Friday, September 27, 2013

Review: Coaster by Lorena Bathey

18086329 Honestly, the reason this book caught my interest was because of the cover. I know I know, we shouldn't judge a book by it's cover and whatnot, but sometimes a cover just catches your eye and makes you want to read the book before even knowing what it's about. I absolutely love simple yet eye-catching covers. So that is what sparked my interest and then after reading the blurb, I definitely wanted to read it.


When a bomb explodes at an amusement park eight people are killed. This tragedy and loss will change the lives of those who loved and lost them. What happens when disaster touches someone's life? Will it inspire them? Destroy them? Or change them? A character study of grief, loss, and finding your way through tragedy, follow the survivors as they work to move forward when their life is abruptly shattered.


This book has a little bit of everything: suspense, mystery, crime and a very realistic and charming romance (my favourite part!). It starts off through the villain's point of view and the reader gets a glimpse into how the villain's mind works. By the end of the first chapter there's a lot of anticipation because we know something horrible is going to happen.

The thing I liked about this novel is that it was very direct. There were no dull moments, every single thing led the story forward. Often books are full of back-stories and unnecessary details which drag the story but this book is very fast paced. The characters are all so real and I got attached to them quickly, despite knowing some horrible stuff is going to happen to them soon. I really enjoyed how each character was introduced into the story and they all had something unique about them which made them memorable.

This book kept me on the edge with the suspense and also made me teary with all the emotional trauma that came after the tragedy. The ending was very satisfying and had me smiling. It was a very realistic story and an easy-read because it's pretty short. I would definitely recommend this novel for people who like to read thrillers and crime stories!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Blogging Tips: How to get more followers.

I'm no expert blogger, but I thought I would share the little that I do know about blogging. So I'm writing a few posts on blogging tips, this first one is about how to get more followers. Hitting 200+ followers has not been easy. Some bloggers get followers easily and others struggle a lot. It actually took me two years to get to 200!

Google Friend Connect. 
On Blogger, most people follow your blog through GFC. So make sure you have a GFC widget on your blog and that it is easily accessible. Place it somewhere on your sidebar where it will be easy to spot so people don't have to scroll and search too much to find out how to follow your blog. I often don't follow blogs because I can't be bothered to look for the GFC widget. Sometimes, they don't have one in the first place, and I try not to follow through email because it can clutter my inbox. So having a GFC widget is a must.

Keep your blog open to public.
This way, more people will have access to it. It's very tedious when we have to sign in to our Google accounts just to view a blog. So if you don't have any particular reason to keep your blog private or only open to invited readers, just keep it public so you can gain more followers. People might even find your blog while browsing around the internet, and if it has what they're looking for, they might follow you.

Bloglovin'.
I recently claimed my blog on Bloglovin'. It's a very useful site for bloggers and for people who like to read blogs. It's a great platform for exploring new blogs so who knows, someone might stumble upon yours and decide to follow it.

Social networking sites.
You can share your new posts on Facebook or Twitter etc., so your friends will know about your blog and if they're interested, they will follow you. You can even make a page on Facebook for your blog where you can share your posts so people will be up to date with your posts.

Blog-walking.
This is probably the most important tip. Visit other blogs, follow them if you like the content, comment on their posts and request for them to check out your blog.
Don't just go for the 'follow for follow' thing because there's no point in having a high number of followers if those people are not actually interested in reading your content or commenting on your posts.
Blog-walking is all about finding blogs that interest you and making connections with the bloggers.

Write good content so you can keep those followers.
More on this on my next blogger tips post!

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I hope this helped :)
If you have any more tips on gaining followers, please share them in the comments!
Also, let me know if you want me to give blogger tips on anything.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

TAG: What's in my bag?

Below is a photo of my bag. It's pretty small but that's why I bought it. Small is cute. Small is convenient. I can only carry a limited amount of things in my bag so besides the general stuff like my phone and wallet, I carry FIVE awesome products. Here they are!


1. Maybelline
Clear Smooth BB cream

This is my favourite 'make up' product. I am very lazy when it comes to putting on makeup and all, so this is perfect. It's very easy to apply and it makes your skin look clearer and smoother. This BB cream also works as a great concealer. I have dark circles around my eyes sometimes from lack of sleep so after applying this cream, my eyes look less zombie-like and my face overall appears more fresh.

2. The Body Shop Natural Lip Roll-On (Cherry)
I purchased this a few months ago and I absolutely love it. I often use it instead of lip gloss. The roll-on makes application easier and quicker. It's natural and healthy and keeps lips from getting dry. Also the flavour is lovely, I really like the cherry smell/taste.

3. Karaja Coal Black Kajal Eye Liner
I love wearing kajal. I've been wearing it for years. I might even be slightly addicted to it since I wear it almost every time I leave the house. I feel my eyes look dull and boring if I don't wear it. This particular one defines the eyes really well and it's better quality than any other kajal I've tried.

