Follow me on Bloglovin’!

Hi beauties! This is just a short little post saying that if anyone want to follow me on Bloglovin’ please do! I made it a long time ago (like when I first started this blog) but haven’t done much with it. I recently, after a long time, finally added the Bloglovin’ button to my site.

Also, if anyone has any tips on how to grow a following on Bloglovin’ please let me know. I barely have any followers there.

Do you have a Bloglovin’ account? Have you had success there? 

xoxo,

I’m a The Book Drop ambassador!

Hi beauties! Just wanted to drop in and say that I’m super excited to announce that I have been chosen to be one of The Book Drop’s ambassadors!

The Book Drop is a book subscription service that features a variety of genres. Their mission is to bring the independent bookstore to you! I personally love independent bookstores because they carry books you don’t typically see in more mainstream stores.

I am subscribed to Books for Tea, which is one of their most popular subscriptions. Books for Tea is perfect for lovers of historical fiction, contemporary, and literary fiction. They also have subscriptions for YA and middle grade books. Each book (which comes hand wrapped!) comes with a signed bookplate and/or letter from the author. To check out their past book selections click here.

If you are interested in signing up, use my code, ODD10, to save 10% on your purchase. Sign up here.

Do you have a favorite independent bookstore? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

I’m a BookSparks #WRC2019 ambassador!

I’ve been meaning to write a blog post about this, but school has kept me busy. So basically, in addition to being a BooksSparks #YAWRC2019 ambassador, I’m also one for #WRC2019!

If you check out their site, you can see the six amazing books that will be featured in this reading challenge.

All six of the books

Are you planning on joining the challenge? Which book are you most excited for? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Bookish must have: Disney’s Belle book mug

Yesterday I was perusing the Internet and found a new mug that Disney released. It’s called Belle Books Mug and OMG it is beautiful! It’s a mug that looks like a stack of books.

Amazing, isn’t it? Here’s the link to it if you want to check it out and maybe buy it. I know I’ll probably end up buying it at some point. It would look perfect on my shelf next to my Chip mug.

I made a “virtual” TBR jar

Initially, to start off 2019, I was going to make an actual TBR jar. If you don’t know what that is, it’s a jar where you put down all the names of your unread books and randomly pick one to read. I realized this would take a lot of time to make. From cutting up the paper to writing the names down, I just don’t have the time to do that since I start school on Monday. So instead I made a “virtual” one, which is a spreadsheet. It was so quick and I love that I know the exact number of unread books on my shelves (it currently stands at 87). To select a book, I’m just going to use a random number generator. It’s not as pretty as a jar would be, but it sure is practical.

A glimpse at my virtual jar

I’m so excited to have created this. I may even edit it later on to add more information like the date I received a book. I think it will be fun to see how this goes this year. Since I read multiple books at a time, my plan is to have one of my currently readings come from this jar.

Have you ever made a TBR jar? How did it go? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

I’m a BookSparks #YAWRC2019 ambassador!

Yesterday I received an email from BookSparks saying I was chosen to be an ambassador for their YA winter reading challenge and I’m so excited! I was an ambassador for them for their YA summer reading challenge and I can’t wait to do it again.

If you check out their site, you can see the three books that will be featured this challenge. They all sound so interesting and I’m especially excited for The Tesla Legacy by K. K. Perez because her debut book, Sweet Black Waves, was in the summer reading challenge and I just loved it. I’m looking forward to reading more from her.

Are you planning on joining the reading challenge? Let me know in the comments!

xoxo,

Tips to creating a yearly reading goal

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As the year comes to a close, it’s time to start making reading goals for 2019. I’ve been creating reading goals for myself since 2013, so I thought I should share some of what I’ve learned over the years.

Realize what your goal actually means

When I first made my reading goal back in 2013, I set it to 25 books, solely because I thought that was a good enough number. At the time 25 seemed like a lot. What I failed to realize was what that number actually meant when you break it down. 25 books a year is roughly 2 books a month. I ended up reading 40 books that year. As you can tell I grossly underestimated my reading capacity. So when you make your goal, it helps to think of it in terms of months. Start with how many books you think you can read in a month, and then go from there. For example, if you think you can read 4 books a month, try setting your goal at 50 books.

To avoid pressure, start small!

What I’ve been doing these past few years is setting my goal super low at 30. In 2016, I fell into a really really bad reading slump and only read 31 books. Since then, I’ve set my goal at 30 and then increased it by 5 every time I got close to finishing it. In 2017, I stopped the goal at 65 (and finished at 83). This year I stopped my goal at 70 (and am currently at 88). Doing this really takes the pressure off you to read, especially at the beginning of the year when it is easy to fall behind. It always feels better to increase your goal, then to decrease it.

Think about what books you are including in your reading goal

I’ll often see people ask whether or not to include certain books in their goal such as picture books, graphic novels, etc. My piece of advice: if you want to include them but it feels like your cheating, up your goal accordingly. If you don’t want to include them, lower your goal. Remember: reading goals are not set in stone; you can always change it.


So those are my tips to creating a reading goal. I hope it helps.

My goal for 2019 will be even lower than I typically set it: 25 books.  Law school keeps me busy so I’m lowballing it significantly. 

