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Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start (But Haven’t)

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, we’re sharing the series we’ve been meaning to start, but haven’t. My real list would probably go on forever, and my list of series I’ve been meaning to continue but haven’t is even longer. But here are some that are a little higher up the list than others: Continue reading “Ten Series I’ve Been Meaning To Start (But Haven’t)”

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Gems of the Month, January to June

Since I skipped the mother’s day Top Ten Tuesday, I think it’s only right that I also skip father’s day. I was originally planning to do a top ten worst mothers/fathers in Diana Wynne Jones’ books for both, but I never got around to it (and I think someone else had done it!) Instead, since it’s June and we’re almost halfway through the year, I’m sharing my Gems of the year so far.

While we don’t have a “staff recommends” thing going on at the store, we have a monthly promotion called Gems of the Month, in which all the store’s buyers pick titles they recommend or find interesting. We used to have a store newsletter that includes our capsule reviews of these books, but recently we’ve stopped doing that. Instead, we scribble our thoughts on cards that get displayed on the Gems table with the books. So in the end it’s not much different from a “staff recommends” section! Continue reading “Gems of the Month, January to June”

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Ten YA Contemporary books in my TBR

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week, I’m sharing ten YA Contemporary books in my TBR. Honestly, these are books that I really want to read, that for various reasons I haven’t got around to or haven’t got a copy of yet, and there’s really nothing much else to say about that. So I’ll just share the list here:

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Wrap-Up: #AsianLitBingo

We’ve come to the end of #AsianLitBingo! Well, technically, by the time this post goes up the challenge would’ve ended yesterday. I started out okay, but around the third week of May I was struggling because (1) we were crazy busy at work, and (2) I had a bad flu, and most days I couldn’t read. I ended up listening to audiobooks a lot, but I didn’t have any that fit the challenge, so I listened to the entire Raven Cycle. Again. Continue reading “Wrap-Up: #AsianLitBingo”

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Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. The last few weeks’ themes haven’t been particularly relevant to me, but I think this week is a perfect time to jump back in, with my top ten books I want to read from the second half of 2017.


Provenance by Ann Leckie 
A new Ann Leckie! That is all I need to know, really, but the fact that it’s described as a novel “of power, theft, privilege and birthright” also makes me pay close attention. This is being released in September this year. Continue reading “Top Ten Most Anticipated Books For The Second Half of 2017”

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The #AsianLitBingo Challenge

I haven’t joined a reading challenge in AGES, and this is the first to get me excited in awhile – #AsianLitBingo. It is hosted by a group of bloggers, but the main post can be found here. I’m happy to be diving into Asian Lit again (reading Misa Sugiura last month made me realise how much I miss it, although now I’m sad I didn’t wait til this month to read it!) but to tell the truth, I’m as excited by the bingo part. It reminds me of the fanfic bingo challenges I used to do, I guess. The thing is, May is going to be a super busy month for me at work, so I’m not sure I’ll be able to complete my bingo. I’ll still try my best! Continue reading “The #AsianLitBingo Challenge”