Five-Star Predictions

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I don’t think I’ve ever done one this kind of list before, so I decided to do one. As you all know, I have a ton of books on my physical TBR and though I have been slowly putting a dent on it, I have also been adding new titles every once in a while. Well, that’s quite the life of most bookworms, wouldn’t you agree so? Haha

So I took the time to stare at my bookcase and skimmed through the titles that I think (and badly hoping) would be a 5 star read for me. I chose these five books because I honestly have high expectations for them given that there have been quite some hype for them around the book community.

To my Filipino readers, you may check Fully Booked Online to find your next great read and avail their free shipping for orders P799 and above!

*Throughout this post, I’ll be including my affiliate links for each of the books in the list. Note that I earn a small commission whenever you use my affiliate links to purchase these books.

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Book Reivew: Dawwang by Gantala Press

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Title: Dawwang 

Author: Gantala Press, Illustrated by Nina Martinez

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: 2021

Number of Pages: 48

Publisher: Gantala Press

Genre: Comics, Non-fiction, Philippine Literature, Historical

 

Synopsis:

Si Leticia ‘Tining’ Bula-at ay mula sa grupong Naneng sa probinsiya ng Kalinga. Noong dekada ‘70, may bantang lunurin ng proyektong Chico River Dam ni Presidente Ferdinand Marcos at ng World Bank ang ili ng mga Naneng at iba pang ili sa Kordilyera. Dalawampu’t walong anyos si ‘Nay Tining nang dumating ang National Power Corporation at Philippine Constabulary sa kanilang bayan para simulan ang pagtatayo ng dam. Linabanan ito ng mga umili: nagtayo sila ng mga barikada, binaklas nila ang mga kampo, at direkta nilang hinarap ang mga sundalo. Sa kabila ng pisikal at sikolohikal na karahasan, nagpatuloy ang kilos-protesta ng pamayanan, at nakansela ang dam ni Marcos. Sa kasalukuyan, patuloy ang pakikibaka nina ‘Nay Tining at iba pang kababaihang tagapagtanggol ng Kordilyera laban sa mga korporasyon at mapanirang mga proyekto ng gobyerno sa Ilog Chico at mga karatig-lugar.

Ang DAWWANG (salita ng mga Naneng para sa “ilog”) ay bersiyon sa Filipino ng komiks na ito na nilathala bilang LET THE RIVER FLOW FREE (Ingles) at LASST DEN FLUSS FLIESSEN (Aleman) sa ilalim ng proyektong Movements and Moments: Feminist Generations ng Goethe Institut-Indonesien.

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11 ‘Philippine Independence Day’ Reads

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Yesterday was my country’s Independence Day — this day commemorates the Philippines’ freedom from the Spanish colonization. But with everything that has been happening in my country recently, I think it is best that we remind ourselves more of our history. The Philippines was not only colonized by Spain, Japan, or the US. The country has also suffered from tyranny and betrayal from its own government who made the nation believe in their lies and promises of a better life and a better country.

It’s very disheartening that we neglect and take for granted the freedom and democracy that the generations before us have fought so hard for. It’s terrifying how I see a lot of people calling those years the golden era of the Philippines when the whole world refers to it as the darkest days of the Philippines in recent years.

With that, I would like to read the following books to remind and further educate myself on what has transcribed in the past for us, my generation and the next, to achieve the democracy that we now take for granted. Some of the books mentioned below are also about present-day atrocities by the outgoing administration. I am sharing it with all of you as you might also want to learn from these books:

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10 Queer Books I Want to Read

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Howdy! And I’m back with another list for you. This time, I’m sharing with you some queer books that I would like to read. In recent years, the number of books relating to and/or about LGBTQ+ have grown and it’s something that we must all be proud of. I must admit, I haven’t read a lot of LGBTQ+ books and I promised myself to work on that this year and the succeeding years. With that said, I picked the top 10 queer books on my Goodreads TBR to create this list.

