When I’m Not Reading: Apps

October 25, 2014 When I'm Not Reading 36


Many of you probably wonder what kind of riveting things happen in our everyday lives (sarcasm) so we have decided to sporadically allow you a glimpse! Be excited. Whether it be a funny story or something so strange that happened we had to share it, you’re going to sit there and listen to it! Or else. (not sarcasm) Don’t forget to read our other When I’m Not Reading posts!



In addition to being incredibly random, this post also shares something that my technology loving self adores: apps. I can get pretty obsessive over something really fast, especially if it’s a game that others I know play because I am violently competitive love a little healthy competition. These are a few of my favorite apps on iPhone/iPad, but I’ll note if they are available for Android.

In addition to the basic social media apps like Twitter, Tumblr, Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest blah blah, these are what I use the most on my iPad. And I’m a incredibly cheap person broke college student and pretty much refuse to pay for apps so all of these are free (last time I checked). Yay!

I’m not being paid to endorse any of these, this is my honest opinion.

Rookie: Apple and Android


Rookie is a pretty nice photo editing app, one I use for when I’m taking pictures and am too lazy to send them to my computer. It’s quick and easy, plus has so many options for being a free app. It also has options to add the photo to Instagram, which I love because I don’t really care for the Instagram filters. It’s not a mobile Photoshop, but I love all the effects available.






Evernote: Apple and Android

If you ever needed a push to try Evernote, this is it. It’s a really great, simple app that can do a lot to keep you organized. You can enter pictures, to-dos, lists, and almost anything really. I mainly use it to remember little things I would otherwise forget, and I keep my weekly to-do on it. Plus it syncs to Evernote on your laptop so it’s really easy to pull up stuff wherever.


Candy Crush: Apple and Androidcc

No shame. It first was big about a year ago, and I know a huge amount of people that still play it to this day. There’s just something so addicting about it, it really hooks you in and I’m not entirely sure the background music isn’t lulling us all into a trance. My mother is on level 641 (I created a monster), and has a friend that has completed all the levels that are out so far. I’m only on level 280 something, but I mainly play if I am trying to pass the time or relaxing before bed.



8tracks: Apple and Android

If you are looking for something similar to Pandora but maybe want some more options, 8tracks is for you. If you like Doctor Who or even a specific video game, chances are, there is a playlist dedicated to it. It’s really nice if you like the specific feel of the music from a particular show and want similar songs.


BLOODMASQUE: Apple and Android



Guys, guys, guys, BLOODMASQUE is amazing! It’s made by Square Enix, and is an overall gorgeous, entertaining game. It was the first thing I reached for when I woke up in the morning and the last thing I saw before I went to sleep. (This sounds a tad obsessive, no?) It combines so many things I love: character customization, an open world to explore and walk around in, amazing graphics, a fun battle system, and competition. It’s an RPG that I would have easily paid for, but you don’t have to because it’s free. Unfortunately, it’s not supported on iOS 8, which is why I don’t play anymore, but if you haven’t updated, I highly recommend this. It’s violent and a bit gory though, fair warning.


Plants vs Zombies: Apple and Android

I’ve never played this game, but Bec likes it. It’s pretty popular, which is why I probably avoided it initially (that and Angry Birds, that game makes me so frustrated) It’s exactly what it sounds like. You use plants to defend your house from a zombie Apocalypse.


The Sims: Freeplay Apple and Android

I am a huge fan of The Sims, and I’ve been playing the PC games since 2003. The Sims: Freeplay is a mobile version of the game, and while it still lacks that feel the PC games do, it comes close to replicating The Sims experience. They are adding new updates with new content all the time, and it’s definitely an entertaining game. The graphics remind me of a mix between the original Sims and The Sims 2, but they aren’t an eyesore or anything.

What are some of your favorite apps?
Have you used any of these?
Do you have any apps you refuse to try?


