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Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments

Hi everyone~! :) 

Short post today, to let you all know that I'm going on hiatus again. I've just gotten my work timetable, and combined with my upcoming finals, I really need to focus on my life at the moment, and making sure that I can get through the next three weeks, and still be a healthy, living person.

There will still be posts, especially Conversation posts, but I likely will not be commenting on anyones' blogs nor commenting on mine

Just letting you all know that I still love you all, it's just that I need some time away for now, just to balance everything out. You will definitely see me spamming your blogs, or actively messaging you on Twitter, and just being active in general, until you're sick of it in three weeks time, I promise! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine


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Conversations: Book blog must-haves

Saturday, May 21, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


Welcome to another Conversations post! This week, the topic is...
What are the essential things the blogs you follow have to have?


The blogs I follow don't necessarily have to have all of the following - so long as they have the majority of these things:
  1. Reviews - After all, I'm following a book blog...I gotta have some reviews of books!
  2. Discussion posts - Let's face it, I can't really comment on a lot of reviews sometimes, because I haven't read/heard of some books. So it's nice to follow a blog that has some discussion posts - because that way I can engage with you, even though we might read different book genres!
  3. Interesting/original content - You don't necessary have to have new, never seen before content - so long as you frame something up in a new way, in a way I've never seen before perhaps - you've got me sold.
  4. A personality - I like following people, not robots. I like hearing a little bit about how each person's week/month was. I used to think that weekly/monthly recaps were tiresome, because I thought that it was too hard keeping up with all the bloggers. But I dunno, if you stand out, if you tell me a bit about your life, I know a bit about you, I find it easier to relate to you, to comment, and in general, start up a conversation with you
  5. YA bibliophile - Okay, this one isn't a strict must. But I usually read YA books, and it's really hard for me to keep up with someone, unless they're a YA book blog as well - because I'm usually not interested in other books unless they have a really interesting premise/cover.
  6. Updates frequently - Now, when I say frequently, I mean like, once a week at least. I don't like following inactive blogs (unless they have declared they are inactive, and for how long they'll be on their hiatus), because there's just no point to it - I have no idea when I'll ever hear from them again.
So this was a really short Conversations post this week! :S Still, comment below, let me know what you need to have in a book blog! Always trying to make this blog a better place for everyone - and well, it would be awesome to hear your honest feedback about what I could possibly do to improve below as well! :)

Also - if you're writing up a Conversations post this week - LINK BELOW ^_^

((shout out to all of you - because ahhh I love seeing all your posts!!))


Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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I Now Need Cake | 100 Days of Cake by Shari Goldhagen

Wednesday, May 18, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: 100 Days of Cake
     Author: Shari Goldhagen
     Genre: YA, Contemporary,
     Publisher: Atheneum Books For Young Readers
     Publishing Date: May 17th 2016

Thoughts: 
     Excellent:
          - A large focus was on mental health and depression, its effects on not only the individual but people around the individual. 

    Things that could have been better:
         - Molly, Alex and Elle's characters were ridiculously annoying
         - Writing style felt fake - the slang used didn't even make sense to me at the time
         -It didn't entertain me at all. 

Rating: 1.5 stars
Goodreads | Amazon

Initial Thoughts

I requested this book on Edelweiss because depression is honestly such an important topic to me.A loved one has had depression, and its effects on him as well as the people around him were vast. I was interested in 100 Days of Cake, because depression is such a unique disorder you know, with how it affects everyone differently. I was interested in how Shari Goldhagen was to present depression - and that's why I picked up this book. 

Get well soon isn’t going to cut it in this quirky and poignant debut novel about a girl, her depression, an aggressive amount of baked goods, and the struggle to simply stay afloat in an unpredictable, bittersweet life.

There are only three things that can get seventeen-year-old Molly Byrne out of bed these days: her job at FishTopia, the promise of endless episodes of Golden Girls, and some delicious lo mien. You see, for the past two years, Molly’s been struggling with something more than your usual teenage angst. Her shrink, Dr. Brooks isn’t helping much, and neither is her mom who is convinced that baking the perfect cake will cure Molly of her depression—as if cake can magically make her rejoin the swim team, get along with her promiscuous sister, or care about the SATs.

Um, no. Never going to happen.

But Molly plays along, stomaching her mother’s failed culinary experiments, because, whatever—as long as it makes someone happy, right? Besides, as far as Molly’s concerned, hanging out with Alex at the rundown exotic fish store makes life tolerable enough. Even if he does ask her out every…single…day. But—sarcastic drum roll, please—nothing can stay the same forever. When Molly finds out FishTopia is turning into a bleak country diner, her whole life seems to fall apart at once. Soon she has to figure out what—if anything—is worth fighting for.


Characters

Molly Was An Annoying Character

Let me just vent. Molly was a huge pain in the arse, for me - she was whiny, and she repetitively talked about certain things - like her need to pee, how hot it was, how irritated she was with her sister or Elle, kept referencing Golden Girls. It bored me to death. I think, after reading about 30% of the ARC, I probably didn't need to read more, because Molly just kept talking about the same things, and that babble was just tiring. 

I understand that it can be really hard to write a depressed character as likeable. Perhaps Goldhagen wanted to show how life can be difficult for people suffering from depression. I dunno, from my experiences with others with depression though, they've never been so dislikeable. Molly's obsession with Dr B and Alex at the same time was so tiring for me - I just couldn't stand how she was stringing along both at the same time - it crossed boundaries for me, in many different ways. Spoiler section next, so highlight at your own risk: 
Especially with Dr B, AHHHH OH MY GOSH THAT WAS THE MOST ANNOYING THING, because you are not supposed to have a romantic/flirty relationship with your therapist, and I hate how that was portrayed here for a long while. 

Molly Treated Her Sister Horribly


OH Oh oh, let's not forget something else that Molly did that crossed boundaries - slut shaming her sister. Like honestly, I could not forgive that because I'm all for empowering women, not bringing them down. 
Furthermore, I've been in V's place before, and that's potentially why I didn't like Molly so much - because I related so much to V. Molly was HORRIBLE to her, and I couldn't put up with it. Maybe Shari Goldhagen wanted to depict Molly as a little immature through this, but yeah I still couldn't stand Molly because she violated many of my personal moral codes

Characters were only there for the sake of being there - to fulfill tropes.

I really liked Alex, the love interest, at the start of the book. He was sweet, genuine, and just a fun guy to read about. But then, I started getting super annoyed with him because of how he kept pining after Molly. It was pathetic and just sad. I think I felt this way, because I really disliked Molly as a character, and felt like Alex's potential as a character just dropped so low because of the pining - it was like his character was defined by his crush on Molly. 

Then there was the best friend, Elle. Elle was annoying to me - self-righteous and hypocritical. She supposedly cares about the earth, yells at others for printing out coloured paper, but then she goes around driving in a car instead of using public transport or cycling? I dunno, she was just a pretty fake character to me, and I didn't get her purpose throughout the book - because I thought she served no other purpose, but to be the best friend, that we usually see in contemporary books. 

Plot

The Plot Bored Me But Covered Depression Very Well 

Honestly, I found myself just not caring for the plot at all after a while. For me, half of it was her complaining about Alex and Dr. B, about how she has a thing for them, but she doesn't think they'll like her back - that's not a plot to me. I get that rumination is a genuine process that depressed people go through, but for me, it got really tiring, and a tiny bit exaggerated perhaps? But, I guess Goldhagen really conveyed that aspect of depression well - I just wish it had been less agonising for me to read. 

On that point about conveying depression very well, I know this doesn't have anything to do with the plot, but this quote was honestly stellar:
"You  know  those  moments  when  you  realize  you’re going  to  spectacularly  disappoint  someone  who’s  trying really hard? Welcome to my life."

Writing Style 

WARNING: Slang used. 

Goldhagen's writing style was...very interesting. A lot of slang was used, and to me that seemed a little forced, because some terms used were just not ones I'd ever picture anyone using? Consequently, I didn't enjoy reading it and I couldn't really get addicted to the book as a result. See below for examples... 
"Obvi, nothing is ever going to happen" 
Uhhh, does anyone say "Obvi" in real life to mean "obviously"? Because I dunno, I don't so I thought that was forced. The next one was much better, but I still didn't like reading the acronym regardless. 
"I am sitting BTW, not lying down the way they do on TV" 
And then there were moments when acronyms that I didn't know were used! 
"ADF  a  lot  of  people  in  my  life  either  cut  me  off or started talking to me in a cookie-dough voice, as though I would crumble into a billion pieces if they said something 
to upset me. "
Honestly, what does ADF mean? I had to look it up online...And here are the results: 
1.Adult Diaper Fetish
2. Asian Dub Foundation
3. Automatic Direction Finder
These are 100% all results I found on the most reliable website (at least for slang), Urban Dictionary xD 

I guess maybe my issue with the slang might be because I associate slang with texting, whilst this was supposed to be a human girl's head. And because my head doesn't use acronyms, I guess that's why it felt fake. 

