πŸ“š How do I rate books? πŸ“š

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Giving your personal opinion regarding a certain book is pretty hard. I always wonder how other readers rate the books that they read. Before, I don’t really have a particular criteria as to how I give those precious stars on a book. All I know is that if I liked it, it’s a 5 and if I don’t, then it’s a 4 or 3. But lately, I’ve realized that it shouldn’t be that way anymore. Since I started to review books after being able to finish them, I should be fair and square. As a new year’s resolution, I have decided to formulate my very own way as to how I will rate the books that I’ve read and will be reading for 2016.

Here are they:

1) SETTINGπŸ’Ÿ

➑Did I enjoy the setting?
➑Did I find it unique and captivating?
➑For New Adult, Romance and Contemporary books: Is it romantic and jaw-dropping?
➑For Fantasy, Dystopia, Science Fiction and Mystery: Is it kickass and mind-blowing?

I will be giving 5 for settings that are thoroughly described and 4 (or below) if I had a hard time imagining the scenarios. On the other hand, for New adult/Romance/Contemporary books (which I rarely read except for Colleen Hoover’s), I prefer a romantic set up. For example, Stephanie Perkins’s Paris set up (for Anna and the French Kiss) is a 5 for me and a simple house/neighborhood or school set up (which is the most common) will have a 4 or less. Lastly, if the setting is too plain and boring I will not be afraid to give a 2.πŸ™ˆ

2) CHARACTERSπŸ’Ÿ

(Male and Female Antagonist and the Protagonist)

➑Are they appealing?
➑Did they lived up to the role that was assigned to them?
➑Did I felt their sorrow and grief?
➑Did I fell inlove with the male antagonist?
➑Is the female lead independent and witty?
➑Did the antagonist made me want to bitch slap him/her?

I don’t know, I have a lot of questions, so I chose to rate them individually. 5 for being able to reach me and get in my head and 4 or less for annoying the crap out of me.

3) WRITING STYLEπŸ’Ÿ

I always give a 5 for authors who were able to made me feel what they wanted the readers to feel. If I finish a book in a day or 2 then it deserves a 5. If I get bored and it took me a week to finish a book, then it’s a 4. If it took me 2 weeks then it is definitely a 3. And if by any chance, it took me a month to finally read it then it is a 2. Okay, I usually finish the books that I have started so I don’t give a 1. Honestly, I am not a fan of the Did-Not-Finish thing.

4) PLOTπŸ’Ÿ

If the plot twist caught me off-guard then it deserves a 5.

If I’ve already concluded what will happen even before I’ve read that part, I will give it a 4.

If the plot is too mainstream and I wasn’t surprised at all then it is a 3.

If it is freakin’ annoying, well, I’ll go for 2.

I don’t give a 1, that’s too much.

5) OVERALL RATINGπŸ’Ÿ

Okay, so, I’ll just get the average of the four criteria that were listed above to get my overall personal rating.πŸ“–

Here’s how I will be doing mine from now on. πŸ“š

Happy Reading everyone!😊

πŸ“š My Top 10 Books of 2015 πŸ“š

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It took me so long to finalize my top 10 books of 2015 maybe because I encountered a lot of great stories last year.😊 It was a very awesome reading year for me!πŸ‘Œ I joined the book community last January 2015 (Happy Anniversary to me!πŸŽ‰) and I did not expect it to have this huge impact in my life.πŸ™Š The first book that I read last year was Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins which is very light and cute (not really for mommas like meπŸ˜›). I even joined the bandwagon and set my Goodreads reading challenge to 50.πŸ“š Surprisingly, I adored bookstagramming as well!πŸ™ˆ I ended 2015 with 61 read books and I think that it is not that bad for a beginner, right?πŸ˜† So, let us now move on to my very own list of favorite books for 2015.πŸ“–

1) PRETTY GIRL-13Β by Liz Coley
Pages: 344
Published: March 2013
ISBN: 0062127373
Setting: California, USA
Genre: Psychlogical Thriller, Mystery, Crime
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

It is a strory about a girl named Angie who was kidnapped and abducted by her unknown captor. This book is also about her journey towards unravelling the truth about her personality with the help of her family, friends and her psychiatrist.

After all, is moving forward still worth a try?

2) LEGEND SERIESΒ by Marie Lu

Legend / Prodigy / Champion
Pages: 305 / 371 / 369
Published: November 2011 / January 2013 / November 2013
ISBN: 039925675X / 0399256768 / 03992566776
Setting: The Republic of America year 2130
Genre: Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

A story about a nation at war with its nearby countries. Agent June Iparis belongs to the elite class in the society who is being groomed in the military circles. Daniel “Day” Altan Wing on the other hand is the country’s most wanted criminal but if the Republic only knows what his intentions are. Born and raised on the opposite class in the society, June and Day needs to overcome every obstacle to discover all the secrets of their government and to find out the reason behind the deaths in their respective families.

Is love really enough to turn your back to the republic that you embraced so much eversince?

(Check out my previous post for my book review.)πŸ“–

3) THRONE OF GLASSΒ by Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 404
Published: August 2012
ISBN: 1599906953
Setting: Rifthold, Adarlan
Genre: Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction, Romance
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

A book about an 18-year-old assassin named Celaena Sardothien who was offered freedom by Prince Dorian Havilliard on one condition: She must be the king’s champion and make sure to win the slot as the new royal assassin.

How far will you go in order to attain your freedom?

4) THE WRATH AND THE DAWNΒ by Renee Ahdieh

Pages: 388
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 0399171614
Setting: Middle East
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

A retelling of the famous story, “A Thousand and One Nights”. It is about a murderous boy-king, Khalid, who takes a new bride every night only to have them killed in the morning. Sharzad on the other hand is a sixteen-year-old young lady who swore revenge and surrendered herself voluntarily to be Khalid’s next bride.

Will their love be enough to cover all their secrets?

(Check out my previous post for my book review.)πŸ“–

5) A COURT OF THORNS AND ROSESΒ by Sarah J. Maas

Pages: 416
Published: May 2015
ISBN: 1619634449
Setting: a world of faeries and humans
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance, Retelling
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

This SJM’s creation is inspired by the classic fairy tale, Beauty and the Beast. I personally love reading retellings because I tend to expect a jaw-dropping twist. It is about a nineteen-year-old huntress named Feyre who accidentally killed a wolf while on a hunt. A beast, who happens to be one of the legendary immortal faeries, forcefully dragged her to their magical world as a punishment for what she did to his wolf-friend.

Is beauty really dependent on the eyes of the beholder?

(Check out my previousmpost for my book review.)πŸ“–

6) RED QUEENΒ by Victoria Aveyard

Pages: 383
Published: February 2015
ISBN: 0062310631
Setting: a world divided by blood (red or silver)
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Science Fiction
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

This is about a world where people are divided based on their blood color. The Reds are the common people while the Silvers are the elites with supernatural powers and abilities. Mare Barrow is a red-girl who discovered that despite of having a red blood, she also possesses a very deadly power that the Silvers saw as a threat to destroy the peace and order in the society.

How can you survive a world full of secrets and lies?

7) UGLY LOVEΒ by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 337
Published: August 2014
ASIN: B00HB62MCO
Setting: San Francisco, California (USA)
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

It is about a mutual attraction between Tate Collins and Miles Archer. Tate is a nurse while Miles is an airline pilot who happens to be her brother’s friend and colleague. Tate doesn’t have time for love because of her career while Miles doesn’t want love at all because of his traggic past.

And then, they have the perfect set up! Friends with benefits, but, until when?

