AND ALL THE MYSTIQUE OF YOUR PRETENTIOUSNESS IS FADING -BANKS

Sorry for not updating with any book reviews, I haven't been able to read/pick up a book. I haven't read a lot of YA because I've been trying to diverge from it. I'm trying to read more classics and literary fiction-all about that snobby pretentious life!

My horrid English teacher this year, he cannot teach for sh*t, selected The Crucible as the next class book. I am excited to read it because it's quite popular and it revolves around the Salem Witch Trials (aka Americans being dumb/the best part of American History), but it's in play format. I abhor reading plays because it's so hard to visualize the story and fully appreciate it. I read a couple of play last year and I only enjoyed it when my classmates read it aloud. I don't know, but it felt more visceral seeing the story live/seeing it they way it's supposed to be, performed. Look, I'm pretentious now!!!! Anyway, this post is mainly about the classics/non-YA books I plan on reading this year. It may bore you.

MY "DREAM CRATE" : THE GEN. XYZ AFFAIR

You have no idea how much I enjoyed "curating" this dream box! I consider myself a nerd and geek. I love Star Wars, math, science, anime, pop-culture and a bunch of other stuff. I was stoked when I learned about a project being run by Loot Crate. If you don't know, they do subscription crates for geeks and gamers, and they're looking for people to make up an extravagant box of their dreams.

Everything in here is something I love. Luckily, I grew up with a lot of wonderful people that influenced my weirdness. I grew up watching Pokemon, playing Street Fighter with my dad, and being glued to that GameBoy I had (I think I'm over-exaggerating how much of a nerd I am...) My cousins introduced me to Naruto and I talked to them about Dragon Ball. I am Generation Z but I love X and Y. The Affair part of the name is the result of AP history classes.

PRODUCT REVIEW

This week, I received a couple of packages in the mail. I received things from Society6, a small package from an author and a book. The last two items I mentioned were won from a giveaway. My Society6 packages were purchased by myself. I went a little crazy shopping after getting rewards from buying contacts.

STARTING A BLOG | PART II : RUNDOWN OF BLOGGER

This post will be dedicated to the whole Blogger interface. I'm only doing Blogger because I'm most familiar with it. It's rather easy for me to navigate and use. I am, by no means, trying to force you to use Blogger. Again, there are many hosting sites out there: weebly, wordpress, tumblr, squarespace, etc. 

STARTING A BLOG | PART I : THE OBVIOUS

Someone recently contacted me regarding my blog/my reviews and the exchange felt extremely déjà vu. It reminded of the day I first started my blog. So, I decided to write a mini series on my blog on blogging and designing things by yourself. This post will mainly be the "fundamentals"/101 post. Also, apologies for being gone for a month. I've been in a major book slump and not particularly inspired lately. 

PURE EPICNESS | THE MIDNIGHT STAR REVIEW



The Midnight Star (The Young Elites #3)
by Marie Lu
Putnam | October 11, 2016
Source: SocialBookCo
        There was once a time when darkness shrouded the world, and the darkness had a queen.
        Adelina Amouteru is done suffering. She’s turned her back on those who have betrayed her and achieved the ultimate revenge: victory. Her reign as the White Wolf has been a triumphant one, but with each conquest her cruelty only grows. The darkness within her has begun to spiral out of control, threatening to destroy all that she’s achieved.
        Adelina’s forced to revisit old wounds when a new danger appears, putting not only Adelina at risk, but every Elite and the very world they live in. In order to save herself and preserve her empire, Adelina and her Roses must join the Daggers on a perilous quest—though this uneasy alliance may prove to be the real danger.

DU MAURIER'S STUDY IN JEALOUSY | REBECCA REVIEW



Rebecca
by Daphne du Maurier
Victor Gollancz | 1938
       The novel begins in Monte Carlo, where our heroine is swept off her feet by the dashing widower Maxim de Winter and his sudden proposal of marriage. Orphaned and working as a lady's maid, she can barely believe her luck. It is only when they arrive at his massive country estate that she realizes how large a shadow his late wife will cast over their lives-presenting her with a lingering evil that threatens to destroy their marriage from beyond the grave.

