Wanderlust Reader Unboxing: Huntress June 2019

Hi book nerds! I have another unboxing for you, and it’s one of my most awaited! This one is Wanderlust Reader‘s May box. It took a while to get here, but booyyy, this box was so worth it!
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The theme is “Huntress” and I’m not gonna lie, when I first heard of it, I already know what the BOTM is gonna be. It’s one of my most anticipated reads this year so it just made me so excited! So what’s inside the box? Here they are!

🏹 Esmeralda-inspired canvas wallet
🏹 Mulan-inspired face towel
🏹 Book sleeve from @booksafeph
🏹 Galaxy bookmarks by @nocturnalfeyart
🏹 Ooling teas
🏹 The BOTM, We Hunt the Flame by @hafsahfaizal
🏹 Signed book plate
🏹 Author letter ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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I didn’t expect that the book would come with a book plate and an author letter since WR team didn’t say anything! I also didn’t expect that the book is one of the “error” regular edition as it has a foiled stamp beneath the jacket rather than a blind stamp! (The author talked  about the various editions here!) I hope I can read this book soon!

Anyway, this is one awesome box! Can’t believe WR surprised me again. Thank you so much Wanderlust Reader team!

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5 Ways Kindle is Making Reading Easier

E-books or physical books?

This is a question almost all of us book nerds have encountered. For me, I’ve always preferred physical books. I love, love the feel a book in my hands; the way I could grip it, feel the cover, and savor every printed word. Wow.

However, this past month, I have been reading e-books on Kindle profusely, and I can’t help but love it! As I devour book after book, I realized that Kindle has tons of advantages that really make reading such a different experience. It’s easier, undeniably convenient, and in a way, it also made my reading experience of All for the Game (aka my current obsession), and other books way more fun. You may be wondering, how can that be? Read on fellow book nerds—here are five ways Kindle is making reading easier!

#1 It’s small and portable

Whether you are using a Kindle device or the Kindle mobile app (like me!), it is undoubtedly small and portable enough for you to carry around everywhere. And so, you can read at any place and any time you want! With Kindle, I’ve read while I was at work, I’ve read during lunch, I’ve read while I was getting ready for bed, and hell, I’ve even read while waiting for a concert to start!

#2 It has cheaper prices

Kindle editions are definitely more affordable than most paperback and hardcover versions of books. Some e-books are offered 60%-80% off their print list prices, and some are even absolutely free! This is one of the reasons how I came across with my new favorite series All for the Game. The first book is free and the next two books only cost $1.98 (₱ 102 for us Filipinos!)!

#3 Highlighting and tabbing or annotating is easier

As you read on Kindle, you can highlight passages in different colors, and you can leave notes on particular scenes and pages. As for me, I like to annotate or keep tabs on my physical reads (as seen here on my Harry Potter reread), so I was so happy with the Highlight and Notes features on Kindle! With it, I could highlight quotes, moments, and scenes just like how I would in a physical book. I could also leave notes here and there with ease—simple thoughts and opinions or my unbridled emotions as I was reading different parts of the book.

#4 It has a Dictionary and Wikipedia feature

Kindle also has its own built-in dictionary and Wikipedia feature! You can simply select a word, a place, or a name and a definition along with a Wikipedia excerpt (if there is one available and if you have internet connection) will pop up on the screen. This one is extremely helpful, especially when it comes to words and names you’re not familiar to.

#5 It has an X-Ray feature

Say there are a lot of characters in the book you’re reading and you’ve forgotten who this one person is, Kindle’s X-Ray feature can save you! If you select a character’s name, a bubble will pop up and show you the very first time that specific character was mentioned. You can even check out all the other times they were mentioned in the entire book. How awesome is that? (I’ve definitely used this feature more than once, haha!)

And there you go! I’ve only listed five, but I bet there are even more advantages to using Kindle (especially the actual devices!). Of course, I know Kindle is not for everyone. There may be book nerds out there who are visually-impaired, or have problems when they read too much through phone screens, or there may be others who truly prefer physical books rather than digital ones. But if you, dear reader, do not shy away from e-books, I definitely recommend Kindle!

How about the others—have you tried Kindle or any other e-reader? What do you use and how are they? Come talk!

FairyLoot Unboxing: Broody Banter June 2019

Hi book nerds! Coming at you with another unboxing of FairyLoot today! This time, it is the June “Broody Banter” box!
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When I first heard of the June theme, I already knew the book of the month! I could just feel it in my bones. And also because it’s one of my most anticipated reads this 2019! So without further ado, here are the contents of this box:

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FairyLoot Unboxing: Unlikely Romances May 2019

Hi book nerds! I am here today for another incredible unboxing of FairyLoot! This one is their May 2019 box with the theme “Unlikely Romances”. I was supposed to post this last June 9, but it totally slipped my mind because of a current obsession of mine… *cough* All for the Game *cough. But anyway, enough talk, let’s talk about this box!

I’m gonna be honest. I thought I wouldn’t like this box because although it was interesting, the fandoms weren’t my fandoms. But woah, woah, woah. The box arrived and I actually ended up loving it!

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Series Review + Reactions: All for the Game by Nora Sakavic

Hi book nerds! Today’s post is a little different. Instead of a book review, I came up with a series review of my own.

Why series review? Two reasons:

1) After reading the first book of this series, I immediately devoured the next one. As a result, I had no time to make a book review for the first.

2) I realized I had a lot more to talk about and share with you guys. Not only about the first book, but the second one as well. And so, I decided to just binge read the rest of the series and make a series review.

Alright, I’ll go ahead and start. I’ll try hard not to spoil anything! (And since I feel like this is too long, there is tl;dr at the bottom!)

Discovering All for the Game

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Series: All for the Game
Author: Nora Sakavic
Genres: Contemporary, Sports Fiction, LGBTQ+

I’ve had several people suggest The Foxhole Court to me as a book for my Pride Month TBR. But before that, I’ve already seen them in a few photos in bookstagram, so I’m already familiar with the book covers. Since it was free on Kindle, I went ahead and downloaded it. I started the first book with very little expectations and a bit of hesitation (I saw some mixed reviews and low ratings), but now, it’s safe to say that this trilogy is one of my fave reads this 2019.

This series took my breath away, surprised me in every way possible, and made me fall in love with the characters and their stories. It’s truly amazing in its own way.

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