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. Check out the sectional sofas over at Arhaus if you are looking to be comfortable near the window because it sure looks comfy for me to read, unwind and probably to just daydream and fall into an abyss of my imagination. 

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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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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The Best Feeling About Being a Blogger and a Bookstagrammer

I’m so glad that I started this blog because it completely changed my life.  I gained friends and a lot of things I could ever ask for. By being a blogger, I’m able to write using my own and since I aspire to be a writer soon, why not try blogging, right? I can let out my feelings once in a while.

However, my blogging life doesn’t just end there. I love how everyone appreciated my presence here. I really earned a lot of appreciation, and I’m truly grateful to everyone. Even authors and publicists notice my blog since I started my Bookstagram (Instagram) first.

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This post wasn’t meant to be a really long one, but I just want to say this one out loud. The best feeling, really, is that I’m able to receive review copies from various authors and publishers, and I’m really overwhelmed with those. I, for once, feel guilty when I can’t read or review the books before a book’s publication date. Since these days, a lot of people are sending me books, subscription boxes and book merchandises because of my growing blog and Bookstagram.

Without these two, I’ll probably cannot fathom without me being able to take photos and write blog posts about random stuff that I want to voice out. Photography and writing are both of my favorite hobbies, and this is the other best feeling about being a blogger and a Bookstagrammer.


What’s your best feeling as a blogger? Comment below and let’s talk about it.

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