Help me plan my 'Stranger Things' viewing party!

Friday, September 29, 2017

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Probably the only reason I haven't cancelled my Netflix subscription yet is because of Stranger Things. (Let's be real though, I will never be able to quit Netflix even if I'm jobless like now because TV is LIFE.) I loved the first season and in fact, I watched it a total of THREE TIMES in a span of two weeks?? Something like that. It was just so compulsively watchable that I remember sleeping at 7AM just to finish it all. (Pro-tip: Do not start watching a series at midnight.) Admittedly, what initially hooked me was these kids playing Dungeons and Dragons because I play D&D myself. But each episode was more gripping than the previous and I was unstoppable as I queued an episode right after the other. IT IS JUST THAT GOOD. What made Stranger Things even more fun for me was watching it again with my friends, most of which also play D&D with me, and discussing it and loving it altogether.

So this October, I am planning on hosting a Stranger Things viewing party!!!!111 YAY!!!! *confetti* And now, you gotta help me with it!

National Book Store's #ReadOutLoudChallenge: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Happy 75th Anniversary, National Book Store!

And to celebrate their anniversary, National Book Store is promoting reading and literacy in the country by the Read Out Loud Challenge! What is it, you ask?

With every 75 videos of people reading their favorite line/s from their favorite book/s posted on Instagram and/or Facebook, the National Book Store Foundation will help establish a library in public schools all over the Philippines!

Here I am doing the challenge and reading from Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan. I had this book tabbed with so many quotable passages that it was so hard to choose just one. And it's just so apt for June because it's Pride Month!

I hope you'll do the challenge as well and help National Book Store build libraries! My non-Filipino/Philippine-based readers, please do participate too! You'd be helping Filipino kids a lot!

Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Spoiler alert: I didn't love this as much as everyone did so there's that. I love the message, I really do. I just realized that this is not the poetry style I gravitate to. No, that's wrong, I kind of gravitate to it because it's everywhere? But it's not what makes this heart sing and/or curl up in a ball.

Milk and Honey
Title: Milk and Honey
Author: Rupi Kaur
Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing
Date of Publication: October 6, 2015

The book is divided into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose. Deals with a different pain. Heals a different heartache. Milk and Honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.

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[redacted] + Small Ghost by Trista Mateer

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Today, I'm gonna post hopefully short word vomits on two of Trista Mateer's poetry collections. I've been finding it hard to read fiction recently so I've been reading poetry collections, short story anthologies, and essay collections. And I've been finding it hard to review anything at all so please go easy on me.

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Title: [redacted]
Author: Trista Mateer
Date of Publication: February 18, 2017

Taking National Poetry Month’s poem-a-day challenge one step further, for her fourth collection, Trista Mateer has not only compiled a chapbook of her 2016 ‘30 for 30’ poems, but she has also chosen to include nearly everything else written in the month of April. This comes in the form of handwritten notes and poetry fragments, iPhone note poetry, tweets, Craigslist ads, and more. This mix of poetry and prose spans a single month and covers topics such as heartbreak, gender, sexuality, and forgiveness.

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Stacking the Shelves (66)

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Forgive my absence. January to April book mail / book haul!









For Review

(ARC) Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
(ARC) Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
(ARC) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
(ARC) Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
(ARC) The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
(ARC) Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes
(ARC) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
(ARC) Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno
The Stinky Street Stories by Alex Ratt and Jules Faber
(ARC) Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
(ARC) Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
(ARC) Stealing Our Way Home by Cecilia Galante

Thank you to HarperCollins International, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kids, Hardie Grant Egmont, Pan Macmillan Australia, and Scholastic Philippines for all the review copies!

Accompanying Tweets to The Lover's Dictionary by David Levithan: M

Thursday, April 20, 2017

macabre, adj.: You keep the ravens in your head in a loose cage, allowing them to whisper their worst-case darkness between the bars.

macerate, v.: This is why I pull away sometimes. To soak in love is to be weakened by it. Better to swim in it, then come back to shore.

machination, n.: I know those gears, and see the way they are greased by insecurity. When thinks work too well, I am suspicious.

mad, adj.: There is nothing crazy about my anger when you say you’ll do something then don’t, and somehow find a way to blame me.

madcap, adj.: Let's revel across rooftops, tango through turnstiles, and trip over ourselves, laughing.

madly, adv.: I had to stop thinking of my little be for you as rational or irrational; it exists Ina space beyond rationality.

mafia, n.:  Your friends were much more intimidating than your family, because they mattered more to you.

magic, n.: To be in love, you have to let yourself live in the realm of the unexplainable, glorious and treacherous as it is.

magisterial, adj.:  Every now and then we need to surround ourselves with things that are greater than us, like mountains or symphonies.


magma, n.:  The thin layer of anger that waits beneath the surface; it’s not who we are, but it’s part of what made us.
magnanimous, adj.: I liked that you offered me your leftover fries, and then later, when it was just assumed that I would take them.

magnetosphere, n.:  What happens is there’s now another layer outside of yourself, the pull of this other person that also leads to you.

magnificent, adj.:  You woke me to see the sunrise, and though was tired, I never questioned it. Together at the window, we beheld.

magnify, v.:  Every time you say it isn’t a problem, it only makes the problem larger in my eyes.

magpie, n.:  Yes, I search for the moments with you that will glimmer as much in hindsight as they gleam while they happen.

mailbox, n.:  It was strange to see us sorted together, to acknowledge that were now really the same place.

maim, v.:  You missed a piece of the broken bottle; I found it on my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night.

main, adj.:  You are the one above all the others, which does not negate all the others, but at least should give you a vantage point.

mainstream, adj.: You hate it when I love something popular until I prove to you that I've made it personal to me.

maintenance, n.: If the faucet is dripping, you can't spend the whole relationship trying to ignore it. You have to fix it.
 
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