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My Reading Kaleidoscope Part 1: Children’s Books, Comics, & Indonesian Folklore ♣

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Hello everyone, welcome to my reading kaleidoscope series! ♥

When I first started blogging, I wrote this post titled My Love for Books where I explained briefly about why I love books, my first books, and my favorite genres. I actually love the content of that post but since I was just getting started, the writing was sloppy (it was a mix of English and Bahasa, my native language), there was no eye catching pictures, and everything was too… simplified. I mean, we’re talking about my love for books, which is HUGE. So I decided to recreate the content and turn it into post series. Because it’ll be too long for a single post, obviously😛

This series will show you my reading journey that had shaped me into the reader I am today ♥ I will talk about why I love books in the first place, my reading habits, what influences my reading preference, my favorite genres, etc. It will be split into 3 parts.

In PART 1, I will talk about what got me into reading and my first few books which were made up of children books and comics. PART 2 would be the time when I explored every genre of every category. My favorite books were mostly teenlit, chicklit, and fantasy. PART 3 would be the time when I sealed my love for fantasy and contemporary while still being open to every other topic and genre out there ♥

PART 1 starts here!😀

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I don’t remember my mom ever reading me bedtime stories, but I do remember we were sprawled on the floor together, looking at some picture books when I was a toddler. I looked at the pictures while my mom told me the stories. It was my favorite activity and I was fascinated by books and stories long before I even learned to read.

My parents bought me a lot of books and my favorite stories were Thumbellina, The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse, Jack and the Beanstalk, and pretty much all of those Disney princesses and every other stories by H.C. Andersen.

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I already donated all of my children’s books so I couldn’t take photo of the real books.

But the truth is, neither my mom nor my dad are readers. My aunt and my cousins are. They formed this little ‘reading club’ where they talked and traded books, in which I wasn’t invited because I was the youngest one and couldn’t read yet😦 I was always feeling left out every time they talked about books and didn’t include me on their conversation </3

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On my 7th birthday, my aunt gave me 4 comic books as presents. They were Detective Conan and Doraemon on volume 7 and 9 (both). That was my turning point as a reader.

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See how worn out they are? No wonder… they’ve been mine for almost 15 years😛

At first I didn’t like Detective Conan because my 7-year-old brain couldn’t understand a murder case but I really enjoyed Doraemon! ♥ and I instantly loved comics. I went to my Aunt and borrowed a lot of her comics and just like that, I was part of the club along with my two cousins😛 The four of us would spend a lot of time on our aunt’s room, picking up comics to bring home and read. And then we saved our money and went to the bookstore together. We each would picked different books that we equally liked so we could trade later. Here are some of my first favorite comics! ♥ ♥

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Namaku Miiko by Ono Eriko (aka. Kocchi Muite! Miiko) is definitely my favorite! It was so funny and adorable even my mom really enjoyed it😛 Ufo Baby by Mika Kawamura was also another favorite of mine. It was about two teenagers, Miyu and Kanata who lived together because of family circumstances. One day, a ufo landed in front of their house transporting an alien baby Ruu and his pet Wannya. Ufo Baby followed the adventure the four of them had together and it was adorable! I totally enjoyed it ♥ At that time, I was also starting to understand and love Detective Conan (aka. Case Closed in the US) by Gosho Aoyama and slowly began to collect all the books😀

For years I got into the routine of saving money-buying comics-trading with cousins. I enjoyed a lot of them and here are some of my favorites of ever ♣

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Gals! by Mihona Fuji follows the story of 3 high school girls living in Shibuya. It was about friendship, family, love, and making dreams come true. It was hilarious and sooo adorable! But the best thing about it is that since the girls are all very stylish, Gals! provide these tips on how to be like them. Like, tips on how to match your outfits and how to pick accessories for girls. The little girl in me was stooooked! ♥

All of the comics above are also my favorites! If you want to check them out :

When I was in 6th grade, my aunt got married. She was going to move to a new house she bought together with her husband and before officially moving in, she called the three of us (the nieces) and told us that she was just gonna bring some of her books and she’d give the rest to us. WHATTTT?!

