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

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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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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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

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

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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

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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Why Do You Read?

Hi everyone! 😀

I don’t know about you, but this is one question that easily comes to mind when I reflect upon my life. Reading has become an essential and inseparable part of me.

Sort of like breathing.

The mere idea of quitting it would simply kill me.

But why exactly do I do it?

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You’ve probably heard this one before. Books are my ships to uncharted and epic universes. With the pressures of real life responsibilities and the mundanity of every day routines, these little things that you hold in the palm of your hands serve as a fantastic vessel to escape reality and embark on grand adventures.

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Most Anticipated Releases in October

Hi everybody ! Trang’s back with another listopia posts 😀 I’ve spent a few hours reading about all the books coming out this month (so I can ask my family what books I want for my birthday *muahhha*) and I wanted to share with you my most anticipated releases ! So if you are looking to read some new books coming out this month, this post might help you 😉

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The Book of Dust by Phillip Pullman : The author of Golden Compass returns for a trilogy prequel to Northern Lights series.  “La Belle Sauvage, is set 10 years before the events of His Dark Materials, and the rest of the story takes place 20 years after that: in fact, 10 years after Lyra comes home to Jordan College after her adventure in the Arctic at the end of The Amber Spyglass.” – Penguin Random House

Under the Pendulum Sun by Jeannette Ng: Thanks to my fellow bloggers for making me discovering this new book with an extremely original book cover (SEE PICTURE BELOW). Reviews are calling it a gothic fantasy tale.  This is one of the time where the cover completely thew me off and making me want to read the book ! Continue reading

Reading Habits

I was reading when one of my friends asked me if I ever had a special reading habit and I thought this would be interesting to talk about in a post. Mostly because I want to know you guys’ reading habits 😉

I don’t consider myself having any particular reading habits like reading on one feet or wtv LOL

  

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I usually love to read anywhere I can but the best feeling I think it’s in the subway. Every time I  plan to have a long ride in the metro, I feel super happy because I get to read a lot LOL ”YESSS a 30 MINUTES RIDE”. Except that, I enjoyed a good couch with a blanket on in the winter. Nothing beats a cozy feeling. I used to read in my bed but I slowly gave up that habit for I find it not efficient for me. I always end up staying up super late at night to finish a book and I have school or work in the morning…hehe. Continue reading

How to make time to read

SO MANY BOOKS, SO LITTLE TIME

I think this is one the most popular question my friends and followers have asked me. ”How do you make time to read? How do you have time at all? ” And I just look at them like : HOW DON’T YOU HAVE TIME?! 

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HAH kidding, I know it’s easy for me to say that books are in my everyday life. So here are few tips I’d like to share with you or maybe you can relate too  😀

1. Always have a book with you

This first step is very important guys😂 Do not leave your house without a book, even if it’s on your phone or a physical book in your bag. I always end up with like 3 books in my bag because I have that strange phobia where I  fear that I won’t have any book left to read…

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2. Take advantage of the public transportation

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Book Lover’s Day ft 4321, Spill Zone and The Heart We Sold reviews

How fitting it is that today is Women’s Day, Book Lover’s Day and my best friend’s birthday, WOO 😀 ! She’s an incredible woman and bookworm ❤ Shoutout to NHII  😀

I have decided to put together some reviews of the books I’ve read these past months but didn’t makea full review for it 😉

4321 by Paul Auster 

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I’ve been a fan of Paul Auster since his New York Trilogy, and oh my god he didn’t disappoint with this one.  Okay be aware, it’s a 900 pages novel with small fonts. Whenever I bring the book people thought I was bringing a dictionary around LOL. However, the long narrative justifies the beauty of Auster’s writing. He proved once again he can change from the detailed thought process of prose in New York Trilogy to a historical and storytelling style in this one. I loved the fact that he took that risk and produced a wonderful plot with a complex structure.

 “The torment of being alive in a single body was that at any given moment you had to be on one road only, even though you could have been on another, travelling toward an altogether different place”- Paul Auster

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Bookidote Top Books

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You know time flies when a whole year of blogging just goes by without you ever noticing it. That’s right. Today marks Bookidote’s second anniversary. Who would have thought? We sure as hell did! Blogging has become such a huge extension of our lives, it is impossible to think what it would be like giving up on such a creative outlet, on such a formidable source of bookish pleasure and on such a fantastic bookworm community.

For this special edition, we decided to pick our top 5 book reviews that we love 😉 It also happens to be some of our favourite books LOL

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