Just like what I did last year, my first post of the year will be giveaway. I want to start the year right and sort of thank you for everyone who supported me here on the bookstagram community. I appreciate all the love you are giving me even if I am not active some times.  
For this giveaway, there will be one winner of $25 worth of book/s from Amazon or Book Depository for international bookworm or if it’s a Filipino bookworm, 1,250 PHP to spend at Fullybooked. I hope that with this small amount I can treat you something on your wishlist.  
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Christmas Post

How does your Christmas tree look like? 

Merry Christmas bookworms! 

This photo is my attempt to make a Christmas tree out of books. I know it’s not as majestic as the others and still needs a lot of improvement but I am happy with it. It is currently placed in our living room and thank goodness our dog doesn’t knock it out. It has been a rollercoaster coaster reading year for me and I am glad that books keep me sane. 

Wherever you are, I wish all of you a wonderful Christmas day. It is the season of love and giving so let us spread the holiday cheer to everyone. If ever you also have a bookish Christmas tree, you can share them to me via IG story or DM so I can share and if it’s okay with you, reference for next year. 

With all the parties you will be attending, keep in mind the proper protocols for gathering. May you all be filled with laughter and good food this Christmas! Stay safe! 

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I want to dedicate this post to my all time favorite television series, @cw_supernatural ! They will be airing the series finale today it’s #supernotokay . I can’t imagine my 15 years of emotional rollercoaster has come to an end and I don’t know if there will be someone who will top off my baby Dean Winchester. #deangirlforever

Supernatural has been one of the reasons why I love binge watching series which is my way of escaping the reality of life. It was my cousin who introduced me to the series and I was hesistant to watch it at first because I knew it has horror themes which I am not really a fan being a scaredy cat. Despite my fear, I gave it a try and seasons 1 and 2 will always be my favorite. I remember watching The Bloody Mary episode for the first time and I was scared shitless that until now, I don’t really use or look mirror in any place I am unfamiliar with. 

Thank you so much for a wonderful time @jensenackles @jaredpadalecki @misha @alexandercalvert @realmarksheppard @markrosspelle @jumblejimstagram @robenedict @dicksp8jr @erickripke, it has been a wild ride and it’s bittersweet to see the show come to an end. I wish you the best to your future ventures and #carryonmywaywardson

Shoutout to @the_nerdybutterfly for these amazing Supernatural inspired bookmarks, they’re one the amazing bookish merchandise shop I know because they have tv series and movie inspired bookmarks.

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These Novel Thoughts

How are you bookworms, I hope you’re doing great. I am a little down today, I hate it when my anxiety creeps on to me and resulting to me crying for some reason. I haven’t read a book today and yesterday, and the day before which is pretty ironic to the holiday today. I calmed down a enough to post this but I wish to feel better soon. 

So much for my own emotional and mental instability, is it weird that I haven’t read any book by Jane Austen yet? Being the insecure reader that I am, I always feel like I can’t and will not finish reading a classic book because I feel intimidated by the word building and themes of them. The last classic book I read was Beowulf, which was a reading requirement back in high school, and it took me forever to finish it which I guess started my intimidation to classic works. 

Interested to this gorgeous Jane Austen Word Cloud Bookmark With Tassel inspired from Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma? Get them @thesenovelthoughtsshop in black or white (or both, treat yourself!) for only £3.50!  

You can also purchase it using my code EVERYTHING20 for a discounted price! 

Get this digital bookish quote print by the famous Argentine short story writer, Jorge Luis Borges at @thesenovelthoughtsshop
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Please Pick Me

Please Pick Me  by Reina Regina 

Book info:  
Title: Please Pick Me  
Author: Reina Regina  
Pages: 121 pages  
Publisher: Moonchild Press Publishing  
Publishing date: November 11, 2020  
Genre: Poetry  
In a garden of a thousand other volumes, my little yellow book with its earnest plea and hopeful flowers on the cover sits waiting for you to pick it up. It’s got a heart it wants to give away.  
These haikus, poems, and prose pieces are about  
the miracle of being wanted back by someone we want,  
the desperation of hoping they’ll fight harder when they waver,  
the rawness of seeking reassurance that we are loved as we are, and  
the tenderness we feel when we’re sending love out to others  
—all those moments when we are making our need to be accepted plain and praying, please pick me.  

