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Sunday, July 26, 2015

Weekend Rambling [#5]: Translated Books (aka When Blogging and School Collide)

Weekend Rambling is where I discuss/rant/ramble about random things, bookish or non-bookish alike. Everyone's welcome to share their thoughts!

Heya, everyone! How have you been? I hope you're all having a great day! So on my last discussion post a hundred years two months ago, we talked about replying to comments on our own blog. And hey, thanks to everyone who commented and shared their thoughts! But if you haven't checked out the post yet, it's never too late to join in the discussion. ^__^

Today, I'd like to talk about translated books. Now you're probably wondering about the aka thingy on the post title. Here's a little story about that: Last week in our Advanced Composition class, we were asked to do an essay about something that interests us. Of course, the first thing that came to mind was: books. What else, right? Duh. But it's a broad topic and what about books that I'd like to write? Then I remembered that I was planning to write a blog post about translated books ever since I came across this translation management platform Smartling. (More on that later.) Why not use a blog post idea for a school requirement? I'd have something for my essay while at the same time I'd finally start with that blog post. Two birds in one stone and all that yada yada.
I know, right?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

[REVIEW] Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Girls

Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: YA Contemporary, Mystery
Published: July 16th 2013 by Simon Pulse
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It's Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations.

As Anna sets out to find her friend's killer, she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine.


My thoughts

I've read a few YA mystery before but Dangerous Girls is a different kind of unique. It's intense and clever and twisted and oh so hard to put down. Now, those words can also be applied to a lot of books, but believe me, Dangerous Girls is different.


Monday, July 13, 2015

It's Embrace Your Geekness Day! (Infographic + Quiz)

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Howdy, nerds! Do you know what day it is? July 13th is Embrace Your Geekness Day! If this is new to you, you're not alone. I just learned of this holiday(?) two days ago. I know, right? And wait, there's more! Because on July 15th, it's National Dork Day! It's a special week for us all the geeks of the world, isn't it?

But first, let's define those terms. According to,
geek: a person who is socially awkward and unpopular
: a usually intelligent person who does not fit in with other people
: a person who is very interested in and knows a lot about a particular field or activity
dork: a person who behaves awkwardly around other people and usually has unstylish clothes, hair, etc.
So are you a geek or a dork? Even if you're both, either or neither, check out this quiz Grammarly has created to know what kind of language geek you are. ^__^

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Top Ten Tuesday [#10]: Hyped Books I've Never Read

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish.
Howdy, nerds! How's your month so far? I hope you've had a wonderful and safe Fourth of July over the weekend! Last week I listed the top ten books I've read so far in 2015. This week, our TTT topic is:

Top Ten Hyped Books I've Never Read

This should be an easy one because there are LOTS of hyped books I haven't read. It's okay to include series, right? ^__^

Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James - I have never and probably will never read this trilogy. Just no, thanks. And now there's also Grey. God help us.
Shatter Me series by Tahereh Mafi - Eep! Gorgeous covers but ever since I've read somewhere that the main character is whiny, it sort of put me off. Maybe someday, though.
The Selection series by Keira Cass - see reason for Shatter Me ^
The Maze Runner trilogy by James Dashner - This one I wanted to read but I haven't had time yet. They say the movie's meh, though. Might have to see it for myself.
Throne of Glass series by Sarah J. Maas - The hype surrounding these books intimidate me. I'm not much into high fantasy, but damn, this series sounds so delicious. Royal assassins, kick-ass heroine, romance? Sign me up!

A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas - THIS BOOK! Yeah, I haven't read it yet. But I'm definitely getting to it before the year ends. I heard good things!

Paper Towns by John Green - Even with all the hype surrounding its upcoming movie adaptation, I still don't feel the urge to pick it up.

All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven - I've been purposely avoiding this book because of the hype. I have a feeling this is going to break my heart. But like ACOTAR, of course I'm planning to read it this year.

An Ember in the Ashes by Sabaa Tahir - So much hype that it almost made me pick up this book. But recent DNF reviews around the blogosphere got me thinking twice. I still think it's interesting, but I don't see myself reaching for this book anytime soon.

Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli - Diversity for the win! I am soooo getting this!

And that's a wrap! Have you read these books? What do you think about them? Link me to your posts, lovelies! I'd love to see what books made your lists! ^__^ Happy Tuesday!

