korea 2016

Know Korea

Hello my lovely friends!

So as you know, I spent the month of July in Korea, visiting family and friends, and taking a well needed vacation. I had an incredible time eating amazing Korean food, catching up with my extended family, and sightseeing. Although I tried to include every place I went to, and all the things I did, this post was wayyyyy to long, so enjoy this very shortened version of my trip 🙂


We arrived at the Incheon Airport, late at night and stumbled our way to my grandma’s building in Seoul. *Pro Tip* If you ever decide to head over to Korea, make sure to take Korean Airlines, as their service is phenomenal, and if you take the day trip, they’ll make sure to give you great selections on food every hour.

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This is the view from my grandma’s rooftop. This was taken early in the morning, when the air was still cool, and the city was already awake.


After getting caught up with my grandparents, and some sleep, our family drove about two hours to Gangnam to visit my Dad’s parents. Gangnam is quite rural, and there are actual houses and these houses have backyards. (I only found this exciting because Korea is tiny and living space limited.)

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Here is the front of my grandparents house, although it’s cut off, to the left, there’s a second story and the inside is decorated in a very quaint and lovely manner.

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This is a tiny pond my grandparents had in their backyard filled with fish and frogs!

Mini history lesson: Koreans use to store their Kimchi and other goods in these clay barrels called 장독대. Everywhere I went, there were some of these huge pots that people still use!

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I love how green, lush and fresh every morning here was.

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Also in my grandparent’s back yard, a lovely stream in which we lost a towel in.


After about a week, we headed to Daejon where the Kaist University is located. That is where my dad attended, and we met his friend to have dinner in a very fancy restaurant.

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This was the view when we first arrived. There was a lovely stream running just below, and the decor of the room was very elegant.

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This was one course of the seven course meal we had. Each dish was presented beautifully/ (Although this is half eaten, you sorta get the idea, right?)

And while we’re on the topic of food, it’s important to realize that in Korea, there are numerous side dishes that come free of charge with your meal. And that normally, there are several courses that you will be presented with.

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This is about 1/3 of the actual table…


Next, we headed to Geongbokgyung to explore the historical sights of Korea. There were many burial sites, Buddhist temples and museums we visited. One of the phenomenal sights were each grave, as they were all well sized hills. After a person was buried, rocks would then be stacked, then dirt, then grass would be planted.

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Here is a wooden statue of one of the God’s protecting the Buddhist temple.

 

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Prayer lanterns on one of the yards. There were thousands of these in every space possible.

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This intricate detailing was done by hand, and found on every rooftop on the temples. And I can’t even color in the lines.


Next, we headed to Sol Beach to relax and spend time together exploring the beach and playing at various water parks. I had the privilege of staying at two different resorts. Both were very spacious, and comfortable (each coming with three rooms, a kitchen, dinig area and living room) while enjoying arcade rooms and karaoke rooms each night. Oh, and did I mention that the view was incredible?

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A picture I took standing just outside our room.

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We had amazing, fresh seafood for about every meal. My grandma also would head to the beach and pick up various shellfish to put in our breakfast.

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Here are a lineup of boats at the dock. We saw a man almost fall off a boat, and two men fighting over some goods. It was quite an eventful day.

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My family then stayed at a pension with a couple of my dad’s friends and their families. This was one of the best times I had because all of my cousins are significantly younger than me. I was able to learn and understand the Korean culture better through girls that were the same age as me.

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A Japanese style pension.


The last week was spent in Seoul, where my family visited with other relatives, and I was able to sightsee. We also visited Insadong, which is a tourist heavy site. There you can rent hanboks and walk around with your friends.

We also visited my mom’s college Ehwa’s Womens University, and I got to experience the amazing architecture and atmosphere that college offered.

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Some bubble tea we snagged at a cute cafe.

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I really got a great tan going to multiple water parks, including Carribean Bay! Shopping was so enjoyable, and I spent considerable time in stationary shops, subway stores, and the mall (which is very overpriced). Remember, that what you see above ground is not all, there is a whole new world underground as well.


