tbr thursdays |a new blog series!

hello lovelies! i have an exciting (cuz TBR’s are always exciting no??) new series that I’m starting on my blog. i felt like my days are just filled with thoughts of the books I have not read and want too read and honestly my journals are just filled with complaints that I have no time, no money, no space for these books, so I guess this is something I’ve unconsciously wanted to start for a while!

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here we (or rather, I) will be talking about the books that I’ve recently heard about in the bookish community on Twitter, Youtube and Instagram, and that I am really excited about. basically this series is just an excuse for me to hardcore fangirl over the books i want to read. these might be books i recently bought (maybe i’ll include hauls in the future????), received or borrowed, just anything about TBRs!

i hope you guys will like this section (i know i’ll enjoy writing them!) (also i know i’m posting this on a Monday but it’s an introduction post and I couldn’t wait lol hehe)

love,

clari ♡

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review: A Spark of White Fire by Sangu Mandanna

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[The Celestial Trilogy #1] by Sangu Mandanna | 400 pages | published Sep 11, 2018 | Sky Pony Press

[disclaimer! I received an e-ARC of A Spark of White Fire from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.]

synopsis


In a universe of capricious gods, dark moons, and kingdoms built on the backs of spaceships, a cursed queen sends her infant daughter away, a jealous uncle steals the throne of Kali from his nephew, and an exiled prince vows to take his crown back.

Raised alone and far away from her home on Kali, Esmae longs to return to her family. When the King of Wychstar offers to gift the unbeatable, sentient warship Titania to a warrior that can win his competition, she sees her way home: she’ll enter the competition, reveal her true identity to the world, and help her famous brother win back the crown of Kali.

It’s a great plan. Until it falls apart.

Inspired by the Mahabharata and other ancient Indian stories, A Spark of White Fire is a lush, sweeping space opera about family, curses, and the endless battle between jealousy and love.


introduction

I’ve been obsessed with mythology ever since I was a kid (Greek, Roman, Egyptian, Chinese, Japanese, Indian, etc) so finding out that it was based on the Mahabharata just made me explode in excitement. You rarely find any books that are based on Indian mythology or just any mythology that is not Greek or Roman, so this was an absolute gem for me.


characters

[3/5] I gave the characters a rating of 3 just because I’m neither impressed or disappointed by them. Esmae/Alexa Rey is a little different from other heroines I’ve encountered, I guess, in that she is not going after her lost throne for herself, but rather for her brother. To be honest, I’d probably want to be like her: a girl more devoted to peace and books, but still skilled in battle. I didn’t even realize how much I’ve fallen for her till at one point in the book [trying to hide spoilers lol] I was quite literally squealing and my hands were shaking with fear and anticipation at what would happen. Her brothers, Alexi and Bear, did not appear enough for me to truly appreciate their character developments (though I have to admit Bear already charmed me). Amba’s personality was a little dry and the way her speech was written to seem regal and war-goddess-like seemed forced, so I was not very impressed by her. Rama, however, has my heart. His personality really shined through and I was really invested in the friendship between him and Esmae. Max also surprisingly won my support, in spite of me thinking the romance between him and Esmae wasn’t all that suitable. Is it weird that the Titania  has more of a personality than some of the characters? The ship is probably my favorite character besides Rama. There were a couple of characters that I felt were unnecessary and I kind of forgot about, but overall, the character cast was pretty normal. Since this is the first book of a trilogy, I hope the character’s personalities are developed more in the next books (especially Sybilla. she seems REALLY interesting and I want to know more about her!)


plot

[4/5] so i’ve read a little bit about the Mahabharata before (sometime in my middle-school years, in my mythology craze) so I recognized a little bit of the plot and that honestly made me so happy. The plot was a little slow, kind of rough and hard to keep track of at the beginning, but once you are familiar with the characters, it get a lot easier to follow and a whole lot interesting! I’ve only recently gotten really into science-fiction/space-themed books and this is an incredible mixture of mythology and space and stars that really clicked with me. I appreciate the love (between friends and family, not romance, will get to that later), jealousy and betrayal that Esmae experienced and all of this came together to form a character that becomes a villain in the eyes of the rest of the realms in the universe. I love stories where there are no clear “sides” and differences between “good” and “bad” because it’s what the real world is like, and this blur in between the lines of “good” and “bad” is shown really well here.

