[Book Tags #9] The Pixar Book Tag

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It’s been a while since I last posted an entry to a book tag, and I’m glad I’m posting one tonight! Being tagged to do a certain book tag always makes me feel loved and I don’t know. I just really love posting book tags. I post photos of tags on my bookstagram too! Check them out on my account!
As for tonight, I am doing the Pixar Book Tag. I was tagged by my great international friends Jesse of Books at Dawn, and Joey of Another Afterthought. Their blogs are rad and you should probably go and check them out, show some love!

I specifically wanted to do this one sooner because I am a great Pixar fan. I grew up watching tons, if not all, of the company’s work and I still do even up to this day! Let’s get started.

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[Event Recap #8] #CTCinPH

EVENT RECAP

Last September 13, I got the amazing chance to attend a private Q&A with authors Christine Brae (Filipina author of The Light In The Wound, His Wounded Light, etc.), Tarryn Fisher (New York Times bestselling author author of The Opportunist, Dirty Red, Thief, Never Never, etc.), and Colleen Hoover (New York Times bestselling author of Confess, Ugly Love, Maybe Someday, Slammed, Never Never, etc.). After months of intense anticipation, the day of finally meeting these lovely women have arrived! If you’ve been following me and my blog for some time now, you would be aware of my reader-author friendship with Christine Brae. She’s actually the one who got me an invite to the private Q&A. This post wouldn’t have been as awesome without her. Christine, I love you!

Before I ramble on and on about what went down in the private Q&A, I’m offering you a short version of this recap:

I fangirled so hard all through out the day!

I’m not even kidding. I did. Not only did I get the chance to meet the lovely authors, but I also met some wonderful Philippine YA Bloggers. Getting to know those with whom I share a passion for is indeed a very satisfying feeling. Some of the bloggers I saw, I already met during the #BookwormsUnite event last July, and some I just met that day. Wow. I can’t even describe how it feels right now. Well then, I should probably get this started.

Everyone was all cheers and smiles as the three ladies arrived. Not a single mouth was left unopened. Either the people were screaming with joy and excitement, or they were basically mesmerized by the three. God knows I was both. Afterwards, the Q&A immediately started and it was hosted by Sir Chad Dee of National Book Store. Listed below are the notes I took as it happened.

Photo grabbed from Chyna Go of Lite-rate-ture.

Luckily, I got the opportunity to ask my good author friend, Christine Brae, while I was at the private Q&A! My question was:

For Christine: What made you want to write about an elite for a protagonist? I am aware that Isabel, from your books The Light in The Wound and His Wounded Light, is a high profile character. What made you want to tell your readers about her? Is it something you have first-hand experience in? (You may read her answer below.)

Photo grabbed from Kate Manalo of The Bookaholic Blurbs.

Christine Brae

  • Christine wrote about an elite protagonist because it’s something she has first-hand experience in. In addition, being a US-based Filipina author, she wanted to give the US a glimpse of what life was like here in the Philippines.
  • As of now, if given the opportunity to co-write with an author, Christine will say no because of her busy schedule. Being a full-time mom and business woman isn’t easy and she just writes while riding public transportation, while staying at a hotel, and such. She actually wrote The Light in The Wound while travelling.
  • According to Christine, writing and trying to get published is a very lonely process. You need your own publishers, editors, and you basically have to do everything by yourself. On the plus side, however, you get to publish any time you want. You can avoid deadlines. And in a nutshell, self-publishing is all about you.
  • As for her writing process, Christine uses her feelings and emotions as basis in writing stories. She needs to feel something and write a story out of it. It’s a simple process for. Write, then publish!
  • Christine’s character names all have their meaning. Like Alex’ last name, Ailey, means “light”, which signified that she was the light in Isabel’s life. (I fangirled so hard when she said this!) She also sneaks in names from her street team every once in a while.

Tarryn Fisher

  • For Tarryn, co-writing Never Never with Colleen was a very easy experience. They get along perfectly fine, even if Colleen pretends that they don’t. They actually wrote it for fun and decided to share it with their readers. They completely avoided dreadful deadlines while writing Never Never, and it’s part of what made their writing experience enjoyable.
  • The self-publishing process is so badass for Tarryn. The hardest part for her is people not taking her seriously and they make you feel like you’re not good enough and it’s a satisfying sensation when you prove them wrong.
  • For Tarryn, she just waits for the emotion to come to her and once it does, she runs with it to write. She actually has a different writing schedule with Colleen and Christine. Also, she puts herself in the mindset of her characters which makes her stories more authentic.
  • Tarryn’s writing style is a combination of believable characters, good story, and beautiful words. Style is important too. She writes about bad people because that what she is. (Or what she at least thinks she is.) It’s a new perspective on something that has beend done millions of times before.
  • The names of Tarryn’s characters just fall in her head and it has always been this way ever since she started writing. She never thinks too hard about it.

