March 2017 Wrap-Up!

Whoa, that was fast! March is over and just like that, the first quarter of the year has gone by already. Phew. Slowly, 2017, nobody’s rushing here!

Anyway, since it’s March 31st, a wrap -up is at hand. I would say that reading-wise, I did fairly meh. But blogging-wise? Man, I was in the zone!


Books Read

Let’s start with the books I’ve read this month. I’ve read only three books this month and I’m actually surprised that I was able to read at all. As you know, since I started working in january this year, my reading time slowly went to decline, and ugh, I just hate it. Anyway, the three are the following:

  1. The Hating Game by Sally Thorne – Finished Reading: March 15, 2017 25883848
  2. The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis – Finished Reading: March 25, 2017 25812109
  3. All That Glitters bby Ines Bautista-Yao – Finished Reading: March 29, 2017 33911392

Blog Posts

The awesome thing is that I have released a total of 8 posts this month, the most number of posts I have ever done since this blog started! Haha! If you have been a follower from way back, you know that at best I would only post once a week. This month, however, I breached my record and actually doubled my usual! 8 posts may be nothing for some, but it’s goooold for me! Haha! 

I reviewed (only) two books this month, and you can check them out here:

  1. Book Talk: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis
  2. Book Talk: All That Glitters by Ines Bautista-Yao

I also posted a couple of Top Ten Tuesday memes:

  1. Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 2016 Releases That I Wish I Read Right Away
  2. Top 10 Tuesday: Top 10 Books That Will Make You Read The Whole Day Away

WWW Wednesday? I did one this month!

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March has also been so much fun because I started participating book tags. I did one (although I wasn’t tagged here at all! Haha!) and I had a blast answering all the questions!

  1. Tag: The Book Blogger Insider

Finally, I was so happy to  celebrate my blog’s third year anniversary this month. I reminisced a little in my 3 Years of Blogging + A Giveway post and actually hosted my very first giveaway! And finally, finally, my very first discussion post also went up this month in my Let’s Talk About series: Let’s Talk About: So I Never Finished the Harry Potter Series. You don’t know how scared I was in finally putting my insecurity about Harry Potter into words, and I was so grateful about everybody’s response! I super appreciate each and every comment I got in that post! ❤


Anyway, let me hear how the month of March went for you? How many books did you read? Was it a good reading month? Let’s chat in the comments below!

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Book Talk: All That Glitters by Ines Bautista Yao

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All That Glitters is probably one of fastest books I’ve read this year, not because it’s short, but because I just kept on flipping the pages non-stop!

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When they have nothing better to do, college students Billie Santiago and Carlos Angeles enjoy imagining what their lives will be like five years into the future. It’s never serious—just a whole lot of teasing and poking fun at each other. Until blindingly handsome, PR professional Iñigo Antonio saunters into the university bookstore where Billie works. All of a sudden, she finds herself face to face with the physical manifestation of the very dream she tells Carlos about.

Captivated by Iñigo’s magnetic personality, Billie is lured into his dazzlingly glamorous world—much to Carlos’s frustration. But as Billie notices Iñigo might not be playing by the rules, Carlos begs her to stay away from him. When Billie doesn’t listen, she realizes too late that she is in over her head and it may take a miracle (or a boy who cares deeply about her) to help get her out of it.

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Let’s Talk About: Sooo I never finished the Harry Potter Series

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I have long been meaning to do discussion posts but whenever I start making one, I always feel like I don’t have so much to say about the topic, and that it might just turn out more rambly and ranty rather than a legitimate discussion of what I really wanna talk about. But we all gotta start somewhere right? Right. So let’s jump right ahead and begin!


This topic is both exciting and scary for me to discuss. Exciting, because I finally would be able to resolve, more like for myself,  why I didn’t get to the last four books of the series; and scary, definitely because – well, it’s out in the open now! – I am the girl who never finished the Harry Potter series! What a shame. And what a muggle.  Continue reading

Review: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

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This is the first book by Mindy McGinnis that I’ve ever read and I am not disappointed at all! The Female of the Species is the book of the month for March by my Rainbow Book Club, composed of Camillia, Melissa, Tina and Sandee. I had fairly low expectations starting this book, because the back blurb, gripping as it was, was way too low key – but on the hindsight, I really like that it was!

Trigger warnings: Murder, rape &  cheating. 

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25812109Alex Craft knows how to kill someone. And she doesn’t feel bad about it. When her older sister, Anna, was murdered three years ago and the killer walked free, Alex uncaged the language she knows best. The language of violence.

While her crime goes unpunished, Alex knows she can’t be trusted among other people, even in her small hometown. She relegates herself to the shadows, a girl who goes unseen in plain sight, unremarkable in the high school hallways.

But Jack Fisher sees her. He’s the guy all other guys want to be: the star athlete gunning for valedictorian with the prom queen on his arm. Guilt over the role he played the night Anna’s body was discovered hasn’t let him forget Alex over the years, and now her green eyes amid a constellation of freckles have his attention. He doesn’t want to only see Alex Craft; he wants to know her.

