Some Announcement

Since I’m trying to streamline my activities to give more time for my ministry and work of the Lord and because I don’t think I’ll have more time for writing book reviews, I’m putting this blog on a hiatus. I’m also thinking of merging this book blog with my personal blog so I decided to keep this blog inactive until I finally have the courage to let this blog go. For the meantime, you can still check out my personal blog from time to time because I’m sure I will still write something there. God bless.

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Notable Book Quotes in 2014

As I mentioned in one of my musing monday postr, one of my habits as a reader is marking insightful quotes or lines from the book I’m reading. I also tend to read interactively so I usually post the quotes I’ve marked in my fb or twitter account.

Reading can make you a better person, so they say. Maybe they’re right. As for me, I know that reading has really shaped me to become the kind of person I am right now.

Below are the notables quotes I read last year.

From Love, Stargirl

Who are you if you lose your favorite person? Can you lose your favorite person without losing yourself? I reach for Stargirl and she’s gone. I’m not me anymore.

If you start by hating one or two people, you won’t be able to stop. Pretty soon you’ll hate a hundred people… A little hatred goes a long, long way. It grows and grows. And it’s hungry.

The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry

The things we respond to at twenty are not necessarily the same things we will respond to at forty and vice versa. This is true in books and also in life.

We aren’t the things we collect, acquire, read. We are, for as long as we are here, only love. The things we loved. The people we loved. And these, I think these really do live on.

Sometimes books don’t find us until the right time.

Boundaries

But no one can really escape the disciplines of life. They will always win out. We always reap what we sow.

Musing Monday (March 23)

Hi there! I know it’s been a while since I last updated this blog so let me have this musing monday as my come back post.

This will also be my first time to try the new feature of the Musing Monday introduced by Miz B this year: The Weekly Random Question.

So, for THIS WEEK’S RANDOM QUESTION: What is your favorite lesson learned, or quote, from a recent book you’ve read?

One of the best books I’ve read this year so far is Anne of Green Gables. I love Anne Shirley’s character- her being innocent, talkative and most of all, imaginative. I like how she uses big words to express her emotion. So I agree with her when she said this:

“But if you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them haven’t you?”

I was really thinking about this lately because I often hear my officemate comment about me that I speak deep words when I thought it’s a normal thing. Blame it on the books I’m reading, I’m exposed to different types of persons and different ideas. So sometimes I wonder if people find me odd for talking about life in general while they are busy talking about people they see and meet everyday.

Blog Tour: Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista-Yao (Review + Giveaway)

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Blog Tour time again! Welcome to my stop of Only a Kiss by Ines Bautista – Yao.

Book Information:

Only A Kiss CoverTitle: Only A Kiss
Author: Ines Bautista-Yao
Publisher: Chamber Shell Publishing
Date of Publication: November 29, 2014
Genre: contemporary romance
Purchase links: Amazon | Buqo.ph
(The book is on sale for ONLY $0.99 until February 14!)
Summary
When she was nine-years-old, Katie knew she wanted Chris to give her her first kiss. It wasn’t because she was in love with him (no way, he was her best friend! Besides, she was in love with his fourteen-year-old big brother), it was because she could make him do anything she wanted.
Besides, it didn’t really mean anything. It was only a kiss after all.

But then things started to change. They grew up. They parted ways and went to different high schools. And other girls and boys—well, just one particular boy—came into the picture, throwing their lives upside down.

Told from the alternating points of view of Katie and Chris, this love story between two best friends will tug at your heartstrings and leave you thinking how the simplest things can mean so much.

My Thoughts:
For the nth time, I am going to say again that I am truly a fan of best-friends-turned-lovers stories. This is the reason why the blurb of Only A Kiss made me want to read it. However, I know that everyone has a unique love story to tell so I was really interested to know how the friendship of Chris and Katie bloomed into romance.

Only A Kiss was really an enjoyable read for me. I like that every stages of the characters’ life was tackled in the story. I also like that both have experienced love from other people before they found themselves in each other’s arms. The story of Katie and Chris reminds me that if two people are really meant to be, they will always end up together in the end.

What I love most about the story is the alternating point of view of the  male and female protagonists. As a woman, I am always curious and excited to hear (or read) from a male perspective. Chris’ POV has somehow gives me an affirmation that men are truly visual in nature. Haha!

If you also have a knack for unfriendzone-stories like me, maybe this one is for you.

My Rating: ★★★

About the Author:

Ines Bautista-Yao (1)Ines Bautista-Yao is the author of One Crazy Summer, What’s in your Heart, and Only a Kiss. She has also written two short stories, “Flashbacks and Echoes,” which is part of a compilation called All This Wanting and “A Captured Dream,” one of the four short stories in Sola Musica: Love Notes from a Festival.

