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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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).
rating: 
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.”
rating: 
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.
rating: 
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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
rating: 

  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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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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odelia reviews: this is what happy looks like by jennifer smith

This Is What Happy Looks Like
by Jennifer Smith
Standalone
YA Contemporary
★★ [1.61]
Goodreads

(from my rating system: it’s like you’re begging me to hate you)

I think I have a better name title for this book.

This is What Cliché Looks Like.

And no one would notice the difference.

Pretty girl who doesn’t care about a celebrity? A friend who does?

Hot teenage celebrity eventually falls for the pretty girl?

Love in first sight?

Not to mention the fact that they met through email. Attachments much?

But that’s not it. After that accidental message, they both continue sending more.

Of course, they still wanted to make it even worse. They both sent their effing age and effing location. If this were a crime novel, they’d both be dead.

AND TO TOP IT ALL OF, BASTARD ELLIE DECIDED TO THINK OF THE WORST SENTENCE EVER.

“Most girls probably tiptoed around him, but she wasn’t one of them.”

The “Most Girls” sentence. Are you kidding me? Most of the female population?

If you think this is going to be a cutesy and fluffy contemporary, you’re wrong.

Cause all you’re going to get is

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odelia reviews: the maze runner by james dashner

The Maze Runner by James Dashner
1/3 The Maze Runner
YA Dystopia
★★★ (2. 58)
Goodreads

(from my rating system: ranting side is switched to intense. trying to be less harsh but it’s hard.)

Hmm. Before, I genuinely did like this! Except for some flaws, I didn’t understand why people hated this book. Then I read other people’s reviews. My eyes were opened. Why? 1.) WTF characters. Thomas, our main character is a robot. He had no character development. He was just … there. Aside from being smart – where did that come from – he had no personality. He wasn’t funny, harsh, kind, self-less. He could’ve been obnoxiously arrogant and I would’ve liked him better (okay maybe not) instead of being this machine where answers suddenly popped out of nowhere. Also, let me add that his decisions confused me:

Chuck shrugged. “Nothin’ I say’ll do you any good,” he said. “I’m basically still a Newbie, too. But I can be your friend –”

“I don’t need friends.” Thomas interrupted.

Okay then. *some pages later*

Thomas hated these people. He hated all of them. Except Chuck. “Get me away from these guys.” Thomas said. He realized that Chuck might actually be his only friend in the world.

Oh wait. There’s more.

Thomas loved asking questions. He is basically a robot who kept on asking questions. I would understand – if your memory was wiped out and suddenly you’re trapped in a maze with a bunch of other kids, you most probably have a lot of questions.

Thomas had more questions. Lots more. Chuck and everyone else around the glade never wanted to give him answers to anything. And here was Zart who seemed perfectly willing. But suddenly Thomas didn’t feel like talking anymore.

2.) What kind of romance is that?! Here’s another episode of Insta-Love, with special guests Thomas and Teresa!

I mean, seriously. After seeing Teresa, Thomas constantly thought about her. The girl in the box here, the girl in the box there. Why.

Thomas hadn’t thought about it. His mind had been occupied with … now Teresa.

For some reason, the girl had popped into his head again, out of the blue …

Thoughts of the girl crashed around his mind.

And the worst:

The staff put Teresa up in a separate room, shuffling her away before she could even say goodbye. Thomas missed her desperately three seconds after she was gone.

Why.

Yeah, yeah. I know that <SPOILER> Tommy and Teresa had a relationship before the maze, but hey. We didn’t get to see it. We didn’t get to have character development.</SPOILER> Because of that, I disliked their relationship immediately.

3.) The most why-did-I-even-read-this moment: <SPOILER>Telepathy.Please tell me where did that come from. Maybe it would be more elaborated in the next books, but I’m not in the other books. I’m in the first book. And that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t tell the readers why there’s effing telepathy between the most infuriating characters.</SPOILER>

Over-all, I’m interested in the world. But the characters? Gosh, no.

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