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Thursday, April 17, 2014

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Picture Book: 10 Easter Egg Hunters

10 Easter Egg Hunter; JAnet Schulman 10 Easter Egg Hunters
by Janet Schulman, Linda Davick (Illustrator)
Wake up, Bunny, move those legs,
You've not much time to hide those eggs!
By dawn the kids will want to search.
Please, please don't leave them in the lurch.

The adorable kids from the New York Times besteller 10 Trick-or-Treaters are back and they're counting their way to Easter! Can you help them find all of the eggs the Easter Bunny has hidden in time for the Easter Parade?
Finished Reading: 17th April 2014
Acquire: 02nd February  2012
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Genre }
Fiction | Picture Book
List }
100 Books in a Year 2014 | TBR Challenge | TBR Pile Challenge (i) | Tbr Pile Challenge (ii)
Release Day }  08th February 2011
Publisher } Knopf Books for Young Readers
Format } Hardcover
Pages } 32 pages
Source } Borrowed
Age Group } PG 15 yo +
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Friday, February 28, 2014

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Book Review: The Night She Disappeared; by April Henry

   I had a taste of one of April Henry’s books (Girl, Stolen) a few months back, and I immediately love her work. Naturally, I look for more of her books up and this peaked my interests. Little I know, she be taking me through another emotional, end of the seat experience. and I am happy that she did. (I was in a reading slump and her books brought me back)

   Honestly, the cover and the title itself intrigued me, the storyline just grab me from the beginning. That first quote is quite heart gripping (points at quote). The chapters are titles as the number of days. That’s kind of cool. Characters are at times a bit confusing, I couldn’t figure out who is who at first, but it work out in the end.

Bottomline, the thing about this book is, it can happened to anyone. my regret is, I wish the book could last a bit longer. I do wish April would give more development to Kayla, her family and her kidnapper characters POV though. But yeah overall, It was a total nail biting experience.

It was me who took the order. It could have been anyone. I don’t know why I feel guilty. But it was me.

The Night She Disappeared by Aprile Henry The Night She Disappeared
By April Henry

Gabie drives a Mini Cooper. She also works part time as a delivery girl at Pete’s Pizza. One night, Kayla—another delivery girl—goes missing. To her horror, Gabie learns that the supposed kidnapper had asked if the girl in the Mini Cooper was working that night. Gabie can’t move beyond the fact that Kayla’s fate was really meant for her, and she becomes obsessed with finding Kayla. She teams up with Drew, who also works at Pete’s. Together, they set out to prove that Kayla isn’t dead—and to find her before she is.

Finished Reading: 28th February 2014
Acquire: 21st November 2012
Rate } ♠♠♠♠
Genre }
Fiction | Young Adult | Teens | Mystery | Realistic Fiction
List } 100 Books in a Year 2014 | TBR Challenge | TBR Pile Challenge (i) | Tbr Pile Challenge (ii) 
Release Day }  13th March 2012
Publisher } Henry Holt and Co.
Format } Hardcover
ISBN } 9780805092622
Pages } 240 pages
Source } Bought for BND $13.00
Age Group } PG 15 yo +
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Wednesday, January 1, 2014

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Book Review: My Story; by Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

   I have been waiting for this book to appear one day and it finally did. Well.. that came out weird, now I’ve typed that out. But you know what I mean. I like seeing Elizabeth on the cover, looking all brave, grown up , survived. Yes, she survived. I can’t say one victim is far worse than her, or she went through more. This is not about comparing and competing who got it worse, this is her story.
   This was a page turner, I couldn’t put it down because (I know how stupid it sounds), I don’t want to leave her alone. It brings up details we never knew. She was actually raped and brainwashed every single day during her kidnapping. Everything she did was more of protecting her family than herself, but to a point where she was living minute to minute. Reading she barely eat or drink is just too hard to read.
   In this book, she tells alot of things, but she kept getting off track. It’s just hard to get into the book at the first few chapters because she kept doing that. Nevertheless, she got me back and I strived on reading it, page by page. Putting it down was hard.
   As much as as inspiring her story is, her strength and faith roar across the society, lives, and no matter what your religious background is, she inspired us to believe in God, to go through the thick and the worse of things. I truly respect her for that and yes, I am glad I pick up the book, though this book needed a bit of a brusher though.          

