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Monday, September 15, 2014

Book Review: Where Things Come Back by John Corey Whaley

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BOOK review
Started on: 6.September.2014
Finished on: 8.September.2014

Title : Where Things Come Back
Author : John Corey Whaley
Publisher : Atheneum
Pages : 228 pages
Year of Publication : 2012
Price : $ 10.28 (www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 3.5/5
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"That's what happened in Lily. People dreamed. People left. And they all came back. It was like Arkansas's version of a black hole; nothing could escape it.... So, the fact that Gabriel believed our town needed that bird to exist made absolute sense to me, whether I liked it or not. They needed something to be hopeful about."
Cullen Witter lives in Lily, Arkansas, where not a lot of things happened and everything seems to be dull. Until a man named John Barling thinks that he saw a rare woodpecker species in Lily - which was supposed to be extinct in the 1940s. The news definitely shook the whole town, and in a short time everyone was focused on the Lazarus Woodpecker. Even though everyone was excited with the fact that their small town finally had something exciting going on, Cullen doesn't feel the same way. Because at the same time, his younger brother, Gabriel Witter, suddenly went missing.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Book Review: Simple Thinking About Blood Type 2 by Park Dong Sun

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BOOK review
Started on: 5.September.2014
Finished on: 5.September.2014

Judul Buku : Simple Thinking About Blood Type 2
Penulis : Park Dong Sun
Penerbit : Penerbit Haru
Tebal : 320 Halaman
Tahun Terbit: 2014
Harga: Rp 53,550 (http://www.pengenbuku.net/)

Rating: 3/5
*images are originally scanned by me.
Review Simple Thinking About Blood Type by Park Dong Sun
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Simple Thinking About Blood Type 2 adalah kelanjutan komik pertamanya yang mengilustrasikan berbagai macam sifat setiap golongan darah. Jika buku pertamanya mengupas setiap golongan darah satu-persatu, di buku kedua ini komikusnya memposisikan setiap golongan darah dalam situasi-situasi tertentu - dan menggambarkan bagaimana reaksi masing-masing golongan darah. Buku kedua ini terdiri atas 4 bagian; Bagian 1: Taman Kanak-Kanak, Bagian 2: Sekolah, Bagian 3: Kantor, dan Bagian 4: Kehidupan Pribadi. Masing-masing bagian terdiri atas berbagai macam skenario yang menampilkan reaksi serta tingkah laku setiap golongan darah.

Monday, September 8, 2014

Book Review: The Chronicles of Audy: 21 by Orizuka

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BOOK review
Started on: 3.September.2014
Finished on: 4.September.2014


Judul Buku : The Chronicles of Audy: 21
Penulis : Orizuka
Penerbit : Penerbit Haru
Tebal : 308 Halaman
Tahun Terbit: 2014
Harga: Rp 48,450 (http://www.pengenbuku.net/)

Rating: 5/5
*Bagi yang belum membaca buku pertamanya, review ini mungkin mengandung spoiler. 
Review The Chronicles of Audy: 4R by Orizuka
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"Aku sendiri tidak mengacuhkannya dan sudah kembali terduduk lemas. Masalah ini bisa membuatku kehilangan segalanya. Mimpiku, gelarku, masa depanku.... Lebih dari apa pun, aku tidak ingin kehilangan ikatanku dengan keluarga ini."
Walaupun sempat berhenti, Audy akhirnya kembali tinggal di rumah 4R sebagai 'bagian dari keluarga' bersama dengan 4 bersaudara: Regan, Romeo, Rex, dan Rafael. Akan tetapi, meskipun Audy sempat merasa terharu karena telah dianggap sebagai bagian dari keluarga 4R, kenyataannya tidak banyak yang berubah; Regan yang baik hati memang telah menganggapnya seperti adik sendiri, tetapi Romeo masih tetap berkutat dengan komputernya, Rex masih bersikap kaku, dan Audy sangat kewalahan karena harus mengajarkan sopan santun pada Rafael yang masih kecil. Hidupnya setelah kembali ke rumah 4R membuatnya bertanya-tanya apa arti kata menjadi 'bagian dari keluarga'. Dan permasalahan yang kini harus dihadapi oleh Audy pun jauh lebih rumit dibanding sebelumnya.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Book Review: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1) by George R.R. Martin

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BOOK review
Started on: 26.July.2014
Finished on: 27.August.2014

Title : A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)
Author : George R.R. Martin
Publisher : Bantam Books
Pages :  835 pages / 904 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication : 2011
Price : $ 13.84 (www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"When you play the game of thrones, you win or you die. There is no middle ground."
The story begins in Winterfell, when Lord Eddard Stark (Ned) discovered the fact that King Robert Baratheon's Hand, Jon Arryn, just died. Catelyn Stark, Ned's wife, received a letter from her sister Lysa Arryn regarding the death of her husband. In the letter, she believed that Queen Cersei Lannister and her family poisoned Jon Arryn to death. And so even though Ned was reluctant to accept Robert's offer to become the King's Hand, he finally agreed to go with Robert to King's Landing - hoping to uncover the fact of Jon Arryn's death. However, soon enough Ned was tangled in the game of thrones, played by the high lords of the Seven Kingdoms.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Perfect Mess by Rina Suryakusuma

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BOOK review
Started on: 29.August.2014
Finished on: 3.September.2014


Judul Buku : Perfect Mess
Penulis : Rina Suryakusuma
Penerbit : Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Tebal : 240 Halaman
Tahun Terbit: 2014
Harga: Rp 44,200 (http://www.pengenbuku.net/)

Rating: 4/5
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"Aku menatap percakapan kami dengan hati nyeri. Ironis. Dulu kami menolaknya, sekarang kami mengharapkannya. Dulu kami berkonsultasi ke dokter bagaimana cara membunuh bayi itu. Sekarang kami bersusah payah agar anak itu datang kembali dalam rahimku."
Kehidupan seorang remaja bernama Karenina Sukmadi tiba-tiba hancur akibat kesalahannya untuk satu malam. Dalam keadaan mabuk, ia berhubungan dengan seorang lelaki yang menyebabkan ia hamil. Karenina berusaha keras mencari jalan keluar untuk permasalahan tersebut, dan cara yang termudah adalah untuk melakukan aborsi. Namun seperti takdir, Karenina menemukan sebuah blog milik Sabina Dinata, yang menceritakan tentang pengalamannya melakukan aborsi dan penyesalannya yang teramat besar. Cerita yang ditulis oleh Sabina itulah yang berhasil membuat Karenina berubah pikiran.

Sunday, August 31, 2014

August Wrap-Up // September TBR | 2014

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image source: here. edited by me.
To be honest, August wasn't a very productive month for my blog (and my reading). I got back from my holiday trip to the UK on 10th, and had so many things to do after that. I also dedicated almost the whole month to finish reading A Game of Thrones; so I only picked up comic books to alternate my reading (because I can never focus on reading two different stories at the same time). Not that I'm complaining, because A Game of Thrones is totally awesome and Westeros is still lingering in my mind. Thankfully, in the last few days of August I managed to read several Indonesian books that I bought this month. I read a total of 5 books in August (not including Son), but only managed to review 4 of them (because I seriously have no idea how to start my review on A Game of Thrones). So here are the books I've read and reviewed this month, non-review posts in August, and lastly a list of books I'm planning to read in September. spoiler: I mentioned a bit about my holiday, a course I recently take, and k-dramas!

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