March 31, 2013

Story Time!!

Alrighty! I know I just posted a confessions post, but I have a few stories I'd like to share as well!

1. As I was growing up, I was TERRIFIED of the dark and sleeping alone in my room. Every Tuesday, my dad would pick my mom up from work at 10PM, and my brother and I would go to bed. But every time, I would crawl into my brother's bed to sleep until my dad came home and carried me back to my own room. Well this stopped after my brother had a dream about kicking a soccer ball, and kicked me off the bed.

2. I slept walk A LOT! There are multiple stories to this, but I'll just give you guys a few stories. Obviously, my parents told me these..

- Once, I went to my parent's bathroom and brought along two shirts. I then began to strip and stood in the middle of the bathroom pretending to shower.

- I brought all my blankets and pillows into my parents bathroom and put them into the bathtub. I woke up the next morning shivering and thought that my brother took all my stuff.

- I actually remember this one: I slept walk DOWN THE FREAKING STAIRS, and woke up at the bottom with a bleeding nose.

Sleep walking still terrifies me, but I'm happy to say that I don't do it anymore.

Late Night Confessions!

I remember doing this quite a while back, but I want to do it again. Some of this stuff is going to be weird and probably a borderline disgusting, and I'm just too lazy to make a vlog out of it! WHICH, by the way, I do have lined up and ready to be rendered and uploaded.

- At the moment, I'm going through so many feels that I feel like curling up into a ball and crying.

- Every time I finish a really good book, which sometimes has a sad ending (causing the confession above), I have to remind myself that it was JUST A BOOK.

- Reading so many books causes me to SOMETIMES confuse real life and books. I constantly have to remind myself, again, that it WAS JUST A BOOK.

- I discovered blogging through searching for giveaways, LOL

- I'm not sure if I just cry really easily or what, but a lot of books have caused a water dam to break

- When I rate a book 5 stars, it's usually because I bawled like a freaking baby

Non-bookish things:

- This one is embarrassing and probably TMI and disgusting, seriously: Sometimes I play piano so much that I actually sweat EVERYWHERE. And then I end up kind of peeing in my pants and not noticing because I'm already drenched in sweat.

- When I was 13 (last year), I shat my pants. That'll be in an upcoming vlog for all those who want to know...

- I'm 14 but when asked for my age, I have to catch myself before saying "12"

- I swear quite a bit, mostly out of anger/fear, but still...

There's more but I'll leave that for another day ;)

March 26, 2013

Top Ten Tuesday: Recommendations


Top Ten Tuesday is a meme held by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week's topic is:

Top Ten Books I'd Recommend


Contemporary:


- The Fault in Our Stars by John Green

- The Truth About Forever by Sarah Dessen

- This Lullaby by Sarah Dessen

- Night Road by Kristin Hannah

- Hate List by Jennifer Brown

- If I Stay Series (If I Stay & Where She Went) by Gayle Forman

Dystopian:


- Divergent Series (Divergent & Insurgent) by Veronica Roth

- Dustlands Series (Blood Red Road & Rebel Heart) by Moira Young

Aliens:


- Lorien Legacies (I Am Number Four, The Power of Six, The Rise of Nine) by Pittacus Lore

Horror: 


- Escape From Furnace Series (Lockdown, Solitary, Death Sentence, Fugitives, Execution) by Alexander Gordon Smith

Fantasy: 


- Inheritance Cycle (Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance) by Christopher Paolini






March 17, 2013

WHY GOOGLE READER?!

So, even though I'll be absent I just wanted to post this as a heads up! Google Reader is retiring and based on Kelly from Radiant Shadows' post, I signed up for a reader called Bloglovin'. I think I'll also try Feedly, just to see which one I like more, but these two are my two main choices.

Anyways, I'm not sure how it all works, but just in case you follow me through Google Reader and you can't import your feeds, I'm claiming my blog with Bloglovin'. If you decide to use that as your reader, you can follow me through that as well. Here's the link: Follow my blog with Bloglovin.

