HAPPY NEW YEAR!  I’m sorry for the delayed wishes for the new year (and I mean both Jan 1st New Year and Chinese New Year 🙂 ).  It’s been a long time since I’ve posted, and as the owner of this blog I’m absolutely horrified with myself!  I miss this blog almost everyday, the feeling of thinking up materials for posting, and then posting them.

Hopefully soon, I’ll be back to my usual posting.

Until then, Words That Flow Like Water is on a semi hiatus.  I’ll post from time to time, but it seems I don’t have enough inspiration and my life has become a bit cluttered.

I will update you all as soon as I can and get back soon :).  For now, though, if you want to follow what I’m doing or reading you can find me here:

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I’m so sorry! I’ll be back soon!


Top 5 Favourite Book Covers

Another totally random post!  I love the Top 5 theme, but as for the topics, I suppose I’m still figuring out whether I want to stay Books Only, or branch out to other favourites – so we’ll see!

Today’s topic is favourite book covers – this is so hard!!  I don’t even know where to start, but I suppose this top 5 will be my favourite standout book covers ever (and I think I’ll avoid repeating any covers noted in the other top 5 post for now!)

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Undoubtedly one of my absolute favourite book covers is A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray.  I also love the other covers in the series – they’re just as gorgeous.  I actually bought this book based on the cover, and also based on Sam’s (over at A History of Books) recommendation.  I’m really looking forward to reading this when I get round to it, which will probably be around the time when the third and final book comes out.  What I love about this cover is the blend of colours.  I really love the colour scheme here.  I love the watercolour texture – particular the way it makes the images of the two cities (the bottom more than the top) look as if they’ve been painted.  And I really love the simplicity of the font.

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Omg, yes.  The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski is beautiful.  It truly is a very beautiful cover.  And I love it a WHOLE lot more than the new covers -> HERE.  I am a bit biased though because I read the books with the original (above) covers.  And when I think of Kestrel, I see a girl like the one in the cover.  The new covers ARE truly pretty and I think they’re awesome BUT I don’t think it represents the story.  In fact, I feel like they misrepresents the Winner’s Trilogy.  Kestrel is kickass, but it’s with her mind.  She just isn’t like the girl on the new covers.  The new covers make her look like an assassin, but the old ones give a sense of gentle distress, of silent conflict, and of a world of power and politics – the dress seems to represent to me a world of fashion, polite society.  I absolutely cannot wait until I read The Winner’s Kiss! 

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Alienated by Melissa Landers is a cover that really attracted me.  I think what I like about it most is the composition.  Then the sky in the centre, and then lastly the position of the people.  I think the name of this book also captures my attention. And there’s a sense of alienation between both the people on the cover.  This was a cover that made me really want to buy it, and I have plenty of plans to do so soon!

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Undeniably one of my favourite covers for the dress.  Look at that dress!  I love they way it just billows about, green amongst the sea of stars.  It’s really pretty!  I really love the blue of the starry sky.  The cover too really matches the story even though most of the story is actually situated on a deserted planet.  What I loved most about this story was the way both Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner approached the possibility of life beyond Earth.  And not just your usual humanoid life, but something that well, gave me a bit of the creeps.  The cover though, doesn’t quite translate that part into it, but on the whole symbolises the need that both the main characters had and needed from each other.

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And lastly, for now, is this beautiful cover.  I bought this book in part because of the cover, and on the other part, because of the story.  I’ve heard only good things about this story!  And it’s like a scientific approach to reincarnation.  From the premise on Goodreads, I also get the sense  of All Our Yesterdays (time travel).  I can really see the whole time after time thing in the cover, and I’m really excited to read this.  I think whoever designed it was and is a genius.

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And those are my top five favourites!  What about you?  What are some of your all time favourite book covers?

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Oh and to wrap up – some honourable mentions!

  • Wither (The Chemical Garden, #1) by Lauren DeStefano Fever (The Chemical Garden, #2) by Lauren DeStefano Sever (The Chemical Garden, #3) by Lauren DeStefano – The Chemical Garden Trilogy by Lauren DeStefano
  • The Selection (The Selection, #1) by Kiera Cass The Elite (The Selection, #2) by Kiera Cass The One (The Selection, #3) by Kiera Cass The Heir (The Selection, #4) by Kiera Cass The Selection Stories The Prince & The Guard (The Selection, #0.5, 2.5) by Kiera Cass The Crown (The Selection, #5) by Kiera Cass – The Selection Series by Kiera Cass (though I dislike the Crown cover, because the dress looks way too big! The colour is nice though)
  • Matched (Matched, #1) by Ally Condie Crossed (Matched, #2) by Ally Condie Reached (Matched, #3) by Ally Condie – Matched Trilogy by Ally Condie
  • Eon (Eon, #1) by Alison Goodman Eona The Last Dragoneye (Eon, #2) by Alison Goodman – Eon Duology by Allison Goodman
  • Throne of Glass (Throne of Glass, #1) by Sarah J. Maas Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass, #2) by Sarah J. Maas Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, #3) by Sarah J. Maas Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, #4) by Sarah J. Maas – Throne of Glass series by Sarah J Maas
  • Incarnate (Newsoul, #1) by Jodi Meadows Asunder (Newsoul, #2) by Jodi Meadows Infinite (Newsoul, #3) by Jodi Meadows – Newsoul Trilogy by Jodi Meadows
  • The Orphan Queen (The Orphan Queen, #1) by Jodi Meadows The Mirror King (The Orphan Queen, #2) by Jodi Meadows – Orphan Queen duology by Jodi Meadows
  • And more!

Top 5 Favourite Book Series.

Totally random post (and I have no idea what day I’m scheduling this for!), but I felt like sharing 5 of my favourite book series.  Since I’m only going for 5, they’re probably all going to be YA.  But I do have some favourite adult books and of other genres!

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  1. Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone (Harry Potter, #1) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (Harry Potter, #3) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (Harry Potter, #4) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (Harry Potter, #5) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (Harry Potter, #6) by J.K. Rowling Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows (Harry Potter, #7) by J.K. Rowling

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Harry Potter! Of course, I LOVE this series. It takes an undebateable top spot on this list simply because this was the first series I ever read and loved to bits. Even though when I first came in contact with this series, I was around 7 or 8?  I had it read to me, because I was at a point where I couldn’t read it for myself yet. But by the time Prisoner of Azkaban came out, I was reading the books on my own, over and over again.  So of course, this series takes the number one spot on my top five favourite series.  How can it not?  😛

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2.  A Great and Terrible Beauty (Gemma Doyle, #1) by Libba Bray Rebel Angels (Gemma Doyle, #2) by Libba Bray The Sweet Far Thing (Gemma Doyle, #3) by Libba Bray

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Next on the list would have to be the Gemma Doyle Trilogy. This is on here because it was the first YA series I read during highschool. I’d love to say I read books every single day since I first encountered HP but truthfully, I stopped for a while for a variety of reasons. And because I stopped, I wanted to get back into the swing of things. And doing that, I started with standalones like Just Listen (Sarah Dessen), The Truth about Forever (Sarah Dessen) and Thirteen Reasons Why (Jay Asher). But the Gemma Doyle Trilogy was my first series. And I LOVED it for the historical setting. LOVED it for its gothic story. LOVED the ending even though it was somewhat heartshattering.  But it was also the first time I had ever encountered a story that did not end in happy ever after (if you’ve read this series, then you’ll understand what I mean!)

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3. Poison Study (Study, #1) by Maria V. Snyder Magic Study (Study, #2) by Maria V. Snyder Fire Study (Study, #3) by Maria V. Snyder Shadow Study (Soulfinders, #1) by Maria V. Snyder Night Study (Study, #5) by Maria V. Snyder Dawn Study (Soulfinders, #3) by Maria V. Snyder

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Next would have to be the Study Series. This holds a special place in my heart for being so awesome.  I think what I loved about this series was that Yelena is the main character.  Despite her hard history, she is able to stand on her feet and keep trying.  Although she falls in love, their romance is not the sole focus of the whole story.  I love how it’s there, and yet, doesn’t take over the whole show!  Not to mention that this was perhaps one of the first series where I decided to read it again right after I had just finished it.  How did I come across it?  I think I was looking for stories that involved assassins – in particular female, since I really was in the mood.  This wasn’t it, but it came up in the search, and I figured I’d give it a try.  It was also one of the first few books in which I actually did not mind the larger age gap between the main protagonist and her love interest.

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4. Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles, #1) by Marissa Meyer Scarlet (The Lunar Chronicles, #2) by Marissa Meyer Cress (The Lunar Chronicles, #3) by Marissa Meyer Fairest (The Lunar Chronicles, #3.5) by Marissa Meyer Winter (The Lunar Chronicles, #4) by Marissa Meyer Stars Above (The Lunar Chronicles) by Marissa Meyer

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Even though I’ve only read this series recently, it definitely deserves a place on my list of favourite series for simply being amazing.  I think it’s one of the most creative retellings I’ve ever come across in a long time.   l love the mesh of science fiction, fairy tales, and imperfect characters.  The romances are also very adorable.  But what holds this series together, is the well planned out plot.  Some of it was very predictable, but there was enough emotion to keep the roller coaster going.  I had to consume each book as quick as possible, and I think, asides from the other books on this list, this is something I haven’t done for a long time (or so it feels like!)

