UPDATED! My Bookish & Blogging Resolutions for 2020

UPDATE TIME!!! Well I hope it’s not too late. There’s still at least 5-ish months remaining until the end of the year. And this list needs some serious updating.

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1. Goodreads Challenge: Read 30 Books

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I’m pretty proud of myself for this. I never complete my reading challenges but this year (due to self-isolation) I managed to get ahead of schedule. 😊
🟢 ON TRACK

2. Finally read Harry Potter!

Ohhh boy. Where do I start? My goal was to join the Harry Potter & the Virgins readalong. I’m fairly certain that everyone in the book community know what happened. I have decided to not continue the series as I have no interest in it anymore. You can read the redalong’s decision below:

🔴 CANCELLED

3. Do Buddy Read

Tried to read 2 book and failed miserably. I probably should check up on my buddy regarding this. 😂 I don’t see this happening anytime soon.
🔴 CANCELLED

4. Participate in 5 Readathon

So far, I’ve participated 3 readathon in the past 8 month, so I’m on track for this. I would probably take part in Spookathon in October and some other readathon during christmas time perhaps.
🟢 ON TRACK

5. Post More Consistently

Let’s not talk about this 👀….
🟠 IN PROGRESS

6. Do wrap-up every month

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🟠 IN PROGRESS?

7. Attend Bookish Event

Ms Rona said fuck you to me 😑
🔴 CANCELLED

In Conclusion:
2 On Track  |  2 In Progress (need to improve)  |  3 Cancelled

YOUR TURN!

Are you on track with your bookish resolution?

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Dewey’s 24-Hour Reverse Readathon : TBR + Live Reading Updates!

I love participating in Reverse Readathon because it starts on Saturday at 8AM. Which is a perfect timing for me. This year they have a bingo board and Instagram challenge (which I will be updating in this post instead at Instagram). This is gonna be so much fun!!

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What I’ll be reading

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Here are my TBR! I’m not saying I’ll be reading all of these 5 books. These are my selections for now, they may change as I am a mood reader.

1/ She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya
2/ The Collector by John Fowles
3/ The Humans by Matt Haig
4/ The Deep by Rivers Solomon
5/ This Is How You Lose the Time War by Amal El-Mohtar, Max Gladstone

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Reading Updates:

This section will be updated during/after the Readathon!

HOUR 3:
I’m just about to start reading 😅. Went out for a walk and breakfast with my mom. I’m home now, about to start She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya.

HOUR 6:
I’m still reading She of the Mountains by Vivek Shraya. Very close to the end now. Soo good so far.

HOUR 9: 
I wanna take a nap!!! 😭😭😭😭😭

HOUR 10:
Onto my 3rd book, as predicted I’m picking something out of my planned TBR,  The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon by Stephen King 🤷‍♀️

AFTER 24 HOUR:
Sooo.. I crashed. Hahah. I stopped reading after hour 12, my brain couldn’t handle it anymore. But I managed to get 3 bingos! I would most likely post my wrap-up at the end of the month, along with August wrap-up.

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YOUR TURN!

If you’re participating, comment & let me know what you’re reading, I’d love to know!

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Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag | 2020

Long time no see? 👀 hehehe. Hello everyone!! I really hope ya’ll are doing good. The last time I posted a blogpost was somewhere early May and that was also the last time I touched a book. I decided to take a little break to deal with some complication at work. Now things has quite down and I can finally ‘let loose’ and enjoy some me time. 

To kick things off back in order, I’m here today with a Mid-Year Book Freakout Tag!! The tag was originally created by Chami and Ely. Please check out their youtube channel!

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1/ Best book you’ve read so far in 2020.

Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup
by John Carreyrou | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don’t think I’ve read a MIND-BLOWING or THE GREATEST BOOK EVAR!!! yet for 2020. They all have been pretty lukewarm. But if I gotta choose a book that I enjoyed the ‘reading experience’ most, It’ll be Bad Blood by John Carreyrou. This book truly increased my love for non-fiction. And i cannot wait to see the movie movie adaptation that are in the works.

2/ Best sequel you’ve read so far in 2020.

Nil. For the past 2 years I have actively avoided picking up books with series. hmm… I wonder why? 🤔

3/ New release you haven’t read yet, but want to.

The Sun Down Motel
by Simone St. James

I have been attacked, raided and pounded by praises for this book in every platform. I definitely would get to this veeery soon. 

4/ Most anticipated release for the second half of the year.

The Devil and the Dark Water
 by Stuart Turton

My life haven’t been the same since I’ve read The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle. Since then, I’ve been waiting for a new Stuart Turton’s book and this beauty is coming out in October!! Only few more months left!

