Re-Read Challenge 2016


My favorite books are the ones I love reading again and again. I have a poor memory too, so I tend to forget names of characters and important things that happen, even in the books I love. There are also books that I’ve read half or or maybe a quarter of, but I never got around to finishing.

These are among the reasons why I’m excited to do the The Re-Read Challenge this 2016. My goal is to re-read at least 10 books this year.

Why only 10?

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Firstly, I’m already overbooked with a mountainous to-read list as it is, excluding short story anthologies, comics, and magazines.

And don’t even get me started on my to-watch list. And if Netflix is as good as I’ve been dreaming it would be—it just launched in the Philippines today—I see my to-watch list expanding exponentially.

Plus, I also listen to a number of podcasts, including Rachel and Miles X-Plain the X-Men. I also watch plenty of vlogs and music video covers on YouTube.

I’ve also joined the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge for 2016.

My Tentative Re-Reading List:

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  • It by Stephen King
  • Sabriel (Abhorsen Trilogy, Book 1) by Garth Nix
  • Lirael (Abhorsen Trilogy, Book 2) by Garth Nix
  • Abhorsen (Abhorsen Trilogy, Book 3) by Garth Nix
  • S by Doug Dorst and J.J. Abrams
  • Room by Emma Donoghue
  • Quiet by Susan Cain

I’m already in the middle of re-reading Stephen King’s It. I’m a hundred or so pages away from the part where I’ve kept stopping for over a decade now (I don’t know why I keep stopping. The novel’s great. I blame Pennywise the Clown!).

I feel like once I conquer reading It, I can achieve all my reading goals for 2016.


Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge 2016


I’ve made a number of new year’s resolutions for 2016, and this is one I definitely plan on keeping. I’m joining the Flights of Fantasy Reading Challenge for 2016. This year, I commit to reading 15 books.

Why only 15?

For one, the books I plan to read this year are pretty long. This list includes Words of Radiance (The Stormlight Archive, Book 2) by Brandon Sanderson and The Wise Man’s Fear (The Kingkiller Chronicle, Book 2) by Patrick Rothfuss.

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Secondly, I’m also participating in The Re-Read Challenge this 2016.

Thirdly, I read books in a variety of other genres, including science-fiction, so I plan to read those as well. I wonder if there’s a sci-fi reading challenge somewhere out there? Maybe I should start one someday.

Other books I plan to read for Flights of Fantasy are:

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  • The Alloy of Law (Mistborn, Book 4) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Shadows of Self (Mistborn, Book 5) by Brandon Sanderson
  • Invasion of the Tearling (Queen of the Tearling, Book 2) by Erika Johansen
  • Heir of Fire (Throne of Glass, Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Queen of Shadows (Throne of Glass, Book 4) by Sarah J. Maas
  • Authority (Southern Reach, Book 2) by Jeff Vandermeer
  • Acceptance (Southern Reach, Book 3) by Jeff Vandermeer
  • The Magicians (The Magicians, Book 1) by Lev Grossman
  • The Sword of Shannara (The Original Shannara Trilogy, Book 1) by Terry Brooks
  • The Lies of Locke Lamora (Gentleman Bastard, Book 1) by Scott Lynch

I’m really excited to be participating in the 2016 FOF Challenge, and I hope to surpass my reading goal for this year.

Welcome to Coffee Bean and Tea Reads

Hello, and welcome to Coffee Bean and Tea Reads!

Originally envisioned as yet another book blog (I’ve tried my hand at a couple of book blogs in the past, CBTR will be much broader in terms of concept and content. When conceptualizing this blog, I thought to myself: “What are the things I love?” Books immediately came to mind—as did coffee and tea—which often accompany me during my reading sessions.

But tons of other things popped into my head too. My favorite video games, TV series, movies, and music. My new-found love for podcasts and comics. The more I delved into the specifics of my likes, the more I realized how much depth there was to them, and how they crossed boundaries from the mainstream and the incredibly niche.

For example: I like movies in general, but I have a specific obsession with very dark-themed Korean movies like The Vengeance Trilogy. I also enjoy samurai movies like Azumi and Japanese animated films like Paprika . I love listening to mainstream K-pop music from groups like Girls’ Generation, but I also adore indie K-pop music by Standing EGG, especially from their album Ballad with Windy .

That’s why I want to share the love, and write about the things that interest me in my blog. Who knows? You or someone else might discover something new and interesting while reading CBTR.

Coffee Bean and Tea Reads is a play on Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, a coffee shop I love because it serves delicious vanilla-based drinks. I love reading books in CBTL because of it’s laid-back atmosphere and great music (I’m listening to a Coffee Bean playlist on Spotify while writing this).

Why I love Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf
Why I love Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf

In fact, I wanted the name—or something similar—so much that I almost bought the URL Coffee Beans and Tea Reads, which sounds really awkward to me. Good thing I double-checked before buying the URL. Coffee Bean and Tea Reads, which was unavailable the night before, was miraculously available for purchase. I saw the sign. I followed it, and here we are now.