August 16, 2017

10 Books that's Been Sitting on My Shelf for Waaaay Too Long!

Hello,

I was thinking of post ideas and I remembered that I haven't done something like this. I've seen this kind of list around before and I thought maybe it's time for me to do it as well. This list will also serve as a shameful reminder of how long I've been neglecting my books.

With this list out here, tell me what I should read next! Is any of these on your fave list? Tell me what you think of them! Tell me why I should read them! Tell me if I should just unhaul them.

August 13, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I suddenly disappeared and finally reappeared!

one of my current reads.
Hello,

A week ago, I celebrated my birthday. I wasn't able to work on any fancy posts because #busylife but I celebrated it with my family and co-workers. My co-workers kept on greeting me, I treated them to donuts, I came home to my parents and sisters with gifts and cakes and the four of them singing 'Happy Birthday'. It was a fantastic day. The next day we went for pizza, my treat of course, so now I'm broke. No money for more books which sucks. ugh.

ANYWAY, as I mentioned on my book haul post last week, I've been quite lousy on reading lately which is super disappointing. I haven't finish this one book I've been reading for almost two weeks now which is, again, super disappointing. What is happening to me?

recent reads

Dreamology | Lucy Keating
Thank the stars I never bought this book. I was really, really looking forward to this and because I'm always hesitant of contemporary titles, I never bought this book. Now I'm working on a bookstore, I had a chance to read it and I hated this. Never just too much romance and I feel that the premise wasn't executed well. There's too much romance and the main characters, Max and Alice were too hot and cold over liking each other -- one time he'd tell her they can't be together because she only knows 'Dream Max' and next thing I know he's bloodydamn kissing her (like, WTH, man? make up your mind!) -- and the climax was too anticlimactic (like WTH happened?). Overall, I hated this book with passion that I don't even know how I can recommend this in any way. but please don't hate me for this. you can go check out other reviews if you feel i'm lacking it many aspects (which I'm sure I am. lol).

All You Need is Kill | Hiroshi Sakurazaka (story); Ryosuke Takeuchi (storyboard); Takeshi Obata (art)
THIS MANGA. THIS MANGA. THIS MANGA! I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THAT EVERYONE TO READ THIS! If you're not aware, this manga's light novel of the same title is where the film Edge of Tomorrow was based on. Heck, I've never even seen that film but I hope you guys get an idea. If not, All You Need is Kill follows Keiji Kiriya as he finds himself stuck in a loop starting one day before he gets out and fight the Mimics, aliens invading Earth. This is a very gripping read and I honestly wish that it's longer -- what for, i'm not sure maybe for more stuff about Keiji or more about Rita. I'll try to have a review soon!

She and Her Cat | Makoto Shinkai (story); Tsubasa Yamaguchi (art)
I have mixed feelings for this beauty. I thought it was a simple story and also a bit striking and... well... a beautiful read. If you're not aware, Makoto Shinkai is the author or the wildly popular your name. light novel and the well loved 5-centimeters per second anime. After reading this and having seen 5-centimeters per second years back, I think I have a grasp of his storytelling now. ANYWAY, She and Her Cat is about Miyu and her adjustment to adulthood and working and living away from home. There's loneliness and stress. And all of these are told in a single volume manga in the point of view of her cat. fancy!

August 9, 2017

[REVIEW] Anonymous Noise, Vol. 1

title: Anonymous Noise, Vol. 1 (Fukumenkei Noise #1)
author: Ryōko Fukuyama
genre: manga, romance
publish: March 7, 2017 by Viz Media LLC (first published October 18, 2013)
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3 / 5 stars
goodreads
We're hiding our true feelings. 
Nino Arisugawa, a girl who loves to sing, experiences her first heart-wrenching goodbye when her beloved childhood friend, Momo, moves away. And after Nino befriends Yuzu, a music composer, she experiences another sad parting! Both boys promised Nino that they would find her one day through her singing, so she holds on to that hope and continues to reach out with her voice. Now in high school Nino serendipitously reunites with Yuzu, but she yearns to see Momo again...
just another shoujo romance.

This is one of those stories that felt so cliched -- overused shoujo romance plot with love triangle. A shy and comic relief guy who likes the girl and a serious and a bit more mysterious guy who also likes the girl. And a girl whose feelings bounces between the two.

August 7, 2017

[TOUR] All Signs Point to Murder


title: All Signs Point to Murder (Zodiac Mystery #2)
author: Connie di Marco
genre: adult fiction, cozy mystery
publish: August 8, 2017 by Midnight Ink
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
Julia Bonatti is alarmed by the astrological signs looming over Geneva Leary’s wedding day, but nobody asked Julia’s opinion and being a bridesmaid means supporting the bride no matter what. Even with the foreboding Moon-Mars-Pluto lineup in the heavens, no one’s prepared for the catastrophes that strike: a no-show sister, a passed-out wedding planner, and a lethal shooting in the dead of night. 
With anger and grief threatening to tear the Leary family part, Julia is determined to understand how such a terrible tragedy could occur. As she digs deeper into the family’s secrets, her astrological insights will lead her to the truth about a criminal enterprise that stretches far beyond the California coast. 
would keep you guessing, wondering, questioning

If you've been following me since my the Blacksheep Project days, you'll know that I LOVE cozy mysteries just for the heck of it. Okay, generally because they are always such a fun read and at the same time thrilling. All Signs Point to Murder deals with astrology and I've never read anything like this! I've read cozy mysteries that involves a baker and cafe owner, lingerie store owner, and even historical mysteries which were totally enjoyable reads. An astrologer is obviously an amazing addition to this short list.

