R.A. RECOMMENDS | MUSIC

New series R.A. Recommends is me recommending music, books, products that I like, and so on. I hope you enjoy these short posts. ❤

*The following image isn’t mine*

portrait_69_1460713895We Don’t Have To Take Our Clothes Off by Ella Eyre

My cousin was watching a video and a cover of this song came up, so I searched it up and now I’m addicted. I didn’t know who Ella Eyre was before I heard this song, but ah– her voice is beautiful. She sounds a little bit like Adele, so if you like her, check Ella Eyre!

 

Minimalism | How it all began for me

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What is minimalism?

For me, it means getting rid of the unnecessary, and only keeping what’s important and what makes us happy.

When did I first thought of it?

A few weeks ago.

I watched a recent video of Justine Feather on Youtube, and she was talking about how she’s decided to be vegan. I heard about that term before, but I thought to myself that I wouldn’t be able to do it. To add to that, I tried to be vegetarian last year, and I only lasted four months. It’s complicated.

It’s really hard because I’m asian, and I want to save money, therefore I didn’t feel like spending on groceries when I could eat for free at home. The problem is my mom, well… my entire family is  not vegan nor vegetarian. We eat meat almost everyday. So, it’s really hard to avoid those food.

But then, I was just curious on the types of food vegans eat. So, Justine recommended a few vegan youtubers, and I watched a bunch of Caitlin Shoemaker’s videos, and I was really impressed by them. She also does yoga which made me remember how my yoga teacher last semester was talking about mindfulness and such. I thought, how could I be mindful?

When I was taking the class, I didn’t really pay attention to all of that. I just did the work just to get rid of it. I was also always distracted whenever we meditated. Now that I’m no longer taking the class, and I’m watching these videos about eating healthy, yoga, working out, losing weight, saving money, I took the time to think about mindfulness all over again.

What is mindfulness?

For me, I see it as being peaceful with myself. What I mean is, taking the time to focus on the important things, and remove all distractions. We can do that by meditating. It’s like decluttering physical objects; like a part of minimalism.

With that being said, I looked for minimalist youtubers. I discovered and loved Sarah Nourse and Muchelleb. They both have the ability to encourage me to change the way I live my life. Normally, I don’t always listen to people who gives me those kind of advices because I want to live my life the way I want to. But recently, I realized that I’ve already tried to change the way I look into things. Before, I wanted to stay home, not go out much because I didn’t want to keep spending; this year, I told myself to live in the moment and take risks and go for opportunities and explore. But that came with spending a lot of money.

Both ways of living aren’t really good for me because they gave me temporary happiness. So, I thought how can I be happy while also have fun and explore what life provides?

That interest got me looking more and more into minimalism. I also started listening to the audiobook of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up my Marie Kondo and watching people using the author’s advice and suggestions on how to declutter their possessions, and I decided to do the same thing.

I got rid of SO MANY clothes that I never wore or didn’t use often, and my room seems A LOT lighter and that alone made me happy about my space. I’m also a book hoarder, and I remember telling people how stressed and guilty I was of owning so many unread books, because before I just bought books because people on booktube recommended them. But the excitement only lasted a few days after I bought the book. So, if I didn’t read it right away, I would most probably lose interest. That is why I own so many unread books.

Now that I want to become a minimalist, I’ve decided to get rid of half of my books. It was hard at first because I love my collection, but I literally do not have time to take care of all of them. So, I chose the books that once gave me joy, and others that I have no interest in reading anymore because why keep them if I won’t give them the love that they deserve? I could just give them away or sell them to people who would appreciate them more than I will or I once did.

My books are still with me, but I already sold a couple. I just haven’t gotten around to bring the rest to the used bookstore in the province because it’s a bit far from me.

So, that’s my story.

I admit I’m still new. I still have a lot to learn and get used to. But, so far I am happy with what I got rid of and what I own as of now. I still need to get rid of a few things, but minimalism is an on-going process; we can’t just get rid of every unnecessary things in one day, or maybe one week.

That’s it for now, talk to you soon ❤

RA

5 TIPS TO SAVE MONEY

Disclaimer: The images below aren’t mines, credits to the owners.

This summer, I wanted to enjoy it, so whenever me and my friends plan something, I would always go because You Only Live Once, right? I even said in my Spring Wrap Up that if we worry about money, then we won’t really enjoy life.

But the more I spend, the more I feel guilty for spending on things I don’t really need, so I couldn’t avoid not thinking about money.

