Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver Giveaway!

Hi guys! I’m hosting my very first book giveaway! Unfortunately, it’s only open for PH residents. You have two ways to join!

1. You MUST BE FOLLOWING ME(I don’t really like this rule tbh but my friend told me it should be done this way but don’t worry because I will FOLLOW BACK everyone who will join) MY IG NAME IS: @oleendelrosario
2. Repost the picture(I will post it below but you can see it on IG)
3. Put #OleenBeforeIFallGA and mention me in the caption
4. Will end on October 28
5. Again, open for PH residents only.

And the other one is by liking my Facebook Page here.

I hope you might take an interest in joining my little giveaway. TIA guys!

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Book Talk Wednesday (BOOK GIVEAWAY,Banned books, unfinished books, book hangover and more!)

I am guilty of not posting regularly here on my blog. I know it’s supposed to be my online diary of thoughts and emotions but it seems like it’s only becoming a book review blog. Again, that is not my intention. I am trying to have a writing habit and today is Wednesday and we could talk about books in general, perhaps? And tomorrow we could try another topic which will become a weekly habit of ours ❤

#BANNEDBOOKWEEK

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We are celebrating the banned book week! Today is the third day and people all over the world are committing to finish a banned book or two. And yes, if you are not aware, this is actually the perfect time to read a controversial book. I really want to partake in this awesome idea but sadly, I only have three banned books on my shelf 😦 I am actually sad when I realized this, but that’s okay, it means I still have more books to get and read in the near future!

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I badly want to have a copy of Lolita by Vladimir Nabakov but I cannot find it anywhere yet, but soon!

“Ugh. I cannot finish this!”

Do you always finish a book? Because I do, but there’s this one book I cannot seem to finish. It’s Before I Fall by Oliver Lauren. A lot of people enjoyed it and have posted great reviews about it. but I cannot really love it for some reason. I would always pick it up, toss it, pick it up again and the cycle continues. It’s really heartbreaking when you can’t finish a book. Maybe, this book could find a home soon? Just leave a comment below if you want to have it.(or what about a giveway? 😉 )

Then a givaway, it is! Click here to join.

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HANGOVER.HANGOVER.HANGOVER.

I am not drunk and I don’t think I will ever be(alcohol stinks, yuck) but I am bookdrunk! Oh yeah, and I woke up with a hangover with RED QUEEN by VICTORIA AVEYARD. I.JUST. CAN’T! I thought I’m not that affected by it but I woke up and realized that my mind’s still reeling with all that’s happened and I badly want to know what happens next. Also, the plot twist still makes my heart ache.(Why Maven, Why? I loved you!) I am tempted to read the ARC but I don’t know, I also want to wait for the real publishing date(which is three months from now! ugh!) and I don’t know what to do with my life.

NEXT READ!

I don’t know what to but I badly want to read a new book so that I could move on from Red Queen but I cannot seem to find the perfect book to cure this hangover. What would you recommend I read next? 😉

My Fave Book 2015!

Here’s the list of my top 5 favorite books published this year. This is not yet the final list since there’s still more books to come(it’s just almost-October you guys)

All The Bright Places

Made You Up

Red Queen

Between Us and The Moon

My Heart and other Black Holes

So, there. I enjoyed doing that! Thank you for dropping by and hope to talk to you on the comments section below :*

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An open letter to the mentally healthy

From a good friend Kerri. This is for all the NORMAL people out there. XD

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Dear mentally healthy people,

I would like to invite you, if you are interested, to partake in a little exercise. I am going to list a few things that I would like you to think about, really think about, the last time any of the following things happened to you:

  1. You got irritable;
  2. You absent mindedly forgot to do something;
  3. You had a sleepless night;
  4. You couldn’t bring yourself to get out of bed;
  5. You felt people staring at you;
  6. You lost your job, or didn’t make the cut in a job interview;
  7. You cried uncontrollably and inconsolably;
  8. You were really, really down about something;
  9. You were super nervous and anxious;
  10. You felt isolated and misunderstood;
  11. You didn’t feel like seeing other people;
  12. You didn’t want to be here any more;
  13.  You felt like a burden on your loved ones;
  14. You were so tired you felt like your body was…

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Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard… “Rise, red as dawn”

Hi guys! How are ya’ll? It’s already Tuesday here in the Philippines. I feel like days are going so fast! I recently finished Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard and it’s so awesome and badass and all that! So, here’s my review. Hope you enjoy it!

