July 2014 Wrap Up

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It’s been a fantastic reading month!

  • House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski (5/5) – this is beyond words. My 2014 best read so far *2 thumbs up*
  • Ruins by Dan Wells (4/5) – satisfying finale for one of my favourite sci-fi/post apocalyptic YA series
  • Lola and the Boy next Door by Stephanie Perkins (3/5) – different from Anna and the French Kiss, but cute
  • The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield (5/5) – a gem! The writing was just mesmerizing =)
  • Un Lun Dun by China Mieville (5/5) – fun and entertaining from beginning to end!

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  • Deception by C.J. Redwine (4/5) – intense. surprisingly emotional. I’d go as far to say that this sequel is one of the most mature YA reads out there
  • Magic Gifts by Ilona Andrews (3/5) – my Kate Daniels fever kind of tapered down a bit after this one. I love the myth, though
  • The Ghost and the Goth by Stacey Kade (4/5) – something light and funny. Right up my alley!
  • On Her Watch by Rie Warren (4/5) – I liked Liz Grant’s POV better than Cannon from In His Command

 

The thing I love the most about my books last July is this: It was a mix of genres (YA and others) and a mix of book formats (printed and ebooks). It only means that seven months after I made my reading resolution, I am adhering to it without any effort at all. =) Aja!

It’s already August 2nd here in Manila, and of course, my daily thought is that, it’s one more month until the “ber” months. Heh. I’m such a kid. Getting excited for Christmas as early as now.

Happy weekend, everyone!

June 2014 Wrap Up

You want to know why I haven’t posted anything for four weeks?

Two words.

KATE DANIELS.

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There’s no stopping because it was impossible. I just need to keep reading. Kind of like when I read Karen Marie Moning’s Fever series last year. I had no social life for two weeks back then, so now with Kate Daniels, it was for a month!

I breezed through books 1-5. I also went through Curran’s POV collection (I think there was 5-7 e-novellas). There’s also 2 other e-novellas that I read, Magic Mourns and Magic Dreams. I was so out of there, in magic-filled Atlanta!

So yeah. It was not about me being lazy to blog, I just did not bother to even think of reviewing my finished books. There’s only reading, and reading for me. Ah, Curran. =)

I am on page 50-ish in Gone by Michael Grant. I think I need to sit that one down for one hour or two, so I can finish it. And soon.

Kate Daniels is one badass chick! Have you tried this Urban Fantasy series?

Challenge: 2014 Off-the-Shelf Challenge

I PLEDGE TO READ THE PRINTED WORD.

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MAKING A DENT: Choose 30 books to read

Forgive me if I will utter just a few words in this post. As OC as I am, I just need to see where I’m at with this challenge to push me into completing it.

(Aside from writing reviews, looks to me I am still in a blogging slump.)

*sigh*

HERE WE GO!

  1. A Feast for CrowsGeorge R.R. Martin [4/5]
  2. Red DragonThomas Harris [3/5]
  3. The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman [5/5]
  4. The Gray Wolf ThroneCinda Williams Chima [4/5]
  5. Lover AvengedJ.R. Ward [3/5]
  6. Sharp Objects, Gillian Flynn [4/5]
  7. Evil at Heart, Chelsea Cain [3/5]
  8. A Dance with Dragons: Dreams and Dust, George R.R. Martin [4/5]
  9. A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast, George R.R. Martin [4/5]
  10. The Stranger, Albert Camus [2/5]
  11. Lover Mine, J.R. Ward [3/5]
  12. The 5th Wave, Rick Yancey [5/5]

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I am currently reading my copies of Lover Unleashed and The Night Season. So including those two, I am almost halfway through this challenge. *fist pump*

I still have a book shelf full of TBR books, but at least, I am no longer hoarding. It’s been 2 months since I last bought a book. See, progress!

maria

Top Ten Books That Will Make You Cry

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly feature from The Broke and The Bookish.

Hi!

I’m at home, just finished with my dinner (ensaladang talong/eggplant salad). I am posting this quick because I have a scheduled call at work by 9pm (it’s 8.45pm right now here in Manila). 😀

So let’s get on with my list!

