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bentchbites

Joined July 2017

Author & Bookstagrammer. @bentchbites on IG. :)
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Summer Crush by Six de los Reyes, Jay E. Tria, Tara Frejas
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I haven‘t read this yet but this shot is stunning! *im so happy with it! Haha! ❤️💚

julesG Your picture makes me stack this. 2y
bentchbites @julesG haha! Thank you! 2y
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Summer Crush | Six de los Reyes, Jay E. Tria, Tara Frejas
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It‘s almost the end of summer here in the PH but my summer TBR is still going strong. Lol. I‘m currently reading the tagged photo, and Sounds Like Summer is the only other one I haven‘t gotten to yet.

Here‘s a shot of all my summer recs from #romanceclass, and my current favorite juice drink! All Made in the Philippines! 😭

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Dare to Love | C.P. Santi
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Single Parent romance + restoration architect heroine + anthropologist hero. #romantsy

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If The Dress Fits | Carla de Guzman
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Foodie romance + friends to lovers + plus size heroine + veterinarian hero! #romantsy

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Untitled | Anonymous
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Ripped Pages by M. Hollis.
FF Rapunzel retelling. So adorable but also so short, in my opinion. I need moarrr! Haha! #romantsy

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Sporty MM romance + enemies/friends (You‘ll know what i mean when you read it) to lovers + second chances! ❤️ #romantsy

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Better at Weddings Than You | Mina V Esguerra
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Cinnamon roll hero + 30-something heroine! ❤️❤️❤️ #romantsy

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Beau and the Beast | Kay Simone
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A wonderful MM Beauty and the Beast retelling in a contemporary setting. Also, that cover! 😍 #romantsy

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Untitled | Unknown
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Friendly reminder that if you haven‘t 1-clicked our new anthology, you can still get it for 99c until May 15th! 🤗
bit.ly/bladebook

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The Virgin's Lover | Philippa Gregory
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Late post from my April Bookstagram Challenge. Heehee. The prompt was Historical Fiction. Full description on my Instagram! ❤️

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Untitled | Unknown
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Hey, everyone! Remember this anthology we launched last November? It‘s now available as an ebook!

I‘m proud to announce that the Kath Bute writers‘ 2nd collection of multi-genre stories is now available for pre-order on Amazon! It‘s got Romance, Fantasy, Sci-fi and Horror! *Guess what genre I wrote! 😂*

It‘s $0.99 until May 15th only, so 1-click now!
bit.ly/bladebook

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My first book is celebrating its first Book Birthday today! 🎂

☀️23 short stories with HEA's/HFN's
☀️Luzon, Visayas & Mindanao
☀️Starts with sweet stories and gradually increases the steam
☀️Perfect vacation read

Print(PH):bit.ly/summerfeels-pof
Amazon: bit.ly/summerfeels

#romanceclass #romantsy

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The Henchmen of Zenda | K. J. Charles
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April Bookstagram Day 25

This is my official [#latepost] entry for #fearyournovelapril : #WaitingOnWednesday, and it's waiting-on-wedenesday for YOU, not me, bec what I have here is the ARC! *insert evil laugh here*

[Full Review on GR and on my IG] 😊

It comes out May 15th, on Amazon (and I believe everywhere else, too! :) )

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Soul of the Bride | Elizabeth Lenhard
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April Bookstagram Day 26

This is a #latepost bec yesterday was a v busy day and I passed out as soon as I hit the bed. LOL.

Me and my sister also watched an episode of the TV series last night, the one where Phoebe gets hexed with Gram‘s wedding ring (the one with Tyler the firestarter, too) and I was reminded of how feminist and progressive this series was. This is my favorite show forever and ever and ever!

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April Bookstagram Day 24
These are echoes of my childhood. Back when I didn't have a gaming console and easy access to the internet (and omg, that PokéDex electronic toy was hella pricey!) I used to borrow Pokémon Guidebook like this from a friend. I eventually found a similar copy back in 2014 and I just HAD to have it.
This is my *very loose interpretation for #FearYourNovelApril : Magical Creatures. and #LILColorBlast : Yellow (bec Pikachu)?

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Tale of Two Summers | Brian Sloan
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I missed #WorldBookDay in my own time zone, but it's still Monday in some places right now so I'm still technically on time. 😂
Here are books I keep close to my heart! ❤
[Full Description on my Instagram! 🤗].

