Best Books of 2020 So Far

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Hi, everyone! I hope you are all doing okay and you are all able to cope up with the events happening worldwide recently. It’s been a tough year, generally speaking, but to get my mind off all the cruel things happening around us, I turned to my books for solace. Just like what I used to do when I was kid and so 2020 instantly became a great reading year for me so far. My Goodreads goal is to read 30 books this year and I’ve already read 22 books (so I will probably adjust my reading challenge to 40 or 50).

This “tag” is an annual bookish thing that has been going on around the bookish community which, to be honest, I haven’t done in a while. Since I did read a lot of books so far this year, I decided to do it again. Wow, I can’t even remember the last time I did this (and I can’t even remember if that particular post still exists in my blog since I migrated to WordPress from Tumblr just last year).
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Stuff I’ve Been Reading Lately #9

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BOOKS READ:

  • This Is How You Lose Her by Junot Diaz
  • Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) by Angie Sage
  • Kaguya-sama: Love Is War Vol. 1 by Aka Akasaka
  • One-Punch Man Vol. 5 by ONE
  • One-Punch Man Vol. 6 by ONE

BOOKS BOUGHT:

  • Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  • Teardrop by Lauren Kate
  • Passion by Lauren Kate
  • Rapture by Lauren Kate
  • Deception Point by Dan Brown
  • Stalking Jack the Ripper by Kerri Maniscalo
  • One Of Us Is Lying by Karen M. McManus
  • Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom
  • The Five People You Meet In Heaven by Mitch Albom
  • For One More Day by Mitch Albom

BOOKS RECEIVED:

  • Magyk (Septimus Heap, #1) by Angie Sage
  • Flyte (Septimus Heap, #2) by Angie Sage
  • Physik (Septimus Heap, #3) by Angie Sage
  • Queste (Septimus Heap, #4) by Angie Sage
  • Syren (Septimus Heap, #5) by Angie Sage
  • Darke (Septimus Heap, #6) by Angie Sage
  • Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Ultimate Guide by Rick Riordan
  • Gerald’s Game by Stephen King

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Book Mail: Septimus Heap by Angie Sage + Percy Jackson & the Olympians

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Another book mail that I received during the quarantine is the Septimus Heap series (minus the seventh book) by Angie Sage. My boyfriend bought it for me and sent it to me via Lalamove along with the other book orders that I had shipped at his place. Continue reading

Series Review: The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

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Series Title: The Mortal Instruments
Author: Cassandra Clare
Number of Books: 6 (See the full list here)
Prequel: The Infernal Devices
Sequel: The Dark Artifices, The Last Hours
Spin-Off(s): The Shadowhunter’s Codex, The Bane Chronicles, Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy
Publication Dates: March 2007 to May 2014
Genre: Fantasy, Paranormal, Magic, Action, Young Adult, Romance

Synopsis:

Synopsis for City of Bones:

When fifteen-year-old Clary Fray heads out to the Pandemonium Club in New York City, she hardly expects to witness a murder― much less a murder committed by three teenagers covered with strange tattoos and brandishing bizarre weapons. Then the body disappears into thin air. It’s hard to call the police when the murderers are invisible to everyone else and when there is nothing―not even a smear of blood―to show that a boy has died. Or was he a boy?

This is Clary’s first meeting with the Shadowhunters, warriors dedicated to ridding the earth of demons. It’s also her first encounter with Jace, a Shadowhunter who looks a little like an angel and acts a lot like a jerk. Within twenty-four hours Clary is pulled into Jace’s world with a vengeance when her mother disappears and Clary herself is attacked by a demon. But why would demons be interested in ordinary mundanes like Clary and her mother? And how did Clary suddenly get the Sight? The Shadowhunters would like to know…

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Book Mail: Completing the Fallen Series

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Just like the first book mail that I posted on the blog a couple of weeks ago, this one also has a story: During the first few weeks of quarantine, I saw someone post a photo of some of her books on Facebook’s Marketplace. It caught my attention because of Lauren Kate’s Passion and Rapture books because I have the first two books in the series and have not yet started reading it because I wanted to complete the whole series first. So I sent the seller a message and reserved the books.

During those weeks, I think most stores were still looking for ways to continue their business while practicing social distancing and by not requiring people to actually visit their stores. Also, all delivery businesses were closed as well. No Angkas, no Lalamove, no Grab, etc. The seller of these books was kind enough to reserve it under my name for almost two months, until there was actually a delivery service that delivers from her location to my boyfriend’s.

Along with Lauren Kate’s Passion and Rapture, I also bought Teardrop by the same author, and Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell. I’ve only read Eleanor & Park and loved it, so I am really looking forward to this.

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I still have other book mails that arrived last week and this week, so I’ll be writing about them in a different post. So stay tuned and stay safe!