From Bibliophage PH to Basa Kain Tulog

I have decided to change my blog name from Bibliophage PH  (bibliophageph) to Basa Kain Tulog (basakaintulog). So if you guys are shocked that you’re seeing my posts from your feed, please be informed of this.

Posted in Comics, Fiction: Young Adult, Graphic Novel, Young Adult

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom by Terry Blas

Dead Weight: Murder at Camp Bloom
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Reading Dead Weight reminds me of Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys because of the mystery and sleuthing theme. The story of the four teenagers in the Camp Bloom, a camp for those who have weight issues, is quite interesting to read and the “accidental” bond between these teens will make readers happy.
Dead Weight
I wasn’t expecting anything before I read this because based on the cover, I thought the story could be childish or too juvenile. But the expression, “Don’t judge the book by its cover,” strongly represents this graphic novel. So if you enjoy reading mystery and detective type of stories, Dead Weight is a great addition to your list.
Dead Weight

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Posted in Fiction, Fiction: Poetry, Fiction: Poetry, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Poetry Book

Wild Flowers: A Powerful Poetry Collection of Love, Loss, Healing and Depression by Michelle S. Smith

Once I received the digital reading copy of this poetry book from the author, I immediately read it before the day ends. The book is divided into five parts: Loss, Pain & Depression; Abandonment; Love; Empowerment; and Healing. Love and Healing parts got the most number of poems with 34 and 36 respectively, while Empowerment has the least with only four.

I consider the last three sections of this anthology the best because of they exude positivity or being optimistic. There are a lot of relatable and remarkable poems in this collection that will be more appreciated notably by the millennials. Some of the poems that I love is Consumed By Her, #MeToo, Stance against Suppression, and Fear is a Curable Disease. Despite that I found some of the included poems to be repetitious because of the theme, especially in the topic of pain and love, I was still able to enjoy reading the rest of the book.

Posted in New age, Non-Fiction

The Little Book of Witchcraft by Astrid Carvel

The Little Book of Witchcraft My rating: 


The Little Book of Witchcraft is an informative book that contains useful information about witchcraft such as history, tools, and symbols. I’m quite fascinated by how white witchcraft was done thus this book is a big help for me. It is a 155 pages book filled with what one needs to about casting spells and rituals, and even devising your own spells.
The Little Book of Witchcraft
I also like how the power of crystals was mentioned and some common ones were also listed such as the Amethyst for insomnia or tranquility; the clear quartz; rose quartz for love; and tiger’s eye for seeking employment. The timing for casting the spells was also cited and a brief information about chakras was also tackled in the practical magic part.
The Little Book of Witchcraft
If you are interested in what is Wicca or New Age, this book may be a bit short but it is a good introduction and foundation to broader research about it.

Posted in Fantasy Book, Fiction, Fiction: Fantasy, Fiction: Young Adult

The Scar by Pittacus Lore

The Scar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This short story is definitely the best among all the journals and the lost files bonus because aside from the fact that it was written on Six’s point of view, it gave us some spoiler on what might happen (in the case that if you still haven’t read the rest of the series). Well, I and every follower of this book series are hoping that spoiler that there could be another garde who died is not true. Or maybe there could be a chance that it will reverse.

Posted in Contemporary Fiction, Fiction

Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes

Crossing Oceans
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Amazing, outstanding, excellent, remarkable and highly recommended. Those are just some of the things I could say about this debut novel of Gina Holmes. When I bought this, I wasn’t expecting that I will not stop turning the pages once I start reading it. I stayed up till 3 in the morning just to be able to finish this novel because I was really curious and excited about what will happen next.

This is the very first novel of Gina Holmes that I’ve read and I’m looking forward to reading her other books such as Dry as Rain and Wings of Glass.

Posted in Fantasy Book, Fiction: Fantasy, Fiction: Young Adult

Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy by Marie Lu

Life Before Legend: Stories of the Criminal and the Prodigy
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a short novella giving a glimpse on one of the memorable days of Day and June before the Legend. Day recounting the memory of his first kiss and of June at her first day at the University. The stories in this novella show us that Day misses the company of a family and of June’s respect and love for her brother Metias. I love reading these short novellas because they give a glimpse of some important events in the lives of the characters in the books.