September 30, 2012

Sunday Update: Slow Week...

The Sunday Update  is posted every.. Sunday.. of course, to link up posts from the previous week, and also to give a sort of heads up on what to expect.


Books Borrowed


Hey look, I haven't been buying books for a couple weeks now! That's mainly because I haven't exactly been out of the house. Anyways, I finished The Hobbit yesterday and have scheduled the review for tomorrow. 

I'm hoping to finish Pandemonium this week, and get started on If I Stay. I've got the next two weeks of reading planned out. 

Also, guess what? I'm finally caught up on my 2012 Reading Challenge!! Finals and piano exams dragged me down during April, May, and June. But I'm finally up to date.

P.S. Has anyone noticed these posts are getting shorter because I'm not buying books? Haha, I'm planning to get a few in October because I'm pre-ordering Finale, the last book of the Hush, Hush saga. Any suggestions of what books I should get?

September 28, 2012

6 months...

It's been roughly 6 months since I started the blog, but only about 3 since I really started dedicating myself to blogging. Here's the stupid sappy story of how my blog came to be:

If you thought Escaping With Books was just a random name, it isn't. I was having a hard time with friends at school and I just found comfort in books and sometimes read for hours because I didn't have to care about anything else. Even when I started the blog, it was on a whim of hoping to get views, and I thought it would be a phase that I'd get over with. Now I'm sort of in love with blogging.

The views I get might not be a lot to.. a lot.. of bloggers, but I appreciate every view I get. I still get a bit flabbergasted sometimes when I find that people actually will take the time to read my blog, and I just want to hug my computer every time. Don't even get me started on the comments, when people comment, I feel like I could kiss my computer. I just can't believe I'm getting as much readership as I am!

Another thing that I never thought would happen was meeting up with bloggers in "real" life. I've met so many lovely bloggers online (and yes, my mom HAS warned me about meeting people online), and I've been so fortunate to have actually met them. I've always been a bit socially awkward with people I first meet, but since they're all crazy about books, I felt like I belonged. I hope we can keep in touch for years to come, it's quite awesome when you think of how books bring people together.

One day, I could probably create a picture montage of my blogging days because I'm sure one day, I'll be too busy to actually post reviews. But that day is definitely not today, and it's nowhere in the near future as far as I can tell. Hopefully there will be years of blogging still, and more bloggers to meet as well. 

I hope everyone has a lovely day, and enjoyed this random post I just felt like I needed to post.

P.S. I should also mention that I love looking at blog designs and ATTEMPTING to create cool buttons (that always end up getting deleted).

September 24, 2012

Review: Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver

Format: Paperback
Pages: 470
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2, 2010
Source: School Library

AuthorTwitter | Goodreads | Blog

September 23, 2012

[Sunday Update] A header! Finally.

Here's the weekly post that links up previous reviews, bookish news from the past week and news for the coming week.


Books Borrowed


If you haven't noticed already, I have a blog header!! I didn't know what to put on it, so I basically put pictures that represented me as a reader and blogger. Hope you like it!! Hopefully, I'll also come up with a button soon.

Also, if you haven't checked out my new feature on my photography, check it out here.

I'm so mad at myself though. Last week I was playing around with the settings because I wanted to separate my two Google accounts. One was for the blog, and the other on was for a Youtube channel I had. But I created this blog using the Youtube channel, and was trying to transfer everything to the new e-mail address. So I deleted the blog from the old e-mail, and ended up deleting the RSS as well. I felt so stupid.

Anyways, I'm proud of the two reviews I posted, and as always, there's more to come. For sure, there will be a review of Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver. Happy reading!

September 22, 2012

Book "Playlist"

So for my birthday, my friend, Taya, typed up a list of books I should read as a present. A book playlist as she called it. Ambur from Burning Impossibly Bright saw the picture of my wall collage and asked me what books were on there. So instead of making a super long comment, I decided to just put it on the blog. Ones that are crossed out I've already read, and the highlighted ones are the ones I really want to read.
  1. The Mortal Instrument Series by Cassandra Clare
  2. The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare
  3. Matched by Allie Condie
  4. Fallen by Lauren Kate
  5. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  7. The Lost Hero by Rick Riordan
  8. The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith
  9. The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini
  10. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hossesini
  11. The Help by Katheryn Stockett
  12. The Book Thief by Markus Zusaks
  13. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
  14. The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
  15. Wake Series by Lisa McMann
  16. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  17. Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake
  18. Obsidian by Jennifer L Armentrout
  19. If I Stay by Gayle Forman
  20. Where She Went by Gayle Forman
  21. Blood Red Road by Moira Young
  22. The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephan Chbosky
  23. The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forestre
  24. Sister of the Travelling Pants by Ann Brashares
  25. Magyk by Angie Sage
  26. It's Kind of a Funny Story by Ned Vizzini
  27. Enendymion Springs by Matthew Skelton
  28. The Golden Compass by Philip Pullman
  29. Ghost Girl by Tonya Hurley
  30. Malice by Chris Woodling

September 21, 2012

Review: Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft by Jody Gehrman

Format: Paperback
Pages: 293
Publisher: Magic Genie Books
Published: June 30, 2012
Source: Jody Gehrman

Author: Twitter | Goodreads | Blog

Thank you Jody for sending me a copy of the book!! (:

September 17, 2012

Review: Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Delirium by Lauren Oliver

Format: Hardcover
Pages: 442
Series: Delirium #1
Publisher: HarperTeen
Published: February 1, 2011
Source: Purchased

September 16, 2012

[Sunday Update] Guest reviews, and Smart Chicks!

Welcome to Sunday Updates, where I link up all the goodness that's happened on the blog, books I got, and also what I'm currently reading.


Currently Reading

Books Bought


If you saw my Smart Chicks Kick It Tour recap, then you'll know why I have two signed books. And also two of Veronica's books are signed as well. I was so happy! Anyways, I know, not much reviews this week, but it's been a busy week. My birthday, a murder of someone we knew, homework, and Smart Chicks. Oh, and also the heat wave I'm typing in RIGHT now. Look forward to my review of Delirium this week, and hopefully also of Audrey's Guide to Witchcraft. If you're lucky, I'll also finish Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver.

Oh, I almost forgot! As you may have noticed, my blog looks different. I've decided to change it as the seasons change, and hopefully, sooner or later, there will also be a header. HOPEFULLY. Another new feature is the Photography tab I added. Check it out here. Basically, I've been inspired to try and post pictures as often as I can, only one per day.

Happy reading!

September 14, 2012

Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour Recap

As you may or may not know, one of the stops of the Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour was Edmonton! Hardly anyone ever comes to Edmonton, so I was obviously excited. Before I get to pictures.. here's the very embarrassing story of how I got a seat.

So my mom and I actually had to bus all the way there. My mom buses all the time, but back home, not to the west side. We got my cousin to drive us to Churchill Station because it was near where he worked, we didn't want to trouble him in driving us all the way there. We waited for our bus and when we got on, we wanted to make sure we had the right bus which actually went BY the Westside Chapters. Guess what the bus driver does? YELLS that we should get on the 111, he sounded like he was going to punch us any second. And then he basically kicked us off at a random stop, with NO bus 111. After that, my patience just started wavering. And pretty much everything aggravated me.

My friends tried to save me a seat there, but they wouldn't let them. HOWEVER, when I went it, I told them I had friends in there, and they said that if they saved a seat for me inside, then I can go in. So kind of just going with it, I went in and they said I had to get to the back of the line because they didn't save a seat for me.

Well excuse me if you didn't let them save a seat. So for those few brief seconds of walking away to the back of the line, these STUPID things called emotions took me over. So I kind of broke down in some aisle with no people. Except for Melissa, who I think was sort of a leader of this event. And she got me a seat, because I was crying. All I really needed was a minute to sort of cry or whatever, and I'd suck it up then line up.

I was beating myself in my head for crying, but I mean, I just got yelled at by a bus driver, got on a bus, didn't know when to stop, and took 30 minutes more to drive all the way to West Edmonton Mall, then another 30 minutes to Chapters (when I really could have gotten off and just walked there in 10 minutes), then RAN what felt like a kilometre. Crying was pretty reasonable. Without further ado, the pictures, just to tell the story.

The awesome sign that Rola from Xoreads made!

Our fabulous group of Edmonton Book Bloggers.

Haha, I love how Beth is taking a picture. :D

Here's Margaret probably saying something HILARIOUS.

Beth has double jointed shoulders, that is all I'm going to say, it was kind of disturbing.

Veronica Roth!! :D

Haha, funny faces.

This one is probably my favourite. LOL

The lighting was hard to cope with, so I had to use auto mode. ):

[Book Blogger Hop] September 14-20

The Book Blogger Hop is held by Jen from Crazy For Books. Each week, a question is posted that we have to answer.. the question or rather, TASK, of the week is..

Highlight one of you favourite reviews from the past month!

Hmm.. it'd have to be either 
1.) Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Levithan
2.) The Rise of Nine by Pittacus Lore

September 11, 2012

[Review] The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Format: Paperback
Pages: 343
Publisher: RazorBill
Published: September 1, 2011 (PB)
First Published: September 1, 2010
Source: School Library

September 10, 2012

Guest Review: Suite Scarlett by Maureen Johnson

I'm glad to be featuring a review from Kristilyn, whose blog is called Reading In Winter. I haven't done this before, so when she asked if anyone wanted to feature a guest review on their blog, I was elated! And since it's my birthday, I thought I should do something special/different!