So there’s my 2016 summer adventure in which I visited seven places, ate incredible five course meals everyday, saw the most breathtaking views, and spent time with people I hadn’t seen in seven years. All in three weeks time. And I couldn’t even include all I did in one post! What are your travel plans this summer? Where have you gone, and what did you learn? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Review: The Time Traveler’s Wife

Books, Novel, Review, Romance

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:: author:Audrey Niffenegger:: published: 2013 :: my rating: 2/5 :: genre: novel :: romance novel :: speculative fiction :: goodreads

Hello my lovely friends,

It’s been a while since I’ve done my last book review, but then again, I’ve been caught up in a whirlwind called life. As you all know, the last book I was currently reading was The Time Traveler’s Wife. Though I finished it a month ago, I’m shamefully uploading the review now. I have to say, I needed time to mull over the book, and was hoping to actually watch the movie, to maybe see what the craze was about. Well here goes!


Synopsis from goodreads:

Audrey Niffenegger’s dazzling debut is the story of Clare, a beautiful, strong-minded art student, and Henry, an adventuresome librarian, who have known each other since Clare was six and Henry was thirty-six, and were married when Clare was twenty-three and Henry thirty-one. Impossible but true, because Henry is one of the first people diagnosed with Chrono-Displacement Disorder: his genetic clock randomly resets and he finds himself misplaced in time, pulled to moments of emotional gravity from his life, past and future. His disappearances are spontaneous and unpredictable, and lend a spectacular urgency to Clare and Henry’s unconventional love story. That their attempt to live normal lives together is threatened by something they can neither prevent nor control makes their story intensely moving and entirely unforgettable.


My Review (no spoilers):

Honestly, I was expecting a lot more from this book, especially because it is a well known title, and has brought raving reviews from some. The premise of the book is interesting, and I must say that the idea behind the plot is great. A love that surpasses all time? Great, but I felt this book didn’t really develop that idea. I found that this book was hard to get through, not emotionally engaging, and doomed from the start.

Characters

Although this book jumps back and forth in time, the characters voices are the same throughout their entire lives. It seems as if Clare is always scared, always waiting for a man who is never there during her critical moments. Henry is constantly complaining about his predicament, and the author never fails to remind the audience of the hardship this couple endures due to his tendency to appear in a different time period, naked. Although Niffenegger attempts to paint a passionate love story between the two, it was overshadowed by Clare’s constant need for Henry, and their constant attempts to keep his time traveling a secret. Niffenegger’s mode of illustrating the passion between Henry and Clare is through sex, and it is difficult to grasp their intimacy when every tender moment must be through this act.

Furthermore, both the characters have lives that are extremely difficult to relate to, as both are brought up in familial situations that are far from ordinary. The characters were also obsessed with bands and artists, which is fine, but the constant mention of band names and artists was distracting, and seemed like a pathetic attempt for the author to try and show her hipster side.

“I won’t ever leave you, even though you’re always leaving me.”

What angered me the most was Clare, and her willingness to wait, and save herself for a man that is a womanizer and drug addict. I believe that quote in and of itself shows how willing Clare was to throw away her life and wait for the only man she ever had in her life. Because Henry tells her that they will be married some day, she finds herself waiting, and waiting and waiting for a man that ultimately can’t be there for her in the end. I found this draining, and the unrealistic expectation  on her hand was disappointing.

Plot

The characters in this book made it difficult for me to engage in the plot and enjoy the book. Because I was unable to relate, or understand both characters, their actions that made up the plot, often seemed silly and boring. I felt as if lots of needless sub plots were added throughout this book that did not particularly add to the book, but made it treacherously long. Often, the subplots seemed unresolved.

This book had potential, and I believe would have been greatly improved if all the characters were given more chances to develop and grow. The premise of the book was exciting, and I was definitely intrigued, only to find myself repulsed by their love story, and the lack of closure and conflict. The end did semi redeem itself, though I do believe even that could have been executed in a better manner.


 Quotes

Although the book overall, was not to my taste at all, there are some quotes that I did love.

“Don’t you think it’s better to be extremely happy for a short while, even if you lose it, than to be just okay for your whole life?”

I feel as if every moment in your life should be filled with intense happiness, and that mediocrity is silly. However, to be extremely happy for a short while, and live in fear and sadness for the rest, also does not seem like a healthy alternative.

“Everything seems simple until you think about it.”

Now isn’t that the truth. This quote is short, and a tad humorous, as we tend to overthink and thoughts become convoluted in our brains.


Not a favorite, and will not be reading again soon. This book was incredibly difficult to get through, and I hope to watch the movie just to see what the craze is about. I’d only recommend for those that enjoy slow reads, and reading about borderline abusive relationships.

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What types of romances do you enjoy reading? Is there one you would recommend me? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes. Day 3

Books, Novel, Tag

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Hello my lovely friends!

