The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Smaller and Smaller Circles

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the URL of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you what sort of story your book contains.”



WWW Wednesday, 10/11/17!


Hello, dears!

Welcome to this week’s edition of WWW Wednesdays! This is a meme currently hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words and it’s pretty simple, we just answer the 3 Ws:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you’ll read next?

This is a new addition to the blog (yaay!) but I don’t think I can join every single week especially when I take too long to read a book and I’ll probably feature the same one in three consecutive weeks. Hehe. Let’s just see where this takes me. Shhh, I know it’s already Thursday in my timezone but hey, it’s still Wednesday in some parts of the world, right?

Without further ado, here are the book highlights of my week…


Review: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You

“All these years I’d thought being a spy was challenging. Turns out, being a girl is the tricky part.”


Title: I’d Tell You I Love You But Then I’d Have to Kill You
Series: Gallagher Girls, Book 1
Author: Ally Carter
Genre and Themes: Contemporary, Romance
Format: Paperback
Pages: 284
Publication: Disney-Hyperion, April 2006
Read: October 2017

the book | the author

Cammie Morgan is a student at the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a fairly typical all-girls school-that is, if every school taught advanced martial arts in PE and the latest in chemical warfare in science, and students received extra credit for breaking CIA codes in computer class. The Gallagher Academy might claim to be a school for geniuses but it’s really a school for spies. Even though Cammie is fluent in fourteen languages and capable of killing a man in seven different ways, she has no idea what to do when she meets an ordinary boy who thinks she’s an ordinary girl. Sure, she can tap his phone, hack into his computer, or track him through town with the skill of a real “pavement artist”-but can she maneuver a relationship with someone who can never know the truth about her?

Cammie Morgan may be an elite spy-in-training, but in her sophomore year, she’s on her most dangerous mission-falling in love.


Review: Smaller and Smaller Circles by F.H. Batacan

“We are powerless when we wait for other people to act on our behalf.”


Title: Smaller and Smaller Circles
Author: F.H. Batacan
Genre and Themes: Mystery, Crime, Thriller, Serial killer
Format: Paperback
Pages: 357
Publication: Soho Press, Inc., 2015
Read: October 2017

the book | the author

Payatas, a 50-acre dump in northeast Manila, is home to thousands of people who live off of what they can scavenge. It is one of the poorest neighborhoods in a city whose law enforcement is stretched thin and rife with corruption. So when the eviscerated bodies of preteen boys begin to appear in the trash heaps in the rainy summer of 1997, there is no one to seek justice on their behalf – until two Jesuit priests, forensic anthropologist Father Gus Saenz and his protégé, Father Jerome Lucero, take the matter of protecting their flock into their own hands.


Halloween Read-a-thon Sign-up and October TBR (sort of)!

Hallo, world! Today, I am thrilled to announce that I will be joining a read-a-thon! This is my first, so clearly, I am veeeery excited!!! The Halloween Read-A-Thon is hosted by Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews. Most of these books have been sitting on my shelf for too long now, so I also saw this as an opportunity to finally knock off some titles from my TBR list.

BUT I am also an eternally scared person so this is a kind of a torture for me? Nah, I’m doing it anyway.



Halloween Read-A-Thon Details:

💀 The read-a-thon is going to run from the 10th October – 31st October.  

💀 You can join in at any time until the end of the read-a-thon. 

💀 You can read as many or as little books as you want!!!

💀 The books HAVE to be horror, thriller and/or have some kind of supernatural element!!

💀 When posting your TBR link back to her post so other people can join in!! Share the spooky love!! If you don’t have a blog that’s okay!! You can post your TBR on Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, YouTube – ANYWHERE!!

💀 Use the hashtag #HalloweenWR to share your progress on social media!!

Make sure to visit her post for more information!


I’m not really the kind of person who makes a monthly TBR because I won’t be able to stick to it anyway, but here is the list of books I’m going to read for this read-a-thon’s challenges and their respective synopsis. You can also click on the covers to view their Goodreads page.