2013 Reading Challenge Wrap-up Post


Finally, 2013 is coming to an end and I've been having so much fun this year. I started blogging actively and participating in several reading challenges for the first time. So here's the wrap up of reading challenges I joined in the year of 2013.

[Review] Gucci Girls - Jasmine Oliver

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Title of Book : Gucci Girls (Project Fashion #1)
Author : Jasmine Oliver
Publisher : Simon Pulse

"Meet this season's hottest fashion First Years: "Marina idolizes Marilyn Monroe. A blonde bombshell herself, the guys all want Marina. But she wants the one she can't have. When not writing on her fashion blog, she's designing vintage-inspired pieces.
Frankie's dark hair and long legs make her look like she just stepped off a runway. Oblivious to her looks, her true passion is designing funky jewelry.
Sinead's edgy style incorporates looks from every designer, thanks to her mom's connections. Of course, that comes with a price: Sinead's mother owns the flat the girls live in. And now, she wants to sell it....
Fashion school brought them together.
All the drama has made them inseparable.

[Review] The Vincent Boys - Abbi Glines

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Title of Book : The Vincent Boys (Vincent Boys #1)
Author : Abbi Glines
Publisher : Simon Pulse

Ashton is getting tired of being good, of impressing her parents and playing ideal girlfriend to Sawyer Vincent. Sawyer is perfect, a regular Prince Charming, but when he leaves town for the summer, it’s his cousin Beau who catches Ashton’s eye. Beau is the sexiest guy she’s ever seen, and even though he’s dangerous, Ashton is drawn to him.
Beau loves his cousin like a brother, so the last thing he wants to do is make a move on Sawyer’s girl. Ashton is off-limits, absolutely. That’s why he does his best to keep his distance, even though he’s been in love with her forever. When Ashton wants to rekindle their childhood friendship in Sawyer’s absence, Beau knows he should say no.
Ashton and Beau don’t want to hurt Sawyer. But the more they try to stay away from each other, the more intense their urges become. It’s getting way too hard to resist....

[Review] The Vincent Brothers - Abbi Glines

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Title of Book : The Vincent Brothers (Vincent Boys #2)
Author : Abbi Glines
Publisher : Simon Pulse

Getting a boy to fall head-over-heels in love with you isn’t easy. Especially when he’s been in love with your cousin for as long as you can remember.
Lana has lived her life in her cousin’s shadow. Ashton always made perfect grades, had tons of friends, and looks model-perfect. And she’s always had Sawyer Vincent—the only boy Lana’s ever wanted—wrapped around her finger. But now things are different. Lana has a chance to make Sawyer see her, and she’s taking it. If only he’d get over Ashton—because Lana is sick of second-best.
Sawyer’s heart is broken. He’s lost his best girl to his best friend. And then Lana comes to town. Ashton’s cousin has always been sweet and soft-spoken, but now she’s drop-dead gorgeous as well. Sawyer doesn’t know if Lana can heal his broken heart, but spending time with her might at least make Ashton jealous.
What starts as a carefree fling becomes a lusty game of seduction. Sawyer and Lana may have different motives, but their scintillating hookups are the same kind of steamy. . . .

[Review] A Little Princess - Frances Burnett

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Title of Book : A Little Princess
Author : Frances Burnett
Publisher : Penguin classics

Sara Crewe, an exceptionally intelligent and imaginative student at Miss Minchin's Select Seminary for Young Ladies, is devastated when her adored, indulgent father dies. Now penniless and banished to a room in the attic, Sara is demeaned, abused, and forced to work as a servant. How this resourceful girl's fortunes change again is at the center of A Little Princess, one of the best-loved stories in all of children's literature.
This unique and fully annotated edition appends excerpts from Frances Hodgson Burnett's original 1888 novella Sara Crewe and the stage play that preceded the novel, as well as an early story, "Behind the White Brick," allowing readers to see how A Little Princess evolved. In his delightful introduction, U. C. Knoepflmacher considers the fairy-tale allusions and literary touchstones that place the book among the major works of Victorian literature, and shows it to be an exceptionally rich and resonant novel.

BBI Secret Santa 2013 Post!


Hai! Hai! Hai!
I haven't been posting anything on this blog until now and guess what? today is Secret Santa post time!
Seneng banget akhirnya bisa nyempetin waktu buat posting lagi.
Jadi, Secret Santa adalah event tahunan yang diadakan oleh BBI dimana member yang berpartisipasi saling memberi hadiah (buku tentunya) tanpa yang dikirimi tahu siapa pengirimnya. Ini pertama kalinya saya ikut, so I'm excited about this. Saya sudah ngasi #kode ke santa di rak dear-santa di akun goodreads saya. Saya termasuk terlambat ngupdate #kode juga sih, maaf ya santa. Anyway, waktu dikasi tau adek ada paket dari santa di rumah langsung ngga sabar mau cepet-cepet pulang. Daaaan isi paketnya adalah ... 

November Wrap-Up 2013

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Hey! November ends so hello December! wow it's almost new year. This month I don't read books as many as October's read. Probably because I spent my time watching movies when I'm not having class or doing college assignments.

