A message from Anonymous
can you give away some ebooks lol

I’d be willing to do so but privately. I don’t want to post the ebooks on any file sharing sites so if you have an ebook in mind that I might have, just message me and I’ll send them to your email. :)

September Book Photo Challenge

Day 1 : Introduce Yourself
Hi, I’m Bernadette but I prefer to be called Badz. I decided to do the Book Photo Challenge for the month of September, originally posted by Jessica. 
I have been on Tumblr for almost 6 years now and I mostly blog about books(duh!). I am 21 years old, a lisenced physical therapist in the Philippines, and I plan to go to med school next year.
I had all my hair shave last April, and now I have this awkward Betty-Boop-ish hair. It’s naturally curly so I do not know how to tame it with its current length.
I am an Atheist. I am also sapiosexual, and I love it when I can have intellectual conversations with people. I am also a proud advocate of the LGBTQ community and a feminist. I have a younger sister and we live with my mom. I have major daddy issues that I still cannot get over with.
I have been reading books since I was 5 years old and I currently own 350 books on my shelves and 681 eBooks on my Kindle. I love reading both printed books and ebooks because they both have different pros and cons. For me, one is not better than the other. They complement each other. My reading habits caused my vision to blur and now, I have an eye grade of 75/100.  
I buy books like crazy and sometimes, my mom hates me for it. I am also a huge fan girl of so many books and shows. I also love listening to indie music and watching indie films. I love cats and I fear dogs. I am also a big math geek and I used to join interschool competitions when I was in highschool. 
Oh, aside from being a book addict, I am a coffee addict, too! I drink coffee twice everyday. I think it will take its toll during my latter years in life, but hey, I can’t live without my cup.
You can find me on Goodreads , Twitter & Facebook.

September Book Photo Challenge

Day 1 : Introduce Yourself

Hi, I’m Bernadette but I prefer to be called Badz. I decided to do the Book Photo Challenge for the month of September, originally posted by Jessica

I have been on Tumblr for almost 6 years now and I mostly blog about books(duh!). I am 21 years old, a lisenced physical therapist in the Philippines, and I plan to go to med school next year.

I had all my hair shave last April, and now I have this awkward Betty-Boop-ish hair. It’s naturally curly so I do not know how to tame it with its current length.

I am an Atheist. I am also sapiosexual, and I love it when I can have intellectual conversations with people. I am also a proud advocate of the LGBTQ community and a feminist. I have a younger sister and we live with my mom. I have major daddy issues that I still cannot get over with.

I have been reading books since I was 5 years old and I currently own 350 books on my shelves and 681 eBooks on my Kindle. I love reading both printed books and ebooks because they both have different pros and cons. For me, one is not better than the other. They complement each other. My reading habits caused my vision to blur and now, I have an eye grade of 75/100.  

I buy books like crazy and sometimes, my mom hates me for it. I am also a huge fan girl of so many books and shows. I also love listening to indie music and watching indie films. I love cats and I fear dogs. I am also a big math geek and I used to join interschool competitions when I was in highschool. 

Oh, aside from being a book addict, I am a coffee addict, too! I drink coffee twice everyday. I think it will take its toll during my latter years in life, but hey, I can’t live without my cup.

You can find me on Goodreads , Twitter & Facebook.

So, it’s September 1st, and today is the release of the newest Harry Potter covers from Bloomsbury. Just look at them! Aren’t they so gorgeous?! I want them in my hands right now. But you see, the problem is that they are only going to be sold in the UK. Do you know how freaking jealous I am of those who get to buy and own these babies??? 
Why so selfish, UK? I wish I lived there. I’d rush to the nearest bookstore and grab all these. Is there anyone out there, British friends, willing to buy me these babies? It would mean the world to me. I swear. Any takers? Hahahaha. 

So, it’s September 1st, and today is the release of the newest Harry Potter covers from Bloomsbury. Just look at them! Aren’t they so gorgeous?! I want them in my hands right now. But you see, the problem is that they are only going to be sold in the UK. Do you know how freaking jealous I am of those who get to buy and own these babies??? 

Why so selfish, UK? I wish I lived there. I’d rush to the nearest bookstore and grab all these. Is there anyone out there, British friends, willing to buy me these babies? It would mean the world to me. I swear. Any takers? Hahahaha. 