AUDIOBOOK REVIEW: Suite Scarlett (Suite Scarlett, #1), by Maureen Johnson

Released: February 20, 2009 (Brilliance Audio)
Source: Borrowed

Genre: YA Humour / Romance

Audiobook Notes:
Narrator: Jeannie Stith
Length: 9 hours

Scarlett Martin has grown up in a most unusual way. Her family owns the Hopewell, a small Art Deco hotel in the heart of New York City. When each of the Martins turns fifteen, they are expected to take over the care of a suite. For Scarlett's fifteenth birthday, she gets both a room called the Empire Suite and a permanent guest named Mrs. Amberson. Scarlett doesn't quite know what to make of this C-list starlet and world traveler.

And when she meets Eric, an astonishingly gorgeous actor who has just moved to the city, her summer takes a second unexpected turn.

Before the summer is over, Scarlett will have to survive a whirlwind of thievery and romantic missteps. But in the city where anything can happen, she just might be able to pull it off.

My Thoughts

I have to admit that when Maureen Johnson’s amazing novel, The Name of the Star, was released I thought it was her first novel. Little did I know that she had a huge amount of books already out there, one of them being the very cute novel, Suite Scarlett, the story about Scarlett Martin, a girl who grew up in a hotel with her family in New York City.

From start to finish, this was a novel I was in love with. I can say for certain now that I am absolutely smitten with Maureen’s way of writing. She’s just so funny and so honest. So many times while listening to this, I caught myself smiling or laughing. There’s a certain amount of snark I can tolerate and Maureen Johnson hits my levels just perfectly.

The characters in this novel were one thing that cemented my love of this book. Scarlett is such a great person. I loved her upbringing in the Hopewell – what kind of person doesn’t think of what it would be like to be raised in a hotel, with all of the space and all of the secrets, seeing all of the guests coming and going. It would be fascinated. But to Scarlett, it’s just another upbringing – it’s what she’s used to. Her family was an adorable cast of characters – especially her brother Spencer, who was just laugh-out-loud funny at times.

Though, when I talk about characters, there’s no way I could leave out my favourite one of them all, Mrs. Amberson. I’m not sure if I would have fallen so much in love with her had it not been for the audiobook. The narrator seemed to have a permanent air of over-the-top-ness about her and a permanent smile on her face when reading her character. I couldn’t get over how insane her character was. I loved her inclusion in the novel because she kept the whole story going and provided great comic relief when needed.

Another thing that really made this story was the relationships between the siblings – there was major love, as well as the major annoyances that come with having a sibling. One of these relationships is between Scarlett and her sister, Marlene – I know that some people might complain about Scarlett’s annoyance towards her sister, saying, “Oh, but she has cancer!” But they’re still siblings – I thought that Maureen wrote these characters perfectly.

As a reader, I also realized that the impressions I got from these characters were bound to change as the story went on. While I may have thought that a character was being annoying for acting one way, or maybe acting strange in one scene, it’s all explained as the story goes on. This is a story where your first impression of a character may lead to a lasting impression that is completely opposite.

The story is quite a fun journey and I really enjoyed seeing the characters develop as I listened. I also love how the story ended, leaving it open to more adventures with Scarlett.

I have found a favourite author with Maureen Johnson and I really can’t wait to continue on with this series – hopefully in audio format. It was a fun ride and made the time fly by. This audiobook would be a perfect listen for a car trip, or the like. It’s light and refreshing.

About the Author

Maureen knew from an early age she wanted to be a writer. She went to high school at an all-girls' Catholic school and graduated from University of Delaware with a degree in writing. She now lives and writes in New York City.

Many of the adventures Maureen's characters face in her books are based on real-life stories. Maureen has traveled all over Europe, and is a Secret Sister to vlog brothers Hank and John Green. (from Goodreads)

Copyright Ó 2012, Reading In Winter. All rights reserved. 

September 09, 2012

[Sunday Update] Bad week..

Every Sunday, a post will be up to link up the posts from the previous week, books I received or bought and also just a little message from me (:


Currently Reading

Books Borrowed


Okay, as you've noticed, I haven't done much this week. Sort of just adapting to school again, and even though everyone in my class is the same (because I'm in AP), I don't have to worry about not having friends in my class. But a friend of mine keeps bugging me about taking full year Visual Communications, saying that it's boring and "WHY WOULD YOU EVEN TAKE THAT?", and calling me "Full year vis com girl" It's been putting me on edge for the past few days, so I haven't exactly been reading. Enough with me pouring you my life story, just wanted to let you know why there hasn't been any reviews up.

HOWEVER, good news is that my best friend, Vicky, gave me A GIFT CARD TO CHAPTERS for my birthday. She knew I was having a bad week, and decided to give it to me earlier, which is just so awesome of her. :D

Few things to looks forward to (that I know for sure), and also friendly reminders to other Edmonton bloggers/readers:

Monday: Guest review by the lovely Kristilyn from Reading In Winter

Tuesday: My review of The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.

Thursday: Smart Chicks Kick It! Tour. The day is finally upon us in which AUTHORS ARE COMING TO EDMONTON. I can't wait to meet all those awesome authors!

Saturday: The book sale that EPL has is this weekend at Churchill Square. Hopefully I'll make it and grab a few books! :D

September 07, 2012

[Book Blogger Hop] September 7-13

The Book Blogger Hop is held by Jen over at Crazy For Books. The question of the week is....

What is one series you never want to see end ?

Well if I could go back in time, it would be Harry Potter or The Inheritance Cycle. But currently, I think I'd like the closure of a series. I love them all of course, but I think I'd like to see an ending to them as well. By the way, I'm still clinging onto the hope that Christopher Paolini is going to write another book about Eragon and Saphira.

September 05, 2012

A New School Year!

As many people who aren't living under a rock probably know, school has just started today in many places. Some may have even started a week ago, nonetheless, it's a fresh new year! I basically go through 3 New Years every year! January 1st, Chinese New Year, and a New School Year. I think the one that counts as my OWN New Year's would be the start of each school year. So I guess you could say these are my "New Year's Resolutions."

These aren't exactly book related, but I needed to put them somewhere, so later on in the year, I can use them against myself. LOL

  1. Try my best in school this year. I obviously say this every school year, but being in grade 9 this year, to me, it's very important that I do well. Otherwise, the bad marks would probably catch up with me sooner or later. And I'm talking like, 80's, OH YEA, those are bad. I'm half joking, but aside from that, I seriously want to do everything I can, and study as hard as I can to get the best marks.
  2. My teacher recommended challenging ourselves with different genres and types of books, so that's what I'll try to do. I already asked my fellow Edmonton Book Bloggers, and thanks to them, I've got a few books on my list. Most of them are just classics, but I think it's a pretty good place to start. I haven't been the luckiest person with classics, but i hope I'll enjoy the ones that Ambur recommended.
  3. Spend less time on the computer and more time either doing physical activities, taking pictures, reading, doing homework, cooking, whatever. I'll spend time on the computer when I have to write a review, to comment more on a few other blogs, watch Doctor Who.. or maybe just go on Twitter. Hehe...
  4. Use the library more often, for books that I'm not sure I'll even like. I have a school library and I'm like the librarian's helper, so I get dibs on a lot of books. It's an easy way to get my hands on some pretty books.
  5. Eat healthier. Definitely. Last year, I don't know if it was just puberty or what, EVERY SINGLE TIME I came home from school, I was hungry. I basically shoved everything down my throat. So now, even if I'm hungry, I'll make something HEALTHY to eat, instead of eating cookies and chips.
  6. Be more organized. I always feel like I'm not organized enough. Is that just the OCD starting to kick in? 
Okay, so that's all I've got for now. So anytime that you may see me on Twitter for like.. 4 hours straight, just show me this post alright? Anyways, I actually want to live by these "resolutions/goals." This year feels so different to me, as if I'm not really living in the real world and I'm sort of just floating around. I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO EXPLAIN IT, it's just such an odd feeling. Anyways, I'm off to bed as it is now 10:41 of September 4, so as you may as well have guessed, this post was last minute and scheduled to be put up today.

September 02, 2012

[Sunday Update] The Rise of Nine and... school.

Every Sunday, a post will be published saying what posts went up the past week, what I'm reading, books I received/borrowed, and also news for what to expect.


Currently Reading

  • The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff

Books Bought

Books Received for Review

Books Borrowed from the Library


After a bit of thinking.. I decided to just go on to reading The Rise of Nine instead of reading the two books again.

1.) It'll take too long
2.) I remember what happened anyways. I've already read it a couple times
3.) I'll probably read it again when I have no other books to read, THEN I'll write a review. For now though, I'll just be reading The Rise of Nine.
4.) I'm way too excited to NOT just start reading it.

Also!! I haven't gotten much reading done this weekend because I am trying to catch up with Doctor Who! Season 7 Premiere was yesterday, and I'm still on Season 5, so I've got a bit more to go.

School starts this week.. which means it'll be quite hectic. I'm so sad that it's my last year in junior high!! This sucks. I'll try to get as much reviews as I can this year, since I actually have quite a few piano exams along with school as well. Busy busy me. Haha, Have a great week!