Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before #1) by Jenny Han

To All the Boys I've Loved Before (To All the Boys I've Loved Before, #1)Read: Dec. 7-26, 2015
Rating: 3 of 5 stars      
Pages: 368
Genres: contemporary, romance

Blurb from Goodreads:

"Lara Jean keeps her love letters in a hatbox her mother gave her.

They aren't love letters that anyone else wrote for her, these are ones she's written. One for every boy she's ever loved—five in all. When she writes, she can pour out her heart and soul and say all the things she would never say in real life, because her letters are for her eyes only. Until the day her secret letters are mailed, and suddenly Lara Jean's love life goes from imaginary to out of control
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Sunday, December 27, 2015

What Would You Do...?

So...I think this will be a fairly short post...let's see if I'm right.

I have a question...if you've known someone for a long time...someone who you claim to care deeply for...in an argument, would you...

Okay, nevermind...scratch that...let's try this again...

Allow me to set up a scenario...

There are two people sitting in the living room really late at night.  One on the couch (Person #1), and the other on the floor (Person #2).

Friday, December 25, 2015

Review: The Asylum Series by Madeleine Roux



Peoples!  I introduce to you, the second horror series I've read!

Asylum (Asylum, #1)
Read: Dec. 7-22, 2015
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pages: 310


Guess what?! This was the book I read for book club! My very first book club book! YAY!

Anyways...this book was creepy. Not scary...but freakishly creepy. I chose this book because I was promised chills and thrills and all sorts of horrifying things...but I also chose this book, expecting not to be affected. I've only ever read one horror story before, and it was not horrifying. At all. This one on the other hand...creeeeeeeeeeeeeeeepy.

Well, there are several factors that contributed to the feeling, I suppose.
1) I'm very easily scared (yes, I jumped when someone sneezed abnormally loud once)
2) I was reading this at night (pretty much the only time I ever get to read in peace)
3) I was reading this in a silent room (it was really, really quiet, okay?)
4) I was the only one in the room (imagine all the weird looks I would have gotten if I had screamed...)

So there I was reading this book when suddenly...*bzz bzz*
I very nearly screamed and hurled the book across the room.

What I DID do, however, was jump and scold myself for being afraid of a book. I mean...what's the worst that could happen, right? It's just paper...

Now, the blurb on the back did warn me of haunting images from actual asylums, but I didn't think much of them. Until this long period of reading when I was beyond freaked and I turned the page , only to be greeted by this girl with this hair with these clothes...gaaaah! From then on, I would always scout ahead a few chapters to warn myself if there was something alarming coming...

There was this point in the book, where I was so deeply entrenched in the book that I was actually afraid to turn the page or even treat the book with anything but utmost respect and care...I thought...I thought...a hand or SOMETHING would reach out of the book. I actually did. I kid you not.

Thankfully, I did the sane thing and took a break (at some point in the book when I couldn't take any more creepy) before I finished the rest of the book. And by break, I mean, I walked around the house and shouted some gibberish, then decided to go back into the book. Of course...at another point...I told myself to go to bed and finish the rest of the book in the morning where it would be bright, and loud, and not a perfect environment to read a horror novel...

The ending...although the main problems that were introduced in this book were addressed, and all those little nuances finally made sense...there were still a few things that I still don't get...still some things that have left me without a reasonable explanation...hmm...

This book really had the creepiness down pat. It wasn't the sudden surprise thing I was always afraid of in the movies...this book had this great build up of suspense, and I was taken from mild amusement in the beginning, to reading behind a pillow...

As for the next book, well...I'm pretty sure I will read it...I mean, it's unlike me to NOT finish a series I've started...but I think I've had enough creepiness to last the year...or what's left of it anyway...I think there's...a week left...a week and a day...?

Aaanyways....I'm definitely taking a break from the creepy. I'm going to read something much less horrific and goose bumps-causing. Something that requires little to no brain power to comprehend...a fluffy, girly, read, if you will...
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Sanctum (Asylum, #2)Read: June 14-28 ,2016
Rating: 3out of 5 stars
Pages: 343

This started out a bit tame, well, actually, the entire first half of the book was kinda tame, but no matter...I get scared way too easily anyway.

I...was a bit disappointed with this book though, I expected this book to be every bit as horrifying as the first. Now, since I scare so easily, you would think that this would be a good thing, no? Unfortunately, I don't think so! I was bored.

The events that unfolded were somewhat amusing, and the ending almost made up for the lack of scariness, but otherwise, this book was....meh.

I also thought that the trio of friends kinda lost their...connection. They just didn't feel as trusting and friendly towards each other as they used to. What a shame, I quite liked this group. Oh well.

    What is the scariest or creepiest book/movie you've ever read/watched? 

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Review: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Indian Horse Read: Dec. 7-17, 2015
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pages: 221
Genres: historical, Canada

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Saul Indian Horse has hit bottom. His last binge almost killed him, and now he’s a reluctant resident in a treatment centre for alcoholics, surrounded by people he’s sure will never understand him. But Saul wants peace, and he grudgingly comes to see that he’ll find it only through telling his story. With him, readers embark on a journey back through the life he’s led as a northern Ojibway, with all its joys and sorrows.

With compassion and insight, author Richard Wagamese traces through his fictional characters the decline of a culture and a cultural way. For Saul, taken forcibly from the land and his family when he’s sent to residential school, salvation comes for a while through his incredible gifts as a hockey player. But in the harsh realities of 1960s Canada, he battles obdurate racism and the spirit-destroying effects of cultural alienation and displacement.

Indian Horse unfolds against the bleak loveliness of northern Ontario, all rock, marsh, bog and cedar. Wagamese writes with a spare beauty, penetrating the heart of a remarkable Ojibway man. Drawing on his great-grandfather’s mystical gift of vision, Saul Indian Horse comes to recognize the influence of everyday magic on his own life. In this wise and moving novel, Richard Wagamese shares that gift of magic with readers as well."

Monday, December 14, 2015

I Just...Don't Get It...!

