Book Review: Looking for Alaska by John Green

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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”