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Tome Topple Readathon: TBR & Goals! #TomeTopple

Hello fellow book lovers, welcome back to my blog Tea and Paperbacks, new posts every Monday! Readathons are very well known in the bookish community as a fast, short-lived, moment where you fight to read as many books as you can in a certain amount of time. Well, I was chilling in my bed, browsing through my Youtube subscription, and I stumbled across Thoughts on Tome‘s (who has an amazing channel btw) readathon announcement of a readathon she created herself: the Tome Topple Readathon!

The concept of this readathon was super unique and I was immediately like, hell yeah I’m gonna join! In this readathon, your goal is not to finish as many books as possible, but to read as many big books as possible. It’s so opposite to a lot of other readathons – on most readathons, people would pick a pile of small books. In this readathon, you can read one, you can read two books, it doesn’t really matter, because what really matters is the number of pages you read instead of the number of books. So I have chosen several books over 500 pages that I could read.

This readathon takes place for two weeks, from June 5th to June 19th, so it’s already starting today. I’m super excited – I have a lot of books in mind and some goals to reach, so let’s get going!

To Be Read

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All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
Number of pages: 530

As part of the Book Basilisks Book Club group read, and also a very popular book in the book blogging community, this book has had a lot of great reviews. I’ve been very intrigued to read it and I can’t wait to get into the flow of this story and have a great time during the readathon.

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Angels and Demons by Dan Brown
Number of pages: 620

I borrowed this book from the library on a whim because I’ve never read it before, I totally don’t remember the movie at all, I am going to Italy this summer and I want to read books set in Italy. I didn’t even look at the page number, but when I saw it I was like, oh great, this could be a book for the readathon! So it is 🙂

Goals

  • Read 1 hour a day in average
  • Read a total of 800 pages
  • Post an update post on this blog at the midway point
  • Regularly update my reading progress on Tumblr and Goodreads

So, those are my plans for the readathon! I hope I can keep up the spirit throughout the whole two weeks – I do have a lot of schoolwork at that time, and even a final exam on the last week, but hopefully afterwards I can read more! Wish me luck, and let me know some books over 500 pages that you are intimidated to read. And if you’re joining the readathon as well, don’t hesitate to share to me your TBR post 🙂

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Top Ten Tuesday: New Authors I Read This Year

Morning everyone and happy Tuesday! As usual today my post will be a Top Ten Tuesday, a weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish. Today I’m gonna share to you top authors that I read for the first time this year. Let’s get started!

#10. Haruki Murakami

I’ve heard so many good things about Murakami from my friends back in high school. And I only got the chance to buy and read his short stories Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman, but I still really liked it. His writing is really unique and I love the magical aspects of it, and although the stories I read from him are translated, I still really wanna read more stories from him.

#9. Thomas Harris

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I borrowed the two books Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs from my friend after he recommended it to me and after I fell in love with the movie Silence of the Lambs. Needless to say I really liked both of these books. They were intriguing and I just flew through it so quickly.

#8. Ian McEwan

I read Atonement during the first weeks of 2015, and I just really like his writing in the book. I love the feelings he took out from me while I was reading his words, and everything just feels real when I read his book.

#7. Kate Atkinson

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I’ve only read one of Kate Atkinson’s books, which is Case Histories. I really enjoyed it, she can really turn a usual crime novel (which I expected going into the book) into something that resembles a literary work, with great writing style and amazing twists on the plot.

#6. Claire North

Claire North is a pen name for Kate Griffith, and I discovered her book The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August later this year and absolutely adored it. I love her writing style – some people might find it kind of slow and boring and too British, but I loved it. I also like how she can really build up a good plot but also pay alot of attention on her characters. A review of the book will come out soon in my blog, so look out for that!

#5. Madeline Miller

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As I wrote in my review of The Song of Achilles, I love Madeline Miller’s prose. She can really shape up her characters and also write it in a poetic and beautiful way. This book was just amazing, I loved it and I can’t wait to see other works she has done.

#4. Erin Morgenstern

I read this author’s novel The Night Circus because of all the hype and I was not disappointed at all. Her writing style is beautiful, and the atmosphere she creates in her novel is just wonderful. I was transported right into the world she created and it was just beautiful.

#3. George Orwell

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I’ve only read 1984 written by George Orwell last summer. And I absolutely loved it! He is probably the only classic author in this list, which is a shame because it means I need to explore more classics next year. But yeah, I loved 1984, it was a really well-written novel that gives you the creeps. Really want to read his other books (espeically Animal Farm) in 2016.

#2. Patrick Ness

The first Patrick Ness book I read was The Knife of Never Letting Go. I loved it and the whole series so much and I’m looking forward to reading more from him next year. If you haven’t been in my blog long enough, you’d probably want to check out my review of the trilogy where I persuade you to read them.

#1. Donna Tartt

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As I have probably gushed a lot of times in this blog, Donna Tartt has became one of my favourite authors this year after I read The Goldfinch and The Secret History later this year. Her writing is magical and beautiful, I love her books so much and I just want to read them all.

Those are the top ten new authors I read this year! Do you like any of them as well? Who are your favourite authors that you just discovered this year? Don’t forget to share and comment down below!

