#HaulinLikeAVillain : E-books in Kobo App

I’m still on a book review high from last month and found a couple more of books to read and is on preview in Kobo app.

Who here uses Kobo? It’s an e-book store and the app let’s you earn badges whenever you reach certain level of book reading. The badges are a great feature. For someone who doesn’t so much as read books, this is a fun way to get them to read and read some more.

What I bought and currently reading


Of Neptune

I definitely must have the final book of the Syrena series. I couldn’t find a copy of it on scribd.com/. And I’m finally done with it. I’m now able to check my bucket list for this year which is to read a book series.

I think vampires and werewolves fiction is overrated. Mermaids are going to be invading the movie screens pretty soon. I hear someone’s making a movie of the books. Actors in mermaid costumes should be fun to see. LOL!

Rebels: City of Indra

There’s a reason why I prefer getting an e-book version. Books that might not be that good or just not worth adding in the book shelf. Well, in my personal book shelf that is.

I’m still reading the Rebels book and everyone know it’s by the Jenner sisters, Kendall & Kylie. Well, I’m sure they didn’t write the book. Simon and Schuster employed a ghost writer to build the book but it’s initially Kendall & Kylie’s idea what the book is going to be about, where the story will lead to and all that. The writers, Elizabeth Killmond-Roman & Maya Sloan, were given credit.

I’m still a few chapters in the book so I can’t really say much about it. The intro is quite long actually like they were expecting the book to be adapted into a movie. So, that’s what I can say about it so far.

The Story of Us

I heard about it from one of a Youtuber, book reviewer. I don’t know anything much about it except it’s a fiction, adult, romance book. And, I think it’s a short book by the author. I don’t want to say what’s already being said in the summary. Just search for the book to find out. I’m pretty impressed by the book cover. It’s one of those images you want to reblog on Tumblr or pin on Pinterest.

What books are you currently reading? Tweet me @_audreyisms because I love a good book recommendation.

Thank you for reading and come back often!

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#HaulinLikeAVillain : Business Card Holder

This is actually not a haul at MOO.com website but is part of a haul I’m focusing throughout BER months. I might own this hashtag for any haul post I’ll be sharing in my blog so it’s easier to track in social media. Feel free to share your haul and in using the hashtag.

Cheap Business Card Holder

I was never in the market for a business card holder. I hardly use my business cards and had it for a long while that the information on it needs updating.

I bought the business card case from MOO.com because I received a coupon gift from Klout.com and I thought I’m not ready to purchase things that’s going to arrive 30 days or more in the mail.

With the Klout.com coupon code, I only paid about £0.50 for the card holder. It’s the cheapest find on the site and I didn’t want my coupon to go to waste.

It’s an Acrylic Business Card Holder in fuschia that is for £6.11. The case has slide-in compartment on both sides. One side is for your personal card and the other side is where you can keep cards you collect. It’s very handy when you go to an event, I think.

What’s sad about my card case is that it came in cracked on one side. They should have wrapped the case in bubble wrap since it’s made of acrylic. Or, did they send me a cracked case because I only paid fifty cents to have them? Tsk tsk tsk.. LOL!

Here’s to my purchased feature in the BER Months 2014. If you are in the look out for a business card holder, that’s cheap, really good quality and colour, check out the MOO.com.

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#Bookathon : Something Orange Book Read

Here are three great books with the same book cover color.

SomethingOrange Bookathon

“The Catcher in the Rye” was a recommendation in Goodreads.com. The book is a classic and is widely read by kids in American schools. If it’s good enough to be part of English Literature class in the US then it’s worth the read.

“For One More Day” is by one of my favorite author, Mitch Albom. I have been a fan of his work ever since “Tuesday’s with Morrie”. His work is very heart warming and touching. I’ve never been disappointed with any of his books including this one. I also appreciate the size of the font of this particular book.

“The Alchemist” is the very first book I’ve read of Paulo Coelho and has remained one of my favorite books of all time. The orange book cover is the 25th anniversary cover. The book title is embossed, adding texture to the book and the author’s name embedded on the spine. I’ve read the book at a time that was difficult and it has inspired me to turn my life around. I’m rereading the book right now and I’m happy I bought the bigger size book with the bigger font text. I highly recommend this book!

August has now ended and so has #Bookathon August. Until next year, perhaps?

Here are the books I’ve read and reviewed this month.

  1. Audrey Hepburn – A Life in Pictures
  2. The Vagina Monologues
  3. A Wrinkle In Time
  4. The Syrena Series – Of Poseidon
  5. The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting

Let me know if you have read the following books and share with us what you thought of it.


#Bookathon : The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

I am drawn to the book when shown by, again, a Youtuber I follow. If you collect books, you’ll love this one in your library. The sides of the pages are in red colour. Unique, I think! I don’t have the right to collect real hard copy . Our books are in the verge of spilling out of it’s little space in our bedroom. Once again, getting the e-book version in Kobo wasn’t that hard at all.

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting

The book is about a young High School girl named Bree. She walks the halls of school always trying to be invisible but fails miserably at times. She dreams of becoming a somebody at such a young age and to be a well-known writer.

After too many failed attempts at it, and after a hurtful comment from a teacher she value, she decided to try to get a life. A life just like the popular kids in school. The lives she thinks are interesting. Without the knowledge of her only and the closest friend, Holdo, she transformed herself, AKA a much-needed makeover really, into someone like the other girls in school. Holdo finds out his friend’s new version of herself, did not like it at all and placed distance between them in school and out.

Bree likes to make lists and just like what the book title suggests, there is a list, Bree’s list on how to be interesting. The list was published in a blog she does not share to anyone. The new Bree made heads turn and gave her access to the exclusive popular kids circle. All her experiences, the personal information she gets from these popular kids, her love for her teacher and her behavioral problem and by one popular girl were well-documented in her blog.

The Review

The setting is nothing original. Of course, it’s a Young Adult (YA) book! If you watched The Breakfast Club, Perks of Being a Wallflower and Mean Girls movies, this book has elements from them. What I haven’t come across is the blatant description, in a form of a list, on how kids perceive other kids to be or how they think they should be to be interesting. How interesting equals popularity in school.

It’s a fictional book but the lessons you pick up is definitely applicable to this current day and age. The book also touches on issues like bullying, peer pressure, rape, pornography distribution, high school life, forbidden love, family dynamics, only child syndrome, loneliness, friendship, self-harm and more.

This book will make a good book reading for kids in school and followed up by a class discussion.

The Manifesto on How to be Interesting
By Holly Bourne
ISBN13: 9781409562184
Usborn Publishing
e-book Kobo

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#Bookathon : The Syrena Series – Of Poseidon

I was looking for a new book series to start and finish reading. The last book series I read is the Shades of Grey series. I’ve heard of this new series from a book Youtuber and I thought that I might as well check it out.


Of Poseidon By Anna Banks – Book Review

Of Poseidon is the first book of the Syrena Series. It is about the underwater world of mermaids or rather syrena’s as what they are called in the book.

The book started with Emma on a vacation in Florida with her best friend and ran into an accident with Galen, a Syrena prince, and his twin sister, Rayna.

Galen is the ambassador of the humans in the syrena world. He is in search of a girl who can speak to the fishes. Emma is not yet aware of her capability and the death of her best friend, shark accident, still made her unaware she can speak to the underwater creatures.

The setting is high school in New Jersey in the human world and the two kingdoms of the seas, Poseidon and Triton, in the underwater world.

That’s about the spoilers I can tell you about the book.

I am confused with the language used in the book. The story revolves around high school kids. There are lines that made me laugh, made think of how high schoolers speak and there are lines that you don’t quite hear being used by kids of their supposed age.

I am both annoyed and adored Rayna’s girl power character and the syrena’s antics in the human world made me laugh.

There’s a part of the book that reminds me of Twilight series, how Galen is drawn to Emma. Also, the book seem to drag somewhere in the middle and I wanted it get along fast so I’ll know how the book ends.

Overall, I could’t put the book down. It’s a refreshing change to all that vampires, werewolves and angels series going around the bibliophile world.

A Feiwel and Friends Book
“Of Poseidon”
By Anna Banks
Copyright 2012
ISBN: 978-1-250-00332-4
Kobo e-book

Have you read this book series? What do you think? Are you excited to watch the movie version? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

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#Bookathon : A Wrinkle In Time

I’ve only heard about this book only once and it got me curious enough to buy the e-book on Kobo. I wasn’t sure how I’d feel about reading children’s and fantasy book. I was never able to finish reading one. I jumped into this story without prior judgment or idea written somewhere in the worldwide web.

A Wrinkle In Time

Book Review: A Wrinkle In Time by Madeleine L’Engle

It is a fiction book for kids that cater to all age group, a John Newbery Medal awardee and a quintet book series. A story about the real world and fantasy. The story touches on Science, time travel, Universe, Literature, Languages, family, Angels, Religion and love.

The story is about the Murry family and Calvin O’Keefe who was a friend of the main characters. The elder Murry’s are both scientist and they have 4 odd or special children. The story started with Mr. Murry who’s been away on a Government mission for a very long time that the entire town are talking about him leaving his family for good. His two children, Meg and Charles Wallace, befriended three thieves/witches who made them see that they know where their Father is. Charles Wallace, who has an advance intelligence and to see through people, believed them. He persuaded his sister and Calvin to go on this mission to find their Father.


On their journey, they met various characters that reminds me so much of Mother Earth, Angels, Evil/Satan. All throughout the story you will read about various literary works, galaxy and the universe explained, the good and evil doings of Human beings on Earth and it’s effects, Religion as the characters talk about Jesus and mentioning Bible verses. The children were sent into a world to which they can only travel and where their Father is.

A must read! I love the little surprises of beautiful life and literature quotes incorporated in this book. As an adult, you will see how easy it is to forget the life lessons we were taught as kids. The book to me is reminiscent to that of “The Giver”+”The Little Prince”+”Harry Potter-esque adventure book”. If you love all these books, you’ll enjoy A Wrinkle In Time. I heard the graphic novel version makes a good addition to one’s book collection.

A Wrinkle in Time is soon to be adapted to a movie directed by no less than the Frozen animated film Director! Exciting news!

Square Fish
“A Wrinkle In Time”
An Appreciation Copyright 2007
Book design by Jennifer Browne
Mass Market Edition: May 2007
Kobo e-book

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#Bookathon : The Vagina Monologues

I’ve heard about the theatre play “The Vagina Monologues” long time ago. I’ve never come across the book version until now. Since it’s not playing in theatres near me, reading about it is the next best thing.

The Vagina Monologue

This is probably the most feminist read I’ve ever come across. 

The book is literally all about vagina. It’s a monologue of the different women Eve Ensler encountered at events, activities or interviewed.

You’ll encounter the different ways women name their vagina from when they were told as a young girl to adulthood. The women she interviewed were from different backgrounds, life experiences and from different era. You’ll read about women who’ve gone through abuse, rape, giving birth to women from a time where talking about sex or body parts is shunned.

Questions like: “If your vagina could talk, what would it say, in two words?”, “What does a vagina smell like?”, to “If your vagina got dressed, what would it wear?” and more.

Stories are told in a poetic way to in your face, too much information way. Vagina facts are inserted in a couple of chapters from the history to facts about women and oppression in different parts of the world.

The book has 171 pages not including foreword, introduction and acknowledgements. It’s a fast and liberating read!

Essentially, The Vagina Monologues is written to bring awareness, to eliminate the causes and sources of violence against women, to prevent their devastating effects.

And I say, well done!

Villard Books
ISBN 0-375-75698-1
The Vagina Monologues
By Eve Ensler
The V-Day Edition
Copyright 2001
Paperback Edition
Book Design by Caroline Cunningham

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#Bookathon : Audrey Hepburn A Life In Pictures

Reading a biography or memoir has been in my must-read list for a long time. I thought I had to go through a really thick book of Steve Jobs or someone else’s autobiography. This coffee table book makes it easier and bearable to read about the life of a famous person. And why not read about someone who have the same name as me, Audrey Hepburn?

Audrey Hepburn Coffee Table Book

The book is hardbound with a protective jacket. The cover is that of an image of Audrey Hepburn dressed as Holly Golightly in “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”; her hair up in a bun; long, thick, dark lashes; long neck adorned with a beautiful necklace; holding a cigarette and wearing a little black dress. Doe eyed perfection!

I didn’t know a whole lot about Audrey Hepburn except that she starred in the original movie “Sabrina”, then the iconic movie “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and that she has impeccable fashion sense.

The book contains more than 160 photographs and mostly in black and white which is true to the time when Audrey Hepburn started her career as an actress.

12 Things I Didn’t Know About Audrey Hepburn Until Now

  1. She is Dutch, from The Netherlands, born to a Dutch Baroness.
  2. She is quite tall at 5’7” and that she suffered bulimia as a young girl.
  3. Along with her Mother and brother, Audrey helped the Resistance during the war between Holland and Germany.
  4. Her life mirrors that of Anne Frank, 10 years old when war started and 15 years old when war ended.
  5. She suffered from malnutrition and contracted jaundice when she was randomly stopped, questioned, then escaped from German arrest and all alone went into hiding for month with only bread and fruit juice she was carrying with her on that day to town.
  6. She was a trained ballerina and did modelling on the side.
  7. Movie “Roman Holiday” was her first leading role which she also won an Oscar for Best Actress. Her first movie that I also watched and owned in VCD.
  8. Audrey Hepburn smoked cigarettes.
  9. She was really good friends with couturier Hubert de Givenchy of The House of Givenchy, having styled and dressed her, and created the iconic Audrey Hepburn style.
  10. Pivotal movie” My Fair Lady” received various nominations except Best Actress for Audrey Hepburn. The award was won by Julie Andrews for “Mary Poppins” that year.
  11. She turned down the role of Anne Frank.
  12. She died early due to abdominal cancer.

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