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Saturday, August 13, 2022

Book Review: Cinderella Addiction (哀愁しんでれら もう一人のシンデレラ) by Akiyoshi Rikako

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BOOK review
Started on: 3 August 2022
Finished on: 4 August 2022
 
 
Title: Cinderella Addiction (哀愁しんでれら もう一人のシンデレラ)
Author: Akiyoshi Rikako
Publisher: Penerbit Haru
Pages: 264 pages
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: Rp 99,500 (Owl Bookstore)

Rating: 3.5/5
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"Inilah, kehidupanku.
Mengerjakan pekerjaan rumah demi kakek, ayah, dan adik. Bekerja di luar rumah juga. Sampai tubuhnya habis.
Pasti seperti inilah yang juga dirasakan Cinderella."
Sakura merasa hidupnya seperti Cinderella, seorang gadis yang hidup merana, sengsara, dan diperlakukan tidak adil oleh banyak orang. Namun kisah Cinderella berubah drastis berkat kemunculan seorang pangeran yang kaya dan tampan. Sakura mendambakan kehidupan itu dan menantikan saat ketika ia tidak perlu mengkhawatirkan soal uang, tidak perlu lagi bekerja keras, dan tidak harus memikirkan orang lain. Angan-angan itu terasa jauh ketika Sakura mengalami banyak musibah bertubi-tubi, membuatnya hampir menyerah dan merasa amat putus asa. Di saat itulah, Izumisawa Kota muncul dalam kehidupannya, membangkitkan kembali harapan Sakura untuk bisa memiliki hidup yang bahagia selamanya seperti Cinderella.

Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Book Review: Di Tanah Lada by Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie

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BOOK review
Started on: 29 July 2022
Finished on: 1 August 2022
 
 
Title: Di Tanah Lada
Author: Ziggy Zezsyazeoviennazabrizkie
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Pages: 252 pages
Year of Publication: 2015
Price: Rp 66,000 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 3/5
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"Tanah lada. Kupikir, kalau aku terlahir di sini, mungkin aku akan tumbuh bersama kebahagiaan." 
Salva—yang dipanggil Ava, tinggal bersama Papa dan Mama-nya; namun Papa-nya memanggil dia Saliva atau ludah karena menganggapnya tidak berguna. Mereka sekeluarga pindah ke Rusun Nero sejak Kakek Kia meninggal. Ava memperoleh sebuah kamus sebagai hadiah ulang tahunnya yang ketiga dari Kakek Kia. Sejak saat itu, Ava selalu mencari arti dari kata-kata yang tidak ia pahami dan menjadi anak yang pintar berbahasa Indonesia. Setelah pindah ke Rusun Nero, Ava bertemu dengan seorang anak laki-laki bernama P. Dari pertemuan itulah, petualangan Ava dan P bermula hingga sampai pada akhir yang tidak terduga.
 

Friday, August 5, 2022

Book Review: Kesetiaan Mr. X (容疑者Xの献身) by Keigo Higashino

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BOOK review
Started on: 24 July 2022
Finished on: 28 July 2022
 
 
Title: Kesetiaan Mr. X (容疑者Xの献身)
Author: Keigo Higashino
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Pages: 324 pages
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 72,750 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 4.5/5
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"Menurutku kasus ini tidak sesederhana yang terlihat. Semuanya diatur dengan sangat licin dan penuh perhitungan." 
Kehidupan Yasuko Hanaoka dan putrinya terusik saat mantan suaminya kembali muncul dan menemukan keberadaannya. Pertemuan mereka berakhir dengan si mantan suami terbujur kaku di lantai apartemen Yasuko. Saat hendak menghubungi polisi, tetangganya yang bernama Ishigami menawarkan bantuan untuk menyingkirkan mayat itu. Sewaktu mayat tersebut ditemukan, penyidikan Detektif Kusanagi mengarah kepada Yasuko sebagai tersangka utama. Akan tetapi, alibi wanita itu sangat sulit untuk dipatahkan. Kusanagi kemudian berkonsultasi dengan sahabatnya, Manabu Yukawa, yang ternyata adalah teman kuliah Ishigami. Bersamaan dengan reuni mereka, Yukawa sang pakar fisika beradu kecerdasan dengan sang genius matematika, Ishigami.
"Logika memang penting, tapi intuisi juga senjata ampuh seorang detektif."

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

The Anti-TBR Tag | Books I'll (Probably) Never Read

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I recently saw this tag through one of my favorite Booktuber, PeruseProject, and thought the questions are very fun because I never really thought about it before. In this Anti-TBR Tag, I will be answering some questions related to books that I have no interest in reading. But Justin Bieber reminded us to never say never, so maybe I'll change my mind in the future and end up reading some of these books anyway 😂. At least for now, these are books that I'm not planning to read in the near future or books that I was intrigued by but lost interest in afterward. Without further ado, let's answer the questions!
 

Saturday, July 30, 2022

The Jade Setter of Janloon (The Green Bone Saga, #0.5) by Fonda Lee

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BOOK review
Started on: 20 July 2022
Finished on: 22 July 2022
 
 
Title: The Jade Setter of Janloon (The Green Bone Saga, #0.5)
Author: Fonda Lee
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Pages: 144 pages / 144 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: $5.99 (https://www.amazon.com/)
 
Rating: 5/5

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"You have all the skills to follow in my footsteps if you choose. But a jade setter's life is dedicated to uncelebrated work that might be undone.Every day, we give ourselves to the craft of setting jade that will give power to others. They do with it what they will, and we keep none of it for ourselves. That's our place. Do you want that?"
The city of Janloon is ruled by jade, the rare and magical substance that enhances the abilities and status of trained Green Bone warriors who run the island's powerful clans. Pulo Oritono is not one of those warriors. He's just an apprentice jade setter who dreams of securing clan patronage and having a successful business. However, his hopes are dashed when a priceless jade weapon is stolen from the shop where he works at. He has three days to hunt down the thief, find the weapon, and return it to its rightful owner if he wants to save his future, the people he care about, and his own life.

Thursday, July 28, 2022

Epiphany: Musings of the Happiest Cancer Fighter by Kristin Bong

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BOOK review
Started on: 18 July 2022
Finished on: 19 July 2022
 
 
Title: Epiphany: Musings of the Happiest Cancer Fighter
Author: Kristin Bong
Publisher: Insight Unlimited
Pages: 224 pages
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: Rp 135,000 (https://insight-unlimited.com/)

Rating: 5/5
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"Her "death sentence" marked the start of her journey to living her best life. She started to live without holding back, in her finite tomorrows." 
Most doctors thought Kristin Bong had only 6 more months to live. Diagnosed with stage 4 Pancreatic Cancer, Kristin lived through her last years as the final years of her life. During those time, she started writing down her thoughts, her insights and epiphanies, as she choose to see something special in the good and bad days. This book journals her moments of anger and hope, frustrations and joy, unanswered questions yet her tireless faith. Kristin was drenched in a bad storm but chose to dance in the rain instead.
"This is my journal. This is me. Strong some of the time, weak a lot. Wise, yet wishing at times to be 'foolish'."
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