I’ve been meaning to come up with this post for the looongest time ever. Everything has been chaotic and super stressful for me for the past two months, hence the reason why my blog hasn’t been at its best performance, both in quality and quantity. However, here are some quick news that I’d like to share today!
Blog + Life Update
In early December, I decided to stop my self-hosting package and moved to a free blogging platform. Things went pretty south, if you ask me. I was contemplating between Blogger and WordPress, and originally, I decided to go back to Blogger. I re-design my old blog on Blogger, prepared some new posting format and all, and even purchase a nice theme to go with it. Sadly, my old posts from WordPress won’t uploaded to Blogger. So, if you’re reading this post right now, it’s pretty obvious that I’m residing on WordPress at the moment. I’m considering to leave my old posts and start a brand new blog, but I couldn’t because life was seriously strangle my neck lately. Which brings me to the second update…
I (possibly) get a new job! YAY! And… ya girl is heading tothe banking industry! YAY? (I still have no idea how I feel about this, tbh). It’s possibly because I’m currently still in the educational & on the job training program, so there’s a chance that I won’t get the actual job if I don’t pass the exams. I’ve been putting my whole energy and time to this training, hence the reason why I couldn’t update anything but scheduled blog tours.
I wish I don’t have to state this but sadly, I have to take indefinite hiatus. I’ll still post occasionally, especially for scheduled blog tours from last year. I’ll also still post occasionally on The Nerd Daily (for advanced reviews and scheduled interviews) so you know where to find me!
Honestly, I have no idea how I should start this post. I’ve been thinking about it for a few days now but I guess I will never come up with that perfect greeting, whatsoever, so here we are! This September is officially my first blog birthday and I couldn’t be more EXCITED! Also, a quick warning! I’m hoping this post will not turn into a messy 1000+ words post, but who knows?! I can’t promise you anything but I can promise you that there will be an international giveaway at the end of this post that you surely don’t want to miss! 💁♀️
This blog is so special to me. Okay. That might be an obvious thing to say, but it really is. I started blogging almost ten years ago, back when I was in middle school. And as embarrassing as it should be, of course, that blog was filled with random junks and has been long gone. And ever since that first blog, I’ve come up with several other ones which don’t last that long either. The one blog that lasts a good one year was the one that I made in college around five years ago. Of course, I was older and had better self-control to not completely humiliate my future self. But then, just like the others, it was gone too.
Afterward, I don’t really blog for quite some times. I focused on college and my interest shifted to other things, like doing digital arts or binge-watching Netflix. During this time, I didn’t read that much. Maybe a few comics and a couple of books in a year, which is sucks,because I used to read all the time when I was younger.
But last year, when I stumbled into the bookish community on Twitter, that’s how I knew that it was the perfect time to started blogging again while also motivate myself to get back into reading. I’m completely amazed by the dedication and passion in this community, and basically, here I am today, one year and 70+ books later, devouring my love for good stories.
During this past year, so many things happened on this blog. I’m not gonna say that it’s all sunshine and butterflies, because there were times where I feel negative about my posts too. But, here are a few moments that I want to highlight today:
☕ I published 100+ posts!
This is a huge deal for me because it’s my first time to be so consistent in blogging! When I first started this blog, I didn’t expect many things because I know I’ve been inconsistent in the past, and therefore I didn’t want to pressure myself too much. And throughout these 100 posts, of course there were times where I’m missing and didn’t post anything for two weeks straight. But, I’m slowly learning and picking up my pace! Here’s to hundreds more posts in the future!
☕ I started a book club which focusing on diverse titles with Lili
Ironically, I used to be not aware about diversity and representation in books. When I started this blog and started reading again, I realized the importance of these matters and I’m trying to pick up more diverse titles. And that’s when I met Lili on Twitter. We decided to run a book club, Diverse Divers, where we’re reading one diverse title each month and have bi-monthly discussions about it. The book club is currently on break (because life happens, sometimes!), but we’ve been talking to re-start it again asap!
☕ I started Debut District, a feature focusing on debut authors and releases!
