Monthly Recap: September

September was a good month, but on some days it felt like it'll never end.


I took one non-bookish photo. Go me!
A whole lot of tea and music // Ellis sent me a Ronan Lynch quote tote bag! Gaaaaaah // There was a random little picnic
Fall and Peace, Please
Fall has officially arrived and I'm glad because of the inevitable cold weather. I'm very much looking forward to spending my time in peace. And do some blogging while I'm at it.

Eid Again
I got ill right after the busiest weekend ever that was the Eid. It wasn't fun but I got to watch a lot of TV so that's something. This is what happens when I'm unwilling to socialize.

A Little Sad
I was hoping that the cover reveal of The Raven King would happen on September 29 but nope. This book is never going to release, is it?


Ah, back to watching a dozen shows again!

May the super badass // Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
Awkward - Awkward is back and it's pretty much the same drama as the last time.
Faking It - Eh, it's okay.
Fresh Off the Boat - Jessica Huang and that is all.
The Big Bang Theory - Can this show not? I seriously need to stop watching it but it's fascinating to watch it suck so much.
Scream Queens - A very ridiculous show that I can't stop watching.
Heroes - Ah, so glad that's over it. Season four sucked!
Heroes Reborn - Could be better, I guess.
How to Get Away with Murder -  IT'S BACK AND CRAZIER THAN EVER.
Brooklyn Nine-Nine - This show is currently my favorite comedy show.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - I LOVE THIS SHOW. Coulson, May, Daisy, Fitz-Simmons and Lincoln are some of my favorite characters ever.


Much running, most... running? // The Maze Runner
Pitch Perfect 2 (1/10) - Stupid and offensive af.
The Avengers (9/10) - It was fun and not as stressful as the first time I watched it haha. (rewatch)
Aloha (2/10) - Fuck no. Also, I fast-forwarded a lot because of the amount of stupid.
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (8/10) - Finally, right?!
The Maze Runner (7/10) - It was fun even though they changed a lot of things in the movie.
Step Up All In (2/10) - NOPE.
The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (8/10) - I liked a lot but damn, the extended version is too long. Never again.


Seems like my average has increased from five books a month to eight. Progress!

I read a play for the first and last time ever, heee.
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig
The Assassin's Blade by Sarah J. Maas (reread)
Firstborn by Brandon Sanderson
Relativity by Cristin Bishara
A-Force #4 by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Jorge Molina
The Maze Runner by James Dashner
Legend by Marie Lu
King Lear by William Shakespeare
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Twelve Kings by Bradley P. Beaulieu


Le sigh.
I posted my top ten Tuesday list of finished series I have yet to finish.


Not as many books, whoa.

Still not over the prettiness of A Monster Calls.
Sword and Verse by Kathy MacMillan (won over at Harper360 UK)
Twelve Kings by Bradley P. Beaulieu
Breathe by Sarah Crossan
A-Force #4 by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Jorge Molina
A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
Legend by Marie Lu
The Rose Society by Marie Lu (thanks a ton to Ellis!)


I also listened to my Pynch playlist a lot and it was kind of too much to handle.

Pretty much all I listened to // For some reason, I really like this song // Look What We've Become is all I like from this

How was your September?


Top Ten Tuesday: Finished YA Series to Finish

I am really not good at finishing and that's because of my serial distress. I honestly have no idea what the average number of finishing series in a year should be. I've finished only two this year which sounds pathetic in general but is a big deal for me. Really is.

Thus, this list also lists series that are about damn time I finished and the ones I actually want to finish. Love lost and all that in between.

Status: 2011 - 2013
Progress: Fair, one out of three read
Books: Divergent // Insurgent // Allegiant

I loved Divergent back when I read it in 2013 but now, not so much. It's really not a good book and my reread this year confirmed it. I actually cannot wait to be finally done with this series this year with Lillian and Jos├ęphine.

Status: 2012 - 2014
Progress: Good, two out of three read
Books: Stormdancer // Kinslayer // Endsinger

The Lotus War slays and I'm still reeling with whatever went down in Kinslayer. I do intend to read Endsinger this year so everything's good except I feel like asdfghjkl whenever I thing about reading it.

