Tuesday, March 30, 2010


i want to go for a walk but i know i cant. it's past midnight and shelle's still awake and i'm pretty sure she wont let me go out in the middle of the night by myself.

plus, i dont know what'll happen if i left the house without telling anyone cuz the alarm's already on and it makes a loud noise when you turn it off or on.

but yeah, i cant sleep (not that i was really trying tho... -__-"). i feel hot. i want to feel the wind blow me away like it did earlier today when i was walking home.

i had to babysit my cousins today (well, technically yesterday but whatever) but i had already made plans to go watch the new alice in wonderland movie with my friends at 4, so mommy said that i could just drop them off at our house and she'd watch them while i went out, but due to some misunderstandings, i couldnt go [god that woman infuriates me so much sometimes].

sydney called earlier to tell when she was going to pick me up, but my mom somehow answered saying that she'd drive me there so sydney didnt come pick me up at 3:30 like she said in her call and i didnt find out about it until around 4 when i called her to ask where she was cuz the movie was starting in 15 minutes!

and then it was too late to do anything since my mom couldnt take me there since she was supposed to babysit! god, it just made me so mad.

why cant my parents be freaking NORMAL and get me a cell phone? it would save me so much time and effort and anger.

i mean, one reason why i'm always reluctant to go over to the primary school for the big brother big sisters thing is cuz i usually have no idea where my mom is picking me up since the place is packed with cars waiting to pick up their kids at the end of the day.

i dont like standing around in the middle of the grass where she usually parks, trying to figure out where she is and not knowing where to go, looking stupid and lost and confused and drained cuz it's the end of the day and i want to just go home and take a nap and not worry about school and it's horrors like tests and homework.

i was okay with not having a phone in the past when i didnt need it, when we lived in the country and there wasnt really a point in having one cuz i couldnt go anywhere without anyway.

but here, in the city where i have lots of after school clubs and places to go to, i NEED a phone. cuz i'm tired of always running to my friends to use theirs or walking all over the place looking to use a phone.

i want to get out. i've been watching or reading stuff on my laptop in my bed for the last 7-8 hours. i need to move around and i want - i want to go running. i havent done that since the summer.

i think i'm still ticked off with mommy. we havent talked all night since i yelled down the stairs that i wasnt going to the movies and basically saying that it's because of her. i closed my door, put my earplugs in, and watched 2 and a half movies on my laptop after that.

i finally left my room around 8 to eat dinner and she was downstairs doing stuff in the kitchen. we didnt say anything the whole time and it was quiet. and then i went back upstairs to finish watching Underworld 2.

i finished readint The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan today while i was babysitting. it was really different and interesting from other fantasy books with demons and magicians. the main character was really different from the stereotypical protagonist and it really sucked me in. plus, there were alot of twists in it, too. i really wasnt expecting to find out what he was at the end. i cant wait to read the next book coming out, i think, next month.

dood, i just found the UK covers for the trilogy and they look SO much cooler than the US's version! i mean, look: US


and the UK sequel cover looks way better, too. at least they got Mae's hair color right (she dyed her hair pink).



CONCLUSION: the UK verions are so much better looking. in my opinion :P

and i finished reading half of Elizabeth Scott's The Unwritten Rule by the time i decided to stop and go to bed [that was an hour ago].

i love her books and her writing style. it always gets me and i usually finish reading her books in one or two days cuz i have to finish it because it's that good and absorbing. i've only read two other books from her and they were all great. the first one was Bloom and the other was Perfect You.

she's my favorite author when it comes to chick lit books that are just about girls and doesnt include magic, action, or fantasy. and Sarah Dessen, too. her books are really good, too.

and now i've run out of steam and am a little itty bitty bit cold.

so good night/morning to all. i'm finally hitting the hay.


Friday, March 26, 2010

the last day before breaks are always fun

you're more likely to have a party in at least one class, and you get to goof off in at least another class.

today was pretty good. i only had to do work in first period and third period. i only had to do a worksheet in first period cuz we had a sub, but it was really quick and easy.

and in third period, i spent the whole period doing the work he assigned us and was given a bunch of homework to do over the break. i hate AP, he always gives us a chapter test to do over our breaks.

i didnt have to do work in 2nd period cuz she wasnt here and just left our class to finish up yesterday's assignment which i was nearly done with anyways.

in 4th period, mr. givens had to leave halfway through the class so he just let us hang out. he even let people in our class go to different classes for the rest of the period. like, he let ashliegh go to theater.

and our sub dood let us chill and even told us jokes. it was funny cuz the entire middle of our class had left and monica noticed that our class was segregated. all of the white people in the class were on the other side of the classroom while all of the minorities were on our side, and the middle of the room was empty to make it stand out even more. :P

and while we were talking and the sub was telling us jokes, the white ppl on the other side of the room were all doing each others' hair. they were in a line with one person playing with another person's hair sitting in front of them. it was funny cuz they kind of resembled monkeys in a line picking bugs out of each others' hair. i took a picture of them for them.

and then at lunch, i found out that aliesha skipped today cuz today was senior skip day. i didnt know what happened to sydney tho, she wasnt there yesterday either. but shanice brought one of her friends over, so it wasnt lonely. :P his name's chris and he's portuguese.