4. Clean & Clear Oil Blotting Wipes
Living in a humid country like Malaysia, my face often gets oily so this is the perfect remedy. I just take it out and swipe it over my face a few times and it easily gets rid of the oiliness. Very convenient and easy to use. A must-have if you live in a humid place or are just prone to having oily skin/sweating easily.

5. RENU Rewetting Drops
This is a very useful product for contact lens wearers. I have extremely sensitive eyes which often dry up right after putting in my lenses. So I started using these rewetting drops, I put the drops in approximately every two hours. It just makes my eyes more comfortable and I don't need to worry about my lenses getting dirty while inserted.

So those are my five products. Don't forget to tell me what's in YOUR bag and if you use any of these products :)
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I reached 200+ followers! That is insane. I know many of these followers don't even go use Blogger anymore, but just seeing that number there and knowing that more than 200 people, at some point or another, were interested in reading my blog... that's a great feeling!

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“Sometimes you make choices in life and sometimes choices make you.”
- Gayle Forman, If I Stay
(I just read this book and its sequel 'Where She Went'. SO GOOD.)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Reading list for quote-lovers.

Everyone has their own preferred genres when it comes to reading fiction. Whether you like fantasy, romance, classics, science fiction or even fan fiction, a book is likely to draw your attention if it’s full of memorable quotes. So if you like to marvel at the words of an author, here are five books you should definitely read before the year ends:

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Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger
This is a unique classic about a boy named Holden Caulfield and his three day journey on the streets of New York after leaving his prep school in Pennsylvania.
Upon hearing this book is a classic, I was expecting something like Jane Austen or Charles Dickens, but this author's style was very different. From what I've heard, people either love this book or think it's over-rated. I loved it!
“Don't ever tell anybody anything. If you do, you start missing everybody.”
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2. The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
This novel is about Hazel, a cancer patient, whose story changes after she meets a certain someone at the Cancer Kid Support Group. Read my first review of the book here. I basically said it was very sad and beautiful but didn't make me cry and I took ages to finish reading. Nevertheless it was one of the most well-written books I've read and of course, highly quotable.
“As he read, I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once.”
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3. Looking for Alaska by John Green
One of my favourite novels, it's about Miles, a sheltered boy obsessed with last words of famous people who is looking for his 'Great Perhaps' in life. He heads off to Culver Creek Boarding School and there he meets the gorgeous Alaska Young and his journey is changed forever.
“Thomas Edison's last words were 'It's very beautiful over there'. I don't know where there is, but I believe it's somewhere, and I hope it's beautiful.”
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4. Extremely Loud Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer
I can't say much here. This novel is full of quotes like the one below and it's definitely worth reading!

“I like to see people reunited, I like to see people run to each other, I like the kissing and the crying, I like the impatience, the stories that the mouth can't tell fast enough, the ears that aren't big enough, the eyes that can't take in all of the change, I like the hugging, the bringing together, the end of missing someone.”

Perksofbeingwallflower1.jpg5. The Perks of Being a Wallflower- Stephen Chbosky
The coming-of-age story of an intelligent and socially awkward boy named Charlie. He has spent his life living on the sidelines, but after he makes some new friends, he begins to see what it is like to actually live in the world, instead of just observing it. The author's narration of Charlie's experiences is remarkable and this is another one of my favourites.
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”


Read any books lately that should be on this list? Let me know!
All book cover images are from Wikipedia.

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Blog under renovation :)
I thought it was time for a change, still working on it!

Sunday, September 1, 2013

SKINS Season 7- Review.

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Source: Wikipedia

Skins is a British teen drama about average teenagers dealing with issues such as: dysfunctional families, mental illnesses, eating disorders, substance abuse, death and bullying. It has six seasons and every two seasons the show introduces a new generation of characters. Out of the 3 generations, I only watched the first 2 (because something happened at the end of the second generation that broke my heart and I couldn't continue watching any more, it's a very overwhelming show).
The TV series ended after season 6 and I kind of forgot about it until I saw a post on Tumblr stating that Skins was returning for a final season which will feature some of my favourite characters: Effy, Cassie and Cook. Needless to say, fans of the show such as myself were extremely excited. We had high expectations and I was really hoping this last season tie up some of the lose ends in the previous seasons.

Season 7 was... interesting, for a lack of a better word. I was very grateful for the return of the show and it was definitely good to see the characters (who were just teenagers previously) now fighting to survive in the world of adulthood. However, to me the entire season was very gloomy with only one sort-of happy conclusion. I just felt heartbroken all over again, and not in the good way. There was no mention at all of what happened at the end of season 4 (don't wait to spoil it for those who haven't watched). In season 7, a lot of shit happened to the characters and to the new characters introduced in this season. It was all very depressing.

Overall, I think season 7 was a let down. It was great on it's own but there was almost no connection to the previous seasons, which is all I really wanted from this final season.

Have you ever been disappointed at the way a tv show ended?
And if you've watched it, what did you think of Skins season 7?
I'd love to hear your views!

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ONE day left to enter my giveaway!
Also I'm just one follower away from 200, wow!
:D