Month: November 2014

[DNF] Don’t Even Think About It – Sarah Mlynowski

Don't Even Think About It

Author: Sarah Mlynowski

Series: None

Publication Date: March 11th, 2014

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Number of Pages: 336

Genre: YA, Contemporary, Fantasy (?), Sci-fi

Source: Library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Summary

Contemporary teen fiction with romance, secrets, scandals, and ESP from the author of Ten Things We Did (And Probably Shouldn’t Have).

We weren’t always like this. We used to be average New York City high school sophomores. Until our homeroom went for flu shots. We were prepared for some side effects. Maybe a headache. Maybe a sore arm. We definitely didn’t expect to get telepathic powers. But suddenly we could hear what everyone was thinking. Our friends. Our parents. Our crushes. Now we all know that Tess is in love with her best friend, Teddy. That Mackenzie cheated on Cooper. That, um, Nurse Carmichael used to be a stripper.

Since we’ve kept our freakish skill a secret, we can sit next to the class brainiac and ace our tests. We can dump our boyfriends right before they dump us. We know what our friends really think of our jeans, our breath, our new bangs. We always know what’s coming. Some of us will thrive. Some of us will crack. None of us will ever be the same.

So stop obsessing about your ex. We’re always listening. (more…)

Life of a Blogger: Thanksgiving Traditions

As a Chinese-American, I never really got to experience the traditional, yearly Thanksgiving celebration. My family never really did American holidays.

So I can’t really say that I have any Thanksgiving traditions.

At most, we would attend a house party (most likely Asian) and gorge ourselves on food. We’d stay late and hang out with other people. Some years, we’d invite somebody over to eat. Last year, my parents invited a family that was moving. We had a slightly more extravagant dinner than usual, but it was still very low-key.

In other news, my birthday falls around Thanksgiving. And depending on the year, it was really nice. There was always a chance that there would be no school and I could just spend the day relaxing at home.

I’d look forward to my birthday rather than Thanksgiving because it meant I had an excuse to be lazy.

“Hey Kelly! You should do this work!”
“It’s my birthday! I don’t have to!”

Yay bad excuses!

Every Thanksgiving morning, I’d wake up and see my mom “watching” the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade on TV. It felt kind of like the 4th of July and Easter. It was a holiday, but it wasn’t really something we celebrated. Thanksgiving was more of a day where my parents sit at the table and look through store catalogs for Black Friday deals. Then we sleep. Then I wake up and see my parents coming back from the store with loads of random stuff.

The most notable random, useless object I think they’ve ever bought was the Shark Sweeper thing. Some floor steaming device to clean floors? Not sure. I just know that nobody ever uses it. I’m not sure they even know how to use it.

It’s this thing

When I was younger, I suppose I could say that a tradition was that I’d make a huge deal out of Thanksgiving. I’d wake up and be like “HAPPY THANKSGIVING MOM AND DAD!”

And they’d just kind of blankly stare at me before replying, “Oh yeah, Happy Thanksgiving to you to!”

They are much less bland in person XD

Nowadays, for me, Thanksgiving is just another day, but what Thanksgiving traditions do you celebrate?

Top Ten Books On My Winter TBR

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Yay winter reading!

To be honest, I’m not sure what I want to read this winter. So I guess this list will consist of books that I want to read before the year ends.

1. The Boy in Striped Pajamas – John Boyne

*Coughs* Okay I haven’t read this but I really want to and I don’t know it just seems fitting to be on this list. I also know it’s really sad and what’s better than sitting at home during winter break and bawling your eyes out when it’s snowing outside?

2. Between Shades of Gray – Ruta Sepetyas

This book was really popular last year (as in, everybody I saw was reading it), and I, shamefully, grouped it into the Fifty Shades series because of everything I heard about it. I didn’t know what the real titles were so I just assumed the worst. I know better now and will hopefully get to this novel this winter.

3. If I Stay – Gayle Forman

If I remember correctly, this book takes place during the winter. Every time I imagine it, I think of wintery, icy streets and dramatic people staring off into the distance. I really need to catch up and figure out why people love this book so much.

4. Cinder – Marissa Meyer

The cover makes me feel wintery. I don’t really know why, but it does.

5. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

I’ve been told to read this book by my friend many times. It has allegedly made her cry. I like angsty books.

6. Half a King – Joe Abercrombie

There’s a snowflake on the cover. ‘Nuff said.

7. Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Just to make the wintertime feel a little warmer. It’s doesn’t look as summery as her other novel Since You’ve Been Gone (which I desperately want to read) but it still looks really cute.

8. My True Love Gave to Me: Twelve Holiday Stories
– Various Authors

Well it’s a book centered around the holidays. 12 short stories about the holidays. There’s an icerink on the cover. Clearly, it’s a book about wintertime celebration.