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5. Obernewtyn (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #1) by Isobelle Carmody The Farseekers (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #2) by Isobelle Carmody Ashling (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #3) by Isobelle Carmody The Keeping Place (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #4) by Isobelle Carmody The Stone Key (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #5) by Isobelle Carmody The Sending (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #6) by Isobelle Carmody The Red Queen (The Obernewtyn Chronicles, #7) by Isobelle Carmody

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I include the Obernewtyn series here as well because I feel I need to add at least one Australian author on my list.  And there aren’t many Australian authors with series I wanted to list that I’ve finished.  But Obernewtyn, though I started it late, is definitely a long time favourite of mine.  I forgive the somewhat slow ending because I love, love love what Carmody does with her story here.  Not only is it a great story that features heavy themes about Being Kind to Animals and whatnot, Carmody does something really special with the language.  As a linguist, I don’t see this kind of creativity very often.  Most other authors who’ve written books set in the future and are considered YA don’t really give much attention to the language. But language, people! is tied with our existence, and it does not truly remain the same.  It evolves!  It would definitely look different in the near and distant future.  Carmody knows language.  It’s beautiful.  I think this was probably one of the reasons why I was really attracted to her story (that and all my favourite characters!)  She even gives the animals a really believable language system too!  And this is why I also love the Obernewtyn series (not just the story!), it’s because of her approach to the language.

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And those are my top five favourites!  What about you?  What are some of your all time favourite book series?

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Oh and to wrap up – some honourable mentions!

Blog Tour: Storm and Silence by Robert Thier

24035804Title: Storm and Silence

Author: Robert Thier

Publication Date: March 19th 2016

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Freedom – that is what Lilly Linton wants most in life. Not marriage, not a brood of squalling brats, and certainly not love, thank you very much!
But freedom is a rare commodity in 19th-century London, where girls are expected to spend their lives sitting at home, fully occupied with looking pretty. Lilly is at her wits’ end – until a chance encounter with a dark, dangerous and powerful stranger changes her life forever…Enter the world of Mr Rikkard Ambrose, where the only rule is: Knowledge is power is time is money!




Storm and Silence.  Robert Thier


An unpolished version of this book is posted on Wattpad. You can check that out before making up your mind about purchasing the book, but know that the published version has extra material that you want to read. Trust me. 😉

Make sure to check out the other posts in this blog tour!

Name Date Blog Link
Jinan 19th of March LINK
Henz 20th of March LINK
Aira 21st of March LINK
Raven 22nd of March LINK
Nina 23rd of March LINK
Eti 24th of March LINK

About Robert Thier


Robert Thier is a German Historian and writer of Historical Fiction. His particular mix of history, romance and adventure, always with a good deal of humor thrown in, has gained him a diverse readership ranging from teenagers to retired grandmothers. For the way he manages to make history come alive, as if he himself had lived as a medieval knight, his fans all over the world have given him the nickname “Sir Rob”.

For him, Robert says, becoming a writer has followed naturally from his interest in history. “In Germany,” he says, “we use the same word for story and history. And I’ve always loved the one as much as the other. Becoming a storyteller, a writer, is what I’ve always wanted.”

Besides writing and researching in dusty old archives, on the lookout for a mystery to put into his next story, Robert enjoys classical music and long walks in the country. The helmet you see on the picture he does not wear because he is a cycling enthusiast, but to protect his literary skull in which a bone has been missing from birth. Robert lives in the south of Germany in a small village between the three Emperor’s Mountains.

Skip Beat! Chapter #226.

I just have to say…oh my god!  This chapter….how long do I have to wait for the next one?!?

Firstly, yes, manga is the only thing I really read online.  If the bookstores on my side of the world actually spent the time to sell each and every volume of my favourite manga, I would be there, eyes brightly sparkling, hand freely dishing out money from my wallet with a huge silly grin on my face; because really, while I would probably not spend too much money on manga (each volume is about five chapters long, maybe 100-something pages, and is about AUD$15) since they are pretty expensive.  I would however, spend money on Skip Beat! even more so for the 3-in-1 editions.  Since it’s one of my favourite mangas, as those who follow my blog will know, I’ve done a few pages on this top so far:  All About Skip Beat! , The Many Faces of Kyoko Mogami (Skip Beat!), and Skip Beat! by Yoshiki Nakamura.

Today however, I just want to hyperventilate a little on what just happened in the latest chapter!  (The pages below start with the one on the left, reading from the right, top most corner across to the left, before going to the second page on the right also from right to left.  Sourced from:  Kissmanga.com)  So this chapter is focussed on Kyoko’s desire to confront her mother for the first time in a long time.  (Spoilers alert!!!!  Don’t read any further if you don’t want to be spoiled!)  In the previous few chapters, Kyoko happened to see her mother on tv as a lawyer on one of those showbiz shows.  By coincidence, she is watching this because the tv player at the place she stays at (the little restaurant that she was helping out with at the beginning of the series), recorded the show Saena Mogami was in because it recognised the name ‘Mogami’, which is also Kyoko’s last name–everyone else she knows and recognises and wonders about the name, has seen the show and are worried about Kyoko.  And they’re right to, because once Kyoko hears what her mother says on the show, publicly declaring that she is not a mother, Kyoko goes out, and the despair hits her.  She ends up telling Sho Fuwa to get lost, and runs off where she sees Ren, who she mistakens as Corn (even though we all know they are the same person, Kuon) and seeks solace in hugging him–of course when she stops crying and realises she’s hugging Ren, she freaks out–

–Which puts Ren in a tough spot, but because this is Ren we’re talking about, he smoothly works his way around the situation, giving a half ridiculous (but to Kyoko kind of believable) reason for being where he is now, and also managing to comfort Kyoko without being overly corny.  I really like how this manga is both romance orientated, and yet not.  I like how comfort doesn’t always come in terms of hugs and kisses and lovey-dovey things, but rather, because of the relationship between Ren and Kyoko, and because of their own separate characters and attitudes towards life, they take things very slowly between them.  Comfort comes in just being together, talking and advice, and also, doing couply things without actually being a couple.  And I love the humour Nakamura injects into the story–

–Mind all of the above scenes are taken from Chapter #225.  Which brings me to Chapter #226.  Where, Kyoko is psyching herself up to go confront her mother.  A mother, who so far, we as readers already know doesn’t really think or is seen in Kyoko’s eyes, as not much of a mother, and a mother who Kyoko was always considered as a ‘bother’.  Hence why she’s freaking out over confronting her mother. She is determined to do it in Chapter #226, but like many of us know in real life, for the hard things, sometimes we’re just too chicken to do it and we tell ourselves, ‘maybe another day’ again and again.  And then, when something can happen earlier than we plan, you are almost tempted to back out, only you go for it, and you end up spending the hour or so before the actual event/meeting/etc thinking of all the excuses you could possibly use to get out of it, until you realise the hour is over and time’s up, and before you know it, you’re facing the music.  That’s what happens to Kyoko in #226.

And so Kyoko ends up meeting her mother’s colleague, and—

WHO IS KYOKO’S FATHER?  I am now curious.  Before I was just curious about what happened to Kyoko’s mother to make Kyoko think that her mother doesn’t care about her, and now, with that reveal, who the hell is Kyoko’s father?  I haven’t even yet begun to hypothesize who it could possible be, except I am definitely sure it’s someone in showbiz.  But I don’t think we’ve met that person yet, let alone seen them around.  There just hasn’t been any potential possibilities.  Which makes me wonder, just who is it?

But before that.  I am absolutely dying to read the next chapter (don’t know when it will be out, but it better be soon!) because look at how this one ends!

See?!  Truthfully, I don’t think Kyoko’s mother hates her, nor do I think she doesn’t see Kyoko as her child.  Rather, I think she doesn’t feel like she’s worth being called a ‘mother’ because whatever relationship drama Saena Mogami went through, it was probably the blackest moment in her life in which I reckon she felt worthless once it ended.  And because she felt worthless, she pushed all of herself into work to a) distract herself, and b) to feel worthy of herself again, and in turn she pushed all that pressure onto Kyoko too.  So while she worked, she left Kyoko alone, didn’t want to see her, didn’t want to be reminded.  And then by the time Kyoko ran away, she probably realised how much she was missing of her daughter, and how she probably does not deserve to be called her mother.

Or something like that.

I’m still building my theory, but so far, that’s what I’m getting from Saena Mogami’s character.  But because I don’t know enough about her yet, and also because I don’t think she’s really a ‘villain’ character, and because this is Nakamura’s shoujo manga, her character is definitely going to be complex.  You just don’t get simple characters in really good mangas.

The Ultimate Book Tag

SO.  Lately I’ve had an influx of postgrad academic work, and while it’s probably the usual amount you’d expect at the beginning of one’s PhD, it’s still so very overwhelming!  And yet, all I want to do right now, is spend a little while procrastinating.  Procrastination via blogging, and because I’ve been somewhat dying to do a book tag lately, I figured I’d go out and find one to do!  And apparently this book tag was everywhere back in April  this year (where the heck was I?  How could I miss out on doing it?) so now I’m going to do it — yehehe I knew late I’m doing this, but who cares, it’s a book tag!


