August Wrap Up

I can’t believe that August’s coming to an end D: Where has my summer holiday gone?

I’ve only read 3 and a half books this month… (what!?)

   

Fangirl is a re-read and I read half of Steelheart.

QOTW: The Fault in Our Stars

Semi-Hiatus

Waiting on Wednesday: A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

The Bookshelf Tour

QOTW: The Book Thief

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’m Not Sure I Want To Read

Waiting on Wednesday: The Jewel by Amy Ewing

The Harry Potter Spells Tag

QOTW: Harry Potter

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books People Have Been Telling You That You MUST Read

Waiting on Wednesday: The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

The USA Book Haul

QOTW: Say What You Will

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

Waiting on Wednesday: Jackaby by William Ritter


August was pretty awesome. I went to the US for study tour and it was an once-in-a-life-time experience. I got to attend different classes and learnt a lot – DNA, Neuroscience, business, artificial intelligence, intuition and many many more. San Francisco is beautiful and I missed it so much D:

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Read my USA book haul here
I arrived Hong Kong on the 19th of August and was forced to stay up all day so I won’t be that jet-lagged the next day. I was so tired I could sleep standing on the street. The next day I went to school and after that, I got chickenpox (whoops). The first few days were quite hard but after that, everything is fine (except my face). I took advantage of the week to do my homework and study. (Advice: do not leave your homework till the end of the holiday). I was totally not in the mood so I ended up on the internet blogging and watching Youtube videos 😛
So yeah, that’s basically how August went. Study tour – sick – work.

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Book discussion: If I Stay

Book Title: If I Stay

Author: Gayle Forman

Genre: YA Contemporary

★★★★

The critically acclaimed, bestselling novel from Gayle Forman, author ofWhere She WentJust One Day, and Just One Year.

In the blink of an eye everything changes. Seventeen-year-old Mia has no memory of the accident; she can only recall what happened afterwards, watching her own damaged body being taken from the wreck. Little by little she struggles to put together the pieces- to figure out what she has lost, what she has left, and the very difficult choice she must make. Heartwrenchingly beautiful, this will change the way you look at life, love, and family. ‘

Now a major motion picture starring Chloe Grace Moretz, Mia’s story will stay with you for a long, long time.- Goodreads

Mia got into an accident and is in a grave condition. Her parents and brother were dead, so she’s left here, in the no man island between life and death, wandering. Her soul’s separated from her body, witnessing all the events happened after the accident and having flash backs on her life. She needs to decide whether or not she’ll stay. Will she leave her parents and her brother or will she leave Adam, Kim and other relatives and friends.

Even though this is not an action book, it’s a page-turner. I find myself flying through the story. The idea of having Mia’s soul separated from her body is very interesting, and it definitely helped bringing out the fact that Mia is having a hard time choosing whether or not she’ll stay.

It is said to be a very emotional book, but I didn’t feel emotionally connected to Mia at all. (what. weird.) However, it’s definitely one of the ‘deep’ books that get you into thinking about the meaning of life. *derp face*

Choices
Very often in our lives, we need to choose. Whether it’s about which subject to take, which book to read or which job to apply for, we need to decide. There’s a quote that really stood out to me in this book:

Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.

This is unsurprisingly true. Without the choices you made in the past, you wouldn’t be who you are today. You choose to read this particular book, and after finishing it, you’re different. You’ve changed. Even if you didn’t realise it. The yesterday’s you is different from today’s you.

If you were Mia, would you stay?
I definitely would. It’s too young to be gone. I’d feel like I haven’t had enough time on earth. I’d feel like I haven’t lived life to the fullest.

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Overall, this is a light read and is definitely enjoyable. If you were Mia, would you stay? Comment down below your thoughts and let’s discuss!

