It’s a Wrap!: April 2018

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Hello beautiful people! Another month has passed and everybody got older and the seasons have changed and here I am, still struggling with life. Just kidding. April wasn’t the most productive reading month for me because work has taken over my life as my boss went on holidays which made me responsible of doing a lot of her jobs. It has come to an end though! Albeit now I am left with this huge, looming cloud of stress. Ahh, how lovely is it to adult.

Before I digress too much, let me tell you guys what I’ve been up to this month. In total, I’ve read five books. Actually, not that bad as I thought.

 

As you can probably tell, I was in a bit of a mystery/crime/thriller binge and boy did Karin Slaughter fulfill that craving for me. She is hands down my newest favorite author and will then proceed to buy and collect all of her works wuahahaha. I have a review up and posted for Pretty Girls and The Good Daughter if you guys want to check it out! P. S. there’s quite a bit of restrained fangirling in there :’D

Besides those books, I mostly was listening to music (my newly re-found love for K-pop) and podcasts because I was just in such a shitty mood for the most part of the month. Nothing really new besides that. I’m also going to be accepting review books this month so let’s just hope that I’ll learn how to say no and actually manage not to over book myself and be totally drained lol.

Anyway, not the longest post but just want to let you guys know what I’ve been up to last month! How was your April? Any awesome goals you plan on achieving this month? Comment down below, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: The Good Daughter by Karin Slaughter ★★★★★

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The stunning new novel from the international #1 bestselling author — a searing, spellbinding blend of cold-case thriller and psychological suspense.

Two girls are forced into the woods at gunpoint. One runs for her life. One is left behind…

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy small-town family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father — Pikeville’s notorious defense attorney — devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself — the ideal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again — and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatized — Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case that unleashes the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime that destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried forever…

Packed with twists and turns, brimming with emotion and heart, The Good Daughter is fiction at its most thrilling.

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My thoughts:

Can you guys tell how much I got hooked after trying out one of her books? It was intense and awesome and I couldn’t get enough of it so I decided to try some more! This book is another one of her standalones and I got it on my library’s hoopla app as an audiobook and since I wasn’t feeling like reading at all, I decided to give it a go.

My goodness guys, if you’ve read Pretty Girls and thought that that was intense? This one was too, although in a different way. This book gave me so much empathy to the main characters because I was among them throughout their whole life pretty much, before and after the terrible tragedy that happened to them. I felt their fear, anger, humiliation and grief. It even got a bit too much for me at one point that I had to stop listening for a bit to gather myself.

I think Karin Slaughter does a fantastic job at showing how tragedies can affect people, because as strong as we are, we’re also extremely, extremely fragile. Alas, it comes with being human. This book also shows how many different ways grief manifests in different people. Some become angry while others become hollow versions of themselves.

This story made me laugh, cry, worry, and feel a plethora of emotions, sometimes all at once. It makes my heart happy to see siblings with an awesome relationship being showcased in a narrative because I resonated with that deeply. It also made me solidify my belief not to take life for granted, instead, to be thankful of it every waking moment that I have.

As a last note, this has plenty of triggers. It mentions extreme violence, abuse, violence towards women, murder, and rape among others. If I have missed anything, my apologies, but you get the gist. This is not an easy book but if you can manage it, I highly recommend you to read it. Karin Slaughter will definitely be an auto-buy/auto-read author for me from now on.

 

Have you read any of her works? Do you have any other author/book suggestions similar to this? Please comment down below to let me know, let’s have a chat!

 

 

Lots of love,

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This or That Book Tag

This or ThatI wasn’t tagged by anyone but I thought it was interesting so I decided to do it! This tag is originally made by Ayunda @ Tea and Paperbacks 🙂

 

Reading on the couch or reading on the bed?

On the couch. I always, with no fail, fall asleep when I try to do anything on my bed so I stopped trying haha. I also can’t study or do anything that is required any concentration there. It’s cool though! It’s the only place I can relax and fall asleep almost instantly.

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Main Character: Male or Female?

I don’t have a preference although I tend to read more books with female main characters. I have to diversify more! Any good books with bad ass male characters you recommend?

 

Sweet or Salty snacks while reading?

