Top Ten Tuesday: Things I Want to Do After Reading About Them in Books

Hey guys,
I’m back with another Top Ten Tuesday post, a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top Ten Things Books Have Made Me Want To Do or Learn About After Reading Them.

As much as I love reading fantasy books, I never did wish to undertake a saving the world mission nor do I ever want to take part in a heist (sorry Kaz!) There are, however, books that make me want to do or be able to do something such as:

  • Learn ballet.
    This happened when I was 10 or 11 and all I read was Japanese manga. There’s a very popular manga series called Mari-chan (by Kimiko Uehara) at that time and I believe I was not the only one who dreamed to become a ballerina.
  • Learn more about computer and the interwebs.
    I actually did this. Ha! The book in question was a 2001’s Jeffrey Deaver book called The Blue Nowhere, and it’s about a former hacker who was freed by the authorities to aid their investigation to stop a hacker who’s been killing people. Again, I have no intention to lead such a dangerous life, but the whole thing sounds really fun.
  • Read about mythology.
    Thank you Rick Riordan.
  • Researching global warming.
    As strange as it was, my interest on global warming peaked after I read one book that was claimed as anti-global warming, State of Fear by Michael Crichton.
  • Travel and see the world.
    Just about every book ever made me want to go and see the world, including the fictional ones.
  • Learning about history and culture.
    Related to the point above, I want to learn more about history after reading historical fictions. One that I got quite into was learning 19th century New York culture after reading Libba Bray’s The Diviners series.
  • Play StarCraft (or just be a rithmatist in real life).
    Out of all Brandon Sanderson’s magic systems, the one I found most enjoyable is the chalk-based real-time strategy battle in The Rithmatist. It was so fun and I wish it was a real thing so I could play it in real life.

That’s all I got for now! Feel free to tell me how strange I am in the comment below. (-:

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Top Ten Tuesday: MG/YA Books Set Outside US

Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. Every week, we get a topic to have fun with and this week’s topic is Ten Books Set Outside The US!

For my list, I include standalone as well as series. Here we go!

  1. Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas | GOODREADS
    : Aruba
    Dangerous Girl is a rare YA psychological thriller that shows the dark side of being trapped outside your native country. Emphasis was made on the difference in legal system between the MC’s origin country and Aruba.
    My review here.

    “Any one of us could be made to look a monster, with selective readings of our history.”

  2. Shades of London series by Maureen Johnson | GOODREADS
    : England
    Shades of London, a paranormal urban fantasy from prolific author Maureen Johnson, follows an American teenager named Rory in her journey to London. She somehow became entangled in the murder cases mimicking Jack the Ripper.

    “Fear can’t hurt you,” she said. “When it washes over you, give it no power. It’s a snake with no venom. Remember that. That knowledge can save you.”

  3. The Demon’s Lexicon series by Sarah Rees Brennan | GOODREADS
    : England
    I gushed and gushed about my love for this book and its characters, and I’m about to do it again. The Demon’s Lexicon series follow a group of teenagers in their quest against evil magicians led by Black Arthur. It has demons, diverse cast, and a very peculiar sense of humor which I LOVED.

    “He only shot one person,” Nick remarked. “But the night is young.”
    “Forgive him, he has no manners.”
    “I get by on good looks,” Nick said.

  4. The Infernal Devices series by Cassandra Clare | GOODREADS
    setting: England
    The Infernal Devices is a very popular series by Cassandra Clare. It’s about the Shadowhunters, people gifted the power by the angels to fight demons. While The Mortal Instruments – Clare’s other popular series – primarily set in modern New York, TID took place in 19th century London.

    “Must you go? I was rather hoping you’d stay and be a ministering angel, but if you must go, you must.”
    “I’ll stay,” Will said a bit crossly, and threw himself down in the armchair Tessa had just vacated. “I can minister angelically.”

