Books I currently have my eyes on, like, really at the top of my to-buy.
More books??? You have so much books you haven’t even read yet. You have a lot of books already. You don’t have any more space on your shelves for new books. Is there nothing else you want to spend you money on?
I know, I know! But do you really think I care? Nope. I love books and book-buying even more! So yes, here are the books that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Yes, this week, I will be in search for all of these books and hopefully, before the month ends, I have every single one with me.
Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I have known of this book because of my utter admiration for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Most of my friends, other reviewers and booktubers say that one would devour this book like crazy if they are a fan of The Night Circus. I have read the synopsis, and I am very much curious of its content.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A 24-hour bookstore. That’s all I need to be attracted to this book. But of course I did a little research to know if it would be worth my time and money. What I learned is that this book has been the Book of The Year for NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. Also, the story is about a guy named Clay who landed a job on an eerie bookstore with peculiar customers. I also read the first few chapters on ebook and I got hooked. I wanted to continue reading it on print, so this is a must-have.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This is a different re-telling of L. Frank Baum’s classic: The Wizard of Oz. Unlike any other fairytale re-telling, this book turned the world of Oz in a complete 360-degree turn in which every happy memory we have of this great place is snatched away by Dorothy herself as she found her way back to Oz and intended to seize power. I guess the premise is way too good to let it pass. I was delighted with the thought of a reverse of the story and so I want the book.

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin

I have this friend whom I share a common interest in the type of books we read. We love the same books and loathed the same bad ones. And so when he told me, well actually, nagged me about how this is a great book, who am I not to take a look? I already have this as an ebook because my friend told me that it is quite difficult to come by, but I really want to find a copy in print.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I really love badass heroines. That’s the reason why I wanted to buy this book when I saw it online. A female assassin who needs to battle several champions for a prince is breathe of fresh for the usual damsel-in-distress type of books. Plus, I also read a lot of good reviews and even had personal recommendation for this one, so why not?

Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell

This book is so hilarious and even reading just a few pages, my eyes were rolling back my head due to the utter ignorance and stupidity some bookshop customers have. I enjoyed reading the eBook and I would love to have a copy of this for my own collection.

Books I currently have my eyes on, like, really at the top of my to-buy.

More books??? You have so much books you haven’t even read yet. You have a lot of books already. You don’t have any more space on your shelves for new books. Is there nothing else you want to spend you money on?

I know, I know! But do you really think I care? Nope. I love books and book-buying even more! So yes, here are the books that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Yes, this week, I will be in search for all of these books and hopefully, before the month ends, I have every single one with me.

Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell by Susanna Clarke

I have known of this book because of my utter admiration for Erin Morgenstern’s The Night Circus. Most of my friends, other reviewers and booktubers say that one would devour this book like crazy if they are a fan of The Night Circus. I have read the synopsis, and I am very much curious of its content.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

A 24-hour bookstore. That’s all I need to be attracted to this book. But of course I did a little research to know if it would be worth my time and money. What I learned is that this book has been the Book of The Year for NPR, Los Angeles Times, and San Francisco Chronicle. Also, the story is about a guy named Clay who landed a job on an eerie bookstore with peculiar customers. I also read the first few chapters on ebook and I got hooked. I wanted to continue reading it on print, so this is a must-have.

Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

This is a different re-telling of L. Frank Baum’s classic: The Wizard of Oz. Unlike any other fairytale re-telling, this book turned the world of Oz in a complete 360-degree turn in which every happy memory we have of this great place is snatched away by Dorothy herself as she found her way back to Oz and intended to seize power. I guess the premise is way too good to let it pass. I was delighted with the thought of a reverse of the story and so I want the book.

Freaks and Revelations by Davida Wills Hurwin

I have this friend whom I share a common interest in the type of books we read. We love the same books and loathed the same bad ones. And so when he told me, well actually, nagged me about how this is a great book, who am I not to take a look? I already have this as an ebook because my friend told me that it is quite difficult to come by, but I really want to find a copy in print.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

I really love badass heroines. That’s the reason why I wanted to buy this book when I saw it online. A female assassin who needs to battle several champions for a prince is breathe of fresh for the usual damsel-in-distress type of books. Plus, I also read a lot of good reviews and even had personal recommendation for this one, so why not?