1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?

It varies.  I don’t vomit or anything, but I get severely queasy and have a major headache if I sit in a car for too long.  Sometimes even when it’s a short car ride.  Sometimes if I have a full stomach, I don’t feel sick at all.  But sometimes I do.  That’s in general.  READING is a whole other matter.  Sometimes reading actually stops me from feeling sick because it’s completely distracting me from the movement of the car and the outside.  But other times, I can’t even focus on the page.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?

Jim Butcher.  There’s no one who can replace his style of writing, all that wit and humour and complex plot twists, it’s simply amazing.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.

Harry Potter!  Always!  And if I have to give three points, well:

  1. Awesome
  2. Awesome
  3. Awesome

I think that answers it, don’t you?

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is in it (besides books)?
No I don’t, unless you want to call my handbag, stuffed to the brim my book bag?  It might as well be since really….I can’t ever leave the house without at least one book on me!  Other than the book, I usually have my laptop, usual handbag accessories, water, earphones, boring stuff…

5. Do you smell your books?

YES.  Well new books definitely.  Old books, well depends where they’re from.  But definitely, what kind of book nerd would I be if I didn’t smell my new books?

6. Books with or without little illustrations?

How about both?  A book without little illustrations is fine, I mean that’s normal.  A book with little illustrations though gives the reader something to look at and engage in the story even more!  (it’s even more lovely when the story itself is a little bit boring, and the illustrations are the only things worth looking forward to.)

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? (I.e Realising the writing in Twilight isn’t really that good at all)

*facepalm*  truly, other than Twilight, I can’t think of any other book.  And while admittedly, I did quite enjoy Twilight when I read it–a guilty pleasure to love something so straightforwardly written, and mostly aimed at fulfilling a whole bunch of impossible fantasies–I didn’t love it.  The instalove, I hated it.  But yes, compared to other books which I love a lot, Twilight falls into this category.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!

I think a book fell on my head once, and that’s how I became friends with this girl in my primary school.

Oh wait, never mind, I think that was a lunchbox that fell on my head!

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?

I think it’s a Beatrix Potter Book with only 50 pages or something (I’d have to double check later, but it’s hardcover, green, and really tiny!  I also think, if memory serves me right, it’s Peter Rabbit).

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix!  Nothing beats that and it’s massive. 

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?

Yeessssss I do.  Been writing and reading for years.  And well *looks distantly forward into a hopefully near future* I hope I become an author one day!

12. When did you get into reading?

Seriously, you’re asking me this question?!  If I could remember, I would tell you.  But unfortunately, my memory extends so far, and the best I can say is that in my twenty-two years, I definitely was reading from the moment I could properly read from the front cover of a book to the back cover without throwing the book down,  frustrated by not being able to decipher unknown words without help. Of course, I, like all children, began with picture books.  I remember that much–but still!  A book is a book!
13. What is your favorite classic book?

My favourite classic?  When it comes to classics, I won’t lie, the density of the books give me headaches.  However, I still read them for my own enjoyment (well they do take longer than usual books but still!) But there are some books that I do actually love and read them because I was genuinely interested in the story (well almost), and they are (asides from the expected Pride and Prejudice!!!) : Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier (I lovvvveeeeee this book), Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen (Gave it a try and loveddddd it), House of Mirth by Edith Warton, I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith, and Little Women by Louisa May Alcott.

RebeccaNorthanger Abbey

The House of MirthI Capture the Castle

Little Women (Little Women, #1)

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

Art was actually my best subject, then Linguistics, then English (Lit).  Though on the whole, I did well in all those subjects with only a few points separating one subject from another.  Though admittedly, art (photography) was my absolute best subject (a surprise even to me!)
15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?

I would use it to layer the back half of my bookshelf, along with all the other books I don’t like yet I own, and then line all my favourite books on top it.  A very useful book even if I didn’t like it lol.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?

Harry Potter is difficult.  I can’t really think of a book similar to it.  Sure there are plenty of books set in schools and based around magic.  But like that?  WELL I guess something similar, tv show wise, and also a show I loved as a kid (watched it around the same time when Harry Potter was coming out), is the Worst Witch.   I never got round to reading the books!  (But I think they’re aimed at Children.)

AS for books like Hunger Games.  Structurally, world-like, Divergent or the Selection series would be similar.  Lesser known books, probably:

Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines

Girl in the Arena

I did and didn’t like the above book.  Still it’s got that reality-tv-reluctant-and-rebellious-teen at the centre of the story.  It lacks the strong themes of Hunger Games though lol, and in comparison, doesn’t match up at all.

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?

I was going to say rambling……..

But okay.  Messages from me after or around midnight, when I’m incredibly tired, never make any sense!  Okay well, maybe they make some sense, but I write too much, and end up rambling about stupid things.  Then again, I never know my limits…..I wonder what my texts would be like if I was completely and  utterly drunk!

18. What is your favorite word?

“Oxymoron”.  But I think it’s one of my favourite words because of what it is rather than the actual word itself.  Truthfully, I love all words.

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

Nerd.  Dork.  More nerd than dork.  But definitely nerdy, I love my books too much.  If I could eat my books I would.  Since I already breath them, feel them, listen to them, see them.

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?

Fairies.  I never liked vampires.  Plus fairies are pretty to look at.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?

If I had to really pick, I would pick angel, because hey, I like to know who I’m talking to–I don’t like being tricked (sometimes I talk too much lol) and Angels are just naturally more truthful.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

Maybe a spirit?  Depending on what kind of spirit we’re talking about here.  If it’s the asian kind, I’d love one of the good ones.

23. Zombies or Vampires?

How about neither?  I like things alive!  (But then again, if I was reading about something either I would prefer zombies! )

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?

Actually, either is fine in a book. AS LONG AS THEY’RE DONE WELL.  But still, I prefer forbidden love over a love triangle since love triangles are so overdone and annoying in a  lot of YA fiction.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?

Depends on my mood!  I don’t mind full on romance books every once in a while!  But on the whole, I do love action a lot more than romance.

Guys are you bored/procrastinating/wanting to do something?  I TAG you to do this tag.  Even more so if you’re a lover of books and by some chance HAVE NOT done this tag yet.

Whoo and I am done!


Missing Book Dilemma

So.  First off, sorry guys I disappeared for a month there!  Been busy…again.


Secondly, I have a dilemma.  It goes like this….

A while back I had a sudden urge to go back and reread this series I had taken a liking to previously.  It’s been like 6 years since I read just one of the books.  The only book that was available in my local library at the time.  As of this moment, I don’t remember which book it was, only that I was aware after finishing the book that it wasn’t the first book.  I also knew that the library didn’t have any of the other sequels without having to resort to interlibrary loans.  So I left it at that. Because you know, I wasn’t that much of a reader at the time with school work taking over my life and stress levels on the rise.

Below is the series I’m talking about:


Another thing I should mention is that at the time when I first encountered this series, I wasn’t really into horror/thriller, however, since then I’ve come to really like his genre–in my opinion it’s a whole lot freakier written than shown, which explains why I always get so bored watching thriller and horror movies.

The Unseen series by Richie Tankersley Cusick really did catch my attention last time, and so I wanted to give it a go again.  Now when I went onto my library website the other day (after I went on Goodreads to double check which books belong to the series and who actually wrote the series–I didn’t know, didn’t take note at all previously, but I have a knack for remembering things about the book enough to find them through google) all prepared to go through my usual ritual.  Cracking my fingers one at the time–one didn’t crack but that’s okay, all the others did–and rolling my neck, I prepared to go on a book holding binge.  First I put some books by Gemma Halliday on hold, then I put a few books for the Quarterly Book Club on hold, then I moved onto the Unseen.

It was as I was doing this did I realise why I decided not to continue the series last time.  I just can’t believe that years later, the problem still hasn’t been fixed.  It makes me wonder if Richie Tankersley Cusick’s books were that unpopular, or that the librarians really haven’t read everything in their libraries (I know, I know, it’s impossible to read everything!  But you could at least try….I’m joking by the way).  I find book one, yes!  I find book three and four, double yes!  Essentially I’m ecstatic that those were in the system and wha-la, on hold for me.  But then I stopped.  My mind halted, and told me to backtrack because something wasn’t right here.  It only took me a second to realise what it was that was wrong.

It wasn’t there.  The Unseen Part 2: Rest In Peace wasn’t there…

Now, this shouldn’t be a big deal right?  Should I just tell the librarians and ask them to request it?  I don’t know how it works at other libraries, but I’ve tried this before.  And it became a whole big mess.  I really dislike messes, and misunderstandings and while I’m not shy, I also like to avoid conflict as much as possible, hence…I will not be trying that again for a very long time.  Which leaves me with a BIG book dilemma.  For those who can resonate my feelings, I don’t like reading a series in jumbled order.  I have a big thing for reading it in order, and if there’s a book missing it’s like my whole body freezes, my eyes widen and I’m stuck in an ongoing loop until I can somehow break it by obtaining a solution.


