Things I Do Instead of Reviewing Books // Guilty Pleasures of Bibliophiles Everywhere

Nowadays, I hardly find time to read books. And then when I do (I finished like 6 books this month) I almost NEVER REVIEW THEM!! It really aggravates me because I feel like book reviewing is the heart of book blogging. It’s also kind of the reason why I started this blog anyway, so if I’m not reviewing it defeats the purpose. I notice that when I do have time to review, I do something else.

Listening To K-POP

Here’s a little fun fact about me: I love watching korean dramas, listening to korean music, watching anime, and listening to J-POP.  A lot. I’m actually listening to it right now (Playing With Fire by Blackpink is one my faves). You are probably thinking why I can’t I just listen to music, and review books. I can’t because

  • I’m usually trying to find other songs to listen to next
  • I’m always belting out the lyrics in my horrible voice, and I need the video for that
  • I just want to, don’t judge okay?
  • Watching people dance in the MV’S are just much better.

Going on Social Media

I am ADDICTED to social media! Now, I’m going on instagram a lot, but before I was on pinterest, tumblr, and before that it was twitter. I don’t have any friends, but I usually stalk k-pop singers. I also spend a lot of time creating aesthetics on tumblr, and maybe I’m getting better at it?

Studying

I’m in my senior year at my school, so I have regents, tests (I have one tomorrow, about MATH!), homework, and,community service to take care of. Aaaaand then I have younger siblings to help with their tests, homework. I’m a pretty busy person at home, and I also manage to remain social with my friends. Instead of taking out a YA book, I usually spend my time with a calculus textbook.

Writing Other Posts

I’m supposed to be writing a review for one series (5 books), and 3 books. That’s eight books I have to take care of. Instead, I’m writing a post about why I’m  not doing things I’m  not supposed too. I get a lot of discussion post  ideas, and sometimes it gets really good that I end up erasing what I have for a review, and begin on that instead.

What I’m Doing To Encourage Myself

  • Setting up a playlist – I’ll make a playlist with all my favorite k-pop songs, and listen too that while I’m reviewing.  
  • Take me phone way and force myself not to visit social media for a limited tim 
  • Get a planner
  • Set a schedule for myself

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So have you ever done something like this? What was your solution? Is this relatable? Do you know where to get a planner???

5 Bookish Pet Peeves I Really Get Annoyed!

Books could be the best things in the world. But sometimes they can be the worst thing. Today, I’m going to talk about some bookish pet peeves that make me get well… annoyed.

1) Cover Changes

Cover changes. It ticks me off because A) The original cover could look really cool, but then, they change it! I mean why change a really pretty/awesome cover to something that’s less pretty/awesome.

On the left: awesome book cover, featuring an eye who’s crying waterfalls, and growing some branches. On the right: Some girl in a white dress, looking pretty badass.

Please tell me, what do you think is better?

Personally, I think it’s the original one, and found it not exactly appealing when there was a cover change. I think it’s not good for the eyes, and it decreases business. Most of us judge a book by it’s cover, and if we something not suitable to us, we won’t buy it. So if you really like a cover of this book you should keep it!

2) Ridiculous Descriptions

Have you ever read a book that has some crazy descriptions? I have. A lot. And now every time I read one, I get really confused + really annoyed because half of those lines make sense. Most of these have to with food like

His eyes reminded me of ripe, plum mangoes (This one if for you, May)

or   Her hair was like the sun setting, a mixture of orange, red, yellow, and loveliness 

OR His face was like a Christmas tree. His eyes were green like kiwi , and his hair was as dark as chocolate.

BTW, these are examples I made up from my mind. Buut, my point is that THESE DON’T MAKE SENSE! How does a human body part remind of you food? HOW IS THAT EVEN POSSIBLE! How are teens managing to be so descriptive, but when I see a face… I just see a face?!

Another thing is the “crooked smile”.  I never seen one in my life, and when I googled it, I got this picture

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No offense to the old man, but is this  WHAT PEOPLE FIND “HANDSOME/SEXY”

3) “You’re Not Like Other Girls”

Okay for this, I don’t find it just annoying, and eye rolling worthy, but it kind of makes me mad (#feministalert). What do you mean “not like other girls”. What are “other girls”? And how do you define those “other girls”? What makes the other girls, so different from that girl? Do  you see why I have so many questions?????

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4) STICKERS ON BOOKS!

I hate stickers on books because no matter how I try, I can never get the left overs. I especially don’t like it when the sticker is smack-dab in the middle  of the blurb, or in a persons face. It really is annoying, and ruins the cover/back-cover. his ‘fit in

5) Dog Eared Pages

I HATE dog eared pages, because they ruin the quality of a page in the book. This usually happens when I borrow a book from the library (I, would never commit such an atrocious crime), and I feel like that person should never experience reading a good book. If you’re dog earing to keep your place in a book, USE A BOOKMARK! They cost like 50 cents! Or even use a peice of paper! I can;t tell you how many times I used a reciept, and one time a paper towel to hold my place in a book.

