in which the month ends // september + august 2015


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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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
V for Vendetta by Alan Moore & David Lloyd // Graphic Novel
long story short: in an alternate universe, England was taken over by fascism.
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)
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.
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
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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december wrap up // december book haul



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



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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


this month’s playlist:

this month’s bands:


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this month’s song:

book haul:


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!


Those are the books.

Thank you for reading and um, bye!  

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The Percy Jackson series | Thoughts

So, I just reread the Percy Jackson series by Rick Riordan. Instead of writing a review about every single book, I want to enumerate on WHY I LOVE PERCY JACKSON. 

But first, let’s start with the basics.

Odelia, I don’t know what Percy Jackson is!
Percy Jackson and the Olympians is basically a 5 book series about this kid named Percy (what a surprise) who learns that Greek gods and all that stuff exists. He also learns that he’s a demigod or a half-blood. Half-god, half-human.

So, what is “Heroes of Olympus”, then?
It’s supposed to be a spin-off of PJO. But I wouldn’t really say it’s a spin-off. More like continuation. It has more characters and has some YA elements. But really, HoO is much, much better than PJO which is saying something because PJO is really good.

Okay, okay, I know that already. But what should I read first?
You don’t really have to read PJO first, it obviously won’t spoil HoO. BUT, if you do read HoO first and decide to read PJO, then you will be spoiled. Really. I learned from experience! (I read Lost Hero first. WHy)

But this series is middle grade. I’m not in that genre anymore. It might not fit with me.
EVERYONE thinks like that at first! But NO! It will fit! It is middle grade BUT it fits even with adults! There are so many people 20+ who read and loved this series!

Percy Jackson and the Olympians – 5 stars, 99%
Heroes of Olympus – 5 stars, 100%

Back to the main topic: WHY I LOVE PJ.

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Waiting On Wednesday: The Blood Of Olympus

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Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Book: The Blood of Olympus by Rick Riordan
Publisher + Publication Date:  October 7th 2014 by Disney-Hyperion

Though the Greek and Roman crewmembers of the Argo II have made progress in their many quests, they still seem no closer to defeating the earth mother, Gaea. Her giants have risen—all of them—and they’re stronger than ever. They must be stopped before the Feast of Spes, when Gaea plans to have two demigods sacrificed in Athens. She needs their blood—the blood of Olympus—in order to wake.

The demigods are having more frequent visions of a terrible battle at Camp Half-Blood. The Roman legion from Camp Jupiter, led by Octavian, is almost within striking distance. Though it is tempting to take the Athena Parthenos to Athens to use as a secret weapon, the friends know that the huge statue belongs back on Long Island, where it “might” be able to stop a war between the two camps. Read more on Goodreads.


I have 4 reasons:
– It’s the fifth and final book in the Heroes of Olympus series (and basically the PJO chronicles)
– It’s written by my favorite author.
– I love this series.
– It has Percy in it.
I’m a huge fan of this series (obviously) so I CAN’T WAIT FOR THIS BOOK and at the same time I DON’T WANT IT TO END. Do you get what I mean?

I hope so.