2022 Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag

Hi, everyone! I’m doing the Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag a little bit late this year because I’ve been busy with personal stuff in the past three weeks or so. So this tag was created in 2016 by Ely and Chami on BookTube and it has been an ongoing tag around the book community to help bookish people wrap up the first half of their reading year. I have to admit that I haven’t been religiously doing this throughout the years, but here I am this year!

As you all know, I got married this year which is why, at the start of the year, I decided to just set 12 books for my Goodreads reading challenge. I knew for a fact that I wouldn’t have a lot of reading time this year given that I have a lot of adjusting to do. But as of writing, I’ve already completed my goal of 12 books, so I decided to adjust it to 20 books! It’s not much compared to others’ 50+ books a year, but I’m happy that I got past my initial goal early on. Continue reading

2020 Reads & Stats

Hi, everyone! How are you today? I hope you found some ways to enjoy the holidays this year even when it’s a bit different from the previous years! 2020 has been a very stressful year for us and to cope with all the anxiety this year has brought me, I have turned and relied on my books more than ever. Books have been one of the reasons that I stayed sane through all that has happened. With that being said, 2020 have been a great reading year for me as I managed to do a lot of reading. So today I will be talking about the books I’ve read in 2020 (+ stats):

  1. Why I’m Sending This To You by Iain S. Thomas – ⭐⭐⭐
  2. One You Can’t Forget by Lexy Timms – ⭐⭐⭐
  3. Timeline by Michael Crichton – DNF
  4. The Da Vinci Code _Robert Langdon, #2) by Dan Brown – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  5. Batman: Nightwalker by Marie Lu – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  6. One-Punch Man, Vol. 3 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  7. One-Punch Man, Vol. 4 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  8. Cardcaptor Sakura, Vol. 4 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  9. Cardcaptor Sakura, Vol. 5 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  10. Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – ⭐⭐⭐
  11. The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by Gabrielle Zevin – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  12. The Cheerleaders by Kara Thomas – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  13. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  14. One-Punch Man, Vol. 5 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  15. This Is How Your Lose Her by Juot Diaz – ⭐⭐⭐
  16. One-Punch Man, Vol. 6 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  17. Kaguya-Sama: Love Is War, Vol. 1 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  18. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 2 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  19. Beauty and the Beast by Jessica Gunderson – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  20. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  21. My Riot by Rick Spears – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  22. Dekada ’70 by Lualhati Bautista – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  23. One-Punch Man, Vol. 7 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  24. Ever After by Olivia Vieweg – ⭐⭐
  25. Please Pick Me by Reina Regina – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  26. Beautiful Creatures (Caster Chronicles, #1) by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  27. Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) by Angie Sage – ⭐⭐⭐
  28. Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2) by Angie Sage – ⭐⭐⭐
  29. The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles, #1) by Rick Riordan – ⭐⭐⭐
  30. City of Heavenly Fire (The Mortal Instruments, #6) by Cassandra Clare – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  31. You by Caroline Kepnes – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  32. Wilder Girls by Rory Power – ⭐⭐⭐
  33. Kaguya-sama: Love Is War, Vol. 3 – ⭐⭐⭐
  34. The Girl On the Train by Paula Hawkins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  35. The Hunger Games (Hunger Games, #1) by Suzanne Collins – ⭐⭐⭐
  36. Swimming Lessons: Poems by Lili Reinhart – ⭐⭐⭐
  37. Pumpkinheads by Rainbow Rowell and Faith Erin Hicks – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  38. One-Punch Man, Vol. 8 – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
  39. Becoming by Michelle Obama – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  40. The Girl With All the Gifts by M.R. Carey – ⭐⭐⭐
  41. The Poppy War (Poppy War, #1) by R.F. Kuang – ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
  42. Slasher Girls & Monster Boys – ⭐⭐⭐
  43. There’s Someone Inside Your House by Stephanie Perkins – ⭐⭐⭐⭐
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2020 Favorite Reads

We only have a few days left before the year ends and I don’t think I’ll be able to finish another book by then because I’m going to be helping my mom prepare food for Noche Buena and Media Noche! We’ll be making my favorite macaroni salad and mashed potatoes which I am really looking forward to. Haha

