[Review] The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne

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Title: The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
Author: Holly Bourne
Publication: August 1st 2014 by Usborne Publishing
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 448
Format: Paperback

Apparently I’m boring. A nobody. But that’s all about to change. Because I am starting a project. Here. Now. For myself. And if you want to come along for the ride then you’re very welcome.

Bree is a loser, a wannabe author who hides behind words. Most of the time she hates her life, her school, her never-there parents. So she writes.

But when she’s told she needs to start living a life worth writing about, The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting is born. Six steps on how to be interesting. Six steps that will see her infiltrate the popular set, fall in love with someone forbidden and make the biggest mistake of her life.


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My thoughts:

I received a review copy of this book from Usborne in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

I have constantly put this book off because I didn’t know if I would like it or not. Gladly, I picked this book in the right time and was completely astounded. While reading this book, I found myself curling in a blanket of feels. There’s just too many emotions triggered in almost every part of the book, making this one deserving to get my first 5-star rating this year.

This book revolves around a said-to-be “loser” and “uninteresing” named Bree who loves to read and write but has been rejected by most publishing companies that she contacted. She asks for advice, and then, she starts to completely change her life by getting a new hair look, changing her fashion style and hanging out with the populars. She has done this because she was starting a blog called “The Manifesto on How to be Interesting” and here she talks about her journey from being loser to popular. Little did they know about her agenda behind it.

“What pretty person achieved anything of merit anyway? Who cares what a writer looks like as long as their words are beautiful?”

Holly Bourne has done it again! This is the third book I have read by her, and it’s just keep getting better and better. I think I’m in love with her writing style that is why I am able to connect with the characters she creates despite that the characters and I have different personalities. The characters just exemplify reality that being teenagers in our generation, and it is one of the reasons why I like this book.

Feels. Feels. And feels. Bourne has done nothing but give me feels. All her books that I have read contained feels that left me emotionally hurt and unstable. There is a way in her writing that will make you just want to bawl your eyes out and cry loudly while your pillow is against your mouth (but that seriously didn’t happen to me because I’m not a crier – I am just a “feels-er”).

“You don’t know or care who I am. But you will on Monday. I’m going to start fighting back with the best weapon I have: words. Indelible, permanent words.”

This book is accurately relatable because my dreams correlate with Bree’s. She wants to write and I want to write. For now, I use my blog and she uses one too. But at least, she has finished writing a book and I have not. Consequently, I can hear myself in my head shouting, “Hey, that’s me in the future but won’t probably happen.”

Fully and extremely recommended because it’s my actual very first 5-star rating this year, and I’ve been waiting for the very perfect book to be given this kind of rating. I have no regrets giving it 5 stars because it truly deserves every star possible because it’s literally amazing, from the first page until the last.

5 swords5 swords for completely surprising me!


About the author:

holly bourneHolly Bourne writes for young adults for a living. She is a journalist for www.TheSite.org, an advice and information website for 16-25 year-olds.

Before this, she spent two years working as a local news reporter on the Surrey Mirror and was nominated as Print Journalist of the Year 2010. She also has a first class degree in Journalism Studies and has won awards for her writing.

Her debut novel, Soulmates, is published by Usborne on September 1, 2013.


Have you read any Holly Bourne’s books yet? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Top Ten Tuesday] Bookworm/Bookish Delights

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a Top Ten Tuesday, and finally, I have stopped being lazy or I’m still lazy. Since I love the feature today, I would love to let you know what I really love as a bookworm, and if so, you can share what delights you as a bookworm. Let’s get this party started, shall we?

  1. THE FREAKING COVER OF A BOOK

This is what drives me to buy a book. The cover has to captivate my eyes, even though I have no idea what the book is about. You, book, are going to be checked out of the cashier instantly. No second thoughts. Unless if I didn’t bring money which will be a sad, sad day for me. I’ll ask for my mother’s money anyway.

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2. Naked hardcover arts

I love the feeling when I go to a book store, undress a hardcover, and see a beautiful art. There are lot of kinds of art that could portray to this, be it an engraving or a printed art. Aside from picking a book from the book store with a gorgeous cover, I immediately and sneakily undress a book, and if it is beautiful inside and out, definitely BOUGHT again. But this one doesn’t apply always. *winks*

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3. Matching covers, spines and format

Everything has to match for me. It bothers me so much that I don’t want to see a series together if they don’t match perfectly. The perfectionist in me will yell and yell until I get the book out of my sight. I mean, it’s fine. NOT REALLY FINE. Publishers seriously have to sell a book series with matching covers, spines and paperback/hardcover format.

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4. Reading a book in one day

I mean it’s impossible for me to read a book in one sitting because I get distracted all the time. So it’s reading a book in a day. I rarely finish a book in a day, so when I do, I’m really happy. It’s one of the joyous moments being a bookworm, and I know you know it.

