2015 RECAP – THE SPINES BREAKER

We can all agree that 2015 flies by faster than the speed of light and ME here just can’t catch up and shit just gets out of control.

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BUT  despite all the rushing and spinning back and forth, this year was a very special year for me- FOR ME 2015 is a year of self-discovery. I’m more mature and grown up but at the same time, I’ve broken a million rules and the child side of me is getting out of hand 😉 Overall, it was a beautiful year, it passed by in a blink of the eye but the memories were countless and priceless.

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And here’s to wrap up 2015 and pack it safe in my drawer 😉


Books

First, ofc is books. I’ve just entered the YA community in the middle of 2014 therefore I don’t have last year to compare my reading experience to.

According to our trusty ole GoodReads,

  • I have read 69 books this year (I think this doesn’t count the rereads?) which is 25,446 pages with the average length, 369 pages.
  • The shortest book I’ve read this year was Animal Farm (102 pages) and the longest book I’ve read goes to Harry Potter and the Order of Phoenix (870 pages)
  • My Average Rating is 4.1 stars.

 


 

  • My favourites are: *drums rolllllll*

  

    • Crown of Midnight (Throne of Glass #2) by Sarah J Mass
    • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass #4) by Sarah J Mass
    • Since You’ve been Gone by Morgan Matson
    • Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
    • The Lunar Chronicles by Marrisa Meyer – I’m 2/3 into Winter and I am ready to give it 5 stars 😀
    • Ready Player One by Ernest Cline
    • The Final Empire by Brandon Sanderson – I was halfway in when Winter came in the way, but I loved everything I’ve read so far 😀


 


 


Blog

I created this blog in 2014 but I’ve never posted a thing. My bookblog journey began in June 2015 and to start this book blog is the best decision I’ve ever made.

I just got an email from WordPress about my blog annual report you can see (here).

  • In the matter of six months, I’ve posted 102 post. Not bad for the first year 😉
  • My most popular day is Tuesday (22% of views) and my most popular hour is 3:00 pm (10% of views).
  • This blog was viewed about 3,200 times (THANK YOU SO MUCH)

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  • The busiest day of the year was December 1st with 65 views. The most popular post that day was November Wrap-up.
  • My secret admirers 😉 are mostly from the United States, followed by UK and then the Philippines ❤

 


 

(Big big shout-out to these ladies! You are the bestest <3)


 

And that’s the end of this wrap-up. It’s kinda sad that 2015 has come to a close but nevertheless here’s to the new amazing year!

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Happy New Year, my friends!

Love and Best Wishes,

Kimsiang @ The SpinesBreaker

 

 

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

Christmas Wrap-Up + Book Haul

HIIIIII GUYSSSSS!

Today I’m going to talk about the books I’ve read in the month of December and also my Christmas presents which I got from myself 😀

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  1. Winter by Marrisa Meyer – current read
  2. Carry On by Rainbow Rowell
  3. Harry Potter & Enchanted Forest Coloring Book
  4. I’ll give you the sun by Jandy Nelson
  5. The Next Together by Lauren James – It was one of the giveaway’s prizes that I won 😀
  6. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs – I borrowed this from a vampire friend of mine 😉

IMG_3526-0I read 7 books this month (if I include Winter which is my current read, I believe I can finish it :D) and there are only six books in the picture because the other one is an ebook 😀

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  • Winter by Marissa Meyer – so far 4.5/5
  • The Selection series by Keira Cass (reread) – 4.5/5
  • Let it Snow by  authors – 2.5 stars
  • My True Love Gave to Me edited by Stephanie Perkins – 4/5 stars
  • The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan – 3/5 stars

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And that was a wrap-up of this month. How was December for you? What did you get (yourself ;D) for Christmas? And most importantly, have a nice day and happy new year (ITS IN THREE DYAS WHAT THE ACTUAL EFF)

Thank you for reading, friends!