I got myself thinking about ways I can change that; have fun, but also save money. I got myself thinking about minimalism. I’m not an expert on it whatsoever, I’m still learning. I’ve been watching Muchelleb and Sarah Nourse on Youtube, and they both inspire me to become a minimalist, but also become a much positive person.

In this post, I’ve gathered some tips/tricks on how to save money. Some of these are what I’ve done before I started my “YOLO” lifestyle and some are tips that I’ve gotten from different sources online and in real life.

Now, I’m not saying I’m not going to live my YOLO lifestyle anymore. I think sometimes it’s nice to just go for things to enjoy the moment, but this time I also want to be careful in what I’m spending my time and money on. Because let me tell you, when I’m out with friends, and we’re all having fun, I could care less about money, and of course I regret spending too much the day after.

Ok, let’s start.

TIP #1: Learn how to say “no” 

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For example, a close friend of yours invites you to go out for a drink, you know you’re going to spend, so why not refuse the offer? Of course, you can’t always refuse. Personally, I don’t like it when I keep inviting a friend and they never come. It just sucks you know? Just refuse once in a while.

You can also be the one to suggest you guys do something else. For example, a picnic, or a movie night at your place.

TIP #2: Talk to your friends about your situation

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Beforehand, tell your close friends that you’ve spending a lot, so you can’t really hang out. If they’re really your true friends, they will understand, and they might also plan another thing where you can all hang out without spending too much money. This kind of relates to the first tip.

TIP #3: Leave your wallet at home

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This really works. I did this during my last two semesters of college because I tend to spend a lot on coffee, muffin, etc. So, I just leave my wallet home, and bring snacks, make my own coffee, and bring lunch.

If you leave your wallet at home, you won’t be spending for sure. Even though you really want something, you just can’t buy it because you don’t have money with you. And you know what else can happen? Maybe by the time you get home you wouldn’t even want it anymore.

But if you’re going to a place where you need to spend, just bring the amount that you need.

TIP #4: Use what you already have

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If you have clothes, why buy more? If you have food, why eat out? You want a new book? Check your library. You want to be tipsy? Don’t sleep and drink coffee. haha–

but seriously.

Another example is when your friends invite you to hang out at a restaurant because it’s been a while since you all saw each other. You can tell them you can’t spend, or you can eat the food you have at home before you go; that way, you will be full enough to order less food a the restaurant.

TIP #5: Avoid malls and online shopping

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This can be hard if you like shopping, so it’ll take more effort to achieve this. First, you should unsubscribe to all emails from stores, so you won’t see their promotions and discounts. Second, take the path where you won’t be near malls. If that’s not possible, just look straight ahead, focus on where you’re going; if you look or just glance at a store, it’s over. You might see something you like and BOOM, $$$$$. Unless of course, you’re using tip #3. (;

Thanks for reading!

I will be doing another post just like this one, but with a different topic.

I will also write about minimalism, and when, why and how I started practicing it.

 

BIBLIO-TUBE-A-THON TBR

 

 

SUMMER BIANNUAL BIBLIOTHON 2017 [JULY 23RD- JULY 29TH] Reading Challenges:
1. Group Book Challenge: Flame in the Mist by Renee Adieh

I won’t be reading this because  I don’t own it, and there’s about 10 people waiting for each copy at the library and I’m #10 in the list, so it’s not happening. 

2. Read from the host’s favorite genre:
Kassie – Magical Realism:
Caz – Historical Fiction
Brittni – High/Epic Fantasy: I’m going with The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater
Emma – Diverse Books
Kelly – Dystopian/SciFi
Red – Paranormal
Momo – Urban fantasy
3. Read a book that has been or still is banned: Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling. I heard it has been banned in some places. I read almost half of this book last year, and never finished, so hopefully it will happen this year! 
4. Throwback challenge: I’ll go with the challenge (Finish a series you’ve started already). I’m going to read Winter by Marissa Meyer (It’s about time!!!).
5. Book to movie adaptation – read & watch (@booksbydano): I’ll be reading The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
6. Read a book you’ve seen somewhere other than booktube (@pucksandpaperbacks): I’m going to go with Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling again because I see this series everywhere. I don’t remember when did I first heard about it, but I know I knew it even before booktube. 
7. LGBTQIA+ (@daily_booknerd): I heard there’s LGBTQIA+ in The Dream Thieves by Maggie Stiefvater(according to Goodreads), so I’ll go with that. I still need to read the Raven Boys before the readathon starts! woo.

