like this one. It just spoke to me on a personal level and at the right moment. This book has inspired me so much that I decided to write my review in verse as well. Check out my full raving here.

What If It’s Us by Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera

What If It's UsI still end up in a puddle of feels whenever I see or hear about this book. I’ve been itching to reread it since I was done reading it. (Count how many times Bianca says read.) That’s how good this book is for me. Nothing like magnetic and unputdownable writing to save me from the abyss of craving for a book I want to save from a fire. 2018 was a better year when it came to reading romance, and I was thankful for the type of relationship that Arrhur and Ben had. For one, it’s not picture perfect with the montage and everything. Two, they leave room to grow for each other. Finally, the ending that made my heart swell. It’s ridiculously rare for me to finish a book in a day – let alone a love story that’s 400+ pages long. Yet here we are and this book definitely surpassed all of my expectations and doubts. Read my full review here, and maybe have some earbuds at hand because this one’s accompanied with actual playlists.

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

375345772018 really affirmed what I already knew about myself: I’m trash for stories as unique as Check, Please. It’s not common knowledge here on the blog, but I also love reading webcomics. They’re easy to read depending on the flow of the story, and you have a visual representation of what the characters look like. So when I heard that it was available online, I immediately jumped on the chance to read it. Now a public service reminder: Go do yourself a favor and update yourself with Ngozi’s fantastic work. Not only does it tackle hockey, but it also navigates through the topics of friendship, teamwork, and self-acceptance. Bitty’s pie-loving adorable self deserves all that is good in this world, and the slow burn romance makes you wonder if you should have been listening to Beyonce more. You’ll definitely fall in love with these characters faster than you can say “I can see your ha- YAAAAAAS THIS BOOK!” 😍😍😍

Bloom by Kevin Panetta & Savanna Ganucheau

29225589Yet another graphic novel about boys falling in love, this one easily got me hooked because of the gorgeous art style and the color scheme. Little did I know that I was breezing through it, and in every turn I fell in love. Honestly, what more can I say? It’s lightheartedly heartbreaking because for me, I felt for Ari as a teen discovering themselves. At the same time, I’m falling for Hector’s charm and perseverance. It’s a one-of-a-kind slowburn summer romance that can make readers giddy with the feels. Not only that, but all the talk about the family working and earning their keep from making bread is both a joy and a treat to read about, and the friendship dynamics ring true. Readers are in for a feast come 2019, because this will definitely be that one graphic novel that will send everyone in a frenzied hook.

There you have it! I had a blast making those covers and it definitely added to the overall feels that I have for these books. 2018, you’ve been a good reading year. The books on this list are definitely for keeps, and I truly hope you’ll have a blast reading should you pick up one of these reads.

What are some of your favorite reads for 2018?

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#Project14Lists: Recommending Movies Like My 2018 Reads

Welcome to Day 2 of Project 14 Lists, created by the one and only Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch. Project 14 Lists is a 14-day event where the goal is to be as creative as you can be with posting lists. Know more about the details of this event here.

Now despite having a scheduled post for today, I decided to throw caution to the wind and ditch it for the meantime. As I said in my previous post, I want you guys to leave with a smiling face after reading this list. What better way to do that than recommend movies? I know there’s this whole thing with books and movies – the debacle never ends. Yet sometimes it’s nice to just sit down, relax, and enjoy a good movie. Nothing beats an hour or two of anticipation and seeing beauty unveil on your preferred screen. So I thought hey, if I loved a particular book and then I could compare it with this movie, it’s a win-win right? The way this recommendation goes is that I have to have watched the movie and read the book in 2018. Now let’s get onto the list and have some fun!

Also I may have been too relaxed with updating my Letterboxd account with all of the movies that I watched this year. It was a lot. Stats to come.

If you liked Wildcard by Marie Lu but want more of the virtual reality experience, go for Summer Wars (2009).

Wait a minute there B… You didn’t like Wildcard right? Well, yes. But it doesn’t change the fact that I am all about stories that tackles the subject of virtual reality. It’s the real deal nowadays, and both of these stories present societies that incorporated their lives with a virtual world. Both stories also feature a main lead who deliver an impact to the world, causing a string of events to spiral down. Yet in the case of Summer Wars, chaos is unleashed when a virus called Love Machine infiltrates the system because of our main lead named Kenji. It’s thrilling, it’s funny, hijinks ensue with its large cast, it has heart, and it is downright entertaining. Not only that, but the various animation styles mesh well together and it compacts the story further. If you want a piece of virtual reality action, go for Summer Wars because at least this one packs just a little bit more of a punch.

If you were also rendered speechless by the fanaticism of All of This is True by Lygia Day Peñaflor, then you’ll enjoy watching Black Swan (2010)

Both of these stories still gives me the heebie-jeebies when I remember what went down. Though All of This is True is not exactly a psychological thriller, but it delivered a story that rendered me speechless. The same thing can be said with Black Swan and its stunning… everything. The story messes with you – it makes you second guess yourself on where the story wants to go. While I don’t think you should watch Black Swan after reading All of This is True (because why would you want to fry your brain from all that processing??), it is a great movie to watch if you want to see a portrayal driven by being the best. Certain topics such as competition, obsession, and manipulation are both present in these thought-provoking pieces. (Trigger warnings for both the book and the movie: mental illness, self-harm, sexual assault, gore, and suicide.)

If you love the family dynamics and the self-exploration in Elizabeth Acevedo’s The Poet X, there’s no doubt that you should go for Lady Bird (2017).

