February 2014 Books

Justin Cronin's The Passage & The Twelve
Lang Leav's Love & Misadventure

So did I mention I’m participating again in Goodreads’ reading challenge for this year?
Well, I am and I’m setting my goal at 20 books for 2014, same amount as last year. I’m currently on my 5th book. And for the last month, here are the ones I have finished.

    • (3rd) Justin Cronin’s The Passage. I gave this five stars all the way from start to finish. Hell, I’d give it a score of 10/10 if I could! I’m used to post-apocalyptic novels starting in a, well, already after ‘the‘ apocalyptic event with mere mentions here
      and there of ‘what used to be’ or ‘the world before’. But not this one. The reader is actually smack dab right there beside the main character, front row seat, involved in every important thing happening. From the beginning, pre-apocalyptic, until the present, 2014 Reading Challengedetails and all.
    • (4th) Lang Leav’s Love & Misadventure. This one I read for one whole day last February 14, Valentine’s Day. It just so happened I finished my 3rd book on the 13th. I also gave this 5 stars on Goodreads.
    • (5th) Justin Cronin’s The Twelve. The sequel to The Passage and continues on a few years after the ending. It’s this book I’m in the middle of right now.

That’s me. How about you? What have you been reading the past month?

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Why We Broke Up: Not A Book Review

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Min Green and Ed Slaterton are breaking up, so Min is writing Ed a letter and giving him a box. Inside the box is why they broke up. Two bottle caps, a movie ticket, a folded note, a box of matches, a protractor, books, a toy truck, a pair of ugly earrings, a comb from a motel room, and every other item collected over the course of a giddy, intimate, heartbreaking relationship. Item after item is illustrated and accounted for, and then the box, like a girlfriend, will be dumped. Continue reading

Best Reads of 2013

On GoodReads, I joined the challenge to read 20 books for 2013. Successfully, I managed 23 all in all. Here are what I found to be my most memorable reads from a few authors:

Simon Toyne's The Sanctus Trilogy

Simon Toyne’s Sanctus Trilogy: If there is ever a series that gets better with every succeeding book, this is it. I recommend this to everyone who enjoy genres of mystery and thriller. Continue reading

My Holiday Essentials

‘Tis the seaso’n to be jolly, fa la la la la la la la la…

Christmas may just be assigned a day in the calendar but the holiday festivities is still alive in the air, and people are going out doing more shopping, taking advantage of the new mall time schedules and further store markdowns. I would usually be one of those early in the mall to shop but year after year of being stepped on and elbowed by people has since then swayed me from ever visiting a public place in the midst of an ongoing sale. My bruised feet simply cannot take it. I do not envy those who have the patience and strength to brave the thick crowds and hellish road and mall traffic.

I don’t need much to be in a festive mood this time. As years have gone by, I have learned to buy the things I want as early as November to avoid the holiday rush. Good food and a few choice items can make me holiday ready anytime. Continue reading