Month: September 2014

Monthly Digest for September: ..

Posted September 30, 2014 by Ana in Monthly Digest | 5 Comments
Monthly Digest for September: Friendships and Christmas

Ana’s Month Know what I love about going back to school? Making new friends! :D I absolutely love meeting new people and discovering our common interests. I’ve met other friends who love books and talking books IRL just feels so good! In terms of work, school is a good challenge but also manageable. I haven’t really struggled too hard, but I’m being kept on my toes. I like this level of difficulty. Hard enough to keep me on my toes but easy enough to give me time for making and deepening friendships. I’m also excited for Christmas! Okay okay, that’s […]

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Review 110: The Wide-Awake Pri..

Posted September 29, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 110: The Wide-Awake Princess (E.D. Baker)

Okay, that was ADORABLE. A really cute, light, and fluffy fantasy read that plays with all the typical princess tropes in fantasy stories. I breezed through this book and it was just the thing I needed when I didn’t want to start a long fantasy or science fiction book. E.D. Baker’s books are absolutely perfect for maybe an hour or so of light reading, while Shannon Hale’s may be suitable for when I’m in the mood for a longer story. Either way, both authors manage to tell excellent stories, and I’m glad I picked this book up on a whim. […]

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One girl. Ten books. Lots of f..

Posted September 28, 2014 by Ana in Tag! | 6 Comments
One girl. Ten books. Lots of feelings.

I was tagged by the lovely Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy, and I’m happy to share the ten books that have stayed with me over the years. List 10 books that have stayed with you in some way. Don’t think too hard. They don’t have to be the “right” books or great books of literature, just ones that affected you in some way. Here we go, in no particular order! 1. The Little Prince (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry) What I love about this book is how you can discover more things with each re-reading. I first read this when I was a […]

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Review 109: The Violets of Mar..

Posted September 26, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 109: The Violets of March (Sarah Jio)

That book was sweet. Not overly sugary sweet with cheesiness that makes you feel swoony or queasy, but sweet in the sense that it gives a rather honest and not-always-perfect view of love. I picked out this audiobook on a whim, and I’m glad I did. It had romance, family secrets and intrigue, and made me want to go on vacation to a pretty island. The main character, Emily, is quite fun. She’s witty and funny, but also has a slightly problematic way of dealing with things. For example, she doesn’t really seem to be affected by her divorce, but the […]

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Talk To Me 39: Manic Pixie Dre..

Posted September 24, 2014 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 6 Comments
Talk To Me 39: Manic Pixie Dream Girl (with Angie @ Pinkindle)

Dear reader, I’m super excited to bring you a special Talk To Me! I’ve teamed up with the wonderful Angie @ Pinkindle Reads & Reviews to talk about the ever-popular trope of Manic Pixie Dream Girl. Join us as we talk about the good, the bad, and the MPDG trope’s implications in love and relationships. 1. How do you define a “manic pixie dream girl”? Ana: For me, a manic pixie dream girl (MPDG) is a type of character that spices up the “normal dude”-type of protagonist. She’s usually quirky or funny, and does things in a way that’s unusual […]

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Review 108: Throne of Glass (S..

Posted September 22, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 8 Comments
Review 108: Throne of Glass (Sarah J. Maas)

I am very late to the party on this series, but I am sure glad I’ve managed to get around to reading it! This book was so full of awesome action and adventure, and it makes for a very hard to put down book. The main character of Celaena was well-written, fleshed-out, and badass. Not just a badass, but a badass with heart. She’s snarky and strong, but also kind and compassionate towards those who are innocent. I liked the romance in this book, mainly because it didn’t overwhelm the entire storyline. There were definitely a few moments where I […]

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Review 107: Landline (Rainbow ..

Posted September 19, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 14 Comments
Review 107: Landline (Rainbow Rowell)

Communication is very important. In any sort of relationship. It’s important to deal with things rather than let things just fester or bottle things up. I liked how Georgie’s way of dealing with problems in her marriage also manifests in how she deals with other things. She doesn’t deal with the problem even though she knows it exists, and just lets it go on until she’s practically forced to deal with it. For example, her phone’s battery. She knows she should really get around to replacing the battery or buying a charger, but she just keeps putting it off even if […]

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Talk To Me 38: Voice acting in..

Posted September 17, 2014 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 15 Comments
Talk To Me 38: Voice acting in audiobooks

I am quite particular about the voice acting in audiobooks. Maybe it’s a carryover from the days I watched anime, and was real particular about the voice acting in dubbed anime. Maybe it’s because I’ve encountered some really great audiobooks and some “meh” ones. Today, I want to talk about what I like to hear in audiobooks’ voice acting. A full cast of characters and voice actors. Okay, this doesn’t happen all the time. So far, I’ve only listened to one book with a full cast: Book of a Thousand Days by Shannon Hale. I absolutely LOVED it. Hearing the […]

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Read Play Blog: My preferred g..

Posted September 17, 2014 by Ana in Read Play Blog | 10 Comments
Read Play Blog: My preferred gaming platform

Read. Play. Blog. is a meme about video games and books, posted every 16th of the month. Bloggers are encouraged to answer a discussion question, and recommend a video game that is similar to a book they liked. Hosted by Happy Indulgence & Read Me Away. What is your preferred gaming platform? For purposes of pure convenience, my preferred gaming platform is my laptop. I haven’t been able to really invest in a good gaming console, whether for financial reasons or just because I don’t think I have enough time. There’s also because I think console games are more fun with […]

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Review 106: Abhorsen (Garth Ni..

Posted September 15, 2014 by Ana in Reviews | 3 Comments
Review 106: Abhorsen (Garth Nix)

Wow, that ending. Actually, that beginning. The prologue already had me floored because of what happened, and I believe it set the stage for the kind of book that Abhorsen was going to be. I know I said the second book didn’t charm me as much as the first, but the series was able to finish strong with this book. Action and adventure fill every chapter, the tension builds to an excellent climax, full of twists and things that made me go “Well, I didn’t expect that to happen.” I really admire Lirael and Sam. They’ve grown so much since […]

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