Review + Playlist: The Real Score by Kesh Tanglao

Posted by Dianne on Monday, September 1, 2014. Filed under: , , ,
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The Real Score (Gezellig, #1)

Title: The Real Score (Gezellig #1)
Author: Kesh Tanglao
Date of Publication: August 28, 2013

Caitlin's friendship with Marcus, the de facto frontman of the world's biggest boy band Gezellig, has long been an object of scrutiny by almost everyone--their friends and families, the media, and his fans--ever since they "went public" a couple of years back. Who wouldn't be interested? She was a nobody, catapulted into the limelight of his fame when he struck an unusual friendship with her.

To both Caitlin and Marcus, what they have is a "perfect little thing." But then something comes along and threatens it.

In a no-holds-barred interview, will they finally be forced to settle the score?

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My Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Sab has hounded me to read this book ever since she loved it and gave it 5 stars back in December. I don't even know what took me so long but I finally bought it last June when Kesh approached me to tour it and the second book in the series. I felt so embarrassed that I haven't read the book so I started it during a very boring meeting at work. #modelemployee

But then I didn't even get past the first chapter because I got scared: WHAT IF I DON'T LIKE IT? I don't read the books I tour before the tour because I know for a fact that if I didn't like the book, I won't be able to promote it AT ALL. It would feel so fake for me so I'd rather not know anything of the book I'm touring than hate it.

And I hate that I even feared about not liking The Real Score because oh boy do I love it. I couldn't sleep and no for-review books on my Kindle were calling out to me. While I was browsing the ebooks I bought, I saw TRS and dived in and I finished the book while rolling and squealing in my bed until five in the morning. KESH TANGLAO, YOU OWE ME SLEEP. Just jeez, THIS. BOOK.

Now, anything with a celebrity in fiction is a guilty pleasure of mine. I just love that trope so so much. A celebrity, whether an actor, a musician or an athlete, and a commoner falling in love. So it's pretty much a given that I'll like this book but it exceeded all my expectations and here's how Kesh Tanglao just made a fan out of me.

1. Caitlin is a Filipina and it's mostly set in the Philippines. REPRESENT! I guess it makes it even easier to imagine myself in Cait's shoes because she's a Filipina and that we share the same values. Close family ties, filial responsibilities and a whole lot more.

But fear not because even if you're not a Filipina, you'll still relate to Caitlin. She's four years older than Marcus and is already a very mature person. She knows that she's very lucky and she's not taking everything for granted. She's been hurt before and so she's afraid to start something more than friendship with Marcus. But through it all, you will root for her and be on her side. She's perfect for Marcus and we really see it because Kesh Tanglao spent a lot of time chronicling how they work to make their long-distance friendship work.

2. Marcus!!! Now, Marcus is all sorts of swoony and I now get why Sab has him for a book boyfriend but what I love about him is that he isn't perfect. There were multiple times when I wanted to kick him in the nuts while I was reading the book because he hurt Caitlin and just ugh, he frustrated me.

3. Well-paced. Even though The Real Score is just a novella clocking in 150+ pages, we get to know the characters fully and we get to see them undergo lots of plot arcs, which made me a very satisfied reader. Some bits were sad and bittersweet, which made the pay-off even more glorious. I thought they'd be together at a certain point then they didn't and I ended up wallowing with the characters. They're just so damn human and relatable!

4. THE ENDING. Just perfect. P E R F E C T GAAAAAAAAHHHH. When everything came around and you realize why the title is the title, goosebumps!!! I LOVE IT I NEED MORE MARCUS AND CAITLIN!!!

For fans of contemporary romance and just about anyone who wants to swoon and sigh and squeal with that effervescent feeling feel-good romance stories give you, you have to read The Real Score. It's such a breezy and super satisfying read, which will put Kesh Tanglao in your auto-buy list and in your radar when you're in need of some lovin'. Go get it, go read it, go love it. Just like I did.


Of course I just had to make a playlist because I love the book and I felt like I had the perfect songs for it. I was supposed to put songs sung by guys for Marcus and songs sung by girls for Caitlin but I just had to make one exception for Butch Walker. Anyway, you'll understand whatever I'm babbling about in a bit. I've included some of the lyrics so you can see just how apt these songs are! I'm so excited to share these songs and I hope you'll like them. Just go under the cut to continue!

