Trading Is Off Limits

Hello, Cabbages!

I wasn’t feeling “bloggy” yesterday, plus the fact that I came in late to work and I had to rush work load because I needed to go to a meeting. I had fun getting out of the office though, being able to be free from my monstrous work station. Honestly, I don’t want to work anymore, but oh well…the need for money is just overpowering [maybe, I just need another source of money].

I’m so excited to announce that I am devouring And I Darken pretty quickly than I imagined. It’s probably the pacing of the story, and the knack for violence that keeps me drawn in. I LOVE IT. Ever since I started reading it, my night phone calls with my boyfriend consist of raving about this savage novel. I’m almost to Chapter 30, and I’ll DEFINITELY be posting a review immediately after I finished this [by that I mean, a day or two after I’ve coherently managed my thoughts].

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Alright! Let’s move on to the main purpose of this post, which is to entertain you all with my very awesome [weird] thoughts. Have you heard of Top 5 Wednesday? Well if you haven’t, it’s a weekly book meme created by Lainey, and is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes.

TOP 5 CHARACTERS I WOULDN’T WANT TO TRADE PLACES WITH

→ Honestly, most of the time, I envy fictional characters. And because of that, I’ve never had a lot of time to think about the ones I wouldn’t want to be but now that I pondered, there are a lot of choices. *Chill, I only chose the Top 5, this list won’t be including 100++*

5.RADU from And I Darken

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Of course I’d love to be beautiful, and to be able to gain people’s trust and adoration just by simply starting a conversation with them. What I don’t want though is to be such a helpless, needy person who can’t as much as punch back. I would like to be able to defend and protect myself; I would hate to be picked on and to be seen as a weakling.

4.CHE from My Sister Rosa

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While reading this book, I was filled with so much pity for Che. I can’t imagine myself being around a couple of psychopaths, much less be blood-related to them. I understood the anxiety that maybe I carry the same demonic genes that they do; also the constant worry that my sister has such strong killer instincts might be what actually kills me. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy plots like this, I like seeing what goes inside a killer’s mind, but I wouldn’t actually wish to live with one—I’d be like a guinea pig for them.

3.PARKER from Ten Below Zero

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I’ve rarely talked about this book; it was one of those that I found out because of my College friends. I read it but the genre isn’t exactly my cup of tea. Anyway, I wouldn’t want to be like her simply because she was physically assaulted. She was beaten an inch away from death, and half of her face bears a nasty cut from the assailant, for no particular reason. I’ve never been one to endure extreme physical pain.

2.ANI from Fault Lines

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She’s one of the coolest characters there is, and her story is one that I can never forget. Fault lines haunt me continuously, and is buried somewhere in my subconscious, shallow enough to resurface at anytime. Ani is a controversial character, whose tragic accident had no conclusion. I don’t want to be her because I can’t fathom the idea of being promiscuous and flirty and have no memory of it the next day. I avoid going to parties, and I don’t drink alcohol because I’m afraid to lose control of my actions and wake up with regret. I have high hopes that I will never have to encounter this, especially because I literally flinch at someone’s touch, even at a simple touch of the shoulder. The only people I’ve let physically close enough are my closest friends, family and my boyfriend.

1.STACY STELLARD from What We Saw

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Similar to the one above, but this one is just more unbearable for me. To be branded as a slut, and have no one believe me, is just detestable. I have too much concern for my body, I want it respected. I don’t want to be Stacy and be sexually abused, and have people not do anything to help me. This is different from being “able to protect myself”, as this is a situation where the victim has no control over what’s happening.

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There you have it, Cabbages, a list of fictional characters who I wouldn’t want to be. Honestly speaking, over the years I’ve learned to truly love myself, and be content with who I am while looking forward to who I will become.

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Bookish Audiophile

HELLO, Cabbages!

I’ve had quite an adventure during the last few days, which I will be sharing in a brief post [whether you like it or not].

A. MIBF (aka Manila International Book Fair)

→ It ran from September 14-18; and my boyfriend accompanied me last Saturday! I only got 3 books, because prior to MIBF, I already bought Furthermore in our local bookstore. I know I should’ve maximized the event because books were on 20% off; I was leaning towards purchasing my books online already to give me ample of time to save money [leading to acquiring more books). I bought Rebel of the Sands, The Unfinished Life of Addison Stone and I got my mom Tipping Point as a gift for her recent job promotion.

B. I SKIPPED WORK yesterday to go to Laguna. I was feeling a bit clingy [like I do all the time], missing my boyfriend [though we spent the entire Saturday together, and we talk everyday] and I couldn’t focus on work so I went to their house in Laguna. I called it an adventure because what you need to understand is this, I live in the City, and I work in the City too— while Laguna is a province in the South.

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I would love to share a lot of things (both bookish and non bookish) that I do or did, but I figured it might not be of public interest. Anyway, I haven’t found any energy in me to publish any “original weekly meme” or other topics to rave about on here + my work is consuming 9 hours of my day [despite me being able to post regularly]. If you still don’t know, I’ve started And I Darken last week, and is currently in Chapter 23 – so that’s a worthy bookish update. HOORAY for reading time! Funny, I actually read on my way to work every day, and I downloaded a PDF of it so I can read it on my laptop while “working”.

On to today’s post: TOP TEN TUESDAY! Yup! That’s a regular meme here on Written Constellations, and though the original creator of this are the lovely bookish ladies from The Broke and the Bookish; I am an active participant! I encourage all of you to join the fun; all you need to do is visit their page and post your picks on any of your social media (Instagram, Tumblr, WordPress, Blogger, Youtube, etc).