[Review] Girl in The Mirror - Cecelia Ahern

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Title of Book : Girl in the Mirror
Author : Cecelia Ahern
Publisher : Harper

Two powerful and unforgettable stories from the Number One bestselling author
Girl in the Mirror
Lila knows how lucky she is to have found the man of her dreams. But when a secret from her family's past comes to light on her wedding day, her destiny changes in the most unexpected of ways ...
The Memory Maker
They say you never forget your first love. But what happens when those cherished memories start to fade? Some people would do anything to hold on to the past and, for one heartbroken man, that means finding a way to relive those precious moments ...

[Review] A Dark Night's Work - Elizabeth Gaskell

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Title of Book : A Dark Night’s Work
Author : Elizabeth Gaskell
Publisher : eshelfbooks

A DARK NIGHT'S WORK, a short fiction novel, was written by Elizabeth Gaskell in 1863.

[Review] The Best of Me - Nicholas Sparks

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Title of Book : The Best of Me
Author : Nicholas Sparks
Publisher : Grand Central Publishing

"Everyone wanted to believe that endless love was possible. She'd believed in it once, too, back when she was eighteen."
In the spring of 1984, high school students Amanda Collier and Dawson Cole fell deeply, irrevocably in love. Though they were from opposite sides of the tracks, their love for one another seemed to defy the realities of life in the small town of Oriental, North Carolina. But as the summer of their senior year came to a close, unforeseen events would tear the young couple apart, setting them on radically divergent paths.
Now, twenty-five years later, Amanda and Dawson are summoned back to Oriental for the funeral of Tuck Hostetler, the mentor who once gave shelter to their high school romance. Neither has lived the life they imagined . . . and neither can forget the passionate first love that forever changed their lives. As Amanda and Dawson carry out the instructions Tuck left behind for them, they realize that everything they thought they knew -- about Tuck, about themselves, and about the dreams they held dear -- was not as it seemed. Forced to confront painful memories, the two former lovers will discover undeniable truths about the choices they have made. And in the course of a single, searing weekend, they will ask of the living, and the dead: Can love truly rewrite the past?

Feature & Follow Friday (22 Nov2013)

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[Review] Oh to Grace - Abby Rosser

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Title of Book : Oh to Grace
Author : Abby Rosser
Publisher : Vision Quest
Published date : 28 May 2013

Oh to Grace is a marvel-a book that will appeal to fans of many genres of fiction. Here, you'll read several love stories intertwined across the decades, some tragic and some humorous. You'll find action and suspense, as you're transported to Prohibition-era Chicago and its nefarious characters. There is the heartbreak and tenderness of a family drama, with births and deaths and complex relationships. Finally, you'll enjoy plenty of rustic flavor as you're immersed in the rural Tennessee world of the Watson family as they struggle to face life's challenges with grace. All of this is written in a fresh and exciting new voice in fiction, with page-turning readability. -Jan Ackerson, Editor

Wishful Wednesday [10]

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Selamat hari Rabu! Selamat ulang tahun juga buat mbak Astrid! Buku untuk Wishful Wednesday minggu ini adalah :

WWW Wednesday (20 November 2013)

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Hello! It's Wednesday again. WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading ?

I'm reading A Dark Night's Work by Elizabeth Gaskell. It's a novella and short, but I get a lil bored by it.

[Review] The Last Juror (Anggota Juri Terakhir) - John Grisham

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Title of Book : The Last Juror (Anggota Juri Terakhir)
Author : John Grisham
Publisher : PT Gramedia Pustaka Utama

Pada 1970, salah satu koran mingguan Mississippi, The Ford County Times, bangkrut. Banyak orang terkejut dan cemas, karena kepemilikan koran itu diambil alih oleh Willie Traynor, mahasiswa dropout berumur 23 tahun. Masa depan koran itu kelihatannya suram, hingga ada ibu muda diperkosa dan dibunuh secara keji oleh anggota keluarga Padgitt yang terkenal.
Si tersangka, Danny Padgitt, diadili di gedung pengadilan yang penuh sesak penonton di Clanton, Mississippi. Sidang itu berakhir dengan menyentak dan dramatis ketika si tersangka mengancam akan membalas dendam pada para anggota juri jika mereka menjatuhkan hukuman padanya. Meskipun begitu, mereka menyatakan ia bersalah dan dijatuhi hukuman seumur hidup di penjara.
Namun, di Mississippi pada 1970, "seumur hidup" tidak selalu berarti "seumur hidup". Sembilan tahun kemudian Danny Padgitt berhasil mendapatkan pembebasan bersyarat. Ia kembali ke Ford County dan pembalasan dendam pun dimulai.

WWW Wednesday (13 November 2013)

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Hello! It's Wednesday again. WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading ?

I'm reading The Best of Me by Nicholas Sparks. Dawson and Amanda are just ... oh, my, God. I have a few pages left, can't wait to read how it ends. 