WHAT I'M CURRENTLY READING/TBR

I went to the library and made the mistake of borrowing only Classics. I borrowed Breakfast at Tiffany's by Truman Capote and I finished it. My sister liked the book and I enjoyed the movie, so I decided to pick the book up. It wasn't my favorite... I wasn't enraptured by the writing, story, nor characters. The book filled the gaps the movie left, but the difference between the two is shocking. I wasn't a fan of Holly. I thought she droned on for hours in the most snobby way. Not really my cup of tea.

APPROACHING BLOGGERS & REVIEWERS

Bloggers/Reviewers follow "rules" when requesting ARCs. There's this whole etiquette that my friend Alex from @The Books Buzz wrote on her blog, there are many posts about this topic on the interwebs. It's a great and insightful post, everyone should read it. I follow it to some degree, lol. Therefore, there must also be "author etiquette". Very similar to blogger etiquette and just as delicate. I'm not saying everyone is guilty of this. This is more of a PSA, so don't get offended. If you are . . . why?

UPROOTED | ALL THAT HYPE, WORTH IT?



Uprooted by Naomi Novik
Del Rey | May 19, 2015
Source: Library
      “Our Dragon doesn’t eat the girls he takes, no matter what stories they tell outside our valley. We hear them sometimes, from travelers passing through. They talk as though we were doing human sacrifice, and he were a real dragon. Of course that’s not true: he may be a wizard and immortal, but he’s still a man, and our fathers would band together and kill him if he wanted to eat one of us every ten years. He protects us against the Wood, and we’re grateful, but not that grateful.”
      Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life.
      Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood.
      The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows—everyone knows—that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her.
      But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.

MOST ANTICIPATED THINGS

Hello there!

There are so many things - maybe, I'm doing this post without any thought - that I'm excited for. There are so many releases that I am absolutely DYING for! The number one is, and I doubt people are shocked by my choice:

DAY ZERO REVIEW

Before I dive into the actual review, I want to let you know that I partnered up/I am part of SocialBookCo' Book Review Programme, it's my first time working with them. SocialBookCo is a "mini company/website" that compares books from all vendors and it's supposed to help help you save money on books. They work with Amazon, eBay, Book Depository, Waterstones, etc. I do get a small commission-from 2-4%, depending on the retailer-every time you click on my link and purchase the book I'm reviewing.

Today, I'll be reviewing DAY ZERO by Kresley Cole
(Click on DAY ZERO ^ to purchase book)

MISCELLANEOUS MONDAY | BASICALLY 'WEEKLY OBSESSIONS'

This post should've been a Music Monday post, but I don't have a specific artist to feature this Monday. Like most youngsters in America, I have started school! Ehhh... I like school because it keeps me occupied and I learn, but it's boring to sit all day in the heat. It's super nice to see my friends again and awesome to meet new people. It's nice to meet new people, but I miss my "pack" [classmates] from last year because we traveled together and had almost every class together. It's scary not having familiar faces around.

While I was still on break, I watched two really great shows. I watched Penny Dreadful, which I have mentioned before. It's super dark, suspenseful, a lot of books combined, and set in Victorian England! It's an exciting paranormal, historical show with a diverse set of characters. I also watched Stranger Things, everyone probably watches or watched this show. Let me just say... IT'S FANTASTIC! It's a children's fantasy game gone wrong and what if E.T. phoned other people. It's retro, exciting, and super nostalgic. #winoforever Another show I'm really obsessed with is RuPaul's Drag Race: All Stars. I think everyone knows my love for drag queens. I've never actually watched the first 8 seasons of this show because I don't have Logo TV. I love the drama, most of the queens on the show (all except Phi Phi and Coco), the humor and everything.
I've also started watching The Tudors... Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Natalie Dormer and history! It eventually leads to my favorite person in all of history... Queen Elizabeth the First of England! The Virgin Queen, Good Queen Bess, and the last monarch of the Tudor dynasty! EPICNESS!

