Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Read A Pile Project 2017

Hey guys!
2016 almost ends, and I'm kinda nervous of what next year would bring, in my personal and blogging lives. Last (or accurately, this) year, I hosted one RC. Reading Romance was a success, in my book. Because I actually managed to keep an eye all year long.

Credit: Anastasia - Jane and Her Bookienary
For 2017, I'm doing something a little more...challenging. Something that has been weighed down on my mind (and on my shelf). Basically, reading the books I've owned, but haven't had time to finish. Yet. And still, I managed to add to the pile (Indonesia, baca: timbunan XD). I bought and got like 10 books each month this year, and only managed to read less than five. That was pretty pathetic. And that's five more added to my pile. Anyway, I was thinking that challenging myself to finish those books on my pile(s) would be a great idea. And also, dragging the others to do this project could be mutually satisfactory, too.

This is not a Reading Challenge, actually. Just a little project, to motivate myself :) There will be no annoying rule, or crazy rule, because I'd probably forget about those rules. Just a few things to keep in mind. This is a fun project so please don't think "Ugh, I can't take this challenge, this isn't going to be a fun one."

How to enter and participate:
  1. Just register your name on the linky below, BEFORE December 1st, 2017
  2. I would like you guys to make a special shelf on Goodreads. The name? Up to you, but it needs to be only for this project. No need to make a master post. However, if you enter, please put my banner on your sidebar and link it up back to this post (if you have a blog).
  3. If you're not Indonesian, that's fine. The rules are pretty universal, you don't have to be Indonesian to participate
  4. Insert your shelf link to the Linky, and state your level
The rules of the play
1. The period eligible of this project is from January 1st - December 31st 2017
2. Read ANY and ALL books published before or at December 31st 2016 going backward. Books published after Dec. 31st won't be counted
3. There are four levels, just to make it more fun

Bronze : 1-20 books
Silver : 21-40 books
Gold : 41-60 books
Platinum : more 60 books

4. Just update your books on your shelf. Easy, right? Don't forget to add your read date
5. For example, here's my Goodreads shelf for this project,
6. There will be no giveaway, mainly because this is a project. Just the satisfaction that you conquered your TBR pile and the bragging rights to your friends :) But who knows, if I can swing it, I'd probably give a couple bookish merchandise at the end.

If you have any question, just contact me on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Email. Anywhere. I can also be contacted via WhatsApp or LINE. So, what are you waiting for? Enter and be ready to dig up your pile of books! Maybe you'll discover a treasure or two, as well :D

Friday, October 14, 2016

Reading Romance 2016: July-September Wrap-Up

Hello, guys!
We're on the fourth quarter of Reading Romance 2016. I'm planning on hosting another Reading Challenge or two next year, but I'm still in a pickle about the format.

And as for this challenge, next year, after the challenge is finished, I'm giving away TWO mystery packages for two people, and probably a couple books if I have them. One mystery package is for you who finishes with the highest number of romance books read this year AND submit your updates the list for each quarter. So if you only submit twice, I'm going to disqualify. The other one is for you who finishes with all fifteen categories done, no matter how many books you read. If I have more than one participant qualified, I'll do it randomly.

Please note that I will have FOUR posts. The last one will be the update for the fourth quarter, which would include the number of books you've read all through 2016, and categories you've done as wrap-up.

1. Make a post about the romance books you've read from July 1st to September 30th. To make it easier for you guys, you can write your progress on your Master Post or make a new progress post that you update every period. If you are using Goodreads, don't forget to set your reading date.

2. If you make reviews, please link up your reviews on your progress post.

3. Please write your progress post with this following format:

# (Month) Book Title - Author - Category

Or, if you are categorizing your books like I do (my progress post), you still HAVE to write up the month.

4. There is a Linky below. Link up your progress post with this following format:

Name - Your Blog Name/Goodreads Name/Facebook Name

5. Please don't submit ALL your review links. Link up your reviews on your progress post

6. If you are using Goodreads, you can link up the shelf you made for this RC. Use URL shortener (, tinyurl, etc) if the link is too long. If you are using Facebook, use Note to make the post.

