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Amulet, Book 1: The Stonekeeper – by Kazu Kabuishi – Mini Review

Like it says in the title, this is a mini review, so I’m not going to say too much.

Amulet is a graphic novel that starts out with Emily moving into their ancestors old home to forget their tragic past. Soon enough, she finds out this home isn’t just any old home. Her mom gets taken away by some creature and its up to her and her little brother, Navin to rescue their mom. What they find out in the way, will surprise them.

Amulet had the privilege of being my first read of the year.
The day I bought it, I had started to read it, but It’s graphic novel so it’s quite short. I didn’t read it for too long with the intention of savoring it until my next buy.
I finished it 2 days later, yup totally savoring it *sarcastic laugh*.

 

Amulet had very, very beautiful art. I didn’t find the faces to be too flattering but everything else was beautiful. I spent a lot of time admiring the things around them. I also really liked the colors of the book. I think they made good choices in color and colored it very well.
The plot isn’t perfect, but I still quite enjoyed it. Graphic novels are quite hard because you can’t really explain things in great detail as you would in a regular novel, so some parts were a bit confusing. Despite the little things that bothered me about the plot, there were a lot of nice things, so I can’t speak too negatively about it.
I want to mention the art again because it was so, so, so gorgeous. My favorite thing about this book is the art.

       

I can’t wait to see how the next ones will look.

I gave this book a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Top 14 Books of 2014

** As I was writing this, it was not many days left until new year’s day. I started writing the main topic, but I got so busy with school. I had projects and finals to focus on. I never got to finish writing this post until after finals, so this had to be posted on 2015 instead of it being posted on the December of 2014. **

The year has finally ended and I’m excited for this new year. I didn’t reach the goal I had set out to read, but I was only 8 books behind and I’m pretty satisfied with that. From my 50 books goal, I managed to have read 42, that’s amazing! I’ve never been one to keep track of how many books I’ve read during the year and not entirely sure if It’s really the most books I have read in a year, but seeing the number is very pleasing.

I’ve seen some people do this list, and I want to give it a go, maybe make it a tradition for all the years to come. Here are my top 14 books of 2014: (Keep in mind though, not all these books we’re published in 2014, these are just the books that I read in 2014)

14. Four (Divergent companion book) – by Veronica Roth: 3.5/ 5 stars

13. Shades of Earth (Across the Universe #3) – by Beth Revis: 3.5/5 stars

12. Perks of Being a Wallflower – by Stephen Chbosky: 4/5 stars

11. Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares – by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan: 4/5 stars

10. Tuesday’s with Morrie – by Mitch Albom: 4/5 stars

9. Landline – by Rainbow Rowell: 4/5 stars

8. Anna and the French Kiss (Anna and The Frenck Kiss #1) – by Stephanie Perkins: 4.5/5 stars

7. Fangirl – by Rainbow Rowell: 4.5/5 stars

6. The Lover’s Dictionary – by David Levithan: 5/5 stars

5. Mr.Penumbra’s 24 Hour Bookstore – by Robin Sloan: 5/5 stars

4. The Time Keeper – by Mitch Albom: 5/5 stars

3. Just One Day (Just One Day #1) – by Gayle Forman: 5/5 stars

2. Eleanor and Park – by Rainbow Rowell: 5/5 stars

1. Ready Player One – by Ernest Cline: 5/5 stars

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This was a really good reading year for me. I found this whole community focused on books, and I really got to know what it really is to be a bookworm. I can’t wait to see what the new year has in store for me.

Happy Reading!

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July Wrap-Up

Hey Guys. I hope you guys are having a really nice day.

What is this? A post! After almost a month of nothing? What?!

So I haven’t posted anything in here for like so long and I know, I’m aware. I was really tired this month from so many things and I took a needed break from the internet. I’m slowly getting into it again and I’m excited to write a post.

 

There was a booktube read-a-thon this month from July 14-20 and that week was the most exhausting week of my entire life, and I used to dance, wow. That whole week I read one book a day and that has never happened before, well not in a whole week. I read 3 books in a row each in a day before but never a whole week of reading a whole book in one day.

It was a fun week of reading, but during that weekend though, I didn’t get to read because I was so so so so tired. I even went with my parents to a family friend’s house and I fell asleep on their couch. I did try to read though, but I couldn’t do it without sleeping. The whole week was like that but during the beginning of the week I could still finish the book, but that weekend I really couldn’t take anymore so I stopped trying because my body is more important than some read-a-thon and I’m ahead for my reading challenge of the year. I was already having problems with my sleep schedule before, but that week made it so much worse.

