I thought I was over my book buying addiction but I guess it never actually goes away... First off, I am SO sorry for not posting in the longest time! I haven't been reading nor have I been buying books, and I did not want to post blog posts that I wasn't proud of.
Second of all.. Here's a book haul! Some were thrifted and some were bought at Indigo!
1. Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them, by J.K. Rowling
I hadn't been to Indigo in so long, and when I went, I knew I couldn't leave without buying anything. Because the movie is coming out so soon and I haven't read this book in years, I decided to purchase it and to reread it before the movie is released!
2. Quidditch Through The Ages, by J.K. Rowling
I mean, I couldn't just get one book, right...?
3. Paper Towns, by John Green
Can you believe I didn't own this book already? The movie wasn't particularly good, in my opinion, but I've heard that the book is way better, and for 3$, I couldn't pass it out.
4. Eleanor & Park, by Rainbow Rowell
I was SO excited to find this book at the thrift store! It's in perfect condition, hardcover, and was only 3.50$! If you've read my blog since last year, I've been saying how much I wanted to purchase this book and read it, but the price has just never gone down. How lucky was I to thrift this??
5. The Hobbit, by J.R.R. Tolkien
I thrifted the LOTR series, so it only made sense for me to get this book as well.
I hope you've enjoyed this short blog post, and I genuinely hope that I will be more motivated to write more soon!
One thing that many people in the book blogging world want are free books. Especially free books by authors or publishing companies that demand to be reviewed before their release dates, also known as ARCs (advanced readers' copies). I won't lie, after a few months of blogging, those were everything I wanted, and now that I have gotten a few, I will share my tips with you!
1) Social media is your best friend
This one is pretty obvious, and it's all about visibility. Obviously, if you have a lot of readers, you have more opportunities of getting sent books. Use social media to promote your blog, but do it in a fun and interactive way, and not a way to get views. I suggest you make a twitter account specially for your blog, and that you introduce your new blog posts in quirky and different ways, so people are interested, and don't see you as just another blogger.
2) Get involved
Go on other bloggers' blogs and look at what they are doing! Talk with them, create #SquadGoals. Also, get involved in blogging blogs, like The Book Blogger List. I am listed on there, and a lot of authors have contacted me through that website! It is a great blogger database that allows authors to find bloggers who are interested in reading their books, but also allows bloggers to make friends and have visibility. However, if you are inactive for a certain amount of time, they will remove your listing (for obvious reasons!).
3) Don't be shy!
Don't be scared of emailing publishers and smaller authors! I have emailed Simon & Schuster Canada and HarperCollins Canada, and have been on their blogging list for a while. Whenever they have new books that can be reviewed, they will announce it and you can get a chance at reviewing it. However, there are many bloggers listed on their database, so unless you're very very lucky, don't expect to receive ARCs often.
4) Take what you can
Don't refuse books from authors just because you don't want to read them! Actually, scratch that. NEVER force yourself to read! But don't be discouraged if it isn't THE book you want to receive earlier, some smaller authors have amazing books and you'll be surprised at how enjoyable it is to read books no one has ever read before. Just don't be sad if you can't review the new Jennifer L. Armentrout or Rainbow Rowell book, you feel? There are sooo many small authors out there for you to discover! Also, don't refuse a book because it isn't a hard copy. Some authors just can't afford to pay international shipping fees. I have actually never received a physical copy of a book, only e-books, mostly because I live in Canada so shipping fares are rather expensive, but e-books are just as good for reading on the bus and whatnot!
5) Be active
Obvious one: be active and post a lot. I know how hard it is (and as you might have noticed, I've been relatively inactive), but authors won't send books to inactive bloggers. They need to see your writing style and reading style before deciding if they want you to review their books! Take care of your blog like it's your baby!
Just a head's up, I am in no way qualified for giving you tips, but as a smaller blog, I think that my tips and insight would be helpful!
Believe it or not, I haven't bought a book since January. Jan-u-a-ry. For a book blogger, that's an insane amount of time, and although I really, really want to go buy Me Before You, I won't. Here's how I did it!