"Fiction allows us to slide into these other heads, these other places, and look out through other eyes. And then in the tale we stop before we die, or we die vicariously and unharmed, and in the world beyond the tale we turn the page or close the book, and we resume our lives."
Neil Gaiman (American Gods)
lordofthecubs:

erikadprice:

yeahwriters:

abandonedmarionette:

Because I live in a third world country and our stupid bookstore still do not have copies of Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After. And it sucks because I am really looking forward to reading it.
And so, like always, my go-to back up plan is to read it in my Kindle. I don’t care anymore what medium I use, I just need to read the freakin’ book. Still, I’m going to buy an actual copy of this as soon as it is available. I am so excited like hell. Wish me luck guys. Will update you guys as soon as I finish reading, of course, spoiler-free! 
Who else is reading Isla and the Happily Ever After?

^Another factor for Kindle/ebook-haters to consider.

Bingfuckingo. Kindle and Amazon may be problematic, but e-reading has democratized book access and made a vast library of free and cheap(er) books available to a wide, wide array of people, including many in the developing world. 
Thanks to ebooks, poor people all over the world can download whatever they want, including countless classics for FREE. This is true even for those living remote areas without access to book stores. 
Or let’s say you live in a rural, exurban, or poor urban area in the “developed” world. With an e-reader, you can download any fucking book that exists in ebook format. You’re no longer the behest of the one generic chain bookstore that exists in your town.
Because brick and mortar bookstores have been dying for a long time and prior to ebooks, many people have limited book buying options. In some regions of this country, people only have access to Walmart’s piddly-ass book section — a lot of people in fact. For many of them, e-readers are a revelation. 
Ereaders have made it possible to download all manner of obscure genre books, text books (!), sex, medical, and science books, indie fiction, new releases, controversial books, weird romance novels, free classics, reference books, etc, many of which people had no access to in the past.
At a fraction of the cost, and with complete portability. 
If you’re some weird page-sniffing elitist living in a major city crammed with used bookstores, you need to sit the fuck down and give e-readers a chance. And if you hate Amazon, that’s fine — use Kobo instead. 

I agree with most of your points, but being in a contrary mood, I’ll inject a few devil’s advocate caveats. 
It is clear that e-readers have democratized access to information and literature in a way not experienced before. But, in some respects, the benefits still enure to a limited subset of the population. To enjoy these benefits, you must be able to afford the device, have access to internet to download material, and have access to reliable utilities to keep it charged.
Even in America, there are people who live in areas where there isn’t public Wifi at every corner coffee shops (or even any corner coffee shops!) For some, the public library, yard sales, and hand-me-down books from friends is still the cheapest way to get your hands on books. 
But I think this is changing slowly. As economies in India, China, and other emerging powerhouses grow, the idea of utilities (clean water, electricity, etc.) as a common right is growing as well. And with that, the demand for access to the internet will follow close behind.

Woah woah woah. What is happening here? I just slept and suddenly, there’s a wild debate about ebooks and printed books on my post. I love all your thoughts and respect each of your opinions guys.
But I think it all goes down to preference. If a person enjoys hard, actual printed books, then fine, let them bask in the beauty that is the printed word. Let them sniff their hearts out of those brilliant books. Let them bask in the feel of the pages as they flip through each one. Allow them to cherish the moment as they crack the spine of a newly bought book.
On the other hand, when another person prefers the handiness and portability of e-readers, let them be, too. Allow them to savor the light-weight techy-ness of their Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Ipad, or whatever e-reader they own. Let them rejoice in the thought of carrying loads of books in the palm of their hands. 
You see, it does not matter what the medium is. We all read books for certain purpose. The most important thing is not about the tools we use, I think what we should focus on is the story itself, allow ourselves to be drunk with each phrase, each sentence, each chapter and be filled with the magic of the story no matter if we read it from the hard/softbound book, e-reader, or even listen to them in audio books. There’s no need to fight guys. Love the content and do not worry about the medium.

lordofthecubs:

erikadprice:

yeahwriters:

abandonedmarionette:

Because I live in a third world country and our stupid bookstore still do not have copies of Stephanie Perkins’ Isla and the Happily Ever After. And it sucks because I am really looking forward to reading it.

And so, like always, my go-to back up plan is to read it in my Kindle. I don’t care anymore what medium I use, I just need to read the freakin’ book. Still, I’m going to buy an actual copy of this as soon as it is available. I am so excited like hell. Wish me luck guys. Will update you guys as soon as I finish reading, of course, spoiler-free! 

Who else is reading Isla and the Happily Ever After?

^Another factor for Kindle/ebook-haters to consider.

Bingfuckingo. Kindle and Amazon may be problematic, but e-reading has democratized book access and made a vast library of free and cheap(er) books available to a wide, wide array of people, including many in the developing world. 

Thanks to ebooks, poor people all over the world can download whatever they want, including countless classics for FREE. This is true even for those living remote areas without access to book stores. 

