The Versatile Blogger Award

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Thank you so much LARA for this tag. I am humbled and honored 🙂

THE RULES:

  1. Show the award on your blog (image widget)
  2. Thank the person that has nominated you.
  3. Share 7 different facts about yourself
  4. Nominate 15 blogs of your choice *gasps*
  5. Link your nominees and let them know of your nomination(hyperlink)

  1. When I was younger, I dreamt about being a broadcast journalist but there was a time when I was near college when there were a lot of journalist killings in our country. My parents were a bit wary about my career choice so I took a different route. I became a nurse.
  2. But I’m not working as a nurse. I’m actually in American Real Estate – but I do live in the Ph.
  3. I love blood. I love holding internal organs. I love watching babies being pulled out from their mothers and listening to their first cry. And I wanted to be a licensed embalmer before but work schedule got in the way. 
  4. As much as I want to blog frequently, my adult life begs for so much attention.
  5. I’ll be changing my last name pretty soon. 🙂 
  6. I grew up with bookworms – my mom, my sister, aunts, uncles and cousins – that it was no wonder I became one.
  7. I am not fond of reptiles and amphibians. Don’t ask me why. I just get goosebumps all over just thinking of one.

MY NOMINEES:

  1. Nicka

  2. Shealea

  3. Mish

  4. AC

  5. Pearl

  6. Bea

  7. Rechellyn

  8. Jam

  9. Kat

  10. April

  11. Alice

  12. Sabrina

  13. Maja

  14. Claire

  15. Breanna

I look forward to reading your answers. 🙂

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The Pokémon Go Book Tag

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Ladies and gentlemen – the irony of this post and book tag is not lost on me. I am in the minority. Yes, I am not a Pokemon Go player though I got really fascinated with the game at first but it didn’t reel me in – which I think is good because I cannot afford so many addicting things and hobbies all at the same time.

Anyway, I would first like to give a shout out to Lara @ JukeJam for tagging me.  And also to Aentee @ Read at Midnight  who created the tag. Please do visit their lovely blogs.

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1Here’s the thing, I have a pretty good memory for my triggers. Like what triggered my love or hate for this and that. For reading, I could easily point it out. It was SCAREDY-CAT ELIZABETH by FRANCINE PASCAL.

Quick history – I am from a family of readers – cousins, aunts, uncles and even my mom. During her pregnancy with me, she devoured book after book to pass time and when I was old enough to read (aside from the usual bedtime storybooks and children’s literature), she handed this book to me. It was in 1995, far from the social media and gadget age. She made me feel like being given a book is such a reward and that was how I felt from then on. Every time I would ace a test or bring home a medal, I knew I would have a book or a bundle of books waiting for me. And I’ve been a reader since then. Books and I have been lovers since I was seven. And we have never broken up.

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Confession time!!

To be completely honest, I have not read a lot of classics as much as I would have liked. But I keep on piling them up in my TBR list because who knows when I will be in the mood to read my next classic right? For this, my favorite would have to be THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by ALEXANDRE DUMAS. It was lengthy so say the least but I love the balance of this story – it showed the human mold perfectly well; the goodness and the evil. The story can be a bit flavorful to some but I am always rooting for main characters who choose to fight back. Say what you want about my character but Dantes’ quest for revenge will always be my favorite classic story. For the time being, that is.

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3To say that I lost interest is blasphemous. THIS IS HARRY POTTER!! However, I didn’t jump on it right away like all normal Potterheads. I’m still saving it for now.

Don’t hate or condemn, please read my explanation first.

I have loved Harry Potter since I was a kid. I loved the books, treasured them, re-read once or twice and sometimes still dreams of receiving an owl. But the thing is, I was completely satisfied with how the series ended. It was perfection. And though I suffered an extreme book hangover when I finished the last book in the series, I’m still not too excited to reopen the story. Case in point: I’m pretty happy with how things left off. I’m scared that it might not be what I expected, anxious because it was too hyped and fearful for another impending Potter hangover.

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These two books remind me so much of each other. I would not dive into details for fear of spoiling the books but there has been a lot of similarities between the two; the premise, the conflict and the heroine drama (even the heroine nickname is pretty much the same).

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I don’t think I need to explain this one. Loved the show. Avoided the books. 

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It’s Colleen Hoover.

Enough said.

Check my It Ends With Us review too!

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There’s just so many and my top OTPs are too varied. 

Here’s a quick list:

Rhysand and Feyre from ACOTAR/ACOMAF, Sarah. J. Maas

Caleb and Olivia from the Love Me With Lies series, Tarryn Fisher

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Alex and Aiden from the Covenant series,  Jennifer Armentrout

Will and Lake from Slammed, Colleen Hoover

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One of the most recent fast paced read I’ve had is Blood to Dust by L.J. Shen. It’s a mafia contemporary romance with chapters and chapters of intense scenes and dialogue. 

