Category: Bookish

Review – The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Review – The Hearts We Sold by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Setting the Scene: 5 Word Summary Packs in all the feels. Mood Before Reading Two words: reading slump Review: Action. Adventure. Heartbreak. This book has it all. The Hearts We Sold is an interesting take on making a deal with the devil (and Rumpelstiltskin). Demons are real and they can make a wish of yours come true… with the price of a body part. Usually. And in the case of Dee, James, Cora, and others who make a deal with the demon known as Daemon, […]

Posted August 10, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 1 Comment

Little and Lion – Diversity on Steroids

Little and Lion – Diversity on Steroids

Setting the Scene: 5 Word Summary Diversity. Diversity. Divsity. Love triangle. Mood Before Reading Sooooooo bored Review: Little and Lion is a coming-to-age story that follows the life of Suzette (aka Little) after she arrives home in the summer after spending the school year at boarding school across the country. She’s questioning her sexuality and at the same time handling her changing relationship with her brother Lionel (aka Lion). There are so many things I loved about Little and Lion, but what stands out the […]

Posted August 3, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 5 Comments

5 Ways to Beat a Reading Slump

5 Ways to Beat a Reading Slump

Reading slumps are horrible. Horrible. They are the ban of my existence and as a mood reader, what I blame for having so much trouble meeting my reading goals. But over the years, through lots of trials and errors, I’ve found a few ways to beat them. Reread Probably considered the most classical method to beat a reading slump, rereading a favorite is one of your best bets to beat a reading slump. Not much much can reignite the need to read like reading a […]

Posted August 1, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 4 Comments

Review – What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy

Review – What Goes Up by Katie Kennedy

Setting the Scene: 5 Word Summary Wonderfully written hilarious sci-fi adventure. Mood Before Reading Craving a fluffy contemporary or epic fantasy Review: What Goes Up is about a bunch of teens who are competing to be on a NASA team and what happens after they make it. It features two main characters, Rosa and Eddie. They’re sort of opposites and come from different worlds (figuratively… at first). Oh, and there’s an alternative reality. Words cannot describe how much I love this book. It’s the best […]

Posted July 27, 2017 by Emz Chang in review / 2 Comments

The End and New Beginning of My Love Affair With Reading

The End and New Beginning of My Love Affair With Reading

Can you fall out of love with reading? It seems stupid to ask as I’m running a book blog but can you? Because for the last four years or so it feels like I have. How else can you explain the constant reading slumps, the nonexistent urge to read that used to be so strong, or just feeling meh about every. single. book. you pick up? Or maybe it’s not that I no longer love books or reading, but I just don’t care enough. Or […]

Posted July 25, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 4 Comments

Do you bring books with you on vacation?

Do you bring books with you on vacation?

I’m going to be spending a lot of time away from home, on the road, this month, with what my mom’s claiming to be “weekend getaways”. What she really means is we’ll be going on a college visiting spree. 😣 Anyways, back to the whole point of this post, what books do you bring with you one vacation? Do you even bring any books at all? Typically, I don’t bring any physical books. They’re heavy and take up space… and my mom doesn’t always approve […]

Posted July 3, 2017 by Emz Chang in Investigated / 3 Comments

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 / 25 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 / 16 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