  5. The Ring of Solomon by Jonathan Stroud (prequel to Bartimaeus trilogy) | GOODREADS
    : alternate Jerusalem
    The Ring of Solomon was published after the trilogy, but it was set prior to the events in The Amulet of Samarkand. As a matter of fact, it was set way before The Amulet of Samarkand, in 950 BCE. It also has different location with the original trilogy, at alternate Jerusalem instead of England. Readers familiar with Bartimaeus will soon feel at home with the djinni’s copious amount of sarcastic footnotes and narcissistic remarks, otherwise it might feel overwhelming.

    “The Evasive Cartwheel ™ © etc., Bartimaeus of Uruk, circa. 2800 B.C.E. Often imitated, never surpassed. As famously memorialized in the New Kingdom tomb paintings of Ramses III— you can just see me in the background of The Dedication of the Royal Family before Ra, wheeling out of sight behind the pharaoh.”

  6. Guardian of the Dead by Karen Healey | GOODREADS
    : New Zealand
    I’ve talked about this book in some of my recommendation posts, particularly my Diverse Books Recommendation as part of FBCYA. Guardian of the Dead is a particular favorite of mine because the setting plays a big role in the book. Healey took her time researching Māori culture and mythology and the story itself was heavily influenced by the local culture.

    “There wasn’t any food or heat, but we had light, and places to sit, and a complete lack of frightening murderers, and that turned out to be enough for now.”

  7. Leviathan series by Scott Westerfeld (alternate World War I) | GOODREADS
    : alternate Austro-Hungarian, Ottoman Empire, England, Switzerland, and some others
    Leviathan is a YA steampunk series written by Scott Westerfeld and it was set in many places in the world since it was basically an alternate World War I story. It has two great protagonists, Deryn – a British girl disguise as a boy so she could become an airman – and Alek, the heir of Austro-Hungarian throne, and a great setting. I believe it was the first YA I read that was partially set in Ottoman Empire.

    “Barking hard work, being a boy.”

  8. Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins | GOODREADS
    : Paris
    This very popular book would probably end up in many Top Ten Tuesday list, and for a good reason too. Say what you want about the romance, but the setting will totally pull you in. I mean, a boarding school in Paris?! Who wouldn’t?

    “School of America in Paris” he explains. “SOAP”.
    Nice. My father sent me here to be cleansed.”

  9. Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor | GOODREADS
    : Prague and Morocco
    I never did finish this series, but I really liked the first book. Karou is an art student in Prague, at least that’s what her friends think, but she hides a big secret that end up making her caught up in the middle of a war that was out of this world.

    “Once upon a time, an angel and a devil fell in love.

    It did not end well.”

  10. The Gathering by Kelley Armstrong | GOODREADS
    setting: Canada
    Another series I didn’t get to finish. To be honest, I feel rather conflicted about this one. I liked the setting and the premise, but the execution left something to be desired.

    “Rafe didn’t just flirt-he charmed girls right up to the point where they fell for him, then he changed his mind. I called him a player with attention deficit disorder.”

That’s all for now. Have you read any of these books? What do you think about them?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Enjoyed that Need to be Read by More People

Hey everyone, I’m back for another Top Ten Tuesday post. Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they give you a topic each week and you make a list for said topic. This week topic is Top Ten Books We Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads. 

I really haven’t read that many lesser known books so I won’t even make it to 10, but here they are.

