Monday, January 19, 2015

New Year, New BookPics

(Sorry I didn't check the grammar much on this post-I was just too excited to finally feel inspired and happy enough to post again on the blog.)

Sorry sorry I haven't posted in forever. I've sucked as a blogger. Life hasn't been good nor bad. But I just wasn't feeling it T_T
Anyway. Here it goes...



Does "too late" exist?

This morning I was going through emails, instagram, facebook, pictures... And I found out I want to learn something... something I never thought I'd want to learn.
And I've started looking for places to learn it...
I'm scared though, always always scared. As I've always been whenever I try something new, especially after failing time and time again.
Am I too old to change my dreams? My goals?

Seriously, I know I just have to pray and be stronger than before. Be who I am without apology. Stop trying to please everyone and start pleasing me and be true to myself.
I'm not who I am just because, God let me be. Why can't anyone else?

Few people have stuck with me throughout my life and even fewer know me anymore.

My love for books and authors haven't changed.

But somehow last year, I lost track, lost sight of my goals, my dreams but the most sad of them all. I lost myself.

You have to understand how hard it's been for me to figure out what I want. And the only thing I've been able to come up with is with what I DON'T want.

I'm too insecure, too shy, too quiet, too nervous, too reserved... I overthink things too much.
I'm filled full with absolute fear.

And yet, I've done a lot of stuff that have helped me, bit by bit, get rid of that fear.

Traveling has been one of the best things that have happened to me.
It happened a lot last year and I'm all ready and set for this year to start that way.

I want to be useful. And at 24 without a real job of my own and no studies whatsoever there's no way in the world I am able to feel useful.
I've only ever worked at my dad's company, I don't know what being an employee is like and am completely terrified of go apply for a job even if it is a job I know I'll love and am good at.

All in all, one of my new year resolutions is to stop letting fear prevent me from being happy.
Start looking at the coca-cola (good-happy) side of things instead of the bad and negative things.

So without further ado...

Make up !!!!

O_O
Yeah, I want to study and learn how to do make up. Not entirely sure how that works over here the only thing that I know is that if I manage to start it I will do my bestest to finish it.

I want to stop this trend of mine that I have of starting tons of stuff and not finishing or continuing them...

Who knows... Maybe I'll even get the chance to take photography classes in between. I don't know. I just want to feel alive again.
And if writing it all down here on the blog for anyone/everyone to see makes me feel happy then I'll do it.

Things are going to be changing a bit here on the blog.

1. I've been reading more New Adult than any other genre lately and I plan on remedy that. I'm not quite ready to give up on my Young Adult reads just yet.
2. I'm going to try to post weekly (at the very least) reviews or anything book related.
3. I'm now really into nail art so don't get freaked out if you see a nail art post or picture here and there.
4. I'm writing fan fiction AND a story/book. So maybe I'll post parts of it here and there to get some feedback :D
5. I've discovered the world of K-Pop and it's got a hold on me babe! Really. You might find a k-pop related post as well sometimes.
6. Make up. Wow. I've never been a make up kind of girl BUT for the last 5-6 months I've taken a liking to it. I just love all the art, study, concentration and fun that goes into doing someone's make up so I'm planning on learning XD
7. I've started to buy more eBooks than printed books, HELP ME!!!!! I NEED my printed books BUT when I see the amazon kindle daily deals or some sales here and there I cannot just NOT one-click them T_T


Basically what I'm trying to say is that I want to expand a bit more what the blog is about. Last year I didn't even read 50 books.
I want to change that but I also want to listen to more music or buy some new nail polishes while going on a book-buying trip ;D

Will you stick with me?

EVEN STILL!! Books are my babies! Don't think even for a second that I'm giving up on them at all!
And to prove you just that.

Here's what I've been reading these last couple of weeks.


Woohoo!!
Lorelei James is a favorite classic of mine. I love love love her writing and specially love her Rough Riders series.
I started reading her books back in 2011 and haven't stopped since. The last week of December I decided to reread the first 10 all over again to refresh my mind and be able to enjoy even more all the other ones that follow them.

So if you're in the mood to read some really sweet, steamy and rough around the edges kind of cowboy story, please PLEASE do yourself a favor and read the Rough Riders series by Lorelei James :D You won't regret it ;)

Until next time my lovely people.
-kisses-

Friday, June 20, 2014

Official Blogging Break

Hi people!!! :D

Just a little something...
I'm taking a 1 week hiatus people :D
(I hope it's just ONE week hahahaha)

I'll be back next Friday!!! :D
See y'all then!!!!!

Keep reading!!!


Monday, June 2, 2014

-BookPics Recommends- Contemporary #1


I'll be trying to post these kinds of posts at least once a week. 
Every week I'll try to spice things up a bit by recommending you different kinds of genres from different books and obviously different authors.
The day I post it will be all about an specific genre and then an specific book or series from just one author so that I can have more authors to recommend later on when I go back to that genre :D

Beware though, it's hard for me to read recently published books so my recommendations might not be the most up to date ones but they will certainly be from all the books I've read :D

I haven't read THAT many but still I've got a few that I fell head-over-heels in love with and cannot get enough of them, never.

So here it goes.

To start...

Contemporary!

What better way to do this than by recommending you the first YA contemporary book I ever read!


If I Stay by Gayle Forman

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Just listen, Adam says with a voice that sounds like shrapnel.

I open my eyes wide now.
I sit up as much as I can.
And I listen.

