Friday, May 31, 2013

Armchair BEA (Day 4): Non-Fiction

I haven't read a lot of non-fiction books in fact I'll share with you some that actually made it to my favorites: [Quick tip: click on the picture(s) for more information)

This might be the first non-fiction book I read (or at least as far as I could remember) I dunno why I picked it up way back then but I just looks so much fun and intriguing I have no idea what it's all about but I just knew it's gonna be awesome! perhaps I've heard it from friends or some ad. or somewhere.But it was really quite life changing for me I remember a story when they conducted this live eulogy like seriously before that person even died and I'm immediately inspired to do just the same when my time comes haha! (maybe...someday.)

mere words can't suffice how much I love this guy, this book and basically everything about it! view my craziness over here.

I'm still reading this one.I bought it because I told myself if I'm gonna read for the first time a biography of an author it would be no other than Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (One of my all time favorite authors ever!) plus it was such a great bargain I can't resist! I think this book is truly a magnificent compilation.

Ok, so this is pretty interesting what I'm about to share with you now are two of the most wonderful,powerful,life changing books that would definitely rock your world!  BEHOLD! THE SECRET OF LIFE! 

I learned a lot of things from these two amazing books (FOR REAL!) and some of them I'm not even aware I'm actually doing like some sort of default setting/trait or whatever.It's very simple actually stay positive,be enthusiastic in life and throughout life.Good vibes! (+) thoughts= (+) energy.Thoughts become things.It's quite challenging especially in the world we are living in but it's all possible! I highly recommend it and greatly urge/encourage you to read it!

Some things that I also like is browsing travel guides, random facts and world record books.

Still one of my childhood ultimate dream is to go to JAPAN! maybe because I watched too much anime and devoured read lots of manga growing up haha! I love the japanese culture and I even dreamt of attending high school over there mainly because of their uniforms XD

Anyway, another great place I'd love to visit is Ireland I've been referencing it since highschool with my bffs so why not? I'd also like to tour around other European countries ah such wanderlust.For sure I will all go there one day...what about you?what's in your bucketlist?

Now,the thing about world records is that when I was a kid I tried and attempted some of them I forgot which one but as I'm like "Hey I think I can do that" but it was easier said than done I think most of us did haha! but have you ever managed one?I mean are you a record/title holder? or have you ever attempted on anything?

Share your thoughts in the comment section below coz those are always interesting haha! ^_^

Check out more blog posts over here and some more non-fiction blog posts that I made right here.

Thanks for reading! ^_~

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Armchair BEA (Day 3): Literary Fiction

Design credit: Emily of Emily's Reading Room
I have no vivid idea what literary fiction even means so many thanks to google I managed to solved such dilemma haha! thank you internet! XD

HEADS UP! there would be lots of links and (re)direction involved on this post I added some (hopefully) helpful links try to click them for more info. and please do bear with me. Thanks for your patience and cooperation ^_^

I stumbled upon this well written article here.It has lots of insights from different literary editors about this genre and 10 reasons for lit. rejection.Moving on...I also found a book that's very much fitting on this category that I actually read a-ha!

The Perks of being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky

such a wonderful heart warming story and the movie adaptation was brilliant!though I find Emma's american accent weird yet ok she did a good job being Sam .For more of my movie review exp. (click here.)

I'd also like to share with you some of my to be read pile (TBR) on this genre since this books are the ones I would most likely recommend/ask & tell a friend about. I do admit that I haven't read a lot from this genre so I'll definitely change that and try to get into them soon enough pwahaha!

Some of the Top bestsellers:
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho (ever so legendary! one of the must read books)

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini (this sounds interestingly epic so I got it)

The Help by Kathryn Stockett (I love the movie so why not read the book as well? ;))

The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (perhaps the first circus novel I'll read)

Water for Elephants: A Novel by Sara Gruen (lots of good reviews and crying moms that read/seen the film,moms knows best haha! )

The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (too cute to pass X3)

Cloud Atlas: A Novel by David Mitchell (The movie's kinda confusing at first but the concept's great reading this might clear some things up)

Les Misérables by Victor Hugo (the play and movie adaptation never fails to make me cry T_T)

Now for THE BOOK I'm so freakin excited about!

I love this guy! he's definitely a LEGEND I mean all his stories are so fun to read and weird yet amazingly awesome you should check them all out and I found some free stuff like How to talk to Girls At Parties by Neil Gaiman.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan, I've been hearing a lot of good things about it from friends so I'm greatly intrigued.

 Life of Pi by Yann Martel, I watched the movie and it was very touching and moving.One thing comes to mind God is Good all the time,all the time God is Good.So I'd like to read it you know what they say the book is always better and a friend of mine urge me to so yeah haha!

Want some free ebooks?here are some of the Top 100 Best Sellers in Literary Fiction on Amazon.

more blogs on this topic over here.

There you go haha! I know it could be quite overwhelming esp. the links go here  this and that nya-ha! I hope you enjoyed it.Don't forget to download and share (esp.the freebies I told you ok?)  Feel free to share your thoughts below let me know ^_~

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Aimchair BEA (Day 2): Blogger Development & Genre Fiction

So today's topic is about becoming a Better Blogger & Genre: Fiction.

I started off from having no idea whatsoever about blogging to actually typing in and adding some of my own ideas and creating contents. So how do I exactly stimulate such things? well it takes time,calm down,be patient,focus,think and it's ok if ever you don't have any idea(s) at the moment sooner or later such grand idea will hit as you dwell on it sometimes the things I didn't even thought I could do suddenly I can do it as I'm always like hey why not? JUST DO IT!(more on the stay positive,look at the bright side of things and being enthusiastic!).As time went by I learned a lot of things many thanks to books,the interwebs (small-big contributions) through lots of people who shared their knowledge,learning by means of following-discovering various websites and other sort of platforms out there [as I joined quite a lot of them that may (most of the time) inspires me]like Goodreads,Twitter,Tumblr,Youtube, blogaholic & bloglovin etc.The Power of Observation, yes! overtime eventually I noticed gradual changes on different people's blogs,POVs and contents they are posting like what makes them/it unique?how it attracts people,cover topics,hosting etc. and I usually tend to brainstorm,over analyze, organize,weigh pros and cons,try out old/new stuff,figure out stuff which works best for me is it convenient? or not.Also doing things that makes me happy.

Sometimes I like to shake things out a bit or be on hiatus once in a while chill and enjoy!There's not a lot of things happening where I'm at right now but I always try to partake to as many live events possible if there's any whether in real life or simply in a form of a google plus hangout or whatever.

I'm still learning a lot of things every single day and tried to remind myself some of the important stuff in which I might actually forget once in awhile (notes and drafts are always handy).As much as I'd like to monetize my account(s) I'd rather not for it usually suck the fun out of it (at least for me).I tried to collaborate with other folks like doing Author Interviews,giveaways,challenges, buddy reads,blog hops,doing things for the first time and stuff like that.It was really nice!I think my online personality somewhat improved as I tackle and touch various topics in order to convey my opinion,suggestion and different emotions.

Now about Genre: fiction I read all sorts of books though I usually tend to gravitate towards mystery,fantasy,manga and graphic novels but I'm pretty much open into trying something new.One thing I learned a lot so far and discovered more about is YA and different series from booktubers (people who make book related videos on youtube,checkout the link scroll down look at the subscriptions page,discover,watch and don't forget to subscribe!) they definitely encouraged me to read more,be more social,connect,meet people,be out there and be interactive though of course from time to time my book/choice(s) varies depends on my mood haha but it's all good!

So many wonderful things yet to discover!

more blog posts and information here.

Feel free to recommend me anything.Go ahead and share! I'll try my best to check them out also feel free to keep in touch with me thru the interwebs my social networks are all located on the right side. ^_~

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Airchair BEA: Classic Literature (Classics)

Design credit: Nina of Nina Reads. 
Ah the Classics...the ups and downs,timeless entertainment and epic experience(s)! I do agree that it is sometimes misunderstood,some under or overrated by critics but found their place in comforts of so many readers(all ages) around the world .I think this is the one of many ultimate as I may say "award" many writers/authors dream of their works being Completely Legendary! (hence Classic).

I definitely need to read more of these...I didn't really particularly like this section before I found it boring and way too time consuming but I still gave it a shot! and found out that most of my favorite timeless tales are here as if some of my life story and answers could be found within this category haha! I fell in love with this genre due to The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.I recently finished Vol. I.I must admit it took me awhile to read it but I ABSOLUTELY LOVE EVERYTHING ABOUT IT! XD

There's just something about it that definitely grabbed me the first time I read the blurb and the first story of Sherlock deciphering Watson,meeting him the first time by jove! he's so clever!.(I found out all about it after watching an anime called Detective Conan I didn't even know such could exist but it did! :O)

Oh wow it's so amazingly EPIC! every case full of mystery solved in a matter of seconds or so. If Sherlock is real for sure there would definitely be extremely low-No crime rates everywhere!The best and my all time favorite fictional detective of all time!

So yeah if you like Mystery/Thriller definitely check out Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.
Bits of romance and characters (full of character): any works by Jane Austen.I highly recommend *cough* Pride and Prejudice *cough*.Wuthering heights by Emily Bronte never fails to make me cry every single time! the epic love of Cathy and Heathcliff T_T .Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, makes me want to be this secret philanthropist and help a lot of people as much as I can and of course, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, This is the first book I've read and re-read this year (same year!yeah it rarely happens) I read it due to the upcoming/now released movie adaptation (in which I should watch asap) I'm still not sure if I should count it as an all time favorite since I read it twice but it must count for something right? anyway, these books taught me a lot of stuff like to empathize and appreciate things in life etc.

I think the classic genre is a must got to-read at least once in your life to experience the wonders of it all!

check out more participating blogs here.

Feel free to recommend anything,What's your pick? and will you give this genre/any of these a shot?
Tell me in the comments below and let me know. ^_^

Airchair BEA: Intro.

Hi! My name is Kim Cuasay and you can simply call me Kim.
yeah that's me having fun doing a spinoff of zombie/carnivore/how humans eat their food
it's all play and all good Noone was harm in making this haha! 

So yey-yeah! I finally decided to participate on Airchair Bea this year WOoohoo!this is actually my First time to do so coz I'd like to do more and participate,learn also to socialize more with fellow book bloggers etc. For those of you who doesn't know anything about it I'll give you a quick rundown. It's the experience for book bloggers to participate in Book Expo America (BEA) from the comfort of their homes. This experience is created lovingly by book bloggers specifically for our peers who for whatever reason are not able to participate in the main conference in New York each year.It bring publishers, authors, and bloggers together in celebrating our love for all things literary by hosting celebrations such as sneak peeks, daily discussion topics, and sponsored giveaways.That's the Mission Statement my dear friends and you can all read more about it on their new FAQ page.

Alright then on with the Q&As let's get to know each other a lil better now shall we?

You already know my name Kim which could mean a lot of things based on any search engine or baby book(s) haha! (I hope you could tell me yours in the comment section below so I could address you properly). I've been blogging for 1 year, 11 months and counting... :OMG! my blogversary would be up next month  it all went by SO FAST! I still can't believe it!. I got into blogging due to my Godma (MissGennD) convinced me to launch one I didn't like it at first and I had no idea what to talk about then she tagged me on this 30 days photo challenge then after that I started to think about things that I like and love to do or would like to do and talk about which is mostly about books! XD since I don't have a lot of friends in real life that seems to talk about them openly I reckon this is a great place and idea to begin with *dan-Dan-DAN!*  yes of course the internet! pwahaha! surprisingly so I found it as a common denominator to almost everyone like < friends who likes to read/talk about books with or whatever and the magical wonders of the interwebs ;))

Anyways, I'm currently living somewhere around the Sunshine State (FLorida),USA.I love it here! of all the places I went to I found this place best because the weather's great!free beach galore,lots of friendly and honest folks,low crime rate(on my area ;), lots of parking spaces and indeed very peaceful!(PRICELESS!) 

One non-book-related thing that everyone reading my blog may not know about me is that I almost died multiple times (seriously? yup!) like from drowning,crossing the street(s),driving I actually lost count haha! lots of very enlightening experiences and I guess my time is not yet up NOT TODAY it seems...and I still need to read lots of books, live so many lives through them also experience lots of things in real life! (Power up!)

And so if I could eat dinner with any author or character I'd definitely pick Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes I LOVE THEM SO SO MUCH! (yes IN ALL CAPS for emphasis haha! XD) the first time I read the blurb I'm immediately hooked! every case,story and just basically everything was just so fascinatingly EPIC and brilliantly well thought out.I'll try to talk more about it on my next post about Armchair BEA: Classics so watch out and stay tune for that!

Also along with that I greatly encourage you to sign up here, join in the fun and you can participate as much or as little as you wish in this wonderful event (more info. on FAQ page).

Enough about me tell me more about you! feel free to type anything on the comment section below or follow me elsewhere in the interwebs ^_~

Saturday, May 25, 2013

A Calendar of Tales by Neil Gaiman and You

Category: Anthology, Fantasy
Format: ebook
Page Count: 31
Language: English
Published: February 19th 2013 (first published February 2013)
About the book:
This past February 4th, Neil Gaiman and Blackberry kicked off the joint #KeepMoving venture. For twelve hours, Gaiman released writing prompts through his Twitter account, themed for the twelve months of the year, with the intent of writing Calendar of Tales, a collection of new original stories based on his favorite responses. (more)

My Review: 5 out of 5 stars 

I love it! one of the most amazing collaborations of all time and best of all it's FREE!

I love Neil's voice his narration was really nice.The illustrations made by various contributors to this project was indeed very wonderful it definitely binded all these beautiful and rich ideas of story telling that's absolutely top notch!

Thank you so much everyone who made this possible!

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Journal Writing

I like blogging and vlogging but I still adore writing on my journal its (in)convenient sometimes but its the easiest way to track things.Though there are times I prefer my livejournal due to its privacy (tags are quite handy too) coz my other stuff are just way too open I guess haha! but it's funny how I see these casual changes...through the years I'm really grateful I jot down such things it made me more conscious in a way I'm such a drone in life.I'm grateful to my old self for being so enthusiastic that I managed to list things that happened or what I'm happy about,always looking at the bright side of things.Also the doodles I'm always looking forward to that especially weird ones haha!

Now, I'm trying to write some things depends on my mood on what topic would be for the day of course but I'm still fond of drawing.My vocabulary sorta changed (somehow) but change is always good I welcome it.To more words and lessons I have yet to learn,memories to jot down,to more things in life and throughout life as I used to say \_/ \_/ cheers!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Usagi Yojimbo Volume 27: A Town Called Hell by Stan Sakai (Graphic Novel Review)

Source: NetGalley
Category: Graphic Novel,Action,Japanese Folklore,Fiction
Format: ebook
Page Count: 216
Language: English
Published:  May 2 2013 Diamond Book Distributors
Expected publication: July 2nd 2013 by Dark Horse Comics
ISBN: 9781595829702 (ISBN13: 9781595829702)
About the book:
The rabbit ronin's wanderings find him caught between competing gang lords fighting for control of A Town Called Hell. (more)

My Review: 3.5 stars out of 5 stars

It was really cute! :3

I like Usagi. I love rabbits!and all the characters are all animals. The mix of japanese folklore and Stan's storytelling was really nice.Although I found it predictable I like the concept of it all.It reminds me of Kenshi (Samurai X) being a wanderer.I also like how the thought bubble just has a skull drawn into it and X mark on characters eyes when they are dead. It was simple,neat,everything fits perfectly and easy to understand.

If you like japanese folklore,graphic novels that has animals as characters and a kickass bunny Samurai heroine I urge you to check this out ^^,

Friday, May 17, 2013

Mail Time!

Hey! How's it goin?

So I  received a couple of packages today and got all these wonderful things for FREE! XD

First up was from Procter& Gamble(P&G) they sent me Dreambaby growing safely (2 Sliding locks & 2 safety catches) also a letter which also contains very important informations about their safety program and other things to keep in mind when it comes to safety like:

- Keep cleaning products & other chemicals safely away from the reach of children.For added reassurance, use a latch to lock cabinets & drawers.
-Keep area's Poison Control center number near the phone.
-Put Plastic covers on electric outlets.
-Have a well stocked first aid kit.Should include
       -activated charcoal,adhesive tape,antiseptic ointment,adhesive bandages,blanket,cold pack,disposable gloves,gauze pads,roller gauze,hand cleaner,plastic bag,scissors,tweezers,flashlight,batteries,triangular bandages.
-Install Carbon monoxide alarms on every level of your home.

Just a quick run down the basics ^^,

I think this is great especially when you got little ones and the image below is just to show you what it's like(sorry I know it's small but if you can read it whoa!)
At the back are instructions how to easily install these locks.
Very Helpful!
 I also recently won a few things on a giveaway like this book: The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet by Ramez Naam via Goodreads.

This awesome looking thing: 
Lomo Aquapix Camera with waterproof case
I got it from NReluctant
focus free,easy to use & load.
you can watch all about it here:

Thanks for your time ^^,

Friday, May 10, 2013

Stumptown Volume 2 HC by Greg Rucka (Graphic Novel Review)

Source: NetGalley
Category: Mystery,Action,Music,Graphic Novel
Format:  ebook
Page Count: 138
Language: English
Publish Date: September 4,2013
ISBN: 9781934964897
About the book:
Dex Parios (Private Eye)  has finally opened her own office, and her first case is to find a rock star Mim Bracca's baby ( prized guitar) which disappeared after her band Tailhook's Portland show. (more)

My Review: 2.5 stars out of 5 stars 

I have no idea what this was about until I've read the description and it looks interesting so I requested a copy and got approved then got an ebook via Netgalley (Thanks guys). I haven't read Vol. 1 but that didn't stop me from reading vol. 2.And I think this is one of those graphic novels that you don't necessarily have to read the first one so you could understand the second one.I did not have any difficulty grasping the story or the character(s).

The story and characters are very realistic,human,had some short comings but it was very fast paced,some intense actions here and there.There's little character development.Lots of room for improvement.

It was a quick read, quite interesting but not enough to get me hooked and be obsess with it.I found the colors boring sometimes too dark,the contrast,schemes & backgrounds could have been better vibrant so it could define the boldness of every scenario (perhaps they're trying to go with a classic vibe) though I must say that the jump scene was pretty impressive but too movie cliche all that running could have been prevented if the other character isn't that careless which got me so irritated the story in circles with no leads ugh so frustrating but without that sort of dilemma we don't have a story to begin with so that's that.In the end it was sorta revealed in a cliff hanger and still under investigation who screwed up.The Bonus rocks but sucks big time truly a hassle that ruined the moment with Dex disappointed face.The D.E.A & Police could have handled it with more class and yes I agree with Dex "Respect".I like how Greg Rucka have this portion wherein he tried to fill in explain his favorite books,side of the story,very enlightening & informative ,what is stumptown & whereabouts that made me want to read more and discover what's next perhaps maybe read vol. 1 or vol 3 just so I could find the root of it all and see it all unfold.This is the first piece of work I've read by Greg Rucka so I'm not familiar with his style it was alright so-so like he said on part five he write bad mysteries solving the puzzle isn't the story the journey is.

Friday, May 3, 2013


Hi everyone! how you doin? :D

I just recently joined a Contiki contest: How far would you go to win a trip to Europe. And here's my entry

I'll use a razor to shave my head (depends what style you prefer or just basically go all out).This is gonna be Awesome and Epic! XD #NOREGRETS

So yeah...I haven't done this before.At first I was thinking I would dye my hair in every color possible then go bald but if I'm only gonna do one thing going bald would be quite drastic (I think) I mean hair is very important to everyone especially to girls (or is it just me? ;))) I hope you can support me in this endeavor  ^_^  click my picture and it will redirect you to the official page to vote for me or click here ^_~

You could also submit your own entry,join and dive in the fun! hover on the links to learn more about contiki,the contest.Etc!

Thanks,Enjoy & God bless!

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Multiply tribute

R.I.P multiply(dot)com

I still can't believe it :O

I went to the site the day after it has been terminated (May 1,2013) and reborn.It was one of those sites I truly trust for they don't resize your pictures even after a couple of years.Although it was used majority by business folks I do admit and now it is.It looks more like amazon or ebay now with lots of trust worthy partners for easy payment & shipping perhaps.

So what is multiply?

for me way back in the day it was kind of a social media  [(time period: friendster was booming) just like facebook]

you can:

-create albums
-upload pictures 20 at a time (which is quite a bummer esp. if you have lots to share)
-post videos
-create your own tag
-tag people
-make your own business (sell merch and other stuff)
-customize everything (from header,background,font size,color you name it) (kinda like tumblr but no not really haha)

It was really nice.I know I need to work on my description but I don't have any picture of that old site nor layout to show you just this old logo I found.

Ugh didn't quite help..well all my pictures and stuff are long gone but I think I might have them stored in a cd somewhere.The interwebs these days.Part of the evolution process I guess.Ok time to resume to whatever it is I'm doing.Just a bit of commemoration .