9. All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

I’ve heard amazing things about this book and I really want to read it soon.

10. The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August – Claire North

I have it from the library, so why not?

[Review] The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

The Truth About Alice

Author: Jennifer Mathieu

Series: None

Publication Date: June 1st, 2014

Publisher: Roaring Brook Press

Number of Pages: 208

Genre: YA, Contemporary

Source: Library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Summary

Everyone knows Alice slept with two guys at one party.

But did you know Alice was sexting Brandon when he crashed his car?

It’s true. Ask ANYBODY.

Rumor has it that Alice Franklin is a slut. It’s written all over the bathroom stall at Healy High for everyone to see. And after star quarterback Brandon Fitzsimmons dies in a car accident, the rumors start to spiral out of control.

In this remarkable debut novel, four Healy High students—the girl who has the infamous party, the car accident survivor, the former best friend, and the boy next door—tell all they know.

But exactly what is the truth about Alice? In the end there’s only one person to ask: Alice herself.

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Life of a Blogger: 10 Things I’ll Never Do

I was debating on whether or not to begin doing this post because it’s more about me, the blogger, rather than just books but I enjoy blogging about life. And me. So yes, I decided to begin to participate in this weekly feature.

It’s an interesting feature where every week, bloggers are given a topic to write about. This way, readers can learn more about the personality behind the blog. It’s hosted by Novel Heartbeat weekly.

ON TO THE ACTUAL POST

I’m actually a pretty bold person. I don’t really care if I look like a complete idiot as long as it isn’t in front of somebody that I’m trying to impress. (Which by the way, is almost never. Sometimes it results in me looking like an idiot in front of teachers)

Obviously I’m never going to do some really stupid stuff. Like doing drugs. Or becoming an alcoholic. But somehow, I doubt that this is what the feature is supposed to be about.

So thinking of this stuff might be kind of difficult.

And might result in some seriously dumb stuff.

1. Plastic Surgery

This kind of falls under stuff that I find stupid, but I know that a lot of people use plastic surgery as a kind of healing after injuries. Er that didn’t really make sense but I mean that some people might use it to help reform injured body parts. However, the type of plastic surgery I’m referring to is intentional body modification because of low self-esteem.

Yeah I have small eyes. But I’m not going to get double-eyelid surgery just because of it.

2. Open my own clothing company

I can’t sew. I literally can’t do anything related to string. I love clothes. I love fashion. But if I try to make anything, the end result is so horrendous I kind of want to burn it.

Lovely attempts at knitting have resulted in lumpy scarves (that are not of a constant width).

I tried making friendship bracelets once. Instead I “cursed” these other people from making good ones because I didn’t want to give bad instructions. XD My friendship bracelets are the epitome of ugly-as-f*ck.

I tried to sew a dress thing for a costume project. I cut it too short. The stitches were visible. It was so ugly.

And no, I am NOT attaching pictures.

3. Join a clique

Some of my friends might find this completely untrue, but I identify myself as an introvert. I will never ever join a clique or a friend group with 5+ people. I feel uncomfortable and in all seriousness, how are you ever supposed to develop a feeling of trust with all of them? Half the time you get talked over. Plus, for me, maintaining good relationships with all of them would make me so tired.

4. Date somebody who doesn’t know what they want

After a complete fail of an attempt at “dating” in 7th grade (which, by the way, I don’t even count as dating. I just describe it as such for lack of better term), I have realized that dating when you have no clue what you want is stupid. Well it’s not even that. Dating when you don’t even know what dating is, is stupid.

Dating is not just sitting together at lunch or texting.

Dating is more than that. I don’t know when people started to develop the delusion that sitting together at lunch is “dating”.

Dating when you don’t even like your “significant other” is also dumb.

I’m sorry if I’m offending anybody. It’s just that I find it kind of ridiculous that so many people “date” when they can’t even go somewhere alone with another person.

So yeah, if I’m going to date somebody, I have to 1) know that I like them 2) know that they are willing to commit and 3) not have to deal with some bs on/off relationship drama.

5. Wear peplum

I hate peplum anything with a burning fiery passion.

And if you don’t know what it is…….

It’s not even the shirt. It was just seeing girls parade around in peplum everything back when the trend was really popular. I especially hate the peplum dresses and the shirts that have the bottom stick out at a ninety-degree angle.

6. Fold the page of a book or keep my place by placing it upside down.

I hate doing this. I hate it so much. I always feel like when I do this, I’m like ripping a piece of the book’s soul out. I have to use a bookmark. I can’t just dog-ear a book and be on with my life. I can’t just flip it over. The spine cries out to me. I blame Inkheart.

