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December 2014

[Top Ten Tuesday] Bookish Goals for 2015

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December 30, 2014


Each week, The Broke and Bookish host a Top Ten Tuesday based on a certain bookish topic. Other bloggers are able to participate and post their own top ten list based on the topic.

This week, the top ten list is about Bookish Goals for 2015. Here goes my top ten goals:

1. Manage my book spending. I really need to control my urge to buy books without planning. Since I’m still sourcing my book funds in my student allowance, I really need to manage my priorities so that my allowance will not be messed-up.

2. Avoid buying or reserving books on impulse. I think, reserving books in general is not my problem, but the problem lies is when the book arrives, I’m really broke. Furthermore, I tend to buy books are on my list yet, not in the priority list when I see them in book stores. Just like last November, I bought a second copy of “Four: A Divergent Collection” by Veronica Roth since the jacket does not have that annoying “international edition” printed on the jacket’s spine.

3. Catch-up on series. Well, this is not really a problem. The problem is I tend to buy a book in the series yet I’m not rich enough to buy the other books. Like right now, I have “Throne of Glass” yet I do not own the other books because it is so expensive. So I can’t start the series. I’m also looking forward for sequels this year.

4. Read the books on my shelves. Well, this goal goes without saying.

5. Catch-up on my book reviews. I really need to write something even a few paragraphs for those books. Since I’m a fast reader, I tend to continue the series without writing a review first. And the end result is, my thoughts are messed-up.

6. Organize my Goodreads shelves. This is so hard. I’m having trouble arranging them because I have so many shelves in Goodreads. Ugggh. (OC Problems)

7. Read more. I think I did a good job in my reading challenge and managed to finished it. I hope that this year will be better. More boooooks!

8. Read new genres. Well, I really need to try new genres. YA this year is crazy and some of the books carries the same plot with just different names. Right now, I’m into contemporaries or new adult and I really find those books interesting.

9. Practice what I read. I cannot say that I’m really proficient in English, but I really try to practice what I read especially semantics. I do hope this year will be good to me and be a better year to improve my English.

10. Finish my Project Hardcover. Last year, I started converting my paperback novels to hardcover formats. I managed to convert at least half of my books and hopefully, this year I will finished it. Hardcover looks better on the shelves than paperbacks and I’m really investing for my future personal library. Though, I’m only converting those novels that has hardcover formats available.

Well, that’s a wrap! Can I hear what’s yours? 



[The Reader’s Chronicles] Michelle Hodkin Manila Book Tour

So finally, the Mystery Author of Fully Booked has been finally revealed. And just like we’ve guessed, it’s Michelle Hodkin! The Manila Book Tour is hosted by Fully Booked and here are the following dates available for the said event:  Continue reading “[The Reader’s Chronicles] Michelle Hodkin Manila Book Tour”

Hi There! This a quick post, recently I’ve (finally) created my bloglovin account and I hope to see you there mates!


[Book Review] The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer

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  • Author: Michelle Hodkin
  • Series: Mara Dyer #1
  • Release Date: September 27, 2011
  • Genre: Romance, Young Adult, Paranormal, Mystery, Fantasy, Supernatural
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: US
  • Number of Pages: 452
  • Price: Php. 665.00


Mara Dyer believes life can’t get any stranger than waking up in a hospital with no memory of how she got there.
It can.

She believes there must be more to the accident she can’t remember that killed her friends and left her strangely unharmed.
There is.

She doesn’t believe that after everything she’s been through, she can fall in love.
She’s wrong.

Continue reading “[Book Review] The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer”

[Book Review] Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

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  • Author: Colleen Hoover
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Release Date: August 5, 2014
  • Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edition: US
  • Number of Pages: 322
  • Price: Php. 599.00



When Tate Collins meets airline pilot Miles Archer, she doesn’t think it’s love at first sight. They wouldn’t even go so far as to consider themselves friends. The only thing Tate and Miles have in common is an undeniable mutual attraction. Once their desires are out in the open, they realize they have the perfect set-up. He doesn’t want love, she doesn’t have time for love, so that just leaves the sex. Their arrangement could be surprisingly seamless, as long as Tate can stick to the only two rules Miles has for her.

Never ask about the past.
Don’t expect a future.

They think they can handle it, but realize almost immediately they can’t handle it at all.

Hearts get infiltrated.
Promises get broken.
Rules get shattered.
Love gets ugly.

Continue reading “[Book Review] Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover”

[Book Review] PH BLOG TOUR: The Light In The Wound — Christine Brae

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Affected by her parents’ highly publicized divorce, Isabel grows up isolated and alone, with a resolve to never fall in love and repeat their mistakes.

When Jesse Cain enters her life, she falls hopelessly in love with him, and every sadness she’s ever felt is washed away by his intensity and passion. But people change as they grow up. Things can never stay the same forever.

Jesse and Isabel fight to stay together, determined to hold on to what they once had. Isabel wonders if a second love can ever be enough to make her forget her first.

Continue reading “[Book Review] PH BLOG TOUR: The Light In The Wound — Christine Brae”

[Stacking-The-Shelves #5] Mara Dyer Trilogy

Stacking The Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews,  Continue reading “[Stacking-The-Shelves #5] Mara Dyer Trilogy”

[Book Review] We Were Liars — E. Lockhart

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  • Author: E. LockhartWeWereLiars__140612011956-575x883
  • Series: Stand Alone
  • Release Date: May 13, 2014
  • Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Mystery
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: US
  • Number of Pages: 227
  • Price: Php. 720.00



A beautiful and distinguished family.
A private island.
A brilliant, damaged girl; a passionate, political boy.
A group of four friends—the Liars—whose friendship turns destructive.
A revolution. An accident. A secret.
Lies upon lies.
True love.
The truth.

We Were Liars is a modern, sophisticated suspense novel from National Book Award finalist and Printz Award honoree E. Lockhart.

Read it.
And if anyone asks you how it ends, just LIE.

Continue reading “[Book Review] We Were Liars — E. Lockhart”

[Book Highlights] The Bane Chronicles — Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Breenan, Maureen Johnson

Last November, I’ve managed to obtain a copy of the print edition of The Bane Chronicles. Continue reading “[Book Highlights] The Bane Chronicles — Cassandra Clare, Sarah Rees Breenan, Maureen Johnson”

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