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 :)

June 21, 2017

[TOUR] Belle of Two Arbors

title: Belle of Two Arbors
author: Paul Diamond; Maria Buhr Grimes (poetry)
genre: adult fiction, historical fiction
publish: April 4, 2017 by Cedar Forge Press
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
Born at the turn of the twentieth century in Glen Arbor, near the dunes of Northern Michigan, young Belle is the first child of a gruff stove-works boss and a crippled mother who weaned Belle on the verse of Emily Dickinson. When a natural disaster results in her mother's death and nearly takes the life of her younger brother Pip, Belle creates a fierce, almost ecstatic farewell song. Thus begins her journey to compose a perfect Goodbye to Mama.  
At 21, Belle ventures south to Ann Arbor for university, with teenaged Pip in tow. There, she befriends Robert Frost, Ted Roethke and Wystan Auden and finds that her poetry stands alongside theirs, and even with that of her hero, Dickinson. Her lyrics capture the sounds, sights, and rhythms of the changing seasons in the northern forests, amidst the rolling dunes by the shores of the Great Lake.  
Despite the peace she finds, Belle also struggles in both homes. Up north, she battles her father who thinks a woman can't run the family business; and clashes against developers who would scar the natural landscape. In Ann Arbor, she challenges the status quo of academic pedants and chauvinists.  
Belle's narrative brings these two places to life in their historic context: a growing Midwestern town driven by a public university, striving for greatness; and a rural peninsula seeking prosperity while preserving its natural heritage. Through the Roaring Twenties, the Great Depression, World War II, and the Post-War Boom, Belle's story is hard to put down. Her voice and songs will be even harder to forget. 
a beautifully written and informative historical fiction

I joined the blog tour of Belle of Two Arbors simply because: (1) I'm IN LOVE with all things historical fiction (you, guys, probably know his by now); (2) it covers a whole lot of events and this means more information for me (yay for that); (3) the combination of novel and poetry highly intrigued me because I was never a poetry reader but ya know, sometimes you just have to go for it (and the curiosity is killing me).

June 16, 2017

[REVIEW] Secrets of the Dead

title: Secrets of the Dead (DI Robyn Carter #2)
author: Carol Wyer
genre: adult fiction, crime fiction, mystery, thriller
publish: May 30, 2017 by Bookouture
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
Three murders. Three innocent victims. What secrets did they share with their killer? 
A bottle of bubble bath and colourful, plastic boats were scattered in small puddles on the floor. In the bathtub lay Linda Upton, fully-clothed, her lips a shade of blue, and her bloodshot eyes wide open. 
When a young mother is found drowned in the bath, clutching a receipt saying ‘all debts paid’, Detective Robyn Carter knows it’s just the beginning of a harrowing case. She recognises the signs of a serial killer, and when a second victim with a receipt is found, her worst fears are confirmed. 
With the local press whipping the public into a frenzy, Robyn is under pressure to solve the crime yesterday. But her team can’t find a link between the two bodies, and the cracks are starting to show. 
Just when her leads have dried up, Robyn discovers an unsettling clue she thinks could unlock the case. But as she chases across the plush carpets and manicured lawns of the wealthy elite, honing in on the killer’s shocking motive, one of her own is put in terrible danger. 
The press call him The Leopard for his stealth, speed and brutality. Can Robyn stop the most twisted killer of her career before it’s too late? 
A heart-pounding, toe-curling, one-sitting serial killer thriller that will hook you from the first page till the last. Perfect for fans of Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter.
Highly similar to Robert Bryndza's Detective Erika Foster series. If you like one, you might enjoy the other.

If you've read my review on Little Girl Lost, you'll know that I liked it -- its pace, its detective, its writing. I found it highly similar to other Bookouture thriller titles but when it easily reminds me of other specific characters from other books, I feel a bit of disappointment. Secrets of the Dead (or DI Robyn Carter series) is just that for me -- it feels like a shadow of Detective Erika Foster with a more positive take.