It was WARRRR!! We all loved her books and wanted pretty much the same titles! :’) There were several ‘popular’ titles that we all really, really, really wanted but I only remember Dunia Mimpi (aka. From Far Away) by Kyoko Hikawa and Perfect Hit by Mika Kawamura. There are also some other titles that I couldn’t recall. I forgot how we solved this matter, but I won Perfect Hit and it cost me Dunia Mimpi! My cousin immediately claimed it and it was a big, big loss for me because Perfect Hit only had 3 books while Dunia Mimpi had more than 10 :’)

Here are some of my ‘inheritance’😛

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That was SO GENEROUS of my aunt to be giving away her books, right? Right… but I would NEVER do that ever! I’m taking all my books anywhere I go and when I get married later, my future husband just have to deal with it. In fact, I’m going to make him build me this gigantic shelves and a reading nook😛

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Anyway, I didn’t limit my reading to only comics (though at that point I hadn’t started reading novels because they were BIG). I enjoyed plenty of folklore and even prophet tales! Not that I was very religious or something, but stories are stories and I loved them equally ♥ Fun fact, my country, Indonesia, has a lot of myth, folklore, and urban legend and by a lot I mean A LOT. We’re an archipelago made up of over 30 provinces and each province has a lot of folklore😉 I loved them because they’re super magical and mostly superstitious😛

Some of my favorite Indonesian folklore :

  1. Jaka Tarub. It’s about a hunter who stole an angel’s scarf so she could never go back to heaven (where she belonged) and married her. Stuffs happen after that.
  2. Bawang Merah & Bawang PutihThe storyline is actually very similar to Cinderella. I loveeeed this one and I once starred as Bawang Putih on one of our school’s play😛
  3. Danau Toba. It was a legend of how the lake Toba in Sumatera was formed.

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Aaaand that’s about to conclude my early reading years! I was fascinated by books and stories ever since I was little and my favorite books were comics. At that point, I had never, ever read novels! PART 2 would be posted in the next two weeks ♥

What to expect from part 2 :

  • My first experience reading novels
  • The years of Indonesian teenlit😛
  • Harry Potter and Twilight fever!!!
  • Experimenting with pretty much aaallll the genres out there

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Yasssshh those are my favorite books when I was little! Talk to me : what makes you love reading in the first place, and what are your favorite books as children? I went through a heavy comic phase, what about you?😛 Don’t forget to come back for PART 2! ♥ 

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Halloween Read-A-Thon TBR

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After participating in #DiverseAThon this month, I’m so eager to join another read-a-thon as it ‘forces’ me to break out of my comfort zone! ♦ Good news, Lauren @ Wonderless Reviews is hosting Halloween Read-A-Thon where she asked us to read scary books with her! ♥

I’m not a fan of horror stories because they creep me out, but I do have some scary books on my TBR that I’ve been putting off for ages! I figured this would be the perfect time to start devouring them. The read-a-thon will run from October 10th until October 31st and there will also be challenges on the books we read. Since I’m a very competitive person, I LOVE CHALLENGES! But if you don’t, that’s okay too because Lauren said that she wanted to make this event as chill as possible.

Before I show you my TBR, you should head to Lauren’s blog and check out her announcement!😀

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MISS PEREGRINE’S HOME FOR PECULIAR CHILDREN

A mysterious island. An abandoned orphanage. A strange collection of curious photographs.

A horrific family tragedy sets sixteen-year-old Jacob journeying to a remote island off the coast of Wales, where he discovers the crumbling ruins of Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children. As Jacob explores its abandoned bedrooms and hallways, it becomes clear that the children were more than just peculiar. They may have been dangerous. They may have been quarantined on a deserted island for good reason. And somehow—impossible though it seems—they may still be alive.

A spine-tingling fantasy illustrated with haunting vintage photography, Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children will delight adults, teens, and anyone who relishes an adventure in the shadows.

I’ve been planning to read this for forever! ♦ The premise is intriguing but I’ve been hearing so many mixed reviews that I ended up putting it on hold. But with the movie coming out soon, I knew I had to read it first. It’s also a perfect book for this challenge because nothing is scarier than a girl in a middle of a dark, deserted place :’)

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THE ARCHITECT OF SONG 

For most of her life, nineteen-year-old Juliet Emerline has subsisted – isolated by deafness – making hats in the solitude of her home. Now, she’s at risk to lose her sanctuary to Lord Nicolas Thornton, a twenty-seven-year-old mysterious and eccentric architect with designs on her humble estate. When she secretly witnesses him raging beside a grave, Juliet investigates, finding the name “Hawk” on the headstone and an unusual flower at the base. The moment Juliet touches the petals, a young English nobleman appears in ghostly form, singing a song only her deaf ears can hear. The ghost remembers nothing of his identity or death, other than the one name that haunts his afterlife: Thornton.

