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Monday, 11 March 2019

FEBRUARY READING WRAP UP


Hye qtpies
It’s almost in the mid of March but hey I’m still going to do my February reading wrap up. It’s unbelievable how quickly this month has flown by and surprisingly I did better than in January! For this month, I’ve read a mixture of physical books and ebooks. Before this, I’m not a fan of ebooks because well for the ultimate reason, I really love the feeling of holding a book in my hands and the satisfaction of smelling the scent of each of the papers. It feels very rewarding the moment I flipped through the pages.  I guess that’s also the reason why the majority of us like to read books way back before ebooks did exist. I don’t have a particular reason why I finally decided to read ebook but I guess I want to experience and understand the hypes going on with the ebook. I have to agree that it’s very convenient and practical as I don’t have to tag along my book everywhere I go. One thing I love the most is because it is cheaper than physical books. I save more by buying ebooks. But if I have to choose, I am definitely on the physical books side. Back to reading, I managed to read a total of six books and I’m really proud of it. Here we go!


The Sun and Her Flowers by Rupi Kaur  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I really liked her poem, it’s empowering and beautiful. She’s able to constructs words precisely what most people have been through and makes it sounds so real. Even though I can’t relate to all of it, there’s a lot that really touched my heart and evoke emotion.

Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav ⭐⭐⭐
I enjoyed it but it’s not like I’m obsessed with it. Personally, I found that the ending was better than the beginning. It’s easy to read and flows superbly. This book proved me wrong in the most doubting way because at the end I felt that this book was just okay and not what I’ve expected.

Always, and Forever Lara Jean by Jenny Han  ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is so amazing. It kept me engaged and the story is good enough that it intrigued me to continue on finishing the book. Something about this book filled a void in my soul as reading this really made me happy. The characters’ development is impressive especially Lara Jean and Peter since the first book. They are both getting better and have grown up so much. Lara Jean and her family do have a special place in my heart. Peter in this book is really good and definitely the best boyfriend ever. He is perfect in the realest sense. This book is the best among the three in the series mostly because everything is finally come together but I do in an urge to read more about our sweet guy, John Ambrose McClaren. The ending is flawless and cute when Peter tells her the first time ever he saw her. 

Twisted Summer by Willo Davis Roberts  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book was slow to begin but by the end it was a pretty good book. Not many people enjoy it but I certainly find the story is interesting. It was a quick read and a really predictable one too actually. 

Lullabies by Lang Leav  ⭐⭐⭐⭐
This one is better than the first book as it has more quality poems. I was absolutely dissolved in the words she’s written. However, there’s still inexplicable moment where I found that some of the poems are expressionless but it’s still a good read.

The Hazel Wood by Mellisa Albert   ⭐⭐⭐
Fuh! This one is tough. I’m not sure what to feel about this book. Part of me did enjoy it but another part is just wondering whether to love it or hate it. The magic in the story is quite questionable. The world is confusing. Not many of the characters stand out and are just blend. I give it 3 stars just because I do think that the idea of the story is appealing even I didn’t get the best experience I possibly could out of it. 

It’s an end now. Hope you’re staying warm and have a great day. 

Lots of love.

Monday, 4 February 2019

JANUARY READING WRAP UP

Hey qtpie 

As you can read from the title, in today's post  I want to talk about the books that I read in the month of January. It's not that much but 3 books are not so bad. Even though it's a low number, all of it are so great and really my cup of tea. I'm currently in my semester break which is supposed to left for lots of great reading time, but it's not going really well as I've to complete my final year project throughout the break. Yeay, new year, new hope. I'm going to graduate at the end of this year ;)

Now, onto the books!


A Thousand Perfect Notes by C.G. Drews  ( đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ )

I  actually have posted the review for this book. I'm so glad I did pick up this book because I really connect well with it. The story is so gripping, so perfect and the twists and turns gave me so many feelings. I believe this book is not for everyone especially who's experienced mental and physical abuse. The story is tragic, it feels so real and is very well done.




