Minireviews: Graphic novel tim..

Posted February 21, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Minireviews: Graphic novel time!

A while back, I decided to try out my library’s graphic novel catalogue. As you can see, one trial turned into BINGE READING, WOO! Hence, minireview time! Okay, that book was so CUTE! For reals, the vibrant and dynamic art serves its equally and vibrant story so well. The characters are super fun, and I definitely saw parts of my younger self and my friends in the characters. Telgemeier puts together such a lovely story about middle schoolers trying to put on a play, but also discovering new things about themselves and each other along the way. For me, it […]

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Review 203: You Deserve a Drin..

Posted February 19, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 203: You Deserve a Drink (Mamrie Hart)

I adore Mamrie Hart. I love her humour, her puns, her recipes (for BOOZE WOOHOO), and just her incredibly fun personality. (Also man, her wardrobe. I want her clothes!) I’ve been a follower of her series ever since I saw this video: Sidenote, I made this drink/punchbowl of death for my friend’s birthday party. She loves the Vlogbrothers and the party was at her house, so OF COURSE THIS HAD TO HAPPEN. I also had to taste-test the recipe at my flat before going to the party so you can imagine that we had quite the time that evening. (Further […]

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Talk to Me 89: Proofreading yo..

Posted February 17, 2016 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 6 Comments
Talk to Me 89: Proofreading your posts

I tend to write almost all my posts in Microsoft Word, so the neat little spell-checker and auto-correct thing helps make sure that my posts do not contain any spelling or grammar terrors. :P But proof-reading doesn’t only help with spelling/grammar, it can help with the flow of a post or a review. But do I proof-read my posts? Not really. I generally have a structure in my head for my reviews and discussions, but I don’t stick to it all the time. Sometimes I just post whatever my fingers decide to type up that day. Sometimes that post ends […]

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Review 202: Illuminae (Amie Ka..

Posted February 15, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 2 Comments
Review 202: Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

WOW THAT WAS COOL Like, REAL COOL. The story is told through all kinds of things, including some that I just didn’t expect at all but really carried the story so beautifully. Or horrifically. In a good way. In a “wow, this is really compelling and this HORRIBLE THING has me so tense and absorbed and INVESTED” kind of way. Kaufman and Kristoff weave a story so exciting, interesting, tragic, horrifying, and just so AMAZING. It’s hard to really form coherent thoughts about this book because it’s told in such a unique fashion. It’s not just letters and IMs and […]

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Review 201: The 6th Extinction..

Posted February 12, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 201: The 6th Extinction (James Rollins)

I used to LOVE James Rollins books. I’m talking “automatically buying his books whenever I saw them at the bookstore” kind of love, and reading them within the day because I’d always be so excited. I still like them. Sure, they seem to follow a specific formula: good thing gone wrong, blast from the past, team gets split up, everything resolved in the nick of time, etc. But I like them! They’re like watching an action movie. And the movie comparison is really apt. Rollins’ writing style is one where it cuts away just at the exciting moment in order […]

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Talk to Me 88: Rating Distribu..

Posted February 10, 2016 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 6 Comments
Talk to Me 88: Rating Distribution

For me, three stars is what I would define an “average” book. I liked it, but it just didn’t grab me or make me want to keep reading it the way or a four-star or five-star book would. So you would think that my usual rating is three stars, right? That’s what I thought too, until I had a quick gander at my rating statistics. … Well, it looks like there’s a bit of a skew happening there. It seems that I more commonly rate books towards the higher end of the rating scale, with most of them landing at […]

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Review 200: Ten Thousand Skies..

Posted February 8, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 200: Ten Thousand Skies Above You (Claudia Gray)

I really loved the first book in this series. Like, a lot. I’m absolutely fascinated by the multiverse theory and reading a book that involves all this dimension-hopping makes me really happy. It also doesn’t hurt that the romance between Marguerite and Paul just makes me swoon! This book? Well, it did remind me of all the lovely reasons why I loved the first one and revealed something that sets up something pretty epic for the third book in the series. But… It just didn’t have the magic of the first book for me. I fell in love with the […]

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Ana’s Favourites of 2015

Posted February 7, 2016 by Ana in Ana's Favourites | 2 Comments
Ana’s Favourites of 2015

2015 was a slow year for me in terms of blogging and reading, mostly because it was just a chaotic year in terms of work and study. But I still managed to find some books that made my favourites list of 2015. :) I didn’t include sequels or books in the middle/end of series in this one though, so I guess that’s something for another post? ANYWAY! Here are ten of my favourites of 2015, in no particular order. Not necessarily books that came out in 2015, just books that I discovered in 2015. And I’m posting this in 2016. […]

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Review 199: The False Prince (..

Posted February 5, 2016 by Ana in Reviews | 0 Comments
Review 199: The False Prince (Jennifer A. Nielsen)

This book and I had a rough start. I picked up the audiobook months ago but wasn’t really feeling the first few chapters, so I shelved it for later. Picking it up recently was such a good decision because once I got over the first few chapters, I genuinely enjoyed it. It has secrets, intrigue, a spot of romance, and interesting characters. First, the main character of Sage? He makes me want to smack him and both give him a pat on the head at the same time. He’s just such a rude brat sometimes, choosing to defy almost every […]

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Talk to Me 87: Worn books

Posted February 3, 2016 by Ana in Talk To Me! | 14 Comments
Talk to Me 87: Worn books

I used to buy a lot of secondhand or used books, mostly because I love a good bargain but also because books are expensive where I live (*shakes fist at import costs*). Sure, The Book Depository is great and all but I think there’s really nothing quite like roaming the shelves and trying to find a title that will pique your interest. :) But that’s not the main point of this discussion post. My main point is that: For me, a worn book means that it is/was a well-loved book. Why? The yellowed pages, the cracked spines, the folded corners […]

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