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TOP 10 AUDIO BOOKS YOU’D LIKE TO LISTEN TO

→ Okay, because I am possibly the weirdest person you’ll ever meet in this planet, I don’t listen to a lot of Audio books. I used to be able to function well, even if there’s noise in the background, but for the past 3 or 4 years, I started getting annoyed whenever I have to read and there’s too much distraction around. So today, I chose a few titles, which I’d rather listen to than read [for reasons that will be disclosed per book below].

5.LANDLINE by Rainbow Rowell

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All I have of Rainbow Rowell is Fangirl which I still have to finish; I started it but got stuck at some chapter, and just grew tired of the story that I couldn’t get past 1 page. I need to find the energy to pick it up one of these days. Landline though is [humanities] fiction, and as you all know, I’m not much of an “adult” fiction reader. I think I would enjoy listening to this much more than if I will read it; plus, the book deals with a magical telephone that allowed the main character to speak to herself from the past—that will be cool [if I say so myself] to listen to.

4.THIS ENDS WITH US by Colleen Hoover

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I’d say I’m a supporter of Hoover, because I enjoyed Hopeless and I loved Maybe Someday. This particular book written by her though deals with heavy topics on abuse, and it’s [humanities] fiction, I’m not sure if I’ll enjoy it but I think I’d prefer to listen to it as an audio book.

3.ARISTOTLE AND DANTE DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE by Benjamin Saenz

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I rarely read diverse books, though I am a supporter of LGBT. I’ve been meaning to pick this up since last year, but I still haven’t because I don’t know if it’s something that I’ll enjoy. This is one book I’ve been eyeing that I haven’t searched any reviews on yet; I want to go in partly blind on this one. I would prefer to finish an audio book of this because I think I will be able to enjoy the adventures more if I’m hearing them like legends told on a campfire.

2.THE GLASS CASTLES by Jeanette Walls

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This is non-fiction; an autobiography of the author about her and her siblings’ experience with their neglecting parents. I’ve never been good in finishing non-fiction or true to life books—probably because most of the time, I prefer depressing/sad non-fiction novels than the happy ones, that I cringe at their sufferings. One of the book blogs I follow mentioned Tiger Tiger: A Memoir and it was compared to this book in Goodreads, that’s how I got interested with The Glass Castles. I heard a sample of its audio book on Goodreads, and the narrator’s voice was soothing and full of emotions that I’ve been compelled to listen to this.

1.MISTBORN TRILOGY by Brandon Sanderson

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As far as I remember, I made a research about this a few weeks ago and I was quite fascinated by other people’s testimonials that this is one of the BEST books they’ve ever read. Another reason why I rarely read [humanities] fiction is because of their size—and to think; this is a trilogy, DEFINITELY lengthy. I don’t have a lot of free time to dedicate in finishing this, so the only way for me to dive into their world is if I listen to it in audio book. Afterwards, if I like the story, I will definitely purchase it in UK edition, because well…don’t you just adore those breathtaking covers!

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There you have it, Cabbages! My Top Ten Tuesday [which I prefer to do in fives], discussing about books that I would love to listen to in audio book formats. Please let me know down below if you’ve read/listened to any of these titles, I’d love to hear your thoughts about them. Also, if you participated in this week’s TTT, do leave a link of your post as well so I can check it out!

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I Promise To Answer Honestly

CABBAGES! Hello, I’m back! [I told you you’ll be getting more from me soon].

I’ve been stalking a lot of book blogs lately, and I’ve seen a few bookish tags I’d like to do! So today, I’ve decided to post about The Reader’s Confession Book Tag! I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but I still would like to participate, and so here I am! By the way, you’re HIGHLY encouraged to do this tag—if you haven’t been tagged, *tag* there, I just did [you’re welcome].

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Have you ever damaged a book?

If by damage, we mean ripped a page, soaked a book in water and other destructible to a book, then no. But I did however, used to crack the spines of my books [I stopped that habit a long time ago], which I have deemed to make the [my] books look ugly.

*Bonus: I folded the front cover of my Mockingjay, but it doesn’t look so bad [forever in self denial].

Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

No, I haven’t wreaked havoc to anyone’s beloved collections. I’ve always been careful with other people’s books as much as I am with mine. As a book lover who doesn’t like lending books, I understand how hard it is to trust someone else with your precious gems.

How long does it take you to read a book?

Because I am bitter on how much change there have been, we will be discussing this matter in my own way.

PAST: [as in before I had a job, before I entered adult life], I could finish a 400-page novel in 3-4 days.

PRESENT: [as in now that I’ve been a prisoner of the corporate life], na-da. Kidding. It depends; the number of days [months], varies.

Books that you haven’t finished?

Well  as I have answered above, my reading pace has dwindled down by a million notch, I have quite a number of started books that I haven’t finished. No judgments. A lot of readers are guilty of this too!

School for Good and Evil book 2, Night Owls, PS I like You, and Wondrous Strange. I have a lot more, but I will stop the brewing embarrassment coming my way.

Hyped/Popular book that you didn’t like or thought was only okay?

I am aware that I am on the minority when I say; I didn’t like Throne of Glass. I DNF-ed it to be precise. I rarely read hyped books [because I was a weird kid, and stayed away from the bandwagon #hipster ], and it is only recently that I try to read popular books.

Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

I’ve never encountered such situation where I had to lie with regards a book I’m reading. I always read books that I like, and I know I can defend over other people’s opinions—but I think, I could care less with what other people think of my reading preferences.

How many books do you own?

Physical books? I think I own around 70-80? I used to have more, but I gave a few of my middle grade books when we moved houses – they were about 30+ books as well.

Ebooks, I have almost 400+. I know it’s probably weird, that I have that much ebooks but I do get most of mine for free. This was how I survived when I was in College and could not afford to purchase physical copies whenever I pleased.

Are you a fast or slow reader?

