Book Haul (April-June)

Hello bookworms! It’s been awhile. I haven’t been active lately because I feel like I have a slump but I’m trying to get back to reading. I’ve been watching anime and reading manga. However, I still managed to haul a decent amount of books for 3 months. Here we goooo!!!

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3 Legendary Series

They say that a good story would remain in someone’s heart for a very long time if it is well loved. I, as a reader, have read books that I surely love and would highly recommend to some. However, no matter how many books there are on my TBR pile, there is still a gnawing feeling inside me that’s craving for something more. And lately, I’m sating my cravings with classic books (or books that were published before the aged of Twilight and Hunger Games), but I would like to call them legendary books.

Before dropping the names of the 3 legendary books that I’m trying my hardest to give a good introduction, I would like to give a brief criteria as to why I consider them legendary.

  1. They are still popular and well-loved no matter how long they have been published or using the words of Taylor Swift, they never go out of style.
  2. The series became an inspiration not only to us readers, but also the other authors who aspired to write a book that would give the same impact to readers.
  3. They have set the bars in their own genre.

And without further ado, here are the 3 legendary books that I’ve been dying to read.

 

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Book Haul!

Hello everyone! It’s been so long since my last blog. Lots of changes happened in my life in the span of 3 months and I’m thankful for those changes. However, I am still adjusting and finding time to schedule blogging, reading and just relaxing. And as a part of those changes, I would only do quarterly book hauls because I am not hoarding as much books as I do before. And as a proof for that, I only accumulated 11 books in a span of 3 months. I’m so proud of myself!

So before I talk about other things that are not really related with my book haul, I would like to present to you the books that I acquired from January to March!

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Top 5 Favorite Authors (Writing Style Edition)

Whenever I scroll through my feeds and my YouTube subscription channels, I always see this Top 5 thing popping up. So I decided to do one! Below are the top 5 authors whose writing style is something that I truly enjoy reading. They’re not my all-time favorite authors or my auto-buy authors but I just love reading their books because of how they express and embodies emotions from the characters. Shall we get into it?

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Reading and Adulting

They say that as people grow up, their habits and manners are changing. It’s because their priorities and personalities are changing. But still lucky are those who gets to make a living out of their habits or passion or talents, those who does not need to set aside what they love to feed themselves and their family. But for someone whose talent is finishing a book in a day, shipping fictional characters and most of the time wishing to be inside a fictional world, what will their life be? It’s not like someone can read all day and get paid for doing so. Maybe some reviewers are being paid for reading and writing a review of a book, but it needs to have a starting point and it is not that easy.

Finding a job that revolves around reading all day is as hard as trying to published a book by a very well known publishing company. How many times does the publisher reject J.K. Rowling before finally scoring a deal with a publisher? J.K. Rowling has been rejected too many times that it is somehow incredulous that it has been rejected because of its fame now. (I bet those who rejected her regrets that decision.) But before becoming an author, they have mundane jobs to sustain themselves. J.K. Rowling would starve to death if she does not have any job at all while looking for publishing companies, right?

Preamble aside, I have been in the point of my life where I need to be an adult and all the things that come along with it. I need to find a job to support myself and to help my family. I have been unemployed for 7 long months and it’s a rough ride I’m telling you. And because of that, I haven’t been reading in the past 5 months or so, even my reading speed has decreased. I realized that it is not just a slump, it is life getting in the way of my mind that escaping in a fictional world is not an option. During that long period of unemployment, I’ve been craving for a mind churning activity. I do not want to have an idle mind. Yes, reading would help because we all get to learn something from a book even if it is fictional. However, what I’m craving is enhancing my skills and keeping my mind active like the way it was when I was in school; cramming for deadlines, reviewing for an exam and even doing my thesis would keep your mind at work even though you would forget your lessons after the exam, still you learn how to multi-task and finish something in a time frame. Realizing all this makes me feel sad at one point, I may have unread books on my shelf but something in me craves for something that the fictional world could not provide.

Reading has become my solace for a very long time, my peace of mind after an hour or two of cramming some information inside my head. But now that I need to be practical and I need to take responsibilities, it does not mean that I am abandoning my favorite habit, it just means that it is time to lessen the fictional side of me just so I can deal with reality. My reading speed may change, my favorite genre may be overthrown by another and I may not experience those sleepless nights while finishing a book but I would always find time to read.

I have seen this coming, hence the 20 books goal in Goodreads. But as some people say, there is no such thing as “no time”, it is just a matter of finding time for something that you’re really passionate about.

I haven’t expected my rumble to be this long but I just need an outlet to lessen the burden and the sadness that I am feeling because I haven’t been reading much. If you have read this up until this point, thank you!

 

Till next time!

Maria ❤

Book Releases for 2017

It is already 2017, some series will finally come to an end, some would be much more epic for the release of the next book and some would introduce new characters to ship, to loath, and admire. In short, more books!

In my bookish resolution for this year, I stated that I want to read all the unread books on my shelf and reread some series or trilogies that I love. With that being said, I’m not really anticipating many books only the sequels to series that I have started in the past years. Although there are exceptions for some authors that I am truly anticipating every book.

Before listing down the books that I anticipated for this year, I would like to mention that this will be divided into two. The first half would be the books that I anticipated the most and I would be rushing to the bookstore the day it was released (although I doubt that our country would be releasing this book on the same day! -__-)! The other half would be the book that I am excited to read but it is not high on my priority list of the books that I need to buy.

Okay, let’s get into it!

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