A book buying ban is, for most bookworms, a hard thing to achieve. We all clearly know we don't need that many books, yet we continue to buy them as if our lives depended on it (which they kind of do, to be honest). However, I think it is universal that we don't read nearly as many books as we buy, which is a bad thing. I decided to go on a book buying ban because I realized I was overwhelmed with the amount of books I owned, and couldn't read all of them. Here are my tips if you would like to take a break too!
Timing is, believe it or not, a very crucial element. If you start your BBB in the summer, you're more likely to fail, because summer is the time for books and higher salaries. I started mine when the semester started again, and it was really smart, because I didn't have nearly as much time to read or to buy books. Therefore, you should start your BBB when it is almost exam season, or close to the end of the months, when you have to pay off your debts, so it makes it easier to cut back on spending!
My intentions were simple: read the books I already own. If you don't have the intention of reading more or investing your money somewhere else, it is likely that you'll end up buying books again, because you don't see the harm of it. Make sure you know why you're on a BBB!
I have to admit, I did want to save a bit of money. I realized this after seeing the entire Hunger Games box set at the thrift store, in almost perfect condition, for around 10$. I then realized that a lot of my Harry Potter and other cherished books all come from the thrift store. One of my favorite quotes is "If you read what everyone else is reading, you'll think like everyone else" and I think it speaks volumes. I've decided to cut back from buying mainstream books and maybe when I start buying books again, I'll look for underrated or hidden gems in the thrift store!
Here were my tips and hopefully they were slightly useful! I definitely had time breaking down these tips for you guys and you know what, don't go on a full-on BAN. Just try to...buy less? We all know that usually fails though so keep me updated guys!!
Gah!! How did I never know this tag existed? I'm the biggest fan of the Academy Awards (typical film student answer hehe) and I always wish I could choose the movies (Spotlight for best picture? nope nope nope - it was good but hm). I can choose the books here! These are some of my favorites from 2015. Keep in mind that I will be skipping a few questions because of the lack of 2015 releases I've read this year!
1. Best Actor / Best Male Protagonist
Baz, from Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell. If you tell me you didn't fall in love with him, you're lying! He was simply a great and mysterious character, he treated his friends well and his bad boy attitude was to fall for. I absolutely loved his presence in Carry On, so he is definitely the winner here!
2. Best Actress / Best Female Protagonist
Rachel, from The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins. First of all, it was a fantastic book with the most awesome plot and twists. Second of all, this character was so messed up in a beautiful way, and impressed me (and disappointed me) with her choices and her actions. However, she was real and she suffered, which made he seem even more reliable to me. Also, she's being played by Emily Blunt in the movie adaptation, so maybe I'm foreshadowing Blunt's Oscar next year? She was great in Sicario!
3. Best Cinematography / Best Plot Twist
Guys I really didn't want to pull a Mad Max here and give every award to the same book but I had to. The Girl on the Train is the winner for me! The plot twists and the secrets that were revealed were so shocking I was on the edge of my seat the whole time and it just made me want to read more!
4. Best Costume Design / Best Book Cover
Is it cheating if i say I didn't read the book yet? The book cover for A Thousand Nights by E.K. Johnston is simply gorgeous. If the cover designer were a DP, he'd be Roger Deakins.
6. Best Original Screenplay / Most Unique Plot/World
I skipped the 5th question because I genuinely couldn't find something other than Carry On, so I decided to spare you guys that one paragraph because I'd be rambling about how much I loved the book anyways. For most unique plot, I would have to go with Magnus Chase #1: The Sword of Summer, not necessarily because the plot was that unique, but because Riordan somehow found a way to create a whole entire world for another character. Like does he never run out of ideas???
7. Best Adapted Screenplay / Best Book-to-Movie Adaptation
ROOM!!! So. Good! Brie Larson was amazing and totally deserved the Oscar. Although I loved the movie, the book was still 40% better, but I have to admit that they did an amazing job with the adaptation.