BOOKTUBEATHON 2017 [JULY 24TH- JULY 30TH] Reading Challenges:
1. Read a book with a person on the cover: Winter by Marissa Meyer, since there is a hand holding an apple on the cover. That counts right, right?
2. Read a hyped book: I swear I hear about The Raven Boys series everywhere on booktube. I’m probably one of the few biblioaddicts who haven’t read it yet. Depending on if I finish the second book of the series, I’ll read the third. 
3. Finish a book in one day: I’m choosing a contemporary romance for this one and that is Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennett.
4. Read about a character that is very different from you: Tampa by Alissa Nutting. The premise of this book got me intrigued, but other than that, I don’t know much about it. All I know is that the main character is older than me and likes younger guys???
5. Finish a book completely outdoors: I don’t read outside, so I’m choosing a novella for this one -> The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.
6. Read a book you bought because of the cover: Other than the fact that I wanted to motivate myself to read this series, I also bought this specific edition because they are so pretty and that is Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (Bloomsbury edition).
7. Read seven books:  Choices:

  • The last two books of the Raven boys series
  • The third book of the Harry Potter series
  • A Christina Lauren Book

MID-YEAR BOOK FREAK OUT TAG

Original videos:
Chami (ReadLikeWildFire) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03gz6…
Ely (elyjayne / Early Grey Books) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X_Wh0…

Questions:
1. Best book you’ve read so far: 1984 by George Orwell

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Winston Smith is a low-rung member of the Party, the ruling government of Oceania. He works in the Ministry of Truth, the Party’s propoganda arm, where he is in charge of revising history. He is but a small brick in the pyramid that is the Party, at the head of which stands Big Brother. Big Brother the infallible. Big Brother the all-powerful. In a totalitarian society, where individuality is suppressed and freedom of thought has its antithesis in the Thought Police, Winston finds respite in the company of Julia. Originality of thought awakens, love bloosoms and hope is rekindled. But what they don’t know is that Big Brother is always watching… —Goodreads

 

 

 

 

 

2. Best sequel you’ve read so far: Beautiful Player (Beautiful Bastard #3) by Christina Lauren

17831614A bombshell bookworm. A chronic Casanova. And a lesson in chemistry too scandalous for school.

When Hanna Bergstrom receives a lecture from her overprotective brother about neglecting her social life and burying herself in grad school, she’s determined to tackle his implied assignment: get out, make friends, start dating. And who better to turn her into the sultry siren every man wants than her brother’s gorgeous best friend, Will Sumner, venture capitalist and unapologetic playboy?

Will takes risks for a living, but he’s skeptical about this challenge of Hanna’s…until the wild night his innocently seductive pupil tempts him into bed- and teaches him a thing or two about being with a woman he can’t forget. Now that Hanna’s discovered the power of her own sex appeal, it’s up to Will to prove he’s the only man she’ll ever need. — Goodreads

 

 

 

3. New release you haven’t read yet, but want to: Alex, Approximately by Jenn Bennet
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Bailey “Mink” Rydell has met the boy of her dreams. They share a love of films and talk all day – Alex is perfect. Well, apart from the fact that they’ve never actually met . . . and neither of them knows the other’s real name.

When Bailey moves to sunny California to live with her dad, who happens to live in the same town as Alex, she decides to track him down. But finding someone based on online conversations alone proves harder than Bailey thought, and with her irritating but charismatic (and potentially attractive?) colleague Porter Roth distracting her at every turn, will she ever get to meet the mysterious Alex?
From the author of Night Owls comes a story of summer, first love and hidden identities . . .  —Goodreads

 

 

 

4. Most anticipated release for the second half of the year: Lucky in Love by Kasie West (July 25th, 2017)

30285562In this new contemporary from YA star Kasie West, a girl who wins the lottery learns that money can cause more problems than it solves, especially when love comes into the picture.

Maddie doesn’t believe in luck. She’s all about hard work and planning ahead. But one night, on a whim, she buys a lottery ticket. And then, to her astonishment —
She wins!
In a flash, Maddie’s life is unrecognizable. No more stressing about college scholarships. Suddenly, she’s talking about renting a yacht. And being in the spotlight at school is fun… until rumors start flying, and random people ask her for loans. Now, Maddie isn’t sure who she can trust.

Except for Seth Nguyen, her funny, charming coworker at the local zoo. Seth doesn’t seem aware of Maddie’s big news. And, for some reason, she doesn’t want to tell him. But what will happen if he learns her secret?