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Those are some of my pet peeves. What are some of yours? Do you feel the same? Do you not feel the same? Tell me below!

This Is Where The World Ends Book Review // Not My Cup of Tea… or Book

24039424Title: This Is Where The World Ends

Author: Amy Zhang

Blurb (GR): Janie and Micah, Micah and Janie. That’s how it’s been ever since elementary school, when Janie Vivien moved next door. Janie says Micah is everything she is not. Where Micah is shy, Janie is outgoing. Where Micah loves music, Janie loves art. It’s the perfect friendship—as long as no one finds out about it. But then Janie goes missing and everything Micah thought he knew about his best friend is colored with doubt.

Using a nonlinear writing style and dual narrators, Amy Zhang reveals the circumstances surrounding Janie’s disappearance in a second novel.

Pros of the plot 

  • There wasn’t anything about this book I’d want to scream out in happiness for.

Problems of the plot 

  • Manipulative Relationships- Jane Vivian, and Micah Carter were the best of friends, until they went to high school. Then, Janie hanged around Micah, but never in public (cause images are everything). The thing that got me really mad was that Janie toyed around Micah’s feelings. Flirting with him, taking him out for nightly raids (not actual raids), and then suddenly leaving him for Ander (the more cuter guy)
  • HORRIBLE ENDING – I’m going to spoil the ending a bit. The ending is literally, I am not afraid. Which is said by Micah, and really weak, and totally came out of nowhere. It was really weird how Micah went from a drinking bastard, too a suddenly strong person, and hasn’t been whining about the past few months about this dumb girl…
  • Horrible Romance – The romance between Micah, and Janie wasn’t sweet, nor was it sizzling. It was just there. It was so bland, and it could’ve been improved 1000x.

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–  Janie – Janie is described as this creative, whimsical, out of this universe person. And I really admired that about her. However, towards the end of the book she was becoming melodramatic, and annoying. And I get why, but her attitude towards her friends, family, and everyone else really annoyed me.

–  Micah – He was really adorable at first, but I found him weak. HE KNEW that Janie was using him, and yet HE STILL came back too Janie. I understand that they’re best friends, and in love, but that’s no reason for anyone to treat him like that. I also hated his “healing process”, which just consisted of drinking.

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Maybe the writing style was the only good thing about this. I really like the way Amy Zhang wrote the novel. It was a bit confusing with the dual points of views, and there was no title indicating who was talking. However, it was written like John Green, or Jay Asher. The writing just sucked me in. 

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Waiting on Wednesday #25

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Author: Marie Lu

Blurb (GR): Based on the childhood of composer Mozart and his sister Nannerl. When a magical imp (in the form of a gorgeous teen boy) from the “imaginary” kingdom of Back offers to fulfill her secret wish to always be remembered, Nannerl unwittingly makes a terrible pact to solidify her place in history.

It is slated for early 2019.

Why I’m Waiting 

Uhm, I’m waiting for this because IT’S MARIE LU! She’s coming out with one book after another. Does this increase my expectations even more? Yes!

Girl Portrayal In Books // #GirlPower

Today, we are going to talk about girl portrayal in books. This topic is important to me because A) I’m a girl, and I don’t want to be underestimated because of my gender, B) Who wants to get judged on their gender? That’s morally wrong. C) Because I’m a feminist, and this is basically why feminist became feminist???

So bibliophiles, I’m going to show you my top 3 positive portrayal of girls in the YA universe! These are girls who left a mark on me, because of their awesome qualities.

  1. Hermione Granger from Harry Potter.

 

Okay, long ago (when I first started this blog) I wrote a whole post dedicated to Hermione’s awesomeness. If you do want to check it out, here is the link.

Hermione was a great inspiration to me growing up because she was just so smart, and brave enough to take on Bellatrix Lestrange herself. One thing I really admired about her was how she put her closest friends in front of her, rather than herself. She punched Draco Malfoy in the face!! And she went as far as to erase herself from her parents memories. All for her friends. She made me realize that not all things come easy, not even to the brightest witch of all her age.  

2) Six from I am Number Four series

Six was one of my favorite characters from the series, because she was just so awesome, and kickass. She lost her Cepan, at the age of thirteen, and has continued to survive on her own, even though there are alien monsters after her. She is also practical in anything she does, not letting the urge of violence let her go out of control. Well most of the time.

