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Round-Up: January 2019 || A year filled with challenges, Asian book cover reveals (already) & I’m co-hosting my first readathon?!

Not this month slump, not this month. With the holidays came another looming slump, I got rid of it before the month starts. January literally started with a bang! I’ve read so much and still is hyped over so many things revealed on Book Twitter, in the Book Community in general.

There was cover reveals happening week after week? They were all goosebump inflicting gorgeous, an aromantic book to look out for written by Michelle Kan entitled Come Drink With Me. Book cover reveals from Kat Zhang, Hafzah Faisal, Farah Naz Rishi, Kat Cho and I may be missing more…

35964863   We Hunt the Flame (Sands of Arawiya #1)  Continue reading “Round-Up: January 2019 || A year filled with challenges, Asian book cover reveals (already) & I’m co-hosting my first readathon?!”

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December Wrap-Up; blogging resolutions, reading goals, friends made, bloggers whom I admire…

Happy New Year! And I am doing a poor job at my suppose to be one resolution, hahaha! You know what they say “better late than never”. I know what you’re thinking, sure Justine, whatever floats your boat. But know this, I am trying.

December has been a slow month for me reading-wise. After my last read on December 16th. I took a different path; I had binge-watched movies and this TV series, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, I always wanted to see that show, ever since I saw Will Smith in Men in Black. I had a huge admiration at Will Smith. Then his other movies, dude made me laughed and cry (The Pursuit of Happyness y’all). And finding out he started out from a TV show was a cherry on top. Plus, I hadn’t use my money’s worth with our HOOQ subscription.

Aside from my watching shenanigans, I had been hanging with my grandmother. It was an amazing experience. I went and gone with her on her errands for this holidays. And my ears were filled with stories I would never think of. It warms my heart to see her as she is today, I mean through 79 years- and will be turning the big eight-oh this April. We’re going to be quite busy then. And I held my very first book giveaway over Instagram. It has been a success. I am overwhelmed by the support and love you gave me there. And would definitely be hosting another one soon, but it surely will be held on Twitter. Hehe.

Christmastime and New Year passed by in a haste. I am truly grateful for each and every one of you who I made friends with, acquainted with and will know more! I hope you’ll stick with me through 2019 and beyond too.

As my favorite accidental bi-character said…

Image result for lets go down to business gif Continue reading “December Wrap-Up; blogging resolutions, reading goals, friends made, bloggers whom I admire…”

November Wrap-Up: Where I binge-watched more than I read, I think?

Better late than never… I had no idea it already was the 1st of December! I hadn’t drafted this yet then.

November passed by like the wind. Is it because it has been one busy month for me or I am growing forgetful? Anyway, busy with nothing. Then decided to binge rewatch the whole Marvel’s Avengers Movies. I failed by the way. I had more success in rewatching films like The Hunger Games, Death Cure, Back to the Future Trilogy, 13 Going 30 (thanks, a lot Ariana.) I stopped at the 1st Avenger Movie and planning on continuing… Why? I just IDK what to do with my life. HAHAHA

On to the books, Justine!

Books Read

The Young Elites (The Young Elites, #1)      The Rose Society (The Young Elites, #2)    The Midnight Star (The Young Elites, #3)

The Young Elites – Marie Lu

The Rose Society – Marie Lu

The Midnight Star – Marie Lu Continue reading “November Wrap-Up: Where I binge-watched more than I read, I think?”

October Wrap-Up + My Mini Readathons!

In the Philippines, Halloween isn’t celebrated as grand as it is in the West. Fair enough there had been, themed shows, parks (the scare houses), here locally that features such events. And I loved them all. Well, it is quite* enough for me. I am a couch potato after all.

I have curated a mini Halloween readathon for myself. So, that I won’t disappoint others in the process of not succeeding haha!* 

Fortunately, that isn’t the case this month. It seems like I went overboard than my monthly usual reading. I had marathoned some Throne of Glass novels, and the aforementioned mini themed readathon, plus other books.

