Books

Introducing my book blog

Hello! I’m back, dear reader! First of all, happy new year to all of you.

This is my first post in 2014, and I bring a good news. I have just created my own book blog. This idea came up in the middle of last month, actually. I wanted to have a blog where I will fill only with reviews about books that I have read and enjoyed. My sole purposes are to share my views and interact with other book – readers around the world. I used to write everything about books under the ‘books’ category in this blog. Now, I have moved the posts about book reviews to the new blog.

From now on, I will focus to write anything other than books in ‘La Vie Est Belle’. Don’t worry, I’ll try to write equally in both blogs, regardless of my schedules. Hahaha..is that for real, Ella??

Well, I hope you will pay a little visit on my other muse. It’s called ‘The Bibliophile’s Journal’ by the way. I just have written one brand- new book review, though. More reviews will come later. Hopefully.

Still need some revisions here there, though. But, the new blog is now read-able, I guess.

Wishful Wednesday (5)

For this Wishful Wednesday, I will put this poetry book, called “Love & Misadventure” by Lang Leav. Why? Firstly, my friend highly recommended it to me. Secondly,  everything about this book has already gone viral on Tumblr. Most people give positive reviews on Goodreads. The fact that this book won the second place for Goodreads Choice Awards 2013’s Best Poetry makes me even craving to read this book. I’m just curious.

Furthermore, it’s a book about love. Aha..I always like to read anything about love, because I’m just simply a hopeless romantic girl. 😀 😀

Unfortunately this book costs IDR 200-ish k, which I found too expensive for such a tiny book. But maybe I’ll manage to buy it as a christmas present for myself, anyway.

Wanna join Wishful Wednesday? Follow these simple rules :

-Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
-Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
-Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
-Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

Indonesian Romance Reading Challenge 2014

Akhir-akhir ini saya suka jalan-jalan ke blog para pecinta buku Indonesia. Ternyata banyak di antara mereka yang mengadakan book challenge. Salah satunya ini : Indonesian Romance Reading Challenge yang di-host oleh Yuska dari blog Lust and Coffee. Challenge yang cukup menarik, sehingga saya akan mencobanya untuk tahun depan. Yeay! Kebetulan saya sudah agak jarang membaca buku dalam bahasa Indonesia akhir-akhir ini dan kebetulan juga saya jarang me-review buku (karena malas!) :p. Jadi, saya akan menantang diri saya sendiri dengan mengikuti challenge ini. Doakan semoga berhasil. Nah berhubung saya suka lupa, lebih baik saya list saja ya buku-buku yang rencananya mau saya baca. Dan dalam rangka diet beli buku baru (tapi kalau ada yang mau kasih buku gratis, akan diterima dengan senang hati), saya akan re-read buku-buku yang sudah saya punya saja. Target awal 12 buku dulu aja lah ya. Jadi tiap bulan baca 1 buku. Not bad! 😀

1. A Very Yuppy Wedding by Ika Natassa

2. Antologi Rasa by Ika Natassa

3. Marriagable by Riri Sardjono

4. Lukisan Hujan by Sitta Karina

5. Divortiare by Ika Natassa

6. Madre by Dee

7. Saman by Ayu Utami

8. Rumah Kaca by Pramoedya Ananta Toer

9. Jendela-Jendela by Fira Basuki

10.Empat Musim Cinta by Adhitya Mulya, dkk.

11. Ronggeng Dukuh Paruk by Ahmad Tohari

12. 28 hari by @beradadisini & @ndorokakung

 

Kalian juga bisa ikutan Reading Challenge ini dengan aturan sebagai berikut :

1. Follow blog Lust and Coffee via email

2. Mendaftarkan blogmu di Mr. Linky

3. Memasang button IRRC 2014 di blog masing-masing.

4. Level dalam challenge ini:

Fling: membaca 1-5 buku
First Date: membaca 6-10 buku
Going Steady: membaca 11-20 buku
Engaged: membaca 21-30 buku
Married: membaca 31+ buku

5. Setiap bulan ada hadiah untuk pemenang yang diundi via random.org

6. Bakalan ada GRAND PRIZE untuk peserta yang setiap bulannya mendaftarkan minimal 1 link review dan mencapai level Married pada akhir Desember 2014.

7. Link postingan akan saya buat tiap bulannya.

8. Just have fun ^^

FAQ bisa dilihat di sini

Wishful Wednesday (4)

Hello! It’s time for another Wishful Wednesday post. This is my fourth WW, anyway.

