Beach Read: A book that is not about summer

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Falling’s the part that takes your breath away. It‘s the part when you can’t believe the person standing in front of you both exists and happened to wander in your path. It’s supposed to make you feel lucky to be alive, exactly when and where you are.

If you thought you’re getting a chill chick-lit like I was when I saw the cover, think again. This book is not all about sunshine, there’s more of rain and thunderstorms actually. Not about the typical summer crashing through the waves but more of like falling apart.

The novel follows the life of January Andrews and Augustus Everett. (What is it about the months? I don’t know either.) Two writers. Polar opposites. January writes bestselling romance and believes in happily ever afters. Augustus is an author of literary fiction and is a firm believer of bringing satisfaction to his readers by killing his characters.

I don’t know what to make of this book at first. It was dragging for me at the beginning. I had to put it down several times because I do not tolerate whiny characters and for me, January belonged to that list. Yes, belonged, because I had to cross her out of that list just as fast as I had put her there. In order for me to understand her more, I had to imagine her as a real person and not just a fictional character. I had to ask myself, what if what happened to January happened to me? Will I be happy if people think of me as whiny? Or will I be happy if someone would listen and understand my story? That was when I appreciated the book a lot more.

As for Gus, he was a representation of a grumpy and mysterious adult handsome with a bit of humor on the side. One thing I liked most about the book are the straightforward conversations between Gus and January. Those conversations were full of substance. Of awareness.

Beach Read is also one of the novels where I didn’t hate a single character. Everyone has a special part and every character is uniquely written. From January’s mom and dad, to Sonya, to Pete and Maggie. I like Shadi the most. It’s amazing that Emily Henry was able to impart to the readers an impact from Shadi’s character even if her only exposure was several text messages and a night in January’s beach house.

This novel is equal parts romance, heartaches, and self-discovery. Be sure to pay attention to the ending. The ending got the best of me. It’s not that cry- yourself-to-sleep kind of ending. It will make you think through of your own experiences, of your own what ifs, of your own should Is.

I believe that this book is so much more than finding your happily every after. But it’s more of coming to terms with yourself that whether or not, you’ll be getting that happy ever after, you’ll live your life to your heart’s content. Something like that.

4/5 stars!

I’ll give the remaining star if Gus would give a nickname to January instead of just calling her January. LOL.

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Twist of Fate: Mermaid Crate Unboxing

Unboxing

When I was just a new bookstagramer, I didn’t know what book subscription boxes are. It was then when I followed famous bookstagramers that I saw the magic of those sub boxes. I first knew of Fairyloot and Owlcrate because they seem to be the most famous sub box internationally. I became interested in bookish items which came out as surprise (if you haven’t been spoiled yet) in each unboxing. I remember searching for unboxings of other ‘gramers. Of course I didn’t have enough resources at the time because I was still a college undergraduate with limited allowance. My savings were not enough to purchase one of those. Let’s admit it, they are costly. Not to mention the shipping costs from abroad to Philippines. I think this is also the struggle of all local bookstagramers.

Fast forward to when I  got my first (and present) job. Now I have my means to purchase books and stuff. But I still don’t want to spend a lot of money for internationall boxes. Imagine my happiness when I discovered subscription boxes, like Mermaid Crate, locally. So I purchased my first ever box from Mermaid Crate and loved it as expected. This “Twist of Fate” box for the month of May is my second purchase from them. And as much as I want to tell you the long long long story of how I felt when I got my first box, I feel like this intro is getting too talkative so let’s just get started with my FIRST UNBOXING BLOG POST.

ITEM 1: BOOKMARKS

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Darrow magnetic bookmark, LOTR bookmark, and a bookmark inspired by the BOTM. This is an absolute must for me since I collect bookmarks. All kinds 🙂

 

ITEM 2: Game of Thrones Funko Pop

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I don’t watch Game of Thrones (Yeah, I know I’m a loser. Don’t judge) so I don’t know Jorah but my office supervisor does so I asked her about him. LOL. Very ironic too because this is my first funko pop and I didn’t know anything about him! Still like this item though.

ITEM 3: Once Upon A Time Poem

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Mermaid Crate also features artworks or, in this case, poems written by other artists/writers.

ITEM 4: Mermaid Bubble with V.E Schwab Interview

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*screeeeeeeeeeeams*

ITEM 5: A Darker Shade of Magic Poster

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Haven’t read ADSOM yet but I am planning to read it soon. Also, how beautiful is this poster? This will definitely go up my wall.

ITEM 6: Pride Stickers

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These are my favorite of all the items. Just look at all that shiny, sparkly, colorful stickers!

ITEM 7: BOOK OF THE MONTH

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THE SMOKE THIEVES by SALLY GREEN. Another book goes to my huge pile of TBRs but I am hoping to read this soon becausee I love love love love love mapped books!

