Bookish Pet Peeves

There’s a time that I don’t know what ‘Pet Peeve’ means. When I was finally educated what that term means I finally had a term to use for these little annoyances I feel about things. lol.

*cue in Sam Smith’s ‘I Know I’m Not The Only One’*

I’m pretty sure we all have our own personal pet peeves when it comes to books. I thought it would be fun to share some of my bookish pet peeves and for us to complain together. lol. Let me know if we have any bookish peeves in common? 😉😉

The Never Ending Series

This is a so-so part of the list because it still actually depends on how the story of the series is going. If I’m loving it, I won’t complain for more books but if I feel like the author was just dragging the story to make it longer then there I would be complaining. I personally have this compulsion to finish a series that I’ve started so if it would take years for the series to finish I won’t be at peace until then. 😣 But in average, for me, the acceptable number of installment in a book series for me is around 4-5 books. I think that’s more than enough.

Super Hyped-Up Books

I have not-so-good experiences with super hyped up books (Ahem. SJM Books) that’s why I usually steer clear away from them. Also, I feel like once the book was super hyped up the expectation will be super high as well. And most of the time, they don’t really satisfy my expectation thus I always end up dissapointed.

Stickers on Books

Why are stickers always a pain in the a** to remove? And they always leave this ugly and sticky mark even after you removed them. I really hate it when books have these price tags/discount stickers. I wish bookstores will eventually find an alternative to this – perhaps just maximize the use of the bard code thingy of the books or cover the whole book in plastic then stick the stickers there. Possible?

Love Triangles

When I first started really reading, this wasn’t a big deal for me. I actually remember a book or two that I love that includes this trope. But overtime, I find myself staying away from it because I don’t really enjoy the anxiety of choosing brought to me. It may seem petty but it’s kind of a big deal for me.

Changing Cover Designs and Book Heights

I mean, why? Why does the cover and book heights have to change especially in the middle of a series? This has always been a struggle for me since I can’t really anticipate the edition of books that will be released here in Manila.

Underlining/Highlighting Text

For some reason, I associate underlining/highlighting with textbooks. 😅 Maybe that’s why I haven’t really underlined/highlighted a book that I read for entertainment. Also, I think there are other ways for you to keep track of your favorite phrases, quotes and pages instead of putting marks on the book itself.

Books with Movie Covers

I’m not a fan of these types of book covers. Never really liked them. Period.

Character Changes In The Middle of A Series

Why build up a character just to see him/her change into a totally different person along the way?? Why have the character flip into a total 360?? I just hate it when this happens. I hate character sabotage. I easily get attached with characters that’s why this has also been a big deal for me.

Dog Earring Pages and Bending the Covers While Reading

Please use a proper bookmarks and hold the book properly. If you can’t do that, don’t borrow my books. I feel sad when people just couldn’t seem to care less about their physical books. I know the book looking all used up gives it character but if you have the option to take care of it, why not?

Shoulder peeking while reading

“Kindly mind your own business, Ma’am/Sir.” It’s awkward and creepy when someone is peeking behind your shoulder looking into what you’re reading. You can just ask me instead of lurking and peeking behind me.

You, what are your Bookish Pet Peeves? Let’s compare notes! 😅💚

The Goodreads Book Tag

I’ve been an active user of Goodreads since 2011. I find the platform really useful not only in tracking down the books that I’ve read but also in getting acquainted with new book titles and also getting new bookish friends. Hit me up on this link if you want to be friends there.

This week, I’ll be doing a tag dedicated to my fave bookish platform – Goodreads. Hope you have fun reading my answers as much as I had fun answering them. 😉😉

What was the last book you marked as ‘read’?

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett. Gosh! I’m madly in love with this book! You may want to check out my review here. 😊

What are you currently reading?

I’m currently reading 2 books right now. Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner  in paperback and Crazy Imperfect Love by K.L. Grayson (part of Kristen Proby’s crossover novellas with her Big Sky Series) in e-book format .

What was the last book you marked as TBR?

Hunted by the Sky (Hunted by the Sky, #1) by Tanaz Bhathena!! This is one of my most anticipated title this year and I recently received an ARC of this and I’m so excited!!

What book do you plan to read next?

I have also received an ARC of  Everything’s Not Fine by Sarah Carlson which is set to be released later this month so this one’s next on my reading list. In e-book, next up on my queue is Worth Fighting Forby Laura Kaye which is still a part of Kristen Proby’s crossover novellas with her Big Sky Series.

Do you use the star rating system?

Yes, I do. The Goodreads star-rating is pretty straightforward for me. Though, I would like to think of myself as a pretty generous rater because my average rating is 3-stars and I rarely give 1-star. If I don’t really like a book, I just don’t rate it.

Are you doing a 2020 Reading Challenge?

Yes, I am! I’m aiming to read 100 books this year and because of the quarantine we are all in I was able to read  lot and I now already covered 70% of the challenge. 30 more books!!

Do you have a wishlist?

Weirdly enough, I don’t have a concrete book wish list. Whenever someone ask me what books do I want I just blurt out titles that are at the top of my head. 😅

What book do you plan to buy next?

I’m planning to buy physical copies of Mary H.K Choi’s books once the quarantine has been lifted.  For e-book, I don’t have any titles in mind but maybe if a new romance book caught my attention I might fall victim to Amazon’s one-click  again. lol.

Do you have any favorite quotes? Share a few.

Sadly, I don’t keep track of my favorite quotes. I usually incorporate it with my reviews and I’m too lazy to browse through them. 😣

Who are your favorite authors?

I made a post about my favorite authors! You can check it out here. 😉

Have you joined any groups?

Yes, I have joined several groups but I’m rarely active in any of them. Here are some of the groups that I’m part of:

Do you also use Goodreads? Was it helpful for you? Share your Goodreads links below so I can add you up and we can be friends there too. 💚

Book Review: Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett

Starry Eyes by Jenn Bennett
Published: 03 April 2018 by Simon Pulse

Ever since last year’s homecoming dance, best friends-turned-best enemies Zorie and Lennon have made an art of avoiding each other. It doesn’t hurt that their families are the modern-day Californian version of the Montagues and Capulets.

But when a group camping trip goes south, Zorie and Lennon find themselves stranded in the wilderness. Alone. Together.

What could go wrong?

With no one but each other for company, Zorie and Lennon have no choice but to hash out their issues via witty jabs and insults as they try to make their way to safety. But fighting each other while also fighting off the forces of nature makes getting out of the woods in one piece less and less likely.

And as the two travel deeper into Northern California’s rugged backcountry, secrets and hidden feelings surface. But can Zorie and Lennon’s rekindled connection survive out in the real world? Or was it just a result of the fresh forest air and the magic of the twinkling stars?

Starry Eyes is another book by Jenn Bennett that made me full of fluttery and giddy luuuuurve. There’s really something with her books that always keeps me glued to its pages from beginning to end that’s why I ended up binge reading it in one day! (Just like Alex, Approximately. Lol)

This book has a classic set-up of friends-lover kind of trope YA Edition. If you must know, I’m a huge sucker for this trope that’s why this book really got me hook, line and sinker. Zorie and Lennon are best friends until they decided to experiment and be more than that. But family dramas happened, miscommunication ensued, speculations spread, and their relationship/friendship imploded. For me, they would’ve fixed this immediately if they just let go of their egos and talk. But then, they’re teens, mostly ruled by emotions so we really cant blame them as to why they parted ways.

The other main issue on this story was more sensitive and more mature, I guess. Zorie has never been in this position with her parents so coping with these changes were really hard for her. We see here how she really developed over the course of the story. She’s more outspoken and was able to voice out her concerns which I really cheer her for.

“Cautious people are afraid of the unknown and avoid it. Careful people plan so that they’re more confident when they face the unknown.”

I really like Zorie!! She is an aspiring astrophysicist who is a hardcore planner. She follows routines, schedules, calendars and make lists and journals. Unexpected twists and surprises throw her off her game. I love her voice and personality ++ she has a very cute and chic fashion sense. She started as this character who is afraid and literally get hives when there are changes, but over the course of the story, we see her let go and learned to somehow go with the flow. Her character development was so good to read about.

Lennon is a so-so character. The whole goth thing didn’t appeal to me but I love his soft spot for reptiles and his love for nature, hiking and camping. I don’t know why but I really didn’t connect well with Lennon. I think hearing the story from his POV would’ve helped me to get to know him more. I feel like throughout the story there are still a lot left to uncover about him.

I haven’t been camping. So, reading this book makes me really interested to experience it. I love the whole wilderness/camping aspect of the book. Imagine sleeping under the stars, disconnecting from technology and away from the bustling civilization – that would truly be a breath of fresh air. I also appreciate how the story was divided into parts; I think that really helped set the tone of the whole book because each part is really a new beginning. I also love the maps! The maps made me imagine the town and hiking trails more vividly.

Overall, Starr Eyes is definitely another hit! Well, not as much as Alex Approximately has been for me but this book definitely made it on top of my list. I’m so excited to read more books by Jenn Bennett!

4/5 Flower Rating

HAVE YOU READ STARRY EYES? HOW WAS IT FOR YOU? HAVE YOU READ ANY JENN BENNETT BOOKS? I WOULD LOVE TO HEAR FROM YOU!💚

Summery Books Recommendations

It’s already the summer season here in the Philippines and we all can feel the scorching heat! If not for the implemented quarantine I think a lot of us would’ve been on the beach right now soaking into the refreshing waters of the ocean. Nowadays, I just usually lounge at our home’s terrace to get a whiff of air and sun while reading a good book. And speaking of books, since going to the beach is quite impossible right now why not live our  dream summer lives in the pages of the books. Yeah?