I haven't watched any movies lately, but I really want to watch Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children. Eva Green, Samuel L. Jackson, Asa Butterfield, Dame Judi Dench, and Tim Burton! Really excited, even though I never read the books. I definitely need to go to the library and get it.

Now to the music bit

WAS THE WAIT WORTH IT? | ARCANA RISING REVIEW



Arcana Rising (The Arcana Chronicles #4)
by Kresley Cole
Valkyrie Press | August 15, 2016
       When the battle is done . . .
       The Emperor unleashes hell and annihilates an army, jeopardizing the future of mankind - but Circe strikes back. The epic clash between them devastates the Arcana world and nearly kills Evie, separating her from her allies.
       And all hope is lost . . .
       With Aric missing and no sign that Jack and Selena escaped Richter's reach, Evie turns more and more to the darkness lurking inside her. Two Arcana emerge as game changers: one who could be her salvation, the other a seductive nightmare.
       Vengeance becomes everything.
       To take on Richter, Evie must reunite with Death and mend their broken bond. But as she learns more about her role in the future - and her chilling past - will she become a monster like the Emperor? Or can Evie and her allies rise up from Richter's ashes, stronger than ever before? 
I've been reading The Arcana Chronicles since the seventh grade and I loved the story back then. I love the concept of the series - arcana/tarot card figures taking human form [human embodiment of tarot characters] - because it's beyond original. It hasn't been done and I still haven't seen anything like it. Because it's been a while, my tastes have "deviated" from what it was in the seventh grade. TAC is a ROMANCE DRIVEN series, it's gradually becoming even more, and I don't like those types of books now. I went in expecting that I was going to hate this book and that I'm gonna shed away this series; but, I'm still addicted. It's such an addictive series.

COMPLETING THAT READING CHALLENGE

If you didn't know, Goodreads does this thing where you pledge to read x-amount of books in a year and it keeps track of everything you read. It's motivational, it's organized and it comes in handy when creating the best books of the year posts. I've been participating for two years and I've completed the challenge both years. I "read" - I DNFed A LOT of books - 131 books in 2015 and 100 books in 2016 (so far). That means I read, about, 200 books in 2 years! It's crazy seeing the numbers add up because it's a lot more than you realize. And because I want all of you to accomplish your challenge, here are some "tips":

LAST BOOK OF MY GOODREADS CHALLENGE!



The Collector
by John Fowles
Bay Back Books | August 4, 1997
       Withdrawn, uneducated and unloved, Frederick collects butterflies and takes photographs. He is obsessed with a beautiful stranger, the art student Miranda. When he wins the pools he buys a remote Sussex house and calmly abducts Miranda, believing she will grow to love him in time. Alone and desperate, Miranda must struggle to overcome her own prejudices and contempt if she is understand her captor, and so gain her freedom.

PRIDE & PREJUDICE

not actual cover-Behance


Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen
Barnes & Noble | March 14, 2011
First Published: January 28, 1813
       Jane Austen's witty comedy of manners-one of the most popular novels of all time-tells the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet's five unmarried daughters after the rich and eligible Mr Bingley and his status-conscious friend, Mr Darcy, have moved into their neighbourhood. "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." So begins the novel, that features splendidly civilized sparring between the proud Mr. Darcy and the prejudiced Elizabeth Bennet as they play out their spirited courtship in a series of eighteenth-century drawing-room intrigues.

HATE COMMENTS?!?! | THE POST YOU NEVER ASKED FOR

This is somewhat related to the book I DNF-ed recently. So, I DNF-ed Lord of the Flies. (I'm not reading this for school whatsoever. I read this on my leisure, along with Pride & Prejudice.) I wasn't very thrilled by Lord of the Flies and I don't think I'm the only one. I was reading the book outside and an English teacher sparked a conversation with me. It went somewhat like this:

"You reading that for school or free time?"
Free time
"Oh, I read this book and didn't quite like it."
*nods profusely in agreement*
"It's one of those highly praised book... important themes... allegory...I didn't like it; it was boring. But here, I'll give you some book recommendations!"
YAY!

