Monday, April 23, 2018

Book Review: I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Forman

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BOOK review
Started on: 9 April 2018
Finished on: 13 April 2018

Title: I Have Lost My Way
Author: Gayle Forman
Publisher: Soho Press
Pages:  368 pages / 274 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp 152,000 (http://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5

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"It's the hoping that makes it hurt.
Harun knows that.
Nathaniel knows that.
Freya knows it too."
Freya is on her way to becoming a star until she suddenly lost her ability to sing while recording her debut album. Harun was raised in a Muslim family with strict beliefs and high expectations, and revealing his secret will disappoint his family. Nathaniel has just lost everything and went to New York with a desperate plan. On one fateful day, the three of them happens to be in Central Park—where each of them contemplates on their own lives and how they seem to have lost their way

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Book Review: Spurgeon on the Christian Life: Alive in Christ by Michael Reeves

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BOOK review
Started on: 28 March 2018
Finished on: 9 April 2018

Title: Spurgeon on the Christian Life: Alive in Christ
Author: Michael Reeves
Publisher: Crossway
Pages: 192 pages / 192 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp 255,571 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
*This e-book is received as a review copy from Crossway
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"The motto of all true servants of God must be, 'We preach Christ, and him crucified.' A sermon without Christ in it is like a loaf of bread without any flour in it. No Christ in your sermon, sir? Then go home, and never preach again until you have something worth preaching."
This book is part of a series called Theologians on the Christian Life—in which different authors will write about famous theologians to help us learn from great teachers of church history. This series intends to give us wisdom from the past for our present lives. In this book, Michael Reeves shared with us the life of Charles Spurgeon, a well-known preacher who is also known as the 'Prince of Preachers'. The book is divided into four parts: Charles Spurgeon, Christ the Center, The New Birth, and The New Life. In each chapter, Reeves presents Spurgeon's compelling personality, his perspective on Christianity, and his Christ-centered preaching.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Book Review: What I Know for Sure by Oprah Winfrey

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BOOK review
Started on: 19 March 2018
Finished on: 22 March 2018

Title: What I Know for Sure
Author: Oprah Winfrey
Publisher: Flatiron Books
Pages: 228 pages / 240 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2014
Price: Rp 350,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 5/5

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"As you read about all the lessons I've struggled with, cried over, run from, circled back to, made peace with, laughed about, and at long last come to know for sure, my hope is that you'll begin to ask yourself the very same question Gene Siskel asked me all those years ago. I know that what you'll find along the way will be fantastic, because what you'll find will be yourself."
This is a very intimate and personal book in which Oprah Winfrey shared the things that she knows for sure about life. It all started with an interview when she was asked the question, "What do you know for sure?". This book is divided into 8 different chapters: Joy, Resilience, Connection, Gratitude, Possibility, Awe, Clarity, and Power. In each one, she shared her experiences and how through them she learned of the things that she knows for sure. It's definitely a heartwarming book that makes me reminisce my own personal past experiences and what I've learned from them 😊.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Movie Adaptation Review: Ready Player One

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"...there’s nowhere left to go. Nowhere, except The Oasis. It’s the only place that feels like I mean anything. A world where the limits of reality are your own imagination."
Ready Player One is one of my most anticipated movie adaptation this year, and I finally get to watch it! I read it back in 2017, and unfortunately, I wasn't able to write a full review for it (I did write a short review though). To be honest, my memory about the book is quite vague already; so I think it's a good thing because I will be able to judge the movie on its own. Going out of the theater, I do have to say that I had fun watching it. There are a lot of differences between the book and the movie which can be a good thing or a bad thing. I'll discuss some of them below and try my best not to spoil too much for those who haven't watched it yet 😊😊.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

March 2018 Book Haul

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Another month has ended, so it's time to recap all the books that I got in March. Last month I still managed to keep my book haul small—which I'm always proud of. Two of the books from this pile is actually quite an impulsive cover buy, but I have no regrets because they're just too beautiful 😍😍. In March, I got myself 3 books, a Bible study book, and 4 ebooks. There's only one Indonesian book in this haul and also there's one sponsored ebook for review. Here are the beautiful books! 😊

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Book Review: Years After by Orizuka

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BOOK review
Started on: 23 March 2018
Finished on: 27 March 2018

Title: Years After
Author: Orizuka
Publisher: Puspa Swara
Pages: 280 pages
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp 70,000

Rating: 3.5/5
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"Mama, saat itu, Lena benar-benar bahagia. Lena tak sabar untuk memulai perjalanan baru bersama mereka.
Lena tidak tahu bahwa sejak hari itu, hidup Lena akan berubah sepenuhnya."
Di hari pertamanya masuk SMA Menara Bangsa, Lena Seruni menyebabkan kehebohan sewaktu menjalani MOS dengan pingsan ketika upacara berlangsung. Ia kemudian dibopong ke UKS oleh kakak kelasnya, Segara, yang merupakan ketua tim bisbol Menara Bangsa: The Regals. Meski dengan kondisi fisik yang lemah, hal tersebut tidak menghentikan impian Lena untuk bisa masuk ke dalam klub bisbol The Regals. Walau tidak berkualifikasi menjadi seorang pemain, Lena cukup puas menempati posisi sebagai seorang manager.

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