PH Blog Tour: FOREST OF A THOUSAND LANTERNS (Giveaway)

Dearest Flamingos,

I hope that you’re all well and reading! I haven’t read anything for two weeks now; I just haven’t found the right book to read next yet. Anyhow, having Forest of a Thousand Lanterns, as the last book I read, this post will be dedicated for it!

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This opportunity would not be possible if it weren’t for Erika, from The Nocturnal Fey ; it’s my first time to be participating in a Blog Tour and to be honest, I didn’t know how I would do. After a successful reading experience, I am looking forward to participate in more Blog Tours in the future. Being a Filipino, I find the experience of reading a book that embraces Asian culture and thematic is priceless.

Forest of A Thousand Lanterns CoverTitle: Forest of a Thousand Lanterns

Author: Julie C. Dao

Genre: Fantasy, Retellings, Young Adult

Publisher: Philomel Books

Release Date: October 10th 2017

Synopsis: 

An East Asian fantasy reimagining of The Evil Queen legend about one peasant girl’s quest to become Empress–and the darkness she must unleash to achieve her destiny.

Eighteen year-old Xifeng is beautiful. The stars say she is destined for greatness, that she is meant to be Empress of Feng Lu. But only if she embraces the darkness within her. Growing up as a peasant in a forgotten village on the edge of the map, Xifeng longs to fulfill the destiny promised to her by her cruel aunt, the witch Guma, who has read the cards and seen glimmers of Xifeng’s majestic future. But is the price of the throne too high?

Because in order to achieve greatness, she must spurn the young man who loves her and exploit the callous magic that runs through her veins–sorcery fueled by eating the hearts of the recently killed. For the god who has sent her on this journey will not be satisfied until his power is absolute.

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You can’t have everything, Xifeng. You can’t have him and still have me too. He doesn’t share and neither do I.

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Below is an excerpt from Forest of a Thousand Lanterns,

The Imperial Palace seemed to Xifeng an earthly rendering of the Dragon Lord’s home in the heavens. It shimmered through the gates, a colossus of gold roofs, pillars and courtyards of stone. She stared at it with the strange sensation that it gazed back — recognized her. Her fate lay here in this vast city of interconnected buildings linked by covered corridors, and in a moment she would enter.

Will I ever come out again?

She squared her shoulders and approached the guards. “The Crown Prince requests my presence,” she told them. They stared as though they had never seen anything like her. One of the had an eye that kept twitching suspiciously. “His Highness said to tell you I seek the Little Fisherman.” She had no idea what that meant, other than it was some sort of password Wei had left for her. But it seemed to work, for they stepped aside to let her through.

“Find Master Kang in the Sunset Pagoda, at the top of the stairs,” the twitching-eye guard said pompously. “His Highness has instructed him to take you to Master Yu and Madam Hong.”

Xifeng held her head high. She would not be intimidated by their scornful appraisal of the important sounding names he had flung at her. At least, she could appear not to be intimidated.

She crossed a courtyard of rocks like gray eggs, and a great emptiness rose up to meet her. A meditative, eerie silence reigned here, though guards in fine armor were stationed everywhere. It made her feel more alone than ever, and she felt Wei’s absence like a phantom limb.

The ache was so sharp she had to pause for breath, his face swimming before her eyes. He had always been there, a thread of joy in her frayed life, and now he was gone, off to begin the life he’d lead without her. Had she done right to push him onto a different path? If only she’d been brave enough to tell him he was far too good for her. She was nothing but a selfish coward who could neither love him nor let him go.

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Julie C. Dao

Julie C. Dao (www.juliedao.com) is a proud Vietnamese-American who was born in upstate New York. She studied medicine in college, but came to realize blood and needles were her Kryptonite. By day, she worked in science news and research; by night, she wrote books about heroines unafraid to fight for their dreams, which inspired her to follow her passion of becoming a published author. Forest of a Thousand Lanterns is her debut novel. Julie lives in New England. Follow her on Twitter @jules_writes.

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I created a playlist over at Spotify to enhance the reading experience of Forest of a Thousand LanternsI’m glad to be sharing it all with you; however, it’s my first time to create a playlist for a book — so please do bear with me if you think my song choices could be better or not as fitting to the book as much as I thought. You can go search for it in Spotify, and download the entire playlist so you can enjoy it while reading Forest of a Thousand Lanterns on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

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Don’t forget to visit the other blogs participating in the Tour!

