in which the month ends // september + august 2015

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here’s an up to date wrap up. proud of me yet?
 
i didn’t write an august wrap up for a couple of invalid reasons (procrastination, mostly) and for a couple of valid ones (exhaustion, school, family).
 
unfortunately, i didn’t remember anything in august except it was a month of  “doing nothing” for me. i was far away from my usual goals, didn’t do my habits and my progress in writing my novel was shorter than my pinky finger. i’m not sure how this happened but it did.
 
come september, i still have those negative habits with me. after my birthday (sept 17 anyone??) and MIBF (my post is coming up soon!) i decided to go back to my usual habits and then i became productive again. yaaaaay!
 
anyway, enough talking. here’s what happened in august and september!

in which i show you the books

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in which i show you a detailed version

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki // Adult Fiction, Culture: Japan (review)
long story short: before our main character kills herself, she plans to write about her Buddhist grandmother
rating: (4.5)
 
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan // Adult Magical Realism (review)
long story short: a guy finds this bookstore and the books there are magical
rating: 
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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd // Graphic Novel
long story short: in an alternate universe, England was taken over by fascism.
rating: 
 
And Then There Were None by Agatha Cristie // Adult Crime
long story short: 10 people are in an island, one by one, they are killed
rating:  (4.5)
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The Humans by Matt Haig // Adult Science Fiction
long story short: an alien comes to Earth for an important mission. although, he has to disguise as a human. soon, he learns why humans are such beautiful and terrible creatures.
rating: 
 
Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden // Nonfiction (review)
long story short: a story about a North Korean who flees his country
rating: 
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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan & John Rocco (illustrator) // Greek Mythology, Middle Grade
long story short: a funny guy tells you the greek myths in an understandable way
rating: (3.5)

in which i blogged

4 POSTS EACH MONTH HELL YEAH (although most were scheduled BUTS STILL)


in which there are random topics

okay, maybe i went overboard with the Syrian problems but GUYS! that picture of the Syrian boy really made my heart shatter into a million pieces.


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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friday finds // historical fiction is the best

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this meme is hosted by the lovely jenn at a daily rhythm

it’s time for a friday finds.

i have SO MUCH more books to show you since i updated my to-read shelf in Goodreads but for now, i’ll only be showing three books. let us do this.


I Shall Be Near You
Erin McCabe
Standalone
Historical Fiction
Goodreads

long story short: it’s the civil war and rosetta doesn’t want her husband to join the military, but he does. so she dresses up as a man and goes with him.

Goodreads Summary:

An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home.

Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.

Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war. Inspired by over two hundred and fifty documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.


The Last Pilot
Benjamin Johncock
Standalone
Historical Fiction, Space
Goodreads

long story short: SPACE

Goodreads Summary:

“Harrison sat very still. On the screen was the surface of the moon.”

Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force, one of the exalted few. He spends his days cheating death in the skies above the Mojave Desert and his nights at his friend Pancho’s bar, often with his wife, Grace. She and Harrison are secretly desperate for a child-and when, against all odds, Grace learns that she is pregnant, the two are overcome with joy.

While America becomes swept up in the fervor of the Space Race, Harrison turns his attention home, passing up the chance to become an astronaut to welcome his daughter, Florence, into the world. Together, he and Grace confront the thrills and challenges of raising a child head-on. Fatherhood is different than flying planes-less controlled, more anxious-however the pleasures of watching Florence grow are incomparable. But when his family is faced with a sudden and inexplicable tragedy, Harrison’s instincts as a father and a pilot are put to test. As a pilot, he feels compelled to lead them through it-and as a father, he fears that he has fallen short.

The aftermath will haunt the Harrisons and strain their marriage as Jim struggles under the weight of his decisions. Beginning when the dust of the Second World War has only just begun to settle and rushing onward into the Sixties, Benjamin Johncock traces the path of this young couple as they are uprooted by events much larger than themselves. The turns the Harrisons take together are at once astonishing and recognizable; their journey, both frightening and full of hope. Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in American history, The Last Pilot is a mesmerizing debut novel of loss and finding courage in the face of it from an extraordinary new talent. 

anywayi’m a huge space person, if that’s what we’re called. i love space, the solar system, exoplanets, BASICALLY ASTRONOMY. i’m so fascinated by planets and stars and dark matter and whatever. Interstellar is one of my favourite movies, i hope this becomes one of my favourite books.


Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Ella Sanders
Standalone
Nonfiction
Goodreads

long story short: a bunch of words from other languages that don’t have a counterpart in the English language.

Goodreads Summary:

An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English. 

