Book Collection #3

I’m finally going to finish my book collection! I’ve decided to post the rest of the book collection in one post.

Mostly non-fiction in this shelf, and also a collection of Seventeen Magazines.

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I really like ‘Mummy, Come Home’, ‘For the Love of My Mother’, and ‘Chinese Cinderella’.

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Seventeen!

Here we have Nicholas Sparks, classic stories, two Justin Bieber books, (me and my sister used to be fans) and a few ‘Little Black Dress’ books. Also keychains and little decos.

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Nicholas Sparks books are great reads. I loved ‘The Notebook’ and ‘The Last Song’.

Here are a bunch of fiction stories.

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Notice how there is two ‘Hidden’ books? I didn’t realise that I already had one at home before purchasing another one.

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Here are more romance (I can’t find a word to describe) books. Mostly, my mum’s.

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I’ve yet to read all of this. But I liked ‘Twelve Rooms with a View’.

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I also loved ‘The Time Traveler’s Wife’!

That’s all! It took me a while to complete this. Hehe.

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Book Collection #2

Second installment of my book collection. 😀

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This is my Sophie Kinsella, Lauren Conrad and one Aprilynne Pike collection. 🙂

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4 books by Lauren Conrad and Life After Theft by Aprilynne Pike. I enjoyed reading Life After Theft and Lauren Conrad’s LA Candy series. 😀 I’ve yet to read Infamous. Hehe.

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I love Sophie Kinsella’s books! Especially the Shopaholic series. I wish they made more movies based on the books. Her other books, such as Remember Me? is really good too.

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Here’s another cube of the shelf. This looks different from the first post because I bought more books and rearranged it. 🙂

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Here’s the Cecelia Ahern books, she’s another author I really like. Oh! Where Rainbow Ends is not in the shelf, I borrowed it to my aunt. 🙂

Here’s a short review of How to Fall in Love by Cecelia Ahern.

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These four books are in totally different genre. Two of them are horror and the other two is teens/ kids. I’m not reading the horror books definitely, it’s my sister’s. The Dork diaries also belongs to her. As for the Carolyn Mackler book, I’ve no idea. Probably should give it away.

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Here’s a selection of romance stories! I’ve reviewed five of these books previously. 🙂

Fangirl.

Just One Day.

Eleanor and Park.

The Catastrophic History of You and Me.

To All The Boys I Loved. 

Till next time!

Book Collection #1

Hello there!

I’ve been wanting to do a book collection and finally got to it.

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Here’s my book shelve. There are books, magazines, and lots of miscellaneous things. I will go by the cubicle box of the shelves.

ps. For those cubicle with no books in it, I’ll just skip it. 🙂 Also, there are a lot a lot of books that I still have not read. 😡 And not all the books are mine, they are a mix of my sister’s and mine. 🙂

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First box! A Chinese New Year card, calendar, painting and 2 books in the picture.

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Remove all that, we get this! From left to right: The Hunger Games series, the Twilight Saga, The Host by Stephanie Meyer, Casual Vacancy by JK Rowling and The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S Lewis.

From the books above, I’ve only read the Twilight Saga. Like mentioned as before, there are lots of books I’ve not read. Hehe.

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I love the Narnia book, it’s big and really heavy. I think it looks really nice.

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There’s even colours and pictures and a bookmark!

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It’s also gold on the sides. Pretty interesting.

That’s all for the first cubicle box. More to come. 🙂

Till next time. x

Just One Day review

Hello there!

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Tonight’s review is of Gayle Forman’s ‘Just One Day’.

This is a story about how a girl who says no to most things said yes to an invitation to a day trip to Paris from a stranger whom she just met. Allyson and Willem.

The book starts off with Allyson and her best friend, Melanie on a cultural trip to Europe. Shakespeare and all the interesting history. They were supposed to go to a theater show but they ditched the tour and went to watch another show instead. That’s where Allyson saw Willem.

SPOILER ALERT. CLICK AWAY IF YOU DON’T WANT SPOILERS, READ THE BOOK AND COME BACK, OR IF YOU DON’T MIND, DO CONTINUE. 🙂 

The next day they were bound to go back to London from Stratford-upon-Avon. But as fate intervene, Allyson and Willem met once again. This time, they talked and talked till Willem found out that Allyson was so upset that their supposed trip to Paris was canceled. Then, Willem casually offered to bring her around Paris.

I personally really want to visit Paris, so this story which includes Paris and also UK which I love makes me want to read the book more.

