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Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Years - 2005


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A weekly feature hosted by GReads that showcases music.

For the month of July, you have to pick favorite songs that bring you back to your glorious teenage years.

The year: 2005. My last few months in high school and my first year in college. Here are some of the hit songs here in the Philippines during my transition from high school to college:

1. You and Me - Lifehouse

2. Beautiful Soul - Jesse McCartney

3. Wake Me Up When September Ends - Green Day

4. True - Ryan Cabrera

5. Untitled - Simple Plan
 

Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Years - 2004


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A weekly feature hosted by GReads that showcases music.

For the month of July, you have to pick favorite songs that bring you back to your glorious teenage years.

The year: 2004. These songs were released on 2004 except for Only One which was released January 2005, I think. Since I'm a 4th year high school student then for the year '04-'05, I decided to include only one on this list. So, this might as well be my last year in high school playlist. =)

The Reason - Hoobastank 
(This was played a lot on the local radio stations that time. It was a major hit here in the Philippines.)

This Love - Maroon 5
(One of  the song that made us love Maroon 5)

Breakaway - Kelly Clarkson 
(I really loved the message of this song. I remember my friend getting the lyrics of this song for me.)

Vindicated - Dashboard Confessional
(Vindicated is one of my favorite Dashboard Confessional song)

Only One - Yellowcard
(Definitely my favorite song that time. I remember me and my friend listening and singing to this during prom rehearsals.)



Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Years - 2003


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A weekly feature hosted by GReads that showcases music.

For the month of July, you have to pick favorite songs that bring you back to your glorious teenage years. 

The year: 2003. The year The Black Eyed Peas, Evanescence and The All-American Rejects entered mainstream or become widespread. This was the year we listened to a lot of Evanescence and Linkin Park (although I wouldn't post a Linkin Park tune since I've already posted one two weeks ago.)

Here Without You - 3 Doors Down

Unwell - Matchbox 20

Where is the Love? - The Black Eyed Peas

Bring Me to Life - Evanescence

Swing, Swing - The All-American Rejects

Versatile Blogger Award


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Thank you so much to Erleen @ Books for YA! for nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I cannot believe this. Haha. It's my first so I'm a bit giddy about this. (Sorry!;))

Here are the VBA rules:
1. Thank the person who gave you this award. That’s common courtesy.
2. Include a link to their blog. That’s also common courtesy — if you can figure out how to do it.
3. Next, select 15 blogs/bloggers that you’ve recently discovered or follow regularly.
4. Nominate those 15 bloggers for the Versatile Blogger Award.
5. Finally, tell the person who nominated you 7 things about yourself.

7 Random Facts About Me:
1. I want to go visit a lot of places around the world. (i.e. France, Greece, Italy, etc...)
2. I hate spiders.
3. I love eating french fries and potato chips.
4. If I really love a book, I buy a paperback copy even though I already have an e-book one.
5. I'm a bit OC in arranging my books on my shelf.
6. I started collecting different bookmarks just recently.
7. I love reading chick-lits.

 My nominees: 
1. Anna Reads 
2. YA Booklover Blog
3. Linny's Literature
4. Kaleidoscopic Reveries
5. Chick Loves Lit
6. G Reads!
7. Tabitha's Book Blog
8. Nightly Reading
9. The Once and Future Librarian
10. I Eat Words

Note: I only have ten since I'm not so sure how to go about this tagging/nomination thing. (Old bloggers, new bloggers, etc..)

To know more about this, go to the VBA Website here.



Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Years - 2002


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A weekly feature hosted by GReads that showcases music.

For the month of July, you have to pick favorite songs that bring you back to your glorious teenage years.


The year: 2002. It was the year Avril, one of my favorite singers, came out with her smash hit complicated. It was also the year A1, our favorite boy band those years, broke up. Here are the songs we listened to back then:

Complicated - Avril Lavigne

Caught in the Middle - A1

Wherever You Will Go - The Calling

A Thousand Miles - Vanessa Carlton

Out of My League - Stephen Speaks

All You Wanted - Michelle Branch

Tune In Tuesday: My Teen Years - 2001


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A weekly feature hosted by GReads that showcases music.

For the month of July, you have to pick favorite songs that bring you back to your glorious teenage years.


The year: 2001. This was my first year in High School and here are some of the tunes that came out that year and became a favorite during my teen years.

Drops of Jupiter - Train

With Arms Wide Open - Creed

In the End  - Linkin Park

Hanging by a Moment - Lifehouse


Crazy for this Girl - Evan and Jaron

Amy & Roger's Epic Detour: Book Review


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 "It's not about the destination. It's getting there that's the good part."

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 Amy Curry thinks her life sucks. Her mom decides to move from California to Connecticut to start anew--just in time for Amy's senior year. Her dad recently died in a car accident. So Amy embarks on a road trip to escape from it all, driving cross-country from the home she's always known toward her new life. Joining Amy on the road trip is Roger, the son of Amy's mother's old friend. Amy hasn’t seen him in years, and she is less than thrilled to be driving across the country with a guy she barely knows. So she's surprised to find that she is developing a crush on him. At the same time, she’s coming to terms with her father’s death and how to put her own life back together after the accident. Told in traditional narrative as well as scraps from the road--diner napkins, motel receipts, postcards--this is the story of one girl's journey to find herself.

 
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I have high expectations for this book since I’ve been seeing it in a lot of book blogs weekly lists. And guess what? It did not disappoint. 

I love, love, love this book.

What I Love…

1.  Amy & Roger. They are just lovable characters who have a baggage of their own.
2. The budding romance. I was always looking out on when it will finally happen. Then, boom! 
    It took a slow speed and that made it even more beautiful.
3. The unforgettable/epic detour.  The places they visited, the foods they ate, the games
    they played. 
4. The emotional journey. It is a feel-good road trip but it isn’t just about that. It’s also about 
    love, grief, guilt, family, friendship and moving on. 
5. The Travel Scrapbook: photos, receipts, maps, sketches. They added a whole lot to the 
    story. It made it more real and made me, the reader, more engaged. This made you feel like 
    you’re in on the trip.  (See below.)
6. Playlists. As a music lover this is a major plus. It was a good way to discover songs and 
    artists I haven't heard before. (I’m currently downloading the songs from the playlists.)  
7. The secondary characters. They met a whole lot of characters and they’re just great. Even 
    though some interactions are just short, I loved them.  
8. It ended with this... 
       Which says something more about the story. And is just great!


I didn’t know how much I enjoyed it until I turned to the last page. I was sad the road trip is already over. All throughout the book I felt like I was with them on the trip. I totally connected with Amy as the voice of the book. I just liked how Ms. Matson put this together with the photos, notes, quotes and all and the flashbacks. I wanted to go on a road trip after finishing it. Something like that, no plans, never knowing where you’ll be next, just whatever comes up. If I live in America, I would want to retrace Amy & Roger’s course. 

This is a really great novel. I’m a fan.
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