   

Just like the previous WW, this time I also want to list more than one book. As I’m planning to re-read the Harry Potter series next year and I want to read the original version of them (not the translated one), I wish I can get the UK version (the ones published by Bloomsbury, to be specific) of Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets; Harry Potter and The Prisoner of Azkaban; Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire; and Harry Potter and The Half Blood Prince. Why I’m craving for the ones published by Bloomsbury? Because they got very cute covers. And I judge books by their covers. 🙂 Of course after I read the reviews before. 😉

I started reading Harry Potter when I was a 6th grader. The time when they released the Indonesian version of Harry Potter series, for the first time. Since then, I grew up reading Harry, Ron, and Hermione’s adventure. As an adult, I’m so curious of what it feels to read Harry Potter series again. That’s why I want to read the UK version, so that I can get the ‘real’ experience. lol. 😀 To be honest, nowadays I prefer reading books in their original versions rather than the translated ones.

Well, if there’s anyone of you have the UK version of Harry Potter, I would be really really glad if you want to swap with my Indonesian translated versions of those titles. Although, I’m pretty doubtful if there’s a person who are willing to do this kind of ridiculous book-swapping. Haha. I think I will try to find those books in bargained price. If you got some informations on where can I get them (maybe you have any recommendations on some local online bookshops that sell imported books in bargained price), your help will be much appreciated. 🙂

See you on the next Wishful Wednesday!

You can also join this meme, by following these rules :

-Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
-Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
-Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
-Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

Wishful Wednesday (3)

Setelah absen minggu lalu, saat ini saya kembali dengan Wishful Wednesday! Sekarang saya mau post dua buku sekaligus. Saya sudah ingin sekali memiliki kedua buku ini sejak lama, tetapi akhir-akhir ini keberadaan buku ini sangat langka. Tanpa berpanjang lebar lagi, saya ingin sekali baca Jejak Langkah dan Rumah Kaca, karya Pramoedya Ananta Toer. Dua seri terakhir dari Tetralogi Pulau Buru. Terakhir kali, saya membaca Anak Semua Bangsa mungkin sekitar 5 tahunan yang lalu. Dan jujur saja saya ingin tahu bagaimana kisah Minke selanjutnya. 🙂

Waktu itu saya sempat menemukan kedua buku ini di Indonesian Book Fair bulan lalu di stand buku langka. Saya sudah mau beli, ketika si mbak penjaga stand berkata bahwa untuk seri ini mereka hanya menjual satu set empat buku, tidak bisa dibeli secara terpisah. Hyyaaa! *tepok jidat*

Jadi, kalau ada teman-teman yang tahu di mana saya bisa mendapatkan kedua buku ini, tolong beritau saya ya! Di Gramedia sudah susah ditemukan juga, soalnya. Mau yang bekas atau baru, tidak masalah. 😀

Oke, sekian update WW dari saya. Sampai jumpa minggu depan! (mudah-mudahan gak absen lagi ya)

Teman-teman yang kebetulan membaca blog saya bisa juga lho ikutan Wishful Wednesday-nya Astrid ini. Here are the rules :

  • Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu =)
  • Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) atau segala hal yang berhubungan dengan kebutuhan bookish kalian, yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku/benda itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
  • Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
  • Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlistnya di hari Rabu =)

Wishful Wednesday (2)

Yeay! It’s time for my second Wishful Wednesday. It’s getting more and more exciting now. This time I want to participate in a giveaway created by Astrid from ‘Books To Share’ (who is the creator of this meme, as well, if you’re wondering).

So, without too much blabbering around, a book that I would like to own is Delirium by Lauren Olivier. Here is the synopsis taken from Goodreads. This book is available at bookdepository.com 🙂

There was a time when love was the most important thing in the world. People would go to the end of the earth to find it. They would tell lies for it. Even kill for it.

Then, at last, they found the cure.

Now, everything is different. Scientist are able to eradicate love, and the government demands that all citizens receive the cure upon turning eighteen. Lena Haloway has always looked forward to the day when she’ll be cured. A life without love is a life without pain: safe, measured, predictable, and happy.

But then, with only ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena does the unthinkable

Why do I want to read this book? It’s because I think it has a nice story and probably because I’m expecting to read something science-related in this book. :p But, imagine a world without love. It must be really devastating. Based on the synopsis, eradicating love is the only cure to save human beings from suffering.

