in which the month ends // september + august 2015

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here’s an up to date wrap up. proud of me yet?
 
i didn’t write an august wrap up for a couple of invalid reasons (procrastination, mostly) and for a couple of valid ones (exhaustion, school, family).
 
unfortunately, i didn’t remember anything in august except it was a month of  “doing nothing” for me. i was far away from my usual goals, didn’t do my habits and my progress in writing my novel was shorter than my pinky finger. i’m not sure how this happened but it did.
 
come september, i still have those negative habits with me. after my birthday (sept 17 anyone??) and MIBF (my post is coming up soon!) i decided to go back to my usual habits and then i became productive again. yaaaaay!
 
anyway, enough talking. here’s what happened in august and september!

in which i show you the books

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in which i show you a detailed version

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki // Adult Fiction, Culture: Japan (review)
long story short: before our main character kills herself, she plans to write about her Buddhist grandmother
rating: (4.5)
 
Mr. Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan // Adult Magical Realism (review)
long story short: a guy finds this bookstore and the books there are magical
rating: 
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V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd // Graphic Novel
long story short: in an alternate universe, England was taken over by fascism.
rating: 
 
And Then There Were None by Agatha Cristie // Adult Crime
long story short: 10 people are in an island, one by one, they are killed
rating:  (4.5)
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The Humans by Matt Haig // Adult Science Fiction
long story short: an alien comes to Earth for an important mission. although, he has to disguise as a human. soon, he learns why humans are such beautiful and terrible creatures.
rating: 
 
Escape From Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden // Nonfiction (review)
long story short: a story about a North Korean who flees his country
rating: 
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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan & John Rocco (illustrator) // Greek Mythology, Middle Grade
long story short: a funny guy tells you the greek myths in an understandable way
rating: (3.5)

in which i blogged

4 POSTS EACH MONTH HELL YEAH (although most were scheduled BUTS STILL)


in which there are random topics

okay, maybe i went overboard with the Syrian problems but GUYS! that picture of the Syrian boy really made my heart shatter into a million pieces.


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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in which the month ends // july 2015 + august goals

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if you’re wondering, yes, i am still alive.

i have somone -rather a lot of someone’s – to blame. they are called school. my school likes to burden their students with projects just one week before their exams. isn’t that wonderful?
i did not have time to sleep much less blog – i’m working on that now, time management or whatever – so that explains the lack of posts.
but let’s stop talking about me and let’s get on with the books!

in which i show you the books:
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in which i show you a detailed version:

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Station 11 by Emily St. John Mandel // Apocalyptic 
long story short: a huge plague kills 99.99% of the population. there’s also this actor who has a large part of the story (although idk why).
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Truth is a Cave in the Black Mountains by Neil Gaiman // Short Story, Story Book
long story short: lots of adventure
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The Girl with All the Gifts by MR Carey //  Zombie Apocalypse 
long story short:
“Every morning, Melanie waits in her cell to be collected for class. When they come for her, Sergeant Parks keeps his gun pointing at her while two of his people strap her into the wheelchair. She thinks they don’t like her. She jokes that she won’t bite, but they don’t laugh.
Melanie is a very special girl.”
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Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey // Magical Realism
long story short: a childless couple makes a child out of snow. the next day, they see a kid running through the woods.
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14 by Manix Abrera // Philippine Mythology
long story short: a graphic novel without any words, philippine mythological beings have a story to tell
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  in which i blogged

one post and it was scheduled a long time ago. i will stop talking about this now.

in which the world has news


thank you for reading and um, bye!

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in which the month ends // june 2015 + july goals

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yes, i am aware that this post was a tad bit late but please ignore that.
 
june has ended, as all of you know – unless you didn’t and thought it was still may – and i got one word for you: stuff.
 
stuff, as in there was a lot of them and i did most of it. this month, school started. (yes, i am a student. was that a surprise?) and you could say i had quite a lot in my hands. in just the first week of school, i already had tons of homework that had to be done immediately, plus i had to maintain my habits, writing, blogging/reviewing whilst keeping up with reading and getting enough rest. it was difficult but who wants to listen to me talking about my difficult time adapting to certain events? let’s get to the books!

in which i show you the books 

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in which i show you a detailed version