7. Betray a friend

Friends are life. I won’t betray them because betraying friends is mean and not nice.

8. Become an astronomer

I hate astronomy with a burning, fiery passion. In 6th grade, we did a year-long project on the Moon and it’s phases. We had to keep a moon journal. I hated the moon journal because it was always overcast at night. I also would always fall asleep during that IMAX Hubble movie that we always had to watch at every single school excursion to space museums and such.

9. Not breathe

I’m getting desperate and my friends suggested this one

10. Be in two places at once

Again, very very desperate. But yeah I doubt I’ll ever be in two places at one time.

[Review] Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead

Vampire Academy

Author: Richelle Mead

Series: Vampire Academy #1

Publication Date: January 1st, 2007

Publisher: Razorbill

Number of Pages: 336

Genre: Paranormal, Romance, YA

Source: Library

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository

Summary

Prepare to be Tested.
The story that kicked off the international #1 bestselling Vampire Academy series is NOW A MAJOR MOTION PICTURE.
Hit Theaters February 7th, 2014!
St. Vladimir’s Academy isn’t just any boarding school—it’s a hidden place where vampires are educated in the ways of magic and half-human teens train to protect them. Rose Hathaway is a Dhampir, a bodyguard for her best friend Lissa, a Moroi Vampire Princess. They’ve been on the run, but now they’re being dragged back to St. Vladimir’s—the very place where they’re most in danger. . . .
Rose and Lissa become enmeshed in forbidden romance, the Academy’s ruthless social scene, and unspeakable nighttime rituals. But they must be careful lest the Strigoi—the world’s fiercest and most dangerous vampires—make Lissa one of them forever.

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Top Ten Sequels I Can’t Wait to Get

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Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Every Tuesday, participating book bloggers blog about their top ten lists.

 


SEQUELS. Sequels are evil. They always end up taking forever to get published. It makes me cry sometimes. Other times, it’s just because I don’t have time to get to the second book. Which also makes me cry. But without further ado, the list of sequels (or spin-offs) that I need now.

Note: I usually avoid reading series because I don’t remember all the important details so this list will be under 10 books. I’m trying to get out of that habit though.

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Stacking the Shelves [3]

Stacking the Shelves [3]

Haven’t done one of these in a while so this is going to be a list of everything that I currently still have from the library.

I’ve finally figured out why I always put these posts off. I don’t like linking all of the books XD

sts3.jpgMarina –  Carlos Ruiz Zafón, Translator: Lucia Graves

Hold Me Closer, NecromancerLish McBride

The Secret Sky – Atia Abawi

The Night Circus – Erin Morgenstern

The Name of the Star – Maureen Johnson

A Discovery of Witches – Deborah Harkness

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe – Benjamin Alire Sáenz

Shades of EarthBeth Revis

Daughter of Smoke and Bone – Laini Taylor

Jewel – Amy Ewing

A Million Suns – Beth Revis

Blood of My Blood – Barry Lyga

It’s Kind of a Funny Story – Ned Vizzini

Four – Veronica Roth

Glory O’Brien’s History of the Future – A.S. King

To Kill a Mockingbird – Harper Lee

My True Love Gave to Me: 12 Holiday Stories – Various authors

The Selection – Kiera Cass

The Truth About Alice – Jennifer Mathieu

[Review] 84 Ribbons – Paddy Eger

84 Ribbons

84 RibbonsAuthor: Paddy Eger

Series: None

Publication Date: December 17th, 2013

Publisher: Tendril Press

Number of Pages: 345

Genre: YA, Fiction

Source: Netgalley

Links: Goodreads | Amazon | The Book Depository


Summary
The Debut novel by award-winning author Paddy Eger
A young dancer’s realizes her life long dream, if only for a while.
Seventeen year old Marta Selbryth realizes her dream of becoming a professional dancer when the Intermountain Ballet Company in Billings, Montana invites her to join their 1957 season. As Marta’s new life unfolds, she must learn to face not only the successes of dancing in the corps de ballet, but the challenges and setbacks that might crush the dream she’s had for so long.

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#TBTB Secret Santa!!!

#TBTB Secret Santa!

Over at The Broke and Bookish, they are doing a Secret Santa for any book lover that wants to join. Today was the deadline to enter and I was in turmoil on whether to join or not. In the end, I did, although I worried over if I sounded kind of bratty and annoying on my entry.

Some of the reasons I wanted to join were pretty simple if I do say so myself. I want to communicate with other bloggers. I want to receive book recommendations. I want to get feedback on my reviews, blog, and hopefully, make more acquaintances. I also think it’d be fun to put together some type of parcel for the other person.

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