Status: 2011 - 2015
Progress: Good, two out of three read 
Books: Angelfall // World After // End of Days

This is one series that I'm not looking forward to reading because End of Days haven't been getting good reviews at all. World After was my favorite because of the creepy factor so I don't know if I'm ready to end it all in frustration.

Status: 2011 - 2014
Progress: Fair, one out of three read
Books: The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer // The Evolution of Mara Dyer // The Retribution of Mara Dyer

Ah, I loved The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer and the magic of loving it was that I decided to put it away for a couple of years. It's still put away somewhere but I kind of want to finish it in October, maybe.

Status: 2013 - 2015
Progress: Fair, one out of three read
Books: Pawn // Captive // Queen

Pawn was a good book with all the violence and plot twists that were going on so I'm very much ready to binge read Captive and Queen when Queen releases in November. (Probably too ambitious of me).

Status: 2010 - 2013
Progress: Fair, one out of three read 
Books: Die for Me // Until I Die // If I Should Die

I remember liking Die for Me but also remember the romance being more on the clingy side so I don't even know what to do here.

Status: 2012 - 2015
Progress: Fair, one out of three read
Books: Scarlet // Lady Thief // Lion Heart

Scarlet was an emotional puncher of a book for me so let's see when I get around to continuing this series.

Status: 2012 - 2015
Progress: Good, one out of two read 
Books: Seraphina // Shadow Scale

I only read Seraphina earlier this year and it's a really good book with dragons in it. I don't think I'll be reading Shadow Scale nevertheless, I'm looking forward to it.

Status: 2010 - 2012
Progress: Good, two out of three read 
Books: Matched // Crossed // Reached

Meh. I thought Matched was okay, Crossed was better and then I just abandoned the trilogy. I feel like I should reread them before reading Reached. Only I don't think I can't stomach...that.

Status: 2013 - 2015
Progress: Fair, one out of three read
Books: These Broken Stars // This Shattered World // Their Fractured Light

These Broken Stars was not at all what I was expecting it to be and I really enjoyed it. Though I'm looking forward to continuing the series, I don't know when I will get around to actually doing that.


Monthly Recap: August

August was really busy and then not so much busy?


I seriously suck at taking photos of anything that aren't books.
Lakeside reading // Obsessed with paint blocks // All I want to say is BADLANDS was well worth the wait
(Also, notice the fade to white in each of the photos, heh.)
Slowing Down
Well, there were visitors and they finally left so that's gives me less to do for which I'm definitely glad. However, it was a weird month because I had to choose what I wanted to do with my free time and sometimes I ended up doing pretty much nothing. It's a hard life, I know.

Yes, it's happening this year and I signed up so fast. Very excited especially because I'm currently on a sci-fi high so I'm hoping to come up with lots of interesting posts for November and get out of this blogging slump.


I tried to watch...things.
I love this show so much // Daria
Suits - Suits is getting better for sure but, I could definitely do without having to look at Daniel Hardman, srsly. Also, I can't believe the last episode was the summer finale. This show is crazy!
Daria - I've been making progress extremely slowly in that I only watched a few episodes. It's just that I love it so much and don't want it to end. This is me when there are forty-seven episodes left to watch. Go figure.
Heroes - I watched eight episodes and I honestly couldn't remember if I had already watched them years ago. Heroes is the first ever show I started watching right around the time it came out, but when it just got more and more meh, I just got tired and abandoned it somewhere during season three. Now that Heroes: Reborn is happening soon, I want to finish watching it.
Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. - I finished season one. Safe to say I'm still fuming over Ward and he's officially number one on my character hatelist.
The X-Files - And I managed to watch one episode. Err.
Daredevil - I watched the pilot and it's good!


Gipsy Danger is my fave // Pacific Rim
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (8/10) -The first movie is my favorite because everything is hilarious and awesome (except Kiera Knightley as Elizabeth and Orlando Bloom as Turner, of course).
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (7/10) -It was great but the tentacles of Davy Jones kinda creeped me out a bit.
Pacific Rim (10/10) - This movie is my favorite in the world (rewatch).
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (7/10) - I really liked it and the setting was pretty amazing!
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (6/10) - My least favorite movie out of the four because just urgh, Cruz and the mermaid plot and the wounded puppy look on Sam Claflin.