Stacking the Shelves (38)

Posted by Dianne on Saturday, August 30, 2014. Filed under:

Here's my August haul and I love all the books I got! Yay!

For Review

Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
Scent of Magic by Maria V. Snyder
Taste of Darkness by Maria V. Snyder
Messenger of Fear by Michael Grant (ARC)
The Incredible Adventures of Cinnamon Girl by Melissa Keil


Sinner by Maggie Stiefvater (ARC)


I'll Be Right There by Kyung Sook Shin
Article 5 by Kristen Simmons
Three by Kristen Simmons
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
Audrey, Wait! by Robin Benway
The Ruining by Anna Collomore
Nerve by Jeanne Ryan
Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality by Elizabeth Eulberg
Inbetween by Tara Fuller
Forgotten by Cat Patrick
Imaginary Girls by Nova Ren Suma
*signed* Proxy by Alex London
*signed* Guardian by Alex London
Fateful by Claudia Gray
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Thank you to Hardie Grant Egmont, MIRA Ink, Rachel, Fully Booked, all the awesome online booksellers, Powerbooks and of course, to National Book Store for #AlexLondoninPH! I had so much fun and Alex was so great I miss him already. Share your haul in the comments section below so I can check them out! Thanks for dropping by!

Blog Tour Invite: The Kitchen When It Sizzles by Chrissie Peria

Posted by Dianne on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Filed under: ,
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I got a sexy contemporary romance for you by a Filipino author! And food + romance is a great recipe for sweetness and steam! Hope you can help out!

The Kitchen When it Sizzles
Title: The Kitchen When It Sizzles
Author: Chrissie Peria
Date of Publication: August 16, 2014
Genre: sexy contemporary romance

Olivia Nadal is an almost perfect girl with an almost perfect life. She has stunning good looks, an exciting job that pays well, men lining up to date her, and a homey little condo she calls her own. The only thing keeping her from perfection is her utter inability to cook.

Enter Nate Olivarez, a hotshot chef who's filling in for Olivia's cooking instructor. Sparks fly when they meet, but a fling with the visiting hottie is the last thing Olivia needs. But as things keep heating up in the kitchen, she can't help but wonder. Can things work out between her and Nate? Or is the sizzle all set to fizzle?

Tour Details:

1. September 29 - October 3, 2014
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, guest posts and interviews
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.

Partial Schedule

September 29

My Book Empire - Guest Post
The Book Pile - Excerpt

September 30

The Book Junkie - Excerpt

October 1
pakwanstripes - Excerpt

October 2

October 3

The Shadow Realm - Excerpt

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{Blog Tour} Review + Giveaway: Proxy by Alex London

Posted by Dianne on Friday, August 22, 2014. Filed under: , , , ,
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#AlexLondoninPH this August 30! And to welcome him, Pinoy Book Tours, in partnership with National Book Store, has arranged a blog tour with a giveaway for a signed copy to boot! Read on for my review and don't forget to join the giveaway!

Proxy (Proxy, #1)
Title: Proxy (Proxy #1)
Author: Alex London
Publisher: Philomel (HB) | Speak (PB)
Date of Publication: June 18, 2013 (HB) | May 1, 2014 (PB)
Genre: YA dystopia, LGBT

Syd’s life is not his own. As a proxy he must to pay for someone else's crimes. When his patron Knox crashes a car and kills someone, Syd is branded and sentenced to death. The boys realize the only way to beat the system is to save each other so they flee. The ensuing cross-country chase will uncover a secret society of rebels, test the boys' resolve, and shine a blinding light onto a world of those who owe and those who pay.

This fast-paced thrill ride of a novel is full of breakneck action, shocking twists and heart-hammering suspense that will have readers gasping until the very last page.

Purchase from Amazon | B&N | The Book Depository


My Rating: 4 out of 5  stars

Admittedly, I just finished PROXY last night and I immediately let out a gurgled scream of AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA after what went down. I might be incoherent still so please forgive me for any excessive use of exclamation marks or run-on sentences.