*sounds of frustration and anguish*

*sounds of absolute despair and hopelessness*

*silence*

Have you ever despised something so much, your heart literally hurts...?  Or maybe your stomach feels like it's had enough of...whatever you've been doing to it, and decides that now is the perfect time to rebel and does all sorts of crazy stuff, and you feel like someone has just punched you in your stomach, and you double over in absolute agony?

Well, I'm having a bad day...and...I'm just going to rant, and complain, I'm not even going to proofread this before I publish, because I'm just not in the mood...like I said, I'm having a bad, bad, day...

*sighs*

Friday, December 11, 2015

The Story Of How I Came To Hate Light Bulbs

Hey peoples...I've been having a really bad day...also, I've discovered a newfound hatred for light bulbs, especially shattered ones on stages.

WARNING: long post coming your way

So...for those of you who don't know, I dance...I specialize in Chinese Dance (extra lessons on weekends, and the tuition could easily reach a few thousand dollars), but because I love dance so much, I'm taking a senior dance course in school as well, I'm also involved in a dance club...yay me...

Monday, December 7, 2015

More Reviews!

Oooooooooooooooooooh...kaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay............so....uh....I...I've, uh....been thinking...

Remember that post?  This one right here: No More Reviews!

Well, you can probably predict the direction of this post now, right?

Just in case you're either 1) too lazy to click on the above mentioned post, or 2) *insert excuse of your choice here*, I will sum up the post: No one reads my reviews, they skip over them, so there is no point in posting something that no one will appreciate.  So, I decided to stop posting them...until my indecisive mind tells me otherwise.

Well this is my indecisive mind telling me otherwise.

Allow my mind to explain itself.  Take it away, Mind.

Monday, November 30, 2015

Review: House Arrest by K.A. Holt

House Arrest
Read: Nov. 24-30, 2015
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pages: 304
Genres: Realistic fiction, poetry, health, family

Synopsis from Goodreads:

Stealing is bad.
Yeah.
I know.
But my brother Levi is always so sick, and his medicine is always so expensive.

I didn’t think anyone would notice,
if I took that credit card,
if, in one stolen second,
I bought Levi’s medicine.

But someone did notice.
Now I have to prove I’m not a delinquent, I’m not a total bonehead.

That one quick second turned into
juvie
a judge
a year of house arrest,
a year of this court-ordered journal,
a year to avoid messing up
and being sent back to juvie
so fast my head will spin.

It’s only 1 year.
Only 52 weeks.
Only 365 days.
Only 8,760 hours.
Only 525,600 minutes.

What could go wrong?
"

Songs and Their Meanings...

Hello peoples!  So...being the average sixteen year old girl I am, I listen to music.  Well, I don't listen to music from my phone or ipod...no earbuds for me...apparently they're bad for my ears.  These ears of mine have to last me my whole life.

Here's a little fact for you...or a few pieces of facts...did you know that you have this organ in your ear called the cochlea?  And in this cochlea, you have thousands of hair cells (neural receptors) that detect sound and convey them to your brain?  Without these very important hair cells to convey sounds to electrical signals, you CAN'T hear. 

And here's the best part, ready? 

These hair cells do NOT regenerate.  Meaning: you damage them, and they're never going to magically revive themselves...they won't go though mitosis and grow again.  They won't. 

These hair cells are so easy to damage.  Too easy...they can be damaged by loud explosions, or continuous exposure to loud sounds.  Allow me to list some examples for you...
  • playing in a band
  • attending loud concerts
  • lawnmowers
  • and let's not forget the most important one:  listening to music through earbuds or headphones for extended periods of time... 
Case in point: can we keep it down, please?  I'm terribly afraid of loud noises (okay, so I jump at loud sneezes, and I know, believe me, I KNOW, it's unfair to ask people to sneeze quieter), and it would be so nice to not be jumping at every loud sound...but of course, that's too much to ask, isn't?

...so assuming I live a long life (I'm hoping for at least 80?) I want to take good care of them.  But, even though I may not constantly have earbuds plugged in my ear, I do however, love listening to the radio...

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Review: The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas

Wow...where do I even start? 

This series is so epically awesome! 
This series is fantastic! 
Marvelous! 
Fantabulous?! 
Superb! 
Splendorous!  Splendiferous!? 
Stunningly unrivaled?!  Gloriously splendid! 
Majestically marvellously magnificent!

Anyways...I'll just get on with this...
Again...here's a compilation of all my reviews from this series...

Friday, November 13, 2015

I Am With Child...?

Soooo, this is one of those late posts I've been meaning to write...way back in June?

I'm hoping for this to be a fairly short post, because, well...I need to go back to nurturing my to-be child?

A few months ago, I was struck with wonderful inspiration, and proceeded to take advantage of it as much as possible.  A few months later...I had given life!  And became a parent!

I was super duper proud of how it turned out, but I definitely had second thoughts while incubating my precious...I kept thinking, what if they don't like it?  What if I've made a mistake?

Monday, November 9, 2015

Minions And My Hatred Of Them

Hey guys!  Or...girls...?  No, wait...people...yeah, I meant people...um...where was I...?

Oh yes...

MINIONS.

WARNING:  Many, many gifs coming your way

Has anyone seen Despicable Me? Or Despicable Me 2?  Or Minions?  Or any of these:

Monday, November 2, 2015

Review: Attachments Rainbow Rowell

AttachmentsRead: Oct. 27-Nov. 2, 2015
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pages: 323
Genres: Romance, contemporary

Synopsis from Goodreads:

""Hi, I'm the guy who reads your e-mail, and also, I love you ..."

Beth Fremont and Jennifer Scribner-Snyder know that somebody is monitoring their work e-mail. (Everybody in the newsroom knows. It's company policy.) But they can't quite bring themselves to take it seriously. They go on sending each other endless and endlessly hilarious e-mails, discussing every aspect of their personal lives.

Meanwhile, Lincoln O'Neill can't believe this is his job now- reading other people's e-mail. When he applied to be "internet security officer," he pictured himself building firewalls and crushing hackers- not writing up a report every time a sports reporter forwards a dirty joke.

