Monthly Recap : November and December 2015

It’s never too late, right? I’ve been in a blogging slump (if there’s a thing like that) these past few weeks. So forgive me for the late updates.brin November

Crown of Midnight by Sarah Maas – 4/5 stars

I think now I can say that I like Crown of Midnight more than the first book. The character development is superb in this one. I’m glad that I finally got see the more badass assassin side of Celaena and as well as her flaws. She can be annoying sometimes. I have to admit that i like the Dorian more here but I’m still Team (shirtless) Chaol.

Not a perfect five because I felt like the first part of the book was quite slow. The second part was gripping and it made me want to read until the end. The revelation is just what I’ve been expecting from the start but some of the twists, I didn’t see them coming. Overall, I enjoyed reading Crown of Midnight but I think it’ll will take a little while before I continue the series because i’ll be buddy reading it with Joyce.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 5/5 stars

Lovely book cover. Incredible, real and relatable characters. Definitely my number one favorite from Colleen Hoover. I’m excited for the movie adaptation. My full review here.

 

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Monthly Recap : October 2015

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Am i the only who feels like October went by so fast? I feel like I’ve just posted my September Wrap-Up yesterday and now it’s time again for a monthly wrap-up. Oh well,  I read a total of 6 books this month and they are all good.brProcessed with VSCOcam with a6 presetA MURDER IS ANNOUNCED BY AGATHA CHRISTIE – 4/5 STARS

This is the fifth book in the Miss Marple series and my second read from Agatha Christie. This book introduced me to Miss Marple and her unique way of investigating and solving a crime. She has an interesting character and maybe after reading some of the books one the series, she will become one of my favorite “detectives”. My full review here.

The Murder at the Vicarage by Agatha Christie – 4/5 Stars

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThe first book in the Miss Marple series. Since I was quite disappointed with the appearance of Miss Marple on A Murder Is Announced, I expected that this book will show more of her or will tell me more about her but it doesn’t. This one is quite different from the other books I’ve read from Agatha Christie (this is my third) because this book was written on the Vicar’s (main character) POV. It shows us his thoughts about the other characters including Miss Marple. I still enjoy reading this book and guessing who the real suspect is. I actually guessed the right one but I wasn’t 100% sure about it.

CRESS BY MARISSA MEYER – 4.5/5 STARS

Processed with VSCOcam with a6 presetThis is part of our (me and Joyce) October TBR. It’s quite hard for me to write a decent review for this book because I don’t know where to start. This is the kind of book (series) that you have to read and see for yourself. Cress is a fairytale retelling of Rapunzel with a twist. I think Cress is so far my favorite from the series. It’s a mix of action, comedy and romance. Great characters and the world building is astounding. It is definitely a must-read. I can’t wait for Winter!

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Monthly Recap : August 2015

bye august! bye summer!

Happy September 1st. I can hear christmas bells and smell christmas cookies. Let’s start with some great things that happened in my life last August.

  • I’ll be getting my ID next week. We went to Ausländerbehörde for my residence permit and we’re happy because we didn’t have problems. That also means that I can now work.
  • We’ve started going to a different gym and we love the new ambiance.
  • We bought an action camera! We want to record simple events in our lives.
  • We went to Funeral for A Friend’s gig in MuzikZentrum. It was fun!
  • I updated my book blog! Yey!

I am satisfied because I’ve read more than 4 books (my maximum per month) and I was able to read the books on my TBR List. I think having a reading buddy helps me a lot! Thanks to Joyce.

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  • And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie – 5 / 5 stars (My Review)
  • P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – 4 / 5 stars (My Review)
  • Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris – 3.5 / 5 stars
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee – 4.5 / 5 stars
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer – 4 / 5 stars (My Review)
  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin – 5 / 5 stars
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Mini Book Haul

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These pretties came in the mail today, except my Gizmo, and I can’t help not to share them with you guys.

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Murder on the Orient Express
by Agatha Christie

I’ve read And Then There Were None with Joyce few days ago and we both loved it. We’ve decided to start collecting Christie’s novels. This book was recommended to me by the majority of my bookish friends (one of them is Erika) as a second read from Christie.

