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Top Ten Characters I Would Like To Check In With

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. You know how there are times when a book just stays with you and you’re stuck in that world and you want to keep thinking about those characters? That’s always a great experience, when you get a book hangover. And even if there’s no cliffhanger and the story has been resolved, you still want more. Here are some of the characters I would love to check in with (and I’m including books that are part of an unfinished series):

King Of Attolia

I know it takes MWT years to write a book but we’ve been waiting SO LONG for news of the next one in her series. This series is one of my all time favorites so of course, I would be thrilled to read more about the characters and see how they’re all doing.

The Empty Kingdom

Telemakos! EWein has mentioned before that she has another book planned for this series (I don’t know whether there will be more than one) and that it will get published but there’s no release date for that yet. I would love to see Telemakos grow up and maybe even have a bit of romance in his life.

Pegasus

This beautiful book had such a cliffhanger ending! Are we ever going to get the sequel?

Jellicoe Road

Loved how this book ended but honestly, I would also love for it to have a companion novel set a couple of years down the road. Kind of like how The Piper’s Son is set a few years after Saving Francesca.

Medair

I love that the Touchstone trilogy has a Gratuitous Epilogue and if it were possible, I would jump at the chance to read something similar for Medair.

Honorable mentions (because the next book in these series have set release dates but I just can’t wait to read them):
Magic Breaks by Ilona Andrews Burn for Me The Understatement of the Year The Deal Once Upon a Rose

What about you, who are the characters you’d like to check in with to see how they’re doing?


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Ten Books Recently Added To My To-Be-Read Pile

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I think the ever expanding TBR pile is something that all book bloggers would have in common. I think the definition of TBR differs for every person but for me, adding books to my TBR pile means I already have copies of them. It’s just a matter of finding the time to read them. If I want to keep track of a book but I don’t feel the need to get a copy right away, I add it to my wishlist. So here are the books that I most recently got copies of, most of which were recommended by blogging buddies:

Hyperbole and a Half Something Real The Scarecrow King Dreamer's Pool Shadow Scale Falling From the Sky Bone Gap Reluctantly Charmed The Start of Me and You Black Dove White Raven

The last two were added to my Kindle just today! Both have their book birthdays today. I’m pretty excited to read all of these and I’ve even read one story from Hyperbole and a Half before I bought my copy at the bookstore. What about you, what are books that you’ve recently added to your TBR pile or your wishlist?


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Top Ten Books From My Childhood That I Would Love To Revisit

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. There are so many books that I’ve enjoyed reading as a child that I would love to reread as an adult. I’m wondering if they would hold up as rereads and whether I would like them just as much. Some of the titles that I would love to revisit are:

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe The BFG Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH Harriet the Spy From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil A Wrinkle in Time A Ring of Endless Light The Giver The Tombs of Atuan Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

I wonder when my huge TBR would let me go back to these old favorites for a reread? What about you, what are some of your childhood or teen books would you love to read again?


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Ten Book-Related Problems I Have

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I think any book blogger would have a list of problems related to books. Here are some of mine:

1. I keep staying up late to read books, not just for books that I’m thoroughly enjoying but also for books that I want to finish just so I can move on to the next one. Then I let Future Chachic deal with the lack of sleep and being a zombie at work. (I previously talked about this topic here.)

2. More blog-related than book-related: because of the point above (losing sleep over books), there are nights when I crash right after getting back to the flat at the end of the day. And I miss out on doing blog posts like Top Ten Tuesday even if I originally wanted to participate. This has happened several times.

3. I keep buying books even if I don’t have enough time to read them. The TBR pile just keeps expanding. This also results in another problem which is that I find it difficult to choose what to read because there are so many choices.

4. The heat and humidity in tropical countries (Philippines and Singapore) always makes me worry about foxing in my physical copies. Foxing is when books get age-related spots or turn brown. Even if I stored books inside bookshelves with glass doors, they still age faster than expected.

Foxing

5. My purse is always heavy because I have my Kindle or a physical copy of a book in it. Whenever I ask a friend or my mom to hold my purse for me, they always say something like, “What do you have in here, rocks?”

6. I have this tendency to forget the details of the books that I’ve read, even if I loved the book. I guess this is only natural because I read so much? But one of the reasons why I like having reviews is that it reminds of my thoughts about that particular title.

