Favorite Lines from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

Hey! Ho! What’s up readers? I’m back with another Favorite Book Lines. This time, from Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins. 😄📖❤


The Hunger Games was one of the first dystopian fictions that I have read and I have this habit of writing down lines from a book that I like while I’m reading, causing me to read slower to finish a book than an average reader. But I don’t mind reading slow because whenever I read the quotes I’ve written, I’m brought back into the world of that particular book and I get to relive the moments.

So without further ado, here are a couple of lines from Catching Fire that I like:

“I keep hoping that as time passes we’ll regain the ease between us, but part of me knows it’s futile. There’s no going back.”

“I can’t wait for the whole thing to be over.” “I know, but you’ve got to go through it to get to the end of it.”

“Just the sound of his voice twists my stomach into a knot of unpleasant emotions like guilt, sadness and fear. And longing. I might as well admit there’s some of that, too. Only it has too much competition to ever win out.”

“Sometimes things happen to people and they’re not equipped to deal with them.”

“Since I have set it in motion, I could do so much. Although I have no idea what exactly should be. But not deciding to run away is a crucial first step.”

“I have no time or energy to nurse wounded feelings.”

📖✏📒💖 How about you? Do you also jot down quotes from a book while reading? Let me know in the comment section below. 👇😄

More Book Quotes:

Favorite Lines from Cress by Marissa Meyer

The Time Keeper by Mitch Albom Quotes

Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo Quotes

Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo Quotes

Black Ice by Becca Fitzpatrick Quotes

Favorite Lines from The Land of Stories: A Grimm Warning by Chris Colfer

Favorite Lines from Carve the Mark by Veronica Roth

My Favorite Lines from Red Queen by Victoria Aveyard

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Thank you for reading and cheers to more books! 🍷📚💕😄
Love,

Flexi

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Google Translate Translates Book Titles

Hey! Ho! What’s up readers? 😄📚💕 How is your weekend going so far? 

This is what happens when you translate book titles using Google Translate. (Because Google Translate translates word for word)

From English to Japanese to Korean to Chinese to Russian to French to Italian to Spanish and back to English.


Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 

Large Animal, Where?

The Hunger Games

Games of Fame

To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before

This First of All Children Love

Divergent
A Quarter of

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children

Only Children at Home Miss Residents

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

Five People are Satisfied with Your Paradise

Catching Fire

Flash

P. S. I Still Love You

You are Still in Love Me to the 

My Not So Perfect Life

Perfect Life I Am Not the Case

A Court of Wings and Ruin

And Wings of the Court Destroy



Can you guess the original title of these books in English? Write it down on the comment section below. ☺

1. Torch at Night



2. We Stars Fault

3. All Light Location

4. Brutal Songs

5. Candles Again


*Disclaimer: Google Translate may not be the best at translating phrases and sentences because it translates word for word but it comes in handy when translating words. I do use it when translating Japanese into English at school. So thumbs up to Google Translate. 👍


Did you have a good laugh? I hope I made you smile! 😄 I’m sorry for the amateur editing. 🙇

Cheers to more books to read! 📚💕
Love,

Flexi

Book Review: Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart

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Hey! Ho! What’s up readers? I’m back with another book review! 😄

“There once was a girl named Milly who was the wolf’s coveted meal. Whose father left her in the clutches of an evil stepmother. Whose stepmother imprisoned her with monsters.”

Book Details:

  • Format Paperback | 226 pages
  • Dimensions 133.1 x 202.95 x 12.95mm | 263.08g
  • Publication date 14 Aug 2017
  • Publisher Michael F. Stewart
  • Imprint Publishing House
  • Language English
  • ISBN10 0993757944
  • ISBN13 9780993757945
  • Synopsis:


    Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.

    But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.

