December 28, 2013

Just an Update!

Hi everyone, sorry I've abandoned you guys for the last little while. It's quite obvious I haven't been as active as a blogger or as a reader as well. Sometimes life just catches up with you and there's really nothing we can do about it. So here's what's been going on...

I just got into high school yada yada, and it's a lot busier than I expected it to be! The sad part is that it's going to be a lot worse for the next two years of my life so that's a joy. It's not that I've been completely swamped with homework, it's just that at the end of the day when I've done all things necessary, I just want to sleep. Yeah, I could relax by reading a book but then I always worry about having to write up a review for it later on. So for now, I've just written down all my thoughts in a notebook so that when I have time, there are notes I can refer to. Although, I haven't had time...

It's my winter break and my homework load isn't too bad: a social essay and a quiz to study for.. then midterms at the end of January. But, I have a piano exam to worry about. About 2 months ago, I registered for my ARCT Performers exam which will take place in January at the exact same time as my midterms so my Christmas break consists of homework, and pretty much piano lessons every other day leading up to the exam. Plus, I'm more focused on just spending more time with the friends I've been missing from my old school as well :)

What I'm trying to say here is that I'll try and push myself to do these reviews just because I know I can do them, but I'm just too lazy. I don't know if this is just the end of a phase or something, so yeah. The key thing keeping me from completely just stopping this is the people I've met through starting up a blog in the first place. Even though I can't find the time to go to meet-ups I occasionally do somehow interact with the bloggers here in Edmonton.

So what are my New Years Resolutions?

1. Maintain this blog for as long as I can humanly do
2. Try and comment more on other blogs
3. Volunteer more
4. Get a freaking job
5. Get my Learners'
6. Just keep on keepin' on........


December 01, 2013

Review: Every Day by David Levithan




Every Day by David Levithan


Publisher: Knopf Books
Published: August 28, 2012
Read: September 26 -28, 2013
Source: Secret Santa Exchange
Challenge: TBR Pile 2013 || Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: A Book Everyone has Read)


November 09, 2013

New Generation: Connect, Contribute and Care


Recently, I've been really interested in just being able to find a way to get involved within my own community. While searching online for different volunteer opportunities, I stumbled across an organization called Next Gen. What they do is, "Act as a hub between the city and the younger generation of Edmonton." Here are just a few moments throughout the night, I got a bit caught up with talking to other people at the end so I didn't take any pictures after that. 

There were a lot of things said throughout the night, although most of those were pertaining to the different committees and such which you can find out more about here

I'm actually really glad I found out about this organization. After being able to hear more about the organization itself, I think it'll provide so many more opportunities for me to get involved in the community. Whether that may be through committees or volunteering for events, I haven't really decided yet just due to time constraints. 



The venue was held at Latitude 53 on Thursday November 7, and it was just a sort of volunteer orientation and appreciation night. Personally I thought that it was a really simple venue but I sort of liked it for just that reason. 


There was an exhibit called The Hundred Widows by Elizabeth (I forget her last name) that is sort of shown in this picture. There is a sort of net where earrings are hanging from, and the pictures on the walls are of the earrings. Each one had a story attached and it was just a really interesting thing to do when everyone else was busy talking to someone. 







Christine Causing on the left who is the NextGen Coordinator and Laura Henderson on the right who is the Committee Volunteer Engagement Cochair.






Brian Murray who is the Committee Cochair.

Doug McLean, a Committee Member
Councillor Oshry
Carlie Pochynok, a Cochair of Communications
Angela Saveraux, also Cochair of Communications.
Ryan Stark who organized Pecha Kusha Night
Karla Barron who also helped to organize PKN.
Tosha Turner who is the Cochair of Ignite.

November 01, 2013

Guest Post: Jamie Baywood & Giveaway


Hey everyone! I'm back with a guest post from the author Jamie Baywood, make sure you enter for the giveaway of an e-book copy of her book, Getting Rooted in New Zealand!

About Getting Rooted in New Zealand:

Craving change and lacking logic, at 26, Jamie, a cute and quirky Californian, impulsively moves to New Zealand to avoid dating after reading that the country's population has 100,000 fewer men. In her journal, she captures a hysterically honest look at herself, her past and her new wonderfully weird world filled with curious characters and slapstick situations in unbelievably bizarre jobs. It takes a zany jaunt to the end of the Earth and a serendipitous meeting with a fellow traveler before Jamie learns what it really means to get rooted.

Jamie Baywood: 


It was always my dream to live abroad when I was growing up in California. I had bad dating 
experiences in California and read in a New Zealand tour book that the country’s population at 
100,000 fewer men than women. I wanted to have some me time and an adventure. New Zealand seemed like a good place to do so. Although I intended to have a solo adventure I ended up meeting my husband in New Zealand. 