That’s it! I hope you enjoyed this unboxing as much as I did. Oh! I forgot to mention that the box also includes a Hey Mermaid! Body Wash from Organic Witch. I don’t have any photo because I used it already,

Follow my bookstagram account @ireadwonders for more unboxings like this and follow @mermaidcrate on Instagram for more magical sub boxes. It is their anniversary month too!

Until the next blog post!

Trashy Romance Novel: A Review

Book Reviews

Months ago, I received Trashy Romance Novel from the wonderful author Jacqueline E. Smith. The author was kind enough to let me pick which books to read. I chose Cemetery Tours (for a different reading perspective) and Trashy Romance Novel because it looks intriguing. And no, let me just say once that this is not erotica. LOL.

THE BLURB:

“It all started with a crush. Of course, this wasn’t an ordinary crush on a cute coworker or a charming friend of a friend I hooked up with at a party. No, I’ve never met the man who inspired my books… But I’m about to.”

Delaney Brooks is the author of The Queen’s Surrogate, the “sinfully satisfactory” romance novel that swept readers around the world off their feet and into the fictional embrace of His Majesty, King Malcolm.

When her book is adapted into an eight-part miniseries, Delaney and her best friend, Gemma, fly to Scotland for what promises to be two months of lush green mountains, historic castles, and hot celebrity co-workers, including the gorgeous Matthew Kent, British playboy Benjamin Wyndham, and Hollywood’s hottest reformed rebel, Colin Ward.

MY THOUGHTS:

To be honest, contemporaries for me are hit or miss. There are some contemporaries that I truly adore and there are some that I can just forget easily. But I assure you that Trashy Romance Novel just hit the right spot.

Trashy Romance Novel follows the journey of author Delaney Brooks, also known as Lorelei DuBois to her readers, to Scotland to film an adaptation of her fanfiction The Queen’s Surrogate. Scotland is one of my dream travel destinations and by reading this book, I felt like I was able to see Scotland in a fresh perspective with descriptions of skies that are gray and glittering, silvery mist dances on fields of green. I saw Scotland not on TV, not on travel brochures, but as a reader using her own imagination assisted by the words written on this lovely book.

I also liked the protagonist, Delaney, and how she came out of her shell as she go along the filming of her series. With the help of her happy-go-lucky bestfriend aka personal assistant (LOL), Gemma, she tries to find her real self while finding love. I adore Gemma, and her antics a lot!

And did I also mention that there are three cuties in this book? Delaney’s all time celebrity crush, Matthew, the funny Benjamin and the mysterious Colin. I won’t spoil you with this one but I just felt the need to say that my favorite is Benjamin. If you like books who feature handsome and smart men, this is the right book to pick.

The book also features one of my favorite aspects in some novels– a book within a book/a journal within a book. Every chapter has an excerpt of the protagonist’s trashy romance novel, The Queen’s Surrogate and I dearly hoped that this was a separate book because it doesn’t just captured my interest but also because the writing style is A+ deserving.

All in all, I give the book a 4/5 ⭐️. There are parts of the book that will make and break your heart. If you want an effective palate cleanser, this is the right book for you.

“That’s when I turned to writing. Writing, in a way, provided me with a whole new way to see the world. In fact, it did me one better. It allowed me to create my own world. One without limits.”

IREADWONDERS: Book Blog Newbie Tag

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Newbie Tag*DRUMROLLLLLLS*

*background crashing*

Hi guys! I’m back again with another post and it’s a BOOK BLOG NEWBIE TAG! (Because I can’t think of anything to post yet)

I was going through platforms like YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to look for havens where I can put my love for books into good use. I first had my bookstagram and it’s still growing and developing. Then I had Twitter to follow the latest updates on my favorite authors. Now, I finally have my own blog mainly for book reviews and other random and crazy ideas. Since I am new to book blogging, I decided to do the Book Blog Newbie Tag. I was tagged by no other than MYSELF. I mean, who will tag me if I’m a newbie? LOL. So without further ado, let’s just get started.

  • Why did you start this blog?

Well, because I love books, I decided to write ideas and thoughts about them. I initially have a bookstagram account ( www.instagram.com/ireadwonders ) where I put some of my book reviews. But, I think it’s such a pain for other people seeing my post to read long captions for book reviews. So I decided to take them here where more people can see it, not just my bookstagram followers and where I don’t have to worry about long captions. I could just link this there *winks*. I also wanted to practice my writing methods and I think blogs helps you in that matter.

  • What are some fun and unique things you can bring to book blogging?

They’re not really unique because I’ve seen other people do them. Book box unboxings, book haul unhauling, book reviews, TBRs, and my most anticipated releases. I think what will be unique is how I present these ideas to the community because I’m sure we are all unique in our own ways. I’ve yet to discover this “uniqueness” and I’m positive I will along the way.

  • What are you most excited for about this new blog?

New people! There are so many book blogging people with really great ideas and I am so excited to meet them, interact with them, and read so much interesting things in their blogs. Also, I like to think that I can do book reviews appear more professional in the form of a blog.

  • Why do you love reading?

Is this really a question? I mean, duh?

