Category Archives: book

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:

 

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.

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.

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.

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

hello blog, long time no see…

i didn’t go to the big bad wolf book. i wanted to. but the long line and my own promise to be on book diet made me skipped this event. due to the limited space at home, i only get e-books lately except if i really really love the book or the book has no e-book version.

the last book i read was ripper by isabel allende. like all allende books i read, this one didn’t disappointed me at all. it kept me wake at night reading. but the book is an exception compare to all other books she wrote with fantasy theme. this one is murder mystery. but still excellent.

next reading: baking cake in kigali by gaile parkin

ok. i haven’t been here for a while….

so, what have i done so far? i’m still into lunch boxes, smoothies and my kids. just check my instagram. i’m there for almost daily.

i quitted reading the years of the runaway. i don’t enjoy the story. i read intelegensi embun pagi, which everyone had been waiting. i think i love the previous supernovas compare to this last one. i like books describing about people more than about events.

now i’m reading the museum of extraordinary things by alice hoffman. the story is so unique. i haven’t finish it but there’s a big probability i’ll love the book.

 

i know this much is true is probably one of the book i read this year. i finally finish the 1000 something pages. i regretted i hesistated reading it just because of the pages.

now i’m reading the years of the runaways by sunjev sahota. i don’t enjoy the books very much because so many indian terms i didn’t understand. i’m not sure i will ever finish reading it.

i have been abandoning my blog for a year! so here’s some update:

binar is already 6 months old and started eating solid food.

i’m reading i know this much is true by wally lamb. i got the books months ago! but the thousand something page scared me. i knew it would be a great book because she’s come undone was one of my favorite book. and i’m in the middle of reading it and love love love it (i blamed the book to keep me updating my blog).

i’m still doing lunch box for jingga every single school day. and still fun

smoothies are not daily anymore. just when i have the material and feel like doing it.

jingga’s birthday is coming! i love planning birthday and with 2 kids i’ll have 2 birthdays to plan annually. well, until they don’t want any celebration anymore.

i just finished reading orphan train. i got the books weeks ago, but because of its title, i kept postponing reading it. i was afraid it would be a heartbreaking story.

it’s a fiction but based on a true history. in the 1920s, orphan children were taken by train to midwest and given to some families who wanted them. but it’s the matter of fate. some found loving family and some ended up being a house slave.

 

i stopped reading books a while. i abandoned my blog.

but now i’m back!


after reading this blog, i knew i want to lay my hand on the girl in the spider’s web. and it’s the kind of book you can’t put down. you just want to keep reading it. and the feeling of stieg larsson writing it is still there.

the next book i read is a spool of blue thread. this is also not bad at all. shortlisted for the man booker prize. i think i read one of the book from anne tyler before. but i don’t remember which one (she’s more than 70 years old and wrote 20 novels!)

more books i read lately:

the nightingale – kristin hannah
i kept postponing reading this book because it’s the same theme and set as all the light we cannot see. set in france during the world war II, it’s about 2 sisters and how they survived the war.

this is also one of my favorite book this year. beautifully written and i didn’t want the book to end.

crazy rich asians – kevin kwan
i was sooooo curious about this book since so many people talk about it. first, i thought this is a non fiction, but it’s fiction! it’s a very interesting and since the set is in singapore, i felt really home. i worked with those people who were born with silver spoon. and some facts in the book are really true.