I consider myself an accidental author. I didn’t go to New Zealand with the intentions of writing a book about my experiences there. I had funny experiences that I had trouble believing were true. I wrote the stories down to stay sane. I wrote situations down that were happening around me and shared them with friends. The stories made people laugh so I decided to organize the stories into a book and publish in the hopes to make others laugh too.

One of the first people I meet was Colin Mathura-Jeffree from New Zealand’s Next Top Model. I had no idea who he was or that he was on TV when I meet him. He is friends with my former flatmate. We had a steep staircase that I kept falling down. Colin taught me to walk like a model so I wouldn’t fall down the stairs. 

In New Zealand, I had a lot of culture shock. One of the most memorable moments was learning the meaning of the Kiwi slang word “rooted.” One night I was brushing my teeth with my flatmate and I said, ‘I’m really excited to live in this house because I have been travelling a lot and I just need to settle down, stop traveling and get rooted’. He was choking on his toothbrush and asked me if I knew what that meant because it had a completely different meaning New Zealand than it does in the States.

I had the opportunity to write and perform for Thomas Sainsbury the most prolific playwright in New Zealand. I performed a monologue about my jobs in the Basement Theatre in Auckland. The funny thing about that experience was Tom kept me separated from the other performers until it was time to perform. I was under the impression that all the performers were foreigners giving their experiences in New Zealand. All of the other performers were professional actors telling stories that weren’t their own. At first I was mortified, but the audience seemed to enjoy my “performance,” laughing their way through my monologue. After the shows we would go out and mingle with the audience. People would ask me how long I had been acting. I would tell them, “I wasn’t acting; I have to go to work tomorrow and sit next to the girl wearing her dead dog’s collar around her neck.” I love making people laugh more than anything else. I feel very grateful when readers understand my sense of humor. I plan to divide my books by the countries I’ve lived in. My next book will be about attempting to settle in Scotland. 

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September 26, 2013

A Bookish Day Recap: September 14

Yes, I know I'm pretty much recapping this day 2 whole weeks later but I'm sort of adjusting to the whole "Wake up at 6AM, an hour of transit, school, and hour of transit, home at 5PM" thing. It's not the MOST tiring thing in the world, but I had trouble waking up at 7AM before high school. Anyways, onto the recap!

So I started out the day by taking the LRT/Metro to Churchill Square, where the Edmonton Public Library was having a HUGE book sale. This time, since it was being held outside, it attracted way more people than when they have the sale in the basement of the library. I was making my way into the crowd and some lady was coming out, she had a LOT of room but decided to shove me with her elbow. So yea, thanks for that!

There, I met up with Mandy, Elizabeth, and Tammy! We then went to check out the sale, sadly with no more YA books that we wanted. So we ventured off to the Wee Book Inn, where I bought Easy by Tammara Weber, and then it was off to the Book Launch! When the author first came out, the first thought on my mind was, "woah, this guy is tall." So the book launch was for The Dilettantes written by a local author here in Edmonton, Michael Hingston.

So there are more details of the book here. Overall, the book launch was very enjoyable and he was a very humorous person! I DIDN'T end up buying the book, (don't kill me Rick), just because I knew I would end up leaving it on my shelf and not reading it for another year. Or two. From the excerpts that Michael had read, I would think that it would be a really fun book to read. If you want to see a review of it, click here.



Inside those tents, it was CHAOS.






August 29, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 15


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

Day 15: Who are your book blogging mentors

- O'Dell from Book Twirps: This guy is awesome and his blog has an interface that I really like as well

- Kristilyn from Reading in Winter: She was the first other book blogger that I found in the same city as me, and I just naturally started looking up to her for tips and what not :)

- Just other blogs in general! I like looking at others and start to sort of get ideas on headers and formatting of my blog posts and what not!

August 27, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 14


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

Day 14: Deal Breakers

  • Travel: I love to travel and being able to see different places through books is awesome!
  • Contemporary Romance
  • Powers: Depending on how it's pulled off, I really like it!

August 25, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 13


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

 Day 13: Describe one under appreciated book EVERYONE should read

I'm not sure if this one is under appreciated or not but I'm choosing it anyways. I think it's really important and touches on such a big and controversial topic in modern society: anorexia. This book is:



August 23, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 12


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

Day 12: How do you fight blogger fatigue?

