[Book Tags #5] The TBR Book Tag

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Not too long ago, Jenna of Reading with Jenna tagged me to do 2 book tags for my blog. She basically combined the How I Read Tag with the TBR Book Tag but I, personally, wanted to separate it and create two posts out of one tagging. Thank you for tagging me, Jenna! You are wonderful! (Check out her post here. Also, I already posted my entry for the How I Read Book Tag here.)

So, basically, just like most of the tags I am tagged to do, there are some questions for me to answer. Read on for my answers to the TBR Book Tag.

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[Book Tags #2] The Gossip Girl Book Tag

TAGSLast July 28, I created a book tag together with Miel of Bookish and Awesome, Kevin of Tomebound, and Salve of Cuckoo for Books. As you may have already guessed, we entitled it “The Gossip Girl Book Tag”. It actually started with a single tweet from Salve. Of course, with the instincts I have and my undying love for the TV show, I had to respond, and I had to make Salve know how much I adore Blair Waldorf.

Then a little later, some friends took notice of our online conversation and wanted in on this nostalgic book tag. Both wanting to participate and create the tag, Kevin and Miel jumped in on the action:

And after days of coordination with these awesome Gossip Girl fans, we have finally made a tag that’s perfect for bibliophiles AND fans of Serena Van der Woodsen, Blair Waldorf, Chuck Bass, as well as the whole show.

If tagged, you just have to answer the following questions, which were all based from the characters appearances, and personalities. There’s a question for each character in the franchise. Please take note that there might be some spoilers along the way, and I apologize if you ever get spoiled. *gives virtual hugs*

Click on the titles of the books found in my answers and it will redirect you to the Goodreads page of said book.

