Thursday, November 26, 2015

Review : Me Before You by Jojo Moyes

Title : Me Before you
Author : Jojo Moyes
Publication date : December 31st 2012 by Pamela Dorman Books/Viking

So, yes. I am a romance reader now. It is to be expected that in the future I will read more books of this genre. It still feels weird to me, because I used to believe that this romantic reads would appeal more to teenagers on puberty, which in my case was decades ago. Gosh, I never feel so old.

Moyes, is one of the authors who's responsible for my romance fondness. It only makes sense to read more of her works. Brilliant Francesca from Sundays and Ink recommended this book for me. I think we have similar taste when it comes to book, so I was convinced for sure.

Louisa Clark had just lost her job. A job she enjoyed, actually. How lucky! Money was tight and out of desperation, she agreed to be Will Traynor's assistant/friend/helper. Being a quadriplegic had taken a toll on Will's sanity and it was Lou's job to calm him down. Being near each other often brought of the love spark between Lou and Will.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Decluttering Your Blog : 4 Things To Keep on Your Sidebar

Ah, well all hate messy sidebar! They're equally annoying as messy room, no one can stand being in it for more than 5 minutes. If you are considering to do some sidebar cleaning, congrats! Why, because many bloggers are too afraid to do so. Well, some of my customers asked me whether they should use their sidebar as their blog's gallery? So I said, no way.

But who in their right mind wouldn't install those fancy cute buttons? Or the flashy banner. It's too hard to resist. Oh, trust me, I know. I am a fan of fancy buttons, too though only on clothing. Having too many of that stuffs on your blog will interfere with your blog's speed. People dislike slow site since always, you don't want to jump into that crowd. So, instead of rambling what to delete -- because that's your decision to make, you know the pros and cons -- so I'd just blab about a sidebar's must-haves, and here they are:

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Not Qualified for ARC? No Worries!

In the past, popularity of a book blog is measured by the number of ARCs he/she got. The more the merrier. I'd love to think that nowadays this seems not to be in the norm anymore and while some people still believe in this, I'd like add my two cents worth. This post is dedicated for new book bloggers, I used to be new, too and I understand that this ARC thing can sometimes play with your blogging confidence. Trust me, my friends, you are doing great.

I used to be so curious with ARC. How could they get early reading chance? Oh, those bloggers must be a rock star in disguise! Since I adopt easy-going blogging method, I don't really care about them anymore. I also realize that books never really go out of date (Jane Eyre, anyone? That book was first published in 1847 and it's still being read today). So, I personally think that ARC in a book blogging world -- apart from being publisher's promotional tool -- doesn't really bring an important mission. Now here are some other reasons why I believe it's alright not to have them on your blog.

Monday, November 16, 2015

Review : The Girl Who Played With Fire by Stieg Larsson

Title : The Girl who Played with Fire (Millennium #2)
Author : Stieg Larsson
Publication date : July 28th 2009 by Alfred A. Knopf 

It has been a long long time since I read the first book. I admit I kind of forget about Lisbeth and Mikael. I wasn't really enthusiastic to continue reading this series because, well, it's a crime book, but lately I found out that the fourth book of Millennium, so I thought, why not? So, that's why this second book finally landed on my hands.

Lisbeth was doing a tour around the world. She decided to stop communicating with Mikael Blomkvist cold turkey leaving him confused. She found out that Mikael was planning to publish facts about sex trade crime and discovered some dangerous information along the way. Having her finger prints on a murder weapon, Lisbeth become Sweden's most wanted person overnight.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

So, You've Started A Book Blog : Now What?

First of all, I would like to congratulate you. You are now just a few steps away from conquering the world (of books, that is). Now, the big questions is what are you going to do now? Chill out, it's perfectly normal to ask yourself this kind of question. Blogging needs a commitment and I am pretty sure you are willing to do some works, especially on these early days.

You don't have to do all the work in one sitting. There's no need for that, actually. Let yourself be excited. Seriously, enjoy that feeling while it lasts because it's not going to there forever. While you are still excited, maybe you can use that extra positive energy to keep your new baby book blog up and running.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Books That Will Toy with Your Emotions

Recommendation time, everyone! This post has been sitting on draft for a while because frankly I am not confident enough in writing book list. Why? Well, I don't really read much compare to other book bloggers (I wish I had their energy), so yeah, I don't think I have read enough book to write this kind of post. Anyway, who cares! I actually have some books in mind which I hope, will interest you.

I love book that plays with my feelings. I like it when it's full of twist and turns that I have no idea what will happen, just like in real life. So, below are books that match the criteria. These five novels left marks in my mind and all of them are unforgettable to me. Here they are:

Littlefield is a newcomer in historical fiction, but she wrote this book like a rock star and she's meant to be taken seriously. Garden of Stones A story of a life of Japanese American after Pearl Harbor. A must read for historical fiction lover, especially those of you who are looking for Japanese point of view.