and now we’re going to greenland.

when i read the synopsis of the north water, i doubted i will finish reading it. it’s not my type of story and theme. but the book was claimed to be one of the best of book of 2016, so i gave it a try.

the first couple pages of the book was so gloomy. it’s about whale hunting. funny thing the previous book i read, bajak laut dan purnama terakhir also mentioned about whale hunting. but as kept reading the book, the story got more and more interesting eventhough it’s still dark and gloomy. i imagined it’s something like in the movie the revenant.

next reading: secret daughter – shilpi somaya gouda

the books i read lately are depressing.
it’s probably a trend to create a depressing story to get an award.

when i got the latest book adhitya mulya, i was glad. finally. a funny story. a different theme from the rest of the book he wrote before. a history novel. and still made me laugh. my favorite part was when they revealed their undercover.

now move to africa.

the fishermen is a great book from the debut of chigozie abioma. the story set in 1990s in nigeria about some brothers, told by the fourth one. it’s tragic and some part of the story really scared me. but this is well written. and the story stayed in my mind.

once a while i read books from isabel allende. because it never dissapointed me.

but somehow, japanese lovers is not as good as her other books. it’s not bad at all, but not outstanding. maybe i like her telling stories from the past better than current time.

me before you by jojo moyes is soooo popular. i was very curious about the story.

of course this is a good book, but not my type of story. i put down the book many times but keep reading it anyway.

and i just found out it’s already turned into a movie. i want want want to watch it!
here’s the trailer:

 

they sell the sleepy eyes wall decoration in instagram in wood version and wall sticker version. the dimension of the wood version was too small and i was afraid the wall sticker version will ruin the wall paint. while thinking which one i should get, i suddenly got an idea to just print it on thick paper.

i went to the nearest snappy and printed each eye on A4 size paper. just the size i wanted. and i use masking tape to stick them to the wall, so they won’t damage the wall.

voila! my DIY sleepy eyes for jingga’s room. anyone interested to get the drawing? just email me. i’ll send you for free. here’s my email: aalayaa@gmail.com

in the shadow of the banyan – vaddey ratner

when i read the title, i thought the set of the book will be somewhere in india. but it was not. it was in cambodia. because i had been there, it’s more interesting for me.

the book was soooo heartbreaking. about the royal family during the khmer rouge regime. i hate wars. there shouldn’t be war anywhere at all.

when i was a kid. i loooove drawing. i spent hours just for drawing. such an introvert habit.

on the other side, jingga loves more into sport activities, such as swimming, dancing and just running around. but sometimes i need to keep her calm and put her on the desk to do something. and here they are: drawing, coloring and just working on her busy book.

remember this book?

it was published almost 10 years ago. we got a few offers to turned this book into movie but couldn’t find the one who could afford our term and condition.

and finally now we found it! this book will be turned into a movie.yay!

just wait. and be patient :D you’ll meet yusuf, retno, francis and farah in different form.

the light between oceans – M. L. Stedman

another great book but also a tragic one. i felt sooo heartbreaking reading the story. the other thing i found interesting about the book is the set of it. at the end of western australia. and about lighthouses. not many stories included lighthouse as its main object.

binar had his birthday last july. so this is a very late post.


we celebrated at home with his cousins. his other cousin, alya who has birthday in july too was included in the celebration. it was super fun and the kids had a blast.

inspired from some photos in instagram, i created some photos of fruits with wiggle eyes. it’s sooo fun. i will do more of these. probably not only fruit but maybe with other kind of food or any kind of object.

i just need to have more wiggle eyes.

let’s start with books i read.

i’ve heard about the goldfinch a few years before. but the cover and title made me believe it would be a boring book. but i was totally wrong. it’s one of the best book. something you can’t put down white reading it. i just hate the drug parts.

no post for the past 4 months?
that’s too long. i can’t believe i can be that lazy that long. after 14 years of blogging, i probably need a break. and that was it. i’m going to start writing again.

finished reading baking cakes in kigali by gaile parkin.

the story set in a less unknown country in africa, rwanda. other than the genocide in the 90s, not many thing i heard about this country. the story is more about lives there nowadays from the eyes of a tanzanian cake maker. each client who ordered cake has their own story.

now reading: the thing about jellyfish by ali benjamin