WordPress 032 – Monthly Wrap-up 004 and Book Haul 005 (July and August)

Hi everyone, let’s see if I can actually remember how to do this, shall we?

First of all, I’m combining the past two months into one monthly wrap-up and book haul post, mainly because July was a rather hectic time, especially near the end.  I won’t go into that too much though, but it was mostly good in the end.  I’m just all aflutter sometimes.

Anyway, to the post!

Finished in July and August


Selected Poems by Robert Frost

It was probably not the best idea to start a read-a-thon like two weeks before classes ended, but that’s what I did.  And I ended up starting on this book of poetry first, which wasn’t even on the “official” list of challenges, but what the hey, I finished it at least.  I only really knew two poems by Robert Frost, one of which I had to memorize in 6th grade, so it was nice getting to read the others.  And as I mentioned, the cover is gorgeous.


The Julie series by Jean Craighead George

I finished this series as well that I had planned to during the read-a-thon (though not during the read-a-thon itself).  I especially liked the last book since it focused more on the wolves’ point of view.  I think wolves are very cool (as do many other people, I’m sure).


Mariel of Redwall by Brian Jacques

Also in the midst of things, I finished this book, which is the 4th in the series.  I started this a long time ago, and finally got around to finishing it.  I have many books by him, for nostalgia’s sake (Mr. Jacques, thank you very much T-T), and I’m going to get through them eventually.  I definitely haven’t caught up with my brother yet, who has already read most of them!


The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan

This was an interesting book that I found this past month or so, and I read one other book that was co-written by him and another (rather famous) author, John Green.  Basically this book is laid out like a dictionary, with words and their part of speech at the time, but instead of the definition, Levithan writes a scenario that sort of captures the meaning of that word.  There are both good and bad times in the book, as there are in any relationship, so it was a rather real portrayal of what love is/can be.

Book Haul for July and August

Impressively, I didn’t buy too many books these past two months at all, which is a plus (hopefully) because I’ll just read more than I am acquiring.  Aside from The Lover’s Dictionary that I bought, I also got:


Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson

This was recommended to me by one of my classmates in the Master’s program, who basically posted it up on the discussion forum and told us to give it a read.  I finally got a copy of it, so hopefully I’ll get into this one soon enough.


The 9th Girl by Tami Hoag

I believe this is her latest book, and I’ve read quite a lot of her books so far.  I like the duo in this one (Kovac and Liska), and I should get back to reading more of her books to get them finished.

Anyway, apologies for all the sporadic updates and all, and I hope to get back to a more regular schedule, but who knows with real life!  Thanks for reading as always, and take care!


WordPress 027 – Book Haul 004 (June 2013)

Hi everyone, and happy 4th of July in the States!  One of my dogs is normally scared of fireworks, so I’m trying to keep him not scared on my lap.  (This was him earlier by the door, trying to get out of my room and “away” from all the fireworks sounds popping all around.)


Anyway, I have my book haul today, and as I mentioned in my video on Monday, I only have 5 books to show off!  What is this madness!  Yes, I only bought 5 last month, and I am proud.


There they are: the 5 hardcovers.


The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells

I’ve heard of this book, and since I found a rather nice copy, I thought why not pick it up?  It seems to be the first of a collection of a variety of “classic” novels, but I don’t know if I’ll get the rest.


The Dream Thief by Shana Abe

This is the second book of the Drakon series after The Smoke Thief, which I read and thoroughly enjoyed.  I look forward to this one and see if it keeps up the good writing.


Queen of Dragons by Shana Abe

The third book of the Drakon series, and I believe there are a couple more books after this one.  But for now, we’ll see how these two go.


World War Z by Max Brooks

I had a coupon for Barnes & Noble, so I thought I would get a book I’ve been wondering about for a while, so I got it.  I heard that there’s a movie out on this already?  It seems so fast.


Inferno by Dan Brown

I finished this one already, so you can look forward to a Book Experience on it on Monday.  I always enjoyed how Dan Brown writes, spinning all the mysteries, and I always find myself thinking of the wrong person in the end, which is a nice surprise for me.

Alright, those are the 5 books.  I might have a special something next Thursday regarding something-something that I might be participating in, unofficially anyway.  So, we’ll see how that goes.  It all comes down to how much work I have for uni.

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 019 – Book Haul 003 (May 2013)

Hi everyone!

It’s June, and that means I get to do my book haul for May 2013!  I didn’t think I was going to get a lot of books last month, but then I found out from my dad that the library near where I work was having a book sale in the middle of the month (he just knows these things because he visits libraries everywhere all the time).  So, thanks Dad!


