05192012

Ever since I knew about tie-dyes and dip-dyes (for clothes… imagine tie-dyeing your hair omg) I’ve made it one of my life’s mission to find dyes in this country. I honestly thought I wouldn’t be able to find some but one day my friend sent me a text that says she found dyes in National Bookstore so last Saturday I went to NBS at Market! Market! and bought several packets immediately!! Now I can do tie-dye and dip-dye!! (I feel like a D.I.Y. freak now but whatever D.I.Y. is fuuunnn)

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AND I went to Fully Booked High Street and I saw this!!

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That’s a book called FUCK The World and it’s seriously very entertaining. It’s filled with random signs from different places and they changed some words to “fuck” so that the definition will change too. Here are some pages from the book:

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And coincidentally, it was “Free Comic Book Day” in Fully Booked so we got a free comic book and since I lost one of my favourite books (I know that’s weird but I seriously don’t know where my old copy went) I bought another one! (It’s The Carrie Diaries, it’s like my life plan written right there on that book haha)

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That day was pretty productive.. 🙂

Babe In Boyland

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When high school junior Natalie – or Dr. Aphrodite, as she calls herself when writing the relationship column for her school paper – is accused of knowing nothing about guys and giving girls bad relationship advice, she decides to investigate what guys really think and want. But the guys in her class won’t give her straight or serious answers. The only solution? Disguising herself as a guy and spending a week at Underwood Academy, the private all-boy boarding school in town. There she learns a lot about guys and girls in ways she never expected – especially when she falls for her dreamy roommate, Emilio. How can she show him she likes him without blowing her cover?

Babe In Boyland by Jody Gehrman is somewhat like She’s The Man. Scratch that, it is She’s The Man with some changes like there’s theatre, Natalie Rowan turned Nat Rodgers only stayed in Underwood Academy, an all-boys school, for a week, and her purpose for staying there is to uncover some of the secrets of the male specie. I guarantee that this book will make you laugh and Natalie (or Nat) will irritate you most of the time.

This book is nice but I must say, Natalie is not really the best character. I got annoyed at her 70% of the time while reading the book because of Natalie. Emilio Cruz though… in my imagination, he is one drop-dead gorgeous Latino who is really sweet and nice and beautiful.

Jody Gehrman made me look at guys in a new way. She was able to show me a new side to guys. I highly recommend this book to those people who enjoyed She’s The Man (the movie) and those shows wherein a girl enters an all-boys school for personal reasons. 🙂

The Hunger Games

The Hunger Games is one of my all time favourite trilogy/series. EVER. So when I heard that there will be a movie, I was sooooooooooo excited! I immediately discussed with my friends who should play who. We were actually all rooting for Kaya Scodelario to play the role or Katniss. We were so sure that she’ll get the role.

But when the cast list was released, we found out that Jennifer Lawrence would play Katniss, Josh Hutcherson would play the role of Peeta, Alexander Ludwig would play the role of Cato, and so much more…. I wouldn’t say that we were not disappointed at first because we thought that some other actors could have played the roles better… but eventually we learned to accept it.

Months later, photos of the ongoing shooting was released and eventually, videos. That definitely got us excited. We saw that maybe for once, there would be a movie that’s exactly like the book. We also realised that the cast was also really good. We had countdowns and the like because we couldn’t wait until March 21 and 22, the premiere dates of The Hunger Games in the Philippines.

The day finally came and all of us were trying to convince our parents to let us watch on the premiere days. I watched the last full screening last night and oh my god, I could NOT stay still. I was moving and changing my seating position like crazy!! When they released the trailers, we thought it will be just like the book, but when I watched the movie, it was somewhat like the book… but nonetheless, it was great despite the “Why didn’t they include that part!” scenes.

The movie is a little more than 2 hours and I honestly think that you should all watch it. I’d highly recommend it for those who actually read the book — you have to watch it. And for those who didn’t read the book, well you can give it a go, it’s really interesting even if most parts are quiet… but then eventually you have to read the book because the books are A+++++ books.

Characters 

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Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen

As I said earlier, we thought Kaya Scodelario would be the best Katniss… but Jennifer Lawrence was also amazing. I saw her previous movies, and I thought she was a great actress. So when I finally got to watch the The Hunger Games last night, I saw that she was also good. It was also a good thing that she loved the series so she really was able to portray the role well.

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Josh Hutcherson as Peeta Mellark

When we saw the cast list, our first question was why? Why did they choose Josh Hutcherson? I mean he is one of the most talented actors we know but as Peeta?? We they could have chosen a better Peeta…. But after last night, we took it back. I watched some interviews of the cast before watching the movie, and I learned that Josh Hutcherson really wanted to play Peeta especially because he loves the book. And in the movie, he was amazing. He played the role of Peeta very well. Even if we first thought Callan McAuliffe or Hunter Parish could have been a better Peeta, Josh did great and in my opinion, this is one of his best movies.

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Liam Hemsworth as Gale Hawthorn

We never really thought Liam Hemsworth would be the best Gale… never…. but after watching the movie I think he did okay as Gale! He was able to portray the District 12 boy role well and he was able to convince everyone that he liked Katniss that way even if they did not read the book.

