Wrap-Up || January 2016

Hi, everyone! I currently have a mountain of academic requirements I have yet to climb over, so this is just going to be a really quick wrap-up post of all the books I’ve read for the month of January and whatever else! How many books have I read, you ask? A surprising total of fourteen (14) books! Did you know that my Goodreads 2015 reading challenge was set to a mere fifteen books for an entire year? And now I’m breezing through fourteen in just a month? What even. Anyway, here they are!

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Mini Reviews || Batch 2

The books for Batch 2 are as follows:

  • Schooled by Piper Lawson
  • Scarred by Erica Hayes
  • The V Girl by Mya Robarts
  • Rikki by Abigail Strom


Title: Schooled
Author: Piper Lawson
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon.

Official synopsis:

Twenty-one-year-old Alexis Caine is so close to her dream she can taste it. And it tastes like validation and Häagen-Dazs. In a few months the quick-talking redhead will graduate with a shiny new business degree and launch a fashion label with her best friend Ava. All the planning, dedication, and saying ‘no’ to everything – and everyone – distracting will pay off.

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Review || Forgetting August


Title: Forgetting August
Author: J.L. Berg
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon or The Book Depository.

I received a digital Advance Reading Copy (ARC) of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much, J.L. Berg and Forever (Grand Central Publishing)!

When August Kincaid wakes up from a two-year comatose, he has no traceable memory of his past. He finds himself with no family, no friends and no one to enlighten him on who he actually was before the accident that took away two years of his life. His only lead is a dilapidated photo of a beautiful redhead. However, regaining his memories soon turns out to be a rather Herculean task once August realizes that she wants nothing to do with him.

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1st week, 2nd semester, A.Y. 2015-2016

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It has been a short while since I last posted a book review. Or did any blogging-related activity, really. The reason for my abrupt absence can be summed up nicely: college. Yep, my second semester as a third year chemical engineering student has officially begun. Does that fact intimidate or frighten me in any way, you ask? Not in the least. Of course it does. I am terrified and still in the midst of freaking out and why does time fly at an alarming, accelerated rate and oh my god and ugh, okay, let’s move on.

While I did not expect my first week back in the University of the Philippines to pass by with the gentlest of breezes, I certainly did not anticipate to feel intense exhaustion right to the very core of my being. My recent enrollment experience is a swift kick in the ass compared to the manner in which this week slaughtered every fiber of my willpower to live (and to think that during last week’s enrollment, it took me two brutal days to secure a three-unit subject). Of course, I’m somewhat exaggerating.

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Liebster Award + Blogger Recognition Award + Beautiful Blogger Award

Before anything else, I’d like to apologize for my abrupt inactivity in blogging. Well, technically, I’ve only been MIA for five or six days, which isn’t really a long while. I think. My absence will be explained via a blog post in the near future. If I don’t end up feeling too lazy, that is. Anyway, let’s move on to the point of this post.

Early on, I’ve decided against participating in blogger awards and tags. I never specifically announced it on this blog as it was more of a personal vow. While I understand that these tags and awards are meant to boost camaraderie among bloggers and to serve as an avenue to better introduce one’s self to the virtual community, these activities – and this is going to sound very vague – didn’t really feel like my sort of thing. As mentioned in my bio (hint: visit my ‘About’ page), I am not a huge fan of writing about myself. Truth be told, I’m pretty terrible at doing so, and the mere thought makes me feel very awkward. Also, I’m not so great in interviews as well. But I digress. Mainly, I wanted people to get to know me better in a way and at a pace I’m more comfortable with. That’s actually one of my intentions when I decided to establish Shealea writes – a humble category for my late night thoughts, incoherent rants, nearly unintelligible musings, meaningless scribbles and everything else in between.

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Review || The Light of Day


Title: The Light of Day
Author: Kristen Kehoe
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Copy: Digital
Rating:

* More about the book.
* More about the author.
* Purchase via Amazon or The Book Depository.

I received a free digital copy of this book (via NetGalley) in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Kristen Kehoe!

The Light of Day is Kehoe’s self-published romance novel which tackles dark themes and sensitive content. The story revolves around Cora Whitley and Jake Ferrari – two strangers who met through Cora’s cousin and somehow ended up becoming roommates. Right from the start, Jake finds himself effortlessly drawn to Cora and her less than fairytale-like past. Perhaps it’s because the two of them share a common trait: they’re both broken and haunted by their past.

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First Month of Blogging!

I never quite understood all the hype and excitement over monthsaries, particularly the romantic kind. Ones wherein couples celebrate by posting photo collages of their selfies together with a novel-length, sentimental caption that features a hundred kissy-faced emojis. Yeah, that one. I mean, a month consists of 30 or 31 days. That’s like 1/12 of an entire year. Now, if these couples intend (or at least, hope to, I guess) to spend the rest of their years still madly in love with each other, that little fraction is kind of statistically insignificant in the grander scheme of things. If we really think about it, that is. Don’t glare at me. Blame the math. I just pointed it out.

Regardless, as I type this, I think I finally get what all the fuss is about. Or at least a portion of it. I think. Whatever. Disregard my entire rant, and let’s get down to business to defeat the Huns.

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