Oh God, this is something I should NOT give advice about since I haven't been able to do that yet. I'm not sure if it was blogger or student fatigue I've been going through for the past couple of months but I have NOT been doing good at reading or blogging. And now I'm on vacation at a place where I can't use a LOT of things that I usually would. I am just taking a REALLY long break where I still schedule a few posts here and there but I'm not as interactive as I like to be.

August 21, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 11


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

Day 11: Show off 5 of your best blog posts

August 19, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 10


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

Day 10: How do you choose the next book to read?

I have NO idea, it depends what mood I'm in. Whether I want to read dystopian, fantasy, or contemporary; a big book or a quick read. At the moment, I am writing this post before I go on vacation so I'm deciding on 2-3 books to bring with me. I can't bring too many because I know I won't have the time for it and it's SO HARD for me to stay awake on the plane. It also depends on what challenges I'm doing as well I guess.

August 17, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 9


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

Day 9: Why do you blog about books?

At first it was because I wanted to see how I could build an audience. I really knew NOTHING about blogging and about how many people were really out there. I also really loved books as well so that was another reason. Now, I keep trying my best at blogging because I want to keep up with the world (which I have literally been failing at because of school), but also because I want to stay in contact with the bloggers that I HAVE had the chance to meet! :)

August 15, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 8


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 8: 15 bullet points of appealing things on blogs

  • A simplistic theme or layout of the blog
  • A search bar at/near the top of the page
  • Nice fonts ;)
  • Discussions
  • Photos
  • A simple beautiful header
  • Social media icons
  • Actual reviews
  • Other sort of features (Confessions, Top Ten Tuesdays) but not overboard
  • Colours that are easy on the eyes
  • An interactive blogger
  • An easy to use interface
  • Non-clutter sidebar
  • NO CAPTCHA. PLEASE, I know you want to prevent spam but I can't stand it!
  • An overall awesome blog in terms of design and content! :)

August 13, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 7


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 7: Talk about your blogging quirks

- Sometimes I forget to go back and check over my posts for mistakes so there are a few typos here and there. HOWEVER, I usually trust my own typing. :)

- I have to format everything so that it looks good ON THE BLOG and not just where I'm writing the post up.

- For the past year, I have been blogging on the same computer with the same sized screen so you could imagine how much I panicked when my blog looked completely different on my brother's 20" monitor. I THINK I know how to solve this (by using "em") but I'm scared to screw up my whole blog and what not.

- I seriously wish I had enough posts to actually have a schedule but my posts are always spontaneous. This is the only month where my posts are structured but that's because I won't even be here.

- I like my header mainly because it represents my blogging life! It's probably not the best header out there but it suits my blog and it suits me! :)

- I have this weird obsession with fonts that only one other person I know has. NO, seriously it's weird. I could literally spend HOURS looking for fonts to use in Photoshop/Illustrator for things on my blog.

August 11, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 6


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 6: Describe how you shop for books

Well, I usually order online and that's when I have a specific book in mind OR I'm browsing the sale section. I pretty much do the same in store as well, and I look for the books that or on sale, or just books I REALLY WANT.

August 09, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 5


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 5: Recommend a tear jerker

Night Road by Kristin Hannah

AND

The Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

    

August 08, 2013

Review: The Travel Auction by Mark Green






The Travel Auction by Mark Green


Publisher: Createspace
Published: February 25, 2013
Read: July 6 - July 27, 2013
Source: Sent for review by Mark Green
Challenge: Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: TBR) || 2013 TBR Pile
This book was sent to me by the author for an honest review.

August 07, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 4


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 4: What's the last book you flung across the room?

I actually have to give this one some thought. I'm pretty sure it was this one because I was just SO DONE WITH IT when I finished.

August 05, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 3


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 3: Who are your blogging BFFS?

I think the only "BFFS" that I have are the Edmonton Book Bloggers. It's just so fun hanging out with them and they're always there to help with whatever it is. I'm so glad to have found them over the year and we just keep on growing! I sort of lost my touch with other blogs through my reading/blogging break so I've lost contact with some of the bloggers I used to talk to quite a bit.

August 03, 2013

15 Day Book Blogger Challenge: Day 2


This challenge is hosted by April at Good Books and Good Wine! I'm posting these so my blog won't be dead while I'm on vacation! As you may or may not know, I actually have been on quite a reading break and therefore I don't have reviews lined up for the next month. Therefore, I leave you with this! :)

I should also mention that I found this through Kristilyn's blog.

DAY 2: What's your bedtime reading ritual?

I don't really have a "ritual" because I just like to read before going to bed. I find that it actually calms me down before I have to go to sleep instead of watching videos on Youtube or something! I also have to mention that reading in bed always makes me want to go to sleep because it's so comfortable.

Do you have a bedtime reading ritual?