Weird Things Customers Say In Bookshops by Jen Campbell

This book is so hilarious and even reading just a few pages, my eyes were rolling back my head due to the utter ignorance and stupidity some bookshop customers have. I enjoyed reading the eBook and I would love to have a copy of this for my own collection.

A message from Anonymous
Youre currently in UST Med?

Uhm, not yet. But I passed the entrance exam and I am hoping to go to med school next academic school year. :D

A message from Anonymous
Hi, ate! Any tips para makapasok sa ust med? Hehe thank you!!

Hello! Uhm, we don’t really know how they score us for the entrance exam because last year, it was a full psych test. But you should do good in your NMAT score and also your overall grade, because your GWA is also taken into consideration. Plus, it would be better if you are Catholic, since the school is a Catholic institution and prefers them. Sorry, but that’s all I can give you. I didn’t even study for the NMAT that’s why I was very shocked of my grade. But I guess it’s partly because three of the categories there are my favorite subjects and I somehow know a lot about them (Math, Physics, Biology).

Hope this helps! Goodluck! :D

A message from Anonymous
Not a question, but just want to say i saw your photo with your bookshelf and i am envious! I am also a fellow book nerd, i started reading for pleasure when i discovered our school library in Gr 3. now that i'm working, i'm struggling to find time to read! before we didnt have tv series to compete for our attention. stumbled upon your blog cos i was looking for the thirteenth tale and i saw the link. i just finised the rosie project. do read it if you havent! :) Regards, Phoebe

Hello Phoebe!! I love meeting other booklovers like me. Trust me when I say that I understand how hard it is to find time to read. I just graduated so I have a fair amount of time to read for pleasure, but with our board exams coming up, I feel that I would have to put a limit to my reading again. And just last year, I had my internship and I barely had time to read books, aside from academic ones. And yes, I am a TV series addict too. But somehow I find the balance. I would read if I feel like it and the watch a show when I’m in that mood. Hope you find time, even just a little so you can read. Also, as for the books on my shelves, it took time before those shelves got filled with books. I saved up my allowance and bought my own books. Though of course, some of them are given as gifts during special occasions. 

Happy reading, bookworm! :D

I am so sorry I haven’t been able to post these past few days. I was in vacation in Baler, Aurora where we went to the beach and tried surfing for the past 3 days. The was no wifi at the place we were staying at. Also, I might not be able to post again next week because I will be at Surigao for another vacation. I’ll probably answer questions after I get back. I’m so sorry guys!

"

So, maybe we’re the
generation of the selfie,
but we’re also the generation
that grew up in a tainted,
Photoshopped world
with every impossible beauty standard
shoved down our throat
through a tube
because eating has become
a guilty pleasure
and condemning beauty ideals
won’t go straight to our thighs.

And if, by chance,
we are able to destroy the
demons that you’ve planted
inside of us with your
constant advertisements and rules
that play behind our eyelids and
take root in our brains,
then let us take our fucking pictures
and capture that moment when
we felt beautiful because all this world
has taught us is that
our beauty is the greatest
measure of our worth.

Scoff at our phones all you like,
these delicate extensions of
our fingers, but know that
through this technology
that you couldn’t even
begin to understand,
we have smudged the entire
world with our fingerprints.
We are the generation of knowledge,
and we are learning more than
any that came before us.
So, frown at my typing fingers;
I am using them to grasp power
by the throat.

Try to invalidate us,
but we’ve heard our
parents talking about
the world’s crashing and burning
since we had sprung from the womb.
We know you’ve fucked up,
and we’re angry about it-
the kind of anger that
fuels knowledge,
that I feel in my veins every time
I read the news from my phone
before school,
that sticks in my throat like honey
in a debate;
the kind of anger that simmers,
that sharpens teeth into daggers,
that makes this generation more dangerous
than you could have ever imagined.

We are the generation of change,
and goddammit, we’re coming.