I’d like to say I’m a fast reader, but like I’ve said, my pace has gone way down from how I used to read. I’ll rate myself as a “depends on interest and time” kind of reader. [I know that’s a bit like cheating].

Do you like to buddy read?

I’ve only tried it once with a friend of mine from the bookstore I worked in. She and I buddy read Beauty by Nancy Olin. We haven’t had the chance to review it together though, which was the actual purpose of buddy reading the book.

Do you read better in your head or out loud?

I’ve been trained to read only in my head, because I used to read with my mom and she gets distracted from her book whenever I read out loud. I do whisper a few of the words just to test it out, on how I think the character would say it. Also, I whisper the sentences when there are too much activities going around me and I can’t focus or understand any of what I’m reading.

If you were allowed to own only one book, what would it be?

I can’t decide between Tiger Lily or Isla and the Happily Ever After. I think I’ll have an easier time re-reading Isla and the Happily Ever After, because it’s my first ever re-read anyway.

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There you have it, Cabbages! I had so much fun answering those questions! And like I’ve said, if you haven’t been tagged to do this, now’s your chance because I TAG YOU! If you decide to do this tag, make sure you place your link on the comment section below so I can view your post.

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Television Series Madness

HELLO, Cabbages!

Welcome back to Written Constellations, your daily dose of bookish goodness [or so I think]!

We have a lot of things to cover today, I have a few other posts coming up within the day because I’m too lazy [as always] to do any office work. I actually skipped lunch [technically, I just opted to eat late], I’m feeling a bit antisocial today; I’d rather just read And I Darken and explore book blogs or any bookish matters.

So, you’re wondering why you’ve received another notification from me. Well, it’s a Wednesday! And you all know what that means–I mean come on, this is such a regular on here. May I present to you my Top 5 Wednesday for this week…

→ What is Top 5 Wednesday, you may ask? It’s a weekly bookish meme created by Lainey, but is now hosted by Sam from Thoughts on Tomes. You may head over to the group’s Goodreads page to read more about it. Come join the fun, bookish Cabbage!

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TOP 5 BOOKS TO BE ADAPTED AS TV SERIES

→ If you’ve seen one of my newest bookish tags, I named a few books I’d love to see adapted into other mediums like TV Series, Movies, Graphic Novel, Theater Play, etc. I love TV series, it keeps me from pulling my hair out of boredom, but I’m terrible in sticking to them. When my character pick starts to go downhill, I will more or less lose interest in the series entirely [eg. Spencer + Toby/Spoby of Pretty Little Liars — I SHIP this so bad, and they had to break them up. Well played.] Anywayyy, I’m ready to share other books that I’d love to see turned into TV series. Shall we?

5. LEGEND TRILOGY

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An action-packed book series, deserve to be adored and fawned over in television! I loved this book, BEST DYSTOPIAN ever! It will be cool if episodes will be alternate of June and Day’s perspective.

This is about June, a Military prodigy and Day, a rebel/wanted criminal; who crossed paths because of June’s older brother’s death. A lot of political matters, features badass combat skills and conspiracy theories.

4. AUTUMN FALLS (Trilogy)

I adore Bella Thorne so much! And I’ll be honest, I only wanted to read her book because I was interested to see how she writes. I liked it, I mean, as far as contemporary novels go, it’s pretty good.

Autumn Falls is actually about Autumn, who found her father’s journal to be making her wishes come true as she writes on it. It’s quirky, and cute–much of what you’d expect in cutesy coming of age series & movies.

3. MORGANVILLE VAMPIRE SERIES

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If you haven’t heard of this, I’ll probably understand why. It’s a lengthy series, around 13 books if I’m correct. When I bought this, I thought there were only 8 books, and I did “complete” those. Until I found out that Rachel Caine’s wrote 5 more additional books, and because the 8th book [supposedly the finale] was a cliffhanger in the end. I lost interest in it, plus the fact that I outgrew vampires and werewolves.

Morganville Vampire series is about a community/town which houses both Vampires and Humans. They live peacefully as long as the humans donate blood in the blood bank every month. I enjoyed this because it wasn’t focused on a vampire and a human, being star-crossed lovers.

2. PREP SCHOOL CONFIDENTIAL

This has been one of the YA books that I did not expect to be good when I first picked it up, but I was hooked after the 2nd chapter. Safe to say that this is one of my most favorite YA novels of all time, in the mystery/thriller genre.

Prep School Confidential is a trilogy, revolving Anne, an Elite girl shipped to attend boarding school. There she stumbled upon 3 mysteries, particularly involving murder. It was super interesting and definitely fast-paced. I’d really love to see this turned into a TV series. I will be waiting until the day that my wish comes true.

1. THE SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS

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There was no way that I could not include this on here! I’ve waited for the movie since it came out way back 2008 [I think], because this was one of my most anticipated middle-grade series–just so happen that I didn’t have enough money to complete all the books. Then around 2012, news of a TV series came out but it didn’t actually aired. FINALLY, Netflix has made an announcement that this will soon break ground in television! My insides are literally jumping up and down, I want the wit of the Baudelaire children in a multi-colored flat screen.

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There you have it, Cabbages! My top 5 books I’d love to be adapted into a TV series. Did you participate in this week’s Top 5 Wednesday? I’m interested to read your posts, so please do leave a link down below. Also, leave me some messages, I’d love to chat with you for a bit.

Question for the week: DO YOU HAVE ANY BOOK IN MIND YOU’D LIKE TO SEE AS A TV SERIES? 

Once again, I’d like to thank each and everyone of you who take the time to read my posts, and to those who continuously leaves me comments. A hundred million thanks to you, bookish Cabbage who’s reading this.

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Old School Loving

Hello, Cabbages!

We’ve had a recent holiday just yesterday, which meant I got an extended “weekend”—definitely long weekends are the best time to catch up on my reading, but force of laziness is just too strong. So I did the second most productive activity of a [lazy] spuds: I caught up with my [massive] TV series line up. I got the 6th episode of Grimm (season 5), until my DVD started to not cooperate; and I also started Scream Queens.

My friends have been pressuring me to watch Game of Thrones already; and the way I see it, I have enough time until the last season comes out next year. My boyfriend and I decided to binge watch it together, and yesterday, we’ve finally finished the first season! I understand why there’s a lot of hype around the series, too much conspiracy and lies and not to mention, deceit. I think I’m going to have to post a whole TV series review about this probably by tomorrow [or today, if the feeling of excitement becomes unbearable]; and we’ll start season 2 tonight!

Anyway, as you are all aware, I haven’t gotten far with the 2nd book of Soman Chainani’s School for Good and Evil, and sadly, I’ve decided to put it aside for now. I love it, but I just haven’t been feeling the story. Since I’m quite hung up with Game of Thrones, I’ve started And I Darken by Kiersten White today. Follow me on Goodreads if you’d like to see my progress.

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It’s Tuesday, meaning it’s time for TOP TEN TUESDAY! This weekly meme is very popular in the book community; it’s easy to participate, all you need is any social medium where you can post your Top 10 picks for the week. This was created by the lovely ladies from broke and the bookish.

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TOP TEN ALL TIME FAVORITE OF”X” GENRE —basically, participant gets to choose what particular topic they’d like to feature today.

TOP TEN ALL TIME FAVORITE “OLD SCHOOL” BOOKS

I started on reading at a very young age; my mom used to read The Berenstein Bears to me at night. She love books [though she hardly reads now], and she’s passed on the hobby to me because I grew up with enormous bookshelves, overflowing with different adventures. Today, I’d like to share a few of the “middle grade” books I enjoyed back during my Grade School years—some of these might no longer be being printed now.

 

7.THE SOCIAL EXPERIMENTS OF DORIE DILTS: DUMPED BY POPULAR DEMAND

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This book is about Dorie, a science geek, who transferred to a new school and wanted to become popular. She then befriends the Queen Bee and her minions, who all have been dumped by Grant Braddish. I love this book so much; a friend of mine lent it to me when I was in high school. This doesn’t really go way back as much the other books in this list, but when I requested to have a copy purchased for me from a bookstore’s supplier, it no longer print copies of this.

6.GOOSEBUMPS

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Who wouldn’t know about this super popular horror books for youngsters?  I’ve seen the movie, and I LOVED IT! Honestly, I haven’t read newer ones published, I think it’s entitled The Fear Street—it’s closely similar to the original Goosebumps. Memories of waking up early on a weekend to catch an episode of Goosebumps return whenever I see few copies in book sales. This used to be my fix when I was 10 years old, and whenever I finished one, I’d feel like I’m a strong girl for surpassing such a bone chilling story of R.L Stine. Right now, I think I’ve only managed to save one: which is a Choose Your Own Adventure: Goosebumps.

5.LIZZIE MCGUIRE

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There came a time when this was the most glorious books ever! This series were pretty much my “adolescent” books, I thought I was a grown-up because I was able to read this. I got started on this because of my grade school friend who decided to sign us up as library help every Friday, and lunch time of every school day. There was also a TV series for this, which I haven’t really gotten to watching—though I did re-watch the movie a hundred times.

4.THE BABYSITTERS CLUB

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I don’t remember much about this, but I won’t forget it though. Back when I was younger [90’s generation], middle grade books are written like these. Mostly they’re contemporary, and they always contain a group of friends. I miss series like this, I wish there’d be more of this—something that gives a right amount of ideas about romance [puppy love, and first crushes].

3.SWEET VALLEY KIDS/TWINS

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Before Monster High and The Clique, there used to be Sweet Valley Kids! I remember rushing towards the library to borrow books from this series before the rest of my classmates did. I think my twin obsession came to be because I kept on reading this book—Elizabeth and Jessica. Its written with certain topics/dilemmas per book that tackles familiar problems, friends, school and sibling rivalry. I believe Francine Pascal wrote a particular book that gives you a glimpse of how the twins ended up ten years later, after the last Sweet Valley High was written.

2.JUNIE B. JONES

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This is actually more of a kid’s book, rather than a middle-grade book. It’s leveled with books like Geronimo Stilton, and The Adventures of Bailey School Kids. Junie B Jones is a young girl who’s got a lot of silly adventures and funny tricks. Back then, this was the best humor there was—but it’s sort of like a classic now.

1.NANCY DREW

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Raise your hand if you haven’t read any Nancy Drew book! I don’t care what other people say, this is a classic for me. Before all the badass heroines came to be in the books nowadays, there was Nancy Drew, who outsmarts people with her wit and natural knack for solving mysteries. Of course since I was such a fangirl, I watched the movie adaptation—can you guess? Hundred times, yes.

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There’s a lot more titles, especially Lemony Snicket’s Series of Unfortunate Events, but I wasn’t able to finish all of the books in the series. I did watch the movie AND I am so pumped for the upcoming TV series in Netflix! It’s finally happening, people! After years and years of [im]patiently waiting, it is about to take Netflix by storm.

CABBAGES! I’m sure most of you uses Book Depository to purchase books, and I became an affiliate for both Book Depository and AbeBooks. If you want no shipping cost, use Book Depository–and if it’s not so much to ask, maybe you can use my link?

Anyway, I’m interested to see your Top Ten Tuesdays for this week, so if you participated, do leave me the link of your posts down below! Also, I’m quite wondering, has anyone else read the books I’ve mentioned on here?

