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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Book Review: You Do You: Discovering Live Through Experiments and Self-Awareness by Fellexandro Ruby

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BOOK review
Started on: 6 September 2021
Finished on: 11 September 2021
 
 
Title: You Do You: Discovering Live Through Experiments and Self-Awareness
Author: Fellexandro Ruby
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Pages: 252 pages
Year of Publication: 2020
Price: Rp 102,400 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"Dengan melihat ke dalamlah, kita mengurai kompleksnya hidup. Menyambung titik-titik yang tadinya terlihat acak. Ketika itulah bahagia hadir. Ketika identitas kita selaras dengan apa yang kita kerjakan."
Melalui buku ini, Fellexandro Ruby menanggapi banyak keresahan dan kegalauan yang mungkin dialami oleh banyak anak muda hari-hari ini. Satu dekade pertama perjalanan kariernya pun ia habiskan untuk bereksperimen dengan berbagai macam role yang berbeda hingga akhirnya ia menemukan ikigai. Menariknya, semua kegalauan dan pencarian itu mulai terjawab dengan sendirinya saat ia bisa menjawab pertanyaan: "Who are you?". Buku You Do You  ini tidak memberikan jawaban langsung, tapi membantu serta mengajak pembaca untuk belajar merefleksikan diri, melihat ke dalam, mengurai situasi, agar bisa menemukan sendiri jawaban yang diperlukan ketika berada di sebuah persimpangan.
"Your life (career, business, relationship, finance) should be an extension of who you are."

Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Book Review: Janji by Tere Liye

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BOOK review
Started on: 28 August 2021
Finished on: 5 September 2021
 
 
Title: Janji
Author: Tere Liye
Publisher: Penerbit Sabak Grip
Pages: 488 pages
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 71,200 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
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"Sungguh, nurani kecil itu bisa membuat perbedaan besar. Dan Bahar 'terlanjur' memilikinya.
Dipatri dengan kokoh oleh sebuah janji."
Hasan, Baso, dan Kahar adalah tiga sekawan yang selalu membuat ulah di sebuah sekolah agama yang terkenal—mereka menggunakan segala macam cara untuk memberontak dengan harapan agar mereka dikeluarkan dari sekolah itu. Akan tetapi, alih-alih menghukum mereka dengan cara yang biasa, Buya—pemimpin sekolah agama tersebut, malah mengirim tiga sekawan ini untuk pergi menjalankan sebuah misi menemukan seseorang bernama Bahar. Misi tersebut tentunya membuat Hasan, Baso, dan Kahar kegirangan karena mereka bisa jalan-jalan; namun mereka tidak pernah menyangka apa yang akan mereka temukan dalam perjalanan tersebut.
"Hidup ini seperti lelucon. Penguasa langit dan bumi seperti mengolok-olok dirinya."

Monday, September 6, 2021

Book Review: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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BOOK review
Started on: 6 August 2021
Finished on: 27 August 2021
 
 
Title: Rule of Wolves (King of Scars, #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 592 pages / 598 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 198,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 3/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
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"A king with a demon inside him. A monk with the Darkling inside him. A general with a dragon inside her. We're all monsters now, Nikolai."
As Fjerda's massive army prepares to invade Ravka, Nikolai Lantsov summoned every bit of his ability—and even the demon within him, to win this fight. Alongside Nikolai, Zoya Nazyalensky has suffered and lost too much to war. Now duty demands her to embrace her newfound powers to become the weapon that her country needs. At the same time, Nina Zenik is still doing undercover work and wages war on Fjerda from inside its capital. Together they must find a way to forge a future in the darkness, or they have to watch a nation fall.
"Maybe the gift of being human is that we do not give up—even when all hope is lost."

Monday, August 16, 2021

Book Review: King of Scars (King of Scars, #1) by Leigh Bardugo

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BOOK review
Started on: 17 July 2021
Finished on: 5 August 2021
 
 
Title: King of Scars (King of Scars, #1)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Imprint
Pages: 514 pages / 527  pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2019
Price: Rp 189,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
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"The king's reputation could withstand a bit of scandal; it would not survive the truth."
Nikolai Lantsov, the young king of Ravka, has always had a gift for the impossible. Not a lot of people know what he endured during Ravka's civil war—and he intends to keep it that way. Now, as enemies gathered at his weakened border, Nikolai must quickly find a way to forge new alliances and stop a rising threat to the Grisha army. However, a dark magic within him grows stronger every day, threatening to destroy all he has built. With the help of a young monk and a Grisha general, Nikolai dared to go through a perilous journey to vanquish the darkness inside of him. He is more than willing to risk everything for the sake of saving his country—and hopefully save himself as well.
"We are always drawn to the lure of power, no matter the cost."

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Book Review: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2) by Leigh Bardugo

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BOOK review
Started on: 22 June 2021
Finished on: 16 July 2021
 
 
Title: Crooked Kingdom (Six of Crows, #2)
Author: Leigh Bardugo
Publisher: Henry Holt & Co
Pages: 546 pages / 561 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: Rp 184,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 5/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
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"I don’t hold a grudge. I cradle it. I coddle it. I feed it fine cuts of meat and send it to the best schools. I nurture my grudges, Rollins."
Kaz Brekker and his crew have successfully pulled off a dangerous heist that almost cost them their lives. But instead of receiving the reward that was promised, they're double-crossed and was overpowered by the enemy. They went into hiding to regroup but the crew is low on resources, allies, and hope. At the same time, powerful resources from all over the world descend on Ketterdam to figure out the secrets of the dangerous drug known as jurda parem. Old rivals and new enemies emerged to challenge Kaz and his crew's fragile loyalties. A war will be waged on the streets of Ketterdam—a battle for revenge and redemption that will decide the fate of the Grisha world.
"Sometimes, the only way to get justice is to take it for yourself."

Thursday, July 15, 2021

TV Series Adaptation Review: Shadow and Bone Season 1

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It's been a few months since I finished watching the TV Adaptation of Shadow and Bone, and now I have finally mustered the motivation to write a review about it. I started watching this series right after I finished reading the first book with the same title, Shadow and Bone; and I was pleasantly surprised to find out that the TV adaptation included characters from another series by the same author. I think that's what made watching this adaptation feels different compared to my reading experience. Even though I already know the plot points from the Grisha trilogy, there are other characters with their personal agendas that keeps the story intriguing for me. There are 8 episodes in this first season; and in this review I will share the overall plot and discuss my thoughts on this TV series adaptation 😊.
 

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