‘I dare you’ Book tag!

The I dare you book tag!

I wasn’t tagged by anyone, but saw this tag over at bionicbookworm! So I thought I would give it a go!

RULES:

  • You must be honest
  • You must answer all of the questions
  • You must tag at least 4 people

1 – WHAT BOOK HAS BEEN ON YOUR SHELF THE LONGEST?

So far? Actually I think it’s Cinder by Marissa Meyer. I bought the book and loved it and it’s been sitting on my shelf for 5 years. I didn’t keep books from my childhood as I gave one of my favourite series away (Angel Unlimited series by Annie Dalton) because I didn’t collect all the books of the series and now I have difficult finding them. I really hope to be able to complete reading the entire series!

2 – WHAT IS YOUR CURRENT READ, YOUR LAST READ, AND THE BOOK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

Currently, I would be reading Soundless by Richelle Mead (I haven’t even started tho), my last read was Winter signs by Sarah Gai and the book I’ll read next would be The seven rays by Sarah Bendinger

3 – WHAT BOOK DID EVERYONE LIKE, BUT YOU HATED?

A court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas. Sorry to all the fans, but I really couldn’t like this book

4 – WHAT BOOK DO YOU KEEP TELLING YOURSELF YOU’LL READ, BUT YOU PROBABLY WON’T?

Everything, Everything. I watched the movie and it was pretty good, but I wasn’t really interested in the book, I just wanted to see how similar or different it was to the movie

5 – WHAT BOOK ARE YOU SAVING FOR YOUR RETIREMENT?

None! I want to read all the books I can now, and when I retire, I will read even more!

6 – LAST PAGE – READ IT FIRST OR WAIT TIL’ THE END?

Wait till the end! I want to see the entire journey of the book before coming to an end. I like closure AFTER I’ve read what’s going on inside the book!

7 – ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: WASTE OF PAPER AND INK, OR INTERESTING ASIDE?

Interesting! I love it when the authors always thank their readers!

8 – WHICH BOOK CHARACTER WOULD YOU SWITCH PLACES WITH?

Cinder from The Lunar Chronicles. Who wouldn’t want to be a rebellious cyborg leading the rebellion to take by her birthright as Queen?

9 – DO YOU HAVE A BOOK THAT REMINDS YOU OF SOMETHING SPECIFIC IN YOUR LIFE? (PLACE, TIME, PERSON?)

The Cage by Megan Shepherd! The book always reminds me of being caged up, as I grew up with really strict parents.

10 – NAME A BOOK THAT YOU ACQUIRED IN AN INTERESTING WAY

I got a manga magazine for free when I just decided to go the library to check out some books, I went to the exchange shelf and I saw it sitting there. Literally expresses the phrase, Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

11 – HAVE YOU EVER GIVEN A BOOK AWAY FOR A SPECIAL REASON TO A SPECIAL PERSON?

I don’t have many friends or friends who read in general. But I gave away a book to my best friend for her birthday because I felt that she enjoyed that genre of books!

12 – WHICH BOOK HAS BEEN WITH YOU MOST PLACES?

Probably Cinder. I don’t bring my books out for fear that they will get dirty or destroyed some way or another. But I brought Cinder out to my sports meet in secondary school.

13 – ANY “REQUIRED READING” YOU HATED IN HIGH SCHOOL THAT WASN’T SO BAD TWO YEARS LATER?

Nooooooooo. Any book that is recommended by the school is a horrible book. I read Rice without Rain by Minfong Ho (The school forced us to read it for 1 year of literature) and hated the book, although I finished it even before school started. I did get an A for literature tho, but still, had a deep hatred for this book.

14 – USED OR BRAND NEW?

I’m okay with used books as long as they’re not in THAT bad condition. They are cheaper after all

15 – HAVE YOU EVER READ A DAN BROWN BOOK?

Nope. And don’t intend to

16 – HAVE YOU EVER SEEN A MOVIE THAT YOU LIKED MORE THAN THE BOOK?

I really liked The 5th Wave, but I’ve never read the book. But I definitely will read the book!

17 – HAVE YOU EVER READ A BOOK THAT’S MADE YOU HUNGRY, COOKBOOKS INCLUDED?

Heartless by Marissa Meyer was a killer. The first chapter and I was trying to keep my stomach from growling!

18 – WHO IS THE PERSON WHOS BOOK ADVICE YOU’LL ALWAYS TAKE?

My own😂I know my own preferences the best and I’m pretty good at giving recommendations to others!

19 – IS THERE A BOOK OUT OF YOUR COMFORT ZONE (OUTSIDE OF YOUR USUAL READING GENRE) THAT YOU ENDED UP LOVING?