I was planning on making a Post-It type of review for this book before I started it. That is, I will be putting my comments on Post-Its and take pictures of them as I read the book. However, this plan was never executed and I only ended up with ONE because PROXY IS SO FREAKING INTENSE AND FAST-PACED AND AWESOME. I'll get to that in a bit but first, here's my one and only note~

K, now that that's out of the way, it's still not out of my mind. Just by page 5, I already felt that I will like this book. Not only the first chapter was a very vivid look into the psychology and character of Knox, it firmly established this futuristic world's love for image and looks. Going into Proxy, I knew that it was an LGBT book and that alone was enough reason to love this and recommend it to everyone. Then, it also touches on body image and body modifications? That's very timely. Add to that that Knox is a HACKER and holy shiz if that isn't a major book turn-on for me. Mehehe. The advanced technology, the glaringly obvious social divide, all that biotechnology (THEY REVIVED EXTINCT ANIMALS IN THE PATRON ZOO!!), good lord, really, the molecular biologist in me rejoiced and partied like Miley Cyrus.

So the whole storyworld of PROXY intrigued me and it would have been enough to glue me to the pages. Then as the story progressed, we got to know more about the Proxy system and we came to understand and sympathize with Syd. Syd's a smart kid and has been lying low but he has been dealt with a bad set of cards, in the form of his patron Knox. Knox just might be the worst patron ever and Syd gets punished every week for all the infractions and shenanigans Knox do. I just wanted Syd to get out of the system and be free but then we wouldn't have a story, wouldn't we?

So we also have topnotch characters in here, with depth, motives and dreams. Knox isn't the most likable person and in fact, he's an asshole but he knows it, admits it and owns it. And you just can't help but be endeared with him even if he's like that. Aside from the boys, we have Marie, who's such an idealist and who believes in equality and the freeing of the proxies. While I am not an idealist myself (I am cynical), I couldn't hate on Marie because she is damn feisty and she stands for her principles. Now, that's a strong girl without being kick-ass. Oh shoot, she's also kick-ass  because she knows how to fight. Attagirl!

More importantly, the characters in Proxy are very... normal. We don't have the usual heroes we have in young adult who suddenly accepts their fate and swoops in to save the day. Syd just wants to live unnoticed and Know just wants to piss his father off. Even with everything that's happening, they reacted how normal teens would react - lost, confused and angry. Especially in dystopia, these characters are such a breath of fresh air. Thank you, Alex London.

Now, I'll get to all those exclamation points I promised. Proxy's story is just so goddamned fast-paced that I READ IT IN ONE SITTING!!!!1 This reading-slump-suffering, cannot-finish-a-book-in-a-day blogger finished this book in a breeze. Seriously, you should not start Proxy late at night because you won't be getting enough sleep. There was enough mystery in it to keep you flipping the page (what's that mark on Syd??), there were tons of issues it toed but didn't discuss fully which I fully appreciate because I don't want preachy novels, several themes cropped up and action is right around every corner. You think Syd will be safe now? Ha, you're wrong! Then you'll think it's really over then BOOM SHAKALAKA Alex London just keeps on giving us more reasons for this: !!!!!!!!!!!!1111

All I can say is, if you haven't read PROXY, DO SO NOW. NOW. NOW. NOW. NOW. That ending? I was shocked and I love it. You guys, if you want something action-packed but with depth, go read this.


One lucky Filipino resident will win a SIGNED copy of PROXY! Good luck!

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See you at #AlexLondoninPH, bookish Filipinos!

Blog Tour Invite: Once Upon a Player by Agay Llanera

Posted by Dianne on Wednesday, August 20, 2014. Filed under: ,
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Once upon a Player

Title: Once Upon a Player
Author: Agay Llanera
Genre: contemporary romance

Gorgeous college senior Val Fabian is a player in every sense of the word. She's the star spiker of her university's volleyball team, and she never runs out of dates. But it seems that this year, she has finally been bitten by the commitment bug. She sets her sights on an unexpected target--the unassuming yet ultra-cute Jake Clementia. Val is used to getting what she wants, and is sure she'll snag him before graduation. But in the process of winning his heart, she is sideswiped by a surprise move that sends her tumbling from her pedestal.

Tour Details:

1. September 22 - 26, 2014
2. Multi-stop tour composed of reviews, excerpts, guest posts and interviews
3. There will be a tour-wide giveaway.
4. Electronic review copies will be provided.

