I know it's quite early for me to do a monthly greeting post, but I have to! Because today is Bookie-Looker's 2nd Blogoversary! YAY! After more than 200 book reviews, 400,000+ pageviews, 400+ followers, I finally reach my second year of book-blogging. It has been delightful and fun, hopefully I still get to do this for a long-long time. And of course, like last year's anniversary, this year I will also do a giveaway! Unfortunately, this is not the giveaway post (because I haven't prepared anything yet). The giveaway will start on 18 September, 2013, so mark the date and don't forget to visit this blog for free books. As for now, like usual, I will rant about stuff and share my new-owned books.
I mentioned 'distractions' on this post's title, because that's what I've been going through these past few weeks. The first distraction comes in the form of k-dramas. Few weeks ago, my friend urged me to watch this k-drama titled I Hear Your Voice - saying that it was a great drama. So I watched it, and I couldn't stop. When I watched a good drama, I can sit all day in front of my computer and does nothing else. Which is absurd, I know. And so watching dramas leads me to abandon my blogging life for a while. Thankfully it wasn't that long; it's 18 episodes long. For those of you who enjoy watching k-dramas, I would recommend this :) It's mostly about law - which I think is really cool because I find law really fascinating.
My second distraction is work. Lately I have so many things to do, which makes me have to leave blogging for a while. Me and my brother are preparing a new business to launch, and with just the two of us it's really tough work. And of course work includes my college assignments. Although I'm only taking 3 classes this semester, it's really difficult because I'm on my way to writing thesis. And I'm also currently taking online classes to improve my somewhat-lacking design skills. It will be useful in the future, so I'm spending a lot of my time paying attention to those classes. So far, I can still manage my time well between these distractions and my book-blogging life. I hope I can keep it up.
I can never miss this talk in any of my monthly posts: new books! It's not that much (compared to my haul last month), because I've been trying to control my book-shopping limits; especially from bookdepository, because dollar currency is no joke right now. I guess I'm quite successful in restraining myself (so far), because most of the books I showed above are free books. My Cup of Tea by Nia Nurdiansyah, is a book I got from joining Arisan Buku GagasMedia. Rain in Paris by Cindy Pricilla is a book I got from the author herself to be reviewed on this blog. Jika is a book I bought myself; because the cover is irresistible and the authors makes me curious. Sweet Melody 2 by Baek Myo is also a free book I got from the publisher itself, Penerbit Haru, to be reviewed. I really enjoyed the first book, so I was excited to read the sequel - and it was great! Crazy Love by Francis Chan, is a gift from a friend of mine :) It's a spiritual book; and my friend said he thinks I need this book. So I'm really looking forward to read it soon. Thanks, bro :) Lastly, it's Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell! There's been tons of good reviews about this book, so I finally ordered one for myself last month (when dollar hasn't gone crazy yet). I'm so happy it arrived along with the #LoveThisQuote bookmark from Book Depository. Surely my new books are not that much this time; but free books always makes me happy :) And I hope I can keep controlling my desire to buy books impulsively.
And lastly, I want to once again say how incredibly happy I am with this blog's 2nd anniversary :)) Another year quickly goes by, and it's definitely full of new experiences. As always, I want to thank everyone who enjoyed reading my reviews. Hopefully my reviews can always be a helpful reference for you in choosing books to buy :) It will be a huge blessing for me if I can keep doing this for a long time; because reading and writing is part of my life's passion.
Recently I did a meet-up with my fellow BBI-ers in Surabaya. I'm so delighted to be meeting with my bookish-friends; talking about books and blogging. I already knew three of them from a while back, and the other two I just met them from this meeting. It's really nice to meet you! There are also some people who couldn't make it to this meet-up. Hopefully we can find another time to set another meeting, because it was so difficult to match our schedules. If you're interested to see their book-blogs, visit them here :)