[Mini Review] I Am Pusheen The Cat - Claire Belton

Title of Book : I Am Pusheen The Cat
Author : Claire Belton
Publisher : Touchstone
Published date : 29 October 2013

This collection of oh-so-cute kitty comics—an online cult phenomenon, now for the first time in an adorable gift book—Pusheen combines the online reach of The Oatmeal’s How to Tell if Your Cat Is Plotting to Kill You with the super-sweet appeal of Hello Kitty.With more than 2 million page views a month, 500,000+ blog subscribers, and 500,000+ Facebook followers, Pusheen is a pleasantly tubby gray tabby cat who has warmed hearts and tickled funny bones of millions worldwide with her signature GIF animated bops, bounces, and tail wiggles. Now, Pusheen is ready to make the leap from digital to print with her first comic collection!
I Am Pusheen the Cat features some of the most popular comics from the website, including Reasons I Love Fall, Career Options for Your Cat, and Christmas To Do List, as well as a healthy serving (at least 25 percent) of never-before-seen material that is sure to delight Pusheen’s many dedicated fans.

[Review] Sia - Josh Grayson

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Title of Book : Sia
Author : Josh Grayson
Publisher : self-published
Published date : 20 November 2013

When seventeen-year-old Sia wakes up on a park bench, she has no idea who or where she is. Yet after a week of being homeless, she’s reunited with her family. At school, she’s powerful and popular. At home, she’s wealthy beyond her dreams. But she quickly realizes her perfect life is a lie. Her family is falling apart and her friends are snobby, cruel and plastic. Worse yet, she discovers she was the cruelest one. Mortified by her past, she embarks on a journey of redemption and falls for Kyle, the “geek” she once tormented. Yet all the time she wonders if, when her memories return, she’ll become the bully she was before…and if she’ll lose Kyle.

WWW Wednesday (6 November 2013)

It's Wednesday again and this week I make it! I could do a WWW post this week! WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading ?

I'm reading Oh to Grace by Abby Rosser. Slow progress, I know. I'm so caught up with finishing my internship report and final project proposals for college. Really hope I could finish reading Oh to Grace this week.

Wishful Wednesday [9]

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Yippi! minggu ini sempet ikutan wishful wednesday lagi. Buku untuk Wishful Wednesday minggu ini adalah :

[Review] The Vampire Lestat - Anne Rice

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Title of Book : The Vampire Lestat (The Vampire Chronicles #2)
Author : Anne Rice
Publisher : Ballantine Books
Lestat. The vampire hero of Anne Rice’s enthralling novel is a creature of the darkest and richest imagination. Once an aristocrat in the heady days of pre-revolutionary France, now a rock star in the demonic, shimmering 1980s, he rushes through the centuries in search of others like him, seeking answers to the mystery of his eternal, terrifying existence. His is a mesmerizing story–passionate, complex, and thrilling.

October Wrap-Up 2013

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Goodbye October the month of horror! I didn't post many reviews this October but surprisingly I did more reading than September. I read 9 books! Anyway, I'm sorry for the late wrap-up post. So, here's the books I read in the month of October :

WWW Wednesday (29 October 2013)

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Hey! these past few days I've been busy doing stuffs from college and I'm sooo exhausted. I didn't get much reading done so my progress is slow. Anyway, WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading.

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading ?

I'm reading Oh to Grace by Abby Rosser and I Am Pusheen The Cat by Claire Belton! yes, I'm still reading Pusheen because she's so entertaining and helps me through my hellish life at campus.

[Review] The Ghost - Arnold Bennett

Title of Book : The Ghost
Author : Arnold Bennett
Publisher : Nonsuch Publishing

First published in 1907, The Ghost was the first of many "fantasias on modern times" written by Arnold Bennett. These illustrated his ability to produce not only realistic novels, perfected in his portrayals of provincial English life set in the Staffordshire scenery of his childhood, but also more sensational stories, written after his move to London where he developed a far more cosmopolitan interest. A supernatural story, The Ghost tells the tale of a beautiful opera star, Rosetta Rosa, whose beauty seems to cast a spell upon all those who meet her. When Carl Foster, a young doctor, sees Rosa at a London opera, and is instantly captivated, he soon finds himself plagued by mysterious happenings, and begins to see a malignant, spectral figure everywhere he turns. When another man enraptured by Rosa mysteriously dies, Carl begins to wonder whether loving her could bring with it a deadly curse. Moving between London and Paris, this fast-paced story draws the reader into a ghostly world of twists, turns, drama, and suspense.

WWW Wednesday (23 October 2013)

Hi people, welcome back to WWW Wednesday. WWW Wednesday is a bookish meme hosted by Should Be Reading. Without further ado, let's get started!

To play along, just answer the following three (3) questions…
• What are you currently reading?
• What did you recently finish reading?
• What do you think you’ll read next?

What are you currently reading ?

I'm currently reading The Vow by Jessica Martinez on pulseit.com and I Am Pusheen The Cat by Claire Belton. I'm not sure if I could continue reading The Vow because my internet connection is pathetic. As for the Pusheen book, I don't know if I could ever stop reading this book because this book is super cute and funny. I've read it three times already. yes. three.