A Penny For Your Thoughts #1: Misconceptions About Bookworms

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Hello loves. Today I bring to you my very first discussion post. I’ve been wanting to post one for a very long time, but I always find a reason not to. (Excuses mostly.)

Before we get started, here’s an intro to this feature:

A Penny For Your Thoughts is a new feature on my blog where I discuss different subjects every week. Basically, it’s a discussion feature with a fancy name. 😉 I intend on having a discussion at least once a week, more if I have the time.

I want you to know that I am very open-minded and I appreciate honesty above all else, so please be comfortable when letting me know your opinion on a matter.You don’t have to worry about offending me if our opinions vary, I like seeing things from other people’s perspective and it would be a boring world if we all had the same opinions on everything. 🙂

Also, if you have any suggestions for discussion topics please comment below or shoot me an email at headinthecloudsheartinthebooks@gmail.com


As you can tell by the title, today I’ll be discussing a few misconceptions I’ve noticed people have about us, readers, and who we are.

1. Books, 24/7 books

While it cannot be denied, the significance of books in readers’ lives, it also isn’t the only thing we have going on. Some of us might enjoy gaming alongside reading, or maybe catching up with the latest TV shows. Who knows?

The problem is when people think ALL we know is BOOKS and ALL we do is READ, and question us when we are seen without a book or having some other hobby. Or even better when they give you an accusatory stare, like you’ve just been caught cheating! Because clearly, to be a bookworm is to have a book plastered to your hand(s) at all times with your nose buried in it and only speak of literature, otherwise your bookworm status is open to questioning.

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Let’s just say this person likes to eat. Do you expect said person to just eat, eat and EAT?

I guess my point is it’s perfectly fine for someone who loves to read to have other choices of entertainment. All while not having to explain ourselves like a bunch of outlaws. You can be a book lover and love other things without feeling guilty about it.

2. Speckies here; speckies there; speckies everywhere.

This is what some people think we look like:

This is such an inaccurate assumption. There is no rule saying, if you read, you have to wear glasses. Just the same, doesn’t mean if someone wears glasses, by default he/she is a reader. That is simply not how things work!

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3. Straight-A students

Let me make it clear, there’s a huge difference between reading works of fiction and textbooks. Reading fiction- non fiction, even- isn’t automatically going to make us top students. So, people can stop saying things like, “I thought you read a lot of books!” and “you read, isn’t that supposed to make you really smart?” when we don’t turn out to be the first place in class.

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Like everyone else, we could be straight A students, average students or even bad students. Unless the exam is Zombie Survival 101, book related or seeing the world in multiple POVs, I wouldn’t be so quick to bet on all of us getting an A.

4. Antisocial, the lot of us

Yes, some of us may be antisocial, but not all of us. It isn’t right to put all of us in a box and label it “antisocial”. The rest of us could just be more selective about who we spend time with. Personally, I’m not opposed to hanging out with my close friends every once in a while. I usually find myself having more fun than anticipated. For me it’s all about the people I spend time with. With the right people I can be very sociable.

Not to mention, some readers are also social butterflies and happen to enjoy the company of people as much as they do reading.

All that said, there are antisocial bookworms.

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One thing I think we can all agree on:

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To summarize, we are seriously misunderstood beings.

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So, there you have it, my very first discussion post. Keep in mind that was just my opinion on the topic. What are some misconceptions society has had about you? 

Remember to leave a comment and be completely honest, so we can discuss- debate too.

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January 2016 || Looking Back

Looking Back

Hello everyone! Looking Back is a new monthly feature on this blog. It’s basically a recap of a specific month that I’ll be posting on the 1st or 2nd of every month. This will give you an insight on how I spent my month, involving both bookish and non-bookish elements. It also let’s me keep track of time and my progress, because let’s be real, a month can fly by without me really knowing what I did and I dislike coming out of a month with nothing to show for it.


