2018, Oh 2018 — A Year in Perspective

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It’s that time of the year again when us bookworms get the chance to look back on what kind of reading year it has been and rank our favorites! This 2018, I was lucky enough to read a total of 72 books—surpassing my initial goal of 70—and I’ve been blessed to work with and help promote so many books from various publishers. And unlike so many of my friends, I’m proud to say that I still haven’t outgrown reading and young adult literature, and I hope that the year ahead only intensifies this wholesome obsession. Anyway, I’ve written a long recap about how much I enjoyed 2018 in terms of reading, and so read on, my friends.

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Book Blogger Creativity Project 2016: Meet Your (Dystopian) Match

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Earlier this year, I signed up to be a part of this amazing thing Nori’s hosting, and it’s called the Book Blogger Creativity Project! Basically, it aims to let those who joined to get a chance to revamp their creativity in publishing book blog posts. During the time, I was in a massive blogging slump, and I just got out of my college internship, and no doubt, I needed a few activities to get my creative juices flowing! I was lucky to be a part of Team Violet together with Nori of Read Write Love 28, Pam of Pamela Nicole Writes, Aradhna of Folded Between The Pages of Books, Kim of Divergent Gryffindor, and Tiffany of The Bookish Thought. Also, I would love it if you guys could check out their blogs! They publish magnificent reviews!

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[Book Review #61] The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

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When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something frightening enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that got her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that had killed most of America’s children, but she and the others emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they could not control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones. When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. She is on the run, desperate to find the only safe haven left for kids like her—East River. She joins a group of kids who have escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents. When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at having a life worth living.

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[Stacking The Shelves #7] August 2015 Bookhaul

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All purchased within the month of August, these books are all part of my shelves now! These books were bought from various book stores, but their value to me now is all the same. And yes, I’m back to purchasing these books with a regular 10% discount. *sighs* There were no sales, nor employee discounts this time. *cries a river*

And so, without further ado, let’s get this awesome post started. I can’t wait to see what you guys have to say about the books I got this month! 🙂

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Starting from the bottom to the top:

  1. Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling – Hardbound, from National Bookstore Warehouse Sale – Php100.00
  2. The Good Luck of Right Now by Matthew Quick – Trade Paperback, from National Bookstore – Php575.00
  3. Love May Fail by Matthew Quick – Trade Paperback, from National Bookstore – Php699.00
  4. Broken Hearts, Fences, and Other Things to Mend by Katie Finn – Hardbound, from my friend, Ms. Soleil.
  5. Memories by Lang Leav – Hardbound, from Power Books – Php749.00IMG_5302
  6. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php720.00
  7. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php720.00
  8. In The Afterlight by Alexandra Bracken – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php760.00IMG_5294
  9. Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php760.00
  10. Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of The Universe – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php684.00
  11. My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga- Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php684.00
  12. Winger by Andrew Smith – Hardbound, from Fully Booked – Php595.00

There you have it, book nerds! Not as strong as last month’s haul, but I love the books I got this month!

Now, I would like to thank the following:

  • Ms. Shiela and Sir Lester of Fully Booked SM Megamall and Ms. MJ and Sir Timothy of Fully Booked, Katipunan, for their excellent customer service and great relations.
  • Ms. Soleil, a lovely person who I’ve only met online through our mutual love for books, but happens to be a very close friend of mine.
  • My mom for gifting The Good Luck of Right Now to me; And
  • The Lord for helping me save all the funds I purchased these books with! You never fail to amaze me!

What are your thoughts on the books I got? Have you read any of these? Or are there titles here that you look forward to reading? Let me know on the comments down below! 🙂

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