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Friday, 28 March 2014

How I Read

Friday, 28 March 2014

I was scrolling through my blogger reads and I found this tag from Stefanie @ The Bookie Looker. I haven't post anything for awhile and when I saw this I was like: I wanna do this too. My reading pace slowed down (like, a LOT) due to school thingys (grade 9 problems) and I haven't finished my current reads so I don't have anything to review right now.

Since I'm having a four-days holiday right now, I decided to write something on my blog and here it is!

1. How do you find new book to read?
  • Goodreads is very helpful for me to find a new book, whether by seeing other people's reads or reviews. I can see how other people think toward a book and that really helps me to pick up a new reads.
  • Other people's recommendation and reads. Mostly? Book bloggers. Seeing their reviews and opinions about a book make me want to try and experience reading that book too. I follow some kind of a book photoblog on Tumblr and when I saw books that caught my attention, usually with their catchy titles and covers, I open up Goodreads and check about the book. Believe it or not, Tumblr photography and typography also influence me to pick up a new reads. I also have some friends with the same interest in books with me and they usually recommend me some good reads to buy or even rent me some.
  • Go straight to the bookstore and browse through the shelves. I'm with Stefanie; I will open up Goodreads and check about the book (again) to help me decide whether the book's good enough to buy or not.
2. How did you get into reading?

I believe I've loved to read since I was a kid. When I was a child, I subscribed a kids magazine, and mostly read storybooks and comic-like encyclopedias. I don't really know exactly when did I'm into novels but I'm really into novels since I'm about to enter Year 9. I remember once I thought novels were boring, unlike my storybooks and comic-like encyclopedias (you know, illustrations and all) but see me now? My father also loves to read and maybe the apple doesn't fall far from the tree?

3. How has your taste in books changed since you've gotten older?

Do not really change, I think. I still love to read storybooks and comic-like encyclopedias. Maybe only that I'm not into romance these days, like I used to when I first introduced to novels (I can swoon all day after reading a romance novel and that's just make me embarrassed by how myself react.)

4. How often do you buy books?

The average, 2-3 books per month. Sometimes less, sometimes more.

5. How did you get into book-blogging?

By seeing one of my internet friend's book blog, a year ago or so. Since then, I've always wanted to make a book blog but I feel like something's itching in the back of my mind if I can keep my blog updated or I will make my blog a mess by not updating it. She also supported me to make a book blog and here I am!

6. How do you react when you don't like the end of a book?

Rant: "What kind of ending is this" inside of my head.

7. How often have you taken a sneaky look at the back of the page to see if it's a happy ending?

I've ever do that, sneaking to the last page of the book I'm reading but not to see if it's a happy ending or not, just curious. But I never do that again. Not ever.

8. How many people are you going to tag, and who are they?

Anyone who's interested to answer this.

Friday, 14 March 2014

Top Ten Popular Authors I've Never Read

Friday, 14 March 2014
1. Rainbow Rowell
I've heard people complementing her for making such a perfect book, especially Eleanor&Park, but I haven't read it, or any other Rainbow's works. I want to read Eleanor&Park, I wanna know how 'perfect' it is, but when I saw my friend's review about it having a 'rated x' scene, I don't think I'll read it anytime soon. I might change my mind but I don't like books like that. (No offense)

2. Lauren Oliver
I swear I almost bought Delirium from the bookstore and I ended up buying another books over and over again. This series seems to have mostly good reviews and an ex-senior of mine recommended it to me too, so I guess I should really read this series soon. And Panic.

3. James Dashner
The movie's coming out soon and I haven't read The Maze Runner. Some of my classmates have read it, and when I asked one of them "how was it?" she answered with: "the story's good, but I do not like the writing." Turns out I didn't read it till now. I'm interested with the plot (looking forward to watch the movie!) and The Eye of Minds caught my attention. I almost bought it, though.

4. Tahereh Mafi
Ignite Me is out already and I have not read Shatter Me until this very moment. I almost bought Shatter Me from the bookstore and instead I bought a Korean chick-lit (I know, I know) and since then I haven't saw Shatter Me again.

5. Cassandra Clare
Basically The Mortal Instruments and The Infernal Devices got my interest, but the thought that I have to read 6 books for TMI make me re-consider it. Twice, or thrice, I almost bought City of Bones. Almost.
6. J.R.R Tolkien
Didn't read (and watch) LOTR & The Hobbit, yet these series are so popular yo. I once read LOTR's back synopsis from my friend's book and I'm not interested to read it. (sorry not sorry)

7. Markus Zusak
The Book Thief's quotes all over tumblr. Yet I haven't read the book. I almost pick this book from the bookstore (...again), I have a thing for history and I might love historical fiction books, but yeah.

8. Stephen Chbosky
The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a hype! Yeah I know. But I haven't read the book and also haven't watched the movie (shame on me). I want to buy the book (preferably the one with the handwriting cover or whatever you call it) but till now..well.. I almost read it on e-book but, almost is never enough..

9. Stephanie Perkins
Perkins' books titles are so nice omg and the cover!! Recently read one of my friend's review of Anna and the French Kiss and it just make me want to read her works more and more. I saw a copy (or so, I forgot) of AATFK in the bookstore and I didn't bought it!! Ahhhhh. (no probs tho I didn't bring enough money to buy it at that time)

10. Kiera Cass
The One is to be released this May, am I right? I almost bought (I felt sorry for you guys hearing me saying this over and over again) The Selection and The Elite, oh I swear, and the cover's so nice I'm not lying.