Love and Joy,

Kimsiang @ The SpinesBreaker

 

 

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 Review |MY TRUE LOVE GAVE TO ME edited by Stephanie Perkins

(Let’s pretend this post was published on the 25th 😉 there was a bit of technical prob :()

MERRY CHRISTMASSSSS! *SPREADS THE LOVE AND CANDIES*

Hello bibliophiles, thanks for stopping by.

Today I’m presenting you my review of My True Love gave to me which is a series of twelve different holiday stories by a bunch of different wonderful authors and was edited by Stephanie Perkins .

I buddy-read this book with my buddy obviously, therefore my reading experience was especially fun!

First of all, I rated this book 4 stars. It was a collection of stories, therefore there were some favorites, the not-so favorites and the DNF too.

I’m going to rate the stories individually and review it one by one too 😀

Let’s go!

  1. Midnights by Rainbow Rowell- 5/5 stars

This is one of my favorites, it’s very cute and just Rainbow Rowell okay? This story took place over the span of 4 years, that’s right it was 20 sth pages (lol) because it was written only on midnights of the 31st of December (I’ve heard November 9 by Collen Hoover is written like that too?). Our MCs, Mags aka Magaret and Noel aka Noel, met on the 31st Dec 2011 and had been bffs since then till 2014. Last midnight of that year was very interesting 😉

I love the main character and the story, they were very cute and hilarious. It definitely got me in the holiday vibes. 😀

2. The Lady and the Fox by Kelly Link

I’m sorry but this story was a no for me. It was one of my two DNFs. From what I got, the boy is not human, he only appears when it’s snowing and in the holiday season, and I couldn’t continue. I can’t rate this book since I didn’t finish it, but if I have to it would be 2/5 stars. :///

3. Angels in the snow by Matt de la Pena-4.5/5

Another favorite! The main character was very funny, and that’s a hint that the story was going to be great already. And it was! Because of financial problem, our MC- Shy, was stuck in San Diego- cat sitting at his boss’s new apartment, and there were barely any food left. And then there’s this girl, Haley, who asked him to fix her pipes and things started.

Shy lied to Haley about many things and in the end Haley hadn’t been that honest either. I love that aspect of this story. It was very sweet and everything.

4. Polaris is where you’ll find me by Jenny Han

If I’m not mistaken, our MC was one of Santa’s elves. Natalie lived in the North Pole, one day she met a human boy and kinda fell in love and she couldn’t find him after that. And that’s about the story. It was 10 pages long so… I really liked Jenny Han’s writing but I really couldn’t make anything out of the story :/// But at least it was better than the second story so 2.5/5 stars

5. It’s Yuletide Miracle, Charlie Brown by Stephanie Perkins-5/5 stars

Well, it’s Stephanie Perkins, you know what that means 😉 Marigold was moving into a pretty smart apartment with her mom and despite the size of her apartment and money, she wanted a Christmas tree. So she went to the shop, and meet North who sold Christmas trees ofc. North helped Marigold with carrying the Christmas tree and they had a few talks 😉 it was abit too fast (their romance) but it was so cute and swoon-worthy.

Your Temporary Santa by David Levithan-3.5/5

David Levithan so ofc it’s about the diversity. Our MC was asked by his boyfriend to be a temporary Santa for his youngest sister. It was pretty short and pretty good, I don’t even know how to describe it.

Krampuslauf 2.5/5

Well at least I finished the whole story but it wasn’t that good. I really liked in the beginning but when it gets to the end -.-

PS I went to Krampus this week too and I think it was pretty good except I never liked the supernatural thing -.-

What the hell have you done, Sophie Roth? By Gayle Forman-4.5/5

I really liked this one. It would have been five stars if the story hadn’t been written in third person.

Because of financial issue, our MC had to move to this college where she got a scholarship and all the people there were weird and she kinda couldnt fit in. Then Sophie Roth met this guy who just clicks with her despite her surroundings. I love their fast relationship, their hilarious dialogues, and jokes and all that.

Beer Buckets and Baby Jesus-3/5

It was a bit boring with all the religious stuffs going on. That’s all i guess..

