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Favorite 2016 Reads & Bookish Resolutions for 2017

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! Cue fireworks displays, popping balloons and Fake Love by Drake blaring in the background. (I am in love with that song at the moment, by the way.) I was supposed to post this on New Year’s Day but I didn’t get the chance to, so here it is 4 days later.

So, another year has ended already. It feels like 2016 came by so quick yet took too long to end at the same time. 2016 definitely wasn’t my year, let’s just leave it at that. Anyway, in this post, I will be sharing with you my favorite books I’ve read in 2016 and my Bookish Resolutions for 2017 which you probably already deduced by reading the title.


Favorite Books in 2016

This doesn’t necessarily mean that the books I listed here are published during 2016 only. To be fair, none of these books are published during 2016.

I’ve originally set my Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge target to 50 books but as the year went on and as school proved to be more of a problem than I’ve expected, I changed my goal to 40 books. And thank heavens, I achieved it and read 3 extra books!

So among the 43 books I’ve read, here are my favorites:

I won’t waffle on about them anymore because this will get super long and most probably will end up repeating everything I’ve already said in my reviews. But if you do want to know more about these books and why I loved them so much, check out my reviews listed here in no particular order ( I did not write one for Me Before You but the link will direct you to my Goodreads update about it):

  1. The Darkest Minds (The Darkest Minds #1) by Alexandra Bracken
  2. Never Fade (The Darkest Minds #2) by Alexandra Bracken
  3. In The Afterlight (The Darkest Minds #3) by Alexandra Bracken
  4. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and the French Kiss #1) by Stephanie Perkins
  5. Pivot Point (Pivot Point #1) by Kasie West
  6. Me Before You (Me Before You #1) by Jojo Moyes

For my Goodreads 2017 Reading Challenge, I’ve set it to 50 books. This time, I’m more determined to accomplish it!

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Bookish Resolutions for 2017

I’m not really the best at resolutions. When it’s December already, I always find myself setting goals I want to achieve the following year but he problem is, I NEVER DO THEM. I somehow always forget along the way. But this year, despite of my rubbish memory and lack of self-discipline, I came up with a list of bookish resolutions and hope that I did not set myself up for yet another disappointment.

  • Buy more physical books

I’m really fond of buying eBooks for the reason that they’re a teeny bit cheaper and are sometimes more convenient compared to physical copies. I’m actually planning on writing a separate post on this so I won’t ramble on much. But basically, I’ve recently just realized that I already spend too much time staring at my phone’s screen and eBooks don’t help when I want to decrease my “screen time”.

  • Blog more

Some might notice my lack of presence recently in my blog. I’ve posted like, what, 4-5 posts the past few months and that’s HORRIBLE. I normally post that many in 2 weeks last summer. WTF is happening to me?

  • Have more creative blog posts

This kinda falls under the previous one. I feel like all I post are book reviews and that gets boring.

  • Read more classics

I have never read a single classic book in my entire life. Why? I’m not exactly sure either. Maybe I’m intimidated by them. But nevertheless, I’m gonna give them a try sometime this year. Hopefully.


And that’s it. I’m kind of thankful for 2016 although it wasn’t really a great year, I learned a lot. But anyway, I’m so excited to see what 2017 has in store for me. Here’s to more memories created and lessons learned!

What are your favorite 2016 reads? Are you as bad as I am when it comes to New Year’s Resolutions? Do you mind sharing a few of your resolutions for this year?

Have a great 2017, everybody! ❤

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Apology

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Okay, let me just start by saying sorry. Some of you might not have cared, or might not have even noticed I disappeared, but it’s a big deal for me as I have tried so hard to keep this blog going. When I first started, the first thing I told myself is that I should do everything to maintain this blog. I’ve started a blog or two before but ended up deleting them because I always cease uploading/posting content. But this blog would be different.

Why did I disappear? The main reason why I stopped blogging all of a sudden is emotional stress. Stress that’s not necessarily been inflicted on me by this blog but because of problems in my life. I’ve recently been and I currently am going through a lot in terms of family and personal matters which I am not so keen on elaborating further. In addition to that, consider the stress that my academics and my peers has brought me since school started. Basically, due to stress and anxiety, I really didn’t have the time nor the enthusiasm to read books, much less make a review on them. Again, to anything/anyone that I’ve left hanging, I’m really sorry. But I’m back and although I can’t guarantee that I won’t leave again, I’ll make sure that I warn everybody before taking a break again.

I don’t want this post to be too long, I just did wrote a quick post to notify you. So expect [less drama and] more posts from me. Au revoir, À bientôt! (No, I’m not French. But I really love and want to learn their language.)

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Summer TBR Wipeout 2016: Update Post #1

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Wait… what?! How is it already the 17th? Time goes by so fast, don’t you think? But anyway, here is an update on how I’ve been doing in the first part of the Summer TBR Wipeout 2016 challenge! If you haven’t already, and would like to see my full TBR for this challenge, here’s my introductory post.

