Book Review

Book Review || Red, White & Royal Blue

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“But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable.”

Rating: 5 out of 5.

This book is incredible. A perfect debut novel for Casey McQuiston. This story follows the story about A big-hearted romantic comedy in which the First Son falls in love with the Prince of Wales after an incident of international proportions forces them to pretend to be best friends.

My heart is so full. I never read a book that consists of so much hope, laugh, and love. There is no page that is boring. I literally laughed, blushed, and fell in love. THIS BOOK IS MADE UP OF SUGAR! 

“But the truth is, also, simply this: love is indomitable.”

I WILL DIE FOR THIS SHIP! ALEX IS SO IN LOVE HE COULD DIE! AND SO IS HENRY! Oh my heart is overflowing with love right now. I swooned and sighed many times, even got saddened and stressed when the affliction came. This book is a perfect romantic comedy novel. 

Can we appreciate that this book gave us diverse side characters! They all unique! Especially to the Super Six. I am willing to give my life for them. Alex and Henry are so lucky to have friends like them. Also, CLAREMONT-DIAZ fam is such a family goal! Both of Alex’s parents are so accepting and loving. Both of them are so supportive and keeping up their pace. It puts me in awe. I love it when he outed as bisexual and confessed that he’s in a relationship with Henry, the Prince of England, and the only that matters is how is he handling the situation. June and Alex have a strong sibling-relationship! I’m a sucker for them! 

I really appreciate that it doesn’t only focus only on personal relations but also on the nations. How their actions can build or destroy each other. It also discusses issues like immigrants, and we should not be ashamed of it, we must celebrate it. 

For me, this book is like a Jane Austen novel with a modern twist. What he ran to London just to see him? Yes. Kissed in the garden? Yes. Enemies to friends to lovers? Yes. 

I felt such a powerful amount of hope between Alex and Henry. It just screams. 

“America: He is my choice.”

I’m melting.

Overall, this book is everything. Certainly one of my favorite books. *chef’s kiss. Well done Casey!

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Journal || The reason why I consider books as a luxury

Hello, lovelies! I will share a topic that some of you might relate to; books are a luxury. For me, books are so expensive. I always take care of it, never drew a line, or fold its page as a sign of bookmark. It’s like a baby to me. I value a book because, for me, it is expensive.

how much do electronic school signs cost ---ballpark figure?

I have a few reasons.

  1. I don’t come from a family that buys stuff besides what is necessary. And for that, books are considered wants.
  2. Books are so expensive here in the Philippines. A book’s minimum price is at Php 300. That sh*t is expensive. Most of the book I would love to read is at Php 400+. I know there are second-hand books, eBooks (some), blah blah blah. STILL EXPENSIVE! 
  3. Another thing, the place where I live have limited book stores and no public libraries to request a book! 

Those are the main reasons why I consider a book a luxury and why I small number of reads within a year. Last year, my goal was two books a year. But this year my goal is ten. Thanks to hoarding and gifts from my family and friends. 

Buying books isn’t normal in our family. I started reading when I was in 7th grade. It was introduced to me and I got addicted to it. When I said addicted, meaning I didn’t eat lunch for a week just to buy a book because I simply could not afford them. Good thing that I have friends that lend me books and helped me save money in a good way. I’m very thankful to them. 

I love reading. I do. It delivers you to a different world. It also has the capability to change one’s life and it puts you into a new perspective. It’s an enlightenment. A gift to society. 

So what do you think lovelies? Do you agree or disagree? Have any thoughts? Let’s have a discussion! Leave a comment!

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Book Tags, Writings

The “I Should Have Read That” Book Tag

Hello there friends!!!!! It’s me Ann!!! Been a while and I decided to tag myself in this book tag since Kat Impossible said I could do it freely!!

RULES

  • Thank the person who tagged you and link back to their post
  • Link to the creator’s blog (booksnest.co.uk) in your post
  • Answer the questions below
  • Tag 10 others to take part (I’ll just leave this up to whoever wants to do it)
  • ENJOY THE TAG!

A book that a certain friend is always telling you to read

This book was recommended by my friend Yvana since we were in high school. It was the first book that we had a conversation on. She urged me to read it. I want to read it, truly, but I could never find the book in any bookstores at that time until I, unfortunately, forgot about it until now.

If I could not find it in any bookstores might as well purchase the ebook version.

A book that’s been on your TBR forever and yet you still haven’t picked it up

In all of John Green’s book, this is only the TBR I could not read, yet. My friends who had read this book had recommended me this and told me to read it but Alas! I really could not. I don’t know why.

A book in a series you’ve started,  but haven’t gotten around to finishing yet

The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Micheal Scott. The reason why I couldn’t finish this series is that I COULDN’T FIND THE PHYSICAL COPY IN ANY BOOKS STORES!!!! I really want to complete this series by buying the actual physical copy.

P.S. LOOK AT THE COVERS AIN’T THEY LOOK FANTASTIC???!!!