P.S I Still Love You by Jenny Han  ( đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ )

I had a lot of high expectations and a lot of hype going into this book because so many people love this book so much. Overall, I really did enjoy the book. It was really a fast read and the plot really kept me going.  What I really love the most was Lara Jeans's family. They were so heartwarming, very welcoming and I can feel their love and compassion. I would do anything to have a very sweet and honest relationship between my siblings just like the Song girls sisterhood. I guess, I prefer the first book more than this one. Why Lara Jean, why?? You can't be in love with two boys at once ....






Chomp by Carl Hiaasen  ( đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹ đŸĻ‹  )
I was hesitant to try this and  really worried that I wouldn't enjoy it because this is the very first book I've ever read about animals. I was really indecisive at first whether or not to put this on my TBR list because I really didn't want to ruin my reading mood. Surprisingly, I did fall head over heels in love with this one. I liked the writing and I thought the characters are all very unique and very different from a lot of characters that I've read about before. The story line is very informative as I learned a lot about different kind of animals and plants. It was an easy read and highly entertaining.It was very enjoyable and I ended up giving this one a high rating. 


Lots of love.

Saturday, 19 January 2019

BOOK REVIEW: A THOUSAND PERFECT NOTES



Author: C.G. Drews
Released: June 2018
Pages: 282
Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

As a reader, once I picked up a new book to read, I always anticipate to benefit something in some way especially in helping me to grow as a person. It's very amazing how we can live a thousand lives just through pages of book. So, I'm really intrigue that this book kind of had an impact on me and it surely have a special place in my heart. Most of the events that happened in the book are not really happening in my real life but I find the story is  connectable somehow. But, I think this book could be improved since I'm not really a fan of the third person point of view.

This book follows Beck and her little sister, Joey as they try to survive and just live their brutal and conflict life without minding other people's business. Specifically for Beck, everyday is a winding road. Bound by the fact that he is the firstborn of Ida Magdalena Keverich, a well known German pianist, he is demanded to be like her mother. Forced to play every notes with perfection hour after hour and day after day, Beck suffers a lot of mental and physical abuse. His mind and heart revolt to let his own music out as he is meant to be a composer, but he didn't do anything. He has to follow orders so that Joey, his pillar strength will never be harmed by their monstrous mother. Every day he reluctantly plays the same song until destiny brings him and August together. His heart starts to beat differently, full of hope and love.

The story is depressing making my heart aches but I absolutely adore this book. It is well written and it feel so real. One thing that really bother me is that at some point of the story I feel sick how no one ever come to their house to offer help  because obviously if you're living in a neighborhood, you can easily sense something's wrong in any household. But maybe, it's the social stigma that it's better for people to get out of trouble by not meddling with other's concerns or problems. I admire Beck for his courage and determination. Even he hates her mother, her music, he still practices hard and ought not to make any mistakes. One wrong note can mess up an entire performance and he's so tired of his mother insults for not being perfect. I learn that all that Beck wants is that her mother to recognize and appreciate his efforts.  And most importantly to realize that he's not a disappointment to her, that he tried his best. I believe that when we do something, even if we failed, being acknowledged makes every hard work that we put so worthy. So. it's not wrong for us to be kind by congratulating or respect other's achievement or even an attempt to be something. Despite having a broken and empty soul, he's still a loving and protective brother to his sister. It's very heartbreaking to deal with the parts where their mother dare to unleash her anger by hitting her favorite daughter and Beck reliably come to the rescue and switch the place for Joey. Beck personality just got to me and didn't let me go once I started reading. Anyway, being a mother does not give you a ticket to hit your children. I feel sorry for both of them as I know all the pains, the beating will be seared into their memories forever. It will be hard for them to forgive or even love her after the tragic incident that happened at the end of the story. No matter how many times they tell themselves or try to believe that their mother loves them, there will always be a time where they will fantasize that their mother would die. I learn that you can't control things to happen our way. You can't oblige your kids into something they don't want to do and bear in mind that passion is not born from perfection. I really love how the writer portrayed August as the wacky and cheerful girl that sparks Becky to stand up against her mother and be true to himself. It's very nice to see how inspiring she is to Beck's life. It's nice to know that we are the reason to someone's happiness right ;')

I highly recommend this book!



