Book Review: Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro

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Title: Ang Maglandi ay ‘Di Biro

Author: Dani Hernandez

Genre/s: Non-fiction

Pages: 161pages

Buy it: National Book Store

SYNOPSIS:

Aminin mo na. Anong klaseng nilalang ka man, paniguradong minsan (o madalas) sa buhay mo eh naging one-sided lover ka!
Kung ikaw ay nasaktan, umasa, pinaasa, umiyak, na-depress, na-brokenhearted, nagpakamartir, naging forever alone, NBSB, binigay ang lahat, niloko, winasak at umibig mag-isa? Para ‘to sa’yo.
Hindi madali…
Hindi nakakatawa…
Dahil pag ganito ang setup…
Ang paglalandi ay mahirap…
Dahil ang maglandi ay ‘di biro.
Promise

MY THOUGHTS:

First of let me say how much I love the cover, the overlapping of instax prints with different illustrations plus the blue cover color just made a perfect combination. With over a hundred pages I was able to read this hilarious book in one sitting.

There might be people who might get intimidated by the word “maglandi”, well I’m telling you now, DON’T. “Maglandi” isn’t really a bad term though I’m sure most people would look at it as a negative thing but when you translate it in english it would equate to “flirting” and yes flirting is not a bad thing, isn’t it? In this book Dani included some meanings of the term “landi”, I actually love that part and you guys need to read and see it for yourself. (We don’t want any spoilers here. HAHA)

You might be in a happy relationship right now (I am happy for you) but think of the old days before you achieve that happiness or maybe you are experiencing the scenario of being one-sided lover right now (girl, don’t worry it would be over soon, I promise), like what I said we’ve all been into that scenario, that at least once in our life we’ve encountered being a one-sided lover. It doesn’t mean that if you are happy right now, you won’t be needing this book because there are a lot of lessons in this book that we could apply in the future. With those lessons there are also some parts that are really relatable that I’m sure most of us could relate to, even if we’re not in the scene of being one-sided lover at the moment.

Dani had a great way in starting each chapter by including phrases from different songs. Included in the book is also some short paragraph letters to his ex-lovers which I had fun reading as we see a little bit of the author’s life. I can guarantee you that you would not end the book without smiling or laughing. Overall, I really love the book and I can’t wait for the next book in the series.

Rating: ★★★★★

xoxo,Tin ❤

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Book Review: Monsters: A Love Story

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Title: Monsters: A Love Story
Author: Liz Kay
Genre/s: Fiction, Romance, Womens Fiction
Pages: 368 pages

 

SYNOPSIS:
A cracklingly funny and poignant debut novel about the ways we love, even when we’re not at our best.

Stacey Lane feels like a monster. Tommy DeMarco might be one.

Since her husband died eight months ago, Stacey’s been a certified mess—a poet who can’t write anymore, a good mother who feels like she’s failing her kids. She’s been trying to redefine herself, to find new boundaries.

Tommy has no respect for boundaries. A surprisingly well-read A-list Hollywood star, Tommy’s fallen in love with Stacey’s novel-in-verse, a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less. His passion for the book, and eventually its author, will set their lives on a collision course. They’ll make a movie, make each other crazy, and make love—but only in secret.

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Book Review: Under Rose-Tainted Skies

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Title: Under Rose-Tainted Skies
Author: Louise Gornall
Genre/s: Contemporary, Young Adult, Mental Health
Pages: 330 pages

“We can assume the best, but we can’t choose how people perceive us. We can, however, choose how those views affect us.”

SYNOPSIS:
At seventeen, Norah has accepted that the four walls of her house delineate her life. She knows that fearing everything from inland tsunamis to odd numbers is irrational, but her mind insists the world outside is too big, too dangerous. So she stays safe inside, watching others’ lives through her windows and social media feed.

But when Luke arrives on her doorstep, he doesn’t see a girl defined by medical terms and mental health. Instead, he sees a girl who is funny, smart, and brave. And Norah likes what he sees.

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Book Review: Killing Kate

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Title: Killing Kate

Author: Alex Lake

Genre/s: Fiction, Thriller

Pages: 416pages

Buy it: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

A serial killer is stalking your home town.

He has a type: all his victims look the same.

And they all look like you.

Kate returns from a post break-up holiday with her girlfriends to news of a serial killer in her home town – and his victims all look like her.

It could, of course, be a simple coincidence.

Or maybe not.

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Book Review: The Dreamer

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Title: The Dreamer

Author: E.J. Mellow

Genre/s: Fantasy

Pages: 149pages

Buy: AmazonBarnes&Noble & Book Depository

 

SYNOPSIS:

It’s night. Always night. Dreams guard against the evil forged by nightmares. Infinite shooting stars illuminate a moonless sky. A city stands alone, surrounded by a darkened field. On its fringes, a man watches one star separate from the masses and fall. What survives the crash will unveil a secret centuries long hidden.

Molly hasn’t slept well since the night of her twenty-fourth birthday. Being struck by lightning might have something to do with it, but then again, her chicken did look a little undercooked at dinner. Whatever the culprit, her life quickly catapults from mundane to insane as, night after night, Molly is transported through her once dreamless sleep to a mysterious land illuminated by shooting stars.