June 14, 2017

[REVIEW] Sleeping Giants

title: Sleeping Giants (Themis Files #1)
author: Sylvain Neuvel
genre: science fiction
publish: April 26, 2016 by Del Rey
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
A girl named Rose is riding her new bike near her home in Deadwood, South Dakota, when she falls through the earth. She wakes up at the bottom of a square hole, its walls glowing with intricate carvings. But the firemen who come to save her peer down upon something even stranger: a little girl in the palm of a giant metal hand.
Seventeen years later, the mystery of the bizarre artifact remains unsolved -- its origins, architects, and purpose unknown. Its carbon dating defies belief; military reports are redacted; theories are floated, then rejected. 
But some can never stop searching for answers. 
Rose Franklin is now a highly trained physicist leading a top secret team to crack the hand's code. And along with her colleagues, she is being interviewed by a nameless interrogator whose power and purview are as enigmatic as the provenance of the relic. What's clear is that Rose and her compatriots are on the edge of unraveling history's most perplexing discover -- and figuring out what it portends for humanity. But once the pieces of the puzzle are in place, will the result prove to b an instrument of lasting peace or a weapon of mass destruction? 
An inventive debut in the tradition of World War Z and The Martian, told in interviews, journal entries, transcripts, and news articles, Sleeping Giants is a thriller fueled by a quest for truth -- and a fight for control of earthshaking power.

this book tells me that Ancient Aliens speculations might actually be real.

I bought this book last year because I've been seeing it A LOT. It's scifi so there're no worries for me. When I found out that it's about giant robots, I'm like: how even? When I read people raving about it, I'm like: I MUST READ IT ASAP! When I finished it, I'm like: WOW, I need more books like this!

June 8, 2017

MAY ROUNDUP (aka my first month of work)

this book sucks, btw.
Hello,

This is a fashionably late roundup post. I've been on-and-off here on my blog. I'm just chilling about it for some reason though. I'm adjusting to my work schedule and it's quite crazy. I also realized my schedule and work allows me to read more books -- so YAY for that. I'm also breezing through my reads, recently.

At the moment, I'm currently reading: A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. I know I had this on my #weekendreads last time. I held it off and gave way to Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Neuvel which was bloodydamn amazing! I'll have to read Waking Gods soon! I also recently started Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han. I randomly grabbed this while waiting after work hours on the bookstore. I plan to buy this after a few more months but why wait when I can read it because of my work?

June is going to be a crazy month of adjustment for me and I won't be posting as much as I want to. I have a couple of blog tours coming up though so I hope you guys look out for that!


books read
The Alchemist was an fave for me. I cannot believe it took me forever to read it. Now I'm convinced that I should read every Paulo Coelho book out there. Hidden Figures is my first non-fiction and I loved it! It doesn't matter if you've seen the movie or not, you should totally read this book. The movie may be great but it compromised certain facts and it jumbled up events for dramatic purposes. So yeah, that sucks but I enjoyed watching that movie but this book is much, much more than that. Another insta-fave for me. Little Girl Lost is another Bookouture detective crime fiction. Violet Grenade was a pretty nice read but I wasn't engaged to it as much as everyone else. Sucks but it's good not highly recommended though. King's Cage is the ONLY book I read and didn't like this May. It sucks. I thought I'd like it because #teamMaven but it sucks, okay? It's full of unimportant events and Mare's endless repetitions of observations and understanding about Maven (and I'm just like: you've said that before. ugh!). But I'm still reading the fourth book though (what is wrong with me?).

May 27, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I finally have the time to deal with my TBR

i'm legit reading this now. lol.
Hello,

I mentioned on my last roundup post that I'm graduating. And I have. I graduated university not with honors though because of that one subject (ohwell, what's done is done). With that said, thanks to everyone who congratulated me. I haven't had the mood to actually write a casual post like this. I've done a few reviews though, I hope you guys have read those 😊.

