Wednesday, October 11, 2017

September Book Haul and Wrap-Up!


Happy October, everyone! I've been having a good month so far and I hope all of yours have been super great! I'm actually just a tiny bit annoyed at the time that I'm writing this since I spent an HOUR typing everything up and adding in all the pictures and links . . . and it all got deleted.

Sometimes the refresh button TRULY hates me.

Anyhoo, I managed to type everything out again and it was actually quicker this time around? No idea how that happened but I'm glad and rolling with it. I had a pretty good month of book-buying, however, because of all the adulting I've been doing (SOMEONE SEND HELP) I've barely had time to read much of anything like blogs or comments, let alone books.

I'm going to try my very hardest to manage my time wisely and set aside that time for some relaxing with reading. I hope to post at least one post every week whether it be bookish or not so be sure to stay tuned if you're interested in seeing what I have planned for my next few posts. Now, without further ado, here's my book haul and wrap-up!
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REVIEW COPIES


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BOUGHT BOOKS
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The Secret Of Red Gate Farm by Carolyn Keene (1931 Edition) - Library - $1.00
The Sign Of The Twisted Candles by Carolyn Keene (1933 Edition) - Library - $1.00
Unashamed by Lecrae Moore - Hobby Lobby - $8.99
Skinny by Ibi Kaslik - Thrift Store - $0.25

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WRAP-UP
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CD'S

ALL THINGS WORK TOGETHER by Lecrae - Target - $15.99
LOVE YOURSELF承 'Her' by BTS - Amazon - $21.99
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VINYLS

LOVE by kirstin™ - Barnes and Noble - $13.99
COLLAGE by The Chainsmokers - Barnes and Noble - $15.99
FALLEN by Evanescence - Barnes and Noble - $15.99
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SONGS/DIGITAL DOWNLOAD
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OKAY BYYYYEEEEEE.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Album Unboxing #3: "Love Yourself 承 'Her'" - BTS


Welp, I failed as a blogger.

HELLO, EVERYBODY! Yes, I've only posted TWICE this month and neither of them have been book reviews. YES, I am still alive but struggling to feel human. YES, I have failed you all *cries in dark hole*.

I do really mean it when I say I'm going to be more active on my blog and continue trying my hardest to post more often, however, this month has been exhausting, to say the least, so please be patient with me! It seriously means the world.

Now that my apologies are out of the way, let's focus on the actual point of this post: THE ALBUM. You have no idea how excited I am for this post, like seriously, I'm legit dying.


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Okay, so, I'm DEAD excited for this album OMG. You've got no IDEA. I've been waiting for this album for about a month since I pre-ordered it before there was even a cover art. I was basically sold a promise and I was like "TAKE ALL MY MONEY!!".

Anyhoo, the album finally came (!!!!!!!) and I'm so excited to unbox it for you guys! Even though I've already opened up everything and already know what it came with and, well, it's all opened by this point because there are pictures of everything . . . you get the point.

Let's move on.



So first up, can we just talk about the cover? LIKE SO MUCH PRETTY. I love me some simple covers for albums and books, it's just very satisfying and I find it so pretty in all its simplicity. Anyhoo, the little letters and the flower is engraved with holographic amazingness and it makes me so happy. I love holographic anything so there's that.

It's also on the CD itself and it looks so pretty, I'M DYING.


The album also came with a little sheet of stickers which I plan on making into a phone case and by the time this post is being written, I'll have already made the phone case and I'll probably be taking a picture of it and posting it to my Instagram so follow me there if you're curious as to how it turned out.

It also came with that little book thing that I have no idea what it is since I don't know the language, BUT I'm sure it's interesting.

It also came with a poster so I'll be showing that later in this post so stay tuned and keep reading.





The album also came with photo cards, as always, and like always, they're currently sitting on my shelf with the rest of the thousand photocards I've gotten from other albums because I have NO IDEA what to do with them. Yay.

These are also double sided . . . like YES, THANK YOU.






This album also came with a "free gift" which I assumed was another photocard, which it was, so yay me for being psychic. I love getting little free gifts even if I know what they're going to be.

I probably shouldn't hope for extra photo cards since my collection is too big already and just wasting away in a dark little corner, but you know, whatevs.





And finally, the big finale, THE POSTER. Just like the photo cards, I have too many posters already but they're all safely kept in a box on my bookshelf. I'm so weird with posters, luckily one of my best friends related to me and I no longer felt alone in the world.

Anyhoo, I still love having posters of my favorite groups and bands even if I don't actually hang them up on my wall. Maybe one day I'll get over my weirdness . . . but let's be real, that's never gonna happen. MOVING ON.


So that's pretty much it for this album unboxing! I'm pretty much obsessed with every single song on this album, it's a little bit concerning. Like seriously, the first track gives me LIFE.

And, apparently, there are two bonus tracks to the album that are only on the physical album so that made me feel a little special when I found that out. Like, yay me, value the little things.

No idea at all when the next album unboxing will be, probably either at the end of the month or even in November, but we'll see. There are plenty of albums I plan on ordering so I guess stay tuned?






Previous Unboxings:

Alright y'all, so that's it! I really hope you all enjoyed this post and please stay tuned for my future posts, the next one will be my wrap-up and haul for the month of September and hopefully, a few reviews will roll out as the month goes on. Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!





Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Album Unboxing #2: "Hola Hola" - K.A.R.D + Storytime

What is up, everybody! Today I'm SUPER EXCITED to bring you all another album unboxing! I'm really loving that I'm able to do this on my blog now though I'm still unsure if anyone finds this entertaining so just roll with me here. As I've said before in my last album unboxing post, these won't be happening too often since it takes a while for albums overseas to get to my little Hobbit hole and this blog will remain bookish in all aspects. 

