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! 👋

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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!