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I'm a girl who reads and have too many books. You’ll know that I do because I will always have an unread book in my bag and my shelves. A girl who spends her money on books instead of clothes. A girl who has a list of books she wants to read.

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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

[Book Review] Rumor Has It

Rumor Has It  by Jill Mansel
3.79/ 5 (7953 ratings)

Publisher: Elex Media
Release Date: 29 May 2013
Format: Paperback, 468 pages
Source: Gramedia Pondok Gede, 20% discount
Genre: Contemporary Romance

Akankah kau tergoda? Tilly Cole, yang baru saja putus cinta, menerima begitu saja sebuah pekerjaan di kota kecil sebagai "Asisten". Pekerjaan yang menyenangkan, di rumah pedesaan, awal yang baru, kenapa tidak? Tapi tidak lama ia mendapati dirinya masuk ke dalam komunitas yang penuh gosip, intrik dan persaingan ketat memperebutkan pria lajang yang paling diincar di kota itu - Jack Lucas.

Gosip mengenai petualangan cinta Jack "yang suka mencintai wanita lalu meninggalkannya" itu sudah tersebar luas, dan Tilly memutuskan untuk bersikap dewasa dan bijak . . . yaitu menghindari Jack sebisa mungkin. Tapi semakin lama Tilly menghabiskan waktu bersama Jack, gosip itu terasa semakin tidak masuk akal. Tilly tidak tahu harus percaya yang mana . . . dan Jack tidak mau membicarakannya.

Buy this book on : BukuKita

I thought I started to like Contemporary Romance. I bought this book because of the genre, the publisher, the discount, and mostly because of the cover. I love that cover!

Like any other young adult-romance, the story still rolles between the romance of the characters. I added one thumb for Rumor Has It because however, the story is not like any other chicklit or contemporary romance that I’ve read. The romance story is not as low self-esteem as another book in a same genre.

I like Tilly, because she shows as a normal girl, with a normal nervous-ness and a mid self-esteem. She isn’t funnier than Sophie Kinsella’s character like Becky Bloomwood, but that is what makes the story was enjoyable to read. 

At first, from the synopsis and the title, I thought the book would be full of socialite’s life and rumours spreading. But let me tell you, the book is just about finding relationships and trusts. There are some characters that lead a single major story, eventhough Tally and Jack take the most part and of course they are my favorite part. 

Overall, the translation is good and no typo, and enjoyable to read for Young Adult genre’s fan. Not so impressing, there aren’t anything strong about the characters, settings, or plots. But it’s good to read.

My Rating :

3.5 stars - This book was OK, read it if sounds good to you

Wishful Wednesday {1}

Okay, so this is my first time joining Wishful Wednesday, but actually I have written all the books that I want to read in spreadsheet. Now I’ll just put it in this post;

1. American Gods by Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is one of the most popular authors in the world, especially for mystery, children, and thriller books. The only book that I have and I have read is The Graveyard Book, which I think doesn’t really very interesting, but I like how he puts something different in his writings. American God is the best book came from him, and I like to read it to compare it with The Graveyard Book.

2. IQ84 (1&2) by Haruki Murakami
I start to like books written by another Asian, and Haruki Murakami’s book is a good choice. I read some news that his books always sold out after some hours after released.

3. North of Beautiful by Justina Chen
I like the books about teen real problems after I read The Perks of Being A Wallflower. This is one kind of it.

4. Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs
Have you ever take a glance about this book? If you did, you must know why I put this book on this list. If you see some pages of this book, you will see some scary pictures that related to the story. And I mean it- last night I got the ebook, and I was surprised to see the pictures. The pictures look real, with some white-and-black effect. I also put the second book, Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children #2) in my wishlist, but it won’t be published until next year.