I’m sharing with you some of my favorite books that gives the ultimate summer vibes! I hope that reading these books would help quench our thirst to visit and soak in the beach. 😉😉

Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett , Summer of Sloane by Erin L. Schneider , Meet Me at Midnight by Jessica Pennington , The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren , 10 Blind Dates by Ashley Elston

This selection includes vacations in small lovely beach towns, surfing activities, pranks, blind dates and the act of pretending to be lovers to get your wanted vacations. These books are all out summery and fun to read about.

His Royal Highness by R.S. Grey , The Education of Margot Sánchez by Lilliam Rivera , Summer of Supernovas by Darcy Woods , The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson, Wanderlost by Jen Malone

Just like the first selection above, this one still includes summery and fun to read books but features characters taking on summer jobs – it may be in a grocery store, in a Fantasyland, being a travel guide in Europe or dog-walking around the neighborhood. These books are a fun take on how YA Teens spends their summers. Not only they were simply working on these jobs but they are also working on their own self discoveries and growth.

You, how do you plan to spend your summer? Any favorite summery books to recommend? I would love to hear your thoughts! 💚

Book Review: Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner

Goodbye Days by Jeff Zentner
Published: 07 March 2017 by Crown Books for Young Readers

What if you could spend one last day with someone you lost?

One day Carver Briggs had it all—three best friends, a supportive family, and a reputation as a talented writer at his high school, Nashville Academy for the Arts.

The next day he lost it all when he sent a simple text to his friend Mars, right before Mars, Eli, and Blake were killed in a car crash.

Now Carver can’t stop blaming himself for the accident, and he’s not the only one. Eli’s twin sister is trying to freeze him out of school with her death-ray stare. And Mars’s father, a powerful judge, is pressuring the district attorney to open a criminal investigation into Carver’s actions.

Luckily, Carver has some unexpected allies: Eli’s girlfriend, the only person to stand by him at school; Dr. Mendez, his new therapist; and Blake’s grandmother, who asks Carver to spend a Goodbye Day with her to share their memories and say a proper goodbye to his friend.

Soon the other families are asking for a Goodbye Day with Carver, but he’s unsure of their motives. Will they all be able to make peace with their losses, or will these Goodbye Days bring Carver one step closer to a complete breakdown or—even worse—prison?

Jeff Zentner’s debut novel The Serpent King left me as an emotional mess that’s why before I started reading Goodbye, Days I tried to get myself ready. But a few chapters into the story, I realized that no matter how much I psyched myself up, this book will still get my emotions and feelings into a mess. This story was just beautifully heartbreaking.

“Language is powerless enough in the face of death”

Texting and driving have been a serious problem anywhere in the world. This topic has been handled gently and interestingly in this story. This book educated me that not only the driver might be held responsible for situations like this but also the texter/caller for causing a distraction that draws the driver’s attention away from the road.

Carver is the lonesome survivor in his close-knit group. He lost his best friends in a texting and driving accident that he might be responsible of. Carver is experiencing grief, loss and guilt all the same time. It’s no easy feat to juggle these feelings all the same time.

But Goodbye, Days is not just about Carver’s loss or the lesson of not texting and driving. This story is about finding great and genuine friendship at such a young age. It’s so rare to read the kind of friendship Carver, Blake, Eli and Mars has.

We learn about the boys’ life from the snippets and flashbacks in the story. From those little snippets, I feel like I really got to know so much about them. It just hits me hard that they’re just memories. To honor said memories, Carver tried to do “Goodbye Days” with her friends’ family. This is like a day dedicated to their loss friend/loved one. A day where they do and reminisce the things their loved one loves. Like a last farewell. Carver does this to each family of his friends and each family responds differently. They confront their feelings and deals with their grief differently.

I admire Carver for his willingness and determination to do this and make peace with his friends’ families and memories. Just imagine how doubly hard and uncomfortable this was it for Carver. Good thing, he has a good support system. His parents are supportive as they can be even though Carver had a hard time really opening up to them. But most importantly, he has his sister Georgia. They really have a good open relationship which I really admire. Despite their age difference it was easy to see how comfortable and close they are with each other. I’m really happy that Carver have her to lead and support him. I also like the positive representation of seeing a therapist on this story. Carver had several episode of panic attacks after his friends’ funerals, so his sister recommends for him to see one. His therapist has really been helpful. The scenes where he was visiting him gives us more insight on how Carver really feels.

Goodbye Days was heartbreaking and heartwarming at the same time. It’s full of not only sorrow and grief but also love and healing.  It was moving, touching and written beautifully. It teaches us to really treasure every moment no matter how big or small they are. And don’t forget to always celebrate life.

“Grief is weird. It seems to come in these waves out of nowhere. One minute I’m standing in the ocean, fine. The next minute I’m drowning.”

4/5 Flower Rating

Have you read any books by Jeff Zentner? Did it leave you in a crying emotional mess as well? What do you think about Goodbye, Days? I would love to hear your thoughts! 💚