Entertainment Value

Anyone could easily guess what my thoughts on this were. I honestly did not feel entertained by 100 Days of Cake. I had to force myself to finish it, and I think I skim read it whilst watching Chicago Fire? Not quite sure. But yeah, it wasn't the best reading experience I've had so far this year. 

Final Thoughts

I think that 100 Days of Cake's saving grace is its portrayal of depression - it's very real and accurate to how depression affects the individual and loved ones, but I honestly just couldn't get into the book. I think this was largely due to the character driven plot, and I couldn't really empathise nor sympathise with Molly at all. If you're a fan of character driven novels - don't read this one, because you probably won't enjoy this book. If you're looking to explore mental illness and depression further though, in an undaunting manner, this book may just be for you. 

Rating


Thoughts in a Phrase

What are you complaining about now, Molly? 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine

Thank you Edelweiss and Atheneum Books For Young Readers for letting me review an ARC of this novel. My thoughts, as always, are 100% honest.


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The Sunday Post - (19/52) in 2016

Sunday, May 15, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


The Sunday Post is a meme that Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and other important life things, alongside bookish things! This week is Week 19 out of our 52 weeks in a year, and it spans from May 8th, 2016 to May 15th, 2016. 

Books I’ve Read/Am Reading:

I'm not really reading right now... >.< 
I keep reading and putting books down, and never getting back to them o_O 
I NEED TO FOCUS. 

Posts on Corralling Books This Week 

Awesome Posts I've Read This Week

I really enjoyed these posts...hopefully you do too! Some of these were probably published longer than a week ago... BUT OH WELL. Show these posts some love!

Briana and Krysta talk about Why 'Classics' isn't really a genre  and also If Classics are really timeless
Lucie talks about her favourite things in books
Molly talks bookstagram! 

...I honestly need to be more on-top of saving posts xD 

What I got up to this week:

School

School has been pretty good. Very chill. But I know it's going to get very hectic - so I've been preparing in advance. 
I finally got the marks back for another midsemester exam - 18/30 this time. Very annoyed with myself, so I've also been studying a lot harder, because I need to average a certain grade to get into medicine - and I'm falling short right now. I also got another assignment back - 19/30. Although these are second year subjects (I'm only in first year right now). I really need to maintain a good GPA. So yep, I'm strapping down, and I will be studying hard! 

Work

Work has been a lot better! I was on the shop floor a lot more (instead of being at the till) at work this week - I'm feeling a lot more confident whenever people ask me where x, y and z are in the store. However, apparently I missed a shift today?? I had no idea, but apparently I did - I'm checking it out when I have my next shift, because ahhh this is the first time I've made the mistake - and I don't want to make it again! :/ 

Life/Social

haven't really been too social this week - had lots of work and school to deal with! School is getting a bit stressful, because lots of assignments will be due soon, and I've been getting a lot of shifts at work as well, so I'm doing my best to juggle that around right now. 

I also started bookstagram woo! :D It's been on my mind for the past month or so now...and I finally made the leap! I took a couple of photos today, and I'll be uploading them soon! :) 
Here's the link to my bookstagram! You can also find it at the bottom of the post now, and also at the bottom of every page! I still need to work on updating it on my sidebar though...

TV shows/Movies I Watched

HAHAHA I kept up with rewatching The Mentalist - I think I rewatched all of Season 3 this week...? Whoops xD 

tl;dr 

I've been really distracted and probably need to focus a bit more xD 


How was your week? Let me know in the comments below! Also let me know if you have any bookstagram account recs - I NEED PEOPLE TO FOLLOW! :D 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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The Bane Chronicles by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson and Sarah Rees Brennan

Friday, May 13, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments



The Breakdown


General Info:
     Title: The Bane Chronicles 
     Author: Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, Sarah Rees Brennan
     Genre: YA, Fantasy
     Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
     Publishing Date: November 11th, 2014

Thoughts:
     Excellent:
          - MALEC 
          - All the different characters


    Things that could have been better:
         - I couldn't connect to Magnus as a character - but that's just me as a reader 
         - The pacing was a bit slow at the start of every story - especially so with the first one

Rating: 4 stars
Goodreads | Amazon


Initial Thoughts


Fans of The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices can get to know warlock Magnus Bane like never before in this collection of New York Times bestselling tales, in print for the first time with an exclusive new story and illustrated material.