HOWEVER, I do have other interests besides books (*GASP* SHOCKING) and I really want to incorporate those interests into this blog and create more of a variety of topics. My blog is very special to me and I want to entertain people with my ramblings and whatnot, not just stick to one thing and one thing only. I'll be writing up a future post about why I've decided to make changes to my blog, what those changes are and topics I want to bring to The Bookworm Central so stay tuned for that if you want to know more.

Without further ado, let's get into the album unboxing! Plus, I have a cute little story that went along with obtaining this album . . . Read on.

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First of all, CAN WE JUST TALK ABOUT ALL THE PRETTY??? Like seriously, I was in awe when I pulled this album out of the packaging and saw all the beautiful holographic colors depending on how the light shone on the cover. Not only that, but it's whoa shiny.

I found it oddly satisfying it was to just hold the album in my hands. It's basically a book so I think you all know that feeling of holding a book that's the perfect size, weight, thickness, feel, etc. It's satisfying, right?

Okay now that I'm done being weird (FOR NOW) let me actually show you guys what all came with the album as it came with a decent amount of things. Not as much as my last album that I unboxed, but still, a good number and nothing that overwhelmed me. I like it when books or albums come with lots of stuff like postcards, bookmarks, stickers and so on but sometimes it makes my brain freak out like it's saying "WHAT DO I DO WITH ALL THE THINGS?"

Not only is it really holographic on the cover, but also on the back which only made me that much happier about it. I was really proud of myself when I took these pictures because the lighting was perfect and caught the colors so well and showed up way better on camera than colors usually do. 

As you can hopefully tell by the sunglasses in the corner, the album is a decent size which is great since a couple of albums I have are pretty big, almost bigger than a vinyl record even if you can imagine.

Anyhoo I'll stop talking already about how pretty the album is and move onto everything that came with the album itself so let's keep going.




First are the photo cards I received. In total, there were five, four of which are double sided and one having a playing card design which is pretty neat in my opinion. I usually keep these photo cards I have in the little plastic sleeves they usually come in in order to protect them from dust, dirt, etc. If anyone has any ideas on what I can do with these photo cards instead of just adding to the already big pile of them that I have, PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I've thought about using them as just mini bookmarks but I would love any other ideas! 

Then, of course, is the album itself which has this really pretty tropical detailing on it which actually goes along quite well with the title of the album. One thing that I really love about this group's music is that it has a bit of a Latin Pop feel to it. I pretty much listen to only Kpop, Latin Pop, and maybe a little bit of country these days. Maybe it's just the changing of the season but I'm in a serious mood for just those three genres right now and nothing else.

And finally, the big kahuna (I just LOVE that word) which is the poster. And as usual, the poster was freaking HUGE. I almost couldn't fit it into the frame as I laid it on my table in front of the window in order to get good lighting but ended up having to move it to the floor just to get the whole thing in the frame. 

I expressed how weird I feel about posters many times before and I really want to get over that weirdness since I feel bad about having almost ten posters of my favorite artists just sitting in a box. I've thought about maybe hosting a giveaway for the posters instead so that other fans of the artists can put the posters to good use and give them a home on their bedroom walls but I'm not quite sure if I want to part with them.

It's a strange relationship. Anyhoo, I included the album for size comparison and I think this is one of the biggest posters I own now. 


STORYTIME
Now that the unboxing is completed, there was a funny little event that took place while trying to get this album. When I first ordered it, it came quicker than I expected. It only took about nine days for it to ship to my house which was awesome and I was excited to open it as soon as possible. However, while the shipping status said it had been delivered successfully, it never showed up. A couple of days later, I got an email saying I needed to reschedule a redelivery as the first attempt failed. I rescheduled it no problem and the next day, I got another email saying my package was delivered.

Once again, happiness filled my heart and the excitement returned. Also once again, the packaged was nowhere to be found. About five days went by and with the package still not having turned up and checking the post office to see if they had it (they didn't 😔) I decided to request a refund. I ALWAYS feel bad having to do that since it's not the seller's fault for a package getting lost in the mail. The seller was so great though and gave me a refund THE SAME DAY I requested one and I gave them a great review in return on Amazon. 

I still wanted the album of course and decided to order the album from a different seller. It was going to take a little longer for it to get here but I didn't mind waiting two weeks, it'd be worth it. Surprisingly, the album came a week later, I opened it, took pictures (the ones above) and all was well in my little world 😁. THEN, a second package came a week after that and this happened:


YUP.

At this point, I didn't know what to do. I thought about maybe somehow returning the first album to the seller since they were awesome and gave me a refund and everything but I didn't know how to do that. Then I thought about giving the album away to someone . . . then I remembered I'm the only one I know who listens to Kpop . . . THEN I thought it'd be fun to maybe host a giveaway for the second album. I still haven't decided quite yet so I'd love to know if any of you out there would be interested in the giveaway. 

I went ahead and carefully opened the photo cards to see if there was a difference and there was.

The first set of photo cards is bigger than the first ones I got, as well as one of them had a different image of the group on either side. Other than that, the album is the same and also comes with a poster. Yay.

So that's officially it for this album unboxing. I don't know when the next one will be, maybe some time at the end of this month (?) so if you actually liked this unboxing, stay tuned for more in the future.

Lastly, I'm excited about some new posts I have coming up within the next few weeks as they're ones I've been wanting to write but was too afraid to post since it wasn't as "bookish" as my other posts. I really hope you guys look forward to some new topics coming your way and I want to thank you from the bottom of my coffee-loving heart for reading. Until next time, my lovely readers.

Read on, bookworms! See you in the next chapter!