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.



[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…”


“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!


[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.


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?


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.


How to Bookstagram 101 (Part 2)

What everyone has been waiting for… the second part of this blog post. Fortunately, a lot of people have found inspiration to my previous How to Bookstagram 101 (Part 1) post. If you haven’t read the part 1, you can just read it later– it doesn’t have to be read particularly in order. Now, here I’m going to show you more tips  and advice from successful Bookstagrammers who take breathtaking photos. I just copied their answer because I want you all to know how they give their advice and how they’re full of passion.

Like before, I asked them for advice to share with you all and I also asked what made them stay or kept them going on the Bookstagram community. Now, enjoy!


Abeer from @lookingforabura said,

Okay so… Tips? Advice? Hmmm I’m not really the best person to give pieces of advice but I’ll try to give some tips on how to survive Bookstagram:

  • You need books! Because why are you even starting a “Bookstagram” without books? I am not saying that you NEED TO BUY THEM, NO. You don’t have to. Use your libraries!!! Borrow books and take a photo. That way, you won’t be spending much but you also have photos to put in your account! It’s a win-win situation.
  • You need a theme. Not necessarily complete white background or all outdoor photos, but you need to keep a certain theme to make it easier for you to keep up. Make it something that will define who you are…
  • If you want to gain friends and followers, learn to interact with others. Comment on their photos, not just “like”. Talk to them, ask them questions. I didn’t wake up one day with thousands of followers, I did my job. I made friends with people who have the same passion as me, and now I can say that I’ve made friends from all over the world.
  • Keep posting! At least post once a day. It’s nice to let people know you are active and not just a ghost follower.

What kept me going?

My passion for reading, my love for books and my new found friends on the Internet. Some people say “it’s just Instagram” but no this IS where I can be my nerdy self, it’s a space where I can talk to real people who have the same passion as mine… Bookstagram is a lifestyle.

Hikari from @foldedpagesdistillery said,

I think my biggest advice to new Bookstagrammers is this: Use the library! Bookstagram is not about owning a lot of books. 99% of the time I only buy a book after I have read it and know I love it enough to put on my shelf. Your personal book shelf doesn’t have to be packed to participate.

For more tips from her, you can check this out:

Rebecca from @bookvibes said,

I guess a tip/advice would be when Bookstagramming is to just be yourself. You don’t have to be reading/buying what everyone is at the moment. The point is to post what you love and to have fun with it most of all.

Another thing I would is to tell people to post what you love. You can go all out or be simple as long as you love what you’re doing. Not for anyone else, you don’t have to have a theme or set filter as I know it can be hard to stick to, but I personally like to change up my filters once in a while, and change the background of my photos periodically. You should never feel that you’re obligated to post something just because you haven’t been on in a few days. A break is good periodically.

Candy from @thebookishgirl said,

My tip: While you’re thinking how to take a good bookish pic, don’t forget to talk to people and connect with other Bookstagrammers.

The thing that keeps me going is the loving environment of the Bookstagram community.

Andie from @_halfbl00dprincess said,

For starters, try to remember that this isn’t a job, it’s all just for fun. So if you can’t post for a few days here and there, don’t stress, we all know real life takes first priority. Interact with your followers, comment on other people’s posts, and be personable. Friendships tend to happen naturally on Bookstagram and for me, that’s what this community is all about. Captions can be hard sometimes and you might now always have something to say, but captions are sometimes the most important part of your post. It’s the lead way to fun and sometimes deep conversation. As for photo taking, experiment with different lighting and backgrounds. Things take time but everyone finds their groove eventually. And lastly, just be yourself and have fun!

Mara from @bookmarauder said,

Be yourself!

Post what you want to see on your account.

Be genuine, be nice and have lots of fun.

I know that sounds super vague but it’s really what it comes down to for me.

Alison from @crimeofrhyme said,

My advice would be to post what makes you happy, put your heart into your photos and be proud of your originality! Many people tend to ask a lot of questions about filters and editing apps and stuff, but I think it’s better to focus on the composition of the photo and how your books represents what you love to read.

Talia from @fictionnotfriends said,

Okay, what I would say is make your profile individual. You want people to remember you, and you don’t want to be like every other account. Give yourself a quirk. Maybe you like music, maybe movies. Something different.

Allissa from @abookishloveaffair said,

My biggest advice would be to just post what you love. Yes, getting followers is always fun, but loving your content and enjoying taking the photos and posting them is what matters.

Be willing to mix things up. Try things. I get so many messages and comments about lighting, what app I use, what camera I use, how did I take this or that photo. I feel like a lot of people aren’t really sure what kind of photos they want, so they often try to emulate others’ photos. Which is fine. But wouldn’t it more fun to just try a bunch of different things and see how they turn out? I feel like individuality is the key on here.

Also, interacting with your followers/other Bookstagrammers is one of the best parts of Bookstagram. It’s a community of amazing like-minded people and we’re all just here to celebrate our love of books.

Alison from @littlebookwormig said,

  1. Post what you like. If you choose a book because you think it will impress followers but you really hated it, that will show through in your photo. If you don’t read or enjoy classics, don’t post them. If you’re not a fan of contemporary, choose something else. If you post a book/series that you LOVE, it will show in the final post!
  2. Don’t worry about follower/’like’ count. The followers will come and the likes will go up, even though it might take time. Just keep doing what you’re doing, update regularly and make sure to interact with your followers. Which leads me onto #3.
  3. When people have taken the time to like your photo, read your caption and leave a comment about what you’ve said, ANSWER THEM! I know that sometimes, when you see 40 comments under your photo, it can seem daunting to respond to them all but you’re doing all this to share a slice of your life/reading habits with your followers and they have responded to that and shown an interest in their accounts in return, not only will they keep following but they’ll actually recommend your account to others! I love to interact with followers and I’ve made several good friends on Bookstagram this way.
  4. I like to mix things up. I use the same filter on most of my photos which gives a kind of uniformity but, every so often, I’ll throw in a different lighting effect completely! Same with backgrounds. Most I use a white background (which is either a white sheet – very technical, I know – or, if I can be bothered that day, a photographic light box which can be picked up quite cheaply on eBay), however, some days I’ll use a black background if I think it will make a certain book ‘pop’ more. Don’t be tied completely to a strict theme. It’s very hard to stay motivated that way, in my opinion. You will have your own style which will shine through in your feed, no matter whether you’ve changed your theme/lighting/background. Be yourself!
  5. Lastly… ENJOY! Bookstagram isn’t a chore, it’s a fun community where you get to show off your precious books! If you aren’t enjoying it, you won’t be motivated to keep posting so make sure and keep things fun!

I hope everyone had a lot of fun reading this long post and gained some helpful insights and advice from amazing Bookstagrammers. If you did, comment what you want next below. Thank you everyone!

Special thanks to Abeer, Hikari, Rebecca, Candy, Andie, Mara, Alison, Talia and (another) Alison.

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Here are the links to their Bookstagram accounts, make sure to follow them:
Abeer @lookingforabura:
Hikari @foldedpagesdistillery:
Rebecca @bookvibes:
Candy @thebookishgirl:
Andie @_halfbl00dprincess:
Mara @bookmarauder:
Alison @crimeofrhyme:
Talia @fictionnotfriends:
Allissa @abookishloveaffair:
Alison @littlebookwormig: