The Handmaid's Tale by Margaret Atwood is the first book I finished this month. It's also my first book for @bookishpinoys October Scare Fest. It's not a traditional scary tale but I don't think there's anything more scary than not being free and living in fear every minute of everyday. This is definitely one of my best reads this year. Proper review to come. #BPDontBlink
Victor Bayne from Psycop will forever be my favorite medium. Not only can he see dead people, he can also talk to them and even control them to a degree. His talent hasn't found a limit yet. With these 2 books, my Psycop collection is now complete. Until the next one comes out, that is. I'm so excited for it!
Bookstagramming everywhere. I took this photo during our staycation. I already have a copy of Neverwhere but I just had to get this illustrated edition. I absolutely love everything about it! Chris Riddell is such a great illustrator and I think it's obvious at this point that he and Neil Gaiman make magic happen everytime they collaborate. I would have to reread this soon and once again lose myself in London Below.
Yohan turned 2 today! We opted to have a quiet celebration to have quality bonding time as a family. And yep, that's a shark cake! We had it made for him since it's his current obssession. He loves watching Baby Shark and Scary Flying Shark on Youtube. I can't believe he's already 2! It feels like it's only been a few days since I first held him. They really do grow up so fast and I guess parents can only try to keep up. Happy Birthday, Yohan! Mama and Papa loves you so much!
Book 39/80 - 'That day I learned something essential: We can only feel sorry for ourselves when our misfortunes are still supportable. Once this limit is crossed, the only way to bear the unbearable is to laugh at it.' ~ Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
I don't quite know what to make of this book. I went into it expecting a kind of human triumph story about how a child survived war or something like that. But this wasn't that story. Satrapi came from a privileged family. While reading this, I remember thinking that she was lucky her family had money and connections to get her out of the country. I had issues with the art too. Sometimes I had trouble distinguishing one character from another. While this was interesting read, it didn't really engage me. My rating: .5/5
Check, Please! is a comic about hockey, friendship and pies. I love hanging out with Bitty and the gang and I was so glad to know that a publisher picked this up. If you're in the mood for bromance and quirky characters, then do check this out. I can't recommend it enough.
Book 38/80 - 'It was because they were two parts of a whole. He did not belong to her. And she did not belong to him. It was never about belonging to someone. It was about belonging together.' ~ The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
*sigh* I wish I could say that I absolutely loved this concluding volume to one of my favorite YA fantasy novels, but alas 'twas not so. Shazi and Khalid's relationship was still the best part of this series. Their chemistry was still sizzling! There's that at least. I also liked meeting Shazi's sister Irsa. I loved how they bickered and challenged each other--exactly how siblings should. Everything else tho...well, let's just say that I was disappointed overall. First, the pacing was sloooow. For the first half, nothing really happened. Shazi was running around trying to find a solution to end the war and to break Khalid's curse and it involved a lot of talking and and not a lot of action. I was so bored and had to push myself to keep reading. Second, Artan. I liked Artan as a character, but he didn't feel like an organic addition to the story. The parts he played could've been done by an established character but it's like Ahdieh thought 'oh hey, you know what would be awesome? A giant flying serpent!' Thus, Artan. He's interesting tho and if he gets his own book, I'd read it. Third, Tariq. The dude is such a creeper. I liked that Shazi kept telling him that she's her own person but oh man I wanted to slap Tariq every time he's on-page. Fourth, ugh how to say this without spoiling anything? Okay I would just say that I hate when characters are given focus just so their death would have more impact. I didn't like it when it happened to Cedric Diggory and I didn't like it when it happened here. Fifth, not enough Sabina/Jalal scenes. There was half a page of them together. That's it. My fangirl hesrt needs more. Lastly, what the hell was that with Khalid's curse? The first book practically revolved around that curse but it's impact was barely felt in this book. When it was finally broken, I was like 'Was that it?' It was underwhelming. In fact, this whole volume was underwhelming. My rating: /5
Full unboxing of @nerdy.post Nerdy Post's Back to Hogwarts Box. Everything is gorgeous as always but my favorites are definitely the book stack necklace, the fat bookmark and the notebook! I love the notebook print! So fun and magical!
This is a 'pahabol' purchase from #MIBF2017. I've wanted to buy this for awhile now but I didn't know where to find a copy. So it was very lucky that one of the booths at MIBF was selling this (with 3 variant covers even!). Thank you, Cath @magicathreads for braving the weekend crowd to buy this for me.
The Mythology Class by Arnold Arre is a graphic novel about UP students who go on a quest that took them into the realm of Philippine myth and folklore. It was the first book to win in the Comic Books category of the Manila Critics Circle National Book Award. I'm so excited to finally get my hands on this. I love reading about Philippine folklore especially in this medium. I think our local myths and legends are fertile grounds for novels and comics. We have such interesting stories and creatures! I've always like reading supernatural and paranormal stories and there's something extra magical when I'm reading about beings from childhood tales. There's a certain recognition and resonance there that I don't feel when reading about the myths of other countries. So I'm really looking forward to reading this and once again losing myself in a good tale.
Thank you Ms Kat @librodega for my new books. I'm especially pleased with my new vintage Penguin Sherlock Holmes. It's a great addition to my Holmes collection. Hope I can find the other volumes in this edition.
Book 37/80 - 'I suppose love never really was one, pure simple thing, but a kaleidoscopic pattern that was constantly shifting, but always filled with a certain hauting beauty.' - Skin After Skin by Jordan Castillo Price
To be honest, I only read this to see new material on Vic and Jacob. I wasn't interested in Crash's story at all. And well...I did try to read this properly but I just wasn't invested enough in Crash as a character and so I started skimming for scenes with Vic and Jacob. I guess it's unfair since this isn't their book. I can't get invested in Red either. There are references to him all throughout the novel but he doesn't appear until almost the end and then suddenly they're in love and banging and I'm like 'Dude! At least give me time to get to know this guy first.' I don't know if I like Red or not. There's just not enough of him on-page to like or dislike. I did like Crash more after reading this and getting into his head so that's something. But I'm still glad that we're back to Vic's pov in the next book. My rating: /5
Almost forgot to post this. I got this Father Brown set from the Book People for super cheap. I haven't read anything by GK Chesterton but I know he's one of Neil Gaiman's influences. He even patterned a character in The Sandman after Chesterton. I'm looking forward to reading his works. Anyway, check out @thebookpeople for great bargains.