goals

Monthly Recap: January

1:31 PM

Let me just say right now that this post is going to be pretty long. After all, it IS a recap post and I always get long-winded on those. ;) But I hope you like it! (Let me know if you think this should be a thing) I also just want to mention that I did a guest review for Kate @The Magic Violinist and you should maybe probably totally go check it out. *grins*

favorite book quotes
"We don't get to choose who we love. Or stop loving them when they're difficult." {born wicked by jessica spotswood}
"Laugh it up," she told him, "but the thing is, I hadn't known myself at all until I went away. I knew how Nicole and Amber saw me. And Lucien and the Spider and all the others-- they're afraid of you, so they figure you must be pretty awful indeed. They think you can't feel anything, because they've forgotten how. You're very, very dangerous, I get that, and you're prone to some very theatrical brooding, but don't let yourself mistake that for some kind of inner corruption. They see themselves in you and are blinded." {the coldest girl in coldtown by holly black}

favorite quotes (from the real world)
Nobody realizes that some people expend tremendous energy merely to be normal. {albert camus}

favorite songs


Honey, I'm Good by Andy Grammer


G.R.8.U by VIXX


Uptown Funk by Mark Ronson ft. Bruno Mars


Be the Light by Block B


Fire by JJCC


update on my book blogger organization challenge

to-be-read: I said I would read The Host by Stephenie Meyer and a memoir called Please Stop Laughing At Me...

Sadly, I didn't finish reading either of them. I started but it seems like reading is always the hardest pleasure thing to do during college time for me. :(

resolutions: 
1. Create a Goodread's shelf for the books I want to read this year. Check! 

2. Set a time to work on blog stuff-- this will be super important to keep up because of school. Check! I don't have an exact time but I try to work on it consistently whenever I have free time. 

3. Write a monthly recap post and continue writing them each month. Mwuahahaha. Check! VICTORY. 

things to change: Some things I wanted to change this month (that I didn't call resolutions because resolutions are intimidating) or do that I hadn't done before were-- watch one movie, do an artwork that wasn't required for class, eat healthier, sleep better, and keep in touch with family and friends.

1. Watch at least one movie. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (It was awesome :) )
2. Read the two books. Nope. Booo.
3. Do at least one artwork that's not connected with any of my art classes. Rather than finishing one, I worked a little on a few so I'm gonna let myself pass ;)
4. Eat healthier. It was getting to the point last semester where I wasn't even eating regularly so I definitely did better this month.
5. Sleep better hours. Yup!
6. Keep in touch with my friends and fam. Especially remembering my blogger friends. I think I passed this one too. *grins*


changes in the blog

There have been a few changes since the beginning of the month. You might have noticed the advertisement space at the top of my sidebar. I decided to try out GoogleAds and see if it actually helps me out.

Also, my posting schedule has changed. Last year, when I had tons of extra time, I posted a lot. I reviewed a lot, I joined all the major link-ups. And then, when I moved to college, that wasn't possible AND I stopped posting pretty much at all because of the busyness and stress of college life. So from now on I'll be trying for a happy medium-- posting two times a week, on Sundays and Wednesdays. That's waaay more manageable for me. :) 

favorite tv show


Another Korean reality show. I know, I know. I think they're my guilty pleasure or something. This one's actually kind of stupid. Kind of super romantic (hello, helpful title). Kind of not my thing. Usually. *le sigh* It has sucked me in though. 

Basically, it covers the activities and such of eight Korean idols, 4 guys and 4 girls. They're there to date and be romantic because they really don't get time for that in their everyday lives. 

On the one hand though, it's definitely not like American reality shows like The Bachelor or The Bachlorette. (Cue face-making.) I like how things like holding hands or giving a back hug are treated way more seriously there (in Korea). 

amazing blog posts from around the blogosphere

Since January is the first month of the year and the month of change, there were a lot of good posts on inspiration and organization floating around. 


favorite picture


*screeches* THE FEELS. This is of The 100 fandom. I am fully invested and have fallen in love with half the characters. This is a ship but also not. It's complicated. 

favorite GIF


D.O. from Exo. The small evil one.
*falls on face from laughing* Does this need an explanation?

