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.

 

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How do you picture the characters when you’re reading?

(I’m still working on my Book Discussion so I decided to do a short ‘Let’s Talk’ post this Sunday)

 

Do you picture him/her with a face? I know I don’t haha. I’ll add the author’s description in (like having blond hair etc), but I usually picture a blurred figure.

 

Once I’ve seen the movie, I can no longer use my own imagination. I’m ‘stuck’ with the casts, and sometimes it sucks if the casts are not that close to what I’ve imagined.

 

So how do you picture them? As a movie star or some sort of cartoon-like figures?

 

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Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

Thank you Leannaatc and Kath for nominating me!

The Rules:

1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.

2. Put the award logo on your blog.

3. Answer the ten questions they’ve set you.

4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.

5. Nominate ten people.

 

Leannaatc’s questions:

If you had to choose between only ever reading a book once, or only being able to read the same ten books for the rest of your life, which would you choose?

Only reading a book once. I just can’t read the same ten books forever.

 

Thoughts on the Oxford comma?

I use it sometimes… Don’t really have any special thoughts on it though.

 

Explain the title of your blog.

Book – self explanatory; Olympus – I like mountains + Mt. Olympus was the home of the Twelve Olympus so Book Olympus is the home of books (kind of lame haha) + I love the PJO series!

 

Books: stand alone or series?

Definitely series! Stand alone is too short for me

 

You can change one thing about the world. What do you change?

Everyone on earth has his/her human rights. It’s the 21st century already and yet there’re a lot of people whose rights are not protected!

 

Which book are you most sentimental about?

The Book Thief

 

What’s your favourite colour?

Blue / Black. To be honest I’m pretty okay with all the colours 🙂

 

List three things you know to be true.

1. I’m constantly sleep deprived

2. I love sci-fi

3. I’d rather watch youtube than tv

 

You’re allowed to vacation in the setting of a book. Where do you go?

Saying ‘Hogwarts’ every time is kind of repetitive so I’d say New Beijing from the Lunar Chronicles. It wouldn’t be great if I ran into Levanna, but I’d love to see a world with androids and cyborgs and high-tech stuff in general.

 

Add “In Your Pants” to the end of the title of the last book you read. (For example, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire…in your pants)

Cress In Your Pants *(what? Haha)

 

Kath’s questions:

How many books have you read for this year? Choose your favorite one.


I haven’t read any yet since the start of 2015…

 

Paranormal or Mystery books? Why?


Most probably paranormal. Not a big fan of mystery – I guess I’m not really the detective kind of person.

 

Young Adult or New Adult? Why?


YA because I’m 15 right now and it’s easier to relate to the characters.

 

What is your favorite picture book?


I LOVED this comic series SO MUCH when I was small

 

Reading a Hardcover with or without dust jacket?


Of course I’d read it without the dust jacket. Dust jacket gets in the way when I’m reading and I don’t want to ruin it.

 

Stand alone with cliffhanger ending. Yay or nay?


NOOOO. NO. NO. NO. I want (need) the ending!!! If it’s a series then okay fine I can wait, but A STANDALONE? NO.

 

Favorite book line?


We believe in ordinary acts of bravery, in the courage that drives one person to stand up for another.

Life. Changing. Quote.

 

Most annoying fictional character for you?


Juliette in Unravel Me (I heard that she gets less annoying in Ignite me though). She just gets so emotional it’s kind of irritating

 

What’s your most favorite season to read?


Summer! Mostly due to the fact that I have more free time for reading during the summer holiday.

 

Not book related.

I started this thing called ‘Don’t Break the Chain’ on the 5th of January but broke it by not exercising everyday (opps haha. But hey I did exercise during PE lessons!)

 

My 10 questions are:

  1. Favourite author? Why?
  2. Do you read ebooks?
  3. Do you review every book you’ve read?
  4. Do you listen to music while you’re reading?
  5. Your opinion on audiobooks?
  6. If you could be a character for one day, who would you be?
  7. If you could change the ending of a book, which one would you change?
  8. If an alien visited you and asked you to show it a book, which one would you choose?
  9. The best song for your favourite book?
  10. Favourite book-to-movie adaptation?

 

I’ll nominate 5 people:

Inspired By Literature
BOOKISH UNICORN
Where Books Never End
MISERABLE AND MAGICAL
Serenity Books

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Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten 2014 Releases I Meant To Read But Didn’t Get To


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

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1. Ignite Me (Shatter Me, #3) by Tahereh Mafi

 

2.Dorothy Must Die by Danielle Paige

 

3. A Little Something Different by Sandy Hall

 

4. The Walled City by Ryan Graudin

 

5. Half Bad by Sally Green

 

6. We Were Liars by E.Lockhart

 

7. The Murder Complex by Lindsay Cummings

 

8.The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancey

 

9. Anatomy of a Misfit by Andrea Portes

 

10.Falling into Place by Amy Zhang

So many books, so little time. I hope that I could finish them within 2015 😀 (But there’re loads of releases this year…)

Conclusion: you can never clear your tbr pile.

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Taipei Book Haul

I went to Taipei with my family during the Christmas Holiday and bought these:

 

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It took me quite some time to find a bookstore that sells English books. (I guess English books are not so popular in Taiwan haha) They were wrapped with a plastic bag, unlike those in Hong Kong, so they are in perfect condition 😀

 

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They are gorgeous and I’m looking forward to reading them!

 

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Plans for 2015

New year, new start.

But before that, I have to take a moment and thank you all for your support! I know it sounds cheesy but it’s really great knowing that someone out there actually reads my posts (and that I’m not talking to myself haha). I’m glad that I joined the wonderful book blogging community and would never regret this decision.
Enough of this gibberish. Let’s dive straight into my plans for 2015 and what to expect.

 

1. I’ll be posting every Tuesday / Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Tuesday / Wednesday will be dedicated to memes. I won’t be posting two memes every week though.

 

2. Beyond the Book post will be a monthly feature
Researching requires time so I’ll be doing that every month.

 

3. Mock exam in late March
I won’t be active in March (sorry!) I’ll be busy preparing for my mocks and doing past papers.

 

4. Study leave for a month and a half!
After my mocks I’ll have no school until the end of my IGCSEs exams (mid-June). I’m quite positive that I could squeeze in some time for blogging 🙂

 

5. I won’t be setting any reading goals 
School is stressful enough and I don’t want to turn reading into a ‘liability’. I prefer reading whatever and whenever I want.

 

That’s pretty much it! I might change something throughout the year but we’ll see 😀

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 17: Favourite Book Tropes

Favourite Book Tropes:

Since I can’t really think of any favourite book tropes, I’ll talk about my least favourite book tropes today:

1. Instalove

I feel like it’s really superficial and that the characters doesn’t know each other well enough to be in a relationship. It honestly bugs me so much.

 

2. Love Triangle

I can tolerate this in some circumstances, but generally I don’t really like it. I don’t like drama, so naturally this is not my cup of tea.

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 13: Your Review Process

My review process:

1. Read the book
2. Take notes while reading
3. Link my thoughts together using sentences (lol)
4. Check for mistakes before uploading

 

I usually do the review right after finishing a book but I kinda slacked off recently. I finished Ready Player One ages ago and yet I haven’t write the post (opps)

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 12: Advice for Newbie Blogger

This is my 100th post! Newbie advices from a newbie:

1. Social Medias – Don’t be shy!

Social medias are REALLY important. Get a Twitter/ Tumblr/ Instagram account. They allow you to communicate with other bloggers/authors and get updated with events etc. You can also ‘advertise’ your book blog – it helps with traffic! Remember, don’t be shy. Talk to people. Chat with them. Ask them questions if you have any. The book blogging community is very friendly so don’t be afraid 🙂

Oh and I’ve almost forgotten to mention this – create a Goodreads and email account for your book blog! They are essential!

 

2.  Organisation

It’s difficult to maintain your book blog without organisation. The best way is to

  • Get a planner (either be digital or paper) and write down your blog schedule
  • Create an account that synchronises your notes with your computer and your phone (Google, Apple, Evernote etc) so you could access your drafts anywhere, anytime, any place.
  • Paste your html codes for layout in your note – it saves time as you could just copy and paste the code when you’re writing the post
  • Write down all your topic ideas

Time management is important too – don’t just spend all day on your blog when you have work to do. Divide your time well and get the most out of it!

 

3. Be persistent 

At first it’s kind of hard to keep your blog updated. You may lose motivation or the will to blog (if you don’t then good for you!). Don’t give up just yet. Once it becomes your hobby, everything will be easier. It’d be included in your a daily (or weekly) routine and you won’t be stressed.

 

4. Be unique

There are hundreds of book blog out there and you have to be original in order to stand out. Of course you can participate in memes and get ideas from other blogs, just don’t overdo it. Have something unique – some blogs might do more reviews and some blogs may do more bookish discussions; some blogs are ‘photography-based’ and some blogs are ‘text-based’. You could also create your own feature – you want people to be like ‘Oh XXX blog! The one with AMAZING photography’ but not like ‘Oh!.. Wait… which one?’

Don’t be afraid to voice out your opinions – if you don’t like the book, say it! If you have different view points on an issue, say it! Some people may disagree with you (and that’s totally normal), but don’t change your stance just to fit in!

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
– Steve Jobs

 

5. It takes time

Don’t rush. Don’t expect hundreds of followers in a few weeks (obviously) and don’t request for ARCs when you’re not ready! Post more reviews and build your blog. Slowly.

I personally don’t think that any shortcuts will work. From my experience on Instagram, followers gained through follow for follow usually don’t last long. So do your best and those who are genuine interested in your blog will follow you – and stay. Don’t forget to comment on other’s blogs too (an advice for myself)!

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 11: Most Popular Posts

#Top10Tuesday – Most Popular Posts:

 

1. Harry Potter Corner Bookmark

This is my personal favourite 🙂 I love DIYs since I was small and it was really fun making Harry Potter Corner Bookmarks

2. About

3. Top Ten Tuesday: Top Authors I’ve Only Read One Book From But NEED to Read More

4. Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

5. The Liebster Award

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

7. Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Book Characters That Would Be Sitting At My Lunch Table

8. Waiting on Wednesday: Afterworlds by Scott Westerfeld

9. Waiting on Wednesday: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

10. Opposite Books Tag

 

It’s 11:11pm 11/11 right know (woah there’re many 1s) and I haven’t finished revising for my Biology quiz tomorrow (epic fail)

So… I’ll go now (just had a study break)

Click those links above and happy browsing 😀

 

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