"
Emily Palermo, An Open Letter to the Men Who Told Me to Stay Out of Adult Conversations (via starredsoul)

The Infernal Devices trilogy by Cassandra Clare (spoiler-free review)

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Originally, I was meant to write a separate review for each of the books in The Infernal Devices series. But then I realized that I can only write the review for the Clockwork Angel if I want to save people from spoilers. And so I thought, why not make a review of the series as a whole, still withholding aspects that might ruin the entire experience of reading the books.

This series is a trilogy composed of books entitled Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince, & Clockwork Princess consecutively. The Infernal Devices trilogy is some sort of prequel to The Mortal Instrument series though does not necessarily have exact connections with the events in the latter series. 

Set between late 1800’s and early 1900’s, the story revolves around Tessa Gray, an American girl, bound to meet her brother in London to live with him. Never did it occur to her that her fate would soon take a full turn as she was put to danger in the hands of two unearthly creatures awaiting her at the docks of London, instead of her brother. Her views of the world changed as she realized that everything she believed to exist only in her dreams and most terrifying nightmares were real. She began doubting her own self as she found out that she posess a unique power to change herself into another person. A talent she soon detested as a person who calls himself the Magister sought to use it for his own. 

All hope was lost as Tessa was forced to train and use her powers, under the watch of her captors, for her to be prepared for the Magister’s plan. That was until, young Will Herondale, a Shadowhunter (part human, part Angel) with his team came barging in to rescue her from the hands of evil.

Tessa was then brought to the Institute, where other Shadowhunters reside. This was where she also met Jem Carstairs, a new friend who comforts her well. The story goes on as Tessa searches for her brother the truth about her identity and the plans the Magister has for her. Soon, her life was intertwined with the Shadowhunters and their world for Tessa may either be a great savior or the worst destruction for them.

—————

Okay, so that was all that I can share as an overview of the entire series. As I’ve said, revealing more especially about the next two books would mean spoiling the whole plot. 

First of, can I just say how much I love this series, I think I prefer this over The Mortal Instruments series itself, though not with a great difference. It’s just that, I love how this was written and the Victorian feel added to its charm though this may be only for me since I love Victorian era settings. Aside from that, I love how the author utilized different prose as beginnings of each chapter, slightly hinting of their contents.

Second, is the regard for each of the characters. Yes, the books are centered toward 3 main characters but then the author was not hasty in writing about the minor characters either. Cassandra Clare gave each minor role a distinct persona and was able to show character development for everyone. She was not lenient at all and, after reading the last book, I was satisfied and was not left hanging for she gave closure for every character in the book. Don’t get me wrong, I love open-ended finales but I also enjoy not having to ask questions after read a story. I just love how everyone gets a part in the ending.

Third, is the action-packed scenes and pacing of the story. I read fantasy and sci-fi books because I enjoy having my imagination expanded by different worlds created by theses authors. But aside from that, a good book for me should have a fair share of action in it. I admit to having an affinity with blood lust and this series did not deprive me of such. The battles in the books were written in great detail and I just loved them all! The suspense was there, leaving me on the edge of my seat. I also loved how at one point it was all so fast-paced and everything comes in a blur, and next thing I knew, my brain was halted into a slow but exquisite moment in between the characters. There was little of these books to be bored about and I liked that very much.

Lastly was the ending itself. I have read The Mortal Instruments and I know that Clare has a penchant for cliffhangers and this too, was still evident in The Infernal Devices series. It was a good thing that the series was completed and I was able to breeze through them all without having to wait for the sequel to come out. I wanted to know the ending so much that I finished all 3 books for less than a week. And let me tell that I was not disappointed at all. There was a time while reading the last book that I wondered what would happen, that I felt like the part I was reading seem to be a good ending already and yet there were still a hundred pages left and I have no idea whatsoever how it would all turn out. I love how it made mind mind whirl around the possibilities and how I was still lost and shocked when I read the ending. I completely adored how it ended and I was so grateful of the author of giving me such an unpredictable and splendid conclusion.

It was certainly a worthwhile read and I would gladly read all the books all over again just to be entranced by the beauty of the world Cassandra Clare has built for us. All in all I would give the series an overall 9/10 stars.

Oh and my most favorite of all the books was the last one, the Clockwork Princess. You’ll understand why when you read it, til the very end!

