Book Talk: Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra

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Learning To Fall is my second #romanceclass novel, and I am so glad and happy to say, you guys, that Filipino authors are definitely here to stay!

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Avid reader and art student Steph is participating in a monthly blog challenge to Live Like Fiction, and this was the task for October. When Grayson, former co-captain of her university rugby team, walks into her class, she knows it’s meant to be – she has to go out with this guy. Even if she’s never been attracted to big, hunky, athletic types. With Grayson’s “player” reputation off the field, Steph thinks he’ll be good for one date that’ll be worth blogging about, and that’s it.

But you know how it goes: Soon, it becomes more than just one date – and Steph and Grayson are caught up in “living like fiction.” How long can they keep playing their roles before reality steps in? Check it out in Goodreads here.

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Learning To Fall is the third book in Mina Esguerra’s Spoltlight series, but can be read as a stand alone, like how I did! It follows the story of Steph, a book blogger (aaah, so so close to home!) who is participating in a monthly book challenge. For the month October, the challenge was to  “Go out with a stereotypical romance novel hero WHO ISN’T YOUR TYPE.” And since she is sooo NOT into athletic and hunky men, she knew she would be dating Greyson Price the very first moment she laid her eyes on him.

Greyson Price, however, is not your typical kind of jock. Being the co-captain of the rugby team, you would expect him to be all air and confidence, with girls all swooning over him. Greyson, though, like I said, is not your typical sporty guy. He is very reserved, you almost know nothing against him. He likes taking control of things and I would go on to say that he’s almost very perfectionist. I really like this portrayal of him, but I guess at some point in the book, it kind of back fired for me. I was at that point where I can’t see and feel things through him anymore. He’s such a very private and controlled character that I definitely had to make an effort to get into his head.

This, however, did not lessen the beauty of this book. I loved every single scene where Steph was contemplating about the stuff she’ll do for blog. The little excerpts from her posts are really cute and entertaining. Again, so very close to home. ❤

If you are a book blogger, then I definitely definitely recommend this. It was such a cute little book, and you will just breeze through it. Don’t get fooled by the length, though, because it contains really cute and romantic scenes that will just leave you smiling and swooning. 🙂

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Overall. I am giving it 4 starsIt was a fun and light read, and I can’t wait to get into Mina Esguerra’s other works! 🙂 


Have you read Learning to Fall? How did you find it? Other #romanceclass novels you recommend? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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WWW Wednesdays #2 | February 15th

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WWW Wednesday is a meme hosted by Taking On a World of Words where you just have to answer the three W-questions! 🙂 It’s some sort of a quick reading update, too!

The 3 W’s are:

  1. What are you currently reading? 
  2. What did you recently finish reading? 
  3. What do you think you’ll read next? 

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I am currently reading Learning To Fall by Mina Esguerra, a #romanceclass novel. This year, I have made it a point to read more works of Filipino authors, and am by far enjoying!

Check it out on Goodreads here!


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I just finished reading Ana Tejano’s Keep the Faith, again a #romanceclass novel. here as I participated in its blog tour 🙂 I greatly enjoyed this one too, and without a second thought gave it a perfect 5 star rating! Everything here is just so natural and sweet!

Check it out on Goodreads here!


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I honestly have no idea about what to read next. I have so many titles in my list that I don’t know where to start! Any of following, maybe?


What are you guys reading? Just finished reading? And your plans to read this week? Let’s talk in the comments below! 🙂

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Blog Tour Review: Keep the Faith by Ana Tejano

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Hola, lovely readers of this blog! As you all know, one of my 2017 resolutions is to actually read more works by Filipino authors. I have long been seeing the #romanceclass hashtag in Book Twitter but for some reason, I’m always skipping the events. I knew it must be changed in 2017, though, and I am starting by participating in this blog tour!

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As a community development worker, Faith was quite familiar with heartbreak and recovery after all the time she spent on disaster relief missions. So when her five-year relationship ends right before she left for a mission trip to a typhoon-stricken town in Iloilo, she tries not to make a big deal out of it. How can she be broken up about a breakup when she’s with people who literally lost everything?

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But now that she’s back, all Faith wants is for her life to go back to normal and have people stop looking at her with pity. Never mind that she still has a lot of questions about the breakup, or that she feels a tiny ache every time her ex comes up in conversations. She’s okay now, and happily distracted by Nico Tamayo, the attractive new guy at work.

With new possibilities in the horizon, Faith thinks she is well on her way to moving on. But when her past comes calling back to her, will all the good things in her present be enough to keep her on the path? Or will she finally learn that there was more to heartbreak and recovery than what she knows?

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5 out of 5! 7 out of 7! 10 out of 10! 100 out of 100! You name it. Perfect. Hands down!

