The Other Land Down Under

“When life gave you a taste of insanity, it would be hard to stay sane.”







370 pages

First Harper Mass Market Printing: March 2014


“When life gave you a taste of insanity, it would be hard to stay sane.”



Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman is one of those books that I really forced myself to finish, but turned out to be great in the end. London is the main setting of the book, but not the kind of London that all Londoners are made to know. There is what they called London Below, a dark place filled with dark creatures who are blinded by dark desires.


What’s killing the reading process is the fact that I have not been to London yet. There are references in the book that only people who have been to London can relate to. BOO-HOO. What’s fair is that nobody has been to London Below other than Gaiman, that’s why I really worked hard to come to the last page. Funny enough, I loved it.


The main character is Richard Mayhew. He has everything, a stable job, a fiancée and the good old London which he is starting to like just fine. Until. . .


Door, a wounded girl appeared in the streets one night. Richard has the strong urge to help the girl and ended up losing Jessica, his fiancée that night when he made up his mind and chose the Door. This changes everything. As Richard is getting more acquainted with the strange creature before him, the more informed he becomes to the danger that lurks around as long as he is with her. He first met Mr. Croup and Mr. Vandemar, both equally vicious creatures who I might not be able to imagine if Gaiman didn’t use the fox and the wolf to describe them. They are after killing Door and Door is after finding out who the two works for. Richard could have forgotten everything, tell her sorry to Jessica and move on after sending Door safe to London Below. But. . .


Nobody can see Richard when he returned to London Above, not even when he tried to hail a cab more than once. He has now become one of the Londoners Below. He has saved Door in the past, but right now, not out of owing favors, he believed that he needs Door’s help.


I end the storytelling here. If you have not tried Gaiman yet, I suggest you start with Neverwhere. The adventures that Richard Mayhew experienced will both scare the life out of you and at the same time leave you wondering what really happens in the alternate world where they don’t have to pay taxes, or if there really is an alternate world.


What else awaits the readers aside from a girl who can open all kinds of doors, a sinister fox-like creature who has a good brain for killing, and a ruthless wolf-like creature who will eat just about anyone and anything? There are a lot that will surprise the readers, but the best one would probably the character that turned out to be the villain. Twisted plot, I should say.

Here is my favorite line in the book:

“And they set foot on Night’s Bridge and Richard began to understand darkness: darkness as something solid and real, so much more than a simple absence of light. He felt it touch his skin, questing, moving, exploring: gliding through his mind. It slipped into his lungs, behind his eyes, into his mouth. . .”



Entry Three: Window Shopping for Books Part 1

This is not the complete list, but the now-list. I change my mind as fast as the winds in Chicago and the publishers around the world sure know how to meet their deadlines. Nobody’s blaming anyone. HAHAHA. Series will be on a separate article. Not an affiliate of Barnes and Noble, yet.

Reality Check:

How am I doing so far? I’m doing a really good job in keeping a low profile at work so as not to raise unwanted attention, but I can’t say that I’m doing a good job at the actual work itself.   Great friends and great books keep my wheels turning. Really, where do I get a full-time reading job that pays fairly handsome to send my brother to college?

Fiction Update:

  • I’m currently reading And There Were None by Agatha Christie.
  • I’m obsessing over the series Riverdale on CW and I might do a review on it in the next few days here on Muggle Diaries.
  • I’m watching this K-drama called Secret Garden, where the girl and boy protagonist got their souls switched, Freaky Friday style.


I recently found out that the largest retail bookseller in the United States has its own website where you can shop for books and get free shipping when your order exceeds $25 or PHP1250. Yes, I’m talking about Barnes & Noble. It used to be called Arthur Hinds & Company located in New York City. It has now over 638 stores in all of US.

In the Philippines, we only have Fully Booked, National Bookstore and Power Books as the major book resellers. Some books that were already read by American readers would still not land in our archipelago of 7107 islands until a few more months later. Sad story.

In this article I will include some books that I know in the deepest part of my reading nerves that I wish to buy, but also know that I will not be able to because they’re expensive. I will also include books that I still might end up buying because of the “I can’t help it” syndrome. Other books that will appear is mainly out of curiosity.