  1. Gambit (C.L. Denault). This dystopian x-men-ish book is awesome. I’ve recently finished it and already written a review that’ll be up sometime this week. [GOODREADS]
  2. Front Lines (Michael Grant). This being Michael Grant, I was surprised to find it only has 1400+ ratings on goodreads. Front Lines is a World War 2 book led by 3 amazing narrators that asked the question “what if they let females to serve during WW2?” It’s an interesting, gory read supported by great character development. [GOODREADS]
  3. Fall from Grace (Richard North Patterson). A great thriller from an author famous for writing legal and political novels. [GOODREADS]
  4. A Conflict of Interest (Adam Mitzner). You could totally see I’m a fan of legal thriller… A Conflict of Interest is a lesser known legal thriller, but it’s definitely worth your time if you’re a fan of crime thrillers. [GOODREADS]
  5. Resurrection Bay (Neal Shusterman). Very short read, only about 30 pages on ebook. It gave me chills though. [GOODREADS]
  6. Stupid Perfect World (Scott Westerfeld). A sci-fi novella from Westerfeld sets in futuristic world free of disease and hunger. What happened when a group of teens taking a class in Scarcity were forced to experience ‘hardship’ (aka our life)? Probably not my favorite of his, but I really liked the concept. [GOODREADS]
  7. Blaze of Glory (Michael Pryor). Read this ages ago, didn’t quite remember what happened, but it was a fun adventure involving magic. I think. [GOODREADS]

Believe it or not, that’s all I got. I totally need to read more diverse books and indies. So please leave me your recommendation below.

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Top Ten Tuesday: 2016 Releases

Hello everyone, here comes another Top Ten Tuesday post from me. Top Ten Tuesday is a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish where they give you a topic each week and you make a list for said topic. This week’s topic is Top 10 Favorite 2016 Releases. However, I had to make slight modification to the original theme because I haven’t read that many 2016 releases. So, I decided to list 5 books that I have read and enjoyed plus 5 books that’s already out and I want to read soon. Only I exceeded my quota for 2016 releases I’ve read and listed six of them instead.

2016 releases that I have read and enjoyed

A Gathering of Shadows (V.E. Schwab)
Love love LOVE A Gathering of Shadows. If you enjoy fantasy but haven’t read the Shades of Magic series, do yourself a favor and pick up A Darker Shade of Magic, then this book. THIS BOOK! Great bromance (and romance) + coats + parallel universes + magic competition. What else could you want?

Kindred Spirits (Rainbow Rowell)
A short and sweet read from Rainbow Rowell to celebrate World Book Day. It celebrates fandom, diversity, and Star Wars.

The Hidden Oracle (Rick Riordan)
The book that proved that Rick Riordan still has it 10 Greek Mythology books later (not counting the companion books). Apollo is the bright spot of this book, and yes I know that’s a terrible pun seeing that he’s the sun god and all.

Front Lines (Michael Grant)
Sometimes when I mentioned a book in a TTT post, I realized that I haven’t reviewed said book properly. *shifty eyes*
What happened if they let females enlist during WW2? Front Lines went back in history to explore this question and didn’t flinch from the gore, discrimination, racism, and violence that happened throughout. It was told in multi-POV, yet each character has a very strong voice it’s impossible to mix them up.

The Serpent King (Jeff Zentner)
I cried and laughed during inappropriate times. And read while standing in the bus jostled by the evening crowd. To say I cannot put the book (aka my phone) down is an understatement.

This Savage Song (Victoria Schwab)
Sunai sunai, eyes like coal, sing you a song and steal your soul.

2016 releases that already came out and I plan to read soon

Outrun the Moon (Stacey Lee) – I’ve heard it’s good. I believe it’s good. Whether I will like it or not, now that’s a different thing.

The Rose & the Dagger (Renee Ahdieh) – I hope I love it more than I did The Wrath and the Dawn, which I liked but was not obsessed with.

Lady Midnight (Cassandra Clare) – I kept picking up this book and putting it back on the shelf. It’s too big and heavy (literally) for bedtime read is the only reason I could give you. I will conquer you, book!

Calamity (Brandon Sanderson) – The 2 and 3 stars reviews are quite alarming. Add that to the fact that I didn’t even enjoy Steelheart that much = worried me. BUT, I will read it for the sake of my 2016 Read ALL Brandon Sanderson published works goal. Who knows, it might surprise me.

