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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Book Review: The Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom

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BOOK review
Started on: 6 November 2021
Finished on: 12 November 2021
 
 
Title: The Stranger in the Lifeboat
Author: Mitch Albom
Publisher: Harper
Pages: 224 pages
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 315,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"It had survived. And witnessing survival can make us believe in our own."
After a deadly ship explosion, nine people struggle to survive at sea on a lifeboat. After three days, they spot a man floating in the waves. When they pulled him in, the stranger claims that he is the Lord. One of the survivors, Benji, recounts the events in a notebook that is discovered a year later when the empty lifeboat washes up on the island of Montserrat. The notebook then fall into the hands of the island's chief inspector, Jarty LeFleur—a man battling with his own demons, who will try to solve the mystery of what really happened to the survivors.
"But out here, adrift, you realize how often we take our placement on this earth for granted."

Thursday, November 11, 2021

Book Review: Daughter of the Deep by Rick Riordan

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BOOK review
Started on: 26 October 2021
Finished on: 6 November 2021
 
 
Title: Daughter of the Deep
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 352 pages / 416 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 230,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"You may be all that remains of Harding-Pencroft. We must not fail. Trials are cancelled. Instead, you will learn what you must know on active duty. As of this moment, we are at war."
Ana Dakkar is a fifteen-year old who's currently a freshman at Harding-Pencroft academy, a five-year high school that graduates the best marine scientists, naval warriors, navigators, and underwater explorers in the world. Her parents died while on a scientific expedition two years ago, and the only family member she's got left is her older brother, Dev, a senior student at HP. Ana's freshman year culminates with the class's weekend trial at sea, and she hopes she has what it takes to succeed. However, on the bus ride to the ship, Ana and her schoolmates witness a terrible tragedy that will suddenly change the trajectory of their lives. A cold war between Harding-Pencroft and their rival school, Land Institute, has been turned up to a full broil. In a race against deadly enemies, Ana will make amazing friends and discoveries about her heritage as she puts her leadership skills to the test for the first time.
"As of this moment, you are responsible for one life above all others. You will not leave her side. You will protect her with your dying breath. You will make sure she stays alive, no matter what happens... Ana Dakkar must survive."

Sunday, October 31, 2021

Book Review: The Christmas Pig by J.K. Rowling

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BOOK review
Started on: 20 October 2021
Finished on: 25 October 2021
 
 
Title: The Christmas Pig
Author: J.K. Rowling
Publisher: Scholastic Inc.
Pages: 288 pages
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 398,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"Whatever happened to jack, DP was there, understanding and forgiving, and carrying with him that comforting smell of home, which always came back, no matter how often Mum washed it off."
Jack love his childhood toy, Dur Pig (DP for short), who've been with him through the good times and the hard times. Until one day, something terrible happens on Christmas Eve—DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night of miracles and lost causes, a night when all things come to life... even toys. And Jack's newest toy, Christmas Pig—who's supposed to replace DP, has a daring plan: together the two of them will embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known.
"The night for miracles and lost causes won't last forever. Once it's over, finders keepers."

Tuesday, October 26, 2021

Book Review: The Wish by Nicholas Sparks

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BOOK review
Started on: 7 October 2021
Finished on: 19 October 2021
 
 
Title: The Wish
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 400 pages / 384 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 292,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"It dawned on me then that Bryce—just like my aunt—had come into my life at the time when I'd needed him the most."
In the year 1996, Maggie Dawes was sent away at sixteen to live with an aunt she barely knew in Ocracoke—a fishing village with less than eight hundred people who lived there year-round. At the beginning, she could only think of the friends and family she left behind; until she met Bryce Trickett—one of the few teenagers living on the island. As they spent a lot of time together, Bryce began to show her how much there is to love about Ocracoke and even introduced her to photography—a passion that will define the rest of her life. In 2019, Maggie is a renowned travel photographer who runs a successful gallery in New York and travel to remote places around the world. However, this Christmas she struggled to come to terms with a sobering medical diagnosis and became increasingly dependent on a young assistant named Mark Price—who she's becoming gradually close with. As they count down the last days of the season together, Maggie begins to tell him the story of another Christmas that happened decades earlier—and the love that set her on a course she never could have imagined.
"And in the end, isn't that the most important thing in life? To be truly known and loved by someone you've chosen?"

Sunday, October 17, 2021

Pengalaman Membeli & Membaca E-book di Gramedia Digital

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Selama beberapa tahun terakhir, sepertinya aku lebih sering membaca e-book dibandingkan buku fisik. Salah satu alasan utamanya adalah karena aku pindah ke apartemen yang lebih kecil, sehingga aku tidak punya banyak tempat untuk menyimpan buku secara fisik. Selain itu, membaca e-book jauh lebih praktis karena mudah dibawa kemana-mana dan tidak memakan banyak tempat. Bagi yang mau tahu lebih lanjut pengalamanku membaca dengan menggunakan e-book reader, bisa baca di post ini. Sayangnya, e-book yang aku baca beberapa tahun belakangan kebanyakan berbahasa Inggris. Oleh karena itu, sewaktu aku kangen membaca buku Bahasa Indonesia, akhirnya aku memantapkan hati untuk mencoba menggunakan aplikasi Gramedia Digital. Setelah membaca 2 buku dengan aplikasi ini, aku akan membagikan pengalamanku membeli dan membaca e-book melalui aplikasi Gramedia Digital ini 😊.
 

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Book Review: Keajaiban Toko Kelontong Namiya (ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟) by Keigo Higashino

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BOOK review
Started on: 27 September 2021
Finished on: 6 October 2021
 
 
Title: Keajaiban Toko Kelontong Namiya (ナミヤ雑貨店の奇蹟)
Author: Keigo Higashino
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Pages: 400 pages
Year of Publication: 2020
Price: Rp 91,000 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
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"Dalam situasi biasa, kita tidak pernah mendengar masalah orang lain. Tidak ada yang mau mendengar pendapat kita. Mungkin akan terus begitu seumur hidup. Jadi anggap saja ini kesempatan pertama sekaligus terakhir.
Kōhei, Shōta, dan Atsuya adalah maling kelas teri yang sedang mencari tempat persembunyian setelah melakukan pencurian. Mereka kemudian menemukan sebuah toko kelontong yang tidak berpenghuni dan memutuskan untuk bersembunyi di sana sampai pagi. Saat itulah, tiba-tiba ada sepucuk surat misterius diselipkan ke dalam toko melalui lubang surat—sebuah surat yang berisi permintaan saran. Walaupun awalnya ragu, tiga pemuda itu akhirnya menuliskan surat balasan yang kemudian membawa mereka dalam petualangan melintasi waktu—menggantikan peran kakek pemilik toko kelontong yang menghabiskan tahun-tahun terakhir hidupnya untuk memberikan nasihat tulus kepada orang-orang yang meminta bantuan. Keajaiban ini hanya untuk satu malam saja. Dan saat pagi datang, kehidupan tiga sahabat itu tidak akan pernah sama lagi.
"Aku tidak tahu apakah ini masuk akal... seumur hidup, malam ini pertama kalinya aku merasa bisa jadi manusia yang berguna. Aku. Orang bodoh seperti aku."
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