My Dream Author Panel

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Hey guys! Close your eyes and imagine, you’re attending a conference with a panel consisting of your favourite authors or even your favourite fictional characters. Last week, Eventbrite inspired me to do just that with a project they’re working on. And because we never get to have foreign authors coming to Malaysia for events (well, Sarah J Maas did came last year I think), I went crazy with this.

For those who may or may not know, Eventbrite is the largest self-service ticketing platform in the world that helps people find and plan events. Interested in hosting your own conference? Check out Eventbrite’s Conference Planning Page for useful and free tools. Continue reading “My Dream Author Panel”

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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

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Book Review: …And A Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

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Title: …And A Happy New Year? (The Spinster Club #3.5)
Author: Holly Bourne
Publisher: Usborne Publishing Ltd
Date Published: 1st November 2016
Date read: 10th December 2016
Genre: YA, Contemporary
Edition: Hardback
Source: Own copy
Rating: 5 / 5 stars
Summary:

Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a new year party to remember.

For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots.

(And not tears or tantrums or terrible secrets)

Because everything’s going great for these girls – Spinster Club for ever! Right?


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…And A Happy New Year? is a giant ball of hurt disguised in a pretty cover, and sweet and cute moment between Kyle and Amber at the beginning of the book.

But of course, it is totally worth it.

…And A Happy New Year? is a novella about Amber, Evie and Lottie after the first term of university. When I saw this book on the bookshelf of my local bookstore — and it was a hardback version, and so very pretty — I didn’t bother reading the summary and went straight to the first chapter. I only read two pages, but I was already so excited because it was a scene between Amber and Kyle and they are so cute. So I bought it immediately. With such a cute start, I thought it would be such a happy story, with all three of them back together, kickass members of the Spinster Club.

If I had bothered reading the summary, or even read a few pages more before buying, I would’ve know how wrong I was.

I bet everyone who had gone off to university has experience this themselves; the feeling of drifting apart from your high school / college best friends when you went your separate way when you started university. I should have known better before reading this book, but somehow, because to me their friendship is so strong, I just assumed that they will still stay the same way despite everything. Because it was the three of them, and I wanted to believe that things like being apart because they don’t attend the same university won’t change their friendship.

This is a normal thing that happens to some people when you start that new chapter in your life: university, when you transitioned from a young adult to a new adult. But it didn’t make it any less sad. And because it happened to Amber, Lottie and Evie —after everything that they went through together in the previous three books— it was even more sad. I cried a lot reading this book, especially since it was so relatable. I felt like I could relate to all three of them, about how they felt; the feeling of being left behind, the feeling of being left out or not liked, the feeling that people didn’t want you around, and the feeling of wanting to go away but not wanting to leave your past behind.

I’ve only talked about how sad it was, but there was also cute moments in the book. I seriously love Kyle, and Oli. Seriously, I do. They are sweethearts. I would say more, but I feel like I would be spoiling everyone. (Although I probably already did with the bits that I’ve wrote).

To sum it up, don’t be fooled by the cover. It was so pretty and cheerful, and the title… You would’ve thought it would be happy and with light feelings, not heavy and sad. But it is totally worth your time, buying and reading this book. I am very sad that this is the end of this series, because I really love the girls so much, and all the other characters. I recommend this book to all YA Contemporary lovers, and those who wants to read a book that would give you a dose of reality about moving on to the next point in life called University.

I rate this book 5 / 5 stars.

 

November/Birthday Book Haul 2016

Hello guys~ It’s been awhile since I posted, and even longer since I posted a book haul. You may or may not know, last month, November, was my birth month. I am born on the 30th of November, and because it was my birthday, I received discounts at my local bookstore. So, of course, I went all out and bought books.

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Tadaaa~! This is my November/ Birthday book haul. I bought all but one at my local bookstore, MPH Bookstore. And for An Illustrated History of Noble Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld, I bought from Book Depository.

an-illustrated-history-of-notable-shadowhunters-and-denizens-of-downworld-9781471161193_hr1. An Illustrated History of Notable Shadowhunters and Denizens of Downworld by Cassandra Clare and Cassandra Jean

So, I bought this mainly because I’m such a Shadowhunters chronicle fan that I have to own all Shadowhunter-related books out there.

