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

Stacking the Shelves #26 + August-September 2016 Recap

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Welcome to another episode of me buying books that I won’t get to read anytime soon. I also got a bunch of ARCs that I’m excited to read and I hope I like it. For the past two months, I have been hauling books from sales. Powerbooks had it’s sale last August, then came MIBF, which was amazing and you can read my recap here, and Jem’s. And then just yesterday, I went to Fully Booked Katipunan because they were on sale.

Books Bought/Received:

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson
Since You’ve Been Gone by Morgan Matson
The Stranger Game by Cylin Busby
The Fill-in Boyfriend by Kasie West
Vicious by Victoria Schwab
Wings by Aprilynne Pike
Wake by Lisa McMann
Til Death by Kate Evangelista
Come Back To Me by Mila Gray
Geek Girl Picture Perfect by Holly Smale
A Million Miles Away by Lara Avery
Off the Page by Jodi Picoult and Samantha Van Leer
And Baby Makes Two by Dyan Sheldon
For the Record by Charlotte Huang
The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

For Review:

Diplomatic Immunity by Brodi Ashton
Be Good Be Real Be Crazy by Chelsea Philpot
Of Fire and Stars by Audrey Coulthurst
I’m Not Your Manic Pixie Dream Girl by Gretchen McNeil
Girl in Pieces by Kathleen Glasgow
A Shadow Bright and Burning by Jessica Cluess
Under Rose Tainted Skies by Louise Gornall
Just Juliet by Charlotte Reagan
When the Moon was Ours by Anna-Marie McLemore
No Holding Back by Kate Evangelista

As always, I got these from National Book Store, Powerbooks, Fully Booked and Booksale. Thanks to HarperCollins International, Penguin Random House, Xpresso Tours, and YA Books Central for the ARCs! And to Jem for giving me her extra copy of Since You’ve Been Gone.

August-September Recap

I posted sporadically during August. I believe I only had a couple of posts, but I did a lot of reading and well, I already finished my Goodreads Challenge but I’m thinking of adding more books and probably expand it to 90 or 100 books.

September was more eventful than August. I met up with friends for Manila International Book Fair , a small coffee hangout with the people from Ethos Books and Morgan Matson’s signing! MIBF week was the very highlight of my month!

I read a total of 12 books plus 24 comic books for the past two months. (OH LORD I HAVEN’T REALLY PAID ATTENTION TO THE NUMBER OF COMIC BOOKS I’VE READ HAHAHAHA THIS IS THE FIRST TIME I ACTUALLY COUNTED THEM LET ME FREAK OUT FOR A SECOND) Well in my defense, I binge read the Avengers Standoff storyline to get more backstory for Thunderbolts, which I’m currently reading.

Books Read:

What Things Mean by Sophia Lee
Paper or Plastic by Vivi Barnes
Nevernight by Jay Kristoff
Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig
Gemina by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Even If The Sky Falls by Mia Garcia
For This Life Only by Stacey Kade
A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir
Wonder Women by Sam Maggs
My Unscripted Life by Lauren Morrill
Everyone We’ve Been by Sarah Everett
Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway (Reread)

Other Posts:

Twenty One Pilots Book Tag
Discovering Stranger Things
Top Ten TV OTPs

AUG-SEP STATS

Pages Read: 5,130
Average Rating: 3.72

CHALLENGE UPDATES:

Goodreads Challenge: 80/70
NG/EW Challenge: 23/25
Debut Challenge: 13/12
Contemporary Challenge: 27/20
Mini-Challenges: 9/12

I’m not sure how October will be but I know I’ll be busy and I’m going to be really sneaky with squeezing some reading time but I know I can do it. Also October = Halloween!!!

inah

Top Ten TV OTPs

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Okay so I’m really excited for this particular topic, and I may get very passionate so be warned for potential spoilers.

Here’s the thing about me, if you don’t see me with a book, I’m probably snuggling my laptop in bed watching a movie, or better yet having a series marathon. So here’s my top ten TV favorite TV Show OTPs!

Nick and Jess (New Girl)

I think I stopped watching New Girl around Season 4 but Nick and Jess will forever be one of my favorites. I love how cute and dorky and awkward these two can be and I seriously love their banter. I think I started shipping them the moment Nick ditched Caroline and the party he, Coach, and Schmidt were supposed to attend just to pick up Jess, after she was ditched herself by a guy in a restaurant. Then they just started singing Time of My Life. That was really sweet and funny.

Matt Murdock and Karen Page (Daredevil)

I didn’t expect for this one to bloom, and I was just waiting for this to happen in the show. From the first season, I can already see the tension between these two, although it was a bit subtle and then season two came, then BAM! I do appreciate Elektra and Matt, but this really gives me a warm fuzzy feeling. I just… I need Karen to be safe at all costs because she’s one of my favorite characters.

Barry Allen and Patty Spivot (The Flash)

(why are there no other gif of them besides kissing) But OMG, this might be one of the most underrated ships ever (with the constant WestAllen and SnowBarry fight) but I really loved the dynamics and chemistry between Barry and Patty. I still hurt whenever I think about Patty leaving Central City. IT JUST HURTS! And I’m still waiting for the Earth 2 version of Patty. My favorite scene between them two was when they went to a date and Barry was blind after a metahuman attack so he was wearing sunglasses with a camera and Cisco was assisting him, it was funny and adorable at the same time and it all ended better. <3

Liv Moore and Lowell Tracey (iZombie)

Okay so I thought at first that Bradley James was going to be a one time thing for this show but I’m SO GLAD he was a recurring character for season one and I really love the chemistry between him and Liv and it honestly broke me open, tore me apart, and left me to pieces. Now, I still haven’t seen season 2 of iZombie so I have no idea what’s happening but I’m really looking forward to watching it soon.

