[Book Tag] Mid-Year Book Freak Out Tag (2016)

Hello, readers!

This will sound absolutely crazy, but we’re more than half-way through 2016. I feel like I’m wasting my life and I’m literally running out of time. (Dramatic moments lol). I really have a lot I want to acheive and seeing others doing great in their lives just makes me super jealous. As for the bookish side of things, I have only finished 20 books (out of my 80 books reading goal) this year so far, I’m still excited to do this tag and see my answers 😀

Without further ado, let’s get started!

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Best book you’ve read so far in 2016

I had a pretty hard time answering this first question already lol, not because I have too many favourites but it’s the opposite. I haven’t read a book that just blew me away into pieces completely. But The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson is definitely high on the list.

My review here.

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I have only read sequels to one series this year and that is The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. I’m currently on book four, City of Fallen Angels. So far, my favourite installment in this epic series is book three, City of Glass. I lurrrrvvvvv that book. Simon is my bae. ❤

New release you haven’t read yet, but want to

ACOMAF, The Unexpected Everything, The Crown, Lady Midnight, I really can go on forever 🙂29559052

Most anticipated release for the second half of the year

I know you expected this, Empire of Storms by Sarah.J.Mass.

I recently uploaded a post dedicated to this topic, give it a check out here.

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Biggest disappointment

The Next Together by Lauren James. I was so excited for this book because everything in the synopsis sounded right up my alley, but sadly, I didn’t really enjoy it.

Full review here.

Biggest surprise

The Rest of Us just Live here by Patrick Ness. I’ve heard a lot of disappointed reviews about this book, and as someone who has never read anything by Patrick Ness, I was pretty nervous getting into it. Who knew, this book actually got me out of my reading slump at the time! I really couldn’t get into this book in the first chapter but it gets better chapters by chapters. I love the simplicity of Patrick Ness’s writings and the characters are amazing.

Favorite new author (Debut or new to you)

This author is probably only new to me hah, my new favorite author is Cassandra Clare, the author of The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, Lady Midnight,…

Newest fictional crush

Simon Lewis from TMI. Simon is bae. He just is.

Newest favorite character

Isabelle Lightwood from TMI as well. Isabelle is so badass and sweet and I just love her 🙂

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Book that made you cry

None. I mean I’m not a crying reader. But right after I read Me before You by JoJo Moyes, I was feeling pretty bad already so I went and watched the movie trailer and I almost cried, like I could feel it rush up a bit lol.

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Book that made you happy

November 9 by Colleen Hoover. You’d know how much I loved this book if you read my review here lol.

Favorite book to film adaptation you saw this year.

I have only seen Me Before You, which I didn’t really like. Honestly, I felt nothing watching the movie, when the book is like one of my top contemporary reads.

Favorite review you’ve written this year. 

The shame is now here. I’ve been absent from my blog 70% of the time and obviously I haven’t written that many reviews. But let me see…

Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff.

What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

I really want to finish The Mortal Instruments, The Infernal Devices, and Lady Midnight, basically the whole saga 😀


And that’s the tag! If you want to do this tag too, please don’t hesitate to consider yourself tagged by me!

Thank you so much for reading. I hope you have a nice day!

Happy Reading,Kimsiang @ Stories + Brushes

Book Tag | Made In The A.M.

Hi, friends!

Have you listened to this latest album by One Direction? I’m not a Directioner but I have to say this album is A+ .

I love every songs, absolutely every tracks! tho ofc I have my favorites and they are: End of the Days, I want to write you a song, Perfect, and Olivia. 😀

I saw this tag on BookAllure.com and even tho I wasn’t tagged, I still decided to do it because of my love for the album. 😀

So Let’s get started!

1. Never Enough

“It’s never, it’s never enough
Never enough”

(a book/series you can never get enough of)

Harry Potter series XD

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2. Olivia

“I live for you, I long for you, Olivia”

(a book that you’ve been waiting for and proved to be worth the wait)

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I just did a review and discussion here.