There they are: 21 hardcovers and 8 paperbacks.


Tuesdays with Morrie by Mitch Albom

Like I told the people there at the library book sale, I heard good things about this book, so I thought why not give it a try?


For One More Day by Mitch Albom

I actually saw this book first when I was there, and I saw how it was by the author of Tuesdays with Morrie.  Didn’t know much about it, but reading the summary got me interested in the story, so I picked it up.


A Promise to Believe in by Tracie Peterson

This is the first book in a series that I accidentally bought the second book in.  I would really love it if the publishers of series somehow note down that a certain book is 2nd, 3rd, 4th, etc. in a series, so I know I need to buy the earlier ones!


The Thief Lord by Cornelia Funke

I have heard about the Inkheart series, and I do have two of the books, but I haven’t read them yet.  Still I picked this up just to see how it is.


Hush, Hush by Becca Fitzpatrick

I must say, I am intrigued by the cover of this book.  Black angel wings.  Fallen angels?  All that.


Pathfinder by Orson Scott Card

The colors on the cover are beautiful, and I have yet to read Ender’s Game, but I picked up this book anyway.  Good to give things a try.


The Secret of Lost Things by Sheridan Hay

This is about bookshops and a young person who loves books, so this is like… a story of me!  Sort of, but not really.  I think there are a lot of different characters in here, very… not normal, so this will be interesting for sure.


Dead Man’s Puzzle by Parnell Hall

So I love Sudoku and love completing it, and there’s this mystery story revolving around Sudoku?  I don’t know how it can work, but I can see how it can work too.  Can’t wait to read this.


Falling Bodies by Andrew Mark

I believe the main character has a very interesting outlook on life, and it has been challenged by tragedy, so I would like to see how he comes to terms with it.  Why am I always drawn to tragic characters?


The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly

I don’t know much about this book, only heard about it briefly here and there, and I think it’s about growing up and coming-of-age.  However, I really like the cover of the book.  Really eye-catching.


The Rose Labyrinth by Titania Hardie

So, this is a very interesting set-up because this is actually like a cover that holds the book inside as well as 20-some pages of these bits and pieces of clues that the character will be finding in the story.  So it’s rather interactive, and I can follow along as I read and maybe try to figure out the entire mystery before they do.  Really cool, and I hope that all the pieces are there, otherwise it’s like getting a puzzle and one of the pieces are missing.


Marley & Me by John Grogan

I got so many different editions of this book, but I haven’t even read it yet!  Even though it’s about a dog.  But I think this is the most beautiful edition out there.  So pretty.


Confessions of a Jane Austen Addict by Laurie Viera Rigler

I’m a bit iffy about the premise of this novel, how an Austen-obsessed girl is transported back through time to the Jane Austen era, but… it’s Jane Austen, so I should give it a try.  I mean, why not?


The Bride Collector by Ted Dekker

I bought another book by him before, and this seemed just as equally interesting.  I’ve been into the whole crime thriller genre for a while now, and I’m getting back into it because I’m watching some forensics-related series on Netflix.  So yay.


Romancing Miss Bronte by Juliet Gael

It almost reminds me of Shakespeare in Love, basically a story revolving around the author and how they end up creating and writing their greatest work while dealing with their own lives.  I rather love Jane Eyre, so it would be interesting to see what comes of this.


Vanished by Joseph Finder

This and the next book is the first and second of a series (and yes, I ended up having to buy this one because I didn’t realize Buried Secrets was the 2nd in the series).  But the main character is named Nick, and I have a lot of fondness with that name.


Buried Secrets by Joseph Finder

I probably did buy this book because it said “Nick” down there.  Somewhere, deep down inside me, I hope that the character does the name justice.  I’m weird like that.


The Crimson Petal and the White by Michel Faber

So I had the paperback version of this for a long time, and then I found this one, so I bought it.  Still haven’t read it yet (I’m going to stop using that as an excuse once I actually read all of the books in my collection), but I will get there.


Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson

I’ve been trying to fine Snow Crash by the same author for a while now, but then I saw this one and the next book, and I thought I’ll give these a try first since they sound real interesting.  I’ll be able to see if I like his writing style.


Quicksilver by Neal Stephenson

You probably remember this from my “Big Books Tag” where I showed off this as one of the biggest books that I haven’t’ read yet.  And this is why!  I just got it.  :)


Seven Novels by Jane Austen

I found this collection of Jane Austen novels, and I just snatched it up quick.  Very awesome find.  Sometimes you never know what you might find!


X-Men by Kristine Kathryn Rusch and Dean Wesley Smith

A novelization of the movie I believe, and Wolverine is my favorite character, and I really love Hugh Jackman as Wolverine, so it will be interesting to see if there are more insights to him.