What I do have is a slight problem with is the romance between Max and Esmae. I don’t understand it at all. Sure I want them to be together (dark, brooding, smart, good-looking misunderstood adopted prince, who wouldn’t?), but there was just no chemistry that I could appreciate and the kiss scenes were a little forced. Besides, they’re step-cousins. I did not feel the intense desire for them to turn out to be a couple, I did not ship them hard, and honestly think that it’d be more appropriate if they just turned out to be best friends and partners in crime (literally?).

The friendship between Esmae and Rama, though, is precious and dear to my heart. I’ve already written above about how Rama has stolen my heart (partly because he’s like who a mix between my little brother and best friend would be), but really, this friendship is what you should ship in this story. Not Max & Esmae, but Esmae & Rama. [WARNING: for those that ship this friendship, be prepared for some tears]

The ending of the book is mentioned several times throughout the book, but trust me, you will not expect it. It is not what you think. When I was reading A Spark of White Fire, I wasn’t sure if it was a standalone or part of a series, so I thought if the book actually ended like it was mentioned, it wouldn’t be too bad. It’d be a beautifully tragic both expected and unexpected ending (since we ALL know that if there’s a prophecy saying how the hero/heroine dies, it’s never true). But the actual ending is also really beautiful and squeezed plenty of tears from me and my love-hate relationship with tragedy.

“The usurper king was once a boy that just wanted to be worthy. The usurper king gave me a home. The usurper king cried when he touched my face. He was a monster, but now he’s just my uncle.”

People will remember today, because today is the day we start a war. It will be fierce and bitter and I will repay every betrayal, every lie, and every drop of Rama’s blood a thousand times over. I won’t stop until the world is on fire. I will win. And I swear this, Alexi: I swear I will break you before the end.”


writing

[4/5] I thoroughly enjoyed Sangu’s writing style and I think the way she told the story really helped it sink straight into my heart and make me care about the fate of the characters in the end. Her prose is absolutely beautiful, and I have several quotes that I’ve already written into my collection of snippets from books I love! Her writing helps the chapters and situations flow smoothly although the beginning was a little rough, I’ll have to admit. Her vivid descriptions of scenes transported me straight into the action and made it even easier to become invested in this story. This is definitely a book that gets better the more you read and ends with a splendid, tragic, dramatic sort-of cliffhanger.


end thoughts

i usually rate books that make me cry as good, but i’d recommend this book just merely because of the relation to the Mahabharata. If you’re a mythology geek like me, this book is for you! If you’re a science-fiction geek, this book is an interesting find for you! I truly enjoyed Sangu’s writing and I can’t wait till the next book in this series is announced 🙂


final rating [4/5]

★★★★


let’s talk bookish! : foreign books

Decidió darle utilidad al estambre en lugar de desperdiciarlo y rabiosamente tejió y lloró y tejió, hasta que en la madrugada terminó la colcha y se la echó encima. De nada sirvió. Ni esa noche ni muchas otras mientras vivió logró controlar el frío.

She decided to make use of the yarn instead of wasting it; rabidly knitting and crying and knitting, until she finished the blanket at dawn and threw it over herself. But it was to no avail. Not this night nor many others that she lived did she manage to control the cold.

– Como agua para chocolate (Laura Esquivel)

it’s been a long time since I’ve posted, but since I’m in Ecuador and studying in Spanish, I think it is an excellent time to talk about books in other languages!!

i haven’t really had the time to pick up YA or any fiction books in spanish but when I did (spanish version of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters graphic novel) it really helped expand my vocabulary, even if I had to use SpanishDictionary to look up words every five seconds. I’m trying to find the courage to pick up an actual novel and finish it before I leave in 2 months (maybe even buying a spanish edition of a book because i’ve walked into bookstores here…and they’re all so beautiful).

 

img_6341.jpgapart from translations of books that were in english, i’ve also been loving books by Latin American authors! I had to read the first chapter of the book Como agua para chocolate (Like water for chocolate) by Laura Esquivel (in which some of you must know it from the movie) and what can I say I’ve already fallen so deeply in love with it. I’m planning on reading the rest of it when I have more freedom to read without stress pressing into my mind from all directions. I’m also reading La Casa de Los Espírutus (The House of Spirits) by Isabel Allende, albeit in English. It’s complicated enough in English, so it’ll be awhile before I can read the original. I guess what I’m trying to say is GIVE LOVE TO INTERNATIONAL AUTHORS!!!! Sometimes it’s hard when you don’t know the language, but if you’re trying to learn one, pick up a copy of a book in that language! Of course, you won’t be able to go straight to novels, but start small, with children’s books or graphic novels (like I did). Pretty soon you’ll be able to enjoy the beautiful writing that is present in books that are written in languages other than English!