8. Best Animated Feature / Book that Would Work Well in Animated Format
Nimona, because it was a crazy good graphic novel and they should keep the same illustrator for an adapted movie. 'Nuff said.
9. Best Director / Author You Discovered for the First Time
I'd say Paula Hawkins, but I believe it was her debut novel, so I'm going with Colleen Hoover. I read a few pages of her book Ugly Love and fell in love with her style. I'm definitely going to pick up one of her books soon and read it!
12. Best Short Film / Best Novella
I'm going with The Story of Lucius Cane, by Vanya Ferreira, because it's the most recent one I've read and remember liking. It was published early 2016, so I don't know if it counts, but this was an entertaining short story and a fun twist on a popular trope! Look forward to a review hihi!
13. Best Picture / Best Standalone
Debating between the same few Y.A. books, but (and as much as you guys are gonna sigh), Carry On wins. I simply cannot get over how great the book was! It's the same feeling I had after I read Anna and the French Kiss, so you must imagine how great of a feeling it was! Anyways, a few runner ups are The Girl on the Train and Dan and Phil's book because I'm phan trash.
I hope you enjoyed my Bookish Oscars tag, it was sooo much fun to make and I cannot wait to do it next year too! Hopefully I get to read a lot of the 2016 releases!
Thanks for reading,
The dreaded question. Are eBooks better than paper books? I've wanted to write this post for a really long time, but because I had never gotten my hands on an eReader, I figured I was probably not suited for this. However, in the past few months, I've been reading a lot on my iPhone (mostly because I get review copies on .mobi). I have experienced the eBook phenomenon enough to write an honest review, so here we go!
Obviously, reading a paper copy feels way better than an eBook. You get to feel the pages, flip through pages and (if you're into this kind of stuff) crack the spine. The feeling of going through pages, using a bookmark and post-it notes can never be replicated by eBooks, and will never be. Physical copies are also weighing, and maybe this is just me, but I love the weight of books. It makes them feel real!
I have to give this one to eBooks, sadly. They are easier to store and keep organized, because a virtual library is organized for you. It's easy to find what you need, everything is in alphabetical order, and finding a page or a sentence is way easier on electronic versions. Books are large, which makes them harder to carry, especially on long trips where your suitcase/carry on is already incredibly packed.
Now this one is where I hesitate a lot. Physical books are expensive when new. Even paperbacks are $10 and up, and as bookworms, we like to have a lot of them, let's be honest. However, many eBooks are only $1 or even free on certain websites or for certain occasions. I would have to give this one to eBooks also, but you also have to keep in mind that the eReader itself costs money!
This easily goes to eBooks, I'm sorry. They are tiny to hold and fit perfectly in your hand, and unlike books, they stay the way you want them to stay. Floppy paperbacks are fine but hardcovers that won't stay "still" ruin my reading experiences sometimes. Although they are smaller to read on, the special eReader screen still makes it easy on the eyes.
Physical books, hands. Down. Nothing will ever been a physical book, because of how much history and culture they have to them. Physical books have been with us for so long, and it would be a shame if we ever stopped making them.
To wrap up this debate, I think that what I'm trying to say is that no matter how practical, portable, and fast eReaders are, physical books will never lose their place in my heart, and in the hearts of bookworms across the world. It all comes down to if you value practicality over authenticity, but I think that this debate shouldn't even exist in the first place. Both are good in their own ways, and personally, I think that having both is a good idea. eReaders are great for travelling, but for a cozy day at home, ditch the Kindle and grab yourself a book from your shelf!
I hope you enjoyed this and I hope that my own experience as a student has helped you decide. Thanks for reading!
The DREADED reading slump. We've all been there, and sadly, it's inevitable. Thankfully, there are ways to get out of one. I have a post up with my tips, but I decided to make an even more in depth post about the books that I always turn to when I'm in a reading slump... Aka right now.
1) Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Honestly, you saw this one coming. This book is probably on every positive list about books I have, simply because I loved it so much. It's always a joy to reread this book!
2) Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, by J.K. Rowling
Any childhood favourite will do the work, but this one in particular is such a loved book of mine. I love the characters, and the plot in this third book is my favourite in the whole series. Sirius Black though.
3) Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
A recent read that easily found its place on my list of top 10 favourite books. Fangirl didn't struck me as much, and I don't see myself rereading it at all, but Carry On was magiCKal.
4) The Boy in the Striped Pajamas, by John Boyne
Although I didn't even enjoy this book that much, it was so short and entertaining that you just finish it really quickly and kind of crave more. After reading that book, I was in need for historical fiction...
5) In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
Because it's a graphic novel, I can easily get into the story and finish it. Plus, the plot and idea behind this book is so good and entertaining, but carries a wonderful message. Short novels/books always get me out of reading slumps really fast, so this is one of my go-tos!
Not going to lie, I am currently in a horrible reading slump, but have started The Girl on the Train because of all the good things I've heard about this book. Hopefully, it's good enough to get me out of this slump I've been in for the past 3 months!
Thanks for reading, if you read any of these books be sure to tweet me or comment!
It is totally normal to not be able to finish a book. Whether it's because you're not interested, not in the mood to read or simply that the book is not up to your standards, not finishing a book is fine.
There are many books that I haven't been able to finish, for example Kendall and Kylie's fantasy book. I think that as bookworms, we find it hard to put down a book without having read the last page of it, but forcing yourself to read is the worst idea ever. Not only does it put you in a reading slump, you will find reading (a task that you usually enjoy) hard and burdensome.
What I suggest what you can't finish a book is to
1) Put it down for the moment
Don't give it up completely. If the reason you can't finish it is because you are not feeling the book, but still like it, then give yourself a break. Wait a few days or a week before picking it back up.
2) Watch book reviews of the book
Sometimes it's hard to continue reading a book if you think that the ending will not meet your expectations, or that you simply don't find it as good as you thought. By watching book reviews, you can see what others thought of that same book and how they interpreted some things that you haven't noticed. That way, it gives you a new understanding of the book!
3) Put it down completely
This is the hard thing to do, but if you don't like what you are reading, there is no purpose in continuing. Do not waste your precious time on a book that you don't enjoy when there are so many more out there you could be reading!
4) Pick up another book from the same author
If it isn't the writing style that is bothering you, try something else from the same author. Maybe reading something that is familiar but with a different plot line will help you understand what you like and dislike about the first book.
5) Read the book somewhere else
I know this sounds weird, but a change of environment can help you read. Sometimes, reading in your house can get boring, so bring that book to a nearby coffee shop or a local library, and read it there. Reading it in a different place might help you get into the story more!
Here were my 5 tips on what to do when you can't finish a book. Trust me, I have experienced this many times and although it is unpleasant, it happens. That's how you know if you liked a book or not!
Thanks for reading,
I haven't made a book haul in ages, but I'm finally back with new books! I ordered everything online on sale, either with my own money or a gift card I got for Christmas from my friend!
1) In Real Life, by Cory Doctorow and Jen Wang
I have been meaning to read this for so long and I finally can! After this post I'm jumping right into it!
2) The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins
This is another one I've been meaning to read, and now that I have it I cannot wait to see what the hype is about.
3) The Fifteen First Lives of Harry August, by Catherine Webb
I have to admit this isn't a book that interested me that much, but recently, many people have been talking about it and it sparked my interest. Hopefully I can read this one soon!
4) My Life Next Door, by Huntley Fitzpatrick
Another Y.A. romance... I'm a sucker for those! And so many people love Huntley Fitzpatrick, I figured I should join in on the fun and read one of Fitzpatrick's books.
5) The Geography of You and Me, by Jennifer E. Smith
I have absolutely no excuse for this one, except that I needed another 6$ to get free shipping. I've heard mixed things about this book, but I'm always excited to read another romance book for teens!
6) The Queen of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen
Typical Katherine, buying the first of a series she swears she'll read but doesn't... I have yet to read Throne of Glass and Ms. Peregrine's, why did I buy the start of another series? It was on sale. Oops.