October 27th

The Nocturnal Fey – Erika

The Royal Polar Bear Reads – Rafael

The Ultimate Fangirl – Bianca

October 28th

The Nerdy Side of a Queen – Nicay

dmcireadsblog – Danielle

Camillea Reads – Patricia Camille

October 29th

Bookablereads Book Review – Carmel

Reading Flamingo – Abigail

Amidst the Pages – Imo

October 30th

The Hogsmeade Reader – Danica

The Purple Nightingale – Janella

Descendant of Poseidon Reads – Joel

October 31st

Afire Pages – Karina

The Queen Reads – Elena

the broke biblioPHL – Hana

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Last but not the least, don’t forget to join the GIVEAWAY for Forest of a Thousand Lanterns! Have a bookish day, Flamingos!

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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.

A million thanks, Cabbages for your continuous support! Let’s keep the hype going! Don’t forget to subscribe so you can receive notifications about the happenings in Written Constellations! If you joined this week’s Top 5 Wednesday, kindly place your links down below.

Also, if you’re looking into getting your books free of shipping cost, I suggest you shop at Book Depository!

*IF YOU’VE READ THIS, COMMENT “I SAW YOU AT THE MALL!” TO GET A SURPRISE FROM ME!*

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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.

If it’s not so much of a hassle, please use my link if you’re looking into buying in Book Depository [they offer free shipping worldwide]. Thank you!

*if you’ve gotten this far, leave GIVE ME TWISTED CANDIES down in the comment section below, and let’s leave the rest wondering the meaning of what you said. Thanks, Cabbage!*

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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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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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A Bookish Errand

Hi Cabbages!

I stayed home today, and I thought I could get some blogging done early in the day but it just occurred to me that blogging when you’re at home seems a bit of a big task especially with all the distractions at arm’s length–it’s definitely hard. I have been literally just watching YouTube vlogs from different people I follow on there. I was hoping to get some reading done but so far, I’ve just lingered on a few pages of Vengeance Road, which if you follow me on Goodreads have been on my “currently reading” category for almost 2 or 3 months now. However, I’m staying dedicated to all of the Written Constellation readers and I have escaped the evil clutches of laziness and unnecessary temptations.

So here we are with one of the weekly memes you usually see on here. Just a bit of a talk (?) before I start, I’ve been meaning to do a tag or a weekly meme but I’m not sure if they’ll click but I’d want to get your opinion, if I start a tag/meme will you participate? Do let me know of your answers in the comments section below. Okay, without further a-do, here’s my Top 5 Wednesday!

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If you’re not familiar with Top 5 Wednesdays, it’s a weekly meme created by Lainey a few years back, which her close friend Sam at Thoughts On Tomes is now hosting. It’s a got a big community in Goodreads, there you’ll find future T5W topics for each month, should you decide to participate and join the fun!

BOOKS THAT YOU WANT TO READ BEFORE THE END OF 2016

→ I’d say it’s not that difficult to answer this, because really there are a lot of books that I should’ve gotten into prior to this year. BUT well, laziness and a humongous reading slump took over and it all just went downhill from there. As I have mentioned, I’ve developed a book buying problem which might be getting more out of control or just reaching a new level because I recently signed up for a prepaid card. I just discovered the comfort of buying books online, but for the longest I don’t have the “means” [aka credit card] to purchase. Now, in about 5-7 days I’ll be getting a prepaid card which is as good as a credit card, just a bit safer in terms of going overboard with shopping.

Anywho, I’ll be stating just five books that I’m really looking into finishing before 2017 arrives. These books are top priority…

5. THE SCHOOL FOR GOOD AND EVIL: THE LAST EVER AFTER by Soman Chainani

6167hRWWlYL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_I’ve already finished the first book in the series, and I’m currently finding my way into finishing the second book. Of course, before the year ends, I’m hoping to get to the last book as well especially because there’s a rumor that Soman will be writing a fourth book.

If you’re not familiar with this book, it’s a middle-grade fantasy book that talks about a magical school where villains and princes & princesses you read in fairytale books are being trained. It’s really cute and light, I love the message it gives to children, though there are times that it’s clashing with each other, making the entire thing sound ironic. But I haven’t posted my review for the first book, because I’ve decided to combine all reviews for the 3 books [and because I’m too lazy].

