reader confession tag

Books, Tag

hello my lovely friends,

I know it’s been much too long since I’ve last posted. Ever since my transition into college, I found it difficult to allocate time solely for updating my blog and reading. As a month has passed by, I believe I am in a better place to begin regular postings, though I cannot promise to be as active as I was before. Nevertheless, I cannot wait to begin one of my favorite hobbies once more!

I am so excited to be returning today with a tag that has been on my mind for sometime. I was tagged by the sweet Jessica @The Awkward Book Blogger and The Bookish Underdog some time back, and will be completing this tag today!

There didn’t seem to be a particular set of rules, so lets go ahead and get started!


1. Have you ever damaged a book?

Shamefully, yes…

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I love reading in bed, and I love reading before I fall asleep which calls for disasters to naturally happen in the course of my night. Though I’ve never intentionally caused harm to a book, I must admit that it wouldn’t be honest of me to say that I never have damaged a book.

2. Have you ever damaged a borrowed book?

Nope!

whenever someone ever so graciously allows me to borrow a book, I make it my utmost duty to return it in a better condition than I was handed it.

3. How long does it take you to read a book?

Depends on how deeply I fall in love with the book. Books that are impossible to put down can be finished in an hour, while others that are more difficult to read, and find interest can take up to a month to finish. Whats going on in my life at that particular time is also important as it usually dictates how much time I’m able to spend dedicated to falling in love with a book.

4. Books that you haven’t finished?

If I begin a book, I never want to leave in unfinished, which calls for a very short DNF list, but also very long reading spans. Oftentimes I will skimming through the middle, just to reach the end and call it quits on the book, but I will never give it up in case the book redeems itself.

5. Hyped/Popular books you didn’t like?

Like I’ve mentioned before, I didn’t find Holes by Louis Sachar all that amazing. Similarly, Matilda by Roald Dahl proved to be a bust for me.

6. Is there a book you wouldn’t tell anyone you were reading?

One of the best parts about reading is being able to share the thoughts and feelings you had about the book. I’m not ashamed of what I read, and thus have no books I wouldn’t tell anyone about.

7. How many books do you own?

Though I would attempt counting, I am currently 1,668.9 miles away from my bookshelf and would not be able to give an accurate answer…

8. Are you a fast reader or a slow reader?

Very fast. Lately I’ve even been forcing myself to read out loud so that I am able to enjoy each page more, and save myself from book withdrawals later.

9. Do you like to buddy read?

I love the idea of buddy reading, but it causes me anxiety as to if I’d ever be able to keep up, especially when I’m busy. Especially as it is life to have our schedule interfere with our reading plans, and it would be another stressor to try and coordinate what a read with someone else.

10. Do you read better in your head or out loud?

Definitely out loud. I find that if I read in my head, I tend to read to quickly and therefore lose lots of details about the book.

11. If you were only allowed to own one book, what would it be and why?

Am I allowed to say my kindle? Because then I could download all books I wanted…


Because I’ve been outside of the book blogging world for too long, I’m not sure of all who have done this tag. Therefore, I tag anyone, and everyone who wants to participate!


Has there been much going on your lives lately? If there is one confession you’d have to make about your dirty reading habits, what would it be? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

review: The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

Books, Contemporary, Movies, Novel, Review, Young Adult

 

:: author:: Stephen Chbosky :: published: 2010 :: my rating: 4/5 :: genre: novel :: young adult :: contemporary :: goodreads

Hello my lovely friends!

I’m trying something new today and posting a movie and book review all rolled in one post! I recently watched The Perks of Being a Wallflower, something I had been meaning to do for some time, and because I had finished the book fairly recently as well, I decided to kill two birds with one stone. Lets go ahead and get started 🙂


Synopsis from goodreads:

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Charlie is a freshman.

And while he’s not the biggest geek in the school, he is by no means popular. Shy, introspective, intelligent beyond his years yet socially awkward, he is a wallflower, caught between trying to live his life and trying to run from it.

Charlie is attempting to navigate his way through uncharted territory: the world of first dates and mix tapes, family dramas and new friends; the world of sex, drugs, and The Rocky Horror Picture Show, when all one requires is that perfect song on that perfect drive to feel infinite. But he can’t stay on the sideline forever. Standing on the fringes of life offers a unique perspective. But there comes a time to see what it looks like from the dance floor.