January was a great month of getting myself back into gear. So...tell me all about your month! What goals did you meet? What new things did you discover? TELL ME ALL. :)

10 things I'm addicted to

10 Things I'm Addicted To (And I'm Not Sorry)

7:40 PM

Before I get into the main part of this post, I'd just like to say that "white chocolate" appeared in the keywords that people have used to find my blog. Um, yes. That is fabulous. I love this person. Let's be honest here, the only search word better than this would be "milk chocolate." (Don't argue.)


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I was wondering what to write today....and I really wasn't producing any interesting, fun ideas. At all. So I googled and found a list of topics, one of which was "What You're Addicted to and Why," here. I thought that sounded really fun so I'm stealing it for my blog. :) 

Because we all know that as a blogger, I'm gonna have addictions. That's just how it works. 



My List of 10 Things I'm Addicted To


1. Social Media + YouTube

First, the expected things: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and YouTube. Who doesn't adore these websites. They are literally my life. I check them everyday...more than a couple times. I know YouTube isn't officially social media, but I feel like it really is because it connects so many people now. 

facebook:  used to connect with family and friends in real life. I don't really post a lot but I like keeping up with people without actually having to talk to them. #thelife

twitter:  used to connect with my book community! Not only do I love talking with my bookish/blogger friends on Twitter, but I like keeping up with book news and giveaways and other awesome stuff this way. And moan about life of course. 

pinterest:  used to get in the writing mood, plan WIPs, and otherwise waste time and giggle over memes that accurately describe my entire life. 

youtube:  used to waste whatever time I have left over from Pinterest. Who needs an actual reason to watch YouTube? 



2. Nerdy-er Websites
Goodreads and Blogger of course! Not to say either of them are particularly nerdy but they kinda are so. ;) I am on blogger ALL the time-- checking stats, working on posts, etc. etc. Goodreads is my online book organizer and book finder extraordinaire. I literally do not know how I lived with out it before. 



3. Chocolate
I probably don't need to explain this. But I will. Chocolate is life. If there is chocolate, I will befriend you to acquire that chocolate. 

Even though I'm kind of weird because I don't really like dark or white chocolate.



4. K-pop (Korean pop)
A while ago my younger sister introduced me to K-pop aka Korean pop music...I've never looked back. Besides K-pop being really beautiful, I just feel like when I listen to the music and "get to know" the different groups' members I can get through bad days easier. And the language is just super neat! I'm half-Taiwanese so my native languages from my mom would be Taiwanese and Chinese (I don't know either of them *sad face*) but I'm a little disloyal. I think Korean sounds better in songs. ;)



5. Ellie Goulding
Ellie Goulding has, in my opinion, one of the most beautiful voices in the business. Her songs are so full of emotion, and I'm pretty sure I've never heard one that I hated. 

a few of my favorites: 



6. My Favorite TV Shows
Obviously, right? ;) Teen Wolf, The 100, The Secret Circle, and Nikita are just a few shows that have stayed my favorites out of the loads I've watched. 

Teen Wolf:  It's an MTV show. It's about werewolves. It has a corny name. This is the perfect recipe for people thinking it stinks. But it's AMAZING. I haven't caught up on episodes (or seasons) yet but I am so invested in the characters. They make me cry and laugh. Mostly cry. There is huge character development and many different kinda paranormal creatures. It's an amazing show!

The 100:  Okay, obviously I'm attracted to shows that end up breaking my heart. Again, the people are so important to me. I feel like I know them and like them. Which is a problem, because people die all the time. This means tears (again) and occasional yelling at the TV or laptop. I feel like it's very sci-fi because the people originally come down to earth from space. 

The Secret Circle: This is a new addition! It's about a group of teen witches who face different enemies-- witch hunters, other witches, themselves. The setting is contemporary and has a very "high school" feel. 

Nikita: BOSS FEMALE EX-SPY/EX-ASSASSIN. What more do I need to say. Nikita, the protagonist, is trying to put a stop to a dirty American operation. She fights, plots, and does everything on her own. She gets in and she gets out. I was impressed. 



7. Mugs/Shirts with Words on Them 
That's pretty self-explanatory hehe. I love mugs and shirts with funny/sarcastic/#real words on them. Like, I'm dying to eventually get a mug with "Keep Calm and..." on it. And I have a t-shirt with "must sleep more" on it (which is always true. for me anyway). It's awesome. 



8. Maps
Maps. I've loved looking at them and collecting them for as long as I can remember. I just like pulling out my box of maps and looking through it. Yes, I actually have a box of maps. It is very heavy. 



9. Owls
Honestly I just recently started noticing that I gravitate towards owl-ly things. I have an owl necklace, an owl ring, an owl shirt. A mug with owls on it. 

What are you looking at?



10. Outfits Made up of Baggy Tops and Leggings
There's nothing better than comfort. And nothing is more comfortable and stylin' than an outfit made up of a baggy shirt and cute leggings. The fact that they can be casual or fancier too makes them even better. 

I hope you liked reading all about my (current) obsessions. Any  suggestions for more unique list posts? What is something you are obsessed with?

Asian

Review: To All the Boys I've Loved Before

12:30 PM

Okay. PANIC TIME. I completely forgot to publish yesterday's post. *begs for mercy* You may or may not have noticed that I started posting on Sundays and Wednesdays. Buuut, yeah, kinda forgot. Oops. In conclusion, once again SORRY and this is my 200th post yay!


To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han
Publication date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Format: hardcover
Source: me
Pages: 355


To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before is the story of Lara Jean, who has never openly admitted her crushes, but instead wrote each boy a letter about how she felt, sealed it, and hid it in a box under her bed. But one day Lara Jean discovers that somehow her secret box of letters has been mailed, causing all her crushes from her past to confront her about the letters: her first kiss, the boy from summer camp, even her sister's ex-boyfriend, Josh. As she learns to deal with her past loves face to face, Lara Jean discovers that something good may come out of these letters after all. 

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This book was the epitome of fluffy, romance-filled contemporary. But I loved it. :) That's pretty rare for me so here's a list of the things I liked and didn't like.



things I liked

1. Lara Jean was quirky. She hated driving. She knew how to cook, but only some things. She wasn't the best big sister but she tried. She had kind of a cutesy, hippie style of dressing. She didn't have a lot of friends, but the one she had was her complete opposite. When I read about her, it felt like she could be me or some other average girl with realistic fears and thoughts. It was great!

2. It dealt with crushes and love and guy problems. But realistically. Lara freaked out about little things. She didn't know how to interpret what a guy meant by what he said or did. 


How do I make you see how real this is for me? What are guys? How do you even talk to them? 



3. Even though To All the Boys I've Loved Before is basically YA contemporary romance, family was a huge part of it. The family was super close. The three sisters looked out for each other and their dad. It was them against the world.  


things I didn't like

1. Not much. I mean, the book served it's purpose. It was exactly what is was supposed to be. I guess the only part I have to get on a little bit is I NEED TO KNOW MORE. Who said it was okay to end the book there. I need each of the characters' life stories. 

2. Also, if I'm going to really nitpick here, some of the secondary characters were very cliche. Like the typical popular girl who gets the popular guy and is mean and possessive. But that wasn't a big deal because the story was told really well. :)

Overall, this book was a really great, relaxing read (as compared to my usual paranormal or dystopian). I really liked the characters and the way that the author portrayed regular life in a totally believable, interesting way. 

my rating:

Disclaimer: I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. All opinions or thoughts expressed are my own. 

college

Back to College! (Room Tour)

8:49 PM

I got back to college for my second semester on Sunday evening. Today was my first day of classes. And I thought since I never did my whole "Here's my awesome dorm room" post, I'd do it today.

Of course, this time around it was way less stressful and lonely and awful. POSITIVE THINGS. YAY. I've started getting hungry a lot faster again though. I'm having trouble keeping up with my stomach here.


**I apologize beforehand for the bad quality of the photos.

my book case AKA the center of my life

I have a book case! Because my parents are fabulous. And my mom has a thing about stuff absolutely having to go somewhere specific. Psh.


On the top is my hotpot (very useful for making essentials like instant noodles and hot chocolate), the first letter of my name made out of a book (A gift from a friend. It has honest to goodness pages inside. I'm not sure whether I should cry with sadness or happiness), and a bin with dishes and snacks that I want easy access to.

The top shelf holds books (school and fun, fiction and nonfiction) and my awesome fedora. You cannot deny the rainbow stripes.

The middle shelf has many awesome books. The few I could bring from home without weighing down my car too much. ;)

The bottom shelf is food. In other words, one of the most important parts of the room. Both bins are full of different instant noodles and other Asian snacks. I have Srirachi chili sauce in the middle too!

my reading lounge AKA beanbag of fabulousness

This baby is the BEST to read in. Studying...well, I've tried. It doesn't work if you lean back and relax. True story.


This is pretty straight forward. *grins* Beanbag, pillow, cozy blanket. Perfect recipe for napping and not finishing your homework.

I have emphasized that I like resting here right?

my dresser AKA the holder of garments

Isn't it beautiful?


It's so un-average and un-cheap and just screams quality. *sarcasm*

my desk AKA the place for my laptop...and things

My desk gets messy so easy because I am like the worst study-er ever. Not like how I study, but my organization of study supplies and textbooks...I tend to stack and pile and spread.


I tidied it up just for you! Here you can see the essentials. Boring stuff like pens and pencils. Exciting stuff like my kindle, tootsie rolls, my purple headphones, and an awesome tiger painting (not done by me unfortunately).

my refrigerator AKA protector of perishables


We (me and my roomie) have a cute little whiteboard to write notes on and stuff. :) She drew this awesome panda RIDING A SKATEBOARD to welcome me back. What is better than a panda riding a skateboard? Also, I got these adorable magnets that are actually apps. And they're perfect.

my whole half of a room


This isn't exactly accurate since it's from my first week at college and I have more stuff now (like the bookcase and the beanbag etc.), but it gives you a pretty good idea of my space. :) I really love the lofted bed set up!

I hope you guys liked this. I had fun writing about where I live now. :) Is not the desk-under-bed cool? Also, I'm thinking about doing a post sometime in the near future about my roommate! Would you like reading something like that?

book review

Review: Deep Blue

8:00 AM

Number 9 of my 2015 book challenge is finished! I don't know what I'm going to do when the book requirements get more specific. ;) 


Deep Blue by Jennifer Donnelly
Publication date: May 6, 2014
Publisher: Disney Press
Format: Hardcover
Source: library
Pages: 340

Deep in the ocean, in a world not so different from our own, live the merpeople. Their communities are spread throughout the oceans, seas, and freshwaters all over the globe.

When Serafina, a mermaid of the Mediterranean Sea, awakens on the morning of her betrothal, her biggest worry should be winning the love of handsome Prince Mahdi. And yet Sera finds herself haunted by strange dreams that foretell the return of an ancient evil. Her dark premonitions are confirmed when an assassin's arrow poisons Sera's mother. Now, Serafina must embark on a quest to find the assassin's master and prevent a war between the Mer nations. Led only by her shadowy dreams, Sera searches for five other mermaid heroines who are scattered across the six seas. Together, they will form an unbreakable bond of sisterhood and uncover a conspiracy that threatens their world's very existence.



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Deep Blue is another one of those books that I've been waiting a while to get my hands on. Because I'm not a good bookworm, I totally read the 30-page preview. My bad.


I loved the preview! But, overall, the book didn't really meet my expectations.

The premise is great-- mermaid heroines going out to save the world from evil. That sounds SO kick-butt. And I don't read mermaid books so it sounded like a really neat start to branching out.

Meh.

BUT WAIT, let me explain. (Promise I have good points to make.)

I did love the storybuilding. Donnelly painted a beautiful picture of everything from mer homes and pets to their clothes or their food. It was like nothing I've read before, everything created specifically of and related to the sea. Everything in this area was very well thought out. Mermaids can't take baths when they already live in the water. Problem solved: they scrub themselves with sand.


The slang and new vocabulary for the mer world that was everywhere in Deep Blue wasn't a hit or miss for me, but a little of both. I'm a sucker for unique names (even though I never remember them) so the names for the mer cities and animals were great. Buut, on the other hand, I felt like the author crammed new vocabulary and slang into too many places.

It was a little confusing sometimes and some of it was just corny like "merl" for "girl" and "currensea" instead of "currency." There was a whole (kinda thick) glossary in the back of Deep Blue. It was just too confusing for my brain to keep up with the ins and outs of the language/names/terms.

I think Deep Blue would still have gotten a pretty high rating if I'd liked the writing style and the characters more. As you all know, characters are super duper important to me and when I don't click with them, the story usually doesn't work either.

The characters were quite immature in my opinion. The character development was a little abrupt, where a character wouldn't be facing the truth and then all of a sudden she would get a "revelation" or someone would slap her into gear and she'd be like, "I am destined for this. I shall do this no matter what." It wasn't very realistic.