A shoutout to all the lovely, bookish Cabbages who subscribed to Written Constellations! Thank you for your undying support and love for this little galactic corner. Well, keep the hype going –spread the word to your other friends! Please, watch out for my upcoming “talk” about GOT’s first season [currently living the hype], and I’m planning to have a “guest” post/blog interview [if I ever understand how it works] on Written Constellations SOON.

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A Lucky Guess #4

HELLO, Cabbages!

I’m sorry I haven’t quite gotten around much in the community; I’m just swamped with a lot of work. We’ll be having an event tomorrow [to which I excused myself from going, by the way], and we’re a little short in manpower. I need a stress reliever but I also need to finish a lot of tasks, so this will be a quick post.

Cabbages? I still haven’t found a book to read. Maybe I need to buy new books so I can find a new read [but we all know that’s just an excuse to shop for books—hello growing TBR].

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Anyway, today is dedicated for When I First Saw You. This meme only happens every 2nd Thursday of the month, and was created by Sophie from Sailing Through Books, co-hosted by Izel from A Bookish Flower. Basically, the goal is to try and guess the correct synopsis of any of the four books featured, based on its cover.

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This month I picked, Roseblood by A.G Howard. And my my, will you take a look at that gorgeous cover! It instantly drew me to it, I haven’t read any of her books but I’ve always adored their covers. I have copies of the Splintered series in ebook format.

SPUDS SYNOPSIS:

In a place where women are seen much like items that bear a corresponding price, human race is at stake. Beyond the darkness, lives a spark of hope.

Carylyne was raised in a loving home; the only pride and joy of a blacksmith and a shaman, she’s been locked away from most of the world. Little did she know that inside those four walls, is a deadly secret.

A small town in a middle of nowhere, men was known to be aggressive towards marriage; to marry the most beautiful woman awards you recognition, and so the quest began. Even at an early age, boys are concerned with finding themselves a wife.

Carylyne has always held captivating blue eyes, rosy cheeks, and luscious lips. Her smile is that of a vibrant summer day, and to most she’s sculpted to perfection. As she turns 18 and can be legally married off, men had been showering her with gifts with hopes of getting picked, but a year passed and she’s yet to pick a husband.

Ruled by impatience, the men charged their house and managed to cut Carylyne’s face during the commotion. Her parents vowed to protect her, and with her mother’s last breath, she uttered a curse, one that will put Carylyne in seclusion.

A house by the end of the forest, rumored to be home for magical creatures, has become her haven. Years have passed, but she’s not aged. Only a man whose heart is pure may cross the black villainous vines guarding Carylyne, and human race can regain balance once more.

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 In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.

At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

→ Okay. I need a moment of silence to let it sink in. It’s a twist of The Phantom of the Opera! I never would have guessed, I thought it was a novel about faeries and pixies, just magical creatures in general. After finding out that it’s a retelling, I AM COMPELLED TO READ IT. Is it possible to pre-order this immediately in Amazon or something? Its release is January 2017. I’m definitely putting this on my wishlist, as early as now. [fingers crossed that I can get an ARC]

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I’m interested to know if anyone else has done When I First Saw You (WIFSY) for this month, please leave a link of your post down below. I’d love to know more about you, so please do give me some messages too! Spread the hype, loves! Hope you’re all having a bookish day!

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Current Fix? TV Shows

HELLO, Cabbages!

Alright, first things first—Written Constellations received 60 bookish cabbages! AAAAGGGH! I can’t even think straight when I saw the notifications in my email. A shout out to all the lovely cabbages who took notice of this galactic book blog; A MILLION THANKS! *sending some sparkles your way* Please accept this Filipino’s finest [freshest, not to mention] Strawberry Taho!

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I’m having a dilemma. I don’t know what book to read next. I’ve recently finished Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman, and I posted my review yesterday, so go check that out if you’re interested to read my thoughts about it. I gave it an A [3.80 stars]! Honestly, though, I am still looking into finishing the 2nd book in the School for Good and Evil trilogy [pray for the success of this].

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Anyway, today, we’re taking a break on books but we’re not straying too far. Welcome to Written Constellations’ TOP TEN TUESDAY! Originally, this bookish weekly meme was created and being hosted by the lovely ladies from the broke and the bookish. Alright, alright! Let’s get down to business—this week is all about MY FAVORITE TV SHOWS/TV SERIES.

I tend to watch a lot of these ever since I got addicted to America’s Next Top Model (ANTM). Now, I’m stuck with a bunch of back-logs from multiple TV series, but I am finding a way to get through all of them –and I’m quite behind on most popular shows airing recently [Game of Thrones and Stranger Things to be specific]. Of course, like any other normal person, I too have my favorites!

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5. H20: JUST ADD WATER

This is the only “mermaid” related that I don’t get crept out with. If I haven’t mentioned before, I’m way too terrified of mermaids due to an accidental encounter with a creepy under the sea documentation to prove the existence of mermaids.

Alright, so this is a popular “teen-ish/kiddie” TV series in Nickolodeon back in 2007? I don’t remember. It is about three girls who found out that they turn into mermaids when touched by water, equipped with special abilities. It was one of my most enjoyed series until I was 16 years-old [don’t you look at me like that], I’m weird.

4. BONES

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I’ve loved mysteries and crimes ever since I was old enough to watch CSI [by old, I meant 13]. I got interested with this because of its uniqueness; I mean come on, solving murder cases through the use of bones?! That requires too much intelligent juice, and I have never been that good with Science and Biology when I was younger.

I’ve fallen behind this because I got way too busy in College, and it required a lot of time investment which I couldn’t afford at the time. I have yet to finish this…is this still on-going?