Well, what can I say, this book made me feel all the feels. I felt like my very own story was unfolding right before my very eyes! Keep the Faith is a beautiful tale of love, loss, hope, and ultimately, faith.

Faith, the main character, is moving on from a break-up with her long time boyfriend. 5 years to be exact. You may say she’s in a quite vulnerable state, because really, who throws away 5 years just like that? So the story unfolds when after her breakup, Faith arrives from a community development project from a faraway province, and finds in her table, the sleeping and so ruggedly handsome Nico Tamayo.

Nico, on the other hand, is probably one of the most mysterious personalities I have encountered thus far. He’s rugged and quiet and you’ll never imagine him to be a community worker. I especially loved that he is a family person too, which was highlighted wth how he was taking care of his younger sister an all. ❤ Really, there’s no other way but to fall for him!

Faith and Nico’s friendship had a cute little start and as a reader, it was a good bonus because things aren’t forced. In fact, nothing in this book is ever forced. I felt like everything just unfolded very naturally, like how things happen in real life. Maybe that’s why I related to Faith so much, and fell for Nico so much more 🙂

There were so many moments that I teared up a little, my heart touched by the little stuff Nico does for Faith, and the other way around. Everything here is just too real that it can happen to you, me, to anyone, really.

If you are looking for a light read, but with rich content and one that will definitely move you, I definitely recommend Keep the Faith. For people who never lose hope, faith, and the will to love again despite all the hurt, this one is for you, for us.

Overall, I’m giving it a perfect rating! I know I’m in a great start with my #romanceclass bookventure!

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About the Author

author-photoAna Tejano has been in love with words and writing ever since she met Elizabeth Wakefield when she was in Grade 3. She has contributed several non-fiction pieces in print and online publications, and has been blogging for years. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications manager for a payroll outsourcing firm, and serves in CFC Singles for Christ in every other time that she doesn’t spend reading or sleeping. She lives in Metro Manila and is also known by another name in her other circles (but it’s not a secret identity, really).

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It’s Monday, What Are You Reading? #1

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IT’S MONDAY, WHAT ARE YOU READING

is a weekly meme hosted by The Book Date where everybody gets to share what they are and about to read during the week.


It’s Monday once more, and I’m so glad to share that I am in my second week of work 🙂 I’ve never worked before, and this is the first firm that I am officially an employee of (wow- employee huh! – sounds so mature!), so I’m really really excited about what’s to come. A tad bit nervous too, heh. 🙂


Current Read:  

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I am currently reading The Game Plan by Kristen Callihan.  This is the third book in the series Game On. I just finished the first 2 books of the series and what can I say? I. AM. SO.HOOKED. I cannot, for the life of me, go on with my life knowing that I have an unfinished Kristen Callihan series. Therefore, I instantly picked the third book up and devoured it! I’m halfway through and I things are getting well. 🙂 NA forever? NA forever.


Books for the rest of the week: 

I have two books I plan to read  for the rest of the week, but you know me, nothing is ever sure in what I do. Heh. 

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I have started The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater last month and the slow reader that I am, I still have not finished. Don’t get me wrong, I am not holding back on reading because I am not interested or anything. On the contrary, I am loving each bit of it! The Boys and Blue and the world and the mystery is just everything to me! I cannot believe how long I’ve waited to start this series but I am glad I did last month. 🙂 This is probably one of my first 5-star book of the year! I’m excited! 🙂

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I also plan to continue reading A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray since I started it last month but I’m stuck at 50+ pages 😦 Again, it’s nothing short of interesting, and the writing is superb as well. Guess I was just so consumed with my NAs that I was forced to set aside my YAs! 😦 In any case, I’m picking it up again this week and will finish it a a week’s time. 🙂


Anyway, so there’s my little update! Let’s talk about what you guys are reading this week! I can’t wait to know!

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Beat the Backlist TBR

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Hola, lovely readers of this blog! As you know, I am joining this year’s Beat the Backlist Challenge hosted by Novel Knight. Basically, this challenge would help you trim down the number of books in your shelves that are published prior to 2017! It’s not a very high maintenance challenge as you will be the one to set your own goal (based on the number of books you have not read in your shelf!) and it will run the whole year round! 🙂

So I’m excited to finally get into the books that have been lying in my shelf for forever. Here’s my list! 🙂

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✪ The Lux Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout, which includes:

Obsidian (Book #1)

Onyx (Book #2)

Opal (Book #3)

Origin (Book #4); and

Opposition (Book #5)

Cinder by Marissa Meyer

Scarlet by Marissa Meyer


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A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray

The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski
November 9 by Colleen Hoover

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

Crown of Midnight by Sarah J. Maas

Heir of Fire by Sarah J. Maas

Shatter Me by Tehereh Mafi

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi


I have 16 books that I have not touched since I bought them maybe a couple of years ago. I think I have a very do-able number here and I can’t wait to be able to read them all!