Stay, he says.

Choices. Seventeen-year-old Mia is faced with some tough ones: Stay true to her first love—music—even if it means losing her boyfriend and leaving her family and friends behind?

Then one February morning Mia goes for a drive with her family, and in an instant, everything changes. Suddenly, all the choices are gone, except one. And it's the only one that matters.

If I Stay is a heartachingly beautiful book about the power of love, the true meaning of family, and the choices we all make.

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Get the book!

This was the very first contemporary read I ever picked up and since I rarely ever read book descriptions I seriously didn't know what I was getting myself into.

Of course, the joke was on me. This book was so many things to me and one of those things was... Help.
I was going through a really rough time back when I read it a few years ago and the book not only saved me from an awful path but changed, moved, and made me into, if not a complete different person, at least it made me stop, look around me and think.
And think I did! 
I realized how thankful I had to be for everything that I had/have.
That not everyone gets a second chance and those of us who got/get not just one but a hundred other chances still can make it.
It's never too late.
Never take love for granted.
Life's too short.
You are strong enough to do what you set your mind and heart to.
Love is the most powerful of weapons.
Family is fights, selflessness, home, laughs, tears and more all in one package.
You're not alone.
If you stay, you make history.

Here's a very very Rookie Review of the book from back then, I hadn't even started blogging when I read it so the review is kind of short and all around the place but still :P

Give it a try.
The author's writing is amazing, flows really well with the story and the characters are so relatable, so believable and heartbreakingly awesome.
I cried and smiled and cried and laughed.
It was the perfect summer read for me.
Hope it gets to your heart and stays there as it did in mine.

Also, this is a duet so there are 2 books.
The sequel of this one is called Where She Went and even though I loved that one too, If I Stay was the one that changed my life, I was only grateful to have that kind of closure to the story when we got to read the sequel :D


Where She Went by Gayle Forman
Get the book!


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Give it(them) a try,
Happy reading!

PS:
I CANNOT WAIT FOR THE MOVIE ADAPTATION OF If I Stay!!!!!
AHHH!!



-A Little Letter For Me-



Dear Me,
Don't forget to do things that make you happy every single day of your life.
Try and try and try.
Don't give up on doing these happy things just because you're shy.
Remember there's a world out there and not everyone will be mean to you. 
Just try. But be happy.
Always. Because it is the only selfish thing you get to do for the rest of your life!
Who benefits from you being happy?
Exactly! YOU!
Be brave :)
Sincerely,
Me 


Saturday, May 31, 2014

-BookPics Is Curious- Traveling Books?

So, I've been thinking.

If you love, like, and can travel and are a booklover just like most of us, how do you pick which books are coming on the trip with you and which aren't. (Remember we're talking printed editions here since I know eBook readers are kind of on demand right now I still like to take with me one or 6 hehehe depending on the period of time I'm going to be away from home. Anyway, PRINTED books people ^_^ )



I'm a stinker for rereads. If there is one thing that keeps me from reading new books is the fact that I can't get over my book hangovers... Specially if it's a book that's the last in a series or if it's a standalone book or idk, I have tons of reasons why I read and read the same book over and over again and never get tired of it.

So, if I love rereading books, how in the world am I expected to pick books to take with me for a long period of time away from home?


Simple, I don't take them. Out of all the books that are close to my heart and that if you were to see them you'd actually be able to tell how loved they've been... Well, I'm terrified of losing them or of them getting even more damaged than they already are, I'm even afraid of me forgetting them somewhere in the airport, I only ONLY pick ONE. Because I imagine all kinds of weird scenarios so I, always, have a hard time choosing which reread I'll take with me on a trip.

Then comes the even harder part.
How many printed books to take and which ones?
Of course if I ask my sisters they'd tell me to take any as long as I haven't read them. Huh, easy for them to say.
Me? I think, if I take this contemporary I might burst into tears in this 6 hour-long flight and that's a no for me, specially since I love the window seat and I'd have to be asking the one person sitting next to me to let me go through so that I can go to the restroom. So that's a no.
If it's a first in a series... What if I love it so much and I just HAVE to HAVE the one that comes afterwards? (We're talking series that have 2 or more published books already and which I own.) I'd give in and buy another copy even if I already have a copy back home...
That's another no for me.



See where I'm going here?
It's TORTURE for me to decide which books I'm taking with me and which will have to stay home.
Add to that the fact that the plan, this time, was for me to be here until December and you have me all over the place.

1. I'm not staying until December (long story involving a college sucking big time.)
2. I brought 6 books with me in the end and 3 of them I'd already read although 1 of those 3 I seriously need to reread because I can't, for the love of me, remember what happens in the story.
3. 3 of the 6 are from the same series.
4. Of course I brought my kindle app and ibooks. You're kidding me right?!
5. I couldn't read ANYTHING while in the plane.
6. I haven't completed reading ANY of the books I brought.
7. I got 5 more books from a friend while in LA.
8. I got 2 more books from an author.
9. I bought books while in LA.
10. I've got too many books now for me to be able to take them with me in my bags T___T WHAT TO DO!
(Shipping is TOO expensive!!)



-hyperventilating-

Anyway.
What about you guys?!
How do you decide which books to take with you when you're going on a trip be it a long distance-international trip or a short one...

Are you always carrying books around with you? If so, how many?

Any tips on how to pick books to take with you while traveling internationally? hehehehe (remember I'm still talking about printed books.)

I'm curious! :D