Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Top Ten Tuesday | Top Ten Albums that I could listen to FOREVER


A while ago, I wandered around The Broke and The Bookish book blog. This particular blog is famous for its weekly meme, Top Ten Tuesday, which bookish people fervently participates in. With that in mind, I decided to check the topics being discussed in the following weeks and only to be surprised that the topic for this week is something that I actually would love to talk about. Then and there, I immediately thought of still crafting a blog post for it even though Tuesday had already passed. Here’s the topic for September 20, yesterday:

All About Audio freebie --  aka top ten audiobooks you should listen to, 10 books I want to listen to on audio,10 bands you should check out, 10 podcasts you should be listening to, 10 of my all time favorite albums, 10 songs I love, really whatever you can come up with.

I tweaked this prompt and created this... Hope you'll enjoy this!


Top Ten Albums that I could listen to FOREVER

(I will randomly name some albums that I have in my playlist for quite a long time yet I still listen to up until now.)


1. Modern Minds and Pastimes by The Click Five

Remember The Click Five's hit song Jenny? Or the catchy happy birthday song, Happy Birthday? Or the mellow, Empty? Those songs actually belong to The Click Five's second album yet a first for their new vocalist, Kyle Patrick. During the year this album was released, I went gaga over them and if I remember correctly I went pretty active on Myspace because of them. There was something about Kyle's voice that drew me in and add in their awesome and catchy songs. I'm sold. My favorite song out of this album (which sadly wasn't released as a single) is I'm Getting Over You. Headlight Disco and When I'm Gone were my jam too!

Listen to Modern Minds and Pastimes on Youtube


2. Riot! by Paramore


Riot! was the album where I feel like Paramore is at its peak. Hayley's killer voice, Zac's drum skills  and Josh & Jeremy's guitar rifts were the key points that gave Paramore its definitive sound. With those things, you'll immediately know if it is Paramore that you're listening to. Paramore is Paramore and no other band can recreate the magic that they have. 

In my opinion, they seriously killed this album and offered their fans lots of great materials to listen and sing-along to. All songs have a single material to it and has that recall factor. After all these years, songs from Riot! are still stuck in my head and I could gladly sing it at the top of my head. My favorites from this album are: Misery Business, CrushCrushCrush, That's What You Get, Born for This, Hallelujah and When It Rains

Listen to Riot! on Youtube.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Blog Tour | BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by J.L. Berg





About BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole. 
Running a company isn't easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory. 
I don't have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming.
Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave. 
But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more. 
An obsession I couldn’t shake.
So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine. 

All’s fair in love and war…
Purchasing Links


EXCERPT


“How does one break their ankle while bowling?”

She snorted, her dark brown eyes meeting mine once more.

“I think there was a lot of beer involved. Plus, those shoes are slippery. Haven’t you ever noticed?”

“I’ve never played,” I admitted.

I watched her expression turn from playful to downright astonished.

“Never?”

“Nope.”

Ella and The Royals | BOOK REVIEW: Paper Princess (#1) and Broken Prince (#2) by Erin Watt

PAPER PRINCESS (The Royals #1)
Erin Watt

SYNOPSIS 


From strip clubs and truck stops to southern coast mansions and prep schools, one girl tries to stay true to herself.



These Royals will ruin you…

Ella Harper is a survivor—a pragmatic optimist. She’s spent her whole life moving from town to town with her flighty mother, struggling to make ends meet and believing that someday she’ll climb out of the gutter. After her mother’s death, Ella is truly alone. 

Until Callum Royal appears, plucking Ella out of poverty and tossing her into his posh mansion among his five sons who all hate her. Each Royal boy is more magnetic than the last, but none as captivating as Reed Royal, the boy who is determined to send her back to the slums she came from.

Reed doesn’t want her. He says she doesn’t belong with the Royals.

He might be right.

Wealth. Excess. Deception. It’s like nothing Ella has ever experienced, and if she’s going to survive her time in the Royal palace, she’ll need to learn to issue her own Royal decrees. 





BROKEN PRINCE (The Royals #2)


SYNOPSIS

These Royals will ruin you…



From wharf fights and school brawls to crumbling lives inside glittery mansions, one guy tries to save himself.

Reed Royal has it all—looks, status, money. The girls at his elite prep school line up to date him, the guys want to be him, but Reed never gave a damn about anyone but his family until Ella Harper walked into his life.

What started off as burning resentment and the need to make his father’s new ward suffer turned into something else entirely—keep Ella close. Keep Ella safe. But when one foolish mistake drives her out of Reed’s arms and brings chaos to the Royal household, Reed’s entire world begins to fall apart around him.

Ella doesn’t want him anymore. She says they’ll only destroy each other.

She might be right.

