Top Ten Tuesday (TTT #7)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and The Bookish. To learn more about how it works, please check the launch page here!

This week’s topic is:
Top Ten 2016 Debut Novels We Are Looking Forward To

I only have five books on my list, but let me just say that I am crazily excited over each and every one of them. I’m always so happy about seeing debuts become a big success. I guess you could say there’s a bookish cheerleader inside me waiting to be unleashed on everyone, but hey! Can you blame me? Books are great! And happy is the reader who scored a really great read from a debut author. There is always a need for fresh voices in the literary world.

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Number one on my list would be This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp. It has a really harrowing plot which reminds me a little bit of Hate List by Jennifer Brown. Hate List left a really bitter taste in my mouth but it also opened my eyes to this thing that’s been happening in so many schools around the world, and what causes it. I am hoping that this book would be as thought provoking as Hate List was. I haven’t read a book that affected me so in a while and I’m crossing my fingers that this might be it. (Expected Publication: January 2016)

Number two: These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker”Jane Austen meets X-Men in this gripping and adventure-filled paranormal romance set in Victorian London.” Please tell me that doesn’t excite you even just a little. Please tell me you’re not itching to get your hands on this book right now. You can’t tell me that because we both know you’re dying just as much as I am to get your claws on this book. I really, sincerely hope it delivers because gosh dang, look at that cover. I’m practically salivating right now. Good bye. (Expected Publication: February 2016)

Emily May, who is my most favorite book blogger of all time, probably, gave this book a glowing recommendation and a whopping four stars. If that’s not reason enough for me to read it, then there’s also the blurb which is really, really interesting. Firsts is about Mercedes, a girl who likes to sleep with other girls’ boyfriends (provided that they’re virgins) so they could give their girlfriends an amazing time in bed, which Mercedes herself never had. I am so curious as to how things would play out for her and I haven’t even started the book yet, so needless to say, I’m actively looking out for this one. (Expected Publication: January 2016)

Then there’s this: Kill The Boy Band. Wait, which one? I kid, I kid. As a self-confessed fangirl of One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer, you can tell why this book would appeal to me. I’d say the cover needs something more but the premise is very interesting to me. I’m expecting a wild ride from start to finish, since, you know, fangirls are notoriously known to be a little cray. I don’t mind that at all. In fact, I look forward to it. We all need to read something cray once in a while, and if it includes hot, musically inclined boys (God, I sound like a pervert, don’t I? Sorry!) and a cute love story, then why the heck not, right?! (Expected Publication: February 2016)

Look at this pretty freaking cover! Oh my God. Last on my list is Save Me, Kurt Cobain. Aside from boy bands, I also like rock bands. And of course, I am in-love with Nirvana. The blurb hooked me right off the bat because *gasp* Frances Bean has a sister??? And her name is Nicola??? I think this would be such an interesting read, plus Jennifer Niven who wrote All The Bright places gave it a glowing review. It does sound a bit like it might hurt my feelings, but you know… Some sacrifices we have to make in the name of good literature, and books that hurt my feelings are often the best kinds. (Expected Publication: March 2016)


That’s it this week for me! So happy to be participating again in Top Ten Tuesday after my break from blogging. I’m hella excited to find out which books are on your lists! Feel free to hit me up with your comments and link me to your TTTs!

Thank you so much for dropping by TCB, and happy reading!

Top Ten Tuesday (TTT #6)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted by the lovely people at The Broke and Bookish!

It’s been waaaay too long since I last participated, but I’m happy to be doing so this week. Since the topic for this week’s TTT is a freebie, I get to choose which top ten book related stuff I’m going to share with you all.

And I pick:
TOP TEN BOOKS THAT I HOPE WOULD BE ADAPTED INTO A TV SERIES OR MOVIE

It’s kinda long winded, but ugh. I’ve read so many books that I wish would get an adaptation, whether on the big or small screen, because I want to see the characters come to life beyond the confines of my mind.

So. Let’s get down to business, shall we?

    

1. On the Jellicoe Road by Melina Marchetta — If you haven’t read this book yet, you have to do it now. Seriously. Listen to me, drop everything you’re doing, and pick up this book. It will be worth it.

2. Cracked Up To Be by Courtney Summers — This book inspired me to write a short story. Parker Fadley is such an unforgettable character and her tale is such a painful one. Go read my review of this book here.

