November TBR

Happy November!

So… I know I haven’t posted in a while because of my hiatus. To those of you who weren’t aware I was on a hiatus (because you missed the post where that was included or something like that)—sorry about that.

Forgiveses? Here’s an adorable kitten as compensation.

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Me too.

Now, I don’t mean to be a let-down, but my hiatus technically isn’t over yet. I still need to focus on my schoolwork (or else the mountain of it will start growing again).

I just spontaneously decided to post something today (yeah, you’ll see a lot of that here). (Or maybe because it’s been a rough day and it’s finally over, so in my relief I’ve decided to post.)

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However, I’m hoping (key word is “hope” heh) to post once every two weeks so there’s at least a bit of continuity. I’ll most likely be posting Friday, Saturday, or Sunday.

Anyway. Let’s get to my TBR, shall we?

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1. The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead

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Full disclosure: I’m reading this book for school. This definitely isn’t something I would have normally picked up. However, I’m fairly certain this is somewhat of a mystery, so perhaps I’ll enjoy it.

Perhaps.

(Because I’ve read around 30 pages so far and I’ve been dreadfully bored, so…)

Hopefully it’ll get better. (I won’t give up—not yet.)

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2. The Puzzler’s Mansion by Eric Berlin

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I’m in the mood for some middle grade. They’re usually fun, easy-to-read, and shorter (which is something I need right now—gosh I couldn’t a read book about heavy topics with the stressed state I’m in right now; I’d probably go half mad).

Plus: Puzzles! Mystery! Mansions! OoH.

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3. London Belongs to Me by Jacquelyn Middleton

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I’ve seen this book everywhere around booktube and the blogosphere and many reviews have spoken well of it, so here I am! Plus, a lighter book will be a nice break. And. Obviously.

London.

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My TBR’s short because (as I’m mentioned before—so many times that you’re probably sick of hearing it) I don’t have time.

However, I’m hopeful because Thanksgiving’s coming up (I’ll definitely be posting then—be ready for a Thanksgiving-themed post!), so maybe I’ll have a bit more time to read.

Therefore, how about we say the fourth book on my TBR will be anything? A bonus book, perhaps?

+ BONUS BOOK


That’s it for this post. Thanks for reading! 👋

What are YOU reading this month?

 

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One Lovely Blog Award

Hello, lovelies! (See what I did there?)

I was honored to be nominated by Annastasia and Tracy over at Bibliofiles13, so thanks so much guys! 🙂 Don’t forget to pop over to their blog if you’ve got a few minutes to spare!

Rules:
  1. Thank the person who nominated you and link their blog.
  2. Add the One Lovely Blog Award logo to your post.
  3. Share 7 things about yourself.
  4. Pass this on to as many people as you like (max 15).
  5. Include this set of rules.
  6. Inform your nominees.

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7 Facts About Me!

1. K-Dramas. I love k-dramas even though they’ll probably be the death of me. I’ve also come to realize that k-dramas have a few similarities to books… And I’m going to name two of the big ones here.

  • Love Triangles. I. Can’t. Even. WHY. Of course k-dramas must have one of the two tropes that I absolutely cannot stand. Did I mention that in every k-drama I’ve watched so far, there’s been a love triangle? *looks distraught* *crisis over love for k-dramas and strong dislike for love triangles*
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Me.

  • Slow burn romance! YAY! I love slow-burn romances in books. Love, love, love. It’s just so much more realistic. Also, when the characters finally get together it feels so great because you waited so long.
    • Except with k-dramas? See, something you should know about k-dramas is basically everything is taken to the extreme. And let me just say: THE PAIN FROM WAITING SO LONG FOR CHARACTERS TO GET TOGETHER IS REAL.
      • This is mainly because the main characters are absolutely OBLIVIOUS to their feelings for each other and because of that darn second lead who completes every love triangle in a k-drama. Grrr.
      • Let me give you an idea what it’s like. Each episode is around an hour. It takes 10 episodes for the characters to finally kiss! 10 EPISODES of looks, jealousy, almost kisses, hugs, and awkward moments. *bangs head against table*
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I guarantee you. This took a billion episodes to happen.

2. I love kpop, too! Okay, so this post is turning out to be just an ode to my love for kdramas and kpop. Yeah.

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Also me.

3. I love writing almost as much as I love reading. Do I seem more like a normal person now? Heh. Heh.

4. I actually quite like French music! I like music in any language. 🙂

5. Not too much of a fan of regular pop music nowadays. It saddens me what a lot of these songs are about. However, there are still a few pop songs out there that give me hope!

