Semestral Break (aka Books, Music, TV Shows & Video Games) For Me

Finally, semestral break has begun. That means I can now read books. Or listen to music. Or watch TV shows. Or play video games. I have been preparing for this moment to read a lot of books, but it turns out that I’m doing a lot of things simultaneously. I may have read “a” book this month.

You know why? Because of school works. I hate school. You may have seen me ranting about school from my previous posts. There are, I think, about a hundred books in my shelves that I haven’t read yet but I desperately want to read, but can’t because of school.

Now, my semestral break is here and it’s all about books, music, TV shows and video games. Nothing interesting, but Friends and Scream Queens are. I like both shows and what I’m really raving about currently and recently.

How are you all doing today?

[Review] Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

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Title: Grasshopper Jungle
Author: Andrew Smith
Publication: February 11th 2014 by Dutton Books
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction, LGBT
Pages: 388
Format: Hardcover

 Sixteen-year-old Austin Szerba interweaves the story of his Polish legacy with the story of how he and his best friend , Robby, brought about the end of humanity and the rise of an army of unstoppable, six-foot tall praying mantises in small-town Iowa.

To make matters worse, Austin’s hormones are totally oblivious; they don’t care that the world is in utter chaos: Austin is in love with his girlfriend, Shann, but remains confused about his sexual orientation. He’s stewing in a self-professed constant state of maximum horniness, directed at both Robby and Shann. Ultimately, it’s up to Austin to save the world and propagate the species in this sci-fright journey of survival, sex, and the complex realities of the human condition.


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My thoughts:

What are my thoughts exactly? Except that it is really weird, and in a weird way, I really enjoyed reading it despite the fact that Andrew mentioned a lot of things that are cringe-worthy to my mind. He really had a way of making us remember stuff in his writing style, and that’s what I really like about him as an author.

Horniness is really a problem in this book. Austin, the main character, has an uncontrollable horniness where they come and go unexpectedly. I have probably read the word “horny” for like a thousand times if I’m not exaggerating. There are also words that are stuck in my head because of this book like “sexual intercourse”, “semen” and some character names that I really don’t want to remember, but Andrew really likes me to do so.

It was so hard for me to get into this book because of school works, but now, I finally finished it. For me, this book started off not so good, and the start was really uninteresting. The middle part was what I really like and what kept me going to finish this beautiful book. I am secretly wishing that the start could have been cut and started with the middle then I would have been able to really enjoy reading this.

Good books are about everything.

I did enjoy this book, but I like to compare things, and as a matter of fact, I did with his novel Winger. I did not say that this book is horrible, but Winger is that good and it has been my all-time favorite book. This book was quite disappointing, but I kept telling myself that Winger is a book that he’s written recently, so probably he already knows his mistake or something.

Honestly, his writing style on this one was really hard to read, although I enjoyed the whiff of humor he added. But there were really something wrong in this book that I really did not like. Okay, setting aside the pessimistic view, this book has the best closure. I love how it ended, because I think it gave me a lot of feels from Robby Brees and Andrzej Szczerba (or Austin Szerba). Their friendship may be weird, but sometimes, I really want it to have it (except Robby being gay, not that I hate gays).

I love Shann Collins so much I am afraid it is killing me.
I love Robby Brees the same way
I am an unstoppable train wreck to their lives.

Not gonna lie, the climax until the end were so good that I’m really craving for more. Believe me when I say Austin is not the only weird character in this book because praying mantises are weirder than him and his hormones. Those insects are incredibly large in this book who only do two things: f*ck and eat. Okay, that was weird for me to type. Anyway, this book was fairly good, and probably my least favorite Andrew Smith book for now, having read Winger and Stand-Off which are equally good for me.

4 swords4 swords for weird quirkiness.


About the author:

andrew smith

Andrew Smith is the author of several award-winning novels for young adults, including The Marbury Lens. He lives in a very remote area in the mountains of Southern California with his family, two horses, two dogs, and three cats. He doesn’t watch television, and occupies himself by writing or bumping into things outdoors and taking ten-mile runs on snowy trails. He maintains a blog and website about his strange writing life at ghostmedicine.blogspot.com.

[Review] A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

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Title: A Work in Progress
Author: Connor Franta
Publication: April 21st 2015 by Atria/Keywords Press
Genre: Memoir, Biography, Non Fiction
Pages: 212
Format: Paperback

In this intimate memoir of life beyond the camera, Connor Franta shares the lessons he has learned on his journey from small-town boy to Internet sensation so far.

Here, Connor offers a look at his Midwestern upbringing as one of four children in the home and one of five in the classroom; his struggles with identity, body image, and sexuality in his teen years; and his decision to finally pursue his creative and artistic passions in his early twenties, setting up his thrilling career as a YouTube personality, philanthropist, entrepreneur, and tastemaker.

Exploring his past with insight and humor, his present with humility, and his future with hope, Connor reveals his private struggles while providing heartfelt words of wisdom for young adults. His words will resonate with anyone coming of age in the digital era, but at the core is a timeless message for people of all ages: don’t be afraid to be yourself and to go after what you truly want.


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My thoughts:

This book is just purely fantastic. Every word written in here is like magic. I was moved reading this book, Connor Franta really is an inspiration to all of us. I didn’t expect to like a memoir, but this was out-of-this-world amazing! I have been watching him since maybe last year, I know I’m late but his videos are absolutely the bomb.

His life is truly inspirational and I was encouraged as he said a lot of things about motivation. Reading this memoir was the best thing ever. This book does not only contain uplifting words, but it also contains fascinating pictures.

Photography has been a part of his life since his father also likes to take pictures when he was young. I have been admiring him since I started following his Instagram account because every picture he takes is captured so well. Reading this book explains why he takes specific pictures, and his reason is just rich with meaning.

