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Eight Book Recommendations For My Niece

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week they’re back from hiatus (yay!) with top ten recs for [insert anything here]. I chose my niece, because my brother had been trying to get her to read the Harry Potter series for a couple of years. She watched the first few movies, and wasn’t that impressed. I think she’d probably get into the Potter books one day, because she had liked other magic and wizardry stuff before, but it’s just not time yet. And, in the meantime, there are other books to explore!

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Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration

Last Saturday we had two events as part of our YAwesome fest – our last Google Hangout session with Michelle Knudsen, and an ACOTAR series celebration party as the final event of the month. I am so relieved that everything’s over! And yet, I’m missing it all already, because it was SO FUN being able to connect with other YA fans. Continue reading “Google Hangout with Michelle Knudsen + ACOTAR Celebration”

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Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West


I said in an earlier post that I’m a Kasie West fan. What I didn’t include was, while I do read a lot of YA contemporary, and even a number of YA contemporary romance, the latter isn’t one of my favourite genres. In fact, I wouldn’t mind it if the books I read are completely romance free. (Which is weird, considering I’m a sucker for so many romantic tropes!) I started reading Kasie West because of Pivot Point, which is more paranormal/suspense, and was happy to find that besides enjoying the story, I enjoyed the writing. It made me try The Distance Between Us, which I really loved, and that cemented my status as a Kasie West fan. Continue reading “Book Talk and Q&A with Kasie West”

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Addicted to YA Panel + Google Hangout with Lauren James

Honestly, I was worried about the attendance for these two events, because (1) both were confirmed and advertised late compared to the others, and (2) it was Open House weekend – more so than the previous week – in which most locals would be attending “open houses” at friends’ and relatives as an extended Eid celebration, which meant they couldn’t commit to other events. Continue reading “Addicted to YA Panel + Google Hangout with Lauren James”

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Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party

Sometimes I wonder if I’d enjoy one of these events if I got to participate in them, instead of just organising them all the time! I do like seeing everyone having fun, especially at our HP events. This time, we had a little more time to work with than usual, so we could include two card games – Cards Against Wizardry (a CAH-like game I made up) and Wizards’ Duel (a MTG-like game my colleague Imran made up) along with the Hogwarts Hunt.  Continue reading “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary Party”

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What I’ll be doing this July

Earlier this year I was feeling a little envious of all the people on my feeds. It doesn’t matter where – Facebook, Instagram (I’m not much of a Twitter or Tumblr user these days) – I’d see posts from various book fests. They’re mostly from the US or UK, although some were from Australia and other parts of the world. We don’t really have a true equivalent here, although we do have indie book fests (mainly Malay/English pulp fiction) and the one official book fest (which is nice, but nothing like the ones overseas). So I decided to come up with my own fest of sorts. Continue reading “What I’ll be doing this July”