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Joining #YARC2019! || Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019 Sign Up Post & My Indefinite TBR List + 2019 Anticipating Releases!


I am very excited to announce that I will be doing the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge 2019! As an Asian being, particularly a Filipino. I am all for it! Although, disappointingly late… Anyway, it was said that anyone can join in any particular time of the year. It’s okay. You, who are reading and is now enticed into joining too, it’s not too late!

The Asian Reading Challenge

It promotes and celebrates Asian Authors and Asian Literature. The challenge aims readers to read as many books written by Asian Authors as one can! May it is in a different format of books, i.e. e-books, audio books, or physical books. May it be a new release or earlier releases. There are challenge levels to chose from, depending on what you can read in a year… know more about it from CW’s Sign-Up Post.

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P.S. If you’re reading this, thank you so much for doing this! You all are amazing human beings, that must be protected at all cost!

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Multicultural Children’s Book Day! || Mystery of the Min Min Lights & Mystery of the Rusty Key – Janelle Diller

Around December 2018, I signed up to be part of the Multicultural Children’s Book Day! It raises awareness for the kid’s books that celebrate diversity in children’s book and getting the books itself in classrooms and libraries. As a person who is from a cultural background. I had to share and open up to it too.2019 Multicultural Children's Book Day Poster by Julie Flett

You can find out more about Multicultural Children’s Book Day at

Mystery of the Min Min Lights (Pack-n-Go Girls Adventure - Australia 1)

Title: Mystery of the Min Min Lights (A Pack-N-Go Girls Adventure)

Author: Janelle Diller

Genre/Demographic: Mystery / Middle Grade

Publisher: WorldTrek Publishing

Release Date:  December 15th, 2016


Welcome to Australia!
It’s hot. It’s windy. It’s dusty. It’s the Australian outback. Wendy Lee arrives from California. She’s lucky to meet Chloe Taylor, who invites Wendy to their sheep station. It sounds like fun except that someone is stealing the sheep.

And the thief just might be something as crazy as a UFO. Continue reading “Multicultural Children’s Book Day! || Mystery of the Min Min Lights & Mystery of the Rusty Key – Janelle Diller”

Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy: It wasn’t that bad and it wasn’t that great of a read either…

Dumplin'Title: Dumplin’

Author: Julie Murphy

Genre/Demographic: Contemporary / Romance / Young Adult

Format: Purchased (Paperback Edition)

Publisher: Baltzer + Bray

Release Date: September 15th, 2015


Self-proclaimed fat girl Willowdean Dickson (dubbed “Dumplin’” by her former beauty queen mom) has always been at home in her own skin. Her thoughts on having the ultimate bikini body? Put a bikini on your body. With her all-American beauty best friend, Ellen, by her side, things have always worked…until Will takes a job at Harpy’s, the local fast-food joint. There she meets Private School Bo, a hot former jock. Will isn’t surprised to find herself attracted to Bo. But she is surprised when he seems to like her back.

Instead of finding new heights of self-assurance in her relationship with Bo, Will starts to doubt herself. So she sets out to take back her confidence by doing the most horrifying thing she can imagine: entering the Miss Clover City beauty pageant—along with several other unlikely candidates—to show the world that she deserves to be up there as much as any twiggy girl does. Along the way, she’ll shock the hell out of Clover City—and maybe herself most of all.

With starry Texas nights, red candy suckers, Dolly Parton songs, and a wildly unforgettable heroine—Dumplin’ is guaranteed to steal your heart. Continue reading “Dumplin’ – Julie Murphy: It wasn’t that bad and it wasn’t that great of a read either…”

Pre-Netflix Grishaverse Tag

aaaaaaaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH, yup, I am still screaming over the news! Okay! Not! Really! More like I still tear up. Happy?

I swore to the gods, I was up on about my life when a friend texted me, saying “May news grabe.” followed by “Shadow and Bone daw Netflix”.  And replied an hour or so later without malice “Totoo ba dapat six of crows”. Hahaha


Basically, friend over here says, “Shadow and Bone will be turned into a Netflix show”, me, on the other hand, replied: “really, it should have been Six of Crows”. Then I saw that Six of Crows is included in the said adaptation. Resulting in a major Continue reading “Pre-Netflix Grishaverse Tag”

The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi: Get swooped by the enigmatic world of secret societies, mythological & magical realism…

The Gilded Wolves (The Gilded Wolves, #1)Title:  The Gilded Wolves

Author: Roshani Chokshi

Genre/Demographic: Historical Fiction / Fantasy / Young Adult / LGBTQIAP +

Publisher: Wednesday Books

Release Date: January 15th, 2019

ISBN13: 9781250144546


Set in a darkly glamorous world, The Gilded Wolves is full of mystery, decadence, and dangerous but thrilling adventure.

