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!

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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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New York Times BY THE BOOK Tag

Books, Uncategorized

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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!

There seems to be no rules for this tag, so I’ll just get started!


Questions:

What book is on your nightstand right now?

Right now, (as in two weeks before this is posted) I am reading The Time Travelers Wife. I am really truly at the end of this book now, so I’m sure a different book will take it’s place sometime soon.

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What was the last truly great book you read?

Vicious by V.E Schwab (review here). I actually can’t stop talking about it. I’ve read a lot of amazing books this year actually, but this is the most recent.

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If you could meet one author (living or dead), who would it be? What would you ask?

James Patterson. He has written countless books that are intense, engaging and fun. I’d love to know where he draws his inspiration from, and what he does to plan his books. Plus his characters always so witty and fun, I’d imagine he’d have to possess some of that wit as well.

What books might we be surprised to find on your shelf?

 Freakonomics by Steven D. Levitt. I really enjoyed micro and macro economics this past year, so I bought this book in hopes to read, and learn more about economics.

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How do you organize your personal library?

First by paperbacks and hardcovers, then by size. I’ve never made it a habit of buying many books until recently. Normally I would stack all my library books on my desk. I have a few dear favorites lined up on my desk for easy access.

What book have you always meant to read but haven’t gotten to yet?

The Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. I received this book a looooong time ago, and each time I’m about to open it, another book I want to read lands on my radar. It is definitely a book I will read though!

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Disappointing, overrated, just not good: what book did you feel you are supposed to like but didn’t?

Holes by Louis Sachar just didn’t do it’s magic on me like it did for others. I found it to be overly simple with unlikable characters. It’s been so long since I read it, that I don’t recall why I must not have liked it, but for a while, I’ve had a strong aversion towards that book.

What kind of stories are you drawn to?

I believe any story is a good story. (Although I greatly dislike cliche ones unless they’re done well). But the best types of stories are the real ones, when you get to hear about someone and their lives, and what made them who they are. Also fantasy stories. Who doesn’t love exercising their imagination once in a while.

If you could require the president to read one book, what would it be?

Depends on who becomes president next… (Also don’t want to enter the realm of politics here)

What do you plan to read next?

I really want to read Cinder (book one of the Lunar Chronicles), but I’ll probably just grab a book I already have from one of my shelves to read.


I nominate:

 Reg @ She Latitude

Transhaan @ Bookidote

Lost In A Good Book

Annie @ The Misstery

and anyone else who wants to take part in this tag!


Have you ever visited New York before? Or are you an avid New York Times reader? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Thursday Quotables: 7.7.16

Books, Novel, Thursday Quotables, Uncategorized

//book: The Razor’s Edge // author: W. Somerset Maugham // genre: novel // goodreads

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!

I picked up this book as a reading assignment for one of my classes. I was able to learn an amazing amount about finding one’s identity, the gift of solitude, and the detrimental effects of monetary objects. This book also showed me the importance of surrounding oneself with wisdom rather than temporary pleasures, status and wisdom. I believe this book really dealt with topics that are pertinent even today.


Synopsis from goodreads:

Intimate acquaintances but less than friends, they meet and part in postwar London and Paris: Elliot, the arch-snob but also the kindest of men; Isabel, considered to be entertaining, gracious, and tactful; Gray, the quintessence of the Regular Guy; Suzanne, shrewd, roving, and friendly; Sophie, lost, wanton, with a vicious attractiveness about her; and finally Larry, so hard and so trustful, lost in the world’s confusion. Their story, one of Somerset Maugham’s best, encompasses the pain, passion, and poignancy of life itself.

My favorite aspect of this book was how well developed each character was. They all had features that were relateable. They will make you laugh, and cry, astonish you and disappoint you. The writing is almost lyrical, and the plot is simple, yet complex. There is nothing about this book I could complain about as I was enraptured by every page. This book is very much like The Great Gatsby in that the narrator is detached yet very involved.

