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Still trying to finish my book report for ‘Recapture the Rapture’ at medyo drained na ko so titigil na muna ako. Sobrang nagustuhan ko kasi yung libro kaya gusto kong i-extract yung mga napulot ko at i-summarize ko sya in a way na madali ko syang maa-absorb. Pag magbabase lang kasi ako dun sa mga hinighlight ko, minsan kailangan ko pang basahin ng ilang beses bago ko ma-gets ulit. At least sa book report ko, sarili kong words so madali kong maiintindihan.

Gusto ko lang i-share yung isang part na sinulat ko kasi medyo connected rin sya dun sa last post ko.


The 13 Books I Read in 2022, Reviewed in 3 Phrases

I read a lot of non-fiction in 2022 and it’s currently my favorite genre—specifically non-fiction books about psychology and mindfulness.


54% of the books I read are rated 5 stars. Nice!

Upstream: Selected Essays : Oliver, Mary: Books

1. Upstream: Selected Essays by Mary Oliver

Calming. Invigorating. Enlightening. [Full review]


World Peace + Menstrual Cycle + The Sun is Dying | Currently Reading

Eto ang lineup ng mga binabasa ko ngayon:

1. Recapture the Rapture by Jamie Wheal

Recapture the Rapture: Rethinking God, Sex, and Death in a World That's  Lost Its Mind eBook : Wheal, Jamie: Books

After 78 pages (about 25%), mas gets ko na kung tungkol san ‘tong binabasa ko. Haha. Pero nag enjoy naman ako pagbabasa kahit vague pa sa isip ko nung una.

Books Hanash

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Love the matchy-matchy tabs.

Books Non-Fiction

Upstream by Mary Oliver | Book Review

I forgot who or what influenced me to read this book but I’m so happy, and also lucky, that I picked it up. I have no expectations. I have no prior knowledge of Mary Oliver. But when I started reading the first few pages, I was captivated. Her writing is so delicate and beautiful. There were lots of moments where I needed to pause just to savor the words. Where I find myself smiling and taking a deep sigh. This book calms me and invigorates me at the same time.

Books Happy Things

Happy Things #14

Si Lola

Dun sa binibilhan namin ng ulam, meron dung bolerang lola.

“Binagoongan po.”

(habang nilalagay sa plastic container yung ulam) “O, dinamihan ko na ito ha.”

Tapos medyo pushy sya sa mga paninda nila pero okay lang. Natutuwa lang ako sa kanya. Second time namin bumili sa kanila tapos sinabihan ako ni lola na muka daw akong artista. Kahit siguradong lahat ay sinasabihan nya non, sino ba namang hindi matutuwa haha. Makabalik nga dun bukas.

Books Calm

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After reading a chapter, I placed Mary Oliver’s Upstream close to my chest. And this is the first time I’ve ever hugged a book.


My Rules on Buying Books

I received a $50 gift card from Amazon and I got these three books:

This one is still on the way

It was Black Friday so the hardcovers are cheaper and almost the same price as the paperback. I don’t particularly prefer hardbounds to paperbacks because I find hard copies bulky and heavy. But I was in a I-want-to-try-something-new mood that day so I went for the out of the usual choice.

Books Non-Fiction

My Friend Mary Oliver

Iba ang tama sakin ni Mary. Nakaka-ilang pages pa lang ako sa libro nya, bumili ako agad ng physical copy. Sobrang rare ko bumili ng physical copy ng libro. Nire-reserve ko lang sya sa mga librong sobrang nagustuhan ko at plano kong ulit-ulitin. Tapos Black Friday pa nun so ang mura nung hardcover, swerte.

