Book Blogger Hop

Book Blogger Hop (Final)

The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

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Unforgettable Books

I was supposed to write a post about WWW Wednesdays but because there has literally been next to no improvement from last weeks post, it was just a no go. Being a working adult is hard. You’re tired all the time and when you come home you just veg out and between cooking and doing household chores and the odd insert of working out reading for me has just been pushed to the back-burner (is this the right way to use this word? I don’t think so but it sounded correct in my mind).

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Book Blogger Hop

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The Book Blogger Hop was originally created by Jennifer @ Crazy-For-Books in March 2010 and ended on December 31, 2012. With Jennifer’s permission, I relaunched the hop on February 15, 2013. Each week the hop will start on a Friday and end the following Thursday. There will be a weekly prompt featuring a book related question. The hop’s purpose is to give bloggers a chance to follow other blogs, learn about new books, befriend other bloggers, and receive new followers to your own blog.

Last weeks prompt: Can you stop reading before the end of a chapter? (submitted by Elizabeth @ Silver’s Reviews)

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I mean, how can you stop before the chapter ends? Unless of course the chapters in a particular books is literally unending then yeah that is pretty understandable but for me personally I rarely stop reading before the chapter ends.

The only times I have done so is if I am just extremely tired of the subject matter of the book is just too intense for me that I just NEED to take a break which only happens with non-fiction books.

This weeks prompt: Do you think that overall work morale would be improved by having a “book lunch”, sponsored by the company, at least once a month, or perhaps once a week? (Participation would be voluntary.) (submitted by Maria @ A Night’s Dream of Books)

I definitely think this would improve work morale as all the staff can just relax and enjoy each others company as well as talk about books that they have read and have a discussion about it. This can lead to a tighter bond between co-workers and provide a happy working environment especially if participation is voluntary. Having this bond can also lead towards friendship outside of work that may help in having a support system or just somebody new to hang out with on the weekends.

Having these “book lunches” can also provide insight as to the perspectives of your colleagues or even your boss/superior regarding different subjects especially since every body likes different types of books.

Overall, having these “book lunches” especially if done and executed well could provide an outlet for all people in the work force to have better communication with one another and have something that they can bond over which may help improve work quality in the long term.

WWW Wednesday (13 Nov 2019)

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This meme was formerly hosted by MizB at A Daily Rhythm and revived here on Taking on a World of Words.


The Three Ws are:

What are you currently reading?
What did you recently finish reading?
What do you think you’ll read next?


Currently Reading

20613764Red Nile by Robert Twigger. I am just a few pages in and really enjoying it so far. The book is basically the title which is a biography of the worlds greatest river. I bought this book at this years BBW (Big Bad Wolf sale) in Kuching with my best friend.

Recently Finished

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Science of the Magical by Matt Kaplan which I also bought at the BBW in Kuching. This book is really fascinating for me and a highly enjoyable read. I won’t say much here because I want to do a review on it but I do recommend it to everybody to read.

Reading Next

I think I want to have a more chill read and lay low on the non-fiction so I will probably read a historical romance or a romance book. My top books for these are:

NOPE book tag

Damn! So much for blogging for 30 days straight… Anyhoots lets go straight to the book tag!

This book tag was created by Farah from The Farah Project.


NOPE: Ending > A book ending that made you go NOPE either in denial, rage or simply because the ending was crappy

The Terror by Dan Simmons. It was more like I did not like the second half of the book all the way to the ending because the first half leaned more towards psychological horror/thriller that just tickled my bones and then out of nowhere (an exaggeration but whatever) the latter half became this monster horror fest that I was just not into because throughout the whole book everything was so realistic that you start to wonder is it the crew mates going insane? Is there really a monster? So I personally preferred the ending to match up with the earlier tone of the book which was psychological horror/thriller because that my friends is far more horrifying than anything on Earth especially if you know the shit that went down in this book.

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NOPE: Protagonist > A main character you dislike and drives you crazy

I honestly can’t think of any book characters to tell you the truth the only one that comes to mind is Rey from Star Wars. Lord do I hate that character! I hate her with such zest! It’s like okay I get it you’re a woman but you being a woman does not magically make you this incredible super powered being out of bloody nowhere!!!! I seriously hope the new Star Wars movie redeems itself because I really like Kylo Ren. Rey is like this annoying mosquito in your room when you’re trying to sleep but it keeps bugging you but you can’t kill it… yet.

