This or That Tag

This or that? We’ll find out in this super heated debate of a tag! 🙂


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Which Wednesday: Fairy Tale Edition

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(WARNING- In this week’s Which Wednesday, you will find: plenty of casual intergalactic bickering between Sarah and Faith. If you are not a fan, I would steer clear from those parts. Get ready for a journey through space. Blog space. It’s going to get brutal. But I assure you, it’s all friendly things.)


Fairy-tale retellings are all the rage: from Cinderella to Beauty and the Beast, every reader has (literally) read them all. The original ‘clichés’, the only thing that save these retellings are the originality of the characters and the world-building. As easy as it sounds, it’s harder than you think… how do you keep a reader’s interest if they already know the plot? In this week’s duo edition of Which Wednesday, we’re going to be comparing Cinder by Marissa Meyer and Stitching Snow by R.C. Lewis. When we first read about these two books, we couldn’t NOT compare them: they’re so similar, they’re almost twins… but not quite. Soon, you’ll find out why.

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New Year, New Beginnings!

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Hello, dear glorious readers! It’s us, Sarah and Faith at Sublime Reads  

Happy New Year! It’s been a wonderful six months since we’ve been introduced to the world of book blogging and from it, we have had so many new experiences! That being said, there’s always room for improvement. So, we’ve written down some of our goals and then by the end of 2016, we’re planning to reflect on them. You know that they say that New Year’s resolutions are never actually seen through until the end: but this year, we’re determined to accomplish these tasks, or at least try our best!

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RESOLUTION #1: Be more consistent.

S: I think that means posting to a schedule… or at least regularly. When it comes to book reviews, there are so many I want to write… but I never get around to doing them.

F: Oh stars. This one, is sometimes hard. There’s school work, then there’s extracurricular activities, then there’s parents who tell you to do stuff and trying to get an adequate amount of sleep. Time management is just a tool in life that we’ll have to master.

I should also point out that at times, I Google encouragements for motivation because when your name is Faith, often times people will tell you to “just have FAITH in yourself!” (They consequently believe that they are the most ingenious person to have ever walked on Earth… trust me. Or should I say, have faith in me. I’ve heard it more times than I’ve procrastinated.)

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RESOLUTION #2: Comment more.

S: This might just be me, but I feel really shy when commenting on other people’s blogs. It’s even worse when the posts I want to talk about are old. 😥 So this year, I want to be more outgoing and I want to participate even more XD

F: Commenting is a pretty big part of blogging because it helps give feedback and it just gives you a nice fuzzy feeling to know that people are actually reading your stuff, no matter what it is. Of course, it also helps you to engage in the blogosphere so this year, I’m going to try to read and comment more on other blogs.

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RESOLUTION #3: Carpe Diem

S: We should definitely seize any bookish opportunities in 2016. That includes going to book festivals and asking for ARCs 😉 (No ARC envy though… that’s what we’re leaving in 2015)

F: Basically, we’re going to take more initiative to just do more. More bookish things and activities. Such as updating (and remembering) our Goodreads account more and especially, our Instagram account. (Yikes, we should definitely do something about that!!)

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RESOLUTION #4 Quality, not Quantity

S: Cutting back on the books we read isn’t necessarily bad… as long as the books we read are interesting and diverse. We should probably branch out to other genres 😀

F: This is exactly what I’ve learned from book reviewing. Before, I would try to read more so that I could review more… instead, I’ve realized that reading less material doesn’t mean reviewing less. It means taking the time to review more on the books that you have read! 🙂

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RESOLUTION #5: Branch out.

S: I have yet to review a middle grade novel… or a manga. Although, I swear, that will change!

F: In terms of trees and branches, we’re practically still a sapling. Luckily for us, trees are always growing! As for me, I was thinking about reviewing the occasional Korean drama and more book-related movies and DIYs! Just a more diverse array of blog posts. (But don’t worry, we’ll focus first on the book reviews!)

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RESOLUTION #6: Find the right design for us.

S: We need to find a theme and a look that we like. And we need to figure out our aesthetic. Something with watercolours….

F: Although our blog is ever-changing, we’re going to try to find a style that suits the both of us, and one that you will also hopefully enjoy!

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RESOLUTION #7: Refine our writing.

S: While our skills, whether it be critical thinking or just English in general, have improved, there’s still a long way to go 😀

F: We’re always trying to find ways to streamline my writing. But sometimes it’s a STRUGGLE. Usually I know what I’m trying to say, but don’t know how to say it. Then, I try to find a balance between finding my own voice while generally improving my English skills. It’s a pain when you’re done and you’re still dissatisfied with your writing… I guess I’ll also have to appreciate my own work more!

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RESOLUTION #8: Give back to our followers.

S: We recently reached over a 100 followers, which is quite amazing. We really don’t deserve you guys, so thank you to everyone ❤ Your support means the world to us!

F: To be honest, it’s easy to be envious of others’ follows but I’ve really recognized that their followers exist because of their hard work and effort that they’ve put into their blogs! This year, we would just like to take the time to appreciate everything we have achieved through book blogging and it’s really thanks to you. 🙂 It never gets old seeing a nice comment or getting a new follow, which really encourages us to write more! In the future, we would love to do a giveaway… one day it will happen. Thanks for a great six months of blogging!


 

If any of our resolutions apply to you, comment below! We’d love to hear about your new goals.