With tons of humor and heart, Kasie West delivers a million-dollar tale of winning, losing, and falling in love. — Goodreads

 

5. Biggest disappointment: Like A Memory by Abbi Glines

33392554*Disclaimer: IF you haven’t read the Rosemary Beach Series and the Sea Breeze Series, you might get spoiled here,*

One memory.
One special summer.
The one thing Bliss had lost herself in when the fear and sickness were too much, moments never to be damaged by the harsh reality that followed… until now.

Bliss York didn’t live a normal teenage life. She didn’t go to Friday night football games, walk the halls with her friends every day, go to her prom or even walk to receive her diploma. It had all been taken from her the fall that she was fifteen years old and she was given the diagnosis no one ever wants to hear.

She had leukemia.

Seven years after spending a summer with a girl who he knew would always be his first love and the one who got away, Nate Finlay returns to Sea Breeze to help his fiancé open her new boutique clothing store. When the new employee walks in Nate is taken back seven years to the girl he thought he’d love forever. The one who never answered his calls or returned his text. The one who shut him out completely with not even a goodbye and broke his heart.

They’ve each become someone different. No longer the young teens with stars in their eyes. But does that matter when your heart still says that’s the one. —Goodreads

 

6. Biggest surprise: White Hot Kiss by Jennifer L. Armentrout29922111

One kiss could be the last

Seventeen-year-old Layla just wants to be normal. But with a kiss that kills anything with a soul, she’s anything but normal. Half demon, half gargoyle, Layla has abilities no one else possesses.

Raised among the Wardens—a race of gargoyles tasked with hunting demons and keeping humanity safe—Layla tries to fit in, but that means hiding her own dark side from those she loves the most. Especially Zayne, the swoon-worthy, incredibly gorgeous and completely off-limits Warden she’s crushed on since forever.

Then she meets Roth—a tattooed, sinfully hot demon who claims to know all her secrets. Layla knows she should stay away, but she’s not sure she wants to—especially when that whole no-kissing thing isn’t an issue, considering Roth has no soul.

But when Layla discovers she’s the reason for the violent demon uprising, trusting Roth could not only ruin her chances with Zayne…it could brand her a traitor to her family. Worse yet, it could become a one-way ticket to the end of the world. —Goodreads

 

7. Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you): Christina Lauren and R.S. Grey

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R.S. Grey


8. Newest fictional crush: Gianluca from A Place in the Sun by R.S. Grey

31823218When her mother’s incessant matchmaking hits an all-time high, Georgie Archibald does what any sensible woman would do: she flees the country.

Seeking refuge in the picturesque seaside village of Vernazza, Italy, Georgie’s only plan is to lie low, gorge herself on gelato, and let the wine and waves wash her troubles away… that is until she wakes up in a bed that belongs to the most romantic-looking man she’s ever seen.

Gianluca.

After going out of his way to rescue her, the former London financier turned mysterious recluse makes it clear that despite acting as her white knight, he has no plans to co-star in her fairytale.

But Georgie isn’t asking for his heart—she’s merely intrigued.

After all, Gianluca isn’t just gorgeous—tall and tan from days spent in the sun—his touch sets her world on fire. With him, Georgie experiences the most intoxicating passion she’s ever known, and it only takes a few steamy nights for her to realize that sometimes running away from trouble is the best way to find it. — Goodreads
9. Newest favourite character: Rishi from When Dimple Met Rishi by Sandhya Menon

28458598Dimple Shah has it all figured out. With graduation behind her, she’s more than ready for a break from her family, from Mamma’s inexplicable obsession with her finding the “Ideal Indian Husband.” Ugh. Dimple knows they must respect her principles on some level, though. If they truly believed she needed a husband right now, they wouldn’t have paid for her to attend a summer program for aspiring web developers…right?

Rishi Patel is a hopeless romantic. So when his parents tell him that his future wife will be attending the same summer program as him—wherein he’ll have to woo her—he’s totally on board. Because as silly as it sounds to most people in his life, Rishi wants to be arranged, believes in the power of tradition, stability, and being a part of something much bigger than himself.

The Shahs and Patels didn’t mean to start turning the wheels on this “suggested arrangement” so early in their children’s lives, but when they noticed them both gravitate toward the same summer program, they figured, Why not?

Dimple and Rishi may think they have each other figured out. But when opposites clash, love works hard to prove itself in the most unexpected ways. —Goodreads

10. Book that made you cry: None, unfortunately
11. Book that made you happy: The Unexpected Everything by Morgan Matson

18578786_1547182618627476_1776109886_nAndie had it all planned out. When you are a politician’s daughter who’s pretty much raised yourself, you learn everything can be planned or spun, or both. Especially your future. Important internship? Check. Amazing friends? Check. Guys? Check (as long as we’re talking no more than three weeks).

