Book Spine Poetry Sunday (11)

Sunday, July 26, 2015

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!

The Only Thing to Fear
Before I Go to Sleep
Only Everything

You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

Join the Back to Backlist Book Club! #BTBBC

Thursday, July 23, 2015

I've always wanted to be a part of a book club because I love discussing books in-depth. Which I realized I can't really do on my blog because I can't put spoilers on my reviews. That's why only my friends who've read the same book as me end up knowing my complete thoughts on books. And that's a bummer! I want to discuss with more people!

So why not host my own book club, right? Thus, the Back to Backlist Book Club was born. *trumpetssssssssss*

First, thanks to Miel of Bookish and Awesome for the wonderful name! I didn't know what to call thy book club and Dianne's Book Club seemed like a very conceited name, don't you think? Then the idea of reading backlist titles, WHICH I'VE BEEN WANTING TO DO FOR SO LONG, came to me and TA-DA! I mean, let's all read these backlisted titles and give them some love! As book bloggers, we're all so entrenched to look for the upcoming titles, add to the hype, and all that. And it's all so fast! I mean, I know A LOT of books are being published every year but we forget and move on so fast!

Moreover, this might also be an avenue for me to finally read books that everyone seems to have read except me. I'm sure there are A LOT of people out there too in the same boat as yours truly and LET US BAND TOGETHER AND READ TOGETHER!

First, I need to define a backlist title. The novel must be published at least two years before. So any book published on or before 2013 is fair game, y'all.

Since this is our first read, I will be acting as an overlord for now. MWAHAHA I have picked ten books you can choose from. These are all contemporary books and we can change themes/genres every month.

Please pick as many as you'd like. On July 28 7PM Philippine time, I'll check which book has the most votes and that's what we'll read!

*The first > is vote and the second > is the results button. They're not showing!

Which book would you like #BTBBC to read this August?

My Life Next Door by Huntley Fitzpatrick
The Spectacular Now by Tim Tharp
Paper Towns by John Green
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
This Song Will Save Your Life by Leila Sales
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
The Catastrophic History of You and Me by Jess Rothenberg
The Disenchantments by Nina LaCour
It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley 

Quiz Maker

This is a pretty chill and low pressure book club. I won't attack you with a pitchfork if you don't join because the book you wanted wasn't picked or if you end up not reading the book at all. (You might even be the one to push me to read the book for the month!)

We start on August 1 (Saturday) and end reading on August 25 (Tuesday). Read at your own pace. If you want to read just a couple of pages a day, great! If you want to binge it and cram it, great! On August 26 (Wednesday), we discuss! I'm thinking of having the discussion on Twitter or maybe Google Hangouts (which I still have to try). How's 8AM EST/8PM Philippine time?

Of course, we can discuss the chosen book by using #BTBBC on Twitter. ANYTIME. Please use the hashtag if you want other people (aka yours truly) to know you're participating (I LOVE YOU) and if you need someone to talk to. For those wary of spoilers, you might want to wait for the final discussion. I will be checking the hashtag and get you to talk to me, people.

If you have any suggestions and/or violent reactions, feel free to hit me up below at the comments section or tweet me at @oopsireadagain or email me or send me a snail mail. I am not 100% sure on what I'm doing and I need all the help I can have.

I certainly hope you'll join me!

P.S. If you voted and you want to join, please fill up this form so I can inform you when a title has been chosen!

{Blog Tour} Excerpt + Giveaway: The Escape by Hannah Jayne

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Two weeks ago, The Escape was published! Yeehaw! Not familiar with it? Check out the excerpt below and get a chance to win all of Hannah Jayne's books from Sourcebooks Fire!

Title: The Escape
Author: Hannah Jayne
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: July 7, 2015

Not everyone who goes into the woods comes out…

It was supposed to be a short hike, a way for Fletcher and Adam to kill time one boring afternoon. But when day turns into night and neither boy returns home, their town is thrown into turmoil.

