2015 Highlights

2015 was a wonderful year! I had a great time in all 12 months! In this post, I’m sharing with you 4 things that indeed made my 2015 unforgettable.

I got a job! 

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After a year of being jobless, I had the opportunity to work at the Public Relations and Marketing department of an international school here in the Philippines. In my 8-month stay in the institution, I learned a lot about publicity and the ins and outs of marketing.

The opportunity to read amazing books by equally amazing debut authors

Books such as All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven, The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli, and The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi truly made a huge mark in my life. ❤

Bookish events and bonding with blogger friends

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Book signing events are the ultimate get-together with blogger friends. We don’t see each other often so those events are reunions for us. Can’t wait for more bonding moments in 2016! 🙂

Speaking about book blogging 

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It was my first time to be part of a panel discussion on book blogging last November 28. It was a lot of fun! I was with Kai of Amaterasu Reads, Kate of The Bookaholic Blurbs, and Hazel of Stay Bookish. We shared tips on writing good book reviews, establishing social media presence, choosing a blogging platform, and a lot more to bookworms and aspiring book bloggers!

Procuring a newfound love for local television shows

I haven’t watched a single Filipino TV show in years (I was 13 or 15 when I last watched one!), and all it took was one show to break the long streak. Hailed as “2015’s Most Romantic Teleserye (television series)”, On The Wings of Love (OTWOL) captured the hearts of many including mine. When teasers for OTWOL started to air on TV, I thought it was very promising. But then I didn’t plan on watching it because I’m not really into local shows. One night, I was flipping through channels in search for a good show and I chanced upon an episode of OTWOL. So I watched it, and my, was I very impressed! It was love at first watch! I adored the storytelling, the great acting, the spot on portrayal of Filipino values and culture, and most of all, the swoon-worthy, heart-melting love story of main characters Clark Medina (James Reid) and Leah Olivar (Nadine Lustre). The characters made me believe that true love is worth the wait. ❤  I won’t say much about the show to avoid spoilers! Watching OTWOL is like reading adult fiction that has YA feels! 🙂 If you wish to know more about On The Wings of Love, head over to the show’s website here.

 

Thank you 2015 and Hello 2016!

Happy New Year everyone! 🙂

 

 

The Lifelong Bookworm’s Best Books of 2015

Hi guys! Today I’m sharing with you the books that impressed me this year because of their awesomeness. These books are dear to me! Without further ado, I now present you The Lifelong Bookworm‘s Best Books of 2015! 🙂

 

All the Bright Places

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

“Brimming with the brightest of hopes and the darkest of heartaches, All the Bright Places is a memorable tale of love, loss, and the beauty of being alive.” (Full review here.)

 

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Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

“An effervescent and uplifting coming of age story, Simon vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda is a spectacular book that fills your heart with the warm glow of infinite bliss.” (Full review here.)

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The Start of Me and You by Emery Lord

“An outstanding second novel from a talented author, The Start of Me and You is pure heart and soul and the best kind of perfect.” (Full review here.)

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The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

“Bursting with the brightest intensity of awesomeness, The Wrong Side of Right is an extraordinary debut novel that warms the heart in every beautiful way.” (Full review here.)

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A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

“Sparkling with the glamour of timeless magic, A Court of Thorns and Roses is a phenomenal first book in a new series that everyone is sure to love!” (Full review here.)

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The Night We Said Yes by Lauren Gibaldi

“Gleaming with heartfelt moments and the brightest of possibilities, The Night We Said Yes is a remarkable debut novel that beautifully captures the core of love, friendship, and second chances in a magical and unforgettable way.” (Full review here.)

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Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between by Jennifer E. Smith

“Instilled with surprising discoveries and hopeful beginnings, Hello, Goodbye, and Everything in Between is brilliance and heart in one exceptional novel.” (Full review here.)

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Every Last Word by Tamara Ireland Stone

“Brimming with optimism and profound clarity, Every Last Word is a remarkable novel that you need to add to your TBR pile!” (Full review here.)

*All book covers from Goodreads

How about you, fellow bookworms? What are your best books for this year? Share them on the comment section below! 🙂

ARC Review: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne

22504702Title: The Wrong Side of Right

Author: Jenn Marie Thorne

Publication date: March 17, 2015

Publisher: Dial

Pages: 400

Source: ARC gifted by the author (Thank you, Jenn Marie Thorne!)