7. Moving can be a hassle because I have to pack and unpack books. Which I will be doing this coming weekend because the lease is up in our current flat and my friend and I are moving at the end of the month. I don’t even want to think about how I’ll transport my books when I move back home for good.

Moving - suitcase to shelf

8. I need to lose weight. Why is this a book-related problem? Because reading trumps exercising! Sigh, if only reading burned calories, I will be super fit by now.

9. I’m passionate about books and I think it would be great to have a job in the book industry but I don’t see a path to that from where I am currently in my career. Also, I’m that if I do end up in the book industry, will I get tired of books and reading and would want to find a different way of relaxing?

10. I’m currently based in Singapore. I’ve met some awesome bookish people through my blog and I would love to meet them in person but I live halfway across the world from where they are. Also, international shipping is expensive and it sucks that I can’t send as many book packages as I would like to.

What about the rest of you, what are the problems that you have as a reader or a book blogger?


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Top Ten Sci-Fi and Fantasy Books I Want To Read

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

I LOVE reading sci-fi and fantasy (SFF) but I’ve noticed that I’ve been on a contemporary binge in recent months. I should be more conscious about mixing up my genres so I’m focusing on SFF books that I want to read for this week’s Top Ten Tuesday post. I’ll even make it easier for myself and choose books that I already have copies of.

Among Others by Jo Walton – I’ve seen other readers raving about this book and that made me excited to grab a copy (and a hardcover at that), which I’ve yet to read.

To Say Nothing of the Dog by Connie Willis – I haven’t tried any books written by Connie Willis and I’ve had my copy of To Say Nothing of the Dog for several years now. I think I put off reading this because I wanted to read more of Dorothy Sayers’ novels first, because I heard someone say that she’s mentioned in this book.

The Burning Sky by Sherry Thomas – I have the ARC of this, which was passed on by my friend Holly. The sequels have been released and I still haven’t read the first book.

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart – I’ve read Mary Stewart’s romantic suspense novels but I haven’t tried her fantasy yet.

Monstrous Beauty by Elizabeth Fama – I really feel bad that I still haven’t read this! It’s sitting on my bookshelf, making me feel guilty that I haven’t picked it up.

Eon and Eona by Alison Goodman – I’ve had this duology in my TBR pile for years! I grabbed copies when I started seeing positive reviews from fellow bloggers and I just haven’t found the time to read them.

The Emperor’s Soul by Brandon Sanderson – I’ve only read one book from Brandon Sanderson, which was Elantris, and I really enjoyed it. I’ve been meaning to read more of his work and The Emperor’s Soul seems like a good choice because it’s a standalone.

Shadows by Robin McKinley – I love Robin McKinley’s writing and it would be interesting to see what her latest book is like.

Fire and Hemlock or Dogsbody by Diana Wynne Jones – I really need to read more of DWJ’s books. I have so many of them in my TBR pile and I don’t know why I keep putting off reading them.

Dreamer’s Pool or Shadowfell by Juliet Marillier – More Juliet Marillier is always a good thing. I am so behind in reading her recent releases.

I have many more SFF titles in my TBR pile but these are the ones that I can remember off the top of my head. Have you read any great SFF books lately? Or is there a different genre that you would like to read more of?


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Top Ten Places I Want to Read About

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week is a freebie and we can choose whatever topic we want. I LOVE to travel and I don’t get to do it often enough because of budget and time (meaning vacation days) constraints. Also I keep wanting to go home whenever there’s a long weekend because I get homesick if I stay away from Manila for too long. So because I can’t travel as much as I want, I love reading books that have such a strong sense of place that it feels like you’re right there with the characters. A good example of this is how Laura Florand writes about France. She has such a beautiful way with words that I feel like I’ve been to Paris or Grasse whenever I finish one of her books.

While I have a pretty eclectic taste when it comes to genres, I’m limiting my list to contemporary settings, because I want to picture these places as they are in the present. There are plenty of contemporary books set in the US, UK and Australia so even though I enjoy reading about those countries, I’m not including them in this list. So here are places I want to read more of:

Philippines – Home country, yo! I will never get tired of reading about home. But aside from Manila, I would also like to read about other beautiful places in the Philippines like Palawan, Cebu, Bohol, Davao, etc.

Singapore – I’m working in Singapore so of course, it would be interesting to read books set here. I’ve read some books that are partially set in Singapore but I don’t think they portray the country accurately so that’s a bit disappointing.