How did you do on your 2018 reading goal? What’s your reading goal for 2019? Let’s chat in the comments!

xoxo,

Reading update: I’m separated from my TBR!

So I took an early Thanksgiving break and came back home a little early. Now, I’m unexpectedly staying longer than I initially planned to. The issue? I only brought two books with me. And I just finished reading one of them. I just didn’t have the space in my carry ons to bring more books because I had to bring my law books, notebooks, and laptop to study. I had no room. 

Now I’m left with the other book I brought and a book that accidentally got mailed here to my old address. The rest of my 60+ TBR books got left behind. There were some books on there that I really wanted to start reading soon. I also left behind my other currently reading book.  

Now I’m in a dilemma of what to do after I finish these two books. Should I buy more books? Start an e-book? (I’m really terrible at reading those but maybe my desperation can change that) Or just wait until I get back?

Only time will tell! Stay tuned to see how this tragedy ends. 

What Lara Jean means to me

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It’s been a few months since To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before hit Netflix and I’m still in love with it. I’ve probably seen it at least 10 times (I watch it about once a week). I’m currently listening to the soundtrack while writing this blog post.

I’ve never felt this way about a character before. I remember when I first read the book back in January of 2016. It was the first time I read a book and was like So this is what representation feels like. Lara Jean is half Korean and half white. I am half Filipino and half white. To see and read about a character that was also half and half, was life changing. I related to so many little aspects of Lara Jean’s life. Like the fact that we both hate driving (fun fact: I still do).

I remember people had criticisms about Lara Jean and said that she was “childish.” I never thought that because she was totally me in high school. Being more “innocent” is not a bad thing. I personally think it’s kind of an Asian girl thing. I think a lot (but obviously not all) Asian girls are a bit more innocent than other girls and that is totally okay. I love that Lara Jean normalizes this innocence.

I read the sequel immediately afterwards and fell in love with Lara Jean even more. The third book came out when I was a Senior in college and I didn’t want the book to end because I didn’t want to leave Lara Jean and her story. I was too attached.

Then I got into law school and the weekend before school started, the movie came out on Netflix and took Lara Jean to a whole new level. I loved Lara Jean in the books, but movie Lara Jean was exactly what I needed.

It was crazy to see an Asian American female lead character in a movie. And not just any movie, a movie that everyone was obsessed with. My heart swelled with Asian pride. Who would have thought that Lara Jean would have this kind of impact?

As much as I related to book Lara Jean, movie Lara Jean is literally me right now. And that is what makes her so special to me.

Lara Jean gives me hope. Hope that the shy Asian girl can get the hot guy. That Asian girls are not invisible. That we can get our own Peter Kavinsky. That we don’t need to be like every other white female lead in a rom-com. We are enough just the way we are. And that is the most powerful thing of all.

Just think about it. When have you ever seen a female lead like her?

Lara Jean inspired me this semester and is literally the reason why I’m getting through law school okay. I will often ask myself, What would Lara Jean do?, whenever I find myself in an awkward situation. I even had a crush on a gorgeous boy this semester and I’m a bit embarrassed to admit it, but I wrote him a letter (that I never ended up giving to him and never will because he dropped out of school).

Flashback to just last week on Halloween. Nobody in my section dressed up at school except for me and this one other Asian girl. And guess who we were? Lara Jean. I was wearing her airport outfit and she was wearing LJ’s party outfit. Another Asian girl (who first saw my outfit on my Instagram) commented on how much she loved my dressing up as LJ. Crazy what the power of representation can do. Lara Jean was just the second Asian character I have been for Halloween (the first being Mulan). I haven’t dressed up for Halloween in years (the last time was in 5th grade when I was a pirate) but I just had to because I finally had someone worth being.

Basically, Lara Jean is so important to me because she represents so much. She empowers and inspires us Asian girls. Thank you Jenny Han for creating her and sharing her with the world.

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Ponytail. Check. Sunglasses on top of head. Check. Necklace. Check. Striped sweater. Check. Skirt with buttons. Check. Too many feelings. Double check. Let’s do this.

Title and blurb reveal for The Metiks Fade Trilogy #2

Today I am so excited to bring you the title and blurb reveal for the second book in The Metiks Fade Trilogy by Thomas Welsh. I read the first book in the series, Anna Undreamingand absolutely loved it! If you haven’t read it already, you definitely should. So without further ado, here is the blurb and title:


 

Broken, beaten, and exiled to the Sump, Anna has battled her way back to reality, but she returns to find her friends scattered and her enemies have grown in strength and number. Though she’s learned that in the world of Dreamers, sometimes the darkness is just a different type of light, she still hasn’t found her way out. And just like in nightmares, every time she runs away, the monsters lie in wait ahead.

Anna’s only hope for survival lies with new friends and a desperate plan to walk the Moonlight Road—a ghostly passage of frozen moonlight through worlds she can never touch—straight into the arms of the most dangerous Dreamer alive.

But no one, neither friend nor enemy, is prepared for the power Anna now wields. Her flame has kindled, and when they threaten those she loves, she’ll burn them to the ground.

Anna and the Moonlight Road is book two of The Metiks Fade Trilogy.

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*Please note that this image is not the final cover. The cover will be revealed at a later date*