I don’t eat while reading! I can’t concentrate enough of the book when snacking so I refrain from doing it. Plus, I don’t like dirty fingers touching my books lol. I will however drink tea because tea is life ❤

 

Trilogies or Quartets?

Both? It’s not the book format that I’m into but the quality of the story and if the succeeding books is needed that I care more of. If I could read more books about a story though I prefer that!

 

First Person or Third Person POV?

First person. I feel more empathy with the story that way unless the author is particularly good at telling the story from a third person point of view then I’m in! I like to feel like the main character of the book sooo, yeah.

 

Night or Morning reader?

Night for sure. Although I can do a bit of reading during daytime as well if I’m particularly bored or if I don’t have anything else to do. I treat reading as an activity to wind down and relax so my brain is automatically triggered to feel all tired and sleepy when I start reading so I refrain from doing it in the mornings for the most part.

 

Libraries or bookstores?

IF I had to choose? Libraries because I can go ahead and read/borrow any book that catches my attention 🙂 If I had the money though, definitely the bookstore. At the end of the day, I love both places because they are filled with wonderful worlds in tomes ❤

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Books that make you laugh or books that make you cry?

If I’m feeling pretty stressed, I prefer books that will make me cry. Crying can be such a cathartic thing and it always leaves me refreshed and less stressed/anxious. It also clears my skin for some reason haha. I also love books that make me laugh of course but so far I haven’t found anything that really did that to me 😦

 

Black or white book covers?

Black. I always thought it looked better having color contrasted against a black background. OR just plain black also works haha.

 

Character driven or plot driven stories?

Character driven. Before, I used to prefer plot driven stories but I realize now that it irks me more than anything when the plot progresses but the character has no growth whatsoever because it’s such a frustrating thing to read. It mostly leads to scenes that could have been prevented or could have been cut out of the story line if the main character could have some more maturity out of the things that has happened to them. Anyway, I still enjoy plot driven stories, just not my first pick.


 

So there’s that! This was a fun tag to do, definitely helped me get out a little bit of my blogging slump 🙂

Do you prefer your libraries more or bookshops?

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter ★★★★★

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Synopsis:

#1 internationally bestselling author Karin Slaughter returns with a sophisticated and chilling psychological thriller of dangerous secrets, cold vengeance, and unexpected absolution, in which two estranged sisters must come together to find truth about two harrowing tragedies, twenty years apart, that devastate their lives.

Sisters. Strangers. Survivors.

More than twenty years ago, Claire and Lydia’s teenaged sister Julia vanished without a trace. The two women have not spoken since, and now their lives could not be more different. Claire is the glamorous trophy wife of an Atlanta millionaire. Lydia, a single mother, dates an ex-con and struggles to make ends meet. But neither has recovered from the horror and heartbreak of their shared loss—a devastating wound that’s cruelly ripped open when Claire’s husband is killed.

The disappearance of a teenage girl and the murder of a middle-aged man, almost a quarter-century apart: what could connect them? Forming a wary truce, the surviving sisters look to the past to find the truth, unearthing the secrets that destroyed their family all those years ago . . . and uncovering the possibility of redemption, and revenge, where they least expect it.

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My thoughts:

I am so happy I decided to try an audiobook in hopes of getting out of my still prevailing slump. I recently saw a review of this on YouTube and it made me interested to read it because a lot of people described it as a very gory/violently graphic novel. I love to be shocked with the stories that I read so I checked it out. This was incredible. I haven’t read any of Karin Slaughter’s books before and now I am sure that I will be reading her works from here on out.

The story had a lot of twists and turns and it really made me feel a lot of different things. Grief, despair, fear, disgust and the sweet, sweet joy of justice in the end. I think the execution of the relationship between Lydia and Claire was well done, especially regarding the circumstances that they have been through. I felt for their parents and them about the loss of their sister. I cried lots of times throughout the book because I was angry and I felt helpless. Admittedly it doesn’t take a lot to move me because I feel things deeply but this book still made a different impact and I’m glad I read it.

Karin Slaughter is such a great writer because a lot of her twists, I never even thought of. At the end of every chapter there is a new revelation, a new layer of sickness and psychopathy that just made my stomach turn. For the most part I don’t have any dislikes about the story. Maybe it dragged a bit at some point near the end with the ‘rescue’ scenes but it quickly righted itself in my opinion. And the end, oh my goodness, the end is super satisfying. I didn’t think of the direction it was gonna go in but I appreciate that it surprised me.

