Help me plan my ‘Stranger Things’ viewing party!


Probably the only reason I haven’t cancelled my Netflix subscription yet is because of Stranger Things. (Let’s be real though, I will never be able to quit Netflix even if I’m jobless like now because TV is LIFE.) I loved the first season and in fact, I watched it a total of THREE TIMES in a span of two weeks?? Something like that. It was just so compulsively watchable that I remember sleeping at 7AM just to finish it all. (Pro-tip: Do not start watching a series at midnight.) Admittedly, what initially hooked me was these kids playing Dungeons and Dragons because I play D&D myself. But each episode was more gripping than the previous and I was unstoppable as I queued an episode right after the other. IT IS JUST THAT GOOD. What made Stranger Things even more fun for me was watching it again with my friends, most of which also play D&D with me, and discussing it and loving it altogether.

So this October, I am planning on hosting a Stranger Things viewing party!!!!111 YAY!!!! *confetti* And now, you gotta help me with it!

I’m no stranger to holding house parties at my very small apartment. And by small, I mean 15 sqm for my sister and I, which includes two beds (and one pull-out bed), a bathroom, and a kitchen counter and sink. I also have a refrigerator, a table, a closet, and a shoe cabinet. Basically, it’s tight. But I have held slumber parties of ten people (and more!) in there and we’ve seen tons of movies, including Kimi no NawaThe Blair Witch Project, and Now You See Me 2 among others. We’ve also gotten hammered in there. And of course, there were lots of food. Have I mentioned that they’re potluck parties too? Yes, I love my friends and hosting them. (Even if, let’s be honest, it’s kinda stressful too.)


This time around, I want to hold a Stranger Things viewing party. It would be hitting all the birds with one stone. I get to watch it, my friends get to watch it, we get to watch it together, and we can discuss it right away. It’ll also serve as bit of bonding time since I haven’t hosted a lot of people in probably a year and I miss having people over! But first, the preparation.

I want it to be kinda grand, in which, I want invitations! Online invitations are a thing now and I am thankful for sites such as Paperless Post because I am not crafty with my hands! Now, my problem is choosing from thousands of designs available in there. (I know, what a problem, right?) And here’s where I need your help! Do check them out (and follow them for your own invitation/card needs!) and let me know if you see something that would fit my ~party~? I’ve looked into the viewing party invitations but I’m also trying out the more general invitations.

Next order of business: FOOD. I want the food to be in theme too but if you’ve seen Stranger Things, they mostly just eat cereals, junk food, and of course, Eggos. I want real, filling food though so now, I’m at a loss on what to serve. I doubt my friends would bring foods in theme but I at least want to have something that is very Stranger Things-esque. I’m still brainstorming but if you have an idea, please send them my way? If all else fails, I’ll just get a cake. And Eggos. #basic

Lastly, costumes and decoration! I think only a few of my friends will do so but it’s going to be kind of an early Halloween party too! No one can top this cosplay but it’s still worth a try!

And that’s it! Basically, I just threw into the ether that I’m hosting a viewing party but I have absolutely no plans yet. I still have a month though! *tries not to panic*

This post was written in partnership with Paperless Post. Do check them out and give them a follow!

Stacking the Shelves (66)

Forgive my absence. January to April book mail / book haul!

For Review

(ARC) Spindle Fire by Lexa Hillyer
(ARC) Ronit & Jamil by Pamela L. Laskin
(ARC) Universal Harvester by John Darnielle
(ARC) Fish Girl by Donna Jo Napoli and David Wiesner
(ARC) The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil
(ARC) Liberty: The Spy Who (Kind of) Liked Me by Andrea Portes
(ARC) Ramona Blue by Julie Murphy
(ARC) Everything All at Once by Katrina Leno
The Stinky Street Stories by Alex Ratt and Jules Faber
(ARC) Who Let the Gods Out? by Maz Evans
(ARC) Hear the Wolves by Victoria Scott
(ARC) Stealing Our Way Home by Cecilia Galante

Thank you to HarperCollins International, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Kids, Hardie Grant Egmont, Pan Macmillan Australia, and Scholastic Philippines for all the review copies!



I Shall Be Near to You by Erin Lindsay McCabe
The Rose and the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh
Boring Girls by Sara Taylor
The Hating Game by Sally Thorne
*signed* Scrappy Little Nobody by Anna Kendrick
Them or Us by David Moody
The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman
The Sound of Letting Go by Stasia Ward Kehoe
Nightstruck by Jenna Black
Trust Me by Romily Bernard
Seven Brief Lessons on Physics by Carlos Rovelli
Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler
Lucky Harbor Collection 2 by Jill Shalvis
Sugar Daddy by Lisa Kleypas 
*signed* Learning to Fall by Mina V. Esguerra
*signed* Don’t Tell My Mother by Brigitte Bautista
*signed* Midnights in Bali by Carla de Guzman
*signed* Bucket List to Love by C.P. Santi
*signed* Rules of Non-Attraction by Andrea Soto-Pionilla
*signed* Crushingly Close by Stella Torres
*signed* Prep & Prejudice by Miren B. Flores
*signed* If the Dress Fits by Carla de Guzman
*signed* Iris After the Incident by Mina V. Esguerra
*signed* The Last Time I’ll Write About You by Dawn Lanuza (my review)
*signed* Songs to Make You Stay by Jay E. Tria
 *signed* Sounds Like Summer by Six de los Reyes (my review)
*signed* What About Today by Dawn Lanuza
The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
Three Day Summer by Sarvenez Tash


The One Thing by Marci Lyn Curtis
*Thanks, Lyra!*

I’m joining #ARCAugust!

I’ve always wanted to join ARC August hosted by Read. Sleep. Repeat but I always forget to sign up. I mean, this is the fourth one and I haven’t even joined one. I FAIL IN CHALLENGES. But here I am!

I’m a moody reader but I want to be strict this time around. I need to up that NetGalley ratio! So I’m exclusively reading eARCs from NetGalley and I plan on reading ten this coming August. I’m listing down 12 titles to pick from!

The Light Fantastic by Sarah Combs
The Replacement Crush by Lisa Brown Roberts
The Lost and the Found by Cat Clarke
All We Have Left by Wendy Mills
Nice Girls Endure by Chris Struyk-Bonn
The Assassin Game by Kirsty McKay

Two Across by Jeffrey Bartsch
The Memory Book by Lara Avery
Learning to Swear in America by Katie Kennedy
Defending Taylor by Miranda Kenneally
How to Disappear by Ann Redisch Stampler
Cure for the Common Universe by Christian McKay Heidicker

Have you read any of these books? Which book should I get to first? Are you joining ARC August? Join me, let’s go!

The Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

In a desperate attempt to have new content, I begged people on Twitter to tag me to do some tags so that I’d have something posted on my blog. HAHAHA Desperate, indeed. Thanks to Bea of Confessions of a Pinay Bookaholic for tagging me to do the Unpopular Opinions Book Tag!

And what better way to force myself to actually do it than having someone to do it with? So after checking mine out, hopefully you’ll also go to The Bibliophile Confessions for Inah’s!

I gotta admit though, it was hard to go through my Goodreads shelf to answer these questions. I realized that I didn’t actually read a lot of popular books. And I am severely lacking in the series department. But what did take me longer to do? Finding gifs of Rami Malek in Mr. Robot to go along with this post. Seriously, I spent so much time doing just that and yeah, I’m not a gif expert so that was difficult. I am so so so pumped for Mr. Robot that I stay up until 3AM almost every day just reading up on it and also looking at Rami Malek’s photos and watching his interviews. It’s all worth it though. I love looking at him HIHIHI But whatever, let’s get right to this!

1. The I’m-okay-with-it-being-awkward-between-us and by us I mean the whole reading world AKA a popular book you didn’t like

Well, this was easy. It seems like everyone in the book community loves The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi. Even my favorite bloggers, who have the same tastes as me, loved it. While I do know people who didn’t enjoy it too, this book was still pretty well-loved that I felt like I read a different book. And maybe because I like burning friendships (HAHA), I also didn’t love Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. I mean, I liked it but I did not love it like everyone else. Alsoooo, I think it’s pretty popular but good lord do I hate The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines.

Did you want to throw me pitchforks already? Haha! Read more for opinions I don’t advertise that much!

2. The I-understand-what-it’s-like-to-be-different AKA a book series that everyone hates but you love

Like I mentioned, I’m not a series person so I have nothing to answer to this but as for books that everyone seems to hate but I love and adore dearly, those would be: Those Girls by Lauren Saft and Althea & Oliver by Cristina Moracho. I think Althea & Oliver fares better between these two because it is critically lauded, unlike Those Girls which is just in the hated pile. I love Those Girls for the reason people hated it, because of its unlikable characters and the honest look into toxic friendships and the naughty teen hooligans. Anyway, I love Althea & Oliver so much even though it might seem to promote a wrong message in one of its plot arcs but it was so grittily real and beautiful.

3. The love-is-forever-bullshit AKA a love triangle where the MC ends up with the person you didn’t want them to end up with

To this day, I haven’t read Lauren Oliver’s Requiem because JULIAN BB MY LOVE (I even wrote an essay on why I love him) but I recently learned that Lena doesn’t even actually end up with anyone??? Is that true??? So it might not be apt for this question but it was obvious that Lena was Team Alex. /CRYING

Also, CHAOL from the Throne of Glass series. That is all. I still haven’t proceeded with the series because CHAOL MY LOVE.

4. The not-most-of-them-no AKA a popular book genre you rarely reach for

I don’t usually reach for historical novels because huhu, history. I’m not a history buff so, yeah. But when I do occasionally read one (usually accidentally), I keep on asking why I don’t because I almost always love it. I think I’m just scared of history in general because I wasn’t good at it in school. HAHAHA

5. The *gah*-no-more AKA a popular beloved character you didn’t like

So I pretty much hated the characters in The Vincent Boys. I’ve only read Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick but I also pretty much wanted to gouge myself out. Patch? Bleh. But I guess the thing you’ll hate me for is not loving Lola and Cricket from Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins. I like Cricket but I felt like he wasn’t real. And for that, I also haven’t finished Anna and the French Kiss  because I couldn’t get into Etienne because dude I think you’re cheating.

6. The I-will-try-harder AKA a popular author you can’t seem to get into

Miranda Kenneally HUHUHU sorry but I do want to try harder. As of now, I’ve only read Racing Savannah and Jesse’s Girl and both were 3-star reads for me. Everyone is saying to read the first books first so that I’ll love her and her books more but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Hopefully soon!

7. The I-cannot-think-of-anything-I-hate-more AKA popular trope you’re tired of seeing



8. The fuck-society AKA you cannot pressure me into this AKA popular series you have no interest in reading

Sorry, friends. But I don’t have plans to read anything by Cassandra Clare, or at least anything Shadowhunter-y. I might try The Infernal Devices trilogy because it’s just a trilogy but maybe no. Also, that vampire series by Richelle Mead.

9. The saying goes, “The book is always better than the movie,” but what movie do you prefer more than the book?

Can I think about it more? Or at least let me watch more book adaptations? Because I really do not have an answer.


So there’s that! Please do comment on how much you hate me now or how much you agree with me. HAHAHA And link me to yours if you’ve done this tag so I can read it!

I do not like tagging people AKA I’m too lazy to think of people to tag so just do this tag if you want to! And leave me a link so I can read it as well!


“Four hundred billion suns spiraling through space together. Our solar system just one grain on that galactic carousel. The carousel itself a speck in the cosmos. And here I am in this small clearing, on the surface of the earth, as transient and unnoticed to the universe as the dry blades of grass that are poking into my shirt. It’s too much to comprehend up there, too enormous, and I’m so small when it’s on top of me. It frightens me, like I’m being crushed.”