then, in latin after lunch, we had a mini party cuz some people brought food to share. it was really fun. we were supposed to watch an educated video, but magistra let us choose to watch it at another time and just let us chill if we wanted which is what everyone chose. of course.

and i finally got to try the copic markers rachel got for her birthday. they are AMAZING!! they color so good! i can see why they're so freaking expensive and why everyone raves about them. :P

i want some now. but it's like, $4-5 for ONE marker. so expensive!

in math, since i made a 98 on my test on wednesday, i chose not to retake it (no one made a 100 in my class, i got the highest score! XD) and i was the only one to do that. since i had finished reading my book in 2nd period, i had nothing to do, so i drew for the rest of the period.

oh yeah! i was SO close to getting a 100 on that test! i got 2 points off cuz i forgot to put the +- sign before the 3i on the last problem! i was so mad at myself cuz i realized that i forgot to do that 2 minutes after i turned my test in on wednesday.

and i spent 2 hours the night before studying for it. i did most of the practice problems from the worksheets he gave us to study for it. i covered a whole page front and back and a third of a 2nd page doing them all. it looked cool.

evidence of my studying XD sucks that it's all blurry tho

public bathrooms look icky. i had to go to the potty right before 7th period started, and because we were in the library for that class, the nearest bathroom was right across from the entrence to the library. the library is right in the area leading to the lunchroom, so the bathroom there is the most used. and yeah... you can definitely tell.

but a funny thing that i read while getting up from using the toilet in there, was this message that someone wrote on the stall door. it said, "i think i lost my faith" and someone replied saying, "check the lost and found." that made me smile :D

and then in 7th period, i had finished all of my work yesterday, so i had the period to kill. i ended up doing some of my AP homework and going on the computer for a bit, and just goofing off.

and so the school day has ended and my spring break has finally started XD

i just finished reading Rebel Angels by Libba Bray. it's the sequel to A Great and Terrible Beauty and like, 200 pages longer (it was so thick!) and it was just as great as the first one.
but man, sometimes, i just want to smack some of the girls. they're just so stupid for even doing that even though they know that some things are inevitable. but then again, i can sympathize with them, because when you're alone in that one thing, you cant but help to want that something no matter how impossible it is.

i cant wait to read the last book of the trilogy, The Sweet Far Thing. definitely want to see how it ends.

and i finished reading The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong this morning. it's the sequel to The Summoning and is the 2nd book in the Darkest Powers series.
in my opinion, The Awakening is wayy better than The Summoning. there was so much more action and plot twists and suspense in the sequel than the first book. The Awakening sucked me into it much quicker and longer than The Summoning did. now i cant wait to read the third book, The Reckoning. it's coming out in a few weeks.

and i finished reading Blue is for Nightmares Laurie Faria Stolarz on monday. man, this book was very hard to put down. it was a suspenseful thriller that made me quickly read each page trying to figure out who the stalker was.
i finished reading the last few pages of it in 3rd period, but i had read the whole 2nd half of the book in 2nd period when we had a code yellow which was a drug search i found out an hour later on the announcements. we had to wait in our classrooms for an hour and our teacher blocked almost everything fun, so i decided to read during the whole time.

i dont remember having a drug search last year. but then again, i forgot alot of stuff from last year. but it's like every month, we have some drill whether it be a fire drill or tornado drill.

the subs for the last episodes of god of study are finally out!! it's been out since earlier this week but both shelle and i were too busy to watch them. i so cant wait to watch it now that i've finally got free time! we havent watched the last 4 episodes and i'm dying to see what happens!

i cant believe that it's only 16 episodes. it seems like it could go on much longer. but maybe not since it'll prolly end at the part where they see if they get into the university they're aiming for or not.

and now for some 2PM pics cuz they're all i have for now and they are adorable. it's from a fanmeeting or something.

PS: i love how i actually have someone at school who i can talk about kpop with :D

that's it for today. i'm going to get some dinner now :P


Sunday, March 21, 2010

this week is going to suck

i just know it is cuz i have an AP test tomorrow, a math test the next day, a latin test on thursday, a chem test on friday, and a research paper also due on friday [EDIT: it's not due on friday afterall, but i keep on forgetting the actual due date anyways...]. not to mention, i'm most likely going to have a test in every other class not already stated.

AND, we're not having block schedule this week either (we didnt have it last week cuz the juniors were having the graduation test) for some reason no one will tell us, so i'm stuck with going to all 7 classes everyday. that means more piles of homework plus trying to study for said tests and you know, trying not to kill myself from all of the stress. :P

i got my filling today and shelle got her wisdom teeth pulled out. they had to numb her mouth to take the teeth out, so when it was over, she couldnt feel her mouth and kept on drooling and stuff. it was funny.

we got to go to grandma's house for a few hours while the 'rents went to visit some friends and go grocery shopping after the dentist appointments. only nicole and thien were home but it was still fun.

grandma kept on feeding us and we helped her cook and stuff. you will never go hungry at her place. she's always making food and there's always tons of stuff around to eat.

i finished reading Cry Wolf, Dull Boy, and a korean manhwa series called Seduction More Beautiful Than Love last week.

Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs was interesting, but it was a spin-off series from one of the author's other series, so i didnt know the major plot lines and background stories of the characters in the book, which is why i think i didnt like it as much as i would have if i'd read the other series first. it didnt really make me go crazy in love with the series, so i dont think i'll read the rest of the series.

Dull Boy by Sarah Cross is hilarious. it was a lighter read compared to Cry Wolf and it gave the whole super powers thing a different spin to it which made it fun and quick to read. i hope she writes a sequel since there's so much her characters can do and lots of unanswered questions about their futures.

and Seduction More Beautiful Than Love by Hyun-sook Lee was very good. at least, up until the end. i didnt like the ending, it was just so random and open-ended. i mean, why did he do that? no sense.
other than the ending, the story was very good for a 5 volume series. it was basically like a korean drama now that i think about it. the art's really pretty. you couldnt really tell with the cover, but yeah, i really like the mangaka's art. i read one of her latest works last year, and it was really good.

speaking of which, DBSK released another music video! it's called Toki wo Tomete which means Please Stop Time. it's a ballad, i think it's also a song for a drama, not really sure... but i really like it. one, cuz they're all actually in a scene together, but they're all far away from each other! :(

jaejoong's going to be in a japanese drama! it's about 5 people meeting throught Twitter, random, i know :P cant wait to see it! actually, i'm still waiting for Heaven's Postman...

changmin's still filming his drama, yuhno's done with his drama and is in LA getting ready for the Michael Jackson tribute, jae's doing his drama, and i think junsu's still doing his Mozart musical. the only member not doing anything publicly known is mickey. i wonder what he's up to.

some old pictures that i've kept on forgetting to post. jae is way too sexy XD

and these are actually folders with them on it. i like how the words are in english :D

yeah, i think that's it for now. i prolly wont be able to update until after this friday since i'll be so busy with school crap. i cant wait for next week since it'll finally be spring break and i can kinda chill for a while [not really, gotta start reading that cracking the AP world history exam book].



Monday, March 15, 2010

burned out

i'm so tired. my eyes have that feeling that you get when you stay up extremely late and dont sleep enough. you know, that kind of burning feeling around your eyes that makes you want to keep them close and sleep.

i've felt like that ever since i woke up this morning. i'm freaking exhausted.

i think i'm still stressing out about what happened in world history today, too, which makes me feel even more worn out.

remember how i told you i was going to ATL on sunday to get my teeth cleaned and shelle get her wisdom teeth pulled out? well, yeah, sundays are the days where i study for the tests or quizzes i have on monday so i can chill and relax on fridays and saturdays.

but i had a test in world history and a math quiz today, and i didnt have any time [and i didnt want to] to study on saturday cuz i had to babysit and i can never study on fridays. so i had brought my textbook and notes to ATL to study.

a few weeks ago, when my world history teacher gave us a take-home quiz on the next chapter we had to go over, i couldnt figure out a few questions so i typed them up on google to see if there were any answers online.

i found a site that had some questions and answers on the last few chapters we did and 2 chapters we were just about to do. i recognized most of the questions from previous tests and there were answers for the take-home quiz on there too, so i knew they'd be accurate.

well, i printed out the latest chapter answers we were having a test on today, saturday night to study on sunday for the test today. it was really hard to study in the waiting room in the dentist office and at an and quy's house (we went there after the dentist).

so i brought the test question and answers to school to study some more. and here's where i made the most stupidest mistake: I TOOK THEM OUT TO STUDY since we had a few minutes before starting the test. AND MY TEACHER JUST HAD TO STAND BEHIND ME and ask me what i was reading. I'M PRETTY SURE HE READ SOME OF THE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS.

i told him that someone had posted it online and that it covered what we were reading, so i decided to study it [more or less in those words]. matt asked me if they were test answers and i lied and told him that they werent on previous tests cuz i wasnt sure if my teacher could hear me or not.

but yeah, i spent the rest of the period (especially while taking the test) and the next periods worrying about it until i started worrying about the math quiz since everyone said that it was really hard.

i'm still wondering/worrying if i'll get caught for cheating. like, will i get a zero and go to ISS? and does that mean that since he knows that we can find test answers online, that he'll change the test and make it even harder?

god, i'd hate myself even more if he did that since i would be the cause of it.

anyways, i'm mainly writing on here because i'm procrastinating. i dont want to read 8 pages of history. they're so long, it takes around an hour and a half to read it all [including breaks in between].

i should go. and i guess try not to fall asleep because i dont think i'll wake up for at least a few hours. :P

if i get in trouble, i deserve it since i made such a huge mistake. but that doesnt mean that i'll like it.


Saturday, March 13, 2010


this is my third post full of challenges that i'm attempting. it's like i find new challenges every month! i really dont know why i keep on getting suckered into all of these challenges. especially since this is my first year doing them! :P

The Countdown Challenge

  1.  The goal of this challenge is to read the number of books first published in a given year that corresponds to the last digit of each year in the 2000s — 10 books from 2010, 9 books from 2009, 8 books from 2008, etc. The total number of books required, therefore, is 55.
  2. This challenge lasts from 9/9/09 through 10/10/10.
  3. Crossovers with other challenges are allowed and your lists may change at any time.
  4. Sign up using Mr. Linky.
  5. Have fun reading!

Books Published in 2010
  1. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
  2. Happyface by Stephen Edmond
  3. Fang by James Patterson
  4. The Unwritten Rule by Elizabeth Scott
  5. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
  6. The Prince of Mist by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
  7. Shade by Jeri Smith-Ready
  8. The Thin Executioner by Darren Shan
  9. Hex Hall by Rachel Hawkins
  10. Hourglass by Claudia Gray
Books Published in 2009
  1. Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover by Ally Carter
  2. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
  3. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator
  4. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
  5. Willow by Julia Hoban
  6. Fire by Kristen Cashore
  7. Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
  8. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
  9. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
Books Published in 2008
  1. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
  2. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
  3. Need by Carrie Jones
  4. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
  5. Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi
  6. Evernight by Claudia Gray
  7. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
  8. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
Books Published in 2007
  1. Dragon Sword and Wind Child by Noriko Ogiwara
  2. The Sweet Far Thing by Libba Bray
  3. The Swan Kingdom by Zoe Marriott
  4. Epic by Connor Kostick
  5. Unwind by Neal Shusterman
  6. The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman

Books Published in 2006
  1. Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara
  2. Keeping It Real by Justina Robson
  3. Real World by Natsuo Kirino
  4. Magic Study by Maria V. Snyder
  5. Frozen Fire by Tim Bowler
  6. American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang
Books Published in 2005
  1. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
  2. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
  3. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
  4. Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder
  5. The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
Books Published in 2004
  1. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde
  2. Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash
  3. White is for Magic by Laurie Faria Stolarz
  4. heart on my sleeve by Ellen Wittlinger
Books Published in 2003
  1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
  2. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
  3. Blue is for Nightmares by Laurie Faria Stolarz
Books Published in 2002
  1. What Happened to Lani Garver by Carol Plum-Ucci

Book Published in 2001
  1.  are u 4 real? by Sara Kadefors

RYOB (Read Your Own Books)

  • Pick a number of books you’d like to read in one year
  • Choose those books from your OWN collection
  • Read them between January 1, 2010 and December 31, 2010
i'm going to do 10. my TBR pile actually isnt that big since i havent had the time or money to buy many books this year. :P
  1. Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash
  2. Monkey High vol. 6 by Shouko Akira
  3. Monkey High vol. 7 by Shouko Akira
  4. Love Com vol. 8 by Aya Nakahara
  5. Love Com vol. 9 by Aya Nakahara
  6. My Heavenly Hockey Club vol. 3 by Ai Morinaga
  7. My Heavenly Hockey Club vol. 4 by Ai Morinaga
  8. My Heavenly Hockey Club vol. 5 by Ai Morinaga
  9. My Heavenly Hockey Club vol. 6 by Ai Morinaga
  10. Brave New World by Aldous Huxley
  11. Hissing vol. 1 by Kang Eun Young
  12. Hissing vol. 2 by Kang Eun Young
  13. Gakuen Alice vol. 1 by Tachibana Higuchi
  14. Gakuen Alice vol. 2 by Tachibana Higuchi
  15. Moon Boy vol. 1 by Lee YoungYou
  16. Moon Boy vol. 2 by Lee YoungYou
  17. Cracked Up to Be by Courtney Summers
  18. Sing Me to Sleep by Angela Morrison
  19. Legend vol. 1 by Kara and Woo SooJung
  20. Legend vol. 2 by Kara and Woo SooJung 
  21. Forget-Her-Nots by Amy Brecount White
  22. Magical JxR vol. 1 by Lee Sun-Young
  23. Magical JxR vol. 2 by Lee Sun-Young
  24. The Falconer's Knot by Mary Hoffman
  25. Stealing Heaven by Elizabeth Scott
  26. Duck Prince vol. 1 by Ai Morinaga
  27. Duck Prince vol. 2 by Ai Morinaga
  28. Duck Prince vol. 3 by Ai Morinaga
  29. Book Girl and the Suicidal Mime by Mizuki Nomura 
  30. Angel by James Patterson 
  31. X-Men Misfits by Raina Telgemeier & Dave Roman
  32. Rose Sees Red by Cecil Castellucci
  33. Legend vol. 3 by Kara and Woo SooJung
  34. Amy & Roger's Epic Detour by Morgan Matson
  35. Legend vol. 4 by Kara and Woo SooJung
  36. Legend vol. 5 by Kara and Woo SooJung
  37. Nodame Cantabile vol. 1 by Tomoko Ninomiya
  38. Nodame Cantabile vol. 2 by Tomoko Ninomiya
  39. Nodame Cantabile vol. 3 by Tomoko Ninomiya
  40. Nodame Cantabile vol. 4 by Tomoko Ninomiya
  41. Nodame Cantabile vol. 5 by Tomoko Ninomiya 
  42. Nodame Cantabile vol. 6 by Tomoko Ninomiya 
  43. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey 
  44. Snow Falling in Spring: Coming of Age in China During the Cultural Revolution by Moying Li 
  45. Shiki Tsukai vol. 1 by To-Ru Zekuu & Yuna Takanagi
  46. Shiki Tsukai vol. 2 by To-Ru Zekuu & Yuna Takanagi 
  47. Shiki Tsukai vol. 3 by To-Ru Zekuu & Yuna Takanagi 
  48. Shiki Tsukai vol. 4 by To-Ru Zekuu & Yuna Takanagi
  49. The Marbury Lens by Andrew Smith
  50. Heist Society by Ally Carter
  51. The Unidentified by Rae Mariz
  52. Pig Bride vol. 1 by KookHwa Huh & SuJin Kim 
  53. Pig Bride vol. 2 by KookHwa Huh & SuJin Kim 
  54. The DUFF by Kody Keplinger
  55. Brightly Woven by Alexandra Bracken 
  56. Tegami Bachi vol. 1 by Hiroyuki Asada
  57. Tegami Bachi vol. 2 by Hiroyuki Asada
  58. Tegami Bachi vol. 3 by Hiroyuki Asada 
  59. Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver 
  60. Zombies vs Unicorns Anthology 
  61. Maximum Ride manga vol. 3 by NaRae Lee

2010 Book Blogger Recommendation Challenge

i'm doing Level II which is to read 10 books out of the recommendation list. i've read 1/6 of the books listed already, so i'm not sure if i'd like to read any more than that.

  1. Willow - Julia Hoban
  2. A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libby Bray
  3. Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
  4. Love You Hate You Miss You - Elizabeth Scott
  5. Perfect Chemistry - Simone Elkeles 
  6. Hate List - Jennifer Brown  
  7. The Book Thief - Markus Zusak 

    1. The Host - Stephenie Meyer
    2. Hush, Hush - Becca Fitzpatrick
    3. Night Watch - Sergei Lukyanenko
    4. The Dark Divine - Bree Despain
    5. Mistborn: The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
    6. Going Too Far - Jennifer Echols
    7. Skinned - Robin Wasserman

      Sign Up: Speculative Fiction Reading Challenge 2010!


      - Science Fiction
      sub-genres: hard/soft SF, cyberpunk, time travel, alternative history, space opera

      - Fantasy Fiction
      sub-genres: dark fantasy, urban fantasy, magic realism, quest, mythical fantasy, steampunk

      - Horror Fiction
      sub-genres: paranormal, gothic literature, splatterpunk

      - Supernatural Fiction
      - Superhero Fiction
      - Utopian and Dystopian Fiction
      - Apocalyptic and Post-Apocalyptic Fiction

       i'm doing Obsessed, which means reading 24 books. i'm already doing a fantasy challenge, these two will prolly overlap alot. :3
      1. Inkheart by Cornelia Funke
      2. Inkspell by Cornelia Funke
      3. Inkdeath by Cornelia Funke
      4. Heir Apparent by Vivian Vande Velde 
      5. Bleeding Violet by Dia Reeves
      6. Fang by James Patterson
      7. The Summoning by Kelley Armstrong
      8. The Forest of Hands and Teeth by Carrie Ryan
      9. Shiver by Maggie Stiefvator
      10. Need by Carrie Jones
      11. Wondrous Strange by Lesley Livingston
      12. Wings by Aprilynne Pike
      13. Evernight by Claudia Gray
      14. A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray
      15. Stargazer by Claudia Gray
      16. Cast in Shadow by Michelle Sagara
      17. Cry Wolf by Patricia Briggs
      18. Dull Boy by Sarah Cross
      19. The Awakening by Kelley Armstrong
      20. Rebel Angels by Libba Bray
      21. The Demon's Lexicon by Sarah Rees Brennan
      22. Cast in Courtlight by Michelle Sagara
      23. The Reckoning by Kelley Armstrong
      24. Lord of Snow and Shadows by Sarah Ash

      All you have to do is read a book that begins with a letter of each month or read a book that begins with the authors name (first or last name, doesn’t matter).

      There are 74 letters so you will have to have 74 different books to complete the challenge. Books can however be used to complete other challenges.

      You don’t have to do the months in any kind of order, just fill in books as you go along until you have each letter a book by it.

      Challenge begins November 1, 2009 and ends November 2, 2010 so you have a whole year to complete! Lets break out them books and get busy!

      this is gonna be a challenge :) especially since i started so late! i'm just gonna use the books that i read this year since it'll be easier to track.

      Need - Carrie Jones
      Ogiwara, Noriko - Dragon Sword and Wind Child
      Vivian Vande Velde - Heir Apparent
      Edmond, Stephen - Happyface
      Maggie Stiefvater - Shiver
      Bleeding Violet - Dia Reeves
      Evernight - Claudia Gray
      Ryan, Carrie - The Forest of Hands and Teeth

      Deadly Little Secret - Laurie Faria Stolarz
      Elizabeth Scott - The Unwritten Rule
      Cornelia Funke - Inkspell
      Epic - Connor Kostick
      Michelle Sagara - Cast in Shadow
      Briggs, Patrica - Cry Wolf
      Entr@pment - Michael Spooner
      Rebel Angels - Libba Bray

      James Patterson - Fang
      Armstrong, Kelley - The Summoning
      Night's Rose - Annaliese Evans
      Apprilynne Pike - Wings
      Robson, Justina - Keeping It Real
      Yang, Gene Luen - American Born Chinese

      Fukushima, Haruka - Cherry Juice #3
      Elizabeth Scott - Love You Hate You Miss You
      Brennan, Sarah Rees - The Demon's Lexicon
      Ruined - Paula Morris
      Unwind - Neal Shusterman
      A Great and Terrible Beauty - Libba Bray
      Red-Headed Stepchild - Jay Wells
      YoungYou, Lee - Moon Boy #1

      Michelle Sagara - Cast in Courtlight
      Armstrong, Kelley - The Reckoning
      Reynolds, Peter H. - Zebrafish
      Cornelia Funke - Inkdeath
      Haruka Fukushima - Cherry Juice #2

      Ash, Sarah - Lord of Snow and Shadows
      Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
      Real World - Natsuo Kirino
      Inkheart - Cornelia Funke
      Liew, Sonny and Tommy Kovac - Wonderland

      Malinda Lo - Ash
      Ally Carter - Don't Judge a Girl by Her Cover
      Young Kim - Twilight the Graphic Novel

      Janni Lee Simner - Bones of Faerie
      Nakahara, Aya - Love Com vol. 7
      Eun Young, Kang - Hissing vol. 1

      Julia Hoban - Willow
      Lesley Livingston - Wondrous Strange
      YoungYou, Lee - Moon Boy #2

      Aimee Friedman - Sea Change
      Gamer Girl - Mari Mancusi
      Stargazer - Claudia Gray
      The Awakening - Kelley Armstrong

      Sarah Cross - Dull Boy
      Elkeles, Simone - Perfect Chemistry
      Pam Bachorz - Candor
      The Everafter - Amy Huntly
      Ellen Wittlinger - heart on my sleeve
      Marriott, Zoe - The Swan Kingdom
      Blue is for Nightmares - Laurie Faria Stolarz
      Elizabeth Scott - Stealing Heaven
      Rachel Hawkins - Hex Hall

      Othello - Toui Hasumi
      Cherry Juice #1 - Haruka Fukushima
      The Prince of Mists - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
      Once a Witch - Carolyn MacCullough
      Bray, Libba - The Sweet Far Thing
      Elizabeth Scott - Something, Maybe
      Rugg, Jim and Cecil Castellucci - The Plain Janes

      Friday, March 12, 2010

      unstressed week, temper tantrums, kpop

      this week has been pretty chill. i didnt have to stress out for any major tests or projects like usual. i only had to worry about the chem test i had on monday, and even tho i'm pretty sure i failed it, i'm not too worried [even tho i should be. it might be because i've already failed the other tests in there already :/].

      but yeah, i should be stressing out by sunday tho, since on monday, i have an AP test and a math quiz which i accidentally left my notes at school, so i cant study them anyways which is basically gonna screw me over no matter how much i cram on monday before the test TT-TT

      and i have to write a research paper in lit which is due before spring break starts in 2 weeks. we're getting time to work during school, but knowing me, i'll wait til the last few days like usual to write the paper. and it's got to be SIX pages long! D:

      anyway, i'm gonna be even more stressed out about the test and quiz on monday by the fact that the whole family is going to ATL either tomorrow night (if it isnt raining too hard) or sunday morning. so yeah, it'll be hard to focus and study while on the road or wherever we'll be staying at.

      we're going to the dentist cuz shelle needs to get her wisdom teeth out (they started growing and are making the rest of her teeth crooked again) and apparently, i'm getting my teeth cleaned.

      oh yeah, this week, when i went to visit my little sis, cheyenne, she was acting up again (the first time was 3 weeks ago). she had her head down and had that type of stubborn face that said that she didnt want to do her work.

      when i got to her part of the table after talking to her teacher, she had crawled under the table and didnt want to come out, saying that she didnt want to work which was gluing some words in her journal. after her teacher finally got her to come out [since she wouldnt listen to me], she kept on saying that she wanted to do her work alone.

      earlier, when i was trying to convince her to get out from under the table, one of her friends was told me that i could help her with her work. so after cheyenne kept on repeating that she wanted to "work alone!", i was like fine then i give up trying to please you, "i'll just work with your friend."

      and then she got even madder and said that she hated me. her teacher was nearby so she heard her shout that. she tried to get cheyenne to apologize but she was still in her fit. she started crying when her teacher told her that she was gonna have to write a bad note to her mom.

      i've only known her for a few months, and we've only met once a week, but that still hurt a little, her saying that she hated me. but at the same time, i guess that i shouldnt have just abandoned her even if she was in a mood. i mean, i'm her "big sister", i should have known better than to just suddenly leave her; that's like betraying her trust. she might have been acting that way because of something else. now, things might not be as simple as they were.

      i think that, if i had just waited a little more like last time, then she would of eventually gotten over it. but i had a long day in school and had to walk all the way there in the mud and puddles (it was raining all day, finally stopped in the middle of 7th period) and i was tired. i didnt want to deal with a stubborn and upset kid.

      but even while i was helping her friend do her work, i kept on looking at cheyenne sulking on the carpeted floor, using a pillow to cover her face half the time. she kept saying, "leave me alone!" and crying when her teacher told her that she'd have to write a bad note for her mom if she didnt start behaving.

      eventually, by the time the class was getting ready to go home, her teacher got her to apologize for saying that she hated me and promised to give her a treat if she did some of her work. we hugged and i told her that we'd play after she finished her work which i helped her with.

      but then the announcements came getting everyone ready for the bus and stuff, so we couldnt play. i stayed behind with cheyenne helping her put her stuff up in her bookbag and while her teacher wrote a note for her mom in her agenda. then we held hands to the place where she had to go to wait for her bus.

      after that, i rushed to the office place to meet up with rachel who's in the program, too (and i walked with her there), and was gonna give me a ride home since i couldnt get in contact with shelle to pick me up and mommy was at work with daddy so she couldnt have come.

      but while we were crossing the road to get back to the high school, shelle saw me and yeah, i had a ride home :P

      but yeah, when we go to visit our siblings, we have to sign in and stuff. when we go out to leave, there's papers in the back part of the folder that ask about what you did with your Little and if there were any problems and stuff. i wrote in there that she had a little tantrum.

      mommy told me that i had a message on our answering machine today. it was from the big brother, big sister program wanting to talk to me concerning cheyenne. i was gonna call them back, but it was kinda late. so i figured i'd do it tomorrow if i had the time (gotta go babysit the cousins for a while tomorrow).

      i wonder if i'm going to get a new sibling or something? i hope not. i like cheyenne. i dont want a new sibling. i think that they'll just ask me about what's going on, and if these tantrums keep on happening, then i'm pretty sure that i'm at fault and i'll accept not being eligible for being a Big Sis. 

      i finished reading Stargazer, the sequel to Evernight, by Claudia Gray on wednesday or thursday. it was good. the plot's really orignal and unique. i put the next book in the series on hold in the library. it just came out last year, so it's the latest. i dont know if i'm glad that i've finally caught up in the series, or disappointed because of the fact that i'd have to wait even longer [and possibly lose interest] for the next book to come out.

      and i finished reading Cast in Shadows by Michelle Sagara today. i really liked the book. i was held in suspense the entire way, trying to figure out what happened in Kaylin's past that made her hate Severn so much and all of these other mysteries. there was action, adventure, and the good ol' good vs evil thing going on that i liked. :P

      i put the second book, Cast in Courtlife, on hold in the library, too. i dont know if i should start reading it right away when i get it until spring break or something since it's almost 500 pages long and i'm pretty sure i'll be pulling all-nighters. 

      so yeah, i think that's mainly all important that's happened this week. now to the kpop entertainment! :D

      there's this new boy group called DNA that debuted last month. they're so cute! they remind me of a young version of DBSK. even one of their dance moves reminds me of a move DBSK did in their Hug mv. plus, their lead dancer said that he was inspired by Yuhno and they all said that DBSK is their idol XD

      yeah, just wanted to say that... even their music video kind of reminds me of Hug since they're all mainly wearing white. and the music is very Hug-ish XP

      DNA - Admiring Boy mv

      DBSK - Hug mv

      similar-ish, right?

      BEAST had a comeback last week! i'm definitely digging their new looks!
      and their new mini-album, Shock of the New Era, is really good! there's one song in there that i especially love. it's called Take Care of My Girlfriend (Say No). i love the beat and the lyrics, everything really [i might be partially biased since yoseob mainly sings in it XD].

      listen to it!

      i found this site called fyzzed. it has all of these cool shirts of kpop bands that i like! cant show any examples, so you'll just hafta go on there yourself to see them. :P

      and Royal Pirates, this band in the states that's famous online for doing kpop (and some american) covers, released their first independent music video. i really like it. it's called Disappear.

      actually, there's not much news to share since i havent caught up with everything online yet. -__-"

      so yeah... some pictures i found online then! :D

      i'm tired now. gonna go.



      Monday, March 8, 2010

      the 101 update

      so it's almost been 2 weeks since i last updated...

      lots of stuff happened. but i think i forgot half of them ^^"

      i'll just tell what i ":renember" (as leann says :P).

      psst... this post's title is kinda random. XD but i couldnt think of anything to summarize everything i'm gonna say, so i figured i'd just point out that this is my 101st post :P

      firstly, I MADE A 100 ON MY MATH TEST LAST FRIDAY!!! AND I'M THE ONLY ONE IN MY CLASS WHO MADE 100! [usually zach is the one who ever makes a hundred in there]

      YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW AMAZING THAT IS! I'VE NEVER MADE A HUNDRED ON A MATH TEST SINCE MIDDLE SCHOOL. sure, i've made a few 100's on math RETESTS last semester, but that doesnt count.

      plus, i've been making fifties and sixties the first time i took my math tests this semester and making sixties and seventies on the retakes, so my average was really sucking. the hundred i just made brought my average up to an eighty!

      i did the math, if i make only hundreds on the rest of the tests this semester, my average will be back up to an a. ...that's too much pressure -__-

      last tuesday, i slipped getting off the bus (it was raining all day so everything was slippery). it hurt. most of the blow went to my left elbow and i scraped my back on the bus. so i have bruises there. it doesnt really hurt anymore.

      i finally got a facebook on last week. shelle made me make one while she was eating dinner after getting home late from college. i can already tell that it's going to take a chunk of my time away.

      oh yeah, last week, i started reading 3 books. they all didnt interest me, so i gave up on them and returned them to the library on saturday. they were Fairy Tale by Cyn Balog, The Secret Country by Pamela Dean, and Sharp North by Patrick Cave. too lazy to explain why i didnt like them.

      but i'm only 30 pages away from finishing reading A Great and Terrible Beauty by Libba Bray. it's waayyy more interesting than the other 3 books above.
      um yeah, i suck at summaries, so you'll just hafta look it up if you want to know what it's about. but i just found out that it's going to be made into a movie! imdb says that it's going to be released this year altho i see no information on who the cast is...

      why am i still surprised to find out that most of the books that i actually enjoy are being made into movies? i mean, the movie industry people have finally run out of original ideas.

      anyway, last friday, i ordered some books that i've been meaning to buy on amazon, and 2 of them came today! that was so fast! i wasnt expecting them until next week or something! [i always get the free shipping cuz i'm cheap like that :P so i dont expect them to come so quickly]

      i got the first 3 books in the Percy Jackson series in a boxset for only $11, and i also bought Incarceron because it sounded good and has been getting rave reviews, too. i also pre-ordered Mockingjay, the third and last book to the Hunger Game trilogy i was talking about before.

      and i ordered another book, but it's used so it's from another person and that'll take a while to get here. either way, i cant read any of these books yet since i just picked 3 more books on saturday that i had put on hold at the library.

      on wednesday last week, we had a fire drill, only for once, it was actually real. at first, everyone thought that it was just another drill, but when the teachers outside started telling us to go further in the field away from the school and we saw a fire truck go to the front of the school, we realized that it was an actual fire. 

      word started spreading that it was coming from the science hall so emily, rachel and i were like, "okay, it's either mr. givens or ms. bird" cuz mr. givens was actually having a lab today and yesterday (which is how i knew cuz i did it then) which included fire and ms. bird was also known to do fire experiments. and both classrooms are practically fire hazards anyway.

      but it turns out that there was smoke coming from a storage room inbetween two classes. that was it. that's why we only stayed outside for i think a little less than an hour. either way, it was kind of a disappointment cuz i wanted to get out of school, and at the same time, i'm glad that we didnt have to stay outside any longer cuz it was really cold. felt sorry for the kids who were in gym at the time cuz they were all in shorts. :P

      i forgot to mention, a couple weeks ago, i started watching this new drama that just ended recently called God of Study. i read a few comments that said that the drama inspired them to actually study and stuff, so i thought that i'd watch it cuz i needed some serious motivation. :P
      i started watching the first few episodes with shelle and we were both addicted. first of all, the drama isnt focused on love (at least, in the beginning it wasnt) like most dramas are. it was about this attourny trying to keep a bad school from closing. so that meant that i wouldnt have to endure endless hours of "does he like me?" "i hate you!" and a bajillion misunderstandings.

      secondly, the main characters are hilarious and really cute. i especially like the the dancer boy. everything he does makes me go "aww" or squeal. :3

      and thirdly, the little hints of love in the beginning episodes made the series even more addicting cuz i couldnt figure out who would end up with who. or they could all not end up with anyone like some manga/dramas do. i hate it when i cant figure out the pairings, but at the same time, i love not knowing cuz that just makes the series even more interesting.

      anyway, shelle and i finished watching the 10th episode on saturday. we're going crazy waiting for the next episode to be subbed. i cant believe that it ends on only 16 episodes.

      oh yeah, YUHNO IS IN LOS ANGELES!! HE'S WAY CLOSER TO ME COMPARED TO JAEJOONG WHO WAS IN CANADA! altho we're on the opposite coasts XD

      he's participating in a michael jackson tribute concert that alot of other artists are doing. not really sure when it's happening, tho...

      and Taeyang is going to open for Brian McKnight's concert in Seoul! he was actually handpicked to be Brian's opening performance. how cool is that?

      siwon kissed heechul. as;djf. what? i thought heechul was the one always doing the kissing!?

      and now for alot of pictures that have accumulated for the past 2 weeks that i've been meaning to share:
       I miss seeing all five of them together.
      changmin makes a cute nerd XD

      they've got a new japanese single coming out! forgot what it's called tho -__-" the cover is really bright.

      and some more pics from a magazine they were in...

      and now for some random pics i found online. most of them are food related XD
      isnt that so cool?!  i'd totally eat my toast if it was looking like that!

      ladybug sushi. i'll take sushi in whatever design they have :P

      except maybe the nemo sushi. it really does look like he got cut up and made into sushi o.O

      anyway, i'd eat the sushi with my SAMURAI CHOPSTICKS! XD

      i saw this pic of this guy with emo hair. it looked really cool. almost looks like a wig, but i'm pretty sure it's not cuz i saw another pic with him with different hair colors.

      and i found this pic pretty funny :D

      and that's it for now. i'll try to update with more stuff when i remember it!

      later gators