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)

A Gathering of Shadows cover

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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Top Ten Tuesday: Books On My Spring TBR

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This week, the topic of Top Ten Tuesday is Ten Books on My Spring (more like dry season) TBR. So that’s what I’m going to do. Well, technically I could’ve put 10 Brandon Sanderson books in this list and be done with it, but that’ll be too easy so I’ll do it the harder way and actually dig into my TBR pile.

The Wrath and the Dawn by Renee Ahdieh

Everything I heard about this book has been great (well, except that one hilarious 2-star review) and I’m quite intrigued on how 1001 nights retelling will turn out.

Front Lines by Michael Grant

I have an on-and-off relationship with Michael Grant. I was completely obsessed with his Gone series. BZRK was just okay. Then there was Messenger of Fear which was just passable, but still brought me bad memories. Front Lines, though, sounds like a solid World War II novel. Please be good, book.

Shadows of Self and The Bands of Mourning by Brandon Sanderson

I said I wasn’t going to put 10 Sanderson books in this list, not that I wasn’t going to put any of his books. Two should be enough for now. I plan to read Alloy of Law this month and these two are the sequels. New Mistborn stories, should be interesting.

UnDivided (Neal Shusterman)

I promised myself to read this book last November, and the last five times before that, but I really don’t want to say goodbye to those kids.

Calamity (Brandon Sanderson)

Okay, maybe three

The Winner’s Curse (Marie Rutkoski)

I already owned the book and the review of the series has been largely positive so I’m looking forward to reading it.

Cress (Marissa Meyer)

I have read Cinder and Scarlet and I enjoyed them although the long interval between the books made me somehow felt slightly detached to the characters. Nevertheless, I’ve heard Cress is even better so I’m really excited!

Golden Son (Pierce Brown)

Giving this series another chance. It’s not like I hate Red Rising anyway.

The Likeness (Tana French)

I have just finished reading In The Woods, the first book in the Dublin Murder Squad series and boy wasn’t it great?! So I’m going to continue with the second one, which also seem to be the highest rated one. It’s about a detective that working on a case where the victim looks exactly like her (hence, the title).

There you have it, ten books in my spring TBR. Let me know if any of these books is also in yours or if you’ve read them.

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Top Ten Tueday: Characters that need a hug

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Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week Top Ten Tuesday is all about unpopular opinion, you can choose to list characters you like that everyone hates or vice versa. I chose to do a lighter version of the former and made a list of ten characters that need a hug. These are the characters that I think not getting enough love and/or had a really tough life.

Agatha Wellbelove (Carry On)

I know it’s hard to love Agatha, but she’s about as real as it can be. Girl got her priorities straight.


Nico DiAngelo (Percy Jackson & Heroes of Olympus)

He was left alone to fend for himself in hell when he was 11, and no one likes to sit with Nico because he’s gloomy and make everyone uncomfortable. Seriously, I wanted to adopt him as my stepbrother.


Sansa Stark (A Song of Ice and Fire)

For goodness sake, GRRM, leave Sansa alone.
“There are no heroes … In life, the monsters win.”


Renarin Kholin (The Stormlight Archive)

He just wanted to help and be useful, it’s not his fault his older brother is so perfect. Despite everything, Renarin still find it within himself to be optimistic.


Dorian Havilliard (Throne of Glass)

Post-the-first-book, he just can’t catch a break.


Wylan Van Eck (Six of Crows)

I don’t think anybody hates Wylan, but then again he’s like the kid in class who was always forgotten. Perhaps because he didn’t get a POV in SOC?


Holland (A Darker Shade of Magic)

Kell didn’t know how lucky he was to be the Red London antari.


Raphael Santiago (The Mortal Instruments, The Bane Chronicles)

After reading his origin story in The Bane Chronicles, I want to send dozens of virtual hugs to Raphael. Not sure if he’d appreciate it though.


Jessamine Lovelace (The Infernal Devices)

She was selfish, she was arrogant, and she made everyone hates her. But then again, if you were forced to live a life you didn’t want to, would you not grown to despise everything?


Remus Lupin (Harry Potter)

When most pick Sirius or James as their favorite Marauder, I go with Remus.


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Fantasy books exploring siblings/friends relationship

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Welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, a fun weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s topic is all about books recommendation. It’s called Ten Books To Read If You Are In The Mood For X. If you want to join in, just go to their blog and find out how to participate.

For this week’s topic, I’m going with my favorite genre, fantasy. Romantic relationship seems to be an important part of the formula to write a successful fantasy series/standalones. I actually enjoy well-written romance in fantasy and has been shipping for (usually) doomed couple since forever. However, there are other relationships that are no less important but not usually been the main focus of the books, namely family and friends. Here, I like to mention ten books I especially love for giving strong focus in relationship between siblings or friends, but it doesn’t mean that these books do not have any romantic relationship at all. 
I am very aware that these books are only a small portion on what’s available out there so I’d really appreciate if you have any recommendation for this kind of book.

