WWW Wednesday #9

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

 

Queens of Geek by Jen Wilde

I guess I’m on a contemporary kick! It’s only fair considering I spent the last like six months totally lost in fantasy. Anywho, there’s a lot of praise for Queen of Geeks and I really want to like it. So far, unfortunately, it hasn’t really been a hit for me. I’m just short of halfway through so I guess we’ll see how the latter half goes.

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What did you recently finish reading?

History Is All You Left Me (1/17/17) by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

I think there were a lot more problems in this one than in More Happy Than Not and I’m not sure if I really liked all the characters. But it doesn’t matter because when Silvera gives you the feels, you don’t get to say no. At the end, I really missed Theo. He’s kinda present through the whole book and knowing that that’s really the end of his story is sad. ( Stop crying over fictional people, Jeannie. )

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What do you think you’ll read next?

I’m still reading, but I haven’t been that motivated or interested in the books I’m reading lately, so it’s been slow. And while I have lots of books in the TBR, nothing’s really screaming my name. I feel like I’m having the book version of when you keep checking your fridge, seeing all the food, and then sitting back down because you have nothing to eat moments. Still searching for that Mr. Right-for-my-current-mood book. Any suggestions?

Happy Reading!

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Bits n’ Pieces | August 2017

Hi friends! What’s new, what’s new. I feel like I fell off the face of the earth for a little bit there. It’s like I got sucked into a giant black hole and I have no idea how much time has passed so recapping this month may be a wee bit difficult. Let’s see, let’s see.

  • I just booked another fight for the first week of October! Woohoo! This will be my fourth fight in a year and a half since I started learning muay thai, which is pretty mind-blowing to me haha. We’ve just started another training camp this past week and I may be dying a little bit.

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  • I got my second tattoo finished! It’s been sitting around an unfilled outline for a few months now. We’ve got one more touch up / highlight session to go, but that should be a quickie.

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  • I turned 24! I have been on this planet for two dozen years now. Man, oh man, why does that feel so old. It was a stellar birthday though. I had food and drinks with some of my gym family, got korean barbeque with my sisters and parents, then finished it all off with a steak dinner at Mastro’s with the bae.

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  • I started learning Korean! I’ve wanted to pick up another language for a long time. I was looking at Chinese and Japanese as well, but felt like reading Korean would be easier to learn. Plus, now I can shameless watch K-dramas all night because it now counts as “studying”.

….I think that’s it, folks! This month has been a lot more relaxed, I’ve spent most of my time hanging out with the new kitty, working on my korean and watching TV. It’s been a good change of pace.

 

Hope you all had a wonderful August! Here’s to September adventures!

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Inside My ADSOM Giveaway Box!

Hi friends! I did a giveaway way way back and have been meaning to share with you its contents, but I wanted to wait until my actual giveaway winner received her box first so it would be a surprise. She finally did, hooray! You can check out her unboxing post here! Here’s what was inside:

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  1. A Paperback Copy of A Darker Shade of Magic by Victoria Schwab
  2. Peony / Rose Candle | So you can literally smell Red London as you read
  3. Charcoal Infused Bath Bomb | So you can pretend your tub is the Red Isle from book 3
  4. Sea Salt Chocolate | So you can taste the ocean breeze along with our favorite pirate
  5. 2 Red Nail Polishes | So you can be cute as hell, okay?!
  6. A Thank You Note | From yours truly. Because thank you.

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Here’s a closer look at the two shades of magic red I picked out : Under Your Spell and I Red A Good Book. I couldn’t help it. They were the perfect colors to go with this box and also, perfectly punny.

Thank you everyone for participating! Hope to see you all at the next one. I had so so so much fun shopping and picking out items to fill this book-themed box. 🙂 What book should I giveaway next?!

Happy Reading!

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WWW Wednesday #9

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WWW Wednesday is a weekly MEME hosted by Taking on a World of Words. Simply answer the following questions.

The three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?

What did you recently finish reading?

What do you think you’ll read next?


What are you currently reading?

History Is All You Left Me (1/17/17)
by Adam Silvera

History is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

All is cheery and fine for now, but I can feel the heartbreak lurking around the corner. Sigh. Bring on them feels, Silvera. Do your worst.

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What did you recently finish reading?

I Believe in A Thing Called Love by Maurene Goo

If you’re a fan of the Lara Jean series, I Believe in A Thing Called Love will be right up your alley. All the sugary sweet fluff you could ever want. I felt the same way about this one as I did about To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. Didn’t love the protagonist or the plot, but the family dynamic was adorable. Coincidentally, also an Asian American teenager and her adorable dorky dad. For some reason, when I’m coming out of a reading slump, churning through fluff like this, even when I don’t love it, is the easiest way back in.

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What do you think you’ll read next?

Who knows? I just started training for another fight so I’ve been pretty mentally and physically exhausted this week. Not sure what my brain or schedule can handle at the moment. If any of you have suggestions for light, quick, happy reads, I’d love to hear them!

Happy Reading!

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Taproot | ARC Review

Taproot by Keezy Young

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What initially drew me to this ARC (also what draws me to most comics) was the cover. I love those colors. Love, love, love the palette and the sketchy, almost unfinished-looking lines. Then I read the tagline and description and honestly was pretty excited for what looked to be some heartwarming stuff. Taproot is about Blue, a ghost who happens to be in love with Hamal, your average gardener who can see the dead.

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What I Liked:

  • Characters | Blue, Hamal, the ghosts surrounding them and most of all the reaper. There’s a diverse and humorous cast of characters to be found here.
  • Art | Gorgeous panels! The style, tone and visual storytelling is just lovely.
  • Story | The premise and overall plot felt sweet, but also fresh and unique.

