Top Ten Blogging Confessions

An original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I’m not sure if I have some quirks I can share because I’m not a year-round blogger. I blog only when I feel like it. I still can’t believe I’ve been doing this for 4 years, albeit not very often, I still consider this a milestone. As part of my 4th year blogversary related posts, here are some blogging things you don’t know about me (or maybe you do).

  1. I don’t write everyday. Most of my reviews are written weeks, some months, before I post them.
  2. I like writing in the office especially if I don’t feel like working. (I know, I should be working my ass off but tamad [1] days are really tamad.)
  3. I used to write my reviews in my Nokia N900. When it died I switched to android which made my writing life a lot difficult because whenever I try to write using Bluebell (my Sony Xperia Z2, I started naming my gadgets last year) I always end up playing android games and browsing social networking sites. This reinforces #2 because we don’t have access to those sites (even Google) in the office.
  4. I seldom write my entries in my desktop at home because all types of distractions are there: online games, unlimited net browsing, lurking in social networking sites, browsing for new books to read and downloading them even if I don’t really have plans to read it, watching Asian dramas, and there was also an Xbox with dozens of downloaded games which makes it more difficult to sit down and write. This was before the big change; I am now using my old laptop that doesn’t have games, I cancelled my internet connection, I don’t watch Asian dramas as of late, and there is no console anywhere. BUT. I still seldom use my laptop to write because Bluebell has an unlimited net connection, I stay up very late almost everyday talking to someone in Skype and/or Viber, I have tons of books to read (ebook and actual books), and I started to get freaking-addicted to American shows. Again back to #2.
  5. I haven’t joined any blog tour or author interviews yet. I’m afraid to make a commitment because I may not meet the deadline or post on the day I committed but I’ll TRY to change that this year (or next year).
  6. Whenever I review Asian shows and films, I make sure that the hype is long over or it’s not yet shown here in the country. I don’t know why but I don’t feel like posting things just because it’s the talk of town and it’ll generate lots of traffic.
  7. I have a writer’s block 70% of the time—okay, make that 75%.
  8. I try not to judge people who read E.L James but sometimes I can’t help raise my eyebrows if they act as if it’s the best book they read when in reality it was the only trilogy they read next to Twilight. We have tons of better books out there.
  9. In my earlier years, not just in blogging but in my social life as well, I tend to be so obstinate to the point of sarcasm whenever I give my opinion. I toned that down a bit as I aged. Part of growing up I guess. I’m still very honest and *cough* harsh but I try to balance them and be a little sensitive at times. That is a conscious effort, I tell you.
  10. I rarely talk about personal things in my blog. I’m not comfortable sharing too much of my personal life. If the mood strikes and I wanted an outlet, I use my blog to let it out. I also have the tendency to bottle it up and then be on a blogging hiatus when I’m going through something. I write about it when I’m ready or I’m already through it. I go back to blogging, reading, watching series and such, and seeing my friends when I’m emotionally okay. So if you see months where I seldom post, you’ll have an idea something is up. If you’re asking me my state now, do I have to spell it out? =)

#OfftheWall@4

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[1] Lazy or as Bruno Mars said, “Today I don’t feel like doing anything. I just wanna lay in my bed.”

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Top Ten Inspirational Quotes from Books

An original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Trimming down the quotes I like is a challenge. I like putting so many quote markers in books I read or highlight every sentence I like when I’m reading K (the Kindle), so imagine how many quotes I have to go through to make this list. I don’t know if you’ll find some of the ones I have here as “inspirational” but these are the quotes that at one point of my life affected me most because whether I admit it or not, they hit home.

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“We accept the love we think we deserve.”
― Stephen Chbosky, The Perks of Being a Wallflower

For some time, I never admitted to myself why I like this quote so much. It was such a sad realization to accept at the time when I was feeling so low and thinking of what this quote meant will just make me feel more sad. It wasn’t entirely good but the bottom line is, why settle?

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“You can obsess and obsess over how things ended—what you did wrong or could have done differently—but there’s not much of a point. It’s not like it’ll change anything. So really, why worry?”
― Jess Rothenberg, The Catastrophic History of You and Me

Taking a step away from what you’re used to is difficult but once you’re out, stop thinking of the past. Rothenberg is right; there’s not much of a point. Stop worrying about the past. Learn from it and move on. A mantra I’ve been telling myself for the recent months.

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“Even if someone wasn’t perfect or even especially good, you couldn’t dismiss the love they felt. Love was always love; it had a rightness all its own, even if the person feeling the love was full of wrongness.”
― Marisa de los Santos, Love Walked In

Love Walked In was one of the books I read (of all time I think) that has so many quote markers because the author write beautiful and meaningful words. LWI is officially my #HugotRead for 2015. This quote is one of my favorites and most hated because no matter how I feel, I should be grateful with the love I’m receiving even if I think the person feeling the love is full of wrongness. Afterall, Love is love.

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“Everyone feels lost and low. Its how a person acts that makes them different.”
― Veronica Rossi, Under the Never Sky

Who hasn’t feel lost and low at one point of your lives? We all go through that. This quote was so powerful for me because if I let how I feel run my life, I wouldn’t get up from whatever rabbit hole I’m in. Life doesn’t stop when God gives you challenges to face.

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“There are no wrong turnings. Only paths we had not known we were meant to walk.”
― Guy Gavriel Kay, Tigana

Have you ever thought of the possibility of what could have happened if you did this or didn’t do that? When we make mistakes we sometimes think that we made the wrong decision. This quote made me believe that whatever things we do, whatever path we decide to take, it was no coincidence.