7. The Linky will be open from now until October 31st. Make sure you don't forget to add your link to make you eligible for my giveaway at the end of this RC.

Any question, you can tweet to me @ridyananda or email me on my email ninaridyananda[at]gmail[dot]com. Via Facebook is not encouraged because I rarely open my Facebook. Please do not hesitate to contact if necessary.

Monday, October 03, 2016

Reading Spots in Surabaya

You ever have a favorite place to read?
I do. I usually just curl up in my bed, propped by a mountain of pillows, and get comfortable with slow music in set in low volume :) But no, I'm not going to post my bed and my pillows here.

I bring books everywhere I go. I practically has many books on my smartphone, stuffs I'd like to open again when I wait for someone, or bored at class. Usually, I have too many things on my bag so I just left my book-of-the-day in my car. Smartphone and ebooks are my favorite because I can read literally everywhere, anywhere, and however I could.

Surabaya, the city I live and play in, was declared a literacy city back in 2014. I just found out myself, and frankly, reading facilities in Surabaya only fall on the category of decent. Even the public libraries. Libraries in private schools or universities (not owned by our dear government) are in better condition and have vast collections, but sadly I could never read in these places.

Anyway, I do have favorite spots in this city to read. Or at least, trying to read. Because reading in these places lift my mood up. I can spend two to four hours in these places, reading or just basically getting my mood in the right place so to speak. But other than that, you could definitely try this places for reading.

Libreria Eatery
Jl. Ngagel Jaya 87-89, Surabaya

I admit, I only come here when I'm feeling rich. The food and beverages are not really affordable for a student (unless you're a rich student, which I am definitely not). But this cafe has a very bookish theme. Located near Uranus bookstore, Libreria aims for bookworms with bookish quotes, bookish stuffs, and books all around. The air inside is comfy and homey. If only they make their foods cheaper :(

Aside of Libreria, there are actually quite a number of cafes or eateries in Surabaya that have nice views, comfortable, and in affordable prices. You wouldn't feel bored because Surabaya offers a lot of culinary delights in these cafes. One of those is Stilrod Cafe, a British-themed cafe in the Darmo area. But I'm not here to talk about cafes XD

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Book Tour: I Am Not Afraid of Wolves

Christine would do anything to get away from it all.

After escaping an abusive marriage and heading up a group of brand new performers, she’s tired and in need of a vacation. So when her sister Sara wants her to go camping out in the mountains of Georgia with the girls, she packs her bags for some rest and relaxation. Not even meeting a gorgeous park ranger like Colton Donnelly is going to distract her.

Except Sara didn’t tell her the real reason for the trip: she’s running away from a terrible secret. One that puts all of their lives in danger.

Now the vacation that Christine so desperately needed is ruined, but that’s the least of her worries. She has to use her wits and skills to save them all. Because she soon finds out that werewolves are very real. And they’ll stop at nothing to get their claws into her sister.

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When the sliding door locked, I turned my gaze onto Sara and watched her, waiting for her to bring up her story. I wanted her to be the one who talked first, if only because I didn’t want to prod her too much if she was traumatized by whatever this was.

But if she was going to try to weasel her way out of talking to me, she had another thing coming.

“Wow,” she murmured softly. “Look at that full moon.”

I picked up a note of fear in her voice. “Yeah,” I said cautiously. “It’s beautiful.”

“I used to think so.” Sara turned around and looked back at me. Her eyes were wide with fright and the rigidity told me something else was going on with her.

Finally, my patience snapped.

“Sara, what’s wrong?”

“You won’t believe me,” she repeated, using the same phrase she used when we were putting food away.

I crossed my arms. “I think you’ll be surprised.”

Sara’s jaw worked. “I think I’m going to need more wine for this.”

I held up my glass. “Just drink mine.” Don’t think I’m letting you back in the kitchen that easily. She’d run away and hide and hoped I’d forget about it. She wanted to talk about it, but she was too afraid to.

She took my glass and downed the rest of it in one chug. I raised my eyebrows in surprise.

“Okay,” she said, as if warming herself up for our talk. “Okay.”

“It will be all right,” I told her.

“No, it won’t.” Tears started filling her eyes. “Christine, do you believe in werewolves?”