ANYWAY, it's been three weeks since I graduated and I finally have a job. It's not the most exciting work though and it's, admittedly, not related to my major BUT I'll just get some experience and run off somewhere only if things don't work out for me though. I'm working in a bookstore by the way (which is of course the most amazing thing) but it's minimum wage so obviously I'm not happy with that but I'll work on a few things and probably get a more appropriate job next time.

recent reads

Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1) | Carol Wyer
This is another fantastic Bookouture release! It was a bit confusing at first but it pushed me to really get into the bottom of things. I was intrigued all throughout. DI Carter feels like Detective Erika Foster who I really love. You can check out my review here.

King's Cage (Red Queen #3) | Victoria Aveyard
I actually didn't expect anything for this book because: (1) Glass Sword was weak. really weak. didn't like it much. i think it was slow and boring and i didn't care about the new bloods (although their abilities were pretty cool though); and (2) I've read disappointed reviews on this (or at least that's what I can remember right now). But my non-existing expectations aside, this book still didn't work for me. I thought I'd like it though because I'm #teamMaven all the way but this book was just meh and makes me want to throw it out of my window 90% of the time. I'll try to have a comprehensive review for this. I hope. For now, you can enjoy my quick review on goodreads.

Violet Grenade | Victoria Scott
This was more of an okay read for me. I thought it was intriguing and the characters were well explored (minus Madam Karina, I guess) especially the main character. You can read my full review here.

May 24, 2017

[REVIEW] Violet Grenade

tour schedule can be found at: Chapter by Chapter Blog Tours & Promotions

title: Violet Grenade
author: Victoria Scott
genre: young adult, contemporary, thriller
publish: May 16, 2017 by Entangled Teen
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 3.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
DOMINO: A girl with blue hair and a demon in her mind. 
CAIN: A stone giant on the brink of exploding. 
MADAM KARINA: A woman who demands obedience. 
WILSON: The one who will destroy them all. 
When Madam Karina discovers Domino in an alleyway, she offers her a position inside her home for entertainers in secluded West Texas. Left with few alternatives and an agenda of her own, Domino accepts. It isn’t long before she is fighting her way up the ranks to gain the madam’s approval. But after suffering weeks of bullying and unearthing the madam’s secrets, Domino decides to leave. It’ll be harder than she thinks, though, because the madam doesn’t like to lose inventory. But then, Madam Karina doesn’t know about the person living inside Domino’s mind. Madam Karina doesn’t know about Wilson.
a dark novel about broken people and facing their demons.

I've read great things about this book. I read that it's dark. I like dark. Don't you? Also, that blurb? It's very intriguing -- Wilson's very existence especially. So you know, despite what it looks like or how the title sounds like, let me tell you this: Violet Grenade is a young adult, contemporary psychological thriller.

May 22, 2017

[REVIEW] Little Girl Lost

title: Little Girl Lost (DI Robyn Carter #1)
author: Carol Wyer
genre: adult fiction, crime fiction, mystery, thriller
publish: January 19, 2017 by Bookouture
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4 / 5 stars
goodreads
A perfect family hiding disturbing secrets. A killer who wants the truth to be told.  
A teacher goes missing under suspicious circumstances.
A millionaire is murdered at a local reservoir.
For Detective Robyn Carter, there’s no obvious link between the men. But as she starts to delve into the cases, her investigations lead her to Abigail, perfect wife and mother to beautiful little Izzy. What was Abigail’s connection to the victims? And why is she receiving threatening messages from an anonymous number?  
But as Robyn starts to inch closer to finding the killer, Izzy is abducted.  
Unless Robyn gets to the twisted individual in time, a little girl will die …  
Gripping, fast paced and nailbitingly tense, this serial killer thriller will chill you to the bone. Perfect for fans of MJ Arlidge and Angela Marsons. Discover Carol Wyer’s new series today – at a special launch price. 
kept me thinking. kept me at the edge of my seat.