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What’s on your list? Link me up! 😀

Required Reading: January

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Feature by Tina of I Like It Dog-Eared

I want to do this right, this feature I mean. I will make sure to include only 2-3 books in my monthly required reading. Why, you ask? Because, the OC in me will protest like crazy if i did not finish the promised books on time. 😀

Besides, I want to relax, and just read whatever the mood I am in. I am aiming for gut feel and pick the books I want to read. Agree?

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December Reading Report

5/5: World After, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (a reread)

4/5: Exit Kingdom, These Broken Stars, Into the Still Blue

Favorite Quote:

The Potters smiled and waved at Harry and stared hungrily back at them, his hands pressed flat against the glass as though he was hoping to fall right through it and reach them. He had a powerful kind of ache inside him, half joy, half terrible sadness.

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January Reads

  • The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman – It’s been years since I last read Gaiman, and it was The Graveyard Book. I only read one other Gaiman, American Gods, and it was a miss for me. So here’s to trying Gaiman again and finally mark me as a fan. 😉
  • Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel – Prologue greeted me with a violent streak. I was like, hmmm, maybe this won’t be a laborious read? Ha! This Man Booker Prize awardee piqued my interest late last year. This just might be my kind of suspenseful read that I’ve been waiting for. Hope it works! Buddy reading with sis Monique, chami Angus, and (what shall I call her…) old soul Veronica. 🙂 Let’s do this, buddies!

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Drop by Tina‘s page, and visit other Required Reading links on her comments section. 😉

Happy reading this first month of 2014. *grins*

Cheers!

2014 Reading Goals and Resolutions

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This year, I will read:

  1. The unabridged Les Miserables
  2. ASoIaF series until A Dance with Dragons: After the Feast
  3. Sequels of my favorite series (Croak, Unwind, The Assassin’s Curse, to name a few)
  4. Read and finish Chronicles of Narnia series (a complete set has been sitting on my shelf for 2 years now)
  5. More recommended reads from my friends
  6. Books gifted to me
  7. More printed books than eBooks (Illium II will have to take a back seat)
  8. Less YA (and I really, really hope this works)
  9. More books outside YA genre
  10. And collect printed books ONLY for series/trilogy/companion/etc.

This is my major checklist. Quite manageable, yeah? 🙂

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Here’s to more fun experiences with you in reading this 2014… CHEERS!

maria

Elated: Best Reads of 2013

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Hello! Let’s go straight to my list, shall we?

BEST OF 2013

  1. THE HISTORY OF LOVE by Nicole Krauss. I am in love with this book! *starry eyes*
  2. THIS IS HOW YOU LOSE HER by Junot Diaz. Stunning. 😉
  3. A STORM OF SWORDS by George R.R. Martin. Collossal ending, as in, hands down!
  4. ORIGIN by Jennifer L. Armentrout
  5. TALL STORY by Candy Gourlay
  6. YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME by Sarra Manning

HONORABLE MENTIONS

  1. ELEANOR & PARK by Rainbow Rowell. Park! Definite swoon material, you guys.
  2. THESE BROKEN STARS by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner
  3. GONE GIRL by Gillian Flynn
  4. THE LOST GIRL by Sangu Mandanna. Beautiful, beautiful writing.
  5. THE BOOK THIEF by Markus Zusak. Oh, the heartache.
  6. THE CATASTROPHIC HISTORY OF YOU AND ME by Jess Rothenberg

SURPRISES OF 2013

  1. SHADES OF GRAY by Brooke McKinley. This is a M/M romance so yeah, surprise!
  2. 84, CHARING CROSS ROAD by Helene Hanff
  3. THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald
  4. GILEAD by Marilynne Robinson. My biggest surprise, true.
  5. FAHRENHEIT 451 by Ray Bradbury

WORST OF 2013

  1. ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth. Appalling. Don’t even get me started (ranting) again.
  2. SPEAK by Laurie Halse Anderson
  3. THE SECRET OF ELLA AND MICHA by Jessica Sorensen
  4. UNTEACHABLE by Leah Raeder
  5. SCHOOL SPIRITS by Rachel Hawkins. And I so loved the Hex Hall series…! But this one? Ack.