The writing was also didn't live up to my expectations. I like books with subtlety-- in the emotions, characters, and plot. But, I feel like in Deep Blue the author asked questions and made it obvious what was true or not, instead of letting the readers figure it out themselves. There were a lot of "he said, she saids" and more telling than showing.

So while the story was a really enjoyable and light read, the obvious-ness of everything and the simplistic writing style disappointed me.

My Rating:

I could NOT resist.

Disclaimer: I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. All opinions or thoughts expressed are my own. 

2015

January | Reading Challenges & Resolutions

8:00 AM



Because I already addressed the main topics of this month, I'm just going to be talking about smaller goals that can be finished by the end of January.

books to read

Since the month is already almost half over, I'm not going to push myself too hard. But I do want to read the two books below for sure.

    

Besides both of them counting for my 2015 book challenge, I've wanted to read both for a while and just haven't gotten around to it. 

resolutions for the month

1. Create a Goodread's shelf for the books I want to read this year. 
2. Set a time to work on blog stuff-- this will be super important to keep up because of school. 
3. Write a monthly recap post and continue writing them each month. 

things to change

I'm not gonna call these resolutions but just things that I want to change in my lifestyle. Last semester was a pretty rough one for me. I ended up with great grades but throughout the semester I didn't eat well, sleep well, or keep up good contact with my friends and family. 

I have this thing where if I'm super stressed it's really hard for me to focus on one project. I'm more likely to be skittish and bounce from one thing to another which is why I think I didn't read, watch a lot of movies, or do anything besides my school and waste a load of time mindlessly watching YouTube. 



Sometimes it's good to mindlessly do things but I don't like letting all that time go to waste (or at least my productive side doesn't). 

Therefore, these are some things I want to get done when I get back to college.

1. Watch one movie (movies watched at home do not count). At least. 
2. Of course, read the two books I talked about earlier. 
3. Do at least one artwork that's not connected with any of my art classes. 
4. Eat healthier. 
5. Sleep better hours. 
6. Keep in touch with my friends and fam. Especially remembering my blogger friends :)

Hopefully the fact that I love accomplishing things so I can cross them off a to-do list will help me get most of these things done. 

book blogger organization challenge

The Book Blogger Organization Challenge

8:24 PM

From past experiences with resolutions and to-do lists *cough* failures *cough*, at the beginning of this year I already had decided that I would put a limit on all my goals.

I would:

1) Make them manageable.
2) Make them non-intimidating aka stress inducing.
3) Not make many resolutions.

However, as I was randomly googling for neat blog tags, I came across something called the Book Blogger Organization Challenge started by Brittany of The Book Addict's Guide. If there's one thing I need, it's a little organization in my blogging life. And this challenge is perfect because it has good goals but it doesn't have those intimidating specific deadlines.




So I decided to do it! The idea is to organize specific areas of your blogging every month for six months.

Here are the "rules" (said exactly as the founder of said project):

  1. The Blog Organization Challenge will run from January 1st to June 30th.
  2. Participants can join in at any time! Like I said, this is probably the most non-stressful organization challenge out there. 
  3. Feel free to make your own “mini-challenges”.
  4. Want to chat about it on social media? Use the hashtag #BlogOrganization. 
For more information on the whole awesome project, click here

I'll put a compact list of all the topics at the end of this post. This is going to be so much fun! I wanted to do this whole information post because organization is such a huge blogger thing and I know it's super hard to fit it into our everyday lives. :) Since I've already done posts talking about resolutions + challenges and plans for my blog, I'm not sure if  I'll be doing another post on this topic. Possibly if I need to go into more detail on some things.  

January - Reading challenges & resolutions.
February - Blog maintenance. 
March - Social media + review outlets.
April - Graphics, HTML, CSS, plug-ins.
May - Book clean-up + spring cleaning.
June - Freebie!

art

New Game Plan

9:51 PM


Okey-dokey, peoples. Game plan. Here goes. 

I don't have everything figured out yet, but I'm going to lay out the basics of a posting plan I hope will work. 

1. Hopefully, I will post one or two times per week. Ideally, it will be two-- one review and one "other." But there's no way I can post the way I was last year in summer break while I'm at college. Have I freaked out about the THREE art studio classes I'm taking this spring on here yet? 


2. I will be tweaking the blog a tiny bit. Mainly just the tabs/links at the top, just so they'll match the current design. 