Secrets. Betrayal. Enemies. It’s like nothing Reed has ever dealt with before, and if he’s going to win back his princess, he’ll need to prove himself Royally worthy. 





I’m such a trash for the Royals.

Captured your attention by my opening line? Then, that’s good because I badly need it for you to hear me out about Paper Princes and Broken Prince by Erin Watt. If you haven’t read Paper Princess, the first book, then you better go look for a copy of it or if you need a lot more of convincing - stay put because I’ll be opening up more reasons why you need to purchase books 1 & 2.

Honestly, I never expected to enjoy and love this series as much as I do now. When I read the synopsis for Paper Princess back in late March, my initial thought was “O-kay, this could turn out to be just a typical love-hate relationship kind of story and this could be one of my guilty pleasures”. Sure, there was the love-hate relationship element to the story but I was not prepared as to how addictive Paper Princess and the Royals are. Hook, line and sinker. You got me there, Erin Watt.

Once I got started reading it, I could not just put it down. I could not get enough of the drama, tension and the feels each of the characters is bringing in to the table.

“This will never be my home. I don’t belong in splendour, I belong in squalor. That’s what I know. It’s what I’m comfortable with, because squalor doesn’t lie to you. It’s not wrapped in a pretty package.”

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Release Day Blitz | BEHIND CLOSED DOORS by J.L. Berg





About BEHIND CLOSED DOORS

My name is Roman Cavenaugh and I’m kind of an asshole. 
Running a company isn't easy, especially when everyone expects you to fail, so being a jerk? It comes with the territory. 
I don't have time to mess around, and I sure as hell didn’t see her coming.
Cara Hamilton—she was supposed to be off limits…a temporary employee brought in during my assistant’s maternity leave. 
But, in the blink of an eye, she became so much more. 
An obsession I couldn’t shake.
So yeah, I may be an asshole, but now, I finally had a purpose, and soon, she would be mine. 

All’s fair in love and war…
Purchasing Links


EXCERPT

"Can I ask you something?" she said, drawing my attention away from the monotony on my computer screen.  I looked up to find her eyes dead set on mine.  It was unnerving.
She usually tried to avoid direct eye contact with me.  Maybe I intimidated her.  Perhaps she found me attractive and the idea of lusting after her boss bothered her.
Believe me, it bothered me too. 
In a very physical way.
“Go ahead,” I answered, unwilling to break the intimate connection she'd started. 
"When you saw me… at the club that night," she said, her eyes wavering just slightly.  "What was it you saw in me? I mean, was it just the clothes?"
My eyebrows furrowed in confusion.  Even though I'd said we'd never speak of what happened that drunken night two weeks ago, I saw something in her eyes that needed an answer. 
That needed something more. 

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Life Updates + Revamping Fandomly Bookish


Background image used is from WeHeart It.




Hello, Hello! It has been a while since I’ve blogged in here, right? You know what, I actually missed having fun here since for the past few months I only have Facebook and Twitter as my venue to dump in my thoughts and feels. With my blogging mojo quite back and comeback blog post up last Sunday night, I’m grabbing this chance right now and decided to craft another. This blog post will be divided into three subheadings: Bookish Self, Fangirlish Life and Revamping Me. I’ll be sharing some things that got me busy while I was away from the blogging community and I will also take this chance to introduce some blog changes aka probable new features that you’ll be seeing around here in the future. I’m fully hoping that these plans will really pan out.




BOOKISH SELF 

Quick check on my 2016 Goodreads’ Reading Challenge, I’ve set my goal to read 50 books which is basically half of my previous reading challenges. Back in 2012 or 2013, 50 books would be an easy feat for me to accomplish. If I had this goal back then, I’m sure I’m already done with it. But then I lowered it this year because of my reading slump case for the most part of 2015 and during the start of this year was so bad. I have this list of my most anticipated reads and all but that reading slump was seriously killing my mood and ruining my plans. As an update for my reading challenge, I currently need three more books to be able to complete it. So even though I’ve been a slow reader, it looks like I could still exceed my goal to 60 or 70 books before this year ends. Not bad, huh? 

And since I haven’t been sharing a lot of book reviews here, let me list down some of my 2016 top favorites and recommended reads, so far. It's a mix of genre from Young Adult Fantasy to YA Contemporary and New Adult to Romance. In that way, you can take a pick as to what suits your mood and what your feels crave for.



