Top Ten Tuesday || New-To-Me Authors for 2016

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.

It has been forever since I last participated in Top Ten Tuesday!!!! I’m really excited for this topic because I always enjoy sharing author love! So here goes my list!

Emily Martin. Emily’s debut novel, The Year We Fell Apart, was my first read for 2016 and I gave it 5-stars! What a way to start the year right? I got hooked from the first chapter. It was just absolutely filled with emotions and I really love Emily’s writing style! I’m really looking forward to more of her works.

emery-lordEmery Lord. Okay, okay. I know! Most of you have read her books, especially if you love contemporaries. I don’t know why I never picked up her books until this year. I had both Open Road Summer and The Start of Me and You in my Kindle app, plus everyone was saying great things about her books so I caved in and binge-read the books. AND NO REGRETS MY FRIEND. Matt Finch? SWOON! Sadly, I haven’t read her recent release but I’m planning to remedy that soon! <3

rosh-chokshiRoshani Chokshi. Okay so let me tell you a quick story about how Jem and I almost met Rosh one time. So Jem and I went out around Christmas time last year to hang out and visit bookstores. Apparently, Rosh was in the country to visit relatives and she went to the same book store Jem and I were in. We only found out after we left the place when she posted a pic of the bookstore on Instagram. We were there! Same time, same place, missed opportunity! Aaaaaaaanyway, I really enjoyed The Star-Touched Queen! It’s one of the best books I’ve read this year and I loved being immersed in Indian culture, one that I’m not really familiar with. I’m really excited for A Crown of Wishes!!

julie-buxbaumJulie Buxbaum. Ethan is Ethan is Ethan. Oh my goodness I really enjoyed Tell Me Three Things so much that I read it after listening to the audiobook. The last chapter was so intense that my heart was beating so fast! I’m really in love with Julie’s writing style and I cannot wait to read more from her!

leah-konenLeah Konen. The Romantics might just be one of my most favorite books ever. It’s so witty, funny, and well, cynical and romantic all at the same time! I really enjoyed Leah’s on-point writing style! I’m sure I’ll be on the lookout for more of her works!

olivia-riversOlivia Rivers. If you haven’t read Tone Deaf yet, I suggest that you do!!! It’s a really good book with A+ representation about disabled characters. It’s okay if you stop reading at this point and just go and check out her book. I even linked it. Nike the hell out! JUST DO IT! (Okay, but maybe come back because I got more authors to share haha)

heidi-heiligHeidi Heilig. I’m sure you’ve heard of Heidi’s debut novel, The Girl From Everywhere a.k.a. the book with the time traveling pirates! It’s so good and the diverse rep is awesomesauce! I can’t wait to read the sequel!!! Heidi’s also one of my favorite people ever because she always stands up for the book community!

caleb-roehrigCaleb Roehrig. Caleb is one of the sweetest and most approachable authors in the book community. He’s also the author of Last Seen Leaving, a thriller I enjoyed reading because not only am I a thriller junkie, I also enjoy books with diverse rep! Plus, his book left me speechless so I’m totally looking forward to reading more from him!

sarah-everettSarah Everett.  I don’t know if you’ve heard about her debut Everyone We’ve Been, but if you have read it then yay! Because honestly, I need more people to read this book! My love for this book is endless, I even hosted a local blog tour for the book! I really recommend this book especially if you’re looking for a diverse read!

kara-thomasKara Thomas. H-O-L-Y-C-H-E-E-S-E-B-A-L-L-S.  I was fortunately offered to be a part of Penguin Random House’s Thriller Thursday so I was able to read The Darkest Corners earlier this year. AND GOD DAMN I LOVE THAT BOOK SO MUCH. It left me speechless and so I did sort of sold my soul to Kara Thomas and her thrillers. And since I did, I got lucky again and read her upcoming book Little Monsters. If you have read The Darkest Corners, you’re in for a great ride with Little Monsters! Kara knows how to craft amazing thrillers! Honestly, they’re soooooooooooooo good! I’ve yet to read her Prep School Confidential series but I’m sure as hell that I’m going to enjoy it.

So there goes ten authors from my list! Did any from my list make it to yours? Have you read books from these authors?

inah

October-November 2016 Recap

I could barely remember what I did for October. I don’t know, it just seemed too far away. Haha! But I did work on my reading progress and it went on really great. From my original goal of 50, I added 50 more books on my reading challenge and now as I’m writing this post, I’m at 99 books. I’m hoping that next year, I could reach the same goal haha!

