[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 #12] #SarahJMaasinPH

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So, once again, last Sunday, March 13, 2016, I attended another book signing event. Hosted by the amazing National Book Store, this event was for the fans of the New York Times Bestselling Author of the Throne of Glass and A Court of Thorns and Roses series, Sarah J. Maas!

If you’ve been reading some of my book tags from last year, you would probably know by now just how much I loved her books! (And no, I still haven’t finished reading Heir of Fire yet, so please don’t judge me. Haha!) She rapidly became one of my most favorite authors and getting to meet her as well as snag a photo was such a great privilege!

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[Book Tags #6] The Midyear (3rd Quarter, Actually) Book Freak Out Tag

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The amazing Trisha Ann of The Bookgasm Blog tagged me to do the Midyear Book Freak Out Tag! You should check out her entry here. I’ve been wanting to do this tag for quite some time now, but, as you may already know, I just came back from a hiatus because of my exams, but now, no one or nothing is going to stop me from this tag! Huzzah!

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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 #2] Fan Casting of my Top Ten Book Boyfriends in YA Dystopia/Fantasy

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I’ve been wanting to do this post for quite some time now, but the courage to do so didn’t come to me until this weekend, seeing how many I have on my list. But now, I shall list down my most probable book boyfriends in Young Adult Dystopia/Fantasy plus my fan casting. Some of the GIFs I used are my choice for the specific character, while some are the real deal.

Book Boyfriend (n) – A male fictional character that a person wants to be in a relationship with.

#10: The Darkling from The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo – I really wasn’t a big fan of this series but The Darkling really appealed to me. He’s a very dark and mysterious character that compels the reader to get to know him more. Alone, he was a great character. But that does not change my opinion of The Grisha Trilogy.

My fan cast: Sean O’Pry. Dark hair. Mesmerizing eyes. Yes. Oh, just yes!

#9: Number Nine from The Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore – Sometimes, a fangirl really need cocky boys to mess around with. And who would be more perfect for this than Number Nine? Right? He’s muscular, strong, and so manly. He might be a big ego maniac, but hey. He still has a heart! And with a heart as big as his, who knows what we have in store?

My fan cast: Colton Haynes. I’m basing it on his character from Teen Wolf, Jackson Whittemore. He’s one cocky human being, and I can’t imagine someone as perfect as he is for Number Nine.#8: Darrow au Andromedus from Red Rising by Pierce Brown – Darrow is one of the most passionate, most caring, and bravest characters I have ever came to read about. It is with these traits that I have fallen in love with him and his story. He’s driven, and he will go to different heights just to attain the dream that his wife, Eo, had for him. Who wouldn’t want him for a boyfriend?

My fan cast: Alexander Ludwig. If you’ve watched him on Vikings, or The Hunger Games, you would know just how much he has in common with Darrow. Believe me. He’s freakishly strong and quite a determined creature. Just give him a little darker complexion and we have ourselves a Darrow!#7: Dorian Havilliard from The Throne Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – A peaceful, caring, and passionate Prince with a love for the printed word, Prince Dorian of Adarlan will surely swoon all types of women, whether a bibliophile or not. Also, he is a prince with a strong disposition. He will stand by his decisions. He’s the type of prince who won’t let you down. *sighs*

My fan cast: Douglas Booth. I don’t even know why. There’s just something about him that reminds me so much of the Crown Prince of Adarlan. Also, his bone structure is on fleek in this gif. You’re welcome, ladies.

#6: Minho from The Maze Runner Series by James Dashner – Minho is a brash yet dependable leader. He will never let you down, and he won’t leave you in your time of need, the same way he didn’t leave Thomas in the maze. I’m adding him to my list since every book boyfriend list needs at least one Asian. Haha!

The cast: Ki Hong Lee. Yep. Asian. Also, he’s a great runner. So, that seems sufficient. Right. And he’s cute!

#5: Tobias “Four” Eaton from The Divergent Trilogy by Veronica Roth – A trained fighter, a born leader with a knack for epic action, Four is absolutely one of the best book boyfriends ever. He’s capable of loving someone as hard-headed as Tris, and for me, that seems enough reason. But also, he’s that kind of guy who would help you especially in times of great need. He’s perfectly capable of leading a nation, and with that said, I know he’s capable of leading a family. Hehehe.

The cast: Theo James. He portrayed Four rather well, if you ask me. He’s rugged, just as the character is defined in the best-selling books. He’s muscular, and everything in Theo is highly believable in reference to Four.

#4: Percy Jackson from The Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan – They say that humor is, among many others, a trait that easily captures the heart of women (or men, whatever floats your boat). In that case, Percy Jackson is a shoe-in for this list. Filled with wit, sass, and comedy, our favorite demigod will not only swoon us with his jokes, but also with his healing abilities. Right? Also, those blue eyes? Dayum!

The cast: Logan Lerman. A lot of people might disagree with me on this but The Lightning Thief was one of my favorites at the time it was released. I can recall it vividly: I once handled an account dedicated to him on Tumblr. I used to open and post daily. But circumstances have changed and time constraints led me to leave it to a friend.

#3: Alec Lightwood from The Mortal Instruments Series by Cassandra Clare – I’m going to be honest. I’ve only read a little about Alec Lightwood. I’ve only read City of Bones, but I know just how brave Alec is. At first, he was afraid to tell the world about his sexuality. Since the Clave shuns those who are “different”, he kept it to himself, but eventually found the courage to come out. I admire bravery. Especially when it comes to homosexuality.

The cast: Matthew Daddario. I don’t know a lot about him either. All I know is he’s a great Alec, physically speaking. Also, he’s a great guy as well! Now, I really can’t wait to watch the Shadowhunters series! Oh! And he’s also playing a role in the Naomi and Ely’s No Kiss List movie!

#2: Tamlin from A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas – A fae living under a curse, Tamlin is a grungy character with a temper. He is nowhere near the likes of Percy Jackson or any other humorous male characters, but deep, deep, DEEP down, he has a heart bigger than his Spring Court. He’s capable of not only casting magic, but also loving with every fiber of his being. No one would ever turn down someone like Tamlin.

My fan cast: Tyler Hoechlin. For fans of the hit TV series Teen Wolf, I know that you know what I’m talking about right here. Derek Hale, the character he’s portraying on the show, is an immensely dark character. They have the exact same traits. Give him a different shade of hair color, and we’re good to go!

#1: Chaol Westfall from The Throne of Glass Series by Sarah J. Maas – And of course, how could I forget my most favorite Captain of the Guard? Chaol Westfall is the bravest, most sensitive, most caring, and most passionate captain in literature that I have come to read about. He puts up a brave front, that’s why at first, you would think of him as a snob and immensely disinterested. But deep down, he has a love bigger than Adarlan, and it’s no secret that he’s good in many things, if you know what I mean. 😉

My fan cast: Chace Crawford. Well, to be honest, I had a hard time trying to find a perfect match for Chaol. I have never seen Chace in an intense action movie. His complexion, however, makes me agree with my decision, thus, making me unsure of my choice for this one.

There you have it, folks! A list of my favorite book boyfriends in the YA Dystopia/Fantasy genre! :Let me know if you agree, or disagree, on the comments below! And tell me who’s your number 1 book boyfriend! Add in a fan casting of your own!

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