36 Responses to “When I’m Not Reading: Apps”

  1. Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

    I’m eagerly waiting to upgrade my iPhone next month so I can get more space on it and put more apps! So I’ll probably be trying these sometime soon! I love games that are easy to pick up and play for a few minutes because I get tired of games quickly. I’ll be obsessed with it for a time but then I’ll stop. Right now I love BiColor – a pretty easy puzzle game.

    Evernote is the only app here that I’ve used, and I’m most interested in trying 8tracks and Rookie!
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    • Alise

      Exciting! Are you getting 6? I’m really curious about it. That’s how I usually like my games too. Definitely going to check BiColor out, I love puzzle games.

      Rookie is super fun, especially if you post to Instagram a lot. 8tracks is really great for music, I use it every morning :)

      • Charlene @ Bookish Whimsy

        Yes, I am getting the 6! I was not that happy they made it bigger, but I did want the newest phone, so I hope I’ll get used to it. :)

        8tracks will be great to find new music I think because I do like songs based on the mood they set rather than similarities in bands or artists. And Rookie might make me post to Instagram more, so I don’t know if that is a good or bad thing. LOL
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        • Alise

          My friend got it and said the same thing about the size but a few days later she said it was best, she never noticed the size difference anymore. I would say you’ll probably get used to it too!

          Same! That’s why I find myself using 8tracks rather than Pandora nowadays. Aha, I guess as long as you aren’t posting pictures of your every meal? ;)

  2. Manda

    I need to get on that Sims freeplay. I had it on my old iphone before I had an iPad, and it just drained my battery life way too quickly, so I had to get rid of it.

    I use Camera 360 (haven’t heard of Rookie) and that’s a really great app for quick photo-editing (and it’s fun to see people go overboard with the eye-enlargening tool. lol)

    Candycrush is also a guilty pleasure of mine. Hahaha, although I avoid sending invites/requests to people so as not to annoy them >_<
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I’m pretty much charging my iPad every night, darn games. I hear it’s worse for the iphone though.

      I think I’ve heard of Camera 360, I’ll have to check it out! Oh my gosh haha, now I’m imagining some really hilarious pictures.

      I worry about that too! That’s why I force my friends and family from real life to send me lives and tickets, they can’t really get rid of me ;)

  3. Nara

    O___O oh my god level 641 on Candy Crush. That is insane. I think I gave up around level 90 haha. I just couldn’t be bothered continuing :P

    I would have loved to have checked out Bloodmasque! I don’t really play that many RPG games on my iPad- just arcade style, or puzzle/word games. Unfortunately, I have iOS8 though.

    I tried doing Sims, but I couldn’t be screwed waiting around for all the tasks to be done and stuff. Especially since I have the PC version anyway!

    My guilty pleasure game right now is Rise of Berk. So many dragons haha
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    • Alise

      It really is. I ask her to play the harder levels for me xD I have a lot of friends who gave up around there too.

      I don’t either, not for lacking of trying though. I just can’t find any I really like. Yeah, I’m really hoping they will update to support iOS 8, I miss playing it.

      Haha, I have the PC version too so I get that ;)

      Ooh, going to check that out!

  4. Mishma @ As the page turns

    I am not so good with apps.When I download them, I am pretty obsessed and spend all my free time with those apps, but after a while I lose interest in them and they lay abandoned on my tablet until I uninstall those poor ignored apps.
    Currently, I am loving Quiz Up.It’s a quiz game which you play against an opponent.It’s really fun! There are a lot of categories, and my favourites are YA and Harry Potter.
    I haven’t tried out any from your list, but some of them sound interesting. I’ll stay away from Candy Crush though because my friends’ obsession with it and the hype it carries is a bit intimidating:)
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    • Alise

      That’s pretty much what happens to me too, haha. The ones I listed are the few I do tend to keep up with, though. I can’t bring myself to delete apps sometimes, I always feel like I could go back and play them sometime xD I can’t believe I forgot QuizUp, I also really enjoy that game! I remember being a total beast with the dog breed category ;)
      It’s really addictive, yeah. Haha!

