Monday, September 24, 2018

Book Review: A List of Cages by Robin Roe

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BOOK review
Started on: 27 August 2018
Finished on: 6 September 2018

Title: A List of Cages
Author: Robin Roe
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 310 pages / 320 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2017
Price: Rp 266,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"For the millionth time I wish she'd titled her lists, because the entire notebook is like this. A list of places. A list of colors. A list of songs. But no titles. No context. No way to understand what they mean."
Adam Blake is a cheerful and friendly guy with ADHD. Despite his condition, Adam is always loved and adored by the people around him. Until one day, the school psychologist asked for his help and that is when Adam is reunited with Julian—the foster brother he hasn’t seen in five years. Adam is thrilled seeing Julian again, but it seems like Julian doesn't feel the same way. Julian is still the same kindhearted person that Adam once knew, but slowly he discovered that Julian has been keeping secrets that no one else knows about. Adam is eager to find out and help Julian; however, his eagerness might actually endanger Julian's life even more.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Book Review: Counting by 7s by Holly Goldberg Sloan

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BOOK review
Started on: 8 August 2018
Finished on: 25 August 2018

Title: Counting by 7s
Author: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Publisher: Dial Books
Pages: 380 pages / 380 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2013
Price: Rp 193,639 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"I'm about to start a new school.
I'm an only child.
I'm adopted.
And I'm different.
As in strange.
But I know it and that takes the edge off. At least for me."
Willow Chance is a 12-year-old genius who's obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions. She always had a difficulty blending in with others and only find it comfortable to be with her adoptive parents. But then suddenly, she lost both her parents due to a tragic car accident. As she struggled through her grief, Willow is accompanied by people who are able to accept her the way she is. Through their friendship, Willow was able to overcome her sadness. And they grow even closer to what feels like a family to her.

Saturday, September 8, 2018

Book Review: Less by Rachel Aust

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BOOK review
Started on: 1 August 2018
Finished on: 5 August 2018

Title: Less: A Visual Guide to Minimalism
Author: Rachel Aust
Publisher: Alpha Books
Pages: 144 pages / 144 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp 166,380 (https://www.amazon.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add,but when there is nothing left to take away."
—Antoine de Saint-Exupéry (1900–1944), author of The Little Prince
I stumbled upon Rachel Aust's Youtube channel when I first got interested in minimalism. After watching few of her videos, she announced that she will be publishing a book really soon about minimalist living. Of course I'm really eager to read it because I enjoyed watching her videos and really liked her simple lifestyle. When I got this book, I did not know what to expect from this book and just decided to dive right into it. Thankfully, this book is really easy to read! The diagrams and simplistic illustrations in this book made the reading experience even better 😊.

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

July & August 2018 Book Haul

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Last month I wasn't very productive with blogging because I was distracted by so many things—especially TV series 😂. But I didn't buy a lot of books either in July (I think it's only one?), so I thought I'd just compile it together with my August book haul. Even combined, I only have 4 paperback books on today's list. I guess I'm doing quite well with my minimalist living so far 😎. As usual, I also have additional ebooks that I acquired within these past two months.Without further ado, let me introduce you to my new books! 😄

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Book Review: Caring for One Another by Edward T. Welch

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BOOK review
Started on: 24 July 2018
Finished on: 31 July 2018

Title: Caring for One Another: 8 Ways to Cultivate Meaningful Relationships
Author: Edward T. Welch
Publisher: Crossway
Pages: 80 pages / 80 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp

Rating: 4/5
*This e-book is received as a review copy from Crossway
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"Our helpfulness—our care for souls—starts with our need for care. We need God, and we need other people. Maturity through dependence is our goal. As a way to put this humility to the test, we ask for prayer. This will contribute to a church culture that is less self-protective and more united."
Edward T. Welch is an experienced biblical counselor who has counseled many people in the past thirty years. In this book, he encourages readers to see and know that anyone who believes in God is equipped to care for others, even those who feel weak and needy themselves. There are 8 short lessons in this book with discussion questions that can be read together with others. Each chapter will help readers to create a caring and nurturing community where people can be open, vulnerable, and bear one another's burdens. Discussion questions and practical guidance will help readers have a community that cares for each other in times of trouble. 🤗

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Book Review: Adamant by Lisa Bevere

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BOOK review
Started on: 10 July 2018
Finished on: 23 July 2018

Title: Adamant: Finding Truth in a Universe of Opinions
Author: Lisa Bevere
Publisher: Fleming H. Revell Company
Pages: 256 pages / 257 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2018
Price: Rp 212,859 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"In a world where truth slips and slides according to the latest popular trend and current culture, wouldn't it be nice to have something that was constant?
Immovable?
Invincible?
Unchanging?"
Lisa Bevere has written numerous books and in this she writes another one based on the word adamant, which becomes the title of this book. The meaning of the word adamant is known as immovable, impervious, and unyielding in opinion or position. There is so much uncertainty in our world today and it's hard to know what or who to believe. That is why this book is especially relevant for this generation as it will challenge the readers to discover more about who God is, and at the same time reveal more about who we are.

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