[Unbookish Wednesday] Snow…ugh!

First snow of the year here in South Korea!

First snow! Ugh, this sucks.

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First REAL snow day while at work. The kids loved it of course. And yes! It was awesome and beautiful but the aftermath always sucks.

Nnnuuuuuuuuuu!!!!!

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I had been dreading winter/snow since mid summer, seriously. I don’t like snow. It’s slippery and dangerous, and makes getting to work more difficult. Actually, since I live downhill, getting getting can also be a bit of an adventure. Especially since my street is not THAT well traveled, so the snow doesn’t always get cleared up. Also, when someone does bother to sweep the place they always leave a thin, extremely slippery, layer of snow behind. That just adds to my horrors.

But sometimes do look better covered in snow~

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[Dream Casting] Obsidian by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Who is the model on the Obsidian cover? He’s gorgeous. Would be great if he was an actor as well, that way I could dream cast him. He will forever be Daemon and honestly nobody else seems good enough. But I’ll try.

 

If Obsidian was turned into a movie, this is who I would cast.

Katy
Description: Main protagonist. Used to be a bystander but no more! Sassy, likable, not very confident in her looks.
Actress: Emily Browning. Yup! She can do bystander, sassy, and badassy! She can do anything!

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Daemon
Description: A-hole. Sure he has a good reason but he’s till a butt. Sexy alien~
Actor: Liam Hemsworth. Ok now Imagine whim with black hair and green almost-glowing eyes, and more broody. Yes? YYEESSS!

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Dee
Description: Super nice and friendly. Drop dead gorgeous.
Actress: Megan Fox . When I imagined Dee, this is pretty close to how I imagined she would look.

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Ash
Description: A bad itch.
Actress: Elle Fanning. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Elle Fanning do a not-so-likable character before. Would be interesting to see!

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Andrew and Adam
Description: Andrew is very much like his sister Ash. Adam is a bit neutral about the whole “humans suck” thing.
Actor: Lucas Till. But with the bluest blue eyes.

Andrew                                             Adam

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Dashing Through the Snow Book Tag

I was tagged by Heather @ The Sassy Book Geek, thank you for tagging me! This Tag was created by Astra over at A Stranger’s Guide To Novels so please check out her blog!

The Rules:

  1. Thank The Curator (Astra @ A Stranger’s Guide To Novels)
  2. Tag 5 People To Spread The Christmas Joy!
  3. Have Fun!

 

1. Name a book you would like to see under your Christmas tree.

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I didn’t want to be super obvious and say the new illustrated edition of Harry Potter, so I went for my second pick. This book is a little pricey so I won’t be buying it anytime soon. I really want to read it though, I don’t know much about it and I’m very curious.

2. A book you’ll be reading during the Christmas Season.

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I wont really be reading anything Christmasey but I will be reading a few books for the Christmas Bookathon. I’m currently reading Warm Bodies.

3. Favourite Christmas Movie.

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Elf. Yup. Elf. It’s so funny!!!

4. Do you like snow?

I don’t like snow. I’m from California, where it doesn’t snow. However, I currently reside in South Korea, where it does snow and every year I dread it. I hate snow, it’s slippery, and dangerous. I also live down a hill and have to walk up said hill to get to work every morning. Not only does it make walking to work more difficult, cars get stuck there too.

5. Name a character you you would like to spend your Christmas day with.

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Hmm… Doctor Who! David Tennant’s Doctor Who! That would be absolutely amazing, we could travel through space and time, and save the universe.

6. To give or to receive?

I like both equally. I love receiving gifts and I love giving gifts. That’s how I show my love. I wouldn’t bother giving you gifts if I didn’t think you were special~

7. What fictional place would you like to spend Christmas at?

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Hogwarts of course! Beautiful decorations, magic, and incredible feasts!

8. Fondest Christmas memory?

When I was 5 or 6 I used to live in Mexico. We don’t believe in Santa Claus we believe en El Nino Dios or Baby Jesus. On Christmas Eve we have Posadas, which are a celebration of the Nativity. Anyway, back then, I didn’t know about shooting stars and once Christmas Eve a shooting star flew across the sky. I thought it was a Christmas miracle, I thought it was Baby Jesus coming down to earth. Also, I was the only one who saw it which made it feel more like a miracle. It was the most exciting thing that had ever happened in my 6 years of life!

9. Can you say Christmas tree ten times FAST  in a row (pronouncing it correctly!)

I did it! Yay!

 

Tag Time!

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[I.Y.B.H.A.S] Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Oh Fangirl! How I love you! I rarely read contemporary books, they’re just not really my thing. Of course, there are exceptions and Fangirl is one of them! This was an excellent book, it was easy to read, fun, and fast paced. Not to mention that the protagonist, Cath, was so relatable. It was as if I was reading a story based on parts of my life. It was awesome! As much as I loved it however, I could only rate it a 4/5. I wasn’t completely immersed in the story as I was reading it. However, after I finished it and had some time to think about it the feelings came and they came strong. Now every time I look at the cover I fangirl (no pun intended). I don’t know if it’s because of Levi and the happiness I feel when I think about his character. I’m not sure if it’s because of both Cath and Levi and the feelings their relationship brought. I’m not sure, but I can’t help but squee every time I look at that beautiful cover.

And with those thoughts in mind, if Fangirl had a soundtrack, the song would be Hello by SHINee. This song is about the shyness you feel when trying to approach or confess to the one you like.

“When I act like this I realize I’m actually young
She’s right in front of me but I don’t know what to do
How do you start love?
People who have loved please tell me
Will there be a day when I hold her hand?”

The happy feelings this song brought when it first came out and I obsessed over it are pretty similar to how I feel about Fangirl, and it reminds me of Cath and Levi’s relationship. All the happiness, and cuteness, and excitement, and just over all goodness is just great!

Book: Fangirl

Song: Hello by SHINee

My Black Friday Book Haul

This is my very first Black Friday book haul. It’s also my very first BookOutlet purchase too. I might have gotten a little carried away, I bought 30 books. Actually, I ordered 33 but 3 were sold out. I only spent around $80 including shipping! That is absolutely amazing!

Sadly, I wont be able to get to my books until May. I’m currently out of the country and wont be back in the States until then.

I now present you with the beautiful books I bought and why I bought them! No synopsis because that would take way too long. So, you can click on the title and it’ll take you to the book’s Goodreads page.

  1. This Book is Full of Spiders: Seriously, Dude, Don’t Touch It

9781250036650-l1 Why? This book is the sequel to John Dies at the End,which I absolutely loved! So I just had to read the second book! This is the one book that I just HAD to get, I wasn’t as concerned about the rest.

2. Dark Lord: The Early Years

9780802728494-l1 Why? It sounds hilarious. Just the type of humor I love. I can’t wait to read it!

3. Doll Bones by Holly Black

9781416963981-l1 Why? It sounds interesting. I don’t know much about this book other than the synopsis. It sounds awesome and the cover is cool!

4. Eat, Brains, Love by Jeff Hart

9780062200341-l1 Why? Again, this one sounds hilariously awesome! And the synopsis sort of reminded me of the movie Aaah! Zombies!! Love that movie.

5. Etiquette and Espionage (Finishing School #1) by Gail Carriger

9780316190107-l2 Why? I actually really want to read the Parasol Protectorate books but since they weren’t available, I decided to give these a try first. The author’s style greatly affects whether or not I’ll like a book anyway, and if it turns out I don’t like Gail Carriger’s style then I wont be reading the Parasol Protectorate series.

6. Fablehaven  #1 by Brandon Mull

9781416947202-l Why? The main reason I added this book to my TBR, months ago, was because I really liked the cover. I really really wanted to read and buy this book because of the cover. I’m not ashamed! It’s an awesome cover and I do want to read it!

7. Fear Hall: The Beginning by R.L. Stine

9780671008741-l Why? Mad respect for R.L. Stine, his books shaped my love for reading. I think I read most of his books growing up, but I don’t remember reading this one, so I decided to get it!

8. Jackaby by William Ritter

9781616203535-l Why? The synopsis said this “Doctor Who meets Sherlock in William Ritter’s debut novel, which features a detective of the paranormal as seen through the eyes of his adventurous and intelligent assistant in a tale brimming with cheeky humor and a dose of the macabre.” Doctor Who, Sherlock, cheeky humor?! How can I say no. I also like that the female protagonist is described as intelligent. I hope she’s a bit sassy too, but not to the point that she’s irritating.

9.  Jessie Elliot is a Big Chicken by Elise Gravel

9781596437418-l Why? I just wanted something different. Something cute and funny. At least, I hope it’s cute and funny. Unless that cover is just seriously trolling. I mean, the synopsis sounds like it’s something cute and funny.

10. Landline by Rainbow Rowell

9781250049377-l Why? I’m pretty new to Rainbow Rowell. I’ve only read Fangirl by her so I wanted to try something else. It was either this or Eleanor and Park, I was leaning more toward Eleanor and Park because I actually have a friend who is in a mixed race relationship with a Korean guy. But that actually made me not want to read it in the end, I didn’t want to start comparing relationships. Also the story in Landline sounds like something I would like to read more.

11. Love Fortunes and Other Disasters by Kimberly Karalius

9781250047205-l Why? I don’t like romance novels. Actually, I don’t like romance at all (in books). I often feel it ruins a perfectly good book. I especially don’t like romance is YA books, but anyway, as I’m sort of trying to change that I decided that this was a good book to start with. It sounds funny enough.

12. Rot and Ruin by Jonathan Maberry

9781442402331-l Why? I love zombies and I don’t think I’ve ever read a zombie book. I’m not sure, I can’t remember. Anyway, the synopsis sounded interesting and I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while

13. Rump: The True Story of Rumpelstiltskin by Liesl Shurtliff

9780307977946-l Why? I love stories based on other stories and just look at the cover! I hope it’s full of whimsy and awesomeness!

Gosh, you know. I’m sorry but I won’t be linking to Goodreads anymore. This is just taking way too long and I’m not even halfway done. You understand right? Thank you!!! 

14. Servants of the Storm by Delilah S. Dawson

9781442483781-l Why? I love horror books, although, to be perfectly honest, they’re never really that scary. Anyway, the synopsis sounded awesome and just look at the cover. If the story is as eerie as the cover, I’ll be very happy.

15. Skary Childrin and the Carousel of Sorrow by Katy Towell

9780375872402-l Why? My kind of book. I don’t know what else to say. The synopsis sounds awesome. Skary Childrin, supernatural stuff and hopefully some cheeky humor? Yes please! I love middle grade, not ashamed~

16. Spiders by Tom Hoyle

9781447250463-l Why? I have the first book Thirteen. I haven’t read the first book, but the series sounds interesting so I’m pretty sure I will read it all so why not get the second book cheap?

17. Temptation by R.L. Stine

9781442450684-l Why? This book contains two R.L. Stines books, which I’ve read, but don’t really remember anymore. I do remember liking them however. It also included a never released before short story.

18 & 19. Shadow Falls: The Beginning / Shadow Falls: The Next Chapter by C.C. Hunter

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Why? Born at Midnight sounds pretty interesting and the cover was quite pretty. However, since I’m not familiar with the author I decided to get these cheaper bindup versions instead.

20. The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

9781622664658-l Why? It sounds so interesting. I really really want to read this book. May come sooner!!

21. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

9780743298902-l Why? This book sounds awesome! And look at the beautiful cover!

22. The Infernals by John Connolly (Samuel Johnson vs the Devil #2)

9781451643091-l Why? I’ve been wanting to read this book for some time now. I didn’t even realize it was the 2nd book of a series. So once I found out, of course I had to buy the other two books in the series.

23. The Creeps by John Connolly (Samuel Johnson vs the Devil #3)

9781476757100-l Why? Why not get the full trilogy! Also, look at the cool cover! So much detail, it’s beautiful.

24. The Gates by Jon Connolly (Samuel Johnson vs the Devil #1)

9781439175408-l Why? First book of a triology and sounds awesome! My kind of book!

25. The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls by Claire Legrand

9781442442924-l Why? I love books based in boarding schools or some type of private academy. So much fun!

26 & 27. The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Hidden Gallery / The Incorrigible Children of Ashton Place: The Unseen Guest by Maryrose Wood 

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Why? I read the first book some time ago and I really liked it. So I bought the second and third books.

28. The Love Curse of the Rumbaughs by Jack Gantos

9780312380526-l Why? This book sounds like a lot of fun and it was only $0.79! What a deal!

29 & 30. The Nightmare Affair / The Nightmare Dilemma  (The Arkwell Academy,  #1 &2) by Mindee Arnett

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Why? They just sound so interesting!

 

 

 

November Book Haul

I’ve been obsessively hauling books since September. I promised myself I wouldn’t buy books in November but I failed. I bought 17 books this month. That’s 17 books too many. And this isn’t even counting the 30 books I bought for Black Friday, more on that later. Thankfully I was given 2 books so I’m very happy about that. Yay!

Seriously though, I really need to stop buying books. I’ll be moving countries in March and I can’t afford to have this many books. International shipping is ridiculous.

I now present you the pretty books I bought in November. So pretty, I love the smooth and soft covers. So nice, so nice~

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  1. Warm Bodies by Isaac Marion
  2. Legend by Marie Lu
  3. Prodigy by Marie Lu
  4. Champion by Marie Lu
  5. Uglies by Scott Westerfeld
  6. Pretties by Scott Westerfeld
  7. Specials by Scott Westerfeld
  8. Extras by Scott Westerfeld
  9. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Seth Grahame-Smith *
  10. The Maze Runner by James Dashner
  11. The Scorch Trials by James Dashner
  12. The Death Cure by James Dashner
  13. Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  14. Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell
  15. Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  16. Thirteen by Tom Hoyle
  17. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  18. The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare (Not pictured)
  19. Kasmah Forma by S. Vagus (Not Pictured) **

 

*My friend gave me this book as part of our October Fake Subscription Box!

**I was given this book by the author.

So far, out of this haul, I’ve only read Fangirl, but I plan to have read at least 4 more by the end of December. Woo hoo!

 

 

November Wrap-up!

This is my November wrap up, plus one book from October. I only read three books this month. Which to be honest, is more than usual. I usually read 1 or two so I’m a little proud! This month I read some pretty great books. I’m very happy with what I was able to read.

Click on the book titles to read the synopsis on Goodreads!

My thoughts on the books I read:

Odd Thomas: Forever Odd

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SCORE: 5/5

WARNING: Potential spoiler if you haven’t read the first book or watched the movie.

Odd Thomas is my favorite protagonist. He is absolutely amazing. Even after losing Stormy he remains kind and brave. All he wants is to be with Stormy again, but he doesn’t let his sadness overcome him. He keeps fighting. This book was great. I was more emotionally invested in this book and I found it a little creepier. Nothing is scarier to me than someone so absolutely delusional they truly believe what they’re doing is ok. That amount of insanity is terrifying. The one thing I didn’t like about this book is the relationship between Odd and one of the characters. Odd describes this other character as a brother, however, in the first book this character was never mentioned. It just felt a little contrived.

John Dies at the End

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SCORE: 5/5

OMG I loved this book! This book was so much fun to read! Cynical, sarcastic, and a lot more deeper and meaningful than it might initially seem. I’m not really sure how to describe this book. This book doesn’t have the typical heroic, brave, rise above it all type of protagonist. This protagonist is quite the opposite. He’s actually a pretty shitty person, but you like him either way. He’s not charming, but he does seem… relatable. That’s not to say  you can relate because you too are shitty, it just means that perhaps you can see your own faults in him. All the characters are interesting and likable.

 Fangirl

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SCORE: 5/5

I loved this book. Cath is relatable, Levi is amazing, and Wren’s behavior is the type of behavior I never understood when I too was young and in college. It’s interesting that so many of us can relate with Cath. It’s amazing and so much fun! Although this book provoked quite a bit of feelings, I wasn’t fully immersed while reading. I’m not sure why. However, after finishing it and thinking about it I realized how much I truly love this book. Now every time I see the cover I get butterflies in my stomach and I feel nostalgia and super happy feelings.  I love this book!

Obsidian

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SCORE: 4/5

I have to admit that what really pushed me to buy this book was the cover. I mean I thought it sounded very interesting and I wanted to read it, but what really pushed me to buy it ASAP was the cover. I mean… wow. Ah Daemon, Daemon, Daemon… boy, make up your freaken mind! Seriously, this hot and then cold thing is cute and exciting at first, but come on now. This book was so much fun. Despite what I said in the previous sentences, all the characters were pretty likable. It was fast paced and not too long. My only complaint is the occasional editing errors and that I wish the English had been a bit more sophisticated. I don’t mean the dialogues, I thought that was fine and true to how teenagers speak. However, the descriptions would have been a lot better if the language had had a little more depth. I will be continuing the series.

 

Have you read any of these books? What are your thoughts?