QOTW #3

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Harry Potter –

It’s kind of embarrassing, how I’ve only read 1 English book in March. I was very busy that month and barely got enough sleep lol. I read Cinder by Marissa Meyer, and will probably do review/discussion on it later.

Have a nice day and I’ll talk to you guys later! (Gotta revise for the upcoming physics test. Btw school starts tomorrow :(. Tragic.)

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QOTW #2

Hey guys! I’m back with another quote-

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Please check out my instagram account! |@booknquote |It means a lot to me:D

I’m kind of busy right now because it’s the last week of the easter holiday and I have to do homework, revise for tests, practise piano for the upcoming exam, write essays all that kind of stuff. Before the holiday I have deadlines to meet and slept 4-5 hours a day, causing me to fall asleep in lessons and miss what the teachers’ve taught. Now I have to self-study D:

But I’ll update this blog. I promise. And also, when school starts I might not be able to update frequently – tests homework and exams in june arrgh. Furthermore, I’ll take turn to read english books and chinese books, so the amount of book discussions will not be that much. However, I’ll do some sharing, maybe some called ‘tags’ in youtube like ‘harry potter tag’ and ‘divergent tag’ where there’re questions and you have to answer them- maybe I’ll convert them into blog posts 😀 anyway, I’ll see you guys later! Bye!

2014 February Wrap up

Another monthly wrap up!!!

So for February I read a total 9 books – 3 Chinese books and 6 English books:

1. The Lost Hero

2. The Selection

3. The Elite

4. The Darkest Minds

5. Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

6. Shadow and Bone

 

The Lost Hero is the first book in The Heroes of Olympus series, which is preceded by the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series. I’ve read the Percy Jackson & the Olympians series for multiple times and really love the Greek mythology elements in the book. However, The Lost Hero didn’t pull me into its world, unlike The Lightening Thief. Basically, The Lost Hero is based on both Greek and Roman mythology, and has three main characters – Jason, Piper and Leo. I personally prefer Percy Jackson being the main character, so I don’t really like this series. But of course, it’s a new one, so it’s completely normal that the main character(s) will change. Also, the amount of characters being introduced made me kind of hard to keep track with the story, and so I didn’t continue with the series.

 

The Selection and The Elite are the first two books in The Selection trilogy by Kiera Cass. They are about a dystopian world where a ‘Selection’ will take place for the Prince to choose his future wife. At first I’m kind of reluctant to give these books a try as it sounds like princesses stories and fairytales (?), but once I read them, they’re all good. The Selection is a wonderful book, and I really enjoy how the protagonist, America Singer, goes through the Selection. She is the only girl who doesn’t want the crown, which give the story a little twist(?) as it’s not about a girl violently craving for the prince’s attention. It also has some rebellion happening in the book, and that’s obviously a plus. As for The Elite, I feel like more explanation is needed for the rebellion. The book didn’t really talk much about what’s going on with the rebels. It kind of focuses on America Singer and the other Elites, and there’s more and more drama. I’m a person who absolutely hate drama, so I didn’t enjoy this book as much. But overall, it’s still a great book 😀

The Darkest Mind is another dystopian book (yes, another one) about children with special abilities and brutal government. Actually, they are FRIGHTENING abilities. They cannot control it, and are sent to Thurmond, a kind of ‘rehabilitation camp’. Ruby, the protagonist, managed to break out and escape. On the road she joined a group of ‘weird’ kids, just like her, that have escaped from their own camp. I honestly don’t remember much from this book, but overall it’s an enjoyable read.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe is a free ebook from the website http://www.pulseit.com/. They feature different free books every once in a while 😀 This book is different from what I usually read. It’s kind of philosophical and psychological. It’s basically a story about a boy named Aristotle, how he is an outcast, how he meets Dante, and how they learn more about themselves through their friendship. I really remember how I was so shocked at the end – I didn’t expect it to end that early, but it is beautiful. This book is inspiring. I feel like I’ve missed something during the first read, and so, I will definitely reread it.

