Archive for June 2012

Tune in Tuesday: Jason Reeves


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A weekly feature hosted by GReads that showcases music.

Today's Tunes:
I was watching some book trailers over at youtube that featured a song by Augustana which I liked so I searched for the video, then I came across some artists which lead to another then another then came Jason Reeves which was on the Suggestion side. I liked his songs and it has been playing on my player for over a week now.

Reeves works as a solo artist and also as a co-writer with other artists.

Helium Hearts

 Save my Heart
 
No Lies feat. Cobie Callait

Someone Somewhere

More in Love with You
   


The Fault in Our Stars: Book Review


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 "You gave me a forever within the numbered days..."

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 Two years post-miracle, sixteen-year-old Hazel is post-everything else, too; post-high school, post-friends and post-normalcy. And even though she could live for a long time (whatever that means), Hazel lives tethered to an oxygen tank, the tumours tenuously kept at bay with a constant chemical assault. 

Enter Augustus Waters. A match made at cancer kid support group, Augustus is gorgeous, in remission, and shockingly to her, interested in Hazel. Being with Augustus is both an unexpected destination and a long-needed journey, pushing Hazel to re-examine how sickness and health, life and death, will define her and the legacy that everyone leaves behind.
-Goodreads summary 



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“This is not a cancer book ‘cause cancer books suck,” as Hazel Grace would say.

The fault in our stars is just awesome and great. It made me teary eyed most of the time and some tears fell as well. (At one point, I had to stop and collect myself before continuing reading.) It made me laugh and smile. It made my heart ache. It made me giddy. (Oh, those Hazel-Augustus scenes!)

Hazel and Augustus are just perfect characters. They are truly captivating to read. Hazel Grace, as what Augustus calls her, is one strong person despite her condition. And Gus, he's bringing positivity to Hazel's life. He's smart, he's funny and he's sweet.

This is a witty, funny, hopeful, sad, compelling and highly emotional book. Although you can already see it coming, you will not be prepared for the inevitable conclusion. Go read it, now! Seriously! …and prepare for your heart to be broken.

TFIOS is just heartbreakingly beautiful.





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  My The Fault in Our Stars Playlist:
  • Terrified - Katherine McPhee
  • "You set it again, my heart's in motion. Every word feels like a shooting star."
  • "And I'm in love, and I'm terrified for the first time and the last time in my only life."
  • More Time - Needtobreathe  
  • "I hope that you could understand that this is not what I had planned"
  • "Cause I need more time
    Just a few more months and we’ll be fine
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  • For my playlist of original songs inspired by the book go here.


Top Ten Tuesday: TBR List - Summer Theme


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This weeks' topic is top ten books on your summer to be read list. 

Summer is already over here in the Philippines and its already rainy season so I decided to just tweak the topic a bit. Instead of putting a summer TBR list, I’ll be putting Top Ten books from my TBR list which are about summer or have a summery feel to it. Here goes:

1. Amy & Roger’s Epic Detour, Morgan Matson

2.Twenty Boy Summer, Sarah Ockler  

3. Wanderlove, Kirsten Hubbard  

4. The Sky is Everywhere, Jandy Nelson 


5. The Fine Art of Truth or Dare, Melissa Jensen

6. Moonglass, Jessi Kirby

7. That Summer, Sarah Dessen 

8. The Next Door Boys, Jolene B. Perry 

  9. The Boyfriend Thief, Shana Norris 

10. Love and Leftovers, Sarah Tregay

The Truth About Forever: Book Review


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“But there was only one truth about forever that really mattered, 
and that was this: it was happening.” 

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a long, hot summer...

That's what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy's father.

But sometimes unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister's project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl's world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to wonder, Is it really better to be safe than sorry?
-Goodreads summary
 
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The Truth about Forever follows Sarah Dessen’s formula of one girl, one boy, and one summer. Plus, the formula of a girl with difficulties falling in love with a guy while finding herself. But really, it never gets old. 2012 was definitely my Sarah Dessen year as this book was already my fifth of hers. I love every single one of her books on different levels but now, I will say, The Truth about Forever will have to be my favorite among them. 

I totally adore Macy. I can definitely relate to how she strives to be this perfect girl and daughter. And there’s just something about what she feels with her father’s death and how people perceive her, it’s relatable. I liked how she learned to confine with her mother and how she made new friends and developed a relationship while at the same time rediscovering herself. 

And then there's the boy. Sa-woon! That is how they describe Wes, the guy who is definitely swoon-worthy. (Just like every other Dessen boy) He is on the top of my YA book crushes. He’s just so artistic and lovable. He sees something in old/broken things as he creates art with things that other people consider as trash. (I wish I could have one of his artworks. Awww.) 

