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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Event Recap #25: The #MIBF2017 Experience feat. #JennyandSiobhaninPH Recap + Book Haul

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Hi, you guys! So just last week, from September 13 to 17, bibliophiles from all parts of the nation came together for the annual Manila International Book Fair at the SMX Convention Center, where book-selling exhibitors basically flaunted all their amazing books and other bookish merchandise perfect for all kinds of readers. The 5-day fair had everything that a typical reader can possibly hope for: discounted books, book launches, signing events, and guest appearances from bestselling authors. It was heaven, I tell you. Luckily, this time around, I had the time, budget, and energy to go to the fair on the FIRST and LAST day! Read on for a brief recap of my experience at the 2017 Manila International Book Fair!

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[Book Tags #8] The R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag

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Okay, so my good friend Salve from Cuckoo for Books tagged me to do the R.I.P. It or Ship It Book Tag. (Watch her entry here.) When I first saw this tag over at Christine’s Booktube Channel, I thought that this tag was only for booktubers. I mean, reactions would be a lot more legit if this was so, right? But it feels like a fun tag to do so I might as well join in on the fun. So, down below are the names of pairs that I got. By the way, I wrote 30 names, so I’m writing down 15 pairs. 🙂

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[Book Review #35] P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han

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Lara Jean didn’t expect to really fall for Peter.
She and Peter were just pretending. Except suddenly they weren’t. Now Lara Jean is more confused than ever.
When another boy from her past returns to her life, Lara Jean’s feelings for him return too. Can a girl be in love with two boys at once?

In this charming and heartfelt sequel to the New York Times bestseller To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, we see first love through the eyes of the unforgettable Lara Jean. Love is never easy, but maybe that’s part of what makes it so amazing.

Book Specifications:

Author: Jenny Han

Format: Hardcover

Part of a Series: Yes. To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before #2.

Release Date: March 26, 2015

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

No. of Pages: 337 pages

Price: 649.00Php

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Young Adult, Realistic Fiction

Book Review:

The Cover: Just like the cover of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before, the cover of its’s sequel, P.S. I Still Love You features an Asian girl who seems to have felt something positive, making her appear radiant on the cover of this book. The applied make-up helped as well in depicting the girl to seem “in love”. And how can we forget the simply beautiful handwriting of the title on the side? Absolutely gorgeous! (5 out of 5 stars)

The Story: The story follows the life of Lara Jean Song Covey, 1/3 of the Song Girls, who endured different kinds of love problems all through out her relationship with Peter Kavinsky, a boy who she wrote a letter to, which was unintentionally sent out to him by Kitty, which soon turned out to be one of the best things that happened to Lara Jean. (Such a mouthful!) Picking up where To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before ended, this book told us the story of how Lara Jean kept on falling in love with Peter, while getting her heart broken quite a number of times. Below are some details about this sequel.

  • I love how this sequel kept the pace and hype that it’s predecessor imposed. TATBILB (because the full title is so long) was one of the best reads of my 2014, and waiting for a whole year for this book was definitely worth it. There was a generous serving of romance, swoon, and giddiness found all through out this book. And knowing me and my literary preferences, you would say that I am absolutely delighted!
  • I loved how this sequel wasn’t 100% about Lara Jean. At some point in the book, the story was about Kitty, her Dad, John Ambrose McClaren, and Storm, etc. As much as I love romantic and realistic fiction, sometimes, I find it tiring to read about a character whose book revolves all around one single character. It feels refreshing to read about different side characters in one way or another, and I find this a good point about PSISLY.
  • I liked the fact that the life of our sweet protagonist wasn’t at all love, fun and romance. I liked how she also endured hardships through out the book. Her scandal with Peter, her petty conflicts on her internship. It gives us readers the idea that Lara Jean, aside from being sweet and lovable, may also be a strong and independent young woman.
  • As much as I loved this book, I still found it lacking. As the story went on, I was constantly on the search for Josh’s background story. I feel like he wasn’t given enough closure from the first book, and he was literally MIA on this sequel. I found it saddening not finding any closure for Josh. And the same goes for John Ambrose McClaren. He was introduced to us during the middle part of the story and I feel like his story wasn’t given justice. I need proper closure, Jenny Han!! And I’m craving for a third book!!!

With all that said, I can actually say that PSISLY is just as good as TATBILB. The story was light and absolutely filled with romance and swoon. And yes, I can see myself reading it again after my TBR pile minimizes. (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The Ending: *This part is filled with spoilers. I suggest you skip this part if you don’t want to cry later on.* Well, everything worked out in the end. Peter and Lara Jean broke up, but they sorted out their differences and they were able to put the past, the hurt, and heartbreaks all behind them. It was a happy ending, although I really feel like there’s something missing! And good God, Genevieve!!! Her friendship with Lara Jean certainly needed closure! And with all these little cliffhangers, I am expecting another book in the series! I need more!! (4.5 out of 5 stars)


The Verdict: Just like I’ve said countless of times, this To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before duology (or TRILOGY!! PLEASE!!) will always be one of my favorite romantic and light reads. It’s a recommended contemporary series for readers who might want to take a break from heavy novels and or series. It will not only get you back on track, but it’ll also set a standard for the contemporary genre. (4.67 out of 5 stars)

Quotable Quotes:

“Sometimes I like you so much I can’t stand it. It fills up inside me, all the way to the brim, and I feel like I could overflow. I like you so much I don’t know what to do with it. My heart beats so fast when I know I’m going to see you again. And then, when you look at me the way you do, I feel like the luckiest girl in the world.” – Lara Jean

“People come in and out of your life. For a time they are your world; they are everything. And then one day they’re not. There’s no telling how long you will have them near.” – Lara Jean

“There’s a Korean word my grandma taught me. It’s called jung. It’s the connection between two people that can’t be severed, even when love turns to hate. You still have those old feelings for them; you can’t ever completely shake them loose of you; you will always have tenderness in your heart for them.” – Lara Jean

“I know now that I don’t want to love or be loved in half measures. I want it all, and to have it all, you have to risk it all.” – Lara Jean

“When you lose someone and it still hurts, that’s when you know the love was real.” – Lara Jean

“Don’t let it happen to you, Lara Jean. Don’t get too serious to where things can’t go back. Be in love with Peter if you want, but be careful with your heart. Things feel like they’ll be forever, but they aren’t. Love can go away, or people can, without even meaning to. Nothing is guaranteed.” – Margot Song

“If this is love, no thanks. I don’t want any part of it. When I’m older, I’m just going to do my own thing. If I like a boy, fine, I’ll date him, but I’m not going to sit at home and cry over him. I cry over important things.” – Kitty Song

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