5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro
I don’t know why, but I usually get wrong mention Kazuo Ishiguro’s book to Paulo Cuelho, and so do I mention Paulo Cuelho’s book title written by Kazuo Ishiguro. I only read their books once respectively (An Artist in A Floating World by Kazuo and The Alchemist by Paulo). I didn’t think that their books are similar but they have the same author image, in my perspective. Both of them are popular, have a lot of fans of their books. They both get a list on 1001 books you must read before you die. And they are both male (um.. okay).
I didn’t get too much impression from An Artist in A Floating World (same like The Alchemist by Paulo Cuelho), but I try to give another chance of his book (same like Paulo Cuelho). After some researches, I decided to take Never Let Me Go. The book have good rating on Goodreads, and has won Booker Prize Award Nominee in 2005 . The book has been filmed too, starring Andrew Garfield. Moreover, I think this book will be more value than the first one that I’ve read.

6.And The Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
I think everyone who really updated and loves book with a meaningful story wants this book. This book is almost in everyone’s wishlist.

7. Snow Flower and The Secret Fan by Lisa See
It’s because of Linda! I look at her Buying Monday’s post when she told that she bought this book. I got curious and searched about Lisa See, and when I read the synopsis, I think I’ll like the story. Thanks Linda, for making my wishlist longer! XD

Actually, there are some books that I want too, but I didn’t write it on this list. I think seven is just too much. XD
Want to join this meme? Join here at Perpus Kecil.
Want to buy me the book on the list? Do not hestitate, and thank you for giving.. and reading this post. xxx

Monday, August 26, 2013

Buying Monday (August)

What is Buying Monday all about?
Buying Monday is a Book Meme from The Black in The Book which contains you post a list of books you have bought or got in one month.
Go here to join.

The book list with price:

Buku-buku ini sebagian besar dapet dari sale atau secondhand. Tempatnya di Madiun, Blok M, dan beberapa forum online. Overall semuanya adalah buku-buku yang membuat saya sangat penasaran, seperti bukunya David Nicholls dan Victor Hugo (yang sudah difilmkan), Isabel Allende (yang ratingnya sangat bagus di Goodreads), Jennifer Egan (pemenang Pulitzer tahun lalu), dan Haruki Murakami, penulis Jepang yang bukunya banyak diberitakan laris manis.

The Perks of Being A Wallflower ini saya beli karena semenjak nonton filmnya (yang dibintangi Emma Watson & Logan Lerman), saya berhasrat untuk mengoleksi physical book-nya. Setelah mencari tanpa hasil di online store dengan harga yang saya inginkan, akhirnya saya beli buku ini dengan harga asli di Books & Beyond. Mahal sih, tapi worth it.

Total pendatang baru di rak bulan ini ada 31 buku, alhamdulillah..
Ada yang berniat pinjem? Contact aja ya.. :)

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Bookish Survey

Author you’ve read the most books from:
Between Sophie Kinsella and Meg Cabot. Meg Cabot is the first author whose her book was the first novel that I read, when I was about in Junior High School or Elementary School (I don’t count Goosebumps by R.L. Stine as a novel, but it’s a good book, too). Since then I keep collecting her books, so I have a lot of her books.

Best Sequel Ever:
I wish there are more than four books for Bartimaeus (Jonathan Stroud). I like Bartimaeus’ talking, he is sooo funny. That’s why I think Bartimaeus is much better than Harry Potter, in some way.

Currently Reading:
Silver Linings Playbook and The Inheritance of Loss. Yeah I read two books at the same time. I’m that kind of people who don’t really get distracted reading some stories at the same time. But actually I start reading two books at the same time when I have so much book to read and I can’t really wait for reading them. So I just take two books in my shelves that I want to read the most. I make sure there are only two books, because I had once trying to read three books at the same time, but I really got lost of the story when I switched the books I was reading.

Drink of Choice While Reading:
Anything exist.

E-reader of Physical Books?:
Physical books, of course. But actually since I had my own Galaxy Tab and found UB Reader, I started to collect ebooks. But I’m trying to find the physical books too.