There are people that love this book and that's great/fine! But, you shouldn't judge people for not liking it. It's incredibly rude-people can have opinions after all! I saw a GREAT one star review for this book and I saw the comments... This user was way out of line. He/She/whatever pronouns was really rude and racist. I understand that debates are perfectly normal, but this guy was acting just like Donald Trump-fussing over stupid things. The user was insulting the reviewer. It's really not necessary... (This is all on Goodreads, btw)

I had to be not-so-honest with my review because I was afraid of "the mob." I even stated that in my review. I was genuinely concerned for what may ensue, so I didn't express my opinions freely.

One of my favorite reviewers, Khanh, is "notorious" for writing the most honest and AMAZING reviews. She goes in depth with her analyses and I trust her opinions-first person I consult when I want to read something. Again, a person decides to comment, You clearly don't appreciate fine literature. (I'm typing this with disdain and a snooty British accent.) Totally unnecessary comment.

I know, this post is a bit hypocritical because I'm talking smack about these users, but this-people telling me I'm dumb, or something-has happened twice. It's getting personal.

I reviewed this book and I said it was unoriginal, unimaginative, predictable, and I didn't like it. This die-hard fan of the indie novel called me out on my excessive use of profanity and tried to justify the beauty of the book. Girl... it's a YA novel, not the goddamn Bible. (bet Raven the drag queen is really proud of me) It's great that she loved the book and it's great that I hated the book!
MEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!
Another wonderful scenario was when I reviewed a ROMANCE novel. Again, a ROMANCE novel... I said the romance was really fictionalized, as romance novels do, and borderlined rapey/creepy. (This happened on my blog and I've deleted the comment, so don't worry or go looking.) She said, You clearly don't understand love. Something about how I don't know shit about romance, I don't remember. I know I'm a potato that's going to be forever alone, thank you SO MUCH for reminding me something I already know!

I love comments, but those are just awful. I remember reading those comments and feeling anger and sadness. I'm expressing my opinions, something I'm entitled to do and you can too, just do it less rudely and consider who you're directing the comment at. After all, I'm a teenager with hormones everywhere/a person with feelings.

You can belittle me for my inadequate grammar and punctuation usage, but please don't come for/clock me, or other reviewers, for our opinions. It's REALLY not worth "picking on" a teenager or any other person. You don't want me to bring out my bag of choice swear words.
I had fun writing this post. It's nice to let it all out. If you had similar things happen to you, I would LOVE to read it and just rant with you! Comment below and stir the pot with me! Let's be bitter together.

IN THE WICK OF TIME INTERVIEW

I had the honor of interviewing Kaylan, the owner of In the Wick of Time. I came across this store on Instagram and I fell in love with the candles. Gorgeous packaging and super creative candles! (I think I'm biased because I love candles). Check out her website and etsy store to purchase candles or candle melts. You should also follow her on: InstagramTwitter, Facebook and Pinterest for updates on new items and really pretty pictures. Now, for the interview...

NOT-YOUR-MAMA'S GRAPHIC NOVELS


Saga (Volumes #1-6)
by Brian K. Vaughan & Fiona Staples (Artist)
Image Comics | October 23, 2012
I recommend this with a passion!  
        When two soldiers, Marko and Alana, from opposite sides of a never-ending galactic war fall in love, they risk everything to bring a fragile new life into a dangerous old universe.
 It's a 4.5 because I wasn't thrilled with the plot direction, but it's great nonetheless. I can't stop forcing this book unto people and saying it's great, really.

PLEASANTLY SURPRISED | AM I MAAS "TRASH" NOW?!



