Book Review: The Princess Saves Herself In This One by Amanda Lovelace

517bf26ijpl“How could words can be so powerful and enchanting?” My first thought after reading the book. There are a significant power and advocacy that Amanda Lovelace is trying to emphasize on making poetries. It was vast. There’s an impact. She can make simple words, into magnificent phrases, that has a double meaning behind bars.

This is the power of literature. From fiction books to poetry to contemporaries. It teaches us a lot of things. With Amanda Lovelace’s poetry book, the princess saves herself in this one — gave us a gripping, thrilling and exciting poetry that a person couldn’t think to ask. It holds you dearly in the heart and crushes you with the full realization of her message. Wonderfully written and strucking lines that can make her readers stare at nothingness because of the surreality of her poems.
One way or the another, I couldn’t question this book as to why it became the Goodreads Choice Awards of 2016 in Poetry because it deserves its place. And for someone who loves spoken words, this book will slay your belief and will make you enter the true form of the society – ugly and beautiful – and you couldn’t decide which one do you wish to see because either way, it is whether you wish to see the painful truth or the pleasing lie.

MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


15225448amanda lovelace is a poetess & storyteller whose words have been shared in her local coffee shop & her tumblr blogs. she currently lives in new jersey with her fiancé. she received her A.A. in english literature from brookdale community college in 2014. as of 2016, she is working toward her B.A. in english literature & sociology at kean university. what she will do next, nobody knows-not even her. for now, you can find her reading anything she can get her hands on, writing while she should probably be paying attention in class, thinking about writing but not actually writing, drinking an inordinate amount of coffee, & blogging about books. on top of all this she is a lover of all things cat-related as well as a staunch mermaid enthusiast. she considers herself to be a feminist & a social justice advocate. you can also find her as ladybookmad on twitter, instagram, & tumblr.

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Blogger Spotlight: The Queen Reads

The Queen of Book Boyfriends, The Mother of Literature, and an amazing admin of Bookish Pinoy. Have a glimpse of Elena from The Queen Reads about her being a book blogger!


PERSONAL LIFE

1. What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

– I grew up reading romance pocketbooks of my grandmother and basically anything I can get my hands on when I was just a kid. I started out with Choose Your Own Adventure books and Disney fairytales. Believe it or not, my first YA book was Twilight. Which I accidentally picked up in our ancestral house in Zambales while I was on vacation. I remembered not being able to put it down! I guess the young me loved vampires that sparkle ( ps. I still do 😂 )

5 favorite books? Whew, this is hard.

  • Tiger Lily by Jodi Lynn Anderson ( Always )
  •  The Sea of Tranquility by Katja
  • Any Sarah J. Maas book because I’m Fae Trash 😂
  • The Little Prince by St. Antoine Exupery
  • The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller.

2. How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?

– I was an only child for 15 years ( until my brother came along ) I was literally alone, no cousins and kids to play within the household, so I turned my attention to books. As I grew up, I took a hiatus in reading but never stopped. But I became full time focused on books when I broke up with my ex ( ugh I know! ) I read books to escape and I loved it so much. Aside from reading, I love sleeping, singing and sleeping. Haha!

3. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

– I have 4 main men on my list. Rhysand, Warner, Khalid and Day. But I have to pick Rhysand ( I’m so sorry Warner! 😭 ). I don’t know, I just love how much he supports Feyre in everything she does and doesn’t treat her like a fragile thing and I want someone like that for me. Not to mention the striking look goods, immense power and massive wingspan ( IYKWIM *wink wink* ). Just simply cuddling under the stars in the Night Court would be awesome. ❤

4. Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. (I know that this question will be difficult, feel free to answer as many as you want!)

– Sarah J. Maas – Some may hate her books but damn she writes good books. The twists are amazing. The characters are squad goals. I love her but I’m still saving judgment until she finishes her series.

– Marie Lu, Marissa Meyer, Tahereh Mafi – Love love love their books! Amazing endings that make me bawl and my heart swell.

Jodi Lynn Anderson and Katja Millay – Just because they created my favorite books ever. ❤

5. If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

 – Never stop reading. Even if they said you look like a nerd and kids are supposed to go out and socialize, never stop reading. People go but books stay forever.

BLOGGING LIFE

1. What made you start to do book blogging?

– I started book blogging just because I wanted to keep track of my reading progress. I may have a sharp memory but sometimes some slip my mind and I just want something to look back so I can be reminded of what I have read.

2. What was the most difficult part of book blogging?
– Web site design. Seriously. I am not good at this so I had to keep it simple and readable and that was enough for me.

3. Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?

