Coffee Reads iii

Hello folks! It’s only Thursday but I am already in Uggh Monday mood bc regular classes starts  next week. It’s only start of a new sem but I can already feel the massive school work coming my way. Huhuhu. Anyway, I’m trying to be as productive as I can before I get caught up with all the school stuff. And so I have a new set of reads to start it off. Some of these tho are not as current bc I read them months ago. Regardless, I hope u still enjoy reading my thoughts on these books. Hihihi.

  • Before I Fall by Oliver Lauren

2 stars / 5 stars

The book has an interesting plot of a girl stuck on the last day of her life. Samantha Kingston a high school it girl, relives 12th of February every day and no matter how much she tries to break free, she seems to be stuck forever.

To be completely honest, I actually didn’t like it as much bc I knew what was gonna happen all along. I’ve watched bits and parts of the movie but my sister broke the whole story on me. Which is a bummer. It was a torture having to go through the entire book just because “I’ve started it already“. I do like the part where she discovers more of what really happens outside her inner circle –of how she realize other people’s presence and feelings, of how her friends are truly are and/or aren’t.

  • Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

3.5 stars / 5 stars

This is the first novel of Nicola Yoon but the second book that I’ve read from her. Tbh, I liked this more than the first read The Sun is also a Star. I enjoyed the writing style, IM chats, the illustrations by her husband and the way she illustrates the phrase “life is a gift”.

I really liked the character of Madeline Whittier, the why her thoughts flow is so genuine and so spot-on. Even with all her sickness, she’s friendly, cheerful and a huge dreamer. I think she and the guy are icons to positivity, despite their situations.

There has been a movie adaptation to this book and I think the boy is pretty cute. hihihi. Although I wish in the movie, they had given a little story to Rosa (her nurse’s daughter) and Kara (the guy’s sister). I feel like at some point they have a story of their own. But overall, I like how it was.

  • Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

4 stars / 5 stars

This is a story of Liz Emerson –a popular it girl and a huge bully. She, basically just like any bully, rules out everyone. Everyone around her has every reason to hate her, and that’s including herself. She hated how she had become, she hated herself so much that she has started convincing herself to give up. The story shows her presence in other people’s lives, of how she came to be their nightmares or of how she used to be not that way.

I like the writing style; it’s soulful and pretty. But what’s crazy about it is that all of these deep feelings are coming from the debut author Amy Zhang, a high school student with a crazy talent. She was able to portray how powerful depression is and I think it also brings a lesson on how we can help people get over from it.

  • Every You, Every Me by David Levithan

4.5 stars / 5 stars

I’m starting to be in love with Levithan, no wait scratch that, I think I’m already in love. He writes stories that is so different but is not weird enough. Different in a good way. He’s not redundant; he always comes up with new brilliant ideas, things only he can think of. And his writing style is never the same.

So far, this book is my favorite of his. It’s so addicting and disturbing at the same time. Disturbing, in a way that it messes up with your mental state. I was reading the book in one sitting but halfway thru I forced myself to have a short minute break bc my mind and my whole body is getting so worked up. That was how much I’m into it. I must say I love all of it. I was so happy with how it all went from start to finish. One of my faves!

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My Journal

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It is almost end of the year and I still suck at journaling. Nevertheless, it’s still an achievement that I made an official one. I started journaling a few years ago but it was never a real thing, like with the monthly entries, themes, and the whatnots. It was plainly for writing down random stuff and whenever I feel like it.

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Don’t be shock but I started midway of 2017. Bc July is my birth month! Hihi

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For October I decided to go with a blue theme. 

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This was a travel entry from my trip in Manila. 

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This one’s a little special bc it’s self reflection entry.

I’m hoping to get better at doing more journals and arts. I  really just enjoy the process of doing it and flipping back through the past entries. For now, I will be sharing some of the entries that I made. Hope you like them!

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P.S. I did try scanning them but I didn’t like how it went. So, I collaged it into a gif bc sayang ang effort ko. Hahahaha.

There was a girl who grew up poor of love, so growing up she craved for it. With a dear heart, she started looking for love then. ”I looked everywhere” she said “but still I couldn’t find it” . She searched in every crack, in every ocean, in every hand she held, in every eye she stared. “Maybe it’s just not meant for me” Or maybe you weren’t looking at the right way. Love is universal. It’s a cycle and it never dies. It just needs a little nurturing and growing. There is love in every breath we take. But it’s not the kind of love you’re running for. You see, love is designed for a purpose. It’s for patience, for heartbreak, for grace, for salvation. But it’s never the same for everyone. It needs time and waiting. We have to stop searching and look at it in a different light and breathe it in in the right way.

Journal Materials Haul

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I was checking through the plastic bag that has all the recently-bought stuff which I haven’t touched yet and realized I’ve only bought craft materials in the previous month. Seeing that, I decided to make a little haul.

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First off, I have a set of washi tapes from Fuji Film. They come as 5 in a set. Mind you, deciding to get only one is a tough choice bc I want all of them! And it’s cute that Fuji film has a lot of craft materials you can use for scrap booking.

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And some really common pastel colored clips you can get from National bookstore. The sticker was from Fuji film as well but I gave most of it to my little sister bc it’s the bulgy type of sticker so it doesn’t go well with my journal.