In random order:

  1. Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult ($17.73 or PHP886.50 for Hardcover)


Ruth Jefferson is a labor and delivery nurse at a Connecticut hospital with more than twenty years’ experience. During her shift, Ruth begins a routine checkup on a newborn, only to be told a few minutes later that she’s been reassigned to another patient. The parents are white supremacists and don’t want Ruth, who is African American, to touch their child. The hospital complies with their request, but the next day, the baby goes into cardiac distress while Ruth is alone in the nursery. Does she obey orders or does she intervene?

Ruth hesitates before performing CPR and, as a result, is charged with a serious crime. Kennedy McQuarrie, a white public defender, takes her case but gives unexpected advice: Kennedy insists that mentioning race in the courtroom is not a winning strategy. Conflicted by Kennedy’s counsel, Ruth tries to keep life as normal as possible for her family—especially her teenage son—as the case becomes a media sensation. As the trial moves forward, Ruth and Kennedy must gain each other’s trust, and come to see that what they’ve been taught their whole lives about others—and themselves—might be wrong.

With incredible empathy, intelligence, and candor, Jodi Picoult tackles race, privilege, prejudice, justice, and compassion—and doesn’t offer easy answers. Small Great Things is a remarkable achievement from a writer at the top of her game.

2. My Husband’s Wife: A Novel by Jane Corry ($15.91 or PHP795.50 in Hardcover)


When young lawyer Lily marries Ed, she’s determined to make a fresh start. To leave the secrets of the past behind. But then she takes on her first murder case and meets Joe. A convicted murderer whom Lily is strangely drawn to. For whom she will soon be willing to risk almost anything.

But Lily is not the only one with secrets. Her next-door neighbor Carla may be only nine, but she has already learned that secrets are powerful things. That they can get her whatever she wants.

When Lily finds Carla on her doorstep sixteen years later, a chain of events is set in motion that can end only one way.

3. A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles ($16.52 or PHP826 in Hardcover/ $15.16 or PHP758 in Paperback)


In 1922, Count Alexander Rostov is deemed an unrepentant aristocrat by a Bolshevik tribunal, and is sentenced to house arrest in the Metropol, a grand hotel across the street from the Kremlin. Rostov, an indomitable man of erudition and wit, has never worked a day in his life, and must now live in an attic room while some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history are unfolding outside the hotel’s doors. Unexpectedly, his reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery.

Brimming with humor, a glittering cast of characters, and one beautifully rendered scene after another, this singular novel casts a spell as it relates the count’s endeavor to gain a deeper understanding of what it means to be a man of purpose.

4. The Woman in Cabin 10 by Ruth Ware ($15.97 or PHP798.50 in Hardcover/ $9.53 or PHP476.50 in Paperback)


In this tightly wound, enthralling story reminiscent of Agatha Christie’s works, Lo Blacklock, a journalist who writes for a travel magazine, has just been given the assignment of a lifetime: a week on a luxury cruise with only a handful of cabins. The sky is clear, the waters calm, and the veneered, select guests jovial as the exclusive cruise ship, the Aurora, begins her voyage in the picturesque North Sea. At first, Lo’s stay is nothing but pleasant: the cabins are plush, the dinner parties are sparkling, and the guests are elegant. But as the week wears on, frigid winds whip the deck, gray skies fall, and Lo witnesses what she can only describe as a dark and terrifying nightmare: a woman being thrown overboard. The problem? All passengers remain accounted for—and so, the ship sails on as if nothing has happened, despite Lo’s desperate attempts to convey that something (or someone) has gone terribly, terribly wrong…

5. The Sleepwalker by Chris Bohjalian ($20.15 or PHP1007.50 in Hardcover/ $24.63 or PHP1231.50 in Paperback)


When Annalee Ahlberg goes missing, her children fear the worst. Annalee is a sleepwalker whose affliction manifests in ways both bizarre and devastating. Once, she merely destroyed the hydrangeas in front of her Vermont home. More terrifying was the night her older daughter, Lianna, pulled her back from the precipice of the Gale River bridge. The morning of Annalee’s disappearance, a search party combs the nearby woods. Annalee’s husband, Warren, flies home from a business trip. Lianna is questioned by a young, hazel-eyed detective. And her little sister, Paige, takes to swimming the Gale to look for clues. When the police discover a small swatch of fabric, a nightshirt, ripped and hanging from a tree branch, it seems certain Annalee is dead, but Gavin Rikert, the hazel-eyed detective, continues to call, continues to stop by the Ahlbergs’ Victorian home. As Lianna peels back the layers of mystery surrounding Annalee’s disappearance, she finds herself drawn to Gavin, but she must ask herself: Why does the detective know so much about her mother? Why did Annalee leave her bed only when her father was away? And if she really died while sleepwalking, where was the body?

