The Classics Club Project – 20% to go!

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“A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.”
― Italo Calvino

On March 24, 2012 I started joining the most ambitious reading project ever—The Classics Club Project. At the beginning, I challenged myself to read 100 classics in 5 years, which meant I needed to read 20 books every year. Well, on the first two years I only managed to read 18 and 16 books, respectively, and the number declined significantly in the following two years to only 5 and 6 books.

Being aware of my own limitations, I made a huge cut in my Classics Club list—now it only contains 60 books. As of today, I have 12 books left to read (that’s the last 20% of the list) before the end date of this project: March 24, 2017.

Here are the books I plan to read to finish off the 5-year-long Classics Club Project, in no particular order:

  1. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde
  2. War and Peace – Leo Tolstoy
  3. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis
  4. The Diary of A Young Girl – Anne Frank
  5. Anne of Green Gables – L.M. Montgomery
  6. Villette – Charlotte Bronte
  7. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov
  8. Good Wives – Louisa May Alcott
  9. Rebecca – Daphne du Maurier
  10. The Moonstone – Wilkie Collins
  11. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest – Ken Kesey
  12. Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ – Lew Wallace

Alternatives, if I’m unable to finish any of the titles above:

  1. Book 3-7 from The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
  2. A play from Oscar Wilde (looks like it’s going to be An Ideal Husband)
  3. Mary Poppins – P.L. Travers

Of course the books on the above list are subject to change whenever I feel like it :D.

I will also read some Indonesian classics that I don’t include in the Classics Club list:

  1. Habis Gelap Terbitlah Terang (Dutch: Door Duisternis tot Licht) – Raden Adjeng Kartini – currently reading
  2. Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer
  3. Harimau! Harimau! – Mochtar Lubis

To see the books I have read and reviewed for The Classics Club Project, go to this post.

Now, I have a lot of books to read work to do! Wish me luck!

Reading Challenges 2015 – Part II

Masih dalam rangka ikutan reading challenges di tahun 2015, ternyata saya menemukan beberapa RC lagi yang cocok dengan daftar TBR saya tahun ini. Semoga dengan ikutan beberapa RC ini saya bisa kecipratan hadiahnya makin semangat membabat timbunan! 😀

nonfiction-reading-challenge-2015Yang pertama adalah Non Fiction Reading Challenge 2015 yang dihost oleh Lensa Buku. Asyiknya RC ini: tidak ada jumlah minimal buku yang harus dibaca, dan tema bebas selama masih masuk kategori nonfiksi.

Kebetulan saya berencana membaca 8 buku nonfiksi selama tahun 2015 (walau nggak janji akan menulis review untuk semuanya sih 😀 ), sebagai berikut:

  1. Unstoppable – Nick Vujicic
  2. The Last Emperor – Paul Kramer
  3. Sense & Sensuality – Ravi Zacharias
  4. Jesus Among Other Gods – Ravi Zacharias
  5. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner
  6. Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother – Amy Chua
  7. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank
  8. The Railway Man – Eric Lomax

Dari ke-8 buku diatas, saya menargetkan bisa menulis 5 review. Semoga tercapai!

APHRCMasih bau-bau non fiksi, begitu membaca tentang Asia Pacific History Reading Challenge 2015 yang dihost oleh Blog Buku Helvry, saya langsung tertarik untuk ikutan. Sama seperti Non Fiction RC, Asia Pacific History RC ini tidak mensyaratkan jumlah minimal buku yang harus dibaca & direview, dan untuk mengikuti RC ini juga boleh membaca memoar serta buku fiksi sejarah! Ada 3 buku yang akan saya baca untuk RC ini:

  1. The Last Emperor – Paul Kramer (nonfiksi)
  2. The Railway Man – Eric Lomax (nonfiksi)
  3. Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer (fiksi)

lucky-no15Lalu yang terakhir, adalah sebuah RC dengan 15 kategori seru, Lucky no. 15 Reading Challenge yang dihost oleh Books to Share. Ini kali pertama saya ikut RC ini. Berikut ini kategori-kategorinya:

  1. Chunky Brick: Dunia Sophie – Jostein Gaarder (800 halaman adalah bukti keseksian buku ini)
  2. Something New: Good Wives – Louisa May Alcott
  3. Something Borrowed: Iliad – Homer (pinjam dari Mbak Fanda)
  4. It’s Been There Forever: Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ – Lew Wallace
  5. Freebies Time: Amba – Laksmi Pamuntjak
  6. Bargain All The Way: Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother – Amy Chua (dibeli dengan harga Rp 20.000)
  7. Favorite Color: The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner (blue 🙂 )
  8. First Initial: The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (judulnya pun punya 2 huruf M)
  9. Super Series: Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer (Tetralogi Pulau Buru #1)
  10. Opposites Attract: The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (a VERY attractive opposite, indeed 😉 )
  11. Randomly Picked: no. 7 dari 25 buku yang ada di list TBR 2015, The Last Emperor – Paul Kramer
  12. Cover Lust: Little Women – Louisa May Alcott (nggak beli karena ini buku dari SS 2014, hope that’s okay) – REVIEW
  13. Who Are You Again?: The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver
  14. One Word Only!: Unstoppable – Nick Vujicic
  15. Dream Destination: The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (Yorkshire!!!) – READ

 Nah, kalau kamu juga berminat ikut reading challenges diatas, silakan klik langsung ke masing-masing blog yang menjadi host ya. Cheers!

Reading Challenges 2015

Setelah gagal total menyelesaikan hampir semua reading challenge yang diikuti di tahun 2014 (no wrap-up post, bikin malu soalnya 😛 ), tahun ini saya ingin mencoba lagi ikut beberapa reading challenge. Sebelumnya saya sudah menyusun daftar buku yang ingin dibaca tahun ini, lalu browsing reading challenges yang dihost teman-teman BBI, baru kemudian memutuskan mau ikut yang mana saja. Semoga dengan ikut reading challenges di tahun 2015 ini saya bisa kembali aktif baca dan blogging seperti dulu ya, karena denger-denger ada yang kangen sama postingan-postingan saya tuh. #geer #abaikan.

Langsung saja, berikut ini adalah daftar buku yang (hopefully) akan saya baca selama tahun 2015, kesemuanya diikutkan dalam Project Baca Buku Cetak yang dihost oleh Ren’s Little Corner:

pbbc2 FIKSI:

  1. Little Women – L.M. Alcott (ind)REVIEW
  2. Good Wives – L.M. Alcott (ind)
  3. Amba – Laksmi Pamuntjak (ind)
  4. Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer (ind)
  5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe (ind)
  6. Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky (ind) REVIEW
  7. The Murder of Roger Ackroyd – Agatha Christie (ind)
  8. Iliad – Homer (ind)
  9. Odyssey – Homer (ind)
  10. Dunia Sophie – Jostein Gaarder (ind)
  11. The Secret Garden – Frances Hodgson Burnett (eng) READ
  12. The Picture of Dorian Gray – Oscar Wilde (eng)
  13. The Screwtape Letters – C.S. Lewis (eng)
  14. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (eng)
  15. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (eng)
  16. The Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English – John Bunyan (eng)
  17. Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ – Lew Wallace (eng)

NON FIKSI:

  1. Unstoppable – Nick Vujicic (ind)
  2. The Last Emperor – Paul Kramer (ind)
  3. Sense & Sensuality – Ravi Zacharias (ind)
  4. Jesus Among Other Gods – Ravi Zacharias (ind)
  5. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner (ind)
  6. Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother – Amy Chua (ind)
  7. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (eng)
  8. The Railway Man – Eric Lomax (eng)

NARC 2015Dari ke-25 buku di atas, 15 buku saya ikutkan di New Authors Reading Challenge 2015 (Easy level), yang juga dihost oleh Ren’s Little Corner.

  1. Little Women – L.M. Alcott (ind)REVIEW
  2. Amba – Laksmi Pamuntjak (ind)
  3. Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer (ind)
  4. Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky (ind) REVIEW
  5. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe (ind)
  6. Iliad – Homer (ind)
  7. The Master and Margarita – Mikhail Bulgakov (eng)
  8. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver (eng)
  9. Ben-Hur: A Tale of The Christ – Lew Wallace (eng)
  10. The Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English – John Bunyan (eng)
  11. The Last Emperor – Paul Kramer (ind)
  12. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner (ind)
  13. Battle Hymn of Tiger Mother – Amy Chua (ind)
  14. The Diary of a Young Girl – Anne Frank (eng)
  15. The Railway Man – Eric Lomax (eng)

read big 2015Satu lagi, saya juga ikut Read Big Challenge 2015 yang tahun ini dihost oleh Mari Ngomongin Buku. Saya mengambil level Middleweight alias Kelas Menengah dengan 6 buku:

  1. Dunia Sophie – Jostein Gaarder, 800 hal
  2. Bumi Manusia – Pramoedya Ananta Toer, 535 hal
  3. Uncle Tom’s Cabin – Harriet Beecher Stowe, 612 hal
  4. Suite Francaise – Irene Nemirovsky, 642 hal READ
  5. The Geography of Bliss – Eric Weiner, 512 hal
  6. The Poisonwood Bible – Barbara Kingsolver, 546 hal

Sementara itu saja reading challenges yang saya ikuti di tahun 2015 (masih ada kemungkinan nambah, tapi semoga aja tidak sih 😀 ). Semoga tahun ini saya bisa menyelesaikan semuanya! Semangat! #gulunglenganbaju

My Personal Rereading Project

I’ve read most of the books below for the first time in Indonesian translation, and I want to reread them (in English) because of these reasons:

  • some of them are my all-time favorite books;
  • I want to “taste” some others in their original language; and
  • I simply want to give the book a second chance, since I didn’t get what the book was talking about when I read it for the first time.

I’m not setting a deadline for myself for rereading all these books, it could take 10 years or maybe even more. And there is also a huge possibility that this list could expand. But for now, here are the books I want to reread. Can you guess which ones are my favorites and which ones are the books I want to give a second chance? 😉

  1. Les Miserables by Victor Hugo
  2. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte – finished rereading on Aug 29, 2014
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  4. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett – finished rereading on Apr 17, 2015
  5. A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
  6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  7. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
  8. Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe
  9. Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
  10. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Wrap-Up Post for Read Big! Challenge

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Dari semua challenge yang saya ikuti tahun 2013 lalu, boleh dibilang challenge ini paling menantang. Karena cuma buku-buku yang punya halaman di atas 500 yang bisa diikutkan dalam challenge ini, dan bukunya harus buku fisik, nggak boleh ebook. Lumayan kan sambil menyelam minum air, sambil baca juga melatih kekuatan otot-otot lengan dan tangan. #heh. Dan juga, sang host udah mengatur “kelas-kelas yang dipertandingkan”. Coba kita lihat lagi kelas-kelas apa saja itu…

  1. Featherweight / Kelas Bulu: membaca 1 – 4 buku
  2. Middleweight / Kelas Menengah: membaca 5 – 8 buku
  3. Heavyweight / Kelas Berat: membaca > 8 buku

Lalu, saya termasuk kelas yang mana nih? Waktu awal ikut challenge ini sih saya berniat ikut kelas Heavyweight. Well, coba kita lihat buku-buku apa saja yang berhasil saya lahap untuk challenge ini.

  1. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens, 592 p [review]
  2. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling, 544 p [review]
  3. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling, 896 p [review]
  4. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling, 1200 p – Incredible Bulk! [review]
  5. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling, 816 p [review]
  6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling, 1008 p – Incredible Bulk! [review]
  7. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, 504 p
  8. Lust for Life by Irving Stone, 576 p

Dua buku yang terakhir belum saya tulis reviewnya sampai sekarang, huhuhu. Tapi bagaimanapun saya tetap masuk kelas Middleweight, kan? *wink-wink*Anyway, di timbunan saya masih banyak banget buku-buku bantal yang menunggu dilahap, so I guess the challenge will still go on for me.

Makasih buat Dessy @ Ngidam Buku udah ngehost challenge ini!

Wrap-Up Post for Back to the Classics Challenge 2013

Required Categories:

  1. A 19th Century Classic: Therese Raquin by Emile Zola (reviewed)
  2. A 20th Century Classic: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (reviewed)
  3. A Pre-18th or 18th Century Classic: Oedipus Rex by Sophocles (reviewed)
  4. A Classic that relates to the African-American Experience: –
  5. A Classic Adventure: The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (reviewed)
  6. A Classic that prominently features an Animal: Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White (read, but not yet reviewed)

Optional Categories:

A.  Re-read a Classic: –

B.  A Russian Classic: The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy (read, but not yet reviewed)

C.  A Classic Non-Fiction title:  –

D.  A Classic Children’s/Young Adult title: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (reviewed)

E.  Classic Short Stories >> A short stories collection by Guy de Maupassant (read, but not yet reviewed)

Wrap-Up of Reading Challenges 2013

Happy 2014!

