TBR JAR

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Hey guys! Its been a while since I am planning to do this, and at last i just did! Originally i used that cute panda candle holder, and i remembered i have this mason jar from a friend. And since i am not always usin it I decided to make it more productive! And here’s the result! Yaaay… sorry, its my first time to create one. So any comment and suggestion will be great!

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2016: MARCH BOOKHAUL

12919680_10205801101369315_4613176628196314334_nHello there bookworms! So I cant way another day to share what I got for this month. This is really the best month ever in getting good books. So here is my list:

  • Pre-owned Books (Booksale)
    • Touch of Power by Maria Snyder
    • Woman With A Birthmark by Hakan Nesser
    • The Secret of Platform 13
  • Brand new books (National Bookstore)
    • Champions by Karren Renz Seña
    • Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard
    • Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  • Gift of my students (Brand New)
    • Percy Jackson’s Greek Heroes by Rick Riordan
    • Cinder by Marissa Meyer

So that’s literally a good bookhaul, right? And now I am thinking not to buy any brand new books for this April coz I spent too much! But it’ll depend… Cheers for that amazing month of book-buying guys!

The Secret of Platform 13 (BOOK REVIEW)

853577After visiting Ilocos Norte with co-workers, we went to another trip with hubby’s family to visit relatives out of town. And since, still, I feel I cant finish yet that Uglies book, I decided to bring a children’s book. And I was able to finish it too.

Harry Potter and Percy Jackson were the last books I read. And so it felt a lil bit awkward reading kids book again. Maybe its too ‘childish’ so I skipped some pages just to jumped-in on more interesting parts. But shortly, I finished it.

THE STORY. Well, its childish as I’ve said and very predictable. Sorry.

THE CHARACTERS. It’s a typical story, and so the characters are. But for kids maybe they will be great.

FINAL RATING. Sorry, it will be the lowest rate ever. 2/5 stars for this book. But don’t worry I’ll let my son read this if he’ll be able to. That’s all for now! Bye!

CHAMPIONS (BOOK REVIEW)

23213285Okay… I dunno why it’s taking me too long finishing this ‘Uglies’ book. And since I had vacation with co-workers for two days, I’ve decided to bring The Lost Chronicles of Eden: Champions by Karren Renz Seña. And I was able to finish it! Hooray…

I was so excited for this book. And I really searched for it. And take note, it is written by Filipina author, so it’s a worth read.

It’s so strange reading a book with familiar places and familiar words and familiar scenes. But I really enjoyed it. It’s makin me smile coz it’s been a while since I’ve read a Filipino-written book that isn’t ‘romance-pocket-book’.

THE STORY. I’m not totally blown-up with this kind of story. The candidates, and champions, and the judges, and the demons, and the chosen ones are not new things to me. But since it’s written by Seña, maybe it’s the reason why I appreciated it.

THE CHARACTERS. The characters are fine. Typical teenagers with special abilities is really a good concept. I am just confused with the names. Solenn, Selina, Solomon, Samson. I almost lose track who’s talking, Solenn or Selina? Solomon or Samson? But there was Lukas and Mateo and Joana and Gabriel. Well at least their names isn’t starting with ‘S’ too! And don’t forget Xandros!

THE TWIST. I really have some instinct on some scenes that came to reality. It’s just the latter part that I didn’t expect. Xandros and Gabriel. That’s the biggest twist to me.

THE SCENES. There are scenes that are predictable, and as I was saying im not totally blown away. One of the scene that I want to re-read is the confrontation between Solomon, Solenn and Xandros. I was seeing Hatake Kakashi on Xandros, with a book. Yeah! With a book! :p

THE SEQUEL. I am anticipating for the sequel. The literal book like this one. I don’t want installment episodes. So I am hoping to see the sequel on bookstore ASAP.

FINAL RATING: Well, only first book? 3 out of 5 stars. Waitin for the sequel until the chronicle is done. Maybe then I’ll be givin my final rating! 🙂

2016: February (Bookhaul)

Hey guys… it’s been #lazyFebruary for me. My currently-reading-book isn’t finished so it’s still on my CR status. But don’t worry ill be finishing it soon to proceed on my next-to-read book. But this February, I made a new step for my book-loving-hobby. At last, I was able to create a Bookstragram account! Here’s my screenshot!

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follow me at @sheenhyuugaslibrary to see more 🙂

I’ve been doing bookstagram before, but I’ve been using my personal account. And so thanks #teaminstagram for launching easy-switch-feature!

Hmmmm… I lend my latest purchase book to my mom coz she got a lot of time for reading now so my February Book Haul photo is lil weird. I’ll be posting another pic as soon as I get back the book. But for now, here’s the collage pic!

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That book-to-movie is stayin with mom for a little time, then after she read ill tell her to watch the movie. 🙂

Thanks for reading. Leave a comment maybe? 🙂

ANIME REVIEW: CHARLOTTE

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Since Haikyuu Season 2 isn’t complete yet, I’ve decided to find shorter anime series and luckily I have a copy of the ‘Charlotte’ series. And upon watching the first episode I decided to finish it ASAP. And I made it.

SPOILER ALERT*** The story is unique. Adolescent having different abilities that wore-out after adolescent stage, where they got from the comet named as charlotte which passes Earth every 75 year.

The friendship, family-relationship, determination, love, commitment is so intense that made the characters unique compared to each other. And their abilities too is unimaginable.