Yeah, sometimes love can makes us suffering, indeed. Haha.

ps : I hope that I can be one of that 2 giveaway winners. *pray*

Wishful Wednesday (1)

I got to tell you something, This is the first time I join a kind of meme like this. A meme called    Wishful Wednesday which was initiated by this blogger. She has run this meme for quite a long while, obviously. I have just found about this cool stuff earlier today.  So the rule of this ‘game’ is to post an article about one (or more) book(s) that you really want to read, but you haven’t owned it until now. It can be the book that you’re planning to buy or you’re wishing to get it (them) from someone. 😉

Maybe most of you haven’t known about my crazy reading hobby. Or maybe you have? Haha…yeah I am proud bookworm, just to let you know.

So, for my first Wishful Wednesday, I will post about a book, called ‘The Namesake” by Jhumpa Lahiri. This is the review taken from Goodreads.

Jhumpa Lahiri’s Interpreter of Maladies established this young writer as one the most brilliant of her generation. Her stories are one of the very few debut works — and only a handful of collections — to have won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Among the many other awards and honors it received were the New Yorker Debut of the Year award, the PEN/Hemingway Award, and the highest critical praise for its grace, acuity, and compassion in detailing lives transported from India to America. In The Namesake, Lahiri enriches the themes that made her collection an international bestseller: the immigrant experience, the clash of cultures, the conflicts of assimilation, and, most poignantly, the tangled ties between generations. Here again Lahiri displays her deft touch for the perfect detail — the fleeting moment, the turn of phrase — that opens whole worlds of emotion. The Namesake takes the Ganguli family from their tradition-bound life in Calcutta through their fraught transformation into Americans. On the heels of their arranged wedding, Ashoke and Ashima Ganguli settle together in Cambridge, Massachusetts. An engineer by training, Ashoke adapts far less warily than his wife, who resists all things American and pines for her family. When their son is born, the task of naming him betrays the vexed results of bringing old ways to the new world. Named for a Russian writer by his Indian parents in memory of a catastrophe years before, Gogol Ganguli knows only that he suffers the burden of his heritage as well as his odd, antic name. Lahiri brings great empathy to Gogol as he stumbles along the first-generation path, strewn with conflicting loyalties, comic detours, and wrenching love affairs. With penetrating insight, she reveals not only the defining power of the names and expectations bestowed upon us by our parents, but also the means by which we slowly, sometimes painfully, come to define ourselves. The New York Times has praised Lahiri as “a writer of uncommon elegance and poise.” The Namesake is a fine-tuned, intimate, and deeply felt novel of identity.

I have noticed about this book for a couple of years, but I didn’t manage to buy it until now. It’s already in my wish-list Goodreads shelf for over a year, I guess. The first thing that attract me was the author, herself. I mean, who doesn’t know Jhumpa Lahiri? An Indian-American author who has won book-related prizes.

This book apparently want to break the common ancient interpretation that there’s ‘no correlation between your name and your fortune in life’ or you can say in Indonesian language ‘apalah arti sebuah nama‘. Based on the story of this book : yes, name do have meaning. your name can define your ability to survive in the society. your name can apparently boost up your self confidence. Especially if you plan to pursue your career in foreign countries, your name play quite a big role in order for you to adapt in your new society. Imagine if no one can spell your name in the right way. Okay, maybe you can get through it. But not everyone can do the same thing. I think this is the core of this novel. I totally haven’t read a single page of this book, but the synopsis at the back of the book, and also the Goodreads review really give me a lot of hints.

I am also interested with Indian culture, such as that so-called arranged marriage that is still exist in this modern days. I have some Indian friends back then when I was in the UK and many times they told me about their cultures, their habits,  their movies, etc. Haha. Somehow I become curious with that.

One reason that restrain me to immediately buy this book is that I still have so many books queueing to be read at the moment. I promise, by the time I finish all of my books in my ‘To Be Read’ shelf, I will buy this book. However, if someone (by any chance) want to give me this book or want to do a book swapping with me, I will always appreciate that. 🙂

 

Hey you can also join this Wishful Wednesday. All you need is just follow these ‘rules’ :

1. Silakan follow blog Books To Share – atau tambahkan di blogroll/link blogmu
2. Buat posting mengenai buku-buku (boleh lebih dari 1) yang jadi inceran kalian minggu ini, mulai dari yang bakal segera dibeli, sampai yang paling mustahil dan hanya sebatas mimpi. Oya, sertakan juga alasan kenapa buku itu masuk dalam wishlist kalian ya!
3. Tinggalkan link postingan Wishful Wednesday kalian di Mr. Linky (klik saja tombol Mr. Linky di bagian bawah post). Kalau mau, silakan tambahkan button Wishful Wednesday di posting kalian.
4. Mari saling berkunjung ke sesama blogger yang sudah ikut share wishlist-nya di hari Rabu