Books

Books read/reviewed in January:

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  • Infinity by Sherrilyn Kenyon- 4 stars || Review
  • Not Okay Cupid by Heidi R. Kling- 4.5 stars || Review
  • The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski- 3 stars || Review
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard- 3.5 stars
  • The Probability of Miracles by Wendy Wunder- 4.5 stars
  • The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet || Review

Total books read: 6

Book of the month: The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

Books acquired in January:

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  • School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino || Review copy
  • The Truth Spell by Anita Oh || Review copy
  • Thief of Lies by Brenda Drake || ebook
  • Truthwitch by Susan Dennard || ebook
  • Mercury Striking by Rebecca Zanetti || e-ARC
  • Love Me, Love Me Not by Alyxandra Harvey || e-ARC
  • Holding Court by K.C. Held || e-ARC
  • How Willa Got Her Groove Back by Emily McKay || e-ARC
  • The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet || e-ARC (Reviewed)
  • The Girlfriend Request by Jodie Andrefski || e-ARC (Reviewed)
  • Not Okay, Cupid by Heidi R. Kling || e-ARC (Reviewed)

Total books acquired: 11

Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge:

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Blogging

Posts in January:

Total posts: 7


Movies

Movies watched in the cinema:

I only watched one movie in the cinema this month which is The 5th Wave. My friends and I watched it on the first day of release and it was so good. Can’t compare it to the book since I haven’t read it yet but as a movie it’s enjoyable. And umm… the eye candy didn’t hurt either. 😉


TV Shows/ K-Dramas

TV Shows I watched in January:

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  • The Shannara Chronicles || Ep 1-5
  • Shadowhunters || Ep 1-3
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow || Ep 1-2
  • Grandfathered || Ep 10-13

K-Dramas I watched in January (first time watching):

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K-Dramas I watched in January (rewatch):

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For the K-Dramas if you click on the title you’ll be sent to its Drama Cool page where you can watch it with English subtitles. 🙂


Music

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I spent the second half of January obsessing over Panic! At the Disco and Brendon Urie’s exceptional vocals. I remember hearing ‘I Write Sins Not Tragedies’ and ‘Nine in the Afternoon’ when I was way too young to actually get what the songs meant, especially Nine in the Afternoon. “But there’s no nine in the afternoon?”, the confusion was real and I think my parents were more than a little reluctant to explain to me the significance of the lyrics.

I stumbled upon ‘Nine in the Afternoon’ on Youtube recently, nostalgia hit and I somehow ended up listening to lots of their songs, even the latest album, Death of a Bachelor. So, now I can’t seem to stop listening to their songs, I’m actually listening to a playlist of them right now. My favorite changes constantly, but right now it’s ‘LA Devotee’. Or ‘Death of a Bachelor’. ‘Hallelujah’? ‘This is Gospel’, maybe?


Miscellaneous

  • I refrained from going to the recent Big Bad Wolf Double Trouble book and poster sale. I deserve a cookie.
  • Keira @ Signing On started a book club that Jackie @ fallinlovewithesoundofwords and I now co-own. You can check it out here.
  • I stayed up everyday till 3/4 a.m.. I feel like I’m able to get more things done at that time and I have trouble falling asleep, so…
  • I ended up re-reading more books than reading new books.
  • Every waking hour that wasn’t already occupied was spent stressing over college and my future. Now that I think of it, I even stressed while I was busy.
  • I don’t think anything else significant happened. To be honest, January passed in a blur of entertainment interlaced with stress and keeping myself busy.

    Overall

    Like I said, January was a blur and came to an end much sooner than I expected it to. 6 books really isn’t much for someone done with high school. I’ll be upping my game for February and hopefully no reading slumps will get in my way of slaying my TBR. It was a good month for TV shows and K-Dramas though, so I’m hoping to keep it up in February. As for movies, a film that I wanted to watch but didn’t get the chance to was The Boy. I might catch that with my friends this month along with Deadpool (YAY!). In terms of music I’m glad I got to really discover Panic! At the Disco.


    What do you think? Would you like to see more of these posts? Personally, I enjoyed doing this and found it oddly relaxing. Anyway, how did your January go? If you posted your own recap, leave a link in the comments and I’ll check it out. Share your thoughts with me! Hugs. ❤

Top Ten Tuesday #7: TBR Newbies

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Only 19 days into 2016 and I’ve piled up my TBR with books- new and old.