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“Sometimes, as we’re stumbling along in the dark, we hit something good.”
– Susan Ee, Angelfall

This is a very recent favorite. If you have been following my posts recently you’d have an idea of what’s going on in my personal life. I realized that when you are walking in the dark, it doesn’t mean that it’s going to be dark forever because along the way you’ll find the light or find the path of what your heart desires.

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misgivings, n.
Last night, I got up the courage to ask you if you regretted us.
“There are things I miss,” you said. “But if I didn’t have you, I’d miss more.” 

― David Levithan, The Lover’s Dictionary

This is not originally in my favorite entries from Levithan’s The Lover’s Dictionary. When I read this, it felt right. It felt goodbye.

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“It’s more like you meet someone, and you fall in love, and you hope that that person is the one—and then at some point, you have to put down your chips. You just have to make a commitment and hope that you’re right.”
― Rainbow Rowell, Landline

I don’t really believe in the concept of The One. I liked this quote because in every relationship you’ll have, you will hope that that person will be the last. That (s)he is the person you’ll spend the rest of your life with. But hoping is not enough, both of you have to make a commitment to make it work.

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“I think maybe everybody falls. I think maybe we all do. And I don’t think that’s the asking. I think the asking is whether we get back up again.”
― Patrick Ness, Knife of Never Letting Go

KoNLG is a gripping book to read and the honesty of Todd’s heart will get you. This is one of the reasons why I liked this quote. When life hits you hard, you don’t stay down. Get up. Fight back. Don’t just lay there. Stand up. Don’t give up.

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“Rise up while you can.”
― Mira Grant, Newsflesh Trilogy

Who would have thought that you’ll get something inspirational in a zombie apocalypse novel? I was reading this series (book three at that time) when I was facing something about my health. This quote helped me a lot. It made me think that there is still time to get up and fix what I have to fix.

Any inspirational quotes you want to share? Comment your link and I’ll visit your page.
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Top Ten All Time Favorite Books

An original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

Considering the random books I usually read for the past two years, finding an all time favorite book is rare.

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The Girl in The Steel Corset
Kady Cross
Read from January 07 to 13, 2013

I am half in love with Griffin King. And that nailed the novel to the number ten spot.

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Easy
Tammara Webber
Read from June 16 to 17, 2012, Read Count: 2

This book started my New Adult reading phase. I’m over the genre but I will never forget the first book that made me like the genre in the first place.

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A Kingdom of Dreams
Judith McNaught
Read in May, 2014

I read Historical Romances whenever I feel like it. I have my reading phases and when I had one last year, Judith McNaught’s Westmoreland series was a WOW.

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Saving Francesca
Melina Marchetta
Read on April 03, 2011 and March 12, 2014, Read Count: 2

It’s easy to love the works of Melina Marchetta. Saving Francesca is the first novel I read from her. I fell in love with the characters and I never outgrew them. I will always love the gang formed in this novel.

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The Real Score
Kesh Tanglao
Read on December 08, 2013

It’s the first #romanceclass book I read from Mina’s class and it became one of my favorite reads. I want to get a print copy of this, reread it, and make a review.

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Deadline
Mira Grant
Read from June 29 to July 01, 2012

Crazy. Crazy. Shaun.
BUT. I LUUURVEE IT.

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Fairy Tale Fail
Mina V. Esguerra
Read from February 24 to 25, 2012

Geee. Being in love with Lucas for this long is dysfunctional. But what can I do? I love him that much.

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FEED
Mira Grant
Read from June 04 to 06, 2012

As far as zombie-apocalypse go, Mira Grant’s Newsflesh Trilogy is the BOMB. I haven’t read much of this genre but I watched tons of films about it and I would say that, FEED surpasses everything that I’ve seen and read so far. Who would have thought of the f**ng ending, right?!

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The Catastrophic History of You and Me
Jess Rothenberg
Read from March 03 to 06, 2014

Loving this book was unexpected. Landing in the number two spot of this list is unprecedented. What can I say? This book made me so emotional.

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Jellicoe Road
Melina Marchetta
Read from October 21 to 28, 2011, Read Count: 2

I was on a reading high for months because of Jellicoe Road. You should read it. You might fall in love with it too.

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Top Ten Classics I Want to Read

An original feature/weekly meme created and hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

If there’s one genre I find always a struggle to read, its classic. If not because of the Book Club I wouldn’t ever think of reading any books from this genre. I don’t even know if I can come up with ten classics I want to read because I’m not sure if there is any I want to really, really read. Let’s give this a try.

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I started buddy reading this a few months ago with some bookish friends but after a few chapters I gave up. I still hope to read it this year.

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JA and I aren’t besties and I hated P&P but I can’t give up on her yet. So here’s another JA novel.

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It’s the Book Club’s July read. #DickensVirgin (hashtag by Atty. Monique) but I think that doesn’t count because I’m a virgin in most of the well known classic novelists out there.

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I always read this in YA novels set in high school as their reading assignment or something, curious why it’s a required reading for them.

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If you’re a 90’s kid in the Philippines, you’d know who Princess Sarah is. I’ve always liked the international film adaptation (not Camille Pratt’s version), so yes I’ll have this in my list.

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I love the anime adaptation especially the ending where the flowers are in full bloom. It’s one of the cartoons I watch everyday growing up in the 90’s.

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Embracing my inner child. I never understood why many love children’s books. Maybe it’s not too late for me to love them as well.

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Another classic commonly mentioned in YA contemporary novels.

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Met Darcy and Lizzie, Jane & Rochester, now it’s time to meet Heathcliff and Catherine.

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One of the classics I saw with high ratings from my bookish friends.

I also listed classic novels I would love to read but would never ever pick up because it’s 1000+ pages. I’ll just go and watch the movie.

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