A broken laptop charger, netflix binge watching and slowly reading my TBR pile

What is happening to me lately?

For starters, my dental career is slowly taking over my life. Which is both good and bad, good because I am practicing what I dream of becoming and bad because I have less time for my hobbies.

Laptop charger anomaly

So this problem started a few months ago, one of my dogs decided to chew on my laptop charger while I was sleeping soundly at night. Up until now I cannot find a durable charger that can last me at least a good solid year. 😦

This issue is lightly affecting me because I use my laptop in almost every hobby I do. I use it for writing, for binge watching my netflix series and for conveniently purchasing ebooks on amazon.

I am now in need of a great solution to this problem.

Netflix and melting

It’s the start of summer here in the Philippines, just when I thought i’d have a great time alone in my room watching netflix or reading a book my airconditioner unit decided to stop. My father called the technician and my aircon just needed some cleaning. 😀 yay! But it took almost 2 weeks to finish because they need to do something which also concerns my aircon unit. So, to make it all simple I was sweating like a pig for almost 2weeks while relaxing in my room. Luckily, I was too distracted by the series I was watching to care about the heat.

I just finished Santa Clarita Diet season 1 and season 2 of Lemony Snicket’s Unfortunate Events. In the reality tv section, I binge watched Ru Paul’s drag race season 8. I’ve also had a throwback day where I watch Sleepless in Seattle.

Netflix and melting indeed!

My TBR pile

My TBR pile is literally a pile right now. I have set my Reading Challenge on Goodreads at 14 books this year and I am feeling pessimistic about finishing 14 books this year.

I have gobbled up 5 books as of now. (Get is gobbled and digest? Haha)

I am currently reading Turtles All The Way Down by John Green.

I am actually looking for a book club I can read with. I am not successful in this little life quest I have. I want to make new friends and open up new connections. If any of you have suggestions, it would be greatly helpful. 🙂

Basically, that is what is happening to me lately. Boring right? Very normal. Haha.

 

‘Til next boring post!

❤️L

 

 

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A taste of the Filipino life (A Mango Bride review)

For a few years now, I have been looking at this book at the bookstore and I couldn’t grab a hold of the original (English) copy of Mango Bride by Marivi Soliven.  All I see lately is the translated version of the said book, so when I had the opportunity to avail this at the Big Bad Wolf Sale last month I was ecstatic and instantly raved about purchasing it.

Mango Bride is a novel that follows two girls with two different lives in the Philippines who were brought together by a twist of fate in the United States of America.

Two Characters

Amparo, a young lady who was born in a well off family in Manila was forced to go to USA and start over with her life. While Beverly, a young woman who simply wants to have a better life by marrying an American twice her age met by accident in the suburbs of California.  Their lives interlaced with each other in a very interesting way which was both predictable as you read along the pages of the book but it was also exciting to follow.

Reading an 80’s Filipino film

While reading this book I imagined it as if the two main characters were the rising stars of the late 80’s. The vibe of the book was like reading a story similar to most story line in romance films that starred either Nora Aunor or Vilma Santos or both actresses. I admit, I am a fan of that era in Filipino film. It was both sophisticated and simple. Sophisticated in the way that the characters were developed and simple in a way the characters revolve in the story.

Read this book if you like….

Liwayway Arceo’s Canal de la Reina. For some odd reason I compare Mango Bride to one of my favorite Filipinia books. Both cover issues about Filipino families and how they deal with problems in their families. They both show us the culture that we possibly forgot in our modern times. Even the way the characters communicate in both books’ settings were delivered in a way that was appropriate in their time frame.

 

Mango Bride is a one of a kind book by a Filipino author, a perfectly written book that shows our culture to other nationalities by giving a sneak peak into the lives of two people in the two ends of the triangle of society.

 

♥L

Ghost of a Feeling by Celestine Trinidad [Cover Reveal] 

Hello! Whoever you are that is reading my blog. 🙂 How are you?