We’ll see you in the new year! 🙂

Book Review: This is What Happy Looks Like

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This is What Happy Looks Like by Jennifer E. Smith

Published on April 2nd 2013 by Headline
Genre: Contemporary, romance, YA
404 pgs

Goodreads Summary:

If fate sent you an email, would you answer? 

When teenage movie star Graham Larkin accidentally sends small town girl Ellie O’Neill an email about his pet pig, the two seventeen-year-olds strike up a witty and unforgettable correspondence, discussing everything under the sun, except for their names or backgrounds.

Then Graham finds out that Ellie’s Maine hometown is the perfect location for his latest film, and he decides to take their relationship from online to in-person. But can a star as famous as Graham really start a relationship with an ordinary girl like Ellie? And why does Ellie want to avoid the media’s spotlight at all costs? Continue reading

We’re Back + Weekly (or 3 week) recap!

THIS IS THE MOMENT
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT
WE’LL FIGHT TIL IT’S OVER

So we put our hands up like we finally postin’

Hey guys! Sorry for the impromptu hiatus… doing 3 major biology assingments in the span of two weeks is not healthy. Or good for your eating habits. Or sleep. #RIPWeekofsleep. Or your friendships. Luckily, Faith and my relationship can totally stumble but make it out intact over 3 weeks of biological torture.

This is scarily accurate…

But what’s important is that we are back! We’re also trying out a new way of doing things… motivation (or blackmail, but what’s the difference, really).

So I’d like to introduce our first ever weekly recap!
Since me and Faith read at different speeds, and review at different rates, we will post individual, weekly posts, summarizing what we have read in a week, and indicating what books we will review. We sometimes find we read books that are hard to review (the books that are neither good nor bad, but don’t really stand out either… you know what I’m talking about 😉 )

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WORD ON THE STREET – 2015

Word on the Street is a yearly festival held in Toronto and other cities in Ontario. Books, publishers, authors and readers all get to meet and participate in book related things. We went for the first time, to see the sights and sounds in our awesome city.

The weather was pretty great and it was by the harbor so it was nice. Quite a decent number of people went actually and it was a fantastical experience and I loved the atmosphere so I’d probably go again!

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#thesix “Runnin’ through The 6 with my woes/You know how that should go.”

We met up and then wandered around for an hour or so, looking at all the books we wanted to read and everything we couldn’t afford. 😀 We managed to score some sweet pins though:

We also got our first “arc”, which we photographed on Lake Ontario:

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Colouring books are coming back in style! And isn’t Lake Ontario so beautiful? #firstarc #wemadeit #goals #wearetotallyjk

We basically wandered around until the events we were interested in started.

The first thing we went to was a spoken word showcase by BAM! Toronto Youth Poetry Slam team. It was pretty awesome. There were so many cool spoken word recitals ~ and a lot of them dealt with sensitive topics. The performers were really brave because you could tell, they weren’t reciting any story, they were retelling their story.

There was a poem that wished the best of luck and understanding to its listeners, a poem that really questioned whether Martin Luther King Jr would have been happy to see the world now, if he was ‘OK’ with being killed, a poem that detailed the struggle of living life without being able to break the cycle and stop dreaming, and a poem that manifested because the loses of cancer, alcoholism and much more,

They were all really touching, and we learned new things (did you know that during a poetry recitation, you never clap during the recitation, but you can snap and stomp your feet? It was a refreshing way of getting involved. Check them out because they are totally blew us away: if you are feeling generous, go to their Indiegogo and donate!

We later went to see Eve Silver (author of the Rush Trilogy), Erin Bow (The Scorpion Rules) and Kate Blair (Transferral). They were discussing the politics of their parallel worlds (hello, session title), and it was moderated by Evan Monday, an author that Sarah looooves (when she realized who the vaguely familiar dude was she had a mini freak out). Faith was freaking out over Eve Silver so in the end it was all ok.

Ok as in no major embarrassment. Phew!

It was really interesting seeing the authors talk about all the similar thought processes as well as the different ideas that went into all of their books. Their books were a refreshing take on the ‘dystopian’ or ‘future technology’ genre in YA books. We can’t wait until Transferral comes out (October 24th, by the way).

F: It was just so cool for me because I’ve never been to any type of author meetup so to me, it felt partially surreal because I think I just imagine authors writing books with some sort of alien sorcery concocting mystical stories in their offices. It just doesn’t seem real to me that they can possibly be normal AND write good, you know?

We met a few of our other friends (totally by coincidence) and our tbr list grew by a ginormous amount. We keep doing this to ourselves, and it isn’t healthy (But the only other option is book withdrawal 😀 )


Faith also took a bunch of great pictures, so here they are 😀

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We also found an awesome store that was reppin’ Toronto:

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These are totally TO-centric, and we loved looking through the tent Spacing set up. We are so going to get a library passport and visit every library in our city 😀

~Sarah & Faith

Walk like an Egyptian…

Hey guys 😀

I’ve got exciting news~ I’m going to Egypt!

AND ON AN AIRPLANE!

I’m gonna eat some awesome food…

And go visit my cousins…

Not to mention shopping!

But did I mention AIRPLANES?!?

I just found this really funny.

LOOK AT THIS BEAUTIFUL PICTURE:

Life goal #55 : take a picture as pretty as this on an airplane.

AND THIS GIF:

Though honestly, I’m probably not gonna get the window seat 😥

Ok, so I might be a little obsessed with airplanes (fun fact: when I was little, I went around telling everyone I was going to be a pilot when I grew up). I’m planning on doing travel logs and taking a lot of pictures ~ so if you have any topic requests, I’ll see what I can do.

😀 Sarah