A #Wikathon Wrap-Up (surprise, surprise I actually read)

Hello! It’s time for Part 2!

Do you know that read-a-thon where Filipinos just get to scream and read books with pride? There’s just this magical moment when it was announced, and I swore the high heavens just opened up on the gloomy day and everything was just rainbow and sparkles. We love to see it.

Anyway, as many of you may already know, especially if you are up to date with the shenanigans of the Filipino bookish community on Twitter, Wikathon is a month long read-a-thon dedicated to Filipino literature hosted by Kate from Your Tita Kate, Gerald from Gerald the Bookworm, Alex from Alex on the Block, Kat from Her Bookish Side, and Julienne from Love, Julienne. It is a read-a-thon that also coincided with what we call “Buwan ng Wika” which roughly translates to “National Language Month”. So put two and two together, it’s a wonderful month that really gives off much pride and joy.

This event actually partially influenced me to get back to writing, as I would have wanted to share my thoughts on the books I read for the event. Aside from that, and truth be told, the events in the past few months have been quite bleak especially here in the Philippines. So this read-a-thon was a wonderful event to participate in, even if it’s held virtually. It’s also the activity that I anticipate after work and the weekends, which made more motivated to finish the tasks I have to do for the day (aside from binging and watching all the movies I listed in a previous post.)

What surprised me the most is that I actually read something to fill in the prompts. I have a history of being really bad at read-a-thons, mostly because the TBR I set doesn’t usually get followed. So for this particular event, I just winged it. I sought out books that might fill a certain prompt, but I did not follow any list whatsoever. I ended up reading four books (technically five, but the book in question doesn’t exactly fit a prompt) and shocking no one, generally liked most of it.

Here’s a wrap on all of the books that I have read:

Book # 1: When Cocoy Became Kikay by C. P. Santi

Synopsis:

Cocoy’s not-so-secret dream is to one day become a gun-toting, ass-kicking secret agent. But she has another dream—and this time, even her best friends don’t have a clue—she dreams of someone.
Problem is, she finds out that Jaime Arguelles—a.k.a. the guy she’d been secretly crushing on for years—likes girls who . . . well . . . likes pink.
To Cocoy’s logical mind, there’s only one solution: it’s time to go girly. After all, how hard can it be?
With the help of her friends, Cocoy embarks on a pink-tinged journey that somehow turns her neat and orderly life upside down. But it’s all good—because in the midst of her blossoming relationship, Cocoy learns a whole lot about life, love, dreams, and friendship . . . and about the healing power of pan de sal, Chippy, and Nutella.

Prompt: The Modern Pinoy – Read a book by a Filipino author set in present-day Philippines

Composed thoughts: When Cocoy Became Kikay is a sweet and cool coming-of-age novel. I loved how it challenged the norm of gender stereotyping by giving us a female lead that discovers her feminine side. Cocoy’s self-discovery throughout the novel was a delight to read, especially with her guy friends and undeniably cool tita who served as constant supports. Overall,I can say that I would recommend it if you’re looking for a short and up-to-the-point young adult romance novella to read.


Book # 2: Another Word for Happy by Agay Llanera

Synopsis:

What does it take to come out of the closet?

Since he was thirteen, Caleb has always known he’s gay. Now a college freshman, he falls in love for the first time. If it’s true that love conquers all, then will Caleb finally find the courage to reveal his secret?

In this tale about family, friendship and self-discovery, find out how Caleb discovers the path to the freedom he’s always longed for. Here’s a hint: it involves doing things outside his comfort zone, such as joining a spoken word group!

Prompt: New to Me – Read a book by a Filipino author whose books you’ve never read before.

Composed thoughts: I absolutely adored Caleb, the main lead of the story. While he reminded me very much of a dear friend of mine, (Hi Miel.) I loved the dynamics explored in this novella: the friendships that are made; being reminded of the thrill of being a freshman at uni; seeing the first love and heartbreaks in his lens; and most importantly, being able to read about the self-discovery and acceptance that Caleb went through while navigating all of those experiences as a closeted gay new adult in the Philippines.


Book # 3: Hello, Universe by Erin-Entrada Kelly

Synopsis:

In one day, four lives weave together in unexpected ways. Virgil Salinas is shy and kindhearted and feels out of place in his loud and boisterous family. Valencia Somerset, who is deaf, is smart, brave, and secretly lonely, and loves everything about nature. Kaori Tanaka is a self-proclaimed psychic, whose little sister Gen is always following her around. And Chet Bullens wishes the weird kids would just act normal so that he can concentrate on basketball. They aren’t friends — at least not until Chet pulls a prank that traps Virgil and his pet guinea pig at the bottom of a well. This disaster leads Kaori, Gen, and Valencia on an epic quest to find the missing Virgil. Through luck, smarts, bravery, and a little help from the universe, a rescue is performed, a bully is put in his place, and friendship blooms.

Prompt: The Filipino Diaspora – Read a book by a diaspora Filipino author

Composed thoughts: Maybe it was the way the story was told, or maybe it was Erin Entrada Kelly’s writing style. Or… I don’t know… Virgil’s lola (because, seriously, she rocks.) and Kaori? But either way, I was really engaged with this wonderful middle grade novel. The audiobook was well-narrated and a breeze to go through, very much supported by the interactions made by the sweet and lovable characters. Seriously, Filipino middle grade is awesome.


Book # 4: Start Here: Short Stories of First Encounters

Synopsis:

There’s a first time for everything. Gatecrashing a K-Pop concert with an oppa in a business suit. Taking shelter from the storm with the girl you’ve been meaning to shake off. That kiss that blurs the line between friendship and something more. A one-night stand (or, is it?) with your best friend from across the hallway.

Dive into these 10 stories of first encounters – unapologetically queer, happy endings required, with a smattering of that signature #romanceclass kilig. Whether you’re recalling your own firsts or out there looking for one, there’s a story in here for you.

So, go on.

Turn the page.

Start here.

Prompt: Filipino LGBTQIA+ – Read a book by an LGBTQIA+ Filipino author AND S2pid Love – Read a romance book by a Filipino author

Still incoherent thoughts: I… still don’t know how to unpack this book. In the word of my current favorite reactor, “Na-vertigo ako, friend.” My brain must have forgotten about the heat index level indicated for some of the stories so you can just imagine me reeling over some of the scenes. (Note to self: THIS IS WHY YOUARE SUPPOSED TO FULLY READ BLURBS YOU DUM-DUM.)

But that being said, I would have to say that my personal favorite stories from this anthology are In The Moonlight by Agay Llanera and Shipping Included by Danice Sison. But the stories that really made an impression on me are Come Full Circle by Bobbi Moran and The Other Story by H. Bentham.


And that’s it, friends. It must be said though, that I highly recommend all of these books. My composed (albeit some are just gush) thoughts are not enough to truly encompass the joy that each book has brought to me. If you can, I hope you could also show support to them by giving the work and the authors some love. And while August may have slipped away, it doesn’t mean that we can’t always have Wikathon. Our sense of nationalism towards our language can be expressed all year round. It’s just a matter of picking those books up.

How about you, dear reader? What books have you picked up for Wikathon? What are some of the books by Filipino authors have you read that you enjoyed? Will you be participating for next year?