6. When I was younger I used to carry giant stacks of books around the house every day to read. No joke.

7. I tried to learn calligraphy at one point. Not sure if I succeeded or not. Hm.

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Nominees:

Thanks for reading! 👋

 

 

 

 

 

 

DISCUSSION: Why Do Our Reading Tastes Change?

Hello! It’s procrastination heaven over here.

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Heh… Heh…

Yeah, this definitely explains why I’m posting a discussion post when I’ve got a pile (figuratively speaking—it’s more like a long list) of assignments sitting right next to me.

(Argh, why am I always more productive with this blog when I have other things to do, but when I’m free the inspiration never comes?)

*sigh* Oh, well… Let’s get to the discussion, shall we?

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Why do our reading tastes change?

(Because human beings are very fickle creatures.) (Or is that just me?) *looks around*

Okay, in all seriousness, here are two reasons why I think our reading tastes change:

  1. We grow up. That’s just how it is. We must age, just as parrots must squawk until your ears fall off. (I know this from experience. It isn’t fun.)
  2. We get tired of reading certain types of books because, like I said before, we are fickle creatures who are never truly satisfied.

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When we grow older, we change. We become more mature. We think differently. (All side effects of growing up, along with other, less… welcomed things *coughs*.)

For example, I used to be that person who devoured romance, and only romance. If a book didn’t have romance I didn’t touch it. *looks incredibly ashamed*

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Anyway… Now I realize the mistakes of my past, younger self. A book having romance is a nice touch, but it doesn’t have to have any. Actually, now bad romances annoy me.

Look, if you’re going to add romance to a fantasy, dystopian, contemporary, any-genre-other-than-romance book, then you should make it good. Otherwise don’t add romance at all.

Also. Love triangles. Can’t stand ’em.

And I’d like to remain at least a five-mile radius from insta-love, please.

See? How I’ve changed! *looks proud at self*

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Yes, humans are fickle creatures (stated bluntly by William Hague: “I know people are fickle”), and that is a reason for a change in our reading tastes, but of course there’s another factor to our fickleness: some books are just the same plot over and over and OVER again.

For instance, all dystopians seem to go along the same line…

The Hunger Games, Divergent… And so on. Even other dystopians that aren’t seemingly as similar to each other as The Hunger Games and Divergent are seem to follow a certain pattern most dystopians do.

The moral of the story: In the future our world will be even more messed up than it already is (which is heck of an achievement, humans *slow claps*).

Or, we just read too much of a certain type of book and just feel like you need a break. Or just get sick of it. Like me and romance. *ahem*

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Why do YOU think our reading tastes change? 


Image Credit: Featured background image belongs to Book Riot.

My September TBR

Ahoy, matey! *waves frantically*

Can you guess what one of the books on my TBR this month is related to?

(*whispers* Is it obvious?? *blinks*)

I know I just said I wouldn’t be able to post, but I’ve just been ITCHING to post something, so here I am. 

Ah, the woes of life…

Anyway. Maybe I should actually get to my TBR before a UFO comes crashing down to Earth and everyone loses their minds thinking the aliens will attack us even though they’re only peaceful, confused aliens. (Did that sentence make sense? Ignore me. I’m delirious from lack of sleep.)

Also, I’m aware that the month is basically half-over (whoops), but oh well. *shrugs sheepishly*

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1. Because You Love to Hate Me: 13 Tales of Villainy – Edited by Ameriie

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I’ve already started reading this book, and can I say—villains are so much more interesting than heroes. (Most of the time.) Although, I was honestly expecting some of the villains to be a bit more… evil.

However, some villains were downright kind. Until they became villains, of course. And even then. They were kind in their own twisted ways.

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Side Note: Oooh, that cover is so pretty.
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2. Song of the Current by Sarah Tolcser

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Pirates! (In reference to my earlier greeting.) (I know this from reading reviews). To be honest, I originally noticed this book on the library shelf and picked it up just because it was so beautiful (the title text is sparkly!). However, having read reviews, now I’m interested in the story too (not that I wasn’t interested when I first read the blurb 😅).

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3. Teeth by Hannah Moskowitz

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I really want to read this book. Badly. All thanks to Cait @ Paper Fury’s very enthusiastic review. I’m still waiting for this book to arrive though, so—*sits very impatiently waiting*.

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I know this doesn’t look like I’m being impatient, but CUTE DOGGIES!

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So, that’s it for my TBR because I’ll be lucky to even be able to finish all three of these books. I barely managed to squeeze time in for this post (just barely, as in I pushed back doing some assignments because I’m a procrastinator *looks very sheepish*).

Thanks for reading! 👋

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reading Habits Book Tag

I’m baaack!!

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ominous *for now…*

Sorry I was gone so long… Forgiveses? Again?

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I’m coming back with this post because, unfortunately, it might be a while before the next one comes.

