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Bucket List To Love

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  74 ratings  ·  34 reviews
Aya Contreras is thrilled to be studying in the land of sakura and sushi. Tokyo is a fascinating city to live in—vending machines, cosplayers, karaoke boxes, and bright, colorful conbinis on every corner. And the architectural design program she’s in is everything she dreamed it to be.
The only problem? Her tutor doesn't seem to like her.
Well, she doesn't like him very mu
Kindle Edition, 154 pages
Published July 14th 2017
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K.J. Charles
A very sweet romance, friends to lovers. Aya is dumped by her long term boyfriend just before heading off to Japan as a graduate student, where she briefly gets on the wrong side of her tutor then falls for him, except he's heading off shortly to study in the Netherlands. There's not a lot of conflict except in the heroine's uncertainty about whether she's up for a long term relationship and/or ready to trust another man; the hero is a sweetie. Strong Tokyo atmosphere, and it's very interesting ...more
Kristy Mauna

"But love isn't logical. It's not something you can predict or solve with equations. It just is. And sometimes, you just have to want it enough to make some sacrifices."

Reasons to read this book:
- Aya is a Filipina gradstudent who is studying abroad in Tokyo. The scenery in this book is majestic, lovely, and beautiful in every way. I've never visited Tokyo, but the scenes felt so real throughout the story that I felt as if I was standing right next to Aya during h
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
I've been waiting so long to read this book. And now I've finally done it and absolutely loved it. It has the pastel aesthetic that you all love so much and if you could see my Pinterest board right now omg.

What drew me in the most is the hate to love trope. But now that I've read it, it's more like a dislike to love? They don't hate each other, not really. Actually there is just a misunderstanding, and after talking about it, they hit it off really well. They become really good friends and help
“But in real life, though, God always listens, but He doesn’t always give us what we want.”

Bucket List To Love was yet another adorable read from C.P. Santi. She easily captures my heart with her stories, so far she is a three out of three for me. I love how either constant and developed her characters are, she created them with such authenticity from the characters background to simply giving them a character or a mind of its’ own. And such touching stories. That really transport you to that ri
Jul 25, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Carla Guzman
The first of the new batch of Spark Books that I read did not disappoint! There's a lot to love about Aya and Ryo's story, and I love that it shows Filipinos abroad in a different context.

One of my favorite parts was when they found inspiration for the compe from Meiji Shrine. It's a beautiful place, and I pictured it so well in my head when they talk about it here in the book. Aya's fears and issues are relateable, but you just want her to go ahead and kiss her cookie monster Ryo already (god
Catherine Dellosa
Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
***I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

When I first got my copy, I just couldn’t wait to start reading right away. I mean, Japanese love story=yes, yes, yes, right? The opening line alone already got me hooked, and I snuggled in knowing this was going to be a delight.

Sadly, after the first chapter (which was awesome), I found myself dragging along the next few scenes. It wasn’t unt
Bianca Mori
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There's sort of a running #romanceclass joke that all the Moris are related: there's Jay E. Tria's actor-LI-unicorn Shinta Mori; Ryohei Mori, the cookie monster tutor in this book; and of course there's me, pseudonymous author. This book made me mourn this joke a bit, because I love it, but I now I can't enjoy it as much, because my feelings for Ryohei ugh he is my joke/canon cousin what is this confusion! Unlike Shinta, who is my OTP with Jill, I want to steal Ryohei from Aya. Huhu sorry/not so ...more
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
"God always listens, but He doesn't always give us what we want."

When Caryn asked me if I wanted to participate in the promo blitz for the E-book of BLTL, I signed up as soon as she sent me the link. I was in awe seeing the cover, sakura trees = Japan = Japanese love story, and that opening line in the first chapter really got me hooked.