She is the former editor-in-chief of Candy and K-Zone magazines and a former high school and college English and Literature teacher.  She is also a wife and mom and blogs about the many challenges and joys of motherhood at theeverydayprojectblog.com. She has recently launched The Author Project, a section in her current blog devoted to the stories in her head:http://theeverydayprojectblog.com/inesbyao-author-project/.

She posts on Instagram and tweets @inesbyao and her author page is facebook.com/inesbautistayao.

Links:

Giveaway Time!!!
Ines is giving away lots of things!
For Philippine residents:
One (1) winner will get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, a gift card from FILA, and a back issue of CAST comic book
Two (2) winners will each get a signed paperback of ONLY A KISS, light up laces, and back issue of CAST comic book
For everyone:
FIve (5) winners will each get an ebook of ONLY A KISS
Here’s the code for the giveaway:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here’s the link to it.

Goal Setting

Oh, hello there book blog! I missed you. So we’re now in 2015 and since it’s the start of the year, here’s a mandatory post on setting my reading goals for the year.
But before that, let me recall what happened to my last year’s reading goals and challenge.

Let me start with the good news. As I’ve mentioned in my previous post, I am really glad that I was able to finish my challenge of reading 40 books. (okay, I also have to admit that I cheated a little because my original goal was to read 50 books in 2014, haha!). Regardless, goodreads says I have completed my reading challenge so it’s still accomplishment, right?!

The bad news is, I wasn’t able to achieve the goals I’ve set during the last quarter of 2014. But I think it’s okay and I don’t regret it at all. Maybe because I’ve already settled in my heart that reading is NOT the MOST essential thing in my life. It’s just the icing on the cake so forget about that unfulfilled goals.

So for this year, I’d like to set a lower goal of reading 30 books  because I know can re-adjust once I’ve completed it.

So there, happy new year friends!

Musing Monday: 2014 Reading Goal Completed!

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Musing Mondays is a weekly meme hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading

Musing Mondays asks you to muse about one of the following each week…
•Describe one of your reading habits.
* Tell us what book(s) you recently bought for yourself or someone else, and why you chose that/those book(s).
• What book are you currently desperate to get your hands on? Tell us about it!
• Tell us what you’re reading right now — what you think of it, so far; why you chose it; what you are (or, aren’t) enjoying it.
• Do you have a bookish rant? Something about books or reading (or the industry) that gets your ire up? Share it with us!
• Instead of the above questions, maybe you just want to ramble on about something else pertaining to books — let’s hear it, then!

So today I’ve completed my reading goal for 2014. Actually, my original target was to read at least 50 books this year. But because I was having difficulty in catching up with my challenge, I lowered my target to 40. Now that my interest for reading is back, I was able to complete my target way ahead of schedule. I would still read more books this year though.

So there, it’s another reason to celebrate!

Unlimiting God: Increasing Your Capacity to Experience the Divine by Richard Blackaby

Title: Unlimiting God: Increasing Your Capacity to Experience the Divine
Author: Richard Blackaby
Date of Publication: January 2008
My Rating: ★★★★★

Summary:

People have their limits. Some choose to ignore them.
God’s power and love have no limits. So why do Christians put limits on their relationship with Him? We could be pursuing greater knowledge, experiencing deeper intimacy, and abiding in freer joy… and yet we routinely settle for mediocrity in our spiritual lives.

But if you are ready to explode your self-imposed limits, Dr. Richard Blackaby can guide you through powerful and passionate insights revealed in this new book.

By contrasting mediocrity with the spirituality of the great “heroes of the faith,” Dr. Blackaby shows you that you need not settle for less than God intends for you. God can do extraordinary things through ordinary people like you…but only when you allow Him to enlarge your spiritual capacity and overcome your self-imposed limits.

“I hope this book inspires you to aim for a new level of walking with God. I want you to reach heights in your spiritual life that you never dreamed were possible, to experience God working through your life in a powerful new dimension, to hear words from God that will dramatically change your life and your world. I want to help you blow past any limitations you have set for yourself in your Christian life.” —Dr. Richard Blackaby

My thoughts:

Another timely and relevant book to my life. An inspiration to really increase my faith and stretch myself beyond my limits. It also provides practical tips on how to apply in my life the lesson that God is currently working on my life.

One of the lessons that I believe God is teaching me (and perhaps challenging me) lately is to apply in my life the truth and principles of the parable of the new wine  and new wineskins (Matt 9:17; Mark 2:22; Luke 5:37-39). The parable says ‘no one pours an old wine into new wineskins,  otherwise the wineskins will burst and be ruined’.

This book has basically articulated the meaning of these passages to my life.