(Crediting Nad for the pictures)

Friday, 7 March 2014

Athena: Eureka by Erlin Natawiria

Friday, 7 March 2014

"Pembaca tersayang,

Langkahkan kakimu ke kota sang dewi kebijaksanaan, Athena. Dari penulis debut Gagasmedia, Erlin Natawiria, kita akan mengikuti Widha mewujudkan impian masa kecilnya serta mendiang kakaknya yang kembar.

Satu insiden kecil di losmen mempertemukan Widha dengan Nathan. Mereka menjadi rekan seperjalanan; menyusuri Agora, Plaka, lalu ikut larut dalam keriaan sepasang pengantin baru di Rafina. Rasa bertumbuh seiring kaki-kaki mereka melangkah, dan binar tepercik setiap kali keduanya berserobok pandang.

Namun, di sebuah kios buku kuno di Monastiraki, Widha melihat hantu masa lalunya. Seseorang yang tidak seharusnya hadir di kota impiannya. Sosok yang gagal dia lupakan.

Setiap tempat punya cerita,

Di antara puing-puing kuil Parthenon, ada reruntuhan hati yang siap dibangun kembali.

Salam,

Editor"

Widha adalah seorang mahasiswa under-graduate di suatu universitas di Bandung yang sekaligus merupakan seorang jurnalis koran kampusnya. Ia bertemu dengan idolanya, yang secara tidak langsung memberi petunjuk tentang keberadaan seseorang di masa lalunya, dan mengantarkannya berpetualang sampai ke Athena, Yunani. Ia sangat menyukai segala hal tentang negara ini dan selain untuk menemukan hantu masa lalunya, Widha juga sekaligus mewujudkan impian mendiang kakaknya yang kembar.

Di Athena jugalah Widha bertemu dengan Nathan, seorang berkebangsaan Australia yang sedang berlibur di Athena, melarikan diri lebih tepatnya, dan menjadi partner wisata Widha di Athena.

Awal buku ini...ngebosenin. Terlalu banyak detail yang menurutku ga perlu. Sampai pertengahan malah. Di sinopsis ditulis: "Satu insiden kecil di losmen mempertemukan Widha dengan Nathan";
"Namun, di sebuah kios buku kuno di Monastiraki, Widha melihat hantu masa lalunya. Seseorang yang tidak seharusnya hadir di kota impiannya. Sosok yang gagal dia lupakan." 2 penggalan dari sinopsis buku ini, untukku, berkesan bahwa konflik tersebut bakalan bikin aku nge-feel, bikin aku lebih bisa kenal sama tokoh-tokoh di buku ini, tapi kenyataannya di dalam novel dua konflik ini ga bikin aku nge-feel. Di sinopsis belakang kesannya dua hal tersebut merupakan hal major, tetapi nyatanya menurutku tidak, semacam hanya kejadian lewat saja. Masalah antara Widha dan Nathan di bagian mau akhir cerita menurutku kurang jelas, mereka lagi mempersalahin apa.

Walaupun begitu, disini kita serasa benar-benar jalan di Athena. Aku suka melihat Widha dan Nathan berinteraksi, walaupun cuma hal kecil seperti kebiasaan Nathan menarik sebelah earphone Widha. Kadang percakapan beberapa tokoh agak memaksakan juga.

Ending buku ini: ga terduga. Ga terduga dalam arti event yang sedang berlangsung, ini tuh lagi event apa. Aku kira ini tuh lagi event ini, tapi ternyata event itu. Kalau endingnya sih sudah ketauan, siapa berakhir dengan siapa. Endingnya ga mengecewakan, sweet malah.

I've finished this book since March 1st and I just have the time to make the review now. First, try out kota. Second, my phone's keypad is a little bit error, so I can't comfortably write my review (and do other things like before) Bought this in Gramedia last December, and the cover's so nice.

2.5/5 stars.

Saturday, 1 March 2014

January-February Book Haul

Saturday, 1 March 2014
Hello, and welcome to my January and February Book Haul! I decided to haul these books together because I didn't buy much books on January. So, here are they:

 1. Mark of Athena (Heroes of Olympus #3 by Rick Riordan)
 My own copy of Mark of Athena, finally. I bought this book in Periplus.com where at that time they're having a 20% sale on Rick's books (well, some), and I thought, why not. I bought this for less than IDR100.000 I'm so happy.
  
2. The Red Pyramid (Kane Chronicles #1) by Rick Riordan
I've read this book in Indonesian, it was my friend's, and I loved this book. I've been wanting to continue this series, read this in English, grab my own copy of this book, and voila!

3. The Throne of Fire (Kane Chronicles #2) by Rick Riordan

4. The Serpent's Shadow (Kane Chronicles #3) by Rick Riordan

In case you're wondering, yes, I bought the Kane Chronicles' boxset. And all of the books above, except number 1, I bought this in Books&Beyond. I've read MoA and I liked it better rather than my first read on May 2013. And it's probably one of my favorite in the series. As for the Kane Chronicles books, they're still laying on my to-read pile of books

I'm going to have Try Out Kota this Monday till Thursday (wish me luck!) and I guess Athena: Eureka (review to come!) is my last read book before it's held. So that's all for these past two months book haul, and see you soon!
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