It’s been a while since I posted anything here. I would like to have this opportunity to share the wonderful cover of a book by one of the Filipina authors I admire.

The book title is , Ghost of a Feeling

What is the novella about?

All Cris Villareal had ever dreamed of was becoming a doctor. But after the death of a patient under her care and the subsequent humiliation she suffers under a senior resident in her hospital, she begins to lose faith in herself. And no one else could understand her and her despair.


So one Halloween night, up on the rooftop of her apartment building, she decides to end it all.


She is stopped from jumping by Emilio, the ghost of a young man who haunts her building, who also committed suicide there many years ago. Eventually, Cris finds herself opening up to him, in a way she had never before, with anyone living or dead.


There is only one problem.


Emilio isn’t really a ghost.


He is actually a living young man named Nathan Morales, and Cris was just one of the unwitting victims in a prank he had once played on the tenants of her apartment. But being Emilio was the only way he could think of to stop her that night, and the only way now he could get her to open up to him. As Emilio, he was someone she could trust enough to help her, in a way Nathan himself never could.


As their relationship grows deeper and their feelings grow stronger each day, can he finally help her find a reason to keep living?

 

But how long can he keep lying to her?


 the novella will be out in ebook format this October 31st  2017 (yes, Halloween.)

I hope you can check it out and add it on your “want to read” list on goodreads. Here is the link to the book profile : https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/36327811-ghost-of-a-feeling

Please support local and consider reading this because, I will and I am excited to read it. 🙂

‘Til next blog post

♥L

A trip around Europe. [L Reviews: 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson]

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About the book

We join Virginia Blackstone,a 17- year-old  who recently lost her aunt due to Cancer. She  found out that her aunt passed away because of a letter addressed to her, it had instructions that at first she herself did not understand. Later on, she received 13 blue envelopes that assigned her to different tasks to be done at different countries in Europe. Her aunt also wanted her to go on this journey by herself and without any form of communication with anyone back home. Despite her doubts, she had the courage to follow her deceased aunt’s instructions and in the end she made friends and even family.

Twist of fate

Rarely do I have this attraction to a book,it was like it was screaming my name every time I entered the bookstore. (Or maybe I am getting sick!O_O) I think bibliophiles get my drift?

What caught my attention was the plot of the novel itself. It was a round-trip ticket to Europe without applying for a Schengen visa. I can instantly go back to the Philippines whenever I want and fly to London or be in Copenhagen the next hour. It was a thrill having Ginny and her Aunt Peg as my tour guide through Europe via this book.

A Special Bond

This book also shows the special relationship of an aunt to her niece and how it is important to love every single family member you have in your life because you will never know when will be the last time you will talk to them. Unless you are like Ginny who has a cool aunt who made 13 letters that would take her with her in spirit.

Where are they?

Fiction is a work of the mind, but as I read through this book I couldn’t help but think: Can a 17 years old girl do all these things by herself?  Maybe it is just one of the cultural differences Filipinos have from Americans. I mean who would allow their daughter to go around Europe by herself without proper updates on her whereabouts? I don’t think such parents exists! But come to think of it, it’s fiction so anything can happen.

I think reality can hit the sidelines when writing a novel but sometimes it can also be a way for people to think that you did not work on your writings well enough.

The YA version of the movie Eurotrip

Like I said earlier, the book will take readers on a journey around Europe with it’s main character Ginny. If you are a travel junkie and a YA lover, I do suggest you read this book. This is a good read with a stress-free plot.

 

♥L

 

 

 

Reading Challenges, anyone? {Updated: January 24,2017}

Reading has been part of my life since I was taught to read when I was in kindergarten. My mother purchased a whole set of children’s picture book to encourage me and my sister to read aloud and read as many as possible. It is probably due to my mom being a wide reader herself. She wanted to pass her hobby to her two little girls and she did not fail on that life goal.

I am not a person who has those new year’s resolution but I do set one year-long goal for myself every year.This year my goal is to read more than the past few years.