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Ready Player One by Ernst Cline // Adult Science Fiction (review)
long story short: rich guy has no children. rich guy dies. rich guy leaves a bunch of clues and a contest happen. video games in which i have no idea are.
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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo // YA Fantasy (review)
long story short: girl is an ordinary person. then something happens and she’s off to save the world.
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Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo // YA Fantasy (review)
long story short: continuation of ^^. lots of action.
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Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo // YA Fantasy (review)
long story short: third and final book the the Grisha trilogy. more stuff happens.
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reading-wise

yes, i just read four books. i am not particularly ahead of my reading challenge. no, i am not ashamed. okay, fine, maybe a little bit. but come on! cut me some slack, here. i did a lot of studying/writing/reviewing. i’m sorry i only have four free hours everyday. i don’t have that much time to finish forty books.

blogging-wise

what? three posts is totally a lot. it was more than i expected, alright? plus, i have tons of reviews that i did this month, just didn’t publish it. i’m proud of this.

writing-wise

i had a mini writing slump this month and it was not fun. i spent two hours or more staring at the computer screen, nothing coming out. it was horrible. i decided to switch to ilys an amazing website. basically, you write but you can only see the last letter of your current word. you can’t delete, edit, nothing. you could only keep on writing.

after some time, even if that website is pretty good, it only worked for three days and then i was back at my slump. then i decided to do something i never did before. i switched to writing with a pen and paper instead of a computer. AND DAAAAAANNGG DID IT WORK. i could write anywhere, anytime. i didn’t need to constantly open the computer and hurt my eyes with the glare of the screen. i used a computer, not a laptop so it was a relief to write anywhere instead of that particular spot. it was great.


 goals for july

  • read for thirty minutes each day. i need to start reading more. reading is the reason why i’m here today, writing a book blog, writing my own book. reading is important to me and i have to do more of it.
  • study for my exams. this early at the start of another school year, i already have some exams coming up. i have to study DILIGENTLY with DISCIPLINE and for goodness’s sake, get off of YouTube.
  • review three books. i have to be updated with my reviews this month (and hopefully forever). sometimes i get anxious whenever i have four books unreviewed (is that a word). why, you ask? well, remember the time i had 378952 books read but not reviewed? *shudders* never again.
  • stop watching YouTube. YOU DON’T EVEN KNOW HOW MANY TIMES I’VE REWATCHED JOE’S AND FELIX’S LAST OF US VIDEOS. I HAVE TO STOP.

now i feel awfully narcissistic because i just spent an entire post talking about ME, MYSELF AND I. oh, crap i am so sorry. next time, i’ll add another section talking about what’s up with the world.
 
thank you for reading this and um, bye!

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april wrap up

hey hey hey! consecutive wrap up’s? be proud of me.

april flew by. the first two weeks started out slowly and then BAM, the last two weeks were faster than something fast. i didn’t get much done (as seen below; TWO BOOKS) and so i declare those two weeks “The Whirlwind of Unproductivity”. (really like that name, tbh)

books i’ve finished

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short summary of what i felt for each book i’ve finished

  • BORING
  • i hate humans

reading-wise


two books. TWO BOOKS. i only finished two books. why? don’t know but i do care immensely. i had no slump but Days of Blood and Starlight was so boring, it took me about two weeks or so to read it. so this section isn’t productive nor is it happy.

and btw, ONE BOOK BEHIND SCHEDULE.
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blogging-wise

as you can see, i published three posts. while that is okay and average, i expected more of myself. maybe to read some more, blog some more and write some more in the span of 720 hours. CURSE YOU WHIRLWIND OF UNPRODUCTIVITY!

writing-wise

this section is probably the best. i wrote 350 words everyday and maybe, even more, so i’m quite ahead. if everything is unproductive, be sure that this one isn’t.


some rambling about:
JAPAN!

yes. i am going to JAPAN!

i’m going with my family and once this post comes out, i’m already on my way to Japan!

i’m so excited that i’m not sure how to express my excitement but i assure you, im eXCITED.

i *might* take pictures or show you my trip. i wanted to do that when i was in South Korea but then i got all lazy and the post never made it. but i hope this post will.


that’s april!

thank you so much for reading and um, bye!

