Monday, July 21, 2014

Help! I'm Having Potterhead Crisis! (Day 1 of the PMS Rant)


I've been having insane hormonal imbalance the past few days. I'm angry one minute and then really happy the next. But mostly I've been feeling... blue. I think this is the only time I can use 'blue' to describe how sad I am without laughing. Seriously! 'Blue' is the perfect word to describe how I feel whenever I'm PMS-ing. (If you're a dude, heh, look it up. But I doubt you don't already know because we practically make you targets when we're PMS-ing) And before you call me out on my TMI confessional, let me say this: This is my first blog post this month and things haven't been that great (in terms of blogging) and it's been a while since I felt this inspired to write and I like using and so let me.

Anyway.

This is day 1 of the PMS rant. I haven't noticed how greatly it (the enemy) affects my reading/blogging life until recently. So I decided to blog about it. Because I feel oddly inspired.

First off: HARRY POTTER.

If you're following me on Instagram or Twitter, and you happen to come across my update, you'd know that I just started reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. But if you haven't, here it is (you really don't have a choice):

Monday, June 30, 2014

National Book Store Even Alert: #StephaniePerkinsPH



Join Stephanie Perkins, the international bestselling author of Anna and the French Kiss and Lola and the Boy Next Door for book signing events on July 5 at 1 pm in National Book Store, SM Cebu, and on July 6 at 2 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1. Registration starts at 10 am for both events. These events are made possible in partnership with Raffles Makati, Metro magazine and Chalk magazine. Follow National Book Store on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (@nbsalert), and tag #StephaniePerkinsPH for more details.

What: Stephanie Perkins Book Signing Tour
When: July 5, 2014, 1 pm
Where: National Book Store, SM Cebu
When: July 6, 2014, 2pm
Where: National Book Store, Glorietta 1
Registration for both events starts at 10 am. 

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It's going to be an extra stressful week at work (month... make it a MONTH) and Stephanie Perkins coming to the Philippines is basically the only thing that can perk me up for the week ahead. Anna and the French Kiss is one of the first books I reviewed on my blog. In fact- it's the book that got me blogging. My friend recommended it to me when I was in a major reading slump. She bugged me to read it, so I did (because at that time I had a lot of free time in between classes). I ended up loving it so much I figured I want to do the same for other people. I want to recommend books that will give readers a major hangover after. Just like what Janeen did for me. (Hi, Janeena!) :)

That's why I'm so stoked for the event on Sunday! This is one event I have to go to. HAVE TO. I want to personally tell Stephanie Perkins just how big of an influence her writing is to me and my blogging.

...and I also want to stare at her hair. O_O (Staring would suffice)

SO! See you there??? :D

Monday, June 9, 2014

Top Ten Books I'd Read If I Had More Free Time

Hello, booknerds! I have the day off today! Day off from work means more time for reading and blogging. I reckon this'll be the perfect time to share with you all my list of books I'd immediately read if I had more free time. Like, more than the usual I get at night after work. Get my drift? These are books that I want to read but somehow haven't. I bet you can relate because all booknerds have endless TBR piles. Am I right? *nudge, nudge*

The List!



I'm a fan of Divergent. I'm not sure if I'm a fan of the series though. Ever since I read Insurgent, I felt my fangirly feels waning. I already knew a lot of readers didn't like the conclusion to the trilogy that is Allegiant but it didn't stop me from continuing the series. I thought, it's different for everyone. I might like the sequels. But after reading Insurgent? Okay, maybe I have to back up a bit. I honestly felt like the series was going downhill even before I read the last book. I was considering not picking up Allegiant. However, I am not a wimp. I will power through the last book like I still care. Like I don't already know what's gonna happen (thank you, spoilers) I will finish Veronica Roth's trilogy... right after I read, like, 20 other books.