5/ Biggest disappointment.

The Death of Mrs. Westaway
by Ruth Ware | ⭐⭐

whomp whomp.. 

6/ Biggest surprise.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
by Iain Reid  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

The only reason I picked this up was because of the cover and it was available on scribe. This turned out to be a very beautiful surprise. This book lives rent free in my head 🙌. The movie is coming out on 3 sept in Netflix!!

7/ Favourite new author. (Debut or new to you)

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Right after I’m Thinking of Ending Things, I picked up Foe and I would definitely will reap any other future books from Iain Reid. He has been a very pleasant surprise for me this year. Also this is the first time I’m seeing what he looks like 👀

8/ Newest fictional crush.

None. Most of the books I pick up has unlikeable character (or serial killers) and all I wanna do is slap them not develop crushes. 🤷‍♀️

9/ Newest favourite character.

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10/ Book that made you cry.

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
by Iain Reid  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I didn’t shed tears but something was definitely happening on them tear duct. 🥺

11/ Book that made you happy.

A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo
by Jill Twiss, E.G. Keller | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Oh, to be a gay bunny hopping around gleefully with it’s boyfriend in a garden. #GOALS. 💜

12/ Most beautiful book you’ve bought so far this year (or received)

The Memory Police
by J Yōko Ogawa

I wish I designed this 🤩 So pretty!!!

13/ What books do you need to read by the end of the year?

THIS 👇

What books do you need to read by the end of the year

 

YOUR TURN!

What book do YOU need/want to read by the end of the year?
Comment & let me know!

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5 Book Cover Redesigned Into Vintage Book Cover

Hello friends! Happy Friday ✨ I’m excited about posting this blog post for today. It has two of my favorites thing combined together. Books and design. As a Graphic Designer, my day consist of doing design’s for other people and I was thinking of ‘what can I do as a side project?’ and I came up with this idea. Redesigning some of my favorite book’s cover into a vintage looking cover. I love a worn out copy of an old used book and wanted to re-imagine some of my favorite reads.

These are the 5 book covers that I’ve redesigned:

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The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

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The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton

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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

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Poison Study by Maria V. Snyder

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Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

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I had so much fun doing this and definitely will be making more 😆.  Maybe design series? or redesign to different book genre? 👀

YOUR TURN!

Which is your favorite? I’d love to know! and suggestion me some book to redesign.
Thanks for reading!

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April 2020 Wrap Up + O.W.L.s Wrap-up

Hi friends, I hope yall doing okay!

As of today, we’re 45 days into Movement Control Order (MCO). I’m feeling much better now. I’ve stopped looking at the news every single second, which has helped tremendously. I dyed my hair, cause ain’t nobody is gonna see me and now is the time to experiment 😅.  Let’s start with the wrap-up, I’ve got a lot of things to say!

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Blogging Slump

I’m in a blogging slump. I haven’t been posting much. I can’t seem to even write. I have soo many draft saved and I don’t feeling continuing any of them. I also contemplated in abandoning blogging for few months 😓. But I’ve decide to not put soo much pressure on myself to churn out 4/5 post in a month.

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O.W.L.s Readathon Wrap-up

This was my first time participating in a month long readathon rather than 1 week readathon. I found myself procrastinating a lot, saying excuses like ‘well, there’s still time’😆.

I choose the career of Wandmaker, and that requires of 5 prompt to be completed. I only read 2 books from my planned TBR, but those two fit’s all five of the prompts lol! 🤗

books wrap up_elsieartland~Ancient Runes / Arithmancy / Care of Magical Creatures
The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren

~Charms / Herbology
My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell

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All the books I’ve read (from March to April)

Since I missed March wrap-up, I’ll add them here too.
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1/ A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, E.G. Keller | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
2/ Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King, Richard Chizmar | ⭐⭐

3/ The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/ The Running Man by Stephen King | ⭐
5/ So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Wowza! I’ve never read this much in 1 month! A total of 9 books. 😱
April wrap up:

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1/ Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney | ⭐
2/ What My Mother and I Don’t Talk About by Michele Filgate | ⭐⭐⭐
3/ Foe by Iain Reid | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
4/ Lock Every Door by Riley Sager | ⭐⭐
5/ I’m Thinking of Ending Things by Iain Reid | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
6/ My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell| ⭐⭐⭐⭐
7/ Dear Wife by Kimberly Belle | ⭐⭐
8/ The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren | ⭐⭐⭐⭐
9/ Us by Curtis Wiklund | ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Currently Reading

Some books that I’m in the middle of at the moment.