I didn’t attend any events for the past month but I did shower myself with books because of discount sales everywhere and if you saw my last book haul, well, it was a bit huge haha! I’m also glad I was able to squeeze some fantasy books with my contemporary run. I didn’t really intend to read contemporaries this year, it just happened!

BOOKS READ:

No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista
The Romantics by Leah Konen
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Vicious by V.E. Schwab
The Timekeeper by Tara Sim
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza
By Your Side by Kasie West
Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David
The Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir
Thunderbolts (2016) #5-6 by Jim Zub
Avengers (2010-2012) Annual #1 by Brian Michael Bendis
Young Allies Vol 1 by Sean McKeever

Other Posts:

ARC Review || My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morill
Blog Tour || Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
ARC Review || Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Blog Tour || Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
All Hallows Read || Book Spine Poetry Challenge
Blog Tour || The Sun is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
Stacking the Shelves #27

OCT-NOV STATS

Pages Read: 3,565
Average Rating: 4.35

CHALLENGE UPDATES:

Goodreads Challenge: 99/100
NG/EW Challenge: 26/25
Debut Challenge: 14/12
Contemporary Challenge: 33/20
Mini-Challenges: 11/12

I’m glad that even though these two months just went by quick, I was able to read tons of books and comics as well! I’m sure December will be awesome because it’s Christmas!

How was the past month for you? Anything awesome that happened? How are you looking forward to December?

inah

Stacking the Shelves #27 || The Cheapskate Edition

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I’m back with a book haul!! For the past few weeks, bookstores were truly busy blessing us with cut-off prices and discounts so, obviously I had to check them out. Not to mention a casual trip to the local book thrift store, Booksale.

These are the titles I got for the past month.

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Books Bought / Received:

Adorkable by Sara Manning
More Happy Than Not by Adam Silvera
Consider by Kristy Acevedo
Wherever You Go by Heather Davis
All Our Yesterdays by Christine Terrill
The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine
Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
How To Hang A Witch by Adriana Mather
Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Prom Queen Perfect by Clarisse David
The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza

For Review:

Little Monsters by Kara Thomas
By Your Side by Kasie West
Girl in the Picture by Alexandra Monir
A List of Cages by Robin Roe
Alterations by Stephanie Scott
Infinity by Jus Accardo
We Are Still Tornadoes by Michael Kun and Susan Mullen
Textrovert by Lindsey Summers
A Promdi’s Guide to Self-Discovery by Rhea Gonzales

I got Gemina and More Happy Than Not from National Bookstore’s Cut-off price sale last month. Then last weekend, Fully Booked Trinoma was on sale so I got Wherever You Go and All Our Yesterdays for PHP50 (1 dollar) each! I also scored Adorkable from Booksale. I got Consider from Naz of Read Diverse Books‘ giveaway. I also got some e-books that went on sale like How To Hang A Witch and Tell Me Three Things (that I had to reread because it’s sooooo awesome!!

Huge thanks to National Bookstore and Fully Booked for spoiling us with your awesome discounts! Also to Penguin Random House International for Little Monsters, that I read already because I just had to! Thank you also to HarperCollins, Bloomsbury, Disney-Hyperion, St. Martin’s Griffin, Entangled Teen, Kids Can Press, and Ms. Rhea Gonzales for the review copies. Also to Kai of Amaterasu Reads and Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs for The Shadow Queen! They’ll be keeping me company as I read my way to Christmas season!

LIFE UPDATES

I AM SEEING COLDPLAY ON APRIL! I’m so lucky to have scored tickets for their first (and probably last) Manila show! I’ve been a huge fan of them since 2004 so imagine how happy I am right now! My friend and I lined up an hour before the mall opened last Thursday just to secure tickets for the show. When the mall opened, everyone was running to the ticket counter (which was on the third floor, so that was a good exercise haha). Good thing, my friend was secretly Barry Allen so he was second in line. It was definitely a nerve-wracking experience because the servers were super slow due to the huge traffic the ticket site was getting but with patience, we were able to buy tickets!