When Lincoln comes across Beth's and Jennifer's messages, he knows he should turn them in. But he can't help being entertained-and captivated-by their stories.

By the time Lincoln realizes he's falling for Beth, it's way too late to introduce himself.

What would he say . . . ?
 "

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Review: The Glass Arrow by Kristen Simmons

The Glass Arrow
Read: Oct. 22-27, 2015
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Pages: 336
Genres: Dystopia, romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"The Handmaid’s Tale meets Blood Red Road in Glass Arrow, the story of Aya, who lives with a small group of women on the run from the men who hunt them, men who want to auction off breeding rights to the highest bidder.

In a world where females are scarce and are hunted, then bought and sold at market for their breeding rights, 15-year old Aya has learned how to hide. With a ragtag bunch of other women and girls, she has successfully avoided capture and eked out a nomadic but free existence in the mountains. But when Aya’s luck runs out and she’s caught by a group of businessmen on a hunting expedition, fighting to survive takes on a whole new meaning
.
"


Monday, October 26, 2015

For the First Time in Foreveeeeeeeeer, I Visisted the Orpheum Theatre...

Hey peoples!  Guess what I recently did on October 18th, 2015?!  I went to the Orpheum Theatre!  That is, I went to see my very first live performance of a...okay, wait, let me see if I get this right...symphony performed by an orchestra? 

Argh, I've always gotten the words symphony and orchestra mixed up...but if my googling skills have done their magic...a symphony is a musical composition played by an orchestra...I think I got that right, right?  Somebody correct me if I'm wrong...

EEK, I've really got to stop procrastinating, but in my defence, I was trying to think up the right words to properly and accurately describe the marvelous experience I had.  Yep, really.  I needed a whole week and a day to translate all my thoughts to words.  Pfft...psh...*other ridiculous sounds* yeah...as if anyone believes that...  

OKAY.  MOVING ON.

Friday, October 23, 2015

No More Reviews!

Ok, so maybe the title may have been slightly misleading, BUT, something IS changing.  Allow me to explicate...

As you all know, I write reviews for books, and sometimes I'm even lucky enough to receive free copies of books from publishers and authors in exchange for a review.  I've always been insecure about my reviews, and I still am, but I'm working on it, ok?

From my experience, most people who read this blog aren't bookworms, which is sad...
No matter, but when someone tells me they hardly read, well, that's just shocking.  Heh, their lost.

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Review: Black Moon by Kenneth Calhoun

Black Moon
Read: Feb. 3, 2014-Oct. 18, 2015
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Pages: 277
Genres: Science Fiction, fantasy, apocalyptic, dystopia                  

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Insomnia has claimed everyone Biggs knows.  Even his beloved wife, Carolyn, has succumbed to the telltale red-rimmed eyes, slurred speech and cloudy mind before disappearing into the quickly collapsing world.  Yet Biggs can still sleep, and dream, so he sets out to find her.

He ventures out into a world ransacked by mass confusion and desperation, where he meets others struggling against the tide of sleeplessness.  Chase and his buddy Jordan are devising a scheme to live off their drug-store lootings; Lila is a high school student wandering the streets in an owl mask, no longer safe with her insomniac parents; Felicia abandons the sanctuary of a sleep research center to try to protect her family and perhaps reunite with Chase, an ex-boyfriend.  All around, sleep has become an infinitely precious commodity. Money can’t buy it, no drug can touch it, and there are those who would kill to have it. However, Biggs persists in his quest for Carolyn, finding a resolve and inner strength that he never knew he had
."
     

Review

I won this book through a giveaway on Read it Forward, a year ago, I think. I was so excited when I knew I won, because the synopsis sounded so interesting. When the book came, I tried reading it, and it didn't work out. A year later, I decided it was way past time I read it.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Review: Finding Paris by Joy Preble

Finding Paris
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Read: Oct.6-13, 2015
Pages: 272
Genres: action, contemporary, mystery

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Sisters Leo and Paris Hollings have only ever had each other to rely on. They can't trust their mother, who hops from city to city and from guy to guy, or their gambler stepfather, who's moved them all to Las Vegas. It's just the two of them: Paris, who's always been the dreamer, and Leo, who has a real future in mind—going to Stanford, becoming a doctor, falling in love. But Leo isn't going anywhere right now, except driving around Vegas all night with her sister.

Until Paris ditches Leo at the Heartbreak Hotel Diner, where moments before they had been talking with physics student Max Sullivan. Outside, Leo finds a cryptic note from Paris—a clue. Is it some kind of game? Where is Paris, and why has she disappeared? When Leo reluctantly accepts Max's offer of help, the two find themselves following a string of clues through Vegas and beyond. But the search for the truth is not a straight line. And neither is the path to secrets Leo and Max hold inside.
"

Review

I received this book as a galley (ARC) and it was signed by the author, and she even included this super cool bookmark that had the cover on it.  Anyways, I was reading this in school one day in English and guess what? 

Monday, October 12, 2015

Goodbye Piano... *cries*

(sigh, I really need to catch up on my posts, anyways, here's one from a month ago...)

*read the following four sentences in a dramatic voice*

Guys! Something tragic happened! A few weeks ago, I made the huge decision to stop taking piano lessons...yes. You read it correctly...!
 
I've been playing piano since I was six or seven. I'm sixteen now. If you know anything about your Asian stereotypes, you'd now think that I have dishonoured my family, and I am a failure...
 

Friday, October 9, 2015

I Am So Very Sorry Hair...So So Sorry...

Here's a post I've been meaning to write for about a month now, so here it is...

Now before I begin the actual post, I have a warning for all of you...while I write the rest of this post, I might possibly switch to the stereotypical "girly girl".  You know the ones, the ones who are always worried about their appearance, and have a heart attack if they happen to chip a small piece of their nail off.  Yes.  Today, I will don that personality, and become a potentially superficial "girly girl".

