Ties severed.

September Book Photo Challenge

Day 13 : I Can’t Wait For This

So yeah, these are the books that I want so badly to be released already and that I am keeping tabs on:

The Blood of Olympus (The Heroes of Olympus #5) by Rick Riordan
  • October 7, 2014
Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) by Marissa Meyer
  • November 2, 2015
Remembrance (The Mediator #7) by Meg Cabot
  • 2015 (YOU GUYS! It’s gonna be the 1st adult installment of the series!!!)
 I’ll Give You The Sun by Jandy Nelson
  • September 16, 2014
The Boy Who Lost Fairyland (Fairyland #4 by Catherynne M. Valente
  • March 3, 2015
Lady Midnight (The Dark Artifices #1) by Cassandra Clare
  • September 2015

The Winds of Winter (A Song of Ice & Fire #6) by George R.R. Martin

  • 2015 (seriously, when??!!!)

The Wicked Will Rise (Dorothy Must Die #2) by Danielle Paige

  • March 30, 2015
September Book Photo Challenge

Day 3 : Latest Purchase
I just got home from our local bookstore, National Bookstore, with this pile of books. I actually wasn’t supposed to buy any more books because I am in a book-buying ban as a consequence of last month’s epic haul. But, since they were having their annual warehouse sale, I took the opportunity to find some new books. I only spent Php430 (around $10). Not bad for 5 hardbounds and 2 paperbacks. 
Oh and ignore the candy jar, I just placed it there for hipster-y aesthetic purposes. Hahaha.

September Book Photo Challenge

Day 3 : Latest Purchase

I just got home from our local bookstore, National Bookstore, with this pile of books. I actually wasn’t supposed to buy any more books because I am in a book-buying ban as a consequence of last month’s epic haul. But, since they were having their annual warehouse sale, I took the opportunity to find some new books. I only spent Php430 (around $10). Not bad for 5 hardbounds and 2 paperbacks. 

Oh and ignore the candy jar, I just placed it there for hipster-y aesthetic purposes. Hahaha.

Free eBooks in ePub format for download.

I am not a very big fan of eBooks but they really do come in handy whenever I have long vacations and have limited baggage space. And so I found this website with a huge and awesome eBook collection. I just thought I needed to share this to everyone. Here are some links for good books:

Adams, Douglas - The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide To Galaxy

Asher, Jay - Thirteen Reasons Why

Asher, Jay - The Future of Us

Blake, Kendare - Anna Dressed in Blood

Blake, Kendare - Girl of Nightmares

Bradbury, Ray - Dandelion Wine

Bradbury, Ray - Fahrenheit 451

Bradbury, Ray - The Martian Chronicles

Clare, Cassandra - City of Bones

Clare, Cassandra - City of Ashes

Clare, Cassandra - City of Glass

Clare, Cassandra - City of Fallen Angels

Clare, Cassandra - City of Lost Souls

Clare, Cassandra - Clockwork Angel

Clare, Cassandra - Clockwork Prince

Collins, Suzanne - The Hunger Games

Collins, Suzanne - Catching Fire

Collins, Suzanne - Mockingjay

Condie, Ally - Matched

Condie, Ally - Crossed

Condie, Ally - Reached

Dahl, Roald - Boy

Dahl, Roald - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Dahl, Roald - Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator

Dahl, Roald - Danny and the Champion of the World

Dahl, Roald - Fantastic Mr. Fox

Dahl, Roald - George’s Marvelous Medicine

Dahl, Roald - James and the Giant Peach

Dahl, Roald - Matilda

Dahl, Roald - Revolting Rhymes

Dahl, Roald - The BFG

Dahl, Roald - The Twits

Dahl, Roald - The Witches

Dashner, James - The Maze Runner

Dashner, James - The Scorch Trials

Dashner, James - The Death Cure

Dessen, Sarah - Along For The Ride

Dessen, Sarah - Dreamland

Dessen, Sarah - Keeping The Moon

Dessen, Sarah - Lock and Key

Dessen, Sarah - Someone Like You

Dessen, Sarah - This Lullaby

Dessen, Sarah - That Summer

Dessen, Sarah - The Truth About Forever

Dessen, Sarah - What Happened To Goodbye

Elkeles, Simone - Perfect Chemistry

Elkeles, Simone - Rules of Attraction

Elkeles, Simone - Chain Reaction

Flynn, Gillian - Dark Places

Flynn, Gillian - Gone Girl

Flynn, Gillian - Sharp Objects

Foer, Jonathan Safran - A Convergence of Birds

Foer, Jonathan Safran - Eating Animals

Foer, Jonathan Safran - Everything Is Illuminated

Foer, Jonathan Safran - Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

Foreman, Gayle - If I Stay

Foreman, Gayle - Where She Went

Foreman, Gayle - Just One Day

Green, John - Looking For Alaska

Green, John - Paper Towns

Green, John - The Fault in Our Stars

Haddon, Mark - A Spot of Bother

Haddon, Mark - The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Haddon, Mark - The Red House

Han, Jenny - The Summer I Turned Pretty

Han, Jenny - It’s Not Summer Without You

Han, Jenny - We’ll Always Have Summer

Handler, Daniel - Adverbs

Handler, Daniel - Why We Broke Up

Ishiguro, Kazuo - A Pale View of Hills

Ishiguro, Kazuo - An Artist of a Floating World

Ishiguro, Kazuo - Never Let Me Go

Ishiguro, Kazuo - The Remains of the Day

Ishiguro, Kazuo - The Unconsoled

Kate, Lauren - Fallen

Kate, Lauren - Torment

Kate, Lauren - Passion

Kate, Lauren - Rapture

Kinney, Jeff - Diary of A Wimpy Kid

Kinney, Jeff - Diary of A Wimpy Kid Rodrick Rules

Kinney, Jeff - Diary of A Wimpy Kid The Last Straw

Kinney, Jeff - Diary of A Wimpy Kid Dog Days

Kinney, Jeff - Diary of A Wimpy Kid The Ugly Truth

Larsson, Stieg - The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Larsson, Stieg - The Girl Who Played With Fire

Larsson, Stieg - The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest

Levithan, David - Boy Meets Boy

Levithan, David - Every Day

Levithan, David - The Lover’s Dictionary

Mitchell, David - Black Swan Green

Mitchell, David - Cloud Atlas

Mitchell, David - Ghostwritten

Mitchell, David - The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet

Murakami, Haruki - 1Q84

Murakami, Haruki - A Wild Sheep Chase

Murakami, Haruki - After Dark

Murakami, Haruki - Dance, Dance, Dance

Murakami, Haruki - Kafka on the Shore

Murakami, Haruki - Norwegian Wood

Murakami, Haruki - The Elephant Vanishes

Murakami, Haruki - South of the Border, West of the Sun

Murakami, Haruki - Sputnik Sweetheart

Nabokov, Vladimir - Lolita

Nicholls, David - One Day

Orwell, George - Animal Farm

Orwell, George - 1984

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Choke

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Damned

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Diary

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Fight Club

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Haunted

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Invisible Monsters

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Lullaby

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Pygmy

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Rant

Palanhniuk, Chuck - Snuff

Peters, Julie Anne - By The Time You Read This, I’ll Be Dead

Peters, Julie Anne - Rage: A Love Story

Picoult, Jodi - Change of Heart

Picoult, Jodi - Lone Wolf

Picoult, Jodi - Mercy

Picoult, Jodi - My Sister’s Keeper

Picoult, Jodi - Nineteen Minutes

Picoult, Jodi - Perfect Match

Picoult, Jodi - Plain Truth

Picoult, Jodi - Salem Falls

Picoult, Jodi - Second Glance

Picoult, Jodi - Sing You Home

Picoult, Jodi - The Pact

Picoult, Jodi - The Tenth Circle

Picoult, Jodi - Vanishing Acts

Riggs, Ransom - Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Riordan, Rick - The Lightning Thief

Riordan, Rick - The Sea of Monsters

Riordan, Rick - The Titan’s Curse

Riordan, Rick - The Battle of the Labyrinth

Riordan, Rick - The Last Olympian

Riordan, Rick - The Lost Hero

Riordan, Rick - The Son of Neptune

Riordan, Rick - The Mark of Athena

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Rowling, J.K. - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Rowling, J.K. - The Casual Vacancy

Setterfiel, Diane - The Thirteenth Tale

Sparks, Nicholas - A Bend in the Road

Sparks, Nicholas - A Walk To Remember

Sparks, Nicholas - At First Sight

Sparks, Nicholas - Dear John

Sparks, Nicholas - Message in a Bottle

Sparks, Nicholas - Safe Haven

Sparks, Nicholas - The Guardian

Sparks, Nicholas - The Last Song

Sparks, Nicholas - The Lucky One

Sparks, Nicholas - The Notebook

Sparks, Nicholas - The Rescue

Sparks, Nicholas - The Wedding

Sparks, Nicholas - Three Weeks With My Brother

Sparks, Nicholas - True Believer

Westerfield, Scott - Uglies

Westerfield, Scott - Pretties

Westerfield, Scott - Specials

Westerfield, Scott - Extras

Zusak Markus - I Am The Messenger

Zusak, Markus - The Book Thief

If ever you do not like ePub format, you can still download it and then convert it to PDF file here.

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.

Embarrassing as it may, I admit that I haven’t yet finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I know, that I’ve said a lot of times before that it is one of my favorite series and you might wonder if what I said is true. I assure you, I was not lying. I only reached up to the third book and I really enjoyed the storyline and the adventures. 
Part of the reason why I haven’t finished them is because I still don’t have a copy of the last book. And I really hate reading a book series and end up with a cliff-hanger just because I don’t have the next book. But now, I was able to buy The Last Olympian, and the series is complete. I think I’ll be reading the last two books soon so I can start with the Heroes of the Olympus series after. But of course, I still have a week to go for my exams and then, I’m gonna be free to read as much as I want since it’s our college week. HOOORAAAAY!!!