I read this basically because I'm a Bookouture thriller-trash. I'll probably read every Bookouture thriller that's out there, ya know 💁 Also, check that hook, I'm always into those perfect-family-but-not mysteries. Gotta read them all!

May 17, 2017

[REVIEW] Hidden Figures

title: Hidden Figures: The Untold Story of Four African-American Women Who Helped Launch Our Nation into Space
author: Margot Lee Shetterly
genre: nonfiction, history, biography
publish: November 29, 2016 by HarperCollins
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
goodreads
Young Readers' Edition
From World War II through NASA's golden age, four African-American women confidently and courageously stepped into the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now known as NASA).  
Their job? To provide the mathematical calculations that would help increase airplane production during wartime and eventually send the United States into space for the very first time. Hidden Figures follows the stories of Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Katherine Johnson, and Christine Darden, who participated in some of the United States' greatest aeronautic successes. These women who lived through and persevered against the backdrop of some of the biggest movements ever to shape our nation's history: the Civil Rights era, the Space Race, and the fight for gender equality. With photographs and rich historical detail, Margot Lee Shetterly brings to life the struggles these four women, and others, overcame to forever change the face of air and space travel.
have you seen the movie? read this book.
haven't seen the movie? read this book.

I've always been interested to read a nonfiction. I have a few now on my shelf and on my ereader but I've always been hesitating. But I finally grabbed this. I finally read this. I watched the movie, by the way. I decided to read the book because: (1) nonfiction dealing with important matters is my thing (actually anything dealing with important matters is my thing but of course those in relation to history are at the top of my priority); (2) the movie was bloodydamn great and a real eyeopener; (3)  love anything that has something to do with history, okay?

May 15, 2017

[REVIEW] The Night Stalker

title: The Night Stalker (Detective Erika Foster #2)
author: Robert Bryndza
genre: adult fiction, crime fiction, thriller, mystery
publish: June 2, 2016 by Bookouture
purchase: Amazon | B&N | Book Depository
rating: 5 / 5 stars
goodreads
If the Night Stalker is watching, you're already dead... 
In the dead of a swelteringly hot summer's night, Detective Erika Foster is called to a murder scene. The victim, a doctor, is found suffocated in bed. His wrists are bound and his eyes bulging through a clear plastic bag tied tight over his head. 
A few days later, another victim is found dead, in exactly the same circumstances. As Erika and her team start digging deeper, they discover a calculated serial killer - stalking their victims before choosing the right moment to strike. 
The victims are all single men, with very private lives. Why are their pasts shrouded in secrecy? And what links them to the killer? 
As a heat wave descends upon London, Erika will do everything to stop the Night Stalker before the body count rises, even if it means risking her job. But the victims might not be the only ones being watched... Erika's own life could be on the line. 
The global bestselling author of "The Girl in the Ice" is back with a heart-racing, electrifying thriller. If you love Angela Marsons, Rachel Abbott and Karin Slaughter, you'll be hooked on Robert Bryndza.
MUST READ thriller series!

I cannot believe it took me forever to read this book! I hate myself for that! But better late than never, yeah? I read this book basically because: (1) the first book, The Girl in the Ice, was amazing and thrilling and was easily one of my fave crime thrillers!, (2) the writing of the said book was great and Erika Foster easily became one of my fave detective inspectors to read; (3) Bookouture thrillers are bloodydamn amazing!

May 2, 2017

APRIL ROUNDUP (aka the last month of uni)

random photo. unread books.
Hello,

This coming Thursday, I'll finally be graduating from uni after so many years! ohmygosh, it's finally happening! I'll have a post up for that! This is the reason why I've been gone for a couple of months even though I just restarted my blog. It has been an exhausting preparation for it from finishing my thesis to the many revisions of my research to the requirements and graduation practices I'm doing at the moment.

