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Top 5 Wednesday: Favorite Villains

Top 5 Wednesday

Happy Wednesday! Today’s topic is villains, and apparently, I haven’t read many books with actual ‘villains’. It took me a while to come up with this list, and they’re all comic characters anyways. So whatevs. :”D

Here is the link to the goodreads group if you’d like to join.


5. Lord Ballister Blackheart from Nimona

NimonaHe’s the most adorable villain I’ve come across, and while he’s evil, I get the feeling he’s not truly evil. He’s a cutie pie and I like him.

 

 

 

4. Vegeta from Dragon Ball Z

Image result for vegeta mangaI feel like Vegeta is one of those characters that while he goes through a lot of character development and becomes a bit nicer, I can still see him going nutso and destroying everything. He’s develops but sticks to his original character, if that makes sense.

 

 

 

 

3. Wrath from Fullmetal Alchemist

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)Specifically in the manga. In the original anime series, Wrath is a different character. And I’m not going to put a picture of them because they’re identity is a bit of a spoiler. But Wrath is one of those characters that chills me, and I love it.

 

 

 

 

2. Light Yagami from Death Note

Image result for light yagami mangaThe term ‘villain’ here is relative. Some see him as a hero, some an anti-hero, some a villain. I personally think he’s a butt, so he’s a villain to me. Either way though, he’s definitely a fascinating character. If you haven’t read or watched this series yet, DO IT.

 

 

 

1. Naraku from Inuyasha

Image result for naraku mangaThis guy is such an ass, and what I love best about him is that he’s so good at it. He’s able to manipulate the rest of the characters to his whim, pit them against each other and leak falsehoods into their trust for each other without even getting his hands dirty. He’s so good at being a bad guy. I hate him! 😀

 

 

 

 

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And that’s it! Happy reading. 😀

 
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Posted by on 11/30/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Blogmas 2016: Tentative Schedule

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Hallo! As mentioned in a previous post, I’m doing blogmas this year! If you’d like to participate too, go for it! And let me know so I can follow your posts every day!

This is going to be my tentative schedule – I may swap some out with my alternatives listed below. And since there are a lot of those ‘end of the year posts’ that I like to do, I’m just going to plan up through the end of December and just roll with it.

25 Days of Blogmas Schedule:

1st – November Wrap Up/December Currently Reading
2nd – NaNoWriMo Wrap Up
3rd – Amsterdam Book Tag
4th – Showing off my Christmas tree (because I can)
5th – Creatures of the Night Book Tag
6th – 3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 1
7th – TFW: Books I Want to Finally Read in 2017
8th – Holiday recipes: East Butler Chicken (video?)
9th – NAO Robot Demonstration (video)
10th – Bookish Gift Recommendations/Wishlist
11th – Coffee mug collection (video?)
12th – 3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 2
13th – Wedding Nail Art
14th – TFW: Series that got worse with each book/season
15th – 3 Day Quote Challenge: Day 3
16th – Holiday recipes: Molasses cookies (video?)
17th – Semester Wrap Up, Future Goals
18th – How I plan to spend my winter vacation
19th – Favorite Christmas movies/books/songs
20th – Christmas Carol Book Tag
21st – TFW: Fictional items I’d give as gifts
22nd – Malaysia trip blog
23rd – Christmas Nail Art
24th – Christmas traditions/thankfuls
25th – Merry Christmas. 😀

Alternatives:

Bookshelf tour (video)
Book review(s)
Additional tag(s)
Bookish Pet Peeves

The rest of December:

26th – Post-Christmas/Winter book haul
27th – 17 in 2017
28th – Top 10 favorite books 2016
29th – 2017 Reading Goals
30th – New Year’s Nail Art
31st – A Year in Review


And that’s it! As mentioned before, I’m going to be traveling between the 13th and the 21st, so those posts will be pre-written and scheduled to post on their assigned days. Also, any of the alternatives (or other ones I may come up with) could be swapped out for what I have listed. Hence the word ‘tentative’ in the title. :”D

Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 11/27/2016 in Blogmas, Books

 

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Top 5 Wednesday: Books I Want to Reread

Top 5 Wednesday

Hello, it’s Wednesday again and I am on Thanksgiving vacation! (Well… currently at work in the library but there’s nobody on campus so it’s completely dead. Therefore, I’m literally sitting here watching Netflix and typing this…. and getting paid for it! So it’s vacation.)

Anyway, this week is books I’d like to reread. And it was hard to just not say ‘all of them’. Here are five:

5. Fullmetal Alchemist by Hiromu Arakawa

Fullmetal Alchemist, Vol. 1 (Fullmetal Alchemist, #1)

All 27 volumes of it. This was one of my staple series when I was first getting into manga. I bought the volumes as they came out, I watched the anime as it was released on tv. I love this series – I’ve read it in its entirety probably three or four times, and the beginning volumes even more than that. It’s been a few years though, so I feel I’m about due.

 

 

4. Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Uprooted

This book was just a joy to read – one of my favorites of the year for sure. And I’m always going on about how I like standalones instead of long series but man, I wish this was a series. I loved this world and the characters and am hoping above hope that a sequel will happen. Until then, I’ll just have to mark up all the pages and highlight my favorite passages.

 

 

3. The Martian by Andy Weir

The MartianThis was my favorite book from 2015 and it still holds up pretty strong. Originally, I listened to the audiobook, which was just perfect. But I think during a reread I want to read the physical copy to see if the experience is the same.

 

 

 

2. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern

The Night CircusThis is another one that I listened to on audio that I want to read the physical copy of. I have yet to actually get one, though. It’s on my Christmas list this year I think. This book was just so enchanting to listen to, I hope it’ll be the same way with reading it. :”D

 

 

 

1. Harry Potter by J. K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (Harry Potter, #1)Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (Harry Potter, #2)

Specificially the illustrated editions. I now own Sorcerer’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets in these editions and have yet to actually read either of them. Man, I’m slackin’. Maybe for Christmas break this year. :”D

And this is a theory, but I’m thinking they’re going to be rainbow colored as they’re released. If you look at the silk bookmarks the editions come with, the first one is red and the second is orange… seven books, seven colors. COINCIDENCE? Me thinks not.


That’s all! If you’d like to participate in TFW, here’s the link to the group. Happy reading!

 

 
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Posted by on 11/23/2016 in Books, Top 5 Wednesday

 

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Blogmas 2016!

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Hello! I’ve decided I’m going to participate in Blogmas again this year, as I did last year. It was really fun last time, so I’m going to attempt it again.

If you’re unfamiliar, Blogmas’s full name is ‘The 25 days of Blogmas’ and it’s an event that happens during the 25 day count down to Christmas where you make a post every day. It’s a bit challenging coming up with material for that long, so one definitely comes across some interesting posts that you might not normally see. It’s very fun. So whether you’re a Christmas person or not, I hope you decide to participate, too!

During the middle of the month, I’m going to Malaysia. Those days, I’m pretty sure I won’t be writing. So if I get this right, I’ll have posts pre-written and scheduled to pop up on those days. So if you see me posting but otherwise not participating, that would be why. :”D

I’m excited.

And don’t even ask about my Nano. I’ve buried it. It’s gone. We shall not speak of it.

There will be a post up in a few days with a tentative post schedule for blogmas this year. If you’re interested in what I did last year, here’s the schedule I made for it.

If you’re going to try blogmas, do let me know. :”D We can be buddies!

Happy reading!

 
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Posted by on 11/22/2016 in Announcement, Blogmas

 

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What Makes Me Happy

Hello! This post was inspired by PeruseProject’s video and I really liked the idea of it. So it’s not really book related, but bear with me. With the results in the US Presidential election, this country I live in is looking pretty bleak. Whether you live here or not, whether you dislike the candidate or not, there’s definitely a feeling of ‘eeeehhhh’ that you have to be picking up on if you’ve heard anything about US politics recently.

Personally, I’m in the middle of it. I’m in a swing state that swung to the candidate I didn’t want when the county I live in reported its votes. Yeah. My county was a huge reason my state flipped. Buh.