NOPE: Series > A series that turned out to be one huge pile of NOPE. After you’ve invested all of that time and energy on it or a series you gave up on because it wasn’t worth it anymore.

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The Heroes of Olympus series killed me man. This series just killed any enthusiasm I had for any other series ever. I invested so much time, energy and money and feelings into it to only be so sorely disappointed by how juvenile the plot and writing was. I kept trudging on thinking maybe there will be salvation at the end of this very long road but alas no. There was no salvation. The series has traumatized me so much that I just CANNOT bring myself to invest in another series.

NOPE: Popular pairing > A ship you don’t support

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Yoon Bum and Sungwoo from the Korean Manga, Killing Stalking by Koongi. If you have read the manga, I don’t even need to explain why I like this pairing but I also DO NOT support it. The mental and physical abuse… man

NOPE: Plot twist > A plot twist you didn’t see coming or didn’t like

This plot twist comes from Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri. Now two years later I do realize that the plot twist isn’t new or groundbreaking but the repercussions of that one plot twist at the end just makes me think of how it effed up the protagonist man.

NOPE: Protagonist action decision > A character decision that made you shake you head NOPE

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NOPE: Genre > A genre you will never read

Probably sci-fi and maybe YA. No particular reason really I just don’t read these genres that much or at all.

NOPE: Book format > Book formatting you hate and avoid buying until it comes out in a different edition

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NOPE: Trope > A trope that make you go NOPE

Love at first sight. Romanticizing abusive relationships AND NOT ACKNOWLEDGING THAT SHIT IS ABUSIVE and Mary Sue characters… It’s you Rey. I’m watching you!

NOPE: Recommendation > A book recommendation that is constantly hyped and pushed at you that you simply refuse to read

Anything written by Cassandra Clare and Sarah J. Maas. Sorry.

NOPE: Cliche/Pet peeves > A cliche in writing pet peeve that always makes you roll your eyes

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NOPE: Love interest > The love interest that’s not worthy of being one. A character you don’t think should have been a viable love interest

Scorpius Malfoy and Rose Weasley. I need not say more.

NOPE: Book >  A book that shouldn’t have existed that made you say NOPE

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. I can’t.

NOPE: Villain > A scary villain/antagonist you would hate to cross and would make you run in the opposite direction

Can I say lack of knowledge or foresight? I am thinking more in line of how the girls in the book The Radium girls didn’t know what was happening to them. All they knew was that they’re in pain and that they’re dying. That’s scary. Not knowing what is happening to you.

NOPE: Death > A character death that still haunts you

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NOPE: Author > An author you had a bad experience reading for and have decided to quit

I would say Stephen King and Robert Gailbraith. Stephen King because his writing style is just not for me and Robert Gailbraith because their plot in their books are just so convoluted FOR NO ABSOLUTE REASON!

The Boujee Book Tag

Okay it is supposed to be a BookTuber book tag but I liked the questions so HERE WE GO!

The Boujee Book(tuber) Tag is created by Olive on the channel abookolive. Do check her channel out. I haven’t done book tags in so long hope you guys enjoy!


QUESTIONS

What is your average monthly budget for books?

To be honest I don’t have a monthly or even an annual budget for books and this can be disastrous in two ways. One is where I go absolutely bananas at book sales such as Big Bad Wolf Sale and just buy EVERYTHING I want to my hearts content then suffer the consequence for the next few months or I but no books at all and just borrow stuff from the library or at worst read ebooks I requested and was approved on from Netgalley.

What’s the most you’ve ever spent in a bookstore?

On my own money its about RM 200-ish. On my Mom’s money when I was a teen, its RM 500-ish.

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Are you willing to pay full price for a brand new release, or will you wait until you have a coupon or there’s a sale?

This highly depends on two things.

  1. How much do I want to read that book
  2. My current budget and whether I am willing to forgo food for the month

The second reason is painful because books in Malaysia is crazy expensive especially if they’re not locally written books. Like I am not spending RM 50 on a 300 page book when I know for a fact I will finish that book in a day.

But most of the time I don’t really want to read books so much that I am willing to spend money on them anymore especially if they are a series. I just can’t imagine spending my hard earned money that way knowing I can just make myself read ebooks. I am not a huge ebook person but hey free books are free books and when you’re strapped for cash you will read anything you can have for free.