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Book Review: Suitcase of Happyness

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Title: Suitcase of Happyness

Author: Mark Jaffe

Genre/s: Self-Help

Pages: 149pages

Buy: Amazon

SYNOPSIS:

Can you honestly say, “I’m a happy person”?

Think about it – you’ve worked hard, you’ve had great results, you have people that love you, you’re a good person. Why does it still feel like something is missing?

What would it be like to just be happy and feel good every day?

“Happyness” is a new way to feel, a new way to live. A state of being that lasts and endures.

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Review: White Hot Kiss

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Title: White Hot Kiss

Author: Jennifer L. Armentrout

Genre/s: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal, Romance

Pages: 388pages

 “I lost myself the moment I found you.

 

SYNOPSIS:

One kiss could be the last.

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

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Book Review: Dreamology

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Title: Dreamology

Author: Lucy Keating

Genre/s: Young Adult, Contemporary

Pages: 329 pages

SYNOPSIS:

For as long as Alice can remember, she has dreamed of Max. Together they have traveled the world and fallen deliriously, hopelessly in love. Max is the boy of her dreams—and only her dreams. Because he doesn’t exist.

But when Alice walks into class on her first day at a new school, there he is. It turns out, though, that Real Max is nothing like Dream Max, and getting to know each other in reality isn’t as perfect as Alice always hoped.

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Book Review: Step Back In Time

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Title: Step Back In Time

Author: Ali McNamara

Genre/s: Romance, Science Ficiton

Pages: 436pages

 “Sometimes we think we know what we want, but we don’t actually know what we need until we find it.

 

SYNOPSIS:

How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?

When single career girl Jo-Jo steps onto a zebra crossing and gets hit by a car, she awakes to find herself in 1964. The fashion, the music, her job, even her romantic life: everything is different. And then it happens three more times, and Jo-Jo finds herself living a completely new life in the 1970s, 80s and 90s. The only people she can rely on are Harry and Ellie, two companions from 2013, and George, the owner of a second-hand record store.

If she’s ever to return from her travels, Jo-Jo must work out why she’s jumping through time like this. And if she does make it back, will her old life ever be the same again?

MY THOUGHTS:

After a year of buying this, I finally read it. I bought this on the Book Depository’s Bargain shop for only $7 and when I saw the cover page, I was immediately hooked! That “How many lifetimes would you travel to find a love that lasts for ever?” made me add this book at my cart and checkout as soon as possible. With the title itself, I knew it has a touch of time travel and I haven’t read any time travel books so this would be the first one.

I was really curious about the time travel thing since I haven’t read any book about that topic. This book opened my eyes to time travel and I love it. I love how Jo-Jo travels from decades to decades. With different decades comes different whole new world, the fashion, the trends, the music and more. Hands down to Ali McNamara for perfectly showing us how each decade looks like, I mean I can imagine perfectly each decade, and feels like I was there too.

And The Beatles was mentioned a lot of times, and another band Take That, bands that were really popular in their time. I never heard any songs from The Beatles, but because of this book I will try to listen to them. This book is not just about traveling through time just because Jo-Jo wants to, but because she needs to find and realize about some things that will help Jo-Jo with her future life.

If I could just travel through time, I would. If you guys want to read some fun and feel-good comedy of time travel and romance, then I suggest you definitely read this book.

 

Rating:  ★★★★★

Book Review: Our Demons, Best Friends

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Title: Our Demons, Best Friends

Author: Diana T. Scott

Genre/s: Contemporary, Romance

Pages: 326pages

Buy: Amazon || Book Depository

 

You represented everything I could ever want and the one thing I was most terrified to ask for.

SYNOPSIS:

Ava and Sebastian are two medical residents who in a perfect world, would really like each other. But both of them are closely watched by their demons. Their baggage is not light – Ava has hers carefully folded in vacuum bags to occupy as little room as possible; Sebastian wears his like a lead armor that makes him slouch sometimes. They like each other, but how are their demons going to get along?

MY THOUGHTS:

Both Ava and Sebastian are in the same boat. They have loved ones who passed away years ago, and it’s hunting them, they can’t move on, they can’t let go of the past making them unhappy. Until Ava interns in the hospital where Sebastian goes as well. Having some common friends, they sometimes eat together as a group and as passed times by, Ava falls in love with Sebastian not knowing at first that Sebastian feels the same way. Hurdles come in their way, thinking that they are not good for each other, but at the end, they both realized that they make each other happy and they finally let go of their past and just enjoying their present life.

Our Demons, Best Friends was the first book I read by the author. I love her writing style, everything is so detailed. Fast paced that can be read in one sitting. This book is not just about love, but rather life in general, focusing on how to move on and let go of the past after the death of a love one. When one of our loved one dies, that doesn’t mean that we can’t be happy anymore, life is so much bigger than we could think of, we just need to accept the fact that they are gone physically but will always remain in our hearts forever.

One thing that I love about this book is it shows us a peek of an intern’s daily life inside the hospital, how hard their life in the hospital can be, sleepless nights and chaotic shifts. The things that these interns do for the love of their job. Another thing that I love is the group of friends of Ava, because they are the sweetest! Plus, the part when they all move in one apartment, how cool could that be? I would love to have some company like that in the future.

If you guys love some fast-paced read, then you should definitely pick this one up. I really enjoyed reading this one and hopefully I could read some books by Diana T Scott again.

Rating: 4/5 stars

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