Top 5 Tuesday: My Fictional Squad Shenanigans


Top 5 Tuesday is weekly meme hosted by Shanah and this week’s topic is Characters I’d Want to be My Bestfriend


Lemon Fresh

(Lifelike by Jay Kristoff)

When I first heard about this week’s prompt, the first character that pop to my mind is Lemon Fresh. She has the most unique name and personality, she’s so funny and brave. If there’s an award for the most loyal friend she absolutely gonna win it!

Hermione Granger

(Harry Potter by J.K Rowling)

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We all need one brainiac in our squad and I want to have this girl in mine! She is smart, butt kicking, and she has a pure kind heart!

Daisy Winters

(Royals by Rachel Hawkins)

Daisy is a really honest person, she often runs into trouble because of her unfiltered mouth. She has bad tempered and say whatever that comes to her mind no matter how insulting. But despite all that, she’s a really fun person to be with.

Iko

(The Lunar Chronicle by Marissa Meyer)

Who doesn’t want this cute and fun android in their team? She always gives the best advice and could easily live up the party!

Sue Heck

(The Middle)

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I really admire this girl energy and positivity, two things that I don’t have! She also doesn’t give a damn to what people think about her, she is the kindest person!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Drama/Comedy TV Shows that Deserves More Attention


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together


I’m so excited for today’s prompt because I really need to see what everyone has been watching and I also want to share my favorite Drama/Comedy series that I have been watching for years!

Modern Family

I’ve been binge-watching this series for the last three months, I have no idea why I didn’t watch this series sooner!

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Modern family is about three diverse families. Jay Pritchett is remarried to a much younger latina, Gloria and has a step son. Jay has two children from her previous marriage, Claire who married to Phil Dunphy and has 3 children, and Mitchell who married with Cameron Tucker and adopt an asian baby!

This family is disastrous most of the time but also sweet and supporting! I love how every families have their own issues but managed to involve the big family into their problems. This show is hillarious!


The Goldbergs

The Goldbergs is one of my favorite family show. Set in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, the story follows little Adam, the youngest of three siblings who’s also a geek and obsessed with movie making. The movie is entirely from Adam’s POV as he sees life in the 80’s through his lazy eyes and camera lens.

He always filmed his activities in the house with his video tape, mostly the shouting at each other part, which I found very hilarious because the scenes are always relatable, it’s the very problems we may have faced in our house.

I actually have write a blog post abut this series, you can read it here if you want!


The Middle

Oh God I LOVE THIS SERIES SO MUCH, and I’m in literal tears when they end this series last year after a long nine season!

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It’s about a lower middle class family lives in Indiana and try to get a hold of their live by working multiple jobs while raising three children. I love every characters they are so unique. this show is the most relatable show about family I’ve ever seen in a while!


Black-ish

Black-ish is about an upper middle class African-American family. The story is so refreshing, it tackle a lot of issues in the community, mainly racism.


Fresh Off the Boat

Another diverse TV show you can watch. The story follows a family of Taiwanese from the point of view of Eddie Huang, the middle child. His father is living the dream by opening a steak restaurant, his mother struggles with cultural clash, his younger brothers fit in perfectly while Eddie struggles to find a seat in cafetaria because of his lunch his mother made.

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This show give us an understanding of the struggle to be an immigrant, it’s so hillarious!


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Calendar Girls: Second Best Novel Set in School (Because I Can’t Always Choose Harry Potter)

I almost missed this meme because I completely forgot the due date of this prompt, but worry not, I have made up my mind and ready to introduce to you guys the book of my choice!

The Calendar Girls is a monthly blog event that was created by Melanie at MNBernard Books, and Flavia at Flavia the Bibliophile, and is now hosted by Adrienne at Darque Dreamer Reads, and Katie at Never Not Reading. It was inspired by the 1961 classic song by Neil Sedaka and created to ignite fun bookish discussions among readers and bloggers.

Each month we will vote between two themes, and when the theme is decided we have to choose one book around the theme to post and discuss in our blog. The other fun part is there will be a group twitter chat to discuss about the books we picked! If you’re interested to participate you could visit Adrienne’s or Katie’s blog to learn more about the meme!

This month’s theme is Best Novel Set in School and believe me I have to resist the temptation to chose Harry Potter countless times! Of course Harry Potter is the best novel set in school, there’s no doubt about it, but I think it’s unfair to choose it because everyone have already know that! So yeah, I’ll go with my second best, which is….

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I know I just discovered this series last month but the addiction is real people! The world is so similar with Harry Potter, I can see some resemblances from the characters, place, and a little bit from the plot too, and not to mention the “Chosen One” trope. This series is either hit or miss, some might be pissed to see so many similarities to HP but for me, this series hit me hard!

