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 🙂

scavenger hunt tag

Books, Classic, Novel, Tag, Young Adult

Hello my lovely friends

I was tagged by the charming Fadwa @ Word Wonders to take part in the Scavenger Hunt Tag! I love going on scavenger hunts and if there’s one involving books, I’m all in 🙂 Fadwa has just the most darling blog, so please go check out all her amazing content!

I don’t see any rules for this tag, and it’s pretty intuitive, so I’ll go ahead and get started!


Find a book with the letter ‘Z’ in its title or the author’s name.

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Though I haven’t read this one, the synopsis always piques my attention each time I read it.

The Godfather – Mario Puzo

The epic tale of crime and betrayal that became a global phenomenon.

Almost fifty years ago, a classic was born. A searing portrayal of the Mafia underworld, The Godfather introduced readers to the first family of American crime fiction, the Corleones, and their powerful legacy of tradition, blood, and honor. The seduction of power, the pitfalls of greed, and the allegiance to family—these are the themes that have resonated with millions of readers around the world and made The Godfather the definitive novel of the violent subculture that, steeped in intrigue and controversy, remains indelibly etched in our collective consciousness.


Find me a classic

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I loved this classic and garnered so much knowledge about poverty, wealth and love.

The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby’s origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of his life, Gatsby is hiding a secret: a silent longing that can never be fulfilled. And soon, this destructive obsession will force his world to unravel.


Find A Book with a Key in the cover

Incarceron (Incarceron, #1)

I’m so glad that I had the chance to do this tag and rediscover this series I so enjoyed as a young girl. I loved this book, and hope to revisit it someday!

Incarceron – Catherine Fisher

Incarceron — a futuristic prison, sealed from view, where the descendants of the original prisoners live in a dark world torn by rivalry and savagery. It is a terrifying mix of high technology — a living building which pervades the novel as an ever-watchful, ever-vengeful character, and a typical medieval torture chamber — chains, great halls, dungeons.

A young prisoner, Finn, has haunting visions of an earlier life, and cannot believe he was born here and has always been here. In the outer world, Claudia, daughter of the Warden of Incarceron, is trapped in her own form of prison — a futuristic world constructed beautifully to look like a past era, an imminent marriage she dreads. She knows nothing of Incarceron, except that it exists.

But there comes a moment when Finn, inside Incarceron, and Claudia, outside, simultaneously find a device — a crystal key, through which they can talk to each other. And so the plan for Finn’s escape is born


Find something on your shelves that isn’t a book.

I would take a picture, but I’m in the midst of packing, and everything is quite bare. On my bookshelf, I carry not only books, but photographs, stationary and make up. I promise to show this to you all some day as soon as I get settled in!

 


Find a book with an animal on the cover.

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My childhood favorite series, I read all these books multiple times, and watched all the movies! True fan here :p

The Chronicles of Narnia – C.S Lewis

‘They say Aslan is on the move. Perhaps he has already landed,’ whispered the Beaver. Edmund felt a sensation of mysterious horror. Peter felt brave and adventurous. Susan felt as if some delightful strain of music had just floated by. And Lucy got that feeling when you realize it’s the beginning of summer. So, deep in the bewitched land of Narnia, the adventure begins.

They opened a door and entered a world–Narnia–the land beyond the wardrobe, the secret country known only to Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy. Lucy is the first to stumble through the back of the enormous wardrobe in the professor’s mysterious old country house, discovering the magic world beyond. At first, no one believes her. But soon Edmund, Peter and Susan, too, discover the magic and meet Aslan, the Great Lion, for themselves. And in the blink of an eye, they are changed forever.


Find a book with a girl on its cover.

Whispers in Autumn (The Last Year, #1)

This book I grabbed during my huge eBook haul. I love the combination of orange and blue on this cover, and find it just captivating.

Whispers in Autumn – Trisha Leigh

In 2015, a race of alien Others conquered Earth. They enslaved humanity not by force, but through an aggressive mind control that turned people into contented, unquestioning robots.

Except sixteen-year-old Althea isn’t content at all, and she doesn’t need the mysterious note inside her locket to tell her she’s Something Else. It also warns her to trust no one, so she hides the pieces that make her different, even though it means being alone.

Then she meets Lucas, everything changes.

