Tuesday Post #3

I honestly didn’t realize it was already December. Can we just pause for a second? I haven’t even started my Christmas shopping yet! I hope everyone had a great November, though, quick as it seemed. And enjoy the rest of the year, because it ends in four weeks!!! Can’t get over it. So to kick off this month, I’m linking up at 3 different sites. Get in on the fun and check the host sites to participate.

Top Ten Tuesday

Hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, this week’s prompt is: Top Ten 2016 Debuts Novels We Are Looking Forward To. Looks I’m getting back to my YA roots, there are just so many great ones coming out next year. I definitely encourage you to click on the titles to see their Goodreads page and add them to your TBR list if any of them jump out at you.

  1. A Study in Charlotte by Brittany Cavallaro
  2. The Heir and the Spare by Emily Albright
  3. Tell Me Three Things by Julie Buxbaum
  4. Beautiful Broken Things by Sara Barnard
  5. The May Queen Murders by Sarah Jude
  6. In Another Life by Julie Christine Johnson
  7. Bookishly Ever After by Isabel Bandeira
  8. This Is Where It Ends by Marieke Nijkamp
  9. Blackhearts by Nicole Castroman
  10. The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question: How many of the new series you started in 2015 will you continue?

A: This year, I started only a few series — and by a few, I mean two — but I liked them both enough to know that I’ll definitely be reading everything that follows. These include the Flat-Out Love books by Jessica Park. I just reviewed the first book last week and couldn’t praise it enough. I finished the novella, Flat-Out Matt after that, so I’m preparing to read Flat-Out Celeste really, really soon. The other is Paper Gods by Amanda Sun. I read Ink earlier this year and will be posting a review in a few days. I finished the sequel, Rain, shortly after and just have to go out and get Storm, as well as the novellas.


Teaser Tuesdays

Hosted by A Daily Rhythm. Grab your current read, flip to a random page, and post 2 spoiler-free sentences from that page. I literally just started Crossroads by Mary Ting, so I’m flipping to a page I haven’t reached yet. If you haven’t read this, just know I’m as clueless about the context of this as you are.

CHAPTER 14

Butterflies of every color, looking as if they were painted with patches of bold bright reds, oranges, blues, purples, and yellows, all intertwined, overlapping each other. As I continued to follow their path, I squinted at the brilliant sun in the cloudless sky. It blinded me for a split second, and then I saw that the butterflies were returning, circling around Michael and me–all of them dancing in the sky. Each knew its location and position with such precision, never colliding while reaching higher and higher to form a tunnel.

Crossroads by Mary Ting. 2011.

That was two sentences times two; sue me. I couldn’t not include the rest of the paragraph with that kind of visual.

What’s everyone reading this week? What debuts are you looking forward to in 2016? Leave me a comment! 🙂

Tuesday Post #2

As I desperately attempt to not drown in studying endless strings of HTML and XML codes for my impending exam, I’m taking a break to try out a few memes I’ve never done before. I used to know most of these like the back of my hand when I had my old blog, but unfortunately I don’t retain certain kinds of information as well as I should (which is strange considering what I do for a living), so I had to do a little search and found a bunch of these thanks to the Master List of Book Blogging Memes at Girlxoxo.com.

Tell Me Something Tuesday

Hosted by Rainy Day Ramblings. This week’s question is: Who are your top ten favorite authors? Tough one, because I’ve actually never thought about narrowing it down before, and I’m sure over the course of years, it’s changed up constantly. So I’ll say that these are my top 10 favourite authors at the moment:

  1. C. S. Lewis: Okay, I lied. I do have a favourite author, and it’s this guy. Every time there’s a list of this sort, I guarantee C. S. Lewis will always be mentioned high on that list — this is mostly in terms of his works of fiction. Some of my favourites by him are Till We Have Faces (!!!), the Screwtape Letters, and of course, the Chronicles of Narnia series.
  2. Colleen Hoover: She’s the newest addition to my list of favourites. I only recently discovered her books a few weeks ago and after reading one, I couldn’t stop until I finished 4 of them in 3 and a half weeks. My favourites by her are Confess, Ugly Love, and the recently released November 9.
  3. Cassandra Clare: I’m going to keep this short, because if I start talking about how much I love The Mortal Instruments, this will turn into an essay and a half. If I ever had to consider myself a “fangirl”, it’d be over the Shadowhunter Chronicles. I unashamedly own bookmarks, jewelry, stationary, fake rune tattoos, the whole nine.
  4. Haruki Murakami: He writes some of the most complex and unusual stories I’ve ever read and I love it. He mixes magic with realism in a way that I’ve never seen anyone else do. My favourites from him are Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of PilgrimageSouth of the Border, West of the Sun, and Sputnik Sweetheart.
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  5. Rainbow Rowell: Little-known secret: I kept Fangirl at my bedside table on a book stand for a good 10 months because it’s just so good that I wanted to always keep it within arms reach. Other favourites are Attachments and Eleanor & Park. I haven’t started Carry On yet, but who are we kidding — I’ll probably love that, too.
  6. J.K. Rowling: This shouldn’t come as a surprise. And I’m sure the same can be said for a lot of people. The Harry Potter series was the very first book series that I absolutely fell in love with at a young age and can read over and over to this day as if I’m still a wee one. Still waiting for my letter, though; it’s been about 15 years, but who’s counting?
  7. Rick Riordan: If anyone knows me personally, they can attest to the fact that I love everything about Greek mythology. So much so that I chose to major in Classic Studies in university. So when I picked up the Percy Jackson and the Olympians books, I knew I found a favourite for a lifetime. It brought some fun into all the serious studying and essay-writing I had to do.
  8. Lois Lowry: The original dystopian author. I read The Giver years after the original publication because I never heard of it — apparently my school wasn’t cool enough to put this on the curriculum. The rest of the series also remains on top of my memorable reads list.
  9. Markus Zusak: My circle of friends were so hyped up about The Book Thief around its release that I had to find out for myself if it was really that good. It was better. It’s so beautiful and heartbreaking and I can never read it enough times. I immediately had to look for his other books and haven’t been disappointed.
  10. Kate Quinn: I discovered her books after my cousin let me read her copy of Mistress of Rome during one of my summer vacations. I willingly read the book during an entire moving SeaBus Ferry ride because I couldn’t find it in myself to put it down. I felt so queasy afterwards but it was worth it.

