Top 10 Books I’ve Read in 2012

Hiya’ll! Been too lazy to finish this post but it’s only an hour away from 2013 from where I am so I need to post this now. Haha! 2012 was the year I got into reading again. I initially set 25 books to read and accomplished that too fast. So 50 books. Poof, done. 70 books. Eeeeppp, I cheated and changed it to 65 when I knew there will be no chance of me completing the challenge. Hee.

So there’ll be non-2012 releases here because I simply cannot not include Stargirl. So for the best books I read in 2012!

*Click on the cover thumbnails to go to the book’s Goodreads page and the titles to my reviews!

Stargirl (Stargirl, #1)Gone GirlThe Night CircusWill Grayson, Will GraysonDivergent (Divergent, #1)Monstrous Beauty

1. Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli (One of my latest reads but simply one of the best. A novel that celebrates individualism, this is a must read especially for teens.)

2. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn (Craziest book I read this year. Crazily effin’ great, that is.)

3. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (Magical. Just plain magical.)

4. Will Grayson, Will Grayson (Hilariously rude yet deep. It wasn’t THAT amazing but I definitely loved this book.)

5. Divergent by Veronica Roth (One of the most kickass heroines ever. Plus, this was a philosophical read for me, made me go muse like I did with Once and Future King.)

6. Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama (Hauntingly beautiful, hauntingly sensual, hauntingly poignant and bittersweet.)

The Book of JamesDash & Lily's Book of DaresThe Lover's DictionaryThe Hunger Games (The Hunger Games #1)Catching Fire (The Hunger Games, #2)Mockingjay (The Hunger Games, #3) 

7. The Book of James by Ellen J. Green (Probably my first indie book. SO GOOD. The mystery was super tight and what a rollercoaster of a read. Too bad it’s so underappreciated.)

8. Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn (Super sweet and cute!)

9. The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan (Achingly truthful yet sweet.)

10. The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (Made me sink into reading again.)

Honorable Mentions

Tempest (Tempest, #1)The Sea of TranquilityAfter Hello

1. Tempest by Julie Cross (Made me squee in delight with the time travel and the sweet but broke my heart.)

2. The Sea of Tranquility by Katja Millay (Simply the best realistic contemporary YA I read this year.)

3. After Hello by Lisa Mangum (The sweetest contemporary YA I read this year. The SWEETEST!)

I know everyone already posted theirs but feel free to share it in the comments!

Here’s to more books in 2013!


I Did It! (My 2012 Project 365: #nowplaying ) + My Top 2012 Songs

Weee! I did it! I completed my 2012 Project 365 which is to post #nowplaying posts everyday. Browse all you want, use the #nowplaying tag, but I posted everyday! WOOHOO!

I am planning to continue sharing good music to you guys so I will still do *belly roll* (Oh God, I love Pitch Perfect.) THE 2013 PROJECT 365: #NOWPLAYING! Woo to the hoo!

Anyway, I was planning to just announce that but I emailed this author I love about my favorite 2012 songs. Pretty much recommending good songs to her and sharing the love. So I thought, why not post it in my blog too? Yey! Two birds with one stone! So forgive me if it’s not that edited because this was only an email! I never intended to post it but here I am now. Haha!

*Not all of the songs were featured as a #nowplaying because I featured them at a music blog I contribute in, audiovortextropy.

So, the songs I loved this 2012! Or the songs I’m recommending to you!

1. Baby Blue by We Were Evergreen (Feel good song! It’s upbeat. We Were Evergreen is a Parisian indie electropop band. They use different types of xylophones, which I never knew had types, and ukelele, etc. :D)

2. On Top of the World by Imagine Dragons (I also loved “It’s Time”.)

3. Keep Breathing by The Slakadeliqs feat. Justin Nozuka

4. Paint the Pictures by of Verona (Can imagine it played in a movie. So good.)

5. I Can Lift A Car by Walk the Moon (It’s such a sad but uplifting song. I love it so much.)

6. This Love is Magic by Astoria Kings

7. The Good Life by Ellem (Super feel good!)

8. Trojans by Atlas Genius (It’s a 2011 release but it gained popularity this 2012, I think. *whatacheat*. I personally prefer the acoustic version because it sounds more meaningful since it’s mellow and slow.)