A few months after starting this blog, I’ve been noticing a lot of debut authors in the community. That’s when I got the idea to started Debut District, a feature specialized for debut authors and releases. Releasing a debut book is a big deal, and with hundreds of new releases each month, it can be daunting too. My goal here is to support those new authors and assure them that there’s place for everyone and every book in this community. Currently, I’m regularly posting a monthly list which highlight the most anticipated new debut titles along with debut release review and debut author interview.
☕ I became one of the contributors on The Nerd Daily!
Becoming a contributor for The Nerd Daily is incredibly exciting for me. I may claimed myself as a blogger, but I’m not a writer. English is my second language and I’m pretty sure there will be too many grammar mistakes in my post if I don’t use Grammarly. Did I just spilled the tea on myself? Yes, I did. I’m also posting the most anticipated new debut titles on this site on monthly basis and occasionally share my book and movie review.
☕ I got to work closely with my favorite authors and publishers!
I can’t believe that it’s possible for me and my less than one year old blog to work so closely with such amazing authors and publishers! The possibility of reading an early copy of my most anticipated title is also still freaking me out to this very second! I mean, it’s an equivalent of watching an early movie screening and afterward you’re walking out of the studio while fangirling about it and next thing you know, the director is behind you, patting your shoulder and thanking you for coming to the screening! And while we’re on this topic, I still couldn’t grasp the concept that you can casually talk with your favorite authors or publishers in this community, whether it’s on email or on social media! I be like tweeting, “On pg. 123 of Book X and omg the ship has been sailed!!!” and the author of the said book will reply, “You have no idea what’s about to come. Enjoy the ride while you still can! ;)))”. And there goes my ship and my self-esteem because DID THE AUTHOR JUST REPLY TO MY INCOHERENT TWEET?!
☕ Lastly, I got tomeet many incredible, kind, and passionate fellow bloggers!
Honestly, all of the previous highlights won’t be possible if it’s not for the amazing and supportive bloggers in this community. I gained many new incredible friends and their passion for book and blogging will forever inspired me. It’s not possible for me to name every single one of them on this post, and I hate to leave names behind, and I’d like to say my eternal gratitude to everyone, but especially I want to thank:
CW @ The Quiet Pond — For her lovely arts, her magical blog along with its magical creatures (Hi, Xiaolong and friends!) and endless diverse book recs!
Karina @ Afire Pages — For being a caring soul, the ultimate cats savior, and for sharing well-researched book-related posts (srsly, this should be published on a Q1 journal!).
Kat @ Novels and Waffless — For her artsiness in everything that she works on and for being an inspiration with her non-stop creativity!
Kelly @ Another Book in the Wall — For being the kindest and sweetest person that I’ve ever (virtually) met, and for sharing endless fun discussion posts!
Rita @ Bookish Rita — For being a caring friend, a kind soul, and being extremely patient when I’m rambling non-sense during our buddy read (and still want to buddy read again!).
Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea — For her candidness, her massive support to promote diverse books, and being #1 hustler by putting her education before everything else!
I started this blog because of them, and I will stay because of them too. :’)
This post turns out to be so much longer than I expected! So, if you’re still with me and reading this messy, poorly written blog birthday post…
Okay, 1300+ words and still counting. I’ll just speed myself from this point. 😬 But basically, welcome to the new Artsy Draft! I know that it might not look that different than before, but for these past couple weeks, I’ve been revamping things here and there. Small changes make big changes, am I right? You can check out my new style sheet to get a better look of the new designs!
And with that being said… I’m officially opening my design service, Artsy Design! I know, I know. It’s not the most creative name but in my defense, I’m trying to keep up with my branding here. 💁♀️
An announcement post will be up somewhen this month as I’m still preparing for a few things. But if you’re eager to start revamping your own blog at this very second, I’ve prepare these cute pamphlets for you to get all the information regarding my services along with the base prices! Oh, and make sure you’re stay still until the end of this post because one lucky person will get the opportunity to win the ultimate revamp design package for their blog!