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5. Going to a book store

Undeniably, we can’t pass a day when we don’t go to a book store while our family or friends are shopping. They’re probably shopping for clothes, and we’re probably shopping for books. Right?

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6. Getting new bookshelves

It hasn’t happened to me yet, but I keep telling my mom to buy me book shelves because I’m already stacking my books, and my current shelves that aren’t really for books are going to explode. Getting new shelves will definitely make me a happy bookworm, and that just means that you always haul a lot of books. Guilty pleasure.

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7. Getting out of the reading slump

There are a lot of times when I fall in this evil reading slump when I just want to read but can’t. Let’s just be grateful when our reading slump lasts for a short time. I had a month long reading slump, and it just freaking sucks. All the books I’m trying to read is disgustingly forced. I can’t even like the book because of the reading slump.

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8. Receiving book mails 

Okay, not gonna lie, book mails are one of the best things ever when I became a blogger. I love the feeling when book packages arrive at my freaking doorstep, but I don’t really have a doorstep so the books get delivered to my floor. The other thing is when you buy online and you wait for like a gazillion years, then when it comes, you’re like an animal, wanting to break the box open using your hands. Well, that’s me… kind-of.

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9. Attending book signings

Ever since I started going to book signing events, I got obsessed. Our local book store keeps on bringing authors, and meeting an author is such a great experience. I’ve received a lot of comments saying that I’m so lucky that I get to meet a lot of authors that they have read. Thanking my book store right now. I’m like a paparazzi every time I go to these kinds of events.

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10. A REALLY, REALLY GOOD BOOK!

The most important things to us bookworms is the book as it is. We may be happy with getting a lot of books, but it always comes down to how good it is because when we hate the book, obviously, our money won’t be worth it. For all we know, all we want is a really, really good book to complete our day.

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How about your bookworm delights? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

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Title: Tell Me Three Things
Author: Julie Buxbaum
Publication: April 5th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 336
Format: ARC

What if the person you need the most is someone you’ve never met?
Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

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My thoughts:

I received an advanced reader’s copy of this book as a part of the blog tour hosted by Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This does not influence my opinion.

So, Tell Me Three Things. I’ll tell you three things that I like about this book. I tell you- this book is so good and definitely one of the best contemporary book I read this year. I had a Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda vibe while reading this book because of the anonymous emails and not knowing who’s the person behind those emails. Thanks to this book by Julie, my brain triggered and functioned just to create some theories who that person could possibly be.

This book revolves around Jessie Holmes who just transferred to Los Angeles because of her father who just met a person online, falling in love with her and wanting to move in with them. Also because that his wife died. After a few days of attending her new school in, she suddenly receives an anonymous email that goes by the name Somebody/Nobody (SN). This person has become Jessie’s guide throughout her new life in Los Angeles and still, she has no idea who she’s talking to, and also, they’re exchanging three things about themselves as they become closer and more comfortable with each other.

“Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they’re only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.”

Here are three things that I like about this book: (1) It is fun reading this book. The writing was easy to read, and the story is so interesting, making this one a real page-turner as I finished the book in one-sitting. The characters in the story sound so real and fun. Thus, I felt like I’m in their world and the characters felt like my friends in the fictional world.

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*me while reading this book*

(2) I like how balanced this book is. There is an enough amount of emails and messages that Jessie and Somebody/Nobody exchange to make the story more interesting. It’s really cute how they sound weird to each other, knowing that Jessie has no idea who she’s talking to. Even I cannot bear not knowing who I’m talking to; there is a need for me to know everything. Sometimes. Jessie is probably dying to knowing who SN is.

“But sometimes a kiss is not a kiss is not a kiss. Sometimes it’s poetry.”

(3) Lastly, the number of pancakes mentioned is insurmountable, and I just want some pancakes in IHOP. Even the cover of this book was an enigma for me, making me think about the connection of those heart waffles to the story itself. The cover of this book is simple but exceptionally-looking. Surely, the cover is just as beautiful as the story, but I somehow found the story quite lacking, making me take off one star.

(4) Okay, I was just kidding, I have to tell you four things. Yes, I lied. Not a big deal. The ending of this book was phenomenal. I love how my theory is right, and I love how perfect it is that my ship has sailed, although there were times that I was confused of my ships. There were many. The ending of this book was unlike any other, confusing you for a bit, but I really love how it ended. Yup. Phenomenal, this book is. I recommend it to everyone who loves mystery in their romance.

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4 swords for too much cuteness!


Have you added Tell Me Three Things to your TBR? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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Summer = Books

This summer, I have read tons of books. Good thing that the evil reading slump hasn’t hit me yet, but I won’t jinx it. Please don’t ever come near me. Shoo. Well, to be honest, I had mini reading slumps, but thinking that I have over a hundred books on my TBR, I should just keep on reading until it runs out.