1) Tell the library, request book 2.  Easy.  Except as mentioned above, I won’t be doing that again for a while.  AND it’s not my fault, why should I have to tell the librarians that they suck at their job–how could they have an unfinished series in their library????? (Book Nerd Habits Kicking In).  Not to mention even if I could request it, I don’t know how long it will take to come into the library, and by then the other books will probably have to go back…

Tell the library, request book 2

2) Buy the second book.  Read it.  And get it over an done with.  But why should I buy it?  Just one single book and not the others?  I only do that if there’s only one book in the series I like.  But while I’m interested in this series, I don’t know if I like it enough to buy the second book and just read it.  I’ve look for both paperback and ebooks of book two and if I honestly do not think it’s worth purchasing the ebook for approximately $6 when the paperback is only a little bit more than that.  In saying that, I still wouldn’t want to buy just one book of a series and not the whole one, but do I really want to buy the whole series, I have wayyyyy more series I would rather spend my money on.

Buy the second book–I don’t know

3) Just read the books that I have, skip the second book and deal with it.  This is a problem.  I don’t want to skip the second book.  Having a hole in my reading this series kind of really sucks, and it’s not a very pleasant idea.  I’d miss so much, and it just wouldn’t feel complete.  I would always think about the hole in the series, and it would probably drive me mad.

Just read what I have–I don’t know

Hence, I am stuck with a dilemma.  What should I do?  What would you do?  Ignoring for a fact that requesting the book at the library is an option, what would you do?  Would you go ahead and read the series, or would you buy the second book?  Or would you just buy the whole series?  Even if you could request it at the library, what if takes so long that by the time you get it, you have to return the other books, so it feels like it had been a big waste of time to begin with?

It’s funny, it’s not even a big deal, yet it bugs me a whole lot!

All About Skip Beat!

I have ranted twice about this manga, and I will rant again.  Mostly because I love it so much, and that of all mangas, this one is the absolute best.  Want to know why?

Above and below pics, Source: Sourced from Google.

1) Kyoko is the most fascinating main character in a shojo that I’ve ever met.  She begins as a character full of hate and total adverse to the idea of love due to her own negative experiences.  And yet, she develops.  As the manga goes on, Kyoko slowly opens that sealed up heart of heart of hers and begins to care again.


During a party for Dark Moon, Kyoko had let another co-star buy clothes for her (she was too naive and polite to turn him down) because he wanted to see how mature she’d look (after hearing about her transformation as “Natsu” in Box-R.  Unfortunately…Ren got really mad, and that smile…well Kyoko could tell.

This is a scene from Kyoko’s imagination.  It’s during the moments when she’s debating on whether to accept the feelings developing inside of her for Ren, or to ignore them.  Because you know, this partly what the whole manga is about.  She joined showbiz for the purpose of exacting revenge on Sho Fuwa, but yet as she discovers the joys of acting, she realises that she wants to act for herself and not just to get revenge.    

2) I WILL STAKE MY LIFE (exaggerating I know, but seriously, I know I’m right about this!) that at the end of this manga, Kyoko and Ren will be the winning couple.  Although she and Sho Fuwa have their moments, there is no love triangle here.  If there is one, it’s just one way.  Yoshiki Nakamura, I know from experience has most likely already decided it, and honestly, if one really thinks about it, there’s no way that Sho Fuwa will win out on top.  Skip Beat! is incomparable to most shoujo mangas out there.  For one, it is deeper and does not solely revolve around a ‘romance’ or what passes as ‘romance’ plot.  And seriously, the relationship between Kyoko and Sho Fuwa really does develop in a kind of ‘childhood/older brother’ kind of relationship.  I make this point, because I’ve heard and seen how people presume that Kyoko will end up with Sho.  In ordinary mangas, mangas that make me roll my eyes and possess a tonne of pointless dramatic moments, this would generally happen.  The guy who’s the meanest will win out on top because the general consensus is that they have a good side to them, so really they’re just mistaken.  And sure in Skip Beat! we’ve been seeing that in Sho Fuwa, but if everyone is up to or past where I am now (I will admit, mangas are the only genre I read digitally and of which I feel really bad about, but still, getting up to date translations in stores is really hard down under! Unless the series is really popular!) then no one should be able to deny that the relationship between Ren and Kyoko is not going to be the final one.  Having read Yoshiki Nakamura’s other work, Tokyo Crazy Paradise I can safely say I have faith in the RenXKyoko pairing. They way Nakamura develops their relationship is why I still have faith in shojo manga.  Otherwise, I’m not sure I could handle all he gentle females, or star crossed weak main protagonists in other shojo manga.  Admittedly, there are some main characters that do stand out, but well, there’s just something about Skip Beat!

The Many Faces of Ren Tsuruga by HopeforTruth

Source :  HopeforTruth on Deviantart.

Ren has so many expressions, with a large amount of them because of Kyoko.  Like this one below for example:

Source of Image Above and Below: www.kissmanga.com

Right after meeting Kyoko in his natural form, as Corn/Kuon, where he did this:

And because Kyoko felt guilty about this kiss, she pretty much blurted it all out to Ren, hence the reaction in the scenes above ^^.  

3) One thing I love about this manga, is the acting part.  I really love reading about Kyoko’s endeavours into the acting world, and I will praise this manga over and over for the very fact that it does really, really focus on the acting part.  While in other showbiz mangas (with the exception of Youth Gone Wild), the showbiz side of things lose out to the drama of the romance plots, Skip Beat! is special in the sense that it doesn’t the showbiz can compete with the romance.  Rather, both aspects of the manga intertwine harmoniously together, developing into a wonderful manga that I will love forever, and can never resist reading over and over.  I would definitely love to see a hundred, two hundred, even three hundred more chapters of this story.  It’s definitely a manga I think would be worth many, many chapters.

The Many Faces of Kyoko Mogami by HopeforTruth

Source :  HopeforTruth on Deviantart.

I suppose it’s only fair….to talk about at least one con.

1) The artwork takes a bit to get used to since at first it might seem a little ugly and elongated.  But once–and although I don’t like raising expectations, yet, I feel like I can guarantee it–you get sucked into the story, you’re nothing more than suckered into liking the artwork as well.   The artwork grows on you just as the story does and before you know it, you like it too!  Although I do say, Ren doesn’t look 20 years old.  But then, ages are hard to tell in manga, everyone looks young and pretty most of the time.

2) Although sometimes Kyoko might seem ditzy, she totally isn’t.  She’s hardworking and while she has her faults, she’s earnest and knows how to step over obstacles on her own.  I love how she rapidly gets into character after being faced with what feels like an impossible obstacle.  Her transformation into Natsu was quite funny (trying to figure out how to stand like a model and not snapping to a nakai position which she is used to).


Source: http://www.kissmanga.com

And to tie this post up:

This was actually adapted into a Taiwanese drama.  I was studying Chinese at the time when I heard that there was an adaptation, and I was excited.  Because seriously, when something you love gets made into something visual in a language you’re studying, it makes for a much more pleasurable learning experience.  And while, yes, Taiwanese dramas don’t always have the best acting and whatnot, I actually really liked how the adaptation turned out.  I was really satisfied (until the last episode, that was too rushed.  But then I’ve never liked watching the last episode of anything based off a manga unless the manga is already finished, because otherwise, it never seems completed even though there might not be another season).

The trailer:

I liked the live action alot because even though Kyoko (in the adaptation her name was adapted to Chinese, so it’s Gong Xi) has hair that I didn’t entirely agree with, Ivy Chen portrays a believeable version of the character.  I’m glad they chose Ivy Chen to play Kyoko/Ivy Chen, she totally did a good job in my opinion!

But you know, I really like the opening theme song alot, it kind of really reflects the whole story, or maybe  just like it haha.

Considering, the two male leads in the adaptation are from the same Korean band, Super Junior-M, it’s no surprise that they would produce one of the theme songs.

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QBC Yearly Challenges!

This is a little delayed, but updates!  For the Quarterly Book Club Sam and I have sorted and listed all the Yearly Challenges available!  There are a number of challenges, and a one of the mods, and being a tad bit ambitious, I’m taking on all the challenges this year.

First Off:

For the Yearly Group Reads, you have many choices to pick from! All of the challenges have their own set of guidelines, so look for them inside the threads. All you have to do is select your level of participation and declare it in the the thread of the challenge that you are participating in. The challenges last all year, but be sure to update your progress in the threads once in a while to keep everyone updated!

If you would like to suggest a challenge, do so in this thread and we can probably work something out!

You’re also allowed to participate in more than one challenge if you like! A lot of them will overlap with each other, so it won’t be too daunting!