  1. Serena Van der Woodsen – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction – The “It” book of Young Adult Fiction as of now, in my opinion, is Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas. That book is all the rave lately. With a badass female Assassin for a protagonist, two swoon-worthy men who’s both had their eyes on the female lead from the start, and an impeccably magical world named Erilea, how can a reader possibly go wrong with this book?
  2. Blair Cornelia Waldorf – A book/character you love to hate We Were Liars by E. Lockhart is a book I really love to hate. For me, that book is the biggest let down of 2014. And it is really overrated. The writing was all over the place, the characters had slow development, and the protagonist, Cadence, seems like she doesn’t know what’s happening most of the time. But I LOVED the first page introduction and the major plot twist, though. (Sorry, fans!)
  3. Charles Bartholomew “Chuck” Bass – A roller coaster ride of a book/character – I have to go with Daniel “Day” Wing from the Legend Trilogy by Marie Lu. He has been through some of the worst moments of life in general. He witnessed the death of a loved one, he was literally experimented on by The Republic, and he went through some other shitty experiences, especially in Champion. But he came out on top of everything. “Hi, I’m Daniel.” Oh, excuse me while I cry my eyes out.
  4. Nathaniel “Nate” Archibald – A book cover eye candy – I’m definitely going for the covers of all the books in The Selection Series by Kiera Cass. Those books, for some, maybe laughable due to its story and “irritating” characters (which I highly disagree with), but you have to admit. The covers of those books are stunningly breathtaking. Come on. Give it some credit!
  5. Daniel “Dan” Humphrey – A book you think deserves more love than it gets – I have to go with The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler. That is one of the most underrated books of all time. The story is great, the love story is good, the characters are not at all irritating, and a great story about familial love can be found in that little piece of treasure. I recommend it to everyone who loves Familial Contemporary! You won’t regret it.
  6. Jenny Humphey – A character that went through a drastic transformation, for better or worse – I think there is only one answer to this. Adelina Amouteru from Marie Lu’s The Young Elites is one of my favorite characters who went through drastic changes. The Young Elites is the first book in the series of the same title, and in under 355 pages, she went from being an outcast of a malfetto into a feared enemy of Kenettra. And it is with good reason. She’s like my spirit animal. You should read about her if you’re into books with vengeance, and pure evil. *insert evil laugh here*
  7. Vanessa Abrams – A book that doesn’t have a lasting impression – I’m gonna have to go with The Six Rules of Maybe by Deb Calleti. That was one of the books with the slowest story pacing, and you know me. I hate it when a book is so dragging to read. The concept of the story was nice, but I felt like the writing style by the author was all over the place. Hmm.
  8. Lily Van der Woodsen and Rufus Humphrey – An OTP that could have been – I have to go with Juliette and Adam from The Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi. In the first book in the series, they were inseparable. They were madly in love with each other, but as the story progressed, I fell deeply in love with Warren. And so did Juliette. But I had such high hopes for them, you know? I was rooting for them but that ship sunk faster than the Titanic. So sad. 
  9. Georgina Sparks – A villain who’s killing it with villainyQueen Levana from The Lunar Chronicles by Marissa Meyer is one of the most cruel villains I ever read about. She’s nasty, and yet, there’s something about her that makes me feel like she’s just misunderstood. But her deeds? Killing off her people just because they were “different”? That’s pure evil.  
  10. Dorotha Kishlovsky – A favorite sidekick character – My favorite sidekick character so far would have to be Sevro au Barca from Pierce Brown’s Red Rising Trilogy. He’s a loyal friend and follower and he’s the type of sidekick that will follow you to the ends of the Earth just to prove to you that he is worthy of your trust and love.
  11. Ivy Dickens – A book you always mistake for something else – Hmm. I have to go with The Jewel by Amy Ewing. I once mistook it for another book in The Selection Series given it’s regal cover. I don’t know anything about it, and I am yet to read it, but I also know that the name of the main character is Violet Singer. Somehow, I really find this book purely similar to The Selection. 
  12. Lola Rhodes – A book/character you wanted to love more than you actually did – I would have to go with The Grisha Trilogy by Leigh Bardugo. I’ve read the first two books in the series: Shadow and Bone & Siege and Storm (Click on the links for my individual reviews) last June and July, and so far, I am not loving it. It’s not a bad read, but I find the pacing of the story incredibly slow, and you know how I hate slow-paced stories. But what’s making me want to hang on to it is because I’ve met the author, Leigh Bardugo last June, and she’s such a lovely person. I don’t know if you guys get it, but I really wanted to love that trilogy!
  13. Prince Louis GrimaldiA Prince-Charming-turned-A-plus-jerk characterJesse Cain from Christine Brae’s The Light in The Wound duology is a perfect match for this one. He was a darling during the first parts of The Light In The Wound. He loved the main lead, and he genuinely cared for her, but as the story progressed, he turned out to be a complete jackass. Which was so sad, since I really really liked him!

And that’s that! I had the best time answering the questions that were made through the combined efforts of my co-bloggers. They were very enthusiastic and cooperative with this tag that it makes me want to do more with them! Here’s to hoping for more book tags!

And I will be tagging the following people to do this tag as well:

Also, you might want to wait for my friends’ answers as well! They’ll be posting towards the end of the week!

I can’t wait to read your answers! And I hope everyone enjoys the tag that we excitedly created!

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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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[Announcements] #ELockhartinPH

Poster-E-Lockhart_zpsaa243fefSo it’s just this afternoon that National Book Store announced that E. Lockhart, author of 2014’s most-talked about book, We Were Liars, is gracing our country on March! Will I see you there? Have you read the book? Leave your answers in the comments section! I want to know what you guys are feeling right now! Oh, and let me know what you thought about the book! Seriously, I want to know! 🙂

If you’re going to ask me if I’ve read the book, I would say yes! Here’s a link to my review of We Were Liars. 🙂

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[Stacking The Shelves #1] 2014 Edition

So, I would like to start this post with a greeting. Happy New Year, everyone! I wish you all the books you want (and need). Make this your book year by reading books, talking to other people about it, and just be awesome. 🙂

