Hi, hello, welcome to my blog and thanks for stopping by!
I’m Dini, a 30-something book blogger based in Indonesia. I consider myself a Third Culture Kid as I’ve grown up in six countries—including Bangladesh, the Philippines, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the UK—before making my way back to live in Indonesia for the first time in my mid-20s.
Art by Wai
✨ I’M LIVING MY BEST BOOKISH LIFE ✨
By day I’m a communication specialist working in the development sector but I’m super passionate about books and spend a lot of my downtime getting happily lost in literature. Talk to me about books and I might never stop talking?! (Kidding… Maybe!)
My love for books was sparked when, as a kid, I ran to the library to escape bullies and there I found a much safer and more magical world in the stories I picked up. From there, a true bookworm was born and although there have been moments in my life when reading took a back seat, I’ve always managed to find my way back to books eventually.
✨ DINI [+ PANDA +] READS ✨
Sadly, I don’t have many people to talk to in person about books which is why I started this blog after discovering the existence of the book community in 2019. I don’t know about you but I’m terrible at coming up with creative names so I kept it simple and took my name + my nickname (and one of my fave animals) + the word ‘reads’ and dinipandareads came to fruition!
Through this blog, I aim to challenge myself to become a better reader by being more critical and aware of what I choose to read and to better understand what works for me. I also want to continue creating connections with bookish folk across the globe because the book community is such a wonderful and welcoming place to be. I’ve already made some great friends and it’s been amazing to meet so many fellow book lovers that I don’t even know how I got on before now!
✨ A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS ✨
I read a fairly mixed bag but my top two favourites genres are ROMANCE (mostly adult contemporary and historical) and FANTASY (mostly YA but also Adult and MG). But I’m quite open to reading most genres so you’ll also find literary fiction, sci-fi, historical fiction, and mystery/thriller books mentioned on here every so often.
The genres I read most irregularly are classics and non-fiction and the genre I tend to stay far away from is horror. I’ll step out of my comfort zone and dabble in these genres occasionally but I gotta be honest, it’s rare!
✨ LET’S STAY CONNECTED! ✨
As I said, I’m always keen to make new connections and to talk about books so don’t hesitate to reach out in the comments or stay connected through socials. You can find me on Goodreads, Twitter and Instagram!
If you’ve read this far, thanks for making it to the end! I know this was a long ‘About Me’ section! 😉 I hope that you enjoy my posts and stick around for a little while!