It’s that family and home are the bedrock of everything we’ve gone on to do. It’s our base camp. Our refuge. Our only place in the world where we feel completely safe and wholeheartedly ourselves.

What I like about him is that he cares. He cares for the impoverished, having a project called The Thirst Project to help provide clean drinking water in Africa, and guess what, he raised at least $230,000, and this project makes him awesome.

In this book, he teaches you how to stand up for yourself even though a lot of people judge you for what you are doing. In the end, they will be envious of what you are doing, and they will appreciate everything you do. When you aspire to do something, then do it. Bullies aside, they are just a mere phase to go and continue what you have always dreamed to be.

Since his childhood, he was the type of person who wants everyone to like him, but he soon realized that it was nonsense unless you really have a special someone whom you can tell your secrets to.

I would rather have 1 amazing best friend than 100 decent regular friends. it’s not about quantity, it’s about quality.

Lastly, he included in this book about his sexuality. He has been questioning himself for years. Disliking every girl he has been with, he has no idea why. In the end, he tried to end his misery once and for all by telling his close ones about it and he made an unscripted YouTube video about it. He expected bashing of arising haters, but he got a lot of supports. That is what made him this person today. Doubtlessly, an inspiration.

Despite anything you say, Connor Franta will always be an inspiration to me. Be it making videos, taking pictures or simply being himself. I learned countless things through reading this book. I hope I can read more books about his life; I just think that this memoir is just the gist of it, and I want more of his exceptional words. I just crave for more, thanks for all the inspiration you have shared to us, Connor.

That’s what labels do– they provide a launch pad for judgment. However people view you, there will be times when you will be judged, often harshly and wrongly. And it will be based on what you do, wear, or like and the friends you hang around with. If you’re highly intelligent, you’ll be an “overachiever.” If you’re incredibly kind, you’ll be “a goody-goody.” If you’re a little shy and quiet, you’ll be “boring” or “awkward.” But trust me, the judgment says more about the labeler than the labeled.


About the author:

connor franta

Connor Franta is an Internet sensation and global trendsetter with millions of followers on YouTube and many other social media platforms. He is the founder of Common Culture Coffee and works closely with The Thirst Project, a charity that provides clean drinking water in Africa, for which he raised more than $230,000 in thirty days. He also curates music from up-and-coming bands for his Common Culture compilation albums. This is his first book.

[Stacking the Shelves] September Book Haul

Wow! I had a large number of haul this month, and I’m going to show you through this post why I am currently broke right now. I know I’m a tad late on posting this because I completely forgot that I need to post this monthly haul.

I received 17 books this month, and I’m really thankful for it is really rare for me to haul a lot of books. So now, I’m going to show you the books I got.

september haul

  1. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

the rest of us just live here

I am currently reading this book along with other books. This book is one of my anticipated reads, and I heard a lot of great things especially about the book cover as the US edition glows in the dark.

2. The Remarkable Journey of Charlie Price by Jennifer Maschari

the remarkable journey of charlie price

I’m so excited to read this even though it’s not the genre I type. I always like to widen my horizon for books like this.

3. The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith

silkworm

This is what I’m happy the most in my haul because I got it for P99 ($2.13) and it’s in hardcover format. I bought the first book before but I didn’t finish it because the vocabulary is just too deep, but I think I’ll try again since it’s written by J.K. Rowling.

4. Love May Fail by Matthew Quick

love may fail

I am so excited to read this because the author just came here if you saw my previous month haul and this book is a gift.

5. Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick

forgive me, leonard peacock

Same as above. But I’m more excited to read this!

6. Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover

ugly love

I’ve heard great things about Colleen Hoover and I just recently met her and she was really kind and accommodating. So stoked to read this even though I’ve heard a lot of things that say that this book is Fifty Shades of Grey material.

7. Confess by Colleen Hoover

confess

I LOVED this book. I recently reviewed this and this book is one of my favorite reads this year.

8. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

maybe someday

I impulsively bought this along with the others for this to be signed because I also want to read this book. I could’ve bought her other books too, but it’s really expensive.

9. The Selection by Kiera Cass

the selection

Aside from meeting Colleen Hoover, I also met Kiera Cass! And yeah, I’ve been hearing a lot of mixed reviews about this series, but I’m always excited to read new books. (lol)

10. The Elite by Kiera Cass

the elite

Same as #9.

11. The One by Kiera Cass

the one

Same as #10.

12. The Heir by Kiera Cass

the heir

I don’t get why this series was extended. But, same as #11.

13. The Vacationers by Emma Straub

the vacationers

Like The Silkworm, I bought this at the same price and I’ve seen this book around and I also know that this book received a lot of bad reviews. So I’m still not putting this in my TBR.

14. Blood and Salt by Kim Liggett

blood and salt

This book is one of my anticipated reads last month and since it’s October. I’m probably going to read it this month for the spooky feels.

15. A Work in Progress by Connor Franta

a work in progress

I’m completely at awe. This book is A-mazing! You people have to read it because it’s the best, even though it’s a memoir. It’s truly inspiring and uplifting.

16. Grasshopper Jungle by Andrew Smith

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I love Andrew Smith, and it’s no doubt that I am going to buy this book and the color of this book is just great. I love GREEN.

17. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

to all the boys i've loved before

I’ve been seeing people raving about this book and asked myself that I should give this one a try. Although this book was impulsively bought also.

18. Mosquitoland by David Arnold

mosquitoland

This one I’m also really excited about, because one of my close friends really recommend this and I have a thing for good covers. So excited!


Thank you guys for tuning in (lol!). I hope you enjoy reading this post. What books did you get last month?