Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Non-Written Novels (15th Feb ’17)

Hey guys~ As usual, I am late. Wednesday was yesterday for me. This also happens to be my first T5W post of the year. 😀 As you all know, Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group on Goodreads, started by Lainey and now moderated by Sam.

This week’s topic is Favourite Non-Written Novels. Basically, it means any top 5 fav manga, comics, graphic novels…etc. any others books except for the normal novel, you can list it down.

Mine will definitely be filled with manga, haha. I mostly read shoujo manga (romantic, sweet, fluffy manga that is sure to make a girl’s heart go doki doki), and yaoi manga (LGBT manga, well, yaoi specifically focused on gay love). But sometimes I do like to read action/ fantasy manga.

So, on to the list… Continue reading “Top 5 Wednesday | Favorite Non-Written Novels (15th Feb ’17)”

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A Recap of 2016

Hi everyone~ 🙂 Today is…*drumroll please*…the 1st of January 2017, and so, I’ve decided to look back at all I’ve done in 2016 and recount all of them—okay, not all of them, but just the important ones—here.

Since this is first and foremost, a book blog, I shall start with all the books that I have read this year (including rereads).

Books I’ve read in 2016:

  1. Artistic License – Katie Fforde
  2. The Accident Season – Moïra Fowley-Doyle
  3. All the Bright Places – Jennifer Niven
  4. Anatomy of a Misfit – Andrea Portes
  5. The Shadowhunter’s Codex – Cassandra Clare, Joshua Lewis
  6. The Madman’s Daughter – Megan Shepherd
  7. Fangirl – Rainbow Rowell
  8. The Reluctant Heiress – Eva Ibbotson
  9. Recipe for Love – Katie Fforde
  10. A Countess Below Stairs – Eva Ibbotson
  11. The Selection – Kiera Cass
  12. The Elite – Kiera Cass
  13. The One – Kiera Cass
  14. The Heir – Kiera Cass
  15. Anna and the French Kiss – Stephanie Perkins
  16. Lola and the Boy Next Door – Stephanie Perkins
  17. Living Dangerously – Katie Fforde
  18. Surviving Haley – Brenda Baker
  19. Mr. March Names the Stars – Rivka Aaron-Hughes
  20. Jane Blond International Spy – Brianna Schatt
  21. Closer Home – Kerry Anne King
  22. Wild Swans – Jessica Spotswood
  23. Lie In Plain Sight – Maggie Barbieri
  24. The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan
  25. The Son of Neptune – Rick Riordan
  26. Mark of Athena – Rick Riordan
  27. House of Hades – Rick Riordan
  28. The Blood of Olympus – Rick Riordan
  29. Also Known As – Robin Benway
  30. Going Rogue – Robin Benway
  31. Playlist for the Dead – Michelle Falkkoff
  32. Two Lies and a Spy – Kat Carlton
  33. Sealed With A Lie – Kat Carlton
  34. Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  35. Isla and the Happily Ever After – Stephanie Perkins
  36. Sophie – Jenny Sargam
  37. Scarlett Epstein Hates It Here – Anna Breslaw
  38. Solace – Therin Knite
  39. A Thousand Salt Kisses – Josie Demuth
  40. The Broken One – Christine H. Bailey
  41. You Before Anyone Else – Julie Cross
  42. Kasey Screws Up the World – Rachel Shane
  43. Every Exquisite Thing – Matthew Quick
  44. In the Blood – Sara Hantz
  45. Growing Up – Tricia Sol
  46. Going Wild – Jodi Lundgren
  47. The Trial of Apollo – Rick Riordan
  48. Finding Audrey – Sophie Kinsella
  49. Good Together – Valentina Heart
  50. Me Before You – Jojo Moyes
  51. The Art of Being Normal – Lisa Williamson
  52. Fall – Michelle Chow
  53. Pens and Swords – Rena Rocford
  54. Fans of the Impossible Life – Kate Scelsa
  55. Valley of the Moon – Bronwyn Archer
  56. The Hardy Boys Casefiles: Stress Point
  57. Because I Love You – Tori Rigby
  58. Percy Jackson and the Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan
  59. King’s Conquest – Valentina Heart
  60. Owner of My Heart – Valentina Heart
  61. Two Hearts One Voice – Valentina Heart
  62. Am I Normal Yet – Holly Bourne
  63. The Shattered Seam – Kathleen Groger
  64. How Hard Can Love Be – Holly Bourne
  65. Savour the Moment – Nora Roberts
  66. Happy Ever After – Nora Roberts
  67. The Raven King – Maggie Stiefvater
  68. One Was Lost – Natalie D. Richards
  69. Poppies For Christmas
  70. My Friends Are All Strange – Margaret Lesh
  71. The French Impressionist – Rebecca Bischoff
  72. The Notable History of Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld – Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean
  73. What’s A Girl Gotta Do – Holly Bourne
  74. …And A Happy New Year – Holly Bourne
  75. The Secrets We Keep – Deb Loughead
  76. Rush – Sara Bennett Wealer