This book was born after twenty-six years of learning that it’s okay to want to be wanted, that vulnerability is merely throwing open the gateway to honest connections, and that fighting to be loved the way you deserve is bravery and not weakness.  
I hope you open it. I hope it invites you to be open too.
Book review:  
I haven’t read any poetry books in a while and my last read was Lullabies by Lang Leav. Please Pick Me has been an emotional rollercoaster read for me. The part I loved the most was the Flowers were from to time to time, I feel like the some of the poems were written for me. I liked that most of the poems were relatable and different emotions and topics were explored. The book is a quick, lovely read and has stunning illustrations which I appreciate a lot. There were just some parts which I can’t really put myself into, maybe because of different experiences, or maybe poems are just open for many interpretations.  
On the next slide is my favorite poem from the book. Overall, I enjoyed the reading experience and if you’re looking for a poetry book about love, hurt, home, family, and self-love, then you should give Please Pick Me a try.  
I would like to thank the author, @reinaxregina for giving me an ARC of her book in exchange for an honest review. You can pre order the book on Amazon and Kindle.

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The Wrath and the Dawn

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh

“You are not weak. You are not indecisive. You are strong. Fierce. Capable beyond measure.”

Renee Ahdieh, The Wrath and the Dawn

I love reading retellings, they offer new perspective to a well loved tale and endless possibilities as to how the stories may end. One of my favourite retelling is The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer which is a series I really enjoyed reading.

For my third read this October, it is The Wrath and the Dawn by Renée Ahdieh. It is the first book of her The Wrath and the Dawn duology and it’s a retelling of One Thousand and One Nights, more commonly known as The Arabian Nights.

In a land ruled by a murderous boy-king, each dawn brings heartache to a new family. Khalid, the eighteen-year-old Caliph of Khorasan, is a monster. Each night he takes a new bride only to have a silk cord wrapped around her throat come morning. When sixteen-year-old Shahrzad’s dearest friend falls victim to Khalid, Shahrzad vows vengeance and volunteers to be his next bride. Shahrzad is determined not only to stay alive, but to end the caliph’s reign of terror once and for all.

Night after night, Shahrzad beguiles Khalid, weaving stories that enchant, ensuring her survival, though she knows each dawn could be her last. But something she never expected begins to happen: Khalid is nothing like what she’d imagined him to be. This monster is a boy with a tormented heart. Incredibly, Shahrzad finds herself falling in love. How is this possible? It’s an unforgivable betrayal. Still, Shahrzad has come to understand all is not as it seems in this palace of marble and stone. She resolves to uncover whatever secrets lurk and, despite her love, be ready to take Khalid’s life as retribution for the many lives he’s stolen.

For my fourth read this month, it’s The Rose and the Dagger, second book in The Wrath and the Dawn duology by Renée Ahdieh. I am halfway through the book and it was revealed that the only way to break Khalid’s curse is thru blood, meaning he has to shed some of his own to pay for his negligence. 

The common curse atonement I read are true love’s kiss, death or blood, friendship, and realization of one’s own mistake and change. I think this concept is interesting if it’s well thought, like really clever and unique. 

The darker the sky, the brighter the stars. 

In a land on the brink of war, Shahrzad is forced from the arms of her beloved husband, the Caliph of Khorasan. She once thought Khalid a monster—a merciless killer of wives, responsible for immeasurable heartache and pain—but as she unraveled his secrets, she found instead an extraordinary man and a love she could not deny. Still, a curse threatens to keep Shazi and Khalid apart forever. 

Now she’s reunited with her family, who have found refuge in the desert, where a deadly force is gathering against Khalid—a force set on destroying his empire and commanded by Shazi’s spurned childhood sweetheart. Trapped between loyalties to those she loves, the only thing Shazi can do is act. Using the burgeoning magic within her as a guide, she strikes out on her own to end both this terrible curse and the brewing war once and for all. But to do it, she must evade enemies of her own to stay alive. 