A Court of Thorns and Roses (ACOTAR #1)
by Sarah J. Mass
Bloomsbury USA Childrens | May 5, 2015
(oh look, my birthday)
      She stole a life. Now she must pay with her heart.
      When nineteen-year-old huntress Feyre kills a wolf in the woods, a beast-like creature arrives to demand retribution. Dragged to a treacherous magical land she knows about only from legends, Feyre discovers that her captor is not an animal, but Tamlin-one of the lethal, immortal faeries who once ruled their world. 
      As she dwells on his estate, her feelings for Tamlin transform from icy hostility into a fiery passion that burns through every lie and warning she's been told about the beautiful, dangerous world of the Fae. But an ancient, wicked shadow over the faerie lands is growing, and Feyre must find a way to stop it . . . or doom Tamlin-and his world-forever.

POSSIBLY THE BEST COHO BOOK EVER



It Ends with Us
by Colleen Hoover
Atria Books | August 2, 2016
DON'T READ SYNOPSIS! Best to go in blind.
        Lily hasn’t always had it easy, but that’s never stopped her from working hard for the life she wants. She’s come a long way from the small town in Maine where she grew up-she graduated from college, moved to Boston, and started her own business. So when she feels a spark with a gorgeous neurosurgeon named Ryle Kincaid, everything in Lily’s life suddenly seems almost too good to be true.
        Ryle is assertive, stubborn, maybe even a little arrogant. He’s also sensitive, brilliant, and has a total soft spot for Lily. And the way he looks in scrubs certainly doesn’t hurt. Lily can’t get him out of her head. But Ryle’s complete aversion to relationships is disturbing. Even as Lily finds herself becoming the exception to his “no dating” rule, she can’t help but wonder what made him that way in the first place.
        As questions about her new relationship overwhelm her, so do thoughts of Atlas Corrigan-her first love and a link to the past she left behind. He was her kindred spirit, her protector. When Atlas suddenly reappears, everything Lily has built with Ryle is threatened.

MY FIRST GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW | GORGEOUS



Monstress (Single Issues #1-6)
by Marjorie M. Liu & Sana Takeda (illustrator)
Image Comics | November 4, 2015
       Steampunk meets Kaiju-Japanese genre involving monsters [attacking cities]-in this original fantasy epic for mature readers.
       As young Maika risks everything to control her psychic link with a monster of tremendous power, placing her in the center of a devastating war between human and otherworldly forces.
Overall Rating:
 

WHAT KIND OF READER ARE YOU? | NARUTO EDITION

I made the decision to rewatch every episode of Naruto. Wish me luck because it's gonna take a while. Watching it gives me so much nostalgia. It sucks that I know what's going to happen, but it's so nice to meet the characters again. For example: I never realized how much I hated Sakura, how the first season is mostly about Sasuke, and how HILARIOUS Guy & Lee are. If you never watched or read Naruto, I think you should because the manga ended and it's a great series. If you don't know what Naruto is, then talk to the hand, 'cos the face ain't listening.

So, which Naruto character resembles your reading personality?

MUSIC MONDAYS: GLASS ANIMALS

ABOUT:
Glass Animals is an Oxford-based band consisting of members Dave Bayley, Drew MacFarlane, Edmund Irwin-Singer, and Joe Seaward.
Childhood friends since the age of 14, they formed the group once they finished school. While they were still at university they released their debut EP, Leaflings, in 2012. They captured the attention of acclaimed producer Paul Epworth, who signed them to his label Wolf Tone in 2013 and released the Glass Animals EP, which included the single "Black Mambo." In 2014, the band released their debut album Zaba, which they blended electronics with indie guitar music and was produced by both frontman Bayley and Epworth.

