[Review] Solanin - Inio Asano

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Title: Solanin
Volume: #1-#2
Mangaka: Inio Asano
Publisher: VIZ Media LLC
Publication year: 2008
Language: English
Pages: 424

Solanin is a drama/ slice of life manga about Meiko Inoue, a recent college graduates who works as an office lady. Her boyfriend, Naruo Taneda is a part-time illustrator. Because of money problem, the two decided to live together in an apartment. Meiko suddenly quits her job and encourages Naruo to follow his dream, which is to start a band. Then something happens to Naruo and that’s pretty much I can tell without spoiling anything.

[Review] The Walking Dead Volume 4 - 6

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Title: The Walking Dead Vol 4: The Heart’s Desire
Issues: #19-#24
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Charlie Adlard, Cliff Rathburn
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication year: 2009
Language: English
Pages: 136
Rating: 3/5

In this volume, the group is trying to settle down to live in the prison. Michonne is being introduced. She kind of starts a scandal here. She’s a badass, but has weird mysterious vibe surrounds her. Little known about her yet so I don’t know what to expect from her. Thank God Lori is not as annoying as before. Maybe because she doesn’t talk much in this volume. The pressure of being a leader of the group seems to get into Rick. He has a breakdown and the group decide to start a committee.
Life in prison looks promising. They even try to grow their food. I don’t know. This volume might be my least favorite of all I’ve read. There’s just too much drama involving sex. The cover of this volume should have given me a clue about what to expect though. Really hope the next volumes will be better than this one.

Top Seven Favorite Heroines


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is favorite heroines from books/movies/TV shows. Writing this post, I realized that I haven't read many books with heroines that I like. So I include my favorite heroines from TV shows because my second favorite thing to do is watching TV shows.

[Review] At First Sight - Nicholas Sparks

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Title of Book: At First Sight
Series: Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell #2
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Year: 2013
Language: English
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 349

There are a few things Jeremy Marsh was sure he'd never do: he'd never leave New York City; never give his heart away again after barely surviving one failed marriage; and, most of all, never become a parent. Now, Jeremy is living in the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, married to Lexie Darnell, the love of his life, and anticipating the birth of their daughter. But just as his life seems to be settling into a blissful pattern, an unsettling and mysterious message re-opens old wounds and sets off a chain of events that will forever change the course of this young couple's marriage.
Dramatic, heartbreaking and surprising, this is a story about the love between a man and a woman and between a parent and a child. More than that, it is a story that beautifully portrays how the same emotion that can break your heart is also the one that will ultimately heal it.
While the novel picks up the tale of Lexie Darnell and Jeremy Marsh that started in True Believer and will delight fans of that novel, it stands on its own as one of Nicholas Sparks's most deeply moving love stories.

[Review] True Believer - Nicholas Sparks

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Title of Book: True Believer
Series: Jeremy Marsh & Lexie Darnell #1
Author: Nicholas Sparks
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication Year: 2007
Language: English
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Pages: 465

Jeremy Marsh is the ultimate New Yorker: handsome, almost always dressed in black, and part of the media elite. An expert on debunking the supernatural with a regular column in "Scientific American," he's just made his first appearance on national TV. When he receives a letter from the tiny town of Boone Creek, North Carolina, about ghostly lights that appear in a legend-shrouded cemetery, he can't resist driving down to investigate. Here, in this tightly knit community, Lexie Darnell runs the town's library, just as her mother did before the accident that left Lexie an orphan. Disappointed by past relationships, including one that lured her away from home, she is sure of one thing: her future is in Boone Creek, close to her grandmother and all the other people she loves. Jeremy expects to spend a quick week in "the sticks" before speeding back to the city. But from the moment he sets eyes on Lexie, he is intrigued and attracted to this beautiful woman who speaks with a soft drawl and confounding honesty. And Lexie, while hesitating to trust this outsider, finds herself thinking of Jeremy more than she cares to admit. Now, if they are to be together, Jeremy Marsh must make a difficult choice: return to the life he knows, or do something he's never done before--take a giant leap of faith. A story about taking chances and following your heart, True Believer will make you, too, believe in the miracle of love.

Ten Book Related Problems I Have


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and The Bookish.

This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is an interesting one. I think it's therapeutic to admit that you have problems. So here are some book related problems that I have.

1. Matching edition (for book series). This also applies to the cover. I read not only English books. Sometimes I read the translated version (into Bahasa Indonesia) of books. If I own a translated version of a book in a series, then the rest must be in translated version too. Even if it means I have to wait for months or a year (translated version tends to be published later than the original). Except the publisher decided to stop translating the series. 
I used to collect the translated version of the first five books in the How to Train Your Dragon series. Then the publisher decided not to translate and publish the next books (I'm not sure if they're planning to because it's been YEARS since book six came out). I even sent an email to the publisher asking about this. They said they're evaluating the series. I don't know how it turns out because until now, I don't see any translated version of book six out in bookstores. So I sold+donated my translated copy and re-buy the entire series in English. Yep. That's how far I'll go to collect matching edition (and cover).

[Reviews] The Walking Dead Volume 1 - 3

Title: The Walking Dead Vol 1: Days Gone By
Issues: #1-#6
Writer: Robert Kirkman
Illustrator: Tony Moore
Publisher: Image Comics
Publication year: 2006
Language: English
Pages: 144
Rating: 5/5

The Walking Dead is the first zombie apocalyptic book/graphic novel that I ever read. I’ve seen the TV show and love it. I love that it’s not full action and only focus on the zombies and how the people survive. I was hesitant at first to start reading the graphic novel because I was afraid that it would ruin the TV show for me. I’m glad that I decided to pick this up. There are differences between the graphic novel and the show but it doesn’t really bother me. One of the differences is the fact that there is no Daryl in the graphic novel, which resulting in the differences in the plot. Daryl is actually my favorite character from the show, so it’s a bit of a downer for me. But that doesn’t make me not enjoying this graphic novel. I still love Rick and I still hate Shane. I think Shane is the one who’s being delusional and naïve. He thought that the zombie apocalypse won’t last long. He’s still bitter towards Rick and Gosh do I hate him. 

[Review] Murder on the Orient Express - Agatha Christie

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Title of Book: Murder on the Orient Express
Series: Hercule Poirot
Author: Agatha Christie
Publisher: Bantam Books
Publication Year: 1983
Language: English
Format: Digitalized book (borrowed from library)
Pages: 213

"The murderer is with us - on the train now..."
Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer.
Isolated by the storm and with a killer in their midst, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer amongst a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again...

[Review] The Tale of the Body Thief - Anne Rice

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Title of Book: The Tale of the Body Thief (Vampire Chronicles #4)
Author: Anne Rice
Publisher: Ballantine Books

For centuries, Lestat --- vampire-hero, enchanter, seducer of mortals --- has been a courted prince in the dark and flourishing universe of the living dead. Now Lestat is alone. And suddenly all his vampire rationale --- everything he has come to believe and feel safe with --- is called into question. In his overwhelming need to destroy his doubts and his loneliness, Lestat embarks on the most dangerous enterprise he has undertaken in all the danger-haunted years of his long existence ...

[Review] When Mystical Creatures Attack - Kathleen Founds

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Title of Book : When Mystical Creatures Attack
Author : Kathleen Founds
Publisher : University of Iowa Press
Publication year: 2014
Language: English
Format: Ebook

In When Mystical Creatures Attack!, Ms. Freedman’s high school English class writes essays in which mystical creatures resolve the greatest sociopolitical problems of our time. Students include Janice Gibbs, “a feral child with excessive eyeliner and an anti-authoritarian complex that would be interesting were it not so ill-informed,” and Cody Splunk, an aspiring writer working on a time machine. Following a nervous breakdown, Ms. Freedman corresponds with Janice and Cody from an insane asylum run on the capitalist model of cognitive-behavioral therapy, where inmates practice water aerobics to rebuild their Psychiatric Credit Scores.
The lives of Janice, Cody, and Ms. Freedman are revealed through in-class essays, letters, therapeutic journal exercises, an advice column, a reality show television transcript, a diary, and a Methodist women’s fundraising cookbook. (Recipes include “Dark Night of the Soul Food,” “Render Unto Caesar Salad,” and “Valley of the Shadow of Death by Chocolate Cake.”) In “Virtue of the Month,” the ghost of Ms. Freedman’s mother argues that suicide is not a choice. In “The Un-Game,” Janice’s chain-smoking nursing home charge composes a dirty limerick. In “The Hall of Old-Testament Miracles,” wax figures of Bible characters come to life, hungry for Cody’s flesh.
Set against a South Texas landscape where cicadas hum and the air smells of taco stands and jasmine flowers, these stories range from laugh-out-loud funny to achingly poignant. This surreal, exuberant collection mines the dark recesses of the soul while illuminating the human heart.

Top Ten Fantasy Books I Want to Read


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Top Ten Fantasy Books I Want to Read

I love fantasy. It's been a while since I read fantasy books. That's why I'm planning to read more fantasy books this year. You could say that this list also works as my TBR list. Though I'm sure that I won't read some of these books this year.

Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare
I've had this book for a year now. Some bloggers and booktubers that I know have read this book (and the series, mind you) and they love it. They even said that they like this series more than The Mortal Instruments series.