Happy Valentine’s Day

I’m stuck on the train and it’s been delaying and telling us that there are some technical errors so they can’t estimate the waiting time. LOL Ironically, this is actually a very good time to write down a little post ! 😀

It’s a special day filled with love for your family, friends and loved ones. But, it’s a very special day for me because I get to thank you guys ! Thank you for those two amazing years of blogging, the support and love we have received were astonishing.

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What Makes A Good Book : How I rate my 5 stars book

Trang’s back after a whole week hiatus LOL (again T_T) You guys know how I write my posts very randomly and even if I want to keep a schedule, I don’t stick to it and only follow what inspires me in the moment. This is a question I always to ask bookworms and discuss :

WHAT DOES IT TAKE TO SCORE A 5 STARS RATING ?

The book reviewing process is VERY subjective alright. I’ll try to list all the aspects that must appear in a 5 stars book for me. It is however possible that I might add some on the list with upcoming reads. Continue reading

Cinedote Review – Man of Steel (2013)

manofsteelposterTitle: Man of Steel
Universe: DCEU
Rated: PG-13
Director: Zach Snyder
Screenplay: David S. Goyer
Story: David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan
Release Date: 2013
Runtime: 2h23min
Genre(s): Action, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Cast: Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Michael Shannon, Diane Lane, Russell Crowe, Kevin Costner, and many more!
Budget: $225,000,000
Opening Weekend: $116,600,000
Box Office: $665,100,000


Also in the DC Extended Universe:
Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition (2016)
Wonder Woman
(2017)


Man of Steel, Man of Steel, Man of Steel. The movie that started everything for the DC Extended Universe. The movie that really made Zach Snyder a target of all the hate that he knows to this day. This is the reboot to all the Superman movies that fans have known and offers us Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel and an original story to kick things off smoothly. Or should I say roughly?

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10 Books That Need to be Adapted Into Shows/Movies

Hi everyone!

In a moment of pure spontaneity, Trang wanted us to share some of the books we would ABSOLUTELY love to see adapted into a movie or TV series!

TRANG: It literally happened when Lashaan was like imagine Six of Crows as a movie and I told him “I’M DROPPING MY REVIEW POST TOMORROW FOR A NEW ONE: BOOKS THAT NEED TO BE ADAPTED IN TO MOVIES” I have so much fun creating the graphics for this post! Hope you guys can feel that enthusiasm too 😀 

With the amount of potential these have, we only have SUPER HIGH expectations for any of these adaptations!


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The Millennials Prejudice

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*bad words will be used*

Today, I’m bringing you a new kind of post. We will not talk about books here but since I have a voice and blog platform to do so, I will take this opportunity to express something that’s been bothering A LOT. The Millennial Prejudice. For those of you who don’t know what a Millennial is, it’s a term designing the people of were born between 1977 and 1994 (around that because NO ONE KNOWS where that term frkn come from).  Not only this happens in my everyday life but I’ve seen A LOT of bloggers making remarks about this issue as well.

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Anticipated Releases in February 2018

Hi everyone!

Here are with our list of our most anticipated releases for February 2018! Maybe with this we will be able refresh your minds on those books you have been eagerly waiting for or make you discover new ones to add to your TBR! 😉

P.S. Anything without a comment by me or Trang is a book that goes directly on Trang’s Most Anticipated Releases in February 2018! 😉 You know how she’s way too busy this month, her thoughts on these will remain a secret to all of us! 🤣


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10 Signs You’re Addicted to Books

After a few days off, I’m back with a little post! 😀 I will also be back to blog hopping today to send you all a little love, thank you all of you for being so sweet and understanding !! ❤ 

I was reading a book and a friend came up to me and ask if I considered myself as a “bookworm”. I started laughing because she clearly has no idea about my passion of reading. So here are some ideas to help her out 😉

1. Buying Books Even if You Have a Huge Pile of TBR already

It’s like I just became blind to all the books I owned already and look at that new book like it’s the only thing in the whole world.

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2. Want to Punch someone in the face when they say “books are boring

To which I always reply: You obviously didn’t find the right book.

3. You’d rather ignore other obligations than to stop reading

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The Perks of Co-Blogging

What up folks?

I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and I thought it would be a nice subject to touch base on since it isn’t exactly something that you often see out there. What am I talking about? Co-blogging, of course!

As you all might know, Bookidote is co-run by a gentleman and a lady: Me and Trang. It was created a couple of years ago to share a passion for books with a community we had not known existed. Only seen as nothing more than a new hobby for us to work on together, it has grown into something much bigger than life itself.

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What 2017 Taught Me

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Trang’s here !! A new year has begun, at last ! And to honest, I was going to review The Diviners by Libba Bray but, I want to talk about something else.

It’s a new year after all and during this whole year, I had the chance to reflect on a few things.

I’m only 23 years old but you know what I noticed? I lose my friends faster than anything else. It’s not like they are bad people or something. I just come to realize, some people are meant to stay but others are just periodic. Just growing apart of personalities for example or not having the same values and goals anymore. For one, I know that all the friends I keep in my circle now are the ones who are low-maintenance. I don’t need to talk to them every single day to know that they care about and vice versa. Everyone’s busy but whenever we meet up, it’s like nothing has changed. Continue reading

Bookidote Wishes You a Happy New Year!

Hello beautiful people!

Of course, we are all well aware that 2017 has now come to an end. For some it will be a year filled with miserable and despicable events, for others, it’ll be a year filled with progress and success. For our part, at least when it comes to Bookidote, we have reached new milestones and created a beautiful connection with our fellow readers. Trang and I even succeeded in getting our first haters. 🤣 Who would’ve thought, right? However, we welcome everyone to our playground. 😉

Bookidote would never be where it is at today if it were not for the continuous support and generosity of the community.

YOU guys are what made us WHO we are today. 😎

We have remained in contact with some of the most amazing people who share the same high level of passion for books and all kinds of entertainment.

We have even met new players in this game over the year whose personalities shine brighter than the sun.

With the speedy arrival of 2018, we would like to share with you guys some of our top posts and what not to conclude these final days of 2017!

P.S. You can click on the banners to be redirected to our reviews.

LET’S DO THIS!

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Heroes: Why I Love Them

Remember when Trang told us to embrace our dark side with her Villains: Why I Love Them post? As much as I agree that villains are amazing when done properly—I am myself a huge fan of antiheroes—I could not let heroes dwell in the shadows!

Here’s why I love me some great heroes!

1. They make the toughest decisions in life

Think about it. The pressure that these heroes go through to make the right decision. They often go through the infamous trolley problem in all its various forms. Nothing like testing their inner utilitarian to see if they’d sacrifice the needs of one for those of the many. I know I’d have a tough time!

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Christmas Gift Ideas : Books Part III

Hi everyone!

As the countdown to Christmas continues, we’ve decided to bring back Trang’s wonderfully successful Christmas Gift Ideas posts and unwrap our top 3 book recommendations for that special someone that needs a book for the Holidays!

If you don’t recall Trang’s initiative last year, check them out here:

Part I : https://bookidote.com/2016/12/06/christmas-gift-ideas-books/

Part II : https://bookidote.com/2016/12/15/top-10-upcoming-books-to-screen-adaptation-christmas-gifts-ideas-part-ii/

Let’s get right to it then!

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Let yourself be swept away by one of the most beautiful book of the year! Rich World building and a real dedication to bookworms .. although I really hate that ending LOL

Recommend it for: That friend of  yours obsessed with a beautiful prose and loves to sleep

Strange The Dreamer review 

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All The Light We Cannot See ft Avalinahs Books

Hi y’all! I have a very interesting post today 😀 I have buddy read All The Light We Cannot See with Evelina from Avalinahs Books 🙂 Instead of going with a normal review post, we will do a conversation-interview discussing the book!

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She asked me some questions about the book and I will answer them here. A big shoutout to the sweet Evelina for doing this with me 😀 Kind of feel bad that this book turns out as a bad experience for her HAHA You can check out her post here ! Give it a look ! ❤

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  1. Basically. Have you EVER read a book that’s harder to get into than this?? What was it that finally drew you in – the plot, the characters? The writing?

I have to say this book was not the hardest to get into in all of my experiences LOL I find To The Lighthouse by Virginia Wolf was harder to get into than this. For All The Light We Cannot See, the writing finally drew me in. Anthony Doerr has a certain way with words. He writes beautifully!  Continue reading

Star Wars : The Last Jedi – Movie Review

I’ve recently stated my love for Star Wars, so I was really excited to see The Last Jedi when it comes out ! The divided fans reaction to the movie made me speechless !

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I honestly don’t understand the hate behind this movie ?!

It’s not perfect but it was FRKN entertaining !  And even more, I was so happy to see more asian actresses being a part of this franchise. 

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I loved Rose’s character. Finally a normal asian feature that is not what unrealistic asian models would look like.  Also, her knowledge and  how it gives Finn and her a storyline to work around while Rey has her own mission and the Resistance has to stall to buy time for Finn’s mission to work. Continue reading

Anticipated Releases in January 2018

Hello people!! We are here with a list of our most anticipated releases in January 😀 ! Maybe it will help you guys keeping track of them books too 😉

Continuing the tradition of my Most Anticipated October Releases, we will now do a monthly post every Friday for upcoming book release ❤ WOO
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THE EXTINCTION TRIALS BY SM WILSON

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Betrayal. Sacrifice. Survival.
Welcome to the Extinction Trials.

Trang: People have praised this book for its world-building!! 😀

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The Secret Life of a Blogger

TRANG’S BACCK 😀

Warning : this is going to be a veryy long and personal post so if you’re like oh noo  there’s a little section called : If You’re Lazy, read this at the end of the post for you LOL

December, December! It’s the time of the year where I think about all of my projects I’ve done and I can never be grateful enough of my blogging life so far. I have tried and experimented with a lot of platforms for blogging and I come to realize, blogging is my favourite past-time in the whole world. Okay right after eating and reading.

HOW IT ALL BEGAN….

I started as a fashion social influencer on Instagram, where I posted my daily outfits, people get inspirations from and brands starting to sponsor me. Clothes, beauty products, etc.

Since then I realized, I can do so much more than fashion. I can connect with people via BOOKS!! AND that’s how Bookidote started with Lashaan in 2015. The book blogging community has welcomed us and we formed a family bond that I never felt before.

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Villains: Why I Love Them

I just noticed the other day how I always talk about the villains in a very exciting way in my reviews. That makes wonder, why do I love villains?! Why do WE love villains? Because admit it, they’re the the best of the worst.

  1. They Satisfy My Darkest Needs 

Okay hold on here. This sounds dirty but let me explain. The needs I’m talking about here is : power and control. The simple pleasure principle: to have what I want when I want it.  It’s what I called my most selfish desires . It’s pretty straightforward isn’t it? LOL But  I believe that’s in all our darkest compartment. Of course, we don’t act like that. We also have empathy and care for others.

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  2.  The Moral Ambiguity 

This reason right here is where I decide whether a villain is well made or just not worth my time. The more moral ambiguity the villain has to face, the more I am attached to him/her. It shows us human behaviours are more complex than it seemed. That’s why I always love a good backstory of the villain! We can see how they end up this way and why they react like that in certain situations. In the end, to be honest every time I read about their backstory, I would probably behave like that too.

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Bookmail Appreciation : ARCs and goodies

Hi everybodyy!! 😀

As I mentioned in my last post I had some big migraines these past few days (it sucks because I have headaches with aura and I can’t do anything. Simply lock myself in the dark). It’s mostly caused by stress…maybe it’s all the university projects and the fact that I have to work at the same time T_T

So I thought I might just do a quick post of Bookmail, and what I got from publishers these last few months.  It will also give you a heads up of my upcoming reviews! 

This is the post where I take a little time to show how grateful I am to be able to receive these books and I find it very impressive how they keep sending me books (despite my honest 2 starred reviews you know).

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The Punisher (TV Series 2017—) Season 1 Review

punisherposterTitle: The Punisher
Universe: Marvel’s Cinematic Univers
Genre: Action, Conspiracy thriller, Crime drama
Creator: Steve Lightfoot
Release Date: November 17th 2017
Stars: Jon Bernthal, Amber Rose Revah, Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Ben Barnes and plenty more!
Summary: After the murder of his family, Marine veteran Frank Castle became a vigilante known as “The Punisher” with only one goal in mind, to avenge them.


Following his phenomenal debut in season 2 of Daredevil, Frank Castle gets his own spin-off series in The Punisher. Mysterious yet brutal in his ways, the slightly troubled antihero elevates the violence within the Netflix superhero universe while demanding viewers to reflect on violence and its many forms.

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Why Thor : Ragnarok is the best Thor movie yet

HI GUYS!! Trang’s back 😀 I guess it will be a very comic focused post since yesterday is .. The 5th of November!! Hola to V for Vendetta reference 😉 It would be a shame to not mention this super graphic novel.

Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.

Alright now back to Thor: Ragnarok movie and my verdict is …

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THE HUMOUR

This movie was amazing and HILARIOUS. I loved Marvel movies and I was very picky with Guardians of The Galaxy, but here the humour was just perfect. This movie is the perfect example of super heroes and comedy. It doesn’t feel forced, doesn’t feel like they’re trying hard. It is simply naturally funny. One character in particular that I absolutely loved is Korg (he’s the big blug guy made of rocks in this trailer) . I laughed EVERYTIME he was on screen.I just learned that he was played by the director Taika Waititi and all his lines WERE IMPROVISED OMG ❤  Continue reading