I hope you enjoyed this short haul, and let me know if there are any books on this list you think I just read first! Thanks so much,
JUST KIDDING! I am one of those people who will not watch a movie until I read the book, and almost 99% of the time I am disappointed by the adaptation. However, I have to admit that seeing one of your favourite literary works become a movie, played by actors in real places is a great way to actually see the book happening, and there's no greater feeling than being able to put a face to a character. Here are the books, in no particular order, that I would LOVE to see adapted into movies!
Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
Typical Katherine answer, but not only do I want to put a face on the characters (cough St-Clair cough), I really want to see Paris the way the characters saw it. It was definitely more than a city to them, it was part of their romance, so seeing Paris, a very romantic city, in a romantic and not cheesy setting, would be awesome.
The Giver, by Lois Lowry
Okay, so I know there is already an adaptation of Lowry's dystopian masterpiece, but we have to admit that it was pretty bad. The actors were great, don't get me wrong, but they changed the plot so much it was physically painful to get through the movie. I really would like another adaption, where they actually follow the plot of the book more.
The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling
Honestly, there might already be one that I am unaware of. The reason I would like to see this book turned into a movie is because I disliked it, and feel like a movie adaptation would push me to reread it and appreciate it more. Maybe it is because Rowling set the bar high with her Harry Potter series, but I simply couldn't get myself to enjoy this book.
Cinder, by Marissa Meyer
This is totally a book (and series) I would like to see in movies! I only read the first book, but was so surprised by how refreshing it was that I emailed Marissa Meyer (and she replied!!!!!) saying how badly I wanted to see this turned into a movie. The characters being half-Chinese, and me being Chinese, the casting is definitely what would worry me the most, but the plot was so well done and simple in a good way that I don't think anyone can really ruin it.
Revenge Wears Prada, by Lauren Weisberger
This is another book that I disliked, but would like to see turned into a movie. In fact, I enjoyed the first book of the series, but loved the movie. I found that movie great and fun to watch, and I feel like chick-lit and books like this one can be good as movies, but boring as books.
I hope you enjoyed reading these top 5 books I want to see as movies. What are yours? Thanks so much for reading!
I've been wanting to put up a "new year" related blog post, and thought of this one after seeing many videos about this floating around Youtube. Although I don't have much time to read, I really want to squeeze these following books in my 2016 reading simply because I loved them so much!
1) Anna and the French Kiss, by Stephanie Perkins
This book was obvious, but I needed to put this book in here! I am still in a reading slump, and hopefully will be able to reread this soon and have it get me out of my slump. This romance was so entertaining and addicting, and I definitely look forward to crying over Étienne in bed with a cup of tea!
2) The Harry Potter series, by J.K. Rowling
Another obvious one, but I reread the series every year, so I don't see why I wouldn't do it this year! However, I usually start with book 3, simply to save time, and also because I didn't particularly like the second book.
3) Carry On, by Rainbow Rowell
Another new favourite of mine and definitely a comfort read, Carry On was so cute and refreshing. It brought back the memories from Harry Potter but also a "Drarry" type of romance and it was just such a fun read! I'm keeping this book for the summer.
4) The Picture of Dorian Gray, by Oscar Wilde
A classic that I've read this summer, and unfortunately did not enjoy as much as I wish I would. However, because I think I read this book in the summer (which to me is time for romance books), I was not totally into the book and felt myself not focused at all. I really hope to give this book another go, because to me it's almost tragic when I don't like a classic!
5) Rebels: City of Indra, by Kendall and Kylie Jenner
Alright, hold your horses and let me explain this one. I originally bought the book because it was on sale and I was interested to see what it would be. However, I sadly couldn't get past page 39 because of the countless characters and dull plot line. I really hope to reread, or try to read I should say, this book again, mostly because I'm sure it actually is better than I think.
I hope you enjoyed reading this blog post. I have been trying to vary the titles I put in my lists, because I know I get really repetitive at times! I wish everyone a great new year and a great reading year!
Thanks so much,