Review: Blankets by Craig Thompson

Maybe I was asking for too much.

Back then, this was the classic recipe of an average teenage life. Where people were heavily influenced by religion. Where sibling rivalry was such a trend. Where puppy love was something innocent. So for a 90’s kid perspective, like me, it all sounds relatable. Something, I thought, I want to read.

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Review: Make Good Art by Neil Gaiman, Chip Kidd (Designer)

Deciding to get an art course is to decide on a lot of things.

It’s to decide whether your passion would be enough to put food on the table, to afford a roof over your head, to pay the monthly bills—to earn a living. You’ll have a constant doubt. But you keep moving, until you reached graduation and everything hits you.. you have no damn clue where to start.

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Book Blogger Hop: Blogging Experience

Blogging Experience

Back story: I was supposed to post my Top Ten Tuesday but the topic (Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait To Get) didn’t fit me quite well. I only read few series and tons of stand-alone. And if I do read one, I make sure that I have every single book in that series. Because I’ve been traumatized by cliffhangers and spoilers. So you know..safety first.

So introducing this is new meme, which is Book Blogger Hop! Where they post and ask a particular question of the week and I answer them.

This week’s question is: 

As you grow in your blogging experience, have you become more particular in terms of what you will post on your blog or what books you will read for review on your blog?

My blog is fairly new. It’s quite young; I only started this year. Soo in terms of my “experience”, I’ve always been particular of what to post. I might have an OCD (Obsessive–Compulsive Disorder). You know, a person who gets satisfied when everything is neatly set and organized. Something like this:

Well I’m not that crazy.. yet. And if I have to be really really honest. I have this thing: I just can’t stand minor errors in my blog posts. Like typos, missing comma, spacing, alignment and such. Hence, this madness:

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But no worries, my minimum revisions are usually 8 or so. Which is normal, right? RIGHT?

Besides that, I do have a theme. Which is plain, I know. Maybe boring. But I have my reasons: so that whatever picture I post won’t clash with the blog and it will stand out more. If you’re familiar to my blog, I always put my physical copy (usually) of the book I’m reviewing and also the price (in pesos). And I categorize them in that way–here.

I have nothing against books that are not in physical copy such as e-book and audio. It’s just that I’m not just a reader; I’m also a book collector as well, even an addict. So I prefer them tangible. See: (Btw, that’s not everything. I just can’t make it fit in one picture)

Screen Shot 2014-11-18 at 4.57.58 PMAnd I’m open to any kind of books–fiction and non-fiction. Well maybe not Erotica. But yes, I’ve read Fifty Shades of Gray and let’s just say it was scarring. Just full of sex, really. Which is pretty appropriate, I think.

I review books that pique my interest doesn’t matter what genre it’s in. And it’s usually Adult, specifically historical fiction. I read YA here and there but I have a hard time stoping my eyes from rolling. I guess it’s safe to say that I’m quite picky when it comes to YA. But I read it nonetheless, I just don’t do it often.

What books do you review? What do you prefer the most? And if you have a particular theme you post in your blog? Tell me! Comment down below and share! 🙂

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(Besides the book shelf, pictures are not mine)

Review: Escape to Camp 14 By Blaine Harden

Escape From Camp 14On a more serious note, I don’t know if I can ever give this book justice for what it truly deserves.

Heavy. This deals with serious stuff, so it’s just natural for it to be this heavy and intense. There are a lot of information you have to process, and trust me when I tell you it’s not the good kind. Although it can be a challenge to swallow all the bad news up, Harden makes it easier since he puts in a narrative tone. So it sounds like (more or less) a story rather than a full-on news report.

Guilt. I find it quite impossible to read this book without feeling guilty and responsible of what happened. That might pull off most people, but I find it healthy. To feel accountable of what happened and what is still happening means we still care, that we still have souls to spare. This book serves as a reminder and (hopefully) a trigger to be mindful of the fact that what lies beyond your Facebook or Twitter feed is far beyond of what is really happening. You don’t expect to get this information from the news since there is NO news to get it from. This is about North Korea, you don’t expect news to be as easy as turning your TV on. Most probably, this is going to be difficult read but try to imagine what more if it was actually you in there and they’re the one who’s just reading.

I apologize for being harsh but I find it hard to sum up my feelings without being pissed. I just cannot understand how people (including me) are still out and about without having full (or to be more accurate, slight) knowledge of these existing regimes. I mean, seriously, can you quit on moaning about your #GoalInLife or #FirstWorldProblems shit. It may sound rude but fuck, I’m tired of those petty dramas so suck it up and get over it.