I love it when I’m able to fall in love with a character and make them my role model. Although I realize the impossibility of becoming the protagonist in this book, Larry, there are so many facets of him I’d love to emulate. The peace and serenity he possess, along with his continence and wisdom. Larry truly is one to be impressed by.


 “Nothing in the world is permanent, and we’re foolish when we ask anything to last, but surely we’re still more foolish not to take delight in it while we have it. If change is of the essence of existence one would have thought it only sensible to make it the premise of our philosophy.”

See why I love Maughm’s writing? It’s so beautiful, lyrical and compact. Plus he addresses a very important topic. Lately, in my workplace, I’ve been noticing how people are adamantly against change. They believe that happiness stems from permanency and the ability to control every aspect of their lives. Larry’s former girlfriend, wishes for him to be permanent, present and normal. Isabel fails to realize the destructiveness of stability, and trusting in permanency.

“You see, money to you means freedom; to me it means bondage.”

I believe that this quote so perfectly captures one of Larry’s best qualities. Not preoccupied by status and glory like the rest of his friends, Larry grants more value to the deeper aspects of life such as knowledge and peace. His expedition to find the meaning to life, although difficult, eventually becomes the core of his identity and being.

“Unless love is passion, it’s not love, but something else; and passion thrives not on satisfaction, but on impediment.”

I love this unconventional view on love, and throughout the book, this line manifests itself over and over again. I believe this is even pertinent in today’s day and age, and is a concept often overlooked and not understood. Isabel struggles with finding love, especially as she values a comfortable life and status over passion. The way Maughm confronts this crises is unique and refreshing.

The sun shone goldly upon them. Something in Isabel’s immobility attracted my attention, and I glanced at her. She was so still that you might have thought her hypnotized. Her breath was hurried. Her eyes were fixed on the sinewy wrist with its little golden hairs and on that long, delicate, but powerful hand, and I have never seen on a human countenance such a hungry concupiscence as I saw then on hers. It was a mask of lust. I would never have believed that her beautiful features could assume an expression of such unbridled sensuality. It was animal rather than human. The beauty was stripped from her face; the look upon it made her hideous and frightening. It horribly suggested the bitch in heat and I felt rather sick.”

On the topic of love, this is an interesting in that Isabel is painted as a very beautiful, alluring person who has managed to win the hearts of many well accomplished men. This tender moment when she gazes into the man she wasn’t able to marry, would normally be seen as tender and beautiful. However, the disgust the narrator feels illustrates the concept of love and how physical and primitive it is. (Although we hate to think of such a beautiful topic in this manner)

“It’s a long, arduous road he’s starting to travel, but it may be that at the end of it he’ll find what’s he’s seeking.”

Isabel doesn’t understand why Larry could possibly want to leave the comforts of stability and life, and seek wisdom and understanding. To her, the way to live a fulfilled life is to be physically content.Larry, on the other hand, undertakes a journey that could possibly lead him nowhere, yet his aspiration to know and understand truth is beautiful.

This book triggered a lot of thinking on my part, and has helped me to evaluate my values, thoughts and beliefs on love, accomplishments and death. I believe that this book must be read by a mature reader who won’t only appreciate the book for it’s plot. Truly a magnificent book, it’s an amazing read.

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Have you read The Razor’s Edge? What character in a book have you tried to emulate in the past? and why? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Wordless Wednesday: 7.6.16 Korean Street Food

Bucket List, Food, Travel, Uncategorized, Wordless Wednesday

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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!

This week, for my Wordless Wednesday – when I post about anything unrelated to books – I’ve decided to show you the wonderful array of street food in Korea. This is part of my “Know Korea” series that I decided to start because of the time I’ll be spending there, and my insatiable need for me to share everything with you guys. Honestly, there’s nothing better than the outdoor markets, and delicious smells wafting from outdoor vendors as you walk down the streets.