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Glass Sword by Victoria Aveyard

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Mare Barrow’s blood is red—the color of common folk—but her Silver ability, the power to control lightning, has turned her into a weapon that the royal court tries to control.

The crown calls her an impossibility, a fake, but as she makes her escape from Maven, the prince—the friend—who betrayed her, Mare uncovers something startling: she is not the only one of her kind.

Pursued by Maven, now a vindictive king, Mare sets out to find and recruit other Red-and-Silver fighters to join in the struggle against her oppressors.

But Mare finds herself on a deadly path, at risk of becoming exactly the kind of monster she is trying to defeat.

Will she shatter under the weight of the lives that are the cost of rebellion? Or have treachery and betrayal hardened her forever?



Illuminae by Amie Kaufman

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This morning, Kady thought breaking up with Ezra was the hardest thing she’d have to do.

This afternoon, her planet was invaded.

The year is 2575, and two rival megacorporations are at war over a planet that’s little more than an ice-covered speck at the edge of the universe. Too bad nobody thought to warn the people living on it. With enemy fire raining down on them, Kady and Ezra—who are barely even talking to each other—are forced to fight their way onto an evacuating fleet, with an enemy warship in hot pursuit.

But their problems are just getting started. A deadly plague has broken out and is mutating, with terrifying results; the fleet’s AI, which should be protecting them, may actually be their enemy; and nobody in charge will say what’s really going on. As Kady hacks into a tangled web of data to find the truth, it’s clear only one person can help her bring it all to light: the ex-boyfriend she swore she’d never speak to again.

Told through a fascinating dossier of hacked documents—including emails, schematics, military files, IMs, medical reports, interviews, and more—Illuminae is the first book in a heart-stopping, high-octane trilogy about lives interrupted, the price of truth, and the courage of everyday heroes.



Truthwitch by Susan Dennard

21414439On a continent ruled by three empires, some are born with a “witchery”, a magical skill that sets them apart from others.

In the Witchlands, there are almost as many types of magic as there are ways to get in trouble—as two desperate young women know all too well.

Safiya is a Truthwitch, able to discern truth from lie. It’s a powerful magic that many would kill to have on their side, especially amongst the nobility to which Safi was born. So Safi must keep her gift hidden, lest she be used as a pawn in the struggle between empires.

Iseult, a Threadwitch, can see the invisible ties that bind and entangle the lives around her—but she cannot see the bonds that touch her own heart. Her unlikely friendship with Safi has taken her from life as an outcast into one of reckless adventure, where she is a cool, wary balance to Safi’s hotheaded impulsiveness.

Safi and Iseult just want to be free to live their own lives, but war is coming to the Witchlands. With the help of the cunning Prince Merik (a Windwitch and ship’s captain) and the hindrance of a Bloodwitch bent on revenge, the friends must fight emperors, princes, and mercenaries alike, who will stop at nothing to get their hands on a Truthwitch.


The Crown’s Game by Evelyn Skye

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Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the Tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.

And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the Tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.

Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?

For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.

And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love . . . or be killed himself.

As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear . . . the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.


The Love That Split the World by Emily Henry

25467698Natalie Cleary must risk her future and leap blindly into a vast unknown for the chance to build a new world with the boy she loves.

Natalie’s last summer in her small Kentucky hometown is off to a magical start… until she starts seeing the “wrong things.” They’re just momentary glimpses at first—her front door is red instead of its usual green, there’s a pre-school where the garden store should be. But then her whole town disappears for hours, fading away into rolling hills and grazing buffalo, and Nat knows something isn’t right.

That’s when she gets a visit from the kind but mysterious apparition she calls “Grandmother,” who tells her: “You have three months to save him.” The next night, under the stadium lights of the high school football field, she meets a beautiful boy named Beau, and it’s as if time just stops and nothing exists. Nothing, except Natalie and Beau.

Emily Henry’s stunning debut novel is Friday Night Lights meets The Time Traveler’s Wife, and perfectly captures those bittersweet months after high school, when we dream not only of the future, but of all the roads and paths we’ve left untaken.