So does Peekay, the preacher’s kid, a girl whose identity is entangled with her dad’s job, though that does not stop her from knowing the taste of beer or missing the touch of her ex-boyfriend. When Peekay and Alex start working together at the animal shelter, a friendship forms and Alex’s protective nature extends to more than just the dogs and cats they care for.

Circumstances bring Alex, Jack, and Peekay together as their senior year unfolds. While partying one night, Alex’s darker nature breaks out, setting the teens on a collision course that will change their lives forever.

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Tag: The Book Blogger Insider

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Soooo. Finally! A tag! I usually don’t do tags, but recently I have been craving to answer questions, make lists, and just ramble about everything bookish, y’know? So I was ecstatic when I came across The Blogger Insider Book Tag over at Nyx‘s (I wasn’t tagged, sssh! But I’m doing it anyway! Ha!) 🙂 

So the rules are: 

Answer the Questions

Credit the Creator: Hello lovely, Camryn @ The Writing Crafter 

Tag at least 5 people 

Have Fun! 


1) Where do you typically write your blog posts?

Well, I usually do reviews in my desk at home, or in my bed, depending on my mood really. I’m not the kind of person who needs to be all set up before I can start my work. On the contrary, I can write anywhere, anytime. 🙂 

2) How long does it generally take you to write a book review?

I am slow in organizing my thoughts! Really! Hence, even if I have the “general idea” for my review already, I keep on revising and adding and revising and adding non-stop! A quick review would usually last for 20 minutes, without the formatting. A full-on review would take 40 minutes to an hour! Haha! Told ya, I’m such a turtle like that. 

3) When did you start your book blog?

200_sI started this blog in March 2014, when I was an incoming sophomore in law school. I felt like I needed an outlet and an environment outside of my law books, and one where I can be free to write anything. Hence, this blog. It started out as The Booklander (from Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander! which I haven’t read til now. Oops.) However, although I started early with blogging, I had to be on hiatus for over a year to focus on my acads, but I decided to come back early 2017 🙂

4) What is the worst thing about having a book blog in your opinion?


I would be lying if I say “nothing.”Ha! I think it’s the
pressure bloggers usually impose on themselves, which even I experience myself. I admit I don’t always have the time to post stuff, do reviews, mingle around and be active in the community, etc. And people say it’s okay, because you have to live your life outside of book blogging. However, I always have this pang of guilt I feel inside whenever I slack off – whenever I don’t have something new to post, or whenever I don;t feel like reviewing a book, etc. And I guess that’s what I’m working on now 🙂giphy

5) What is the best thing about having a book blog in your opinion?

Oh the best thing about having a book blog is definitely the  the people I get to talk t0 -how we get to share our passion for books, instant friends, instant BEST FRIENDS!, the gushings and ramblings – just the community in general! 

6) What blog post have you had the most fun writing so far?

ed4431a8362c85d67ad32649d8670d55Since I love making lists, I am so in love doing memes! May favourites would be Top Ten Tuesdays and WWW Wednesdays. In fact, all I have been posting lately are memes, as I wasn’t reviewing the books I’m reading at all! Haha!
 Making lists just makes me feel like I have my reading life so organized despite it’s contrary status in reality! 

7) What is your favourite type of blog post to write?

Well, like I said in the previous question, it’s posting bookish memes! Oh, and fun tags like this one, too! 

8) When do you typically write?

Usually midday. I don’t normally face my computer in the morning when I wake up, and I usually read at night before going to bed. Hence, it’s anytime in between the two 🙂 But really, I don’t have like a specific time for writing, just whenever I feel like doing it. Oh but except for reviews, but that would be for the succeeding questions! 

9) Do you review every book you read?

Nah. I don’t. When I was new to blogging, I thought I should write a review for every book I read, first, so that people would know I’ve read them, and second, so that I can look back at it and see for myself how I felt about that book. My rule before? No review = never read. But things have changed and I realized that sometimes, just the thought of writing a review sucks the pleasure out from my reading. Sometimes I *almost* kinda dread finishing a book because of the review that I had to make afterwards. With that realization, I stopped pressuring myself to review each and every book I get my hands to. Does that make sense? 

10) How do you write your book reviews? With a cup of coffee or tea? With Netflix? Cuddled with your fur baby?

Usually with a coffee somewhere in my desk. Actually, drop the “usually” there. I am never without coffee, hence I may have written all my reviews with coffee around. 🙂 coffee-gif

11) When do you write your book reviews? Right after finishing the book? Two weeks after finishing the book?

The answer to this one depends how much I loved the book. I it was just so-s0 and I wanna review it, I don’t usually get into the keyboard right away. I may wait at least a couple of days to pass by before I’s review them. However, it’s a different story when I just have finished a 5-star book! I drop everything, and rave about it! Right after finishing it? Of course! Why would I wait?! I wanna share my giggles and praises right away! 

12) How often do you post?

Oh, here’s the tricky question. I honestly try to post at least once a week. When I post a couple, that means I am not busy, or I badly wanna talk to people from my own planet (aka the book community). But let’s face it,adulting is hard and time is just a sucker. Once a week, yes? I’m really working on this scheduling thins. 🙂 

Tagging the following lovely people! 