“Later, there were times when I was angry with myself for succumbing to that fear. But those with shattered souls find it very difficult to speak.”

My Story Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart My Story
by Elizabeth Smart, Chris Stewart

For the first time, ten years after her abduction from her Salt Lake City bedroom, Elizabeth Smart reveals how she survived and the secret to forging a new life in the wake of a brutal crime
On June 5, 2002, fourteen-year-old Elizabeth Smart, the daughter of a close-knit Mormon family, was taken from her home in the middle of the night by religious fanatic, Brian David Mitchell and his wife, Wanda Barzee. She was kept chained, dressed in disguise, repeatedly raped, and told she and her family would be killed if she tried to escape. After her rescue on March 12, 2003, she rejoined her family and worked to pick up the pieces of her life.
Now for the first time, in her memoir, MY STORY, she tells of the constant fear she endured every hour, her courageous determination to maintain hope, and how she devised a plan to manipulate her captors and convinced them to return to Utah, where she was rescued minutes after arriving.  Smart explains how her faith helped her stay sane in the midst of a nightmare and how she found the strength to confront her captors at their trial and see that justice was served.
In the nine years after her rescue, Smart transformed from victim to advocate, traveling the country and working to educate, inspire and foster change. She has created a foundation to help prevent crimes against children and is a frequent public speaker. In  2012, she married Matthew Gilmour, whom she met doing mission work in Paris for her church, in a fairy tale wedding that made the cover of People magazine.

Finished Reading: 18th December 2013
Acquire: 11th October 2013
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Genre }
Non-Fiction | Young Adult | Teens | Biography
Release Day }  01th October 2013
Publisher } St. Martin’s Press
Format } Hardcover
ISBN } 9781250040152
Pages } 320 pages
Source } Bought for BND $40.00
Age Group } PG 15 yo +
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Monday, December 30, 2013

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2014 Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge

Hosted by Debz Bookshelf.Fairy Tales Retold Reading Challenge

Here are the details:

  • The challenge starts on January 1st 2014, and ends December 31st 2014
  • The goal of the read-a-thon is to read as many fairy tale retellings as possible.
  • There will be six different levels to aim for in this challenge:
    • Poor Cobbler: 1-3 books
    • Devilish Wolf: 4-6 books
      • Lady in Waiting: 7-9 books
      • Mountain Troll: 10-12 books
      • Evil Enchantress: 13-15 books
      • Monstrous Dragon: 16+ books
    • This challenge is only for Young Adult and Middle Grade retellings. No adult or children’s books count towards this challenge.
    • Because of confusion in the past, this year only straight retellings of fairy tales will count. No fairy tale-ish books, and no mythological or classic retellings.
    • Single novellas do not count towards this challenge, however a compilation of novellas or short stories can count towards this challenge.
    • Have fun and spread the word!
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    2014 TBR Challenge

    2014 TBR Challenge Hosted by: The Misadventures of Super Librarian.
    January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

    That's right kiddies - we're doing it again!  In another continuing bid into deluding myself that I'm actually making progress up the mountain, I will host a TBR Challenge for 2014.

    What is the TBR Challenge?  Simply put, it's where readers pick up a long neglected book from their TBR pile, read it, and comment on that read on the3rd Wednesday of every month.  The idea is to read those long neglected books that you just had to get your hands on at the time, but have been languishing in your pile, all lost and forgotten.

    Commentary on your chosen TBR read can happen anywhere online (your blog, Facebook, GoodReads, Twitter, a message board etc.) just provide me with a link when you sign-up so interested readers can follow all the challengers!

    This is a voluntary challenge and I want this to be fun.  Hey, life happens.  If you have to skip a month, there will be no ridicule.  Likewise, while there will be bragging rights for those that complete the challenge without skipping a single month - there is no pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

    Since some readers like a little guidance, I will also be keeping with tradition and providing themes.  These themes are totally voluntary.  If you don't have anything in your TBR that fits, the theme doesn't appeal, or you just want to read something else - go for it! Again, this is meant to be a fun challenge.