Search teams comb through the forest. Then Avery, the police chief’s daughter, stumbles on a body. It’s Fletcher- disoriented, beaten, and covered in blood. He has no memory of the incident, and worse yet, he has no idea what happened to the still missing Adam…

As danger and suspicion grow, one thing becomes very clear. No one can escape the truth.

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Book Spine Poetry Sunday (10)

Sunday, July 19, 2015

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!
The Night We Said Yes
(to) Trouble
Breaking Glass
Crashing Down
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)
(The) Bossypants
The Fearless
(The) Fangirl
(The) Stargirl
Wild Awake
We All Looked Up
The Spectacular Now

You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!
Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

Review: Armada by Ernest Cline

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

ARMADA IS OUT NOW!!!!!!!! To celebrate, my subconscious made me buy a sweatshirt with a print resembling a bit vector representation of the ADI-88 Interceptor pictured inside the jacket flap of Armada yesterday. Basically, my sweatshirt had white triangle-like things with four thrusters in the wide side. I'll just show you a picture.

Right? I feel so celebratory right now with it. I mean, I only realized that HEY IT'S AN INTERCEPTOR when I got to my office and saw my copy of Armada. Anyway, enough of my babbling, today, I'm reviewing ARMADA!

Title: Armada
Author: Ernest Cline
Publisher: Crown Publishing
Date of Publication: July 14, 2015

Zack Lightman has spent his life dreaming. Dreaming that the real world could be a little more like the countless science-fiction books, movies, and videogames he’s spent his life consuming. Dreaming that one day, some fantastic, world-altering event will shatter the monotony of his humdrum existence and whisk him off on some grand space-faring adventure.

But hey, there’s nothing wrong with a little escapism, right? After all, Zack tells himself, he knows the difference between fantasy and reality. He knows that here in the real world, aimless teenage gamers with anger issues don’t get chosen to save the universe.

And then he sees the flying saucer.

Even stranger, the alien ship he’s staring at is straight out of the videogame he plays every night, a hugely popular online flight simulator called Armada—in which gamers just happen to be protecting the earth from alien invaders.

No, Zack hasn’t lost his mind. As impossible as it seems, what he’s seeing is all too real. And his skills—as well as those of millions of gamers across the world—are going to be needed to save the earth from what’s about to befall it.

It’s Zack’s chance, at last, to play the hero. But even through the terror and exhilaration, he can’t help thinking back to all those science-fiction stories he grew up with, and wondering: Doesn’t something about this scenario seem a little…familiar?

At once gleefully embracing and brilliantly subverting science-fiction conventions as only Ernest Cline could, Armada is a rollicking, surprising thriller, a classic coming of age adventure, and an alien invasion tale like nothing you’ve ever read before—one whose every page is infused with the pop-culture savvy that has helped make Ready Player One a phenomenon.

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Bookworms Unite!: A PH Book Bloggers and Readers Meet-Up

Monday, July 13, 2015

Bookish Filipinos! Along with some fabulous book bloggers, I'm organizing a meet-up for us with bookish inclinations!

What: Bookworms Unite!: A PH Bloggers and Readers Meet-up
When: July 26, 2015 (Sunday) 1-4pm
Where: Book and Borders Cafe, 281 Tomas Morato, Diliman, Quezon City

We'd love to meet you! We'll get to know each other (There are lots of Filipino book bloggers and we want to meet you ALL!), play games (How about cover guessing? Or trivia?), win prizes, raffle books, drink and eat, and a book blind date!

To participate in the book blind date:

Please wrap your books in a non-transparent paper and write some key words describing the plot of the book, including the genre. Books will then be collected and shuffled and participants will pick a book based on the keywords written on the books. Please be noted that in Book Blind Date, the number of books you'll bring will be equivalent to the number of books you'll acquire in the activity.

Join us! We'd love to meet YOU!