Allie @ A Literary Wanderer

CW @ Read, Think, Ponder

Rechellyn @ Infinite TBR List

Meia @ Meia Reads 

Blessie @ Mischievous Reads

Eunice @ Nerdy Talks Book Blog 


And I am tagging YOU! if you have not done this post yet! Oh, and please tell me I’m not the only one pressured to write all those reviews! Have you ever felt like the enjoyment is being sucked out of your reading just because you have to make a tedious review after? Let’s talk in the comments! screen-shot-2017-02-16-at-1-03-00-pm

Top 10 Tuesdays: Top Ten Books that will make you read the whole day away

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This week’s Top 10 Tuesday is centered on books that will not take so much of your time, not because they’re short, but because you just won’t be able to put them down! Yes, my friends, we are doing a list of the unputdownables! 

Upon seeing the prompt, I knew right away that my NAs are gonna go in handy here. Oh,  and all those fluffy contemporaries too! 🙂

Above are my middle grade fantasy picks that are just oh-so-gripping you could finish them in one sitting!

  1. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  2. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  3. The Rithmatist by Brandon Sanderson

Now here’s a  combination of my faves. Legend is probably my all time favorite dystopian trilogy and I can’t recommend it enough. On The Fence is just so nice and sweet you wouldn’t wanna pass up on reading it. And Never Never. What can I say? Although the 3rd installment disappointed me, it’s definitely something you would wanna finish in a day, because you will not be able to sleep with all those cliff hangers!

  1. Never Never by Colleen Hoover & Tarryn Fisher
  2. On The Fence by Kasie West
  3. Legend by Marie Lu

Ahh and finally,  all these titles make me happy ❤ If you’re looking for something to read the whole day away, just pick any NA book by any of these authors (especially Emma Chase! <3) and you’ll be good to go, my friend. NA is always the way.

  1. The Deal by Elle Kennedy
  2. Hook Up by Kristen Callihan
  3. Tangled by Emma Chase
  4. Hating Game by Sally Thorne

Let’s talk about the books you’ve read in just one sitting! 🙂 I would love to hear your recommendations too! Don’t forget to holler below!

 

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*Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Check the awesome blog here!

WWW Wednesday #3 | March 15th 2017

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Why hello there, lovely readers of this blog. It’s midweek once more and I can’t believe how fast the days are actually coming and going! To be honest, I’m having a pretty slumpy March, and so far I have only read one (ONE! UGH!) book since the month started. 😦 I don’t know what’s happening but I sure hope this little update I’m making would give me a push to read more for the rest of the month!

Again, as you all probably know already, 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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7664334So I am currently reading Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour and just fitting to say that this has long been overdue. The book has been sitting on my shelf since forever (bought this for Morgan Matson’s signing tour in Manila, but which event I never had the chance to go to!) and for some reason, I never had the chance to pick it up.

But the tables have turned and I am definitely feeling my YA Contemporary vibe again! I missed my YA contemporaries, to be honest. This past months, all I’ve been devouring are NAs and Fantasies, and I definitely missed my less angsty, all fluffy and sweet YAs.

Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour is a road trip novel. Amy has just recently lost her dad in a car accident and she refuses to drive. However, she has to move to a new place that requires, er, a long drive. Enter Roger. A family friend who, for some twist of fate, also has to go to somewhere near where Amy’s going. And so both their moms decided that it would be best if Roger be the one who will drive Amy to Connecticut. What they both don’t know is that an epic road trip is ahead of them.


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25883848I can’t believe this is Sally Thorne’s debut novel! It was such a cute all fluffy adult contemporary and I just want more from her.

The Hating Game is about Lucy Hutton and Josh Templeman, mortal enemies. Needless to say, they HATE each other. No,scratch that. They LOATHE each other to death. Both are executive assistants  to the two big bosses of a publishing companies they are working for. However, when the chance that one of them will get a promotion, the mutual hate definitely intensified.

I admit that for a short and sweet contemporary like this one, it to me a surprisingly long time to read it – 3 weeks to be exact! But that didn’t become a factor for me to lose interest in the story, because everytime I would open my Kindle, I always feel the connection I have with Josh and Luce. I definitely recommend this one! Go treat yourself to some happy and cutesy romance. You’ll never regret it, I swear!


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In my attempt to trim down my TBR Pile through the Beat the Bucket List Challenge I am joining in, I will be reading A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray next. Like Amy & Roger’s, this one has been sitting in my shelf for too long now. Plus I have recently been seeing around the second and third book a lot lately, so I’ve decided to finally pick A Thousand Pieces of You next so I can binge read the series! 🙂


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Next in my list of what to read next is The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis. This has been picked as our Book of the Month over at my Rainbow Book Club. We are reading something yellow this March, hence the book 🙂 I have been hearing great stuff and great reviews over at Goodreads, but to tell you the truth, I have zero knowledge about what it’s really about! I would like to say that I intend to have it that way, because lately all I wanna do is be surprised by the things I read! I am so looking forward to this one!

I wanna talk to you guys about your current reads, the ones you just finished, and your plans for the next days to come! I can’t wait to hear from you in the comments below! Let’s chat! And as always,

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