img_4871I’ve also been trying to get into Chinese novels, or 小说, even though my knowledge of Chinese characters is limited. I’ve only encountered romances up till now but that’s the stuff I’m looking for so I’m golden! (btw, Chinese romances are so beautiful idk every time I finally get what’s going on i’m just like as;dlkfjs;dlkajs gahhhhh) it has also been helping me learn more characters! for every word I don’t know how to read or don’t understand, I write it down in my notebook with the definition (because I can speak Chinese smoothly, just can’t really read or write) and if I still don’t know how to read it, I also write down the pinyin.

being able to read books in different languages is honestly one of the biggest reasons I love learning new languages and should be your reason to start learning too! I’m thinking of starting a series of blogposts where I talk about books in languages other than english (which i’m more comfortable reading in), what do you guys think?

besos y abrazos,

clari

review: My Plain Jane, by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows

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by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton & Jodi Meadows | 464 pages | published June 26, 2018 | Harper Teen

synopsis


You may think you know the story. After a miserable childhood, penniless orphan Jane Eyre embarks on a new life as a governess at Thornfield Hall. There, she meets one dark, brooding Mr. Rochester. Despite their significant age gap (!) and his uneven temper (!!), they fall in love—and, Reader, she marries him. (!!!)

Or does she?

Prepare for an adventure of Gothic proportions, in which all is not as it seems, a certain gentleman is hiding more than skeletons in his closets, and one orphan Jane Eyre, aspiring author Charlotte Brontë, and supernatural investigator Alexander Blackwood are about to be drawn together on the most epic ghost hunt this side of Wuthering Heights.


introduction

so even though I provided the official synopsis that is provided on Goodreads and also the author’s personal websites, I thought it’d be fun to add my (very) brief summary of this (brilliant) book!

Basically, imagine what could’ve inspired Jane Eyre, what Charlotte Brönte must of experienced in order to come up with this beautiful classic. Add ghosts. Then dive into this whirlwind of an adventure that will have you speeding through the pages & laughing (and maybe a little crying) along the way.


character

[4/5] I think all the characters are wonderful and interesting and I could rave ALL DAY about how creative incorporating Charlotte Brönte into a book that she wrote is! I might have squealed so loudly my host family’s dog Baloo (who likes to sleep under my bed) got scared and ran out of my room. When I finally realized the amusing Charlotte from the first scene in the book was the Charlotte Brönte I just kind of burst in happiness. Same to when Branwell, Emily and Anne were introduced. Speaking about her siblings, I would’ve liked if they’re characters were developed more, but since this is a book titled My Plain Jane and centered around the “true” story of Jane Eyre, I’d understand why the spotlight shines on our two favorite heroines : Jane herself and witty Charlotte.


plot

[5/5] what a brilliant retelling of my childhood favorite classic? To be honest I really did not know what to expect from this book when I read the prologue (throw out pretty much everything you know about the story??) but wow. the plot of this book goes around in loopty loops and I felt like there was constantly a new uncovering of some scandalous information that makes you go “OHHHHH.” First of all, ghosts? who would expect supernatural themes in a book about Jane Eyre? The supernatural aspect definitely surprised me but ultimately I enjoyed this lighthearted paranormal theme. Second, how clever is it that the original writer’s life and that of her publication merges? (like I told you before, can’t stop raving about this.) Till now I’m blown away by this. The actual story of Jane Eyre, the story Charlotte Brönte published, the one we knew before My Plain Jane. Simply beautiful. Can we talk about how the romance is still manages to shine through all that action? My inner hopeless romantic is SATISFIED.

I also really liked the theme of female empowerment in the book and how Charlotte, Jane and Mrs. Rochester are breaking the stereotype of weak & powerless women (we blame the corsets!!) and showing the mid-18th century how powerful women can be too. One of my favorite quotes in the book is something Charlotte wrote in Chapter 7 about the unfairness of sexism when it comes to occupations and hobbies:

“Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do,” she wrote, her pen flying across the page. “They suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.”