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A Book Lover’s Guide to: Gift Giving

Since it’s close to Christmas, and I love giving (and receiving!) gifts from my friends and family, I thought I might want to make a guide to giving presents to your loved ones on this special holiday or other occasions, like birthdays and weddings! Of course, as we all are book lovers, we would want to give books to other people, right?

In this post I will recommend books that are perfect to give as gifts to people who don’t really like reading that much, and these are categorized by the person you’re going to give it to. Hope you like my suggestions!

For Your Mom.

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My mom loves reading, she was actually the one who pushed me into reading more since I was young. And I know a lot of mothers like reading too, but of course not all moms have the time or interest to do it. And I’m trying not to generalize here and I’m basically just thinking of my mom when I suggest this book but it is Dear John by Nicholas Sparks. Basically Nicholas Sparks books are filled with fluffy, adorable romance but also deal with adult related stuff, so your mom will probably enjoy it. Except if she hates romance and prefer mysteries, like my mom does, and in that case I’d suggest you give her a Michael Crichton book.

For Your Dad.

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A book I would recommend you to give your dad is probably something cheesy but it’ll probably make him a little choked up, but it is Chicken Soup for the Father’s Soul. And I guess in general any kind of Chicken Soup is excellent to give to anyone. It’s sweet and it’s not exactly a novel you have to read and finish, because it consists of really short stories and you don’t have to read it in any order. It also gives a sort of cute sentiment, doesn’t it?

For Your Sister.

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I don’t have a sister of my own but I would probably give these two to my sister if I had one, or my female cousins. The first one, The Fault in Our Stars or any novels by John Green, are quite famous and I think this could be tricky because the person might have read it already, or at least seen the movie. So I would really recommend the second one if the person likes sappy novels like these. I myself adore My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult. It’s touching, it made me cry so hard, and it’s beautifully written. It is quite thick, though. But if your sister/cousin/niece will probably appreciate the sentiment, seeing the title of the book has the word sister in it.

For Your Brother.

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Now you have probably heard of me talking about this book and series a lot in the blog. I love Patrick Ness’s The Knife of Never Letting Go. It’s a science fiction young adult series filled with action adventure and it’s definitely a guy’s guy book. I’m pretty sure my brother (I have a little brother who’s quite a picky reader) would love this book if I gave this to him on Christmas. It’s also super fast paced so it’s perfect for people who don’t like reading.

For Your Best Friend.

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Of course, you know your best friend inside out and you probably know what their interests are. So I probably can’t recommend anything general for this because it really depends on the person. But I did think of this particular book if your friend is a girl and doesn’t really like reading. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern is a beautifully written novel, it’s magical and it’s not very long. But if your friend doesn’t like reading at all, I would also recommend a collection of poems for them. I think it really shows that it’s a meaningful gift but also doesn’t force your friend to read a book.

For Your Young Niece/Nephew/Cousin.

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It is usually my family’s tradition to meet up with our extended family on Christmas or the holidays and exchange gifts to them and I have a little cousin that comes in mind when I think about this book. We’re not very close and rarely see each other and I don’t know if he likes reading, but I’m sure he would love the Percy Jackson and the Olympian series by Rick Riordan. This series is perfect for middle grade boys and girls, or even younger. The other series I have loved as well is the Artemis Fowl series by Eoin Colfer, one of my favourite series in the world. The second one is more suitable for slightly older readers, and it’s quite a boyish series but it’s perfect for any kind of preteen. Better yet – because both of these are series, buy them the whole boxset so they can marathon the books and fall in love like I did!

For Your Boyfriend/Husband.

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This book, of course, isn’t necessarily for an adult male in particular, in fact I really like this book a lot. But I think most boyfriends would like The Shining by Stephen King if you gave it to them. It might be a little too slow-paced for them, but when they see the title and know how good and scary the story is.

For Your Girlfriend/Wife.

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Giving a person who doesn’t like to read a classic might be a little risky, because they might be intimidated by it and not try it altogether. But this edition of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice (and they have other Jane Austen books in similar design as well) is so beautiful that I think your significant other would probably at least give it a try. If not, I would also like to recommend Madame Doubtfire by Anne Fine. It’s short, fun, funny, and quite light.

For Your Not-Too-Close Friend.

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Of  course you have that friend who’s not your best friend, but you like enough to actually give them a present to on Christmas or their birthday. For this I’d recommend a collection of short stories. Because you never know what their interests are and you don’t want them to feel pressured to read a long novel if you give them one. And I’m not a huge short story expert, I don’t read that many short stories and most of them are Indonesian, so I’ll recommend one I just read recently, Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman by Haruki Murakami. It’s quite short and light, it might not be everyone’s favourite and it’s not the best short story collection in the world but it’s still a good read.

So that’s all for this list of recommendations! If after this post you’re still not sure what to give a person, just send them something short but sweet, like short story collections or poems, or a Chicken Soup book. Have you ever given anyone a book for Christmas or any other holidays, even though you know they don’t like reading? Which books would you recommend to give as gifts? Anyway, hope you guys have a good Christmas and happy holidays!

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