Published: 2015

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*might contain spoilers*

Mare Barrow’s world is separated by two polars. They are separated by blood and that blood separates the weak and the strong. The silver blooded-almost gods- have extraordinary powers while the red ones are well, normal. The silvers rule and the red serve. Mare steals to help her family to survive the cruel fate of their blood. But one night, her best friend came crying to her because he would soon be conscripted and serve as member of the army-just like her brothers. She cannot let it happen. She’d always protected him. Her desperation to help him exposed her to a bigger world she never thought could be there and to a part of herself she never knew existed. She can produce and control electricity. She is both silver and red and stronger than both. She met two princes and became a betrothed to one of them Torn between whom she will give her trust, she gave it to him who said he wanted change and equality as much as she does. Her world delved deeper into the world of silver but she chose to fight it internally and through the help of the Scarlet Guards, but she forgot that betrayal is always just around the corner.

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Mare Barrow is a Red. She steals to survive but she found out she has the power to produce and control electricity.

Maven. Prince. Tender-hearted and the second child of the King. Betrothed to Mare.

Cal. Soon to be King. A warrior in blood.

Kilorn. Mare’s bestfriend.

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Let me tell you that I read this before but I wasn’t really paying attention-almost like scanning the book, but once I started rereading it I couldn’t put it down. It lived up to all the hype!

The details of the writing are so intricate and consistent that you will really feel everything about their world. I cannot say I memorize all the names(because there are a lot!) and all their powers but I will assure you that this is unlike everything I’ve read this year. I just joined the fantasy bandwagon and I think it’s actually nice to branch out of classics and YA once in a while. I can still clearly remember them in my head.

The beginning was a bit slow for me, though. But before I reached the last few pages I don’t want to really finish it just yet. I know, that’s one of the most absurd problem of a reader, right?

The epilogue is full of surprises and a hint of what would happen to the next book(yes, there is a second book and I’m excited!)

It really feels good to try a different genre than what you are accustomed to. How about you, have you read it? And if yes, do you like it as much as I do?

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Venomous by Christopher Krovatin

“It was overpowering. Irresistible. It welled up inside me, like tears well up in your eyes-only pure, liquid hate, anger and range and depression, all in physical manifestation.”

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Venomous by Christopher Krovatin, Published 2008

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Locke Vinetti has anger problems. He calls it the Venom. The venom is inside him and he is inside the venom. It all started when he bit a piece of nose off of one of his classmates. Claiming the venom makes him invincible and too brave for his own good. Claiming he is different from all the kids his age.

He met Renee- the girl with her own issues- thru his best friend and found out what love can do to a person. But, does meeting new people might do good to him or would just make it worse?

Characters

Locke. The dangerous protagonist who claims he’s a villain.

Lon. The brother who will become the reason he will be tamed.

Renee. The one who will become the love of his life and his sweetest downfall.

Casey. Locke’s alter ego friend who has his own venom he calls Black.

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I loooved this book. I adore this book so much! First of all, I got it on a sale for like P150(or 3 dollars) and it’s hardbound. I love hardbound books but I can’t afford them. Moving on, I really really like this book. It has a main story and a mini story located before each chapter. The story revolves around this guy Locke who apparently has anger problems he claims he cannot control. At first, I thought it’s just another YA story where the reader would be fed up by emotional roller coaster of sadness and anger, but, I was in for a surprise because this book is so hopeful! The story is typical but the writing for me makes all the difference. All the elements makes up the story, all the characters are significant(at least for me) and the idea of this group of  “freaks” and “not-so freaks” calling themselves from the names of Tarot cards is so adorable, I’d like to be a part of that! And the ending is perfect. Oh and yeah, the illustrations are nice too.

What I don’t like? Hmm. The cover, but hey, it’s from 2008 so it must be cool back then.

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You might want to listen to Fall Out Boy or some rock bands of your liking. It has a certain feel of those kind of music. Drink chocolate drink, it keeps away the “angries” 😉

final thoughts

I highly recommend this book to every YA fan. I don’t know if it has been part of some List or something but, it’s very timely and I can say it’s even better than some of the YA books released this year. I don’t regret buying this book at all and I’m planning to read more “throwback” books in the near future.

