Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #24



  • The Philippines Is Not A Small Country by Gideon Lasco
  • We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) by Jenny Han
  • The Dark Prophecy (Trials of Apollo, #2) by Rick Riordan
  • The Magic Arrow by Bolet Banal
  • Ito Ang Diktadura by Equip Plantel
  • Isang Harding Papel by Aguie Rivera
  • EDSA by Russell Molina
  • Si Jhun-Jhun, Noong Bago Ideklara Ang Batas Militar by Augie Rivera


  • The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman


  • Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • The Cat Who Saved Books by Sôsuke Natsukawa
  •  The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales From the Cafe by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Sweet Bean Paste by Durian Sukegawa
  • To Kill A Mokingbird by Harper Lee
  • Subversive Lives: A Family Memoir of the Marcos Years by Nathan Gilbert Quimpo and Susan Quimpo
  • Si Janus Silang At Ang Tiyanak ng Tabon (Janus Silang, #1) by Edgar Calabia Samar
  • Martial Law (Looking Back, #15) by Ambeth Ocampo

It’s crazy how fast the days are passing by! It seems like only yesterday when I moved in to a new home, and now we’re more than halfway through 2022. Despite the speed of the days, this year is a great reading year for me compared to last year, not only because of the amount of books that I’ve been reading, but the quality. During the second quarter of the year, I started reading and collecting informative, non-fiction books related to my country’s history as it is a simple way to show resistance to the revisionism that some higher ops are working through. It is by reading these books that I can help never to forget the  hardships of the Martial Law victims. I made it a point to read at least one of these books per month and make it a required reading of sorts, just like when I was still studying.

This month I’ve read Gideon Lasco’s The Philippines Is Not A Small Country and though it does not mainly focus on the Martial Law years, it informs its readers about our country and how Filipinos helped shape the world in our own way. It’s not only about history, but also geography and culture. I read this while we were traveling in Bohol, and it’s very timely that I picked it up during that time because the view and the travels helped me get more hyped up to read the book. It’s a collection of essays that tells us so much that we do not know about our own land and I enjoyed it very much. I rated it 4 out of 5 stars. My review is yet to come on the blog.

I also finally read the last book in the Summer trilogy by Jenny Han. I can finally start with the  TV series that recently aired in June. I’m happy to announce that I still have the same love for this series after all these years. I loved the ending, it just felt so right. I wrote a review about it here. I rated it a 5 out of 5 stars.

The next book that I’ve read is the second installment in the Trials of Apollo series which is  The Dark Prophecy by Rick Riordan.  This series is becoming one of my favorites, and it’s no surprise because I love almost everything that Rick Riordan writes. Here we follow Apollo along with Leo and Calypso who are on a quest to find out who’s behind the  issues that’s happening with the Oracles and a quest that might or might not help him return back to Mount Olympus. I was supposed to give it 4 stars, but because of the ending, I gave it a 5 out of 5 stars! The ending was that good!

I’m currently reading The Hating Game by Sally Thorne and I just got past the 100-page mark. Though I’ve heard mixed reviews about this, the synopsis still interests me so I dived right into it after The Dark Prophecy. Besides, I’m kind of in the mood for a romance book, so why not? Hoping that this turns out good for me in the end, but so far I’m really liking it.

How about you? How many books were you able to get to this month? Any new favorites?


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