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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: 2018 In A Nutshell

It’s all about statistics today, my lovely friends! (aka evaluating my shenanigans for the year) Welcome to Day 5! For today’s prompt on Project 14 Lists hosted by the lovely Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch, I thought it would be fun to list down the major things that I tracked down for this year. Things can easily get jumbled if you’re an ultimate fangirl like me, especially when there’s just a lot of things to track and handle with your respective fandoms. Luckily, there is more than one way to do things.

I started jotting down my thoughts in January on Twitter by making a thread of threads, so I can also briefly say my feels about movies and TV series that I’m currently binging. I managed to track things down until November, but I gave up on it entirely after the amount of movies that I watched became too overwhelming. Despite failing, it was entertaining to see how the thread grew over the course of the year, and it inspired me to create this post as well. I originally planned to include these statistics with the posts that will go up in the next few days, but I reckon it’s more fun to see them side by side and see what I could reflect on. Now let’s break it down. Fasten your seat belts. This one’s going to be a bit technical.

Side note: My streak ended aghhh! A bit sorry for that but I was really blown away by yesterday. First, my brain just stopped functioning and went on a full – on wild party mode because my favorite anime *Haikyuu!! finally announced a fourth season! I was stuck in a state of shock and awe (and basically updated my socials with incoherent screaming). And second, our family had a personal celebration. Christmas is indeed going to be merry for us.

*shameless plug. Join the fandom.

Although I didn’t track all of the movies that I watched on Twitter, I did record all of it through Letterboxd. The only catch is: though Letterboxd sort off functions like Goodreads with it’s 5-star scale, I only use it for free. The stats are only available to users who pay for the premium membership, and I’m not about to cash in for a membership when I can’t even buy books. So I will have to ask you to bear with my own conclusive statistics. (Wow. I’ve really grown. I’m doing Math. Jk I used Excel.)

Total Movies Watched: 79
Average Rating: 3.8 / 5
Book-to-Movie Adaptations Watched: 15
Most Watched Genre: Romance, Comedy and Animation
Least Watched Genre: Horror

Overall Tally of Movie Ratings

5 Stars: 7
4.5 Stars: 20
4 Stars: 26
3.5 Stars: 8
3 Stars: 11
2.5 Stars: 2
2 Stars: 3
1.5 Stars: 2
1 Star: 0

Conclusion: I watched way too many movies this year. Way to go celebrate unemployment. This may or may not have been caused by my enthusiasm of having Letterboxd. I regret nothing though. I may have been a little too stingy with my ratings, but the number of movies having a 4.5 rating is already an indication of a good year for movies. We still have a lot more to go for 2019. Bring it on!

It was a lot easier to do stats on the books that I read this year because it can be done year round thanks to Goodreads. But a critical error of mine is that I didn’t exactly put in ~every~ book that I read. Nevertheless, I am already satisfied with the overall statistics that I managed to record. Now here are my statistics from Goodreads: 

Number of books read: 29
Average rating: 4.0 / 5
Total pages read: 9, 512
Shortest book: 38 pages
Longest book: 512 pages

I had so much fun with the stats that I did for the movies I watched so let’s see what stood out for this year with books:

Most Read Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Least Read Genre: Science Fiction

Overall Tally of Book Ratings

5 Stars: 5
4 Stars: 20
3 Stars: 3
2 Stars: 1
1 Star: 0

Conclusion: I had a generally good reading year! I rounded up some of the books that I rated a 3.5 to a 4 because they’re awesome anyways and my rating system has a broad spectrum. Despite reading less, I can say that only having ~disliked~ one book this year makes it a win. Hoping I can add one final read in this mix to make my read count 30 and having read at least 10,000 pages. *wink wink* On the bright side, there’s a lot of leeway to be reading more in 2019, especially with all of the new Asian YA releases and reading challenges!! I’m downright hyped.

I didn’t fully commit to using an app or a website to track down the TV shows I watched so thank to bits that my thread on Twitter is the most reliable source there is. It’s not a lot considering my streak last year. But let’s see what we can manage to tally.

Number of Series Watched: 15
Total Episodes Watched: 330
Average rating: 4.5 / 5
Number of Western TV Series: 8
Number of Asian TV Series: 7
Most Watched Genre: Animation
Least Watched Genre: Thriller

Number of series started but didn’t finish at least one season: 5

Overall Tally of Series Rating

5 Stars: 7
4.5 Stars: 2
4 Stars: 6

Conclusion: I’m generally gracious with rating series because I drop / avoid series that I know I generally won’t like. My time is too precious to loathe what can be avoided haha. Overall, it was a good year to be picky with the series that I wanted to watch. I blame Netflix for sucking me into binge watching the series available there. But I’m grateful for all the shows that I was able to watch this year because I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO BE WATCHING MORE NEXT YEAR. Imagine it people: Brooklyn Nine-Nine’s Season 6, Haikyuu!! Season 4, Bungou Stray Dogs Season 3, and many more. It’s going to be a great year holy smokes!

As if the epitome of my trashiness hasn’t reached its peak yet, I also took note of my listening habits this year. Since I can’t live without music especially when commuting to the random places I went to this year, I used Spotify more often. What I like about the app is that they introduced this yearly feature called Wrapped, wherein they list a lot of random facts about your use of the app. Now according to Spotify:

Minutes Listened: 20, 292 minutes
Top Genre: Pop
Favorite Musical Subgenre: Dance Pop
Most Listened Artist: Backstreet Boys
Most Listened Song: Alfie’s Song (Not So Typical Love Song) by Bleachers
Artist’s Star Sign I Listened to the Most: Gemini

Conclusion: Okay I’ll stop before this list gets too silly. Although inconclusive, Wrapped still did a pretty good job. Of course I have no idea how many hours I spent listening to music on Youtube despite the annoying ads but there’s no way of knowing that at the moment. (Backstreet Boys should have been higher jk) But generally speaking, having discovered tons of new artists for this year is such a feat! This is why I love making playlists so much.

Last but definitely not the least, I want to be personal and level with you as a whole. 2018 was ride when it came to book blogging. This is not about bragging or anything, but I want to be as transparent as possible with how I fared this year. I’ve had worst stats, believe me.

Blogging Stats as of December 23, 2018
Views: 4, 351
Visitors: 2, 659
Total Posts: 26
Total Comments: 259
Total Likes: 399
Total Followers on WordPress: 819
Total Number of Followers: 2, 039
Most Viewed Blog Post: Newt Day 2016
Main Viewers from: USA, Philippines, UK, Canada, and India

Conclusion: 2018 has been a better year blogging-wise. The disaster that is the existential crisis of 2017 has come to a close. I finally reached my goal of having 800 followers, which is honestly overwhelming. I want to thank everyone who follows this overly giddy fangirl, and your comments and suggestions mean the world to me. That being said, I know I can do better. I know I can contribute a lot more creatively and positively. I can crank up more than 26 blog posts. I want to finally feel worthy of celebrating blogiversaries. There’s so much more to do. I want these stats right now to be my baseline, and it will keep reminding me to be a better blogger, reader, and overall fangirl in this community.

And that’s it for today! Finally I can say that, I really am trash 2018 has been a great year in general for this fangirl. While I wish I could have done more, I would not have asked for anything less. But I also believe that I can do better as a content creator. My head is just brimming with ideas that I want to explore – things I want to do to promote what I love. In 2019, I’m going to make a thread for threads again and I hope it will be even better than 2018. Bring on the new year!