Embarrassing as it may, I admit that I haven’t yet finished reading the Percy Jackson and the Olympians series. I know, that I’ve said a lot of times before that it is one of my favorite series and you might wonder if what I said is true. I assure you, I was not lying. I only reached up to the third book and I really enjoyed the storyline and the adventures. 

Part of the reason why I haven’t finished them is because I still don’t have a copy of the last book. And I really hate reading a book series and end up with a cliff-hanger just because I don’t have the next book. But now, I was able to buy The Last Olympian, and the series is complete. I think I’ll be reading the last two books soon so I can start with the Heroes of the Olympus series after. But of course, I still have a week to go for my exams and then, I’m gonna be free to read as much as I want since it’s our college week. HOOORAAAAY!!!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians #1: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan

First of all, you should know that I made the mistake of watching the movie first before reading the book. And of course, not having known the full book story, I loved the film completely (well of course, Logan Lerman being one of the reasons why). But then I have this friend who has been forcing me to read the series since last year. He told me that the movie is a complete thrash compared to the novels.

So now, a year later, here I am, totally hating myself for even liking the movie adaptation of this book. The movie plot was very different from the book. It’s like they just took the characters and wrote a whole new storyline. The adventures, the deaths, the problems, and a lot more were completely different. Even the age of the main characters was wrong. I mean, does Logan Lerman even look like a twelve-year-old? Okay, enough of the complaints and let’s move on to the review.

Percy Jackson is a twelve-year-old sixth grader who is diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia. He is irritable, and he couldn’t control his impulsive behavior. The dyslexia made it hard for him to read and understand his lessons and this resulted to failing marks. And so, Percy might be kicked out from his boarding school, again. 

And then, one field trip to the museum revealed the truth about him when he was attacked by his math teacher, well actually, a monster disguised as his teacher. He is a demigod, a half-god, son of one of the gods of Olympus. Suddenly, it all became clear that his problems were actually his talents. The dyslexia was due to the fact that his brain is hardwired to understand ancient Greek writings. The ADHD are manifestations of his advanced reflexes, useful in battles. These would all seem to be a good thing if not for the mythical monsters and demons running after him, wanting him dead.

In turns out that he was the prime suspect for a crime done to the most powerful Olympian god, Zeus. But Percy has no clue as to why he was blamed for the theft of the master lightning bolt, Zeus’ most important weapon. Nevertheless, he must go on a quest to find the lightning bolt and prove his innocence before the gods wage war to each other, endangering the mortal world. Together with his friends, he must know who the real suspect was and stop the possible war, in just ten days.

Okay, so as I’ve said the book was very different from the movie. I don’t want to spoil the whole story for those who haven’t read the book yet, so I leave you to your own disappointment when you finally read this book. All I can say is that I don’t know how the movie producers are planning to make sequel since some important events in the book were removed and replaced in the movie.

As for my opinion on the book, I can say that I seriously enjoyed it. I am a big fan of fantasy novels and this one has one special trail that I loved: its reference to Greek mythology. I’ve already talked about how much I am attracted to mythologies in my past post, and so the all the allusions this book have to all those Greek gods and goddesses immediately got me hooked. The story was brimming with intense action sequences that got me more excited. Also, the plot twists would have been surprising, had I not watched the movie first. 

Well aside from all the magical stuff, I loved the way it portrayed family problems. Of course, in the book, the demigods have both mortal and god parents. This means that they only spent their life with only one of their parents. And I can empathize with how these characters felt, growing up without my dad. They all struggle with the abandonment they felt. Because of this, they felt the need to seek acceptance and approval from the Olympian gods and goddesses, who are their parents. They even put themselves in dangerous quests just to prove that they are worthy of their parents’ titles. 

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and I’m hoping to finish all the books in the series before school starts. But I just have one problem. No matter how hard I try, I can’t help but find Harry Potter similarities in the book. First is Percy’s appearance. He is a twelve-year-old boy with jet-black hair and sea green eyes. Sounds familiar, right? The only things missing are the glasses and the scar. Then their Trio was made up of Annabeth, daughter of Athena—very intelligent girl—and Grover, a satyr who seem to be very cowardly but otherwise, loyal and useful. They somehow remind me of Ron and Hermione. Oh well, maybe this is just my obsession with Harry Potter messing with my head. But seriously, ignoring those parallels, this book is good and very much adventure-filled. It can stand alone and the plot is different from Harry Potter. I give it an overall 4.5/5.

"The dead aren’t scary. They’re just sad."
Rick Riordan (Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief)