Friday, October 31, 2014

October Wrap-Up // November TBR | 2014

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image source: here. edited by me.
October is finally over, and exciting things happened to me this month! I'm glad I was quite productive with my blog posts this month, even though in terms of reading it's more or less the same as last month. I guess I could say that going on a-week holiday trip is one of the reason why my reading progress slowed down a bit; because while I was in South Korea, I didn't read one bit (I even left my Kindle at home - which was unintentional). I read a total of 6 books this month, which was okay, even though there's no development from last month. So here are the books I've read and reviewed this month, non-review posts in October, and a list of books I'm planning to read in November.

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And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini (read in September, reviewed in October)
This was an amazing read, and I always love Khaled Hosseini's exquisite way of telling a story. Everything was just mesmerizing, heartfelt, and deep with emotions. Even though I wasn't fully satisfied with the way the story flows, this story about lost still left a long-lasting impression in my heart. 4.5/5 stars for amazing book! ✮✮✮✮½
Best Rival by Naima Knisa
The first book I read from the #7DeadlySins series by GagasMedia. The plot of the story is pretty slow-paced, but it kept me curious to know what's going to happen at the end of the story. The most memorable part of this book is of course the ending. Such an unexpected plot twist that makes me give this book 3/5 rating. ✮✮✮
Beautiful Liar by Dyah Rinni
Another one from the #7DeadlySins series; but this one focuses more on teenage main characters. I absolutely adore this story because it's cute and sweet, and it made me smile many times whilst reading. Because it's an entertaining and fun read, I gave this book 5/5 stars. ✮✮✮✮✮
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Moon in the Spring by Hyun Go Wun
I really enjoyed Hyun Go Wun's previous books, so I highly anticipated this book—especially since the synopsis at the back of the book is so intriguing. However, it turns out I wasn't really satisfied with how the plot progressed. But I quite liked the ending, so I gave it 3.5/5 rating. ✮✮✮½
Dangerously Perfect by Shita Hapsari
The third book from the #7DeadlySins series, which I also really liked because the main character perfectly portrayed the Deadly Sin she represents. The story is pretty much character driven, and I absolutely love how the characters felt realistic. But unfortunately, the ending wasn't very satisfying because I kind of expected something more to happen. In the end, I still gave it 4.5/5 rating though :)) ✮✮✮✮½
Sweet Home by Adeliany Azfar
Another teenlit book by the winner of 100 Days of Romance writing competition; this one actually started off pretty well. I think the characters' interactions are cute, and it build my anticipation for what's coming next in the story. But as the story goes, the conflict just goes round and round—which made me quite restless and want to quickly know how it ends. The ending is pretty cute though, so 3/5 stars for this book. ✮✮✮
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Four: A Divergent Story Collection by Veronica Roth
I'm just happy to be able to get back in the Divergent world, so this book was a fun read even though most of the things mentioned in this book I already knew beforehand. Since the story is told from Four's perspective, I get to know his feelings and what his thoughts are on certain things. It was quite a fun read, so 4/5 stars :) ✮✮✮✮
After reading those books, I also started Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which I planned to read while I was on my holiday trip—however it's quite difficult for me to get into the story. So I ended up putting it down, and started another book: Rindu by Tere-Liye. Which I hope I will finish by the time this post is published; and my review will be up in November. As for the non-review posts, I'm being super productive this month because I joined Top 5 Wednesday again and didn't miss anything from October's topics. I also finally watched The Giver movie adaptation and wrote a review about it; you can check it out to know how I feel about the adaptation. And I also listed the books I'm planning to read in November (some are books from October TBR that I failed to read).

Non-Review Posts in October:
Top 5 Wednesday: Books that You Weren't Expecting to Like but Did 
November TBR:
(I might have more books coming in next month, so this list can change and is quite flexible) 
Hannibal (Hannibal Lecter, #3) by Thomas Harris
This is How I Do by Lia Indra Andriana
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
I've Got Your Number by Sophie Kinsella

The most memorable thing that happened to me this month is of course my 1-week trip to South Korea. I've returned to Indonesia for almost a week now, and I already missed Seoul so badly ㅠㅠ I miss going to the subway station even though it made me legs sore for days, I miss all the shopping streets with all the super cheap stuffs on display, and most importantly I miss the food! It was definitely a fun time discovering Seoul with just my friend; figuring out the complicated subway and trying local restaurants where I have to use my limited Korean-speaking skill. I won't go into much detail because I'm planning to make a post where I'll list the places we visited and the best places in Seoul that I want to come back to someday :'))

So I guess that's it for this month's wrap-up, hopefully you're all had a great October, and wish you all an even better one next month! I still can't believe we're nearing the end of the year; time really flies! I hope I can read even more books in November and be more productive in terms of work. I'll talk more about my daily-life routines in the next wrap-up post. Bye!


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