So Long, Farewell, September Wrap-Up Time

So school hit me like a ton of bricks. Anyone else?

I mean the first couple of weeks were fine, but then it was like ha, just kidding, feel the wrath of stress slowly encapsulate you, so it’s safe to say that I’m still getting into the swing of things (like having a proper sleeping schedule) but so far, no fatalities! That’s good, right?

I think I’m going to be extremely busy this year, but of course I will still make time for all the readings and writings because that is obviously superior to homework and tests. That being said, let’s get into the book march!

Presenting… The Book March of September

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  1. Take A Bow by Elizabeth Eulberg // ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // 93%
  2. Lucky in Love by Kasie West // ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // 97%
  3. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins // ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ // 97%
  4. Avenged by Amy Tintera // ⭐⭐⭐⭐ // 87%

Can I just say that it took me freaking forever to finally finish Avenged. Not because I didn’t enjoy it, mind you, but I felt so unmotivated to read the fantasy things that it was a very slow process. The actual quality of the book was really great, but I think the way I read it (or didn’t) put a downer on the experience.

I have been in such a contemporary kick lately it’s not even funny… mostly because my wallet cries every time I buy another hardback. But I need all the contemporaries.

The Haul

I bought more books this month! What a surprise. I would like to thank BookOutlet for catering to my cheap book needs. Of course the week after I hit that “Confirm Order” button (or whatever it’s called) my dad finds a coupon for $5 off. I could pay for shipping with that! And now there’s that Booktoberfest sale. *Sigh* Anyways, here’s the list of books I’ve most recently acquired. Does anyone else just really enjoy opening packages because those are always the highlights of my days.

Tower of Dawnhaven’t even read Empire of Storms yet, whoops. But I had to get that $20 Indigo exclusive edition, am I right?

The Darkest Mindshonestly, I got this book in anticipation of the movie because I do not want to be left out on that train. But I’ve heard fantastic things about the whole trilogy and I really want to see what all the hype’s about.

DreamologyI’ve been wanting to read this book ever since I heard of it way back last year(?) the year before(?) because the premise sounds like so much fun. Mix that in with a BookOutlet spree and the mood for all the contemporaries and you get me adding Dreamology to my (theoretical digital) cart.

When Dimple Met RishiI have heard nothing but great things about this book and when I saw that $9.99 I knew I’d been putting off buying it for a reason. Still doesn’t explain why I don’t have Eliza and Her Monsters though…

The Fill-In Boyfriendafter finishing Lucky in Love (review to come, late as it is) I just needed more Kasie West and I think this is one of the more popular ones(?). Either way I am excited and so ready to read it.

Book Boyfriends of the Month

I have yet to decide if this segment is actually just incredibly embarrassing or if it’ll eventually amount to something. Let’s hope for the latter. In any case, I’m continuing for now, if only for the fangirl in me to have some kind of outlet.

Ethan Quinn – I’m hesitant to put him on here since I’ve known him for so long and love him more like a brother than anything… but he was one half of my first otp (do people still even use that anymore? I feel like I haven’t heard it in a while) and he is a book boyfriend so I’ll let him hang out with the other Greats.

Seth Nguyen – I. Love. Him. I am in the middle of writing my Lucky in Love review (which may end up being a total mess- the jury’s still out for that) and let’s just say he’s completely wonderful.

(Monsieur) Etienne St. Clair – something about his name makes me feel like it desperately needs a “Monsieur”. This is a no-brainer- St. Clair is one of the most charismatic people around. I feel like we need more like him. Plus, he’s #flawed. He has fears. He makes the wrong decision sometimes. He’s… human?! (Exposed)

The Writings

I am taking my first creative writing class in school! (*cue applause*) It’s a good time because all I need to do when I go to class is sit and read and write. So I’m working on a but of a story there, not to mention desperately trying to lessen my TBR load and reach my Goodreads challenge goal. It’s slow going, but I am (very very slowly) making progress in my writing project of the moment. I hope this one will last. Does anyone else find themselves giving up not even halfway through a story, either because they’re bored of their words or unmotivated with a lack of creativity? Because that is me. All. The. Time. This is why more often than not I end up writing “scenes” rather than fully flushed out stories. I think I may have a slight fear of commitment when it comes to writing projects (and tv shows with a lot of seasons @ Gilmore Girls) but I really like my story so far and the potential I see for it so I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I’ll be able to push through and just get the thing down on paper. Or computer screen.

So that was my literary month in a nutshell. I promise that first review is coming as soon as I find a moment to actually, you know, write it. See you soon (hopefully)!

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So Long, Farewell, August Wrap-Up Time

Hey! Sorry for being a bit of a hermit recently; I’ve been vacationing and first-day-of-school-ing and contrary to my original beliefs, it really doesn’t leave a whole lot of time for other things. And by that I mean reading and writing and by extension, blogging.

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High School Musical Book Tag

Hello, how are you? I’m fine, you know, other than the fact that summer is already halfway over??!! More than?! Craziness.

Anyhow, here we are, and here I am doing a tag for the first time! I love High School Musical; I think the first time I cried during a movie was while watching Gotta Go My Own Way for the first time… and maybe second and third and fourth (because feelings). Continue reading “High School Musical Book Tag”

The Great Re-Read Adventure of 2017

Hello, it’s me again! Welcome to August! Yes, I’m back and I haven’t quite worked out a schedule for myself yet, something I’ll hopefully get to soon enough.

Between all the new releases that seem to come out in bulk, not to mention all the books already out in the world the moment you’re born, if you’re like me, you get so overwhelmed by everything new and bright and shiny that you sometimes forget to pick up an old favourite, just for the heck of it.

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So Long, Farewell, July Wrap-Up Time

First off, anyone else singing the Sound of Music now?

Second, hey! Welcome to my first bookish post!

And… I’m late. Of course. So we’re off to a great start.

Ah, summer. For a young’un like me, that means no school. Which of course, by extension, means lots of reading time! Or at least it should, in my opinion. ‘Tis the season to relax, kick back, and enjoy several delicious novels. So, without further ado, let’s get on with the monthly wrap-up!

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Concluding Thoughts

“It ends like this:

Poo-tee-weet?” (22)

Despite being a so called “anti-war novel”, I decided that what interested me more was the role that time played in this novel, and how it compared to its role in the real world. Specifically, the idea of the non-linearity of time.

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3 Essential Questions… Answered?

In conclusion…

Is time linear?

Maybe- just because we can’t see the fourth dimension doesn’t mean it’s not there. At the same time, it’s in our nature to need to see proof to convert our thinking from what “might be” to what is.

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The Possibility of Becoming Unstuck

How might we be able to become “unstuck in time” in our own way?

“Billy is spastic in time, has no control over where he is going next, and the trips aren’t necessarily fun. He is in a constant state of stage fright, he says, because he never knows what part of his life he is going to have to act in next” (23)

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Time of Our Lives

How much does time dictate our lives in comparison to the characters in the novel?

We know that it’s more likely at this point that time is more in control over us than we are of it.

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Time and Control

How much does time dictate our lives?

A lot, to say the least.

Humans, like all living creatures, are mortal- eventually, we all will run out of time. That’s why sayings like “carpe diem” exist, because we never know when our time is up, and we must seize every moment of it. But then how come so many of us keep our eyes so intent on the future?

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The Butterfly Effect and the Non-Linearity of Time

“It has been said that something as small as the flutter of a butterfly’s wing can ultimately cause a typhoon halfway around the world” (The Butterfly Effect, 2004 movie)

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Introducing the Butterfly Effect

According to the Sensitive Dependence on Initial Conditions theory, also called the Chaos Theory, but more known to mainstream media as the Butterfly Effect, “the flap of a butterfly’s wings might ultimately cause a tornado” (Peter Dizikes, February 22, 2011).

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The Non-Linearity of Time

Seeing may be believing, but that does not mean we must go on in complete ignorance of what else might be.

“It is just an illusion we have here on Earth that one moment follows another on, like beads on a string, and that once a moment is gone, it is gone forever” (27)

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How Soon is Now?

Time, a theory brought to you by the Tralfamadorians.

“The most important thing I learned on Tralfamadore was that when a person dies he only appears to die. He is still very much alive in the past, so it is silly for people to cry at his funeral. All moments, past, present, and future, always have existed, always will exist” (26-27)

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