[Stacking The Shelves #12] 2016’s 1st Quarter Bookhaul

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Okay, I confess. Months have passed and I have failed to post any book haul posts here on Book Freak Revelations, nor on my bookstagram account. Other than the time constraint I have on me right now, I really don’t have that much of a book budget right now. Having an internship contract at the commercial center of the Metro isn’t really a cheap walk in the park, if I’m being honest, so it took me about 2 months to draft my next Stacking the Shelves post. And have I mentioned how much I missed hauling books? I MISSED IT SO BLOODYDAMN MUCH!

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[Top Ten Tuesdays #4] My Top Ten Favorite Books of All Time

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It’s once again that part of the week where I show you guys my list of top ten! This week, I am ecstatic to share with you guys my top ten books of all time! Regardless of the genre, the age category, whatever. The books that I will be listing down all have a very special place in my heart. Either they were my companions as I was growing up, or they were there for me when I was going through a tough time, these books are indeed a part of me. Also, I recommend each and every book that I will specify down below.

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#10: How to Love by Katie Cotugno – I’ve read this debut novel from Katie when it first came out sometime 2013, and after I read it, I found a new love in the contemporary genre. With this book, I’ve developed a deep endearment with stories with second chances themes. I fell in love with the idea of falling in love for the second time. How To Love will always have a special place in my heart for that sole reason alone.

#9: The Last Song by Nicholas Sparks – This book is what made me fall in love with novels with familial love. I can recall how I wept as I read and turn the pages of this book. It’s invigorating to read a work of fiction that won’t only give you swoon and romance, but also a renowned sense of pride for having to call your family, your family.

#8: Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell – I loved the concept of this one! I adored the characters, and their background stories, and the same goes to Rainbow Rowell’s writing. The story telling technique she used in writing this wonderful novel was impeccable, compelling readers to just read and keep on turning pages.

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#7: Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins – Here’s a confession for everyone: I actually watched the movies before I read the books in The Hunger Games Series. Well, all except Mockingjay. I was in awe with the movie adaptation of Catching Fire and I am glad that the book was equally as awesome if not more. Favorite scene? Definitely the opening of the Quarter Quell!

#6: The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan – I’ve probably told you about this but The Lightning Thief was the first book that I’ve read for leisure, and it was the book that initially got me to read for fun! At the time, I was in love with Greek Mythology and I was so hyped to have encountered a book which involves Greek Myths, Demigods, and more! You guys can’t even imagine how pumped up I was for this series! Also, Rick Riordan’s writing style is amazing! The way he inserted humor in action-filled scenes and pages was just impressive!

#5: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – The fault in our stars is the first book I’ve read by John Green. I was spoiled about the ending but it really didn’t matter to me that much then because I wasn’t half the bibliophile I am now. I thought that the writing style and story telling technique was great. I had a few initial comments about how the book started but it was overshadowed by my amazement with how the book ended. We all know that it was going to be heartbreaking and yet, I wasn’t ready. Yeah, I cried a lot.

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#4: Looking for Alaska by John Green – Looking For Alaska was something I read out of impulse because a friend recommended it to me. I wasn’t at all that hooked as I was reading the first few parts of the book, but I, too, was shocked as the story progressed. I can relate with the book’s main character, Miles, and there was this scene which made me tear up, and it felt powerful and inspiring. Up to this date, this is still my favorite book by John Green.

#3: Confess by Colleen Hoover – I read this book because of the hype, I’m gonna be honest. But I was already a fan of the queen long before I even considered buying a copy. But what made me fall in love with this specific title is the bond between Colleen and her fans. The book contained real life confessions from her fans and I felt like it was a wonderful privilege for those who got to share their secrets! Also, the amount of swoon, plot twists, and romance in this book was too damn strong to ignore!

#2: Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – You all know how much this book / series mean to me, right? Heck this was what once again hooked me to the Fantasy genre! I love how Sarah Maas playfully wrote about our most favorite Assassin, Celaena Sardothien and was able to tell us a breathtaking story of how she IS one of the best Young Adult female characters since Katniss Everdeen! Also, it’s September 1st! Happy Book Birthday to Sarah J. Maas and Queen of Shadows!