Thursday, October 1, 2015

My Very Un-Birthday-Like Birthday

I really need to get my posts in order asap...

If you thought that I would hide this post way down below all my other posts, and decided to scroll down because of it, good for you, wise one.

Anyhoo, this will be a relatively short post since, like I mentioned up above, it wasn't very birthday-like, therefore, nothing much to report...anyways, on with the post.

On September 29, 1999, I was flung into the universe, and as of September 29, 2015, I was officially sixteen years of age.  Crazy, right?

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Review: Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin #1) by Robin LaFevers

Grave Mercy (His Fair Assassin, #1)
Read: Sept 26-Oct 6, 2015
Rating: 4 of 5 stars
Pages: 550
Genres: historical fiction, mystery, romance, adventure

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Why be the sheep, when you can be the wolf?

Seventeen-year-old Ismae escapes from the brutality of an arranged marriage into the sanctuary of the convent of St. Mortain, where the sisters still serve the gods of old. Here she learns that the god of Death Himself has blessed her with dangerous gifts—and a violent destiny. If she chooses to stay at the convent, she will be trained as an assassin and serve as a handmaiden to Death. To claim her new life, she must destroy the lives of others.

Ismae’s most important assignment takes her straight into the high court of Brittany—where she finds herself woefully under prepared—not only for the deadly games of intrigue and treason, but for the impossible choices she must make. For how can she deliver Death’s vengeance upon a target who, against her will, has stolen her heart?"


Monday, September 21, 2015

My Most Memorable Summer in the History of Memorable Summers.... (part 2: August)

 
Hello again humans!  As promised, here's part 2 of what happened in one of the most memorable and magical summers I've ever had to this date.  If you missed part 1, I have been so kind and included a link right here: My Most Memorable Summer in the History of Memorable Summers.... (part 1: July)

This will be quite a long post.  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.

AUGUST:

The day had finally come, the day of my dreaded PIANO EXAMINATION.  I'm not going to lie, I was petrified, no.  Beyond petrified, and the solemnness and dead silence of the building did.  Not.  Help.  At all.

Sunday, September 20, 2015

Review: The Break-Up Artist (Break-Up Artist #1) by Philip Siegel

The Break-Up Artist
Read: Aug. 22-Sept. 20, 2015
Rating: 3 of 5 stars
Pages: 319
Genres: realistic fiction, contemporary, romance

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Some sixteen-year-olds babysit for extra cash.

Some work at the mall.

Becca Williamson breaks up couples.


Becca knows from experience the damage that love can do. After all, it was so-called love that turned Huxley from her childhood best friend into a social-world dictator, and love that left Becca's older sister devastated at the altar. Instead of sitting on the sidelines, Becca strikes back—for just one hundred dollars via PayPal, she will trick and manipulate any couple's relationship into smithereens. And with relationship zombies overrunning her school and treating single girls as if they're second-class citizens, business is unfortunately booming. Even Becca's best friend, Val, has resorted to outright lies to snag a boyfriend.

One night, Becca receives a mysterious offer to break up the most popular couple in school: Huxley and raw football team's star player, Steve. To succeed, she'll have to plan her most elaborate scheme to date—starting rumors, sabotaging cell phones, breaking into cars...not to mention sneaking back into Huxley's good graces. All while fending off the inappropriate feelings she may or may not be having for Val's new boyfriend.

No one said being the Break-Up Artist would be easy.
 "    

I first saw this book as a giveaway, on Goodreads, and since, I didn't win, I thought I was interested enough in this book, to go chase after it anyway...so here I am, reviewing this book, because I read it...Anyhoo...

Monday, September 14, 2015

My Most Memorable Summer in the History of Memorable Summers.... (part 1: July)

HI PEOPLES!

I bet you're all wondering what I did over the summer, right?  RIGHT?

No?

Aww....

I'll tell you anyway, since you're still reading...

I'm splitting this up into July and August, since they were completely different.  So, I will dedicate this post to what happened in July, and the August one will be coming soon...PROMISE!

JULY:

Remember that post where I fumed about my "friend's indecisiveness?  Well, if you don't, here's the post:  The day I was disappointed...at everythingSo after that whole fiasco happened, I ended up back in summer school.  SUMMER SCHOOL, that's right.  For the first time since I've started high school, I went to summer school, not because I failed, but because I had the crazy idea that learning an entirely new course in a month would be easy...and just to prove how awesome I am, I took the subject I hated the most: Pre-Calculus.  OH!  And did I forget to mention that I missed the first three classes?  Which is the equivalent of missing an entire unit?  OH, what fun!

Sunday, September 13, 2015

Review: Jane Unwrapped by Leah and Kate Rooper

Jane Unwrapped Read: September 9-13, 2015
Rating: 4 of 5 stars

Synopsis from Goodreads:

"Some tombs should never be opened...

Fluorine uranium carbon potassium. Jane’s experiment really went wrong this time. After a fatal accident, teen scientist Jane becomes the first modern-day...mummy. Waking up in the Egyptian underworld without a heart certainly isn’t the best—especially when it means Anubis, god of embalming, has to devour her soul. Yuck. But when Jane meets the drop-dead gorgeous god, suddenly she's thinking this might not be the worst thing to happen. And then she is pushed to do the impossible—just time-travel and kill King Tut. Well, every experiment has variables which can end in disaster... Jane just wishes she could decide whether she wants to strangle Anubis or kiss him."


My Review

Peoples!  Guess what?!  This is the first book where I was required to leave a review in exchange for getting my hands on this copy!  I usually don't read books that require a review because I'm too insecure about reviewing, but this book was way too interesting to let the opportunity pass.  Thank you so much Entangled Publishing for providing me with this wonderful book.  I'm so excited to share my review with you! 

Saturday, September 12, 2015

My Ex-Neighbours

Hello people!  Today is one of those days where I found some time on my hands, and have decided to catch up on some posts, I've left in drafts since June 17...so.  Without further ado...The Actual Post

Today, while I was bored in French, I thought I would do some writing.  So...what should I write about?  Life?  School?  Life in general?  Books?  Hmm...how about...neighbours.  My neighbours, specifically?  Yesss... 

