A 30-Day Vacation (December 11, 2016-January 2016)

Here’s a summary of what I did during my long vacation, something many people -surprisingly- have been wanting to find out.

  1. Finished reading 3 books
    a) Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone (as part of my Harry Potter Marathon)
    b) The Subtle Knife (finally!)
    c) The Amber Spyglass
  2. Finished watching:
    a) Uncontrollably Fond, Korean Drama – 20 episodes
    b) W-Two Worlds, Korean Drama – 16 episodes
    c) Hitman Reborn, Japanese anime – 203 episodes
    d) Bleach, Japanese anime – 15 episodes
    e) Slam Dunk, Japanese anime – 101 episodes
    f) Pete’s Dragon, movie
    g) Kubo and the Two Strings, movie
    h) Maxsteel 2, movie
    i) Harry Potter Series, 8 movies
    j) Keeping up with the Joneses, movie
    k) 君の名は (Your Name), Japanese movie
    l) Kung Fu Panda 3, movie
    m) Passengers, movie
    n) One Piece GOLD, Japanese movie
  3. Finished ten product reviews
  4. Had a wonderful match against my archenemy, mental block

I have been convincing myself ever since that I was productive. XP



AN: I hope to have improvements in my blog and myself this year. I haven’t made New Year’s Resolutions for some years now and this is a good time to start again. In addition, this is the very first book tag I have created 😎


1. How many books do you promise to read? 

As usual, I am gonna go with 25. It’s a reachable goal for someone who has to go to work. Besides, for some reason, I haven’t been able to conquer that goal for sometime,

2. Which genre which isn’t your favorite will you try to read more?

Historical-biographical classics. When I was in the university, it was second nature for us to read classics, buy classics, and analyze classics but that resulted to me being revolted to them. I couldn’t help but associate them to grades, spot-on analysis and hard-to-please teachers. then again some classic fantasy novels ended up being my favorites. However, historical-biographical ones are still quite vapid for me-I repeat before I bruise someone’s ego, for me– and I find it difficult to look for an interesting one.

3. Which genre will you try to force on a friend?

Historical-biographical too so I can have a friend someone to share the frustration with.

4. What book/s will you take with you when traveling?

Most people I know bring light-reading materials like their favorite novels or comic books. I plan to take with me easy-recipe books this year. As I am not getting any younger, I want to learn as many dishes as I can because the ones I know I can count with my fingers. Also, it will be fun to search for local recipe books in different places. But that’ s a different story.

5. How often will you post book-reviews?

I intend to post book reviews once or twice a month. I have promised to do a lot of things for my blog and in its nature, it involves other things apart from books so I cannot do more often than that. Also, I might need to schedule posts again for that to work. Everything has to wait though because I am still in the middle of Harry Potter Marathon.

6. How often will you read book reviews? 

I read book reviews after I read and review novels myself. Since that is a factor, then following #5, once or twice a month.

7. What book-related activity/ event will you promise to participate in?

Going to public libraries will be great. For some reason, I noticed I wasn’t able to frequent libraries apart from my own recently. It will be fun to see any improvement in equipment and selection of books.

Book donation program. I remember visiting a library several years ago and the experience was terrible. Books were so scarce and outdated and I’m not so sure if the younger generation can find relevance there. These days, internet provides them the information they need and coffee shops give the perfect ambiance, but I still believe that the atmosphere in the library is different and it will be great if younger people can appreciate that. One good way to ensure it is fill libraries with better books.

Literary seminar. With my job, the chance of attending one is 5%. So I hope this year, I can go to one. Since this is a resolution tag, I will make it happen.

No doubt, you have a lot of resolutions in mind, but I’d like to keep mine to a minimum 😅 If you would like to participate in the tag, please feel free to do so and leave your links down below so I can also read your answers. Have a blessed 2017, everyone!


My kind of Christmas Tree

According to my Goodreads account, I have read 16 books this year excluding the Harry Potter ones [which don’t count as I reread them every year, let’s not cheat]. If you’re going to ask me, I don’t think 16 books a year is good enough. Educators and learners alike must continue reading. For me as a writer, educator, and learner 16 books in 365 days is shameful. I cannot give myself an excuse that I am too busy because two books in one month is such an achievable goal 😭

I will promise yet again to read more books in 2017 to make up for the lost time. 

Btw, Fantasy Book recommendations, anyone? for 2017? Please suggest any except from:

a) vampires, zombies and werewolves

b) romance

Thank you 😘😍

December is Harry Potter Marathon Month


My annual celebration of the excellence of the Harry Potter series;

…when I see Harry Potter movies everyday from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows.

