Ties severed.

September Book Photo Challenge

Day 19 : Book(s) to Movie(s)

I generally loathe book-to-movie adaptations because of a lot of reasons. But like most of the things in life, there will always be some exceptions. And that includes the movie adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s Never Let Me Goand David Levithan & Rachel Cohn’s Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Don’t ask me why. I just really enjoyed the movies.

My Book Collection as of the end of 2012.

WARNING: This would be a very long post consisting of pictures of all the books I own and have gathered from way back up to the end of the year.

Since the new bookshelf that my mom bought me arrived today, I just thought that it’s fitting to dust all of my books before I re-stack them. It was a very tedious job and that it took me 4 hours to finish them all. And so to start of the new year, I have all my clean books to show you, guys. (maybe, in the future, I’ll sell them or put ass giveaway. MAYBE.)

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  • Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling Hardbound + Paperback (the missing ones are out, borrowed by my cousins)

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  • Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch

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  • The Mortal Instruments & The Infernal Devices Series by Cassandra Clare (different sizes which mean they’re given as gifts. haha)

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  • Percy Jackson & The Olympians Series by Rick Riordan

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  • The Mysterious Benedict Society Series by Trenton Lee Stewart

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  • A Song of Ice and Fire Series by George R.R. Martin (I have yet to buy the not-movie-tie-in edition of the first book)

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  • The Hunger Games Series by Suzanne Collins

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  • John Green books

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  • David Levithan books and his collab works with Rachel Cohn
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  • Sarah Dessen books

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  • Ned Vizzini books

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  • Jodi Picoult books

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  • Haruki Murakami & Markus Zusak books

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  • The Lorien Legacy Series by Pittacus Lore

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  • The Twilight Series by Stephenie Meyer (YES, I have them. YES, I have read them all once. And NO, I didn’t buy them. They were GIFTS)

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  • Book series that I have yet to complete

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  • Books from Local (Filipino) authors

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  • Classic books

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  • Zombie books

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  • Books for Preteen/Intermediate readers

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  • Young Adult books

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  • Books about magic

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  • Books with suicide as main theme

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  • Books with peculiar/weird characters or themes

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  • Pocket books

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  • Books for older teens/adults

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  • Compiled Editions + Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith

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  • Book sale finds / Secondhand books

And here’s a picture of everything together:

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2012 had been a good year for me bookhoard-wise. And honestly, I am very thankful for these books are the only treasures I am so emotionally attached to. And even if I don’t believe in heaven, if it really does exist, I think this would be pretty much close to that.

Two words that should never go together if you are me: STRESS & SALE.
As I’ve said in some of my previous posts, this week is going to be half of our hell week since our exams would be from Wednesday this week up to Wednesday, the next. So far, we’ve had 6 written exams and two practical test. I think I did good in some since I got 60/70 in one exam. But then I feel like I completely made trash of the exam I had this morning for Clinical Education. It was so difficult that even if I studied until the wee hours of dawn, it still didn’t work.
So yes, I am cranky and irritated. What with the barely two hours of sleep I had last night. Also the most I got this whole week is 4 hours due to the very long coverage of the exams. And that is why when our exams ended at 10:30 am, I decided to do a little something to lift my mood. I did what I knew to be the most effective way to cheer me up: go book shopping. And guess what, my timing was perfect since Powerbooks is having their sale, up to 70% off! HA! Of course, during sales like this, I can never limit myself into buying just one book. So I ended up buying not two, not three, but six awesome new books! My wallet kinda suffered but it was worth it. Here’s what I got:
The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (FINALLY!! The third book in the Lorien Legacies!)
The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (I decided to start reading the series since a lot of my friends are recommending it to me)
White Cat by Holly Black (new series I also want to try)
Red Glove by Holly Black (sequel for White Cat)
Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (I’ve been wanting to read this for so long!)
Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (I have read this before but I want my own copy)
All in all, I spend about Php1800 (about $40). I swear to you guys, I do not regret spending that kind of money. My mood is at its peak, and all I want to do now is read them all. But of course, I can’t since we still have exams next week and I am still in the middle of reading The Mysterious Benedict Society series. Nevertheless, my spirit is in total bliss. 

Two words that should never go together if you are me: STRESS & SALE.

As I’ve said in some of my previous posts, this week is going to be half of our hell week since our exams would be from Wednesday this week up to Wednesday, the next. So far, we’ve had 6 written exams and two practical test. I think I did good in some since I got 60/70 in one exam. But then I feel like I completely made trash of the exam I had this morning for Clinical Education. It was so difficult that even if I studied until the wee hours of dawn, it still didn’t work.