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The Future Chosen | Mina V. Esguerra
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I posted my daily post already but it‘s a tough Monday and bookstagramming is cathartic to me - so here, have another. :)

📖 #bookstagramreadsapril : Favorite Authors

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April Bookstagram Day 23

Another BookSale serendipity find. :) It‘s the first Courtney Milan book I‘ve found in print and though I haven‘t read anything from her, I‘ve been in love with her insightful and feisty tweets since I followed her early last year. My avid romance reader friends also highly recommend her books so this should be fun. 🤗

👗#aprilbookstagram18 : Balls and Gowns
💗 #iamsweetapril : Romance

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April Bookstagram Day 22 (Part 2)
#SundayStack LOL
Happy #EarthDay!
What is your eco-friendly resolution this year?
Mine would have to be minimal use of plastic. I‘m v guilty of using single-use plastic bec of its convenience especially in this country where plastic is prevalent. But my convenience must not come before the welfare of the environment. The world‘s plastic problem is worse than we thought and I don‘t want to be part of it anymore.

Jess7 Pretty! 2y
ReadZenRites Over consumption of plastics really upsets me too. 👍🏻 But your photo is gorgeous!✨ 2y
bentchbites @Jess7 thank you! ❤️ 2y
bentchbites @ReadZenRites we really need to do something about it. Every little thing helps. Anyway, thank you! 😊 2y
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A Fox Called Sorrow | Isobelle Carmody
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April Bookstagram Day 22

I haven‘t gotten to The Scorpio Races but I‘ve heard great things about it.
A Fox Called Sorrow, on the other hand, is an old favorite. I‘ll admit that I got it bec the red, velvety cover was so pretty and I was pleasantly surprised that the writing and story, though meant for young children, was a refreshing read for my then college-aged self. 😆

Eggs Lovely photo 2y
bentchbites @Eggs thank you so much! ❤️ 2y
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Spindle's End | Robin McKinley
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April Bookstagram Day 21.
#StackSaturday
These are books I‘ll feature more on tomorrow‘s challenges. Heehee. I put all these challenges on Google Sheets so I wouldn‘t miss out on the prompts but lo and behold, I forgot about this until yesterday! 😅

📚#aprilinbooks18 & #bookstagramreadsapril
Can you find titles of your favorites in this stack? Tell me in the comments and I‘ll tell you if I‘ve read it. (I probably haven‘t but let‘s talk! 🤗)

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April Bookstagram Day 20.
W. I. T. C. H. Comics

My W. I. T. C. H. post yesterday made me remember my collection of this awesome kids series and while I can‘t post all 74 issues in one post (how to fit ‘em in one square?? LOL) here‘s my entry for a couple of challenges today.

What series were you obsessed with when you were younger? I was also obsessed with Sailor Moon (i still am, lbh) so you know, that tells A LOT about young Bentch. 😂🤣😂

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Magic Moon | Wolfgang And Heike Hohlbein
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April Bookstagram Day 19.
#LILcolorBlast : Black + White
Read:
⚫️W.I.T.C.H. Special 2004
⚫️Magic Moon
⚪️Embracing the Strange
⚪️Fairy Tale
⚪️One More Thing .
⚪️The Reasons I Won‘t Be Coming

Haven‘t Read Yet:
⚫️Karmic Hearts
⚪️Sort of Rich
⚫️The Book of Awesome

GypsyKat Fun pic! 🖤 2y
bentchbites @GypsyKat heehee. Thank you! 🖤 2y
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Blossom Among Flowers by Jay E. Tria

My previous posts were wood and flower-y so let‘s continue the combo with another flowery book! 😍🌷

This is actually @ruthame07 ‘s book, my gift for her right after I read Songs of Our Breakup. I have the Kindle copy for myself but I haven‘t read it yet. 😅 I hear this reminds people of J-doramas and the MC loves mangas so if you‘re a fan of those, you‘ll enjoy this! 💐🌺🌸🌼

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Untitled | Anonymous
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April Bookstagram Day 18.
In Fair Verona and Valentine Promise by Edith Joaquin.
I‘ve fairly recently discovered my love for romance and realized I‘ve been missing out on wonderful HEA‘s my whole life. Just imagine how many wonderful things I‘m missing out when I‘m not reading Tagalog! I can‘t wait to start reading these!

Give me your amazing Tagalog romance recs!💕

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Untitled | Unknown
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We launched a new anthology last weekend! ❤️

- 5 English stories by Filipino Authors
- Filipino myth and lore in contemporary settings
- Aswang, Dalaketnon, Kapre, Mambabarang & Tikbalang
Print (PH): bit.ly/2pDnwX5

The digital version can be purchased on Amazon here:
bit.ly/engkwentroebook
*it‘s on preorder price of $0.99 until April 30th! 🤗

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Inherit the Witch | Laura J. Burns
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April Bookstagram Day 17.

This is one of the most reread novel in my collection.
IDK exactly why I kept rereading this particular book. It does have a rich plot (mega plot twist in the climax that didn‘t feel rushed, I‘m telling you!) and it has eight or nine “spells” inside, which is a couple more compared to most of the other books. My favorite is the Spell to Awaken an O‘Farrell Witch‘s Powers.