Now, let’s get into the most anticipated part of this post! To celebrate this exciting moment of my very first blog birthday, and to mark the official opening of my design store, and of course, as my way to express my endless gratitude to you, I decided to host a giveaway!
☕ the prizes!
One winner will get the opportunity to win $25 worth of value from Book Depository!
One other winner will get the opportunity to win the Ultimate Blog Revamp including a blog header, blog button, favicon, post signature, social media buttons, post dividers, ratings, sidebar headers, and post headers worth $125.
☕ the rules!
You must be over 18 years old or have parental permission to join this giveaway.
Opens internationally (as long as Book Depository shipped to you!).
No giveaway or spam accounts allowed in this giveaway.
Ends on October 31, 2019 @ 23:59 GMT+7.
If winners not responding within 48 hours, I have the right to pick another winner.
Hi! I’m excited to bring you today’s post because I’ll share updates regarding my reading stats, challenges’ progress and the fun mid-year freak out book tag that have been going around the community for a while! I saw it first on Rita’s blog and I’m super excited when I knew that I also get tagged by Kelly last week! Thank you, Kelly! So, without further ado, here we go!
First of all, let me give a massive shoutout to Kal for her genius spreadsheet! If it’s not for her, I’ll have no idea how to keep track of all of this stuff. If you have no idea what I was talking about, I’m referring to a free spreadsheet template that Kal posted at the end of last year that you can use to keep track of basically everything that you can think of, such as your reading, your stats, your plan for upcoming blog post, tracker for ARCs, and so much more. If you’re interested to have and use one, you can check out Kal’s post here!
I tweaked the spreadsheet a bit and adjust it to my own personal need and here’s a summary of how’s my reading looks like so far in 2019! I don’t have any particular goal this year, aside from reading 52 books (which I achieved last month!) and just explore more, especially to read more books with diversity in it. So far, as I’m writing this post, I read a total of 54 books and here’s the breakdown:
books i read based on the rating
Hopefully, I can find more awesome books before this year ended!
books i read based on the diversity
I think I could do better, but I’m glad about this number so far.
books i read based on the date
No particular goal for this one, but I’m glad I still managed to read quite a few of backlist titles.
books i read based on the genre
I’m happy with my ‘exploring’ goal so far, I just need to keep it up!
books i read based on the audience
Huh, I need to read more new adult books considering I’m one…
books i read based on the source
The fact that I’ve read 50+ books this year and I owned none of them was pretty crazy…
Earlier this year, I decided to join a few reading challenges to push myself a bit more and y’know, just to have more fun! I’m glad that I didn’t went overboard and joined too many challenges, because trust me, there are so many good ones out there and it was very tempting, but God knows how slow and moody I am when it comes to reading.
I thought this is going to be fun and here I am, stressing out because I can only pick one book! I found many incredible reads this year but the one that leave a special mark is Spin the Dawn (The Blood of Stars #1) by Elizabeth Lim. I’m just a big fan of every aspects in this book and I really wish it could be longer because I was having a great time with it!
This is going to be a bit embarassing, but I haven’t read any sequel this year! Well, I did read one but it was just an okay book, and I’m not sure if it counts since I haven’t read the previous ones yet. Since I don’t have answer for this one, I’m going to drop a title of one of my most anticipated sequel instead and it’s The Vanishing Stair (Truly Devious #2) by Maureen Johnson!
NEW RELEASE YOU HAVEN’T READ YET BUT WANT TO
Oh my, I have too many books in mind for this one, but I’ll go with Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle #1) by Jay Kristoff & Amie Kaufman! I’ve been hearing so many amazing words about it and I can’t wait ’til I get my hands on them. Hopefully before this year ends!
MOST ANTICIPATED RELEASE FOR THE SECOND HALF OF THE YEAR
Among all of my piling anticipated books for the rest of this year, I couldn’t be more excited for The Light at the Bottom of the World by London Shah! As I said multiple times, I’m just completely blown away by the universe and world-building, let alone the premise that Shah delivered in this lovely debut!
I’m not exaggerating when I said I had it really bad with this book since the very first page. I’m just so disappointed especially since I’m the one who recommended it as the monthly book pick to read on Diverse Divers Book Club.
