Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Movie Adaptation Review: Chaos Walking

"It’s strange to see everything you’re thinking."
The Chaos Walking trilogy is a series that I've always wanted to read since a very long time ago because of all the hype that's surrounding it. I finally read all 3 books last year, in 2020, but I ended up not loving it as much as other people did. Last year I was extremely busy with personal life so I didn't write a review for them, instead I only write short reviews here, expressing what I think about them. I was quite surprised when I stumbled upon a movie trailer for Chaos Walking and decided that I'm going to watch it when it comes out. I resolved to write a movie adaptation review to replace the book reviews that I never write. Unfortunately, the movie was a complete chaos and I don't think it represents the book very well. I'm going to explain why in this review, and hopefully I won't be spoiling too much for those of you who haven't read the book or watched the movie 😉.

Monday, April 5, 2021

Book Review: Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas

BOOK review
Started on: 22 March 2021
Finished on: 27 March 2021
Title: Concrete Rose
Author: Angie Thomas
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Pages: 360 pages / 362 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 168,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 4/5
"It's kinda like how we have to do with ourselves. Get rid of things that don't do us any good. If it won't help the rose grow, you've gotta let it go."
Seventeen-year-old Maverick Carter is the son of a former gang legend. After his dad went to prison, Mav helped his mom to earn money by dealing for the King Lords. Life's not perfect for Mav, but he has Lisahis girlfriend, and Dre—his cousin who always has his back. But Mav's world suddenly turned upside down when he found out that he's a father. All of a sudden, Mav has a baby who depends on him for everything. But it's not easy to sling dope, finish school, and raise a child at the same time. When he's offered the chance to go straight, Mav is willing to take it. Unfortunately, walking away is not going to be easy. Loyalty, revenge, and responsibility threaten to tear Mav apart—especially after the murder of a loved one. However, Mav is determined to prove that he's different and will figure out what it really means to be a man.
"I like to be reminded that beauty can come from much of nothing. To me that’s the whole point of flowers."

Monday, March 29, 2021

Book Review: Simple Truth by Sidney Mohede

BOOK review
Started on: 17 March 2021
Finished on: 21 March 2021
Title: Simple Truth
Author: Sidney Mohede
Publisher: PT. Inspirasi Utama
Pages: 163 pages
Year of Publication: 2020
Price: Rp 85,000 (https://www.insight-unlimited.com/)

Rating: 5/5
"Sesungguhnya, simple truths tidaklah sesederhana itu. Seringkali alasan kita mengabaikan realitas atau hal yang biasa terjadi adalah karena hal tersebut terlalu sederhana."
Simple Truth adalah buku yang ditulis oleh Sidney Mohede tentang kehidupan. Ia membagikan cerita hidupnya melalui berbagai musim dan apa yang ia pelajari dari pengalaman-pengalaman tersebut. Ada banyak simple truths yang kadang terlupakan, padahal kebenaran itulah yang akan membantu kita untuk tetap melangkah di jalur yang sudah Tuhan sediakan. Buku ini akan mengingatkan kita kembali untuk berpegang pada kebenaran tersebut. Kebenaran itu akan membantu kita menemukan panggilan hidup yang sudah Tuhan taruh dalam hidup kita dan apa yang harus kita lakukan untuk memenuhi panggilan itu.
"Percayalah kepada Tuhan, Dia akan menyediakan jalan terbaik untuk kita, anak-anak-Nya. Kalau kita selalu berjalan di dalam kepastian, kita tidak akan membutuhkan iman untuk percaya kepada-Nya."

Friday, March 26, 2021

Book Review: Hai, Miiko! Vol. 33 by Ono Eriko

BOOK review
Started on: 18 March 2021
Finished on: 18 March 2021
Hai, Miiko! Vol. 33 by Ono Eriko
Title: Hai, Miiko! Vol. 33
Author: Ono Eriko
Publisher: m&c!
Pages: 168 pages
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 48,000 (https://www.gramedia.com/)

Rating: 5/5
Setelah bertahun-tahun membaca komik Hai, Miiko!, aku rasa ini pertama kalinya aku menuliskan review yang cukup panjang untuk di-post di blog ini 😆. Kenapa Hai, Miiko! edisi ini spesial? Untuk kalian yang juga selalu mengikuti komik ini pasti tahu kalau volume 33 ini akan menjadi volume terakhir Miiko dan kawan-kawan duduk di bangku SD! Akhirnya setelah 33 volume, mereka akan menjadi murid SMP di volume selanjutnya! 🥳🥳 Aku sangat tidak sabar melihat Miiko dan yang lain akhirnya semakin bertumbuh dewasa 🥺

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Book Review: Winning the War in Your Mind by Craig Groeschel

BOOK review
Started on: 11 March 2021
Finished on: 16 March 2021
Title: Winning the War in Your Mind: Change Your Thinking, Change Your Life
Author: Craig Groeschel
Publisher: Zondervan
Pages: 256 pages
Year of Publication: 2021
Price: Rp 321,218 (https://www.bookdepository.com/)

Rating: 5/5
"Our lives are always moving in the direction of our strongest thoughts. What we think shapes who we are."
We've all tried to think our ways out of bad habits and unhealthy thought patterns, but we tend to fail and went back to our old way of thinking and behavior as time goes by. In this book, Craig Groeschel shared his personal experiences battling against self-doubt and negative thinking, and reveals the strategies that he discovered to help us change the way we think and our life for the long-term. The practical strategies explained in this book are drawn from Scripture and also supported by the latest discoveries on brain science. This book will help us learn how our brain works, how to recognize our mental triggers, and develop practices that will allow God's thoughts to be our thoughts.
"In ten years, we will each look in the mirror, and someone will stare back. That person will be shaped by the thoughts of today.
The life we have is a reflection of what we think."

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Book Review: The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5) by Rick Riordan

BOOK review
Started on: 26 February 2021
Finished on: 10 March 2021
Title: The Tower of Nero (The Trials of Apollo, #5)
Author: Rick Riordan
Publisher: Disney Hyperion
Pages: 410 pages / 528 pages (e-book)
Year of Publication: 2020
Price: Rp 190,000 (https://www.periplus.com/)

Rating: 5/5
*for those who haven't read the first book, this review may contain spoiler.
Review for The Tyrant's Tomb (The Trials of Apollo, #4) by Rick Riordan here.
"The only thing more unsettling than not understanding a prophecy was beginning to understand it."
After the battle for Camp Jupiter is over, it is now time for Apollo to face the final trial. Even though they have won that battle, the war is far from being over. Apollo and Meg will now have to face the last emperor, the terrifying Nero, and destroy him once and for all. Only then Apollo will be able to confront his old nemesis, Python, and restore the Oracles. However, to be able to defeat his enemies, Apollo might have to sacrifice his godhood. On the other hand, Meg is forced to deal with her troubled past when she comes face to face with her evil stepfather, Nero. Will they be able to come through?
"But if a hero isn't ready to lose everything for a greater cause, is that person really a hero?"
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