Sci-fi junkie, video game nerd, and wannabe manga artist Erin Hayes writes a lot of things. Sometimes she writes books.

She works as an advertising copywriter by day, and she's a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling Author by night. She has lived in New Zealand, Hawaii, Texas, Alabama, and now San Francisco with her husband, cat, and a growing collection of geek paraphernalia.

You can reach her at erinhayesbooks(at)gmail(dot)com and she’ll be happy to chat. Especially if you want to debate Star Wars.

Monday, September 26, 2016

October 2016 New Releases

Oh my God, September is ending soon :(
I haven't read much in September, I was busy with...practically everything. And here's what you can expect in October 2016.

Note: This list is still subject to edits, changes, and additions.
Updated October 10th

October 1st
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October 25th

Giveaway Typo: Winner Announcement

Good morning :)
Yesterday was the end of giveaway TYPO by Christian Simamora on my blog. Thank you, my deepest gratitude to everyone who participates. I had fun, really, reading all your comments about arranged marriage XD What I intended as a contest of imaginations, turn into a pour-your-heart-out session. I feel it too, I'm single and I think my parents are going to arrange a marriage if by the time of mid-twenties I'm still single -____-

Nevertheless, we're here to see who wins. I asked my Mom to pick the best comment of my question, and I checked to see if you followed all my rules. My Mom is a bit...eccentric, so I guess a mainstream answer isn't going to be on her radar *cries* She said it was hard, because she thinks the answers are all great, many are sensible, she couldn't choose for well over two hours.

Kalau kamu dijodohin sama orang tua kamu di usia muda, bagaimana reaksi kamu? Apa kamu terima, atau kabur sama cowok pilihan kamu sendiri?

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Review: Apprentice In Death

Title : Apprentice in Death
Series : In Death #43
Author : J.D. Robb
ASIN : B019DHP654
Edition : Kindle (Released Sept. 6th, 2016)
Publisher : Berkley
Page counts : 384 pages
Language : English
Genre : Adult, Thriller, Crime, Romantic Suspense
Average Rating : 4.52 (per August 21st, 2016)
Hotness Scale : 2/5
Read date : August 13th, 2016
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Lieutenant Eve Dallas returns in a fast-paced new novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author J. D. Robb.

Nature versus nurture...

The shots came quickly, silently, and with deadly accuracy. Within seconds, three people were dead at Central Park’s ice skating rink. The victims: a talented young skater, a doctor, and a teacher. As random as random can be.

Eve Dallas has seen a lot of killers during her time with the NYPSD, but never one like this. After reviewing security videos, it becomes clear that the victims were killed by a sniper firing a tactical laser rifle, who could have been miles away when the trigger was pulled. And though the locations where the shooter could have set up seem endless, the list of people with that particular skill set is finite: police, military, professional killer.

Eve’s husband, Roarke, has unlimited resources—and genius—at his disposal. And when his computer program leads Eve to the location of the sniper, she learns a shocking fact: There were two—one older, one younger. Someone is being trained by an expert in the science of killing, and they have an agenda. Central Park was just a warm-up. And as another sniper attack shakes the city to its core, Eve realizes that though we’re all shaped by the people around us, there are those who are just born evil...

Apparently, I'm still not bored at all with this series. Although it's by far the longest series I'm following, I found myself surprised with Apprentice in Death. Almost 2 decades of the In Death series, and J.D. Robb is still rocking it.

It's January 2061. Lieutenant Eve Dallas has just finished one of the hardest cases in her life, because it involved Dennis Mira, a man she actually adores (Brotherhood In Death). And then a strange, and horrifying case comes across her and her partner, Detective Delia Peabody. Three people were shot in Woolman Rink. It appears to be random, but Eve digs deeper and learns a shocking truth.

When a murder cop ended up with a busy, billionaire businessman, quiet nights at home were like the biggest, shiniest prize in the box.

The sniper is apparently someone in law enforcement, and the sniper has an accomplice. An apprentice, to be trained to be a killer. And also, the apprentice seems to be a teenager. These killers have an agenda, and it's up to Eve and her team in homicide to stop them, before someone they actually know and care about is hit.


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