Top 8 Favorite Childhood Reads

What better way to get the motivation to read than to remember the beginnings of our reading careers?

Here is a list of books or series that I adored when I was younger. Honestly, I am contemplating picking them up again because they’ll be incredibly quick reads and I know I’ll enjoy them. It’ll be another trip down memory lane…

  1. Let’s go way back, shall we? Does anyone remember the Magic Tree House series with Jack and Annie? I was obsessed with that series in elementary school. Those were the books I hoarded in my book cubby.
  2. Junie B. Jones. Another series I adored in elementary school. I’m pretty sure my favorite was the one about the big, smelly, yellow bus. Ah, the memories…
  3. The Chronicles of Narnia. Specifically, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. Gosh, I wished I could actually walk into a wardrobe and end up in another world. Every child’s dream.
  4. A Wrinkle in Time. I just remember there being so many theories on the time travel that occurred…
  5. Charlotte’s Web. Who could forget the lovable piggy, Wilbur?
  6. The Trumpet of the Swan. Ah, E.B. White’s books were the best. Louis is a mute trumpeter swan that can actually play the trumpet. 🎺
  7. Ella Enchanted. It is an interesting, fun story where Ella is forced to be obedient because of a “gift” (curse) bestowed upon her by a ridiculous fairy, but also tells a story relating to feminism.
  8. Bridge to Terabithia. I bet every child wants a magical kingdom to rule over (I actually came up with a magical kingdom of my own at some point, but it only existed in my head). Speaking of, isn’t the 40th Anniversary edition of the cover gorgeous?
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    What were your favorite childhood reads? 

Anything But Books Tag

As you guys can clearly see, I’m very into tags lately. 👍

Anyway. I really wanted to do this tag so you guys can learn a bit more about me. Okay, let’s get started with the questions!

1. Name a cartoon that you love.

Umm… Does anime count? If so, then Yuri On Ice. Still waiting for season two. Tick, tock…

Actually, an anime I was quite obsessed with at one point was Fairy Tail. Then I kept watching, and watching, and watching, finally realizing the end wasn’t even close to near. So, I kind of gave up. There were way too many episodes, though the show was quite interesting.

If you’re looking for a really long anime that you can continue watching for a long, long time though, then Fairy Tail is for you. The premise is really great and the characters all having very… unique personalities (though I actually didn’t really like Lucy, one of the main characters, as she was a bit annoying).

2. What is your favorite song right now?

If you read my K-Pop post, then you’d know I’m quite into kpop right now. However, I’ve gotten over my obsession with EXO (not that I don’t still love the group—I still adore the group members and their music), but I’ve branched out. There are two songs I’m really loving, so I’m going to list both because I can’t choose.

I’ll link to their music videos: “Fine” by Taeyeon (if you want to just listen to the music, skip to 0:22) and “Don’t Wanna Cry” by SEVENTEEN.

3. What could you do for hours without reading?

Watch YouTube. No hesitation there.

4. What is something you love to do that your followers would be surprised by?

Um, draw, maybe? I don’t think it’s very surprising, but I love to sketch and paint.

5. What is your favorite unnecessarily specific thing to learn about?

I don’t really have anything like that right now, but back when I was obsessed with EXO I was very interested in learning everything I could about the group. I promise I didn’t stalk them or anything, though. I just thought the members were fun. 😅

6. What is something interesting that you know how to do?

I can make a clover shape with my tongue.

7. Name something you made in the last year and show us if you can. 

Nothing here. I’m sure I’ve made something in the last year, but I just can’t remember what. Heh, heh… What a fascinating post this is turning out to be.

8. What is your most recent personal project?

Ah, finally something I have an answer to! Since I’ve become interested in kpop, now I’m trying to learn Korean. I mean, I might as well learn so I can actually understand most (or some) of the lyrics I’m listening to without having to look at the English lyrics, right? Also, I’d like to understand at least part of what they’re saying in talk shows and interviews without reading the subtitles. I find I kind of lose focus on what they’re actually doing because I’m too busy reading what they’re saying.