This is not for the faint of heart. IF you can read it, I highly recommend you to. Trigger warnings for rape and heavy violence but other than that this is a brilliantly written book that can mess with you.

Have you guys read this? Or any of Karin Slaughter’s other novels? Comment down below, let’s chat!

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas ★★★★

Warning! Don’t read the synopsis if you haven’t read this book yet, spoilers ahead.

 

Synopsis:

Looming war threatens all Feyre holds dear in the third volume of the #1 New York Times bestselling A Court of Thorns and Roses series.

Feyre has returned to the Spring Court, determined to gather information on Tamlin’s manoeuvrings and the invading king threatening to bring Prythian to its knees. But to do so she must play a deadly game of deceit – and one slip may spell doom not only for Feyre, but for her world as well.

As war bears down upon them all, Feyre must decide who to trust amongst the dazzling and lethal High Lords – and hunt for allies in unexpected places.

In this thrilling third book in the #1 New York Times bestselling series from Sarah J. Maas, the earth will be painted red as mighty armies grapple for power over the one thing that could destroy them all.

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My thoughts:

This review has been long due but oh well, what can I do. I binge read this trilogy sometime this year and until now, it still is my favourite fantasy book series of 2018. Granted, I haven’t done that much reading just yet but I still have 9 months to catch up! Anyways, before I get distracted out of the topic, here we go.

In this final book of the trilogy, you do see a lot of questions answered as well as new ones crop up. The romance between Feyre and Rhysand continues to be really awesome and I just can’t get enough of them! The chemistry between the both of them and even the other couples is really strong and add the great writing (aka lots of quotable lines) and you have a book that will not let you sleep. I was literally up until 4am because I couldn’t fathom having to sleep not knowing what’s happening next. There were a few parts that got me sad as all heck but it ended a bit more happily so I lived through it lol.

For some reason this book didn’t quite feel as worthy of five stars as the second book though. The battle scene at the end of the book was awesome but at the same time I felt that it needed just a teeny bit more detail or build up? It’s probably just me though, just a personal preference. The ending also was less exciting than the previous two books but I’ll chalk it up to the closing of an old story arc and the opening of one.

I am sad that this particular story line is over but also excited to know that there will be more books set in this world because I AM NOT READY TO LEAVE! It will be like Harry Potter for me when all the books ended and we’re not really seeing any new story arcs that are turned into novels (or a series or two) *sad face*. I’ll definitely be picking up A Court of Frost and Starlight when it comes out this May though! I am super excited you guys.

That’s all for today! I don’t think I did a great job at writing down my thoughts cohesively but I hope it still is comprehensible. Any of you guys read this? What did you think? Also, are you planning to read the next novel or have you decided to be done with this story?

Comment down below, let’s talk!

 

 

Lots of love,

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Life Update: March 14, 2018

Hey guys! I know I haven’t been that active here lately, and yes I also know I’m not obligated to be perfect in running my blog. But I thought I might share how my life is going so far. I’m currently in a book reading rut right now and admittedly, I haven’t tried doing anything to get out of it. I have recently been diagnosed with adult ADHD (to my relief) because I finally have an explanation for the things I’ve been experiencing since I was younger.

Even in my earliest memories I’ve always been severely distracted, not paid enough attention. I have also always made the silliest mistakes because of my lack of focus, which also made me lose things like crazy and not have enough concentration to remember a lot of things. There’s still a lot of symptoms that I’ve been experiencing ever since that I just chalked up to basically not trying hard enough and even because of the poorness of how I took care of myself.

This has also been the main reason I developed depression and anxiety in the first place, seemingly out of nowhere. I was having a hard time coping with life in general and everything overwhelmed me. I didn’t do that bad at school because I became adept at memorizing information right before an exam and regurgitating it during and then completely forgetting it afterwards. It’s not the most efficient and not the best but that was how I managed. Add the fact that nobody thought something was up with me and they kept on blaming it on me.

To my relief, there was an explanation. I am currently taking medication for it and the difference is like night and day. I still have to go to therapy to undo my bad habits that I accumulated as a coping strategy but it is better than going there to stop myself from killing myself.

