Picks’ Parade is a monthly feature on Artsy Draft in which I share my picks of books, movies and series that I want to read and watch during the forthcoming month.

Happy Friday, everyone! As some of you probably know already (since I rambled about this plan a lot on Twitter!), I decided to create my first blog series! It’s a monthly feature in which I share my picks of books, movies and series that I want to read and watch during the forthcoming month. Aside from sharing my picks, I also use this post as a tracking method because sometimes with so many challenges, memes and review deadlines, I got overwhelmed, lose tracks and ended up with reading/watching slump. I mean… I can’t be the only one that ended up on Twitter instead of doing my initial reading/watching plan, right?! 🤔


Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy

My first read of the month is Dumplin’ by Julie Murphy! It’s January’s book of the month from Diverse Divers book club and I’m really excited to finish it and discussed it with everyone in the club! It’s also part of my Beat the Backlist 2019!

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I haven’t read this series for years, so I’m really excited to finally pick it up again! I’m joining #PotterheadReadAlong19 which hosted by the lovely Noura @ The Perks of being Noura! This book is also part of my PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019!

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

I actually started reading this book back in November, but I had to drop it because I can’t focus on it while also writing my thesis. I read around 20% of it, but I can’t fully remember what happened in those earlier chapters, so I’ll re-read the first few chapters and continue from there. This book is also part of my Beat the Backlist 2019 and PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019!

The Knife of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness

Kate @ All the Trinkets recommended me to read this book because she knew that I’m a big fan of dystopian stories! I’m also really excited because this book is getting adapted into movie! And this book is also part of my Beat the Backlist 2019 and PopSugar Reading Challenge 2019!

The Weight of Our Sky by Hanna Alkaf 

I’m so honored to be chosen as one of the people that received the eARC of this book! And as someone who lived all her life in Southeast Asian, I’m extremely happy and proud to be represented by this book. I accidentally saw a little spoiler on Twitter, but there’s going to be a bit of Bahasa Indonesia in it and I couldn’t be more excited!

Love Looks Pretty on You by Lang Leav

I’ve never read Leav’s works before despite of its huge hype and popularity. But I’ve been reading more poetry these past couple months and I decided to give this one a try. I might try to read some of her earlier works too so I can have something to compare with.

The Suspect by Fiona Barton

I’m pretty excited about this one! Aside because I’m a mystery/thriller fan, this is also my second eARC from E+ and I’m thrilled! However, I think the synopsis is giving too many clues already, but hopefully, my theory is incorrect.

Sincerely, Harriet by Sarah Winifred Searle

I don’t think I’ve ever read a graphic novel before. Sure, I’m a big fan of comic and manga, but I assume those are different from a graphic novel. And this is also going to be my first middle-grade book of the year!

The Frame-Up by Meghan Scott Molin

The plot sounds like Hannah Montana when she tried to live the best of both worlds and if you think I applied a request for that sole reason (and the mentions of geek culture) then you’re absolutely right.

Just for Clicks by Kara McDowell

An internet famous as the main character? That has been done a lot. But what if it’s their kids instead? Now I’m interested!

It Started With A Note by Victoria Cooke

Single mom goes for an adventure? Because of old letters? To Paris? And meet the love of her life? I’m in!

What Were You Thinking, Paige Taylor? by Amanda Ashby

‘Soon Paige discovers that reinventing herself takes more than just a change of address and a pithy quote on Instagram.’ Despite its mainstream storyline, this particular line from the synopsis made me request the book.


While I probably end up watching some random movies as an impulse act later on this month, these are movies that I’ll make sure I have to watch.

52 Years in 52 Weeks (2019) — Week 1 – Week 4

Film School Drop Outs (2019) — Week 1 – Week 4


I’ve actually watched the first two episodes of this series and it was utterly insane! But then I found out that this series was adapted from a book with the same title, and now I’m contemplating whether I should just continue and watch the rest of the episodes or pick up the book and read it first.


I mean… it got Asa Butterfield so I know I have to watch this! I’m a big fan of coming of age story and you tell me, just from its trailer, this series is all about friendship, romance and a journey of finding yourself. Not to forget the typical high school story, forever summer air and lots of witty banter. And we all know how sex education often stigmatized as something taboo. So, props to Netflix for bringing up more awareness regarding this issue!


I just found out about this series yesterday and I freaked out a bit! I haven’t read the whole book, but I read the bullet points summary (sort of?) and from its trailer, I knew I’ll enjoy every second of it! If you’re in your 20s and dealing with stress on daily basis and do clean-ups as a coping mechanism to relax yourself, make sure to watch this!


And those are my picks! Pretty packed, innit? I’m quite optimistic, though, but we shall see. Now, it’s your turn! What’s in your TBR and TBW for this month? Anything that makes you particularly excited? Anything that you want to add to your own lists after reading my post? Share it below and make sure to visit others’ links as well! 😉

What about you? What are you going to read and watch this month?

Image credit: Annie Spratt 

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