{Book Review} To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before

You are in-love. And then you’ve moved on.

Later, you decide to write letters to those boys you have loved before and keep them in a box. You think it’s secure and kept carefully, but it’s not.

Your letters have been sent to those boys and your secrets are over.

Before Lara Jean’s mom passed away, she gave her daughter a hat box where she planned to make it her secret box. She keeps her letters in that box. Not just letters, but her letters to the boys she loved. Those letters were supposed to be kept in that box forever until one day, they were sent away by someone.

thenotsocreativecook-TATBILBFake contracts. Fake boyfriends. Those are some of the stuffs you should expect in this book.

For me, this is a light read and you’ll giggle from time to time. 😀 I chose to read the book because I thought it’s a stand-alone book and I wanted to take a rest from all those series… only to find out in the end that the book has a sequel entitled “P.S. I Love You”.

“My letters are for when I don’t want to be in love anymore. They’re for good-bye. Because after I write in my letter, I’m not longer consumed by my all-consuming love…My letters set me free. Or at least they’re supposed to.”  – Lara Jean 

Have you read this book yet? If yes, let me know your thoughts on the comments below. 😉

Thanks for spending time with me. Happy reading!

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Book review: Heroes of Olympus: THE BLOOD OF OLYMPUS

I missed those times when I could read book almost everyday.

I missed those times when I could finish two to three books per month.

I missed the feeling of excitement when I get to proceed to the next book on the list. But I did not miss the feeling of sadness when you finish reading a very good book.

Above all, I missed doing a book review.

Whoa! It’s been ages since the last time I did it. I cannot remember when. I cannot even remember how many books I have read after the last review. Busy days forbid me of having more time to read.

At some point, I’ve thought to stop doing a book review. Out of laziness? I don’t know. I could not even reply comments or keep up with blogging, how would I continue the book review? I mean, you have to spend time to write… but then, I also thought, I wont. I will do it (again) because I love doing it – it makes me happy. 😀

So here I am again, giving you another book review. And because I have already made a review with the previous books from this series, I think I am obliged to finish what I started. So it goes…

If you are interested in reading the below synopsis, first, please read my thoughts on Heroes of Olympus – Books 1 to 4.

UK BoOI doubt it if I could make the review briefly, so I decided to take the below from Camp Half-Blood Wikia.

Though the Greek and Roman crew-members of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them, and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake. The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it might be able to stop a war between the two camps. The Athena Parthenos will go west; the Argo II will go east. The gods, still suffering from multiple personality disorder, are useless. How can a handful of young demigods hope to persevere against Gaea’s army of powerful giants? As dangerous as it is to head to Athens, they have no other option. They have sacrificed too much already. And if Gaea wakes, it is game over.

My thoughts?

Now, I can say that this is my favorite series. I would definitely read the five books again (after I finish my current read). I wanted to feel the excitement, tears, happiness and everything in between for the second time around.

I bought the book just second week of October. I was very excited to read it, but I was afraid to finish the series. Considering the rumors that a demigod will die, I could not dare to start reading. Third week of November, I finally did.

564843_575819389111091_89798846_nI wanted to cry when I finished the book. I wanted to cry because of how I love the book/series. I wanted to cry because the series is done. And if you can see me now, I am (again) about to cry.

“I figure the universe is basically like a machine… Sure, little pieces break and stuff goes haywire once in a while, but mostly… things happen for a reason.” –Leo Valdez

Thank you for spending time with me today. If you have read this series, please let me know what you think. If you have other books in mind, I’d love to hear about it. 🙂

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Sugar-glazed Donuts for FF#19 (and a book review)

Another meeting with the Yeast Beast…

My last meeting with the beast was the time when I made this Focaccia bread  as an entry for FFC#1. We felt a little awkward being with each other as we have not seen each other for months after having arguments. We then decided to make peace and agreed to see each other often so we feel comfortable with each other every time we meet. Thus, I decided to revisit the first recipe where I used yeast – Homemade Glazed Donuts, hoping it will be better than the first meeting. But something went wrong…

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My friend who was with me the first time I made these donuts (and who was the one who activated the yeast) was also with me the second time.  We figured out to make the donuts again. This time, I activated the yeast myself… using a thermometer. Ha! Of course, I did! It’s wiser to use the thermometer considering that I am not an expert with the yeast. I mean, I know what’s warm and hot. But it’s better to use the thermometer. 😛 My friend must have been so proud of me when she saw the yeast activated beautifully. Then I told her ‘I used the thermometer!’, giving her my biggest grin. 😀 I decided to half the recipe so that means I should half the ingredients. I mixed all ingredients and noticed that the dough is a little wet.  I felt there’s something wrong…

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So while I watch my friend (Yes, she did it! She seemed to be enjoying it so I let her do it. Besides, we don’t get to bond like that always) was kneading the dough, *something’s really wrong* I knew what was wrong – I put two eggs instead of one and I used large eggs! So what do you get when you were supposed to use one large egg instead of two? Nonetheless, she proceeded with the kneading.

