Reading Bingo

2014-04-13 14.03.52
  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 18/03/2014
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green 19/03/2014 – A Book That Became A Movie
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 27/03/2014 – A Bestselling Book
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee 29/03/2014
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West 30/03/2014
  • Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler 01/04/2014
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YA Reading Bingo

2014-04-13 14.06.36

  • Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge 18/03/2014
  • The Fault In Our Stars by John Green 19/03/2014 – A Book That Became A Movie
  • Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell 27/03/2014 – A Book With Music
  • Angelfall by Susan Ee 29/03/2014
  • Pivot Point by Kasie West 30/03/2014
  • Hunger by Jackie Morse Kessler 01/04/2014
“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.”  ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

“My thoughts are stars I cannot fathom into constellations.” ― John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Technically the post has nothing to do with the title.  It is just a quote that I fell in love with recently.  A string of pieced together words that describes me exactly.  One of the reasons why I could write out nearly every single thought I have in my head but could never vocalise any of them. 

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But enough of that.  Back to reality, I really should stop browsing at Kino with friends who could just about get me to buy more books than I’ve planned.

 

Excuse No.1 – You’ve been looking for it since forever right?  What if it’s not here the next time you come?

Very true indeed.  I have been looking out for Mastiff and this edition of Fire and Hemlock at every visit but they are never there…  And this time there’s still a copy of Mastiff left because Marisa actually ordered 2 copies instead of 1 this time around!  (Definitely should get it while I still can!)

 

Excuse No. 2 – You have to get a book from Kino when you visit.  It’s like, the golden rule.

Oh yes…  NEVER LEAVE A BOOKSTORE WITHOUT BUYING A BOOK.  Haha…  Seems to be true whenever I hang out with Nuri at KLCC.  It’s always Books + Food + Movies whenever we hang out, and never in the same order.  And we both have more to add to our stack of ‘to read’ books at home.

 

Excuse No.3 – They are on discount!!!

I always check out the books on promotion every month just because I could justify spending more on books because they are cheaper.  The biggest perpetrator of my eternal splurging on books would be myself.  I have no one but myself to blame for my incessant inability to think whenever I am surrounded by books.

 

Excuse No. 4 – The books jumped off the shelves and hijacked my bag.

Complete denial.  Sanity level is decreasing.  Hallucinations prone to occur.

Another Haul

Another Haul

This is what happens when I haven’t been to Kinokuniya for 2 months.  Not sure whether I should rejoice or cry.  Books just seem to be able to lift themselves off the shelves into my basket and I ended up with this lot.  Been wanting to read so many of them since I heard about them.  Plus, some are on discount!  [A bibliophile’s excuse indeed…]  Maybe after reading a few I should try writing reviews for some…  At least I have something to look forward to during the long long long week at work.

Insomnia

It’s 2 and I’m still awake… So what do I do? Make a list of books I would like to buy at my next Kinokuniya visit :

  • Pivot Point
  • Cruel Beauty
  • This Star Won’t Go Out
  • The Fault in Our Stars
  • Eleanor and Park
  • Beautiful Creatures
  • Delirium
  • The Hunger Games Trilogy
  • Islands of Chaldea
  • Angelfall

There goes my February salary.  I can just see it flying out the window this instant…

Some of My Favourites…

I read as a form of escape.  The books I choose always transports me away from reality into the story and lives of different people who are much more interesting than I am, who lives much more interesting lives and meet much more interesting people.  It is not because I do not live in reality but it is precisely because I know reality so well that I need to find a place to hide and recuperate in from time to time.  Here are some of my favourites :
~ Splintered by A. G. Howard
I have to admit, I bought this book because I was attracted to the cover.  But it soon turn out to be one of my favourite books of all time, and for some very simple reasons.  It is a book about magic and it is based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking-Glass.  I love any books that gives a twist to those fairy tales of old that we know and love and this is just one of them.  It pictures a much darker and mysterious Wonderland than the one we know and the characters are not what they seem at all.  This is the first book to a trilogy.  The second book, Unhinged, is as nerve wrecking as the first.  Only read if you are patient because the last book of the trilogy will be out most probably January next year.  There’s a cliffhanger ending in Unhinged but Splintered should be fine on it’s own.
~ Every Day by David Levithan
What if every day you wake up in the body of a different person and hijack their life for just one day?  How would you live your life?  What kind of life would that actually be?  What if one day you wake up and you fell in love with this girl who is the girlfriend of the guy whose body you are currently taking over?  This book is a tearjerker for me.  It is the first book of this author that I’ve read and I believe it won’t be my last.
~ Terrier by Tamora Pierce
She is one of my favourite authors of all time aside from Diana Wynne Jones.  Her stories are mostly based in a fictional kingdom called Tortall.  Terrier is a prequel to her earlier works although it is her most recent book based in Tortall.  Set in olden times, this is the story of Rebekah Cooper, of how she enters the Provost Guard and becomes one of the most famous hunter the realm has ever seen.
~ The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider
I got hooked when I heard my friend read the first sentence from the book.  “Sometimes I think that everyone has a tragedy waiting for them, that the people buying milk in their pajamas or picking their noses at stoplights could only be moments away from disaster.”  This is a book set in high school and is about one of the most popular guys in the school encountering his own personal disaster and how he learned to accept it.  The conversations between the characters are very interesting and funny and had me in stitches from laughing too much.  It is a good book about friendship and love and learning how to live instead of just existing.
~ Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who was or still is a fangirl.  Have you ever gone all crazy over a boy band or a series to the point of even writing fanfictions about them online?  Well, I am one.  Though I don’t write fanfictions, I do love to read them and sometimes I find myself wondering what if this were not to happen in the story or what if this person ended up with another instead, what would happen?  Fangirls are labelled as crazy and obsessed because we just get so excited when we are talking about our fandom but is that really how fangirls are like?  Reading this will put you in the shoes of a quiet and introverted fangirl who writes fanfictions about a non-canon relationship between two boys from her favourite book series Simon Snow which is fashioned after J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter.

YA Reading Bingo

2014-02-23 17.36.09

  • Terrier by Tamora Pierce 14/01/2014 – The First Book In A Series
  • Bloodhound by Tamora Pierce 15/01/2104 – A Book Set In Another World
  • Tithe by Holly Black 17/01/2014 – A Book With A Female Heroine
  • Valiant by Holly Black 18/01/2014 – A Book With Magic
  • Ironside by Holly Black 18/01/2014 – The Last Book of a Trilogy
  • Mastiff by Tamora Pierce 20/01/2014 
  • The Beginning of Everything by Robyn Schneider 30/01/2014 – A Book With a Break Up
  • Unhinged by A G Howard 31/01/2014 – A Book Set In High School
  • The Hunter by L J Smith 12/02/2014
  • The Chase by L J Smith 14/02/2014
  • The Kill by L J Smith 16/02/2014