As what I’ve said, this book is very hopeful and CHALLENGING. YES, IT IS! I was challenged because the ending made me realize that we should fight ourselves sometimes especially if we’re on the verge of hurting other people, especially the people we love. Vinetti, I salute you man! I will never forget you ❤

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger Book Review

“That’s all I’d do all day. I’d just be the catcher in the rye and all.”

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The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. Little Brown Company 1951 Young Adult, Coming-of-age

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“…the first thing you’ll probably want to know is where I was born and what my lousy childhood was like, and how my parents were occupied and all before they had me, and all that David Copperfield kind of crap, but I don’t feel like going into it, if you want to know the truth. In the first place, that stuff bores me, and in the second place, my parents would have about two hemorrhages apiece if I told anything pretty personal about them.”

Since his debut in 1951 as The Catcher in the Rye, Holden Caulfield has been synonymous with “cynical adolescent.” Holden narrates the story of a couple of days in his sixteen-year-old life, just after he’s been expelled from prep school, in a slang that sounds edgy even today and keeps this novel on banned book lists. His constant wry observations about what he encounters, from teachers to phonies (the two of course are not mutually exclusive) capture the essence of the eternal teenage experience of alienation. (goodreads)

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Okay, before we start I would just like to say that I am thankful to John Green because if it wasn’t for his enthusiastic video review of this book I might not able to last a hundred fifty pages of this book. And I know, that’s saying something. 

Holden, Oh Holden. You’ve been such a name for a very long time and how I just met you. You are such a bad-ass and  a pain in the neck to your parents but hey, I actually understand what you’ve been going through.

Okay, enough with that. Holden Copperfield is your “typical” teenager. But, not so typical. He’s weird, if you are brave enough to say that, but he is normal if you know your way around him. Like, I know him personally. Let me be honest that I really cannot understand what he’s doing with his life during the first chapters and I just actually want it to get over with. I’m glad I read it, though.

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I cannot say that I actually “liked” this book but I must say that it’s really an important one. They say this book started a new age of literature and even though, it’s now a banned book, I don’t know why to be honest, the writing is very contemporary and people still enjoy reading and relieving his story. I understand why this has become a favorite, it speaks a lot of truth about the the angst of teenagers.

I also had this problem while reading it because I was taking everything literally because I thought it’s written like that. I want to let everyone who is planning to read this book, this is a book of metaphors and symbolism. I’d really love to dwell into that but I don’t think it’s necessary since I don’t want to spoil you, guys. If you’re not used to classics with long descriptions, and you’re not a fan of metaphors I don’t think you would enjoy this one.

Once I started understanding all these symbolisms I started having this sense of adoration and comfort (yeah, that’s what I felt hoho) about the whole concept. It started making sense! I am Holden, we are Holden.  

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You need patience and motivation. Pun intended.

final thoughts

I’ve read a lot of reviews saying that this book changed their lives and I was like, “Where?” during the whole time but I had this part where he met his former English teacher (which actually he thought might be gay) and told him that. “The mark of immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of a mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” Hmmm, some thoughts to ponder.

Then, here’s another one, “You’re a student – whether the idea appeals to you or not. You’re in love with knowledge. And I think you’ll find, once you get past all the Mr. Vineses […] you’re going to start getting closer and closer – that is, if you want to, and if you look for it and wait for it – to the kind of information that will be very, very dear to your heart. Among other things, you’ll find that you’re not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You’re by no means alone on that score, you’ll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now. Happily, some of them kept records of their troubles. You’ll learn from them – if you want to. Just as someday, if you have something to offer, someone will learn something from you. It’s a beautiful reciprocal arrangement. And it isn’t education. It’s history. It’s poetry.”

Just suddenly made me want to go back to school right away

Anyway, have you read this? or if not, are you planning to? 🙂

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I’M PART OF THE MUSIC VIDEO! ❤

Less than a month ago Rachel Griffin of wehaveapples posted that she’s looking for brave souls who are interested to send in their photos of how they feel about their mental illness and encouragement for those who need it. I emailed my photos and yesterday she sent us the mp3 and it’s beyond perfect! I love it! I cried and I’m not ashamed of saying so. And today, I checked my Reader and the video is right there! I clicked play AND I SAW MY FACE ON THE SECOND PICTURE! I’m so happy!!!! Thank you Rachel for giving us a chance to open up and not be scared about it. I’m so proud and happy I am a part of this project and I am won’t deny that, yes, life is hard, but we are worth it ❤

Everything Everything(ARC) by Nicola Yoon

“Safety is not everything. There’s more to life than being alive.”

