[Manga Review] Song of the Sky - Kozue Amano

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Title: Song of the Sky
Mangaka: Kozue Amano
Publisher: m&c!
Publication year: 2011
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Dian Indrinuswati

Song of the Sky is the second short stories collection by Kozue Amano. In this manga, her artwork has improved a lot since World of Dreams. Her drawing style in this manga resembles her drawing style in Aria. She also brings out some stunning landscape artworks. Compared to World of Dreams, I like this collection a lot more.

[Manga Review] World of Dreams - Kozue Amano

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Title: World of Dreams
Mangaka: Kozue Amano
Publisher: m&c!
Publication year: 2011
Language: Bahasa Indonesia
Translator: Lidwina Leung

World of Dreams is a short stories collection by Kozue Amano. She’s known for her other work, Aria. This collection consists of her works from way before Aria though. It’s noticeable that the artwork or the drawing style in this manga is different from the drawing style in Aria. I think the artwork in Aria is stunning, especially the landscape. But I didn’t see much of it in this collection.

[Review + BBI Secret Santa 2014] The Time Keeper - Mitch Albom


Title of Book : The Time Keeper (Sang Penjaga Waktu)
Author : Mitch Albom
Publisher : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Dari penulis yang telah menginspirasi jutaan orang di seluruh dunia dengan buku-bukunya, Tuesday with Morrie, dan The Five People You Meet in Heaven,kini hadir dengan novel terbarunya, The Time Keeper—fabel tentang manusia pertama yang menghitung waktu di bumi. Orang yang kelak menjadi sang Penjaga Waktu. Dialah pencipta jam pertama di dunia. Dia dihukum karena mencoba mengukur anugerah terbesar dari Tuhan, diasingkan ke dalam gua hingga berabad-abad dan dipaksa mendengarkan suara orang-orang yang minta diberi lebih banyak waktu. Lalu dia kembali ke dunia kita, dengan membawa jam pasir ajaib dan sebuah misi: menebus kesalahannya dengan mempertemukan dua manusia di bumi, untuk mengajarkan makna waktu pada mereka.

[Review] Hercule Poirot's Christmas - Agatha Christie

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Title of Book : Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (Pembunuhan di Malam Natal)
Author : Agatha Christie
Publisher : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama

"Laki-laki tua yang lemah seperti ini, begitu kurus, kering tetapi dalam kematiannya begitu banyak darah…" Suara Hercule Poirot menghilang. Si tua Simeon Lee mengundang seluruh keluarganya untuk bersama-sama merayakan Natal di Gorston Hall. Dia menciptakan hiburan bagi dirinya sendiri dengan mempermainkan nafsu serakah mereka. Permainan ini ternyata mengusik kekuatan dan nafsu terpendam yang akhirnya membawa kematiannya. Hercule Poirot menghadapi kasus pembunuhan yang direncanakan dengan sangat cermat dan dilaksanakan dengan brilian, tetapi... ada terlalu banyak darah!

[Review] My True Love Gave to Me - (edited by) Stephanie Perkins

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Title of Book : My True Love Gave to Me
Author : Stephanie Perkins (Editor), Holly Black, Ally Carter, Matt de la Pena, Gayle Forman, Jenny Han, David Levithan, Kelly Link , Myra McEntire, Rainbow Rowell, Laini Taylor, Kiersten White
Publisher : Macmillan Children's Books

On the first day of Christmas, my true love gave to me ...This beautiful collection features twelve gorgeously romantic stories set during the festive period, by some of the most talented and exciting YA authors writing today. The stories are filled with the magic of first love and the magic of the holidays.

Cool Bookish Podcasts Worth Listening to

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I’m developing a new habit recently, which is listening to podcast. It’s free, easy, and practical because I can get new information while I’m doing anything else. I can listen to podcast anytime and anywhere I like. I can stream each episode, or download it so I can listen to it later (in case I won’t have any internet connection). The type of information that I can listen to also varies since there’s already a lot of podcast providers that specialize in specific topic. So in this post, I wanna talk about that and share several podcasts that I’ve been listening to.

[Review] Dash & Lily's Book of Dares - David Levithan & Rachel Cohn

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Title of Book : Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares
Author : David Levithan & Rachel Cohn
Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers

“I’ve left some clues for you.
If you want them, turn the page.
If you don’t, put the book back on the shelf, please.”
So begins the latest whirlwind romance from the bestselling authors of Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist. Lily has left a red notebook full of challenges on a favorite bookstore shelf, waiting for just the right guy to come along and accept its dares. But is Dash that right guy? Or are Dash and Lily only destined to trade dares, dreams, and desires in the notebook they pass back and forth at locations across New York? Could their in-person selves possibly connect as well as their notebook versions? Or will they be a comic mismatch of disastrous proportions?
Rachel Cohn and David Levithan have written a love story that will have readers perusing bookstore shelves, looking and longing for a love (and a red notebook) of their own.

