Dinipanda Who?

This is where I talk about myself. I never know what to say in these ‘About Me’ sections–either I divulge too much or much too little–so please bear with me while I figure it out. But in the drop down menu, you will also find a “TL;DR” bookish summary about me!

Let’s start with the basics.

My name is Dini, I’m 32-years-old, and I live in Indonesia. One thing that a lot of people get confused about is where I’m from. I am Indonesian, but I only lived in Indonesia for the first time five years ago. I’m a Third Culture Kid–some of you may know us as ‘expat brats or army brats’ but we like the term ‘TCK’ better. Basically, I’ve moved around since I was three up until the time I finished my Masters in 2013. I’ve been lucky enough to call the following countries home at various points in my life and my experiences living in these places have had a profound impact on who I am today: Bangladesh, the Philippines, Australia, Vietnam, Cambodia and the UK. And of course, Indonesia is now on this list too!

Needless to say, I probably sound kind of weird with my mixed bag of idioms and my use of random words I’ve picked up over the years. Funnily enough, a lot of people think I’m American, which kind of makes sense since I went to American/International schools where I guess I picked up the accent, but I’ve never actually lived in the States.

Starting a book blog…

I’ve always been a reader. I remember getting lost in the libraries at the various schools I went to and clinging to the security, comfort and peace that books brought into my life. When I went to uni and basically partied my days away (no regrets!) I almost completely stopped reading and it was only several years later that I slowly came back to books. The shift “home” to Indonesia in 2013 was a really difficult one for me. I realized I knew so little about my country and found it exceptionally tough being a ‘foreign local’, and even to this day, I still struggle with it. So much has changed in my life since I moved back, and not always in a good way, but books really helped me to keep my head above water. I am open to trying a lot of genres but mostly read: YA fantasy and contemporary romance! Others include historical fiction, adult SFF, mysteries/thrillers, and sometimes poetry/prose, classics, and non-fiction. On very rare occasions I pick up mild-horror.

In December 2018 I had the crazy idea to start a book blog. With this blog I want to challenge myself to become a better reader, to be more critical and more aware of what I read, and to better understand what makes a good read (for me). I also want to connect with other like-minded book lovers and share all the book love. (Okay, I’m a weirdo, I’ll stop now!)

TL;DR: My name is Dini. I love reading and books and I love Pandas so much that people have started calling me ‘dinipanda’, and it’s a nickname I wear with pride. This blog is mostly going to be filled with lots and lots of books and bookish things (review, recommendations, challenges, unboxings, etc.), but I might also talk about my journey with mental health, self-love and life in general. My approach to reading is pretty much getting my hands on anything that catches my interest, including YA fantasy/fiction, historical fiction, fantasy/sci-fi, mysteries/thrillers, romance, new adult, poetry/prose, classics, and occasionally horror and non-fiction. I am far from a book snob.

Want to ask me any questions? I’m happy to take them! Let me know in the comments below and let’s chat! If you stick around, I hope you enjoy the ride!