I did not notice that I was approved by Netgalley so I know this post might be long overdue 😦 but, still, here it is.

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My disease is as rare as it is famous. Basically, I’m allergic to the world. I don’t leave my house, have not left my house in seventeen years. The only people I ever see are my mom and my nurse, Carla.

But then one day, a moving truck arrives next door. I look out my window, and I see him. He’s tall, lean and wearing all black—black T-shirt, black jeans, black sneakers, and a black knit cap that covers his hair completely. He catches me looking and stares at me. I stare right back. His name is Olly.

Maybe we can’t predict the future, but we can predict some things. For example, I am certainly going to fall in love with Olly. It’s almost certainly going to be a disaster.(goodreads)

Characters

Madeline is sick. She is basically allergic to the world because of this rare sickness which hindrance her life to be normal. She lives between the pages of her books and her mother who is overprotective to her.

Olly is the new neighbor. He has ocean blue eyes and weird ability to keep Madeline interested. His family is falling apart.

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The plot is imaginative. I like the over all idea that a girl is trapped in this house and a boy accidentally saw her and they became online friends and all that. I had this doubt about Madeline during the earlier parts because I wonder how she knows so much about the world when she was never out and the I realized, of course, she reads.

“Maybe we can’t predict everything, but we can predict some things. For example, I am going to fall in love with Olly. It’s most certainly going to be a disaster.”

I actually saw that coming, but what I loved is what happened after they declared their feelings for each other. Olly is not a gentle case, mind you. If he wants it, he’ll do anything to get it, and in this case, yes, he got her and that’s everything.

“I was happy before I met him. But ‘m alive now, and those are not the same thing.”

See what he did to her? Uh-huh. Maybe, that’s what love does. Or not. You have to watch out for that plot twist right there because I assure you, it might ruin you. I did not actually expect it and I was like, “I knew it!” absurd, right? 😛 but yeah. There are no dull moments with this book. No small moments, at least for me. I’m glad that I read it.

About the things I don’t like. I think it’s better if there are Olly’s point of view. I’d really like to know what’s going on inside his head. I found him more interesting than Maddy.

final thoughts

Loving someone too much can be suffocating and being hurt can sometimes make us trapped, but it’s up to us if we let those things define us. The book made me wonder if I am letting this sadness control my life, and how some people like Maddy are strong enough to go out of the world even when she doesn’t know what’s out there. But maybe, that’s because she hasn’t experienced real pain. But that’s the thing isn’t it? Live like you’re haven’t experienced pain before and love like you’ve never been disappointed and let down.

Hands down to Nicola Yoon. I would read anything you’re going to put out soon 😉

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Liebster Award

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Hi guys 🙂 I am nominated for the Liebster Award!  I got two nominations from two of my good friends here! They are Liz and kerrilwilliams. Check out their blogs. They posts about interesting stuff and both of them are very approachable 🙂

So, let’s proceed…

These are the rules for this award:

  1. Make a post thanking and linking the person who nominated me and include the Liebster Award sticker in the post.
  2. Nominate 5-10 other bloggers and notify them of this in one of their posts.
  3. All nominated bloggers are to have less than 200 followers.
  4. Answer the 11 questions posed by your nominator and create 11 different questions for your nominees to answer.  Or, you can repeat the same questions.
  5. Copy these rules into your post.

I decided to answer Kerri’s questions (I hope Liz  won’t mind)

What is your sign and do you think you are just how it is described?I am an aries. I just looked it up online and some of the adjectives describe the person I used to be and the person I want to be. So, maybe that’s a yes?

Most beautiful thing you’ve ever seen. I haven’t seen it yet, to be honest.

If you could travel anywhere where would you go? I’d like to go to Europe and never look back.

Your most expensive purchase and are you glad you splurged? My guitar would be most expensive purchase, and I regret NOTHING!

Android or Apple? I don’t have an apple, so it must be android. Hihi.

What do you dream about? I mostly dream about my desires. Go figure.