3. Angelfall by Susan Ee — Angels, a bad-ass heroine, and a swoon-worthy romance. What’s not to like? Read my full review here!

4. The Liar Society by Lisa and Laura Roecker — I love this book so much, and the book that followed it. It’s about secret societies and dead girls and high school politics, sprinkled with a generous helping of mystery and rolled into one. It’s amazing.

5. Dreamland by Sarah Dessen — I am a Sarah Dessen fan and I’ve read almost ALL her books, but Dreamland is the one that hit me the hardest. I need this to be a teen flick, because I think so many people could learn from this story.

    

6. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake — I have fallen in-love with a ghost. I didn’t think that was possible before Anna Korlov and this book. This needs to be a movie, asap.

7. Easy by Tammara Webber — Probably the only New Adult book that I ever loved. I can read this book over and over again and not get tired of it. I need a film version I can watch. I have a review, right here.

8. Pivot Point by Kasie West — I love the premise of this book SO much. Kasie West is such a talented writer and this story has so much potential. The sequel is also great. Please make a movie out of this.

9. Unspoken by Sarah Rees Brennan — Witty heroine who don’t need no man, funny dialogue, unique plot, amazing world-building. This will be a great movie if it doesn’t get whitewashed.

10. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I Have To Kill You by Ally Carter — Spies. Girl Spies. Bad-ass girls who are not afraid of their femininity. Good role model for young girls. This book, this whole series specifically, is just A+ so good, would definitely recommend.

Phew! Finally done. That’s my Top Ten for this week! What’s yours? Let me know in the comments section below!

Happy reading! ♥

Top Ten Tuesday! (TTT #5)

tuesWelcome to yet another Top Ten Tuesday! This book meme is hosted by the lovely people over at The Broke and Bookish and this week’s topic is:

Top Ten Books I was Forced to Read.

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Reason #1 why I envy other countries’ educational system is because they are forced to read books in their English/Literature classes. The Philippines don’t have that, sadly. We only read the short stories on textbooks maybe because providing copies of novels are expensive for the Government, so I wasn’t forced to read much. For this Tuesday, I only have five books on my list.

 #1 War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy
OMG probably the most boring book ever? Sorry if you love it but I sure as hell didn’t. I loved Anna Karenina, but this one I couldn’t bring myself to even like. I read this because of a dare. Someone said I couldn’t read a book that thick so yeah I guess I was ‘forced’ to prove them wrong.

 #2 Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte
I was forced to read this because of a report during my junior year. Had to buy my own copy but it was well worth it. This is one of my most favorite books of all time.

 #3 Atonement by Ian McEwan
Forced to read this because my godfather gave it to me and I felt like it would be impolite not to? I liked it very much though. A +

 #4 Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
See reason for #3 except I didn’t like this book as much. It was just okay.

#5 The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Suess
This is my niece’s favorite book and she’s like, 5 years old. Sometimes I read this to her before her bed time until I found myself unable to stop even when she already fell asleep. I liked it though. :D


So that’s it for me this week! How about you? Leave me links and comments and let’s talk! Happy reading!

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday! (TTT #4)

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Top Ten Tuesday is a book meme hosted weekly at The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is:

“Top Ten Best Sequels Ever”

My picks for this week are (in no particular order):

95939111. Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver – Delirium was good, but Pandemonium was much better. It introduced as to The Wild and to Raven and Tack and of course, to Julian Fineman. Lena really grew into herself as she learned to survive without Alex in her life and the plot became a lot broader than in Delirium. My only complain about this book is that bloody ending which I was hoping would be resolved in Requiem. Still furious that it wasn’t. (Lauren Oliver, why do you do these things to us?!)

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12507214 (1)2. Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake – The ending of Anna Dressed in Blood left me completely bereft and aching. ‘OMG ANNA, COME BACK!’ I yelled at the top of my lungs while my face was squashed into a pillow. I really hoped and prayed and begged to anyone who would listen for the sequel to at least match the amazingness of the first book, and Kendare Blake did not disappoint. Girl of Nightmares was unexpectedly better and the ending was just more than I could ask for. It was just perfect.

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140619553. Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo – It’s be a LONG time since I last read a good fantasy novel and Shadow and Bone solved that issue for me. I cannot believe I’ve been putting it off for ages! Siege and Storm complimented the first book really well, plus it introduced us to Stormhund a.k.a. Nikolai Lantsov and omg *swoons like a hormonal teenager*. This sequel is fast paced and action packed and it was undoubtedly one of my best reads for this year.

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103273034. Uncommon Criminals by Ally Carter – I love love love Heist Society and Uncommon Criminals made me love it all the more. Ally Carter and her superb writing and eye for detail just draws you in like a moth to a flame. The heists were riskier and more dangerous in this sequel and the stakes are definitely higher, but what I loved most are the characters who are little by little showing us readers just how complex they truly are. This sequel is A+

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66543135. Linger by Maggie Stiefvater – This book totally floored me. Reading it was effortless despite all the conflicting emotions it triggered. The characters were vivid and so perfectly human that it was hard not to love them. The romance was bitter-sweet and the tension in the atmosphere was so palpable it was almost a living thing. This books makes you feel. It doesn’t just tell you, it shows you. The same goes for Shiver, but Linger was a very unforgettable sequel for me.

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97030976. He’s So Not Worth It by Kieran Scott – Dude. Summer on the beach, rich kids, romance, angst, and drama – asdfghjkl. This book was perfect in terms of supporting the first installment, She’s So Dead To Us. I honestly love to read about teenage angst once in a while and this book gave me that and more without being whiny and superficial and cringe-inducing. If you’re looking for something entertaining to pass the time, you should try reading this series and maybe fangirl with me after :D

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15801763_thumb.jpg7. Untold by Sarah Rees Brennan – One of the biggest book revelations last 2012 for me was Unspoken. I did not expect to like it but I fell in-love with it and with the unique snowflake that is Kami Glass. Untold smoothly picked up where Unspoken left off and although this sequel isn’t as perfect as I would’ve liked it to be, it was good enough to bombard me with feels after feels after feels. My love for Kami eclipses all and I still kinda dislike Jared. I love their story, though. It made me cry for more times than I care to count.

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a-clash-of-kings-book-review8. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin – Pain and heartbreak on repeat. I am quite convinced that George R.R. Martin is secretly Satan. All my illusions that things can get better for the Stark Children after suffering through the majestic torture device that is A Game of Thrones was shattered and completely annihilated by this book. My inner sadistic was rejoicing because of all the blood and chaos in this terribly beautiful and brilliant sequel, but dear God. My feels were left raw and aching because of two words: SANSA STARK

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61480289. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Just when you think it couldn’t possibly get any better, Suzanne Collins pops out of nowhere and proves you wrong. The Hunger Games was literally one of the best books I’ve ever read, but Catching Fire toppled all expectations and emerged on top of it and no one even guessed it would turn out like that. Katniss is definitely a class all on her own and reading about her makes me want to be like her. I cannot wait for the movie to come out and I’m sure that every fangirl in the world feels the same.

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228213310. Frostbite by Richelle Mead – If you haven’t read the Vampire Academy Series yet, I don’t know what you’re doing with your life. You’re seriously doing it wrong and this is the time to do something about it, pronto. VA is one of those series that is consistent with getting better and better and better book after book. It draws you in and never lets you go. The plot and the characters are multi-faceted and the action is heart-pounding and seriously I cannot recommend it high enough.

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That’s it for this Tuesday! Wheew, it was hard to pick from the many sequels that I’ve read, but it was a lot of fun, too! What are your picks for this week? Leave me links and comments and let’s talk!

Happy reading! xoxo ♥

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday! (TTT #3)

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Well, well, well! It’s that time of the week again! As you all know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly book meme hosted @ The Broke and Bookish. This week’s topic is…

Top Ten Books we’d love to see as a Movie or T.V. Show

I personally love this topic, and so many books come to mind when I think of this. It’s really hard to pick my top ten, but somehow, I managed! Here are my picks for this week:

MOVIES:

9240591. Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy – This book is so underrated, I swear, and it hurts me that not a lot of people know about the greatness of this series. It’s not all the time we get books with unique characters and unforgettable personalities, and this book is a great blend of those. It’s clever and witty and heartbreakingly fantastic and I really hope more people know about this gem of a book. It should be a movie, too, because well, that’d be pure awesome – if the casting is right and if Hollywood don’t butcher the plot.

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2. I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You (Gallagher Girls #1) by Ally Carter – I love this series and I think it’ll make a great movie franchise! Cammie Morgan and friends would be great role models for girls everywhere, plus, you know, the well-crafted plot and the awesome adventures. Lots of people are going crazy about Sherlock and James Bond when it comes to detective work and first class espionage, but omg, I think Ally Carter’s creation can add to the variety and compete in that arena as well.