    • Alise

      I know what you mean, when I’m at home I almost never touch my phone. They are good for trips though!

      Same! Sims 3 is my favorite!

    • Alise

      It’s really great! I use it every morning when I’m getting ready, it’s really nice to have a playlist for almost everything you can think of. You should! :)

  5. Tara

    I have wanted to try Evernote for sometime but I just don’t know if I would update it enough with my reminders. I love The Sims but I find the deadlines on the app are frustrating, I like to go at my own pace. I like using QuizUp. If you are a book lover, you will enjoy thebookquizzes on it.
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    • Alise

      It’s definitely something you have to get into the habit of doing, if that makes sense. When I first got it, I always forgot about it haha. Yeah, and sometimes the goals don’t go through for me on the Sims either. Me too-I love QuizUp :D

  6. Ebony @ Daring Damsels

    I’m actually not too big on apps. But maybe that’s because I only got a phone new enough and compatible enough earlier this year? Of course I have my social media apps, but apart from that, I don’t have a great deal. I have the app from my bank, 8tracks, Spotify, VSCOcam, QuizUp and Buzzfeed. Oh, and the app from my phone company. I’m not big on games. If I find a game I like, I easily become addicted, but I haven’t found any that I’ve stuck with for more than a week except for good ol’ solitaire.
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    • Alise

      Yeah, I mainly use apps when I’m on the bus or traveling, almost never at home. Love QuizUp, forgot about that one! Haha, I do the exact same. Reminds me of when Temple Run came out.

    • Alise

      Yeah I don’t use Evernote too much for blog stuff, it’s much easier to just have paper like you mentioned. I do type up reviews in there when I’m on the go, though!

  7. Andreea

    I haven’t heard about these apps before. To be honest, I don’t have that many apps on my smartphone. Just Instagram and some editing software for pictures. That’s it :)

    • Alise

      Understandable! I think I only started adding apps when I had to commute to college every day, it was an hour each way :/

    • Alise

      I know! My friend always asks me what I’m playing but more often than not it’s not available on Android. It’s so fun, definitely one of the best games I’ve played on the iPad. I’ll have to check it out then :) Thank you!

  8. A Canadian Girl

    Oh, Candy Crush. Lol, I was obsessed with it and would probably still be playing it if I could only get past the level I’m stuck on! I haven’t heard of the others except for the Sims and Evernote. Bloodmasque sounds cool though. I’m pretty sure I have iOS 8 so I guess I won’t be downloading that.
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    • Alise

      I know what you mean! I’ve given up for months at a time only to come back and magically get past it, or I force someone else to play for me haha. Aw, too bad! I’m really hoping they update to support iOS 8.

  9. Angie

    I use my phone to distract me if I am feeling anxious and what not. So I love to play games on there. I am always playing Plants VS Zombies and Solitaire. I used to play Candy Crush but it got too frustrating. So I quit. I’ve never really been into Sims… which is too bad since everyone loves it.
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    • Alise

      Same, it really helps me relax. I want to try out Plants vs. Zombies now… Aha, I get that-it does get frustrating. Yeah, it’s more of an open ended game, if you’re goal oriented it’s not the best.

    • Alise

      No! That sounds great, I’m definitely going to check it out!
      It really is, I like how open ended it is because you can never really run out of game to play.

  10. Anya

    Gaaaaaaaaah, why didn’t I read this post before I updated?!?!?!?!?!

    I’m still a fan of all of the Farmville type games where you need to build up a settlement of some kind but with a fantasy twist, so there was a Dragon Story or something game I liked for a while and the My Little Pony game for the same reason. I just like pretty things that I have to work towards apparently >.>
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    • Alise

      xD Did you recently just upgrade? That would suck.

      Ah, yes, those are extremely addictive. We kind of have a rule in the house now against those because my mother goes extreme with them. I think I played Dragon Story for awhile! LOL I get that, I’ve definitely done similar things.

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