I haven’t done as much reading as I would’ve liked to. In my defense, I have been enjoying the last summer days before our school starts. Does that count as an excuse? I don’t think so as I would much rather prefer staying indoors with a great book instead of drowning swimming or getting a sunburn tan. (I can’t really do both because it’s the start of the rainy season here although it’s scorching here, but you get my point.) Also, I’m sorry for the lack of content, I guess you can say, on my Goodreads page. I really suck at updating my reading progress. Okay, I’ve rambled long enough, here we go.

Books I’ve read:

  • Me Before You (5 out of  stars) is such an amazing book. If you haven’t read it, please do yourself a favor and READ IT. It is breathtakingly spectacular. Magnificent. Stunning. Hold on, I’m running out of synonyms for “amazing”. But seriously, it is beautiful. It is now in my favorites shelf (both on Goodreads and in real life) and I highly recommend it. As I’ve said on Goodreads, I don’t know if I’ll be posting my review because it’s so all over the place—I may or may not have been sobbing uncontrollably while drafting it—and quite frankly, I don’t know if my review will give justice on how incredible the book is.
  • Dreamology (4 out of 5 stars) is a fun one. I bought the eBook of it and I’m now regretting that decision because the hardback looks so pretty! I delved into this one without expectations and I think that’s just perfect. I’ll be posting a review on this sometime in the future, not sure when because I don’t have a schedule, if you want to hear my thoughts about the bok.
  • I received an eBook copy of Valley of the Moon (3 out of 5 stars) from Xpresso Book Tours (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review. I have mixed feelings about this and if you want to know more, watch out for my review coming up soon.
  • I’ve only got one word for Fangirl (4 out of 5 stars), ADORABLE! When I read this, I had the aim of finishing it before our family road trip (which is yesterday) but I haven’t acheived that goal and I can’t stop reading this book to save my life so I brought it along with me even though I get carsick when reading. I endured a whole lot of dizziness but it was well worth it. I’ll have a review of this up soon also, once I actually start drafting it. Please force me into doing so or else I’ll end up forgetting.

Books I’m currently reading:

  • If you look at my introductory post, Love, Lies and Spies isn’t on my TBR for this challenge. But when I was scrolling through my TBR in search of my next read, I just didn’t feel like reading any of them so I took to my bookshelves and saw this gem and decided that I’m in the mood for historical fiction. Now, I haven’t read ANY historical fiction. Crazy, I know! But I’m loving this so far.
  • The Bookshop on the Corner also isn’t included in my TBR but I’ve been dying to read this one and now I finally got around to it, yay. The story’s been great so far, too!

Books up next:

Although I probably won’t be able to finish all the books in my To Be Read list, I’m hoping to at least read the following:


Overall, I’m pretty happy with the books I’ve read. There’s no 2-star ratings yet which is so pleasant. Who would want to read books that they hate? Have you read any of the books listed here? Are you joining this challenge too? Let’s talk in the comments below!

All book cover photos are taken from Goodreads.

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Summer TBR Wipeout 2016: Introductory Post

Hello, human being. Welcome to another blog post! This blog post will serve as my introductory posts for the the Summer TBR Wipeout 2016, a reading challenge hosted by the lovely The Candid Cover and I am very excited to be participating! In this post, I will be sharing what books I plan to read!

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For those of you who don’t know what the purpose of this challenge is, well, let me explain. This is basically a challenge to “wipeout” your TBR (To Be Read list) hence the title. A great thing about this is it’s simple and inclusive to everyone. You don’t even need to have a blog or website to participate! All you need is a social media platform wherein you can make your posts (examples are Instagram, Facebook, Tumblr, etc.).

Another amazing thing about this challenge is it is very laid-back and your TBR can be as big or little as  you want. This is very important for me since I don’t really have a ton of books in my TBR that I own, I mostly just borrow books from one of my best friends and we swap most of the time. Another thing is that my family booked a lot of activities for us this month. Don’t get me wrong, I love spending time with my family but I think they were a bit too ambitious.

For a better explanation, head on over to the sign-up post!

I think I’ve rambled enough so here are the books I’m hoping to read. This is a bit of an ambitious list, but whatever.


All book cover photos are taken from Goodreads.

Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Probably, because I’m always late to the bandwagon. Did you love or hate them, or are they just meh? Are you going to join this challenge as well? Let’s talk, leave a comment below! Thanks for stopping by!

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Summer 2016 Comment Challenge: July Sign-Up Post

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The Comment Challenge is hosted by Lonna @ FLYLēF and Alicia @ A Kernel of Nonsense. This is created as a way to increase comment activity on your blog and help you have new connections with other book bloggers. All summer long (June through August), the hosts will pair up participants based on the answers you provide in your sign-up.

Because I am quite new in the community, I decided to join this challenge in hopes of finding friends. And also, I joined the 5-10 level (how frequent I’ll be commenting on my partner’s posts) because this is my first time participating in this challenge. I’m really looking forward to this!

For more information and if you are interested in joining, click the banner at the top! Sign-ups for the month of July are until the 21st of June.

Will you be participating in this challenge? Have any tips for me? Leave a comment below and let’s chat! Thanks for stopping by.