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3. Easy by Tammara Webber – This book, OMG! This is such a great love story, with very sexy yet equally realistic main characters, a plot that isn’t shallow, and some really important lessons that we could all benefit from, especially for us ladies. Easy is such a beautiful story, and wow, hopefully they make a movie out of this one.

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4. Hate List by Jennifer Brown – I think that Hate List is an incredibly important book, one that deals with real-life issues that so many teenagers face everyday. It tells us about hatred that builds, and what happens when that hatred finally spills over. It tells us about a story of a girl who was trapped underneath it all. I feel like this should be made into a movie because of the lessons that it imparts, and because the story is just heartbreakingly beautiful.

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5. Angelfall (Penryn and the End of Days #1) by Susan Ee – This book is such a marvel. The dystopian elements coupled with the supernatural aspects blend well together and make such an unforgettable read.  It’s equal parts horrific and beautiful, if that makes sense.
Dreamcast: For Raffe (our Angel) I think Douglas Booth would be absolutely perfect! *fangirl shriek*

Check my review of Angelfall here!

TV SHOWS:

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6. Unspoken (Lynburn Legacy #1) by Sarah Rees Brennan – I absolutely adore this first book in the Lynburn Legacy series. I thought the writing was clever and the characters were interesting, especially Kami Glass, who I love so much. If this becomes a TV show I would probably die of happiness. xD

7. She’s So Dead To Us (She’s So, He’s So #1) by Kieran Scott – Rich kids, high school, and a former queen bee turned outcast. This book will make a great TV show with it’s well-rounded characters and legit and far-from-petty drama.

8. The Hallowed Ones (The Hallowed Ones #1) by Laura Bickle – Just the idea of watching The Hallowed Ones on TV is making me shiver. In a post-apocalyptic world, we see an Amish girl trying to save her community from the horror that invaded and eradicated the outside world. I feel like this would be a The Walking Dead-ish type of show, and that would be super fab. Read my review of it here.

9. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West – One of my most favorite reads of 2013, Pivot Point is such a fresh and clever book, with a plot that branches out in two different directions, and of course, a heroine that’s left with that one choice that can change her life, and the life of the people she cares for, forever.

10. Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna #1) by Kendare Blake – Maybe this would work more as a movie, but I kind of like the torture of dividing this one hell of a book into episodes of a TV show, anticipating the unexpected turn of events every week. Yup, that would be perfect, says Tara’s sadistic alter-ego.

And that’s that, friends! What are your top ten picks for this week? Leave me links and comments and let’s talk!

Happy reading! x ♥

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It’s Top Ten Tuesday! (TTT #2)

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Wow, sorry for publishing this way late, but I had to. As you all know, TTT is a weekly book meme event hosted @ The Broke and the Bookish. Last week’s topic (which this one is for) is about our Top Ten Most Favorite Secondary Characters. So yes, without further ado, here’s the list that I’ve come up with, and boy let me tell you that it was damn hard to pick from all the many lovely secondary characters I’ve come across in my reading life. But yep, here you go, in no particular order:

  1. Neville Longbottom (Harry Potter Series) – If you don’t have him on your list, I am judging you. Enough said.
  2. Primrose Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – Brave little Prim and her ducktail. When she died in the third book, I cried so hard I woke up the neighbors. Not. Even. Kidding.
  3. Margaery Tyrell (A Song of Ice and Fire) – I like the book version of her as well as HBO’s TV version. Margaery is a very strong female character in ASOIAF and I believe that she will only grow more so as the story progresses. I want to think that George RR Martin has grand plans for her in The Winds of Winter, that she will be essential somehow to Sansa or in King’s Landing, maybe to Daenerys and Aerys too. I really, really love her character and all it represents.
  4. Eowyn, Lady of Rohan (The Lord of The Rings) – She killed a nazgul, ohmygod. If that isn’t badass then I don’t know what is.
  5. Reyna (Heroes of Olympus) – I want to be Reyna, at the same time I don’t want to be Reyna. She’s the kind of person I envy because she is able to separate her feelings from her duty. She has a strong sense of self preservation as was proven when Jason returned with Piper in tow, and yet Reyna never begged him to come back to her or anything equally desperate. But  just imagine how lonely she must be deep down with no one to talk to, no one to confide in because of her position in the Roman demigod ranks. I don’t think I can handle that much emotional isolation even if it’s for the greater good. But Reyna can, and that’s A+ for you, Reyna.
  6. Uriah (Divergent Trilogy) – Eek! URIAAAAAH. I love Uriah probably more than I love four. He’s smart, funny, and a gentleman. He remained being a good friend to Tris despite everything that happened, and most of all I love his relationship with his brother, Zeke.
  7. Adrian Ivashkov (Vampire Academy) – At the end of this series I ended up caring more about what happened to Adrian the sexy drunkard spirit user than to anyone else in the book, including Rose. Imagine how happy I was when they announced his comeback in Bloodlines.
  8. Newt (The Maze Runner Trilogy) – I love Newt more than I love anyone from this trilogy with the exception of Teresa. He was the first person to treat Thomas like an actual human being and he’s always making the hard decisions when Alby was incapable of them. And when he got the flare… I died a little. No, scratch that. I died a lot. I hate James Dashner for doing that to Newt. Like, dude no. WHY. WHY must you put me through this much suffering?!?! And now it’s being made into a movie and the world isn’t big enough to contain my excitement.
  9. Angela (The Lynburn Legacy) – Beautiful, moody, Angela, who balances the Kami equation. Angela as a character perfectly compliments Kami and added more spunk into the plot of Unspoken.
  10. Sarah Hart (The Lorien Legacy) – She isn’t even a member of the Garde and yet she is just a bad-ass as Six when it comes to facing down Mogadorians. I hated how she was falsely accused in the earlier books, only for us to learn how badly she was treated by the Mogs during The Rise of Nine. Like, how can you not love Sarah Hart after everything she went through for John?

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That’s my list! What’s on yours? Drop me links and comments and let’s talk. x

Happy reading! ♥

It’s Top Ten Tuesday!

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Originally hosted on The Broke and Bookish

Today’s Topic: Top 10 things that make our life as bloggers easier/better

  • Goodreads – Goodreads helps me a lot when I’m doing book-hunts and book reviews. It’s my blurb source and my author’s page source. I also like reading feedbacks from people about books that I’ve read or plan to read. Plus, I love the sense of community and it makes it easier to find people who I have common interests with. Thanks, Goodreads!

  • Kobo – Kobo is the app that I use on my android tablet to read books in .epub format. Ever since I’ve installed it, I’ve fallen in-love with it. It’s a very user friendly app and it makes reading easier, plus it helps me keep track of how much time I’ve spent reading a book. And it gives you awards! I love awards.

  • Giant purses/sling bags – I never carry small purses because I can’t put a book in them, so thank God for fashionable giant purses and the ever reliable sling bags. You can never know when you’ll need a reading fix, so you should always carry a good book with you.

  • WordPress! – I’ve honestly tried every blogging site and still, I go back to WP in the end. It’s just more manageable and user-friendly. Thanks WordPress for providing me with the best blogging platform!
  • My Android Tablet – Without this I would never be able to use Kobo, so I guess I should include my ever reliable android tab.
  • Photoshop – Star templates, banners, post graphics. You name it. I do it on my Photoshop CS 5. I have no money to pay an actual blog designer as of the moment, so Photoshop is my partner in crime.
  • Understanding Parent – My dad is the one who finances my expensive book hobby. Books are not cheap, especially where I live, since we’re part of the third-world country bracket. But my dad always makes sure to buy me books if he has some extra cash. I can’t even begin to tell you how much I appreciate that.
  • Google Calendar – I’d be lost without this. I tend to not pay attention to the time or day, but since I began blogging I had to take note of these things. Google Calendar helped me keep on track and remember deadlines.
  • My Honest Review Policy – This is my rock and my only standard. Some reviewers tend to give high ratings when given ARCs for the mere reason that the copies were given to them free of charge, so they feel like they owe the author/publisher. My Honest Review Policy helps me remember that I’m reviewing these books for my readers, not for the ones who gave me the free copy.
  • My readers! – I don’t have a cult following (yet. haha!) but I do have some appreciative followers that I can’t thank enough! They help to keep me going, no matter how exhausted I am. If not for the people who like and comment, I probably would have stopped doing this permanently. So thank you, thank you, thank you!

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How about you? What are the things that made your book-blogging easier? Share your thoughts with me! I’d love to hear them. ♥