Taking Stock: End of October 2019 🍃

Greetings, earthlings.

It has been a busy couple of months since I started posting again in my blog back in July. Although I’ve posted several book reviews (thanks for the motivation, Caffeine Book Tours), I meant to post other content that is not book-related.

Taking Stock will be a monthly (fingers crossed!) recap of how the last 30 days in my life have gone. This was inspired by Reese Lansangan’s own post, which she originally got from Meet Me at Mike’s (see the post for the full list!).

October has been a hellish month for me, mainly because I was trying to juggle all the responsibilities of a teacher while trying to form a semblance of equilibrium in my personal life. It hasn’t been going well (work is slowly taking over my life SEND HELP!), but I am hoping that this semestral break will allow me that time to process and organize my priorities in life. Here’s to hoping!

Making: my lesson plan for next term
Drinking: water (so exciting)
Reading: Pride and Prejudice fanfiction
Wanting: to finish work quickly
Looking: for motivation and/or enlightenment
Playing: chess on my phone
Wishing: for contentment and peace of mind
Enjoying: my semestral break (I NEED THIS)
Waiting: for my Shopee package to arrive
Liking: this listing activity
Wondering: where to get the motivation to exercise (or do anything tbh)
Considering: chucking my phone into the abyss (to avoid distractions)
Watching: muchelleb videos
Hoping: that people will be more empathetic

Smelling: like smoke and Korean beef
Wearing: my ultra comfy Adam Levine shirt
Thinking: about buying a 3-in-1 printer
Admiring: Dame Julie Andrews
Sorting: out my life priorities
Buying: BAUM Solid Parfum in Lillian
Bookmarking: The Financial Diet articles
Disliking: my tendency to procrastinate
Feeling: sluggish but slightly hopeful
Coveting: Tata Harper Resurfacing Mask (huhu y u so expensive)
Wishing: I took more photos to document this month
Hearing: the whirring of the electric fan in the background
Marvelling: at the generosity and kindness of people
Needing: discipline to commit to a routine

Blog Tour: The Never Tilting World by Rin Chupeco | Book review and favorite quotes + a giveaway ☀️🌑

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The Never Tilting World in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Shealea, for organizing this! You can read more about the blog tour here.

I’ve been hearing rave reviews on Rin Chupeco’s books ever since I joined the book blogging world, but I have never had the opportunity to read one of her works… until recently. Reading her work made me incredibly proud as a Filipino and y’all know I am definitely going to buy the rest of her books!

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Blog Tour: The Dragon Warrior by Katie Zhao | Book review and favorite quotes 🐉🏮

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of The Dragon Warrior in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Shealea, for organizing this! You can read more about the blog tour here.

To say that I am excited for this book is an understatement! I love Chinese culture and middle-grade books so this is absolutely perfect for me! Reading books that represent Asians recently has me on a book high. I am really thanking the book gods for blessing me with this opportunity!

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Blog Tour: Eclipse the Skies by Maura Milan | Book Review, art + graphic quotes and a giveaway ✨🚀

Third blog tour and counting! I am really ecstatic that I was able to read and review Maura Milan’s newest novel plus its predecessor, Ignite the Stars. This duology took over my life for several weeks and I am incredibly happy about it.

Disclaimer: I received a review copy of Eclipse the Skies in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Shealea, for organizing this! You can read more about the blog tour here.

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Blog Tour: My Fate According to the Butterfly by Gail Villanueva | Book Review, Graphic Quotes, and a Playlist 🦋

I have never heard of My Fate According to the Butterfly when I stumbled upon the blog tour announcement for it. I immediately signed up when I learned that 1.) it is written by a Filipina author, and 2.) the story revolves around a Filipino superstition which I rarely hear about being mentioned in books. I consider myself lucky and honored to have been chosen as a participant of the #ButterflyTour. Thank you dear book gods!

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Blog Tour: A Shifting of Stars by Kathy Kimbray | Review, Graphic Quotes, Playlist and a Giveaway!

Header (A Shifting of Stars)

The book gods must have smiled down on me because I was selected as one of the participants for Caffeine Book Tours’ blog tour for A Shifting of Stars by Kathy Kimbray! Thank you, Shealea, for organizing this! You can read more about the blog tour here.

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