Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #24

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BOOKS READ:

  • 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

ONGOING:

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

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • 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

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Book Review: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, #2) by Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: The Stonekeeper’s Curse (Amulet, #2)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: September 1, 2009

Number of Pages: 220

Publisher: Graphix

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Synopsis:

A MYSTERIOUS WORLD FULL OF NEW ALLIES… AND OLD ENEMIES!

Emily and Navin’s mother is still in a coma from the arachnopod’s poison, and there’s only one place to find help: Kanalis, the bustling, beautiful city of waterfalls. But when Em, her brother, and Miskit and the rest of the robotic crew aboard the walking house reach the city, they quickly realize that seeking help is looking for trouble…dangerous trouble.

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Book Review: The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom

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Title: The Five People You Meet In Heaven

Author: Mitch Albom

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: September 23, 2003

Number of Pages: 196

Publisher: Hyperion

Genre: Inspirational Fiction, Contemporary Fiction, Adult Fiction

Synopsis:

From the author of the phenomenal #1 New York Times bestseller Tuesdays with Morrie, a novel that explores the unexpected connections of our lives, and the idea that heaven is more than a place; it’s an answer.

Eddie is a wounded war veteran, an old man who has lived, in his mind, an uninspired life. His job is fixing rides at a seaside amusement park. On his 83rd birthday, a tragic accident kills him as he tries to save a little girl from a falling cart. He awakes in the afterlife, where he learns that heaven is not a destination. It’s a place where your life is explained to you by five people, some of whom you knew, others who may have been strangers. One by one, from childhood to soldier to old age, Eddie’s five people revisit their connections to him on earth, illuminating the mysteries of his “meaningless” life, and revealing the haunting secret behind the eternal question: “Why was I here?”

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Book Review: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1) by Kazu Kibuishi

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Title: The Stonekeeper (Amulet, #1)

Author: Kazu Kibuishi

Format: Paperback

Publication Date: January 1, 2008

Number of Pages: 187

Publisher: Graphix

Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy, Graphic Novel

Synopsis:

There’s something strange behind the basement door…

After a family tragedy, Emily, Navin and their mother move to an ancestral home to start a new life. On the family’s very first night in the mysterious house, Em and Navin’s mom is kidnapped by a tentacled creature. Now it’s up to Em and Navin to figure out how to set things right and save their mother’s life!

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Book Review: Love, Rosie by Cecelia Ahern

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Title: Love, Rosie

Author: Cecelia Ahern

Format: Mass Market Paperback

Publication Date: December 1, 2006

Number of Pages: 512

Publisher: Hachette Books

Genre: Contemporary Romance, Chick Lit

Synopsis:

Rosie and Alex are destined for one another, and everyone seems to know it but them. Best friends since childhood, their relationship gets closer by the day, until Alex gets the news that his family is leaving Dublin and moving to Boston. At 17, Rosie and Alex have just started to see each other in a more romantic light. Devastated, the two make plans for Rosie to apply to colleges in the U.S.

She gets into Boston University, Alex gets into Harvard, and everything is falling into place, when on the eve of her departure, Rosie gets news that will change their lives forever: She’s pregnant by a boy she’d gone out with while on the rebound from Alex.

Her dreams for college, Alex, and a glamorous career dashed, Rosie stays in Dublin to become a single mother, while Alex pursues a medical career and a new love in Boston. But destiny is a funny thing, and in this novel, structured as a series of clever e-mails, letters, notes, and a trail of missed opportunities, Alex and Rosie find out that fate isn’t done with them yet.

Sometimes you have to look at life in a whole new way…

From the bestselling author of PS, I Love You comes a delightfully enchanting novel about what happens when two people who are meant to be together just can’t seem to get it right.

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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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Read 5, Buy 1

Hi, everyone! If you’ve been reading my entries on Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately, you probably noticed that I have a book-buying problem. Please don’t judge me. Haha It would have been fine if I was reading a lot of books, but I can only read so much given my responsibilities and commitments lately. I know I’ve said that I’m proud that I was still able to complete (ahead of time!) my target of reading 12 books this year, and I really am proud of myself for that. Still, I need to control myself from hoarding so many books. Continue reading

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

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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My “Wikathon 3: Readerakas” TBR

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Wikathon first started on 2020 which was created by Kate of yourtitakate.com along with other booktubers (Gerald, Julienne, Trish, and Kat). It is a way for Filipino readers around the world to celebrate August or Buwan Ng Mga Wika.

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