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Blah blaah blaaah

Blaaah blaaah blaaaaha...

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Update:
Ooops, please ignore that...I was testing something out.

P.S.  That was from the Hotel Transylvania movie, and I had no idea what was going on in my mind was I decided to post that...

Saturday, August 29, 2015

Once Upon A Time In French Class...

Here's something I wrote way back on June 5th, but I decided that I had better things to do like reading, and eating, and did I mention reading? was busy with exams and later summer school.  I was bored out of my mind today and was sitting on the floor, staring at the wall and waiting for something interesting to happen found some time on my hands today, and decided to catch up on some posts so...

Today in French, the day was starting out as expected.  Until my French teacher mentioned something that really made me snap.  Although not in an angry way.  The way where it pulls at your heartstrings and makes you cry. 

What he said, reached deep into my heart and struck a sensitive chord.  I felt the unexpected tears forming in my eyes a moment later.  I quickly blinked to rid myself of my humiliating tears.  Who wants to see an unstable girl, crying? 

No one. 

People already think girls are too sensitive as it is.  No need adding more fuel to the fire.  Ready to know what it is that he said?  Well, let me tell you...

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Review: Thirst Series by Christopher Pike

Hello!  Again, I'm compiling my reviews, so some extremely amateur reviews coming your way, but don't worry, I hope they get better as I progress through the series, because if I don't I'd be worried...

Monday, August 3, 2015

Review: White Rabbit Chronicles by Gena Showalter

This is one of "those series" that I really, really love.  Really. 

As you can clearly see, I read the first book in 2013, hence the ridiculously short review.  BUT!  When I continued the series in 2015, my reviews became much more sophisticated (I hope).

Saturday, August 1, 2015

MY IMMORTAL FISH!

Ok, quick post.

I have fish!  Both for real and animated ones.  More on the real ones in a different post, maybe.  As for the animated ones, scroll all the way to the bottom of my blog and you should see fish!  You can even click on the water to feed them.  How cool, right?

Do it.  Scroll down now!  Did you do it?  Did you see my lovely pet fishies?

I even named them. 

Monday, July 27, 2015

Review: The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass Novellas by Sarah J. Maas

The Assassin's Blade: The Throne of Glass NovellasRead: July 15-26, 2015
Rating: 4 stars
Pages: 438
Genre(s): Fantasy, Romance, Adventure

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:

"Celaena Sardothien is her kingdom's most feared assassin. Though she works for the powerful and ruthless Assassin's Guild, Celaena yields to no one and trusts only her fellow killer for hire, Sam.When Celaena's scheming master, Arobynn Hamel, dispatches her on missions that take her from remote islands to hostile deserts, she finds herself acting independently of his wishes--and questioning her own allegiance. Along the way, she makes friends and enemies alike, and discovers that she feels far more for Sam than just friendship. But by defying Arobynn's orders, Celaena risks unimaginable punishment, and with Sam by her side, he is in danger, too. They will have to risk it all if they hope to escape Arobynn's clutches--and if they fail, they'll lose not just a chance at freedom, but their lives . . .A prequel to Throne of Glass, this collection of five novellas offers readers a deeper look into the history of this cunning assassin and her enthralling--and deadly--world.Included in this volume: "The Assassin and the Pirate Lord""The Assassin and the Healer""The Assassin and the Desert""The Assassin and the Underworld""The Assassin and the Empire""

To be honest, I never intended to read this book, but after finishing Heir of Fire, and realizing I'd have to wait an eternity to read Queen Of Shadows, I thought I'd give it a shot. Plus, I just happened to see it at the library.

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Ray

Peoples, I meant to post this earlier, but responsibilities had other plans, SO, I'm doing it now.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

Update on...Stuff

Hello again!  This is going to be a fairly short post as I'm short on time, and want to salvage as much of it as possible for homework...aaaaanyways...moving on.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

Review: Divergent Series by Veronica Roth

The Divergent Series!  I sure hope you know what the Divergent series is about, or have at least heard of it, because if you don't...you should definitely go check it out.  It's a movie, too!  So, you know, if you're too lazy to read, go watch the movie...or something...
I've been compiling a lot of my reviews from one series into one post, so bear with me as we discover how simplistic and unexperienced my mind was when I read Divergent back in 2013...

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades #1) by E.L. James

Fifty Shades of Grey (Fifty Shades, #1)
Read: May 29-June 21, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
# of Pages: 514
Genre: Romance

Okokokokokokokokokokokokokokokok!  Before you all start berating and chastising me for reading this 18+ book, let me explain myself.

OK.  So. You've probably all heard about this infamous book, and how it's so adult, and not intended for people under the ages of 18, but come on!  When someone tells you specifically NOT to open the box, or in this case, NOT to read a book, what do you do?  You read it!  It's understandable that people like to d forbidden things, right?  No?  Okay, on to my next "reason"...

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Not Again!?

Now, before I start explaining anything...aaaaaaaaaaaaah! 

Remember that post from two decades ago?  Kidding, I think it was about a month ago...hmm...maybe it was a month and 38 seconds ago, or maybe it was a decade ago...hmmm...

Aaaaanyways...

Remember the posts: You've Reading It, I've Read It, Therefore We Should Discuss It. ASAP and Night Market Misfortunes?  If you don't, or are too lazy to click on the posts to (re)read them, here's a snippet of what happened:  I ranted about how I saw a guy reading one of my favourite books, and I wanted to tell him, but was too scared.  Then I saw him again, working at the night market, and missed my chance yet again.

Allow me to set the stage...

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The day I was disappointed...at everything

I'm in such a bad mood today.  Let me tell you why...

First off, I had a math test today, so I spent all last night studying and doing review questions.  I stayed up till 1 am something. 