Defy by Sara B. Larson

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Alexa Hollen is a fighter. Forced to disguise herself as a boy and serve in the king’s army, Alex uses her quick wit and fierce sword-fighting skills to earn a spot on the elite prince’s guard. But when a powerful sorcerer sneaks into the palace in the dead of night, even Alex, who is virtually unbeatable, can’t prevent him from abducting her, her fellow guard and friend Rylan, and Prince Damian, taking them through the treacherous wilds of the jungle and deep into enemy territory.

The longer Alex is held captive with both Rylan and the prince, the more she realizes that she is not the only one who has been keeping dangerous secrets. And suddenly, after her own secret is revealed, Alex finds herself confronted with two men vying for her heart: the safe and steady Rylan, who has always cared for her, and the dark, intriguing Damian. With hidden foes lurking around every corner, is Alex strong enough to save herself and the kingdom she’s sworn to protect?


School of Deaths by Christopher Mannino

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Thirteen-year-old Suzie Sarnio always believed the Grim Reaper was a fairy tale image of a skeleton with a scythe. Now, forced to enter the College of Deaths, she finds herself training to bring souls from the Living World to the Hereafter. The task is demanding enough, but as the only female in the all-male College, she quickly becomes a target. Attacked by both classmates and strangers, Suzie is alone in a world where even her teachers want her to fail.

Scythes hungry for souls, Deaths who subjugate a race of mysterious magicians, and echoes of an ancient war with Dragons.

As her year progresses, Suzie suspects her presence isn’t an accident. She uncovers a plot to overthrow the World of Deaths. Now she must also discover the reason she’s been brought there: the first female Death in a million years.


The Secret to Letting Go by Katherine Fleet

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One summer can change everything…

Haunted with guilt after his girlfriend’s death, Daniel Hudson has no interest in committing to anyone. At the end of the summer, he’ll be leaving Florida for a new start in college. If only he could avoid the mysterious new girl in town, who seems every bit as naive and eccentric as she looks. Trouble is, she’s hard to ignore, with her beautiful piercing eyes, pitiful-looking dog, and unsettling tendency of finding trouble.

Clover Scott lived her whole life off the grid and arrives on the Gulf coast in search of her grandparents. She never expected to nearly drown, or get caught in a hurricane, or fall in love with the boy who rescues her. Now, she has a chance to rewrite her life’s story, to finally fit in somewhere, but Daniel wants answers about her past. When the police start asking questions about the disappearance of her parents, she must make a choice: go to jail or confess her secrets—even if they might destroy her chance at a happily-ever-after.


A Court of Mist and Fury

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Nor has Feyre forgotten her bargain with Rhysand, High Lord of the feared Night Court. As Feyre navigates its dark web of politics, passion, and dazzling power, a greater evil looms–and she might be key to stopping it. But only if she can harness her harrowing gifts, heal her fractured soul, and decide how she wishes to shape her future–and the future of a world cleaved in two.

With more than a million copies sold of her beloved Throne of Glass series, Sarah J. Maas’s masterful storytelling brings this second book in her seductive and action-packed series to new heights.


 

Never Ever by Sara Saedi

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Wylie Dalton didn’t believe in fairy tales or love at first sight.

Then she met a real-life Peter Pan.

When Wylie encounters Phinn—confident, mature, and devastatingly handsome—at a party the night before her brother goes to juvie, she can’t believe how fast she falls for him. And that’s before he shows her how to fly.

Soon Wylie and her brothers find themselves whisked away to a mysterious tropical island off the coast of New York City where nobody ages beyond seventeen and life is a constant party. Wylie’s in heaven: now her brother won’t go to jail and she can escape her over-scheduled life with all its woes and responsibilities—permanently.

But the deeper Wylie falls for Phinn, the more she begins to discover has been kept from her and her brothers. Somebody on the island has been lying to her, but the truth can’t stay hidden forever.


Some of these books haven’t even been released yet but they are the latest additions to my TBR which is why I featured them. Do you see anything on my list also on yours? I hope you find some books on my list interesting enough to add to your TBR. Remember to leave a link to your TTT so I can check it out. Hugs! ❤

Let the Read-Along Begin!

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Hello everyone! It is now Monday all over the world and with that our Red Queen Read-Along has begun.