The Challenges available:

Months Challenge

~ Graphic Novels / Comics/ Manga Challenge

~ Classics Challenge

~ Series Starters Challenge

~ TBR Shelf Challenge

~ Standalone Challenge

~ Colours Challenge

~ Contemporary Challenge

~ 2015 Debut Novel Challenge

~ Series Enders Challenge

~ A-Z Challenge

I have to say, I’m glad there are books I’m planning to read that can be added to a number of these challenges, because otherwise, I feel like this would be an impossible feat.  Some challenges are easier than others, and at the same time, we have different levels of reading available for each challenge (click the links for more info), and the Months Challenge, I feel would be the most difficult challenge.  BUT hey, I’m always ready for the challenge!  Are you?  If you want to try your hand at these challenges, comes join Sam @ Poison For The Senses and I over at QBC on Goodreads!  There you can make a pledge and keep track of your challenge/s,  and we have other things too, if you’re interested in joining our book club.  Which reminds me…I feel like a commercial once more, but really, I’m just excited about the group and the challenges!

Looking forward to seeing you there at the Quarterly Book Club, hosted by yours truly, and Sam @ Poison For The Senses.

The Quarterly Book Club: First Poll

New Year’s Resolutions.

So this is a spontaneous post, but I actually have some New Year’s Resolutions this year (cannot, for the life of me remember if I had any for 2014).   And I’m actually excited about seeing these resolutions through.

[1] I will read at least 3 debut novels this year (having failed to do so in the previous years, I’m adamant about it this year).  This will probably be one of my personal reading challenges for The Quarterly Book Club.

[2] I’m going to read at least 3 classics (I think I only read one last year).  This one too.

[3] I’m going to read Lord of the Rings (I read the first line of the Two Towers earlier after seeing the Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies and realised, I might actually really want to read it – for those who read the Grinch Book Tag it’s a book that’s been on my shelf for years).  And this one as well!

[4] I plan to post stories this year.  I have a story I’ve been working on, and to face my fear of sharing lengthier works, I’m going to definitely post it this time.

[5] Even if postgrad takes my time, I do not plan to go on such a long hiatus in 2015 like I did in 2014, I missed this blog too much.


What are your new year’s resolutions for this year, book, writing or otherwise?

2014 End of Year Book Survey!

It’s that time of the year again, End of Year Book Survey time!


1. Best book you read in 2014?

It’s so hard…but here is the finalist list of the best books I’ve read all year (in reverse order, starting with the best books I’ve recently read):

Pivot Point and Split Second by Kasie West; On The Fence also by Kasie West

Small Favour by Jim Butcher

Silver Shadows and Fiery Heart by Richelle Mead

Perfect Scoundrels by Ally Carter

Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

The Archived by Victoria Schwab

Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken

Seraphina by Rachel Hartman

Poison Princess and Endless Knight by Kresley Cole

Lily of the Nile and Song of the Nile by Stephanie Dray

My Unfair Godmother by Janette Rallison

I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

2. Book you were excited about and thought you were going to love more but didn’t?

There’s actually a lot more to this than I realised when I did the Grinch Tag post.  Allegiant by Veronica Roth, I was so excited about, but when I got round to reading it, I was disappointed.  Same with Panic by Lauren Oliver, which I felt was really messy in the end and despite the cool concept, was a little disappointed by the result.  This Is Not A Test  by Courtney Summers was also a little disappointing.  Strange though, I think it would have made a better movie than book!  The Offering by Kimberly Derting was disappointing.  I found it difficult to finish, even though I wanted to love it.  Lastly, The Distance Between Us by Kasie West, while I liked it, I didn’t love it.  It lacked what her other books had.

3. Most surprising (in a good way!) book of 2014?

Forgotten by Cat Patrick.  This was perhaps the most surprising book of the year. I had no expectations going into the book, and when I finished, I was pleasantly surprised.  Sure, there were some things about it that could have been better, but overall, I really liked the story on the whole and definitely really enjoyed it (despite seeing it around all the time and not wanting to read it for like 3 years)

4. Book you read in 2014 that you recommended to people most in 2014?

Ohhh this is hard.  I suppose it’s not a book that I would recommend, but an author?  I would recommend Kasie West for contemporary readers.  Definitely would recommend her books.  I guess I’d also recommend the Bloodlines series for supernatural lovers.

5. Best series you discovered in 2014?

Best series would be the Arcana Chronicles by Kresley Cole for supernatural romance readers.  I loveeeedddd this.  It was just *drool* good on everything (though the relationship, even if it’s romantic and full of chemistry, it’s not exactly healthy…) especially the world!

6. Favorite new author you discovered in 2014?

Kresley Cole (I have never bothered to read her works, but now, I’m more willing to).  Kasie West, Stephanie Dray, and Sarah J. Maas all join in new favourite authors for the year.

7. Best book that was out of your comfort zone or was a new genre for you?

Hmmm…actually, this year…I don’t think I read any books out of my comfort zone…which is sad, because I usually like to!  I blame uni for taking up most of my time! Jokes XD.

8. Most thrilling, unputdownable book in 2014?

Any Dresden Files book I’ve read this year.  Anything Kasie West.  Anything Richelle Mead.  Any Kresley Cole that I read this year.  All of these books, previously mentioned above, were the most thrilling, unputdownable book of 2014

9. Book you read in 2014 that you are most likely to re-read next year?

Poison Princess!  Without a doubt, I shall be rereading that.  I just can’t get over the story in the book.

10. Favorite cover of a book you read in 2014?

These three aren’t bad, and I did love them.  I would add The One by Kiera Cass on here too, but I’m still reading that at the moment hehe.


11. Most memorable character in 2014?

Raine from Surrender by Elana Johnson for all the wrong reasons.  On the Positive side of things, Professor Snape, I don’t think it’s necessary for me to say which book he’s from, right?  Having done the Harry Potter Re-read Challenge this year, he’s definitely the most memorable character of 2014.

12. Most beautifully written book read in 2014?

I Capture The Castle by Dodie Smith.  I really loved the voice of the character, it was just so vivid and clear.

13. Book that had the greatest impact on you in 2014?

The Archived by Victoria Schwab.  I picked this book as having the greatest impact on my this year because it’s so rare to see a truly original idea.  I mean, yes, there are plenty of books out there that have original ideas, but this one was really special.  It’s like when I discovered the Creature Court Trilogy by Tansy Rayner Roberts and was utterly delighted and taken in by the world the author created.

14. Book you can’t believe you waited UNTIL 2014 to read?

Forgotten by Cat Patrick.  I cannot believe I waited until 2014 to read it, with the pros outweighing the cons, I really enjoyed Forgotten by Cat Patrick.

15. Favorite passage/quote from a book you read in 2014?

This is an easy one.  At first I thought I would have a favourite quote or passage, but really, other than anything from any of the Dresden Files books I’ve read this year, there’s definitely one that stands out:

“Your eyelashes make mine want to commit suicide from shame.”

From Pivot Point by Kasie West, this is what Addie (the protagonist) says to Trevor (the eventual love interest) the first time they meet.

16. Shortest and longest book you read in 2014?

Longest: Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K.Rowling (766 pages).

Shortest: Model Spy by Shannon Greenland (224 pages.  I do believe this is my shortest book for the year).

17. Book that had a scene in it that had you reeling and dying to talk to somebody about it?

Legend by Marie Lu.  That scene at the start, I really wanted to talk about it the minute I read it.

18. Favorite relationship from a book you read in 2014?

Friendship: Leila and Addie (Pivot Point – really, I loved their friendship!)

Romance: Leila and Connor (Pivot Point), Sydney and Adrian (Bloodlines series, especially after reading the latest installment, Silver Shadows), and Gus and Hazel (The Fault In Our Stars – I did like them together, they were cute!)

19. Favorite book you read in 2014 from an author you’ve read previously?

Perfect Scoundrel by Ally Carter is probably one of my favourite books, I wasn’t going to read this sequel, but I’m so glad I did.  There was something really good about it.

20. Best book you read in 2014 that you read based solely on a recommendation from somebody else?

Pivot Point by Kasie West was a recommendation, and well…I certainly don’t regret it.

21. Genre you read the most from in 2014?

Romance and supernatural fantasy topped the list.

22. Newest fictional crush from a book you read in 2014?

Connor in Split Second I guess.  Though he’s taken, and even though I’mm crushing hard for him, I like him better with Leila hehe.

23. Best 2014 debut you read?

Once again…I do believe I did not read a book that debuted in 2014.  I swear, next year I’m going to read at least 3 books that are debuting in 2015!

24. Most vivid world/imagery in a book you read in 2014?

This is easy! You probably know what I’m going to say here, since I’ve been saying it all through this survey, Poison Princess really got me deeply into the world without any problems at all.

25. Book that was the most fun to read in 2014?

Last year, I put here My Unfair Godmother but noted I didn’t read it in 2013.  My answer hasn’t changed, it’s still the same, My Unfair Godmother was my favourite fun book to read for the year!

26. Book that made you cry or nearly cry in 2014?

This one is also easy, The Fault In Our Stars nearly made me cry from both laughter and sadness.

27. Book you read in 2014 that you think got overlooked this year or when it came out?

I don’t think I had an answer last year, and well, this year, I still don’t have an answer either.

So, how was your year of reading?

The Quarterly Book Club

Hi all!  First of all, HAPPY NEW YEAR, being Australian, it is currently, 12:05am of Jan 1st 2015.