ANYWAY, I've been lazy this past month. Okay, I'll admit that I've been in a blogging/reviewing/reading slump. Since my last updateI was able to watch a couple of anime: (1) Cheer Danshi!! (slice of life, not recommended, cringe-y, literally just boys being cringe-y and cheerleading, the ending was unexpectedly nice though), and (2) Bakemonogatari (re-watched, paranormal, outstanding art style by SHAFT* -- art, character designs, animation, colors, framing, and overall presentation is great!, voice acting and BMG is also outstanding). I also just re-watched Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans. I still can't get over this series, you see. I'm still in love with the characters, story, and world.

On other non-bookish things. Have you guys seen/heard: (1) the new Paramore song: Hard Times (I'm obsessed to it! Also, the video is super great!! LOVE IT!), (2) the new State Champs acoustic version of Secrets (LOVE IT! Derek's voice + Ryan's backup!), (3) MGK's new music video for At My Best (I've been a fan of MGK since 2015 and I'm super glad for his popularity for Bad Things. And call me a black sheep but I LOVE this song more than Bad Things even though it feels so cliche but the music video for Bad Things seems better), (4) MGK's new song Let You Go is also pretty good and different (I'm excited for his new album!), (5) All Time Low's new song from their upcoming album Last Young Renegade, Life of the Party is also good (I kind of like it more than the song Last Young Renegade), (6) PVRIS's new music video for Heaven is A E S T H E T I C! (I cannot wait for their new album which comes out on my birthday!), and (7) I like this music video of Help by Papa Roach. 2017 is going to be another great year for my music fandom (patiently waiting for Neck Deep and Roam songs. when even? Also patiently waiting for Halsey's new album 😀).

*SHAFT = anime production company responsible for the Monogatari Series, Nisekoi, Madoka Magica, etc.

books read
April started pretty rough for me. I was stuck in a bit of a slump which sucks but I'm all better now. I read Duels & Deception early April for a book tour. The Night Stalker is the second book in the Detective Erika Foster series by Robert Bryndza (review of book 1, The Girl in the Ice, here!) and I absolutely love this one! Highly recommended for thriller readers! I requested Young Jane Young because I LOVE The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry by the same author, Gabrielle Zevin. Young Jane Young, however, isn't as great as A.J. Fikry but I still loved it! (Review will be up closer to release date). Finally, The Picture of Dorian Gray is a book club read and we'll have meeting & discussion a couple of weeks from now. #excited!

May 1, 2017

May Clean Sweep ARC Challenge!

random photo.
Hello,

Now that it's May, I'm a couple of days away from graduating which means job hunting + more time to read (no more school projects, exams, and researches. done. with. those. YAY!). ANYWAY, I saw another reading challenge from Caffeinaited Book Reviewer and given all the time in my hands, I knew I should join. Also, here's to making up for my failed #TakeControlTBR 😂

things about #cleansweeparc
- ARC’s must be read between May 1st, 2017 and May 31st, 2017
- hosted by Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer
- All ARCS/finished copies that were provided by publisher/author are eligible. They can be in any format (eBook, physical, audio)
- You do not have to post a review on the blog during the month of May. Just give a link to Goodreads showing read May 1 to 31st with a two sentence review.
- Twitter Party Thursday, May 18th at 7:30 pm (EST)
- signup post can be found here.

April 29, 2017

[READING UPDATES] Dewey's Read-a-thon

Read-a-thon picks!! 
Hello,

I totally forgot to write a post for this so I'm doing this really quick (links will be added later)!

I joined Dewey's Read-a-thon which is a 24-hour read-a-thon where everyone starts and ends reading at the same time at April 29th 8AM EST to April 30th 8AM EST. Each hour, I'll do my best to post an update on what's going on with my reading or what. Updates will be quite rare for sure since I'm doing it April 29th, 8PM PHT to April 30th, 8PM PHT. It's a Saturday to Sunday kind of thing for me. So, I'll stay as late as I can tonight, go to church tomorrow, then read on the car to wherever else we're going. It's going to be difficult for me. But I'll do my best. My twitter will be updates regularly so I hope you guys check that!