Aubrey and Mel posted an announcement recently with all the details but I’m gonna post it again.

This read-along will run for a week, starting on the 11th (Monday) and ending on the 17th (Sunday).

To stay updated follow the hosts’ social media.

Aubrey @ Aubrey’s Book Nook

Goodreads: Aubrey (Aubrey’s Book Nook) // Twitter: @aubreysbooknook

Mel @ Dat Little Blog

Goodreads: Melanie // Twitter: @datpiratewitch // Instagram: @datbookishgirl

Myself

Goodreads: Tasha // Twitter: @heartinthebooks // Instagram: @heartinthebooks

I’m gonna do what Aubrey did by adding my post on Instagram:

This book has been on my TBR for awhile and I am so excited to read it with you! I know it’ll be so much fun!


Leave links to your social media in the comments below so I can follow/friend you. Let me know if you’re joining us. If you can’t make it from the start, you can always join us somewhere in between, no worries. I look forward to hearing from you. ❤

*Credits to Aubrey for the Instagram screenshot.

Top Ten Tuesday #6: The Best of 2015’s Reads

booksTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, it was created because of their love of lists and all things bookish. There are different lists every week and you can check out the topics on their website, they post some of them beforehand.


We’re only 2 weeks (give or take) away from a new year and a fresh start. To commemorate, this week’s topic is all about the books of 2015. Be it released in 2015 or not. I’m going with the top ten books I’ve read this year, regardless of the publication dates.

On with it…

The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

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Fans of Criminal Minds, take my word for it: this is a must read.


 

Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

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I don’t think this book requires much introduction, if any.

All I can say if you haven’t read it, then do so with a warning that the ending will leave you unsettled for a long, long time.

 

 


Gathering Darkness by Morgan Rhodes

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Funny story: I was checking on Goodreads for Gathering Darkness’ info, so I thought I’d check Frozen Tides’ release date while I’m at it. When I saw the date I was like “Ahhhh!!! Oh my God!”, really loud and my mom who was reading on the couch beside me fell over backwards on it and went “what the hell?!!”. You should have been here to see it, priceless I tell you.

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Between Now and Never by Laura Johnston

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Shadow and Bone by Leigh Bardugo

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Anya and the Shy Guy by Suze Winegardner

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If you’ve read my review of this book you’ll know exactly how much I enjoyed it.

 

 

 


Splintered by AG Howard

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A whimsical, magical take on Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Review here.


 

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

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Hands down my favorite read this year. I’m just not too happy about the ending, basically because I have to wait half year for answers.

 

 

 


So, that’s it! I am aware that that’s only 8 books but those are the books I feel are really the highlight of the year. Due to exams I only managed to read 50+ books and the books I feel will really blow me away I have yet to read. But now, hehehe, now I can read them. 😀

Have you read any of these books? Did any of them make it on your Top Ten Tuesday this week? Talk to me in the comments! Also, include a link to your TTT so I can check it out. Have a bookish day! ❤

Big Bad Wolf 2015 Book Haul

Hi guys! As promised in my last post here’s the book haul, but first, some shots of the book fair and whatnot.

Here are the preview passes my mom and I got:

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A collage of the fair:

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I’m not sure if you can tell by the photos but trust me when I say it’s HUGE. Like, lose your mom in the mall huge.

Thankfully, on both days that I went the books were all very organized. Therefore, it only took me 6, maybe 7 hours to pick up a total of 119 books.

Now for the good part. Bring out the books!!

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My loot from the preview day.

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Second day’s steals.

To sum it up:

Yep, all 119 of them right there.

The highlights:

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If you’re curious I spent approximately RM 1200 on those books. Now I’m going to practice being a good little bookworm and stay away from all money-zapping activities. Book shopping, amongst others.

THE END!!!


If you’re reading this, thanks for making it through all the photos and I hope this post inspired some jealousy in you. Just kidding. I hope you enjoyed this post and maybe added a few books to your TBR. Because, why not?

NOTE:

I’ve been thinking of hosting a read-along for some of those books up there. Because I’m FREE and reading can be more fun when done with other readers, compared to reading and discussing with myself.

