Top Ten Tuesday: Holiday Gift Guide

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Christmas is right around the corner, and for many that means time to shop for holiday gifts. There are several gift options to cater each person. I get excited thinking about what gifts to buy family and friends. If you are wondering what to buy, here is a list of items that would make great presents for the holidays.

  1. Homemade Gifts: One of the best gifts that you can offer to family or friends. Honestly, a homemade gift is a big win in my book. There are a variety of items that you can diy. I like knitting scarves for my coworkers.
  2. Anime Expo 4 Day pass: I took advantage of the Black Friday sale for Anime Expo tickets. I bought tickets for myself and my sister. It was a deal and four days of an anime con, who wouldn’t love that.
  3. A video game: I‘m not a hardcore gamer, but I do enjoy playing on my 3DS. My recommendations are Pokemon Sun and Moon, Animal Crossing: New Leaf, Animal Crossing: Happy Home Designer, Harvest Moon, or Rune Factory. There’s also Zelda which I enjoy.
  4. Book subscription: Owlcrate and Uppercase are two wonderful book subscriptions that I have tried out. For you fellow bookworm, a book subscription is a wonderful surprise that he or she would enjoy. Owlcrate may be a bit more costly than Uppercase, but I feel Owlcrate has more goodies.
  5. A journal: Journals make amazing gifts. What I have noticed is that most people who receive journals as gifts usually start writing in them during the new year. There are several ways you can use a journal. I have my personal journal and I am thinking of making an anime journal.
  6. A planner: Like the journal, a planner is perfect for the new year. I love the Happy Planner since it very customizable and aesthetically appealing. I’ve also heard wonderful reviews for the Bando planner as well. For those two planners I suggest purchasing them when they are on sale. Other than that, Marshalls or TJMaxx have an amazing stationary area that have a variety of planners.
  7. Museum tickets: I am a huge history nerd and have found museums like Norton Simon, Bowers, and Getty Villa are wonderful places to go to in Southern California.
  8.  A candle: I’ve recently started loving bookish candles. Check out Frostbeard Studio or any etsy stores will do just find.
  9. Purchasing a class: There are a variety of deals on Groupon.
  10.  Gift cards: Gift cards make an awesome present. My favorite gift cards are for Barnes and Noble, Target, Ikea, and Amazon.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Fall TBR

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Hello, and good morning! It’s been such a long time since I last did a Top Ten Tuesday. Ha ha. Anyways, this week’s topic is Books On My Fall TBR! I have many books that I want to read and hopefully, if I don’t procrastinate, will try to read these books on my list.

  1. Crooked Kingdom.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
  2. Vassa In The NIghtGoodreads SynopsisIn the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

    In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

    But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

    Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

  3. i'm not your manic pixie dream girlGoodreads Synopsis: Beatrice Maria Estrella Giovannini has life all figured out. She’s starting senior year at the top of her class, she’s a shoo-in for a scholarship to M.I.T., and she’s got a new boyfriend she’s crazy about. The only problem: All through high school Bea and her best friends Spencer and Gabe have been the targets of horrific bullying.

    So Bea uses her math skills to come up with The Formula, a 100% mathematically-guaranteed path to social happiness in high school. Now Gabe is on his way to becoming Student Body President, and Spencer is finally getting his art noticed. But when her boyfriend dumps her for Toile, the quirky new girl at school, Bea realizes it’s time to use The Formula for herself. She’ll be reinvented as the eccentric and lovable Trixie—a quintessential manic pixie dream girl—in order to win her boyfriend back and beat new-girl Toile at her own game.

    Unfortunately, being a manic pixie dream girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be, and “Trixie” is causing unexpected consequences for her friends. As The Formula begins to break down, can Bea find a way to reclaim her true identity, and fix everything she’s messed up? Or will the casualties of her manic pixie experiment go far deeper than she could possibly imagine?

  4. The Night Itself.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: A breathtaking new urban fantasy trilogy from the critically acclaimed, award winning author of The Swan Kingdom and Shadows on the Moon.