떡볶이 (tteokbokki )
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This delicious spicy rice cake is perfect for any season and occasion. A quick eat, or a side dish for an elaborate meal, this dish is sure to fulfill your sweet and spicy cravings. The sauce is actually a combination of gochuchang (Korean chili paste), dried chili power and sugar. There are many variations to this dish, such as adding slices of boiled eggs or ramen. It is not uncommon to see students congregated outside a vendor giggling away.


호떡 (hoddeok)
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This savory Korean sweet pancake can is normally filled with a brown sugar syrup. However, many variations can be found including ones filled with vegetables. This warm snack is sure to keep you grinning as you sight see.


 오뎅  (odeng)
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Odeng is one of the cheapest street foods you’ll find, and are simply fish cakes drowned in a delicious broth. This is a filling snack, and is usually served as a eat first, pay later basis. For those of you who dislike spicy foods, go ahead and check out this snack as it is a variation of tteobokki.


만두 (dumplings)
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There are many variations of this delicious dish, including a deep fried version. This savory snack is classic favorite, and it is common to see many locals munching away on this soft, delicious snack.


계란빵 (gyrenppang)
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The toppings for this protein packed bread are endless! From shrimp, to octopus, ham green onion and various herbs this snack is sure to leave you satisfied, and begging for more.


붕어빵 (Boong Uh Bbang)
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This bread is stuffed with a sweet red bean paste that has recently been on the news for its adaptation into five star restaurants. Not only is the shape cute and fun, but the bread is crunchy and very savory.


I hope you enjoyed exploring various Korean street foods with me today! What are some street foods that are famous in your area? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

Burn, Rewrite, Reread

Books, Tag, Uncategorized

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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!

I was tagged by Ayunda (check out her darling blog @ Tea and Paperbacks) to do the Burn, Rewrite, Reread tag. This seems like a very interesting tag, so let’s try it out 🙂 This uses the platform goodreads to randomly choose books for you, because I’m fairly new to this site, I don’t have a hue selection of books on there, but I’m still excited to try this out!

*disclaimer* I would never, ever, EVER burn a book.

The Rules:

  • Randomly choose 3 books (pro tip: use the “Sort > Random” option on your Goodreads’ read shelf).
  • For each group, decide which book to burn, which one to rewrite, and which to reread (like Marry, Boff, Kill).
  • Repeat until you completed three rounds (or six) (or however many you want to do).

Round One

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Burn: All About Love by Bell Hooks was terrible in my opinion because of all the things I was unable to agree with in this book. It felt as if a lot of what she was saying borrowed heavily from others (as the majority of the book was quoted) and most of the book seemed to be her complaints about how hurt she had been by love. Personally, I disliked the complaints she offered, especially because she didn’t attempt to offer any solutions to the problems she had.

Rewrite: The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen. I read this one a looooong time ago, and at the time, I was in love with all of Sarah Dessen’s book. They were easy to read, and dealt with problems that are so pertinent to the lives of teens. I feel like there could be improvements however, and out of the three books, this is the one I’d rewrite.

Reread: The Hundred Secret Senses by Amy Tan. I read this one recently, and was really intrigued by the characters in the book. I’d reread sometime (maybe a couple years) just to be able to revisit the characters again.


Round Two

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Burn Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix. This round was so hard! I honestly didn’t want to burn any of these books, but I think I can live without reading this one again. Honestly, I loved Haddix, and read as many of her books as possible. This book especially was the source of many of my imaginations.

Rewrite: Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, I loved the ideas in this book, and Achebe helped me think about many different issues. If I could keep the same plot line and principles, this is one I’d rewrite.

Reread A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L’Engle. It’s been forever since I read this book! And I loved it so much. I had almost forgotten about it, until I remembered adding it to my goodreads account a while back. Truly a childhood favorite, I have to reread this one sometime soon 🙂


Round Three

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Burn: A Child Called It by Dave Pelzer. I would only burn this because of how terribly depressing and saddening it was. Being raised in a loving, caring home, it was such a shock to see how this child was treated and abused. I was truly surprised by the horrifying hardships the child had to undergo, and the realization that cruel people do exist became so real to me.