Paris, 1889: The world is on the cusp of industry and power, and the Exposition Universelle has breathed new life into the streets and dredged up ancient secrets. In this city, no one keeps tabs on secrets better than treasure-hunter and wealthy hotelier, Séverin Montagnet-Alarie. But when the all-powerful society, the Order of Babel, seeks him out for help, Séverin is offered a treasure that he never imagined: his true inheritance.

To find the ancient artifact the Order seeks, Séverin will need help from a band of experts: An engineer with a debt to pay. A historian who can’t yet go home. A dancer with a sinister past. And a brother in all but blood, who might care too much.

Together, they’ll have to use their wits and knowledge to hunt the artifact through the dark and glittering heart of Paris. What they find might change the world, but only if they can stay alive. Continue reading “The Gilded Wolves – Roshani Chokshi: Get swooped by the enigmatic world of secret societies, mythological & magical realism…”

Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith: Fluffy, funny, & tremendously compelling

Match Me If You CanTitle: Match Me If You Can

Author: Tiana Smith

Genre: Romance / Contemporary / Young Adult

Publisher: Swoon Reads

Release Date: January 8th, 2019


Mia’s best friend Robyn is known for her matchmaking skills, which is perfect, because homecoming is just around the corner. But Robyn refuses to set Mia up with the guy of her dreams, which forces Mia to take matters into her own hands. She uses Robyn’s matchmaking service to make sure popular Vince Demetrius falls for her.

Vince asks her out, but Mia doesn’t count on Logan, the persistent school newspaper photographer who seems to like her out of the blue. Now she has to choose between Vince – the guy she knows is right for her – and Logan, who insists that she give him a chance. And she needs to make sure Robyn doesn’t find out that Mia’s been matchmaking behind her back.

Mia has two weeks before homecoming. Can she fix the mess she made or will she have to kiss her perfect match goodbye forever? Continue reading “Match Me If You Can – Tiana Smith: Fluffy, funny, & tremendously compelling”

Mini Reviews: Poetry Edition!

Happy Holidays! It has been such an interesting December for me, I hope you are having a fine month as well. IT IS  2019! (!!!!!!!!!!) I mean !? The year spiraled out fast. Nevertheless, it’s going to be awesome. For one, I had listed and posted 7 Books from different genre and demographics releasing in 2019, mostly written by #OwnVoices authors. There are many titles to read! 2019 is holding a whole lot of great things for us!

In another line, it finally happened, kind of sucky, that I am in a reading slump. Coincidentally, I have these books in the queue, which was, I am pretty sure, the Universe saying it “yes, I have scheduled it just for you.” And I truly am grateful.

Here they are;

Child of the Moon

Title: Child of the Moon

Author: Jessica Seeman

Genre: Poetry

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

Release Date: January 8th, 2019


In between being your mother and father,
I forgot to be your daughter
And became the child of the moon

“In her debut collection, Semaan offers an upfront &moving glimpse into the true nature of healing: an imperfect, nonlinear journey”–Amanda Lovlace, bestselling author of the princess saves herself in this one

An illustrated poetry collection about finding light in the darkness. Set against the backdrop of the Lebanese Civil War and the author’s turbulent family life, Child of the Moon is a powerful reflection on her journey through fear, shame and despair, and the unconditional love that helped her begin to heal from childhood trauma. Continue reading “Mini Reviews: Poetry Edition!”

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…

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My 2019 Backlist Reads! Part 1 (?)

We seriously are getting closer and closer to the endgame of 2018 now…

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from my point of view less than 3 hours until 2019!

Happy New Year!!!

And I still haven’t accomplished something great? Ha-ha-ha? (We’re getting close to April 2019 too, *coughs* A4, GoT8, all that! My body is ready my mind ain’t yet nor ever will be, but it is coming, so, send help.

Enough of that, contrary with what I did with 7 Books I Need to Finish Before the Year Ends, comes an official List probably a guide for released books that I have in my shelves both electronically and physically. I had to do this in order to lessen the pile. It is becoming out of control. I had logged books in a tracker and I am shocked. I got more than 55 books unread. And yet here I am wanting and requesting for more.

I am claiming responsibility for these books and am getting ahead of myself before it becomes totally out of hand. I banning- will try to be responsible, being from buying more books. Okay, maybe a few Asian Fantasy pre-orders. We got to support! I came up with these titles. These titles are chosen from their seniority of them on the shelf and because the series had probably ended.

Like with any other list I made here are 7 Book Series…

Let’s go!  Continue reading “My 2019 Backlist Reads! Part 1 (?)”

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