4. AND I DARKEN by Kiersten White

9780552573740This book’s been so hyped up this 2016, and I rarely subscribe to mainstream [as you all know], but I’m just naturally excited and curious that I already want to read this book. My boyfriend offered to buy me this book when we were out one weekend because I literally jumped up and down when I saw it in the bookstore. I didn’t expect this book to be displayed here in the country [cause we rarely get cool books around here], of course I wanted to start reading it already but I want to finish the trilogy I’m reading first before I get into this world.

I’m into dark books lately, and I’ve researched a lot of reviews for this, surprisingly they’re all good. I hope to  have the same feelings towards this book because honestly I’ve rarely ventured out from my comfort zone in relation to book genres. Blogging really did a lot of changes in the books that I read now, compared to how I did before and I’d say it’s a good thing–I’m definitely more versatile now.

3. THE WRATH AND THE DAWN by Renee Adieh

wrathcoverI’ve had this book for almost a year now, it was one of the first books I bought using my employee discount from the bookstore I worked in last year. I did try to read a few parts but I kept thinking about getting my hands on the second book. Like I’ve said, I’ve been really iffy in reading a book whose series haven’t released all the titles yet, I just want them at the ready when I get the urge to invest my time and full attention to the series. 51h4w9il9ul-_sx330_bo1204203200_

Of course, I am also looking into reading the second book of this duology, THE ROSE AND THE DAGGER. I bought this book back in the first few weeks of June this year, because I’ve been dying to read this series after being curious of the fairytale retelling. I obviously want to marathon them, since it’s not that long, but I just need a few more time to settle into my “adult life”–cause my work life has been cutting a huge chunk of my reading time, which I do hope to get the hang off by 2017. No, but seriously I’m just looking into starting a business, because I also plan in going back to school real soon and I want to focus more on that than in working a real job.

2. SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

A  lot of people have read the Grisha Trilogy; I did read the first book and managed to get at least half of the second book before I gave up on this entirely. It’s not that I don’t like it, I just didn’t feel as interested in it, and I did feel sad cause I wanted to have a good experience with it as other people did. A few people told me that the new series of Bardugo is much better than this, so I did purchase Six Crows on its first release here in the Philippines but I didn’t read it yet because…Crooked Kingdoms.

This is brings us to CROOKED KINGDOMS, which I am highly anticipating so I can jump into this amazing world and just bask in all its glory. This two books just seem to click on me so much just because of the line up of characters, who I’d like to call bad-ass delinquents–I personally wish to be trained as an assassin. Like if all else fails in my life, I’d be searching the entire world for a wicked cool person with mad lethal combat skills who will take me in as a protegee. So yes, watch out for that day [let’s hope cray-cray Spuds don’t actually feel the need to become a hired killer].

1. THE RAVEN CYCLE SERIES by Maggie Stiefvater

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Oh yes, you’ve read it correctly–I have not read this series because I waited until the last book was out. I know I’m probably just shameful because of this, but hey, like I said I’ve recently just been versatile with books that I read which means that I wasn’t fully invested into this series. I bought the first book because it was pretty, the cover was just to die for THEN, I started searching for reviews about this series and it turns out to not be a waste of my time. I do hope to read this before the year ends, I won’t be promising anything but I am working on my dedication to this breathtakingly beautiful covered books.

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So that’s the list of books I need to get into before the year ends. I have faith that I will finish them this 2016! I shall not let 2017 begin without devouring the beauty of those and of course other books that I want to read. It will happen, trust me [not].

Again, thank you all for your support and love for Written Constellations! I never thought that I’d get to this much friends online, I only asked to have a few followers but now we are already 51 CABBAGES! I have all of you to thank for that, and please do share the word about our little intergalactic vegetable family to your friends, and we welcome them with open books [cause that’s how we roll].

If you haven’t seen my previous posts, just go to the what’s in store on the sidebar to see my archives. If you have any challenges you’d like me to do, just link it up and I’ll get on with it. I’ve had time to think today, and I’ve realized that I had some changes in me in terms of reading so I might do a post for that too.

Also, a shout out, if there’s anyone who would like to buddy-read with me please let me know because I think this will help me trim down my TBR pile quicker. A friend mine used to buddy read with me but she’s busy fixing her wedding, so I kind of slacked off in reading as you can tell [besides work stuff].

That’s it for today, and if you joined T5W, link down below! I’ll see you soon with another bookish post, Cabbage!