3. GRIMM

In second year college, I didn’t know I’d enjoy Literature class as much as I did. I got to read some of the actual Grimm Brothers’ version of Disney’s popular fairytales, and boy, are those gruesome! This TV series though is quite different from what I expected, I deemed it to be telling me the original stories of Grimm Brothers but instead, I got supernatural creatures hiding among humankind and a descendant of Grimm blessed with the ability to see it easily. If you didn’t understand my explanation, the premise is similar to Spiderwick Chronicles, except that the characters are human with “Grimm creature” abilities.

2. CRIMINAL MINDS

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Need I explain more? It’s only the most awesome, most thrilling and most criminally strategic TV series EVER! If you haven’t watched this, where have you been? It’s a bunch of FBI agents who work in the Behavioral Analysis Unit (BAU), and are in charge of tracking down serial killers by observing patterns and acts of violence.

1. ONE TREE HILL

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 I love this series with all my heart, this 9-long season live in my mind and heart! I’ve marathon it starting 1st year college, until its last season came out back in 2014 [I think?]. It’s about a group of high school friends whose lives crossed ever since one of the main characters, Lucas Scott, started in the Ravens Basketball Team. From then on, the series continued until they were aged 24-26. One good thing about this is the balance in the variety of focus, ranging from friendship to romantic relationships, to family and to individual growth. Their story is not far from reality, which allowed the audience to feel as if this is happening in their own backyard.

As far as anyone’s concerned, it’s a bundle of goodness wrapped with a red ribbon.

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That’s it for today’s Top Ten Tuesday. Did you participate? Leave a link of your post down below and I’ll be sure to pass by your corner. Don’t be shy to leave me some messages, I’ll be more than happy to get to know each and everyone of you more!

Got a question for you, Cabbage! WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT TV SHOW ADDICTION?

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Rustic Roots

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portfolio_vengeanceRoadCoverTitle: Vengeance Road

Author: Erin Bowman

Pages: 336

Published Date: September 1, 2015

Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers

Format: ebook

Goodreads Synopsis: When her father is killed by the notorious Rose Riders for a mysterious journal that reveals the secret location of a gold mine, eighteen year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers–and justice. In the spirit of “True Grit”,” “acclaimed young adult novelist Erin Bowman brings to life the unpredictable and cutthroat days of the Wild West.

RATING:

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3.80 stars

Love! It’s like strolling along the Milky Way!

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I’ve heard a lot of Booktubers talk about this, and when I researched on Goodreads, I loved the every review I read. If you’ve been lurking around Written Constellations, you’d know that I enjoy everything Country – how fitting right? I immediately knew I couldn’t pass it up.

It took me a while to sum up and organize my thoughts coherently; probably because this is the first book I’ve ever read that ventures out to the wild mountains of West. It wasn’t an easy read, especially because the expressions (eg. I’s or if’n)  took a lot of getting used to, but I managed – and this is one of the aspect that made the book seem real.

Setting wise? I LOVED IT. I enjoyed how the entire book focused on their trip up the mountains. Bowman’s narration was excellent! The description made me feel like I was on a horse riding up the uneven ground, sweating remarkably due to the hotness and I can feel the anxiety of getting shot by Apache or any of the Rose Riders any minute.

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Even in just 336 pages, the book managed to make the characters feel more than just paragraphs on a book. Their emotions seep through every line, and I understood each and everyone’s endeavors. Kate’s grief over her father’s death came out naturally that I instantly wanted to avenge him, as if I were his orphan. The characters were diverse in terms of their personality; Kate wasn’t all about taking Rose’s life, Jesse wasn’t all about the promise of gold and riches—even though they were presented for those reasons, they had other things going on for them. An aspect that gave life to these characters was that they weren’t limited to be just one emotion. In some parts, you’ll see how trusting (sometimes gullible) Kate can be, how Liluye wants to be seen like she doesn’t give a single care, and Jesse who appears strong-willed but can be clueless at times.

Word about this book was that it promised romance within the mountains, and I have do have major issues with books or movies that seem to play romance in either a cliché way or an insta-love or something that was either forced or out of place—and sometimes it’s just about these characters taking control of their hormones. I didn’t particularly like the “idea” of reading about gooey eyes and lip-locking (for that matter), while the characters are out being hunted by ruthless men. SUPRISINGLY (in a good way), Bowman wrote the romance in such a smooth-flowing way. It wasn’t quick, and forced—everything that happened was how you’d expect it to in real life. Like example, someone who’s lost a loved-one and is suffering from guilt doesn’t just get over their grief because they had a charming girl or boy to distract them.

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I can’t get over how mind-blowing the plot twist is in this book, the “reveal” came out of nowhere. For me, it’s the most exhilarating part in the book! It was satisfying that I was reading this book for a whole different reason than that of its synopsis.

You’d think this book isn’t complex or brutal, but it honestly showed how cruel and selfish people can be. There’s too much bloodshed, which of course you’d expect in Western stories but at times it can be too gruesome—one thing I’ll say is that, this isn’t something for the meek.  I highly recommend this to everyone who enjoys an real life action-packed plot! Like I’ve said, I haven’t read a lot of books in this genre, so if you have anything for me, please do leave some titles on the comment section below!

Life Corner (Tidbits General Life Update)

 

Some quick updates! MIBF (Manila International Bookfair) is coming up! It’ll be running from September 14-18 at SMX Convention Center! I got some free tickets from a good friend of mine, and I’m so excited! Most of the books will be at 20% off, can you say AWESOME?

Also, I’m enjoying browsing titles around Book Depository, but I have yet to purchase. Do you have any titles for me? I am looking into venturing out to new YA genres, and my heart can’t seem to be set on something. I’ll be ordering by the end of the month [I’m so undecided, but most probably yes], meaning I have a few more weeks to be indecisive of what books to order. I’ve wanted to subscribe to a monthly YA book box but SHIPPING FEE will be the death of me!