6. The Moviegoer by Walker Percy ($9.37 or PHP468.50 in Paperback)


 The Moviegoer is Binx Bolling, a young New Orleans stockbroker who surveys the world with the detached gaze of a Bourbon Street dandy even as he yearns for a spiritual redemption he cannot bring himself to believe in. On the eve of his thirtieth birthday, he occupies himself dallying with his secretaries and going to movies, which provide him with the “treasurable moments” absent from his real life. But one fateful Mardi Gras, Binx embarks on a hare-brained quest that outrages his family, endangers his fragile cousin Kate, and sends him reeling through the chaos of New Orleans’ French Quarter.

7.  The Little Friend by Donna Tartt ($10.89 or PHP544.50 in Paperback)


The setting is Alexandria, Mississippi, where one Mother’s Day a little boy named Robin Cleve Dufresnes was found hanging from a tree in his parents’ yard. Twelve years later Robin’s murder is still unsolved and his family remains devastated. So it is that Robin’s sister Harriet—unnervingly bright, insufferably determined, and unduly influenced by the fiction of Kipling and Robert Louis Stevenson—sets out to unmask his killer. Aided only by her worshipful friend Hely, Harriet crosses her town’s rigid lines of race and caste and burrows deep into her family’s history of loss.

8. The Broom of the System by David Foster Wallace ($11.25 or PHP562.50 in Paperback)


Published when David Foster Wallace was just twenty-four years old, The Broom of the System stunned critics and marked the emergence of an extraordinary new talent. At the center of this outlandishly funny, fiercely intelligent novel is the bewitching heroine, Lenore Stonecipher Beadsman. The year is 1990 and the place is a slightly altered Cleveland, Ohio. Lenore’s great-grandmother has disappeared with twenty-five other inmates of the Shaker Heights Nursing Home. Her beau, and boss, Rick Vigorous, is insanely jealous, and her cockatiel, Vlad the Impaler, has suddenly started spouting a mixture of psycho-babble, Auden, and the King James Bible. Ingenious and entertaining, this debut from one of the most innovative writers of his generation brilliantly explores the paradoxes of language, storytelling, and reality.

9. Into the Water by Paula Hawkins ( This item will be available on May 2, 2017/ $18.666 or PHP933 in Hardcover/ $18.01 or PHP900.50 in Paperback)


A single mother turns up dead at the bottom of the river that runs through town. Earlier in the summer, a vulnerable teenage girl met the same fate. They are not the first women lost to these dark waters, but their deaths disturb the river and its history, dredging up secrets long submerged.

Left behind is a lonely fifteen-year-old girl. Parentless and friendless, she now finds herself in the care of her mother’s sister, a fearful stranger who has been dragged back to the place she deliberately ran from—a place to which she vowed she’d never return.

10. Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller ($16.63 or PHP831.50 in Hardcover)


Elle’sMost Anticipated Books by WomenA Most Anticipated Book atBuzzfeed, Goodreads, NYLON, Bustle,andReader’s DigestFrom the author of theaward-winning andword-of-mouth sensationOur Endless Numbered Dayscomes an exhilarating literary mystery that will keep readers guessing until the final page.Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.
Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a passionate and troubled marriage.

11. Perfume: The Story of a Murderer by Patrick Suskind ($21.71 or PHP1085.50 in Hardcover/ $10.43 or PHP521.50 in Paperback)


In the slums of eighteenth-century France, the infant Jean-Baptiste Grenouille is born with one sublime gift—an absolute sense of smell. As a boy, he lives to decipher the odors of Paris, and apprentices himself to a prominent perfumer who teaches him the ancient art of mixing precious oils and herbs. But Grenouille’s genius is such that he is not satisfied to stop there, and he becomes obsessed with capturing the smells of objects such as brass doorknobs and fresh-cut wood. Then one day he catches a hint of a scent that will drive him on an ever-more-terrifying quest to create the “ultimate perfume”—the scent of a beautiful young virgin. Told with dazzling narrative brilliance, Perfume is a hauntingly powerful tale of murder and sensual depravity.