I know we can’t save the world overnight or just by reading a book. Awareness isn’t going to solve all the problems. But the least you can do is cherish and remember their story. To bear in mind that these are the stories they decided to tell and share to us. Think of it as a privilege, to be one of the people to know and appreciate the challenge they’ve been through.

Rating: ✰✰✰✰✰

Do I like it: Yes

Recommended to: To humanity

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 599)

If you want to be more graphic, here’s a video:

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Below are information about this book.

Publication: March 29th 2012 by Viking Adult

From Goodreads:

A New York Times bestseller, the shocking story of one of the few people born in a North Korean political prison to have escaped and survived.

North Korea is isolated and hungry, bankrupt and belligerent. It is also armed with nuclear weapons. Between 150,000 and 200,000 people are being held in its political prison camps, which have existed twice as long as Stalin’s Soviet gulags and twelve times as long as the Nazi concentration camps. Very few born and raised in these camps have escaped. But Shin Donghyuk did.

In Escape from Camp 14, acclaimed journalist Blaine Harden tells the story of Shin Dong-hyuk and through the lens of Shin’s life unlocks the secrets of the world’s most repressive totalitarian state. Shin knew nothing of civilized existence-he saw his mother as a competitor for food, guards raised him to be a snitch, and he witnessed the execution of his own family. Through Harden’s harrowing narrative of Shin’s life and remarkable escape, he offers an unequaled inside account of one of the world’s darkest nations and a riveting tale of endurance, courage, and survival.

Timely To Be Read: Genuinely Excited

U51YIm2zSince I’ve been forcing myself to finish old books I’ve accumulated, I’m giving myself a break (and a reward) for surviving countless torture of dull and boring books. So, I am genuinely excited for this TBR!

Landline by Rainbow Rowell & The Iron Knight by Julie Kagawa

Tq7InfwuObviously, everyone has been waiting for Rainbow Rowell’s next book, Landline, and of course, as a book blogger and as an avid reader, I don’t want to miss all the fun especially because this one is Magical Realism (which is btw one of my favorite genres) so I just had to read it. And without any hesitation, I placed priority uno in my TBR.

As for Iron Knight.. I swear, this can go on forever.. Just a brief 101, this is the final book of the Iron Fey Series. Which is a fantasy that incorporates Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, meaning some characters from the play are depicted in the books. Just so you know, this is my favorite YA Series and I swear by it. I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS SERIES ENOUGH. Moving on, I should’ve read this by now but I’ve been postponing it for a while since I don’t want it to end but I’ve hoarded (not gonna lie) another pile of YA fantasy trilogy. So I guess it’s about time to move on.

(Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 644) & (Fullybooked, Paperback, P 599)

Escape from Camp 14 by Blaine Harden & The Humans by Matt Haig

J5w3CWf8It’s been awhile since I read another non-fiction, so I’m going to dedicate this spot to Blaine Harden’s Escape from Camp 14. This is going to be a lot more serious than the previous books (which I intended btw) since this follows a guy who escaped from North Korea’s political prison camp. I cannot stress how important it is to read these kind of books, it visualizes how naive and ignorant we are (I’m guilty) towards the problems and issues our people face. I’m sorry, I’m getting all emotional but you get my point.

The Humans, talk about that title. Anyway, this one is more of a journal entry of an alien who is trying to prove that humans exist by stating our appearance, language, culture and the like. In a nutshell, it’s a satire about how humans behave. Which spells appealing (for me anyway), it’s like putting us and aliens in parallel universe of how we study them and how they study us.

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 599) & (Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 640)

Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury & The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

6WwCJM8JTo be honest, I don’t know a lot about this book. All I know is that I’ve been wanting to read Fahrenheit 451 since last last year but I couldn’t get my hands on it and it’s a classic slash mystery-horror, which are enough reasons for me to read it.

The Golem and the Jinni follows a golem and a jinni (what a surprise), and I believe they embark a journey together? Not sure, but this is those kind of books that I just want to read without knowing too much (or nothing at all), I just want to read this without having any expectation at all. But for my viewers sake, this is a urban fantasy and/or magical realism set in New York 1899 and the Golem and the Jinni become the most unlikely of friends–that’s all I know.

(Fullybooked, Paperback, P 560) & (Fullybooked, Tall/Large Copy, P 720)