The saga that began with The Wrath and the Dawn takes its final turn as Shahrzad risks everything to find her way back to her one true love again.

Book review:

I have high hopes for The Wrath and the Dawn, considering that the author is well known and the book won literary awards. The book premise is promising, boy murders wives and a girl avenging death of her best friend. I like that the story were combination of different stories from The Arabian Nights but also has its own story tell. The author was able to describe the scenes, foods, drinks, and clothes that gave me good visualisation. I also appreciate the dictionary in the end, it helped me understand the Arab terminologies making the reading experience easier.

In all honesty, I was rooting for Shahrzad and her plan on killing Khalid because that was the story supposed to be. Who knew a single kiss will just erase all the rage she felt and proceed not to kill him even if they just spent so little together? She constantly reminded herself that he was killer of her best friend but she was so weak to his charms and words. I feel so frustrated by the fact that she easily forgot her purpose, her first love, and even if there were letters, those don’t justify why Khalid kills and it’s his fault all along. He neglected his first wife and if I was the mother of the his wife, I’ll also curse him because of his pride and inattentiveness. I feel sorry for Tariq, Shahrzad’s first love, he just wants to rescue her but after a few weeks, she was like who this?

The quote above was an exchange between Shahrzah and Khalid which was confrontation scene where he gave her a dagger and instructed her to kill him for already knows the reason why she volunteered as his wife. I know this scene was supposed to be an important moment for the story but honestly, I couldn’t care less. Shahrzad was depicted like Katniss, good at archery and volunteered as the tribute, but performed poorly for her role, she was in deep Stockholm syndrome.

Overall, if your like retellings, Middle Eastern story background, and enemies to lovers trope, then you may give this a try.

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The Wanderlust Diaries

The Wanderlust Diaries by Maria Martinico

Welcome to my stop for the bookstagram tour of The Wanderlust Diaries by @therealwanderlustdiaries . This book is my first read for October and I would like to thank the @heartthebooktours for choosing me as one of the tour hosts.  
To answer the question of the day, I would love to do Europe tour. I have always seen in movies how backpackers choose European countries to travel because they are close to one another, hence more places to visit and the arts, museums, and architecture are all exquisite. 

Get swept into the journey of a funny but deeply damaged young woman who lies to everyone, including herself. Packed with sexy encounters, raw adventures and unexpected revelations, THE WANDERLUST DIARIES invite you to come along for one hell of a trip.  
Charlie has rarely left the concrete confines of Flint, Michigan before she steps on a plane with an around-the-world ticket. A hospice nurse with a lust for life, she hops across exotic South Pacific destinations leaving a wake of rescued elephants, spilled beers, broken surfboards and rejected flings behind her.  
Her plans to remain unattached are tested on a remote Fijian island when she falls for Malakai, a handyman who gives the demigod Maui a run for his money. She finds herself in his surf spot (and in his shower) more often than she means to, but their cozy island bliss is torn apart by a natural disaster.  
Held accountable for her crimes, she returns home and must decide whether to accept the familiar dysfunction of the life she tried to escape with an old love, or take a chance on returning to the devastated island to find Malakai and a new version of herself.  

Book info:
Title: The Wanderlust Diaries
Author: Maria Martinico
Pages: 358
Publishing Date: August 4, 2020
Genre: Fiction, Romance

Book review:

My first read this October is a novel entitled The Wanderlust Diaries by Maria Martinico. It’s about Charlie, a hospice nurse from Michigan, as she share her travels, meet new people, and find a better version of herself. 

I love that this book features Asia as one of the travel stops of Charlie and her experience was amazing. The writing is done well, author was able to convey situations clearly, the romance is there and it’s just so dreamy. I feel like I am also on the island, sun-kissed and having the great time of my life with my beach bod boyfriend. 

When I started reading the book, I had a ample knowledge of what it’s about aside from the summary and blurb. I thought it will be just like other YA contemporary, with cute romance and sprinkle of steamy scenes. What I didn’t know is that chapter 1 started with a sexy scene already and it goes on from there. I have no problems with this but just as how much other scenes were described vividly, the steamy scenes didn’t hold back as well. It was like #365days, like everywhere she goes, she gets the D. Moreover, I just hoped that the author had more time giving a background story on Charlie, what was the reason of Aunt’s illness or why Charlie and Diego sort of fell out of love. I also find that some situations were just too convenient for Charlie, like how easily she broke the elephant’s chain, how she knew rewire motorcycle, be accepted by resort to stay by just raking the beach, or find the guy she loves by asking her co-worker. 

