October Reading Plans

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I know I’m not good at following TBRs, but in the past two months, I lowkey tried creating one for myself and I was able to follow it—though not entirely as I usually run out of time to finish all of it, but I was able to stick to it by reading book from that specific list. So I figured that since I was able to that in the past two months, I can now re-introduce this section on my blog.

For this month, I plan to read books that lean towards the spooky and the creepy because, duh, it’s Halloween season! I live for this season and I look forward to it by devouring all things spooky. I am a bit of a scaredy-cat so the most “horror” that I can read are actually more from the thriller side of things like slashers and whodunnits. But this year, I plan on reevaluating my tolerance by reading some horror from authors like Stephen King and Adam Cesare. So without further ado, here are the books I plan to read this month:
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  • Pet Sematary by Stephen King
  • Mars, May Zombie by Chuckberry J. Pascual
  • The Troop by Nick Cutter
  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
  • The Chestnut Man by Søren Sveistrup

Hopefully I get to read these books and if time permits, I would also like to add other titles like Coraline by Neil Gaiman and Home Before Dark by Riley Sager. How about you? What are you planning to read this month?

Book Review: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson

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Title: Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas

Author: James Patterson

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: August 1, 2003

Number of Pages: 289

Publisher: Vision

Genre: Chick Lit, Romance, Contemporary

Synopsis:

Beautifully captures the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

James Patterson has written a love story!–a powerfully moving and suspenseful novel about families, loss, new love, and hope.

Katie Wilkinson has found her perfect man at last. He’s a writer, a house painter, an original thinker–everything she’s imagined she wanted in a partner. But one day, without explanation, he disappears from her life, leaving behind only a diary for her to read.

This diary is a love letter written by a new mother named Suzanne for her baby son, Nicholas. In it she pours out her heart about how she and the boy’s father met, about her hopes for marriage and family, and about the unparalleled joy that having a baby has brought into her life. As Katie reads this touching document, it becomes clear that the lover who has just left her is the husband and father in this young family. She reads on, filled with terror and hope, as she struggles to understand what has happened–and whether her new love has a prayer of surviving.

Written with James Patterson’s perfect pitch for emotion and suspense, Suzanne’s Diary for Nicholas captures beautifully the joys of a new family as it builds to an overwhelmingly moving climax. This is an unforgettable love story, at once heartbreaking and full of hope.

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Book Review: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3) by Jenny Han

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Title: We’ll Always Have Summer (Summer, #3)

Author: Jenny Han

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: April 26, 2011

Number of Pages: 277

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance 

Synopsis:

Can Belly make a final choice between Jeremiah and Conrad? Find out in the conclusion of the New York Times bestselling The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy, now in paperback.

Belly has only ever been in love with two boys, both with the last name Fisher. And after being with Jeremiah for the last two years, she’s almost positive he is her soul mate. Almost.

While Conrad has not gotten over the mistake of letting Belly go, Jeremiah has always known that Belly is the girl for him. So when Belly and Jeremiah decide to make things forever, Conrad realizes that it’s now or never—tell Belly he loves her, or lose her for good.

Belly will have to confront her feelings for Jeremiah and Conrad and face the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.

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8 Most Anticipated Releases in July

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New month, new book releases! So I am back with another list of anticipated reads for the month of July. This time, I collated 8 titles that have piqued my interest and, yes, it’s a mix and class of genres again — but mostly thrillers, horror, and romance! So without further ado, below are my most anticipated releases this month:

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #23

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BOOKS READ:

  • The Lost Symbol (Robert Langdon, #3) by Dan Brown
  • Dawwang: Mga Kababaihang Tagapagtanggol ng Kordilyera by Gantala Press
  • It’s Not Summer Without You (Summer, #2) by Jenny Han

ONGOING:

  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman (50% progress)
  • The Philippines Is Not A Small Country by Gideon Lasco

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Conjugal Dictatorship by Primitivo Mijares
  • Dawwang by Gantala Press (Illustrated by Nina Martinez)
  • The Only Child by Mi-ae Seo
  • Genesis by Karin Slaughter
  • I See You by Clare Mackintosh
  • Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo
  • The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  • The Public Has the Right to Know by Bienvenido A. Tan Jr.
  • Five Hundred Years Without Love by Alex Lacson
  • The Philippines Is Not A Small Country by Gideon Lasco
  • Twice Blessed by Ninotchka Rosca
  • Presidential Plunder: The Quest for the Marcos Ill-Gotten Wealth by Jovito R. Salonga

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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #21

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BOOKS READ:

  • Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven
  • The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han
  • Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  • The Mary Shelley Club by Goldy Moldavsky

ONGOING:

  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman (50% progress)
  • The Hidden Oracle (Trials of Apollo, #1) by Rick Riordan (42% progress)

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Ace of Spades by Faridah Abike-Iyimide
  • How We Fall Apart by Katie Zhao
  • Clown in a Cornfield by Adam Cesare
  • Ariadne by Jennifer Saint
  • The Sword of Kaigen by M.L. Wang
  • Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi
  • Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami
  • The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green
  • A Slow Fire Burning by Paula Hawkins

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • The Secret Lives of Introverts: Our Hidden Worlds by Jenn Granneman
  • Almond by Won-pyung Sohn
  • The Twelve (The Twelve, #1) by Cindy Lin
  • What Big Teeth by Rose Szabo
  • Shadow of the Batgirl by Sarah Kuhn, Illustrated by Nicole Goux
  • Six Crimson Cranes (Six Crimson Cranes, #1) by Elizabeth Lim

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Most Anticipated Releases in April

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Happy hump day! ♡ I haven’t updated this section of my blog in a while because of all the wedding preparations last year and, now, adjusting and finding my own rhythm in my new environment. There’s so many new and incredible things I’ve done during the first quarter of this year that I never thought I’d be able to do, but that’s for a different post. I’m happy that I finally had the chance to catch up with all things bookish which resulted in collating these new book titles coming out this month! With that, here’s a list of my most anticipated books for the month of April: Continue reading

Most Anticipated Releases in August

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Hey, everyone! What’s up? Sorry, I’ve been MIA the past couple of weeks. There’s just so many things to get done both in my personal life and at work, so I have very little time left for reading and writing here. Today, I’m just dropping by to mention some of the books that I’m very excited about this month! I know it will take months (or even years) for me to get to all of these books, but they are still very interesting for me regardless. So here they are: Continue reading

Top 15 Book Series on my Backlist

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I really enjoy making bookish lists recently, so today I’m talking about the top 10 series on my backlist. This is going to be one of the most embarrassing posts I’ll ever do because, omg, self, why have you not read these yet?! Haha Also, take note that when I say backlist, I meant book series that I’ve listed as Want-to-Read from 2010 to 2017. I know, I’m really bad at catching up with all the great books! So without further ado, let’s dive right in (Please don’t judge me. 😂): Continue reading

10 Most Anticipated Releases in June

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Half of the year is almost over, and I can’t believe that the days are flying faster and faster as time goes by. That said, a lot of really good books have been released in the past five months of 2021. I’m sure every bookworm out there couldn’t keep up with all the amazing novels, and yet there’s more. We still have another six months and there will be MORE. Continue reading