  11. Teaser Tuesdays

    Hosted by A Daily Rhythm. All you do is grab your current read, flip to a random page, and post 2 spoiler-free sentences from that page. Right now, one of the two books I’m reading is Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. It’s a really interesting read so far with some quirky characters that have great dialogue on almost every page. So this was a tough one to pick out of.

    CHAPTER 12

    She watched Matt squint seriously at his computer as though at any moment he was about to make a breakthrough discovery that would earn him the Nobel Prize for some incomprehensible scientific digital-magnetic-opti-something or other. Well, if he won, she would valiantly take him clothes-shopping so that he could attend the awards ceremony in something besides the awful shirt that he had on.

    Flat-Out Love by Jessica Park. 2011.


    First Chapter First Paragraph Tuesday Intros

    The last meme is hosted by Bibliophile by the Sea. Rules are to grab a copy of a book you’re reading or thinking of reading and post the first paragraph (or two) from the first chapter. I recently got a copy of The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

    CHAPTER 1

    Airports are torture chambers if you’re claustrophobic.

    It’s not just the looming threat of the ride ahead–being stuffed into seats like sardines and then catapulted through the air in a narrow metal tube–but also the terminals themselves, the press of people, the blur and spin of the place, a dancing, dizzying hum, all motion and noise, all frenzy and clamor, and the whole thing sealed off by glass windows like some kind of monstrous ant farm.

    The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith. 2012. Published by Poppy.

    Has anyone read this one? Is it worth continuing? Who are your favourite authors? I’d love to know. Have a great rest of the week, everyone.

Tuesday Post #1: Quotes I Loved

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Each week, they have a different book-related prompt. This week it’s: Top Ten Quotes I Loved From Books I Read In The Past Year Or So. I realized that, after looking at my “Read” pile from January to about September, I read a lot of manga and only had time to read a few novels for school by some authors that I had never read before.

One of the authors I really got into during my “Collection Development for Adults” course was Haruki Murakami (author of 1Q84). About half this list will contain quotes by him. Because he’s incredible.

And Colleen Hoover. Everyone loves Colleen Hoover. Because she’s also incredible.

  1. “Everything has boundaries. The same holds true with thought. You shouldn’t fear boundaries, but you should not be afraid of destroying them. That’s what is most important if you want to be free: respect for and exasperation with boundaries.”
    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  2. “I find myself drawn to literature more now than in the past; not the individual works as much as the idea of literature—the heroic effort and nobility of our human desire to make beauty of our minds—which moves me to tears, and I have to brush them away, quickly, before anyone notices.”
    Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being
  3. “He kisses me like I’m his canvas.”
    Colleen Hoover, Confess
  4. “One heart is not connected to another through harmony alone. They are, instead, linked deeply through their wounds. Pain linked to pain, fragility to fragility. There is no silence without a cry of grief, no forgiveness without bloodshed, no acceptance without a passage through acute loss. That is what lies at the root of true harmony.”
    Haruki Murakami, Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage
  5. “Sometimes not speaking says more than all the words in the world. Sometimes my silence is saying, I don’t know how to speak to you. I don’t know what you’re thinking. Talk to me. Tell me everything you’ve ever said. All the words. Starting form the very first one.”
    Colleen Hoover, Ugly Love
  6. “Because memory and sensations are so uncertain, so biased, we always rely on a certain reality-call it an alternate reality-to prove the reality of events. To what extent facts we recognize as such really are as they seem, and to what extent these are facts merely because we label them as such, is an impossible distinction to draw. Therefore, in order to pin down reality as reality, we need another reality to relativize the first. Yet that other reality requires a third reality to serve as its grounding. An endless chain is created within our consciousness, and it is the very maintenance of this chain that produces the sensation that we are actually here, that we ourselves exist.”
    Haruki Murakami, South of the Border, West of the Sun
  7. “And so rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  8. “However, I’ve learned that the heart can’t be told when and who and how it should love. The heart does whatever the hell it wants to do. The only thing we can control is whether we give our lives and our minds the chance to catch up to our hearts.”
    Colleen Hoover, Maybe Someday
  9. “Now I would like to make it clear in parenthesis, that I do not blame my parents for their point of view. There is an expiry date for blaming your parents for steering you in the wrong direction. The moment you are old enough to take the wheel, responsibility lies with you.”
    J.K. Rowling, Very Good Lives: The Fringe Benefits of Failure and the Importance of Imagination
  10. “I know you: You’ll come find me again, you’ll come rescue me no matter what happens. You’ll come for me, and I’ll discover you all over again. I love you. I love you without the memories. I love you right now.”
    Cassandra Clare, Born to Endless Night

What are some of your favourite book quotes? Leave me a comment or head on over to The Broke and the Bookish to take part and link up. Hope everyone continues to have a great week!