The story is not mostly set in the magic school, because it’s not a boarding school, unlike Hogwarts. Foxfire is the most prestigious school for Elves, the grades are called levels and there are eight levels in Foxfire. Every elves has different abilities, they will have to take Ability Detecting class and if they don’t develop an ability by level 4 they have to leave Foxfire as Talentless. Level 7 and 8 are the Elite levels, they only allowed prodigies with “special” ability to learn there.

There are so many interesting classes in Foxfire like Alchemy, Elementalism, Agriculture, Metaphysic, Multispeciesial Study and many more.

The set is not too focused in the school though, it has a lot more adventures outside the school. I really admire the wide and amazing magic world in this series, whenever I thought I already now every places in this world, there are always a new awesome place I have yet to discover!

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Do you participate in Calendar Girls too? Have you read this book? If not, are you interested to read it after this post? Please say yes, I know you’re interested!

carolina

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WWW Wednesday


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam. To participate, you just have to answer these following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

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I just started this book so I don’t have anything to say yet. I got this e-ARC as a part of the blog tour organized by Digital Reads Blog Tour and I really hope I could finish it before September 10th and expect my review on September 14th!


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You got that right! I read 3 books this week! I really try to read as much as I could before the end of August and thank God none of them were suck, in fact they are all my favorite! I’m gonna post a review of Sleeping Giants this week!


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It’s time to step up my game on e-ARC because all these books are due on September! I have to stop requesting e-ARC until after I finished them all!


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Have you read any of these? Do you recommend them? What are you reading right now? Leave your WWW link below so I could check on them!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Welcome Back to (Magic and All Kind of Superpower) School


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together


This week’s prompt is anything related to school so I choose to feature my favorite books with magic school and school for kid with extraordinary abilities setting! And ummm of course they’re mostly middle-grade books, I hope you’re not tired of me recommending you MG books 😂

Harry Potter

Why of course I have to include this book on the list! It would be a sin if I don’t, I mean it’s kinda like the pioneer of magic school!

Hogwarts is where it all started for me, I’m pretty sure it’s the same for you too!

Percy Jackson and the Olympian

It’s not exactly a school, it’s more like a camp, but it’s home to Demigods so you can count this one in!

Camp Half Blood is my second favorite place after Hogwarts, there are so many fun activities and so many friendly people!

Keeper of the Lost Cities

There’s this prestigious school for Elves called Foxfire in this book. Grades in Foxfire are called Levels. There are eight levels altogether, but only the first six are available to all elves. The Elite Levels, Levels Seven and Eight, only allow elves with abilities to study and learn there.

Elves has different abilities, but some are not manifested at all. They got some cool abilites like telepath, empath, technopath, mesmer, vanisher, and so many other cool abilities!

Nevermoor

The Wundrous Society is not exactly school, it’s the most prestigious organisation in Nevermoor that allow only extraordinary talented kid.

The School for Good and Evil

It’s the school for good and evil. Where good kids are placed in the school for good and trained to be Prince or Princess while the bad kids are placed in the school for evil where they are trained to be evil Wizards or Witches! When they are graduated, they become the characters for an actual fairytale!

The Crowns of Croswald

The Hall of Ivy is divided into two programs, The Queens and The Scrivenists. Scrivenists are the discoverers who sketch and record all that they see and have photographic memory.  And The Queens are who the Scrivenerist get assigned to serve once they graduate from school.

I have to say that the school is very similar to Hogwarts though. It has potion study, transfiguraton, a dining hall with ghosts, and so many more resemblances to HP.

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

It’s a home for the peculiars! They each have unique abilities that nobody could ever think of! Some of the abilities are flying, see monsters, invisible, could wake the dead, has bees inside his body, and so many other peculiar abilities!

Miss Peregrine is a ymbryne and the headmistress of her children’s-home, she keep the home in time loop so they don’t age a second!

Legend of Greg

There is this secret society of dwarves underground where the dwarf kids hang out and learn to become a proper dwarf. Some of the dwarves abilities are incredible, they could turn to stone in a great danger (the training is painful though)!! They have amazing individual skills too, our main character could grow plants out of nowhere (it sounds lame but believe me it’s surprisingly useful in combat),

Renegades

Renegades remind me so much of Sky High. It’s an elite academy of superhuman who learn to be heroes and protector of the city.

The abilites are super cool, Sketcher is my favorite, he could pull everything he sketch to life! Nightmare could put people to sleep, Cyanide could produce toxins from his body, Red Assassin could make a weapon out of her own blood!