What I loved seeing in both The Poet X and Lady Bird is the way they find themselves and doing what they want to do. Xiomara finds herself in her poems, while Lady Bird wants to be her own person by proving that she can achieve what she envisions. Both stories also explore the protagonist’s sexuality, albeit what it means to become a woman in the environment that they grew up in. Equally powerful stories in their own right, the experience that these stories offer are heartfelt and worth all the great accolades that they rightfully achieved. I cannot stop talking about what a sensation The Poet X is, and I think Lady Bird also encapsulates that same incredible power.

That’s it for now, folks! It dawned on me that I also don’t watch a lot of fantasy movies. Even my movies consist of mostly historical and/or contemporary stories. Some things just never change. I do hope you enjoyed these recommendations of mine, nonetheless. It was fun to compare and contrast stories on both lists, but it also made me realize that I watched way too many movies and read a lot less this year. I hope to make more of these type of lists in the future (and maybe switch it up and insert some anime in there *wink* *wink*) which I hope you guys will also enjoy.

Now the question remains: What movies remind you of a particular book? Any recommendations for my ever-growing TBW pile?

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#Project14Lists: Books I Have Yet to Rave About

Hey, and welcome to Day 1 of your daily Project 14 Lists from your ultra giddy fangirl – who is about to get ultra sappy. I haven’t been the best blogger this year, and there was so much that I wanted to say but didn’t push through in saying so. I also haven’t been the best reader, but I did prioritize the books that I was really genuinely excited for. There are a lot of things that I have overlooked. I’m still hung up with the missed opportunity to share the books that I loved in 2017. Okay, end scene. Let’s stop the sappiness and get on with the positivity.

To start things on a light note and now that we have the luxury, I think it’s about time I share my thoughts on these oh-so lovely books. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to individually curate a review for these, (Thanks uni! You’re so stressful!) but I really want to shout to the void that I truly and deeply love these books. Also despite joining a beat-the-backlist challenge for 2018, I ultimately failed it because I solely focused on reviewing new releases. (We’ll get to that. It’s a fangirl issue for another day.) With that in mind, these books in particular withstood the test of time. Remembering these books only reignited the certain feelings that I had whilst reading it, and my take on them definitely got better with time.

Here are some of the books that I absolutely adored, categorized by rating. (Curious about my rating system? Click here.)

Darius the Great is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Well first of all, Darius is a big boy. When he felt conscious about eating in front of his dad, it just made me want to hug him tight because I found another teen who understands me. Second, the family dynamics in this story was emotional and raw, especially with Darius, his dad, and him knowing more about his Iranian roots. And third, it was a poignant story of self-discovery that really hits you. Yes, I can honestly say that this book managed to make me cry.

Pride by Ibi Zoboi

Another family-oriented gem with an amazing MC to boot, the title itself radiates what this book wants to convey. Zuri Benitez is full of pride, and she’s an admirable character because of it. The book explores opening oneself to new things, the beauty of a community, and a slow burn romance (which I am honestly a sucker for). All I can say now is: “I get it now. I GET IT. I get the hype around Pride and Prejudice already.”

Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy

This was my first read for 2018, and it was an amazing book to set the standard of my reading for the year. I am honestly living for this story of self-exploration and questioning. Plus have I mentioned family dynamics (yet again because I live for it)? I swear if a book delivers more than a cheesy romantic story and tackles pressing issues, it deserves to be listed.

P. S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

You probably: Bianca, are you okay? Honey you read a sequel! Who are you even?

Well technically, it’s because I want some McClaren action. But the reason why I included it in this list is because I often do have a problem with sequels, yet this one was managed to hook me in better than the first one. Granted it didn’t solidify me rooting for Kavinsky because John has my heart over any day, but I truly honestly admire Lara Jean’s character development in this novel. It was definitely the best book in the trilogy.

Little Monsters and The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas

Every time Halloween passes and I still cannot pull off my review for these books, I die a little on the inside. Seriously, what better way to get chills than read a mystery thriller written by Kara Thomas? Little Monsters shook me with how things went down, and The Cheerleaders had a different kick to it, tackling deeper issues and delivered a morally gray ending. What more can you ask for with these? Probably why my bar is set so high for YA thrillers… But yes, it’s the reason why you should read it even if it’s not the season to get spooky. Kara’s writing is hands-down magnetic, and it’s basically like a glue that makes you want to keep reading. Just one more page? No, it’s more like you screaming, “I NEED TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT AGHHHHH!”

Check, Please by Ngozi Ukazu

Sports? Say no more because I’m immediately on board. It’s a no-brainer that this lovely graphic novel received a will-save-from-fire status from me. It was just so darn cute. Anything involving team dynamics, the thrill of winning a game, and maybe some shipping involved is just a whistle away from getting my fangirl seal of approval. So if you want to join me, read this lovely gem (It’s also available online, btw.)

Can you tell that the higher the rating goes, the more words and rambles come out? Lol

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo

It’s a fantasy! Holy smokes who is this woman??? Give me a heist or give me nothing at all. I’ve been hesitant to read this one because I DNF’ed the Grisha trilogy. It was a ride, but the first book in this series had me on my toes the entire time. I swear, with the horror of a movie that is Suicide Squad, the song Heathens fits this crew better. I love it so much that it hurts me to read Crooked Kingdom. The characters are so dynamic, the world building is phenomenal, and the heist! just keeps me on my toes. I just didn’t want it to end. But trust me when I say, you need no convincing to pick this hefty book. It speaks for itself and reading it at your own pace is the best way to enjoy it.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

Please do note the following trigger warnings for this book: rape, sexual assault, alcohol abuse, animal violence, graphic contents

Honestly I still have no words for this book despite giving it a must-save-from-a-fire status. But I will keep reiterating that this book needs to be read because it explores heavy topics, and we need books that talk about those particular topics. It left me speechless, yet I couldn’t stop reading because the writing had me hooked in. It’s dark, unsettling at times especially if you are triggered by the following topics I mentioned above, but it is definitely that one book that makes you feel a lot all at once.