Lance Hunter and Bobbi Morse (Agents of SHIELD)

“Don’t die out there, alright?”

UGH THESE TWO! One of my top three TV OTPs! Honestly, I think every single viewer of AOS will agree with me on this. They’re one of the best TV couples ever! I love their banter and they fight constantly but they get together so well, they’re giving me feels RIGHT IN THE CHEST. I never saw this coming, really. Since Hunter and Bobbi never got together in the comics, as far as I know Bobbi married Hawkeye in the comics. But in the MCU, they worked out so well that they were supposed to be given a spin-off show, but Marvel decided to drop it which was really disappointing because they got written off the show already.  I’m really hoping they get back on the show somehow. Please, Marvel. Please.

Will and Riley (Sense8)

From the first episode on the show, I’ve already seen them getting together so it wasn’t a big surprise. But still, a lot of things happened before they finally get to see each other in flesh. I’m super excited for the next season so  I could finally see them back, all of them!

Kala and Wolfgang (Sense8)

Ohhhh I love this one! Basically my favorite from the show! <3

I think I started shipping them right off the bat, and possibly one of my favorite scenes from the show was when all 8 of them started singing “What’s Up” and Kala and Wolfgang were both leaning towards the mic, AND I JUST… MY HEART COULD NOT TAKE IT! So yeah, I was waiting for the kiss to happen and the anticipation was truly worth it! I can’t wait to see what happens to them in season 2, especially after what happened during the finale.

Skye and Grant Ward (Agents of SHIELD)

I know. I know. Ward double crossed the team, being HYDRA all the time, but you can’t blame me for shipping these two because they have the chemistry. I guess, I’m one of the earliest SkyeWard shippers in the AOS fandom. And yes, I was surprised and hurt when they revealed Ward is HYDRA, but it took me a long time to lose faith in him. HAHA, silly little me. Which takes me to my next favorite ship…

Daisy Johnson and Lincoln Campbell (Agents of SHIELD)

Who says I can’t ship both SkyeWard and these two Inhumans? Okay, okay. I started shipping Daisy and Lincoln during Season 2, when we got to learn about the Inhumans. Lincoln was a healer, and sort of a mentor for Daisy (who was still going as Skye during that season). And then, from there, I completely got hooked with their chemistry, and their relationship was further explored during the third season, and then the thing happened in the finale and now I AM LEFT BROKEN. But then at least, the next ship is a goody.

Leo Fitz and Jemma Simmons (Agents of SHIELD)

I guess by this moment, you already know my favorite TV show. And you completely knew this was coming. TOP PICK FOR THIS LIST YES THESE TWO ARE ADORABLE!

These two, collectively known as FitzSimmons, I mean, even their whole team calls them that. I called it the moment they were introduced in the show. Their first scene was a banter between them and I remember thinking, “Oh these two better get it on soon.” It didn’t happen soon though. It took us almost three whole seasons before we got that kiss. AND BOY WAS THE ANTICIPATION REALLY SATISFIED. I’m really looking forward to more of them in the next season! <3


So there goes my top ten favorite TV OTPs! I just realized how frequent Marvel appears on this list, but really I haven’t been watching that much compared to what I’ve been doing before. I feel like from the last year, I’ve only been following Agents of SHIELD  and The Flash on TV, and then the Netflix shows, such as Daredevil. Of course, I’m looking forward for AOS and Flash to come back next month!

How about you? Who’s your favorite TV OTP?

 

Stacking the Shelves #23

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Hey guys! So I’m finally done with the hiatus that I sort of got into because of my thesis (it’s going great) and I’m back with a book haul!

I received several books and I’m really excited to share them with you!

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BOOKS RECEIVED / BOUGHT:

Half In Love With Death by Emily Ross
Identity Crisis by Melissa Schorr
The Yearbook by Carol Masciola
Unlovely by Celeste Conway
Finding The Worm by Mark Goldblatt
Cassidy’s Guide to Everyday Etiquette (and Obfuscation) by Sue Stauffacher
The Fearless by Emma Pass
Smart Girls Get What They Want by Sarah Strohmeyer
The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

FOR REVIEW:

You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross and Mark Perini
Genius by Leopoldo Gout
The Sound of Us by Julie Hammerle
The Museum of Heartbreak by Meg Leder
We Own the Night by Ashley Poston
Tone Deaf by Olivia Rivers
Life Before by Michele Bacon

So that’s a stack that I want to read! I’m super excited to read all of these! Thank you to Merit Press and Random House for the Love-A-Thon Prizes, also to Alexa of Alexa Loves Books for shipping them out to me! Big thanks to Sourcebooks Fire, Feiwel and Friends, Entangled Teen, Simon Pulse, Bloomsbury, and Sky Pony Press for the review copies!

LIFE EVENTS

Last Sunday, Jem and I attended Jennifer Niven’s book signing! We’re so happy to meet her! We also met several book bloggers and friends during the event! Unfortunately, we were really far from the stage so we couldn’t hear a thing they were saying during the open forum so I’m just gonna share pictures!

inah