My TBR (Just because!)

Hello everyone!!

How are you all doing? I hope you’re fine wherever you are!! It’s still Thursday but I can really say that this week has been so chill for me! I felt free from acads and since there is a food fair in our school, I am full of food!!!! But, my wallet is crying lol.

Anyway, I’ve missed reading books, so much!!! I haven’t realized it ’til our teacher asked us to read an excerpt from A Thousand Splendid Suns and ahh it was really good.

1. Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

I purchased this book a long time ago but still haven’t found the time to read it. I’m not really sure if I have mentioned this on my older posts but yeah, I badly want to finish this one. Here’s the synopsis if it caught your interest!

On San Piedro, an island of rugged, spectacular beauty in Puget Sound, home to salmon fishermen and stawberry farmers, a Japanese-American fisherman stands trial, charged with coldblooded murder. The year is 1954, and the shadow of World War II, with its brutality abroad and internment of Japanese Americans at home, hangs over the courtroom. Ishmael Chambers, who lost an arm in the Pacific war and now runs the island newspaper inherited from his father, is among the journalists covering the trial– a trial that brings him close, once again, to Hatsue Miyamoto, the wife of the accused man and Ishmael’s never forgotten boyhood love.

Hatsue and Ishmael, in the years before the war came between them, had dug clams together, picked strawberries in San Piedro’z verdant fields, and passed long hours in the secrecy of giant hollow cedar tree. Now, as a heavy snowfall surrounds and impedes the progress of Kabuo Miyamoto’s trial, they and the other participants must come to a reckoning with the past, with culture, nature, and love, and with the possibilities of human will. Both suspenseful and beautifully crafted, Snow Falling on Cedars portrays the psychology of a community, the ambiguities of justice, the racism that persists even between neighbors, and the necessity of individual moral action despite the indifference of nature and circumstance.

2. Desperate Journey by Jim Murphy

I’ve bought this book together with Snow Falling on Cedars, which means I bought this long long ago!! I quite have a habit of buying books and not really reading them at all. Instead I re-read my favourite books. Na-uh, I should try reading new genres!! Here’s a synopsis if it caught your attention!!

Everyday is like the one before on the Erie Canal, as twelve-year-old, Maggie Haggerty plods slowly along behind her family’s team of mules, one muddy step at a time.

Things change when Maggie’s pap loses all of their money in a bare-knuckle fight with canal bully Long-fingered John. Desperate for cash, and only days away from having their boat seized for debt, the Haggertys’ only way out is to make a fast haul of heavy cargo to Buffalo and collect a much-needed bonus. But when Papa and Uncle Henry are arrested for an alleged assault, it is up to Maggie, her younger brother, and their ailing mother to overcome one obstacle after another in their frantic race against the clock.

In this unusual and riveting drama, Jim Murphy seamlessly weaves history and thrilling adventure into a moving story about courage, endurance and the powerful bonds of family.

3. A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin

You guys know I’m an absolute lover of Game of Thrones, that’s why I’ll continue reading this book since I stopped halfway. I’ve finished watching season 7 already and gaah it’s just so great!!! Gonna finish this and get the other three books asap!

A comet of the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne for the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil and war. It is a tale in which brother plots against brother and the dead rise in to walk in the night. Here a princess masquerades as an orphan boy; a knight of the mind prepares a poison for a treacherous sorceress; and wild men descend from the Mountains if the Moon to ravage the countryside. Against a backdrop of incest and fratricide, alchemy and murder, victory may go to the men and women possessed of the coldest steel… and the coldest hearts. For when the kings clash, the whole land trembles.

4. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

You all know I love this book so much. I really recommend it whenever someone asks for a good read. I don’t really want to re-read this but I can’t resist! Cather and Levi has a really special place in my heart. But I’ll re-read this only if I finish the three books before this!

Cath is a Simon Snow fan.

Okay, everybody is a Simon Snow fan, but for Cath it’s something more. Fandom is life. It’s what got her and her sister, Wren, through losing their mom. It’s what kept them close.

And now that she’s starting college, introverted Cath isn’t sure what’s supposed to get her through. She’s got a surly roommate with a charming, always-around boyfriend, a fiction-writing professor who thinks fanfiction is the end of the civilized world, a handsome classmate who only wants to talk about words . . . And she can’t stop worrying about her dad, who’s loving and fragile and has never really been alone.