All things considered, I'm just happy I got to finish the books I did this month.

Currently in love with reading chunky books!
The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
Lair of Dreams by Libba Bray
The Fade Out, Vol. 1: Act One by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser
FBP: Federal Bureau of Physics Vol. 1: The Paradigm Shift by Simon Oliver, Robbi Rodriguez
A-Force #3 by G. Willow Wilson, Marguerite Bennett, Jorge Molina
Mind the Gap, Vol. 1: Intimate Strangers by Jim McCann, Adrian Alphona, Rodin Esquejo, Sonia Oback
Loki: Agent of Asgard, Vol. 1: Trust Me by Al Ewing, Lee Garbett
Kinslayer by Jay Kristoff
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nuevel


The year long blog slump continues.
I posted my review of The Fade Out, Vol. 1: Act One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips
I posted my review of The Diviners by Libba Bray


Impulsive book shopper right here.

I didn't plan any of these book buys except Night Film which I think is about damn time I bought.
Blackbirds by Chuck Wendig
Mockingbird by Chuck Wendig
Night Film by Marisha Pressl
I'll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson
1Q84 by Haruki Murakami
Vengeance Road by Erin Bowman (thank you, HMH!)
Sleeping Giants by Sylvain Nuevel (thank you, Del Rey!)
Fire by Kristin Cashore
Bitterblue by Kristin Cashore
The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (thank you, Greenwillow Books!)


I can't believe I've forty songs on my playlist this month, heee.

This album is so good! // I love upbeat music and this song is it. // Fucking awesome album!
How was your August?


Review: The Diviners by Libba Bray


The Diviners by Libba Bray
young adult historical paranormal fantasy published by Little, Brown on September 18th, 2012
first book in The Diviners series

Do you believe there are ghosts and demons and Diviners among us?

Evie O'Neill has been exiled from her boring old hometown and shipped off to the bustling streets of New York City--and she is pos-i-tute-ly ecstatic. It's 1926, and New York is filled with speakeasies, Ziegfield girls, and rakish pickpockets. The only catch is that she has to live with her Uncle Will and his unhealthy obsession with the occult.

Evie worries he'll discover her darkest secret: a supernatural power that has only brought her trouble so far. But when the police find a murdered girl branded with a cryptic symbol and Will is called to the scene, Evie realizes her gift could help catch a serial killer.

As Evie jumps headlong into a dance with a murderer, other stories unfold in the city that never sleeps. A young man named Memphis is caught between two worlds. A chorus girl named Theta is running from her past. A student named Jericho hides a shocking secret. And unknown to all, something dark and evil has awakened....



The Diviners is one of the more classy young adult books in existence today because it's truly one of a kind. Being as chunky as the book is, it's fitting that the story encompasses so much from bloodied history to evisceration of evil to a very diverse set of characters. For such a story to work and work well, The Diviners have a colorful set of characters that I absolutely adore. Not only that, the setting just clicks with the dark, eery atmosphere of the book.

As the Solomon's Comet is to make its pass of earth, the time for Armageddon to be unleashed on the planet draws closer and someone has returned to fulfill the evil prophecy. But nothing is ever as simple as that and so there's a string of murders to solve in a city full of strange occurrences, unknown powers and wicked intentions.

When Evie gets into trouble for her drunken attempt to vilify a young man, her parents choose to send her away to her bachelor uncle all the way to New York City to cool things down in Ohio. In New York City, Evie is reunited with Mabel and is ecstatic to be there as her Uncle Will isn't the all that restrictive as long as Evie stays out of trouble. She meets Sam, Jericho as well as Theta and Henry, each of whom have their own life troubles to deal with. Then there's Memphis and his little brother as well as his best friend, Gabriel who are just trying to survive life in the twenties.

Evie is very carefree and loud in her ways even if she doesn't really like herself all that much. However, I really liked her. As much as she's rash and moody, she's also very outspoken and opinionated. Jericho is this quiet and bookish boy who think he's a freak and I just love him the most as he's amazing all around. Memphis is a poet, Henry is a pianist; really, everyone in this book is so dynamic and their interactions with each other are so interesting, especially the friendship of Theta and Henry. More, please.

