Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year!

I wish you happiness, good health, fun and success. Happy New Year!

Friday, December 30, 2011

TGIF! First and Last ...

TGIF! is a bookish meme hosted by Ginger of GReads.

What was the first book you read and the last you finished in 2011? 
How do you feel about these books?
Would you recommend them to others?

My 2011 reading is much better than my 2010. I discovered a lot of good, as well as worse, books this year. I've been journeying through different genre and having a good taste of both classic and modern literature.

My first book to have read and finished this year was Awaken by Katie Kacvinsky (my review). Uhm, let me remember. I quite liked this book because of its futuristic view and how possible they can happen some time. Imagine papers have already ran out and trees being artificially synthesized, that can really happen. But the real thing that got me on this is the idea of waking up from technology. Having a natural school is way better than a virtual one.

I would recommend this to my fellow readers. And look at the cover, it really represent what's inside the book.

The last book I have finished this year is Matilda by Roald Dahl. Oh how I love this little girl! Very clever and genius in nature. This book is very light and fresh. Even though I'm too out of the age group this book belongs, I still can't prevent myself from laughing especially to the epicness of Ms. Trunchbull. I would love to show you illustrations by Quentin Blake about Ms. Trunchbull and her unbelievable throwing-kids-outside-the-window-by-grabbing-their-pigtails scenes. My review will be up next year, most probably by the second week as I am already queuing up my posts.

I would recommend this to anyone in the world! This will remind you of your beautiful days in your childhood.

DISCLAIMER: TGIF! image is owned by Ginger of GReads and is used as a part of this meme post. Book images of Awaken and Matilda are owned by I do not take ownership of any of the images used in this post. 

Friday, December 23, 2011

TGIF! Oh Dear Santa is coming to town

TGIF! is a bookish meme hosted by Ginger of GReads.

Which books made it to your Christmas wish lists this year?

Oh wishlists. How I hope I can really fulfill these. I hope I've been a good boy this year and that Santa will be wanting to give me what I wish. Or maybe he's not giving me anything because I was such a bad kid. 

However, I will still have my wishlist ready if things turned topsy-turvy.

The Last Apprentice Series by Joseph Delaney 
I heard about this book from a fellow blogger Blooey of Bookmarked. I stumbled upon her review of the second and third book in the series and men, I fell in love with the story! The books include scary illustrations, a lot of illustrations to emphasize. And according to Blooey, it will freak you out. That's why I'm hungry for this series. 

The Diving Comedy by Dante Alighieri 
In one of my past IMMs, I have featured Inferno by Dante. Actually, I'm not into genre like this but when we discussed it on one of my English classes, it interest me with the kind of story it has. Imagine going to hell to visit some awesome people of the past generation and see sinners carrying boulders. I think that's a great story.

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flammel by Michael Scott
I already finished the first two books in the series and it's been one year since I read the last one. 

uhm, what else? I cannot think of any more. These are the real books I want to read. I'm also hoping for Narnia Chronicles and Lord of the Rings but the movies kinda spoiled me up and making me not wanting to read the books anymore. 

So, I really hope Santa is making considerations and will decide to leave those books under our Christmas tree. 

Merry Christmas everyone!

DISCLAIMER: The TGIF image used is owned by Ginger of GReads. It's used as a part of this meme and in no purpose of taking credit. 

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Reviews! Where are the reviews?

Advance Merry Christmas!!

I hope you are having a great vacation right now with your family, friends and books. Today is already December 22 and I can't wait 'till the 25th for the family luncheon. 

So for the purpose of the post, I'll be talking about the past, present and the future of my reviews. I've been very busy since December because of flabbergasting amount of schoolwork, including testing days. As a result, I have very limited time to read and so I finished like one or two books only in the past months. 

What I realized is my reviews are time realistic or whatever should you call it. I mean I post reviews only after I finished reading a book or so. So next year, (weee! 2012 is nearing!) I device a plan on how to maintain proper flow of reviews in my blog. Since last week, I've been reading tons and tons of book and writing reviews. These are to be published next year starting January 1, 2012. My reviews will be queued and so if hell weeks (a.k.a school) comes around, there will still be reviews and my blog will not be like an abandoned house. This is also means no new reviews this month. But I will try to entertain you with post regarding Christmas and New Year. 

So, Au revoir! and I will get back to reading. 

Thursday, December 15, 2011

The Influence of Anna and the French Kiss

It’s been eight months now since I have read Anna and the French Kiss of Stephanie Perkins yet the beauty and grandeur of Paris in Stephanie’s words are still in my mind. The places and the people and the food. Oh yes! The food. Everyone loves food!

Since I have read AFK, I’ve been drooling to buy French foods. First on the list – French macarons. French macarons are indeed hard to find in the Philippines. Only few sell them. And according to the laws of economics – high demand with few suppliers means high price. Yes, macarons here are very pricey.
Goodnews! There is what we call here The French Baker which is a bakery that sells, of course, French pastry and cuisine. I managed to buy six French macarons that each costs me about $0.81 or Php 36. Two mocha, two pistachio and two raspberry.

My comments…I love the pistachio and raspberry! I don’t like the taste of mocha. Even in ice cream flavors, I hate mocha. I wonder why I even bought two of them. I can really feel the crisp and sweetness of the macarons. Plus their gorgeous colors. I will surely go back and buy more. 

Sunday, December 11, 2011

In My Mailbox -12-

In  My Mailbox is hosted by Kristi of The Story Siren

I've been reluctant to buy new books since I still have some in TBR and my hectic schedule is preventing me to read. Ugh! If only I can have a break! However, yesterday I went Christmas shopping for gifts I will give to my friends. Of course, at the very moment I walk out of the train and enter the mall, the very first store I will meet is Fullybooked. And guess what, I bought new books

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler

I've been wanting to read The Perks of Being a Wallflower and the Last Apprentice for some time now and I'm very happy to finally get copies of them. 


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