 – an indignant Charlotte Brönte


writing

[5/5] One of the reasons why I was able to speed through this book in two days (beside mind-blowing plot & amusing characters) is the writing. The entire book is soooooo humorous and I found myself giggling about a hundred times throughout the book. The little “author blurb” thrown out throughout the book kept the tone light and always made me laugh! I absolutely loved that the authors sprinkled little pieces of Charlotte’s actual writing in the book, for example:

“Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you, — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh; — it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal, — as we are!”

this is one of the things Charlotte writes in her journal in My Plain Jane and is actually something Jane Eyre says to Mr. Rochester in the original Jane Eyre!


end thoughts

i’m absolutely enchanted with this book and if you haven’t read it, read it. I’ll be picking up My Lady Jane in the meantime and also waiting till 2020 for the next book in the Lady Janies series! I’d love if they started another series for not only Janes but also books from other female/male authors merged with their own lives.


final rating [5/5]

★★★★★


may wrap up, favorites & june tbrs!

half of may was still occupied by finals and pre finals week, so though I read quite a lot of books, I didn’t read as many as I would of liked lol.


books read

  • Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  • Shadow & Bone : Leigh Bardugo
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Ignite Me: Tahereh Mafi
  • To Kill a Kingdom: Alexandra Christo

books reading

  • Circe: Madeline Miller
  • Caraval: Stephanie Garber

May was actually a pretty good month in terms of books! I read two books that are now some of my all time favorites: Strange the Dreamer (i suppose the magic and the beauty of Lazlo Strange’s world has me caught in its web) and To Kill a Kingdom (savage beauty? my aesthetic. i love lira and i love elian and i love absolutely everything about this book). I’m currently reading Circe and WOW, I was never very impressed or sympathetic with Circe but this really made me think about how everyone has a different story and even the unpopular people have their own stories that should be told.


music

i’ve sort of given up on differentiating my music by language, i listen to korean and spanish music only anyhow :’)

  • Only Friends – MeloMance
  • I’m Your Girl? – KHAN
  • You & I – Dreamcatcher
  • 넋두리(sorrow in vain) – Nilo
  • lovely – Billie Eilish & Khalid
  • Perdoname – Yoandri
  • Didn’t Know Me – Heize
  • Bittersweet – Crush
  • Get It – Pristin V

june tbrs! (not including current reads)

  • Warcross by Marie Lu
  • The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz
  • Starfish by Akemi Dawn Bowman
  • Rosemarked by Livia Blackburne
  • The Darkest Minds by Alexandra Bracken

this month has just been wild in general, with me finishing my second year in college and officially now a junior (what? how? who knows.) and also with me embarking on the most exciting adventure of my life. As I’m writing this, I’m sitting in my uncle’s house in Jakarta, Indonesia after about a week in both Japan and Bangkok, Thailand. In two days I will be heading on a plane back to my hometown, towards the head and the blaze and the burn that i’ve missed to a certain point (after all, who likes being constantly covered by a thin sheen of sweat? certainly not me).

i’m sorry i haven’t been blogging that much (i’m such a lazy bum) but I promise to force myself to at least try to create something entertaining 😀

until then, adios!

brazos, clarissa

 

april wrap up, favorites & may tbrs!

well, this wrap up will be really short since april was an extremely busy month for me ._.


Books

I only managed to read two books this month, all though I started reading two other books that I haven’t finished yet.

Read:

  • An Ember in the Ashes – Sabaa Tahir
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire – J.K. Rowling

Reading:

  • Lady Midnight – Cassandra Clare
  • Furyborn – Claire Legrand

I really enjoyed An Ember in the Ashes, a lot more so than I thought I would when I picked up the book in the library at the beginning of the month. I remember having to stay up pretty late one Sunday night working on my school work because I had spent the entire day reading it lol. I very evidently have my priorities straight (not). I just finished the Goblet of Fire yesterday and whew what a ride. It had quite a slow start but that slow start played such a big part in the ending I just–WHOOSH there goes my mind blown away.


Music

Again, I didn’t do much except study this past month, so the music I’ve been playing has generally been from playlists that I play on spotify. here’s just a general list of the songs i’ve been loving~

  • 어던 사랑 (Kind of Love) – Seungkwan from Seventeen
  • Baby – The Rose
  • Your Dog Loves You – Colde ft. Crush
  • Just Be Stars – JBJ (;-; they’ve disbanded)
  • i loved you first – joan
  • 내가 먼저 (Missed Connections) – DK from Seventeen

playlists

  • ghibli // study (Spotify)
  • seasons of sadness (danielions on Youtube)

May TBR!

ahh, finally the exciting part. i anticipate being able to read a lot this month just because school is ending~~~

  • Strange the Dreamer – Laini Taylor
  • Shadow & Bone : Leigh Bardugo
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Ignite Me: Tahereh Mafi
  • Unravel Me: Tahereh Mafi
  • I’m Thinking of Ending Things – Iain Reid

yay to may and have a great summer!!!