OUTSTANDING SEQUELS

  1. WORLD AFTER by Susan Ee. Pooky Bear!
  2. SCARLET by Marissa Meyer. Wolf!
  3. SPARK by Amy Kathleen Ryan. I think this series is underrated. How can anyone miss its awesomeness? *clueless*
  4. DARK TRIUMPH by Robin LaFevers
  5. CROWN OF MIDNIGHT by Sarah J. Maas. Chaol Westfall!
  6. QUICKSILVER by R.J. Anderson
  7. ASHEN WINTER by Mike Mullin
  8. FRAGMENTS by Dan Wells. Samm!
  9. EONA by Allison Goodman. Lord Ido!
  10. A MILLION SUNS by Beth Revis

DISAPPOINTING SEQUELS

  1. KINSLAYER by Jay Kristoff
  2. GAME by Barry Lyga
  3. THE EVOLUTION OF MARA DYER by Michelle Hodkin. Epic fail in the end. Grrr.

OUTSTANDING FINALES

  1. HORDE by Ann Aguirre. Triumphant ending for a trilogy I loved so dearly. Undoubtedly surpasses all books in this list!
  2. CHAMPION by Marie Lu
  3. INTO THE STILL BLUE by Veronica Rossi
  4. BOUNDLESS by Cynthia Hand
  5. REACHED by Ally Condie

DISAPPOINTING FINALES

  1. ALLEGIANT by Veronica Roth
  2. ICON OF THE INDECISIVE by Mina V. Esguerra. This one almost top Allegiant with its ridiculous ending. Almost.
  3. REQUIEM by Lauren Oliver. Such high hopes I have for this one 😦 but no.

OUTSTANDING SERIES

  1. FEVER Series by Karen Marie Moning. Hello sleepless nights and emotional hangover. But Barrons… whoa!
  2. BLOOD OF EDEN Series by Julie Kagawa 

It was a very good reading year for me. 125 books read out of 52 books set for 2013 🙂 and only a few that I rated 1-2 stars. Happy, happy time, I might say. How’s your 2013 reading?

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LOVE,

Required Reading: October

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March. The month I last posted for Required Reading feature.

September. The month that I blogged only once. Pfft.

October. The month when I will put myself in blogging groove again.

(Man, I really hope so..!)

Oh, and it’s my favorite month!

Christmas decorations on the rise. Halloween treats. Birthday wish list. Ah, yes. My favorite month, I tell you. =)

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My September reads

  1. Origin by Jennifer L. Armentrout – 5/5
  2. Game by Barry Lyga – 3/5
  3. Midwinterblood – 4/5
  4. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn – 4/5
  5. Unteachable by Leah Raeder – 3/5
  6. Ashen Winter by Mike Mullin – 4/5
  7. Countdown by Michelle Rowen – 4/5

I recommend Midwinterblood (Fantasy) and Ashen Winter (Post-Apocalyptic)!

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  • Exile by Rebecca Lim – been wanting to read this one for a while. An angel book from an Australian author. 😉
  • Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey – another sequel that I’ve been dying to read since I got a copy! (Thank you, Louize!)
  • The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey – I think it’s obvious that I am A Rick Yancey fan. Could this book live up to the hype?

Drop by Tina‘s page, and visit other Required Reading links on her comments section. 😉

October is going to be fantastic, I can just feel it. You know?

So here’s that your October will be the same.

Cheers!

Waiting on Wednesday [6]

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[Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Jill from Breaking the Spine.]

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UNTHINKABLE by Nancy Werlin

Genre: Young Adult > Fantasy

(Impossible #2)

Expected Publication: September 12th 2013 by Dial

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*happy sigh* Gorgeous cover, isn’t it?

This is quite a delicious surprise 😀

See, I was stunned with Impossible.

RumpelstiItskin is so, so wicked!

Because of him, I promised myself that my first Nancy Werlin won’t be my last.

And now, I just saw this sequel in Edelweiss, and I was so psyched!!!

Strange tales always fascinate me, and based from my first experience with Impossible,

I am in for another treat. *pumps fist*

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So, what book excited you this week?

Link me up in the comments section. 😉

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maria