3) Lara Jean Song Covey from To All The Boys I Loved Before series

You might be thinking what is Lara Jean, a girl who loves baking, and vintage clothes doing in this list. Well, Lara Jean is one of my favorite girls on the list because if how girly, and realistic she is. Lara Jean might be one of the most relatable characters I ever read about. She’s not perfect, and she knows it. She alwyas thinks for others, and realys an important message to all girls: don’t let anyone pressure you into doing anything. 

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So what are your favorite girls in  from books? Do you agree or disagree with the characters I chose?  I’m sure it’s a lot more than three! Tell me down below 🙂

 

 

I’m Signing Up For The 2017 Discussion Challenge!

The number one thing about my blog that I don’t like is my discussion content. Usually, I write book review, and participate in memes, but they don’t add any “fun” in my blog. Am I saying that, book reviews are not fun? Of course not, because some book reviews I read, make me laugh at loud, and then make me want to read that book very much (making me even more broke). I’m just saying that I should put more discussion posts, so I can reach out to people (like bookworms, book bloggers, anyone who feels the same way!), and make my blog’s content less boring.

So my solution: I’m taking part in The 2017 Discussion Challenge hosted by Nicole @ Feed You Fiction Addiction, and Shannon @ It Starts at Midnight.

What’s the challenge? 

This is a challenge in which book bloggers write discussion post about anything as long as it is relevant to book/book blogging. It runs from January 1st, 2017- December 31st  2017.  More info can be found here

My goal 

To reach level  31-40, A.K.A Terrifically Talkative. I could go for Gift of the Gab, but I don’t think I could do it.

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What do you think about my challenge? Will you join in on the fun? Do you think I can achieve my goal? Let me know, in the comments!

Carve The Mark Book Review // A Book That Really Let Me Down

30117284Title: Carve The Mark

Author: Veronica Roth

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Blurb (GR): In a galaxy powered by the current, everyone has a gift.

Cyra is the sister of the brutal tyrant who rules the Shotet people. Cyra’s currentgift gives her pain and power — something her brother exploits, using her to torture his enemies. But Cyra is much more than just a blade in her brother’s hand: she is resilient, quick on her feet, and smarter than he knows.

Akos is the son of a farmer and an oracle from the frozen nation-planet of Thuvhe. Protected by his unusual currentgift, Akos is generous in spirit, and his loyalty to his family is limitless. Once Akos and his brother are captured by enemy Shotet soldiers, Akos is desperate to get this brother out alive — no matter what the cost.
The Akos is thrust into Cyra’s world, and the enmity between their countries and families seems insurmountable. Will they help each other to survive, or will they destroy one another?
Carve the Mark is Veronica Roth’s stunning portrayal of the power of friendship — and love — in a galaxy filled with unexpected gifts.

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Pro’s of the plot

  • Nothing

Problems

  • Confusing Plot (Most Similar to Divergent) – The whole story is like Divergent. It’s set in a future world (with a lot of sci-fi elements), there is a cruel tyrant, and there are a group of rebels that plan to overthrow this guy. The plot/story of this book was just too confusing. I didn’t get anything that happened in the beginning. It was just dumped on the book, and it left me with confused thoughts. I have many questions, like what the heck is “the current”, and how does it work? I don’t get the whole sojourn thing either? It was mentioned in the beginning, but like I said a lot of things were mentioned in the beginning.
  • Romance – I just didn’t get the chemistry between Akos, and Cyra. They were very kind to each other, so it was a bit weird. They acted like brothers, and sisters to each other (which is a weird way to think about it, I know. (But the signs were there) ). The romance obviously played a key part in the plot. Without Akos, Cyra would never do, what she did. But I really don’t understand it.
  • Racial Issues?? – A few bloggers like Alyssa @ The Eater of Books said that there are racial issues in the book. Shotet are described as dark-skinned warrior-people, and Thuvhe were light-skinned, and not as savage as the Shotet. And the “current gifts” were more violent when it came to  I also caught notice of this, when I was reading the book, and also was a bit bewildered. I think it does need to be addressed.  

 

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Characters

Akos – Really Akos is super sweet, and I liked his character development throughout the story.  He had admirable traits, like his kindness. He was an interesting character. I found it a bit surprising given the circumstances. His dad was killed in front of him, his brother was stripped of life, and his sister disappeared. All because of the Shotet. Yet. he fell in love with the princess of their people. I thought he would change into a more hard-core teenager. But I’m not complaining…

Cyra – Cyra is probably one of my most favorite girl characters in the entire book universe. At first, she was weak against her brothers power. However, she challenges her brother, and stands up for herself, and Akos. There was this one scene that really demonstrated her warrioress, that really showed her character development. I really enjoyed watching her grow as a character.