Because of all this, all the months of disorganization with regards to my life and even with this blog has piled up and while I am slowly straightening things out, it’s still a lot of things to make sure I get to and right now I just don’t feel like this is the biggest priority. I’ll get back to it. I just have to take things one step at a time. This year has been good to me so far and I can’t wait to see what it has in store for me.

How are you guys? Is the new year treating you well?

 

Lots of love,

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The Liebster Awards!

Liebster3-500x500This has been long overdue. I’ve been nominated by Chaz from Life of Chaz about a month ago and I just got around to doing it *whispers* thank you! It took me a long time but hey, let’s go!

Soo…

What is the Liebster Award?

The Liebster Award is an award that exists only on the internet and is given to bloggers by other bloggers. The earliest case of the award goes as far back as 2011. Liebster in German means sweetest, kindest, nicest, dearest, beloved, lovely, kind, pleasant, valued, cute, endearing, and welcome.

Check out the rules here – 2018 Liebster Awards

Let’s get to the questions, shall we?

1. You have to team up with one villain to try to conquer the world – Who are you going to choose as your partner?

A villain? Well.. I really don’t have any villain in mind who can conquer the world. oes Rhysand from A Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy count? I mean he was kind of a villain in the first book. So, eh?

2. What do you think sets your blog aside from other ones that you’ve seen – What’s that special quality that your blog has?

The fact that everything on my blog is me. The voice that everyone hears when they read my posts is exactly me. My opinions, no matter how nicely worded it is, or how genuinely I appreciate everything is not influenced by anything or anyone. Yes, I still have to come across books or some topic that I genuinely dislike but keep in mind, I also am very optimistic with a lot of things sooo yeah.

3. What is your favorite reading place and why?

If the weather is gorgeous, at a park near my house, or even under the tree in front of my house. Just anywhere outdoors. If it’s winter, a coffee place near my library. If all else fails, my room.

4. Which fictional character do you identify yourself with the most?

I don’t know yet. I’m still not done with discovering stuff about myself. Maybe someday, someone will pop up 🙂

5. What is your favorite ending to a book/movie/tv show?

I have to be honest, no matter how good a book/movie/tv show is, I never have a favorite because I get attached to stories and it’s always sad for me to end a world.

6. What is a goal that you are looking to accomplish in 2018?

To make blogging a more regular thing in my life. And lastly to make sure my mental health will be at its tip top shape by the end of the year. I’m done with being depressed, of not being in control of how my brain works. I’ve found something that works, I just have to make sure I do the work that comes with it.

7. Is there a cliche or trope in any form of entertainment that you just hate?

The never ending misunderstanding to cause more freaking drama. I wish writers could write more stories that actually has good communication but the plot twists are legitimately circumstantial even without the miscommunication. Infuriating.

8. What is your favorite song/band?

North American one? Fall Out Boy. Other nations? Lots more.

9. How do you decide what is going to be the next read?

I’m a 100% mood reader so whatever catches my eye. I’ve tried TBRs, even book suggestions, nothing works except choosing based on my mood.

10. How have you changed since starting a blog?

I’m much less afraid to say what I want to say. As long as I’m not deliberately hurting anyone and I’m not being rude, I’ll say it. I deserve to be heard too.

 

So there it is! Before I tag anyone here are my questions:

  1. In a perfect world, what kind of career/life will you choose to have?
  2. What’s one of your most irrational fears?
  3. List three things that never fails to bring a smile to your face.
  4. As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?
  5. What’s your first memory?
  6. If you could become an expert in any subject or activity, what would it be?
  7. Realistically, if you won the lottery, what would you do with the money?
  8. How would you describe yourself?
  9. In your opinion, what are the top ten qualities that a good friend should have?
  10. What would you ask for if a genie granted you three wishes?

 

Now, I tag:

Thebooknooknae

The Bookaholic Blurbs

Lattes, Lipgloss and Literature

LFBooks

Booknerd Travels

The Godly Chic Diaries

Diane from Diane Moments

Anaskies Bookish Musings

The Cursed Books

Book Review for Bookish People

 

None of you guys have to do this post and answer my questions but I would love to read your answers if you decide to!

That will be all, I hope you guys enjoyed it! Stay awesome!

 

Lots of love,

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The Sunshine Blogger Award

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Technically, I have been nominated for this award twice now but due to circumstances, I haven’t been able to respond to it yet. But do not fret! For I finally had the courage and the time to actually make this post a thing. To begin with, I want to thank Jennifer from The Kinging Queen and Ashley from Ashley in Wonderland for considering me to be a nominee, you guys are awesome! Please check them out too, they’re worth it.

 

THE RULES:

  • Thank the person who nominated you in a blog post and link back to their blog.
  • Answer the 11 questions sent by the person who nominated you.
  • Nominate 11 new blogs to receive the award and write them 11 new questions.
  • List the rules and display the Sunshine Blogger Award logo in your post and/or on your blog.

 

Ashley’s Questions for me:

1. Who is your favourite animal (or non-human) character from a book?

This is hella cliché, but definitely Dobby. Maybe it’s because I grew up with the books, or because his death was particularly painful for me but his unwavering loyalty and just, the way he attached to my heart, makes him a special one.

2. Have you ever preferred the movie to the book?

So far, never. I keep on wanting to find a movie that is as good as the book or even surpasses the book but it has yet to happen. Probably because of the limited length of films plus scriptwriter/director choices but I’m really hoping someday someone will pull it off.

3. What book does everyone love but you refuse to read? Why?

I wouldn’t say that these books are loved but everyone, but during the hype of the Twilight series, up until now, I refuse to read it no matter what. I don’t think it would be THAT bad because people loved it, I’m not expecting it to be a prize winner as well but I associated it with a specific person that I dislike so unless that dislike disappears, I will never read it.

4.What hobbies do you enjoy other than reading and blogging?

Well, I crochet and knit and I’m just waiting for my bobbin lace bobbins to arrive in the mail so I can start experimenting with it. I also journal, both regular written and art jouarnaling. I also used to draw and paint but that has taken a backseat for now because I have other priorities like healing my depression.

5. What book has the best food?

Definitely Heidi by Johanna Spyri. Not only do I want to go to the mountains and live there, herding goats, I also want to eat each and every morsel of food described in that book. It just sounded so appetizing!

6. Ever read a book that kept you up at night (for better or for worse)?

The latest one would be the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy by Sarah J Maas. I literally read it back to back to back in one day and one night and I ended up not sleeping until 4 in the morning even though I had to get up at 7am lol. Bad decision but also the best.

7. What book do you always recommend to people?

I don’t have one specific one because I know different people have different tastes and I personally also have different favorites at any given time. I don’t have a Top whatever books, whatever catches my fancy at present, is the book I recommend.

8. What book has been on your ‘to read’ list for way too long?

I’m not really sure since I don’t keep a running TBR list anywhere. I kind of just get reminded of books as they come up in conversation or if I read it somewhere.

9. Do you watch tv or listen to music while you’re blogging?

I can’t. The only time I can listen or watch anything is when I’m doing art because it uses a different part of my brain it feels like. If I’m writing papers or just doing anything that needs formulation of thoughts into words, it has to be silence. Or else my post will be gibberish.

10. Do you have any blogging pet peeves?

Not that I know of just yet. I haven’t been doing this consistently for a long enough period to have pet peeves I guess haha.

11. Any advice for new bloggers?

Now, I still consider myself as a fairly new blogger but my biggest advice would be to not be conscious about your writing. If you’re doing this as a hobby, you don’t have to sound like you’ve been doing this your whole life. I personally type as I speak it in my head so it sounds natural and it sounds like… me. I feel like that’s the best way to truly showcase your voice in this world full of all kinds of bloggers.


 

Now, Jennifer’s questions for me!:

  1. Why did you start blogging?

At the very, very beginning I blogged because I saw a friend do it and treated it like a diary and have her just post life as it’s happening and she garnered some followers out of it. I was 17 and I made the mistake of starting it for the sheer prospect of having lots of followers. That failed obviously. This blog however started about, 3 years later when I realized that I really wanted to do a book blog and that my chances of continuing with it is pretty high. Add a painful break up to the mix and this ‘distraction’ became a hobby for me.

2. What inspires you most in life?

Hearing other people, not just family and friends, tell me that I am doing great and how much potential I have in doing good in life. I mean yes, I still struggle a lot, but mostly with believing myself that I can do it. It can be rooted in a lot of things but I’m working on it and the consistent positive feedback is a way for me to know if I’m doing any progress or not because my sense in that seems to be impaired somehow.

3. What are your favorite blogging tools?

Right now besides WordPress obviously, just Twitter. I would love to add Instagram and Pinterest and Facebook on that list but to be honest I can barely handle just twitter. Maybe in the future.

4. Who is your favorite blogger?

Nobody at the moment haha, maybe I’ll find one, maybe I won’t. We’ll see.

5. What do you do to destress?

I’m still working on that myself and with my therapist to be honest. But what works most times is reading books, crocheting/knitting a row or even just doodling. If all else fails, I binge watch Netflix or Youtube and sleep it off.

6. What is your favorite past time?

Like I said, a mix of different things. All I said above basically.

7. If you could stop something in the blogging community, what would it be?

The toxic comments. This goes to every kind of social media platform. There’s just no positive result in people doing that. They hurt the blogger and they’re just toxic people themselves.

8. What motivates you to write?

Finally convincing myself that I don’t suck and that people actually read what I write. That’s the greatest hurdle that I have personally, and it’s hard to get past that sometimes.

9. What do you intend to achieve with your blog?

Just for it to be an extension of my life through books and my other hobbies. I want my blog to reflect myself as accurately as possible so that anyone who stumble upon it will see it as me. Maybe in the future, I would love to monetize it but it’s not really my main purpose, a little extra money will never hurt though. It’s more of a therapeutic reason for me now.

10. What informed the name of your blog?

Nothing too meaningful, I just looked for a name that mixes books and roses because I love them and Rose is my middle name. It kinda sounded good, it stuck. End of story haha.

11. What is your biggest inspiration from the blogging community?

Seeing smaller, newer bloggers grow with me. It’s inspiring and I learn something new everyday too just by talking to them and reading their blog posts.

 

Okay, this was really long haha, I answered both tags and now I have to make my own questions. Here they are:

  1. What’s your method of coming up/writing your blog posts?
  2. How do you get over a writer’s block?
  3. What activities would you like to make a hobby out of someday?
  4. Coffee, tea or hot chocolate?
  5. Biggest junk food addiction?
  6. Realistically, if you win the lottery, what would you do with the money?
  7. How do you remember people by the best? Their faces? Scent? Their voices?
  8. What guarantees a complete 180° when you need to be uplifted from a bad day?
  9. Do you see yourself blogging for a very long time?
  10. Name one (or more) food that you absolutely cannot stand.
  11. How do you stop yourself from having blog envy?

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I nominate these bloggers because they deserve all the love that they can get! ❤

So there’s that! I hope you guys have the time to do this tag but even if you don’t I still look forward to reading some of the answers. Stay awesome you guys, cheers!

 

 

Lots of love,

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Reading Habits Tag

BirthdayCoffee& ChillI realized that I haven’t been posting anything more diverse than book reviews on my blog so far and even I am getting bored about it. So I did some googling and decided to do one of the tags that caught my eye. I don’t know exactly if tags involving specific books or book characters will be a good fit for me right now because my attention span is super short and anything I’ve read in the past week or so is pretty much dust in my head.

This tag is created by TheBookJazz and you can find her here.

Anyways, let’s begin 🙂

Reading Habits

1. Do you have a certain place at home for reading?
2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?
3. Can you just stop reading or do you have to stop after a chapter/ a certain amount of pages?
4. Do you eat or drink while reading?
5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?
6. One book at a time or several at once?
7. Reading at home or everywhere?
8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?
9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?
10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?
11. Do you write in your books?

 


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

Umm, not really. Something I feel I should remedy actually. I want to buy a small accent chair to put in my room so I can have a place to condition myself to associate it with reading. Maybe I’ll be more productive? Haha

2. Bookmark or random piece of paper?

99.9% of the time, a bookmark. I really do love my bookmarks and I basically can’t leave the house with a book without a bookmark. On the rare occasion that I forget, I’ll grab whatever.