This collection of eleven short stories illuminates the life of the enigmatic Magnus Bane, whose alluring personality, flamboyant style, and sharp wit populate the pages of the #1 New York Times bestselling series, The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices.

Originally released one-by-one as e-only short stories by Cassandra Clare, Maureen Johnson, and Sarah Rees Brennan, this compilation presents all ten together in print for the first time and includes a never-before-seen eleventh tale, as well as new illustrated material.

Before I go any further, I think I need to probably outline the titles of each mini-story - some of them are pretty epic haha xD Anyway - beside them, I'll just put down a rating for what I thought of each of them, as a whole. 
  1. What Really Happened in Peru - 3 stars - Sorry, I just couldn't really connect to the "being in Peru" thing - it didn't appeal to me. 
  2. The Runaway Queen - 3 stars - Plot didn't intrigue me that much because I couldn't sympathise with Marie Antoinette 
  3. Vampires, Scones, and Edmund Herondale - 4 stars - A HERONDALE FALLING IN LOVE, need I say more?
  4. The Midnight Heir - 3.5 stars - I got a bit confused by this one? But more Herondales...so I have to like this one, of course! 
  5. The Rise of the Hotel Dumort - 3.5 stars - I loved the Prohibition feel about this...but everything else, I was eh about. 
  6. Saving Raphael Santiago - 5 stars - THIS WAS SWEET <3 
  7. The Fall of the Hotel Dumort - 4 stars - Plot twists...always make books better! 
  8. What to Buy the Shadowhunter Who Has Everything (And Who You're Not Officially Dating Anyway) - 3 stars - I didn't quite understand the story in the end 
  9. The Last Stand of the New York Institute - 4 stars - I love hearing about the Circle :D 
  10. The Course of True Love (And First Dates) - 5 stars - WARNING: MALEC CUTENESS
  11. The Voicemail of Magnus Bane - 5 stars - SO CUTE. SAD. MADE ME FEEL FEELS 

Characters

The Bane Chronicles had a cacophony of characters - I don't think I could remember them all, ten days from today! Although some were completely boring, and annoyed me to bits (looking at you Marie Antoinette), most of them were really engaging (ALEC. ALEC. ALEC). Magnus was always a delight to read about - good thing, because he's pretty much the one constant in all these stories - after all, the compilation is named after him! :D The only thing is - I couldn't connect to him as a character. But I'm fine with that. Because that's just who I am as a reader - I'm more quiet, and I can't really believe there would be anyone as flamboyant as Magnus is! 
I also really enjoyed reading about the other warlocks - it was great how all the authors embedded such colourful and distinct personalities with Catarina Loss and Ragnor Fell. I loved reading about them - and now I feel Ragnor's absence in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices a little more keener :( 
Honorable mention to Tessa and the Herondale boys...just because I will always, forever and ever love them. So yeah, I'm glad they were in this short story compilation!~ 

Plot

The plots were really good, on the whole. Each one was set in a different time period, and with each different time period, there were different problems brought about, which were very time-period specific. It made for such an interesting read to be honest, because I never knew what was truly going to come up! :D 

Writing Style

I couldn't really distinguish between the writing styles of all three authors - so that was really good. It made the book really cohesive and enjoyable to read!
I also especially loved how this book was written in a chronological order - all the series were pretty much set in order, from the 1700s to now. This was awesome, because the authors managed to put hints of the previous story into the current story, and just make it even more richer! 
Finally, not only were there hints of previous stories in this book, there were also references to the book series'! We had Tessa, Will and Jem reappear in The Midnight Heir, mentions of Camille Belcourt scattered throughout, an entire story dedicated to Raphael...it was great learning more about the characters we were familiar with in The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices. 