Another, I’ve recently taken an online job as a freelance writer. Hopefully this will improve my writing skills some more, with the promise of extra income, which will be for school. Let’s see if this will be a good turnout. I mean, I’ve got nothing to lose anyway.

Oh! And if you’ve been wondering, I didn’t make much progress with the ReadThemAllThon TBR. Vengeance Road didn’t really fall into any category, so that’s sad but I’m all good, there are a lot of other challenging read-a-thons right? By any chance, do you know any?

CABBAGES! We are almost to 60 lovely, healthy [and definitely bookish] cabbages! Thank you all, for your continuous support and patience, cause I upload a lot of late posts—I’m still getting used to keeping a blog again. I am however, a legit office ninja, being able to sneak posts here and there, but too many distractions in the office to formulate a decent post. But again, I appreciate all the love! Let’s keep our family growing, SPREAD THE HYPE!

P.S.  Pictures are from Google

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I’m Saying Never Will I Ever…

Hello, Cabbages!

I know you’re probably wondering why I didn’t post anything yesterday, and that’s because I forgot it was a Tuesday then, only remembered it at around 11 o’clock in the evening!

It was holiday in the Philippines last Monday, and I was out the entire day with my high school friends and my boyfriend. I didn’t even want to go to work the next day, cause well…I’m a lazy Spuds + I want to catch up with reading (I try). I got some good news [which makes me extremely ecstatic], I finally got my card. Meaning, online book shopping starts next month! Have you got any suggestions on which book I should get?

Just a few updates in my reading/bookish life, I’m almost done with Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman–I have less than 100 pages left to read! Hooray! *pats shoulder, Good Job, Spuds*

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Today’s post will feature my last Top 5 Wednesday for the month of August 2016! If you’re new around here, or in the bookish world (that is); Top 5 Wednesday was started by Lainey, and is now hosted by her good friend Sam on Thoughts On Tomes. What you need to do, is basically what the name suggests–come up with your own list of Top 5. Topics are posted on the Goodreads page, so be sure to check it out if you’re interested in joining.

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BOOKS OR SERIES YOU WILL NEVER READ

As I have mentioned before, and many times, it takes a lot before I read a book or start a new series. I have admitted before as well, that there might have been slight changes in this, but there are certain books/series that just doesn’t interest me at all. So please be guided that if your favorite book/books are mentioned on here, I’m sorry the following didn’t work out for me but I’m glad you highly enjoyed them.

5. UGLIES by Scott Westerfeld

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I haven’t heard about this one a lot, but I’ve seen it around bookstores ever since. I don’t even know if it’s any good, but by any chance, is this about beautification? Like plastic surgeries and all? I’m not interested with any books that deals with operation to enhance a physical feature.

So I just literally searched for its synopsis in Goodreads. And I must say, my guess was close to correct. It’s about a girl who’s turning 16, and will be subject to legal beautifying operation. I’ve never been keen on altering something on how I look, of course sometimes I get insecure but it only lasts for a few hours.

4. BEAUTIFUL CREATURES by Kami Garcia & Margaret Stohl

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For this one, I’ve tried to read the first book, a few years ago. Obviously it didn’t grab me enough to make me stay interested. Then the movie came out, and I watched it–SURPRISINGLY, I enjoyed it! I was pretty much hooked on the movie, and I immediately thought that maybe I’d like the book version too! I was wrong. I couldn’t stop looking for my favorite movie scenes in the book, and when I didn’t find it, slowly I lost interest again.

Now, I’ve decided that this isn’t for me. I finally gave up on it completely, I won’t force myself to endure long hours of reading this series.

3. FALLEN by Lauren Kate

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When I was younger, and was just starting to discover Young Adult genre, I’ve loved fallen angels and other supernatural forbidden love stories / star-crossed lovers. So really, once upon a time, I adored this series! I would even borrow my friend’s copy of the next installment, and that’s where it started going downhill. My interest grew weaker, and the next thing I knew, my copy of Fallen was sitting lonely on the bookshelf, catching asthma due to the dust.

2. HUSH HUSH by Becca Fitzpatrick

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I’ve never read, nor touched this series. I’ve heard a lot of people who doesn’t like it and have no plans in reading it. Seriously, I won’t be surprised if this will be on each people’s T5W this week!

Again with the falling angels thing. Do they even make stories like this anymore? I think a lot of people from my generation outgrew this. I’m sure it would’ve been one of my favorites during the time that all I wanted was to be cool, and be emo or Gothic–you know, we all had that phase.

1. PRETTY LITTLE LIARS by Sara Shepard

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This case is different. You see, I LOVE Pretty Little Liars –the TV show. I didn’t even know it was based off of a YA novel. I have no problem reading it cause I love the mystery and the premise, BUT it’s long, okay? To finish this, it will require me to dedicate at least 2-3 months and to be honest, I think I’ll die of boredom. Imagine reading the same genre for a long period of time, without another genre breaking the streak.

Therefore, this is my top pick. I am turning away because it will take too much of my time + I’ve learned that the TV series took a life on its own by moving away from the actual story in the book. I literally just saw the actual count of this series when I posted that picture above–15 BOOKS. 

I had a customer when I used to work at the bookstore, who asked me to gather a copy of each—take note, she wanted them in all good conditions. Imagine my horror.

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And there you have it, dear Cabbages! HAVE YOU READ ANY OF THOSE SERIES I JUST MENTIONED? 

I’m interested to see some of the books you gave up on reading or finishing, so go ahead and comment them down below. Also, have you done the The Book Adaptation Wish List Tag? If you haven’t, I highly encourage [force] you to do it too!

Once again, thank you so much for all the support and love you’ve given to Written Constellations! I can’t express my happiness for our growing vegetable family! I suggest you keep the hype going, and spread the word, Cabbages!

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What’s Next After Books?