Althea and Lucas are immune to the alien mind control, and together they search for the reason why. What they uncover is a stunning truth the Others never anticipated, one with the potential to free the brainwashed human race.

It’s not who they are that makes them special, but what.

And what they are is a threat. One the Others are determined to eliminate for good.


Find a non-YA book.

The Help

Though I have yet to watch the movie, I thoroughly enjoyed the book. One page to the next, I found myself laughing, crying and just falling in love with each character.

The Help – Kathryn Stockett

Three ordinary women are about to take one extraordinary step….

Twenty-two-year-old Skeeter has just returned home after graduating from Ole Miss. She may have a degree, but it is 1962, Mississippi, and her mother will not be happy till Skeeter has a ring on her finger. Skeeter would normally find solace with her beloved maid Constantine, the woman who raised her, but Constantine has disappeared and no one will tell Skeeter where she has gone.

Aibileen is a black maid, a wise, regal woman raising her seventeenth white child. Something has shifted inside her after the loss of her own son, who died while his bosses looked the other way. She is devoted to the little girl she looks after, though she knows both their hearts may be broken.

Minny, Aibileen’s best friend, is short, fat, and perhaps the sassiest woman in Mississippi. She can cook like nobody’s business, but she can’t mind her tongue, so she’s lost yet another job. Minny finally finds a position working for someone too new to town to know her reputation. But her new boss has secrets of her own.

Seemingly as different from one another as can be, these women will nonetheless come together for a clandestine project that will put them all at risk. And why? Because they are suffocating within the lines that define their town and their times. And sometimes lines are made to be crossed.


Find a book with stars on its cover.

The Little Prince

A classic with a cute illustration on the cover. I love reading this short story, and have always loved this darling cover.

 

The Little Prince – Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Moral allegory and spiritual autobiography, The Little Prince is the most translated book in the French language. With a timeless charm it tells the story of a little boy who leaves the safety of his own tiny planet to travel the universe, learning the vagaries of adult behaviour through a series of extraordinary encounters. His personal odyssey culminates in a voyage to Earth and further adventures.


Find a book with golden letters.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats

This series was one of the first that I started reading since I started this blog. I really enjoyed, and this book will always bring back great memories.

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats – Jan-Philipp Sendker

A poignant and inspirational love story set in Burma, The Art of Hearing Heartbeats spans the decades between the 1950s and the present.  When a successful New York lawyer suddenly disappears without a trace, neither his wife nor his daughter Julia has any idea where he might be…until they find a love letter he wrote many years ago, to a Burmese woman they have never heard of. Intent on solving the mystery and coming to terms with her father’s past, Julia decides to travel to the village where the woman lived. There she uncovers a tale of unimaginable hardship, resilience, and passion that will reaffirm the reader’s belief in the power of love to move mountains.


I Tag:

CW @ Read Think and Ponder

Teacher of YA

Ola @ Ola Reads Books

Melanie @ Mel to the Any

The Jouska

And anyone out there ready for an adventure!


Have you gone on any scavenger hunts lately? Or read any of the listed books? 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 🙂

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 🙂

 

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

Books, Tag

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

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

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


Best Book You’ve Read Yet in 2016

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

Vicious
by V.E Schwab

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Best Sequel You’ve Read So Far in 2016

A Well-Tempered Heart
by Jan Phillip Sendker

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

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New Release You Haven’t Read Yet But Want To

The Way I used To Be
by Amber Smith

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

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Most Anticipated Release for the Second Half of the Year

You Will Know Me
by Meg Abbott

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

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Biggest Disappointment

Balzac and the Little Chinese Seamstress
by Dai Sijie.

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

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Biggest Surprise

The Color Purple
by Alice Walker

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

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Favourite New Author

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

Newest Fictional Crush

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

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HOW?!

 Newest Favourite Character

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

Book That Made You Cry

Tuesday’s With Morrie
by Mitch Albom

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

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Book That Made You Happy

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen

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

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Favourite Book to Film Adaptation

The Jungle Book!!

Favourite Post You Have Done This Year

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

Most Beautiful Book You’ve Bought This Year

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

All About Love
by Bell Hooks

lame… I know…

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

ALL BOOKS!

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I nominate:

Beth @ Reading Every Night

Lauren @ Comma Hangover

Shealea @ That Bookshelf Bitch

Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews

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


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

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 🙂