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.
Hey everyone! Today is September 1st and it’s time to back to Hogwarts! To celebrate this memorable day (and to mark this as my very first post!) I want to do The Ultimate Harry Potter Tag! I found this tag over Destiny’s blog and I knew I have to do it as well. I haven’t re-read or re-watch the Harry Potter franchise for quite a while, so it’s thrilling to do this tag and remind myself that I’m a massive Potterhead and I used to be obsessed with everything Harry Potter related (I still am, though). So, here we go!
1. Favorite book?
This one comes easy! It’s the Prisoner of Azkaban since it’s the first Harry Potter book that I owned (back when I was nine years old). I also loved it because we got Sirius’s first appearance in this book and eventually learned that Harry still has a family. :’)
2. Least favorite book?
Ugh, I don’t really think I have one until I got this question. But, if I really have to choose, it’s probably Order of Phoenix. I don’t really have any particular reason except for Sirius’ death.
3. Favorite movie?
Goblet of Fire! I think it’s amazing that we got glimpse of Quidditch World Cup here, how everyone was super hyped about it and also the appearance of other magical schools.
4. Least favorite movie?
It’s going to be Order of Phoenix again. A combination of Sirius’ death and visualization of Dolores Umbridge? No, thank you.
5. Favorite quote?
“I hope you’re pleased with yourselves. We could all have been killed — or worse, expelled. “. Ms.Granger really got her priority right!
6. Favorite Weasley?
It used to be Fred and George back then, but since I watched more of Domnhall Gleeson’s filmography recently, it slowly turned to Bill. I wish he got more screen time, though!
7. Favorite female character?
Minerva McGonagall! She’s super bad-ass, very smart, is a cat and (definitely) a cat person too, unexpected (“Have a biscuit, Potter.”), has a resting bitch face 99% of the time, hate Umbridge (probably more than us), is super excited about the Yule Ball, and of course, is a queen of alliteration (“I will not have you, in one night, besmirching that name by behaving like a babbling, bumbling band of baboons!”).
8. Favorite villain?
I think most of us will agree that it’s going to be Draco Malfoy.
9. Favorite male character?
This one is predictable but Sirius Black, it is. Despite of my emotional connection over his character because of Prisoner of Azkaban, he’s a great father figure that Harry has been long missed. I also loved the fact that he’s not being overprotective to Harry and allowed him to know about everything that has been going on, because if there’s one person who has the most right to know about those movement against Voldemort, it is Harry.
10. Favorite professor?
McGonagall, for sure. Although, I’m pretty sure that I’d failed in two seconds if I ever take her class.
11. Wash Snape’s hair, or spend a day listening to Lockhart rant about himself?
Snape all the way. I’ll fall asleep in 2 minutes if I choose Lockhart.
12. Duel an elated Bellatrix, or an angry Molly?
I’m terrified of Bellatrix, so angry Molly, then. I got zero opportunity if I have to duel with either of them, but at least Molly looks nicer.
13. Travel to Hogwarts via Hogwarts Express or a flying car?
Hogwarts Express, of course. You got to snacking all the way to Hogwarts!
14. Kiss Voldemort, or give Umbridge a bubble bath?
Um, hi, Voldy…
15. Ride a hippogriff, or ride a firebolt?
Firebolt because I think I’ll be chicken out in front of a hippogriff.
16. Is there a character you felt differently about in the movies versus the books?
Aside from calm Dumbledore vs angry Dumbledore in the Goblet of Fire? Not really, I guess. I also haven’t re-read the books for years, so I can’t recall the differences very well.
17. Is there a movie you preferred over its book?
I think it’s probably Goblet of Fire. The visualization of action packs are priceless!
18. Richard Harris or Michael Gambon as Dumbledore?
I’d say Michael Gambon, but I can’t deny Richard Harris’ version of Dumbledore is really adorable and funny and a lot more like the books.
19. Your top thing (person or event) which wasn’t included in the movie that annoyed you the most?
Peeves! And the majority of Potterhead are probably answering the same.
20. If you could remake any of the Potter movies, which would it be?
None. They aren’t perfect but they are irreplaceable.
21. Which house was your first gut feeling you’d be a part of?
I always guess I’d be a Hufflepuff, just because I always thought that I’m not very brave, neither intelligent or ambitious.
22. Which house were you actually sorted into on Pottermore?
I guessed it right. Hufflepuff!
23. Which class would be your favorite?
Charms. Can’t wait to use all of them to make life easier!
24. Which spell do you think would be most useful to learn?
Accio, Lumos and Nox.
25. Which character do you think you’d instantly become best friends with?
I think Ron and I will get along pretty well. Procrastinate homeworks, big appetite, afraid of spiders (any bugs in my case), and having no idea what’s going on 90% of the time.
26. If you could own one of the three Hallows, which would it be?
The cloak of invisibility. I’m an introvert and will use it 24/7 whenever I need to recharge myself from being social.
27. Is there any aspect of the books you’d want to change?
28. Favorite marauder?
29. If you could bring one character back to life, which would it be?
Either Sirius (because Harry needs him), or Remus (because Teddy needs him), or Fred (because George needs him). Oh well, I can’t decide after all.
30. Hallows or horcruxes?
Hallows! Who in their right mind will choose horcruxes and voluntarily split their soul in pieces? Not me.
There you have it! That was fun to answer and it definitely makes me want to re-read and re-watch everything. I tag every Potterhead who came across this post. It’s your turn now!