Partial Schedule

September 22

Imagine a World - Review + Excerpt
Brewed Thoughts - Review
The Great Big Jump -  Review

September 23

Fastidious Reader - Review + Excerpt

September 24

Fun to Live the Illusion - Excerpt + Guest Post

September 25

It's A Wonderful Bookworld - Review + Excerpt
Brewed Thoughts - Guest Post

September 26

Freine's Finds - Review
The Library Mistress - Excerpt + Guest Post
The Book Pile - Excerpt

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Mini-Review + Theme Song: Inland by Kat Rosenfield

Posted by Dianne on Monday, August 18, 2014. Filed under: , , ,
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Good lord this book. I've been trying to review this since its release date but words fail me, like I've been failing to review for so long. So, I'll just post my mini-review or more like a blurb of this beautiful book. And what I think should be its theme song. Because I haven't been doing music posts recently. Yay to trying to conquer the slump!

Title: Inland
Author: Kat Rosenfield
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Date of Publication: June 12, 2014

The psychological labyrinth of a young woman’s insidious connection to the sea, from the Edgar Award nominated author of Amelia Anne is Dead and Gone.

Callie Morgan has long lived choked by the failure of her own lungs, the result of an elusive pulmonary illness that has plagued her since childhood. A childhood marked early by the drowning death of her mother—a death to which Callie was the sole witness. Her father has moved them inland, away from the memories of the California coast her mother loved so much and toward promises of recovery—and the escape of denial—in arid, landlocked air.

But after years of running away, the promise of a life-changing job for her father brings Callie and him back to the coast, to Florida, where Callie’s symptoms miraculously disappear. For once, life seems delightfully normal. But the ocean’s edge offers more than healing air … it holds a magnetic pull, drawing Callie closer and closer to the chilly, watery embrace that claimed her mother. Returned to the ocean, Callie comes of age and comes into a family destiny that holds generations of secrets and very few happy endings.

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My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thank you to First to Read for the eARC I won! This in no way affected my views of the novel.

INLAND is utterly beautiful, with an absolutely stunning prose. It is the poignant tale of women powerless to the sea, ending up sucked into its hungry mouth, even as they helplessly claw to cling inland, trying to build roots that will never hold. Not when your love is as present, now and forever, and as powerful as the ocean. As Callie finds the sea insidious, one will find Rosenfield's words calling out to them, begging to be read without stopping. INLAND will sweep you away into the tide, swallow you up whole into its deep, murky depths, drown you in the eerily creepy atmosphere Rosenfield has masterfully weaved, and then let you float up changed. It is reminiscent of Elizabeth Fama's MONSTROUS BEAUTY, all at once both chillingly dark and poetically sublime. I highly recommend INLAND to fans of E. Lockhart, Lauren Oliver and Tahereh Mafi.

Theme Song

I know, I've had this pesky rule of not reusing songs in my posts. I've previously used this song for my playlist of Savor by Kate Evangelista and I included it in there, albeit begrudgingly (as I've been wanting to use it for an actual mermaid book), because it is such a great mood setter. But this song, this song deserves to be an exception to my so-called rule. I love this obscure song (and when I say obscure, it is obscure) and I think it's perfect for INLAND. The lyrics? Oh YES. The haunting voice? HECK YEAH. Go take a listen to... TIDAL CRUSHER by CAVALIER ROSE!

We're underwater, Sheriff
Please excuse us, we got salt for eyes
You can shoot us from your watch tower

and you'll see
Ain't got no legs to stand on
Our heart-strings taut with fishing twine
And a big balloon for ear drums

Let it be
Nice and easy, dee
Under here with me
But you ain't never going home

Come on you tidal crusher
My monsoon heart's got business here
Who are you to split asunder

and you'll see
Ain't got no legs to stand on
Invertebrate my pioneer
We will ne'er get out from under

Wanna breathe?
Want some slow release?
You can call on me
But you ain't never going home

And all your marigold and flotsam
Fill my diving bell in the stratosphere
Floating way away forever
got to split to sink you

Bigger brother with your field below
Field below field below

Tell me tell me tell me
nice and slow
here we go
Tell me where it hurts

Here for ever in my liquid lair
Lost forever what the fuck I care
Nothing's fair
Just digging in the dirt
In the dirt

Let it be
Nice and easy, dee
Under here with me
But you ain't never going home

About Kat Rosenfield

Kat Rosenfield was born and raised in Coxsackie, New York, graduated from New Jersey's Drew University, and worked as a production assistant, publicist and copywriter in New York City before finding her niche in writing for teenagers. Her first novel, AMELIA ANNE IS DEAD AND GONE, was published by Dutton in July 2012. Her second novel, INLAND, will be published in Spring/Summer 2014.

