All the Updates #4: What Happened + In Need of Book Recommendations!

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Hey there ✨

Uhm hi? I’m Louise and I run this blog, do you still remember me? Did you miss me? Did you even notice that I was gone? Is anyone even reading this? I hope you still remember me, I used to post reviews and book related content like any other book blogger, I ain’t special. I know.

Anyway, sorry for rambling I just don’t know how to start this post. I seriously don’t know how to blog anymore but I’ll try my best. So yessss, how are you? I hope you’re doing well! Read any good books lately? Yeah, that’s good!

I figured that it’s time to finally come back to my blog and try to salvage it? I abandoned it for so long and I feel like a bad mother leaving her child like that but I have my excuses reasons! Here’s a little update about my life and what went down the last few months, hoping that you’ll read it until the end!!

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In general, my life isn’t  that interesting so please don’t expect too much. Reading books is a big part of my life but it wasn’t the case for the last few months. I haven’t been reading and it isn’t because I don’t have the time it’s just I wasn’t feeling like it? Well, while I wasn’t reading I basically dedicated wasted most of my watching Youtube videos and watching tv series! I’m proud to say that I finally watched and finished all ten seasons of FRIENDS. Can you believe it? Louise watching American series? Haha btw I love Regina Phalange. 💓

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Into more personal things, I am now an official dog-mom!! This is my child Jordan, he is a 4-year old golden retriever and he is just the sweetest dog ever. We got him last December and I can’t wait to share more about him soon.

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In more recent events, I graduated senior high school last April. Your girl finished with High Honors despite everything. Now, you may be wondering what will be next for my academics. Well, I’m happy and quite proud to say that I got into all of the universities (3/3) that I applied to. Can you believe it, Louise is somehow an intellectual haha.

I’ll be going to the University of the Philippines (Diliman) this August, which is both scary and exciting. Basically waiting for the results was the main reason why I wasn’t able to blog and read even though I wanted to, the anxiety and pressure was too much for me but now that it’s out I’m really hoping to get back on business.

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I’m currently on my summer vacation so I’m well-rested. Most days go by uneventful and unproductive, so I’m hoping that I’ll be able to actually do stuff these upcoming weeks especially with my blog.

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I took an unintentional long break from blogging. Well, I only planned to stop until mid-October but I didn’t have the will to go back except for dropping some much-needed reviews.

Image result for phoebe buffay gifI don’t know, I had no motivation to write blog posts or to even interact at Twitter. So my hiatus became longer than expected. Do I regret it? Uhm, just a bit haha. It’s nice to take some time off the blogging/book community and just focus on my real life.

So anyway, I’m hoping that I will really be back on blogging! I want to redesign my blog since last year but never had the time and motivation to do it so that’s one of my goals this year. I also want to grow as a blogger and create more original content, not just the usual reviews and wrap-ups. I want to focus on putting posts that are important to me and are about topics that I want to share/discuss to my readers. So I’m really hoping to accomplish all of these and more during my summer break.

And oh yeah, my blog turned two last last week? Geniereads is now my two-year old baby! Yayyy

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The good news is that I’m reading again, the bad news is that I’ve only read 4 books this year and we’re almost halfway through 2018. I feel so bad because last year, I didn’t finish my 2017 reading challenge and this year I planned to read at least 75 books but it looks like I won’t be meeting that goal either. There’s still hope maybe I’ll manage to do it, we’ll see.

Another reason why I was hesitant to return to blogging or to the book blogging community is that I’ve been away for so long and it’s just overwhelming for me to come back and catch up with all the happenings. So if you have the time, please share with me any bookish news in the comments!

Related imageIt would also mean a lot if you would give me some book recommendations because aside from my unread pile of books I’m kind of running out of books to read. Surprising, I know. So I would love to hear your latest 5-star read or a book that you really loved, even your most anticipated reads this month (and upcoming months) are appreciated.


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In summary: Hi I’m Louise, I hope you still remember me! I’ve been away for a couple of months but I’m back and will try to be active again. I have a new fluffy friend. Recommend me books please pls plsssss thanks.

You’re now officially updated with my life and now it’s my turn to know about what has been happening to your life/this community. Let’s talk in the comments!

How are you? Have you been an active blogger? Show me your latest posts! SO FAR WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE READ THIS YEAR?? TELL MEEEEEEE HEHE

Hope that you’re having a great day today, happy reading and blogging! 

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Please do leave any comments, thoughts, messages, reactions, and/or suggestions! Thank you for reading.

Until next time,

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27 thoughts on “All the Updates #4: What Happened + In Need of Book Recommendations!

  1. Hi Louise! Of course I remember you, it’s so good to hear from you ❤ Congratulations on graduating and university, that's exciting! I hope you'll enjoy your summer break ❤ ❤
    Hmmm, what could I recommend you… my latest 5-stars read were: I was born for this (Alice Oseman), All of this is true (Lygia Day Peñaflor), Nothing left to burn (Heather Ezell), 180 seconds (Jessica Park), The Color Project (Sierra Abrams) aaaaaand that's all I got for now haha 🙂

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  2. Congratulations, Louise!! I really thought I’d never see you around here again. Huhuhu. Do u still remember me? Let me welcome you to UPD even though I already left that heaven-hell. Jk. On a more serious note, if you need advice on college and acads and stuff, you can talk to me anytime! I’m looking forward to it. Hihi.

