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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friday finds // historical fiction is the best

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this meme is hosted by the lovely jenn at a daily rhythm

it’s time for a friday finds.

i have SO MUCH more books to show you since i updated my to-read shelf in Goodreads but for now, i’ll only be showing three books. let us do this.


I Shall Be Near You
Erin McCabe
Standalone
Historical Fiction
Goodreads

long story short: it’s the civil war and rosetta doesn’t want her husband to join the military, but he does. so she dresses up as a man and goes with him.

Goodreads Summary:

An extraordinary novel about a strong-willed woman who disguises herself as a man in order to fight beside her husband in the Civil War, inspired by a real female soldier’s letters home.

Rosetta doesn’t want her new husband Jeremiah to enlist, but he joins up, hoping to make enough money that they’ll be able to afford their own farm someday. Though she’s always worked by her father’s side as the son he never had, now that Rosetta is a wife she’s told her place is inside with the other women. But Rosetta decides her true place is with Jeremiah, no matter what that means, and to be with him she cuts off her hair, hems an old pair of his pants, and signs up as a Union soldier.

Rosetta drills with the men, prepares herself for battle, and faces the tension as her husband comes to grips with having a fighting wife. Fearing discovery of her secret, Rosetta’s strong will clashes with Jeremiah’s as their marriage is tested by war. Inspired by over two hundred and fifty documented accounts of the women who fought in the Civil War while disguised as men, I Shall Be Near To You is the intimate story, in Rosetta’s powerful and gorgeous voice, of the drama of marriage, one woman’s amazing exploits, and the tender love story that can unfold when two partners face life’s challenges side by side.


The Last Pilot
Benjamin Johncock
Standalone
Historical Fiction, Space
Goodreads

long story short: SPACE

Goodreads Summary:

“Harrison sat very still. On the screen was the surface of the moon.”

Jim Harrison is a test pilot in the United States Air Force, one of the exalted few. He spends his days cheating death in the skies above the Mojave Desert and his nights at his friend Pancho’s bar, often with his wife, Grace. She and Harrison are secretly desperate for a child-and when, against all odds, Grace learns that she is pregnant, the two are overcome with joy.

While America becomes swept up in the fervor of the Space Race, Harrison turns his attention home, passing up the chance to become an astronaut to welcome his daughter, Florence, into the world. Together, he and Grace confront the thrills and challenges of raising a child head-on. Fatherhood is different than flying planes-less controlled, more anxious-however the pleasures of watching Florence grow are incomparable. But when his family is faced with a sudden and inexplicable tragedy, Harrison’s instincts as a father and a pilot are put to test. As a pilot, he feels compelled to lead them through it-and as a father, he fears that he has fallen short.

The aftermath will haunt the Harrisons and strain their marriage as Jim struggles under the weight of his decisions. Beginning when the dust of the Second World War has only just begun to settle and rushing onward into the Sixties, Benjamin Johncock traces the path of this young couple as they are uprooted by events much larger than themselves. The turns the Harrisons take together are at once astonishing and recognizable; their journey, both frightening and full of hope. Set against the backdrop of one of the most emotionally charged periods in American history, The Last Pilot is a mesmerizing debut novel of loss and finding courage in the face of it from an extraordinary new talent. 

anywayi’m a huge space person, if that’s what we’re called. i love space, the solar system, exoplanets, BASICALLY ASTRONOMY. i’m so fascinated by planets and stars and dark matter and whatever. Interstellar is one of my favourite movies, i hope this becomes one of my favourite books.


Lost in Translation: An Illustrated Compendium of Untranslatable Words from Around the World
Ella Sanders
Standalone
Nonfiction
Goodreads

long story short: a bunch of words from other languages that don’t have a counterpart in the English language.

Goodreads Summary:

An artistic collection of more than 50 drawings featuring unique, funny, and poignant foreign words that have no direct translation into English. 

Did you know that the Japanese language has a word to express the way sunlight filters through the leaves of trees? Or that there’s a Finnish word for the distance a reindeer can travel before needing to rest?

Lost in Translation brings to life more than fifty words that don’t have direct English translations with charming illustrations of their tender, poignant, and humorous definitions. Often these words provide insight into the cultures they come from, such as the Brazilian Portuguese word for running your fingers through a lover’s hair, the Italian word for being moved to tears by a story, or the Swedish word for a third cup of coffee.

In this clever and beautifully rendered exploration of the subtleties of communication, you’ll find new ways to express yourself while getting lost in the artistry of imperfect translation.

i’m a Filipino which means i’m bilingual. there are tons of words in our language that can’t be translated in English. gigil, kilig and more. fellow filipinos, u know what im talking ’bout.


 anyway, i hope you enjoyed my posts! be sure to check out these books too! thank you for reading and um, bye!

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am i still alive and other questions

You’re alive.
Yes. Yes I am alive. I am quite sure of that. But in terms of blogging and publishing posts, no. I haven’t been quite active for, say, a month?
 
Why haven’t you blogged?
School is the major culprit, although my procrastination is a close companion. I spent quite a lot of time with my cats, doing nothing, eating, Youtube-ing and the like.
 
Did you do anything productive?
Well, around September I decided to reinforce my old self and discipline. I started exercising, writing, meditating daily. I had a point system, which is extremely helpful.
 
<sidenote> If you’re a procrastinator like me, having a point system would help you become the person you want to be. basically, it works a lot like HabitRPG (this site is also the bombdotcom), but a bit simpler. You assign a point, say 50 for each productive thing you did. Read 100 pages? 50 points! Wrote 500 words? A hundred! It brings the competitor/gamer/nerd in me. My daily quota is 200 points. I get to watch YouTube at the end of the day. </sidenote>
 
So. Are you still going to continue blogging?
Yes. Don’t worry about that. I won’t be doing my August Wrap Up since it’s too late for that (AndIAlsoCompletelyForgotEverythingThatHappenedInAugust) BUT I might add the books I read in my September Wrap Up.
 
