February Wrap Up

     
Yup I re-read 1-6 Harry Potter book oh yeah

 

Let’s talk: Reading books written in your first language
QOTW: Divergent
January Wrap Up
Let’s Talk: Writing a book review
QOTW: Harry Potter
Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Book Related Problems I Have
Waiting on Wednesday: The Wrong Side of Right by Jenn Marie Thorne
Book Discussion: Pivot Point by Kasie West

 

I had 2 weeks of holiday! How can it not be great lol

I went overseas with my family during the Lunar New Year holiday and had a GREAT time (except the fact that I have tons of homework and past papers to do). Hmm… other than that, there’re honestly not that much happening in the month of February. Just the usual ‘school is drowning me’ and ‘SLEEEEEP’ lifestyle.

 

Music:

I’ve been loving the ‘Relax & Unwind’ playlist on Spotify cuz I needa chill B)

Movie:

It must be really difficult to turn such a unique book into movie. If you’ve read it, you’ll know what I mean. I wouldn’t say that the movie is brilliant, but it’s okay I guess.

If you want to read my book discussion on this book, click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love this cartoon so much. No wonder why it won the Oscars.

 

 

 

 

 

 

∞ ϟ 9¾ ♔ ⚯͛ △⃒⃘ ➵ ♆

 

January Wrap Up

Oops sorry for the very late wrap-up 😛

I read one book (yes one only) throughout the month. I guess I’m in a pretty huge reading slump 😦


The Best of 2014 
December Wrap Up
Plans for 2015 
Waiting on Wednesday: Cut Me Free by J.R. Johansson 
Taipei Book Haul
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To 
Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award 
DIY LED Foldable Bookmark / Booklight 
Waiting on Wednesday: The Third Twin by C.J. Omololu 
How do you picture the characters when you’re reading? 
Waiting on Wednesday: Read Between the Lines by Jo Knowles 

I suck at keeping new year resolutions.

I’d even printed out the ‘Don’t Break The Chain’ Calendar, but it didn’t stop me from slacking off – I did 2 days of exercise, 2 days of blogging and 0 days of programming (what a great start haha).

Anyway, January was quite a busy month. There were loads of test and I managed to survive the parent’s day (whoohoo!). I got pretty good grades – better than what I’d expected 😀 Thanks to the studyspo community in Tumblr, I managed to stay motivated.

There wasn’t anything exciting happened in Jan tbh…. It’s just the old school routine, so there isn’t much for me to write 😛

Music:

Yup. Still listening to this. I love this album, although quite a lot of people hate Taylor for changing her style.

 

∞ ϟ 9¾ ♔ ⚯͛ △⃒⃘ ➵ ♆

 

December Wrap Up

Time flew by and December 2014 has come to an end. Here’s what I’ve done in the last month of the year:

  

Oh no I’m way behind with my review schedule D: But I couldn’t fight the temptation so I ended up reading a new book before reviewing the last one I’ve read

 

Waiting on Wednesday: The Darkest Part of the Forest by Holly Black
Holiday Gift Guide for Book Lovers!
Waiting on Wednesday: The Way We Bared Our Souls by Willa Strayhorn
Book Discussion: The One

I thought that I’d have more free time once it’s Christmas Holiday. Nope.

I went to Taipei for the first week of holiday!!! It’s so much fun and I really enjoyed the trip! Especially with the book shopping lol. I really shouldn’t be allowed in a book store. My family and I didn’t do much sightseeing though – we treated it as a ‘chillax’ trip. (By the way, the bookhaul will be up soon 🙂 )

After a week of relaxation, it’s time to face the reality again. To be honest I did bring some work to Taipei, intending to clear off some of my to-dos, but ended up chilling and procrastinating. And THAT lead to the disastrous situation I’m in right now. I had 3 days of extra lessons and I didn’t do much (procrastinating again opps) and now I have a big pile of homework to do, plus 3 tests coming up next week. I really should’ve started earlier 😦  Also, I apologise for the inactiveness! I can’t believe that I’ve only posted four times this month.

I’m fully aware that my posts are full of rants, and that my promises – post more and spare 0.5 hour everyday for blogging didn’t happen. At all. So I’m going to write a post on my 2015 plan / what to expect – it’d probably be up soon.

Music:

Finally got this from Taiwan 😀

 

Thank you for giving me an incredible 2014.

HAPPY NEW YEAR and I’ll see you later!

∞ ϟ 9¾ ♔ ⚯͛ △⃒⃘ ➵ ♆

November Wrap Up

My first ever audio book! (Book discussion coming up soon 😀 )
 
 

I participated in the #BookBlogWriMo hosted by BookBumblings! It was a great experience and I’m glad I was able to finish them all! (Although some of them were late (opps))

 
 

School:
November was filled with test and I am sleep deprived (keep dozing off in class :P). Despite the overwhelming schedule, I managed to squeeze in some time for programming!
 
Audible:
In August, I decided to create a free Audible account. I then ditched it because I kept falling asleep listening to the Hunger Games (I thought that audio books weren’t my cup of tea). Three months later in November, I was told that US$14.95 was charged. Shocked, I went on the site and realised that 3 credits were given to me. I had no idea when my free account had changed into a Gold Membership account and why I had no knowledge about it. Anyway, at least I got to download some audio books.
  
I’d have read nothing this month if I hadn’t download and listen to The One. My eyes are always too tired after school – I don’t want to read anything. Now I could just listen to it with my eyes closed (or multitask).

 
 

Music:

  

Movie:

The soundtrack and quotes from this movie are great! I even made a wallpaper for my desktop:
interstellar
(I know this quote is not originally from the movie)

 

We used to look up at the sky and wonder at our place in the stars, now we just look down and worry about our place in the dirt.