Sunday, July 5, 2015

[MINI-REVIEW] Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge

Cruel Beauty

Author: Rosamund Hodge
Genre: YA Fantasy, Romance, Mythology
Published: January 28th 2014 by Balzer + Bray
Purchase from: Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble
Graceling meets Beauty and the Beast in this sweeping fantasy about one girl's journey to fulfill her destiny and the monster who gets in her way-by stealing her heart.

Based on the classic fairy tale Beauty and the Beast, Cruel Beauty is a dazzling love story about our deepest desires and their power to change our destiny.

Since birth, Nyx has been betrothed to the evil ruler of her kingdom-all because of a foolish bargain struck by her father. And since birth, she has been in training to kill him.

With no choice but to fulfill her duty, Nyx resents her family for never trying to save her and hates herself for wanting to escape her fate. Still, on her seventeenth birthday, Nyx abandons everything she's ever known to marry the all-powerful, immortal Ignifex. Her plan? Seduce him, destroy his enchanted castle, and break the nine-hundred-year-old curse he put on her people.

But Ignifex is not at all what Nyx expected. The strangely charming lord beguiles her, and his castle-a shifting maze of magical rooms-enthralls her.

As Nyx searches for a way to free her homeland by uncovering Ignifex's secrets, she finds herself unwillingly drawn to him. Even if she could bring herself to love her sworn enemy, how can she refuse her duty to kill him? With time running out, Nyx must decide what is more important: the future of her kingdom, or the man she was never supposed to love.


My thoughts

I decided to try something new with my mini-review today. Since this is supposed to be short and quick, I figured I'll try just listing down what I liked and didn't like about the book. Let me know in the comments what you think of this format, okay? ^__^

Thursday, July 2, 2015

Flavor of the Month: July 2015

Flavor of the Month is a monthly feature here at Books and Insomnia that features new book releases this month.
See how time flies! The first half of the year is over! Have you read great books lately? I still haven't gotten most of my anticipated releases these past months, but I've read some amazing books. Also, forgive my being MIA lately because SCHOOL! It looks like college and blogging/reading don't go well together. (Or maybe it's just me and my poor time management skills. :P)

July 2015 New Releases

(Book titles are linked to Goodreads)

July 2nd

July 7th

Don't Ever Change by M. Beth Bloom
Forever for a Year by B.T. Gottfred
Ink and Bone (The Great Library #1) by Rachel Caine
Jesse's Girl (Hundred Oaks) by Miranda Kenneally
Naked by Stacey Trombley
Paperweight by Meg Haston
Silver in the Blood (Silver in the Blood #1) by Jessica Day George
Survive the Night by Danielle Vega
The Fixer (The Fixer #1) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
The Heart of Betrayal (The Remnant Chronicles #2) by Mary E. Pearson
The House of the Stone (The Lone City #1.5) by Amy Ewing
You and Me and Him by Kris Dinnison

July 14th

Alive (The Generations Trilogy #1) by Scott Sigler
Armada by Ernest Cline
Deceptive (Illusive #2) by Emily Lloyd-Jones
From This Moment (Moment of Truth #3) by Lauren Barnholdt
Go Set A Watchman by Harper Lee
Map to the Stars by Jen Malone
Queen of Tomorrow (Stolen Empire #2) by Sherry D. Ficklin
Ruthless by Carolyn Lee Adams

July 20th

Hollywood Witch Hunter by Valerie Tejeda

July 21st

Damage Done by Amanda Panitch
Model Misfit (Geek Girl #2) by Holly Smale
Pretending to be Erica by Michelle Painchaud
The Last Ever After (The School for Good and Evil #3) by Soman Chainani

July 28th

All We Have Is Now by Lisa Schroeder
Oblivion (Nevermore #3) by Kelly Creagh

July 31st

Solitaire (Solitaire #1) by Alice Oseman

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I've read some great early reviews for Because You'll Never Meet Me, so I'm curious about that book. And I'm totally picking up Model Misfit! I loved Geek Girl so I imagine the sequel will be just as enjoyable as the first book. Harriet Manners for the win! ^__^ Also, please feel free to comment other July releases that I missed.

See anything you like? What books are you anticipating this month? :)

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