His Dark Materials series by Philip Pullman

Consisting of The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, and The Amber Spyglass, and I’ve never even seen the movie yet, even though my dad bought it a while back.  I actually didn’t know it was a novel until I saw this, so I decided to give it a try.


Choke by Chuck Palahniuk

So, after finished Invisible Monsters, I decided to give more of Chuch Palahniuk’s works a try, and I found this one in like the reference book section… I think because of the anatomy on the front?  Who knows.


The Tender Bar by J. R. Moehringer

I don’t know a thing about this, but this was a World Book Night 2013 book, and I participated in the first annual one in 2012 as a book giver (if you remember from my first bookish post), so seeing this out there seemed so sad.  So I picked it up.


Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk

Heard good things about this and the movie, both I don’t know much about, but at least I have the book now, so I’ll be able to read it and see what it is all about.


Lies My Teacher Told Me by James W. Loewen

A nonfiction book, and I think this is very interesting to find out what we’ve actually missed in history because of this mentality that the victor is the one who writes history.  What is one the other side that we normally don’t know about because we grew up in this one way of learning about history?

Alrighty, that’s all 29 books.  While I do have a lot of reading for class during the summer, I hope I’ll be able to read more for pleasure too and get some things done.  SO many good books out there, and they need to be read!

Anyway, thanks for reading as always. Until next time, take care!

WordPress 009 – Book Haul 002 (April 2013)

Hi everyone.

May is here, so here is my book haul for April 2013.  Coincidentally, I got the same amount as I did in March, same amount of hardcovers and paperbacks as well. Hmm… Mysterious~


There they are: 8 hardcovers and 12 paperbacks.


Never Use White Type on a Black Background and 50 Other Ridiculous Design Rules by Anneloes van Gaalen

Like I mentioned in my last week’s post, I picked this up because of the concept of putting white text on a black background, which I find difficult to read if it’s on a computer screen (and even worse is red text on black background).  However, this is not to say that it never works because the whole “Got Milk?” design totally works.  Interesting read, even though it was mostly quotes.


Dawn’s Prelude by Tracie Peterson

Not quite sure when this novel is set in, but the plot seems interesting enough.  Since the female protagonist is getting married off, I would think this is set a while back.  I’m interested in seeing just what she does with the whole entire thing because it can tell a lot about her character.


The Smoke Thief by Shana Abe

This doesn’t seem as simple as it first appears, not just about a really good thief and another trying to catch the thief, but there is more behind the characters.  For some reason, I’m always wary about novels that contain romantic relationships because I will either like it or… won’t.  Not that I dislike all kinds either, just have a particular taste I suppose.


7 Tattoos by Peter Trachtenberg

I think tattoos are real interesting, even though I personally don’t have any.  This is basically a story behind the seven tattoos the author has, and perhaps for many tattoos, there is a story behind each one.  What went through someone’s mind when they decided to get one?


Life of Pi by Yann Martel

I’ve been hearing too many things about this novel, so I might as well get it, read it, and see.


The Yard by Alex Grecian

I am liking the time period in this novel, and I just got through a Sherlock Holmes kind of phase, so this is suiting me just wonderfully.  I will have to see what this is going to be like.


2012: The Return of Quetzalcoatl by Daniel Pinchbeck

Crop circles are both creepy, yet fascinating to me, so I thought this would be an interesting book to get into.  Maybe this is one of the end-of-the-world type things.


The Scary Stories Treasury by Alvin Schwartz & Stephen Gammell (Illustrator)

So, I must be kind of crazy getting this because I’m terrified of the paranormal, and these books scare me beyond belief.  I did read the three books when I was younger, and it was really the illustrations by Stephen Gammell that haunt my mind even now.  Ken reminded me of these books in a recent letter and how they are changing the illustrations in a new edition, and I remember reading about it on a blog, even seeing the new pictures juxtaposed with the original.  I was like, “What… Are you kidding me now?”  Even though the pictures are beyond terrifying, that is something of an achievement, isn’t it?  To be able to scare someone so effectively with just pictures, just art, why are we replacing them?  That’d be depriving everyone of the essence of the books!  It’d be like… trying to change or cover up something terrible in the past, so no one will know about it in the future.  So, I went I bought this collection because I want to “remember” why it was so freaking scary.  And maybe show it off to people who don’t know how or why it was so scary.  I’m literally too scared to open up this book because I’m afraid of which picture I’ll end up seeing.  My heart clenches in fear every time I think about doing it. Ugh. (I’m such a wimp sometimes.)