I’m making progress. Slow progress. I can read a lot of Korean, but now it’s matter of actually knowing/understanding what I’m reading. Korean is actually a bit like English in the matter that it has an alphabet and as long as you know how each “letter” is pronounced, you can sound out the words.

9. Tell us something that you think about often?

I’m assuming since this is an “anything but books” tag, I can’t say books (because I spend a lot of time thinking about them)? Hm… I suppose I think about the songs I listen to a lot. I try to figure out their meaning.

10. Give us something that is your favorite. 

Watermelon. I love watermelon. Oddly enough, I love watermelon as a fruit, but love banana flavored things.

11. Say the first thing that pops inside your head. 

… Friends? I have no idea why that popped into my head. I don’t even watch the show. But, I suppose friends are great to have, so my answer isn’t too bad.


So that’s it for this tag! I tag A Book Blog, Imagination in PrintBooks & Tea Leaves, and anyone else who wants to do this tag. 🙂

Thanks for reading!

Reader Problems Book Tag

Hi! I wasn’t tagged to do this, but I felt like doing one, so here I am. 😉


1. You have 20,000 books on your TBR. How in the world do you decide what to read next?

Umm… If I’m being honest, instead of choosing a book from my TBR, I usually add a book I want to read next. Heh… Heh…

But, if I had to choose, then I would just look through the list, find titles I’m interested in (I’ve got so many books that I normally forget what the majority of the books are about), look at the synopses, then pick a book. Or I just base it on my mood.

2. You’re halfway through a book and you’re not loving it. Do you quit or are you committed?

Depends on the book. Sometimes I quit, sometimes I go on. If I’m not liking a book, I either skim through a section and find a place I’m interested in reading and continue from there, or skip to the end (usually if I skip to the end I’m most likely not going to finish the book).

3. The end of the year is coming and you’re so close, but so far away on your Goodreads reading challenge. Do you try to catch up and how?

This is my first year participating in the reading challenge, so I haven’t had any past experiences like that. If I had to say though, I think I would try as hard as possible to catch up, but I wouldn’t beat myself up if I didn’t complete it. I would just be very disappointed in myself. Very. Very. Disappointed.

4. The cover of a series you love do not match. How do you cope?

Umm… I don’t really cope, as much as become annoyed at the publishing company for changing the cover but ultimately do nothing because honestly, what company would actually read an email complaining about the cover change and do something about it?

I would just read the book, enjoy the content, and try not to look at the cover.

Of course, many would say they could just buy the entire series with the new covers, but there was one problem with the Across the Universe trilogy. The covers were beautiful for the first two books, then they changed the cover of the third book, but I liked the original covers much, much better. I was quite disappointed with the cover change.

5. Everyone and their mother loves a book you really don’t like. Who do you bond with over shared feelings? 

Mm… Anyone I can find, really. I do try to listen to others’ opinions though. It’s always fascinating to hear about the other side.

6. You’re reading a book and you are about to start crying in public. How do you deal? 

I try really hard to suck in the tears, but if I can’t hold them in, then I just cry and let people judge. 😭

Or, you know, I just look up to see people staring at me and just laugh and point at myself and laugh some more to cover it up. 😂

7. A sequel to a book you loved just came out, but you’ve forgotten a lot from the prior novel. Will you reread the book?

Sometimes I’ll reread the first book, sometimes I won’t. It really depends on my mood. Just like Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton. I felt like rereading it, so I did. Then I picked up the second book.

8. You do not want anyone. ANYONE. Borrowing your books. How do you politely tell people “nope” when they ask?

I usually recommend finding it at the library. If it’s not at our local library, then it’s most likely at libraries near us. The person can definitely find it.

9. Reading ADD. You’ve picked up and put down 5 books in the last month. How do you get over your reading slump?

I stop reading for a small period of time, then find a quick read to get back into the groove of things. This usually works. Usually. Or sometimes I just give up and pick up a book when I feel like it again.