I didn't like Delirium that much. And I heard Requiem is pretty meh. I know what you're thinking  So why is Pandemonium in this list, Sab? To be honest, I'm not sure. I just have some friends who convinced me to give it a shot. They told me it gets so much better in the second book. To be fair, Delirium had good parts that were intriguing enough for me to continue the trilogy. Because, who knows? I might just like it after all.





Saturday, June 7, 2014

National Book Store Event Alert: #JennyHaninPH


New York Times bestselling author Jenny Han of The Summer I Turned Pretty trilogy will have book signing events on June 21 at 2 pm in National Book Store, Glorietta 1 and on June 22 at 2 pm in National Book Store, SM Cebu.

Jenny Han is currently promoting the first book in her latest young adult contemporary duology, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, which is described by Kirkus Reviews as “An ultimately compelling exploration of teenage growth and young love.” Half-Korean Lara Jean writes romantic letters to all the boys she has ever loved never intending for them to be read by anyone. Through these letters, she can pour out her heart and soul saying all the things she would never say in real life. One day, she panics as her secret letters are mailed out and her once imaginary love life suddenly becomes wild and out-of-control, especially because one of the boys to whom she dedicates one of her letters is the ex-boyfriend of her sister.  

Jenny Han received her MFA in Writing for Children at the New School in New York City. She is the author of the chapter book Clara Lee and The Apple Pie Dream and Shug, her debut novel about a girl’s troubles during her first year in junior high. Han’s The Summer I Turned Pretty series has almost a million copies in print. We'll Always Have Summer, the final book in the series, debuted at #3 on the New York Times bestsellers list while the second book It's Not Summer Without You landed at #10. She is also the co-author of Burn for Burn and Fire with Fire with Siobhan Vivian.

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Who's going? I know I am! I really enjoyed To All The Boys I've Loved  Before and I want nothing more than to have my copy signed! I'm so excited! 

See you all there on June 21st! If you see me, say "hi!" I want to meet fellow booknerds! :D (it's also important to tell you guys I have poor eyesight so... poke me, wave hard. That kind of stuff.)

Monday, June 2, 2014

Blog Tour ARC Review: Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern



Say What You Will
by Cammie McGovern
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
Publication date: June 3rd 2014 by HarperTeen
Format acquired: ARC from publisher via Edelweiss (thank you!)
Purchase: Amazon | Barnes & Noble | The Book Depository
John Green's The Fault in Our Stars meets Rainbow Rowell's Eleanor & Park in this beautifully written, incredibly honest, and emotionally poignant novel. Cammie McGovern's insightful young adult debut is a heartfelt and heartbreaking story about how we can all feel lost until we find someone who loves us because of our faults, not in spite of them.

Born with cerebral palsy, Amy can't walk without a walker, talk without a voice box, or even fully control her facial expressions. Plagued by obsessive-compulsive disorder, Matthew is consumed with repeated thoughts, neurotic rituals, and crippling fear. Both in desperate need of someone to help them reach out to the world, Amy and Matthew are more alike than either ever realized.

When Amy decides to hire student aides to help her in her senior year at Coral Hills High School, these two teens are thrust into each other's lives. As they begin to spend time with each other, what started as a blossoming friendship eventually grows into something neither expected.

Sunday, June 1, 2014

22-ooooh ooh ooh: Sab's Post Birthday Giveaway! (INT & PH)

On May 22nd, I turned 22. Uhuh. I've been waiting for my 22nd birthday just so I can sing Taylor Swift's song and be like

And no, there's no video. But I did do that. In my room. Where no one can judge me.

Here's a brief recap of my day:
1. Had lunch out with my colleagues. There were cake and singing waiters involved.
2. I dropped by the bookstore to pick up a book. It was originally Dianne's (Oops I Read A Book Again) but she already got a copy from a different store so she had it reserved under my name instead. And there was a  surprise book that came with it. ♥
3. Had dinner with my family (fun fact: my dad's birthday is on the 21st and my sister's on the 23rd). I did shots.
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