It’ll be so so good

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My favorite book quote so far. It’s from Colleen Hoover’s Point of Retreat, the sequel to her bestseller, Slammed. I don’t know why it struck me so much, but I just had to share it and hopefully, inspire people to pick it up and read too. (Or download, whatever floats your boat.)

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Are cliffhangers the “in” thing right now?!

*Spoiler Alert for Insurgent, City of Lost Souls, and Pandemonium books*

Insurgent: Then the shouting begins.
City Of Lost Souls: I am coming.
Pandemonium: Alex.
Me: NOOOOOOOOOOO!!! How can you end it like this?! This is so cruel!!! * ugly sobbing*
Veronica Roth, Cassandra Clare, Lauren Oliver: *Evil laughter*

I seriously can’t move on with my life whenever a book ends in a cliffhanger. Dreading to read the last chapter? Yes, that’s my test for a good book.

Who Stole My Magic?

“It is much wiser to view your love as a gift. Because that’s what love is – a gift; give it freely, for the sake of giving and not because you expect anything in return. And realize that the act of loving is in itself a gift. The fact that we can love and do love is the most amazing gift of all. And even if your love is not reciprocated, sent back to your doorstep like an unopened present, appreciate that you have within you the power, the ability, and the courage to love. And that in itself makes you truly special.”

– Who Stole My Magic?
By Jenny Manuel

The Hunger Games – The Game

For all you Hunger Games fans out there, you can all pass the time by playing this awesome game hosted and made by Newgrounds!

The Hunger Games – The Game
Here’s the link ^

Screen caps!

So this is Katniss along with her fellow tributes at the beginning of the game.
*Note: Try moving her before the countdown is finished! 😉

Katniss, in the woods, with Foxface looking all scared. (Well she should be. Katniss is the boss.)

Game Description and Instructions

Almost one year in the making, in the spirit of The Room Tribute (only less jokey) we present our game adaptation of The Hunger Games!

Arrow Keys = Run
A = Use Weapon
S = Interact
D = Use Item

NOTE: This adaptation was largely based on the book so some story elements will differ from the movie if that is your only reference. We did base what we could from the movie trailer and spent the past week making last-minute adjustments after seeing the movie.

Credits & Info

Please don’t hate me! Belated April Fools!

❤  Cae

Here is the place where I love you

Okay, so let me just tell you how much I love The Hunger Games.

Image courtesy of: Goodreads

When I was at the wee age of 16, whenever we come into a bookstore, I would grab a copy of the book and silently read in one corner. Every. Single. Time. That was just the time when getting my parents to buy me books would be considered a huge crime because I wasn’t that big of a reader yet. I had no idea what the book is about, but I always find myself holding it in my hands, reading anything readable (What? Lol) on the covers. The books are always sealed so I couldn’t read even a chapter. I don’t remember what I usually did on the internet back then, (I must be pretty boring) but I never had the thought to just darn research about it and get it off my system, but noooo. I just HAD to wonder, don’t I?

Fast forward to a year later.
When I hit college, I was a commuter. I had to commute for a minimum of two hours from Laguna to España every single day. In my first semester, there was no direct bus to Lawton, which was only a jeepney away from UST. So I would ride the LRT from Gil Puyat station to Bambang station wherein I would ride a tricycle to UST after. The LRT would pass by SM Manila and I could see the billboards and ads on the side. I was shocked, one day, because the third and final book in the trilogy was right before my eyes. I was more determined than ever to buy the series.

Buying the whole set was kind of the spark that ignited the fuel I have for reading books. Since then, I started buying books from left to right! Because of that, I actually succeeded in my Goodreads 100 Book Challenge for 2011! 🙂

I wouldn’t tell you or force you to read this book. This book is the kind wherein you have to do it willingly or otherwise, you wouldn’t get the story and the underlying morals it voices out. Look past the love triangle, never compare it to Twilight or Harry Potter, and remove any Battle Royale prejudices from your head. Because The Hunger Games is more than just a love triangle, pretty boys and violence. It speaks about politics, the government and the brutality that people can do to fellow humans.

Last March 21, 2012 was a glorious day for me. I waited for almost 2 years for this movie to come out, that I didn’t even think of it disappointing me. I mentally conditioned myself to just be glad that the movie was out, and don’t even think about the how the book was better (even though it really was. All the time).

I’m very lucky to have a boyfriend and best friends who are readers! Every book I read, my boyfriend reads as well. We’re cool like that, yeah? 🙂

So we watched the movie 2 days prior to the US release date at SM City Calamba. It was during finals week and I went back to Manila the day after!

Us getting excited on the way to SM!
©Marigold Arcilla (the lovely girl on the left)

©Kitana Goyena (he has WordPress!)
Yay for shirts! I got the ideas for the design at DeviantART and we went to Transfer It to make it. For people who wants to get t-shirts done, I don’t recommend Transfer It because the stickers peel off after a few days.

©Kitana Goyena
Us giddy holding the tickets

 ©Marigold Arcilla

Getting giddy over the movie poster!
©Kitana Goyena

©Kitana Goyena
At the backs of our shirts, are our districts (based on thecapitol.pn). I reside in District 6 which specializes in Transportation. Inna (the girl on the right) resides in District 11 which specializes in Agriculture and Gold (middle) is in District 12 which specializes in Mining.

Yes, I do realize that I have the best boyfriend ever.
©Kitana Goyena

 See? I told you so. ❤
©Kitana Goyena

Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor! ☺

Ciao!

❤ Cae