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Reading Club: The Selection

Whenever I go to a bookstore, I go directly to my favorite section ~ Young Adult. I am a big fan of young adult genre. There’s a tons of topics that young adult books tackle. Not argueable, the most popular topic is love. What makes young adult books enticing to me is the fact that it balances adventure and finding true love storylines. I might be a hopeless romantic who believes in the cliche “happily-ever-after”.

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Last book I’ve read before the third book of the Selection series was “The Fault in our Stars” (which you can read more by clicking HERE). I discovered “The Selection” series more or less a year ago. The series is composed of three books and three special side story e-books (one will be released a little bit later, based on FantasticFiction). The story revolves around America Singer who was raised as a lowly “5” in the caste system of the new world as she joined a reality show (like?) to be the partner for the next king. The series can be considered as a dystopian novel though this is very different from the other dystopian novels I’ve recently read for the fact that the main theme of the series is love and romance. Selection series is very reminscent of a popular TV series “The Bachelor” though this time around the searchee for love is a prince named Maxon. A novel is never complete without a love angle(s). Yes, we love those complicated storyline that makes us fall in love more with the protagonist of the story and we are torn between the two love interests of the protagonist. Not really a unique idea for any books or story. ๐Ÿ˜‰

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I’ve been dying to share this series because I love it so much. There are those “kilig” (translation: sweet) moments in every book and will make you want to read more. I especially liked how Kiera Cass wrote the last chapters for books 1 and 2 as they are both cliff hangers and you will surely want to wait for the next one. Just like I waited for 10 months for the release of the final book. The progression of storyline is not as fast paced as the other books I’ve read over the years but I love it because it makes me connect more with the series and want to read more about the characters. I really wanted to write/ share about the details of the storyline but I am desperately trying not to so to avoid spoilers (as I hate reading spoilers too) ๐Ÿ˜‰ Though I have to say the end of book three is what I had in mind when I first started to read book one, because from the title itself it is like a giveaway. Ok, I know, I will not add any more details. What makes this series great are those side stories that are as engaging as the main storyline. The “Selection” is my type of book. A hodgepodge of romance, adventure and drama. Definitely a must-read, I promise you that the series is not too young for anyone to read it. Hopefully, if you decide to read the books, you’ll enjoy it as much as I enjoyed the entire series.

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My fave quote from "The One"

New dilemma: what to read next? Hmmmmm…. Sara Shepard maybe?

‘Til the next pose & post (and reads).

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The Selection (Book 1)

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The Elite (Book 2)

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The One (Book 3)

PS. Don’t you agree that the book covers have nice layouts? ๐Ÿ˜‰

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Reading Club: The Fault In Our Stars

I’ve always been a bookworm way before I started school. I love reading and it has become one of my favorite past if I have the luxury of time. When I was a child, I had this fascination with books and I thought that when I grow up, I’ll work around books and literature. Time passed so quickly, that I almost forgot that one dream but my relationship with books never faded. Well in fact, I love literature more and I am now more open minded on reading new stuff. Thanks to this blog, I am now able to fulfill one of my long lost dreams, to be able to write, read and share what I’ve read.

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This pretty much summarizes the book ๐Ÿ˜‰

Whoa, that was so dramatic and at the same time, a very long introduction. OK. This blog entry is about one of the books I recently finished which is The Fault in Our Star by highly acclaimed author John Green.ย  Be warned though, I might slip some spoiler so if you have never read that book (and intend to do so) please skip this entry.

The Fault in Our Star is a very touching novel about finding love and relevance in this world. It tells the story of Hazel Grace, a cancer patient and how she finds loved in the midst of her condition. The story started a cancer support group and at the opening chapter of the book, it immediately showcased all the important characters in the novel. The story revolves around Hazel Grace and Augustus Waters as they take part on learning what is their relevance on this world and how they can leave a mark on this world, with a little help from An Imperial Affliction, a book about a cancer patient.

