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Saturday, February 4, 2023

A Change of Season

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🎉 HAPPY NEW YEAR 2023! 🎉
 
I know we already entered the month of February, but I hope it's still not too late to say happy new year on this blog! 😆 It's been a few months since I last wrote a non-review post because I've been trying to catch up on all of my book reviews. As you can see from the title of this post, I've been experiencing a change of season lately ever since finding out that I'm pregnant 🤰. I am currently halfway through my pregnancy journey and life certainly won't be the same after the baby is born. This blog has truly been with me through various seasons of life. Hopefully I will still have the time to maintain this blog even after I enter a new phase in life: parenthood 👪.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Book Review: The Dating Game by Nina Ardianti

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BOOK review
Started on: 20 December 2022
Finished on: 31 December 2022
 
 
Title: The Dating Game
Author: Nina Ardianti
Publisher: Gramedia Pustaka Utama
Pages: 368 pages
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: Rp 99,000 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 3/5
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"Semua hal yang nggak pernah ada jawabannya, semua hal yang nggak pernah mendapatkan penjelasan dari Kemal, semua hal yang kupikir sudah aku ikhlaskan nggak akan pernah mendapatkan jawaban...
...ternyata masih ada di situ."
Lima tahun yang lalu, Kemal dan Emma berkenalan untuk pertama kalinya dan ketertarikan mereka terhadap satu sama lain tidak dapat disangkal. Tidak butuh waktu lama untuk keduanya menjadi akrab, semuanya seolah terjadi seperti yang diharapkan. Akan tetapi semuanya berubah saat Kemal mengucapkan sesuatu yang menggores harga diri Emma, membuat keduanya menjauh dari satu sama lain. Sejak saat itu, Emma yakin tidak ada alasan apa pun yang akan membuatnya memaafkan Kemal. Hingga akhirnya mereka dipertemukan kembali setelah lima tahun berhasil tidak saling berhubungan. Ditempatkan di situasi yang membuat Emma tidak bisa menghindari Kemal, perlahan-lahan tembok yang ia bangun mulai hancur, karena hatinya tidak mau mendengar apa yang logikanya katakan. Dan Emma harus siap jika hatinya dipatahkan sekali lagi oleh Kemal.
 

Thursday, January 12, 2023

Book Review: Rumah Lebah by Ruwi Meita

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BOOK review
Started on: 12 December 2022
Finished on: 19 December 2022
 
 
Title: Rumah Lebah
Author: Ruwi Meita
Publisher: Bhuana Ilmu Populer
Pages: 284 pages
Year of Publication: 2019
Price: Rp 58,400 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 4/5
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"Namun entah kenapa Nawai merasa sedang memasuki suatu awal yang tidak menyenangkan. Sesuatu yang besar dan berbahaya sedang mengintai Mala. Sesuatu yang tidak bisa Nawai lihat."
Mala adalah seorang gadis kecil berusia enam tahun yang terobsesi dengan ensiklopedia. Di rumah, ia hanya tinggal dengan kedua orangtuanya, tetapi Mala selalu menyebut nama enam orang asing yang hidup bersama dengan mereka. Mala memiliki ketakutan terhadap Satira, namun bersahabat dekat dengan Wilis. Ia belajar bahasa Spanyol dengan Abuela dan terkadang berbicara dengan Tante Ana yang suka berdandan. Tak lupa Mala juga menyebutkan keberadaan si Kembar yang hanya bisa mendengar, melihat, dan mencatat. Kebenaran di balik nama-nama asing tersebut pun akan segera terungkap.
 

Saturday, January 7, 2023

Book Review: Reactivity: How the Gospel Transforms Our Actions and Reactions by Paul David Tripp

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BOOK review
Started on: 26 November 2022
Finished on: 9 December 2022
 
 
Title: Reactivity: How the Gospel Transforms Our Actions and Reactions
Author: Paul David Tripp
Publisher: Crossway Books
Pages: 170 pages
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: Rp 381,874 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
*This e-book was received as a review copy from Crossway
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"For most people, the gospel is a means of past justification and future destination. Gloriously, the gospel is both of these things, but it also provides for us, right here, right now, a way of seeing, a means of interpreting, a guide to understanding, and a way of living."
Social media and technology have slowly altered how people act and react toward each other. These days, criticism, outrage, and controversy dominate social engagement. Sadly, Christians are no exception. In this book, Paul David Tripp invites believers to view digital media and technology through the lens of the gospel and directs them toward a biblical framework for communication. He further explains how God wants us to engage with one another and encourages Christians to be wise in their interactions. Through this book, the author hopes that more believers will become a beacon of light in an age of toxicity and destructive reactivity.
"There are many things the Bible is not a source of information for. But your Bible is comprehensive; while not telling you everything about everything, it gives you a lens through which to look at everything."

Sunday, December 25, 2022

Book Review: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories by Ken Liu

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BOOK review
Started on: 4 November 2022
Finished on: 25 November 2022
 
 
Title: The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories
Author: Ken Liu
Publisher: Saga Press
Pages: 464 pages / 464 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2016
Price: Rp 321,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 3/5
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"In the face of the inevitable, the only choice is to adapt."
Ken Liu, the author of an epic fantasy series, The Dandelion Dynasty, shares his finest short fiction in The Paper Menagerie and Other Stories. This mesmerizing collection consists of 15 stories that have won him many awards, including Hugo, Nebula, and World Fantasy Awards. These stories have various genres, such as sci-fi, fantasy, and even historical fiction. Even though each story is unique, some have common recurring themes that involve differences between eastern and western cultures, racial prejudice, and the impact of advanced technology on human lives. This collection of short stories displays Ken Liu's beautiful writing style that's both thought-provoking and can tug at the reader's heartstrings.

Saturday, December 17, 2022

Book Review: Our Missing Hearts by Celeste Ng

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BOOK review
Started on: 10 October 2022
Finished on: 3 November 2022
 
 
Title: Our Missing Hearts
Author: Celeste Ng
Publisher: Penguin Press
Pages:  335 pages / 352 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2022
Price: Rp 265,000 (Periplus)

Rating: 4/5
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"So now, out of the blue: a letter from his mother. It looks like her handwriting—and no one else would call him that. Bird."
Twelve-year-old Noah 'Bird' Gardner lives a quiet life with his father, a former linguist who now shelves books in a university library. Bird has always been told not to ask too many questions, stand out too much, or stray too far. In the past decade, their lives have been governed by PACT, laws written to preserve "American culture" after years of economic instability and violence that they call the Crisis. The authorities are now allowed to relocate children of dissidents, especially those of Asian origin, and libraries have been forced to remove books that are deemed as unpatriotic—including the work of Bird's mother, Margaret, a Chinese-American poet who left the family when he was nine years old. Bird has no idea what happened to his mother and why she left, but when he receives a mysterious letter containing a cryptic drawing, he is suddenly pulled into a quest to find her. His journey will take him to many places where he meets a lot of people and to a city where a new act of defiance may be the beginning of a much-needed change.
"He doesn't remember much about his mother, but he remembers this: she always had a plan. She would not have taken the trouble to find their new address, and the risk of writing him, for no reason."
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