My Lady Jane by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, and Jodi Meadows

Hands down, one of the best historical fiction novels out there. I’m a basic Tudor era history nerd trash, so I am an easy target for this book. Despite that immediate bias however, it was the way the authors rewrote history and added their own fantastical twist that genuinely had me laughing and made me go head over heels love this book wholeheartedly. Guess who falls in love with a freakin’ horse? Me obvi. It’s unique, it’s different, and it easily became one of the best books I have read in 2017 because of the perfect blend of humor, history, and high society. And you thought I can’t shove enough books to your faces. I beg to differ, good friend. This is the historical fiction book that you need to conquer your fears of reading about history, especially if you’re craving for some sass and humor. It’s a darn fact.


Before I end this post, I would just like to give all the biggest virtual hugs to my dear friend Shealea for organizing this lovely event. Go show her some love, since she’s also celebrating her 3rd blogiversary.

And that’s about it for today’s list! Writing this list definitely made me want to read some faves all over again and finally give them the complete stellar review that they truly and utterly deserve. Join me again tomorrow as I share another list that will hopefully bring a smile on your faces.

What are some of the books that you feel like you haven’t raved enough about on the blogosphere or in the community in general?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Binge-worthy TV Shows and Movies (get your snacks ready!)

(Title Continuation: apparently Bianca has a lot free time now living the unemployed life. Kidding. *whispers hire me*)

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish, now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl.

This is it. I’m a free woman. No more homework, no more projects, no more thesis papers, no more school. Well that’s just sad isn’t it. *cries and laughs at the same time* I’m just extremely happy to be pouring out words on the blog again. Now where were we? Right, a Top Ten Tuesday that is extremely close to my heart. It’s all about TV shows and movies! I always love it when my worlds collide on this blog. Even though this lovely blog of mine currently contains mostly bookish content, it’s a great thing to talk about my favorite shows and movies every now and then.

But first, I don’t know if this is already common knowledge but I also want to highlight some of the websites that I use to track all of the anime and movies that I have gloriously watched. Basically like Goodreads, but somehow better in some aspects.

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MyAnimeList – A true otaku loves this website. Technically the name says it all. Much like Goodreads, MyAnimeList lets you keep track of your anime. But you also got reviews, forums, latest anime news, recommendations, promotional videos, and even legal anime streaming*. It’s like hitting a solid goldmine because it also alerts you when your most anticipated anime is finally airing, or if it has an upcoming related OVA (original video animation), recap video, or movie if you turn on the notifications. I mainly use MAL to check out my anime and manga stats, plus updating my favorites every now and then. Also unlike Goodreads, I can be unapologetic and list shows that I dropped / DNF (did not finish), which is always super fun.

*streaming is for select countries only

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My current anime stats. Not even sorry about that Plan to Watch. You should see my TBR.

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Letterboxd – Although it’s a little bit weird that they display Gremlins when their site is down, Letterboxd is literally sent by the movie gods. I don’t know how I could have kept tabs on all the movies that I have seen this year because so far, I am being granted the privilege to watch the movies coming out this year on theaters. Easily enough, Letterboxd lets you rate, review, and lets you keep tabs on the movies that you have seen and want to see. Also, movie lists for recommendations! Only downside probably is that stats and recommendations based on the movies you have seen in a particular are only available for pro and patron users. But hey, it’s still pretty swell.

Now for the grand recommendations! I listed recent 10 favorite shows AND my recent 10 favorite movies because it is quite darn hard to compress 5 for both shows and movies. It’s like you’re asking me to pick 2/3 of my favorite book. There can never be an ultimate one, only those worthy enough to be saved from a fire. To make it interesting, I somewhat categorized them and will only be lowkey listing tropes because let’s face it, you saved the popcorn for the recs. 😉

TV SHOWS

If you’re in the mood for some really great sports anime and a great time to destress while laughing your head off in a high school setting, I recommend watching:

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Haikyuu!! (Number of seasons: 3; finished airing)

Start watching if you also love: Volleyball, amazing and dynamic characters, wonderfully timed comedic antics, and haha good luck choosing a team to root for

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Free! (Free! – Iwatobi Swim Club) (Number of seasons: 3; ongoing)

Start watching if you also love: Swimming, underdog team, developing friendships, and wonderful animation

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Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun (Monthly Girl’s Nozaki-kun) (Number of seasons: 1; finished airing)

Start watching if you also love: relatable and quirky cast of characters, trope-y bending comedy, a jolly good time, tall guy and short girl, slow burn romance

If you’re looking for a bit of sci-fi and fantasy your way, I suggest going for these lovely shows:

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Saiki Kusuo no Psi-nan (The Disastrous Life of Saiki K.) (Number of seasons: 2; finished airing)

Go for it if you loveinteresting *cough* wild *cough* array of characters, an MC with powers, gag comedy, hilarious high antics

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Ansatsu Kyoushitsu (Assassination Classroom) (Number of seasons: 2; finished airing)

Go for it if you love – misfitsclassroom dynamics, kids training to be assassins while also trying to beat history and math, heartwarming life lessons, an octopus professor who wants to teach kids but yeah he also blew up the moon and he needs to be killed when the year ends.

