Top Ten Wishes I Gotta Ask From the Awesome Book Genie…

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Since I have the time, I am participating again in this weekly meme by The Broke and The Bookish. Its been awhile and so without further ado, dearest book genie I wish for:

10. The ability to FREEZE TIME whenever I want to read a book.

because free time rarely comes by nowadays…well in my case though. :/

09. Instant/Unlimited cash every time I pass by a bookstore.

because every time I enter the bookstore, I tend to always find a book I instantly want to buy but then my wallet says, “sorry but you can’t afford that luxury right now.”

08. and of course to have the books I’ve always wanted to buy to be available in a bookstore I happen to pass by. 

because well, when you got the money sometimes the book you’ve been dying to get your hands on becomes unavailable and that breaks my fragile heart. 

07. The ability to enter any of any fictional world depending on what book I’m reading!

because, come on! how cool would that be?! 

06.  But before any other places book genie, please let me go to Hogwarts first!

because, Hogwarts will ALWAYS be a home to me! 

05. My own library that will always have space for new books! 

because I know that I won’t stop buying books even when I’m old and cranky. 

04.  A date night with my fictional boyfriends (one book at a time!) HAHA

because … oh my gosh. who wouldn’t want that? ❤

03. A bag that will allow me to bring 4 or 5 books (paperback or hardbound) and yet it still wouldn’t feel heavy!

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because when you step outside your house, you gotta bring what you gotta bring! 

02. A bonding session…or dinner…or a meet-up or you know anything as long I spend a few moments with all of my favorite authors (Hi there J.K. Rowling!)

because I owe them a lot and I’d like to thank them personally. 

01. More books, more writers and more readers! :*

because….


 There goes my Top Ten wishes for my book genie! Well I do hope some of them if not all comes true. I hope you had fun reading!


Do we have the same wishes? I’d like to know what you listed on your Top Ten Tuesday so comment the link to your post down below and share it with every one else. Have a great day ahead wherever you are! :*

A Fox’s Love: A Book Review

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Author: Brandon Varnell

Publisher: Brandon Varnell

Published on: February 2014

Genre: Romantic Comedy, Urban Fantasy

Synopsis:

The story of a boy, a fox, and a whole lot of ecchi…

Kevin Swift has the worst luck with women. It’s not that he’s unattractive or even unpopular. He just can’t talk to them. He blames it on all those Shōnen love comedies he enjoys watching. Fortunately, or unfortunately―depending on who’s asking―Kevin’s love life is about to start looking up.

After saving a fox’s life Kevin discovers that he actually rescued a Kitsune, a shape-shifter capable of transforming into a beautiful girl who appears to have popped right out of the pages to a Shōnen manga. Her name is Lilian, and she apparently wants to mate with him.

Between dealing with an overly amorous vixen’s zealous attempts at getting into his pants, his inability to talk to girls and school, Kevin is going to have his hands full.

Note: I received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. 

Review:

Once in a while you need to expand your horizon and try new things. That’s what I did by reading this novel. To be honest, I don’t really know much about animes and mangas so I was a little lost with some of the terms used in this novel. Fortunately, I have a friend I can count on in times like this. Only thing is, I forgot to ask him what “ecchi” means and I was halfway through the story before I realize it was why some parts were written this way and that way.

I’m not sure if I was blushing along with the character but it was definitely uncomfortable while I was reading it in public. Anyway, I got over it eventually because it was hilariously crazy. One thing is for sure with this novel– it’ll make you laugh.

We begin with an awkward boy who met a very foxy lady.

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I am familiar with this foxy lady or Kitsune to be more specific. Why? Because there is this one Korean TV show with the same premise as this book (characters seen on the gif above ^.^) and I adored it so much (don’t worry, I didn’t compare it with this book). So, when I read the blurb I got curious and I just have to add this on my reading list.

Let’s now talk about the characters. One thing I appreciate about this book was that there wasn’t much random characters introduced. I mean, as you read this book, you’ll know that the author clearly knows what is substantial and unsubstantial to the story. So, because of that, you get to focus on the significant people within the story. I could categorize this book as a light read, so to have few characters is acceptable. With the protagonist, I laughed a lot with his misfortunes. I sound bad right? its just that he is ridiculously hilarious and absurd in so many ways that you can’t help but laugh. But, he’s also cute with his innocent thoughts and pure intentions. Then we have the Kitsune who is such an annoying little girl/fox. I just don’t like her character in here. I mean, I was looking for something that would make her character interesting but she’s just a girl who is fox in the story and that was just it. Then the antagonist, I have been waiting for this character to eventually show up in the story and for me it just took so long. It would have been really engaging for me if there was already some action in the first half of the story. I kind of expected it since it was also an urban fantasy book.