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What’s next? 

My company’s CEO emailed saying that we will still be working from home and only return to the office on Monday the 18th of May. So, hopefully I can get more reading done!

I’m also planing on writing some recommendation blogpost, so that the task doesn’t seem very daunting to me. So be on the look-out for that!

Stay safe and stay well.

YOUR TURN!

How was your April? What books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

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O.W.L.s MAGICAL READATHON 2020 – TBR

Magical Readathon is hosted by Book Roast. It will be running for an entire month of April. This is my first time participating in this readathon and I’m soo excited. There are 2 parts for this readathon; O.W.L.s and N.E.W.T.s. Check out the announcement video for more info:

 

Reading Challenges + TBR:

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I am going to choose the career of a Wandmaker.
There’s a 5 prompts for this and here’s my TBR’s:

Ancient Runes
Heart Rune: Heart on the cover or title of book
Book: The Unhoneymooners by Christina Lauren – This will be my first by this authors and I really need some feel-good reads in my life now.

Arithmancy
Magical qualities of number 2: balance/opposites –
read something outside your favorite genre
Book: The Martian by Andy Weir – I haven’t read Sci-Fi in a very very long time. I might watch the movie after.

Care of Magical Creatures
Hippogriffs: creature with a beak on the cover
Book: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling – I need to catch up yall 😬

Charms
Lumos maxima: white cover
Book: Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow – ok hear me out, The prompt said white cover, and there is some white on the cover 😅. I just really want to read this book!!

Herbology
Mimbulus mimbletonia: title stars with an M
Book: My Dark Vanessa by Kate Elizabeth Russell – My highly anticipated book of the year!!

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I will be posting daily updates over at twitter so make sure to follow me there: @elsieartland

 

YOUR TURN!

Are you joining? If you are, let me know you’re TBR or just link your post below!

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Friday Update

Hi everyone.

I haven’t been updating here, because I don’t know what to say. None of my problem’s seems very big or important when there’s a global epidemic happening. I thought I won’t mentioned anything on this blog, so that this place can be an escapism. But Its hard to ignore when there are people dying. There’s no glossing over it.

In a week, over 2k positive cases were detected and there’s been over 20 deaths. I’ll be honest, I’m struggling. It’s not only the isolation that hard for me, but its the not knowing whats coming next. I was supposed to have a session with my psychiatrist this week but she has postponed it until JUNE. Oh well.

I’ve been working from home since 18th and has been reading a lot too, so I thought I’ll make a quick update post on letting y’all know what going on.

Backlist Readathon – Wrap up

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You can read my TBR here.

I completed only one book. And that was So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson. And I read 10 ish pages of Animal Farm by George Orwell before giving up 😬

Scribd is giving FREE 1 month for NEW MEMBER

Scribd has been my saving grace 🙏. I’ve already read 4 books!

What I’ve read so far in March? 🤔

  1. So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson
  2. The Running Man by Stephen King
  3. The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides
  4. Gwendy’s Button Box by Stephen King
  5. A Day in the Life of Marlon Bundo by Jill Twiss, E.G. Keller (Illustrator)

What’s next?

  1. I will be posting a mini-reviews for these books.
  2. I am participating in Magical Readathon 2020. Will be posting TBR soon.
  3. I’m buddy reading The Cabin at the End of the World by Paul Tremblay with my friend Zee.

 

Stay safe.

YOUR TURN!

How are you doing? I’m sending love your way 💙

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The Backlist Readathon 2020 TBR!

G’day readers!

I’m so excited to be starting my first readathon of 2020! I first found out about this readathon over at Twitter @backlistreads. It will be running from the 9th – 15th March.

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So, what are backlisted books? According to definitions.net, a backlist means ‘A list of older books available from a publisher, as opposed to the frontlist of more recent titles.’

The way I’m gonna make this readathon work for me is I’m gonna choose my TBR from my shelf only. I don’t know if the books on my shelf are still being printed, but I’m just gonna assume they do.

TBR:

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1/ Animal Farm by George Orwell – 141 pages
2/ So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed by Jon Ronson – 310 pages
3/ My Life Had Stood a Loaded Gun by Emily Dickinson  – 52 pages

TOTAL PAGES: 503
TOTAL BOOKS: 3

I will be posting daily updates over at twitter so make sure to follow me there: @elsieartland

YOUR TURN!

Are you joining? If you are, let me know you’re TBR or just link your post below!

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February 2020 Wrap Up|An unexpected somersault in the air

Hi beautiful readers!