And yes, you all know what’s my most favorite book of all time. No doubt:

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#1: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven – If I’m not mistaken, this also claimed the #1 spot on my Top Ten Books of 2015! This is such a great work of art, I can’t even move on from it until now! It’s been 9 months already, can you believe it? As I’ve recently said in an interview:

“All The Bright Places is a book which helped me cope up with depression. I’ve experienced losing a bunch of friends last December 2014, and I turned to this book for help. I was aware that Theodore Finch, a character in the book, was also depressed for completely different reasons. The same goes for Violet Markey. I guess, what made me love this work of art, is because it was the closest to a friend I had at the time I read it. All The Bright Places was my only friend when no one was there to pat my back or to give me a hug. That’s why I have a huge attachment towards this piece of treasure.”


There you have it! Sharing this list, for me, was like sharing a piece of me to everyone who reads my blog. These books are all special to me because in a way, it helped me shape my views in life, and my literary preferences. I hope you enjoy reading this post just as I enjoyed reminiscing the moments when I read these books. ♥

What is YOUR favorite book of all time? Let me know on the comment section down below! 🙂

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[Top Ten Tuesdays #3] My Top Ten Auto-buy Authors

TTTThere are authors whose books you feel are supposed to be part of your shelves. Whatever genre it is, whatever lengths, or whatever age category it’s for, you just feel like each one of their books are made to be in your shelves. You don’t even have to read these books. You just need to buy them and have them be pleasantly displayed on your shelves. They are called auto-buy authors.

Every bibliophile has their auto-buy author. To some, they’re household authors like J.K. Rowling, Cassandra Clare, Rick Riordan, etc. some may have twenty, and others have just one. And now, I am listing down my top ten auto-buy authors for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday.

#10: Pierce Brown – He’s a great dude! He’s great with fans, his writing style is creative mixed with a little nerdy feels, and his books are outstanding. He’s basically a hot and buff nerd. ‘Nuff said. (Please don’t judge me.) The Red Rising series is starting to get a little more acknowledgement now, and the final book in the series, Morning Star, is set to be released this January of 2016!

#9: Marie Lu – She’s the first author I met personally! Last November 23, of 2014, was a day of many firsts! But Lu’s one of my auto-buy authors because she writes with impressive skill and she really knows what she’s doing. The way she tells stories is breathtaking and her Legend Trilogy turned out to be one of my favorites for 2014. Also, her next book, The Rose Society, is set to be released this October! I can’t wait!

#8: Jojo Moyes – At first, I knew next to nothing about Jojo Moyes. All I knew is that she wrote the heart shattering Me Before You which is soon to be a major motion picture. When I found out how she writes with heartbreaking creativity, of course I had to buy all her books! And the uniform look and format of her books are a plus! Although I am aware that she has books not in this specific design. I’ll worry about that later.

 

#7: Christine Brae – I’ll be honest. I’ve never heard of Christine Brae until I received word that a book tour for her novel, The Light in The Wound, was being scheduled late 2014. I’ve never joined a tour before and instantly signed up, and I was more than delighted with the book, and of course, I had to let her know what opinions I have of her book. When I contacted her, she replied without any hesitation and all I know is she is one of the most humble authors I have ever conversed with. She’s a genuinely great person. Believe me! I know! We’ve exchanged quite a few messages and became good virtual friends! She’s a Filipina too, and she’ll be coming to Manila this September for a signing event with Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher! Cool, right?

#6: Rick Riordan – He’s the man who got me in to reading! His book, The Lightning Thief, is THE first book I’ve ever read for leisure, and I am thanking each of the 12 Olympian Gods for alluring me to do so, because if not for Uncle Rick and his books, I won’t be a full-time book blogger and bibliophile right now.

#5: Rainbow Rowell – It was after I read Eleanor & Park that I labeled Rainbow Rowell an auto-buy author of mine. I was deeply touched and moved by E&P that I wanted more from her! And so, after a few weeks, I hauled Fangirl, Landline, and Attachments. She’s such a great author and her writing style is impeccable.

#4: Lang Leav – I am a sucker for all things Lang Leav. Ever since her debut poetry book, Love & Misadventures, came out, I knew I had to buy her future books. She has an immense talent of putting her thoughts in writing, while touching the hearts of millions of her readers. And yep, I had to buy Lullabies and Memories. Of course!

