Category: Bookish

The Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

The Best Books I’ve Read In 2017 So Far

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. Today’s topic is “Best Books You’ve Read In 2017 So Far” but I’m going to change it up. Instead of the best books I read in 2017, I’m going to go over all the books I’ve read this year. Yes, ALL of them – I only read 9 (more like 8.5, one is a novella) books so this list isn’t going to be too long. Without further ado, here are the nine […]

Posted June 27, 2017 by Emz Chang in bookish memes / 10 Comments

Reading & Research

Reading & Research

When I was a kid, my English teachers were always fond of promoting post-its. I wouldn’t be surprised if they sold more Post-It notes than Post-It note commercials. The point of post-its was to mark down anything I “didn’t understand” be it definitions, phrases, motivations, etc. and write down my findings after doing some research. For example, if I were to stumble upon the word “disruptive” and had no idea what it could possibly mean, I had to pause my reading, look it up, write […]

Posted June 26, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 0 Comments

10 Series I Still Need to Start

10 Series I Still Need to Start

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s prompt is “Top Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start But Haven’t”. Let me tell you right now, I have never been able to choose all my picks so fast. There are so so many series I always intend to start. Soon. Or so I tell myself. For most of these, it’s been over 3 years since the first book made its way onto my TBR pile. I am such […]

Posted June 20, 2017 by Emz Chang in bookish memes / 13 Comments

Review – Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Review – Royal Bastards by Andrew Shvarts

Setting the Scene: Summary in 10 Words (or less) Fast paced child of Graceling and The Breakfast Club. Mood Before Reading I want a nice cute romance book. Maybe that’ll help get me out of my reading slump? Thoughts After Reading WHERE IS THE SEQUEL? I NEED THE SEQUEL! THERE BETTER BE A SEQUEL – I WANT MORE!!! Review: Ahhh I have so much to say about this book. Mainly good things. But still there’s so so much to talk about and I have no […]

Posted June 15, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 1 Comment

7 of the Best Dads in YA

7 of the Best Dads in YA

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week we were assigned a Father’s Day Related Freebie and because I’m unoriginal and out of ideas, I decided to go with the “best” dads in “YA”. Which is fine and all, but I ran into a slight problem. I’ve been thinking about this post for the last few weeks and I could not, for the life of me, come up with ten great dads. 😞 But I did come up […]

Posted June 13, 2017 by Emz Chang in bookish memes / 25 Comments

10 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books New to My TBR

10 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Books New to My TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s prompt is “10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List”. While most of these are titles are newer ones, there are some old ones from a while ago that I kind of… forgot about. 😅 I technically picked two genres (fantasy and science fiction), but it can be hard to tell them apart without reading the book so I just lumped them together. Fantasy happens […]

Posted June 6, 2017 by Emz Chang in bookish memes / 16 Comments

A Day in NYC + @blogboundcon

A Day in NYC + @blogboundcon

This is going to be a very poopy recap because a) I didn’t take a whole lot of notes, b) my memory’s not the best, c) I didn’t have enough caffeine, d) I was tired, and e) I was tired. The Morning I woke up super early (probably the earliest I’ve been up since starting college) to catch a train to get to the city before 9:40am. So of course, I needed not one, but two cups of coffee in order to function like a […]

Posted June 5, 2017 by Emz Chang in Bookish / 2 Comments

What Makes or Breaks a Book?

What Makes or Breaks a Book?

It’s day 2 of Armchair BEA and today I’ll be tackling the question: what do readers want? As readers, we want many different things. Here are some of the many things I think can make or break a novel. Characters Diversity As an Asian American, diversity and good representation is very important to me. Although I wish more books will have diverse characters as leads, I will settle for positive representation through a contributing supporting character. The token diversity characters don’t cut it anymore. They […]

Posted June 1, 2017 by Emz Chang in Armchair BEA, Investigated / 15 Comments

20 Books of Summer 2017

20 Books of Summer 2017

Cathy over at 746 Books is hosting a lovely challenge called 20 Books of Summer. The name is pretty self-explanatory – the goal is to read 20 books during the summer. I thought the challenge would be perfect for me. I’m not doing much this summer and the challenge runs from June 1st to September 3rd, perfect timing since I’m off from school during that time. The biggest struggle is not so much finding the time to read, but getting into the mood to do […]

Posted May 30, 2017 by Emz Chang in Bookish, bookish challenges / 6 Comments

Review – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review – The Bone Witch by Rin Chupeco

Review: The Bone Witch is a high fantasy novel that alternates between the point of view of the main character, Tea, telling her story to… somebody (oops, I forgot, a guy gifted with storytelling?) for most of the chapter and the guy’s point of view for the chapter’s introduction. Oh, The Bone Witch, how I so desperately wanted to love it but just couldn’t. The cover is gorgeous and the synopsis, interesting, but I could not keep following the story. The writing was elegant, yes. […]

Posted March 2, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 0 Comments