Although I must say if I REALLY want to read that book I will buy it. It’s just that recently books I have waited on to read and paid for with my wage which was earned through blood sweat and tears and then the book is a read I did not enjoy. You can say a part of me was traumatized and has since refused to buy new books unless I am ABSOLUTELY sure I will like it.

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I am looking at you Cursed Child and fourth installment of Robert Gailbraith’s book of which I forgot its title

Would you rather buy one new book or several less expensive used copies?

This one is easy! SEVERAL LESS EXPENSIVE USED COPIES DUHHHHHH!

My shelf now are primarily made up of books I buy in used book sales unless I buy them at Big Bad Wolf book sales then yeah those are new but most of the time I just squirrel my way to the used books section and hopefully find one book I enjoy. The Asian in me is like why would I buy one book that cost RM 30 when I could buy 5 books for the same price??

What do you think is a reasonable price for a new hardback book? A paperback? An eBook?

Hmmm… difficult…

Hardback: RM 60 – RM 120

Paperback: RM 35 – RM 50

Ebook: RM 20 max

Hardback and paperback the prices I think should reflect on how thick they are and how beautiful the book cover is.

Is a signed book worth more to you? How about a first edition?

To be honest no. I don’t care. Unless I get to meet my fav historical romance authors in real life then DAMN STRAIGHT I’ll care but if not. Nah, I am pretty ambivalent over it.

What is your most valuable book (sentimental or actual value)?

My books are all only sentimental in value but my most valuable books are my Harry Potter series and also books gifted to me by friends or family members.

Will you pay more for a cover or edition you like better?

Definitely pay more for an edition I like better. I am already paying for this shit I might as well go all out and get the ones I like.

What physical characteristics does a good quality book have?

You know a book is from a good publishing company when everything just looks smooth. Like everything flows you know? From the fonts of the title that matches the color of the cover page. The coverpage art suits the genre of the book. I have no idea how to explain what is in my mind but basically you don’t get wonky fonts or models posing for the coverpage looking as still as a plywood board. Ya feel?

If you won the lottery, what bookish things would you do with the money?

I would buy books that I want basically. Its not exciting but I haven’t bought books that I wanted in a long time.

BONUS: Give us an image (actual or mental) of your dream home library!

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This is how I want my reading space to be. With a huge ass window that can open wide, which obviously have safety stuff installed so I wont fall out of it but yeah basically.

Review: Dear Amy by Helen Callaghan

Okay just putting it out there that I also made a BookTube review on this book so if you want to check that out click the link!

Let’s start with the positives first so not everything is a bad vibe. When I first saw this book in the library I was really intrigued by it because the cover looked really nice and the premise looked promising.

Unfortunately, that is all the positive things I have to say for this book as for me it started to go downhill as I read past chapter 2.

I really did not enjoy this book mainly because the main character Margot Lewis is such a difficult character to get behind. She is just so unlikable it was really hard for me to empathize with her or even care about her as a character. Margot is written to be this neurotic, highly paranoid and highly strung individual and we don’t know why she is like this up until the very end and whilst this is a usual ploy used to create suspense but here in this book is just pissed me off because I can’t understand why she is acting this way and by the time I found out I couldn’t care less because Margot was akin to nails on a chalkboard for me.

I do not mind reading about characters who are mentally unstable or people who have anxiety or does overthink because Hello! I am like that too but there must be a reason. I wish the author had done a red herring which might explain to the readers why Margot is acting this way without truly revealing anything. Plus, doing it this way might have made the plot more entertaining to read which leads me to my second point…

The plot. The plot you read on Goodreads is basically everything you need to know and its nothing else making the book so dull and boring and its only 300ish pages but felt like I was reading a book three times its page count.

Last but not least was the romance. Dear Lord did the romance came out of bloody effin nowhere. I think the author did try to insert some instances of where you’re supposed to pick up that they’re going to be together but I as the reader didn’t catch up on it because I didn’t know why they would be into each other.

Like it was not explained in the book as to why they would have romantic feelings for each other. I thought they were just work buddies in this mission to UNCOVER THE TRUTH! Even from Margot’s perspective the only thing I got from her regarding her feelings for Martin was that he was hot and she felt safe with him. Why? She felt safe with him nobody knows.

Will I recommend this book? No I would not.

Will I read something written by this author? Yes, yes I would. I see snippets of brilliance, it just needs to be buffed a bit more.