The plot was simple yet full of humor. If you are looking for a book that is light, fun and with a little touch of mystery then this would be a great start.  I assure you that you will have a good laugh afterwards. But if you are looking for some hard core urban fantasy thing, I think this book wouldn’t be enough. I mean, for someone who loves fantasy, I expected it to have more from that genre than the romantic comedy side.  But anyways, I think this book will do for those who love to read animes, mangas, and cutesy romance stuff full of humor.

I gave it a 3 out of 5 stars on Goodreads


Check author:  Brandon Varnell

Add book on Goodreads: A Fox’s Love

A book you can finish in a day: Top Ten Clues You’re Clueless by Liz Czukas

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Publisher: Harper Teen

Published on: December 2014

Format Owned: E-copy

Genre: Mystery (?), Humor, Romance (?), Young Adult, Contemporary,

Overview: 

Top Five Things That Are Ruining Chloe’s Day

5) Working the 6:30 a.m. shift at GoodFoods Market

4) Crashing a cart into a customer’s car right in front of her snarky coworker Sammi

3) Trying to rock the “drowned rat” look after being caught in a snowstorm

2) Making zero progress with her crush, Tyson (see #3)

1) Being accused—along with her fellow teenage employees—of stealing upwards of $10,000

Chloe would rather be anywhere than locked in work jail (aka the break room) with five of her coworkers . . . even if one of them is Tyson. But if they can band together to clear their names, what looks like a total disaster might just make Chloe’s list of Top Ten Best Moments.


This is one perfect example why I shouldn’t expect something from a book with a cover I adore! I mean look at it and tell me it doesn’t look funny, cute and witty? RIGHT? Well I expected it to be super hilarious but then…..

I’ve heard a couple of people saying it was funny, cute and light but it wasn’t the kind of humor I expected it to be. Well, yeah there are some funny parts and it really was a light read. But I don’t know I mean I finished it in a day but the premise wasn’t exactly appealing to me. We have a girl named Chloe who works for a grocery store with a bunch of other teenagers. She’s got this huge crush over a co-worker but the whole thing seems to be going downhill.

So on Christmas Eve, they all have to work and they have an event to be shown on TV about the money-raising project the store has created. Something goes wrong because the money wasn’t exactly the amount they expected it to be which means the rest was stolen. So each of them were prime suspects and they all got locked up in the break room sharing their life stories until the police arrives. I don’t judge the life stories, it was actually insightful but then that was just it. Then Chloe-the-cashier-turned-out-detective solved the crime and it was over and they lived happily every after!

I don’t really know what to say about it after reading it actually. Maybe I wasn’t in the mood (I read it a month after Christmas) or maybe its just not my cup of tea. But I think it was okay,  I mean there could be a time when I’d pick up this book again and then it’ll work for me by then. Maybe some of you will find it a good read so it would be best if you pick it up and see for yourself. Just don’t expect anything so much to avoid disappointment (it’s a rule right?) If you guys are in the mood for some light, cutesy read then maybe this book is for you.

Have a nice day ahead and God bless 😉

Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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YES! Another nomination! I’ve been getting nominations for multiple awards and I really am so grateful for these bloggers who find my blog worth it. Thank you Erika @ Erika the Bibliophile for nominating me with the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award. Lovely readers, if you haven’t followed Erika yet then I suggest that you do now. Go check her awesome and fun blog. You will enjoy reading the stuff she posts especially about books 😀

These are the five rules to follow:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.
  2. Put the Award logo on your blog.
  3. Answer the ten questions sent to you.
  4. Make up ten new questions for your nominees to answer.
  5. Nominate ten blogs.

The Questions:

1. Did you have a book that meant a lot to you as a child?

I love it so much ❤

2. Is there any author or book that you collect and will always welcome multiple editions of the same title?

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ALWAYS

3. Say that you find yourself judging a book by its cover (not that we ever do that!); what sort of covers do you go for? Are there any that are an absolute turn off?