My Review: (No Spoilers)

The first time I read this book, was during my pre-teen years when I can’t say I was emotionally or mentally prepared to broach the topics presented. However, after revisiting the book, I was better able to grasp and appreciate the topics and issues that were being addressed. If there was were issues with the book, it would be the following.

  1. There was too much going on in the book. I felt like Chobsky tried too hard to include too many topics, and often times it felt overwhelming. Although this could have been done on purpose, I still felt myself having to stop periodically and just think. 
  2. I had to remind myself that Charlie was only a freshman and that this book took place in high school. 
  3. I had trouble understanding why Charlie was unable to identify any emotion other than sadness and regret. Although this is how depression works, I felt that this cycle of whining and inability to understand his situation to be monotonous.

However, I loved how real the book was. How it illustrated mental issues, and the realistic perspective into the struggles adolescents have.

First lines in the book:

“August 25, 1991
Dear Friend,

I am writing to you because she said you listen and understand and didn’t try to sleep with that person at that party even though you could have. Please don’t try to figure out who she is because then you might figure out who I am, and I really don’t want you to do that. I will call people by different names or generic names because I don’t want you to find me. I didn’t enclose a return address for the same reason. I mean nothing bad by this. Honest.

I just need to know that someone out there listens and understands and doesn’t try to sleep with people even if they could have. I need to know that these people exist.

The movie, was equally as good, and I found myself falling in love with Emma Watson and surprisingly, I felt like Charlie became so much more real to me. The movie, however, expounded upon the drug culture, and I found myself thinking that this seemed to be more of a college setting than that of high school. This could be in part because my high school experience was so much different, but it was difficult to grasp that these kids were merely high schoolers, as they had so much terrible history behind them.

Characters:

I believe that Chobsky’s characterization and descriptions of the characters were the highlights of the book, and what made the book so lovable. By the end of both the book and the movie, I felt as if I knew each character at a personal and deep level. Each were multifaceted and brought so much dimension to the book.

Charlie is the embodiment of all that adolescents are afraid to admit and be. Innocent and honest, he works as the perfect narrator, providing insight into all the ugly and terrible things that accompany growing up, while also showing the beauty of friendship and love. Suffering from childhood trauma, and depression, Charlie is simply trying to make his way through high school as a normal student. Not only does Charlie have an ugly past that always threatens to ruin his social life, Charlie finds himself to be smarter, and more insightful than the rest of his class. Although his complaints and inability to function correctly in society grew to be annoying, I could understand and empathize with his plight.

In the movie: Charlie is everything I imagined him to be in the book. I had trouble grasping what sort of exterior Charlie exuded at school, and the movie helped me to realize that even with his conflicting interior, he was just that kid in school that we never talked to. This prompted me to realize that these people suffering from problems are all around us.

Contrasting sharply to Charlie’s naivety is Sam. Patrick and Sam take Charlie under their wings, and teach him about life. I believe that it is Charlie’s interactions with these characters that develop him, and expose him to the reader. I won’t say much about the supporting characters, as I found myself enjoying reading and learning about them the most.

The Plot:

There are a series of love stories in this book, all very different from each other. I loved this aspect of this book, as the reader is shown the pain and hardship that accompany any sort of relationship. There were relationships that didn’t work out, a LGBT relationship, one without love, and an abusive one as well. This helped me realize that it’s not always happily ever, and that in the world, there is always a lot more under the surface.

Though I won’t say much about the plot, as I found the characters to be what made the book amazing, I never was bored, and found myself devouring each page to discover more about each character.

Final Thoughts:

This story provided moments to cry, learn and empathize. This coming to age novel taught me a lot about mental health, as well as allowed me to realize that some of the thoughts and issues I was having was not exclusive to me. I was able to better grasp the value of friendship, and what love is. I recommend this to everyone and anyone!

Both the book and movie were wonderful, and I was grateful to have the opportunity to reread and watch.


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Have you watched or read either The Perks of Being a Wallflower? What did you think? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

pokemon go tag

Book, Tag

Hello my lovely friends!

