#30DayBookChallenge Day 1: Best book you’ve read last year

30-Day Book Challenge Day 1: Best book you’ve read last year


Boy, I really tried to limit this to a book or two, but I just can’t left out the others! 2013 is such an amazing #reading year because of these awesome books!

  • Walong Diwata ng Pagkahulog by Edgar Calabia Samar (@ecsamar)
    This book is both difficult and beautiful. I simply loved the prose of the novel no matter how dizzying it is! The unconventional, nonlinear story plot also added an amazing touch in the story. I fell in love with the fantastic characters (humans or not) too.
  • Life of Pi by Yann Martel
    This book started by claiming that reading this will make you believe in God. Although I don’t think it really came to that, the novel was still exquisite. I felt that I was immersed in the story and Pi’s whole ordeal as I was reading it. The plot twist also made a great impact on me, and I kept on thinking of it even weeks after I’ve finished the book.
  • The Fault in Our Stars by JohnGreen (@johngreenwritesbooks)
    Who wouldn’t love this John Green’s best-selling novel? I fell in love with Hazel and Gus’s story: slowly, then all at once. Finished the book within a day and I just had to reread it immediately after because it was so excellent. And yup, cried buckets of tears because of it. Damn cancer.
  • It’s A Mens World by Bebang Siy
    No it’s not a typo. It’s really a world of “mens”. A collection of essays, this book tackles the life of Miss Bebang as she grows up with her family, her struggles and challenges told in a humorous way. I could really relate with this book as I was reading this. I even made my sister and niece read it! I highly recommend this to everyone.

The Pinoy books were actually signed copies. I rated all of them with 5 stars. Go read them now, if you still haven’t. You won’t regret it!


The Perks of Book Blogging: Free copy of Janus Silang

Someone is a really happy kid. Just look at what was delivered to our doorstep last Friday afternoon!

Actually, I was not in the house when the package was delivered because I was still in my summer service program. But I asked about it as soon as I arrived, and boy how happy I was when I learned that the package came!

Janus Silang at Ang Tiyanak na Tabon by Edgar Calabia Samar. This is the first book in Janus Silang series and the first (I think) YA book of Adarna House, Inc. This is just the first book of the series, mind you.

Here’s a brief synopsis:

Sa tournament ng TALA Online sa bayan ng Balanga, namatay ang lahat ng manlalaro maliban kay Janus. Sunod-sunod pa ang naging kaso ng pagkamatay ng mga kabataan sa computer shops sai ba’t ibang panig ng bansa. Kinontak si Janus ng nagpakilalang Joey, isa rin umano sa mga nakaligtas sa paglalaro ng TALA na gaya niya. Hindi inasahan ni Janus ang mga matutuklasan niya mula rito na mag-uugnay sa kanya sa misteryo ng kinahuhumalingan niyang RPG—at sa alamat ng Tiyanak mula sa Tábon!

Thank you so much Adarna House for delivering this free copy for me and to Ate Biena for referring me to this. I’m really very excited to read this! And this is the second time that I received a free copy of a book because of my book blogging activities. Yay! Book blogging really has its awesome perks!

Anyway, there’s actually an ongoing blog tour this week to promote the book. Check the book tour schedule here. I wasn’t able to join the blog tour, unfortunately, but I love Sir Egay so much that I’m still promoting Janus Silang in my social media accounts. By the way, use the hashtag #JanusSilang, okay? 🙂 I’d be also reading it this week, so wait for my review in this blog.

By the way, there will be a book launch of Janus Silang book on May 10 at SM North, as well as book discussion with Pinoy Reads Pinoy Books (book club I’m a member of) on May 24. The author will appear on both events, so come and join us! It’ll be definitely fun! Janus Silang would be available in bookstores this May, but you could already add it in Goodreads.

This blog post is sponsored by Adarna House. Like them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @AdarnaHouse. You can also like the official Facebook page of the series at Janus Silang Series.