New Year's Resolution

Thursday, January 1, 2015
Okay, I know you guys are past listening to me at this point, but I really want to start blogging again, so it's my New Year's Resolution to get this blog up and running again! Stick around, I'll be posting the 2014 End of Year Book Survey soon!

Saru ^_^

Whatever happened to this blog?

Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Hello everyone.

So... several months ago, I promised to blog everyday of the summer. That obviously did not happen. And I'm very sorry. 

What happened is simple, really. 

This blog started to feel like a chore. 

I mean, I love to blog, don't get me wrong, but for quite a while, the idea of opening up Blogger and typing up a review or something like that made me groan. I felt uninspired, unmotivated, and I wasn't happy. Typing reviews is something I like to do, but I didn't know how to word my thoughts. I didn't want to take the time to sit down and just write.

Now, however, I think I'm ready to get back to blogging. I think I miss it.

This time, though, I can't make any promises. If this gets to be a chore again, I will stop, again. But for the time being, I'm back. :)

June TBR

Saturday, June 7, 2014
Hi everyone! Today I'll be doing my monthly TBR for June!

1. We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
I'm actually nearly done with this book. It's the booktube Booksplosion book of the month, and is also severely hyped up, so I decided I had to read it ASAP. As of right now, it's good, but it hasn't blown my mind or anything. 

2. Never Fade by Alexandra Bracken
Well, I kind of adored the first book, The Darkest Minds, and so I went out and brought a copy of Never Fade straight away. But library books keep taking top priority, and I've never gotten a chance to read this. I'm hoping I get that chance this month.

3. Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
FINALLY. FINALLY. I loved The Mortal Instruments, and people kept telling me that this spinoff series was even better but I never got around to it. But now that I'm going through TMI withdrawal (I finished the last book at the end of May), I decided I need to read this book immediately.

4. Days of Blood & Starlight by Laini Taylor
In hindsight, I liked the first book of this trilogy quite a bit, even though I initially felt let down by it. The book has been on my mind a lot lately, so I decided that I should read the next book. And also, I love the covers of these books. They're so pretty!

5. I am the Messenger by Markus Zusak
I saw this book on a shelf in the library and I might of shrieked. Markus Zusak wrote The Book Thief, one of the best books I've ever read, so I knew I had to read this the first chance I got, so hopefully this month? As soon as possible, for sure!

6. Something Real by Heather Demetrios
When I saw the description for this book on Goodreads, I was like, "I need you. NOW." It's such a good premise! And then I saw it at the library and I snatched it up before anyone else could take it. This was basically me:

Since it sounds like such a cool story, I'd like to read it this month.

That's my TBR for the month of June! What do you guys plan on reading this month? What do you think of my picks for the month? Let me know in the comments. See you all tomorrow!

Armchair BEA: Crash and Burn...

Saturday, May 31, 2014
Well, this is going to be a quick post before I work on a review, but I'm so sorry about missing so much Armchair BEA! The past few days have been extremely hectic, and I couldn't find the time to sit down and type a proper post. And I also couldn't stop watching Attack on Titan oops.

Instead of making Armchair BEA posts, I did important things like making this:

Yeah, I have an unhealthy obsession with Eren Jaeger (and I have to wait till 2015 to get more of his perfect-ness wahhhh).

So, um, yeah. Sorry guys, and I'll be back with a new post soon!

Armchair BEA Day 3!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Hey everyone! Today, we're going to discuss expanding our blogging horizons and give some love to the novellas and short stories that get forgotten sometimes, overshadowed by, well, bigger books! Let's go!

Expanding Our Blogging Horizons

I've ventured out of my shell in blog posts in general. I've become more decisive on what my stance is on a book, and I stick to it more often. My reviews are more critical now then they were before. I've also started to read different kinds of books because of blogging. Lastly, I've expanded my horizons in terms of friends. I've made quite a few friends through blogging, and not ones I'd like to lose. :D

Novellas and short stories that need some lovin'

Alex, Hana, and Annabel by Lauren Oliver
In Time by Alexandra Bracken
Geektastic by various authors
Unnatural Creatures by various authors

Back tomorrow with a less rushed post that hopefully is not written at a late hour such as this!