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Dusted Books

HELLO, Cabbages!

How’s everyone? Have you seen my previous posts [from yesterday], they’re all updates for #ReadThemAllThon TBR.

Last night, while on my way home from work, I decided to read the almost 2-year sitting ebook copy of The Throne of Glass. At first, I wanted to join the hype, but apparently I have no patience for long series — it’s a 6-book series. My interest with it slowly went downhill, but I still tried yesterday, but to my dismay I just couldn’t get past Chapter 4. I placed a very short explanation in Goodreads as to why I DNF-ed (Did Not Finish) this overly-hyped novel. Safe to say that my apologies go out to all fans of this fantasy series, and to the fans of Sarah J. Maas–I think the world and these characters are just not to my liking.

Anyway, moving on to a lesser sad discussion, I’d like to post the question…

Which unread book has occupied your bookshelf for almost a year now?

You see that’s very fitting for what I’m about to share today! Today’s the time for TOP TEN TUESDAY! That book meme is created by Broke and the Bookish; so if you’re interested in joining, head over to their blog for the topics for each Tuesday of the month.

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BOOKS THAT HAVE BEEN ON YOUR TBR PILE EVEN BEFORE YOU STARTED BLOGGING

→ What you must know about me is that, prior to getting addicted to buying actual books, I’ve had almost 300++ ebooks [which most sit untouched]. If you just made the face that is likely to say this post will take us forever to finish or this post will have a long drop down list and think that you should leave…YOU SHOULD NOT. I will not be talking about all those “neglected” [sadly] books.

Let’s not delay this post any longer…

5. TIGER EYES by Judy Blume

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I’ve never read any books from Judy Blume, but I think she’s one of the most known authors for all time. After buying this book, I’ve been compelled to purchase more of her works and I did, Then Again, Maybe I Won’t.  If you haven’t figured out yet, that is also unread. I purchased both last year while I was still working at the bookstore [gave me a humongous discount]. One of these days, I shall get into this, especially because I love sad-themed books.

4. WILL GRAYSON, WILL GRAYSON by John Green

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I impulse-bought this book when I was working at the bookstore. I mean, I think impulse buying is something that people who work in bookstores develop easily [and quickly], due to first-hand caressing of books! I couldn’t say no to that cover, which by the way, I prefer over the original cover. I was a bit dubious about this book at first [back in college], cause I’m not keen on reading same-sex relationships in books–but I was told it’s not actually about that. To anyone who’s read this, please shed some light.

3. THE TRAGEDY PAPER by Elizabeth Laban

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This is another funny story, about how I got this book. I don’t remember how I found out about this book, but I remember obsessing about it. I searched for it prior to working at the bookstore, then when I was working there, I forgot all about it. I bought this book from another bookstore, a month after I’ve resigned, and then afterwards my previous co-workers told me we’ve had multiple stocks of the title in the bookstore I worked in. I was like…*mindblown*. I love books that has the same theme as these, star-crossed lovers, secret love affairs–I just love the controversy.

2. THE STRANGE AND BEAUTIFUL SORROWS OF AVA LAVENDER by Leslye Walton

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Beautiful book–and definitely strange! I did start out this book after a customer fangirl in front of me in the bookstore, screaming how awesome it is. Too strange that I couldn’t finish it without having a headache, so basically, I put this aside until my mind has been trained with multiple magic realism books [this is one of them, right?]. I love sad books [as I have said so many times], and I get the vibe that this is one of those that will haunt my memory for the rest of my life. I’ll get to this…one day…

1. THE IMPROBABLE THEORY OF ANA & ZAC by Brian Katcher

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Guilty about this cute contemporary, which I searched 3 bookstores in the city where I worked just for a copy. Has anyone read this? I love how it looks like for people who loves math and other geeky stuff — perfect for me! But like I’ve said, the hype for this has died down a bit throughout the months [ehem, years], it’s sat collecting dust on my shelf. One of these days, one of these days…

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Well, that’s it for my Top Ten Tuesday–books I’ve left to accumulate dust on the shelf. To be honest I don’t remember when the anniversary of Written Constellations is, but let’s use the date when I revamped it–March 26, 2016. I’ve had way too many books to share here, but I only chose 5 books that really stood out.

