Monday, August 25, 2014

[Book Review] Isla & the Happily Ever After by Stephanie Perkins

Title: Isla & the Happily Ever After
Author: Stephanie Perkins
Genre: YA Contemporary, YA Romance
Published: 14th August 2014
No. of Pages: 339 pages
Series: #3 in Anna & the French Kiss (not really linked)
Rating: 5/5 Stars

From the glittering streets of Manhattan to the moonlit rooftops of Paris, falling in love is easy for hopeless dreamer Isla and introspective artist Josh. But as they begin their senior year in France, Isla and Josh are quickly forced to confront the heartbreaking reality that happily-ever-afters aren’t always forever. 

 Their romantic journey is skillfully intertwined with those of beloved couples Anna and √Čtienne and Lola and Cricket, whose paths are destined to collide in a sweeping finale certain to please fans old and new.

Read on for a spoiler-free review of Isla & the Happily Ever After.

Sunday, July 13, 2014

#BCIDReadathon TBR!

Hello again my dear friends. The Readathon is right upon us, so I thought I'd share with you the books I plan on reading in those 3 days. I'm planning to complete challenges 1 and 3, but honestly I don't know if I'll be able to or not. I'll be starting my last year of High School this upcoming Tuesday, so my schedule is still uncertain. But nevertheless, I'll attempt to complete them all.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Book Blogger Test Tag

Hello, bookworms! How's your summer break coming along? Mine has been dull and busy at the same time, but more about that at another time. Also, I'd like to take this opportunity to thank every single one of you who signed up for the readathon! It was much more than I imagined, and fret not, I will be sending each and everyone of you an email reminding you of the readathon prior to the event.

I was tagged by the lovely Winnie over on Lemonade Reads, so thank you, love! Let's get right on with it.

1. What are your top three book pet peeves?

I can't stand protagonists who:
a. Don't have a back bone
b. Is too dependant to her love interest
c. Is too selfless to the point that their actions come out as reckless than smart.

2. Describe your perfect reading spot.

I love reading in the morning because of its natural lighting, so I always keep my curtains open. Next, I make sure my aircon is not too high, because if I want to sweat, I'd work out. If my room's too cold, however, my solution is to snuggle with my blanket. I'd fluff up all my pillows on my bed, make myself comfortable, make sure no music or sound is playing, and open that book.

3. Tell us 3 book confessions.

If I can't stand the first few pages of a book, I put it down, and probably never give it a chance again.

I loved the Twilight series, and I'm not ashamed of that fact. I wasn't a huge fan of New Moon, though. A bit too draggy for me.

I am not a big fan of Four - Tobias.

4. How many books are on your bedside table?

None. I have my Kindle, though. Does that count?

5. What is your favourite snack whilst you are reading?

Nuts, or anything that doesn't make my fingers:
a. Greasy
b. Sticky
c. Wet

Don't go there.

6. Name 3 books you would recommend to anyone.

The Giver by Lois Lowry
Easy to read, great message.

Between Shades of Gray by Ruta Sepetys
Not too hard to read, important message.

Harry Potter Series
This does not need any convincing now does it?

7. Show your favourite bookshelf on your bookcase.

It's messy, and I think that captures me pretty well.

8. Write how much books mean to you in just three words.

A whole lot.

9. What is your biggest reading secret?

I did not like The Darkest Minds, or at least abandoned (& sold) it after 10 pages of it.


I hope you guys liked this tag. If you did, feel free to post your own responses, and say I tagged you! Leave me your links in the comments so I can check your answers out.

As always, happy reading.

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Book Club Indonesia's 1st Readathon!

Hello bookworms! I know, I know. I haven't posted for a really long time, and I do apologise. I've only read about 6 books this year and if that doesn't prove how busy I've been, maybe my occasional absence on Twitter could explain that as well. Nevertheless, my exams are over, and for those of you who are still struggling through your finals, I've made a blog post on my personal blog on my exam preparation tips.

