Reading

Books Of The Month | August 2016

What better way to relax over the summer than to read a good book? Or ten.

What I Finished:

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld

One phrase description:

A long but fast read.

Quote:

“It was amazing what humans could do.”

My general thoughts:

At first I thought I’d take forever to finish the novel because I’m a slow reader. It’s longer than I anticipated as well. But since I liked the characters and the pacing of the story, I got through the book pretty quickly by my standards. Even though the teenagers each had a unique power, there was also a downside or weakness to their abilities. I’m all for diversity, flawed human beings, and different people coming together for a common cause.

Joyland by Stephen KingJoyland by Stephen King

One phrase description:

A fun summer read.

Quote:

“But the mind defend itself as long as it can.”

My general thoughts:

King is king. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. King is king. I found myself falling in love with the story more and more. I desperately needed an escape from the real world while reading Joyland, and Stephen King didn’t let me down. I made a guess at who the murderer was, but guess what? I was way off. No surprise there. I didn’t see the ending coming. Not by a mile. And I’m perfectly okay with that.

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

Hollow City by Ransom Riggs

One phrase description:

A peculiar read.

Quote:

“But eventually, if I lived through this, I would have to face up to the decision I had made and the pain I had caused.”

My general thoughts:

I still love the characters, even more so the second time around. I felt like I got to know everyone better. That said I also enjoyed the new characters (humans and animals) that were introduced, even if they did have a minor role. The photographs didn’t disappoint either. Neither did the paper that the book was printed on. I like good quality paper. Let me be.

What I Want To Read Next Month:

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo's Calling by Robert Galbraith

Why:

I’ve never read anything by J.K. Rowling, so it’s about time I did.

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Personal Reflection

Birthday Wishes | What I Love | August 2016

Dear You,

To celebrate me and my new age, I just wanted to say thank you. I don’t say it enough. Clearly, I’m not well-mannered.

Thanks so much for the birthday wishes. Even though you’re all just reminding me that I’m older…

To everyone who remembered it’s my birthday, can I have your memory? I don’t have my date of birth posted publicly on Facebook or anywhere for that matter. So kudos to you. Let’s hope I remember yours.

I appreciate anyone and everyone for putting up with me, for putting up with my bad humour and blog posts. How do you do it?

You make this experience that much more enjoyable. Who knows I might have stopped blogging a long time ago or started making my posts private. But I didn’t do either. Because I would dearly miss the interactions.

I don’t know what else to say, but thank you so very much!

Please continue to put up with me? For another year at least. I’ll be twenty in 2017. Let’s hope I’ll be a better writer and blogger.

No guarantee, though. Maybe this year will be my blogging demise.

I should’ve ended this post a long time ago. Better late than never. I know. Never late is better.

Sending you my love,

19 year old me

Reading

Books Of The Month: August 2015

A while ago I said I’d do a recurring feature on my blog. I lied…about the singularity.

Instead of picking one book to talk about, I’m including all of the books I’ve read each month because I’m an inclusive person.

I try to keep my blog spoiler free and these posts will be no different.

It’ll happen on the 28th of every month assuming I don’t forget and no technical issues occur.

These are the books I’ve finished at the time this post goes up (more like books everyone else has read, yet I’m just getting around to now):

The Book Thief by Markus ZusakThe Book Thief by Markus Zusak

One phrase description: You’ll probably love it or hate it.

Quote:

It amazes me what humans can do, even when streams are flowing down their faces and they stagger on, coughing and searching, and finding.

My general thoughts: It took me so long to get through this book. Precisely two weeks and two days simply because I had to keep putting it down. Overall, I think Zusak did a good job handling some very sensitive issues.

Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher
Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

One phrase description: If nothing else, read it for the message.

Quote:

It may seem that every time someone offers you a hand up, they just let go and you slip further down.

My general thoughts: I wish the points of views were easier to distinguish. Hannah’s story was told in italics and Clay was in the same font without being italicized. There were points where I got the POVs mixed up. What a horrible problem to have, am I right?

The Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny HanThe Summer I Turned Pretty by Jenny Han

One phrase description: One of those rare books that I liked more in the beginning than I did by the end.