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Read Books

The Law of Inertia    I Do Not Trust You     Carols and Chaos    Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin (The Peas and Carrots Series #1)

Law of Inertia – S. Gonzales

I Do Not Trust You – Laura J. Burns & Melinda Metz

Peas, Carrots and an Aston Martin – Hannah Lynn

Carols and Chaos – Cindy Antsey Continue reading “October Wrap-Up + My Mini Readathons!”

September Wrap-Up & Books I’ve Won

September started out uneventful, hadn’t read a book much on the first week, not even a sniff, well not until its second week. And turned out quiet of a reading streak for me. Who knew? I had a continuous hit reads, up to my last book for this month. And I have won a couple of books from giveaways I have joined it’s really amazing. Without further ado, my September…

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Books I’ve Read

What the Woods Keep – Katya de Becerra

Review

A Blade So Black – L.L. McKinney

Review | Guest Post

What the Woods Keep         A Blade So Black

If The Dress Fits – Carla de Guzman

The Queen’s Game – Carla de Guzman

Reviews for both If the Dress Fits and The Queen’s Game

If The Dress Fits     The Queen's Game

Trashy Romance Novel – Jacqueline E. Smith Continue reading “September Wrap-Up & Books I’ve Won”

August Wrap-Up & Birthday Haul + Granted Bookish Wishes

I think this is the best birthday yet! Despite aforementioned mom traveling, her not around for my birthday and my dad for that matter he’s gone back schooling… Anyways, I have been bonding with my two sets of grandparents (both of my parents, parents.) were there with me and my brother for two weeks. It was back to memory lane, for them I wasn’t even born yet. They told me stories about them around my age even younger and told me about my parents being babies too. It sure feels weird. Continue reading “August Wrap-Up & Birthday Haul + Granted Bookish Wishes”

July 2018 Wrap-Up

July has been a very interesting month for me. My mom asked me to help her with booking and packing for her trip. It has been really fulfilling, after all those long queues. Afterward, I even convinced her to read The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer. Hahaha, okay going back… After wrapping-up June I silently vowed to read 15 books this July. And here’s how it went:

Books Read:

Gold Shadow by L.C. Perry

Gold Shadow (Bronze Rebellion #1)

All’s Fair in Blog and War by Chrissie Peria

All's Fair in Blog and War

Sadie by Courtney Summers

Sadie Continue reading “July 2018 Wrap-Up”

June 2018 Wrap-Up

It is time to wrap things up for June. If you haven’t noticed I dropped my suppose to be the monthly to-be-read act and just go straight to read whatever I feel like to read. And it felt so much better. I never can follow a list set to be read. I typically read books on what I feel like. And it is safe to say that I have succeeded.

Books I have read:

The Art if Escaping by Erin Callahan

The Art of Escaping

What I liked about it:

  • diversity of characters
  • a refreshing character interest of focus plot on
  • there was no romance in it
  • love the approach of narration

Second Wave Summer by Six De Los Reyes, Tara Frejas Jay E. Tria

Second Wave Summer

It has themes of:

  • summer festivals
  • dealing with own happiness
  • new set of book boyfriend feels
  • chemistry/cross-over of characters
  • it’ll give you bagnet and champorado cravings

Sister’s Entrance by Emtithal Mahmoud

Sisters' Entrance

What I liked about it:

  • it was raw
  • tackled on topics of genocide, racism, war, so much-much more
  • empowering
  • nothing repetitive

Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll Continue reading “June 2018 Wrap-Up”

April & May 2018 Wrap-Up

It’s that time where we reflect on how and what we did it in a month! Here is mine.

If you haven’t noticed I didn’t post a wrapped up post about last month’s TBR Haul. The reason behind it was I was not able to finish them all (I know- I know). I have finished these books in between the last week of April through the end of May. And I call it a success.

Here were April TBR Books

Six of Crows & Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo

Six of Crows (Six of Crows, #1)

Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)

AHHHHHH! I cannot stress enough how much I love and enjoyed this series. I hope I will get another chance to meet Leigh Bardugo again because she owes me a hug! You won’t regret reading this series.

From the world building of these two, plot details, action sequences, characters, gods especially them, the diversity and how well written everything in here is everything. My heart pops with pain and joy.

Continue reading “April & May 2018 Wrap-Up”

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