This is it! This is the end of this 3 day tag. I hope you all have enjoyed these short posts that showcase a quote from a book I’ve been enjoying. I’d like to once again, thank Monique @ That Wild Soul for tagging me  and if you still haven’t checked her blog out, you’re really missing out.


THE RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day


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I just loooove the adjectives, and the way this line rolls off my tongue. Pride and Prejudice became a classic favorite of mine, and I feel as if this is representative of the eloquent language Jane Austen uses throughout the book. Plus, lately, I’ve been on cloud nine, so this describes me perfectly.


I NOMINATE:

Donna @ ChocolatenWaffles

Ola @ Ola Reads Books

The Orangutan Librarian @ The Orangutan Librarian


What did you think of this tag? Are there any pressing quotes you feel you need to share? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

August To Be Read

Books, Novel, To Be Read

august tbrHello my lovely friends 🙂

It’s time for my August TBR! Although this month will be filled with moving into college, frantically buying dorm essentials (what’s the difference between comforters and duvets anyways?), and trying to get my life together as always. Thus, I will only be putting four books on this list, although my goal for this month is seven.


:: book: Half of A Yellow Sun :: author: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie :: published: 2015 :: genre: historical fiction:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra’s impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.

This book was featured on Naz @ Read Diverse Books in her “Black Women As Heroes And Role Models – A Reading List” post. I loved this post because it brings awareness to the wide array of books we must read in order to open our minds and expand our wisdom. The synopsis definitely sucked me in, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! Thanks Naz 🙂


:: book: Written in the Stars :: author: Aisha Saeed:: published: 2015 :: genre: novel:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny?

Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study, how to wear her hair, and what to be when she grows up—but they will choose her husband. Following their cultural tradition, they will plan an arranged marriage for her. And until then, dating—even friendship with a boy—is forbidden. When Naila breaks their rule by falling in love with Saif, her parents are livid. Convinced she has forgotten who she truly is, they travel to Pakistan to visit relatives and explore their roots. But Naila’s vacation turns into a nightmare when she learns that plans have changed—her parents have found her a husband and they want her to marry him, now! Despite her greatest efforts, Naila is aghast to find herself cut off from everything and everyone she once knew. Her only hope of escape is Saif . . . if he can find her before it’s too late.

First off, the cover of this book is beautiful. Second off, this book explores the Pakistanian culture and the lives of first generation citizens. The clashing cultures make for an interesting read as one girl battles to find her identity. Plus who doesn’t love a love story that surpasses all constructs of love?


:: book: A Passionate Man :: author: Joanna Trollope :: published: 2000 :: genre: novel:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

The Logans were an enchanting and admirable couple. Archie had snatched Liza from her own engagement party to someone else, wooed her, swept her off to his father in Scotland, and finally married her. Now bedded firmly into country life-three children, Archie the village doctor, Liza a teacher, everything comfortable, funny, affectionate,—they awaited the arrival of Archie’s father, the brilliant Sir Andrew Logan, a widower for over thirty years.

When his city-clean Rover stopped in the drive, Sir Andrew was not alone. Beside him was a golden lady in caramel suede, a warm, witty, desirable widow whom everyone—except Archie—adored at once. Archie saw his father’s mistress as the worm in the bud of his perfect life—a life that was to be wrenched apart before he and Liza could re-create their world.

This is a book I grabbed during my Free Book Haul, and have been itching to read. I really love novels that revolve around character development, and show the interactions and relationships between characters. Although maybe not as fast paced as other books, I think this will be a fun read before bed.


:: book: A Thousand Pieces of You :: author: Claudia Grey :: published: 2014 :: genre: novel:: goodreads

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Synopsis from goodreads:

Cloud Atlas meets Orphan Black in this epic dimension-bending trilogy by New York Times bestselling author Claudia Gray about a girl who must chase her father’s killer through multiple dimensions.

Marguerite Caine’s physicist parents are known for their groundbreaking achievements. Their most astonishing invention, called the Firebird, allows users to jump into multiple universes—and promises to revolutionize science forever. But then Marguerite’s father is murdered, and the killer—her parent’s handsome, enigmatic assistant Paul— escapes into another dimension before the law can touch him.

Marguerite refuses to let the man who destroyed her family go free. So she races after Paul through different universes, always leaping into another version of herself. But she also meets alternate versions of the people she knows—including Paul, whose life entangles with hers in increasingly familiar ways. Before long she begins to question Paul’s guilt—as well as her own heart. And soon she discovers the truth behind her father’s death is far more sinister than she expected.