I know you’d love to know how it turned out, so I am bringing these to FF#19.

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(For those who are not aware about FF (Fiesta Friday), it’s the most amazing party ever. And of course, how can you have an amazing party without the amazing host, Angie @The Novice Gardener. Please click here to know more.)

And tadaa… The result? The donuts were like Churros in donut form! 😀 They were deliciously crispy on the outside and airy inside. They were not as soft as the donuts you can find from famous donut shops but I just love the texture and they were amazingly delicious.

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Of course, they were best when eaten the same day! I think I consumed more than my friend. 😀 I always do! I wonder what will happen if I used just one egg. Hmm… I will find that out because I will make these again. And I will make sure to make chocolate sauce this time!

Get the recipe of these homemade donuts

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Along with these donuts, I am sharing you something. Well, it’s supposed to be a book review. However, since I don’t want to give spoilers, I decided to share my thoughts about the book.

My last book review was about the Divergent series and it was back in March of this year. After my heart was put back into pieces, I decided to move on by reading the ‘Wings Series’. The series is a story about Faeries… No! They are not like the winged creatures we used to know – the small, flying creatures. They are plants. Uh, what? Okay, let me try.

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Laurel is a Faerie who has cells of a plant. (So, she’s a plant!?) She was sent to human world to protect Avalon’s gateway…. Ugh! You see, I could not completely write about it without spoiling the book (story).

But, I prepared something for you to read on.

(Book overview was taken from Amazon. Please do let me know if the image is not readable.)

Done reading it? Interesting, yes? I really loved the story. It was indeed not the ordinary faerie-tale and the story did not only focus on Laurel. On some stories, you’d find that the hero is only one person. But in this story, Laurel and her friends worked together to defeat the bad guys, and that’s one of the things I super love. The story will make you smile and cry. Most of all, it’s intriguing, remarkable, exciting and super amazing.

I hope you enjoy my treats for today’s FF. To our co-hosts and party people, ENJOY FF#19. 😀 Thank you, Angie! ❤

And I just found out that today is NATIONAL DONUT DAY! What a great timing for my post? 😀 So, Happy National Donut day!!! 😉

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A book that broke my heart…

I’ve read this book a year ago and was not planning to tell a story about it… maybe because it was a year ago?!

But some thoughts on books have to be shared…

I was sitting on my bed, staring at my books on the shelf. A book that I’ve finished reading over a year ago caught my attention. It’s not mother’s day and it’s not my mom’s birthday, but I just wanna share my thoughts on this book.

Last year, I was chatting with my brother (who also loves reading) on Facebook and asked him what books should I include on the list and he gave me tons of book titles. Then he said “If you want something heartbreaking, read this book (giving me the title of the book).” When I’ve read the title of the book, I wanted to move out from my chair and go to the bookstore to the buy one. Anyway, I had the book few weeks after our talk. When ready, I finally decided to read the book.

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Please Look After Mom is a story about a mother who had gone missing when she went out of town with her husband to meet one of their children. The mother was 69 years old and not familiar with the place. When the children were searching for their mother, they have remembered all the things that their mother did for them. What’s good about this book is that you can see the views from all her children as well as her husband; they all have something to say about their mom. It’s been years and as what I’ve understood, they have not found their mom nor knew what happened to her.

I cried when I was reading the book especially when I was reading this (one of her children was telling the story):

Mom’s eyes held yours for a moment. “I don’t like or dislike the kitchen. I cooked because I had to. I had to stay in the kitchen so you could all eat and go to school. How could you only do what you like? There are things you have to do whether you like it or not.” Mom’s expression asked, “What kind of question is that?” And then she murmured, “If you only do what you like, who’s going to do what you don’t like?”

As a daughter or son, we sometimes don’t understand the “rules” of our moms and let’s not deny that some of us even sees their mom as their enemies if their wishes were not granted by her or if she is becoming very strict. But we are not fully aware that moms do things that they think is best for us.

After reading the book, I asked myself…

“How well did I know my mother’s sacrifices for all of us?”

I may not have witnessed all her heartaches and may not have known her pain but I know, in my heart, she had done everything she thought was best.

Note: If I would reread ONLY one book, it would be this one.