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march wrap up

finals. stress. golem and the jinni hangover. the last of us hangover.

that’s march for me.

thank you and good by – ok im just kidding.

books i’ve finished

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short summary of what i feel for each book i’ve finished

  • meh
  • CRAP THIS BOOK IS WONDERFUL HANGOVER
  • what the hell instalove WHAT ARE YOU DOING

some rambling about:
finals and golem and the jinni hangover

anyway, i had finals! i think i did okay. well, i did learn the meaning of stress and i was not happy about that. i was hastily making index cards and reviewers two weeks before finals and when it did come, i was just let’s just get this over with. and look at me now, writing a blog post. see? i survived.

next, golem and the jinni. yeah, i had a book hangover.

it was just great. wonderful and magnificent. my review’s coming up (finally). for about 5 days, i couldn’t start any book. i tried 3 TIMES and they were unsuccessful. every book i start to read seemed bad compared to this book, so i kinda just did nothing but think of what is chava and jinni doing????

tv shows, movies, video games i’ve watched/played:

  • Sherlock
  • Home
  • The Last of Us

short summary of tv show, movie and video game i’ve watched/played:

  • SEASON 3 WAS THE BEST (when is the next season please help)
  • rihanna and jennifer lopez. okay.
  • CRAP ANOTHER HANGOVER

some rambling about:
the last of us

i don’t play video games. i watch people play video games. (i am not creepy at all.)

i watched joe’s videos of the last of us with my sister and basically, it blew my mind. it’s a zombie apocalypse game with two main protagonists, ellie and joel.

ridiculous but it changed my life. honest.

i’m a pretty anxious person. if i haven’t met you, i would probably thing you would be a murderer, meaning i would avoid you at all costs.

but when i watched ellie and joel fight ZOMBIES, i realised how a coward i was. and i hated that. i wanted to be as strong as both of them. i wanted to be independent and smart. so i kinda changed.

well, at least i’m changing.

other stuff i’ve found:

i was reading through xan’s blog when i saw her link this personality type thing. they give you a list of questions, you answer it and then they show you your personality.

i’m pretty surprised on how accurate it is.

and the funny thing is, my sister had a project for school in which she needed people’s personality types. i showed her the link and then she used it. thanks xan!

i’m an INFJ. what’s yours?

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(i tried two more tests with the same objective and i’m still and INFJ. cool)

that’s march!

thank you for reading and um, bye!

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december wrap up // december book haul

Hi.

YOU’RE FINALLY WRITING YOUR WRAP UPS AND BOOK HAULS!

Thank you, thank you. *bows*

Anyway, I stopped posting one because I felt extremely stressed whenever I do. But I think that bastard phase is gone.

Welcome again, Wrap Ups. You’ve been missed.

hahahahaha no this is not a late post what are you talking about h a h a h a


books:

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  • the girl in between by laekan kamp (click here to see my interview with laekan!)
  • blankets by craig thompson
  • all the light we cannot see by anthony doerr
  • the time paradox by eoin colfer
  • the atlantis complex by eoin colfer
  • champions by karren seña

 music:

this month’s playlist:

this month’s bands:

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this month’s song:



book haul:

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it says: remember someone in middle school who was teased, and how you didn’t do anything to stop it. go back to a particular moment and stand up for that child.

IMG_2933712 Things To Write About by the San Francisco Writers’ Grotto // (this was a gift from my sister. my sister is basically an inhuman person who has supernatural abilities. it consists of spoiling me with too much books. i love that ability. oh, i almost forgot. to my sister:

this is pretty self explanatory. it has 712 things to write about. i’m a writer. or, i consider myself to be a writer. and this book basically made my mind explode. I LOVED THE PROMPTS. they’re so humorous and they actually make you think! if you’re a writer (or even if you’re not) pick this book up. 

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Percy Jackson’s Greek Gods by Rick Riordan, illustrated by John Rocco // my first impression on this book? BEAUTIFUL. this is a companion novel in the PJO chronicles and it talks about – duh – greek mythology. but WAIT THERES MORE. this is narrated by my soulmate Percy Jackson so this is hilarious. 


what are the books you’ve finished? leave a comment! i love getting comments!

Again, THANKS SISTER.

Those are the books.

Thank you for reading and um, bye!  

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