Purchase the book: Amazon / Barnes & Noble / Book Depository / Fully Booked / National Book Store

Synopsis:

Fans of Sarah Dessen and Huntley Fitzpatrick will enjoy this smart debut young adult novel, equal parts My Life Next Door and The Princess Diaries—plus a dash of Aaron Sorkin.

Kate Quinn’s mom died last year, leaving Kate parentless and reeling. So when the unexpected shows up in her living room, Kate must confront another reality she never thought possible—or thought of at all. Kate does have a father. He’s a powerful politician. And he’s running for U.S. President. Suddenly, Kate’s moving in with a family she never knew she had, joining a campaign in support of a man she hardly knows, and falling for a rebellious boy who may not have the purest motives. This is Kate’s new life. But who is Kate? When what she truly believes flies in the face of the campaign’s talking points, she must decide. Does she turn to the family she barely knows, the boy she knows but doesn’t necessarily trust, or face a third, even scarier option?

Set against a backdrop of politics, family, and first love, this is a story of personal responsibility, complicated romance, and trying to discover who you are even as everyone tells you who you should be.

*Photo and synopsis from Goodreads

My review:

2015 is, without question, a year filled with promising YA contemporary titles. A lot caught my attention yet only a few are on my highly anticipated list. Debut novel The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne is one of them. I LOVED it! ❤ ❤ ❤ Now here are reasons why the book MUST be on your TBR pile:

The Wrong Side of Right explores self-discovery, family, first love, and the world of politics in a way that holds the reader’s attention from start to finish. It has a rich, absorbing force that accentuates the skillfully executed plot. Brimming with sincerity, wit, and utmost authenticity, The Wrong Side of Right contains the ingredients of a stunning YA novel. Although the story is built in a political setting, it does not focus on that angle alone. The family and romance aspects are marvelously sewn into the plot, resulting in a balanced story. The Wrong Side of Right gives readers an exclusive look at the behind the scenes action of a presidential campaign. Fascinating, realistic, and enlightening! Also, the unpredictability of the story is noteworthy. To tell you the truth, I did not see what’s coming next! The surprising twists make the book a compelling masterpiece. For a debut, The Wrong Side of Right shows great potential to be a well-loved contemporary in the YA community.

Author Jenn Marie Thorne created a set of dynamic characters that are distinct from one another. Main character Kate Quinn is a smart, sensible, and kind girl. She values her family and friends. She fights for what is right. Kate is one of the most reflective characters I’ve ever encountered in YA. She is quite something! Her character transformation is admirable and inspiring.

Next is Andy Lawrence, the president’s son. With his gorgeous looks, irresistible charm, and swoon-worthy moves, who wouldn’t be smitten with him? Andy is perceived as rebellious but I don’t see him that way. To me, he is a normal teenager who just likes to have fun. Andy sees the real Kate, not “publicity” Kate (you’ll understand when you read TWSOR). I love him for that! He knows what Kate is going through because he experiences it too. It’s amazing that they have each other in spite of how intricate and forbidden their connection is. Secondary characters like Senator Cooper, Meg, Gracie, Gabe, Penny, and even the Cooper campaign team infused diverse flavors into the story through their individual personalities.

I would describe the romance in The Wrong Side of Right as a delightful, unforgettable sensation of first love. It is not rushed at all, that’s why I adore everything about it. Although Kate and Andy are situated in complicated positions, the two, being children of respected politicians, their relationship unfurled naturally. It’s the same way two strangers get to know each other, become really good friends, and after some time, romantic feelings flourish between them. As Kate and Andy’s friendship evolve into something more, readers would witness their indisputable romantic chemistry. Their spark jumps off the page and into your heart, charging it with swoony, jovial feels. Believe me, guys. Kate and Andy’s relationship would light you up in a flash! I didn’t realize I was smiling until my cheeks hurt. I’m not kidding! Their interactions are extremely adorable. #TeamKandy forever! 🙂

Jenn Marie Thorne’s writing is a lovely combination of creativity and heart. Vibrant and clever, her words breathe like a living creature, emanating a fresh, polished tone that echoes the unfeigned reality of life. The dialogues, which are remarkably sharp, are genuine in every sense of the word. Moreover, the vivid descriptions are works of art—you’d want to plunge into the story and live in it. Jenn Marie Thorne is indeed an author to watch! I’m an instant fan! Added her to my list of favorite authors. 🙂

Bursting with the brightest intensity of awesomeness, The Wrong Side of Right is an extraordinary debut novel that warms the heart in every beautiful way.

 

Rating:

5/5 stars