If you are an active follower of reader of this blog, or you befriend me on Goodreads, Twitter or Facebook, then there’s a chance that you would know that 2013 was not too friendly for me in case of reading books. And at the beginning of the year I got overwhelmed too by joining too many reading challenges. No need to say that with my even tighter schedule during the year, I failed in most reading challenges I’ve joined in 2013. But, a wrap-up post must I make. I am writing this post with a promise to myself that I WON’T join too many reading challenges in 2014, and if I do join some I will try hard to complete them.

Here are the challenges I joined in 2013 and the books I managed to read for them. If I have written a review for the book then it should look like this : [Book Title] by [Author] (reviewed)

Goodreads 2013 Reading Challenge

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At the beginning of the year I set a target of 50 books to be read in 2013, but I changed it a couple of times throughout the year. The last time I changed my target, it was 35 books. Somehow I managed to read 39 books out of 35 (that’s 111% completed). Click the image above to see the books I have read in 2013. I’ve set a reading target of 40 books for 2014. I hope that I could manage to complete it well!

TBR Reading Challenge 2013 hosted by Roof Beam Reader

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  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain
  2. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas
  3. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Books on France 2013 hosted by Words and Peace

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Read: 4 out of 6 books, but only reviewed 3 books (67% read, 50% reviewed)

  1. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola (reviewed)
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (reviewed)
  3. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (reviewed)
  4. Guy de Maupassant’s short stories collection

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Fun Year Event with Children’s Literature hosted by Bacaan Bzee

Read: 10 out of 12 books, but only reviewed 3 books (83% read, 25% reviewed)

  1. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (reviewed)
  2. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (reviewed)
  3. Matilda by Roald Dahl (reviewed)
  4. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  5. The Yearling by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings
  6. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  7. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  8. Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  9. The Twenty-One Balloons by William Pene du Bois
  10. Because of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo

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Books in English 2013 hosted by Ketimbun Buku

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Read:  16 out of 12 books, but only reviewed 8 books (133% read, 67% reviewed)

  1. Our Town by Thornton Wilder (reviewed)
  2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (reviewed)
  3. Great Expectations by Charles Dickens (reviewed)
  4. The Three Musketeers by Alexandre Dumas (reviewed)
  5. The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon (reviewed)
  6. The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde (reviewed)
  7. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reviewed)
  8. Matilda by Roald Dahl (reviewed)
  9. Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
  10. The Kreutzer Sonata by Leo Tolstoy
  11. Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
  12. More Weird Things Customers Say in Bookshops by Jen Campbell
  13. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
  14. Revolting Rhymes by Roald Dahl
  15. Austenland by Shannon Hale
  16. Harry Potter Three Short Stories by Bruce T. Forbes

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What’s in a Name Challenge 2013 hosted by Ren’s Little Corner

Read: 16 out of 20 books, but only reviewed 13 books (80% read, 65% reviewed)

  1. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – Januari
  2. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – Februari
  3. Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – Maret
  4. Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – April
  5. Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – Mei
  6. Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – Juni
  7. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J.K. Rowling (reviewed) – Juli
  8. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain (reviewed) – Januari
  9. Therese Raquin by Emile Zola (reviewed) – Januari
  10. The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick (reviewed) – Februari
  11. Oidipus Sang Raja by Sophocles (reviewed) – Maret
  12. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald (reviewed) – Mei
  13. Matilda by Roald Dahl (reviewed) – Agustus
  14. Jody dan Anak Rusa (The Yearling) by Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings (Goodreads link) – Juni
  15. Austenland by Shannon Hale (Goodreads link) – Oktober
  16. Cecilia dan Malaikat Ariel (Through A Glass, Darkly) by Jostein Gaarder (Goodreads link) – Desember

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Finding New Authors 2013 hosted by Ren’s Little Corner

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Read 18 out of 20 books, but only reviewed 9 books (90% read, 45% reviewed)

  1. Emile Zola: Therese Raquin (reviewed) – Januari
  2. Ray Bradbury: Fahrenheit 451 (reviewed) – Januari
  3. Mark Twain: The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (reviewed) – Januari
  4. Brian Selznick: The Invention of Hugo Cabret (reviewed) – Februari
  5. Carlos Ruiz Zafon: The Shadow of the Wind (reviewed) – Maret
  6. Sophocles: Oedipus Rex (reviewed) – Maret
  7. F. Scott Fitzgerald: The Great Gatsby (reviewed) – Mei
  8. Roald Dahl: Matilda (reviewed) – Agustus
  9. E. B. White: Charlotte’s Web (Goodreads link) – Juni
  10. Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings: The Yearling (Goodreads link) – Juni
  11. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Hobbit (Goodreads link) – Juli
  12. Maggie Tiojakin: Selama Kita Tersesat di Luar Angkasa (Goodreads link) – Agustus
  13. Shel Silverstein: The Giving Tree (Goodreads link) – September
  14. Irving Stone: Lust for Life (Goodreads link) – Oktober
  15. Shannon Hale: Austenland (Goodreads link) – Oktober
  16. Anna Sewell: Black Beauty (Goodreads link) – Desember
  17. William Pène du Bois: The Twenty-One Baloons (Goodreads link) – Desember
  18. Guy de Maupassant: Cinta Sejati (Goodreads link) – Desember