– I started my bookstagram April of 2014 with no clue what the hell I’m doing but now nearing 4 years later, I have met the most amazing people in my life, 2 shelves full of books and I have never been more blessed and thankful.

4. What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

– Deadlines are the death of me. I hate pressure. When the arcs are piling up and you just want to reread your fave book. 😂

5. Mention some Book Blogging Friends that you would love to see in person!

 – Friends from Bookish Pinoys and Pinoy Book Friends United. ❤

BOOKISH LIFE

1. Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

Fairytale Retelling – Tiger Lily
New Adult – Everything because this is my guilty pleasure. 😂
Fantasy – Maas books because I am Fae Trash
I recently liked reading Horror and Psychological Thrillers like Goth, Confessions and The Vegetarian

2. How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

– I read whatever I want when I want it.

3. SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

– As of the moment, It’s color coded except for the series that are on the top shelf. We moved recently so I had to let go of some of them but they are as beautiful as ever. ❤

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4. What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?

– Mostly New Adult Contemporary books influence my view on people and relationships. It made me more mature in seeing how people usually handle situations in books, Even though they are fiction.

5. What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

– “You could rattle the stars”
Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
Empowerment at it’s best.


Rafael: I will not remove the emojis along Elena’s answers. I think you would see what kind of person she is with those Emojis.


ABOUT THE QUEEN READS


img_20170203_145203This is your Queen speaking. If you are reading this then it means you already succumbed to my royal craziness and shall endure it until the end of time. You are very much welcome in my humble abode to share my witty remarks and endless bookish banters. Enjoy!

Book Review: Said The Shotgun To The Head

6549Intrinsic, Weird, Unique. Said the shotgun to the head implies a new style of writing a poetry that talks about the alternative mirror of reality. With every line, with every word – there is hidden message from the author. Saul Williams offered us a poem that few people would understand and regardless of the profound idiosyncrasies that I both found and felt by reading the book, Williams did a good job on his word play with the astonishing and uniquely written poetry with diverting styles of approach.

Personally, I would love to rate this 5 stars. However, I couldn’t. If the poetries were stable and has an impact throughout the end, I would. But it stings like going up and down. Like, life you never thought what was ahead of you.

RATINGS: 3 STARS.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


4388Saul Stacey Williams is an American poet, writer, actor and musician known for his blend of poetry and hip-hop and for his leading role in the 1998 independent film Slam.

Interview with Courtney Peppernell

Today, we have Courtney Peppernell as my guest on Author Interview! Get to know her more and indulge on her painful book.

  1. Who or What inspires you to write a poetry?

I actually started due to a long distance relationship. I wanted to show how I felt through poetry and I started posting it on my blog. People seemed to really like what I was writing and so I just kept writing more and more. This went on for about four or so years, despite the relationship not working out. Eventually, I started dedicating my writing to the readers who had supported me from the beginning. People would email me and ask for poetry dedications to give to their partner’s etc. These days my own partner inspires a lot of what I do, however, I am also very motivated by the people around me and the other blogs/social media platforms I follow.

  1. Before you became an author of a poetry book, you’ve been a reader. As a reader what are the books or you could name some that influence you as a writer today.

Perks of Being a Wallflower, Harry Potter, anything by Jodi Picoult, I wrote this for you

  1. If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

Honestly, I’d date my partner Rhian because she’s also my best friend. Our first phone conversation was actually outside my grandmother’s house in this little courtyard because I was on my way to see my family and Rhian happened to call. So for Valentine’s Day, I set up our date with tables and chairs in this little courtyard and cooked her dinner. It was really nice because I could see how much she loved it. But for fun, I would totally date Asuna from Sword Art Online and team up in Aincrad.

If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

“Confidence Cohen!” – I was painfully shy as a kid,  I really didn’t say very much at all. I would tell her not to be so afraid to put herself out there and have a voice.

  1. Pillow Thoughts is a compilation of love, sorrow, longing and every emotion that makes us a human. If you are going to describe your book in five feelings and emotions, what are they? And why?

Love, encouragement, heartache, loneliness, resilience

These emotions connect as all, and I think if a reader understands that other people feel similar things to themselves, they feel less alone.

  1. Random: Name your top five favorite foods!

Sushi, Butter Chicken, Watermelon, Acai Bowl, Pizza

  1. If there’s one thing that life has taught you, what would it be?

You aren’t going to be happy all the time and life isn’t going to be easy. No matter who you are or where you’re from, you are going to have ups and downs. Don’t compare yourself to others because it’s exhausting, and kindness is easily the most beautiful thing about another person.

