Minute Review: The Invisible Life of Addie LaRue by V.E. Schwab

Liked it, but didn’t quite love it.

Having been blown away by Vicious when I first read it in 2018, I expected nothing less from VE Scwhab’s latest work, but it’s a shame it didn’t quite deliver for me.

The premise was interesting and I dare say brilliant. A three hundred year old girl who is cursed to be forgotten by anyone that comes across her path but one day she suddenly finds a man who remembers her. It should be nothing but a page turner, but I found so many parts of this book to be dragging, too elaborate, and even unnecessary. The good outweighs the bad, though, and I still had a good time reading it. It was a new reading experience and the story is one that is not easily forgotten.

Tell me what you think if you’ve read this book!

Happy reading!

It’s a Wrap! | January & February 2021

WHOA. In a snap of a finger, just like that, February is over and we are 2 out of 12 for 2021! That was fast.

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I had great January, to say the least. It was this month that we started to make initial plans for our wedding which is happening on September this year. We attended meetings with our wedding planners and coordinators, hotel and venue suppliers, etc. It’s both scary and exciting but I’m definitely loving every bit of the process despite the stress here and there. I was initially comforted by the fact that we have so much time in our hands and still so much room to plan, but as January ended *just like that* in a zoom, I now can’t help but feel a tiny bit of panic! But kalma. We’ll be okay. Not much progress in February, just met up with our wedding host which pretty much hyped us all the more!


Books I read

I had a pretty successful January when it comes to reading, but February was a totally different story. It was definitely a meh reading month.

I started reading the ever famous Winston Brothers by Penny Reid this year and boy was I glad I did! Was able to finish the first three books in the series through my audiobook subscription on Scribd and needless to say, the hype over this series is real. Reading The Midnight Library was something new for me, as I don’t usually read a lot of fantasy fiction. Finally, a re-read of A Courts of Thorns and Roses was definitely a good highlight of my month!

Like I said, February wasn’t as productive but I’m happy to report that these two books are just as great as the first ones in the series!


LIFE IN GENERAL

It’s a pretty amazing first two months of the year, I must say. I started a business called Kalm Essentials, which is a hanging diffuser business and it kinda kicked off really well. We started to cater not just to family and friends, but also to other parts of Batangas and Laguna area because of our growing number of resellers. I also started investing in a business called Batangas Premium Longganisa. If you’re from the Philippines, you know how big a part longganisa plays not just in a Filipino breakfast but even for lunch and dinners! I was actually just a consumer of the brand before but, and I know will really sound biased, it was soooo good I just had to invest in it!


So that’s my January and February so far! Oh and one last good news, I almost forgot! I got a DOT COM!!! I am now merging my book blog and my personal blog and that’s probably the reason why you’re seeing this somewhat personal life update post if you’re coming from the bookish community, and this bookish post if you’re coming from the ~general blog sphere~.

Have a lovely month ahead!

Goodbye, 2020!

Publishing two posts – one at the beginning and one at the end of the year (without publishing anything in between) is fast becoming a thing for this blog. I’m sorry. I’m certain everyone would agree that this year really sucked.

Although I know many of you were able to take advantage of the lockdowns to be able to read more, I had quite the opposite experience. However I shall not delve into that in this post because what I wanna do right now is to just look back into my reading year and pick my top 8 reads, and maybe some honorable mentions on the side. I have only read 40 books as of posting this but I’m expecting to be able to read at least 3 more before the year ends. I’ll make the necessary updates soon!

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Where to get book recommendations?

Some of my non-reader friends often wonder where I get book recommendations, as it seems like my to-be-read stack keeps on piling up. It occurred to me, then, that for non-readers, finding good titles, new books, new authors, etc. could be a bit overwhelming while it has become second nature to us avid lovers of the written art.

Because of this, I’ve decided to come up with a list of sources where I get, sometimes unconsciously really, recommendations and ideas on what to read next.

Goodreads

Goodreads is not just a online library of books where you can read blurbs and reviews about them. Do you know that has a really helpful feature when it comes to book recommendations?

I’m surprised that not a lot of people know about this feature. Basically, you open a book you like and if you’re using the web version, you will see on the right hand side afeature that says “Readers Also Enjoyed”. Clicking it would lead you to a whole new page of endless recommendations similar to that book you liked. I swear this is the main reason why my TBR keeps on piling up to no end.

Bookstagram/Trusted bookstagrammers

I could probably say that I have (almost)abandoned my personal Instagram account because I have been spending so much time in bookstagram. Creating a dedicated account for books is definitely one of the best decisions I’ve ever made because aside from it being a stress-free platform, it also provides unlimited book recommendations from people with similar tastes as mine. With this, I would like to mention some of my favorite bookstagrammers whose books recommendations I fully and wholeheartedly trust!

Facebook Groups

There are several Facebook groups that I am a part of which are dedicated mainly to specific genres. For one, I am loving this Historical Romance group that I am in where so many readers from around the world would post about their favorite histroms and it just excites me everyday to check the page out for new recommendations.