Trigger warning: violence

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Bungo Stray Dogs (Number of seasons: 2; ongoing)

Go for it if you loveSherlock but with superpowers, the mafia versus a detective agency, characters named after literary figures, the best mix of comedy and intense action-packed scenes, and A+ character development

Trigger warning: blood, gore, violence

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Violet Evergarden (Number of seasons: 1; finished airing)

Go for it if you love – alternate historical fiction, war aftermaths, learning how to feel and trust me you will feel because the episodes can and will make you cry, and stunning animation

Trigger warnings: war, depression, death, blood, violence

If you’re in the mood for western TV shows, here are some of my recent favorites:

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Sherlock (Number of seasons: 4; ongoing)

Bonus points if you also loveBenedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman *duh*, mysteries, modern retelling of Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic, thrillers

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The Crown (Number of seasons: 2; ongoing)

Bonus points if you also lovethe Windsors (aka the royal family), British history, historical fiction, drama, Claire Foy and Matt Smith

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Brooklyn Nine-Nine (Number of seasons: 5; ongoing)

Bonus points if you also lovea good laugh, detective series, A++ cast, social issues being thoroughly discussed, LGBT representation (YAAAAAAAAS QUEEN)

Movies

If you’re in the mood for romance, I recommend going for these heartbreaking and delightfully beautiful in their own right movies:

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Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name) (2016)

Binge now if you also lovemagical realism, city boy and urban girl, body swap, star-crossed (ish) lovers, trying to see if you’re not a robot

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Love, Simon (2018)

Binge now if you also love – Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, great friendships, M/M romance, Ferris wheels, the color blue, oreos

If you’re in the mood for some good animation and equally great music, or even something to make you laugh and smile, I suggest going for these films:

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Coco (2017)

Ready your streams if you also lovegreat family dynamics, knowing more about Dia de Muertos (Day of the Dead), finding oneself with music, Mexican culture, bawling your eyes out

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Singin’ In The Rain (1952)

Ready your streams if you also loveold Hollywood, superstar guy and aspiring actress gal, stellar choreography, a wonderful story overall, singing in the rain

 

Mamma Mia (2008) / Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again (2018)

Ready your streams if you also lovemother/daughter bond, summer love, ABBA, Greece, who’s the father, escapades, seriously tho ABBA

Last but definitely not the least, if you’re in the mood for some action, adventure, heists, not your usual superhero movies, and a grand time, these movies are the ones for you:

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)

Click that play button if you also lovewonderful cinematography, eye-pleasing aesthetics, a grand heist, a story within a story, Wes Anderson in general, an amazing ensemble

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Black Panther (2018)

Click that play button if you also loveWakanda, Black Panther, empowered women, when the villain actually has a point, if you want to scream Wakanda Forever

 

Deadpool (2016) /  Deapool 2 (2018)

Click that play button if you also loveDeadpool, Ryan Reynolds, puns, the antihero never shutting up, plus they also don’t sew his mouth shut this time, finding your F word

I mean, I just came back from the dark abyss of uni. I should go back to fully fledged blogging in style. This probably bypassed all my previous Top Ten Tuesday posts, but heck, *whispers worth it*. So just in case I forgot some shows or you would want to recommend me your faves, I’m all up for it.

What are your favorite anime? Favorite English shows? Favorite movies?

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P. S. If y’all want to add me on myanimelist and Letterboxd, you can find me here and here.

Anime Recaps and Japanese inspirations|| A Substitute Recap

A recap posted in the middle of the month? Shameeeeeee.

Hello everyone! I missed you all. It’s quite a long story on how I managed to finish this wrap-up, but let’s leave it for another day. Bear with me for a while. This is not my typical wrap-up (but I mean, come on. My wrap-ups always change, one way or another.) because it tackles majority of the other things that I did besides reading. And if you guessed it, a lot of the things in this recap are Japanese-related media. I decided to compile it into one post instead of putting it in a proper quarterly wrap-up because it would just dominate the whole thing. Also, July – September was pretty eventful, and I mean that literally! (This one is for another time.)

I also want to consider this as a recommendation post. So if you are looking for a new show to watch, or a movie, or an artist to listen to, I am here to help. And like my normal reviews, I am sharing my ratings for these and majority of them are linked to their respective myanimelist pages. Now let’s get on with these!

And because I was too lazy to wrap this up since April.

Wrap-Up - Books

Majority of the books that I have read for the first half of 2017 were manga. The Haikyuu! fever is strong on this one, as you can see. As if the show was not enough, I decided to read the manga and relive the action all over again. But I did manage to sneak in a few other reads as well.

 

Haikyū! by Haruichi Furudate, Volumes 1 to 12 – While I can say that I prefer the anime over the manga, it is still funny and awesome. They are livelier than ever, and it was fun to read the extra dialogue and banter that was unfortunately cut in the anime. But hey, seeing my crows in action again made me want to rewatch the anime all over again. (And I did, actually.)

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Let’s Haikyuu!? by Retsu, illustrations by Haruichi Furudate – Sensei really has a twisted sense of humor, and he takes his comedy seriously. Let’s Haikyū is a gag spin-off, and it takes the situations from the original manga into a more ridiculous setting. It is too funny to pass up, especially since it is so hilarious.

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Wrap-Up - Series

From April to October, I finally made my way back to anime territory. I promised myself that I would catch up with what I missed during my thesis. I actually stopped watching anime for a brief time, but I decided it’s time to catch up after watching Yuri! On Ice last December. And oh boy, I ended up in the trash.

Since I deprived myself for the last two years or so, I was way too hungry for some new anime. Here are the ones that I managed to finish:

Haikyuu! – I was hooked the minute they started playing. Definitely had a bit of a culture shock when I dived into it without knowing a thing about volleyball except for the actions that the players do. The first season of Haikyū was full of hopes and dreams, appointed rivals, and walls to overcome. It was intense, especially during the last few episodes. Each match can make you pause what you’re doing and it makes you want to watch intently. It was a lovely start for a series. But then again, there is Season 2.

