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It’s love month and here on Nerd Book I wanted to make you guys a little something-something that would fit the theme. *totally unsuspicious wink* I’m totally trustworthy, just ask the Bookeater. *another totally unsuspicious wink* Okay my winky eye is getting tired, so I’d say it’s about time to jump into the thick of this article, so let’s go!
This article is going to be about the two most recent Spiderman films, and just so you can’t say I didn’t warn you,
You can be a DC fan or a marvel fan but you gotta love you some Spidey right? I mean back in 2000(ish) Tobey Maguire awkwardly brought Peter Parker to life on the big screen. It’s not hard to relate to a nerdy guy that’s always picked on by most of his schoolmates. Kind of hard to argue with this point, it’s like he was created so that high school loners across the world would have a hero to relate to. To my knowledge, and personal experience, he was the first hero any normal person could relate with (unless you were a popular kid in high school), you could actually go up to Peter Parker and go “oh hey bro, I kinda feel you.” Imagine saying something like that to ultra-bourgeois psychopath Bruce Wayne, or alien from another mother Clark Kent. Right? Right. Now after 3 movies, the last one including an awkward emo strut from Tobey Maguire, we immediately got word that they’re rebooting Spiderman. Whoaaaaaa. That was big for me, it kinda just shakes me so hard whenever someone reboots a franchise, off the top of my head I can't help but think there was an executive that just went “oh hey that was nice, but I think we can top that.” And reboot they did.
Enter the Spiderman of the new generation, Andrew Garfield. Okay I’m not gonna go in depth with this guy because he’s not the main point of this article. What? A Spiderman article that’s not focused on Spiderman? Why Melo?? I WILL TELL YOU READER. But you’ll have to wait to hear the answer. Hahah
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|The book cover matches my sheets. Coincidence? I think not! MEANT. TO. BE. LOL.|
View synopsis HERE
Reading slumps are the worst. I was on a slump that stretched for about 2 months when I started reading Meant to Be by Lauren Morrill. I remember being in Fullybooked three weeks ago, January 22nd to be specific, (the receipt is still in the book!), browsing the young adult contemporary shelves in search of a book that would hopefully help my reading mojo back. Like always, I consult Dianne of Oops! I Read A Book Again via SMS. She may not always be available to reply to my senseless and often random text messages, but I text her just the same. I feel like I just need someone to go all out book nerdy with, you know? So anyway, Dianne and I were texting and I asked her if she had any easy reads (i.e. nothing too intense, feels sprinkled all over) to recommend... SPOILER: if you think she said MEANT TO BE! well, she didn't. Nope. Heehee. She eagerly told me to pick up any Kasie West book. So... yeah.
Phase 1: Pick a book you WANT to read
What's the point in telling you this side story? Well... I don't have one actually hahaha but!!! I'd like to think I was meant to read this book (HAHA yeah, I totally found a way to say that) because just when I was able to leave the aisle, Pivot Point by Kasie West in hand, I saw Meant to Be and picked it up as well. I asked Dianne about it, naturally, but I knew I was going to get it no matter what. It's been on my TBR list for so long that I forgot about it already. It's pathetic.
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On what 'happy' means for Jennifer E. Smith:
When asked what Jenn's happy looks like (as in her book, This is What Happy Looks Like) she answered: "Being in the Philippines with all of you." I remember she smiled so sweetly after writing this that we couldn't help by collectively say, awwwwww! Such a sweetheart! She said that Ellie's happy in the beginning of the book is very similar to hers. i.e. thunderstorms (did I hear this one right?!?! Damn audio), ice cream on a hot day.
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Hurray! We made it (rather, I made it) to day thuuureeee of #FlashbackFebruary! (why does everything have to be hashtagged nowadays?) I'm kind of groggy as I'm typing this so bear with me. Don't worry though, there's not much of a difference compared to when I've had a full 6-hour sleep. Say, when did 8 hours stop being the normal length?
Just in case you need reminding about my giveaways:
And we fly!
DAY 3 OF SAB-GIVES-AWAY-BOOKS-AND-TRANSCRIBES-AUDIO-RECORDINGS-BECAUSE-IT'S-FLASHBACK-FEBRUARY!
