Book Schedule Month of July

Happy July, everyone!!

Can’t believe it’s been a month (at the same time, I can). The selection of book for July like June will include some romantic books as recommended by my sister 😍.

Week of July 6 – A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer

Week of July 13 – A Heart So Fierce and Broken, by Brigid Kemmerer

Week of July 20 – Heart Strings and Other Breakable Things, by Jacqueline Firkins

Week of July 27 – Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover

You may find the cover and summary of the books I’ll be reading this month below:

Week of July 6 – A Curse So Dark and Lonely, by Brigid Kemmerer

Fall in love, break the curse.

Cursed by a powerful enchantress to repeat the autumn of his eighteenth year, Prince Rhen, the heir of Emberfall, thought he could be saved easily if a girl fell for him. But that was before he turned into a vicious beast hell-bent on destruction. Before he destroyed his castle, his family, and every last shred of hope.

Nothing has ever been easy for Harper. With her father long gone, her mother dying, and her brother constantly underestimating her because of her cerebral palsy, Harper learned to be tough enough to survive. When she tries to save a stranger on the streets of Washington, DC, she’s pulled into a magical world.

Break the curse, save the kingdom.

Harper doesn’t know where she is or what to believe. A prince? A curse? A monster? As she spends time with Rhen in this enchanted land, she begins to understand what’s at stake. And as Rhen realizes Harper is not just another girl to charm, his hope comes flooding back. But powerful forces are standing against Emberfall . . . and it will take more than a broken curse to save Harper, Rhen, and his people from utter ruin

Week of July 13 – A Heart So Fierce and Broken, by Brigid Kemmerer

Find the heir, win the crown.

The curse is finally broken, but Prince Rhen of Emberfall faces darker troubles still. Rumors circulate that he is not the true heir and that forbidden magic has been unleashed in Emberfall. Although Rhen has Harper by his side, his guardsman Grey is missing, leaving more questions than answers.

Win the crown, save the kingdom.

Rumored to be the heir, Grey has been on the run since he destroyed Lilith. He has no desire to challenge Rhen–until Karis Luran once again threatens to take Emberfall by force. Her own daughter Lia Mara sees the flaws in her mother’s violent plan, but can she convince Grey to stand against Rhen, even for the good of Emberfall?

The heart-pounding, compulsively readable saga continues as loyalties are tested and new love blooms in a kingdom on the brink of war.

Week of July 20 – Heart Strings and Other Breakable Things, by Jacqueline Firkins

In this charming debut about first love and second chances, a young girl gets caught between the boy next door and a playboy. Perfect for fans of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Mansfield, Massachusetts is the last place seventeen-year-old Edie Price wants to spend her final summer before college. It’s the home of wealthy suburbanites and prima donnas like Edie’s cousins, who are determined to distract her from her mother’s death with cute boys and Cinderella-style makeovers. Edie has her own plans, and they don’t include a prince charming.

But as Edie dives into schoolwork and applying for college scholarships, she finds herself drawn to two Mansfield boys who start vying for her attention. First there’s Sebastian, Edie’s childhood friend and first love. He’s sweet and smart and . . . already has a girlfriend. Then there’s Henry, the local bad boy and all-around player. He’s totally off limits, even if his kisses are chemically addictive.

Both boys are trouble. Edie can’t help but get caught between them. Someone’s heart is going to break. Now she just has to make sure it isn’t hers.

Week of July 27 – Regretting You, by Colleen Hoover

Morgan Grant and her sixteen-year-old daughter, Clara, would like nothing more than to be nothing alike.

Morgan is determined to prevent her daughter from making the same mistakes she did. By getting pregnant and married way too young, Morgan put her own dreams on hold. Clara doesn’t want to follow in her mother’s footsteps. Her predictable mother doesn’t have a spontaneous bone in her body.

With warring personalities and conflicting goals, Morgan and Clara find it increasingly difficult to coexist. The only person who can bring peace to the household is Chris—Morgan’s husband, Clara’s father, and the family anchor. But that peace is shattered when Chris is involved in a tragic and questionable accident. The heartbreaking and long-lasting consequences will reach far beyond just Morgan and Clara.