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Feast for Crows | George R R Martin
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April Bookstagram Day 16 (part 2)

I am for #HouseStark (bec these kids have been through so much, huhu, and Arya is my kween, but I‘m also Team Dany and the latest season kind of merged my biases together so idk, im wrecked. Lol.

🗺 #MapMonday

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April Bookstagram Day 16

First off, know that I‘m a show-only fan (and these are borrowed books and maps) so don‘t @ me.

Second off, these were maps that used to be on our room‘s walls in SG and while I haven‘t read a word from the books, it helped make sense of some things from the show. I came in late to the fandom, S04 was already airing when I started but I still vividly remember the weekend I binged S01-S03. It was glorious!
🗺 #MapMonday

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Bait | Alex Sanchez
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April Bookstagram Day 15. (2 of 2)
I‘ll admit I‘ve only read this once bec the themes are quite heavy but it‘s one of those books that I‘ve liked so much, I don‘t need to read it lots of times to remember the plot, although opening to Chapter 15 for this post makes me want to read it again.

The background is from Prehistoric Animals in the Modern World by Marco Ferrari and Fulco Pratesi.

🦈 #aprilbookishmadness : Chapter 15

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Bait | Alex Sanchez
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April Bookstagram Day 15. (1 of 2)

This is one of my Gay YA hoardings back in the early 2010‘s and I‘m very happy with how this book turned out.

I highly recommend it over the author‘s other books but #tw to abuse and PTSD.

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Interim Goddess of Love | Mina V. Esguerra
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April Bookstagram Day 14.

#TheFelineBookReader:Gods & Goddesses. I loved this book‘s contemporary setting, the myth & the romance within it! Those who have read this will know all the references I‘ve *creatively included in this shot. 😉

#iamsweetapril:Charming Character and I am #TeamRobbie 5ever!! Everyone else can deftly turn tides or play with light theatrics but I‘m always biased towards those who can summon the magic of slow dances. 😍

Linear I woild always drink from the tip of the heart if i had that cup lol. I would be afraid to drink from the side or id spill it -is clumsy - 2y
bentchbites @Linear LOL Same! This is actually my sister‘s and I only ever use it for book photo props! 😂🤣😂 2y
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Carrie | Stephen King
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April Bookstagram Day 13.

It‘s #fridaythe13th y‘all!!!

#AprilBookishMadness: Heart breaking Death. I‘m still salty about Carrie‘s ultimate demise. She‘s the victim here! 😠

Which Carrie iteration is your favorite? Mine is the book, then Sissy Spacek‘s and then Angela Bettis‘. In that order. I can forgive the Chloe Grace Moretz one bec it‘s closer to the books compared to all the others, but Julianne Moore kind of ruined it for me. 💁🏻‍♂️

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Songs to Get Over You | Jay E. Tria
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April Bookstagram Day 12.
The Playlist Series by Jay E. Tria

This is my entry for #evilqueenapril : books + music so everyone, let me introduce you to my all time favorite singer/songwriter: Marié Digby!

https://youtu.be/IFGkvB84oic

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Marley & Me | John Grogan
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April Bookstagram Day 11.
Before you send me hate mail bec I reminded you of this heart-wrenching story you should know that I got this book a week before I saw the movie, cried my eyes out for half of the length of that friggin‘ film and I‘ve never even opened this book since then.
But I kept the book bec, idk, maybe I‘ll need a good cry someday. We‘ll never know.
🐶#NationalPetDay

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Here‘s another photo of Layla‘s upcoming book (the one here is her proof copy!) ! I‘m so excited to read it!!!

You can preorder the ebook here: bit.ly/onedaycloserebook

❤️❤️❤️

#poetry

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Show my girl, Layla, some ❤️!
We got a little sneak peek at her upcoming release yesterday and 😍 that cover is beautiful!

She‘s launching the print edition on #AprilFeelsDay2018 (this 28th!). The ebook is now available to pre-order at bit.ly/onedaycloserebook

*Also, it‘s #1 New Release on Amazon‘s Asian Poetry category for a while now so im just saying you‘ll be missing out if you don‘t get this right now. 😏

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April Bookstagram Day 10.