The last time I visited a beach was last year, for our family summer vacation. The quote above is by Aunt Mary, where Charlie is reminded that choosing to go to a recently devasted island, uncertain whether the guy she met two weeks ago was still alive, with no work or money, was a wise decision over her boyfriend who is a budding successful man, promised to support her assistant physician study and finacial security. 

Overall, if you’re looking for summer, steamy read, you should give this a try.

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The Unexpected Everything

The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

For my second read this month, it’s The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson. I searched over Goodreads and it has 4 star rating which makes me want to read it more. If you already read this book, may I know your thoughts on it?  

Andie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks). 

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? (@goodreads)  

Book info: 
Title: The Unexpected Everything 
Author: Morgan Matson 
Pages: 519 
Publisher: Simon and Schuster 
Publishing date: 2016 
Genre: Young adult 

Book review:
The Unexpected Everything is about a Andie, daughter of a congressman who is currently in hot waters because of money scandal. For summer, she has a premed internship at a prestigious hospital only to be revoked at the last minute. Andie has no back up plans on how she will spend her two months and who knew Clark, author of fantasy novels, will change all of that. 

I find this book a classic young adult romance. I like that Andie is organized and has solid female group. I particularly like this scene where a character from a book she was reading died and her father was supportive and understanding, she offered her ice cream. I need this kind of people because my parents and the people around are not that supportive of my love for reading. I also like the friendship dynamics where it showed that girls can build and be there for one another. 

I also feel like that this book was a little bland for me. Andie has a weird personality, she’s whiny, afraid of commitment, and always felt like the world revolved around her. Instead of talking out her feelings and meeting halfway with Clark, she almost made out with this shady dude only to realize she loves Clark all along. There’s also this scene where Andie has personal problems and she called Bertie, a Great Pyrenees dog, a stupid dog. Like girl, I know you’re having a tough time but don’t lash out on the dog. I feel like Andie needs healthy coping mechanisms because she seems to have a lot on her plate that needs to be addressed. 

Over all, if you like romance, politics drama, cute dogs, and group of friends going through summer vacation, then you should give this book a chance. 

My last summer job, an internship to be more specific , was at a research institute. I was an intern for the Entomology department focusing on Oriental fruit flies and mosquitoes. 

The quote above is by the Elder, a character on Clark’s fantasy book entitled The Drawing of the Two.

“You have to try. You have to take your chances. Go and attempt and see what happens. And even if you fail – especially if you fail – come back with your experience and your hard-won knowledge and a story you can tell. And then later you can say, without regret or hesitation… ‘Once, I dared to dare greatly”.

Morgan Matson, The Unexpected Everything

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An Enchantment of Ravens

An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson

“And we wouldn’t live happily ever after, because I don’t believe in such nonsense, but we both had a long, bold adventure ahead of us, and a great deal to look forward to at last.”

Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens

For my fourth read this month, it’s An Enchantment of Ravens by Margaret Rogerson. I am halfway through the book and everything is happening so fact, like there is no stopping down Isobel and Rook be together.

Since one of the premise of the book is that Rook can shapeshift into any animal and I can do that too, I would be an owl for air, tiger for land, and shark for water. I have a lot of favorite animals and mentioned above are some that has special meaning and place in my heart.

Every enchantment has a price.

With a flick of her paintbrush, Isobel creates stunning portraits for a dangerous set of clients: the fair folk. These immortal creatures cannot bake bread or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and they trade valuable enchantments for Isobel’s paintings. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—Isobel makes a deadly mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes, a weakness that could cost him his throne, and even his life.