F*ck Love by Tarryn Fisher | Goodreads - Amazon
Truthwitch by Susan Dennard | Goodreads - Amazon - MY Book Review 
Ten Below Zero by Whitney Barbetti | Goodreads - Amazon - Ramblings on GR
In this Life by Christine Brae | Goodreads - Amazon - MY Book Review
A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas | Goodreads - Amazon




Paper Princess by Erin Watt | Goodreads - Amazon - Currently writing my book review
Broken Prince by Erin Watt | Goodreads - AmazonCurrently writing my book review
Girl Against the Universe | Goodreads - Amazon - MY Book Review 
Bossman by Vi Keeland | Goodreads - Amazon
It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover | Goodreads - Amazon - A Short Note to Colleen Hoover

Sunday, September 4, 2016

The Sunday Currently: Volume 1




Long time no post, huh? I know, I know. Here's the thing. I’ve been busy dealing with real life stuff which resulted to me having a hard time keeping this blog up and running. Sometimes a barrage of words rushes through my mind, I get this sense of “I know I should type it in and make a blog post out of it” but when I face my laptop or I’m in the middle of writing my post – the spark in me little by little fizzles out or time restrains me from finishing it up. Let’s not dwell too much on that, shall we? As a comeback post, I’m using siddathornton’s The Sunday Currently. I haven’t done this here in my blog yet (hence the Vol. 1 in the title) and so it’s going to be a new feature that I’ll be updating weekly or we’ll see what I’ll come up with the schedule for this. In addition to that, I think this is a great idea for me to reintroduce myself and talk about where’s my head at concerning my blog, Fandomly Bookish. Okay, let’s start!

Reading (or should I say, I’m going to read) Finding my Forever by Heidi McLaughlin. A couple of days ago, I find myself wanting to read. It was an out of the blue move for me because I’m currently into this reading slump period which was brought on by It Ends with Us by Colleen Hoover. But surprise, surprise, not only did I finish one book in a few days but I ended up with two, which were the first two books of this series. I have to say that McLaughlin’s books are addicting. Once you start reading it and get introduced with her set of characters, you just can’t help it but to be curious about everyone. So that’s what happened to me. I devoured those books and now planning to add another one.

Writing this blog post. For a long time, I haven’t felt this level of joy with blogging. Probably it has something to do with it being a comeback post and at the same time, a new feature. I’m also having fun with just letting my thoughts out through a blog post. I’m planning to write another post today or tomorrow. Keeping my fingers crossed for that one.

Listening to You and Me by Ahn Hyeon Jeong from W Original Soundtrack Part 7. Twitter friends wouldn’t be shocked with this but I’m sure my dear blog readers will be. I think ever since this blog existed not for once did I mention any Korean related stuff here and you’d be amazed with my progress in this area. Just so you know guys, my playlist is invaded and filled to the brim with Korean songs. Most of those songs are from the original soundtracks of the Korean dramas that I’ve previously watched and am currently watching. Some people will probably say that I can’t even understand the lyrics, so why listen? Wait. Hold up. This is something that I’ve came to realize after all these weeks that I’ve spent listening to these songs – I might be clueless with their lyrics but the emotions of the artists transcend the message of the song and affect me. And Google’s around too. I could do a one click to read about the English translation and double the song’s effect on me.

Thinking about the things that I should consider to spice up this blog and make it come alive. I have a few things up my sleeves and I’m still trying to finalize it in my mind. I'm also thinking about W - Two Worlds and Waves of Memories by Jonaxx. What a mind-boggling duo! 

Smelling the carbonara and fried chicken from the dining room. It's my cousin's 20th birthday and we had  a simple gathering awhile ago and the smell of the  foods and festivity are still lingering in the air. Happy Birthday, cous!

Wishing that I can really push through with those plans that I’m currently thinking. I’m wishing that I won’t be placed under a reading and blogging slump too. It’s seriously messing up with my plans.

Hoping that W – Two Worlds leaves its viewers fully satisfied and ends happily. Right now, W is delivering the satisfied part (just a few more triggers and my mind would probably explode already) but on the other end, nope. My heart is thoroughly crushed by that cruel ending and cliffhanger from Episode 13. This Korean drama is a MUST WATCH!

Wearing a tank top and shorts that I usually just wear inside our house. My comfy clothes.

Loving all the love my Twitter account is getting. I love all the interactions and mentions. I love my Twitter friends. Hi!

Wanting to make some changes here in my blog for quite some time now but distracted to do it. I think, I might be able to pull it off this time around. 

Needing more behind the scenes videos and photos of Lee Jong Suk and Han Hyo Joo. For added feels and my strong need to check up on what’s happening with the two of them in between takes. I also need my on-screen couple – Kang Chul and Oh Yeon Joo – to end up together and be their saccharine selves.

Feeling sleepy. I didn’t get enough sleep last night because my mind went into an overdrive and kept on thinking about different things from my blogging life and real life. Decisions, decisions, decisions…

Clicking through my blog to able to post this.


There you have it. I'm done filling out 'The Sunday Currently' feature and I certainly had fun! How about you? What were the things that you accomplished today? What were the thoughts that circled through your mind? Want to share it to me? Just comment down here on my blog post or let's talk about it on Twitter @ @fandomlybookish! I'd be glad to entertain you!