The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint Exupery

This is one of those books I’ve been meaning to read forever, so I decided to just get it and read it right away last month.  I liked the beginning with the snake and the elephant, and for such a short book, it was very poignant, as evident by all the Post-It tabs I have there.


Searching for David’s Heart by Cherie Bennett

This book I read a long time ago perhaps in middle school, and for memories’ sake, I acquired it again, so maybe I’ll read it again one of these days.  I liked the plot of it.


The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams

This was the play I mentioned that I had read before, and I really connected with Laura, at least understood her.  I really enjoyed this play, and hm, maybe it would be something to see a performance adaptation for it or something.


The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

I had another copy of this before, the one with dragons on it, but I lent that out to a student that I tutored after school.  She was a good student, and I told her to keep it, so I had to get another one.  When I saw this, I immediately picked it up because this was a really pretty cover.


The Last Dickens by Matthew Pearl

The cover of this book drew me to it, and it’s about Charles Dickens, so why not?  Sounds pretty intense regarding an unfinished work by Dickens and… murder along the way.  Pretty intense.


The Alchemyst by Michael Scott

I’ve enjoyed the Harry Potter series, and I wasn’t sure if this one is related to it at all, since Nicolas Flamel is an actual person.  The cover of it looks really nice though, and being a very visual person, I like things to be visually appealing.


Across the Nightingale Floor by Lian Hearn

I used to be so into anything and everything Japan, but recently, I haven’t found much that interested me about it, except this book.  Something about assassins… sound very ninja-y.


The Monster of Florence by Douglas Preston

Murder mysteries have been intriguing me for quite some time, ever since I got into the whole thriller genre.  I didn’t notice this until I read the back that this was nonfiction, and I don’t normally read nonfiction (since I never know what to pick up, unlike with fiction), but this sounded interesting enough. Plus it is set in Italy (where Kevin is currently is, hello!).


Very Bad Men by Harry Dolan

Again with the whole crime thriller and how the cover looks.  It just looks very nice for some reason.  So many books to read, and sometimes, not enough time in the world to read them all.


House of Dark Shadows by Robert Liparulo

Yeah, even though I’m scared of horror for the most part, I still pick up books like this.  I don’t know… I like the text of the title?  I’m a complex person.


Passion by Jude Morgan

This book has some of the most famous poets of the Romanticism movement: Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats, and they’re characters in this book, what?  I must read this!  Enough said.


Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

So, I had another copy of this book, but then I found this one, and there’s like copies of the original manuscript in here.  So awesome.  So awesome!  So glad I found this one.  Always go hunting in your thrift stores!

Alrighty, that’s all 20 books once again.  I’m definitely trying to read much more quickly now, more than ever, and having this blog makes me feel like I’m doing so.  I can’t wait to get into reading some of the books I have, and I’d like to do another bookish post next week, one sort of about books, just something cool I found out in the internets.

Anyway, thanks for reading. Until next time, take care.

WordPress 002 – Book Haul 001 (March 2013)

Hi everyone.

I took some time to get pictures, and I probably went a little overboard with them, but here is my book haul for March 2013.


There they are: 8 hardcovers and 12 paperbacks.

The Secret by Rhonda Byrne.
I must admit that sometimes, I choose books due to how intriguing their cover looks. I like how this one reminds me of wax seals and how things were written on parchment. Very nostalgic. (Question: Can you feel nostalgic for a time in the past you have never really lived through or experienced?) Plus, under the dust jacket, the book is like red and gold and looks really nice. I had to show my brother rather excitedly, but he just looked confused. “The Secret” seems very mysterious, but I have a feeling it’s going to be something… somewhat cliche. I’ll have to see.

Fallen Angel by Don J. Snyder
The description at the back of the book drew me in, something about memory and recalling something from many, many years ago, trying to remember the first moment exactly. Something to think about for me because memory is a rather flexible and, at times, inaccurate thing. This book has a deckle edge (I had to look this up because I knew there had to be a word for it), and I know it’s just artificial and everything, but I rather like it.

The Traveler’s Gift by Andy Andrews
Much like The Secret, this reminds me of nostalgia and also cliche-ish things. Only this one is about time travel. I like the colors of this, black and brown/sepia/whatever you may call it. And the map of the world. I notice odd things, yes.

Trickster’s Choice by Tamora Pierce
(I try to not get creeped out by pictures that stare intensely and directly at you.) Anyway, you probably notice I don’t put summaries and such of the book because well… I’m pretty sure you have your own websites that you tend to go to and get summaries of books you might be interested in. For me, I just picked this up on a whim. I’ll see if I like it or not. Strong female characters… it’s hard to find them sometimes.