Ever since I focused on finishing Dentistry I had to set aside this hobby of mine. I still read a book or two every year but I know that it is not enough.

With that long overdue goal done, (I am patiently waiting for the DLE results as I write this) I have all the time to focus on myself and my pastimes. It also help lessen the stress and the anxiety of waiting for the results. It’s like my brain’s stress ball.

Research her and research there

So I was looking around the inter webs and on facebook for tips and what to put on my to-be-read book pile, when I encountered an article about reading challenges.

Reading Challenges, what’s that?

Basically, a reading challenge can be classified into two (based on my observation.)

One form has reading prompts and the other tracks down how many books you have read throughout the year.

I have tried the latter challenge last year but did not hit my goal of reading 24 books in a year because “dentistry is calling” .

This year I want to try out the reading challenges with prompts. I think it will help me in making up my mind on what book to read next.

Reading Challenges I will participate in

Bookbed’s Reading Challenge

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I told myself to read more local books this year and I know this will help me in my mini goal leading to my year long goal of reading more. 🙂

I hope you can join us as well and use #BookbedReadsPHLit so that we know you are participating.

Currently reading:—-

Finished:

[x] Any book by a Filipino author: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

 

PopSugar Reading Challenge

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Finished reading:

——-

Currently Reading:

A book involving travel: The Last Little Blue Envelope by Maureen Johnson

So with all of these challenges, I think I can reach my reading goal. 🙂 Will you join me in facing this challenges?

Comment down below if you will and what you think about reading challenges.  If you have book suggestions, don’t be shy to tell me. 🙂

’til next post!

♥L

 

 

 

Engaging but “Dying Hope”. (L reviews#12)

For my first review after months of hiatus, I was challenged by my fellow writer in #YAI2017 to review her award winning piece. The title of this novel is “Dying Hope”.

As many of you know, I feel slightly indifferent when it comes to reading Filipino/ Tagalog books. I know that I should blame myself for this lack of interest in Filipiniana books. I am trying my best to change my preference and open up to reading more from local authors next year.

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About the book:

Dying Hope is a Tagalog novel by Rhisa A. Rey or thesoullessvampire on Wattpad. It follows the story of a writer named Hope.

Hope is the opposite of her given name, she was already giving up on herself and everything that she loves. That is until she met a boy named Luke who will change the way she looks at her life.

Enticing plot

I could say, this book is one of those masterpieces that make me lean to reading more Filipino novels. For someone who is just starting to appreciate and read Tagalog books, I didn’t find myself lost in the middle of this book because of how deep the Filipino words were.

From the first line of the epilogue I knew it was going to be a great reading journey, and it was.

What I like the most in it is the way the author was able to take me with Hope and Luke. The way she wrote about how the characters felt in all given situations is excellent.

Another plus on my list is the way thesoullessvampire was able to establish God into her story without it spoiling the plot and making it into a bible-ish story rather than a novel.

Confounding Taglish

I am a little disturbed by the way some of the sentences are constructed in what we Filipinos call Taglish ( a mixture of both english and tagalog words in one sentence). I am not a fan of it.

Another issue that I want to point out is the sudden shift of point of view from Hope to Luke. There are instances where the POV shifts from one person to the other in the middle of the chapter and that for me is slightly confusing as a reader.

A well-deserve win

I mentioned earlier that this literary treasure won awards. It won second place on ProjectNY Battle/ Nayink’s Novel writing contest 2016 and it also won on Watty Awards 2016.

I must say, this book truly deserve the recognition. It will surely win more hearts when the book launches on December 17, 2016.

I am honored to write a review for this book by Rhisa A. Rey and I hope to read more from her soon. I know I will, when her #YAI2017 story comes out.;P

Best of luck, my YAI batchmate! 😀

And to you my readers, I hope you grab a copy of her book because sometimes we need a little read that would help us realize that life is worth living.

♥L

 

Chinatown Courtship

I am still busy with reviewing for my December exams and I couldn’t update every day or weekly on my blog but the good news is: my writing buzz is still on. 🙂

I am sharing this to you now and I hope you take a chance on reading this.