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What didn’t work:

  • Pacing | This arc could easily have filled up three volumes. I would have preferred it if it did. The mystery got resolved too quickly. The love and relationships developed too suddenly. I didn’t have time to fall enough in love with Blue and Hamal before the story reached its ending. I barely understood the problem or where the solution came from when suddenly things were fine again. Everything just happened too fast.

Overall, beautiful story. I just wish it was given the time and space to really expand and pace itself properly. If the problem was allowed to fester and manifest gradually, it would have held more weight. We could have seen more of what was at risk and had time to see the dynamic between Blue and Hamal grow.  I would have been totally engrossed in a whole series of that supernatural mystery. End of the day though, this quick 127 pager is still a beautiful collection of illustrations featuring two queer leads, all sorts of supernatural fun and a very sassy grim reaper.

TL;DR: Keezy Young, moar pls.

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Taproot: A Story About A Gardener and A Ghost by Keezy Young will be available September 26th, 2017 from Lion Forge.

I received this ARC free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. 

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July Book Reviews

Soooooo, it’s totally not July anymore. It’s barely even August. To be honest, I didn’t get much reading done in the past month anyway.

Not sure if it was a slump or if I was just too busy, but I think I just needed some time away from this little space. I’m happy to be back though! With a new round of rapid-fire reviews to boot! Whoo. Lesgo.

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The Final Empire ( Mistborn #1) by Brandon Sanderson

Ah, Mistborn. This brought me back to my early reader days, when I would stay holed up in a treehouse totally engrossed in fantasy stories for hours and hours. It had all the elements of a good fantasy but without a lot of the cliches, no dragons and princesses and such. I loved Sanderson’s world and discovering all the nuances of allomancy. The plot was action-packed, emotionally charged and totally unique in my opinion. Some kinda meh points though :

1) Occasional slow pacing

2) The narration felt really distant from the characters sometimes. I wish we got to know more of them more intimately

3) Fight scenes could be difficult to follow at first, especially when you’re still trying to remember the mechanics of all the pushing and pulling.

4) Totally detached from the Elend / Vin romance. Though I appreciate the general lack of relationship drama through most of the book. This is definitely an action/fantasy adventure – not a romcom disguised as one – and I love that.

Other than that though, I really enjoyed this one. Been a while, but can’t wait to pick this series back up.

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Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab

World-building was rushed, not elegant in typical schwab style. There were too many elements, not all of which add to the story. I wasn’t particularly invested in the characters or side characters. The villain/threat felt underwhelming. Stakes didn’t feel high enough because of the general lack of investment. The idea and the premise seemed interesting enough, but I felt like it wasn’t sufficiently fleshed out. From the lore behind the monsters to the two main characters themselves, we weren’t given the time to really immerse ourselves in any of it. End of the day, I was pretty disappointed by this one. To be honest, my library books were due and I didn’t care enough to finish this series out. So I left the last quarter of the book alone and I’m not sure if I’ll go back.

 

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Days of Blood and Starlight by Laini Taylor

So my sister churned through all these audiobooks insanely fast and told me she was pretty disappointed with how the series played out. I, on the otherhand, felt like the second book gave me what I kept expecting from the first one – all the action and gore of war. Some part of me missed Kaoru when she was just Kaoru because she had a light-hearted, almost naive fearlessness that her Madrigal counterpart seems to tame down a little. But anyways, I was so much more intrigued by the fallout of the star-crossed lovers tale than the tale itself that was presented in book one. Not to mention, all our secondaries (Ziri, Liraz, Hazael, Zusana) get more screentime in all the Eretz madness. Me gusta. All in all, a solid sequel, I think. I may even like it more than the first one.

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Welp, I think that’s it from me for now! Hope ya’ll didn’t miss me too much, ha! Can’t wait to get caught up on all your wonderful posts.

Happy Reading!

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Bits n’ Pieces | July 2017

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Hi friends!

July has been an amaaaaazing month. There’s been a lot going on, but I’m so excited and happy about all of it. I was driving home the other day and realized it’s been a long time since I’ve felt extremely sad or angry about something. How crazy is that? I remember in highschool and college just being in a constant emotional flux. Everything was unstable and stressful and overwhelming. Honestly, your teens feel like a constant identity crisis. Not that everything is always peachy now, but the average trends much higher and I’m thankful for that. My life’s just been in a really good place lately and I’m feeling incredibly lucky. Things get better kids, tough it out! Anywho, here’s July for me.

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  • I kicked off the month by winning my third amateur muay thai fight on July 1st! It was a decisive win against a much more experienced opponent. So while I’m not 100% happy with my performance, I’m proud of the outcome.

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  • I got a cat! Meet Ro, the cuddlebug extraordinaire. I’ve never met a cat this affectionate. We were originally looking for a full black or gray cat, but this little guy picked us, so we took him home and it’s been nonstop snuggles ever since.

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  • We just went to Vegas this past weekend, woo! Vegas isn’t normally my cup of tea, but I got to see some old college friends that I don’t see nearly enough. I miss them already.

In other smaller news..

  • We bought tickets to Austin City Limits! Here we come Texas! (…in like three months though).
  • I planted new pepper plants. Huzzah for a new garden!
  • My friend gifted me a used Cintiq tablet so I can resume artsing pretty soon.

Things are starting to calm down a little and I’m looking forward to August being a month full of reading and continuing to furnish my new place. (Is it still new if I’ve been here for close to three months?)

Hope you’ve all been having a wonderful July!

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