Timeless Thoughts: Scholastic Book Orders

Timeless Thoughts

I had a real hard time picking a topic for this round of Timeless Thoughts. I floundered around various topics like sleepovers and 90s cartoons, but none of them inspired me to actually write about them. But then along comes Chantelle :D She and I started chatting on KakaoTalk about books she’s using at work, and that got us talking about what books we read as kids. I typed that I read books from the Scholastic book orders, and right after I sent that message to her, my brain went ZING! And thus, I’d found my topic for this month’s Timeless Thoughts!

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Photo Potpourri: Monsoon Fun

Photo Potpourri is a precursor to Recent Realities. Starting in July 2016, all Photo Potpourri posts will be known as Recent Realities.

Photo Potpourri

Monsoon season has finally come to Korea, and this mean non-stop, on-and-off raining with 100% humidity. Normally, this occurs at the end of June and early July. This year, I suppose thanks to global warming or something, it came about a month late. We needed the rain, so I don’t mind it too much, but going outside in it can be bothersome. Luckily, I’ve always prepared myself with an umbrella, so I haven’t been caught in a downpour. Rain or not, I’ve still managed to have some fun, and here are the photos that showcase my fun :)

Card, Note, and Stickers from Nancy!

Nancy sent me a card, note, and stickers! I was so surprised when I received them because I’d no idea she sent them. The card is so pretty and the stickers are fun! Thanks, again, Nancy! ♥

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Timeless Thoughts: Sweet Valley Saga

Timeless Thoughts

As a child and a teen, I was a voracious reader (still am, come to think of it XD). Since third grade, I’ve read books by Roald Dahl, Archie comics, The Boxcar Children, The Baby-Sitters Club, Animorphs, and the list goes on forever. I can tell you that my Goodreads account is not complete. There are so many books I’ve read that haven’t made it onto my account. One of the series I forgot to include is the Sweet Valley books, and lately those are some of the books I’ve been really missing. Growing up, I read some of the Sweet Valley Kids, Sweet Valley Twins, Sweet Valley High, and the Unicorn Club books. Didn’t quite make it to Sweet Valley University books, but oh well. In any case, I actually enjoyed The Baby-Sitters Club and Animorphs series more than them, but there are three Sweet Valley books that hold a special place in my heart. Two of the books are presented below.

Sweet Valley Saga

The Wakefields of Sweet Valley and The Wakefield Legacy focus on the family history of the Wakefield clans before Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica are born. The first book documents the maternal line, starting with Alice Larson in the 1860s; the second book shows the paternal line through Theodore Wakefield. Basically, Alice and Theodore meets and falls in love, but circumstances keep the two away, and they each find someone else to love. Their descendants then all meet each other at various times, but more circumstances keep them away until Steven, Elizabeth, and Jessica’s parents finally get together.

Ignoring the terribly contrived and soap opera-like romance with betrayals, angst, and whatnot, the chapters are divided into generations, so the different time period are shown. We get to see what San Francisco is like in the 1910s, what the 1920s are like somewhere in the United States, and even experience wartime romance during World War II in Europe and the Pacific! As someone who likes history, I enjoyed reading about the different time periods. I think if I were to re-read these books, I’d appreciate the historical aspect of the books. The romance? Not so much . . . Either or, these two books were devoured by me on a regular basis back in the past. I think I got rid of my physical copies, but I found e-book copies, so I think I’ll re-read them sometime soon — just to get rid of an itch XD

What are some books you liked growing up? Are there any you really miss? I’d like to know what you lovelies liked :)

2014 Book Meme

TC's Bookcase

With 2014 ending, I am doing the book meme I did last year with this year’s books. I’ve read a lot more this year than last year, and I had to increase my reading goals three times this year! According to Goodreads, I read 121 books and mangas, and then there are the 25 volumes of manga scanslations I read, so all in all, I read about 146 books and mangas, which I consider pretty good considering how I read so much less previous years due to grad school! Anyway, onto the meme!

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My Favourite Things: December 2014

My Favourite Things is a precursor to TC’s Treasures. Starting in November 2016, all My Favourite Things posts will be known as TC’s Treasures.

My Favourite Things (Original Image from Unsplash.com)

I’ve decided to do this “My Favourite Things”, a monthly meme that focuses on what I’ve been obsessed with for the past four weeks. This meme is hosted by Raisa and Eirene.

Kindle Paperwhite and Coffee

For the past month or so, I’ve been obsessed with reading The Lord of the Rings and/or The Hobbit fanfics on my first generation Kindle Paperwhite. These are epically long fics (majority of them are 100,000+ words long), and they are addicting. Super addicting. I’ve stayed up until 3:00am one day reading a fic I just couldn’t put down. Thorin Oakenshield and Bilbo Baggins are the two culprits who wouldn’t leave me alone. I don’t know what it is about these two, but they need to shut up, haha! Seriously, though, fanfics own me. And there is nothing better than getting in my cosy bed after a long day of work with a cup of coffee while I escape into the wonderful world of Middle-earth with drama, humour, and angst through well-written fanfics by fans like me.

Speaking of coffee, I also discovered coffee I actually LIKE that’s not espresso-based. I got my dad a Keurig machine for his birthday in August. Since then, he and I’ve been trying out different K-Cups brands to see which are good. I discovered that my favourite is the Green Mountain Blueberry Coffee and Newman’s Own Special Blend. The latter is really great in that it’s so flavourful to where I can drink it without adding any sweetener. I’ve got other flavour/brand to kill, but once they are gone, I’m only going to buy these two.

And that’s my two-cents for this meme! Hopefully I’ll be able to do this regularly, so I hope to see you guys next month for the January edition!