To avenge her ghostly companion and save her estate, Juliet pushes aside her fear of society and travels to Lord Thornton’s secluded holiday resort, posing as a hat maker in one of his boutiques. There, she finds herself questioning who to trust: the architect of flesh and bones who can relate to her through romantic gestures, heartfelt notes, and sensual touches … or the specter who serenades her with beautiful songs and ardent words, touching her mind and soul like no other man ever can. As sinister truths behind Lord Thornton’s interest in her estate and his tie to Hawk come to light, Juliet is lured into a web of secrets. But it’s too late for escape, and the tragic love taking seed in her heart will alter her silent world forever.

I really love the cover and the synopsis sounds very interesting! Though you might have noticed that’s a very, very long synopsis, isn’t it? Even after I cut two paragraphs of it😛 anyway, I haven’t read any of A.G. Howard’s books but I’ve heard so many good things about Splintered. Safe to say I’m so excited for this one! ♥

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27833670DARK MATTER

“Are you happy with your life?” Those are the last words Jason Dessen hears before the masked abductor knocks him unconscious. Before he awakens to find himself strapped to a gurney, surrounded by strangers in hazmat suits. Before a man Jason’s never met smiles down at him and says, “Welcome back, my friend.”

In this world he’s woken up to, Jason’s life is not the one he knows. His wife is not his wife. His son was never born. And Jason is not an ordinary college physics professor but a celebrated genius who has achieved something remarkable–something impossible.

Is it this world or the other that’s the dream? And even if the home he remembers is real, how can Jason possibly make it back to the family he loves? The answers lie in a journey more wondrous and horrifying than anything he could’ve imagined—one that will force him to confront the darkest parts of himself even as he battles a terrifying, seemingly unbeatable foe.

Thriller is my ultimate WEAKNESS! I’m scareeeed the vibe is just too scary too handle! I think I’m more afraid of reading thriller than stories about ghosts… (maybe)😛 Dark Matter sounds really interesting and I hope I will get around it (fingers crossed).

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ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD

Cas Lowood has inherited an unusual vocation: He kills the dead. 

So did his father before him, until he was gruesomely murdered by a ghost he sought to kill. Now, armed with his father’s mysterious and deadly athame, Cas travels the country with his kitchen-witch mother and their spirit-sniffing cat. They follow legends and local lore, destroy the murderous dead, and keep pesky things like the future and friends at bay.

Searching for a ghost the locals call Anna Dressed in Blood, Cas expects the usual: track, hunt, kill. What he finds instead is a girl entangled in curses and rage, a ghost like he’s never faced before. She still wears the dress she wore on the day of her brutal murder in 1958: once white, now stained red and dripping with blood. Since her death, Anna has killed any and every person who has dared to step into the deserted Victorian she used to call home.

Yet she spares Cas’s life.

Just like the others, this book has been on my TBR for a loooong time. I promise I will read it soon!😛 anyway, I’m naturally a night reader who loves to pull an all nighter every time I read a book so this challenge shouldn’t be difficult, right? NOOOO! Reading at night is not the same as reading ghost stories at night :’) But I’m putting it under this challenge anyway. Let’s hope I don’t chicken out later😛

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15768409THE RETRIBUTION OF MARA DYER

Mara Dyer wants to believe there’s more to the lies she’s been told. There is.

She doesn’t stop to think about where her quest for the truth might lead. She should.

She never had to imagine how far she would go for vengeance. She will now.

Loyalties are betrayed, guilt and innocence tangle, and fate and chance collide in this shocking conclusion to Mara Dyer’s story.

Retribution has arrived.

Let’s take a second to appreciate my bravery because I chose trick! Pffttt… don’t tell me this book isn’t scary. IT IS, MY FRIENDS! It scared the living life out of me! Precisely the reason why I’ve been putting it off for so long, other than because I completely forgot about everything :’)

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18053060DOROTHY MUST DIE

I didn’t ask for any of this. I didn’t ask to be some kind of hero. But when your whole life gets swept up by a tornado – taking you with it – you have no choice but to go along, you know?