The historical setting of the roaring twenties is done amazingly well. It's apparent just how much research went into constructing the world with such vivid details of how life used to be in a bygone era. The language, the fashion, the lifestyles just work together as a single unit to transport the reader to that time with breathtaking ease.

On a deeper level, there's a lot of moral relativism, agnosticism, religious philosophies as well as political notions in The Diviners, as the characters often find themselves discussing one philosophy or the other. I find such talk fascinating because its edutainment value really opens up the mind to how the world works. I particularly enjoyed reading about theodicy because it's a very relatable and oft-repeated philosophy in today's world.

The Diviners is one hell of a creepy book. I love reading horror because it's so much fun! I will admit that I avoided reading this at night when I got slightly spooked out a couple times. Still, there's murder, there's cannibalism, there's utter gore; all of which I found oh-so-enticing to read about. The whole cast of characters is lively and there are some very hilarious moments despite the plot being so grim. There's a lot to The Diviners and in essence, it's a perfect read to immerse yourself in on a rainy day.


'There were few things worse than being ordinary, in Evie's opinion. Ordinary was for suckers.'

'There is no greater power on this earth than story.' Will paced the length of the room. 'People think boundaries and borders build nations. Nonsense—words do. Beliefs, declarations, constitutions—words. Stories. Myths. Lies. Promises. History.'

But what was the point of living so quietly you made no noise at all? 'Oh, Evie, you're too much,' people said, and it wasn't complimentary. Yes, she was too much. She felt like too much inside all the time. So why wasn’t she ever enough?

'There is nothing more terrifying than the absoluteness of one who believes he's right.'

'People will believe anything if it means they can go on with their lives and not have to think too hard about it.'


Review: The Fade Out, Vol. 1: Act One by Ed Brubaker and Sean Phillips


The Fade Out, Vol. 1: Act One by Ed Brubaker, Sean Phillips, Elizabeth Breitweiser
historical noir fiction comics published by Image Comics on March 10th, 2015
first volume in The Fade Out comic series

Brubaker and Phillips' newest hit series, The Fade Out, is an epic noir set in the world of noir itself, the backlots and bars of Hollywood at the end of its Golden Era. A movie stuck in endless reshoots, a writer damaged from the war and lost in the bottle, a dead movie star and the lookalike hired to replace her. Nothing is what it seems in the place where only lies are true. The Fade Out is Brubaker and Phillips' most ambitious project yet!

Collects The Fade Out issues #1 to #4.



Charlie Parish is a burnt-out screenwriter on the brink of losing it after being part of the war and things in his line of work just taking a toll on him. So being the unfortunate first person to find the dead body of an up and coming starlet when he wakes up passed out after yet another wild party is just trouble he didn't ask for. Thus, begins the murder mystery that's pushed aside from time to time to make space for the many characters and to take a closer look at their not so neat little lives.

The most interesting thing about The Fade Out is how there's no apparent antagonist because everyone is complicit in the sleazy ways of Hollywood of the late 1940s just because that's what they are used to. A blacklisted screenwriter, a studio head who has taken part in many disreputable acts in his younger days, a replacement of the dead actress driven to extreme lengths to forward her career, no one is innocent. Sometimes though, someone like Charlie Parish comes along and gets themselves tangled up in the wrong side of things, questioning everything.

What really attracted me to The Fade Out is that artsy cover with the typewriter and the hot pink ink dripping down and converting into blood. Needless to say, I was expecting the art to be amazing and it is that, to some extent. It's also textured and gritty and just not something I prefer.

While The Fade Out captures the essence of Hollywood and the Hollywood Blacklist era, it's not the most original plot. Rather, the focus is on the atmosphere and the wide range of characters. It's about the sordidness of Hollywood from drunken brawls to dirty dealings and murder coverups. Nothing is ever really that simple especially not when the main character has no idea just what he has stumbled into. The Fade Out keeps peeling off layer after layer delving in deeper with every issue and I hope it remains that way.


'This was just how it was here... something in the air just made it easier to believe lies.'
'It's like his brain wants him to remember just enough to stay miserable.'