City of Mirrors (Justin Cronin) – following this series has been a long journey, and quite honestly I’ve forgotten 99% what happened in the first and second book. There’s Amy, there’s Peter, there’s Alicia, and … that’s all I remember. 😛

That’s all for today! Have you read any of the books I listed above? What’s your ultimate favorite out of all the 2016 releases?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Why I Love E-Books

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week’s topic is 10 Reasons Why You Love X, be it a book, author, hobby, etc. My first instinct was to not be predictable and write something no one knows I love. I outlined that post, but then changed my mind. My second thought was to be totally predictable and… you know.. write a 10 reasons why I’m a Brandon Sanderson fan post. And I did try, only it turn out to be an essay and I need time to edit and proofread that post(s? plural??)

So I decided to dig into my old drafts and found this post.

I love prints, and frankly there’s nothing in the world that smells better than new book (except maybe freshly brewed coffee). I also love the feeling of holding a physical copy of a book. Not to mention, they look much better on real shelves than on virtual shelves.
However, I do have reasons why I have been purchasing mostly e-books since google play store made them available in my country.
Here are 10 reasons why.

1. You can read it anywhere, everywhere.
Portability is the number one reason where e-book has benefit over print. Not only you can read it anywhere, you can usually also read it in multiple gadgets or computers depend on where you are without the need of carrying the actual book.

2. It took less storage space.
E-books are, of course, stored in your device, or if you buy it through online store, in the cloud, on your virtual account. “I need more bookshelves!” have been one of the biggest issues for any book lovers (the other would be: “I need more books!”), so it’s nice that e-books solve this storage problem.

3. Easier to find, harder to lose.
I have a problem remembering where I put my old books. I misplaced them all the time. Now, with e-books, I have all of them stored in my account and google/amazon/whatever is much better at keeping things organized than me.

4. Flood-resistant (your gadget, however, is not) and mites-resistant
As someone who live in tropical country, there are only two seasons in my country, dry season and rainy season (read: flood season). As such, my house, and in consequence, my books have been flood victims multiple times. It’s heartbreaking having to throw away your books because it’s been soaked through by flood (I tried to save them, trust me). Virtual books, of course, are flood-resistant because they reside in the cloud. There’s also this little problem of mites getting into your old books which e-books are resistant against.

5. It’s (usually) cheaper
I think this one depends on the relative price you’re willing to pay to get a physical copy vs digital copy. Some people, including my sister, feels that it’s worth getting a physical copy for a couple of dollars more than e-books because you could actually hold the thing. Many people still feel that something, anything—not just books, is worth more in its physical form. Digital form was still often seen as something less valuable.
But I digress. E-book is usually cheaper than the physical copy, and some times the difference is obscene. For people with limited budget, it is nice to have the option of getting to read the same book with less expense. I’ve compiled some money-saving tips for your ebooks shopping spree in another post so I’m not going into details here.

6. You can adjust the fonts, the contrast
The ability to adjust the display is highly underrated. As a person with astigmatism, my eyes often get strained from reading. Adjustment came in handy here. Most e-books programs give you the option to adjust the font face, size, and background color. Some even let you change the margin and the spacing.

7. Highlight and take notes (annotate)
If you like to annotate your book, most e-books program let you highlight your books and some even let you write notes in your books. I never marked my physical copy (except textbook) because of its irreversibility (obviously, there’s nothing wrong with it if you prefer to do so). Now though, I could highlight my favorite passages and quotes and the e-books program will compile them so I could get back to them easily.

8. Bookmarks! Multiple bookmarks! Bookmarks everywhere!
Now, this is my favorite feature about e-books program. Question: how many bookmarks can you put in your paperback before it dents?
With e-books, you could put bookmark as much as you want (I have no idea if there’s a limit, I never found one and I’m a crazy bookmarker). Very handy.

9. It’s searchable (find passage, character, etc)
Ever read a book halfway through and think, “wait, I’ve read about this character before,” and try to flip back to find it in earlier chapters without success? I did. So many times. Fortunately, most e-books program these days have a search feature that let you search anything and backtrack conspicuous character name or irrelevant fact just because it amuses you.