When not writing fiction, she can be found contributing entertainment news and commentary to MTV's Hollywood Crush blog and lecturing on proper flirting techniques on Barnes & Noble's SparkLife.

The name of her hometown is not pronounced the way you think it is.

Slumped and Stumped AKA Where have you been, Dianne?

Posted by Dianne on Saturday, August 16, 2014.

If anyone even noticed, Oops! I Read A Book Again has been a pretty quiet blog for months now. Sure, I still posted blog tour invites and the random spotlights (which were supposed to be reviews for tours but I wasn't able to post because I either couldn't bring myself to read the book or I didn't like the book). I posted my book hauls and just recently, tried to catch up with my book spine poems. The main thing that I myself am disappointed with is that I wasn't able to finish posting for my OWN blog event, which I've been planning for too long now, #SoClosetoYouWeek. I'm so sorry, Rachel. Really sorry.

So what really happened, huh?

Let me give you a tally of the reviews I posted for 2014 here in the blog.

January: 4 (Forgivable, since I was posting almost everyday for #CelebratingDebutantes2013.)
February: 9 (Woo!)
March: 5 (Yay!)
April: 3 (Also known as the month of the reviewing slump.)
May: 6 (Trying to get back in good graces.)
June: 2 (The reading and reviewing slump.)
July: 2 (The reading, reviewing and blogging slump. I just about gave up at this point.)
August: 0 (We're still counting, right?)

Compare that to the number of books I read...

January: 11
February: 10
March: 8
April: 8
May: 11
June: 5
July: 5
August: 5

Wow, right? I should get my blogger creds removed. April started it all. Those three reviews I have for April? I think I wrote them in May and just published it for April to cover up my lack of reviews. Seriously. I only posted one review then (for The Summer I Wasn't Me), truth be told. And I remember finding it very hard to write that review because I just can't write one. The other two reviews were for The Geography of You and Me and The Hunt, both books I loved but I just couldn't review them.

Then came May. I wrote reviews for books I loved: Scan, There Will Come A Time, All Lined Up, Girl Lost, The Paradox of Vertical Flight and Rebel. This should be good but I wasn't able to post a review for Free to Fall (NORTH!!!), More Than Music and We Were Liars, all books I loved. Heck, I still haven't posted a review for PLUS ONE, which I love more than my Kindle, and that's just sad.

Then, June and July. It's been a blur, actually. Sab, Charlie and I suddenly, at the same time, hated that our reviews all sound the same. That our reviews are so impersonal and trying to be objective. YES, that reviewing and blogging screwed up our reading. I can't even read a book now without rating it and without reviewing it in my mind. I sure don't post much because I had a phase where I hated my blog because it just sucks and it sucked the happiness in reading. I keep on justifying why I like a book when before, I just like it. I feel like I have to explain myself when in reality, I don't. I don't need to be objective, it's my blog. It's my blog so I can say whatever I want, not thinking of softening the blow of a bad review to authors and whatever. I mean, I still won't bash authors just because I hate the book but I should be free to hate on a book I hate, right? Moreover, my reviews all sound the same by now and it just made me sad and scornful at the time.

With the need for an outlet for my personal life, I also revived my personal blog. And it made me happy, really. I was on my own domain for a while but I didn't post a thing for a year because of Oops! I Read A Book Again so $18 down the drain! Admittedly, I kicked myself in the shins for that but now that I'm on a free domain once again, there's no pressure to post. I want to post at times but then I get lazy and I just tell my friends what I wanted to share so I have an outlet.

With everything that has happened, I vowed not to read books I got for review for a while. I started reading Special Topics in Calamity Physics and I remember berating myself why I read so slow because I've been reading the book for a week and I'm not even halfway. Which made me think: WHY AM I RUSHING? This is not for review and I'm reading it for my own pleasure. No one can hold something over me for not reviewing it because I BOUGHT IT. Here came the excessive buying of adult books. I was trying to even move away from reading YA books for a time because it felt like YA books = I have to review them.