I enjoyed reading Aya's story cause it was so relatable especially in the first part, though it was kinda slow. The second half of the book was fast-paced and
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I think this is one of the most "feel-good" books I've ever read. It was absolutely lovely and so, so enjoyable. I adored the authenticity behind living in Japan as a foreign student (the author experiences it herself, so I was !!!) and the romance was believable, funny and touching at times. A must read for everyone searching for a unique love story (with parts of it being LDR); for me it came at a much needed time and managed to get me out of a reading slump.
Loved it!
Clare Marquez
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: filipino-authors
I love this book of CP Santi! It took me to the beautiful country of Japan and all the culture it is known for and made me fall in love with a Japanese guy named Ryo. I'm not much of a reviewer (as I am more of a writer) but what I can say is what this book made me feel ... It made me smile (A LOT!), it made me sad a bit (goodbyes albeit temporary are not my thing), it made me laugh with all its Japanese quirks and my need to pronounce out loud all those Japanese words in the book (Thank God for ...more
Falling in love in Tokyo? Under the sakura trees?? THAT COVER???

Like a shinkansen, I zoomed my way to Caryn's FB and practically demanded a copy of the book (lol). It wasn't yet out then, so I had to wait for a while, but when it arrived on my doorstep, I was superexcited, I even did a kind of flat lay, and I almost never ever do flat lays!

(Never underestimate the ahrt~ of sako, heehee. Also isn't this very Zen??)

Onto the story: it's dreamlike, and as a dreamer (ehem), I completely got into it.
Oct 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2018
Aya Contreras is excited to have the opportunity to study architectural design in Tokyo. Armed with a bucket list from her sisters and ready to take on her study program, she discovers one black cloud in her otherwise amazing experience - Ryo, her assigned tutor (a buddy to help her acclimatize), doesn’t seem to like her very much. But when they’re paired together for a design competition, they learn that there’s more to each other than meets the eye… When I picked up Bucket List to Love, I was ...more
Binibining `E (of The Ugly Writers)

I recently watched the movie Kita Kita which was also set in Japan, specifically Sapporo, Japan which I really really love (but that's for a different review haha). So, yeah right now anything Japanese related will pick my interest and yes this book screams Japanese to me and also because this is romanceclass, you can't go wrong with that. I have received an epub copy of this book from the author itself for an honest opinion. The book cover was just lovely, Cherry Blossoms are love.

The book scre
H. Bentham
Jul 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leave it to C. P. Santi to paint Japan with words this beautifully! :)

I started reading this Monday night and well, I finished it the following night. It’s unputdownable! I do understand some qualms about the pacing of the first few chapters, but I feel like the sluggish parts were necessary to set Aya’s background (her tight-knit family, her passion for Architecture, Japan, and well, Adrian). I wish the bucket list was incorporated more towards the end, too, (I don’t remember her specifically c
Brain Tabs
Jul 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The paperback of this version had been out for months now, but I didn't get around to reading it until C.P. Santi released this Kindle edition with a very lovely cover.

The challenge for those who joined the #SparkNA class was to write an MC who is unique and that she should be brave. Caryn did fulfill that challenge wonderfully by creating Aya. She is a level-headed girl who knows what she wants and what she deserves and I immediately liked her for that. She had her own personality, she didn't m
Claire - The Coffeeholic Bookworm
Aya had just broken up with her boyfriend of six years when she discovered something about him. A study grant to Japan was just the thing she needed to forget about her broken heart. Afraid to fall in love again, Aya tried hard to steer clear of temptations, but her hot and gorgeous tutor made it impossible to do so. Add the bucket list that her meddling but sweet sisters insisted for her to do, it was only a matter of time before Aya found herself falling in love under the Meiji Shrine.

When I
Sep 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2017
I bought this book after hearing the livereading during the Philippine Readers and Writers Festival this year. It was steamy; the chemistry between Ryo and Aya got me interested and curious as to how they got themselves into that situation.

This is about Aya, a Filipina who went to Japan to study architecture, and Ryo, her tutor/guide in Japan. A love story set in Japan = a definite yes for me!!!