Fictional Character You Probably Would Have Actually Dated In High School:
I don’t know. Because I don’t do dating.

Glad You Gave This Book A Chance:
I have a full list of books that I was glad I found them even though at first place I did not sure that the book will be so much interesting, but I like Brisingr. When I saw that book (or that serial of Eragon), I thought that the book will be boring, complex, etc, etc. I found Brisingr (in which, was the third book of this serial) at online bookstore with less price, so I gave this book a chance and bought it. And wow, the book is really good in adventure, and I like the dragon, Saphira. She is funny sometimes, which make this book is more interesting to read. The Indonesian translate is good too. So, unexpectedly I really enjoyed reading this book.

Hidden Gem Book:
What is this mean?

Important Moment in your Reading Life:
I remember the books when I first met my best friend; Sang Pencerah and 99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa. He borrowed 99 Cahaya di Langit Eropa and lent me his book, Sang Pencerah. I didn’t think that the first time I met him to switch the book that he will be my best friend in future. But, eventually it happened. Now he is the only one that I ever had a close friend, even though he is a boy and now we are some kind of staying away from each other, because in Islam, that’s not good for a girl and a boy to be really that close.

Just Finished:
Re-stacking my shelves. I only have five small racks for my books, and there are some books I’ve just bought that I haven’t put on my shelves yet because there are no space. So, I just do re-stacking my books, put them more tight so there are some space left for the new one.

Kind of Books You Won't Read:
To tell you the truth, I really hate books which contains adult materials.

Longest Book You’ve Read:
Umm.. I don’t remember it.

Major book hangover because of:
I imagine how if the book makes into a movie, and starring my favorite celebrity. The last book that I did do it was Spell Bound by Rachel Hawkins. That book should make into a movie or a TV serials! Starring Selena & Freddie, of course.

Number of Bookcases You Own:
Five small bookcases.

One Book You Have Read Multiple Times:
So many of them, Devil Wears Prada, Princess Diaries, Goosebumps, all of them are the books that I have when I was in Junior High School and I didn’t usually buy a book. So I just kept reading and reading of what book that I had at that time, and usually the book was placed anywhere in my house until it lost. But I think the book that I did re-reading it the most is Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire. I can prove it by how the book looks like now. Total ruin.

Preferred Place To Read:
Honestly I like to read at Mall, especially when I wait for my mom to shop, or while wait for my order from a restaurant. It’s nice to have many stranger surround me when I read. I don’t easily get distracted by them since they don’t know me and neither I am. But I also enjoy reading at my home, especially when I eat.

Quote that inspires you/gives you all the feels from a book you’ve read:
I really like Charlie’s quote in The Perks of Being A Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky):
“So, this is my life. And I want you to know that I am both happy and sad and I'm still trying to figure out how that could be.”
Why do I like it? Because it represents what I feel sometimes. I’m a kind of people who get easily sad after a few seconds of happiness.

Reading Regret:
I really didn’t get any sense while reading Maya by Jostein Gaarder. Really. I struggled to keep reading until the last pages but finally gave up after about twenty pages.

Series You Started And Need To Finish(all books are out in series):
There are so many. There are some books that I read in Indonesian, and the next series in Indonesian don’t come until now. There are some books that I have the next series in my shelves, but I haven’t read yet. There are some books that I haven’t bought the next series because I got my money used to buy another books. But from all the series that I haven’t finish yet, I really DEMAND for the next series of PROPHECY OF THE SISTERS. I love the story. I have the first book in Indonesian, but unfortunately I heard that the publisher got bankrupt or closed, so that they are not translated the next series in Indonesia. I’m so disappointed and wish that the next series will come out in Indonesian language.

