#fivefingerstack Book Challenge

Thumb: A book I gave a thumbs up to -Salt To The Sea

Index Finger: A book I always recommend
– The Mysterious Benedict Society ( I would originally The Book Thief but I let a friend borrow my copy)

Middle Finger: A book I didn’t like
– Where’d You Go, Bernadette (DNF for the 2nd time but will try again. 3rd time’s a charm right?)

Ring Finger: A character you’d marry
– Ove…. when he was young of course 😝

Pinky Finger: A book I promised to read
– Moby Dick

Tagged by: @alwayswithabookinmyhand

Tagging: anyone else that wants to join


“She laughed when there was no joke. She danced when there was no music. She had no friends, yet she was the friendliest person in school. In her answers in class, she often spoke of sea horses and stars, but she did not know what a football was… She was elusive. She was today. She was tomorrow. She was the faintest scent of a cactus flower, the flitting shadow of an elf owl. We did not know what to make of her. In our minds we tried to pin her to a cork board like a butterfly, but the pin merely went through and away she flew.”

– Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl

You know the type of stories that take hold of your hand and pull you right in? It is as if it is saying, “Yes, yes, I know who you are. Come in, come in, settle down, make yourself comfortable.” And as soon as you start, it’s as if you were there all along, all cozied up. Stargirl is that type of story. As soon as I knocked on its door, I just couldn’t stop. Just one more chapter. The character of Stargirl is one my favorite characters. She’s always out there, being our inner us. Dancing in the rain during school hours, singing Happy Birthday songs during lunch hour, cheering for the opposite team during games or even caring when someone from the opposite team gets hurt. She shows that she is just a human being. Her caring nature shines through so much that she does not see that there are “social rules” that everyone follows. To be honest, she reminds me of Luna Lovegood from Harry Potter. Luna also didn’t have a lot of friends because everyone thought that she was so out there, but those that took the time to understand her, became some of her closest and dearest friends.

I have a love and hate relationship with Leo, the male protagonist in this story. He supports Stargirl when they are to themselves but abandons her when his peers isolate him from everything. Although I do feel sorry for him when Stargirl leaves; he realizes too late of what really mattered. But, as the years passed by, he seems to have picked up some of Stargirl’s quirks such as dropping a quarter in the street, walking in the rain without an umbrella, reading the newspaper all over, etc. But in the end he knows that he is not alone and that just like he did not forget about her, she did not forget about him.  Because a day before his birthday, he received a gift-wrapped package in the mail. It was a porcupine necktie.

The One and Only Ivan

” I think for awhile. It’s hard to put into words. Gorillas are not complainers. We’re dreamers, poets, philosophers, nap takers.”

The One and Only Ivan

Finally, I took it upon myself to read this book. Despite it being a quick read, it was an emotional journey. The emotions itself were raw and powerful. They shook me. I cried for Julia. I felt Ivan’s rage as he beated his chest, over and over again. Inspired by a true story of a gorilla in captivity, this story explores the power of friendship, identity, and creativity.

Book Tag

Found this tag on another blog. Looks like fun 🙂 I will not be tagging anyone. If you like this, please copy, edit, and share as you please.

1. Do you get sick while reading in the car?
Yup, but I don’t on a moving train. I guess because its moving at a constant speed minus the jolts and bumps.

2. Which author’s writing style is completely unique to you and why?
Well, I can’t pinpoint to one. But one or two that comes to mind at the moment… J.K. Rowling and Markus Zusak.

3. Harry Potter Series or the Twilight Saga? Give 3 points to defend your answer.
Harry Potter of course! Was that supposed to be rhetorical? Magic, wizardry, dragons, dungeons, need I say more?

4. Do you carry a book bag? If so, what is it in (besides books…)?
Yes, wallet, notebook, charger, pens, and pencils.

5. Do you smell your books?
Yes. The smell of books is intoxicating (⌒▽⌒)☆

6. Books with or without little illustrations?
With. It adds to the story.

7. What book did you love while reading but discovered later it wasn’t quality writing? 
Haven’t had one that wasn’t quality writing. But I did stop reading one when I didn’t like how the character plot was changing. It was Anahita’s Woven Riddle. I don’t know if I should give it another chance or not.

8. Do you have any funny stories involving books from your childhood? Please share!
Not really other than the fact that I was kind of an introvert and people would get annoyed that I’d prefer books over them (´>∀<`)ゝ My  dad used to ask me, “How’re you going to make friends if you tuck your nose in a book all the time?”

9. What is the thinnest book on your shelf?
Ummm…let me check. Let’s see… Ah! Penelope’s Headache by Cindy Goldberg. I received this from my host teacher on my birthday. She wrote it herself.

10. What is the thickest book on your shelf?
Hmmm…. Tales from the Arabian Nights.

11. Do you write as well as read? Do you see yourself in the future as being an author?
I do, mainly poetry. But I like to focus on other types of writing as well. Yes!

12. When did you get into reading?
When I was little. It runs in the family 🙂

13. What is your favorite classic book?
To Kill A Mockingbird, Frankenstein

14. In school was your best subject Language Arts/English?

15. If you were given a book as a present that you had read before and hated…what would you do?
Gift it to someone that might like it, or, depending on the age-level, keep it in my classroom library.

