October + September Book Haul + Pottermore Patronus + New Announcement

October + September Book Haul
Pottermore Patronus
New Announcement 

  I know that’s a lot…but sorry, I forget some other post than reviews are important too!!! I fail my book tag goal terribly these months…such a busy freshman. (Nonsense, I spent most of my time wandering around.) So! Let’s start with Pottermore Patronus!!!

  I was so excited when I heard the announcement and I did the quiz immediately that day, without any hesitation. Really, immediately. And you know what? I love my Patronus!!! I know a lot of people out there hate their Patronus, since it might be a salmon…or something like that. But, there are also extremely wonderful Patronus, such as Griffins, or Phoenix. However, they’re also extremely rare as well. I think I also got a rare Patronus? At least that’s what Pottermore told me, unless it said it to everyone. Still, I wish everyone of you love your Patronus regardless how much you hate the animal, Patronus aren’t always what we think they are.
 Ready to reveal my Patronus? The answer is—Tigress!!!! Yeah!!! I love Tigress, although I original hope that it’ll be a lion or lioness. But, still, they’re all great for me, even they’re just cat. I love cats!!!! And I think Tigress represent me well, though I can hardly tell you why. Instinct. Instinct. 


  Now, ready for the big announcement? I make a big decision last month. No, don’t worry, I’m not shutting up the blog, nor will I stop eating book or adding more book to my TBR file.

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I OPEN A NEW BLOG!!!!!! IT’S CALLED Vivian’s Book Pavilion Literature Page. You might find it already in “About Me.” But I’ll put the link here once again. As you might guess, this blog page is all about literature. I’ll discuss those literature works I had in my class with you, and perhaps add some of my personal perspective. I love literature class. I just love to discuss all those possibilities with professor and classmates. I especially love my 18th century literature course. I plan to take other courses by the same teacher next semester, it’s wonderful. Why don’t I put them in Vivian’s Book Pavilion? Well…I think some of you might dislike the topic of “literature” since they tend to need more time to understand the meaning of it and you need to know the background ages. It’s quite exhausted sometime, but the time is worth it. (Although I need to read like almost four hundred pages before my lessons, in order to discuss with classmates. But, some fun fact about my literature class. Although my father thought I was wasting my time reading all those YA fantasy, I found them a great help in my course. They help me get into it easier.)   

The last thing and the most important of all—Book Haul!!!!! I found myself totally forgot to do a September Book Haul, so I’ll do them together.  

September Book Haul
 
1. The Calling (Endgame Series 1) By James Frey

  The only reason why I bought this book? Because it has been on my TBR list so long, and it is on a great discount. So, I bought it, and I plan to read it during October.  

  Twelve thousand years ago, they came. They descended from the sky amid smoke and fire, and created humanity and gave us rules to live by. They needed gold and they built our earliest civilizations to mine it for them. When they had what they needed, they left. But before they left, they told us someday they would come back, and when they did, a game would be played. A game that would determine our future.
This is Endgame.
For ten thousand years the lines have existed in secret. The 12 original lines of humanity. Each had to have a Player prepared at all times. They have trained generation after generation after generation. In weapons, languages, history, tactics, disguise assassination. Together the players are everything: strong, kind, ruthless, loyal, smart, stupid, ugly, lustful, mean, fickle, beautiful, calculating, lazy, exuberant, weak. They are good and evil. Like you. Like all.
This is Endgame.
When the game starts, the players will have to find three keys. The keys are somewhere on earth. The only rule of their Endgame is that there are no rules. Whoever finds the keys first wins the game. Endgame: The Calling is about the hunt for the first key. And just as it tells the story of the hunt for a hidden key, written into the book is a puzzle. It invites readers to play their own Endgame and to try to solve the puzzle. Whoever does will open a case filled with gold. Alongside the puzzle will be a revolutionary mobile game built by Google’s Niantic Labs that will allow you to play a real-world version of Endgame where you can join one of the lines and do battle with people around you.
Will exuberance beat strength? Stupidity top kindness? Laziness thwart beauty? Will the winner be good or evil? There is only one way to find out.
Play.
Survive.
Solve.
People of Earth.
Endgame has begun. 

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2. Empire of Storms (Throne of Glass Series 5) By Sarah J Maas

  I know this is the book you all waiting for…unfortunately, since I got this book…I find no urge to read it. NOT AT ALL. So? It continues sitting on my bookshelf, waiting for me when the right time comes.

  The long path to the throne has only just begun for Aelin Galathynius. Loyalties have been broken and bought, friends have been lost and gained, and those who possess magic find themselves at odds with those who don't.
  As the kingdoms of Erilea fracture around her, enemies must become allies if Aelin is to keep those she loves from falling to the dark forces poised to claim her world. With war looming on all horizons, the only chance for salvation lies in a desperate quest that may mark the end of everything Aelin holds dear.
  Aelin's journey from assassin to queen has entranced millions across the globe, and this fifth installment will leave fans breathless. Will Aelin succeed in keeping her world from splintering, or will it all come crashing down? 

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3. Dorothy Must Die Stories Volume 12 (Dorothy Must Die novella) By Danielle Paige

  Yes!!!! I finally get the books!!!! As you know, I just currently finish The Wicked Will Rise and Yellow Brick War, and I love them. I love them. So, I’ll soon devour both of the volume after a finish The Rose and The Dagger.  

Volume one

  Long before Amy Gumm got swept away from a Kansas trailer park…Dorothy Gale received a package on the night of her 16th birthday: a pair of red high-heeled shoes. Dear Dorothy, the note read. I thought about silver to match the ones you lost, but in the end I decided that red was more your color. I think you know what to do with them.
  And with a knock of her heels, Dorothy returned to the magical land that made her a star—and Oz would never be the same again. 

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Volume Two

  Before the Tin Man, the Cowardly Lion, and the Scarecrow became Dorothy’s henchmen in Dorothy Must Die…
  The Wizard was gone, Dorothy had returned home to Kansas, and Oz was left a changed place. Glinda the Good Witch set the three friends on their new paths: the Scarecrow would now rule the Emerald City with his new brain, the Tin Woodman and his heart would travel to the land of the Winkies to become their leader, and the Lion would put his courage to good use as the King of Beasts.
  But in a place like Oz, where magic and temptation lurk around every corner, the gifts from the Wizard begin to take on a life of their own… 

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4. Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secret, Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban Gift Edition. By J.K. Rowling

  I have totally no resistance toward gift edition’s Harry Potter…as you might guess, yes, they cost a lot. But…they’re definitely worth it. So beautiful.  

Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secret 

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Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban 

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Now, that’s all for September. Let’s move on to…somehow a bit insane book haul. 

October Book Haul 

1. Peter Pan By J.M.Barrie

  As you might already know the reason why I brought this book—Finding Neverland Musical, my beloved of all. And this edition? It’s extremely beautiful. I actually fallen in love with it long before I watched the musical, but then the amazing musical just strengthen my determination to buy it.  

  For more than a century, the adventures of Peter Pan—the boy who can fly and never grows up—and Wendy Darling have captured the hearts of generations of readers. In this enchanting illustrated volume, the fantastical world of Neverland and its magical inhabitants, including the Lost Boys, Captain Hook, Tiger Lily, and the beloved Tinker Bell, are brought to life like never before.
 Peter Pan is packed with a lush array of colorful illustrations and interactive removable features, including a detailed map of Neverland, a croc o’clock with hands you can rotate to tell time, Peter’s shadow, and more. Beautiful and captivating, filled with breathtaking artwork, this stunning book is sure to become a treasured keepsake for fans of all ages.
 

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2. How to Read Literature Like a Professor By Thomas C. Foster

  Well…this actually need to be classified into Vivian’s Book Pavilion Literature Page, but I’ll just put it here. Actually, this is a book recommend by our teacher, so, f course I’ll read it.  

  While many books can be enjoyed for their basic stories, there are often deeper literary meanings interwoven in these texts. How to Read Literature Like a Professor helps us to discover those hidden truths by looking at literature with the eyes—and the literary codes—of the ultimate professional reader: the college professor.
  What does it mean when a literary hero travels along a dusty road? When he hands a drink to his companion? When he's drenched in a sudden rain shower? Ranging from major themes to literary models, narrative devices, and form, Thomas C. Foster provides us with a broad overview of literature—a world where a road leads to a quest, a shared meal may signify a communion, and rain, whether cleansing or destructive, is never just a shower—and shows us how to make our reading experience more enriching, satisfying, and fun. 

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3. Cruel Crown By Victoria Aveyard  

  Yes!!! I’m finally reading this novella!!! Same as Dorothy Must Die Series, I can’t wait until the final book come out in 2017!!! 

Queen Song
Queen Coriane, first wife of King Tiberias, keeps a secret diary—how else can she ensure that no one at the palace will use her thoughts against her? Coriane recounts her heady courtship with the crown prince, the birth of a new prince, Cal, and the potentially deadly challenges that lay ahead for her in royal life. 

Steel Scars
Diana Farley was raised to be strong, but being tasked with planting the seeds of rebellion in Norta is a tougher job than expected. As she travels the land recruiting black market traders, smugglers, and extremists for her first attempt at an attack on the capital, she stumbles upon a connection that may prove to be the key to the entire operation—Mare Barrow. 

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4. Flawed (Flawed Series 1) By Cecelia Ahern

  I have no idea what this book is about until now, but I did found the cover beautiful…so… 

You will be punished…
  Celestine North lives a perfect life. She’s a model daughter and sister, she’s well-liked by her classmates and teachers, and she’s dating the impossibly charming Art Crevan.
  But then Celestine encounters a situation where she makes an instinctive decision. She breaks a rule and now faces life-changing repercussions. She could be imprisoned. She could be branded. She could be found flawed.

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5. The Glittering Court (The Glittering Court Series 1) By Richelle Mead

  Despite the fact that I don’t really like Vampire Academy and this book was too often to be called as The Selection, I found the title rather attractive. Girls, can’t resist jewels.  

  Big and sweeping, spanning from the refined palaces of Osfrid to the gold dust and untamed forests of Adoria, The Glittering Court tells the story of Adelaide, an Osfridian countess who poses as her servant to escape an arranged marriage and start a new life in Adoria, the New World. But to do that, she must join the Glittering Court.
  Both a school and a business venture, the Glittering Court is designed to transform impoverished girls into upper-class ladies who appear destined for powerful and wealthy marriages in the New World. Adelaide naturally excels in her training, and even makes a few friends: the fiery former laundress Tamsin and the beautiful Sirminican refugee Mira. She manages to keep her true identity hidden from all but one: the intriguing Cedric Thorn, son of the wealthy proprietor of the Glittering Court.
  When Adelaide discovers that Cedric is hiding a dangerous secret of his own, together they hatch a scheme to make the best of Adelaide’s deception. Complications soon arise—first as they cross the treacherous seas from Osfrid to Adoria, and then when Adelaide catches the attention of a powerful governor.
  But no complication will prove quite as daunting as the potent attraction simmering between Adelaide and Cedric. An attraction that, if acted on, would scandalize the Glittering Court and make them both outcasts in wild, vastly uncharted lands… 

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6. The Crown’s Game (The Crown’s Game Series 1) By Evelyn Skye

  Oh this one, the one I’ve waited for ages to read. I’ve long think Russian Culture really appealing, and here I am, with The Crown’s Game awaiting. 

  Vika Andreyeva can summon the snow and turn ash into gold. Nikolai Karimov can see through walls and conjure bridges out of thin air. They are enchanters—the only two in Russia—and with the Ottoman Empire and the Kazakhs threatening, the tsar needs a powerful enchanter by his side.
  And so he initiates the Crown’s Game, an ancient duel of magical skill—the greatest test an enchanter will ever know. The victor becomes the Imperial Enchanter and the tsar’s most respected adviser. The defeated is sentenced to death.
  Raised on tiny Ovchinin Island her whole life, Vika is eager for the chance to show off her talent in the grand capital of Saint Petersburg. But can she kill another enchanter—even when his magic calls to her like nothing else ever has?
  For Nikolai, an orphan, the Crown’s Game is the chance of a lifetime. But his deadly opponent is a force to be reckoned with—beautiful, whip-smart, imaginative—and he can’t stop thinking about her.
  And when Pasha, Nikolai’s best friend and heir to the throne, also starts to fall for the mysterious enchantress, Nikolai must defeat the girl they both love…or be killed himself.
  As long-buried secrets emerge, threatening the future of the empire, it becomes dangerously clear—the Crown’s Game is not one to lose.

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7. And I Darken (The Conquerors Saga 1) By Kiersten White

  Oh! I only buy this book because it’s on a discount. But don’t get me wrong, I know this book for a long time, and there are a lot of people out there loving this book. So why not give it a try? 

  No one expects a princess to be brutal. And Lada Dragwlya likes it that way. Ever since she and her gentle younger brother, Radu, were wrenched from their homeland of Wallachia and abandoned by their father to be raised in the Ottoman courts, Lada has known that being ruthless is the key to survival. She and Radu are doomed to act as pawns in a vicious game, an unseen sword hovering over their every move. For the lineage that makes them special also makes them targets.
  Lada despises the Ottomans and bides her time, planning her vengeance for the day when she can return to Wallachia and claim her birthright. Radu longs only for a place where he feels safe. And when they meet Mehmed, the defiant and lonely son of the sultan, Radu feels that he’s made a true friend—and Lada wonders if she’s finally found someone worthy of her passion.
  But Mehmed is heir to the very empire that Lada has sworn to fight against—and that Radu now considers home. Together, Lada, Radu, and Mehmed form a toxic triangle that strains the bonds of love and loyalty to the breaking point.

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8. The Shadow Queen (Ravenspire Series 1) By C.J. Redwine

  You know I love retelling!!! So of course this book is on my TBR, and for a long time. It’s the retelling of…Snow White? Or Evil Queen? I’m not really sure. 

  Lorelai Diederich, crown princess and fugitive at large, has one mission: kill the wicked queen who took both the Ravenspire throne and the life of her father. To do that, Lorelai needs to use the one weapon she and Queen Irina have in common—magic. She’ll have to be stronger, faster, and more powerful than Irina, the most dangerous sorceress Ravenspire has ever seen.
  In the neighboring kingdom of Eldr, when Prince Kol’s father and older brother are killed by an invading army of magic-wielding ogres, the second-born prince is suddenly given the responsibility of saving his kingdom. To do that, Kol needs magic—and the only way to get it is to make a deal with the queen of Ravenspire, promise to become her personal huntsman…and bring her Lorelai’s heart.
 But Lorelai is nothing like Kol expected—beautiful, fierce, and unstoppable—and despite dark magic, Lorelai is drawn in by the passionate and troubled king. Fighting to stay one step ahead of the dragon huntsman—who she likes far more than she should—Lorelai does everything in her power to ruin the wicked queen. But Irina isn’t going down without a fight, and her final move may cost the princess the one thing she still has left to lose.
 
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9. His Dark Materials (The Golden Compass, The Subtle Knife, The Amber Spyglass) By Philip Pullman

  I love this series, and I love this edition especially. So after longing it for a year, I finally decided to buy it! 

  Philip Pullman's trilogy is a masterpiece that transcends genre and appeals to readers of all ages. His heroine, Lyra, is an orphan living in a parallel universe in which science, theology, and magic are entwined. The epic story that takes us through the three novels is not only a spellbinding adventure featuring armored polar bears, magical devices, witches, and daemons, it is also an audacious and profound reimagining of Milton's Paradise Lost that has already inspired a number of serious books of literary criticism. Like J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis before him, Pullman has invented a richly detailed and marvelously imagined world, complex and thought-provoking enough to enthrall adults as well as younger readers. An utterly entrancing blend of metaphysical speculation and bravura storytelling, His Dark Materials is a monumental and enduring achievement. 

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10. A Game of Thrones By George R.R. Martin

  Why do I buy A Game of Thrones? I’ve no idea, simply because it’s a 20th anniversary illustration edition and the fact that I haven’t read it in English…right? 

A GAME OF THRONES
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE
With a special foreword by John Hodgman
 Winter is coming, and in the frozen wastes to the North, sinister and supernatural forces are massing beyond the kingdom s protective Wall. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the land they were born to. Sweeping from a region of brutal cold to a distant summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, here is a tale rife with plots and counterplots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, as each faction endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones." 

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  And last…thank you for your patient to read the entire book haul…I almost gone crazy for this long long long long list.

Comments

  1. First of all, yes, I did read the entire post ;). I suggest just making the book cover picture a link to its goodreads page though, so that your post wouldn't look so long-winded? Idk, perhaps you have your reasons.
    Second, whoa. So. Many. Books. And there are actually some that I'm quite interested in! Expect me to pop into your dorm one day to borrow your books, hehe.
    Third, patronus!!(!!!!!) Somehow I've always imagined your patronus as a cat (or a sloth? XD), but a tigress is equally cool! I'd like to see what animal my patronus would be, but my pottermore account seems to have expired :P.

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    1. Sure! Thank for your advice!!! I'll remember to put Goodreads link next time! (But...I'll still put photos as well...for people without Goodreads accounts.)
      Well? Feel free to borrow book! (If you have the time😎) I'm actually going to order Heartless this month! (I know that you'll be interested in!)
      Sloth? Are your serious? (I know I'm lazy sometimes...but that doesn't mean my Patronus is a sloth!!!!😂) btw, I really love my Tigress!!! (It's related to cat, right? So don't be too disappointed even I didn't get a cat!)

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    2. Ah, that's not what I mean exactly--I mean that you can make the blogpost shorter by omitting the blurb, and those who are interested The book can visit its goodreads page by clicking on the picture of the book cover--which you might want to link to its goodreads page. Also, I visited the web version of this blog today, and I find some of the posts hard to read because of the dark colour of the fonts against the dark background colour. You might want to fix that? (Or perhaps it's just my browser acting up...)

      Ugh, the thing is, I REALLY feel like reading a novel (or ten) recently, but I'm bogged down by all my courses and midterms and lab reports and...yeah. *sigh*

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  3. Ahh!!! I'll make sure to think of that! And trust me, I've wanted to throw away my laptop (or blogger) for thousands of times for the black words. They just c em out unexpectedly.
    And...good luck with your midterms!!! I also had tons of them this months and I need to come out with a 30min script next week!!!! (Frustrated...)

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