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?

Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation.

i’m a Filipino which means i’m bilingual. there are tons of words in our language that can’t be translated in English. gigil, kilig and more. fellow filipinos, u know what im talking ’bout.


 anyway, i hope you enjoyed my posts! be sure to check out these books too! thank you for reading and um, bye!

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odelia reviews: ready player one by ernest cline

Ready Player One
Ernest Cline
Standalone
(3.60)
Goodreads

world = mind blown.

the world is this book was spectacular and how can’t it be? IT’S ALL ABOUT VIDEO GAMES. because i’m not much of a gamer – although i tried to play games but stopped due to the conclusion that i suck – i didn’t understand most of what the hell this kid is talking about. BUT IT’S OKAY.

i have no idea what an Atari 2600 is, no clue on what Joust is, zero knowledge about Swordquest. basically, i’m a noob in video games. all the games i played – and are good at – are Cooking Mama, a Charlotte’s Web video game and those weird Wii sports. i’m crappy as hell at Pacman!

but even though of my complete noobness of video games, i still had a great time reading this. if you’re worried you won’t understand this book because of its constant reference at video games, don’t worry! just pretend you know it and it’ll be fine. take it from me.

the world is so well thought of. you will not find any trace of laziness even if you analyzed each and every part of the world. it’s fantastic. if you’re a gamer, pretty much, just marry this book.

aaaaaaand, that’s where the compliments stop.

yes, the world is great. but when it comes to the characters or the writing style and that kind of stuff, it kinda goes downhill.

first and foremost, if you don’t know, this book is about James Halliday who found this software called OASIS. it’s basically a super cool software that the whole world uses. it’s more popular than Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook combined. and because of this software, he earns a ton of money. instead of donating it and helping the whole world – which most of its residents are either in poverty, hungry or dead – he makes a contest. when you win the contest, you get the money. you could say he’s the most generous man ever. not.

seriously, wtf?

okay then, let’s talk: characters.

they’re missing something called, ah, personality. and correct me if i’m wrong but personality is kind of a … necessity on being a good character. they are not good characters.

okay fine, they do have personality. BUT it’s forced. it doesn’t feel real. it’s not such of a major bad thing but it was quite disappointing.

and the reason why, is that this protagonist, wade, is antisocial and has no real friends. so he’s always alone. there is NO character development around the other characters BECAUSE WE CAN’T SEE THEM BEING DEVELOPED DUE TO THE REASON THEY’RE NOT THERE. i can’t know a person more if i don’t see them often. characters can’t be developed unless they’re always there and you can actually see them change. in this case, no.

and about wade, our hero? well, he’s dumb as hell.

Scenario Numero Uno:
after doing something that NO ONE has ever done for five years, wade becomes an instant celebrity. and what better way to spend your first day than being a show off and chatting with the enemy of the whole gunter community IN THEIR HEADQUARTERS? i mean, no one wants to claw the classified information out of your head and into theirs and later killing you, right? wrong.

Scenario Numero Dos:
just like every teenager in these books, wade falls in loooooove. not just that, he falls in love with a girl he had never met IN REAL LIFE! bonus round, he tells all about his personal and private life to said girl even if she clearly doesn’t trust you with hers! wow! smart! intelligent! awesome!

*sighs*

even though i was a bit harsh (jk i was really harsh) i still like this book immensely. i gave four stars. well, actually, 3.60 which is high, okay. HIGH RATING.

i definitely recommend this book to you just mind these small annoying bits.

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in which the month ends // july 2015 + august goals

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if you’re wondering, yes, i am still alive.

i have somone -rather a lot of someone’s – to blame. they are called school. my school likes to burden their students with projects just one week before their exams. isn’t that wonderful?
i did not have time to sleep much less blog – i’m working on that now, time management or whatever – so that explains the lack of posts.
but let’s stop talking about me and let’s get on with the books!

in which i show you the books:
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in which i show you a detailed version:

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Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel // Apocalyptic 
long story short: a huge plague kills 99.99% of the population. there’s also this actor who has a large part of the story (although idk why).
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Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman // Short Story, Story Book
long story short: lots of adventure
rating: 
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The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey //  Zombie Apocalypse 
long story short:
“Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.”
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Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey // Magical Realism
long story short: a childless couple makes a child out of snow. the next day, they see a kid running through the woods.
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14 by Manix Abrera // Philippine Mythology
long story short: a graphic novel without any words, philippine mythological beings have a story to tell
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  in which i blogged

one post and it was scheduled a long time ago. i will stop talking about this now.

