Quarterly Wrap-up (January-March 2017)

Hi! I’ve been trying to blog for the whole week but to no success. I always end up sleeping in my bed whenever I got home. Thank goodness for weekend.

So here I am with a wrap-up for the books that I have read from January to March. I only read 4 books for 3 months. It’s quite shocking even in my part. And I’m behind my reading challenge in goodreads. On the other hand, I’m enjoying myself with reading and relaxing so I feel like it is not that bad that I’m not reading much lately.

And before I rumble other stuff in this wrap-up in an attempt to make it longer, I present to you the books that I finished in the past three months.

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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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Rachel E. Carter’s The Black Mage Series New Covers

Hello, my fellow bookworms. Today I have some exciting news for you, especially if you are a fan of Rachel E. Carter.

 

If you are looking for a new fantasy series to read, I have a recommendation for you. It is The Black Mage Series by Rachel E. Carter which is a YA fantasy! There are four books in the series and the final book will come out this February! (February 7, 2017, to be exact.) 

The series has some magical elements, a rivalry (because you always have an enemy when we are talking about powers right?), and of course romance. This series is perfect for the fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce. If you haven’t read or heard about this series, check out the synopsis of the first book:

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice —pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage…

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail—first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

Will she survive, or will her dream go down in flames?

Sounds great right?

But greater still is… Rachel is giving out the prequel novella (told in Prince Darren’s point-of-view) if you sign up for her newsletter for FREE! She also notifies readers of new releases, giveaways, and sales first! So make sure to sign up!

 


But other than recommending this series to you, I am also excited to show you the new covers for the series. According to the author, the rights for this series is given back to her and to celebrate that she is giving the whole series a makeover! Along with the release of the new covers for the series, I will also be revealing the cover for the last book, Last Stand.

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