4 star review, Book Reviews, Mark Manson, Non Fiction, Posts in English

The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

First of all, I love books that challenge my way of thinking. Books that make me stop and think: “What if I’ve been wrong all this time?” I don’t normally read self-help books but something (the title?) tells me that this book is different, so, mainly out of curiosity, I decided to read it. After… Continue reading The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck – Mark Manson

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3 star review, Anthology/Short Stories, Book Reviews, Historical Fiction, Petra Career Center, Posts in Indonesian

Kumcer “1 Negeri, 10 Kisah” – Petra Career Center

“Siapa bilang anak-anak muda kita masa bodoh dengan sejarah negeri sendiri?” Pertanyaan inilah yang dicoba untuk dijawab melalui kumpulan cerpen self-published bertajuk “1 Negeri, 10 Kisah” ini. Jujur, ketika ditawari mengulas buku ini, saya sempat ragu. Masalahnya, saya terbilang jarang membaca buku karya pengarang Indonesia – apalagi yang debutan. Namun ketika diberi tahu bahwa sejarah… Continue reading Kumcer “1 Negeri, 10 Kisah” – Petra Career Center

5 star review, Adult Fiction, Book Reviews, Carlos María Domínguez, Posts in Indonesian

Rumah Kertas – Carlos María Domínguez

Satu kata yang paling pas untuk menggambarkan novella yang hanya setebal 76 halaman ini adalah: Gila. Sinting. Edan. Crazy. Insane. Complete & utter madness. You name it lah... Buku ini memang tentang orang-orang yang gila. Lebih spesifik lagi; gila buku. Tentang para kolektor buku dan pelahap bacaan yang rakus, yang rela mengeluarkan uang yang tidak… Continue reading Rumah Kertas – Carlos María Domínguez

5 star review, Anthology/Short Stories, Book Reviews, Classic, Leo Tolstoy, Posts in Indonesian

How Much Land Does A Man Need? – Leo Tolstoy

Buku mungil ini adalah satu dari 80 (iya, DELAPAN PULUH!) buku yang diterbitkan di bawah label Penguin Little Black Classics. Ada 2 cerpen karya Tolstoy di dalamnya: How Much Land Does A Man Need? dan What Men Live By. How Much Land Does A Man Need? dibuka oleh percakapan dua orang saudari (satunya bersuamikan petani,… Continue reading How Much Land Does A Man Need? – Leo Tolstoy

Artikel Buku, Mini Reviews, Posting Bareng, Posts in Indonesian

Bacaan Liburan Campur Aduk a la Surgabukuku (dan Mini-Reviews)

Hola! Post ini dibuat dalam rangka ikutan event Posbar BBI bulan Juli 2016 dengan tema #BBIHoliday. Di bawah ini adalah daftar bacaan liburan (campur aduk) a la Surgabukuku. Kok campur aduk? Soalnya isinya buku dari macam-macam genre, mulai buku anak, kumpulan cerpen, kumpulan puisi, sampai sastra klasik. Ada 2 daftar dalam post ini, yang pertama… Continue reading Bacaan Liburan Campur Aduk a la Surgabukuku (dan Mini-Reviews)

5 star review, Book Reviews, Colouring books, Fantasy, Nicholas F. Chandrawienata, Posts in Indonesian

Coloring Book for Adults: FANTASIA – Nicholas F. Chandrawienata

Bukan untuk kali pertama saya menulis review buku mewarnai di blog ini, karena sebelumnya saya pernah mempost review Coloring Book for Adults: BATIK yang dihadiahkan oleh Secret Santa BBI pada akhir tahun 2015 yang lalu. Nah kali ini, saya ingin mereview buku mewarnai terbitan dalam negeri yang berjudul FANTASIA. Fantasia ini merupakan buku mewarnai favorit… Continue reading Coloring Book for Adults: FANTASIA – Nicholas F. Chandrawienata

3 star review, Book Reviews, Children's Literature, Classic, Fantasy, Lewis Carroll, Posts in English

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

It's strange that even though I have been familiar with the character Alice since childhood (thanks to Disney), I have never actually read the book. While both of the Disney adaptations—the old-school animation and the latest one—are weird, I think the book was even weirder! Curiouser and curiouser! Alice would say. Alice, a curious child… Continue reading Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – Lewis Carroll

4 star review, Adventure, Book Reviews, Classic, Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Humor & Comedy, Posts in English, William Goldman, Young-Adult

The Princess Bride – William Goldman

It comes to this: I was in need of a light read after spending one and a half month preparing for IELTS. I don’t know exactly why I chose this book—maybe because I suddenly remember my history with The Princess Bride. I first bought The Princess Bride on impulse. The truth is I don’t like… Continue reading The Princess Bride – William Goldman

4 star review, Book Reviews, Colouring books, Posts in Indonesian, Yulianto Qin

Coloring Book for Adults: BATIK – Yulianto Qin, dan Tebak Secret Santa BBI 2015

Di bulan-bulan terakhir tahun 2015 saya mulai menekuni hobi baru: mewarnai. Semua bermula pada saat saya beruntung memenangkan buku mewarnai My Own World di blog Ren. Setelah itu baru bermunculan buku-buku mewarnai dari penerbit-penerbit lain. Saat Penerbit Gramedia meluncurkan beberapa buku mewarnai, termasuk diantaranya BALI dan menyusul kemudian BATIK, saya memutuskan harus punya keduanya. Alasannya… Continue reading Coloring Book for Adults: BATIK – Yulianto Qin, dan Tebak Secret Santa BBI 2015

5 star review, Adult Fiction, Anthony Doerr, Book Reviews, Historical Fiction, Posts in English

All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr

What to expect when you read a historical novel set in wartime? A display of brutality, a spectacle of bravery or cowardice or both, an atmosphere terrorized by bombs and soldiers, and, inevitably, tragic deaths, traumatized survivors. It would be stupid to expect a happy ending from a historical novel set in wartime. But All the Light We Cannot See is unlike any war-themed historical novels I have read. Some books focus on the relationships (which usually make the tragedy even more depressing), some others on the desperate efforts the characters were making an attempt to get out of a situation, and some books reveal the reality of man when faced with fire; the worst and the best. This book combines all that, and more.