*jazz hands and crazy eyes*
October 18th of last year (it's crazy how time flies!), National Bookstore brought Claudia Gray and Madeleine Roux to Manila for a book signing day at Glorietta 1. I swear, they sure spoiled us last year!
I got the opportunity to meet Claudia Gray -- the woman responsible for making me cry when I thought there weren't any physical copies of her book anymore at the store. (Backstory: I read the eARC of A Thousand Pieces of You and went absolutely gaga over it. When it came to the book signing, I was told there were no more copies of it. I cried... a bit... SERIOUSLY just a bit. Like, it didn't even roll down my cheek. I looked like this though. But as it turns out -- there were still copies in the backroom and I quickly felt like a huge dork for loosing mah cool like that. As if I had any cool to begin with.) And of course, I was also excited to meet Madeleine Roux. She just looks super badass -- with her do and her books? Hellz yeah.
A side story: Madeleine was wearing a yellow House Baratheon shirt-dress that day. I think I love her.
Here were are again with yet another Q&A! I actually arrived 20 minutes late this day! So while the other bloggers in attendance have 40-minute recordings posted on their blogs, I only have 19 minutes and 55 seconds of Q&A to share with you all but I promise, they're worth the read.
And don't forget! Giveaway at the end of the post!
|At the book signing. Photo from: National Bookstore|
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What's up, nerds? It's day 2 of Flashback February and this time around, I'm taking you back to November of 2014! In case you missed day 1, I featured the recently concluded James Frey book signing tour.
Cue the dancing Stormtroopers!
Because. Darth Vader. Marie Lu.... nevermind, keep reading and you'll see. ;-)
On November 23rd, 2014 Marie Lu came to the Philippines to meet fans in Manila and in Cebu for a book signing tour with National Bookstore. (yay!) I knew lots of readers were very excited to meet the talented writer behind the Legend series and her newest book/series -- The Young Elites. I know I was! I put off reading Legend for months before I decided it was 'time'. And I quickly regret procrastinating! I instantly became a fan of Marie Lu's brilliant writing.
So yeah... "excited" is an understatement. I just knew I had to meet her no matter what!
Today, I'm sharing with you the Q&A with Marie Lu. Like day 1, I'm also giving away a SIGNED copy of her book so be sure to read on! (I know you'll probably just scroll to the very end but... hey, thanks for dropping by! Hah!)
|Photo from: National Bookstore|
From Monday to Friday, I'll be sharing recaps of author events I've been to. I'm calling it Flashback February because I was on a slight hiatus for most of last year so I wasn't able to properly blog about all the bookish things I've been up to. However, I'm back now and that means...
DAY 1 OF FLASHBACK FEBRUARY!
*cue confetti and bacon*
That means recaps and more giveaways! I'm already raffling off Anna and the French Kiss. There's still 3 days left so make sure to get your entries in!
I'm starting the 5-day bonanza (ha-ha I feel weird just typing that! Bo-nan-zahhhh) with a recap from the event just last Sunday, February 1st!
Last week, James Frey was in the Philippines for a book signing tour with National Bookstore. It was a two-day event for fans in Manila and in Cebu who were very eager to meet the man behind I Am Number Four and his most recent work -- The Calling (Endgame #1). In the weeks leading up to the signing, National Bookstore got the go signal to mention in their promos that James Frey is the creator of Lorien Legacies and that he'll be signing books from that series as well. Needless to say, lots of readers were doubly excited for this event!
I'm so excited to be sharing the Q&A we had with James Frey. He's such a cool dude (yes, "dude") and I appreciate how straightforward his answers were. Read on and stick around because I'll be giving away a SIGNED copy of The Calling at the end of this post!
Which part of the book was hard to write: beginning, middle, or end? And why?
Of Endgame? I mean, books aren't really ever hard that way. You know, it's just all sort of the same. We changed the ending like four times. So I guess, that would be the hardest, only because we redid it. There are four different endings and kept redoing it so I thought it was the right ending. But you know books are... I think all books are kinda equally hard to write. In the beginning it's hard because you know there's hundreds of pages in front of you. The middle is probably the easiest. And then the end is hard because you gotta get it right. If the end stinks, the whole book stinks, right?
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