August 3, 2017

JUNE - JULY BOOKHAUL (aka i'm-finally-working-in-a-bookstore haul)

june-july haul
Lilac Girls by Martha Hall Kelly | The Travelers by Chris Pavone | Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig | LaRose by Louise Erdrich | Thunderstruck by Erik Larson | The Cellar (The Cellar #1) by Natasha Preston | Dark Parties by Sara Grant |  Nearly Gone (Nearly Gone #1) by Elle Cosimano | Always and Forever, Lara Jean (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #3) by Jenny Han | When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon | All You Need is Kill by Ryosuke Takeuchi, Takeshi Obata | Death Note: Another Note - The Los Angeles BB Murder Case by NisiOisiN | Platinum End, Vol.1 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata | Platinum End, Vol.2 by Tsugumi Ohba, Takeshi Obata

Hello,

I've been knocked out for a month and so but now, I'm back for good (I hope). During the past month, I've been trying to read a lot and somehow I failed. I've read several manga volumes though which really helped my Goodreads Reading Challenge. lol. I'll have all of them over at my June-July Roundup which I'm hoping to have up before the week ends.

August 2, 2017

[REVIEW] A Man Called Ove

title: A Man Called Ove
author: Fredrik Backman, Henning Koch (translator)
genre: adult fiction, contemporary
publish: May 5, 2015 by Washington Square Press
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository | Fully Booked
rating: 5 / 5 stars
goodreads
ALL YOU NEED IS OVE.
At first sight, Ove is almost certainly the grumpiest man you will ever meet, a curmudgeon with staunch principles, strict routines, and a short-fuse. People think him bitter, and he  thinks himeslf surrounded by idiots. 
Ove's well-ordered solitary world gets shake-up one November morning with the appearance of new neighbors, a chatty young couple and their two boisterous daughters, who announce their arrival by accidentally flattening Ove's mailbox with their U-Haul. What follows is a heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unlikely friendships, and a community's unexpected reassessment of the one person they thought they had all figured out. 
A word-of-mouth bestseller that has caused a sensation across Europe, Fredrik Backman's irresistible novel about the angry old man next dorr is an uplifting exploration of the unreliability of fist impressions and a gentle reminder that life is sweeter when it is shaed with other people. 
OVE IS ALL YOU NEED.
easily one of my fave 2017 reads!

After reading this, I got into one of those moments when I keep on asking myself: Why did I never read this as soon as I had it?. I've only seen A Man Called Ove a couple of times in the book blogging community and I seriously think it needs to be known by everyone.

June 25, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where my work schedule stresses me out but I get to read all the books

highly recommended read!
Hello,

I'm still not used to my work schedule but I'm honestly enjoying the perks of working in a bookstore -- getting first dibs on books, reading books I'm not sure I'll ever buy, and generally encouraging people to read my faves. lol. Also, this is the first time I am actually surrounded by people who read.

I'm still not back to book blogging but I want to make general updates every now and then. I've also posted a couple of book reviews, again.

recent reads

Anonymous Noise, vol 1
 (Anonymous Noise #1) | Ryōko Fukuyama
When this arrive on the store, I'm like: I'm gonna read this first before we display it! I did! AND I have mixed feelings for this because ya know, that start was just odd and quite off and just doesn't feel 'realistic'. I'm not saying manga stories are realistic or slice of life series should be more realistic but ya know, kids hitting it off at first grade and saying big things seriously just doesn't make the cut for me. BUT I'm gonna watch the anime soon, so yeah... I hope I like it better. Also, I'm gonna wait for the second volume to arrive here.

Secrets of the Dead (DI Robyn Carter #2) | Carol Wyer
This was just felt like the usual crime fiction thriller -- a serial killer, a thrilling pace, and a detective with a baggage. Nothing really stands out here which kind of disappointed me BUT I'm still into reading the next book of this series. You can read my review for this over here!

Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1) | Sylvain Neuvel
I FINALLY FINISHED THIS! Have you read my review? I LOVED it -- the intrigue, the politics, the characters. I'm excited to jump into Waking Gods! I'll grab the next book by the end of the month then read it as soon as I can. I promise!

The High School Life of a Fudanshi, vol 1 (High School Life of a Fudanshi #1) | Michinoku Atami
When I saw this on the shipment, I'm like: THAT TITLE! I was so dead on reading this. When I finally did, I was laughing so much my co-workers are looking weirdly at me (especially because no one reads manga here). This is funny, no doubt about it. It's a 4-koma after all -- 4-koma, meaning a manga told in 4 panels and are meant for humor. The problem with manga like these is that it's culturally inclined (meaning, I have to be aware of certainly cultural practices) and they tend to be repetitive. But yeah, I still enjoyed it :)

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