Still waiting for the book to arrive in the mail
Books Insights

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Just finished I’m Glad My Mom Died by Jennette McCurdy and now I’m watching her interviews and crying. I’m glad I got to watch this video which led me to read this heartbreaking, emotional, sometimes humorous book. I do not relate to her past experiences with her mom in any way (the abuse, manipulation, the exploitation) but I could imagine how it must have been. It’s very insightful and teaches you to show more compassion. I also couldn’t stop reading because her writing is so compelling. Love this book!🤍

Books Food Life

Life Updates | Kamikazee vs Jo Koy + Weight Gain + Books & Podcasts


Sabi ni Kenneth ako daw ang bahala kung concert ng Kamikazee ang papanoorin namin next month or yung stand-up ni Jo Koy. Pareho kasi silang pupunta dito sa September. Pero nung napapagusto na ko sa Kamikazee, halata mong mas gusto nya si Jo Koy. So nagpa-poll ako (thanks pod sibs!) at eto yung result:

Books Non-Fiction

Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner | Book Review


  • You’d like to read about a detailed account of a complicated mother-daughter relationship and the author’s exploration of love and grief when her mother passed
  • Ready kang matakam at maglaway kasi magugutom ka sa descriptions ng author about Korean food

This was our book pick last May. So more than 8 months ago na. Grabe ang bilis ng panahon. Since 8 months ago na, wala na akong masyadong maalala. Kaya dapat talaga nagno-notes ako habang nagbabasa. Dalwang bagay lang talaga yung nag-stand out sakin:


The 32 Books I Read in 2021, Reviewed in 3 Words/Phrases


1. Modern Love by Daniel Jones

Heartfelt. Some stories are meh. 95% of the stories are by published writers. [3 🌟Full review]

2. Daisy Jones & The Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Unlikeable characters. Annoying as hell. Whatever. [1.5 🌟Full review]

3. Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

Balik eskwela feels. Information overload. Science and Technology. [4 🌟Full review]

4. Daring Greatly by Brené Brown

Vulnerability. Compassion. Medyo paulit-ulit. [4 🌟 – Full review]

5. Storyworthy by Matthew Dicks

Highly entertaining. Lots of interesting personal stories. A must-read for everyone. [5 🌟 – Full review]

6. We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Strange in a good way. Disturbing but charming. Love Merricat. [5 🌟 – Full review]

7. Essentialism by Greg McKeown

Streamlining. Mostly about corporate work and super busy people. Elitist? [2.5 🌟 – Full review]

8. The Psychology of Money by Morgan Housel

Humility. Role of luck and risk. Be flexible. [4.5 🌟 – Full review]

9. Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert

Super entertaining start tapos biglang nag U turn. Too much testosterone. Keso. [2 🌟 – Full review]

10. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert

Great storytelling. Entertaining pero may part na too woo-woo for me. Makes you want to travel and learn new languages and eat yummy food. [3 🌟 – Full review]

11. The Chicken Sisters by K.J. Dell’Antonia

Delightful start and middle. Unlikeable main characters. Spilled secrets and sabotage. [3.5 🌟 – Full review]

12. Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman

Be more rational. Wag tamad magisip. Nakakabobo yung pagka comprehensive. [2.5 🌟 – Full review]

13. Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

Creativity. Wow. Will definitely reread. [5 🌟 – Full review]

14. The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde

Hedonism. Beauty vs Morality. No likeable characters. [3.5 🌟 – Full review]

15. The Whole-Body Microbiome by B. Brett Finlay, Jessica M. Finlay

Probiotics will save the world. Consume yogurt and kimchi. Don’t use antibacterial agents – soap and water will do. [3 🌟 – Full review]

16. Anxious People by Fredrik Backman

Hilarious. Smartly written. Must read! [5 🌟 – Full review]

17. Lifespan: Why We Age—and Why We Don’t Have To by David Sinclair

In a nut shell: eat healthy, exercise, importance of intermittent fasting. Lots of medical jargons. Dense. [3.5 🌟 – Full review]

18. The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday

Vague. Didn’t like how it was written. Too in-your-face. [3 🌟 – Full review]

19. Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata

Quirky and strange protagonist. Made me want to work in a convenience store while reading it. Weird overall but in a good way. [4 🌟 – Full review]

20. Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner

Korean culture. Nakakagutom – you will crave Korean food. Love and loss pertaining to her mother. [4 🌟]

21. The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Helpful in building relationships. Informative. There’s something problematic in the ‘physical touch’ example. [3 🌟]

22. Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami

Melancholic. Tragic. A few “WTF!” moments. [3 🌟]

