Review || Marry Your Billionaire

Title: Marry Your Billionaire
Author: C.J. Anaya
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital

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I received a digital copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Many, many thanks to C.J. Anaya!

Madelyn “My friends call me ‘Midge’” Knightly is the daughter of a renowned, cutthroat Hollywood producer; however, six years ago, she chose to walk away from the glamour and shiny promises of that lifestyle in order to pursue her dream of becoming an author.

Brody Prescott, CEO of a successful online dating company, finds both his reputation and the future of his company on the line due to a sudden (false) scandal that puts his professionalism and moral ethics in question. The implications of this scandal, together with his reputation as a heartless playboy, compel him to sign up as the first participating bachelor in a reality TV show called “Marry Your Billionaire”. Funnily enough, this TV production (which strikingly resembles the hit dating series “The Bachelor”) is a project that belongs to Midge Knightly’s father.



Review || The Proverbial Mr. Universe

Title: The Proverbial Mr. Universe
Author: Maria La Serra
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Copy: Digital

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When the universe conveys a message, you listen.

Olivia Montiano just caught her fiancé cheating. Now she is forced to question what she wants out of life and love. Striving to live up to her father’s unrealistic standards for the past twenty-three years, every decision she has ever made was with her father’s wishes in mind – until she finds mysterious, handwritten letters tucked away in places only meant for her. That’s when she realizes she’s been on the wrong path all along and gives her heart to a guy her father thinks is entirely wrong.


Blogger Recognition x Versatile Blogger

I thought it would be a nice change of pace to do either a tag or awards post. Today, I’ll be doing two: The Blogger Recognition Award and The Versatile Blogger Award.

For The Blogger Recognition Award, I was nominated by Lois @ Lois Reads Books, Sam @ One Bookish Girl, B.G. @ Getting Through Anxiety, and Grace @ Quirky and Peculiar.

On the other hand, for The Versatile Blogger Award, I was nominated by Jay @ A Lovelorn Virgo and Sam @ RiverMoose-Reads.

Thank you, everyone! I feel humbled that so many of you thought of mentioning my blog in your posts. You’re all equally wonderful!


Giveaway || Win an Espresso Patronum hoodie!

Hello there! Here’s a quick and fun giveaway for all of you. I am pleased to announce that I am giving away one (1) Espresso Patronum hoodie! Many, many thanks to my home organization, UP Academic League of Chemical Engineering Students (UP ALCHEMES), and Alchemy Shop for generously sponsoring this.

The rules and mechanics are as follows:

[1] The TBB Hoodie giveaway is open internationally and will run until 12:00 AM, 01 November 2016 – (GMT+08:00) Philippines.

[2] In order to officially qualify, you must watch our advocacy video and give it a thumbs up on YouTube.

[3] Cheating is strictly prohibited. Participants found to be cheating will be disqualified from the giveaway, and all their entries will be deleted from the pool.

[4] The winner will be contacted via email and will be given 48 hours (2 days) to respond in order to claim his/her prize. Failure to do so will result in randomly selecting another winner from the existing pool of entries.

[5] Enter the giveaway (via Rafflecopter) by clicking on the image below:

And that’s it! Best of luck to everyone participating!

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Poetic Attempt || Five

[ o n e ]
It amuses me how
you think of me as a lake
but i am an underground stream
and i span for miles
beyond your line of sight
you think of me as
something meant
to be contained
(trapped, really)
within the confines of a dam
a fortress built
by the labor of your hands
and strengthened
by the iron of your will
and yet the height of these walls
anger you
simply because
the barriers are taller
than the grandest of skyscrapers
so much so
that even you
(especially you)
are incapable of
overcoming them


Quick blogging update – 10/20/16 (+ GIVEAWAY)

My previous blog post was a pretty depressing, self-loathing read. On a much, much lighter note, here’s a short and quick update of what I’ve read and what I will read. And other miscellaneous babble.

What I recently finished reading

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Natasha: I’m a girl who believes in science and facts. Not fate. Not destiny. Or dreams that will never come true. I’m definitely not the kind of girl who meets a cute boy on a crowded New York City street and falls in love with him. Not when my family is twelve hours away from being deported to Jamaica. Falling in love with him won’t be my story.

Daniel: I’ve always been the good son, the good student, living up to my parents’ high expectations. Never the poet. Or the dreamer. But when I see her, I forget about all that. Something about Natasha makes me think that fate has something much more extraordinary in store—for both of us.


Bouncing back from an unplanned blogging hiatus {and minor emotional turmoil}

How do I even begin this post? It has been pretty crazy lately. Last August, I conducted a major rebranding and relaunch for my blog. A few weeks later, the influx of my blog posts started to become discontinuous, sporadic and rare. I wish I could pin all the blame on college and the constant accumulation of work and requirements, but then I’d be lying both to you and to myself.

Which brings me to what could possibly be your question: What exactly happened here? What’s with the abrupt hiatus?

First of all, academic workload aside, my extracurricular activities have kept me pretty busy as well. I am a member of two student organizations (a department-based academic organization, and a service organization); however, this semester, I tried applying for other organizations that interested me. In addition to these extracurricular, non-academic activities, I have been pushing myself to experiment with numerous, different things as a way for me to discover more about myself.