Well, I tend to buy books with stunning and intriguing covers 😀 I like book covers that speak to me what the story could be about. Something that could  tickle me with curiosity. But I also go for book covers that are just beautiful to be displayed on my bookshelf HAHA Like this:

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What I hate to see on book covers are closed-up faces or people doing a pose like it’s for a magazine cover. I understand if it they show something relevant to the story afterwards but if it doesn’t seem to convey anything at all then why? But it doesn’t mean I hate the book or I don’t read it if it has this kind of cover because I do. I mean I read and enjoyed The Delirium series even with these covers. 😀

4. If you could pick any imaginary animal to bring home to Mom with an earnest, “Can we keep him??”, what animal would it be?

I really think my mom won’t approve because I’d probably be picking one of Hagrid’s babies! 😀

I mean wouldn’t it be cool and awesome and badass to have a dragon?? I know it would be illegal and stuff but come on!

5. Is there any book to movie adaptation that you simply refuse to watch? No way, no how, you’re not even giving them the opportunity to mess it up?

Hmm…. I think none so far. Yes I get nervous and scared that they’ll mess it up and won’t do justice on it but who wouldn’t want to see the characters you like come to life? I couldn’t refuse to feed my curiousity! That would be torture so I just prepare myself for the regret if ever it turns out bad. Also it usually takes me months to be ready to watch a movie adaptation of a book I love. So yeah, I just wait a little longer but I don’t refuse to watch it.

6. What is the most unusual book you’ve ever read? (Plot, writing style, chapter layout, etc?)

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It is a beautiful childhood memoir written in a free form of poetry.

7. Is there any book or series that you’ve read that is so totally outside of your normal genre, but you loved it and would recommend it to others as a “take a risk!” type of book?

Aand that would be a romance book! I pick Love, Rosie by Cecilia Ahern. Well, yeah it was recommended to me by a friend last year and I finally decided to read it earlier this year. So you see, it was me who took the risk! I loved it, it was both fun and frustrating but I love it and I recommended it to friends of mine. Only thing is, it isn’t a risk to them because most of my friends don’t bother to read romance novels so they kind of devoured this book instantly after I recommended it.

8. Do you have any bookish collections, or anything you covet and hope to someday collect? Candles, artwork, bookcases?

I collect bookmarks but I’ve always wanted to collect candles and bookcases. So someday I’d get into that.

9. What book has been on your TBR pile the longest, but you just can’t convince yourself to pick it up?

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10. You get a $500 gift card for all things bookish – do you run to your nearest bookstore and spend like a fiend? Or do you create pro/con lists (a la Rory Gilmore) to make sure you get just the right & perfect & wonderful bookish things? Or are you eyeing a particularly expensive bookcase somewhere?

A $500 gift card for all bookish things? Hmm… let’s face it, the last thing a book lover will have when given a $500 gift card would be rationality! I think I’d be off to a bookshop the moment I get my hands on this gift card.

Source: The Reading Room

So you see, I don’t need a pro/con list 😉

My Questions:

  1.  What time of the day do you spend most time reading?
  2. Where is your favorite reading spot?
  3. What book are willing to sacrifice? (THROW:___ BURN:___ DROWN:___)
  4. What genre do you refuse to read and will never ever read?
  5. What book made you want to visit the place or country where it was set?
  6. What was the book that made you believe you wouldn’t like it but you actually did?
  7. Is there any not-so-bookish thing on your bookshelf? What is it?
  8. If you were to choose a dystopian world to live in for one week, what world would you choose?
  9. If you woke up one day in a body of an author? which author would you want to be and what would you do?
  10. What is important to you in a book? (plot, writing, character…etc)

The Nominees (these are blogs I recently discovered so I have 15 nominees):

  1. Alicia @ Caffeine and Books
  2. Arlene @ Dreams And Escapes
  3. Anna @ A Wondrous Bookshelf
  4. Between Pages 
  5. Bhramori @ thecrazyperfectionist
  6. Chelsy @ chelsontheshelf
  7. Clumsy Katie Reads Books
  8. Dannie Mae
  9. For The Love of Fictional Worlds
  10. Gemma @ Books Are the Quietest Friends
  11. Lynsey @ Read Rest Relax
  12. marineko
  13. Mezzalillys Teen Book Reviews
  14. Sripurna
  15. Tasha @ Head in the Clouds, Heart in the Books

So that’s it, I hope you all enjoyed reading it. And to the nominees I hope you find time to do this award even if you already did it. 😀 Have a nice day ahead and God bless :*