#3: Kiera Cass – I never thought that Kiera Cass would be one of my auto-buy authors. When I first saw her books, The Selection and The Elite, my initial thoughts were that they were just cover-buys. Books that looked wonderful but may or may not contain good content. Little did I know that the same series would turn out to be one of my favorites. Her writing is simple and takes no effort to get adjusted to. God, I love her!

#2: Colleen Hoover – I wasn’t at all interested to read books by a New Adult author before I met Colleen Hoover. I was fixated on the fact that I adore Young Adult novels and that I wanted to read just within that age category, but after I read Maybe Someday, I just knew that it is a must for me to buy and read whatever book she writes. I mean, I haven’t read a book from an author as heart wrenchingly magnificent as hers are.

#1: Sarah J. Maas – I only discovered Sarah Maas when I got intrigued to read Throne of Glass last July, and she rapidly became one of my most favorite authors of all time! I had to buy all her books, even ACOTAR, before I started reading Throne of Glass, and I was afraid to do so because I didn’t want to be the only one who didn’t like the series, and THANK GOD I WAS WRONG! Her writing is absolutely creative and I will probably read whatever she writes. Even her grocery list.


There you have it, folks! Behold, the ten authors that got me “Where’s my money, I need their books!!” every time I visit a book store.

Who are YOUR auto-buy authors? I genuinely want to know? Do we have the same ones? Leave your feedback in the comments down below!

Thank you for dropping by, lovelies! I had fun drafting this post! I hope you enjoyed reading this as much as I did working on it. 🙂

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Liebster Award Nomination

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So last June 14, I was nominated by Vicki of Between Pages for the Liebster Award. To those of you who haven’t heard about this, it’s an award given over the internet, to bloggers by other bloggers, which happens to be a medium as to help them gain more friends, or possible followers. If an awardee chooses to accept the award he/she must comply with these rules:

  1. Acknowledge the blog who nominated you and display the award.
  2. Answer eleven questions that the blogger gives you.
  3. Give eleven random facts about yourself.
  4. Nominate eleven blogs with less than 200 followers that you think are deserving of the award.
  5. Let the bloggers know you have nominated them.
  6. Give them eleven questions to answer.

Simple, right? Now, let me answer Vicki’s 11 questions.

JM’S ANSWERS TO VICKI’S 11 QUESTIONS:

  1. What are your top 5 favorite series of all time? 
    1. The Selection Series by Kiera Cass
    2. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
    3. Percy Jackson and the Olympians Series by Rick Riordan
    4. Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu
    5. The Lorien Legacies Series by Pittacus Lore
  2. What book do you love that most people seem to hate? Well isn’t this a timely question. How to Love by Katie Cotugno is one of my favorites that some of my friends seem to strongly dislike. I love the idea of falling in love with the same person twice and I strongly believe in second chances, and that made me fall deeply in love with Katie Cotugno’s debut novel. I don’t know why others seems to hate it.
  3. What genres of books do enjoy reading the most? Out of all the genres I have come to read about, my absolute favorites are CONTEMPORARIES and DYSTOPIAN novels. I love contemporaries because they don’t give me a hard time imagining the world or setting build-up. And who doesn’t love realistic fiction, right? And as for the latter, I love dystopian novels because it’s like an actual glimpse of the future.
  4. Whose story do you want to hear more of after a book/series finished? Uhm, I would still want to know what happens to the protagonists after a book/series is finished.
  5. If you could live in any fantasy world, which would you choose and why? I would really want to live in Camp Half Blood (or Camp Jupiter). How cool would it be to meet and bond with other demigods out there, right?
  6. Do you eat while reading or do you fear for your book? I don’t eat while I read, but I do drink coffee and/or hot drinks. Most of the time.
  7. What are your top 3 books you have read so far this year? My top 3 books so far this year is The Heir by Kiera Cass, All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, and Confess by Colleen Hoover. In no specific order.
  8. What is your favorite book to movie adaptation? So far, my favorite book to movie adaptation has got to be The Fault In Our Stars. I cried while reading the book. I cried while watching the movie. That’s good enough for me.
  9. What author would you most like to meet and why? I’ve been asked this question several times already and unfortunately, I really can’t choose one.
    1. Colleen Hoover – Meeting the queen of contemporary novels would be a treat! Being the author of some of my most favorite contemporaries, she certainly is one of my “to-meet” authors. And thank God, she’ll be here at this year’s MIBF!
    2. Jennifer Niven – She’s the author of All The Bright Places, my favorite novel so far this year! Her writing style is impeccable and she has a way with her fans. She, herself, is a lovely place! Hopefully she could visit the Philippines sometime soon.
    3. Kiera Cass – She’s the author of my all-time favorite, the Selection series. Not only is she great with her writing, but she’s also great with her fans! She visited the Philippines not so long ago, but I wasn’t such an active book lover back then. But she’ll be coming back this September!
    4. John Green – need I actually say more? John Green’s a literary legend. And his Looking for Alaska, just like many others, is my favorite.
    5. Pierce Brown – It’s because of his work, Red Rising, that I began loving Sci-fi novels. I grew fond of his classy (and sassy) writing style, and am extremely hoping that he visits the Philippines for a chance to not only thank him personally for hooking me up to his genre, but to have my books signed as well.
  10. If you could become a character in a book who would you choose and why? Hands down, I would really want to be Percy Jackson from the series of the same name. Who doesn’t want to live in a world where Greek Gods, and Demigods are real, right? And yes, I want to be a son of Poseidon.
  11. What book are you most looking forward to being released this year? Hm. This question’s a tough one. Out of all the 2015 releases, I’ve waited most in anticipation for P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han, The Rose Society by Marie Lu, More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera, Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy, What We Saw by Aaron Hartzler, The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gabaldi, Last Year’s Mistake by Gina Ciocca, and Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway. And yes, I’ve just listed 8 novels.