So hey! How did 2018 go? Was your reading year a generally good one?

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Let’s do this now! October and November Wrap-Up

October and November, huh? I would say both months were amazing. One month is dedicated to reading. The other dedicated to binge-ing all of the anime that I want to watch on a whim and listening to new music. October can be considered busy and fun, because I celebrated my birthday and culminated the first term of my internship. November on the other hand, felt like a month that just passed by because of all of the breaks. Let’s see how things actually went down:

Wrap-Up - Books

I read a total of 8 books in October, including the ones I read at work. It’s a good mix of manga, fantasy, and mystery. But sadly, I DNFed one of the books that I have been highly anticipating for this year.

Gekkan Shoujo Nozaki-kun Vol. 1 – 4 by Izumi Tsubaki

Each volume revolves around short but delightful comics. It’s still ridiculously funny and I was able to read some of the scenes that were cut from the anime. With the manga, I can’t help but imagine how it will go in the anime’s 2nd season. It definitely felt like a palette cleanser from all of the fantasy that I have been reading lately.

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The Inexplicable Logic of My Life by Benjamin Alire Saenz

I have been trying to finish this one since March. But I just couldn’t get the hang of it. Don’t get me wrong though. I loved the characters, yet it gives you this vibe where you don’t know where the story is headed. I really didn’t like feeling that way. Maybe one day, I will pick it up again. Until then, it will stay at 50%.

Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu

I joined a blog tour organized by JM from Book Freak Revelations for this one. Overall I would say that it was cool to read about Bruce Wayne as a teenager, and the way Marie Lu described Gotham was eerily amazing.

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Forest of a Thousand Lanterns by Julie C. Dao

Let’s just say that I have a love-hate relationship with this book. Some aspects are off the charts, but the one that was supposed to carry the book left a bad aftertaste in my mouth. Full review [here].

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One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

I had high hopes for this one. But ultimately, I was let down by a lot of reasons. I mean, it is still good. The writing was easy on the eyes, and the plot more so. It’s a Breakfast Club x murder mystery, and I love mystery thrillers. Sadly, due to pacing and trigger warnings that are cosidered spoilers, I was turned off. I still finished it though. But I have read better thrillers.

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I read a total of 5 books in November, 3 of which I read at work. This one was probably caused by the amount of books that I read for October, but it was still better than the slump I was in last April – July.

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I actually started this one last September, but it was on my e-reader. The writing really moved me, so I hesitated to read more until I got myself a physical copy. Short version of the story is that I finally had the chance to get it and it blew me away. I will be posting a review of this book on Stay Bookish soon because I swear you wouldn’t want to miss reading it.

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It Only Happens In The Movies by Holly Bourne

I really missed reading Holly Bourne’s books. The way they make me feel important is the best feeling ever. I did not expect to relate much to the main lead, but she came at a good time. Full review + playlist [here].

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Wrap-Up - Series

All of the series listed here were all binged in November. Now before you gasp, I just want to clarify that November here at our place had a lot of breaks. I just maximized my free time. Teehee.

Stranger Things Season 2

I started watching in October right on time for Halloween but I finished it in November. And yet, it still gave me the goosebumps! I would have to say that the Duffer brothers and everyone leveled up for the 2nd season because it was so darn good. Trust me: if you haven’t jumped on the Stranger Things bandwagon yet, you really should start thinking on hopping in because THIS SEASON IS TOO AWESOME TO MISS.

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Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2

And just when I thought that Stranger Things Season 2 will put me in a series slump, I chose to watch this one next. AND OH MY POOR HEART. This show has also stepped up from the awesomeness that is Season 1. I was sobbing for the first 4 episodes, and then I was on edge for the remaining 8. My heart. My soul. MORE PLEASE.

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Hitorijime My Hero

Pfft. Would you believe that this is my first BL anime? (Not counting Yuri!!! On Ice since it is under the sports anime bracket, but we have to acknowledge the canon lol) It was pretty fun for the first few episodes, but I wasn’t fully invested to go “gaga” over it. The opening song is super catchy though. It’s my new ringtone.

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Boku No Hero Academia

I finally finished the first season, yay! I can say that the show grows on you, and I find the dynamics unique and refreshing. And no, I don’t think it’s like One Punch Man. Both shows have their own personality. Onto Season 2!

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Sekaiichi Hatsukoi

There are tons of anime in my backlog but I opted to watch this instead. I don’t know why, maybe because after HMH I wanted to watch the one that set the standards. I liked it, but there was something off. Nonetheless, it gave me the feels. Yes, Junjou Romantica is on my to watch list. Noted.

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Free: Eternal Summer

The 1st season was great. The 2nd season was SO EMOTIONAL. There were too many tear-jerking moments and heavy topics for this season that I cannot deal with my own emotions. I wish that I watched it earlier, but then it also applies to my current situation. The Iwatobi and Samezuka boys got me. Darn it.

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Wrap-Up - Movies

Oh November, you really are full of wonders. I think two movies are impressive, with all of the anime in the mix.

Justice League

Yes, I am a DC fangirl. When the league was assembled, I was already blown away. Though yes, it is still a bit messy and all over the place sometimes, Justice League was lighter in all aspects. When Superman smiled, I may or may not have shouted, “YES! THAT’S SUPERMAN!” I was lucky enough to have not been thrown out of the cinema. Yes, more movies from DC please. They’re improving, and with all of the criticism, I know it will only go up from there.

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Saint Young Men

The premise is simple. Jesus and Buddha are sharing a room together while they spend their vacation in Japan. Hilarious and ridiculous, it’s a good movie to watch if you just to sit back and enjoy the simplicity of seeing these two religious figures.

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Wrap-Up - Music

A fancy mix of Japanese music and November releases, it has definitely been a good year for new music. But I managed to find some earlier released songs to comfort my soul. Some of it has even helped me sleep. Here are some of my favorite songs from each album / artist (but trust me, every album is so good).

Ore Shoku Sukai – RADWIMPS 2 発展途上 (Hatten Tojo) ; Developing

4645 – RADWIMPS 3 無人島に持っていき忘れた一枚 (Mujintou ni Motte Ikiwasureta Ichimai) ; The CD I Forgot To Take To The Deserted Island

Iron Bible – RADWIMPS  Xと○と罪と (X to o to Tsumi to)

O&O – RADWIMPS 人間開花 (Ningen Kaika) ; Human Bloom

No Peace – Sam Smith feat. YEBBA (The Thrill of It All)

Getaway Car – Taylor Swift (reputation)

Super Far – LANY (LANY)

Kaze Ga Fuku Machi – Luck Life (Bungou Stray Dogs Season 2 ED)

Heart Signal – Wataru Hatano (Hitorijime My Hero OP)

Beautiful Trauma – P!nk (Beautiful Trauma)

Flaws – Vancouver Sleep Clinic (Winter EP)

Surrender – Walk The Moon (What If Nothing) <- featured in the Love, Simon trailer just fyi

Wrap-Up - Other

  • I survived the first term of my internship! I still have hours to render for my second term, but all is well. Also, still in the same company.
  • I created an account on myanimelist.net to keep track of the anime that I have been watching. If you want to add me, I’m @UltmtFangirl.
  • I posted about what it feels like when I talk less about my other fandoms, and brief drama on going on a hiatus (which we all need if we’re burned out, btw)

Pfft. If I wrapped this up at the end of December, it would have been longer. Anyways, December is a time to highlight the best of the best for this year, right? So… how was your October and November? Any fun stuff we can scream about? Are you going to see Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi on opening weekend? What are your thoughts on the Love, Simon trailer? Have you made reading plans for 2018 yet?

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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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The Ultimate Quarterly Wrap-Up (January-March 2017)

I can only tell you that life is unpredictable. But here I am, and I’m rolling over stuff like a cinnamon roll. How long has it been since I posted a wrap-up? I have not posted one since… oh god who knows? Eh. Who cares anyways? As long as I am happy with books, and anime, and manga, and my other fandoms, then it’s the only thing that matters.

In that chaos, I have decided to mesh my wrap-ups into quarterly posts, hence my wrap-ups will only appear four times every year now. I was having a hard time balancing with posting a wrap-up every month, so here’s to hoping that this one will work more efficiently. I will be also be including every ‘else’ in my wrap-ups. It could be a new series, newly discovered music, or a new obssession. Fangirling done right. So if you’re looking for a post that you have to sit through, then you’re probably going to need popcorn because this is going to be a while. Now let’s start!

Wrap-Up (January)

January has been a rollercoaster ride and that is just the first month of 2017 for you. It has been exhausting, exhilarating, exhausting, and exciting. (Yes, I am aware that I said exhausting twice.) I wouldn’t say that it is the loveliest of all the months, and it was a pretty upbeat start.

Wrap-Up - Books

I have read 6 books in January, and I have to say that I am impressed because I generally read 4 books every month.

Also me: But self, aren’t majority of those short stories?

Ugh, me from the past. Can we just agree to disagree? Short book or not, let’s list down the books.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – I found it interesting but I was honestly torn because I seem to have a love-hate situation with the writing style. But this book has intrigued me enough to continue on with the series.
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Break-Up Anniversary by Dawn Lanuza – It was short and sweet, but I was expecting a little bit more. I wish it had a full story, but “I mean duh, self. It was a short story, you cynical nerd.”
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We Go Together by Carla de Guzman – The book was a light and fluffy read, but I had a few issues regarding the pacing and the overall execution. I don’t know much about Much Ado Nothing by Shakespeare, but it was an interesting take. Maybe I just had a hard time imagining what DC looked like?
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Someday With You and other stories by Ines Bautista-Yao – Charming, heartbreaking, and reminds me of slice of life animes. Each story had a unique tweak on it, and it was definitely fun to read each one. Plus, how can I not resist this one? All of the stories are spearheaded by Filipino male MCs! About time I read about guys from my own country. I gushed about it in my full review [here].

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The Upside of Unrequited by Becky Albertalli – How do I say this? I was choking and sobbing at 3 am while rendering our thesis. I have never been extremely jealous with a character before Molly Peskin-Suso came into the picture. My feels are with this book. Full review coming to you this April! I am so excited.
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Amazing Facts and Figures Every Pinoy Must Know by Filipiknow – Informative for just about anyone. If one’s not into history but wants to read about badass stories, then you have come to the right place. Look, I’m just a simple history nerd. This book is gorgeous, informative, and straight to the point.
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Wrap-Up - Series

Yuri On Ice – The definition of perfection because it is just the coolest thing ever. Even real-life figure skaters adore it. That is how good this anime is.
One Punch Man – You may think that I will fall in love with Genos, but no. I freakin love Saitama. I would marry that dude in a heart beat.
Class – I only watched one episode but it looks so darn good. This may or may not make me watch Doctor Who.
Mr. Robot – My brain cells hurt when I saw this guy hacking into systems, and I was pretty bummed out because it reminded me a lot of that one subject where I hated everything. I think it was assembly. Still a pretty good show, but I stopped. I don’t know why either.

Wrap-Up (February)

I had no time to breathe in February. I did not pick up a single book. It was the month of our last defense. I am so done with my thesis. But of course, that one will bite me later. On the side note, I may not have read anything, but I did get the chance to meet some of my favorite people on the internet.

Last February 18, I got to meet some #romanceclass authors for their #SparkNA releases. I finally got to meet Carla de Guzman,  Dawn Lanuza, and C.P. Santi. I even had my books signed yay! I also met blogger senpais at the event namely Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Sab from The Book Eater. I also saw Dianne from Oops, I Read A Book Again at the event.

I hope I could share more, but I decided to fully recap after the more feels event this coming April. Soon! ❤

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Riverdale -Despite being busy, I made time for Riverdale. Archie is basically my childhood, so I live for this series.
A Series of Unfortunate Events – Watched the first episode and I’m all “Eh. Maybe in another time.”
Horrible Histories – I binge watch this every time my exams are getting near. Instead of reviewing, I binge watch all of the 5 seasons.

Wrap-Up (March)

March was that point in my life where it has been messy. One day, I was posting non-stop and then suddenly schoolworks like projects, exams, and thesis approvals hit me in the face and then BAM! I have been practically gone for the whole March after posting non-stop for a week since my hiatus. It was then that I thought that the wrath of my academe is over, but little did I know that the worst was yet to come. Don’t worry, I overcame the final wave, and it’s time to put all of those things behind us.

On the bright of every little happy thing, I have so much love for March because after my finals, I finally had the time to read all of the books.

Wrap-Up - Books

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner – I had too many tears for Blade and his crew. This book tore me apart and built me back up again. I mean, I don’t even know how to fully describe this book coherently in my review. But yes, a lot of feels were involved. Review [here].

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History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera – Again, another tear gushing book. I swear, I could fill a bucket with my tears. I just love every character in this book, and I want to hug them all. Full gush [here].

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Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saénz –  It was my first time to read from an audio book where I tried my best to fight my will to not sleep. I loved every bit, like it was my first time to read Ari and Dante again. Lin-Manuel Miranda as a narrator was spot on. Why can’t we have more audio books read by him???

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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo – Where do I even begin with this book? It was amazing, stunning, bloody well done, gorgeous, stupendous, magnificent, ridiculously spontaneous, sinister, and magical. I love everything about it, and I love to hate all of the dregs. Every single one of them is precious. I am not even sorry of dropping the 5 star rating right then and there when I finished, even if it had a terrible cliffhanger. SIX OF CROWS IS JUST TOO DARN GOOD.

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The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins – I don’t remember how long it was since I read this book but it felt like it was such a long time ago. It felt like I was reading for the first time again. I knew what was happening, but it felt like I was only processing the information as I was reading it. I was able to manipulate what I thought should be in the movie. It was so easy to digest everything, because I normally take days to read a book. But this one only took me two days, and that’s because I have classes and I only read in intervals. I cannot wait to reread Catching Fire as well. And then I will know if I will finally read Mockingjay or not. We’ll see.

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Wrap-Up - Movies

Moana – I must be the black sheep when it comes to this movie, but I did not find it entirely okay. Maybe I got too overhyped by it, and I really did not want to see the movie just because Lin-Manuel Miranda produced the music. Granted, the music was the best part, but don’t worry. I n will probably rewatch this one soon.

