UPDATE: Brief Break

Hey, guys!

Sorry I haven’t posted in so long!

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Virtual cookie??
Or, how about some cake?

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Forgiveses?

I just wanted to let you guys know that I’ll be going on vacation, so I won’t be able to post. ( 😦 )

However, I’ll be able to start posting again as soon as I get back (around mid-August).

Anyway, that’s all I needed to tell you guys.

See you soon! 👋

 

Spring/Summer Layout Change

Well. It seems I have a problem when it comes to my blog layout.

So, I have devised a plan that allows me to change my layout occasionally (not so much that every time you visit my blog it looks different).

The layout of my blog will change with the seasons. So, during the winter I opted for darker themes, but as it is now spring (though where I live it seems the weather has chosen to skip over spring and head straight for summer), I’ve gone for a cleaner, brighter look. I may even keep this for the summer (ha, just kidding—you guys should know me by now).

Anyway, just wanted to update on that so you guys don’t think I’ve gone an changed my blog design for no reason (though it was kind of on the whim).

Thanks for reading! 🙂


P. S. Considering how many layout change updates I’ve posted, I’m realizing that I could create a separate category just for that.

Schedule & New Layout (Again)

I know. I have a problem. I don’t even know how many times I’ve changed my layout anymore. Was it 3 or 4? Is this the fourth or fifth time?

Anyway. I know I’ve said this many, many times already, but I really think I’m sticking with this theme. For a long time.

This theme really speaks to me. I chose to go for a darker theme—both figuratively and literally—and I love it.

I know you guys probably can’t imagine me as a negative or depressing person because I’m always so bubbly and excited about things on this blog, but I have my emo moments (quite often). And I think this theme really represents that side of me.

That said, let’s talk about my posting schedule. Sorry about my lack of posting for the past two weeks—I’ve been really busy and this week wasn’t the best week for me (to put it lightly). Sigh.

I have finally come up with a schedule though, which is a start. I really want to maintain a constant posting schedule this month, so fingers crossed that I actually do it.

I’m planning on posting once a week on Saturdays. I know that isn’t a lot, but at least I will be posting consistently instead of sporadically.

Also, I plan on putting up two posts today since this one isn’t book related, so anticipate a second post sometime later!

*whisper* I might also post another day—along with Saturday—some weeks if I’m feeling inspired or just want to share some thoughts. 😉

 

 

Bookmark Collection

Hi guys! I’m going to be sharing my bookmark collection, which, admittedly, is quite small because I have a bad habit of somehow losing a lot of my bookmarks. I am especially sad about losing my bookmark with Ernest Hemingway’s quote:

There is no friend as loyal as a book.

Which is very true.

I have 6 bookmarks (that I currently am able to locate) and a bunch of other magnetic ones that I won’t be including because they don’t fit into the aesthetic. 😉

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(Going from left to right) The first one a friend gave to me. When I first got it I loved it because the material felt super smooth and I liked the simple-ish geometric design.

The next one I received with a book I bought from Book Depository (don’t remember which one, oops). That one is the one I currently favor. I also am aware I’m supposed to color it in, but the design is so intricate and beautiful that I don’t want to ruin it. Besides, the lack of color gives it elegance.

The next two I received in OwlCrate boxes (I know, I could’ve posted unboxings, but I kind of forgot). *looks sheepish* The watercolor one is too pretty, so I don’t want to crinkle it or break it by using it. At this point, I might just keep it because it looks nice. The one advertising Carve the Mark I just have yet to use. I plan on using it soon though. Wouldn’t want to put it to waste. A bookmark is a bookmark. 🙂

The last two I bought because of the real flowers incased inside. I thought they looked so naturally gorgeous that I had to buy two. As you can see from how worn they are, I use those often as well.

Thanks for reading!

Do you have a bookmark collection? 


This post was inspired by A Book Blog’s post, so go check it out!

Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch Book Review

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Goodreads Synopsis: A heartbroken girl. A fierce warrior. A hero in the making.

Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now, the Winterians’ only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter’s magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.

Orphaned as an infant during Winter’s defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians’ general, Sir. Training to be a warrior—and desperately in love with her best friend, and future king, Mather — she would do anything to help her kingdom rise to power again.

So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore Winter’s magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she’s scaling towers, fighting enemy soldiers, just as she’s always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn’t go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics – and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.

I tried. I really did. I don’t DNF a lot of books, but this was one of the books that I actually couldn’t finish. There are only two things (normally) that put me off a book: a bad plot or terrible romance.

A lot YA fantasy books have romance, and I’m okay with that. I adore a great (especially slow-burning) romance. I can put up with a slightly cliché romance. The two things about romance that I cannot stand are insta-love and love triangles. Now, it depends on the love triangle. For example, I thought the love triangle in The Infernal Devices trilogy was a good love triangle. Love triangles that are either extremely cliché, ridiculous, or both are what bother me.