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Haikyuu! Second Season – New characters to love, new teams to root for, on point character development, and more! Everything just leveled up. From their techniques to their intense passion to win, it only goes up from there. No spoilers since it is the 2nd season, but it is more amazing than Season 1. (Needs more Oikawa though. Okay, shutting up now before I spoil too much.)

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ReLife – It only has 12 episodes under its belt but for sure, this anime made me cry! Watching this after Haikyū could have made me slip away, but the storyline and the progress of the main protagonist in the series made me stick to this show. The story is about a guy who was given a second chance to relive his high school days in exchange of a better adult life. It was funny and inspiring, and it sure made me wish that I could take a ReLife pill. (Just kidding. ) I cannot wait for the 2nd season.

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Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun – I forgot how awesome it was to watch a good romantic comedy anime. The comedy doesn’t try too hard, and it is definitely a ray of sunshine on a cloudy day. The main character, Sakura, confesses to the guy she likes, who happens to be a shoujo manga artist. The cast is as colorful as it can be, and it is so cute. Recommended if you’re looking for a light and fluffy anime that will make you let out a hearty laugh.

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Ansatsu Kyoushitsu – DEFINITELY, POSITIVELY, INCREDIBLY, and DOWNRIGHT weird. I meant that in a good way. What do you do when you are at the bottom of the food chain at your school, and you are to be trained to be an assassin, tasked to take down the best professor you will ever have? Did I mention that that professor also happens to be some sort of yellow octopus who just wants to teach you Mathematics? It takes time to absorb what in the actual world is happening. But once you get your footing, you will get used to it. Seriously, TRY WATCHING THIS SHOW. It’s ridiculous.

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Free! – FINALLY. I finished watching it. To be honest, the only reason why I could not finish this series earlier is because I could not keep a straight face while watching it. It is basically bait because it is a sports anime where the main focus are the boys from Iwatobi and their former teammate who is now studying at Samezuka, a powerhouse school. I was able to finish it and not mind all of the abs that they are throwing on the screen. (Just being honest here.) Though the story is not perfect, rating it a 4.5 is not too shabby. I hope to enjoy Free: Eternal Summer.

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Bungou Stray Dogs – This anime made me feel like I hit a goldmine. From the first episode, it had me laughing like a crazy person. I really thought that it was going to be a serious anime all throughout, with a few chibi scenes involved for comedic relief like most anime. BUT WAIT. They break the ice and it is just goes in without hesitation. I think the best way to pitch it is like this: It’s like if BBC Sherlock experiment with ways to die and Watson can turn into a *spoiler*. Trust me, you need to watch this anime.

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These are the anime that I started watching. I will only be giving my initial thoughts:

Prince of Stride: Alternative – Projects itself like a fun sports anime about stride competitions, but it was probably my mistake to watch it after Haikyū. And it is probably the reason why I still haven’t finished watching this one at the moment.

Kuroko no Basuke 3rd Season – I actually already know what happens because I read the manga after finishing KnB’s 2nd season. I was so close to finishing this series but I just cannot part with Seirin and the Generation of Miracles just yet.

Diamond no Ace – Are you already sensing the pattern that these are all sports anime? Hahaha. I can see why they make a fuss over this. Baseball is amazing. The thing is… it’s over 100+ episodes. So if you can magically give me more time to watch it, maybe.

Cheer Danshi!! – I like the energy and the build-up is certainly there. But I may have to pass on this one for now. Don’t get me wrong: it’s not a bad anime. I may just need to be in the proper mood to watch guys cheer.

Kyoukai no Kanata – 3 episodes in but the feeling is so-so. It’s a lovely anime, there are no questions there. Yet I don’t know why I am putting this one on hold.

Kimi to Boku. – This one was a rewatch for me so I can proceed to Season 2. It still has the same slice of life feel that I felt when I first saw it, and the attachment is real because some of my favorite seiyuus voiced the main characters.

Boku no Hero Academia – I don’t know why people keep comparing this anime to One Punch Man. I mean, sure there are similarities. But both animes can stand alone and both kick ass like crazy. I need another free Saturday to finish watching this. My heart is breaking.

Ansatsu Kyoushitsu Second Season – MY FEELINGS ARE STRONG ABOUT THE OCTOPUS. IF SENSEI DIES, I AM GOING TO CRY. NO SPOILERS.

Free: Eternal Summer – The best way to watch Free! is to watch it continuously. I am 3 episodes in, and I need a Saturday where I can just watch my boys swim their way to nationals. I heard that it is more emotional than the first season, so let me ready my heart first before I give out verdicts. But ugh. I love Makoto and Momo so much.

Bungou Stray Dogs Second Half – MY BODY IS NOT READY FOR THE SECOND HALF YET. I need to mentally prepare myself.

Wrap-Up - Movies

I missed a lot of amazing movies in the past few years, specifically anime movies. For years, my friends bugged me to watch a specific title, and each time I replied that I haven’t watched it yet, it saddens me. But at the same time, I was afraid to shed tears. Let’s face it: anime movies have the tendency to make you cry. Since the runtime is only for 2 hours or less, it usually deals with slice of life. Coming back to what I missed, I took advantage of the full swing and watched… and cried a lot.

All of these movies had the potential to make me cry. But I watched it all because I need to feel the human in me. And they somewhat succeeded in that endeavor.