While struggling to rebuild everything that crashed around them, Morgan finds comfort in the last person she expects to, and Clara turns to the one boy she’s been forbidden to see. With each passing day, new secrets, resentment, and misunderstandings make mother and daughter fall further apart. So far apart, it might be impossible for them to ever fall back together.

Please look forward to my review for A Curse so Dark and Lonely next week! ❤️❤️❤️

Kat

Book Review: The Problem with Forever

Happy weekend, everyone!!

The Problem with Forever marks the last book review I will be doing for June. This month I reviewed Marie Lu’s Kingdom of Back and Jennifer Armentrout’s Rage and Ruin. In another post I will share the books I will be reading for July. If you’re interested, you may read along with me or suggest books that you recommend!!

Please enjoy my review of The Problem with Forever:

Photo by GoodReads.

Mallory the protagonist of The Problem With Forever like Nannerl in Kingdom of Back struggles internally with her desires for an independent life and with expectations of reality. Mallory, abused from childhood by her adoptive parents, is reunited with her foster brother, Rider, in her last year of high school. This brings up traumatic memories and mixed emotions from the past that coincide with the obstacles she needs to face as a high school student now that she is no longer homeschooled.

My past was a part of me and it molded who I was today, but it was not the sum of who I was to become. It did not control me.

The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer Armentrout

There is plenty of conflict especially since her foster brother and childhood crush has a girlfriend who happens to be her bully. As Mallory figures out how to re-associate herself with society, making friends and trying to endure public speaking class, she slowly gains more confidence and assertiveness to care for others outside of herself. This includes friends from school, her adoptive doctor parents who lost a daughter that happened to be her age, and Rider who while he seems to have everything under control on the outside is as much of a mess on the inside.

It was me who had to carry myself over the finish line, and all I needed to remember when I felt like not trying was that that feeling wouldn’t last forever.

The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer Armentrout

Having read Rage and Ruin, not only can readers appreciate how much better Armentrout writes (in Rage and Ruin), but also how much deeper the relationships between the characters are. Mallory and Rider reacquaint themselves with how much their personalities have stayed same and how they became different in terms of their hobbies and interests. This blossoming relationship becomes the center of attention and conflict as Mallory deals with juggling high school and figuring out what she wants to do for college. Rider’s conflict is more darker and Mallory slowly figures this out as she becomes part of his life and meets his friends. Why does his foster brothers owe money and why does Rider get the wounds he does?

Being embarrassed was not forever. None of this was forever. But trying was. Living was.

The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer Armentrout

There are two reasons I enjoy this book: I align with Mallory as I feel myself to be an introvert and prefer the company of close friends and family. There were conversations such as when Mallory encourages and uplifts her friends and situations where she grows and tries to do her best that I have felt myself attuned to. The second reason is the reference to a children’s book called The Velveteen Rabbit. The reference to this story and tying themes of the rabbit wanting to be real with Mallory’s and Rider’s life after their childhood abuse is touching and moving.

Forever was knowing moments of weakness didn’t equate to an eternity of them. Forever was knowing that I was strong….Forever was simply a promise of more.

The Problem with Forever, by Jennifer Armentrout

Unforgettable read from Jennifer Armentrout. Seriously considering reading her other books! If you like my reviews I will be writing one every week.

Take care,

Kat

29June2020: Last Week of June

It’s hard to believe that it’s the last week of June.

A third of the summer already over, but thinking with a glass half full mentality, there’s still two-thirds of the summer left. What else can I do? What else can I accomplish?

Things I Accomplished this Month:

⁃ Finishing off what will be my fifth month of work (if you round up another month is almost half a year!!). To move from college graduate to working full time, I’ve made new connections and learned so much in terms of the pharmaceutical company. I’m looking forward to when I’ll be a full-fledged employee and fully part of the team once we get back onsite

⁃ On another note, hearing back schools I submitted graduate program applications to. Looks like I’ll be going back to school for my Master’s in Fall 2020 semester. My hope that the classes are online, but we will see. I’m hoping at least the school sticks to their promise to have the classes remotely after Thanksgiving Break. I’m not looking forward to school per se but I’m looking forward to start another (perhaps hectic!) new chapter of my life!

⁃ Started writing in this blog, My Dreams Are Green, again, which thankfully have been a place where I’ve wanted to write and not avoid. I can’t seem to say enough that it’s been so long since I’ve written anything down much less written anything for myself or for the sake of writing.

⁃ …as well as join a variety of social media networking sites which I’m not sure whether or not I will keep continuing (choice for another day😉)

⁃ Video chat with my boyfriend because unfortunately it’s not often that we do, but when we do, it’s my most favorite thing to do in the world to hear each other laugh and make fun of each other. To learn new things about the world and each other.

⁃ Finished a game on the switch called Celeste which show some really great cutscenes and dialogue about never giving up oneself and remembering to breathe. Highly recommend if you’re into games!!

⁃ Taking time to make conversation with family and friends and meeting all of you even if it’s just to read your posts in the morning!

Hopefully, the last bullet speaks for itself. A relatively short journal, but one I’ve wanted to write and found the time to. This late-night writing (writing this at almost 11 PM)!! Looking forward to tomorrow.

Take care,

Kat

Book Review: The Kingdom of Back

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone has been enjoying their week. For sure, my work week has been exhausting and I realize I haven’t been posting more than once a week even though I would like to post much more often… Please look forward to the other types of posts I’ll be writing that have been on my mind!

This week I will be reviewing Marie Lu’s Kingdom of Back. Last week I reviewed Rage and Ruin, Jennifer Armentrout’s second book to Storm and Fury. If you already read that and looking for another book to read, next week I’m reviewing The Problem with Forever. By then I hope to introduce a new selection of books I’ll be reading for the month of July.

For now enjoy the review of The Kingdom of Back:

Photo by GoodReads.

I wandered out of our room, awed into silence. Moonlight spilled through the windows to paint patterns on the floor. Outside, I could see the dark outlines of the Getreidegasse’s buildings asleep under the stars.

The Kingdom of Back, Marie Lu

A more magical read from Marie Lu. The Kingdom of Back portrays another female character (most of her other books such as Warcross feature a woman protagonist). Rather than saving the world from complete mind-control (Warcross), Nannerl struggles between being a child prodigy fulfilling the musical expectations of society while coming to terms with her own need for personal success and growth. Woven as a bit of historical fiction, this book follows the childhood of Mozart in the perspective of his sister, Nannerl.

His eyes were large, luminous, and wondrously blue. They glowed in the darkness and lit up his lashes. His lips were full and amused. When I looked closer, I noticed the catlike slant of his pupils.

The Kingdom of Back, Marie Lu

Her wishes to gain fame, popularity, and to be remembered as a prodigy and musical genius is heard by a magical prince named Hayacinth, who offers to make her dream come true if he helps her reclaim his throne. She visits his world filled with mystery, intrigue, and beauty unsure if it is a world that is in her dreams or in her reality that no one else sees.

In its place lay a forest thick with upside-down trees, their roots reaching up to the stars, their leaves spreading out on the ground like velvet pools. Twin moons washed the scene into ivory and blue. A faint hum lingered on the night breeze, that same perfect, enticing melody…

The Kingdom of Back, Marie Lu

The story becomes more suspenseful as jealousy for her brother, Mozart, conflicts with the love she feels as an older sister towards him. They become closer as they explore Hyacinth’s world, but what exactly is the price for Nannerl’s wish to come true is a question neither the siblings know the answer, but would risk their lives to uncover. Loved the siblings’ relationship because it reminds me of my own as I am also an older sister. When I know too well that children or siblings younger than you are curious about the world and want to know more. Other times feeling frustrated when I find that something I have learned hard to master is easily overshadowed by a better or even greater idea by those of siblings. As presented in Marie Lu’s book, the love of siblings is so great that they would risk their lives to keep the ones and protect the ones they hold dear.

Aside from the sibling relationship, the relationship between the siblings and their mother is refreshing. Despite the times when the Nannerl and Mozart are taken to Hyacinth’s world, the times when they are “back in reality” are filled with tender and caring moments with their mother. At times, also filled with Nannerl’s thoughts about why their mother doesn’t voice her true opinion to their father. Later in the book, they are moments when Nannerl gains maturity as a woman. She realizes that the times when she was a child and did not want to grow up are replaced with thoughts that it growing up means to have lived.

