Top Ten Tuesday: Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015

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Top Ten Books I’ve Read So Far In 2015:

1. Pivot Point by Kasie West

2. The Giver by Lois Lowry

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Two? TWO ONLY!? I just can’t believe that

I’m currently reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson, but it feels weird. Like the act of reading makes me feels weird. Maybe it’s because I’m still at the beginning of the story, it’s very difficult for me to get excited and be like ‘I HAVE TO READ IT’.

Anyway, I hope I’d be able to read more in the summer (I must). So what are your top ten books you’ve read so far?

 

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Book Review: Zali Luna: Movie Star

Book Title: Zali Luna: Movie Star

Author: Emma Jamvold

Genre: YA Contemporary

Ratings: DNF

Sixteen-year-old school girl Zali Luna has just been cast in her first Very Big Movie. But while going to Sydney and working with her gorgeous, world famous co-star Oliver Lamond is a dream come true, Zali also has a very big problem. She’s pretty sure that she’s the only sixteen-year-old girl in the world who hasn’t been kissed, and soon she’s going to have to kiss Oliver on screen. Zali’s determined to get some kissing practice in before the big day, but there’s her malicious rival, child star Emma Small to contend with, and then there’s Harry, who may have feelings for Zali that go deeper than just friendship.- Goodreads

Special thanks to Emma Jamvold for providing me a copy of Zali Luna: Movie Star

This book reminds me of a 12 years old diary. The writing is really simple and the description is not vivid enough. Oh and did I mention that I’m not really a fan of love-at-first sight? I accept this request because the blurb sounds good and I thought that it’d be a really fun and light-hearted story – turns out to be a cheesy one.

 

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#BookBlogWriMo Day 3: Where you read

I can pretty much read anywhere. I read in the mtr (aka underground or subway), on the bus, at school etc. I can read while standing, sitting and hand-standing (nah I’m joking)

 

Perfect place to read
I’d be curled up on my bed with a cup of hot tea besides me and a book perched up on my pillow. They’d be no stress, no distraction, no worries – perfect for an adventure.

 

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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.
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Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit


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Ten Places Books Have Made Me Want To Visit:

1. Hogwarts (duh)

 

 

2. USA

I’ve only been to California and I want to visit other states!

 

3. Russia

  

Well technically it takes place in Ravka, not Russia, but the Russian elements in it makes me want to visit there!

 

4. Camp half-blood

 

I’d be in Cabin 1 😀

 

5. Greece

 

6. Outer space

 

7. Germany

  

 

8. The Future

Not dystopian societies though…

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The list ends here… I’m running out of ideas 😛 Hope you enjoy it and I’ll see you tomorrow!

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


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Top Ten Books On My Fall To-Be-Read list

[I published this post using my phone and then when I checked it at home the covers were gone. What happened!?]

1. Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

 

2. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Mass

 

3. Find Me by Romily Bernard

 

4. The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkin

 

5. Not a Drop to Drink by Mindy McGinnis

 

6. Scarlet by Marissa Meyer

 

7. The Giver by Lois Lowry

 

8. 1984 by George Owell

 

9. Under the Never Sky by Veronica Rossi

 

10. Gone by Michael Grant

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Top 5 Favourite YA Dystopian novels

I’m starting a new series called ‘The Top 5’ where I’ll select the top five under a topic, which could be like ‘Top 5 To-be read’ or ‘Top 5 embarrassing unread books’.

To start off, I’m going to talk about my favourite genre – dystopia.

 

1. Divergent trilogy by Veronica Roth

Almost everyone has read this trilogy already so I don’t really need to introduce it. I’m going straight into why this is on the top of my list.

Firstly, the world building is AMAZING. It made the series interesting and different from other dystopias such as The Hunger Games. People are sorted (oh yeah Harry Potter) into different factions according to their personalities, which brought out an important message of how do you define yourself.

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This book is life changing. It taught me that being different is a blessing, not a curse. The protagonist, Tris, taught me what are the ordinary acts of bravery – standing up for others as well as yourself.

Oh and there are a lot of inspirational quotes in the book and that’s always a plus.

 

2. The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins

I’m not very fond of Katniss, but I really like how she is the Mockingjay, symbol of the revolution. I love how the citizens fight back and how Peeta refused to be changed by the games. The Hunger Games are brutal and violent. Even though the tributes would be honoured if they won the games, given money and fame, the characters refused to bow down and enjoy killing others. Power tends to corrupt, and the act of the characters fighting against it inspires me.

 

3. Legend trilogy by Marie Lu

Goodreads synopsis:

What was once the western United States is now home to the Republic, a nation perpetually at war with its neighbors. Born into an elite family in one of the Republic’s wealthiest districts, fifteen-year-old June is a prodigy being groomed for success in the Republic’s highest military circles. Born into the slums, fifteen-year-old Day is the country’s most wanted criminal. But his motives may not be as malicious as they seem.

From very different worlds, June and Day have no reason to cross paths – until the day June’s brother, Metias, is murdered and Day becomes the prime suspect. Caught in the ultimate game of cat and mouse, Day is in a race for his family’s survival, while June seeks to avenge Metias’s death. But in a shocking turn of events, the two uncover the truth of what has really brought them together, and the sinister lengths their country will go to keep its secrets.

Full of nonstop action, suspense, and romance, this novel is sure to move readers as much as it thrills.

This book is action-packed. Fast-paced. WONDERFUL. I remember flying through the pages, eager to know what’d happen next. I won’t write much about my thoughts here as I don’t want to spoil anyone. So if you haven’t read this trilogy yet, GO READ IT NOW.

 

4. Shatter me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi

Goodreads synopsis:

I have a curse

I have a gift

I am a monster

I’m more than human

My touch is lethal

My touch is power

I am their weapon

I will fight back

Juliette hasn’t touched anyone in exactly 264 days.

The last time she did, it was an accident, but The Reestablishment locked her up for murder. No one knows why Juliette’s touch is fatal. As long as she doesn’t hurt anyone else, no one really cares. The world is too busy crumbling to pieces to pay attention to a 17-year-old girl. Diseases are destroying the population, food is hard to find, birds don’t fly anymore, and the clouds are the wrong color.

The Reestablishment said their way was the only way to fix things, so they threw Juliette in a cell. Now so many people are dead that the survivors are whispering war – and The Reestablishment has changed its mind. Maybe Juliette is more than a tortured soul stuffed into a poisonous body. Maybe she’s exactly what they need right now.

Juliette has to make a choice: Be a weapon. Or be a warrior.

This, again, is a story about a girl who is different. Like Divergent and The Hunger Games, it is about the incredible journey of someone who is a square peg in a round hole.

The writing style is very unique. As you can see from the synopsis, Juliette crossed out some of her thoughts:

I have a curse

I have a gift

As I read, I feel like reading her mind. Sometimes she deletes her thoughts, as if she is fighting against them. This made the book special and engages me. Again, I would not share too much. I really love this book and it’s praised by a lot of people, so please, add it into your tbr list.

 

5. The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

Goodreads synopsis:

When Ruby woke up on her tenth birthday, something about her had changed. Something alarming enough to make her parents lock her in the garage and call the police. Something that gets her sent to Thurmond, a brutal government “rehabilitation camp.” She might have survived the mysterious disease that’s killed most of America’s children, but she and the others have emerged with something far worse: frightening abilities they cannot control.

Now sixteen, Ruby is one of the dangerous ones.

When the truth comes out, Ruby barely escapes Thurmond with her life. Now she’s on the run, desperate to find the one safe haven left for kids like her-East River. She joins a group of kids who escaped their own camp. Liam, their brave leader, is falling hard for Ruby. But no matter how much she aches for him, Ruby can’t risk getting close. Not after what happened to her parents.

When they arrive at East River, nothing is as it seems, least of all its mysterious leader. But there are other forces at work, people who will stop at nothing to use Ruby in their fight against the government. Ruby will be faced with a terrible choice, one that may mean giving up her only chance at a life worth living.

I’ve yet to read the 2nd and the 3rd book in this trilogy. But so far, I enjoy it. The story is interesting and I’d recommend it to all dystopia lovers.

So that’s my top 5 favourite dystopian novels! Feel free to comment your top 5. I hope you enjoy it 😀