Kimi no Na wa. (Your Name) – I DON’T KNOW. I was wondering what all the hype was about. And I was actually so done with all romance related stuff at that point. But oh boy, words cannot fully describe how much I adored this movie. Every detail was simply breathtaking. This movie deserves every praise and the hype is real. It is tragic and romantic all at the same time. The soundtrack just hits you in the kokoro. ALL THE FEELS. ALL THE STARS. DROP EVERYTHING AND WATCH IT NOW. (Unless you don’t want to because I completely understand. But I will gladly welcome you with open arms once you realize that this movie is amazing.)

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Hotarubi no Mori e (Into the Forest of Fireflies’ Light) – How do you top a movie that made you cry and gave you an existential crisis? Simple. Just watch this movie after. They said all of the warning signs. ALL OF IT. Don’t be like me, acted all tough like “Oh well, I’m already damaged. What’s the worst that can happen? Bring it on, Gin.”

Tragic is an understatement. A yokai-human relationship is present in a lot of tales, yet this one managed to take home the cake for making it rain tears. Who is Gin, by the way? Just watch the movie. It only runs for 40 minutes but tissues are the best thing to have. ALL THE STARS. AND THE TEARS. UGH I REMEMBERED IT AGAIN. *sobs*

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Koe no Katachi (A Silent Voice) – My expectations were high because this came out after Kimi no Na wa so I was expecting tears. Well, they were present… in the movie. I wanted to like it, but it felt like they were cramming too many things for one movie. A know the manga is short, but it would have been better if they did not exclude parts that would have made me more attached to the movie. It’s about a boy who had to live his life in the shadow of his past wherein he bullied a mute girl. Interesting premise, right? But meh.

However, I did like the main lead, though. His character development made me feel a twinge of faith for any former bully who wants to undo their wrongs. It may not be for me, but I have to admit that the animation was spot on.

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Kotonoha no Niwa (The Garden of Words) – This movie made me love the rain. Not the thunder, just the sound of the rain. Though the subject matter can be a bit controversial, it is a beautiful story of love and self-discovery. I CRIED YET AGAIN. The art style blew me away, and again, I fell in love with Japan. It’s a breath of fresh air for me because the main character is a teenage boy who plans to make a career out of shoe making. It is short but bittersweet.

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Wrap-Up - Music

I used to listen to Japanese anime openings all the time, especially when I heard the Japanese version of You Raise Me Up. Coming back, I decided to add songs to my dusty arsenal. This list contains soundtracks from various anime, seiyuu groups that sing, and Japanese pop groups. They just have a wonderful tone to them, and I have listed some of my favorites.

ReLife SoundtrackIijuu Rider by Tamio Okuda and Pieces of A Dream by Chemistry

Haikyuu! SoundtrackFly High! by Burnout Syndromes, Tenchi Gaeshi and Mashi Mashi by NICO Touches the Wall

Songs by Trignal (Kimura Ryouhei, Yonaga Tsubasa, Eguchi Takuya) – Update A Day, Mission, Kiss Plus, Sunny Shiny Days, Original Color

Irino Miyu – Mihatenu Sekai, Tsunagaru Omoi, Furenzu (Friends)

Galileo GalileiAoi Shiori, Climb

RADWIMPS – Dream Lantern, Zen Zen Zense!, Sparkle, Nandemonaiya from the Kimi no Na Wa soundtrack

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One OK RockTake What You Want feat. 5 Seconds of Summer

Kotonoha no Niwa SoundtrackRain by Motohiro Hata

I tried listing down what I could find, but trust me on this one: they all sound so good. My heart cannot take it. Every song just comforts my soul.


And there you have it! THAT’S A WRAP. FINALLY. WE ARE DONE. Glad I did not actually let this reach November because *sweats* there is more to come. Good grief, but I truly, deeply hope that you enjoy all of these recommendations from your favorite fangirl.

What anime should I be on the look out for?

Who are your favorite Japanese bands?

What manga should I read next?

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Top 5 Wednesdays: Books To Get You Out of A Reading Slump

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Welcome! To a Top 5 Wednesday. I hope to do these, too. Just to get me in the mood to blog again. Words, words, words, we need a lot of words that are understandable and clear to the majority of the human race.

Top 5 Wednesday is created by Lainey of gingerreadslainey and hosted by Sam of ThoughtsOnTomes. Check out the Goodreads group!

Now my friends, I am not a noob when it comes to reading slumps. I faced a lot of it while doing big projects. The feeling goes: I’m halfway through a good book, and then suddenly the workload comes pouring in. I end up disregarding the book’s existence for days. When I get back to it, the slump hits me in the face.

But, during my lay low days, I ended up discovering books that can cure the slump. After the long months of hitting rock bottom just to get things passed, I have discovered the what kind of books to pick to get me back into a reading mojo. And here are some of them:

5. If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman

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Re: Read a short book. 

Honestly, this book is too cute to not recommend. It’s a short book, and it’s honestly just cute and fluffy. Dogs + food descriptions + hot guy + family ties + body love.

If The Dress Fits can be like a palette cleanser if you want to feel a lot of feels real easy and quick.

4. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

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Re: Read a book that will keep you on your toes

Sure, people say that this can either put you in a slump even more, but I say that it gives you back that hunger for books. We Were Liars kept me on the edge of my seat because it has been a really long while since I last read a book in one sitting. I stayed up until 2 am just to finish this book. I kept my guard up for this book and it still got me in the end.

Be warned, but also have a fun time in reading it. Just keep your guard up.

3. Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

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Re: Read a fluffy book.

What I meant by fluffy is that you should pick something so sweet that it will give you cavities. That will wake you up. Perfect example is Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. Not only will you score some bonus points for checking out if it really lives up to its name (it does, friend), but you also get OREOS.

