10 best reads of 2020 (so far)

This week’s The Artsy Reader’s Top Ten Tuesday is actually about “Books that Make Me Hungry (They could have food items on the cover, foods in the title, be about foodies or have food as a main plot point… they could be cookbooks or memoirs, etc.)”.

I checked my Goodreads account and figured that I would not be able to satisfy the prompt hence I took this turn. I will be featuring 10 of the best books I’ve read this year (so far!), instead. Please forgive me. 🙂

Just a quick story, back in January, I set my Goodreads Challenge 2020 to 24 books only. This is because in 2019 I was three books short of fulfilling my target reads for the year which is the same number. And then the pandemic happened which forced me to live alone as an expat in a foreign land for almost six months now.

I took refuge in reading so till date, 45 books have served as my company this year. And here are the most amazing so far:

The Remains of the Day

1. The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro

Not a fan of classics but this one changed my mind. It is smooth and reflective and touching, all at the same time.

The Secret Life of Bees

2. The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd

I love how Sue Monk Kidd was able to bring depth to each of the character in this book, and incorporate the lovely bees in it.

Dream Work

3. Dream Work by Mary Oliver

If you are looking for quality poems, this book has them.

Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table

4. Fragile Lives: A Heart Surgeon’s Stories of Life and Death on the Operating Table by Stephen Westaby

Have learned a lot about heart diseases and the lives that have been affected by such in this book. It is interesting to know the story and what is going inside the surgeon’s mind as well.

The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane

5. The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See

I love how this provided me with the view of a life I was not aware of, the tea-pickers of ancient China. Tender and touching.

A Woman Is No Man

6. A Woman Is No Man by Etaf Rum

This is a book all women of color should read. It is heartrending and powerful

The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo

7. The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Suggested by my sister-in-law, this novel is a quick read because it will keep you on turning pages after pages because it is THAT intriguing.

Britt-Marie Was Here

8. Britt-Marie Was Here by Fredrik Backman

Backman is my new favorite author. Britt Marie has his signature humor, sarcasm, and softness.

Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry

9. Maya Angelou: The Complete Poetry by Maya Angelou

Maya is Maya and her words will always be aflame with passion and hope.

Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family

10. Finding Chika: A Little Girl, an Earthquake, and the Making of a Family by Mitch Albom

Leaving me in tears, as always, Mitch’s new non-fiction is a beautiful reminder of how parenthood can change one’s heart, and grief as well.

Have you read any of these books? What are your best reads of 2020 so far? Feel free to share in the comment box, with your TTT, too!

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Ten Reasons Why I Love Reading


It’s calming.
It’s quiet.
It’s easy to concentrate.
It’s like dreaming while awake.
It’s a guiltless delight.
It’s like munching a calorie-less cake.
It’s sleep-inducing.
It’s detoxifying.
It’s poetically inspiring.
It’s just… the best thing.

Photo Credit: Unsplash

In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

June 7: Ten Reasons I Love X — could be a certain book, character, author, your indie bookstore, a fandom, a tv show, reading, a hobby, a genre.

P.S. Why do you love reading? Do we have the same reasons? Let me know!:)


April & May in a Cup of Coffee

Because this week has been gentle to me, please share another cup of coffee with me.

I would apologize, first, because this might be a long talk. (I honestly avoid to write long poems and fictions because I don’t want readers to skim through my words. I want them to read them.) But I guess this update might be long so sorry, and please let’s start. 🙂

Thanks, April!

April has been great! With NaPoWriMo and A to Z Challenge at hand, I have flexed my brain’s muscles as early as February! Sadly, I was not able to finish these two challenges on time! 😦 BUT I learned that my OCD attitude towards blogging and writing has its perks, too.

It was last week of February when my muse and I planned that we’ll take the A to Z Challenge. We agreed that our theme would be Poetry from A to Z! Because I really tend to over think and overdo things, I’m done writing my A to Z poems by the end of March’s first week. They are all scheduled during the second week of April. (Excited, eh?)

Incidentally, it was second week of April when my boss announced a company out-of-town. That’s when the blasts started. I am out from April 20 until April 24. Again, my OCD kicked-in and I am glad to have four beautiful seasonsonnets (written with my dear Melinda Kucsera of In Media Res) scheduled for NaPoWriMo during the said week. The vacation was fun! I had a blast, surely!

