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Ten Series I Quit Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish.This week’s TTT is a variation of the topic “Ten Bookish Things I Want to Quit Or Have Quit” and I chose to focus on series that I’ve tried but have stopped reading. There used to be a time when I wouldn’t even start reading a series until I have all the books that are a part of it. But then I realized that it’s better to try the first book (or maybe even until the second or third book) to see whether it would be something that I’d be interested to continue. Here are some series that I started but didn’t feel the need to read more:

Mercy Thompson series by Patricia Briggs – I know several book blogger friends who love this series and it keeps being recommended for fans of Kate Daniels by Ilona Andrews. I tried the first three books but just couldn’t get past a traumatic incident that happened in the series.
MoonCalled BloodBound IronKissed

October Day series by Seanan McGuire – This was another urban fantasy series that kept being recommended to me so I tried the first two books but the series just wasn’t engaging enough for me to continue.
Rosemary and Rue A Local Habitation

Psy / Changeling series by Nalini Singh – I really liked the worldbuilding in this series and I found the Psy and Changeling dynamics interesting. I think I read four books in this series before stopping. It’s just that it’s hard for me to be totally into a series when it feels like it’s never going to end. I like reading series that have a definite resolution, so that the characters can have the happily ever after that they deserve.
Slave to Sensation Visions of Heat Caressed by Ice Mine to Posess

Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh – Another series by Nalini Singh where I loved the worldbuilding. I was fascinated by the gritty portrayal of angels and vampires in the first book. I read the second book as well but didn’t feel that it was as strong as the first one. And again, my issue with the series being never ending popped up.
Angel's Blood Archangel's Kiss

Darkest London by Kristen Callihan – I think I started this paranormal romance series because the first book is a Beauty and the Beast retelling. I tried the first two books but just didn’t feel invested enough in the characters to continue. I think the author’s new adult romance is more to my taste.
Firelight - Kristen Callihan Moonglow

Elder Races by Thea Harrison – I enjoyed the first book in this paranormal series but couldn’t get into the second book, which became a DNF for me.
Dragon Bound Storm's Heart

For the rest of my list, I only read the first in the series then decided not to continue:
The Knife of Never Letting Go Divergent Air Awakens Throne of Glass cover

Chaos Walking trilogy by Patrick Ness – Several blogging buddies recommended this dystopian trilogy to me, so I decided to try The Knife of Never Letting Go (my review). Sadly, I felt detached from the characters and I just wasn’t sucked into the story. I have copies of the sequels but I’m not planning to read them.

Divergent by Veronica Roth – I read the book because a friend and I planned to watch the movie. I don’t know if I’m missing the dystopian gene but I didn’t really enjoy Divergent enough to pick up the sequel.

Air Awakens by Elise Kova – I was wowed by how gorgeous the cover design for this book was so I decided to give it a try to see if the writing would be as beautiful as the cover. Nope, it wasn’t as good as I hoped it would be.

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass – I know there are so many Sarah J. Mass fans out there but I’m sorry to say that I was severely disappointed with this first book in the series (my review) and I’m not remotely interested in reading the sequel. I’m not sure if I’ll consider reading her other books that are not part of this series, though.

So those are ten series that didn’t work for me. It makes me sad that some of these didn’t work out for me but it’s not like I can force myself to like them. Sometimes, we really can’t predict what our reactions will be to the books that we read. How about the rest of you, what are series that you’ve tried reading but didn’t work for you? Or if you chose a different TTT topic, please feel free to share that as well.


Sunday as a Book Godmother

I’ve been sick since Friday because of the haze in Singapore. Haze is pollution caused by forest fires in the region. These fires are deliberately done to clear the forests for commercial use. And the haze spreads out to nearby countries. The haze has reached hazardous levels and was bad enough that schools cancelled their classes last Friday. I’ve tried my best to get as much rest as I can over the weekend, but sadly, I still feel like crap. I only ventured out of the flat to grab dinner and tonight, I also dropped by the bookstore to pick up some books for my friend’s baby shower next weekend. Books were in their gift registry so being the self-proclaimed Book Godmother that I am, that’s what I decided to get for them.