Let me tell you a story for now. Last summer, I read, I think, 20+ books, and my TBR has quickly lessened. Finally, something hit me. Abibliophobia. I don’t know if that’s a real term, but I already saw it on the Internet. It doesn’t mean that I believe everything on the Internet, however this one is completely true to me. That phobia means that you have a fear of running out of books to read. That’s why I want to intentionally be in a reading slump before. That didn’t happen because I love reading books so much.

Apparently, I am now overwhelmed. My TBR last year was like 70+ or 80+ something. Now it’s 143. Such an astounding and intimidating number, but I challenge myself to at least turn it into 100 or something. What do you think? Right? It won’t probably happen due to the fact that I haul a lot of books every month. Not really a lot every month, but I haul some. It’s no secret that my TBR increases by the minute I go to a book store.

It’s really impossible to get it to 100 this year. Maybe next year? Next next year? Next next next year? Next decade? Next century? Next millennium? Before I die? Maybe. Nevertheless, I always get distracted this summer. Video games. TV shows. Movies. I want to read so much, but I live in the SCORCHING country, Philippines where you get fried and roasted alive while standing under the sun in a few seconds. True story. This heat bothers me so much that I just don’t want to read while I’m sweating real bad.

I hate summer. But I love reading time. Reading definitely weighs more than heat. So, I’ll just turn on the air-conditioning unit for now so I can read.


What distracts you from reading? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review] The Darkest Corners by Kara Thomas

the darkest cornersTitle: The Darkest Corners
Author: Kara Thomas
Publication: April 19th 2016 by Kara Thomas
Genre: Young Adult, Mystery, Thriller
Pages: 336
Format: Paperback

The Darkest Corners is a psychological thriller about the lies little girls tell, and the deadly truths those lies become.

There are ghosts around every corner in Fayette, Pennsylvania. Tessa left when she was nine and has been trying ever since not to think about it after what happened there that last summer. Memories of things so dark will burn themselves into your mind if you let them.

Callie never left. She moved to another house, so she doesn’t have to walk those same halls, but then Callie always was the stronger one. She can handle staring into the faces of her demons—and if she parties hard enough, maybe one day they’ll disappear for good.

Tessa and Callie have never talked about what they saw that night. After the trial, Callie drifted and Tessa moved, and childhood friends just have a way of losing touch.

But ever since she left, Tessa has had questions. Things have never quite added up. And now she has to go back to Fayette—to Wyatt Stokes, sitting on death row; to Lori Cawley, Callie’s dead cousin; and to the one other person who may be hiding the truth.

Only the closer Tessa gets to the truth, the closer she gets to a killer—and this time, it won’t be so easy to run away.


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My thoughts:

I received a review copy from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

This book just literally kept me on the edge of my seat. I’ve been looking forward to what is going to happen next. There is just like a rollercoaster of mystery and drama, added with a lot of dark aspects. Mystery isn’t really a thing of mine, but I gave it a shot, and it has blown me away.

The Darkest Corners is about a girl named Tessa who’s had a horrible past wherein her cousin, Lori, was murdered by a local notorious killer known as the Ohio River Monster, victimizing helpless girls. She moved to another house after this awful occurrence a long time ago, but now, she came back to visit his prisoned father. She now finds herself piecing everything up that will lead her to knowing who really is this killer.

The writing was beautiful and definitely easy to read. I kind-of read this book in one-sitting, but I need to eat lunch, so I had to put it off for a moment. During my break, I’ve been itching to read more from this book. It gives me thrilling and exciting moments that make me want to come back for more.

“There are worse things in this world than monsters, and somehow, they always manage to find me.”

Although that I love the characters, they were a bit expected. For a mystery genre, you know what to expect on protagonists and such, so I was looking forward to another protagonist that will probably do something different, nonetheless I still enjoyed reading the characters and how they cope with the events. Not that much irritating for me.

Also, the start of this book was a bit slow, but suddenly changed its pace after the first hundred pages. My favorite part of this book will definitely be the twist. I thought the book ended and I was like “That was the twist?” with a questioning look of mine. But then, I continued reading, and there was more. The ending was truly unexpected as I thought was expected. Boy, was I wrong!

Recommending this book to everyone, definitely mystery lovers out there. Even if mystery isn’t right up your alley and want to start reading one, this can be the start to your love for mystery. I will doubtlessly read more book written by Kara Thomas in the near future.

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4 swords for keeping me on the edge of my seat!


About the author:

kara thomasKara Thomas is the author of THE DARKEST CORNERS, coming April 2016 from Random House/Delacorte. She is also the author of the Prep School Confidential series from St. Martin’s Griffin under the pen name Kara Taylor. Kara has written for Warner Brothers Television and currently writes full-time on Long Island, where she lives with her husband and rescue cat.