February went by soo quickly! It feels like it only lasted for 2 weeks 😂 The weather has been brutal, and I’m thirsty all the time. A lot of difficult decisions regarding my future were made this month. But on the plus side, this anxious decisions put me to a night of good sleep because my brain is so exhausted from all the thinking.

Other than that, February has been peachy. I’ve discovered a favorite TV Show and that affected my reading a bit!

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Yay of the month:

1/ My promotion got through!! 😝😝😝

2/   69  Nice 😏.

3/ I finally got a freelance job after a very long hiatus. Which is great! I put the money to my savings.

4/ I posted THREE book reviews this month. Wow who am I?? 😝 Four more to go.

5/ Decided to re-listening Melodrama randomly and damn, that is one hell of a good alum. It is a CRIME that Homemade Dynamite wasn’t made into a single.

Nay of the month:

1/ The next day after my promotion, early in the morning as I was descending the staircase at my home to go to work, I slipped and fell clutching my right ankle. I was on bed rest for 4 days. (check out the dramatic re-enactment below)

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2/ The political climate in Malaysia is making me SWEAT.

Books I’ve Read

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1/ American Predator by Maureen Callahan | ⭐⭐⭐

2/ The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware | ⭐⭐

3/ Mindhunter by John E. Douglas, Mark Olshaker  | ⭐⭐⭐⭐

*I’ll link the book reviews, once its up!

Blog Posts

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What I’ve watched

TV shows

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Lucifer is the kind of show, that I never thought that I would like. I’ve watched the first episode a couple of years ago, but the tone didn’t hit right for me, so I stopped. But then, Lucifer had a cameo on Crisis On Infinite Earths, and I was interested to watch it again. I.AM.OBSESSED!! I loveeeee this show soo much.😍 I literally felt an emptiness in my heart after I finished season 4. I can’t wait for Season 5!!!😭😭

LOOK at my precious babies!!! 😭😭😭😭

The Good Place has come to an end. It was THE most satisfying ending. No cliffhanger

Crisis on Infinite Earths was EPIC. These 5 episode crossover delivered everything. They got Tom Welling and Brandon Routh to play Clark Kent again!! I almost choked up 😆. I appreciate all the risks they took. I’ll give it a 4 star!

DC’s Legends Of Tomorrow started right after the Crisis. I loved seeing the gang back again. Also, the new intro title sequence looks so cool and fun.

Movies

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Miss Americana was a self-serving celebrity documentary. Nothing special. I loved the song-writing session that we got to see tho.

PSYCHO is a Tamil thriller movie that I went to the cinema with my mom. It was a bit illogical and over the top. I mean, a blind guy catches a serial killer 😑.

Parasite was fucking AMAZING. I watched this right before the Oscars, and my jaw was on the floor. It’s been soo long since a movie had me at the edge of my seat. The acting was incredible.

Charlie’s Angels were meh. No excitement, none of the jokes land and I don’t believe any of them could beat my ass 🤷‍♀️.

Favorite Twitter meme 😂

YOUR TURN!

How was your February? What books have you read? Let me know in the comments!

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Book Review : Every Heart a Doorway

Every Heart a Doorway
by Seanan McGuire

173 pages
Published 2016
Fantasy

Eleanor West’s Home for Wayward Children
No Solicitations
No Visitors
No Quests

Children have always disappeared under the right conditions; slipping through the shadows under a bed or at the back of a wardrobe, tumbling down rabbit holes and into old wells, and emerging somewhere… else.

But magical lands have little need for used-up miracle children.

Nancy tumbled once, but now she’s back. The things she’s experienced… they change a person. The children under Miss West’s care understand all too well. And each of them is seeking a way back to their own fantasy world.

But Nancy’s arrival marks a change at the Home. There’s a darkness just around each corner, and when tragedy strikes, it’s up to Nancy and her new-found schoolmates to get to the heart of the matter.

No matter the cost.

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“Now I know that if you open the right door at the right time,
you might finally find a place where you belong.”

Oh man, where do I even begin. This is gonna be a negative review, so if you love this book, please skip reading this review.

I think the concept is genius. It’s an angle that’s never been explored before. But this whole book was just not enough for me. It had a grand idea with a thinly veiled plot. The whole pacing was a rush. It was predictable. I found the magical lands very gimmicky. I couldn’t take it seriously.

oh wow. Now I have to care about a murder mystery??

The writing felt confusing. I just can’t put my finger on it as in what made it that way tho. AllI know is that, I’m not going to continue the series.

RATING : ⭐

 

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YOUR TURN!

Did you feel the same way about it? Let me know below!

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