It didn't last at all. I still haven't finished Special Topics because I dropped it. Ha! I'll still finish it in the near future but recently, I've been binging on contemporary YA reads. I guess you can never remove the YA reader in me, even though I want to "mature" with my reading selections. I also started reading Palo Alto because HELLO, JAMES FRANCO.

But here comes another disease of mine: skimming. I finished lots of these contemporary YA books via skimming. It takes me around 5 hours to read a book by skimming so I guess I don't really skim that much. Just that if there are tons of descriptions and non-dialogue, I tend to skip them and just get to the meat. I know, I might be judging the books I read like this wrongly but WHO CARES???? I was at an impatient phase in my life and I just want to read and know WHAT HAPPENS NEXT without all the hullabaloo of drama and angst and all that. I skim because a book either bores me or it excites me a lot that I anticipate and end up wanting to know what happens next. I plan on getting back to some of the books I read this way to properly read them but only because I like or even love those. Hihi. As for those that I hated or found so-so, meh, good thing I didn't read the whole book. Hehe.

So now that I've explained myself, I want to ask you: any bloggers feel this way too? I know Sab and Charlie have been feeling like this too, which explains our sporadic blog posts and whatnot. But I also miss blogging and sharing my views of books WHEN I WANT TO, not because I have to.

Which brings me to the NO MORE SIGNING UP FOR BLOG TOUR REVIEWS rule. I will, of course, have tons of exceptions for this like Daisy Whitney/Lauren Blakely's books, Elizabeth Fama's, Amy Tintera's, Kasie West's, Sara Wolf's and all the authors I love. But in general, I don't want to join them anymore. It's been known that I only actually manage to post reviews WHEN I HAVE TO aka when I'm part of a tour but they just stress me out so much. I feel bad for the organizers when I say that I haven't read the book because I'm in a slump because I know how hard it is to organize a tour and lose a reviewer. So I just won't sign up. No stress!

Lastly, I resolve not to pressure myself into posting a review if I'm not feeling like posting or even reviewing a book. I also resolve to let on the hate because I feel like I've been watering down my negative reviews, which ends up with me having pent-up negative feelings. I blog to let my thoughts about a book out and if that happens to be great thoughts, I blog to promote and pimp a book. But I need to remember that I'm blogging for myself and myself alone. I shouldn't think of views and comments and what other people might think because THIS IS MY BLOG. It took me almost two years to realize this. I mean, I thought I didn't care about numbers but of course I did, at the back of my mind. But now that I've been in an extended slump of what, almost half a year, I now truly know that I should not care about anything even remotely political or of the envious kind while blogging.

I thought that was my last thought but here's another one: ARC GUILT!!! I am still guilty over the review books I haven't reviewed so I have a PROJECT FALL 2017! I'm planning to leave the Philippines to get my PhD degree and all the post-docs and all career-moving endeavors by the fall of 2017. I know it's very vague but I MUST FINISH ALL THE BOOKS BY THEN. Hee! How do you think I should do this?

I've been thinking of alternating between reading books for review and books I bought/gifted/won so that I can quash that BOOKS FOR REVIEW ARE TAKING OVER MY LIFE!!!! feeling. Help me out here, guys!

Lastly (truly the last thought), I shall not compare myself to other bloggers. I told Sab a while back that I went to a bloghopping spree to my favorite big-but-not-so-big bloggers and I felt so much envy that they post a review every other day. EVERY OTHER DAY. HECK, how do they do that? That initiated a domino of self-loathing and blog-loathing and I don't want to do and feel that ever again. EVER. I look up to these bloggers and I know it's my fault for feeling so envious but that wasn't healthy. At all. I shan't compare myself to others and just blog FOR MYSELF.



I shall chant this until it rings true to me. I'm still trying to change all my outlooks regarding blogging so it won't be a stressful endeavor or hobby. So it won't kill the pleasure out of reading like what happened back in June and July. Because, as much as I hated myself and my blog for that period of time, I missed blogging and just typing this 1713-words-and-counting blog post makes me feel so much better. So I just need to make Oops! I Read A Book Again an outlet and blog for myself. Woohoo! Easier said than done but let's do it!

So expect more personal reviews from now on! That just means I can publish a review with exclamation marks only or a review with ugh in all caps. Haha!