We need a headcount so we hope you can join the FACEBOOK EVENT we made if you're going! Or just comment here or tweet me at @oopsireadagain.

See you!

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (9)

Sunday, July 12, 2015

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!

Today's poem is a haiku made by my colleague at work. We're both into poems and I gave him a list of the books I own (if I can only organize other aspects of my life as well) and asked him to make a poem. Here it is!

Embrace Resistance
Cursed Hunger Burn Every Day
Forged Revolution

You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

{Blog Tour} Excerpt + Giveaway: Jesse's Girl by Miranda Kenneally

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

HUZZAH! JESSE'S GIRL by Miranda Kenneally is out now! And today, I have an excerpt for you to entice you even more (is that even possible??) to pick up this one! For fans of Miranda, I'm sure you've been excitedly awaiting for this day. For those who're new to the series, fear not as each book in the series can be read as a standalone. And of course, I have a giveaway for you!

Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks)
Title: Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks #6)
Author: Miranda Kenneally
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Date of Publication: July 7, 2015

Practice Makes Perfect.

Everyone at Hundred Oaks High knows that career mentoring day is a joke. So when Maya Henry said she wanted to be a rock star, she never imagined she’d get to shadow *the* Jesse Scott, Nashville’s teen idol.

But spending the day with Jesse is far from a dream come true. He’s as gorgeous as his music, but seeing all that he’s accomplished is just a reminder of everything Maya’s lost: her trust, her boyfriend, their band, and any chance to play the music she craves. Not to mention that Jesse’s pushy and opinionated. He made it on his own, and he thinks Maya’s playing back up to other people’s dreams. Does she have what it takes to follow her heart—and go solo?

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Review: The Pirate Pig by Cornelia Funke

Monday, July 6, 2015

The Pirate Pig
Title: The Pirate Pig
Author: Cornelia Funke
Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers
Date of Publication: June 23, 2015

The beloved and bestselling author of Inkheart brings imagination, adventure, and humor to a swashbuckling full-color chapter book!

Who needs a treasure map when you have a pirate pig with a nose for gold? Stout Sam and his deckhand, Pip, find a pig washed up in a barrel on the beach. They want to keep her as a pet, but they soon realize Julie is no ordinary pig. She can sniff out treasure! What happens if Barracuda Bill, the greediest and meanest pirate who ever sailed the seas, hears about Julie’s special talent?

Cornelia Funke’s charming and fun chapter books are available to an American audience for the very first time.

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Review: More Than Exes by Elizabeth Briggs

Saturday, July 4, 2015

I'm trying to catch up with this series (I use "series" loosely here as each installment can be read as a standalone!) because BEHIND THE SEAMS already has a cover and is releasing soon! I loved this novella and I wish for more Alexis and Kyle!

More Than Exes (Chasing The Dream)
Title: More Than Exes (Chasing the Dream #0.5)
Author: Elizabeth Briggs
Date of Publication: October 28, 2014

He wants to win. She wants to win him back.

Keyboardist Kyle Cross may look like a bad boy with his tattoos and piercings, but he's really the good guy who's always stuck fixing his band's problems and never gets the girl. His band is competing in a college Battle of the Bands, but when their bassist doesn't show, Kyle must track her down with the help of the person he least expects: his ex-girlfriend Alexis Monroe.

Kyle hasn't seen Alexis since she dumped him in high school, and she's dropped her preppy image for fiery red hair and a bold new attitude to match. With only hours before his band goes on stage, Kyle has to be a little bad if he wants to win both the Battle and the girl he's never gotten over. But when their old problems resurface, the good guy might just get his heart broken all over again.

A stand-alone novella that launches the Chasing The Dream series!

*** New Adult romance suitable for 17+ due to mature content. ***

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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Mania by J.R. Johansson

Friday, July 3, 2015

Five days from now, MANIA will be out in the world, and today, I'm reviewing the finale to this amazing series. And giving you a chance to win the whole trilogy. In paperback. YES, Jenn and I are giving away the whole trilogy to one lucky winner from wherever in the world! Trust me, binging this series is all you'd ever want without you knowing!