Photo at the top is my read-a-thon picks. I won't be reading all of those (cuz DUH impossible for me!) because they're mostly 200-300 pages reads (those are the shortest books I can find in my shelf at the moment. I'm not a very short reader, I know. I plan to read 2-3 books I'll take my pick as I go. I chose this much because I'm such a mood reader.

April 16, 2017

[WEEKEND READS] where I struggle with my second reading slump of the year

#currentlyreading
Hello,

I really, really can't wait for April to end. While I am a bit more free compared to March, I've been pre-occupied with revisions and revision consultations. But I'm not stressed like before. I've been sleeping a lot, actually. However, because of that no-sleep March I had, I now found myself in a reading slump. I've been reading King's Cage and The Picture of Dorian Gray for a couple of weeks now.

Holy Week just ended and while I was supposed to tackle my tbr pile then, I ended up watching anime. It was a great break from reading, to be honest, but I still can't get my reading pace back. I don't even know why. I'll still stick to the two books I'm finishing but I added another book to the mix and I'm actually getting absorbed in it. I hope it continues.

During my anime binge watching this past week, I finished: (1) 3-gatsu no Lion (slice of life, coming of age, shogi, light anime, and unexpectedly SHAFT* -- which means it's not very SHAFT-like); (2) Sakamoto desu ga? (slice of life, comedy, totally random funny stuff, standalone episodes); (3) SHIROBAKO (slice of life, inspirational, new fave!, anime about making anime, HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!); (4) Sayonara Zetsubou Sensei (harem, not my thing, very SHAFT tho -- unusual cuts and framing and inserts); Masamune-kun no Revenge (slice of life, romance, about revenge DUH!, totally stereotype characters, nothing new tbh, but still quite entertaining).

*SHAFT = anime production company responsible for the Monogatari Series, Nisekoi, Madoka Magica, etc.

recent reads
Duels & Deception | Cindy Anstey
YA historical romance. Regency era. I reviewed this for a blog tour. It was a fun and light read -- full of witty lines, great characters, great and vivid writing. Cindy Anstey is definitely an author I'm reading more of! Review Here!!


April 12, 2017

[TOUR] Duels & Deception

tour schedule can be found at: Xpresso Book Tours
title: Duels & Deception
author: Cindy Anstey
genre: young adult, historical fiction, romance
publish: April 11, 2017
purchase: Amazon | B&N
rating: 4 / 5 stars
goodreads
Miss Lydia Whitfield, heiress to the family fortune, has her future entirely planned out. She will run the family estate until she marries the man of her late father’s choosing, and then she will spend the rest of her days as a devoted wife. Confident in those arrangements, Lydia has tasked her young law clerk, Mr. Robert Newton, to begin drawing up the marriage contracts. Everything is going according to plan. 
Until Lydia—and Robert along with her—is kidnapped. Someone is after her fortune and won’t hesitate to destroy her reputation to get it. With Robert’s help, Lydia strives to keep her family’s good name intact and expose whoever is behind the devious plot. But as their investigation delves deeper and their affections for each other grow, Lydia starts to wonder whether her carefully planned future is in fact what she truly wants… 
cute romance in regency era

I joined the blog tour of Duels & Deception simply because: (1) I LOVE historical fiction and the Regency era is something don't think I've about (aside from the The Dark Days Club which will probably DNF at some point); (2) I've never read historical romance and Cindy Anstey sounds like a great place to start because I've read great things about Love, Lies and Spies, (3) OMG, lOOK AT THAT COVER!! It's too pretty!! 😍😍😍

April 3, 2017

MARCH ROUNDUP (aka the stressful and no-sleep month)

these covers 😍
Hello,

Lengthy post ahead because of: (1) my month's recap of stressful events, (2) being thankful to all you for keeping up with me and YAY for new readers, and (3) usual books read, reviewed, hauled, and to-read. 

If you're reading this, I'm sure you know that March was harsh and toxic for me. I told you guys that I'll be gone because I'll be working on my undergraduate thesis. You guys wished me luck and that meant so much to me. A week later, I gave an update that it's been a great mess and me and my friends are struggling with sleep. I barely slept for the next two weeks after that. You guys told me to take care of myself that I should sleep and hoped that I take control over my stress.

A couple of weeks ago, I told you guys that I'm back to reading and blogging. But come on now! Let's be real! That week, we hustled more and finalized our messed up research paper. HOWEVER THOUGH, the Saturday after that post, we defended our research. I was crazy nervous since I'm an introvert who'd rather read than socialize. Fortunately though, it went well for me in terms of presentation and defending our research. We had few revisions (which is done now, thank the stars!) and I'm so proud of our team despite all the mishaps and annoyance and misunderstandings. It was tough but we did well.

Finally, I'd like to thank each and everyone of you guys who religiously commented on some of my update posts. I was busy and barely reading but I kept you updated with my reading and life. So many thanks to Carole @ Carole's Random Life for supporting our project. I'll follow through with my promise and follow you in any way I haven't and comment on your posts :) I was also very happy to see an increase on followers despite my break (maybe i should take breaks more often?). Welcome to my new readers! If you're reading this, just leave a comment and I'll make sure to drop by your blog asap! I'll be bloghopping this week since I'm quite free now. YAY FOR THAT!! I'll go through everyone that left a comment since this March :)

ALSO, I just finished Mobile Suit Gundam: Iron-Blooded Orphans and you guys MUST watch it (only if you like GREAT anime, of course). It's VERY difficult to really pour my thoughts on this one but here're some without revealing spoilers or hints (UGH! #difficult). If you've never seen any of the Gundam anime, there's nothing to worry about because this is set in an entirely different universe (meaning, this has nothing to do with them). QUICK THOUGHTS HERE: (1) mecha (cuz duh! GUNDAM); (2) this series is big on drama (ohgosh, i cried A LOT. MASSIVELY! especially throughout the second half. your fault, Mari Okada & Nagai Tatsuyuki! these two means this series is made for drama. you gotta believe me in that.); (3) involves slavery, child labor, dystopian world; (4) really complex characters I ended up loving so much; (5) deaths (cuz drama?; cuz why not?; cuz Okada and Tatsuyuki wants to break viewers?); (6) great combination of well-written plot, memorable characters, comedy and drama and battle with great animation and framing; and (i almost forgot) (7) painful romance (does this sound spoiler-ish? i still love you people though and would love it if you watch this). -- i watched this on Daisuki.net so now go there and feel the pain.

Now let's get into this roundup!

books read
I started several books this month and only finished two. I started The Seven Dials Mystery in February and only had a few pages left when March came (so #shame on me). Rose Petal Graves was a quick read and I had to finish it for a blog tour. With the stressful month, I think I fell into another reading slump (which is already the 2nd one this year. 2017 has a disappointing reading year for me so far but I'll be graduating from uni soon so more reading time!). 

March 28, 2017

[TOP TEN TUESDAY] 10 Authors I NEED to Meet (once i overcome my awkwardness)

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted at the Broke and the Bookish
Hello,

This week's prompt: Top Ten Authors I'm Dying To Meet / Ten Authors I Can't Believe I've Met 

I know I just wrote about authors but you know, I just can't pass this prompt when I saw everyone doing it (yes, I wrote this really quick 'cause I'm jealous). ANYWAY, this is list is also my fave authors list ('cause don't we all want to meet our fave authors? I know I do even though I'd probably just stand there like a freak and not say anything because I'm awkward like that. literally. happened before, hahaha. I suck).

*life update though: i'll start blog hopping and replying to comments for real by April. i still have a few obligations to do like thesis revisions and finishing my internship. i'll see you guys soon! once again, thanks for keeping up with me. also, i was surprised to see an increase of followers over the course of my blogging break. thanks so much you guys! 😘

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