Continue reading “A Recap of 2016”

Book Review: Savour the Moment by Nora Roberts

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Title:
Savour the Moment (Bride Quartet #3)
Author:
Nora Roberts
Publisher: Piatkus
Publication date:
2010
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Women’s Literature
Source: Personal Copy (MPH Bookstore)
Rating: 4/5

Summary:

New Love takes the cake in the third novel in #1 New York Times bestselling author Nora Roberts’s Bride Quartet—in a stunning French flap edition

Wedding baker Laurel McBane is surrounded by romance working at Vows wedding planning company with her best friends Parker, Emma, and Mac. But she’s too low-key to appreciate all the luxuries that their clients seem to long for. What she does appreciate is a strong, intelligent man, a man just like Parker’s older brother Delaney, on whom she’s had a mega-crush since childhood.

But some infatuations last longer than others, and Laurel is convinced that the Ivy League lawyer is still out of her reach. Plus, Del is too protective of Laurel to ever cross the line with her-or so she thinks. When Laurel’s quicksilver moods get the better of her-leading to an angry, hot, all-together mind-blowing kiss with Del—she’ll have to quiet the doubts in her mind to turn a moment of passion into forever…


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I have to say, Savour the Moment has got to be my favourite among the the four Bride Quartet books.

Let’s start with the cover. From the wedding cake on the cover, we all know that this book is about Laurel McBane and Delaney “Del” Brown (that is, if you read the book in order. OR, if you’re like me, and bought and read Happily Ever After on impulse without knowing that that was the final book in the Bride Quartet Series). But the hair of the model! For a whole year, I thought Laurel was dark-haired because of it. Turned out Laurel was blonde. The second time I read the book, it was hard to shift the image from a woman with dark brunette hair to blonde.

By the time I read Savour the Moment, I have already read Happily Ever After, Vision in White, and Bed of Roses. So, because of that, I could already see a pattern. It was not surprising when Laurel and Del got together, stayed together and have their HEA ending. But putting that aside, Laurel and Del’s story is my favourite of all, and Parker and Mal was a close second. Anyways, I’m getting ahead of myself. 

Part of the reasons I love this book was because Laurel is a baker, and I love baking. Even though I can’t relate to Laurel in other ways, I can relate to her through that. Other than, I like how Laurel and Del’s life has been intertwined since they were young kids. She was Parker’s best friend, one of Del’s girls, and he was protective over her. I also like the fact that Del was “the one” for Laurel. It made Laurel’s character more vulnerable, especially since she always acts so tough.

Because Savour the Moment is about Laurel and Delaney, I won’t talk about the other characters. They have their own book (Mac and Carter: Vision in White, Emma and Jack: Bed of Roses, and Parker and Mal: Happily Ever After), so they have their own time to shine.