Kinokuniya - book haul - Sept 27 2015
These were the titles I grabbed:
Kinokuniya - book haul gift wrapped - Sept 27 2015
Kinokuniya - book haul baby books  - Sept 27 2015

I actually got four books but I wasn’t able to take a shot of all the titles because the bookstore was about to close. So here’s a list:
All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon and Marla Frazee
Oh, Baby, the Places You’ll Go! by Tish Rabe, Dr. Seuss
There’s a Wocket in My Pocket! by Dr. Seuss
Guess How Much I Love You by Sam McBratney, Anita Jeram

I think this is the first time I’ve seen and read All the World and was pleasantly surprised by how lovely it was. I might consider getting another one for my toddler godson back in Manila. Dr. Seuss books and Guess How Much I Love You are staple titles for me, and I’ve gifted these to my other godsons before. Aside from these, I also got some Filipino kiddie books during my last trip home:
NBS - book haul - Sept 27, 2015
Ang Palasyo ng mga Duwende / The Palace of the Dwarves by Christine S. Bellen, Albert Gamos
Ang Pitong Tanga /The Seven Idiots by Christine S. Belen, Ruben de Jesus
Ang Prinsipeng Unggoy / The Monkey Prince by Christine S. Belen, Hubert B. Fucio

While my friends IRL rarely check my book blog unless I send them a specific link, I still need to keep my fingers crossed that my friend won’t see that titles that I got for her baby prior to next weekend!

I didn’t get any books for myself during this bookstore visit, but I was tempted to join the adult coloring book bandwagon. I just didn’t have enough time to browse and choose a good one:
Kinokuniya - Sept 27, 2015 - adult coloring books

Well, I hope you all had a much nicer weekend that I did! I’m going to go to bed soon and I’m hoping I’ll feel better tomorrow because this upcoming week will be super busy at work. If you have any recommendations for kiddie board books or adult coloring books, feel free to let me know.


Ten books in my TBR pile in the coming months

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. Singapore doesn’t have four seasons (similar to the Philippines where I’m from) so while I haven’t put the word “fall” in this week’s TTT, I still wanted to participate and enumerate titles that I want to read in the coming months. I’m hoping that this list will help me keep track of books that I’ve been meaning to read. I feel like I’ve read a lot of contemporary novels in 2015 so I want to focus more on non-contemporary novels before the year ends. I’m planning to read these titles:

Black Dove White Raven - UK Under a Painted Sky Out of the Easy A Thousand Nights The Crystal Cave

Among Others book cover Archivist Wasp The Lie Tree Crimson Bound The Emperor's Soul

My list has a mix of historical fiction and fantasy titles. How about the rest of you, what books are in your TBR pile in the coming months?


Ten Sports Romance Books I Enjoyed Reading

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie and the topic I choose is sports romance. I’ve never been an athlete (the most exercised part of my body are my eyeballs as they keep up with my day-to-day reading). But I enjoy living vicariously through male or female MCs in the books that I read. And romance, be it young adult, new adult or adult, is just so easy to get into. When I say sports romance, it doesn’t necessarily mean that the characters are playing pro, it can also just be students who are athletes or even those who have sports as a hobby (e.g. surfing or race car driving). So here are some sports romance books that I’ve enjoyed reading and would recommend to readers who are interested in these kinds of books:

The Deal Him The Year We Hid Away The Understatement of the Year Anything But Broken
I Do At First Sight Rush Me Falling Hard share Raw Blue UK

As you can see, I have multiple books written by the same author in my list. I’ve tried a few other titles but I didn’t enjoy reading them as much as the books I included here. I think this just means that I need to read more sports romances so I can add more titles to my list. Do you read sports romances? Would you happen to have any recommendations for me?


Top Ten Tuesday: Worldbuilding 101

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. It was a little difficult for me to decide what topic to focus on for this week but I decided to Worldbuilding 101 because I love reading books that let me sink into their world. If I ever teach or join a worldbuilding class as a student, I would love to read and discuss the books in my list below. I feel like they represent books or series that have detailed, imaginative and intelligent worldbuilding.

Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling – This series was a huge part of my teen years and I definitely loved the magical world that Rowling created. Although I was past the right age, I wanted to receive an invitation to attend Hogwarts!

Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis – Another magical world which I loved reading about as a child. Who wouldn’t want to spend time in Narnia, with all its magic and talking animals and Aslan?

Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien – How can a class about worldbuilding not have Tolkien in it? Such a classic example of intricate worldbuilding that includes history, language, and everything else.

Queen’s Thief series by Megan Whalen Turner – One of my favorite series of all time, I feel like I keep mentioning it in my TTT lists. But it’s really appropriate for this one because MWT created an amazing world reminiscent of ancient Greece, complete with gods and goddesses who influence major events but in such subtle ways.