Recently, I asked you guys over on Twitter when your holidays would be starting. The reason for that was this readathon! I've finally settled on the date and details. But first, for those of you who are new to the concept of readathons, allow me to enlighten you.

A readathon is simply a reading marathon! Usually, book communities select a few days and dedicate it to as much reading as possible. It can be any book you already have, or there might be a theme around it as well. For Book Club Indonesia's first readathon, we aim to read as much books off of our shelves as possible. That means finally picking up those lonely books that have been sitting on your bookshelves for years, unread and unreached for.

Personally, I have an unhealthy ratio of read books and unread books on my bookshelves, and I would like to change that. So for any of you who are interested in challenging yourself to completing those books, or just any book you want in the upcoming few days, here are the details.

When: 18th to 20th July (Fri-Sun)

Who: All co-owners of @BookClubID's twitter account will be participating, and YOU too are warmly invited! We'll be reaching out to some of our favourite book bloggers and bookish people to see if they would like to participate in it as well. But if YOU are a bookworm who would like to read along with the rest of the BookClubID community, you are more than welcome to join in. There is a sign-up sheet attached below where you can fill in your details and the amount of books or pages you are setting yourself to read. At the end of the readathon, we will contact each of you and compile a list of readathoners of our first readathon!

What: Within the set three days, you can challenge yourself to as much pages and books you want. There are special challenges that you can participate in, but they aren't prerequisites or anything. They're just fun segments to keep your reading on track! There will also be sprints on our Twitter page, and these are small activities that the whole community can participate in. These sprints have a time limit, say 40 minutes, and within those 40 minutes, we will RT and tweet back everybody who managed to participate in the sprint. The sprints will require you to incorporate the book you've got on hand, so make sure you have that ready!

Where: In your favourite reading spot. You can choose to read wherever you are, and you are also not required to enrol in our sprints or challenges. The fact that you guys are taking the time to read a book is a great accomplishment for yourself and the literary world. But if you would like to get to know other readathoners and join in our sprints, head on to our Twitter page for all that fun!

Why: Why else does one read? To escape, to have fun, to love the printed pages (or electronic copies). It's a chance for you to finally get out of that reading slump (yes, I've been watching you), and finally make the best out of your holidays! Also, if you eliminate a few books off your shelves, won't that mean a less guilty conscience when you buy more books? (Yes, I got your back).

How: Simply take a book, any book, preferably one that's been collecting dust the longest on your shelves, sit down, and read. Read and read and read for three days, and you can brag to your friends that you've completed a readathon! If you want to participate with the community, however, simply stalk our Twitter or update us through any social media platform you have. On Twitter, please use the hashtag #bcidreadathon, and don't forget to include this when you participate in our Twitter sprints. You don't have to mention us, just be sure to put in the hashtag. That's how we'll be responding to you guys!

Challenge #1: Read a book that is written in another language. 

Mangas are fine, but it'd be better if you read a proper book that's written in a foreign language. Let's say you're used to reading English books (like me), give a Bahasa Indonesia book a try! Or any language you can read for that matter.

Challenge #2: Finish a series

Simply as the title says! If you've already read the first book of its series, reading the rest of the books in the series will count as an accomplished challenge. So all you folks who have finished the second book of a trilogy, pick that last book up and give the series a huge 'check'!

Challenge #3: Read an e-book

There are many people who doubt e-books. I love them, so for that I challenge you to read at least one e-book! It can be an e-novella too (hint hint, destroy me, hint hint, READ IT).

These challenges are not obligatory in any way, so please do not feel pressured to complete them. You can choose to complete none, one, or all, it's completely up to you and your schedule.

That would be all, any questions? Feel free to ask them here. We look forward to your participation, and please, have fun!

As always, happy reading folks.

Friday, February 7, 2014

1000 Followers Giveaway (+ Open Trolley)

Hello fellow readers! As promised, the long-awaited giveaway is finally here. I'd like to thank every single one of you for making this possible - there's a thousand of us now! 1000+ Indonesian folks who adore English books as much as I do. And much more of you guys to come!

Since there are many of you who live outside of Jakarta and find it hard to get English books in your city, I've decided to collaborate with Open Trolley to give you guys some aid in this department. But first, I'd like to share my personal thoughts on this company.

If you've been a long term member of BookClubID or have pondered my Instagram page, then you would know that I purchase most of my books from this site. 

Open Trolley is an online bookstore based in Singapore & Indonesia that sells English books. They have an extensive collection and I have always been awed by this, because being a bookworm and thus a book collector, it gets frustrating when local bookstores don't carry less well-known titles. I'd be looking for a book I heard from a fellow book blogger or booktuber, but can never find it in stores. This is when I turn to Open Trolley.

Sure, I can order my books online through the big-chain bookstores in Indonesia. But I am able to find more versions of a specific book from this site. I could be looking for the Penguin Clothbound edition of Pride & Prejudice (for example) and they'd most likely have it. I've personally ordered from them for over a year now and they never fail to impress me. Their shipping takes less than 2 weeks, the books always arrive in pristine condition and their customer service is ready to help with any of your inquiries. I always direct my followers to this site if they ever need any help finding English books, and that is why I have chosen to partner up with Open Trolley specifically.

Many have had complaints of parents not trusting Online shopping and many more, so I thought this giveaway would be a good chance for some of you guys to acquire the book you've always longed for.

Open Trolley has been kind enough to sponsor a few e-vouchers for you guys. And here's how to win them.

What you'll be winning:
3 e-vouchers (worth Rp. 100.000 each)

There will be 3 winners for this giveaway, each winning a voucher. This voucher entitles you to take Rp. 100.000 off of your order.

How to enter:
1. Must be a follower of our Twitter page.
2. Tweet us the title of any book on your TBR pile with the hashtag #bookclubidgiveaway. That is, a book that you've been wanting to buy/read but have not. You do not need to mention us. Example:
3. You can tweet as many times as you want, and you can tweet different titles each time.
4. Open to all who are locally available to purchase from Open Trolley.
5. Each voucher will be for 3 respective individuals. If any would like to tweet using multiple accounts, you are welcome to, but if chosen, you can only receive 1 of these vouchers.

That's all! Winners will be chosen randomly, so the more you tweet, the higher the chances of you winning one of these vouchers. The contest will be closed on February 21st 2014, 22:00 WIB. Winners will be chosen, announced, and personally contacted in the following weekend. 

Again, many thanks to Open Trolley for agreeing to collaborate with us on this special giveaway. We wish you the best of luck and may the odds be ever in your favour!

Open Trolley

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Book Review: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Title: Wonder
Author: R.J. Palacio
Genre: YA Realistic Fiction, Middle-grade
Published: 14th February 2012
No. of pages: 315 pages
Series: None
Rating: 4.5/5 stars

I won't describe what I look like. Whatever you're thinking, it's probably worse.

August (Auggie) Pullman was born with a facial deformity that prevented him from going to a mainstream school—until now. He's about to start 5th grade at Beecher Prep, and if you've ever been the new kid then you know how hard that can be. The thing is Auggie's just an ordinary kid, with an extraordinary face. But can he convince his new classmates that he's just like them, despite appearances?

R. J. Palacio has written a spare, warm, uplifting story that will have readers laughing one minute and wiping away tears the next. With wonderfully realistic family interactions (flawed, but loving), lively school scenes, and short chapters, Wonder is accessible to readers of all levels.

Read on for a spoiler-free review of Wonder!

Monday, January 6, 2014

Popular 2014 Book Releases

Hello readers! A bit of a long time since I've seen you guys on here, right? I'll make no more apologies because I think my excuses have become very dull, so I'll delve right in to the premise of this post. First off, happy new year! I hope you'll have a great time with your 2014 bookish resolutions and I wish you the best of luck in that.

Today's post will be a list of popular 2014 books that many are anticipating. I thought of making a calendar widget at first, but I think that would be a bit hard to look at, so instead I decided to list the books according to the month they will be released in.