10. Quicker way to get new releases
Especially for people who don’t live in big city and those who live far from major bookstores, e-book is an efficient way to get new releases. Of course, there are amazon and bookdepository (which I LOVE for its free worldwide shipping) but it usually takes bookdepository over 3 weeks to deliver my books and some times I just don’t want to wait.

There you have it, the top 10 reasons why I mostly buy e-books these days.

Personally, I love prints too, but I think e-books have their benefits. What do you think?
Print lovers and e-books fans, take your stand and voice your opinion down below!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Beach Reads Recommendation

Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is Top 10 beach reads or books you want to read on the beach. I don’t go to beach that often, but there are books that remind me of beach and some that I think will be great to read there. So I’m giving you 10 books I recommend to read on the beach. Here they are in no particular order.

Hex Hall (Rachel Hawkins)

I recommend this if you:
prefer magic and loads of humor mixed in a super fluffy beach read.

Along for the Ride (Sarah Dessen)
Keeping the Moon (Sarah Dessen)

I recommend these two if you:
want to spend some time thinking of your life choices (I’m not even joking). Also if you LOVE beach and summer. And Sarah Dessen.

The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han)

I recommend this if you:
want something light and sweet, but have patience to deal with sometimes annoying MC.

Boy-crazed Stacey (Ann M Martin)

I recommend this if you:
used to be or is a fan of Babysitters Club series. Also if you like kids. :))

Kindred spirits (Rainbow Rowell)

I recommend this if you:
are waiting for your friends to get there and only have only 15 minutes to read. Also, if you are part of a fandom (any fandom – not necessarily Star Wars)

The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)

I recommend this if you:
have hours, preferably days, to kill and want to immerse yourself in a book. Also work if you have soft spot for worldbuilding and intricate magic system that works.

The Girl on the Train (Paula Hawkins)

I recommend this if you:
want to read this book because HYPE, but finds it too suffocating or claustrophobic to read indoors.Well, now that you’re out in the sun surrounded by people, there’s no reason not to read it, right? …But why is that person keeps staring at me?

Beauty Queens (Libba Bray)

I recommend this if you:
enjoy satire and absurdities

Guardian of the Dead (Karen Healey)

I recommend this if you:
prefer fantasy book, but wants diversity in your beach read. This unique book blends urban fantasy with Māori mythology, and explore diverse themes.

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Books on which my opinion has changed

Welcome to yet another Top Ten Tuesday post, a weekly fun feature hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is: Ten Books I Feel Differently About After Time Has Passed (less love, more love, complicated feelings, indifference, thought it was great in a genre until you became more well read in that genre etc.)

I decided to do five each, five books or series I love more now and five books/series I love less as time passed.

More Love

  1. The Infernal Devices (Cassandra Clare)
    I used to read The Infernal Devices books as filler in between The Mortal Instruments books because that was how Cassie released them. Now, however, I feel that I didn’t give TID credits for being a great historical fantasy AND for Will and Jem, the very definition of bromance.
  2. Anna Dressed in Blood (Kendare Blake)
    When I read it I gave it 3 star, but as time passed I realized that this book lingered on my mind. There are times when I see a YA book about ghost and I immediately compared it (the ghost) to Anna Korlov, who was a total badass.
  3. Gone series (Michael Grant)
    Gone was a six-book series and my ratings of the books ranged from 3 to 4 stars. However, as a whole I have grown to love this series more because I think Gone deserved credits for not being your typical kids without adults trying to save the world series. It was seriously dark and didn’t avoid the gore and the horribleness that might come with superpowers.
  4. The Diviners (Libba Bray)
    I didn’t appreciate it enough back in the day. Now that I’ve read Lair of Dreams, I realized that The Diviners, albeit a little slow, is a great setup book for the series. The romance in this book still annoy me though so no rating increased from me. LOL.
  5. The Heroes of Olympus series (Rick Riordan)
    I owe an apology to Jason and Reyna and Piper and Hazel and Leo and Frank and all the new kids (kids not in PJO) for not giving them enough love. HERE, group hugs.


