Hi! and 2018 Blogging and Reading Resolutions

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Hi!

This is a simple introduction.
My name is Astrid and I am from Indonesia, this blog was made originally for following a bookish blog. But later on, I start thinking that maybe I can contribute too on book-blog-sphere. So yeah here I am.

Thank you so much for nifflerreads, the orangutan librarian, jewels and 35 other blogs that have followed or check out this blog when it has nothing but a name.

English is not my first language and I am very bad at grammar, though I tend to read more book in English than Indonesian, please pardon me when you see or read any misspellings or anything. I am also open to any suggestions and criticizes, so please let me know.

With the start of a new blog and new year, here is my 2018 blogging and reading resolutions:

1. Posting twice a week
2. Comments and interact more on blogs
3. Read more diversely
4. Review the books I have read
5. Read 156 books

Currently, I am reading It by Stephen King. What are you reading on the second day of 2018?

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BeatTheBacklist 2018

Beat the Backlist 2018 was hosted by Novel Knight, for participating you can click here.

What is Beat the Backlist?

In short, this is a reading challenge where your goal is to read backlist books (published prior to the current year). For 2018, it means reading any book that was published in 2017 or earlier. You have the entire year to read as many books as you can/want. YOU set your own reading goal and this challenge isn’t just for bloggers. You do NOT need to have a blog to participate. Any online social media account (Goodreads, Twitter, Instagram, etc.) will work, and if you have a blog you’re welcome to join in too!

GOAL: 52 books

 

 

The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge!

The Official 2018 TBR Pile Challenge hosted at RoofBeamReader.

The Goal: To finally read 12 books from your “to be read” pile (within 12 months).

Specifics:

1. Each of these 12 books must have been on your bookshelf or “To Be Read” list for AT LEAST one full year. This means the book cannot have a publication date of 1/1/2017 or later (any book published in the year 2016 or earlier qualifies, as long as it has been on your TBR pile). Caveat: Two (2) alternates are allowed, just in case one or two of the books end up in the “can’t get through” pile.

2. To be eligible, you must sign-up with the Mr. Linky below. Link to your list (so create it ahead of time!) and add updated links to each book’s review. Books must be read and must be reviewed (doesn’t have to be too fancy) in order to count as completed.

3. The link you post in the Mr. Linky below must be to your “master list” (see mine below). This is where you will keep track of your books completed, crossing them out and/or dating them as you go along, and updating the list with the links to each review (so there’s one easy, convenient way to find your list and all your reviews for the challenge). Your complete and final list must be posted by January 15th, 2018.

4. Leave comments on this post as you go along, to update us on your status. Come back here if/when you complete this challenge and leave a comment indicating that you CONQUERED YOUR 2018 TBR LIST! Every person who successfully reads his/her 12 books and/or alternates (and who provides a working link to their list, which has links to the review locations) will be entered to win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com or The Book Depository!

5. Crossovers from other challenges are totally acceptable, as long as you have never read the book before and it was published before 2017!

My 2018 TBR Pile Challenge List:

  1. The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
  2. Written in the Star by Aisha Saeed
  3. Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi
  4. Heartless by Marissa Meyer
  5. My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry by Fredrik Backman
  6. The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller
  7. The Last Boy and Girl in the World by Siobhan Vivian
  8. Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys
  9. Everything We Keep by Kerry Lonsdale
  10. Jane Steele by Lynsay Faye
  11. The Sun is Also a Star by Nicola Yoon
  12. Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher

Alternates:

  1. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before by Jenny Han
  2. The Martian by Andy Weir

FULL HOUSE READING CHALLENGE 2018

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Full House Reading Challenge was hosted by Bookdate.

Reading Challenge Grid.

LIST

  1. Mystery or thriller
  2. Historical
  3. Over 500 pages
  4. Setting in library or  bookshop
  5. 4 word title
  6. Last book added to your TBR (as of the time you fulfil this one)
  7. Classic
  8. Fantasy
  9. Coming of Age theme
  10. Adapted to a Movie
  11. Holiday season
  12. Has big plot twist
  13. Humor
  14. Book to improve your life
  15. Redemption theme
  16. Has a number in the title
  17. Under 250 pages
  18. New to you author from another country
  19. From a favorite series of yours
  20. Dual time line
  21. Non fiction hobby book
  22. Children’s book ( could be a picture book if wished)
  23. Book chosen randomly from TBR shelf. You might like to do it with your eyes closed from an actual shelf. Or check your TBR on Goodreads, see how many there are and put that number into random.org. Or whatever method you think of.
  24. Memoir or Autobiography
  25. Reread

Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge 2018

The Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge was originally created and hosted by Pearl’s World of Romance, passed on to Fatin at Romance Book Maven, then passed on to Brianna at The Book Vixen, Then it was Gone with the Words and Love at First Page‘s turn. and is now hosted by Andi’s ABCs.

