List, List, List

Since this month is the last month of this year, to celebrate it like everyone else I’ll start to make a list. A booklist. This year’s booklist and next year’s.

Last year I don’t really have any target or any particular titles to read for 2013, my target was only to read 12 English books (quite pessimistic, I know) and I’ve succeed. Yay! This is the list:

[X] White Cat by Holly Black
[X] Red Gloves by Holly Black
[X] Black Heart by Holly Black
[X] The Lover’s Dictionary by David Levithan
[X] Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles
[X] Destined by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
[X] Hidden by P.C. Cast & Kristin Cast
[X] Inferno by Dan Brown
[X] Anatomy of a Single Girl by Daria Snadowsky
[X] The Average American Marriage by Chad Kultgen
[X] The Fault in Our Stars by John Green
[X] City of Bones by Cassandra Clare
[X] City of Ashes by Cassandra Clare
[X] City of Glass by Cassandra Clare
[X] City of Fallen Angel by Cassandra Clare
[X] Bared to you by Silvia Day
[X] Reflected in You by Silvia Day

Yup, pretty much common books because to be honest I don’t really enjoy non-fiction or any heavy reading. That’s why for 2014, I’ll challenge myself to read a little out of my comfort zone. I got the list from Goodreads Best Books of 2013. There are total 20 books, but since I’ve already read Inferno so I made a little change to it and replace Inferno with The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith.

This is the list:

So, will I cross every title for this list? Let’s see next year 😉


Yes. The Cover Does Matter.

Just read my sophisticated (in a very good way) cousin’s blog and just realized that she is a book blogger (is that how you say it?). I know she has this envious passion with reading since I already follow her twitter for some time, but I didn’t know how book freak (once again, in a very good way) she was. That sure explain all the book reviews she’s been posting all along.

Being a book freak she is, she has several books-to-read list -including those followed by book challenge- for a year alone. And swear to god, I want to hide my books-read-this-year list after seeing her number :’)

So, after feeling pity for myself and my book list, I tried to reassess the way I build my reading list so far. Usually I went to my favorite bookstore Periplus every now and then, and made a note of books that got me interested. I got home and I searched the ebook in the internet, both free and paid (yes, I often read books for free, sue me!). I put it on my reading devices (my phone and Nook) and when I felt I need a new reading, I opened my phone -or Nook- and picked a random book. I usually picked it by the author or if I was bored, by the cover. So yes. Guilty as I am, I’m one of those people who still ‘judgje’ a book by it’s cover.

This is how I choose my book:

1. Personal experiences/known author

2. Friends/family/favorite writers suggestion

3. Best sellers or award winning

4. Interesting book cover

See? Yes, the cover is not the first on my list -hopefully not the first either of anyone’s list- but it’s there, haunting at the number four. I dare to bet that it will also be somewhere in a reader’s -avid or not- list. Therefore, saying don’t judge a book by it’s cover is exactly the same as saying don’t judge someone by their looks. Almost impossible. It may not be the number one thought, but it will still be there. No matter how you sugarcoated it.