23. The Willpower Instinct by Kelly McGonigal

Right book at the right time. Remember what’s reallly important. Feel your feelings but you don’t always have to act on it. [4.5 🌟]

24. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller

LGBTQ+ themes. Coming of age. Made me more interested in mythology. [3.75 🌟]

25. Educated by Tara Westover

WOW. Must-read. Inspiring. [5 🌟]

26. Arsenic and Adobo (Tita Rosie’s Kitchen Mystery #1) by Mia P. Manansala

Cozy mystery. Nakakagutom. Fun read pero asan yung adobo? [4 🌟]

27. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Adult fairytale. Humorous. Intriguing. [4.5 🌟]

28. Tokyo Ever After by Emiko Jean

Kulang sa build up yung love story. Cringy. Okay yung premise pero di ako fan nung execution. [2 🌟]

29. The Healing Self: A Revolutionary Plan for Wholeness in Mind, Body, and Spirit by Deepak Chopra

Helpful book on taking care of our bodies and minds. Can be technical at times which I like. Relaxing to read. [4 🌟]

30. Seven and a Half Lessons About the Brain by Lisa Feldman Barrett [5 🌟]

A quick, interesting read. Neuroscience. Teaches people on how to be a better human being—didn’t expect that. [4 🌟]

31. Before I Go to Sleep by S.J. Watson

Somewhat of a page turner. No matter how many theories my mind came up with, I didn’t see that twist coming. Didn’t like how the diary was formatted. [4 🌟]

32. Mexican Gothic by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

Atmospheric. Mushrooms. A bit far-fetched. [4 🌟]

My digital bookshelf in Notion:

Books Hanash Humor Insights

Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata | Book Review


  • You’re in the mood for something weird and quirky but also dark and disturbing
  • You’re interested in a book that examines identity and conformity. But it’s also a love story between a woman and a store.
  • Kung at one point in your life you felt like you didn’t belong in your inner circle (or the society as a whole) which resulted to a “need” of having to fit in


Keiko is a 36 year-old Tokyo resident who works in a convenience store since she was 18. Masaya naman sya at wala syang balak na mag-quit kasi sobrang kuntento sya sa trabaho nya at sa buhay nya in general. Kaso andaming echosera na sobrang judgmental kasi sa age daw nyang yon, dapat daw may asawa at anak na sya. At dapat daw makahanap na sya ng ibang trabaho kasi minamaliit nila yung trabaho ni Keiko as a convenience store worker.

I would assume you already read the book so hindi na ko magta-try ikwento, pero gusto ko lang i-highlight yung mga moments na meron akong na-feel na strong emotions while reading the book like yung sobrang natawa ako or nagulat ako. Tapos may konting personal stories kung pano ko naka-relate.

At speaking of gulat, matiwasay lang akong nagbabasa kasi sinimulan nung author yung storya na bata pa si Keiko. So na-imagine ko naglalaro sila sa park with her playmates. Cutie cute cute. Tapos may nakita silang patay na ibon. Nung pinakita nya yung dead birdie, at nai-imagine ko pa yung enthusiasm nya, sabi nya sa nanay nya, “Let’s eat it!” At dun ko na-realize na kakaiba ‘tong si Keiko at kakaiba ‘tong librong binabasa ko.

Books Insights Personal Development

The Obstacle is the Way by Ryan Holiday | Book Report


  • You’re someone who half-ass a lot of things
  • You dwell too much on the negative side
  • You are overly emotional


  • You have more time at your disposal. I suggest you read A Guide to the Good Life instead.
  • You’re already objective and calm and collected when facing stressful situations.

The title of the book is a bit of an oxymoron. Kasi nga pano sya magiging “way” kung may obstacle nga. So title pa lang, it’s clear na ang gustong iparating ng book ay yung mga challenges daw, mga setbacks, mga “obstacles”, yun yung makakatulong satin para mag-improve at mas maging resilient. Yung mga problema, hindi natin dapat syang iwasan. Dapat natin syang daanan.

The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way.

Marcus Aurelius

He says the best way out is always through
And I agree to that, or in so far
As I can see no way out but through.

Robert Frost