So yes, I am cranky and irritated. What with the barely two hours of sleep I had last night. Also the most I got this whole week is 4 hours due to the very long coverage of the exams. And that is why when our exams ended at 10:30 am, I decided to do a little something to lift my mood. I did what I knew to be the most effective way to cheer me up: go book shopping. And guess what, my timing was perfect since Powerbooks is having their sale, up to 70% off! HA! Of course, during sales like this, I can never limit myself into buying just one book. So I ended up buying not two, not three, but six awesome new books! My wallet kinda suffered but it was worth it. Here’s what I got:

  • The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore (FINALLY!! The third book in the Lorien Legacies!)
  • The Alchemyst by Michael Scott (I decided to start reading the series since a lot of my friends are recommending it to me)
  • White Cat by Holly Black (new series I also want to try)
  • Red Glove by Holly Black (sequel for White Cat)
  • Middlesex by Jeffrey Eugenides (I’ve been wanting to read this for so long!)
  • Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (I have read this before but I want my own copy)

All in all, I spend about Php1800 (about $40). I swear to you guys, I do not regret spending that kind of money. My mood is at its peak, and all I want to do now is read them all. But of course, I can’t since we still have exams next week and I am still in the middle of reading The Mysterious Benedict Society series. Nevertheless, my spirit is in total bliss. 

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

Imagine meeting your special person in one of the aisles of your favorite bookstore. It must have been the ultimate fairytale a bookworm could ever hope for. And that’s basically how Dash and Lily’s story unravels, only with a little twist.

As a regular venturer at The Strand, a ginormous bookshop, book-geek Dash was surprised to find a quirky little addition wedged in between two books of his favorite author at his particularly favorite aisle. Out of plain curiosity, he took the red notebook and opened it to find a series of tasks written by another person named Lily.

On the first page was a dare directed to anyone who has time, enough passion for literature and an ample amount of craziness to comply. With all these, Dash went out of his way and started playing the game by accomplishing the first task. This first move became what seemed to be the ticket to a different yet interesting journey of a strange kind of friendship.

For days, Dash and Lily would pass the red notebook back and forth, at various place, with new dares and challenges written on it. With each round, they got to know each other better. And in those conversations on pieces of paper, they found solace in each others’ woven words. 

But words and phrases can only get you so far. Yes, they might have the same interest in books and prose but that doesn’t guarantee that their entire personalities match. It’s so easy to lie using words and hide behind pretentious facades. 

What if the actual Lily wasn’t like the deep, kind and thoughtful one in Dash’s mind? And would the smart, soothing and friendly Dash in Lily’s head be the same as the real version? What would happen if these two people meet and their expectations aren’t met? Do they stick with the fairytale they started or would they just drift apart, letting go of that strange connection?

This is the third book from the Cohn-Levithan collaboration, and it is the second one I’ve read after Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List. Given that kind of premise, how could I not pick up this book? I mean, duh, that would definitely be my kind of fairy tale!

Reading this book, I became much more attached to Dash than to Lily. I see myself in him because we share the same sentiment. I like being alone and I believe that certain holidays are overrated. I also find company in books and like him, I very much enjoy time without my parents.

Lily can be described as quite the opposite, being all bubbly and family-oriented and pet-loving. And I guess that’s the reason why I find it hard to like her character. To me, she seemed an over-the-top goody two-shoes to the point of annoying. She seemed so unrealistic to me. I know this may be due to her issues but still, her character irritates me.

Now, let’s get to the story. At first I was enjoying how they exchange dares and challenges.  I also liked how their friendship started in a very old-fashioned way. I mean, how many people get to meet others in form of writing, and not through texts, social networking sites and the likes? I was eagerly anticipating the next games and I was impatiently waiting for when and how they would actually meet. But that feeling was cut short with an anti-climactic first encounter. I wouldn’t say the details but I can assure you that it wasn’t how I expected their first meeting to be.

From that moment on, my interest with the book diminished. Not fully giving up, I thought things would turn around as I neared the ending but it seemed like the story slipped too far away from the original concept. It’s like the adventure was cut short and another story was attached as the continuation.