12. The Road by Cormac McCarthy ($20.07 or PHp1003.50 in Hardcover or $9.52 or PHP476 in Paperback)


A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other.

13. This is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz ($26.01 or pHP1300.50 in Hardcover/ $9.52 or PHP476 in Paperback)


On a beach in the Dominican Republic, a doomed relationship flounders. In a New Jersey laundry room, a woman does her lover’s washing and thinks about his wife. In Boston, a man buys his love child, his only son, a first baseball bat and glove. At the heart of these stories is the irrepressible, irresistible Yunior, a young hardhead whose longing for love is equaled only by his recklessness–and by the extraordinary women he loves and loses.


14. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood ($9.49 or PHP474.50 in Paperback)



It is the world of the near future, and Offred is a Handmaid in the home of the Commander and his wife. She is allowed out once a day to the food market, she is not permitted to read, and she is hoping the Commander makes her pregnant, because she is only valued if her ovaries are viable. Offred can remember the years before, when she was an independent woman, had a job of her own, a husband and child. But all of that is gone now…everything has changed.

15. The Ex by Alafair Burke ($18.53 or PHP926.50 in Hardcover/ $15.99 or PHP799.50 in Paperback)



Twenty years ago she ruined his life. Now she has the chance to save it.

Widower Jack Harris has resisted the dating scene ever since the shooting of his wife Molly by a fifteen-year-old boy three years ago. An early morning run along the Hudson River changes that when he spots a woman in last night’s party dress, barefoot, enjoying a champagne picnic alone, reading his favorite novel. Everything about her reminds him of what he used to have with Molly. Eager to help Jack find love again, his best friend posts a message on a popular website after he mentions the encounter. Days later, that same beautiful stranger responds and invites Jack to meet her in person at the waterfront. That’s when Jack’s world falls apart.

 Olivia Randall is one of New York City’s best criminal defense lawyers. When she hears that her former fiancé, Jack Harris, has been arrested for a triple homicide—and that one of the victims was connected to his wife’s murder—there is no doubt in her mind as to his innocence. The only question is who would go to such great lengths to frame him—and why?

 For Olivia, representing Jack is a way to make up for past regrets, to absolve herself of guilt from a tragic decision, a secret she has held for twenty years. But as the evidence against him mounts, she is forced to confront her doubts. The man she knew could not have done this. But what if she never really knew him?

16. Lily and the Octopus by Steven Rowley ($17.44 or PHP872 in Hardcover/ $10.16 or PHP508 in Paperback)


Ted—a gay, single, struggling writer is stuck: unable to open himself up to intimacy except through the steadfast companionship of Lily, his elderly dachshund. When Lily’s health is compromised, Ted vows to save her by any means necessary. By turns hilarious and poignant, an adventure with spins into magic realism and beautifully evoked truths of loss and longing, Lily and the Octopus reminds us how it feels to love fiercely, how difficult it can be to let go, and how the fight for those we love is the greatest fight of all.

17. A Little Life by Hanya Yanigahara ($24 or PHP1200 in Hardcover/ $10.11 or PHP505.50 in Paperback)


When four classmates from a small Massachusetts college move to New York to make their way, they’re broke, adrift, and buoyed only by their friendship and ambition. There is kind, handsome Willem, an aspiring actor; JB, a quick-witted, sometimes cruel Brooklyn-born painter seeking entry to the art world; Malcolm, a frustrated architect at a prominent firm; and withdrawn, brilliant, enigmatic Jude, who serves as their center of gravity. Over the decades, their relationships deepen and darken, tinged by addiction, success, and pride. Yet their greatest challenge, each comes to realize, is Jude himself, by midlife a terrifyingly talented litigator yet an increasingly broken man, his mind and body scarred by an unspeakable childhood, and haunted by what he fears is a degree of trauma that he’ll not only be unable to overcome—but that will define his life forever.