For Cath, the question is: Can she do this? Can she make it without Wren holding her hand? Is she ready to start living her own life? Writing her own stories?

And does she even want to move on if it means leaving Simon Snow behind?

And that ends the post!! Have you read some of the books listed above? Which ones are your favourite?

Thank you so much or reading. Hope you’re having a lovely day!!


A Game Of Thrones | Book Review

A Song of Ice and Fire Book I: A Game Of Thrones
Published by: Bantam Books

Genre: Mystery, intrigue, romance, adventure, science-fiction.


In A Game of Thrones, George R.R. Martin has created a genuine masterpiece, bringing the best genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance and adventure fill the pages of the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.

In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the North of Winterfell, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a land of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale of lords and lades, soldiers and sorcerers, assasins and bastards who come together in a time of grim omens. Amid plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, the fate of the Starks, their allies, and their enemies hangs perilously in the balance, as each endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.


I have watched Game of Thrones in HBO for some time now, and it’s honestly addicting. However, this is my review about the book:

It’s honestly just amazing as the films. But in the books, there are many scenes that they didn’t add on the films. The films are good, honestly, and the casting are so perfect. The way they are written in the books, that’s what they are in the films. However, Dany was supposed to have purple eyes but they changed it since Emilia Clarke was having trouble wearing contacts (as far as I can remember.)

GRRM wrote the book perfectly, leaving no scene unleft or unfinished and if you think there are plotholes, there’s none since it’s a series. He also describes the characters and scenes pretty well.

I finished reading the book for just three or four days, which is an achievement since it has 807 pages. I wasn’t really into swords and kings before but now I’m really addicted.


There are so many missing scenes in the films! In the book, Old Nan was proving her points though she really did talk a lot. I don’t know if I can remember but in the first pages of the book, Old Nan told Bran that Hodor’s real name was Walder. I can’t remember if they said it in the films but that was just mind-blowing since in the films, Bran was so happy when he saw Hodor talk when he used his ability to warg.

Hodor has one of the most awful deaths in Game of Thrones, I didn’t really cry but it’s just so heartbreaking. Same thing that I felt when Wun-Wun died in Winterfell when he finally broke the doors.

Sansa in the books is so annoying, more annoying than Sansa in the films. He talks about Joffrey a lot and ugh. But I’m starting to like Sansa now since she’ve learned her lessons and her character is so changing and I like the change.

Margaery haven’t had a scene here in the first book but almost all men talk about her. I like Margaery in every possible ways! She’s sweet and gentle but has a little bit of her grandmother. The fate of Margaery and Ser Loras was awfully sad.

I dislike Cersei!! But without her the books and the films would be boring. Lena who played Cersei is such an amazing actress though in real life she’s so kind, according to other casts in GoT.

I hope Gendry and Arya meets again this 7th season. I’m really looking forward to it. I honestly do love all Starks, even Rickon. Book Rickon has contributed great parts whilst film Rickon is nonsense– admit it. I also hope Tyrion and Sansa gets a reunion since Sansa has grown so much! And I also expect that Arya returns home. I’d honestly **** myself if all of the Starks come home. It would be hard for Meera and Bran to go home but still…

Winter is here, buds. Can’t wait for the next season! I know I hope too much and GRRM has the ability to break everyone’s hearts, so I suppose I won’t get my hopes too high. .___.

See you in my next post! When the sun rises in the west, sets in the east. When the seas go dry. When the mountains blow in the wind like leaves.

Lol, kidding!! Haha see you!

Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor | Book Review

It’s been so long since I last did a book review and I would be so happy to review this book by Melissa Kantor! Let’s start right away! 

Book Review: Maybe One Day by Melissa Kantor 

Published by: HarperTeen 

Genre: Contemporary YA

The story: 

Zoe and Olivia have been best friends since they can remember – they do everything together, they danced together, they planned the future together. Then Olivia is diagnosed with leukemia and everything is so uncertain. Zoe tries her best to be there for Olivia and treat her normally as she continues to get treatment, misses school and seem to continually get weaker but it becomes hard for her with how everything changes and how she is supposed to continue living in a forward motion when things with Olivia are so uncertain. 


I honestly liked the book so much, especially the main characters, Olivia and Zoe. Their friendship is INSANE. And that’s what I like about the book, the honest friendship. Their friendship of course is not perfect, has its ups and downs but what matters is that it’s real.

I admire Zoe for being there for Olivia at all times. She did everything for her best friend. Many reviews told that they didn’t like Zoe but I’m the other way around. I liked her so much, she’s so realistic and she’d really be a good best friend in real life! However, Olivia is strong as well. She did her best to fight cancer, to still live with her best friend Zoe and dance again together. 

I almost had to put the book down in first parts of the story but good thing I didn’t! I managed to finish the book in just one sitting and oh god the feels! If you like John Green’s and Nicholas Sparks’ books, then you should absolutely try this one! 

I give this story 4 stars. There has got to be more. When I was reading, I was waiting for a strong impact that will help me get to connect in the book so much. But sadly it didn’t. Overall, it’s good and a must-read! 

Have you read this book? Share your feels in the comments down below! 

I’ll see you in next post, bye! 

Blogmas: Christmas Classics TBR

Hello everyone, I’m sorry I failed to post a blogmas yesterday. Yesterday’s been a long rough day, but I enjoyed it. We watched my cousin join a pageant yesterday and the pageant’s theme was gods and goddesses. She played the role of Aphrodite and she was stunningly beautiful. Sorry no pictures, I haven’t asked permission.
Enough of the little chat, let’s proceed to today’s blogmas!

Last week, we went to a bookstore and I saw Charles Dickens’ book, A Christmas Carol. I didn’t buy it, though, it just gave me an idea on what to read this Chritmas. So yeah, the first one is…

1. A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  • A Christmas Carol tells the story of a bitter old miser named Ebenezer Scrooge and his transformation into a gentler, kindlier man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.

If I can remember correctly, I’ve watched a film of this already so it’s time now that I read the book. I’ve already purchased it in iBooks and I can’t wait to read this one.

2. The Gift Of The Magi by O. Henry

  • The Gift of the Magi is a short story by the American writer O. Henry, written and published in 1905. It takes place at Christmas time and tells the story of Jim and Della Dillingham, a poor, young married couple who don’t have enough money to buy each other Christmas gifts.

The sypnosis caught my attention, and I’ve also read other reviews that the Dillingham couple are wise in giving gifts. I want to know how the story goes so I add this to my TBR list.

3. A Visit From St. Nicholas by Clement Moore

  • On Christmas Eve night, while his wife and children sleep, a father awakens to noises outside his house. Looking out the window, he sees Santa Claus (St. Nicholas) in an air-borne sleigh pulled by eight reindeer. After landing his sleigh on the roof, the saint enters the house through the chimney, carrying a sack of toys with him. The father watches Santa filling the children’s Christmas stockings hanging by the fire, and laughs to himself. They share a conspiratorial moment before the saint bounds up the chimney again. As he flies away, Santa wishes everyone a “Happy Christmas to all, and to all a good night.”

I didn’t know this was a poem at all. I am reluctant about adding this to this blog post because I’ve already finished it. The poem is good for children but I actually enjoyed it.

So that’s it for today’s blog post. I hope you’re doing great wherever you are. X

Note: All the summaries that I’ve post was copied from Wikipedia. Credits, Wiki!

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Red Queen (Book Review)


Book Review: Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard || Jirah Merizz

So hello everyone! This is one of the books that I’ve been loving this month! I just borrowed this book, and I’m definitely in love with it.

I like Mare’s personality. I usually enjoy if the main character is chatty, but Mare isn’t, and I love that she’s like that. The way how she fought for her friends and for her brother and family, it’s just so lovely.

Oh, and I actually love the two princes as well. (And hate the queen.)

I suggest you to read this book if you still haven’t. You’ll surely enjoy everything in it. Too bad, I want to add this on my collection of books, but yeah, maybe I’ll buy one soon (when I’ve got enough money haha.)

I’m not yet finished with it but I’m like 50 pages away from the ending. I can’t wait to see what happens!

Below are the infamous quotes of the said book:

(I don’t own anything. Saw it on Pinterest.)



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The Summer I Turned Pretty (Book Review)

Book Review: The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han || Jirah Merizz

Since it’s summer here in my country, I’ve decided to but this one. The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han. Jenny Han is one of the great authors I know and this book is worth a shot. This is such a perfect summer read! Since it’ll be summer in the UK anytime soon, I suggest you to buy/read this one.

I kind of disliked Belly’s personality . . . But I understood her at the last parts. Anyways, I’m drooling on Conrad and Jeremiah. I like them both but Conrad has a real place in my heart. (LOL. Sorry Jere. Haha!)

