Wednesday, April 16, 2014

If I Stay Trailer!

Gah. When I first read this book, there are honestly no words to express how it made me feel. I sobbed for quite some time after finishing it! Now the trailer for the movie is here. It looks pretty promising. Can't wait.

Have you read this YA novel?
I rated the first one with 5 stars - read here.
I rated its sequel with 5 stars - read here.
Did you like it, and if so are you excited? I am!

Saturday, April 12, 2014

New Youtube Channel: Comic Book Tag!

I finally gathered up the courage to start my own youtube channel. It will of course be book oriented, and will mostly have the same content that I have over here, and then some! I think talking to the camera is very different from typing, and it will be an interesting way to communicate with other book lovers on a different platform.

If you watch youtube, subscribe! If you have a youtube channel as well, let me know. 

I will be uploading fairly regularly. Can't wait!

If you would like to do this tag, whether it'd be in the form of a video or a blog post or a comment below, I tag you! Here are the 10 questions:
1. What was your first comic?
2. What was your last read comic?
3. Favorite comic book character?
4. Favorite comic book event?
5. Favorite comic book writer?
6. Favorite comic-based movie?
7. Marvel or DC?
8. Favorite graphic novel?
9. Avengers or X-Men (or Justice League?)
10. Why do you love comics?

Have fun :)

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Follow Friday.

Question of the Week: Tell us about a book that you didn't like and why we shouldn't read it (as nicely and respectfully as possible)

I actually wrote up a post about this a few years ago, and will link you for further reading if you are curious as to other books that made the list as well as what my reasons are. Some books I can name here though, in no particular order:

The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown
Breaking Dawn by Stephenie Meyer
The Secret by Rhonda Byrne

See more of my list and to read more about my reasons here.

Leave your blog links below so I can visit you!

This Star Won't Go Out by Esther Earl

I am not sure how to begin this "review," if I could even call it that. If you don't know who Esther Earl is first of all, she was a fellow nerdfighter who inspired so many people in (and outside) the  nerdfighter and Harry Potter community. She was diagnosed with metastasized papillary thyroid cancer in 2006. She died in 2010. She was 16.

This Star Won't Go Out is a collection of her journal entries gathered from her physical journals as well as her online entries. It also has words, letters, and testimonials from her family, friends (both 'in real life' and on the internet). It has doodles, drawings, and photos.

She meant so much to the community and to so many people that John Green's The Fault in Our Stars, though it is not about her, is dedicated to her and her short but amazingly meaningful life. 

I read this book out loud to someone, who has never heard of Esther Earl and isn't as familiar with nerdfighteria. But let me tell you this: it was hard for him to listen to this book because of how emotional it is, and it was incredibly difficult for me to keep my emotions in check. The whole time I was reading, I was on the edge and just wanted to start bawling. My chest was  so tight as I read; I couldn't help but think about how life can be cruel and unfair sometimes. Yet, I also couldn't help but feel amazed and inspired at how a young person can do so much in the short amount of time she had. If there's one thing I know for sure, Esther is so alive in this book, and I felt every word she wrote. 

I also couldn't help but laugh at times. She was funny, light-hearted, positive, and so enthusiastic about life. She was also mature and smart beyond her years. 
I read this in one sitting, and read several parts again in the next few days. All I have to say is I've always been amazed at her story, but more so after reading this. She will always be a special one, and having the opportunity to read her words, as well as her loved ones', was so special. 

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Where Are You From and Places YOU Want to Visit

I've been blogging for four years, and got my 700th follower yesterday! So funny that my 700th follower has the same name as me! Shout out to Jillian of Jillian's Books.  

Anyway, this post is random and out-of-nowhere. I am curious as to where you all are from! What country, what state. You don't have to say which city of course (privacy reasons and all) but I am curious as to where this blog's readers live or have lived!