Whew, it’s been forever since I last did a tag! I have to thank Lashaan and Trang @ Bookidote for tagging me, and giving me the opportunity to take part in the newest, trending tag: Pokemon GO. Everyone, and I mean EVERYONE needs to go check out their blog right now! They post amazing content, and I’m always inspired by their design and love for books. Go go go check them out!


Rules

There are no specific rules for this tag, but I am linking back to Aentee @ Read at Midnight, the creator of this fun tag because I didn’t answer ALL the prompts. For a full list, make sure to go visit 🙂

Alrighty then, with all the logistics out of the way, lets go ahead and get started!


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Hmmm, I’ve always loved reading, and ever since I was able to read, you could find me about anywhere with a book in my hands. I guess the one book that reminded me of my love for reading this past year was when I reread Pride and Prejudice. I was reminded of how timeless books are and the beauty of literature.

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I remember reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer back in the good old elementary school days and falling head over heels for Tom and Huckleberry Finn. I still miss their daily adventures, and wish I could have been a part of their friendship.

 

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Sorry John Greene, I love your crash course videos, and you seem like a great person. I just don’t like overly hyped books! The Fault in Our Stars could possibly be the best book ever, I’ll just never read it..

 

 

 

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Harry Potter… Since I hate reading books when they’re popular, I just put off the series, and now I’m just not sure if I’m ready for that type of commitment. (My apologies to avid fans…)

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Since I’m constantly sleep deprived, I tend to nod off sooner than I want, but a book that I could not put down and therefore was forced to lay on my floor and read nonstop is Vicious by V.E Scwabb.

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I can’t say with 100% certainty that this is still my OTP, but as a young child I was obsessed with the idea of a Prince falling in love with a girl who was not the prettiest in the kingdom. All fairytales seemed to revolve around a beauty that captivated the prince. In Fairest, Aza is considered one of the uglier citizens. After reading several reviews, I”m sure if I were to reread the book, I may have different opinions.

 

 

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I loooooved the Maximum Ride series! My brother introduced me to this series, and I was hooked, finishing book after book. I think this is the series I went through the most quickly, reading one book a day.

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I don’t particularly like it when a series or book is over hyped, but a series I’ve been dying to read is The Lunar Chronicles. If anyone ever wants to send me the whole thing, I’ll love you forever and ever.

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Penguin Classics 30

 

 

Buy me this collection, and I’ll love you forever… Juniper Book’s Penguin Classics just all have simple, vintage covers that I’ve just been loving!

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The Crown’s Game is one I’ve been seeing around, and been looking forward to reading. I love the synopsis for this book, and have read some great reviews about it as well. There’s a lot of similarities to the hunger games, although the fight is not about surviving but about ascending to the throne.

 

 

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Never Never by James Patterson is going to be released in a week. Need I say more? I love Patterson, and am so excited to snag this book as it is released!


Tag! You’re next!

Paige @ Paige’s Pages

Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks

Megan @ Bookslayer Reads

Beth @ Reading Every Night

The Orangutan Librarian

Reg @ She Latitude


Have you been a part of this Pokemon GO craze? Or read any of these books? Let me know in the comments below 🙂

review: To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

Books, Contemporary, Novel, Review, Romance

:: author:: Jenny Han :: published: 2014 :: my rating: 3/5 :: genre: novel :: romance novel :: contemporary :: goodreads

Hello my lovely friends!

Just another shameless plug: my twitter account @_kimmiegg is up and running! I’d love to catch up on your daily lives, and am looking forward to meeting you guys through twitter.

This book has been on my TBR list for a while, due to the plethora of amazing reviews about this book. Furthermore, after learning that it was a book based on a Korean-American family, I immediately included it in my eBook haul. I know many of you have read this book, but I can’t wait to share my thoughts on why this book doesn’t deserve the five stars I wanted to give it with you 🙂

(Since many of you have read this book, I have included a few could-be-spoilers. None divulge main plot twists or details. Read on at your own risk.)


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To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister’s ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all.


My Review:

The aspect about this book that I loved was how relateable and realistic Lara Jean (the main character) was. Her struggle with finding love, and maneuvering through relationships, though often immature, were still always in character. I appreciated how Jenny Han included dialogue that was not only there to fill up space, but to provide insight into each personality and really develop each character into something real.