Overall, it was a nice story, good for one-time reading. Yes, I might have been disappointed to some extent but when I look at the bigger picture, it’s a sweet story that will make you giddy and hope that someday the same could happen to you. It may get your hopes up in meeting that one person. The story may help readers keep their faith or somehow strengthen it, but not for me. It has a number of hilarious parts and silly events that would make you laugh out loud. I also like the references made about Hermione Granger, Buddy Holiday, and Marie Howe. It was fun and quirky, new concept of getting-to-know. But then again, to me, Dash and Lily’s story was just too good to be true. (or maybe I’m just a bitchy pessimist at that matter). I give it a 3.5/5.

So I guess my July book haul wasn’t over yet. 
See, this is why I don’t usually go to book sales, especially of my favorite bookstore. I just cannot stop myself from splurging and buying lots and lots of books. 
Today was the second day of Fully Booked’s 5th-year anniversary sale. Their books are on 20% discount, but only on selected branches. Of course, I just happen to have a friend who lives near one store and he took me there (well, more like I forced him to). So, we went there a while ago and he witnessed my crazed expression as I saw shelves after shelves of book on sale.
On the bad side I got to use up most of my money saved for Maroon 5’s concert. Oh well. But on the good side of things, I got to knock off 7 books from my to-buy list. I have been looking for these books for so long and I was lucky enough to find them. 
Here are the books I got to buy today:
Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry
Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma
I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan
The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks
Carrie by Stephen King
Total Expenses: Php2495
Discounted Price: Php1995
I saved 500 pesos! Haha. I really took advantage of the sale!
Also, since our prelim exams are over, I get to have the chance to read a book. And I think I’ll be starting with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. :)

So I guess my July book haul wasn’t over yet. 

See, this is why I don’t usually go to book sales, especially of my favorite bookstore. I just cannot stop myself from splurging and buying lots and lots of books. 

Today was the second day of Fully Booked’s 5th-year anniversary sale. Their books are on 20% discount, but only on selected branches. Of course, I just happen to have a friend who lives near one store and he took me there (well, more like I forced him to). So, we went there a while ago and he witnessed my crazed expression as I saw shelves after shelves of book on sale.

On the bad side I got to use up most of my money saved for Maroon 5’s concert. Oh well. But on the good side of things, I got to knock off 7 books from my to-buy list. I have been looking for these books for so long and I was lucky enough to find them. 

Here are the books I got to buy today:

Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma

I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak

Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

Go Ask Alice by Beatrice Sparks

Carrie by Stephen King

Total Expenses: Php2495

Discounted Price: Php1995

I saved 500 pesos! Haha. I really took advantage of the sale!

Also, since our prelim exams are over, I get to have the chance to read a book. And I think I’ll be starting with Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares. :)

"I wanted to talk to someone. But who? It’s moments like this, when you need someone the most, that your world seems smallest"
Rachel Cohn (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares)
"I was horribly bookish, to the point of coming right out and saying it, which I knew was not socially acceptable. I particularly loved the adjective bookish, which I found other people used about as often as ramrod or chum or teetotaler."
David Levithan (Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares)

No Kiss List.

Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan

Naomi and Ely have been bestfriends ever since they can remember. They live across the hall of the same building. They went through everything together and they are practically tied to each other. But then as every best friend story goes, one fell for the other, big time. And in this case, it’s Naomi. Yes, she is in love with Ely. 

You see, it’s not just a girl-fall-for-the-bestfriend-who-don’t-like-her-that-way-story. The twist is that the guy best friend isn’t actually a straight guy. Add in the fact that the girl has boyfriend, who happened to make a mistake of kissing the gay best friend. See how it works? Plus, this No Kiss List that Naomi and Ely made had a little flaw. Naomi can’t be mad at Ely since her boyfriend is not included in the list. So how do they patch up this crack in their friendship? Will it go on and fall apart or will they be able to go past the storm and get together again? 

I find this book very hilarious and a light read. Every chapter is written using various characters’ point of view. In each chapter, the character would narrate about what is happening and share about his/her insight about those things. It this way, the reader would be able to know the story from different angles. It’s not just a one-sided perspective. The readers would be able to sympathize well with all the characters since they are given a piece of the character’s mind. 

All in all, I give this one a 7/10.

"Bruises mapped my body from bumping into tables and tripping over curbs while walking with a book in my hand, my eyes focused on the pages instead of the live space around me."
Rachel Cohn (You Know Where To Find Me)
"It’s bullshit to think of friendship and romance as being different. They’re not. They’re just variations of the same love. Variations of the same desire to be close."
David Levithan (Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List)