Colleen Hoover

  • For Colleen, the publishing process is a life changer for a lot of people. The best part for her is not having a boss, and it feels less like work. And in addition, trying to get publishers to notice you is probably the hardest part for her.
  • Regarding the plot twists in Colleen’s books, she usually doesn’t have an idea as to how she will incorporate the twists into them. She first lets her characters speak to her before developing the plot line, which may sometimes get difficult because her books usually falls on the same genre.
  • Colleen didn’t know what genre her first book was when she first published it, and it really doesn’t matter to her. And to add humor, she told everyone that she thought that the “NA” acronym meant “Not Applicable”, when it actually stands for “New Adult”.
  • Colleen spends days locked up while writing. She doesn’t want to end her books in a sad or depressing note because it will, in turn, make her feel that way. That’s why she incorporates humor into her books: to take a break and end it happily.
  • Regarding the characters for her books, Colleen said that she can’t write a book without having an idea as to who the characters are. She currently has a writer’s block because she can’t think of an idea for her next set of characters. She feels that the characters are most important in a book. Her vision in naming guy characters is to give them a name that no one else has to make him recognizable and unique.
  • With regards to the importance of music in her books, Colleen actually spends hours driving to nowhere while listening to certain songs. Afterwards, she spends hours writing. She’s actually in to 21 Pilots right now.

The Signing Proper

The signing came up right after the Q&A and at this point, my hands were sweating like a sinner in church! I was very excited about meeting these ladies and I didn’t want to seem weird around them so I composed myself very quickly and just kept my cool.

Before standing up to finally have my books signed, Christine approached me and gave me a very tight hug! I’ve been waiting to meet her for 9 months and I think it’s safe to say that we’re both so happy to have met each other finally! She was the first one to sign my books. Since she’s already a great friend of mine, we talked about a lot of things as she signed my books! I asked how her homecoming was going, and she was as sweet as I expected.

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Signed and dedicated copies of The Light in The Wound (with a very sweet message), His Wounded Light, and Insipid.

I approached Tarryn next. After I introduced myself, I was completely honest and straightforward with her. I confessed that I, unfortunately, haven’t got the chance to read her books yet, but told her that I’m trying to grab a hold of her other books, mainly Mud Vein, and Marrow. She was stunning, just like Colleen and Christine. Also, her dress? Simply breathtaking!

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Signed and dedicated copies of The Opportunist and Never Never parts 1 and 2 (also signed by Colleen Hoover)

I went for Colleen last. I had lots of her books and I am more than lucky to have all of them signed by her. I was able to talk about her books with her, and she was happy to know how much I loved Confess and Slammed. She also told me that Point of Retreat is her favorite, and she’s not a big fan of This Girl. She also told me that she was so flattered to have been told so much compliments. I love her accent and she was very, very sweet! Also, I asked her to write her favorite quote from Confess and she chose my most favorite quote!!!

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Signed and dedicated copies of Confess, Maybe Someday, Hopeless, Losing Hope, Slammed, Point of Retreat, This Girl, and Ugly Love.

After having my books signed, I got the chance to say hi to some of my blogger friends and talk about some books with them. I also met a lot of long-time bloggers and I am so honored to have met them yesterday. They were very friendly to a new face and I hope I could meet them again next time.

We took photos with the authors afterwards. It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity to have photos taken with these stunning ladies so, of course, we wouldn’t let that chance pass us by.

Philippine YA Bloggers with Tarryn Fisher, Colleen Hoover, and Christine Brae. Photo grabbed from Kai Agito of Amaterasu Reads.

Here’s a thank you message from the 3 lovely ladies for their Filipino readers!

Video grabbed from Kate Manalo of The Bookaholic Blurbs

Once the private Q&A was finished, I went to SM Megamall for the public signing event. I have to say, I really am more than lucky to have been invited to the forum, because there are hundreds of people waiting at SM to have their books signed! My friends were there waiting for their turn to meet the lovely ladies and have their books signed as well.

Photo grabbed from Queenie Josol from Facebook

At this point, I would like to send my sincerest thanks to Sir JB, Sir Chad, and National Bookstore for inviting me to the forum and for accommodating me with open arms. It was my first time to attend this forum and I’m hoping I could attend another one soon. You guys are heaven sent! Thank you!

And to the bloggers who I’ve met, thank you for making my first forum memorable. I am so happy to have met you guys and am looking forward to reading more books with you!

And to Christine, who I’m sure I will see again, I love you! I owe you another hug! I really am so happy to have read your book way back, and your friendship means the world to me! I love you!

I know a lot of people went to SM Megamall to have their books signed. Were you there? Tell me all about your experience! Also, tell me who’s your favorite among the three and what’s your favorite book by her!

Before I end this post, you might want to check out these recaps by some of my blogger friends! You know you want to!

Until the next one, folks!

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[Top Ten Tuesdays #1] My Mid-Year Top 10 Reads of 2015

TTTJust to introduce a new segment here at Book Freak Revelations, I finally decided to do a “top ten” post that I’ll be posting every Tuesday of the week. Other than it’s going to give me an idea as to what to post, it’s also going to be a way for me to give you different types of lists. And it won’t just always be about my favorite reads. Who knows? Next week, I might share with you my disliked books and whatnot.

