Pokemon Go Book Tag

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Disclaimer:  Pokemon Go belongs to Niantic and Nintendo, please don’t sue me.

By the time I post this, you’re probably already well aware of the global sensation that is Pokemon Go. This blog and other parts of my life have been 100% neglected in the name of catching them all. I thought I should combine my two loves of books and Pokemon in this one tag, and I want you to join me in spreading this across the lands!

Rules:

  • NIL. Link back to my blog is appreciated but optional. Feel free to use my graphics. Tag people, don’t tag people, whatever. Just have fun!

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Starter Pokemons have such great nostalgic values. I love all three of the original, but I chose Bulbasaur when I started this game (WHY?! I have not even seen a single Charmander so far, I am CRUSHED!)

For the bookish equivalent, some of my first English language books were by Roald Dahl, I especially love Matilda. I also loved R. L. Stine’s Goosebumps series! The first book I ever read on my own, though, was the Vietnamese edition of Dragon Ball volume one 😉 Continue reading “Pokemon Go Book Tag”

Unpopular Opinion Book Tag

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I’m just in a mood for venting, so I thought it was a great time to do the Unpopular Opinions Tag. Everyone loves a bit of controversy now and again. Apologies in advance if I have insulted any of your favourites, but that’s just the nature of unpopular opinions.

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1. A Popular Book You Didn’t Like

The first one that comes to mind is Illuminae by Jay Kristoff and Amie Kaufman – which I feel a bit bad about since they’re fellow Aussies. A huge disappointment, because I was really looking forward to reading it. Behind the superficial trappings of the epistolary format and wicked-cool designs, the book hides a relatively run-of-the-mill sci-fi fare. It skimmed much too close to the plot and details in Battlestar Galactica for my liking, particularly because BSG did everything so much better. I also found the characters shallow and underdeveloped. Everyone else on the blogosphere seem to include this book in their Top 2015 list, so I’m definitely in the minority here. Continue reading “Unpopular Opinion Book Tag”

Book Tag: Nostalgic Book Review Tag

Note: I am still on vacation, this is a pre-scheduled post. Apologies in advance for any delays in commenting back!

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Geisha Image from Freepik, other edits by me.

Thank you to the talented CW of Read, Think, Ponder for creating this tag and for tagging me! It allows me to revisit one of the most memorable reads from my high school days. It also fits nicely into the current Japan theme of the blog. There are also some photos from my trip to Kyoto last year at the end of this post!

How the Tag Works
In this tag, you will be reviewing a book you read three or more years ago (if you started reading less than three years ago, tell us about your first book). The best part: you will be reviewing the book purely from memory. I hope you all have fantastic memory (because I certainly don’t)!

5 Signs Your Blogging Honeymoon Is Over (And How To Deal!)

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Joey promised me a couple of months back that my boundless enthusiasm for blogging was destined to wane. While I initially dismissed this as one of those crazy, irreverent fiction he likes to spout – I have to admit he’s right! My honeymoon period is coming to an end – no longer is blogging filled with all things shiny and good. I have to -gasp- put effort into my hobby now. Do you suffer from the post-honeymoon blues? Check below for the symptoms.

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I. Most books you read seem a little lacklustre

Last week I DNF-d three books and wrote two 3-stars review. Now, my 3-stars reviews are usually quite positive, I aim to be nice and diplomatic – but I found myself exceedingly critical. I also felt I had little patience for less than stellar reads. I confess to having spent more time complaining about books on twitter, DM and Gchat than actually reading or reviewing them,

HOW I HANDLE IT:  I stopped reading review copies for a week and started reading books I’ve had lying around on my Kindle for a while. Sometimes I even read with no intentions of reviewing the book, which takes the pressure of needing to commentate on every plot point a bit more bearable. Once my reading diet is healthy with 4 to 5 stars reads, I’d go back to conquering that ARC TBR. I want to put myself in a frame of mind where I am constantly grateful about reviewing, rather than seeing it as a chore. Continue reading “5 Signs Your Blogging Honeymoon Is Over (And How To Deal!)”

BBCreativityProject: School of Blogcraft and Wizardry

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This post was put together as a part of the BBCreativityProject spearheaded by Nori of ReadWriteLove28!

I was assigned to Team Red!  I originally had an idea to make a tag themed around Harry Potter coursework, but in the hands of my fellow team mates – my puny idea transformed into something awesome!  We are dedicating all of October and November into providing blog posts that will i) add to your TBR pile something fierce and ii) improve your bloggish life! Here are the subjects and their awesome professors!

Click on their pictures to head to their blog :D!

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The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger

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I’ve been seeing this float around on the blogosphere, and was really looking forward to doing this post. Thanks to the lovely Vane of Book With Chemistry for tagging me!

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How long have you been a blogger?

I started blogging on the 13th of June this year, so by the time this is posted my 3rd month blogoversary will be just two days away. It feels like I’ve been blogging for SO much longer, though. I salute everyone who’s been doing this for a year plus, now that I know how much time and dedication this hobby require. Continue reading “The Secret Life Of A Book Blogger”

Read This? Watch This!

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My life isn’t entirely books, I’ll have you believe.  Watching TV is also another much favoured method of procrastination around these parts.  Thank you so much Tasha of The Bookie Monster for nominating me!

THE RULES

I.  Create five Book-TV Pairings.

II. Tag your favourite book bloggers/booktuber.

If You’ve Read:  The Demon’s Lexicon Trilogy by Sarah Rees Brennan
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You Should Watch:  Supernatural

Why:  Both have scary demons, brothers who would go through hell and back for one another, and super hot dudes.  The Demon’s Lexicon also has the perks of having some awesome ladies! Who *gasp* doesn’t die.  I love you though Supernatural, mainly you, Dean *swoons*


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Tags: Blogger Recognition Award

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Thank you so much to the lovely Princessica of Books (edit: and Twins Turn Pages, just this morning, sorry it’s a scheduled post XD) for nominating me!  I am so behind on all my book tags, I will try and slowly get through them soon!

Here are the rules:

  • Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
  • Write a post to show off your award! Give a brief story of how your blog got started, and give a piece or two of advice to new bloggers.
  • Provide a link to the original post on Edge of Night. That way, anyone can find the original guidelines and post if needed, and we can keep it from mutating and becoming confusing!

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I have been a long time lurker of the blogging world.  Since 2009, in fact!  I had a blogspot account in those days, but I was very poor at maintaining it.  That blogging stint lasted a total of 1 month, and I had 7 blog posts to show for it.  Then I decided blogging wasn’t for me and was content to watch from the sidelines and just read reviews sporadically until June this year.  As my real life schedule freed up, I found I had a lot of time to read books and wanted a place to document and motivate myself to conquer the TBR pile.  Now that I’ve started interacting with the community, I don’t think I’ll be able to stop any time soon!

Here are my tips, but I am also a newbie at this, so take my words with a few tonnes of salt!

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Be yourself & Find Your Voice are the most often quoted comments in Book Blogging Tips 101.  There’s a good reason for that:  the internet is filled to the brim with book blogs.  Not only on WordPress, but also Tumblr, Instagram, Blogspot, Youtube, basically every corner you turn there’s a site dedicated to books.  What makes your review stand out from the other thousands about the latest dystopian hit/terminal illness bestseller?  The beautiful you!  That is why it’s imperative you find your style and be truthful to your readers.  It won’t happen overnight (and definitely hasn’t happened to me yet haha), but after writing a dozen reviews you’ll find your x-factor! Continue reading “Tags: Blogger Recognition Award”