    When fifteen year old Mio Yamato furtively sneaks the katana – an ancestral Japanese sword – out of its hiding place in her parent’s attic to help liven up her Christmas party costume, she has no idea of the darkness she is about to unleash on modern day London, or the family secrets that she is going to uncover.

    The paralysing paranoia that descends on her before she gets to her friend’s party is her first clue. The vivid and terrifying visions that nearly get her killed are a pretty good warning too.

    The giant nine-tailed cat demon that comes after the sword and tries to rip her throat out? Overkill.

    Seconds away from becoming kitty-food, Mio is saved by Shinobu, a mysterious warrior boy. But it’s already too late. Mio has ruptured the veil between the mortal realm and the Underworld, and now the gods and monsters of ancient Japan stalk the streets of London, searching for her and the sword.

    With the help of her best friend Jack, a fox spirit named Hikaru – and the devoted protection of the betwitchingly familiar Shinobu – Mio attempts to discover the true nature of the sword and its connection to the Yamato family. Because if she doesn’t learn how to control the katana’s incredible powers, she’s in danger of being overwhelmed by them. And if she can’t keep the sword safe from the terrible creatures who want it for their own, she’ll lose not only her own life… but the love of a lifetime.

  5. The GracesGoodreads Synopsis: Everyone said the Graces were witches.

    They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

    They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

    All I had to do was show them that person was me.

    Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

    This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

  6. roald-dahls-book-of-ghost-storiesGoodreads Synopis:Who better to investigate the literary spirit world than that supreme connoisseur of the unexpected, Roald Dahl? Of the many permutations of the macabre, Dahl was always especially fascinated by the classic ghost story. For this superbly disquieting collection, he selected fourteen of his favorite tales by such authors as E.F. Benson, Rosemary Timperley, and Edith Wharton

    Includes:
    “W.S.” L.P. Hartley
    “Harry” Rosemary Timperley
    “The Corner Shop” Cynthia Asquith
    “In the Tube” E.F. Benson
    “Christmas Meeting” Rosemary Timperley
    “Elias and the Draug” Jonas Lie
    “Playmates” A.M. Burrage
    “Ringing the Changes” Robert Aickman
    “The Telephone” Mary Treadgold
    “The Ghost of a Hand” J. Sheridan Le Fanu
    “The Sweeper” A.M. Burrage
    “Afterward” Edith Wharton
    “On the Brighton Road” Richard Middleton
    “The Upper Berth” F. Marion CrawfordMilk and Honey.jpg

  7. Goodreads Synopsis: milk and honey is a collection of poetry and prose about survival. It is about the experience of violence, abuse, love, loss, and femininity. It is split into four chapters, and each chapter serves a different purpose, deals with a different pain, heals a different heartache. milk and honey takes readers through a journey of the most bitter moments in life and finds sweetness in them because there is sweetness everywhere if you are just willing to look.
  8. The Lightning Thief.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: Percy Jackson is a good kid, but he can’t seem to focus on his schoolwork or control his temper. And lately, being away at boarding school is only getting worse—Percy could have sworn his pre-algebra teacher turned into a monster and tried to kill him. When Percy’s mom finds out, she knows it’s time that he knew the truth about where he came from, and that he go to the one place he’ll be safe. She sends Percy to Camp Half Blood, a summer camp for demigods (on Long Island), where he learns that the father he never knew is Poseidon, God of the Sea. Soon a mystery unfolds and together with his friends—one a satyr and the other the demigod daughter of Athena—Percy sets out on a quest across the United States to reach the gates of the Underworld (located in a recording studio in Hollywood) and prevent a catastrophic war between the gods.
  9. vengeance road.jpgGoodreads Synopsis: Revenge is worth its weight in gold.

    When her father is murdered for a journal revealing the location of a hidden gold mine, eighteen-year-old Kate Thompson disguises herself as a boy and takes to the gritty plains looking for answers—and justice. What she finds are untrustworthy strangers, endless dust and heat, and a surprising band of allies, among them a young Apache girl and a pair of stubborn brothers who refuse to quit riding in her shadow. But as Kate gets closer to the secrets about her family, a startling truth becomes clear: some men will stop at nothing to get their hands on gold, and Kate’s quest for revenge may prove fatal.