A Thousand Pieces of You explores an amazingly intricate multi-universe where fate is unavoidable, the truth elusive, and love the greatest mystery of all.

This cover though! I know you’re not supposed to judge a book by it’s cover, but honestly, I can’t stop staring. I’ve really been craving for a good revenge story, so naturally A Thousand Pieces of You seemed like a good pick. Also, multiple dimensions? New versions of oneself? More secrets? Yes please!


So, here is my short TBR for this month! What are some books you can’t wait to read? What’s your goal number of books for this month? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Book Tag: 3 Days, 3 Quotes. Day 2

Books, Novel, Tag

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Hello my lovely friends!

I’m back with Day 2 of the 3 Days, 3 Quotes tag! I’d like to thank Monique @ That Wild Soul for tagging me and I encourage all of you to pay her blog a visit.

*Shameless plug* as you all know, I’ve recently launched a new meme Wordless Wednesday on my blog! Check out the page, and do try to participate 🙂 I greatly appreciate all your support and encouragement.


THE RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day


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Who doesn’t love The Book Thief? I just absolutely adore this quote because of the emphasis it places on the importance of the memories they made that day, rather than the lack of materialistic things they had. Even in times of dire straights, this family learned to love, and feel joy within each other.


I NOMINATE:

Sammie @ Bookshelves and Biros

Jouska @ The Jouska Blog

Erin @ Quillable


If there was one quote you could show your countries leader, what would it be? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Book Tag: 3 days, 3 quotes. Day 1

Books, Novel, Tag

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Hello my lovely friends!

First of all, thank you Monique @ That Wild Soul for tagging me, she has an amazing blog so everyone go check it out! I’d also like to thank Blanca @ A Girls Voyage for commenting and notifying that I was tagged.

Lately, I haven’t been receiving notifications or pingbacks for when you all tag me in your posts. Because of this, and because I was in Korea and unable to read all your posts, I have been unable to see if I was tagged in anything. For the time being, please comment, or link back to an old post in order to notify me that I’ve been tagged. Sorry for the inconvenience.


THE RULES:

1. Thank the person who nominated you
2. Post a quote for 3 consecutive days (1 quote for each day)
3. Nominate three new bloggers each day


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My first quote is from To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This quote just hits home with me, and reminds me to always keep multiple perspectives in mind. Plus, we must always keep in mind that how others act, or treat us is not always our own fault.


MY NOMINEES

Eleanor @ Real Tasty Pages

Martin @ A Pretty Wonderful Book

Kristen @ A Bookish Introvert


Why do you enjoy quotes? Do you hang them around your room? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Meme Launch!

Know Korea, Meme, Tag, Wordless Wednesday

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Hello my lovely friends!

I’m super excited to share this post with you, mainly because I have decided to take this weekly series a step further in hopes to encourage you all to take part! As you know, Wordless Wednesday is a series in which I post anything unrelated to books that could provide you with insight about who I am, what I enjoy and other miscellaneous ideas I have.

I would like to present to you, the new meme: Wordless Wednesday

Because of how much I have enjoyed these posts, I have decided to begin a weekly meme (as of August 2016), to share aspects of our lives that may not be completely related to books! Each week, I will post a topic for a Wordless Wednesday that you may answer in whatever fashion you may like. All you need to do is link back to kimmiegg in your post so that I can also read your content! (Feel free to use the banner as well.)

Thank you to all who will support me in this endeavor, and I can’t wait to see everything you come up with! If you have any questions, let me know in the comments so I can clarify and improve 🙂

Oh, and please enjoy, I believe this is a great way to get to know fellow bloggers, and to interact more.

Here is a link to a the official page: Wordless Wednesday


Here are the topics for the following month (feel free to choose your own topic as well! These are just ideas you can use):

August 10: Songs of Your Life – What are a couple of songs that relate to turning points in your life, and why?

August 17: Wanderlust – Whats on your travel bucket lists? Or tell of your last travel adventure.

August 24:  Art – What are some of your favorite pieces and genres? Which artist do you adore?

August 31: Best Friends for Life – Do you own pets? If you could, which animal would you adopt?

September 7: Poetry and Pose – Who are some of your favorite artists? Which poems are your favorite?

September 14: Home Sweet Home – What are some of the attractions where you live?

