Monthly Archives:: November 2015

Sunday, November 29, 2015

HELP WANTED!

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help!

…and it has been ongoing for almost a month now.

I honestly don’t know what’s wrong with me. The last proper book I’ve read was Sweep in Peace and Winter, which were very amazing exemptions because the weeks prior to that, I haven’t been able to read anything awesome-worthy until now. Yes, I’ve reviewed some, but those were books I’ve already read before my life entered this abyss called the “bookworm slump”, and it’s been an awful, terribly ride, let me tell you. You know, it’s so weird for me to be this way considering I usually have a lot of tips for those who are in the same predicament:

  • read your favorite books! It will reignite your reading again! —> Only that I tried, and yet I still can’t get into reading. -_-
  • take a long-ass break! Soon you’ll miss reading, and come back to it! —> My break has already gone on for too long.
  • take up a new hobby! Try crafting or gaming or collecting stamps! —> I’m already on World of Warcraft, Everquest 2, Guild Wars 2, and a couple of Playstation games and it’s sucking my hours fast… if I don’t get into reading soon, my games might never let me leave from their clutches forever! (I kid, I kid)

SO WHY THE HECK ARE THEY NOT WORKING ON ME NOW?!

I think this week alone, I’ve given up on a total of 5 books. Some of them were really bad, some of them just didn’t appeal to me however amazing they seemed. I’m really in a crisis here, folks – I haven’t reviewed anything properly for almost a week now (my last review was a DNF review out of desperation… hah!).

So this is where you guys come in.

I NEED YOUR HELP.

I need you, the lovely people of this book community, to recommend me books that you think I would like. It can be erotica, young adult, or adult, I don’t care as long as they are in these genres: science fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, adventure, mystery, psychological thriller. Please help me get out of this god-forsaken book slump by giving me that FANTASTIC, ALL-AMAZING BOOK that I would rise from the dead for.

I’ll be waiting patiently,

Faye

Fresh Batch (Nov 29th – Dec 5th)

Fresh Batch (Nov 29th – Dec 5th)

Posted by on 11/28/2015 • 4 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Their Fractured Light Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner Series: Starbound #3 Publication date: December 1st 2015by Disney-Hyperion

Goodreads Purchase

A year ago, Flynn Cormac and Jubilee Chase made the now infamous Avon Broadcast, calling on the galaxy to witness for their planet, and protect them from destruction. Some say Flynn’s a madman, others whisper about conspiracies. Nobody knows the truth. A year before that, Tarver Merendsen and Lilac LaRoux were rescued from a terrible shipwreck—now, they live a public life in front of the cameras, and a secret life away from the world’s gaze.

Now, in the center of the universe on the…

DNF Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

DNF Review: Hotel Ruby by Suzanne Young

Posted by on 11/27/2015 • 11 Comments

Welcome to the Hotel California Such a lovely place (Such a lovely place) Such a lovely face Plenty of room at the Hotel California Any time of year (Any time of year) You can find it here

Let me tell you something about my childhood. Back when I was a kid, I would fly to the Sultanate of Oman (a very peaceful Middle Eastern country) to spend time with my father. He worked there as the head Quality Surveyor of a pretty kick-ass construction company, and the times I spent there were one of the very few times I could be with him (the rest of the year would be spent in the Philippines, away from his loving arms). Every time we were in the car, he would put on…

The Journey of Rashika as a Reader (pre and post blogging)

The Journey of Rashika as a Reader (pre and post blogging)

Posted by on 11/26/2015 • 9 Comments

 

I think it’s appropriate that for my first official post here, I talk about me as a ~reader~.

I have been a life-long reader. I’ve been reading for such a long time that I don’t even know what it would be like to not read. When people say they don’t like to read, I just look at them and go WHAAAAT?? How is that even possible?

I started reading when I was around 6 years old. I didn’t speak English fluently, so I had all sorts of books pushed at me to help improve my language skills. Of course, I seemed to have caught on very quickly and my second grade teacher even wrote that I had a true love for reading in my report card! I still have that…

Review: A Midsummer Night #nofilter by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Review: A Midsummer Night #nofilter by William Shakespeare and Brett Wright

Posted by on 11/25/2015 • 1 Comment

Every time I have read one of these books I can’t help but smile. They are great fun!! I have actually never read A Midsummer Night’s Dream. I have read little bits, but never the whole thing. Of course, I knew what the story was about, but reading it in this way made it so much fun. Once again, I have to say that these books are amazing because they make learning about these stories entertaining, and in my case, want to read the real thing.

Text and social media are such prominent things today that this is such a great way to write a book. Especially books that some may find boring otherwise. Or have trouble understanding the language since we all know that Shakespeare can be a…

Hello (not the song by Adele) from Rashika…

Hello (not the song by Adele) from Rashika…

Posted by on 11/22/2015 • 22 Comments

In a kingdom far far away there lived a person named Rashika. She sometimes talked to people and other times she hid. Now, you are going to have to deal with her all because she will be taking over Xpresso Reads with her telepathic powers.

But on a more serious note… SURPRISE.

 

I am going to be joining the amazing crew at Xpresso Reads and blogging here from time to time. Here is a little itty-bit about me to those who do not know of my existence (how dare you, btw?)

-My name is Rashika -I am in college, majoring in English Literature. -I am a huge booknerd (I mean how much more obvious can that be?) -I also blog over at The Social Potato with Faye (who blogs…

Fresh Batch (November 22nd – 28th)

Fresh Batch (November 22nd – 28th)

Posted by on 11/21/2015 • 3 Comments

Fresh Batch, posted weekly, keeps you up to date on the hottest releases of the upcoming week.

Flavor of the week:

Rules for 50/50 Chances Kate McGovern Publication date: November 24th 2015by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)

Goodreads Purchase

A heartrending but ultimately uplifting debut novel about learning to accept life’s uncertainties; a perfect fit for the current trend in contemporary realistic novels that confront issues about life, death, and love.

Seventeen-year-old Rose Levenson has a decision to make: Does she want to know how she’s going to die? Because when Rose turns eighteen, she can take the test that tells her if she carries the genetic mutation for Huntington’s disease, the degenerative condition that is slowly killing her mother.

With a…

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Review: Sweep in Peace by Ilona Andrews

Posted by on 11/20/2015 • 3 Comments

Guys, if you haven’t read an Ilona Andrews book, please, for the love of all things sane and holy, GET YOUR PRIORITIES STRAIGHT AND READ HER NOW! Specifically the Innkeeper Chronicles series! Clean Sweep! Sweep in Peace! ALL OF HER BOOOKS!

This is, by far, the BEST urban fantasy I’ve ever read. EVER EVER EVER READ. You’re probably thinking, “But, Faye, didn’t you say a few months ago that it was Ilona Andrews’ Kate Daniels series that was the best you’ve ever read?” That tidbit was very much true… until I’ve stumbled upon her more recent work, to which I would gleefully and willingly pay a limb to read the succeeding books. As soon as fucking possible.

Okay, fine, I’d also sacrifice a limb to read Anne Bishop’s Marked in Flesh (The…