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

7 of My Best Decisions of My Freshman Year

7 of My Best Decisions of My Freshman Year

Last week I went over 6 of my regrets from my freshman year so I figured this week, I’d do the opposite. Today, I’m talking about some of the best decisions I made my first year of college. You know, the one’s I’ll do again if I had to. Living on Campus I go to a college in state (yay in-state tuition!) so I don’t live that far from my college. But I still chose to live on campus and I’m very glad I did. […]

Posted June 14, 2017 by Emz Chang in college / 2 Comments

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

6 Regrets From My First Year of College

6 Regrets From My First Year of College

Last September, I neatly packed up half my room and moved to my dorm room 45 minutes away. Four weeks ago, after my last final of the semester, I randomly shoved everything I owned in containers and plastic bags and moved back home. This September, I’ll be repeating that process to start my Sophomore year, but today, I want to talk about my first year in college. Mainly the things I regret and the ones I’d do again if given the chance. Some Background Info […]

Posted June 7, 2017 by Emz Chang in college / 1 Comment

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

Armchair BEA 2017 – Introduction

Armchair BEA 2017 – Introduction

I think this is my fourth? year doing Armchair BEA but I skipped last year so I’m a bit rusty. ? If you don’t know, Armchair BEA is a way for those of us who can’t make it to BEA to participate online. It’s really fun, I swear! And you get to meet so many awesome bloggers and discover some cool new blogs. ? As you’re reading this, I’m probably (if it’s Wednesday the 31st) in New York City for the day to go to […]

Posted May 31, 2017 by Emz Chang in Armchair BEA / 32 Comments