Mania (The Night Walkers, #3)
Title: Mania (The Night Walkers #3)
Author: J.R. Johansson
Publisher: Flux
Date of Publication: July 8, 2015

Jack and his half-brother Parker have no time to mourn the loss of their father, Daniel Chipp. With an attack by the body-stealing Takers imminent, the pair must put aside their grief and track down the ingredients of Daniel’s formula—one that will rein in the power-hungry Takers—to keep their family and friends out of danger.

Their only hope lies in a puzzle their father left behind, a riddle where each brother unknowingly possesses a piece of the solution. The puzzle sets them on a deadly path, spiraling between reality and the world of dreams where nothing and no one can be trusted entirely. And when Parker finds himself deep in the fray between the Takers and the other Night Walkers, it’s up to Jack to complete the formula and save his brother’s life.

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The Dilemma, The Goal, and The Plan

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Since I started Oops! I Read A Book Again in October 2012, I amassed more than 634 physical books. That's more than 200 books a year, which is crazy. My shelf now houses these books, which is unbelievable as I don't see my shelf and see 634 books. I AM IN DENIAL. 

Out of these, 299 were purchased, 221 were received for review, 68 were won, and 46 were gifted. Out of these 634 books, I've only read 113. I KNOW. SHAME. Blame it on Adrien bb the Kindle. (*to the tune of Blame it on the Alcohol*) That leaves 521 unread books. *cries*

The Dilemma

If everything goes to plan, I will be graduating this June 2017 with my Master's degree. And by fall of 2017, I should be in another continent to get my PhD or maybe another MS, I DON'T KNOW YET. I have two years left here in the Philippines and of course, I cannot take all my books with me. I don't even know how long I will be away, I want to get postdocs too. So it begs the question: HOW DO I FREAKING READ 521 BOOKS IN TWO YEARS?

Thus, I have thought long and hard how to solve this. But let's be real, I cannot possibly read 521 books in two years. I read a hundred books in a good year and the upcoming two years wouldn't be good years because I have work and a thesis to do. And scientific manuscripts to write and get published. I just realized the similarities of my plight with authors. I have a day job, research to do, manuscripts to write, and books to read. Oh, and I have a blog! I've been thinking that I will haul a hundred books a year to wherever continent I'll end up and that might really happen. With that, I'll have books to read and I won't buy a lot since I will not exactly be earning while I slave away on a scholarship for my PhD degree. I'll be done with my physical books by the time I get my MS and/or PhD and/or postdoc (in 4 years? 5? 7? I DON'T KNOW).

The Goal

Make a significant dent in my unread books and that is 200 physical books in two years. Physical books that are FOR REVIEW.

The Plan

  • I will only read two ebooks a month. Sorry for all the e-ARCs but I will get to you surely before I get a neurodegenerative disease. I will make sure of it.
  • I will only buy books for signings. Beyond that, nothing. Nada. Zilch. I've lasted for five months so surely I can last for two years, right? WHO AM I KIDDING??? But I will definitely try, I can't exactly keep on buying books. I'll be like Sisyphus.
  • I need to read 9 physical for review books a month. I can only read ebooks (in excess of the two) if I've read my minimum of 9 books. I can only read *ME* physical books when I've read the target of nine.
  • I will now sell my books. I just realized how futile my collecting is. And give away ARCs of books I've read but can part with.
  • I will chronicle the status of The Plan in my monthly recaps. If you're interested in seeing how I'm doing or what I'm reading, I will be using #ThePlan2017 on Twitter.
  • Additions to The Plan might crop up as I think of more activities that will help further my objective.
  • The Plan is effective starting July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2017.

GOOD LUCK TO ME! Please keep me accountable and help me in this endeavor! Your encouragements would be lovely and appreciated!
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