18. The Reader by Bernhard Schlink ($9.79 orPHP489.50 in Paperback)


Hailed for its coiled eroticism and the moral claims it makes upon the reader, this mesmerizing novel is a story of love and secrets, horror and compassion, unfolding against the haunted landscape of postwar Germany. When he falls ill on his way home from school, fifteen-year-old Michael Berg is rescued by Hanna, a woman twice his age. In time she becomes his lover—then she inexplicably disappears. When Michael next sees her, he is a young law student, and she is on trial for a hideous crime. As he watches her refuse to defend her innocence, Michael gradually realizes that Hanna may be guarding a secret she considers more shameful than murder.

19.We Love You, Charlie Freeman: A Novel by Kaitlyn Greenidge ($16.63 or PHP831.50 in hardcover/ $15.95 or PHP797.50 in Paperback)


The power of this shattering novel resides in Greenidge’s undeniable storytelling talents. What appears to be a story of mothers and daughters, of sisterhood put to the test, of adolescent love and grown-up misconduct, and of history’s long reach, becomes a provocative and compelling exploration of America’s failure to find a language to talk about race.

20. Heartless by Marissa Meyer ($11.91 or PHP595.50 in Hardcover)


Long before she was the terror of Wonderland—the infamous Queen of Hearts—she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland, she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love. Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next queen.

Then Cath meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the king and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship. Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.


Thanks for reading,





Coffee is a Life Partner

When I feel that my surrounding seems deafening, I order a hot cappuccino and let myself filter all the noise


After a long week, I found myself sitting in a coffee shop drinking my roasted coffee. That aroma? Hmmm it’s so addicting! I hear laughters, stories in different languages and grinding sound of coffee beans, which are all, seems luxury for me. It relaxes me a bit and makes me feel so blessed for that glorious moment and then I realized how I really love Coffee. Coffee is my partner in everything, whether I am sad, happy or just reading a book, a cup of coffee should always be in my right hand.

In times that I feel that life is giving me so much stress; I look for a quiet spot and allow myself to process. When I feel that my surrounding seems deafening, I order a hot cappuccino and let myself filter all the noise. It’s simple right? When things are getting complicated to deal with, it’s nice that a cup of coffee will always be available.

Aside from those, one of my favorite relaxations is indulging me with a face mask. And the best way to kill time while waiting for the magic to work, I make coffee. I sit in my veranda, legs up and sip my hot coffee. What about you? What is your favorite relaxation activity?


This Book Will Bark at You

I knew then that I would have to recommend this book so badly to everyone who loves their dogs, but this book would also speak to everyone who had or have a dog who loves them just as much.

A Dog’s Purpose

by W. Bruce Cameron

Reviewed by Eden


A Forge Book

First Edition: July 2010

306 pages

I guess I had never bothered to consider that there might such a thing as a boy, but now that I had found one, I thought it was just about the most wonderful concept in the world. He smelled of mud and sugar and an animal I’d never scented before, and a faint meaty odor clung to his fingers, so I licked them.” ― W. Bruce Cameron, A Dog’s Purpose


How does your dog usually get your attention? That’s a silly question. Is there ever a time that we don’t notice them? They lick, they bite, they bark and they destroy. They’re everywhere. But when we’re so busy doing human work, how does your dog make you realize that it exists? The most common attempt a dog would probably do without looking too aggressive or needy is to sniff you. If you’re not seriously busy, he could do a little trick of wagging its tail and if you still seem uninterested, it may do a bitter whining because it cannot curse you loud in the face. Now, the dog in this book surely got me listening when it started speaking.

I prefer novels written in a first person-point-of-view because all the details that you would need in the story are all first rated. See my reasons:

First Person:
*I could almost taste the victory just waiting for me across that yellow lane when I accidentally shifted, using the wrong foot and stumbled, elbow first to the ground.
Second Person:
*You could almost taste the victory just waiting across that yellow lane when you accidentally shifted, using the wrong foot and stumbled, elbow first to the ground.
Third Person:
*The girl could almost taste the victory just waiting for her across that yellow lane when she accidentally shifted, using the wrong foot and stumbled, elbow first to the ground.

In the state of the following sentences, the first person takes the blow of the pain and the blow of being a loser, the second person mocks and just makes the whole thing a lot more awkward, while the third person is someone you can call the supporter who had let bad things to happen so there’s something to talk about.

Going back to the book, A Dog’s Purpose is told through first dogperson-point-of-view. The tale started when a young stray mutt, Toby begins to acknowledge the existence of his siblings and the great deal of annoyance they cause him in fighting for the attention of their mother. But before I tell more on the book, I asked my co-muggle, Jamin about the one memory with her dog that she would not be able to forget.