Less Love

  1. Divergent series (Veronica Roth)
    I read Divergent back when I haven’t read that much of dystopian books (and apparently Divergent series are not even that dystopian?). I still enjoy the books, but no longer think of them as special.
  2. BZRK (Michael Grant)
    Came from my days when Michael Grant could do no wrong.
  3. Paper Towns (John Green)
    I read all of John Green’s books and out of all of them, I retain my ratings for The Fault in Our Stars (never really liked it), Looking for Alaska (liked it, but not loved it), and An Abundane of Katherines (my favorite of his). This one though. As time passed, I fell out of love with Q and Margo.
  4. Caster Chronicles series (Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl)
    It promised me great things, but at the end of the day I don’t even care that much about the characters to continue with the series.
  5. Team Human (Sarah Rees Brennan and Justine Larbalestier)
    This was the case of 5* rating that never should have been. You see, I was so excited when this book was announced and when it was released I felt that this book was perfect because I wanted it so bad to be perfect.

Let me know:

  • Have you ever re-read a favorite book to find it was not that great after all?
  • Have you ever avoid re-reading a childhood favorite because you’re afraid you’ll love it less?

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Books I bought on a whim… (becauseofbargainprice)

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic is Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim.

Now, I’m going to explain why I modify the topic, but feel free to skip ahead to the list.

The original topic is quite impossible for me to complete because being the thrifty person that I am, most of my book purchases are well-thought of and well-researched. Except for those times when I accidentally hit 1-click purchase button… However, there’s another thing that plays into my book buying habit and that is the price. I am that person who is forever lured into buying a book if you put a 1.99 tag on it. Hence, I modified the topic just a little to “ten books I bought without doing extensive research and weeks of deliberation” but that is too long for a title so I had to settle for the above, even if I’m not satisfied with said title. The main difference between the books I listed below and my usual purchases are on the “extensive research and weeks of deliberation” but these are definitely books I’ve heard before buying even though I had no idea what they’re about at the time of purchase. LOL. I suppose you can say these ten are ‘hyped books I bought without knowing what they’re about just because they were sold at bargain prices’.

Right, the list… :p

1. The wrath and the dawn (Renee Ahdieh)

I liked this book and there are some elements I really liked, but I have problems with other parts (such as the MC’s motivation, everyone’s motivations tbh) so it’s a 3-star from me. Will definitely read the second book, though.
Verdict: good (3 star)

2. The serpent king (Jeff Zentner)

Haven’t read this one and had no idea what it’s about. I think it involved snakes?
Waitt, don’t tell me.
Verdict: TBD

3. Poison study (Maria V Snyder)

I saw this book on Kindle daily deals and I asked on twitter whether I should buy it. I think it was Sara who said YES and so I bought it. 😀 I’m glad I did because I really liked this book, although I feel it was quite unevenly paced.
Verdict: very good (4 star)

4. The winner’s curse (Marie Rutkoski)

I’ve read 60 pages or so but got distracted by work. I’m thinking to get back to it soon.
Verdict: TBD

5. Angelfall (Susan Ee)

I REALLY LIKED THIS BOOK, can’t you tell? I think Angelfall has been constantly on my top ten lists of everything. The second and third are not as good as Angelfall, but you can read this one and not read the sequels because the story is pretty much self-contained.
Verdict: excellent (5 star)

pastry picture to distract you from what’s about to come

6. The rithmatist (Brandon Sanderson)

I know right? Hahahahaha.
If you’ve been following this blog for some time, you would notice that I am obsessed with Brandon Sanderson’s writing to the point that I made “reading all Sanderson published works” my 2016 goal (progress: hopeless). But I really didn’t plan to buy it at that time because I want to read Reckoners first, and probably the second Mistborn series. Lame excuse, I know. Well, what do I know? I posi-tute-ly loved Rithmatist, more than Steelheart and Firefight and Alloy of Law. Hopefully he’ll get around to write the sequel soon (AFTER stormlight 3 obviously).
Verdict: very good (4.5 star)