And the friends... As I have mentioned in a previous Dessen book review, I like how she gives life to every character she writes. Each one of the characters has their own personality that brings something to the story. In this one, you’ll see how different the supporting characters are and how you can’t help but remember each one of them because of those differences; they’re definitely the most memorable supporting characters on a Dessen book.

I just love this book. It talked about fear, grief, family, friendship and love. This is undeniably one of my favorite YA book. I’m thinking of reading it again right now.

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My The Truth about Forever playlist:
  • Skip to the Good Part- He Is We
  • "I never thought I'd find the hands to hold my   heart. Whattya know? Let's skip to the good    part. " "I do and a kiss and forever starts" 
  • This is My Now - Jordin Sparks
  • "This is my now and I am breathing in the moment. As I look around, I can't believe the  love I see."
  • What Hurts the Most - Cascada
  • "What hurts the most was being so close. And having so much to say, and watching you walk away."

Top Ten Tuesday: Good Beach Reads


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This weeks topic is Top Ten Books I'd Recommend As Good Beach Reads.

For this week, I only have 8 since one on the list is a series with 3 books. I chose these books because of either a. it's set in summer/on the beach, b. it's about travel or c. it's simply just a fun read.

1. The Truth About Forever - Sarah Dessen
    Macy has it all planned for the summer until she meets the wish crew and enters a catering job...
 














2. Along for the Ride - Sarah Dessen
    Auden spends summer with her dad in the beach town of Colby...  











 



3. The Summer I Turned Pretty Series - Jenny Han
    Belly spends summer at Cousin's Beach with the Fisher brothers...
   



4. Anna and the French Kiss - Stephanie Perkins
    Anna goes to boarding school in Paris...
  














5. Things I know about Love - Kate Le Vann
    Livia visits her brother in New York for the summer... 
   Disclaimer: This is heartbreaking















6. The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight - Jennifer Smith
    Hadley goes to London to attend her father's wedding...
 














7. The Last Song - Nicholas Sparks
    Ronnie spends the summer with her dad at the beach...
   Disclaimer: Pack some tissues for this.















8. Keeping the Moon - Sarah Dessen
    Collie spends her summer in the beach town of Colby...
    I don't like it as much as the other Dessen books but hey try this, you mike like it. 
  
 

June Playlist: The Fault in Our Stars


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I have recently finished the book The Fault in Our Stars by John Green. Since I have yet to write a review, I decided to look for some book trailers over at youtube. And guess what I found? Yes, I found book trailers but I also found a lot of songs inspired by the book which are really good. For a few days now, these songs are on constant replay on my music player. So, here's my TFIOS June playlist:

1. The Fault in Our Stars - Kaysy Conundrum

2. Our Infinity - Kiera Jo

3. Grenade - GeeksSingToo

4. The Fault in Our Stars - Joshua Voiles and friends

5. The Fault in Our Stars - Meghan Tonjes

6. The Fault in Our Stars - Yalegirl2011

7. For Hazel and Augustus - Camila Sings
 

8. Minesweeper - Kanal von Zeroviron

9. Little Infinities - JaxandCoke

10. Hazel Grace - juliaplusbanjo


Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Crushes


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This week is Top Ten Tuesday rewind wherein you pick any past topic you want and my pick is the top ten list of my fictional crushes.

1. Etienne St. Clair (The English French American Boy Masterpiece), Anna and the French Kiss
    I love love love Etienne. He is not the perfect guy but he is definitely swoon worthy.

2. Adam Wilde (The Handsome Rocker), If I Stay and Where She Went
    He's a musician. I love music and I just love Adam.

3. Wes Baker (The Quiet and Incredible Artist), The Truth about Forever
    Sa-woon! Totally! He's hot and he doesn't even acknowledge it. And his art pieces are great.   
    Wes is my favorite Dessen boy to date.

4. Augustus Waters (The Metaphorical Guy), The Fault in our Stars
    I love how Augustus speaks. I don't know what else to say he's simply an amazing guy.

5.  Sam Henry (The Adorable Best Friend), Catching Jordan   
     I like guys who make you laugh and Sam Henry is just that. Plus, he's so adorable.

6. Oliver (The Chivalrous Researcher), The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight
    A total gentleman. I just like him.

7. Edward Cullen (The Sparkling Vampire), The Twilight Saga
    I adore him for being such a gentleman and being protective of Bella. He'd do anything to keep her safe.

8. Dexter Jones (The Musician Boy), This Lullaby
    He's also a musician, in a band and he's funny. And he likes giving random challenges.

9. Conrad Fisher (The Reserved Lad), The Summer I Turned Pretty Series
    I like the mystery in Conrad although sometimes I hate him for making Belly cry.

10.Eli Joseph Stock (The Mysterious Biker), Along for the Ride
     I like how he joined Auden in a quest to do things she haven't done as a teenager.