  10. anne-of-green-gablesGoodreads Synopsis: Everyone’s favorite redhead, the spunky Anne Shirley, begins her adventures at Green Gables, a farm outside Avonlea, Prince Edward Island. When the freckled girl realizes that the elderly Cuthberts wanted to adopt a boy instead, she begins to try to win them and, consequently, the reader, over.

Top Ten Tuesday: Facts About Me

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This week’s topic is Ten Facts About Me. This topic may be the easiest one this year! I’ll try to list facts that I don’t really reveal about myself…starting now!

  1. I am a slow reader – As I have gotten older, I read a lot slower. I like reading at my own pace.
  2.  I get distracted easily – I’m constantly on my phone. I’m even more distracted because of Pokemon Go.
  3. I like listening to Chillhop whenever I’m cleaning or reading. Chillhop Music on YouTube is one of my favorite channels.
  4. I have a disorganized bookshelf – I share my bookshelves with my sisters. I have several random items on my shelves. I need to clean it soon 🤔
  5. I prefer a good cup of tea over coffee, preferably peppermint. 
  6. I am into Korean Skincare 💖
  7. I am into everything kawaii…though it is an expensive lifestyle.
  8. I dislike with a burning passion liver and onions. 
  9. I prefer reading on an iPad than a Kindle.
  10. At the moment, I love reading about self improvement and happiness. 

Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books From The First Half Of The Year

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This week’s topic is Favorite Books From The First Half Of The Year. I’ve read several books this year, and I don’t plan on stopping anytime soon. It was really tough narrowing down what books I really loved. Here are my choices:

  1. The Rose & The Dagger – A beautiful ending to a series that I cherished. One of my favorite fiesty protagonists from YA.
  2. The Winner’s Kiss – Stressful, but I loved it. Underrated. Loved the story and was satisfied with the ending.
  3. Ruin and Rising – Nikolai. Nikolai. Nikolai. I wasn’t as pleased with who Alina ended up with, but I will miss this series.
  4. Stars Above – I loved the short stories.
  5. The Start of Me and You – Such a cute YA book! I read it in one sitting and absolutely adored it. One of my favorite contemporary books of 2016.
  6. Chasing Spring – Loved it, and the romance was excellent. Swoon-worthy boy next door. Check.
  7. Truthwitch– I really liked the first book. I am excited to see how this series will progressed. Very interesting characters.
  8. The ‘Ohana Tree – Never thought that I would like a New Adult Book. The characters grow on you and this story depicts a healthy relationship between teh characters.
  9. Wolf By Wolf – I was amazed by Wolf by Wolf, and Yael is one of the most interesting YA heroines yet. She doesn’t really know who she is anymore, and she’s on a mission to kill Hitler.
  10. Risuko – A fun book that is more middle grade than YA. Though there is no romance in this book, there is a lot of character development.

Top Ten Tuesday: Most Anticipated Releases For The Second Half Of The Year

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This week’s topic is Top Ten Most Anticipated Book Releases For The Second Half Of The Year. Now, this one is my favorite one since I have so many books that I look forward to reading! Also, I’ve noticed that most of the books on the list have a dark cover. Ha ha. Here are my choices:

  1. Harry Potter & The Cursed ChildBased on an original new story by J.K. Rowling, Jack Thorne and John Tiffany, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, a new play by Jack Thorne, is the first official Harry Potter story to be presented on stage. It will receive its world premiere in London’s West End on 30th July 2016

    It was always difficult being Harry Potter and it isn’t much easier now that he is an overworked employee of the Ministry of Magic, a husband, and father of three school-age children.

    While Harry grapples with a past that refuses to stay where it belongs, his youngest son Albus must struggle with the weight of a family legacy he never wanted. As past and present fuse ominously, both father and son learn the uncomfortable truth: sometimes darkness comes from unexpected places.