Snow Like Ashes
by Sara Raasch

This is my book for this month’s “1HB a month”, a “thing” that Joyce and I started. We love hardbound books (Who doesn’t, right?) but they are quite expensive so we’ve decided to save some money (it’s our husband’s money, actually. Haha!) so we can buy one hardbound every month. I am reading a lot of good things about this book and I’m excited to read this.

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I’m excited for Funeral for a Friend. They will be performing later at 9pm in MusikZentrum (Hannover) and it will be my first time watching them live. Yay! Last time I’ve been in a concert was in 2013 when Paramore performed live in Docks, Hamburg and it was epic.

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Mini Book Haul

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Ready Player One by Ernest Cline | Goodreads
I’ve been reading and hearing good things about this book. I know that being a gamer is an advantage on reading this and I’m lucky because my husband is a “gamer since birth”. I sometimes tease him that his twin brother is Super Mario. Other readers who’ve finished this book said that even if you don’t have a vague knowledge about games, you can still relate and enjoy this book. P.S. Armada is on my to-buy list.

Night Film by Marisha Peesl | Goodreads
This book was We The Book Dragons‘ book for the month of July and I wasn’t able to join the read-along. I’ve avoided reading the discussions because I still want to read this book but I cannot avoid to browse the pages. It has some pages with newspaper and internet clips. I can’t wait to read this.


I ordered these books from The Book Depository. Look how lovely the bookmarks are!

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Monthly Recap : July 2015

What’s up fellow Book Lovers?! I’ve been MIA again and I’m sorry for that. I’m just loosing focus on blogging and I can’t bring myself to write some decent book reviews. Hopefully this will pass. So right now I want to share some of the highlights from last month. It was a great and memorable month for me.

  • The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith
  • A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
  • The Clocks by Agatha Christi
  • Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and his Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee
  • Shadow Man by Cody McFadyen
  • Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern (4.5 out of 5 stars)

This book is magical! The characters are unique and interesting, the storyline is brilliant, and the author made me want to wish that Le Cirque des Rêves is real. I highly recommend this book. It may be a little slow in the beginning but just continue and I’m telling you, it’s worth it.

THE SELECTION by Kiera Cass (3.5 out of 5 stars)

The book’s cover made me buy it. I had no idea what this book is all about and I thought this is like an “American Idol” kind of story but it’s not. Maybe because America’s last name is Singer and she sings. The Selection is more like “The Bachelor”. I personally don’t like the idea of the competition (The Bachelor) so I was a little unsure of my feelings towards the story but I’m glad that I still ended up enjoying it. Full review.

July Highlight : July 24. 2015

We (finally) got married! We’ve been processing the papers since April last year and we’re so grateful that everything went well. We had a simple ceremony and celebration that day, just like what we’ve wanted. We are so happy that we are officially Mr and Mrs. ♥

Have a nice day everyone! 🙂

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Monthly Wrap-Up : May 2015

giphyHello June! I’m a bit late. How are you doing? Here is my May wrap-up and I will also include my Week 22.

booksarentdangerous• That’s me and B with our favorite book. That was also our entry for #booksarentdangerous campaign last week. One of his favorites is Krabat by Otfried Preußler.
• I won a limited edition tote bag from @I’veReadThat and I’m so excited to use it. Check out their website at ivereadthat.com and feel free to follow me.
• I’ve discovered through a friend in Instagram an awesome app called Steller. You can share your photos/videos as slideshows on this app. Here’s my account. (This app reminds me of VscoCam.)
• I would like to thank Isshie of Bookishmouie for featuring me (and my blog) on Venture Through Worlds, a blog where you can find Filipino bloggers all over the world. The blog is quite new so I’m calling out all the Filipino bloggers out there. Visit the blog for more info.

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Some of my favorite authors with my instaxmini // My top fve tbr with Gizmo

Books Read

I’ve read a total of 6 books this month. And these are:

eBooks
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn – 4/5 stars (My review)
Never Never : Part Two by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher – 4/5 stars (My review)
Ugly People Beautiful Hearts by Marlen Komar – 4/5 stars (My review)

Books
• Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Saenz – 4/5 stars
Love Letters to the Dead by Ava Dellaira – 4/5 stars (My review)
Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover – 4/5 stars

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