[V] officially nearly done

45 (or less!) days till I finish off my second year in college and go back to Southeast Asia for the summer. You cannot believe how much I am looking forward to being back.

There’re still a number of major things I have to go through before that’ll happen though. Of course, semester finals are waiting for me, looming in the second week of May, visa applications for Ecuador and of course, everything about preparing for my study abroad next semester.

I’M GOING TO ECUADOR IN JULY!!!??? help it’s just a shock how fast time flew past–i still feel like a freshman in college, still a little confused, a little panicked, just barely holding everything together, but no–I’ll soon be in my third year of college, past the point of being halfway done with college. Soon I’ll be a junior, closer to my graduation than my entrance. How did that happen? I feel like I haven’t done enough, learned enough, to earn my graduation yet.

It is possible that this blog might convert into some sort of a travel blog durante el verano y por las próximas seis meses cuando estaré en Ecuador. (during the summer and for the next six months while I’ll be in Ecuador.) Though I am filled with fear of the unknown, my curiosity and excitement are also overflowing and I cannot wait till I get to embark on an entirely foreign journey.

And so that was a mini little update as I cruise on the fresh wave of homesickness that has recently washed over me 😀 weeeee

march wrap up, favorites & april tbrs

March has ended & i thought it’d be nice to do a little monthly wrap up! from this month on, i’ll have monthly wrap up/favorites/tbr posts. for this month it’ll only be books and music, but in the future there might be more sections 😉


Books

I haven’t had the chance to read a lot of books in March since I only had time to read during my spring break just last week, but I have read some all time favorites nevertheless.

the book of the month is… *drumroll* … Mosquitoland by David Arnold!

it was actually quite a struggle for me to choose between Mosquitoland and Gemina, the second book in the Illuminae series by Amie Kaufmann and Jay Kristoff, but in the end, Mim won my heart. She’s like my book child, even if I am the same age as she is.

that being said, Obsidio is out!!?? For those who don’t know, Obsidio is the third book in the Illuminae series that ties the stories in both Illuminae and Gemina fully together. I absolutely loved both Illuminae and Gemina (seriously, those books make me so, so happy) so I’m excited to hopefully own a copy of Obsidio, which has a gorgeous gray-black cover. I can’t even express my love for that series enough. There are just no words to express!

all this doesn’t mean that the other books I read weren’t great, in fact March was an incredible month for me in terms of reading! they were all incredibly powerful and definitely “carved a mark” (ha) in my heart.

books read

  • Gemina (The Illuminae Files #2) : Amie Kaufmann & Jay Kristoff
  • Mosquitoland : David Arnold
  • Wintergirls : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Salt to the Sea : Ruta Sepetys
  • Winter (The Lunar Chronicles #4) : Marissa Meyer
  • This Is Where It Ends : Marieke Nijkamp
  • Carve the Mark : Veronica Roth

Music

i am no expert when it comes to music/genres/how to differentiate different types of songs but here I’ll list some of the songs of the months! usually i hear a song, i like it, and add it to my playlist lol.

A lot of the music I listen to is in another language other than English, and I’ve found that I’ve been listening to less English music since the start of 2018. I’ll divide the song lists by language then, i guess :’D

english

  • Let It Be : Hayley Kiyoko
  • 1950 : King Princess (explicit)
  • Easy: Chelsea Lankes
  • Lie : Shallou, Riah
  • in my miND : Maty Noyes
  • Grow : France

chinese

  • 安静了:S.H.E
  • 如果雨之後:Eric Chou
  • 心跳 :Wang Leehom

spanish

  • Insecure : Amara La Negra
  • Ayúdame : Lucah
  • A Tu Lado : Layl
  • Ando buscando : Carlos Baute, Piso 21
  • Bórrame La Memoria : Nikki Garden

korean

  • iffy (prod. GroovyRoom) : Sik-k, PH1, Jay Park
  • Jasmine : DPR Live
  • Still Breathe : Suran
  • Electric Kiss : EXO
  • GO : NCT Dream
  • Bad High (Acoustic Ver.) : Yungmoodmedia
  • 목도리(Muffler) (Prod. Muffin) : WAP_AUTUMN

April TBR!

hopefully i’ll be able to get through it…

  • An Ember in the Ashes : Sabaa Tahir
  • Furyborn : Claire Legrand
  • Shadow & Bone : Leigh Bardugo
  • The Impossible Knife of Memory : Laurie Halse Anderson
  • Ignite Me: Tahereh Mafi
  • Unravel Me: Tahereh Mafi

anyway happy april and I hope you guys’ll have a good month ahead of you!

