When Owlcrate announced that the theme for their October box was Once Upon A Dream – featuring a book with magical elements, and bookish goodies inspired by Sleeping Beauty, Peter Pan and Wizard of Oz, I was all in (except not as casually as it sounds because I squealed with excitement and was a mad happy penguin going around talking about this amazingness to anyone with ears).
I am a fairytale-loving girl and this box sounded absolutely perfect!
So I was reading through book blogs one day and in the midst of ooh-ing and aah-ing over all the books, I discovered this amazing creation called Owlcrate (cue the holy background music).
Owlcrate is a monthly subscription box where you get a hardcover book and a few other bookish goodies according to that month’s theme. Immediately after discovering it and watching a very exciting unboxing, I went ahead and made my first order for August. I was so excited the days following my order (which I didn’t keep quiet on snapchat, on my housemates and friends, nope because EXCITEMENT OVERLOAD). And when it came much earlier than expected, I was feeling all the feels and I unboxed it on skype with my family (which meant I had to wait for a few hours after getting the box before I got to open it. I was so patient, I’m so impressed. HAHA) (cue the squeals of a fangirl).
The theme for August was Fast Times at YA High. For August, they hinted that there would be a book with a hilarious love story, a Harry Potter fanart (!!) and a little something for Eleanor & Park fans. Being a sucker for love stories/contemporary reads and an always very eager Potterhead, I knew I would just love this box even before it came!
Catching up with all kinds of things I’ve been wanting to do for the last four months – like getting immersed in new books, binge-watching Korean dramas with my sister, taking up new crochet projects and fixing all my cravings and anticipations.
Two New Reads
I read We Were Liars by E. Lockhart on the flight back home (and finished it in the weeks after, oops). I’m not a huge fan of the writing style but there were moments when the writing was so beautiful and poetry-like that I just had to keep reading. It’s pretty slow for a suspense novel but towards the end, things got really interesting so I say, give it a go!
I also read Patrick Ness’ The Rest of Us Just Live Here. This book is a contemporary and fantasy mix about the underdogs. I think that’s what I love about it so much – because it’s a story about characters you don’t get to read about so much. Patrick Ness (who I also raved about here) is epic. His work just blows me away, honestly. The writing style, the storyline, the characters – so unique and fun, I wish more people would read his books so that I have a friend to endlessly chat with about his stunning work!
Charming Soldiers, Cheeky Doctors and an Arrogant Prince
I finally got the chance to catch up with Kdramas this month so of course I immediately went for Descendants of the Sun.
I have a deep love for books which show signs of having been read over and over again – like creased covers from being jammed between school notes and folders because you so badly wanted to read the book at school; folded pages from where you stopped reading after buying the book only moments before and cracked spines from when you got so immersed in reading that you find yourself opening the book to its fullest. Cause isn’t that the beauty of reading? Getting so into a book that you leave a mark on them as they’ve left a mark on you? (what?).
And so because I have a few spine-cracked (not severely, fyi) favourites, I want to share them here. These are the books I’ve read so many times and have a special place in my heart!
(p.s these books have their old covers cause I’ve had them for a long time now, haha!).
I mean, let’s be honest, what’s a favourite book post (written by me) that doesn’t include at least one book from my Sarah Dessen book collection? (Answer: such a post doesn’t exist, haha!).Read More »
This blog post is a review of Vanishing Girls by Lauren Oliver – a book I read at the end of last year which I didn’t get to read in time for it to be a part of my 15 Reads in 2015. But because I found this book to be one of my favourite reads so far, I really want to share my thoughts on it here with you! (p.s I haven’t quite found my own rhythm when it comes to taking the kind of pictures you’ll see from this post, so, many apologies!)
For the proper book synopsis, you can click here. In a nutshell, this book is a psychological mystery/thriller about two sisters, Nick and Dara, who get involved in an accident which changes their lives. And when one of the sisters go missing, along with 9-year old, Madeline Snow, their lives once again is turned around – this time, with a lot of suspense, search for clues and truths, twists and turns.
I’ve read Panic and Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver and had a bit of a love-hate relationship with both books; I felt that the storylines were really good but the pacing and ending felt slightly ‘off’. But knowing how good her book plots were, I knew I had to give this one a try anyways! And I’m so happy I did!Read More »
I am an avid reader (who might have to set a legit book budget come next year), and because 2015 is ending, I feel it’s only appropriate to share 15 books that I read this year. These aren’t reviews but are my personal opinions and thoughts on these books.
I’ve linked the synopsis and Goodreads reviews to each book below so you can click on the title if you want to know what the book’s about and what people are saying about it. I’ve also added a lovely heart (this one 💓 which looks more like a butterfly than a heart) next to all my favourite reads from the list – so whatever book that has this heart beside it is definitely worth the read!
This is the second book of the Mind Games duology (which has made it into my favourite book series list)! I love the pace of this book and its predecessor and the style of writing is just so fresh and original! It has the flashback format (think Gayle Forman’s If I Stay/Where She Went) in a way that makes the unraveling of the story very, very interesting. I’d recommend this one for fans of action-packed reads/movies!
Tanya is a successful UK blogger and youtuber and in this book, she shares stories of her life, gives advice (on beauty, on confidence and she shares recipes!) and gives readers the chance to not only get to know her but themselves through pages with questions and space for writing your answers (like “what your favourite family moments are” and “what do you think has shaped you as a person?”). This book is super pretty (and you who know me will know that I cannot resist pretty things) and having seen Tanya’s videos, I knew it would carry the same positive vibe she carries! Plus, it’s the kind of book you can look through and feel good instantly! (Especially if you’ve written down your answers to the questions in it!)Read More »
If you’re a crafter (or a lover of pretty things), then you might already know about Typo. If you don’t know, it is “a one stop concept store filled with supercool gift ideas, fashionable stationery, awesome room-bling and other irresistible products” – in their words that I full on agree with.
I went on a vacation to Australia last year and found myself entering every Typo store that I came across (and there was a lot of them!). Their stores have a certain charm that draws you in – various creative interior design for every branch and products that catch your eye from a distance. As someone who loves handmade, vintage-y stuff, I was very much hooked. And somewhere in between the trips into their stores, I got myself a Message In A Box : Polaroid Cards with many different pretty floral designs on them.