'Sharing music is personal because music speaks, it feels, it breathes. 
And it always says something about you.' - C.G. Drews, A Thousand Perfect Notes


Lots of love.





Monday, 8 October 2018

SEPTEMBER READING WRAP UP

 New month, new beginning and I really hope that this October will be a great deal for me to read more books. September went by very fast and I didn`t read much at all and I was kinda expected this actually.  I registered back to my university on the 11th of September and since then I was so busy with classes. meetings and of course my final year project. This last two semester will be hectic and I really wish that I will never ever neglect any reading. But still I managed to finish 3 books which is still okay la hehe. Without further ado, let’s just get into it!

The Rocky Road Trip of Lydia Goldblatt & Julie Graham-Chang
(The Popularity Papers #4)
Amy Ignatow
⭐⭐⭐
I have a love and hate relationship with the story. It`s fun, the graphic is entertaining and the dialogue back and forth between Lydia and Julie, in journal form, is written well. But maybe the fact that Julie`s Dad divorced with her mother just bcs to be in a relationship with another man a bit bothering me.


WuMo: Something Is Wrong
Mikael Wulff, Anders Morgenthaler
⭐⭐⭐⭐
All of the illustrations are very precise and agreeable. It just that I have a slight problem in understanding some parts of the books. The humor is there but I just don't really get it. 




Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood and The Story of a Return
Marjane Satrapi
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
This book is so perfect. I really enjoy her experiences, the historical events and some are relatable especially about the personal battles between traditional and modern values, but I think it's a bit misleading about Muslim and Islam. In the story, Islam is portrayed like a very bad religion but in fact it is totally oppose it. I think the reason is bcs they are holding on to Syiah which in Malaysia our belief is Sunnah Wal Jamaah.

Lots of Love!

Thursday, 6 September 2018

AUGUST READING WRAP UP

TOTAL BOOKS READ: 14

August was quite the month of reading for me. I never expected this as so far I only managed to read around 3-5 books per month. This is a huge accomplishment. I believe the reason behind this was because I bought so many books at that time and on this account alone my mom was nagging at me for buying rather than reading.
But then, I realized that I should be reading more because in the middle of September I need to go back to UKM. I was pretty sure that there's not much reading can be done while I was there.
So, 14 books are just perfect and I'm so proud of myself.
Without further do, let's jump straight to what I read and reviewed on August.
 * Most are children books hehe

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Ariol #1:Just A Donkey Like You and Me
Emmanuel Guibert, Marc Boutavant (Illustrations)
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Ariol #5: Bizzbilla Hits the Bullseye
Emmanuel Guibert, Marc Boutavant (Illustrations)
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟









Bad Babysitter
(Babymouse #9)






Monster Mash
(Babymouse #19) 🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌟







Tales from a Not-So-Friendly Frenemy
(Dork Diaries #11)
Rachel Ren
🌟🌟🌟🌟 🌟








The Flying Beaver Brothers and the Mud-Slinging Moles
Maxwell Eaton III
🌟🌟🌟🌟

The Flying Beaver Brothers: Birds vs. Bunnies
Maxwell Eaton III
 đŸŒŸđŸŒŸđŸŒŸđŸŒŸ








Finding Audrey
Sophie Kinsella
🌟🌟🌟🌟
Don't Roll Your Eyes At Me, Young Man!
(Zits Sketchbook #3)
Jerry Scott,
🌟🌟🌟🌟
Oh my God I love this comic strip. It's a very enjoyable light read.







More Peanuts
Charles M. Schuls
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟








Doctor Proctor Who Cut The Cheese?
Jo Nesbo, Mike Lowery (Illustrations)
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟








Ariol #4: A Beautiful Cow
Emmanuel Guibert, Marc Boutavant (Illustrations)
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟








 Oh, Brother! Brat Attack!
  Bob Weber, Jay Stephens (Illustrations)
  🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
I super love this one. The sibling rivalry between Lily and Bud is relatable as many of the interactions can be recognize from our own lives. Apart from it is hilarious I kinda wonder how their parents are never portrayed and if I think critically it just doesn't makes sense. But as for a fun read, it's worth it.