16. What is a lesser known series that you know of that is similar to Harry Potter or the Hunger Games?
I haven’t read them but, The Mortal Instruments by Cassandra Clare. City of Bones is one of them. 

17. What is a bad habit you always do (besides rambling) while blogging?
Probably using Kaomoji’s to express my emotion sometimes. But I still think they are better than emojis.

18. What is your favorite word?
Awesome, Booyah!

19. Are you a nerd, dork, or dweeb? Or all of the above?

20. Vampires or Fairies? Why?
Dragons! I think the word speaks for itself.

21. Shapeshifters or Angels? Why?
Shapeshifters because duh.

22. Spirits or Werewolves? Why?

23. Zombies or Vampires?
Vampires, not because I’d enjoy sucking the life out of humans but because zombies are just empty shells walking around.  At least vampires are able to think for themselves.

24. Love Triangle or Forbidden Love?
Neither at the moment. But love triangle definitely a no! Too much drama.

25. AND FINALLY: Full on romance books or action-packed with a few love scenes mixed in?
The latter.


Tsundoku (n.)

tsun•do•ku  [tsun-doh-ku]
(n.) from Japanese- the act of leaving a book unread after buying it, typically piled up together with other unread books.

I do have the habit of being a Tsundoku  。(*^▽^*)ゞ  I bought all these but never seemed to actually read them or I may have started, but didn’t get all the way through.

  1. Children of the Lamp: The Akhenaten Adventure by Philip Kerr


I didn’t actually buy this one. Baba drove by a book sale the other day and thought I might like it. So, he bought it for me. Thank you baba! ♡〜٩(^▿^)۶〜♡ He knows me so well. Apparently, this book is the first book of its series and it is about a pair of twins stumbling upon the world of djinns. Oooh, can’t wait to crack this book open.

  1. Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them by J.K. Rowling

I know, I know. Usually I’m quick to gobble up HP related books, but this one came amid my student teaching and grad classes. So… it got put off the side. On the plus point, I did start it though.

  1. Wonder by R. J. Palacio

Actually, I finished this right after I took this picture. I had finished a third of the book when I had stopped reading it. After I picked it up again, I ended up staying the entire night to finish the book. Now I can relate with people who has already read it ^^”

  1. The Zoo Keeper’s Wife by Diana Ackerman

I became intrigued after I saw the movie trailer actually. I’m all for a good Holocaust related story. I believe that each Holocaust story is just one piece of a whole story. I like hearing and experiencing the different stories out there. I did take it to Bangladesh when I visited, but it never peaked my interest to just sit down down and read in the hustle and bustle.

  1. Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I picked this up at my local library. They’re always having a book sale. You can get three paperbacks for a dollar! I’m currently reading this one now, after finishing Wonder.

  1. The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion

I never got the chance to read this. That’s the disadvantage of going to Barnes and Nobles… the books call you over, you buy them, and now they’re sitting on your shelf intend of theirs.

  1. Billy Creekmore by Tracey Porter

This book was on sale at the school I student taught at. It looked interesting so I did it.        I bought it    m(_ _;;m

  1. The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

I also bought this at the above book sale mentioned above. But, I promise, I’ll get to this one soon. This year, no new books until I finish all these first.

Books to read (and re-read)

The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

I came across this at Barnes and Nobles while waiting for my tutoree. It seems magical and an interesting read. I can’t wait to devour this one.

Wonder by R. J. Palacio

I know, I know. I’ve been hanging on to this one for quite a while. I can’t just seem to get a good grip on this book. I start reading it, and then something just happens to distract me. Maybe there is too much going on in my mind.

The Zoo Keeper’s Wife by Diane Ackerman

And don’t even get me started on this one. I’m really into Holocaust stories but i just never got the chance to sink my teeth into this one.

The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros

This is one of those books that you get introduced to in school. My 6th grade teacher read this out loud for us and I had fallen in love with it ever since.

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

One of my most favorite books of all time. I had a blast ripping it apart when I used it for my undergraduate thesis paper. And to those of you who don’t know, Frankenstein is the scientist that made the creature, not the creature itself.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Another favorite. Out of all the books we were required to read in 11th grade, this was the best one. I hung onto each word as I read though every page of this book. I loved it.

Your Soul is a River by Nikita Gill

You carry both lightning and thunder in that space between your bones and soul. Become the storm you are hiding from, a hurricane does not run from the rain.
– The Space Between


(n.; Japanese) the act of buying a book and leaving it unread, often piled together with other unread books. 

Going through this phase right now. Except for the fact that my pile is full of wanted books that I’ve wanted to read for a long time. But I’m running out of time to finish them before the semester starts again 😞

Currently I’m finishing “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close” and “The Night Circus” off on the side. But I’m wondering if I should ditch the latter and adopt “In the time of the Butterflies” (which I’ve already read) instead. Well, I guess I shouldn’t be unfair to it. I’ve only started the book so let me see how far I can be reeled in. If not, there’s always the unwanted pile, or in its case, back to the library.