Second of all, so for the New Year, I decided I wanted to start a book club over on Goodreads.  Sam @ Poison For The Senses is my Co-moderator, and we are both super excited to get rolling!  If you’re on Goodreads and want to join our group here is the Link and look for the below Header and Logo.

Quarterly Reads 2"The Quarterly Book Club"

The Quarterly Book Club is designed for the busy reader, with Quarterly reading challenges as well as Yearly challenges for flexibility. It’s also a place for personal reading challenges, book discussions, and essentially sharing your book tastes with others of similar tastes. Although we mainly focus on YA novels, that does not mean that we don’t read Adult or Middle Grade novels.
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Brought to you and hosted by Sam @ Poison For the Senses and Nina @Words that Flow Like Water
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Hopefully we’ll see you there 🙂 Sam and I will be posting the challenges that we do over on the group here on wordpress and post any book related posts in our group.  We Hope You Can Join Us!!!  We really would love to see you there!
Lastly, Have a wonderful new year, and I will see everyone again later today after celebrations and sleep :)!

The December Book Galore.

Soooooooo during the time  of specials and sales, what better time than December for going on a crazy book buying binge?  I have been meaning to do it for many weeks, particular after finishing uni for the year, I needed to binge on books gladly.  And trust me….when I finished up uni, I was about 40 books into my Goodreads reading challenge.  Not only did I go easy on myself this year for my challenge, I was seriously behind and it was driving me nuts.  SO from the end of October to now, I have been going on a borrowing spree from the library, and in the space of a few weeks, finished my challenge to my glee.  But when I get started with books and shelves and more books, I can’t help but go book exploring whenever I’m out and within the vicinity of a bookstore or a shelf filled with books.  And when they’re on sale….my fingers twitch and well…I go a little nutty.  I become a little obsessed with wanting to fill the empty spaces on my bookshelf (there should be none!) and well….I start buying like crazy.  It’s good that I have gift cards to satiate my spurge, otherwise I might be a little out of pocket just for my obsession lol.

So Here It Is:


The List:

Poison Princess; Kresley Cole – I’ve already read this, but I’ve been looking for this all year as a copy to own.  For those of you who might remember, I reviewed this earlier this year as a Suggestive Read, and I loved it.   I know I’ll definitely read this again, not just for the pairing, but for the world as well, and for the game.  I didn’t think I would find it on shelves, but walking into a random store in a shopping centre I rarely go to, there is was, sitting there on the shelf telling me, Buy Me! After spending so long trying to find it on shelves, I didn’t even hesitate, and for $5 too!

The Golden Lily; Richelle Mead – Out of the entire Bloodlines series, The Golden Lily was the only one that had a cover I loved the most.  The story in it too was just too good. While the other books get even more exciting, The Golden Lily really cemented my love for this series.  And getting my hands on a copy that was only $2 rather than $10 or $14 at other stores was just a miracle!

Keys To The Repository and Bloody Valentine; Melissa de la Cruz – Both are short stories of the Blue Bloods series that I intend to read based on good recommendations from my friends.  And being on sale, I figured, why not grab something to get me started?

Circle of Silence; Carol M. Tanzman – This was more of a spontaneous buy.  I didn’t have any intention of reading this before I saw it on the shelf, but after reading the premise on the back and also checking out other reviewer’s opinions, I decided to give it a try.  It looks like a good mystery and being on sale for $5, it’s not so much a loss.  Excited to read this!

All Our Yesterdays; Cristin Terrill – Another spontaneous buy, but I really liked the sound of the premise.

Imaginary Girls; Nova Ren Suma – One of my favourite reads.  It’s a little strange but there’s magic realism in this, and I did love the flow of the writing. So I definitely wanted the chance to read this again without having to borrow it from the library.

The Girl With The Iron Touch; Kady Cross – Just the sequel I’m up to!  Shame though, I thought this was only a trilogy, yet when I got home, I realised, there is still one more book after this one.  Although I sometimes don’t think too highly of this series, I still like the whole steampunk-ness of it.  Plus, I read the first book for that awesome cover: Girl In The Steel Corset.

The Secret Circle: The Divide; L.J. Smith (Aubrey Clark) – I had no idea that some of the Secret Circle books were written by a ghostwriter.  But well, I’ve been curious about this series since I learnt that there was a tv show based on it.  Other than that though, I have always loved anything witchy.

Heir of Fire; Sarah J. Maas – So I bought this early on in December, perhaps it was very late November, but it was the first book I bought for my binge, and sadly, I did not find Crown of Midnight on shelves either, so while I was excited to read this, I’m a stickler for doing things in order.  I was ecstatic though when I got this!

A Thousand Pieces of You; Claudia Gray – Good reviews and recommendations from friends put this one in my shopping basket.  Oh and yeah, I was standing in the bookstore with it open, and reading it….I didn’t want to stop, so I figured I’d buy it lol.  And would have finished it by now if I hadn’t had a whole Library To-Read pile to get through.

Crown of Midnight; Sarah J. Maas – THIS FINALLY CAME IN YESTERDAY.  When I opened my mailbox and saw it sitting there, I nearly scared the pants off the whole neighbourhood, I was that excited.  Since I couldn’t find it in stores, I ordered it online, and at a good price too, $5!  I just hated waiting, but when it finally came, I could actually stick it between Throne of Glass and Heir of Fire.  YESSSS.

And Those, my dear readers, are the books that I bought this December a part of my Book Buying Binge.  What about you?  Did you buy any books this December that you’ve been dying to own?  Or read?  And if you didn’t buy books, did you buy or receive something that you have been dying to have for a long time?

Others Who Wrote A Post On December Books:

Liam @ Liam’s Library : December Book Haul

And Who I Think Should Share With Me:

Sam @ Poison For The Senses : I tag you, in a manner of speaking, to join me in sharing your December Books

The Grinch Book Tag

Soooooo I saw this over at Liam’s blog @ Liam’s Library and I thought it would be fun to do.  Plus it’s Christmas and it suits the season, but really, I’m doing this because it’s bookish and looks like a heap of fun lol.  I’m also tagging Sam @ Poison For The Senses!!!

1. Half of the lights on the Christmas tree are burnt out – Name a book/series/character that started out well and then went downhill.

I can name several characters and book series that began really well and then fizzled into that pile of I-can’t-wait-for-this-to-be-over.  The series that comes to mind is Delirium.  I thought Book 1 was great, Pandemonium okay, but then Requiem…Requiem didn’t do it for me.  And I was disappointed.  Luckily, it looks good on my shelf.  As for characters, Saba from Blood Red Road disappointed me.  I love how she began, really I did.  I loved her voice, I loved her character, and I loved how she met Jack.  It was practically perfect to me, but then….as Blood Red Road went on my image of her was kind of shaken, and then in the sequel, Rebel Heart she really disappointed me as a character.  I suppose what she went through in that book could have been called growth if only it wasn’t done the way it had been.  But I guess I still have to read Raging Star to really say that she was a character that burnt out in the end.

2. Annoying relatives won’t leave you alone – Name a book that you did not enjoy but everyone else seems to love, and it will not stop haunting you.

Twilight?  But that has an even share of lovers and haters.  Hmmm, I can’t really think of a novel that falls into this category for the moment….

3. Your pets keep knocking over your Christmas decorations – Name a character that kept on messing everything up for everyone.

Duke.  Duke in Pivot Point.  For a moment, I almost couldn’t think of a character, but then it hit me, this guy! This guy was a complete jerk, and what I loved about his character creation is that Kasie makes him both slightly vulnerable, but still a complete and utter jerk!  And then there’s the fact that he never seems to be able to stop butting in on Addie’s love life or life in general….

4. You hear your parents putting presents out and learn that Father Christmas is not real – Name a book you were spoiled for.

This is hard since I’m one of those weird ones who absolutely love spoilers and use them as bait to lure myself into reading the book (most likely a book I can’t bring myself to read even though I’ve been wanting to read it forever).  I’m one of those terrible people who read the last page of books too just for the fun of it.  But let’s see, there’s bound to be a book where I haven’t wanted it spoiled and yet it was spoiled for me.  Let’s see…it seems…I cannot think of one!

5. It’s freezing outside – Name a character you just couldn’t warm to.

I absolutely COULD NOT WARM UP to Raine in Surrender.  She was just so annoying?  I guess I tried to sympathise with her, but half the time I couldn’t get a sense of personality or character from her even though she so evidently displayed a sense of personality.  It dragged, reading from her perspective, and I just skimmed most of the book because I could not take it any more.

6. Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ is being played a lot on the radio, giving you anti-romantic feelings – Name a couple that you just could not stand.

Charlie and Max in The Pledge by Kimberly Derting was definitely a couple I could not stand.  Sure the premise made promises that interested me, plot and romance-wise, but the delivery…I really cannot, for the life of me, understand Charlie and Max.   Having a small part of the story told from Max’s perspective as well…well, it didn’t help me understand how these two people could be together still from an instalove connection.  I felt nothing for the pair of them, and felt nothing between them even though they sometimes resembled an old couple!!! Just without the gush-worthy attraction and chemistry between them.