I’m considering posting twice within these few days because I’d like to leave you guys with bit more material to read before I go on an, admittedly, longer hiatus. *heh, heh*

Here’s the explanation: I’ve got a really busy next few (haha few, no, it’s quite a few months) ahead of me, so I won’t have any time to post. At all, basically. Honestly, I’m not expecting to get much sleep from now on.

*whispers* (AKA I’ve got loads and loads of schoolwork coming my way. LOADS.)

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However, moving on to something much more positive, I’ll be sure to post once the holidays arrive! (AKA Thanksgiving + the many holidays that occur in December.)

I am also planning on changing the theme (no worries—only temporarily this time! 😅 ) into something festive when the time comes, so there’s also that to look forward to. 🙂

Now, that’s enough explaining (aka me babbling a lot), so let’s actually get to the tag.

Onward!

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1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?

As I’ve mentioned before, this answer is a bit boring (ahh please don’t abandon me just yet), as I normally just read at the table (come on, it’s comfortable and I don’t have to strain my neck or back), or my wonderful, wonderful bed.

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2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

Mmm… Depends. I used to use random pieces of paper or post-its, but since I’ve got a collection of bookmarks now, I just use those. (Though when I’m feeling lazy it’s just -*whoosh* *swipes random paper from table*.)

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3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/a certain amount of pages?

Normally I just stop reading. I mean, I don’t want to set a certain amount for myself to read up to. Reading is usually for leisure, so I don’t want to put any pressure on myself to read a specific number of pages.

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4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Mhm. Definitely. It *enhances the reading experience*.

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5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

I listen to music when I read. For some reason, sometimes I feel like I have to be doing two things at once. That’s how my book playlists form. The music I listen to while reading that book is the music that creates the playlist for the book.

In a way, music helps me become absorbed in a book. Anyone? Anyone? No one? Okay…

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6. One book at a time or several at once?

I don’t do it intentionally—I swear! Somehow I just always end up reading multiple books at once.

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7. Reading at home or anywhere?

Anywhere. Including restaurants when waiting for the food to arrive. See, most people get annoyed when they have to wait a long time for food, but I just see it as more time for me to read. 😊

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8. Reading out loud or silently in your head?

Silently in my head, of course. Unless I’m reading to someone else. I have discovered that reading out loud takes a significantly looonger amount of time.

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9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I suppose you could say I read ahead a bit because sometimes when I’m getting info-dumped I get bored and skim the giant paragraphs (sometimes I skip one or two paragraphs altogether). Or, if I’m not really interested in a book I skim and skip over pages until I reach the interesting parts. Heh. Heh.

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And other times there are very valid reasons for skipping a page. 😭 😭

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10. Breaking the spine or keeping it new?

As much as I want to keep the spine new, I always end up breaking it, so I’ve given up on that dream and just accepted it.

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11. Do you write in your books?

Nope. Only post-its, or nothing. Plus, there’s something really satisfying about seeing and feeling the post-its sticking out from the pages. (Or is that just me…? 😅 )

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12. Who do you tag?

Anyone. Everyone!

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P.S. I’m trying out inserting a feather in between every question for my tag posts. Yes? No? Too much? Feedback would be wonderful!

 

 

 

 

 

Summer Biannual Bibliothon Book Tag

Hi guys!

I may have just found out this was today’s challenge (whoops), so I’m kind of scrambling to pull this together (oh dear).

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Alright, let’s get started. First, the host of this challenge is Nana over at 4TeenLiars, so be sure to check her out!

Now let’s get to the tag.

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 1. What are you planning to read for the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

I’ve created a TBR for this, which consists of four books: Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel, The Witches by Roald Dahl, The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee, and Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi.

Also, I started Palace of Spies today. (Just thought I’d add that there. Um. Yeah.)

2. What is your favorite genre to read in summer?

Contemporary. All the way. I know, I know, everyone says this, but there’s a reason why. I mean, what better way to spend your summer than reading about someone else’s summer? (A lot of contemporaries are set during summer vacation.) (Although any contemporary will do. All light and fluffy books are good 👍.)

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3. Where is your favorite place to read in the summer?

Honestly? Not much different from during the winter. *looks sheepish* Either the table (boring, yes, but also comfortable because I have to bend down a lot reading on the couch and then my neck and back start aching, but at the table it’s the perfect height and position 👌), or my bed.

I love my bed.

4. What is your favorite challenge done in the Summer Biannual Bibliothon?

My favorite challenge is read a book with less than 1,000 Goodreads ratings. We really should read more underrated books. 🙂

5. What fictional character would you hang out with in the summer if you could?

There are so many to chose from—how am I supposed to pick?