10. There are so many new books coming out that you’re dying to read! How many do you actually buy?

I pick the one I want to read the most (or I pick the one I think I’ll most likely read next), buy that, hesitate a bit because I really want to buy the other books too, and ultimately buy that one book and then check out the other books from the library.

11. After you’ve bought the new books you can’t wait to get to, how long do they sit on your shelf before you get to them?

Usually they sit there fore a while. Unless I really, really, really want to read the book. Then I would pick it up. But I’ll get to them eventually. Eventually. *whistles innocently*


If you want to do this tag, then I tag you! 🙂

Thanks for reading! 👋

BOOK REVIEW: The Love Interest by Cale Dietrich

Before I begin my review, I’m going to let you guys know that from now on, my reviews will be split into spoiler-free and spoiler sections. Alright, now that I’ve said that, let’s get to the actual review!

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Actual Rating: 2.75 stars

Goodreads Synopsis: There is a secret organization that cultivates teenage spies. The agents are called Love Interests because getting close to people destined for great power means getting valuable secrets.

Caden is a Nice: The boy next door, sculpted to physical perfection. Dylan is a Bad: The brooding, dark-souled guy, and dangerously handsome. The girl they are competing for is important to the organization, and each boy will pursue her. Will she choose a Nice or the Bad?

Both Caden and Dylan are living in the outside world for the first time. They are well-trained and at the top of their games. They have to be – whoever the girl doesn’t choose will die.

What the boys don’t expect are feelings that are outside of their training. Feelings that could kill them both.

SPOILER-FREE

First the Pros: The premise really intrigued me. I was so excited to read a book where the main characters fell for each other even though they were supposed to go for the girl (this is pretty obvious or at least mentioned in the synopsis, so this isn’t a spoiler). Also, this book was quite diverse, as it included a gay main character, as well as who I believe to be an African-American side character a bit later in the story.

The Cons: As soon as I saw the book on the shelves, I immediately picked it up. I wanted to read it as soon as I got the chance—I had been waiting for what seemed like forever to read this book.

Which is why I was so disappointed.

When I first started reading, everything seemed normal. As I kept reading though, I realized that I didn’t really like Caden. I felt disconnected from him. However, I went on because I just wanted to meet Dylan. Unfortunately, that didn’t really change anything.

The characters were quite… Flat. I suppose Caden changed a bit and Dylan’s personality developed more as we got to know him better, but I felt they were still quite generic, especially Caden (at least Dylan had layers). Nothing stood out to me. Even Juliet, the girl the boys were supposed to be competing over, was generic. She was the perfect intelligent, yet pretty, nice girl. The only characters I liked a bit were Natasha, Juliet’s best friend, and Natasha’s boyfriend, Trevor. They were the only ones who seemed to have depth. 

Now, another big issue I had with the book was the dialogue. It seemed incredibly unrealistic and forced at times. Yes, sometimes Caden’s words were scripted because he had to convince Juliet to fall for him, but it’s mostly the replies that bothered me. And here’s one from Juliet that really got to me:

“Oh, Caden, I’m so sorry to talk about dads after what happened to you. That’s the height of selfishness, complaining about a controlling father to someone who lost his. I’m so sorry.”

Caden’s response:

“It’s okay, Juliet, it happened a long time ago. I miss him, and I always will, but you don’t need to treat the subject with kid gloves. I had a dad I loved, and then he died. It sucks, but it happened.”

Okay—what teenager actually talks like that? Even if Caden’s words were scripted (and I don’t think they were), Juliet’s words definitely weren’t. Yet, she still said “that’s the height of selfishness.” Honestly, I don’t think I’ve ever met a teenager who would say that.

There are multiple examples throughout the rest of the book that causes the story to be a little less enjoyable because you know it’s not realistic at all.