After that long week of sleep deprivation and reading 5 books, my brain needed a long holiday. I think my brain is still currently trying to recover. My math is a bit slow, I’m not quite comprehending things and I am constantly tired, but I have to wake up earlier than usual because I’m babysitting. So to relax myself I like baking and when I’m baking, I can tell, my brain is not working. I’ve made a few measurement mistakes, few timing errors and also a few baking errors. They’re nothing too bad. and I managed to fix them after I’ve noticed the mistakes. I still had some delicious desserts, so that’s good.

That’s just a not-so-mini update. Here is what I read from that exhausting read-a-thon:

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I didn’t read them in that order, but it looked really weird with Landline in the middle of a series. Here are the books and my ratings in the order that I read them in.

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book One – The Lightning Thief — By Rick Riordan

3 out of 5 stars

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Landline — By Rainbow Rowell

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Two – The Sea of Monsters — By Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Three – The Titan’s Curse — By Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

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Percy Jackson and The Olympians: Book Four – The Battle of the Labyrinth — Rick Riordan

4 out of 5 stars

I read Landline after The Lighting Thief because I received a book depository package with Landline in it on Monday. I was going to read it after the read-a-thon was done, but my excitement was too much and I ended up reading it after The Lightning Thief that night. I did not regret that decision otherwise it would still be in my TBR right now.

I’ve taken a good long break, and I think I’m ready to read again. If I try again and I’m still not ready, that’s okay, I don’t need to stress myself out because I’m not reading.  I’m 6 books ahead of my reading challenge for the year and I do have some TV shows I want to catch up with.

Happy Reading

– Princess Diana

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June Wrap Up

Hello guys. I hope you are having a really nice day. It is officially the first of July. June is finally finished, wait what?

I am as shocked as you, but anyways, I’m Princess Diana. Here’s a wrap up that’s actually on time, and welcome to my blog.

 

June, for me, felt so long but also at the same time felt short. Does that make sense? Am I the only one who feels like this? Please tell me if it felt like this for you too.

Anyways, time for a wrap up. This month, I expected more reads because it is summer and I have nothing else to do but read, but boy was I wrong. It seems I do have a lot to do. Nothing too productive, but it seems I do. I bought a few new games for some of our consoles at home and now I seem to have spent quite a lot of time on them. Also, I am a teenager and we are the generation of Internet, so lots and lots and lots and lots of Internet. My internet usage ensued the birth of this blog in the first place so it’s not all bad, But besides the blogging, I spend way too much time on YouTube, browsing, online shopping and wasting away all the time I could’ve spent on reading more.

In the two weeks alone of having this blog, I already completely changed the look of the blog twice, produced ten posts, and gotten a few followers and views. So that’s pretty awesome.

I’ve gotten quite out of topic, so back to the main topic. June wrap-up. Here are all the books I’ve read in the month of June.

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I’ve read 6 books for June. I thought I’d get more because it is summer and there’s no work that I’ll be stressing out about, but I read the same amount of books in June and in May. I was even stressing out about finals and projects that I had due all in the same week during May. I don’t know what that says about my reading habits, but I guess it is what it is.

 

Here are my ratings:

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Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins — 4 out of 5 stars

 

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The 100 by Kass Morgan — 1 out of 5 stars

Click here for full review

 

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The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer by Michelle Hodkins — 2 out of 5 stars

 

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell — 4.5 out of 5 stars

Click here for full review

 

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom — 4 out of 5 stars

Click here for full review

 

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A Child Called “It” by Dave Pelzer — 4 out of 5 stars

click here for full review

(I finished this around midnight between 30 June and 1 July, but I’ll include it in June anyways because I finished it in one sitting and most if not all of the reading was on 30 June)

 

I seem to have a fairly good rating on most of the books I read for June but I was also really, really disappointed in a few as well.

For July, I hope I’ll have the mood to read more books and won’t be too distracted from all the internet and video games I could be on. I hope they’ll be better books as well. I’m also still waiting for my order to come in from Book Outlet that I’m really excited about. As soon as I get it, I’ll make sure to post about it. I’ve been waiting for about two weeks now so I think it should really be coming in soon. It’s my first time buying from Book Outlet so I’m not really sure how long it would take to get here. I can’t wait for it any longer. I want it now.

– Princess Diana
Happy Reading

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Tuesdays With Morrie by Mitch Albom – Book Review

Hey guys, I hope you are having a really nice day. My name is Princess Diana. This is what I thought of Tuesdays with Morrie. And welcome to my blog.

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I purchased this book this weekend. It was really nice to finally see the bookstore with this again. I’ve waited for them to restock on this for so long. I saw that there was only one more copy left, so I had to get it.

Summary:

Morrie, if I can remember properly, is a 76 year old man who has found out that he has a terminal disease called amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and he won’t live for much longer. Though on a death sentence, he still seems to put some positive thinking into everything. He’s become some kind of a guru to the rest of the world with words almost philosophical.

He was featured on a TV news show and that’s when Mitch, Morrie’s student 16 years ago, finds out about his old professor. After years of not seeing his favorite teacher, hearing about Morrie made Mitch want to see him again. And so he did, even if he was dying.

That ensued a continuation of classes for both of them. Morrie the teacher once again and Mitch the student. Mitch would come by on Tuesdays and listened diligently to Morrie’s lesson on life. But every Tuesday that they meet, Morrie is getting sicker and sicker and death coming closer and closer.

 

Personal thoughts/opinions:

I loved this book. Never have I ever learned more about life than in this book. This is a book I’ll definitely be picking up constantly even through my adulthood. Reading this was a life-changing process and I HIGHLY recommend this book.

When reading a book, I like to tab things in my book that I really like. In this book, I tabbed a whole bunch of quotes. Even though it’s not the most tabbed book on my shelf, it definitely is the most tabbed for quotes alone.

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As you can see, I tabbed quite a lot of things.

 

Even though the words were beautiful and perfect, as usual there are things I don’t like about it.

This is a non-fiction book so I have no problem with the story, but I do have a problem with how it was written. Once again, it’s a book with flashbacks and mini-stories in between the current chapter. From all the books I’ve read of his, I noticed that they’re all written like this. I’m getting used to it, but I’m still not a big fan of this type of writing style. It throws me off.

For that reason, I gave this book a 4 out of 5 stars. I would’ve given it 5 stars but I’m really not a big fan of that type of writing.

But I’ll definitely be rereading this book a bunch of times and if anyone asks for recommendations from me, I’ll be giving them this.

Started: 21 June 2014      Finished: 22 June 2014

 

Happy Reading

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I did say that I was going to add my old book reviews here, but because of terrible bookkeeping, I seem to have accidentally deleted the reviews. I am a bit frustrated because of this, but I’m not going to leave this blog empty-handed.

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These were the books I read for May. I know it’s really late to be posting this, but I didn’t update from last month and better late than never, right? Right? It seems a bit little, but I was starting to get into a reading slump here and I had finals and projects. Six was much more than I thought I was going to read last month.

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The Impossible Knife of Memory by Laurie Halse Anderson – 3.5 out of 5 stars

 

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The Fault In Our Stars by John Green – 5 out of 5

 

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Just One Year by Gayle Forman – 4 out of 5 stars

 

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The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo – 3 out of 5 stars

 

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The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky – 4 out of 5 stars

 

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The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom – 3.5 out of 5 stars

There seems to be a good rating for the books last month. That was a good month of reading for me.

Happy Reading

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The Hundred by Kass Morgan Book Review

I got excited when I saw that one of the ongoing shows that I’ve been following is actually from a novel.

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I first saw the book when I was on holiday at the Philippines. I didn’t get the book at that time because there were other books that I thought would be better to buy or books I have wanted for quite a time that might be worthwhile to get. I saw the book again here in our bookstore and I just had to get it (and there was nothing else to buy in such a small little bookstore) so I did, I finally got it.

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I read the book because I thought the show was like the book and that I can get ahead of the show and know what will happen next, oh but it wasn’t. It was the complete opposite.

The TV series is very intriguing and just knows what their doing, but the book, the book was just so boring and nothing was even happening for like the whole first half of the book. The second half picked up the pace but was still not interesting enough for me to really get into it. There were characters that were replaced for new ones on the show. The plot is barely that same. Friends-ish in the book are actually enemies in the show. Some people didn’t even exist in the TV series that were in the book.

The plot was so different from each other that I don’t even know which one to hate the book or the TV series. The TV series is completely different from the book but the book sucked enough that I might not even care.

After I read about half of the book, I was going to put it down because it really bored me, but I respect the author for writing a book, writing is not easy so I finished it just because she wrote it and I envy her for writing a novel. I can’t write, I’m not creative like that, so good for her.

Another thing I didn’t like was the multiple point of views. I just got so confused with so many point of views switching each chapter and how each chapter will have a flashback. The plot was really messy and unorganized and just had no idea what to do.

Of all the things I hate about this book, there is one thing I liked, but one thing only. I liked the last sentences from each of the chapters. Some of the last sentences just knows how to bundle itself up to express one feeling. Whether deep or not. Or encapsulate the crux of that chapter into sounding like a beautiful line of poetry.

” There was no drug strong enough to repair a broken heart.”

“She wouldn’t let her best friend join the chorus of ghost in her heads.”

If Kass Morgan knows how to do anything, it would be knowing how to end a chapter beautifully.

Overall I was just very disappointed in this book.

Started: 9 June 2014           Finished: 10 June 2014