But that was before the scandal. Before having to be in the same house with her dad. Before walking an insane number of dogs. That was before Clark and those few months that might change her whole life. Because here’s the thing—if everything’s planned out, you can never find the unexpected. And where’s the fun in that? —Goodreads

 

 

 

12. Favourite book to film adaptation you saw this year: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

26067879They had nothing in common until love gave them everything to lose . . .

Louisa Clark is an ordinary girl living an exceedingly ordinary life—steady boyfriend, close family—who has barely been farther afield than their tiny village. She takes a badly needed job working for ex–Master of the Universe Will Traynor, who is wheelchair bound after an accident. Will has always lived a huge life—big deals, extreme sports, worldwide travel—and now he’s pretty sure he cannot live the way he is.

Will is acerbic, moody, bossy—but Lou refuses to treat him with kid gloves, and soon his happiness means more to her than she expected. When she learns that Will has shocking plans of his own, she sets out to show him that life is still worth living.

A Love Story for this generation, Me Before You brings to life two people who couldn’t have less in common—a heartbreakingly romantic novel that asks, What do you do when making the person you love happy also means breaking your own heart? —Goodreads

 

13. Favourite review you’ve written this year. (Booktube version: Favourite video you have done so far in this year): X
14. Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received): All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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Marie-Laure lives with her father in Paris near the Museum of Natural History, where he works as the master of its thousands of locks. When she is six, Marie-Laure goes blind and her father builds a perfect miniature of their neighborhood so she can memorize it by touch and navigate her way home. When she is twelve, the Nazis occupy Paris and father and daughter flee to the walled citadel of Saint-Malo, where Marie-Laure’s reclusive great-uncle lives in a tall house by the sea. With them they carry what might be the museum’s most valuable and dangerous jewel.

In a mining town in Germany, the orphan Werner grows up with his younger sister, enchanted by a crude radio they find. Werner becomes an expert at building and fixing these crucial new instruments, a talent that wins him a place at a brutal academy for Hitler Youth, then a special assignment to track the resistance. More and more aware of the human cost of his intelligence, Werner travels through the heart of the war and, finally, into Saint-Malo, where his story and Marie-Laure’s converge. —Goodreads

I also bought this because I’ve been meaning to read it for a while! 

 

15. What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

  • Demain by Guillaume Musso
  • Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling
  • Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas
  • Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  • Falling Kingdoms by Morgan Rhodes
  • The Summer Garden by Paullina Simons
  • The Promise of Amazing by Robin Constantine

STORY WRITING | III

Hi, so today I’m going to share some of my characters’ names including the main characters.

My protagonist’s name is Leah. Why Leah? because I want a simple name for her, short enough that the others won’t think of a shorter way to say it as a nickname. If you get what I mean. She’s half Filipina and half Swiss, specifically inspired by a celebrity that I won’t mention for now.

The main love interest’s name is Mateo. Why? Because I LOVE that name (he’s also Italian). He’s an athlete. That’s all I’m going to say for now.

Leah’s best friend is Alisha “Ali.” She’s Indian and inspired by two of my closest friends. So, my plan is to combine both of my friends’ personalities and traits to this one character (It should be fun).

Leah’s father’s name is Caelon “Cal” and a mother named Therese “Reese.”

Leah’s uncle and his wife are Cruz and Estella. They are inspired by my own uncle and his wife.

That’s all for now (:

 

Looking back: SUBBAN/WEBER trade…

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On June 29th, 2016 I was at my grandma’s house hanging out with my 4 year-old cousin when my dad called from work. Confused, I answered, “Hello?”

“Oh, they trade SUBBAN–” he started saying, but I stopped him as my heart dropped from my chest.

“WHAAAAT?……….For who?”

“Yeah, for Weber from Nashville!!!” he shouted on the phone. He sounded happy, but pissed at the same time which was confusing me even more.


Now, a year and a day later, I still don’t know how I feel about that trade. All I know is that I miss Subban, but I also like Weber.

To be honest, even before the trade, I already liked Weber. I knew he had a great, strong shot, but I didn’t really watch him play enough to judge his defensive or offensive play.

I started liking hockey about the same time PK Subban became part of the HABS’ roster in the 2010 NHL Playoffs. Back then, I didn’t know much. All I knew was Halak was better than Price, Sidney Crosby is unfortunately not a HAB and that for some reason my favourite player was Maxim Lapierre.