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“What a feeling to be right here beside you now
Holding you in my arms”

(a book that put you on a literary high)

I am a hopeless romantic therefore I’m a sucker for cute contemporary romances, I literally I literally float while reading those XD and my favourite is Anna and the French Kiss companion series. It was cheesy and cliche but that’s how I want the romances to be :ppp

The-Heir_612x9254. Love You Goodbye 

“I know you’re saying you don’t wanna hurt me
Well, maybe you should show a little mercy”

(a book with a heartbreaking situation)

Going with a quiet literal answer here lol but Keira Cass really need to ‘show me a little mercy’. :///

5. Temporary Fix

“I’ll be your temporary fix
You can own me and we’ll call this what you like”

(a book you loved then got over quickly)

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Oh I intended to give this book at least a 4-star rating but thinking back to the plot, characters and everything…..

6. Wolves

“One by one, I gotta take them down”

(a book series that got you out of a reading slump)

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Either the HP series or the Anna and the French Kiss companion series again 😀

7. A.M.

“Feels like this could be forever tonight
Break these clocks, forget about time
There could be a World War 3 goin’ on outside”

(a book that kept you up til the A.M.)

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I’m currently (still) reading The Final Empire and it does work like coffee 😀 (The Final Empire ft. a bunch of other white books XD)

8. Perfect

“Then baby, you’re perfect
Baby, you’re perfect
So let’s start right now”

(a perfect book….duh)

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Crown of Midnight espcially ❤


9. Hey Angel

“Hey angel
Do you know the reasons why
We look up to the sky?”

(a book about angels)

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I’ve only read this one and it was so good! 😀

10. Drag Me Down

“With your love, nobody can drag me down”

(a book that made you feel invincible)

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I have no idea, what does this question even mean? I guess I’ll choose Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone because when I finish it every time I’m like ‘Yayyy’ and it always make me feel very happy 😀

11. History

“We could be the greatest team that the world has ever seen”

(two authors you want to write together)

Marissa Meyer and Rainbow Rowell! Please don’t ask me why XD I think they would be a perfect partner in crime/writing!

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And that was the Made In the A.M. book tag!

I tag YOU! It was such a fun tag, please do it! 😀

Also check out the album, it’s amazing!

Books and more books,

Kimsiang @ The SpinesBreaker

2016 Book&Blog Resolutions!

I wanted to post this yesterday but I was so busy with New Year Relative Reunion Dinner thingy and the decorations and all that. But nevertheless, here I am!

This is my first post of 2016. Did I say HAPPY NEW YEAR yet? Oh well there it is 😀 

2016 is here! Can you believe it! I can’t! #livingindenial XD

Anyway, Shawna from BookishShimmyCaster tagged me to do this cool blog New Year resolution post, so thank you so much Shawna!

And here are a few things I hope to achieve XD

Blogging Goals:

  • Be more active and post more! Last year I’ve been AWOL a lot but this year I promise I’ll try not to do that and dedicated more time to the blogosphere. I want to do more than reviews such as discussions, bookish news and so on! I’m thinking of new ideas so stay tuned!

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  • Settle on a blog theme, a more professional and easy to browse through one XD
  • Write a review for every books I’ve read
  • Interact more with other bloggers!
  • Have fun!
  • DONT FORGET TO FANGIRL! (because that’s the best part, isn’t it?)

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(so you noticed the exclamation marks? 😀 that’s like a motivation to do the task XD)

Reading Goals:

  • 80 books– I read about 70 books excluding the rereads so I believe I can do 80 in 20156 (I’m not used to that yetttt)

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  • Explore more genres! I’ve been wanting to read historical fictions and classic lately, both are not my usual go-to genre but I’ll try to read more of them this year!
  • Finish the unfinished series!

and that’s all I can think of at the moment! Wish me luck so that I can accomplish all of them! 😀

Have you set yourself any goals for this year? I would love to know!