Waiting on Wednesday: Jackaby by William Ritter

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Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Breaking the Spine

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My ‘waiting on’ pick this week is:

 

Book Title: Jackaby

Author: William Ritter

Publication Date: 16/9/2014

 

“Miss Rook, I am not an occultist,” Jackaby said. “I have a gift that allows me to see truth where others see the illusion–and there are many illusions. All the world’s a stage, as they say, and I seem to have the only seat in the house with a view behind the curtain.”

Newly arrived in New Fiddleham, New England, 1892, and in need of a job, Abigail Rook meets R. F. Jackaby, an investigator of the unexplained with a keen eye for the extraordinary–including the ability to see supernatural beings. Abigail has a gift for noticing ordinary but important details, which makes her perfect for the position of Jackaby’s assistant. On her first day, Abigail finds herself in the midst of a thrilling case: A serial killer is on the loose. The police are convinced it’s an ordinary villain, but Jackaby is certain it’s a nonhuman creature, whose existence the police–with the exception of a handsome young detective named Charlie Cane–deny.

Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.
– Goodreads

 

Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish

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Top Ten Books I Really Want To Read But Don’t Own Yet

1.  The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

This book sounds amazing but I just can’t find it in bookstores.

2.  The One by Kiera Cass

 

3. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

 

4. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare 

Basically the whole Infernal Devices trilogy.

 

5. Across the Universe by Beth Revis 

 

6. Half Bad by Sally Green

 

7. Unwind by Neal Shusterman

 

 

8. 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, Tara F. Chace (Translator)

 

9. We were liars by E. Lockhart

 

10. Dark Eden by Chris Beckett

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QOTW: Say What You Will

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I saw this quote from the ‘6 YA Quotes to Motivate You’ video by Epic Reads and loved it so I decided to share it with you guys 😀

A lot of the time we refuse to do something because of the fear of failure. ‘What if I was wrong?’ is the question that blocks our path to success. Now, stop worrying and do it. Be determined as it’s your greatest weapon.

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A little bit of update:

I was quite sick in the last few days as I got chickenpox. Thankfully, I’m much better now 🙂 My school starts on the 1st of September which means, I have 7 days left. Minus 2 days of extra lessons (if I could attend), I have 5 days to finish all my work D: (that happens when you procrastinate) So there might be less posts. Sorry guys )’: However, I’ll plan ahead and hopefully in September, I’ll be back and post frequently!

You may also notice the lack of book discussions. I’ve only read 2 books in August (currently reading the third one) and that’s pretty shameful. I bought WAY TOO MANY books for a month with so little reading done 😛

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Book discussion: Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

Book Title: Unravel Me

Author: Tahereh Mafi

Genre: YA Dystopian/Romance

★★★★

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Juliette has escaped to Omega Point. It is a place for people like her—people with gifts—and it is also the headquarters of the rebel resistance.
She’s finally free from The Reestablishment, free from their plan to use her as a weapon, and free to love Adam. But Juliette will never be free from her lethal touch.
Or from Warner, who wants Juliette more than she ever thought possible.
In this exhilarating sequel to Shatter Me, Juliette has to make life-changing decisions between what she wants and what she thinks is right. Decisions that might involve choosing between her heart—and Adam’s life.

– Goodreads

I read this book on the plane. The story is so gripping that I couldn’t put down it, even if it means that I’d have less sleep.

Tahereh Mafi’s writing style is very unique. The long sentences allow us to ‘read’ Juliette mind. However, as the story goes on, she gets on my nerves. I understand the dilemma, but Juliette gets so emotional it’s kind of irritating. I understand part of the story is about how Juliette goes through her struggle and her emotional changes, but it would be better if she could be more calm and logical.

I read the novella Destroy Me before I read Unravel Me, so I had a better impression on Warner as the story starts. Understanding his background helped me to realise that I’ve misunderstood him. All of us have a story to tell, and without knowing or going through others’ experience, we should not judge them. I’m team Warner now. Juliette is stronger when she’s with Warner, and I like that.

I really enjoyed the story and the plot is great. The fighting scenes are the best and I’m really looking forward to reading Ignite Me.