Rewrite: We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. This book was so intense. I loved the perspective on such a sensitive topic. How do you deal with a sociopathic child that is adored by his mother? Also, not one I’d want to reread, but one that I believe could be more insightful if it were told by the mother’s point of view.

Reread: Beloved by Toni Morrison. I read this for one of my classes, and was unable to really realize the depth of the story. I’d want to reread this just to explore the various topics I overlooked before.


I Nominate

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews (I’ve just recently stumbled upon her blog, and I’m truly in love! What an amazing job she’s done.)

Jonathan @ Limidir

Lauren Busser @ Comma Hangover

Melanie @ Mel To The Any

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Have you ever attempted to rewrite a book? Is there a book you’re itching to reread right this moment? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

 

Monday Update: 6.27.16

Monday Update, Uncategorized

Hello my lovely friends! First off, my apologies for not posting as regularly as I’d hope, the past week/weekend has just been a flurry of rehearsals, practice, *insert breakdown*, rehearsals and more practice.

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I wanted to share with all of you a couple of things I’ve been up to, just to provide more insight into who I am, and to maybe excuse how I’ve been slacking. Here are a couple of things that I’ve been occupied with.

My Senior Recital

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I’ve been playing piano since the age of five, and began violin at the age of ten. In lieu of having a senior party (I just graduated from high school this year), I decided to have a recital to commemorate the many hours I’ve devoted being a slave to my violin. My twin, will be performing the piano, while I focus on playing the violin. Here is the list of pieces I will be performing-I’ve linked a youtube video for each:

Beethoven’s Romanze in F

Handel-Halvorsen’s Passacaglia

B Rossette (this is an OST for an amazing Korean drama)

Elgar’s Salut d’ Amour

My brother will be accompanying me in the Salut d’Amour, and will be performing two pieces himself. Luckily, this recital is tomorrow, so I will soon be finished with the busy flurry of planning rehearsals, practicing and convincing people to come!

My Brother

Yes, the same brother who is playing at my senior recital, is also leaving the next day to begin his summer training at the Naval Academy. He will be heading out to Maryland and will begin attending a the very prestigious and renowned institution in Annapolis. No, this is not just a military base, but an academy on the same boat (haha get it?) as Westpoint.

My Trip to Korea

As I talked about in my Wordless Wednesday post, I will be flying out to Korea next week for about a month. During this time, I have scheduled a couple of posts (including tags that I have been nominated for… Yes, I do promise to post those soon!). Preparations have been frantic, as I’ve been balancing scheduling this recital and making sure everything is ready for this trip! I’ve also been trying to brush up on the Korean language lately. I am able to speak fluently, but writing and reading are still a bit shaky.

Fortunately, I’ll be able to catch up on a lot of reading during my plane ride, and I’m hoping to find some time and a computer to continue blogging, but please forgive me if I’m not as regular as before!

Work life

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Normally summer means a time to read loads of books, and relax, but this year I have begun working XXXX. Because of my eight hour work days, it’s been quite the transition to balance work and play this summer. My coworkers are amazing, and I surprisingly enjoy working in a very spacious cubicle with a nice chair, heater, and green tea. Lately, things have been hectic here at work as well, and I’ve barely had time to sit down and take a short break with a book!

YOU!

I truly enjoy reading your posts, commenting and discovering what books to read next! Sometimes, I get too carried away by all the amazing things everyone rights to actually post anything of my own. Fear not! I promise that as soon as everything settles down, I will be devoting as much time as possible to making sure this blog is continues to pique your interest.

In terms of books…

I am currently still reading The Time Traveler’s Wife whenever I have any down time. Even though I love to read before falling asleep, I’ve been finding myself jumping in bed, and immediately hitting the hay without the leisure of finishing a book. I cannot wait until this season of stress is over! Thank you for your patience.

Happy Readings!