Let us talk about Laurel:

I love Laurel, she bakes and sometimes she cooks, and I just love that because I love to bake and cook too. But if I have to rate her character, based on her overall personality, I’d say she’s 7/10.

As I’ve mentioned above, Laurel is a tough character. She has to be, after all that she’s been through. I love the quartet’s friendship, their lives are so connected. I love that kind of friendship. But you can’t deny that Laurel has her temper. I guess, it’s partly because of what she’s been through. But still, sometimes, it feels like she was looking for something to argue about with Del. I mean, okay, I can see where she’s coming from when she bit Del’s head off when he tried to pay her for the lemons, but for Dara’s cake? Del asked her as a client, so she shouldn’t have snap at him.

Now, let us talk about Del:

Del is handsome, a great lawyer with an ivy league education, comes from a rich family with good upbringing—he is practically perfect. Usually, I don’t like it when the character is a perfect guy. I don’t trust perfect guys.

But Del is different. He’s caring and overprotective when it comes to his girls (his sister, Parker, and Parker’s friends, Mac, Emma and Laurel). I guess that’s also because he knew them since they were young and they grew up together. But he’s also generous with his friends, like when he invited Mal to come with them for a vacation at the new beach house he and Parker invested in. Yes, he did invite Jack and Carter too, but that’s because they’ve been friends for a long time and they are Emma and Mac’s significant other. Mal’s different, he’s a new addition to the group but Del still asked him to join them on their vacation. So, that makes me like Del too. And if I have to rate Del, I’ll give him 7/10. Hmm, look at that, the same rating as Laurel. They’re perfect for each other. Haha

Of course there are also some things that I didn’t like about this book. No matter how much I love a book, it is impossible that there’s nothing I didn’t really like about it (okay, that’s a lie). After reading this series, one after the other without reading any other books in between, the plot becomes kind of bland and predictable for me. There wasn’t really any conflict, aside from the arguments that Laurel and Del has. There’s also no other competition for Laurel’s or Del’s love. I used to like that, because when I first read this series, I didn’t want complicated books with complicated feelings. But now, a little bit of competition for one of the main character’s affection would’ve add up some spice.

To sum it up, this book is the perfect book to read if you want something with strong friendship relationship, something with a close-knit family feel, and an uncomplicated love story. This book is also the perfect book to read when you’re feeling down, or feel like you can’t succeed in whatever business you’re attempting, because Laurel, and her friends can make it happen. Vows was and still is successful. And with this book, you can pretend that you can be that successful with your venture too, or you can really make it happen. Because of the straightforward love story, you can read this in one-sitting (if you don’t have work or chores to do).

Four years ago, I gave it a 5 / 5 stars rating. Now, I give it 4 / 5 stars rating. Even if I’ve discovered the imperfectness of this book, I am still biased.

Book Giveaway?

Hey guys, girls, people…readers? 😀

Lately, I’ve been buying so much stuff, especially books, which made me realize that I probably won’t be able to buy myself a new bookshelf until after I finally find myself a job.

So, I thought of clearing my shelf to give space for new books. Which led me to a question: What should I do with the books I’m no longer interested in.

You see, I’m a hoarder. So, giving away books, even the ones that I’m not interested in, is hard for me to do. That’s why, if I have to give them away, I would want them to go to someone who would take care of them, someone who read them and cherish them. Besides, they still looks new because I’ve either only read them once, or I haven’t read them at all.

And yes, I do realize that I sound like someone who is looking for a person to adopt my child. Which, I guess, I am, if books are humans.

So, anyways, I thought maybe I should do a book giveaway. I’m still not quite sure how it’s done, but once I know, I wonder if you guys would be interested in something like this.

If anyone’s interested, just like or comment down below. It’ll help me decide if I should do this giveaway.

Top 5 Wednesday | Books You Will Never Read (31st Aug ’16)

Hey there~ I’m late…as usual. It has been so long since I’ve done this. Anyways, first of all, for those who doesn’t know:

Top 5 Wednesday is a discussion group made by Lainey on Goodreads.