Before I start blabbering on how the story goes on from here, I think I should stop and just keep it short. Hehe.

Allyson is a top student, always doing well in her studies. She often says no to everything. A good girl, always following whatever the rules are. Except that time where they were suppose to be queuing up to watch Hamlet, but she lied to the guide and went to watch Twelfth Night which was not part of the trip. Then she changed to a whole new person when she started college. She was struggling with her pre-med classes. She didn’t go out much. But it all changed when she dropped all her pre-med classes, she became happier and got more friends when she opened up to them about her Willem story.

Willem on the other hand, I don’t know much about until I read the sequel to this book, ‘Just One Year’. I’m still reading it. However, based on this book, he is Dutch who hasn’t been home for the past two years. He seems like he’s quite a player as he met a few girls while they were in Paris. He started calling Allyson, Lulu short for Louise because he said she looks like Louise Brooks. To Allyson, she wasn’t Allyson at that time in Paris, she was Lulu, another person because she would’ve definitely said no to the offer in the first place. He speaks multiple languages, which is one of the reasons why he offered Allyson to go to Paris, he knows French, she doesn’t. He is quite charming based on what he is described as in the book. He’s all about accidents, fate. I wonder what has happened to him. Can’t wait to finish reading the next book.

Melanie, Allyson’s bestfriend. They were best friends until they went off to different colleges and fell out of their friendship. Melanie is the girl completely opposite to Allyson, always saying yes to everything, drinks because she thinks drinking is part of college and always changing up her look which made Allyson not know who she is anymore, of course deep down it’s still the same Melanie but the look is different. Melanie also has good grades. Dee, Allyson’s partner in one of her classes became really close with her. He is so sassy at times. He and 3 other girls helped Allyson get hints to find Willem. They all knew she was going to Paris and wanted to help. Even her professor knew about it and encouraged her.

Allyson eventually earned money and went back to Paris to look for Willem. She wants closure. She wants to know what had happened that night. She even learnt basic French. She met more people through working and through her French classes.

Allyson’s parents weren’t happy about her returning to Paris. They weren’t happy about her changing subjects without their consent either. But they are good parents and they want to help her to get to what she wants. Aww.

While she was in Paris, she met a whole new group of people from Australia. I think Allyson’s has become a whole new girl. From a timid girl to going to places, meeting new people, having new friends is a big character development.

I love how this book is all romantic, a day n Paris with a stranger to disappointment and reading how Allyson cope in college was so real.

I enjoyed the book. It didn’t take me long to finish and now I’m on the second book as mentioned. Can’t wait to see why Willem went missing that morning!

Till next time.

2014 Birthday haul

Hello there!

Last year I did a birthday post, so I thought this year I would do a birthday haul. 🙂 So much of haul lately. Hehe.

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My birthday was about 2 weeks ago now, August 13 to be exact.

I have a couple of things, mostly books.

Both my parents gave me angpau/ red packets. I chose to buy books and kept the rest of the money.

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Initially I wanted to get Gayle Forman’s ‘Where She Went’, the sequel to ‘If I Stay’. I enjoyed that book, review here. However, the bookstore has no stock when I went there, so I got some other Gayle Forman books. “Just One Day’ and ‘Just One Year’. I also got another one of Rainbow Rowell’s book, ‘Landline’. Yay!

One of my mum’s friend bought me a book too, ‘The Longest Ride’ by Nicholas Sparks. Another one more of Nicholas Sparks book to put in my collection. Wohooo.

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Another one of my mum’s friend bought me a perfume. I loved the packaging, though the cover doesn’t really clip to the bottle, so it drops. But the ombré is really nice. Smells really sweet too. I am not sure of the name or the brand of it, it says Closer, I think it’s from Laurelle.

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Lastly, Samantha, got me some cute accessories. A necklace and a ring. I loved it.

Thanks all for the nice gifts and all the birthday wishes to all who wished me. 🙂

 

The catastrophic history of you and me review

Hello!

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Today’s book has a rather long title, ‘The Catastrophic History of You and Me’ by Jess Rothenberg. It didn’t take me too long to finish the 375-paged book. I liked it. The book is different.

The book talks about a girl named Brie’s heartbreak with her love of her life, Jacob. Her heart split into half. I was not too sure about the theory of a heart splitting into halves.

When she left the world, she found herself in a pizza place. A place where everyone just eats pizza all day everyday.