September 21: Hobbies – Share some of the things you do in your free time, how do you spend your days when you’re not reading?

September 28: Pet Peeves – What are some things you absolutely cannot stand? Loud chewing? Dog ears on books?

October 5: Survivor – If you were stranded on an island, what are 9 things you’d take, and why?


This meme is not binding, so feel free to participate whenever you’d like! I can’t wait to read all your posts! 🙂

And thank you Beth @ Reading Every Night for encouraging this, as it really prompted me to begin. Please be supportive as I take new steps with my blog!

Liebster Award

Blog Award, Books, Tag, Uncategorized

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Hello my lovely friends!

I was nominated by the wonderful Lauren Busser at Comma Hangover  quite a while back, but am finally posting the required post about it now. Thank you Lauren, for nominating me 🙂 Everyone, go check out her amazing blog!

Here are the rules:

1) You must acknowledge the person who nominated you and display the award
2) Answer 11 questions that the blogger gives you
3) Give eleven facts about yourself
4) Nominate 11 blogs that you think are deserving of the award.


My Questions

1. Is there a book that has inspired you to travel to a certain place (or put it on your bucket list)?

Back in time? I loooove historical fiction.

2. What is one quote that has always stuck in your mind from the moment you read it?
“And In That Moment I Swear We Were Infinite”. -The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky.

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3. Is there any character that you love to hate?

I used to HATE Augustus Goop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory…

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4. What are you thoughts on poetry? Love it? Hate it? Lets discuss!
LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE! But I always need to discuss the poem with someone. I feel like you get a deeper understanding of the poem, when you hear the interpretations of various people.

5. Are you a writer? What is the first thing you remember writing?
Not by profession, but I did attempt writing a story once. I have trouble with commitment…

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6. Do you have a particular soundtrack you like to read by or do you read in total silence? Can you give us a short list of songs you find perfect for reading?
I prefer reading in total silence, but if I do listen to music, I listen to quite instrumental music that doesn’t distract me from the book. Such as Yiruma, or the Piano Guys.

7. What are your hobbies outside of reading? Do you do anything fun on weekends?
Baking, violin, running, eating, making music… Weekends are usually reserved for volunteer work and church. I know, I’m a bore.

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8. Does you community have a local independent bookseller? What is unique about them that you love and why do you keep going back?
NO!! We live in a small community that doesn’t have much of anything. Our library does have a great free book section though!

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9. Do you belong to any book clubs? Have any feelings about book clubs in general?
I’m a part of the Our Shared Self, Goodreads online club.

10. Is there an upcoming release that hasn’t been buzzed about enough that you would like to give a shout out to?
I tend to not keep up with new releases, mainly because I’m so busy keeping up with already released books!

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11. Open your current book to Page 128 and post the first full sentence here.

I am currently reading Oliver Twist online, so I’ll just post the first full sentence from Chapter 4. :It was late next morning when Oliver awoke, from a sound, long sleep.” That sounds amazing, coming from a jet lagged, not adjusted to the time change girl like me.

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11 Facts About Me

1. My birthday is on September 9th, and I share it with my twin :p

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2. I have an unhealthy addiction to green tea, and caffeine in general.

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3. Working out is one of my go to stress relievers… And so is eating so it all balances out.

4. Our family owns one lab retriever, one leopard gecko, and a million fishes.

5. I love scented lotions, and candles.

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6. If I love a book, I’ll finish it in two days max. (Who needs sleep anyways?)

7. I’m 5’8″, but have a shoe size of 6.5

8. I play violin, and sometimes mess around with the piano and guitar. I also try to sing sometimes.

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9. I hate sitting for long periods of times, so I always read laying down.

10. I love noodles. Of any kind.

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11. I hate washing the dishes.


Questions for My Nominees

1. Why did you begin blogging?

2. What’s you favorite movie and why?

3. Where is your next travel destination?

4. What is an item on you bucket list?

5. Where do you buy most of you books from?

6. If you could give advice to your 10 year old self, what would it be?

7. Who is your role model? (Can include fictional characters as well)

8. What career path is your ideal choice?

9. If life handed you lemons, what would you do with them?

10. What is your earliest memory?

11. If you had a superpower, what would it be and why?


I Nominate You!

My apologies if you’ve already done this post, but I strongly believe that you nevertheless deserve this award!