The Magicians

Okay, I run out of idea so I included this adult fantasy book on the list. It’s Hogwarts meet Narnia but it’s much much darker. I like the first book but never continue to read the rest of the series because I lost interest, plus it’s not really my cup of tea, so many adult and serious stuff going on and it makes me sick.

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Have you read any of this books? Do you like them? What’s your favorite? Do you know other book with magic or superpower school setting? Let me know!

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Literary Dinner Party Tag

Another tag where I wasn’t actually tagged! I saw this tag everywhere so I decided to do this because it was so fun!

1. One character who can cook/likes to cook

I could only think of one person….

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Souma is the MC from Food Wars/ Shokugeki No Soma, an anime that I’ve been obsessed for the last few years. It’s about a food war at a prestigious cooking academy which always make me hungry and drooling over the foods!

2. One character who has money to fund the party

This party will be fund by Prince Maxon, held in the beautiful castle of his.

3. One character who might cause a scene

Daisy Winters from Royals! She’s a rebel and she can’t keep her mouth shut, she always says what she had in mind even if it’s insulting!

4. One character who is funny/amusing

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My favorite guy Captain Thorne is the perfect person to fit this category. He will probably introduced himself to people and charm every ladies in the party!

5. One character who is super social/popular

One GIF says it all…

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6. One villain

I would like to have Adelina Amouteru from The Young Elite, well she’s not technnically a villain, more like anti villain I think? The poor girl deserve something nice every one in a while!

7. One couple – doesn’t have to be romantic

I don’t want Souma to be the only anime character in my party, so here’s anime couple that I’d love to attend!

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They are Ryuuji Takasu and Taiga Aisaka from my favorite manga/anime Toradora!

8. One hero/heroine

My boy Valdez is coming to LIT up the party y’all! Make some noise!!!

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9. One underappreciated character

Cath from Heartless! She is absolutely adorable and sweet but people don’t appreciate her! Poor girl. She is  totally invited and she would probably bring those delicious cakes along with her!

10. One character of your own choosing

I want miss Lemon Fresh cause she surely knows how to make jokes and she’s super fun to hang out with.

Not tagging anyone. Please feel free to do this tag if you want.

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You’re all invited! Would you come? Who would you bring to this party as your plus one?

carolina

Top Ten Tuesday: What I Read When I’m in Reading Slump


Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together


I really don’t know if I ever been in a reading slump before. I mean, I never get tired of reading, but I always feel bored when I read too many YA fantasy and I always want to read something different whenever I feel like that. So this is what I read when I need a break from YA fantasy:

Light and Cute Romance

I rarely read romance, but this is the first genre I always go back to whenever I got tired of YA fantasy. I always look for something light, fun, and cute, and these are my guilty pleasure:

 

 

Anything by Rick Riordan

Reading books by your favorite author surely help you through reading slump! For me it’s Rick Riordan!

 

 

Middle-Grade Books

Any middle-grade books always work to cure my slump, even if it’s fantasy. Because MG fantasy is somehow different from YA, it’s lighter and more fun, I could always enjoy reading it!

 

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What do you do when you are in reading slump? Do you take a break? Or do you continue reading anyway?

carolina

Middle Grade Monday: The School for Good and Evil by Shoman Chainani


Middle Grade Monday is a weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday. If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!


My choice for this week’s Middle Grade Monday is the book I adore so much years ago but I never continue reading the second book because I was reading the translated book. Not that I didn’t like reading translated book, they are fine, but I just feel more comfortable reading books in their original language so that I couldn’t miss a thing.

I finally had the chance to buy the english copy of the first book so I could re read it and start collecting the books, I think there are already 4 books in the series so I really need to catch up fast!

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16248113 (1)The first kidnappings happened two hundred years before. Some years it was two boys taken, some years two girls, sometimes one of each. But if at first the choices seemed random, soon the pattern became clear. One was always beautiful and good, the child every parent wanted as their own. The other was homely and odd, an outcast from birth. An opposing pair, plucked from youth and spirited away.

This year, best friends Sophie and Agatha are about to discover where all the lost children go: the fabled School for Good & Evil, where ordinary boys and girls are trained to be fairy tale heroes and villains. As the most beautiful girl in Gavaldon, Sophie has dreamed of being kidnapped into an enchanted world her whole life. With her pink dresses, glass slippers, and devotion to good deeds, she knows she’ll earn top marks at the School for Good and graduate a storybook princess. Meanwhile Agatha, with her shapeless black frocks, wicked pet cat, and dislike of nearly everyone, seems a natural fit for the School for Evil.