Kate Daniels series by Ilona Andrews – I really like the magic vs. tech background of this world. And I like how each book deals with a different kind of magic and mythology originating from various countries. (Bonus: I’m also a fan of the worldbuilding in the authors’ Burn for Me, with the mafia-like magical families.)

Cesky - view from palace

A shot of the fairytale town of Cesky Krumlov, which seemed like a good choice for this post.

Graceling and Fire by Kristin Cashore – Technically these two books are set in the same world but they’re so different. I liked both kingdoms that had different sorts of people with magical abilities – in Graceling, they have a special skill called a Grace while in Fire, there are radiantly beautiful (and colorful) animals and humans called monsters who can control minds.

The Blue Sword by Robin McKinley – One of the first YA fantasy titles that I fell in love with, I really enjoyed being immersed in this world. I liked that Harry is a character from a world similar to our own, with a magical world bordering it. Aside from the magic, I liked the tension between the two cultures and how it represents colonization. (Bonus: I also loved the worldbuilding in McKinley’s Pegasus. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that we’ll get the sequel for that soon!)

Crown Duel by Sherwood Smith – This is actually just one of the titles set in Smith’s fictional world Sartorias-deles. She’s been writing that setting ever since she was a child and I like how her books are set in different time periods of the same world, so that it keeps building the history. There’s a little bit of magic in this book but focuses more on court intrigue while a new government is being built after the fall of previous ruling family.

His Dark Materials by Philip Pullman – I remember being amazed that the two main characters came from parallel worlds, and the series of events lead them together. I was really impressed with Lyra’s world and intrigued by humans and their daemon counterparts.

Touchstone trilogy by Andrea K. Host – I had a hard time choosing between Host’s Medair and Touchstone because both have excellent worldbuilding. I’m going with Touchstone for this list because I liked that the heroine was just walking home from school one day when BAM, she makes a turn or something and steps into an alternate universe that’s way more technologically advanced than our own. I also love that she’s from Australia.

If you taught or studied a Worldbuilding 101 class, what books would you include?


Top Ten Tuesday: My Most Read Authors

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted over at The Broke and the Bookish. For this week’s topic, I extracted my Goodreads database, did a pivot table and sorted the numbers to get the top ten:
Author Count - August 2015
Pretty eclectic list of authors right there! I didn’t even know some of the authors above had written that many books. I went and checked Goodreads and the numbers don’t lie.

But that list doesn’t take into consideration the number of books that have been published by the author. For example, there are some authors who have published less than ten books (the cut off for the list above) but I’ve read most, if not all, of those titles. Such as:

Melina Marchetta
Megan Whalen Turner
Laini Taylor
Kristin Cashore
Stephanie Perkins
Erin Bow
Elizabeth Wein (all except her latest)
Julie James (all except her latest)

So that extends my list a bit further than just ten but I wanted to be more accurate. Do we share anyone in our lists? Would you have recommendations for me based on this list of authors?


Book Haul: August 7

Just a quick book haul post at the start of this long weekend. We’re having a four-day weekend to celebrate Singapore’s 50th year of independence. Happy Birthday, Singapore! :) I would have loved to take advantage of this long weekend by traveling but flights are so expensive because I wasn’t able to book anything months in advance. So I’m looking forward to a weekend of just relaxing and reading books.

Earlier this week, the latest installment in my favorite urban fantasy series was released: Magic Shifts by Ilona Andrews!

book haul - Magic Shifts

I had to take a pic of this book with my blog header because the Kate Daniels series was one of the inspirations for my current header’s design. I’ve been really good about waiting to read Magic Shifts because I knew that once I start, I wouldn’t be able to stop. I’m going to devour it this weekend!

Before the long weekend started, I got book mail from the distributor Pansing yesterday:

Pansing book haul - Aug 7

The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil
A Thousand Nights by EK Johnston

An Aussie YA novel and an ARC of a retelling of Arabian Nights! I haven’t tried both of these authors and I’m looking forward to doing so. I also have Melissa Keil’s other novel, Life in Outer Space, which I grabbed from the SG Book Deals warehouse sale. I really think it’s pretty cool that some Aussie titles pop up in SG. As I mentioned in a recent TTT post, I love reading retellings so it would be interesting to see what A Thousand Nights will be like.

What about the rest of you, have you acquired any new books lately? What are you planning to read this coming weekend?


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