13 facts about me!

And since I’m on a roll of things in multiples of 13, I wanted to share 13 facts about me. Think of it as a Behind-the-Book-Blog!/Behind-the-Bookstagram! kind of post.

  1. Many people might know this already, but I’m in college! I was homeschooled so I skipped a few grades, took my SAT’s early, and ended up in college 4 years early :’D
  2. I’m left handed. It gets annoying sometimes, but most of the time it makes me feel special, leaving out moments like when my elbow bangs into someone else’s while eating or when ink and lead smudges on the side of my palms -.-
  3. I cry more for other people’s pain than for my own. Think: lots of tears when reading, watching movies, reading news, etc, but no tears when I fall down two flights of stairs. I still cry a lot though, now that I think of it. I! just! can’t! help! it!
  4. My guilty pleasure is Kpop. I’m obsessed. I’m a not-so-closet Kpop fangirl. The only thing that I’m more obsessed with than Kpop are books. :3
  5. I don’t really have a favorite color (like literally, everything I own is just a mixture of colors) but recently I’ve noticed I own a lot of pink and blue stuff, so I guess pink & blue.
  6. I binge-snack whenever I read, since I’m so engrossed in the book. So I try to keep all of my snacks in my closet where I can’t see or reach them from my bed :’)
  7. I’ve been swimming competitively for about 7 or 8 years now and I don’t think my love for water or the sport will fade anytime soon.
  8. I never watched TV when I was growing up since my parents disapproved of TV and we never had a TV in the house, so I wouldn’t know most of the TV shows. I don’t feel like I missed much though.
  9. I’m a hoarder of journals, pens and more recently, washi tape. I have at least 6 unfinished journals, but also always on the hunt for new ones. The same can be said for pens and washi tape.
  10. I love fruits, but really, really can’t stand vegetables. However, I try to force myself to eat them sometimes because I should at least try to be healthy, right?
  11. I don’t wear makeup, and even when I do, it’s just a little smear of lipstick. It just isn’t worth doing your makeup everyday just to have it wash off in 4 hours during swim practice. needless to say, I have no idea how to do my own makeup lol.
  12. I quite enjoy the process of studying. I complain a lot, but secretly I love studying (ugh I sound so much like a stuck-up, which I promise I am not). It’s sort of therapeutic for me.
  13. Lastly, but not more important than other facts, I’m Malaysian Chinese born in America! I speak Mandarin though I struggle to read and write in it :’) I’m trying my best to gain it back though heh

So that was the most vital 13 facts about me! You’ll see additional Get-To-Know-The-Book-Blogger posts somewhere in the far future, but it’s likely that I’ll push the spotlight away from myself for now and back to books 😀

 

let’s talk bookish! : bookmarks

IMG_4856Hello lovely readers! I’ve decided to add another section to my blog dedicated to everything bookish related! think: mugs, bookmarks, candles, soap, subscription boxes, etc. Hopefully you’ll enjoy it as much as I do 😉

Today I want to talk about bookmarks.

I have an obsession with bookmarks, even though I frequently lose them, end up using random pieces of paper or wrappers, then finding them again in the weirdest corners of the room. Let’s just say my bookmarks have an unhealthy tendency to run off but I still love them very, very much. Surely I’m not the only person who likes to collect and hoard bookmarks?

I’ve been seeing a lot of BEAUTIFUL bookmarks on Instagram lately and I’ve just been drooling over them lol I’ll treat myself to some of them one day!

I’ve never personally bought bookmarks that were curated to specific books and now that I think of it, most of the bookmarks I’ve bought are from other countries I’ve visited during my travels! Some of the most gorgeous bookmarks I own are two wooden bookmarks from Vietnam that feature designs created by quilling, pressed flower bookmarks from japan, and a little metal flowery bookmark my friend got me while she was in Korea. What are some of your favorite bookmarks? (We love them all, but I’m sure we have our favorites, right?) Comment below!