  2. Heartless: Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

    Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

    At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king’s marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

    Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

  3. Crooked Kingdom: Kaz Brekker and his crew have just pulled off a heist so daring even they didn’t think they’d survive. But instead of divvying up a fat reward, they’re right back to fighting for their lives. Double-crossed and left crippled by the kidnapping of a valuable team member, the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. As powerful forces from around the world descend on Ketterdam to root out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem, old rivals and new enemies emerge to challenge Kaz’s cunning and test the team’s fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the city’s dark and twisting streets―a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of magic in the Grisha world.
  4. Labyrinth Lost: Nothing says Happy Birthday like summoning the spirits of your dead relatives.

    I fall to my knees. Shattered glass, melted candles and the outline of scorched feathers are all that surround me. Every single person who was in my house – my entire family — is gone.

    Alex is a bruja, the most powerful witch in a generation…and she hates magic. At her Deathday celebration, Alex performs a spell to rid herself of her power. But it backfires. Her whole family vanishes into thin air, leaving her alone with Nova, a brujo boy she can’t trust. A boy whose intentions are as dark as the strange markings on his skin.

    The only way to get her family back is to travel with Nova to Los Lagos, a land in-between, as dark as Limbo and as strange as Wonderland…

    Beautiful Creatures meets Daughter of Smoke and Bone with an infusion of Latin American tradition in this highly original fantasy adventure.

  5. Nemesis: The princess didn’t expect to fall in love–with her nemesis.

    Princess Sepora of Serubel is the last Forger in all the five kingdoms. The spectorium she creates provides energy for all, but now her father has found a way to weaponize it, and his intentions to incite war force her to flee from his grasp. She escapes across enemy lines into the kingdom of Theoria, but her plans to hide are thwarted when she is captured and placed in the young king’s servitude.

    Tarik has just taken over rulership of Theoria, and must now face a new plague sweeping through his kingdom and killing his citizens. The last thing he needs is a troublesome servant vying for his attention. But mistress Sepora will not be ignored. When the two finally meet face-to-face, they form an unlikely bond that complicates life in ways neither of them could have imagined.

    Sepora’s gift could save Tarik’s kingdom from the Quiet Plague. But should she trust her growing feelings for her nemesis, or should she hide her gifts at all costs?

  6. The Graces: Everyone said the Graces were witches.

    They moved through the corridors like sleek fish, ripples in their wake. Stares followed their backs and their hair.

    They had friends, but they were just distractions. They were waiting for someone different.

    All I had to do was show them that person was me.

    Like everyone else in her town, River is obsessed with the Graces, attracted by their glamour and apparent ability to weave magic. But are they really what they seem? And are they more dangerous than they let on?

    This beautifully-written thriller will grip you from its very first page.

  7. And I Darken: NO ONE EXPECTS A PRINCESS TO BE BRUTAL.

    And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.

    Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, who’s expected to rule a nation, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.

    But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

  8. Of Fire And Stars: Betrothed since childhood to the prince of Mynaria, Princess Dennaleia has always known what her future holds. Her marriage will seal the alliance between Mynaria and her homeland, protecting her people from other hostile lands. But Denna has a secret. She possesses an Affinity for fire—a dangerous gift for the future queen of a kingdom where magic is forbidden.

    Now, Denna must learn the ways of her new home while trying to hide her growing magic. To make matters worse, she must learn to ride Mynaria’s formidable warhorses before her coronation—and her teacher is the person who intimidates her most, the prickly and unconventional Princess Amaranthine (called Mare), sister of her betrothed.

    When a shocking assassination leaves the kingdom reeling, Mare and Denna reluctantly join forces to search for the culprit. As the two work together, each discovers there’s more to the other than she thought. Mare is surprised by Denna’s intelligence and bravery, while Denna is drawn to Mare’s independent streak. Soon their friendship is threatening to blossom into something more.

    But with dangerous conflict brewing that makes the alliance more important than ever, acting on their feelings could be deadly. Forced to choose between their duty and their hearts, Mare and Denna must find a way to save their kingdoms—and each other.

