My Life in Books Tag

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Hello! The weekend is going by so fast. Saturday is relax day especially since I have to go have an exam tomorrow! Did I also mention that it’s a 7:30AM exam? I know, horror of all horrors, right?!

Anyway! I was pleasantly surprised when Princess from Royal Reader tagged me! I hardly ever do tags but that doesn’t stop me from enjoying them especially when other book lovers out there extends a chance for me to do one! I do hope you drop by Princess’ blog, as well. 🙂 This tag was originally created by Hannah of One World, Too Many Pages. (By the way, I totally respect that blog URL of hers! Haha.) And without further ado, let’s get on with the tag, shall we? (Please note: Book links either go to my review (if available, that is) or to their Goodreads page, alright?) Continue reading

The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks

10766509Title: The Best of Me

Author: Nicholas Sparks

Genre: Romance, Women’s Lit, Contemporary

Published by/on: Grand Central Publishing/ 2011

Length (HC): 292 pages

Synopsis: 

THE BEST OF ME is the heart-rending story of two small-town former high school sweethearts from opposite sides of the tracks. Now middle-aged, they’ve taken wildly divergent paths, but neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever altered their world. When they are both called back to their hometown for the funeral of the mentor who once gave them shelter, they will be forced to confront the choices each has made, and ask whether love can truly rewrite the past.

Rate: 3.5 of 5

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You might not understand, but I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same.

I didn’t anticipate the lengthy amount of time that I would be reading this! It took me five weeks, five weeks, people! This is the second book I’ve read by Nicholas Sparks, and though I love most of the plot of his books (those that I’ve read and watched, I mean), this one in particular leaves me this particular sense that I’m missing something–as if there was a part in the book that I skipped; I’m not particularly sure if that’s the intent of the author. I just am not so fond of the ending of The Best of Me, perhaps.

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Book Review: Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins

6936382Title: Anna and the French Kiss

Author: Stephanie Perkins

Series: Anna and the French Kiss#1

Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Contemporary

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 372

Date Published: December 2nd of 2010

Publisher: Dutton Juvenile

Synopsis (through Goodreads):

Anna is looking forward to her senior year in Atlanta, where she has a great job, a loyal best friend, and a crush on the verge of becoming more. Which is why she is less than thrilled about being shipped off to boarding school in Paris–until she meets Étienne St. Clair. Smart, charming, beautiful, Étienne has it all…including a serious girlfriend.

But in the City of Light, wishes have a way of coming true. Will a year of romantic near-misses end with their long-awaited French kiss?

Rating:  (4 of 5)

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This is like one of the most recommended YA romance novels so I won’t really go far with my notes but I just loved it and whatever you’re assuming about it because of the title and the cover and what-not, it doesn’t hold. Because this might perhaps be the most well-written teen romance book I have read.

I have been passing by on this bookstore which has a lot of stocks of this book for the longest time. I always thought the title was so cheesy and the cover didn’t really entice me all that well. It’s the alternate cover, not the one above. As years pass by, I have found myself to be taking less and less fancies on cheesy, teen-y books. With that in mind, look at that title and that cover and tell me if I was the type to pick this up. So, I always didn’t put my attention on this book even though many people say that it’s great.

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Book Review: The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires

18383325Title: The Most Magnificent Thing

Author: Ashley Spires

Genre: Children’s, Short Stories, Picture Books

Number of Pages (Hardcover): 32

Date Published: April 1st of 2014

Publisher: Kids Can Press

Synopsis*:

Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!? But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. Eventually, the girl gets really, really mad. She is so mad, in fact, that she quits. But after her dog convinces her to take a walk, she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

For the early grades’ exploration of character education, this funny book offers a perfect example of the rewards of perseverance and creativity. The girl’s frustration and anger are vividly depicted in the detailed art, and the story offers good options for dealing honestly with these feelings, while at the same time reassuring children that it’s okay to make mistakes. The clever use of verbs in groups of threes is both fun and functional, offering opportunities for wonderful vocabulary enrichment. The girl doesn’t just make her magnificent thing — “she tinkers and hammers and measures, she smoothes and wrenches and fiddles, she twists and tweaks and fastens.” These precise action words are likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Rating: ★★★☆☆

I want to thank the publisher for making it possible for me to have an access to the book in exchange for an honest review, via Netgalley.

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I have a weakness for all things children and illustrated and I thought this was so cute! I greatly admired the artwork here, especially because the author did them–talk about multi-talented!

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May Updates + June TBR List // 2017

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Hi! I haven’t had the chance to read much books this month since I was busy doing job applications, choir, piano practice, Sunday School teaching, etc.! The month of May was such a blur–I can hardly believe we’re already halfway through the year! I don’t know, this year is pretty laid-back (read: super chill) of a year so far….Nevertheless, I still have brighter hopes ahead. I wasn’t very active in this blog this month because I feel like I’ve been pressuring myself to read this book and that book. I feel like I was being too hard on myself so I had to lay-back–just a little bit. But since it’s officially June (at least here in the Philippines!) I want to keep up a more active presence. Anyhow! Here are my updates for the month of May!

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Collective Book Haul (39 books, help me)

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While I’m still currently looking for job prospects, I’m still living with my parents. Because of that, I don’t have much space. There are a lot of space in our living room but heaven forbid I clutter the area! So, I’ve been having a golden age with eBooks and to be frank, I’ve been having quite a ball reading digitally. It’s another heaven-sent blessing when text-to-speech function is available because I can “read” while doing errands and chores! Anyway, I’ve noticed that I’ve been having so much books “sitting around” in my readers and so I’ve opted to share to you the books that I’ve acquired–maybe for a while now. Have patience, I’ll get to them sometime. 😛 Mind you, most of these are advanced reader copies. I also went ham with Nicholas Sparks books. Forgive me–or not. (NO RAGRETS! 💁) Without further ado, let’s get on with the humongous collective haul that this is. By the way, the links go to their Goodreads page.

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