2014 TBR Pile Challenge

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I know, I know. My 2013 TBR Pile Challenge was a total flop, and yet I am shameless enough to join in the 2014 TBR Pile Challenge. If you happen to be inquisitive, you will find that my 2014 list isn’t so different from my 2013 list.

In the past year I have gotten overwhelmed with reading challenges (I joined A TON of them and then I couldn’t keep up, my mistake), and the TBR Pile Challenge was one that got poorly neglected.

So here are the poor books that have been laying unread for another year, thanks to my swinging reading mood:

  1. Animal Farm by George Orwell (1945)
  2. One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey (1962)
  3. The Pilgrim’s Progress in Today’s English by John Bunyan (retold by James H. Thomas) (1971)
  4. The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank (1947
  5. The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1884)
  6. Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne (1873)
  7. The Help by Kathryn Stockett (2009)
  8. Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe (1852)
  9. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli (1531)
  10. Kenangan Cinta (Anton Chekhov’s Short Stories Collection)
  11. The Penderwicks on Gardam Street by Jeanne Birdsall (2008)
  12. The Penderwicks at Point Mouette by Jeanne Birdsall (2011)

Alternates:

  1. Swiss Family Robinson by Johann David Wyss (1812)
  2. The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne (1850)

Hopefully, I can finally conquer this TBR list throughout 2014!

Interested in joining? Head on to Adam’s blog for details.

Let’s Read Plays: Wrap-Up Post

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Dear me, 2013 have been a pretty bad year for me in the case of reading challenges and reading events.  Like for the Let’s Read Plays event, I have only been able to read and review 5 plays out of the supposedly 12. Well, at least through this event I finally became acquainted with Shakespeare, along with some other playwrights. Reading plays is fun and I intend to squeeze more of them in my future reading lists.

So here are the plays I managed to read and review.

November ’12 – Shakespeare Tragedy: Julius Caesar

December ’12 – Shakespeare Comedy: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

January ’13 – Freebie: Our Town, by Thornton Wilder

March ’13 – Greek: Oedipus Rex, by Sophocles

June ’13 – Oscar Wilde: The Importance of Being Earnest

And here are the monthly memes I participated in:

January ’13 – Stage/Film Adaptation: Twelfth Night, or What You Will

May ’13 – Music: The Importance of Being Earnest

From all the plays I’ve read, it was Our Town that moved me the most. It made me think again about how I use time as long as I lived. Did I let it pass away so quickly without realizing a meaning of every moment that’s happened? And then there was also The Importance of Being Earnest, that made me fall in love with Oscar Wilde’s wit.  I also loved the adaptation of The Importance of Being Earnest so much.

Thanks to Fanda and Dessy for hosting this event, also to Listra who hosted the monthly memes!

History Reading Challenge 2014

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“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana, 20th-century philosopher

 

History. Some people just can’t get enough of digging it. On the contrary, students get bored by it. History used to bore me too, until I discovered one wonderful thing called historical fiction. Surely, it is not enough. Historical fiction is meant to give emotion into a particular situation or chain of historical events. It is not meant for serious study in history.

So yes, I think it’s time to take my reading into a more serious level. I have some history books that I want to read next year, in participation of History Reading Challenge 2014:

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  1. Jerusalem: Kesucian, Konflik, dan Pengadilan Akhir by Trias Kuncahyono
  2. The Professor and the Madman by Simon Winchester
  3. The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli
  4. A Short History of the World by H.G. Wells

So I’m taking the Scholar level by planning to read at least 4 history books. The first two books are in Indonesian language and the rest are in English. I might add one or two books on Indonesian history later on, because honestly, the last time I learned about it was in high school and you can say that I’ve already forgotten all about it.

Care to join us on A Sail to the Past? Move on to Fanda’s blog for details.