Product Review: TheAvailableBook Bookmarks

Hey there book dragons! For this post, I’ll be doing a quick product review for some bookmarks I got in the mail recently. TheAvailableBook was kind enough to send me 6 beautifully done bookmarks to use and review.

When I first saw their IG profile, I was super excited because their designs are very pretty!

The designs are printed on thick glossy and their standard size can be used for any book size including the small-ish mass paperback.

I love the wonderful quotes that they use on some of the bookmarks.

Yay for The Fault in Our Stars!

This has got to be my favourite bookmark of the entire batch.

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My only comment about this bookmark is probably the material on which the designs are printed on. Glossy paper can get a bit sticky at times and the designs can fade with time. Perhaps it’d be better to use thick embossed paper or any thick printing paper.

It would also be cool if they can branch out and do customized designs. Either ways, I wish them all the best in their business!

If you’d like to purchase these, you can visit TheAvailableBook ‘s IG profile and place your order. It’s around RM15 (including postage) for any 3 bookmarks πŸ™‚

I’d like to thank them for sending me a batch to review! If you’d like me to do any bookish items review, please contact me here to discuss further.

4 Highly Anticipated Books of 2017

Hey there book lovers! I hope 2017 is going great for you so far! I have here a list of my top 4 books I’m anticipating this year. I’ve never really looked forward to book releases as I don’t really keep up to date on these things. But I realised there are so many series installments coming out this year that I can’t help but to get excited πŸ˜€

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Caraval by Stephanie Garber

This is the debut novel by Garber which is part of a series. Anyone who doesn’t think this cover is gorgeous seriously need to take a step back and evaluate their priorities. BECAUSE THIS COVER LOOKS AMAZING! With magical elements and adventure scattered in the book, I’m super excited to buy this and read it!

Caraval is set to be released on 31st January 2017.

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A Conjuring of Light by V E Schwab

A Conjuring of Light is the third and final installment to Shades of Magic trilogy which I started last year. This is one of my favourite seris and I’m so excited (and scared!) to see what disaster and heartbreak Schwab will trust on us this year. It’ll be pretty amazing to revisit the 4 Londons and see how Kell Maresh has been πŸ˜‰

A Conjuring of Light is expected to be released on 21st February 2017.

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Our Dark Duet by V E Schwab

Another Schwab book I am so excited to read soon! Our Dark Duet is the final installment of the Monsters of Verity duology and the first book, This Savage Song, blew my mind away! Schwab’s books are always jam packed with adventures and the moralley gray situations that you can never distinguish bad and good. I love it!

Our Dark Duet is expected to be released on 13th June 2017.

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A Court of War and Ruins by Sarah J Maas

I can’t say I wasn’t teeny tiny bit disappointed with the title. But I do hope the cover makes up for it! The final covered has yet to be released for ACOWAR. ACOWAR is the final installment of the Court of Thorns and Roses trilogy. I know I surprised so many people when I loved A Court of Mist and Fury but what can I say? Rhysand is hot.

A Court of War and Ruins is expected to be released on 2nd May 2017

So those are my 4 top picks? What are the books you’re looking forward to buying and reading this year? πŸ˜€

Top 12 Books of 2016!

Happy New Year’s Eve everyone! 2016 has been a pretty amazing year in terms of reading (can’t say the same about my personal life lol). I read such a diverse collection of books and explored so many genres (especially YA!) that made me love reading even more, if that’s even possible! I started off the year with a goal of reading more diverse reads and to explore more of the fantasy & sci-fi worlds. I’m glad to say that a number of books in these genres became my ultimate favourite reads of the year.

I started off with 30 books as my Goodreads Challenge goal seeing how I was going to be busy studying for my masters. But I surprised myself by reading 60 books, with over 20,000 pages read!

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Until today I have no idea how did I read so much during one of the busiest time of my life. But I have a feeling that I turned to books the most when I was deep in stress to cope with life. I read the most when I was coping with my exams and during the final months of my research.

So I specially made this post for you guys, to highlight some of the books I’ve enjoyed the most this year. I’ve done this before for 2015 but it was just a quick screenshot of the book covers. This year I’ll give brief summaries in relation to the book so to pique your interest in picking them up! :3

My top 12 picks of reads from 2016 are….

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A Quick TBR Tour!

A few days after returning home, I decided to reorganize my entire bookshelf. But this post isn’t going to showcase that since I’m still waiting for 50 books to arrive via shipment. But I want to show you my to-be-read (TBR) shelf instead!

For those of you who know me, I obsess over TBRs and my lack of control in downsizing them. I currently have around 20 books in my TBR pile and while that is small on a hardcore bookstagram level (that can reach hundreds), I do prefer to keep it less than 15 if possible. I don’t tend to have a spending/impulse buying sessions since I can get quite thrifty with money and I refuse to buy books at retail price whenever possible. So…book sales and second hand bookstores are my ultimate kryptonite.

Here is a photo of my entire TBR shelf. I purposely flipped over their covers to give that air of mystery πŸ˜› My TBR has a variety of genres I collected during my student days in London. Most books costed me less than Β£5 so you can imagine my despair when I saw retail priced books here in Malaysia.

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Bookish Bundle October Unboxing!

Hey guys! I’m so excited to show you my first unboxing post for my first box from Bookish Bundle! They are a Malaysian based book subscription box which is on its third box now. For those of you new to the term,Β book subscription boxes are completely mysterious. A book is included (usually a new release) accompanied by 4-5 book themed items.

BB’s previous boxes are super amazing and I decided to try the October one since I’ve returned home by this month. It is a quarterly book subscription box and this is my second experience unboxing one!

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10 Independent Bookstores in London You Don’t Wanna Miss!

My London adventure is coming to an end, sadly. As much as the whole Masters process was torture and exhausting, I truly did enjoy living in this beautiful city with its wonderful public transportation, friendly people from so many different backgrounds, and not to the mention the amazing, amazing bookshops!

Hence, this post is a tribute to the small number of independent bookshops I’ve visited in the past year. There are over a 100+ independent bookstores in London alone, but with my busy schedule, I could only manage around 10+. If you want to see the full list, I recommend visiting London Bookshop Map for more suggestions!

I hope if you ever visit London, then you consider visiting these beautiful bookshop! All photos here are taken by me πŸ™‚

1. Daunt Books

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Daunt Books in Marylebone is a very well-known independent bookstore specialising in every genre you could think of: fiction, classic, geography, history. Located in an Edwardian building with unique structure, this bookstore consists of a ground floor with a small balcony above and a basement downstairs filled with books! The interior is just gorgeous and I went there solely to browse inside πŸ™‚

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