5 Reasons To Try Buddy Reading

This year Aiko and I started buddy reading. It is exactly what it is. Reading with a buddy. We started with Landline and then we sort of got addicted to it. For 2017 we even made a list of 12 books to buddy read each month, fingers crossed we can read every one of those books!

Here are 5 reasons why you should try buddy reading!

Ready, Set, Read!

First of all if you want to buddy read, you have to decide which book to read. And because you are not only reading for yourself, you have to discuss this with your friend. Aiko and I usually have a long list of what to read, and take 1-2 days (sometimes more!) to decide, just because we are picky and have lots of weird opinions.

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Surat Untuk Soca

Halo Soca! Beberapa saat lalu aku selesai baca bukumu Aku, Meps, dan Beps. Aku sih pre-order bukumu karena aku tahu buku pilihan POST pasti bagus. Daaannn aku benar!

Saat baca bukumu, aku terus-terusan cekikikan di kamar. Anjingku, Echi namanya, sampai ngeliatin aku. Mungkin dia pikir aku sudah mulai gila! Ya gimana gak ketawa, abisnya buku Soca ngingetin aku akan masa kecilku dulu di Salatiga (yang sudah lama sekali, iya iya, aku emang udah tua).

Dulu waktu aku masih kecil, aku juga gak doyan makan sayur. Sama kayak Soca. Tapi sekarang, aku doyan lho. Ya walaupun sayurannya pilih-pilih, tapi kemajuan! Semoga Soca kalau sudah besar juga semakin suka makan sayur juga ya, ternyata banyak manfaatnya makan sayur!

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Aiko’s Year in Books: 2016

Ah, Goodreads, what would life be without you? If you know books, you are very likely to know about Goodreads, and you probably know what I mean. Anyway, one of my favorite things about Goodreads is its yearly reading challenge which is very simple: you just enter the number of books you want to read each year and whenever you finish a book you enter it to Goodreads and you have a countdown towards your reading goal.

Well, since 2011 I have entered numbers into this system. I failed miserably trying to read 52 books in 2011 and 2012, so I opted for 30 books in 2013. I read 31 books. Thus, I became more confident and put in 52 again in 2014. This time around, I read 59 books! YAY! So for 2015 I had 60 books. I barely made it through that, but I succeeded. And so at the beginning of 2016 I thought… let’s do 100 books! I have no idea what possessed me.

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Travel Tips from Allyson Healey

Who is Allyson Healey you may ask? Well if you’ve read Gayle Forman’s Just One Day then you probably know her but if you haven’t then I suggest you read it immediately and get to know her.

(And also if you haven’t read it, then perhaps you should stop reading as this post may contain spoilers…)

As you know, Allyson did quite a lot of travelling in this book. So as a person who loves travelling myself, I thought I’d make a list of travel tips gathered from Allyson’s travel style.

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Bookstores to Visit in Singapore

This post is written by Aggy and Aiko (and our love for books in Singapore)

Singapore is a country we love to visit every now and then. Apart from doing a culinary tour of the city, we never forget to visit its bookstores too. There are many interesting places to buy books in Singapore and here are our favourites:

Books Actually
Books Actually is an independent bookshop established in 2005. They specializes in Fiction and Literature. In this shop you can also find many local authors. What’s unique about this bookshop is that they publish books under the name Math Press Paper and also they STITCH their own notebooks which you can find under the brand Birds & Co.

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Tiger Lily (Jodi Lynn Anderson)

Aiko told me to read this book because she loves fairy tale re-telling and I rarely read that kind of book. Since I got hooked on her last fairy tale re-telling recommendation (The Lunar Chronicles), I thought I gave this one a try too.

From the first page I was intrigued as the story is written from the perspective of Tinkerbell, a character we all know from Peter Pan. The story itself is a love story, a quite sad one actually, but it also shows how vulnerable Tiger Lily is even though she is a strong woman herself.

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books I Enjoyed That Have Under 2000 Ratings On Goodreads

It’s not too late to join Top Ten Tuesday, right? Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme created at The Broke and the Bookish in June 2010. There is a prompt for a Top Ten list each week. Everyone is welcome to join.

This week’s theme is 10 Books I Enjoyed that have under 2000 ratings on Goodreads. I must admit I was quite surprise at how low the rating count is on some of these. These books definitely need more love!

