Saturday, July 19, 2014

Workout Pep Talk! (Motivation, yeah! :P )

We all have lazy days and sometimes I feel lazy more often than I would like. To be more motivated to exercise and go outside, the important thing is to make working out a habit, something that you do daily or very often, so that your body gets used to it. Create a routine that you do daily, so you can stick to it. You'll notice yourself flying through your routine faster by the day and feel less and less tired, which shows improvement. My routine consists of lunges, squat, sit ups, and then either running, biking, or swimming.

Once you start, you won't want to stop! Healthy is a lifestyle that you have to live. It's a commitment, but when you're older, you're going to appreciate that you spent time of your day to exercise. I'm sure you'll want to pat your younger self on the back (not possible, but this is just metaphorical:P ) for making good decisions!
~Catherine

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What I'm Currently Reading!

Hello! I recently went to the library and I borrowed a LOT of books:P I've been reading a lot of quick, contemporary romance novels, but now I'm in the mood for dystopian, sci-fi, apocalyptic, and mystery books, so I borrowed mostly those genres. 
Here is the list of books: (Btw you can CLICK the TITLES of the books to go directly to its Goodreads page!)

The 5th Wave by Rick Yancey: I've heard super great reviews and I'm so excited to be thrown into a dystopian, sci-fi, apocalyptic world. I also wanted to read this book because I know there's going to be a movie based on this novel sometime in the future and I want to read it before that happens.

The Rules by Stacey Kade: I read the little plot summary on Goodreads and it sounded like the type of book I would just fly through and really enjoy. But unfortunately, it was not as good as I expected it to be. Click HERE to read my short review.

Catch a Falling Star by Kim Culbertson: Hollywood teenage star needs a girlfriend for publicity, so who does he offer the role to? A small town girl who needs the money, but doesn't really care about the rest. I actually finished this book already and it was mehhh. This book was very predictable and nothing extremely climatic and interesting happened. To see more of my thoughts, click HERE for my Goodreads review.

Dark Star by Bethany Frenette: Already read this and it was AWESOME! Click HERE for the review on this blog if you haven't seen it already.

Perfect Ruin by Lauren DeStefano: This novel takes place in a fantasy world and it seems very different. I'm not sure what to expect, but I hope it's good.

The Rules for Disappearing by Ashley Eston: This is a contemporary, mystery, romance, thriller novel. I hope this will be suspenseful! From the little blurb on Goodreads, it seems like this novel is very romance heavy, but I hope that it will be balanced out with the mystery.

Doon by Carey Corp and Lorie Langdon: This book has an interesting plot, but it has very mixed reviews. I have a feeling that this book is going to be too immature for my taste, but I'm going to try this series out. This will most likely be one of the last books I read from my huge stack:P

The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith: What can I say? I'm a sucker for cute book covers. I have read What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith, and despite some people's high reviews, I really did not enjoy it. But this book has a higher star rating, so I'm going to give it a chance. Hopefully it won't be too unrealistic like the other one.

Delirium by Lauren Oliver: Ahhhh this book...so this has gotten very good reviews and even Veronica Roth said it's good, but I'm around a hundred pages in and I don't feel a connection to the characters. I hope the story gets more interesting. Also as a side note, I watched like half of the Delirium Pilot that was just released; it was bad... And now I can't stop picturing Emma Roberts as Lena, which is not a good thing. Anyways, I will be finishing this and I will definitely do a review (just because I don't think my expectations will be reached with this novel, but I may be proven wrong(: ).

The Things They Carried by Tim O' Brien: This is a summer reading novel for my AP Lit class. I'm looking forward to it though because I think it will  be much better than the other books I've read for my English classes. Reading about the Vietnam War will be interesting.

Savage Drift by Emmy Laybourne: I'll probably fly through this book in a couple hours. This is the third book in the Monument 14 series; the first and second book were alright, but I'm hoping this will be better. The overall story plot is very unique and sometimes I like thinking 'What if I was trapped in a grocery store with my friends, while the rest of the world was under chaos?'. We would definitely survive better than the kids in the story:P

Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs: Well this will be interesting...I'm sure this book will be as creepy and mysterious as it seems.

In the After by Demitria Lunetta: I will NOT be reading this in the dark:P haha According to Goodreads, this is a science fiction, adventure, horror, zombie novel. Very cool (:

All Our Yesterdays by Cristin Terrill: I was so captivated by the plot blurb. It seems like a very emotional, mystery filled sci-fi romance novel. However, I have a bad feeling that the ending may be a sad cliffhanger, so I'm trying to read this book slowly and not get attached to the characters (which probably won't work:P).

Second Chance Summer by Morgan Matson: Remember when I said, in the beginning of this post, that I was on a contemporary romance kick? Well, I haven't this yet, but I'm looking forward to! I hope it will be ah-dorabllleeee!

The Book of Broken Hearts by Sarah Ockler: Another contemporary romance! Yayyyy!:)

Taken by Erin Bowman: A book about boys mysteriously disappearing? I sense an adventure! (and romance and dystopian-ness)

And that is it! Phew that took a really long time:P but thanks for sticking through this LONG post. Maybe you got some book recommendations?:) Thanks so much for reading, and see you next time!
~Catherine

Sunday, July 13, 2014

Book Review: Dark Star by Bethany Frenette

Before I get started with my review, a basic introduction: Dark Star is the first book in the Dark Star trilogy. The second book came out in Feb of this year and the final book will be released sometime next year. 