Three Complete Novels by E. M. Forster
Now when I saw this book at Goodwill, I gasped and couldn’t get my hands on it fast enough. It’s beautiful. The green and gold and gold edges on the paper and the ribbon bookmark… Beautiful. I’ve owned two books by E. M. Forster before, which are the two out of the three on here, so hopefully I’ll actually read it one day. The last person who had this was apparently in the middle of A Room with a View.

A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
So, I also get intrigued by the title of books, which caught my attention on this one. “A conspiracy of paper”… that just sounds so interesting! Maybe just to me, but yes, I picked it up. The cover feels nice too. This is why I love the physical copies of books. So much to look at and feel. …I’m just weird.

Thr3e by Ted Dekker
The description is pretty thrilling, and it seems like this is going to start off fast and just keep on going. I like the thriller genre, so that’s another reason why I picked this up.

The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood
Intriguing title is intriguing. And I still haven’t read The Handmaid’s Tale yet, which is like something you just have to read in your entire lifetime, but… I’m getting there. So I’m not sure when I’ll get to this, but at least I have it on my shelf to eventually read.

Pandemic by Daniel Kalla
Now if this doesn’t remind you of every (zombie) apocalypse ever… And not to mention that there’s a game online called Pandemic 2 where you get to try and infect the world. I have to say though, in that game, the world is pretty resilient. Go world. Anyway, this book mentioned SARS in the description, and I remember that was a big scare back then. This will be interesting. The red on the cover was a really blinding red when the sun reflected off it while I was driving home.

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
I’m rather glad I finally got a copy of this because this has been one of those books that I hear a lot of things about, but I’ve never read it. I don’t know when I’ll read it either, but at least I have it, so it’s a little bit closer to being read.

Magyk by Angie Sage
I like the cover of this book, and I think if I had found the hardcover edition of it, it would look much more awesome. (Randomly, it reminds me of the Siren’s class mods in Borderlands 2.) In the meantime, I’ll just have to read it and see if I like it.

Falling Angels by Tracy Chevalier
Not to be confused with the other book that is similarly titled. I’ve been interested in reading Girl with a Pearl Earring for a while now, so I thought in the meantime, I’ll just pick up another book by the author.

The Lost Memoirs of Jane Austen by Syrie James
This was interesting when I read the description about following the author as a character in a novel. Similar to the movie Shakespeare in Love that followed Shakespeare while he was trying to write what would become Romeo and Juliet. Real interested in reading this.

No Country for Old Men by Cormac McCarthy
I finished The Road earlier this year, so I picked up this one because it’s by the same author, and I also remember there was a movie on it with Tommy Lee Jones. Any movie with Tommy Lee Jones, I’m there, so there we have it.


Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
I think you know that the zombie genre has gone a little too far when you have zombies in a classic novel. I’ve heard about this book for a while, but I haven’t picked it up until now because (like my brother) I didn’t see how zombies would work in something like Jane Austen. I guess I’ll find out.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter by Seth Grahame-Smith
Zombies in a classic novel and now vampires in history? Sure… why not? I suppose it will make things that much more interesting. History was probably my weakest subject in school, and I found it interesting when I read historical novels (like when I read Killer Angels by Michael Shaara and The Source by James A. Michener). Anyway, the movie cover looks awesome.

A Flickering Light by Jane Kirkpatrick
The cover of this reminds me too much of a dream I once had, so I picked it up. (Well, I never said that all of my reasons for picking up a book were rational.) So um… yeah, I’ll have to see.

The Rossetti Letter by Christi Phillips
I’ve been into letter writing for a while now (hello to all my penpals, should they see this), and I picked this book up because of the whole letter writing and nostalgic feeling like The Secret gave me. This seems like an interesting idea, an almost-forgotten part of history that has been rediscovered.

Labyrinth by Kate Mosse
When I found out that “labyrinth” was another word for “maze,” I just fell in love with that word. (Much like I fell in love with the word “vagabond” that means “traveler” or “drifter.”) So that’s partially why I picked up this book as well as the mystery behind/inside the labyrinth.

The Minority Report and Other Classic Stories by Philip K. Dick
I’ve been on the lookout for more books by Philip K. Dick ever since I read A Scanner Darkly, and I never expected that I would find this one. When I got it, it looked so gorgeous, despite the fact that it was used. It looks practically new, and I just need to find/make some time to read.

Well, those are all 20 books. I can’t wait to get into them, as well as all the others I have on my shelves. I need to pick up my reading that’s for sure! I hope to get my book experience on A Scanner Darkly written up soon.

Thanks for reading. Until next time, take care.