I also have a floral printable. This one I got for free from here.

I also bought sticky notes from a stationary store in the mall. I’ve already used this one and I’m really loving the gridded pink one.

You can’t have too many pens, esp when they’re cute and pink. Hihi. I bought them from different random stores so I can’t remember which one is which.

I use most of my craft supplies in journaling and this is the planner that I use for that. I got this one, month ago from a random stall in Greenhills.

Lastly, underneath the planner are some craft papers I got from National Bookstore. They’re actually all from the gift wrapping section hihihi. They add nice different texture to a journal spread. I didn’t include a picture bc they’re all super wrinkled now (hint: someone chucked them in the cabinet and totally forgot abt it).

 

That’s about it. I would love to see different materials you use for your journal. Feel free to link yours in the comment section. Have a lovely week! xx

 

Coffee Reads ii

I cannot believe I am back with another episode of Coffee Reads. I mean, really? Me? The laziest human that has ever been? With another set of reads?? *Pats my own shoulder* Yes, yes. In between printing resumes and drinking coffee, I have been trying my very best to be as productive as I can be. Bum life is so real. So here are my reads for the past moments of my life;

  • THE SUN IS ALSO A STAR – NICOLA YOON

Destiny’s and Meant to be’s are the things that Daniel believed in but Natasha doesn’t believe in these sort of things. She believes in science and reality. So, Daniel tries to convince Natasha that these stuffs really do exist and as the day unfolds, small things that bring them together might just not be small at all. Natasha starts to think otherwise.

Ok. So I started reading this just because it got a lot of good reviews. I say, it’s fine.

Yeah, the plot of the story is nice. How everything happened in the span of 24 hrs; woooaah pretty impressive. Jamaican-Korean Couple; totally fresh  and unexpected. But the idea of love at first sight, it’s really cringey. Now, don’t get me wrong I do believe in love at first sight, it’s just that I the idea becomes extra cheesy when it’s written down unto paper. Idk it just makes my fingers curl in embarrassment. I know it is how it usually is but still I cannot bring myself to give more than 3 stars.

  • Every Day by David Levithan

This is a story of someone named A. No surname. No gender. No purpose. Nothing. Just that, A is a being with feelings and emotions, but with no human body. A’s life includes inhabiting another person’s body, unwillingly. Every morning, he wakes up in a different body and a different life. Until, he met this girl. This gave him a goal, a purpose, a reason in life.

I really adore the smart idea of the story.  This is a thought provoking reminder that love reaches beyond appearance or gender. Although rather than focusing on the love story, I am more into the different characters that the protagonist wakes up to. I am keen on what kind of person he is for the day. How he sees through the eyes of different individuals; jerks, loners, suicidal, lgbt. Levithan has touched most of the major concerns of today’s young adult, which is a really good way to give small insights to these issues. Personally, I had a lot of take outs on how the different types of people are (this is from someone who doesn’t get to meet a lot of people) and their why’s and different reasons. As charming as it is, at the end I find the book very intriguing. A lot of questions are left unanswered and confusing. But overall, I love it.

  • Always and Forever, Lara Jean by Jenny Han

This is the third and last installment of To all the Boys I’ve Loved Before. To be honest, at the very first book I had a lot of anticipation because the reviews, the cover, the title and whatnots are simply so good. Then when I finished it I had come to an understanding about Jenny Han’s style of writing, her books are really light and charming in its own way; it doesn’t get you to a roller coaster ride, rather it’s about the tangible journey of the story. After the first book I just realized I’m a fan. And with this last story of Lara Jean, I think it’s cute (adorable) as she has always been.  Her journey to the last part of highschool also gives loads of nostalgia. It pokes a thought on wishing that I could have given thought on how to end my younger days and about college. And also, Peter Kavinsky! That boy gives such a dreamy character, dreamy and romantic. Total fiction but still gives you butterflies.

  • Sad Girls by Lang Leav

I am a big Lang Leav fan so when the news broke about her very first novel I was beyond stoked.  I couldn’t help but fantasize on what is it about and how would it go. From her previous works, she was dainty and dreamy and all that, so of course I was expecting the same way about her new project. But boy was I wrong, I was even shookt when I finally started reading because the book was a little on the dark side. Not her usual.

It is a story of a girl named Audrey. And in one particular night she did something she didn’t realize to be the nascence of story of the sad girls. From then the story rolls out, of struggles, lies, moving forward and of coping and accepting things (or life) the way it is.

  • Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

“Creating safe space for progressive healing and forward movement” – Rupi Kaur

–truest in the real sense. And I couldn’t agree more. When I was reading the book I’d give myself breaks from to time to time. To be honest, I couldn’t believe how I went through the whole book because it was so sad, heartbreaking. So naked, so raw. So real it’s almost devastating. But I just keep going. It gave me a sense of a feminist, to sympathize with all the other girls in all parts of the globe. I felt an urge to protect the frail and to stand strong for myself. It was a paradox in its own way, it was tender and delicate but it feels empowering.

This is for the girls who were bitter-stained in life. They forgot what sweetness is like. This is your Milk and Honey.