Unfortunately, that was the case with Snow Like Ashes. This book had a great plot. I was enjoying the book a lot before the love triangle was introduced. In fact, I was absolutely immersed in the world and story. When the romantic tension between Meira and Mather grew more prominent, I didn’t mind because they didn’t spend too much time being mushy gushy.

Then, we were introduced to Theron. This is where I bang my head on the wall *insert image of me doing that here*.

Not only was there a love triangle, but there was insta-love. My two biggest pet-peeves when it comes to YA romance. Theron himself wasn’t too bad (other than seemingly being obsessed with being incredibly bulked up like the Hulk), but the insta-love was terrible. Don’t even get me started.

Then, the love triangle was even worse. Of course the two guys have to get extremely possessive. I CANNOT STAND when guys get so possessive. It is absolutely unnecessary and ridiculous. I was ready to jump into the book myself and shake some sense into Mather and Theron. I tried to push on, but just couldn’t. With the direction it seemed to be going in, I had the feeling that I would have to endure an entire book’s worth of horrible manly possessiveness.

I could be wrong. I didn’t finish the book, so I don’t know what really happens in the end, but if the romance continues to be like that, I can’t continue. Even if the story is absolutely amazing, I will perpetually be thinking about the awful love triangle.

I don’t think I can continue the series since I couldn’t even get through the first book, which I’m very disappointed about because I had really high hopes for this trilogy.

Of course, everyone has different opinions, so maybe you’ll be able to dismiss the love triangle and enjoy the book.

Rating: 2.5 Stars

Thanks for reading!

Love Triangles

Hi!

Just a warning: This might turn into a rather long rant. You should probably grab a snack and a cup of tea (or coffee).

I am going to say this outright: I despise love triangles. I absolutely hate love triangles. They ruin a perfectly good book.

Love triangles are different from breaking up and finding a new person. I’m totally fine with that. That happens all the time in real life. But love triangles definitely don’t. At least, not love triangles like the ones in books.

Reasons Why I Despise Love Triangles

  1. They are extremely unrealistic. Who in their right mind would say or think: “I’m in love with this person, but he/she also is in love with someone else. That’s okay. We’ll just split our time with him/her. He/she can pick.”
  2. The main character NEVER picks the person I want him/her to end up with!
  3. Even if the main character picks the person I like, I still have to suffer through the ridiculous love triangle for the whole book (or even series).

Let me start with my first point. In every single book with a love triangle, the main character has to choose between two people. In the process, the main goes on “dates,” or at least spends time with, both people at the same time. Essentially, that is cheating. And, what is so infuriating is that the two people never seem to mind. They are totally fine with the person they’re in love with kissing and hanging out with another person.

Even if they aren’t really fine with it, the most they would do is complain a little bit. Never a lot. No, maybe a few tiny complaints here and there, but in the end, the main character can still spend time with both of them.

That has got to be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever heard.

Now, let me get to the second point. The main character NEVER picks the one I want him/her to end up with! EVER!

Examples (among thousands of others):

  • Will, Jem, and Tessa. (Spoiler) I know Tessa ended up marrying Will, but she still got back together with Jem at the end! Technically, Will was her second choice. She only picked him because Jem became a Silent Brother. So, she actually picked Jem. I wanted her to be with WILL.
  • Celaena, Dorian, and Chaol. Now, I’m aware they weren’t totally a love triangle as there are many other guys, but I’m just talking about the first book for now. I really wanted Celaena to choose Dorian, but obviously that didn’t happen. Sigh. I never liked Chaol. No offense to him (and Chaol lovers out there).
  • Lila, Kell, and Alucard. Well, Lila didn’t exactly choose anyone and some would say it isn’t really a love triangle, but I just don’t like Alucard, so I have to include this here.

I can’t really think of anymore love triangles off the top of my head, but these are the ones I’ve thought of for now.

But, I must rant about the love triangle that prompted me to come up with this post in the first place.

I just started reading Snow Like Ashes and I loved it as soon I picked it up. I couldn’t stop reading. Then, I HAD TO PUT IT DOWN BECAUSE THIS HAPPENED:

First,

“It’s not Mather’s full-face smile, but it still disarms me, making my legs weak under the layers of skirts and petticoats.”

Then,

“‘Well, I hope we get plenty of time alone together so you can convince me of your charm.'”

And finally,

“I place my hand in Theron’s, and his warm fingers tighten around mine as we move toward the staircase. Having him hold on to me gives me strength I didn’t expect.”

If this isn’t the start of a love triangle, then I don’t know what is.

Meira belongs with MATHER. NOT Theron. I repeat: she belongs with MATHER. End of story.

Perhaps sometimes the character picks the one I want him/her to pick. But, that just makes me hate love triangles more. If you’re going to make the main character choose someone, why make the reader suffer through the awful love triangle in the first place? Couldn’t you have just stuck with that person? WHY???