 

Mankind was born on Earth. It was never meant to die here.

 

∞ ϟ 9¾ ♔ ⚯͛ △⃒⃘ ➵ ♆

 

October wrap up

Everybody wanna steal my books
Everybody wanna take my shelves away
Couple billion in the whole wide world
Find another one cause they belong to me
– in tune with Steal My Girl by One Direction

 

In the month of October I read a total of 3 books
2 English novels and 1 Chinese novel
 
I’m not yet done with the discussion post for Ready Player One… hopefully it’d be up soon 😀

 

Waiting on Wednesday: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas
Opposite Books Tag
QOTW: Harry Potter
Book discussion: Ruin and Rising
Waiting on Wednesday: The Walled City by Ryan Graudin
Beyond the Book: Heroes
QOTW: Unravel Me
Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit
Waiting on Wednesday: The Silence of Six by E.C. Myers
QOTW: Harry Potter
Top Ten Tuesday: Top New Series I Want To Start
Waiting on Wednesday: Zodiac by Romina Russell
#BookBlogWriMo
Beyond the Book: Why do books smell good? (and Book Perfume)
Waiting on Wednesday: Firefight by Brandon Sanderson

 

October was a busy month for me. School was suspended in the first week due to the Umbrella Movement in Hong Kong (not complaining though). Then, my school had functions, so I had no lessons for almost two weeks. After that I was welcomed back to normal school life by two weeks packed with tests – these are the reasons why I haven’t been reading and blogging much.
On the bright side, my English writing skills have improved! (Thanks to book blogging)
ALSO
I’ve started web developing and programming (more details here).  By the way, I’m so glad that the weather is getting cooler 🙂 Autumn is finally here yay

 

Music:
      

 

Game:
Happy Halloween! Lately I’ve been enjoying this game:
Eyes – the horror game
To be honest, the game is not too scary as you’ll be given a warning before you run into the ghost-like vampire creature (usually). However if you have bad luck like me and run into it when you push open the door, then… safety is not guaranteed.
∞ ϟ 9¾ ♔ ⚯͛ △⃒⃘ ➵ ♆

September Wrap Up

   

I didn’t read The 5th Wave or The Infinite Sea because I don’t have the book yet…

1st of September: back to Hogwarts
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table
Waiting on Wednesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld
The Liebster Award
Beyond the Book: Invisibility
QOTW: The Book Thief
Book Blogger Confessions Tag
Waiting on Wednesday: Famous Last Words by Katie Alender
QOTW: Mockingjay
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More
Waiting on Wednesday: The Young Elites by Marie Lu
QOTW: Divergent
Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list
Waiting on Wednesday: Beware the Wild by Natalie C. Parker
One Lovely Blog Award
QOTW: V for Vendetta

I was requested to review a book (which was not expected *fangirling*), so I put together a Review Policy and Rating System post.

 

You know what? I’m going to stop writing weekly updates on my QOTW posts because I feel like I’m repeating myself all the time. Anyway, September went by really fast and I was like ‘HURRAY FALL I’M COMING’. #sweaterweather (though it’s still really hot here)

  • I missed 4 days of school because of chickenpox (longer summer holiday yay!)
  • Got my wisdom teeth removed
  • Started a study motivation Tumblr account because I really need some study motivations (lol)
  • No school for 2 days because of demonstrations (if you want to read more about it please refer to QOTW: V for Vendetta) – it is the reason why I’m quite inactive for the past few days

Also, I’m honoured to be featured in the ‘Behind the Blogger’ post by The Attic. Read here.

 

Music:

     

 

Image sources:

http://shoestringprod.co.za/author/admin/

 

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.

Music:

   

Movie:

  

June & July Wrap up

Today is 31/7 which means… it’s time for June and July’s wrap up!

I had finals in June for like 2 weeks and I couldn’t read so I decided to combine June and July’s wrap up post. In June I read 2 English books and a Chinese book:
  

In July I read 6 English novels, 4 novellas and 2 Chinese books:
(Click the cover for my book discussion posts)

         

 

The Book Blogger Test

Top 5 Favourite YA Dystopian novels
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The Harry Potter Tag
Emoji Book Tag
Sunathon TBR
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Sunathon Wrap up

 

School. Exams. School. Exams. Sounds boring right? 😛
I didn’t have enough time to revise so I had to get up early in the morning to do revision. Sometimes 2:30 am, sometimes 3:00 am. I remember watching FIFA World Cup while revising (oops I shouldn’t have done that. No regrets though). After 2 weeks of torture I could finally watch football matches without worries. So that’s how June went by.

You thought that I’d be on holiday after I’ve finished my exams? Nope. I still have to go to school. The teachers were supposed to teach as we don’t have enough time to finish the syllabus, but because a lot of my classmates were on study tours, we had free lessons! So I ended up reading the whole day (not complaining).
Three weeks went by and I’m finally out of school! I decided to resume my blog and went on the internet for some book blogging tips. These are some of the websites I’ve found that are quite useful:

http://www.parajunkee.com/category/feature/book-blogging-101/tips/

http://jennyinneverland.wordpress.com/2013/11/08/book-blogging-tips/

http://caffeinatedbookreviewer.com/2014/01/heck-blogger-tips-tricks-15.html

I also went to the Hong Kong Book Fair and bought plenty of books. Check out my book haul here:

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Music:

  

Movies:

   

Others:

How can this not be in my monthly favourites? Going to school after watching the match – BEST DAY EVER! (Just sayin)

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!

 

 

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.