[Review] Gone Girl - Gillian Flynn

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Title of Book : Gone Girl
Author : Gillian Flynn
Publisher : Crown Publishing Group

On a warm summer morning in North Carthage, Missouri, it is Nick and Amy Dunne's fifth wedding anniversary. Presents are being wrapped and reservations are being made when Nick's clever and beautiful wife disappears from their rented McMansion on the Mississippi River. Husband-of-the-Year Nick isn't doing himself any favors with cringe-worthy daydreams about the slope and shape of his wife's head, but passages from Amy's diary reveal the alpha-girl perfectionist could have put anyone dangerously on edge. Under mounting pressure from the police and the media--as well as Amy's fiercely doting parents--the town golden boy parades an endless series of lies, deceits, and inappropriate behavior. Nick is oddly evasive, and he's definitely bitter--but is he really a killer? 
As the cops close in, every couple in town is soon wondering how well they know the one that they love. With his twin sister, Margo, at his side, Nick stands by his innocence. Trouble is, if Nick didn't do it, where is that beautiful wife? And what was in that silvery gift box hidden in the back of her bedroom closet?

[Review] Maybe Someday - Colleen Hoover

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Title of Book : Maybe Someday
Author : Colleen Hoover
Publisher : Atria Books

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance.
At twenty-two years old, aspiring musician Sydney Blake has a great life: She’s in college, working a steady job, in love with her wonderful boyfriend, Hunter, and rooming with her good friend, Tori. But everything changes when she discovers Hunter cheating on her with Tori—and she is left trying to decide what to do next.
Sydney becomes captivated by her mysterious neighbor, Ridge Lawson. She can’t take her eyes off him or stop listening to the daily guitar playing he does out on his balcony. She can feel the harmony and vibrations in his music. And there’s something about Sydney that Ridge can’t ignore, either: He seems to have finally found his muse. When their inevitable encounter happens, they soon find themselves needing each other in more ways than one…
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Colleen Hoover, a passionate tale of friendship, betrayal, and romance—and the enchanting music that inspires one young woman to put her life back together.

[Review] Monster Squad: The Iron Golem - Christian Page

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Title of Book : Monster Squad: The Iron Golem
Author : Christian Page
Publisher : New Generation Publishing

Monsters. Mad Scientists. Danger.
Dark forces are converging on the sleepy town of Autumn’s Hallow. Monsters in the woods, mad scientists on the loose and sinister minions lurk. Four young friends must band together to uncover a secret plot that threatens them, the town they live in and the people they love. It’s up to Blaine Davis, Daschle Gaunt, Shelley Merry and Drake Harker, heirs to fantastic powers to stop an evil that threatens to consume the world. Can the Monster Squad thwart the evil Victor von Frankenstein in time? Find out in Book 1 of an exciting new series!
New Generation Publishing’s 2014 Children’s Book of the Year Award Winner

2015 Reading Challenges Sign Up Post


Reading challenges! yes, I love me some reading challenges! I'm aware that I failed last year's reading challenge. But I'm gonna do it this year anyway. Because participating in a reading challenge is one of the ways to push myself to read more.
 I've chosen several reading challenges that interest me and coherent with my reading resolutions. So here they are:

Favorite Books of 2014

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2014 has passed and it was a good reading year for me. I read quite a lot and some of them turn to be my favorites. So in this post, I want to show you my favorite books of 2014. These books don't necessarily published in 2014 but I read it in 2014. Also, the books in this list are in no particular order.

2014 Reading Challenges Wrap-Up Post

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Happy New Year everyone! I hope you had such a wonderful year. I had. So, okay, umm.. honestly I hesitated to write a reading challenge wrap-up post this year. Firstly, because the amount of reading challenges that I participated is not as many as I did in 2013. I only participated in two reading challenges. Second, because I fail. Badly. Horribly. I didn't read even one book required for a particular challenge. What a shame. I thought, the reason is because last year I had to finish my undergraduate thesis and then I had to deal with a lot of administration requirements to graduate. But the fact that I managed to pass my goodreads challenge makes me realize, maybe I'm that person who's easily distracted by another good book recommendations or I'm just a procrastinator.