Book Review | Caraval by Stephanie Garber

Caraval

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WELCOM TO CARAVAL,
WHERE NOTHING IS
QUITE WHAT IT SEEMS.

Scarlett and Tella have never left the tiny isle of Trisda, pining from afar for the wonder of Caraval, a once-a-year week-long performance where the audience participates in the show.

Caracel is Magic. Mystery. Adventure.

When the sisters’ long-awated invitations finally arrive, it seems their dreams have come true. But no sooner have they arrived than Tella vanishes, kidnapped by the show’s mastermind organiser, Legend.

Scarlett has been told that everything that happens during Caraval is an elaborate performance. But she quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous game of love, magic and heartbreak.

And real or not, she must find Tella before the game is over, and her sister disappears forever.

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Should You Annotate Your Books?

Hello my lovely readers,

I have been wanting to give discussion posts another try, you know to connect with my readers a little bit more. I’m far too introverted even online to even start up a conversation! Anyhow.

Book annotation is one of the things that we debate about as bookworms. I mean we love our books too much to deface them.. right? We won’t even bend the spine! Books must stay aesthetically pleasing to the eyes.

I agree! However, I also disagree. (I hate these kinds of things, because I always end up sitting on the fence).

For most of my life, I never wrote on my books. Apart from writing my name at the front of my books, I never underline or wrote notes on them. If I had to, I would use post-it notes and index tabs.

“Writing on you books are a big no-no” for me. Back then.

However, when I decided to write book reviews as a hobby. That mentality kind of changed. With my kindle, I was constantly writing notes and highlighting passages. Of course, this is different when it comes to paperbacks and hardbacks. I still had my reservations. However, lately – I just can’t be arsed to bring post-it notes with me, or a separate notebook for notes. Especially since I started working.

It’s kind of hard to write down on a piece of paper or a sticky when most of your reading time is done on public transportation. So I have been using pencils to write marginalia. I also started to think that marginalia makes the book a little bit more personal too. It shows that you have given thought to the passage and the text, and maybe even questioned it.

But there’s still the perfectionist side of me. I still dislike writing on the book pages, because it’s messy. Sometimes, it’s just nice to flick through unmarred pages. To see the pristine print of text without any random markings you have no clue was there for.

So here’s my question for you!

Should You Annotate You Books?

I’d really love to see your comments, and your opinions on the matter!

What have I been up to?

Hello lovely readers,

For the past month or so, I haven’t been very active in terms of social media. Since it is pretty much my last week of holiday for the next few months, I thought I would give you a general update.

Reading Slump and Book Buying Ban

Since the end of January I haven’t been able to read or pick up a book. Even though I wanted to read… I just couldn’t focus on doing so at all. In fact, I am so behind in my book reviews that it is getting ridiculous now.

I do have a few book reviews lined up that I will be uploading in the next couple of days, so look out for those (though they may be outdated by then… I am so sorry!!!) I have also prepared some blog posts that will be scheduled to go live in the next few weeks – because knowing how my schedule is starting from next week, I won’t be able to physically update this blog for a little while – maybe.

As for the book buying ban… Three months I haven’t bought a single book, and I am pretty pleased with myself. However, I did succumb to buying books again in the last couple of days… But, I don’t regret it at all!

In fact, that just gave me an idea as to what my next post is going to be about! ….. APRIL BOOK HAUL!

That’s pretty much where I am at the moment in terms of my reading life!

Work, School and Social Life

For the past six months, I have been working as a TA and Admin Support in a school – it has been an amazing experience and I am so glad that I took a year off from school to just gain more experience of what it’s like being an adult.

Conclusion…. it’s crap.

I don’t want to be an adult, and I will forever live under my parents roof because it’s difficult. This past few months of acting like an adult – paying some of my utility bills and car insurance, and paying for my own car… It’s hard. I don’t know how my parents does it. I don’t know how any adult does it! I have discovered how bad I am at budgeting my money, and I splurge way to much on things that I do not need. Help me!

Now, one of the reasons why I haven’t been able to update this blog for quite some time is because of the fact that I have been spending most of my time rediscovering my inner student. Because, praise the Lord! After a lot stressful and sleepless nights worrying about my future goals and career, I am going to University! It has been a rough road getting here, but finally, finally, FINALLY I managed to get here.

I have been spending a lot of time reading up on my course, and doing some work even before it starts…. let’s just say that I want to be prepared for this. Hence, I haven’t been much of a reader lately.

Social life, still non-existent -hoping that this will improve soon though!

-Jhan x

Book Review | We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan

We Come Apart

We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan and Brian Conaghan couldn’t have been published in a better time than now. This book touches on so many social issues that is very much relevant and parallel to what is happening in our society today, and I cannot express how much this book captures the reality that is our society today – no matter how we say it isn’t. From domestic abuse to racism – this book covers it all. Continue reading

Book Review | Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken – spoilers

Wayfarer

Texas, 1905

Etta Spencer didn’t know she was a traveller until the day she found herself not just miles, but years from home. Now, Etta is stranded in time and separated from the boy she loves. At the mercy of a family she once thought her enemy, Etta learns of a new Ironwood plot, more dangerous than she could have imagined: to destroy the future she longs to return to.

The Bahamas, 1776

Devastated by Etta’s disappearance, Nicholas enlists the help of Sophia Ironwood. But after a deadly mistake derails their search, an ancient power emerges, more frightening than the Ironwood’s plot – a power that threatens to eradicate time altogether.

Into the Unknown

From New York City to San Francisco, Imperial Russia to the Vatican catacombs, Etta and Nicholas must desperately fight to read each other…

Disclaimer// I would like to thank NetGalley and the publisher, Quercus for providing me an e-Book review copy of Wayfarer by Alexandra Bracken, in exchange of an honest review.

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When Do You Read? 

Hello my lovely readers,

I am feeling extra productive this week and have a new post for you!

I’m not sure whether to categorise this as a rambling/rant post or a discussion post; eaither way I would love to hear from you guys!

Balancing out our lives between school/work and our social lives are hard – and some of us are blessed with the superpower of organisation and time management. However, I am not one of those people. Socialising is the one thing that I have neglected a long time ago. I certainly wish I hadn’t though, because I know I have missed out on a fair but of teenage experiences.

Anyhow… that’s not my concern today in this post. Today, I want to discuss the matter of :

When Do You Read?

I, myself, try to read as much as I can, whenever I can. But, lately I found that I read mainly when I am on the bus/public transportation. Or during lunchtime at work to avoid awkward conversations.

In an ideal world I would be reading all the time, maybe even for a living. But we know that, that’s just my wishful thinking. So I read whenever I am able to. During the bus ride to and from work. Waiting for the bus (normally, I have to wait half-an-hour for a bus to get home). But majority of the time, I don’t get to read as much as I want to.

When I read, it is often during the early hours or just before I go to sleep. It is the only time I am able to.

The Book Wishlist

Greetings,

Being a bookworm isn’t exactly the easiest hobby to have. It’s very costly, if I say so myself (while my bank account will second my statement). There are constantly new books being released throughout the year. And you must have them! But you know you shouldn’t. What with the other 500 unread books on your shelf.

I am a massive spender on books. Very rarely do I buy books from charity shops, I always buy from Waterstone’s or some other bookshop online. Then, we get to the point where we just don’t have the funds to buy anymore so we make wishlists!!!

Today, I have decided to share with you guys the books I have on my…

  1. The Last Beginning by Lauren James
  2. Gemina by Amy Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
  3. The Outsiders by S E Hinton
  4. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur
  5. Girl Up by Laura Bates
  6. Anna and the Swallow Man by Gavriel Savit
  7. A Million Worlds With You by Claudia Gray
  8. Ten Thousand Skies Above You by Claudia Gray
  9. A Thousand Pieces of You by Claudia Gray
  10. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  11. Unboxed by Non Pratt

I swear, ones the reading pile that I have reaches single digits I will pile it up sky high with new books! I can’t believe that it’s been three months since the last time I bought a book. I am having withdrawal symptoms!

I keep itching to buy books, and instead I have started to buy more and more notebooks! I mean in a week I went ahead and bough 5 different notebooks. Ones I wont be using until probably in three months time. Depending on how much content I manage to plan in the next few weeks.

It’s madness. Mother even banned me from buying anymore books and notebooks until I finish the ones that are already in my possession.

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