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
rating: 

  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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Author Interview with Shannon Thompson

Hello Random Readers (like that name? made it myself. *proud gaze*)

Anyway, today I will be interviewing Shannon A. Thompson!

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Shannon A. Thompson is a 23-year-old author, avid reader, and a habitual chatterbox. She was merely 16 when she was first published, and a lot has happened since then. Thompson’s work has appeared in numerous poetry collections and anthologies, including a Norwegian magazine, and her first installment of The Timely Death Trilogy, Minutes Before Sunset, became Goodreads Book of the Month. The sequel, Seconds Before Sunrise, has released, and AEC Stellar Publishing released her latest novel, Take Me Tomorrow, on July 17, 2014.

She graduated from the University of Kansas with a bachelor’s degree in English with an emphasis on creative writing.

Shannon spends her free time writing, but she loves spending time with her father and brother. She also has one black cat named after her favorite actor, Humphrey Bogart

Source: Shannon's Goodreads

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1. Who inspired you to write? What did he/she do? 
 
My mother truly turned me onto writing. As a child I suffered from night terrors, and it was really difficult for me to differentiate reality from fiction. She taught me how to turn that confusion into stories. When she suddenly passed away, I put all I had into writing. It was my passion, and it still is, and I want to spend the rest of life writing and sharing my stories with the world, but I ultimately want to help aspiring writers follow their dreams, too.
 
2. If you were to pick a character in Take Me Tomorrow to marry, who would it be and why?
 
Now, that is a blush-worthy question. I’m not sure I can answer it though. My characters – as much as I talk to them – are my dearest friends, and I cannot imagine marrying any of them, especially since I (generally) know what their futures will bring, even if I don’t put it in the book. But if I was just having fun with the question, I would say Miles. He has a kind heart, a smart head, and direction.
 
3. Who is your favorite character in Take Me Tomorrow? Why?
 
It’s impossible to pick favorites, but I do love spending time with Noah. As controversial as he is, I find him to be the most surprising. He always keeps me on my toes and challenges everyone around him, including himself. It might sound like a contradiction, but I’m always looking forward and hesitating to learn from him. He can be interesting and break your heart at the same time. It’s rather exhausting sometimes (in a good way.) Fun fact: he was going to tell half of the story, but his voice was so jumbled that it didn’t make sense, and ultimately, it had to be cut.
 
4. If Take Me Tomorrow became a movie adaptation, who is the actor that you think would best play Sophia?
 
I would absolutely beg for an open-casting call. I wish Hollywood did those more. It gives new artists a huge opportunity, and (I believe) it helps viewers believe in the character if they are new actors rather than actors they’ve seen everywhere.
 
5.  What is your favorite scene to write in Take Me Tomorrow?
 
Oh, so many come through my mind, but the first scene that I thought of is the scene of Noah and Sophia when they are locked in her father’s forgery. Other than some of the explaining that happens, I believe it’s the first time we see Noah’s facade fall down. It was a very difficult scene to write, especially when Sophia realizes she’s actually more terrified of Noah’s sober state than his tomo-state, but the moment became unbelievably real when she said that. Even I had to stop and contemplate if I should keep such a line in a book about drug-use, but it stayed because it was real. It happens to people, and that moment is one that stays with you forever.
Thank you very much, Shannon! Want to know more about her and her books? Visit her website!