Plus One by Elizabeth Fama

If anyone felt that the picture I featured above is familiar, *high-five* to you, my fellow Ubuntu user.

For my last quote discussion post, I featured a quote from Blue Lily, Lily Blue by Maggie Stiefvater. This time around, I’m gonna spotlight one from her The Raven Boys aside from the one already featured by Elizabeth Fama. Is it still not obvious how much I love this series and how it is life??? Anyway, here it is.

“She recognized the strange happiness that came from loving something without knowing why you did, that strange happiness that was sometimes so big that it felt like sadness. It was the way she felt when she looked at the stars.”

The Raven Boys by Maggie Stiefvater

These quotes about stars struck me big time when I read them because that’s how EXACTLY I feel when I see stars. I love stargazing but it is a surefire way to make me melancholic and for me to think and overthink about everything. To make my doubts take centerstage. It is so the reverse-meditation technique I don’t need but honestly? Overthinking while under a blanket of stars doesn’t stress me out. Overthinking at 3AM in my bed while I’m trying to sleep stresses me out so much I sometimes cry. But under the twinkling beauty of stars? It’s actually pretty calming. One of the reasons I love home is because I get to so many stars.
How about you? How do you feel about stars? Do you have any quotes about stars that you love?

Happy New Year! | Fuck Plans


So last year, I made A TON of plans. And nothing happened. Deadlines passed, posting dates happened with nothing posted. CONGRATULATIONS! I SUCKED SO MUCH AT THE SECOND HALF OF 2015.

And I was so hard on myself. I hated how I was always on reading slumps, how I couldn’t review to save my life, how I couldn’t recap the events I went to, how I was so ineffective and inefficient and OH LOOK AT ALL THOSE OTHER BLOGS AND ALL THESE NEWBIES SO MUCH ENTHUSIASM DAMMIT

And burnout happened. And self-loathing. AND FUCK ALL THOSE, I DON’T WANNA EVER GO THROUGH THAT AGAIN.

So this year, how about we try not planning at all? Or at least, nothing that I’ll announce here on the blog and then not go through. (I still have super laidback plans on what to read for the month, which I can change anytime I don’t feel like reading a book at the time.) I mean, I can’t disappoint myself if I don’t expect anything from myself, right? 

I’ve been in an awful place at the end of 2015 and as you may know, I’ve dropped a lot of commitments. Blog tours I had to participate in, blog tours I was organizing, tons of shit I dropped and escaped from. Because that’s what I do, run away. And I’m sorry to everyone.

With that, I’m closing down Oops! I Read Again Tours for good. I’m also resigning from Pinoy Book Tours. I once enjoyed organizing tours but they’re too much for me now. They take too much time, too much effort, too much everything. And with me being as sucky and lazy as I am nowadays, I don’t want to disappoint any more people.


I also planned not requesting more books last year but of course I couldn’t resist. I did, however, not approach and dedicate so much time scouring the Internet for contacts and publicist emails and whatnot. I only accept books pitched to me and request titles I REALLY want. I still can’t stop with NetGalley and Edelweiss and ha, I don’t even care anymore. I LIKE BOOKS, OKAY.

Yesterday, I was wearing my NOBODY CAN DRAG ME DOWN shirt (yes, I wear my fandom) and I realized it was a great motto for the year so *self high-five*! Let this be the year where I just don’t give a fuck, please please please.

P.S. Top books of 2015 post this Monday!

P.P.S. There will be some changes in the blog soon (post titles, post format, etc) and I’m kinda excited hihi

Reading in Fast Forward

Who among here would admit to skimming a book just to be done with it? To wanting to know how a book ends even though something is bothering or annoying you? Whether it’s because of too-flowery-bordering-on-pretentious prose or characters you want to strangle with dental floss or plot as ridiculous as sea lions wearing elf costumes (that sounds cute), come on, speak up! Because I do. I am a badge-wearing member of Team Skimming. Because who wants to sit through the B-plots or the cardboard cutout characters that make you want to gouge your eyes out, right? But I do something a bit weirder. I actually skim books I enjoy. Books I can’t put down. Books that leave me at the edge of my seat.