7 & 8. Dark places & sharp objects (Gillian Flynn)

I only wanted to read Gone Girl, but I cannot resist good bundling price so I bought all three in one bundle. It turned out that Gone Girl is not the only great Flynn’s book. Honestly, I liked Sharp Objects more than Gone Girl, but maybe that’s just me. What I really liked about her books is all of her characters are flawed, sometimes to the point of slightly disturbing, yet you cannot help but root for them. And those twists, GOSH.
Verdict: good (3st) & very good (4 star)

9. Magonia (Maria Dahvana Headley)

I’m sorry I just can’t. I tried, I really did. I managed to read 100 pages or so, but I couldn’t get into it.
Verdict: DNF

10. Under the never sky (Veronica Rossi)

What’s really disappointing for me is that Under the Never Sky started really strong, but then it gets progressively boring and it becomes difficult to keep my interest in the story. This book, however, gets an average 4-star rating on goodreads so obviously I am the odd one out in this.
Verdict: okay (2.5 star)

Let me know:

  • Are you an impulsive buyer when it comes to book?
  • What are the factors that influence your book buying habits?
  • Based on your experience, does buying books on a whim usually end up well or disappointing?

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Top Ten Tuesday: Bookworm Delights

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I haven’t done a Top Ten Tuesday in like three weeks, but this week’s topic is definitely a must for me. This week’s topic is Top Ten Bookworm Delights, it could be things or experiences related to books that makes me delightful. Let’s do this!

  1. Seeing that new release I’ve been waiting for at the bookstore

    We’ve all been there, haven’t we? There’s this new book that everyone’s been buzzing about and you’re just dying to get your hand on it. You visited to bookstore every other day and still no sign of said book. 🙁 Then one day, you walked pass the store and WHOA WHAT IS THAT ON THE DISPLAY? ASDJKHK.

  2. Book bargain

    That $1.99 offer on Kindle ALWAYS gets me. Always. I’d hit the one-click purchase button before my brain could process what’s happening. Kudos to you Amazon. That button is my undoing.

  3. When I find my soulmate aka a person who loves that lesser known book or author as much as I do

    This is one of the reasons why I enjoy blog hopping (although I haven’t done it for some time now…). Finding another person who share similar taste with you, especially for that lesser known book nobody else ever heard about is totally a wonderful feeling.

  4. Be in a bookstore (physically)

    Nearly all book lovers know what I’m talking about. That smell, that atmosphere of being surrounded by books is unbeatable. I used to go to the bookstores (yep, plural) everyday when I worked near a shopping mall. I didn’t even buy anything most of the time, just looking at the beautiful covers and breathing in the smell of new books.

  5. Participating in a book chat

    I’m a newbie in this and I haven’t joined that many chat, but for those who haven’t participated before but thinking to join one, go for it! It’s really fun and although it could be overwhelming at the beginning, the joy of meeting new people and reading other people’s responses really worth it.

  6. When a friend actually read a book I recommend

    Bonus delight if he/she likes it, but it’s not a requirement. I am terrible at pitching books at my friends so it truly feels like an accomplishment. Hahaha.

  7. When my favorite authors announce new books/series


  8. Got approved for ARC

    This has very rarely ever happened considering I live outside of North America and my blog is still very new and has small number of followers. But when it happened, I totally jumped out of my seat because YOU GUYS I GET TO READ THIS BOOK NOW.

  9. Book mail aka Happy mail

    I’m that person who keeps forgetting that I order or pre-order a book. So when said book arrived at my porch, I usually get even happier because of the surprise factor.

  10. Finding new bookstore, be it physical or online store

    Do you know that I had no idea that Kindle has been made available in my country until like 4 months ago? Yes, it happened. To this day, I am not sure whether it’s a good thing or bad thing I discover it because since that day I’ve been doing most of my ebook shopping there. And of course there’s the joy of finding Book Depository’s worldwide free shipping policy.