The twist of revealing mysteries seems fine to me. Death of some characters is really painful. I was lil bit emotionally tortured but the ending lift my spirit and so overall the deaths is worth it.

And since I started to love and get addicted to anime again, I am looking for another series which I’ll be watching with hubby as soon as we finish on CAPETA and YOWAMUSHI PEDAL. Yups, we’re on that bicycle team as of the moment. But its just I who watched this Charlotte. But don’t worry I’ll ask him to watch this too.

So as I end my review, it’s a 5/5 stars for this short-yet-worth-watching anime series. 🙂

ANIME REVIEW: Haikyuu (Season1)

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As I’ve written last time, we’re enjoyin this anime so much. And so it’s-a-must to write a simple review upon finishing the Season 1. There’s so much to share about this series and it’s so amazing to start with the characters. They are so cool and unique. I can’t find any character to hate. Even Oikawa Tooru is good character.

Their defeat on Aoba Johsai is indeed painful. But the match is really amazing. It made Shoyo shine during the Inter-High Preliminary. And lets not forget Tobio and the rest of the team. All of them is cool and good. As in all of them, including Sensei Ittetsu Takeda. He’s the heart of the Karasuno Volleyball Club afterall 🙂

I really don’t want to be spoiler on details so I just want to give my rate, and its 5/5 stars for the first season. We’re actually on the Season 2 now but will be writing different post with that. So that’s all for now… 🙂

After finishing the Season2, i’ll definitely reading the Manga…  That’s the most exciting part! 🙂

2016: JANUARY (BOOKHAUL)

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I was waiting for the last day of the month to post this but I cant wait no more. So as I’ve written on my 2015 BOOKS, i got a New Year present from a cousin which was ‘The Last Symbol’ by Dan Brown, and I am so happy. I promised I would be generous for myself in buying books this year, and so hell’yah, i think I am doin it right away.

Here are the books i got just today:

  • World Without End by Ken Follet – wish granted
  • The Half Blood Prince (HP#7) – wish granted
  • Mad Dogs by Robert Muchamore
  • The Prisoner by Robert Muchamore
  • CLASSIC LIBRARY FOR BOYS for my son, Shawn Evan
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • The Prince and the Pauper
  • The Little Prince
  • Frankenstein
  • The Second Jungle Book

And with that, my day and week and month is complete and satisfying. Maybe I wont buy anything for this month anymore… So see for my Book Haul for the next month!

ANIME SERIES: HAIKYU (What I Am Watching)

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No I am not a volleyball player. Not either an athlete. But I dunno why I became obsessed with this anime series. We happened to see this on HERO Channel (anime channel in the Philippines), and hubby and I watched the whole episode and we liked it. So we then scheduled our 8:00 PM as Haikyu-time.

Luckily, when I posted my status on Facebook while watching, a friend of mine, Dale, who is an Anime-and-Manga-addict, comment that this series is one of her faves and she have the whole Season1 of anime series, and there we go, she gave us copy. And hubby and I then started to watch immediately. And so we’re into it as of the moment.

Its an interesting series because of the different characters that really are unique and annoying. Hahaha, cant stop myself from laughing while writing this. So if ever you are an anime-lover who’s reading this now, and this Haikyu thing isn’t familiar to you, try to look for it and send me back comment or review. I’ll be glad to exchange conversation with you. 🙂

Yups, i have the Manga copy too!

FIFTY SHADES OF GREY (BOOK REVIEW)

10818853Book Title: Fifty Shades of Grey (Book#1) | Series Title: Fifty Shades of Grey | Author: EL James | EDITION: First Vintage Books Edition, Paperback | Status: Owned | Reading Time: January 1-14, 2016

It’s a three-long-week for me to finish this book. I just decided to give it a try to read this out of curiosity coz I have watched the movie. So the movie-is-much-like-with-the-book. And my thought remains the same.

The love-struck-affair is genuine. A guy who fell inlove with an ordinary girl. And he almost changed himself for her. A romantic story. It’s just that it is on erotic-genre that makes this book bad. The sex scenes really is unbearable. So for you to enjoy the book, never mind those scenes and focus on the love story.

I should not elaborate more on the story coz majority of you who’s reading this review had watched or read the movie already. So I am just here now to give my rating. And I hope it will be reasonable enough to give a separate rating on the style of writing and the story.

I am giving an 3.5 out of 5 stars for the story coz its really realistic. Though materialistic for others, but as Christian says he can afford and wanted to spend on his way, and it happened to be for Ana, so be it. We cant blame Ana’s character too for accepting those ‘on-loans’ as they call it. Its just sad on the later part that they parted ways because of incompatibility. But the so-called-love is there, to both of them I know. Its just that they cant change themselves, yet, I guess.

Maybe yeah, its my first time to give 1/5 stars on the writing style. I just hope this type of story isn’t on this genre. The sex scenes and wordings and redundancy and numerous-almost-the-same-sex-scenes is really unbearable, for me. So skipped a lot of these scenes for me to move on interesting chapters, and I succeeded.

Some maybe saying I am not open-minded, I guess you’re right. Coz I am only interested on the story and disturbed on the way how it writes, but I cant deny that coz this isn’t my genre of books. At least I gave myself a try. I’ll be reading the remaining two books, but not for now I guess. So maybe that’s all for now. May I used then one of my-found-romantic-line as I end this? Laters baby… 🙂