Welcome to Christmas, CA

FAVVV! It was so sweet and amazing! It’s set in a small town in CA called Christmas so there are shops that have Christmas themed all year long, our MC works in one of the diner. One day, a new chef came to work, he made all her usual grumpy customers became happy and cheerful when they eat his food and he didnt even make the foods that the customers ordered. Turns out he has this supernatural ability and of sort. The ending and everyhting

Star of Bethlehem by 3.5/5

It was a bit unrealistic for me but it was not bad for sure. It just wasn’t for me and I didn’t really clicked with the characters so…

Our MC was a Youtube sensation but she didn’t really like the life of a famous pop star so she exchanged her plane ticket with a stranger girl who wanted to go Newyork which she was heading to. She arrived in this distant village with the stranger’s fiancee’s family. And she liked it there.

The Girl who woke the dreamer by Laini Taylor

The last DNF. I read the first page and closed the book. I just couldn’t do it. I didn’t get anything from that first page so no rating for this one respectedly.


 

And that was my review! I think the favorites were pretty predictable based on the authors tho I was very surprised to love Kelly Link’s story so much! And Matt de la Pena’s too! 😀

I wouldn’t recommend this book to everyone because a few people have DNF it and I didn’t love it that much either.

But you should check out if your interested after reading my review 😀

And again MERRY CHRISTMAS! I WISH ALL OF YOU AND ME ALL THE BEST BECAUSE WE DESERVE THE BEST! -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 Review | THE LOVER’S DICTIONARY by David Levithan

Hi friends!

I know this is completely out of the bookish topic but I went to Jessie J’s concert yesterday! Finally crossing out one thing from my bucket list (going to a concert). Well, actually I crossed it out a few months ago when Demi Lovato came to Cambodia. Getting back to Jessie J, I’m still so pumped about everything even though it’s over since last night. I wasn’t that close to the stage (Actually pretty far) but that didn’t stop me from having fun! I screamed and sang along and danced (can you believe that? me? the most introvert and shy and nerdy person ever). I came home when it was almost midnight and got a full session with mom and dad and there was no voice came out when i spoke and now that my voice is still hoarse, I regret nothing of it! I was and am so cheerful that my friend thought I was drunk. 🙂



Now let’s get on with the business deal (woah that sounds like I’m selling drugs wtf), I read The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan a few days ago in an ebook form. I have read another book by David Levithan, Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares, which I loved the first half and only like the second half (mini review here).

At first, I was very intrigued that it’s written like a dictionary but I have heard mixed things so I couldn’t bring myself to buy a physical copy because I was afraid it won’t be that good.


And now that I’ve read it, I think it was decent but still lack something. 

I don’t think it’s the fact that I wasn’t given the name of the protagonists, or that I wasn’t even sure if the narrator’s gender was a male or female, or that there was no ending or anything of that sort. Well the last one was a bit of a problem; I enjoyed reading it, I kept scrolling down for more, it was entertaining and it ended. So when it ended like that, I found myself thinking back to the reading experience and thought ‘well, that was pretty good’, but also looking back to the story, I felt like I don’t even know the characters or their story.

In this book, the main focus was on the relationship of the couple therefore there wasn’t much family time or friends time, it was mentioned just a couple of times. But I don’t mind that since it’s only about 200 e-pages, and I only want the relationship to be great but the story of the couple even wasn’t enough.

I felt like I was reading quotes after quotes and not a connected story (some were tho). Some words got the whole page and some got just a line, some were good memories, and some were arguments. I kinda like this aspect of the book, that it was unpredictable. I also like the voice of the narrator (I think he is a he-not 100% sure tho because the first half I considered he/she a she :///)

I feel like I’m repeating myself that the story wasn’t enough, so here’s my final rating:

3.5/5

And these are a few of my favorite words and explanations:

 





 

And this is the end of my review! I’ll hopefully see you in my next one ❤

Happy reading and Merry Christmas,

Kimsiang