Sure, I’ve read the books. I’ve seen the movies. I know the song about the rainbow and the happy little bluebirds. But I never expected Oz to look like this. To be a place where Good Witches can’t be trusted, Wicked Witches may just be the good guys, and winged monkeys can be executed for acts of rebellion. There’s still a yellow brick road – but even that’s crumbling.

What happened? Dorothy. They say she found a way to come back to Oz. They say she seized power and the power went to her head. And now no one is safe.

My name is Amy Gumm – and I’m the other girl from Kansas. I’ve been recruited by the Revolutionary Order of the Wicked. I’ve been trained to fight. And I have a mission.

I chose Dorothy Must Die as my sixth book because I’m so so so curious! A horror spin off of Wizard of Oz?! YES PLEASE! ♥♥♥ The series is already complete so I might as well binge read all of them😛

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Those are my TBR for Halloween read-a-thon! But beware of change of plans because I’m such a moody reader with tendency to deviate from my TBR 😛 Do you like to read scary books or do they creep you out like me? What are your favorite horror/thriller? If you participate in this read-a-thon as well, link me to your own TBR so I can check it out! ♥

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Review: Empire of Storms // Beware of Slightly Unpopular Opinions

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RATING : 3-5-stars

So so so complicated! I was so nervous reading Empire of Storms because of all the hype around it. This book was a difficult read for me because I disliked the main character so much (sorry) but I completely adore the plot! Though it’s hard, I’m gonna try to write a coherent review. Here we go ♥

No spoilers except for some ships and possibly from previous books. 

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I absolutely love THE PLOT! It was super complex and full of twists. I enjoyed those ‘everything that could go wrong, went wrong’ moments😛 Everything was confusing but Sarah J Maas managed to wrapped it beautifully near the end of the book. I loved to see everything finally came to place. I’m sure the next and last book would be absolutely mind blowing. It was fast paced and Maas successfully made every moment counts. 

I was also impressed by the grand world building. I had no idea how SJM created an imaginary world so big! Thought there wasn’t really much to say about the world building because we got it covered on the first 4 books.

To me, the best thing about this book is basically THE ENDING. I was hating Aelin and the book so much BEFORE that ending. The war? Elena and Maeve’s revelations? That ending was majestic and definitely a game changer! I ONLY softened toward Rowan and Aelin at the end of the book. Also, I love the feels that ending gave me. SO INTENSE! ♥ And though I completely adore it, the ending had a close resemblance to ACOMAF (I’m not saying which parts). It was GREAT, I loved ACOMAF, but nothing new. I got a strong sense of dejavu.

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My biggest issues with this book are the characters. I just completely, utterly disliked Aelin! I could understand all her thoughts and traits and behaviors but I just couldn’t sympathize with her. Her sarcasms didn’t work anymore for me and she just irritated me so much I was struggling to actually finish reading her chapters. I’m sorry if you love her.

All her secret scheming were also getting old, really. I enjoyed it AT FIRST, to see the twists and the look of surprise on Rowan and Aedion (mostly Aedion)’s faces, but to do it repeatedly? It’s just annoying and disrespectful. I get that she was afraid to let people down, but being secretive is just not the way to do it. Not to mention her plans sometimes backfired and put the other on lethal dangers. I was no longer delighted by the twists. I just rolled my eyes. I’ve been hoping for more spotlight for the other characters since Queen of Shadows but that sadly just did not happen.

I’ve also had enough of Aelin’s awesomeness and Rowan’s maleness (!!!) which were mentioned repeatedly, yet AGAIN. I clearly didn’t ship her and Rowan.

Manon was such a fierce, brave, loyal leader and I absolutely adore the way she dealt with the revelation of her past. Her love for The Thirteen basically broke my heart and they’re definitely my new squad goals. Loyalty level 9999!😛

Lysandra’s unwavering loyalty also won my heart. She’s so brave and selfless and kind I just ♥♥♥ I also love Aedion’s character development! I enjoyed seeing him deal with Lysandra, the presence of his father, and his role as Aelin’s general. I shipped Lysandra and Aedion SO HARD! They’re the only couple I was really rooting for ♥ no rushed, unnecessary sex scenes!

I was glad to see Dorian finally mastered his magic, but I was equally disappointed to see him being dismissed all the time! For God’s sake, he’s just as important as Aelin! He’s King of Adarlan after all, but nobody actually treated him that way. Manon is probably the only one who treated Dorian as King and actually respect his opinions. Aside from a few occasions, everyone seemed to look down on him. He’s my baby </3 Speaking of Manon and Dorian, do you think their relationship is really necessary?

And I’m sorry, but I didn’t get how Elide could be so smart and cunning?! Of course she’s quiet and quiet people are tend to be observant, but she was locked in a tower for 10 years with only her nursemaid! How could she know precisely what happen in a tavern when it rains outside? Maybe her time in Morath taught her way more than I expected, but still. Although I must admit she was impressive. I totally root for Elide and Lorcan 😛 

I also love Maeve’s Cadre so so much! ♥ Lorcan, Gavriel, and Fenrys are my precious tortured souls who basically stole my heart </3

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Overall, I felt like there are way too many characters in it. I was so confused and frankly I forgot most of the side characters. I mean, who even remember Rolfe? Galan? I didn’t even know there was an Ansel in this story!** But I guess it’s kinda fitting? Seeing how ‘big’ this story really is? As a consequence, some characters excel while the others simply paled in comparison. 

But even with that many characters, there’s basically NO CHAOL in it. I knew this even before the book was officially released but it still hurt to find out for myself. What’s worse is that no one seemed to even think of him beside Dorian! He played an important role before, sacrificed so much, I don’t think it’s wise to just completely ignore him like that.

There’s one other thing that bothered me. What’s with all these purring and snarling and ripping each others’ throat? So feral! I mean, they’re royalty! Why acted like savages? I tell you this, in real life, I cringe when someone swears or use filthy words or give vulgar gesture, so yes I was pretty uncomfortable with it. For personal reasons. The amount of word ‘purred’ being used in this book is ridiculous.

**I later learned that they were explained in The Assassin’s Blade, which I deliberately didn’t read because I’m not a fan of novella

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All in all, Empire of Storms is an amazing sequel to a really fantastic series. It was intense and everything finally fell into place. That perfect, slightly cliffhanger ending also hinted the possibility of more awesomeness in the final book. The characters, even the one with the least power, are all complete badass. Even with all my issues, I still admire Sarah J Maas’ storytelling ability. I could only wish Aelin and Rowan would eventually grow on me and the other characters (especially Dorian!) would get their own spotlights in the next book ♥

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Have you read Empire of Storms? What do you think about it? You see I had A LOT of issues with the characters and their relationships, what do you think about them? I’d love to hear your thoughts! ♥  Let’s discuss it, but make sure to steer clear from spoilers so there won’t be any unsolicited spoilers for those who haven’t read the book :) 

P.S. I’m sorry this is SO LONG! :’) There’s just so much that needed to be said 😛

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Do You Binge Read Books or Slowly Savor Them?

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It’s not uncommon for me to stay up all night reading or watching shows I’m currently obsessed with at the moment😛 when it comes to tv shows, I’m a hardcore binge watcher! If I have the entire episodes (which I mostly do), I’ll watch them all at once. I mean, watching tv isn’t tiring, you just have to sit and enjoy the show, so why wait? But when it comes to books… well, sometimes I binge read as well😛

The question is, do you binge read books or do you slowly savor them?

But before we got to it, let me list down all the pros and cons on binge reading so we’ll be on the same page! And also because I looove doing list. Lists are the best! ♥

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  1. Do you know the feeling when you read a sequel a year after the previous book and you forget about absolutely everything?! Well, that’s basically me. Most of the times, I have no idea who these characters are and since I’m too lazy to check, I just dive in feeling confused. The upside of binge reading is you remember perfectly all the things about the characters and plots and possibly every other small details from the previous book because you just finished reading it. It’s like… amnesia what?😛
  2. No distraction from other books, which means you won’t confuse the books with the others because basically, that series is the only one you read at time.
  3. You get the answers all at once. If you have any questions when you read the first book, you needn’t worry because the next book is already in your hands. You just have to read it to find out what happens next.
  4. No cliffhangers whatsoever. YAY!!
  5. No insufferable wait for the next book. I don’t know about you but I mostly binge reading series that are already finished. That way, I don’t have to wait another year for the next book😉

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  1. I have to own all the books first. Lucky all of you who have library to count on, libraries in my city (or even country) don’t have stocks of popular, newly released YA books😦
  2. Sometimes when you read too fast, you don’t get the chance to actually process the books. I admit, I binge read The Raven Cycle waayyyy too fast and I didn’t have time to actually absorb it. I was too curious and I NEEDED all the answers! I did get the answers to my gazillions of questions, but I missed out on how great the books actually were😦
  3. It takes a lot of time. Binge reading is definitely time consuming! Not only do I pull an all nighter during my binge reading session, I also kind of isolate myself from everyone. I lock myself in my room and don’t even socialize with my family?? :’) as much as I luuurve reading, I also need to talk to other people and sleep. Pffft, kidding. Who needs sleep anyway?
  4. It’s over too soon!