What are you going to blog next? 
Let me go elementary on you: secret. *runs away giggling*
 
What are your goals? 
  • to blog every week (except if i have exams)
  • every saturday i’ll write a blog post and a review
  • i will assign little tasks to do before saturday (take pictures of my books, make a graphic)
Anything else?
Nope. I just hope I can do this. Pray for me guys. 

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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odelia reviews: miss peregrine’s home for peculiar children by ransom riggs

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
by Ransom Riggs
1/3 of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
YA Fantasy
★★★★ [4.33]
Goodreads

(from my rating system: usually the books i wished i liked more. it had some events/ characters that really irritated me.)

This is not horror.
I repeat: This is not horror. Get it?

Just so everyone knows: This. Is. Not. Horror. It’s not scary. Fine, the pictures are creepy but aside from that, it’s just a well-written fantasy novel.

Actually, no. It’s not just a well-written fantasy novel. It’s an extremely well written fantasy novel that has epic (and real) pictures. Have you even seen the pictures?! They are creepy yet so … mysterious. It makes you wonder what is the real story behind them.

Okay, let’s talk about the romance. Almost every YA book I’ve read has romance, why would this be an exception? It isn’t. Thereis romance in this book, but quite … disturbing. Obviously his love interest would be Emma. But consider this: <SPOILER>[Emma was Jacob’s grandfather’s lover. So… Jacob would be technically dating his grandfather’s ex. Okay then. But is Emma actually in love with Jacob for being himself or for being her old lover’s grandchild?]</SPOILER> Also, instalove, why must you appear everywhere?

Anyway,

Miss Peregrines’s Home for Peculiar Children? More like “Mister Riggs made my self-esteem fly out the window by his writing.”

“Stars, too, were time travelers. How many of those ancient points of light were the last echoes of suns now dead? How many had been born but their light not yet come this far? If all the suns but ours collapsed tonight, how many lifetimes would it take us to realize we were alone? I had always known the sky was full of mysteries—but not until now had I realized how full of them the earth was.”

I was also terribly confused with the loop parts. I needed to reread the paragraph again and again but I still didn’t get the full grasp of it. I only started understanding it fully, maybe, halfway through the book.

This might sound like a negative review, but hey. Look at my rating. That is high. I think what won me over was the characters. I love how Enoch irritated everyone, how Olive was such a cutie and how Bronwyn was the epitome of sweetness.

Over-all, I enjoyed this. I don’t think my time was wasted whatsoever.

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5 books that have mind-blowing plots |odelia lists

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Yeah, I don’t know.

Before you ask, yes, I did run out of ideas. My blog was getting to full of memes lately. Solution?

List some books. Let’s get started.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN MIND BLOWING PLOTS?

I mean those plots that you wished you thought of. Or plots that make you extremely jealous of an author’s mind. Or plots that make you feel inferior with their creativity. Like that. 


School for Good and Evil
by Soman Chainani
7/10 MIND BLOWING-NESS

Goodreads Summary
This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?

Odelia’s Summary
2 girls. One Nico di Angelo perfect for Evil and one Bianca di Angelo perfect for Good. But then they get interchanged. Nico goes to the School of Pink Dresses and Bianca goes to the School of Teaching Kids How to Kill People.

But seriously. This book is good.


The Light Between Oceans
by M.L. Stedman
6/10 MIND BLOWING-NESS

Goodreads Summary
After four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia and takes a job as the lighthouse keeper on Janus Rock, nearly half a day’s journey from the coast. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes once a season and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up onshore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

Odelia’s Summary
This couple try to have a baby multiple times. But after so many failed attempts, they stop. Then a baby washes up on the beach. Will they keep it? 

It’s beautiful. Read it. I cried. More reasons for you to read it.


Wonder
by R.J. Palacio
7/10 MIND BLOWING-NESS

Goodreads Summary
August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He’s about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you’ve ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie’s just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he’s just like them, despite appearances?

Odelia’s Summary
A kid names Auggie was born with a facial deformity. Then he goes to school.

Fudge guys, this book is also good.


Everyday
David Levithan
9.3/10 MIND BLOWING-NESS

Goodreads Summary
There’s never any warning about where it will be or who it will be. A has made peace with that, even established guidelines by which to live: Never get too attached. Avoid being noticed. Do not interfere.

It’s all fine until the morning that A wakes up in the body of Justin and meets Justin’s girlfriend, Rhiannon. From that moment, the rules by which A has been living no longer apply. Because finally A has found someone he wants to be with—day in, day out, day after day

Odelia’s Summary
A guy named “A” wakes up in a different body EVERYDAY. Enough said.


The Martian
by Andy Weir
10/10 MIND BLOWING-NESS WOAH WOAH WOAH

Goodreads Summary
Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first men to walk on the surface of Mars. Now, he’s sure he’ll be the first man to die there.

It started with the dust storm that holed his suit and nearly killed him, and that forced his crew to leave him behind, sure he was already dead. Now he’s stranded millions of miles from the nearest human being, with no way to even signal Earth that he’s alive–and even if he could get word out, his food would be gone years before a rescue mission could arrive. Chances are, though, he won’t have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old “human error” are much more likely to get him first.

Odelia’s Summary
A guy is stuck in Mars. Ta-freaking-da.

I haven’t read this BUT I BADLY WANT TO.


This was fun! Anyway, those are the books that blew my mind.

Thanks for watching and um, bye!