I mean… I knew that I’ll be having a great time when I saw the blog tour announcement on CW’s blog and signed up for it, but this debut by Ashia Monet was truly blown me away! It was such an amazing ride full of actions yet Monet didn’t forget to spice things up with emotional family drama, and most importantly, the teenagers actually acted like ones!
Okay, before you roast me, I know that I’m so late with my obsession over Alice Oseman, but this year is my first time to read her book and let me tell you, I’m amazed! I’m still fangirling over Radio Silence to this very day after months of reading it, and I’ll make sure to re-read it before the year end.
Definitely Edan form Spin the Dawn by Elizabeth Lim! I’m so excited to learn more about him and his past on the next book. There are too many unanswered bits and I need to know ’em now!
NEWEST FAVORITE CHARACTER
Antonio Gabriel Feliciano Torres is a ray of sunshine wherever he goes and I love him wholeheartedly. Honestly, Antonio is one of my favorite things about The Black Veins, and every time he started being confused or whenever he feel insecured for not contributing enough to the group, I just want to hug and protect him and tell him that he has done more than enough than he realized!
BOOK THAT MADE YOU CRY
Read it twice, cried during the same scene twice. I’m not going to spoil which scene but it was so genuine and innocent and this is the reason why sometimes I love platonic relationship so much more than a romantic one.
The Muslim rep, the fandom plot, the internet friendship drama, it’s all here and I’m loving it! It reminds me of my teenagehood and my obsession over bands, and all of those memories made me pretty nostalgic.
FAVORITE POST YOU HAVE DONE THIS YEAR
I don’t remember exactly how long, but I think I worked for days to finished this post. I’m excited to start this series and run it regularly, especially because of the amount of feedback that I’m getting from it. So hopefully, I can come up with more of this design-related post in the future!
I’m on book-buying ban this year because my unread physical copies are getting huge. Okay, probably not that huge for some people, but I feel guilty about it. But, last month is my birthday month and I decided to give myself a lil treat and I bought this gorgeous copy of Children of Blood and Bones (Legacy of Orïsha #1) by Tomi Adeyemi. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful books that I owned!
BOOK THAT I NEED TO READ BY THE END OF THE YEAR
Umm, first of all, I have too much, this answer might turn into a whole new post (note to myself: write the post). And second of all, I can only pick one?! Are you kidding me? But on serious note, I’ve been eyeing the new sequel of A Curse So Dark and Lonely by Brigid Kemmerer, A Heart So Fierce and Broken, that will be released next year, so I knew that I need to read the first book before this year ended. Honorable mentions: An Ember in the Ashes Series by Sabaa Tahir, Shadow of the Fox Series by Julie Kagawa & Shatter Me Series by Tahereh Mafi.
Ahhh, more award post, yay! This is my very first Flawesome Award and I want to thank Geraldine @ Geraldine Talks and Souad @ A Day in My Life for nominating me! This is also my first time to heard about this award, but basically, it’s an award to embrace your weaknesses and turn it into strengths. We all had our flaws, so why don’t turn it into something awesome? Again, thank you Geraldine & Souad for thinking of me and my blog for this award! If you haven’t follow them yet, you should totally do it now! Geraldine writes all about fun lifestyle-related posts on her blog and Souad writes a lot of story times and product reviews! Go check them out!
Anyway, The Flawesome Award was originally created by Sophia Ismaa who specifically wanted us to celebrate our flaws! Sophia’s description of the award:
“It’s time to celebrate the flaws that make you awesome. How many times do we see an award that celebrates all things bright and shiny and sunny in a person? How often do we forget that our weaknesses can be a strength? Our flaws make us human, our flaws tell us more about who we are, and in turn, we turn those flaws into awesome strengths. In short, our flaws make us #flawesome”.