Monday, 6 August 2018

BEAUTY REVIEW | THE ORDINARY NIACINAMIDE 10% + ZINC 1%

Hey qtpies!




Today I'm back with another review and basically I've been using it religiously for almost 2 months and it works wonder on my face.
Right before Eid Mubarak, I was having a serious breakout and luckily the acne soothed down and I gave it a shot to help me repair back my skin texture and to control the sebum production.

If you're not aware, it is a water - based serum that contains Niacinamide (B3) and Zinc. The formulation is oil-free, alcohol-free and siliicone-free. It is expected to reduce the appearance of blemishes, redness, enlarged pores, uneven tone and oily skin.
Moreover, it also promotes clearer, brighter, and smoother skin while balancing sebum production.

I don't develop any sensitivity towards the ingredients. I have a dry and sensitive skin. I love it so much because I don't feel any itchiness and there's no redness appears upon applying it. Some had issues with it causing breakouts but luckily I'm excluded. The noticeable differences after weeks using it was that my skin became more smoother and radiant, It also makes my face glow even if I don't use any highlighters by that time. It does boosts skin's immunity and improves skin retention. For the first two weeks, I used it twice daily but afterwards I use it once daily and it is either in the morning or night. The packaging is simple and hygienic as it is in a bottle with a dropper.

However, I'm slightly not liking it because once you apply moisturiser on top of the serum, the product tends to form white smudges. But it's okay because all you need to do is to pat the product instead of rubbing it. One more thing is that, the product tend to dry and clump around the mouth of the bottle. 

Overall, my skin has been loving it. It is a hero for being sensitive skin approved. If you want to give it a try, important to remember to not use it along with pure Vitamin C products as it claims that they can cancel out each other effectiveness. Hope this review helps you and even it works well on me, it does not promise you the same thing. You need to try it yourself.

Lots of Love.

Tuesday, 3 July 2018

BEAUTY REVIEW; ORGANIC AID VITAMIN E MOISTURIZING CREAM

Product: Organic Aid Vitamin E Moisturizing Cream

Hey qtpies ♥️

I finally been able to share with you guys my experience after using this moisturizing cream for a month ++. I bought this at Watson during the sale for only RM16++ (I can't recall the exact price)
The reason I bought this was because i've heard of many good reviews and since my skin concern was dullness and acne scars, I deeply trust that it might help me.



Ingredients:
Deionized Water, Glycerol Monostearate, Propylene Glycol Monostearate, Diglycol Stearate,  Triethanolamine, Hydrolyzed Amino Acids, d-Alpha Tocopheryl, Methyl Paraben, Propyl Paraben, Quaternium 15, Fragrance 

So the product claims that it contains Vitamin E to promote and maintain a healthy, radiant complexion. It also has Amino aids used to help restore nutrients to rough skin. Moreover, the formula includes natural emollients for added softness, plus moisture-replenishing humectants to protect against the sun and wind. 


The packaging is a bit no as i find the inner cover is not very efficient. There's leakage going on and the cream is wasted. But i like the jar because it is very light and will not cause much burden for traveling. 



As for me, after applying a layer onto my face, it is quite sticky but it absorbs pretty well afterwards. It feels very smooth and silky. It hydrates and moisturizes very well without leaving any trace of greasy. Initially, I'm not a fan of it as it feels a bit heavy and the cream needs to be massaged a little bit longer as the texture is literally thick. It does gives my skin an extra boost as i notice my radiant skin and a few mild acne scars did fade away even it's not that obvious. However, at some point i aware that it tends to make my face a little too oily. My skin type is normal so this kinda bothersome. I will apply only a small amount of the cream just to prevent this. 

So far so good as i had not experienced any break outs so it's definitely worth buying! I'm not very sure if i gonna repurchase as i would try to find another moisturizer that will not turns my face oily after a while using it. 

Lots of Love