Update for the past few days…

Sooooooooooooo, I have not been able to blog for a few days, and I am very sad about it. I have also only managed to read a couple of chapters of Children of Blood and Bone because of my all of a sudden hectic schedule that I have been having for the past few days. I like having things to do, but at the same time, there’s nothing like relaxing at home with the sound of pouring rain in the background, holding a cup of coffee and having the chance to just breathe, read, and have a peace of mind. That’s the life.

Now, what have I been up to the past few days? Well, for one I FINALLY GOT MY BOOKSHELVES!!! I know I said I had bookshelves, but turns out that they were too small, and I had to go return them and buy another pair. This put a huge delay on organizing my lovelies, this made me even more sad. BUT I GOT BOOKSHELVES NOW!!! WOOOOOOO!

I’m going to build them tomorrow so I can put up my lovelies and start my endless pile of to-be-reads… I also had so much stuff to return because things tend to break for some odd reason before it even gets here. I also had a birthday to attend, and I ate so much frosting. I don’t regret it at all. Never mess with me and my sweets…

Speaking of sweets, what’s your favorite dessert? This is actually one of the hardest questions you can ever ask me, because I like everything sweet related. But nothing beats home-baked cookie brownies with some ice cream. Gosh, I can have that every day, get diabetes, and will be happy.

Going back to book related stuff, I am hoping to finish Children of Blood and Bone before Sunday so that I am able to discuss it and write a review on it, hopefully starting the second one shortly after. I did the mistake of hearing some spoilers about it, but this will not stop me from reading the rest of the book/series nor will it change my opinion of the book once I write my review.

Well that’s all the updates I have for now! I’m hoping to blog some more soon, catch y’all later!

09/23/2020

“Positive thoughts lead to Greatness”

So, yesterday was quite a busy day. So busy, it took me the next day to write a post for yesterday. I was also only able to read one chapter of Children of Blood and Bone, and I am quite sad about it. I am hoping I’m able to get back into it shortly, and finish it by Sunday, we shall see…

Anyways, throughout my hectic schedule, I learned a very important lesson from my mom, she had actually posted something about it on another website we had both made a couple of years ago, and I would like to bring it back. These words have stuck by me for quite some time, and I never got the time to appreciate these words. Here’s what she said:

Think positive, achieve greatness.  
It should never be about the recognition received but rather the satisfaction of knowing you did something great. 
Sometimes we tend to overthink things. When that happens, we don’t really challenge ourselves for the fear of failure.  
Not knowing everything is okay. Not accepting it is the problem. 
It’s okay to ask for help, humbling ourselves makes us that much greater. 
Treat others like you want to be treated.

Find others talents and develop them.
Empower and create leaders. 
Never be afraid. Keep moving forward, one step at a time; steady. 
Remember, only you can limit your greatness. 

Deep huh? Sometimes I wonder if my mom was meant to be a philosopher. It may be long, but every line of that paragraph struck a cord in me, that I knew I was never going to forget these words, hence why I wanted to share them with you all.

The world would be a better place if we all took the time to think and share positivity, accepting that we’re all not going to know everything in life, developing ourselves for the better, and just keep moving forward.

I’m hoping you all learned something with these words, because they’re just so important.

09/22/2020

Another day of reading. Gotta love having the time to read again.

Let me tell you. This is going to be off topic, but I just have to come out and say it. The majority of people have been saying that quarantine is torture and they wish things would go back to normal, but to me I kind of like being in quarantine. I’m very introverted and can survive being inside. I find things to do. I get unlimited hours to read, game, and just do my own thing. I mean yeah, things are never going to be the same again. The new norm when the whole “Corona” phase clears out is going to be walking around in masks, carrying bottles of handsanitizers, and being at least six feet away from each other (except of course if you’re with that person/those people). But it’s not so bad. Obviously it’s bad if you’re inside 24/7, that’s not healthy for anyone, but going to school/working from home, getting to organize your house (finally, I mean come on who has had the time to do that), working out, learning how to cook, getting to read with a nice cup of coffee/chosen beverage, and then gaming? That’s the life. Yeah, I miss being outside all the time before. With going to the beach, the pool, a restaurant inside not having to eat outside or even just picking up the food, sigh.

All righty, well update book time!!!

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Spoilers beware! Don’t scroll further if you’re planning to read!

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Anyways, I made it to Chapter 22 of Children of Blood and Bone, and I have to say so much has happened. I feel like I’ve read 15 chapters instead of 7… The gang went on a journey guided by Mama Agba (since she’s a seer), they made it to the enchanted temple, Zelie’s powers have been awakened (we don’t know what she has yet, but reaper blood is in her vains and she has had some experience with fire) and found out that they needed three artifacts (a sunstone, bone sword and enchanted scroll). Right now they got the scroll from Amari, the bone sword from the Elder of the temple, and are now missing the sun stone. Of course, there’s always a bad side. Inan is on their tail, kind of like Zuko on Aang’s tail before he did a 180 in season 3… but that’s not the point. Inan wants Zelie’s head on a platter and his sister to return home, having everything go back to normal. But obviously that’s not going to happen.

I would’ve read more, but today was kind of a busy day and I’m hoping tomorrow will change. That’s all for now!! Feel free to like, comment and follow my blog!

P.S: I will be updating the remaining of my menus tomorrow. I did (;Good Books;) today and daaaang that took me a while, but I’m so proud of it. Feel free to check it out!! Stay safe peoples, and have fun reading!!

9/21/2020

Update time!

Warning potential spoilers, do not read further if you despise spoilers…

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I’m serious, you keep scrolling there will be spoilers…

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Last chance! Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

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All righty, you’re in too deep…

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So, I am currently on Chapter 15 for Children of Blood and Bone, and I have to say… I am loving this book!!! This kiiiiind of reminds me of the Falling Kingdoms series by Morgan Rhodes, but the writing styles and context of it all are completely different.

I love the different language (of course I’m confused half of the time because it’s a new language) but the author doesn’t fail to translate and I am instantly captivated by the world. I have a feeling I’m going to be using some of these words in the future to curse (probably)…

The characters, oh my the characters. I was about to lose it if something happened to Mama Agba, she’s one of my favorites!!! She’s like Zelie’s mom and I love it! I love Zelie, I have a feeling her strong female character is going to take off, and that she’s going to have amazing powers when magic finally resurfaces, Amari (oh my when she did that trick with the sword and the papaya, it was amazing), Inan… oooof Inan. I don’t like him right now. I have a feeling he is going to have a huuuuuuuge character development though, I’m already starting to see it now with the few interactions (with the dream and setting an entire village on fire like whyyyyyy), and he might be the key to change, and and I’m getting ahead of myself here.

Aaaaanyyywaaaays, the writing style… it just flows. I start on one chapter and dismiss everything else that happens around me to just keep reading. I want to know what happens already! I can picture the world perfectly, the personalities of each character, the actions, just everything and I can’t stress this enough, I’m loving this book.

I might finish this book tomorrow, depending on errands and time, but so far this book is different, I’m loving it and I should’ve read this a long time ago when it first released (good thing though because I hate cliffhangers). Can anyone relate with waiting an entire dang year for another book after a horrible cliffhanger?? It’s the worst.

That’s all for now lovely book bunnies, stay safe and more will come tomorrow!!


09/20/2020

To reflect on today’s day (well technically yesterday) I am almost ready for my reading work station! I finally ordered two bookshelves for my precious books, I also went through so many crates just so that my work station can be super duper ready in two days!!! I’m super excited!
This is not book related… but… I finally cut my hair evenly. I’m finally getting my COVID style on.
Oh, and also, I never knew putting tiles on floors would be such a difficult job…
Aaaanyywaaays, tomorrow (technically it is tomorrow but shhhhhhhhhhh) I will be starting Children of Blood and Bone, it’s about time! I’ll be posting updates on what I think about the novel as I progress through it.
That’s pretty much it, I’ll be posting tomorrow!

Just a Thought…

So, today I learned the importance of etiquette. It was quite an interesting experience.

I learned how to do a proper handshake (I was shocked by how difficult this was for some people). You would think this was easy, since we have to do this for job interviews, being professional, and you know… actually introducing yourself.

Well, let me tell you. The guest speaker had instructed us to give her the details on how to properly do a handshake (and oh my did people take this question so seriously). I’m talking about how some of the answers were like: “Oh but, you need to touch each others hands and just say your name and nice to meet you“. No, no, no honey, it’s much more than that.

You have to have the eye contact, you have to have the confidence, you have to have a firm grip of the hand and present yourself to where you engage the other person with your first impression.

This took about thirty minutes to explain out of the three and a half hour lecture which included: walking, talking, posture, and having the mindset of a lady instead of a woman.

I thought I knew the ropes of etiquette, but I had walked out of the studio with such an overload of information, I was extremely glad that I learned plenty of new things.

Getting to the whole point of this story, one thing that really stuck to me though, was the difference between having a little mind, and having a great mind.

I know, I know, we should all know (or at least think) that we know the difference. But after this lecture, I have a whole new meaning for what the difference is between having a little mind and a great mind.

Me personally, I thought having a little mind was just not having as much knowledge as someone who is known for having a great mind. But boy, was I wrong.

I learned that people who gossip are the ones that have the little minds. Meanwhile, people with a great mind are the people who use their knowledge to make plans and change for the future.

Well, this is just a little thought that I had throughout the day, and I just wanted to share it with you all!

By the way, I’m planning on reading Children of Blood and Bone by: Tomi Adeyemi, and The Wise Man’s Fear by: Patrick Rothfuss sometime soon (probably on Monday) if you guys want to check them out! Looking forward to your thoughts and comments!!

First Day back in manymanymany years…

First day of officially blogging in over four years! It has been quite a ride, but luckily I will have the time to start blogging again! There are manymanymany new things that have been happening, and little by little the news will start to unravel. But for now, I’m really excited to finally be sharing my passion again! Books, coffee, bunnies, and more books! Let’s do this!

Review: Autumn Falls (Autumn Falls #1)

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Title: Autumn Falls
Author: Bella Thorne
Published: November 11, 2014
Format: Paperback (ARC)

A book by Bella Thorne, the best friend of Zendaya from Disneys Shake it Up…
I have to say I just grew curious.

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Update 1:

I was lucky enough to get an ARC from Random House Distributing Company (Penguin) and I have to say, I was quite excited with finding out that Bella Thorne is now an author, not only coming out with a stand alone novel, but with a series! 😀 so excited!!!

Update 2:

This book was pretty interesting. This was more of a high school drama type, with a girl getting used to the new environment since she had to move from her hometown after a serious accident with her father.

This book is generally filled with personal elements from Bella’s own life. It has a real girl that all teenage girls (generally) will love, trying to find her own inner strength and be the best she can be. But there’s a twist. It has magic and mystery too!!!

Autumn Falls a.k.a Bella Thorne (in real life) with her fiery red hair, new-girl outsider status, and tendency to be a total klutz she is definitely not flying below the radar at Aventura High. Luckily, she makes some genuine friends who take her under their wing (you’ll love them too!!!) But she also manages to get on the wrong side of the school’s queen bee, and then finds out the guy she’s started to like, funny and sweet Sean, hangs with the mean crowd. Now her rep and her potential love life are at stake.

To be honest I wasn’t going for Sean at all, but for J.J. So let’s hope when the series coktinues she opens her eyes a bit.

Here is when the magic and mystery meets. Autumn starts to vent her feelings in a journal that belonged to her late father, suddenly her wildest wishes start coming true. Throughout the story she is trying to figure out if the journal is really magical, or if every single thing she writes in her journal is just a mere coincidence.

In this book we don’t really find out about that. Autumn focuses on fixing all of the mistakes she made with the journal first, and then figures out (probably in the sequel) what the journal really is…

There was a bunch of plot twists, like is it really about Autumn and finding a purpose in life? Her love life? Drama life in high school? Winning the contest for her friend? Her father dying? Or is it really just all about Autumn, and then all of those other things just extras.

Then we have the cliffhanger. Yes, she fixed her issues with the enemy, Sean, and her inner demons, but what happened to her closest friends???

That’s what did it for me. I’ll still read the next book, because I am dead curious with what Bella Thorne has in store for us next!

Review: Portraits of Celina

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3 stars

Title: Portraits of Celina

Author: Sue Whiting

Format: Paperback ARC provided by Switch Press for an honest review 🙂

Published: April 1st 2015 by Switch Press

“Make him pay Bayley, Make him pay!!!”

To be honest, I had no intentions of reading this book, ever. I usually don’t ever read horror/thriller/mystery books, but then I was bored, had nothing to do, and when I saw this book, I grew curious, and I found myself start reading this book. Kind of like how Bayley was with Celina and haunting her… Weird…

Anyway, I liked it, for being my first time ever and reading a horror novel (does Anna dressed in Blood count???) So many things happened and my brain is just on high-wire, and all I know is that if I ever find myself in this situation, get me a plane ticket back to where I came from, because I wouldn’t even be able to handle a day let alone 3 months with that. And she did it at such a young age, and by herself!!!! (Until the very end that is). Only if the epilogue was longer though 😦 I wanted to see what happened between her and Oliver, it just ended with her at the funeral 😦 -sigh- oh well… What a read indeed!!!

This book all started with Bayley moving from her hometown to an abandoned house in the middle of no where at a countryside looking house, with only her 7 year old brother, 17 year old sister, and her mother (because her father died in a horrible accident a year ago)

Bayley gets the room where Celina used to live in, and she died the same age as her 40 years ago, and ever since she arrived, Celina’s ghost has been haunting her, because she hasn’t been able to move on from the afterlife until she gets her revenge, and she is using Bayley to do it.

So, she finds this wooden chest on top of her nightstand, and she does the unthinkable, she opens it!
And that’s when all heck breaks loose. Bayley finds herself sleeping in Celina’s room, wearing her clothes, and hearing her voice everywhere.

So throughout the story, Bayley is trying to find out what does Celina want and why is she using her to do it? And who will suffer because of it?

This is one heck of a ghost story, with a love story, and revenge.