Oh, will I ever catch up on my sleep?  Probably not. 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Reviews: BC Science 10 & Horizons-Canada Moves West

Again, here are some reviews from school books.  But this time, I really felt the need to review these books since I got to know them so well.  After all I had exams for the first time ever, so, over the past few months, these books have been by my side a lot.  I really got to get to know about each page, and what information I could dissect from it. 

BC Science 10This book was very...informational.  Seriously.  It's overloaded with information.
It's divided into four units: Ecology, Chemistry, Physics, and Geology. 
No offence to physics and geology, but I hate you, subjects!  Why do you have to be sooo hard?!  It drives me mad!  And since I've "learned" it, I have to be tested on it!  Ugggh!
I had a science provincial this year...actually, it's this Friday, so wish me luck.  Let's hope this textbook taught me well.





*quietly sobbing*
Guys!  I had a strange attachment to this textbook.  And now that this year is over, and I didn't pay for it, I have to give it back! 
*crying*
I loved this textbook, I had so many memories associated with the pages of this book.  Each word, each sentence, paragraph, diagram, you name it.  I am attached.  I miss you already...
Thank you Ms. Thompson (my s.s. teacher) for a wonderful year filled with knowledgeable information...that I'll try not to forget over the summer. 
*crying profusely*

Monday, June 15, 2015

Night Market Misfortunes

Tonight we went to the Richmond Night Market.  How pleasant, right?  Now, I knew before we even arrived that there would be a 99.99% chance that I would see someone I know from school.  There are over 1,000 people in my school.  Chances are, I'm going to see them, right?  If I were completely honest with myself, I don't like seeing people I know from school outside of school...it feels weird, OK?  And...surprise, surprise.  I did see many, many people from school.  But one guy I didn't expect to see was A____ (we'll call him Guy #3 again).  Refer to my previous post, You've Reading It, I've Read It, Therefore We Should Discuss It. ASAP to get a complete background before reading this.

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Aaarrrgh!

Hello people.  In case the title didn't already give it away, I am angry.  Or, rather, very extremely stressed out. 

Homework.  I'd like to believe homework is where the very root of my stress comes from.  Sure, other things stress me out too, like...stuff, and life in general, but homework takes home the prize of most stressful thing in my life.  Bottom line:  I don't like it.


Wednesday, June 10, 2015

*Gasp*

Hello everyone.  I felt the need to share this with you for some reason.  This video is very...wrong.
I don't even know what to say.  The people...the cats...they just...
*sounds of frustration*
Just watch the video, but be warned, it's not pleasant.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

You're Reading It, I've Read It, Therefore We Should Discuss It. ASAP

In English a few classes ago (May 11th, if I recall correctly), I glanced behind me, for some unknown reason, and you'll never believe what I saw.  I saw a guy (let's call him guy #3).  Reading a book.  And not just any book, but The Wizard Heir.  Ohmygosh...I read this book is gr.7 and I fell in love with it.  I went crazy, and I bothered my only two friends about how much I loved it.  I even  purposely told them that I really liked this guy in the book, to make them read it, and guess who it was. 

Monday, June 1, 2015

Something sad...

This morning, while we were driving to school, I noticed something very sad.   Allow me to elaborate.

This morning while I sat in the front seat with my dad sitting on the driver's side I noticed something that (metaphorically speaking of course) punched me in the gut, and pulled the air out of my lungs.  Let me explain why.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

ARC Reviews

Oooookay...so.  For those of you who are unfamiliar with what an ARC is, it's an abbreviated form of Advanced Reader's Copy, or Advanced Reviewer's Copy.  They're not exactly the same, but that's a minor technicality I'm not going to worry about at the moment.  The below reviews were for books I've won from Goodreads' giveaways.  Most of them have taken forever for me to read, but nonetheless, I read them.  Some of them were a complete bore, and some turned out to be all right.  Needless to say, these were not the best books I've ever read.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Review: Books I Read For School

Crossroads by Michael CrannyThe Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

Hi people, here are some short reviews for books that I had to read for school.  Not sure why I bothered reviewing them but...

Title: Crossroads: A Meeting of Nations
Author: Michael Cranny
Read: September 14-June 13, 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Ehhh, what can I say? It's my social studies textbook...but I definitely leaned a lot of things...that I'll probably forget in about a few months


Monday, May 25, 2015

Math and Me

Something you should know before you continue reading the rest of this post:  I hate math.  I hate it to a degree that were my hatred a fire, it would burn bright and mighty.  It would burn all things math.  I hate it to a degree that I can't even find words strong enough to describe my hatred, but you probably already knew that if you read my About Me section.  :)

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Review: Instinct (Chronicles of Nick, #6) by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Instinct by Sherrilyn Kenyon
Read: May 15-20, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Another wonderful masterpiece from one of my most favourite authors. YIPPEE!

Here's the synopsis from Goodreads:
"Zombies, demons, vampires, shapeshifters— another day in the life of Nick Gautier– and those are just his friends. But now that he’s accepted the demon that lives inside him, he must learn to control it and temper the very emotions that threaten the lives of everyone he cares for. Something that’s hard to do while trying to stay off the menus of those who want his head on a platter. And no one wants him more than the dark gods who created his race. Now that they know where he is, they will stop at nothing to reclaim him. And without knowing it, Nick has just embraced the one person he should never have trusted. The one person who will hand him over to his enemies to get back the life they lost.

Nick has finally accepted his fate, now he must learn to defy his destiny, and the dark, deadly forces that will stop at nothing to destroy everyone he loves so that they can again return to the world of man and own it. "

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Review: The Beauty Series by Georgia Cates

This is one of those series that walk the borderline between teen and adult...or, maybe one that has already crossed this imaginary line...but...I heard it was good, so I gave it a shot...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

My Teacher's Mug and the Stupid Girl (me) Who Had No Idea How to Operate a Water Fountain

A few weeks ago, April 23rd, to be exact, my teacher in Planning 10, asked me for a simple favor. But the trip I took to complete her simple task was anything but simple.  If only she knew how this one errand would cause me so much trouble...

Monday, May 11, 2015

I Just Realized Something...

