The launch of the My Fate According to the Butterfly tour!

Howdy-do, guys, gals, and non-binary pals! How’s everyone’s April been so far? I hope everyone’s had a good week. I know I am, and I am so excited about what I’m going to be sharing with everyone today!

Y’all know I go hard for books published by Filipino authors. And I especially go hard for books published by Filipino authors that discuss issues and events that are relevant today. Enter My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail D. Villanueva.

Read on to know more!

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March 2019 Wrap-Up & April 2019 TBR

March flew by like nothing, didn’t it? To be honest, it felt like I’d just written my February 2019 Wrap-Up and my March 2019 TBR and suddenly, March was over. As a matter of fact, in only a few days, April will be half over – and I’m only getting around to posting this wrap-up and TBR just now. I am tired, y’all.

Read on to find out how my month went.

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[Book Review] Descendant of the Crane – Joan He // one-part political intrigue, one-part murder mystery, all-over excellence

Picture this. Everyone on my Twitter feed and their mother had read Descendant of the Crane, a 2019 publication that was touted to be like Chinese Game of Thrones. That, plus an utterly gorgeous cover, pretty much guaranteed that this book would make it to the top of my must read list.

By mid-February, I had pretty much lost all hope of ever getting an ARC and had resigned myself to just pre-ordering and waiting for the Chinese fantasy goodness to arrive on my iPad. But then – the clouds parted and lightning struck. Edelweiss granted my request for an ARC. I screamed, took a screenshot, tweeted said screenshot, and reveled in the congratulations from my followers – as well as the dire warnings from those who’d read it already that this book would break my heart.

They were right. Read on to find out why!

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Galit Na Naman Si Tita: Reading in the Modern-Day School Curriculum

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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[Top Ten Tuesday] Most Anticipated Releases for April, May, and June

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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[Book Review] Kiss and Cry – Mina V. Esguerra // a second chance sporty romance that’s also all about compromise

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!

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Title: Kiss and Cry

Author: Mina V. Esguerra

Genre: Romance, Contemporary

Rating: 4.5/5


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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The launch of the #EnlightenmentBlogTour!

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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