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Review Headings -  Blurb

In the Company of Killers is a series about two rogue assassin brothers and a damaged girl with the blood of a killer who becomes the tie that binds the three. Together, along with a man whose torture and interrogation methods spread fear throughout their underground world of crime, they embark on the ultimate mission: take out the leader of the world’s oldest and largest assassination ring, and gain control of its operations—while at the same time fighting each other, and battling their own demons.

With a large cast of diverse characters there is no shortage of action, drama, whiplash-inducing twists and controversial themes. This series will push the boundaries of human nature as the group embark on a dangerous life together of crime, lust, deception, murder and love.

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I love her poetry, I love her magic.

Needless to say, I was really excited when her debut novel came out earlier this year.

Burning Muses by J.R. Rogue

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My top auto-buys are COLLEEN HOOVER, TARRYN FISHER and ALESSANDRA TORRE.

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There’s just a lot and I always say that it makes me wary when a book is overhyped but on top of my list is SIX OF CROWS and the THRONE OF GLASS series.

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I’m dying to read the next Tarryn Fisher novel. She always has something new up her sleeve, does not create the same stories and never ceases to amaze. It’s always exciting to know what her crazy, twisted mind is plotting next. And I use the words crazy and twisted in the most positive sense. 

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I haven’t picked up a fantasy in quite a while and I kept on seeing this series on feeds, on book recommendations that I had to see for myself. And boy oh boy, I became an instant SJ Maas fan. Gotta love me some #FeySand

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I’m not sure if it can be classified as a collector’s edition but since it will only be for a limited time, I wish I have the Mud Vein Anniversary Edition. I love the Philippines but it sucks not having a lot of the books I would love to have in our local bookstores. And shipping fee is crazy.  Just look at this beauty. *sigh*

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Pokemon Go players and non-players such as myself, I TAG YOU!!!

(And to whoever you are also reading this, please feel free to do this tag as well.)

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Cate or Abbie @ Midnight Biblio Blog

Jam @ Heartscent Reads

Elena @ The Queen Reads

Bea @ Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic

Kat @ The Booklander

Sarah @ The YA Book Traveler

Bianca @ The Ultimate Fangirl

JM @ Book Freak Revelations

Imo @ Amidst the Pages

Amy @ Novel Gossip

Ava @ Bookishness and Tea

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BOOK FANGIRLING BLOG AWARD

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Before I proceed with this post, let me first say that it never really ceases to amaze me how there are a LOT of people sharing this book and blogging journey with me. I have never met any of you but to read your thoughts on what you have read, to share your book experiences and perspective is as thrilling as thrilling can be for a booknerd like me.

Let me first thank POPPY of POPPY’S BEST OF BOOKS for the Book Fangirling Award. Please do check out her awesome page and honest reviews. Plus the vibe of her blog is just welcoming and refreshing 🙂

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RULES:

  1. Thank the blogger that nominated you.
  2. Answer the questions they set for you.
  3. Set some new questions.
  4. Nominate five new bloggers.

POPPY’S QUESTIONS:

Have you ever been disappointed with a series or book that has had a lot of hype? WNN3hat was it and why were you disappointed?

Yes! Actually it pains me up to this day to say that Never, Never 3 didn’t really amaze me like how I expected it too. I really am a huge TF and CoHO fan and this is the only book under their names that received a 3star rating for me. Given, you can feel the Colleen and Tarryn flavor on the story but the ending got me like meh. There was so much IThoughtless still needed to know. It wasn’t bad, it was actually a good and entertaining read but still something that I think was overhyped and rushed.

Another one is Thoughtless (and yes I can feel you drawing out your knives!) and I know that I truly am the minority when it comes to this story. I finished it because I was waiting for a part in the story that I might love or at least find myself engaged in. I guess it just wasn’t for me. I didn’t particularly enjoy the female lead as she was too whiney and clingy for my taste. I liked Kellan Kyle enough but even his charm wasn’t able to sway me.


If you were stranded on a desert island and you could only pick one series to accompany you, what would it be?

I will definitely bring the Harry Potter series with me (though it would be quite heavy!) because MAGIC!

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When you write a book review, do you use spoilers or not and why?

I try so hard to not drop any spoilers. Usually, my reviews are mainly feelings and thoughts but not so much on the plot. I would hate myself if I were to spoil the story or reading experience of another reader. Also, it would feel like a waste of the author’s efforts in weaving a good story if someone will just spoil it for readers. One word: RESPECT.


If you could ainstaSquaresk the author of one book or series to write a sequel, what would it be?

I would probably ask Colleen Hoover to do a sequel for November 9, not that it felt incomplete or hanging but I kind of want to have a feel of what happened afterwards. And yes I really am nosey! The relationship of the main characters in that story was rooted in a difficult history, painful truths and a road to forgiveness. Maybe a novella will do. Or just a peek.


Have you ever met any famous authors and if you haven’t, who would you like to meet and what would you ask them?

I have met Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover and Christine Brae last year then Victoria Aveyard earlier this year. It was amazing meeting these people who has created characters who impacted me greatly. I was able to ask Tarryn something about her Love Me With Lies series and she was really gracious, sweet and took time to speak with everyone (not to mention that she’s even more gorgeous in real life).

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MY QUESTIONS:

1. Name a book character who truly agitated you and almost drove you to the point of jumping inside the story and personally strangling him/her
2. If you can live in a book story for a day, where will you go and why?
3. Name your go-to authors and the reason why.
4. Reading VS Eating VS Music: Can you do all three simultaneously or do you find it hard to concentrate on one while doing the others at the same time?
5. Thank an author or a story which influenced you or helped you at some point in your life.


MY NOMINEES:

1. Victoria of ESCAPE INTO PAGES
2. Vrushali of VRUSHALI21
3. Frannie of READS TO BREATHE BLOG
4. Beatrice of CONFESSIONS OF A PINAY BOOKAHOLIC
5. Nicay of THE NERDY SIDE OF A QUEEN

Thanks again POPPY for the book nomination. I truly enjoyed reading your answers and answering your questions as well. This is a fun award. 🙂 I truly enjoyed it!

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#Day3 – 3 Days, 3 Quotes.

Have I warned you that I can be a bit of a slacker? Well yes I am and now I’m here for my last and third quote.

If you want to check out my first and second quotes, just click on the links.

Day 1 – First Quote

Day 2 – Second Quote

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Again, I would like to thank SHANNON for initially nominating me to do this challenge and also to BETH for my second nomination.

The rules are quite simple:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote for three consecutive days.

Nominate three new bloggers each day.

MY THIRD AND FINAL QUOTE IS SOMETHING ABOUT LOVE, ACCEPTANCE AND FORGIVENESS. 

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If you want to check out my review for SOME SORT OF HAPPY, just click on this link.

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ON MY LAST DAY, I TAG EVERYONE READING THIS. YES YOU!! THE READER/BLOGGER/REVIEWER READING THIS RIGHT NOW, FEEL FREE TO JUMP IN AND JOIN THE CHALLENGE. I KNOW YOU HAVE A LOT OF FAVORITE QUOTES TO CHOOSE FROM.


Looking forward to reading everybody else’s favorite quotes.

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#Day2 – 3 Days, 3 Quotes.

I’m baaaack!!!

This is my second day, my second quote.

If you want to check out my first quote from yesterday, here is the link – https://goo.gl/TbxbhW

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Again, the rules are quite simple:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote for three consecutive days.

Nominate three new bloggers each day.

MY SECOND QUOTE IS FROM A STORY THAT IS REALLY CLOSE TO MY HEART, BRIGHT SIDE by KIM HOLDEN

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If you want to check out my review for BRIGHT SIDE, just click on this link.

On my second day, I tag:

https://thegeekyauror.wordpress.com/

https://queennicaybooks.wordpress.com/

https://rathertoofondofbooks.wordpress.com/


Looking forward to reading everybody else’s favorite quotes. I’ll be back tomorrow for my last one.

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#Day1 – 3 Days, 3 Quotes.

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Sooooo, being a newbie blogger, this is my first ever blog tag and it’s something I really look forward to doing.

So thank you very much to https://shannonmccrackenx.wordpress.com/ for tagging me to do this challenge.

The rules are quite simple:

Thank the person who nominated you.

Post a quote for three consecutive days.

Nominate three new bloggers each day.

SIMPLE, EH?

I am such a huge Tarryn Fisher fan that my first quote will be something from one of the most gut wrenching, soul stirring books I have read, Mud Vein.

“There is a string that connects us that is not visible to the eye. Maybe every person has more than one soul they are connected to, and all over the world there are those invisible strings… Maybe the chances that you’ll find each and every one of your soul mates is slim. But sometimes you’re lucky enough to stumble across one. And you feel a tug. And it’s not so much a choice to love them though their flaws and through your differences, but rather you love them without even trying. You love their flaws.”

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Reading this quote brings back all the feels, EVERY.SINGLE.TIME! I’m just waiting for my paperback copy and will do a re-read.

On my first day, I tag: 

https://readstobreathe.wordpress.com/

https://escapeintopages.wordpress.com/

https://heartscentreads.wordpress.com/


Looking forward to reading everybody else’s favorite quotes. I’ll be back tomorrow for my second one.

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