Final Thoughts

This book is awesome for anyone who is a fan of any of the Shadowhunter books that Cassandra Clare has written! People who haven't might want to steer clear of this book though - Clare et al. doesn't do much with explaining the universe - so if you haven't read The Mortal Instruments or The Infernal Devices, go read one of them before you attempt this! READ THE INFERNAL DEVICES if you have a choice - I love that series SO MUCH MORE <3 Or else...read Lady Midnight, which recently came out~ <3 I've yet to read that book though...I've been putting it off so much! 

Rating

Instead of my usual rating graphic...I just averaged up the scores I gave the individual stories. 
The rating then is...3.9090909090909090909 stars out of 5. Let's just round it up to 4 stars. 

Thoughts in a Phrase 

I WANT MORE MAGNUS BANE. 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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Blog Tour Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments




General Info:

     Title: Hatred Day
     Author: T.S. Pettibone
     Genre: Science Fiction, YA
     Publishing Date: January 29th, 2016

Welcome to my stop on the Hatred Day blog tour! Below is an excerpt to read, if you are interested in reading Hatred Day.

A Girl and Her Ghost

Age 4
The Empyrean City

I lived alone in a room without windows. It had one door that only opened on the last day of the month. There were giant chests of toys in the room. I kept my dolls in a wooden trunk with flower carvings, and my thirty books, I stacked in neat rows along the walls. All of my dresses were stored in a wardrobe beside my bed; if I left one on the floor, it was hung by the morning. Each time I woke, a tray of meat, fruits and vegetables, and a pitcher of water was on the table. Someone took care of me; I didn’t know who, but I think the person liked when I was neat. I named the person Ghost. I wanted to make Ghost happy, so I always made sure my toys, books and clothes were put away before I went to sleep. I used to stay awake, hiding my face with my covers, waiting to see Ghost when it came in, but nothing ever happened. Once I stayed awake for hours, and by the twenty-ninth hour, the food still hadn’t come. I stopped trying to see Ghost after that.
But I talked to Ghost every day.
I told it about the things I read; I sang for it; I told it stories; I told it when I was sad, or afraid, or when I felt lonely; and I asked it questions, even though it never answered back. Almost every time I did these things, the floor creaked on the other side of the wall, so I knew Ghost was listening. This usually made me happy, but sometimes it made me sad. I wanted Ghost to let me see it and play with me in the room.
I didn’t know where the room was. I’d stopped wondering a long time ago. I hadn’t seen sunlight, or beasts, or plants, or the stars; I only knew about these things from pictures in my books. My favorite pictures were ones of the sky, and of giant towers with windows, and of beasts with bright feathers and furry tails.
I had no idea what I looked like. I’d never seen my own face, only a blurry reflection in my food tray. I knew my eyes were large and that I was very small. I hoped I was pretty like the highborn women I read about.
The two tall, masked men who walked me to the library each month to choose thirty new books were the only people I’d seen. One of them was skinny and so white he looked sick. He wore a black robe and always tugged on the sleeves until strings fell on the floor. The other one was as big as a warrior. I’d learned by heart the House insignia on his breastplate—a cold blue wyvern head with seven silver horns above five golden keys. Around it were silver cypress leaves and golden anemone flowers; if I looked closely, I could see the soft outline of a solar eclipse behind the wyvern’s head. I liked the swishes his blue robe made as he moved; the clicking sounds his spurs made when he walked; the way the light made his silver pauldron shine; and even the slow way he breathed.
When the man in the black robe would lift me up to reach the books, he’d say in his raspy voice, “Don’t only choose science books. Some of the history books might have sweets behind them.” The man in the blue robe never let me stand close to him. I didn’t think he liked me. His silver eyes looked sad, sometimes mad, through his mask eyepieces. Every time I stared at him, he squeezed something in his pocket. It must’ve been sharp, because afterward his pocket would have blood on it.
Then one day I left the room forever.
I’d been drawing a picture of a beast for Ghost when the door opened. I was so afraid, I dropped my pencil. The man with the silver eyes picked me up and carried me down a passage for a long time. He didn’t talk to me or look at me, only held me in one arm, and kept the other one behind his back. I tried tickling his chin, but he didn’t smile. He had a big black Mohawk on his head and I touched it to see if it was sharp. It was poky and soft. When he didn’t talk to me, I told him about my friend Ghost. He stayed quiet. I fell asleep on his shoulder.
When I woke up, he was setting me down before a metal transport. I’d seen a picture of one in a book and knew the guns on the side were dangerous. The door in the transport opened and I moved back when a young man with short black hair came out, smiling at me. He was handsome like the highborns in the books I read, but his brown eyes were slanted funny, and he didn’t wear armor. He crouched in front of me, and said, “I’ve waited to meet you a long time, Snofrid. My name is Ryuki Yagami and I’m going to take you to a new home.”
I was afraid and hid behind the silver-eyed man’s leg. No one had ever spoken to me before—except for the raspy-voiced man behind the wall, who taught me about Inborn etiquette, and how to read and speak English. I didn’t want to go to a new home. I liked my room. I liked my books and my flower chest, and I didn’t want to leave Ghost. The silver-eyed man picked me up and put me inside the transport. Then, for the very first time, he talked to me, and said, “Daringly dared, half of it won, Snofrid.”
I didn’t know what these words meant. I wanted to ask him, but he’d already put his back to me was talking to Ryuki in a language I didn’t understand.
There was a little boy with golden brown eyes sitting in the back seat eating dried leaves. It was the first time I’d seen a person as small as me before. I wanted him to like me, but I was too afraid to sit close to him, so after I greeted him, I sat behind him. He stared over his seat with wide eyes, and said, “Stone me! You look just like my aunt Lorna.” His voice was loud, and I didn’t know how to answer, so I just nodded. The boy talked a lot more after that and I listened. He told me his name was Desya, and that we were going to live in a place called Hollowstone City, and that Ryuki was a good dad, and that we’d never have to be afraid with him, even though we were shamed. I didn’t know what he was talking about really, but after a while, I started saying things back.
We drove through the passage for a long, long time. When I first saw the sunlight, it happened so fast that I screamed. It was the brightest light I’d ever seen. It was brighter than all my candles and lamps, and it burned my eyes. Desya gave me a pair of black goggles. As soon as I put them on, I was able to see the mountains, the trees, and the flowers. I thought of Ghost right away and was sad I couldn’t tell it how happy I was.



T.S. Pettibone are the authors of The Hatred Day Series. Expected publication for book two, Verdict Day, is 2017.

T.S. Pettibone is the pen name of identical twins, Brittany and Nicole Pettibone. They were born in California, grew up in Kansas, and these days, live and write in California. On the rare occasion that they break from writing, they enjoy taking their dog on night walks, reading books by long deceased authors, drinking too much coffee and tea, traveling the world, making friends out of strangers and trying new things.

T.S. Pettibone's site


Thank you Xpresso Book Tours for letting me have a place on this book tour! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine



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The Sunday Post - Edition 1

Sunday, May 08, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


I'm starting to do The Sunday Post! It's such an awesome meme, honestly, because it allows you to get to know other bloggers well. And I figure that you guys should know a bit about what's going on in my life, get to know me a bit better :) For anyone who didn't know - The Sunday Post is a meme that Kimba @ Caffeinated Book Reviewer. It's a chance to share news and other important life things, alongside bookish things! 

So...hopefully you enjoy my first The Sunday Post! Thanks Molly @ Molly's Book Nook, for really persuading me to start doing it! 

Books I’ve Read/Am Reading:


Hatred Day by T.S. Pettibone - I'm finding this really hard to get into, to be honest. I requested to join the blog tour, about two months ago, because the premise sounds interesting - but the writing is a bit passive and drab for my tastes so far. Hopefully it picks up!







A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - I'm kind of alright with this book? It's nothing special - in fact I'm finding the characterisation a tiny bit iffy. But anywayyy hopefully it get's better! 
















Posts on Corralling Books This Week 

I'm getting back into the swing of book blogging! 
The Sunday Post - Edition 1 - THIS POST! ^_^

Awesome Posts I've Read This Week

I've read a couple of awesome posts this week...but I've forgotten to save them! I'll definitely have this section ready for next week though! 

What I got up to this week:

School

It was actually alright this week. A lot less stress, because all the mid-semester exams and assignments are over. In fact - I even got a midsemester exam mark back! And I scored an 81% in my Chemistry midsemester exam! I'm super proud of that mark - because I remember not having enough time to study for it, and being super stressed (I had another two assignments and three exams in that same week). 

