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What is in a name
that which we call a rose
Hello, everyone, my name is Ezrah. That’s EzraH with an H (added to make it “look” female). It’s also the 15th book in the Old Testament and yes, I have often been mistaken for male. For some reason, people immediately forget my name, hence, my friends call me Zr, which I later changed to Zeee. I am also a quarter Chinese so my name in Chinese calligraphy is 司徒燕燕 (wherein the last 2 characters is my name). And since I’m also Filipino, my nickname is Yan Yan (my Chinese name). Whew! That’s a lot. Let’s get to know each other! Read more about me here.
Where in the world
am I blogging from
I’m blogging for sunny Southern California! No geo-tracking please! *wink But I was born and raised in the Philippines.
Why is your blog called
I Heart Romance & YA
My blog was originally called I Heart Romance because I love historical romance, my favorite genre. Three years ago, I read this little book called These Broken Stars by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner and was HOOKED to YA! I’ve already been a fan of Harry Potter (MG) but after reading Twilight (ehhh), I had abandoned YA for a few years. Anyway, because I also post YA reviews and mostly fangirl about YA books, I decided to add YA to my blog title. 🙂
These are my
As mentioned above, I love historical romance so you will find a lot of HR reviews on this here blog. I mostly read Regency and Victorian romance so you will find a lot of that here.
My second love would be YA so you will find a mishmash of YA sub-genres. I mostly read dystopian, sci-fi and fantasy YA so you will hardly find any contemps at all.
or not to post
I wish I were as creative as a lot of the bloggers so I don’t have a lot of neat features on my blog. But I do Top Ten Tuesdays a lot because LISTS! I also have the Book vs Movie feature where I compare the books I read to the movie adaptation that I saw. Bookish Discussions is where I talk about anything bookish! And lastly, I had the Hubby Reads feature (trying to revive this but Pierre is not cooperating) where I force Pierre to read YA books. He has not been cooperating the last year or so because of anime and he hasn’t been reading. I honestly have been trying to
force encourage him to read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas, but he has been dragging his feet.
ARCs I want
to get my hands on
I’m picking 5 ARCs that I want soooo bad.
- Wink Pippy Midnight by April Genevieve Tucholke – I don’t know what this is about but I LOVE the title and the cover!
- The Forbidden Wish by Jessica Khoury – Alladin retelling and jinni!
- Ruined by Amy Tintera – Fantasy, magic, and murder!
- Bright Smoke, Cold Fire by Rosamund Hodge – Romeo and Juliet retelling.
- Nevernight by Jay Kristoff – female ASSASSIN!
on my TBR pile
These books have been on my radar for a while now. And the first one I’m reading is Queen of Shadows!
- Passenger by Alexandra Bracken – time travel…. and did you see the BOOK TRAILER?!
- These Vicious Masks by Tarun Shanker & Kelly Zekas – Historical + YA – my two favorite genres +++ XMEN!
- The Shadow Queen by C.J. Redwine – another Snow White retelling!
- The Dark Days Club by Alison Goodman – Historical + YA + DEMON HUNTER! eeep!
- Queen of Shadows by Sarah J. Maas – I AM TOTALLY OBSESSED BY THIS SERIES!
with my book BFFs
I recently blogged about my two BFFs here. Oh yeah, and it involves CAKE!
I’d fall for
I did a Top Ten list of MCs I’d want to date. Ehemmm one has the same name as I do! But I’ll list down 5!
- Ezra Mason (Illuminae)
- Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles)
- Crispin “Bones” Russell (Night Huntress Novels)
- Tarver James Merendsen (These Broken Stars)
- Chaol Westall (Throne of Glass Series) * New addition to the list because OMG!
With me till the end
Obviously, I would DIE when I’m unleashed in the post-apocalyptic world, but I’d rather die with these people on my side!
- Daryl Dixon (The Walking Dead) – Good with a crossbow, HOT
- Celaena Sardothien (Throne of Glass) – assassin, good in hand to hand combat, [spoiler]Fae, FIRE power[/spoiler]
- Linh Cinder (The Lunar Chronicles) – cyborg, Princess of Luna, mechanic
- Carswell Thorne (The Lunar Chronicles) – mechanic, hilarious (we need fun during these times), HOT!
- Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games) – kick-ass female, THE Mockingjay
My other amusements
when my nose is not stuck in a book
(images, except for the 3rd, link to Instagram)
- Coloring – believe it or not, I color while watching TV!
- Sharpie Mugs – after a few trials, I’ve finally made a successful sharpie mug and gave some away to my coworkers last Christmas!
- Digital Scrapbooking – I hardly scrap anymore but I used to love it! I still feed my crafty side by creating flipbooks!
- Photography – I haven’t been doing this much, but I LOVE macro photography!
This is my
I’m more of a 90s kid so I tend to love more 90s songs. BUT I’ll list 6 songs that I absolutely LOVE!
- Symphony of Destruction . Megadeth
- Lightning Crashes . Live
- Another Day . Dream Theater
- Her Name is Alice . Shinedown
- Thinking Out Loud . Ed Sheeran
- Forever . Papa Roach
If I had millions
my library would be
Have tea with me, please
Sarah J. Maas
BECAUSE I AM TOTALLY OBSESSED WITH THE THRONE OF GLASS SERIES!
Let’s get to know each other my dahlings! Link me up to your Love-a-Thon Questionnaire!
I didn’t even wake up and appreciate the awesomeness of ’90s music until we were well in to the ’00s (an oblivious child, was I), but now I know: They were the golden years.