I hate myself as this is another book turned into a movie that I missed on the theater as I was so busy the last few weeks that I need to cancel a movie date. The last time I had this regrettable moments was when The Perks of Being a Wallflower was shown in theaters some years ago. So I guess, I need to wait for the DVD release of The Fault in Our Stars.

There are a lot of memorable lines/ quotesย  from that book that I need share them:

“Some infinities are bigger than other infinities” ~Peter Van Houten

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My Fave Quote From The Book

“It would be a pleasure to have my heart broken by you” ~ Augustus Waters

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From eBook

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For me the ending of the book is quite predictable as you are reading at the middle of the book. You know that this will happen and so on. I have that feeling at that part of the story that Hazel and Augustus visited Amsterdam. Nevertheless, I can definitely say that this is one book that you should not miss if you are tired of reading those big city novels or those widely popular dystopian novels. It is quite a refreshing break for me as I was reading Matched Series by Ally Condie, Veronica Roths Divergent before this.

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My fave part

Hope youll enjoy this book as much as I do and that is why I took the time to blog about this book. I really wished that I have not missed watching it on the big screen as they said that the adapted version is well done.

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Do not mistaken it for a KDrama. I love "You Who Came from the STAR" too.

I am now finishing Kiera Casss The One from The Selection Series. Maybe I’ll write an entry on that series because I am enjoying it so much.

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The Selection by Kiera Cass

Til the next pose & post (and read)!

Reading Is My Other Pleasure

I’ve been posting lots of fashion related stuff on my blog. I love clothes and dressing up though another side of me that I want to share as well on this blog is my love for books.

My fascination with books started when I was like on my 2nd or 3rd grade. I remember reading my very first book which is this: “The Baby-Sitters Club”.

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I remember picking it up randomly at a sale rack and voila my love for the series alreay fired up. I remember that I almost felt like crying when I learned that the book series will be coming to it’s end. I was really grateful and thankful that Ann M. Martin (who by the way is still one of my fave top authors up until this time on my age of 20-something) wrote those fabulous books and really impacted my life in big big ways. I sometime wonder that she inspired me as well to write and thrive hard so that I can write/ blog.

Of course my choice of reads have matured as well. As of this time I am reading Crossfire series by Sylvia Day. It is an romance psychological series for mature readers. Though once in a while, I have to say that I am a big fan of the “Young Adult” genre. I just finished reading Kiera Cass’ “The Selection”, “The Prince” & “The Elite”. I greatly recommend that series. If you love dystopian less the gore and more romance, that series is the perfect match for you. I cant wait for the next book from “The Selection”. I guess I have to wait until May 2014 to read it.

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Til the next pose & post!

PS. I want to leave you with this quote:

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My Newest Love Affair

The last few weeks were a blur of busy schedule. I don’t even have the time to do some proper blogging, which I have to admit kind of suck. Aside from the fact that I had a super busy schedule and working on a weekend, I find solace in eBooks. Yes, you read it right. That’s eBooks.

I was never really a fan of eBooks, maybe up until like around 2 weeks ago. I consider myself as a very traditional, old school book lover. So the idea of eBooks is very vague and I really thought that it is not for me. Though I guessed I proved myself very wrong. I even read like three books on that very short timeframe. Hello, that was so fast for me but to be honest I’m quite of a reader.

What I really love about eBooks is you can purchase a rare title with a touch of your fingertip and some courage to use your Visa card for online purchase. You dont even have to do some bookstore hopping which to be honest with you is one of my fave pastime if ever I have some spare time to burn.

So this is how my electronic bookshelf look like:

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And here’s my latest baby case:

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So now you know I was quite busy and was not so present in my blog. Well, we can blame my schedule and eBooks. It is the start of the half of 2013 so I decided to do some midyear resolutions:
1) Blog more.
2) Read more.
3) Shop more.
4) Dress up more.
5) Learn Nihonggo
6) I dont know anymore, the list just goes on and on and on….

Til the next pose & post!