Or let’s say you live in a rural, exurban, or poor urban area in the “developed” world. With an e-reader, you can download any fucking book that exists in ebook format. You’re no longer the behest of the one generic chain bookstore that exists in your town.

Because brick and mortar bookstores have been dying for a long time and prior to ebooks, many people have limited book buying options. In some regions of this country, people only have access to Walmart’s piddly-ass book section — a lot of people in fact. For many of them, e-readers are a revelation. 

Ereaders have made it possible to download all manner of obscure genre books, text books (!), sex, medical, and science books, indie fiction, new releases, controversial books, weird romance novels, free classics, reference books, etc, many of which people had no access to in the past.

At a fraction of the cost, and with complete portability. 

If you’re some weird page-sniffing elitist living in a major city crammed with used bookstores, you need to sit the fuck down and give e-readers a chance. And if you hate Amazon, that’s fine — use Kobo instead. 

I agree with most of your points, but being in a contrary mood, I’ll inject a few devil’s advocate caveats. 

It is clear that e-readers have democratized access to information and literature in a way not experienced before. But, in some respects, the benefits still enure to a limited subset of the population. To enjoy these benefits, you must be able to afford the device, have access to internet to download material, and have access to reliable utilities to keep it charged.

Even in America, there are people who live in areas where there isn’t public Wifi at every corner coffee shops (or even any corner coffee shops!) For some, the public library, yard sales, and hand-me-down books from friends is still the cheapest way to get your hands on books. 

But I think this is changing slowly. As economies in India, China, and other emerging powerhouses grow, the idea of utilities (clean water, electricity, etc.) as a common right is growing as well. And with that, the demand for access to the internet will follow close behind.

Woah woah woah. What is happening here? I just slept and suddenly, there’s a wild debate about ebooks and printed books on my post. I love all your thoughts and respect each of your opinions guys.

But I think it all goes down to preference. If a person enjoys hard, actual printed books, then fine, let them bask in the beauty that is the printed word. Let them sniff their hearts out of those brilliant books. Let them bask in the feel of the pages as they flip through each one. Allow them to cherish the moment as they crack the spine of a newly bought book.

On the other hand, when another person prefers the handiness and portability of e-readers, let them be, too. Allow them to savor the light-weight techy-ness of their Kindle, Kobo, Nook, Ipad, or whatever e-reader they own. Let them rejoice in the thought of carrying loads of books in the palm of their hands. 

You see, it does not matter what the medium is. We all read books for certain purpose. The most important thing is not about the tools we use, I think what we should focus on is the story itself, allow ourselves to be drunk with each phrase, each sentence, each chapter and be filled with the magic of the story no matter if we read it from the hard/softbound book, e-reader, or even listen to them in audio books. There’s no need to fight guys. Love the content and do not worry about the medium.

It’s raining like hell outside, so guess what I intend to do all day?
See the picture? Yup, I’m gonna try watching all of the Doctor Who classic episodes! I am currently on the 3rd episode and frankly, I love how they can create such effects with very little budget and with lack of modern CGI. It’s almost next to impossible to make a sci-fi movie at that time. It’s so amazing.
I love how the Doctor starts as a selfish man, not wanting to bother with the human race. Its such a contrast to his present personality in which he’s willing to sacrifice everything to save humanity. 
Damn, I really adore this show.

It’s raining like hell outside, so guess what I intend to do all day?

See the picture? Yup, I’m gonna try watching all of the Doctor Who classic episodes! I am currently on the 3rd episode and frankly, I love how they can create such effects with very little budget and with lack of modern CGI. It’s almost next to impossible to make a sci-fi movie at that time. It’s so amazing.

I love how the Doctor starts as a selfish man, not wanting to bother with the human race. Its such a contrast to his present personality in which he’s willing to sacrifice everything to save humanity. 

Damn, I really adore this show.

NEXT READS:
George’s Secret Key To The Universe by Lucy & Stephen Hawking
The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin
<I’m so excited to read both. And yes, I am reading them both, alternating with each other. Trust me, I do this and it’s fine. Wish me luck and as always, happy reading to everyone!

NEXT READS:

<I’m so excited to read both. And yes, I am reading them both, alternating with each other. Trust me, I do this and it’s fine. Wish me luck and as always, happy reading to everyone!

Random facts

I was tagged by unspecialbeautifulthings so here goes:

So, the game: Give five random things about yourself and then pass is to your followers.

1. Aside from books, I have an extensive collection of bookmarks, nail polishes, watches, and lipsticks.

2. I prefer my sodas flat. I know, that the sting in your throat is the point of drinks being carbonated, but I hate that. I usually shake my sodas and let the fizz escape before drinking.