As for the budding love triangle in Snow Like Ashes, I still have the hope that Meira doesn’t end up actually falling for Theron and having to choose between him and Mather.

Someone please spoil that part for me. I just need to know who Meira ends up with. (Had to put that in bold so you guys would notice it.)

Whew. That was a pretty long rant.

Anyone else feel this way?


Image Disclaimer: The image above does not belong to me.

 

The Mystery Blogger Award

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Hi! I am incredibly excited right now because I’ve never been nominated for an award before. So, thanks so much Enni from A Book Blog (definitely go and check her blog out)! Also, this award was originally created by Okoto Enigma, so check out her blog, too. 🙂

Rules

  1. Put the award logo/image on your blog.
  2. List the rules.
  3. Thank whoever nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  4. Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  5. Tell your readers 3 things about yourself.
  6. You have to nominate 10 – 20 people.
  7. Notify your nominees by commenting on their blog.
  8. Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice; with one weird or funny question (specify).
  9. Share a link to your best post(s).

3 Things About Me

  1. I love choker necklaces.
  2. I really want to try figure skating (even though it’s too late for me to become a competitive figure skater).
  3. I recently started becoming obsessed with anime. (Anyone have any recommendations?)

Enni’s Questions

1. If you could be any book character, who would you want to be?

This is such a hard question. Um… Okay. I know this is obvious and a lot of people would choose this character, but Hermione Granger. I would love to be a witch and it would be great to have her sharp wits/intelligence. Or, a less obvious answer, Ananna from The Assassin’s Curse. She’s super badass, kind of like Celaena Sardothien because Ananna has magic too, except less chance of being killed. (Well, she may have an assassin after her, but you get what I mean. Being Celaena would be way too stressful. And too many guys after her. How in the world would I choose?)

2. What book are you planning to buy next?

I am trying not to buy any books for now. Hardcovers are just so expensive. But, if I were to buy a book next, I would buy Gemina by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff. Thank goodness my library has it though, so I can still read it. 😉

3. What is your favorite reading spot?

My bed. There is nothing better than lying on my bed, reading a good book. So comfy. But, if I were to drink hot cocoa or tea while reading, then the couch. Still comfortable (maybe not as soft as my bed), but sufficient if I want to eat a snack, too.

4. Which character would you choose to be your boy-/girlfriend?

If I were to choose a fictional character as my boyfriend, I would choose Dorian Havilliard. He’s just a great character. And, he loves reading. And has a giant library. I would have to explore his library. Plus, I think he’s really sweet. 🙂 ❤

5. What is the most times you’ve read one book?

Eleven. Or twelve. Or was it fifteen? I can’t remember. Somewhere around there. One summer I went on vacation and brought the middle-grade novel Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger (you guys should definitely read it) with me. As soon as I start reading, I couldn’t put it down. When I finished, I started it all over again. It was basically the only book I brought with me, so I just kept reading it over and over. I loved it.

6. Do you think that superheroes should wear a cloak?

No. I actually think superheroes wearing cloaks are a bit cliché (no offense, Superman, Batman, etc.) and kind of unnecessary. How does wearing a cloak aid a superhero in any way in saving the world?  There are so many “superheroes” in this world who don’t wear cloaks and do good deeds just like the classic superheroes. (Sorry for getting a bit deep there 😅 .)

Best Post

If we’re talking about my best post in terms of popularity, then My Reading and Blogging Goals for 2017. If we’re talking about my best post as in my favorite post, then My Top 10 Most Anticipated Reads of 2017 (I thought that one was the most fun to write, so far).

Nominees

Not sure if any of these bloggers have been nominated before, but here they are. (It’s not a requirement to do this—only if you want to.) 🙂

  1. Cup of Books
  2. Perksofbeingabookaholic
  3. rakioddbooks
  4. about a girl
  5. Frankly Books
  6. Books & Tea Leaves
  7. Sam’s life in books
  8. myworldofbooksweb
  9. Books and Musings
  10. the word wanderer
  11. Imagination in print

My Questions

1. Who’s your favorite actor/actress?

2. What countries have you travelled to, and what countries have you yet to visit that you wish to visit? 

3. How many books did you read in 2016?

4. What type of music do you listen to, and what song(s) is/are your favorite? 

5. Weird Question: If your hair could be any color, what color would you choose (minus the usual black, brown, or blond, and shades of those colors)? You can choose a mix of different colors, too! (Personally, I would love plum purple and silver hair, though I don’t think I’d dye my hair those colors in real life—I’m too much of a wimp.) 😛 😀

Extra fun fact about me: I love listening to music. You can find me with my earbuds in listening to music practically anywhere. Without music, I feel kind of empty. It provides solace. ♪ ♪ ♫ ♫

Anyone else feel this way about music? 

Again, I’m so happy about the nomination. I’m thrilled to see my blog developing, and definitely plan on developing it further this year!