3. Does anyone feel up to doing a guest post for me?? Or if not, are there any things about my real life that you're curious about? As a book blog (or mainly bookish), I don't touch on that too much but I plan to do way more in the future. 

4. I have made an art blog. This is huge. For me, anyway, because I'm super insecure about my art. Which is ridiculous since I'm a Fine Arts major but it's true. I thought that since this is such a big deal for me (being it's my future career and all) I would keep track of all my projects and artsy doings with a blog! 

It looks like this.
Right now I have no idea what I'm doing (and part of this was me discovering how Wordpress works and being able to navigate it as well as Blogger) and I still have stuff to figure out as to the design and all kinds of other things. Like the website address. How do you change it? This is a legitimate question. (BTW, I have a free account if that helps.)

I'd love it if you took a few minutes to check it out and offer opinions. :)) For right now, I've decided to not link to Life of a Random from Wanderlust but that might change in the future. ANYWHO, here's the address: artofskylar.wordpress.com .

Adieu, lovelies. 

beautiful

Review: The Coldest Girl in Coldtown

6:02 PM


Vampires. Oooooooh. This is probably the only other vampire book I've read besides Cassandra Clare's shadowhunter books that feature vampires. It's also the first book I get to check off my 2015 challenge! 


The Coldest Girl in Coldtown by Holly Black
Publication date: September 3, 2013
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Format: Paperback
Source: Me (or more accurately, my sistah. THANK YOU, GORGEOUS)
Pages: 419


Tana lives in a world where walled cities called Coldtowns exist. In them, quarantined monsters and humans mingle in a decadently bloody mix of predator and prey. The only problem is, once you pass through Coldtown's gates, you can never leave.

One morning, after a perfectly ordinary party, Tana wakes up surrounded by corpses. The only other survivors of this massacre are her exasperatingly endearing ex-boyfriend, infected and on the edge, and a mysterious boy burdened with a terrible secret. Shaken and determined, Tana enters a race against the clock to save the three of them the only way she knows how: by going straight to the wicked, opulent heart of Coldtown itself.


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Technically, this is a review. Technically, this is supposed to be a rational post on the pros and cons of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown.

Technically.

But I'm not sure I have the words or capacity to form any thoughts that make much sense, because this book ROCKED.


Okay, okay. Okay.

First of all, Tana. Tana rocked. (To be honest, everything about this book rocked but just hear me out okay?)

You know those characters who think they're totally fine? Who think that they're really good people even though they're not? The ones who ignore their problems and pretend they don't exist? I don't like them. I don't like it when characters are fully one thing (good or bad) because most of the time it's not true.

Not everyone is completely bad. And everyone definitely isn't all good. We all have our mistakes, and our bright sides.

And I loved the way that Tana knew this. She embraced all of herself. She knew her faults, she knew that sometimes they weren't something she should be doing or thinking or feeling. Tana didn't have any delusions about who she was or about the world around her. Even if she did, when she discovered the truth, she didn't have them anymore.

Besides this fact, Tana was completely kick-butt.

She was afraid, but she did things anyway. Like saving people, saving vampires, protecting her sister. Confronting dangerous enemies. She didn't give up.

And something that really sucked me into totally being Tana's fan was that she wasn't always sure of herself, of who she was. She had warring parts of her personality. But she still did her best, tried her hardest. And found a way to deal with it.



There's this one quote I love so much that I bookmarked it, wrote it in my journal, and now I'm gonna share it with you.

"Laugh it up," she told him, "but the thing is, I hadn't known myself at all until I went away. I knew how Nicole and Amber saw me. And Lucien and the Spider and all the others-- they're afraid of you, so they figure you must be pretty awful indeed. They think you can't feel anything, because they've forgotten how. You're very, very dangerous, I get that, and you're prone to some very theatrical brooding, but don't let yourself mistake that for some kind of inner corruption. They see themselves in you and are blinded."
Is not that most beautiful thing ever?

I really identify with it because...that's kind of why I wanted to move away to college even though I was scared. I wanted to find myself, know myself, away from the setting I was comfortable in. Away from the people who knew me as a certain kind of person. I wanted to see who I was without anyone but myself and my expectations.

And DUDE Holly Black got that.

The writing was so beautiful throughout the book. The worldbuilding was amazing. I could see the Coldtown, I could smell it. The vampires' way of life was written so raw. Some parts it was pretty graphic, but there was never unnecessary scenes. The way that some humans wanted to be vampires and admired them from afar was a fresh idea (at least in the books I've read) and something I can definitely see happening. The characters were written beautifully, scarred but beautiful.