Okay, like the heading just said, I just realized something.  Nothing big, like the meaning of life or anything like that, but about what I'm doing here.  Or actually lack of what I'm doing here. 

I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that this blogging thing is supposed to be a regular thing.  I don't remember the last time I posted something on here, which might be a problem.  I'm still writing down stuff so that I'll remember to put it on here later, but I just so lazy.  I procrastinate and give pathetic excuses like, "Oh, I don't have enough time for that..." when really, I have so much time, I just choose not to spend that time on this.

 I "run away" from doing anything that requires too much brain power, much like this adorable penguin.  Even though I shouldn't be running away, because I had a goal in mind when I decided to start a blog.  I wanted to be able to type out my thoughts and feelings, and hopefully it will help me voice out my thoughts better, maybe.

Anyways, I will try to post on here more regularly from now on.  How does once a century sound?  Good? No? Okay, how about once a decade?  Better?  No? Okay, fine.  How about once a month, maybe?  Good?  Okay good.  But no promises.....

Saturday, May 9, 2015

Review: Evermore (The Immortals, #1) by Alyson Noel

Evermore by Alyson Noel
Read: August 9-September 14, 2014
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

This book has been on my to-reads for a really long time now...and based on the reviews I've read, I wasn't expecting much.
Evermore is about a girl who gains physic abilities after a tragic accident. She can now hear people's thoughts and see the dead. So she avoids pretty much everyone, until she meets Damen, a person who's thoughts she can't hear. Then as the two get to know each other, their relationship grows, and Ever finds out Damen's been keeping secrets. And she wants to find out what.
The first half of the book was really irritating. I have to say Ever's and Damen's relationship was one of the most frustrating relationships I have ever read. It was unbelievable how she kept forgiving him over and over again. But then, later on in the story, I found out why Damen acted the way he did. I enjoyed the book much better after that.
After reading this book, I thought it wasn't as bad as some of the reviews I've read, but it wasn't that great either...I am looking forward to reading the next book.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Review: The Eye of Minds (The Mortality Doctrine, #1) by James Dashner

The Eye of Minds by James Dashner
Read: April 27-May 5, 2015
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

I picked this book up because of two things: the synopsis was very creative and unique, and James Dashner wrote it. I read the Maze Runner series, and I adored it very much, so, seeing that James Dashner wrote another series, I had high expectations that this series would be equally as fantastic. Much to my dismay, my expectations were not reached.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Buzzfeed, You're Awesome

Once again, Buzzfeed has made my day.  I read a post from Buzzfeed called 27 Completely Innoncent Images That Will Bother You For Some Reason.  These were some of my favourites, but you can click here to see more.  :)


The strange uniformity of these bubbles:
These bubbles scare me.  A lot.  Have I ever mentioned I have a phobia?  Trypophobia, to be exact. 
I get the shivers just thinking of it...

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Review: The Dark Elements Series by Jennifer L. Armentrout

White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout
White Hot Kiss (The Dark Elements, #1)       
Read: February 21-March 6, 2015
Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

Hmmm...actually, 3.5 stars...
This book, along with all the books I read, has been on by TBR for a really long time. I never gave much though about Jennifer L. Armentrout's books, but recently, I heard and saw a lot about her, and I wanted to read one of her books. I thought this was a good a book as any to start with so...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Reading Buddies :) ----> :( ----> D :

On Tuesday 21st, 2015, I went to my first session of Reading Buddies, and actually read to a "little buddy".  I was a bit nervous, but I made it through.
When I first got there at 3:45, I spent 15 min, anxiously waiting for the kids to arrive.  Wouldn't it have been extremely awkward if you had a group of teens, sanding there, waiting for kids who never came?  Yes, it would.

Review: Beautiful Series by Jamie McGuire

Ohmygosh!  I absolutely loved the Beautiful series!  Granted, this was my first "adult" novel, so I may have overreacted at the "adult" parts, but nonetheless, I really enjoyed it.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Short Reviews

 
Here are some short reviews, as mentioned in the title.  Before I knew what reviews were, whenever I was asked for my thoughts about a book, I didn't analyze everything (like I sometimes do now), I literally just word vomited everything that came to mind, which wasn't much (you'll see what I mean).  But now that I have a much better idea of what I'm doing, I'd like to think my reviews have improved. 

But, here are some reviews that a very inexperienced me wrote many months ago...keep in mind that the ones I have here are only the ones I deem worthy of showing you.  I have some pretty embarrassing reviews that I will probably never post up.  I might find some more short reviews and post them later, but for now, I present my short reviews :)

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hmm...I wonder...

I've been thinking....did you know that there is something very similar to Blogger, but it's called WordPress?

I love Blogger, but I thought it'd be cool to try this blogging thing on WordPress.  I tried setting up a blog there, and it's confusing.  It's so much more complicated, and complex.  I love Blogger for it's simplicity, but WordPress seems so much more...customizable...Hmm...to switch or not to switch?  That is the question...

For now, I guess I'll just use both, and if I find one that suits me more than the other, then....

Can you find it, my other blog?  If you do find it, you'll see/know what I mean, it looks a lot better.  I might even post some things on there that  I won't post on here...

*on a side note, I made it through a post without using any gifs! Huzzah!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

...I have four things to mention...

Hello again people! Gosh, keeping up a blog is hard work.  I could easily just be lazy and never write here again.  For those of you who actually read what I write, try to leave a comment below with your thoughts on whether it's worth keeping a blog, or not.

*I say try because blogging is new and foreign to me, so leaving a comment below with let me know that I did something right.  You can do this one little thing for me, right?

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Buzzfeed

 I love Buzzfeed.  I found and subscribed to the site a long time ago, and have not once regretted it once.  I love the posts they write.  The one I got today was no exception.  The title was 33 Impossibly Satisfying Food Photos.  Here are some that I really loved:
 
I think this is a cake...