I’ll still be doing a lot of reading, of course! I just don’t want to pressure myself with finishing another book before the year ends. Besides, I’ve already read 13 books past my Goodreads challenge! Anyway, so before we welcome another year, I’d like to share with you my 2020 favorites reads:

2020 favorites

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Best Books of 2020 So Far

Hi, everyone! I hope you are all doing okay and you are all able to cope up with the events happening worldwide recently. It’s been a tough year, generally speaking, but to get my mind off all the cruel things happening around us, I turned to my books for solace. Just like what I used to do when I was kid and so 2020 instantly became a great reading year for me so far. My Goodreads goal is to read 30 books this year and I’ve already read 22 books (so I will probably adjust my reading challenge to 40 or 50).

This “tag” is an annual bookish thing that has been going on around the bookish community which, to be honest, I haven’t done in a while. Since I did read a lot of books so far this year, I decided to do it again. Wow, I can’t even remember the last time I did this (and I can’t even remember if that particular post still exists in my blog since I migrated to WordPress from Tumblr just last year).
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26 Titles Since Year 1

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Photo taken by: JNVQ

It’s my birthday today, and this quarantine kind of sucks because I can’t celebrate it with the one person I would have loved to spend it with but I just keep in mind that this is all for the best. We need to stay separated for a while now, so that we can spend more birthdays together in the future.

For the past couple of years, I’ve been doing blog posts about the lessons I’ve learned in my x number of years here on Earth. This year, I thought that maybe I could tweak the concept a little because to be honest, I’m running out of lessons to take note of. Not that I do not learn new things anymore, but it’s just so hard to jot them down year after year. Also, to be honest, I feel like most of the lessons I write were carried over from the past year. So yeah, that concept kinda gets boring in time.

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My Usual Friday Night

How does my usual Friday night look like, you say? I try to relieve my stresses from the past work week by spending all night in my bedroom, reading a book (and sometimes drinking milk or tea). I just like the peacefulness I get when I’m locked inside my room with no one to bother me — free from the toxicity of the house.

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On the days where I don’t feel like reading at all (yes, it happens and I feel guilty about it), I watch random rom-coms or my favorite Netflix series (e.g., Riverdale).

Last year, I was suffering from a very bad reading slump because the book I was reading (Timeline by Michael Crichton) felt really dragging + I am so hooked to Friends and other Netflix shows! I am sort of disappointed with Timeline, though, because I feel like it has so much to offer. After reading half of the book, I decided to just put it down for a while because I really have a lot of books on my TBR.

Currently, I’m reading the second book in the Robert Langdon series by Dan Brown and I’m almost halfway through it. As usual, the fast-paced writing style of Dan Brown kept me up at night. I’m so excited to read all the books in this series.

This post has been more like an update re: my reading status, the reading slump was also the reason why I have nothing to write for my Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately series. I’ll make up to it next month, I promise.

What’s For Halloween #1

Halloween is one of the most looked-forward-to celebrations towards the end of the year because it’s that one time of the year when people get to show off their creativity by dressing up, decorating their homes, etc. And since Halloween is lurking around the corner, I bet everyone’s already busy and excited preparing for those Halloween parties and trick-or-treating!

But some people just aren’t into all that stuff; like those who enjoy spending these holidays by reading books. So if you’re one of those people but you still want to get into that “Halloween spirit,” then you’ve come to the right place.

In this post, I’ll be sharing some of the books (that I’ve read and/or want to read) and articles that will totally creep you out. Continue reading

National Bookstore’s Book Blowout

Bookstore sales and secondhand bookstores are one of the most beautiful things on earth for a bookworm like me, and one of the leading bookstores in the Philippines just announced that they will hold their annual book blowout event in all of their Metro Manila branches!

I’ve seen a lot of awesome titles being posted around the web by my fellow bookworms. As for me, I don’t plan on buying any new books as I haven’t read most of the books I bought and received in the past couple of months, but when my boyfriend and I visited NBS’s Greenbelt 1 branch, I just couldn’t resist. I mean, these books are so cheap, I just needed to get them!

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#BannedBooksWeek: The Freedom to Read Without Censorship

Books are one of the known sources of entertainment, learning, and changing of perspectives. With that, some books have also been labeled as controversial by different organizations which resulted in some titles continuously being challenged and banned in libraries and schools in other countries. Continue reading