In no particular order, here they are.

Truthwitch (Susan Dennard)

What are the odds of me recommending a book I haven’t finished? Apparently quite high, but I cannot help myself. Safi and Iseult are so close, they are practically sisters. From what I read, there is also an abundance of (sometimes tense) romance, but I hope it wouldn’t stop you-or me-from reading the book.


Uprooted (Naomi Novik)

I reviewed Uprooted back in January and gave it 4.5 stars. From the synopsis alone, you could see that there’s a strong focus on Agnieszka and Kasia relationship. What I really love about Uprooted is that it also shows the ugly side of being someone’s best friend. There are times when you’re angry or jealous with your bestie, and it’s totally okay to feel that way.


The Demon’s Lexicon (Sarah Rees Brennan)

I raved about this book many many times. Here’s a summary of The Demon’s Lexicon:

Alan: I  am a kind-hearted, parent-approved guy who loves books and children *whispers: but I will tear down the world for my brother Nick*
Mae: My brother, Jamie, is hurt. You’re going to save him or else… *brings out knife*
Nick: KILL everybody. SAVE Alan.
Jamie: Can everyone just chill?


The Infernal Devices series (Cassandra Clare)

This has to make the list for Jem and Will alone. However, theirs are not the only BFFs/sibling relationships explored in the book. There was also one between Tessa and her brother, Will and his sister, and many more. Not all of them explored the good side of said relationships though.


A Gathering of Shadows (V.E. Schwab)

I’ve recently finished the book and after 5 minutes staring at the acknowledgements page (WHAT? GIVE ME MORE PAGES PLEASE), I’ve come to the conclusion that I enjoyed it even more than I liked A Darker Shade of Magic and part of it is the relationship between the characters, many of them are non-romantic relationships. Not going to mention anything because this is the second book in the Shade of Magic series. So, please read A Darker Shade of Magic so you could continue with this book.


Six of Crows (Leigh Bardugo)

The Dregs. That’s all.


The Way of Kings (Brandon Sanderson)

This book is probably not for people who never read Brandon’s books before, even he said it himself. It took not a small amount of trust in his writing to get through the 1000+ page of TWoK. It is a multi-POV book, but mainly Kaladin’s story. The relationship I want to highlight is between Kaladin and his crew. It took a large portion of the book, but the dynamics between the characters was so great it never bored me.


Vicious (V.E. Schwab)

Two Schwab books made the list. What gives?
Simple. When Shade of Magic was all about friends and family relationship, Vicious takes on two ex-best friends turn arch-nemesis. The catch? Both of them are supervillains.


Bartimaeus trilogy (Jonathan Stroud)

I read this series a long long time so I’ve forgotten most of it. From what I still remember, it was told from the POV of Bartimaeus, a narcissistic, cynical, footnote-loving Djinni during his time serving his master, a boy named Nathaniel. Nathaniel is a horrible master, but I really liked reading the banters between the two. I don’t think there’s any major romantic relationship in this series, but I might be wrong because I haven’t read it in like seven years. Time to re-read maybe?


Harry Potter series (JK Rowling)

My list would not be complete without this amazing series. Harry Potter is all about friendships and family. There is of course the trio, Harry-Hermione-Ron, but also one of my favorite fictional family ever, the Weasleys.

And there you have it! Let me know if any of the books above is your particular favorite or if you plan to read them. Also, please leave me some recommendation. 🙂

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Ten books I recently enjoyed that weren’t my typical read

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Hello and welcome to another edition of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. After taking a break last week (work was killing me), I’m back with this week’s topic: 10 books I recently read that weren’t my usual genre/type of books. If you’ve been reading my blogs for some time, you’d notice that I mostly read fantasy, usually YA but lately I read more and more adult fantasy. There were times though when I got swayed by recommendations and tried contemporary or classics. The results were varied, but I surprisingly enjoyed many of them.
So here they are in no particular order.


The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender (Leslye Walton)

Only got to reading this because I joined the Blogger Bookclub in Goodreads. I haven’t posted a review, but gosh was it beautiful. I’m sure there are many people who love magical realism, but personally it’s not for me (my latest encounter led me to DNF’d Magonia about one-third through and haven’t tried any since), but this book! This book I could wholeheartedly recommend.


Charm & Strange (Stephanie Kuehn)

CW from Read, Think, Ponder recommended Stephanie Kuehn’s books when I asked her recommendations for good books about mental illness. I pick Charm & Strange because the title and the blurb intrigued me. I’ve recently posted a review of this book, but to sum it up Charm & Strange is compelling, heartbreaking, and yet it’s full of love and hope.


Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)

My first read of Jane Eyre was a complete failure that led me to DNF’d it at around 60% mark. It turned out all I need was the right circumstances and mood. I still had difficulty enjoying the prose, but I could appreciate the story and especially Jane herself.