Tuesday, August 2, 2016

It Ends with Us: A Short Note to Colleen Hoover


Title: IT ENDS WITH US
Author: Colleen Hoover (Twitter | Facebook) 
Publication Date: August 2, 2016
Publisher: Atria Books

SYNOPSIS


Sometimes it is the one who loves you who hurts you the most.

Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up—she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.

Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.

As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan—her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened. 

With this bold and deeply personal novel, Colleen Hoover delivers a heart-wrenching story that breaks exciting new ground for her as a writer. Combining a captivating romance with a cast of all-too-human characters, It Ends With Us is an unforgettable tale of love that comes at the ultimate price.



A Short Note to Colleen Hoover
Just a note, since I believe that it is best to dive into this book - blind and freely allow Colleen to give you chills through her words. 


Dear Colleen Hoover, 

I don't know what to say about It Ends with Us. But what I do know is that I want say great things about it to encourage more readers, more people, to hear your voice - to hear your story. I've been staring at my laptop for quite some time now and words just went out the window. You've literally left me speechless. That last chapter + epilogue + note combo you pulled in this book was a sure killer. I also know that I'm barely coherent to be typing in this note but whatever. I'm just going to wing it from here and tell you something. 

Thank you for being so brave and bold. Thank you for deciding to share the story that enfolded in It Ends with Us to us. I am, we are, lucky. Now, I finally know why you're so nervous about the release of this book and why IEWU means a lot to you. 

A huge part of you, of who you are, bleeds through these pages.

Your honesty on how you intricately wrote this story brought in how raw, profound, moving and deeply personal this book is. It is all too real. It Ends with Us is like Colleen Hoover by Colleen Hoover. You've left marks everywhere - from the major events that transpired in Lily's life down to the littlest of things mentioned. You've left a "Colleen Hoover" imprint all throughout the book.

And now, you've left an imprint on me. Once again.

Thank you. 

An avid reader of yours, 
Amanda 



Tuesday, June 14, 2016

BOOK REVIEW | Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes


Title: GIRL AGAINST THE UNIVERSE
Author: Paula Stokes (Twitter | Website)
Publication Date: May 17, 2016
Publication House: HarperTeen

SYNOPSIS


Maguire is bad luck.


No matter how many charms she buys off the internet or good luck rituals she performs each morning, horrible things happen when Maguire is around. Like that time the rollercoaster jumped off its tracks. Or the time the house next door caught on fire. Or that time her brother, father, and uncle were all killed in a car crash—and Maguire walked away with barely a scratch.


It’s safest for Maguire to hide out in her room, where she can cause less damage and avoid meeting new people who she could hurt. But then she meets Jordy, an aspiring tennis star. Jordy is confident, talented, and lucky, and he’s convinced he can help Maguire break her unlucky streak. Maguire knows that the best thing she can do for Jordy is to stay away. But it turns out staying away is harder than she thought.


From author Paula Stokes comes a funny and poignant novel about accepting the past, embracing the future, and learning to make your own luck.


Purchasing Links: AMAZON | B&N | iBooks






            I recently decided to get acquainted with YA Contemporary again and randomly picked Girl Against the Universe by Paula Stokes from my TBR list. This is actually the first book that I own written by Paula Stokes and so I don’t know what to expect or if I’ll like it. Color me surprised, guys. I might have to check her other books and rectify my lack of it on my Kindle because wow. I love how she writes and how her words make me feel. GAtU presented a unique storyline and conflict which revolves around a girl named Maguire, thinking that the universe is conspiring against her. She firmly believes that she is cursed (because of several events that happened to her in the past) and performs all kinds of rituals to somewhat secure her luck and the people around her. See? I think, this is the first time that I've read something with this concept of luck. But mainly it delves into a certain mental illness/fear yet how the book was written gives off an air of lightness to it. It was actually a fun read. Maguire’s thoughts and logic were very easy to get into and I immensely enjoyed reading through it. I could've read this book in one sitting if only I had the time to do so. 

           
           Girl Against the Universe’s strongest points lies on how the book showcased family, friendship, relationships and Maguire’s self-journey.  Every single one of those aspects that I’ve mentioned affected and aided the book to be shaped into perfection and for Maguire’s character to develop through its course. This book has one of the most realistic situations when it comes to dealing with deaths and someone stepping in as a step-dad. Her mother was very realistic. It was something that I expected from a person who encountered losing her husband and son. But you better watch out for Maguire and her step-dad’s interaction in this. I love the points that he raised on how someone being in his shoes thinks and feels like. I got all choked up. Being a step-dad is surely a tough position to be in. There’s one scene with the two of them that really stood out for me and which I consider as my favourite. It was realistic, adorable, definitely tugged at my heartstrings and made me want to hug his character.

Blogroll