Cambodia – I’ve never been to the Angkor Wat and that’s a place that I wouldn’t mind reading more about.

South Korea – While there are a ton of Korean dramas available out there, I haven’t come across a novel that’s even just partially set in Korea.

Japan – Very modern but still steeped in culture makes Japan a great setting. Also, I love Japanese food.

Czech Republic – I’ve been dreaming of going to Prague because I’ve heard from so many people that it’s a gorgeous place.

Germany – I’ve read historical fiction set in Germany but I haven’t heard of any contemporary titles that I can check out. I would love to visit Germany someday, especially Munich (with a day trip to the real life castle that inspired Disney’s version).

Italy – Rome, Venice, Florence, Amalfi Coast. So many scenic locations in Italy that can be the perfect setting for romance novels. And yes, Italian food is also something that I love!

Greece – I’ve been wanting to visit Greece ever since I read Greek mythology when I was in grade school. I think Athens would be lovely. Santorini is a popular tourist destination and also seems very picturesque from what I’ve seen.

Russia – I have a Russian co-worker who constantly talks about his homeland and everything he says just encourages me to visit the country. Also, I’ve tried Russian food and it’s delicious.

If you have recommendations for contemporary titles set in any of these places, feel free to let me know. What about you, what are the places that you would love to read about?


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Top Ten Goals/Resolutions For 2015

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Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. This week’s topic is goals and resolutions for the coming year. Here are some of mine:

Participate in more Top Ten Tuesday topics. There are so many interesting topics for Top Ten Tuesday that I wanted to participate in but I kept missing them because of various reasons like working overtime and then crashing when I get back to the flat. I should find ways of preparing posts in advance.

Read more physical books from my own TBR pile. I have a pile of unread physical copies both in Manila and in Singapore. During my first year in Singapore, I kept bringing back books whenever I went to visit Manila because I find it comforting to have a full bookshelf where I’m based. But I need to be better about reading them! It’s just so much easier for me to read ebooks nowadays because I usually bring my Kindle with me wherever I go.

My bookshelf in Singapore

My bookshelf in Singapore

Buy ebooks instead of paperbacks and hardcovers. This is connected to my earlier point – I need to stop buying print copies to keep my physical TBR pile from growing. I don’t have a permanent place in Singapore because I’m just renting a room in a flat and I keep moving when the lease ends so it’s such a pain to pack and unpack books whenever I move.

Read more Filipino fiction. I’m making an exception in buying physical books when it comes to Filipino fiction. I would happily buy books written by Filipino authors to show my support. I’ve bought several of them during my current vacation and I’m looking forward to reading them.

Visit other blogs and leave more comments. Back when I had more time for blogging, I used to read all of the posts in the blogs that I follow and comment as much as I can. I haven’t been able to do that for ages but I do visit blogs when I see links shared on Twitter or Facebook. I’m going to try and visit and comment on more blogs next year because I know how fun it is to receive blog comments.

Reread more old favorites. I’ve reread some of my favorite books in the past few months and I should try to do that more often in 2015.

Host another blog event focusing on a favorite author. I LOVE promoting books written by favorite authors, which is why I’ve hosted events like Amour et Florand, EWein Special Ops, Marchetta Madness and Queen’s Thief Week. If time permits, I would love to do a similar event next year. Two authors I would love feature are Robin McKinley and Ilona Andrews.

Keep posting bookstagram pictures. I love Instagram and it’s a lot easier for me to post pictures of books rather than publish a blog post. It’s also fun for me to interact with bloggers and authors on Instagram. If you have a smart phone, I think it’s a good social network to sign up for because it’s pretty easy to use. I also re-post some of Instagram pictures here on the blog to brighten up my posts.

Instagram - December 2014

Visit one of the places from my Top Ten Places I Want to Visit Because of Books. I would love to make this happen but I’m not sure if it’s possible. I really, really want to visit Europe again next year but I have no concrete plans yet. I still need to find friends to travel with.

Keep blogging without pressure. We all know that blogging takes a lot of time and effort. We keep doing it because we love reading and we want to share the experience. Since I moved to Singapore, I’ve been having a difficult time balancing reading and blogging with everything else that I needed to do like work and chores. There are times when I’ve considered stopping for good but then I feel like I would miss blogging too much. So I just need to keep my no pressure policy and just blog whenever I have the time and inclination for it.

Those are my goals and resolutions for 2015 related to reading and blogging. What are some of yours?

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