You see, I love anticipating. Spoilers make me giddy. Just the thought of something happening brings such immense joy to me. And when I actually do get to that glorious moment I’ve been building up in my mind and it delivers? Beware of my total brain meltdown and my constant yapping. You may argue that knowing what happens next dilutes the surprise. I do agree with you, when it comes to mysteries and thrillers. You may argue that building up a moment or a twist or an event in my brain will just end to disappointment. It usually does. But that’s the beauty of my system. I already know what happens so the author can amaze me by HOW it happens.

Ready Player OneI don’t even make a conscious decision to skim. Take for example Ready Player One by Ernest Cline. The pages were flying by, I was reading so fast. Then it started. I was so invested and curious that my eyes just skimmed and found the things and events I needed to know. After spazzing and breathing in deeply to calm myself down, I went back to where I was reading and reveled in the fact and read in peace that what I wanted to happen happened.

Yes, it took me quite some time to finish Ready Player One but it was all worth it. I skimmed every few pages, with every single adventure Wade Watts faced. I couldn’t stop doing it, I just had to know if he was safe, if everyone is safe, if everything is exciting. Then I went back to where I was and read it properly. It sounds insane and stupid but I truly love doing this. When I read the parts I missed properly, I get to focus on the prose and the characters, without all the worrying. With adventure-packed tales of explosions and hacking and all things exciting, the plot can be so enthralling that you get swept up in its fast pace, not noticing oddities and discrepancies or that glaring loophole in the science. You just want to get to the thrill, to the big finish, to the largest explosion or maybe the Bollywood dance. With my method, I get to enjoy and pay attention to every detail. Well, at least I think so.

Open Road Summer

This needing to know happens with books in series too. I ship hard, you’d think it was my existence on the line like if my grandmother and grandfather hadn’t met in an alternate universe. If my ship is in danger and I am not sure what is the endgame, it’s likely that I haven’t read the next book or the last book in that series. I don’t know if I can ever read Requiem by Lauren Oliver because I just want to live in my Julian bubble in Pandemonium. After a year-long wait, I could not not skim P.S. I Still Love You by Jenny Han because the need to see my ship sailing was of paramount importance. Emery Lord’s Open Road Summer took me a long time to finish because I still skimmed and relived the glorious moments with Matt Finch even though I was supposedly doing my proper read.

I don’t know what spurred me to start skimming books I am quite loving. Like I said, it was not a conscious decision on my part. I just noticed that I kept on doing it. I don’t even pick genres! Be it for the sci-fi fairytale retelling that is Cinder by Marissa Meyer or the futuristic tale of a world with alternate history Plus One by Elizabeth Fama or the contemporary romance Whatever Life Throws at You by Julie Cross, if I like it, I skim it.

But never ever tell me a spoiler for a thriller or a mystery. I will gut you.

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (12)

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!

Just Listen
Don’t Even Think About It
Follow Me Down
This Strange and Familiar Place
Kiss Me First
I’ll Be Right There
17 & Gone
You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (11)

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!

The Only Thing to Fear
Before I Go to Sleep
Only Everything
You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!

Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!

Book Spine Poetry Sunday (10)

On rare Sundays, I will be posting book spine poems because I love poems and I love books and I think book spine poetry is awesome. Thank you to Charlie of Letter Trails for the feature photo!


The Night We Said Yes
(to) Trouble
Breaking Glass
Crashing Down
Kissing Ted Callahan (and Other Guys)
(The) Bossypants
The Fearless
(The) Fangirl
(The) Stargirl
Wild Awake
We All Looked Up
The Spectacular Now
You can follow me on Instagram at oopsireadabookagain for more bookish photos (with low resolution and bad lighting HAHA)!
Want to change some titles on my poem? Go comment your own version below! Just have at least one of those books in yours. Have your own book spine poem? Share them! Looking forward to seeing them!