about me


h i   t h e r e ~

My name's Josyi but I go by Rivalie (Riv) here - a childhood nickname that I decided to use as my online "alias" when I started blogging in 2013. I'm a recent college graduate who studied Music Education and English in school.  🎹📚

I first launched my blog as Forever Obsession when I was in middle school to share my thoughts on the books I've read. As my reading tastes have changed, my blog has grown and adapted with me. I switched over to Le Petit Photograph in 2017 after I took a break from blogging at the start of college. In 2019, I changed the name once again to Small Stained Pages to reflect how I want to treat my blog as a journal to document the different chapters and interests of my life. 📝 In 2021, I finally took the plunge and bought my first domain dearrivarie and I'm so excited to see where my blogging journey takes me from here.

Other than reading, I love journaling, painting, listening to music, and drinking lots of tea. 🍵  Admittedly, most of my art projects end up unfinished but it's the thought that counts right? I also love collecting stickers and cute stationery - I own way too many rolls of washi tape and sticker sheets for one person but it's fine...

some of my other favorite things -
ISFJ | type 1w2 | tawainese american | stuffed animals | milk teas | books | kpop | ghibli | disney 


- how I rate -
★ 1 star: not for me (1-2/10)
★★ 2 star: a struggle (3-4/10)
★★★ 3 star: decent (5/10)

★★★☆ 3.5 star: enjoyable (5-6/10)

★★★★ 4 star: loved (6-7/10)

★★★★☆ 4.5 star: perfect (8-9/10)

★★★★★ 5 star: life-changing (10/10)

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NOTE: I've recently also adapted a 1-10 system which is based on an average of different elements of the story (inspired by the CAWPILE system) - writing, atmosphere, world-building, plot, and characters. This will hopefully be a more specific portrayal of how I feel about a certain book and I'll be incorporating these numbers in my reviews.


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instagram: @dearrivarie
twitter: @dearrivarie
goodreads: rivalie