The best memory I have had with my dog was when we fought Parvo together. Parvo is a contagious life threatening disease that attacks blood cells and affects intestinal tract. It was heart breaking! I saw my dog skinny and not moving. He was very weak and I knew in my heart I will lose him. I came home one day and there was blood in his bed. His eyes are closed. I ran! Runnn!!!I cried and held him in my arms. I ran and took him to the vet; the doctor said he’s no longer responding. I went home with all the needles in his paws. I told him that it’s okay to let go now and if he was already tired. I gave him water even if I was told not to. I wanted him to die than suffer internal bleeding. The nest day, a miracle happened. I woke up and I saw his tail wagging! He was weak, yes! But he was trying to tell me something. Now, almost three years after, is a super active dog named Wappi. He protects me from anyone (even from my dad! Lol) 🙂 He is very strong! A fighter! A survivor.

In reading this, we can say that my co-muggle, Jamin is a very, very kind-hearted master. She loves her dog so much that she would rather part with her dog than to see it being tormented in pain. A Dog’s Purpose will let us know what the dog has to say to this kindness and affection. This book will tell us what the dog feels every time we ran our hands through its fur. This book will tell us that if we often  go crazy trying to figure out why we’re here on earth, the dogs, too, wonder just why are they trapped in someone’s  backyard, why they share a living space with feral beings pretending to be domesticated (cats), and why they constantly receive disapproving looks every time they would make such a minimal disturbance like howling and barking in the middle of the night, but gets rewarded if they do this and there’s actually a bad man hiding in the dark.

Toby, the puppy went from being Bailey, the Golden Retriever to Ellie, the female German Shepherd then to Buddy, the Labrador. Each roles he played as a different dog made him wonder what real purpose he has to fulfill. With his transformations, he learned something vital that will help him pursue his greater will: To be with the boy that’s made for him. In the end, Buddy concluded this:

“The job of a good dog was ultimately to be with them, remaining by their sides no matter what course their lives might take . . .,”

I cried a lot at the very end. I would not hide that part. It’s also the kind of crying that I did after reading Me Before You. Now, what is the purpose of the author in writing this? It was long before established that dogs are man’s best friend. It was long ago said what all dogs can do. But . . .

Still, not everyone is aware that a dog cannot exist without a man, because its sole purpose is to be with a man.

Line taken from the book:
“This was what happened to dogs who tried to live without people, they became beaten down, defeated, starved.”

I knew then that I would have to recommend this book so badly to everyone who loves their dogs, but this book would also speak to everyone who had or have a dog who loves them just as much.



A Court of Wings and Ruin:The Countdown

“I love you,” I said, and stabbed him.”

A Court of Wings and Ruin: The Countdown




Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s maneuverings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit-and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords-and hunt for allies in unexpected places.



Hi muggles! Yes it’s a random post today and guess what? I am doing the countdown! Well yeah! I know it’s a four month countdown but I am just so excited! (Giggles)  I was browsing some photos and IG stories earlier today and I knew that we are millions! 😀

For those people who love fantasy, please read the first two installments! No regrets and I swear you will love it! How can I describe it? Hmm let’s just say that for a fantasy, action is a must but Maas gave us so much more! I fell in love with Tamlin (I won’t spoil, promise!) and then (oh my gosh!) Rhysand. If I will be Feyre (one of the main characters) it would be very difficult to choose between the two. Sigh! Anyway, this book is not just about a love story because this one has a story that will surely blow your mind (wink). I know that because after Harry Potter, I read few fantasy novels but did not like it as much as A Court of Thorns and Roses. I’m serious!  I am giving my 100% assurance that this book is not an ordinary book, it’s really really good! I can’t wait to do a book review, another trilogy on this blog. 😀

I went to my favorite bookstore and checked if I can pre order but unfortunately they don’t offer this yet. I believe you can pre order at Amazon, Barnes & Noble and other online bookstores. I am planning to go there on May 2nd (released date). 😀 See you there!



Entry Two: My Reading Shenanigans

How did I become tied to reading?/What is the first book I have ever read?/What kind of books don’t I read?/What is my most convenient reading position?/What can’t I stand while reading?/How fast do I read?