in which the world has news


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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in which i acquire books // june 2015

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i have acquired five books. also: cat.

if you have been a Random Reader for a while now, you would know that most of my book hauls are possible due to my sister. basically? she buys me books. she’s the best and you and i know that.

i haven’t done a book haul for AGES! it feels so good to show off my books and cat  and talk about them. guys, these books are MINE. i can read them and NOT RETURN THEM. i can have them FOREVER. hell yeah. 

anyway, BOOKS.


in which i show you my books

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in which i show you a more detailed version

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline // Science Fiction Adult
long story short: rich guy has no children. rich guy dies. rich guy leaves a bunch of clues and a contest happen. video games in which i have no idea are.
opinion:  i already read this book and what can i say? the world blew my mind. all the others didn’t. characters? nope. writing? are you kidding me? no.

i enjoyed it enough to give it 4 stars (that’s high, yo) the flaws were not major (at least to me). i’ll have my review up on GR so stay tuned for that. 

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Tigana by Guy Gavriel Kay // High Fantasy Adult
long story short:  the king is a crappy king and some guys and gals try to set things right.
opinion: AN ADULT FANTASY BOOK. WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE? i rarely see adult fantasy books and when i saw this have a 4.12 rating on GR, i was sold. 

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel // Post Apocolyptic Adult
long story short: there’s some actors from Hollywood and um … gah, okay, again, that’s all i know. i like to go through books blind.
opinion: have not read yet but im going to expect some exciting crap.

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My Name Is Resolute by Nancy E. Turner // Historical Fiction Adult
long story short: AMERICAN REVOLUTION. PIRATES.
opinon: PIRATES. PIRATES. PIRATES. who the hell wouldn’t want to read this??  (also: Nancy Turner? William Turner? that guy in Pirates of the Carribean? coincedence? i think not.)

The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton // Historical Fiction Adult
long story short: there’s this minaturist. and something happens. lol, idk.
opinion: none. i havent read this book, just like evey other book in this haul, but im expecting it to blow my mind, capture my heart and all those sweet, cool other stuff.  


thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you sister for giving me this beautiful books. i will treasure them in my heart. 

that’s my wonderful book haul! thank you for reading and um, bye! 

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march wrap up

finals. stress. golem and the jinni hangover. the last of us hangover.

that’s march for me.

thank you and good by – ok im just kidding.

books i’ve finished

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short summary of what i feel for each book i’ve finished

  • meh
  • CRAP THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL HANGOVER
  • what the hell instalove WHAT ARE YOU DOING

some rambling about:
finals and golem and the jinni hangover

anyway, i had finals! i think i did okay. well, i did learn the meaning of stress and i was not happy about that. i was hastily making index cards and reviewers two weeks before finals and when it did come, i was just let’s just get this over with. and look at me now, writing a blog post. see? i survived.

next, golem and the jinni. yeah, i had a book hangover.

it was just great. wonderful and magnificent. my review’s coming up (finally). for about 5 days, i couldn’t start any book. i tried 3 TIMES and they were unsuccessful. every book i start to read seemed bad compared to this book, so i kinda just did nothing but think of what is chava and jinni doing????

tv shows, movies, video games i’ve watched/played:

  • Sherlock
  • Home
  • The Last of Us

short summary of tv show, movie and video game i’ve watched/played:

  • SEASON 3 WAS THE BEST (when is the next season please help)
  • rihanna and jennifer lopez. okay.
  • CRAP ANOTHER HANGOVER

some rambling about:
the last of us

i don’t play video games. i watch people play video games. (i am not creepy at all.)

i watched joe’s videos of the last of us with my sister and basically, it blew my mind. it’s a zombie apocalypse game with two main protagonists, ellie and joel.

ridiculous but it changed my life. honest.

i’m a pretty anxious person. if i haven’t met you, i would probably thing you would be a murderer, meaning i would avoid you at all costs.

but when i watched ellie and joel fight ZOMBIES, i realised how a coward i was. and i hated that. i wanted to be as strong as both of them. i wanted to be independent and smart. so i kinda changed.

well, at least i’m changing.

other stuff i’ve found:

i was reading through xan’s blog when i saw her link this personality type thing. they give you a list of questions, you answer it and then they show you your personality.

i’m pretty surprised on how accurate it is.

and the funny thing is, my sister had a project for school in which she needed people’s personality types. i showed her the link and then she used it. thanks xan!

i’m an INFJ. what’s yours?

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(i tried two more tests with the same objective and i’m still and INFJ. cool)

that’s march!

thank you for reading and um, bye!

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