I’m currently torn between these choices:

  • The Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas
  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard (Not part of the haul)
  • All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven (so we can all cry together)
  • Zodiac by Romina Russell
  • Bloodlines series by Richelle Mead
  • The Nick Chronicles by Sherrilyn Kenyon

Anything else in my haul that you have in your TBR and want to take on together? Also, whatever read-along I’m hosting, I’ll need someone to do it with me. So I’m looking for a co-host, maybe two? If you’re willing, of course. 🙂

Let me know in the comments what book you’re interested in and if you’d like to host with me. Not to forget, your thoughts on my book haul, please. Happy reading! ❤

P.S. Thank you for the lovely comments yesterday! I’ll respond to them as soon as I’ve had my shower and dinner. 🙂

Top Ten Tuesday #5: Top Ten YA Books With Ghosts

booksTop Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, it was created because of their love of lists and all things bookish. There are different lists every week and you can check out the topics on their website, they post some of them beforehand.


We are only a few days to Halloween, guys! Even though we don’t really celebrate it in Malaysia, the internet has got me in the mood for it and this Tuesday’s theme happens to be a Halloween freebie. Basically, anything related to Halloween goes. I’m going to be doing Top Ten YA Books With Ghosts. These books may have ghosts but they will not scare you to death or cause you to lose sleep. They’re just really cool books that feature ghosts. Clicking the covers will send you to their Goodreads pages and I’ve included the blurbs for your convenience. 🙂

Without further ado, I present to you…

In no particular order

The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong

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My name is Chloe Saunders and my life will never be the same again.

All I wanted was to make friends, meet boys, and keep on being ordinary. I don’t even know what that means anymore. It all started on the day that I saw my first ghost – and the ghost saw me.

Now there are ghosts everywhere and they won’t leave me alone. To top it all off, I somehow got myself locked up in Lyle House, a “special home” for troubled teens. Yet the home isn’t what it seems. Don’t tell anyone, but I think there might be more to my housemates than meets the eye. The question is, whose side are they on? It’s up to me to figure out the dangerous secrets behind Lyle House… before its skeletons come back to haunt me.


Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready

6648020Best. Birthday. Ever. At least, it was supposed to be. With Logan’s band playing a crucial gig and Aura’s plans for an intimate after-party, Aura knows it will be the most memorable night of her boyfriend’s life. She never thought it would be his last.

Logan’s sudden death leaves Aura devastated. He’s gone.

Well, sort of.

Like everyone born after the Shift, Aura can see and talk to ghosts. This mysterious ability had always been annoying, and Aura had wanted nothing more than to figure out why the Shift happened so she could undo it. But not with Logan’s violet-hued spirit still hanging around. Because Dead Logan is almost as real as ever. Almost.

It doesn’t help that Aura’s new friend Zachary is so understanding – and so very alive. His support means more to Aura than she cares to admit.

As Aura’s relationship with with the dead and the living grow ever complicated, so do her feelings for Logan and Zachary. Each holds a piece of Aura’s heart… and clues to the secret of the Shift.


Wake Unto Me by Lisa Cach

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A haunted castle, a handsome young man dead for four hundred years, one heck of a scary portrait of a witch, and a treasure hunt — not to mention a princess for a roommate! — all await 15 year old American girl Caitlyn Monahan when she earns a scholarship to a French boarding school.

There are secrets behind the stone walls of Chateau de la Fortune, buried for centuries along with the mystery of who killed Raphael, the charming ghost who visits Caitlyn at night. But as Caitlyn unearths the history of the castle, nothing scares her as badly as the secret she learns about herself, and the reason she was chosen to come to the Fortune School.

And nothing breaks her heart as badly as falling in love with a dead guy.


Shattered Souls by Mary Lindsey

13584415A thrilling debut story of death, love, destiny, and danger

Lenzi hears voices and has visions – gravestones, floods, a boy with steel gray eyes. Her boyfriend, Zak, can’t help, and everything keeps getting louder and more intense. Then Lenzi meets Alden, the boy from her dreams, who reveals that she’s a reincarnated Speaker – someone who can talk to and help lost souls – and that he has been her Protector for centuries.