The very first song I ever listened to by this band was Gooey. (I listened to the song while watching the weird music video). Right from the start, the title grabs your attention because it's weird and kind of throws you off. The song is great and weird. It's very breath-y and light. There's a light twinkling/bell sound in the background too. It's funky, psychedelic and just GREAT. You just want to sway to the rhythm.
Their overall sound is psychedelic and slightly, and I mean slightly, tribal. All their songs make you want to move. When I heard the first song Flip on ZABA (DELUXE) ALBUM, I immediately thought of the ocean/water because it starts off with something that sounds like a big bubble bursting in water. Their music just transports you to a dream-like place.

You should also check out their song from their, yet to be released, album entitled How to Be Human.

SOCIETY6 SHOPS

I was surfing on Society6 and I saw amazing art/products from extremely talented artists. If you didn't know, Society6 is an online retailer (of sorts). It's more of a market for independent artists. Artists create pieces of art and they're sold as prints, home items and apparel through Society6, who produces it too. Hopefully the artists I share in this post appeal to you and you support them by buying their products. I'm not being sponsored in any way, as usual, I just want to showcase some artists. Apologies in advance for the lack of photos.

OASIS IN THE CLOUDS REVIEW



Oasis in the Clouds (When Worlds Collide #1)
by C. Esther
Self-Published | July 19, 2016
Status: Completed
       Niri wakes up in a beautiful garden, and finds that she has no memories. She is sure she will spend the remainder of her days there, until an unknown friend comes to her aide and reveals the truth about her personal paradise. Discovering that she is Wicca, she embarks on a journey to learn about her powers, the extent of which surprises her at every turn. She must ultimately retrieve her memories and help the higher order of witches imprison the Wicca who stole her memories before she takes the kingdom for herself. A mighty task for a woman of only twenty.

THE SCORPION RULES



The Scorpion Rule (Prisoners of Peace #1)
by Erin Bow
McElderry | September 22, 2015
DNF @ somewhere around 50%
       The world is at peace, said the Utterances. And really, if the odd princess has a hard day, is that too much to ask?
       Greta is a duchess and crown princess-and a hostage to peace. This is how the game is played: if you want to rule, you must give one of your children as a hostage. Go to war and your hostage dies.
       Greta will be free if she can survive until her eighteenth birthday. Until then she lives in the Precepture school with the daughters and sons of the world’s leaders. Like them, she is taught to obey the machines that control their lives. Like them, she is prepared to die with dignity, if she must. But everything changes when a new hostage arrives. Elián is a boy who refuses to play by the rules, a boy who defies everything Greta has ever been taught. And he opens Greta’s eyes to the brutality of the system they live under-and to her own power.
       As Greta and Elián watch their nations tip closer to war, Greta becomes a target in a new kind of game. A game that will end up killing them both-unless she can find a way to break all the rules.


NO. JUST, NO | DAUGHTER'S OF RUIN



Daughters of Ruin
by K.D. Castner
McElderry Books | April 5, 2016
DNF @ 56%
       Meet rumor with quiet, treason with cunning, and vicious with vicious.
       Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren have lived together since they were children. They are called sisters. They are not. They are called equals. They are not. They are princesses. And they are enemies.
       A brutal war ravaged their kingdoms, and Rhea’s father was the victor. As a gesture of peace, King Declan brought the daughters of his rivals to live under his protection-and his ever-watchful eye.
       For ten years they have trained together as diplomats and warriors, raised to accept their thrones and unite their kingdoms in peace. But there is no peace among sisters, and all plans shatter when the palace is attacked. As their intended future lies in ashes, Rhea, Cadis, Suki, and Iren must decide where their loyalties lie: to their nations, or to each other.
 I wish I had less stars to give.

