From January to August: A Collection of Books

Five days into September and I’m a little over halfway through my 2015 reading challenge. After reading so many books so far in a year, I sometimes wonder if this challenge is even worth it, and how much have I actually gained from it. There are a couple of books that are a complete miss and others hit the mark, so before I start my next read in September I decided to do a little recount (plus mini-review) on the books I have read so far. Up to August I have read 31 books out of 50; some were borrowed from the local library, some were read while on holiday at home, and most others were bought during the past few months and were crammed in between deadlines. I had pleasure in reading these books, and I hope I’ll be able to keep it up until 2015 ends! Continue reading “From January to August: A Collection of Books”

Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green


I’ve heard of John Green from The Fault in Our Stars, but I’ve never read the book. I’ve seen the movie, but I could hardly give a proper judgement from it. To be honest, I didn’t know what to expect from any John Green novels so I had a hard time choosing what to read first. In the end I chose Looking for Alaska — I don’t know the exact reason myself, but I guess I fancied the dark cover and the interesting title (yeah it’s a bit shallow, but… oh well). So I started reading without knowing what exactly to expect — is it a sad story? Is it an adventure? Is it just another sappy, cliche teenage love story? Well…

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Book Review: Maryam by Okky Madasari

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One of my resolutions for 2015 was to read more books. I’ve always loved reading since I was young, but I have to admit I haven’t been reading much ever since I started uni. In an attempt to expand my reading, I took part in Goodreads’ 2015 Reading Challenge — and rather than just reading and posting books I decided to write reviews, too.

This is probably my first ‘serious’ book review, so heads up guys, it might be a little rough here and there. 😉

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Okay so I bought Maryam a couple of weeks ago — actually I’ve been looking for it since forever and the local bookstores were out of stock! I was sooo excited that they finally restocked, along with Entrok which I’ve also been looking for. (But to be honest I didn’t really know what the story was going to be about. I saw someone’s instagram post about it and figured that it looked interesting… Yep)

I was quite surprised as I started reading. Okky brought up a theme that was (in my history of reading Indonesian literature, anyway) quite uncommon: about life as an Ahmadiyah in a mainstream muslim society. As we know in Indonesia, Ahmadiyah is a sect from Islam that is widely regarded as deviant, and nowadays in most parts, Ahmadiyah are not tolerated by the mainstream and devout muslim believers. Continue reading “Book Review: Maryam by Okky Madasari”