9. Man on Fire by Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros

10. Afraid of Summer by Lost Lander (It’s so sigh. Beautiful. I’m no writer but the violins, the lyrics, the timbre of voice, the haunting aaaaahhhs. <3)

11. TIGER BY GREYLAG (OH GAH I JUST CAN’T DESCRIBE. Probably my favorite song of the year. Lyrics, everything.)

12. This Side of Paradise by Coyote Theory (This is one of their mellow songs but they have upbeat too. They’re young (19-21 I think) but really talented!)

13. Open Road by Carousel (Roadtrip! Feel good with lyrics about living life, I think.)

And because I cannot not include these songs… Non-2012 releases!

1. Come Around by Tim and Jean (#1 feel good song of ALL TIME)

2. As You Choke by The Hunting Accident

3. Me and You by Strange Boys (I remember being super addicted to this and I can’t understand all of the lyrics and I wanted to sing with it. So… I emailed the band. No guts, no glory!)

4. Wild Leaves by Custom Kings (Seriously, I haven’t heard an Aussie band that sucked.)

5. Just Sing by Strange Vacation (Love the message of this song.)

6. Book Club by Arkells

Hope you’ll like these songs too.


Bye 2012, hello 2013!

#nowplaying Stay Awake – Carousel

Hey guys! How come I didn’t know that Carousel released a song three weeks ago??? This is an epic fail for a fan like me. The song is still growing in me and I debated posting this or another song for today. I decided to post this today and the other on January 1st. Plus, Stay Awake. Yeap, I need to stay awake because it’s New Year’s Eve!

How was your 2012 guys? For me, it was overwhelming. Not just in blogging (weeee my stats!) but also in real life. School, extracurriculars, reading, watching, etc were all jam-packed. But I enjoyed 2012, I really did.

So cheers to 2012 and welcome 2013!

2012 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

About 55,000 tourists visit Liechtenstein every year. This blog was viewed about 240,000 times in 2012. If it were Liechtenstein, it would take about 4 years for that many people to see it. Your blog had more visits than a small country in Europe!

Click here to see the complete report.

Review: The Vincent Boys by Abbi Glines

The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys, #1)
Title: The Vincent Boys (The Vincent Boys #1)
Author: Abbi Glines
Date of Publication: October 12, 2011 

Being the good girl isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. Ashton Gray has grown weary of playing the part to please her parents, and to be worthy of the town’s prince charming, Sawyer Vincent. Maybe That’s why she’s found herself spending time with Sawyer’s cousin, Beau, while he’s away for the summer camping with his family. Beau is nothing like her perfect boyfriend. He’s the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, dangerous in ways she’s only day dreamed about, and the one guy she should stay away from. Beau never envied Sawyer his loving parents, his big nice home, or his position as quarterback. He loves him like a brother. Which is why he’s tried everything in his power to keep his distance from Sawyer’s girlfriend. Even if he has loved her since the age of five, Ashton is Sawyer’s girl, so therefore she’s off limits. But when Sawyer leaves for the summer, Ashton, the one girl Beau would move Heaven and Earth for, decides she wants to get into trouble. Stabbing the one person who’s always accepted him and stood by him in the back, is the cost of finally holding Ashton Gray in his arms. Is she worth losing his cousin over?…. Hell Yeah.

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My Review

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was a quick read. The only reason why it took me days to finish this is because of school. I only got to read for ten to twenty minutes a time and just a few times in a day at that, sometimes not at all. I only got this for free on Amazon so I didn’t really feel bad that it wasn’t that good. Let’s just get my gripes about this book out.

First and foremost, the cover. It was cute at first, I actually want to applaud it when I first saw it. It’s so cute and colorful and very summery. But then when I was reading the book, the cover had no connection whatsoever with the story. I mean, book covers should provide a sneak peek into the story or tell something about it but this tells nothing. It has nothing to do with it. So yes, the cover is cute and it’s successful in roping me in to read this book but it isn’t really appropriate.