Then she met Patrick in the pizza place. Throughout the story, Patrick helped her adapt to the new afterlife.

During that time, Brie found out that Jacob was really not who he is. Her best friend was keeping Jacob’s secret. Jacob was actually gay. Brie messed him up before finding out the real reason why he broke up with her. She felt so bad for making him lose his chance to Princeton. Something worst could have happened. Leaving some suspense here. 😉 After she finds out about the truth, she left it behind her.

In the new afterlife, she met her friend, Larkin Ramsey who died because of a fire. In which later in the story, the ‘fire’ was actually caused by Larkin herself. They used to be best friends. Brie almost got tricked into Larkin’s trap. Patrick protecting Brie from Larkin’s trap was so cute. That I will not talk too much about.

Brie also discovered that her dad was having an affair with their neighbour. That made her hate her dad so much. Brie was always thinking of her family besides of her ex-boyfriend and best friends. Her dad was also a heart surgeon. He could not face the fact that his daughter died of a heartbreak. He will stay in the hospital day and night to try to solve the mystery, and not return home. Brie was really upset when she saw that. Her family was not the family it used to be.

While she was back home, their dog, Hamloaf was the only one that could see her. He followed her around for a few days until it finally had to go home.

Throughout the journey of finding the truth and accepting that she is D&G (dead and gone), Brie turns out to be Patrick’s one true love from another life. He waited for her, all this while. Finally reunited after death.

I loved the ending. Everything went back to normal. They all have peace. Brie and Patrick can finally let go of their past and move on. Brie’s dad is back home with the family.

I love how all the chapters of the book are song titles. There’s a glossary of all the songs at the end of the book. I also liked the Disney princess references. The amount of cheese nicknames Patrick gave Brie was so cute.

It’s a good read.

Till next time! x

Book Blogging Tag

Hello! I was tagged by Mina to do the Book Blogging Tag. Here it is! 🙂

1. What are your top three book pet peeves?
Unwrapped books. I have to wrap them, either matte or clear plastic. I can’t read books that have too small writings, I used to read them in no matter small or big writing, but recently whenever I read books with small writing, I stop halfway because it got really tiring. Lastly, Books with different sizes, for the series ones. I’ve a whole House of Night series and not all of them are the same size because it’s hard to find. Now some of the books are a different size and when I put it at the shelf, it looks odd. Maybe it’s just me.

2.Describe Your Perfect Reading Spot.
Lying down on my bed or sitting on the sofa, maybe with some green tea.

3. Tell Us Three Book Confessions.
Out of all the books I have, I have not read everything. There are actually quite a number of books that I have not read. I have a tendency to start a new book without finishing the current book. Then when I want to read the book I’ve not finish, I’ll have to restart. Haha. As much as I love love love the Harry Potter movies, I did not read the books.

4. When Was The Last Time You Cried During A Book.
I can’t remember really.

5. How Many Books are on Your Bedside Table.
4 books. Two of it I am reviewing. 😉 and the other two is the books which are, Love letters to the dead by Ava Dellaira and Will Grayson, Will Grayson by John Green and David Leuthan, I want to read them after I finish the current book that I am reading, Attachments by Rainbow Rowell.

6. What is Your Favourite Snack While You’re Reading?
Hmm, biscuits or a piece of cake if I’m at a café. If I’m at home, probably just green tea or flavoured tea.

7. Name Three Books/Series That You Would Recommend to Anyone!
This question is really hard. My all time favourite book is by Cecelia Ahern, Where Rainbows End. I love that book so much, it’s crazy. The second one would be Sophie Kinsella’s Remember Me. And thirdly, it’ll be The time traveller’s wife by Audrey Niffenegger. I even loved the movie.

8. Show us a Picture of Your Favourite Bookshelf on Your Bookcase.

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Favourite bookshelf, here’s a polaroid of part of my bookshelf. It’s a pretty blur photo. In this particular cubicle, there are a mix of classic books, little black dress series, and also Nicholas Sparks books. I’m planning to do a book collection, so you’ll be able to see all of the books! 😀

9. Write How Much Books Mean to You in Just Three Words.
Not just entertainment.

10. What is Your Biggest Reading Secret?
Reading secret. If I really enjoy a book, I can read it really quick. If I don’t really enjoy the book, which usually happen at the beginning of the story, it’ll take me a while. Sometimes, I might even have to reread it to actually understand.

That’s all for today, thanks for tagging me Mina. 🙂

Till next time! x