‘We all fight our own private wars’—

 

So the last book, Shadow and Bone, is a fantasy. It has some Russia elements in it, and is a story about a girl named Alina who has power that she doesn’t realize. The plot is well done, and I really enjoy it. At first, it’s kind of hard to keep up with all those names and places , but once I’m familiar with them, it’s all good. I remember how this book made my adrenaline rush. It’s amazing! After this book I feel like other than dystopia, fantasy is also a great genre 😀

 

I’m really sorry for this crappy monthly reads review thingy because my memories have faded. D: Anyway, I’ll see you guys in my next post! Bye!

 

 

The Divergent Movie

Finally

I’ve watched the DIVERGENT MOVIE!!!

I watched it yesterday with my friends as it’s the last day of school before easter holiday 😀 I really enjoy it, and would like to share with you guys my thoughts on some particulars

The first and the most important thing is, Uriah Pedrad is MISSING D: He’s my favourite character in this trilogy, and fairly important, I would say, in the Divergent book – the zip lining, the offering-the-lap scene, the muffin-shooting scene etc. I was quite disappointed as I know the movie won’t contain these little scenes (except the zip lining) These are the little details that make the book enjoyable 😀

Because of my lack of experience, I won’t comment much about the book-to-movie adaptation of Divergent. The only thing I have to say is: books are way more better than movies. But of course, there is always something that I like about the movie:

I love how they present Dauntless – from the energetic jumping-off-the-train scene to the warm welcome for the initiates, the cheering, the clapping and their smile show how they are carefree, warm, energetic and exciting. It really gives me an impression that they are free.

Also, the introduction of Max in their dining place – We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another really accentuates that Dauntless is not a crazy faction, but a faction that respects and treasures courage against criticism etc.

Now onto the topic of the characters.

Peter and Eric in the movie didn’t really give me an strong impression that they are the antagonists, while in the books, they do. But of course, because of the time limit, some scenes needed to be cut, and that made Peter and Eric less ‘bad’ I guess. So now the really bad guy (more accurately, bad woman) is Jeanine. I love the scene where

*SPOILER ALERT*

Tris nailed Jeanine’s hand at the end. And also, I like how there’s a little twist – instead of Tobias shutting down the system, it’s Jeanine, under the effects of the serum.

*SPOILER DONE*

My favourite scene is got to be the zip lining one. The moment

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when she ‘flies’ through the cracked building – it’s perfect. ‘I am pure adrenaline’ I WAS at that moment

*SPOILER DONE*

I really like the soundtrack, especially the song ‘Beating Heart’ Overall, I really enjoy the movie and I can’t wait for Insurgent!

This is quite a short piece, I apologise. I can assure you that more is coming as I’m now on holiday and have plenty of time.

Quote of the Week #1

I’m OBSESSED with quotes, especially quotes from books, so I figured I should post some here.

For the first ever quote to be posted, I chose to extract it from the Dauntless Manifesto, Divergent by Veronica Roth. It brings out a strong message, how bravery means standing up for others. I also think that bravery means standing up for yourself and your belief. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice.

Just a disclaimer, the background is from google image and I just edited it a bit. Other than that, all of them are made by mee:D

2014 January Wrap up

So I feel like sharing with you guys what I’ve read in different months throughout the year. For the first three months of 2014, since I haven’t started this blog yet, I’ll just list out all the books read and give general thoughts on them instead of doing a review/discussion on each specific book. However, for the books I read from now onwards, I’ll do a discussion on them separately – I prefer doing it as a ‘discussion’ instead of a formal ‘review’ as I’d like to hear more opinions on the book and also I like to write like I’m talking to people. Also the discussion method seems more open and interactive and in that way I feel more comfortable in expressing my viewpoints 😀 So without further ado, let’s get started with my January reads:

I’ve read a total of 10 books in January, 4 books are in Chinese (one of my new year resolutions is to read more Chinese books as I really need to improve my Chinese) and 6 books are in English:

1. Angelfall by Susan Ee

2. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

3. The Hunger games by Suzanne Collins

4. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

6. The Fault in Our Stars (reread) by John Green

I’m REALLY late on the Hunger Games Series D: But the point is I’ve read it now, and that what it matters.

