farewell, foresight, favorites

farewell, september!

september was the awkward middle. transitioning from summer break to autumn’s work left me in denial. not much happened in terms of, like, EVERYTHING but i’m trying not to be so hard on myself. i managed to complete all my goals from last month, so it wasn’t too bad. i have tons of goals and plans for the next month so here’s to a better october!

read this month:

  • SCYTHE, by neal schusterman – ★★★★★
  • EMPIRE OF STORMS, by sarah j. maas – ★★★½

aaaaaand the slow reading month continues. i’m trying not to get too frustrated if/when i read so few books compared to many other bloggers or bookish people, but sometimes, the pressure is real.

on the blog:


foresights of october

now that it actually hit me that IT’S OCTOBER, i’m so pumped to work. it’s strange how not much changed from last week to this week, but the prospect of a new month/season changes the mindset. i’m so ready to do ~all the things~ in october. revamping my site (maybe), revamping my room, and revamping my life. LET’S DO THIS.

goals for the month:

  • seriously begin blogging again (this hiatus has got to stop) (aka I’M BACK, GUYS!!)
  • conclude my tidying journey
  • do more, think less

how was your september? do you have any plans for october? let me know in the comments!

THE MIDNIGHT STAR mood board + quotes

the midnight star blog tour



THE MIDNIGHT STAR (released october 11, 2016!)

if you pre-order THE MIDNIGHT STAR, you can get some great pre-order goodies like a TMS tote and a water bottle! info here~

THE YOUNG ELITES series (by marie lu) gives so many distinct vibes. it’s not like anything i’ve ever read; they’re dark, eerie, and unknowing. what i love about mood boards and quotes is that you can take a glance and know the entire aura of the topic. based on its colors and symbols, you just know how the book will feel. and hopefully, my mood board will give you those nice and creepy vibes that make you want to run away and also pick up the book, like NOW – because that’s exactly what reading THE YOUNG ELITES series is like.

DISCLAIMER: all photos, typefaces, and text belong to their respective owners. i found images from weheartit to create these graphics with marie lu’s quotes.

the young elites
the rose society
the young elites
the rose society
the midnight star

if you’re interested in seeing my entire THE YOUNG ELITES mood board, you can check it out here:

have you read this series yet? if not, there’s really no better time than now; the finale is releasing soon (so soon!) and halloween is coming aka MORE CREEPY VIBES. it’s super fitting for this time of year.

review-heartless, by marissa meyer

I received this book for free from Macmillan, Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

REVIEW: heartless, by marissa meyerHeartless by Marissa Meyer
Published by Feiwel & Friends on November 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Legends, Myths, Fables, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 464
Format: ARC
Source: Macmillan, Publisher
Amazon // The Book Depository

Long before she was the terror of Wonderland — the infamous Queen of Hearts — she was just a girl who wanted to fall in love.

Catherine may be one of the most desired girls in Wonderland, and a favorite of the yet-unmarried King of Hearts, but her interests lie elsewhere. A talented baker, all she wants is to open a shop with her best friend and supply the Kingdom of Hearts with delectable pastries and confections. But according to her mother, such a goal is unthinkable for the young woman who could be the next Queen.

At a royal ball where Cath is expected to receive the king's marriage proposal, she meets Jest, the handsome and mysterious court joker. For the first time, she feels the pull of true attraction. At the risk of offending the King and infuriating her parents, she and Jest enter into an intense, secret courtship.

Cath is determined to define her own destiny and fall in love on her terms. But in a land thriving with magic, madness, and monsters, fate has other plans.

HEARTLESS by marissa meyer

marissa meyer twisted together a tale that is different, and yet familiar.

i had high expectations going on HEARTLESS. marissa meyer is one of my favorite authors and ALICE IN WONDERLAND is one of my favorite stories. naturally, the mix would be amazing. but this book is nothing like THE LUNAR CHRONICLES, and this story is not your ordinary retelling. i came to love the story and its characters, but i do have some minor complaints.

before beginning, i’d recommend going over a wikipedia of what the original ALICE IN WONDERLAND story consists of. i knew a small basis – alice follows a rabbit down a hole and ends up in wonderland – but i didn’t bother with the details. i always imagined wonderland as a sort of place with a plethora of mysteries yet to be discovered. and so, i didn’t remember or care for minor characters. lemme say this again: KNOW THE ORIGIN STORY. not only will it make the book more enjoyable, but you’ll also be less confused. for the majority of the book, i was confused. but i didn’t mind so much because that’s wonderland. marissa meyer wrote the novel in a style that made me feel as if i should already know the world, but i didn’t. there were also (of course) parallels between the original tale.

the writing style was really unexpected – and i loved it. everything from the characters to the setting to plot made the whole atmosphere feel so magical and wistful. i felt like i was IN wonderland and i was watching all the events string together. it took some getting used to – i was expecting something similar to TLC – but by the end i was in love. (and also drooling. don’t read this book when you’re hungry because the DESCRIPTIONS OF FOOD OMG. the main character is a baker and i just *sighs* I WANT THE FOOD.)

what bothered me slightly about this novel was the pacing. i had a hard time getting into it (see: confusion) and when i did, there’d be chunks of chapters that were so sloooooooooow. there wasn’t much going on, and i couldn’t see where the focus was, and then BAM last hundred pages had me clutching the book like it was a missing arm. suddenly, i realize i love all the characters and the plot clicks into place. BUT i do think the climax could’ve come earlier in the book because it went from snail’s-pace to sofastsofast. although when the climax was revealed, i was an emotional wreck. marissa meyer can be SO HEARTLESS sometimes. (pun intended)

HEARTLESS was a bit of a weird read for me. there were so many aspects i loved about the book – the characters, writing, plot, etc. – but the pacing and world threw me off. however, i also feel it’s partially my fault because i had expectations of what the story might be or “should” be. like wonderland, this book is not one you can predict. there are twists and tricks and turns and flips; so sit back, relax, and enjoy the story – because i’m sure you’ll have sympathy for the so-called evil queen of hearts by the end of the journey.

Rating Report
Overall: 3.7

there are only 46 days until the release! are you excited to pick up this novel? (you really really should)

farewell, foresight, favorites


farewell, august!

in the middle of last month, i THOUGHT i got over my blogging slump but i clearly didn’t since i only managed to put together one post, which was a blogiversary thing i planned a while ago. *sigh* i’ve got ideas but i just don’t want to do it. :////// but aside from not-blogging, august was fairly mellow. the hot summer days are ending and we’re all trying to get back to a regular schedule. (keyword: trying)

odile alexandra ling

my ballet studio starting rehearsing for our annual show, which is swan lake this year! we did it five years ago and i used to claim swan lake as my least favorite ballet (a girl turns into a swan??? falls in love with a prince who was originally trying to kill her??? then tries committing suicide – in some versions – when he betrays her???? um okay.) but now that we’re doing it again, i actually like it (????). the music is beautiful and the corp de ballet (aka the group of dancers) is iconic. i’m honestly so excited for our performance.

our ballet photo shoot photos were also released this past month~ (i mentioned taking these in my may recap!) since my sister was the photographer, i already saw these beforehand, but it’s still exciting for everyone to get their pictures. i’m surprised by how happy i am with my photo because i wasn’t expecting myself to be able to get the shot. *hides* but it wasn’t too shabby in the end.

read this month

  • THE KITCHEN GOD’S WIFE, by amy tan – ★★★★½
  • TALES FROM THE SHADOWHUNTER ACADEMY, by cassandra clare – ★★★★★

it was a pretty slow reading month for me, but i absolutely LOVED both of these. love love love x 100000. i talk more about both of these books in my favorites video!

on the blog

hello, september!

summer is officially coming to a close and my favorite season of the year is about to begin! since i finished high school and am not going to college (i guess you could say i’m taking a gap year), i don’t have anything specific planned for the month. there’ll probably be more rehearsals and more youtubing and (hopefully) more reading/blogging.

goals for next month:

  • take your first soul cycle class (i’ve been wanting to try it foreverrrrr and my sister says it’s great)
  • get more comfortable talking to a camera
  • continue decluttering your room
  • be more organized/productive

i hope your next month goes well! to those who are starting school/have started school: i believe in you and this year is going to be fantastic <333 what did you do this summer?

what blogging means to me

this is the first time drafting a REAL blog post in a REALLY long time. i mean, sure, i shared my monthly recaps but those posts don’t require too much brainwork and i don’t count that as reaaaaaaaally blogging(?). but anyway, I’M BAAAAAACK from my summer hiatus. whether you started reading my blog today or two years ago, thank you thank you thank you for magically appearing on this site and taking the time to hear my thoughts and rambles. (has it really been two years already?!)

in all honesty, my blog actually didn’t start on this date – my bookstagram did! but i still consider today as my blogiversary because 1) i started my blog shortly after aka within the next few weeks and, 2) it’s percy jackson‘s birthday and PERCY JACKSON IS MY FAVORITE. *eats blue cake to celebrate* i thought it’d be nice to get a little sentimental and sappy since i’m not usually (as) sentimental or sappy during the other days of the year. so….

what does blogging mean to me?

…having a voice

before blogging, there were only a handful of people i could talk to. the people around me either didn’t care about the things i cared about, couldn’t understand my opinions, or just didn’t get it. but i realize now that there were many times that i simply didn’t feel brave enough to speak my mind. blogging gave me the opportunity to speak up.

…embracing yourself and growing up

i feel like the caterpillar in ALICE IN WONDERLAND when i ask, “whooooo areee youuuu?” a big thing i learned from blogging is to just ~be yourself~. i know i said that’s the WORST advice you could give, but it’s true. i remember when i first started, i’d try to “fit in” in the blogging world but here’s the thing: there are no rules in blogging. you can write whatever you want, or how ever you want. you can write nothing in your posts, or everything in your brain. do what you want and do it for yourself. blogging has allowed me to be more comfortable being ME in both real life and internet realms.

…learning to put yourself out there

as relieving it is to finally share your thoughts to people who care, it’s also scary. people can disagree; people can be irrationally mean; people can be secretly trolls and not actually people at all. or people won’t even know or acknowledge your internet existence – even though you’ve overcome the fears of negativity. which is to say, blogging has taught me to really put yourself out there. comment on other people’s posts, share things you love and promote your own work as well. most of the time, people aren’t intentionally ignoring you; they just didn’t see your post.

…knowing you belong

there is nothing more grateful i am for than the community. i can go on twitter and talk about my day and people won’t judge. people will actually RESPOND and talk about THEIR day as well! isn’t that amazing? knowing that, even as you change and grow, there will always be people there wanting to hear what you have to say. i wouldn’t trade anything for this caring community i’ve found. (and yes, that means you! the person reading this post! did anyone tell you you’re a fantastic person today? because you are and someone out there – echm me – is happy you exist.)

…feeling your hard work has paid off

there is nothing more satisfying than working on a really long post, and clicking publish (or schedule). even if nobody reads it, it is so satisfying to just finish it and put it out onto the world. there is nothing more satisfying than drafting and designing your website, and finally putting it out for everyone to see. (this must be what publishing a book feels like and IT’S GREAT) it’s that magical feeling of putting time, effort, and passion into this… THING and the endgame of something amazing.

i am so grateful for the day i stumbled upon a bookstagram picture on my explore page (before bookstagram was even a thing!); i am so grateful for finding these things called “book blogs”; i’m so grateful for all the friends i’ve made and people met; i’m so grateful for just, everything. THANK YOU. (okay i think that’s enough sappiness for today)

some of my favorite posts i’ve created thus far:


i’ll be hosting TWOOOOO giveaways in celebration for my blogiversary – one on this post andone on my youtube channel! they contain different prizes but end on the same date: august 31, 2016 at 11:59pm PST.

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terms and conditions:

  • this giveaway is US only BUT the giveaway i’m hosting on youtube is open internationally!!
  • you must be 18 or older OR have your parent’s consent to release a mailing address.
  • you will be disqualified for picking up entires you didn’t do.
  • you may only use one account to enter.
  • if the winner doesn’t respond in 48 hours, i will choose another winner.
  • i am not responsible for anything lost in the mail.

good luck in the giveaway(s) and thank you for sticking around so far!! *hugs*