All books are unique like no two readers are ever going to be the same.


We all have different ways in how we consume a book, so why spend time reading this article? First, I am writing this for the muggles who are curious about how quickly I read, how stupid I am to spend money on books, how I choose a book, and how I do my reviews. Second, I believe that when we reason, we tend to say first of all every single time that sometimes we are forced to think of a second reason even if it is mostly nonexistent.

How did I become tied to reading?

Not all marriages are bonded by love and happiness. Some are brought together out of an unfortunate incident. I am counting all arranged marriages. I am also counting all marriages that occurred because of unwanted pregnancy. I will also count the day I got tied to reading because my fourth grade teacher said to my face that I can never be in the top ten of performing pupils because of the low-grade I received in English. I was so embarrassed why I even bother asking her why I wasn’t included in the top ten. She answered rather bluntly. I refused to accept this defeat. I started spending more time in reading my English textbooks. I abandoned my first love: Science. In no time, I didn’t realize that I was already exceeding expectations. Fast forward to fifth grade, I became the top student in English. But I didn’t read my first story book until sixth grade.

What is the first book I have ever read?

I do not own any books aside from the reference books the elementary school provided. Reading textbooks suits me fine until that one day I visited my cousin’s house. She’s one year younger than me and she has all this nice books. Through her I was able to read The Wizard of Oz. I wouldn’t call this my favorite book of all time because my mind changes a lot, but this book really unfurled my mind to the ambrosia-like stuff offered by books.

What kind of books don’t I read?

One misconception about a person who reads is that he reads everything. This is absolutely not the case. I, for one do not like to read current events. I read the newspapers because of the entertainment section, but since I read for pleasure all the time, I do not like to ruin my day with present disappointments. Reading about a crime happening right across the neighborhood is so different from reading an Agatha Christie book. What’s real scares me.

What is my most convenient reading position?

This is going to sound odd. I like reading while lying down with the phone tucked inside my chin, flashlight on. The book rests on top of my tummy. In this way, I can just sleep once I am tired of reading. But this is not really a good way to read. My mother said it would ruin my eyesight. I won’t know till it’s too late.

What can’t I stand while reading?

  • The generous availability of wireless local area networking.
  • The lack of good light.
  • The episodes of the k-drama that I still need to watch. Netflix is to blame too.
  • Insufferable people who produce uncalled-for noises.

How fast do I read?

This is not even the right question because for a self-proclaimed bookworm, I read very slowly. Sometimes, it depends on the book. If you are talking about The Grown-up by Gillian Flynn, I finished it in one sitting because aside from being a fast-paced thriller, it is also contains less than 70 pages. The shortest time I had spent on reading a regular book would be two days.

How do I choose my next read?

It really depends on my mood. Since I read all kinds of fiction, my mood sets the reading pace and the genre. Let’s say I’m inside a bookstore right now, I will tell you that I’ll pick Brief Interviews with Hideous Men by David Foster Wallace.  I’ve been intending to read this book for a long time now. Sadly, I am on a book-buying detention. From the title of the book you will guess that I like strong titles. I always fancy a book that surprises me in the end.

What is the best time for reading?

The best time to read is always when you are forced to be doing something else.

What is not the best time to read?

When all the four elements that I can’t stand in question #5 are present.

Why do I think everybody should read?

Because it’s fun and it never leaves a space for not having to process ideas. This means that you will never be as dumb as you already are when you read. Not all people who read are smart. I am not smart. But through reading, I get to have a clear picture of a notion just by seeing the words. Reading will help you think beyond what you can think of. Reading will also make you realize that your vocabulary is too small it can’t be seen even under a magnifying glass.

Why do I think most people find reading dull?

Because living in an era where everything can be achieved in a snap of one’s fingers, people are always impatient. It takes a great deal of patience while reading. There will be parts that you wish the author didn’t write. Most people also prefer visual and audio presentation. Since time is of the essence, why won’t we prefer achieving something in the quickest possible way, right? I agree, but all the good things always take time. Hihihi.

What type of reading do I do when I make a review?

Sponge Reading

I promised to explain this further so here it goes.