I actually didn’t enjoy reading Contemporary books as they were too realistic, but after reading quite a few good ones (I can’t remember that many of them, but one was 26 Kisses!) I am more open minded to reading them now!

 

I would tag:

booksfordaze

thirdworldbooknerd

SincerelyKarenJo

My weekend crisis

Hello guys, well, on Friday I updated my mac to the newer OS ( High Sierra) and I didn’t know what else would entail once I updated it.

I was sent on a crazy rollercoaster ride when I realised that my laptop couldn’t turn on. I panicked like crazy because I didn’t have back ups of my stories and other important stuff. (And no, I didn’t use time machine because I didn’t have a hard disk).

So I went online and tried to search on the problems and I tried to follow the steps, but no avail. I called their support centre twice and had a follow up call as well, but none of it seemed to be able to help me start my computer.

So as a last resort, on Saturday, my dad took me to the repair shop but the person was unable to even scan my laptop to do a diagnostic test. At that point, I already wanted to give up and felt that things were hopeless. The next day, we took it back and send it in for repair.

I did know that the only problem was the OS system and not my laptop itself. But they required us to pay $130 to install the new system although it wasn’t even my fault? (But I won’t complain)

It felt like I was paying $130 to enter a haunted house. (lol)

Thankfully, today when I woke up, I received an sms that my laptop could be collected and I knew what to expect. That the entire memory was wiped out. Thankfully, I copied my desktop stuff onto the hard disk as well.

And since I was using google canary (a big shoutout to google’s awesomeness), I actually managed to recover ALL my bookmarks and passwords for all my websites and accounts. I was so thankful to google I swear.

 

Although it was a scary and tough ride, I guess I actually learnt a lot from it. I learnt to persevere and not give up although I stayed up till 5am to wait for my laptop that didn’t seem to load. I didn’t use my laptop as an excuse to not post or write reviews (I did it all on my phone and dad’s laptop). And I definitely got more out of my comfort zone since I really hate phonecalls (but if I dial the number and call it quick enough, I can do it) and also managed to explain to the staff over at the repair shop on what happened.

Although it was an unfortunate accident and well, no one could be blamed, I was thankful that I managed to recover everything and that I actually learnt a lot from this entire experience.

For all those who read until the end, thank you!

P.S. To the book bloggers that have tagged me for tags over the past 3 days, I’ve taken note and will do them as soon as possible! Thank you for your understanding!

Top 5 Fantasy books I would recommend

Top 5 fantasy books I would recommend

(DISCLAIMER: This is based on my own opinion and recommendations only. The books specified are not ranked in any order. May contain spoilers for the books.)

 

  1. Roar by Cora Carmack

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My rating: 4/5

Genre: YA, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

In a land ruled and shaped by violent magical storms, power lies with those who control them.

Aurora Pavan comes from one of the oldest Stormling families in existence. Long ago, the ungifted pledged fealty and service to her family in exchange for safe haven, and a kingdom was carved out from the wildlands and sustained by magic capable of repelling the world’s deadliest foes. As the sole heir of Pavan, Aurora’s been groomed to be the perfect queen. She’s intelligent and brave and honorable. But she’s yet to show any trace of the magic she’ll need to protect her people.

To keep her secret and save her crown, Aurora’s mother arranges for her to marry a dark and brooding Stormling prince from another kingdom. At first, the prince seems like the perfect solution to all her problems. He’ll guarantee her spot as the next queen and be the champion her people need to remain safe. But the more secrets Aurora uncovers about him, the more a future with him frightens her. When she dons a disguise and sneaks out of the palace one night to spy on him, she stumbles upon a black market dealing in the very thing she lacks—storm magic. And the people selling it? They’re not Stormlings. They’re storm hunters.

Legend says that her ancestors first gained their magic by facing a storm and stealing part of its essence. And when a handsome young storm hunter reveals he was born without magic, but possesses it now, Aurora realizes there’s a third option for her future besides ruin or marriage.

She might not have magic now, but she can steal it if she’s brave enough.

Challenge a tempest. Survive it. And you become its master.

(Recommendation)

This book was fantastic, the way that Cora Carmack draws us into the world that she has so powerfully created. The romance was cute and the character arc for Aurora was great! The next book is coming out next year!

 

  1. The pledge by Kimberly Derting

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance, Science Fiction, Dystopian

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

In the violent country of Ludania, the classes are strictly divided by the language they speak. The smallest transgression, like looking a member of a higher class in the eye while they are speaking their native tongue, results in immediate execution. Seventeen-year-old Charlaina has always been able to understand the languages of all classes, and she’s spent her life trying to hide her secret. The only place she can really be free is the drug-fueled underground clubs where people go to shake off the oppressive rules of the world they live in. It’s there that she meets a beautiful and mysterious boy named Max who speaks a language she’s never heard before . . . and her secret is almost exposed.

Charlie is intensely attracted to Max, even though she can’t be sure where his real loyalties lie. As the emergency drills give way to real crisis and the violence escalates, it becomes clear that Charlie is the key to something much bigger: her country’s only chance for freedom from the terrible power of a deadly regime.

(Recommendation)

This book is definitely recommended to the fans of the Red Queen series! Although I didn’t manage to finish this series, I absolutely loved this book!

 

  1. Crewel by Gennifer Albin

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Dystopian, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

Incapable. Awkward. Artless. 

That’s what the other girls whisper behind her back. But sixteen-year-old Adelice Lewys has a secret: She wants to fail.

Gifted with the ability to weave time with matter, she’s exactly what the Guild is looking for, and in the world of Arras, being chosen to work the looms is everything a girl could want. It means privilege, eternal beauty, and being something other than a secretary. It also means the power to manipulate the very fabric of reality. But if controlling what people eat, where they live, and how many children they have is the price of having it all, Adelice isn’t interested.

Not that her feelings matter, because she slipped and used her hidden talent for a moment. Now she has one hour to eat her mom’s overcooked pot roast. One hour to listen to her sister’s academy gossip and laugh at her dad’s jokes. One hour to pretend everything’s okay. And one hour to escape.

Because tonight, they’ll come for her.

(Recommendation)

The world Gennifer Albin has created was beautiful and I managed to finish this series, and it was pretty good! Similar to the Pledge (as mentioned above), Crewel tells the tale of a young and powerful girl, overcoming the odds and finding love in between everything.

 

  1. Reign or Shine by Michelle Rowen

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My rating: 5/5

Genre: YA, Fantasy, Romance

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

For Nikki Donovan, being a teenager can be hell. Literally.

Nikki didn’t thinks her life could get any more complicated after she moved to the dreary town of Erin Heights – fitting in at a new school while navigating the social scene was stressful enough. But when her sixteenth birthday rolls around, she’s visited by a mysterious stranger, Michael, who tells her that her long-lost father is actually the demon king of the Shadowlands – the dimension that protects our world from the Underworld and Hell.

Maybe it’s because she’s in shock, or maybe it’s because Michael is seriously cute, but Nikki follows him into the Shadowlands. There she learns about her half-demon powers, about the potential war between the Shadowlands and the Underworld, and that her father wants her to assume the throne – forever. Not to mention that her growing crush on Michael is completely forbidden….

Ruling the kingdom, navigating a secret crush, and still making it home by curfew – what’s a teenage demon princess to do?

(Recommendation)

This book is recommended to those who want a more light-hearted read with a paranormal twist. I actually picked up this book in a second hand book store, and it was literally like finding a gem!

 

  1. The forgetting by Sharon Cameron

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My rating:5/5

Genre: YA, Science Fiction, Dystopian, Romance, Fantasy

(Synopsis – Taken from goodreads)

What isn’t written, isn’t remembered. Even your crimes.

Nadia lives in the city of Canaan, where life is safe and structured, hemmed in by white stone walls and no memory of what came before. But every twelve years the city descends into the bloody chaos of the Forgetting, a day of no remorse, when each person’s memories – of parents, children, love, life, and self – are lost. Unless they have been written.

In Canaan, your book is your truth and your identity, and Nadia knows exactly who hasn’t written the truth. Because Nadia is the only person in Canaan who has never forgotten.

But when Nadia begins to use her memories to solve the mysteries of Canaan, she discovers truths about herself and Gray, the handsome glassblower, that will change her world forever. As the anarchy of the Forgetting approaches, Nadia and Gray must stop an unseen enemy that threatens both their city and their own existence – before the people can forget the truth. And before Gray can forget her.

(Recommendation)

This book surprised me the most, I wasn’t expecting a lot, but this book literally blew me away! The world of Canaan was beautifully built and the story was awesome

 

 

Have you read these books? What are your thoughts and opinions? Leave a comment down below! 🙂

E-books & physical books

E-books & physical books

Hello Bookish friends! Today, it’s a discussion post! (Not an argument, but just would like to know what you prefer!)

Many people have claimed that e-books are not books or are not considered books, but I definitely beg to differ.

Although different from physical books, aren’t they the same in terms of wanting to get a story across to an audience? I think that should be the universal meaning of a book!

Personally, I actually prefer physical books since I like smelling books (Don’t judge me😂I know all bookworms do this) and having manually to flip the pages of a book.

But as I started my blog, I got a lot of review copies in the form of e-books. Initially, I was definitely one of those people who believed that e-books weren’t books. I hated that words were on a static screen and it just simply wasn’t the same as a physical book. But as I started doing more reviews (especially for ARCs), I slowly became more open-minded about reading e-books.

If I could get a physical ARC, I would be so happy until I died, but nowadays, a lot of publishers use e-books as it definitely saves them a lot of cost since physical ARCs are more expensive to print than the actual published book later on.

Although I am still transitioning and still do have a hard time getting used to e-books (I have an extremely high criteria for e-books as compared to physical books, even I’m not sure why), at least I get to review new books even before they are published!

Personally, which one do you prefer? Let me know in the comments below!

Bookstagram: The beginning and tips

Hello Bookish friends! Today I decided to dedicate a post strictly for bookstagramming😂

So how I started bookstagramming was from a friend’s suggestion! She saw that her good friend had a bookstagram and she recommended me to give it a go as well since I like books and well, liked taking photographs. Our friendship ended when I decided to INFJ door slam her lol, but I do it to everyone, so don’t take it personally 😂 I mean I’d rather be alone than to be around people who constantly make me feel alone, right?

Okay, so back to the topic! After posting my first photo, I sort of decided that I really enjoy doing it even though it was quite tedious at first. The excitement and joy of being able to get likes and share my favourite books and meet new bookish friends was really cool and blogging definitely was a step up ( I’ll talk about blogging in another post!) for my introverted self!

To my surprise, the community was really supportive and respectful, nobody dissed another person’s likes or dislikes and everyone was really friendly! And these strangers who’ve I’ve never met before, made me feel more welcome than I ever have anywhere else.

Well, So far it’s been going great! I’ve been trying to take nice photos (by learning from other bookstagrammers) but I’ve never really liked lighting and the technical details of photography (maybe that’s why I suck 😂)

Some difficulties I have faced are trying not to repeat use of books. Usually when I do anything, I don’t like repeating it. For example, if I’ve taken a photo with this particular red candle, I won’t use it again unless in the next shot is used months away or I can take it from a different angle! Also, after doing bookstagramming for a while, the creativeness starts to become more difficult as every post has to be different and nice.

But other than that, it’s really fun and helps with stress relieving!

Here are 5 tips I would give to people planning to start a bookstagram or for those who already have a bookstagram!

  1. Steer away from the crow

I’ve seen a lot of people who give advice and they always mention that you should have a certain theme for your bookstagram! Personally, I feel that it’s not necessary to have a theme, but focus more on the book and how to bring the essence of the book out through a photo! As long as you feel that what you have photographed reflects the book well, it’s good enough!

2. Organize!

When I started bookstagraming I literally skittered around everyday to take a photograph and after a while I realised it was extremely time consuming and tiring. I would recommend that you assign a day every week (for e.g. saturday) and take a large amount of photos and organise them as to when you want to post them!

I use my notebooks to keep track of books that I have taken photos of and those that I haven’t so that I know what I’m supposed to post next! Also, I use an online app called ‘Later’ (It’s free btw and you don’t need to download! It’s a online webpage that helps you to organise and schedule your posts!) This makes it really convenient if you’re really busy!

3. I see your true colours

Colours are really important for a bookstagram! Colours attract people and can make your photos stand out a lot! Try to use contrasting colours or colours different from the book so that your book stands out!

4. Call upon your inner theatre student!

 

PROPS. Props can spice up your photos in many ways! A lot of bookstagrammers love to use flowers, dried flowers, leaves, candles, bookish items or even more books to enhance the look of their photos! So call upon your inner theatre backstage student and find all the props you can

5. Happy!

Lastly, just have fun with it! If you don’t have fun with it, you’ll end up not continuing to take photos anymore. Don’t do it for the followers or the likes, do it for the fact that you want to share this book with the rest of the world, imagine it’s your book, how would you want to show it off to the world? That’s the ideal state of mind that will keep you going for the long run!

 

Do you have a bookstagram? Let me know and I’ll check you out! I hope that these tips will help you in any way that it can (Even though I’m not THAT experienced)!

Lastly, if you’re still hovering as to whether or not to try bookstagramming, just give it a go! If you asked me last year if I ever heard of bookstagramming, I would have given you a really weird look, but here I am now, bookstagramming and book blogging😂

Signing off,

Mish from Firstbooklove💖