Today’s (Well, not today today, since it was supposed to be last Wednesday) topic is books you will never read.


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Twilight book series

When I was made aware of this book series a few years ago (almost a decade?), it was over-hyped, and then, the movie came out. Don’t get me wrong, at that time, I really love vampire books. I loved Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, and so grew up into a teenager who loves vampire books. But yeah, then, these books were over-hyped, everyone was talking about it in class, and the vampires sparkle! I kind of felt like I am betraying all that I love about Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Angel books.

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Divergent Trilogy + Four

I tried with this book. I watched the movie, and I didn’t really like it. But that’s more because I don’t really like watching book to movie movies since they change things. So anyways, after watching the movie, I thought I’d give the book a try. Perhaps I would like the book better than the movie. Besides, it’s YA dystopia, one of my favourite genre. I read half a page and ended up leaving the book on my desk for one year. Again, it was kind of over-hyped, and it’s more of my sister’s thing, so yeah. I don’t think I will ever read that again. Not that I’ve already read it, because half a page doesn’t count.

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Hush Hush series

I bought the first book in 2010. I was still a teenager back then, and still love Vampire and Angel books. So, I bought Hush Hush. It was a meh read, and I didn’t buy Crescendo, Silence and Finale until recently. I thought I was going to read them because I’ve read Hush Hush and I didn’t like not finishing something I started, but then, I just lost interest. Besides, the first book was just meh to begin with, so I never did reread it. That’s why I will never read the second, third and final books in the Hush Hush series.

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Halo Series

I bought these when I was eighteen, and still pretty much in love with Angel books. At that point in my life, I have no knowledge of Goodreads (I know, that’s just sad). Anyways, I bought these books, but I left it on my shelf for years because I decided to read other books first. When I decided I want to read these books last year, I went to Goodreads, and read some reviews. That pretty much made me not want to read these books anymore. I mean, one or two or three negative reviews, that’s still okay, whatever, you don’t influence me. But when there are more than that, and they tagged the book with Mary Sue-ish main character, sexist and THEIR BRAIN CELLS FREAKING DIED, well… So, now, these books just sat on my shelf, at the back row. And I’ve regretted buying these books, more than I regret buying Beautiful Disaster.

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Dream Lake

I bought this because the cover was pretty, and the summary seemed like something I would love. I don’t know whether it was because I tried reading this when I didn’t have the mood to read contemporary women’s lit, or whatever, but because of that I didn’t get pass a few sentences before leaving it on my bookshelf for years. And I don’t think I’ll ever pick it up again, sadly.

Honorary mention:

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Fifty Shades of Grey

I completely forgot about this at first haha But this is one book I am most sure I will never read. And not because it’s erotica. But because my friends said I’d be better off just sticking to my smut fanfictions LOL


So, that was my list. What are yours? Do we have anything in common? Comment please 🙂 Thank you for reading~

Book Review: You Before Anyone Else by Julie Cross & Mark Perini

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Title: You Before Anyone Else
Author:
Julie Cross & Mark Perini
Publisher: SOURCEBOOKS Fire
Published: o1st August 2016
Available Edition(s): Paperback
ISBN: 9781492604921
Source: Netgalley
Date read: 17th April 2016
Rating: 5/5 stars

I received an advanced reader copy of this book in ebook format via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Summary:

Everything she wants. Everything he needs.
The supportive friend, the reliable daughter, the doting big-sister: Finley is used to being the glue that holds everyone together. But while her sweet demeanor makes her the perfect confidant, her wholesome look isn’t landing her the high paying modeling jobs, which are what Finley needs if she is going to reopen her mother’s dance studio.
Enter Eddie. He’s intense and driven, not to mention the life of every party, and he completely charms Finley. The last thing she wants is another commitment to stand in the way of her dreams, but when she’s with Eddie, their chemistry takes over and she can let go of her responsibilities and just be. After all, what’s so wrong about putting herself first once and a while?
Except Eddie is hiding a secret. A big secret. And when it surfaces, he and Finley are going to have to choose between their love for each other and everything else…  


Honestly, I’m not that fond of the cover, but the summary won me over. Aside from that, the font used for the title is cute.