Are you joining the Beat the backlist 2017 Challenge? Let’s chat below! 🙂

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2017 Reading Challenges!

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2017 is definitely going to be my year! I’m already claiming it! It will rock and it will definitely be a good one! Oops, pardon the excitement, I guess I’m just too happy that 2016 is finally over! 🙂 Let me do a proper introduction now.

Happy new year, lovely readers of this blog! I am wishing all of you a good year ahead, reading-wise and just with life in general. As you may have seen in my previous post, 2016 hasn’t been very good to me. Things got super cray-cray, and that includes my reading, and I definitely, DEFINITELY!, intend to change that this year! 🙂 

Last year, the only reading challenge I joined in was the Goodreads Reading Challenge. I pledged to read 20 books, and I was able to surpass it and read 27. I know, I know, this is probably one of the all-time lows in history of the GR reading challenge but like I said, bad year! 😅 This year, however, I intend to join more reading challenges and I couldn’t be more excited!


1. Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge

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I’m doing a big jump from 20 to 75 because why not! 🙂 I’m finally free from school and I think I’d be able to read more this year! 🙂 I have been joining this reading challenge since 2012 and my 2017 is definitely going to be incomplete without me joining it again! Here’s to completing all 75 and hopefuly more!


2. Beat the Backlist Challenge hosted by Novel Knight

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The Beat the Backlist Challenge is focused on knocking off titles that have been on your TBR for a while, or even ones that get pushed aside for new releases. It will run from January 1st to December 31st 2017 – a whole year of sweeping off that TBR pile that has been sitting in my shelves since forever!

I will be posting my list for this challenge soonest!  Continue reading

2016 in Review: My top 10!

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You know how everybody seems to be disappointed with 2016 in general? Yeah? Well, that’s how I’m feeling about it too and I just can’t wait for it to end! I’d say it’s not a very good year for me – save for the fact that I graduated from law school and I hurdled the bar exams this year! – the rest of 2016, though, was a total mess. And that includes the books I’ve read.

I honestly thought of not making a top 10 since I only read 27 books this year. I know, I know. Am I even a real book blogger, reading only 20 something books in 365 days? Like I said, it has been a rough year.

Anyway, this year was mostly dedicated to New Adult and a number of middle grade ones. Let’s get started!  Continue reading

Lists: December 2016 TBR!

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It’s been a long while since I last made a TBR list and actually followed it. So for the last month of 2016, for the sake of appearing to be being a good book blogger (Heh!), I’m making a list of the books I’m hoping to hit this month!

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I’m currently reading The Raven Boys, the first of the Raven Cycle series. Currently on the third chapter and definitely loving every single bit of it!

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LIFE UPDATE: MY BAR-EXAM-INDUCED HIATUS!

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Hi all! First of all, I just wanna scream to the world how much I’ve missed blogging and reviewing books and talking to each one of you! I’m back, guys, and I can’t wait to do a lot of new things in this blog!

Just a little life update: If you’ve been following this blog for a while now, you’d know that I’ve been in and out of the blogging world because of law school. It has been a long journey, which ended with me taking the Bar Examinations through out the whole month of November. What, the whole month?! Yes! The exams were given on all four Sundays of the month. Anyway, enough of the boring stuff. On to the more exciting ones! Continue reading

Event Recap: The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016

 

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I have to say 2016 is fast becoming my Im’ma-table-flip-everything-and-be-spontaneous year. I mean, seriously guys, I am a walking planner and I never do things not in my calendar. But things are changing these days, and change is always good 🙂

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Attending the Philippine Readers & Writers Festival 2016 hosted by National Bookstore is probably the last thing I thought I’d do in August since the November Bar Exams is fast approaching (only 2 months away!) and I knew I had to really focus on reviewing. I felt, though, that I needed (1) some sort of a reward for the past months that I have been toiling and (2) something to inspire me for the hell months ahead. So what better way to do it than be somewhere I haven’t been and do something I haven’t done 🙂

Allie from A Literary Wanderer and I planned to go to the event together. We just recently knew each other from our newly created book club (#NALitLoversPH), and decided to finally meet up in real life and go to the event together! We also got to meet up with JM from Book Freak Revelations and everything was just so fun with JM around! I have met JM  when I attended #BookwormsUnitePH 2016 and he was one of the hosts-slash-organizers. 🙂 I was so glad I got to go around Raffles with these two, and had real good fun during our lunch together! Couldn’t have asked for a better company! 🙂

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The Philippine Readers & Writers Festival is a 3-day event held at Raffles Hotel Makati. It is three days of book signings, discussions, and panels about books, literature, and culture from top Filipino writers and artists. I wanted to attend several discussions and panels but I was only able to go to one: Book Blogging 101: Growing Web and Social Media Presence to Promote Books and Literature

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