TV shows or movies and what is your favorite of what you picked? Depends but majority would be movie, I don’t like waiting for days for the conclusion.

Do you have a favorite piece of jewelry? I once had a G-clef pendant from my former boyfriend, but I threw it on a river 😛

Do you have a quirky thing you do? Hmmm, I like wearing pajamas even in the morning, is that considered quirky? 

What do you sleep in? Depends on the weather. I usually sleep on my underwear these days because it’s too hot. Haha!

What motivates you to write? I want something to look back to, years from now 🙂


So, there. I enjoyed doing that!

I am nominating randomly ramsi | carly456 |Olivia and Disha! 

I don’t know if you have less than two hundred followers and if you’ve been nominated for this before, but I just want you to know that I love your blogs!  ❤ and yes, you may answer the same set of questions!

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One More Chance(AS IN POPOY AND BASHA ❤) by Juan Miguel Sevilla

 Hi guys! Are you from the Philippines? You probably know-or heard of-One More Chance! It’s about two lovers who broke up and later on found themselves still attached and still in love with each other.  A month ago, I bought its novelization and I just finished it two hours ago. Its movie is probably my, and my friends’, ultimate favorite. I think we watched it together for approximately, nine times already. It has become an icon of Filipino movies and its quotable lines became a staple of some conversations!

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Is love enough to make a person feel fulfilled and happy?

Meet Popoy and Basha, two lovers who believe they are destined to be together forever. Practically inseparable, everyone around them knows there can be no Basha without the ever strict Popoy. Nor would Popoy exist without his damsel, Basha.

But when one of them realizes their feelings for each other can no longer make them feel content, they resolve to search for themselves outside of the safety of each other.

Based on the 2007 Filipino romance film produced by Star Cinema, starring Bea Alonzo and John Lloyd Cruz and directed by the award-winning director Cathy Garcia-Molina, this is the official novelization of the cult classic film that defined a generation’s views on love and heartbreak.

Will Popoy and Basha find happiness apart, or will they learn to give love One More Chance? (less)

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Every one knows who Popoy and Basha are!

Basha. An architect. An artist. A free soul.

Popoy. An engineer. Driven. Focused. And we could say, a hopeless romantic.

There are minor characters we all are familiar with. The Thursday group. College buddies turned into lifelong friends. New friends(in case of Basha) and a new lover(for Popoy).

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I had doubts if I should have a review for this. I searched for it in goodreads and I was surprised that it’s actually there! So, I thought, “hey why not?” I’d be careful not to review the movie against the book. I hope I’d be able to do it, though XD

I actually liked the book. It’s short. I just finished for almost 2 hours! Almost as long as the movie itself. What I liked about this book is the additional scenes and information about the characters. That’s why the book is always better than the movie, but this one actually came from the movie before it turned into a book. Should it really be a “novel” or just a movie companion? I cannot really decide to be honest, but I enjoyed reading it. I just hoped that the pace isn’t as fast as the movie. It still gave me the same feels I had when I was watching it. It actually feels nice to have them inside the pages and not just on screen.

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Listen to 90s lovesongs. You can read this in one sitting. Get a drink with you 🙂

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Popoy and Basha’s story will always be remembered. In Philippine movies, we can always expect a certain ending- a happy ending. But, this movie started something that sparked a revamp in the local movies. It questioned the norm and a lot more.

Basha’s rebellion with Popoy made everyone wonder if love is the only thing that can make a person complete. That’s what other movies’ aim is, right? To show people that everything can be fixed just because you are now in a relationship with a beautiful person. But, this story made people, especially girls, question everything. Basha represents women who are looking for themselves the meaning and purpose of their lives. On the other hand, Popoy showed us that too much love for another person, to the point of suffocation, would only result to a relationship growth stunt. It taught me a lot about relationships.

The story ended with a question mark, but still, we can conclude that it’s a happy ending(or is it?) It’s actually fulfilling that it ended that way because they actually resolved all their personal issues in the end ❤

This movie, and the book, has no contradiction. I think, you will be able to understand it more if you watch and read it all  the same. It’s beautiful, and it speaks truth, maybe that’s the reason it became a hit. Also, after more than five years, ABS-CBN decided to make a sequel of the movie and I’m quite excited about it!

Check the trailer here 🙂

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