The book is written in the first person point of view, and it alternates between the main characters’, Eddie, and  Finley, point of view in each chapters. In the first two chapters, we are introduced to the main characters, and we get to see some of their personality. There’s no interaction between the two in the first two chapters, although we can see the set up when their lives are going to intertwine.

Eddie and Finley meet up for the first time at a party, and they hit it off after being paired together for a game of beer pong. Finley started a conversation, and from there, Eddie learned that Finley was probably at the same casting he went to earlier that day. Both of them ended up at Finley’s apartment, hooking up for a one night stand, just what Finley intended to do when she decided to attend the party.

Of course, things didn’t go as Finley planned.

The failed one night stand turned into a friendship, or more than friendship because it was clear that they are attracted to one another. At this point, we already know that Eddie is hiding a big secret from his “past”. Hints were dropped, but it was not enough to piece together what happened. Then, there’s also things about Finley’s past that will keep us curious. However, her past isn’t really a big secret, so it was easier to piece things together.

In my opinion, I think the main characters are great. Finley is definitely the type of girl I like to read about. Finley is always labeled as a “sweet girl” because of the way she’s dressed and her hobbies. She’s the responsible type of girl, loves her family and dotes on her siblings. She was also very kind, for example, when she invited Eddie home for the weekend for her younger brothers’ birthday party because Eddie didn’t have anywhere else to go. Despite only knowing Eddie for a few days. Although she is kind, she is not a pushover, and she is willing to try, in order to changer her image as a “sweet girl” so that she could land a better-paying modelling job. I like that throughout the story, Finley’s character developed. And she finally found her passion again.

I also love Eddie. He’s a privileged kid, born into a wealthy family. But he left home, because of things he didn’t agree about. He started working as a model to support himself, and didn’t even use any of his family’s money after he graduated. Okay, so the reason he left is much more complicated than that but I won’t say anything about that because of spoilers. Eddie is always cool, and charming, and he didn’t fawn over this famous actor he met during a job and end up being friends with the actor. I like how that friendship happened, and liked the way it lasted. Aside from that, I also like the development in Eddie’s character, as he finally found what he wanted to do in his life. I also felt that it was brave, and wise of him in the end when he made the choice he made.

I liked the minor characters as well. Despite being minor characters, they were important for Finley’s and Eddie’s character development. Take Summer for example. If Finley didn’t help Summer with the pointe shoes during Summer’s Prada photo shoot, Finley wouldn’t have started dancing ballet again. And then there’s Eve. After she explained to Finley why she used her and not photos of the other dancers from the ballet school for the show, it was probably the last thing she needed to realize that dancing is really her passion. That she wanted to be a professional dancer before settling down and becoming a ballet teacher. And of course, I also like “French Mama”, Elana’s mother. She was amusing, the way that she not only fussed over her own daughter, but Finley and Summer too simply because they share an apartment.

To sum it up, I really enjoy this book, the way it keeps me intrigue. I couldn’t put this book down once I started, and I only put it down halfway through the book because I had to sleep. The “mystery” part of the book is written well, and it didn’t give the feel like the authors try too hard to keep it mysterious. It happens in some YA novels, where authors ended up not revealing anything, and the subtle hints were not enough to piece things together. This book also teaches about responsibility, and that sometimes doing the right thing for someone means doing the hardest thing. Because of how responsible and mature Finley and Eddie are, sometimes I forgot that they are only 18 (or that’s probably because cultural differences between me and people from overseas). I would recommend this to all teens, and everyone else who loves to read YA book.