  1. Are there any particular songs or playlist that you listen to whenever you are writing?

I listen to City and Color, Amy Shark, Ed Sheeran, The Chainsmokers and Noah & the Whale

  1. What is your favorite quote or line or perhaps a poem on your book and why?

The Looking for Ice Cream poem – the fact most people know the book from this poem really surprised me. This was written in my car on the way home from the grocery store. It was indeed winter and I was there with my partner. I wrote it about her because it was a big moment when I realised that I loved her, but all we were doing was looking for ice cream J cherish the simple moments in life!


ABOUT THE AUTHOR


14250517Courtney Peppernell is a best-selling LGBTQ author from Sydney, Australia. Courtney has been writing her whole life and focuses on Young Adult novels and Poetry Collections. Keeping Long Island is her third title release, and the first under her new book brand, Pepper Books.

Blogger Spotlight: The Ultimate Fangirl

See Bianca’s wonderful answers and nailing my ‘disadvantage-part’ of my questions. Bianca is my newly found friend in Bookish Community that eventually one of my so-close-friend on twitter. I would happily see her in person sometime soon! Let’s hear it, Bianca from The Ultimate Fangirl!



PERSONAL LIFE

What book introduces you to fiction novels? Can you name 5 of your favorite books or series?

I would say that the series that introduced me to reading was none other than J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. More on the history later.

If I had to choose my top 5 favorite books/series, these books are on the top of my list:

  • The Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling
  • The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky
  • Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick
  • The Sun Is Also A Star by Nicola Yoon
  • The Illuminae Files by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

How did you start to like reading as a habit? Do you have any other habits aside from reading novels?

  • I started reading as a habit when I was about 4-5 years old. Both of my parents were avid readers, so they had a big influence on me to read. But the biggest trigger would have to be my mother reading Harry Potter to me as a bedtime story. As soon as I got a tutor, I would convince her to teach me how to read the Harry Potter books. I kid you not, I think that was my earliest memory. Besides reading, my other hobbies are writing, watching a lot of series (usually American, British, and Japanese anime) and video editing.

If you are going to date someone, fictional or not, dead or alive, who would it be and why? What are the things that you are going to do on your date?

  • Hmm, this is a tough one. I love a lot of guys in literature. But if I had to choose, no question that it would be Charlie Kelmeckis from The Perks of Being A Wallflower. We could go somewhere nice like a museum, a library, or a bookstore. Either or all of the three places. I mean he’s a writer, and I’m ambitioning to be one, too. *cries internally*

Name some of your favorite authors and give them a brief description of why are they your favorites. (I know that this question will be difficult, feel free to answer as many as you want!)

  • Becky Albertalli (because Simon VS. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is the best oreo.)
  • Stephen Chbosky (because I just cannot stop mentioning Perks.)
  • Adam Silvera (because he lives off of the tears that I shed for his books.)
  • John Green (because his writing is good)
  • Rainbow Rowell (because she gave birth to one of the books that gave me the inspiration for my internet persona)

If you are going to give advice to your 10-year-old self, what would it be?

  • I hope you keep writing. And also, you’re weird. No matter what everyone says, don’t grow up, okay?

BLOGGING LIFE

What made you start to do book blogging?

  • It was the “summer” before my 2nd year in college and I realized that I needed a platform to talk about books because I was behind everything. I thought that everything was lost because I had no one to talk to in real life about books. I have always thought that I have too many fandoms, so branding myself came in easy. I wanted to know more bookish people.

What was the most difficult part of book blogging?

  • Besides taking a lot of hiatuses? Kidding, haha. For me, the most difficult part of book blogging is getting your ideas straight to the point. There are a lot of ideas that can be manifested onto a blog post, but it takes a lot of sheer willpower to actually get it on the page and publicly share it.

Interacting with people from different places, virtually, how did you gather so many followers? If you have one thing to thanks to your followers, what would it be?

  • When I was starting out, I followed the blogs that I looked up to. Then I commented and read a lot from the wonderful blogs on WordPress, and eventually, I communicated with bloggers through Twitter.

What do you think is the disadvantage of bloggers?

  • Other than the fact that everything we post will be up forever on the internet, typos and all? Speaking in the perspective of bloggers in general, I know I am not the only one with this sort of disadvantage. It is hard to balance two lives at once, especially if the people in your life do not even know what it is that you are doing. Sometimes, it is exhausting. You have to be this person on the internet, the person that you established that behind the name you chose for yourself. At the same time, you have to be this person outside that persona because the majority of the people in that norm do not understand how it all ties together. Why can’t we just all get along and eat chocolate fudge?

Mention some book blogging friends that you would love to see in person!