Do tell me what you think of my story through a comment here or on wattpad.com 😀

Without further a-do here it is:

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About the story:

Jake meets Lin ,a unique Filipino- Chinese girl, at the busy streets of Binondo Manila and instantly falls in love with her. Join him as he faces the challenges to have a chance and a place in Lin’s heart.

Excerpt from Part 1:

Walking around Binondo, Manila was a past time I developed after my summer internship shift ended. I enjoyed the mixture of different architectural structures in the area and it always felt like I am transported to Europe and China at the same time.

The people you see in the area were also a mixture cultures, at one side of the district are Filipinos chatting madly in either Tagalog or Visayan. At the next corner, you hear Mandarin, Fukien or Cantonese speaking Chinese high school girls walking behind you.

This is what I like at this part of the city. It’s never the same every day, there will always be peculiar or special about this place.

Here is the direct link to my story: Chinatown Courtship on wattpad.com

‘Til next post

♥L

Let me tell you about the boy from Nepal (L reviews#11)

About the book:

In this novel, we follow Johannan an orphan boy who seeks a god in China that can help him with his fiancée’s blindness. His adventure starts when he found said god and he agreed to give Johannan the cure to Ayushi’s ,his love’s, blindness as long as he follows all the tasks that is given to him. 

Exciting Chinese Adventure

The novel is composed of short but very colorful chapters. Chapters that will make you not want to put the book down. It is filled with different scenarios and descriptive words that make you want to go to provincial China to see for yourself what Johannan is in. 
The characters, specially Johannan is someone you would want to be part of your hiking group if ever he is from our time. 

I do not want to narrate more of what happens in the book because I do not want to spoil anyone of you about what transpired in the story. 😄 Plus it is a book series and this is the first book of said series, so I do not want to judge it too early.

Missing in the forests

What I did not find entertaining or amusing is that the novel lacks a sense of suspense in some situations that the main character was put in. As usual, I found myself lost in some instances but I do know it is my short-attention span that should be blamed for that. 

There are times in the novel that Johannan was relatable and there are times where I could not understand why he put himself into such a fuss for a solution that can just be put aside because love is past that simple dilemma. 

Overall, 

The book is a good weekend read and a good break from the intense book reading that is usually a signature in such novels that fall in the same genre. I can’t compare it to Harry Potter but I do see similarities in their stories but of course HP is hard to beat. I do think this book will be a great read for those who loved the HP franchise but do not expect too much from it. 

I am thankful that I was given a chance to discover and read this book in exchange for an honest review. 

I hope you take time to purchase and read this book. 😄 

A digital copy of this novel was given to me in exchange for an honest review. 

If you are also interested on my thoughts about your book,I am open to giving my time to review your masterpiece once I step out of my short haitus to focus on my career.  Drop an email at lucilledemesa@gmail.com

‘Til next post

❤️L


Bookbed Dugtungan (L Blogs#14)

Do you have this little urge to write a story but don’t know where to start or do you want to practice your writing skills this month?

I got the right activity for you!

If you are a regular reader of my little blog you all know that I am contributing and sharing short stories,book reviews and article(s) (singular for now because I only have one posted but I hope to contribute more) on bookbed.

I am very excited to share this activity the bookbed editorial team made for everyone and I want to invite anyone interested in joining me (yes I signed up!)  and other bookbed storytellers on this project.

What project/activity?

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The activity is called Dugtungan. Basically , the end result may be a short story, novelette or novel that is co-written by everyone who joined in on the fun.

More Information and how to register for Dugtungan here.

I wanted to share this because sharing is caring . ahaha.

Joking aside, I want to share this great idea of an activity because it is a great way for aspiring writers to practice and enhance their writing skills, and gain a little more confidence when it comes to their new found or old flame with writing. 🙂

I hope you join me and the bookbed community in such a great collaboration. 😀

See you soon or read you soon. 😀

♥L