I planned to get back on regular blogging after the trip, but I didn’t. The second blast was louder and this time it’s chaotic. Office tasks and writing tasks piled up. I have no choice but to keep out of my WordPress home, which is honestly excruciating!

The one-week planned absence became almost two weeks. Thus, NaPoWriMo was left unfinished.

Nonetheless, I love April because it taught me that life and work happen. Like what lovely Annie once said, we are on WordPress when we can and there are times when we cannot. We need not to be hard on ourselves because readers will read, bloggers will blog, with or without us.

The best part is to have someone waiting for your comeback. 🙂 And thank you because YOU are one of mine.

Hello, May!

Dusting off the traces of busy April, here are my May plans!


I Have a Very Important Question

I am kinda shy to ask this.

I have checked how to’s online but I think I have to ask you first guys… hmmm… I am thinking of publishing a book. Not a full-length novel (yet), but a poetry book. I don’t know how… but I know it’s possible (somehow?).

You think I can do it? Please tell me how? ❤

Let’s have a coffee toast!

Thank you!



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Book Bloggers I Almost-Always Bookmark


“We read to know we’re not alone.” ― William Nicholson, Shadowlands

I am a book blogger
because my beloved novels
are a delight to share,
then I discovered
these lovely writers/readers
whose love for books
I am ensnared.

1. Jenna of Reading with Jenna


2. Cristina of Tiny Obsessions


3. Kat of Life and Other Disasters


4. Leslie of Leslie Hauser

5. Yvo of It’s All About Books

6. Chrissi of Chrissi Reads


7. Giovanna of Book Coma Blog

8. The Girl in Boots of Being a Book Nerd

Being A Book Nerd

9. Alicia of  A Kernel of Nonsense

10. Alyssa of Book Club Babe

Photo credit: Goes to the Blog Owners! 🙂

In response to The Broke and the Bookish‘s Top Ten Tuesday today:

April 5: Ten Bookish People You Should Follow On — – you pick the platform of your choice to talk about all the interesting bookish people to follow!




Awardsss and Seven Facts

Nothing beats the joy of getting acknowledgements from your co-bloggers. – rosemawrites

Maybe this is the last time that I will say that? But that doesn’t mean I am not grateful, because I am actually more than grateful.

Let’s start the thank you’s cause I can sense this will be a looooong post!


  • Yvo and Leanne for giving me the Infinity Dreams Award.

  • My dear Ishma for giving me One Lovely Blog Award

  • Rachel for giving me the Creative Blogger Award


  • 27writers for giving me the Dragons Loyalty Award


From the bottom of my heart, I really want to thank you guys! 🙂 There are thousands or even millions or even billions of bloggers, and the mere act of nominating me is both touching and humbling.

Thank youuuu!

I’ll be breaking rules here because I will just share seven facts about me and nominate a lot of lovely lovely bloggers!


1. I tend to listen to sad songs when I’m happy, and to happy/uplifting songs when I’m sad.

Quite ironic, eh?

2. I have necrophobia.

Necrophobia is a specific phobia which is the irrational fear of dead things (e.g., corpses) as well as things associated with death (e.g., coffins, tombstones, funerals, cemeteries).

And, I haven’t looked/seen any dead people EVER! Even my grannies. I can’t…

3. According to Myers Briggs, I am an ESTJ personality or ‘The Executive’.

Yeah…Hmmm. 🙂

4. I am fascinated with butterflies. 

I find them magical and endearing. 🙂

5. I don’t like fireworks for my wedding day, I want flying lanterns. ❤

Wedding’s too far but yes, I have my preferences already! 😀

6. I prefer male singers than female singers…

Like Jason Mraz, John Mayer… ❤

7. I am somehow… slowly… becoming… a WordPress addict! 

Shhh! It’s a secret! 😀

And my nomineeeees are:

NOTE: I know some of you are an award-free blog and that is perfectly fine. 🙂 I nominated you not to pressure you to answer, but to show you that for me, you deserve all these awards, too!

Photo credit: All photos aren’t mine. 🙂

That’s it!