    Monthly Review Dates And Theme Suggestions

    January 15 - We Love Short Shorts! (Short stories, Novellas, category romance)
    February 19 - Series Catch-Up (pick a book from a series you're behind on)
    March 19 - New-To-You Author (an author you've never read before)
    April 16 - Contemporary romance
    May 21 - More Than One (An author who has more than one book in your TBR pile)
    June 18 - Romance Classics (classic book, classic author, classic trope/theme etc.)
    July 16 - Lovely RITA (past RITA winners or nominees)
    August 20 - Luscious Love Scenes (erotic romance, erotica, a "sensual" read - leave those "just kisses" books alone this month!)
    September 17 - Recommended read (a book recommended to you by someone)
    October 15 - Paranormal or romantic suspense
    November 19 - Historical romance
    December 17 - Holiday themes (Christmas, Thanksgiving, Valentine's Day, it's all good!)

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    2014 100 Books in a Year RC

    Hosted by Book Chick City.100books-2
    January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

    Challenge Info

    • Timeline: 01 Jan 2014 – 31 Dec 2014
    • Rules: Read 100 books in 2014 (any genre)
    • You don’t have to select your books ahead of time, you can just add them as you go. Also if you do list them upfront you can change them, nothing is set in stone! The books you choose can crossover into other challenges you have on the go.
    • You can join at anytime. All books read in 2014 count towards the challenge regardless of when you sign up.
    • Audiobooks are accepted.
    • Only fiction, no non-fiction.
    • This challenge can crossover with other challenges.
    • You don’t have to have a blog to join in – for those without a blog but who use Goodreads, Amazon, LibraryThing etc., you can add the URL to where you track your books. If you don’t have a URL at all then choose a name you would like to use and then copy and paste the following link:
    • At the beginning of each month I will be posting an open thread so you can discuss the books you’ve read and/or link up your reviews.
      1. April Henry; The Night She Disappeared (28th February 2014)
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    2014 Ebook Reading Challenge

    Hosted by Workaday Reads.2014Ebook-2
    January 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014

    Encouraging readers to expand past just physical books to embrace ebooks in all forms.

    Reading Challenge Details:
    1. This challenge will run from Jan 1, 2014 – Dec 31, 2014.
    2. Anyone can join, you don’t need to be a blogger. If you don’t have a blog, feel free to sign-up in the comments. You can post reviews to any book site (i.e. Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Smashwords, Goodreads, etc).
    3. Any genre or length of book counts, as long as it is in ebook format.
    4. You can plan your books in advance or as you read them.
    5. When you sign up in the linky, put the direct link to your post about joining the E-Book Reading Challenge.
    6. Sign-ups will be open until Dec 15, 2014, so feel free to join at any time throughout the year.
    1. Floppy disk – 5 ebooks
    2. CD – 10 ebooks
    3. DVD – 25 ebooks
    4. Memory stick – 50 ebooks
    5. Hard drive – 75 ebooks
    6. Server – 100 ebooks
    7. Human brain – 150 ebooks

    At the beginning of each month there will be a roundup post for you to add your reviews for that month. The linky will remain open for the remainder of the year, so if you forget, feel free go back and add them when you remember.

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    2014 Lucky No. 14 Reading Challenge

    Hosted by Books to Share.lucky-no141

    Here are the 14 categories:

    1. Visit The Country: Read a book that has setting in a country that you really want to visit in real life. Make sure the setting has a big role in the book and it can make you know a little bit more about your dream destination.

    2. Cover Lust: Pick a book from your shelf that you bought because you fell in love with the cover. Is the content as good as the cover?

    3. Blame it on Bloggers: Read a book because you’ve read the sparkling reviews from other bloggers. Don’t forget to mention the blogger’s names too!

    4. Bargain All The Way: Ever buying a book because it’s so cheap you don’t really care about the content? Now it’s time to open the book and find out whether it’s really worth your cents.

    5. (Not So) Fresh From the Oven: Do you remember you bought/got a new released book last year but never had a chance to read it? Dig it from your pile and bring back the 2013.

    6. First Letter’s Rule: Read a book which title begins with the same letter as your name (for me, Astrid means A, and I can read anything that started with the letter A). Remember: Articles like “a”, “an” or “the” doesn’t count .

    7. Once Upon a Time: Choose a book that’s been published for the first time before you were born (not necessarily has to be a classic book, just something a little bit older than you is okay. You can read the most recent edition if you want to)

    8. Chunky Brick: Take a deep breath, and read a book that has more than 500 pages. Yep, the one that you’ve always been afraid of!

    9.  Favorite Author: You like their books, but there are too many titles. This is your chance, choose a book that’s been written by your fave author but you haven’t got time to read it before.

    10. It’s Been There Forever: Pick up a book that has been there on your shelf for more than a year, clean up the dust and start to read it now .

    11. Movies vs Books: You’ve seen the movie adaptation (or planned to see it soon) but never had time to read the book. It’s time to read it now, so you can compare the book vs the movie.

    12. Freebies Time: What’s the LAST free book you’ve got? Whether it’s from giveaway, a birthday gift or a surprise from someone special, don’t hold back any longer. Open the book and start reading it now.

    13. Not My Cup of Tea: Reach out to a genre that you’ve never tried (or probably just disliked) before. Whether it’s a romance, horror or non fiction, maybe you will find a hidden gem!

    14. Walking Down The Memory Lane: Ever had a book that you loved so much as a kid? Or a book that you wish you could read when you were just a child? Grab it now and prepare for a wonderful journey to the past . Comic books or graphic novels are allowed!


    1. To complete the challenge, you have to read at least one book for each category, or total of 14 books during the challenge period. You can set your own pace and do not need to follow the categories in particular order. You can also read more than one book for each category. You have to write your reviews in your blog/FB note/Goodreads page/tumblr/etc.

    2. Please write a master post about this challenge in your blog/Goodreads/FB notes/etc, and submit your link below for signing up. You can use this master post to sort down the book(s) that you’ll read for each category, and edit them later if necessary. The sign-up linky will be opened from November 12, 2013 throughout the year until December 1, 2014.

    3. There are also linkies for each category of the challenge. Please submit your link of review posts for each category in their respective linkies. These linkies will be opened in January 1, 2014 until December 31, 2014.

    4. At the end of the challenge, write down a wrap-up post and submit the link in the linky too. The linky for wrap-up posts will be opened until January 10, 2015 to give you more time for wrapping things up. It’s okay if you don’t finish the challenge but you are not eligible to be selected as the winner.

    5. After the wrap up post linky is closed, I will pick two lucky winners who had completed the challenge for winning great bookish prizes (including book vouchers, novels, and other exclusive bookish gimmicks/goodies  ) The prizes will be revealed soon, so please stay tuned. You must have delivery address in Indonesia to be eligible for the two grand prizes.

    6. If you are an international participant who doesn’t have Indonesian mailing address, don’t worry, I’ll also choose two winners, each winner can pick any book from The Book Depository for maximum of $ 10.

    7. I’ll try to write a round-up post every month and pick some of the most interesting reviews. And who knows? Probably there will be some surprise gifts and giveaways throughout the year

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    2014 Bingo Challenge


    Hosted by
    Another Novel Read.
    The Goals for this Challenge

    • B1: Book I bought but haven’t read yet
    • B2: Book recommended by a friend
    • B3: Book outside my comfort zone
    • B4: Book that teaches me something
    • B5: Finish/reread a series
    • I1: Nonfiction book I already own
    • I2: Book I got for free
    • I3: Ebook I already own
    • I4: Book I’m excited for
    • I5: Book about food
    • N1: Classic on my TBR list
    • N2: 2013 debut I missed last year
    • N3: FREE SQUARE!
    • N4: Verse novel
    • N5: Book I got signed but haven’t read
    • G1: Finish a series ending in 2014
    • G2: Adult book on my TBR list
    • G3: Book by an author I haven’t read before
    • G4: Book that uses experimental prose
    • G5: Finish a series that ended before 2014
    • O1: Standalone book on my TBR list
    • O2: Indie book
    • O3: Book I started years ago and forgot about
    • O4: Visual novel
    • O5: Chunkster
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    2014 Eclectic Reader Challenge

    Hosted by Book’d Out. eclecticchallenge2014_300


    1. Award Winning
    2. True Crime (Non Fiction)
    3. Romantic Comedy
    4. Alternate History Fiction
    5. Graphic Novel
    6. Cosy Mystery Fiction
    7. Gothic Fiction
    8. War/Military Fiction
    9. Anthology
    10. Medical Thriller Fiction
    11. Travel (Non Fiction)
    12. Published in 2014
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