Wednesday, January 17, 2018

Top 5 Wednesday: Books You Didn't Get to in 2017

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image source: here. edited by me.
Welcome back to another Top 5 Wednesday! My gosh, it's been a bit more than 2 years since I've posted one of these. This year, my goal is to bring back my blog from the dead πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚. So when I was browsing for blog post ideas aside from book reviews, I came back to the Top 5 Wednesday group on Goodreads. This topic really caught my attention because there are SO MANY books that I didn't get to in 2017. Last year, I only get to read 18 books 😭😭 (#shameonme); so this year I set my 2018 Goodreads Reading Challenge to 50 books (at least). And in this post, there might not be specifically only 5 books, but more like a set of books because some includes series that I really want to read! Okay, so here's the list in no particular order πŸ˜‰.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Book Review: Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories by R.J. Palacio

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BOOK review
Started on: 26 December 2017
Finished on: 30 December 2017

Title : Auggie & Me: Three Wonder Stories
Author : R.J. Palacio
Publisher : Corgi Childrens
Pages : 303 pages
Year of Publication : 2015
Price : Rp 153,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler. 
Review for Wonder by R.J. Palacio

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 "There's no rule book that tells you how to act in every given situation in life, you know? So what I always say is that it's always better to err on the side of kindness. That's the secret. If you don't know what to do, just be kind. You can't go wrong."
This book is a companion of the original book, Wonder, which contains three short stories about other characters whose lives are affected by Auggie Pullman. Actually I've read two of them in e-book format (The Julian Chapter and Pluto), but I want to reread this again (and also read Shingaling for the first time) after I watched the movie adaptation. Each individual story presents their own struggle as kids whose lives intersect with Auggie—thus the title, Auggie & Me. In this review, I will briefly summarize the stories and write down my impressions on each of them πŸ˜„πŸ˜„. For The Julian Chapter and Pluto, I'll link my full reviews down below πŸ˜‰.

Friday, January 12, 2018

Book Review: Teka-Teki Terakhir by Annisa Ihsani

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BOOK review
Started on: 18 December 2017
Finished on: 25 December 2017

Judul Buku : Teka-Teki Terakhir
Penulis : Annisa Ihsani
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Tebal : 256 Halaman
Tahun Terbit: 2017
Harga: Rp 60,000 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"Kelak aku akan mengingat sore hari di bulan April itu sebagai salah satu momen ketika hidupku berubah. Tetapi saat ini, tercabik antara rasa penasaran dan ketakutan, aku belum mengetahuinya."
Laura Welman adalah seorang gadis 12 tahun yang tidak pandai matematika. Baru saja ia mendapatkan nilai nol untuk kuis matematika di sekolahnya. Tanpa ia sadari, Laura membuang kuis yang memalukan tersebut di tempat sampah keluarga Maxwell—sepasang suami istri yang selalu dianggap sebagai pasangan yang aneh oleh penduduk kota Littlewood karena mereka tidak pernah tampak di luar. Sejak kecil, Laura dan kakaknya selalu merasa rumah keluarga Maxwell terkesan angker dan tidak terawat. Namun semuanya berubah saat suatu hari Tuan Maxwell menghentikan Laura dan memberinya sebuah buku berjudul 'Nol: Asal-usul dan Perjalanannya'.

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Book Review: Artemis by Andy Weir

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BOOK review
Started on: 20 November 2017
Finished on: 12 December 2017

Title : Artemis
Author : Andy Weir
Publisher : Crown Publishing Group
Pages : 305 pages / 384 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication : 2017
Price : Rp 226,374 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 3/5

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"I live in Conrad Down 15, a grungy area fifteen floors underground in Conrad Bubble. If my neighborhood were wine, connoisseurs would describe it as 'shitty, with overtones of failure and poor life decisions.'"
Jazz Bashara has lived and grew up in Artemis, a city on the moon. Her father is a good and honest man who works as a welder; but Jazz is the complete opposite of him. She lives as a working class citizen who works as a porter and makes extra money on the side by smuggling contraband for rich people. Until one day, Jazz delivered a contraband for one of the richest man in Artemis: Trond Landvik—the CEO of Landvik Industries that focused on telecommunications. He gave Jazz an extremely tempting job offer for a million slugs, which will instantly get her out of debt and live the life she's always dreamed of. In the end, Jazz decided to take up the offer, not knowing what she's getting herself into.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Book Review: One of Us is Lying by Karen M. McManus

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BOOK review
Started on: 2 November 2017
Finished on: 14 November 2017

Title : One of Us is Lying
Author : Karen M. McManus
Publisher : Delacorte Press
Pages : 358 pages / 361 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication : 2017
Price : Rp 174,052 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"I can't stop doing the math in my head. It's eight-fifty a.m. on Tuesday, and twenty-four hours ago Simon was going to homeroom for the last time. Six hours and five minutes from then we were heading to detention. An hour later, he died."
One afternoon, five students went into detentionBronwyn Rojas, is the smart girl who never breaks a rule; Addy Prentiss, typical beauty who dates the popular guy at school; Cooper Clay, an aspiring baseball pitcher; Nate Macauley, the bad boy who's on probation for drug dealing; and Simon Kelleher, the outcast and the inventor behind Bayview High's gossip app. Simon's gossip app has always been controversial for exposing facts about Bayview High's students. Those news has ruined the lives of several students, some even led to suicide. That day during detention, they all feel accused for something they did not do. Little did they know, that day Simon never made it out of the classroom alive. He died from a sudden allergic reaction—and the other four students are there to witness the horror.

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Grand Story Magazine Issue 14: Liberating Literacy

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Beberapa waktu yang lalu, aku mendapatkan tawaran dari sesama blogger buku yang sekarang bekerja di Grand Story Magazine untuk mengulas majalah yang mereka terbitkan. Grand Story Magazine sendiri berbasis di kota Surabaya dan setiap bulannya menerbitkan majalah dengan tema yang berbeda-beda. Setiap bulan, Grand Story Magazine mengulas sebuah isu secara mendalam, dilengkapi dengan wawancara dengan berbagai narasumber, tokoh, serta komunitas yang bergerak di bidang tersebut. Dalam kesempatan kali ini, aku akan mengulas salah satu majalah Grand Story Magazine yang mengusung tema: Liberating Literacy (Liberasi Literasi).

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