But when the two girls are swept into the Endless Woods, they find their fortunes reversed—Sophie’s dumped in the School for Evil to take Uglification, Death Curses, and Henchmen Training, while Agatha finds herself in the School For Good, thrust amongst handsome princes and fair maidens for classes in Princess Etiquette and Animal Communication.. But what if the mistake is actually the first clue to discovering who Sophie and Agatha really are…?
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I read this book maybe three years ago but I still remember how I loved this book so much. This book has this unique plot where two ordinary kids (one good kid and one bad kid) will be swept away to a magic school to learn magic stuff, and they will graduate as a Prince/Princess or Wizard/Witch as characters for a ‘literal’ children fairytale! The story is getting interesting when Sophie, the supposed be a good kid, is dumped to the school of evil, while Agatha, the supposed to be a bad kid, is in the school for good.

The worldbuilding is like most stories with magic school, nothing new, but still so fun to read. I would never get tired of any kind of magic school! The characters are well written and three dimensional.

I might forget one or three things because I read this a long time ago, but I will re-read it as soon as my english copy arrived! In the meantime, please read the reviews at Goodreads and I’m sure you’ll be adding it to your TBR!

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WWW Wednesday


WWW Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Sam. To participate, you just have to answer these following questions:

  • What are you currently reading?
  • What did you recently finish reading?
  • What do you think you will read next?

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I just pick this book today so I can’t say anything about it yet but I really determined to read this before I watch the movie (hopefully)!


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I wasn’t enjoying this book as much as I hoped, but it’s still a fun read! The worldbuilding seems a little bit off, the pace is all over the place, and the conflict in this book feel a lil bit exaggerated. I love the characters in this book though, it’s definitely a character driven book! I’ve featured this book in my Middle Grade Monday post, in case you missed it!


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I kinda need to read a Sci-Fi book after reading contemporary and fantasy and this book has been on my TBR for so long, I’ve heard so many praises about this so I decided to finally give it a try!

Let’s hope that my order of The Keeper of the Lost Cities #2 (Exile) hasn’t arrived before I finished this book because I know I’ll ditch everything to read it!


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Have you read any of these? Do you recommend them? What are you reading right now? Leave your WWW link below so I could check on them!

carolina

Middle Grade Monday: The Legend of Greg by Chris Rylander

Hey lovelies!! I’m back with Middle Grade Monday!!


Middle Grade Monday is a weekly post where I’m gonna talk about one MG book every monday. If you love MG books as much as I do, feel free to participate to spread the love of middle-grade books. You just have to choose one book that you’ve read or the one in your TBR and tell us a little bit about the book, and don’t forget to link back to me!


I just finished this book yesterday and I thought it’d be fun to share it with you all!

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36750064 (1)Risk-averse Greg Belmont is content with being ordinary. He’s got a friend–that’s right, just one–at his fancy prep school, and a pretty cool dad (even if he is obsessed with organic soaps that smell like a mix of salted pork and Icelandic bog). The problem is, Greg isn’t ordinary . . . he’s actually an honest-to-goodness, fantastical Dwarf!

He discovers the truth the day his dad brings home a gross new tea–one that awakens bizarre abilities in Greg. Then a murderous Bro-Troll kidnaps his dad and Greg is whisked away to the Underground, where Dwarves have lived for centuries right beneath the subways of Chicago.

With the help of some awesome new friends and a talking ax, Greg learns all about the history of the Dwarves, which has been marked with tales of epic failure since the dawn of time. However, the return of the magic they once wielded means big changes are afoot, escalating tensions with the Dwarves’ sworn enemy: the Elves.

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It’s thursday, and it’s a bad day for Greg, he’s been attacked by a bear and chase by birds. Well he’s a Belmont afterall, his family has been cursed to have bad luck every thursday. But later he found out that the curse is not exactly a family curse, all dwarves has to suffer the same fate. That’s right, Greg Belmont is a dwarf. He didn’t know until his father is taken away by a mountain troll and he has to move to underground city of dwarves.

What I love most about this book is the characters, Greg, despite being a dwarf, is a very normal kid with normal teenager issues. He’s not afraid to stand up for something he believe is wrong, he’s not the bravest kid but he got a killer determination to keep going. He’s brutally honest (although it’s a very common trait for dwarves), and never let bullies drag him down. He’s such a funny and a really confident kid. The worldbuilding is a little off for me but I love the details about the Dwarves history! The pacing is on and off, the start is so good but I got bored in the middle of the book.

It’s a really fun read though, I laughed so hard at the jokes and the puns, and it’s quite adventurous! I might read the sequel!!

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