MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASES – July, August, and September 2019

Hallelu, guys, gals, and enby pals! Today I’m bringing to you my most anticipated releases for the third quarter of the year, a.k.a. July, August, and September! Used to be I hosted this particular section of my blog on Top Ten Tuesday, but I realized I didn’t like trying to squeeze out just ten most anticipated books, especially when there are usually so many upcoming releases that I’m excited about! So this little part of my blog is now going to be it’s very own section! Yay! 🎉

Do note though that these releases are arranged only by month, not by genre or age range. I read a wide variety of genres and age ranges, so I honestly just gave up on trying to categorize it that way.

By the way, my birthday is on August 27th so if you’d like to send me any of these books as a present, I’d much appreciate it! 😉

On with the show!

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The 2019 Book Blogger Awards – ya tita’s nominations!

Halleu, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! Today I’m bringing to you a post that I’m super excited to write. May @ Forever and Everly started up this year’s Annual Book Blogger Awards, and urges those who will nominate to write their own blog post about it. So this is what I’m bringing to you today! If you’d like to post your own nominations, definitely check out May’s post for the categories!

Let’s get started!

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[Book Review] Patron Saints of Nothing – Randy Ribay // a hard-hitting story of truth, identity, and family

I have been waiting for literal months to write this review, you guys. I first saw the cover of Patron Saints of Nothing on Twitter at the start of the year, and just from that magnificent photo complete with the Philippine flag stars behind the main character’s head, I already knew I wanted to get my hands on this book. I would honestly, legitimately kill for an ARC of this book. Really.

The bookish gods smiled down on me and influenced the kind hearts (lmfao) of the good folks over at Bookworms United PH to allow me to be a part of the #PatronSaintsPHTour, the blog tour promoting this awesome, amazing book. So huge thanks to them, and of course to Penguin Teen, Penguin Random House International, Kokila Books, and Randy Ribay for getting this whole thing off the ground.

Quick little story before hopping right in to this review: I read this book in the space of four hours while I was lying on a deserted beach on an island south of Cebu, and it was one of the best experiences of my life. I was surrounded exactly by the unbelievable beauty that is so very often the first thing that comes to mind when you talk about the Philippines, but reading that book right there was a stark reminder of the lesson that Jay learns: if one is to claim being Filipino, then you have to claim the poverty, the hardship, the starvation, and all the difficulties happening in the country, and not just the beautiful beaches and mountains.

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Taken on a deserted beach in Malapascua Island

Purchase Links:
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[Book Review + Giveaway] Hungry Hearts – Food Crawl Blog Tour by Vicky and CW!

Maligayang araw ng kalayaan, mga kababayan!

For today, I’m bringing to you a blog tour that I am super excited to be a part of! This is of course the Hungry Hearts #OwnVoices Food Crawl blog tour. Mucho thanks to Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads and CW @ The Quiet Pond for hosting this and for letting me join up!

Hungry Hearts is an anthology exploring how food is an important part of life and love for many different diverse cultures. It features a story from Rin Chupeco, which is what I’ll be reviewing in this post! For reviews on the rest of the short stories in this anthology, keep on scrolling to check out the Food Crawl blog tour schedule.


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[Book Review] The Candle and the Flame – Nafiza Azad // captures the imagination with a tantalizingly slow-burn romance and a magically compelling setting

Will getting ARCs from authors and/or publishers ever cease being one of the most thrilling moments of my life?

Absolutely not.

I’d also like to take this opportunity to thank Nafiza Azad, the author, and Amy Goppert over at Scholastic, for sending me an e-ARC. I’d particularly like to thank Nafiza, Amy, and Scholastic for offering me the e-ARC when they found out shipping restrictions prevented me from being able to receive a physical ARC. Thank you for helping an international blogger out!

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Purchase Links:
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[Top Ten Tuesday] Adult SFF Books

Hey there guys, gals, and enby pals! Bringing to you today a list that I’ve been looking forward to for a long time!

For those who don’t know, Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly theme created The Broke and The Bookish in 2010 and moved to The Artsy Reader Girl in 2018. This Tuesday’s theme is your top ten books in your favorite genre, and I decided to take the opportunity to rep my absolute most favorite genre ever: SFF. Particularly, I decided to talk about adult SFF, since this is a subset of fiction that I think is woefully underrated. (Not to mention, a ton of the titles in this list are often miscategorized as YA—both because lofty-minded chauvinistic assholes look down on YA and on the female authors that write SFF. I said what I said.)

So let’s get to it!

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