Book Review: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes (Spoilers)

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Title: Me Before You
Author: Jojo Moyes
Genre: Chicklit, Contemporary romance
Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books/Viking
Published: 31st December 2012
Available Edition(s): Hardcover, paperback
ISBN: 9780670026609
Source:
Own copy
Date read: 5th June 2016
Rating: 4.5 / 5 stars
Summary:

Lou Clark knows lots of things. She knows how many footsteps there are between the bus stop and home. She knows she likes working in The Buttered Bun tea shop and she knows she might not love her boyfriend Patrick.

What Lou doesn’t know is she’s about to lose her job or that knowing what’s coming is what keeps her sane.

Will Traynor knows his motorcycle accident took away his desire to live. He knows everything feels very small and rather joyless now and he knows exactly how he’s going to put a stop to that.

What Will doesn’t know is that Lou is about to burst into his world in a riot of colour. And neither of them knows they’re going to change the other for all time.


This book has been in my TBR list since last year, when I was in a mood for sad/angsty books or books with mental illness, anxieties or injuries that changes people’s life. But because other books were in the priority list, I didn’t buy Me Before You until this year. Mainly because the movie just came out, and I wanted to read it before watching the movie.

My thoughts:

I think what I love the most about this story is the wonderful characters that Jojo Moyes wrote as well as the fact that it doesn’t really focus on the romance. I also love witty banters, and this novel is full of it.

At first, Louisa annoys me slightly. She just endures things, and lives in her younger sister’s shadow for almost all her life. I guess it annoys me because I can relate to it a bit. It may be unintentional, but being told repeatedly how silly you are by your own family do hurt. But I like that it didn’t really affect her confidence.

When Louisa meets Will, and after the stunt Will pulled and how Louisa didn’t falter, I thought I’ve got things figured out. I thought it’ll be just like the other chicklit novels with the quick friendship and then falling in love with one another. But I was wrong.

Will and Louisa…they didn’t start off great. Will wasn’t really friendly towards Louisa at first. In fact, he was almost hostile. Never really talked to her, and most of the time Louisa had to make herself scarce. It took awhile before Will finally treats Louisa properly, and although their witty banter and his sarcasm never stopped, he was more friendly towards her.

The changes in Will and Louisa’s friendship was gradual, but you could see when it starts to change. Louisa, of course was oblivious, but you could see it in Will’s actions. Seriously, their friendship is truly beautiful. It made me laugh, and sometimes it made me cry. I like the fact that Louisa planned all these outings and activities to cheer Will up, and in turn, it also helped her expand her horizon and try new things.

Another thing I love about this novel is the families. I like how it the families are present in the novel. I like that they make mistakes, and they aren’t perfect, but they care. I like that some chapters was in Mr. and Mrs. Traynor’s POV, so we have an insight on how they feel. It was refreshing, because before that, although we know they love their son, it felt like they are somehow absent, and we didn’t know what went through their mind.

There’s just one thing that troubles me about this book. That is also the main argument about this book, I think. It’s about how Will, who was a very active and love adventures before his accident, wanted to go to Dignitas to end his life via assisted suicide.

This is a sensitive issue, and something I didn’t like to debate about but I really need to get this off my chest. Suicide, assisted or not, legal or not, is still taking your own life, and I don’t condone it. I know I can’t know how Will is feeling. I tried to imagine, and well, it’s just depressing. But still, ending his own life because of it just doesn’t sit right to me. But I can’t ponder about it too much because it’ll just give me a headache.

To sum it up, Me Before You is a really good book and is worth reading. The writing is beautiful, and it can bring forth all these emotions in you. It will make you laugh, cry, annoyed and frustrated. I know because that was what happened to me when I read it. I love how the book talks about sensitive issues, and although I don’t condone the method, I like that this book is not the ‘love-fix-all’ type of book. I like that just because Louisa confessed that she was in love with Will, and that Will loves her too, it was just not enough to make him stay.

I rate this book 4.5 out of 5 stars, and highly recommend it to everyone who likes to read sad romance contemporary/ chicklit, or controversial fiction.


Have you read Me Before You? What are your thoughts about it?