Seriously contemplating on whether I should continue reading the A Song of Ice and Fire series. I still haven’t read the A Storm of Swords onward, and I feel that I need to reread the first two books before diving into the next books because my brain badly needs refreshing. UGH. But the books are so long. But I really want to finish the series. What to do? :|

Arya Stark Appreciation.

I’m sorry, but Arya Stark is just most kick-ass character in the latest episode of Game of Thrones. I just love her. Anyone who says otherwise can get a taste of the Needle in their throats. I mean, her family died but did she mope? No. She fights and strive to live, hoping that someday, she can avenge them all.  Did you see how emotionless her eyes are when she cold-bloodedly killed Polliver. She’s like, you fucked with my friend, now I’m gonna fucking cut you.

This show keeps getting better and better, though of course, the books are always better. 

A message from Anonymous
Hi Ate! I'm an incoming PT freshie in UST and I stumbled upon your blog! See, I'm really nervous because of what I've read from different sites saying that this course is really hard, can you give me tips considering you've graduated already? :D

Well, based on my experience, it’s really true. PT is one the most difficult courses in UST next to med. I guess during freshmen year, you try to grasp the basics well because you’ll be needing it in your next year. Don’t worry, your professors are quite nice. I think you’ll meet Sir Pedrosa and Sir Jurado this year, which are, in my opinion, two of the kindest professors in our college. And if you are aiming for the deans list, be sure to take all of your subjects seriously because even the minors count. Oh and just take it easy, it’s your first year. Don’t spend all your time studying (you’ll do that in 3rd year-5th year) HAHA. Try to balance time for studying, chilling out, hanging with friends so you won’t feel burn out. :)

Book reviews to write.

I know that I have promised you guys quite a lot of reviews for books I have recently finished, and yet somehow, my mind is not in it’s proper zone. I’ve been putting off writing for a while now and it’s because I am just not in the mood to reflect and write about each book I finish. I just want to read and read and read on. And so I made a list of books I haven’t written a review yet. Here they are:

  • Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card
  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
  • Clockwork Prince by Cassandra Clare
  • The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  • The Realm of Possibility by David Levithan
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
  • Allegiant by Veronica Roth
  • Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Oh damn. That is a long list. How am I supposed to start? I do hope that I can finally start writing this week so that I still have the plot in my memory and won’t leave anything important from the story. Again, I apologize to those of you who have been waiting for these reviews. Please don’t hate me. 

I do not usually post Youtube videos that  enjoy here on my blog but this is just to brilliant not to share with you guys.

Please spare 10 minutes of your time and watch this performance. It’s not only the cuteness of this child that will get you but his amazing thoughts. Seriously, what he said in the end would melt your hearts. 

HE IS SO FUCKING ADORABLE. OMG.

"Sometimes, our lives can change so fast that the change outpaces our minds and hearts. It’s those times, I think, when our lives have altered but we still long for the time before everything was altered— that is when we feel the greatest pain. I can tell you, though, from experience, you grow accustomed to it. You learn to live your new life, and you can’t imagine, or even really remember, how things were before."
Cassandra Clare (Clockwork Angel)

Watched Divergent today.

It was really good & followed the book quite closely, except for the fact that I hate the Ferris wheel scene & that my mind refuse to accept the image of Theo James as Four. Although I think that Shailene Woodley did a great job as Tris, despite the complete lack of resemblance to book-Tris.

I’ll be posting a more detailed review of the movie after a week to give time for people who haven’t watched the movie yet. I know how you people hate spoilers even if you already read the book a hundred times.

Let’s just say that it was not a bad adaptation and I’ll give it a 7/10.

After 5 long years of stress, tears, blood, and sleepless nights.. I am an official graduate of the University of Santo Tomas - College of Rehabilitation Sciences BS Physical Therapy.

I am just so happy that I am finally done with college. Though of course, the board exam is approaching real fast and the review would start on the 3rd week of April. Nevertheless, I am excited of what the future will bring. 

Bauyon, Biernadette Grace O.

BS Physical Therapy Batch 2014

Now signing off..

Officially unemployed. Haha.