  9. Vassa In The Night: In the enchanted kingdom of Brooklyn, the fashionable people put on cute shoes, go to parties in warehouses, drink on rooftops at sunset, and tell themselves they’ve arrived. A whole lot of Brooklyn is like that now—but not Vassa’s working-class neighborhood.

    In Vassa’s neighborhood, where she lives with her stepmother and bickering stepsisters, one might stumble onto magic, but stumbling out again could become an issue. Babs Yagg, the owner of the local convenience store, has a policy of beheading shoplifters—and sometimes innocent shoppers as well. So when Vassa’s stepsister sends her out for light bulbs in the middle of night, she knows it could easily become a suicide mission.

    But Vassa has a bit of luck hidden in her pocket, a gift from her dead mother. Erg is a tough-talking wooden doll with sticky fingers, a bottomless stomach, and a ferocious cunning. With Erg’s help, Vassa just might be able to break the witch’s curse and free her Brooklyn neighborhood. But Babs won’t be playing fair. . . .

    Inspired by the Russian folktale Vassilissa the Beautiful and Sarah Porter’s years of experience teaching creative writing to New York City students.

  10. The Reader: Sefia knows what it means to survive. After her father is brutally murdered, she flees into the wilderness with her aunt Nin, who teaches her to hunt, track, and steal. But when Nin is kidnapped, leaving Sefia completely alone, none of her survival skills can help her discover where Nin’s been taken, or if she’s even alive. The only clue to both her aunt’s disappearance and her father’s murder is the odd rectangular object her father left behind, an object she comes to realize is a book—a marvelous item unheard of in her otherwise illiterate society. With the help of this book, and the aid of a mysterious stranger with dark secrets of his own, Sefia sets out to rescue her aunt and find out what really happened the day her father was killed—and punish the people responsible.

Top Ten Tuesday: Reasons I Love Reading At Coffee Shops

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This week’s topic is Ten Reasons I Love X...I love going to coffeeshops when I read. I find it’s the perfect place for me to read. I live with a lot of people…literally. It is difficult for me to concentrate at my home. Outside or inside of my home, there’s not one quiet place. The next best thing is a coffee shop. Here are my reasons why I love to read at coffee shops:

  1. The ambiance – Always
  2. The smell of coffee – Who doesn’t like the smell of coffee?
  3. The music in the background 
  4. Productivity – I feel that I get much more reading done in a coffeshop. I focus on what needs to get done
  5. The drinks – I can order just about anything
  6. People watching
  7. Perfect for taking bookish pictures – aesthetics
  8. Anonymity – I can go in a coffeeshop without people recognizing me
  9. There are several coffee shops to choose from – I like to mix it around when I go to get coffee. Personally, I prefer The Coffee Bean over Starbucks.
  10. Flexibility – I can work on my own reading pace. For example, I can either go early in the morning or after work to get some reading done!

Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads

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Happy Tuesday! I hope everyone is having a great day. This week’s topic is Beach Reads. I don’t normally spend much time on the beach since I burn easily. Ha ha ha. I must confess that all the books on my list I have not read, but they are appropriate for this summer. Hopefully, I can get through all of them.

  1. The Summer of Chasing Mermaids – The youngest of six talented sisters, Elyse d’Abreau was destined for stardom—until a boating accident took everything from her. Now, the most beautiful singer in Tobago can’t sing. She can’t even speak.

    Seeking quiet solitude, Elyse accepts a friend’s invitation to Atargatis Cove. Named for the mythical first mermaid, the Oregon seaside town is everything Elyse’s home in the Caribbean isn’t: An ocean too cold for swimming, parties too tame for singing, and people too polite to pry—except for one.

    Christian Kane is a notorious playboy—insolent, arrogant, and completely charming. He’s also the only person in Atargatis Cove who doesn’t treat Elyse like a glass statue. He challenges her to express herself, and he admires the way she treats his younger brother Sebastian, who believes Elyse is the legendary mermaid come to life.