3. I am allergic to shrimp and lobster, dust, and selected beaches. I am not kidding. Usually, when a beach is not that clean, my whole body would be full of tiny itchy little red bumps.

4. I am an Atheist, but I am baptized as Catholic when I was a baby.

5. I don’t believe in marriage.I now tag Lendl , Jen , David , Sarah , Migs and Luigi. Have fun guys! :D

Wither by Lauren DeStefano

Okay, so I bought this book on a whim during one of the book sales I went to. It was marked 10% it’s original price and so I thought to myself, why the hell not, it’s so cheap. I did not know anything about the book. I did not even read the blurb inside the jacket cover. I just thought that good or bad, I’d nothing to lose since the price of the book is very cheap.

And then I got home and look it up on Goodreads. I was partly torn when I read the summary and the reviews. The gist seemed interesting enough for me, actually I find it good and different, plus it’s a dystopian book. It made me want to read the book already. But then as I scanned the reviews, I saw that a lot of people did not enjoy it and some were saying that the book was not worth it. And so what’s the best thing I can do? Read it and find out for myself, which is what I did.

The story is set the future in which people’s lifespan is drastically shortened to a mere 20-25 years. This was cause by a botched genetic experiment where the first generation to receive the intervention became strong, healthy and flawless but caused their offsprings to live only up to 20 or 25 years. When a female reached 20 years of age and a male reached 25, he/she will acquire a virus that would take their lives. This virus is of unknown origin and has no cure. The world’s population dramatically decreased, crime and poverty skyrocketed. As a result, people tend to live in fast pace, marrying to early or giving birth as early as their bodies can allow. Young girls are being captured to be sold as brides to wealthy men to bear more children.

In comes Rhine, a 16-year old girl captured by Gatherers and was sold to Linden, her will-be husband. Rhine wanted nothing more than to escape and go back to his twin brother, Rowan. As Linden’s wife, she was introduced to the glamorous world or wealth and illusion. But all of this seemed nothing when she was caged up in a huge mansion, not allowed to go out on her own. Also, she was terrified of Linden’s father, an eccentric doctor desperate in finding an antidote for their genetic flaw to such lengths that he hoards corpses in their basement. Rhine also has a love-hate relationship with her sister wives, two other brides sold to Linden for purpose of marrying and child-bearing. 

Rhine didn’t know who to trust except one of the servant, Gabriel. Together, the two try to plot their escape from this fake world. Would they have enough time to reach their goal or would they die in the mansion trying?

You see, this is a unique plot for me. I don’t know if there are any other books with the same story but for me, it’s a first. Reading the book, I get why people seem to get uncomfortable. Most of the theme is the books is disturbing. The fact that minors are being sold to become polygamous wives to bear children is cringe-worthy enough. Also, there seemed to be a Stockholm syndrome feel to it. Some people was angered by the fact that the brides, including Rhine, starts to feel attached and feel sorry for Linden, despite being their captor. But then when you know the whole story, you’d understand why. I, myself, hated how Rhine slowly grow a soft spot for Linden at first because I felt that her actions contradicted her plans for freedom. But then when some secrets were revealed, I somehow saw through Rhine’s eyes and empathized. 

Another disturbing part in the book is when Linden would sleep with the brides alternately. Well, it was to be expected because their purpose was to bear his child, but it really got to me since the wives knew when it was happening. This gave Linden the douche-y personality, jumping onto one wife to another, which I guess irritated and disgusted a lot of readers. I felt pain for the brides, not only because I felt they were being harassed but also because they know that they had no choice. 

Speaking of choices, Rhine chose to act as a good wife to try and gain Linden’s trust to make her plans of escape easier. Despite this, it was clear in the book that she has a more powerful feeling for Gabriel, their servant and her partner-in-crime. I just don’t know how to feel about their relationship. I know that Rhine and Gabriel has the circumstances, prisoners forced to live their lives in the mansion and perform their designated roles. There wasn’t much chance to explore their relationship in the book. Most of the parts focused on Linden and Rhine’s interactions. 

The book also tackled human experimentation. Linden’s father was a doctor, so hell-bent in finding the cure that he is willing to mutilate people every chance he get. This was unknown to Linden but Rhine and Jenna, one of the sister wives, were very aware of it. I get that he was trying to help prolong his son’s life, but up to what cost? It’s scary, but I think it is somehow reflective of what’s going on in real life. Advancement in technology pushes us to more experiments, more trials but sometimes, too much causes harm to the living. I mean, in the book, it was our own fault that the human race suddenly have short lifespan. Our thirst for perfection backfired and caused an irreparable damage which change everything.