7. The scratchy homemade jumper that you got for Christmas years ago but have never worn – A book that has been sitting on your shelf for years that you are not motivated to read, but do not have the heart to get rid of.

Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers.  When I first got it, I was a kid under 10.  There was no way I would be able to sit through and read such a dense book, sadly, I have yet not had the courage to pick it up and read it even though it’s been on my shelf for so long.

8. Grandma has gotten run over by a reindeer – Name a character death that you are still mad about.

Hmm….tough one because I won’t lie, though I might be sad about a character death, I usually think it’s better for the story.  Even so, there’s always going to be one that bothered me.  Okay, so I got one.  And even though I think it’s for the story and whatnot, I’m still a little peeved about it because it happened and even after being such a prominent and important character, it was left somewhat unaddressed after the fact.   Spoilers: Cinder’s death in Into The Still Blue.  

9. Shops are overcrowded with shoppers for the holidays – Name a series with too many books, or that went on too long

Hmm…the only series I’m reading that has a large number of books in it is The Dresden Files but I love it and definitely look forward to each sequel.  It’s the longest series I’m reading, and really…I usually hate following a long series.  Omg I just thought of a series that I have given up on following simply because I got tired of how many installments there are.  Touch by Laurie Faria Stolarz.  Oh…I just realised something….there are only five books at the moment, I thought there were seven or roundabouts…whoops.  Not very long but I lost interest about book 4?  It just wasn’t that engaging.

10. The Grinch – Name a main character that you absolutely hate (not a villain).

Funny, I want to say I don’t hate her, because I don’t really, but this is the only character I think of that hasn’t been mentioned yet, but can actually remember as disliking greatly.  Mary in Burn for Burn by Jenny Han & Siobhan Vivian.  At first I was sympathetic, but then when I got to book 2 (Fire with Fire) I started really disliking her alot.  Yet I love how well her character was formed.  But still…her character in Fire with Fire was a little annoying.

TBR Piles

So theres this tag going around called the TBR tag. Sam @ Poison For The Senses tagged me for this, and considering how often we talk about TBR books and the size of our piles.  If Sam struggles with hers every day, well…I can’t even begin to describe the state mine is in.  In fact, I have given up on organising my list, and you’ll see why!


Funny, in the beginning all I had one was tiny strip of paper with ten books on my list as I searched my high school library expecting to come out brimming with treasure. 


Okay so here it is:

How Do You Keep Track Of Your TBR Pile?  I keep track of my TBR pile on Goodreads.  That’s simple.  I used to have a piece of paper that I’d carry around everywhere and scrawl down the book that fascinates me the most.  It was pretty squashed up after a while, got all mangled and dirty too, since I literally carried it everywhere.  To think I used to have one A4 piece of paper filled with titles after titles of books that I wanted to read.  Of  course, this became unmanageable after a couple of years (I literally ran out of space on the piece of paper and was too attached to it to want to get another) and I decided to get a Goodreads account.  Since then…I track all my TBRs there.

Is your TBR list mostly print or ebook? Most of the books on my TBR are print.  I have a massive soft spot for print, and pretty much will pick print over ebook any day.  I can’t help it.  It’s just one of those things.

How do you determine what to read next?  Well there’s two parts to this really.  First, my TBR list is massive, so usually it’s whatever I can get from the library at any given point in time.  Usually I’ll cut my list down about ten books because I happen to go a little trigger happy when I’m putting books on hold at the library (20+ at any given time).  When they come in, it’s usually a flood of ten or more, that’s the hard part.  I usually do one of two things. One, I stare at the pile, then close my eyes and yank one out and that’d be the one I’d read.  But if there’s a book I’ve been dying to read, then I’ll usually pick that first and work my way down from the one I wanted to read the most to the next one I wanted to read the most to the one I was most reluctant to read.  When the next lot of library books come in though…I usually have a big problem since well, there’s always a book I want to read more than the last!

A book that has been on your TBR pile the longest:  Hmm this is a hard question, and to be honest, I don’t entirely know, but I think it might be Scarlet Fever, book two of Maureen Johnson’s Scarlett series.  The other book, well, it’s more like a series since I’ve only managed to read a few books, but the majority of the Wildcards series (edited by George. R. R. Martin) are amongst the books that have been on my TBR the longest.  On my physical TBR pile, I have only one that’s been waiting for me to read for ages, and that’s Kiersten White’s Supernaturally.

A book you recently added to your TBR pile:  I recently added Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses and also the latest Ally Carter Heist Society book.  Both of them I’m looking forward to reading.

A book on your TBR list solely for its cover:  Omg this is so hard!  Let’s see Ink by Amanda Sun is currently on my TBR list solely for its cover.  I did read the premise, however, I wasn’t half as impressed as the cover. It sounds interesting, but the reviews were not so…great.  HOWEVER I will not be swayed, and I shall read and decide when the time comes, but before that.  Yes, Ink is on my TBR pile solely because it’s got a pretty cover: Ink by Amanda Sun

A book on your TBR you never plan on reading: Embrace by Jessica Shirvington.   Somehow, I do not see myself reading this book.  Or at least, not until the last resort.  I’ve seen it around so many times but I’ve never had the urge to really pick it up.  As for my actual physical bookshelf (and not my GR one), well, there are two books.  One is The Two Towers, it’s been on my shelf for so long, I feel as if I will never actually ever get round to reading it eve though I’ve been wanting to read it forever.

An unpublished book on your TBR you’re most excited about: The Waking Dragon or otherwise known as Obernewtyn 8 by Isobelle Carmody.  Every since I started this series, I loved it.  And I am absolutely dying to reading the last sequel which believe me has been taking AGES to get published.  Ms Carmody what are you doing???? Come on and bring it out as soon as possible :).

A book on your TBR that everyone recommends to you: This one is a little hard too, since the one everyone was recommending before was The Fault in Our Stars which I read recently and really loved.  I suppose thinking back over my TBR list on Goodreads, the other one is Blue Bloods by Melissa de la Cruz.  I don’t read many vampire books, but this one has been highly recommended to me by a number of others.  And so, I really want to read it and will do so eventually :)!

How many books are on your TBR shelf?  ….I went and checked my Goodreads….I have 650 books on my list.  A small number of the books on that list though at manga volumes.  However the majority though are books that I’ve looked at and randomly shelved for a number of reasons. Some because of the premise, some because of the cover, and others for recommendations. And while I would try and tame it, I know…I can’t resist!


Lets talk about your TBR piles! What books are you most excited about?

I’m baacccckkkkkkkk!

It’s…been too long.  Officially too long.  I feel awfully for disappearing for so long without so much as a word.  And with the Harry Potter challenge Sam and I had up for July (which was then extended to August, and then even longer due to unforeseen interruptions), I can’t believe I completely dropped off the line and disappeared.  Vanished.  Vamooshed.

My Excuse:  I hate using the word ‘excuse’ but then to say ‘reason’ or ‘rationale’ would be trying to smooth over my evident excuse.  Whatever word I use though, the answer remains the same.  I’m not self-centred enough to think that my disappearance meant a lot to the world, but to me, I felt awful for neglecting my blog, the one place I had committed myself to attend to daily, and at the least, weekly.  But life called and said, ‘if you don’t get moving, you’re going to fail’ and in the end, I disappeared.  My apologies first for disappearing. For those who might remember, I am/was currently undertaking my fourth year at Uni.  Fourth year is thesis year and all year I’ve been working on a thesis, which is now finished and submitted.  When I vanished, that was the moment when I had approximately 3 months left to gather data, sort it out and eventually write it up.  I’ll tell you, I feel like never doing such a thing again.  It was so intense and scary and you know, is it normal to feel so out of place when working on thesis?  The language is so…well in short, on an entirely different level.  By the end, I suppose I got a grasp (maybe an understatement, but then, I pride myself in understatements since it tends to go hand in hand with modesty, and I think I’m quite modest) of what it means to pursue a career in academics, and I feel that with time I will definitely look back and think and I thought it was hard! I know I definitely thought that when I first started uni.   However, now that this year is all over, I’m waiting anxiously for results, and also answers to what will happen next year.  I’m petrified to say the least.  But yes, my apologies to all my readers, fellow bloggers and followers for disappearing for so long.  I look forward to revisiting your blogs again!

But.  I have returned!




Remember the Challenge?  So even though I stopped posting about it on Day 7 & 8 I did in fact complete the whole challenge within the period of two months.  I would have finished it earlier if life did not spread its wings at the most inappropriate times.   However, I was not deterred, I held my wand up and told life to freeze for a moment, and eventually finished the series.  Re-reading the entire series was well, excellent.  I will probably do it again and again for the rest of my life.  As the one series I practically grew up with, I love it to death and back.  In re-reading the series from a new perspective, I’ll say, I saw things I didn’t see before.  It was also interesting to read the entire series in order, one after another.  I must say, even though I have all the books, I’ve never had the chance to read them one after another, because you know, each book comes out one year later,  and then for me, I would perhaps read the book before to catch up.  Other than that though, it’s straight on to the next instalment.  I cried again, you know (well, almost cried, I did feel my eyes go a little hot, and the burning sensation that signals tearage was present) when I read Snape’s ending.  That’s always one of my favourite highlights of the seventh book.  I also re-watched the movies, and had to really re-appreciate the beauty of the book.  There’s nothing that can quite beat the original, though the movies did a relatively good job, they still missed so many things.  Re-reading the whole series has also given me the chance to praise authors for being brilliant and thinking ahead (I know it sounds silly and very derpish, but even though I know authors think ahead and they foreshadow –as a writer, I do it myself– I just can never get over it when I really see it in action.  It’s a complete out of body experience, of a kind).