Just a few updates, my application to become and affiliate of Abebooks has been approved! If you’ll notice the banner by the sidebar; if you can be nice enough to give me some love. I’ll be getting a small commission for every transaction you’ll do through that linked banner. They offer multiple discounts on books, and free shipping from time to time! So thank you in advance if you decide to help me out. THANK YOU, CABBAGE.

Link up your posts, and I’ll check them out! I’ve got a question for you at the very start of this post, so just leave your answers and recommendations down on the comment section below. Thank you! I hope to talk to you all soon, I’ll be back soon for a new content!

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IN THREE’S THEY COME

Hi, Cabbages!

I know usually, on Wednesdays, you read a Top 5 Wednesday post but today’s topic is quite hard for me. I rarely pay too much attention to book’s first sentences, even if I like them, I am too lazy to store it in my brain. I know, #weird.

So, I wouldn’t want to leave this garden of “awesomeness” without any post for the day. Welcome to Written Constellations‘ first ever WWW WEDNESDAY! Upon thorough research, this book meme was created by MizB at A Daily Rhythm until it was revived and currently hosted by Sam on Taking on a World of Words

I’m such a slow reader now–well since I started working, to be honest. And I’ve read less books after the end of January 2016. If you’ll see my Goodreads challenge list (which by the way, is the first time I’ve done), you’ll bet $100 dollars that I won’t be successful with that, and win easy money because of it.

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the-school-for-good-and-evil-2-dunia-tanpa-pangeran_imageAs you all know, I’ve joined #ReadThemAllThon TBR. I’m currently reading The School for Good and Evil: A World Without PrincesIt’s the second book of Soman Chainani’s debut novel. After both girls got back to their normal lives, a wish they made reopened the portal to the magical world but nothing’s the same. The princes and other men, were long gone, with anger and revenge burning through their veins.

I’m just a few pages in, around 95 pages. With my pace now, I think it’s probably the only book I’ll be finishing for the entire challenge of #ReadThemAllThon TBR. Will you send me some cheer and motivation, dearest Cabbages? Thanks so much!

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school-for-good-and-evil-book-coverObviously, you can tell from my answer above that the most recent one I’ve finished (which I owe you all a review), was The School for Good and Evil. It’s about two girls who were whisked away to a magical world, where children are trained to be either a witch, a warlock, a prince or a princess. It’s a middle grade book, which focuses on the impression “True friends are ran with the purest of hearts“; their friendship was realistic and relatable. I enjoyed the classes on both schools, and how Agatha was written.

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9780552573740Well, if you’ve been to my #ReadThemAllThon, you’d see the lists of books I’d be reading for the challenges. But since it’s quite doubtful that I’ll get to all of them, I’ll most probably read And I Darken by Kiersten White. I’ve been anticipating it 2 months prior to its release date, and I finally got it when I was out with my boyfriend a few weeks ago. I’ve read a lot of reviews (without the spoilers of course), in order to strengthen my excitement and own hype for the novel! I’m super pumped for this, and I hope to like it as much as the others did. I mean, it would definitely be sad since almost everyone who’s read it, said great things about the book.

I did get the other cover though, but for purposes of this post, I’ve decided to use that one. It’s haunting and that’s why I love it, I actually wish I got that cover instead but it wasn’t available in our bookstores.

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A few changes in my book buying lifestyle has been amended by my boyfriend and most of my friends who seem to think that I am too addicted in acquiring books. You see, in our country, there isn’t a local library where we can borrow books, except for schools. Problem with most schools, they don’t carry most of the new titles that have come out. I’m planning to take up a Master’s Degree and a Second Degree, which I hope to achieve all in about 5 years at the most [if I’m lucky enough]. Meaning, I need to cut down on my book shopping sprees to save up money for this, and even though it pains me to do so, I have to try.

I promise to only purchase 1 book per month *whimpers*. Oh well, I’ll live [I hope so]. Anyway, keep the hype on Written Constellations, Cabbages! Tell your friends who haven’t subscribed yet to join our vegetable family in outer space, with floating words all around!

Leaving you all with WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY OBSESSING OVER? Comment down below your answers and let’s exchange recommendations! Thank you all for the support, and as we grow our family, I’d love to get to know each & everyone of you!

P.S  Photo was taken by my boyfriend when we went to Baguio. For those of you who haven’t been to the Philippines, it’s a strawberry “taho”. –It’s melted tofu meant to be drank, with a syrup of strawberry. 

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