So, whether we agree politically or not, whether you live in the US or not, I’m going to also just go through some small things that make me happy in the face of this… turn of events. And I hope that you’re inspired to do the same, regardless of whether you feel any turmoil about things or not. It’s always nice to think about happy things. 🙂


The little music purr my cat does when you touch her tail. She makes this purr sound but kinda meows with her mouth shut so it sounds like a short musical note purr. It’s too cute and she does it almost without fail when her tail is petted.

Getting my code to run with no errors. If you’ve ever coded anything before, you know the feeling of elation I’m talking about. If you haven’t coded, imagine setting up a complex line of dominoes with loops and dips and chain reactions and all sorts of things. Imagine doing practice runs over and over and somewhere, inevitably, you run into a problem and you have to reset the whole thing… Then, after hours of tinkering and playing and aligning things, you knock over that first domino and all of them fall perfectly. Everything goes off without a hitch. Hours of work put into it and it finally paid off.

That’s what it’s like getting code to work. I love that feeling.

Finding out someone plays the same video game as me. I always get so excited when I found out that a person is as obsessed with Civilization games as I am. I love talking strategy and really can only do it with people who play it enough to know how much goes into it.

My SO’s damn puns. Dad jokes. Dumb rhymes. Everything. And then that innocent ‘deer in the headlights’ look he gives me after he cracks them, waiting to see if I’ll catch on. I love those.

Putting fluffy PJs on right after shaving my legs. It’s so soft man, it’s so cuddly. It’s so lovely and warm and comfy and wonderful.

Buying a book without having to double-check my finances. Once in a blue moon, I actually have the money to impulse-buy a book without having to plan it out and save for it. Usually upon getting a bonus at work, which happens again, once in a blue moon. Love grabbing it off the shelf with a sold ‘This baby is MINE’ and buying it and walking out of the store with it.

Putting up a Christmas tree. It makes me feel so warm and happy and lovey. I love Christmas all around, but this is one of my favorite parts.

Painting my nails. It’s one of my few creative outlets that I still do. I used to draw, I used to paint… but I still do my nails and paint doodles and all sorts of things on them. These are my current ones – I did them yesterday. :”D Thanksgiving, ftw.

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Cooking new food. Pinterest is my buddy. Here‘s my page, if you’re interested. I post lots and lots of recipes and other things. I love trying the recipes out – my SO is the perfect guinea pig. Whether or not it turns out well, it’s fun trying it. :”D


So that’s an abbreviated list of things that make me happy and I’m hoping they can help keep me going. If you’d like to make a post like this, go for it. And then let me know so I can read it!

Happy reading. :”D

 
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Posted by on 11/17/2016 in Favorites

 

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Autumn Reading Tag

autumn-04Hello, a tag today! I wasn’t tagged but since it’s getting closer to winter and I’m still in denial about that, I’m staunchly rooting myself in fall. It’s gonna be fall forever because I said so. Let’s ignore that I scraped ice off my car this morning, shall we.

This tag was created by Amy Jane Smith. And the image above… I have no clue. If you know the artist, please let me know and I’ll credit them. It’s very pretty. :”D


1) Are there any books you plan on reading over the Autumn season?

Dragon Wing (The Death Gate Cycle, #1)I’m going to call ‘Autumn’ until the end of November. Aside from the books I’m already currently reading, I really would like to read Dragon Wing by Margaret Weis. I’m still in that 90s fantasy kick and this one is screaming at me. I might have a buddy read lined up, but I feel like my friend might get impatient waiting for me to start it and do so without me. We’ll see, haha. Either way, I’m going to read this one (I hope).

 

2) September brings back to school memories: what book did you most enjoy studying? And what were your favourite and least favourite school subjects?

The Giver (The Giver, #1)There were two books I read in school that I could call my ‘favorites’. I’d even go so far as to call them gateway books. The first is one that I’m sure will make everyone’s list, The Giver by Lois Lowry. I feel like everyone and their mother had to read this book, and rarely do I hear a negative opinion on the thing. This book introduced me to dystopians. The other is Frankenstein by Mary Shelley. This is the first classic that I read that I didn’tFrankenstein hate. It showed me that classics can be good. You may laugh or scoff, but this was a huge revelation for 17 year old me.