(Check out my previous post for my book review.)πŸ“–

8) CONFESSΒ by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 306
Published: March 2015
ISBN: 1476791457
Setting: Dallas, Texas (USA)
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

Auburn Reed is a woman who is goal-oriented and determined. Everything in her entire life goes on according to her plans. But one day, she met Owen Gentry, an artist, and the rest is history.

Fall inlove, get your heart broken and survive.

(Check out my previous post for my book review.)πŸ“–

9) NOVEMBER 9Β by Colleen Hoover

Pages: 320
Published: November 2015
ISBN: 1501110349
Setting: Los Angeles, California (USA)
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

Benton James Kesler is a beginner in the world of writing. He met Fallon O’Neil who is a burn survivor one day before her plan to move across the country. They spent one day talking and falling in love. Yes, just one day and they both decided to meet every November 9 for 5 consecutive years before they settle down.

Are they strong enough to withstand all the changes and surprises that may occur every year?

(Check out my previous post for my book review.)πŸ“–

10) THE OPPORTUNISTΒ by Tarryn Fisher

Pages: 278
Published: November 2011
Setting: Florida, USA
Genre: New Adult, Romance, Contemporary
Personal Rating: β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

Olivia Kaspen is a manipulative coward. One day, she discovered that her former boyfriend, Caleb Drake, is suffering from Amnesia and she took advantage of the situation and tried to make up for what she did to him a couple of years ago by befriending him.

Is lying the solution to cover up for what you did to someone? Screw the happy endings! This one is very unique.

(Check out my previous post for my book review.)πŸ“–

Okay, so that’s it!☺ These are the books that caught me off-guard last year. They made me sleepless and I fangirled (if that is even a word, hahaπŸ˜‚) over and over on certain book boyfriends.❀ This post is just my personal opinion.😘 I already read and scanned some blog post of other bookworms here and I am planning to read the books that they recommended.πŸ‘Œ I am praying (lolπŸ˜‚) that I may be able to finish my 2016 reading challenge.πŸ™ˆπŸ™Š I hope that this list will help you choose what to read next. Cheers to more books this year!πŸ“šπŸ“– HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!πŸŽ‰

December TBR

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These are the books that I am planning to read this month. I am very very very positive and determined, you know πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚

The past months have been very rough and I only managed to read one novella for October and 3 books for November. So, I guess after my exam next week, I will make sure that payback is really a bitch.

HaHahaπŸ™ˆπŸ™ŠπŸ˜€

1. Champion (Legend #3) by Marie Lu
2. The Young Elites by Marie Lu
3. Illuminae by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
4. My True Love Gave to Me by Various Authors
5. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
6. Maybe Someday by Colleen Hoover

November Wrap Up

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I managed to read only 3 books for the month of November because of an upcoming exam.😒😩😞

1) The Whispers of the Fallen
by JD Netto πŸ‘‰ β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5
2) Prodigy (Legend #2)
by Marie Lu πŸ‘‰ β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5
3) November 9
by Colleen Hoover πŸ‘‰ β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†β˜†/5

For the detailed individual book review, you can check it out on my previous post❀

November Haul

Presenting my November Haul. I scored a total of 13 books this month, eleven of them are from my bookish friends and sisters. The photo displays a total of 10 books because the remaining 3 books are still on their way (so I think they will be included on my December haul already? Or not?).

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1. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray is from my bookish sister (Leigh of @lei_reads on Instagram).

2. Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver is from my workplace friend (Jhona).

3. The Hunger Games Trilogy boxed set by Suzzane Collins (Foil edition) is from my sister-in-law who happens to be a bookish girlfriend as well (Avy of @damsel.booknerd on Instagram).

4. Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch is from my Bookish Sister and Girlfriend (Jovel of @travelthrubooks on Instagram)

5. Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge is from a bookish sister as well (Arrra of @arrabelreads on Instagram)

6. Illuminae by Amy Kauffman & Jay Kristoff is my birthday treat for myself which I purchased at an online shop on Instagram (@youngbloodstorex).

