Ten Book Settings I’d Like to Visit More

TOP TEN TUESDAY was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

Okay, maybe I stretch it a bit here because a few of these are not necessarily a place setting, but more like a trope? A theme? I’m not sure but I’d count it anyways!

Apocalyptic Universe — Will I ever get tired of Divergent, Ready Player One or The Hunger Games? Probably never.
Boarding School — Yesterday, I re-watch all of the Harry Potter movies and suddenly, I was deep into the boarding school setting again!
Competition and Contest — Thanks to Spin the Dawn, now I need more intense competition drama in my life.
Fandom, fandom, fandom! — This year, I’ve read quite a few contemporary books focusing on fandom or being a fangirl, and I totally looking forward to read more!
Futuristic x Time Travel — Perhaps I said this too many times, but I was so impressed with Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen and its glorious time-traveling trope!
Historical Fiction Sets on the Beach — Another setting that I need after reading an outstanding book (Montauk by Nicola Harrison!). Everything is calmer just because there’s no phone yet to distract your peaceful time at the beach!
Magical Libraries — I just realized I’ve been consuming a lot of magical + witchy libraries this past week (Harry Potter, Mooncakes, The Black Mage) and I want more!
Modern Era and Its Tech — I need more story revolving around bloggers, vloggers, podcasters, you name it!
Underwater — This one is a classic because you can never go wrong with mermaids and underwater creature-beings!
University — Yeah, yeah, I’m not even in university anymore but so what! The ‘first day at uni’ trope is still one of my favorite.

Which setting that you’d like to visit more?

Ten Favorite Book Quotes

Today’s prompt is inspirational and thought-provoking book quotes! Aside from the characters, quotes are probably my second favorite thing when it comes to book. I was easily impressed by clever or witty sayings, and of course, I fell head over heels when I found a quote that is heavier on the context and had an effect on my perspective towards certain topics. So, for today, I’m going to share my most recent favorite book quotes (and I also sneak short poetry) that hopefully can inspire you too. 🔖

I wonder — if nobody is listening to my voice, am I making any sound at all? Radio Silence by Alice Oseman

Di mana bumi dipijak, di situ langit dijunjung. Have you heard this before? It means where we plant our feet is where we must hold up the sky. We live and die by the rules of the land we live in. But this country belongs to all of us! We make our own sky, and we can hold it up together. The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf

We’re all different people all through our lives, but that’s okay, as long as you remember all the people you used to be. Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen

It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

Do you remember the song that was playing the night we met? No, but I remember every song I have heard since you left. Love & Misadventure by Lang Leav

I’ve wasted a lot of time in my life. I’ve thought too much about what people will say or what they’re gonna think. And sometimes it’s over silly things like going to the grocery store or going to the post office. But there have been times when I really stopped myself from doing something special. All because I was scared someone might look at me and decide I wasn’t good enough. But you don’t have to bother with that nonsense. I wasted all that time so you don’t have to. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling

All my life I’ve had a body worth commenting on and if living in my skin has taught me anything it’s that if it’s not your body, it’s not yours to comment on. Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

The second I tried to tell myself I wasn’t in love was the moment I realized I was. The Universe of Us by Lang Leav

Whenever I saw the sun, I reminded myself that I was looking at a star. One of over a hundred billion in our galaxy. A galaxy that was just one of billions of other galaxies in the observable universe. This helped me keep things in perspective. Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

What about you? What’s your favorite book quote?

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Ten Books to Read on a Rainy Day

Today’s prompt is a bit of challenge for me because I consider almost everything as a good rainy day reads. Fact: I either play a fireplace ASMR, Harry Potter ambiance or rainy day audio whenever I can. It boosts my reading mood and transfer me to a completely different universe without leaving my room. 

TOP TEN TUESDAY was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

But, rainy days do spark a certain mood when it comes to reading. Sometimes, you’ll end up wanting to read something bubbly, happy, just anything to make your heart warm. The other day, it might triggers the badass side of yourself, making you end up in a mood to read some intense story with a lot of action packs and thrills. Either way, I’ll give a few recs for each mood!

📚 Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling ⇾ Because Hogwarts is home and Molly Weasley’s cooks will always warm your heart and empty tummy. 

📚 The Fault in Our Stars by John Green ⇾ Yes, this book is going to make you all warm. With tears. 

📚 Radio Silence by Alice Oseman ⇾ The dynamic friendship and family drama in this book is all you need during a heavy rain!

📚 Sunshine Becomes You by Ilana Tan ⇾ Not quite a fan of Indonesian romance but I have a soft spot for this book.

📚 Child of the Moon by Jessica Semaan ⇾ One of my latest favorite poetry book which talks about family and self-love.

📚 And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie ⇾ I know I said this every time I finished Agatha Christie’s book, but this is the best mystery book EVER.

📚 Here and Now and Then by Mike Chen ⇾ A thrilling time-travel story with a lot of action packs, yet it’s still balanced with the perfect amount of emotional aspects.

📚 Sunscorched by Jen Crane ⇾ My latest dystopian obsession! Read this if you’re a fan of City of Ember!

📚 The Liar’s Wife by Samantha Hayes ⇾ This is probably the darkest book among this rec list, but if gore thriller is your thing, this one is for you!

📚 One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus ⇾ As quoted from Goodreads synopsis: “The Breakfast Club meets Pretty Little LiarsOne of Us Is Lying is the story of what happens when five strangers walk into detention and only four walks out alive. Everyone is a suspect, and everyone has something to hide.”

What about you? What’s your favorite rainy day reads?

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Outrageous Things I’ve Done for the Love of Books

Hey everyone! I decided to start doing this Top Ten Tuesday which hosted by Jana @ That Artsy Reader Girl and this week’s topic is about crazy, outrageous, and uncharacteristic things you’ve done for the love of books. 

Top Ten Tuesday was created by The Broke and the Bookish in June of 2010 and was moved to That Artsy Reader Girl in January of 2018. It was born of a love of lists, a love of books, and a desire to bring bookish friends together.

I’m probably just being overdramatic here as I don’t think they’re that outrageous? However, here are a few things I’ve not so ashamedly done in the past just because I really need to, you know?

  • Reading all night long. Starting off with a basic one, because who doesn’t? I love to read in the middle of the night just because somehow it works better that way. I’d usually passed around 3 or 4 in the morning and my eyebags has been looking terrible since the longest I can remember, so why not?

  • Waking up really early to read. Or, that other time when I actually went to bed on a normal hour like a normal person, but I’d wake up around 3 or 4 to finish my overdue deadlines.

  • Reading while eating. I mean, some people choose to eat while watching TV, so why can’t reading take a role too? Besides, time efficiency! 

  • Reading while walking. Yet another useful skill which I’ve developed throughout many trips and bumped to people. Dear strangers, I’m deeply, terribly sorry.

  • Reading during a group gathering. In my defense, everyone was already run out a topic to talk about and started playing their phone, so…

  • Taking two hours train trip to a book event. Because of 70%-90% deals on all items is A STEAL! 

  • Starting a book blog. Not that outrageous, but I’ve been having many ups and downs with my previous non-niche blogs and this is the longest I’ve been consistent with blogging! But, considering I started this blog about three months before my thesis’ deadline and presentation, I think it’s safe to say that it’s quite outrageous!

What about you? What’s the most outrageous thing that you’ve ever done for the love of books?!

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