The book was not very fast-paced but it was detailed. It was rich with description of their environment, and I felt that there was good world-building. I enjoyed the mysteries and the unraveling of events, though I felt that it was incomplete and hanging. But I understand that it is a trilogy so maybe more will be revealed in the other books. I like all the characters and each of them has different but significant personalities. It made the story work somehow and I am intrigued as to what would happen to each of them in the other books. 

Overall, I would give this book a 4/5. It gives me so much emotions while reading. I could relate to each character even when I haven’t experience what they went through. It was a bit depressing because it has such heavy themes in it but when you think about it, these thing happen in real life, some places are still practicing polygamy and concubinage. I like how relatable the book was despite the controversial themes.

It’s official: I AM IN LOVE WITH PETER CAPALDI.

Okay, so I have seen a lot of ALS Ice Bucket Challenge but I am only posting this one. I had a real good laugh with this, it was so epic.

BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH, everyone.

This, my friends, is the ultimate bookworm&#8217;s best friend! And nope, it&#8217;s not something people use to hide their being high.
Hahaha. Forgive me. I am experiencing dry eyes for a couple of days now and it may be due to eye strain because of excessive reading and watching TV series. Finally, my mom bought me this and oh my eyes just feels so good right now.
So tell me, am I the only one experiencing dry eyes because of too much reading?

This, my friends, is the ultimate bookworm’s best friend! And nope, it’s not something people use to hide their being high.

Hahaha. Forgive me. I am experiencing dry eyes for a couple of days now and it may be due to eye strain because of excessive reading and watching TV series. Finally, my mom bought me this and oh my eyes just feels so good right now.

So tell me, am I the only one experiencing dry eyes because of too much reading?

Now that I’ve graduated, I want nothing more than to live in my dorm again. Right now, our house is such a shitty place to live. It’s not the physical aspect that’s bugging me. It’s the people I’m living with. They are the problem.

When I stay in my dorm with my roommates, it was harmonious and peaceful. We don’t fight, we help each other, we have fun. But now, here, in our house, there would always be fights, shouting, nagging, and whatever hell you can think of. And seriously, I cannot stand it anymore. My mom always notice the small things and make a big deal out of it.

Oh, you forgot to turn off the fan before you went into the bathroom to pee, do you know how high our electrical bill already? For fuck’s sake, you forgot to throw away this tiny piece of cotton, do I always need to clean up after you? You woke up late again, it’s already lunch time, you’re such a lazy person. Why are you waking up so early, you’re too noisy. Where are you going, your off with your friends again, always going home late!! You’re not doing anything, why don’t you try and get out of the house and stay away from you laptop or your books.. blah blah blah. On and on and on. I cannot even read in silence. I can’t understand what she wants from me and my sister.

Sometimes, I wish I have a job already and my own money so that I can move out. It seems as though there’s nothing my sister and I could do to please my mom. She’s such a neat freak and one hair out of pace meant hours of nagging and lecture. 

I miss having a quiet place for myself. I hate this. I don’t like conflict. I never talk balk. I don’t want to make the issue any worse than it is. But I cannot be in a place like this anymore. I hate this kind of atmosphere. It makes me want to be deaf and shut everything out. I don’t know what to do anymore.

Because it&#8217;s raining like fuckin&#8217; crazy outside complete with roaring thunder and lightning, I am shut inside our house. And what better way to escape than to go into a (somewhat)new dystopian world! With coffee, course!
I have read a lot of mixed reviews about this book and I don&#8217;t really know what to expect. I was just too curious of its premise. Apparently, a butchered medical experiment caused the shortening of the lifespan of the human race. Males only reach 25 years old and 20 years for females before they die. Due to this, young women are kidnapped and sold as brides so they can bear more children who may one day find a cure for this genetic anomaly. 
I guess I really want to know how this will work out. So yes, I am diving into The Chemical Garden bandwagon and see for myself. Wish me luck! :D

Because it’s raining like fuckin’ crazy outside complete with roaring thunder and lightning, I am shut inside our house. And what better way to escape than to go into a (somewhat)new dystopian world! With coffee, course!

I have read a lot of mixed reviews about this book and I don’t really know what to expect. I was just too curious of its premise. Apparently, a butchered medical experiment caused the shortening of the lifespan of the human race. Males only reach 25 years old and 20 years for females before they die. Due to this, young women are kidnapped and sold as brides so they can bear more children who may one day find a cure for this genetic anomaly. 

I guess I really want to know how this will work out. So yes, I am diving into The Chemical Garden bandwagon and see for myself. Wish me luck! :D