Secondly, gah, the typos. This book badly needs an editor. I’m no grammar expert myself but there were tons of typos and wrong punctuation and everything. My head was spinning and it’s hard to ignore typos when there are so many! I wanted to mark every wrong with a red pen ala Lissa in Kody Keplinger’s Shut Out. I hope they re-release an edited version.

Onto the more important part: the plot. The plot was so predictable and I knew that going in. I just wanted a light read, something familiar and brainless. But this was so brainless. I knew what’s going to happen chapters away. I did not expect some but the backbone of the plot, it’s like every good-girl-falls-for-the-bad-boy story out there. It didn’t even try to present it as something new. Nadah. Oh well, I guess I was just disappointed that I was right. And well, I was on Team Sawyer. Oh well, I wouldn’t want her to end up with Sawyer now because I want someone better and reasonable for Sawyer. So go make your babies, Ash and Beau, live in your forever bubble.

What else? I understand teenagers are hormonal but do you have to talk about the girl you’re supposed to be in love with like she’s an object? The same goes for the boy you supposedly love. Why do you treat and talk about them like they’re an object? She’s yours? Really, is she an object? Do you have a claim on her, on her life? Gah, I hate objectification of women. And here, men and women are objectified. Sigh.

And maybe the one thing I liked about this book was Lana. So I wanna read The Vincent Brothers for her just so I can read all about her and her spunky and reasonable attitude. You go, girl!

So go read this if you’re an Abbi Glines fan or you’re like me who just wanted to read something light and brainless. Don’t expect anything new or groundbreaking or deep. Enjoy!

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About Abbi Glines

Abbi Glines can be found hanging out with rockstars, taking out her yacht on weekends for a party cruise, sky diving, or surfing in Maui. Okay maybe she needs to keep her imagination focused on her writing only. In the real world, Abbi can be found hauling kids (several who seem to show up that don’t belong to her) to all their social events, hiding under the covers with her MacBook in hopes her husband won’t catch her watching Buffy on Netflix again, and sneaking off to Barnes and Noble to spend hours lost in the yummy goodness of books. Her debut novel, BREATHE, can be found in digital format at Barnes and Noble and Amazon. Existence, a YA paranormal, was released December 13, 2011 by Wild Child Publishing. She also released a YA contemporary romance, The Vincent Boys this Fall. She just released her first New Adult contemporary, Because of Low. She is currently editing the second book in the Existence Trilogy, Predestined. If you want to find her then check Twitter first because she has a severe addiction to tweeting @abbiglines. She also blogs regularly but rarely about anything life changing. She also really enjoys talking about herself in third person.

#nowplaying Payphone (Maroon 5 A capella Cover) – Pentatonix


#nowplaying As Long As You Love Me – Wide Awake Mash-Up – Pentatonix


Stacking the Shelves (7)

Weee! Finally, I can read Spud! I bought Spud even if it’s a bit expensive because I already have the sequel, which I got from a sale. Plus, it’s an award-winning book and I’m all about knowing why they won. Heehee. Precious gifted me Gone #3 and #4 and that’s my wish because I was planning on buying Hunger by myself. Lastly, The Unbearable Lightness of Being! I have this friend who always quotes this book and all the quotes sound lovely. I wasn’t able to buy it before because it’s expensive but Harper Perennial republished it with a new cover! I don’t like the cover and I don’t even get the cover but it’s cheaper so I bought it immediately. Of course I sampled it a bit, checked if it’s hard to understand and nope, it’s not! I hope I can read it soon.

How about you? What books did you get this week?

*Btw, I don’t include ebooks I got from NetGalley and from Amazon because I’m lazy. Haha! But I got MY EX FROM HELL by Tellulah Darling from NetGalley! That maybe is the most memorable ebook I got this week. Seriously, I screamed in joy when I saw it at NetGalley. Ever since I sampled it in July at the end of Sam Cruz’s Infallible Guide to Getting Girls, I’ve been wanting to read it. And now it’s here!

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Teaser Compilation for Flower Boy Next Door

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Preview for Flower Boy Next Door Episode 1

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