December Wrap Up & January TBR

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Happy new year guys! 🎉

December has been an unexpectedly busy month. I mean… it usually is since it’s the final stretch towards the end of the term and with the holidays approaching, there are a lot of relatives to be visited. But still, it was busier than what I predicted. I didn’t really read a lot and even though I did, I was very distracted to enjoy the books properly.

October Wrap Up and November TBR

  1. HARRY POTTER AND THE SOCERER’S STONE by J.K Rowling // ✰✰✰✰✰
  2. THE BOYFRIEND SWAP by Meredith Schorr // ✰✰✰✰
  3. JANE EYRE by Charlotte Bronte // ✰✰.5
  4. DASH AND LILY’S BOOK OF DARES by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan // DNF at 29%
  5. THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern // ✰✰✰.5
  6. BLOOM by Beau Taplin // ✰
  7. SEA OF STRANGERS by Lang Leav // ✰✰✰✰

October Wrap Up and November TBR

  1. HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS by J.K Rowling
  2. THE GIRL IN THE TOWER by Katherine Arden
  3. HALF BAD by Sally Green
  4. S.T.A.G.S by M. A. Bennett

October Wrap Up and November TBR

  • Starting December in not so good way… apparently Goodreads and Netgalley have decided to shut the doors for international bloggers. Goodreads giveaway will be exclusively for US residence to bring the books to “more marketplace” (oh how ironic) and Netgalley request button has changed to “wish for it” for most of us international bloggers.
  • Wish for it is all I’ve been seeing on Netgalley, but I thought it was just a coincidence. I never actually thought that they purposefully cut us off from the rest of the world. Sure, a lot of the readers are from the US but hello, there are other countries other than the US and I bet all readers combined are more than readers in the US. It’s not a problem of entitlement towards ARCs, but it’s a problem of ACCESS and being part of the community. US readers got comic con, screenings, fan meetings, book conventions, giveways, physical arcs, well stocked library, amazon… you name it, they got everything first. ARCs is one way we got a piece of those privileges and now they are trying to cut us too? Where does that leave us? Aren’t we readers to, bloggers or not?
  • That sounds really bitter but I’m so fucking tired being treated like we don’t matter. Aren’t we a market too for you guys? Are reading now a hobby for the privileged only???
  • Here are some bloggers who already speak up about it: Lost in a Story, The Book Corps, The Cursed Books, and Bookish Addict.
  • Another excellent reason why limiting your audience is bad: Silvia @ Silvia Reads Books explain that diverse audience could give diverse perspective towards your books.
  • The Ardent Biblio gives us some holiday book pairings.
  • Tracy @ Cornerfolds talked about the out-of-control trend of special editions.
  • Jennifer @ Rose and Myrtle reasons why people shouldn’t discredit YA literature.
  • Hazel @ Stay Bookish turned these book covers into amazing cozy sweaters design.
  • Aimal @ Bookshelves and Paperbacks listed all the diverse books releasing in January-June 2018.
  • Claire @ Clairefy collaborates with various book bloggers (including me!) and talk about our favorite 2017 reads.
  • Looking for reading challenges for 2018? Nicole @ Feed Your Fiction Addiction compiled all the reading challenges for 2018.
  • Sophie @ Books Like Wolves guest-posting on Chloe’s blog and give us recommendations based on Taylor Swift’s 1989 and Reputation songs.

October Wrap Up and November TBR

December turned out to be a busier month than what I was expected. I spent the first two weeks running around like a headless chicken trying to finish all assignments before the term break, the third week finding clothes for family wedding, and the fourth week meeting various relatives that gathers for the wedding. It was fun though, it’s been a while since the whole big family gathers together like that. Even my cousins in Australia and U.S.A, which I haven’t seen for YEARS, came back for the wedding.

It was also my first time seeing directly the traditional chinese wedding. I felt like knowing more about chinese traditions these past two years (last year was due to chinese wedding funeral) compared to the whole 19 years of my life. The procession itself was very unique and fun to know, but the whole thing was so complex and exhausting, I don’t think I would do a full one when I get married 😅

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This month, I participated in 12 days of blogmas, hosted by Swetlana. I started out late and then totally underestimate the effort and time slot these posts would take, and as the result, totally threw my blogging schedule off the loop 😅 I didn’t post any review at all and posted only misc post, but I had fun writing them and I hope you guys had fun reading them too!

Also, did you guys notice my new layout? 😏 Let me know what you think of it!

Happy new year! How was December for you? What did you get for Christmas? Any memorable things happened during the last month of 2017? Let me know down below!

tasya

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20 Replies to “December Wrap Up & January TBR”

  1. I had no idea about the GoodReads changes, that is terrible! I know Netgalley now have a UK site, not sure if that helps you…

    I keep meaning to do another Harry Potter re-read, hopefully I’ll be able to do it at some point during 2018 😀

    Daniella x

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  2. The sh*t Goodreads pulled is so infuriating…. They’re making giveaways US only and charging authors/publishers like a 100 bucks to host one??? WTF???? Also doesn’t Netgalley have different sites for different regions now? I’m not to sure what’s going on cause I haven’t been on their site for a good while…..

    I’ve never been to a traditional Chinese wedding before, though I’ve never been to any wedding before sooo haha….

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    1. i know right? it’s so expensive and so many authors say that it’s not worth it. yes netgalley do have several sites but the only asian one is japan and it’s in japanese 😒 i hope you’ll attend one one day, it’s complex but it’s really interesting to watch!

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  3. I also read sorcerer’s stone in December (and 2 & 3 because it’s turning out to be an amazing series)!!! I need to go to the library and get book 4 ❤ I'm surprised you didn't enjoy Jane Eyre, because I've never read anyone else not like it 🙂 It's so good to be real with what you like and don't like, no matter popular opinion, so it was refreshing to see what you thought 🙂 I love your blog!!!!

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  4. Ugh, I’m so sorry about NetGalley and Goodreads! That’s so ridiculous! It’s like they don’t realize they’re only hurting themselves by cutting international bloggers off. One thing that I always loved about the online book blogging community is that I can interact with international book lovers too — probably half of the blogs I follow are international. By keeping you guys from having access so many more people are missing out on these books… 😦

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  5. Wait, Netgalley and Goodreads are going US only?? That’s horrible! I haven’t noticed because I live in the US so there obviously hasn’t been much of an impact but so many of my favorite bloggers are international bloggers and it just makes not sense to me! I can understand the companies wanting to cut down on shipping costs, but that’s just more reason to create shipping centers in different countries or becoming more involved with printing companies. Hopefully we can all draw more attention to what a negative impact this will have on the reviewing community in the coming year. Thanks for drawing this to my attention, Tasya! With every potentially negative action, comes a more positive reaction 🙂

    Laura @BlueEyeBooks

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    1. i understand the shipping cost problem but honestly most of us international bloggers that use netgalley get e-arcs anyway so i’m not sure that’s the problem… whatever it is, it sucks because it felt like we are not part of this community at all. it’s not about the arcs, but it’s like…. we are not appreciated you know? i really hope they will go back to their old policies.

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  6. Ahh yes December is always a busy month but you seem to have been busier then usual 😂. I saw so many people re-reading Harry Potter it makes me want to give it a try hmm.
    Also a traditional Chinese wedding sounds amazing! I wish I could see one in real life.
    Happy new year ❤!

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  7. I have only been to a Chinese wedding banquet, because my uncle and his wife had a Catholic ceremony. I bet it was beautiful! I did get to go to an Indian wedding and it was epic! My friend’s husband rode in on a horse and she was carried in on a platform. Ah-mazing! I hope 2018 is good to you!

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