A classic you’ve always liked the sound of, but never actually read

I only heard this beautiful classic a year ago when Anya-Taylor Joy played as Emma in a 2020 film adaptation of Emma directed by Autumn de Wilde. This film is straight out of a painting. This film is truly a masterpiece. Every scene is such a vision. The movie made me want to read this book as well all Jane Austen’s books. Looking forward to reading it all.

This is my favorite scene!!!

A popular book that it seems everyone but you has read

Everyone. I mean every one of my friends had read this series. (ALSO THE MORTAL INSTRUMENTS SERIES! Oh my…) I must admit I wasn’t into greek mythology thingy back then BUT thanks to Tumblr I am now and my few of my friends keeping me recommend this book. I’m planning to buy PJO series. Hope to buy it sooner.

Also congratulations to fans of this series. There’s a confirmation that this will be a full series under Disney! CONGRATULATIONS!!!

A book that inspired a film/TV adaptation that you really love, but you just haven’t read it yet

Oh, I truly love this movie. It’s so heartwarming and incredibly inspiring. Choose to be kind.

I also love this film. A perfect film about coming of age. This movie is so scenic. Such a vision.

A book you see all over Instagram but haven’t picked up yet

I am not on instagram much lately. Not even a bookstagrammer. But lately there are two books that I always see.


I TAG THEE

I tag everyone everyone who would ever see this tag and I will leave it up to you if you would do it or not. (Let’s face it. I don’t know most of the people here.)


What do guys think? Do you relate? Let’s have a discussion!!! Leave a comment!!!


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Book Review

Book Review || Turtles all the way down

“Imagine you’re trying to find someone or even you’re trying to find yourself, but you have no senses, no way to know where the walls are, which way is forward or backward, what is water and what is air. You’re senseless and shapeless- you feel like you can only describe what you are by identifying what you’re not, and you’re floating around in a body with no control.”

Rating: 3 out of 5.

At first, i didn’t understand what is going on. I had no clue what is the book about. I just read the short description. I thought that Aza and Daisy will fully investigate the mysterious disappearance of Russel Pickett, but i did not. I was somehow focused on Aza’s mental illness. Her Anxiety and OCD.

I was confused and i find it hard to read this book. In my opinion, this isn’t the best book Green published but it’s not worst. It has chapters that made me feel like i was Aza and having Anxiety and OCD attacks. Chapter 19 and 20 made me crazy and panicked. I was Aza.

Now let’s talk about Davis. Is he really necessary? Would the story progress without him? Well my answer is maybe and yes. Okay here me out first. Maybe he was necessary to let Aza have a romance in her life BUT i think the story would progress without him and all of his family situation. It felt like half of the book is about the mystery of the fugitive billionaire and the other half is about Aza’s mental illness. But they are good couple though. Nothing is pushed or they aren’t being pretentious. They actually understand each other.

For me, i would like to know more about Aza. John Green did portray her very well. Like how her illness affects her everyday situation and environment. Like how it not only affects her but the people around her too. Thoughts are really invasive. It could drown you and it’ll be hard to re-surface above water.

I love Aza. She really tries to be a good friend and daughter even though she felt trapped in her own thoughts and body. I think it would be great of it focuses more on Aza and her illness. On how she deals with it. And her dealing with it is intense. Every click of illness made me understand her and the illness more. I was with her in the entire time. Felt like i was her.

Overall, i do recommend this book.

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Book Review

Book Review || What Light

“There are so many things prickling in the back of my mind, threatening to take me out of this moment. But instead of worrying about anything, I close my eyes, lean forward, and allow myself to believe in us.”

Rating: 2 out of 5.

I was so excited to read this book because I really love 13 reasons why, so I started to read it. It hooked me for a moment then suddenly I got bored (?). I thought I might not want to finish this when I’m not on the mood. It was sitting on my shelf for over a year. Until I decided to finish it two days ago. For me, this book is just an ordinary YA contemporary romance. I did love some parts but I cannot say I loved the whole book. I love the setting. I love imagining the Christmas tree farm of Sierra’s family and how good they are each other. The description of the Christmas spirit here so wonderful.

It felt like the story was predictable and the characters are flat. I wanted more depth. This is just an ordinary story. She saw a boy, she thinks he’s cute and nice but she had known he was troubled. Then family doesn’t approve but in the end, they still end up together ALTHOUGH she will never come back next year. She never knows when she will come back. It wouldn’t be fair to Caleb because he might be a holiday fling if this doesn’t go well. I am disappointed really. I want other characters to do something more, to be involved. I have a few questions and I’m a bit confused. 1. Why does Sierra only talk or encounter like 3 teenagers? 2. What about Andrew? Like that’s it? He got like a few mentions and involvement. The biggest thing he did is when he told Sierra’s father what Caleb did to his sister, that’s it. Nothing more. I kinda expected a few dramas from him or a quick apology but nothing. 3. Also who skips her best friend FIRST BIG ROLE for a boy he just met? If I were Sierra, I would go and see my best friend perform. I could make up with him. The play is one time only she could make use of that excuse for Caleb. To be honest I am more interested in Sierra’s parents’ love story. It seems more magical and Christmas-y.

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