To my Filipino readers, you may check Fully Booked Online for their Pride Collection! Throughout this post, I’ll be including my affiliate links for each of the books I’ll be mentioning. Note that I earn a small commission whenever you use my affiliate links to purchase these books.

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5 Books I Love

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I’ve made another recommendations style entry, but in no particular genre — just a list of books I absolutely love and has stuck with me ever since I’ve read them. This list contains a variety of different genre and authors that you might want to add in your TBR as well. Without further ado, let’s dive right into the list:

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Most Anticipated Releases in June

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And I’m back with another listicles! Today I’ll be sharing with you some of my most anticipated releases this month and I’m extra excited to share them with you because they all sound interesting! Most of these are thrillers which is perfect for the rainy season here in the Philippines! Continue reading

Author Feature #1: Rick Riordan

Hi, everyone! I’m thrilled to announce a new feature on my blog called Author Feature where I give my favorite authors the spotlight that they deserve. Today I’m going to feature Rick Riordan because as you all know by now, I cannot stop raving about his books and through the years, he has become my most favorite middle-grade author. The Percy Jackson and the Olympians series not only got me out of a very long reading slump, but also helped me get through one of the darkest days of my life. Aside from that, these books are very special to me and my husband’s relationship as these books were one of the cornerstones of how we started as a couple. Books truly have a way of making my heart melt. So that’s the quick explanation of why his books have a very special place in my heart and in my life. Continue reading

Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #22

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BOOKS READ:

  • The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Desaparesidos by Lualhati Bautista

ONGOING:

  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman (50% progress)
  • The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) by Dan Brown (16% progress)

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Hollowpox (Nevermoor, #3) by Jessica Townsend
  • The Burning God (The Poppy War, #3) by R.F. Kuang
  • Contestable Nation-Space: Cinema, Cultural Politics, and Transnationalism in the Marcos-Brocka Philippines by Rolando B. Tolentino
  • A Time to Rise: Collective Memoirs of the Union of Democratic Filipinos (KDP) by Rene Ciria Cruz, Cindy Domingo, and Bruce Occena
  • Press Freedom Under Siege: Reportage That Challenged the Marcos Dictatorship by Ma. Ceres P. Doyo

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Book Review: Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

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Title: Holding Up the Universe 

Author: Jennifer Niven

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: April 4, 2016

Number of Pages: 391

Publisher:Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary Romance

 

Synopsis:

Everyone thinks they know Libby Strout, the girl once dubbed “America’s Fattest Teen.” But no one’s taken the time to look past her weight to get to know who she really is. Following her mom’s death, she’s been picking up the pieces in the privacy of her home, dealing with her heartbroken father and her own grief. Now, Libby’s ready: for high school, for new friends, for love, and for every possibility life has to offer. In that moment, I know the part I want to play here at MVB High. I want to be the girl who can do anything.

Everyone thinks they know Jack Masselin, too. Yes, he’s got swagger, but he’s also mastered the impossible art of giving people what they want, of fitting in. What no one knows is that Jack has a newly acquired secret: he can’t recognize faces. Even his own brothers are strangers to him. He’s the guy who can re-engineer and rebuild anything, but he can’t understand what’s going on with the inner workings of his brain. So he tells himself to play it cool: Be charming. Be hilarious. Don’t get too close to anyone.

Until he meets Libby. When the two get tangled up in a cruel high school game—which lands them in group counseling and community service—Libby and Jack are both pissed, and then surprised. Because the more time they spend together, the less alone they feel. Because sometimes when you meet someone, it changes the world, theirs and yours.

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Top 10 Standalone Books on my Backlist

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Last year, I made a list of the top 15 book series on my backlist that I would like to prioritize in the next couple of months (or years), today I’m going to talk about the top 10 standalone books on my TBR that I would like to prioritize along with the series that I’ve mentioned in that post. Again, please don’t judge me! 😂 Continue reading