As for school subjects, it depends. Currently, my favorite subjects are biology and chemistry. I loooove these classes even though they kick my ass across the street. They’re hard, man. But ugh, I love them. During my first degree, my favorite class was behavioral neuroscience. Loved it. It’s actually what convinced me to come back to school to study computer science (long story, but it makes sense, I promise).

In high school, I loved my psychology, sociology and art classes the most, and in elementary school, I also loved art.

I don’t really hate any classes. I’ve always tended to dislike English though, which is funny since I love writing and reading, but I think I just hated being told what to read and write.

3) October means Halloween: do you enjoy scary books and films? If so what are some of your favourites?

I’m going to start off by saying I’m one of those wimpy horror fans. I don’t like gore and I don’t like watching scaries by myself. If I’m watching a movie, I need someone with me and it has to be an actual horror, not a slasher. I don’t find slashers scary, just disgusting. Books though, are pretty chill.

I meant to read some horror books this fall but I didn’t get to it. Last year though, I read Horrorstor, and it was pretty great – it’s set in an ikea knockoff store and it reads like you’re browsing through a furniture catalogue. As the story gets creepier, so does the ‘furniture’ being advertised. Definitely a good one if you’re looking to pick up something different.

And my favorite (probably a tad cheesey) horror movie is Mirrors. There’s a bit of gore in this one, but not too much. I couldn’t look at myself in the mirror while brushing my teeth for a week after this one.

….and I’m not going to link a trailer because every one I could find essentially showed every scary part. Goodness. Trailer design, people.

4) With November it’s time for bonfire night & firework displays. What’s the most exciting book you’ve read that really kept you gripped?

I feel like the person who wrote this question lives in a different part of the world than I do. November is time for being in denial about the potential snow, scraping ice off windshields, and being sad because all the trees are pretty much bald now.

But anyways.

The Ask and the Answer (Chaos Walking, #2)I’m going with The Ask and the Answer and Monsters of Men by Patrick Ness, books two and three in the Chaos Walking trilogy. These two books keep hitting you with twists rapid fire and I still think about them, despite having read them nearly two years ago now. I need to read them again. Eventually.

 

5) What book is your favorite cosy comfort read?

Rurouni Kenshin, Volume 01I’ve mentioned this series a million times now, but Rurouni Kenshin by Nobuhiro Watsuki. Set in Meiji Era Japan, it’s a historical fiction following a man slayer who has sworn to never kill again, living in the world he helped create with his carnage. It’s wonderful, it’s funny, it’s cute, it’s action-packed. It’s great. Read.

 

6) Curled up with a good book, what is your hot drink of choice?

Hot chocolate (with peppermint schnapps). :”D

7) Any plans you’re looking forward to over the next few months?

Thanksgiving! Christmas! New Year’s! Flying to Malaysia! The end of this damn semester! My work hours picking up! Christmas shopping! EVERYTHING MAN.


And that’s it! I tag Ace, The Orang-utan Librarian (I really need something to call you. A nick name? :”D), Nora, Zezee, Analee and Shivii. Do iiiit! If you’ve already done it, pbtbt. If you’d like to and I haven’t tagged you, go for it!

Happy reading! :”D

 
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Posted by on 11/15/2016 in Book Tag, Books

 

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NaNoWriMo 2016 – Week 2

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The word count goal for the end of today is 23,333. My current word count is 9,359. So yes, I’m very far behind. 😛 Classes are killing me. I’m still planning on trying a 10k saturday on Nov 26th, but we’ll see how far that gets me. At this point, if I make 25k words by the end of the month, I’ll be happy, haha.

To those who are in my boat, I feel you. To those who are succeeding, go you! I wish I had your self-discipline. :”D

Maybe I’ll do better next year when I’m not in classes anymore. That tends to be a pattern. The two years I’ve won, there have been no classes to worry about. Coincidence? Me thinks not.

 
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Posted by on 11/14/2016 in Writing

 

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