April 27, 2013

You know those days where you want to do nothing but lie down and watch the world go past because it seems like everything around you is just falling to pieces? Yea, it's one of those days.

I know it seems like I keep taking breaks from blogging but I seriously just have a lot to deal with. Just this past week I went to British Columbia for around 3 days, and within those 3 days a lot of shit has happened at home and at the trip. And there's seriously no way I can just completely ignore this shit because it's gotten to the point where I have no choice but to deal with it and try to fix it.

On top of that, I have 2 piano Kiwanis festivals to attend, track meets to attend, and a history exam all coming up within the the next 2 weeks. After that, I'll be pretty focused on studying for my finals.

I think I hit a reading/blogging slump as well, so I just want to avoid it for a bit. Reading an 800 page book (A Game of Thrones) has never terrified me as much as it has now, LOL.

Anyways, blogging has been put like in the back of my mind and if you don't see me posting anything, all the reasons stated above is probably why. With all that being said, I'm still going to try my best and at least have SOMETHING go up once a week. Whether it be an update post, something random, an actual review, maybe even a vlog, I'm going to try!

I will still be commenting on other blogs, and replying to comments as well. It's just that I might not actually be reviewing much on the blog for the next... 2 months-ish?!

April 26, 2013

Review: Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor





Title Daughter of Smoke & Bone
Author Laini Taylor
Series Daughter of Smoke & Bone #1
Publisher Little, Brown
Published September 27, 2011
Read
Source
Public Library

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April 23, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Expectations


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I Enjoyed More or Less Than I Expected


+ Cinder by Marissa Meyer: I had read a few fairy tail retellings before this, but Cinder was so freaking AMAZING and completely blew my mind! While we knew what would happen, there were still other things such as the world building that would change the events.

+ Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry: My first zombie book, sigh. It was so good and so much more than I had expected! Maybe not all zombie books will be like this, but I am so glad I started off with this one. Where I was expecting blood, gore, and guts, I got more of self-realization, family, and friends.

+ Night Road by Kristin Hannah: It's been MONTHS since I read this and sometimes I still think about it because of all the emotions I went through.

+ Eragon by Christopher Paolini: YAY! This comes up on a lot of my TTT's, but honestly, Eragon was freaking awesome. I wasn't expecting much from a fantasy, but I absolutely LOVED it!

+ Unearthly by Cynthia Hand: After my bad experience with angel books, I had actually wanted to give them a break. But my friends eventually convinced me to Unearthly, and it is BY FAR, my favourite angel series.

- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews: I seriously, SERIOUSLY, wanted to enjoy this more than I did. Sure, I liked it, just not as much as I thought I would. I'm not sure what ruined it for me, maybe just that nothing much happened and I didn't see any change in Greg at all.

- Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler: Gah, my first DNF. I didn't even want to read it. I just couldn't bring myself to get through it and I actually read 80 pages! It was just so... boring.

- Heaven by Alexandra Adornetto: -LE SIGH- This was one of my favourite series, but looking back now, I'm not too sure why. Maybe my taste in books have just changed! But when I read this book, I honestly just didn't like ANY OF THE CHARACTERS. A lot of things they did were either petulant, or just out of character.



April 22, 2013

Sunday Update: BC!


Sunday Update is where I link you up to the posts from the past week, and give you a heads up on the next week.

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So everything you'll be seeing for the next week is scheduled because I'm actually going to be going on a band trip to another province! So yea... I'll try to do more reading than I have been this past week, but other than that, happy reading! :)

I don't have much to say except for what happened in Boston. My hearts are with all the families and individuals affected by this disgusting crime.


April 18, 2013

Review: Dust & Decay by Jonathan Maberry





Title Dust & Decay
Author Jonathan Maberry
Series Benny Imura #2 (#1: Rot & Ruin)
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Published August 30, 2011
Read March 29-30, 2013
Source School Library
Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: Series)

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April 16, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Crushes


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:

(REWIND)Top Ten Characters I Would Have a Crush on if I were a Fictional Character


- Tucker from the Unearthly series by Cynthia Hand

- Four from Divergent by Veronica Roth

- Jace from The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

- Will from The Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare

- Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

- Wolf from Scarlet (Cinder #2) by Marissa Meyer

- Conrad & Jer from the Summer Trilogy by Jenny Han

- Tom from Rot and Ruin series by Jonathan Maberry

- Jake from the Dustlands series by Moira Young

- Willem from Just One Day by Gayle Forman

April 15, 2013

What a Horrible Tragedy...

If you've been seen the news at all the past day, then you'll know that I'm talking about the Boston Marathon bombing. I'm am completely disgusted and devastated at what happened. All these people were running for a good cause and some mindless, heartless, idiot decides to ruin everything. A fricking EIGHT YEAR OLD CHILD, died because of this person's actions. I am waiting for justice to be served when they finally figure out who did this. It goes without saying that my heart is with all the victims, first responders, and families of the runners.

April 14, 2013

Sunday Update: Super Duper Busy!