What You Missed and What I Was Thinking When I Read Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Below are the statuses I made on Goodreads when I was reading.  Oh…I have discovered even though I usually like to reserve my thoughts about a book until the the end, I really have a thing for the status button, and cannot resist updating how much I’ve read constantly.  An obsession, I know.

Reading Progress

07/09 marked as: currently-reading
07/10 page 100 15.0% “Ahhh Ludo Bagmen.

It’s funny there are so many people who complain about the detail relating to the World Cup as being boring and unnecessary but there are so many subplots that begin here and are later on elaborated on (and of course, left out of the movie). Like with Ludo – that guy is such a significant factor in Weasley Twins subplot particularly when you think about it.”

07/10 page 100 15.0% “>>I ran out of space on the last update
And then Winky!!! I bet we all forgot her!!! But she’s so key to not only the plot here with Barty Crouch Jr, but with Hermione’s crusade for House Elf equality in the next book!”
07/12 page 300 47.0% “Hermione and SPEW!!!”
07/14 page 515 80.0% “Lols Harry guessing the password to Dumbledore’s Office

Harry: *list of random wizarding sweets* Cochroach Clusters

*Dumbledores Gargoyle spins letting Harry in*

Harry: no way, I was joking!!!

**Harry Potter July Reread Challenge ❤

07/14 page 537 84.0% ‘…’ Said Mrs Weasley brightly. ‘I must say, it makes a lovely change, not having to cook. How was your exam?’

‘Oh…OK,’ said Ron. ‘Couldn’t remember all the goblin rebels’ names, so I invented a few. It’s all right,’ he said, helping himself to a Cornish pasty, while Mrs Weasley looked stern, ‘they’re all called stuff like Bodro the Bearded and Urg the Unclean, it wasn’t hard.’

Lols, Ron XD”

07/15 page 583 91.0% “Gawd when people start dying…you know that’s when the series has gone dark.”

What You Missed and What I Was Thinking When I Read Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

I didn’t have much down for this book, but then the book was massive, so I’m not surprised!  And then because I was already overtime with the original challenge timeline, and running out free time to spare, I guess there was little to say.  Not to mention, the last three-four books were the ones I’ve reread the most out of all the books!

Reading Progress

07/15 marked as: currently-reading
07/16 page 100 13.0% “Fred and George <3”
07/17 page 223 29.0% “Lols love the scene when Harry gets sent to McGonagall by Umridge and she tells him to have a biscuit after she learns that Harry called Umbridge a liar, yelled at her and told her that Voldemort was back XD <3” 2 comments
07/17 page 250 32.0% “lols with all the teachers telling Harry and the others how importnat OWLs are, I am surprised to remember starting Yr 12 VCE and hating every first class – the teachers never stopped going on and on about it, and even worse, the year level coordinator tried to make it seem less stressful but really….she made it worse ^^””
07/21 page 600 78.0% “Omg Umbridge and McGonagall, love their interactions! ❤

**For the July HP reread challenge!”

07/21 marked as: read

 What You Missed and What I Was Thinking When I Read Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince

I am sad to say I had no updates for this except that I was reading it, and that I’d finished it.  Strange…I thought I had updates, but guess not :/.

What You Missed and What I Was Thinking When I Read Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Reading Progress

08/14 marked as: currently-reading
08/14 “Omgosh the final book of the July-August Harry Potter Re-read Challenge ! I’ve been dying to get to this book after retracing the steps of Harry’s journey.

Oh gawd, I already know what happens, but never ceases to bring tears to my eyes every time I read this book!!!”

08/19 page 300 49.0%
08/23 page 485 79.0% “**July-August HP reread challenge

–It’s getting close to Snape’s shining moment, gawd…I love his story the best T.T”

08/31 marked as: read

And that Concluded my Harry Potter Re-read challenge this year.  If you took part, or even just read the books for the sake of reading the books (it’s undeniable, it’s an awesome series, though that’s only my opinion!), tell me your thoughts!!!  Because really…I’ve to hear them!

More Updates:

So, on the Poetry, Short Stories, and 55 Fiction front, I suppose in between writing my thesis, and unblocking my writer’s block on GR, I have in fact started writing poetry again.  So keep watching, and hopefully, I’ll have some stuff up soon!  I have missed writing poetry – to be honest, I never thought I would say such a thing since after all, I was never much of a poet to begin with.  And as for Books.  I have been severely behind (thank goodness I dropped my yearly challenge on GR to about 60 books this year) on reading this year, however, now free of academic restraints for a little while, I’ve been going on a reading binge!  Finally read The Fault In Our Stars and also discovered that I have a so many YA series to catch up on and finished (you’ll never believe…the majority of the books that I’ve recently borrowed from the library are all final books of series I’ve been meaning to read for ages).  Speaking of TBR books.  Later, or tomorrow I shall be taking on Sam’s TBR tag!

Even More Updates:

I don’t know if you guys remember but a while back I started blogging about the step-by-step process on a particular production procedure of one of my amateur art rampages:  The Zodiac Project (More specifically, the Western Zodiac).  If y’all remember, I only managed to post these three:

Virgo LibraScorpio

However, in the time since, I have been able to post the entire series on my DeviantART: www.n-arteest-deviantart.com.  And given time, I will proceed with putting up the step-by-step of the rest of the series soon :).  For the whole series sneak peak though, look below:

And Lastly, The Final Update Today:

Nanowrimo: Oh yes, I’m taking part in it again this! I’m a bit behind on the word count though, and I think partway through my story, it’s a sludge to read through, however!  I’m excited to be doing something creative once more that’s solo and not relying on others.  It’s strange and it feels like I haven’t done something like this for a long time, but hell, I’m looking forward to the end of Novemeber when I feel like I’ve accomplished something (even though I have accomplished several things this year, it’s just not the same).


And that my dear Fellow Bloggers, Readers, and Friends, is all I have to say for now.   I’m glad to be back!

Day Six & Seven: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Day Six and Seven.

I am still on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban.

Well, it’s not unexpected, I have been busy, but unlike Book 1 and Book 2, this one is slightly bigger and it feels like there’s more to it.

One of my favourite parts is :

  Sir Cadogan the knight in the painting!!! I forgot about him!!!! (on page 77 of 317)

That was my status update on Goodreads when I was reintroduced to Sir Cadogan.  It’s not an incredibly big rediscovery, but, I feel like it is.  I’m finding old friends all over again, if that makes sense haha!

And I noticed also, while the Book 1 introduced momentarily,  scenes that were narrated from Hermione and Ron (combined) perspective, particularly in the scene when Quirrell (at that point Hermione thought it was Snape) was cursing Harry on his broom during the Quidditch Match, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban so far, does not.  At all.  In fact, it almost always completely told from Harry’s perspective.

Anyway! Thought that was interesting haha.

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Day Five: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

So, I began Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban today.  And I remember thinking that the movies always got the beginning wrong.  Sure, the third Harry Potter movie is one of my favourite adaptations because all the important bits are there and it flows really well, whereas some of the ones later one don’t.  Anyway, well the opening scene in the movie is Harry using his wand to call light.  But the basic rule is that underage wizards can’ t magic outside Hogwarts.  In the book, Harry uses a torch  to work under covers.  And it seems, though I knew that, I actually had forgotten.  Funny how these little things slip the mind.

So I’m currently on page 50, and so far, one of my favourite scenes has just passed.  I absolutely love the moment when Harry boards the Knight Bus and calls himself Neville.  Loved it.

Day Four: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Fact: Although I know that authors plan to some extent the major plot for a series of novels, I just never really believed it when it came to the Harry Potter series.  Don’t ask me why, I just didn’t think about it.  And yet.

“Harry couldn’t explain, to even himself, why he didn’t just throw Riddle’s diary away. The fact was that even though he knew the diary was blank, he kept absentmindedly picking it up and turning the pages as though it was a story he wanted to finish.  And while Harry was sure he had never heard the name T. M. Riddle before, it still seemed to mean something to him, almost as though Riddle was a friend he’d had when he was very small, and half forgotten.  But this was absurd.  He’d neverhad friends before Hogwarts, Dudley had made sure of that.” p.175

It’s there.  It’s the indicator that Harry has a piece of Voldemort.   It’s so subtle.  So very subtle that it doesn’t really make any difference if you’re reading the series for the first time.  But then, when you’ve finished the series and reread it, you realise, omg…it was there right in front of me the whole time.

At least, that’s what I think :D.

And with the conclusion of the second book, tonight, I shall be contiuing the journey with the third, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban!  Don’t forget to check out Sam’s Journey as you follow Mine ^^