Of course, that’s not the only reason I bought this. I bought it because I really love Cassandra Jean’s arts for TID, TMI, TDA, TLH, and Bane Chronicles too.

And another reason is…I write fanfictions. Therefore, this book is great for research purposes 😀

1481443259-copy2. Tales from the Shadowhunter Academy by Cassandra Clare

I have read these novellas earlier this year. I owned the eBook copy for the novellas, but as I mentioned before, because it is Shadowhunter-related, I have, no need to own the physical copy. So, tadaa~ I bought it.

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3. What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne

I’ve read the previous two books (Am I Normal Yet? and How Hard Can Love Be?) and I really loved them. Which is why, I bought this one too. I would’ve bought it earlier, but if I waited till my birthday, I get a discount. So there~ :3

 

 

 

 

97814749272224. …And A Happy New Year? by Holly Bourne

I bought this one from the same bookstore, but unlike the others, I bought this one at one of the outlets in my town instead of online. Because for some reason, the one online was listed as “Paperback” and the one sold at the outlet was hardback and sold at the same price…which was weird. I didn’t have the chance to email customer service, so I bought the one at the outlet instead. Better safe than sorry, right? Plus, hardcover!! And the cover is beautiful~ ❤

 

 

978014135705825. Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

I’ve always loved reading books about mental illness or some disorders. In this book, one of the main character has a cognitive disorder called Prosopagnosia. I’ve only once read a story where someone had the same disorder (but it was a fanfiction), and it was great. So, I’m really looking forward to reading this book.

 

 

 

the-fall-of-butterflies6. The Fall of Butterflies by Andrea Proter

I’ve been wanting to buy this book since it came out but I kept on buying other books first. This book has all the elements that I like in YA Contemporary so I am looking forward to reading this. The rating on Goodreads is only 3.4 / 5 stars though, but I’m hoping that it doesn’t disappoint me.

 

 

 

9780373212057_fc_proof7. The Problem with Forever by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Just like The Fall of Butterflies, I’ve been wanting to buy this book since it came out, but I ended up prioritizing other books. And similar to the Fall of Butterflies, this book also has all the elements that I love in YA Contemporary. I am really looking forward to reading this.

 

 

 


So… That concludes my November/Birthday Book Haul. Is there any books that I’ve listed out that you’ve read and loved, or wanted to read? Also, isn’t it sad that all the books for my birthday book haul, I bought myself. For my birthday present. LOL

30 Days Blog Challenge: Dinner Guests (Day 6)

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In this post, I’m supposed to list ten people I will want to invite to my hypothetical dinner party. They can be fictional characters, historical figures, people in my life…anyone. But I am just going to stick with fictional characters 😀

So, aside from characters that I want to meet (because it’s my dinner party, so of course I’ll meet them <3), other things I’ll think about when choosing are characters that I want to feed. Because dinner party… If I’m hosting at home, I will definitely cook all the meals myself. And I think I’ve mentioned it a couple of times, but I love to feed people.

So… let’s start.
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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #2 (Oct. 24 ’16)

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I’m here again with Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue, and hopefully I can recommend something great to you guys. Also, let’s just ignore the fact that I was supposed to post this last week.

Also, ignore my ugly banner. It’s so late now, and I can’t experiment and make something better. Continue reading “Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue #2 (Oct. 24 ’16)”

Recipe for a Book #2 | Beef Stew

Hey there~

I should have posted this last week, but I was distracted. I’m sorry for that. If you didn’t know yet, I really love cooking and baking (I don’t like to do the dishes though), and so, this is actually an excuse for me to share or show off the recipes that I like. 😀

Anyways, last week, I finished reading How Hard Can Love Be, a sequel to Am I Normal Yet, written by Holly Bourne. The protagonist for this book is Amber, best friend of Evie (protagonist for the first book), and Lottie. This time, the setting is in America instead of England, more specifically, at a summer camp near Lake Tahoe.
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