2016 Best Reads

Let’s get to it!

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Honorable Mentions:

  • The Spy Who Came in From The Cold by John Le Carre. A must read for those who love espionage thriller books.
  • The Winner’s Kiss by Marie Rutkoski. A solid ending for a series that is both cunning and swoon-worthy. Yaaas!
  • Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. Did you not like The Grisha Trilogy like me? Try this. Definitely worth risking again. The atmosphere is reminiscent of The Lies by Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch.
  • The Wrath & The Dawn and The Rose & The Dagger by Rene Ahdieh. Read if you are favoring romance at the moment. The story was made richer by it, I think.
  • Wanderlove by Kristin Hubbard. If you want to go on solo travel soon, this will really put you in the mood for that. A feel-good book, this one.

Top Reads:

  • The Vanishing Throne by Elizabeth May. Post-apocalyptic world brought by Fae. Similar to the Fever series by Karen Marie Moning (but Jericho Barrons is still No.1!). Ending was brutal!
  • Call Me By Your Name by Andre Aciman. It draws a combination of emotions that should not be there while reading it. It was incredible!
  • The Lies by Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch. High Fantasy at its finest. I am such a sucker for Locke’s brilliance!
  • A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas. Yeah, it was all Rhysand. 🙂 I’m shallow like that. Ha! But if you ask me, what about the storyline? That was awesome too. Pick this up, if you got tired of the Throne of Glass series (or just plain icky over Aelin & Rowan =P).
  • Uprooted by Naomi Novik. Let the awards speak for this. Fantasy lovers, this is a MUST read.
  • The Long Game by Jennifer Lynn Barnes. I love the “fixer-amidst-politicians” plot. The second half of the book left me reeling in shock. Recommended for suspense thriller genre lovers, YA style.

 

maria

Begin Again

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It’s been three years.

What do I write? It seems I cannot compose coherent thoughts about anything outside my 6-3 job. It’s sad, really. Blogging is one of the things I truly enjoy doing for myself, another role to play outside being a wife, a mom, and a daughter. I also like to think that writing book reviews made me sharper at work, you know? When I must prepare performance appraisals. No wonder I struggled this month in writing evaluations. I was rusty. No practice. It was disappointing.

  1. I’d like you to be the year that I return to my blogging activities. Somehow, I need to find a way to insert blogging again in my Mommy schedules, in between running after my 17-month old son, tutoring my 6-year-old, and managing a team of 9 people back at work. I don’t believe in New Year Resolutions, but commitments? That I can do. So, I will commit to creating a blog post at least once a week this year. If I pick up the pace sooner than I expect, good.

A lot of books that I need to backtrack for review! But I’m excited. I am! I am! And I hope you join me again as I rave and rant over books.

Enjoy the last day of the year, yeah? I pray that you have an awesome start this 2017. Cheers!

maria

 

 

2013: 13 Things To Be Thankful For

Happy Birthday, Maria!

These are just the noticeable ones 🙂 Imagine the little blessings I received numerously, that are too many too mention, and I can readily say 2013 was a really good year for me. 😉

  1. JAN. I lost Illium the Kindle last December 2012, but I found courage to buy the same model (Kindle 3G) and color, naming it Illium II. *fist pump*
  2. Best Friend with Benefits (BFB) gifted me a new bookshelf to house my read books (yes, I have a separate shelf for my TBR pile, so shush!).
  3. FEB. I got to treat my family to a summer outing. Yay!
  4. MAR. We celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary in Tagaytay 🙂 Something laid-back, since we usually go out-of-town to celebrate.
  5. MAY. I was blessed enough to be sent to the United States for a week-long business trip. And I get to visit Barnes & Noble (it was so big…

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