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Where Have I Been?

I haven’t posted much this month. A lot has been happening in my life. It’s a mixture of good and bad.

Roughly three weeks ago I had an epiphany. I don’t want to go back to college to finish my degree in Accountancy. It was never my choice to take it up but I endured more or less four years of it (it’s a five-year course in my college). I also had a partial scholarship, so I couldn’t pass up the opportunity. It was a great school that helped me a lot to boost my self-esteem. But I want to be a book blogger.

My love has and will always be books. I started reading when I was in first grade. The library in St. Scholastica’s Academy of Marikina was magical. There were little shelves filled with fairytale books, pillows and stuff toys scattered across the carpeted floor. I’m not sure if that’s still the case but that was a memory I will treasure forever. I admit that my reading took a hiatus when I reached fifth grade (I transferred schools) until freshmen year. Then, I became addicted to Twilight and the rest is history.

I started writing fanfictions too, but I have a hard time finishing it. I have so many ideas for a story but I always fail to commit. I discovered the wonders of ebooks and ARCs… which is a good thing because paperback are too damn expensive. Writing reviews gave me so much joy. I love expressing my love for books. It’s also a good feeling to help authors in supporting and promoting their books.

Two weeks ago my younger brother was rushed to the hospital. He puked twice and complains about stomach aches. The doctor told us he needs to undergo an operation to remove his appendix. It was not ruptured yet but it’s only a matter of time. Three days later, he was fit to go home. The hospital bill racked up to Php 83k. We have made a down payment of Php 10k a day before and my mother’s health insurance (Philhealth) covered Php 24k only. We only managed Php 34k that night and, thankfully, two of the doctors granted our request for promissory note. We have to pay the remaining balance of Php 15k until August 15.

Almost all my saving for school is gone. I felt like my world was crashing down (dramatic, I know). Just when I finally realize what I want to do with my life, I’m back to square one. I can’t leave a stable job when we’re facing a financial crisis. I have to put on hold what I want. Again. I thought that by August I’ll be blogging about books like a mad person. I want to have a very active blog, but I can’t do that anymore.

I’m not giving up reading and blogging books. I think I’ll go mad if I did. I can post five times in a week but no promises. I hope you guys can understand.

Keep reading,

xx Lovs

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A Bit of Adulting

I haven’t posted anything for one week and two days.

I promise I had good reasons. It was such a busy and painful week so, I’ll just break it down for you.

April 22 (Saturday): Mother had a vacation planned with her friends leaving me and my brother to fend for ourselves till Sunday night. I decided to do the groceries using my own money (I know I’m so proud of myself for pitching in, lol). I bought snacks, candies, instant noodles and canned goods.  It was so unhealthy but it was the weekend and I’m not in the mood to cook anything. And we can just order out, you know. Also, The Originals was on that night. I just slept after watching it.

April 23 (Sunday): I finished my ARC of The Red by Tiffany Reisz. I loved it! I was drafting my review but the internet started acting up and I decided to get a break from it. My brother and I were bored so we decided to clean the house and do some laundry.

April 24 (Monday): I’m really planning on posting something but my tabby cat gave birth to five kitties! I was so worried because she’s been pregnant forever. I’m just happy that they’re all healthy and mommma cat is so damn protective, I can’t get a pic of those babies. Anyway, that distracted me the whole day.

April 25 (Tuesday): My friends asked me out to lunch. I haven’t seen them in almost two months so I jump right ahead. They’re so busy with school and even though I feel left out sometimes I just lend them my ear when they feel like ranting. I can’t say I know or understand what they’re feeling and going through but I’ll always be there to support and uplift them.

April 26 (Wednesday): This is just a lazy day. Didn’t have the energy to do anything but lounge in bed after work and wait for The Flash. And of course, eat lotsa food.

April 27 (Thursday): I went out with my high school friends. Shoot the shit and everything. I haven’t seen the some of them for two years. Growing up sucks sometimes. Anyway, I went home late so couldn’t really post anything.

