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to read list

I actually checked these books out of the library, but my life a bit too busy crazy right now to actually read these massive tomes, so they’re going back on my to-read list.

  • Team of Rivals (The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln) by Doris Kearns Goodwin
  • A Memory of Light by Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan [yep, the series is finally over]
  • The World Until Yesterday by Jared Diamond

And here’s a song from Jay Chou that I actually like:


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ever after and bliss

Read Bliss by Kathryn Littlewood, it’s probably for elementary/middle school kids, but it was free on BN. Then I went to an actual B&N store today and read Ever After by Kim Harrison, the Hollows/Rachel Morgan series.

I hate it when authors kill off characters I like even though I know they do that to advance the plot. But just ARGH. Also, damn woman, why did it take you so long to realize what Trent is to you?

And then I took a glance at the final. yes, final. book of the Wheel of Time series – A Memory of Light. It was massive. I flipped to the very end, because I’ll read the rest when I get it from the library.

Started listening to Asian radio. Makes me miss home.

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two YA novels

Finished reading Seraphina by Rachel Hartman and The Diviners by Libba Bray.

Trying to get back into Mandopop. It’s harder than I thought.

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2 new

Read Sweet Venom and Sweet Shadows by Tera Lynn Childs.

As much as I love the LotR universe, I somehow can’t bring myself to watch The Hobbit. I guess it’s because I was never as much into the book as the main trilogy. Also that the whole “inserting the Sil into the movie” confuses people. I hear the soundtrack is pretty good though… Maybe I’ll scrape up the courage to watch it next week alone ahaha. (Still need to watch Skyfall.)

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Read Spinning by Michael Baron. Was a Free Fridays book.
In terms of music, I’m really like “Hall of Fame” by The Script, and “Feel Again” by One Republic, and “Skyfall” by Adele.


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four new books

Recently have read

  • Enchanted by Alethea Kontis
  • The Outstretched Shadow by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (The Obsidian Trilogy Book 1)
  • To Light a Candle by Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (The Obsidian Trilogy Book 2)
  • When Darkness Falls by¬† Mercedes Lackey and James Mallory (The Obsidian Trilogy Book 3)

Also re-read the Enduring Flame trilogy by Mercedes Lackey & James Mallory, the sequel trilogy to the Obsidian Trilogy.

Am currently surprised at the rather heavy rotation “Burn it Down” by Linkin Park has gotten on the pop music radio stations around here today. It’s not the type of music they usually play, although it is definitely something I like listening to. I’m getting the sense that this is a slight return to roots type of music, but I probably need to hear the song a few more times, and listen to the new album too.

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Read Bone Rattler: A Mystery of Colonial America by Eliot Pattison, currently free from BN.com as part of their Free Fridays promotion. I like historical fiction, I also like mystery, so this book was a nice fit for me, aside from the paranormal fantasy I tend to read too much.

The funny thing was that I figured out several key facts way before the main character did, mostly because of how much historical fiction I read when I was younger. I had lots of books from the “Dear America” series, and a few other older children or YA historical fiction books dealing with colonial America/Revolutionary War era and their relationships with the Native Americans, which was a very crucial part of solving the mystery in Bone Rattler.

My parents never quite understood why I liked to read so much as a child, but now I realize that reading taught me a lot more in social sciences (history, geography, politics) than my formal education ever gave me. Then again, my formal education focused heavily on the math and sciences, with a dose of languages/literature. The social sciences were just an afterthought during my 1-12 grade years, even though in retrospect, that was where I shined academically. Too late to change now.


I’ve been listening to the soundtrack for the short film “The Places We Should Have Gone,” shot by Phil Wang of Wongfu Productions. I really do like the short – it strikes a chord with me in terms of the storyline, and the setting – but it’s the music that really touches me. At this point, I think I’ve played the soundtrack on repeat for over 20 times in the last couple of days. Probably should just shell out the money and download it by now.

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