Quote:

It’s hard to throw away history. It was like you were throwing away a part of yourself.

My general thoughts: Is it a coincidence I read this during the summer? Yes, although I’m not the biggest fan of romance novels and never will be.

Now onto what I hope to read next month…

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

Why: I’m not entirely sure why I want to read it, but I think the book will give me a break from textbooks and academic articles. Reading in general gives me a break from real life.

Happy reading!

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Personal Reflection

August 2015: What I Love Birthday Edition

So I finally get to explain why my “What I Love” posts are on the 22nd of every month.

Cue drumroll please.

No? Okay.

My birthday is August 22, 1997.

I figured it’s fitting to devote a monthly post in honour of something or someone I love. At the very least, it’ll make me more appreciative of all that I have.

Because I’m turning 18 today and I’ll already be a year older by the time this post is up, I’m making a list of 22 concepts/people/things I love. In no particular order, of course.

  1. Speaking of lists, I love them.
  2. The number 22 for obvious reasons.
  3. August. I’m lucky I don’t have to go to school on my birthday.
  4. Simple Plan. I need to see them play live.
  5. School supplies and stationery. I’m cheating, I know.
  6. Shopping. Um, uh…let’s move on.
  7. Good food. I adore eating.
  8. Great music. How does anyone hate it?
  9. Red. It’s my favourite colour.
  10. Challenges. Bring them on.
  11. Teachers and mentors. I am indebted to them.
  12. My family for supporting me and stroking my ego.
  13. My friends for making me cry tears of laughter and joy.
  14. My enemies for telling me lies that I will never allow to be true.
  15. Pens for composing my stories.
  16. Notebooks for carrying my words.
  17. Dancing. And all things associated with it like dancers or dance shoes.
  18. Blogging. Again, anything related to blogging as well. Other blogs. Beautiful bloggers.
  19. Writing. Creating characters gives me life.
  20. Reading. Books were my first love.
  21. Myself. Because self-love is important.
  22. You! I don’t say this enough though I ought to; I love you.
Blogging · Personal Reflection

The July-August Transition

The first day of August is a couple hours away (where I live of course). And if that doesn’t scare you then you’ve probably already accomplished something this year. You have, haven’t you? But if you’re just realizing you have about 5 more months left in 2014 to make it memorable, don’t fret because there are others in the same boat as you. Like, for example, me.

Since it’s going to be a new month, I will strive to be a better blogger because once school starts, all bets are off.

Here’s what I hope to do in August to make up for my inadequacy as a blogger in September all the way to June…(Speaking of inadequacy, the title of my post is horrendous. Moving on…)

  • Leave at least one comment on somebody’s blog every day. It will most likely be someone I am following. If I’m not following you and you’re reading this, you have every right to yell at me.
  • Post at least once a day. I’ve done well in the past several months so I want to continue to blog daily. More importantly, what I post won’t be total gibberish or complete nonsense. I’ll try to make my posts meaningful or insightful. Possibly both. I’m open to suggestions as well. If there’s something you want me to cover that I haven’t already, I will gladly do so. Unless you ask me to write about cars.
  • The last goal may be the hardest one of all: Work on being funnier than I was the day before. Why? Because I’m going back to school—entering grade 12—in September and I think I at least deserve one month where I can be stress free, relaxed, and happy.

Do I look like someone who breaks my promises? The correct answer is no. If I do, however, fail to meet one or all of the above, go ahead; report me to the blogging police for lying under oath.

If you love me more by the end of this, thank you. I love you too. If you hate this blog and still do by the end of August, that’s okay too. I’ll like you a little less.

Have an amazing day. If you’re reading this in August, happy August!

Studying

Last Day Of August—Advice For Students

It’s the last day of August, a day that always brings mixed feelings for me.

Before going back to school I want to offer some advice to students in the form of an image:

Keep Calm And Study Smart

Notice how I didn’t say Keep Calm And Study Hard? Well, it’s a take on work smarter, not harder.

So as you say goodbye August and hello September, remember to keep calm and know the difference between studying harder and studying smarter.