    I recently enjoyed Secondhand Origin Stories, (stories about super diverse teenage superheroes) and The Voting Game (a dystopian future where you rate your interactions with people). There are reviews on my blog if you want to check them out! 😄

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    • Thank you Ate Cara!! ❤ Of course I remember you, huhu I hope I'll be able to commit to blogging again. OMGGGG, heaven-hell sounds kind of scary!! What course did you take? Thank you so much, I'll be needing all the help I can get kaya please don't be surprised if I casually slide into your dms on twitter hehe. ❤

      Yayy I'll be sure to give your blog a visit soon and check out your reviews, The Voting Game sounds very intriguing.

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      • Ooops, I’m sorry I scared you. Haha. It can be heaven or hell depending on your perspective. I hope it’s heaven most of the time for you! I was BSCS din so I’m your gurl! Hahaha. I was also telling Aimee that if you need notes or books or stuff I’m willing to help in ways that I can. Hihi.

        I’m actually excited for the two of you. Pls love CS. Hahaha! 💕

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  3. Your dog is a cutie! It sounds like you’ve been having quite a successful year so far! 🙂 Glad to hear things are going so well! I look forward to more posts. Apparently Six of Crows was the last thing I rated 5 stars… I’m quite picky 😛

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  4. Hi Louise! I just started my blog about a month ago so I’m totally new to this! But I have been reading for a long time. I don’t know what genre you like and what books you have read but if I had to choose a few of my favorites I would have to recommend you the Shatter me series by Tahereh Mafi! It’s amazing ❤️

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    • Hiii and (a late) welcome to the book blogging community! ❤ I hope you've been having a nice time here. I mostly read anything YA haha but my favorite are the contemporary and sci-fi ones. I actually haven't read Shatter Me yet which I'm a bit ashamed of, I'm glad you enjoyed the series. Thank you!!

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  5. Welcome back! I hope you had a good break! I love your dog and I am jealous! I put a bunch of stuff in my comment, so hopefully that will help you!

    My latest reads I’ve been loving are:
    The Female of The Species, Stalking Jack The Ripper, People Like Us, Beneath the Sugar Sky, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, The Martian & Wild Beauty!

    Some of the new releases I’m anticipating are:
    To Kill A Kingdom, The Cheerleaders, Space Opera, Escaping from Houdini, The Mermaid, Legendary & My Plain Jane.

    Some of my recent posts are:
    https://allonsythornraxxbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/16/recommendations-for-your-house/
    https://allonsythornraxxbooks.wordpress.com/2018/04/13/my-top-5-favourite-books-of-all-time-april-2018/
    https://allonsythornraxxbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/15/kiss-marry-cliff-2-0-except-i-use-all-my-faves/#
    https://allonsythornraxxbooks.wordpress.com/2018/05/14/my-favourite-childhood-reads/

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    • Thank youu!! Aww, my dog says thank you for being sweet. ❤ I'm glad to hear that you've read a lot of good books lately. I have a copy of People Like Us and I'll try to read it this month. I'll check out your other recommendations on Goodreads, thanks for sharing! Andddd I'll be sure to drop by your blog soon. ❤

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  6. Aw, cute dog!

    Welcome back to book blogging. I also did an unintentional blogging break recently and it’s nice to take a breather from time to time.

    Congrats on your graduation and best of luck to uni life.

    My 2018 Ya must-reads so far: Neanderthal Opens The Door To The Universe (4 stars), The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik (4 stars) and Fatal Throne (5 stars)

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  7. Hi Louise! Lovely to meet you. This may sound creepy, but I totally feel like we’re soul sisters right now. xD I took a HUGE blogging break (although mine was way longer than yours), and only got back in January. I’m currently re-watching FRIENDS, which is one of my all-time favorite series. ♥ AND I passed UPD BSCS, although I’m only 70% sure I’ll be going there, since 30% of my heart is stuck in ADMU. xD Anyway, it’s just GREAT to meet you! I’m following you via WordPress reader now. 🙂

    Recent favorite books (2018): To Kill a Kingdom by Allie Christo, Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi, and Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young.

    – Aimee @ Aimee, Always

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  8. No worry, I abandonned mine too … for a week or two *aherm* but ever since, i’m back and rocking it like never before !! I believe in you 🙂

    Woohoo !! congrats on your graduation and on being accepted in your program in all three !! It sure is scary, but all will go well, I promise.
    Such a pretty doggo ❤ looks like a good boy. I used to want a golden .. but I falled into the dachshund heaven and, im so not looking back, sorry xD

    four books is not too bad, don't worry of numbers, just as long as you read ! Feel free to ramble in my reviews on my blog or my goodreads shelf,but my last 5stars was "The art of French kissing" by Brianna Shrum (review just posted today, in fact), and "heavenward" by Olga Gibbs. runner up would be "The Corner shop of cockleberry bay" by Nicola May. Wonderful story with a wiener dog in it !!

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  9. Hello Louise 🙂
    I think we just recently met, but welcome back to the blogging community! That’s all right that you took a break- sometimes life just happens, right?
    Congrats on all your achievements! It’s not an easy feat to graduate with honours and to get into your university of choice! As for a book recommendation, my recent 5-star read would be The Book Thief, which I loved SO SO much. I also finished rereading Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire which I loved 🙂

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  11. Oh best of luck with uni, Louise! I also love your dog and am super happy you decided to adopt an adult one instead of a puppy – the older dogs are always harder to find a home so that’s really sweet. He looks absolutely adorable and ecstasic to be your new friend too ❤

    I hope you come back to your blog soon, it's been a while and I love reading your posts 🙂

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  12. I am an active blogger but I have to push myself! Congrats on your new dog! I cannot wait to get one in the future. I know the feeling about a reading challenge being tough to get through. I finished mine but now I feel like I am in a sliding slope of reading and feel that I need a break from reading. I hope school has been going well!

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