Three of your All-Time Favorite Books:
So many, of course. But… let me think.
Can I classify it by genre?
For fantasy, I love Bartimaeus, of course! I love all series, even though I like the fourth one (Ring of Solomon) more. I like Hex Hall, Delirium, Harry Potter, Riley Bloom, and Twilight too, but Bartimaeus can beat them all.
For romance-comedy, I love Sophie Kinsella’s books, and I would pick I’ve Got Your Number as the best.
I also like A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith. It was surprising, because the story is so simple and even I can’t remember exactly the whole story. But I like the feeling when I was reading it. It was like the whole surroundings disappear and only me and Francie Nolan’s story left.

Unapologetic Fangirl For:
ARCHER CROSS!!! (from Hex Hall series). He is the only fiction boy that I love the most. The character is so cool. And I imagine that Freddie Highmore will play the character.

Very Excited For This Release More Than All The Others:
The Indonesian version of Requiem by Lauren Oliver. I LOVE PANDEMONIUM. When I was reading it, I couldn’t keep my mind imagining the whole story. Like I was a director of the movie Pandemonium.

Worst Bookish Habit:
Reading book while I’m in toilet (WC). Seriously. I think that’s the worst. Beside of book-buying addicted.

X Marks The Spot: Start at the top left of your shelf and pick the 27th book:
I have five small shelves in my bedroom, and two lines of books for each level. I will count only the first line, which I can see the books (I can’t see the books at the back line).
1st shelf: American Wife by Curtis Sittenfeld
2nd shelf: Hafalan Shalat Delisa by Tere Liye
3rd shelf: They Say I’m A Monkey by Djenar Maesa Ayu
4th shelf: Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill
5th shelf: Catatan Hati Seorang Istri by Asma Nadia

Your latest book purchase:
The Perks of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. I’ve read the ebook and reviewed the book, but just today I bought the physical book at Books & Beyond Cibubur Junction.

ZZZ-snatcher book (last book that kept you up WAY late):
Eragon by Christopher Paolini (the book I’m currently reading while I’m doing the Z list. I know, I say on the C question that I’m currently reading The Inheritance of Loss and Silver Linings Playbook. But at the end of this survey, I got finished The Inheritance of Loss and continued reading Eragon. And last night at 2a.m. I still read Eragon because I couldn’t sleep (not because I was very attached with the story).

Monday, August 5, 2013

Buying Monday (July)

What is Buying Monday all about?
Buying Monday is a Book Meme from The Black in The Book which contains you post a list of books you have bought or got in one month.

Why did it name 'Buying Monday', not 'Buying Tuesday' or 'Buying Wednesday'?
It's because the rule is to post this book meme at the last Monday of month.

Why did I get interested of participating in Buying Monday?
Because I'm a book-buying addict.


1. Sweet Melody by Baek Myo. Kiriman gratis di awal bulan Juli dari Penerbit Haru dengan syarat review buku dikirim paling lambat tujuh hari setelah buku diterima. Review buku ini bisa dibaca di sini.

2. Spells by Aprilynne Pike. Buku gratis dari Gramedia, dengan syarat review paling lambat satu bulan setelah buku diterima. Sudah selesai dibaca sih, tapi belum dibuat reviewnya. Mostly bingung karena aku belum baca buku pertamanya, jadi untuk buat reviewnya agak sulit.

3. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Tertarik membeli buku ini pas baca Three Weddings and Jane Austen. Jadi penasaran sama buku Jane Austen, dan judul ini bisa dibilang salah satu buku yang paling populer sepanjang masa.

4. Pulang by Leila S. Chudori. Sebenarnya gak rencana mau beli buku ini pas ke toko buku, tapi pas liat bukunya dan fontnya enak dibaca, aku langsung beli. Lumayan untuk nambah referensi buku sastra Indonesia. And I think the genre is new for me and it makes me more curious to buy this book.