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Alexander Ludwig as Cato

When I read the book, I imagined Cato, the boy tribute from District 2, as someone who is big, muscular, intimidating, and really weird looking. And Alexander Ludwig didn’t let me down. Well except for the “weird looking” part because damn son he is hot. He played the role well and he was great!

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Elizabeth Banks as Effie Trinket

She was amazing. I was totally convinced that she was happy when she’s suppose to be happy and that she was really one of those Capitol people. Her outfit and make-up was exceptional too.

Check out the full cast list here!

Oh and one last, please like this page!! it would help big time 🙂

http://www.facebook.com/ManilaWantsThisCentury

The Summer I Turned Pretty

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“Belly measures her life in summers.  Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August.  Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad.  They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between.  But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.”

 

When I first saw this book in some bookstores a few years back, I wouldn’t even glance at it because the cover didn’t really catch my attention. Then I read the summary, and then I decided that I really wouldn’t read it because I thought it was the typical love story where nothing exciting happens and stuff like that.

But one day, some of my classmates started reading it and I then I asked them what was so interesting about it and they said it was really nice so I decided to give it a try and put it in my book list. And to my surprise, my friend gave me this book earlier as a gift for my 15th birthday! So when I got home earlier, instead of studying for our finals, I decided to read “a few pages”… that “few pages” turned out to be me reading the whole book. I actually finished reading it a few hours ago. I couldn’t put it down. I actually feel restless because I couldn’t wait to read the second book! And to think that I should be studying for our finals tomorrow!

The Summer I Turned Pretty is surely a page-turner. It’s the first book of The Summer Trilogy and it’s already very entertaining. It’s nothing like I expected it to be! Although there was this part where you might be able to predict how the book will end, if you’re a sucker for those love stories with twists and a lot of mood swings (the nice, kind of confusing, mood swings… if you get what I mean) then I highly recommend that you read this book. If you’re into those books about love and life and summer then I recommend that you read this book too.

Belly, Conrad, Jeremiah, and Steven will definitely take you to one summer you won’t forget.

Books, Books, and More Books!!

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

The Fault In Our Stars is the latest creation among John Green’s masterpieces. It’s one of the books that I truly recommend! The main characters, Hazel and Augustus, are ones that you will remember for quite a long time… This is not your typical they-have-cancer-and-someone-is-gonna-die book, (SPOILERS!) I mean sure someone will die in the end (SPOILERS!), but it’s still different…. The Fault In Our Stars is about life, love, death, and people’s struggle with things. I ended up crying in the end, especially the last part… John Green is, by far, one of the best authors in this world. So check this book out! This book might even touch your hearts like it touched mine.

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The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels by Cassandra Clare

I read the Mortal Instruments Trilogy, yes Trilogy, last year and I loved it. Click here for the summary!! And this is what they look like:

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When they say “trilogy” it means 3 books and 3 books only but I was genuinely surprised when the fourth book, City of Fallen Angels, came out! I told myself that I wouldn’t read the 4th book because I seriously loved how the third book ended and I didn’t want to ruin it… but eventually I did read the fourth book. It was actually better than I expected. It did end with in a sour note though but the 5th book is coming out this May and I cannot wait! There’s even a 6th book that will come out next year!

Jace, Clary, Alec, Simon, and Isabelle are in for a new and very dangerous adventure and I wasn’t able to put if down. Y’all must read it (but read the first 3 books first haha)!! And (SPOILERS!) Sebastian will return 😦 (SPOILERS!)

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Let It Snow by John Green, Maureen Johnson, and Lauren Myracle

Read the summary here!

This book is great for the holidays. It’s about these people whose lives are actually connected. Three great authors with three different stories. I honestly don’t know how they connected it but in the end everything made sense. Just don’t make the same mistake I did, make sure you read the first story first or else you will spoil the whole book.

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Anna and The French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins

Read the summary here!!

My friend recommended this book right after she finished reading it and I tell you, she wouldn’t stop talking about it.

Anna and the French Kiss went beyond my expectations. I downloaded the ebook and I stayed until 2 in the morning just to read it. And now I’ve decided I need a real, physical copy of this book.

The characters are wonderful omg. Even though, in my opinion, Anna is a little cliche, like new-girl-on-the-block- cliche, and so is Etienne St. Clair with his looks and him being French/English/American, it was still a book that is hard to put down especially if you’re a sucker for masochistic, romantic books with a great deal of adventure and the sort.

It’s about this girl who was practically shipped to Paris to study in the School Of America In Paris (SOAP) for her senior year and was forced to leave her life back in Atlanta. There she was miserable, at first, and eventually she meets this guy that changes her life and there will be this major problem but in the end it’s gonna be solved. Sure it sounds like any other romance book (that’s what I thought too) but just give it a chance and read it and you’ll get hooked and you won’t regret it.

Anna and The French Kiss is seriously a page-turner.

The Lover’s Dictionary

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ineffable , adj.

These words will ultimately end up being the barest of reflections, devoid of the sensations words cannot convey. Trying to write about love is ultimately like trying to have a dictionary represent life. No mater how many words there are, there will never be enough.

That’s my favourite word from the book.

The Lover’s Dictionary is a book worth reading. It’s not your typical book about love cause a.) the main character doesn’t have a name and b.) it’s seriously a dictionary, except instead of the definition itself, it tells you a story.

Maybe at first you’ll be a little confused but eventually you’ll get the hang of it and you’ll be able to understand the story.