There’s also this YA Fantasy group that I am part of where I get to be updated of the latest books in the young adult fantasy world. Facebook groups are just the best!

Booktube

There was a time when I was so engrossed with booktube and all the titles that I was reading and buying (!) were all coming from there. Although I haven’t been actively watching booktube videos anymore, its definitely a good place to get recommendations.

How about you? I would love to know where you guys get your book recommendations too!


Book Talk: That Swoony Feeling by Meghan Quinn

This book made me SAD for two reasons: First, finishing it meant saying goodbye to Port Snow. I thoroughly enjoyed dipping into this series not just because of the characters, but also because of where all the books were set. Port Snow is definitely the perfect small-town romance setting and I no doubt fell in-love with it! Now that the fourth book of the fourth brother is out, I feel like there’s nothing to look forward to in that small town anymore and it leaves some sort of a hollow feeling inside me. *Gah, the drama I know! But you get what I mean.*

The second reason is ~ and god I hate to say this but it needed to be said ~ I didn’t quite like it. In fact, I was freaking annoyed with Brig the whole time because of how blind he was and it was just so frustrating to read! I kinda liked his being clueless in the beginning, it was still cute and all, but when it just dragged on and on until 80% of the book? Man, even I was hurting for Ruth the whole time! She’s was practically shoving herself to him and he still didn’t know what’s going on? I mean. Man. Pass. 

I am giving this book an over-all rating of 3 mainly because I got to revisit Port Snow again and I got to see my favorite characters like Griffin and Rogan. But as much as I would like to love Brig ( I know he’s the sweetest of them all!), I was just left frustrated and annoyed.

My 2020 Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag, and I’m Definitely Freaking Out!

Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

2020 hasn’t exactly been a pleasant year so far and I really hope we’ll have a hundred and eighty degree turn soon. Reading-wise, though, things look a little brighter for me although I have only read 23 books to date. 😉  Here’s my mid year book freak out post aka pardon me if almost all my answers are related to MEGHAN QUINN and her books! 😉 Continue reading “My 2020 Mid-year Book Freak Out Tag, and I’m Definitely Freaking Out!”

I’M BACK? AGAIN? I guess so.

Who am I? What am I doing here posting an update? Do you still even know me? I’m sure you don’t anymore because I have been soooo out for so so long. I’m sorry?

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Anyway, let me reintroduce myself because why not – I’m Kat, a twenty-something lawyer by day and reader at all the hours in between from the Philippines, and you can always find me ~reading after ten~ (o’clock? Yes, my blog name definitely pertains to a reading time reference) 🙂 Why are you only seeing me now, you may ask? No I’m not a guest blogger here. I’m actually your resident blogger  but life has gotten so much in the way this year that’s why I have been MIA for almost 7 months. I have been reading a lot of contemporaries and small town romances during the early part of this year — I haven’t been reviewing them though and it just feels so freeing, if you know what I mean? Reading without reviewing has definitely lifted so much pressure off my shoulders, hence you won’t see any 2020 reviews here so far.

But lately, I feel like I have been missing doing tags, posting reviews, and just writing in general. So here I am! I hope you would welcome me back just like nothing happened.

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Don’t be a stranger! Post in comment section below what your BEST READ for 2020 so far is! I would love to catch up with each one of you!

BB

Living Through a Pandemic: Day 75

I can’t believe it’s Day 75 already.

When work was cancelled on March 16, 2020, I thought it was just gonna be a one month thing, maybe two if things get “worse”. But look at where we are now – at Day 75, and we can’t even see a flicker of light at the end of this tunnel called COVID-19.

While there was already a buzz about the corona virus spreading as early as December 2019, it really was’t given attention at least here in the Philippines. Back then, corona was just “some virus spreading in China” and it was only after two months when everything started to get really serious. In February, the first death outside of Wuhan was reported by the Philippine government, and of course I can’t explain the panic we felt then because by this time we already know that the virus has spread outside of China, and worse it’s in the Philippines. By early March, the government confirmed two cases of local transmission. The unthinkable slowly started to happen — cases began to increase in number prompting the government to declare suspension of classes, work, and closure of some businesses.

Still by this time, it was just “some virus spreading around”.

For me personally, and I would like to think for a lot of Filipinos too, it all sank in when the whole island of Luzon was placed in quarantine on March 17, 2020, while the whole country was placed under a state of calamity. In effect, everybody was just home. Schools were closed, work was suspended both in government and the private sectors, malls and markets were shut, all means of public transportation were suspended, the roads were clear and nobody would dare go outside. It was just so scary and everything was just so uncertain.

The days that followed after the declaration of the lockdown were honestly such a blur to me. I worked from home, I conducted online hearings – which, of course, is unprecedented and definitely experimental on the part of judiciary. With the work-from-home set up, I should have been feeling more well-rested but instead, I was restless.

Now, we live learn to live one day at a time. No planning ahead for sure, because who knows what can happen, what might happen?

Here’s to brighter days ahead.

Stay safe.

Book Talk: That Second Chance by Meghan Quinn

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BOOK TALK: LOVE, SINCERELY YOURS

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