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Treesofreverie Read-A-Thon



It’s been awhile since I last joined the read-a-thon. I’ve been abandoning my books (sorry, dear books). Honestly, I miss the joy of reading. So, to feel the sparks again, I decided to join this read-a-thon to close 2014.

Hosted by TreesofReverie, this event will start on Saturday, Nov 6 until Sunday, December 14.

For the complete FAQs and any other tidbits, please visit TreesofReverie.

Here’s a list of book that I’m planning to read during the event:

1. The Silent Sister by Dianne Chamberlain
2. The Book of Mormon Girl by Joanna Brooks
3. The Moon Opera by Bi Feiyu

Have fun and happy reading.


End of the Year #ReadingCram – Seasonal Challenge


Yay, it’s day 6 and I’ve read 7 books so far. Quite a challenge.

So, today’s challenge is recommend a book good for:

1. a snow day


I definitely recommend you to read The Happy Endings Book Club by Jane Tara. It’s a heartwarming book about love, friendship, and parenthood.

2. a rainy day


Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott would be perfect for a rainy day. It’s a sad story but the ending will make you smile.

3. a beach


Bringing Home The Birkin by Michael Tonello is perfect for a beach-read. You’ll be entertained!

4. a spooky night


Read Lisey’s Story by Stephen King, and your childhood nightmares would come alive.

Here’s my reading progress so far:

Finished reading
1. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho – 320 pages
2. The Happy Endings Book Club by Jane Tara – 182 pages
3. A Night of No Return by Sarah Morgan – 192 pages
4. Deenie by Judy Blume – 194 pages
5. Simple Thinking About Blood Type by Park Dong Soen – 262 pages
6. After School Horror by Nana R. Praptini – 161 pages
7. Heartbeat by Elizabeth Scott – 304 pages

Still reading:
The Riverman by Aaron Starmer – on page 155

Total books read: 8
Number of pages read so far: 1,802 pages

Thanks Dana and Jenny for hosting this awesome challenge.


End of the Year #ReadingCram – Top Ten Books in 2013


Welcome to day 3 challenge of #ReadingCram readathon. Today’s challenge is to post Top Ten Books that I read in 2013.


From top to bottom:

1. Melbourne by Winna Efendi | Review

It’s one of my favorite STPC series (written in Indonesian). The novel sets in Melbourne, Australia. It’s about finding the lost love. Such a sweet story.

2. Ghost Knight by Cornelia Funke | Review

My first encounter with Cornelia Funke. I didn’t expect to like this book, but I did. Read this book in November, it’s one of my favorite middle grade books.

3. The Boy in The Striped Pyjamas by John Boyne | Review

I was crazy about Holocaust theme and I’m glad that I found this book on the net. I couldn’t move on from this book for 3 days. I was overwhelmed, not to mention the midnight sobbing that I did secretly. One of the best books I read in 2013. I’ll reread this book in 2014.

4. Have a Little Faith by Mitch Albom | Review

I can say this is the best book I read in 2013. Top best. Books can be dangerous and this one is no exception. Have a Little Faith has changed me in a good way, made me think about a lot of things that happened in my life. I think everyone should read this book. Highly recommended.

5. The Fifth Mountain by Paulo Coelho | Review

It’s the best bargain book ever. With less than $2.00 you got a soul therapy. Though the theme might be subjective to certain religion, I think everyone can enjoy this book. The Fifth Mountain makes me want to read other books by Paulo Coelho.

6. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill | Review

I’m a huge fan of Stephen King and now I’m also a big fan of Joe Hill. This is not an easy book to read (if you know what I mean… dealing with supernatural things). After I read this book, the fedora ghost appeared in my dream. I read the ebook version of this, but I decided to buy the translated version to experience the horror again.

7. Perfect Match by Jodi Picoult | Review

So glad that I finally read Jodi Picoult. Perfect Match tells about recovery, mistakes and your biggest fear. I could not read any other book for 2 days, still thinking about the poor boy.

8. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick | Review

I haven’t seen the movie but everyone said it’s one of the best movies. I bought the book instead and had a great experience with Hugo. I was about to sell it but my son loved it, so I keep it. Will reread this one sometime in 2014.

9. Ordeal by Linda Lovelace | Review

The most disturbing book I read in 2013. I bought this book 2 years ago but decided to read it this year because Lovelace biopic was out. I haven’t got the chance to see the movie, hopefully soon.

10. The Dirt: Confessions of The World’s Most Notorious Rock Band by Motley Crue |Review

I’d never been a huge fan of Motley Crue. Yes, I listened to some of their hits, but I was more into Guns N’ Roses and Metallica when I was a teenager. This is a hilarious memoir, a real story of a (once) famous glam rock band in the world. You know the formula of rock stars: booze, drugs, sex and all the excess baggage. Each member was fighting his own demon. If you really want to know what’s behind the scene of a rock star, go read this book. One of the best rock memoirs I read.

So, what’s your Top Ten Reads in 2013?

Today’s challenge is hosted by Jessica.

Keep yourself updated with this challenge on Twitter using #ReadingCram

Thank you Dana and Jenny for hosting this awesome challenge.


End of the Year 2013 #ReadingCram – Teaser Challenge


It’s day 2. I have a lot of things to do today that I didn’t read much *sigh* but surely I’ll catch up and try to read as much as I can tomorrow morning.

My reading progress:

1. The Fifth Mountain – Paulo Coelho (320 pages in Indonesian) Review

Teaser Challenge

Today’s challenge is easy! Find a random page in the book you are reading, and post 2 “teaser” sentences!


Book clubs were tricky. Strangers came together, and no matter how compatible they seemed, if they didn’t like the same books – or at least respect what the other members liked – then the club would die a quick and often painful death. (p. 6)

What’s your quote?

Thanks Jenny and Dana for hosting!


#ReadingCram Read-a-thon Kick Off–TBR Challenge!


Dana and Jenny are hosting a read-a-thon! It is called the End of the Year 2013 Reading Cram, and will run from Dec. 9-22nd!
If you are anything like me you have a huge stack (or even bookcases) full of book you haven’t read. Did you have a goal for how many books you wanted to read during the year? Are you behind like I am?
Then this is the perfect time to read as much as you can before the new year!

Check out my TBR list below:


But I want to concentrate on Christmas-themed novels this year:

xmasDecember is the perfect time to read Christmas-themed novels. It fits the challenge I’m joining in as well here

So, what’s your TBR list this December?


Have a great reading journey^^


End of the Year 2013 Readathon


Yay! Anotherreading challenge at the end of the year. I’ve read 120-is books so far, butI guess I can make it 125 or more before New Year’s eve.

Hosted by Jenny and Dana, this challenge runs from Dec 9 to Dec 22.

My goal is to read at least 5 books from my TBR pile, including 2 book club reads (The Fault in Our Stars by John Green and Slammed by Colleen Hoover).
Here’s the list:
The Fifth Mountain – Paulo Coelho here

You may tweet using #ReadingCram. To stay updated and to share what your reading! Mention @juliababyjen and @danasquare

Let’s get this party started ^^