My Kind of Reading Space

Recently, someone e-mailed me about reading spaces and it just gave me an idea and motivated me to publish another post since I haven’t posted something like this before. I specifically don’t have a good reading space, but I still manage to read however I like, be it on a chair, sofa or bed. All of those aren’t that comfortable for me, so I’m giving you my dream reading space that will hopefully be comfortable for my eyes (since I don’t have money to buy furniture).

So, as we all have different preferences on our reading space, I personally like to read beside a window where there is sunlight. However, I still enjoy whenever under artificial light. I always dream to have a soft,  velvety sofa to sit on because texture-wise, it’s relaxing for me.

With those long-seater sofas, I would want to just dive into the book I’m reading and I can just imagine a lot of books being read and finished in a day. It is still incomplete though without being beside the window.

Seriously, reading in a place like this feels like heaven for me. I never had a thing like this in my house, but if I had one, I would curl myself to sleep on this one forever. Probably with a dash of winter and a steaming hot chocolate, everything would be perfect for my dream reading space.

There are also a lot of beautiful, cozy reading spaces in Pinterest because obviously, everything amazing is in there. Also, besides this near-window reading space, I feel that I want this magnificent chair that really looks comfortable.

 

See? Ain’t it so comfortable and perfect for a reading spot? Well, that’s it for me for my dream reading space.


What’s your kind of reading space? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

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Title: Dark Matter
Author: Blake Crouch
Publication: July 26th 2016 by Crown Publishing
Genre: Science Fiction, Thriller
Pages: 342
Format: Paperback

“Are you happy with your life?”

Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious.

Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits.

Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor, but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable. Something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.


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My thoughts:

I received this complimentary book from Crown Publishing in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion. 

My mind has been blown into bits. I have no words at all, but I’m still going to try my best to translate all my confused thoughts into words. Never did I expect this book to be complex and interesting enough for me to enjoy. I somehow expected it to be a little good because the hype is there and thank God it’s true.

This is the part where I usually describe or summarize the book, but I don’t think you’ll enjoy it if I give you any information about it. It is best to dive in without any idea at all. However, I’m still going to include some words that will kind-of cover up the entire premise, and they are: multiverses, action, love, and mind-boggling (for you).

“I think about you every second. I think about all the choices we’ve made that created this moment. Us sitting here together at this beautiful table. Then I think of all the possible events that could have stopped this moment from ever happening, and it all feels, I don’t know…”

“What?”

“So fragile.”

I don’t know if that will be able to coerce you to go to a bookstore right now and grab a copy for yourself and read it instantly because it is so damn good that it mostly kept me at the edge of my seat. It is action-packed and thrilling, and it always make me literally question my humanity and the world. I definitely don’t want to spoil anything good because I believe it’s for you to enjoy and decipher on your own.

The characters are OK; it’s not that typical annoying people in books, but they are just like how normal people roll. The book does not really have a lot of characters being introduced, mainly because the main character is the highlight of the story. Although, there are times that it will be confusing, so watch out because I won’t tell.

” ‘The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious.’ ” – Albert Einstein

One reason why I still continued reading this is because of the adventure of the main character. It sparks my curiosity which then will become fun. Again, I do not want to talk much about this because I want you guys to enjoy it as much as I did. Despite the ending having a nice closure, I still wanted more because I somehow expected a lot for the ending. Thus, it made me take off a star.

From all the things that I have uttered in this review, you know that I truly recommend this book. I also felt a Rick & Morty vibe while reading the book, so if you like that animation show, you will definitely like this one. Also, I rarely read anymore, but I still want to give my hundred percent on reviews (and I also want to fully enjoy the book I’m reading). I’m forcing you to buy or order a copy now.

4 swords4 stars for the mindfuckery!


About the author:

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Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the forthcoming novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX, executive produced by M. Night Shyamalan, that was Summer 2015’s #1 show. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written more than a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages and his short fiction has appeared in numerous publications including Ellery Queen and Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine. Crouch lives in Colorado with his family.


Do you guys read Sci-Fi? What books have you already read? Comment below and let’s talk about them!

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[Review] League of American Traitors by Matthew Landis

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Title: League of American Traitors
Author: Matthew Landis
Publication: August 8th 2017 by Sky Pony Press
Genre: Historical Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 256
Format: e-ARC

When seventeen year-old Jasper is approached at the funeral of his deadbeat father by a man claiming to be an associate of his deceased parents, he’s thrust into a world of secrets tied to America’s history—and he’s right at the heart of it.

First, Jasper finds out he is the sole surviving descendant of Benedict Arnold, the most notorious traitor in American history. Then he learns that his father’s death was no accident. Jasper is at the center of a war that has been going on for centuries, in which the descendants of the heroes and traitors of the American Revolution still duel to the death for the sake of their honor.

His only hope to escape his dangerous fate on his eighteenth birthday? Take up the research his father was pursuing at the time of his death, to clear Arnold’s name.

Whisked off to a boarding school populated by other descendants of notorious American traitors, it’s a race to discover the truth. But if Jasper doesn’t find a way to uncover the evidence his father was hunting for, he may end up paying for the sins of his forefathers with his own life.he confession could be much more destructive than the actual sin…


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My thoughts:

It was so, so difficult to keep up with the pacing of this book. I really wanted to like this one because of its interesting premise, but it just did not work out that well for me. The concept was well-thought of, however the execution was the one extremely lacking. The potentiality that it could have delivered greatly had me in high hopes.

The League of American Traitors is an association of historic traitors that has made America today. Jasper, who has a traitorous father, is definitely on the ropes when he is invited to this association. His life is at stake, as well as the other descendants of historic people. Although he wants to amend and correct history, he is hindered by obstacles and people who do not want to rewrite history.

I do not really have a lot to say about this book because I did not really feel anything while reading this. To be completely honest, it was hard to coerce myself to finish the book. The author’s way of writing was normal, but I felt that that were no emotions at all. The ending which was supposed to be a part that makes you somehow, at the least, emotional, but it just did not make me feel that way.

To give you a more vivid detail, I could perhaps compare this book to a roller coaster who only goes up and down without twists and turns. In the first part of the book, there was not a single thing that interest me at all. But, all of a sudden, the middle part kept me at the edge of my seat because this book delivered me what I truly enthused over. Then, it just slowly went downhill again, and even the climax did not feel like a climax at all.

Before I end my review, there are still some good and commendable things about this book. First, the title is very intriguing which made me curious. Next, the action that it has brought was packed and intense. Last, the premise is what I completely admire about this book. Unfortunately, it just did not hold up its end of the bargain.

From what I can say, the book has a potential because of its concept, but the concept has a really wide scope, thus I believe that it takes time to execute it well. Also, the characters were introduced in a rush, and the author just splashed names and names into my face without me getting to keep up. I just really wish that it could have been a lot better.

2 swords2 swords for historic disappointment!


About the author:

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Raised in Bucks County, PA, I returned home after four amazing years at Penn State to the greatest job of all time: teaching 8th graders American History.  I also convinced the most ridiculously amazing girl I’ve ever known to marry me, bought a dog, lived in a renovated barn for two years, and then decided it was time for a home that didn’t have animals underneath.

It’s simpler than that: I love history, but not in the old, awful, kill-me-now-please kind of way. My passion is convincing my students that the past is actually hilarious, shocking, tragic, disturbing, and altogether UN-boring.  While getting my graduate degree in History at Villanova, I realized that there was yet one more way to do this: write contemporary young adult books laced with history to convince my students that the past doesn’t have to be a life-sucking topic. That’s a huge reason why I wrote The League of American Traitors.

Some other stuff: I love poetry but don’t understand it; I want Gordon Ramsay to give me a fatherly hug at some point; I tend toward the unapologetically dramatic; I’m a recovering gamer who can sometimes be found reading the novelization of HALO. I firmly believe that self-deprecating humor is the best kind.


Do you like historical fiction books? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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To Blog or Not To Blog…

…is the biggest dilemma of my life since the day I stopped blogging.

It has been really difficult for me to ride with the flow since I have become so busy with life. To be honest, I really miss reading books and completing my Goodreads challenge. However, everything has become too impossible to accomplish. Now that I am an incoming freshman in college, I know things will be way more complicated than it was before.

Thus, I plan to revive this blog with this semi-introductory post, and I really wish that I can post casually like I did before. I mean, look at the date of my last post: November 2016. I have been doing blogging wrong, but then, I have come to a realization that I definitely do not want to do blogging as a chore. I just want to enjoy every bits of it, so I hope you guys will understand and still follow my blogging life.


How are you all doing?

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[Review] Queen of Hearts (Queen of Hearts Saga, #1) by Colleen Oakes

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Title: Queen of Hearts
Author: Colleen Oakes
Publication: May 3rd 2016 by Harper Teen
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 320
Format: ARC

As Princess of Wonderland Palace and the future Queen of Hearts, Dinah’s days are an endless monotony of tea, tarts, and a stream of vicious humiliations at the hands of her father, the King of Hearts. The only highlight of her days is visiting Wardley, her childhood best friend, the future Knave of Hearts — and the love of her life.

When an enchanting stranger arrives at the Palace, Dinah watches as everything she’s ever wanted threatens to crumble. As her coronation date approaches, a series of suspicious and bloody events suggests that something sinister stirs in the whimsical halls of Wonderland. It’s up to Dinah to unravel the mysteries that lurk both inside and under the Palace before she loses her own head to a clever and faceless foe.

Part epic fantasy, part twisted fairy tale, this dazzling saga will have readers shivering as Dinahs furious nature sweeps Wonderland up in the maelstrom of her wrath.

Familiar characters such as Cheshire, the White Rabbit, and the Mad Hatter make their appearance, enchanting readers with this new, dark take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.


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My thoughts:

Despite loving and not reading much retelling, this one was an utter disappointment. I was really looking forward to this one because I would love to see how Wonderland will be portrayed. Not to mention how simply intriguing the cover is that just captivated me to read the book instantly.

This book follows a princess named Dinah who is soon to be queen, but she lives under the terror of her father who treats her not like a daughter, but that’s just it. Dinah finds to avenge herself by becoming a queen. Then, she finds herself a competition– another daughter that the king hides– that will lower her odds on becoming a queen.

From what I’ve read on the book, that’s basically it. Look how dull the summary of this book is. It was really disappointing. I find it so boring and annoying as well. Fortunately, it was readable. Yes. I almost might have put down the book and mark it as a DNF, but being a reader who doesn’t do that, I finished the book and just acquired more disappointment.

What I like about this book is the Wonderland retelling and the world-building the author has done. I might like some characters from this book, but I don’t really like most characters especially the protagonist, Dinah. Reading her is just like reading a robot–no emotion at all. She’s boring and bland and dull, and reading this book was a complete challenge.

Besides these, what I really hate about this book is that it was all story-telling. It didn’t completely focus on a character’s development. It was just merely telling a story about Dinah and her being a queen to-be. It was really annoying on her side and on the writing itself, making this book a package of cringe-worthy.

Still, it’s a readable book in a Wonderland setting where no Alice can be seen, well that’s a different take on the retelling. It also has no romance at all; not having romance could be a good thing, but it didn’t work out on this book because it badly needs a whiff of romance to make it more interesting. And yet, it’s readable. You decide if you still want to read this. Maybe it’s just me who didn’t like this.

2 swords2 swords for a huge disappointment!


About the author:

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Colleen Oakes is the author of books for both teens and adults, including The Elly in Bloom Series, The Queen of Hearts Saga (Harper Collins 2016) and The Wendy Darling Saga. She lives in North Denver with her husband and son and surrounds herself with the most lovely family and friends imaginable. When not writing or plotting new books, Colleen can be found swimming, traveling and totally immersing herself in nerdy pop culture. She currently at work on another YA fantasy series and a stand-alone YA novel.


Do you like books with fairy tale retellings? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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The Book Break

There are a lot of things that happened in my life. As you can see from my previous posts, all I probably rambled about is my hectic schedule. School hit me hard like a truck unexpectedly. I really thought that I could read A LOT of books this year. But alas, no luck, not at all. If you check out my Goodreads account, you’ll see no progress at all. As Goodreads kindly stated, I’m 17 books behind schedule.

Disgusting. I suck at this. Earlier this year, I remember that I’ve been reading swiftly without hindrance. Now, school has completely taken over all of my time. It is currently my break, but due to unfortunate events, I’m still at a reading slump. It seems like my blog is not only in a hiatus but also my reading. This irks me, and I think that I won’t make any better progress this end of the year.

Motivation, please possess me now.


How long is your longest reading slump? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] Never Stop Falling by Ashley Drew

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Title: Never Stop Falling
Author: Ashley Drew
Publication: March 1st 2016 (self-published)
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 352
Format: e-book

She didn’t expect to fall for her best friend.
He was always waiting to catch her.

Corinne Bennett lives in the moment. Whether she’s skydiving out of an airplane, or setting off on the road to anywhere, she’s ready to dive into the next adventure. That is, if best friend and always-by-the-book Nicholas Kelley doesn’t put his foot down on her wild stunts first.

When Corinne gives in to her growing feelings for Nicholas the summer before their freshman year of college, she takes the ultimate risk, making this one adventure he has longed to explore with her.

But the moment they take that irrevocable leap, a shocking revelation blindsides Corinne, exposing her vulnerabilities, baring her fears, and shattering her beliefs about love. With their future—and most importantly, their friendship—now clouded in doubt, she must decide if love is really worth the risk.

Because when it comes to love, you never stop falling.


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My thoughts:

I received an electronic review copy of this book from the author herself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

This book left me in a whirlwind of emotions. Ever since I saw the cover, I completely fell in love with it. I never thought that I will also fall in love with the book. This is the third New Adult book that I read and all of them haven’t disappointed me. This is why I’m enjoying that genre.

Never Stop Falling is about a girl named Corinne Bennett who didn’t look at his best friend, Nicholas Kelley, as a lover ever. However, this all started to change when she realizes how her best friend looks at her, and she finds herself falling in love with him as they did things that they never expected to happen (not what you think it is).

“Love is beautiful and strange; it can make the heart complete and whole and yet, it’s also capable of smashin’ it into a million pieces.”

This book falls under two viewpoints from Corinne and Nicholas wherein I enjoyed inasmuch as I thought I would. I love reading in both of their perspectives. Both characters were fun and easy to read, and both did not fall into the dark pit of cliché. They were realistic and true to themselves and that’s what I love about this book.

What made this book better than expected is its climax. When I reached it, I was nerve-racking, mentally biting my nails. I didn’t know what will happen next because as the book goes on, it gets completely better and better. The consistency of this book is amazing. I love consistency in a book, and this one deemed to be a worthy one.

“Love is full of risks. Losing the person you love is one of them, and you have to be willing to take it.”

Throughout the book, I surely enjoyed reading the book, but I somehow find the book quite lacking, and I’m not completely satisfied. There’s just something that the story needs to be better. A twist or something huge of an event that will make my jaw drop or something. It will definitely make me love the book more.

Okay, I love this book, and I have no more reason why you should read this book. It’s amazing, and you need to read it. my review may not have justified the beauty that is this book, but I really recommend this book. It truly deserves more attention and hype.

4 swords4 swords for making NA an amazing genre for me!


About the author:

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A San Francisco Bay Area native, Ashley Drew currently lives in Los Angeles. When she’s not going cross-eyed after writing for five hours straight, or burying her nose in a book, you’ll find her sprawled on her couch watching General Hospital, having alien conspiracy discussions with her husband over a bottle of bubbly, and dancing to Taylor Swift’s 1989 album with her daughter.


What’s your favorite New Adult book? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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