I was born in California, but moved to the Philippines when I was a few weeks old. I grew up there, and when I was fifteen, my family and I moved back to the Bay Area in San Francisco, California. I love my hometown, and am proud of my Filipino heritage. I also love the city of San Francisco; it is an interesting and fun place full of so many different cultures and eclectic people and activities! I have to say my favorite place would be Washington State though; I fell in love with that state (especially the area in and outside of Seattle). It's similar to San Francisco, but more low key and more nature-y. 

As far as places I want to visit, here are the top of my realistic must-visit places.
1. New York (I've been there, but I want to go back!) 
2. London 
3. France (Paris and the country side) - my top travel destination for sure!
4. Go back to the Philippines for a visit

Tell me about where you are from and where you live, and the top places you would like to visit someday! 

Saturday, April 5, 2014

my immediate TBR list.

I have many books I want to read. My official to-be read list and pile are almost never-ending. I figured though that instead of looking at that list as a whole, I should create an immediate-tbr list, so I can prioritize the books and not get too overwhelmed.

 These are those books.

Cat's Cradle Kurt Vonnegut (fiction)
The Bloody Chamber Angela Carter (dark fairy tale retellings)
The Undead and Philosophy (collection of essays from our professors where I went to university) 
Ariel Sylvia Plath (poetry collection)
The Husband's Secret Liane Moriarty (contemp. fiction)
S J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst (fiction)


I also aim to re-read these two. I've read Slaughterhouse Five a few years ago, and is one of the most influential books in my life. I want to re-read TFIOS by John Green just because I want to see it from a different perspective this time around, before the movie adaptation comes out in the summer time.

I am very curious to hear what's on your immedate tbr as well as your re-read pile!

Friday, April 4, 2014

Book Inspired Outfits: Divergent Factions

It has been a long time I have done one of these posts. Previously, I have done women in the YA genrewomen in the Classics,  and Hogwarts Houses.Today, we are tackling Divergent. Now I have read the book before, but didn't completely fall in love as much as others did. However, I've always liked the idea of the five groups and thought the concept was quite unique. After watching the movie adaptation very recently, I was immediately inspired.

I not only went with their faction colors, but I also tried to capture each of their main personalities, values, and characteristics. I also wanted things that I myself could wear, depending on my mood. So here we go. Very loosely inspired by the five factions...


Those who belong in this faction value selflessness. They are the least vain of them all, avoiding looking at themselves in the mirror, and wearing loosely fitted clothing that will be sure NOT to grab attention. Their faction color is grey, and they try to be as plain as possible, only allowing themselves a simple watch for their accessory. 


Cute outfit I would wear to work!
Those in Erudite are dedicated to intelligence and knowledge. They are told to wear at least one blue item of clothing because the color blue releases calming chemicals which supports their saying that A calm mind is a clear mind.

Of course, my favorite. The bad asses.
This faction gets to wear all the black they want. I like this color palette a lot, just because you can play with so many different textures of clothing and fabrics: leather, suede, faux fur, polyester... you name them, as long as they are in black, they can probably wear them. Dauntless are the warriors of their society. They are brave and almost fearless.

Fun one to create! I would wear this during the summer time. Those in Amity tend to wear red or yellow. They value peace more than anything else. They are carefree, easy going, laid back, and loving. Imagine these people playing in the fields during a nice summer day, running around with huge smiles on their faces.


Do you work in a more formal office setting? Have a job interview coming up? Dress like someone from Candor would. Aside from their usual 'uniform' of a black suit and tie, I wanted to give them a bit of style too. This would be something they would wear if they are discussing important matters and the truth about other factions or other people ;) They are also bad asses in my opinion, but in a more refined and sophisticated way. 


There you have it! I invite you to maybe do your own, or tell me in the comments if you agree with my choices or if you would change anything! Again, this is just my interpretation of their fashion choices, based off their color themes as well as their main duties in their society. For more, check out the other inspired outfits I've created in the past. Links for them are above! 

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