Through the years after that, I learned about hockey and grew a passion for it. I appreciated hockey players more than I did at first (how hard they work and all), I learned about trades and knew I didn’t like them.

I met PK for the first time, I think in 2013 and he was really nice, but serious (probably tired from practice). The second time I met him was at the blood donation at the Bell Centre in 2015 and he was really fun.

He’s as funny, confident and nice as he is on TV. I might not know him personally, but I know he’s a good person. So all the shit they say about him being a distraction, I don’t believe it. I know there’s a much bigger reason on why they traded him. They don’t want to admit it because they would sound like hypocrites. In my opinion anyway. It doesn’t mean it’s true. That’s just what I think.

So, when PK got traded, I couldn’t believe it. Not only me but probably more than half of the HABS fans. He was a great entertainer and an even greater player with a huge talent. He can make the crowd go wild. Yes he makes turnovers/mistakes but who doesn’t??? Have you seen the HABS’ turnovers this past season?

I then gave Weber a chance because its not his fault PK is gone.

I gotta say Weber was amazing with the habs especially when he scores those Canon shots during the PP.

What was really annoying though is the Subban/Weber tweets. People would say something like “Subban who?” Everytime Weber does something spectacular. I mean I could easily quit twitter to avoid those but I want to read updates and also tweet about the HABS too, just not about the fact that Weber was playing better than PK.

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Anyway, it’s really hard to be a habs fan. I’ve gotten used to some struggles, but apparently not all of them. Sometimes I ask myself why can’t I just like another team, like the Penguins. But the thought just doesn’t sound so appealing. I can’t not be a HABS fan. I can’t hate them permanently. I can’t be a huge fan of another team other than the HABS. So even though I don’t agree with their decisions, I have no choice but to deal with it.

I will always admire PK as a person and an athlete. I appreciate everything he did for the city of Montreal. Maybe one day I’ll get over this trade, but a year is not enough to forget and move on even if Weber did awesome.

Review: Beautiful Bastard by Christina Lauren

First book in a series!
16102004So, let me start with a small summary.

This romance/erotic novel is about a girl named Chloe Mills who is a determined and hard working woman, and is about to get her MBA. She has been working at the Ryan Media(a business company) for years, but recently, the youngest son of Elliot Ryan (owner) has returned from France and ends up being Chloe’s current boss (in her department). Unfortunately, besides his beautiful appearance, everything else is ugly as he turns out to be an arrogant, stubborn bastard, and Chloe is constantly trying to calm her nerves whenever he throws her orders.

But, of course, they find each other attractive, and they can’t stop themselves from making a move. So that’s what happens and the rest is history!

Okay, let’s get to my thoughts.

I DID NOT expect this to have so much, I mean SO MUCH sex scenes. I must have missed the fact that this is considered an erotic novel, and not just a romance. I was expecting it to be more like New Adult.

But still, I didn’t hate it. I was just surprised.

The storyline is quite interesting. I’ve been annoyed with some of the tropes presented in this novel before, but because I’m currently in the mood for romance, I read past that.

I like how tough Chloe is. It makes her a great protagonist to read. Besides sex, Chloe doesn’t let Barrett get everything he wants. She’s not easily controllable outside sex.

IT sounds really bad if you think about it; but to be honest in all the romance I’ve read, most of the female protagonists can’t control themselves when it comes to sex. So if you’re annoyed with that fact, you probably need to put romance novels aside.

There’s also a sense humour throughout the novel which I really had fun reading.

I’m currently reading the second book, and it’s going well so far.

I recommend this to people who love steamy romance of course. If you don’t, then you won’t like this book.

I gave this book 4/5 STARS!

STORY WRITING | II

 

Hi,

Let me start with the fact that I’m no longer writing the same story as the one I talked about in the previous Writing Series post. Sigh. I know, I know. I have a problem with sticking to one story.

So now I am writing this other story that i can’t stop thinking about ever since I spoke with my uncle from the Philippines. I won’t reveal too much details, but the situation is slightly similar to the book When Dimple Met Rishi. I wrote 1,700 words so far, and now I’m just writing down some notes about the characters, and also the current scene that I’m working on. A few hints: There’s hockey involved and the protagonist is a co-owner of a coffee shop.

I gave myself until July 22nd to finish the first draft of the first three chapters. I thinking that’s long enough for me to get the beginning I want for now.

I also listen to What Do I Know by Ed Sheeran while writing the beginning. (: