Bookstagram or Book Blogging?

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The title really sums up what I’ve been wondering for some time. It’s no secret that I recently dived into the bookstagram (book-Instagram for those of you who are unaware) community and I won’t lie – I’m loving it. So much that I’ve considered quitting blogging entirely and jumping ship.

I’m not leaving, of course. Sorry, you’re just going to have to deal with me for the time being. ;)

But I won’t ignore the fact that I did consider it and it led me to wonder why I didn’t drop the thought like a hot potato and instead explored every ridge and bump on that potato. For one, bookstagramming makes me incredibly happy. There’s the thrill of finding a spot with suitable lighting, arranging everything in a hundred different ways, taking at least three shots per angle, selecting the best picture, editing, and finally posting it with a fun caption. And I love every step of it. (You can click on any of the pictures below taken by me and be redirected to my Instagram account, @adeliscray!) (UPDATE: my bookstagram account is now @apageofheaven. @adeliscray is my normal account and there’ll probably still be bookish pictures posted but probably not as spectacular as my bookstagram since I’m mixing them in of pictures from my life too. You can follow one or both if you want, haha!)

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Review: I’ll Meet You There by Heather Demetrios

Published February 3, 2015 · Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

If seventeen-year-old Skylar Evans were a typical Creek View girl, her future would involve a double-wide trailer, a baby on her hip, and the graveyard shift at Taco Bell. But after graduation, the only thing standing between straightedge Skylar and art school are three minimum-wage months of summer. Skylar can taste the freedom—that is, until her mother loses her job and everything starts coming apart. Torn between her dreams and the people she loves, Skylar realizes everything she’s ever worked for is on the line.

Nineteen-year-old Josh Mitchell had a different ticket out of Creek View: the Marines. But after his leg is blown off in Afghanistan, he returns home, a shell of the cocksure boy he used to be. What brings Skylar and Josh together is working at the Paradise—a quirky motel off California’s dusty Highway 99. Despite their differences, their shared isolation turns into an unexpected friendship and soon, something deeper.

Rating: ★★★★

The setting of I’ll Meet You There couldn’t be any more different from my life. Living in a town so small it could barely be called one is worlds apart from life in a metropolitan city and truth be told, I was a little concerned about whether I could picture everything well in my head. I discovered later it had all been needless worrying because Heather Demetrios flawlessly transported me to the hot and lazy town of Creek View.

Despite reading numerous reviews lauding I’ll Meet You There, I was still surprised by how much I had enjoyed it. Somehow, Skylar and Josh’s story was so full of life and wonder despite the sleepy and seemingly lifeless setting; not what I had expected.

“It was like the whole town was swimming in failure, but no one realized they were drowning.”
– p17

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Halfway to Graduation! (August Wrap-Up)


August has been an insane month what with JZ’s 18th birthday, SG50 (the country we live in, Singapore, just turned 50 years old, for those who are wondering), finishing up our third semester in polytechnic and barely getting any reading – or blogging – done. Thankfully, the holidays have finally started, meaning I can laze around and do nothing for the next 1.5 months. Just kidding! It’s time to catch up on my horrendous review backlog (which I’m actually excited for since I’ve read so many good books) and… well, I’ll leave the rest of my holiday schedule to the Daddy up there.

We’re Halfway done with Poly! Wait… What?!

Adelena: I swear it still felt like yesterday when I first walked into Ngee Ann Polytechnic as an impressionable, hopeful, and thrilled freshman. I was so excited for the future and everything in store! Now? I’m still looking forward and impatient for everything to come but my definition of “future” isn’t the rest of my days spent in poly anymore, instead it’s everything coming after graduation. Which is still 1.5 years away, mind you.

Cliché as it may be, I’ve definitely learned a lot in the past three semesters and met numerous new people. However, it all felt like a stepping stone since I do have my entire life ahead. Here’s to the second half of my adventures in poly and one step closer to university/the mission field/God’s awesome plan for my life!

JZ: It’s insane how half my poly life is gone. Everything’s happening all to quickly and I feel like I’m not old enough to be a Year 2 student. The future can be scary but I’m growing more daring and confident to inch out of my comfort zone and try new things (be it wearing my hair differently or starting on a new story idea). Maybe one day I’ll be able to dive headfirst into crazy adventures! Continue reading “Halfway to Graduation! (August Wrap-Up)”