Hello,  Cabbages!

I wasn’t able to write anything yesterday, cause I was too busy with work and I couldn’t sneak writing one decent post. BUT today, I am back! As you may have noticed, I rarely do any tag—this is because I am not a popular or instant pick by people who do tags. I have learned that it’s not really important, as I can do tags when I please.

You’re in for a treat! I was lurking around booktube when I took a rest day last Wednesday, and I saw a tag that I haven’t seen done in the blogging community. Are you excited? I know, I am!

WELCOME to: BOOK ADAPTATION WISHLIST TAG

This tag just seemed so interesting when I first saw it, that I immediately thought of my own list. I saw this over at Sam’s YouTube, Thoughts On Tomes; but it was originally created by She Might Be Monica. It’s a simple tag, really, but it’s interesting when you picture it in your mind actually happening!

 

1.MOVIE

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I think this is the overused category in terms of Book Adaptation, but nonetheless, I strongly believe that there are still a lot of good books that haven’t been considered turning into a movie.

I chose, V is for Virgin + A is for Abstinence, the duology of Kelly Oram. I believe this duology can be turned into a single movie. My idea, if I will be directing, I want most of the scenes focused on the plot of A is for Abstinence, because that’s juicier and more informative in my opinion. For those who read this, they’ll understand what I mean, when I say I only want 30 minutes of the “movie” to feature scenarios from V is for Virgin that tackled their younger years and how they first had a love-hate relationship.

Again, this duology does a lot in terms of decisions regarding virginity. Such a good book, that empowers women to stand for what they want and encouraging men to look past the act of sex, it showcase how it feels like to really know someone’s soul.

2.TV SHOW

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I love TV series, especially intriguing ones, like Pretty Little Liars and The Lying Game—both came from published books. However, after devouring 9 full seasons of One Tree Hill, I now crave a more meaningful show—somewhere where everything balanced in terms of individual growth, friends, career, and family relationships.

For this I really see Flipped turning into a 3-4 season long TV series. I know it’s been turned into a movie, which I LOVED [obviously], but I would really like to see it in a series. It’s a short book, but it can highlight many scenarios and can have the last 2 final seasons explore a more mature plot with Juli and Bryce.

If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s set in 1970’s or 80’s that focuses on two kids who grew up as neighbors and Juli, the female MC, has had an undying crush on Bryce Loski. He, on the other hand, was dedicated to avoid her at all costs. I haven’t read the book—yesterday when I was out with one of my best friends at the mall, she was supposed to treat me a [super] late birthday gift and I wanted a copy of Flipped.

3.CARTOON

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I rarely watch cartoons, but animation like Pixar or Dreamworks movies are awesome. Anyway, I’m going to change it up a little, if you’re familiar with “Anime”.

Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu, would be so good for this category! Imagine the characters with smooth faces, awesome hair and fit frames—moving in action! There’s already an existing Graphic Novel for this, which of course I WANT but haven’t had the proper [riches] budget allocation to purchase. Picture those illustrations moving in the TV screen, with bad-ass combat skills; not to mention, the plot of this trilogy will just push you towards the end of your seats, very fitting for most anime.

4.GRAPHIC NOVEL

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I don’t read much Graphic Novel, I mean back when I was working in the bookstore, I scan a few ones like Lumberjanes and Nimona, but that’s about the extent of it. This category can be extended to Comics, but then again, I only read Archie during my younger years.

This time, I’ll stray from YA and choose a Humanities fiction, Ready Player One. Plot wise? Trust me, superb Comics! I would love to see this book turned into 100+ volumes of Comics, especially cause the aesthetic and vibe of the book seems something you’d usually see in the older prints—complete with the newspaper like format.

If ever, it will be focused on their search for the eggs in the Oasis, combat with the Sixers (forgive my fading memory of this book). It will be so damn cool; I can’t wait to see the sketches of the characters and scenes’ (oasis interface) illustration.

 5.PLAY

Play

I don’t watch much theater, but I would love to see a play for once in my life. If you didn’t know, theater plays, cost a fortune in my country! I wanted to go see either Wicked or Les Miserables a few years back, but well…money.

IF, and only if, Tiger Lily, will be performed in a stage play…I will sell a spleen or two just to afford a seat! Need I say more? I mean, this book has got the same emotional scenarios as the usual stage plays. The entire stage play has been performed in my mind, the moment I had to think for this category. We all know I’ll be obsessing about this for an entire [month] week, so watch out for that.

6.MUSICAL

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I think I have a discreet love for musicals, yes, I admit I loved High School Musical when I was younger. BUT, I’m talking about hard-core musicals. What solidified my love for such would be the classic Grease and Mama Mia —shall revisit those soon, from my collection.

I only see one for this category, Lola and the Boy Next Door. It’s such a colorful story, and I think characters are full of vibrancy! Just imagine melodious song numbers being performed on the stage, which will really match Lola’s personality and Cricket’s awkwardness.

I think if Disney creates this, it will likely be HSM, which will have everyone go crazy [well, at least Stephanie Perkins fans like me will be crowding the theaters/movie houses in no time].

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Those are my picks, and to the authors of the novels I’ve mentioned, if you’re listening PLEASE MAKE THIS HAPPEN! I’d probably need 5++ more versions of this tag, cause I have a lot of requests in terms of book adaptation—don’t look at me like that, I know you do too!

I tag: Polaroid Books

 Infinite TBRList

Paper Fury

Chapter Adventures

A Piece of Paradis

          ALL OF YOU!

Question for you, Cabbages: DO YOU ENJOY PLAYS OR MUSICALS?

Again, thank you for all the support, dear Cabbages! Please do subscribe if you like what I do on here. And if you’re doing this tag, I’d love to see it, so do leave your links down in the comment section below.

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