Thank you for reading and I’ll see you in next post hopefully 😀

Best wishes and foods,

Kimsiang XX

Book tag | THE CHARACTERS BOOK TAG

I was tagged by Aldii from PerfectioninBooks to do this tag, so thank you Aldii, you are so nice 🙂

I decided to choose a few books to answer the questions because I don’t want to be so  repetitive especially with the first question, my answers had always been Celaena Sardothien. ://

The books I chose are:

  • Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • AngelFall by Susan Ee
  • Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • Lola and the boy next door by Stephanie Perkins

Hop on, friends! Let’s go for a ride 😀

Who is the best kick-ass character?

Definitely Penryn from Angelfall.

Which character do you most dislike?

Magnus from Falling Kingdoms. :///// How do people love Magnus in this book? He prolly improves in the sequel? but for this one, I am not a fan.

If you could date any fictional character, who would it be and why?

CRICKET GRAHAM BELL. BECAUSE.

If you could change a character in any way what would it be?

I would definitely change Mare from Red Queen to not be so stupid. -.-

What character to you made all the wrong choices that didn’t add anything to the book?

Cleo from Falling Kingdoms. Just UGHHHH. So glad there was a glimpse of improvement at the end.

Out of the five books you have chosen which character was the best villain whom you love to hate?

I love to hate Voldemort XD

Favorite side-kick character with the most heart?

Paige, Penryn’s sister, from Angelfall. :(((

What is your favorite fictional romantic relationship?

Love when Penryn and Raffe were together ❤

What character did you think was the strongest?

I already chose Penryn, so I’m going to say Hermione Granger for this one 😀

Best protagonist?

Lola was flawed but so real and I would love to be her friends after I’ve been inside her head XD

Who do you tag?

This tag was so much fun and I want to you to have the fun too!

Thanks for much reading! Have a nice day 😀

Warmth and Coffee,

Kimsiang @ theSpinesBreaker

Book Tag | 12 DAYS OF XMAS book tag

I know XMas is like over but I hope this is not too late because XMAS is all year round if you believe so and I do 😉 Christmas is a state of mind 😉

So I’m here with this Christmas book tag which I wasn’t tagged but is just too cool for me to pass 😉

Let’s roll!

On the first day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: a partridge in a pear tree.

The partridge stood alone in the pear tree. What is your favourite stand alone?

Come on you can’t say only one favorite it’s not fair. I’ll choose Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway. This book was so good and not many people have heard of it and that needs to be fixed. Pick this sucker up! I have a review here.

 

On the second day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: two turtle doves.

Love is in the air! Who is your one true pairing?

Cress and Thorne from The Lunar Chronicles! OTP OTP OTP <3<3<3<3

On the third day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: Three French Hens.

In the spirit of threes, what is the best trilogy you have read?

I have to cheat a little and say The Lunar Chronicles here, I know it’s a four books series but I lurrrvvvv the first three (I’m also reading the fourth one- Winter which is kicking asses). I love how each book focuses on different characters but they all intervened in the end ❤ And the characters are awesome.

On the fourth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: four calling birds.

Since series usually consist of four or more books, what is your favourite series?

HARRY POTTER IS LIFE. This is cliché but who cares XD

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On the fifth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: five golden rings.

One ring to rule them all! Who is your Favorite Villain/Antagonist?

Levana! I’m currently reading Winter and she’s just *scream face emoji* She’s so brutal, she kills alotttt of people just because she can.

On the sixth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: six geese a laying.

Creation is a beautiful thing. What is your favourite world/world-building?

I want to choose the Wizarding World 😦

I was reading The Final Empire by Brandon Sanserson (Winter got in the way) and it was pretty cool 😉

On the seventh day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: seven swans a swimming.

Who needs seven swans when all it takes is one good animal sidekick? Who’s your favourite animal sidekick?

Obviously Hedwiggggg ❤

On the eighth day of Christmas, my true love sent to me: eight maids a milking.

Milk is so 18th century. Which book or series takes beverages/food to a whole new level? 

I have no idea :/// I’m sorry but I gotta skip :///

On the ninth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: nine ladies dancing.

Dancing is just one skill of a Lady! Who is your favourite kickass female lead?

Obviously, Celaena Sardothien. Like just read the series to know more okay?