5. Liesl & Po by Lauren Oliver

6. The Sea by John Banville. Pemenang Booker Prize tahun 2005. Dapet buku ini dengan spesial price di Books & Beyond.

7. Othello by William Shakespeare.

8. Fasting, Feasting by Anita Desai. Buku yang pernah masuk award Booker Price for Shortlist. Entah kenapa saya jadi penasaran sama tulisan-tulisan Anita Desai. Anita Desai adalah seorang penulis berkebangsaan India. Anaknya, Kiran Desai, juga merupakan seorang penulis yang pernah memenangi penghargaan Booker Prize.

9. In Custody by Anita Desai.

10. They Say I'm a Monkey by Djenar Maesa Ayu. Kumpulan cerpen dari salah satu penulis sastra di Indonesia dengan harga murah menggoda hati saya. Edisi bahasa Inggris tidak masalah, justru saya ingin tahu bagaimana sih kalau sastra Indonesia dituangkan ke bahasa Inggris.

11. Mendua by Indah Hanaco. Saya sering mendengar nama penulis satu ini, dan menemukan bukunya dengan harga hanya sepuluh ribu membuat saya tanpa pikir panjang membeli bukunya.

12. Mendamba by Aditia Yudis. Sebelas-duabelas sama Mendua, buku seharga sepuluh ribu dari penulis yang cukup sering didengar karyanya dan dari penerbit yang oke, langsung saya beli tanpa pikir panjang.

13. The Book of Tomorrow by Cecelia Ahern. Apapun buku dari penulis ini, langsung saya beli. Apalagi ada diskon 30 persen dari Gramedia.

14. Wedding Night by Sophie Kinsella. She is my favorite author! I love Sophie Kinsella's work. She is on the top of my auto-buying author list.

15. Benua Ketiga dan Terakhir by Jhumpa Lahiri. Diterjemahkan dari Interpreter of Maladies yang memenangkan penghargaan Pulitzer Awards for Fiction tahun 2000. Gak sengaja nemu buku ini di Gudang Buku bekas dengan kondisi yang masih bagus banget dan harga miring.

16. Safe Heaven by Nicholas Sparks. Edisi bahasa inggris, hanya tiga puluh ribu dari Gudang Buku.

17. Perfect Chemistry by Simone Elkeles. Saya tertarik sama buku ini karena buku ini masuk ke dalam daftar The Best Young Adult Realistic Novels, along with The Perks of Being A Wallflower.

18. Life of Pi by Yann Martel. I have watched the movie and I love it! Memanfaatkan diskon Gramedia yang 30 persen, buku yang pernah menang Booker Prize ini wajib dibeli.

19. Senja di Himalaya by Kiran Desai. Diterjemahkan dari The Inheritance of Loss yang pernah memenangi Booker Prize tahun 2006. Buku ini masuk rak obralan Mizan, jadi harganya juga murah.

Buku dari DBNC, masing-masing lima belas ribu.

20. The Gift by Cecelia Ahern.

21. Five People You Met in Heaven by Mitch Albom.

22. Ibuk by Iwan Setyawan.

23. Three Weddings and Jane Austen.

24. Sang Pencerah by Akmal Nasery Basal.

25. Suzanne's Diary for Nicholas by James Patterson.

26. Sugar and Spice by Lauren Conrad.

27. Sunset Bersama Rosie by Tere Liye.

29. Heroes of The Valley by Jonathan Stroud.

30. Heart-Shaped Box by Joe Hill.

31. Take A Chance of Me by Jill Mansel.

32. Meniti Bianglala by Mitch Albom. Diterjemahkan dari Five People You Met in Heaven. Beli di Gramedia Sale Grand Indonesia, padahal sejam sebelumnya saya baru beli edisi bahasa Inggrisnya di event Drive Books Not Cars.

33. Dreamland by Alyson Noel.

34. Yuk, Berhijab! by Felix Siauw. Saya beli untuk mengoleksi buku-buku dengan cover cantik dari Ust. Felix.

35. What Happened to Goodbye by Sarah Dessen.

Total buku pendatang baru di rak saya bulan Juli ada 35. Happy reading!