But seriously, I’ve been reading since I was a child. My parents support me in my reading habits (but not my book hoarding). LOL. I love reading because reading takes me into a place far from reality and that’s what I always wanted to do. To get away. Even just for a little while. Some people questions me why I always read in my free time. They will say that my schooling (before) and my job is tedious enough and it’s a waste to use my free time in reading. I’ll just say that as long as I’m enjoying what I’m doing, it’s not a waste of time. We all have our own preferences in what we want and this is mine.

  • What book or series got you into reading?

Children’s books! Dinotopia (And I can’t find books of this series now), Upchuck and the Rotten Willy (which I loved because we have a Rottweiler that time), and Abby and The Silken Secret (which my cousin borrowed from his school library, I borrowed it from him and it’s still in my possession until now. Mind you, that was when we were still in our primary school days and I have a job now.)

So there, but aside from children’s books, it’s really Harry Potter *still a children’s book* and the classic Little Women.

  • What questions would you ask your favorite authors?
  • Why are you born with cruelty in your blood?
  • Why did you kill “certain-supporting-character-who-I-dearly-love”
  • Can I marry your protagonist?
  • Who is YOUR favorite author?
  • If you will write a book about a water bottle falling in love with soda can, what will be its title?
  • What challenges do you think starting a blog will be the hardest to overcome?

Time management. I am on my regular day job (which I also love) plus I am part of an office events committee and time management on that alone is difficult enough. Finding time to read then writing about them will certainly be a challenge. But like what they say, if you commit on a thing that you want and love, you will be able to do it.

  • When did you start reading?

As I said previously, I started reading *for pleasure* since I was a child. Of course they were mostly illustrated books back then.

  • Where do you read?

In bed most of the time for physical books. But anywhere for e-books! Hahaha.

  • What kind of books do you like to read?

I’m more of a fantasy/mystery/thriller/dystopian kid but I am now experimenting on some contemporary books.

That’s it for now! I definitely enjoyed this book tag in which I tagged myself. LOL. So if you see this, consider yourself as tagged if you’re a newbie because I don’t know anyone who I can tag also. Thank you for reading through this and I hope to meet more people in here.

Request: Please tag me on more book blog tags! PLEEEEEEEEASE!

Mistborn: The Final Empire

Book Reviews

The Blurb:

Once, a hero rose to save the world. A young man with a mysterious heritage courageously challenged the darkness that strangled the land.

He failed.

For a thousand years since, the world has been a wasteland of ash and mist ruled by the immortal emperor known as the Lord Ruler. Every revolt has failed miserably.

Yet somehow, hope survives. Hope that dares to dream of ending the empire and even the Lord Ruler himself. A new kind of uprising is being planned, one built around the ultimate caper, one that depends on the cunning of a brilliant criminal mastermind and the determination of an unlikely heroine, a street urchin who must learn to master Allomancy, the power of a Mistborn.

My Thoughts:

“Sometimes, I worry that I’m not the hero everyone thinks I am…”

-Brandon Sanderson, Mistborn: The Final Empire

To be honest, during the long years that I am reading, I have not heard nor seen anything about this book. Until one day, while casually scrolling down on Twitter, I saw a tweet of a friend selling her Mistborn copy. So I thought that it was not a good book if my friend is coolly selling it on Twitter. Let me tell you what I discovered later on: I thought wrong. Apparently, that friend of mine is selling her copy because she just bought rather a boxed set of the trilogy and to quote her “ONE OF THE BEST FANTASY BOOKS. I SWEAR.” And those words, my friends, are really capitalized.

I mean, how can I not be interested with that kind of exclamation?! So I bought a boxed set for myself.

The book is written in interchanging points of view of the protagonists Vin and Kelsier. I think this is one of the strong points of the book because of how well Brandon Sanderson wrote it in a feminine aspect and in a masculine aspect. I don’t know if someone will relate to this but I noticed that everytime the POV shifts, I feel the shift in the gender as well. It’s like that instant transition of masculinity to femininity. I admire that Brandon Sanderson seemingly wrote this with ease.

The world development of the story is also outstanding, although unlike many adventure/fantasy books, the story settles mainly in one place but this doesn’t change the fact that the setting is well described and points of interests are also exhibited. The characters are also amazingly developed as the book goes on. I loved how the story showed not only the strong points of each character but also their weaknesses and soft spots as well.

The plot twists also made me cry and crazy. However, I think that one thing I don’t approve about the book is that how a major plot twist can be predictable. It’s like thinking “Oh, here is the big revelation!” and thinking at the same time “Well, I’ve known it ever since.” And that’s where my excitement was somehow dismissed. But don’t take this unpopular opinion on the bad side! I assure you a lot of the bestest of things happened in JUST THE FIRST BOOK and this opinion will not compromise your enjoyment whether or not we have the same sense of predictability.  *wink wink*

The Verdict:

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Will I reread? A BIG FAT YES!

(Book cover photo from Wikipedia)