This is a sort of Wizard of Oz x Alice in Wonderland retelling told through the main character, Kate‘s, magical journal entries. This is a Children‘s Fantasy that has amazing art inserts and would‘ve had a great plot if it were given time to flourish. •
It‘s #NationalSiblingsDay! I hope Kate gets to finally rescue Matt in an AU where this series isn‘t discontinued. 🙂

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The Bye-Bye Bouquet | Chi Yu Rodriguez
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April Bookstagram Day 9. #BookBouquet
I haven‘t read this book yet (heehee) here‘s an excerpt from the blurb: “When the girl who likes to watch flowers bloom encounters the guy who‘s only in it while the fragrance lasts, curiosity gets the best of both of them.
In the midst of intermittent weather, will their connection blossom or wilt?” 🌸🌼💕

Cinfhen Pretty photo💕 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So beautiful 💗 2y
bentchbites @Cinfhen thank you! ❤️ 2y
bentchbites @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you so much. 😊 2y
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Heroine Complex | Sarah Kuhn
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#besfluencers & #romanceclass meet-up means BOOK STACKS!!!.
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#bookstagram #diversereads

jamie_in_the_library Ooh so many good ones! 2y
bentchbites @jamie_in_the_library most of these are @Chachic ‘s and @minavesguerra ‘s! They brought them yesterday for others to borrow. :) 2y
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Fortune's Daughter | Alice Hoffman
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April Bookstagram Day 8.

Finally, a book I‘ve read (and loved so much!) This is only my second Alice Hoffman book but this made her one of my favorites, hands-down.

This is a story of pain (and of love) that transcends years and hopes to move on. I don‘t want to spoil anything but there‘s a v prominent childbirth scene that is both beautiful and haunting, and that i have carried in my heart since the first time I read it.

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The Heart Forger | Rin Chupeco
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I just wanna come on here real quick bec it‘s almost 5am and I haven‘t slept! 😁 This book is just 🤗😍😭 . I‘m still at 73% and I‘m reading it super slow so it wouldn‘t end yet. The next book will be out next year and IDK how to make it come here faster. (Maybe if I take A LOT of naps it will!) Anyway, get this and The Bone Witch, too!

BookHoarder32 Yessss! So good ❤️ 2y
bentchbites @BookHoarder32 right?? Im reading super slow! It cant end yet!!! 2y
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Summer Crush | Six de los Reyes, Jay E. Tria, Tara Frejas
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The book I posted yesterday is on SALE 🚨 🚨🚨
It‘s summertime in the Philippines and this is a perfect alternative if you can‘t physically go. Heehee

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The Heart Forger | Rin Chupeco
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This! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻
I dont want to say who says this bec it might be a major spoiler for some people but omg, this book is just so good!

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Summer Crush | Six de los Reyes, Jay E. Tria, Tara Frejas
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Summer Crush by Tara Frejas, Jay E. Tria and Six De Los Reyes!

My previous posts lined-up magnificently and it‘s like the universe was preparing me to post this tonight. 😁😁😁

🏝 Beach
💕 Love
🎸 Rock and roll.

I don‘t think I‘ll be able to go to a beach getaway this summer (nor a music event whatsoever for that matter) so this‘ll be the closest I‘d have to those. 😁 The magic of reading.

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Sounds Like Summer | Six de los Reyes
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April Bookstagram Day 7:
Sounds Like Summer by Six De Los Reyes

This is my entry for
#aprilinbooks18 : Book set near an ocean/sea
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#aprilbookstagram18 : Author You Admire
#romantsy

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Scandalized | Tara Frejas
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Scandalized by Tara Frejas. •
I know I just posted my daily bookstagram but I can‘t help but post another one featuring this amazing book! I read it last year and it‘s one of those that resonated with me, what with all that anti-bullying message and KPop romance. 😘 It‘s got a new cover and I CANNOT WAIT to get my hands on it!

[Full description on my Instagram ❤️]
#romantsy

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It‘s been a while since i did a #FriyayIntro but here i go again! :)
1. Manspreaders. 🙄
2. Pies! Bec it can be sweet or savory! (I mean, cakes can be savory too but 😬 )
3. Logan (a dog named after Wolverine in the 90‘s animated series)
4. Self-help books. I dont read horror, but self-help books just infuriate me. Lol
5. ❤️❤️❤️ Tagging @bookishmouie to do this since you‘re still v new to Litsy!

Thanks again, @jesshowbooks

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Majesty | Jay E Tria
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April Bookstagram Day 6!
Majesty by Jay E. Tria

This is my entry for #aprilbookstagram18 : Book BFFs and what MORE can be said about being best friends FOREVER than being there for your friend even from beyond the grave? 😉

Beside it are yummy takoyaki we used to always have in SG but huhu, now I crave! 😭🐙

What‘s your Friday/weekend plans? My nephews are coming over the weekend to spend summer here and I am so excited!

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Carrie | Stephen King
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#TBT to the oldest bookish photo I still have on this phone‘s memory. This was taken in Singapore roughly a year ago, at a time when I thought I was getting a Carrie #4 but 😭 there was no time to deliver bec I was flying back home in a week.
I miss a lot about last year but bah, no sense in dwelling in the past. 🤷🏻‍♂️
Also, last year I didn‘t have as much published work as I do now so that‘s great progress. :)