First off, I want to preface this month’s edition of Galit Na Naman Si Tita by saying I’m not actually angry. It’s more a matter of being frustrated, I think. And also a touch of not knowing what exactly to do?
Classic readers assigned for school are one of the surefire solid ways to get a kid to read. But it’s been said time and again that a ton of the classics assigned in English classes are no longer relevant to today’s youth – or worse, offensively out of touch by being racist, sexist, homophobic, ableist or otherwise prejudiced. These books cement the notion in the heads of impressionable youth that reading is either boring or unrelatable, and they carry that notion into adulthood. (Vicky has a really great post about classics, YA, and high school that I highly recommend everyone read.)
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THE FIRST QUARTER OF THE YEAR IS OVER, Y’ALL. CAN YOU BELIEVE? I don’t know about y’all but I personally feel like the first three months of the year just flew by so fast.
With a new quarter, inevitably, comes a new wave of releases. And with a new wave of releases comes a brand new pile of books to add to my never-ending TBR! Ah, the life of a bookworm.
As I did with my Most Anticipated Releases for January, February, and March post, I decided to make this post part of my Top Ten Tuesday series. As you all probably know by now, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created by The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. Today’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is books on your spring TBR, so my list fits in perfectly!
Check it out below!
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Honestly? I have no excuse for how long it took me to post this review. This book was so good, y’all.
As always, thank you Mina and #romanclass for the lovely ARC!
Title: Kiss and Cry
Author: Mina V. Esguerra
Genre: Romance, Contemporary
Calinda met Ramirez when she was 20 and he was 22. She was the rising star of women’s skating, and he was the superstar forward of men’s hockey. Her parents and coach were against their relationship, and because Calinda wanted to prove that no hot guy would ever distract her from her dream, she chose skating over him — and also avoided him all together.
Ten years later, they meet again as gold medalists and prominent sports advocates, still single and undeniably attracted to each other. It’s still not a good time for them, because Ramirez is retiring from hockey and moving back to the United States. Calinda doesn’t do relationships, really, and proposes they use his final three weeks in Manila to explore what might have been, and do all the things they wish they’d done (there’s a list!). Then he can leave for good, and they can both move on with their lives without this one regret.
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Hello guys, gals, and nonbinary pals! Welcome to the launch of the #EnlightenmentBlogTour! I’m very excited to be bringing you this book today because it involves one of my favorite subjects ever: Philippine myths and legends.
This shit is scary af and does not get nearly enough attention, IMO! I have been hollering for the use of Philippine myths and legends in fantasy fiction for the longest time, so I practically jumped at the chance to read this book and host this blog tour!
Featuring a Fil-Am teenaged girl who discovers her unique heritage, a warrior from a centuries-old clan devoted to keeping the peace, and a cast of characters that every Filipino reader can relate to and will love, Enlightenment introduces us to a universe that, in my opinion, needs to be explored by more authors and readers.
Read on to know more about the book and the author!
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One of my IRL friends is an English teacher, and came over to my apartment yesterday so we could work together (and also so she could mooch off of my wi-fi). She was putting together a syllabus for her high school students, which got me to thinking about the classic books that are assigned to students every year, and their actual worth to us as readers.
The subject of classics is a Pandora’s box within the bookish community – and with good reason. There are school classics that serve no further purpose on the curriculum, and which the modern day reader no longer finds relevant or – even worse – which actively hurts the modern reader with its outdated sensibilities.
However, there are a handful of classics from my own high school and elementary school days that I enjoyed back then as a kid or teenager, and that I still enjoy now as a twenty-plus-year-old. Check them out below!
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Hey guys, gals, and enby pals! Welcome to my February recap and March TBR!
Unfortunately, February wasn’t as great a month as January turned out to be – but I still have hopes for March being better!
Read on to find out why! Let’s get crackalackin’!
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