Illuminae (Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff)

I was skeptical about the format. After finding out that the story was told via illustrations and reports, I was scared that it’s going to be like encyclopedia. However, after reading so many positive reviews, my fellow book lovers enthusiasm finally got to me. I could now report that Illuminae deserves all the hype it gets.


The Summer I Turned Pretty (Jenny Han)

I’ve seen and heard about this book for years, but not after I read Trisha @ The Bookgasm Blog gushed about Jenny Han in many of her posts, did I decide to read it. My verdict: it was the perfect book to be read whilst enjoying coffee on my days off.


Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda (Becky Albertalli)

One day I will have a new contemporary book to obsess about, but until that day I’ll push this book to everyone. I bought Simon vs. on a whim and finished it in two sittings. It was that good.


The Name of the Wind (Patrick Rothfuss)

Yes, this one is an epic fantasy, but not the one I’m used to. Rothfuss wrote beautifully and beautiful is just not the style I usually enjoy. However, this book has proved me wrong. I do enjoy The Name of the Wind, albeit not as much as many people love it. Gave it 3.5 stars but mostly because I cannot quite connect with Kvothe.


Challenger Deep (Neal Shusterman)

I read this book only because Neal Shusterman is one of my must-read authors. Did I know what’s the book about? Very vaguely. I went into reading it blind. It came as a truly pleasant surprise how much I actually care about the characters.


American Gods (Neil Gaiman)

I’ve never read Neil Gaiman’s book before and I have to say that American Gods is a strange book… It also seemed to have lodge itself in my brain.


Landline (Rainbow Rowell)

Landline is another case of must-read because of the author. But the thing is I haven’t read adult romance books for years, and even then I mostly read Chic-Lit because they’re fun. I have to say that Landline is one of my favorite Rainbow Rowell’s books, second only to Carry on. Many times while reading this book, I found myself flipping back and re-read certain paragraph again and again. I also ugly cried while reading this, which was so weird. I might be the only person who cried while reading Landline but whatever. 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: Fictional Ways to Make Someone Loves You

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Welcome to another episode of Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly feature hosted by The Broke and The Bookish. This week’s theme is Valentine’s Day freebie which means you could pick any topic related to crush/love/Valentine’s Day.

Since most of the books I read are fantasy, I decided to make a list that incorporates magic. Hence, Eight Fictional Ways to Make Someone Fall in Love with You was born. There are only eight items in this list because I ran out of ideas. LOL. Please note that I’m using the term “fall in love” loosely, some of these methods will only make someone attracted to or infatuated with you and most of the time the effect is temporary. Precaution: side effects might happen and efficacy is not guaranteed!


  1. Amortentia (Harry Potter)
    As per the wiki:

    “Amortentia is the most powerful love potion in the world. It is distinctive for its mother-of-pearl sheen, and steam rises from the potion in spirals. Amortentia smells different to each person, according to what attracts them.”

    There are several other mentions of love potion throughout the series, and I only pick this one as an example.

  2. Rioting (Mistborn)
    Well, this only works if you’re an allomancer, specifically a rioter (or mistborn), and even then rioting only works by strengthening an emotion that’s already there. Therefore, this might not work on a complete stranger or a person who completely hates you.
  3. Glamour (Lunar Chronicles)
    If you’re Lunar, then you might have a secret weapon called glamour. Glamour works by manipulating bio-electricity and the effects depend on the person in contact with you. A strong glamour could evoke strong feeling in the eyes of the beholder. It wears off quickly though. User beware: get rid of all the mirrors before trying this one out!
  4. Use your EO mind control ability (Vicious)
    EO stands for ExtraOrdinary and if you, like Serena Clarke, got gifted the mind control ability, you could make people do whatever you want. It’s not the same as love, but hey they will jump off the cliff for you.
  5. Re-wire the brain (BZRK)
    Here’s one that requires tenacity and not a small amount of time. If you join BZRK, you’ll be able to control biots, microscopic creatures able to enter human body and rewire the brain. It’s a high risk procedure, but it might be a good option if you’re looking for something more permanent.
  6. Employ a siren (Caster Chronicles)
    Unlike rewiring, this one basically works immediately and the effect is short-term. If you’re looking to infatuate someone but only for a short period of time, you could contact dark caster in your vicinity.
  7. Hire an emotion worker (Curse workers series)
    An emotion worker could ‘plant’ feeling on other people. The downsides? It’ll have to be applied often and the person affected might realize they’re being manipulated.
  8. Make a deal with a crossroads demon (Supernatural)
    Okaay, this one is a bad idea because your soul is the price you have to pay once the deadline is due. Just ask Becky Rosen.

That’s it for today. Leave me a comment if you know of other methods, evil or not. 🙂 Until next time!

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