However, there were aspects of this book that made me question the hype.

  1. There didn’t seem to be any TRUE romance throughout the book. Especially because the relationship that permeated throughout the book was simply one that was supposed to be fake. I felt as if the various relationships presented in this book served to show Lara’s development. Although the majority of this book was devoted to her interaction with boys, I felt as if no real spark was found between any of them.
  2. I disliked how each sister seemed to have a romantic interest in their older sister’s significant other. Sure, it’s better to like your sister’s boyfriend, but not to crush after him… And mutually, if you’re dating someone, please don’t crush on her younger sister.. That’s just so, wrong…

The Characters

Each character is the typical archetype of a middle class family dealing with some sort of problem. In this case, it’s the death of a mother. Starting with the typical overworked father who loves his daughters and is always trying to find ways to give them the love and attention they deserve while trying to figure them out. I loved the attention and effort this father put into raising his family of three girls. Then there’s Margot, the oldest, most mature responsible and organized sister. She is the one who has kept the family together and running smoothly, and it is her departure that throws this book into motion. Kitty is the youngest of the group, and naturally plays one of the most vital (and predictable) parts in this story. Lastly, we have Lara Jean. The protagonist of this story.

Lara Jean is a sheltered, romantic teen trying to make it through the most important years of high school. Not only is she facing the hardships of exceeding her sister’s footsteps, but she has an issue with not ever truly expressing her feelings for others, but rather, choosing to lock them away in a box. In a way, I appreciated this side of Lara, as I found myself being able to relate to her inability to open up and share how she felt with others.

Then of course, we need to add in a troubled friend who always sticks up for the main character. Chris is the typical “this is not a phase mom” character who  helps Lara through her difficult times. To thicken the plot, we add Genevieve, the beautiful, flawless mean girl who adds drama to the story. And her perfect boyfriend, Peter, who enters Lara Jean’s life with a lot of emotional baggage.

The Plot

Although the characters were not very unique and this story was lacking in that department, the plot was very unique. There were times I really had to wonder what was going to happen next, and what choice Lara Jean was going to make. I was also constantly curious as to how each character would react to the actions of others. Because the characters are quite archetypal, I thought I would be able to predict how each of them reacted… Surprisingly, my conjectures were proved false.

Although these small aspects of the plot really made the book, I failed to find much romance. As stated before, I felt as if this book explored more of Lara’s development through failed relationships. When before, Lara measured her ability and worth against her sister Margot, we see her beginning to break free of that. I believe that was the best part of the book, and what made it so readable/relateable.

Ending Thoughts

This book was a light, fun read that I did finish in one sitting. It was hard to put down, and although there were parts that I wish had been dealt with better, I found myself really enjoying this quirky fun romance. *SPOILER*  I was disgusted by how Lara so easily cheated on her sisters boyfriend. Especially after she learned that they had had sex. *SPOILER* All in all, I wish that she had taken more control over her own life, although from my own personal experiences, I can relate to how difficult that could be.

This book was definitely a fun read, but I can’t give it the five star rating that I want to give it for the above reasons. Although I can’t say that I agreed and loved the book 100%, I will be reading the sequel as I have to know how Lara ends up!


Quotes

“I do this to feign confidence, because the more I fake it, the more it’s supposed to feel true.”

So, this is me all the time, and it really works! Sort of like the smiling theory that if you force yourself to smile, you’ll become happier.

“It’s scary when it’s real. When it’s not just thinking about a person, but, like having  a real live person in front of you, with , like, expectations. And wants.”

Love is a hard concept to grasp, and I think that often we read or watch stuff about it and think we know what love is. That we have a tangible definition only to find that explanation falling apart when we actually fall in love.

“A hundred years ago eighteen-year-old guys were out there fighting wars with bayonets and holding a man’s life n their hands! They lived a lot of life by the time they were our age. What do kids our age know about love and life”

This was said by Peter, and I just had to agree. Context is such a vital part in creating expectations.


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Have you read any books by Jenny Han? What do you think about the book? Have you ever written any love letters yourself? 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 🙂

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 🙂

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 🙂

Mid Year Book Freak Out 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 🙂