1. Book Review: Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine

    Mockingbird is about a girl named Caitlin.

    She has Asperger’s syndrome.

    "Asperger’s syndrome, also called Asperger’s disorder, is a type of pervasive developmental disorder (PDD). PDDs are a group of conditions that involve delays in the development of many basic skills, most notably the ability to socialize with others, to communicate, and to use imagination." - WebMD.com

    She goes to a normal school, but she doesn’t have friends. The only person who she considers a friend is her brother.

    Then, he died. And it changed her life, completely.

    Perhaps, under different circumstances, it would have been easier to deal with what happened. Though, who am I kidding? The death of someone we know, especially someone who’s close to us, always leaves a hole somewhere within us that may not be patched anew, ever. The story, however, translates into words the difficulty of finding peace after the incident, and of moving on, especially of a person with a disorder like Asperger’s.

    So there goes the whole scenario presented in the 200++ pages of this book.

    It’s not hard to empathize with the characters in this book. After all, violence like school shooting happens in real life. It’s not just some fictional plot imagined by people. Michael Bay’s documentary would tell you that.

    I appreciate the author’s idea of not focusing on the suspect and the reason behind why he did what he did. That could’ve been a waste of 50++ pages. ‘Cause who cares? The damage has been done. Death is permanent. Knowing the reason wouldn’t make the situation any different. If I were a relative of one of the victims, I would not give a damn about it.

    Sensibly, the book focuses on the people left behind by the victims, and their journey, which is more like a struggle, to find closure.

    Do you unremember a tragic incident? No. You just move on.

    Moving on is not synonymous to forgetting. You don’t forget people who you cared so much for. Presence, existence, these may not always come in tangible forms. After death, we may exist through a non-living thing. People may see us in the trees, in the stars…and even in an unfinished chest.


  2. What I’m Planning to Read for the Rest of October

    So they aren’t your typical books that contain ghosts, vampires, werewolves, and other creatures of the night. They are more on the “mystery/thriller” kind of genre. Play the video to know what books “they” are.

    Thanks for watching! 

    xx, A


  3. Hello, Booktubing!

    August and September were my transition months to Booktubing. YES, I am claiming it, and announcing it, officially, I’ve immersed myself to the wonderful world of BOOKTUBE! *Insert confetti gif here*

    For the past month, I’ve posted a few videos on my Youtube channel, which are mostly book hauls. But the other day, I went ahead and filmed my VERY FIRST wrap-up video, wherein I shared all the books that I’ve read for the month of September. 

    But yea, suffice to say, I’m quite happy with this new found hobby of mine, thus far. Who would’ve thought that there’s such a thing called Booktubing? C’mon. Was I living under the rock? Or was I too consumed by my makeup palettes? Regardless, reading has always been something that I looove doing, so combining it with vlogging is but perfection. If that makes any sense. :)  

    So, this is the start of another section here on my blog ~ Ayn Reads. :) For future posts, or to catch-up on posts, you may click the #AynReads hashtag. I may do written book reviews, or just cross-post video reviews here, who knows! :)

    Thanks for reading / watching! ‘Til next! :) 

    xx, A


  4. {What I Got in the Mail} Collective Beauty Haul - Aug 2014

    Find out what stuff came in the mail recently (recently meaning several weeks ago, onwards). 

    Products mentioned: 

    - Too Faced Chocolate Bar Eye Shadow Palette
    - Sigma F10 and F05
    - Chanel Vitalumiere Aqua in 20 Beige
    - NARS Blush Palette in Danmari
    - NARS Luster
    - Maybelline Hi-lighting Blush in Pink Rose
    - Maybelline Rocket Volumizing Mascara
    - MAC Love, Rihanna Bronzer
    - MAC Lipsticks in Heavenly Hybrid, Goddess of the Sea, and Mystical
    - Dior Lipstick in Rose Baiser
    - Guerlain Rogue Automatique 
    - Urban Decay Lipstick in Catfight

    See full video here: 

    xx, A


  5. July 2014 Favorites

    My favorites for July include: 

    -St. Ives Apricot Scrub
    -The Body Shop Olive Shower Gel
    -Sigma F10 and Sigma E30
    -NARS Blush in Luster
    -Dior Addict Lipstick in New Look
    -MAC Flat Out Fabulous

    xx, A