Reading Challenge Details:

  • Runs January 1, 2018 – December 31, 2018 (books read prior to 1/1/2018 do not count towards the challenge). You can join anytime you want, though the sign up linky will close Nov. 15, 2018. 
  • The goal is to read as many Contemporary Romance books as you’d like. See the different levels below and pick the one that works best for you. You can move up a level as often as you’d like but no moving down. Remember, the idea is to challenge yourself.
  • Books that qualify for this challenge can be young adult, new adult, or adult. Books can be M/F, M/M, or F/F. Books must be a work of fiction (sorry, nonfiction does not qualify for this challenge).
  • Romances with the following elements do not qualify for this reading challenge: paranormal, historical, time-travel, fantasy, science fiction, or mystery/suspense/thriller.
  • Books can be any format (print, ebook, audio).
  • Novellas that are 100 pages in length (give or take), as well as full-length novels, will count for this reading challenge.
  • Re-reads and crossovers from other reading challenges are allowed.
  • Use the hashtag #ContRom2018 when posting your reviews/updates/re-caps/monthly topics on social media.
  • To join this challenge, grab the 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge button below and post this reading challenge on your blog to track your progress. Please include a link back to this sign-up post so others can join the reading challenge too. This will be your “update post” when doing the monthly link up.
  • You do not have to be a book blogger to participate; you can track your progress on Goodreads, LibraryThing, BookLikes, etc., so as long as you have a dedicated shelf for the 2018 Contemporary Romance Reading Challenge (your designated “update post” for the monthly link up) and your profile is not private. The point of linking up is to have a place where people can see what you’re reading.

Goal: 2nd Base (read 6-10 books)

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2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge

Welcome  to the 2018 Monthly Motif Reading Challenge! This challenge was hosted by Kimberly @ GirlXOXO, and each  month is assigned to a motif or theme. The task is to read one book per month that fits in with the assigned motifs.

JANUARY – Diversify Your Reading
Kick the reading year off right and shake things up. Read a book with a character (or written by an author) of a race, religion, or sexual orientation other than your own.

FEBRUARY – One Word
Read a book with a one word title.

MARCH – Travel the World
Read a book set in a different country than your own, written by an author from another country than your own, or a book in which the characters travel.

APRIL – Read Locally
Read a book set in your country, state, town, village (or has a main character from your home town, country, etc)

MAY- Book to Screen
Read a book that’s been made into a movie or a TV show.

JUNE- Crack the Case
Mysteries, True Crime, Who Dunnit’s.

JULY – Vacation Reads
Read a book you think is a perfect vacation read and tell us why.

AUGUST- Award Winners
Read a book that has won a literary award or a book written by an author who has been recognized in the bookish community.

SEPTEMBER- Don’t Turn Out The Light
Cozy mystery ghost stories, paranormal creeptastic, horror novels.

OCTOBER- New or Old
Choose a new release from 2018 or a book known as a classic.

NOVEMBER- Family
Books where family dynamics play a big role in the story

DECEMBER- Wrapping It Up
Winter or holiday themed books or books with snow, ice, etc in the title or books set in winter OR read a book with a theme from any of the months in this challenge (could be a theme you didn’t do, or one you want to do again).

 

2018 New Release Challenge

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2018 New Release Challenge

The 2018 New Release Challenge is a year-long challenge hosted by LEXXIE @ (UN)CONVENTIONAL BOOKVIEWS , in which we aim to read books released in 2018.

The rules for the 2018 New Release Challenge are simple:

  • Books have to be released and reviewed in 2018.
  • Other challenges can be used as well, if you are participating in the Netgalley / Edelweiss challenge or in the COYER challenge, books can count towards more than one challenge, as long as the ones you use for the 2018 New Release Reading Challenge qualify to the other rules.
  • The minimum length for a book to qualify is 100 pages, it can be in any format though, physical, e-book, ARC or audiobook.
  • The New Book Release Challenge is open from January 1st through December 31st 2018, and sign-ups are open until September 1st 2018.
  • You don’t have to be a blogger to participate, you can link to your review on Goodreads or Booklikes instead – so don’t be shy!

Goal: New Release Pro (read 31-60 books)

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