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I also attended the nationwide protest against the late dictator-president Marcos last night. In case you didn’t know, Marcos declared Martial Law in the Philippines in 1972 basically to stay in power. During that time, there were a lot of cases of human rights violations, some resulting to death. In 1986, Marcos was overthrown from the presidency, the People Power Revolution. Last night was definitely eye-opening, inspiring and fun overall. Martial Law victims were present and some of them shared their stories. Some bands and artists performed too. It was a successful peaceful protest and it was so great to see the youth and the elders gather and unify for a common goal. Hopefully, the government will acknowledge us.

This week was definitely full of events. I can’t wait to hear about yours! Tell me something cool that happened to you this week!

inah

Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum

tell me three thingsTell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
Publication Date: April 5th 2016 by Delacorte Press
Source: Purchased Audiobook / E-book
Rating: ★★★★★
Amazon / Book Depository 

Synopsis

Everything about Jessie is wrong. At least, that’s what it feels like during her first week of junior year at her new ultra-intimidating prep school in Los Angeles. Just when she’s thinking about hightailing it back to Chicago, she gets an email from a person calling themselves Somebody/Nobody (SN for short), offering to help her navigate the wilds of Wood Valley High School. Is it an elaborate hoax? Or can she rely on SN for some much-needed help?

It’s been barely two years since her mother’s death, and because her father eloped with a woman he met online, Jessie has been forced to move across the country to live with her stepmonster and her pretentious teenage son.

In a leap of faith—or an act of complete desperation—Jessie begins to rely on SN, and SN quickly becomes her lifeline and closest ally. Jessie can’t help wanting to meet SN in person. But are some mysteries better left unsolved?

Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

It all started with an email.

So this is actually the first contemporary novel that I listened to as an audiobook because I’m not built for audiobooks but I really really enjoyed listening. And then just a few days earlier, this book went on sale on Amazon so I had to buy it and reread. I’m sure when the time comes, I’ll be buying a hard copy to reread it over again because it’s definitely one of my favorite contemporaries to date.

“One of the worst parts about someone dying is thinking back to all those times you didn’t ask the right questions, all those times you stupidly assumed you’d have all the time in the world. And this too: how all that time feels like not much time at all. What’s left feels like something manufactured. The overexposed ghosts of memories.”

Jessie is the new girl in school. She transferred from Chicago to California with her father to live with her stepmom, Rachel, and stepbrother, Theo. And then, during her first week at school, she received an email from Somebody Nobody (or SN) offering help in navigating Wood Valley High.

I really love Jessie’s character because she’s so genuine. She’s frustrating at times and naive but at the same time, adorable and smart which made her character arc stand out. She loves books too!

“Perfect days are for people with small, realizable dreams. Or maybe for all of us, they just happen in retrospect; they’re only now perfect because they contain something irrevocably and irretrievably lost.”

I also enjoyed the other characters like Theo, I just wish we had more Theo in the book. Agnes and Dri too! They’re Jessie’s friends in her new school. Scarlett was Jessie’s best friend back from Chicago and I really loved their funny banter and sweet conversations from time to time. Especially during that time when Jessie went back to Chicago to visit and they had this conflict resolved, it was such a step-up.

Of course, the contenders as to whom SN might be. Liam, Caleb, or Ethan. I quite enjoyed all three of them, each to their own personalities. Liam and Ethan are both musicians and from the same band. Caleb and Liam are close friends, so it was sort of implied that there might be a geometry with love here somewhere but actually there wasn’t. And I’m glad that SN turned out to be who I wanted it to be, although at first, I wasn’t really sure if it was going to be him. The mystery of SN’s true identity was really exciting, especially when it all went down to the moment of truth, where Jessie found out who SN really was. It was super fun to read, and more fun to hear because the emotions were really genuine! Mad props to Jorjeana Marie for her wonderful narration!

“But sometimes a kiss is not a kiss is not a kiss. Sometimes it’s poetry.”

Another thing I enjoyed about this book was not only it celebrated love, it also dealt with friendships, families, and of course grief. Moving on is such an easy concept but it’s definitely hard to do. This concept made the whole book so damn relatable.

This book just hit the homerun with me. It’s utterly impossible not to feel and just explode with emotions with this book. It’s just so real and genuine and the author didn’t even really try. Julie Buxbaum just managed to capture it perfectly. With that said, I’m really looking forward to her future books!

inah