Beauty and the Beast – My eyes tear up every time I dare mention this movie because it was so darn beautiful. I was crying from start to finish because it remained true to it’s foundation. Everything was so darn perfect. Should I do a full review for this one? I guess I should (because I want to properly fangirl over Dan Stevens please).

Wrap-Up - Series

The Crown – I am a sucker for anything historical, and anything related to British monarchy. So with that, I loved this series very much. The history nerd in me is very satisfied indeed.

Riverdale – WHAT IS GOING ON? I am sad that they took a break the same time as I did for school. WHY ARE YOU DOING THIS TO ME?

Wrap-Up - Announcements

  • I have been dying to scream about this since I was chosen, and I can finally say it. I am now a co-blogger at Stay Bookish!

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  • Before I even started, it has been one of the blogs that I sincerely look up to. It inspired me to blog in the first place. And now,  I am actually part of the blog squad! It is honestly a dream come true for me, because I would not have picked anywhere else to step up and co-blog.
  • Don’t worry, of course I am not leaving this lovely blog of mine. Think of it this way: there is more than one place where you get to hear me fangirling over books. But I have been debating something else entirely.
  • The Fanboy Book Club is currently under construction! Or is it still even called that? More news in the future soon!
  • I will be going to another April book event soon, this time for romance books. I cannot wait to feel all of the feels!

Okay, I guess that’s about it for the past 3 months? So how about you guys? Everything went well for the first half of the year? Let’s talk about it!

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2016 End of the Year Survey

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I wanted to participate in this lovely survey last year when 2015 ended, but I felt like my answers will be too repetitive. Same thing happened this year, but it managed to be less repetitive. Oh well, same old. Huge thanks to Jamie at The Perpetual Page-Turner for organizing this lovely survey. Now onto *shudders* remembering what shenanigans I went up with in 2016.

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Number of Books Read: 33 (I failed the Goodreads challenge haha. Originally, I set my challenge to 40. And then things just got so hectic that I decided to make it 35. I still failed. Oh well. Sayonara, 2016. At least I tried until the last minute.)

Number of Re-Reads: Suprisingly, just 1. (It was Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling! I read it for our book club.)

Genre You Read The Most From: No surprise, CONTEMPORARY. (I tried to make 2016 the year of fantasy, but surprise! Reading slumps galore and too many books to read. I just could not keep up. But on the bright side, I managed to read fantasy books continuously. I thought I could never do it, but I did.)

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  1. Best book you read in 2016
  1. Book you were excited about & thought you were going to love more but didn’t?
  • The Glittering Court by Richelle Mead (2016) I mean I liked it, but I didn’t technically love it.
  • Zac and Mia by A.J. Betts (2013) Nope nope nope. I’m still sad that I didn’t like this one.
  1. Most surprising (in a good way or bad way) book you read?
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart (2014), legitimately surprised me. And I had my guard up the whole time. I still cannot comprehensively review the book because I still cannot deal with the plot twist.
  • The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas (2016) is one of the best thrillers that I have read that 1) Had the perfect elements that need not to scare you, and 2) Had the plot twists make you go “WHOA.”
  1. Book you “pushed” the most people to read (and they did)?
  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim (2016) I like to believe that I did push people to read this since I hosted a blog tour for this one and it was a really nice read.
  1. Best series you started in 2016? Best sequel of 2016? Best series ender of 2016?
  • Cinder by Marissa Meyer (2012) Cinder knocked my socks off when I read it in March because it was generally amazing in every aspect. I love the sci-fi hint that mixed itself with the classic fairy tales. I did not expect to love retellings, but I guess Marissa Meyer can work her magic with sci-fi in wonderful ways. I cannot wait to pick up Scarlet.
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff (2016) this book is ridiculous. The death toll was strikingly larger than the death toll in Illuminae. This may have been the default winner because this is the only sequel that I read this year. //runs
  1. Favorite new author you discovered in 2016?
  • Becky Albertalli (because of Simon and oreos and major fluffiness)
  • Adam Silvera (because he made me cry in a good way)
  • Nicola Yoon (because she made me believe in love and faith again)
  • Tara Sim (because she brought two boys together in an alternate historical setting)
  • Benjamin Alire Saenz (because he made me fall in love with two wonderful boys whose love made the stars move)
  1. Best book from a genre you don’t typically read/was out of your comfort zone?
  • Nevernight by Jay Kristoff, because I do not usually read fantasy in such a fast pace. With Nevernight, I was given a time constraint of 3 days since I have to pass it on to the next reader for the blog tour. It gave me sleepless nights that I really enjoyed, because I was able to grasp the concept and the world in such a short time. I think the factor that helped was Jay’s magnificent writing style. Fine, I’ll read more fantasy hush now.
  1. Most action-packed/thrilling/unputdownable book of the year?
  • We Were Liars by E. Lockhart beated Nevernight by a slight margin. I read this one in a sitting, a feat that has never happened since I was in 5th Granted, it was a short book but I know my habits. It amazes me that I can do these things.
  1. Book you read in 2016 that you are most likely to re-read next year?
  • It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini for personal reasons. I came close to rereading the book this year, but I gave it a pass. Maybe I will open up about this issue in the future. Who knows?

10.  Favorite cover of a book you read in 2016?

  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon because it just so darn beautiful! I know that there is a lot of effort that came with this process, but even the cover itself can be intertwined with the story. AMAZING.

11.  Most memorable character of 2016?

  • Libby Strout from Holding Up The Universe. Why? Character attachments work in mysterious ways. Usually I find myself attached to guys (bless your heart, Charlie. You are still my number one baby.) but it was a different case for Libby. Libby is the lead that I have been wanting to read about. I cannot stress enough on how much I love Libby Strout, because she is a wonderful girl who deserves all of the love in this world.
  1. Most beautifully written book read in 2016?
  • I’m torn between Nevernight, We Were Liars and The Sun Is Also A Star for reasons stated above.
  1. Most thought-provoking/ life-changing book of 2016?
  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR. All caps for emphasis because I have never encountered a book that speaks to my philosophy in life. I love you so much, Nicola Yoon.
  1. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2016 to finally read?
  • Cinder //knocks myself in the head. I was missing out on the fun stuff. I mean for goodness sake, IT WAS SCI-FI for crying out loud. How could I miss it???
  1. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2016?
  • “Words were different when they lived inside of you.”- Benjamin Alire-Saenz
  • “It’s not up to you to help other people fit you into a box.” – Nicola Yoon
  • “You are wanted. Big, small, tall, short, pretty, plain, friendly, shy. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise, not even yourself.” – Jennifer Niven

16. Shortest & longest book you read in 2016?

  • The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery
  • Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

17. Book that shocked you the most

  • It’s a tie between The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas and We Were Liars. I honestly cannot choose.

18. OTP of the year (you will go down with this ship!)

  • Natasha Kingsley and Daniel Jae Ho Bae from The Sun Is Also A Star
  • Danny and Colton from Timekeeper
  • Simon Spier and Blue from Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda
  • Aristotle Mendoza and Dante Quintana from Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

19. Favorite non-romantic relationship of the year

  • Alexander and Katerina from Legacy of Kings had a *spoiler* relationship in Legacy of Kings that struck me. It’s not technically lovey-dovey, but they were a dynamic duo to look out for.