Furious, Rook spirits Isobel away to his kingdom to stand trial for her crime. But something is seriously amiss in his world, and they are attacked from every side. With Isobel and Rook depending upon each other for survival, their alliance blossoms into trust, perhaps even love, a forbidden emotion that would violate the fair folks’ ruthless laws, rendering both their lives forfeit. What force could Isobel’s paintings conjure that is powerful enough to defy the ancient malice of the fairy courts?

Isobel and Rook journey along a knife-edge in a lush world where beauty masks corruption and the cost of survival might be more frightening than death itself.

Book Info:
Title: An Enchantment of Ravens
Author: Margaret Rogerson
Published Date: September 26, 2017
Pages: 300 pages
Genre: Young Adult Fanstasy

Book review:
This book was a quick and enchanting read. We meet Isobel, a painter who fell inlove with the autumn prince, Rook. According to the Good Law, mortal and fae can’t be in a relationship so I know that this two will in a rollercoaster of things just to be with each other. I like that the author wrote the book as if it’s poem because her words were chosen beautifully. I also like that the characters were described differently mostly based on animals so I didn’t have a hard time following who is who and each chapter is easy to go through.

When I said this was a quick read, I meant every aspect of the book happens so suddenly. Isobel wastasked to make a portrait of Rook and with the little time they spent togethet, she was head over heels for his lean muscles and sun-kissed skin. I’m like Isobel, you just met him around Chapter 2 and were only in Chapter 4 so quit this daydreaming. There’s also this scene where Isabel is peeping while Rook is bathing in the river that later on lead to a sexy time which made me confused. #IsobeIIsMarupokAF I would appreciate the romance more if it’s built with more background story like more details about the characters or more moments spent together. I also feel like the world builiding felt short. I love the idea of fairy courts but there’s little description given for me differentiate the courts aside that is named after the four seasons. I think there a lot of interesting plot points for this book like concept of Good Law, what happens when a mortal can turn into fae, and magic system that if maybe the book is a little longer, may have been explored more.

Overall, if you like arts, fairies and their world, and cute, fluffy love story, then you should give An Enchantment of Ravens a try.

The quote above is by Isobel as she closes the book which I find beautiful to end as it shows endless possibilities.

“Why do we desire, above all other things, that which has the greatest power to destroy us?”

Margaret Rogerson, An Enchantment of Ravens

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Space Between Us

Space Between Us by Jamaal Aflatooni

“Learn that we are all one, that unless we get along, work together, and help one another, we’ll never be able to succeed as a society.”

Jamaal Aflatooni, Space Between Us

I caught up with my reading today and I am on my third book for this month. I am currently reading Space Between Us by Jamaal Aflatooni. He is generous enough to send me a copy of his book and so far, I am enjoying this young adult science fiction book.  

An outcast boy, Darwin Sanders, learns just what an outsider he really is. The world he grew up knowing that was carefully crafted for him comes crashing down when he learns of his true identity. The world itself is put to the test when it learns the same about Darwin. 

Book info:
Title: Space Between Us
Author: Jamaal Aflatooni
Publishing Date: June 19, 2020
Pages: 323
Genre: Young Adult Science Fiction

Book review:
Space Between Us was an eye opening and insightful reading experience for me. We meet Darwin, a high school boy who has vitiligo, potassium-deficiency, intelligence of an adult and really mysterious background. I like that the book included controversial topics such social injustice, racism, and extraterrestrials into a young adult book. I also like the idea that people are afraid of change, differences in physical appearance, culture, belief, race, and religion had caused so much divisiveness and hate. I feel like that these topics should be seen more in book because it reflects truth on the current world we live in that if we don’t address sooner will just make things worse for everybody. I appreciate that research did for the the science aspect of the book and that the author wrote in a simple and direct the point manner making every chapter easy to follow.

On the other hand, there are also some parts of the book that fell short for me. Since it’s a science fiction, I have expected a little more details as to how Floranian lifeform can be created and how NASA processed all the information they gave. I also felt overwhelmed with the amount of societal issues it tried to incorporate but has a given a little exposition, leaving me with lapses and grasping for more.

Overall, it’s an interesting read if you’re looking a for a book that has space science fiction, societal issues, and friendship.

The quote above is said by an old man to Darwin which he also used in giving speeches. I chose this quote because they’re are relevant to the our situation now.

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