Toned Down Affair
As the years go by, birthdays tone down a whole lot. Gone are the parties to which large circles of friends were invited. Presents have become a rarity and on the whole, that “special” day passes like any other. Case in point, nothing out of the ordinary happened yesterday, though I did bake a walnut cake.
Even as birthdays don’t excite me as much anymore, I still like to spend the day reflecting. I’m thankful for the life I’ve been given, and the many experiences I’ve had. I look forward to even more amazing experiences and hope the future has good things in store for me.
Books a Continual Constant
Last year I mused about constants in my life. Naturally, books and reading remained. I’m glad I’m still blogging too, and still am very much comfortable in the bookstagram community. Both are a source of heat fun, particularly because of the wonderful people I’ve met.
What has changed, I noticed, is that I’ve become a lot more critical of things. This has extended to the way I rate books as well. While I enjoyed many over the past year, few received five stars.
Even though some think three stars out of five is a bad rating, it really isn’t. If we were to rate our days, we’d rate most three. These are the satisfactory ones. Four stars is for the good ones and five for the extraordinary. That’s how I’ve come to see life and it seems that also affects my disposition towards reading.
Win a Favourite Book of Mine
Given my more critical nature, when I rate a book five stars, I truly loved it. That is why I decided to pick five of my favourites books for a giveaway. I thought these books were incredible and everyone should read them. To help you guys out, I’m giving away one book among the following five titles:
- Heartless by Marissa Meyer
- The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork
- Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
- The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness
- A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller
+ Participants below 18 must seek parental consent.
+ Open internationally, as long as The Book Depository ships to you.
+ USA residents may receive their prize via Amazon.
+ One (1) winner may choose one (1) book among:
1. Heartless by Marissa Meyer (pre-order);
2. The Memory of Light by Francisco X. Stork;
3. Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz;
4. The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness; or
5. A Mad, Wicked Folly by Sharon Biggs Waller.
+ Winner may pick between a paperback or hardcover edition.
+ Giveaway ends on Oct 22, 2016 at 12 a.m. (SGT).
+ Winner will be contacted via email. They will have 72 hours to respond with a mailing address. If winner does not reply, a new winner will be drawn.