As a bit of a romantic, the scenes when Nannerl meets a love interest leaves the readers wanting. Compared to Warcross which was filled with moments of intimacy, The Kingdom of Back appeals to younger readers and focuses on Nannerl’s love of music and her family and what she would do to make secure each of these. What made me really happy about this book is also being a musician (violin player here) I appreciated her nuances in music, Lu’s understanding of how music is interpreted and played really made the book feel real for me. Marie Lu delivers once again with The Kingdom of Back. An extraordinary story and of course, a loyal fan.

Thanks for reading!!

Kat

Book Review: Rage and Ruin

Hi everyone,

It’s been a week since I shared that I would be reviewing Jennifer Armentrout’s second book to Storm and Fury. Please enjoy the review below, or if you are interested, you can wait another week and I will review another fantasy book by Marie Lu called The Kingdom of Back.

As I’m starting to realize, Armentrout’s books make for some good late night reading (or is it that books are good when I read them at night? 🤔). Kidding aside, my sister initially introduced me to Jennifer Armentrout’s From Blood and Ash, which was a good and delicious book in its own plot. Of course, because it’s fantasy and who doesn’t like a story with angels and demons in it?

Photo from GoodReads.

She has great character development especially concerning the main protagonist, Trinity, who grows from being a sheltered girl to one who can interdepend with others and have confidence using her angel powers, also known as her grace. Not to mention she’s a character any girl can relate or that anyone would love as a girlfriend; she loves food (cookies!!), dislikes exercise (but loves training!), and has a can-do attitude which is uplifting.

My favorite character also include Layla, a cutesy demon who I imagine wears frilly dresses and has a soft voice, but can pack a punch when she needs to. Favorite boy toy might have to be Zayne, Trinity’s love interest, because he’s sweet and his unexpected acts of kindness AND love towards Trinity makes their relationship one-of-a-kind and extremely special. As I’ve noticed also reading Armentrout’s books, a focus on romantic relationships where the thoughts and opinions of both partners are equal and consent is emphasized. It’s a small detail, but it gives the interactions authenticity as well as provide a role mode for healthy relationships.

What I liked most about Armentrout’s books was the dialogue. Several pages of the characters talking would make me realize an hour had gone by and I wanted to keep reading. How the characters interact with each other, what they say, and how they say it helps the reader have a much better picture of how Trinity and Zayne gather information to track down the Harbinger and how relationships with other characters in this book grows and transforms.

From the characters to their development, and from the plot to the dialogue, Jennifer Armentrout’s Rage and Ruin is an excellent fantasy read. Most of her books can be read out of order though there will be background that will be missing. Other than this, I read this book pretty fast (two weeks), but I found books like hers can be a serious leisure read and you can read a few chapters a night without forgetting what happened or without feeling like there was too little or too much suspense.

Looking forward to what will hopefully the satisfying conclusion of the third book when it comes out!

Thanks for reading!

Kat

Book schedule for month of June

Not only do I like writing, I also enjoy reading books. The reprieve it gives me from having to think of worrisome thoughts and being able to immerse myself in a time and place completely different from the one I’m living in. Maybe an escape, I like to think more of as a vacation.

For next week of June 15, I’ll be reading Rage and Ruin, the second book of Jennifer Armentrout’s Storm and Fury.

Below you may find the book cover and back cover summary.

Photo and book summary by GoodReads (link here).

A half human, half angel and her bonded gargoyle protector must work with demons to stop the apocalypse while avoiding falling in love. The Harbinger is coming…but who or what is it? All of humankind may fall if Trinity and Zayne can’t win the race against time as dark forces gather.

As tensions rise, they must stay close together and patrol the DC streets at night, seeking signs of the Harbinger, an entity that is killing Wardens and demons with no seeming rhyme or reason. Forbidden to be with each other, Zayne and Trinity fight their feelings and turn to unusual sources for help—the demon Roth and his cohorts. But as deaths pile up and they uncover a sinister plot involving the local high school and endangering someone dear to Zayne, Trin realizes she is being led…herded…played for some unknown end. As anger builds and feelings spiral out of control, it becomes clear that rage may be the ruin of them all.

Beautiful morning – thoughts on my writing

As always my morning was beautiful. I spent it sleeping in and reading the news (in bed, of course 😂😂😍). This is different from what everyone says about not reading news or email in the morning because it will detract you from work or from doing the work you want done. But I find that as someone who doesn’t actively search out for news during the weekday, reading the news during the weekend is a nice change. And I’ve found I’m still productive over the weekend. I don’t have regrets about how I spend my weekend. As long as it is spent with family, the people I love, and I spend time with myself doing things I love then it is perfect for me.

More brainstorming with my sister, offering ideas I think she could benefit from that could make her get more subscribers and give the world content that is interesting and is another perceptive other than their own. If you’re wondering what the ideas are…no, you cannot know until they come to existence. Perhaps you’re curious what kind of channel she has. I will only say that she’s a violinist who does covers. If you are wondering where the link to her channel is, I will only say I will not put one up yet until I’m more comfortable in front of all of you, that you are all comfortable with me, and she is confident that she would be able to play her best. I am saying this all loftily (egotistical girl that I am), but forgive me, this is my best writing.

Because I am also someone who cannot become comfortable by immediately revealing myself. I recall a conversation I had telling someone how conscious and greedy I am about my writing, my poetry. That I do not put up my work out for fear of something from it getting stolen. Imagine! They replied it was okay to be greedy and it was okay not to want to show my work. I had imagined he would have chastised me and told me to get over myself as I imagine others would have if I mentioned to them this “sentiment.” What startled me more aside from their response was even as they said this, I did want to put myself out there. I did want someone to read my work.

I was more scared of someone not reading what I had written than I was of someone stealing whatever it was that can be stolen from anything (spirit? soul? craft?). Hence, this website. Hence, my journals and thoughts tonight. Hence, what will probably come days later: if not poetry, something like poetry. If none of these, then my voice at least.

Excuse the repetition. I’m excited and frazzled tonight.

Take care,

Kat

Someone’s 25th work year anniversary

Glad it’s Friday for the obvious reason. The week was not long per se, but it was exhausting and rewarding at the same time. The week of being lead experimenter went well and I’m glad. How quickly everything seems to revert back (to when I am not the lead, but still am a contributing member of the team). Looking forward to the next time that I will be able to put another experiment together…

This morning was a virtual meeting of members of the department giving a surprise celebration for a member of the department who had been there 25 years – almost as long as I’ve been alive – which puts things into strange perspective (why strange? I will tell you in a moment). After the congratulations were made and memories shared, the member who this celebration was for was prompted to talk about their background, when they joined, and the insights they made. It was humbling to see someone admit that they are still learning. And it made me think of my own circumstances. It doesn’t matter how old I am. I have a long way to go in all things, and I understand that. I understand, too, that it’s very possible that there will be somethings I will never learn its full entirety of. Perhaps for me, it’s not realizing that I will be someone who is learning forever, but I am also someone – like others – who will never know the answer to my own questions much less everything else. I told someone it’s about accepting the things we already know to be true and he did not have any words for that. And I was speechless as well. There’s no answer for that. It just is.

Spent the day encouraging (if you can call it that) and giving my sister ideas about what she could do about her YouTube channel. She is a YouTuber and like most YouTubers, she’s trying to find ways to better entertain her subscribers and how to show them the hobbies that she enjoys. And observing, reading, watching I am inspired and want to do the same, or at least, similar. We joke though about how we give each other ideas, but end up shooting the other person’s ideas. At least I’m writing now which in my mind I have not done in many years.

Many ideas in my head right now. Hopefully some of them will make it by becoming a blog post.

Thanks for reading,

Kat

Bucket List for 2020

Looking through my journal, revising the bucket list I made earlier this year crossing things I had already done and clarifying a few…

  • Learn to speak French conversationally
  • Practice Spanish everyday until October
  • Submit poetry to five places
  • Submit a chapbook collection
  • Submit short story
  • Write a novel
  • Write a light novel
  • Learn about stargazing
  • Buy Madeline pan and bake
  • Knit black and blue scarf
  • Send poem book
  • Finish gifts and send
  • Learn to play harmonica
  • Learn piano
  • Learn guitar
  • Memorize poems by Rilke
  • Learn how to waltz
  • Cook through a cookbook
  • Learn how to sing
  • Learn how to flamenco
  • Learn how to play recorder
  • Learn 5 magic tricks
  • Learn programming
  • Submit a photo essay

xox, Kat