On the tenth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: ten lords a leaping.

How about your favourite leading lad?

Again Celaena Sardothien from Throne of Glass. She is da boss ❤

On the eleventh day of Christmas my true love sent to me: eleven pipes piping. 

What is your favourite book or bookish thing with musical influence? (It can be about music, reference music a lot etc.)

I don’t have anyyyy. Maybe The Selection series? America Singer is a Singer?

On the twelfth day of Christmas my true love sent to me: 12 drummers drumming. 

Drum roll please…what is your favourite read of this year?

Why would you give me a hard time -.- I’ve been avoiding that question. You guessed it- It’s QUEEN OF SHADOWS <33333

 


And that’s it for this post! Thank you for reading! Again, Merry Christmas 😉

Love and candies,

Kimsiang

 

Book Tag | THE BOOKISH ALPHABET TAG

Hello all my amigos,

I’m still alive 😀 I barely made it out of the exam field alive tho :///

I was very recently tagged by Aldii from Perfection in Books to do the Bookish Alphabet tag. Thank you so much Aldii, you da best 🙂

The Rules:

Pick a book that is on your shelf or one that you have read in the past and fill out each letter of the Alphabet. The idea is to use books that you have either read or that are on your TBR list.


I’m so sorry that I have to skip X because I just couldn’t think of any book that started with that letter :///

But all in all, it was fun tho pretty time consuming because of all the research.

Btw, click on the title to go to the book’s Goodreads pages, and the review to go to my review of the book ofc 😀

And that’s about it for this tag! I’ll see you next time 😀

CHRISTMAS IN 4 DAYS THOOOOOO 

SO EXCITED

  
Merry Christmas,

Kimsiang

 

Book Tag |#CONQUERINGKINGDOM

*swings my sword around as greeting*

Like the thing people do with swords? :///

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There. See?

I’m here today with the new trending tag on BookTube which I was also tagged by Aldii from PerfectioninBooks. This tag was created by Morgan Rhodes, the author of the Falling Kingdoms series in addition to the fourth book in said series, ‘Frozen Tides’ which will be released on the 15th of this month!

I have only read the first book in the series (review here) and I am not quiet a fan tho I want to continue on with this series.

But let’s conquer some kingdoms!

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1. In Mytica, there are constant betrayals and you can’t trust anyone! Which book character would you trust to be your sidekick on this adventure?

For a loyal companion, I’m choosing Dorian Havilliard ❤

2. You will come across many who want you dead in Mytica, so you need to be ready to fight. What kind of warrior are you?

I’ll be the kind of warrior that can’t even hold a sword and die in the end :/// Tho I want to be like Hermione Granger, have the brain and the courage 😀

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3. What fantasy world would you like to conquer?

I think I would conquer the Wizarding World because other fantasy worlds like in Throne of Glass involves lots of fightings and all that, and I’m pretty sure I’d do better with wizards duels. :////

4. Which fictional character would you choose to rule by your side?

I am choosing Celaena Sardothien because who else? She’s the perfect one for this. (Tho I would pee my pant just standing near her :///)

5. Who would you throw into the dungeon?

DOLORES JANE UMBRIDGE. Umbridge. Umbitch. I don’t even care. I just finished rereading Order of Phoenix and I can not. I also would love to throw the Commandment from An Ember in the Ashes (saying this with full evil smile). And the King of Adarlan too (Dorian’s father I mean).

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6. Who gets stabbed in the back?

Aww I already chose Umbridge? So sadddd. Well, I choose….wtf…..can’t think of anyone. QUEEN LEVENA YESSS. STAB HER IN THE BACKKK. and Caleb, the worst brother in the history of bad brothers. -.-

7. What elemental magic would you choose to wield and why? (Fire,Air,Water,Earth)

I want to control air XD Like The Last Air Bender XD


 

And that’s it for this tag! It was so much fun!

Thanks for reading! Also, feel free to consider yourself tagged if you are interested in this tag! 😀

Happy Reading and Merry Christmas,

Kimsiang