The Summer I Turned Pretty Sypnosis:

Belly has always lived for the summertime, because it means all of her favourite things: swimming, the beach and the Fisher boys: Conrad and Jeremiah.

She has spent every summer of her life with them at Cousins Beach. All the while Belly has loved Conrad from afar, until finally, one fateful summer, it seems like he might feel something for her, too. But as it turns out, so does Jeremiah.

As the summers go on, Belly must choose between the two brothers and fac the inevitable: She will have to break one of their hearts.


My rating: 4/5


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Just The Benefits 

To the foreign readers of this blog, sorry but you can’t read this one. My apologies, but I will speak Tagalog ’cause I can’t handle the feels! 

Just The Benefits by beeyotch

Juice colored. As in! Ate Eydee, ano bang ginawa mo kay Shiloah?! Ay wait, ano bang ginawa mo kay Imogen para mahalin siya ni Shiloah at Parker ng ganun?! Ang tanga kaya ni Imogen! Hahahaha ang bitter ko myghad. Pero seryoso ate, ang cute cute ni Shiloah. 😔

Kahit sobrang nakakainis na talaga si Imogen dahil sa kasungahan niya noong sila pa ni Parker, ewan ko ate pero I ended up admiring her. Buti natuto siya sa mga pinagdaanan niya noon kay Parker. One thing I can say about Imogen is, you may hate her all you want but I’m pretty sure you’ll end up admiring her, just like what I did. Buti na lang talaga she made the right choice na piliin si Shiloah. Susugurin ko kasi talaga ‘yan si Imo kapag hindi. 

Kay Parker naman, gago. Ewan ko ate Eydee pero I’m not satisfied with Parker’s decision. Kayang-kaya pa naman niya mabuhay. Porke’t nawala lang kagwapuhan niya sa buhay at si Imo hindi na niya ipapagpatuloy yung life niya. Sayang si Parker ate. Sobrang sayang. Pero ang cute cute nung letter niya para kay Imo. Yung rated SPG tayo kayo nung santo rated PG lang. Hahahaha ang cute!! Saka kung paano niya tawaging santo si Shiloah nac-cutan ako.

Kay Bianca, happy ka na nyan? Sinira mo buhay ni Parker. Tapos sa huli sabay pa kayo nagpakamatay. Feelingera ka Bianca. Inis na inis talaga ako sayo. Sobra. Pero kung hindi dahil sa’yo walang Shiloah at Imogen kaya thanks na ‘rin. Pwe.

Kay Quin at Tobi. Itong dalawang character na ‘to ang minahal ko ‘rin sa JTB. Kahit ang sama sama ng ugali ni Tobi kay Imo, nandun yung point ni Tobi. Parang ang harsh niya, mali, harsh talaga siya mag-salita pero nandun talaga yung point niya kapag nag-salita siya. Mahal ko talaga ‘yan si Tobi, aantayin ko story mo. 😉 To Quin, ang bait niya. Super loyal friend siya kay Parker. Quin doesn’t deserve Imo’s hate, promise. Pero hayaan na si Imo, galit siya eh. Napag-sinungalingan banaman. Aantayin ko ‘rin story mo Quin! Sana hindi ka bading para di magalit mommy Alys huhu ano nalang reaction ni daddy Drake dun? 😥 Kay Mari pala saka doon sa teacher,  cute niyo. Hahahaha.

Lastly, kay Shiloah baby!! Shiloah sana totoo ka. Promise. Lagi kong sinasabi ‘yan kasi goals ka talaga. Sana katulad mo si Preston pag-laki niya. Pero baka nga ma-bully siya sa school kapag sobrang bait niya, ika nga ni Parker. Ang cute mo Shiloah. I salute you. Grabe, kung lahat ba naman ng lalaki kagaya mo, ay nako heaven. Sobrang cute ng bond niyo ni Preston. At kay Baby Preston pa pala, be like your dad when it comes to loving a woman. Aabangan talaga kita, baby Preston! 

To ate Eydee, how can you do all of that? Sobrang galing mong author. Please publish Just The Benefits with more Shi and Preston moments (demanding much haha sorry), I can’t get enough of them. Hindi ako usually nabili ng wattpad books pero I’ll definitely buy this one!! More stories and blessings to come, ate Eydee! 😉