7. Library of Souls by Ransom Riggs is from my co-nurse at the office who happens to be a bookworm as well (Karen).

8. November 9 by Colleen Hoover (with signed Book Plate) which I pre-ordered last October at http://www.nationalbookstore.com.ph.

9. Two Colleen Hoover books (Point of Retreat & Losing Hope) which are both purchased by my bestfriend for 13 years (Jinky).

10. Lost Ocean by Johanna Basford which is on its way towards my doorstep and is given by my bookish sister & friend (Krish of @book.loverph on Instagram).

So, that’s it! I am forever grateful to the people who sent me these gifts. This is my best birthday ever. Thank You Lord for another year filled with good people and amazing books.❀

Janna’s Book Review #9 : Finding Cinderella by Colleen Hoover

Finding Cinderella (Hopeless, #2.5) by Colleen Hoover


90 pages

Published: October 14, 2013

ISBN 13: 9781476771434

Date Finished: October 16, 2015

My Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Finding Cinderella is a Novella from Colleen Hoover’s Hopeless and Losing Hope series. It is about Daniel (Holder’s bestfriend) and Six (Sky’s bestfriend) who happened to be soulmates. Yes you are reading it right! Soulmates.

What if you finally found the right person but you are just too stupid and so afraid enough to ask their name or even check out what they look like?πŸ˜’πŸ’”πŸ˜­

A little over a year ago, two people found a temporary shelter on each other’s arms. But sadly, it is a one-night-or-day-or-whatever-kind-of-stand (and in a maintainance closet at school, how gross could that be?) πŸ˜‚ Daniel kept on replaying that moment with that girl (Code Name Cinderella❀️) in his mind since then, he did everything he can to find her, he looked for her everywhere, but how can you find someone if you do not have any idea on what they look like?😟

Daniel finally met Six at Sky’s house after a year, and he instantly fell head-over-heels with her. It is love-at-first-sight but how will Daniel and Sky react on the fact that it’s “them”. The couple in the closet! The mystery-couple-in-the-closet.πŸ™ˆ

If you want to get over with your reading slump, try reading this short story and fall inlove in an instant. Sometimes we meet a certain person at the wrong place and at the wrong time. But screw time! It is Love! True Love! ❀️❀️❀️

Setting:

⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Mostly, the story took place at their respective bedrooms and houses so there is really nothing so special about it.

Plot:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

What?!!! It is Colleen Hoover, what would you expect from me?!πŸ™ˆ Ofcourse it’s a 5! It is a fucking 5! I envy her creativity! This plot made me tachycardic, and yes, my jaw dropped!😧

Characters:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Two young adults bound together by personal issues and pure love.

Writing Style:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Just because I adore Colleen Hoover that much doens’t mean that the score is perfect! But hell yes! Her writing style is perfect! She is my favorite author (and Tarryn Fisher ofcourse😁) It is very realistic and I’m sure many young adults can relate to this story, it is not that common but it is real, it happens… And it sucks!

Over All Rating:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

I just wished that it was not a novella! This one should be nothing but a stand-alone-novel because I craved and hoped for more.πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ™ŒπŸΌ

September Wrap UpπŸ“šπŸ“–πŸ”–

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My September Wrap-UpπŸ“šπŸ“–πŸ”–

This has been my saddest month so far. I’ve only read 5 books. I’ve been on a reading slump for two weeks after Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher visited the Philippines because I wasn’t able to move on and put myself together (sobs!).

Title : Hopeless
Author : Colleen Hoover
Date Finished : 09.06.15
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Title : Ugly Love
Author : Colleen Hoover
Date Finished : 09.09.15
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Title : The Opportunist (Reread)
Author : Tarryn Fisher
Date Finished : 09.23.15
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Title : A Little Something Different (Ebook)
Author : Sandy Hall
Date Finished : 09.25.15
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Title : The Wrath and the Dawn
Author : Renee Ahdieh
Date Finished : 09.28.15
Rating : ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5