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The writing style is really different than Veronica Roth’s other works. I found it more better than the Divergent series. It made the book sound more sci-fi. There was dual P.OV, which was a bit weird. Cyra’s P.O.V was written in first person, and Akos was written in third person. I prefer writing styles in first person, but third person wasn’t bad.  

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Waiting on Wednesday #24

29385546Title: Warcross

Author: Maire Lu

Blurb (GR): From #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu—when a game called Warcross takes the world by storm, one girl hacks her way into its dangerous depths.

For the millions who log in every day, Warcross isn’t just a game—it’s a way of life. The obsession started ten years ago and its fan base now spans the globe, some eager to escape from reality and others hoping to make a profit. Struggling to make ends meet, teenage hacker Emika Chen works as a bounty hunter, tracking down players who bet on the game illegally. But the bounty hunting world is a competitive one, and survival has not been easy. Needing to make some quick cash, Emika takes a risk and hacks into the opening game of the international Warcross Championships—only to accidentally glitch herself into the action and become an overnight sensation.

Convinced she’s going to be arrested, Emika is shocked when instead she gets a call from the game’s creator, the elusive young billionaire Hideo Tanaka, with an irresistible offer. He needs a spy on the inside of this year’s tournament in order to uncover a security problem . . . and he wants Emika for the job. With no time to lose, Emika’s whisked off to Tokyo and thrust into a world of fame and fortune that she’s only dreamed of. But soon her investigation uncovers a sinister plot, with major consequences for the entire Warcross empire.

In this sci-fi thriller, #1 New York Times bestselling author Marie Lu conjures an immersive, exhilarating world where choosing who to trust may be the biggest gamble of all.

Why I’m Waiting 

It’s Marie Lu, and after reading her previous books…. I will read anything she writes! I’m really sad about the cover, because I had high expectations for it.

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What are some books you can’t wait for? Link your WWW down below!

Unique Blogger Award // I’m Special!

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Thank you Zuky @ BookBum for tagging me for this award! I honestly feel so special, right now ☺! Check out her blog because it’s really pretty, and she posts some great content!

The rules:

  • Share the link of the blogger who has shown love to you by nominating you.
  • Answer the questions.
  • In the spirit of sharing love and solidarity with our blogging family, nominate 8-13 people for the same award.
  • Ask them three questions.

Zuky’s questions

What’s the one book that’s made you cry the most / the most emotional? 

Wow there are a lot of books that made get a major case of feels, so many I can write a big list! Buuut, if I were going too choose, I’d say 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher. The book RIPPED ME TOO SHREDS.

If you found a genie and were granted 3 wishes, what would the be? 

Uhm 1) Give me some money so I could buy some books 2) Give me a device that will allow me to travel anywhere inside the book/anime world. 3) To meet the members of my favorite duo 21 Pilots!! 

Where is one place in the world you would really love to visit?

I would really love to visit Dubai, because of it’s exotic beaches, and Palm City!

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Tags 

I tag

ClosetReaders 

Mahriya @ My Bookish Life

May @ Forever, and Everly

Megan @ BookSlayerReads

Melanie @PaperBackDarling 

Nadwa @ Painfully Fictional 

Liesje @ A Thousand Lives

Questions 

What are some of your favorite book(s)?

E-books or Physical books? 

What type of music do  you like listening too? 

 

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Sooo let’s talk! What do you think of this award? Why don’t you answer some of the questions? Do you think you are a unique blogger/person?

New Blog Design + New Blogging Schedule!

Happy Monday everyone! Hope your transition from the weekend to the weekdays, has been smooth. I know my one is :)!

Today, I’m going to share some important/exciting news! I changed my blog design, and have a new blogging schedule (sort of ). I usually blog 5 days. Those days are usually: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday. Howver, it is a bit confusing. When I say 5 days, people thing Monday-Friday, and that was not the case.

Until now.

*cue dramatic music*

Now I will still be blogging 5 days a week, but from Monday-Friday. When I used to blog my old way, it was just a lot of meme’s with some book reviews, and disscussion posts on Tuesday’s and Thursdays. Now my whole posting schedule will change… into the one below!

Mondays – Discussion Post 

Tuesdays – Discussion Post 

Wednesday – Waiting on Wednesday 

Thursday- Book Review 

Friday – Meme (TBD)

Blog Design 

This was previously designed by Mahriya @ My Bookish Life for FREE! I changed it up a little, and she improved it. I am very grateful to her because she made my blog look nice all nice, and pretty! I always changed my theme, and header, but this will definitely stay permanent.

I chose Code, and Playlist script as my main fonts. More will be coming soon, so stay tuned!!

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Soooo, what do you think of my blog? Do you like the design?  What do you think of my blogging schedule??