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

I prefer to stop at the end of  a chapter. It feels like there’s closure in whatever part of the story I was at. Especially if it’s multiple perspective. Obviously though, if I am too sleepy or the book isn’t as interesting, I stop whenever.

4. Do you eat or drink while reading?

Neither. I tend to hyper focus when I read and I lose track of time and forget to even eat or go use the washroom. Plus I hate getting my fingers messy because of food crumbs or spilled drink.

5. Multitasking: Music or TV while reading?

Nope haha. I can’t. My brain can only concentrate on one verbal thing at a time. If I hear people speaking or singing, my attention tends to go there instead of where I’m reading. Even when writing blog posts or journaling it has to be silent or it just won’t happen.

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

I want to say several books at a time but realistically just one book. Again, it falls back to my really bad multitasking skills and attention span.

7. Reading at home or everywhere?

Everywhere. When the weather is gorgeous I prefer reading in a park or somewhere outdoors where I can hear the birds chirping and a slight wind blowing. That ambient noise is perfect. If not though, reading at home works as well.

8. Reading out lout or silently in your head?

Silently in my head. It makes the reading at the same speed I prefer it to be. Reading out loud is so slow. It makes my retention shit though lol.

9. Do you read ahead or even skip pages?

I tend to skip if something s boring me but nothing more than a page at a time. Not very much as well. Oh well, if it helps me finish the book I will do it.

10. Breaking the spine or keeping it like new?

Halfway? I kinda break it but not really. Just enough so it opens comfortably and not slowly closing every time I prop it. The spine just slowly breaks the more I read it. I don’t really care if I break books, it just means it’s well loved.

11. Do you write in your books?

No, but not because I don’t wan to ruin it. I just prefer having a separate notebook to keep all my notes and quotes about a book or several books. Plus I love writing things down so it works for me.


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So that’s it! I hope you guys enjoyed my answer, if you already did this please leave a link down below to your post, I would love to read it!

 

Lots of love,

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Book Review: Meaningless Destruction by Shannan Mitchener ★★★★

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Synopsis:

Shannan Mitchener’s debut poetry collection, ‘Meaningless Destruction’, is a bittersweet journey told through intricate metaphor and beautiful imagery. Through the eyes of her narrator, she explores painfully relatable themes such as love, loss, mental health, abuse, empowerment, and the endless pursuit of happiness. Reading her intense observations on what it means to be human will leave you heartbroken but comforted that you are not alone in your experiences.

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My thoughts:

Shannan reached out to me asking if I would be interested in reviewing her debut poetry collection. I admit, I was never the biggest fan of poetry purely because the only exposure I ever had to the genre was from high school, and not the modern type, by which I was constantly graded to dissect it and glean hidden meanings from it and write essays about it. It was tedious, to be short. Nevertheless I am still open to trying it now that I read as a hobby and not a student.

I thought for some weird reason that I will not be able to understand anything but lo and behold I actually found myself re-reading some poems because it deeply resonated with my past self, but most importantly my present self. Her poems might seem too simply worded but they get the point across. Her book consists of poems about different kinds of life experiences, of the different times when everyone or everything seemed to be against you. She talks about love, heartbreaks and abusive relationships, of death, loss and ultimately of empowerment. It was an interesting experience trying out this genre for the first time, it made me want to explore other works more.

As I don’t really have any experience/exposure to poetry, my rating is solely based on how the whole book made me feel. Isn’t that what a lot of people look for in their reading? Some things resonated with me, some didn’t, but it’s definitely worth looking at if any of you are interested. I’m going to leave you guys with one of my most favorite poems in the book. Enjoy ❤

THE CHRYSALIS

the first breath of the morning always feels the fullest. one

deep inhale to brace myself for the day, like steadying yourself

against a brick wall after one too many drinks. my fingers

tingle with pins and needles and my knees stretch taut as I

unroot myself from my indented mattress.  sitting up is

reminiscent of a butterfly peeling out of its cocoon; in my sleep

I wrap myself up in a shield of blankets that have to be shed

upon waking. a constant cycle of metamorphosis. every

morning I emerge a butterfly, and every night I go to sleep a

caterpillar.

repeat as many times as you can stand.

 

 

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Instagram: @shannanxm    Twitter: @shannanalexism

her book is available on kindle amazon

 

 

Lots of love,

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