The Man Booker Prize 2015

so as you might have known, the man booker prize winner for 2015 (that was a mouthful) was announced.

congratulations marlon james!

he won from his book “A Brief History of Seven Killings” (which you can check here in GR). i haven’t read his book but I BADLY WANT TO. i sadly haven’t read much books about Jamaican culture or its history (yes i am very ashamed) and that’s one of the reasons why i want to read this.
actually, i want to read everything in the longlist, shortlist whatever. i want all the books and i want them read. but unfortunately, who doesn’t have money? this girl!
if you want to see the nominees, just checkhere.if you’re too lazy to click on the link, here’s a picture from their website.

 longlist

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so yeah. those were the nominees and that was the winner. so again,>congratulations marlon james and  all the nominees! 
 

another thing: i’ve been watching some BookTube lately and seen these two videos. one of them is by Ariel and the other is by Leena. i never really thought about the Man Booker Prize or Literary Prizes in general (which made me feel stupid and overwhelmed by these people’s intelligence) and these ideas are worth thinking about. so watch these people. thank me later.

these two lovely ladies offer valid points. what takes a book to be great anyway? what is the point of literary prizes? and more questions like that to come.

so that was my post! thank you for reading and um, bye!

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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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goodbye 2014

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Hi.

So, 2014 has ended. I don’t really know what to say. To be honest, I loved 2014. I had done so much and saying goodbye to this year feels like saying goodbye to an old friend.

Not to mention I’m getting older. *groan*


top 10 reads of 2014

This is in no particular order. 
*my review in this book is bad and weird and plain ugh


by the numbers:

  • 72 Books. 
    • I finished 72 books this year! I’m ignoring the fact that I read less books this year than the previous one. I will continue to pat myself on the back. Thank you very much

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  • 18 Stories.
    • I wrote 18 stories this year! AND IM ALSO GOING TO IGNORE THE FACT THAT I DIDNT FINISH MOST OF THEM. Still patting.
  • 75 Blog posts.
    • *cracks knuckles* Nothing to ignore here.

favorites:

  • Pictures.
    • (These are all taken by me. Please credit when you want to use it.)

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 first things first:

No, I’m not the realest.

  • First time to attend a bookish event.
  • First year of blogging.
  • First year of reviewing books.
  • First year to take writing seriously.
  • First year of BookTubeAThon.
  • First year of Christmas BookTubeAThon.
  • First year to actually study hard.
  • First year to become productive in blogging, writing and reading.
  • First year to broaden my knowledge of songs. Yes, I know. Odelia, WTF? Well, I wasn’t much of a music person before this year. Then came Spotify and my life just changed.

things i’m proud of:

  • Balancing writing, school and blogging.
  • Learned how to become productive in my hobbies.
  • Learned how to write to do lists and schedules.
  • Found websites and listened to advice on how to make my lifestyle healthier.
  • Became closer to my God, my family and my self.

2014 was a great year. I loved it.

Thank you SO MUCH for going through this blogging journey with me for 2014. Thank YOU for liking, commenting or just giving me a stat. Thank you so much.

Here we go, my last outro for this year. *deep breath*

Thank you for reading and um, bye!

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christmas booktubeathon 2014 tbr

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Hi.

So if you have been in my blog for a long time, you would know I participate in BookTubeAthon.

wtf what’s booktubeathon?

BookTubeAthon is a book marathon. It’s called “Booktube” because it started in “Booktube” (or Book Youtube). It was made by the lovely Ariel Bissett. It happens twice a year: The REAL BooktubeAthon – which happens in summer – and Christmas BooktubeAthon. Here’s a video about it and if that’s not enough: their channel.

I’ve seen blog posts about how people dislike BookTubeAthon because it makes us not enjoy the book due to the fact we’re too focused on reading a lot. Well, who ever said you can’t read fast and not enjoy it at the same time? And if you have 7384926 books, sitting on your bookshelf – UNREAD – you would be desperate.

And if you don’t want to do it, don’t do it. Simple as that.

But I want to do it! So, I will be posting 3 posts on 3 consecutive days. AND IM SO EXCITED RN U DONT EVEN KNOW


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this happens on DECEMBER 19 – 21, 2014


the challenges:

  • Read a book with red and green on the cover!
  • Read a book you really wanted to read this year!
  • Read a book that was gifted to you!
  • Read 3 books!

 my books:

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challenge 1 & 3:
read a book with red and green on the cover & read a book that was gifted to you

my book:
we were liars by e. lockhart

(REDISH AND GREENISH TINTS COUNT)
(also: THANK YOU SISTER)


challenge 2:
read a book you really wanted to read this year

my book:
almost home by joan bauer 


challenge 4:
read 3 books

my books:
we were liars by e. lockhart

almost home by joan bauer
one and only ivan by katherine applegate


are you participating? leave a comment!

Thank you for reading and um, bye! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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BOOKTUBEATHON 2014 DAY 4 – I DON’T EVEN KNOW

If you don’t know what BookTubeAthon is, it’s basically a book marathon. It’s made by the lovely Ariel Bissett and hosted by other awesome people this year. Here’s their video all about it. (Check out their Twitter and YouTube) It’s scheduled from July 14 to 19 midnight.

Day 4 is finished.
Are you still sane? Me neither.

CURRENTLY READING: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis
BOOK/S COMPLETED: Iron Queen by Julie Kagawa
BOOK/S STARTED: Shades of Earth by Beth Revis.
PAGES READ SINCE LAST UPDATE: 162 (OOPS. I KNOW. I KNOW.)
TOTAL PAGES READ: 700 (NOT BAD AT ALL! I think.)
CHALLENGES: (2)
A book with pictures.
Start and finish a series.
A book with red on the cover.
A book someone else picks out for you.
A book from the genre you’ve read the least this year.
A book to movie adaptation. (Watch the adaptation as well.)
Read seven books.

Anyways, thank you for reading and um, bye!