Friday, April 10, 2015

Review: Boys that Bite (Blood Coven Vampire, #1) by Mari Mancusi

Boys that Bite by Mari Mancusi
Read: September 19-21, 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wow! I was not expecting such a good book...
Boys that Bite is about Sunny and Rayne, twins that are complete opposites. One night, Rayne convinces Sunny to go to Club Fang and Sunny gets bit by Magnus, a vampire, and will turn into a full vampire by the end of the week. Something that should have happened to Rayne, who has been training for months to become a vampire. Now, Magnus and Sunny go on a hunt for the special relic that will turn Sunny back to human. Along the way, Magnus and Sunny start to fall for each other.
I loved this book! I finished in about a day and a half (which is pretty fast for me). I liked that Sunny had her twin sister to rely on, instead of keeping it all to herself. But the language was a bit too...ah, immature, for my tastes. But still a great read.
I will definitely read the next book.

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Stuff That Happened Today

Today started out as any other normal school day did, BUT, starting in second period, stuff happened...amazing , wonderful stuff...

Review: The Anna Series by Kendare Blake

Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
Anna Dressed in Blood (Anna, #1)       
Read: September 21-October 9, 2014
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Anna Dressed in Blood, was a surprisingly good read.
This book is about Cas and Anna. Cas always moves from place to place, killing dangerous ghosts with his athame, never staying long enough to make any friends, but when it comes to Anna, he can't kill her and move on to the next ghost, she's too strong. When he's with her though, Anna doesn't have the urge to kill him for some reason. So Cas tries to learn more about Anna and what makes her different from other ghosts. While doing so, he gains friends, Carmel and Thomas, to help him. When they finally figure out Anna's story, another problem arrives that threatens his life. But with the help of his friends, and Anna, he manages to survive the day.
I don't usually read horror novels, partly because I'm such a scaredy cat, but this book wasn't as scary as I thought. At times, I cringed a little, but it was nothing compared to how I scream my head off when watching horror films. Anyways, this book was great, and I'll definitely be reading the next one.
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Girl of Nightmares by Kendare Blake
Girl of Nightmares (Anna, #2)
Read: December 31, 2014-January 17, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Really good. In Girl of Nightmares, Cas tries to live a normal life after Anna dragged the Obeahman to the other side. But he can't. He starts seeing visions of her being tortured, and Cas believes this is trying Anna to get his attention. Cas thinks that Anna needs his help, and Anna is not where she is supposed to be. So, Cas tries to find a way to open a door to the other side to get Anna back. But there is a group of people who don't want that to happen, they believe that it is wrong to bring someone back from the other side, and that Cas has tainted the purpose of the athame by deciding who to kill (instead of just killing every ghost he sees). They've even trained a replacement for him, named Jestine.

What I liked: Jestine's personality. I got so used to Cas, Carmel, and Thomas as a team, so when Jestine was introduced into the book, I was surprized, but I thought Jestine was a nice addition to their group. She made things seem lighter, and made the story more interesting.

What I disliked: Although this book was awesome, I still feel that it wasn't as great as the first one, which had more action in it. Another thing I was slightly upset about was how Jestine and Cas ended off. From what I've read, I don't think they will be keeping in touch...which sucks.
I'm sad to see this series end, and I hope there will be more, but if not, Girl of Nightmares had a wonderful ending.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Coffee House

Hello again people!
Today, I did something very, very strange, and I'm not exactly sure why I did it.
I recited two poems I wrote at my school's annual coffee house.  And they were two really, really long ones.  Like ridiculously long ones. 
While I recited my poem, my hands were shaking so much, even though I kept telling myself I wasn't nervous, my hands just wouldn't listen.  Gah!  Stupid good for nothing hands!

While I was waiting for my turn, I was so nervous, and at times, had trouble breathing.

If I wasn't doing what the guy above me is doing,
I'd be doing what this girl is doing
 
Altogether, the waiting and the anticipation was not at all pleasant.

But!  When I finished, I felt so proud of myself, I managed to do it without humiliating myself in front of a bunch of people.  Although, I seriously hope I didn't bore people too much. 
I deserve pats on the shoulder, just like that :)
Yes, very well said...I couldn't put it any better myself.

 
Um, I overdid it with the GIFs, didn't I?  Ah well, it's better than just plain old texts, am I right, or am I right?

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Review: The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller

The Summer I Became a Nerd by Leah Rae Miller
Read: April 3-6, 2015
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

I don't know how I heard of this book, but I'm really glad I did! I saw it a few years ago, and put it on my TBR list, but I never got to it until now.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

How in the world do gifs work...?



Did I do this right?
You should see a man eating stuff from a bowl on his head with two spoons...do you see it?
If you did: Yessssss!  I succeeded, if you didn't: dang it...back to the drawing board...

I've seen a lot of these gifs recently, and I've laughed at a lot of them, so I wanted to try using them too. 

Part of the reason I wanted to start this blog is because I wanted to experiment with stuff, like gifs and blog templates, and stuff...

Oh, gosh! I just can't stop smiling at that guy shoveling who knows what into his mouth, I find it hilarious :)

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Hello people...

Well, first of all, hello to the people who are reading this.  Although I absolutely have no idea how you found out about this.
Second of all, if you randomly stumbled upon this blog, please go back to the previous page you were on, there is nothing to see here, so move along. Bye!
Third of all: are you still reading this?

Anyways, if you still are, I guess you are interested in what I have to say.
Well, here's my story...kind of...
It all started a few hours ago when I had this crazy idea that I would write down all about the stuff that happens to me, (kinda like a diary) but then 1) I got lazy, and figured I'm too lazy to write all that, and 2) I might lose my diary.  So my brilliant idea was to write it all on here, so that 1) I won't have a permanent dent on my middle finger for writing so much, and 2) it's almost impossible for me to lose this, because I'll just Google it, and ta da! I found my diary!

I'm also hoping that by writing on here, I can improve my spontaneous writing skills, since I know my writing is less than perfect.
I probably might not even continue after this post, I quit stuff way too often, so maybe this is the last you'll ever hear of me...

...

Huh, so this is what is feels like to write a blog post...
 

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