So as some of you may already know, this little blog of mine just started this September. There’s not much posts in here, and as 2015 continues, I hope to write more reviews and lots of other bookish thoughts that others can relate to. There’s nothing I want more than to give other bookworms worldwide several glimpses of what’s in my mind. And what better way for me to achieve that than by giving everyone a peek into my bookshelf. Right? 2014 was the year that my whole bookshelf was actually constructed. Although I started collecting last 2013, I became more of a book reader on 2014. Below are some pictures of the books in my bookshelf and some details (left to right sequence).

Shelf 1 Row 1Red Rising by Pierce Brown – 839.00Php. Paperback.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner – 648.00Php. Hardbound.

The Scorch Trials by James Dashner – 720.00Php. Hardbound.

Boy Meets Boy by David Levithan – 299.00Php. Paperback.

Point of Retreat by Colleen Hoover – 595.00Php. Paperback.

Ugly Love by Colleen Hoover – 595.00Php. Paperback.

Mayber Someday by Colleen Hoover – 595.00Php. Paperback.

Attachments by Rainbow Rowell – 529.00Php. Paperback.

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell – 425.00Php. Paperback.

Eleanor & Park (Collector’s Edition) by Rainbow Rowell – 900.00Php. Hardbound.

Landline by Rainbow Rowell – 599.00Php. Paperback.

Shelf 1 Row 2

Burn for Burn Trilogy Boxed Set by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian – 1,945.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

The Retribution of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – 684.00Php. Hardbound.

The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin – 665.00Php. Hardbound.

Legend Trilogy Boxed Set by Marie Lu – 2,155.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Shelf 1 Row 3Divergent 4-book Boxed Set by Veronica Roth – 1,999.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Wonder Boxed Set by R.J. Palacio – 1,299.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Dear Alex, Break na Kami. Paano? Love, Catherine by Alex Gonzaga – 175.00Php. Paperback.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Sanctum by Madeleine Roux – 435.00Php. Paperback.

Shelf 1 Row 4We Were Liars by E. Lockhart – 539.00Php. Paperback.

Something Like Fate by Susane Colasanti – 349.00Php. Paperback.

My True Love Gave To Me by 12 Authors – 855.00Php. Hardbound.

The Heroes of Olympus Boxed Set by Rick Riordan – 3,999.00Php. Hardbound Boxed Set.

Shelf 1 Row 5Just One Day by Gayle Forman – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 495.00Php. Paperback.

If I Stay by Gayle Forman – 420.00Php. Paperback

Where She Went by Gayle Forman – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins – 349.00Php. Paperback.

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – 349.00Php. Paperback.

Isla and the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins – 720.00Php. Hardbound.

The Selection & The Elite Boxed Set by Kiera Cass – 699.00Php. Paperback Boxed Set.

The One by Kiera Cass – 349.00Php. Paperback.

Let It Snow by John Green, Lauren Myracle, and Maureen Johnson – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Shelf 1 Row 6

The Fault in Our Stars (Collector’s Edition) by John Green – 900.00Php. Hardbound.

Paper Towns by John Green – 760.00Php. Hardbound.

This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith – 399.00Php. Paperback.

Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi – 360.00Php. Paperback.

Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi – 350.00Php. Paperback.

Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi – 329.99Php. Paperback.

The Young Elites by Marie Lu – 749.00Php. Hardbound.

Endgame: The Calling by James Frey – 695.00Php. Hardbound.


And there you have it, book nerds! You are officially updated with the contents of my bookshelf! 2014 was indeed the year of many book hauls! Check out all the books I bought last year posted on my Instagram account:

2014 Bookhaul

(Oh, and go ahead and follow me on Instagram). 🙂

Thanks for ever visiting my blog last 2014! Continue to follow my book journey this 2015, okay? I love you all, book nerds! ♥

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