Now Lenzi must choose between her life with Zak and the life she is destined to lead with Alden. But time is running out: a malevolent spirit is out to destroy Lenzi, and he will kill her if she doesn’t make a decision soon.


Deception by Lee Nichols

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When Emma Vaile’s parents leave on mysterious business trip, it gives her the perfect excuse to be a rebellious teen. Throw some parties, get a tattoo (or maybe just a piercing), and enjoy the first few weeks of her junior year. Then her best friend stops talking to her, the cops crash her party, and Emma finds herself in the hands of a new guardian–her college-age “knight in J.Crew armor,” Bennett Stern–and on a plane to his museum-like mansion in New England.

After enrolling at Thatcher Academy, Emma settles in by making friends with the popular legacy crowd. But she can’t shake the strange visions that are haunting her. She has memories of Thatcher she can’t explain, as if she’s returning home to a place she’s never been. Emma doesn’t trust anyone anymore–except maybe Bennett. But he’s about to reveal a ghostly secret to Emma. One that will explain the visions . . . and make Emma fear for her life.


Ruby’s Ghost by Shona Husk

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Breaking up is hard to survive.

One moment, Tate Cooper is giving his ex-girlfriend a lift home on his motorcycle. The next, his soul is suspended between life and death, wandering in confusion between the accident scene and the house he grew up in.

Except it’s not his home anymore. In his old bedroom sleeps a beautiful young woman, the only person who can see him. And the only person who can keep him from succumbing to the temptation to escape the horrific pain awaiting him in his mortal body.

Eloise Jones should be studying for her college exams, but it’s tough to stay focused when a lost soul keeps appearing in her room. She figures it must have something to do with sirens she heard screaming in the night, but she’s helpless to assist—and helpless to resist.

As Eloise tries to help Tate unravel the tangled facts surrounding the accident, longing and desire grow into an almost tangible bond between them. But then a second spirit appears, one with a darker intent that could separate them before love draws its first breath…

Warning: Contains a vengeful ex and a romance that crosses the boundary between life and death.


Glass Houses by Rachel Caine

3566345From the author of the popular Weather Warden series comes the debut of an exciting new series set in Morganville, Texas, where you would be well advised to avoid being out after dark.

College freshman Claire Danvers has had enough of her nightmarish dorm situation. When Claire heads off-campus, the imposing old house where she finds a room may not be much better. Her new roommates don’t show many signs of life, but they’ll have Claire’s back when the town’s deepest secrets come crawling out, hungry for fresh blood. Will she be able to face the town’s terror or will she drown like everyone else?


Shadowland by Meg Cabot

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There’s a hot guy in Susannah Simon’s bedroom. Too bad he’s a ghost.

Suze is a mediator – a liaison between the living and the dead. In other words, she sees dead people. And they won’t leave her alone until she helps them resolve their unfinished business with the living. But Jesse, the hot ghost haunting her bedroom, doesn’t seem to need her help. Which is a relief, because Suze has just moved to sunny California and plans to start fresh, with trips to the mall instead of the cemetery, and surfing instead of spectral visitations.

But the very first day at her new school, Suze realizes it’s not that easy. There’s a ghost with revenge on her mind… and Suze happens to be in the way.


Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

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So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.


The Name of the Star by Maureen Johnson

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Jack the Ripper is back, and he’s coming for Rory next….

Louisiana teenager Rory Deveaux arrives in London to start a new life at boarding school just as a series of brutal murders mimicking the horrific Jack the Ripper killing spree of more than a century ago has broken out across the city. The police are left with few leads and no witnesses. Except one. Rory spotted the man believed to be the prime suspect. But she is the only one who saw him – the only one who can see him. And now Rory has become his next target…unless she can tap her previously unknown abilities to turn the tables.


Correction: I haven’t read Anna Dressed in Blood or Name of the Star yet, but it looks like they might be a little spine-chilling. So, take note, readers.

So, there you have it, this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. I tried to mix it up and include lesser known titles along with the popular, so I hope you found something that interests you. Tell me what you thought about my list and feel free to leave a link to yours for me to check out. Stay bookish. Hugs. ❤