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: 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 🙂

anonymous bookaholics

Books, Bucket List, Novel, Tag

Hi, my name is Grace, and I’m addicted to books.

Hello my lovely friends! I was recently tagged by the wonderful Beth @ Reading Every Night to take part in this fun tag. If you guys haven’t already, go check out her amazing blog that is constantly a source of inspiration for me!

I don’t see any rules for this tag, so lets go ahead and get started.


What do you like about buying new books?

Everything! I love cracking open a new spine, and delving into a new book. Also, the anticipation of reading the pages, and trying to guess what is in the book. It’s incredible to realize how many countless books have been written utilizing twenty-six letters. I also get to feel the weight of the authors/publisher’s sweat, blood and tears that went into writing this book. I believe that there is a sense of pride in knowing you own such an amazing book. You know? That feeling you get when you put a book on your bookshelf and think to yourself, this is mine!


How often do you buy new books?

I don’t have a particular schedule or time that I buy books. Just whenever I walk into a store and see something I’ve wanted for forever, or when I just can’t wait for a book, and I buy on Amazon. I always try to force myself to go to the library first, and I’ll more than often buy a book I’ve already read and want in my collection.


Bookstore or online book shopping – Which do you prefer?

Personally, I love the vibe of bookstores, so I’ll always visit just to walk around and sit down at the cafe. I hardly buy books that way though, and much prefer to buy books online where they appear at my doorstop a couple of days later.


Do you have a favourite bookshop?

I don’t have any bookshops near me (I really hope this changes as soon as I get to college), but there was a quaint bookshop in Korea that I enjoyed. There was a nice cafe as well that faced the window where many people were reading and enjoying their pastries.


Do you pre-order books?

I’ve never pre-ordered books, mainly because I’m afraid I’ll dislike the book. I tend to buy books from authors I’ve loved, or classics because they are truly timeless. However, as I’m discovering more and more books I want to read that haven’t been released, pre-ordering books may become more common for me.


Do you have a monthly book buying limit?

No, I know I’ll never follow it, and in the end just feel guilty. Instead, I always force myself to look for a book at the library, go through their free book section, and then have buying books as my last resort. Sometimes that doesn’t happen, and that’s ok too.


Book buying bans – Are they something for you?

NOPE! Doesn’t faze me at all. (I really need to work on my self control) but until that day comes…


How big is your wishlist?

I can’t tell you the exact number, and the list just continues to grow. I feel no guilt though, because I feel like books are really invaluable, and their should never be an end to my wishlist.


Which three books from your wishlist do you wish to own NOW?

 

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Written in the Stars by Aisha Saeed

I’m in love with this cover, which is half the reason why I want it on my bookshelf, but also the storyline sounds interesting, and I really want to see how this book ends!

Nevernight by Jay Kristoff

There have been such wonderful reviews about this series, that I can’t wait to get my hands on one of these books and read. Mia sounds like such a badass, and I want to learn more about her character and how she lives down her past.

To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han

This sounds like a book I’d want to pass down to future daughters/girls. It deals with a lot of things girls struggle with, and although I haven’t read, the premise and content sounds incredible.


I tag:

Madeline @ The SFF Bookshelf

Whitney @ Brown Books and Green Tea

Emma @ Llady Literary

And anyone else! Just make sure to link back, and post a comment so I can see you answers 🙂


What do  you find addicting about books? If there was an Anonymous Bookaholics session near you, would you attend? 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 🙂

Thursday Quotables: 6.9.16

Books, Historical Drama, Thursday Quotables

//book: The Kite Runner // author: Khaled Hosseini // genre: historical drama // drama // goodreads

Hello my lovely friends, I wanted to share with you a couple quotes form The Kite Runner today that I believe not only portray the culture, but insightful truths that are relevant across cultures. This jarring book has been a personal favorite, and I have read it multiple times both on my own and for assignments in school. Each time, I am reminded at the simplicity and extremity of love and loyalty and the guilt and pain that can mold or future.

The Kite Runner was the first time I was exposed to the cruelty that humans are capable of, and my primary read through left me shocked. My subsequent reading, however, revealed to me the promise of redemption and the series of unfortunate events that can arise from jealousy. Hopefully these quotes will encourage you to start this book!

Beginning with friendship:

“For you, a thousand times over”

Hassan, the servant and friend of Amir (the protagonist of the story), was brought up to be devout, loyal and kind. Although they have the same father, the illegitimate child Hassan is entrusted in the care of Ali. (Ali is the servant of Babba, Amir’s father.) Hassan is taught to cater to Amir’s every need, and instead of nurturing resentment or bitterness, Hassan’s loyalty grows. It is this loyalty that eventually leads up to the event that leads to Amir’s heartless betrayal.

“Better to get hurt by the truth than comforted with a lie.”

Babba hates lying and believes it to be the root of all sin and evil and ensures that his son is taught this fact. Imagine Amir’s horror when he learns that Babba’s has lied to him about the identity of his own half brother, and the despicable acts he forced his half brother to endure. This universal truth is clearly depicted and beautifully phrased here.

“Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don’t have to say anything – that is how, it is between people who are each other’s first memories”

To be that connected with someone, and to share that friendship is phenomenal and uncommon.  This statement provides insight into the strong bond Amir and Hassan shared, and the danger of jealousy that has the ability to rip apart these bonds.

“I’m so afraid. Because I’m so profoundly happy. Happiness like this is frightening…They only let you this happy if they’re preparing to take something from you.”

To conclude, here is a quote that I believe embodies the culture of the unprivileged class in Afghanistan and the predicament that many face. With each bout of happiness and joy, there is an expectation of sorrow or loss. This also presents the reader with an insight into the thoughts and stress those in that situation are forced to face.

This book was an eye-opener to me about the cruelty of life, danger of jealousy and need for redemption. Pick up this book to follow Amir as he endeavors to not only seek forgiveness, but find love and hope in a war torn land.

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