Sunday Update is an informative post where I link you back to the past week's post and provide you information about the following one! :)

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New Books


  • Shift by Em Bailey

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Hello beautiful people! I actually borrowed 4 other self-help books on photography and interior designing, but I wasn't sure if I should include that here or not. I'll review the photography books on my other blog because it's more relevant there. Quite honestly, I'm still debating whether or not I should review them at all! Oh well, I've got a load of stuff to do and don't blame me if I take another 2 weeks off. My schedule is actually just getting filled up with stuff to do.

Have a great week, and don't stop reading! :)

April 12, 2013

Discussion: Disqus?



If you've been here for a while and left comments before, you may have noticed that I use Disqus as a platform. When I first switched, I was just trying it out! Some people may not like the look of it, but in my opinion, it was quite similar to Blogger's platform.

Now, after 6 months of using Disqus, I've noticed a few things.

- When you first sign up and comment using Disqus, they send you "Disqus Digest" e-mails every day/week. They were quite annoying, but here's how you turn them off.

- With that being said, I like that Disqus informs you when someone replies to your comment. And also, it doesn't send an e-mail every time someone comments on the same post. ONLY when someone replies do they send you an e-mail.

- It has a really good spam filter! At first, I had BOTH Blogger and Disqus commenting notifications that went to my e-mail and I noticed that the spam never showed up on the Disqus platform, but they did on Blogger. HOWEVER...

- When I first installed Disqus, comments that were posted through phones wouldn't show up because I guess the mobile site didn't support the widgets. This is how I fixed that.

- You have to log in to something to comment, but to me, I didn't really mind. There are multiple ways to sign in as well: Twitter, Facebook, Disqus, Google Plus.

The process of installing Disqus was really easy as they provided all the instructions. And even the part where I had to do a bit of HTML to enable commenting from mobile phones, the site had the instructions laid out clearly. I really like Disqus and would recommend it to anyone who wants to use a commenting platform.

If you use Disqus on your blog, or have commented on a blog that uses Disqus, what do you think about it? Are there any other commenting platforms that you prefer? Or would you prefer the default commenting platforms?

April 10, 2013

Review: Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare





Title Clockwork Princess
Author Cassandra Clare
Series The Infernal Devices #3 (#1: Clockwork Angel || #2: Clockwork Prince)
Publisher Margaret K. McElderry Books
Published March 19, 2013
Read March 25-26, 2013
Source Chapters
Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: TBR Pile) || 2013 TBR Pile

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April 09, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Before I Was a Blogger



Top Ten Tuesday is a meme held by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Favourite Books Before I Was a Blogger



I'm going to do series as well, just because I want to do them as a whole.

- Inheritance Cycle by Christopher Paolini

- Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling

- Twilight Saga by Stephanie Meyer

- The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare

- Lorien Legacies by Pittacus Lore

- The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

- Dear John by Nicholas Sparks

- The Help by Kathryn Stockett

- The Amazing Days of Abby Hayes by Ann Mazer

- Holes by Louis Sachar

April 07, 2013

Sunday Update: Back to Blogging!!



Sunday Updates inform you, as my readers, of the going-on's of the blog and also a part of my life.


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New Books



  • Flesh and Bone by Jonathan Maberry

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  • Lisa's Blog: Dream World
  • Evie's Blog: Men in YA - Favourite Male Authors

Outside the Blog


A lot has happened since I took a brief hiatus but I'll give you a BRIEF summary.

I didn't actually read a lot more than I usually would, but the break just took off the pressure of having to post regularly. This way, I would be ahead of myself and already have posts up for the next two weeks. Honestly, I don't expect this to last too long, but the break gave me more time to do things on Photoshop as you MIGHT be able to see.

During my Spring Break/March Break, I read two books that literally gave me SO MANY FEELS. That's the main reason I didn't read as much because I spent a day after each book moping around and literally doing NOTHING.

I started a new blog SOLELY for my photography just because there's a LOT of pictures I would love to post on here but it would just be way too much. So I decided to just do short posts on each set of photos over there instead of spamming people who might not want to read about them here.

This month, in addition to the Photo-A-Day project, I'm going to do a bit of filming throughout the month and put them all into a video. The original idea is here, but I just wanted to sort of do it all in my own way.

Anyways, I've got reviews scheduled for this week, sadly not for the next, but oh well! I hope you all have an awesome day, and happy reading! :)

April 06, 2013

Review: Scarlet by Marissa Meyer





Title Scarlet
Author Marissa Meyer
Series The Lunar Chronicles #2 (#1: Cinder)
Publisher Feiwel and Friends
Published February 5, 2013
Read March 20-24, 2013
Source School Library
Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: 2013 Releases)

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April 04, 2013

Photography: March Wrap-Up




March 2013 Photo A Day Challenge list

1. L is for... LEANNE! :D


2. I made this!

3. Key

4. Lucky


14. Tasty

17. Green

31. Stuff

Randomness:



Testosterone Molecule



Rewrote music because I thought I lost it
 


April 02, 2013

Review: Rot & Ruin by Jonathan Maberry






Title Rot & Ruin
Author Jonathan Maberry
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Published September 14, 2010
Read March 14-20, 2013
Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: Everyone Has Read)

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