Besides following me on Bloglovin', there's also a sidebar widget for Networked Blogs. Along with that is my Feedburner link as well, where you can follow me through different readers if you like.

I'm not sure what's going on with GFC (Jesus, Google... all these different products are linked together and it's so confusing), so if you like my blog and still want to read my posts, then make sure you find something to follow me through!

That's all I wanted to say, but if you have any readers that you use and really love, please tell me! :)



I'M BACK -- not really

So, if you haven't noticed, I've been a bit absent on the blog for the past week. This video will explain it, but just in case you can't watch it, I'll give you a brief overview.

I chose to try and apply for a more academic school because it was more of my type. I didn't expect to get in, and to let you know how much I didn't expect it, I had already made plans to go to a high school close to my house. But I actually got in, and it was bittersweet because some of my friends didn't make it. I know I shouldn't expect everyone to stay with me, but these are people I've been with for like 10 years! Anyways, I got a bunch of crap from a teacher who started telling me that:

1. I would have no social life at this school

My view: I have friends coming with me......

2. I would have to bus every day to school (my bus is at 6:46AM)

My view: She's also very biased about a school called Ross Shepherd, and if I went there I would also have to bus. Although, it's similar to what I could get close to my house and Old Scona is actually an academic school.

3. It would be very academically competitive

My view: Both her sons were accepted but they refused to go, so she has never had actual experience. Therefore, how would she know?! Just because people told her?!

4. I would have to drop my Mandarin and take French

My view: I really don't care.

So why am I back but not really? Well, I'm just going to be scheduling all my reviews and posts for April because I can. Just kidding! I just want a breathing period to be able to read and not worry that there's nothing up on the blog the next day. And also, I'll be gone a few days during April, so it's just good to have more things scheduled. One of the biggest reasons for this breathing period is the explanation above, and also because I want to be ahead of myself. :D



If you can watch the video, here it is! You get a prize if you sit through all 12 minutes of my voice (not). :)




March 11, 2013

BLARGH

Ignore the odd title, it's just a summary of how my week is going, and it's only Monday. Anyways, I wanted to tell you guys not to expect much for the next month because I'm going through so much crap at the moment. People (aka teacher) drama, emotions, high school, homework and... BLARGH. I'll explain everything in another post once I get my crap together. Yea, anyways, a few GIFs to sum up how I feel, it will all make sense later on.









































Yay, Community and David Tennant! :) Anyways, I'll leave you guys with this, and I hope to see you soon. In the meanwhile, I'll schedule reviews and such, but I won't be doing any Sunday Updates or things like that. I DO have vlogs for you, but I think those will be left for later, maybe in April. Hope to talk to you soon!

Review: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews






Title Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
Author Jesse Andrews
Publisher Amulet
Published March 1, 2012
Read March 4 - 5, 2013
Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: TBR Pile) || 2013 TBR Reading Challenge

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March 09, 2013

Sunday Update: Daylight Savings!


Sunday Update is where I link you up to the past week's posts and give you a sort of heads up for the following week.

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I didn't get any new books mainly because I've been so busy the past week. I spent Wednesday night at the Night of Music and Thursday night helping out at open house. Also, I think it'll be a bit slow on the blog for the next few days as well, just because there's a bunch of high school crap going on, and also a lot of field trips.

Another thing I wanted to mention was a read-along for the series A Song of Ice and Fire. I've had my box set of the first for books for a couple months now, and I really want to crack it open so hopefully I'll be able to follow along!