OREOS are what I call the cast of this book. Everyone is giving me cavities for being the best cast ever, especially Blue. (Not you, Martin. No oreos for you.)

2. Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

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Re: Read something out of your comfort zone

Science fiction is not exactly the genre that I would normally reach out to when I am in the mood to read. I do not read it at all times, and majority of my books are still mostly contemporary. But I have to give it to Illuminae for breaking a slump. I guess if we don’t usually read books outside our comfort zone, it gives us that push to get out there and finish it. The action, the intensity, and the interesting format made me stick to the world.

Granted, this one took me weeks to get through. But I ended up reading continuously after. Plus, this book is huge. I don’t know if I have read something else that is so gloriously long.

1. The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

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Re: Read your favorite book.

Do I even have to explain this one when it honestly speaks for itself? My love for this book echoes to the beyond. When I am in a reading slump, this book is the first book that I pick up. It gives me comfort, and it reminds me of how great books can be. The Perks of Being A Wallflower is the best thing for me to read whenever I feel like I don’t know what happens next (basically me when I read something that left me lying around for days.)

But this one must serve as a last resort. Reading slumps are basically inner demons. There is more than one way to conquer it. Think of this as the Excalibur, or the lucky token. You only take it out if there’s no way out.


So what books do you guys read when you’re in a reading slump? I would like to know more about it. 🙂

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Rainy Day Thoughts: What Did I Miss?

Am I back from the dark abyss? Am I back from the pit of inactivity? Am I back from the black hole of death?

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I feel like I’m Thomas Jefferson in writing this post. I feel like I have missed a lot of things that happened around here in our community. If you’re a new follower, hello there! Welcome to the weirdness and randomness of my brain. You may proceed to your right and in there, you can find a post that probably has dust. Still okay to read, but it’s kinda old. And if you’re someone who stuck by me and my random posts from the beyond: CAN I GIVE YOU HUG, YOU WONDERFUL HUMAN BEING?

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So where was I? The dark abyss. The pit of inactivity. The black hole of death. Okay kidding, I was busy with my studies. I have been so out of loop ever since I started working on massive projects and life-changing duties. The only time that I had was dedicated into writing blog posts for blog tours, for book club, and a few blogging prompts here and there. I forgot how to socialize and at least be like my old self where I comment on posts for being awesome. (And they are awesome guys. The people I follow here on WordPress have the most incredible minds.) If it were not for those tours, I would have not read anything at all. I tried coming back, and to be honest, most of the posts that I actually managed to get through was basically done in a rush. It was not really nice to be able to blog at all, because I felt helpless. (Let’s count how many Hamilton references I can put in one blog post. We stop now. Lol) I cannot spare time to just sit down and write, and even if I did, I spent hours and hours writing basically nothing. For example:

“No graphics. No pretty designs and stuff like that. Maybe I will use bold or italicized letters if I will ever make out a point or two. I just want to take a breather today and finally put a stop to horrible thoughts.

Because of some of the stuff in my personal life, I am awake until 3 am in the morning everyday. There were days where I faced the next day without a wink of sleep. My sleeping pattern is in chaos. There are some days where I just want to stop everything and turn back to doing the thing I love: blogging.

But as I was typing this post, I keep getting these thoughts in my head to stop typing. My fingers hurt for who knows whatever reason why, I want to open another tab (and I did after typing it), I want to work on other stuff, and”

That one took 4 hours to write. I knew it was a slump, because the temporary title was “Have I Lost My Blogging Mojo?”. But don’t worry, I am only partially dead. I know the current issues that are taking place, and I know what current releases are to die for and what not. Yet what is the use of knowing what is out there if I cannot connect with the people who I can talk to about it?

So let’s start fresh, if you’re a new book blogger, say hi in the comments! Link me a blog post of yours and I will leave a comment. If you’re a cool person keeping tabs on my blog, I promise to hop by your blog soon! Maybe one day, you’ll see a comment there or two. 🙂

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Let’s bring back light and enthusiasm back into this blog. And now, where exactly am I headed? I think I’m going places, I guess? A lot of opportunities have opened up since I last posted. I joined a lot of happenings, I got accepted into something, and I have some very exciting news. I am planning on revamping the book club, and hopefully get to host an international giveaway soon for that milestone? In other words, I want to be able to communicate with the book blogging community and share my voice as much as possible. I’m still bombarded with a lot of work, but we can manage through that if I really want to make these promises possible.

No more brb’s from here. This fangirl is here to stay. 🙂

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P.S. I HOARDED MORE BOOKS THAN EVER. AND I HAVE BEEN READING MORE THAN USUAL. ASDFGHJKL; Yeah, I will make sure to include all of it in my wrap-up. Har har.

#AllTheFeels: 5 Reasons Why You Should Love Max from If The Dress Fits

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Oh Max, where do I begin with you? And then you walked in and my heart went boom?

#AllTheFeels is an event created by April from The Reading Belles. For us bloggers, we chose a book boyfriend to introduce to the world. For those of you who don’t know, Max is the main love interest in If The Dress Fits, a contemporary romance book by Carla de Guzman.

When I was first introduced to this handsome and charming character, I instantly fell in love. He was a sweet dude and I cannot deny that I also wanted him for myself. (But lol, thesis first.) Yet, I cannot seem to express my love for him that much. So when this opportunity came up, I thought, “Hey, why not. I’ll share my book boyfriend to the world. Plus you know, #romanceclass needs more love.” Not only am I here to make you love Max Angeles, but I am also here to convince on why he deserves your time and why you need to know more of him in If The Dress Fits. At first, the list was actually supposed to contain 10 reasons, but I managed to narrow it down to 5. (and you will see why. (*winks*) ) So here are the top 5 reasons on why you should love Maxwell Jeffrey Angeles.