Armchair BEA Day 2!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014
It's time for Day 2 of Armchair BEA! Today we'll discuss author interaction as well as talk about books in different formats. Let's get started!

Author Interaction

I've become so much more able to talk to authors since I've started blogging, especially through Goodreads. Posting my reviews on Goodreads has gotten me some author attention by people like James Patterson, and has given me the opportunity to chat with the likes of Lauren Oliver! I'm not going to lie and say I kept a level head whenever this occurred. I basically had a meltdown and keyboard smashed before going and writing an appropriate response. The comments authors give me provide a healthy dose of motivation, such as when Laurie Halse Anderson liked one of my reviews! The one author I've never interacted with that I would REALLY like to is John Green. Not only is he my favorite author, he's basically my favorite person, and my role model. Being able to talk to him would be a dream come true. If it actually happened, I actually might cry. So, if anyone has close contact to John Green, let me know. XD

Books in Different Formats

I don't dislike books in different formats, I just haven't read many, but let's talk about some that I have, and some I plan on reading.

The first stand-out book that I've read in a different format are actually two books, done the same way by the same author:


both of these lovely books are told through both full-page black and white drawings and text. The thing that I love about them is that the pictures actually tell the story. A chapter could begin with some words, and then the story would carry on with the images. There was no text to accompany them, it was up to the reader to infer what was going on. I thought that was really clever, and made reading all that much more fun!

Another format is Manga. For those of you who don't know, Manga is a style of japanese comic books and graphic novels, and a popular reading format. I don't generally read Manga, but as of late, I've been getting really into anime, a style of Japanese movies and TV shows, and most anime have a corresponding Manga, so I'd like to read and watch it! For example, I've recently fallen head over heels in love with the anime Attack on Titan, so I'd like to read the Manga.

Also, I'd like to read the Death Note manga:

Well, that's all I have for today! Let me know what you think about my post today in the comments, and leave a link to your own Armchair BEA posts so I can check yours out! I'll see you all tomorrow. :)

Armchair BEA Day 1

Monday, May 26, 2014
Hi everyone! Welcome to day one of Armchair BEA! Today I'll introduce myself, and then we'll talk about my current favorite books by genre. Let's get started!


  1. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did you get into blogging? Where in the world are you blogging from? 
Hi! I'm Saru. I'm a teenage girl in the USA, for whom books are an escape from reality. I also love Netflix, Tumblr, Goodreads, YouTube, Marvel superheroes, and ice cream. I'm pretty typical. I've been blogging for about a year and four months. I got into blogging simply because combining my love of reading and writing seemed like an awesome idea, which it totally was!
  1. Describe your blog in just one sentence. Then, list your social details -- Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. -- so we can connect more online. 
If I had to describe my blog in one sentence it would be: A home for avid readers full of gifs, quite a bit of fangirling, and inconsistent posting. 

As far as social media goes, I'm not on a lot of places, but...
This here is my blog, obviously.
  1. What was your favorite book read last year? What’s your favorite book so far this year? 
My favorite book from last year was probably City of Lost Souls by Cassandra Clare. I read the whole Mortal Instruments series last year, and they were the best books I had read in quite a while, and the 5th book was my favorite. My favorite book so far this year? Man, that's SO tough. I guess if I had to choose I'd go with... The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey. SO. GOOD. 
  1. What does your favorite/ideal reading space look like? (Pinterest encouraged!) 
Like this:

  1. Spread the love by naming your favorite blogs/bloggers (doesn’t necessarily have to be book blogs/bloggers). 
Oh man, there are so many...

The Perpetual Page-Turner
Novel Sounds
Artsy Musings of a Bibliophile
Broke and Bookish
Finding Bliss in Books

To name a few.

Next, my favorite books by genre! I'll only be judging based on books read this year.

Sci-fi: The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey, as mentioned above.

Fantasy: The Heroes of Olympus series by Rick Riordan. Hah, another Rick!

Realistic Fiction:
Paper Towns by John Green. That man and his books... I can't even.

 Romeo & Juliet by William Shakespeare. Spoiler alert:  They both die.

Nonfiction: Night by Elie Wiesel. Man, that was heavy.

I'll see you all tomorrow with a much less rushed post. :)

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