Where have I been? Life updates and future plans

Hi, everyone!

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How are you? The last post I published is dated back on February 2nd and it has been… what? Five, six months? I’m sorry it took me a long time before explaining to you what I’m doing.

Some of you may know that I was a senior in high school, so I spent the last few months studying and doing homework, besides working as a waitress at my parents’ restaurants. Another important thing is, I had to choose which university and faculty I wanted to get into. It was not an easy choice, it still isn’t, especially since I chose my Plan B instead of Plan A (which, by the way, I preferred much more).

I gave my finals this week and now I’m currently preparing for the admission test of my university. So please, hang on for a few weeks and I promise I will post anything: a review, a Blogger Bubble, another personal post, four sentences. Anything, I swear.

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Alas, I had to think about my future, and by doing so, I put aside my blog. In my opinion, I was stuck in a place where the stress was slowly eating me and I couldn’t read or write anything. I felt demotivated by others’ success and how they could keep up with a blog and real life without giving less importance to one of them.

I had time to ponder about what I’m trying to achieve and what I want to do with Books of a Shy Girl. Now, I want to spice things up a bit. I’m not anymore the little shy girl who thought about opening a book blog and name it with a name that mirrored her character. I grew up, but my blog didn’t. I’m still thinking about what to do with Books of a Shy Girl. Maybe I will change its name, but it’s a tough thing because then I’d have to create a new e-mail address and other similar things to do.

Well, you will obviously be the first people I will tell the news if I actually decide to modify my blog!

Anyway, how have you all been? Did something exciting happen to you? Anything good that you want to share? Let me know in the comments because I missed you!

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Year of the Asian Reading Challenge Sing-Up Post!

Hi, everyone!

Vicky @ Vicky Who Reads, Xiaolong @ The Quiet Pond, Shealea @ Shut Up, Shealea and Lily @ Sprinkles of Dreams have created the Year of the Asian Reading Challenge! 

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Here are the official rules:

GUIDELINES

The aim of this challenge is to read as many books written by Asian authors as you can! These books can be backlist titles (i.e. released in 2018 or earlier), new releases, and ARCs. We welcome books of any genre, any format, and any length. Check out the levels we have made for this challenge (I drew them too!) and set your sights on a level you want to achieve.

In order for a book to count, you must start and finish it within 2019; the challenge will end on the 31st of December of this year. (This means that books started in 2018 and finished in 2019 do not count!) Likewise, any books started in 2019 and finished in 2020 do not count either.

We want this to be a relaxing and, above all else, fun challenge, so you can join in at any time in the year! The sign-up form will remain open until 2019 ends.

Follow us on Twitter (@YearOfTheAsian) for announcements, surprises, and more bookish fun. The official hashtag for this reading challenge is #YARC2019.

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HOW TO JOIN

  1. Announce your intention to participate in YARC in any online platform (e.g. blog, Twitter, Goodreads) and create a progress tracker. Place the link to your progress tracker in our sign-up form below.
    1. If you’re a blogger, announce your participation via blog post, which will serve as your update post. Please make sure to link back to this sign-up post so that other people can join in, too!
    2. If you’re a reader without a blog, you can either create a Goodreads shelf that’s dedicated to the books for this challenge, or create a Twitter thread for tracking. Use the hashtag (#YARC2019) for the latter! Please make sure to link back to this sign-up post so that other people can join in, too!
  2. Select your target level and grab your badge! Display your badge on your blog, or share it on social media.
  3. Start reading and keep track of your progress!
  4. Share your updates on social media using the official hashtag: #YARC2019.

CHALLENGE LEVELS

Everyone who participates begins at the 1st challenge level, the Phillipine Tarsier. Each time you read the next tier of the challenge level, you move onto the next one!

  • Philippine tarsier: 1 to 10 books read
  • Indian cobra: 11 to 20 books read
  • Malayan tapir: 21 to 30 books read
  • Giant panda: 31 to 40 books read
  • Asian elephant: 41 to 50 books read
  • Bengali tiger: More than 50 books read

I’m aiming for the Asian elephant, but really, if I get the Bengali tiger I will be elated and proud of myself!

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MONTHLY LINK-UPS & GIVEAWAY

  • Monthly link-ups will be posted by Shealea on the 2nd day of every month and will close on the 15th day of the next month (e.g. the January form will expire on February 15).
  • For the monthly link-up, you can submit any of the following links:
    • Your updated progress tracker (e.g. blog post, Goodreads shelf, Twitter thread).
    • Your review of an Asian book that you read for that month. This could be a review on your blog, on Goodreads, on Amazon, or anywhere online. The review itself does not have to be elaborate; any length will do.
  • Every link you submit is counted as an entry for the mysterious grand giveaway, which will be drawn once the year ends. (It’s mysterious because we’ll be revealing the prize later on. Be patient!)

MONTHLY PROMPTS & RECOMMENDATIONS

  • We’ve prepared fun prompts for each month of the year! These prompts will be released quarterly (i.e. January, April, July, October).
  • Take note that you are free to read whatever you want, but if you want to make this challenge a bit more difficult and exciting, then participate in these prompts.
  • Because we are the kindest souls ever and we love talking about books written by Asian authors, we will pick three featured books based on the monthly prompts. These featured books will be included in the monthly link-up posts.
  • Lily, Vicky, and I will also post a list of recommendations every 1st day of the month to help you build up your TBR.

TWITTER CHATS

  • Once every two months, there will be a fun #YARC2019 Twitter chat. These chats will be held either on the 3rd or 4th week of the month.
  • The host for #YARC2019 is @YearOfTheAsian, so don’t forget to give us a follow on that account!

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Does it sound exciting? I’m ready to rock this challenge and I hope you will sign-up too!

My Most 10 Anticipated Reads of 2019

Good morning, everyone!

I know it’s a little bit late but better late than never, right?

After taking this long-awaited hiatus, I’m back with the list of my most 10 anticipated books that will be released in 2019. Obviously, there are much more, but then this post would have been long miles! And honestly, you can also consider this post a cover love one because they’re all so beautiful and colorful!

 

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