…when I read the novels from The Philosopher’s Stone to The Deathly Hollows. Most probably including the collection from the Hogwart’s Library but NOT the Cursed Child. Reasons are written here.

…when I isolate myself from the rest of the world to rest in the Wizarding one.


The Reading Habits Book Tag

I found another book tag and it’s from Mark Balas of Bong Bong BooksAccording to him, he got the idea from a video in Youtube and I quote:

Originally created by Booktuber The Book Jazz, The Reading Habits Book Tag is about answering questions that will tell how, when and where you mostly read.🙂 By answering the questions, we might learn what weird things other readers do. Here’s the original video.

You can click HERE to read Mark’s original post and his answers to the tags! Now, as for mine:

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

I don’t mean to do it all the time but maybe because I love natural light’s effect on pages, I often read at the first few steps of our stairs near the window. Also, the wide wooden steps offer a large area for my coffee and smartphone.

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Nice question! I do love using random objects as my bookmark because unlike others I don’t think spending even a penny for a good bookmark is reasonable. I know they look fancy but what’s fancier than your boyfriend’s photo as your bookmark but I personally think the cards I got from RunRio Registrations serve the purpose. If I can’t find any other bookmark, I just remember the pages.

3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?

When at home and free to read as much as I want, I binge-read so I try to finish a book within certain hours. However, when I really have to pause because I need to do something life-threatening, I can stop whenever I want to and return in 299 792 458 m / s.


4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Eating is difficult when reading. I’m overprotective of the wonderful pages of worlds in my hands so I prefer to just have a cup of coffee right beside me.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Either. When I’m at work, it’s music but when I’m in the middle of my Harry Potter Marathon, I prefer rereading the books while the movies play in the background.

6. One book at a time or several at once?

One book at a time. I read faster that way. Also, because I have a thing for series, I can get through the entire collection without being confused.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. Home, someone’s home, MRT, planes, restaurants, and fastfood chains, parks… I haven’t tried it under the sea though so I won’t assume being all-knowing. lol


8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently because I love how I sound in my head. I’m sure you all have these amazing accents that you can’t do in real life, too! For example, whenever I read Harry Potter or Sherlock Holmes or Lord of the Rings, I assume a British accent that I cannot sustain when speaking. There are still those times when I just read a wonderful line out loud particularly when it’s THAT good.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I prefer not doing that because it spoils everything. Once I do this, it only means the book is boring and not worth every word.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Keeping it like new even though some of my books are pre-loved, bought from Booksale. I prefer not putting any adhesive when covering my books, too. Also, I prefer buying the hardbound ones to avoid ruining the spine because when I return them to the shelves, they still look as good as new.

11. Do you write in your books?

NOOOOOOOOO. Heavens, no!voldemort-huh

I know it helps other people remember lines or understand words better when they put notes but I prefer not doing that. The most I make is put my signature in front and the date and place I got the book. That’s it.

12. Who do you tag?

The usual people I tag when there’s a book tag lol.
Syme, Out and Proud
Azelle, Life, Lemons, Escapades
Maiden,  Sushi and Adobo
Leticia, Shh I am Reading
JL Hunt, Hunt’s Clubhouse
Balie, Noveler’s Blog
Ella, Gabrielleluna
Lovely, Now Brewing 2013
Amy, Novelgossip
Alyssa , Book Huntress’ World

Disclaimer: Feature image is from the owner of the tag. 😄


Bookaholics Anonymous – Book

I read The Inky Awkto ‘s answers for this book tag [which you can read by clicking on his name XD] and I found them fascinating so I went ahead and answered the questions myself. I’m so sorry if I can’t find the person responsible for this tag.

1. What do you like about buying new books?

The thrill it gives me, of course! I like sniffing my own books, which sounds disgusting to other people but I’m ok with that. So when I purchase new books, I always get excited thinking about how it smells. Also, I’m a hoarder so I’m always enthusiastic to build my collection.

2. How often do you buy new books?

Just when I feel like it… Or when I finish some from my stash. Or when there’s a completed series available in box sets. Yep, box sets get to me faster than a regular book would. There is something about a completed series that makes you think you deserve the set. The fact that it’ll look good on your shelf.

3. Bookstore or online book shopping – which do you prefer?

Bookstores. Traditional book hunting is my pick-me-up habit. Reorganizing shelves in bookstores gives me satisfaction that there was a time I seriously considered changing jobs.