Angelfall is a wonderful book and I really enjoy reading it. It’s about fallen angels (obviously) and the protagonist, Penryn, is kick-ass and strong. My favourite part is the last couple chapters where

*SPOILER ALERT*

she had found her poor sister and was captured by the scorpion monster-like creature – it’s pretty disgusting, but it feels real and it’s AWESOME!

*SPOILER DONE*

Fangirl, a contemporary by Rainbow Rowell, is cute and sweet. I’m personally not a fan of contemporary and romance, but I do like those elements included in adventurous books and dystopias. Anyway, Fangirl is about a fangirl starting her freshman year in college – she’s an introvert and writes fanfiction for Simon Snow (which is basically Harry Potter in real live). I’ve heard a lot of people saying that they can relate to the main character, however, that is not my case. Perhaps I’m quite new to the book community (!?) as I’ve only started ‘really’ reading last summer, or maybe I’m not so emotionally attached to the fiction world as I’m a thinker instead of a feeler. But in conclusion, it’s a good book and I really enjoy reading it! I think I’ve only used 2 or 3 days to finish this book, and that’s always an indicator that it’s enjoyable.

The Hunger games trilogy. I guess I don’t need to say much about it. Perhaps I’ll just share my favourite quote – ‘Remember who the true enemy is – Haymitch Abernathy’ Sometimes in our lives we are so focus on the ‘apparent’ enemy, that is, the tributes participating in the Hunger Games and have forgotten who the REAL enemy is. For example, let’s say you’re interviewing for a job. Your ‘apparent’ enemies are the other applicants, however, your REAL enemy is yourself. You need to win the battle that’s taking place inside you – the fear, nervous feelings – you need to conquer them in order to perform the best. Furthermore, you need confidence, and how do you get that? No, not by outsmarting others, but instead, winning the battle of self-doubt and worrying.

Finally, The Fault in our Stars. The right amount of inspiration, feels, and humour in a stand-alone. I just love John Green’s writing style. After reading it for the second time, I feel like I’ve understand more about the ‘theory’ or meaning John Green wants to bring out through this book- that the fault IS in our stars – sometimes it’s not our fault that we unlucky. But we have to cope with that. It’s life. Accepting and facing our destiny needs courage, especially when our destiny is crappy. By the way, I know it’s random, but I just can’t wait for the movie!

I think that’s it for the Jan reads. I really need some rest now. Okay? Okay.

Ebooks, Paperbacks or Hardbacks?

Even though ebooks is an option today, most readers still prefer physical books that they can pet and smell (don’t deny it).

But not me.

I know I’m pretty weird as I prefer ebooks to physical books. Inarguably, physical books smell good and look beautiful on your bookshelf. However, ebooks are lighter, cheaper and easier to read, and those are basically the reasons why ebooks sound better to me.

I usually buy books off Amazon.com. With the Kindle app on my phone and the Kindle I owned, I can read everywhere, whenever I want. I don’t need to carry extra books to school along with my heavy textbooks and notes, and that’s obviously a plus. I don’t know about you guys, but I read faster when reading an ebook. Also it prevents me from darting my eyes away and accidentally read a spoiler :P.

Of course, I do own some physical books, including the beautiful Harry Potter Series :D.

Speaking of physical books, I prefer paperbacks to hardbacks. Unlike everybody else, I love how the books are a little bit worn out – it has some vintage ‘feels’ to it. Furthermore, it’s hard to get hardback books here where I live and it costs a lot. So paperbacks all the way 😀

What do you guys prefer? Ebooks, Paperbacks or Hardbacks?