    “The wolf hunts. It prowls as I hurry down the hall past teenagers scavenging for pencils and kisses. Locker doors slam and laughter sprays like gunshots, but I ignore the jibes. I’ve bigger things to worry about. Like the wolf. Like the fire door. It’s a door in the middle of the hallway. For me, that door might as well be a bank of thorns. It might as well be a dragon’s hellish maw. But the wolf hunts, and through that door is my only escape.”

    Let’s take a minute to appreciate the cover design. It looks intruiging doesn’t it? A disco ball and a circle of chairs in the middle of the woods, what could possibly be happening here? The title and the cover design got me hooked when I first laid my eyes on it and when I read the synopsis, I knew I had to read this. And boy was I not disappointed with that decision. (Sorry, I got distracted there for a while.) Let’s get back to the review, shall we? 


    My Thoughts on Counting Wolves:

    Mental health has become an issue in today’s society what with the growing number of people suffering from anxiety, depression, OCD, anorexia, etc., mostly among teenagers.

    Numerous books focusing on metal health have been published and these books have helped victims realize that they are not alone and that there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel.

    Of course, different people have different experiences when it comes to mental health problems and some sufferers might relate to a book and others might feel offended for how an author describes anxiety or other disorder because it might be different from what they experienced and so they might think that what they’re going through is taken lightly and not seriously. (At least that’s what I’ve heard from negative comments of a mental health-themed book I’ve read before).


    This makes it hard for those trying to find mental health books that speak to their soul in which they can relate to. It boils down to picking the right book to read. 





    Boldly tackling issues of mental health, Michael F. Stewart tells the story in an honest and realistic way with hints of classic fairy tales like Little Red Riding Hood,  Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella, etc., almost like a fairy tale retelling but with mental health issues.

    A unique way of describing Anxiety and OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), Counting Wolves made me look at a different side to OCD. I’ve seen people suffering from OCD in real life but I think what I’ve seen are the stereotypical side to OCD where one is obsessed with cleanliness and get paranoid when one sees disorganized things and dirty stuff. But with this book, I learned how different people suffer from OCD in different ways.


    In this book for instance, our main character is obsessed with counting 1 to 100 before opening a door, before taking another bite of her food, before talking and before doing other things. If she doesn’t do this, she feels that the wolf will catch her and that something bad might happen not to herself but to someone else. This was her way of protecting those who she cares about. 





    As a reader, I know it’s all just in her head and our main character, Milly, knows this as well. That it’s all just in her head but with OCD and anxiety, she can’t help herself from obsessing and being anxious. It feels so real to her, that she can almost touch the wolf.


    At first, I was annoyed by the counting and it  made me impatient. I can imagine how the people around Milly felt when she had to count to a hundred before responding but as the story progressed, I slowly understood her and came to enjoy every bit of the book. You can see the growth of the main character as well as the supporting characters and not only them, but as the reader, you grow along with them too. 




    I like how the counselors handled them and the techniques used and how trained they are. I’m happy for Milly that she was brought to the care of professionals who really know what they’re doing and who are dedicated to doing their jobs because it is not always 100% guaranteed that when you go to a professional to seek for help with regards to your mental disorder, they will be able to help you. Countless lives were taken by suicide because not even therapy have helped them and a lot of sufferers have given up. It’s a sad fact but true nonetheless. But this book makes us realize that as long as there’s life, there is hope.

    I cannot emphasize enough how much I really enjoyed this book. A million thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of Counting Wolves! And to the author, Michael F. Stewart, thank you for writing such a wonderful book. 





    “That fairy kid is intellectually disabled and is actually really nice, and sure people have been naked, and they do help people here who try to commit suicide or are thinking about that, but that’s better than having it happen, right? Listen, I’m one of these people.”


    About the Author:

    Michael is an award winning author who lives in Ottawa, Canada. His graphic novels, novels , and early readers have been published by Rubicon Publishing and distributed by Pearson Education, Scholastic, and Oxford University Press. To learn more about Michael and his projects, visit his website at http://www.michaelfstewart.com.


    If you like this review, please give it a thumbs up 👍 to let me know and comment down below 👇  your favorite book with a mental health theme.

    Cheers to more books! 😄📚❤


    Love,


    Flexi

    Book Review: All Things New by Lauren Miller

    Hi readers! How have you been? I’ve been busy lately and haven’t posted for a while but I’m back now with another book review! 😊

    Synopsis:

    Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumbles. Now, she looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world, a place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

    My Thoughts on All Things New:

    A compelling story about love, coming of age, anxiety and psychological issues, All Things New by Lauren Miller is a worthwile read.

    I used to not like books having characters that deal with mental health wherein the characters fall in love but I guess I can make an exception to this. Jessa and Marshall’s chemistry remind me of Hazel and  Augustus in John Green’s novel, ‘The Fault in Our Stars’ and it’s just bomb.


    I’m sorry this review is very short. I just can’t find the words to describe how much I enjoyed this book. It may seem like I only gave emphasis on Jessa and Marshall but I promise, there’s so much more to this book than just revolving around the two.


    About the Author:

    Lauren Miller grew up in Georgia. She went to college at Yale and law school at Berkeley, then got married and moved to Los Angeles to practice law.

    She liked it. But at the same time, she felt like she was supposed to be doing something more creative. That feeling got stronger. So she started writing. It wasn’t long before she found herself typing out random bits of dialogue on her phone and pitching story ideas to her co-workers. One of those ideas became a script for a TV pilot. When it didn’t sell, she wrote another one and another one. Soon, she was ducking out of work to go to pitch meetings at studios and networks. She felt like she was getting somewhere.

    She wrote a novel in the first 100 days of her child’s life and blog about it, an experiment she called “embracing the detour.”

    That novel was her debut, PARALLEL, which came out in May 2013 from HarperTeen. Her second novel, FREE TO FALL, followed it a year later. Her third, ALL THINGS NEW, is coming out in August 2017 from LA-based indie publisher, Three Saints Press.

    *Big thanks to NetGalley for sending me an ARC of All Things New.

    Thank you for reading! 📚💕📖

    Love,

    Flexi

    July Monthly Book Wrap Up 

    Hello readers! How was July for you? July flew by fast for me. It was a busy month and quite overwhelming but I got a lot accomplished so that’s good. I hope you had a productive month as well.  


    This month, I read 9 books in total getting me closer to the 100 books I’m aiming to read this year. 8 of them are novels in English and 1 Japanese book. So without further ado, let’s jump right into the Book Wrap Up for the month of July.
    😄


    1. All the Wrong Chords by Christine Hurley Deriso

    Synopsis:

    Scarlett Stiles is desperate for a change of scenery after her older brother, Liam, dies of a drug overdose. But spending the summer with her grandfather wasn’t exactly what she had in mind. Luckily, Scarlett finds something to keep her busy—a local rock band looking for a guitarist. Even though playing guitar has been hard since Liam died, Scarlett can’t pass on an opportunity like this, and she can’t take her eyes off the band’s hot lead singer either. Is real happiness just around the corner? Or will she always be haunted by her brother’s death?

    I received a copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review and I’m so glad I did because I really enjoyed it.


    I wrote a review of All the Wrong Chords here
    👇https://flexireads.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/book-review-all-the-wrong-chords-by-christine-hurley-deriso/


    2. A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani

    Synopsis:


    After spending his childhood and school years in Albania, imagining that the miniskirts and game shows of Italian state TV were the reality of life in the West, and fantasizing accordingly about living on the other side of the border, the 1985 death of Albanian Communist leader Hoxha at last enables Gazmend Kapllani to make his escape. However, on arriving in the promised land, he finds neither lots of willing leggy lovelies nor a warm welcome from his long-lost Greek cousins. Instead, he gets banged up in a detention center in a small border town. As Gazi and his fellow immigrants try to find jobs, they begin to plan their future lives in Greece, imagining riches and successes which always remain just beyond their grasp.


    A Short Border Handbook by Gazmend Kapllani is another book I received from Netgalley. This book moved me and even brought me to tears. It also made me question myself a lot about life. I think this is a book everyone should read.


    I also wrote a short review for A Short Border Handbook. I’ve included some of my favorite quotes from the book as well so you can have a sneak peek of the book. Check it out (if you’re interested) here
    👉 https://flexireads.wordpress.com/2017/07/24/book-review-a-short-border-handbook-by-gazmend-kapllani/

    3. Kafka on the Shore by Haruki Murakami translated by Philip Gabriel

    Synopsis: 

     Kafka on the Shore is powered by two remarkable characters: a teenage boy, Kafka Tamura, who runs away from home either to escape a gruesome oedipal prophecy or to search for his long-missing mother and sister; and an aging simpleton called Nakata, who never recovered from a wartime affliction and now is drawn toward Kafka for reasons that, like the most basic activities of daily life, he cannot fathom.

    As their paths converge, and the reasons for that convergence become clear, Haruki Murakami enfolds readers in a world where cats talk, fish fall from the sky, and spirits slip out of their bodies to make love or commit murder. Kafka on the Shore displays one of the world’s great storytellers at the peak of his powers.



    Check out my review of Kafka on the Shore if you haven’t yet by clicking on the link below. 👇
    https://flexireads.wordpress.com/2017/07/12/book-review-kafka-on-the-shore-by-haruki-murakami-translated-by-philip-gabriel/


    4. ちびまる子ちゃん: サッカー少年ケン太の巻、 原作: さくらももこ (Chibi Maruko Chan: Kenta the Soccer Player)


    概要:

    清水市は「日本のブラジル」と自ら主張するほどサッカーのさかんな市。サッカー部が部員を募集していると聞いて、クラスはその話題でもちきりになる。サッカーが大好きなケン太が大張りきりでみんなを引っ張っていくが、 釣られただけのクラスメイトは数日でぐったり。けん太は友達をサッカーをあきらめないようになっとくさせられるのか、それともひとりで部に残って頑張り続ける?

    Synopsis:

    People living in Shizuoka City are very active when it comes to soccer that the city is often called the Brazil of Japan. When the teacher announces that the soccer club is recruiting new members, the class buzzes with excitement. Kenta, who has a passion for soccer, joins the team. Other students become inspired by him and join as well. When new members become dead-tired of practice only days after they joined the team except for Kenta who has a passion for soccer,  he finds ways to save the team. Will Kenta be able to convince his other classmates to continue playing soccer or will he continue following his dreams even if it means he will be spending less time with friends?

    今月は日本語の本は一冊しか読んでないので来月はたくさん読めるように頑張ります。実は学校で日本語の本を十冊読みましたけど全部すごく短い物語なのでこのリストには含めていないです。この本の書評はまだ書いてないので来月にアップしますので楽しみです。
    I feel guilty for reading only 1 Japanese book this month so I will try my best to read more Japanese books this August. I actually read about 10 Japanese books in school but they’re short stories and by short I mean really short so I didn’t include them in this list. I haven’t written a book review of this yet but I will be writing a review some time this August. I’m so excited for it. 

    5. Mockingjay by Suzanne Collins

    Synopsis:

    Katniss Everdeen, girl on fire, has survived, even though her home has been destroyed. Gale has escaped. Katniss’s family is safe. Peeta has been captured by the Capitol. District 13 really does exist. There are rebels. There are new leaders. A revolution is unfolding.

    It is by design that Katniss was rescued from the arena in the cruel and haunting Quarter Quell, and it is by design that she has long been part of the revolution without knowing it. District 13 has come out of the shadows and is plotting to overthrow the Capitol. Everyone, it seems, has had a a hand in carefully laid plans – except Katniss.


    The success of the rebellion hinges on Katniss’s willingness to be a pawn, to accept responsibility for countless lives, and to change the course of the future of Panem. To do this, she must put aside her feelings of anger and distrust. She must become the rebel’s Mockingjay – no matter what the personal cost.


    6. All Things New by Lauren Miller


    Synopsis:

    Seventeen-year-old Jessa Gray has always felt broken inside, but she’s gotten very good at hiding it. No one at school knows about the panic attacks, the therapy that didn’t help, the meds that haven’t worked. But when a severe accident leaves her with a brain injury and noticeable scars, Jessa’s efforts to convince the world that she’s okay finally crumbles. She now looks as shattered as she feels. Fleeing from her old life in Los Angeles, Jessa moves to Colorado to live with her dad, but things go from bad to worse when she realizes she’s seeing bruises and scars on the people around her that no one else can see. She blames it on the accident, but as her body heals and the hallucinations continue, Jessa wonders if what she’s seeing could somehow have a deeper meaning. In her quest for answers, she falls for Marshall, a boy whose kindness and generous heart slowly draw Jessa out of her walled-off shell and into the broken, beautiful, real world place where souls get hurt just as badly as bodies, and we all need each other to heal.

    Another book I received from Netgalley is All Things New by Lauren Miller. I will also be writing a review of this on August as well so look forward to that. ☺


    Check out Lauren Miller’s website here:    
    👉  http://www.laurenmillerwrites.com/

    7. Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them by JK Rowling

    Synopsis:

    Explorer and Magizoologist Newt Scamander has just completed a round-the-globe trip in search of the most rare and unusual magical creatures. Arriving in New York, he intends his stay to be just a brief stopover. However, when Newt’s case is misplaced and some of his fantastic beasts escape into the city, it spells trouble for everyone…

    So I have already watched Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them when it hit the screens last year but I haven’t read the book yet so when I found it at Book Off for just ¥500 and in really good condition, I knew I had to grab it before someone else does. I really enjoyed the movie and while I was reading the book, it was like watching the movie all over again. The cover is amazing and the illustrations inside are really pretty which makes me feel like I’m in a different world while reading. 

    8. Wings Unseen by Rebecca Gomez Farrell

    Synopsis:

    The Meduan and Lanserim ways of life are as compatible as oil and water. But when a menacing threat descends upon both countries, devouring all living things in its wake and leaving only husks of skin behind, Lansera’s young Prince Janto and his fiancée, Serra, must learn to work together with the beautiful Vesperi, an unpredictable Meduan who may possess the only weapon that can save them—magic.

    This book is like And I Darken and An Ember in the Ashes combined. I received this book from Netgalley and I will be writing a review this August so look forward to that. 😉
    9. Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart


    Synopsis:

    Milly’s evil stepmother commits her to a pediatric psych ward. That’s just what the wolf wants. With bunk mates like Red, who’s spiraling out of control; Pig, a fire-bug who claims Milly as her own—but just wants extra dessert—Vanet, a manic teen masquerading as a fairy godmother with wish-granting powers as likely to kill as to help; and the mysterious Wolfgang, rumored to roam for blood at night; it doesn’t take long for Milly to realize that only her dead mother’s book of tales can save her.


    But Milly’s spells of protection weaken as her wolf stalks the hospital corridors. The ward’s a Dark Wood, and she’s not alone. As her power crumbles, she must let go of her magic and discover new weapons if she is to transform from hunted to hunter.


    Another ebook I received from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review is Counting Wolves by Michael F. Stewart. I will be writing a review of this book as well so look forward to that also.
    That’s it for my book wrap up for the month of July! 😄 I hope you enjoyed it and if you did, please give it a thumbs up to let me know and follow me (if you like, I’m not forcing anyone) if you enjoy posts like this. ☺ Thank you for reading! 📖

    Love,

    Flexi ❤