20. Favorite book you read in 2016 from an author you’ve read previously

  • If The Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman gave me really fluffy feelings about love and other things, but it also gave me positive vibes for being on the heavy side. Carla never really disappoints. ❤

21. Best book you read in 2016 that you read based SOLELY on a recommendation from somebody else/peer pressure:

  • The Sun Is Also A Star and Nevernight because everyone was all “READ THIS. READ THIS. READ THIS.” Okay guys, thank you for the peer pressure.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2016?

  • Xander from All The Feels and all of him in his cosplay glory. Gosh, if only I could change shoes with Liv in a heartbeat. I swear I would keep Xander all to myself.

23. Best 2016 debut you read?

  • Timekeeper by Tara Sim
  •  Runner-up: Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett

24. Best world building/most vivid setting you read this year?

  • The Island by S. Usher Evans and Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman. These books gave me vivid representations of the world I was in. Full on imagination and accurate pinpoints.

25. Book that put a smile on your face/was the most FUN to read?

  • Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda! Not only that, but I was giggling and vastly craved for oreos.

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2016?

MONTAGE TIME.

More Happy Than Not

It’s Kind of A Funny Story

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Holding Up The Universe

27. Hidden gem of the year?

  • Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett (2016) is a ridiculously underrated gem. It is a story about a girl who finds herself amidst all of the heavy happenings in her life. It has a More Happy Than Not ring to it, but a different story when it was executed.

28. Book that crushed your soul?

  • NEVERNIGHT, AND LET ME BE CLEAR ON ONE THING: JAY REALLY KILLS OFF YOUR FAVES.

29. Most unique book you read in 2016?

  • The Sun Is Also A Star. Guys, have I babbled enough already about this one? Nope? Okay!

30. Book that made you the most mad (doesn’t necessarily mean you didn’t like it)?

  • Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi. Let’s move on now. Yes, I hated reading this book.

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1.     New favorite book blog you discovered in 2016?

2.    Favorite review that you wrote in 2016?

  •  I think I made the most sense with my The Sun Is Also A Star review. Fun. Fun. Fun.

3.    Best discussion/non-review post you had on your blog?

  • I only had one discussion post up on my blog in 2016.

4.    Best event that you participated in (author signings, festivals, virtual events, memes, etc.)?

  • I can’t choose between Jennifer Niven’s signing and Bookworms Unite PH 2.0. I loved Jen so much, and I loved the feeling of finally seeing fellow PH bloggers.

5.    Best moment of bookish/blogging life in 2016?

  •  I made the Fanboy Book Club (head over to my baby here.), I hosted my first blog tour (for Timekeeper by Tara Sim!), first author signing (Jennifer Niven!), and attended Bookworms Unite 2.0.

6.    Most challenging thing about blogging or your reading life in 2016?

  • I was off-balance the whole year. I don’t know. Like something was off for some reason. I went on hiatus for an entire month and for some reason, it was not the same anymore. I had done more but had less. I guess, it just happens sometimes. Maybe I did not have the same mojo I had when I was just starting out.

7.    Most popular post this year on your blog (whether it be by comments or views)?

  • Apparently it’s my FBCYA intro post.

8.    Post you wished got a little more love?

  •  I don’t think I have an answer for this one.

9.    Best bookish discover (book related sites, book stores, etc.)?

  • Fully Booked Eastwood and Fully Booked Power Plant. Both bookstores are heaven-sent. Well-stocked with new releases and it feels nice to find amazing bookstores.

10.  Did you complete any reading challenges or goals that you had set for yourself at the beginning of this year?

  • HAHA NOPE.

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1.    One book you didn’t get to in 2016 but will be your number 1 priority in 2017?

–      My answer is the first book on the top of my head, which is Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. As soon as the heavy stuff is lifted off of my chest, I will read this one.

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

2.   Book you are most anticipating for in 2017 (non-debut)?

3.   2017 Debut you are most anticipating?

I will just die here in a corner because I want to read a lot of books in 2017. But hey, here are some:

4.   Series ending/a sequel you are most anticipating in 2017?

Basically, Jay Kristoff is KING.

5.   One thing you hope to accomplish or do in your reading/blogging life in 2017?

  • To blog what I want to blog about. I want to do more fandom features (because honestly, I will not shut up about Yuri on Ice or One Punch Man.)

6.   A 2017 release you’ve already read & recommend to everyone:

  • Since I had a horrible reading year in 2016, I would like to recommend my first 2017 read to everyone which is Things I Should Have Known by Claire LaZebnik. It deals with topics such as autism and family togetherness. It has opened my eyes on the issue and I think it is generally a great book.

Phew. Well that went well, didn’t it? That’s basically 2016 in a nutshell, in terms of books. But how about my other fandoms? Well, well, well.

So how was 2016 for you? Let’s talk about it. 🙂

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August & September Wrap-Up + October TBR

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Let me tell you what happened to my August wrap-up: it disappeared into the void. I was having problems with my internet connection so I had to make do and draft my post on MS Word. Then my ever loving laptop suddenly shut itself down the moment I was finishing my first draft. And I did not save it. I was really busy, and I could only squeeze in drafting and blogging for a few minutes. So yeah, I gave up and posted my wrap-up on Instagram instead.

Guess who’s failing at life? And read-a-thons. And blogging in general. August was disastrous. I’m behind my Goodreads reading challenge. The scenarios in my head of me reading in school is so far fetched. Honestly, it kills me inside. Yet, I can’t neglect my schoolwork. I need to be a good student. I must be always on point, on fleek, even if my eyebrows are not. Basically, school stressed me out from the first day. On our second week, it can already be compared to a hell week in high school. That’s how great it is. “Hey! Welcome back to school. We will slowly kill you now, but we will make you stay because our library added more titles that you have been dying to get for your bookshelf since forever.”

But thinking about it, I am ridiculously paranoid about this wrap-up. I started writing this one on the second week of September. That is how grossly prepared I am. I know for a fact that October and the rest of September will devour me whole. I may not even have the time the breathe. So if you see new content here, it literally took me the whole summer break to prepare the stuff. I’m probably boring you with details, but in summary:
– I failed ReadThemAllThon.
– I am on the verge of a reading slump.
– I have no idea how I was able to read in between classes.
– My school is eating me alive. I can honestly find similarities between my 3rd year midterm hell week to my 2nd year finals hell week.
– I am 3 books behind on the Goodreads reading challenge and I am not happy about it because it happened late this year. Why not early on? Huhu.
– I’m hosting a blog tour / well the book club rather. More on that later.

… let’s just get to the books that I read in August and September.

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Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – Hello there, slump inducing giant. Not only am I at the verge of a reading slump, but I cannot stop talking about it. Maybe not on Twitter, but generally everywhere else. I read this for a PH blog tour for Nevernight hosted by Kate at The Bookaholic Blurbs.This bloody good book is definitely the best fantasy that I have read this year. Praise be to the gods that I am so lucky because I have been a part of the epic blog tour for this book. If I didn’t sign up for it, I probably will be bummed out and ridiculously missed on a lot of stuff. My review is just waiting for the signal for it to be posted haha, so please do watch out for it.

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Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman – Say hello to the first person who borrowed a fiction book from the library. Yay me! I was lucky enough to have found this on my first day of school. Bless the book gods. I thought for sure that I will have this huge reading slump because of Nevernight, but I pulled through with this book. I have to say that this book was amazeballs. I read this one for FBCYA because it was our book for the month of August. This was the miracle book because I managed to finish it while I was being bombarded with 3rd year student duties. Luckily, the Macedonians and the history aspect satisfied my craving for a good book. I was so scared that I might go into a slump because of the good books that I read in July (and Nevernight). But no, turns I can read fantasy now haha.

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Yes to this book! I received this book for a blog tour as well, and it came at such a perfect time. It’s grip was strong enough to pull me from the depths of despair. I would like to keep my thoughts about this book special. But it opened my eyes on certain aspects. It is a beautiful book and I never thought that I could be attached to something so simple and complicated at the same time.

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Honestly speaking, I don’t have one. I will be defending our thesis in October, on the week of my birthday. Plus I am on the verge of my finals for my 3rd year 1st semester. Who knows what kind of monstrosity will happen? So yes, this is an open book. But I can tell you that I tried to sneak read ACOTAR by Sarah J. Maas when I am feeling rebellious. Oh and I also borrow books from my library every now and then so there’s hope that I could finish some stuff haha.

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August was a really lovely month because I really felt like I was blessed with a lucky charm. Believe me when I say this: I only bought one book from this stack.

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Thank you to my best friend Patty who bought me a copy of Six of Crows. Thanks to my mom for funding our copy of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Big thanks to CW at Read, Think, and Ponder for Maybe In Another Life, Hazel at Stay Bookish for The Darkest Corners and Vic James for Red Rising and a sample of Gilded Cage.

As depressing as it sounds, I was supposed to buy books at MIBF (Manila International Book Fair) this year. Sadly, my projects took a toll on me and I did not get to go. 😦 I already had a list and everything, but things did not go according to plan. Instead, wallowing in my sadness, I bought Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson. Then I just chilled (actually no, the opposite) and officially lost my sanity when Crooked Kingdom came out. I don’t know where I was supposed to buy my copy, but luckily the bookstore near my place had in stock! Definitely the best reward after the most hectic week of my life.

book announcement

 

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FBCYA is hosting a blog tour for Timekeeper by Tara Sim! A thousand times yes! I have been keeping this secret since JULY (or was it June? I can’t even tell lol) Basically when I announced that FBCYA is doing blog tours, it was then that this baby was born. Let me tell you: this is such an amazing book and I can’t wait till November to share my thoughts with you about it. I will also be hosting the #FBCYA twitter chat for Timekeeper on October 16, 9 AM EST/ 9 PM PST.

I am also a part of three blog tours that will happen this October. Please do keep an eye out for my reviews. 🙂

Phew. And here I thought this wrap-up will never end. Such a relief haha. So… how was your September?

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July Wrap-Up + August TBR

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Dreadful, the month of July is. Of course I should point out that that was sarcasm. I love July! It was a whole of month dedicated to planning and organizing (note: FBCYA stuff.) Plus, I did not have to think about school. (Not entirely true, but still.) In hindsight, I think it was a good reading month. I read in my usual pace: 2 books by the middle of the month, and 2 books crammed in two days. I am that weird. I met bloggers who I have been dying to meet since I started blogging. I celebrated my first blogiversary. And it was just a month where I got tons of books. I feel weird actually. (Because I got more books for my blogiversary than my actual birthday har har.)

I will be going back to school this August, and I guess I am torn between going back and staying at home. On the bright side, my calendar is all full. I cannot wait to finally study the subject that I have been wanting to see on my curriculum since I started studying in college. I cannot wait to finally get over with our thesis. Plus I will be saying hello to my allowance again. I can now save for the Manila International Book Fair. Yay!

But first, let’s see how my July went.

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Solid four books again! This is good for my Goodreads challenge. But to be honest with you, those two at the end are definitely buzzer beaters.

Holding Up The Universe by Jennifer Niven – My month definitely had a fresh start because of this wonderful book. Not only was Jennifer elevated to a higher author status on my list, but she also finally manifested the female lead that I have been wanting to idolize since forever. I read this book for a blog tour hosted by JM at Revelations of a Book Freak, and I will be reviewing the book soon!

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Zac and Mia by A. J. Betts – Sadly disappointed by this one. Before I started blogging, this book was high up on my to be – read list. So when I finally had it in my hands, I did not hesitate to read it. But darn, this book is another case of “I didn’t like it because of the female POV” type of book. Not that I have anything against the POV of girls, but the POV just made me want to drop the book. I am not happy with it either, because I was trying really hard to like it.

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We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – This book is… I still don’t know. I don’t want to talk about it, but at the same time I do. I have a thing for rich heiresses and wealthy families. But I was thought to always keep my guard up for this book. And it still blew me away because of that ridiculous plot twist. This book kept me up until 2 am, and half of the time I was contemplating on what happened.

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Timekeeper by Tara Sim – As a history nerd by heart, I love how the author twisted an alternate Victorian society through promoting diversity, badass characters, and gorgeous clock spirits. This one’s a keeper guys.

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I know. I am practically going to die in August. This is crazy, especjally for a neurotic reader like me. Most of the books in there are the books that I will be reading for the ReadThemAllThon hosted by Aentee at Read at Midnight.

I need to offer some ridiculous lot to the gods. I don’t know how I will pull this off. Oh well, I have always wanted to feel what it’s like to be ahead of your Goodreads TBR. Luckily, most of these are physical books that I have on my book stack. Oh and one of those books is the Fanboy Book Club pick for the month of August! I will go more into my TBR once I post my full TBR for the readathon.

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So after months of not even posting any book hauls, I ended up getting 11 books for the month of July! I mean, that’s just crazy! Who knew getting deprived of books for 5 months gets you in a book frenzy? But I will gladly do it again because getting a lot of books is better than slowly hauling. The idea works for me!

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The book will hit you with its beautiful prose, with a protagonist so poetic. The deep wonders of the universe can be seen in Aristotle’s own head. I had this urge to read Dante’s mind in the process, because they seem so different. Yet they clicked like two peas in a pod. I do not mind that the whole thing was in Aristotle’s perspective because the way he speaks about everyone is how some people do perceive the world.

Full review here.

 

Sticks and Stones by Abby Cooper

PrintThe story is beautifully written, and is equally charming. Even if everyone was practically paving their own ways as well, Elyse stood up to herself, with the guidance of the one with the blue notes. All I have to say that the character writing the blue notes is like a guardian angel. The character was a great addition to the story and her reveal was equally brilliant. There may be side problems here and there, but the story developed its main character into a self-loving individual who inspires other people.

Full review here.

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Zac and Mia is a beautiful book full of aspiring thoughts, a cast of characters that find themselves, and a beautiful setting. I am probably at fault for raising my bar too high because despite the beauty of the prose, it felt flat for me. It was an easy read, and it is digestible for such a heavy topic. But if I had to drag myself to finish it then sadly, this book is not for me.

Full review here.