4. Do you have a favorite bookshop?

Powerbooks because the selection is awesome and they have couches you can actually use if there is a book you want to read. They even encourage people to read available copies of the book so you don’t need to do it discreetly as in other bookshops with plastic film-covered copies.

However, since I also have a thing for pre-loved books, when my stingy self calls to me and tells me I can purchase good books for a cheap price, I go to the nearest Booksale.


5. Do you preorder books?

I only did it for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and I don’t think I’ll be preordering any other books unless it is from J.K. Rowling.

6. Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

I don’t really think I do but my father often tells me that I buy books faster than I read them so maybe I should. Lol

7. Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

I don’t really ban myself from buying any book.

8. How big is your wishlist?

My wishlist tends to be very short because I end up buying the books I want the week after [Heads up, I failed the marshmallow test].

9. Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

Will 3 different covers do? I already have two sets of Harry Potter but I still want to purchase these because of the covers… I know I’m hopeless.


10. Tagging?

Syme, Out and Proud
Azelle, Life, Lemons, Escapades
Maiden,  Sushi and Adobo
Leticia, Shh I am Reading
JL Hunt, Hunt’s Clubhouse
Balie, Noveler’s Blog
Ella, Gabrielleluna
Lovely, Now Brewing 2013
Amy, Novelgossip
Alyssa , Book Huntress’ World

Bookish Tag: Bookish Book Lover Tag


I would like to thank Book Huntress for letting me participate in this Bookish Book Tag, the very first Book Tag I felt compelled to participate ^_^ You can read her responses here.


  1. Use the Banner
  2. Answer the Questions
  3. Use Lots of Book Covers *smiles*
  4. Tag Your Bookish Friends!


1) What books are you currently reading?

2) What’s the last book you finished?

3) Favourite book you read this year?

4) What genre have you read most this year?

According to my Goodreads account, it’s Fantasy and Adventure 😄 Nothing surprising there lol.

5) What genre have you read least this year?

I’ve only read fantasy this year so… 😄

6) What genre do you want to read more of?

I might read more romance or horror next year… I might but I can’t promise.

7) How many books have you read this year, and what’s your goal?

My goal is to be able to finish 25 books this year and I have just managed to finish 19.

8) What’s the last book you bought?

9) What book are you saving up to buy next?

I went to Powerbooks yesterday and I saw that the hardbound The Graveyard Book retails for PHP 1200 (approximately USD 26) but it’s just just 16 USD in Amazon so I might just have it shipped together with the Harry Potter hardback set I’ve been wanting to buy (Yep, probably my 3rd HP set. One cannot have too many Harry Potter covers. ^_^).

10) How many books did you check out last library visit?

It’s a shame I’ve never been to a library this year… Most public libraries in Metro Manila need to have their Fiction sections updated. If I were looking for classics, all I would need to do was to search for titles from my collection. Yes, I am making up excuses.


11) What’s a book you can’t wait to read?

I went bookstore hopping with Syme of OutandProud and we found some books we want to read ASAP. Some of mine are as follows:

12) What’s a series you’d recommend to everyone?

Sorry, I just have to list a number of series next to my heart. If I chose one, it would only be Harry Potter and if you’ve followed me for a long time, you already know it will always be my answer ^_^ So I thought a few more will be acceptable.

13) Who’s an author you’re hoping writes more?
George R.R. Martin will be my answer for this one. Those who have been waiting for The Winds of Winter and A Dream of Spring understand my concern.

14) A few books your heart adores?

15) What series’ coming conclusion makes you sad?

I have something for complete book-sets so I don’t really have a number of books in my head but this series needs to be dealt with, ASAP, or people will just remember The Song of Ice and Fire because of HBO.

16) What books are on your wish-list?

I really want to get my hands on this but I’m still asking myself if I want it because it’s worth it or because of Chris Colfer.

I have read Pendragon‘s ebooks so I always have second thoughts in buying the set so I can only wish for a good person to buy it for me.


I have heard so many good things about this series but I haven’t gotten around to buying any of its books. Another series I have set my eyes on is: 

It’s a must.

Tagging the following people:

Syme, Out and Proud
Azelle, Life, Lemons, Escapades
Maiden,  Sushi and Adobo
Leticia, Shh I am Reading
JL Hunt, Hunt’s Clubhouse
Balie, Noveler’s Blog
Ella, Gabrielleluna
Lovely, Now Brewing 2013
Amy, Novelgossip