Let me know if any of these items is also on your list!

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Top Ten Tuesday: Last 5 Star-ish Reads

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Welcome to another Top Ten Tuesday post, a fun feature hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is the most recent five star (or best) books you read.

According to Goodreads, in total I have 20 books I rated 5-star. Some of these are not actual 5-star, more like 4.5-ish. Anyway, here I listed the last 10 or so. By the way, no price for guessing how many Sanderson books end up in this list.

A Gathering of Shadows (V.E. Schwab)

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Actual rating: 4.5 star

The second book in the Shades of Magic series offers more magic, pirates, and great banters. What else could I ask for? Answers, for one, which I hope will be provided in the third book.

Angelfall (Susan Ee)


Actual rating: 5 star

Penryn & the End of Days is a classic example of a series gone awry. The first book, Angelfall, was an instant favorite of mine. The premise is nothing new and all the usual tropes you think will be there are there. The execution, the action, the pace, and most of all the characters, however, were so good I didn’t mind how cringe-worthy some scenes are.

Warbreaker (Brandon Sanderson)


Actual rating: 4.5 star

As a reader who loved sarcastic characters and witty banters, reading Warbreaker is like finding a gold mine. The book was so quotable, I still have one of them in my lock screen.

“Sometimes our conversations remind me of a broken sword. Sharp as hell, but lacking a point.”

There was a god who tried to undermine his own religion, a murderous talking sword, and characters that kept you wondering whose side they were on.

The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)


Actual rating: 5 star

Words of Radiance (Brandon Sanderson)


Actual rating: 5-star (*sneakily add more stars when no one is looking*)

The two books combined made a formidable read at over 2000 pages. If you want to read Sanderson’s best works, read the Stormlight Archive. Although it’ll be better if you get to know his writing better before hefting the way of kings, through his more popular series like Mistborn or Reckoners.
One day I will review these books, til then I’ll just keep asking you to check out my 8 Reasons to Read Stormlight Archive post.

The Rithmatist (Brandon Sanderson)


Actual rating: 4.5 star

Super fun and innovative magic system, this book transported me back to the good ol’ time when I actually have time to play RPG. Bonus 0.5 star for making chalk drawings into believable monsters.

Landline (Rainbow Rowell)


Actual rating: 5 star

This one is quite a controversial pick. Most readers agree that Landline was not Rowell’s best. I, however, cannot see the flaws out of my love for Georgie McCool and her husband, Neal. Landline was Rowell returns to adult fiction since her debut, Attachment. It was supposed to be a regular romance novel… that is until she put a magick telephone in it. As you do.

Girl of Nightmares (Kendare Blake)


Actual rating: 4.5 star

Girl of Nightmares is the sequel to Anna Dressed in Blood. For the life of me, I cannot remember why I gave Anna 3 stars, but I remember why I love this book: the unconventional pairing; the kick-ass queen bee with weird name, a ghost hunter that didn’t exactly know what he was doing, and Anna Korlov. If you’re interested in YA horror genre, you might want to give this series a try.

The Great Train Robbery (Michael Crichton)


Actual rating: 5 star

I don’t know why it took me forever to finally read this book, but it was Crichton at his best. No science mumbo jumbo, no info-dumping, just HEIST. And a great one at that.

McFly – Unsaid Things… Our Story (McFly)


Actual rating: 5 star

Once upon a time, I was a big McFly fan. Now, I’m not even sure whether this band still exist (long story). Either way, from my totally biased point of view, this was an entertaining read, at least for their fans. The book was written after they separated from their label, made their own recording company, re-signed a distribution deal with their old distributor, and experienced the low point in their career. It was not the “Wooo we get to perform at Wembley Stadium thanks to our fans” book, although I would read that too. It was about four friends that struggle through bipolar disorder, depression, and unfulfilled dreams.

That’s it for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday. Let me know if you love or hate dislike passionately any book in my list.

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