Their love story does not start easy. They aren't really in good terms in the beginning. But their re
Feb 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing

it took me a real long while to get through this but i’m gonna blame it on the fact that it was cause i’m not a big fan of ebooks at the moment. but anyways!! this was super super cute and kilig! i loved ryo and aya and their romance! their banter was absolutely adorable and i just—it was sO CUTE! i swoon over ryo!!

i wish that i got to read ryo meeting aya’s parents and aya meeting ryo’s! and there were several scenes that they skipped over that i felt bummed about missing like when
I LOVED THIS STORY! I am not a huge fan of contemporary, but this book totally captured my heart.This story was very cute and touching. I feel like I read this book at the right time. I could relate to many of the feelings and situations in the book. There are not many books with characters that are in their mid 20s or near the end of their college career. As a 24 year old this was a refreshing read. I also enjoyed the fact that it was written by a foreigner who is residing in Japan. So, the aut ...more
Katt Briones
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really one for insta-love especially when I don't get to see the development as it is summarised into a kind of montage. Also, the main character made the fatal remark of animosity towards a girl because of what she was wearing. This was only a passing remark, but if you know me, you know I can't deal with body image critiques from the protagonist towards someone else; the whole "flimsy dress and long legs" idea that oozes negativity.

What I did like was that the love interest was kind, s
Agay Llanera
Jul 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I think I was smiling the whole time I read this book. C.P. Santi has a certain charm to her writing style that makes me think she's a really cool person to hang out with in real life. Tagalog words such as "hoy" or "ha" made a world of difference in her dialogues as well as the Japanese words that add authenticity to the banter. I enjoyed this as much as her first novella "Be Careful What You Wish for". I think this is her strength--writing Japanese-Filipino romance set in the Land of the Risin ...more
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Aya's story is romantic and thoughtful. It is a fascinating look at Tokyo from a Philippine students point of view, as well. As usual family plays a big role, but so does trust and just knowing how to tell "the one". I found my in test held all the way through. All the characters are likeable, even the guy who dumped her and his new girlfriend. I loved everything about this one--including the lovely Christmas story added to the end.
I gave the book 3.5 stars, and that is exactly how I feel about it. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t loved it either. It was quite sort of in between kind of book. Mostly because it was extremely mundane. It felt like average love story, one of my friends might tell about herself. This is me, of course, but I prefer something more from the books I read. Not account of we went there, we did that, we kissed, we broke up, we emailed, we got back together. I addition I stayed indifferent toward the ma ...more
Nov 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing

I love this book so much! I love how well the elements of each culture, Filipino and Japanese were beautifully incorporated. Ryo and Aya’s story gave me laughs and kilig all throughout.
Feb 23, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels
It's quite a short and sweet story about Aya and her tutor. It was a good read however I found a couple of typos and there were parts what where I found was a bit rushed but all's good.
Nov 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2017
3 ⭐ ...more
I thought this book was going to be more of a haters to lovers situation, but after reading it I didn’t really see it like that at all, and surprisingly enough, that didn’t affect how much I liked the book, in fact, I’m glad it wasn’t like that, it fit well with how the story went and I enjoyed it so much.

“Relationships aren’t only about the good things, they’re also about the difficult and ugly things, too.”

Aya is a Filipina who is studying in Tokyo, getting there she meets her tutor Ryo and af
Aug 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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“Bucket List to Love” met my expectations: it brought me to Japan and it gave me a romantic love story to root for. I love the overall authentic feeling of the setting in the book. The book is even made genuine with its use of Japanese words and honorifics in the characters’ dialogues. I am mildly surprised that even without looking at the meanings of these Japanese words – a glossary was provided in the book at the back page – I can still understand them. I guess my occasional anime binge watch ...more
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C. P. Santi is a Filipina writer based in Tokyo, Japan. She is a wife to an engineer / indie songwriter and is a full-time mom to two energetic boys. She loves cooking, baking, eating chocolate, watching J-doramas, singing at karaoke, and running around the house playing tickle tag. She also loves dreaming up stories about the people she meets.

In another life, she is also an architect and academic