    When Christian needs a first mate for the Cove’s high-stakes Pirate Regatta, Elyse reluctantly stows her fear of the sea and climbs aboard. The ocean isn’t the only thing making waves, though—swept up in Christian’s seductive tide and entranced by the Cove’s charms, Elyse begins to wonder if a life of solitude isn’t what she needs. But changing course again means facing her past. It means finding her inner voice. And scariest of all, it means opening her heart to a boy who’s best known for breaking them . . .

  2. One Paris Summer  Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to spend the summer with their father, who left home a year ago without any explanation. As if his sudden abandonment weren’t betrayal enough, he’s about to remarry, and they’re expected to play nice with his soon-to-be wife and stepdaughter. The stepdaughter, Camille, agrees to show them around the city, but she makes it clear that she will do everything in her power to make Sophie miserable.Sophie could deal with all the pain and humiliation if only she could practice piano. Her dream is to become a pianist, and she was supposed to spend the summer preparing for a scholarship competition. Even though her father moved to Paris to pursue his own dream, he clearly doesn’t support hers. His promise to provide her with a piano goes unfulfilled.

    Still, no one is immune to Paris’s charm. After a few encounters with a gorgeous French boy, Sophie finds herself warming to the city, particularly when she discovers that he can help her practice piano. There’s just one hitch—he’s a friend of Camille’s, and Camille hates Sophie. While the summer Sophie dreaded promises to become best summer of her life, one person could ruin it all.

  3. We Own The Night  – Happy midnight, my fellow Niteowls…”

    As a candy store employee by day, and mysterious deejay “Niteowl” by night, eighteen-year-old Ingrid North is stuck between rock ‘n roll and a hard place. She can’t wait to get out of her tiny hometown of Steadfast, Nebraska (population three hundred and forty-seven) to chase her dreams, but small-town troubles keep getting in the way. She can’t abandon her grandmother with Alzheimer’s, or her best friend Micah–who she may or may not be in love with.

    But for one hour each Saturday, she escapes all of that. On air, she isn’t timid, ugly-sweater-wearing Ingrid North. She’s the funny and daring Niteowl. Every boy’s manic pixie dream girl. Fearless. And there is one caller in particular– Dark and Brooding–whose raspy laugh and snarky humor is just sexy enough to take her mind off Micah. Not that she’s in love with Micah or anything. Cause she’s not.

    As her grandmother slips further away and Micah begins dating a Mean-Girls-worthy nightmare, Ingrid runs to the mysterious Dark and Brooding as a disembodied voice to lean on, only to fall down a rabbit hole of punk rockstars, tabloid headlines, and kisses that taste like bubble tea. But the man behind the voice could be surprising in all the right, and wrong, ways.

    And she just might find that her real life begins when Niteowl goes off the air.

  4. The Unexpected Everything – Andie had it all planned out.

    When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future.

    Important internship? Check.

    Amazing friends? Check.

    Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

    But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life.

    Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected.

    And where’s the fun in that?

  5. The Summer I Turned Pretty – Belly measures her life in summers. Everything good, everything magical happens between the months of June and August. Winters are simply a time to count the weeks until the next summer, a place away from the beach house, away from Susannah, and most importantly, away from Jeremiah and Conrad. They are the boys that Belly has known since her very first summer–they have been her brother figures, her crushes, and everything in between. But one summer, one terrible and wonderful summer, the more everything changes, the more it all ends up just the way it should have been all along.
  6. The Truth About Forever – That’s what Macy has to look forward to while her boyfriend, Jason, is away at Brain Camp. Days will be spent at a boring job in the library, evenings will be filled with vocabulary drills for the SATs, and spare time will be passed with her mother, the two of them sharing a silent grief at the traumatic loss of Macy’s father.

    But sometimes, unexpected things can happen—things such as the catering job at Wish, with its fun-loving, chaotic crew. Or her sister’s project of renovating the neglected beach house, awakening long-buried memories. Things such as meeting Wes, a boy with a past, a taste for Truth-telling, and an amazing artistic talent, the kind of boy who could turn any girl’s world upside down. As Macy ventures out of her shell, she begins to question her sheltered life.

    Is it really always better to be safe than sorry?