           I looked at other reviews of this book on Goodreads and a lot of people didn't seem to enjoy it as much as I did, but I think that this novel is underrated. It is fast-paced and mysterious, which really captivated my attention right the second I started reading. It was very interesting and I didn't have any major problems with it. 
          There are so many wonderful things about this book. The writing is very easy to follow. Mystery is a huge aspect, which kept the book thrilling, and it's very well developed. The plot twists are unexpected and surprising (at least for me:P), but they all made sense. The solutions to mysteries should be logical with no loopholes and Bethany Frenette did a great job at that. While this is considered a superhero book, it really isn't a stereotypical superhero book. There aren't superheroes running around the city in capes, trying to fight of murderers and save everyone in distress. Magic and powers play a big role in the novel, but there are also demons and a fantasy world. 
          I liked that there is a very realistic edge to this novel, as realistic as a paranormal fantasy book can be:P. The characters are believable with their own unique personalities. Audrey, the main character is stubborn, curious, persistent, caring, smart, and also a bit stupid at times. The romance between Audrey and Leon is funny, adorable, and I love them together, but I'm not REALLY invested in their relationship. This is because I feel that I don't fully understand Leon as a person, and I want to be able to (like I did with my favorite characters in my favorite books). 
         As much as I love this book, I feel that it lacks some little things that I like in a good book. I think the author could've made the writing more sophisticated and beautiful. The beginning dragged a little bit. The ending is nice and climatic, but there wasn't a cliffhanger and I wasn't left with a feeling of wanting more. Of course I'm definitely going to read the rest of this trilogy and I'm very excited to, but I'm not as excited as after I read Divergent or Rebel Belle. Speaking of Rebel Belle, I feel like it is a good comparison to this Dark Star. They are both fantasy and paranormal with some mystery and romance, but I think Rachel Hawkins did a better job at creating the character relationship in Rebel Belle with Harper and David than Bethany Frenette did with Audrey and Leon. However, overall I would definitely recommend Dark Star to anyone who likes paranormal books. It was unique, fast-paced, fun, and very interesting. I have high hopes for the second book because I think that it will be better than this first one! 

My shortened book review on Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/870990702

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

❀Fashion Focus❀: Guide to Trendy Food Print Clothing!

Hello,
Today I am here with a fashion post! Since the beginning of summer, I've noticed a lot of food themed clothing in fashion magazines and on YouTube. Although some designs can be overwhelming and look obnoxious, I feel that certain food print pieces are just adorable! 

I'm going to start off with the SWEETS!
1. Donut Nail Wraps-  Francesca’s, $10
    If you're a sucker for sweets and not bold enough to wear a large donut design on your top, these nail wraps are a great way to rock this food print trend! They are very adorable and unique. Everyone will be complimenting your nails(: 
2. Donut Tank-  Beloved Shirts, $35 (currently on sale for $29)
    If you like donuts, why not wear them on your shirt? Simply paired with shorts and sandals, this top will make your outfit casual and cute!
3. Ice Cream Socks-  Forever 21, $1.50
    Who doesn't like ice cream?(:
4. Popsicle Socks-  Forever 21, $1.50
    Yummm. How much cuter can socks get? Plus, the teal is such a nice pop of color!

Now, onto FRUITS!
5. Watermelon Print Romper-  Asos, $49.54 (currently on sale for $28.58)
    Rompers are a DEFINITE summer must-have, and with a subtle watermelon print, this romper is just ah-dorabllleee! Rompers are so easy and fun to wear (all you have to do is put on a pair of shoes and walk out the door).
6. Strawberry Socks-  Forever 21, $1.50
    Strawberries are sweet, and these socks are sweet-er! (Yeah, I couldn't think of anything to say for these socks. But aren't they just soo cute?) :)
7. Lemon Print Skort-  Topshop, $68
    If you're not feeling bold enough to wear a bright, in-your-face food print top, this skort is perfect for you. The colors in the print are soft and toned down, so this skort (skirt + shorts) is great for a casual summer party or a semi-casual event. 
8. Cherry Dress-  ModCloth, $64.99
    Cherries are just so much fun to look at (and eat); add them to a dress, and you have a super girly and trendy fashion piece! 

And last but not least, SAVORY + DRINKS!
9. Pizza Tank-  Beloved Shirts, $35 (currently on sale for $29)
    I don't think I know a single person who doesn't like pizza...
10. Fast Food Shirt-  PacSun, $50
      Fast food is yummy, but what's better is WEARING fast food (because you won't have to worry about gaining calores:P ).
11. Coffee Crop Top-  Beloved Shirts, $35 (currently on sale for $29)
    This is the only drinks print shirt that I could find. I'm not a big fan of coffee, but I still think this design is unique and interesting to look at.

I'm sure getting a little bit hungry after looking at all these food print clothing. I really want to get my hands on the watermelon romper and the donut tank!(: Please let me know which tops you like the most from the pics in this post!

~Catherine

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Book Emotions Challenge/Tag!

Hi! I was inspired by my friend, who is currently doing a book picture challenge on Instagram, so I thought I’d do one too, except on this blog. I created my own short challenge, and if you'd like, you should do this too!
And that's it!(: I hope you enjoyed reading this post, and maybe you found some book recommendations. 
(Btw I took all of the book pictures, except for four of them (that I don't own), so I found those cover pics off Google Images!)
~Catherine