 


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

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The 5-Star Rating Dilemma

So, WordPress just reminded me that I haven’t published a post for 8 days already. I know, I’m bad at this, but I’m just utterly lazy about updating my blog from time to time. There’s always a time when I post daily, and there’s time when I’m at my mini-hiatus.

Nonetheless, this post is not about that. That’s just a mere introduction to explain why I am gone for over a week. Okay. I have been having trouble reading books because I end up giving the 2 or 3 or 4 stars, and I haven’t given at least a single book with 5 stars. I’m flipping out, and this isn’t completely normal because I’ve given a lot of it last year.

I think I’m just being skeptical at the moment, that’s all. I really want to give the perfect book my very first 5-star rating, and amazingly, just yesterday, I’ve read a book that literally deserves 5 stars. I was actually still being doubtful if I’m going to give it 4 stars or 5, but soon gave it 5 stars.

After four freaking months, I have finally given a book with a 5-star rating. Hallelujah!


How many books have you already rated with 5 stars this year? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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[Review Fest #4] Dying to Live by Vincent J. Monteleone

Note: This is the last review of my Review Fest. I don’t think I will do this again, but if needed, I will. This is my consecutive reviews from authors that gave me a review copy of their books. I am very much grateful to them.
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Title: Dying to Live
Author: Vincent J. Monteleone
Publication: December 29th 2015 by iUniverse
Genre: Fiction, Drama
Pages: 218
Format: Paperback

Dying to Live introduces Brendon Merullo, a boy with the usual childhood fantasies of winning the World Series for the Yankees, the NBA Championship for the Knicks, and the Super Bowl for the Jets. Unfortunately for the cause of New York sports, he puts away his dreams and then works-hard-and makes a success of his life, at least, according to the world’s standards. The author, Vincent J. Monteleone, shares the outcome of dreams and work colliding:

The eight-year-old version of me would actually be disgusted with the man I grew up to be. I rarely do anything that I want to do during the day because I am too busy working. Then when I get home I am too tired to do anything fun or that I want to do. Usually I just end up sitting on the couch in front of the television like a zombie until I cannot keep my eyes open any longer and it is time to go up to bed to rest up for another day of the daily grind.

But then, one day Brendon goes to the doctor and hears news he never expected to hear. From that moment on, he begins to discover the deep truths about life and death.


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My thoughts:

I received a review copy from the author himself in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion.

Truly a powerful short book that can change millions of lives. It comprises a lot of values embedded on every chapters, continuously reminding us how important life is and how important that we should cherish the specific time given to us and use it to live our lives with a purpose.

In this debut novel, a man named Brendon, who has a big dream, has recently been diagnosed with cancer. All his dreams shattered one by one. Before this happened, he’s been obsessed with money and other things that are keeping him away from his family, and because of this occurrence, he finally realizes the importance of time before he slowly dies of cancer. From there, he’s dying to live just to live his last days with his family.

“It doesn’t matter how nice that expensive watch looks on your wrist if you don’t know how to tell time correctly. It doesn’t matter how much money you have, if it costs you too much to make it.”

Throughout the inspiring pages of this book, I felt myself being motivated and encourage to do something I have never done in my life, wanting me to take a risk on something. I love that this could’ve been better if it was a self-help book rather than being a novel as it is. What made me love this is that it felt like the author really poured his heart all over the book made the book a thousand times better.

Besides the positive side it’s shown, I have some problems with it. First, being that this book is of without any dialogue at all. I was struggling to read because it was all story-telling, nevertheless, I enjoyed the uniqueness as it progresses.

“You do not need to do something extraordinary, like Christopher Columbus did by discovering America, to live on forever as legend. All you have to do is stay true to what is in your heart and do your part to make the world around you a better place for all those who come in contact with you.”

Next, being overloaded with inspirations, it was like just a collection of inspirational quotes rather than a novel on some parts.  But on other parts, it’s just a-okay and can be read easily. This whole thing can actually be a speech, and its core as novel would remain the same.

Overall, I love how the way it is, inspirational and such, but the problems that I encountered are things that make me uninterested to read further. Still, if you’re looking to be motivated to do something, read this and live it. The purpose of this book is to be shared to everyone, telling everyone how life is very important. Definitely recommended!

3 swords3 swords because cancer can kick its own ass! (lol)


About the author:

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Vincent J. Monteleone has poured passion into writing Dying to Live, his debut novel. In 2013 he earned a business degree from Baruch College. Since then, he has discovered alternatives to the view of the world he learned about in his college classes. Theres alternatives shape his passions and his writing.


What inspirational quote do you live by? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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