  • Besides you, there’s Bea from Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic, Shealea from That Bookshelf Bitch, CW from Read, Think, and Ponder, MC from Blame It On The Books, Maan from The Pigeon Reads, Kate from The Bookaholic Blurbs, Jesselle from The Lifelong Bookworm, and Jasmine at Jasmine Pearl Reads.

BOOKISH LIFE

Name some favorite book of yours according to your genre preferences.

  • Since I mostly read YA contemporary, here are some of my all-time favorites: The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky, Forgive Me, Leonard Peacock by Matthew Quick, The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider, Me, and Earl, and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews, and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher.

How do you pick the books that you are going to read next?

  • My brain works in such mysterious ways. And to explain it, here’s a mini-story for everyone.

Me: Hmm, what should I read today?

Brain: Well, what do you feel like reading?

Me: I was thinking maybe I could finally read that book, you know… A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas?

Brain: Good choice!

<a few hours later>

Brain: Feeling the story yet?

Me: Actually yeah! I may actually finish this today.

Brain: HAHAHA. Silly girl! Pick another book to read! You know you can finish both of those in a day.

Me: Okay fine. Let’s pick Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson.

Brain: Yes. And after 100 pages, you’ll abandon that one forever too like what you did with ACOTAR.

Me: Of course not. I will finish this.

<a few days later>

Me on Goodreads: So I just finished It’s Kind of A Funny Story by Ned Vizzini…

Honestly Raffy, it amazes me on how I actually finish a book. I often surprise myself with my reading capabilities and life in general.

SHOW US YOUR BOOKSHELF! Describe it.

  • It’s not exactly a bookshelf because I don’t own one yet. J I call it my book stack. Right now my goal is to fill the entire wall of my bedroom with it. Sometimes, I have nightmares that one day it will just collapse because I have too many books.

img_20170123_132439What are the books and authors that influence you as a reader?

  • My main inspiration is Stephen Chbosky. If I would have standards for any contemporary read, it would have to be his work. When it comes to feminism, it has to be Holly Bourne and her Spinster Club series. I’m still on the lookout for a good fantasy book. Recs, please?What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

What is your one ultimate favorite quote from a book and why?

  • “We accept the love we think we deserve.”

I will let you guess where that came from.


ABOUT THE ULTIMATE FANGIRL


q0irn07kMy name is Bianca and you have just entered my fangirl-ish space. Any fandom is welcome here. When I’m not posting here, you can expect that I’m participating on fandom stuff or finding new male leads to love.

Book Review: La Douleur Exquise by J.R. Rogue

img_9674I couldn’t deny that the cover of this book gave me high expectations for the content. And same with the title, it gives me enough hope since the meaning of the title could make you hooked in a spark. However, it does not seem to impress me nor to make me really inclined with the book. I couldn’t get connected with her poetries but as I read the poems page by page there’s a jolly melody that has been playing in my head throughout the reading. Maybe, the literature was intentionally as a poetry but accidentally, became a music of symphonies and frequency. It was simple. Maybe, I couldn’t get connected to the book because I haven’t that much grief or longing for a partner being a lover.

As much as I want this book to love me, I couldn’t love it back. This is not just for me and it feels like I wasted my time reading and blogging this book. I hope people will find this book review useful. Since I don’t review the book that much with lower ratings because I believe with the significance of promoting the essence of reading.


MY RATINGS: 2 STARS.


 

Book Review: Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell

51hsvnigzsl-_sy346_Pillow Thoughts really deserve its title. I couldn’t imagine how a simple combination of words – raw words could inflict a continuing pain throughout reading the novel. It was masterfully provoking for being loved, having love and used to be love. It was a combination of the emotions of the past, the feelings in the present and the resurfacing hope and wonder of what could be in the future.

Cortney Peppernell did not just give us a book compiled with poetry. She gave us a novel of true words from her heart. It is mystical on its own unique way. It captures the very essence of life and living with life. The novel tackles a different form of love that people longed for or wish for or even try to force to have. But, sometimes, the love you thought someone could fulfill yours is not enough to fulfill what they need in them’s. It is sad and tragic, hopeful and encouraging, and yet, remember in the end, that we are talking about love. Like anyone else, this book is an embodiment of love.
The author crafted a painful poetries that will enlighten, give hope to the person who will read the book. It was written so well that I indulge myself into the sorrowful depths of the book that drive me crazy with the amazing writing style of Courtney. I couldn’t imagine how words, how a combination of phrases with such compelling essence could deliver in such smooth and elegant way. Only Courtney Peppernell could do this. It was amazing reading Pillow Thoughts.
Simple and yet artistic, that’s how the author captures my heart with her poetry.

MY RATINGS: 5 STARS!


You may purchase Pillow Thoughts by Courtney Peppernell, here.


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