Me too! I the 90s, I was more into Barbies and kids stuff. I started high school in the late 90s and that’s where I appreciated them…
Thanks for stopping by, Danielle!
Ha!my dream library would also just be a picture of Belle’s library! So perfect
I’ve already seen a few blogs answer this question the exact same way: Belle’s library!
Thanks for stopping by!
Hills of Books says
Oh my goodness how have I not heard of Bright Smoke, Cold Fire!! It sounds amazing!! But another book I’m going to have to wait impatiently for *sigh*. I just love forbidden love and re-tellings so Romeo and Juliette re-telling should be right up my street! Thanks for mentioning it! ❤
Hills of Books recently posted…2016 Love-a-Thon: Get to Know Me Questionnaire
The cover was just revealed this week and it is GORGEOUS!
Thanks for stopping by!
I’ve been hearing nothing but good things about Passenger. I have yet to read it though! I also haven’t read Alex Bracken’s Darkest Minds series. Nice to meet you!
Krystianna @ Downright Dystopian
Me too! I still haven’t gotten hold of the book or audiobook yet. Did you see the book trailer?!
Angela @ Angela's Library says
Haha, your Hubby Reads feature cracks me up! It’s so cool that your husband cooperates and actually reads the books you recommend…now I just need to figure out how to get my own husband to do the same thing. 🙂
I need to revive it ASAP, but he has been binge watching Naruto and other anime shows on Hulu/Netflix so he hasn’t! The first book I recommended to him was this little series called The Hunger Games. I’m currently pushing for him to read Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas!
Jessica@Lovin' Los Libros says
I LOVE These Broken Stars! Definitely one of my favorites! I am super excited for Bright Smoke, Cold Fire and The Forbidden Wish too! Same for The Shadow Queen and Passenger! Why are there not more hours in the day?! I absolutely love your book boyfriends that you chose! I think the only one I don’t know is Thorne, because I’ve only read Cinder, but I’m hoping to remedy that this year!
Jessica@Lovin’ Los Libros recently posted…2016 Love-a-Thon Mini Challenge #1: Mix and Match
Thorne appears in the second book, Scarlet and HE IS TO DIE FOR! He reminds me of Han Solo… who is also to die for!
Thanks for stopping by!
I live in So Cal too! And historical romance is definitely a fave of mine. Nice to meet you!
Nice to meet you Samantha from SoCal! 🙂
Belle’s library? Yepp! I love all the pictures, Ezrah! I’ll probably be bothering you for YA recommendations at some point 🙂
No problem! I am happy to share! I mostly read YA and Historical Romance so I can helo you in any of those genres!
Thanks for dropping by, Annika!
Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure says
I’ve never read historical romance! (Well, I’ve read some YA ones.) I want to give it a try soon, though. 🙂 I love TTT because of lists too. Ahh, Daryl is PERFECT for the apocalypse squad!
Kaitlin @ Reading is My Treasure recently posted…An Anime Update ~ Everything I’ve Seen So Far
You should! I recommend starting with The Wallflowers series by Lisa Kleypas… SOOOO GOOOD!
DARYL = YES!!
Thanks for stopping by, Kaitlin!
Hi Ezrah (Zeee) omg all your 2016 releases I am so excited for. Wink Poppy Midnight has such a pretty cover and Nevernight too! Meg’s design with the typography for that is just gorgeous. AND YES NEW ROASMUND HODGE.
Sarah J Maas is everything that is all. ACOMAF AND TOG5 THIS YEAR ERMAGHERD. She is my fav.
So Wink Poppy Midnight is waaay out of my comfort zone but THE TITLE AND THE COVER THO!! So I’m adding that in! Currently obsessed with TOG and I can’t believe what took me so long to read this series!!
Thanks for sotpping by, Jaz!
Alexa S. says
So happy that we met via flipbook even before this event began! I think Andi did an excellent job assigning you to me 😉 And I’m so glad you’re a fellow Sarah J. Maas fan! I just love her loads, and think she’s amazing and talented and wonderful. You’ve definitely got to read Queen of Shadows! (And then we can discuss). Also, Passenger and The Shadow Queen are AMAAAAAAZING. Get to them soon! Thanks for joining the Love-a-Thon, and I hope you’re having fun!
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Hi Ezrah! It’s nice to meet you. I love your name by the way, but I find it hilarious there’s an ‘h’ to make it more feminine. lol
I’ve scene the cover for The Shadow Queen but I didn’t know it was a Snow White retelling. I’m definitely going to have to check that out. Passenger and the Throne of Glass series are also on my tbr list… as well a a lot of other books you mentioned throughout this post. 😛 I own most of them, I just read slowly. *sigh*
Yes. Daryl needs to be on all the apocalypse squads! *insert high five emoji*
I love your blog by the way and I’m following you on Instagram now. 😀
Elle recently posted…2016 Love-A-Thon // Mix & Match
Thanks, Elle! My parents thought it funny to name their only child after a male prophet… o.O
Oh, I read sloooowly too but I audiobook most of my YA reads and listen while driving to work. I live in LA so driving usually takes an hour to work and more in the PM so I get a lot of reading done this way!
Thank you for following both my blog and instagram! 🙂
La La in the Library says
Hello! Love-A-Thon hopping. 🙂
Ahh, I think this book is worth a read. and I can’t wait to read it ? I LOVE LOVE LOVE “These Broken Stars” .Glad to meet you and Have a nice Christmas!