Oh, and the ex-boyfriend and mysterious boy from the blurb? To me, that just screams love triangle for any YA novel. But nope. Even though a tiny traitorous part of me wanted the author to explore the coupling of a certain two people, there was no love triangle. I'm SO glad there wasn't. I support the final pairing. It was meant to be.

The ending. Oh my gosh, the ending. It was kind of sad, kind of a tiny little bit hopeless, kind of doomed. It was kind of left open in the air.

I usually hate those kinds of endings.

Yep, you guessed it. Once again, Holly Black pulled it off. I have no idea how, but she did. I can't wait to read more Holly Black in the future! This book was beautiful.

My Rating:

Disclaimer: I was not reimbursed for this review in any way. All opinions or thoughts expressed are my own.

2015

Hello 2015

1:25 PM

It's a new year! I've always loved the first day of things, like the first day of school (because there's no homework yet and there are pretty school supplies to organize) and... the first day of the year. So I devote this whole entire post to talking all about my plans for 2015. WAHOO.


It wouldn't be a new year if I didn't make a list of resolutions so I decided to make a regular one and use a bookish one I found on Pinterest. :)

  1. Take a picture every day for a year. 
  2. Try something (big or small) that I've never tried before. 
  3. Finish a writing project. 
  4. Exercise more (HAHA. But I thought I'd try.)
  5. Grow closer to God. 
  6. Get straight A's. 
  7. Learn how to do more types of art. 

(or challenge)
  1. A book with more than 500 pages. 
  2. A classic romance. 
  3. A book that became a movie. 
  4. A book published this year. 
  5. A book with a number in its title. 
  6. A book written by someone under 30. 
  7. A book with nonhuman characters. 
  8. A funny book. 
  9. A book by a female author.
  10. A mystery or thriller. 
  11. A book with a one-word title. 
  12. A book of short stories. 
  13. A book set in a different country. 
  14. A nonfiction book. 
  15. A popular author's first book. 
  16. A book from an author you love that you haven't read yet. 
  17. A book a friend recommended. 
  18. A Pulitzer Prize-winning book. 
  19. A book based on a true story. 
  20. A book at the bottom of your to-read list. 
  21. A book your mom loves. (might not be able to do. my mom doesn't read english books.)
  22. A book that scares you. 
  23. A book more than 100 years old. 
  24. A book based entirely on its cover. 
  25. A book you were supposed to read in school but didn't. 
  26. A memoir. 
  27. A book you can finish in a day. 
  28. A book with antonyms in the title. 
  29. A book set somewhere you've always wanted to visit. 
  30. A book that came out the year you were born.
  31. A book with bad reviews. 
  32. A trilogy. 
  33. A book from your childhood. 
  34. A book with a love triangle. 
  35. A book set in the future. 
  36. A book set in high school. 
  37. A book with a color in the title. 
  38. A book that made you cry. 
  39. A book with magic. 
  40. A graphic novel. 
  41. A book by an author you've never read before. 
  42. A book you own but have never read. 
  43. A book that takes place in your hometown.  (also might not be able to do this one.)
  44. A book that was originally written in a different language. 
  45. A book set during Christmas.
  46. A book written by an author with your same initials. 
  47. A play. 
  48. A banned book. 
  49. A book based on or turned into a TV show. 
  50. A book you started but never finished. 


I'm so excited about my resolutions! Especially the book challenge one. I tend to get stuck reading in a particular genre, so it'll be good for me to expand my reading experience. :) 


I will have an update here on my blog whenever I finish one of the books in the 50-book Pinterest challenge, sometimes I might just talk about it in a short post, or talk about how I found it, or what it taught me, or it might be just a regular book review where I mark it off the list at the beginning of the post (or something awesome like that). Anyways, I will be updating!

And of course it wouldn't be a new year without the Goodreads Challenge. *happy dance*


It's purple, guys.


Last year, I had the goal of reading 150 books which I did not accomplish (boo) so I thought I'd give myself a reasonable goal that I'll probably meet without a problem. Hopefully, I can get all this stuff done. Lists make me happy. :D

What are your New Year's Resolutions? If resolutions aren't your thing, are there other goals you want to accomplish as you go?

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