Work

I've been having a rough week at work. I have a retail position in a chain store, and it's such an awesome job, it really is. Thing is, I have a casual position, and I've just been making so many mistakes in the past week, and I'm worried that I won't get any more shifts. 

I also tutor a couple of high school students, and this week, it was a bit hard, because the girl I'm tutoring wanted my help with an assignment. I'm a high academic achiever - but that usually came from exams. Like, my marks from assignments were high yes, but I always talked to other people, who would give me ideas for the assignment >.< 

Life/Social

I've been pretty sick for the second half of the past week. It's been really annoying, because this is a recurring illness, and whenever the illness flares up, I just want to sleep all day, every day. It makes it hard for me to keep up with study and work - so I've been struggling a bit. 

TV shows/Movies I Watched

Didn't watch too many this week - the internet was really bad at home - but I did watch the most recent episode of Modern Family! I rewatched many episodes of The Mentalist, and it was nice to see how Patrick Jane pulls off all his tricks again ^_^ It's been a while since I watched it last, so it was like watching a new show all over again - I had pretty much forgotten everything! 

How was your week? Let me know in the comments below! 

Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine




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Conversations: Why I Started Blogging and Why I Still Do It!

Saturday, May 07, 2016 Geraldine 0 Comments


It's been another fortnight! Wow, time really flies by! xD Joan and I have another topic of conversation for you this week, with our theme for the month being "Blogging Habits".
So this week, the topic of conversation is...
What pushed you to start blogging and why do you continue to blog?


What pushed me to start blogging?

I am gonna be real here - the impetus was free books. You heard it. I heard about Netgalley from some obscure site, and I just thought to myself, "Free books?? I gotta get me some of that!". I know in the book community, there is a lot of judgement on people who started to blog for the books - so please, no hate. 

I dunno, that's actually a really interesting topic of discussion - why is there such a stigma against people who start book blogging for the free books? Maybe I'm just imagining this stigma. But I've heard a couple of posts here or there that go "YOU SHOULD NEVER START BLOGGING FOR FREE BOOKS." And yes, whilst that's true...isn't it good that people are starting book blogs? Whilst the start may not necessarily be due to pure/good reasons, so long as you keep book blogging, keep sharing the love around, it's awesome that you've started a book blog! 
Then there are the people who don't keep book blogging. Even then, I don't think we should shame them - because eventually, we're all going to stop with book blogging right? Either we'll find we're too busy, or we die first (that's really morbid, sorry). I know from experience, if you initially blog for the books, you're going to tire out. You're going to resent the books you've requested, you're going to struggle with the huge pile of books to read, you're going to cry at your Netgalley request ratio. Pretty much, the weak will weed themselves out. They'll struggle, fail and eventually drop out. Unless they find some other impetus to keep blogging...which thankfully I did. 

Anyway, I was also a huge book lover - I had read so many books since I was young. I breathed books - every night before I slept, I'd read! I didn't care if I'd wake up and be grumpy (though my parents did...), I would just read and read, always telling myself "Just one more chapter...", BUT LET'S FACE IT - THAT WAS ALWAYS A LIE. xD 

Why do I continue to blog?

Because I love torturing myself with lots of stress. NO, I'M JUST KIDDING. 

Whilst blogging definitely does come with its struggles, what with juggling life, school and blogging around, blogging has brought me so many awesome benefits, which have kept me going even after I stopped thinking about the "free" books. For one, I have gotten to know so many awesome people through it! I honestly couldn't shout out anyone here...because ahhh I'd be missing out on so many people! Everyone is just so positive and friendly, and I know that there's always someone who has my back! :) 

And how could I forget that blogging pushes me to read more? I remember reading less than 20 books in 2015. And let's not even talk about 2014 - I think I barely read 5 books that year (that was a bad year for me). But in 2013, when I first started blogging, I read at least 80 books. So many books, so much happiness :D 

Then there's all the books *heart eyes* Being able to find out about all these new books, about independent authors (some of which should be more famous), that's been such an  awesome journey for me.

What about you? Do you blog? If so, why did you start? Why do you keep doing it? Do you reckon there's a stigma against people who started blogging for books (or is that something I'm imagining...? xD )? Are there any bloggers that make blogging worth it for you? Shout them out in the comments below! :D Or...make your own Conversations post and link it down below, I would love to see your posts! 


Keep reading and loving books!
Geraldine




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