Oh god. Those are quite a lot of questions. Now, below are some random facts about me.

11 RANDOM FACTS ABOUT JM:

  1. I don’t eat cheese flavored chips without mayonnaise.
  2. I prefer buying books in hardcover format rather than paperback for the sole reason that they look better in shelves.
  3. It took me a long time before finally deciding on what to blog about, thus the Book Freak Revelations.
  4. I prefer wearing shorts over pants because of the Philippines’ tropical weather. Well, except when it rains.
  5. I love the colors Pink & Green, Pink & Blue, Pink & Yellow. Well, basically, I love Pink.
  6. I absolutely love satchel and rucksack bags.
  7. I love cooking too. I firmly believe that the way through a person’s heart is through their stomach.
  8. Blogging is my passion, but I don’t know if people even appreciate what I do. 😦
  9. Photography is also one of my interests but I don’t the equipment to practice it.
  10. I feel most creative when I am outside. While riding public transportation, sipping coffee in cafes, etc.
  11. And I don’t like We Were Liars by E. Lockhart.

MY 11 NOMINEES FOR THE LIEBSTER AWARD:

  1. Justine from Bookworm Maniac
  2. Kevin from Tomebound
  3. Josiah from The Bookish Fanboy
  4. Nicka from Read by Nicka
  5. Eunice from Nerdy Talks Book Blog
  6. Jasmine from Jasmine Pearl Reads
  7. Rexy from Reading Rexy
  8. Lawrence from Pages Unraveled
  9. Pearl from Biblio Pearl
  10. Luigi from Reading with Luigi
  11. Mara from Across the Books

 11 QUESTIONS FOR THE NOMINEES:

  1. What book got you into reading?
  2. What’s your favorite contemporary novel?
  3. If you were to be invited by an author to a private meet & greet, who would it be and why?
  4. What book is it that you hate that a lot of people seem to love?
  5. If you’re stranded on a dessert island and can only bring 3 books, what books would it be and why?
  6. If you’re to give your non-bibliophile friend a book, what would it be and why?
  7. If you’re given the chance to resurrect one (dead) fictional character, who would it be and why?
  8. How do you usually handle spoilers?
  9. Do you prefer books in hardcover, paperback, or ebook format? Why?
  10. If you could recommend a fantasy book to a reader who’s not a big fan of fantasy, what book would it be and why?
  11. What are your most anticipated reads of 2015?

There you have it. I hope my nominees enjoy answering and making a post like this one as much as I did. Thank you again, Vicki, for nominating me. She’s such a sweetie! Y’all should go and check out her blog! 🙂

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