  7. The Notebook – Set amid the austere beauty of the North Carolina coast, The Notebook begins with the story of Noah Calhoun, a rural Southerner recently returned from the Second World War. Noah is restoring a plantation home to its former glory, and he is haunted by images of the beautiful girl he met fourteen years earlier, a girl he loved like no other. Unable to find her, yet unwilling to forget the summer they spent together, Noah is content to live with only memories…until she unexpectedly returns to his town to see him once again.

    Like a puzzle within a puzzle, the story of Noah and Allie is just the beginning. As it unfolds, their tale miraculously becomes something different, with much higher stakes. The result is a deeply moving portrait of love itself, the tender moments and the fundamental changes that affect us all. It is a story of miracles and emotions that will stay with you forever.

  8. Summer of My German Soldier – Minutes before the train pulled into the station in Jenkinsville, Arkansas, Patty Bergen knew something exciting was going to happen. But she never could have imagined that her summer would be so memorable. German prisoners of war have arrived to make their new home in the prison camp in Jenkinsville. To the rest of her town, these prisoners are only Nazis. But to Patty, a young Jewish girl with a turbulent home life, one boy in particular becomes an unlikely friend. Anton relates to Patty in ways that her mother and father never can. But when their forbidden relationship is discovered, will Patty risk her family and town for the understanding and love of one boy?
  9. The Distance from A to Z – Seventeen-year old Abby has only one goal for her summer: to make sure she is fluent in French—well, that, and to get as far away from baseball and her Cubs-obsessed family as possible. A summer of culture and language, with no sports in sight.

    That turns out to be impossible, though, because her French partner is the exact kind of boy she was hoping to avoid. Eight weeks. 120 hours of class. 80 hours of conversation practice with someone who seems to exclusively wear baseball caps and jerseys.

    But Zeke in French is a different person than Zeke in English. And Abby can’t help but fall for him, hard. As Abby begins to suspect that Zeke is hiding something, she has to decide if bridging the gap between the distance between who she is and who he is, is worth the risk.

  10. Perfect Chemistry – A fresh, urban twist on the classic tale of star-crossed lovers.

    When Brittany Ellis walks into chemistry class on the first day of senior year, she has no clue that her carefully created ‘perfect’ life is about to unravel before her eyes. She’s forced to be lab partners with Alex Fuentes, a gang member from the other side of town, and he is about to threaten everything she’s worked so hard for: her flawless reputation, her relationship with her boyfriend, and the secret that her home life is anything but perfect.

    Alex is a bad boy and he knows it. So when he makes a bet with his friends to lure Brittany into his life, he thinks nothing of it. But soon Alex realizes Brittany is a real person with real problems, and suddenly the bet he made in arrogance turns into something much more.

    In a passionate story about looking beneath the surface, Simone Elkeles breaks through the stereotypes and barriers that threaten to keep Brittany and Alex apart.

Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Feel Differently About Now That Time Has Passed

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish. If you want to join, please check out the blog!!

This week’s topic is Ten Books That I Feel Differently About Now That Time Has Passed. A challenging topic, I’m not going to lie. I’ve checked all the books I’ve read on my Goodreads account, and here are my choices:

  1. Twilight Series: Although I haven’t read the last book in the series, I don’t have much love for this series. I was never a huge fan of the books. They were all tolerable, but I only really liked one book and that was New Moon. I tried re-reading Twilight, and I couldn’t get past one hundred pages. I put the book down, and ever since then, I have not touched it. If I were in middle school, I know I would would have found it more enjoyable. As an adult, I can’t physically force myself to read the books. (I know a lot of people will have this series on their Top Ten Tuesday, I have a hunch).
  2. Mara Dyer Trilogy – Don’t even read the books. It’s one of those series that has an interesting premise and beautiful covers, but there are so many plot holes and Noah Shaw is written to be too perfect. He’s rich, he’s British and American and something else, and he hardly has any flaws…The overall series was horrible, the only book that was the “best” one was the sequel.
  3. Red Queen – Why did I give this book a three???? The more I think about Red Queen, the more I realize how much of a terrible book it was. Frustrating protagonists, and I should have seen that plot twist coming. I’m not even sure I’ll read the sequel at this point, but who knows if the second book is better.
  4. The 52nd – Even though the synopsis sounded cool, I hated it. It’s another book that I gave a three, but it really deserves a 1.5. The secondary characters had better relationship with their partners instead of the protagonists. The protagonists had a love-hate relationship that was not cute at all.
  5. This Is How You Lose Her – A collection of short stories that centers around Yunior…one of my least favorite male protagonists. There is no redeeming factor to him. I gave donated this book. When I read this, I thought it was okay, but as time went by I knew I couldn’t keep this book on my shelf.
  6. Love Letters To The Dead: When I first read it, I thought it was great. I rated it a four out of five, but thinking about it now, I don’t like it. I even gave the book away to a friend. The main character was terrible.
  7. In Real Life – The story could have been expanded, but it was too short and rushed. The animation style is still beautiful.
  8. The Girl Who Leapt Through Time – Watch the anime adaptation instead of reading the book. It was too short, and not memorable. If only it were longer. Also, unnecessary second short story that had nothing to do with The Girl Who Leapt Through Time.
  9. Brave New World – Initially, I hated this book. I couldn’t get passed several chapters without giving up. It was always recommended to me when I was younger. When this book was assigned for my english college class, I had to read it, there was no way getting out of not reading this book. I had no excuses. After finishing Brave New World, I liked it much better. It’s not amazing, but it’s good.
  10. Bras & Broomsticks – I’ve forgotten about this book, but what I can vaguely remember is that it’s not one of the best books I’ve read about witches. Nope. It was suppose to be hilarious and filled with hijinks, but I didn’t find it funny. I found it okay when I first read it. I don’t find it amusing at all currently.

Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books That I Picked Up On A Whim

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Hey, and good day! I’ve been a bit busy with wedding planning, and I haven’t had time to post anything! Hopefully this week can be better for posting! This week’s topic is Ten Books That I Picked On A Whim. This list is a mixture of Historical Fiction, Japanese Literature, and Manga. Here are my choices. The ones with a heart next to it are a recommendation:

  1. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo.gif
  2. Dream Saga by Megumi Tachikawa  tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo
  3. Shinobi Life by Shoko Konami
  4. Shiawase Kissa Sanchoume (Happy Cafe) by Kou Matsuzuki
  5. Honolulu by Alan Brennert tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo
  6. Foxgirl by Nora Okja Keller
  7. Shadows On The Moon by Zoë Marriott tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo
  8. Sakamichi No Apollon by Kodama Yuki tumblr_inline_niyn5ntHcI1ry72eo
  9. Masks by Enchi Fumiko
  10. Kitchen by Banana Yoshimoto

Top Ten Tuesday: Non-Bookish Websites That I Love

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Hey, and good evening or early midnight morning. Well, whatever floats your boat! I know that it’s barely midnight and it’s Wednesday, not Tuesday, but I just out of the movie theatre because I saw Captain America Civil War which was amazing!! Let me just say that I highly recommend watching the movie and I don’t want to spoil it for anyone, so trust me, go watch it!

This week’s topic is  Favorite Websites That Are Non Bookish. I go to a lot of websites daily and here my picks. It is going to be a combination of online stores and social media sites.

  1. Tumblr – Love going on Tumblr. I can spend hours on Tumblr without even noticing the time
  2. Crunchyroll – Anime. Anime. Anime. I’m currently watching three shows from the Spring 2016 season.
  3. Instagram – Who doesn’t like scrolling through photos? 🙂
  4. Random Curiosity – Anime related, mostly reviews and impressions. Recommend checking that site out.
  5. Netflix – Yassss. A must since I don’t have cable.
  6. Viki – Asian Dramas
  7. Ebay – I usually buy cute korean stationary and washi tape from ebay, and cheap anime goods.
  8. Punimelt – kawaii
  9. Omocat – merchandise
  10. Etsy – I love custom items. Mostly shop for candles and other goods.

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