April 28-30 (Friday – Sunday): I woke up feeling shit last Friday. Wisdom tooth sucks. Basically it’s a very shitty weekend. I didn’t do anything but lay in bed and writhe in pain.

May 1 (Monday): What a way to start the month. I had freaking allergies! My two best friends and I were planning a virtual drinking session but my nose won’t stop sneezing and running. My gahd, it totally ruined my day but I still had fun with them so there’s that.

I’m feeling fine now. Nose is on good condition. Body is not itching. Hopefully, I’ll have a great week ahead so I can post more. Wish me best!

Happy reading!

xx Lovs

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The Block

My creative juices ran out.

I’m having a hard time writing a book review and/or update. I have tons of book reviews to posts because I promised some people in exchange for an ARC and I’m letting them down. I’ve finished them but I can’t find the right words to write. I don’t want to write a half-ass review because they deserve better.

My blog would be on hiatus for a while. I hope it’s just a few days but till then this would be the last post.

I don’t know if it’s just stress from work or something else but I hope to get back soon!

Keep reading,

xx Lovs

 

 

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Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream

I think readers would crucify me with this confession.

I’ve never read A Midsummer Night’s Dream until last night.

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We never did tackle much of Shakespeare’s works in school [in the Philippines]. I was an accounting student so my college subjects don’t have much room for more literature than required. I’ve known of Romeo and Juliet because it is wildly acknowledged as the greatest love story. I tried reading Hamlet when I was twelve but I had a hard time understanding it. I didn’t realize that it was a play and that’s why it was written ‘weirdly’.

It was in my first year of college that I heard of this play. It was mentioned in The Iron Fey series and Shakespeare’s fey characters were a bit modernized in this book. I’ve been fascinated ever since but it always slipped my mind to read it. Well, I had lots of time in my hands these days so I decided to head over our local bookstore and procure a copy of it.

And I loved it!

I love the poetry. It’s been so long since I read some flowery and rhyming phrases. I still found some difficulty understanding some of the words but I had fun reading it. I didn’t even know there were four people involved in a love story affair. I thought this would only be about some fey, King Oberon and Queen Tatiana and, of course, Puck. It was so interesting to see Oberon act like match maker… and Puck goes and shake things up. Gah, I want to watch the actual play so bad!

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Xtreme Feels

A lot happened in three days that I haven’t posted anything at all. It all started last Wednesday night. After getting off work, I headed to a salon to get my hair done. Well, my hair is really, really black so it took a very long time for the hair color to stick. Unfortunately, I have to get home by 8 o’clock that night because The Flash is on and I can’t miss it. Anyway, my hair was supposed to be medium blonde but I don’t really know what color it is right now. Lol, I’ll probably head back to get it fixed.

Then last Thursday, I spent the whole night packing and confirming details for our trip to Enchanted Kingdom. That’s like a couple of pegs down from Disney World. We’ve been planning this trip for three years and it was a dream come true. I took a day-off last Friday and had a blast with my squad. A part of me regretted not riding the Space Shuttle (because of Final Destination 3) but I vow to conquer that fear next time. My most favorite ride was the EKstreme Tower. It was my first time and I’ve never felt so alive! I actually felt myself off my seat when we came down. I wanted to do it all over again. I wish we could come back every year.

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We got home late so some of us stayed the night over at one of my friend’s condo. I was so exhausted and I don’t have my beloved laptop with me which makes me miss another blog post. Then, I have to wake up early for work the next day and was planning to head straight home but the family decided to eat out for dinner at Crave Park. The place was packed and we had a difficult time finding a table but the food was delicious. There were a lot of variations to choose from and they were celebrating Halloween night with a Star Wars theme.

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I was really planning on posting something last night but we came from minutes from 9 o’clock. I only have a short time to get myself comfortable before Ian devour the living shit out of me The Vampire Diaries came on. After that, I succumbed to food coma… and had beautiful dreams of buying new books.

Anyway, I had lots of other things to share that are related to books so just stay tuned! A lot of book reviews, updates and news are headed your way!

xx Lovs