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Now on to my thoughts on this matter. This might be a little anti climatic because…

(Whisper) I actually… don’t have preference. Hehe.

I binge read as often as I read slowly. The thing with binge reading is that I basically have to wait until the whole series is complete. I mean, what’s the point of binge reading if the final book isn’t even out yet? We got to read the books super fast and then have to wait some more months for the finale?? That’s kind of a self-torture </3 (which I admit I sometimes do to myself).

And I tell you, staying away from a series until it’s over is HARD! Especially if the hype is so strong and the said series are being talked absolutely everywhere. Not to mention it could be years. I’M AN EXTREMELY CURIOUS PERSON. HELP! :( Also, since I started blogging, I’ve been trying to keep up with release date recently so I mostly read books as soon as they come out.

The other thing is that I have to own all the books before I even start reading. I mean, isn’t that risky? What if after I already buy all the books in the series, I end up disliking the first book? Now what would I do with the rest of the books (there’s always bookstagram, obviously) and my long lost money? That’s why when it comes to binge reading, I always resort to ebooks.

Ebooks are a lot more affordable. Ebooks = my life savior ♥♥♥

Binge reading also takes a lot of will power because you have to resist all the distraction and temptation from basically every other great books! It happens very often to me every time I’m reading something, I want to read something else! Why couldn’t I ever make up my mind? :’)

The last thing I could think of is that binge reading makes it harder for me to review each book! I read so fast I practically flew and it’s like book after book after book I don’t have time to form a coherent opinion before continuing to the next book. Proofs : My reviews of The Raven Boys, The Dream Thieves, and Blue Lily, Lily Blue are so sloppy! A list of my thoughts is the only form of review I could manage :’)

Series I Previously Binge Read

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 Sooo what do you think about binge reading? How often do you do that? If you want to add something to my list of pros and cons, be my guest!😀 Drop some comments and let me know what you think ♥

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#DiverseAThon Recap: Breaking Out of My Comfort Zone

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In addition to my diversity discussions & TBR last week, I decided to join #DiverseAThon 😀

#DiverseAThon is a Read A Thon where we were encouraged to read as many diverse books as we could hosted by JoceMonica, Whitney, and Christina ♥ Not only that, these lovely ladies also hosted twitter chats discussing diversity everyday for a week. It was held from Monday, September 12, until yesterday, September 19. So before I start, I just want to thank them and everyone who has participated for enlightening me about diversity and ‘forcing’ me to read something that is usually not my cup of tea😀

For this #DiverseAThon, I managed to join 4 twitter chats and read 5 diverse books. YAYYY TO ME! I’m proud of myself ♥ Let me take you to all the books I read this week!😀 Continue reading

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Review: A Torch Against the Night // A Marathon of Heartbreaks

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RATING : 4 Stars

NO SPOILER but if you don’t wanna know anything before reading it, don’t read this review at all🙂

A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir is one of my most anticipated sequel this year. After reading so many praises about this book, I obviously went in with a relatively high expectation. You know what usually happens with too much expectations. They almost always disappoint. But let me be clear, I’m not saying this book was a disappointment. It just didn’t live up to my ridiculously high expectation😦 anddd let me tell you why! Continue reading

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Let’s Talk About Diversity: My Thoughts & A Bunch of Book Recs!

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Before I start, I just want to tell you that this is by far the longest and most difficult post I’ve ever written. I hope I could get all my points through to you and I apologize in advanced if there are a couple things that don’t make sense or by any chance offend you🙂 P.S. I’M NERVOUS!!

If you’re even remotely following the bookish community, you’d know that #weneeddiversebooks isn’t actually a new movement. It’s been going on for a while but lately, it became a really hot-of-the-press issue. You might have seen (or even be a part of) this ‘war’ about diversity on twitter these couple of weeks. I’ve actually had this diversity post planned for a while but kept putting it off because I wanted to read more books to support my point, but seeing all the buzz around diversity, what better time to post it but now? Continue reading