  1. He will take care of your pet/s.

Max is a veterinarian. He has his own clinic and he can be your go-to guy when your lovely pet needs a loving doctor. He will handle your pets with care, and of course it is a no-brainer that your pets will love him back. His inspiration comes from another pet lover. You might be surprised on who inspired Max to become a veterinarian. It is actually Hagrid from the Harry Potter series. (Double meaning: he must love Harry Potter, too.) And speaking of which,

  1. He loves to read books.

Falling in love with this guy yet? Asides from hanging out with lovable pets, he indulges himself in reading literary works. (Basically, he is also a bookworm like the rest of us.) Imagine spending a quiet afternoon with him where you just pick a book to read and just enjoy each other’s company. (MARTHA AGUAS YOU ARE SO LUCKY.)

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  1. He’s the guy you that you will want to bring home to your relatives.

Honestly, even family members (excluding those of the male stature) will swoon over a guy like Max. He is friendly, he knows how to impress aunts, and he knows exactly what to say without coming off as a douche (some dates do that, wink).

  1. The guy has a particular set of skills.

STEAM ALERT. I REPEAT, STEAM ALERT. (I’m only 19 guys. I don’t know how to explain this stuff.)

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  1. He will be there at your beck and call.

Max is the guy that is wonderful to have and you will be proud to call your best friend. He is only one call/text away (Max = 1, Charlie Puth = 0), and he is there when you need him the most, or when you just need a companion for a walk. May it be a trip to Dangwa, or a family getaway in Tagaytay and you need a date to hush your aunts, he is reliable, trustworthy, and he will always have your back.

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Title: If The Dress Fits

Author: Carla de Guzman

Genre: Adult, Romance

Date Published: 15th of October 2016

Series: None

Publisher: Midnight Books

Buy it on: Amazon || Carla’s Typeform

Summary:

Martha Aguas kind of has it all–she’s an accountant who loves numbers, an accident-prone puppy that loves her, and the perfect wardrobe.

Yes, she wears a dress size 24, her bras don’t fit and she’s never had a boyfriend, but so what?

It becomes a big deal when her perfect cousin Regina announces her engagement to Enzo, the only boy she’s ever loved (he doesn’t know, so don’t tell him!) Suddenly Aguases from all corners of the globe are coming for the event, and the last thing Martha wants is to be asked why she still prefers her lattes with a waffle on the side.

Thank god for Max. Goofy, funny, dependable Max, who finds himself playing the fake boyfriend at the family festivities. But why does it feel like only one of them is pretending?


Huge thanks to April for letting me be a part of this lovely happening. Reminiscing on how much I loved the story brought much joy to me. If you are intrigued with Max, then you should definitely read If The Dress Fits, soon! I left links up there. Come on, you know you want to. If you need more convincing, I will also leave a link to my review of the lovely book here. In the mean time,

  • Is there someone out there like Max Angeles out there and where can I find him?
  • Any book boyfriends that you want to swoon about? Describe them to me!
  • What #romanceclass book should I read next?

Until then,

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Fangirl Corner: 5 Stages of Fangirl Nostalgia

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(aka the stages of suddenly remembering a fandom that you have not caught up with in ages) This has been partially inspired by Leigh Lahav’s video, The 5 Stages of Fangirling.

Stage 1: Remembering

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There are all sorts of things that can make you remember what was once forgotten. We all have moved on to different fandoms and have switched from here and there, but something suddenly triggers you to remember the one. They have been long gone from your radar. Sort off like an friend that you were really close with but time made you drift apart. Since you remember it now, you incessantly Google the other things that will pull you to rekindle your lost love with this fandom.

Stage 2: Sticking

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Apparently this is the stage where your old self suddenly comes back. Suddenly, you’re stuck with playing your favorite song/album from them on loop. You have spent the day watching the first 2 seasons of your first favorite tv series. Or worse, you have been watching the same movie because you feel like there’s nothing good to watch.

Stage 3: Crying

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Nostalgia comes with tears. There’s that fact that your favorite boy band is still on hiatus. Your favorite anime / tv series is still eternally stuck with just one season because the network discontinued it. Your favorite actor hasn’t made movies since forever. Why is the world so cruel? This question lingers as you soon launch into a fandom depression again.

Stage 4: Stalking

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But wait… maybe there is still hope. You face your screen, and type in the keywords that only a professional fanboy/fangirl would know. It’s in your blood, plus you have done this before. It’s just a hiatus, right? I mean they must be bound to reunite soon. What has every member been up to? Is the director still convincing a network to pick up the anime/tv show to continue airing the second season? Does he plan to work on a movie soon? A director work even? I MEAN FOR GOODNESS SAKES, THE FANDOM WILL TAKE WHAT IT WILL GET.

Stage 5: Accepting

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After getting your fill from stalking, you have gathered enough information to stay stable. You accept the fact that maybe your favorite boy band may come back if they have finally settled, and if they don’t you can always hunt them down and listen to their old songs. There are plans for a reboot, a relaunch, or a re-airing, so you have to catch that one soon. They have their own lives, and you accept the fact that as things come and go, you are still a member of the fandom no matter what. But just in case, you keep tabs on their Twitter account and that notification on Youtube.

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A little backstory: This has been partially triggered by The Wanted, a British band that I used to listen to when I was a freshman in high school. Also influenced by the endless rewatching of Friends and Hetalia. Haha.

So what fandoms have made you experience this? Let’s chat in the comments.

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