Okay, I suppose I’ll pick Emily and her gang (Frank, Matthew aka Collins, and Dawn). Oh, and Sloan. Come on! They’re the perfect summer buddies. (And it’d be pretty cool to see what’s on Emily’s list that we can complete together. 😉 )

6. What are your plans for summer?

Mmmm… This summer is rather uneventful, but I am going to the beach in August. It’ll be great to relax on the beach and read a good book. ☀️

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7. Do you have summer reading playlist, if not what would be on it?

I do, in fact, have a summer reading playlist, although it might be an issue listing it here because it’s umm… a bit long.

Also, it may or may not consist of only kpop songs. Heh, heh.

But, I do have a few recommendations that are really fit for summer.

  1. “Why” by Taeyeon
  2. “Ko Ko Bop” by EXO
  3. “Closer” by OH MY GIRL

8. What is your favorite summer movie?

*thinks really hard* *keeps thinking* *can’t think of anything* Aha! Legally Blonde. Elle Woods was the best.

9. What book do you read every summer, if not what thing do you do every summer?

I either reread the Percy Jackson series or try to get over procrastinating (the procrastination part is a work in progress).

10. What other book tags are you planning to do this summer?

Hmm… Maybe the Reading Habits tag.

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Thanks for reading! 👋


Bonus Song:  “Forever” by EXO (I know, I know, my friend called me a “walking advertisement for kpop” the other day).

 

 

 

Summer Biannual Bibliothon TBR

The Summer Biannual Bibliothon is coming up, and I’m excited to say that this is my third time participating! (Goes from July 23-29.)

You know what’s even better about this year?

There are blog challenges!!

Of course, these challenges are just for fun, but no matter. *does happy dance*

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Or how about a cutesier dance, reminiscent of the good ol’ Tom and Jerry days?

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Now, all we have to do is wait for these challenges to be revealed. *sits and waits impatiently*

Anyway.

I used to think I’d read seven books to complete all seven challenges (hahaha—who was I kidding?), but I now know that isn’t happening because I failed to do so the past two times I participated in this reading challenge.

So, this time I’m being realistic (it’s a new thing I’m trying) and have chosen just four books. 👍

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1. Palace of Spies by Sarah Zettel (Read From a Host’s Favorite Genre)

This relates indirectly to my current obsession with all things French. You see, I have given up slightly (only slightly—I’m still searching, so if anyone’s got any suggestions…) on finding books set in Paris (or other parts of France), so I have expanded my horizons to Europe.

And that’s when I remembered this book. I’d been perusing the shelves of my library one day when this book drew my attention (I mean, it’s called Palace of Spies), but I’d never gotten to actually reading it.

Now I’ve got the chance since I know it’s set in England, most likely Victorian England. (There was a time when I was obsessed with this too, though I still love books set there—if it isn’t a genre, it should be. There are so many historical fiction books set in this time period.)

Oops, that reminds me, almost forgot to add—this book pertains to Caz’s favorite genre. You guessed it: historical fiction!

2. Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi (Read a Book That Has Been Banned)

I’ve seen this book floating around the blogosphere (that’s a thing people say, yes?), and it intrigued me.

I don’t read a lot of nonfiction, so reading a book about the Islamic Revolution by a person who actually lived through it (made more interesting because she was a child at the time—a kid’s perspective makes everything better) would be a great option.

Also, there might be the fact that this book is technically both a memoir and a graphic novel.

What? Graphic novels are perfect for read-a-thons! *knows some of you are silently judging, but doesn’t care*

3. The Witches by Roald Dahl (Throwback Challenge)

As I’ve mentioned before, Roald Dahl’s books were my childhood. My childhood. *holds hand over heart*

So, I’ve chosen the “read a childhood book,” or something along those words, challenge, and what better book to pick than The Witches? 

Now that I think about it, that book must’ve been pretty scary to some children… (I know I was a bit creeped out when I first read it). They probably started believing witches existed. Do they? *looks around nervously*

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4. The Gentleman’s Guide to Vice and Virtue by Mackenzi Lee (LGBTQIA+)

*squeals very loudly*

This book might have been my most anticipated read of this year. Now that it’s been released, I cannot wait to read it.

In fact, I’m just itching to pick it up right now… *slaps own hand* Stop it! Must. Have. Self-control. *struggles*

*gasps* And I have just read a review of the book and it mentions the book takes place in Paris at some point!

Oh, book, you and I were meant to be. (Okay, okay, enough drama 😂.)

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Alright, that’s my TBR!

Are you participating in the biannual bibliothon? If so, is this your first time participating? What books are you planning on reading?

Let me know in the comments below! (Just realized that rhymes.)

Thanks for reading! 👋