My Top Three Book Series

Before I start telling you about my top three favorite series, here’s a disclaimer: I love Harry Potter of course, but for the sake of exposing people to other series that don’t get as much attention, I am excluding it.

Okay, here we go!

  1. The Mara Dyer series by Michelle Hodkin

I’ve read this series as the books have been released. I believe I read the first book on what used to be, which was a website by Simon & Schuster where a free young adult would be released every month or so on the website.

Anyways, this is a psychological thriller-type story, which kind of splits off into some other interesting aspects (don’t want to spoil it!) It’s about a girl who calls herself Mara Dyer at the beginning of the novel to hide her real identity. She recalls her life from the moment she woke up in a hospital after being the only survivor among her friends in an accident. She and her friends were in an abandoned building when it collapsed and miraculously Mara survived. She doesn’t remember everything that happened because of shock and PTSD, but when she finally does…it’s unbelieveable.

  1. The Wake series by Lisa McMann

I have reread these books so many times and it never gets old! I found out about the series after they were released. At a book signing for Cassandra Clare, Lisa McMann was also there. I didn’t know anything about the series, but it sounded intriguing. I ended up buying the whole series right there and getting them all signed.

This one is about Janie Hannagan, a girl who gets sucked into other people’s dreams and experiences them from her own perspective. I don’t want to give too much away because this is a suspenseful read with twists and turns. Basically it’s a supernatural meets mystery-type book.

  1. The Edge Chronicles by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell

A fantasy book series. I read this series when I was in elementary school. I don’t remember too much about it, but I really want to reread it soon.

It’s about a boy named Twig who was raised by woodtrolls. The whole series is about him discovering who his parents were and discovering his own identity along the way.

I’m also surprised that I haven’t met many people who know about this series, so check it out!

I don’t know why, but I’ve found myself not wanting to write on my blog for a very long time. I got so tired of posting book reviews, even though I wasn’t reading that much either. I felt like I sounded pretentious in my reviews, so I’m going to try writing something else.

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Posted by on August 11, 2016 in Book Reviews, Book-related


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Camp Nanowrimo April 2016 & Updates

I am so excited for Camp Nanowrimo! I’ve never participated in April before, so it’ll be a bit different. But, I am so excited that I can hardly keep my fingers off the keyboard.

I participated in Nanowrimo last November for the first time and I really liked it. I only got to 16,000 words, but I am hoping to get to 50,000 words this time! (I know I’m a little crazy since I am also an over full time student with work study as well, but we’ll see!)

Next topic: my absence. I’m not just going to say, “I’m so busy, *insert ranting reasons*.” That is not why I’ve been away from blogging. Truth is: I haven’t had anything to say yet. I haven’t been reading much, simply because I’m in a bit of a rut, and I do have a few book crafts that I am working on, but I’m not quite finished.

And that seems like a good transition to my next topic: I just got a Pintrest. So, hopefully I can find some more book craft ideas and adjust them to my liking and share with you!

That’s all for now, but I’m on Spring Break, so I very well may post some more soon!



Posted by on March 20, 2016 in nanowrimo, Updates


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Review:The Power of Kindness and How Can I Help?

Hello there!

Today I have a paired book review. I paired The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci and How Can I Help? by Ram Dass and Paul Gorman. I paired these together because I had to read both books for a class for university.

I preferred The Power of Kindness (3 stars) over How Can I Help? (2 stars) because How Can I Help? was quite a dry book. It was organized in a more confusing format and it wasn’t written in a very enticing way. The Power of Kindness was organized by trait, i.e. Empathy, Kindness, Sense of Belonging, etc.

I gave both books quite low ratings, although I may have enjoyed it more had I not read them together and for a class. I felt reading both together was too much since they have just about the same material, in different words.

I would recommend The Power of Kindness for everyone, but I don’t think I would recommend How Can I Help? to anyone because it isn’t as accessible and it doesn’t capture your interest as well as The Power of Kindness.

That’s all for now! Until next time!


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Posted by on January 25, 2016 in Book Reviews


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“Where I’m From” – Poem

I’m from DIY-ers

From warm cookies taken out of the oven.

From soft clothes and cosy blankets,

I’m from the only peach-colored house I’ve ever seen.


I’m from “Right on!”

From “Gorgeous, babe!”

From “Que sera, sera”

I’m from the unspoken words which desperately need to be heard.


I’m from Little Debbie and Alexander the Grape,

From baklava to beef stroganoff.

I’m from 4 grapes and Bloody Marys on New Year’s Day.


I’m from eternal sunshine,

From rainy, gloomy weather and cold red telephone booths.

I’m from caring, loving people,

From people who are long gone from my life.



I’m from instruments strewn throughout the room,

From vases of flowers from the garden.

I’m from candles burning, filling the room with its warmth,

From hand-painted art, framed and hung on the wall.




Hey guys,

I just thought I’d share a poem I wrote in one of my classes two weeks ago. Let me know what you think!

Allison (Spectacles)


Posted by on January 22, 2016 in About Spectacle Aglow, Thoughts


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Review: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

Review: <i>Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban</i>

Hey guys!

No, this is not the first time I’ve read Harry Potter. I am planning to try to reread them all this year since when I was young, I read them as they were released. So, I probably didn’t have a good picture of what the whole series looked like. And, besides, I was so young (I started them when I was six years old!) that I don’t think I fully comprehended everything or appreciated the intelligence with which the world was constructed (as I especially found in the third book!)

I thoroughly enjoyed this one! My old favorite used to be the Goblet of Fire, but I found this one had so many sweet moments and was so thoughtfully created. I think I must’ve read the Goblet of Fire four or five times when I was little (once even in one day!), but this one just might be my new favorite.

I gave this one 5 stars, updated from my previous 3 stars when I first added the book as read on Goodreads.

This is also my first book for the British Books Challenge this year! I can’t wait to reread the rest and discover some new British series as well!




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British Books Challenge 2016

Hey guys,

Okay, I was totally unsuccessful at regularly participating in this last year. But, “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”

So, I’m trying again!

This year the Challenge is hosted by The Overflowing Library. I’m not going to give myself a goal for this, I think I’l just try to read as many as possible (also going with the “at least 12 books a year” listed for this challenge). I do want to reread all the Harry Potter books in order since when I was young I read them very spread out. (I’ll be starting with the 3rd book since I’ve already the first 2 very recently…)

Join me, if you’d like to 🙂

That’s all for now!

Allison (formerly Spectacles)



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New Year, New Books!

Hey guys,

This will be just a brief update post.

I’m so excited to start a new year and with it, my goals for the year.

I haven’t been as interested in posting book reviews anymore, but I will of course keep reading. Who knows. I won’t rule it out, meaning if I find a book thought-provoking I may post about it. But, I’m really enjoying just sharing my thoughts on here.

Anyways, in 2016 I hope to read 52 books again (which I actually completed this year for the first time!) and hopefully more. I want to read more British books (good thing I just found out my professor for Literature at university focuses on British Literature!) and try to post more on here since I fell out of the habit after a while last year.

I hope to create more art, especially from books since I have so many that are so beautiful (but I may not enjoy reading much…) that I want to create into even more beautiful art!

Well, that’s about all for now!

I hope to talk to you soon!

Allison (formerly known as Spectacles)



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Posted by on January 10, 2016 in About Spectacle Aglow, Updates


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