Nominate 10 other bloggers for this award[/su_note]
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I’m naturally quiet and shy. Don’t worry, it’s not you, it’s me. I guess I’m not just as outgoing and talkative, especially around those who I just met and barely knew. Even sometimes around those who I already knew, but haven’t talk with for a long time. I think the positive value from this aspect of myself is that I become more observant and better listener. I realized that whenever I’m being quiet and just sit there, paying attention to the conversation happening around me, I become more sensitive to my surroundings. I get to study what people thinks and how they reacts in conversation, which is pretty cool, because sometimes people says one thing but their initial reaction was completely different. Which is perfectly fine, by any means. Maybe they’re just trying to be polite and it’s not a wrong thing to do, in my opinion. But I think it’s quite important to understand how someone feels without asking them to tell it directly to you.
I guess I have a high attention to details? It’s in question marks because I’m not sure whether it’s a weakness or not. I guess it can be, because this makes me takes longer to finish something. I mean, almost everything. It took me hours to make a good presentation slides, not because of the contents, but because I tried to make everything looks perfect (I’m talking about image pixels here), I checked my door before I left for about three times because I’m just paranoid, and sometimes, whenever I read a book or watch a movie and there’s some interesting facts that I just knew at the moment, I’ll pause whatever thing I was doing and end up doing research about that one particular fact, just because! But oh well, at least by having this trait, I have a better result in whatever I’m working on.
I hate to admit this one, but I’m a deadline type of person. Maybe the adrenaline feels good, I’m not sure. The positive side of this trait? I can work under pressure. Yay me.
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And that’s a wrap! Now, I’d like to nominate this award to these 10 amazing bloggers (who’s already awesome, by any means!):
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I’m so excited to get nominated again for Sunshine Blogger Award and this time, I was nominated by lovely Emily @ Emily Aagaard. Thank you for thinking of me and my blog, Em! This award is one of my favorite because you got to answer all the fun questions and also get to know your fellow blog buddy by asking them your very own personalized questions! It’s sort of like a give and take situation in a fun way! Again, don’t forget to check Emily’s blog if you’re into lifestyle and wellness blog! Her blog is lovely (literally, look at those pastel pink theme!) and she’s been working hard on her blog contents!
Nominate 11 other bloggers and ask them 11 questions
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1. What’s the number one thing that helps you relax? Laying on my bed at the end of the day with a cup of tea or coffee while reading or watching!
2. If money wasn’t a question, where in the world would you visit? UK!!!
3. What’s your favorite trait in yourself?
I guess my attention to detail?
4. One food you couldn’t live without?
Mom’s fried rice, definitely.
5. Rain or shine? Why?
Rain because the sounds helps me relax.
6. Sum up the person that means the most to you in one word.
7. If you could have something named after you (like a street, a holiday, a planet!) what would it be?
Oh, a planet would be awesome! But I’d say a holiday. A day off in honor of me? Yes, please.
8. Which one word resonates the most with you, and why?
Yellow? It’s just my happy color. 💛
9. In a song, do you connect more with the lyrics or the music?
Definitely lyric first, music after.
10. Favourite carb? (Yes, carb 😂)
Too much to mention, but I’ll go with potatoes! What a hard question, Em!
11. Name one thing that will always make you smile
Any Friends or The Office US episode!
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[su_note note_color=”#FFEDCD”]And that’s it! Now, here’s my 11 questions:
What is the first series that you’ve ever watched?
What are the series that you’re currently watching?
Which one that you enjoy the most and why?
Who’s your favorite character from that series and why?
What are the series that you can watch over and over again without feeling bored?
What series would you recommend to someone who’s never committed to watching a series before?
Are there any series that you did not finished? If so, why?
Are there any series that you would never watch even in a million years? Why?
What movies do you think would be amazing to be turned into a series and why?
Which actors/actresses will be on that movies-to-series adaptation? Is it going to be the same one with the movie?
If you could make a series that inspired by your life, what would the title and genre be? [/su_note]
This lowkey turned into a TV Series tag, but I hope you don’t mind! These are the amazing bloggers that I’d love to nominated and I’m excited to see their answers! Also, don’t pressure yourself if you’ve already nominated or did this award or simply don’t want to do it! It’s not mandatory at all!
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