As for the action in the book, it was too fast-paced. I felt like the author rushed through it to get to the end of the story. The book would have been much better if it was longer, or even split into a duology. The climax definitely occurred too quickly and took away from the story because I didn’t even have much time to absorb what big thing happened before the author moved on to something even bigger.

Don’t feel like you can’t pick up the book if you want to, though. Just because I didn’t enjoy as much doesn’t mean you won’t.

That’s it for the spoiler-free section. If you haven’t read the book, then thanks for reading, and see you in my next post! 👋

Now, if you have read this book, or you don’t mind spoilers, then let’s continue to the discussion.

SPOILER DISCUSSION

Let’s start with Juliet. I felt the main problem for this book was just how unrealistic it was, and this included Juliet’s easy acceptance that she had two guys who had opposite personalities after her. Sure, Caden is a Nice, but he was so nice that it was unbelievable. No guy is that nice all the time. Everyone has their moments, yet Juliet didn’t seem to see anything wrong with the fact that Caden was nice all the time.

Now, to the events that happened. When Caden told Juliet he was a Love Interest, she barely reacted. If I were her, I would have definitely been in shock. Juliet immediately agreed to help. Which is yet another unrealistic aspect of the book.

Also, when they took down the Stalkers and defeated the LIC so easily, I was incredibly disappointed. There was such enormous build up—the LIC had controlled so many Love Interests for supposedly centuries and when Caden and Dylan meet Juliet, suddenly they have the solution to all their problems? Suddenly they can take down the LIC just like this? *snaps fingers*

The takedown of the agency took way too little time. It wasn’t stretched out enough. The events just passed in a blur and then everyone was free.

Another, final, thing. Why did Dylan have to say that he really wasn’t gay and wasn’t in love with Caden? I suppose it created more drama, but it seemed a bit unnecessary to me. It actually reminded me so much of Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not. When Juliet said that Dylan was in denial, I flashed back to when I was reading More Happy Than Not and the guy the main character was in love with kept denying that he was gay at all.

For some reason, there I saw similarities between the writing styles, and I did not love the writing style in More Happy Than Not. Perhaps that is also what took away from the story for me.

What did you guys think?

Why I Started Blogging

Hello, again! I know it’s been a while, but I’m back!

So, today I’ve decided to post about why I started this blog. Hm… Let’s go for a trip down memory lane…

Okay. Now that I’ve gone down memory lane in my head, here’s why I began this book blog:

1. I’d always loved books. Even in elementary school, I was that kid who hoarded books in her book cubby so no one else would take them and I could read them whenever I wanted to. Honestly, that was kind of pointless because I would save some books I really wanted to read for so long that I would forget about them (and since they were in my cubby, no one else got to enjoy them)…

2. This one’s a bit more complicated. Before I discovered the booktube and book blogging worlds, I’d kind of been stuck in my own bookish world. Of course, I could have talked about books with my friends, but one friend didn’t have the same reading tastes as I did and the other one… Well, once you got my other friend to start talking, she would never stop. I wouldn’t have much time to interject with my own thoughts.

Anyway. One day I got the idea to search up book recommendations on YouTube, and lo and behold, I was introduced to the world of booktubing! So, I found many booktubers I liked, and that’s when I felt inspired to start my own channel. But there was one issue. I didn’t have the equipment. And I’m also quite socially awkward so I cannot imagine what would have happened if I got in front of a camera.

That is why I decided to become a book blogger. I get to post constantly about my love for books without the complicated equipment and social anxiety.

I am glad I made the decision to become a book blogger. I love it. I think of my blog as a little home to discuss books and book related things. 🙂

3. Is it odd that I enjoy typing? It’s a win-win situation. I get to talk about books on my blog all the time and I don’t hate typing.

Plus, I adore designing layouts. Choosing the right colors, the right images, and the best theme fit for my blog was quite entertaining, and sometimes (if you’ve been here a while, then you know what I mean) I change my blog layout on a whim just because I feel like it (or I’m bored).

Thanks for reading! See you soon in my next post!