The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Zenn Diagram by Wendy Brant

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted by Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the URL of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


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Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you what sort of story your book contains.”

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So… uhm, hello?

Hello world, and fellow beloved bookish bloggers! How have you been? I hope everything’s fine on your side of the world. 😊

Last June, I wrote about my personal goals for the year and while I achieved some of them, I am sad to say that I was not able to meet my goal to keep this blog active. Things started to pile up at work. My tasks became more challenging, new roles and responsibilities were assigned to me and I really had (and still having, bless my poor soul) a hard time coping with the stress and stuff to the point that I hardly have enough time to keep up with everything outside of work. And well, usually on weekends I reward myself with just enough rest to get me going again the next week. This was actually one of my goals from the mentioned post above but it seems things turned out a bit unexpected. And it really looks like I should do something about my work-life habit if I want to get through this year alive, but that’s an entirely different story.

Or at least, that’s my excuse. Here’s what I’ve been doing for the last six months to keep me sane:

Reading books, of course!

At least I didn’t fall into a big reading slump and managed to finish my Goodreads reading challenge last year, right? Also, I’m doing pretty well in this year’s challenge (so far huhu). I’ve already read some good books this year and I’m really excited to write reviews for them. Some are in the drafts already!

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Review: Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best

Leave this Song BehindTitle: Leave This Song Behind: Teen Poetry at its Best
Editors: Stephanie H. Meyer, John Meyer, Adam Halwitz, Cindy W. Spertner
Genre and Themes: Young Adult, Poetry, Anthology
Format: eBook
Publisher: Health Communications, Inc.
Published: April 2016
Pages: 177
Read: May 2016
Rating:
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the book

Leave This Song Behind, an anthology of poems written entirely by teens, is a celebration of impeccable writing and stunning teen expression. In its 27 years, Teen Ink has received nearly half a million poetry submissions. This book includes the best of the best.

Divided into seven chapters, Leave This Song Behind highlights specific poetic techniques including vivid imagery and sensory details; structure and form; narrative poems; and powerful use of metaphors and similes. The riveting language and accessible topics appeal to teens, teachers, parents, poets . . . and everyone in between.

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June Wrap-Up

June is finally over and it’s time for another wrap-up! 🙂

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The Friday 56 + Book Beginnings: Numbers by Rachel Ward

Friday 56

The Friday 56 is a weekly meme hosted at Freda’s Voice. The rules:

• Grab a book, any book.
• Turn to page 56 or 56% in your eReader (If you have to improvise, that’s ok.)
• Find any sentence, (or few, just don’t spoil it)
• Post it.
• Add the url of your post in the Linky back at her blog.


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Book Beginnings on Friday hosted by Gilon at the Rose City Reader.

Here I’m going to feature the first line or sentence of a book. Because it’s fun to judge books by their opening words and according to Lemony Snicket, “a book’s first sentence can often tell you want sort of story your book contains.”

(more…)