5/31/2015

My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga (+giveaway)



Everything used to seem so final, inevitable, predestined. But now I'm starting to believe that life may have more surprises in store than I ever realized. Maybe it's all relative, not just light and time like Einstein theorized, but everything. Like life can seem awful and unfixable until the universe shifts a little and the observation point is altered, and then suddenly, everything seems more bearable.

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It's been a while since I've read anything fiction and I'm glad I stumbled upon My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga. The funny thing is, I only bought this book because I thought the title perfectly sums up my personal drama. (in Filipino: hugot) If you're a regular on this blog, you'd know that I often purchase books without checking the summary on the back or cover flap first. So imagine my surprise when I discovered what this book is actually about!

I'm gonna clue you in: suicide

This book is far from easy breezy. It deals with depression and suicide — a theme that is difficult to tackle. What sets this apart is the way Warga depicted Aysel and her suicide partner, Roman. Unlike other books, this has characters that are believable and relatable. I guess it was in the way their thoughts on the matter were laid out. Aysel's take on depression and death was quite insightful.  There was none of the pretentiousness that a lot of young adult contemporary books tend to have. Like, I could totally imagine a teenager narrating the whole thing. (*coughs* Augustus Waters and the cigarette metaphor *coughs*)

4/04/2015

March Means More Books!

But who am I kidding? March doesn't mean more books. The whole year means you get to stack up your already stacked up shelves! That's just the way booknerds roll.

One thing I noticed about my book buying habit though is: it's getting harder and harder to stop buying books on a whim. I tell myself, I've been dying to have this one! And often times, it's true. The question is though: do I even have time right now to read this? 

Honestly   —

I don't.

No regrets though! *cackles*


(I'm sure my 25 year old self is doing the facepalm right now somewhere)

Here we are again with a book haul post, folks! I'm pretty psyched to share last month's buys because a lot of them have been on my wishlist for so long. I can't remember what took me so long to get them but one day I just decided I would buy them. Or maybe I had a hard day at work so my book buying is justified. Take a look!

4/03/2015

I Need Anastasia Steele Bangs (and Other Thoughts While Watching Fifty Shades of Grey)

Source: starcasm.net
So I recently had the chance to watch Fifty Shades of Grey for the very first time... and it was uncut too! No black ovals, thankyouverymuch. I wanted to watch it for only two reasons:

1. Jamie Dornan (duh)
2. Dakota Johnson — because people said she was ahhmazing and I had to see for myself. I wasn't one of those who actively expressed their dislike of the actors chosen because I'm not a fan of the books. However, I also wasn't entirely sold with the casting. So yeah, I wanted to see if they had chemistry. 

Aaaand okay, maybe I was a wee bit curious how they handled the softcore porn *coughs* 

 But ANYWAY! Let's get on to my reactions, shall we?

I'm splitting my FSoG reactions into parts because I just have soooo much to say and I don't want to dump everything in a very long entry. 

ENJOY (hopefully)

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1. I'm loving their soundtrack already. So sexy.

2. GASP. THE TIES. GRAY TIES SPOTTED, PEOPLE!

3. I love Jamie Dornan's shoulders. And back. I'm a shoulders-and-back girl.

4. I am loving Dakota Johnson's bangs.

5. Lip-biting? Already?

3/14/2015

My (Overdue) February Book Haul


Hey guys! I haven't posted anything in a couple of weeks and I'm sorry. I can't really explain right now why, but hopefully in the future I would be able to. Once thing's for sure though: everything's fine. ;-)

Today though I'm going to share the books I got last month. I quit doing book haul posts a while back but I figured now's a nice time to start since I frequently buy books given how stressed I usually am. My stress level is directly proportional to how many books I buy at a time. The more stressed I am, the more books I buy, BASICALLY. I don't always go to the bookstore now but when I do, I can't leave with just one book. This counts as retail therapy, yeah? Aside from that, I realized I share my books on Instagram and Twitter anyway so there's no use keeping it a secret here.

Without further ado... my February haul!

The Powerbooks Book Lovers Sale pity haul. I was quite envious of people who were able to snag LOTS of young adult books from the big sale. I was only able to go to one branch — the one near my office — and it was a small one so it was pretty much slim pickings. I found these though and bought each one for only 50 pesos (less than a dollar!). I had to buy something. If I didn't I'd only feel super sad for not getting anything during the sale period. Also, I feel like I'm going to complete my Blue Bloods collection from book sales alone. Most of the books I have from that series are from bargain bins! I'm gonna take it as a challenge to buy the rest of the books not in full price. LOL