Sponge reading probably has other cool names made up by other readers, but for some reason, I see this name the most fitting. It’s a very common way of reading in which by the help of a notebook and a pen, you will be able to finish the book and will be able to do a good review afterwards. The writing materials will act as the sponge that will filter all the important details you need, so that when you think of one book, you won’t grope in the darkness for details and questions. You will have a ready-made outline in your mind that will be very helpful in doing book reviews. Sponge reading answers the following:

  • How did the story develop?- how did it all start? What are the problems?
  • Who are the characters?- who are involved in the said problem/ problems?
  • What line in the book summarizes the story?- the line in the book that sounds so right and good you want to tweet it. LOL
  • How did it end?-how was the problem resolved? what was learned by those who are involved?

What is your most anticipated read of 2017?

The Origin by Dan Brown which will be out on the 27th of September this year.

What is my 2017 reading goal?

I don’t have a number of books that I want to finish this year, but I do have a rule when it comes to the kind of books I will be purchasing, which is of course once I am done with my TBR pile. I will read more books that has gained awards and nominations, Man Booker Prize winners specifically.

Ask me anything.



Mistborn: Book Review

Do you stop loving someone just because they betray you? I don’t think so. That’s what makes the BETRAYAL hurt so much– pain, frustration, anger. . . And I still loved her. I still do. -Kelsier



                            By: Brandon Sanderson


ISBN 978-0-7653-7713-5/ Pages: 669/ Published by TOR

About the Author:

Brandon Sanderson grew up in Lincoln, Nebraska. He lives in Utah and teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. After Robert Jordan’s death, he completed the final three volumes in Jordan’s bestselling The Wheel of Time series, concluding with the long-awaited A Memory of Light. He is the author of the New York Times bestselling teen novels The Rithmatist and Steelheart.

The Final Empire is the first book in a trilogy by Brandon Sanderson. It’s a story between the fight for the freedom of the people known as Skaa against the Lord Ruler. According to the legend, Lord Ruler is an immortal God and has rule the world for a thousand years along with his obligators and inquisitors. Skaa are subservient and lived their lives with brutality, over worked, everyday beatings and hunger for as long as they can remember. They fear of going out at night because of the dark thick mists, they believed that men who venture into the mist lose their souls.  In day time, Ash continued to fall from the sky. There was no hope for Skaa!

“I am God,” he said. “God cannot be killed”. “God cannot be overthrown.”  – Lord Ruler

In the history, countless rebellion was destroyed and thousands of skaa was massacred. Nobody dared to fight Lord Ruler anymore until a survivor rose from Pits of Hathsin to seek revenge. Kelsier’s father was a nobleman and his mother was a skaa. Few years ago, Kelsier and his wife a Tineye named Mare went to Kredik Shaw to steal the Lord Ruler’s atium cache. While sneaking, Mare used allomancy and steel inquisitor sensed her and both of them were thrown to Pits, though others believed that Mare betrayed Kelsier. Prisoners mine Atium, a very powerful metal for Lord Ruler however one day Kelsier did not find any. Mare lied and gave him the only Atium she has and she was beaten to death, in front of her husband. Kelsier protested and earned himself brutal beatings and from there he Snapped.


A Mistborn, Survivor of Hathsin!

Kelsier went back to Luthadel to put his plan into motion. He became a crew leader of misting thieves and assembled Skaa Rebellion to overthrow The Final Empire. Impossible it may seem, Kelsier never stopped finding answers how to combat the Lord Ruler, he heard about the Eleventh Metal. He believes that this powerful metal will kill the beast. With Vin by his side, he knew his plan will work! “But with some sacrifices”


Spoiler Alert!!

One of the best dystopian novels I’ve ever read! I need to compose myself and start giving feedbacks! Lol. I loved everything about this book especially the feeling when you thought you knew what will happen next. A lot of “woooh” and “No” came out in my mouth. That part when I felt grief when Kelsier died but also disappointed that he just stood there in front of Lord Ruler. He didn’t do anything! That was my reaction, you can’t blame me! I wanted them to fight. I had this “just when you thought it’s over” reaction but because of Marsh I had hope! I was starting to panic but the author was so good to put all those twists!

When I started reading this book, I started to decipher the Hero’s words in his logbook, I was so confused! Brandon Sanderson “What happened to this guy?” or “I guess not all wants to be a Hero then.”

I recommend this book! Very entertaining and also if you watch Booktube videos in Youtube, Mistborn is one of their favorites.