But to start of this new segment, I want to share with everyone my most favorite reads of the year so far. 2015 really welcomed such great new books and authors. I’ve had my fair share of great books and now, I’m going to share my most recommended ones.

1#10: The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore – This modern fantasy novel by James Frey (or Pittacus Lore, whatever floats your boat) is the third installment in the Lorien Legacies series and this is the book where our favorite members of the Garde finally get to meet at one spot. Absolutely action-packed, and thrill-filled, this will really appeal to fans of the Hunger Games and Divergent. And no, it’s not just this book. I’m referring to the whole series.

#9: Forbidden by Tabitha Suzuma – I never had any intention of reading this book until a friend recommended it to me. It has incestuous love in it (thus the title), and it never sparked my interest. But when I started reading it, I had a very hard time trying to put it down. Reading it was never a drag, and considering my preferences, I had no idea that it’ll be one of my best reads of the year. I became a fan of the author after reading this book.

#8: Cinder by Marissa Meyer – Who’s not a fan of fairy tales? Being a teen who was basically raised by cartoons and fairy tales, I must say that I have grown quite fond of this series by Marissa. In a nutshell, Cinder is a modern day fairy tale retelling of everyone’s favorite, Cinderella. Although it has a few tweaks in it, this will surely appeal to the fairy tale loving child you have in you.

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#7: Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Before I read this book, I was never a fan of high fantasy novels. I’m that kind of reader who prefers to read contemporaries, and realistic fiction, but after reading this book, I became a lover of fantasy. This book was what hooked me up with that genre. It follows the life of Darrow, a miner, who then made his way to the top, killed whoever he needed to kill just to seek revenge from the people who wronged him. Sounds exciting, right? It’s such a great book!

#6: P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han – I started my 2015 waiting for the release of quite a few books. And this light read was on top of my list. Focusing on the life of our favorite Song girl, Lara Jean, and her complicated love life with Peter Kavinsky, this book, as well as it’s predecessor, To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, will certainly appeal to readers who loves to read swoon and romance-filled novels.

#5: The Heir by Kiera Cass – If you know me, then you probably know that I am a legit big fan of The Selection series by Kiera Cass. Not only does the books have such breathtaking covers, but the story in itself is magnificent as well. Taking place after 20 years and told from the perspective of America and Maxon’s daughter, Eadlyn Schreave, not only is this novel filled with royalty and glamour, but it also is filled with good life’s lessons and hey, who doesn’t love a feisty princess for a protagonist, right?

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#4: Slammed by Colleen Hoover – Who likes poetry? I do! And who likes stories about familial love? I do too! Well that is what Slammed is all about. Poetry and familial love. Not only did this stunning debut novel from New Adult Contemporary Queen Colleen Hoover give me heartbreaks. It also gave me a book hangover. I couldn’t move on from the story. And I absolutely craved for more! (Although I haven’t read the second book in the series yet. Haha, please don’t judge me.)

#3: Confess by Colleen Hoover – Two spots in a row, eh Miss Colleen? It was just that good! Following the lives of two protagonists with the same middle name, not only did this latest novel from Colleen Hoover made me fall in love. It also made me interested in novels with amazing plot twists. And oh, did I forget to mention that the physical copy of the book has art snippets? Yeah, it’s that awesome.

#2 Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas – It’s a shock that this novel suddenly bumped up to the top when it was only last Friday did I start reading it. Confess was supposed to be the novel in my #2 slot but after I finished this book, I had second thoughts. I actually even considered for it to be my best read of the year, but no. The contemporary lover in me just had to disagree. But this book really came close to beating my #1! This novel is so action-packed, and it actually has the same amount of swoon! I didn’t expect for it to be like that seeing that the synopsis seemed full-on action! And did I mention that the main protagonist, our Celaena Sardothien, is such a badass? Oh my god. I’m serious, you guys! Just you wait! A fully detailed book review will be posted later tonight. But guys!!! Oh my god!!!

And… finally…

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#1: All The Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

You probably know by now that this book by the amazing Jennifer Niven is, and will always be, my most favorite book of 2015. I can still remember how I finished reading this book. It was a rainy Sunday afternoon, in my hand was this book, and on the table was a cup of hot chocolate and a small plate of Walnut Cookies. I can still remember how touched and moved I was with Violet and Finch’s story. No one will ever find out how ugly I was as I cried during that scene where *spoiler alert* Violet finally found Finch’s body, bloated from being drowned for so long. And my feels just exploded as she said “May your eye go to the Sun, To the wind your soul… You are all the colors in one, at full brightness.” And it’s been 5 months now, and the wound in my heart’s still raw. I will never forget this story. Mark my word. All The Bright Places will always have a very special place in my heart.


And that’s it for this list! Now, do you mind sharing your top ten reads of 2015 with me? Leave some comments below. 🙂

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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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