By the way, daylight saving beings today so turn your clocks an hour ahead! I don't want when this post is going to go up but whatever! Happy reading everyone. :)


2013 Challenges: February Wrap Up!

I joined a few challenges this year, and I've only started to make progress, which kind of sucks! Here's what I've completed so far (Click the buttons for more information on the challenge):

2013 TBR Pile Challenge




(Bold= new ; Strikethrough= read)



  • A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin
  • A Clash of Kings by George R.R. Martin
  • A Storm of Swords by George R.R. Martin
  • A Feast for Crows by George R.R. Martin
  • Jane by April Lindner
  • Peace, Love and Baby Ducks by Lauren Myracle
  • Muse by Janica L. Stoff
  • The Near Witch by Victoria Schwab
  • Wicked Lovely by Melissa Marr
  • Chains by Laurie Halse Andreson
  • Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
  • Looking For Alaska by John Green
  • Every Day by David Levithan

  • 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge



    This challenge is the one that I'm making the most progress in. The only category I haven't crossed out yet is the re-reading section, so hopefully I'll get onto it soon! :)


    Read-along challenge



    Alright, so for this one, I've finished the February read-along book, Looking for Alaska, just in time! My review should already be up, so go check that out! :)

    March 07, 2013

    Review: Looking For Alaska by John Green






    Title Looking For Alaska
    Author John Green
    Publisher Speak
    Published December 28, 2006
    Read February 23 - 28, 2013
    Source Ambur from Burning Impossibly Bright
    Challenge 2013 Bingo Reading Challenge (Category: TBR Pile) ; Read-along Challenge ; TBR Challenge 2013

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    March 05, 2013

    Top Ten Tuesday: Series I'd Love To Start


    Top Ten Tuesday is a meme held by The Broke and the Bookish.

    This week's topic is:

    Series I'd Love to Start But Haven't Yet

                                 

                                  

                                     

                                 

    • Hundred Oaks by Miranda Keneally
    • Percy Jackson and the Olympians by Rick Riordan
    • A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin
    • The Giver by Lois Lowry
    • Heist Society by Ally Carter
    • Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
    • Daughter of Smoke & Bone by Laini Taylor
    • Anna by Kendare Blake

    March 04, 2013

    Photography: February Wrap-Up

    This was the "challenge" I was going by.

    Pictures Taken With My Phone



    1. My View Today: Snow..

    14. Heart: Best candy heart!!

    7. Button

    8. Sun: Sunrise! :)

    Pictures Taken With my DSLR


    3. Hands: Playing piano, lalala~~

    Beautiful white rose!

    Just a bit of randomness!

    6. Dinner! :)

    March 03, 2013

    Sunday Update: There's Hope in Everyone.



    Sunday Update is where I hook you up with last week's posts. ;)

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    New Books

    • Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor

    Message


    I have so many things to talk about today so let's dive right in! Jennifer Lawrence won the freaking Oscar for best actress, and then she fell. 



    Did you notice anything different on the sidebar? I got new buttons thanks to an awesome tutorial by Code It Pretty. I'm still going to code a few more things but I'm learning a lot from her! I also re-coloured the blog a bit because of the new header. I'm not too sure about it, so I'll probably be tweaking it somewhat in the near future.

    So this coming week, I'm going to be kind of busy. On Wednesday night, I'll be performing in a concert band at the Night of Music here in Edmonton. I'm kind of freaked out right now because I still haven't handed in my field trip form for the rehearsals (due last Wednesday because of our long weekend) and also because I can't find one piece of music. I had it, but when taking it out of a gigantic folder so I could take it home, I might have left one piece of music in there, or I just lost it...

    And then on Thursday night, I'm helping out at the Open House at my school. I'm still not sure whether I'm coming home for dinner, or just staying there to eat.

    Finally, the most important thing I have to say today. A while back on my Photography tab, I posted a picture of this t-shirt:



    This was designed by a student at my school named Zahra Easa, and it says "There's hope in everyone!". She was diagnosed with a type of rare terminal cancer when she was only in grade 2. For the past few years, she has been battling cancer and she passed away last Saturday. She was a brave soul and taught so many people at our school about staying positive and always having hope. May you rest in peace, Zahra. 

    March 02, 2013

    Vlogging!


    This was kind of odd for me to film and I kept looking at the stuff I had on my wall, but anyways, just and introductory video! :)