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Ola @ Ola Reads Books

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Reg @ She Latitude

Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote

Holly @ Nut Free Nerd

Melaine @ Meltotheany

Donna @ ChocolatenWaffles

Jill @ Rant and Rave About Books

Ugnė @ My Passion is Happiness

Lost in A Good Book @ Lostn A Good Book

Wanderlust77 @ A Girl’s Voyage


What’s something that others don’t know about you? If you were invisible for a day, what would you do? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

I’m Backkkkkkk!

Uncategorized

Hello my lovely friends!

I’m pleased to announce that I am indeed back in the states and will be posting regularly, replying to comments and visiting your blogs once more. I’d like to thank all my faithful followers who have stuck with this blog during this awkward phase, and will make sure to provide content that is engaging to you.

Welcome! To all my new followers, and I can’t wait to know you better. My apologies if I’m unable to follow up on posts I may have been tagged in. I haven’t been receiving notifications on those

I had a splendid time in Korea visiting friends, family, and eating amazing food. (New post coming soon) Please bear with me as I accustom to the time change, and catch up on some good books 🙂

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Mid Year Book Freak Out Tag

Books, Tag

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Hello my lovely friends! First off I’d like to mention that I am in Korea right now (this is a scheduled post) and I will not be able to reply to your comments as frequently as I’d like. I’ll still be checking up on my blog often, so don’t forget to say hello!

CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY THE MIDDLE OF THE YEAR?

Time flies by so fast, and each time I realize this, I *FREAK OUT* just a tiny bit. Thanks to the Orangutan Librarian for tagging me, as it is totally appropriate to how I am feeling right now! Also, totally check out her amazing blog! I didn’t see any rules for this tag, so lets go head and get started!


Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

CONFESSION! I haven’t read as many books as I would have liked in 2016, but that is soon to change as I’ve been reading away this past month. The best book I’ve read in 2016 would have to be

Vicious
by V.E Schwab

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Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

A Well-Tempered Heart
by Jan Phillip Sendker

Honestly, I haven’t read many books with sequels during this half of the year, so this will definitely have to be the best one I’ve read so far. The best part about this book was the closure the main character was able to find, along with how the author dealt with mental illness throughout cultures.

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Way I used To Be
by Amber Smith

This was on my June TBR, and unfortunately, I still have not had the chance to read it!! It’s definitely one I will be reading however, and I can’t wait to get my hands on this book.

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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

You Will Know Me
by Meg Abbott

One of my anticipated releases, I tend not to really keep track of these, so this is the first book that came to mind.

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Biggest Disappointment

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Dai Sijie.

This wasn’t a bad book, the ending was just so disappointing and predictable. After falling full-heatedly into the plot and characters of the book, it was difficult to come to terms with such a abrupt and unfulfilling ending.

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Biggest Surprise

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

This is a book I read as a young’un because it was part of a “100 books your child must read before college list.” Doubtless to say, I did not enjoy this book as much as I should have, so rereading it really opened my eyes to many issues at hand today. I also realized that there were many undertones in this book I didn’t know about…

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Favourite New Author

V.E Schwab. Hands down, no question about it.

Newest Fictional Crush

Mr. Darcy from Pride and Prejudice. How could he not be everyone’s crush.

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HOW?!

 Newest Favourite Character

Not only is he kind, and gentle, but wise, thoughtful and sweet. To find a man who is patient like him would be amazing! Although, he seems very socially awkward and too preoccupied with finding the meaning of life to pay me any attention.

Book That Made You Cry

Tuesday’s With Morrie
by Mitch Albom

I did my very first review of a book here, and honestly, I felt so close and connected with the professor Morrie. A must read for anyone!

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Book That Made You Happy

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

 I love classics, I love the language, and I love the romance.

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Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

The Jungle Book!!

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

Although I’ve loved posting reviews and taking a part in tags, my favorite series of posts have been my Thursday Quotables. Through these, I’ve learned to really focus on specific lines in books, and it has really opened my eyes to the great care each author goes through in formulating each sentence and phrase for their books.

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

I haven’t bought many books this year, and I can’t say that I thouroly enjoyed this book, but the most beautiful book I’ve bought this year would probably be

All About Love
by Bell Hooks

lame… I know…

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What Books Do You Need to Read by the End of the Year

ALL BOOKS!

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I nominate:

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Lauren @ Comma Hangover

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

And anyone else who wants to do this tag as well! Enjoy 🙂


What are some things you’ve accomplished this last six months? Did you even notice the time fly by? Let me know in the comments below 🙂