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  • I will be joining Aentee at Read at Midnight’s ReadThemAllThon! My full TBR will be up by Saturday (hopefully). If you will be joining, I will be gladly help you out with your CP count.
  • I attended Bookworms Unite 2.0 (and I apparently hauled 10 books in a single month). Here’s my mini recap.
  • I discussed something different for Potterhead July. It only focused on a single letter, and I had so much fun discussing the various significance of each for that one letter. Link here.
  • I launched Fandom Features, and now my Thursdays are all but filled.
  • #FBCYA is on a fast pace, because we have surprises as early as September. I hope to post a recap, but maybe next time. Hahaha. Also, our host for the month of August is MC at Blame It On the Books, and we will be reading Legacy of Kings by Eleanor Herman! Yay!

And that’s July. Pretty uneventful, right? Oh who am kidding. It’s the best month ever. ❤ Now let’s just hope that August will not swallow me whole.

So how did July go for you? Any plans for August? Comment below!

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Blogiversary? Blogiversary.

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To be honest, I do not know how to start this. I thought I would never reach at least 3 months, actually. I thought I would only post a couple blog posts, and then quit. I never thought that I was going to make a book club. I thought it will be like using Blogger again. Post once, take the time to post again, get lazy, and then abandon it.

Of course me from the past was wrong. I am still here, and my blog is now a year old. I don’t think  I will be stopping soon (besides those school-related hiatuses because I need to, haha), and this fangirl is here to stay. I will work hard enough to trademark the name I chose to represent myself in this bookish community, and I plan to stay that way.

… That came out strong. I am cuddly, I promise.

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I guess you can say that as I take blogging seriously everyday, I also think about how I could make my blog aesthetically pleasing at the same time. I am quite inconsistent with my blog posts, because I wanted it to look better than my first ones. Another reason is that I am never pleased with just one design. I know I could always improve. I want to think that as my blog progresses, my blog gets more prettier. I’m still hoping that that would be the case. As much as I want my blog to be static with one signature look, I don’t even know how it would be possible because of the changing trends. I wanted to be original, so I’m showing my blog’s progress with my headers. Think of it as a Pokemon. It evolves to become better. And I am not kidding when I say that 3 of those were used in one year.

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This is what I started with. Very bland in general, plus I don’t really know why I chose that font. I still use it on my blog posts, but it was not meant to be with my blog header. At first, I was glad with it. But I know that I could do better than that.

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This is my second artsy attempt at a blog header. I still wanted to stick with the same font, but I wanted to add in my blog’s purpose. I can now see that this is only pleasing to the eyes if it’s a blog button or a moving gif. I really like the pink and blue motif, though.

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My third attempt at a blog header went pretty well. But uhh… not really. I wanted to vector each book, but it was so time consuming. So I settled with this one. I actually loved the font, but there was something off with this header that did not ring right. Probably the violet background and the misplaced blue flower.

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Onto the fourth attempt: I loved this one. Despite the less time and effort that it took to create this one, it describes the diversity of my blog completely. But there is still something off with the stroked text. It’s not that readable, and you have to squint your eyes to see it properly.

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We come down to the blog header that I am using today. I finally settled down with this design because of the font, and now my sub header is readable. It’s the proper contrast of fonts. And it’s still diverse, describing my blog perfectly just by looking at the header.

I might change it again in the future, because I am the master of inconsistencies and insecurities. But who knows… maybe this one will stand the test of time.


How far have I come? I have done so many shenanigans that I did as firsts just for this blog of mine. I never really thought that I will do this and that, but the inner person in me wanted to show her freak flag and fly. I won’t list it down because I am saving it for a rainy day. Yet in all circumstances, my blog would have never been like this if I did not branch out and communicate with other people who shared the same passion. So please allow me to be a little bit sappy for one moment. I want to say thank you.

Thank you to my readers, first or a recent, for showing your enthusiasm to this blog. It would not have flourished that much if not for the support I get. Book blogger or not, you just happened to drop by, or you’re kind enough to leave a comment… I want you to know that I owe all this to you. ❤

Thank you to Maan at The Pigeon Reads, Trisha at The Bookgasm Blog, and Nicka at Read by Nicka who served as my co-hosts in the Fanboy Book Club. My baby would not have lasted long if they did not show the enthusiasm they had to handle it with me. Also to Maan and Trisha for being my book reading buddies, despite the fact that I did not finish reading mine. (Sorry Grisha trilogy.)

To MC at Blame It On The Books for being my mama bear (she said it so herself, haha) and also my co-handler at the Fanboy Book Club. You’re a true friend to have in this community. I cannot thank you enough really.

To Wesaun at Oreos and Books, who was one the first bloggers that I have interacted with. Thank you for always leaving comments on my blog when I was just starting out. It gave me the encouragement I needed to whip up something new everyday. And also being a friend who came in when I needed some help the most.

To Ms. Carla de Guzman for sharing many firsts with me: first blog tour and first author interview, first successful beta read. I hope to read more of your works in the future, and please do know that I will always fangirl over it, haha.

To Hazel at Stay Bookish for inspiring me to blog in the first place. Your love for books inspires me, and I really hope to meet you one day. I have young adult books to thank for helping me find your blog in the first place. It was your blog that convinced me that the written word is a way to express what you feel about a book. 🙂

To the members of the Fanboy Book Club, thank you for being there. Joining in made me happy enough. I promise to load our book club with fun activities and amazing tours.

To my Filipino blogger senpais who I still have to meet IRL. Thank you for inspiring me to blog and interacting with me over the web. Hopefully, we’ll meet soon enough (maybe next week, lol).

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Where am I headed? My blog’s direction is on a stable path, and that is to share my love for books and my other fandoms. I am still in the process of figuring things out, but I want to…

  • Host more blog tours for the Fanboy Book Club.
  • Branch out to other genres, and finally cure my somehow ridiculous feud with fantasy books.
  • Earn enough money to self-host. I had a great time using the pre-made themes WordPress offers, but it is irritating not to touch the codes. I’m a technology student, for crying out loud.
  • Interact with more authors and book bloggers.
  • Post more about my other fandoms
  • Attend more book signings
  • Shove more male leads into your faces.

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As much as I wanted to share something, I am still a noob and a poor sap. But I do love the Filipino bookish community, and I love male leads so…

Now this giveaway is only open for PH readers (sorry guys), in which I shall select one winner who can choose two books each from my favorite books with amazing male leads.

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You can choose from these books (from left to right): Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda, Forgive Me Leonard Peacock, Thirteen Reasons Why, Looking for Alaska, The Spectacular Now, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, Carry On, Althea and Oliver, Eleanor and Park, Every Day, It’s Kind of A Funny Story, Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, All The Bright Places, The Beginning of Everything, Suicide Notes [Not pictured: The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Openly Straight]
To the lucky winner who would win my giveaway must choose wisely. (Actually you could just pick anything from the stack really. I have read most of them and I ridicule you not, none of those books are rated less than 4 on my Goodreads.)

The giveaway ends at August 1, so there’s plenty of time to retweet the photo. I will contact the winner through their twitter and they will have 48 hours to respond.


After a year, I still don’t know how to end things properly. Oh dear. Haha. It’s a fangirl thing, I guess. Fandoms come and go, but we really don’t end things. We just enter new ones.

I am still in awe that I have reached the one year mark. I feel like this is the one thing that bloggers have kept in secret all this time… getting the feeling that the long anniversary post makes the next posts really hard to draft because of you have to step your game up.

Oh well. There’s always a first time for everything. 🙂

Till the next blog post (which is tomorrow),

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