TRISTAN DE MONTIGNY TRASH | HIDDEN HUNTRESS REVIEW



Hidden Huntress (The Malediction Trilogy #2)
by Danielle L. Jensen
Angry Robot | June 2, 2015
       Sometimes, one must accomplish the impossible.
       Beneath the mountain, the king’s reign of tyranny is absolute; the one troll with the capacity to challenge him is imprisoned for treason. Cécile has escaped the darkness of Trollus, but she learns all too quickly that she is not beyond the reach of the king’s power. Or his manipulation.
       Recovered from her injuries, she now lives with her mother in Trianon and graces the opera stage every night. But by day she searches for the witch who has eluded the trolls for five hundred years. Whether she succeeds or fails, the costs to those she cares about will be high.
       To find Anushka, she must delve into magic that is both dark and deadly. But the witch is a clever creature. And Cécile might not just be the hunter. She might also be the hunted…

THE LAST OF IT | ALL IS SWELL



1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)
by Haruki Murakami
Vintage International | January 22, 2013
Status: ALL 1,157 PAGES!
      The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
      A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - “Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
      As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
      A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s - 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

BOOK WRITING

I would totally appreciate your thoughts on these ideas and name suggestions. It would mean the world to me if you shared some writing tips. I would love to try writing a book. When I do write it, I will most definitely notify you and direct you to a place to read and review. Just comment below, THANKS <3.

During the school year, I had multiple book ideas. I had this Salem witch trials meets Nightmare on Elm Street idea and I had this revamped version of The Mortal Instruments (there will be more mythology and less Jace). I also have this "tribute" to Stolen with hints/themes of Lewis Carroll, lol. (Secunda is Gemma and there are other girls kidnapped).

THE UNNECESSARY PART II | 1Q84



1Q84 (1Q84 #1-3)
by Haruki Murakami
Vintage International | January 22, 2013
Status: Part 1+2 complete
      The year is 1984 and the city is Tokyo.
      A young woman named Aomame follows a taxi driver’s enigmatic suggestion and begins to notice puzzling discrepancies in the world around her. She has entered, she realizes, a parallel existence, which she calls 1Q84 - “Q is for ‘question mark.’ A world that bears a question.” Meanwhile, an aspiring writer named Tengo takes on a suspect ghostwriting project. He becomes so wrapped up with the work and its unusual author that, soon, his previously placid life begins to come unraveled.
      As Aomame’s and Tengo’s narratives converge over the course of this single year, we learn of the profound and tangled connections that bind them ever closer: a beautiful, dyslexic teenage girl with a unique vision; a mysterious religious cult that instigated a shoot-out with the metropolitan police; a reclusive, wealthy dowager who runs a shelter for abused women; a hideously ugly private investigator; a mild-mannered yet ruthlessly efficient bodyguard; and a peculiarly insistent television-fee collector.
      A love story, a mystery, a fantasy, a novel of self-discovery, a dystopia to rival George Orwell’s - 1Q84 is Haruki Murakami’s most ambitious undertaking yet: an instant best seller in his native Japan, and a tremendous feat of imagination from one of our most revered contemporary writers.

LET'S TALK ABOUT SHELVES, BABY

A bookshelf is the home to your precious little ones: your books. It is of the utmost importance to pick the right home for them. Let's explore your, many, options. (All pictures are from Google and belong to their respective owners, no copyright intended.)

RJ JONES' DEATH 2: THIS TIME IT'S PERSONAL



It's a Wonderful Death
by Sarah J. Schmitt
Sky Pony Press | October 6, 2015
        Seventeen-year-old RJ always gets what she wants. So when her soul is accidentally collected by a distracted Grim Reaper, somebody in the afterlife better figure out a way to send her back from the dead or heads will roll. But in her quest for mortality, she becomes a pawn in a power struggle between an overzealous archangel and Death Himself. The tribunal presents her with two options: she can remain in the lobby, where souls wait to be processed, until her original lifeline expires, or she can replay three moments in her life in an effort to make choices that will result in a future deemed worthy of being saved. It sounds like a no-brainer. She’ll take a walk down memory lane. How hard can changing her future be?
        But with each changing moment, RJ’s life begins to unravel, until this self-proclaimed queen bee is a social pariah. She begins to wonder if walking among the living is worth it if she has to spend the next sixty years as an outcast. Too quickly, RJ finds herself back in limbo, her time on Earth once again up for debate.

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