  1. The World’s Shortest Stories – Steve Moss (ed.)
    Number of Ratings: 690
    Average Rating: 3.68
    This book is AMAZING. It was my first introduction to Flash Fiction. Each story in the book is less than 55 words but wow they are really good.
  2. The World’s Shortest Stories of Love and Death – Steve Hall (ed.)
    Number of Ratings: 150
    Average Rating: 3.85
    The sequel to the previous book and contains exactly what the title says. This book is even better than it’s predecessor.
  3. Mouthful of Forevers – Clementine von Radics
    Number of Ratings: 1211
    Average Rating: 4.20
    Just finished this book last month. Read my thoughts in this post.23522212
  4. Light is the New Black – Rebecca Campbell
    Number of Ratings: 321
    Average Rating: 4.34
    My favorite book of June! I can’t believe it’s only been rated 321 times. Oh wait, it’s new. Well, you should go and read it anyway. Like, now.
  5. Girlosophy: A Soul Survivor Kit – Anthea Paul
    Number of Ratings: 286
    Average Rating: 4.37
    This was one of my favorite books as a teenager. It totally needs more readers, except I don’t think it’s available anymore. There’s a whole series of Girlosophy books though, so you can still check it out 🙂
  6. Pray Like a Gourmet – David Brazzeal
    Number of Ratings: 29
    Average Rating: 4.41
    29?? Gosh. This book deserves so much more! It’s a beautiful book inside and out about prayer, and while it’s geared towards Christians, I think it is actually quite universal.
  7. The Girl Who Never Was and The Boy with a Hidden Name – Skylar Dorset
    Number of Ratings: 1160/427
    Average Rating: 3.64/4.08
    These two books are called the Otherworld series and they are about faeries and ogres and other magical beings and I love them to bits. Not to mention the gorgeous covers! *swoon*
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  8. Stray – Elissa Sussman
    Number of Ratings: 1821
    Average Rating: 3.64
    This one is getting there. It’s an original fairy tale and it’s described as “a cross between The Handmaid’s Tale and Wicked, with a dash of Grimm and Disney” which pretty much sums it up. Also, it has a recipe for a cinnamon bread that is very delicious at the back.
  9. Second Star – Alyssa Sheinmel
    Number of Ratings: 1753
    Average Rating: 3.61
    Another one that’s almost there. This one is a contemporary romance (which I don’t really read much of) but it is a retelling (which I do read a lot) of Peter Pan.
  10. Ash & Bramble – Sarah Prineas
    Number of Ratings: 1574
    Average Rating: 3.49
    Making this list just made me want to go and read a fairy tale or a retelling. This one is both, it’s like a fairy tale retelling with a twist. The cover doesn’t do it much justice though. Also, it’s so twisted that some people might find it utterly confusing.

And that’s my list! Have you read any of them?

Full disclosure: All the links are affiliate links to Books Depository 🙂

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June Wrap-Up and July TBR (maybe!)

Gosh, it’s been a long while since we last posted! To get back on track, I thought it would be a good thing to do a wrap-up post of all the books I read in June, and list some books I might read in July. I’m awful at keeping to a TBR list, though, hence the maybe. LOL. Maybe one day I’ll create a TBR list and actually stick to it. Maybe.

So, June was actually a very good month of reading for me. I finished my thesis so I had a little bit more time (you would think I would end up having infinite time to read after my thesis, but nope. June was actually quite busy as always), and I managed to get back on track with my Goodreads Reading Challenge which made me VERY happy. Unfortunately I’m now behind again. Meh. As a disclaimer, I actually read quite a bit of poetry which meant they finished quickly but hey, poetry is awesome!

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March Reading Challenge: Let’s Go to Paris!

Reading books with “Love” in the title for February turned out to be a little harder than we thought, mostly because there were so many other books that were interesting as well! That doesn’t stop us from starting yet another challenge though, and after a long deliberation (because we have too many ideas), we decided that March would be a good month to travel to Paris, while sitting in our reading nooks.

Paris, after all, has always been a fascinating place for both of us, and we both wish we can go back there someday (soon). But for now, we shall be content reading about it.

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Me Before You (Jojo Moyes)

This book is sad and lovely at the same time. I don’t know why I picked up this book, well OK, I know, because it’s a romance book and I am a sucker for them, but what I mean is that I can’t remember having interest in this book before. I think it was some review that made me wanna read it. I am glad that I did read it.

So the problem with Louisa Clark is that she has no ambition and that is the one thing I hate most about her. Luckily though she managed to get a job as Will Traynor’s “companion”. I have no idea why Will even likes her, I mean yeah she has a sense of humour and a weird sense of fashion, but other than that I don’t really quite see the connection. But I think it’s through this simplicity of hers and her capability of treating Will like a normal person that make Will opens up to her. 

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